SunWork Renewable Energy Projects

Board of Directors

Doug McKenzie took early retirement from HP after nearly 20 years first as an engineer, then as a people, project and program manager in customer service and then in software R&D. Prior to HP, he was a salesperson, a newsletter editor, a home remodeling contractor and a property manager. After HP, he has become an educator and consultant in the solar power industry (, as well as a career coach where he specializes in helping people navigate career transitions (  He was recently elected to the Board of Directors of NorCal Solar, a chapter of the American Solar Energy Society. Doug lives in Palo Alto, is a native Californian, loves Bay Area dayhikes and Sierra backpacking, and in 2013 became an electric vehicle owner and enthusiast.

Julian Ryba-White started at SolarCity in 2007 and is currently the Training Manager for SolarCity's Operations Department where he oversees the training of 2000+ employees building 100s of PV installations every day.  He has been NABCEP certified since 2010. Prior to his role in training he served as an Installation Process Engineer where he analyzed and selected equipment for SolarCity's installations. Before coming to SolarCity, Julian spent time working with various sustainably focused organizations including the clothing company Patagonia. Julian has a BA in Biological Psychology with emphases in Pre-Medical studies and Anthropology from the University of Kansas. He resides in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.

Mike Balma is SunWork’s Development Director and a renewable energy consultant. He has completed business development and marketing projects for several solar companies.  Mike helps lead the Performance Committee for SunSpec, a nonprofit solar industry alliance pursuing information standards that address operational aspects of PV power plants on the smart grid. He also delivers solar workshops for residents of numerous Bay Area cities.

Mike had an extensive marketing career with Hewlett-Packard including helping build HP’s open source business. He previously worked for SRI International, consulting on renewable energy technologies including solar, wind and biomass. He has a Chemical Engineering degree from Northwestern University and a Stanford MBA. Mike also completed Stanford Alumni Consulting Team projects for environmental nonprofits including Acterra, The Gorilla Foundation and Wildlife Rescue.

Reuben Veek founded SunWork and he is currently the Executive Director and Operations Manager.  He has been installing grid-tie residential solar electricity systems since 2006, and has been involved in building more than 150 systems in the Sacramento Valley and the Bay Area, most recently as a Regional Installation Lead for SolarCity. He received his Bachelor's in philosophy from Stanford University and has a background in physics, mathematics, and electrical engineering. He has an earnest love for being outside, especially backpacking, and a warm regard for working with his hands. 

Chris Montague-Breakwell is a third year law student at the University of Maryland School of Law. His focus on environmental issues has led him to work on Capitol Hill and EPA headquarters, as well as to start canning his own local, organic produce. In his free time, Chris runs a legal aid nonprofit, the Maryland Public Interest Law Project (