William Sinkin, Founder
Long-time San Antonio community leader and activist, Bill Sinkin, founded Solar San Antonio in 1999 with the mission of opening San Antonio’s doors to the vast potential of solar power. Advocating for solar for more than 30 years, Bill hosted one of San Antonio’s first major solar installations on the rooftop of his bank in the 1980s. Bill, who passed away on Feb. 3, 2014 at age 100, is regarded as one of the most forward-thinking and committed individuals the community has had. His tireless efforts to educate the community about the need for renewable and sustainable energy have produced adoption of solar technology at the CPS Energy Customer Service Center, Bexar Country Jail, and more.
Lanny Sinkin, Executive Director
Lanny was born in San Antonio and received his bachelor’s degree at Harvard College, where he also received a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Venezuela. He later received his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He served as Executive Director of the Urban Coalition of Metropolitan San Antonio in the early 1970s, where his father served as Chairman. He co-founded the Aquifer Protection Association with his mother, Fay Sinkin and coordinated a city-wide initiative that put the first aquifer protection measure on the ballot in 1976. He co-founded Citizens Concerned About Nuclear Power and represented citizens in the licensing hearings for the South Texas Nuclear Projects, Units 1 and 2. Much of his life has been spent engaged in issues of importance to the community. His legal career has involved litigation to protect the environment and civil rights. Lanny now serves as the Executive Director of Solar San Antonio.
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Kristin Dunlap-Little, Financial Manager/ Director of Community Affairs & Special Events
Kristin Dunlap Little is a third generation San Antonian. She graduated from the University of North Texas with Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. After working in multiple cities in Texas, she returned to San Antonio to begin a 15 year career in Special Events and Business Management. Through the years she has worked with many national and local entities. The NBA, John Deere, Great West Life and Sprint are just a few. In her role with Solar San Antonio she manages all financial components of the organization as well as leading the creativity and production of special events and community affairs.
Rozina Kanchwala, Policy Analyst
Rozina has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science Degree in Environment and Sustainable Development from University College London. Since living in Texas, she has been organizing workshops and camps for high school students to inspire environmental consciousness among young people. At the same time, she believes that to instill lasting change, policy makers, businesses, and all citizens must be engaged. As the policy analyst, Rozina researches bills and policies that allow solar energy to thrive as a viable energy source.
Devon Rood, Research Associate
Devon recently graduated from Trinity University with a double major in Environmental Studies and Spanish. She is from Phoenix, AZ, and took a year off between high school and college to volunteer in Honduras and New Zealand. Her volunteer projects included cleaning beaches, building homes, and eradicating non-native species. In addition to that year of volunteering, Devon has also volunteered throughout Latin America, including Panama, Mexico, and Costa Rica. As a Research Associate at Solar San Antonio, Devon is responsible for our monthly newsletter, establishing administrative resources, and assisting in the production of public events.
Sarah Mills, Communications
Sarah graduated from St. Mary’s University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Her background in print journalism helped strengthen her awareness of urgent environmental issues. She has also researched and blogged on various topics in green building. Her duties at Solar San Antonio include working with the press, managing the website, design, and helping Kristin coordinate special events.