The Board of Directors of the Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO), is pleased to announce that Bryan von Lossberg has been hired as the new Executive Director of AERO. Beginning May 16th, 2011 Bryan will replace outgoing Executive Director Jonda Crosby, who has served as AERO’s Director for the past nine years.
Bryan is an accomplished organizational leader with a commitment to AERO’s mission and a thorough understanding of AERO’s program areas of energy conservation and sustainable agriculture. Bryan brings years of business and non-profit management experience to the position, having served as the Executive Director of the Tahoe-Baikal Institute and as a program manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Applied Materials. Through his work at the non-profit Tahoe-Baikal Institute, Bryan participated in training emerging environmental leaders and fostering place-based watershed education and an international cultural exchange between Lake Tahoe and Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia. Bryan is also the founder of an energy conservation business, Commons Link, which provides tools that use real time energy usage information and feedback (the “Prius Effect”) to help homeowners conserve energy.
When asked why he would like to work for AERO, Bryan said, “I love AERO’s focus on sustainable solutions and conviction in the power of community. Its members put their principles and ideas into action every day at their homes, in their businesses, and on their farms and ranches across Montana. It’s a community of doers. AERO does vital work bringing those people together to share, debate, and learn. I’m thrilled and honored to join a talented staff and contribute to AERO’s work in individual and community empowerment.”
Bryan’s formal education includes an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. Bryan has been recognized for his conservation work by the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, and as a recipient of a Doris Duke Conservation Fellowship.
AERO’s retiring Executive Director Jonda Crosby said, “I have had the pleasure of working with Bryan over the past year and half while he served as AERO’s Board Treasurer. Over that time I have been repeatedly impressed by his level of competence in program development, fundraising, and budget oversight, as well as his commitment to AERO’s values. I am confident that Bryan will bring effective management and outstanding leadership to AERO as this organization begins its 37th year.”