Meet Our Team

Francis Hodsoll
Francis HodsollCEO and Co-founder
Francis leads strategy, business development, policy, human resources and community engagement. He works with our team to gather and analyze market intelligence to navigate a highly competitive industry, applying his expertise in energy wholesale markets, policy, land use, strategy, finance, and performance management. Additionally, Francis focuses on staff development to continuously improve team skills and abilities.

Francis’ previous positions and memberships include: the MD-DC- VA Solar Energy Industry Association, Chair of the Energy Workgroup for Governor McAuliffe’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission, Member of Governor McAuliffe’s Energy Committee, and Founder of the Virginia Advanced Energy Industries Association.

Francis holds an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a BA in Economics from Colby College. He stays active in the community and his children’s activities by coaching youth football, basketball, and soccer, and serving as a school PTO member.

Nia Copeland
Nia CopelandContracts Compliance Officer and Paralegal
Nia ensures that our team and counterparties comply with the terms of our real estate agreements. She project manages the execution of new arrangements while tracking and monitoring existing contracts. She corresponds and coordinates with landowners and outside council. She also manages a database of real estate agreements and ensures the proper filing of all legal agreements and documentation.

Nia has experience in Property Law doing conveyancing and compliance related matters, as well as a Corporate Paralegal formulating and dissolving corporate entities. She holds a law degree from the University of East Anglia and a foundation degree in Law and Humanities.

A few of her favorite things are reading, travelling and spending time with friends and family.

Lea Maamari
Lea MaamariResearch & Marketing Senior Associate
Lea leads research and analysis in support of project development. She executes research assignments and reports, while maintaining data on county ordinances and solar project permit provisions. She is also point on marketing initiatives such as social media, campaigns, website maintenance, community meetings, and more. She holds a BS in Environmental Policy and Planning from Virginia Tech. In her free time, Lea enjoys yelling at the TV during football and basketball season to make sure the Hokies are winning.
Lauren McCarty
Lauren McCartyProject Developer
Lauren represents and advances individual projects through various stages of development, including site acquisition, early stage engineering, local permitting, and environmental permitting. She performs critical policy, technology, and environmental research, and prepares and presents permit applications at hearings and meetings. Lauren joins us after having previously served as SolUnesco’s Southern Virginia local rep and as a US Navy Administrator. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys being a beach bum, painting, and going to local concerts.
Seth Maughan
Seth MaughanDirector of Project Development
Seth leads engagement with landowners during site procurement and manages relationships with government agencies, utilities, and vendors regarding permitting, interconnection, and site work. Prior to working in solar energy, Seth spent several years in the Canadian oil and gas industry. He holds an MS in Energy Policy and Climate Science from Johns Hopkins University and a BS in Geology from Western Washington University. In his free time, Seth enjoys struggling to keep his bonsai plants alive and (slowly) developing his ukulele skills.
Susan Posey
Susan PoseyDirector of Administration
Susan is the lead for all administrative duties at SolUnesco, and also provides executive support. Prior to starting at SolUnesco, she had successful careers in retail management, and C-suite level executive support. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, backpacking, cave exploring, and catering to every whim of her two cats, Maggie and Frank.