Meet the Sustainabilists

Sustainabilist's interdisciplinary team brings together some of the brightest not only in the discipline of process improvement and data science but in other complimentary fields, including software development and creative.

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Jason Trager, PH.D.
Managing Partner

Dr. Jason Trager has 9 years of professional and research experience in energy efficiency, solar, wind, tidal, biofuels, and electric grid applications. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley where his dissertation focused on applying mass production and QA/QC methods to energy efficiency in buildings. Jason leads Sustainabilist's quality improvement work and specializes in helping companies solve technical sustainability problems with a focus on process improvement and quality applications. He has extensive experience in cross-functional engineering, business, and R&D roles.  


Kit Kohler
Director, Marketing & Creative PRojects

Kit is a skilled and passionate creative with a knack for distilling a company’s story into compelling and relatable media. He has spent the last three years as a cleantech marketing executive after transitioning from over ten years experience in media and marketing for some of the biggest brands in the world, including American Express, Johnson & Johnson, and Kimberly-Clark, there is little he enjoys more than translating a company’s mission and vision into media that resonates with their target demographic in the right place, at the right time, whether it’s web content, print, video, or software.

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Christopher Johnson
Lead Developer

Christopher is a full-stack developer with more than 4 years of experience architecting and executing on complex multi-component applications. Competent in Javascript and Python, he spent many years working as a sysadmin and frequently brings these skills to bear on projects involving complex automation in Linux. Christopher has participated in Sustainabilist projects involving IoT device customization, large system architecture, machine learning and complex database schemas, often with quick turnarounds. Before teaching himself how to code, Christopher worked as a plaintiff side attorney focusing on class action labor law.


Allegra B. Saggese

Allegra is a currently completing her Master's degree in Environmental Economics at the London School of Economics after completing her undergraduate in Environmental Economics at UC Berkeley. She has worked for Sustainabilist as an Analyst for over a year, primarily focused on market research and cost models in energy efficiency, solar quality assurance and control, and software development. Her experience in consulting and academia make her capable of primary and secondary research as well as modeling and analysis. She has worked extensively on other business development projects for Sustainabilist, and will serve to develop and sustain partnerships in the trial and deployment phases of the SunKaizen technology. Allegra plans on moving to Portland after finishing her Master’s in order to support Sustainabilist’s projects, including SunKaizen.


Nicholas Montaño
Software Engineer

Nicholas is a software engineer with a desire to solve hard problems through effective coding. He is proficient in JavaScript, utilizing his knowledge of functional programming techniques and design patterns to write code that scales. Working with Sustainabilist, Nicholas has been applying his full stack experience to develop the early stage prototype for SunKaizen, Sustainabilist’s upcoming process improvement SaaS.


Jesse Caldwell
Software Engineer

A recent addition to the Sustainabilist team, Jesse spent the last three years with enterprise data science company Schrodinger, where he planned, engineered, and developed software to integrate disparate systems and databases. Holding a degree in Astrophysics from The University of Colorado Boulder, one of Jesse’s first technical experiences in the workplace was developing, testing, and validating a proof of concept for an experimental plasma instrument prototype designed for spaceflight on a future NASA mission to Jupiter.