MEET OUR FOUNDERS
In the aftermath of the 2015 riots, a Baltimore-based solar developer, a Real Estate Executive, and an iconic NFL star found themselves on the phone together talking about how to re-inject hope and pride in their community. From their deeply rooted faith, the three shared a vision of strengthening communities from the inside and the pride that comes when one builds his future with his own hands. Over the next year, Rob Wallace, Cherie Brooks and Ray Lewis laid the foundation with three unique and impactful entities. With the vision of Cherie Brooks, they forged Power52 Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation dedicated to training and employing at-risk individuals in the Clean Energy Industry. Their timing is fortuitous. Efforts to modernize the nation’s aging power grid emphasizes a new distributed architecture. After a century of centralization, local power started to improve resilience, security, efficiency, and sustainability. This transformation not only creates broad business opportunities for Power52 Energy Solutions, but also a demand for advanced energy community workforce development. Underlying both efforts is the fundamental belief that our calling is to empower communities to build their own hope-filled future.
“Our mission is not about Power, it's about Empowerment”
Founder & Executive Director
Cherie Brooks is a Co-Founder and a Principal in Power52 Foundation (Power52, Inc). Under Cherie’s guidance, Power52 Foundation has launched its first training facility in Baltimore City, Maryland which is in the candidate phase of the NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) accreditation process. Cherie has obtained her Master Trainer credentials from NCCER as well. Future training programs are being developed in the Ivory Coast (Cote D'Ivoire), Lakeland Florida, and Hawaii Islands. Prior to Power52, Cherie served as the Executive Director of Prosperity Pail Ministry works. Under Cherie’s leadership, Prosperity Pail worked to provided STEM centers for local schools to introduce youth to renewable and clean technologies. Before launching into the 501C3 world, Cherie worked in the wireless industry with direct negotiation of contracts, project management, and site acquisition services for fortune 500 companies, including Verizon and AT&T. She has sited and managed over 100 telecom sites and negotiated and oversaw each site through leasing to construction milestones. Cherie managed subcontractors/site acquisition specialists on all project phases (leasing, zoning, compliance, A&E, and Regulatory) on AT&T’s LTE Project as well as Verizon's New Site /Raw Land Builds. In 2003, Cherie received her Maryland real estate license. Since being licensed, she has been recognized with several club level awards for outstanding sales achievements. Cherie’s greatest strengths are her creativity, drive and leadership. She thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand the company’s reach.
Founder, Power52 Inc.
Rob (Daniel) Wallace is a Co-Founder and a Principal in Power52 Energy Solutions, Power52 Foundation's sister company. An electrical & energy engineer, project manager and business consultant, Rob has more than 11 years-experience in program management, renewable energy systems design and development, systems implementation, training and technology management. Rob has developed and built more than 100 MW of solar and wind projects in the U.S. and Africa. Mr. Wallace has also worked in the power market, focusing on frequency response, energy arbitrage and battery storage.
Mr. Wallace also has experience managing engineering, design, and development of all renewable energy projects for a host of private and public clients. Some noteworthy clients include University of Maryland Medical Systems, Johns Hopkins University, City of Baltimore, Carroll County Government, CHIMES International, and the Federal Government.
Rob sits as Chairman of the board for CHIMES International and has served as President of the Baltimore Chapter of AABE (American Association of Blacks in Energy).
Founder, Power52 Inc.
Ray Lewis is a Co-Founder and a Principal in Power52 Energy Solutions, Power52 Foundation's sister company. Ray Lewis was born in Bartow, Florida, in 1975. The oldest of five children, Lewis became a football star at Kathleen High School and was recruited to play at the University of Miami. In 1996, Lewis was a first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens. He led the team to a Super Bowl victory in 2000, and was named Defensive Player of the Year that same season. In 2013, Lewis led the Ravens to another Super Bowl victory. He retired in 2013. Today, Lewis is a New York Times best-selling author for his breakout memoir I Feel Like Going On, a frequent guest on Fox Sports shows Undisputed and The Herd, as well as an in-demand motivational speaker. He devotes his time to being a father, speaker, businessman and community activist.