Our Team

Our Team

We are distinguished by the enthusiasm of our employees. Our empathy towards the concerns of peers and clients, intelligence for developing and understanding complex systems for energy efficiency solutions, and most importantly, passion for preserving the environment is what affects our direction. Our passion is contagious, inspiring our clients and each other!

Jim Conlon

Jim is the owner and founder of Elysian Energy. He first conceived Elysian Energy while working as a researcher and intern at the American Council on Renewable Energy. He founded the company in 2007 and has overseen its growth to over 35 employees working across a variety of energy efficiency sectors. His vision, enhancing the built environment for a more sustainable future, has become a core bedrock of the company culture.

Jim has worked in energy for over ten years, with over 9 years of energy efficiency work. During that time he has become certified as a LEED for Homes Green Rater, a Certified Passive House Consultant, a HERS Rater, a HERS QAD rater, a PHIUS+ Rater, a BPI Building Analyst, BPI Envelope Professional, and Energy Auditor trainer.

Jim grew up in Chicago and earned a degree in Biology (Ecosystem Management and Conservation Biology concentration). Jim instituted the volunteer program at our company, and is passionate about local non-profit work. In addition to making contributions to local animal shelters, he rescued his Border-Collie mix, Gaia, from the Washington Animal Rescue League. Gaia is also our unofficial office mascot.

Ethan Balis

Ethan began working for Elysian Energy as an intern in 2008 while finishing his MBA at the George Washington University. Upon graduating in 2009 he accepted the position of Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operations Officer.

Ethan has a passion for efficiency. Ultimately, there are no losers in energy efficiency. Increased energy efficiency helps a building owner save money, benefits the environment, improves the economy, and provides jobs to thousands if not millions of people.

Ethan earned his bachelor’s degree in Social Thought & Analysis and Jewish & Near Eastern Studies with a music minor from Washington University in St. Louis. His MBA from GWU focused on Environmental Strategic Management. Ethan is also a musician and award-winning a cappella arranger.

Whitney Cooper

Whitney has been working for Elysian Energy since 2011. As the Operations Manager, she oversees the ins and outs of logistics, customer care, and coordination of employee growth.  She thrives in a fast-paced work environment, coordinating schedules of 30 employees to provide the highest quality services to clients, while maintaining the mission of this socially progressive, green company. Whitney has a Building Analyst Certification.

After receiving her Masters of Science in International Studies from Oklahoma State University, Whitney worked in the non-profit sector focusing on eco-tourism.  Realizing the impact she could make locally in green job development and homeowner education on energy efficiency, she changed her career focus to work in energy efficiency in the private sector. While not at work she can be found volunteering or organizing for social justice across all Wards in DC.

John Wilkerson

John Wilkerson began as an Energy Auditor with Elysian Energy in April 2009, and accepted the position of Contracting Manager in 2011.  As Contracting Manager, John is responsible for oversight of all home/building improvements performed by Elysian Energy and/or our partner contractors. John was driven to the energy efficiency industry by a natural desire to reduce waste (“It just bothers me”), and a passion for pushing things towards their greatest potential.

While at Elysian Energy he has become an expert in the “how to” of energy efficiency retrofits, and currently holds the following relevant credentials:  BPI Building Analyst, BPI Envelope Professional, BPI Heating Professional, EPA Lead Safe Renovator, and HERS Rater.

John graduated from St. Joseph’s University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science.  If John’s not at work, you might want to check the Raven’s game…or some random trail in the woods.