AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 17, 2014 – National Black MBA Association – Austin Chapter (NBMBAA-Austin Chapter) today announced it has received a grant from the SunPower Foundation, the non-profit arm of SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR), a world-leading solar technology and energy services provider. NBMBAA – Austin Chapter was one of 17 nonprofit organizations recognized for its work in renewable energy, education or environment as part of a semi-annual grant program offered by the SunPower Foundation. The Chapter will use awarded funds towards its Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) Program which develops education initiatives and activities for minority high school students relative to leadership and professional development.

“On behalf of the NBMBAA Austin Chapter Executive Board and our Chapter members, I’d like to thank the SunPower Foundation for honoring our LOT program with this grant,” said Gregory Gibson Jr., President, NBMBAA – Austin Chapter. “The grant funds will benefit our program by affording us the continued opportunity to expose, educate and empower each student to reach his or her maximum potential by identifying and developing key competencies required for their future success,” added Nikeesha Fletcher, Austin Chapter’s LOT Program Director. The SunPower Foundation chose grant recipients in 2013 based on a standard set of criteria including the organization’s 501(c)(3) status, mission, vision and planned use of funds. “Through the SunPower Foundation, our company is pleased to support renewable energy, education and environmental initiatives in communities around the world,” said Doug Richards, SunPower Foundation chairman. “These investments are sure to have a long-lasting impact thanks to the work of groups including NBMBAA – Austin Chapter.” For more information on the NBMBAA Austin Chapter LOT program, call Nikeesha Fletcher at (512) 843-2944 or visit For more information on the SunPower Foundation, visit Pictured from left: Elizabeth Thomas, VP of Education, NBMBAA-Austin Chapter; Shirley Jules, Community Engagement Manager, LOT; Tasha McCarter, Austin Chapter Member and Electrical Engineer, SunPower Corp.; and, Gregory Gibson, Jr, President, NBMBAA – Austin Chapter.