In 1998, this Oakland native and Howard University alum became the first African-American female from an HBCU to earn the prestigious honor of Rhodes Scholar. At Oxford, she earned her MBA. Peterman went on to become a stellar researcher at the University of California Energy Institute at Haas and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She has co-authored a series of publications on cost and deployment trends in the U.S. solar photovoltaic market. Most recently, Peterman was appointed to the California Energy Commission. She is a Ph.D. candidate in the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley and currently serves on the board of directors for the Utility Reform Network.