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Dan Adler
California Clean Energy Found

Mr. Adler is President of the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF), a $30 million nonprofit venture capital fund created to accelerate investment in California’s clean energy economy. Employing a fund-of-funds model, CalCEF is invested in more than 40 young companies covering the full range of clean energy technologies. In 2006, CalCEF founded the nation’s first university center on energy efficiency, the Energy Efficiency Center at the University of California, Davis, and in 2008, it launched CalCEF Innovations, an affiliated public policy and market intelligence organization, and the CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund, the industry’s first seed stage–focused fund. Prior to joining CalCEF, Mr. Adler was a senior analyst in the Division of Strategic Planning at the California Public Utilities Commission, where he was responsible for the design and implementation of California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard and was senior staff for climate change policy. He is a Director of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and an advisor to the state of California and city of San Francisco on clean energy technologies. He has a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and an MA in Public Policy from Harvard University.

Cecilia Aguillon
Director of Market Development and Government relations
Kyocera Solar

Cecilia Aguillon is the Director of Market Development and Government Relations for Kyocera Solar, Inc. She works with local, state, and federal governments across the United States, Canada and Mexico on designing and implementing solar energy programs and RPS programs. Cecilia currently serves as Vice President on the CalSEIA Board, as Co-Chair of TREIA’s DG Committee, and as member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Good Neighbor Environmental Board. In addition, she is involved in business development, marketing and PR activities in the regions Kyocera has market presence. Cecilia has been with Kyocera for 12 year

Sophie Akins
Best Best & Kreiger, LLP

Sophie Akins is a partner at Best Best & Krieger LLP specializing primarily in solar and alternative energy projects, proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) and public contracts. Ms. Akins specializes in public agency procurement, permitting, design and construction of distributed generation alternative energy projects.  She has worked on a significant number of the state’s public agency solar projects, including but not limited to, solar projects for the Sonoma Valley Unified School District, Davis Joint Unified School District, Rancho California Water District, Valley Center Municipal Water District and Padre Dam Municipal Water District.  In 2009, on a pro-bono basis, Ms. Akins assisted the Ronald McDonald House Charities construct its first solar project under a power purchase agreement.  Also, in 2009, representing 6 water districts and the San Diego County Superintendent of Schools, Ms. Akins successfully defeated SDG&E’s Application 08-12-021 before the CPUC which sought the CPUC’s authorization to proactively shut-off electricity to over a 100,000 residents in the San Diego County backcountry during dry, hot and windy weather conditions.  On behalf of her water district and school district clients, Ms. Akins first obtained a temporary restraining order from the CPUC and, ultimately, obtained the CPUC’s denial of Application 08-12-021.   In 2011, the Daily Journal selected Ms. Akins as one of its top 25 Clean Tech Lawyers in California for the list’s inaugural year.  Ms. Akins is the only attorney from San Diego included in the list.  In 2010, Ms. Akins was recognized by the as one of the top 10 energy lawyers under 40 in the United States.  In San Diego, San Diego Magazine named Ms. Akins to its “40 under 40” honor roll.   Ms. Akins regularly lectures on the topic of alternative energy projects and has spoken at annual Association of California Water Agencies conference, the Crocker Symposium, the Coalition for Adequate School Housing conference as well as other regional meetings.  Ms. Akins serves on the Board of the California Center for Sustainable Energy and the Sustainability Committee of the California Redevelopment Agency.

Manuel Alvarez
Senior Manager
Southern California Edison

A Senior Manager with Southern California Edison and with energy policy at the forefront of Alvarez’s focus, his responsibilities include the preparation, review, and analysis approval of industry policies and, in turn, the implications on SCE, the energy industry, consumers, and the environment.  Alvarez also serves as a primary representative for SCE at public hearings, workshops, & conferences. He develops, directs, and implements strategy and manages regulatory activities and communications related to the California Energy Commission.  He develops and implements strategic and tactical positions relevant to the Company’s business and regulatory objectives.  He cultivates positive relationships both inside and outside the Company to effectively communicate, inform, and respond to regulators and other government or business interests that impact regulatory proceedings.

Previously, Alvarez served as Principal Policy Advisor to three Commissioners of the California Energy Commission from 1985 to 1997.  It was in this position that Alvarez gained a majority of this expertise serving as principle confidant in the formulations California’s energy policy.  Prior to the appointment of  Advisor Manuel served in a number of management  and staff positions for the Energy Commission, Dept, of Fish and Game, Dept of Water Resources and the State Treasure’s Office.

His qualifications begin with academic accomplishments including a MPA from John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and completion of the Executive Leadership Program at UCLA, BS degree in Economics from California Polytechnic University and numerous professional training.   Originally from East Los Angeles, Manuel is a proud graduate of Garfield High School.

Sean Arian
Eos Consulting
A ninth generation Californian, Sean Arian is founder and President of Eos Consulting, helping clients pursue market-driven solutions to tough environmental problems. He is currently acting as an advisor to the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power on cleantech and economic development matters and as Senior Advisor on Green Economy Initiatives to the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. From 2007 to 2010 Sean was the Director of Economic Development for the Mayor of Los Angeles, where he was responsible for driving the City’s green economy strategy, including the Clean Trucks Program and the Cleantech LA partnership. Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Sean worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. He is a past Executive Director of the Harry Bridges Institute and Director of International Relations for the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU).

Edgar Arvizu
Head of Power Markets & Strategy
Gestamp Solar North America, Inc.
Mr. Arvizu joined Gestamp Solar’s U.S. founding team in 2009, headquartered in San Francisco, California. He oversees the company’s utility product offerings and market strategy. Mr. Arvizu has lead the company’s utility strategy, marketing, regulatory and policy functions in the development of over 1.5GW in solar projects across California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and Hawai’i. Prior to Gestamp Solar, Mr. Arvizu worked in technology start-ups (Revolution Money Inc.) and venture capital (Visa, Inc./Visa Venture Capital). Mr. Arvizu began his career in banking with Silicon Valley Bank (NASDAQ: SIVB) where he was Vice President of the Biotechnology and Technology group, leading the execution of debt, equity, and management buyout transactions in over 25 high-growth California companies. Mr. Arvizu has worked and lived in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, and is fluent in Spanish. He earned a BS in Finance from San Diego State University and an MBA from Cornell University as a Merit Scholar.


Robert Backstrom
Research Engineer for the Research Department
Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
Bob is a Research Engineer with UL’s Corporate Research Department’s fire group.
Bob graduated from Harper College with Associates in Fire Science, the Illinois Institute of Technology with a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering and from Worcester Poytechnic Institute with a Master of Science in Fire Protection Engineering. He is a member of the National Fire Protection Association and the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.

His employment experience with Underwriters Laboratories Inc. includes working with the telecommunications, semiconductor, building materials and photovoltaic industries. His special field of interest includes reaction to fire subjects and changes in fire conditions due to deployment of new technologies.
Bob has been a member of various NFPA technical committees, previous technical Editor of ANSI 307 and 319 fire standards for telecommunications equipment, acted as a reviewer for the DHS Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grants Research and Development grant program and serves on the New Trier HS Engineering Curriculum Advisory Committee.

Sabrina C. Barber
Assistant Manager
Imperial Irrigation District

Sabrina C. Barber joined Imperial Irrigation District in 2006 and currently serves as Assistant Manager for the Energy Department, responsible for the planning, management and direction of the Energy Management and Strategic Marketing Unit.  She is responsible for the administration of all energy conservation and public benefits programs, also playing a key role in distribution generation and interconnection projects.    She is a member of Southern California Public Power Authority’s Public Benefits committee and is an advocate for legislation at the state and national levels.   Ms. Barber holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration as well as a Master’s in Public Administration. 

Kevin Barker
Advisor to the Chair
California Energy Commission

Kevin Barker has worked for the Energy Commission since 2007, and as Advisor to Chair Weisenmiller since May 2010.  He co-authored Developing Renewable Generation on State Property, an Energy Commission staff report that serves as an inventory for State Property and sets a goal of 2,500 MW of renewable capacity on state property by 2020. He developed 33% renewable energy scenarios in support of the 2009 Integrated Energy Policy Report and developed the methodology for setting regional targets for the Governors goal of 12,000 MW of localized electricity generation (to be discussed at the conference). He graduated from University of California, Irvine in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Ecology.

Leslie Bar-Ness
Director of State Government Relations
Solyndra, Inc

Leslie Bar-Ness is currently the Director of State and Local Government Affairs for Solyndra, Inc, focusing on state and local governments in the Western United States as well as Latin America.  She works with elected officials and appointed policy makers at the state level to increase the adoption of renewable energy as a means of attaining energy independence and addressing climate change.  She has also worked on data security and consumer protection in an online environment for Symantec Corporation.

Previously, Ms. Bar-Ness served in the administration of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.   In her role of as the Deputy Director in the Silicon Valley, she was responsible for advance and communications in the San Francisco Bay Area and served as a key policy aide in the areas of high technology, bio-technology and economic development.  Prior to joining the Schwarzenegger administration, Ms. Bar-Ness also held a number of positions with the City of San Jose and local non-profits that addressed youth violence and gang involvement. 

Her work in education and economic development began in the early 1990’s when she held a post in San Salvador, El Salvador that assisted newly repatriated refugee communities rebuild their rural infrastructure. Leslie Bar-Ness holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dominican University of California and a Master of Social Work from San Jose State University.

Deborah Behles
Associate Professor
Golden Gate University School of Law
Environmental Law and Justice Clinic

Deborah Behles is an associate professor and staff attorney at Golden Gate University School of Law’s Environmental Law and Justice Clinic.  She teaches the Environmental Law and Justice Clinic and ithe Environmental Law and Justice Seminar.  As part of her Clinic work, she has been actively representing clients in various energy-related matters before the California Public Utilities Commission.  Her recent publications and scholarship include articles discussing California’s implementation of the RPS requirements and potential Clean Air Act reforms.  She was previously a trial attorney with the Department of Justice Environmental Enforcement Section where she litigated several cases involving power plants and Clean Air Act compliance. 

Stephen Berberich
President and Chief Executive Officer
California ISO

 Steve Berberich is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the California Independent System Operator Corporation.

After joining the company in 2005, Mr. Berberich has served in a series of critically important positions.  Prior to his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Berberich was Vice President and Chief Operating Officer responsible for the reliable operation of the transmission system and wholesale electric markets that deliver electricity to 30 million Californians. He also has served as Vice President of Technology and Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Berberich brings more than 20 years of technology and financial experience to the company and has extensive experience in the fields of consulting, financial services and utilities. He has held positions with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and various management positions with Dallas-based TXU, including Vice President, Information Technology, where he was heavily involved with implementing the deregulated electricity market in Texas. 

Mr. Berberich holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tulsa.

Mike Bergey
Bergey Windpower Co.

Mike Bergey is president of Bergey Windpower Co., a leading manufacturer of small wind turbines, and has been involved in the small wind industry since 1977. He is the current president of the Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA) and co-chairs DWEA’s Federal Policy Committee. He has twice served as president of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and served on the AWEA Board of Directors from 1981 to 2007. He chaired the AWEA Small Wind Turbine Committee for more than 15 years and was the principle author of AWEA’s 2002 “U.S. Small Wind Turbine Industry Roadmap: A 20-year Industry Plan for Small Wind Technology”. He chairs the AWEA Small Wind Standards Committee and led the development of the new AWEA certification standard (also adopted in the U.K. and Canada). He serves on the Board of the Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC). He was president of the Norman (Oklahoma) Chamber of Commerce in 2008. In 1994 he was recognized as the “Wind Industry Man of the Year” by AWEA

Laura Berland-Shane
Business Development Manager for Solar Vertical Market Management Group
Siemens Industry
Laura is a business development executive with Siemens Industry’s Solar Vertical Market Management Group. The Solar VMM serves as a hub for all Siemens Industries’ solar products for utility scale and commercial applications, and includes solar PV inverters, as well as automation and control equipment for solar cell and panel manufacturers. Previously, Laura developed solar PV projects for public sector customers with Siemens’ Alternative Energy group within Siemens Building Technologies. She has been a sales and operations professional in the solar PV industry since 2003 – notably as SolarCity ‘s Southern California Sales Director and Permacity Solar’s Chief Operating Officer. Presently. she sits on the Board and is a founding member of The Sustainable Business Council, LA, and is a So Cal Chapter Director for Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), a national non-profit advocacy group affiliated with the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).. Laura also was appointed to the Riverside Solar Task Force, and she sits on the LA Business Council’s Solar Working Group. Laura has an MBA in finance from The Wharton School and a BA in International Relations from Brown University. She is also a LEED AP.

Sarah Birmingham
Director of Western Policy
Solar Alliance

Sara Birmingham is the Director of Western Policy for the Solar Alliance, and is responsible for legislative and regulatory activity related to solar energy policy, primarily in California. She joined the Solar Alliance from Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), where she most recently managed the utility’s California Solar Initiative (CSI) program as well as its predecessor, the Self-Generation Incentive Program. She has been involved in renewable and clean distributed generation and energy efficiency since 1998 when she joined PG&E.

Neil Black
President and Founder
California Bioenergy

Neil Black is California Bioenergy’s President and a founder.  He has over 20 years of senior management experience and for the past six years has been focused on energy and sustainability businesses.  He is a former managing principal of GreenOrder, a leading sustainability consulting firm, and managing director Class Green Capital Partners, an innovator in municipal and energy efficiency finance. Neil ran two technology firms and earlier was president of The Nation magazine. He has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BA from Yale University.  About California Bioenergy:  CalBio is a renewable energy company that develops biomass to clean energy opportunities.  CalBio partners with dairy farms to develop, build, own, and operate projects that capture and store biogas, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and generate renewable electricity.  CalBio’s first project will be coming online in the next 90 days and is located outside of Bakersfield.

Bob Blackstock

Business Development Manager for Energy Storage
Bob is the business development manager for energy storage for SunEdison. His background is in engineering, corporate finance, strategy, and business consulting, with nearly 30 years of experience in several capacities. Early in his career he worked on Capitol Hill, spending most of that time on the House Floor attending to various legislative issues. After college, he was an engineer for Advanced Micro Devices in Silicon Valley for three years. More recently he was a venture capitalist working on photovoltaics, fuel cells, and batteries, with investors that included BASF, Bayer, DuPont, Boeing, Canon, and Honda. Bob has a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford, and an MBA from the University of Southern California. Bob lives in Ventura County with his wife and numerous wild animals.

Tom Blair
Deputy Director
City of San Diego

Tom is a Deputy Environmental Services Director for the City of San Diego. He manages annual City utility expenditures of $45 million providing service to 2400 metered locations. The City has a very active “Green Construction” program and is listed as one of the top Municipal Governments using renewable generation by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership. The City currently produces 50% of its municipal power usage through renewable fueled systems (methane capture, hydroelectric, and solar systems) and sells 25% of the total to SDG&E. Tom has proven experience in Marine Mechanical Engineering and Operations. His formal education includes a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree. Tom is designated “Certified Energy Manager” and “Certified Energy Auditor “by the Association of Energy Engineers.

Kelly E. Boyd
Director of Legislative Affairs of Sacramento Public Affairs Office
Southern California Edison

Ms. Boyd is Director of Legislative Affairs in Southern California Edison’s Sacramento Public Affairs office, where she is responsible for day to day operation of the office and development of legislative strategy.  Prior to coming to SCE in 2009, Ms. Boyd was a Senior Advisor with a regulatory and legislative practice focusing on energy and environmental matters at Nossaman, LLP, and Manatt, LLP, where her clients included SCE, LADWP, IEP, SureWest Communications, Verizon Wireless, Black Dot Wireless, Jazz Semiconductor, and numerous public agencies, finance, communications and high tech firms and energy developers and providers. 

Ms. Boyd also served as Chief Consultant to the California Assembly’s Utilities and Commerce Committee and was part of Assembly Speaker Hertzberg’s energy policy team during the state’s energy crisis.  She spent fourteen years at the California Public Utilities Commission as a Senior Economist and Project/Case Manager on mergers and anti-trust and market abuse matters in telecommunications, and on gain on sale, environmental, revenue and rate matters for energy and water corporations, while also serving as the legislative advocate for the Commission’s Division of Ratepayer Advocates in her final five years at the commission. 

James Brennan
President and Co-Founder
Open Neighborhoods

James Brennan is the President and Co-Founder of Open Neighborhoods, a social media platform supporting Los Angeles County communities in adopting clean power and free Wi-Fi .  Open Neighborhoods ( provides the leading rooftop solar group purchasing program in Los Angeles – offering workshop events, free solar assessments and group discounts for participating Los Angeles County residents and business.  Seeking to further broaden adoption of solar, Open Neighborhoods was recently selected as a semi-finalist in the Cleantech Open national business competition for multi-tenant software the company is developing to allow renters and others to purchase solar power.  The Open Neighborhoods Community Solar program has been effective in reducing payback on solar to 3-5 years and providing financing options to make solar more affordable and accessible for community-wide adoption.  Through its Green Power for Communities program Open Neighborhoods partners with local municipalities, schools, non-profits, and employers to create fundraising opportunities when communities go solar together.

Randolph L. Britt, LEED AP
PARSONS Director of Sustainability

Mr. Randy Britt has comprehensive experience in creating and directing sustainability initiatives programs over the last 32 years.

Randy recently served as the Director of Sustainability Initiatives for the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest school district in the United States, with more than 14,000 buildings on 870 campuses over 700 square miles, serving nearly 700,000 students and 70,000 faculty and staff. 

From 1994 to 1998, while working at May Department Stores, Randy served on the committee that created the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) that governs and manages the electricity grid in California, and was a founding member of the CAISO governing board.

In his current role with Parsons, Randy develops Sustainability Plans, Programs, and Projects for private and public sector clients throughout the world.  Randy also currently serves as an advisor to the Collaborative for High Performance Schools, the California Department of Education for its Schools of the Future Initiative, and the USGBC Center for Green Schools

Donne Brownsey
Senior Vice-President
Sacramento Advocates Inc.

Donne Brownsey, Senior Vice-President of Sacramento Advocates Inc, joined the firm as partner in 2004 after merging the lobbying firm she had headed since 1993. Ms. Brownsey was one of the first women at the State Capitol to establish a lobbying business. A trained mediator and attorney, she represents numerous clients focusing on health care business and pharmaceutical issues, environmental health issues, drug treatment clinic systems, the PV solar industry, alternative dispute resolution law and adoption law. Prior to embarking upon her lobbying career, she was the Chief Legislative Consultant to the California Senate President proTempore for over ten years.

Anthony “Tony” Brunello
California Strategies, LLC.

Anthony Brunello is a Partner at California Strategies, LLC, in the Energy and Environment practice focused on siting, funding and promoting distributed generation projects in California.  Anthony is also the Executive Director of the Green Technology Leadership Group that works on a number of projects including improving consumer electronic energy efficiency, coordinating state Cleantech Cluster work, and developing high quality forest carbon offsets.  Prior to California Strategies, Anthony was the Deputy Secretary for Climate Change and Energy of the California Natural Resources Agency and helped start the state Renewable Energy Policy Group, the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan and the state’s first climate adaptation strategy. Before that, Anthony has worked with the U.S. Forest Service, Executive Director for the Tahoe-Baikal Institute, the PA Consulting Group in Russia and Kazakhstan, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and others.  Brunello has a Master’s of Science in Environmental and Resource Economics from University College London and a B.A. in both Environmental Studies and Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Anthony lives in Sacramento, California.

N. Ross Buckenham
Chairman & CEO
California Bioenergy LLC

California Bioenergy (CalBio) is a renewable energy company that develops biomass to clean energy opportunities in California. CalBio partners with dairy farms to develop, build, own, and operate projects that generate, capture and store biogas and bio-methane, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and generate renewable electricity when and as needed for export. CalBio’s projects generate renewable energy and independently verified carbon offsets – both of which are new sources of value for partnering dairies. Mr. Ross Buckenham is CalBio’s Chairman, CEO and a founder. He is a twenty five year general management veteran and builder of technology ventures both public and private. His experience spans the renewable energy technologies of biogas, wind and solar. His has also built and run software and wireless technology companies being a board member, CEO or general manager in companies such as WebLink Wireless, Retek, CellStar and Advanced Oxygen. He was previously a consultant with Bain & Company. Ross is passionate both in his pursuit of California Bioenergy’s mission to become a large California focused renewable energy and clean tech company leveraging agricultural waste streams and also in developing "Level 5" leadership, operational excellence and exceptional customer service in himself and his management team. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering from Canterbury University, New Zealand and numerous continuing education classes.

Evelyn Butler
Director of Energy & Fueling Systems
Underwriters Laboratories

Evelyn Butler is responsible for UL’s energy and fueling systems sector, managing business strategy, stakeholder relationships and UL’s service portfolio for PV, inverters, generators and biofuel and fueling systems products.  UL is a world leading standards developer focussing on conformity assessment requirements for safety and performance and related areas, as well as a global provider of engineering, testing and certification services in over 19K product categories.


Nicole Capretz
Director of the Green Energy and Good Jobs Campaign
Environmental Health Coalition

Nicole Capretz is the Director of the Green Energy and Good Jobs Campaign at Environmental Health Coalition in San Diego.  Environmental Health Coalition is a 30-yr old environmental justice organization working in the San Diego/Tijuana border region. The campaign aims to reduce San Diego’s carbon footprint, maximize the use of local renewable energy sources, create high-wage green jobs for low-income community members and empower our target communities to have a meaningful voice in their energy and economic future. Nicole has a law degree from Vermont Law School and a Masters in Environmental Law, and has been active in social justice and politics for over 15 years.

Ken Casarez
Pacific Southwest Assistant Regional Manager
Laborers’ International Union of North America

Ken Casarez currently serves as a Pacific Southwest Assistant Regional Manager of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, LiUNA, in an area covering California, Hawaii, Arizona and New Mexico. He has represented the Union and its members for over 25 years in various elected and appointed union, government and labor movement positions. Originally from Santa Barbara, CA, his commitment to working people and the environment were a daily part of growing up middle class in a beach town where he saw firsthand the tragedy of the 1969 oil spill devastate local beaches and wildlife. Adventurer at heart, he has traveled to over 40 countries, much of it with a simple backpack, flexibility and good pair of shoes. Involving himself and his Union early with the Apollo Alliance, the Blue Green Alliance and a lifetime membership with the Sierra Club, he also maintains associations with a diverse collage of labor, political, environmental and international organizations. He is hopeful that labor, business, government, community and environmental alliances can develop enduring partnerships while exceeding the challenges of creating good work opportunities that co-exist with environmental justice.
LiUNA is an international union representing over 500,000 workers and their families through collective bargaining agreements earning family-supporting wages, good benefits and the opportunity for advancement and better lives. ;

Nick Chaset
Director of Market Development and Government Affairs

Nick Chaset is director of market development and government affairs at Q-Cells. Nick is responsible for leading Q-Cells’ North American strategic marketing efforts, as well as representing Q-Cells with local, state and federal government agencies. Prior to Q-Cells, Nick served as government affairs manager for Renewable Funding, where he coordinated federal advocacy and policy strategy efforts. Nick has also worked at the California Public Utilities Commission, where he was a member of the team that launched the California Solar Initiative. Nick has an MBA focused on strategy and marketing from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

Matt Cheney

Matt Cheney is CEO of CleanPath, a developer and financier of utility scale renewables based in San Francisco. In June, CleanPath announced an $800M fund to invest in projects.  He was CEO of Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), and prior to that founder and CEO of MMA Renewable Ventures (MMA RV), the first independent syndicator of Solar Tax Equity funds in the US.  MMA RV syndicated 50 renewable energy projects in five separate funds during Mr. Cheney’s tenure.  Prior to MMA RV, Mr. Cheney was the CEO of NUON Renewable Ventures USA, LLC, while he served as Director of North American Business Development for NUON NV in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  Mr. Cheney has more than twenty-five years in the fields of civil engineering, energy, and environment.  Mr. Cheney is currently working to pass SB 843, the Community Solar Gardens bill. This legislation, an expansion of a nine-year bill credit arrangement between a solar facility he owns and the City of Davis, would expand access to affordable renewable energy to Californians without subsidies, and help Investor Owned Utilities achieve their RPS requirements cheaper and faster.

Thomas Christofk
Air Pollution Control Officer
Placer County Air Pollution Control District
Tom Christofk was appointed the Air Pollution Control Officer for the Placer County Air Pollution Control District in 2002 after having served as the District’s General Manager since December 1999. Prior to this he was a Senior Management Analyst with the Placer County Executive Office, responsible for emergency/incident management and special projects and served as a Planning Section Chief on an Incident Command Team for the California Division of Forestry and Fire Protection. From 1973 through 1981 he was an officer in the US Marine Corps, serving in a variety of command and staff positions, to include development testing of new systems in ship to shore movement and advanced munitions. From 1981 until 1990 he held a number of different positions with Ford Aerospace and Communications Corporation to include Training Section Supervisor, Program Manager, and Marketing Manager for both ordnance and advanced technology programs. Thereafter he was a general manager of a small manufacturing company and marketing consultant until moving into the public sector in 1995 with Placer County. Additionally, Tom is a past President of the Western States Trail Foundation, an association dedicated to preserving and maintaining the historic trail through the Sierra’s from Lake Tahoe to Auburn and has actively been involved both in competing and directing the annual 100 mile Western States Trail Ride (Tevis) endurance event since 1996. Tom is also on the Board of Directors for the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA), and is currently serving as the President of the Association. He is also a member of the Air and Waste Management Association. Tom has a BA in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University of Los Angeles.

William Chung
Supervising Project Manager in the Generation Interconnection Services Department
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)

William Chung joined PG&E in 2006 and is currently a Supervising Project Manager in the Generation Interconnection Services department.  The Generation Interconnection Services department is responsible for the end to end process for generator interconnections under California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) jurisdiction and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) jurisdiction.  Mr. Chung’s role is to evaluate and implement improvements to ensure sufficient resources, appropriate policies, effective tools, and efficient processes are in place to achieve an interconnection process that meets customer and company demands.  Mr. Chung is P.M.P. certified and received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where he focused on controls.

Jeanne Clinton
Manager of Demand-Side Programs Brance
California Public Utilities Commission

Jeanne Clinton manages the Demand-Side Programs Branch at the California Public Utilities Commission, focused on energy efficiency, demand response, and customer-based generation.  Previously she was Governor Schwarzenegger’s Clean Energy Advisor at the CPUC, when she led the California Solar Initiative and guided California’s Long-Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan, and in 2004 led the Governor’s Green Building Initiative. Jeanne has spent her career working on clean energy issues, sustainable development, and climate mitigation in a variety of roles, from government policy and strategy, to utility and market program delivery, both in the U.S. and internationally. She has degrees from Dartmouth College and U.C. Berkeley in city and regional planning.

Damon Connolly
Marin Energy Authority

Damon Connolly is the Chair of the Marin Energy Authority (MEA) and also serves on the San Rafael City Council.  Mr. Connolly is a founding member of the MEA Board of Directors, which made history when they launched Marin Clean Energy, California’s first operational Community Choice Aggregation program in 2010.  Under his watch, MEA is providing a renewable energy alternative to thousands of Marin customers and is already reducing greenhouse gases by more than 68,000 tons a year. In fact, MEA is the only reporting utility in the state to have exceeded California’s Renewable Portfolio Standards, helping cities and towns to reach State AB32 targets.  Mr. Connolly previously served as a Supervising Deputy Attorney General for the State of California, focusing on energy issues following the energy crisis of 2000-01.

Judith Corbett
Founder and Executive Director
Local Government Commission

Judith A. Corbett is the founder and for the past 30 years has served as Executive Director of the Local Government Commission.  She holds an MS in Ecology from the University of California and was co-developer of the highly acclaimed Village Homes, a model for sustainable development located in Davis, CA.  Corbett has coauthored three books on resource efficient land use and building design, most recently Designing Sustainable Communities:  Learning from Village Homes.  With the Local Government Commission, she has published over 50 policy guidebooks for local government officials on topics including community water sustainability, hazardous waste reduction, recycling, energy conservation and alternative energy, sustainable economic development, and resource-efficient land use patterns.  The Ahwahnee Land Use Principles, spearheaded by Corbett, forecast the Smart Growth movement.  She has served as a featured speaker at conferences throughout the United States, Mexico, and Europe. She was named by Time Magazine as a "Hero for the Planet" and in 2005 received the National Leadership in Planning Award from the American Planning Association.  She serves as a Boardmember for the Rail-Volution Conference and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Congress for the New Urbanism for the past 15 years.

Rory Cox
Senior Energy Consultant
Pacific Environment
Rory Cox is a Senior Energy Consultant for Pacific Environment, a non-profit organization based in San Francisco. Rory is the Executive Editor of the forthcoming report, “Bay Area Smart Energy 2020,” which details how the San Francisco Bay Area can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent from the electrical sector with a build out of distributed generation and proper implementation of state laws and policies on energy efficiency. Rory also oversees Pacific Environment’s work at the Public Utilities Commission, where the organization is a party in utility Long Term Procurement Plans. Previously, Rory was the coordinator of Ratepayers for Affordable Clean Energy (RACE), a West Coast coalition which opposed the development of Liquefied Natural Gas terminals. Rory is also a fellow with Together Green, a project of Audubon and Toyota, and has a Master of Arts in International Relations from San Francisco State University.

David Crane
President and CEO
NRG Energy, Inc.

David Crane is the President and CEO of NRG Energy, a Fortune 300 electric power generation company based in Princeton, New Jersey. Under his leadership, NRG doubled its size to more than 25,000 megawatts generation of capacity—enough to power approximately 20 million homes. NRG’s retail businesses serve nearly 1.9 million residential, business, commercial and industrial customers.

As part of Crane’s commitment to low and no carbon generation, NRG owns four wind farms in Texas and the largest photovoltaic solar field in California. In total, the Company has more than 2,000 MW of solar projects under development or in construction across the southwestern United States. Additionally, last September, both Crane and NRG were recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative for funding a project to expand the use of solar power in Haiti.
To help promote the adoption of electric vehicles, NRG is partnering with electric vehicle manufacturers and other companies and – through its Reliant retail subsidiary – building vehicle charging infrastructure in the City of Houston. The Company’s other clean energy initiatives include developing biomass and offshore wind projects, as well as a commercial-scale carbon capture demonstration project at one of its Texas coal plants.

Prior to joining NRG, Crane was CEO of International Power and held positions at Lehman Brothers and ABB Energy Ventures. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.

Wade Crowfoot
Deputy Director
Governor’s Office of Planning and Research

Wade Crowfoot is Deputy Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR).  He is part of the Governor’s energy and environment team working to advance distributed generation, CEQA processing/analysis, Land Use, Military and local government issues.  Prior to joining the Governor’s administration, Wade served as West Coast Regional Director for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).  Wade formerly worked for San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom as his environmental advisor and Director of Governmental Affairs.  His career also includes experience in the fields of public opinion research and urban economic development.

Eric J. Curry
Distributed Solar

Mr. Curry currently leads NRG Solar’s distributed solar generation effort in the Western portion of  North America.  He has nearly 10 years of experience in various areas of the energy industry including oil and gas, power, cogen and industrial gas.  Prior to his position at NRG Solar, Mr. Curry worked in development strategy for NRG Energy, overseeing development efforts across the country in fuels including solar, wind, gas, coal, and biomass comprising a development pipeline of 3,500MWs.  He was also the Corporate Financial Planning Manager for the Texas Region for NRG Energy, the company’s largest generation segment.  Before joining NRG, he worked at Air Liquide as Financial Manager, Project Development.  Mr. Curry has an Masters in Business Administration from the Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Houston.   He has also served in the U.S. Navy. 


Katie DeCarlo
Director of the Green Collar Jobs Campaign
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

Katie DeCarlo is honored to be the Director of the Green Collar Jobs Campaign at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. A self-described political nerd, she brings a wealth of campaign, issue advocacy, organizational management and public affairs experience to the Green Jobs movement, where she works to ensure the shift to clean energy and industries is also a shift a more sustainable and just economy. Working in Oakland   and statewide, her campaigns focus on policy, electoral, and private sector routes to bringing communities of color to the environmental table.  Prior to joining the Ella Baker Center, Katie spent time on the campaign trail in New York, Ohio, and Florida, managing field programs for Democratic congressional districts. Her original love, this return to electoral campaigns solidified a belief that engaging communities in inclusive, meaningful ways is the only path to effective governance.

Bernadette Del Chiaro
Clean Energy Advocate
Environment California & Environment California Research & Policy Center

Ms. Del Chiaro runs Environment California Research & Policy Center’s Clean Energy Program. In this capacity, Ms. Del Chiaro advocates before the California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission, and before municipal agencies on clean energy issues. She’s been interviewed by and widely quoted in numerous and varied media outlets including MSNBC and NBC Nightly News, NPR, BBC World News, New York Times, Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press. She has been invited to testify before various legislative committees and has been a speaker at numerous energy and environmental policy workshops. In addition, Ms. Del Chiaro has authored numerous reports, including "Solar Water Heating: How California Can Reduce Its Dependence on Natural Gas," "Bringing Solar to Scale: California’s Opportunities to Create a Thriving, Self-Sustaining Residential Solar Market," "The Economics of Solar Homes in California," and "Clean and Affordable Power: How Los Angeles Can Get To 20% Renewable Energy by 2017." Prior to joining Environment California’s staff in 2002, Bernadette served as Organizing Director for the Toxics Action Center where she coordinated the successful campaign to clean up Connecticut’s "Filthy Five" coal-fired power plants. From 1995-1996, Ms. Del Chiaro staffed the local campaign office to stop the proposed Ward Valley nuclear waste dump in Needles, California. In 1998, she graduated from Green Corps, the field school for environmental organizing. Ms. Del Chiaro holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Conservation and Resource Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. She lives in Sacramento with her husband and children.

J.R. DeLaRosa
Executive Fellow
Office of California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.

J.R. DeLaRosa is an Executive Fellow placed in the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown where he works on environmental and renewable energy policy. Prior to his work as a Fellow, he worked in Salinas as a Field Representative for Assemblymember Anna Caballero while attending law school in the evenings. Since undergrad, J.R.’s focus has been on the environment and social justice, and in his current placement he has worked extensively with the Governor’s Renewable Energy Team on policy to ensure that California is a leader in clean, environmentally friendly renewable energy production.

J.R. DeShazo
Professor of Public Policy

J.R. DeShazo is Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Los Angeles where he is an expert in energy and environmental economics, public finance and organizational governance. He is the Director of UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, a cross-campus center focused on environmental sustainability. He received a Ph.D. from Harvard University and a Master from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar. DeShazo’s recent research has focused on renewable energy, regulatory reform, climate change policy, and valuing the health impacts of environmental policy. He has lead research and policy reform initiatives funded by the National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, Health Canada, the World Bank, Global Environmental Fund and several state agencies. He has advised the US Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, the World Bank, United Nations, the Ford Foundation, the McArthur Foundation and various international organizations.

Cisco DeVries
Renewable Funding LLC

Cisco DeVries is President of Renewable Funding, which helps local and state governments around the country design, administer and finance clean energy initiatives. Previously, as Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Berkeley, he envisioned and led the initial development of the PACE model, which allows property owners to pay for solar installations and energy efficiency projects as a line item on their property tax bill. DeVries also served as an appointee in the administration of President Bill Clinton, serving as an aide to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation and the U.S.

Carla Din
East Bay Green Corridor

Carla Din is the Director of the East Bay Green Corridor, an eight-city partnership with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California Berkeley, California State University East Bay, and the Peralta and Contra Costa Community College Districts to create a thriving region of cleantech innovation and commercialization and local economic development.  Prior to this position, Carla served as the Western Regional Director for the Apollo Alliance where she helped craft successful State legislation to provide incentives for solar energy use in Hawaii; establish Green Technology Partnership Academies in California’s high schools; and increase energy efficiency in Oregon’s public buildings.

Tom Doyle
President & CEO, NRG Solar
Executive Vice President, NRG Energy

Mr. Doyle has 25 years of progressive professional experience in domestic and international energy markets, with more than a decade in senior level management positions managing a significant P&L. 

Prior to joining NRG, he served as Executive Vice President of Global Development at BrightSource Energy, where he was responsible for managing a development team that secured over 2600 MWs of solar off-take agreements. 

For nearly 14 years, Mr. Doyle was based in Hong Kong and Singapore, as InterGen’s Managing Director responsible for development and asset management.  He was recruited to InterGen from Foster Wheeler where he held the position of Managing Director, Asia. 

Mr. Doyle is a licensed Professional Engineer, holds an M.B.A. and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona. 


Ethan Elkind
Bank of America Climate Change Research Fellow
UC Berkeley and UCLA School of Law

Ethan Elkind is the Bank of America Climate Change Research Fellow with a joint appointment at the UC Berkeley School of Law and the UCLA School of Law. In this capacity, he serves as the key organizer and researcher for UCLA-UC Berkeley’s workshops for business leaders and policy-makers to discuss best practices for addressing climate change. Previously, he served as an environmental law research fellow at the UCLA School of Law, writing a book on the history of the Los Angeles Metro Rail system, and taught in the UCLA School of Law’s Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic. He has a background in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), climate change law, renewable energy laws and regulations, environmental justice, and other environmental law topics. In 2005, he co-founded The Nakwatsvewat Institute, Inc., a Native American nonprofit organization that provides alternative dispute resolution services and support for tribal governance and educational institutions. Ethan graduated from the UCLA School of Law as a member of the Order of the Coif and received his B.A. from Brown University.

Eric Engelman

Energy Policy Analyst
Office of the Mayor, City of San Diego
Eric advises Mayor Jerry Sanders on strategic energy policies and programs for the City of San Diego. He is charged with advancing the Mayor’s agenda to promote economic growth by solidifying San Diego’s leadership in adopting clean technology. Eric is currently developing policies and programs to finance renewable and energy efficiency investments in the residential and commercial sectors and take advantage of opportunities to utilize clean technologies and achieve cost-saving at the City. Previously, Eric worked as a Development Economist with a global energy and transport infrastructure firm based in Washington, DC where he managed economic planning, modeling, institutional design and impact evaluation projects internationally. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Georgetown University and a Masters in Environmental Policy and International Development from UCSD along with designation as an Energy Manager in Training (EMIT) from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).


Diane Fellman Director of Regulatory & Governmental Affairs NRG West & Solar

Ms. Fellman serves as a Director, West Region, Regulatory and Governmental Affairs for NRG Energy, Inc. and NRG Solar, LLC. Her work has focused on the advancement of governmental policies to encourage the development of solar resources (both utility scale and distributed generation), independent energy generation and electric vehicles. Previously, Ms. Fellman represented private energy developers before the California Public Utilities and Energy Commissions as well as in negotiations with the utilities for power purchase agreements.
Diane Fellman started her career in public service as an Administrative Law Judge with the Ohio Power Siting Commission. She came to California during the first Brown Administration to serve as a Hearing Officer and Office Manager at the Energy Commission and staff counsel for the Public Utilities Commission.
Ms. Fellman has a law degree from the University of Cincinnati and an undergraduate degree in political science from the Ohio State University.

Mark Fillinger
Director of Development
First Solar

Mr. Fillinger is responsible for developing First Solar’s utility-scale solar projects and leading the origination team in the US. A 20+-year energy industry executive, Mr. Fillinger has extensive experience with siting, permitting, financing and negotiating all project related contracts, including over 1,000 MW of utility scale PPAs.

Prior to First Solar, Mr. Fillinger worked with NextLight and OptiSolar where he led both development and project finance activities (both companies were acquired by First Solar). Previously, he worked at PowerLight Corporation (now SunPower) where he developed the company’s power purchase agreement offering, negotiating and closing the first $40 million of projects developed under this structure. While at the California Consumer Power and Conservation Financing Authority, he developed a third party PV acquisition program for State agencies. Mr. Fillinger also worked at Enron North America, where he served as Director of Power Origination. Previous experience also includes Calpine Corporation, where he implemented unique financing structures and Security Pacific Merchant Bank, and where he analyzed, structured, and closed over 1,000 MWs of independent power projects.

Mr. Fillinger holds a B.S in Energy Economics from the University of California, Davis and an M.B.A in Finance from Columbia University.

Michel Peter (“Mike”) Florio

California Public Utilities Commission
Michel Peter “Mike” Florio was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission in January of 2011 by Governor Jerry Brown. Prior to this appointment, he served for over 30 years as an attorney for The Utility Reform Network (TURN), the leading utility consumer advocate group in California. In this position he was responsible for coordinating the development of TURN’s policy positions on energy-related issues and advocating those positions before various governmental agencies. Commissioner Florio also served on the governing board of the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) from its creation in May of 1997 until early 2005.

Thomas Flynn
Southern California Edison

With 25 years in the electricity industry, Tom has broad experience in transmission regulatory policy and legislative and external affairs.  At SCE, Tom is a manager in the transmission regulatory policy area and a frequent SCE representative in CAISO transmission-related processes.  Before coming to SCE, Tom held various positions with Navigant Consulting (formerly Resource Management International, or RMI, where he was on the planning team for the 500 kV California-Oregon Transmission Project), the California Energy Commission, the California Electricity Oversight Board, the California Power Authority, and the California Public Utilities Commission.

Bob Foster
Mayor of Long Beach
A Lifetime of Leadership and Community Service

Mayor Bob Foster is a widely-respected business and community leader who was elected as the 27th mayor of Long Beach in June 2006.  He was re-elected for a second term in June 2010.

Mayor Foster served as president of Southern California Edison before his retirement in 2006 after more than 20 years with the company.  As an Edison executive, Mayor Foster led California’s largest electric company through the 1999 energy crisis.  During Mayor Foster’s tenure, Edison developed the largest renewable, clean energy programs (solar, geothermal, biomass and wind) in the United States.

Mayor Foster began his career in public service as a staffer in the California State Senate and California Energy Commission where he established statewide energy efficiency standards that are still enforced today. 

He was appointed as the Environment Committee chair in 2008, elected to the Advisory Board in 2009, the Board of Trustees in 2010, and Nominating Committee chair and Business Council chair in 2011 for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. 

Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Mayor Foster to the Board of Governors for the California Independent Systems Operators (ISO) in 2010 and he was appointed chair of the Board in 2011.

Mayor Foster is a graduate of San Jose State University in public administration. Prior to his election as mayor, Mayor Foster served as a trustee to the California State University system and remains active in a number of community and public policy organizations.

Mayor Foster and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 42 years and have two grown sons and three grandchildren.  The Mayor and Mrs. Foster work to support a variety of community organizations.

Kevin Fox
Keyes & Fox LLP

Kevin Fox is a partner at the law firm Keyes & Fox LLP, which has represented the Interstate Renewable Energy Council in regulatory proceedings before nearly 40 state public utility commissions. Mr. Fox has developed a highly specialized law practice that focuses on assisting clients with achieving regulatory goals and objectives, in particular energy market transformation efforts that facilitate growth in distributed energy resources. Mr. Fox also advises renewable energy project developers on regulatory compliance matters and the drafting and negotiation of complex commercial agreements that facilitate renewable energy project development.

In 2011, Mr. Fox was named by California’s Daily Journal, a legal publication, as one of Calirnoria’s top 25 clean technology attorneys. Mr. Fox is a member of the California and Oregon bars. He received a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. from the University of California, Davis, where he focused on energy policy analysis and planning and graduated with highest honors.

Stephen Frantz
Program and Operations Planning Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Stephen Frantz is a strategic planner for Sacramento Municipal Utility District. In this capacity, he designed SMUD’s 10-year PV incentive program required by California Senate Bill 1 and served as lead planner for SolarShares, a new business model for expanding grid-connected PV capacity at a lower cost to ratepayers than the standard subsidy program. He has also served as lead planner for a variety of customer-based energy efficiency programs. Prior to joining SMUD, he managed a technical editing company whose clients included American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and the California Energy Commission.

Randal Friedman
California Government Affairs Manager
Navy Region Southwest

Randal Friedman serves as California Government Affairs Manager for Navy Region Southwest including nine major installations in California with a footprint of nearly 1.6 million acres and home the largest naval complex in the world. Mr. Friedman serves as the liaison for the Executive and Legislative Branches of government including legislative and regulatory issues spanning the full spectrum of policy areas. Prior to his 23 years with the Navy Mr. Friedman worked for several state agencies including the California Coastal Commission, the Department of Toxic Substances Control, and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. He graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz.

Katrina Fritz-Intwala
Manager of Business Development and Strategic Planning
UTC Power

Katrina Fritz Intwala is Manager, Business Development and Strategic Planning, at UTC Power, leading the Company’s government business development for ultra-efficient stationary and transportation fuel cell systems.  She also represents UTC Power’s interests in policy and regulatory affairs that impact fuel cells and the clean energy sector. Katrina joined UTC Power in September 2010 after five years with Plug Power, where she was Vice President of Business Development and Government Relations, responsible for marketing and sales of stationary and material handling fuel cell systems and advancing public policy priorities. Before her tenure at Plug Power, Katrina served as Director of Operations for the Case Advanced Power Institute at Case Western Reserve University. Prior to Case, Katrina held positions in marketing and organizational development for SCO UNIX, a software company in Santa Cruz, California and Watford, United Kingdom. She has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition.  Katrina is currently Chair of the Industry Advisory Panel to the California Stationary Fuel Cell Collaborative, and a member of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT), working with federal and state entities to increase distributed generation and combined heat and power resources in California.  She also serves as Vice-Chair of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York Board of Directors, advancing clean power generation in New York State with wind, solar and other alternate energy stakeholders. Katrina received a BA in Spanish from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.

Paul Fukumoto
Director of Programs
Flex Energy Inc.

Paul Fukumoto is responsible for the FlexEnergy Inc product applications and distributed energy projects. He provides installation assistance to the FlexEnergy Inc clients. Paul has over a decade of experience on air permitting, utility interconnection and other project siting requirements. Prior to FlexEnergy Inc, Paul was the Field Applications Manger for Ingersoll Rand Energy Systems where he was responsible for deploying over 15 MW of microturbines. He graduated from University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor’s in Engineering Sciences and a Master’s in Engineering Physics


Rick Gilliam
Global Policy Advisor

Based in SunEdison’s Colorado Regional Operations Center, Mr. Gilliam oversees the Company’s state and federal legislative and regulatory functions including solar policy development, initiatives and implementation for North America.  He was also the principal author of Amendment 37 – the renewable energy ballot initiative in Colorado passed by the voters in 2004. He joined SunEdison in 2007 to manage the Company’s legislative and regulatory efforts in the Western US.  Prior to joining SunEdison, Mr. Gilliam was Senior Energy Policy Advisor with Western Resource Advocates addressing state energy policies in the intermountain West including the portfolio standards and implementation rules in Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Colorado. He also worked on policies related to energy efficiency and demand-side resources. Prior to WRA, Mr. Gilliam directed the revenue requirements (rate) department for Public Service Company of Colorado, and in a variety of roles dealing with wholesale electric utility rates for the FERC. Mr. Gilliam has a B.S. in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York and a Masters of Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. 

Holly Gordon
Vice President of Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Holly serves as SunRun’s lead on all federal and state legislative and regulatory work ensuring SunRun’s affordable solar power service is available to the most consumers possible. Holly came to SunRun from Ausra, a utility-scale solar thermal company, where she served as the lead on all federal and state legislative and regulatory work. While at Ausra, Holly helped form and was President of the Large-scale Solar Association. Prior to Ausra, Holly worked and taught at the Stanford Law School Environmental Law Clinic focused on environmental and energy related legal issues. Prior to joining Stanford, she was an environmental justice attorney at Communities for a Better Environment and at the Chicago Environmental Law Clinic. During her tenure there, she served as the Assistant Director of the Program in Environmental and Energy Law. She also served as an adjunct environmental law professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law, and Northwestern University School of Law. Previously, she was an associate in Jones Day’s Chicago office. Holly received a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law and a B.A. in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis.

Johanna Gregory-Partin
Director of Climate Protection Initiatives
Office of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee
Johanna Gregory Partin serves as Director of Climate Protection Initiatives in the office of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, where she advises Mayor Lee on citywide sustainable energy, climate, transportation, green building and other programs promoting sustainability for San Francisco. Ms. Partin served in the same position under Mayor Gavin Newsom from August 2009-January 2011. Ms. Partin is also a Board Member for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and a Faculty Member for the Climate Leadership Academy. From 2006-2009, Ms. Partin served as Renewable Energy Program Manager at the San Francisco Department of Environment, where she worked to help the City meet its renewable energy targets, focusing on the residential and commercial sectors. Ms. Partin has over 17 years’ experience in the fields of renewable energy, microfinance, gender equity and sustainable development, and has worked both locally and in more than 15 countries around the world. Johanna has a Master’s degree in Energy & Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Anthropology from UC Santa Barbara.

Erin Grizard

Senior Manager of Regulatory and Government Affairs
Bloom Energy
Erin Grizard is Senior Manager of Regulatory and Government Affairs at Bloom Energy. In this role she has the opportunity to interface with policy makers at the legislature and regulatory agencies on behalf of Bloom. Grizard’s background includes positions with state government, non-governmental organizations and policy institutions, and includes experience in shaping environmental policy and designing and managing advocacy national and state advocacy campaigns. Grizard served as the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) Deputy Director of the Office of Governmental Affairs. During her tenure at the CPUC, she represented the Commission before the state Legislature on energy and climate legislation, and she also worked on issues related to federal energy legislation. Prior to her work for the CPUC, Grizard was based in Washington, DC, working on energy and climate campaigns for the Pew Environment Group (Pew Charitable Trusts). While at Pew, Grizard led organizing efforts in several states, focusing on climate policy, clean air policy and energy policy. Grizard earned her master’s degree in public policy at The George Washington University, focusing on environmental policy. While a graduate student, Grizard also worked at The Annenberg Public Policy Center, contributing to published reports on legislative issue advertising.

Marianna Grossman
Executive Director

Sustainable Silicon Valley
Marianna Grossman is Executive Director of Sustainable Silicon Valley, a consortium of 130 businesses, governments and civic organizations dedicated to addressing underlying causes of key environmental pressures, building a strong economy and a socially equitable community. Previous roles include Partner for Sustainability and Innovation for Minerva Consulting; investor in high tech startups; and corporate roles in the automotive, computer and semiconductor industries. She founded the Palo Alto Unified School District Sustainable Schools Committee and was convener of the Peninsula/South Bay Working Group of California Interfaith Power and Light. She earned an MBA from Yale University and a BA, cum laude, with distinction in Policy Studies from Dartmouth College.


Freeman S. Hall
Founder and President
Solar Electric Solutions, LLC

Mr. Hall is the founder and President of Solar Electric Solutions, LLC, a developer of solar PV projects of between 2 – 20MWs. Prior to founding Solar Electric Solutions, Mr. Hall served as Vice President of Project Finance & Corporate Development for Turner Renewable Energy (TRE) before the company was sold to First Solar in 2007. He developed the investment strategy and led the investment in TRE for Ted Turner in 2006. After the acquisition, Mr. Hall joined TRE to develop the company’s capability to offer Power Purchase Agreements or PPA’s to customers.  Mr. Hall co-founded Ecos Technologies Inc., a leading provider of enterprise solutions for corporate environmental, health, and safety management with responsibilities for product marketing and sales from 2000 to 2004. Mr. Hall has also spent six years as a management consultant for Andersen Consulting’s Strategic Services practice and for clients such as DuPont.  Mr. Hall holds a BA from Duke University, and an MBA with distinction from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Peter Hamilton
Director of Energy Services
California Center for Sustainable Energy

Peter Hamilton is our Director of Energy Service. Pete provides leadership for CCSE’s program services, including managing day-to-day operations of the program team and providing operational oversight to ensure that implementation is aligned with CCSE strategies across markets being served. 

Pete is dedicated to using business and technology to help solve our growing social, environmental and economic challenges. For over a decade, he has worked for industry, academic, non-profit and government entities focused on the development and commercialization of clean energy and water technology. Prior to joining the CCSE, he was Business Development Manager for EnerNOC in Southern California.

Before that he served as a venture capitalist focusing on providing clean energy for developing countries and as interim general manager for the West African subsidiary of WaterHealth International, a venture-backed for-profit enterprise that installs village-owned micro-utilities providing affordable and safe drinking water. 

Pete has worked as an engineer, researcher, marketing strategist, and consultant in a dozen countries. His clients and employers have included Solar Turbines (a Caterpillar company), Lockheed Martin, Exxon Mobil, General Electric, the California Air Resources Board, early and mid-stage cleantech startups, and several non-profits in the developing world.

Pete is fluent in English and Spanish, and holds degrees from Swarthmore College (BS, Engineering), UC Davis (MS, Transportation Technology & Policy), and Cornell University (MBA).

Bob Hargreaves
Best Best & Kreiger, LLP

Bob Hargreaves is a partner of Best Best & Krieger LLP and heads of the firm’s renewable energy sub-practice group. He is managing partner of the firm’s desert office in Indian Wells.  He specializes in general municipal, land use and energy law.  He has assisted both public and private clients in power purchase and entitlement processes for utility and customer scale renewable energy projects.  Mr. Hargreaves sits on the Board of Directors of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership and is a leader of its Renewable Energy Roundtable. He sits on the advisory board of the U.C. Riverside’s Southern California Research Institute for Solar Energy (SCRISE) and Wilson Center for Sustainable Energy and Environmental Systems.

Greg Hayes
Senior Consultant to Senator’s Select Committee on Energy Efficiency
Office of Senator Kevin de Leon

Hayes serves as Senior Consultant to the Senator’s Select Committee on Energy Efficiency and as his Communications Director. He joined the Senator in January after several years working in the clean tech industry as an entrepreneur and advisor to several start-up companies. As co-founder of Clean World Partners, Hayes worked to build the nation’s first commercial food waste-to-energy system using proprietary advanced anaerobic digestion technology invented at UC Davis by his partner Dr. Ruihong Zhang. Hayes also advised two consumer web application companies, an LED lighting company and Zinc Air, Inc, which is an energy storage company.

Alison Healy
Executive Director

Solar Sonoma County
Alison’s career really began when she opened her award winning special events firm in 1984, Creative Celebrations. Without financial backing, through her innate marketing skills, she built the business into one of the largest in Boston, with annual sales of over one million dollars. Crowned with the prestigious “Best of Boston” award, Alison leveraged a small business into the eyes of the media through cultivating community leaders, high profile clients and using unique branding and sales techniques to put her above the her competitors.
Ready for a new challenge, Alison left to crew on a tall ship as deck hand and cook, along the California coast, for 6 months. She enjoyed the hands on-learning programs for elementary school children. This window into a different life opened the doors for Alison to continue her hobby working as a pro-bono marketing director, fundraiser and volunteer trainer for the non-profit ship. At the same time, she began to work as a full time consultant to celebrity chef restaurants, PR firms and event planners. During this period, she further honed her skills at marketing and PR, cultivating media and developing branding for her clients. Her next step was to assume the helm at Hornblower as General Manger where she was charged with re-branding the product for a $13,000,000 operation. Perhaps most important was cultivating media attention to change the perception of the product and brand it differently, this attracting both locals and tourists at a new level of sophistication.
Looking for a new way to make a difference, Alison opted to downsize her business and plan a path to the sustainable industry in 2007. In 2007-2008, she refined her skills and education at The Presidio Graduate School and Stanford Business School, and now in 2011 as a fellow at the Leadership Institute for Environment and Ecology. In 2009, Alison accepted a position as Executive Director at Solar Sonoma County (SSC) where she has enjoyed building on the successes emanating from being one of 25 DOE Solar America Cities (SAC), and the only one, countywide. SSC recently won the DOE award for STEEL on the ROOF, celebrating the most solar installation of any SAC, 42 MW.
Alison is married to a former naval officer of the Mexican tall ship, Cuauhtémoc and lives with their son in Sausalito.

Sean B. Hecht
Executive Director of UCLA Environmental Law Center
UCLA School of Law

Sean B. Hecht is the Executive Director of the UCLA Environmental Law Center at UCLA School of Law.  He teaches Public Natural Resources Law and Policy, Environmental Law, the Environmental Law Clinic, and a Climate Change Seminar at the School of Law.  He directs the activities of the Evan Frankel Environmental Law and Policy Program, which include research and education on governance, regulation, and environmental policy.  Sean builds collaborations on environmental issues involving academia, practicing environmental lawyers, advocacy organizations, policymakers, and the business community.  He recently authored or co-authored an analysis of California’s Proposition 26, an article analyzing California’s new “rigs to reefs” legislation, and a set of environmental policy recommendations for Governor Brown.  His current research projects include evaluating the way courts review environmental impact analysis under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), analyzing the insurance and finance sectors’ roles in helping society adapt to climate change impacts, and studying the adaptation of decisionmaking in the governmental and private sectors to changing climatic conditions.  He also serves as founding Chair of the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to carry out mitigation and other public benefit projects that assess, protect, and improve health, quality of life, and the natural environment, with a focus on the near-port communities of San Pedro and Wilmington, California. He has served as a California Deputy Attorney General and as a private-sector attorney.  Sean blogs about environmental law and policy topics, along with other UCLA and UC Berkeley law faculty, at

Cindy Herleikson
Organizational Advancement
LIUNA Training and Education Fund

Cindy Herleikson has promoted construction craft worker training for Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) members since joining the LIUNA Training and Education Fund in 1993.  LIUNA Training is the arm of the Laborers International that develops the curriculum and training programs for the membership. ( Cindy is committed to creating opportunities for the members to be employed in good living wage jobs. Her efforts have focused primarily on environmental remediation, disadvantaged and minority worker programs, and most recently, energy efficiency and green construction. With a background in geography and land use analysis, environmental issues have been a focal part of her personal and professional life. Cindy has a Bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University in Ohio and a Master’s degree from Michigan State University. Past experiences have ranged from habitat preservation on the California Condor Recovery Plan to promotion of hazardous waste site remediation agreements. She sees quality worker and employer training as a key component for successful growth of the renewable energy industry, and as a way of reducing our carbon footprint.

Benjamin Higgins

Director of Government Affairs
Mainstream Energy Corporation
Ben Higgins serves as the Director of Government Affairs for Mainstream Energy Corp., where he works closely with company and industry leadership, as well as state and federal policymakers to craft policies which make for a more stable, sustainable business environment for solar electricity generation.
Mainstream Energy Corp. is the parent company of REC Solar, an industry-leading solar provider specializing in grid-tied residential and commercial installations, and AEE Solar, one of the country’s largest distributors of renewable energy systems and equipment. With a presence in all major solar markets and millions of watts installed, REC Solar and AEE Solar are committed to lowering the cost of clean solar energy through efficient processes, innovative products and outstanding customer service. Mainstream Energy Corp. is headquartered in San Luis Obispo, CA and employs more than 600 people nationwide.
Higgins has over a decade of experience working in Sacramento and Washington D.C. in the legislative and regulatory arenas, most prominently in the agricultural and land-use sectors. He’s served as the Executive Vice President of the California Cattlemen’s Association (2002-2006), was appointed by President George W. Bush as State Director of USDA Rural Development (2006-2009). In these positions and in his current role, Higgins has impacted dozens of policies, and given hundreds of presentations regarding current policy issues, political organization and positioning, local economic development, and renewable energy deployment.

Ben, his wife Rochelle, and daughters Audrey and Mary reside in Templeton, CA.

David Hochschild
Vice President for External Relations
David Hochschild is a Vice President for External Relations at Solaria, a solar panel manufacturer headquartered in Fremont which makes solar panels for large-scale projects. David has worked in the solar energy policy arena for ten years and is a co-founder and board member of the Vote Solar Initiative, a 60,000 member public interest organization working to advance pro-solar policies across the US. His career has focused on enacting pro-solar legislation at the local, state and federal level. He currently serves as Chair of the California team for the Solar Alliance, a consortium of 33 PV manufacturers, integrators and installers seeking to promote the growth of solar power in California. He is also a board member at the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and is active in a number of other trade organizations including the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, SEIA and SEPA. In 2007, David was appointed by Gavin Newsom to serve as a public utilities commissioner at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. For his work to bring solar energy mainstream, David has been awarded the Sierra Club’s Trailblazer Award, the American Lung Association’s Clean Air Hero Award and the Department of Energy’s Million Solar Roof True Champion Award. He has a BA from Swarthmore College and a Masters of Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He lives in Berkeley, CA with his wife and two daughters.

Peggy Hock
Sales Director
United Solar Ovonic (UNI-SOLAR)

Peggy has worked in the PV industry since 2004 in various sales management capacities.  Since late 2007, she has gained particular expertise in developing PV projects on landfills, brownfields and other waste containment sites– including the first US Solar Landfill Cover System (2009) and the largest PV installation in Georgia [ commissioning Sept. 2011]. She has made >20 public presentations on this subject including: Global Waste Management Symposium 2010, EPA’s 13th Annual LMOP, SWANA 2010, WEEC 2010, ASES 2010 and the Sardinia Landfill Symposium 2009. She’s active in the Solar Alliance, SEPA, SWANA, and a charter member of the AEE Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership.


Tom Ingwers
Vice President of Environmental Products
Shell Energy North America

Tom Ingwers has been active in the energy business for over 30 years. Since 2010, Tom has served as Vice President of Environmental Products for Shell Energy North America (US), L.P.  In this capacity, he is responsible for promoting, procuring and supplying customers with renewable energy, carbon credits and emission products across North America.  From 2006 to 2010 Tom led the Business Development group for Shell Energy in the WECC, with a focus on renewable energy, conventional generation, pipes and storage.

Prior to joining Shell, Tom was the Director of Energy Trading and Contracts for Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) for 13 years where he managed SMUD’s wholesale power business.  He also served on the CAISO Board of Governors during the California Energy Crisis on behalf of large municipal utilities.

Prior to working for SMUD, Tom was employed in the oil and gas exploration and production business in North America with various companies

Tom and his wife, Pam, currently live in San Diego, California

Fran Inman
Senior Vice President
Majestic Realty Co.
Fran Inman directs all government relations and community affairs activities for Majestic Realty Co., one of the nation’s largest privately-held, family-owned real estate development companies. With a real estate portfolio totaling approximately 70 million square feet of commercial properties, Majestic Realty has offices in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Bethlehem, Dallas, Denver and Las Vegas
Inman is recognized as a leader in the push to improve the nation’s failing transportation infrastructure. Her leadership and dedication are evidenced in tackling some of the nation’s toughest challenges relating to mobility, air quality and competitiveness in a global world.

As immediate past chair of the board of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership, Inman has served on numerous statewide and regional goods movement committees. She has served on the California Transportation Commission, Public Infrastructure Advisory Commission, Coalition of America’s Gateway and Trade Corridors, California’s Goods Movement Action Plan Integration Committee, and the Joint Mayors’ of Los Angeles/Long Beach Goods Movement Task Force. She is vice chair of California Business Properties Association (CBPA), founding board member of FuturePorts and a member of Inland Action.
A graduate of California State University, Fullerton, Inman holds both a bachelor of arts and a masters of business administration in finance.

Sandra Itkoff
Senior Vice President
Angeleno Group
Sandra Itkoff has more than 20 years of experience in business development, finance, strategy, operations, and product development in high-growth entrepreneurial environments. Ms. Itkoff currently serves as Senior Vice President at Angeleno Group (AG), a Los Angeles-based private equity firm that invests in high-growth alternative energy and natural resources companies, which she joined in February 2007. Prior to joining Angeleno Group, Ms. Itkoff led due diligence at a joint venture seed-level venture capital fund on behalf of two European banks. She also served as CEO of Reveal Inc., a successful policy and media company, where she managed a staff of 20 and operated an international multi-million dollar campaign on water issues for the Ford Foundation (which included the PBS documentary series Cadillac Desert). Ms. Itkoff began her career in corporate finance at Bank of America.

Ms. Itkoff earned an M.B.A. from the Chicago Booth School of Business in Finance and International Business, and a B.A. in Economics from U.C.L.A.


Wendy James
The Better World Group
Wendy James is President of The Better World Group (BWG), which she founded in 1999. BWG is headquartered in Burbank, with offices in Sacramento and Silicon Valley. Over the past 30 years, James has developed unique expertise in the media, government, corporate and nonprofit sectors, with a special focus on environmental issues. She has an extensive background working on issues where energy, politics and the environment intersect, having worked for a major Southern California utility, a member of Congress, and a national energy trade association, as well as having served eight years on the board for Burbank Water & Power. James is a skilled coalition builder, working with environmental and environmental justice groups, government organizations and businesses in framing their environmental and clean energy strategies, and implementing advocacy campaigns in support of a wide array of policies and projects. In addition to serving on the Executive Committee of Californians for Clean Energy & Jobs (CCEJ Network), the effort formed after the defeat of Proposition 23 in November 2010, BWG operates the California Business Alliance for a Green Economy, a network of 1,200 small and mainstream businesses around the state that are committed to California’s clean energy economy.

Aaron J. Johnson
Director of Renewable energy Policy & Strategy
Aaron Johnson joined PG&E in 2008, and currently serves as Director of Renewable Energy Policy & Strategy. Mr. Johnson’s responsibilities include developing public policy positions on renewable energy, planning renewables commercial strategy, and ensuring regulatory compliance. Prior to coming to PG&E, Mr. Johnson worked at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for nine years, including serving as energy advisor for two commissioners. Mr. Johnson has a Bachelor’s in engineering physics from the University of Rochester, and a Master’s in electrical engineering from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, where his research focused on solar cells and systems.

Mr. Roger A. Johnson
Deputy Executive Director
Los Angeles World Airports
Mr. Johnson is a senior manager with extensive experience in: Engineering, Planning and Environmental Services. He has over 30 years experience in construction, construction management, environmental management, civil and environmental engineering and planning. For the past 25 years, Mr. Johnson’s professional responsibilities have focused primarily on the transportation industry.
Mr. Johnson has held increasingly responsible management positions within both the public and private sector over the past 25 years including Deputy Executive Director of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), and managing the aviation division for an international Engineering, Planning and Environmental consulting firm. Mr. Johnson has provided technical services to over 150 airports across the United States, Europe and Asia.

In his current position as the Deputy Executive Director overseeing the Airports Development Group for LAWA, Mr. Johnson is responsible for management of over $5 billion in capital improvements. Prior to taking responsibility for the Development Program, Mr. Johnson was LAWA’s Deputy Executive Director for Facilities and Environmental Planning. Mr. Johnson’s duties include oversight of all Engineering, Planning, Facilities, Regional Transportation Planning and Environmental Planning for the four airports owned by the City of Los Angeles, development of the department-wide sustainability program and Environmental Management System, and planning support services related to the LAX, LA/ONT and LA/PMD master plans. Mr. Johnson has been with LAWA since 2006, and also served an earlier stint with LAWA from 2000-2003 as Deputy Executive Director for Technology and Environmental Affairs. He preformed duties similar to his current role, as well as overseeing the integration of the Information Technology and Telecommunications Division into a consolidated IT Division.
Mr. Johnson’s other professional experience includes serving as the Vice President and Technical Services Manager for Camp Dresser & McKee Inc, an international consulting firm with over $1 billion in annual revenue. Working with CDM from 1987 to 2000 and again from 2003 to 2006, he was responsible for management of the Aviation, Planning and Environmental Services Division, provided technical oversight, staffing, and project delivery support for aviation projects in the US, Europe and Asia, was responsible for marketing and business development, staffing, employee development and division profit and loss, and personally managed engineering, planning and environmental projects for multiple aviation clients including Los Angeles World Airports, San Diego International Airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor International, Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport, New York John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark International Airport, and Denver International Airport.
Mr. Johnson graduated magna cum laude from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a B.S. in Engineering.


Michael Kahn
Kahn Solar

Michael Kahn is President and founder of Kahn Solar. He has been in the construction and energy business for over 30 years. He has spent the last 10 years designing, developing and selling solar electric power systems in Southern California. Michael has been active in the area of photovoltaics in the residential, commercial, and public sector. His systems are generating electricity at homes, air conditioning distributors, prisons, movie studios and city facilities among others. He has become an expert in the design of medium scale PV systems for business as well as large fixed and tracking ground mounted systems for homes. He enjoys the interaction between building owner, utility, and building and safety departments.

Daniel Kammen
Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

World Bank Group
Daniel Kammen is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, with appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and in the department of Nuclear Engineering. He is also the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), and the Director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center. In April, 2010 Kammen was named by US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton as the first Energy and Climate Fellow for the Western Hemisphere. He is currently on leave, serving as the World Bank Group’s first Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. In this role he is developing the World Bank’s clean energy strategy. He is engaged in projects ranging from regional grid/smart grid integration investments, national and regional renewable energy scale-up plans, the development of policy loans for utility reform and green power procurement, and energy services, both on and off-grid, to meet energy access goals. These projects comprise or shape a portfolio of $40 billion in annual financial flows. Dr. Kammen has served as a contributing or coordinating lead author on various reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 1999. The IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He is the author of over 250 papers, has testified over 40 times before state and federal Assembly, House, and Senate committees. Kammen has appeared on ’60 Minutes’ (twice), NOVA, Frontline, and other energy, environment, and development programs.

Danny Kennedy
President and Founder
Sungevity Solar Home Specialists

Danny Kennedy founded Sungevity, one of the country’s fastest growing home solar companies, in 2007 with two business partners. He was recently awarded the Innovator of the Year Award by PBS for Moving the Planet Forward, in recognition of Sungevity’s “online sunshine” sales platform and solar lease. He oversees government relations for Sungevity and has a long history as a social entrepreneur advancing clean energy & climate solutions. As Greenpeace’s Clean Energy Now director in 2000-2001 he ran a campaign that helped pass the San Francisco Solar Bonds initiatives and spurred some of the political will for the California Solar Initiative.

Roger Kim
Executive Director

Asian Pacific Environmental Network
California Environmental Justice Alliance
Roger Kim is the Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN). APEN organizes and builds the leadership of low-income Asian immigrant and refugee communities to achieve environmental and social justice. APEN’s members have won precedent setting environmental justice campaigns and have educated and mobilized thousands of Asian immigrant voters in their native languages on key ballot issues statewide. Mr. Kim is currently the Chair of the Board of the Center for Environmental Health and co-chairs the Advisory Committee to Congresswoman Barbara Lee.
The California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) is comprised of six grassroots, leading environmental justice organizations throughout California: Asian Pacific Environmental Network; Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice; Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment; Communities for a Better Environment; Environmental Health Coalition; and People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights. Our mission is to strengthen the progressive environmental justice movement in California by building on the local organizing efforts and advocacy successes of our member organizations to achieve state policy change.

Aaron Klemm

Aaron Klemm has over 15 years experience in energy management and sustainability. He is a graduate of Prescott College with a Bachelors degree in Sustainable Community Development and an MBA (2011) at CSU Long Beach. He currently serves as the Energy Project Manager for the City of Huntington Beach responsible for developing Huntington Beach’s energy and sustainability management programs.
Prior to joining Huntington Beach, he was at the CSU Chancellor’s Office in an Energy Program Manager role. His responsibilities included CSU’s portion of a $38M UC/CSU/Investor Owned Utility (IOU) energy efficiency partnership and reviewing and commenting on over $100M of energy savings performance contract assessments.

The balance of his experience is in the private sector including Johnson Controls, York, Astropower and other energy services companies focused on renewable energy systems, HVAC systems and energy savings performance contracting.
Aaron was awarded So Cal Gas Company’s 2010 energy efficiency champion award.

Mark Krausse   
Director of State Agency Relations
Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Mark Krausse is the Director of State Agency Relations for Pacific Gas and Electric Company.  He is responsible for handling interactions with all state agencies except the California Public Utilities Commission. Mr. Krausse oversees all State Agency Relations work, and personally handles interactions with members of the California Energy Commission on subjects ranging from the Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) to CEC proceedings on GHG emissions, in power plant permitting and combined heat and power.  He also acts as company lead on the State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) proposed once-through cooling policy, Coastal Commission permitting, and the Board of Equalization’s annual unitary tax valuation.  Mr. Krausse directs a staff of 6 based throughout PG&E’s Northern and Central California service territory. 


Carl Lenox
Principal Engineer, Technology Development
SunPower Corporation

Carl Lenox leads efforts to assess medium- to long-term technology opportunities related to SunPower’s Systems business.  This includes a wide spectrum of activities related to PV variability, grid integration, energy storage, and advanced communications and controls for PV systems. 

Mr. Lenox participates in numerous collaborative activities related to PV variability and grid integration.  Often working on behalf of solar industry groups such as the Large-scale Solar Association and the Solar Alliance as a technical expert, he has actively participated as a stakeholder and author of technical comments in numerous grid integration studies and working groups.  In this capacity, he has provided input to the DOE, CPUC, FERC, CAISO, ERCOT, the Hawaiian electric utilities, and NV Energy.  He has also authored or co-authored several papers and presented at national and international technical conferences on the topics of PV variability and grid integration.

Mr. Lenox holds BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC San Diego.

Mary Leslie
Los Angeles Business Council

Mary Leslie is president of the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC), an advocacy and educational organization dedicated to serving local businesses while informing and impacting positive change at multiple layers of government.  For more than 70 years, the LABC has been an influential link between business and government and has had a major impact on public policy issues related to education, housing and environmental sustainability.

Ms. Leslie has overseen the growth of the LABC as one of Southern California’s most influential business advocacy organizations, having worked closely with leaders from business, government and the non-profit sectors to enact policies that have significantly increased affordable housing, incentivized sustainable development and encouraged business support for public education.

Previously, Ms. Leslie served as Deputy Mayor for Economic Development under Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, and was Deputy Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration, where she oversaw Northridge Earthquake relief funds for Los Angeles for SBA Director Erskine Bowles. Ms. Leslie also served as Executive Director of the California Economic Development Commission, overseeing policy development and trade missions for California business.  She was President Bill Clinton’s California Finance Director during his successful 1992 campaign.

Ms. Leslie received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Santa Clara, holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and attended the Executive Management Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. She serves on the Los Angeles Conservation Corporation Board of Directors and served as a Commissioner on the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Board and the Advisory Committees of L.A. Family Housing and the California Women’s Law Center.

Mike Levin
Director of Government Affairs
Mike Levin is responsible for the FlexEnergy public policy outreach opportunities to local, county, regional, state, and federal agencies, representatives, and staffers. He has most recently served as an attorney at Bryan Cave LLP, focusing his practice on governmental affairs and environmental law. Prior to joining Bryan Cave, Mike was Vice President of a clean technology startup company. Mike co-founded and serves as Executive Director for CleanTech OC, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of existing clean tech companies and providing opportunities for future clean tech investments in the Orange County region. Throughout the last decade, Mike has worked on a variety of local, state and national political campaigns. He graduated from Duke Law School and Stanford University and has also completed a Coro Foundation fellowship in Public Affairs.

Craig Lewis
Executive Director
Clean Coalition

Craig Lewis is the Executive Director of the Clean Coalition, an organization focused on implementing best practices for scaling cost-effective clean local energy that is available now, throughout the United States. Mr. Lewis is a leading Smart Energy strategist and advocate with over 20 years of experience in the renewables, wireless, and semiconductor industries. He has been working since 2005 to achieve Smart Energy outcomes via legislation, regulation, and public funding.  Mr. Lewis spearheaded energy policy development for Steve Westly’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign in California and was VP of Government Relations for GreenVolts, a solar technology company before he founded the Clean Coalition in January 2009. He navigated the first successful solar project through California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) solicitation process and has been involved in more than two dozen RPS projects. Mr. Lewis has held senior government relations, corporate development, and marketing positions at wireless and semiconductor companies, including Qualcomm, Ericsson, and LinCom Wireless. He received a MBA and MSEE from the University of Southern California, and a BSEE from UC Berkeley.

Janice Lin
Executive Director, California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA)
Founder and Managing Partner, Strategen Consulting

Janice Lin is the founder and Managing Partner of Strategen Consulting, a strategic consultancy that helps businesses create sustainable value through clean energy solutions. She has over a decade of experience in clean energy strategy and market development. In early 2009 Janice co-founded the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA), an inter-industry advocacy group focused on expanding the role of energy storage technology to promote the growth of renewable energy and a more stable and secure electric system in California.


Tal Mamo
Talco Electronics

Tal Mamo holds an Electrical Engineering degree from Cal Poly Pomona and founded Talco Electronics in 2000. Since founding Talco Electronics Mr. Mamo has evolved the company to the only wholesale distributor that is solely focused on the Small Wind Market. His passion and knowledge of wind has put him at the forefront of the industry. He travels throughout the country training new and existing Small Wind installers on proper installation techniques as well as wind theory and sighting. With his business experience and knowledge he is working hard to professionalize Talco’s dealer network as well as the entire Small Wind industry.

Jaclyn Marks
Senior Analyst
California Public Utilities Commission

Jaclyn Marks is a senior policy analyst at the California Public Utilities Commission and is the lead analyst on the CPUC’s system-side renewable distributed generation programs for the Renewables Portfolio Standard program. Specifically, Jaclyn is responsible for implementing and administrating the Renewable Auction Mechanism, the small renewable generator feed-in tariff program, and the investor owned utility solar PV programs. Jaclyn is also responsible for identifying and addressing barriers to the renewable distributed generation market through the Renewable Distributed Energy Collaborative (Re-DEC). More information on these programs is available at  

Jaclyn holds a masters degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  

Mignon Marks
Executive Director

California Solar energy Industries Association
Mignon Marks is Executive Director of the California Solar Energy Industries Association. She has more than 30 years of energy-related experience, including five years as a consultant to the Western Area Power Administration’s Conservation and Renewable Energy Program and 21 years at the California Energy Commission. Mignon worked in the Energy Commission’s local government energy efficiency, building standards, and research and development programs. She also authored policy reports on distributed generation, future retail electricity prices, natural gas market trends, and the environmental performance of California’s electricity generators. Her final assignments at the Energy Commission involved the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan and the Bureau of Land Management’s Solar Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement. Mignon graduated from UCLA in 1976 with a degree in Geography-Ecosystems.

Thomas Martinez
Executive Director Business Development LA IBEW/NECA LMCC

Thomas Martinez has been an electrician and active member of IBEW Local 11 for 35 years.
For the past 9 years he has been in business development in California.
Martinez is diligently and aggressively promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency. He is confident that a professionally trained workforce is the key to this ever-evolving new world of sustainable energies. A few of the training programs are:
• Photovoltaic Installation
• Advanced Lighting Controls
• Energy Auditing

He has traveled to China, Canada, Italy and Germany attending conferences and meetings with company executives to promote the advantages of sustainable green manufactures bringing their products/facilities to California so that these products can be manufactured and assembled in the United States; we will gain control of our energy needs and free us from dependency on foreign fossil fuels.
Mr. Martinez states, “It is imperative that we, as an industry, provide the public with affordable ways to generate “sustainable energy”. We owe it to our country”.

Rachel Massaro
Associate Director, Climate Initiatives
Joint Venture Silicon Valley
Rachel Massaro joined Joint Venture Silicon Valley in early 2009 to work with the Public Sector Climate Task Force and related projects. As the Associate Director of Climate Initiatives, Massaro is currently leading the organization’s efforts in developing effective, collaborative solutions for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from public agency operations. Additionally, Massaro leads the organization’s energy storage initiative, and works on related climate change/cleantech programs. She previously was a data analyst, researcher and field operations coordinator with the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she earned her Master of Science degree in geochemical oceanography in 2008. Her research was focused on global climate change and the role of the coastal ocean, specifically with respect to carbon dioxide dynamics. Prior to the University of Hawaii, Massaro completed her Bachelor of Science degree in physical geography with a minor in geology at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Andrew McAllister
Director of Policy and Strategy
California Center for Sustainable Energy

Andrew McAllister serves as the Director of Policy and Strategy at the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE).  He has over 20 years of experience renewables and efficiency arenas, and currently leads CCSE’s policy, legislative and regulatory efforts. He guided CCSE’s development and administration of the CA Solar Initiative including its solar-thermal component, and has designed many other clean energy rebate and technical assistance programs.

Andrew has worked extensively in the electric sectors of countries in Central and South America, Southeast Asia and Africa on projects ranging from utility planning, load management, monitoring and data analysis to remote power system design and installation focusing on solar and small wind technologies. He worked as an energy efficiency analyst at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has consulted extensively and has published on numerous energy topics in academic, trade, and popular journals.  Andrew was profiled in Solar Today for his work advocating local government clean energy solutions.

Nancy McFadden
Executive Secretary for Legislation, Appointments, and Policy
Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
Nancy McFadden currently serves as Executive Secretary for Legislation, Appointments, and Policy in the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. From 2005 to 2010, Nancy served as Senior Vice President for Pacific Gas and Electric Corporation. Prior to her work with PG&E, Nancy served as Senior Advisor to Governor Gray Davis, Deputy Chief of Staff to Vice President Al Gore, General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Transportation, and Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. A Bay Area native, Nancy holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia and a B.A. from San Jose State University.

Jan McFarland
Private Consultant

Jan McFarland has over 30 years of leadership experience in energy and environmental management, in the government, public interest and private sectors.   Currently as a private consultant, she provides guidance on energy and environmental regulatory issues with a emphasis on distributed generation and climate change.  As Executive Director of the California Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA), she oversaw and managed efforts to reduce the financing costs of renewable energy and advanced transportation technologies in California.  She served as Executive Director of the California Solar Energy Industries Association (Cal SEIA) and Americans for Solar Power (ASPV) (from May 2003 to June 2007) and represented the solar industry before the Legislature, Energy Commission and Public Utilities Commission.  At Cal SEIA and ASPV, Jan developed and led a successful campaign for a comprehensive $3.2 billion, 10-year solar PV program, which became the Governor Schwarzenegger’s California Solar Initiative.  It is still the largest solar program in the United States to date.  As a Founding Partner and Vice President in Emergent Energy Group (from January 2002 to April 2003), a third party fuel cell company, she created and led a successful advocacy and analytical effort to advance highly-efficient and low-emitting, "ultra clean and low emission" distributed generation, first defined in SB 1038 (2002).  California distributed generation policy is still based on these standards.   She then ensured that California utility distributed generation incentive programs were based on these standards, with the successful passage of AB 1685 (2003), which advance fuel cells, commercial-scale solar PV, and advanced gas-fired distributed generation. 

As Senior Policy Advisor, in the U.S. EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation (from December 1993 to October 1998)), she was instrumental in the adoption of the first national "output based" standards for new power plants, the new source performance standards.  She also ensured that the Western tribes played a key role in the Grand Canyon process as they led the effort for sustainable energy development on the Colorado Plateau.  These efforts produced the foundation for the Western Governor’s energy policy.  At Skadden, Arps’ and as a private consultant (from June 1987 to December 1993)), Jan successfully resolved numerous regulatory issues associated with the development of independent and renewable power across the country, including approval of the first mobile emission reduction credits in the U.S.  As co-founder and policy advocate for CEERT, she advanced the first U.S. renewable portfolio standard within the CEC’s 1990 electricity planning process.  At the California Energy Commission, she served as Policy Advisor to several Commissioners (from July 1977 to June 1987) focusing on power plant siting, renewable and independent power development, alternative fuels, and the export of California’s energy technology.

Ned McKinley
California State Director for Governmental Affairs
Marine Corps Installations West (MCIWEST)

Ned McKinley is the California State Director for governmental affairs with Marine Corps Installations West (MCIWEST). MCIWEST’s seven installations in California and Arizona constitute an essential component of national security, providing the ranges and airspace to train 95% of Marines before deploying overseas. In his role Mr. McKinley represents the Marine Corps with the Governor’s Office, the Legislature, and state agencies. Previously Mr. McKinley worked for the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research as a senior project manager, overseeing initiatives for coordinated planning between the State of California, local governments, military installations, and federal agencies. Mr. McKinley served in uniform as an assistant platoon commander at SEAL Team Eight and as a public affairs officer. He received a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland.

Rachel McMahon
Director of Government Affairs
Amonix, Inc.
Rachel McMahon began her career in California environmental and renewable energy policy more than ten years ago. She was an energy and legislative analyst with CEERT and represented environmental and clean energy interests before California state agencies and legislature for a total of nine years. For two years, she represented solar parabolic trough development company Solar Millennium on project-related matters before agencies and legislators in California and Washington, DC. She has recently joined Amonix, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of concentrating PV (CPV) systems, and is representing the company in Southwest states and federally.

David L. Mead
Senior Vice President of Transmission and Distribution
Southern California Edison

David L. Mead is senior vice president of the Transmission and Distribution Business Unit (TDBU) of Southern California Edison (SCE), responsible for the operation and maintenance of SCE’s electrical grid across a 50,000 square-mile service area.

Prior to his current role, Mead was vice president of Engineering and Technical Services, responsible for planning, engineering, and designing SCE’s transmission and distribution systems spanning the company’s service area comprised of over 12,000 miles of transmission lines, 88,000 miles of distribution lines and approximately 1,000 substations. He was also responsible for powerline craft training, environmental and safety services, repair shop services, FERC policy, grid contracts and telecommunications carrier services.

He has held a variety of executive leadership positions in T&D including Director of Substation Construction and Maintenance responsible for all aspects of the substation business and Director of Central Programs Management, responsible for the distribution maintenance program, streetlight operations, joint pole administration, distribution design support and vegetation management. He also was the lead interface for TDBU compliance programs with the California Public Utilities Commission. Mead began his career with SCE in 1981 in the Power Supply organization where he held a variety of management positions in the Steam Generation Division.

Mead earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University, Long Beach, and a master’s degree in management from the University of Southern California.

Jim Metropulos
Senior Advocate
Sierra Club California

Jim Metropulos is the Senior Advocate with Sierra Club California in Sacramento.  He represents the Sierra Club on statewide water and energy issues.  Before coming to the Sierra Club, he was committee counsel to the Washington State Senate’s Environment, Energy and Water Resources Committee in Olympia, Washington.  Previously he clerked for Justice Jim Regnier of the Montana Supreme Court. 

Sarah Michael
Senior Policy Advisor
California energy Commission
Sarah Michael serves as Senior Policy Advisor to Energy Commissioner and Vice Chair James D. Boyd. In this capacity, she specializes on policy issues relating to renewable energy, energy research and development, and bioenergy initiatives. In addition to her tenure at the Energy Commission, Ms. Michael has experience as a legislative committee consultant, lobbyist, and local government official.

Lillian Mirviss
California Energy Commission

Lillian Mirviss is an intern for Commissioner Douglas at the California Energy Commission who has played an important role in the organization of this conference.  Lillian, a rising Senior at Brown University, is currently studying Geology and hopes to pursue a career in environmental or energy policy.  When not in Sacramento, Lillian exercises her passion for energy and the environment in her positions as Sustainability Intern for Brown Dining Services and Communications Director for emPOWER, Brown’s environmental group on campus.  In her spare time, she manages to squeeze in some fun as co-Director for Brown’s student tap dancing group, What’s On Tap? 

Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell
Vice President of State Government Affairs
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)

Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell is vice president of state government affairs for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), Sempra Energy’s California regulated utilities.   Sempra Energy is a San Diego-based Fortune 500 energy services holding company whose subsidiaries provide electricity, natural gas and value-added products and services.
Based in Sacramento, Mitchell is responsible for state governmental affairs for both California utilities.
Prior to his current position, Mitchell was regional vice president of external affairs, responsible for public affairs and external affairs activities for SDG&E.
Prior to joining SDG&E in 2005, Mitchell served as vice president of public policy and communications at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce where he worked with the Chamber’s members and diverse volunteer base to develop a public policy agenda that is favorable to the business climate and standard of living in San Diego.  He was also in charge of representing the Chamber and its members’ public policy positions to local, state and federal officials.
Previously, Mitchell was director of governmental relations for American Medical Response, the nation’s largest ambulance transportation firm.  From 1996 to 1997, he served as assistant director of governmental relations for the San Diego Mayor’s Office under Mayor Susan Golding, overseeing the city’s legislative priorities and advising the mayor on policy issues. 
Prior to working at the mayor’s office, Mitchell was the director of governmental relations for the San Diego City Fire Fighters Local 145 IAFF, one of the city’s largest labor unions.
Mitchell is an active member of the community.  He has served for several years on the board of directors for the San Diego Food Bank and the Children’s Museum, and he was previously on the boards of the San Diego Opera and Burn Institute.  Mitchell is also a governor’s appointee to the Little Hoover Commission.
Mitchell earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Redlands.

Susan Munves
Energy and Green Building Programs Administrator
City of Santa Monica

Susan Munves is the Energy and Green Building Programs Administrator for the City of Santa Monica.  Susan oversees the development and implementation of the City’s energy and green building programs and policies.  She and her team ensure that City facilities are energy efficient, City capital projects are designed and constructed to meet or exceed the City’s rigorous green building and energy performance standards, and assist all Santa Monica builders with complying to the City’s green building and energy performance requirements.  She oversees the purchase of renewable energy for City facilities, manages various community energy efficiency programs, and directs the Solar Santa Monica program.  Susan formerly managed the City’s water efficiency programs and served as the convenor of the California Urban Water Conservation Council.  She has a masters degree in Public Administration and a bachelors degree from New York University.


David Nahai President David Nahai Consulting Services, LLC

David Nahai is the President of David Nahai Consulting Services, LLC, which advises clients in the energy and water sectors. He is also a partner at the law firm of Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith and co-chair of its energy, water, and real estate practice areas. Additionally, he is the President and co-founder of New West Renewable Resources, LLC, a renewable energy and development company. He is also the former Commission President and Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). Mr. Nahai’s administration expanded LADWP’s renewable portfolio to 15% and paved the way for its attainment of the 20% level. Under David Nahai’s watch, the LADWP achieved multi-fold increases in energy efficiency levels, as well as record reductions in water consumption in the City of Los Angeles. Mr. Nahai is the former Chair of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he served in the administrations of 3 California governors. He also sits on the Boards of the California League of Conservation Voters, Heal the Bay, and the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation and has served as a Senior Advisor to the Clinton Climate Initiative.

Ronald O. Nichols
General Manager
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Ron Nichols is General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.  Nichols provides leadership for the utility in providing reliable and competitively priced water and electricity while continuing to maintain and implement environmentally conscious policies and priorities.  He was confirmed as General Manager by the City Council on January 18, 2011.

Nichols has 35 years of experience in the electric and water utility industry with particular depth in California and adjoining states. He has been a strategic and operational advisor to public power and investor-owned utilities, state and local government, and the financial community on complex and energy and water supply and utility matters throughout the U.S. 

He has prepared, evaluated and implemented long-term power resource plans, including strategic renewable energy and energy efficiency plans for public power and investor-owned utilities and state governments.

Prior to his position as General Manager at the Department of Water & Power, he was a managing director in the energy practice of Navigant Consulting, an international consulting organization with over 2000 employees.  Before his position at Navigant, from 1980 to 1997, he was a co-founder and Senior Vice President of the energy and water utility consulting firm, Resource Management International, which was headquartered in Sacramento.  Prior to 1980, he held positions with the California Department of Water Resources and the California Energy Commission. 


Luis Olmedo
Executive Director
Comite Civico del Valle

Executive Director of Comite Civico del Valle, an organization located in Imperial Valley, California whose mission focuses on addressing environmental health related problems in the farm worker community. Luis has an established reputation as a leading community organizer and advises local, regional, and state programs on environmental justice issues affecting Imperial County. Luis is also recognized for being the co-founder of Imperial Visions Action Network a community owned environmental hazards reporting database and co-chair to the Imperial County Environmental Justice Enforcement Taskforce.


Jonathan Parfrey
Executive Director
GREEN LA Coalition
Jonathan Parfrey is executive director of the GREEN LA Coalition, Southern California’s premiere environmental coalition. In 2008, he was appointed by Mayor Villaraigosa to the Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners where he is serving a five-year term. He is also President of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters. He is also a board member of the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility, a board member of Kid’s Progress Inc., a member of the Vision Los Angeles advisory committee, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition advisory committee, a founding board member of CicLAvia, and the steering committee of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability. From 1994 to 2007, Parfrey served as director of Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles. In 2003, Mr. Parfrey was appointed to Governor Schwarzenegger’s Environmental Policy Team, and was previously appointed to Governor Davis’ select committee on radioactive waste disposal. In 1992, Parfrey received the Paul S. Delp Award for Outstanding Service, Peace and Social Justice. In 2002 he was awarded a Durfee Foundation Fellowship. In 2010 he received a Stanton Fellowship.

Won Park
Senior Manager, First Solar

Won Park is a senior manager of North American marketing and business development for First Solar.  Based in San Francisco, California, Mr. Park is responsible for defining and developing the marketing strategy for First Solar’s utility systems business. Prior to joining First Solar, Mr. Park served in management roles at Pacific Gas and Electric Company and IBM. Mr. Park holds a degree in Chemistry from Harvard University and an MBA from the Dartmouth Tuck School of Business.

V. Manuel Pérez
State Assemblymember

First elected in November 2008 and now in his second term, State Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez represents the 80th Assembly District, comprised of eastern Riverside and Imperial counties. Mr. Pérez currently serves as chair of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy.  As such, his top legislative priority is economic recovery, which he believes can be achieved by supporting local economic development activities and investing in education, while ensuring a safety net for our most vulnerable communities.  Mr. Pérez is also a member of the Assembly Committees on Aging and Long-term Care; Government Organization; Health; and Veterans Affairs. Included among his legislative accomplishments in the area of clean-tech and renewable energy are: securing $2.3 billion in clean-tech economic recovery bonds to help local governments attract business and create jobs; expanding the state’s Capital Investment Incentive Program to include renewable energy component parts; and bringing California into conformity with federal tax law by ensuring that renewable energy projects are not unduly taxed on federal ARRA-funded cash grants made in-lieu of renewable energy tax credits. Mr. Pérez is a lifelong resident of the 80th Assembly District.  Mr. Pérez graduated from U.C. Riverside and earned a Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University. He has served as a school teacher, a youth advocate, and a community healthcare director.  Before being elected to the Assembly, he served on the board of the Coachella Valley Unified School District. 

Joe Pasetti
Director, Government Relations
Sharp Electronics Corporation

Joe Pasetti is Sharp’s Director of Government Relations, overseeing all federal, state and international issues throughout the Americas.  Prior to joining Sharp, he was Managing Director of Government Affairs for Solyndra Inc., and Government Affairs Counsel for Applied Materials.  Joseph holds a B.A. from the University of Richmond and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School, and is a member of the New York State Bar Association.

Michael W. Perri
Founder and Managing Partner
Lincoln Crow Strategic Communications

Michael Perri is founder and managing partner of Lincoln Crow Strategic Communications, an independent Sacramento-based public affairs firm focused on helping organizations communicate complex policy issues to targeted decision-maker and community audiences.  Working with leaders in governments, labor unions, corporations, community-based organizations, and political campaigns, Mr. Perri helps develop winning marketing and public affairs strategies to achieve organizational goals, shape policy debates, and manage public opinion.  He is active on issues involving land use, water policy, fiscal management, and clean energy in cities and counties throughout California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada. 

Phil Pettingill, P.E.
Director State Regulatory Affairs
California ISO

Phil currently serves as the Director State Regulatory Affairs at the California Independent System Operator Corporation (CAISO), where he represents the CAISO before State regulatory agencies. He has a key role to work with a diverse set of policy makers as they consider regulatory initiatives that impact the CAISO’s core mission to provide electric system reliability and efficient markets. Phil joined the CAISO in September 1997 after working at PG&E for 15 years.

Most recently, Phil has been engaged in the many regulatory initiatives supporting California’s environmental goals.  In his previous role, he was responsible for all policy matters related to resource adequacy.  In addition, he has been instrumental in formulating policies related to generation, transmission, demand response, and interconnection processes.

Phil is a licensed Electrical Engineer in the State of California; he earned his BSEE from California State University, Sacramento; and, his MBA from St. Mary’s College, CA

Michael Picker
Senior Advisor to the Governor for Renewable Energy Facilities
Office of California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.

Michael Picker is senior advisor to the Governor for renewable energy facilities in 2009 and has continued.  Before his appointment, Picker was a partner for Lincoln Crow Strategic Communications from 2001 to 2009. He served as deputy treasurer for investment for the California State Treasurer’s Office in 1999 and chief of staff for then-Sacramento Mayor Joe Serna Jr. from 1991 to 1998. In the period between 1982 and 1991, Picker co-founded an environmental consulting business, the Toxics Assessment Group, and helped organize the Toxics Coordinating Project, a statewide nonprofit coalition of environmental, farm, labor and neighborhood groups that framed local and statewide policy on toxic hazards in California. From 1980 to 1982, he worked as a deputy assistant for toxic substances control under Governor Jerry Brown and helped establish new hazardous waste facility siting and management programs that are now part of the Department of Toxic Substances Control.

Picker, of Sacramento, earned a Master of Arts degree in business administration from the University of California, Davis and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Immaculate Heart College.

Jonathan Plowe
Head of New Energy & Infrastructure Solutions
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Jonathan Plowe is a managing director and head of New Energy & Infrastructure Solutions within the Cross Asset Solutions & Strategies Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He is responsible for a team that coordinates across the bank’s Global Banking & Markets platform to develop, originate and distribute funding and investment solutions for all client segments, with an emphasis on renewable energy, corporate strategies, and new business initiatives.  Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 1997, Plowe was an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, focusing on structured finance, mergers & acquisitions, and financial products.  Plowe earned a J.D. degree from The George Washington University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University.

Tom Price
Director of Policy and Market Development

Tom Price is the Director of Policy and Market Development for CleanPath, a developer and financier of utility scale renewables based in San Francisco. He has done extensive work developing utility scale power on tribal lands, and in other emerging markets.  Earlier this year, Mr. Price played a key role in passage in Nevada of SB 426, exempting all renewable energy projects from property taxes. He is currently working to pass SB 843, the Community Solar Gardens bill, in California. Prior to joining CleanPath, Mr. Price was Executive Director of Black Rock Solar, a non-profit which built and gave away more than 1MW of PV.  During that tenure Mr. Price helped pass AB 186 in Nevada, which legalized 3rd party ownership of renewables. Mr. Price worked for many years in Washington, DC on behalf of conservation groups, was a freelance journalist covering environmental issues. and served as the Chairman of the Environmental Advisory Committee to the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.



Cliff Rechtschaffen
Senior Advisor
Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Clifford Rechtschaffen is a senior advisor in the governor’s office, working on energy, environmental and agricultural issues.  From 2007 to 2010 he was a special assistant attorney general for Attorney General Jerry Brown.   He currently is on leave from Golden Gate University School of Law, where he taught environmental law and directed the environmental law program from 1993 to 2007.  He is the author of several books and numerous articles about environmental law.   Prior to becoming a professor at Golden Gate, he worked in the Environment Section of the California Attorney General’s Office from 1986 to 1993. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School.

Bettina Redway
Deputy Treasurer
California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer

Bettina Redway is Deputy Treasurer to California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer and oversees the Investment Services Division, various financing authorities, including the  California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority and the California Pollution Control Financing Authority, and represents the Treasurer on CalSTRS, the California Teachers Retirement System. Prior to being appointed Deputy Treasurer, Bettina served as Special Assistant Attorney General to Attorney General Bill Lockyer, managing policy and legal issues related to consumer, anti-trust and energy law. Previously, she served as Counsel to the State Administrative Office of the Courts, General Counsel to the California Manufacturers Association, and aide to Assemblyman Robert Campbell. Before entering State service, Bettina worked on the conservation staff for the Sierra Club and served on the Mono Lake Committee. She is an attorney who graduated from the McGeorge School of Law in 1994.

Brendan Reed Environmental Resource Manager of Conservation Division City of Chula Vista
Brendan Reed is the Environmental Resource Manager for the City of Chula Vista where he is responsible for the development of environmental programs and policies dealing with energy management, water conservation, and global climate change. As part of the City’s climate action efforts, Brendan coordinates a multi-departmental team tasked with lowering energy and water consumption, installing renewable energy systems, promoting alternative fuel vehicle use, and designing pedestrian and transit-friendly communities. Mr. Reed is also an instructor at the University of California San Diego – Extension’s Sustainable Business program. Brendan received a Masters of Science in Ecology from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Richmond. His professional certifications include being a LEED Accredited Professional (US Green Building Council) and a Certified Energy Manager (Association of Energy Engineers).

Tracy Reid
Vice President, Western Region
FuelCell Energy
Tracy Reid joined FuelCell Energy as Vice President, Western Region in February 2011 to grow the installed base of ultra-clean and efficient Direct FuelCell power plants in the Western U.S. Ms. Reid brings more than 20 years of business development and leadership experience in clean energy where her experience ranges from general management to business development of large and complex energy projects around the globe.
Most recently, Ms. Reid was affiliated with Washington Gas Energy Services (WGES) where she was responsible for developing and executing business plans to deliver clean energy and energy efficiency solutions to commercial and industrial clients. Prior to WGES, she held a series of successively progressive leadership roles with Ingersoll Rand’s Energy Systems (IRES) business that provides global sales and services of microturbines for combined heat and power (CHP) applications. Prior experience included power generation related positions with Energy Photovoltaics, Enron and United Technologies.

Ms. Reid graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Stanford University Graduate School of Business with a Master of Science Business Administration.

Bruce Riordan
Climate Strategist
Joint Policy Committee (SF Bay Area)

Bruce Riordan is the Climate Strategist for the regional Joint Policy Committee in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is currently leading the JPC’s Bay Area Climate and Energy Resilience Project. For nearly a decade, Mr. Riordan has conducted climate protection-related projects for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, BART, the California Attorney General, the Marin Community Foundation and Next 10. In 2007, Mr. Riordan was trained in Nashville by Vice President Al Gore as part of The Climate Project.

Rand L. Rosenberg
Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development
PG&E Corporation

Rand L. Rosenberg is Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Development for PG&E Corporation. He is responsible for developing the corporation’s long-term strategic plan and evaluating growth opportunities, including asset acquisitions and mergers within the energy sector.

Rosenberg spent more than a decade in the field of investment banking. He was a Managing Director and Head of Global Telecommunications Investment Banking at Salomon Brothers. He also held senior positions at Goldman Sachs & Co., Lehman Brothers and Montgomery Securities, where he was a Partner and Founder of the Media and Telecommunications Group. After serving as an Engagement Manager at Marakon Associates earlier in his career, Rosenberg became Head of Corporate Development at the Pacific Telesis Group. Most recently, Rosenberg served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Infospace.

Rosenberg holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from Whitman College.


Patrick Saxton
Senior Electrical Engineer
California Energy Commission

Patrick Saxton is a Senior Electrical Engineer with the California Energy Commission. Patrick’s main responsibilities are the implementation of the Energy Commission’s SB1 Guidelines (Eligibility Criteria and Conditions for Solar Energy System Incentives) and New Solar Homes Partnership. He has an increasing role in Energy Commission’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Part 6) as the potential grows for the integration of renewable energy systems into the standards. Patrick is a registered Professional Electrical Engineer in the State of California and has extensive experience in the building design and construction industry.

Lori Schell, Ph.D.
Empowered Energy
Lori Smith Schell, Ph.D., serves as President of Empowered Energy (, providing independent consulting services in the inter-related fields of renewable energy, natural gas, electricity, and emissions. Areas of specialization include market and regulatory analysis, expert witness testimony, risk management, commodity procurement and contract management, and emissions allowance trading. Recent work has been directed at studying the costs of integrating renewable generation into the electrical grid and at developing a cost-benefit methodology for distributed renewable energy projects, including utility-scale concentrating solar electric technologies, large and small fuel cells, solar photovoltaics and solar hot water. Lori has over 20 years of experience in the energy industry, including policy analysis work done at the U.S. Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Prior to founding Empowered Energy, Lori was the Director of Energy Risk Management for Trigen Energy Corporation, a combined heat and power company focused on maximizing the efficiency of distributed generation. Lori orchestrated electricity and natural gas hedging strategies for Trigen’s operating units, supported by in-depth commodity market and contract analysis. Lori also represented Trigen on the Board of Directors of the Independent Power Producers of New York, Inc. (IPPNY).
Lori earlier served as the Manager of Regulatory Affairs & Market Analysis for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., providing expert witness testimony in numerous natural gas pipeline proceedings at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), on behalf of a coalition of up to nine industrial natural gas end-users.
Lori received a Ph.D. in Mineral Economics and Operations Research from the Pennsylvania State University and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Washington. After completing her Ph.D., Lori joined Benjamin Schlesinger and Associates, Inc., where she provided contractual, regulatory, and deliverability risk evaluation for a dozen project-financed natural gas-fired cogeneration projects.

Susan Schneider
Principal and Founder
Phoenix Consulting

Susan Schneider is the Principal and founder of Phoenix Consulting, established in 1999 to provide customized services to energy-industry clients. She is a former CAISO Vice President and PG&E Director of Restructuring with 30 years of experience in California energy markets. She is an expert on CAISO interconnection/planning/operation policies, procedures, and requirements for intermittent and other renewable resources, and on related provisions of utility Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). Ms. Schneider is a consultant to the California Wind Energy Association (CalWEA) and the Large-scale Solar Association (LSA), and her experience includes work with geothermal, biogas, and storage clients as well. She holds degrees in quantitative and regulatory economics.

Robert Schwartz
Senior Marketing Manager for Marketing Strategy and Intelligence
SPG Solar
Robert Schwartz is the Senior Marketing Manager for Marketing Strategy and Intelligence at SPG Solar, headquartered in Novato, CA. SPG Solar is a solar energy company focused on delivering solar solutions to commercial and industrial customers throughout California and the United States. At SPG Solar, Robert is active in state and federal solar policy development, economic analysis, and marketing strategy. Prior to SPG Solar, Robert was a consultant at Pace Harmon, focusing on strategic sourcing and technology strategy advisory. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a BA from the University of Virginia.

Varner Seaman
EDP Renewables North America LLC
Varner represents EDPR NA, (formerly Horizon Wind Energy) in Government and Regulatory Affairs in the Western US. EDPR is the third largest developer, owner and operator of renewable energy projects in North America and the third largest Renewable energy company globally. Varner has extensive experience in energy, policy advocacy and complex negotiations. Varner serves on the board of the Independent Energy Producers as well as the Interwest Energy Alliance based in Colorado. He is also a competitive cyclist.

Curtis Seymour

Senior Manager of Government Affairs
Sun Edison
Curtis Seymour is Senior Manager, Government Affairs at Sun Edison, where he is responsible for regulatory affairs in California and other western states. Previously, Curtis worked at the California Public Utilities Commission on the California Solar Initiative, Self Generation Incentive Program and wholesale distributed generation programs. Immediately prior to joining SunEdion, Curtis was a Fellow of the Robert Bosch Foundation in Germany, where he spent a year researching solar PV policy and market development in Europe.

Polly Shaw
Director of External Relations

Suntech America
Ms. Polly Shaw is the Director of External Relations of Suntech America, based in San Francisco, California. Suntech America is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Suntech Power Holdings, a global leader in manufacturing solar photovoltaic cells, panel modules, and building-integrated solar solutions. Ms. Shaw leads Suntech America policy and government affairs issues and represents Suntech on the board of key U.S. industry associations, including the Solar Energy Industries Association, Solar Alliance, and the Large Scale Solar Association. She has worked for 18 years to design policy models and programs that advance clean, efficient energy use and climate protection in the U.S., and energy efficiency and methane capture programs in the U.S. and China. Prior to joining Suntech, Ms. Shaw was a Senior Regulatory Analyst at the California Public Utilities Commission, where she led implementation of a $2.2 billion California Solar Initiative solar incentive and R&D program. Prior to the CPUC, Ms. Shaw served as a Program Officer at the Energy Foundation and supported EPA climate programs while at ICF, Inc. Ms. Shaw received a B.A. from Tufts University and a Certificate in Chinese Law from the University of London and speaks English, French, and Chinese.

Jim Shetler
Assistant General Manager of Energy Supply

James R. Shetler was appointed assistant general manager of Energy Supply on December 16, 2000. He is responsible for overseeing the purchase and sale of SMUD’s gas and electric commodities, the reliability of SMUD’s transmission system, electric generating facilities, and its R&D efforts, including renewable portfolio standards.
Departments under Shetler’s direction include Energy Trading and Contracts, System Operations and Reliability, Power Generation, and Energy R&D.
Prior to this appointment, Shetler served as assistant general manager of Customer Services and was responsible for overseeing energy delivery and customer services as SMUD prepared to enter the new competitive electricity market. He also served as deputy assistant general manager of Operations. In this position, he was responsible for overseeing the closure and decommissioning of the Rancho Seco Nuclear Generating Station and providing support to the assistant general manager of Operations on other SMUD activities.
Shetler was also Assistant General Manager, Nuclear Support Services at Rancho Seco.
Before coming to SMUD, Shetler was employed at Babcock and Wilcox (B&W), holding the positions of senior engineer, unit manager and product manager.

Shetler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Clarkson University, in Potsdam, New York.
Shetler serves on various boards and commissions, including United Way California Capital Region, Transmission Agency of Northern California (TANC), Balancing Authority of Northern California (BANC), Central Valley Project (CVP) Corp., and Western Energy Institute (WEI). He is also SMUD’s executive representative to Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) and the California Transmission Planning Group (CTPG).

Virinder Singh
Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs

Virinder Singh is Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs at enXco, a leading wind and solar development company and O&M provider. Prior to his current position, Virinder consulted investment firms, developers, non-profits and government agencies on business planning, energy market analysis, cost modeling, energy project development, and RFP bid evaluation. At Pacificorp, a major electric utility, he helped to steer efforts that resulted in 1,400 MW of renewable energy investments, and pioneering valuation of climate change policy risk in resource planning. He authored the resolution that created the WREGIS green tag tracking system by the Western Governors Association in 2002. He entered the clean energy industry in 1997 at the D.C.-based Renewable Energy Policy Project, where he eventually served as Co-Director and authored often-used research on job impacts and other issues.

Nancy Skinner
State Assemblymember (Berkeley)

In November 2008, Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) was elected to represent the Bay Area’s 14th Assembly District. The district includes Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Kensington, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Pablo and parts of Oakland and El Sobrante.

Assemblymember Skinner currently serves as Chair of the Assembly Rules Committee.  She is a member and former Chair of the Natural Resources Committee. The Committee’s jurisdiction includes water and air quality, recycling, waste management, energy issues including efficiency, power plant siting, and energy development, oil spills, wild and scenic rivers, forestry, open space conservation and, oversight of California’s global warming solutions act.

Early in her career, she served on the Berkeley City Council and was responsible for many of Berkeley’s groundbreaking environmental policies, including initiating economic development strategy and waterfront protection policies. Her introduction of Berkeley’s 1988 ban on Styrofoam was the first in the nation.

A nationally renowned leader in the fight against global warming, she founded ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, an organization dedicated to helping local governments around the world become environmental leaders. As Executive Director of ICLEI’s U.S. office, she launched the Cities for Climate Protection Program, the national movement of Mayors and cities working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that now involves over 500 cities and counties.

As the U.S. Director of The Climate Group, Assemblymember Skinner worked with Fortune 500 companies, clean tech industries and state and national leaders to pass groundbreaking legislation such as California’s global warming bill, AB 32. With a team of writers at Earthworks Press, she also wrote and published the best selling book series 50 Simple Things You Can Do To Save the Earth.

Assemblymember Skinner received both her Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources and her Masters in Education from University of California, Berkeley.

Dan Skopec
Vice President, Regulatory and Legislative Affairs
Southern California Gas Company

Dan Skopec is Vice President of Regulatory & Legislative Affairs for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Sempra Energy’s California regulated utilities.
Prior to joining SoCalGas and SDG&E in January 2008, Skopec served as Undersecretary for the California Environmental Protection Agency from 2006 to 2007.Skopec has extensive experience dealing with environment and energy policy issues. As a former deputy cabinet secretary for Governor Schwarzenegger, Skopec served as a liaison between the Governor’s office and the California Environmental Protection Agency, Resources Agency, Department of Food & Agriculture, California Public Utilities Commission and the Governor’s Washington D.C. office.
In 2001, Skopec directed the subcommittee on energy policy, natural resources and regulatory affairs in Washington D.C. As the lead consultant on energy issues, he held numerous energy-related hearings involving the California electricity crisis, natural gas, Federal Energy Regulation Commission and gasoline markets.
Prior to 2001, Skopec served as the legislative director for U.S. Rep. Doug Ose where he oversaw legislative strategy and was responsible for pursuing the congressman’s legislative goals.  Skopec also worked as a legislative assistant for Congressman Jack Quinn where he advised him how to vote on various issues including foreign affairs and agriculture.
Skopec holds a master’s degree in International Economics from George Washington University, Washington D.C. and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and European History from the University of California, San Diego. Dan grew up in Escondido, California.  He and his wife Monica live in Walnut Creek, CA with their five children.

Tim Snellings
Director of Development Services
Butte County
Tim Snellings has spent the past 25 years working for four different northern CA counties in various aspects of Land Use and Public/Environmental Health. He is currently the Director of Development Services for Butte County, a position he has held since 2005. Most notably, Tim and his staff led a 5 year public participation process of writing a comprehensive (first ever for Butte County) General Plan for the County, which was adopted in October, 2010. Tim is also the 1st Vice President of the California County Planning Directors Association (CCPDA) where he has been leading a group of 50 people (from government, industry, environmental, farming, etc.) on the drafting of a Model Solar Energy Facility (SEF) Ordinance for use by ALL California counties (and possibly cities). The goal is to streamline the regulatory process for SEF and balance other competing factors in CA, thus helping us achieve 33% renewable energy by 2020. You can follow this effort at Tim received his BA in Environmental Studies with a minor in Chemistry from CSU Sacramento in 1983.

Asa Such
National Key Account Manager  
SANYO- Panasonic Solar and Smart Energy Division

Asa is responsible for managing the sales channel for SANYO Energy Corporation’s
global production of highly specialized PV modules into the US market via the major international Distributors, direct PV Installers, and electrical OEM Distributors. Sanyo manufactures 30MW of mono crystalline wafers in Carson, CA and is the leading producer of Lithium ion batteries for HEV’s and energy storage and management . SANYO has built demonstration projects with storage technology in Japan and California.  Asa provides ongoing training to veteran and newly initiated PV installers, electricians, and contractors in California and emerging solar States in the US. Asa is also responsible for the product management for the world’s only two sided solar panel which serves the quasi BIPV market and maximizes kWh production when installed along side a reflective cool white roofing surface.   Asa is currently working with the Cascadia Green Building Council to bring to completion announced plans for the Greenest High-Rise ever built, at the Oregon Sustainability Center, a Living Building Challenge project. Prior to SANYO-Panasonic he worked for Renewable Energy Concepts in it’s Silicon Valley office. He belongs to multiple organizations that promote the increased use of renewables in the built environment. He resides in Palo Alto, CA where he lives with his family and is proud to be a supporter of State Senator Joe Smitian’s clean energy agenda. He holds an MA from the University of London , and a BA from U.C. Berkeley.

J. Stacey Sullivan
Policy Director
 Sustainable Conservation

Stacey directs Sustainable Conservation’s growing involvement in public policy issues.  He played a central role in the passage of 2010’s SB 346 (Kehoe), landmark legislation sponsored by Sustainable Conservation that mandates the eventual elimination of copper (a significant aquatic pollutant) from vehicle brake pads.  He retired from the California State Assembly in November 2008 after a 12-year career as a consultant for the Natural Resources Committee, Budget Subcommittee #3 (Resources), and, for the last eight years of his tenure, as Chief Consultant to the Local Government Committee.  His work while with the Assembly included in-depth involvement in significant legislation and policy initiatives concerning the California Environmental Quality Act, water policy, sustainable agriculture, housing, and land use planning.  Stacey is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the Central Coast Rangeland Coalition .  He was educated at the University of California, Santa Cruz, the University of Oxford, and King Hall School of Law at the University of California, Davis.

Michael Swords
Executive Director of Strategic Research Initiatives and Global Partnerships
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at UCLA
Michael Swords serves as the Executive Director of Strategic Research Initiatives and Global Partnerships within the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) at UCLA. In that capacity, he is responsible for developing large, multi-disciplinary research centers and institutes. He is also responsible for developing partnerships with government agencies, foundations, industry and non-profits, both here in the United States and abroad.
Mike is also the Board President for CleanTech Los Angeles (CTLA) which is a multi-institutional collaboration between UCLA, USC, Caltech, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency (CRALA), Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Business Council (LABC), Central City Association (CCA) and the Los Angeles Economic Development Council (LAEDC) to establish Los Angeles as the global leader in research, commercialization, and deployment of clean technologies. He also serves on the Board of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters (LALCV), the Executive Advisory Committee for the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation and Executive Committee for the Los Angeles CleanTech Incubator.

Prior to joining the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Mike worked as an officer in UCLA’s Office of Federal Government Relations and was a legislative aide on Capitol Hill. He graduated with a BA from Whittier College and completed UCLA’s Anderson School of Management’s Executive Education program in December of 2008.


Dave Teasdale
Director of Clean Energy Center
Kern Community College District
Dave Teasdale – Director of the Clean Energy Center, Kern Community College District. Mr. Teasdale has lead the Kern Community College District’s Clean Energy Center since it’s inception in 2009. Mr. Teasdale was instrumental in forging partnerships with clean energy employers, industry associations, local government, 14 community colleges, local community-based organizations, regional Workforce Investment Boards, Labor Unions, and the Kern Economic Development Corporation to collaborate in determining the workforce training needs of the Clean Energy industry in Central California, Sierra Nevada and Mojave Desert regions. Together, this array of partnerships secured over $5 million in grant funding to provide entry-level training for technicians in clean cnergy industries. September 2010, Mr. Teasdale was invited to present at the Public Forum on the Workforce Needs for Large Scale Solar Projects convened by Governor Schwarzenegger’s office in partnership with the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Workforce Investment Board, the California Energy Commission, and the California Department of Industrial Relations,

Prior to becoming the Director of the Clean Energy Center, Mr. Teasdale was the Director of the Workplace Learning Resource Center for the Kern Community College District where he worked with local industry to provide customized workforce training and skills development solutions. Mr. Teasdale has over 25 years of broad leadership, training, and development experience with organizations as varied as Starbucks, FedEx Kinko’s, Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District, Baskin-Robbins, and Taco Bell.
Mr. Teasdale received his Master’s in Business Administration from UC Irvine and his Bachelor’s in Economics with an emphasis in Environmental Economics from Brown University.



Michael Van Every
Republic of Solar Highways

Michael Van Every is the President of Republic Solar Highways one of several companies of the Republic Family of Companies.  Republic Solar Highways was created in 2008 to develop photovoltaic power parks on government-owned right-of-way along state and federal highways.  Mr. Van Every is also the Senior Vice President of Republic Urban Properties which specializes in the creation and development of ‘smart growth’ projects, such as master planned communities near transportation hubs and urban mixed-use projects near major employment centers.  The Republic Family of Companies is known for developing institutional-quality real estate throughout the United States, from land development to historic adaptive reuse and shopping malls.  A third generation San Jose native, Mr. Van Every holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Journalism from California State University at Fresno. He is active in local and regional politics, the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, and of Downtown San Jose Rotary.  Michael spends his personal time in the Evergreen Community of San Jose where he volunteers time as a youth baseball and soccer coach.

Gaddi Vasquez
Senior Vice President of Public Affairs
Southern California Edison

Gaddi Vasquez is senior vice president of Public Affairs for Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. He is responsible for representing SCE’s interests in Sacramento, including support of legislation.

Prior to his current role, Vasquez was appointed U.S. Ambassador and permanent representative to United Nations Agencies based in Rome. There he managed a multi-agency team responsible for oversight and governance of UN Organizations.

Vasquez was formerly director of the United States Peace Corps where he was responsible for the largest international volunteer service organization with more than 10,000 volunteers and staff serving in 78 countries.

Vasquez also previously worked for SCE from 1995 to 2002, serving as division vice president of Public Affairs.

Early in his career, Vasquez served two terms as an Orange County Supervisor, as Chief Deputy Appointments Secretary to the Governor, and as a police officer for the City of Orange.

Vasquez received a bachelor’s degree in Public Service Management from the University of Redlands.

Grace Vermeer
Market Strategy and Resource Planning Analyst

Southern California Edison

Grace is an analyst in Southern California Edison’s Market Strategy and Resource Planning group. Her primary role is to assess the impacts of regulation and policy on the energy sector, and has specifically focused on California’s cap and trade market and, recently, the Governor’s Clean Energy Goals. She manages SCE’s Climate Change Policy team, helping SCE shape and respond to California’s cutting edge policy landscape. She has a bacherlor’s degree in environmental policy from Pomona College.

Ben Vitale
The Climate Trust

Ben Vitale is a carbon market expert and an experienced executive, with over 20 years of executive experience in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. He is the first President of The Climate Trust, succeeding the founding Executive Director in December 2009.
Before joining The Climate Trust, Ben served as Managing Director of the Conservation and Community Carbon Fund at Conservation International (CI), where he worked with the private sector to develop climate change solutions and new financial instruments that create business value and achieve measurable climate change results. He supported the development of conservation carbon projects in Biodiversity Hotspots around the world including Ecuador, China, and Brazil. He also advised governments and partners on climate change, particularly in the area of reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD), in countries such as Guyana, Liberia, Madagascar, and Suriname.
Ben has served as an adviser for Ecosystem Marketplace, the Chicago Climate Exchange, and Patagonia Sur, among others. He also has been a contributor to the books A Climate for Life, Climate Change & Forests, and Voluntary Carbon Markets.
Prior to joining CI, Ben was co-founder and Vice President with Vcapital, a firm that raised corporate financing for businesses through a network of venture capitalists and investment firms. Prior to Vcapital, he was a corporate officer and Vice President with RadioWave Corporation, a Motorola subsidiary, and he held various management and technology positions within Motorola.
Ben holds a Master of Management degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a B.S. degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.

He is also an avid conservationist, bird watcher, and certified SCUBA diver, in addition to competing in marathons.


Byron Washom
Director of Strategic Energy Initiatives
UC San Diego

Byron Washom is UC San Diego’s new Director of Strategic Energy Initiatives and is responsible for energy management policy to achieve the campus’ goals for quantum improvements in energy management and Greenhouse Gas reductions. Prior to UCSD, Mr. Washom was the CEO for twenty years of a due diligence firm that specialized in CleanTech, and he served as Sr. International Advisor to the World Bank and DOE. He is a four time Rockefeller Foundation Grantee and a former Heinz Endowment Grantee for early commercialization of CleanTech into developing countries. Mr. Washom was also Founder and President of Advanco Corp which in 1984 set the long-standing world records for solar electric conversion efficiency at 29.4% and subsequently achieved an IR100 Award. He was the 2008 Recipient of UCSD’s Citizen of the Year Award for Sustainability, and he was a Visiting Faculty Member at the Rady School of Management while teaching the graduate level course, The Business of Renewable Energy. Fast Company magazine named him to their June cover story, “100 Most Creative Persons in Business, 2010.”

Al Weinrub
Local Clean Energy Alliance
Al Weinrub is a sustainable energy writer, analyst, and advocate. He is the coordinator of the Local Clean Energy Alliance (, a Bay Area coalition advocating for local renewable energy, healthier sustainable communities, and clean energy jobs. He is also the author of Community Power: Decentralized Renewable Energy in California (, a publication that makes the case for local renewable power and the policies needed to advance decentralized energy systems. Al is a member of the Sierra Club California Energy-Climate Committee and of the National Writers Union, UAW 1981 AFL-CIO.

Robert Weisenmiller
California Energy Commission
Dr. Robert Weisenmiller was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in January 2011 and appointed Chair in February. Chair Weisenmiller brings more than 30 years energy experience to the Commission including expertise in electricity and gas markets and California regulatory policies.
Before his appointment, Dr. Weisenmiller, a co-founder of MRW & Associates, used his expertise to assist businesses, financial institution, regulatory commissions, and public agencies in strategic planning, policy development, analyzing energy markets and regulations, power pricing for qualifying facility projects, marginal cost analysis, rate design and implications of utility mergers.

Chair Weisenmiller currently presides over the Energy Commission’s Budget and Management, the Legislative and Intergovernmental, the Research, Development & Demonstration, the Integrated and the Energy Policy Report and Electricity and Natural Gas Committees and is the Associate Member on the Siting Committee.
Chair Weisenmiller holds a Doctorate in Chemistry and a Masters in Energy and Resources from University of California Berkeley and received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Providence College.

Dr. Monika Weiss
Co-founder and Chief Sustainability Officer
ergSol, Inc.

Dr. Weiss is the Co-Founder and Chief Sustainability Officer of ergSol, Inc., an Oakland-based solar thermal technology company. An environmental pioneer, she possesses impeccable management consulting skills honed from her years working in the cleantech/sustainability space. She holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology, and has studied the unique dynamics of a public-private consortium working to advance alternative fueled vehicles and infrastructure. An experienced project manager, she is committed to developing sustainable organizations that thrive in the midst of challenges posed by society, technology, the environment, and the economy. Through her company’s energy-saving and zero-polluting technology, Monika is working to support Gov. Brown’s effort to increase California’s renewable energy portfolio to 33% by 2020.

Steve Weissman
Director of Energy & Cleantech Program
UC Berkeley Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment

Steve Weissman teaches Energy Law and directs the Energy & Cleantech Program at the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at Berkeley Law. In addition, he is on the summer faculty at Vermont Law School and at the Lewis and Clark. He is also an environmental mediator. He is a former Administrative Law Judge and policy advisor at the California Public Utilities Commission, former Principal Consultant to the California State Assembly’s Committee on Natural Resources, and former Legal Director for the Local Government Commission, providing environmental and social policy assistance to local governments.

Dawn Weisz
Executive Officer
Marin Energy Authority

Dawn Weisz is the Executive Officer for the Marin Energy Authority. Ms. Weisz coordinated efforts to explore and launch the Marin Clean Energy program which is the first operational Community Choice Aggregation program in California. Under her watch MEA has launched service to thousands of customers and entered into power purchase agreements that have doubled the amount of renewable energy flowing to customers, exceeded State Renewable Portfolio Standards, and achieved substantial GHG reductions to help cities and towns to reach State AB32 targets. Ms. Weisz has 18 years of experience developing and managing renewable energy and energy efficiency programs and projects while working for leading public agencies in the field. Before joining MEA Ms. Weisz was a Principal with County of Marin and served as the Executive Director for Sustainable North Bay. Ms. Weisz has been a guest lecturer for UC Berkeley and for the National American Planning Association. She has also received awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Power Association of Northern California.

Michael Wheeler
Director of Policy Initiatives
Recurrent Energy

Michael Wheeler is the Director of Policy Initiatives at Recurrent Energy where he manages all of the company’s legislative and regulatory affairs across the US.  Prior to this role he served as Energy Advisor to Commissioner Dian M. Grueneich at the California Public Utilities Commission covering a host of regulatory issues including transmission planning in CA and the Western Interconnect and residential comprehensive energy efficiency. For the Commissioner’s office, Michael managed the DOE stimulus-funded Transmission Planning grant process to incorporate comprehensive energy efficiency policy impacts into WECC-wide load forecasting. Prior to serving the Commissioner, Michael led the Residential Sector Strategic Planning process for the CPUC’s Energy Division and managed the CPUC’s energy efficiency goals update for 2012-2020.  Prior to joining the CPUC in 2006, Michael worked for the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on a variety of energy issues in Washington DC.  Michael has a B.A. in Energy Efficiency from the Evergreen State College and a M.S in Energy Policy from the University of Delaware.

Howard Windsor
CAL Fire Unit Chief San Diego
I have 28 years in the fire services, currently serving as the CAL Fire Unit Chief in the San Diego Unit and also serving as the San Diego County Fire Authority Fire Chief. This includes the oversight to fire protection contracts we also serve within the county that makes up over 50 fire stations, and other ground and aviation assets that serve the nearly 1.2 million acres of state and local government lands protected.

Over my career, I’ve served in various operations and administrative roles with the primary emphasis on fire prevention elements including land use planning, engineering, and investigations. Married with two children.

Laura Wisland Senior Energy Analyst Union of Concerned Scientist
Laura is a Senior Energy Analyst with the Union of Concerned Scientists, focusing on developing state policies that will effectively increase the amount of clean, renewable energy used in California.
Prior to coming to UCS, Laura was the Director of the California Hydropower Reform Coalition where she helped design several state and federal policies to reduce the environmental impacts of California’s existing network of hydropower dams.
Laura has a master’s degree from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, and a bachelor’s degree with highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Walker Wright

Director of Policy and Project Development, Western Region
Petra Solar
Walker Wright is Director of Policy and Project Development at Petra Solar in the Western region. He concentrates on identifying the implications of regulatory and policy trends in support of the company’s business development efforts. A former board member of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, Walker represents Petra Solar to various industry and lobby groups. Prior to joining Petra, Walker founded Amelio Solutions Consulting where for four years he advised renewable energy companies and non-profits on policy, strategy and project development. Walker is a featured author on renewable energy credit policy in The Voluntary Carbon Markets (nominated for the Financial Times Book of the Year and forwarded by Al Gore) and has published research data on utility solar program performance. He holds a BA from Princeton University and an Msc from The London School of Economics. Walker lives in San Francisco.



Manal Yamout
Special Advisor to the Governor for Renewable energy Facilities
Office of California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.

Manal Yamout is the Special Advisor to the Governor for Renewable Energy Facilities in the Office of California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.  She is focused on shepherding a cohort of large-scale renewable energy projects through the permitting process in time to take advantage of federal stimulus funding and also on advising Governor Brown on state policy related to renewable energy issues. She held this same position in the Schwarzenegger Administration.  Prior to holding this post, Manal served as an Advisor to Governor Schwarzenegger and as the Deputy to his Chief of Staff working on a wide range of issues from education to health care. Specifically, she focused on incentivizing business development in clean technologies and, among other things, was integral in creating the California Green Job Corps and developing the State of California’s sales tax exemption for clean technology manufacturing equipment. Manal also served as the state’s Assistant Secretary for International Trade, as a Special Assistant to First Lady Maria Shriver and as an Executive Fellow in the Office of the Governor.  Prior to state service, Manal worked as a policy consultant for the Vasconcellos Project, a non-profit focused on higher education and civic engagement founded by former California State Senator John Vasconcellos. She holds a masters degree in public administration from the University of Southern California

Osama Younan
Chief of Green Building Division
City of Los Angeles’ Department of Building and Safety
Osama Younan is the Chief of the Green Building Division in the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Building and Safety. He represents the Department on Green Building issues and other issues relating to sustainability and was designated by the Department as the lead person for the adoption of the 2010 CALGreen Code. Osama Younan serves on the California Building Officials’ (CALBO) Green Building Committee and he is the Chair of the International Code Council, Los Angeles Basin Chapter Green Building Committee, this chapter represents over eighty-nine Southern California jurisdictions. He has also been appointed to the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) Development Committee working on a national green building code. Osama Younan is a licensed Mechanical Engineer with the State of California and a LEED Accredited Professional with the US Green Building Council.


Amy K. Zimpfer, P.E.

Associate Air Division Director
US EPA Region IX
Amy Zimpfer is Associate Air Division Director for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA’s) Region 9 office in San Francisco, California and serves as the Region’s Senior Management Lead for Clean Energy and Climate Change. In Spring, 2008, she served as an Embassy Science Fellow at the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal focusing on climate change and renewable energy. Ms. Zimpfer has also served as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Regional Administrator and in a wide variety of managerial and engineering positions in Water, Waste, and Superfund Divisions at USEPA. From 1989 to 1994, she was Director of the San Francisco Estuary Project, a locally based effort involving over 120 stakeholders to develop consensus on a Comprehensive Plan to restore the San Francisco Bay and Delta. She served five years as a Commissioner on the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. Ms. Zimpfer also worked as a Hazardous Waste Engineer for the State of California Department of Health Services, Toxic Substances Control Division. Prior to coming to California, Ms. Zimpfer researched abandoned mines for the State of Colorado and worked as an engineer for the Town of Breckenridge and the City of Littleton, Colorado. Ms. Zimpfer is a registered Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is married and has two daughters.