Meredith Alexander, Policy Director, CALSTART

Meredith Alexander joined CALSTART as Policy Director in 2019. She focuses on California Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, but is currently expanding CALSTART’s regulatory work to other states. Meredith joined CALSTART after a long career in the public sector, most recently at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). As a Senior Regulatory Analyst at the California Public Utilities Commission for many years, Meredith led proceedings on resource adequacy and renewables integration, and served as a liaison to the California ISO. At the CPUC, Meredith published numerous white papers and policy proposals on renewable integration and capacity market issues.

Don Anair, Research and Deputy Director, Clean Vehicles Program

Don Anair is the Research and Deputy Director for the Clean Vehicles Program, working on state and national transportation, air quality, and global warming policy. Mr. Anair is an engineer with expertise on fuels and transportation technology covering both light and heavy-duty vehicles. Mr. Anair evaluates autonomous, hybrid and advanced vehicle technologies and is co-author of State of Charge and Cradle to Grave— reports which evaluate the global warming emissions and fuel cost savings of electric vehicles. Mr. Anair holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Cornell University. As a member of Cornell’s Formula Society of Automotive Engineers vehicle team, he helped design and manufacture an award-winning alternative fuel race car.

John Boesel, President & CEO, CALSTART

John Boesel is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CALSTART. The public/private nature of CALSTART is reflected in John’s background. Upon graduating from the University of California, Davis, in 1982, John worked in the California legislature as a legislative aide to then Assemblyman (now Congressman) Sam Farr. He received his MBA from the Haas School at UC Berkeley in 1989. In 1993 John joined CALSTART as the Vice President of Technology Programs. In 2001 the Board of Directors promoted him to the position of President and CEO. John serves on the Advisory Board for the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC) at Stanford University and is also a board member of the Clean Vehicle Foundation.

Bill Cawein, Manager, Technology & Integration, Global Vehicles, FedEx Express

Bill Cawein is the Manager of Technology and Integration at FedEx Express. He has been with the company for 12 years. Bill Manages the Express Vehicles Innovation team responsible for the seamless integration of electric & autonomous vehicle technology on a global scale. He has an MBA in Finance from Christian Brothers University and a BA in Broadcast and Electronic Media from The University of Memphis.

Tyson Eckerle, Deputy Director, Zero Emission Vehicle Market Development, GoBiz

Tyson Eckerle serves as the Deputy Director of Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go Biz). In this role, he focuses on streamlining the development and success of the hydrogen and plug-in electric vehicle station ecosystem. Prior to joining Go Biz, Tyson served as Executive Director of Energy Independence Now, a non-profit dedicated to action oriented solutions to petroleum dependence and climate change. Tyson holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of California, Davis and a Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Katie Fehrenbacher, Senior Writer & Analyst, Transportation for GreenBiz and VERGE Transport

Katie Fehrenbacher is a journalist who’s been covering energy technology for over a decade. She’s been a reporter for Fortune, Gigaom, Red Herring, Engadget and the Japanese daily newspaper the Yomiuri Shimbun. Her work has also been published in The Guardian, Bloomberg, the New York Times, CNN, and The Economist.

Dawn Fenton, VP of Sustainability, Volvo Group N.A.

Dawn Fenton serves as the Director of Sustainability & Public Affairs for Volvo Group North America. She has been with Volvo Group for 8 years and has responsibility for advanced technology policy and sustainability issues as well as California government relations. Prior to joining the Volvo Group, Dawn spent 6 years as the Director of Policy at the Diesel Technology Forum, where she led the organization’s policy outreach and educational efforts. Dawn has worked in the government relations field for over 25 years across a range of energy, environment, sustainability, foreign policy and trade-related issues in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She received her master’s degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University.

Jennifer Gress, Division Chief, Sustainable Transportation and Communities, CARB

Jennifer is the Policy Director for Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, where she is responsible for policy development related to housing and community development, transportation, sustainability, and mental health. Prior to her time with the Mayor, Jennifer served as the Legislative Director for the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the state agency that has led the nation in aggressively reducing air pollution and mitigating climate change. In that role, she served as the Board’s representative to the California Legislature from 2011 to 2017. Jennifer has a Ph.D. in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine, where she studied housing and community development.

Jamie Hall, Manager, Public Policy, GM-Maven

Jamie Hall is a manager on the global public policy team at General Motors, where he leads regulatory efforts in California to support commercialization of GM’s advanced vehicle portfolio. Jamie is responsible for policy considerations affecting the development and deployment of advanced technology vehicles such as the Chevrolet Bolt EV, including but not limited to infrastructure considerations and vehicle-grid integration. He works closely with GM technical teams, policymakers, and industry stakeholders and is active in relevant groups such as the California Electric Transportation Coalition and the California Fuel Cell Partnership. He received degrees from Princeton University and the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.

Diana Kotler, Executive Director, Anaheim Transportation Network

Experienced Executive Director with a demonstrated history of working in the transportation and public transit industry. Skilled in Budgeting, Operations Management, Government, Urban Planning, Zero Emission Bus Infrastructure Project Deployment and Transportation Safety. Strong business development professional with a Master of Arts (MA) focused in Economics and Urban Planning from California State University-Long Beach.

Michael Marx, Executive Director, Corporate Ethics International

Michael received his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught communications and organizational behavior courses. Earlier in his career, he founded Selection Sciences, Inc. a management consulting firm specializing in employee selection and management training and assessment. His clients included Fortune 500 companies like Hewlett-Packard, Memorex, Fireman’s Fund, Transamerica, Pacific Bell, and American Express. He now manages the Moving Beyond Oil Fund which supports groups working to protect the Clean Car Standards as well as coalitions of diverse groups in key states working together to accelerate the electrification of transportation.

Alex Mitchell, Senior Vice President, LACI

Alex Mitchell is the SVP of Market transformation at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), where he oversees the group’s cleantech analysis, multi-stakeholder programs and initial pilots and deployments. He joined LACI from Groupe PSA in Paris where he was VP of Corporate Strategy, co-leading the company’s acquisition of Opel from General Motors and leading the company’s work on autonomous mobility. Previously he headed the automotive automotive industry vertical at the World
Economic Forum, with a focus on autonomous mobility. Alex has also served VP of retail sales at an LA-based EV startup Coda Automotive, and worked at Toyota Europe and McKinsey.

Patricia Monahan, Commissioner, California Energy Commission

Commissioner Patty Monahan is serving her first term on the California Energy Commission. Commissioner Monahan was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom in April 2019. She fills the Commission’s science/engineering position and is the lead commissioner on transportation. Before joining the Energy Commission, Commissioner Monahan was the transportation program director at the Energy Foundation, where she funded campaigns across the United States to advance electric transportation and cleaner, more efficient vehicles. Commissioner Monahan received a bachelor of science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in energy analysis and policy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board

Mary Nichols is the Chair of the California Air Resources Board, where she occupies the attorney seat. She has served on the Board under Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. (1975–82 and 2010–18), Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (2007–2010) and Governor Gavin Newsom (2019–present). She also served as California’s Secretary for Natural Resources (1999–2003), appointed by Gov. Gray Davis. Over a career as an environmental lawyer spanning over 45 years, Mary Nichols has played a key role in California and the nation’s progress toward healthy air. She has also led the Board in crafting California’s internationally recognized climate action plan.

Chris Nordh, Fleet Management Solutions, Ryder Truck Rental

Chris Nordh is Senior Director of Advanced Vehicle Technology and Energy Products for the Fleet Management Solutions business segment of Ryder System, Inc. In this position, he is responsible for executing Ryder’s growing portfolio of emerging technology solutions as well as extending Ryder’s leadership position in the advanced vehicle technology industry. Mr. Nordh manages Ryder’s fuel product development, pricing, rebate, and incentive programs and oversees product development and evaluation with OEMs to lower costs and help customers. He received his MBA in Management Science and Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Miami.

Matt O’Leary, Chairman and CEO, Motiv

Matt O’Leary is the Chairman and CEO of Motiv Power Systems with broad business and product development experience including planning, strategy, implementation, quality planning, and launch. Before joining the Motiv board, O’Leary served in various capacities in his 38 years at Ford Motor Company, including the title of Vehicle Line Director – North America Trucks, SUVs, and Commercial Vehicles. He led the historic transformation of Ford South America from 100% legacy to 100% global products in 3 years, including local design and development of two global vehicles – EcoSport and Ka. Mr. O’Leary holds a BSME in Mechanical Engineering from University of Michigan-Dearborn and an MS in Management from MIT Sloan School of Management.

 

Carla Peterman, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison

Carla Peterman is senior vice president of Regulatory Affairs at Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. She is responsible at the national and state levels for the company’s Regulatory Affairs and Energy and Environmental Policy organizations, overseeing regulatory strategy and operations and environmental affairs. Peterman holds a Doctor of Philosophy in energy and resources from the University of California, Berkeley. She also earned a Master of Science and Master of Business Administration from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes scholar. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Howard University. Peterman serves on the external advisory board for Sandia National Laboratories’ Energy and Homeland Security Portfolio.

Cliff Rechtschaffen, Commissioner, California Public Utility Commission

Clifford Rechtschaffen was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission by Governor Jerry Brown in January 2017. At the CPUC his key areas of interest include decarbonization, safety, environmental justice, and enforcement. Commissioner Rechtschaffen is the assigned Commissioner on several risk assessment, emergency management and safety proceedings, the transportation electrification proceedings, Renewables Portfolio Standard, the affordability proceeding, and the biomethane and renewable gas proceedings. Commissioner Rechtschaffen serves as one of two Commissioners on the Senate Bill 350 Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group, is a member of the Western Energy Imbalance Market Body of State Regulators, and is on advisory board of the California Stationary Fuel Cell Collaborative and the Financial Research Institute. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and Princeton University.

Eloise Reyes, Member, California State Assembly

Eloise Gómez Reyes was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2016 to represent California’s 47th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Rialto, San Bernardino, and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy. The lack of access to quality legal services in her community led her to become the first Latina to open her own law firm in the Inland Empire. Eloise graduated from Colton High School and received her A.A. from San Bernardino Valley College. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California, Eloise went on to earn her law degree from Loyola Law School.

Megan Richer, Director, Strategic Partnerships, Via

Megan Richer leads Via’s collaboration with transit agencies, municipalities, and organizations on the West Coast, with a focus on helping cities and public agencies secure access to more resources for their microtransit services. Prior to this, she worked in partnership with agencies and cities to design and plan Via’s global microtransit deployments. Previously, she managed Via’s vehicle supply programs and worked on the company’s New York City operations. Prior to Via, she led efforts to rapidly expand Thomson Reuters operations in Sub-Saharan Africa. She holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA from Stanford University. She is based in the Bay Area.

Katerina Robinson, Legislative Director, Office of CA Senator Nancy Skinner

Katerina Robinson is the legislative director for CA State Senator Nancy Skinner. Robinson specializes in energy, climate, water, natural resources policy, local government, and transportation policy. Prior to working with Senator Skinner, Robinson helped found Environment and Energy Consulting, a lobbying firm in Sacramento dedicated to public benefit, climate, and energy lobbying. She has also worked for State Assembly member Mike Gatto in Sacramento and Congressman Mike Honda in DC. Robinson is a founding member of California Women in Energy. Robinson graduated from UC Berkeley in 2010 and received a masters from Sacramento State University in 2016.

Bill Van Amburg, Executive Vice President, CALSTART

Bill Van Amburg has over 40 years of experience, including technology development, commercialization and marketing. He is considered an industry expert in advanced technologies for transportation. Bill is the Initiative leader for the medium- and heavy-duty truck and off-road equipment sector, the largest practice area at CALSTART. Bill is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Anthropology, is a graduate of the Executive Management Program at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, has a certificate in brand management from Stanford and served on the founding Board of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency.

Sydney Vergis, Assistant Division Chief, California Air Resources Board

Sydney Vergis has been with California Air Resource Board (CARB) for over eight years and recently became the Assistant Division Chief. Before that, she served as Acting Legislative Director, where she facilitated policy briefings by CARB representatives for legislative staff. Sydney is a graduate of UC, Davis with a Doctor of Philosophy in Transportation and Technology Policy and a B.A. in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning.

Scott Wu, Executive Director, California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank

Scott Wu, an innovation and investment expert, is the Executive Director of The California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank). Wu was appointed as the Executive Director after spending the last several years leading and advising teams focused on financing beneficial and innovative solutions to large-scale, public sector issues. He was a Presidential Innovation Fellow in the Obama White House where he served as senior advisor to the innovation investing of USAID. Wu has spent a lifetime of uniting his strong finance and innovation skills with a passion for global philanthropic endeavors. Scott Wu is a graduate of Dartmouth College and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.