2019 Confirmed Speakers
Drew Baglino, VP of Technology, Tesla
Drew has been at Tesla since 2006 and has grown along with the company, developing depth in system architecture and modeling, firmware development, electronics, thermal systems, power electronics, system engineering of vehicle and energy products, and engineering leadership for product development from concept to manufacturing for Powerwall and Powerpack. His current focus is the leadership of two efforts: Tesla’s core development organization advancing lithium ion battery, motor, controls, safety and modeling technology, and a larger engineering organization spanning software, firmware, electronics, qualification, project, systems, and service engineering for Tesla’s energy products. Prior to joining Tesla, Drew received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford with an honors in environmental science and public policy and worked at Resources for the Future, an energy and environment economics think tank in Washington, DC, where he focused on transportation policy analysis.
Jared Blumenfeld, California Secretary for Environmental Protection
Jared Blumenfeld was appointed California Secretary for Environmental Protection by Governor Gavin Newsom in January 2019. As Secretary, Jared oversees the state’s efforts to fight climate change, protect air and water quality, regulate pesticides and toxic substances, achieve the state’s recycling and waste reduction goals, and advance environmental justice. As a member of the Governor’s cabinet, he advises the Governor on environmental policy. Jared is one of America’s most innovative environmental leaders, bringing to the agency more than 25 years of environmental policy and management experience at the local, national and international levels. From 2009 to 2016, he served under former President Barack Obama as Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the Pacific Southwest, a region that includes California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, the Pacific Islands and 148 tribal nations. Previously, Jared was Director of San Francisco’s Department of Environment from 2001 to 2009, first under former Mayor Willie Brown and then under Gavin Newsom. He and Mayor Newsom worked effectively to make San Francisco “the most sustainable city in the nation” by developing a municipal Environment Code that includes mandatory recycling and composting, bans on Styrofoam and plastic bags, and a 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
Rebecca Boudreaux, Ph.D., President, Oberon Fuels
Trained as a chemist, Rebecca Boudreaux, Ph.D. has served on the management team or Board of Directors of various startup companies in the clean tech, life sciences, high tech, and non-profit sectors. Presently, she is President of Oberon Fuels, a California-based company making DME (dimethyl ether) as a cleaner, alternative to diesel and as a pathway to zero-emission mobility. In her role at Oberon, Dr. Boudreaux leads the strategic partnering efforts and oversees the regulatory processes for the use of DME as a fuel. Dr. Boudreaux has a broad range of academic and industrial experience, having performed research at MIT, Princeton University, and National Starch and Chemical. She earned a B.S. in Polymer Science (magna cum laude, University of Southern Mississippi) and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering (University of Massachusetts). Dr. Boudreaux has co-authored seven peer-reviewed publications and is a co-inventor on 12 patents and applications.
Caroline Choi, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs , Edison International and Southern California Edison
Caroline Choi is senior vice president of Corporate Affairs at Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, and its parent company, Edison International. Choi is responsible for overseeing Government Affairs, Public Affairs and Corporate Communications on national, state and local levels. Previously, Choi served as senior vice president of Regulatory Affairs at SCE. In this role, she was responsible for the company’s regulatory strategy and policy at the national and state levels, including regulatory affairs, regulatory operations and environmental affairs. Choi previously was vice president of Energy and Environmental Policy at SCE, where she oversaw the analysis of energy and environmental policies; development of a long-term environmental, energy and technology strategy for SCE; and management of regulatory efforts at the California Public Utilities Commission and other state energy and environmental agencies. Before joining SCE in 2012, Choi was executive director of Environmental Services & Strategy at Progress Energy, where she was responsible for leading environmental permitting, compliance and policy. She served the company in various roles, including director, Energy Policy & Strategy, and manager, Federal Public Affairs. Choi is active in national policy and community engagement, where she serves on the executive board of Smart Electric Power Alliance, a nationwide organization that supports utilities in the implementation and deployment of clean energy and distributed resources. She also serves on the boards of the Alliance for Transportation Electrification and the National Forest Foundation. Choi holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College.
Mollie Cohen D’Agostino, Policy Director, Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis
Mollie Cohen D’Agostino is Policy Director for the 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program at the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis. The 3 Revolutions in transportation- vehicle automation, electrification, and shared mobility, stand to bring widespread societal and environmental benefits if public policy can steer these innovations towards the public’s interest. Mollie and her team are committed to informing policy through rigorous research and impartial policy analysis. She and her team have provided several expert testimonies on automated vehicle policy to the California legislature. Her previous work spans several sectors and includes environmental policy, transportation planning, and local politics. She worked with the California League of Conservation Voters and the Alameda County Transportation Commission. She also worked on campaigns for City Council Members in Oakland and Richmond, California. While completing her Master’s in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, she consulted to the City of Oakland’s Budget Office and the City of Oakland’s Department of Housing & Community Development. Mollie grew up in gorges Ithaca, NY and she received a B.A. degree in Political Science and the Program for the Environment, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Horace Dediu, Founder, Asymco and Micromobility Podcast
A visionary, Dediu is one of the world’s most respected business analysts and renowned experts on complex data analysis. He is the founder and author of the market intelligence site Asymco.com, and Micromobility Industries. An authority on and enthusiast of Apple’s business, Dediu also spent more than eight years analyzing mobile software, platforms and markets at Nokia. Declared “King of Apple Analysts” by Fortune magazine, Dediu is a relied-upon resource for all major media, including Bloomberg, Financial Times, Economist and Forbes among others, and has more than 350,000 citations to his name. Asymco.com, followed by tens of thousands of mobile industry observers, has set the standard for public, open access to deep industry analysis. “The Critical Path,” hosted by Dediu, is one of the most popular technology and business strategy podcasts. It has changed how commentary is conducted on matters of technology strategy, shunning sensation while seeking causality. Influential on social media, Dediu also established the conferences Asymconf, Airshow and Micromobility Summit. A former student and mentee of Clayton Christensen, Dediu was previously the Senior Fellow at The Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation where he devoted time to teaching and researching the impact of technology on the disruption of sectors (such as banking, automotive and energy) and the impact of disruption on technology sectors (such as mobile, computing and wearables). Dediu is also a member of The Forum for Growth and Innovation at Harvard Business School. Dediu has a master’s from Harvard Business School and from Tufts University, in business administration and electrical engineering, respectively.
Dayne Delahoussaye, Head of North American Public Affairs, Neste
Dayne is the Head of North American Public Affairs at Neste. He brings many years of legal and policy experience to Neste, working with both the traditional and renewable business units by leading the sustainability communications and policy development efforts in the US and Canada. Dayne also serves on the board of several industry trade associations to support Neste’s position as a vanguard provider of cleaner burning, advanced low-carbon energy and fuels. Prior to joining Neste, Dayne was in private law practice in Houston as a litigator and business attorney and as a professional musician playing his Horn on the stages of New York and London.
Nicole Dolney, Chief of the Transportation Planning Branch, California Air Resources Board
Nicole Dolney is Chief of the Transportation Planning Branch at the California Air Resources Board. In her role Nicole leads CARB’s SB 375 Sustainable Communities Program, and a scenario modeling group that evaluates how California will meet its climate and air quality goals for transportation. Most notably, Nicole’s team completed the SB 150 Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act 2018 Progress Report, updated SB 375 regional greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for the state’s 18 metropolitan planning organizations, and played a key role in developing the transportation strategy in the Scoping Plan. Prior to Nicole’s current position she worked in CARB’s Mobile Source Analysis Branch supporting many of CARB’s freight, off-road and on-road mobile source regulations. She holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Chemistry from Wayne State University in Detroit, and a Master’s of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Nicole’s favorite and only mode of transport to work is a bike, and she and her husband recently completed construction on their zero-net-energy home in Davis.
Katie Fehrenbacher, Senior Writer and Analyst, GreenBiz
Katie Fehrenbacher has been a journalist covering green technology for over 15 years. She's currently a Senior Writer and Analyst covering transportation for GreenBiz and leads the transportation focus for the VERGE conference. She's been a reporter for Fortune, Gigaom, Red Herring and Engadget and began her career as a reporter in the Silicon Valley bureau of Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun. Her work has also appeared in Bloomberg, The Guardian, and The New York Times. Follow her on Twitter: @katiefehren, and subscribe to her weekly transportation-focused newsletter.
Dawn Fenton, Director of Sustainability & Public Affairs, Volvo Group North America
Dawn Fenton serves as the Director of Sustainability & Public Affairs for Volvo Group North America. She has been in this position since 2011 and has responsibility for advanced technology 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. She also spent 5 years working in the Washington, DC office of Asea Brown Boveri. 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.
Chris Ganson, Senior Advisor for Transportation, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
Chris Ganson is the Senior Advisor for Transportation with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. He serves as technical lead for the implementation of SB 743, and led the development of California's Automated Vehicle Principles for Healthy and Sustainable Communities. Prior to joining OPR, he held positions at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the World Resources Institute, and US EPA Region 9. Chris holds a Masters in City Planning and an MS in Transportation Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Eloise Gómez 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. Eloise, a proud daughter of immigrants, has been a champion for her community throughout her career. Eloise’s commitment to civic engagement is a culmination built over years of experience which goes back to her humble upbringing as a young girl picking grapes and onions in the fields with her family. The lack of access to affordable health care led her to become a co-founder of the Inland Empire Community Health Center. She also served on the Dean’s Medical School Mission Committee for the University of California, Riverside.
Kate Gordon, Director, Governor’s Office of Planning & Research
Kate Gordon is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection of climate change, energy, and economic development. Gordon was appointed Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research by Governor Gavin Newsom on January 7, 2019. Prior to being appointed Director, Gordon was a Senior Advisor at the Paulson Institute, where she oversaw the “Risky Business Project,” focused on quantifying the economic impacts of climate change to the U.S. economy, and also provided strategic support to the Institute’s U.S.- China CEO Council for Sustainable Urbanization. She was also a nonresident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, and an advisor to Duke University’s Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment. Earlier in her career Gordon served as Vice President for Climate and Energy at the Center for the Next Generation, Vice President of Energy and Environment at the Washington D.C.-based Center for American Progress, and Co-Executive Director at the national Apollo Alliance (now part of the Blue Green Alliance). Gordon earned a law degree and a master’s degree in city planning from the University of California-Berkeley, and an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University.
Jennifer Gress, Office of Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg
As Policy Director, Jennifer advises Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg on policies relating to housing and community development, transportation, and sustainability. Prior to her time with Mayor Steinberg, Jennifer served as the Legislative Director for the California Air Resources Board, the state agency leading the nation in aggressively reducing air pollution and combatting climate change. In that role, she served as the Board’s representative to the California Legislature, advised Board Chair Mary Nichols and the Executive Office on legislative matters, and made policy recommendations to the Chair, the Secretary for Environmental Protection, and the Governor’s Office on pending legislation. From 2005 until 2011, Jennifer was a consultant to the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, where she focused on air quality, ports and goods movement, active transportation, and public-private partnerships, among many other transportation-related issues. Jennifer has a Ph.D. in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine, where she studied housing and community development.
Eric Guerra, City of Sacramento Vice Mayor and Chair of Sacramento Air Quality Management Districtt District
Councilman Eric Guerra was elected to represent Sacramento City Council District 6 in April 2015 and was reelected in 2016. District 6 encompasses Campus Commons and Sierra Oaks in the North, between Stockton Boulevard and Watt Avenue, including the areas of Tahoe Park and Little Saigon. Councilman Guerra is a proud Sacramento State Hornet. He graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. In 2008 he earned his Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration. Prior to his election to the City Council, Councilman Guerra served as the Governor appointee to the California State University Board of Trustees, President of the Tahoe Park Neighborhood Association, Chairman of the Sacramento County Planning Commission, President of the Sacramento State Alumni Association and has over 13 years of experience in the California State Legislature in numerous roles. Councilman Guerra is appointed to serve on behalf of the City of Sacramento on the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) and various other multi-jurisdictional Joint Powers Authority boards. He also represents the City on their standing Law & Legislation Committee and the League of California Cities Board of Directors. Councilman Guerra is focused on improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods through protecting our parks, revitalizing Stockton Boulevard, develop the Sacramento Center of Innovation (SCI), and bring more commerce to the Power Inn Corridor. Councilman Guerra is devoted and proud to serve the community that he has called home for more than 20 years.
Austin Heyworth, Public Affairs Manager for California, Uber Technologies
Austin Heyworth represents Uber on state policy and regulatory issues. At Uber, he has led policy work on autonomous vehicles, electric vehicle programs, and the transition to a multi-modal platform including the launch of JUMP bikes and scooters. Before Uber, he worked in the State Assembly for six years, as a Special Assistant to Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, and most recently for Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin. He graduated from the University of California, Davis with degrees in Economics and Political Science and played quarterback on the football team.
Simon Lonsdale, Head of Sales and Strategy, AMPLY Power
Simon Lonsdale is the Head of Sales and Strategy for AMPLY Power, a Charging-as-a-Service provider de-risking and accelerating the adoption of electric buses, trucks, and passenger vehicles by commercial and public fleets through its price-per-mile-driven model. Simon is a recognized pioneer in the EV charging industry and previously served as Chief Strategy Officer for ChargePoint, the world’s leading EV charging network. As head of sales or business development, he’s helped usher successful outcomes for many well-known cloud computing companies including RNA Networks (acquired by Dell), NICE Software (acquired by Amazon Web Services), and Platform Computing (acquired by IBM). Prior to this Simon spent eleven years at Aspect, a telecommunications company, as VP, Software Engineering and VP, Alliances, during its migration to an enterprise software voice-over-IP platform. Originally from the UK, Simon has been a Silicon Valley native for more than 20 years. Simon is a Chartered Engineer and has a Master’s degree in Electronic, Communication and Computer Engineering, most recently from the University of Bradford.
Bruce DD MacRae, State Public Affairs Vice President , UPS
Bruce is the Vice President of State Government Affairs for the West Region of UPS. His area encompasses the states of California, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. Bruce deals with local, state and federal issues effecting UPS. UPS being the world’s largest package delivery and supply chain services company. Bruce began his UPS career in 1978 as a un-loader in the Anaheim package facility. In 1983 he became a full-time driver and Teamster Union Shop Steward. Bruce entered into management in 1987 where he was promoted to Preload Supervisor. Bruce has risen through many positions, acquiring skills in Operations, Industrial Engineering, Hazardous Materials, Customer Relations, Community / Public Relations, Security Investigator and currently as Vice President of State Government Affairs.
Dr. Arun Majumdar, Jay Precourt Provostial Chair Professor, Stanford University
Dr. Arun Majumdar is the Jay Precourt Provostial Chair Professor at Stanford University, a faculty member of the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering (by courtesy) and co-Director of the Precourt Institute for Energy, which integrates and coordinates research and education activities across all seven Schools and the Hoover Institution at Stanford. Dr. Majumdar's research in the past has involved the science and engineering of nanoscale materials and devices, especially in the areas of energy conversion, transport and storage as well as biomolecular analysis. His current research focuses on electrochemical and thermochemical redox reactions that are fundamental to a sustainable energy future, multidimensional nanoscale imaging and microscopy, and a new effort to re-engineer the electricity grid using data science, including deep learning techniques.
John Mikulin, Technology & Partnerships, United States Environmental Protection Agency
John Mikulin is an Environmental Protection Specialist in the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), Region 9 Technology & Partnerships Office located in San Francisco, California working on efforts to reduce emissions from mobile sources of air pollution in the western US. John’s current projects include: Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) implementation, West Coast Collaborative (WCC) stakeholder outreach and DERA grant project oversight, Clean Air Technology Initiative (CATI) coordination, coordination of regional electric vehicle deployment, coordination of mobile source technology demonstration, assistance with national vehicle emissions standards development, assistance with regional biomethane deployment, diesel emissions reduction technology benefit-cost assessment, and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review. Prior to joining US EPA, John worked for the California Council for Environmental & Economic Balance (CCEEB) as Project Manager of the California Environmental Dialogue (CED), an environmental policy collaborative comprised of California businesses, environmental nongovernmental organizations and government agencies. John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Public Service from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Matt Miyasato, Ph.D., Deputy Executive Officer of Science & Technology Advancemen, South Coast Air Quality Management District
Dr. Matt Miyasato is the Deputy Executive Officer for Science & Technology Advancement at the South Coast Air Quality Management District. He is responsible for the SCAQMD's Technology Advancement Office, Mobile Source Division, and Monitoring and Laboratory Analysis Division. Dr. Miyasato’s principal charges are to identify, evaluate and stimulate development and commercialization of clean air technologies, develop and coordinate mobile source regulations, and to conduct ambient monitoring, source testing and laboratory analysis. Dr. Miyasato received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, and his Masters and Ph.D. in Engineering, specializing in combustion technologies and air pollution control – all from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Miyasato has worked at Southern California Edison in the Nuclear Engineering Department and at General Electric, where he designed burners and combustion modifications for utility boilers. He was also a research scientist at UCI, where he managed the industrial burner research program and has publications on combustion phenomena, active control, and laser diagnostics. Dr. Miyasato has also been a lecturer at UCI for the undergraduate air pollution control course.
Darwin Moosavi, Special Advisor to the Secretary, California State Transportation Agency
Darwin Moosavi is on temporary assignment at the California State Transportation Agency as of March 2019 as Special Advisory to the Secretary, covering various responsibilities of the Deputy Secretary for Transportation Planning, Deputy Secretary for Environmental Policy and Housing Coordination, and Assistant Secretary for Ports and Rail. Darwin Moosavi is the Sustainability Project Manager the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), where he works on implementing initiatives that aim to reduce our dependence on driving and support adoption of cleaner vehicles to combat climate change. Prior to his position at Caltrans, he most recently served as a Senior Planner at the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), where he worked on various transportation policy issues centered around building sustainable communities and reducing vehicle miles travelled. Darwin also spent several years as the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program Manager at the Strategic Growth Council. Darwin has previous work experience at Caltrans, where he worked on integrating Smart Growth and Complete Streets concepts into processes and practices throughout the department. Darwin earned his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning from UC Davis and a Master in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University.
Todd Mouw, President, ROUSH CleanTech
Todd Mouw is the president of ROUSH CleanTech. A recognized leader in the propane autogas industry, he guides and directs the matrix of ROUSH CleanTech activities. Mouw has played a key role in taking the company from start up to a sustainable and profitable business with more than 18,000 product sales to Fortune 500 fleets, school districts and government fleets. Formerly as vice president of sales and marketing, Mouw drove the company’s national business development team and marketing department. He has traveled the nation speaking about domestic alternative fuel technologies and has been featured in hundreds of media interviews and bylined articles as an alternative fuels expert. A recipient of the 2011 Green Fleet Sustainability All-Star Award, Mouw served as the 2011-2012 president of the Green Truck Association, which is part of the National Truck Equipment Association. Mouw’s decades of experience in the automotive and high tech industries also include extensive sales and marketing experience with Ford, GM and Chrysler’s dealer, fleet and consumer communications programs. Previously, Mouw founded a marketing consulting business, Innovative Customer Management Solutions. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Mouw resides in Royal Oak, Michigan, with his wife, son and golden retrievers. When he’s not in the office, he enjoys golfing and family time at the lake.
Mary D. Nichols, Chairman, California Air Resources Board
Mary D. Nichols, JD, was appointed Chair of the California Air Resources Board in July 2007, a post she held previously under Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. from 1979 to 1983. At CARB she is responsible for implementing California's landmark greenhouse gas emissions legislation as well as setting air pollution standards for motor vehicles and fuels. After graduating from Cornell University and Yale Law School Ms. Nichols practiced environmental law in Los Angeles, bringing cases on behalf of environmental and public health organizations to enforce state and federal clean air legislation. President Clinton appointed her to head the Office of Air and Radiation at US EPA, where she was responsible for, among many other regulatory breakthroughs, the acid rain trading program and setting the first air quality standard for fine particles. She also served as California's Secretary for Natural Resources from 1999 to 2003. Prior to her return to the ARB, Ms. Nichols was Professor of Law and Director of the Institute of the Environment at UCLA.
Aric Ohana, Co Founder, Envoy
Aric drives strategy for product and technology at Envoy, ensuring that the company continues to scale and innovate its mobility-driven services around the world. As both a motor enthusiast and real estate investment expert, Aric has a unique understanding of how mobility as a service can be effectively implemented as an amenity. Aric began his career in institutional investments, overseeing the acquisition, operations and disposition of over $250 million in commercial real estate transactions. He later founded Osher Real Estate, where he spearheaded the acquisition and aggregation of several acres located on and around campus, leading to the development of a $50 million student housing opportunity.
Sara Rafalson, Director of Market Development, EVgo
Sara Rafalson brings over 10 years’ experience to EVgo, including leading public policy and market strategy efforts at Sol Systems, serving as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Maryland-D.C.-Delaware-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA), leading national initiatives to increase recruitment and retention of women in cleantech industries through the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), and serving as the former President of Women in Solar Energy. She currently sits as a co-chair for the Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable energy (WRISE) national leadership forum. At EVgo, Rafalson leads public policy and market strategy efforts, working with utilities, regulators, industry partners, and state legislatures across the country to advance opportunities for DC fast charging and transportation electrification from her office in Oakland, CA.
Vic Shao, CEO, Amply Power
Vic Shao is the Founder and CEO of AMPLY Power, a Charging-as-a-Service company derisking and accelerating the adoption of electric powered buses and trucks within public and private fleets, through its price-per-mile-driven model. Vic founded AMPLY Power in 2018 and previously served as the Founder & CEO of Green Charge Networks (GCN) an energy storage company that manages electric demand and renewable deployment for customers. After GCN was acquired by the international energy provider ENGIE in 2016, Vic oversaw global project development for ENGIE Energy Storage. Prior to founding GCN, Vic served as COO and VP of Product Development at MobileAria, which provides security and productivity telematics applications for the transportation industry and private fleets.Vic received his MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Nancy Skinner, Member, California State Senate
Elected in November of 2016, State Senator Nancy Skinner represents California’s 9th Senate District, which includes the cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, El Sobrante, Hercules, Kensington, Oakland, Piedmont, Pinole, Richmond, Rodeo, San Leandro and San Pablo.
A social justice advocate, energy and climate change trailblazer, and accomplished legislator, Skinner completed three terms in the State Assembly. In the Assembly, Skinner served as Chair of three key committees: Budget, Rules and Natural Resources. As Budget Chair she oversaw the largest funding boost to childcare and preschool in over a decade; increased state support to our State University and UC systems, cut the number of juveniles incarcerated in state facilities by half, and established a new dedicated fund to reduce prison recidivism. Skinner took on the Gun Lobby, successfully passing two groundbreaking gun violence prevention measures. To get corporations to pay their fair share, Skinner authored the bill that requires Amazon and other internet retailers to collect sales tax which is now bringing close to a $1 billion a year in new revenue to support vital services for California families. An environmental and climate protection champion, Skinner carried measures that doubled rooftop solar and renewable energy. A graduate of UC Berkeley with a BS and an MA, Skinner co-founded the labor union representing graduate student instructors and was a leader in the UC South Africa Divestment movement. Senator Skinner began her public service in 1984 as the first and only student to be elected to the Berkeley City Council. On Council Skinner introduced the nation’s first Styrofoam ban and co-founded an international association of cities, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability. After her term on the City Council, Skinner served as Executive Director of ICLEI’s US office and International Director of ICLEI’s Cities for Climate Protection program which engaged cities worldwide to take action to stop climate change.
Tom Swenson, Business Development Manager, Cummins Westport
Tom began his career as a college intern with the California Energy Commission (CEC) in 1988. Following graduation from California State University, Sacramento with a Mechanical Engineering degree, Tom joined the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District in the Vehicle and Technology Group. Tom moved to the private sector in 2003, joining Cleaire Advanced Emission Controls, a subsidiary of Cummins West (a Cummins Distributor owned by Kevin Shanahan). In 2013, Tom returned to a more traditional role within Cummins as the General Manager for Service Operations in Sacramento and later managing the Service and Parts Sales Team for California and Hawaii. In 2018 as a Cummins employee within the Cummins and Westport joint venture (Cummins Westport). His primary responsibilities is to support the California deployment of near-zero engines.
Brittany Syz, Director of Clean Transportation (CT), San Diego Gas & Electric
Brittany Syz is Director of Clean Transportation (CT) at San Diego Gas & Electric, managing SDG&E’s transportation electrification strategy and programs. She and her team are responsible for electric vehicle adoption in SDG&E’s territory, which assists with the State of California’s goals for GHG reduction. Prior to this position, Brittany was Senior Counsel of Real Estate at SDG&E and she previously worked as General Counsel and VP of Business Development at Oberon Fuels, an alternative fuels producer.
Phil Ting, Member, California State Assembly
Phil Ting was elected to the State Assembly in 2012, representing the 19th Assembly District, which spans the Westside of San Francisco as well as the communities of Broadmoor, Colma, Daly City, and South San Francisco. As California navigates new challenges from the federal government, Ting is focused on protecting and persisting onward with progressive policies that expand opportunity for all, equal rights, and protections for our environment. Informed by past roles in the financial sector and as the San Francisco Assessor-Recorder, Ting has become a leading voice on California’s finances. He now serves as Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee after having served as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation. Ting is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He began his career in public service as the Executive Director of the Asian Law Caucus, an organization founded in 1972 to advance and promote the legal and civil rights of the Asian Pacific Islander community, and once served as Community Relations Director at San Francisco State University. In 2005, Ting was appointed Assessor-Recorder of San Francisco by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom, where he closed a five-year assessment backlog and brought in $290 million in unpaid property taxes to the city, created a program to increase rooftop solar installations, and spearheaded efforts to assist homeowners and tenants facing foreclosure. Ting lives in San Francisco’s Sunset District with his wife, Susan, and their two children.
David Johnson, President and CEO, Achates Power
Johnson is leveraging his more than 25 years of industry experience to accelerate development of revolutionary internal combustion engines that provide superior fuel efficiency at lower cost and, ultimately, further the company’s goal of enabling a more sustainable future. Johnson was previously vice president of product operations for military and export markets at Navistar. As program manager for the MaxxProTM line of Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicles, he delivered the vehicles in record time and record quantities for deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan to better protect U.S. soldiers. Prior to Navistar, Johnson worked for General Motors and Ford Motor Company. At GM he was program manager and chief engineer for multiple clean-diesel engine programs for Opel, Saab and Renault passenger vehicles. At Ford Motor Company Johnson led the development and launch of the SuperDuty, equipped with an all-new diesel engine.
Jason Gies, Director of Business Development for Electric Vehicle Systems, AxleTech
Jason Gies is the Director of Business Development for Electric Vehicle Systems at AxleTech. He is responsible for aligning strategic partnerships, setting the direction for the development of new electric powertrain systems for heavy-duty vehicles, account management with current customers and growing sales in this segment. He has been cited in many industry publications, including Frost & Sullivan, on electric vehicle market trends and optimal powertrain system configurations. Leading up to his career at AxleTech, Jason spent 9 years in engineering, program management, and business development at Hendrickson, supporting new product launches from concept to production for defense and commercial vehicles.
Anthony Tarabini, Renewable CNG Account Manager, BioRem Energy
Prior to coming to BioRem he spent 15 years at Intel Corporation where his roles ranged from complex mother board design to technical sales. Anthony managed Hewlett Packard’s Storage, Networking, Consumer All-In-One Desktops, Tablet and Phone designs for Intel. He has extensive knowledge of computer systems and complex electronics which he has developed through industry experience and a degree in Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Anthony started his electronics career in the USAF as an F-16 avionic technician maintaining the radar, communication and flight control systems on thirty F-16 Fighting Falcon multi-role fighters. Anthony also has a comprehensive dairy and farming background; growing up working on the family dairy and eventually managing the Tarabini Veteran Dairy.
Macy Neshati, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, BYD Heavy Industries
Macy Neshati is BYD Heavy Industries Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing. He joined the company in 2014. Prior to joining BYD, Mr. Neshati had been involved in the heavy equipment and transit industry for 35 years. He is charged with overseeing BYD North America. BYD battery-electric bus fleets have completed more than 350 million miles of revenue service and have been used in over 200 cities in 50 countries and regions around the world. To date, BYD has built over 39,000 electric buses globally and remains the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles and rechargeable batteries. Mr. Neshati is a graduate of Berkeley High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management from St. Mary’s College in Orinda CA.
Zach Kahn, Director of Government Relations, BYD Heavy Industries
Zach Kahn is the Director of Government Relations for BYD Heavy Industries, a subsidiary of BYD – the world’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer – where he oversees the company’s North American government and public affairs efforts. In addition, Zach manages BYD’s business development efforts for the New York City Metro Area focusing on electric buses, trucks and forklifts, as well as BYD’s energy storage systems. Zach joined BYD in 2015 as a Regional Sales Manager at BYD Coach & Bus, working to bring zero emission battery electric buses to transit agencies, universities, and private operators in the Pacific Northwest and Mountain West regions. Before joining BYD, Zach was the Vice President of Business Development at WAVE, a wireless charging technology provider based in Salt Lake City where he worked in a variety of commercial and operational roles. Zach has served in various roles at the intersection of government and business with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Mayor of New York City, and Goldman Sachs.
Jack P. Broadbent, Chief Executive Officer/Air Pollution Control Officer, Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
Under Mr. Broadbent’s direction, the Air District strives to provide a healthy breathing environment for every resident in the nine county San Francisco Bay Area region. Mr. Broadbent joined the Air District after serving as Air Division Director at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), Region IX. In that position, Mr. Broadbent was responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Clean Air Act as well as indoor air quality and radiation programs for the Pacific Southwest region of the United States. Before serving at the U.S. EPA, Mr. Broadbent served as the Deputy Executive Officer of the South Coast Air Quality Management District as well as the Director of Planning and other senior management positions. While at the South Coast Air District, Mr. Broadbent directed the development of a number of landmark programs that contributed to significant improvements in air quality in the Los Angeles region.
Tess Sicat, Chief of Heavy-Duty Off-Road Strategies Branch, California Air Resources Board
Tess Sicat oversees the development and implementation of programs from a wide variety of off-road equipment. This includes implementing several existing in-use off-road regulations, like the Off-Road Diesel-Fueled Fleets Regulation and Large Spark-Ignition Engine Fleet Requirements Regulation. As well as developing new strategies that expand and support the use of zero emission vehicles and equipment such as the Zero-Emission Off-Road Freight Voucher Incentive Project, Off-Road Advanced Technology Demonstration Projects, and Zero Emission Powertrain Certification Regulation.
Peter Christensen, Manager of Heavy-Duty Clean Transportation Strategies, California Air Resources Board
Peter Christensen is the manager of the Heavy-Duty Clean Transportation Strategies section at the California Air Resources Board. His experience includes over 25 years developing mobile source strategies at CARB and at the local level. He oversees a portfolio of advanced technology incentives including the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust as well as California Climate Investments from Cap and Trade proceeds.
Craig Duehring, Manager in the Mobile Source Control Division, California Air Resource Board.
Mr. Duehring is involved with the implementation of several on-road diesel emission control regulations including the Transit Fleet rule, the Solid Waste Collection Vehicle rule, the Public Agency and Utility rule, and the Truck and Bus rule. The implementation of these regulations is intended to achieve an 85% emissions reduction of diesel particulate matter, oxides of nitrogen, and other criteria pollutants from about one million in-use diesel powered trucks and buses that operate in California. More recently, Mr. Duehring was assigned to manage the development of a regulatory strategy called Advanced Clean Trucks to deploy zero emission trucks in California. Mr. Duehring is licensed as a Professional Engineer in the State of California, is certified as a Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute, and holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Tim Grayson, California Assembly representative of the 14th Assembly District
Assemblymember Grayson was elected to serve in the California Assembly in November 2016 as the representative of the 14th Assembly District, which encompasses portions of Contra Costa and Solano Counties. He is the son of a Teamster father and his mother was a public transit worker. He is the first in his family to earn a college degree. In 2010, Grayson was elected to serve on the Concord City Council, winning reelection in 2014 and serving on the Council until his election to the Assembly. He also served as Concord’s Mayor from 2014 – 2015.
Dave Snyder, Executive Director, California Bicycle Coalition
Dave has served since 2010 as the Executive Director of the California Bicycle Coalition where he works with state and local agencies and nonprofits to create more equitable, inclusive and prosperous communities where bicycling enables more people to live joyful and healthy lives. Since 1990, he has worked to change land use and transportation policies as a policy advocate, appointed official, and nonprofit executive, with a penchant for starting organizations. He was the founding Executive Director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, San Francisco’s Livable City, and the San Francisco Transit Riders.
Janea A. Scott, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
The State’s primary energy policy and planning agency. Ms. Scott was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in February 2013 and reappointed in January 2016 to serve as the Commission’s public member. She is the lead Commissioner on transportation. Ms. Scott serves as the Chair of the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body and is on the public policy board of Veloz, a nonprofit founded by the public and private sector to advance the electric car movement. She is also a member of the California Fuel Cell Partnership and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the Energy Commission, Ms. Scott worked at the U.S. Department of the Interior in the Office of the Secretary as the Deputy Counselor for Renewable Energy and at Environmental Defense Fund as a senior attorney in the climate and air program.
Matt Rodriquez, Secretary for Environmental Protection, California Environmental Protection Agency
Matthew Rodriquez was appointed California Secretary for Environmental Protection by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in July 2011. As Secretary, Matt oversees the activities of the six boards, departments and offices within the Agency, including the California Air Resources Board and the State Water Resources Control Board. Matt comes to CalEPA with over 24 years of environmental experience with the California Department of Justice. Matt formerly served as a Deputy Attorney General, specializing in land use and environmental law. Attorney General Brown promoted Matt to the position of Chief Assistant Attorney General for the Public Rights Division in 2009, where he supervised the environmental, civil rights and consumer law sections of the Office. Prior to his selection as Secretary, he served as Acting Chief Deputy Attorney General for Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. Matt graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in History, and received his JD from UC Hastings College of the Law in 1980.
Michael Picker, President, California Public Utilities Commission
Michael Picker was named President of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on December 23, 2014, by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., who first appointed President Picker as a Commissioner on January 29, 2014. Prior to his appointment, President Picker was Senior Advisor for Renewable Energy in the Office of the Governor from 2009 to 2014. He was a principal at Lincoln Crow Strategic Communications from 2000 to 2009, Deputy Treasurer in the Office of the California State Treasurer from 1998 to 1999, Chief of Staff to Sacramento Mayor Joe Serna Jr. from 1992 to 1999, and Deputy Assistant for toxic substance control in the Office of the Governor from 1981 to 1982. He was a member of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District Board of Directors from 2012-2014. President Picker is a former lecturer at UCLA’s Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and instructor at Occidental College’s Urban and Environmental Policies Institute. He holds an MBA from UC Davis, specializing in marketing, social marketing, and nonprofit management.
David Peterson, Director of Fleet Solutions, ChargePoint
David leads ChargePoint’s Fleet Solutions team focused on developing market-leading products and services for managing and operating light, medium and heavy-duty electric vehicle fleets. David joined ChargePoint from Nissan where he led electric vehicle market development and charging infrastructure strategy. Prior to Nissan, David was an investment analyst based in Shanghai providing M&A advisory for Benelux-China joint ventures, as well as a project finance consultant to governments and private clients across Asia and the Middle East.
Tom Swenson, P.E., General Sales Manager, Pacific Region South, Cummins
Tom has been involved with various aspects of air quality, alternative fuels and heavy-duty trucking throughout his career. Tom spent 10 years with the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District where he was responsible for the development and implementation of incentive programs, including what eventually became the Carl Moyer Incentive Program. In 2003, he joined Cummins West (the northern California Cummins distributor) supporting retrofit diesel particulate filters under Cleaire Advanced Emission Controls. In this role, he was responsible for regulatory affairs and North America sales. Tom returned to a more tradition role within Cummins in 2013 as the Sacramento location General Manager for Service Operations and most recently the General Sales Manager covering California and Hawaii. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Sacramento and is a California Professional Mechanical Engineer.
Desmond Wheatley, President and CEO and Chairman, Envision Solar
Wheatley joined Envision Solar as a consultant in 2010 and has served as the Company’s CEO since 2011 and as Chairman of the Board since 2016. He has two decades of senior international management experience in technology systems integration, energy management, communications and renewable energy. He was a founding partner in the international consulting practice Crichton Hill LLC. Prior to Crichton Hill, Wheatley was CEO of iAxis FZ LLC, a Dubai based alternative energy and technology systems integration company. From 2000 to 2007, he held a variety of senior management positions at San Diego based Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, fka Wireless Facilities with the last five years as President of ENS, the largest independent security and energy management systems integrator in the USA. Prior to ENS, Wheatley held senior management positions in the cellular and broadband wireless industries, deploying infrastructure and lobbying in Washington DC on behalf of major wireless service providers. Wheatley has founded, funded and operated four profitable start-up companies and was previously engaged in M&A activities. Wheatley evaluated acquisition opportunities, conducted due diligence and raised commitments of $500M in debt and equity.
Andre Champagne, CEO, Hollywood Trucks
Hollywood Trucks is the world’s first environmentally friendly entertainment fleet. The company began in 2008 with 7 vehicles and has grown domestically to over 6 offices with 300 vehicles and an international expansion currently underway in the U. K. Most recently, Champagne designed and engineered its environmentally friendly, off grid Ecoluxe Trailer line, which achieved U. S. patent status. This patent is currently being incorporated into vehicles for military, commercial, and private applications. Andre graduated with a B. S. from Louisiana State University where he was asked to give its commencement address in 2012.
Tim Reeser, CEO and Co-Founder, Lightning Systems.
Lightning Systems manufactures and sells a connected suite of zero-emissions, efficiency and emissions reduction solutions for fleet trucks and buses, including all-electric conversion systems, zero-emissions fuel cell range extenders, zero-emissions trucks and buses, hybrid conversion systems, and analytics systems. Lightning Systems investors include BP Ventures, Aravaipa Ventures, and CoorsTek, and its customer list includes UPS, DHL, Peapod, National Express and NREL. Tim has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from CSU, and has been involved with alternative transportation technology since 1990, when he helped design the first dedicated CNG truck for General Motors while at Colorado State University. Prior to co-founding Lightning Systems, Tim served as Vice President of Colorado State University Ventures, where he spun out clean-tech companies and built the framework to support accelerated growth of spin-outs and spin-ins at CSU. Prior to CSU, Tim founded and ran computer software and hardware integration companies.
Karen Magliano, Director, Office of Community Air Protection (OCAP) at the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
OCAP was established to implement Assembly Bill (AB) 617 enacted by the Legislature and the Governor in August 2017. AB 617 provides important new tools to prioritize actions to reduce air pollution in communities with the greatest burdens. OCAP will be working closely with local air districts, community groups, environmental organizations, and regulated industries to reduce harmful air emissions and create a new framework for community protection. Prior to her current position Ms. Magliano was Chief of the Air Quality Planning and Science Division at CARB. Ms. Magliano received her bachelors and masters degrees in Atmospheric Science from the University of California at Davis.
Colin Murphy, Transportation Policy Manager, NexGen Policy Center
Currently the Transportation Policy Manager for the NextGen Policy Center, I work to help bridge the worlds of science and governance in order to promote sustainable transportation and energy systems. I work with legislative, community, business and advocacy stakeholders to develop, evaluate and implement sustainable transportation and energy policy. I’ve worked on carbon markets and low carbon fuel standards up and down the Pacific Coast of North America and in Canada. I hold a Ph. D in Transportation Technology and Policy from the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, where my graduate work focused on life cycle analysis of advanced biofuel systems and I’ve been engaged in alternative fuels research and policy development ever since. I was a California Council on Science and Technology Science Policy Fellow in the California Legislature and I hold a B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering from UC Davis and an M.S. in Science, Technology and Public Policy from the Rochester Institute of Technology. I am committed to building a portfolio of solutions which address the critical need to decarbonize our transportation and energy systems while also supporting environmental, economic and social justice.
Kent Leacock, Director of Government Relations & Public Policy, Proterra
In this role he has full responsibility for government/regulatory affairs, public policy, advocacy, grant oversight and strategic relationship building. Prior to Proterra, Leacock was responsible for external affairs at Acorn Energy, Inc., a holding company whose portfolio companies manufacture utility grid and energy security related products. He also worked as a consultant designing comprehensive external affairs programs encompassing government relations, public affairs, industry awareness, communications and strategic relationship building. Prior to consulting, he spent a decade as a senior executive with AT&T and Comcast in the East, Midwest and West. During his last four years he concentrated on policy strategy, municipal contract negotiations and government relations.
Alberto Ayala, Executive Director, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality
Dr. Alberto Ayala began his tenure as the new Air Pollution Control Officer/Executive Director of the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (District) this past July. In this capacity and under the guidance of the District Board of Directors, Alberto leads a team of dedicated professionals charting a course towards clean air and a low-carbon future for the capital region. Alberto came to the District after 17 years with the California Air Resources Board, serving most recently as Deputy Executive Officer. Prior to CARB, Alberto was a member of the engineering faculty at West Virginia University, where he still holds an Adjunct Professor appointment and a Design Engineer for Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical. He has published extensively in various scientific journals and is a frequent speaker nationally and internationally. He also lectures in English or Spanish as a Visiting Professor in California and abroad. Alberto holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Davis.
Donna DeMartino, General Manager and CEO, San Joaquin Regional
Donna DeMartino was appointed RTD’s CEO in 2001. Prior to joining RTD, she spent over 14 years at Sacramento Regional Transit (RT), where she was a member of the light rail start-up team and also worked in rail operations, contracts administration, engineering and construction, and facilities and capital program management. Ms. DeMartino holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, a Master’s Degree in Transportation Management, and a certificate in Construction Management from UC Davis. Under her leadership, RTD made environmentally important fleet changes, testing some of the first diesel-electric hybrid and all-electric buses in the state, ultimately converting the entire Stockton Metropolitan Area (SMA) fleet to all hybrid and electric buses. The California Association for Coordinated Transportation (CalACT) named Ms. DeMartino the 2009 Transportation Manager of the Year. In 2006, Metro Magazine highlighted her achievements in an article on five “Women in Transportation” who “play a major role in the transportation industry.” In 2013, the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce honored her with the Business Manager of the Year Award. In 2015, Ms. DeMartino was selected as the WTS “Woman of the Year.”
Katie Sloan, principal manager of Innovation, Development, & Controls in Customer Service, SCE.
Katie leads a team that develops and implements new products and services for customers. Her team focuses in areas of transportation electrification, customer energy solutions (including energy efficiency & demand response) and building electrification. Katie previously worked in Strategic Planning at Edison International where she developed innovative business opportunities for the company in areas including microgrids and transportation electrification. Prior to that, Katie led a regulatory and legislative policy team at SCE that worked on procurement of renewable, alternative, and conventional generation issues. Her team’s work resulted in approval of 1,000s of megawatts of solar and wind projects. She also worked to pass legislation that helps SCE’s customers save 100s of millions of dollars on clean energy. Katie was also a Public Affairs manager at First Solar responsible for developing global policy positions for the company. In her early career, Katie took on increasing responsibilities at SCE, focusing on policy, strategic, and analytical issues relating to clean energy. Katie was in the 2016 class of Leadership California, a program with the mission of “Moving Women from Success to Significance.” Katie was named one of “40 under 40” young people to watch in Pasadena by Pasadena Magazine and a Woman of Achievement by the San Gabriel Valley YWCA for both her work at SCE and philanthropic activities. Katie holds a master’s degree in regulatory economics and bachelor’s degree in business administration from New Mexico State University.
Yuri Freedman, Senior Director, Business Development, Southern California Gas Company
Yuri has broad experience as a developer and investor in gas infrastructure and power generation assets. In his current role of Senior Director, Business Development, he manages the portfolio of growth initiatives and R&D activities of Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas). Prior to his current role he held the position of Director, Commercial Development for Sempra LNG and Midstream, and previously held the positions of Director, Infrastructure Investments for Sempra US Gas and Power, and Director, Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions for Sempra Energy. Prior to joining Sempra Energy, Yuri was a Managing Director on the energy team of Fortress Investment Group and a Vice President in General Electric’s energy investment arm, GE Energy Financial Services. He began his career as a geologist working in Arctic regions of Western Siberia on the development and construction of oil and gas pipelines. Yuri holds a MS in Engineering Geology from Moscow University (Russia), a PhD in Environmental Science and Energy Research from the Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), and a MBA from the Yale School of Management.
Dr. Matt Miyasato, Deputy Executive Officer, Science & Technology Advancement at the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
He is responsible for the SCAQMD’s Technology Advancement Office, Mobile Source Division, and Monitoring and Laboratory Analysis Division. Dr. Miyasato’s principal charges are to identify, evaluate and stimulate development and commercialization of clean air technologies, develop and coordinate mobile source regulations, and to conduct ambient monitoring, source testing and laboratory analysis. Dr. Miyasato received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, and his Masters and Ph.D. in Engineering, specializing in combustion technologies and air pollution control – all from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Miyasato has worked at Southern California Edison in the Nuclear Engineering Department and at General Electric, where he designed burners and combustion modifications for utility boilers. He was also a research scientist at UCI, where he managed the industrial burner research program and has publications on combustion phenomena, active control, and laser diagnostics. Dr. Miyasato has also been a lecturer at UCI for the undergraduate air pollution control course.
Caroline Choi, Senior VP, Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison
Caroline Choi is senior vice president of Regulatory Affairs for Southern California Edison (SCE). In this role, she is responsible for the Company’s regulatory strategy and policy at the national and state levels, including regulatory affairs, regulatory operations and environmental affairs. Ms. Choi previously served as vice president of Energy and Environmental Policy. Prior to joining SCE in 2012, she was executive director of Environmental Services & Strategy at Progress Energy; she served the company in various roles, including director, Energy Policy & Strategy, and manager, Federal Public Affairs. Ms. Choi is active in national policy and community engagement, where she serves as Chairman of the Board of the Smart Electric Power Alliance, a nationwide organization that supports utilities in the implementation and deployment of clean energy and distributed resources. She also serves as a board member of the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund and the National Forest Foundation. Ms. Choi holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College.
George Minter, Regional Vice President, External Affairs and Environmental Strategy, SoCalGas
George Minter is regional vice president of external affairs and environmental strategy for SoCalGas. He is responsible for the company’s public affairs, community relations, public policy and energy and environmental affairs functions. Minter is a long-time policy professional specializing in energy and environmental matters, strategic planning, program development, communications and political advocacy. He currently serves as co-chair of the Energy, Water and Environmental Sustainability Council of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, is a Board member at the Coalition for Clean Air, and is a member of the Land Use (GLUE) Council for SCAG, and the Advisory Boards of the Clean Tech Initiative of the LAEDC and Water Education for Latino Leaders (WELL). Minter has been the recipient of several awards and honors and has been a regular speaker at state and national conferences on energy and environmental policy. He recently was awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award from the U.S. Council on Service and Civic Participation. He is a Phi Beta Kappa and honors graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.
Sanjay Ranchod, Director & Counsel for Business Development & Policy, Tesla
Sanjay serves as Director and Counsel for Business Development and Policy at Tesla. Before joining the company, he was Vice President of Policy & Electricity Markets and Regulatory Counsel at SolarCity. Previously, Sanjay represented renewable energy companies and other businesses on regulatory matters as an attorney at the Paul Hastings law firm. Sanjay serves on the board of directors of the California Solar and Storage Association and as a Commissioner of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, a state agency. He received a BA from Brown University and a JD from Stanford Law School.
Craig Scott, Director of Advanced Technologies, Corporate Strategy & Planning, Toyota Motor North America
Mr. Scott is Director of Advanced Technologies, Corporate Strategy & Planning at Toyota Motor North America. Within his role in the Advanced Technologies Group, Craig is responsible for product planning and program development for alternative fuel vehicle programs including the Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle and Project Portal, the world’s first OEM-produced Class 8 heavy duty fuel cell truck. Previously he also managed vehicle programs including Prius, Scion iQ EV and the Toyota i-Road urban mobility vehicle. In addition to vehicle development, Craig also oversees all US hydrogen infrastructure planning and implementation activities. He is responsible for the development of proprietary research work related to global energy issues and sustainable transportation systems. Prior to Toyota, Craig was an assistant portfolio manager with Pacific Investment Management Company in Newport Beach, CA. Mr. Scott has a BS in Finance and Japanese Studies and a MBA in Strategy and Finance from the University of Southern California.
Bill Zobel, Vice President, Trillium CNG
Trillium designs, builds and operates a network of alternative refueling stations across the US. Known as the “best–in-class” provider of compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling solutions, Trillium has expanded its offering to include Hydrogen and Electric Vehicle refueling, distributed generation, and commercial solar. As the alternative fuels brand for the Love’s family of companies, Trillium is well financed and positioned to support alternative fuel conversions and facility operations for commercial fleets, public transit agencies, refuse operators, municipal government, and the general public with cost-effective, end-to-end alternative refueling solutions. Bill has nearly 30 years of experience in the energy sector covering a wide range of issues and responsibilities. Before Trillium became a member of the Love’s family of companies, Bill managed Market Development and Strategy for Trillium as part of the Wisconsin Energy Corporation (WEC) and the Integrys Energy Group. During this period the company realized considerable growth, becoming the second largest CNG provider it the US. Prior to coming on board with Trillium in 2009, Bill managed the Sempra Utilities Natural Gas and Electric Vehicle Clean Transportation program, served as the Director of Environmental and Climate Change Policy for Sempra Energy, and as Director of Strategy and Business Analysis for BP North America. Bill holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from California State University Long Beach, and is a graduate of Columbia University’s executive business program.
Jesse Torres, California’s principal small business advocate and deputy director of small business and innovation, Governor Brown’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz).
His portfolio of programs include administration of the California Innovation Hub (iHub) Network, the California Cybersecurity IT Health Advisory Board, CA Cyber Innovation Challenge, the CASCADE defense supplier diversification and cyber resiliency program in partnership with U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment, the state’s Capital Infusion Program for small businesses, the CA Made state labelling program and general support for small businesses and entrepreneurs across the state. He joined the GO-Biz team in May 2015. Previously, Jesse had served as regional director of the Los Angeles Small Business Development Center Network from 2011 to 2015. Prior to his work with SBDC, Jesse served in advancement positions in higher education and the arts, most notably for Pepperdine University where he served as director of Alumni Relations for the Graziadio School of Business and Management from 2005 to 2011.
Nathan Crum, Executive Vice President, Valley Pacific Petroleum Services, Inc.
Nathan Crum is Executive Vice President of Valley Pacific Petroleum Services, Inc.. Although Valley Pacific is Chevron’s largest fuel retailer in California, Nathan has led the company’s drive into alternative fuels. Valley Pacific sold approximately 20 million gallons of Biodiesel B20 last year, and another 15 million gallons of renewable diesel. Nathan is currently serving as the President of CIOMA, the California Independent Oil Marketers Association.
Kent Meyers, Director, Special Initiatives in the Advanced Engineering & Core Technology department, Volvo Construction Equipment
Kent is based in Shippensburg, PA. In this role Kent is overseeing a global PLM development and implementation within VCE, and supporting North American public funding opportunities. Prior to this, Kent spent 9 years managing the advanced engineering global project portfolio. He joined Volvo CE through the acquisition of Ingersoll-Rand Road Machinery in 2007 and has been with the company for 20 years, holding various product development positions throughout that time. Prior to his time with Volvo CE, he worked as an engineer at Grove Worldwide (now Manitowoc). Kent recently shared his expertise at the 2017 SAE COMVEC Off-highway Technology Trends and was the 2014 Keynote speaker at Shippensburg University’s Student Research Conference. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Frostburg State University.
Tyson Eckerle, Deputy Director, Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure, Governor Jerry Brown’s Office of Business and Economic Development
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.