Martha Guzman Aceves was appointed Commissioner at the CPUC by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Dec. 28, 2016. She previously served as deputy legislative affairs secretary in the Office of the Governor since 2011, focusing on natural resources, environmental protection, energy and food and agriculture. She was sustainable communities program director for the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation from 2005 to 2011. From 2006 to 2008, she worked with Swanton Berry Farm on human resources issues including a new employee-stock ownership program. She was legislative coordinator for United Farm Workers from 1999 to 2005, working on labor and environmental issues. In 2010 she co-founded Communities for a New California, a charitable organization promoting increased civic engagement of underrepresented communities. Guzman Aceves earned a Master of Science degree in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California, Davis
Sonia Aggarwal is the Director of Strategy at Energy Innovation, where she leads the firm’s work on Power Sector Transformation and Energy Policy Solutions. In 2012, Sonia spearheaded the creation of America’s Power Plan, Energy Innovation’s platform for innovative thinking on policy solutions for clean, reliable, and affordable electric power in the U.S. America’s Power Plan produces and curates expert information for decision-makers—utility regulators, governors’ staffs, power system operators, and many more—providing tailored advice on how to lead and support the transition to a decarbonized power system.
For Energy Policy Solutions, Sonia leads Energy Innovation’s work in identifying and designing the top energy policies to reduce emissions. The program uses a computer model developed in-house, the Energy Policy Simulator, to quantify the cost and emissions impacts various combinations of climate and energy policies have within a region. In addition to the quantitative model, which helps to identify which policies can make the biggest impact, the Energy Policy Solutions program also provides tailored advice on how to design those policies for maximum effectiveness.
Before Energy Innovation, Sonia managed global research at ClimateWorks Foundation, worked on the McKinsey carbon abatement cost curves, advised the International Energy Agency’s “Accelerating Technology Transitions” project, advised clean energy companies on technology and financial communications, and even worked in accident prevention design engineering at a nuclear power plant. Sonia holds a B.S. from Haverford College in astronomy and physics, and an M.S. from Stanford University in engineering, focused on energy.
Andrew brings to Obvious Ventures a lifelong passion for building companies around sustainable systems and people power.
For over a decade, Andrew has focused on clean technology and clean energy solutions. He started down the clean tech path with Energy Innovations in 2003, which he grew from a business plan to a major solar developer serving customers like Google, Disney, Sony Pictures, and British Telecom.
After selling the company to Suntech in 2008, Andrew served as Chief Commercial Officer at Suntech as well as Vice President of Global Product Strategy. During his tenure, Suntech became the largest solar company in the world.
After leaving Suntech, Andrew spent two years as Vice President of Distributed Generation for Nextera Energy, the largest clean energy developer in the US.
Before his clean tech career, Andrew spent a decade building companies in the early days of “Web 1.0.” In 1998 Andrew co-founded Bigstep.com, an e-commerce platform designed to serve the needs of small businesses entering the Internet age. He has been supporting the enterprising ideas of people power ever since.
Andrew is a member of the Advisory Board for GE’s distributed generation business, Current by GE. He is also a member of the NREL Investor Advisory Board.
A graduate from Dartmouth College, Andrew lives in Burlingame, CA with his wife and three children. When he's not helping to build early stage companies, Andrew builds wooden boats and furniture.
Andrew was born in New York City and spent his formative years on an avocado ranch in Ojai, California.
Josh Bode is a Vice President in Nexant’s Customer Strategy, Planning and Analysis group. He is a national expert on valuation of distributed energy resources, targeted demand management, program evaluation and data analytics using large volumes of hourly and sub-hourly building and distribution system data. He has led over 50 studies including analysis of the impact of DERs and renewables on system planning and operations, redesign of programs to align with grid value, and energy and demand impacts of new and established utility programs and technologies.
Tony Brunello is the President and Founder of More than Smart, a nonprofit organization that works to upgrade state electricity distribution grids to enable more distributed energy resources (DER) and to move towards network grid architecture. Tony, a former top energy official in California, has worked on energy and climate issues at the state, national, and international level for the past 15 years for industry, government and nonprofit organizations.
Tony co-founded MTS’s distribution grid work in partnership with Caltech and the California’s Governor’s Office. MTS’s distribution grid planning model is based on utility grid engineering fundamentals linked with a unique state stakeholder integration process and the ability to develop politically feasible solutions. Tony also started MTS’s Mission:data program, a national coalition of innovative technology companies that empower consumers with access to their own energy usage data. His work on MTS’s Smart Electronics Initiative has promoted customer-linked efficient electronics to provide efficiency services.
Tony is also a Partner at California Strategies, LLC. 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. He lives in Oakland with his wife and two daughters.
Caroline Choi is the Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs for Southern California Edison (SCE). She is responsible for analysis of federal and state energy and environmental policies; analysis and development of a long-term environmental, energy and technology strategy for SCE; and directing case management for key regulatory filings. Prior to 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 has served on various non-profit boards and is a board member of the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, the National Forest Foundation and the California Advisory Board of The Trust for Public Lands. Choi has a bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College.
Clinton is responsible for product and program management of Sunverge’s hardware, software, and services offerings. His long career in energy has been focused on creating sustainable solutions through the use of technology and analysis. Prior to Sunverge Clinton held several executive positions with ABB, most recently as VP of Renewables and Generation Industry Solutions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Wittenberg University and Master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University.
Geoffrey Eisenberg is a Principal at EIF, and has been a member of the EIF investment team from its inception. His responsibilities include investment due diligence, sector research, strategy development, deal sourcing, and deal structuring. He also spends a significant portion of his time on-site with EIF portfolio companies, where he works closely with senior management on critical initiatives. Geoff currently works closely with Complete Solar, Clean Fund, and T-Rex Group. He is a board observer at Complete Solar and T-Rex Group. During his time with the EIF, Geoff has researched and evaluated investment opportunities in many areas of sustainability including green chemistry, land remediation, environmental credits, agriculture, and transportation.
Prior to joining EIF, Geoff worked as a Senior Consulting Associate at Cambridge Associates, a global institutional investment consulting firm. While at Cambridge, he provided investment counsel to institutional, pension, and ultra-high net-worth clients. Geoff also conducted due diligence on investment managers, and helped clients build diversified and sophisticated portfolios across asset classes. He initiated that firm’s 2007 white paper on cleantech investing for institutional clients, and conducted extensive research on the cleantech industry, including company and venture capital/private equity fund analysis.
In addition to his role at EIF, Geoff is a mentor for the Hawaii Energy Exelerator, helping clean energy start-ups scale. He also serves as a director to the Forsythia Foundation, a non-profit focused on the commercialization of safer green chemistry replacements for toxic chemicals in our products and environment.
Geoff holds a BA in History and Philosophy from Bates College in Lewiston, ME.
Mark Esguerra has been with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) over 18 years where he has held various leadership positions within the Company. This includes 13 years in PG&E’s Electric Transmission Planning Department where he was responsible for shaping the transmission planning and generation interconnection processes to support expansion and reinforcement of the transmission grid. Mark was also the Manager of PG&E’s Generation Interconnection Department where he managed the distributed generation interconnection process, as well as led process improvements to streamline the interconnection of residential and commercial roof top solar, including behind-the-meter energy storage interconnections. Currently, Mark is the Director in PG&E’s Integrated Grid Planning team in the Grid Integration and Innovation Organization where he leads the development and implementation of various DER integration activities, including the Distribution Resources Plan (DRP) and Integrated Distributed Energy Resources (IDER) proceedings.
Mark Esguerra earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from San Francisco State University. He also obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Masagung School of Business at the University of San Francisco. Esguerra is a registered professional Electrical Engineer for the State of California.
Dr. Emily Fertig focuses on the economics of renewables integration, integrated resource planning, electricity market design, simulation of renewable power output variability, and decision-making under uncertainty in the electricity industry. Prior to joining DNV GL, she earned her PhD in Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, where she researched the use of large-scale energy storage and long-distance interconnection as means of aiding wind power integration, as well as R&D strategy under uncertainty. With postdoctoral appointments at Penn State and MIT, she researched computational methods for decision making under uncertainty and taught a course on decision analysis in the energy industry.
Dr. Mike Fife is the Chief Technology Officer at Demand Energy, a role he has held for two years. Prior to joining Demand Energy, Mike held Engineering Director positions at PV Powered and Advanced Energy where his team designed commercial inverters with the highest levels of reliability and efficiency in the industry. Prior to his work in the solar industry, Mike was a Managing Engineer at Exponent where he managed large consulting projects with high-profile clients to solve a wide variety of difficult cross-disciplinary problems in engineering and technology. Mike started his career at the Air Force Research Laboratory Electric Propulsion Group and NASA, where he oversaw the design, development, and qualification of mission-critical propulsion systems for Air Force satellites and developed key components of flight control systems for the first generation of fly-by-wire high performance fighter aircraft. Mike is a licensed Professional Engineer and holds a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mike has authored over 40 peer-reviewed technical papers and articles and holds several U.S. patents in the area of renewable energy.
James "Jamie" Fine works to reduce the impacts of energy systems used to power buildings, transport and service people, and produce and move goods.
His areas of research and advocacy include design and implementation of market-based policy, modeling the economic, air quality, and health consequences of policy decisions, deploying smart grid for environmental and electricity customer benefits, and facilitating the meaningful involvement of community stakeholders in environmental planning.
Jamie earned his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Groups.
Mr. Flinn has been employed by DNV GL for 10 years in a variety of locations, primarily in fields related to renewable energy. For the past five years most of his work has included studying the impact of distributed renewable generation on transmission and distribution systems, and support for interconnection applications with several US utilities. This work has involved creating and modifying system models in static and dynamic software programs, creating high-penetration PV studies for analysis, analyzing the system to identify technical limits on further PV integration and identifying potential mitigation options for utilities.
Mike Florio served as Commissioner at the California Public Utilities Commission from January 2011 and December 2016. During his tenure he contributed substantially to the Commission’s work relating to long term procurement planning, integration of distributed energy resources, rate design, demand response, interconnection, resource adequacy and utility cost recovery. Prior to this appointment, he was a senior attorney at The Utility Reform Network, and served in that capacity since 1978. Mike is a member of California Conference of Public Utility Counsel. He was also a member of the board of governors of the California Independent System Operator from 1997 to 2005. He holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law, a M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a B.A. from Bowling Green State University.
Sean Gallagher is Vice President of State Affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) where he oversees SEIA’s legislative, regulatory, and policy development work in states nationwide, including efforts to drive new markets for solar power through implementation of the US EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Before joining SEIA late in 2014, he served as an executive for firms developing utility scale solar power projects, including the first utility scale solar plant developed on an Indian reservation in the U.S.
Sean was the director of the California Public Utilities Commission’s Energy Division for nearly four years, where he led the Commission’s work establishing the California Solar Initiative (CSI), implementing California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, planning transmission for renewables, and managing interactions with the California ISO. Previously he was an attorney for the CPUC and in private practice in San Francisco.
He has a wide range of expertise in the solar industry and government sector, having worked with legislatures and agencies in California, Nevada, and Arizona, as well as with the Congress and federal agencies including the Departments of Energy, Interior, and FERC. In those roles he has supported utility-scale solar project development and worked on development and implementation of the Section 1603 Treasury Grant Program, the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program, state RPSs, state tax incentive and rebate programs in California and Nevada, energy storage policy and rate design.
For over 25 years, Joe Galliani made his living as a writer, creative director, brand strategist and subject matter expert for some of America’s biggest and most famous corporate names. In 2007 Joe turned his attention to environmental work and began volunteering with GRID Alternatives installing free solar on low income and Habitat for Humanity houses; working with the South Bay Environmental Services Center and the South Bay Cities Council of Governments Green Task Force, and writing environmental columns for Patch.com. In 2009 Joe became the Organizer of the South Bay Los Angeles 350 Climate Action Group and helped produce the largest climate action in Southern California. In 2010 Joe became one of the founders of the South Bay Bicycle Coalition and has been on their board of directors since the organization was formalized in 2010; was an integral member of the team that secured a $250,000 grant to create a seven-city bicycle master plan and then lobbied to get it passed by seven South Bay City Councils. From 2009-2010 Joe was a founding member of the Hermosa Beach Carbon Neutral City Committee, having co-created the Carbon Neutral City initiative. In 2011 Joe became a founding member of the Vitality City Blue Zones Bike/Walk committee and helped get its Livability Plan passed by the city councils in the target cities of Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach. In 2010 Joe began working with CBS EcoMedia writing both the 2010 CBS Green Report and 2011 CBS Green Report. In January of 2012 Joe joined the EcoMedia team full time as the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Public Affairs. Joe left his CBS EcoMedia position on October 1, 2013 to work full time as the pro bono Organizer of the South Bay Los Angeles 350 Climate Action Group. He is the co-creator of the MB2025 vision for 100% renewable energy powered Manhattan Beach by 2025 and has partnered with the City to produce the Earth Hour Light Up Your Future event at the Manhattan Beach Pier and the MB2025 Forum.
In June of 2014 Joe became the Chair of the South Bay Clean Power initiative and has been working full time ever since to bring Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) to the 20 cities of the South Bay and West Side Los Angeles County and other eligible cities in L.A. County. On March 17, 2015 the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution to explore the County’s CCA options and to fund a feasibility study as requested by South Bay Clean Power. The feasibility study was delivered in July of 2016 and Joe is now working with the County of Los Angeles and cities like Long Beach to help launch California’s largest Community Choice Power program.
Dr. Sonja Glavaski is a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) overseeing portfolio of projects developing innovative and disruptive technologies that would facilitate cost-effective building energy audits, more efficient renewable energy generation, and enable electricity grid to be more responsive and resilient. Her technical focus area is data analytics, and distributed control of complex, cyber-physical systems with emphasis on operations and security of energy systems. Dr. Sonja Glavaski spearheaded development and is currently helming ARPA-E Network Optimized Distributed Energy Systems (NODES) Program that aims to develop transformational grid management and control methods to create a virtual energy storage system based on use of flexible loads and distributed energy resources (DERs).
Prior to joining ARPA-E, Dr. Glavaski served as Control Systems Group Leader at United Technologies Research Center advancing knowledge and technology in the area of control & intelligent systems. Before being at UTRC, Dr. Glavaski led key programs at Eaton Innovation Center and Honeywell Labs. During her 20-plus-year career, Dr. Glavaski has contributed significantly to technical advancements in numerous product areas, including energy systems, hybrid vehicles, energy efficient building HVAC/R systems, and aircraft systems. Dr. Glavaski received Ph.D. and MS in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology, and Dipl. Ing and MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Belgrade.
Will is a product manager at Nest Labs, architect of the thoughtful home. In this role, Will oversees the ongoing strategy and development of Rush Hour Rewards and Time of Savings, energy services that Nest offers energy providers to help manage load and save customers money when energy is expensive.
Prior to Nest, Will worked at Greenstart, a design consultancy and venture capital firm. He also served as the CEO of Xite Solar, a company he co-founded using technology developed at UC Berkeley to enable production of high-efficiency, low-cost photovoltaics from a variety of earth-abundant materials. Earlier in his career, Will spent several years at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he worked as a commercialization advisor for advanced cooling technologies in the newly formed Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E).
Will holds a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, and a MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
Ryan Hanley is the Vice President of Grid Engineering Solutions at SolarCity. He leads SolarCity’s efforts to leverage distributed energy resources – including residential and commercial solar, batteries, load management systems, smart inverters and microgrids – to benefit the electric grid and its customers. Ryan and his team work collaboratively with utilities, regulators, vendors, national research laboratories and other industry stakeholders to leverage distributed energy resources to tackle some of the most challenging topics in grid design and operations. Ryan oversees SolarCity’s Power Systems Engineering, Advanced Grid Product Management, and Market Integration teams. Prior to SolarCity, Ryan managed the Pacific Gas & Electric’s emerging technology and smart grid portfolio for electric distribution where he directed $80M in pilot and demonstration projects. Ryan holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, an MS in Civil Engineering from Trinity College Dublin and an MBA from UC Berkeley.
Asim has worked extensively in the areas of market and business development, marketing, sales enablement, and product management in early stage, high growth clean technology companies. He is the Vice President of Marketing and Customer Experience at Bloom Energy, a provider of breakthrough solid oxide fuel cell technology that generates clean, reliable, and highly-efficient power onsite. Asim's responsibilities at Bloom Energy include new market development, sales enablement, customer engagement and experience, and corporate and product marketing.
Prior to Bloom Energy, Asim worked for CURRENT Group, a Smart Grid solutions provider, as the Chief of Staff for the CEO focused on building the executive team and strategic planning as well as marketing and business development activities. At CURRENT Group, Asim developed an industry leading value model to quantify the monetary benefits of various Smart Grid applications. He previously also advised electric utility and telecommunication clients on strategy and systems integration initiatives while working for Deloitte Consulting.
Asim earned a BS in Commerce with Distinction from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.
Shayle Kann is Senior Advisor at GTM Research, now Wood Mackenzie. For the past 8.5 years he led GTM Research, the market analysis, advisory and consulting division of Greentech Media. GTM Research analyzes and forecasts the dynamics impacting the transformation of the global electricity sector. An expert on next-generation energy, he has presented at conferences around the world, been featured in publications such as The Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, Bloomberg, Reuters, and Financial Times, spoken at Harvard, Yale, MIT and Columbia, and testified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Emily Kirsch is the Founder and CEO of Powerhouse, an Oakland based co-working space and seed fund that houses and invests in intelligent energy entrepreneurs. Prior to founding Powerhouse, Emily worked with Van Jones, a former advisor to President Obama turned CNN political commentator, to launch the Green Jobs Corps; Oakland's first renewables focused job training program.Emily is the founding convener of the the Oakland Climate Action Coalition which drafted and secured passage of what was the most ambitious Energy and Climate Action Plan of any city in the country. In addition, Emily worked with the solar company Mosaic to secure their first customers and launch their pilot platform. Emily is a 2012 New Leaders Council Alumni, was featured in the '15 for 2015 Women Leaders in Cleantech', was a 2015 winner of the 'East Bay Innovation Award for Cleantech', and was a 'Grist 50: The 50 People You'll Be Talking About in 2016.' Emily serves on the Board of PV Complete and is on the Advisory Board of the University of San Francisco’s Masters of Science in Energy Systems Management. Emily has guest lectured at UC Berkeley and Stanford.
Lorenzo Kristov is Principal, Market and Infrastructure Policy at CAISO. He develops CAISO policy in the areas of market design, transmission planning, new generator interconnection, and integration of distributed energy resources. During the industry restructuring of the 1990s he worked at the California Energy Commission developing the rules for retail direct access, and before that he was a Fulbright Scholar in Indonesia working on a commercial and regulatory framework for direct foreign investment in power generation.
Jeffrey Kwan is a Utilities Engineer at the California Public Utilities Commission. He is part of the Grid Planning and Reliability Section of the Energy Division and supports the Commission on Smart Grid, smart inverters, interconnection Rule 21, and distributed resource planning policies. Prior to joining the CPUC, Jeffrey was a Teaching Fellow with Teach For China. He holds a B.S. and M.S. from UC Berkeley both in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Adam Langton is the Energy Services Manager for BMW of North America, LLC. In this role, Adam leads the development of energy service products related to BMW’s electric vehicle program. Prior to joining BMW, Adam worked at the California Public Utilities Commission, supporting the state’s development of electric vehicle programs and developing the state’s carbon cap-and-trade program. Adam graduated from UC-Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, where his studies focused on energy and environmental policy issues.
Sonita Lontoh is Vice President of Strategic Marketing at Siemens Digital Grid. She is a technology executive focusing on the Internet of Things (IoT), 'Smart' Connected Energy/Devices and Green Technology. Her work addresses the intersection of technology, business models and policy in smart grids and IoT. In particular, she focuses on societal benefits and global cross-collaborations on innovation, human capital and leadership development. Prior, Lontoh was an executive at Trilliant and at PG&E Corporation. Earlier in her career, she was a management consultant at the strategy consulting firm Bain & Company and spent a few years as a technology entrepreneur.
Lontoh has been invited by the White House to speak at President Barack Obama’s Global Innovation Summit and to attend an event honoring AAPI Women Champions of Change. She has also been recognized by and invited to meet with former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and current US Secretary of State John Kerry. She is a selection committee member and mentor for TechWomen, a U.S. Department of State's women-in-technology initiative, and for Endeavor, the high-impact entrepreneurship nonprofit. Additionally, she is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Silicon Valley Asia Technology Alliance (SVATA).
Lontoh has spoken at, contributed to, and appeared in the World Economic Forum, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, NBC, Reuters, BBC, TIME, Bloomberg and other respected publications.
Sonita earned her Master of Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), her MBA in Strategy and Marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and her B.S. in Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Mark is a senior program manager for Southern California Edison, with over 25 years’ experience in the design and management of electric demand side management programs. He currently is in the policy and guidance lead for SCE’s demand response (DR) Emerging Markets and Technology suite of pilots and programs that include load management, storage, water-energy nexus (WEN) and integrated distributed energy resources (IDER). Previously, Mark was the senior policy advisor for the Strategy and Compliance group as the statewide lead for the Integrated Demand Side Management (IDSM) task force and the lead compliance manager for the current DR, WEN, and IDER proceedings.
Beckie oversees the design deployment of demand side management programs in MCE's service area. Beckie has been with MCE for over four years, and in that time has developed the first ratepayer funded CCA energy efficiency program and brought in more than $10 million worth of funding for local energy efficiency and demand side management programs. Before joining the MCE team, Beckie served as the Program Manager for the Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings program at the California Energy Commission. Prior to working with the Energy Commission, Beckie worked with the Demand Side Management group of the California Public Utilities Commission where she focused on energy efficiency financing programs and strategies to serve multifamily buildings. Beckie has a master of science degree in Environmental Systems from Humboldt State University, where her thesis research focused on development of a seven-county regional PACE financing program on the north coast of California. She is a Switzer Environmental Fellow, former co-director at the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology at Humboldt State University, and enjoys backpacking, skiing, gardening, and ultimate frisbee.
Val Miftakhov is the Founder of eMotorWerks. Over the last dozen years, Val held executive business strategy & operations positions at Google, McKinsey & Company, and Nielsen. He also launched and managed three startup companies, in all of which he held the CTO position. Prior to his industry experience, Val was a high energy physics researcher at Stanford Linear Accelerator, a Department of Energy facility. Val received his PhD in Physics from Princeton University and his MS in Physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. He was a two-time winner of the Nationwide Russian Physics Competitions. In whatever spare time he gets, Val tries to get good use out of his airplane and helicopter pilot licenses.
Parina Parikh is currently the Clean Transportation Regulatory Manager for SDG&E. In her role, she oversees all regulatory and legislative activities for the Clean Transportation department. Most recently, she led the filing of SDG&E’s transportation electrification proposals in front of the California Public Utilities Commission, where SDG&E put forth several projects covering the residential, goods movement and people movement sectors. Prior to joining Clean Transportation, Parina oversaw various case assignments covering electric rate design/rate reform, net energy metering, electric vehicles and new business initiatives. Prior to SDG&E, Parina managed numerous audit initiatives across the Sempra family of companies along with preparing Sempra’s short term and long term financial plans. Parina has a Bachelor of Science Degree in both Economics and Learning & Organizational Change from Northwestern University.
Michael Picker is President at the California Public Utilities Commission. Prior to his recent appointment, Mr. Picker was a Senior Advisor for Renewable Energy in the Office of the Governor starting in 2009 and a member of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District Board of Directors since 2012. He was a principal at Lincoln Crow Strategic Communications from 2000 to 2009 and a consultant at Kaufman Campaign Consultants from 2000 to 2002. Mr. Picker was deputy treasurer in the Office of the California State Treasurer from 1998 to 1999 and chief of staff to Sacramento Mayor Joe Serna Jr. from 1992 to 1999. He was deputy assistant for toxic substances control in the Office of the Governor from 1981 to 1982 and an organizer at the Campaign for Economic Democracy from 1978 to 1982.
Dr. Ryan is an economist with over two decades of experience in energy and environmental policy. Before joining E3, Dr. Ryan held several high-level appointed positions at the California Public Utilities Commission, including Commissioner, Deputy Executive Director for Policy and External Relations, and Chief of Staff to President Michael R. Peevey. During her tenure at the CPUC, Dr. Ryan guided development of California's cutting edge policies in renewable energy, smart grid, energy storage, electric transportation and long term planning and procurement. She also worked closely with senior officials from the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission, the California ISO and the Governor's Office to devise strategies to achieve California's ambitious Greenhouse Gas reduction targets and develop regulations implementing California's cap and trade program for the electric sector.
At E3, Dr. Ryan is leading projects in the areas of long term greenhouse gas mitigation strategy, renewable integration, transportation electrification and asset valuation.
Dr. Ryan received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. in Economics from Yale University.
As Senior Vice President for Client Services and Business Development at Allconnect, Dwight is responsible for new Allconnect partnerships and the ongoing management of existing utility relationships nation-wide. He has more than 25 years’ experience assisting utilities and other companies in the development and implementation of solutions and programs that create consumer confidence and increase demand.
Prior to Allconnect, Dwight led efforts to develop technology and customer solutions with CompuCom and Mobil Oil. He also served as a U.S. Army Military Police Officer and received a BS Degree in Accounting from Alabama A&M University.
Dwight is passionate about developing solutions that not only connect customers to and educate them about the products and services they need, but also make things less complicated for them.
Vic is the founder and CEO of Green Charge , the largest commercial energy storage developer in the U.S. Over the course of seven years, Vic grew the company from an idea all the way to successful acquisition in April, 2016 by ENGIE, the largest independent power producer in the world. Prior to Green Charge, Vic held management positions at various enterprise cloud computing companies, including Oracle. Vic holds an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and an engineering degree from the University of Virginia.
MJ Shiao is the Head of Americas Research for GTM Research and is a leading expert on PV inverters, electronics, and balance of system components. A 9-year veteran of the solar industry, MJ has experience ranging from fabrication of crystalline silicon solar cells to PV project development. Before joining GTM Research, MJ managed and designed several MWs of residential and commercial PV projects with Solar Design Associates. Prior to project management, MJ worked at the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). MJ holds a bachelor's in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware, where he was named a National Truman Scholar. A believer in the social benefits of solar power, MJ has researched, installed and tested rural off-grid PV in India and Thailand and formerly served on the Steering Committee of SustainUS, a non-profit engaging U.S. youth in sustainable development advocacy.
Jaspreet Singh is Sr. Product Manager at Enphase Energy. He is responsible for defining Enphase’s next Generation Microinverters as well as managing the AC Module integration.
Previously, Jaspreet managed utility-scale product portfolio at ABB Solar for US market. Jaspreet has extensive design experience in designing electrical distribution networks in India. Jaspreet has done extensive research on PV power plants and has authored multiple IEEE conference papers and webinar presentations. He is an active participant in interconnection/safety standard development committees, industry working groups on SMART inverters and grid integration of renewable energy.
Julian is a staff writer at Greentech Media, where he reports on energy storage and other clean energy sectors. He also has experience covering clean transportation, state and federal energy policy, and climate adaptation. Previously, Julian reported for CityLab at The Atlantic and conducted grant-funded climate change reporting in Bangladesh. He graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in political science.
Senator Henry Stern is a sixth-generation Californian and native of this district. He credits his passion for public service as a family trait, whose diverse history includes farming and ranching, music and film, and a steadfast commitment to helping young people fulfill their potential. Senator Stern was elected to represent the 27th Senate District, which includes parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, on November 8, 2016.
Prior to his election, Stern worked as a senior policy advisor to former California State Senator Fran Pavley. As a staff member, he helped Senator Pavley pass common sense policies to improve the quality of life and economic sustainability of California. Together, they advanced bipartisan measures to balance the budget, respond to the drought, revitalize our education system, ensure safer communities, and update California’s energy policy for the 21st century.
Senator Stern has also lectured at UCLA and UC Berkeley, enjoys volunteering at his local Boys & Girls Club and is a member of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Advisory Committee, the Jewish Federation, the American Jewish Committee, and the Truman National Security Project.
He is an alumnus of Harvard University and UC Berkeley Law.
Jeff St. John comes to Greentech Media from The Fresno Bee, where he covered solar-power, biofuel and biomass developments in California's Central Valley, and the Tri-City Herald in Kennewick, Wash., where his beat included nuclear power and nuclear-waste remediation, as well as the research and development of biofuels, fuel cells, energy-management systems and other energy technologies. He also has written for the Anchorage Daily News, UpsideToday.com, the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and he won a National Headliner Award in 2005. Jeff has a master's degree from the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and believes green technology will save the planet.
Matthew Tisdale is the Executive Director of More than Smart. Matthew formerly worked at the California Public Utilities Commission where he led DER policy initiatives. Matthew has nearly a decade of experience in clean energy policy. At MTS, Matthew focuses on integrating DER into utility grid planning, investment, and operations. Matthew also leads strategic initiatives to build on More Than Smart’s place as a center for DER community and communications.
Nellie Tong has over 10 years of experience in policy development, market analysis and program evaluation in the energy industry. Ms. Tong helps government and utility clients with designing and evaluating policies and programs such as renewable portfolio standards (RPS), feed-in tariff (FiT) policies, renewable energy rebate programs, and advanced technology R&D programs. For the private sector, Ms. Tong has provided market assessment and strategy consulting to battery manufacturers, solar services providers, solar developers, and electric vehicle (EV) services providers. She is an experienced project manager and serves as the lead consultant in numerous projects on renewable energy and emerging energy technologies. Nellie Tong has a Bachelor degree in Economics from Swarthmore College.
Barry Vesser, Deputy Director of the Center for Climate Protection, has been with the organization since 2005, where he manages the organization’s finances, assists with strategic planning and program development, and heads the Business for Clean Energy program. In 2014 and 2016 he organized statewide symposia on Community Choice Energy, with another on May 5, 2017, in Long Beach. He has a Masters Degree in International Public Administration from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a BA in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia.
Eric Wesoff is Editor-at-Large at Greentech Media. Prior to joining GTM, Eric Wesoff founded Sage Marketing Partners in 2000 to provide sales and marketing-consulting services to venture-capital firms and their portfolio companies in the alternative energy and telecommunications sectors. Mr. Wesoff has become a well-known, respected authority and speaker in these fields.
His expertise covers solar power, fuel cells, biofuels and advanced batteries. His strengths are in market research and analysis, business development and due diligence for investors. He frequently consults for energy startups and Silicon Valley's premier venture capitalists.
Scott Zimmermann is an attorney in the San Francisco office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he is a member of the firm's energy and infrastructure finance practice. Scott advises new and established companies and their investors on issues affecting the energy, infrastructure, and clean tech industries, including project development, energy regulatory counseling, tax equity finance, joint ventures, start-up counseling, corporate finance, and project finance. Scott was seconded with SolarCity's structured finance team supporting the expansion of their residential solar tax equity fundraising activities, and he continues to represent leading and emerging companies in the distributed solar and energy efficiency markets.
Scott has supported enterprises and institutions across the globe involved in financing, developing, and regulating energy technology and infrastructure. Scott has extensive international experience, and his practice at the firm continues to focus on international markets. He is an active contributor to the firm's pro bono activities, representing nonprofits in the energy, climate, health, and environmental fields. Scott also teaches Energy Project Development and Finance as a lecturer at UC Berkeley School of Law.
Scott brings over 17 years of experience working in the energy industry to his practice. He was a process engineer for Fluor Corporation, where he supported the design and construction of international oil and gas facilities. Subsequently, Scott led the product development team at a start-up software company, developing solutions to improve the design, operation, and maintenance of large energy facilities. He is a licensed professional engineer and has worked with the California Public Utilities Commission, the Asian Development Bank, and the Natural Resources Defense Council's China Clean Energy Program.