Speakers

Alberto Ayala
Air Pollution Control Officer | Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District

Alberto Ayala is the Air Pollution Control Officer of the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District. Prior to the district, Alberto was Deputy Executive Officer at the California Air Resources Board, a Professor at West Virginia University, and a Design Engineer for Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical. He has published extensively, is a recognized speaker, and occasionally lectures in the U.S. and abroad. Alberto holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Davis.

Carla Peterman
Commissioner | California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)

The commissioner’s key interest areas include decarbonization policy, energy markets, and technology adoption. She has led several CPUC clean-energy initiatives including the adoption of the nation’s first utility energy storage mandate, the first framework for energy storage multi-use applications, approval of $965 million of utility investments in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, adoption of utility energy efficiency goals and business plans, and the implementation of California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). Commissioner Peterman has also been the assigned commissioner for rate cases for Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, California-American Water Company, and San Jose Water Company. She has also led several telecommunications proceedings, including a competition analysis of the telecommunications sector, and reform of the California Teleconnect Fund. Commissioner Peterman was previously appointed by Governor Brown, in 2011, to the California Energy Commission (CEC) where she was lead Commissioner for renewables, transportation, natural gas, and the 2012 Integrated Energy Policy Report. At the CEC, Commissioner Peterman oversaw the implementation of California’s RPS regulations for publicly owned utilities, the New Solar Home Partnership Program, and the $100 million annual Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.  She is the first African-American female to be appointed to both Commissions.

Cory Combs
CTO and Co-Founder | Ampaire, Inc.

Cory is passionate about the future of electric aircraft and is playing an integral role in electrifying aviation alongside the rest of the team at Ampaire. He is named on several patents for Ampaire's aircraft designs and has experience spanning both the aerospace and clean tech industries. Cory graduated with MS and BS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Freya Burton
Chief Sustainability and People Officer | LanzaTech

Freya joined LanzaTech in 2007 and has worked in various roles throughout the company. Freya is deeply committed to LanzaTech’s mission of creating a carbon smart future. She is a board member of the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition and with LanzaTech is a founding member of below50, the low carbon fuels initiative of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Freya oversees Government Relations, Communications and HR at LanzaTech. She holds an MA from Cambridge University.

Heather Tomley
Acting Managing Director, Planning & Environmental Affairs Bureau | Port of Long Beach, California

Heather Tomley joined the Port in 2005 and progressively moved into positions of greater responsibility. She was named to her current post as Acting Managing Director in September of 2018 by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, the Port's five-member governing body. She oversees the Divisions of Master Planning, Transportation Planning, and Environmental Planning. In her previous role as Director of Environmental Planning, Ms. Tomley led the Division most directly responsible for the Port's signature environmental programs, such as the 2005 Green Port Policy, and coordinated programs to improve air, water and soil quality, preserve wildlife habitat and integrate sustainability into Port practices. She co-wrote, implemented, and assisted with updates to the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP), which serves as a guideline for programs focused on cleaning Port related air emissions. She is also responsible for developing the Port’s Energy Initiative. Ms. Tomley earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and her Master of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ian Gardner
President | Chanje

As President of Chanje, Ian builds on a 20-year career in energy, sustainability, innovation, and finance focused on evolving renewable solutions and business model innovation. Ian is a veteran of the clean energy space, working globally to develop utility assets with Duke Energy, and advising executive teams worldwide on energy issues with the Boston Consulting Group. As an entrepreneur, Ian successfully co-founded and exited two sustainability focused companies in recycling and wind energy. Ian also led the Los Angeles office of Oracle Capital, a boutique cleantech investment bank focused on early stage cleantech companies, and was employee #4 at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, leading the development of key programs resulting in the incubator being named the No. 1 Cleantech Incubator in the world in 2015. Ian has a bachelor’s degree in biology/pre-med from Davidson College in North Carolina and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Business.

Joseph Burgard
Executive Vice President | Red and White Fleet

Mr. Joseph Burgard is the Executive Vice President and a shareholder at the Red and White Fleet, a passenger vessel company in San Francisco, CA. Mr. Burgard has been a licensed Captain since 1993 and has served in the small passenger vessel industry in many operational roles over the past 30 years. Throughout his career, Mr. Burgard has led or been involved in numerous alternative fuel and emissions control projects, most recently directing the acquisition of a new build 600 passenger hybrid electric vessel and the founding of Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine which is building the first hydrogen fuel cell vessel in the US. Mr. Burgard is a graduate of University of California, Irvine and has a Master’s of Arts from San Francisco State University.

John Gerra
Director of Business Development | BYD Motors

John Gerra is Director of Business Development with BYD Motors - Electric Truck Division. He leads all business development efforts for the United States market, and is focused on Battery-Electric Truck applications including Delivery, Terminal, Drayage, Refuse Hauling and other heavy trucking operations. John currently works with large commercial fleet operators to identify how BYD Motors can support initiatives to maximize sustainability and efficiency. John has experience successfully developing markets for propulsion systems in various other sectors including maritime, defense and aerospace. John received a bachelor degree in Business at Skidmore College and a master degree in Transportation Management at New York Maritime College.

Jon Scharingson
Executive Director, Sales and Marketing | Renewable Energy Group®, Inc.

Jon Scharingson is the Executive Director, Sales and Marketing for Renewable Energy Group (REG), REG is the nation’s leading producer and marketer of biodiesel and renewable diesel selling over 500 million gallons of fuel in 2017. As Executive Director, Sales and Marketing, Scharingson oversees the company’s marketing activities and is responsible for business development with fleets, national accounts and identifying new terminal asset opportunities. Prior to joining REG, Mr. Scharingson spent 17 years in the seeds, crop protection and the agriculture biotechnology industries, having worked for Imperial Chemical Industries, AstraZeneca and Syngenta. He held several senior management roles in business strategy, business development and marketing. Mr. Scharingson has a BBA in Management and an MBA in Marketing from Iowa State University.

Julie Furber
Executive Director, Electrified Power | Cummins Inc.

Julie Furber is the Executive Director of the Electrified Power segment at Cummins. She is responsible for overseeing the development and acceleration of Cummins knowledge and capability in electrification, positioning the company to be the leading provider of electrified powertrains in commercial and industrial markets. A disruptor at heart, Julie has been at the forefront of identifying the products and solutions critical to the success of Cummins customers. Prior to leading the Electrification business, Julie was responsible for product planning and product management across the company’s $8-billion Engine Business, the largest of Cummins’ four business segments. This included all new product programs, market-based innovation and new business incubation. Julie joined Cummins in 2005 as the Global Finance Director for Cummins Generator Solutions, based in Stamford, England. She then moved to the United States where she has held a variety of key commercial roles, which included leading the global off-highway business for Cummins Emission Solutions, serving as the Global Integrated Account Management leader for PACCAR, Cummins’ largest customer, and leading the entire North American Truck team. Prior to joining Cummins, Julie had more than 15 years of business leadership experience in sales, operations and finance in diverse industries, including security printing, glass and food. A native of the United Kingdom, Julie is a qualified accountant and holds bachelors and masters degrees in mathematics from Oxford University. She is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children. Julie and her husband, Paul, have two daughters, Megan and Ella, and reside in Columbus, Indiana.

Justine Harrison

Justine Harrison is an aviation attorney, and aviation is her passion as well as her business. As a commercial pilot who flies aircraft ranging from an AirCam experimental she co-built to a Lear 75, Justine brings an intimate understanding of aviation issues to her practice as well as experience in aviation regulatory matters and transactions. Her law firm is based in Las Vegas, Nevada and serves a diverse nationwide clientele that includes unmanned (UAS/UAV) aviation companies, Part 91 corporate flight departments, Part 133 helicopter external load operators, Part 135 charter companies, Part 145 repair stations, aviation nonprofits, and flight schools. Justine is a member of many aviation industry associations and also serves as a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight West, a nonprofit organization that arranges free air transportation within the 13 Western states for children and adults with serious medical conditions through its network of volunteer pilots, who provide flights at no cost.

Karen Hamberg
Vice President, Strategy | Westport

Ms. Hamberg joined Westport in 2001 and was appointed Vice President, Strategy in 2012. Westport Fuel Systems engineers, manufactures, and supplies advanced clean-burning engines, systems, and components that enable the deployment of low-carbon fuels such as compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), hydrogen, and renewable natural gas (RNG). Headquartered in Vancouver, Westport Fuel Systems serves customers in more than 70 countries with leading global transportation brands. Karen is the Chair of the Board of Directors of CALSTART in Pasadena, California, the nation’s largest non-profit, member-driven coalition accelerating the growth of a clean transportation technologies industry. She was named to Canada’s Clean 50™ in 2017 for her contributions to advance sustainability in the transportation sector and is currently serving on the Government of Canada’s Economic Strategy Table on Clean Technology. Ms. Hamberg holds a Master of Arts degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba. An active volunteer, Karen is also Vice-Chair of the United Way of the Lower Mainland’s 2018 Campaign Cabinet tasked with raising nearly $25 million for critical social programs in metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. She received the 2016 United Way President’s Award of Distinction, the United Way’s most prestigious award for her ongoing commitment and dedication to building a strong, healthy, inclusive community.

Laura Renger
Principal Manager, Air & Climate Policy| Southern California Edison

Laura Renger is the Principal Manager of Air & Climate in the Regulatory Affairs organization at Southern California Edison (SCE). In this position, Laura leads a team responsible for the utility’s regulatory and legislative policy concerning air quality, climate change and transportation electrification. As the regulatory lead for transportation electrification programs, Laura routinely speaks to a wide-variety of audiences, including conferences and industry events domestically and internationally. She has testified twice before California Public Utilities Commission concerning the implementation of the transportation electrification provisions of SB 350 and serves as SCE’s lead for the transportation electrification proposal that was filed at the CPUC on January 20, 2017.
Prior to this position, Laura was a Senior Attorney in the SCE Law Department, primarily focusing on air quality, climate, safety, and transmission project licensing. She is the immediate past chair of the Environmental Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the current Treasurer of Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles. Laura also serves as the Secretary of CalSTART (an organization dedicated to the growth of the clean transportation industry) and as the Treasurer of the California Electric Transportation Coalition (a non-profit association dedicated to the promotion of economic growth, clean air, fuel diversity and energy independence through the use of electric transportation). Laura holds a B.A. from Occidental College and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. She lives in Los Alamitos, California with her ten-year-old son, Jack.

Kevin Barker
Chief of Staff to Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller | California Energy Commission 

After graduating from UC Irvine with a degree in Environmental Studies, Kevin Barker went to work in the Renewable Energy Office and the Energy Commission. In 2010, he was hired as Chair Weisenmiller’s policy advisor for renewables and distributed generation. In 2012, he was promoted to Chief of Staff to Chair Weisenmiller. His areas of focus are renewables, demand forecasting, electricity supply, research and development, and transmission.

Mary D. Nichols
Chair | California Air Resources Board

Mary D. Nichols is Chair of the California Air Resources Board, a post she has held since 2007. She also served as Chair of the Air Resources Board from 1979-1983. Nichols has devoted her entire career in public and nonprofit service to advocating for the environment and public health. In addition to her work at the Air Board, she has served as Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Air and Radiation program under President Clinton, Secretary for California's Resources Agency from 1999 to 2003 and Director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her priorities as Chair include moving ahead on the state's landmark climate change program (AB 32), steering the Board through numerous efforts to curb diesel pollution at ports and continuing to pass regulations aimed at providing cleaner air for Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley. She values innovation, partnerships and common-sense approaches to addressing the state's air issues. The Board is supported by a professional staff of scientists, engineers, economists, lawyers and policy experts, with an annual operating budget of more than $860 million.

Matt Leuck
Renewable Diesel Fuel Technical Manager | Neste U.S. 

Matt Leuck is the Renewable Diesel Fuel Technical Manager at Neste U.S. where he applies engine and equipment expertise to support Neste’s position at the leading edge of cleaner, low carbon renewable fuel. Follow him on LinkedIn @mattleuck

Michael Linse
Founder and Managing Director | Linse Capital

Michael Linse is the founder and Managing Director of Linse Capital. Linse Capital invests in late stage technology companies in the transportation space. Prior to founding Linse Capital, Michael was a partner at KPCB for seven years where he invested in growth businesses like ChargePoint, Proterra, uShip, Telogis, Inrix, Friedola, Hyla, UpWind, and Redaptive. Before joining KPCB, Michael worked at Goldman Sachs for over a decade, most recently as the Managing Director of Goldman Sachs’ alternative energy investing team within the London-based European Special Situations Group where he led over 20 investments including Nordex, CMP, and IFCO Systems. Michael joined Goldman Sachs as an analyst in the Financial Institutions Group in 1997 and worked both in the Frankfurt and Hong Kong offices. Michael earned a B.A. degree in economics from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Nathan S. Lewis, Ph.D.
George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry | California Institute of Technology

Nathan S. Lewis, Ph.D., is the George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology where he has been a faculty member since 1988. Lewis is best known for developing artificial photosynthesis technology that enables sustainable production of hydrogen fuel using sunlight, water and carbon dioxide as well as an “electronic nose” for artificial olfaction. Currently he serves as editor-in-chief of Energy and Environmental Science, a journal focusing on sustainable energy research, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is the recipient of the Princeton Environmental Award and the American Chemical Society Award in Pure Chemistry. In 2017, Lewis was elected to the National Academy of Inventors. He holds approximately 70 U. S. and foreign patents. Lewis has authored more than 500 papers and mentored more than 100 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

Paul Stith
Director, Strategy & Innovation | Black & Veatch, Transformative Technologies

As Director of Strategy & Innovation for Black & Veatch, Paul specializes planning and building sustainable transportation and distributed clean energy infrastructure. His projects span North America, Europe and Asia supporting OEMs, utilities, fleets and transportation service providers to electrify and automate light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles on the ground and aloft. Prior to Black & Veatch, Paul was Director, Business Development and Regulatory Affairs for EV Grid where he led policy initiatives with the CPUC, California roadmaps for VGI and Energy Storage, V2G school buses and 2nd life battery system interconnection with BMW’s Pacific Gas & Electric VGI pilot.

Puon Penn
Executive Vice President/Head of Technology Capital | Wells Fargo

Puon Penn is Executive Vice President/Head of Technology Capital which provides expertise, financial services, and resources to help innovative companies focus on advancing new technologies and business models to solve some of the most complex problems facing humanity including global population growth, climate change and environmental impacts, and the ongoing fight against diseases. Puon started Wells Fargo’s Global CleanTech Group in 2009 to provide expertise, financial services, and resources to help companies focused on decreasing the use of fossil fuels, fertilizers, industrial chemicals, and other activities that cause greenhouse gas emissions or other harmful environmental effects. Wells Fargo financed over $70 billion for green business, renewable energy projects, green buildings, and clean energy customers from 2005 to 2012.

Sarah Van Cleave
Senior Policy Advisor | Tesla

Sarah manages Tesla’s state-level energy policy development, collaborating with regulators and legislators on policies affecting the development of energy storage and solar systems, predominantly in the United States. She leads Tesla’s policy on various energy policy issues related to utility-scale and customer-sited systems, including resource planning, procurement, and interconnection. Prior to working at Tesla, Sarah managed energy storage policy at Southern California Edison where she helped guide the utility’s groundbreaking procurement of more than a gigawatt-hour of energy storage systems. Sarah started her career as a financial analyst in electricity and emissions markets working in operations, trading, and market design. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from UCLA.

Shelby Neal
Director of State Governmental Affairs | National Biodiesel Board

Shelby serves as the Director of State Governmental Affairs for the National Biodiesel Board. In this capacity he is responsible for government relations – both legislative and regulatory – in all 50 state capitals.
Before coming to the National Biodiesel Board, Shelby served as a legislative assistant and legislative director to three members of the United States Congress during a five-year stint in Washington, D.C. More recently, he served as a policy advisor to Missouri Governor Matt Blunt. Shelby’s expertise in public policy includes renewable fuels, agriculture, economic development, and environmental issues. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Spencer Reeder
Director of Government Affairs | Audi of America

Spencer Reeder, Director of Government Affairs at Audi of America, is responsible for leading the Audi U.S. public policy voice on zero-emissions vehicles (ZEVs), including battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell technology, and associated infrastructure. Prior to joining Audi, Reeder worked at Vulcan, Inc. where he served as director of the Climate and Energy Program, and led Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s global philanthropic investments in climate, energy, and transportation-related issues, including the Smart City Challenge, developed and implemented in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation. Reeder was also a lead author on the 2014 U.S. National Climate Assessment.

Terry Tamminen CV

Terry has deep international expertise in business, agriculture, education, public policy and the environment. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and later Cabinet Secretary, the Chief Policy Advisor to the Governor, where Terry was the architect of many groundbreaking sustainability policies, including California's landmark Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, the Hydrogen Highway Network, and the Million Solar Roofs initiative. In 2010 Terry co-founded the R20 Regions of Climate Action, a public-private partnership bringing together subnational governments, businesses, financial markets, NGOs, and academia to implement measurable, large-scale, low-carbon and climate resilient economic development projects that can simultaneously solve the climate crisis and build a sustainable global economy. Since 2007 he has provided advice to Pegasus Capital Advisors and numerous global businesses on sustainability and “green” investing. In 2016, Terry joined the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation as CEO. An accomplished author, Terry's books include “Cracking the Carbon Code: The Keys to Sustainable Profits in the New Economy” (Palgrave Macmillan). In 2011, Terry was one of six finalists for the Zayed Future Energy Prize and The Guardian ranked Terry No. 1 in its “Top 50 People Who Can Save the Planet.”

Val Miftakhov
Founder and CEO | eMotorWerks

Val Miftakhov is the Founder and CEO of eMotorWerks, an Enel Group company and the leading provider of smart charging and energy management solutions for electric transportation. 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.

Victoria Beasley
Prelude Ventures

Victoria Beasley is an investor at Prelude Ventures, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm investing in the low-carbon economy, where she leads transportation efforts for the firm. Prelude’s transportation investments include Scoop, a carpool enabler; QuantumScape, an EV battery manufacturer; ClearMetal, a provider of predictive analytics for shipping containers; and Sense Photonics, a solid-state LiDAR company. Victoria started her career in finance 10 years ago and has both operating and advisory experience. Prior to Prelude Ventures, Victoria worked on climate change strategy at BCG and started an agriculture supply chain company. Earlier, she was Director of Finance at a major solar manufacturer. Victoria began her career in investment banking at Cary Street Partners. Victoria holds an MBA and MS from Stanford University, where she was an Arbuckle Leadership Fellow. Victoria also holds a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.