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.

Andy Swanton
Truck Initiative Director | CALSTART

Andy is the Director for CALSTART’s Truck Initiative. He works among manufacturers, fuel providers, fleets, and public agencies to accelerate the commercialization of the cleanest available transportation technologies. Previously Andy started and led BYD’s all-electric truck division in North America where he managed product and business development for battery electric vehicles for delivery, refuse, and goods movement applications. Andy has engineering degrees from Tufts University and MIT, and a MBA from Harvard.

Bob Myers
Chief | Caltrans Division of Equipment

Bob has more than 30 years working in the fleet asset management field, including over 22 years with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). His perspective comes from private and public experiences where he developed a broad and comprehensive knowledge of State and Federal highway equipment policies, guidelines, and standards. This is also where he realized his passion for safety and innovation. He works in Sacramento, California at the Division of Equipment Headquarters where staff designs and builds hundreds of vehicles a year, and co-chairs Caltrans’ Zero-Emission Vehicle Program within the Caltrans Sustainability Program. Bob is responsible for the overall management of the Caltrans fleet, consisting of approximately 12,000 units ranging from a lawn mower to a snow blower. He is responsible for purchasing, building, maintaining, optimizing, and disposing of fleet assets used by Caltrans employees to provide a safe, sustainable, integrated, and efficient transportation system to enhance California’s economy and livability. The Division of Equipment’s trade mark states “Built and Maintained with Pride.”

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.

Ethan Elkind
Director, Climate Program | Center for Law, Energy & the Environment

Ethan Elkind is the Director of the Climate Program at CLEE and leads the Climate Change and Business Research Initiative on behalf of the UC Berkeley and UCLA Schools of Law. He taught at the UCLA law school’s Frank Wells Environmental Law Clinic and served as an environmental law research fellow. He has a background in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), climate change law, environmental justice, and other environmental law topics. In 2005, he co-founded The Nakwatsvewat Institute, Inc., a Native American nonprofit organization that provides alternative dispute resolution services and support for tribal governance, justice and educational institutions. His book on the history of the modern Los Angeles Metro Rail system was published by University of California Press in January 2014. Ethan is also a regular host of the weekly call-in radio show “City Visions” on the San Francisco NPR affiliate KALW 91.7 FM, airing Monday nights at 7pm.

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.

George T. Frampton
Co-founder and CEO | Responsible Growth

George T. Frampton is the co-founder and CEO of Partnership for Responsible Growth, which advocates for free-market measures to combat climate change. During the Clinton administration, he was chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. During his tenure, he played a leading role in major initiatives, including the development and implementation of a federal-state restoration plan for Florida’s Everglades, administrative reform of the Endangered Species Act, restoration of Prince William Sound following the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and promulgation of regulations protecting more than 50 million acres of roadless national forest land.
Previously a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner and more recently senior counsel in Coving & Burling’s Clean Energy Group, Frampton also served as a president of the Wilderness Society, deputy director of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Special Inquiry into the Three Mile Island Accident, and an assistant special prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force. He holds a BA from Yale University, an MSc in Advanced Economic Theory (with distinction) from the London School of Economics, and a JD from Harvard Law School, where he was managing editor of the Harvard Law Review. In the 1970-71 Term, he clerked for Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackman.

Dr. Gordon Abas Goodarzi
President & CEO | US Hybrid

Dr. Goodarzi is President of US Hybrid and Chairman of Magmotor Technologies. With over thirty-eight years of EV and HEV experience, he currently directs Technology and Product Development at US Hybrid with a focus on electric and hybrid powertrain design and manufacturing for medium and heavy duty commercial and military vehicles and fuel cell engine systems (former UTC Power, PEM Transportation division) for the development and production of the integrated Fuel Cell engines system for Medium duty and heavy-duty vehicles. After his experience as Associate professor at Cal State San Francisco, Project Engineer at US Windpower and as Technical Director of General Motor’s EV1 program and Senior Scientist at Hughes Aircraft Company, he founded US Hybrid in 1999 and directed the development of various high density and efficiency power converters for GM, Ford, Wrightbus, Singapore LTA, Mack, Air Force, GEP, Sikorsky, Scomi Monorail, Hydrogenics, Textron, Rolls Royce and UTC Power’s respective fuel cell programs and various other projects and customers. Dr. Goodarzi’ key areas of experience and expertise are Electric Powertrain including power Converters, Motors and Controllers, Energy Management Systems and Vehicle System Controls. He holds Doctoral and Master’s Degrees from University of Missouri, Columbia in Power Electronics and a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University Sacramento in Power Systems. He has been a registered Professional Engineer since 1985. Dr. Goodarzi has published noted articles, patents and has received various professional awards.

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.

Julie Johnson
Manager, Business Development | Ryder Systems Inc.

Julie Johnson is Manager, National Business Development – Advanced Vehicle Technologies for Ryder System, Inc., a $7.3 billion FORTUNE 500® commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions company with more than 36,000 employees. Ms. Johnson is responsible for helping leading companies intelligently convert their fleets to advanced vehicle technologies such as electric vehicles. Her mission is to leverage Ryder’s investment and industry leadership to establish and grow the use of advanced vehicle technologies in both large and small truck fleets. Ms. Johnson believes that advanced vehicle technologies are the key to energy independence for the United States. Ms. Johnson has held a variety of impactful roles. Prior to assuming her advanced vehicle technology role, Ms. Johnson was a Senior Sales Specialist for Janssen Pharmaceuticals & Quintiles Inc where she was responsible for sales and marketing to a variety of healthcare stakeholders in the San Francisco Bay Area. During her career, Ms. Johnson has served in a variety of key sales management and marketing executive positions at leading companies, including Salix Pharmaceuticals, GlaxoSmithKline, JCP Disclosures/First American Title, New Leaf Paper, Solbright Inc., Wells Fargo, and Bank of America. Ms. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Delaware.

Jack P. Broadbent
Chief Executive Officer | Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Jack P. Broadbent serves as the Chief Executive Officer/Air Pollution Control Officer for the 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 led the Air District to become the first in the nation to impose a greenhouse gas fee on industries that emit greenhouse gasses to offset costs incurred by inventorying and reducing emissions in the Bay Area. He created a $3 million dollar grant fund to help initiate local city and county climate planning efforts. The Air District recently passed revised CEQA guidelines that help local jurisdictions reduce harmful air pollutants on residents of new or existing developments, promoting infill development while reducing impacts to public health. Mr. Broadbent joined the Air District after serving nearly 3 years as Air Division Director at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 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 worked for the South Coast Air Quality Management District as a Deputy Executive Officer, Director of Planning and other senior management positions. While at the South Coast 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. In the 1980s, Mr. Broadbent served as Corporate Environmental Programs Manager for the largest private employer in California: Hughes Aircraft Company. Mr. Broadbent holds a Master's degree in Environmental Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science—both from the University of California, Riverside.

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.

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

Marlon Flournoy
Deputy Secretary, Transportation Planning

Marlon was appointed Deputy Secretary for Transportation Planning at the California State Transportation Agency in February 2018. Prior to this appointment, Marlon served as District 3 (Marysville/Sacramento) Deputy District Director of Planning, Local Assistance and Sustainability at the California Department of Transportation since 2014, where he held several other positions since 2008, including Acting Assistant Director of Sustainability, Acting District 1 (Eureka) Deputy District Director of Planning and Local Assistance, Chief of the statewide Project Initiation Document Program, and Program Manager of the Environmental Justice Planning Grant Program. Marlon also worked for the City of Fairfield between 2005 and 2008 as a transportation planner. Marlon is a graduate of the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning with an emphasis in Transportation Planning. Marlon is also a Project Management Institute (PMI) certified Project Manager Professional (PMP).

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.

Nate A. Baguio
Vice President of Sales | The Lion Electric Co.

Nate Baguio has over 28 years of experience in the transportation industry. He started in student transportation managing operations for Ryder Student Transportation Services through the 1990’s. Initially, he had oversight of a 35-bus operation in Sacramento and later held positions in Southern California including management of nearly 300 buses for the Los Angeles Unified School District. He opened his experience in mass transit by he working to open a section of Los Angeles County’s subway system and the 14-mile Gold Line light rail line connecting downtown Los Angeles and the City of Pasadena. He returned to school bus in 2005 as Director of Business Development for First Student, Inc. In this role he worked with school districts across the country to renew their contracted service or start new contracted school bus service. He lead the effort to purchase and place in service over 1,000 new school buses of various types and from most of the major OEMs for these new contracts. Currently, he is working to electrify the transportation industry as Vice President of Sales for the nation’s leading EV school bus manufacturer, The Lion Electric Co. Baguio is proud to not only provide a healthy breathing environment students, drivers and technicians, but to help educate communities on the benefits zero emission vehicles.

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.

Takehito Yokoo
Senior Executive Engineer Powertrain Chief Engineer Product Development Office – Advanced Fuel Cell
| Toyota Motor North America R&D

Takehito Yokoo is the Advanced Fuel Cell Senior Executive Engineer with Toyota’s Product Development Office (PDO) in Toyota’s North American R&D organization. Mr. Yokoo’s background includes development of new or improved alternate powertrain system controls configurations. Currently his responsibilities have been extended to large scale Fuel Cell powertrain feasibility in North America.

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.”

Tim Reeser
CEO | Lightning Systems

Tim Reeser is CEO of Lightning Systems, which provides zero-emission powertrains for fleet trucks and buses ranging in size from the Ford Transit to Gillig passenger transport buses. Tim has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University, and has been involved with alternative transportation technology since 1990, when he helped design the first dedicated CNG truck for General Motors while at CSU. 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.

Wayne Nastri
Executive Officer | SCAQMD Governing Board

Wayne Nastri was unanimously appointed by the SCAQMD Governing Board as Executive Officer in December 2016, after serving as Acting Executive Officer since April 2016. Previously in his career, he served from Oct. 2001 through Jan. 2009 as U.S. EPA's Regional Administrator for Region 9 – Southwest Region, which has jurisdiction over California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. In that position, he was responsible for policy development and operations, exercising management oversight for nearly 1,000 employees and an annual budget exceeding $700 million. He worked closely with the public, industry, and all levels of government in a wide variety of voluntary pollution prevention programs and energy conservation efforts, including development of diesel emission reduction efforts through development and implementation of the West Coast Diesel Collaborative, in which SCAQMD actively participates. Mr. Nastri also focused Region 9 efforts on development of strategies to address emissions associated with ocean-going vessels and marine ports. Before his federal position, he served as Governor's Appointee on the South Coast AQMD Governing Board from Aug. 1997 to Aug. 1998. Earlier in his career, Mr. Nastri served on the site mitigation external advisory committee for Cal/EPA's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), the zero-emission vehicle implementation advisory committee for the California Air Resources Board, and the site manager's advisory committee for the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). He also served as the Legislative Director for the California Environmental Business Council. In his earlier private sector experience, Mr. Nastri served as co-president of E4 Strategic Solutions, Inc., a consulting firm focused on negotiating mutually effective solutions for complex environmental & energy issues faced by regulatory authorities, elected officials, and executive management at local, state and federal levels. Earlier employments also include: Senior Vice President and Co-Chair of the Energy & Environment Practice of mCapitol Management; Sr. Vice-President of Dutko Worldwide; President of Environmental Mediation, Inc.; and Vice President, Environmental Affairs of the Jefferson Group in Washington D.C. Mr. Nastri holds a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, Irvine.

Tyson Eckerle
Deputy Director of Zero Emission Vehicle
Infrastructure | GO-Biz

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 creating opportunities for scalable deployment of hydrogen and electric vehicle charging infrastructure to support rapid deployment of zero emission vehicles. Prior to joining GO-Biz, Tyson served as Executive Director of Energy Independence Now (EIN), a non-profit dedicated to action oriented solutions to climate change, 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 at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He bikes to work every day.

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.