2017 Agenda*
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Tuesday June 20, 2017

AEE Lobby Day & Reception (AEE Members-only and invited legislators)  
Sacramento, CA

To save your spot, RSVP to: eolson@aee.net


Wednesday June 21, 2017

Pathway to 2050 Main Conference
VENUE: Sacramento Convention Center
Rooms 306-308 (3rd Floor Ballroom)
1400 J Street
Sacramento

7:30am Breakfast & Registration

8:30-8:35am Welcome Remarks

Delivered by: Graham Richard, CEO, Advanced Energy Economy (AEE)


8:35-8:40am Welcome from AEE Leadership Council Member, Landis+Gyr

Delivered by: Gary High, SVP of Marketing and Product Management, Landis+Gyr 


8:40-9:25am 100% Clean Grid: Is It Possible?

Facilitated by: Commissioner David Hochschild, California Energy Commission

  • Nick Brod, VP, CLEAResult
  • Martin Hermann, CEO, 8minutenergy Renewables
  • Steve Malnight, SVP of Strategy and Policy, PG&E
  • Sarah Webster, VP, Investor Relations, Government Relations and Corporate Communications, Pattern Energy

9:25-10:10am California vs. the Feds? Media Perspectives on Energy & Climate Policy in the Age of Trump

 Facilitated by: Robert Keough, VP, Communications, AEE

  • Ben Bradford, State Government Reporter, Capitol Public Radio
  • Katie Fehrenbacher, Contributor to Greentech Media
  • Debra Kahn, Reporter, E&E News
  • Dan Morain, Editorial Page Editor and Political Affairs Columnist, Sacramento Bee

10:10am - 10:40am Networking Break

10:40am-11:15am The Utility of the Future: What Does It Mean for Customers?
  • Lisa Frantzis, SVP, 21st Century Energy System, AEE
  • Kevin Payne, CEO, Southern California Edison

11:15am-12:00pm Preparing for the Transition: Meeting the Workforce Needs of the Advanced Energy Economy

Facilitated by: Ben Bartlett, Director of Strategic Partnerships, CalCEF and City Council Councilmember, Berkeley City Council District 3 

  • The Honorable Autumn Burke, Assemblymember, California State Legislature
  • Jim Caldwell, Sector Navigator of Energy, Construction, and Utilities, California Community Colleges and Executive Director, Workforce Incubator
  • Dan'l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft

12:00-12:10pm Award Presentation: Honoring AEE's 2017 Pathway Pioneer

Presented to Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board by Graham Richard, CEO, AEE  


12:10-1:20pm Networking Lunch

1:20-1:55pm Full Retail Choice in California: Has the Time Come?
  • President Michael Picker, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Vidhya Prabhakaran, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine

1:55 - 2:40pm Putting It All Together: How Advanced Technologies Support an Evolving Grid 

Facilitated by: The Honorable Henry Stern, Senator, California State Legislature

  • Matt Duesterberg, Co-Founder and CEO, OhmConnect
  • Mark Rothleder, VP, Market Quality and Renewable Integration, CAISO
  • Manal Yamout, VP, Policy and Markets, Advanced Microgrid Solutions 

2:40- 3:20pm Networking Break 

3:20- 4:05pm The Future of Transportation is Electric: What Stands in the Way?

Facilitated by: Steve Chadima, SVP, External Affairs and Director, California Initiatives, AEE

  • The Honorable Phil Ting, Assemblymember, California State Legislature
  • Caroline Choi, SVP, Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison
  • Jamie Hall, Manager, Public Policy, General Motors 
  • Commissioner Janea Scott, California Energy Commission 

4:05- 4:35pm Going Against the Grain: Can California Carry the Banner on Climate and Energy While D.C. Heads the Other Way?

Facilitated by: Tom Starrs, VP, Market Strategy and Policy, SunPower 

  • The Honorable Kevin de León, Senate President Pro Tempore, California State Senate
  • Nancy McFadden, Executive Secretary, Office of Governor Brown
  • Tom Steyer, Founder and President, NextGen Climate

4:35pm Closing Remarks


*Agenda and speakers are subject to change.

List of Speakers

Ben Bartlett

Ben Bartlett
Director of Strategic Partnerships, CalCEF and City Councilmember, Berkeley
Ben Bradford

Ben Bradford
State Government Reporter, Capitol Public Radio
Nick Brod

Nick Brod
VP, California, CLEAResult
Autumn Burke

The Honorable Autumn Burke
Assemblymember, California State Legislature

Ben Bartlett works with key stakeholders to equitably advance clean energy innovation as Director of Strategic Partnerships at the California Clean Energy Fund. A long-time community leader and environmental lawyer, Mr. Bartlett also serves as a Councilmember for the City of Berkeley, where he focuses on economic development and job creation. He has more than a decade of experience in developing scalable community-based solutions and has worked as Berkeley Planning Commissioner, Transportation Commissioner, and Vice-Chair of the Zero Waste Commission. During his time at the Bay Area Council, Ben developed a Social Impact Fund and drafted the Pacific Clean Air Partnership, a clean tech trade agreement signed by Governor Brown and China’s Minister of Commerce. Ben also helped implement the state’s cap and trade securities and environmental justice protocols at the California Air Resources Board and California Energy Commission.

 

Ben Bradford is a city mutt, who has lived in Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., the Bay Area and most recently Charlotte, North Carolina.

Before entering journalism, he did stints as a bartender, actor, undersized bouncer, stuntman, viral marketer and press secretary to a Member of Congress.

Deciding he would rather explain and examine the political system than serve it, Ben entered the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism to be a newspaperman and quickly found himself in public radio.

He sold his second-ever radio story to WNYC, and his third to NPR.

For WFAE in Charlotte, he covered the arrest and resignation of mayor Patrick Cannon for public corruption, the removal of the confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse, the Duke Energy coal ash spill, and how cities find sister cities (it’s a lot like dating).

He won the 2013 national Edward R. Murrow award for hard news reporting.

As the State Government Reporter, Ben covers California politics, policy and the interaction between the two.

 

Following an acquisition of PECI by CLEAResult, Nick was asked to lead P&L and utility portfolio responsibilities for over 40 energy efficiency programs and projects in the commercial, industrial, agricultural, and public sectors. He also leads policy and legislative activities to help guide California’s path towards the goals of SB350 and SB32. At PECI, he was the Director of a national practice of unique energy efficiency programs focused on the grocery sector. Prior to CLEAResult, Nick worked for 5 years across the world as part of the global management program at Vestas - the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer working in wind power plant construction, sales, strategy, and marketing. Nick transitioned careers during an MBA with a rapid introduction to the world of cleantech finance and socially responsible investing. Prior to his MBA, he had an entirely different career for 11 years as an Interactive Producer and Designer in the museum, design agency, and consulting sectors.

Nick holds an MBA from Yale, an MSc in Multimedia Design from London Guildhall, and a BSc in Engineering from Exeter University, England. He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife and two spectacularly naughty children.

 

Following an acquisition of PECI by CLEAResult, Nick was asked to lead P&L and utility portfolio responsibilities for over 40 energy efficiency programs and projects in the commercial, industrial, agricultural, and public sectors. He also leads policy and legislative activities to help guide California’s path towards the goals of SB350 and SB32. At PECI, he was the Director of a national practice of unique energy efficiency programs focused on the grocery sector. Prior to CLEAResult, Nick worked for 5 years across the world as part of the global management program at Vestas - the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer working in wind power plant construction, sales, strategy, and marketing. Nick transitioned careers during an MBA with a rapid introduction to the world of cleantech finance and socially responsible investing. Prior to his MBA, he had an entirely different career for 11 years as an Interactive Producer and Designer in the museum, design agency, and consulting sectors.

Nick holds an MBA from Yale, an MSc in Multimedia Design from London Guildhall, and a BSc in Engineering from Exeter University, England. He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife and two spectacularly naughty children.

 

First elected in 2014, Autumn R. Burke represents the 62nd District in the California State Assembly. Her economically and ethnically diverse district is home to several of the region's most popular beaches, Los Angeles International Airport, and the Los Angeles Forum. A Los Angeles native, Assemblywoman Burke is an entrepreneur and small business owner with a proven record of business development and community outreach. She's worked to help provide pathways to green technology and energy efficiency for neighborhoods big and small. She's taken that same passion for innovation to Sacramento with a focus on policy to expand access to health care, education and solid jobs for all.

Throughout her career, Burke has maintained a passion for serving the community. She is a member of Count Me In for Women, an organization that promotes the growth of women-owned businesses. She's also a board member of the Yvonne Burke Foundation, which provides scholarships for young people in Los Angeles County to attend colleges and universities as well as career training programs. A longtime supporter of the Compton Jr. Posse, Burke helps give at-risk youth alternatives to street life through creative programs that foster a greater sense of belonging.

Burke is the daughter of former Los Angeles County Supervisor, Assemblywoman and U.S. Congresswoman, Yvonne Burke. Autumn Burke's election to the legislature marks the first time in California history that a mother and daughter have both served in the State Assembly.

Assemblywoman Burke serves on the Assembly Committees on Accountability and Administrative Review, Banking and Finance, Health, Revenue and Taxation, and Utilities and Energy and the Joint Legislative Committee on Climate Change. She is also a member of the Legislative Black Caucus and the Legislative Women's Caucus. She represents the cities of Inglewood, Hawthorne, Lawndale, El Segundo, and Gardena, the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Venice, and Del Rey, and communities of Del Aire, West Athens, Lennox, Westmont, and Marina del Rey.

 

Jim Caldwell

Jim Caldwell
Sector Navigator of Energy Construction and Utilities, California Community Colleges, Executive Director, Workforce Incubator


Steve Chadima
Senior Vice President, External Affairs, AEE
Caroline Choi

Caroline Choi
SVP, Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison (SCE)
Matt Duesterberg

Matt Duesterberg
CEO and Co-founder, OhmConnect

Jim Caldwell is a member of the leadership team of the California Community Colleges’ Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy initiative, managing the Energy Construction & Utility Sector.

He leads a team as a business development resource for the colleges with programs in the Energy, Construction, and Utilities Sector. His team adds value for community college faculty through strategic partnerships with the state’s utilities and energy efficiency stakeholders. A primary goal is to enhance student success and develop an increasingly sophisticated workforce to meet the sector’s evolving needs.

With more than 30 years in high technology fields, Mr. Caldwell has held executive positions at AT&T, Lucent/Avaya, Alcatel DSC, and multiple Silicon Valley firms. His experience with workforce development began in 2006 when he founded Workforce Incubator, a 501(c)3 nonprofit committed to cultivating world-class talent for 21st century careers.

 

Steve Chadima leads AEE's efforts to promote the advanced energy industry in California, and provides strategic direction for AEE's communications, marketing, and online activities nationally.

A serial entrepreneur with nearly 30 years experience in advanced energy and technology, Steve began his career as a manager of a Portland, Oregon-based non-profit corporation, providing services and financial incentives for energy conservation, solar and alternative energy to residents, schools and businesses. Since that time, he has been involved with a wide variety of technology start-ups through his work at tech incubator Idealab and several of its companies including, most recently, UberMedia. Prior to UberMedia, Steve served as vice president of external affairs for Suntech Power Holdings, where he led public policy, investor relations and corporate communications in the United States. In addition, Steve served two terms as chairman of the board of directors of the Solar Alliance, an association of the leading PV manufacturers, integrators and financiers working with states to adopt cost-effective solar policies and programs. He was also on the board of the Large-scale Solar Association (LSA), which focuses on federal and state policies that affect utility-scale solar installations. Earlier in his career, he worked for the Regis McKenna marketing agency and the Congressional Budget Office. Steve earned his BA from UC Irvine and MBA from Stanford University.

 

Caroline Choi is senior vice president of Regulatory Affairs for Southern California Edison (SCE). She is responsible for regulatory policy and affairs, regulatory operations and environmental affairs.

Choi previously served as vice president of Energy and Environmental Policy, 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 Smart Electric Power Alliance, the California Electric Transportation Coalition (CalETC), 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.

 

Matt Duesterberg is CEO and Co-founder of OhmConnect, which provides an energy sharing service for residential homes. OhmConnect pays users to save energy during hours when the grid needs load shifted. Once OhmConnect has collected thousands of homes responding to signals in a specific area, OhmConnect can provide energy products that traditionally could only be provided by large power plants.

Previously, Matt ran the data science division at a utility meter data analytics company, DataRaker, which got acquired by Oracle in 2013. He started his energy industry career traded futures for electricity flows for a small quantitative trading firm, DC Energy. From prior experiences, Matt realized that a fundamental need within the energy industry was to bring expertise from outside the energy sector to solve problems that are common in other industries – such as consumer engagement, marketing, and software services. He has an MS from Stanford and a BS from UVA.

 

Katie Fehrenbacher

Katie Fehrenbacher, Contributor to Greentech Media


Lisa Frantzis
SVP, 21st Century Energy System, AEE
Jamie Hall

Jamie Hall
Manager, Advanced Vehicle and Infrastructure Policy, General Motors
Martin Hermann

Martin Hermann
CEO and Founder, 8minutenergy Renewables

Katie Fehrenbacher has been a journalist covering energy and technology for over a decade. She was formerly a senior writer for Fortune Magazine, a senior editor for Gigaom and a reporter for Red Herring. She currently contributes to Greentech Media and The Guardian, among others, and her work has appeared online for the New York Times, the BBC, and the Economist.

 

Lisa Frantzis is leading initiatives to convene advanced energy executives, utility leaders, and other high-level stakeholders to accelerate the market adoption of advanced energy technology and define the roadmap for the Utility of the Future.

Lisa has served as Managing Director in the Energy Practice at Navigant since 2002, responsible for the renewable and distributed energy business. Prior to Navigant, she consulted at Arthur D. Little for 23 years in energy efficiency and clean energy. Over her 30 years of consulting experience, she has led energy resource potential and program options for international government agencies; renewable portfolio standard compliance, integration strategies and procurement support for utility companies; business strategy and M&A support for clean energy manufacturers and private-sector firms; and due diligence for financial firms considering clean energy investments.

Lisa is on the Board of Directors of the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC), which is a partner organization of AEE, and the Board of Directors of the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). She was also on the Board of Directors of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) for four years.

 

Jamie Hall is a manager on the public policy team at General Motors, where he focuses on policies and programs to support commercialization of GM’s advanced vehicle portfolio. Jamie is responsible for policy considerations affecting the development and deployment of advanced technology vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt and Bolt EV, as well as fuel cell and natural gas vehicles and associated infrastructure. He works closely with GM technical teams, policymakers, and industry stakeholders and is active in multiple collaborative efforts in this area, including the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative and the California Fuel Cell Partnership.

Jamie has more than ten years of environmental and energy policy experience. Most recently, he served as Policy Director at CALSTART, where he led legislative and regulatory initiatives on related to advanced vehicle and fuel technologies, infrastructure, and commercialization challenges. He received degrees from Princeton University and the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.

 

Martin Hermann is the CEO and Founder of 8minutenergy Renewables. He is a serial entrepreneur with 26 years of experience in the solar, clean-tech and high-tech industries, who has closed business transactions in excess of $5.3B. He founded 8minutenergy, which is now among the largest independent developers of solar PV in the U.S. with a portfolio of more than 5,500 MWs and a track record of 1,500 MWs in executed PPAs.

Martin also developed a 100 MW solar PV module manufacturing plant as Chief Strategy Officer with Advent Solar. Prior to his engagement in renewables, he owned a semiconductor tools company for 10 years, which he sold to Intel in 2001. For six years after the acquisition, Martin served on the executive management team with Intel’s wireless business group.

 

Gary High

Gary High
SVP, Marketing & Product Management, Landis+Gyr North America
Commissioner David Hochschild

Commissioner David Hochschild
California Energy Commission
Debra Kahn

Debra Kahn
Reporter, E&E News
Bob Keough

Robert Keough
VP, Communications, AEE

Gary High serves as Landis+Gyr’s Senior Vice President responsible for Marketing & Product Management for the Americas. In this role, he sets strategy and leads the team responsible for marketing, business development, product development and market presence for Landis+Gyr including: AMI, metering, analytics, battery energy storage, load management, data management and more. With more than 20 years’ experience marketing to electric, gas and water utilities, Mr. High brings a diverse background in metering, software and communications to his position. Prior to joining Landis+Gyr, Mr. High worked for LogicaCMG, a global provider of IT and business services where he focused on work and asset management systems and system integration. Mr. High held various positions with Schlumberger over a 14-year span with that company’s metering and utilities segments. Mr. High is a graduate of Texas A&M.

 

David Hochschild was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in February 2013. He fills the environmental position on the five-member Commission where four of the five members by law are required to have professional training in specific areas - engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics, and law.

Commissioner Hochschild’s career has spanned public service, environmental advocacy and the private sector. He first got involved in the solar energy field in 2001 in San Francisco as a Special Assistant to Mayor Willie Brown where he launched a citywide $100 million initiative to put solar panels on public buildings. He went on to co-found the Vote Solar Initiative, a 60,000-member advocacy organization promoting solar policies at the local, state and federal level. He served as executive director of a national consortium of leading solar manufacturers and worked for five years at Solaria, a solar company in Silicon Valley. In 2007-2008, he served as a commissioner at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

For his work to advance clean energy, Commissioner Hochschild was awarded the Sierra Club’s Trailblazer Award, the American Lung Association’s Clean Air Hero Award and the Department of Energy’s Million Solar Roof True Champion Award. Commissioner Hochschild holds a B.A. degree from Swarthmore College and a Masters of Public Policy degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs.

 

Debra covers the West Coast for all E&E publications from San Francisco. She writes on all aspects of California energy and environmental policy, with a particular focus on climate policies. Her other areas of expertise: water supply, electricity markets and renewable energy technologies. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.

 

Robert Keough is responsible for internal and external communications and media relations.

A communications professional with nearly 30 years' experience in journalism, government, and public issues, Bob served as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Public Affairs in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) under Governor Deval Patrick and Secretary Ian Bowles. At EEA, he was responsible for reports and publications, policy announcements, media outreach, crisis response, and social media for six state agencies and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a quasi-public entity that provides support for advanced energy companies. Coverage of Massachusetts's nation-leading energy reforms appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Time magazine, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Associated Press, National Public Radio, New England Cable News, and numerous local network affiliate television stations.

Before entering state service in 2007, Bob was editor of Commonwealth, a quarterly magazine of politics, ideas, and civic life in Massachusetts published by the nonprofit Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth. His articles have appeared in the Boston Sunday Globe Magazine and Ideas section, New Republic Online, Governing Magazine, Education Week, Teacher magazine, Boston Phoenix, Downbeat Magazine, and other publications. He holds an A.B. degree from Brown University.

 



The Honorable Kevin De Leon
President pro Tempore, California State Senate
Dan'l Lewin

Dan’l Lewin
Corporate Vice President, Microsoft
Steve Malnight

Steve Malnight
SVP, Strategy and Policy, PG&E
Commissioner Andrew McAllister

Commissioner Andrew McAllister
California Energy Commission

Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), serves as President pro Tempore of the California State Senate. He is the first Latino elected to the position in over 130 years.

Senator De Leon is focused on building a more prosperous, equitable, and sustainable economy for the Golden State. He’s working to make college more accessible and affordable, combat climate change while building the clean energy economy, improve retirement security for low-income workers, and support California’s growing diverse communities.

His legislation has created the most ambitious renewable energy goals in the nation, the first-of-its-kind retirement-savings program for low-income workers, and has required a quarter of all cap-and-trade revenue be spent in disadvantage communities. He has an extensive record on women’s rights, public safety, and worker’s rights.

Senator De León served four years in the Assembly before being elected to the Senate in 2010. Before the Legislature, he taught citizenship courses to immigrants and led opposition to 1994’s anti-immigrant Proposition 187. Senator De León credits his immigrant mother as his inspiration to help build a brighter future for generations to come.

 

Dan'l Lewin is a Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, leading the company’s work in technology and civic engagement, including campaign technologies, environmental sustainability, policy-oriented academic outreach and university relations. Previously, he led the company’s global engagement with startups and venture capitalists and business relationships with strategic industry partners. Lewin reports to Microsoft President Brad Smith and also has executive and site responsibility for the company's operations in Silicon Valley.

Lewin has spent more than 30 years as a Silicon Valley-based executive, leading sales and marketing divisions for companies including Apple Computer Inc., NeXT Inc. and GO Corp. Before joining Microsoft in 2001, he was CEO of Aurigin Systems Inc.

Lewin serves on the boards of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, World Business Chicago, the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center and the Tech Museum of Innovation. He is also on the Advisory Council for the Department of Politics at Princeton University and on the Advisory Board of UI LABS. Lewin holds an AB in politics from Princeton University.

 

Steven (Steve) E. Malnight is Senior Vice President, Strategy and Policy for PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. In this role, Malnight leads a team of dynamic and experienced professionals who develop and implement the company's energy strategy and policy through innovative solutions, partnership integration and public advocacy at the national, state and local level. In developing and implementing the company's strategy and policy, Malnight oversees Federal, State and Local Government affairs, Corporate Sustainability, and Community Relations, along with PG&E's Energy Procurement organization that provides energy service to the 16 million Californians PG&E serves. Malnight held several key executive positions at Pacific Gas and Electric Company before accepting his current assignment. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, where he oversaw PG&E's regulatory policy efforts at the national and state levels, including interaction with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Malnight also served as Vice President, Customer Energy Solutions, Vice President, Integrated Demand Side Management and Vice President, Renewable Energy. Before being named an officer at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Malnight served in the PG&E Corporation Chairman's office as Special Assistant to the Chairman, and he held management positions in Customer Strategy and Corporate Finance, where he led the company's budgeting and planning process. Malnight holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a master's degree in business administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Malnight is also active in national policy and community engagement, where he serves as Chairman of the Board of the Solar Electric Power Alliance, a nationwide organization that supports utility participation in solar activities.

 

Commissioner Andrew McAllister was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in May 2012. He fills the Economist Member position on the five-member Commission where four of the five members by law are required to have professional training in specific areas - engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics, and law.

Commissioner McAllister has over 20 years of technical, programmatic and policy experience in the fields of energy management, efficiency and renewable generation. Before joining the Commission, he worked at the California Center for Sustainable Energy for six years, most recently as managing director and director of policy and strategy. Previously, he worked with NRECA International Ltd. in the electric sectors of countries in Central and South America, Southeast Asia and Africa on a variety of load management, generation and utility planning projects. He was a project manager at an energy consulting firm and worked as an energy efficiency analyst at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has published on various energy topics in academic, trade, and popular journals.

Commissioner McAllister studied both engineering sciences and art history at Dartmouth College and holds M.S. and PhD degrees from the Energy & Resources Group at UC Berkeley. He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer.

 

Nancy McFadden

Nancy McFadden
Executive Secretary, Office of Governor Brown
Dan Morain

Dan Morain
Editorial Page Editor and Political Affairs Columnist, Sacramento Bee
Mary Nichols

Mary Nichols
Chair, California Air Resources Board
Kevin M. Payne

Kevin M. Payne
CEO, Southern California Edison

Nancy McFadden has served as Executive Secretary for Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr since 2011—the title in law for the Chief of Staff position. Throughout her career, McFadden has served as a key legal, political, and policy official at both the federal and state levels, as well as the private sector. McFadden was a Senior Vice President for Pacific Gas and Electric Corporation. A high-ranking member of the Clinton Administration for eight years, McFadden served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Vice President Al Gore, General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Transportation and Deputy Associate Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice. A Bay Area native, McFadden holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia and a B.A. from San Jose State University.

 

Dan Morain has been a columnist for The Sacramento Bee since 2010, focusing on state government and politics. He previously worked for The Los Angeles Times, covering the California Supreme Court when Rose Bird was chief justice, the Legislature when Willie Brown was speaker and the governor's office during Gray Davis' tenure.

 

Mary D. Nichols is Chairman of the California Air Resources Board, a post she has held since 2007. 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 chairman 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.

 

Kevin M. Payne is chief executive officer of Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric utilities, delivering power to more than 14 million people in a 50,000-square-mile service area spanning Central, Coastal and Southern California. He is a member of SCE’s board of directors.

Prior to his current role, Payne was senior vice president of Customer Service for SCE. In that role, he was responsible for SCE’s customer products and services, customer engagement and call center operations, demand-side management programs, field services, account management and advanced metering. During his 30 years with SCE, Payne has held various leadership positions, including: vice president of Engineering & Technical Services, overseeing the planning, engineering and designing of SCE’s transmission and distribution systems; vice president of Information Technology & Business Integration, responsible for the delivery of technology services to business units within SCE; and vice president of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), where he led a comprehensive five-year half-billion-dollar program to implement SAP-integrated systems and streamline the company's business operations. He was also director of Renewable and Alternative Power and director of Major Customer Technical Support. He began his career with SCE in 1986 in the Engineering and Construction department managing power plant retrofit and other engineering projects.

Payne serves as a member of the Electric Innovation Management Committee of the Edison Electric Institute. Payne has a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a registered professional engineer.

 

President Picker

President Michael Picker
California Public Utilities Commission
Vidhya Prabhakaran

Vidhya Prabhakaran
Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine
Graham Richard

Graham Richard
CEO, AEE
Mark Rothleder

Mark Rothleder
VP, Market Quality and Renewable Integration, CAISO

Michael Picker was named President of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on December 23, 2014, by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., who first appointed President Picker as a Commissioner on January 29, 2014. Prior to his appointment, President Picker was Senior Advisor for Renewable Energy in the Office of the Governor from 2009 to 2014. He was a principal at Lincoln Crow Strategic Communications from 2000 to 2009, Deputy Treasurer in the Office of the California State Treasurer from 1998 to 1999, Chief of Staff to Sacramento Mayor Joe Serna Jr. from 1992 to 1999, and Deputy Assistant for toxic substance control in the Office of the Governor from 1981 to 1982. He was a member of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District Board of Directors from 2012-2014. President Picker is a former lecturer at UCLA’s Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and instructor at Occidental College’s Urban and Environmental Policies Institute. He holds an MBA from UC Davis, specializing in marketing, social marketing, and nonprofit management.

 

Vidhya Prabhakaran is a California energy attorney focused on matters related to greenhouse gas reduction, ratemaking, safety, and procurement for a wide range of clients including investor-owned utilities, municipal utilities, community choice aggregators, energy service providers, independent power producers, largescale renewable companies, energy storage companies, distributed energy resource companies, large energy consumers, and energy technology companies. Vid has substantial experience before the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, the California Air Resources Board, the California Independent System Operator, and the California Legislature working for clients in the energy industry as well as those in the transportation, telecommunications, and water industries. Together with the other members of the DWT energy practice group, Vid assists clients with regulatory approvals, utility rate and certificate proceedings, acquisitions and dispositions of regulated assets, energy-related contracts, project finance, energy-related dispute resolution, and energy litigation. Vid’s clients include: Liberty Utilities (CalPeco Electric) LLC, South San Joaquin Irrigation District, the City of Long Beach, SolarCity Corporation, Marin Clean Energy, Peninsula Clean Energy, and the Morongo Band of Mission Indians.

 

Graham Richard is CEO of Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a fast growing national association of businesses working toward a prosperous future based on secure, clean, affordable energy, and CEO of the Advanced Energy Economy Institute, AEE's charitable and educational affiliate. He leads AEE's federal and state policy work, business convenings, and membership development. He also directs the work of AEE's coalition of state and regional partners active on energy policy across the country. Richard has spoken at the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Conference, Future Energy Conference (Seattle), the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit, and the Aspen Institute, among other venues.

Richard served as mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana, from 2000 to 2008, following a 20-year career in business. As mayor he launched a number of initiatives to save energy and create jobs, and received national awards for leadership in high-speed broadband deployment. As a businessman, Richard was an investor in cogeneration and hydropower businesses. He also served in the Indiana State Senate, where he chaired the utilities committee. A former Brookings Institution Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Graham received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Indiana University and earned a B.A. from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

 

Mark Rothleder is Vice President, Market Quality and Renewable Integration at the California Independent System Operator Corporation and is leading the ISO’s renewable integration work. Mr. Rothleder has held several critical positions at the ISO after joining the grid operator as one of its first employees in 1997. He is now the longest serving ISO employee. Before being named vice president, he was Executive Director of Market Analysis and Development. His previous positions included Principal Market Developer and Director of Market Operations.

In spring 2009, Mr. Rothleder led a multifunctional team in designing and implementing market rules and software modifications related to the ISO’s Market Redesign and Technology Upgrade (MRTU). Since joining the ISO over fifteen years ago, Mark has worked extensively on implementing and integrating the approved market rules for California’s competitive wholesale energy and reserves markets.

Mr. Rothleder is a registered Professional Electrical Engineer in the state of California and holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the California State University, Sacramento. He has taken post-graduate coursework in Power System Engineering from Santa Clara University and earned an M.S. in Information Systems from the University of Phoenix. Prior to joining the ISO, Mr. Rothleder worked for eight years in the electric transmission department of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, where his responsibilities included operations engineering, transmission planning and substation design.

 

Janea Scott

Commissioner Janea A. Scott
California Energy Commission
Tom Starrs

Tom Starrs
Vice President, Market Strategy and Policy, SunPower
The Honorable Henry Stern

The Honorable Henry Stern
Senator, California State Legislature
Tom Steyer

Tom Steyer
President and Founder, NextGen Climate

Janea A. Scott is one of five Commissioners on the California Energy Commission. The Energy Commission is the State's primary energy policy and planning agency. Ms. Scott was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in February 2013 and reappointed in January 2016 to serve as the Commission's public member. She is the lead Commissioner on transportation and western regional planning, and in 2014 Ms. Scott led the 2014 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update. Ms. Scott serves as the chair of the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative, a public/private organization focused on accelerating the adoption of PEVs to meet California's economic, energy and environmental goals. She is also a member of the California Fuel Cell Partnership and the U.S. Department of Energy's Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee.

Prior to joining the Energy Commission, Ms. Scott worked at the U.S. Department of the Interior in the Office of the Secretary as the Deputy Counselor for Renewable Energy and at Environmental Defense Fund in both the New York and Los Angeles offices as a senior attorney in the climate and air program. Ms. Scott was also an AmeriCorps member working at the San Francisco Urban Service Project from 1996-1997. Ms. Scott earned her J.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder Law School and her M.S. and B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University.

 

Tom Starrs serves as SunPower Corporation’s vice president, market strategy and policy, where he is responsible for the company’s global market assessment, market strategy and public policy initiatives. He has more than 20 years of experience in and around the solar power industry, including senior management positions with Iberdrola Renewables, PPM Energy, and Schott Solar. Starrs is widely recognized as a leading strategist on solar energy market development, business strategy and policy. He serves on the boards of the California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy, the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, the Smart Electric Power Alliance, and the Solar Energy Industries Association. Tom holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley's Energy and Resources Program, and a J.D. from the University of California Berkeley’s School of Law.

 

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.

 

Tom Steyer is a business leader and philanthropist who believes we have a moral responsibility to give back and help ensure that every family shares the benefits of economic opportunity, education, and a healthy climate.

In 2010, Tom and his wife, Kat Taylor, pledged to contribute most of their wealth to charitable causes during their lifetimes. That same year, Tom worked to defeat Proposition 23, an attempt by the oil industry to roll back California’s historic plan to reduce pollution and address climate change.

In 2012, Tom led a campaign to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in California schools annually by closing a corporate tax loophole. To date, Proposition 39 has put nearly a billion dollars into California schools and clean energy projects, saving millions of dollars in annual energy costs.

Tom founded a successful California business, which he left to work full-time on non-profit and advocacy efforts. He now serves as President of NextGen Climate, an organization he founded in 2013 to prevent climate disaster and promote prosperity for all Americans. Tom also served as co-chair of Save Lives California, the coalition to prevent teen smoking and fund cancer research.

Tom’s dedication to public service is greatly inspired by his wife, Kat, the co-CEO of Beneficial State Bank in Oakland. They founded this nonprofit community bank in 2007 to provide loans to people and small businesses shut out by the traditional banking system. Unlike most banks, by statute Beneficial State Bank invests any profits back into the community.

Tom and Kat live in San Francisco and have four children.

 

The Honorable Phil Ting

The Honorable Phil Ting
Assemblymember, California State Legislature
Sarah Webster

Sarah Webster
VP, Investor Relations, Government Relations and Corporate Communications, Pattern Energy
Manal Yamout

Manal Yamout
VP, Policy and Markets, Advanced Microgrid Solutions

Phil Ting was elected to the State Assembly in 2012, representing the 19th Assembly District, which spans the Westside of San Francisco as well as the communities of Broadmoor, Colma, Daly City, and South San Francisco.

As California navigates new challenges from the federal government, Ting is focused on protecting and persisting onward with progressive policies that expand opportunity for all, equal rights, and protections for our environment. Informed by past roles in the financial sector and as the San Francisco Assessor-Recorder, Ting has become a leading voice on California’s finances. He now serves as Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee after having served as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation.

Ting has authored legislation that: helps thousands more students obtain Cal Grants to attend college; increase assistance provided to pregnant and parenting foster youth; increases healthy food access through expanding urban agriculture and food stamp use at farmers’ markets; assists English-language learners to understand prescription medications and engage state government; ensures safe and equal restroom access and tax fairness for the LGBT community; protects the voting rights of people living with disabilities; requires consumer disclosure in clean energy labels; and helps homeowners invest in water and energy efficient technologies.

Ting is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He began his career in public service as the Executive Director of the Asian Law Caucus, an organization founded in 1972 to advance and promote the legal and civil rights of the Asian Pacific Islander community, and once served as Community Relations Director at San Francisco State University. In 2005, Ting was appointed Assessor-Recorder of San Francisco by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom, where he closed a five-year assessment backlog and brought in $290 million in unpaid property taxes to the city, created a program to increase rooftop solar installations, and spearheaded efforts to assist homeowners and tenants facing foreclosure.

Ting lives in San Francisco’s Sunset District with his wife, Susan, and their two children.

 

Sarah Webster is Vice President of Investor Relations, Government Relations and Corporate Communications for Pattern Energy Group Inc. (Pattern Energy) based in San Francisco, California. In her role, Sarah oversees a broad range of external affairs activities including investor relations, government relations at both the state and federal levels, and corporate communications which includes media, branding, community engagement and corporate social responsibility. Sarah has been with Pattern Energy since 2013 and enjoys the many opportunities her role creates for her and her team to build relationships with stakeholders and act as the diplomatic core for the company.

Sarah has worked in the energy sector for nearly twenty years, and prior to her role at Pattern Energy held positions with Winner and Associates, InterGen, Shell Oil Company, Great Point Energy, and Wind Capital Group. She has also worked as a music writer for the Houston Press.

On her own time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, hiking in nature and listening to music.

 

Manal leads government and regulatory affairs, focused on developing policies in new and established markets.

She most recently served as Director of Government Affairs for NextEra Energy / Florida, Power & Light—the country's largest clean energy company. Prior to this, she served as renewable energy advisor to both California Governors Brown and Schwarzenegger. Manal jointly coordinated California's effort to bring the state closer to its goal of providing at least 33% of electricity from renewables and worked to streamline permitting for tens of billions in in-state investment and ultimately 16,000 megawatts of electricity. In addition, she helped lay the foundation for Governor Brown's energy program to develop 12,000 megawatts of distributed power in California. Prior to her time as an Advisor to Governor Schwarzenegger, Manal served as California's Assistant Secretary for International Trade, Special Assistant to First Lady Maria Shriver and as an Executive Fellow in the Office of the Governor. Manal holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a degree in Biology from CSU San Marcos.

 
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Tuesday June 20, 2017

AEE Lobby Day & Reception (AEE Members-only and invited legislators)  
Sacramento, CA

To save your spot, RSVP to: eolson@aee.net


Wednesday June 21, 2017

Pathway to 2050 Main Conference
VENUE: Sacramento Convention Center
Rooms 306-308 (3rd Floor Ballroom)
1400 J Street
Sacramento

7:30am Breakfast & Registration

8:30-8:35am Welcome Remarks

Delivered by: Graham Richard, CEO, Advanced Energy Economy (AEE)


8:35-8:40am Welcome from AEE Leadership Council Member, Landis+Gyr

Delivered by: Gary High, SVP of Marketing and Product Management, Landis+Gyr 


8:40-9:25am 100% Clean Grid: Is It Possible?

Facilitated by: Commissioner David Hochschild, California Energy Commission

  • Nick Brod, VP, CLEAResult
  • Martin Hermann, CEO, 8minutenergy Renewables
  • Steve Malnight, SVP of Strategy and Policy, PG&E
  • Sarah Webster, VP, Investor Relations, Government Relations and Corporate Communications, Pattern Energy

9:25-10:10am California vs. the Feds? Media Perspectives on Energy & Climate Policy in the Age of Trump

 Facilitated by: Robert Keough, VP, Communications, AEE

  • Ben Bradford, State Government Reporter, Capitol Public Radio
  • Katie Fehrenbacher, Contributor to Greentech Media
  • Debra Kahn, Reporter, E&E News
  • Dan Morain, Editorial Page Editor and Political Affairs Columnist, Sacramento Bee

10:10am - 10:40am Networking Break

10:40am-11:15am The Utility of the Future: What Does It Mean for Customers?
  • Lisa Frantzis, SVP, 21st Century Energy System, AEE
  • Kevin Payne, CEO, Southern California Edison

11:15am-12:00pm Preparing for the Transition: Meeting the Workforce Needs of the Advanced Energy Economy

Facilitated by: Ben Bartlett, Director of Strategic Partnerships, CalCEF and City Council Councilmember, Berkeley City Council District 3 

  • The Honorable Autumn Burke, Assemblymember, California State Legislature
  • Jim Caldwell, Sector Navigator of Energy, Construction, and Utilities, California Community Colleges and Executive Director, Workforce Incubator
  • Dan'l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft

12:00-12:10pm Award Presentation: Honoring AEE's 2017 Pathway Pioneer

Presented to Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board by Graham Richard, CEO, AEE  


12:10-1:20pm Networking Lunch

1:20-1:55pm Full Retail Choice in California: Has the Time Come?
  • President Michael Picker, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Vidhya Prabhakaran, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine

1:55 - 2:40pm Putting It All Together: How Advanced Technologies Support an Evolving Grid 

Facilitated by: The Honorable Henry Stern, Senator, California State Legislature

  • Matt Duesterberg, Co-Founder and CEO, OhmConnect
  • Mark Rothleder, VP, Market Quality and Renewable Integration, CAISO
  • Manal Yamout, VP, Policy and Markets, Advanced Microgrid Solutions 

2:40- 3:20pm Networking Break 

3:20- 4:05pm The Future of Transportation is Electric: What Stands in the Way?

Facilitated by: Steve Chadima, SVP, External Affairs and Director, California Initiatives, AEE

  • The Honorable Phil Ting, Assemblymember, California State Legislature
  • Caroline Choi, SVP, Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison
  • Jamie Hall, Manager, Public Policy, General Motors 
  • Commissioner Janea Scott, California Energy Commission 

4:05- 4:35pm Going Against the Grain: Can California Carry the Banner on Climate and Energy While D.C. Heads the Other Way?

Facilitated by: Tom Starrs, VP, Market Strategy and Policy, SunPower 

  • The Honorable Kevin de León, Senate President Pro Tempore, California State Senate
  • Nancy McFadden, Executive Secretary, Office of Governor Brown
  • Tom Steyer, Founder and President, NextGen Climate

4:35pm Closing Remarks


*Agenda and speakers are subject to change.

List of Speakers

Ben Bartlett

Ben Bartlett
Director of Strategic Partnerships, CalCEF and City Councilmember, Berkeley
Ben Bradford

Ben Bradford
State Government Reporter, Capitol Public Radio
Nick Brod

Nick Brod
VP, California, CLEAResult
Autumn Burke

The Honorable Autumn Burke
Assemblymember, California State Legislature

Ben Bartlett works with key stakeholders to equitably advance clean energy innovation as Director of Strategic Partnerships at the California Clean Energy Fund. A long-time community leader and environmental lawyer, Mr. Bartlett also serves as a Councilmember for the City of Berkeley, where he focuses on economic development and job creation. He has more than a decade of experience in developing scalable community-based solutions and has worked as Berkeley Planning Commissioner, Transportation Commissioner, and Vice-Chair of the Zero Waste Commission. During his time at the Bay Area Council, Ben developed a Social Impact Fund and drafted the Pacific Clean Air Partnership, a clean tech trade agreement signed by Governor Brown and China’s Minister of Commerce. Ben also helped implement the state’s cap and trade securities and environmental justice protocols at the California Air Resources Board and California Energy Commission.

 

Ben Bradford is a city mutt, who has lived in Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., the Bay Area and most recently Charlotte, North Carolina.

Before entering journalism, he did stints as a bartender, actor, undersized bouncer, stuntman, viral marketer and press secretary to a Member of Congress.

Deciding he would rather explain and examine the political system than serve it, Ben entered the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism to be a newspaperman and quickly found himself in public radio.

He sold his second-ever radio story to WNYC, and his third to NPR.

For WFAE in Charlotte, he covered the arrest and resignation of mayor Patrick Cannon for public corruption, the removal of the confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse, the Duke Energy coal ash spill, and how cities find sister cities (it’s a lot like dating).

He won the 2013 national Edward R. Murrow award for hard news reporting.

As the State Government Reporter, Ben covers California politics, policy and the interaction between the two.

 

Following an acquisition of PECI by CLEAResult, Nick was asked to lead P&L and utility portfolio responsibilities for over 40 energy efficiency programs and projects in the commercial, industrial, agricultural, and public sectors. He also leads policy and legislative activities to help guide California’s path towards the goals of SB350 and SB32. At PECI, he was the Director of a national practice of unique energy efficiency programs focused on the grocery sector. Prior to CLEAResult, Nick worked for 5 years across the world as part of the global management program at Vestas - the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer working in wind power plant construction, sales, strategy, and marketing. Nick transitioned careers during an MBA with a rapid introduction to the world of cleantech finance and socially responsible investing. Prior to his MBA, he had an entirely different career for 11 years as an Interactive Producer and Designer in the museum, design agency, and consulting sectors.

Nick holds an MBA from Yale, an MSc in Multimedia Design from London Guildhall, and a BSc in Engineering from Exeter University, England. He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife and two spectacularly naughty children.

 

Following an acquisition of PECI by CLEAResult, Nick was asked to lead P&L and utility portfolio responsibilities for over 40 energy efficiency programs and projects in the commercial, industrial, agricultural, and public sectors. He also leads policy and legislative activities to help guide California’s path towards the goals of SB350 and SB32. At PECI, he was the Director of a national practice of unique energy efficiency programs focused on the grocery sector. Prior to CLEAResult, Nick worked for 5 years across the world as part of the global management program at Vestas - the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer working in wind power plant construction, sales, strategy, and marketing. Nick transitioned careers during an MBA with a rapid introduction to the world of cleantech finance and socially responsible investing. Prior to his MBA, he had an entirely different career for 11 years as an Interactive Producer and Designer in the museum, design agency, and consulting sectors.

Nick holds an MBA from Yale, an MSc in Multimedia Design from London Guildhall, and a BSc in Engineering from Exeter University, England. He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife and two spectacularly naughty children.

 

First elected in 2014, Autumn R. Burke represents the 62nd District in the California State Assembly. Her economically and ethnically diverse district is home to several of the region's most popular beaches, Los Angeles International Airport, and the Los Angeles Forum. A Los Angeles native, Assemblywoman Burke is an entrepreneur and small business owner with a proven record of business development and community outreach. She's worked to help provide pathways to green technology and energy efficiency for neighborhoods big and small. She's taken that same passion for innovation to Sacramento with a focus on policy to expand access to health care, education and solid jobs for all.

Throughout her career, Burke has maintained a passion for serving the community. She is a member of Count Me In for Women, an organization that promotes the growth of women-owned businesses. She's also a board member of the Yvonne Burke Foundation, which provides scholarships for young people in Los Angeles County to attend colleges and universities as well as career training programs. A longtime supporter of the Compton Jr. Posse, Burke helps give at-risk youth alternatives to street life through creative programs that foster a greater sense of belonging.

Burke is the daughter of former Los Angeles County Supervisor, Assemblywoman and U.S. Congresswoman, Yvonne Burke. Autumn Burke's election to the legislature marks the first time in California history that a mother and daughter have both served in the State Assembly.

Assemblywoman Burke serves on the Assembly Committees on Accountability and Administrative Review, Banking and Finance, Health, Revenue and Taxation, and Utilities and Energy and the Joint Legislative Committee on Climate Change. She is also a member of the Legislative Black Caucus and the Legislative Women's Caucus. She represents the cities of Inglewood, Hawthorne, Lawndale, El Segundo, and Gardena, the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Venice, and Del Rey, and communities of Del Aire, West Athens, Lennox, Westmont, and Marina del Rey.

 

Jim Caldwell

Jim Caldwell
Sector Navigator of Energy Construction and Utilities, California Community Colleges, Executive Director, Workforce Incubator


Steve Chadima
Senior Vice President, External Affairs, AEE
Caroline Choi

Caroline Choi
SVP, Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison (SCE)
Matt Duesterberg

Matt Duesterberg
CEO and Co-founder, OhmConnect

Jim Caldwell is a member of the leadership team of the California Community Colleges’ Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy initiative, managing the Energy Construction & Utility Sector.

He leads a team as a business development resource for the colleges with programs in the Energy, Construction, and Utilities Sector. His team adds value for community college faculty through strategic partnerships with the state’s utilities and energy efficiency stakeholders. A primary goal is to enhance student success and develop an increasingly sophisticated workforce to meet the sector’s evolving needs.

With more than 30 years in high technology fields, Mr. Caldwell has held executive positions at AT&T, Lucent/Avaya, Alcatel DSC, and multiple Silicon Valley firms. His experience with workforce development began in 2006 when he founded Workforce Incubator, a 501(c)3 nonprofit committed to cultivating world-class talent for 21st century careers.

 

Steve Chadima leads AEE's efforts to promote the advanced energy industry in California, and provides strategic direction for AEE's communications, marketing, and online activities nationally.

A serial entrepreneur with nearly 30 years experience in advanced energy and technology, Steve began his career as a manager of a Portland, Oregon-based non-profit corporation, providing services and financial incentives for energy conservation, solar and alternative energy to residents, schools and businesses. Since that time, he has been involved with a wide variety of technology start-ups through his work at tech incubator Idealab and several of its companies including, most recently, UberMedia. Prior to UberMedia, Steve served as vice president of external affairs for Suntech Power Holdings, where he led public policy, investor relations and corporate communications in the United States. In addition, Steve served two terms as chairman of the board of directors of the Solar Alliance, an association of the leading PV manufacturers, integrators and financiers working with states to adopt cost-effective solar policies and programs. He was also on the board of the Large-scale Solar Association (LSA), which focuses on federal and state policies that affect utility-scale solar installations. Earlier in his career, he worked for the Regis McKenna marketing agency and the Congressional Budget Office. Steve earned his BA from UC Irvine and MBA from Stanford University.

 

Caroline Choi is senior vice president of Regulatory Affairs for Southern California Edison (SCE). She is responsible for regulatory policy and affairs, regulatory operations and environmental affairs.

Choi previously served as vice president of Energy and Environmental Policy, 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 Smart Electric Power Alliance, the California Electric Transportation Coalition (CalETC), 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.

 

Matt Duesterberg is CEO and Co-founder of OhmConnect, which provides an energy sharing service for residential homes. OhmConnect pays users to save energy during hours when the grid needs load shifted. Once OhmConnect has collected thousands of homes responding to signals in a specific area, OhmConnect can provide energy products that traditionally could only be provided by large power plants.

Previously, Matt ran the data science division at a utility meter data analytics company, DataRaker, which got acquired by Oracle in 2013. He started his energy industry career traded futures for electricity flows for a small quantitative trading firm, DC Energy. From prior experiences, Matt realized that a fundamental need within the energy industry was to bring expertise from outside the energy sector to solve problems that are common in other industries – such as consumer engagement, marketing, and software services. He has an MS from Stanford and a BS from UVA.

 

Katie Fehrenbacher

Katie Fehrenbacher, Contributor to Greentech Media


Lisa Frantzis
SVP, 21st Century Energy System, AEE
Jamie Hall

Jamie Hall
Manager, Advanced Vehicle and Infrastructure Policy, General Motors
Martin Hermann

Martin Hermann
CEO and Founder, 8minutenergy Renewables

Katie Fehrenbacher has been a journalist covering energy and technology for over a decade. She was formerly a senior writer for Fortune Magazine, a senior editor for Gigaom and a reporter for Red Herring. She currently contributes to Greentech Media and The Guardian, among others, and her work has appeared online for the New York Times, the BBC, and the Economist.

 

Lisa Frantzis is leading initiatives to convene advanced energy executives, utility leaders, and other high-level stakeholders to accelerate the market adoption of advanced energy technology and define the roadmap for the Utility of the Future.

Lisa has served as Managing Director in the Energy Practice at Navigant since 2002, responsible for the renewable and distributed energy business. Prior to Navigant, she consulted at Arthur D. Little for 23 years in energy efficiency and clean energy. Over her 30 years of consulting experience, she has led energy resource potential and program options for international government agencies; renewable portfolio standard compliance, integration strategies and procurement support for utility companies; business strategy and M&A support for clean energy manufacturers and private-sector firms; and due diligence for financial firms considering clean energy investments.

Lisa is on the Board of Directors of the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC), which is a partner organization of AEE, and the Board of Directors of the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). She was also on the Board of Directors of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) for four years.

 

Jamie Hall is a manager on the public policy team at General Motors, where he focuses on policies and programs to support commercialization of GM’s advanced vehicle portfolio. Jamie is responsible for policy considerations affecting the development and deployment of advanced technology vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt and Bolt EV, as well as fuel cell and natural gas vehicles and associated infrastructure. He works closely with GM technical teams, policymakers, and industry stakeholders and is active in multiple collaborative efforts in this area, including the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative and the California Fuel Cell Partnership.

Jamie has more than ten years of environmental and energy policy experience. Most recently, he served as Policy Director at CALSTART, where he led legislative and regulatory initiatives on related to advanced vehicle and fuel technologies, infrastructure, and commercialization challenges. He received degrees from Princeton University and the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.

 

Martin Hermann is the CEO and Founder of 8minutenergy Renewables. He is a serial entrepreneur with 26 years of experience in the solar, clean-tech and high-tech industries, who has closed business transactions in excess of $5.3B. He founded 8minutenergy, which is now among the largest independent developers of solar PV in the U.S. with a portfolio of more than 5,500 MWs and a track record of 1,500 MWs in executed PPAs.

Martin also developed a 100 MW solar PV module manufacturing plant as Chief Strategy Officer with Advent Solar. Prior to his engagement in renewables, he owned a semiconductor tools company for 10 years, which he sold to Intel in 2001. For six years after the acquisition, Martin served on the executive management team with Intel’s wireless business group.

 

Gary High

Gary High
SVP, Marketing & Product Management, Landis+Gyr North America
Commissioner David Hochschild

Commissioner David Hochschild
California Energy Commission
Debra Kahn

Debra Kahn
Reporter, E&E News
Bob Keough

Robert Keough
VP, Communications, AEE

Gary High serves as Landis+Gyr’s Senior Vice President responsible for Marketing & Product Management for the Americas. In this role, he sets strategy and leads the team responsible for marketing, business development, product development and market presence for Landis+Gyr including: AMI, metering, analytics, battery energy storage, load management, data management and more. With more than 20 years’ experience marketing to electric, gas and water utilities, Mr. High brings a diverse background in metering, software and communications to his position. Prior to joining Landis+Gyr, Mr. High worked for LogicaCMG, a global provider of IT and business services where he focused on work and asset management systems and system integration. Mr. High held various positions with Schlumberger over a 14-year span with that company’s metering and utilities segments. Mr. High is a graduate of Texas A&M.

 

David Hochschild was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in February 2013. He fills the environmental position on the five-member Commission where four of the five members by law are required to have professional training in specific areas - engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics, and law.

Commissioner Hochschild’s career has spanned public service, environmental advocacy and the private sector. He first got involved in the solar energy field in 2001 in San Francisco as a Special Assistant to Mayor Willie Brown where he launched a citywide $100 million initiative to put solar panels on public buildings. He went on to co-found the Vote Solar Initiative, a 60,000-member advocacy organization promoting solar policies at the local, state and federal level. He served as executive director of a national consortium of leading solar manufacturers and worked for five years at Solaria, a solar company in Silicon Valley. In 2007-2008, he served as a commissioner at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

For his work to advance clean energy, Commissioner Hochschild was awarded the Sierra Club’s Trailblazer Award, the American Lung Association’s Clean Air Hero Award and the Department of Energy’s Million Solar Roof True Champion Award. Commissioner Hochschild holds a B.A. degree from Swarthmore College and a Masters of Public Policy degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs.

 

Debra covers the West Coast for all E&E publications from San Francisco. She writes on all aspects of California energy and environmental policy, with a particular focus on climate policies. Her other areas of expertise: water supply, electricity markets and renewable energy technologies. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.

 

Robert Keough is responsible for internal and external communications and media relations.

A communications professional with nearly 30 years' experience in journalism, government, and public issues, Bob served as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Public Affairs in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) under Governor Deval Patrick and Secretary Ian Bowles. At EEA, he was responsible for reports and publications, policy announcements, media outreach, crisis response, and social media for six state agencies and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a quasi-public entity that provides support for advanced energy companies. Coverage of Massachusetts's nation-leading energy reforms appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Time magazine, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Associated Press, National Public Radio, New England Cable News, and numerous local network affiliate television stations.

Before entering state service in 2007, Bob was editor of Commonwealth, a quarterly magazine of politics, ideas, and civic life in Massachusetts published by the nonprofit Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth. His articles have appeared in the Boston Sunday Globe Magazine and Ideas section, New Republic Online, Governing Magazine, Education Week, Teacher magazine, Boston Phoenix, Downbeat Magazine, and other publications. He holds an A.B. degree from Brown University.

 



The Honorable Kevin De Leon
President pro Tempore, California State Senate
Dan'l Lewin

Dan’l Lewin
Corporate Vice President, Microsoft
Steve Malnight

Steve Malnight
SVP, Strategy and Policy, PG&E
Commissioner Andrew McAllister

Commissioner Andrew McAllister
California Energy Commission

Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), serves as President pro Tempore of the California State Senate. He is the first Latino elected to the position in over 130 years.

Senator De Leon is focused on building a more prosperous, equitable, and sustainable economy for the Golden State. He’s working to make college more accessible and affordable, combat climate change while building the clean energy economy, improve retirement security for low-income workers, and support California’s growing diverse communities.

His legislation has created the most ambitious renewable energy goals in the nation, the first-of-its-kind retirement-savings program for low-income workers, and has required a quarter of all cap-and-trade revenue be spent in disadvantage communities. He has an extensive record on women’s rights, public safety, and worker’s rights.

Senator De León served four years in the Assembly before being elected to the Senate in 2010. Before the Legislature, he taught citizenship courses to immigrants and led opposition to 1994’s anti-immigrant Proposition 187. Senator De León credits his immigrant mother as his inspiration to help build a brighter future for generations to come.

 

Dan'l Lewin is a Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, leading the company’s work in technology and civic engagement, including campaign technologies, environmental sustainability, policy-oriented academic outreach and university relations. Previously, he led the company’s global engagement with startups and venture capitalists and business relationships with strategic industry partners. Lewin reports to Microsoft President Brad Smith and also has executive and site responsibility for the company's operations in Silicon Valley.

Lewin has spent more than 30 years as a Silicon Valley-based executive, leading sales and marketing divisions for companies including Apple Computer Inc., NeXT Inc. and GO Corp. Before joining Microsoft in 2001, he was CEO of Aurigin Systems Inc.

Lewin serves on the boards of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, World Business Chicago, the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center and the Tech Museum of Innovation. He is also on the Advisory Council for the Department of Politics at Princeton University and on the Advisory Board of UI LABS. Lewin holds an AB in politics from Princeton University.

 

Steven (Steve) E. Malnight is Senior Vice President, Strategy and Policy for PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. In this role, Malnight leads a team of dynamic and experienced professionals who develop and implement the company's energy strategy and policy through innovative solutions, partnership integration and public advocacy at the national, state and local level. In developing and implementing the company's strategy and policy, Malnight oversees Federal, State and Local Government affairs, Corporate Sustainability, and Community Relations, along with PG&E's Energy Procurement organization that provides energy service to the 16 million Californians PG&E serves. Malnight held several key executive positions at Pacific Gas and Electric Company before accepting his current assignment. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, where he oversaw PG&E's regulatory policy efforts at the national and state levels, including interaction with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Malnight also served as Vice President, Customer Energy Solutions, Vice President, Integrated Demand Side Management and Vice President, Renewable Energy. Before being named an officer at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Malnight served in the PG&E Corporation Chairman's office as Special Assistant to the Chairman, and he held management positions in Customer Strategy and Corporate Finance, where he led the company's budgeting and planning process. Malnight holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a master's degree in business administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Malnight is also active in national policy and community engagement, where he serves as Chairman of the Board of the Solar Electric Power Alliance, a nationwide organization that supports utility participation in solar activities.

 

Commissioner Andrew McAllister was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in May 2012. He fills the Economist Member position on the five-member Commission where four of the five members by law are required to have professional training in specific areas - engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics, and law.

Commissioner McAllister has over 20 years of technical, programmatic and policy experience in the fields of energy management, efficiency and renewable generation. Before joining the Commission, he worked at the California Center for Sustainable Energy for six years, most recently as managing director and director of policy and strategy. Previously, he worked with NRECA International Ltd. in the electric sectors of countries in Central and South America, Southeast Asia and Africa on a variety of load management, generation and utility planning projects. He was a project manager at an energy consulting firm and worked as an energy efficiency analyst at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has published on various energy topics in academic, trade, and popular journals.

Commissioner McAllister studied both engineering sciences and art history at Dartmouth College and holds M.S. and PhD degrees from the Energy & Resources Group at UC Berkeley. He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer.

 

Nancy McFadden

Nancy McFadden
Executive Secretary, Office of Governor Brown
Dan Morain

Dan Morain
Editorial Page Editor and Political Affairs Columnist, Sacramento Bee
Mary Nichols

Mary Nichols
Chair, California Air Resources Board
Kevin M. Payne

Kevin M. Payne
CEO, Southern California Edison

Nancy McFadden has served as Executive Secretary for Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr since 2011—the title in law for the Chief of Staff position. Throughout her career, McFadden has served as a key legal, political, and policy official at both the federal and state levels, as well as the private sector. McFadden was a Senior Vice President for Pacific Gas and Electric Corporation. A high-ranking member of the Clinton Administration for eight years, McFadden served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Vice President Al Gore, General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Transportation and Deputy Associate Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice. A Bay Area native, McFadden holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia and a B.A. from San Jose State University.

 

Dan Morain has been a columnist for The Sacramento Bee since 2010, focusing on state government and politics. He previously worked for The Los Angeles Times, covering the California Supreme Court when Rose Bird was chief justice, the Legislature when Willie Brown was speaker and the governor's office during Gray Davis' tenure.

 

Mary D. Nichols is Chairman of the California Air Resources Board, a post she has held since 2007. 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 chairman 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.

 

Kevin M. Payne is chief executive officer of Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric utilities, delivering power to more than 14 million people in a 50,000-square-mile service area spanning Central, Coastal and Southern California. He is a member of SCE’s board of directors.

Prior to his current role, Payne was senior vice president of Customer Service for SCE. In that role, he was responsible for SCE’s customer products and services, customer engagement and call center operations, demand-side management programs, field services, account management and advanced metering. During his 30 years with SCE, Payne has held various leadership positions, including: vice president of Engineering & Technical Services, overseeing the planning, engineering and designing of SCE’s transmission and distribution systems; vice president of Information Technology & Business Integration, responsible for the delivery of technology services to business units within SCE; and vice president of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), where he led a comprehensive five-year half-billion-dollar program to implement SAP-integrated systems and streamline the company's business operations. He was also director of Renewable and Alternative Power and director of Major Customer Technical Support. He began his career with SCE in 1986 in the Engineering and Construction department managing power plant retrofit and other engineering projects.

Payne serves as a member of the Electric Innovation Management Committee of the Edison Electric Institute. Payne has a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a registered professional engineer.

 

President Picker

President Michael Picker
California Public Utilities Commission
Vidhya Prabhakaran

Vidhya Prabhakaran
Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine
Graham Richard

Graham Richard
CEO, AEE
Mark Rothleder

Mark Rothleder
VP, Market Quality and Renewable Integration, CAISO

Michael Picker was named President of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on December 23, 2014, by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., who first appointed President Picker as a Commissioner on January 29, 2014. Prior to his appointment, President Picker was Senior Advisor for Renewable Energy in the Office of the Governor from 2009 to 2014. He was a principal at Lincoln Crow Strategic Communications from 2000 to 2009, Deputy Treasurer in the Office of the California State Treasurer from 1998 to 1999, Chief of Staff to Sacramento Mayor Joe Serna Jr. from 1992 to 1999, and Deputy Assistant for toxic substance control in the Office of the Governor from 1981 to 1982. He was a member of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District Board of Directors from 2012-2014. President Picker is a former lecturer at UCLA’s Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and instructor at Occidental College’s Urban and Environmental Policies Institute. He holds an MBA from UC Davis, specializing in marketing, social marketing, and nonprofit management.

 

Vidhya Prabhakaran is a California energy attorney focused on matters related to greenhouse gas reduction, ratemaking, safety, and procurement for a wide range of clients including investor-owned utilities, municipal utilities, community choice aggregators, energy service providers, independent power producers, largescale renewable companies, energy storage companies, distributed energy resource companies, large energy consumers, and energy technology companies. Vid has substantial experience before the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, the California Air Resources Board, the California Independent System Operator, and the California Legislature working for clients in the energy industry as well as those in the transportation, telecommunications, and water industries. Together with the other members of the DWT energy practice group, Vid assists clients with regulatory approvals, utility rate and certificate proceedings, acquisitions and dispositions of regulated assets, energy-related contracts, project finance, energy-related dispute resolution, and energy litigation. Vid’s clients include: Liberty Utilities (CalPeco Electric) LLC, South San Joaquin Irrigation District, the City of Long Beach, SolarCity Corporation, Marin Clean Energy, Peninsula Clean Energy, and the Morongo Band of Mission Indians.

 

Graham Richard is CEO of Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a fast growing national association of businesses working toward a prosperous future based on secure, clean, affordable energy, and CEO of the Advanced Energy Economy Institute, AEE's charitable and educational affiliate. He leads AEE's federal and state policy work, business convenings, and membership development. He also directs the work of AEE's coalition of state and regional partners active on energy policy across the country. Richard has spoken at the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Conference, Future Energy Conference (Seattle), the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit, and the Aspen Institute, among other venues.

Richard served as mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana, from 2000 to 2008, following a 20-year career in business. As mayor he launched a number of initiatives to save energy and create jobs, and received national awards for leadership in high-speed broadband deployment. As a businessman, Richard was an investor in cogeneration and hydropower businesses. He also served in the Indiana State Senate, where he chaired the utilities committee. A former Brookings Institution Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Graham received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Indiana University and earned a B.A. from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

 

Mark Rothleder is Vice President, Market Quality and Renewable Integration at the California Independent System Operator Corporation and is leading the ISO’s renewable integration work. Mr. Rothleder has held several critical positions at the ISO after joining the grid operator as one of its first employees in 1997. He is now the longest serving ISO employee. Before being named vice president, he was Executive Director of Market Analysis and Development. His previous positions included Principal Market Developer and Director of Market Operations.

In spring 2009, Mr. Rothleder led a multifunctional team in designing and implementing market rules and software modifications related to the ISO’s Market Redesign and Technology Upgrade (MRTU). Since joining the ISO over fifteen years ago, Mark has worked extensively on implementing and integrating the approved market rules for California’s competitive wholesale energy and reserves markets.

Mr. Rothleder is a registered Professional Electrical Engineer in the state of California and holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the California State University, Sacramento. He has taken post-graduate coursework in Power System Engineering from Santa Clara University and earned an M.S. in Information Systems from the University of Phoenix. Prior to joining the ISO, Mr. Rothleder worked for eight years in the electric transmission department of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, where his responsibilities included operations engineering, transmission planning and substation design.

 

Janea Scott

Commissioner Janea A. Scott
California Energy Commission
Tom Starrs

Tom Starrs
Vice President, Market Strategy and Policy, SunPower
The Honorable Henry Stern

The Honorable Henry Stern
Senator, California State Legislature
Tom Steyer

Tom Steyer
President and Founder, NextGen Climate

Janea A. Scott is one of five Commissioners on the California Energy Commission. The Energy Commission is the State's primary energy policy and planning agency. Ms. Scott was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in February 2013 and reappointed in January 2016 to serve as the Commission's public member. She is the lead Commissioner on transportation and western regional planning, and in 2014 Ms. Scott led the 2014 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update. Ms. Scott serves as the chair of the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative, a public/private organization focused on accelerating the adoption of PEVs to meet California's economic, energy and environmental goals. She is also a member of the California Fuel Cell Partnership and the U.S. Department of Energy's Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee.

Prior to joining the Energy Commission, Ms. Scott worked at the U.S. Department of the Interior in the Office of the Secretary as the Deputy Counselor for Renewable Energy and at Environmental Defense Fund in both the New York and Los Angeles offices as a senior attorney in the climate and air program. Ms. Scott was also an AmeriCorps member working at the San Francisco Urban Service Project from 1996-1997. Ms. Scott earned her J.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder Law School and her M.S. and B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University.

 

Tom Starrs serves as SunPower Corporation’s vice president, market strategy and policy, where he is responsible for the company’s global market assessment, market strategy and public policy initiatives. He has more than 20 years of experience in and around the solar power industry, including senior management positions with Iberdrola Renewables, PPM Energy, and Schott Solar. Starrs is widely recognized as a leading strategist on solar energy market development, business strategy and policy. He serves on the boards of the California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy, the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, the Smart Electric Power Alliance, and the Solar Energy Industries Association. Tom holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley's Energy and Resources Program, and a J.D. from the University of California Berkeley’s School of Law.

 

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.

 

Tom Steyer is a business leader and philanthropist who believes we have a moral responsibility to give back and help ensure that every family shares the benefits of economic opportunity, education, and a healthy climate.

In 2010, Tom and his wife, Kat Taylor, pledged to contribute most of their wealth to charitable causes during their lifetimes. That same year, Tom worked to defeat Proposition 23, an attempt by the oil industry to roll back California’s historic plan to reduce pollution and address climate change.

In 2012, Tom led a campaign to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in California schools annually by closing a corporate tax loophole. To date, Proposition 39 has put nearly a billion dollars into California schools and clean energy projects, saving millions of dollars in annual energy costs.

Tom founded a successful California business, which he left to work full-time on non-profit and advocacy efforts. He now serves as President of NextGen Climate, an organization he founded in 2013 to prevent climate disaster and promote prosperity for all Americans. Tom also served as co-chair of Save Lives California, the coalition to prevent teen smoking and fund cancer research.

Tom’s dedication to public service is greatly inspired by his wife, Kat, the co-CEO of Beneficial State Bank in Oakland. They founded this nonprofit community bank in 2007 to provide loans to people and small businesses shut out by the traditional banking system. Unlike most banks, by statute Beneficial State Bank invests any profits back into the community.

Tom and Kat live in San Francisco and have four children.

 

The Honorable Phil Ting

The Honorable Phil Ting
Assemblymember, California State Legislature
Sarah Webster

Sarah Webster
VP, Investor Relations, Government Relations and Corporate Communications, Pattern Energy
Manal Yamout

Manal Yamout
VP, Policy and Markets, Advanced Microgrid Solutions

Phil Ting was elected to the State Assembly in 2012, representing the 19th Assembly District, which spans the Westside of San Francisco as well as the communities of Broadmoor, Colma, Daly City, and South San Francisco.

As California navigates new challenges from the federal government, Ting is focused on protecting and persisting onward with progressive policies that expand opportunity for all, equal rights, and protections for our environment. Informed by past roles in the financial sector and as the San Francisco Assessor-Recorder, Ting has become a leading voice on California’s finances. He now serves as Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee after having served as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation.

Ting has authored legislation that: helps thousands more students obtain Cal Grants to attend college; increase assistance provided to pregnant and parenting foster youth; increases healthy food access through expanding urban agriculture and food stamp use at farmers’ markets; assists English-language learners to understand prescription medications and engage state government; ensures safe and equal restroom access and tax fairness for the LGBT community; protects the voting rights of people living with disabilities; requires consumer disclosure in clean energy labels; and helps homeowners invest in water and energy efficient technologies.

Ting is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He began his career in public service as the Executive Director of the Asian Law Caucus, an organization founded in 1972 to advance and promote the legal and civil rights of the Asian Pacific Islander community, and once served as Community Relations Director at San Francisco State University. In 2005, Ting was appointed Assessor-Recorder of San Francisco by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom, where he closed a five-year assessment backlog and brought in $290 million in unpaid property taxes to the city, created a program to increase rooftop solar installations, and spearheaded efforts to assist homeowners and tenants facing foreclosure.

Ting lives in San Francisco’s Sunset District with his wife, Susan, and their two children.

 

Sarah Webster is Vice President of Investor Relations, Government Relations and Corporate Communications for Pattern Energy Group Inc. (Pattern Energy) based in San Francisco, California. In her role, Sarah oversees a broad range of external affairs activities including investor relations, government relations at both the state and federal levels, and corporate communications which includes media, branding, community engagement and corporate social responsibility. Sarah has been with Pattern Energy since 2013 and enjoys the many opportunities her role creates for her and her team to build relationships with stakeholders and act as the diplomatic core for the company.

Sarah has worked in the energy sector for nearly twenty years, and prior to her role at Pattern Energy held positions with Winner and Associates, InterGen, Shell Oil Company, Great Point Energy, and Wind Capital Group. She has also worked as a music writer for the Houston Press.

On her own time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, hiking in nature and listening to music.

 

Manal leads government and regulatory affairs, focused on developing policies in new and established markets.

She most recently served as Director of Government Affairs for NextEra Energy / Florida, Power & Light—the country's largest clean energy company. Prior to this, she served as renewable energy advisor to both California Governors Brown and Schwarzenegger. Manal jointly coordinated California's effort to bring the state closer to its goal of providing at least 33% of electricity from renewables and worked to streamline permitting for tens of billions in in-state investment and ultimately 16,000 megawatts of electricity. In addition, she helped lay the foundation for Governor Brown's energy program to develop 12,000 megawatts of distributed power in California. Prior to her time as an Advisor to Governor Schwarzenegger, Manal served as California's Assistant Secretary for International Trade, Special Assistant to First Lady Maria Shriver and as an Executive Fellow in the Office of the Governor. Manal holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a degree in Biology from CSU San Marcos.

 
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