CALSTART Annual Meeting and Blue Sky Awards Luncheon Speaker Bios

Paul Beach, President, Octillion Power Systems
Paul Beach has been working in the Li ion battery industry for over 14 years serving the medical, military, aerospace and green tech markets. He has extensive knowledge of various chemistries, cells designs, pack architectures and electronics for advanced Li ion battery systems. Beach has worked directly with major cell suppliers such as Panasonic/Sanyo, Samsung, Lishen, ATL and Sony to source various COTS cells for use in a number of battery pack applications, including: APUs for Class 8 trucks, grid applications, military and space applications, and EV and HEV vehicle designs. As President of Octillion Power Systems based in Sunnyvale, CA, he has coordinated the challenging dynamic of bringing to market a state-of-the-art grid storage battery system developed under the dynamic of “designed in the US/produced in China”.
Stephen Berberich, President and CEO, California Independent System Operator
Steve Berberich is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the California Independent System Operator Corporation. As CEO, Berberich leads one of the largest transmission organizations in the world and collaborates closely with state and federal policy makers to ensure a reliable grid during the current transformation to a cleaner, more resilient power system. Prior to his appointment, Berberich was Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Berberich has more than 25 years of utility, technology and financial experience from prior leadership positions within the utility, banking and finance industries.

John Boesel, President and CEO, CALSTARTJohn Boesel
John Boesel is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CALSTART. The public/private nature of CALSTART is reflected in John’s background. Upon graduating from the University of California, Davis, in 1982, John worked in the California legislature as a legislative aide to then Assemblyman (now Congressman) Sam Farr. In that position he managed energy and environmental legislation for nearly four years. He received his MBA from the Haas School at UC Berkeley in 1989. After graduating from business school he worked as a commercial banker in Wells Fargo’s Corporate Headquarters building in San Francisco. In 1993 John joined CALSTART as the Vice President of Technology Programs. In 2001 the Board of Directors promoted him to the position of President and CEO. John serves on the Advisory Board for the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC) at Stanford University and is also a board member of the Clean Vehicle Foundation.

Rebecca Boudreaux, Ph.D., President, Oberon FuelsRebecca Boudreaux
Trained as a chemist, Rebecca Boudreaux, Ph.D. is an entrepreneurial, technology executive with a unique blend of technical skills and business development expertise. She has served on the management team or Board of Directors of various startup companies in the clean tech, life sciences, high tech, and non-profit sectors. Presently, she is President and Board Member of Oberon Fuels, a San Diego-based company making DME (dimethyl ether), a cleaner alternative to diesel. In her role at Oberon, Dr. Boudreaux leads the customer development and strategic partnering efforts with OEMs, feedstock suppliers, and trucking companies. Additionally, she oversees the regulatory processes for the use of DME as a fuel including EPA Renewable Fuel Standard compliance and ASTM specification development. She earned a B.S. in Polymer Science (magna cum laude, University of Southern Mississippi) and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering (University of Massachusetts). Dr. Boudreaux has co-authored six peer-reviewed publications and is a co-inventor on 12 patents and applications.

Jack P. Broadbent, Chief Executive Officer/Air Pollution Control Officer, Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Jack P. Broadbent serves as the Chief Executive Officer/Air Pollution Control Officer for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Under Broadbent’s direction, the Air District strives to provide a healthy breathing environment for every resident in the San Francisco Bay Area. Broadbent led the Air District to become the first in the nation to impose a fee on industries that emit greenhouse gasses. He created a $3 million grant fund for local climate planning efforts. Broadbent joined the Air District after serving as Air Division Director at the US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9. He also worked for the South Coast Air Quality Management District as a Deputy Executive Officer, Director of Planning and other senior management positions. Broadbent holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of California, Riverside.

Andrew Coors, CEO, Steelhead CompositesAndrewCoors
Andrew Coors is cofounder and CEO of Steelhead Composites, a Colorado based advanced manufacturing company serving the alternative fuels industry. Previously, he was CFO for 9th Street Capital, a private equity firm. Coors spent six years as corporate economist and investment strategist for Qualcomm Incorporated, an S&P 100/Fortune 500 company. Prior to joining Qualcomm, he spent five years at as Director of Research at Laffer Associates, a money manager and institutional economic research and consulting firm. Coors was also chosen as one of the “40 Under 40 – Upwardly Mobile Finance Executives” by Treasury and Risk magazine, and serves on numerous corporate boards and investment advisory committees. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University, a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of California, San Diego and is a CFA Charterholder.

Richard Corey, Executive Officer, California Air Resources BoardRichard Corey
Richard Corey has 28 years of professional experience in the air pollution field with over 20 years of that experience in a management capacity at ARB. Prior to his appointment as Executive Officer, he served as Deputy Executive Officer and Chief of the Stationary Source Division. Corey’s team of over 1200 professional managers and staff are responsible for a broad range of programs including those concerning fuels, climate, incentives, and air toxics. Some of the key programs that his team is responsible for implementing include the low carbon fuel standard, cap-and-trade regulation, measures and incentives to reduce emissions from a variety of goods movement sources, including port trucking, transport refrigeration units, cargo handling operations, maritime operations, rail-related goods movement, and measures to reduce emissions from stationary and portable diesel engines as well as several strategies to reduce toxic air contaminants from a wide variety of sources. In addition, Corey oversees the Board’s administrative services and information technology operations. Corey has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Toxicology, as well as an MBA from the University of California, Davis.

Christopher GrundlerChristopher Grundler, Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ), US Environmental Protection Agency

Christopher Grundler is the Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ) for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Prior to being appointed Director, he served as the Deputy Office Director and Chief Executive of the National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He and a staff of nearly 400 employees strive to protect public health and the environment by reducing air pollution from transportation vehicles, engines, and the fuels used to operate them. Grundler and his team establish and implement national emissions standards for transportation fuels and vehicles, as well as a variety of off road equipment. These mobile sources include cars and light trucks, heavy trucks and buses, nonroad engines, marine vessels, and airplanes. OTAQ is also responsible for implementing important aspects of the Energy Independence and Security Act, including establishing national renewable fuel standards. OTAQ is continuously evaluating a wide variety of advanced technology strategies that have the potential to reduce harmful emissions and fuel consumption. Since joining EPA in 1980, Grundler has held a number of senior leadership positions within the Agency including Director of the Office of Federal Facilities Enforcement and Director of the Great Lakes National Program Office. Grundler has also served at the US Department of Energy, where he helped create the Department’s first environmental audit program. Grundler has been awarded the Gold Medal for Exceptional Service, EPA’s highest honor. In 2008 he received the Presidential Award for Meritorious Senior Executives. Grundler was part of the team that developed the nation’s first greenhouse gas emission standards for both light- and heavy-duty vehicles. Prior to that, he helped bring a slate of clean diesel standards for cars, trucks, and construction equipment. In addition, he administered a five-year modernization program for EPA’s National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory, the nation’s premier facility for testing and evaluating clean automotive technology. Grundler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan for which he is an avid sports enthusiast. He was raised in Michigan and divides his time between Washington, D.C. and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Karen_HambergKaren Hamberg, Vice President, Sustainable Energy Futures, Westport Innovations
Karen Hamberg joined Westport Innovations in 2001 and was appointed Vice President, Sustainable Energy Futures in 2012. Hamberg is the architect of the Westport Carbon Project, the first transportation project registered to the Voluntary Carbon Standard. Her current portfolio includes responsibilities for Sustainability and Environmental Performance, Regulatory Affairs, Advocacy, and Corporate Strategy. Hamberg has recently completed a secondment to the National Petroleum Council’s Advancing Technology for America’s Transportation Fuels Study for the U.S. Department of Energy. Hamberg teaches within the School of Business at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She holds an MA from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and a BA from Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba. She is also a member of the United Way of the Lower Mainland Campaign Cabinet representing the Technology Sector and serves on the Board of Directors for CALSTART.

Jan HellakerJan Hellåker, Vice President, Transport Solutions & Services, Volvo Group Trucks Technology
Jan Hellåker is currently the Vice President, Transport Solutions & Services at Volvo Group Trucks Technology, and has been active in the automotive industry since the late 1980s, mainly within the Volvo Group organization. In 1999 he was the Founder & CEO of WirelessCar, a leading telematics service provider. Hellåker began his career with Ericsson, and holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.

1495134_me_lat_bio_portraits_JLCJerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Jerry Hirsch covers the auto industry for the Los Angeles Times and Tribune Publishing. His work is published nationally both in print and online in the Times, the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Detroit News and dozens of other newspapers. Previously, Hirsch covered the California energy crisis, including the financial troubles at the state’s power companies, the demise of Enron and the Arthur Andersen accounting firm. He has also covered the business of food, wine, and agriculture and other business and economic topics. A third generation Angelino, Hirsch has a Bachelor’s degree from UC Davis and a Master’s degree from Northwestern University. He lives in suburban Orange County with his wife, Jennifer Hirsch. They have three adult children. Although Hirsch writes about cars and owns three, his favorite mode of transportation is the bicycle, which he rides about 5,000 miles annually.

Edward Kjaer, Director, Transportation Electrification, Southern California Edison
Edward Kjaer is the Director of SCE’s Transportation Electrification program. In his role, Kjaer is responsible for this broad corporate wide effort supporting transportation connecting to the SCE’s electrical system. Kjaer’s responsibilities include: company strategy, external stakeholder engagement, regulatory and legislative strategy, and internal company wide program coordination. Prior to this position, he has been a leading proponent of electric transportation at Edison holding key leadership positions since joining the company in 1996. In 2011, Kjaer received the prestigious “Hall of Fame” award from the Electric Drive Transportation Association and has been named to the Automotive News “Electrifying 100” most influential people leading industry towards a more electric powered transportation future.

DrDr. Cheryl Martin, Acting Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), U.S. Department of Energy
Dr. Cheryl Martin is the Acting Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) responsible for oversight of the Agency. Additionally, Dr. Martin leads ARPA-E’s Technology-to-Market program, which helps breakthrough energy technologies succeed in the marketplace. Prior to joining ARPA-E, Dr. Martin was an Executive in Residence with Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, a venture capital firm based in Menlo Park, California. Dr. Martin also spent 20 years with Rohm and Haas Company, starting her career as a Senior Scientist for the company’s Plastics Additives business and then holding various research and marketing roles in the Plastics Additives and Coatings businesses. In 2000, Dr. Martin was named Director, Investor Relations where she was responsible for Rohm and Haas’ interactions and relationships with the investment community. She later became Director, Financial Planning, and took on the responsibility for the planning, forecasting and management reporting activities of the company. Dr. Martin was named General Manager of the company’s Adhesives and Sealants business in North America in 2007 and also elected a Corporate Vice President. Most recently Dr. Martin had been the General Manager for the Paint and Coatings Materials business in Europe, Middle East and Africa. In this role, she was responsible for all aspects (technology, operations, sales and marketing) of the business in this region.

Dr. Martin earned a B.A. in chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is active in the American Chemical Society (ACS) at both the local and national levels, and serves on the Board of Directors for Philabundance, the greater Philadelphia region’s largest hunger relief organization.

Paul-MilesPaul Miles, Manager of Engine Combustion Research, Sandia National Laboratories
Paul Miles is the Manager of Engine Combustion Research at Sandia National Laboratories, is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Energy Sciences of Lund University in Sweden, and has a Guest Professor Appointment at the School of Advanced Optical Technologies at Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany. He has actively researched flow, mixing, and combustion processes in reciprocating engines since 1992, and led the light-duty diesel engine research program at Sandia as a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff until 2014. Dr. Miles is a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and is a past recipient of the SAE Horning, Myers, and McFarland awards. He is a past co-chair of the SAE Powertrain, Fuels and Lubricants activities, and serves on the advisory committees of several international conferences.

Casey Mulder, Global Product Line Manager, Natural Gas Engine Control Systems
Woodward, Inc.
Casey Mulder is the Global Product Line Manager for Natural Gas Engine Control Systems with Woodward, Inc., an independent designer, manufacturer, and service provider of control solutions for the aerospace and energy markets. Prior to this role, Mulder worked as an Application Engineer and Product Manager for Woodward’s Mobile Industrial Power and Generation gas engine control systems. Mulder started his career as a Sergeant with the US Army Armored Cavalry Scout. He then went on to work as a Systems Engineer for Ford Motor Company and spent seven years as the owner and operator of the Colorado Coffee Company. Mulder holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Mil Ovan Picture 07Mil Ovan, President, Navitas Systems
Mil Ovan is a senior executive with over 30 years of experience focused on bringing discontinuous world-changing new technologies to global marketplaces. Ovan has built and run start-up companies, and has created new divisions at Fortune 500 companies. He is the President of Navitas Systems, an innovative battery systems company, where he is responsible for leading all functional areas. Prior to Navitas, Ovan was a Principal of Nova Associates, providing marketing and business development consulting to renewable energy and advanced material companies. Prior to this, he served in various high-level positions with a range of high-tech companies and start-ups. Ovan received an MBA in Marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Elmhurst College.

MichaelPeevey_lgMichael R. Peevey, President, California Public Utilities Commission
Michael R. Peevey was appointed President of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) by Governor Gray Davis on December 31, 2002. In December 2008, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger reappointed Peevey to the CPUC for another six-year term. As President of the CPUC, Peevey is committed to protecting the public interest by promoting consumer needs, while challenging utilities to embrace new technologies and provide safe, high-quality services.

Peevy serves as Chairman of the California Clean Energy Fund, an independent nonprofit corporation working to advance clean energy using tools from finance, public policy, and technological innovation; and also serves as Chairman of the California Emerging Technology Fund, which provides leadership statewide to close the “Digital Divide”. From 1995 until 2000, Peevey was President of NewEnergy Inc. Prior to NewEnergy, he was President of Edison International and Southern California Edison Company, starting as a senior executive in 1984. Peevey has served on the boards of numerous corporations and non-profit organizations. Peevey holds Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He is married to Carol J. Liu, who served three terms representing the 44th Assembly District (La Canada Flintridge) in the California legislature and in November 2008 was elected to the California Senate to represent the 21st Senate District. They have three children.

Puon_PennPuon Penn, Executive Vice President, Technology and Venture Banking, Wells Fargo Bank
Puon Penn is the Executive Vice President, Technology and Venture Banking for Wells Fargo Bank. Based in Palo Alto, CA, he manages a team of banking professionals who serve the financial needs of businesses in technology and clean technology nationwide. Penn began his career with Wells Fargo in 1998 in the International banking division. He moved on to become a Relationship Manager in the Regional Commercial Banking Office (RCBO) in Modesto, CA., serving the financial needs of middle-market companies. In 2003, he joined the Securities Investment Group as a financial analyst covering the food and beverage, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals, and financial services sectors. In 2006, Penn was promoted to Loan Team Manager for the RCBO in Palo Alto.
Penn earned his BS in Economics from Reed College in Portland, OR and his MBA from the University of Chicago. Active in the community, he is involved with several nonprofit organizations, including the Khmer Institute and Friends Without a Border. Additionally, Penn serves on the Board of Directors for CALSTART.

PedroPizarroPedro Pizarro, President, Southern California Edison
Pedro Pizarro is President of Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric utilities. Pizarro served as president of Edison Mission Energy (EME) from 2011 until the sale of substantially all of its assets to NRG Energy on April 1, 2014. EME was a subsidiary of Edison International at the time. Previously, Pizarro progressed through several roles at Edison International and SCE. He joined Edison International in 1999 as director of Strategic Planning, and was elected Vice President of Technology Business Development in 2000. He moved to SCE in 2001 as Vice President of Strategy and Business Development and general manager of Edison Carrier Solutions (ECS). Pizarro was elected Vice President of Power Procurement in 2004, Senior Vice President of Power Procurement in 2005, and Executive Vice President of Power Operations in 2008. Prior to his work at Edison, Pizarro was a senior engagement manager with McKinsey & Company in Los Angeles providing management consulting services to energy, technology, engineering services, and banking clients. Pizarro earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from Caltech in 1994, and held National Science Foundation and Department of Defense graduate fellowships. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Harvard University.

Jeff Reed, Director, Business Strategy and Advanced Technology, Sempra Utilities
Dr. Jeffrey Reed is the Director Business Strategy and Technology Advancement Southern California Gas Company. In that capacity he leads development of business strategies and initiatives aimed at supporting the development and deployment of sustainable energy solutions and leads the natural gas RD&D, energy efficiency technology and venture investment programs. He has also led numerous company initiatives related to renewable and low-carbon energy technologies and policy. Prior to joining the Sempra utilities, Dr. Reed was a senior strategy consultant with Booz-Allen and Hamilton and Accenture, and was an officer with ABB Power Generation in Switzerland. Dr. Reed holds a doctorate in engineering from UC Berkeley and a Masters degree in Management from Stanford University.

John Rhow, Managing Partner, PPA Solutions
John Rhow is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of PPA Solutions LLC, a clean-energy project investor/financier for the portfolio companies of major venture capital investors including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. PPA Solutions is currently developing financing programs for Enlighted, Inc. (nation’s leading lighting control efficiency provider), Proterra, Inc (nation’s leading 100% electric mass transit provider), and ChargePoint Inc. (nation’s leading electric charging infrastructure provider). Prior to PPA Solutions, Rhow served as a Special Financing Advisor to Kleiner Perkins, focusing on developing financial products that support Kleiner’s portfolio company investments in its Green Growth Fund. Previously he served as the head of Barclays Capital’s Western Region Power and Water Infrastructure practice. In addition, Rhow worked over 10 years at Goldman Sachs & Co., serving in various financing advisory and structuring roles. Over his 15 years in the investment banking industry, he has played an integral role in approximately $20 billion of successful financing transactions on behalf of Fortune 500 companies. Rhow is a graduate of Harvard University.

Brendan Riley, Vice President, Fleet Sales, BYD Motors, Inc.
With over 19 years of experience in the area of Business Development, Sales Strategy and Operations, Brendan Riley joined BYD as Vice President of Fleet Sales in November 2012. While in this position, BYD has been awarded the largest TIGGER funded contract for electric buses (by Long Beach Public Transit Company). More recently, BYD was awarded the largest US electric bus contract (25 electric buses for Los Angeles Metro). Riley also helped negotiate purchase and set up of two manufacturing plants in Lancaster, California to produce electric buses and batteries in the US. Riley is leading his sales team to build BYD’s green transportation dream in North America. Previously, he served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at PTB Sales in Azusa,
CA. Riley has worked in the Bus/Motor Coach industry for Connoisseur Worldwide, and Sardo Bus and Coach. He served two terms as the President of the Southern California Chapter of the AVS for Science and Technology. Riley received his B.A. from the University of San Tommaso in Rome, and is fluent in English and Italian. Riley has one US Patent and holds a helicopter and multi-engine instrument pilot’s license.

Pete Rocha, Senior Manager of Corporate Business Development, Renewable Energy Group
Pete Rocha is Senior Manager of Corporate Business Development at Renewable Energy Group where he is responsible for evaluating and executing opportunities for acquisitions, partnerships, joint ventures, and strategic investments. Prior to joining REG Rocha worked at Solazyme, Inc. where he managed numerous Department of Defense contracts, and worked to develop the commercial fuels business. Rocha has also worked as a strategy consultant for Booz and Co. Additionally, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserves where he focuses on Energy Security and International Relations. Rocha holds a BA from Cornell University in Government, and Masters Degrees in Arts (International Relations) and Business Administrations (Finance) from the University of Chicago. He is currently a candidate for Master of Arts in Strategic Studies at the U.S. Army War College.

Romano_PasqualePasquale Romano, CEO, ChargePoint
Pasquale Romano has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of ChargePoint, Inc. since February 2011. Previously, Romano co-founded 2Wire in 1998, and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer from 2006 to 2010 when it was acquired by Pace plc for $475M. From 1993 to 1998, Pasquale held multiple positions in marketing and engineering at Polycom. In 1989, Pasquale co-founded Fluent, Inc., a digital video networking company, and served as Chief Architect until it was sold to Novell Corporation in 1993. In addition to serving as a board member for ChargePoint, Romano also serves as a board member for AgilOne, Inc., a big data analytics company, and previously for Meraki, Inc., a cloud managed networking company purchased by Cisco in December 2012. Romano formerly held an advisory board role at Basis Science, a wearable fitness device company purchased by Intel in 2014. He holds an undergraduate degree in computer science from Harvard University and received a Masters of Science from MIT.

Craig Scott 1Craig Scott, National Manager, Advanced Technologies Group, Toyota Motor Sales
Craig Scott is National Manager for Product Planning at Toyota Motor Sales. Within his role in the Advanced Technology Group, Scott is responsible for product planning and program development for alternative fuel vehicles including the Toyota Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle (FCHV) and Scion iQ EV, Toyota’s newest city car electric vehicle. Additionally, Scott studies energy markets and sustainable development and in this capacity helps create future mobility strategies. Prior to Toyota, Scott was an assistant portfolio manager with Pacific Investment Management Company in Newport Beach, CA. Scott has a BA in Finance and Japanese Studies and a MBA from the University of Southern California.

Janea ScottJanea Scott, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
Janea A. Scott was appointed as Commissioner of the California Energy Commission by Governor Jerry Brown in February 2013. She fills the Public Member position on the five-member Commission where four of the five members are required by law to have professional training in specific areas – engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics, and law. Prior to her appointment, Scott worked at the U.S. Department of the Interior in the Office of the Secretary as the Deputy Counselor for Renewable Energy, and as the Special Assistant to the Counselor to the Secretary. In that role, Scott worked on facilitating and implementing Secretary Ken Salazar’s priorities for the Department, including establishing an enduring program for renewable energy on our nation’s public lands. Before joining the Interior team in April of 2009, Scott worked on clean air issues as a Senior Attorney at Environmental Defense Fund – a non-profit organization that partners with businesses, governments, and communities to find practical environmental solutions. Scott was an AmeriCorps member working at the San Francisco Urban Service Project from 1996 until 1997. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado Law School, and her Masters and Bachelors of Science in Earth Systems from Stanford University.