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California Clean Energy Roundtable 2013 - Speaker Bios.
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Steve Bishop

Steve Bishop

Global Lead Environmental Impact, IDEO

Steve Bishop believes that sustainability is an essential aspect of any “good” design. As Global Lead of Environmental Impact at IDEO, he helps companies build brands, develop new offerings, and shape their innovation processes by repositioning environmental challenges as platforms for growth. He also works with IDEO colleagues to incorporate a green dimension into the design-thinking approach.

Steve applies his expertise across industries: he’s worked with the US General Services Administration to devise a high-performance green building strategy, helped utilities bring energy efficiency into their smart grids, and designed instrument panels for Ford’s 2010 Fusion Hybrid (for which he holds patents). His portfolio also includes award-winning office furniture and medical injection devices.

After earning a graduate degree in product design from Stanford University, Steve returned as guest lecturer and adjunct professor. In 2007, he launched a course on sustainable design and periodically teaches and coaches students at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the d.school).

Prior to joining IDEO in 2004, Steve cofounded Terrascope, an interaction design firm whose clients included Autodesk, Kaiser Permanente, and Sun Microsystems.

John Boesel

John Boesel

President & CEO, CALSTART

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.

Jim Boyd

Jim Boyd

Former Chair, California Energy Commission

Respect and wisdom are the key qualities that define Jim Boyd to others, according to those who know him best. You would never hear that from Jim, however. What you will hear from Jim is his passionate belief in California and his battle cry for a return to California’s Golden Age through the potential and power of Advanced Technology. A seasoned veteran and visionary, Jim brings sage, sought-after insight to every environmental conversation.

A former California Energy Commissioner, James “Jim” Boyd retired from the California Energy Commission (CEC) in December 2011 at the end of his second five-year appointment to the Commission. He was first appointed to the CEC in 2002, and he was appointed to the Vice Chair position in 2006 and 2007.

Jim developed and chaired California’s first Climate Advisory Committee, and he oversaw programs that launched the introduction of electric and hybrid motor vehicles, and provided California with the lowest-polluting motor vehicles in the world.

Prior to his tenure as Energy Commissioner, Jim was Deputy Secretary, Chief of Staff and Energy Advisor at the California Resources Agency. He also served for fifteen years as the Chief Executive Officer of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), directing the nation’s largest state air pollution control program.

A California native, Jim received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

Catherine Dunwoody

Catherine Dunwoody

Executive Director, California Fuel Cell Partnership

Catherine Dunwoody is the executive director of the California Fuel Cell Partnership. She has led the organization from 1999 when it was announced as a fuel cell vehicle demonstration program. Today the CaFCP is globally recognized as a leader in promoting hydrogen fuel cell vehicle commercialization. Catherine leads the CaFCP’s team of industry and government members in their collaborative planning, technical and outreach activities. Prior to CaFCP, she worked for the California Air Resources Board where she managed teams responsible for a variety of activities, ranging from developing stationary source test methods to developing and implementing vehicle regulations. Catherine has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, Davis.

Andrew Garman

Andrew Garman

Managing Partner, New Venture Partners

Andrew R. Garman, Managing Partner, was a founder of New Venture Partners. Today, he attends to the needs of the firm’s limited partners and investors, developing partnerships with major technology corporations, collaborating with the team on creating and investing in new ventures, with emphasis on energy and environmental technologies.

Andy has twenty five years of investment and management experience in the formation of new ventures and the commercialization of technology from corporations and institutional labs. He has worked closely with senior R&D management at many of the world’s top technology companies, including IBM, Philips, British Telecom, Siemens, Lucent, SRI, and Xerox.

Previously he was a Vice President at Lucent Technologies, charged with developing ventures from Bell Labs; the Managing Director of BT Ventures at Bankers Trust Company, where he managed a portfolio of internally generated spin-outs in information technology; and Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Xerox’s New Enterprise Group, commercializing the technology of Xerox, including that of the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).

He began his career doing research and development in alternative energy systems, combustion and air pollution, authoring or co-authoring 23 technical publications.

Andy holds an AB in Engineering and Applied Physics from Harvard College, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from Stanford University, where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar. He is a past president of the Stanford Business School Alumni Association and member of the Dean’s Board of Advisors and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Aaron Johnson

Aaron Johnson

Senior Director, Customer Programs, PG&E

Aaron Johnson joined Pacific Gas & Electric in 2008, and is Senior Director, Customer Programs. Mr. Johnson works on the retail-side of PG&E, overseeing various customer-focused programs in distributed generation, demand response, electric vehicles and pricing products. Previously, Mr. Johnson worked for PG&E on policy, planning and development of wholesale renewable energy and at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), including serving as energy advisor for two commissioners. Mr. Johnson has a Bachelor’s in engineering physics from the University of Rochester, and a Master’s in electrical engineering from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, where his research focused on solar cells and systems.

Jennifer Kalafut

Jennifer Kalafut

Advisor to Commissioner Carla Peterman, California Public Utilities Commission

Jennifer Kalafut joined the CPUC as an analyst in the Energy Division in 2010. She has worked on energy procurement issues, including programs for Combined Heat and Power resources and Qualifying Facilities. Jennifer also was part of a team working to implement the State’s climate change mitigation policy goals, including the Cap-and-Trade Program, pursuant to Assembly Bill 32 (2006).

In addition to power supply issues, Jennifer oversaw the development of energy demand-side analyses including a potential study for energy efficiency and general population surveys on energy efficiency saturation. Jennifer’s background is in international development and non-profit management. Prior to joining the CPUC, Jennifer was the Co-Director at an Oakland-based organization that advocates for the environmental and human rights of communities in the Global South.

Before moving to the Bay Area, Jennifer spent several years working on international development policy in Washington, D.C. and from the Slovak Republic. She holds a Masters of Public Administration from Rutgers University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois. Jennifer currently lives in Oakland, where she enjoys gardening, new restaurants, and spending time with her family.

Wayne Killen

Wayne Killen

General Manager, Product Strategy & Launch, Audi of America

Wayne Killen is General Manager of Product Strategy and Launch for Audi of America. In this role he is responsible for the strategic product defi nition of the Audi model portfolio and cross carline technologies in the U.S. market, including infotainment and powertrain. Among other things, Killen helps manage Audi compliance with U.S. environmental and safety standards and oversees Audi e-tron development. He also leads product launch strategy and implementation. Killen joined Audi in 2011 and brings decades of Asian and European brand product planning and strategy experience.

Lezlie Kimura Szeto

Lezlie Kimura Szeto

Advisor to Commissioner Janea Scott, California Energy Commission

Lezlie joined the California Energy Commission this past August as Advisor to Commissioner Janea A. Scott. Her focus is on transportation issues before the Commission, including implementation of the state’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology program.

Prior to her position at the Commission, Lezlie worked as lead staff and planning liaison at the California Air Resources Board (ARB) on transportation and land use strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under California’s Senate Bill 375. In this role she worked directly with regional transportation planning agencies, local government representatives, and other stakeholders to develop the sustainable communities greenhouse gas reduction targets, as well as ARB’s greenhouse gas evaluation methodology for regional sustainable communities strategy plans.

Jeannie Lam

Jeannie Lam

EV Business Development Manager, Nissan North America Inc.

In her nine years with Nissan, Lam worked in the areas of brand strategy, market research, pricing, product planning, project management and volume and workforce forecasting. She also managed the marketing programs that Nissan ran for its dealerships across North America, which included an engagement and education campaign designed to introduce the LEAF and electric-car charging to drivers.

Most recently as chief marketing manager for Nissan Canada, Lam led the company to a successful launch of the Nissan LEAF, as she was head of the company-wide electric vehicle cross-functional team. In addition to the LEAF, Lam was also responsible for the sales and profitability of four other vehicle portfolios — the Juke, Cube, Rogue and Murano. Lam was the key liaison for all coordinated efforts between the Canadian and U.S. marketing efforts.

Earlier in her career with Nissan, Lam was the Senior Manager, Corporate Planning & Market Intelligence, overseeing the industry forecasting process as well as consumer market research. She has also supported R&D and the planning/budgeting process as a brand manager.

A recent transplant to California, Lam also supports municipal, nonprofit and policy opportunities that advance clean transportation and green energy economies. Lam has been an advisor to the Bay Area Climate Collaborative, San Francisco Environment, and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

Lam earned a BA in Political Science with Honors from the University of Toronto, completed the Executive Management Program at the Vanderbilt University Owen School of Management and earned a certificate in Statistical Analysis in Social Sciences from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Michael Lynch

Dr. Michael Lynch

Managing Director, Green Innovation, NASCAR Green

Mike Lynch is Managing Director of Green Innovation for NASCAR and is based in Daytona Beach FL. Prior to leading NASCAR Green, Dr. Lynch was a tenured professor at Purdue University with his lab funded by the National Institutes of Health, a project leader at The Boston Consulting Group in the firm’s Chicago office which he joined out of the MBA program at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, and was an internal entrepreneur and strategy executive at Tyco International in the ADT Worldwide division. Mike also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in studio music and jazz from the University of Miami where he played tenor saxophone and worked extensively as a professional musician. He has several patents in green technology areas, has published 28 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and has given 60 presentations at national and international scientific conferences.

Diarmuid O'Connell

Diarmuid O’Connell

Vice President, Business Development, Tesla Motors

Diarmuid joined Tesla in 2006, and currently serves as the Vice President of Business Development in which capacity he manages commercial relationships and all aspects of government affairs. Before joining Tesla, Diarmuid served as Chief of Staff for Political Military Affairs at the US State Department, where he was involved in policy and operational support to the US military in various theaters of operation.

Before his tenure in Washington, Diarmuid worked in corporate strategy as a management consultant for Accenture, as a founder of educational software developer, Real Time Learning, and as a senior executive with both McCann Erickson Worldwide and Young and Rubicam. Over the course of his career, he has managed international operations, projects and marketing for such brands as Coca Cola, Gillette, and AT&T, among others.

Diarmuid has earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, a master’s degree in Foreign Policy from the University of Virginia, and an MBA from Kellogg. He lives with his wife and two children in the Bay Area and escapes to the mountains whenever possible.

Bob O'Connor

Bob O’Connor

Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Robert O’Connor is a corporate partner with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Bob is a leader of the firm’s clean technology and strategic carbon counseling practice. His work focuses on helping clean technology companies organize and capitalize businesses; raise capital through private and public debt and equity financings; develop and finance renewable energy and biofuels projects; and engage in mergers and acquisitions and other strategic transactions. Bob’s practice also focuses on counseling companies in connection with transactions involving carbon-related financial instruments and corporate governance and disclosure practices relating to climate change and sustainability. He also advises venture capital and private equity firms in connection with investments in clean technology companies and related projects, and advises investment banks in connection with capital markets transactions in the clean technology sector.

Bob holds a J.D. from Loyola Law School and a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Patric Oullette

Dr. Patric Oullette

Chief Technology Officer, Westport Innovations

Mr. Patric Ouellette, M.A.Sc., Ph.D. P.Eng. served as Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Heavy-Duty Engineering at Westport Innovations Inc. Mr. Ouellette joined Westport Innovations at its founding in 1995 in the role of Chief Scientist. Mr. Ouellette served as a Director of Cummins Westport, Inc. While at the University of British Columbia he was part of the team that developed the HPDI fuel system technology later acquired by Westport. Mr. Ouellette led Technology and Engineering teams at Westport developing technologies and products focussed on efficient and robust use of gaseous fuels in heavy duty engines for buses and trucks. He holds Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Montreal’s École Polytechnique in 1989, M.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of British Columbia in 1996, Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of British Columbia (1992 – 1996).

Puon Penn

Puon Penn

Group Head – Tech & Venture Banking, Wells Fargo

Puon Penn is a Senior Vice President and head of the National CleanTech & Emerging Tech Markets sector at Wells Fargo within the Technology Banking, part of Commercial Banking. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., he manages a team of banking professionals who serve the financial needs of businesses in technology and clean technology nationwide.

Mr Penn began his career with Wells Fargo in 1998 in the International. He moved on to become a relationship manager in the Regional Commercial Banking Office (RCBO) in Modesto, Calif., 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, Mr Penn was promoted to loan team manager for the RCBO in Palo Alto.

Mr Penn earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Reed College in Portland, Ore., and his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. Active in the community, Mr Penn is involved with several nonprofit organizations including the Khmer Institute and Friends Without a Border.

David Peterson

David Peterson

West Coast Project Manager, Corporate Planning, Nissan North America

David Peterson is responsible for electric vehicle market acceptance strategy and implementation in the Western United States. David previously led electric vehicle research at the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation where he focused on developing sustainable business models and public policy. Prior to joining Nissan he was a financial analyst (M&A, wholesale banking) at ING Bank, N.V. in Shanghai, and an economist with AECOM Technology Corp. in Asia and California.

He holds a master’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Brook Porter

Brook Porter

Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Brook Porter joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2010. His focus is on innovative low-carbon solutions to transportation, chemicals and power generation, as well as on energy storage.

Before joining KPCB, Brook had worked in renewable energy for more than a decade, during which time he co-founded multiple companies. His most recent role was as chief operating officer of Primafuel, a biofuel technology company recognized by the World Economic Forum in 2008 as a technology pioneer. At Primafuel, Brook was responsible for all aspects of engineering and operations, and he played a critical role in multiple financings for the company. Earlier in his career, Brook co-founded a hydrogen fuel cell technology company acquired by Intelligent Energy, a UK-based company known for its compact Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cells. During his time at Intelligent Energy, he managed a multi-million-dollar research program on advanced hydrogen generation. Brook was also a co-developer of the ENV Fuel Cell Motorcycle, recognized by TIME magazine and Popular Science as one of the best inventions of 2005.

Brook is named on multiple U.S. and international patents in the field of renewable energy. He holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, with an emphasis in environmental technology.

Spencer Richley

Spencer Richley

Regulatory & Policy Analyst, Clean Energy Fuels

Spencer Richley is Policy and Regulatory Associate at Clean Energy. Spencer handles all state legislation and regulation in the Western U.S. (every state west of the Mississippi River), as well as federal regulation.

Spencer earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management at Bucknell University where I played Division 1 water polo all four years and was captain of the team his senior year.

Ken Sapp

Ken Sapp

Vice President Energy Solutions, ABM

Ken Sapp is Vice President of ABM’s Energy Solutions group. He joined the organization in 2010 with a mission to create new energy related programs and partnerships, accelerate the use of energy efficient technology, and advance the deployment of electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure in the U.S. To date, he has helped implement EV charging solution strategies equating to hundreds of stations deployed and improved sustainability progress for cities, government agencies, public parking sites and commercial facilities.

Mr. Sapp has more than 20 years of sales and leadership experience in the technology and services sector. His executive career progression has been built on growth in enterprise and multi-national customer sales, development of strategic alliances, and management of global sales channels at companies such as Oracle, NCR, FieldCentrix, Sage Software, and as Senior Vice President of Global Sales at Retail Pro International.

Mr. Sapp’s experience in fusing high technology with the energy and building trades started in 2000 when he was recruited from Oracle to help revolutionize the HVAC service industry through the startup wireless software company, FieldCentrix. Since then he has helped global clients with business-critical software at locations including China, Korea, Japan, the US and in Europe.

Mr. Sapp is a knowledgeable EV industry expert who recently authored a whitepaper on EV infrastructure for facility managers that has been well received in the industry. Mr. Sapp holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from California State University, Long Beach.

Craig Scott

Craig Scott

Manager Product Planning, Advanced Technology Group, Toyota

Mr. Scott is Manager for Product Planning at Toyota Motor Sales. Within his role in the Advanced Technology Group, Mr. 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, Mr. Scott studies energy markets and sustainable development and in this capacity helps create future mobility strategies. Prior to Toyota, Mr. Scott was an assistant portfolio manager with Pacific Investment Management Company in Newport Beach, CA.

Mr. Scott has a BA in Finance and Japanese Studies and a MBA from the University of Southern California. He lives in Los Angeles, California, near Toyota’s North American headquarters.

Erik Terjesen

Erik Terjesen

Director, Technology Licensing, Qualcomm

Erik Terjesen is a Director of Qualcomm’s Technology Licensing program with a focus on wireless power technology and applications. He has been active in the operations of the Qualcomm Halo program since its inception, and served as the acquisition and integration lead for the recent purchase of HaloIPT by Qualcomm. His prior experience at Qualcomm included strategy and M&A projects with the company’s corporate development arm, the Strategic Finance group. Before Qualcomm, Erik worked in the venture capital and investment banking sectors with HarbourVest Partners and Robertson Stephens. Erik received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his BA from Harvard University.

Kate White

Kate White

Deputy Secretary, Environmental Policy & Housing Coordination, California State Transp Agency

Kate White is Deputy Secretary of Environmental Policy and Housing Coordination at the California State Transportation Agency. Previously, White has been an initiative officer at The San Francisco Foundation’s Great Communities Collaborative since 2012. She was executive director of the Urban Land Institute, San Francisco District Council from 2005 to 2012 and of the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition from 2003 to 2005. White was co-executive director at City CarShare from 2000 to 2002 and director of Urban Ecology’s sustainable cities program from 1997 to 2000. She was a national field organizer at the National Low Income Housing Coalition from 1996 to 1997 and a project manager at the Carmen Marine Tenants Association from 1993 to 1995. White earned a Master of Public Administration degree from San Francisco State University.