Jeff Anderson Co-Founder And Former Executive Director, Clean Economy Network
Jeff is the Managing Director for CalCef, a family of non-profit organizations working together to accelerate the movement of clean energy technologies. Prior to joining CalCef, Jeff was the co-founder and Campaign Manager of Cleantech and Green Business for Obama (CT4-O), a national constituency group that organized the cleantech and green business community and raised over $1.6 million in support of the Obama campaign. After the election, Jeff worked with the Obama transition team on policy, appointment, and messaging matters.
Before the campaign, Jeff was the President and CEO of CleanTech Bay a trade association that was in development to represent the clean technology sector in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jeff was a Founder and Principal of Ignition Point LLC, a strategic consulting and coaching firm for small and medium size businesses. He was also CFO and Senior Vice President of Informania, Inc, an e-learning company, which he successfully merged with Viviance, Inc, a European e-learning company. He began his professional career as the Environmental Director for Building Diagnostics Ltd, an environmental and engineering consulting firm.
Jeff holds a Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Columbia University, a Master of Laws degree in Environmental and Energy law (LL.M.) from Pace University School of Law, and a law degree (J.D.) from Thomas M. Cooley School of Law. As an undergraduate, Jeff attended Michigan State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) in International Relations.
Josh Becker Former General Partner And Co-Founder, New Cycle Capital
Josh is the CEO of Lex Machina, which works to bring transparency to IP law. Previously, Josh Becker was the former Co-founder and General Partner of New Cycle Capital, a clean energy early-stage venture firm. New Cycle Capital has invested in cutting-edge companies such as: Renewable Funding, People Power, Opower, Cool Earth Solar, and TerraPass. He started his career at ICF International, a DC-based environmental consulting and engineering firm. There he helped launch the first Clean Air Marketplace conference back in 1992 and consulted on energy strategy for companies like General Electric. Josh co-founded IntraACTIVE a pioneering groupware company in 1994 and was also one of the first employees at EarthWeb Inc, which went public in 1998.
After joint degrees from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Law School, Becker joined Brentwood Venture Capital and then joined Brentwood's technology partners in founding Redpoint Ventures.
He was co-founder of Cleantech for Obama (CT4O), which organized the leaders in the clean tech business community behind Obama, raised $1.6M, and ran a media and messaging operation. He is a co-founder of the Clean Economy Network (Cleaneconomy.net), organizing many of those same leaders to fight for effective policies. Becker is the Founder and Chair of The Full Circle Fund, www.fullcirclefund.org, and a project lead for the group’s Energy/Environment Circle. He is also on the Advisory Board for the Clean Tech Open. Josh is a Co-Founder of the Freedom Prize Foundation (www.freedomprize.org), which will soon be giving out $5M in prizes with DOE.
Jeff Brothers CEO, Sol Orchard
Jeff Brothers has been a lifelong entrepreneur, successfully growing two agricultural related companies into multi-million dollar leaders in their industry. Currently, Mr. Brothers is the CEO of Sol Orchard, a micro utility solar power project development firm with over 71 MWs in wholesale distributed generation projects in its pipeline. Sol Orchard develops solar power projects in California and Arizona, and has active projects in Monterey, Fresno, Stanislaus, Riverside, San Bernardino, Imperial, Kern, Sierra, Merced and Plumas counties, as well as in Yuma and Benson Arizona.
Prior to selecting solar power project development as his fulltime occupation, Mr. Brothers advised several firms in their analysis of renewables. Mr. Brothers has a deep understanding of cellulosic ethanol, geothermal, biofuels, biomass, gasification, fuel cells, energy crops, carbon credits, energy storage and wind.
While still pursuing interests related to renewable energy, Mr. Brothers formed Spatial Ops, a geospatial analysis company, on the NASA Ames Research Park campus. Spatial Ops spearheaded the effort (along with World Vision, other NGOs and several Silicon Valley high tech companies) to utilize NASA assets, in particular satellites, super computers and incredibly gifted human assets, to effectively coordinate and respond to disasters around the world in a way that would share information and best practices—saving billions of dollars annually, and countless lives. That effort is ongoing.
In 2006, Mr. Brothers created Capital Bank, a de novo community bank in Monterey County, California. Mr. Brothers acted as Chairman of the bank while it was in formation for 8 months, and personally selected each board member, and hired the executive staff. He raised the seed capital, and later assisted in the IPO – raising over $30 million in equity. The bank recently completed its third year of operation and does not have a single loan in default to date. Mr. Brothers left the chairmanship of Capital Bank to become fully engaged in the renewable energy space.
Mr. Brothers has been a member of the Golden Gate chapter of Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) since 1999, and is currently the proposed co-chair for the newly forming Golden Gate chapter of the World Presidents' Organization (WPO), the organization for the alumni of the YPO. Mr. Brothers attended Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA, where he attained a BA degree in Economics and Political Science, with a minor in accounting. Mr. Brothers also served for six years in the California Army National Guard as an officer in the of the 149 Armor Battalion, and went inactive as a captain.
Jeff Byron 2015 Fellow, Stanford Distinguished Career Institute
Jeff Byron has nearly 40 years of experience in emerging energy technologies, customer requirements, and energy policy. His recent focus has been on the technical, regulatory, and financial implications of clean energy and smart grid technologies. Most recently, he was a Fellow in the inaugural cohort at the Stanford Distinguish Career Institute in 2015. Jeff has also served as a board member for various non-profits, including an organization that provides local services for the developmentally disabled and the world’s largest clean technology business accelerator.
Jeff began his career at GE’s Nuclear Energy Division and has been involved in all aspects of electric power generation. He has held executive positions at NRG Energy and Calpine. He co-founded BrightLine Energy, a distributed energy provider, and was Energy Director at Oracle Corporation. Jeff served for five years on the California Energy Commission, where he presided over numerous power plant siting cases, public interest research and development, and state energy policy.
An expert on energy policy and clean energy technologies, Jeff has developed strong relationships with energy providers, legislators, regulators, and academic and community leaders. He received a Bachelor and a Master of Science degree from Stanford University.
Rick DeGolia Executive Chairman, Cimbal, Inc., And General Partner, Exigen Capital
Rick DeGolia is a cleantech and software entrepreneur who has worked in Silicon Valley for more than 25 years as a business attorney (with Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati), an entrepreneur (launching Genesys Telecommunications, Apptera, Green Wireless Systems, InVisM and Cimbal) and a professional private equity investor (The Angels’ Forum and Exigen Capital). He is currently the Executive Chairman of Cimbal, Inc. and an Investment Partner with Exigen Capital in San Francisco. He was a charter member of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), where we has lobbied in Sacramento and Washington DC for environmental legislation. He has also been active in supporting political initiatives and candidates that promote environmental protection and a clean technology agenda. Rick has ten US patents issued and two pending applications, mostly in customer relationship management software. He is a fourth-generation Californian, makes wine in the Saratoga foothills of the Santa Cruz mountains and has a BA in American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated magna cum laude and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He also has a JD from Harvard Law School.
John Geesman Former California Energy Commissioner (2002-2008) And Co-Chair, American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE)
John Geesman is the Co-Chair of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and was the presiding member of the California Energy Commission’s Renewables Committee from 2002 to 2008. His first service in government was as Executive Director of the California Energy Commission from 1979 to 1983, where aggressive implementation of the Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act created the first model for feed-in tariffs. He was the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the California Power Exchange during the tumultuous electricity market restructuring in the late 1990s, and also served on the Board of the California Independent System Operator. An attorney by training, he worked as an investment banker in the bond markets for nearly 20 years.
From January to June of this year, he was a major voice against Proposition 16 on the California ballot – PG&E’s effort to lock its business advantage into the State Constitution. His recent electronic book about that campaign, 21 Machetes, is now available free from e-book distributors.
Eric Gimon Independent Energy Expert
Dr. Eric Gimon is a physicist working principally in energy policy and the non-profit sector. Currently, Dr. Gimon is an independent technical and policy expert working with a number of organizations, including the Vote Solar Initiative and Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology, LLC. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as a BS/MS from Stanford University in Mathematics and Physics. His thesis research focused on theoretical physics – covering topics such as quantum gravity, particle physics, and string theory. After conducting research at Caltech, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and UC Berkeley, Dr. Gimon turned his attention to energy policy. As an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow working at the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., he worked on national electricity transmission policy and pathways towards a low-carbon energy future. His broad professional interest centers on the goals, scenarios, trajectories, and methods for moving to a fossil-free power system – a key step in the long-term sustainability of our society and ecosystems.
Dr. Gimon is active in the field of philanthropy. He serves on the board of two separate foundations: the Flora Family Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, both of which are based in Menlo Park, California. Dr. Gimon is also a board member at two non-profit organizations: the Pacific Institute in Oakland, California and the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas.
Patricia Glaza Principal, Arsenal Venture Partners; Former Executive Director, Clean Technology And Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI)
Patricia (Patti) Glaza is a Principal at Arsenal Venture Partners and balances her time between investment identification and evaluation, portfolio development, and helping support the entrepreneurial community. She has spent over twenty years dedicated to the development, implementation and commercialization of advanced technologies.
Prior to joining AVP, Patti served as a Founder and the Executive Director/CEO of the Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI). She worked closely with government agencies including the Department of Defense and Department of Energy/ARPA-E, multinational corporations and utilities, and start-ups to identify and promote leading-edge technology solutions in energy, water, and overall sustainability.
After several start-ups, Patti lead Small Times, a global media group focused on micro, MEMS, and nanotechnology commercialization. She started off her career as an IT/operations consultant and manager at Accenture. Patti is a graduate of Michigan State University with a BA in International Relations and Economics, and has her MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
In addition to juggling 'Go Green' and 'Go Blue', Patti likes to run and do any sporty activity (preferably someplace warm) that helps her keep up with her husband and two spirited daughters.
Mark Z. Jacobson Director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program & Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University
Mark Z. Jacobson is Director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Woods Institute for the Environment and Senior Fellow of the Precourt Institute for Energy. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering with distinction, an A.B. in Economics with distinction, and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, in 1988. He received an M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences in 1991 and a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences in 1994 from UCLA. He has been on the faculty at Stanford since 1994.
The main goal of his research is to understand better severe atmospheric problems, such as air pollution and global warming, and develop and analyze large-scale, clean-renewable energy solutions to them. He has published two textbooks of two editions each and 135 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and has given several hundred invited talks on his research. In 2000, he discovered that black carbon, the main component of soot aerosol particles, might be the second-leading cause of global warming after carbon dioxide. For this, he received the 2005 American Meteorological Society Henry G. Houghton Award for “significant contributions to modeling aerosol chemistry and to understanding the role of soot and other carbon particles on climate” and the 2013 American Geophysical Union Ascent Award for “his dominating role in the development of models to identify the role of black carbon in climate change.”
With respect to energy, he co-authored a 2009 cover article in Scientific American with Dr. Mark DeLucchi of U.C. Davis on how to power the world for all purposes with wind, water, and solar power. He and his colleagues subsequently developed plans for the United States, New York State, and California to date. He has also appeared in a Technology, Education, Development (TED) talk, and has served on the Energy Efficiency and Renewables Advisory Committee to the U.S. Secretary of Energy.
Dr. Dan Kammen Director Of The Renewable And Appropriate Energy Laboratory At The University Of California, Berkeley; Former Chief Technical Specialist For Renewable Energy And Energy Efficiency, World Bank
Daniel M. Kammen is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he holds appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering. Kammen is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) and the co-Director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment. In April 2010, Kammen was named by Secretary of State Hilary R. Clinton to be the first Clean Energy Envoy to the Americas. Kammen has also formerly served as the Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency at the World Bank. In this role, he chaired and coordinated many of the World Bank Group’s activities in this area, the fastest growing sector of lending and projects.
Kammen is the Director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center. Kammen received his undergraduate (Cornell A., B. ’84) and graduate (Harvard M. A. ’86, Ph.D. ’88) training is in physics. After postdoctoral work at Caltech and Harvard, Kammen was professor and Chair of the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at Princeton University in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 1993 – 1998. He then moved to the University of California, Berkeley. Kammen directs research programs on energy supply, transmission, the smart grid and low-carbon energy systems, on the life-cycle impacts of transportation options including electrified vehicles and land-use planning, and on energy for community development in Africa, Asia, and in Latin America. Daniel Kammen is a coordinating lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Kammen is the co-developer of the Property Assessed Clean Energy [PACE] Financing Model: energy efficiency and solar energy financing plan that permit installation of clean energy systems on residences with no up-front costs. PACE was named by Scientific American as the #1 World Changing Idea of 2009. Kammen serves on the National Technical Advisory Board of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. He hosted the Discovery Channel series ‘Ecopolis, and had appeared on Frontline, NOVA, and twice on ’60 Minutes’. Kammen is the author of over 220 journal publications, 4 books, 30 technical reports, and has testified in front of state and the US House and Senate over 30 times. A number of Kammen’s publications are available online at: http://rael.berkeley.edu.
Fred Keeley Santa Cruz County Treasurer And Former Speaker Pro Tempore Of The California State Assembly
Fred Keeley is presently Treasurer of the County of Santa Cruz. Mr. Keeley was appointed to this countywide elected position on January 3, 2005. Mr. Keeley was elected to a four-year term in 2006, and re-elected in June of 2010. As Treasurer, Mr. Keeley is responsible for the office’s three divisions and functions: Tax, Collections, and Treasury. Mr. Keeley is responsible for the daily management of a $650 million public sector investment portfolio.
Prior to his service as Treasurer, Mr. Keeley served as Executive Director of the Planning & Conservation League, and the PCL Foundation. These two forty-year-old environmental organizations are established leaders in the research, development, and enactment of major environmental protection policy.
From 1996 through 2002, Mr. Keeley represented the Monterey Bay area in the California State Assembly. He served for four years as Speaker pro Tem under three Speakers. As such, he was the highest ranking member of the Speaker’s leadership team, and was responsible for analysis and management of the majority’s policy initiatives. Mr. Keeley is recognized for his even-handed leadership of the legislature’s hearings that led to the resignation of then-Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush.
During his service in the legislature, Mr. Keeley authored the Marine Life Management Act. The Associated Press characterized that legislation as the “most significant advancement in ocean policy in fifty years” in California. Mr. Keeley also authored the two largest park and environmental protection bonds in the nation’s history, a total of $4.7 billion. Mr. Keeley’s legislative leadership during the California Energy Crisis is credited with stabilizing electricity prices and electricity supply.
Upon his retirement from the state Assembly, the University of California at Santa Cruz established a lecture series in his honor, the Fred Keeley Lectures on the Environment. The inaugural lecture was presented in 2004 by former Arizona Governor and Secretary of the Interior, Bruce Babbitt. Additional speakers have included: Stanford professor and author Paul Erlich; Jane Lunchenco, President Obama’s appointee to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Benjamin Santer.
From 1988 until his election to the state Assembly, Mr. Keeley served two terms on the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors. Among other accomplishments, Mr. Keeley led the successful effort to transform the County’s Medi-Cal program from a fee for service system, to a County operated capitated payment program. The results have been greater health care services for low-income individuals and their families, more provider participation, and local governance of the program.
On December 11, 2008, Mr. Keeley was appointed by the President pro Tempore of the California State Senate to the Commission on the Economy of the 21st Century. Mr. Keeley also served this year on the Resources Secretary’s Expert Panel on Ocean Policy. Mr. Keeley currently serves on the Chairman’s Task Force at the Fair Political Practices Commission, which is intended to make suggestions for modernizing the Fair Political Practices Act.
Mr. Keeley serves on the board of directors of: California Voter Foundation; California Forward; California Ocean Science Trust; Working Partnerships USA. Mr. Keeley also teaches at San Jose State University, Pacific Collegiate School, and California State University Monterey Bay. Mr. Keeley lives in Santa Cruz with his lovely cat, Olivia.
Felix Kramer Founder, California Cars Initiative
Felix Kramer is a serial entrepreneur and lifelong environmentalist focusing on innovative technology-related ideas, events, and businesses.
In 2002, he enlisted engineers, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, and drivers to promote plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) by technology demonstrations, advocacy and buyer demand. In 2006, he became the world's first non-technical consumer owner of a PHEV. He popularized the "100+MPG" goal and "cleaner/cheaper/domestic" to describe electricity's benefits. In late 2009, while noting much remained to be done, CalCars "declared victory" on plug-ins. Thomas Friedman, in his best-seller, Hot Flat and Crowded, said, "Felix Kramer has made plug-in electric cars not only his passion but an imminent American reality."
With allies including Andy Grove, Kramer is forging a technical, business and government coalition to spark a new industry to turn millions of large internal combustion engine vehicles now on the road into safe, practical, EVs and PHEVs via OEM-sanctioned retrofits.
In 2008, he began advising several transportation electrification and conversion startups. In 2012, he founded DrivingElectric.org, a consortium connecting owners and drivers of plug-in vehicles with potential customers.
A graduate of Cornell University, Kramer lives with his wife in Silicon Valley.
Amory B. Lovins Chairman And Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute
Physicist Amory B. Lovins is Co-founder, Chairman, and Chief Scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute (www.rmi.org), an independent non-profit think-and-do tank that drives the efficient and restorative use of resources. An advisor to major firms and governments in over 50 countries for the past four decades, he is author of 31 books and over 450 papers, and recipient of the Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, 11 honorary doctorates, and the Heinz, Lindbergh, Right Livelihood, National Design, and World Technology Awards.
Educated at Harvard and Oxford, he is a former Oxford don, an honorary U.S. architect, a Swedish engineering academician, a member of the National Petroleum Council, and a Professor of Practice at the Naval Postgraduate School. He has taught at nine other universities, most recently Stanford University’s School of Engineering. In 2009, Time named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people, and Foreign Policy, one of the 100 top global thinkers.
His latest books are the co-authored business classic Natural Capitalism (1999); Small Is Profitable: The Hidden Economic Benefits of Making Electrical Resources the Right Size (2002); the Pentagon co-sponsored Winning the Oil Endgame (2004 ), The Essential Amory Lovins (2011); and Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era (2011).
L. Hunter Lovins President, Natural Capitalism Solutions
L. Hunter Lovins is President and founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS) (www.natcapsolutions.org). NCS educates senior decision-makers in business, government and civil society to restore and enhance the natural and human capital while increasing prosperity and quality of life. In partnership with leading thinkers and Implementers, NCS creates innovative, practical tools and strategies to enable companies, communities, and countries to become more sustainable.
Trained as a sociologist and lawyer (JD), Hunter co-founded the California Conservation Project (Tree People), and Rocky Mountain Institute, which she led for 20 years.
Lovins has consulted for scores of industries and governments worldwide. She has consulted with large and small companies including the International Finance Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell, Interface, Clif Bar, and Wal-Mart. Governmental clients include the Pentagon, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy and other agencies, numerous cities, and the governments of Jamaica, Australia, and the U.S. She has also served an advisor to the Energy Minister of the Government of Afghanistan.
Recipient of such honors as the Right Livelihood Award, Lindbergh Award and Leadership in Business, she was named Time Magazine 2000 Hero of the Planet and in 2009 Newsweek dubbed her a “Green Business Icon.” She has co-authored nine books and hundreds of papers, including the 1999 book, Natural Capitalism, 2006 e-book Climate Protection Manual for Cities, and the 2009 Transforming Industry in Asia. She has served on the boards of governments, non- and for profit companies.
Hunter’s areas of expertise include Natural Capitalism, sustainable development, globalization, energy and resource policy, economic development, climate change, land management, and fire rescue and emergency medicine. She developed the Economic Renewal Project and helped write many of its manuals on sustainable community economic development. She is currently a founding Professor of Business at Presidio Graduate School, one of the first accredited programs offering an MBA in Sustainable Management.
Ramamoorthy Ramesh Founding Director, U.S. Department Of Energy SunShot Initiative
Dr. Ramamoorthy Ramesh, a renowned scientist and educator, currently serves as the Plato Malozemoff Chair Professor in Materials Science and Physics at the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to UC Berkeley in 2004, Dr. Ramesh was a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland College Park.
Dr. Ramesh initiated and led extensive research before entering the teaching world. From 1989-1995, he conducted groundbreaking research for Bellcore in several key areas of oxide electronics, including ferroelectric nonvolatile memories. His landmark contributions in ferroelectrics came through the recognition that conducting oxide electrodes are the solution to the problem of polarization fatigue, which for 30 years, remained an enigma and unsolved problem. In 1994, in collaboration with S. Jin (Lucent Technologies), he initiated research into manganite thin films and they coined the term Colossal Magnetoresistive (CMR) Oxides. At Berkeley, he continues to pursue key scientific and technological problems in complex multifunctional oxide thin films, nanostructures and heterostructures. His group demonstrated the existence of a large ferroelectric polarization in multiferroic BiFeO3 films, in agreement with first principle predictions; they also demonstrated electric field control of antiferromagnetism as well as ferromagnetism, a critical step towards the next generation of storage and spintronics devices that are completely electric field controlled. His current research interests include thermoelectric and photovoltaic energy conversion in complex oxide heterostructures. He has published extensively on the synthesis and materials physics of complex oxide materials.
Dr. Ramesh received the Humboldt Senior Scientist Prize and Fellowship to the American Physical Society in 2001. In 2005, he was elected a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as the David Adler Lectureship of the American Physical Society. In 2007, he was awarded the Materials Research Society David Turnbull Lectureship Award, and in 2009, he was elected Fellow of MRS. He is also the recipient of the 2010 APS McGroddy New Materials Prize. From December 2010 to August 2012, he served as the Founding Director of the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, overseeing and coordinating the R&D activities of the Solar Program. In 2011, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
Dr. Ramesh received a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1987.
Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. Director Of The Center For The New Energy Economy At Colorado State University And Former Colorado Governor
Bill Ritter is currently the Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University. The Center was launched on February 1, 2011 with Bill Ritter as the founding Director and currently the sole employee.
Bill Ritter Jr. was elected as Colorado's 41st governor in 2006 -- the first Colorado-born governor in more than 35 years. Gov. Ritter lead Colorado forward by bringing people together to tackle some of our state's biggest challenges. During his 4 year term, Governor Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in renewable energy by building a New Energy Economy that is creating thousands of new jobs and establishing hundreds of new companies; enacted an aggressive business-development and job-creation agenda that is focused on knowledge-based industries of the future, such as energy, aerospace, biosciences, information technology and tourism; initiated sweeping K-12 education reforms to give Colorado children the skills and knowledge they need to compete and succeed in a 21st century global economy; and, improved access to quality and affordable health care for many of the 800,000 Coloradoans who lack health coverage.
The sixth of 12 children, Gov. Ritter was raised on a small farm in Arapahoe County. He was a member of the first graduating class of Gateway High School (1974), and he earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Colorado State University (1978) and his law degree from the University of Colorado (1981).
From 1987 to 1990, Gov. Ritter and his wife, First Lady Jeannie Ritter, operated a food distribution and nutrition center in Zambia, Africa.
Gov. Ritter served as Denver's District Attorney from 1993 to January 2005. He earned a national reputation as one of the country's most effective and innovative prosecutors, and several of his programs continue to serve as state and national models.
Gov. Ritter is married to Jeannie and has four children, August, Abe, Sam, and Tally.
Terry Tamminen Former Secretary Of The California Environmental Protection Agency And Special Advisor To California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
From his youth in Australia to career experiences in Europe, Africa and all parts of the United States, Terry has developed expertise in business, farming, education, non-profit, the environment, the arts, and government.
A United States Coast Guard-licensed ship captain, Terry has long been drawn to the undersea world, starting in the 1960s with a family-run tropical fish breeding business in Australia and continuing with studies on conch depletion in the Bahamas, manatee populations in Florida coastal waters, and mariculture in the Gulf States with Texas A&M University.
On land, Terry managed the largest sheep ranch east of the Mississippi, assisting the University of Minnesota in developing new methods of livestock disease control. Terry also managed a multi-million dollar real estate company, owned/operated a successful recreational services business, and assisted the west African nation of Nigeria with the creation of their first solid waste recycling program.
An accomplished author, Terry’s latest book, Lives Per Gallon: The True Cost of Our Oil Addiction (Island Press), is a timely examination of our dependence on oil and a strategy to evolve to more sustainable energy sources. He has also authored a series of best-selling “Ultimate Guides” to pools and spas (McGraw-Hill) and several theatrical works on the life of William Shakespeare. Terry is an avid airplane and helicopter pilot and speaks German, Dutch and Spanish.
In 1993, Terry founded the Santa Monica BayKeeper and served as its Executive Director for six years. He co-founded Waterkeeper programs in San Diego, Orange County, Ventura, and Santa Barbara. He also served for five years as Executive Director of the Environment Now Foundation in Santa Monica, CA and co-founded the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic at the School of Law, University of California Los Angeles.
In the summer of 2003, Terry helped Arnold Schwarzenegger win the historic recall election and become Governor of California. He was appointed as the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency in November, 2003, and Cabinet Secretary, the Chief Policy Advisor to the Governor, in December, 2004. He continues to advise the Governor on energy and environmental policy. In April, 2007, he was named the Cullman Senior Fellow and Director of the Climate Policy Program of The New America Foundation, a non-profit, post-partisan, public policy institute. In September, 2007, he was appointed as an Operating Advisor to Pegasus Capital Advisors. Pegasus Capital Advisors, L.P., is a private equity fund manager that provides capital to middle market companies across a wide variety of industries.
Terry currently travels throughout the United States and the world, lecturing and providing private consulting services to a variety of clients, including several Governors and Canadian Premiers on climate and energy policy.
Jim Weldon Technology Executive
Jim Weldon has 30 years of technology management and expertise. Before leading Solar Junction as CEO, from founding in 2006 through becoming the world record holder in solar cell efficiency and securing tens of millions in venture and grant funding along the way, Jim was the Chief Operating Officer of Translucent, Inc. of Palo Alto, CA, a materials research company. Prior to Translucent, Jim was Vice President of the Advanced Products Division at Epion Corporation and Vice President of Business Development and Technology at Veeco Instruments for 25 years. Veeco Instruments is a Semiconductor Process and Metrology Equipment company. While at Veeco, he held many senior and executive management positions within Sales, Operations, Technology, Business Development and Corporate Development. He ran West Coast operations and the Veeco Technology Center for 10 years. His technical background assisted him in driving business, as well as merger and acquisitions activities. Jim executed due diligence on numerous major acquisitions for Veeco. Throughout his career, his main focus is to drive new technology into the market place. As a seasoned veteran, Jim has served on several Board of Directors, Technical Advisory Boards, Executive Steering Committees. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Merrimack College and graduate studies in Biomedical Engineering.
R. James Woolsey Chairman, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies; Former Director of Central Intelligence (1993-1995)
R. James Woolsey is Chairman for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies Chairman. He is also Chairman of Woolsey Partners LLC and Venture Partner at Lux Capital, and a Senior Fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.
Mr. Woolsey currently chairs the Strategic Advisory Group of the Washington, D.C. private equity fund, Paladin Capital Group, and he is Of Counsel to the Washington, D.C. office of the Boston-based law firm, Goodwin Procter. In the above capacities, he specializes in a range of alternative energy and security issues.
Mr. Woolsey previously served in the U.S. Government on five different occasions, where he held Presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations, most recently (1993-95) as Director of Central Intelligence. From July 2002 to March 2008, Mr. Woolsey was a Vice President and officer of Booz Allen Hamilton, and then a Venture Partner with VantagePoint Venture Partners of San Bruno, California until January 2011. He was also previously a partner at the law firm of Shea & Gardner in Washington, DC, now Goodwin Procter, where he practiced for 22 years in the fields of civil litigation, arbitration, and mediation.
During his 12 years of government service, in addition to heading the CIA and the Intelligence Community, Mr. Woolsey was: Ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), Vienna, 1989–1991; Under Secretary of the Navy, 1977–1979; and General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, 1970–1973. He was also appointed by the President to serve on a part-time basis in Geneva, Switzerland, 1983–1986, as Delegate at Large to the U.S.–Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) and Nuclear and Space Arms Talks (NST). As an officer in the U.S. Army, he was an adviser on the U.S. Delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT I), Helsinki and Vienna, 1969–1970.
Mr. Woolsey serves on a range of government, corporate, and non-profit advisory boards and chairs several, including that of the Washington firm, ExecutiveAction LLC. He serves on the National Commission on Energy Policy. He is currently Co-Chairman of the Committee on the Present Danger. He is Chairman of the Advisory Boards of the Clean Fuels Foundation and the New Uses Council, and a Trustee of the Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments. Previously, he was Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Regents of The Smithsonian Institution, and a trustee of Stanford University. He has also been a member of The National Commission on Terrorism, 1999–2000; The Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the U.S. (Rumsfeld Commission), 1998; The President’s Commission on Federal Ethics Law Reform, 1989; The President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management (Packard Commission), 1985–1986; and The President’s Commission on Strategic Forces (Scowcroft Commission), 1983.
Mr. Woolsey has served in the past as a member of boards of directors of a number of publicly and privately held companies, generally in fields related to technology and security, including Martin Marietta; British Aerospace, Inc.; Fairchild Industries; and Yurie Systems, Inc. In 2009, he was the Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
Mr. Woolsey was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and attended Tulsa public schools, graduating from Tulsa Central High School. He received his B.A. degree from Stanford University (1963, With Great Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa), an M.A. from Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar 1963–1965), and an LL.B from Yale Law School (1968, Managing Editor of the Yale Law Journal).
Mr. Woolsey is a frequent contributor of articles to major publications, and from time to time gives public speeches and media interviews on the subjects of energy, foreign affairs, defense, and intelligence. He is married to Suzanne Haley Woolsey and they have three sons, Robert, Daniel, and Benjamin.
Kurt E. Yeager Vice Chairman, Galvin Electricity Initiative; Former CEO, Electric Power Research Institute
Kurt E. Yeager joined the Galvin Electricity Initiative, an effort to perfect the electric power system, shortly after it was launched by former Motorola chief Bob Galvin in 2005. Yeager works with electricity experts, innovators and entrepreneurs to design and build Perfect Power System models of a smart, efficient electric power system that cannot fail the consumer. He also leads the Initiative in driving the electricity policy changes necessary for system transformation at the state and federal levels.
Yeager previously served as the president and chief executive officer of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), retiring in 2004 after 30 years with the organization. Under his leadership, EPRI evolved from a nonprofit industry think tank to a family of companies that undertake both proprietary and collaborative research and development for the electric power industry in the United States and 40 other countries. During that time, he also guided an industry-wide collaborative effort to address challenges and plan for the future of electric power. “The Electricity Technology Roadmap” and the “Electricity Sector Framework of the Future” have since become the foundation of utility industry progress.
Before joining EPRI, Yeager was director of energy research and development planning for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research. Prior to working for EPA, he was the associate head of the environmental systems department at MITRE Corporation.
Yeager served seven years, active duty in the U.S. Air Force and is a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Nuclear Research Officer’s Program. He received a bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College and completed post-graduate studies in chemistry and physics at Ohio State and the University of California, Davis. He has also completed post-graduate management programs at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Finance.
Yeager is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and its Industry Advisory Board, and a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development. He has served on the executive board of the National Coal Council and the boards of the U.S. Energy Association, and the National Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM) as well as several National Academy of Engineering committees and the Energy Research Advisory Board to the Secretary of Energy. He currently serves on the board of APX Corporation. Yeager was named the 2003 Technology Policy Leader for Energy by Scientific American. He has authored more than 200 technical publications on energy and environmental topics, including Perfect Power: How the Microgrid Revolution Will Unleash Cleaner, Greener and More Abundant Energy, which he co-authored with Bob Galvin. Yeager chairs the World Energy Council Study on energy and climate change.