Craig Lewis Executive Director
Craig Lewis is Founder and Executive Director of the Clean Coalition. He has over 20 years of experience in the renewables, wireless, semiconductor, and banking industries. Previously VP of Government Relations at GreenVolts, a solar technology company, Craig was the first to successfully navigate a solar project through California's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) solicitation process. He was also the energy policy lead on Steve Westly's 2006 California gubernatorial campaign, and his resume includes senior government relations, corporate development, and marketing positions at leading wireless, semiconductor, and banking companies; including Qualcomm, Ericsson, and Barclays Bank. Craig received a MBA and MSEE from the University of Southern California and a BSEE from UC Berkeley.
Ted Ko Associate Executive Director
Ted Ko is a Co-Founder and Associate Executive Director of the Clean Coalition. Ted oversees policy development and strategy for both regulatory and legislative efforts. He is a tech-industry veteran with wide ranging experience from performing advanced research at a public utility to starting companies out of his living room. As a founding team member, he helped two startups through initial funding and one successful exit by acquisition. On a larger scale, he managed and launched new products for Yahoo, acquiring a specialty in global consumer Internet services. Ted received an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School and a BS and MS in Computer Science from MIT.
Stephanie Wang Regulatory Policy Director
Stephanie Wang is Regulatory Policy Director for the Clean Coalition. Previously, Stephanie advised Pacific Environment on California energy policy, and practiced project finance and real estate law with Cox Castle & Nicholson in San Francisco and Fried Frank in New York. Stephanie received her JD and BA from the University of Michigan.
Kenneth Sahm White Economics & Policy Analysis Director
Kenneth Sahm White is Economics and Policy Analysis Director for the Clean Coalition. Previously, Sahm spent 15 years working on economic and environmental policy as a Senior Research Consultant to the Center for Ecoliteracy, Technical and Policy Analyst in the development of the Ecological Footprint, and Associate Director of Progressive Secretary, a leading web source of legislative constituent engagement. Sahm received an MS Environmental Studies from San Jose State University with a focus on economic optimization of local GHG reduction strategies following his graduate work in the social studies of science and technology at MIT.
Ylka Van Bemmel Reiss Director Of Development
Ylka van Bemmel Reiss is Director of Development for the Clean Coalition. She spearheads philanthropic fundraising efforts with foundations, corporations, and individuals. Ylka has more than ten years of demonstrated achievement in fundraising, marketing, and public relations. As Director of Philanthropy, North and Central Texas with The Nature Conservancy, she fostered myriad fundraising successes including playing a vital role in a capital campaign, leading annual giving efforts, managing boards and producing extensive events. While with Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Ylka held multiple positions as Marketing and Public Relations Manager and Director of Events and traveled the world representing clients and hosting press trips. Her philanthropic endeavors are extensive and include founding Friends of Dayspring Nature Preserve, board service for Allen Parks Foundation, JDRF, and Boy Scouts of America, mentoring for International Rescue Committee and serving on event committees for Lawndale Art Center, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet Ball, Museum of Fine Arts and Special Olympics. Ylka is passionate about clean energy and joined the Clean Coalition to make a difference in the world. She received a BBA in International Business from Texas A&M University and a MBA in Hotel and Restaurant Management from University of Houston, Conrad Hilton College. All development inquiries can be directed to Ylka at email@example.com or (408) 896-6747.
John Bernhardt Director of Communications
John Bernhardt is Director of Communications for the Clean Coalition. He has over 5 years of non-profit communication experience, and he brings experience earning traditional media and leveraging digital resources. John worked as a Senior Educator and Program Manager for the Alliance for Climate Education and then as Support Director for 2,655 mile ultra-endurance charity event organized by Run While You Can. John received a BA in Environmental Thought and Practice from the University of Virginia.
Tam Hunt Policy Advisor
Tam Hunt is Policy Advisor and Attorney for the Clean Coalition. He is a renewable energy law and policy expert with substantial experience in California focusing on local energy planning and on state policy. Tam contributes substantially to state policy both at the State Legislature in Sacramento and more frequently at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in San Francisco, where he participates in various proceedings related to renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate change. He is also well versed in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) affairs. Tam is a Lecturer in Climate Change Law and Policy at UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. Tam was the lead author of the Community Environmental Council's A New Energy Direction — a blueprint for Santa Barbara County to wean itself from fossil fuels by 2030. Tam is frequently featured in media pieces on energy policy matters. He received a JD from the UCLA School of Law in 2001, where he was Managing Director of the Journal for International Law and Foreign Affairs.
Bob O'Hagan Intelligent Grid Program Manager
Bob O’Hagan is Intelligent Grid Program Manager for the Clean Coalition. He oversees the development of tools and processes that allow high penetrations of Distributed Generation while maintaining or improving distribution grid reliability. He started his career designing telecommunications and test equipment then transitioned into operations management for both public companies and startups. He has now moved into clean energy and power systems. Bob has an MS from Stanford in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Santa Clara University. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from SMU.
Gary Pett Program Manager
Gary Pett is a Program Manager for the Clean Coalition. He focuses on policy implementation throughout the U.S. While completing his college coursework, Gary spent significant time advocating several policy positions at the Indiana Statehouse with the DePauw Environmental Policy Project (DEPP). He wrote his senior thesis on the political atmosphere needed to pass comprehensive federal climate legislation. Gary received a BA in Political Science from DePauw University.
Dyana Delfin-Polk Policy Manager
Dyana Delfin-Polk is a Policy Manager for the Clean Coalition. Previously, she worked with Robert Gnaizda, co-founder and former General Counsel/Policy Director at the Greenlining Institute in Berkeley and at the National Asian American Coalition in San Bruno. At these organizations, Dyana gained significant experience working on proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission. Dyana holds a Masters in Public Policy (MPP) from Mills College and received a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Theresa Kepple Silveira Program Manager
Theresa Kepple Silveira is a Program Manager for the Clean Coalition in charge of grant activities. She has over ten years of experience with nonprofits and program management. As the Product Grant Program Manager at Cisco, Theresa managed a $3 million budget, including grant disbursement focused on the education, economic empowerment, and critical human needs sectors. She has also served as an operations and grant writing consultant for numerous nonprofits. Theresa’s community involvement includes serving on the Board for the Homeless Services Center in Santa Cruz, volunteering for 180santacruz.org, and serving on the Council of Foundations’ roundtable panel for corporate grantmakers. Preserving the environment has always been a passion for Theresa, and she is excited to support the mission of the Clean Coalition. Theresa received a BS in Computer Information Systems and a BS in Business Management from Kansas State University.
Whitney Richardson Policy Manager
Whitney Richardson is Policy Manager for the Intelligent Grid Program at the Clean Coalition. She is a policy analyst with several years of experience in California state energy policy, as well as academic research in international climate policy. Previously, she conducted policy and economic analysis for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, DNV-KEMA and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. She received a BA from Claremont McKenna College and a MA in International Business and Energy Policy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Valerie Seymour Policy Associate
Valerie Seymour is a Policy Associate for the Clean Coalition. She has six years of experience as a mechanical engineer in design and manufacturing, working first on aircraft and, more recently, wind turbine blades. While in grad school, she was a math camp counselor and also conducted a greenhouse gas inventory for the New England Aquarium. She received a BS and MS from Stanford University and an MA in International Environmental Policy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Zack Frederick Communications Associate
Zack Frederick is a Communications Associate for the Clean Coalition. His work experience includes marketing and customer service positions at two San Francisco tech start-ups, along with a ten-month commitment to national service as an AmeriCorps NCCC Crew Member and Media Representative in 2010. Zack received a BA in Literature from UC Davis.
Mike MacLean Program Associate
Mike MacLean is a Program Associate for the Clean Coalition, where he supports the organization’s communications and outreach efforts. Previously, he gained experience working on the Sustainability Action Board for xpedx, an International Paper Company, where he developed an internal framework for distinguishing, calculating, and tracking sustainability metrics. He has also volunteered for various non-profit organizations and sustainability initiatives, including Acterra’s Green@Home Program. Mike received a BS in Environmental Engineering and Engineering Management from Miami University of Ohio.