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Advisory Board

Right Honorable Kim Campbell
Former Prime Minister of Canada

Hon. Gray Davis
Former Governor, State of California
Of Counsel, Loeb & Loeb

Hon. Fran Pavley
California State Senator

Diane Wittenberg
Founding President, California Climate Action Registry

Ed Begley, Jr.
Actor and environmental activist

Governing Board

Linda Adams, Chair
Former Secretary for Environmental Protection
California Environmental Protection Agency
Partner, Clean Tech Advocates

Peter M. Miller, Secretary
Senior Scientist
Natural Resources Defense Council

Jeffrey Kightlinger, Treasurer
General Manager
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Jan Schori, Audit Committee Chair
Retired General Manager
Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Steve Corneli
Senior Vice President, Policy, Strategy & Sustainability
NRG Energy

Cynthia Cory
Director, Environmental Affairs
California Farm Bureau Federation

Marnie Funk
Senior Government Relations Advisor
Shell

Rodolfo Lacy Tamayo
Undersecretary for Environmental Policy and Planning
Mexico Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources

John Laird
Secretary
California Natural Resources Agency

Peter Liu
Founder & Vice Chairman
New Resource Bank

Betsy Moler
Retired Executive Vice President, Government Affairs and Policy
Exelon Corporation
Former Chair
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Heather O’Neill
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships
Advanced Energy Economy

Tim Profeta
Director, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Assoc Prof of the Practice at the Sanford School of Public Policy
Duke University

Dr. Stephan Schwartzman
Director, Tropical Forest Policy
Environmental Defense Fund


Advisory Board Biographies

Kim-CampbellRight Honorable Kim Campbell
Former Prime Minister of Canada

The Right Honourable Kim Campbell P.C.; C.C.; Q.C. Nineteenth and first female Prime Minister of Canada (1993). Also held cabinet portfolios: Minister of State for Indian Affairs, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, and Minister of National Defence and Veterans’ Affairs. Thereafter, served as Canadian Consul General in Los Angeles, taught at the
Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and Chaired the Council of Women World Leaders. Was President of the International Women’s Forum and served as Secretary General of the Club of Madrid.

Today, chairs the international advisory board of the Foundation for Effective Governance in Kiev and the steering committee for the World Movement for Democracy. She also serves on the boards and advisory committees of several int’l orgs including the Club of Madrid, Middle Powers Initiative, Arab Democracy Foundation, Forum of Federations, and the International Ctr for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College, London. Also serves on corporate boards and does consulting in the field of leadership and governance. Learn more about Kim Campbell at KimCampbell.com and her blog, BiteSizeChunks.org, which addresses the pressing issues of the day.


Gray-DavisHon. Gray Davis
Former Governor, State of California
Of Counsel, Loeb & Loeb

In 1998 Gray Davis was overwhelmingly elected California’s 37th governor, where he demonstrated bold environmental leadership by signing the first law in the nation to reduce global warming and greenhouse gases. He also created the first Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Registry and was the first to establish the nation’s most ambitious commitment to renewable energy by creating a statewide Renewables Portfolio Standard.

Governing during an economic expansion, Davis made record investments in infrastructure and created four Centers of Science and Innovation on UC campuses, which today are inventing technologies that will make our world cleaner, greener, and safer.

In 2002 Governor Davis was re-elected to a second term.

Today he’s Of Counsel at Loeb & Loeb, where he provides strategic advice to clients on numerous matters. He is a Senior Fellow at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, regularly speaks before various academic and civic groups, and in 2009 was the Keynote speaker for Columbia Law School’s Graduation.


Sen-PavleyHon. Fran Pavley
California State Senator

California State Senator Fran Pavley has focused on climate solutions throughout her career as a legislator. In 2002, she authored a bill limiting greenhouse gas emissions from new cars and light trucks, creating a model for national standards that were adopted eight years later. In 2006, she authored the Global Warming Solutions Act, a comprehensive framework for cutting emissions across many sectors. In December 2012, she introduced the Clean Air and Advanced Transportation Investment Act (Senate Bill 11), which would fund successful vehicle and fuel technology and air quality programs to keep California at the forefront of the transition to a clean economy.

A native of Los Angeles, Senator Pavley spent 28 years as a public school teacher. In 1982, she became the first mayor of the City of Agoura Hills, and she served four terms on the city council. She was elected to the Assembly in 2000, and to the Senate in 2008.


Diane-PictureDiane Wittenberg
Founding President, California Climate Action Registry

Diane Wittenberg has served in the private, public and NGO sectors. Most recently, she was the Executive Director and Chairman of the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative, a public-private partnership of automotive companies, utilities, NGOs, California legislators and regulators, and other thought leaders who have come together to ensure a successful and sustainable plug-In electric vehicle (PEV) market in California.

She was Vice President, Corporate Communications, for Edison International and Southern California Edison. She was also president of two Edison International subsidiaries: Edison EV and Edison Utility Alliances. Additionally, she has been Executive Director of The Climate Registry, a GHG Registry governed by 41 U.S. states and all the Canadian provinces. Before that, she was President of the California Climate Action Registry.


EdBegleyJrEd Begley, Jr.
Actor and environmental activist

When it comes to taking personal responsibility for the environment, few individuals can match the record of actor and activist Ed Begley, Jr. Known for turning up at Hollywood events on his bicycle, he has served as chairman of the Environmental Media Association and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. He serves on the boards of many organizations, including the Thoreau Institute and the Midnight Mission, His work has earned awards from numerous environmental groups including the California League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Coalition for Clean Air, Heal the Bay, the Santa Monica Baykeeper and the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation. Currently, he is the co-star of the hit Planet Green series Living with Ed, a look at the day-to-day realities of “living green” with his wife Rachelle Carson, who’s not quite as enthusiastic about a rain barrel as he. The series has currently just finished airing its 3rd season. His first book, Living Like Ed, hit the streets nationally in February 2008, and the second book, Ed Begley’s Guide to Sustainable Living came out in August of 2009.

Begley lives in Studio City, CA in a small, energy efficient home with his wife and co-star Rachelle Carson and their daughter Hayden.


Governing Board Biographies

Linda AdamsLinda Adams, Chair
Former Secretary for Environmental Protection
California Environmental Protection Agency
Partner, Clean Tech Advocates

Linda S. Adams, former Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency, is a founding partner of Clean Tech Advocates, a firm dedicated to promoting innovative technologies.

Prior to forming this new team in the private sector, Linda served in cabinet-level positions with three governors during her distinguished career with the State of California. Ms. Adams held key positions in both the Executive and Legislative branches during her many years in public service.

In 2006, Ms. Adams was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as Secretary of the California Environmental Agency (CalEPA), the first woman to serve in that position. Immediately upon her appointment, she was designated the governor’s lead negotiator on AB 32, California’s ground breaking climate change and clean energy measure. When Governor Jerry Brown was elected in 2010, Linda was asked to continue as Secretary of CalEPA and to assist in the transition.

Ms. Adams holds the position of the chair of the Climate Action Reserve, North America’s premier carbon registry. She also serves on the boards of the Pacific Forest Trust, the Delta Vision Foundation, the California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance, and is the founding President of R 20-Regions of Climate Action.

 


Peter MillerPeter M. Miller, Secretary
Senior Scientist
Natural Resources Defense Council

Peter Miller is a Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) with over 25 years experience in energy and climate policy. His work is focused on California energy policy, AB32 implementation, GHG emissions accounting and offsets. He is currently a boardmember of the Climate Action Reserve (CAR) and has served on the California Board for Energy Efficiency and on both Independent Review Panels evaluating the Public Interest Energy Research program at the California Energy Commission. Mr. Miller has degrees from Dartmouth College and Reed College. He is married to Anne Schonfield, has two children, and lives in Berkeley.

 


Jeffrey KightlingerJeffrey Kightlinger, Treasurer
General Manager
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Jeffrey Kightlinger is General Manager and Chief Executive Officer for The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. As General Manager, he is responsible for directing the activities of the District to fulfill Metropolitan’s mission of delivering high-quality water to 19 million residents in Southern California. The General Manager reports directly to the Board of Directors and provides leadership and management of the District’s public policies and strategic initiatives, assets and resources, and all administrative, operational and financial activities for Metropolitan. Prior to his appointment in 2006 as General Manager, he was General Counsel for the District directing the legal affairs of Metropolitan. Before joining Metropolitan in 1995, Mr. Kightlinger was in private legal practice representing a number of public agencies on environmental issues. He is a Governor’s appointee to California’s Bay Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force – Stakeholders Committee and a board member on the UCLA Continuing Education Sustainability Advisory Board, among other activities. Mr. Kightlinger earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley and a law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law.


Jan SchoriJan Schori, Audit Committee Chair
Retired General Manager
Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Jan Schori is of counsel to the law firm Downey Brand LLP in Sacramento, CA. She is the former general manager and chief executive officer of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), the nation’s sixth largest publicly owned electric utility. During her 14 year tenure as CEO, the utility earned a strong reputation for its renewable energy and energy efficiency programs as well as the national number one ranking in commercial customer satisfaction by JD Power & Associates. Prior to serving as CEO she spent 15 years on the legal staff at SMUD, the last 5 as general counsel. She is past chair of the American Public Power Association, the Large Public Power Council, and the California Municipal Utilities Association. She is also past chair of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and served on the board of the Alliance to Save Energy. She was elected in 2009 to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) board as an independent trustee. NERC is responsible for the reliability of the US and Canadian bulk power grid. She continues to serve on the board of the Climate Action Reserve which develops protocols and tracks greenhouse gas reduction projects, and the board of Cal CEF Innovations, whose goal is to design and pilot business models, financial products and public policies that accelerate adoption of clean energy technologies.


Steve CorneliSteve Corneli
Senior Vice President, Policy, Strategy & Sustainability
NRG Energy

Steve Corneli is NRG Energy’s Senior Vice President for Sustainability, Strategy and Policy, with a primary focus on clean technologies and sustainable enterprises. Steve has previously served as NRG’s Senior Vice President of Market and Climate Policy and as NRG’s Vice President of Regulatory and Government Affairs.

Prior to joining NRG, Steve served in the Minnesota Attorney General’s office and was manager of the office’s utility consumer advocate division. He also has worked at the law firm of Leonard, Street and Deinard and was an adjunct faculty member of the
University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Earlier in his career, he operated a 600 acre family farm in Wisconsin for more than a decade.

Steve has a Master’s degree in public affairs from the Humphrey Institute with a concentration in energy, environment and technology policy, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John’s College.


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Cynthia Cory
Director, Environmental Affairs
California Farm Bureau Federation

Cynthia L. Cory is the Director of Environmental Affairs for the California Farm Bureau Federation. She has worked on a wide variety of state and national agricultural issues for the Farm Bureau over the past twenty-one years. Her current focus is air quality and climate change but she also works on biotechnology and invasive species/pest prevention, eradication and control issues. Previously, she worked for several private and public organizations over a ten-year period on short and long-term agronomic research projects throughout Africa. Ms. Cory has a M.S. in International Agricultural Development (emphasis Agronomy/Genetics) and a B.S. in Agronomy.


Marnie FunkMarnie Funk
Senior Government Relations Advisor
Shell

Marnie Funk is a Senior Advisor and Director of CO2 Advocacy for Shell. In that role, she advocates with Congress and the Administration and engages with third party stakeholders on issues related to oil sands, climate change, air, water and renewables. Prior to joining Shell, she worked for 10 years in the House and Senate, serving with a leadership office and two energy committees: Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee under the leadership of Chairman Pete Domenici and House Resources Committee under the leadership of Chairman James V. Hansen. She also worked for the House Republican Conference under the leadership of J. C. Watts. Early in her career, Ms. Funk worked as a newspaper reporter in Salt Lake City Utah. Her work received more than 20 state and regional journalism awards. She attended Utah State University and holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. She serves on the boards of the Climate Action Reserve, the DC chapter of the Women’s Energy Network and the National Energy Resources Organization (NERO.)

 


Marnie FunkRodolfo Lacy Tamayo
Undersecretary for Environmental Policy and Planning
Mexico Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources

Rodolfo Lacy is the Deputy Secretary of Planning and Policy at SEMARNAT (Mexican Environment Ministry). He is responsible for the development of national environmental policy and planning of environmental government actions. Under his direction was elaborated the National Climate Change Strategy and the fuel tax policy by carbon emissions.

Prior joining the SEMARNAT, Rodolfo was Director of Programs and Projects in the “Mario Molina” Center for Studies on Energy and Environment, where he lead different projects related with renewable energy, emission inventory, climate change and sustainable use of natural resources.

His career spans more than 30 years, Rodolfo has served as a teacher, consultant and public employee in both federal and local levels; some of the positions held throughout his career are: Chief of Staff of the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, General Director of Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution of the Mexico City Government, Director of Environmental Planning in the Ministry of Urban Development and Ecology, Management Director of the consultant company Environmental Specialists.

He was the founder and first President of the Mexican Environmental Engineers Association.

Rodolfo is pursuing a PhD studies in Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the Autonomous Metropolitan University. He holds a MSc on Planning and Urban Studies by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has a bachelor degree in Environmental Engineering from the Autonomous Metropolitan University in Mexico City.


John LairdJohn Laird
Secretary
California Natural Resources Agency

John Laird was appointed California Secretary for Natural Resources by Governor Jerry Brown on Jan. 5, 2011. He has spent 35 years in public service, including 23 years as an elected official.

The son of teachers and raised in Vallejo, Laird graduated with honors in politics from the University of California Santa Cruz in 1972. He then served on the district staff of Representative Jerome Waldie, as well as a budget analyst for the Santa Cruz County Administrator.

In 1981, Laird was elected to the Santa Cruz City Council, serving nine years until term limits ended his council service in 1990. He was a two-term mayor from 1983 to 1984 and 1987 to 1988. During his local government service, he was a board member for local transit, transportation, water planning, and regional government agencies. Laird was the executive director of the Santa Cruz AIDS Project from 1991 to 1994 and an elected member of the Cabrillo College Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2002.

In 2002, Laird was elected to represent the 27th Assembly District in the California Assembly, which includes portions of Santa Cruz, Monterey and Santa Clara Counties. He was re-elected in 2004 and again in 2006, when he received more than 70 percent of the vote. At the beginning of his second term, Laird joined the Assembly leadership team when Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez named him chair of the Budget Committee, a position to which he was reappointed by Assembly Speaker Karen Bass in 2008.

While serving the maximum three terms, Laird authored 82 bills that were signed into law. These bills established the landmark Sierra Nevada Conservancy, restored community college health services, expanded and clarified state civil rights protections, reformed the state mandates system, and significantly expanded water conservation.

Laird was a member of the State Integrated Waste Management Board from 2008 to 2009. Most recently, he taught state environmental policy at University of California Santa Cruz.

Laird has been a long-time resident of Santa Cruz with his spouse John Flores. He has traveled extensively, is fluent in Spanish, enjoys conducting family history research, andis a life-long Chicago Cubs fan.

 


Peter LiuPeter Liu
Managing Director
Clean Energy Advantage Partners
Founder
New Resource Bank

Peter has launched several companies that are active today in clean energy and resource efficiency. He is the managing director and co-founder of Clean Energy Advantage Partners which helps corporations make tax advantaged investments in renewable energy projects. He is the founder New Resource Bank, which opened in 2006 as the first green commercial bank in the US and was also a founding director for Ecologic Brands.

Peter was formerly at Credit Suisse and JP Morgan Chase focusing on energy and project finance. He also served on the clean technology advisory board for the California Public Employees Retirement Systems and the California Teachers Retirement Systems. In policy and philanthropy, Peter is the co-founder of the China US Energy Efficiency Alliance and serves as a director for the Christensen Fund, the Bay Area Open Space Council and the Climate Action Reserve.

Peter has a technical background in energy and the environment, serving as engineer for the Chevron Corporation and the California Air Resource Board. He graduated from UC Berkeley Engineering and Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School.


Betsy MolerBetsy Moler
Retired Executive Vice President, Government Affairs and Policy
Exelon Corporation
Former Chair
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Betsy Moler recently retired from Exelon Corporation where she served as Executive Vice President, Government Affairs and Policy. She headed the company’s Washington, DC office for 10+ years. She joined Exelon (formerly Unicom) in January, 2000. During 1999 she was a partner in the law firm of Vinson & Elkins and a member of the Unicom Board of Directors. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Schlumberger Limited, the world’s leading oil field service company.

Ms. Moler is a nationally recognized energy policy expert, with particular emphasis on electricity markets, transmission policy, and climate change. She was responsible for all aspects of Exelon’s federal government affairs initiatives. She led Exelon’s team on climate change policy issues.

Ms. Moler had a long career in government service. She was a staff member on Capitol Hill for 20 years. She served as Senior Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources from 1976 to 1988 under Senators Henry M. (“Scoop”) Jackson and J. Bennett Johnston.

She was appointed by three different Presidents (Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton) and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) from 1988-1997. In 1993, President Clinton designated her as Chair of the Commission. Under her leadership FERC adopted a landmark initiative (Order Nos. 888 and 889) to require utilities to open their transmission lines on an equal access basis to their competitors, paving the way for robust wholesale competitive electricity markets.

In June 1997 she was appointed by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). At DOE she served as the Chief Operating Officer. As COO she managed the day-to-day operation of a $16 billion budget with more than 10,000 federal employees and over 100,000 contract employees.

She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from American University in Washington, DC, and a Juris Doctor degree from George Washington University, also in Washington. She is married to Thomas B. Williams, and has two children, Blake and Eleanor Williams, who are both college students.


Heather O'NeillHeather O’Neill
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships
Advanced Energy Economy

Heather O’Neill is responsible for deepening and broadening AEE’s relationships with funders, foundations, and building partnerships with allied organizations that advance industry growth. Before joining AEE, Heather was a program officer at the Robertson Foundation, leading the foundation’s energy and environment efforts. Previously, she was Director, Public Affairs for Danco Laboratories, LLC, a start-up women’s health pharmaceutical company.

Heather graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in Government and returned to Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government to receive a Master in Public Policy.


board_tim-profetaTim Profeta
Director, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Assoc Prof of the Practice at the Sanford School of Public Policy
Duke University

Tim Profeta came to Duke on June 1, 2005, as founding director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Prior to his arrival, he served as Counsel for the Environment to Senator Joseph Lieberman. As Lieberman’s counsel, Mr. Profeta was a principal architect of the Lieberman-McCain Climate Stewardship Act of 2003. He also represented Lieberman in legislative negotiations pertaining to environmental and energy issues, as well as coordinating the senator’s energy and environmental portfolio during his runs for national office. Mr. Profeta has served as a visiting lecturer at Duke Law School, where he taught a weekly seminar on the evolution of environmental law and the Endangered Species Act. Before joining Lieberman’s staff, he was a law clerk for Judge Paul L. Friedman, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.


Dr. Stephan Schwartzman
Director, Tropical Forest Policy
Environmental Defense Fund

Anthropologist Steve Schwartzman lived with the Panará tribe in Mato Grosso, Brazil for a year and a half in the early 1980s and learned their unwritten language. He subsequently defended his PhD thesis on the group at the University of Chicago. Dr. Schwartzman worked closely with the emerging Amazon rubber tappers’ movement in the western Amazon starting in 1985, and twice brought rubber tapper leader Chico Mendes to the United States. Since 1991, Dr. Schwartzman has worked with the Panará people, and NGO partner the Instituto Socioambiental, to help the Panará in their successful effort to recover 495,000 hectares of their traditional territory and ensure its legal recognition and protection.

Since 2002, Dr. Schwartzman has worked with grassroots groups and NGOs for the creation of a reserve mosaic in the Terra do Meio region of the Amazon state of Pará. Between 2004 and 2008 the Brazilian government, in response to civil society advocacy, created ~8 million ha. of new parks and extractive reserves in the lawless frontier region. This established a continuous corridor of indigenous lands and conservation units of 26 million ha. in the Xingu river basin, the largest tropical forest reserves corridor in the world. Dr. Schwartzman leads EDF’s work with a consortium of Brazilian NGOs, grassroots organizations, government agencies and indigenous and traditional communities to implement and protect the reserves.

Dr. Schwartzman also initiated EDF’s efforts to create large-scale incentives for tropical countries to reduce their deforestation through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and in the emerging US emissions control regime, with Brazilian and other international partners. He leads EDF’s international work on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation in Developing Countries.