ET Summit 2019


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Ammi Amarnath

Sr. Technical Executive, Energy Utilization Research Area, Electric Power Research Institute

Ammi Amarnath is a Sr. Technical Executive in EPRI’s Energy Utilization Research Area. He leads a team in the research, development, deployment, and market transformation of EE and DR technologies, including advanced refrigeration technologies for large commercial and industrial sectors and related smart technologies for smart grid integration. Amarnath has a Bachelor of Engineering (India) and a Master of Science (UC Santa Barbara) in chemical engineering. He also has an MBA from the University of Houston.


Nancy Ander

Deputy Director, Office of Sustainability, California Department of General Services

Nancy Ander is Deputy Director of the Office of Sustainability at the DGS. She is responsible for greening state facilities, including the development of sustainability policies in areas such as ZNE buildings and implementation of sustainability programs. Prior, Ander was Manager at SCE and led the planning of SCE’s energy efficiency and demand response portfolio. Before coming to SCE, she supported public policy at the CEC. Ander has a bachelor’s in civil engineering and is a professional engineer.


Antonio M. Bouza

Technology Manager, Building Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

Antonio M. Bouza is Technology Manager of the U.S. DOE Building Technologies Office. He is the emerging technologies lead on HVAC, water heating, and appliances research. He is also the U.S. National Executive Committee delegate to the IEA’s Heat Pump Program. A member of ASME, SIAM, and ASHRAE, Bouza has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Johns Hopkins University.


Steve Chalk

VP, Strategic Marketing Innovations

During his 29 years at the DOE, Steve Chalk directed clean energy technology programs in senior executive posts, including Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Renewable Power, DAS for Energy Efficiency, DAS for Sustainable Transportation, and DAS for Operations. Earlier, he directed R&D programs in solar energy, hydrogen and fuel cells, building energy efficiency, and tritium production research. Chalk has received three Presidential Rank Awards and the Partnership for Public Service’s Science and Environment medal.


Dallen Coulter

Engineer, SCE

Dallen Coulter is an engineer at SCE who specializes in project management of energy-efficiency-focused projects with stakeholders, including technical and policy oversight toward achieving energy efficiency program goals. Most recently, Coulter has been planning and coordinating with various stakeholders on the potential impacts of Normalized Metered Energy Consumption within programs and energy efficiency.


Aaron Daly

Global Director, Energy Management, Whole Foods Market

Aaron Daly is Global Director of Energy Management for Whole Foods Market and oversees the company’s programs in energy procurement, energy efficiency, and renewable and onsite power generation. Prior to Whole Foods Market, Daly was a National Account Manager at PECI, a not-for-profit energy efficiency consulting group based in Portland, Oregon. Daly is a Certified Energy Manager and has a Master of Science in energy management from Sonoma State University.


Ruth Ann Davis

VP, Strategic Markets & Relationships, Williams

Ruth Ann Davis has been employed by Williams for 29 years and serves the HVACR industry as an advocate of energy and the environment through utilities, AGA, ESC, C4BES, AHRI, HRAI, HARDI, and WHVACR. Williams will release heating products with 37 percent improved efficiency and ultra-low NOx, CO, and methane that improve furnace operation and control, provide greater comfort and safety, and reduce costs.


Ron Domitrovic

Program Manager, Electric Power Research Institute

Ron Domitrovic, as Program Manager of End-Use Energy Efficiency and Demand Response at the EPRI, is responsible for guiding research related to end-use equipment, including lighting, data centers, appliances, air conditioning, and refrigeration. Prior, he was President of Redwood Electric Corp. and had conducted research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Building Technologies Center. Domitrovic has a BS from Carnegie Mellon University, an MS from the University of Florida, and a PhD from the University of Tennessee.


Bryan Dove

Director, Asset Management, Mutual Housing California

At Mutual Housing California, Bryan Dove is responsible for the overall performance of the affordable housing portfolio. He plans physical improvements, sustains investor and lender relationships, evaluates refinancing opportunities, and directs sustainability initiatives. Prior, he was an asset manager and housing developer with nonprofit affordable housing agencies. Dove has a master’s in urban design and planning with a specialization in real estate development from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s from UC Irvine.


Kim Erickson

Principal Program Manager, Consortium for Energy Efficiency

Kim Erickson, Principal Program Manager at the CEE, has been managing its Emerging Technologies Collaborative since 2014, working with emerging opportunities program managers from across the U.S. and Canada to enable more effective consideration of new energy program opportunities. Prior, Erickson spent 6 years on CEE’s Commercial Team, managed a foodservice equipment dealership, and worked with environmental advocacy organizations. She has a BA in geography from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Farrah Farzaneh

Director, Facilities Planning & Construction, San Bernardino Community College District

Farrah Farzaneh is Director of Facilities Planning & Construction for San Bernardino Community College District. She has 11 years of program management, project management, and construction management experience, from inception to closeout. Farzaneh is a Certified Construction Manager, certified Design Build Professional, and a credentialed LEED expert (LEED AP BD+C). She has a master’s in construction management and a bachelor’s in business administration with an emphasis in real estate development and finance from USC.


Jessica Granderson

Staff Scientist and Deputy for Research Programs, Building Technology and Urban Systems Division, Berkeley Lab

Dr. Jessica Granderson is a Staff Scientist and the Deputy of Research Programs for the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dr. Granderson has a PhD from UC Berkeley and an AB from Harvard University, both in mechanical engineering. Her research focuses on building energy performance monitoring and diagnostics, advanced measurement and verification, and intelligent lighting controls. In 2015, she received the C3E Award for leadership in research.


Michael Groppi

COO / Chief Engineer, Energy & Sustainability, CBRE

Michael Groppi is responsible for CBRE’s global utility data aggregation/analysis systems, the development of new energy and sustainability solutions, investigation of cutting-edge technologies, thought leadership, supplier screening, and management of E&S supplier alliances. He also supports CBRE operations / business development teams and serves as the Chief Engineer for the CBRE Energy & Sustainability team.


Alyssa Gutner-Davis

Program Manager, Southern California Energy Innovation Network, Cleantech San Diego

As Program Manager for Cleantech San Diego, Gutner-Davis oversees the Southern California Energy Innovation Network (SCEIN), an incubator program funded by a CEC grant. SCEIN provides clean energy startups with free services that accelerate their commercialization. Prior, Gutner-Davis was an International Entrepreneur Coordinator for Keiretsu Forum and connected U.S.-based entrepreneurs with angel investor groups in Bangalore, India. She also served as Director of International Alliances and Partnerships for USI Accelerator, which matches U.S. startups with Indian businesses and customers.


Cathy Higgins

Research Director, New Buildings Institute

NBI Research Director Cathy Higgins has over 25 years in energy efficiency strategic planning, research, policy, and large-scale project management. At NBI, she manages work involving zero energy (ZE) buildings, measured performance, emerging technologies, and market assessment. Higgins is leading a $5 million field demonstration in Los Angeles of shading and lighting technologies. Recent projects include the New York Getting to Zero Status Report and a gap analysis of California ZE emerging technologies.


Thomas Howard

President, Lee’s Air

Thomas Howard is President and Partner of Lee’s Air in Fresno, California. Howard has been in the industry for about 20 years and purchased his own company 7 years ago. Lee’s Air focuses on the residential and light commercial retrofit and replacement market. In business since 1981, the company currently employs 72 people.


Karl Johnson

Founder & CEO, BeyondFire

Karl Johnson, Founder and CEO of BeyondFire, has 40 years of experience leading energy efficient technology innovation, demonstrations, deployment, market connection, strategic planning, and policy development with Stanford University, utility companies, EPRI, CIEE at UC Berkeley, CEC, and the CPUC as well as consulting. Johnson’s main focus is on zero carbon solutions, including zero net energy solutions, direct-current building microgrids, embodied carbon of buildings, and sustainable utility infrastructures.


Drew L. Johnstone

Sustainability Analyst, City of Santa Monica

Drew L. Johnstone is in the City of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment. He is responsible for implementing green building and energy policy and administering programs that help Santa Monica achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.



David Jump

Director, kW Engineering

Professional engineer David Jump is a Director at kW Engineering with 22 years’ experience providing project development, retro-commissioning, and M&V services to utilities and commercial/industrial customers. Jump contributed to the FEMP M&V Guidelines, ASHRAE Guideline 14, and the IPMVP, among others. He has developed M&V software and validation protocols for proprietary M&V methods and researched the benefits of using advanced modeling methods with smart meter data. He currently helps California program administrators design and implement meter-based efficiency programs.


Bryan Jungers

Lead Analyst, Technology Assessment, E Source

Bryan Jungers conducts research on emerging, energy efficient, and distributed energy resource technologies. He has over 15 years of experience as an energy engineer and research analyst, including for EPRI, the CEC, and UC Davis. Jungers worked as a research manager and product manager before becoming a Lead Analyst at E Source. He holds a BS in environmental engineering from Humboldt State University and an MS in civil and environmental engineering from UC Davis.


Aanchal Kohli

Air Resources Engineer, California Air Resources Board

At the California Air Resources Board, Dr. Aanchal Kohli develops policies and regulations to reduce emissions of F-gas from the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector. Dr. Kohli has worked with local governments and environmental nonprofits on air pollution, climate change, and renewable energy and developed an app to increase air pollution awareness and public health protection. Dr. Kohli has a doctorate in environmental science and engineering and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from UCLA.


Alice La Pierre

Energy Efficiency Coordinator, City of Berkeley

Alice La Pierre began her architecture career at Wellesley College and MIT, finishing at UC Berkeley’s Department of Architecture with a concentration in building science. She began work at the City of Berkeley’s Energy Office in 1998 and completed more than sixty municipal energy retrofit projects, ranging from lighting and controls upgrades to whole-building performance testing and building commissioning of the City of Berkeley’s Central Library, a 108,000 sq ft building.


Josette Lewis

Director, Agricultural Affairs, Almond Board of California

Josette Lewis oversees agricultural research for the Almond Board of California. Her diverse career in agriculture spans 25 years, including serving as Associate VP of the Environmental Defense Fund, Associate Director of the UC Davis World Food Center, and Director of Agriculture Development for Arcadia Biosciences. Prior, Dr. Lewis spent 16 years with the U.S. Agency for International Development working on the role of agriculture in poverty reduction and economic development.


Guann-Pyng (G.P.) Li

Division Director, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology

Guann-Pyng Li is a professor at UC Irvine, with appointments in electrical engineering and computer science, and biomedical engineering. At UCI, he also serves as Division Director of Calit2 and Director of the CalPlug research center. Li holds 33 U.S. patents, has 15 patents pending, and has published more than 400 research papers involving microelectronic technologies, microwave circuit design, microelectromechanical systems for communication and biomedical instrumentation applications, and IoT for energy efficiency.


Frank Loge

Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Davis; Director, Center for Water-Energy Efficiency, UC Davis

Frank Loge began his career studying water and wastewater treatment and has since expanded to the interconnected relationship between energy, water, and GHG emissions. He advocates for fundamental research to advance knowledge, as well as the development and deployment of technologies or policies that improve environmental quality and the efficiency of resource consumption. A licensed professional engineer, Dr. Loge has a PhD in civil and environmental engineering from UC Davis.


Chris Malotte

Sr. Advisor, SCE

At SCE, Chris Malotte helps manage the regulatory, policy, and strategy aspects of SCE’s Public Sector demand-side management (DSM) programs. Malotte’s experience includes developing new public sector programs, managing the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative, and being SCE coordination lead for SoCalREN and Tri County REN. Prior to SCE, Malotte worked at APS in Arizona, managing electric vehicle and renewables programs and assessing new technologies’ role in the changing utility landscape.


Ryan McFadyen

Engineer, Building Electrification, SCE

Ryan McFadyen is a professional mechanical engineer with 12 years of experience in the field of energy engineering, supporting energy efficiency and demand response utility incentive programs. His areas of expertise include energy modeling and California Title 24 energy standards. Recently, McFadyen has begun working in the areas of building decarbonization and electrification.


Mark Milby

Manager, Energy Efficiency R&D, Commonwealth Edison

Mark Milby leads emerging technology efforts to drive the evolution of ComEd’s $350-million-per-year energy efficiency portfolio and help ensure that ComEd can cost-effectively meet aggressive future energy savings goals. ComEd provides electric service to Chicago and northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. Prior to ComEd, Milby served as a program manager for the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance. He has degrees from Indiana University and the University of Georgia.


Mark Modera

Director, Energy and Efficiency Institute / Western Cooling Efficiency Center, UC Davis

Mark Modera in the faculty director of both the EEI and the WCEC at UC Davis, research centers that have conducted numerous projects over the past decade for the emerging technology programs and the CEC. One large project underway is the development of an Energy Efficiency Hub to readily provide unbiased analyses of distributed energy resources to institutional purchasers of energy end-use products. Dr. Modera has devoted his entire career to energy efficiency products and strategies.


Sarah Monohon

Consultant, Evergreen Economics

Sarah Monohon, Consultant at Evergreen Economics, uses the R and SQL programming languages to develop and implement analytical solutions. Responsible for data cleaning and analysis, complex statistical modeling, and developing web tools with interactive graphics and dashboards, Monohon was the lead analyst during the development and testing of Evergreen’s AMI Customer Segmentation modeling approach. Currently, she estimates individual and pooled baseline models for commercial chain businesses to test the feasibility of a streamlined NMEC program.


Eric Noller

Principal, Energy Resources Integration

Eric Noller, Principal at ERI, is focused on energy efficiency program design, implementation planning, and strategic sector-based product development. He oversees the engineering team and provides direct client support ranging from program and product development to outreach strategy. Noller directs ERI’s efforts for utility energy efficiency programs, including integrated energy audits, technical reviews, workpapers, and program research. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering, and he is a licensed professional engineer.


Randy Opdyke

Energy Efficiency Manager, Planning, Evaluation and Analytics, Nicor Gas

Randy Opdyke is Energy Efficiency Manager of Planning, Evaluation and Analytics at Nicor Gas and manages the Emerging Technology and Market Transformation Programs. With a bachelor’s in industrial management from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management, he’s a certified Project Management Professional, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and Agile Scrum Master. Opdyke has 2 years’ experience as Plant Manager of a steel service center and 18 years’ experience in the steel industry as Senior Project Engineer.


Abhijeet Pande

VP, Research and Technology Commercialization, TRC

Abhijeet Pande, VP of Research and Technology Commercialization at TRC, leads a team of consultants and partners in maximizing energy savings through developing holistic approaches that combine innovative efficiency solutions, emerging technologies, demand response, renewable energy generation, and other distributed energy resources. One focus of his work is tech-to-market initiatives that move innovative ideas into the marketplace through demonstrations, programs, and codes.


Jim Parks

Director, Customer Care and Marketing, SMUD

Jim Parks is currently on loan to Valley Clean Energy, a community choice aggregator serving most of Yolo County, California. As the Director of Customer Care and Marketing, he oversees customer outreach, marketing initiatives, development of customer programs, and more. He has worked in the utility industry for 30 years.


Helle Petersen

Project Manager, Water, Energy and Technology Center, Fresno State

Helle Petersen joined the WET Center at Fresno State in 2011, where she serves as Program Manager. She has actively worked in innovation and entrepreneurship for most of her career, first as part of the Central Valley Business Incubator and later at Fresno State and the WET Center. Petersen earned a Master of Science in environmental engineering from the Technical University of Denmark and is an alum of Fresno State’s MBA program.


David Phillips

Associate VP, Energy and Sustainability, University of California, Office of the President

David Phillips provides strategic leadership for energy and sustainability initiatives across the University of California, which includes ten campuses, five medical centers, and three national labs. One key focus is developing plans and actions to reach systemwide carbon neutrality by 2025. Phillips was formerly Director of Utilities at UC Davis, where he managed its city-scale water, waste, and energy systems. Phillips has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UC Davis and is a California-registered professional engineer.


Theresa Pistochini

Engineering Manager, Energy and Efficiency Institute, UC Davis

Theresa Pistochini is the Engineering Manager at the UC Davis Energy and Efficiency Institute (EEI). With 10 years of experience in applied research in energy efficiency in buildings, Pistochini led the development and construction of the HVAC testing laboratory in 2013 and provides technical management for the EEI engineering staff, reviewing project progress, including experimental plans, analyses, results, and publications. Pistochini earned her MS from UC Davis and is a professional engineer.


Kevin M. Powell

Director, Emerging Building Technologies, U.S. General Services Administration

Kevin M. Powell, Director of Emerging Building Technologies for the GSA’s Public Buildings Service (PBS) and Program Director for the GSA Proving Ground (GPG), identifies innovative technologies, practices, and processes that optimize how PBS designs, delivers, and operates over 185 million square feet of federal real estate. With two decades in building science, design research. and policy analysis, Powell manages over twenty active test-bed projects in next-generation building envelope, energy management, HVAC, lighting, and lighting control systems.


Gene Rodrigues


Gene Rodrigues, VP at ICF, works with utilities and governments to envision, plan, and implement distributed clean energy policies, programs, and initiatives. Rodrigues also serves on the board of directors of the ACEEE, as Vice Chair of the California Efficiency + Demand Management Council, and as Co-Chair of the Alliance to Save Energy’s Honorable Charles H. Percy Society. Prior to ICF, Rodrigues oversaw SCE’s portfolio of DSM and customer assistance programs for 23 years.


Katie Sloan

Director, eMobility and Building Electrification, SCE

Katie Sloan is Director of eMobility and Building Electrification at SCE, responsible for vehicle and building electrification programs and services, with a planned budget of over $1 billion. Named one of “40 under 40” people to watch by Pasadena Magazine, Sloan serves on the boards of CALSTART and Beyond the Block. She has a master’s degree in regulatory economics and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from New Mexico State University.


Erik Stokes

Manager, CEC

Erik Stokes heads the Energy Deployment and Market Facilitation Office at the CEC, where he and his team oversee programs to foster clean energy entrepreneurship across the state. Stokes has been with the commission for 12 years, all with the Research and Development Division. Prior, he worked in the computer sector, helping develop next-generation data storage technologies. Stokes has a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and a master’s degree in business administration.


Sharon Tomkins

VP, Strategy and Engagement, SoCalGas

Sharon Tomkins is VP of Strategy and Engagement at SoCalGas. Prior, she was a partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP and founding member of the firm’s Energy, Natural Resources & Environmental practice. She also developed and taught Energy Law, Policy & Climate Change at UCLA School of Law. Tomkins graduated Order of the Coif from the USC Gould School of Law and received her undergraduate degree in English, with High Distinction, from PennState.


Nneka Uzoh

Director, Energy Innovation, Elemental Excelerator

Nneka Uzoh is Director of Energy Innovation at Elemental Excelerator. She leads Elemental’s energy vertical and supports its energy portfolio companies on their path to scale, leveraging her experience incorporating innovation into PG&E and NextEra Energy Resources and creating inventive solutions to address underlying issues. In her roles, Uzoh has ushered billion-dollar deals and projects related to mergers and acquisitions, capital investments, energy and sustainability, customer strategy and experience, innovation, and organizational design.


Danielle Wright

Executive Director, North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council

Danielle Wright is the executive director of the NASRC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of commercial refrigeration. For the past decade, she has been working in the grocery and food retail sector with a focus on energy efficiency and sustainability. Prior to her current role, she managed the PG&E EnergySmart Grocer program to implement energy-saving retrofits in supermarkets.


Stephanie Yanchinski

Executive Director, FLOW/Rocket Fund, The Resnick Sustainability Institute, California Institute of Technology

As FLOW/Rocket Fund Executive Director, Stephanie Yanchinski oversees the commercialization programs at Caltech's Resnick Sustainability Institute. Trained as a scientist, Yanchinski built a successful consulting company serving a diverse high-tech clientele, seeking finance and partners, in London, Europe, Singapore, and Canada. At Caltech, she’s helped over 300 cleantech companies and launched the Rocket Fund, in partnership with SCE, PG&E, SDG&E, SCG, SMUD, LADWP, and the Moxie Foundation.


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