Nicole Lederer, E2 Co-Founder
Nicole Lederer is Chairman and Co-Founder of Environmental Entrepreneurs, focusing on growing E2’s pro-environment business constituency, establishing collaboration between business and environmental leaders and creating a positive dialogue with legislators at the state and national levels. She leads E2’s Advisory Council where E2’s regional and national strategies are formulated and managed. Nicole also leads E2’s federal advocacy agenda, supporting policies that foster environmental innovation, sustainable economic development and green job creation. Since 2002, she has led E2 delegations to Washington to meet with House and Senate members, as well as representatives from the Executive Branch. Nicole serves on the board of NRDC. She is a frequent speaker on green job creation and other business benefits related to environmental policy.
Bob Epstein, E2 Co-Founder
Bob Epstein is an entrepreneur and engineer with a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a co-founder of five companies: Sybase, New Resource Bank, GetActive Software, Colorado Microdisplay and Britton-Lee. Bob currently splits his professional time between his roles as co-founder of Environmental Entrepreneurs, Director of New Resource Bank, Advisory Board for the Goldman School of Public Policy and Chairman of the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund. Bob’s community activities are focused on the environment, public education, urban food systems and opera.
Jay Baldwin, E2 Chapter Director
Jay Baldwin is a Green Industry investor and strategic advisor focusing primarily on commercial building products and services. Through Wind River Capital Partners, he follows private equity offerings by providing merchant banking services and through angel investment organizations. Prior to forming Wind River Capital Partners in 1993, Jay co-founded City Gardens, Inc. in 1975, which grew to be the third largest interior landscaping service in the United States with over 200 hundred employees operating in seven states. Jay serves on the boards of Grow-tech, Inc. and The Charles River Conservancy.
Laura Berland-Shane, E2 Chapter Director
Laura Berland-Shane’as career spans more than 15 years in the cleantech industry, including management roles in solar, demand response, building technology as well as in advocacy, non-profit development and fundraising. Her most recent role was Western Region Utilities Director for Greenlots – a leading provider of electric vehicle infrastructure. Currently, Laura is focused on expanding the infrastructure for Electric Vehicles Laura has also focused her skills on advancing sustainability within the community, state and federal domains. Laura additionally serves as So Cal Chapter Director for E2/Environmental Entrepreneurs – a national non-profit advocacy group for business professionals. Laura has a BA in International Relations from Brown University and an MBA in finance from The Wharton School, and is a LEED AP.
“I was attracted to E2’s mission and the ability to interact with like-minded business professionals,” Laura explains. “I consider myself well-informed, but it’s illuminating to hear from NRDC experts on a range of topics – oceans, water, AB 32. It’s refreshing to hear intelligent debate and review from folks who are actually working on this every day, and to learn more about legislative challenges and victories from those who are doing the work and making policy happen. Rather than just reading about it, I’m hearing it straight from the frontline. E2 is geared towards someone who’s in the industry and aware of the overall picture, but needs and wants more details and information on how to get involved and make change happen”.
Laura serves as an E2 Chapter Director in Southern California. As a Chapter Director, Laura hopes to strengthen E2 membership in Southern California through convening EcoSalons, organizing and participating in State and Federal advocacy trips, as well as continuing to publicize E2’s influential national and local studies.
Christina Erickson, E2 Chapter Director
Christina Erickson is the Founder and Principal of Green By Design, LLC. Prior to her leap into the green economy in 2002, Christina practiced transactional and securities law with Arnold & Porter and Patton Boggs, LLP in Washington, DC. Christina is a graduate of Yale University, where she received a B.A. in History; she earned her law degree at Harvard Law School. Christina’s non-profit work is focused on scaling green business. She sits on the Board of Advisors to the Sustainable Business Council and is a member of the Sustainable City Task Force in Santa Monica, where she focuses on sustainable economic development. Christina lives in Santa Monica with her husband Sel, an investment manager, and their two boys.
Tim Sexton, E2 Chapter Director
Tim Sexton is a Founder and Principal of The Make Good Group, as well as co-founder of E2 Southern California. His firm helps its clients make good on their promises, make good in the world, and make good stuff by creating social impact strategies and programs that grow earnings and differentiate brands. He is a veteran of the content and digital industries, having served in senior management positions as both a creative and operating executive. Tim is also an Emmy Award winning producer who has served as an advisor, consultant, or senior executive to media companies, record labels, technology concerns, large public utilities, investment banks, professional sports franchises, healthcare systems, NGOs, ad agencies, public officials, and rock stars.Tim is also active as a director or advisor to the Alliance for Climate Education, Environmental Media Association, Rock the Vote, International Campaign to Ban Landmines, Liberty Hill Foundation, and others.
Dave Belote, E2 Chapter Director
Dave Belote is the Vice President for Federal Business at Apex Wind Energy, responsible for the origination and development of wind and solar projects dedicated to satisfying the power requirements of Federal entities. Before joining Apex, he created and was the first executive director of the Department of Defense Siting Clearinghouse—the “one-stop shop” for industry and Federal, State, and local government agencies to ensure utility-scale renewable energy and transmission projects are compatible with military operations and installations. A retired Air Force colonel, Dave commanded a squadron, a group, and a wing, earned two Bronze Stars, and served as installation commander for Nellis AFB, Creech AFB, and the 2.9-million-acre Nevada Test and Training Range—where he worked with business and civic organizations throughout the Southwest to help promote energy independence while protecting military training and testing venues. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Government and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and three master’s degrees (in business administration, airpower arts and sciences, and national security strategy), and is a candidate for the Doctor of Liberal Studies degree at Georgetown University.
Dianne Callan, E2 Chapter Director
Dianne Callan has over 30 years of professional experience, most recently as Vice President and General Counsel and Secretary for NMS Communications Corporation, a publicly-held telecommunications solutions provider. In addition, Ms. Callan previously served in other in-house positions, including Deputy General Counsel for Lotus Development Corporation for 10 years. Ms. Callan is currently a Visiting Attorney for Environmental Law Institute for whom she has co-authored articles on the Social Cost of Carbon and Big Data and Environmental Regulation.
Gordon Davidson, E2 Chapter Director
Gordon Davidson is a thought leader and serial entrepreneur in the environmental risk and renewable energy fields. He has co-founded four companies, including creating a new market for monetizing environmental risk transfers. He was named the first Director of EPA’s Office of Federal Facilities Enforcement program, overseeing the cleanup of federal facilities. Mr. Davidson is currently an executive consultant to the Department of Energy for its Energy Parks Initiative, designed to transform former nuclear weapons production sites into clean energy parks. Each of these 12 sites could see investments of billions of private sector dollars and generate thousands of jobs. He is also working with clean energy development teams to fund and develop biofuels and waste to electricity projects. Mr. Davidson is also an accomplished public speaker. He taught at Duke University’s School of the Environmental as an adjunct faculty member, and received his master’s degree from Duke.
David O’Leary, E2 Chapter Director
Dave O’Leary invests in early stage technology companies, focusing on solar energy and energy and resource efficiency. He serves as a board member, and provides strategic, market, and technical guidance to his portfolio companies. He is active in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and recycling policy discussions in Maryland. Prior to focusing on investing full time, Mr. O’Leary worked more than 20 years on Internet design, operations, and engineering, both as a service provider and with equipment manufacturers. During this time, he supported leading telecommunications and Internet service providers worldwide, and participated in the development of several router products and Internet standards in widespread use.
David Kolsrud, E2 Chapter Director
David Kolsrud has 18 years of proven experience in the renewable energy industries. He helped develop, organize, and fund over twenty projects. David’s expertise is used primarily in the areas of ethanol, biodiesel, and wind projects. In 2006, David formed DAK Renewable Energy Inc. DAK Renewable Energy manages eleven LLC’s with investments in multiple renewable projects. In 2011, David founded The Funding Farm, a company that invests in start-up companies. In 2012, The Funding Farm successfully funded 3 projects. David has been the Cooperative Manager at Agri-Energy LLC in Luverne, MN from 1995 until its sale to GEVO in 2010. He also represents owners on several companies’ board of directors. He is currently president of the board of directors for Windustry and on the advisory committee at the University of Minnesota for Bio Products and Bio Engineering. David attended the University of Minnesota from 1966-1970 majoring in Agricultural Education. In the fall of 1970, he was inducted into the US Military. He proudly served two years in the United States Army in Berlin, Germany as part of the Berlin Brigade. David and his wife Char continue their farming operation, which started in 1973. They have two grown children Jill and Chris.
Milt Pinsky, E2 Chapter Director
Milton Pinsky is the Chairman of Banner Real Estate Group, LLC and affiliates, which he founded in 1990. Milt received his JD and MBA from the University of Chicago. Today, Banner is an owner of and manages over 6,000 apartments and is an owner of a portfolio of self-storage and senior housing properties. Banner currently has approximately 250 employees. Banner’s stabilized portfolio is worth over $700 million, its development pipeline has a projected stabilized value of over $700 million and it has operations in 15 states.
Greg Smith, E2 Chapter Director
Greg Smith is founder, president and CEO of Energy Optimizers, USA, LLC, based in Tipp City, Ohio. The firm is a vendor neutral, full service energy efficiency and conservation company which specializes in assisting K-12 schools, local government agencies, and commercial organizations in reducing energy usage and expense. The organization’s mission is to improve the world by creating energy independence for our clients. Founded in 2009, the company has implemented more than $62 million in energy conservation projects and has eighteen full-time associates. Energy Optimizers, USA has been recognized by INC. 500 to the list of Fastest Growing Businesses in 2014, and the firm has received numerous local and regional awards in recognition of its growth and success. Energy Optimizers, USA was mentioned in President Obama’s speech on Clean Energy on August 24, 2015, and the firm’s executives have participated in numerous federal and statewide policy meetings on clean energy.
The company does business in six states – Ohio, North Carolina, Michigan, Indiana, West Virginia, and Kentucky.
Geoff Chapin, E2 Chapter Director
Geoff Chapin founded Next Step Living in 2008 after years as a teacher and strategy consultant largely focused on nonprofits and community development. Fast forward to 2014, when he was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year in New England. A member of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s Implementation Advisory Committee on the Global Warming Solutions Act and on the board of the New England Clean Energy Council, Geoff is a familiar face on Beacon Hill, in the clean energy community and in the greater community. Geoff believes that businesses don’t have to make a choice between being socially responsible and making a profit. Geoff was a senior manager with the Bridgespan Group, a strategic consulting firm for public entities and nonprofits. Earlier, he led teams at Bain & Company in the New York and San Francisco offices, advising clients in multiple industries including consumer products, telecom and online businesses. A board member of PRIME, a nonprofit that encourages Program-Related Investments in the energy sector, Geoff began his career as a teacher at his alma mater, Roxbury Latin School in Boston. He also worked in the public housing sector with Community Builders in Boston and the Housing Authority of San Francisco. Geoff graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in political economics; he went on to earn an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and an M.B.A from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Daniel Goldman, E2 Chapter Director
Daniel Goldman is Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of GreatPoint Energy, a company backed by leading venture capital firms that is commercializing a process for converting coal into high value, clean natural gas while capturing and sequestering carbon dioxide. Prior to GreatPoint, he founded and served as CFO of New Energy Capital, one of the first investment companies focused on clean energy project investments. Prior to founding New Energy Capital, Dan held regional and corporate senior management positions at InterGen, the power generation company co-owned by Bechtel and Shell and was a senior member of the energy consulting team at Arthur D. Little. Dan has been a founding investor and serves as a board member in several clean energy technology companies and funds, and co-founded the first dedicated energy efficiency investment business. He is also a co-founder of E2 New England and takes an active leadership role in clean energy and environmental advocacy in New England and at the Federal level, with specific focus on overcoming the financing challenges of commercializing clean energy technologies.
Berl Hartman, E2 New England Chapter Director
Berl first met E2 Co-founder Bob Epstein while working in strategic marketing at Sybase, a database software company Bob co-founded. Years later, having moved to Boston and changed jobs, Berl found herself feeling that events were heading in the wrong direction: “It was early 2003 – the dotcom bubble had burst, the Senate had just been turned over to Republicans’ hands and the start of the U.S. war in Iraq was imminent.” She got a call from Bob, inviting her to a talk he gave in Boston about E2’s successful efforts to pass a clean cars bill in California. Berl had always been interested in local politics, and at the time was particularly concerned about global warming. When Bob asked her about starting a New England chapter of E2, she agreed to do what she could, but with a caveat. “I told Bob I didn’t know anything about the environment. On a good day, maybe I recycled. He assured me I’d learn it; that it was easier than selling software.”
Berl’s earliest efforts as Chapter Leader focused on recruitment events to build membership in New England. The chapter now has approximately 75 members and has gained four additional chapter co-leaders (see E2 Leadership webpage), all thanks to Berl’s guidance. Today, advocacy is just as important a component to the New England chapter’s activities as events. (Keep reading this issue for a summary of the advocacy accomplishments the chapter has enjoyed in just the past year.)
As a result of joining E2 and learning more about clean energy issues, Berl turned her professional skills to cleantech marketing consulting which she pursued for several years. Berl now focuses her time and energy on E2 and the New England Clean Energy Council, which she helped to found in 2007. She now serves on its board of directors and is the co-chair of the Council’s Policy Committee. She still very much enjoys both the event-planning and advocacy aspects of her E2 involvement. “E2 has become central to my perspective on issues. It showed me that when people are determined and organized they can actually make a difference. I’ve seen it this year here in Massachusetts where E2’s voice played a role in changing the environmental policy debate– and that has been very, very important.” With characteristic modesty, Berl is quick to share credit for the success of the New England chapter with her co-chapter leaders and the experts of other regional environment-oriented organizations with which she has formed close working relationships.
In addition to New England regional activities, Berl has been very active on E2’s national projects. She is a regular delegate to the annual delegation trips to Washington, DC, has participated in recent efforts to redesign E2’s website and update E2’s marketing plan, and serves on E2’s Advisory Council to help inform and guide growth and strategic direction.
Allen McGonagill is a start-up executive focused on business models that are helping individuals take climate-positive action. He is currently the Head of Strategy at Purple Carrot, a vegan meal kit based in Needham, MA, where he is helping shift people to low-carbon diets and address the ~20% of global carbon emissions from meat. Prior to Purple Carrot, Allen spent over 6 years of in B2C clean tech (rooftop solar, community solar, smart grid programs, energy efficiency). He founded Relay Power, which provided customer support services for the community solar industry including: customer acquisition, customer service, and billing. The Relay Power team enrolled 20MW of community solar offtake across thousands of homes, pioneering many of the first contract and billing structures for the industry. Prior to Relay Power, he worked at Next Step Living across the rooftop solar and energy efficiency teams and at a boutique clean tech strategy consulting firm. Allen graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in economics and a B.A. in environmental studies.
Dave Miller, E2 Chapter Director
Dave Miller is a General Partner of Clean Energy Venture Group, an angel investment group focused on clean energy technology companies. He is on the board of directors or advisory board of several of these companies, and is a mentor to others through MIT’s Venture Mentoring Service. David co-founded EPrime, a forum for clean energy entrepreneurs to network and support each other’s enterprises. He is a founding member of the MIT Enterprise Forum’s Energy Special Interest Group, currently runs the mentor program for the IGNITE Clean Energy Business Plan Competition, and was a board member of New England Energy and Environmental Funders. David founded several companies, including Quantum Telecom Solutions, which was eventually sold to Lucent Technologies. At Lucent, he served as a Director in the New Ventures Group. David was awarded a patent for co-developing a “one number” telecom service, and taught at Rutgers University in the Electrical Engineering Department. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT, and recently completed his doctorate at MIT’s Lab for Energy and the Environment.
Tedd Saunders, E2 Chapter Director
Tedd Saunders is President of EcoLogical Solutions; Co-Owner of the Lenox Hotel and Comfort Inn & Suites Boston/Airport; and, Chief Environmental Officer of The Saunders Hotel Group. Often credited with pioneering luxury urban ecotourism worldwide in 1989, Tedd is recognized for creating some of the most acclaimed environmental models in the hospitality industry. He first implemented this innovative business approach at several of his family’s historic properties. In 1992 Tedd founded EcoLogical Solutions, which has since advised The White House Conference on Tourism, HRH (His Royal Highness) The Prince of Wales’ Business Leaders Forum, Harvard University, Choice Hotels International, and Taj Hotels of India to name a few. Under his leadership, The Saunders Hotel Group has earned many prestigious international honors and received unprecedented recognition with feature stories in The New York Times, CNN, NBC Nightly News, USA Today, NPR and others. Author of The Bottom Line of Green is Black (published by Harper Collins), Tedd speaks internationally to business and political leaders and sits on numerous boards, including Harvard’s School of Public Health, the UCS (Union of Concerned Scientists) National Advisory Board, The New England Aquarium, The Woods Hole Research Center and CERES.
Sarah Simon, Chapter Director
Sarah J. Simon, P.E., is a Partner at Apple Creek Associates, an environmental consulting firm. Throughout her more than 30 years in industry, consulting, and government, her work has focused on reducing environmental impacts and emissions, resulting in cleaner energy and more efficient processes. She previously served as Environmental Compliance Manager at Ameresco, a leading renewable energy and energy efficiency company. Her prior experience includes Deputy Director at the Division of Air Quality at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. In that role, she represented the Department on legislative commissions studying Radon Risk and Indoor Air Quality. She was a member of the team that streamlined the permitting process and received an Innovation in Government Award from the Kennedy School of Government. While working at the U.S. EPA, she participated on the award-winning national Acid Rain Program Implementation team. In addition, Ms. Simon led the Environmental Technical Group of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers and was President of the Boston Section of the Society of Women Engineers.
Judith Albert, E2 Chapter Director
Judith Albert was E2’s first Executive Director, from 2010-2014. Until 2008, she was a senior executive at Bear, Stearns & Co., where she served as Chief Operating Officer for international Investment Banking based in London and, prior to that, Chief of Staff for Investment Banking based in New York. During the late 1980s and 1990s, she provided M&A and corporate finance services to Mexican and South American clients for J.P. Morgan and an investment banking boutique. Judy practiced corporate law with the firm of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison. She has also been active in the nonprofit world as a program officer with the Ford Foundation in Latin America and via a number of board positions, with a focus ranging from inner city youth issues to the environment. She is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.
Caroline E. Bassett, E2 Chapter Director
Caroline E. Bassett is a communications professional specializing in environmental and sustainable issues. Before launching Bassett Media Relations, LLC in 2008, Caroline’s career evolved from one in politics; to working in production for a major television network; and later to mastering public relations skills at a boutique corporate P.R. firm in NYC. With Bassett Media Relations (BMR), she has synthesized all of the expertise and knowledge mastered in her previous roles, and used it to help educate clients and the public on sustainable challenges facing this planet. Caroline is a longtime supporter of E2’s partner organization, NRDC. She became an E2 member in 2014, and in her new role as Chapter Director, Caroline looks forward to helping E2 with overall media outreach on various projects.
Ron Kamen, E2 Chapter Director
Ron Kamen has been a leader in the development of energy efficiency and renewable energy since the 1980s. His knowledge of the field, coupled with his ability to work seamlessly across sectors, has empowered him to create partnerships between commercial clients, suppliers, utilities, and regulators. As CEO of EarthKind Energy since 2007, Ron has been standing alongside leaders in the public and private sectors, ensuring their success as he works to build a collaborative vision for a sustainable tomorrow. Ron served as president of the New York Solar Energy Industries Association for three years, piloting the public policy efforts that resulted in the quadrupling of annual solar installations and New York’s $1 billion solar program. He steered the development of the New York Solar Thermal Roadmap, and was recognized as New York’s Solar Champion in 2011.
Rich Kassel, E2 Chapter Director
Rich is Vice President at Capalino+Company and directs the Energy, Environment and Sustainability practice group, advising businesses and not-for-profit clients on a wide range of issues to help them thrive in the New York market. Prior to joining Capalino+Company, Rich Kassel spent more than two decades working on a wide range of air, energy, climate, land use, parks, and transportation policies and projects at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and directed the New York office of Gladstein, Neandross & Associates, a leading environmental consulting firm. Rich serves as co-chair of the NY chapter of Environmental Entrepreneurs and EPA’s Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee where he advises the EPA on transportation and air quality issues. Other professional affliliations include Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (co-founder, advisory group member); Transportation Alternatives (advisory group); and Tri-State Transportation Campaign (board member, former chair).
Tony Bernhardt, E2 Chapter Director
Tony Bernhardt retired from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where for a decade he served as Director of LLNL’s Center for Microelectronics and Optoelectronics. In that position, he developed partnerships with the private sector for technology development and commercialization. In recognition of his work with corporate partners, from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, he earned the Department of Energy Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer. More recently, Tony became an angel investor in four start-up companies in California. He has published more than 32 scientific papers and holds 10 patents. He earned a Bachelor’s in mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in Applied Science from the University of California, Davis, where he was a Fannie & John Hertz Foundation Fellow.
Jonathan Foster, E2 Chapter Director
Jonathan Foster serves as CFO of Kurion, a venture-backed applied technology company and member of the 2015 Global Cleantech 100. Jon has spent the last 15 years in leadership roles in entrepreneurial technology companies in the Silicon Valley, including two other cleantech companies. He was CFO of LS9, a technology leader in the development of renewable and sustainable chemicals and fuels that was acquired by Renewable Energy Group (Nasdaq: REGI), and he also served as CFO of Nexant, a provider of energy efficiency software and services. Jon is a member of the Board of Directors of the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF), an innovative private non-profit spurring investment in start-up clean energy companies. He also serves as chair of the utilities advisory commission in Palo Alto, CA, a leader in the use of renewable energy. Prior to moving to the Silicon Valley, Foster served as a deputy director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Foster holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Yale University and a JD from Harvard Law School.
David Rosenheim, E2 Chapter Director
David Rosenheim brings a lifelong love for entrepreneurship, people and the environment to his work. David is the founder of JobsWithImpact, whose mission it is to empower passionate people with the resources they need to build successful careers working towards a sustainable future. He currently serves as co-director of the Northern California chapter of E2.
In his former role as Executive Director of The Climate Registry, David was responsible for providing the strategic direction for the organization and oversaw its programs, services and staff. He served as chief liaison with TCR’s 35 state and provincial Board members, as well as between states and provinces and their respective federal governments on climate issues. David is a proven senior executive with experience as COO, CEO and Director on various corporate and non-profit Boards.
Previously, David oversaw U.S. business development for a leading carbon management firm and was an entrepreneur in the high tech sector, founding and/or leading innovative several Internet start-ups. David has an MBA from Oxford University, and has extensive experience across the range of key business functions: strategic planning, vision setting, raising capital, business development, board relations, marketing, and digital product development. David is a poet and songwriter and is based in the SF Bay Area where he lives in a solar powered house by the sea with his wife and two boys.
Chris Dennett, E2 Chapter Director
Chris is a Principal in North Highland’s Strategy practice. He is a communication strategist, with broad industry experience including manufacturing, financial services, sports apparel, and health care. His areas of expertise include strategy development and business modeling, program management, change leadership and a talent to bridge the gap between complex analysis and story-telling. His area of special interest is of mission-driven companies that emphasize environmental stewardship in their “triple-bottom line” business model. Chris became Chapter Director for the Pacific Northwest Chapter in January of 2010 and has actively been leading advocacy work in Oregon from clean fuels to a state-wide carbon pricing mechanism.
Van Katzman, E2 Chapter Director
Van Katzman is an experienced business attorney who has worked extensively with environmental and clean technology companies for nearly 15 years on a wide array of transactional, financing, M&A, and regulatory matters. He is the co-founder of Beacon Law Advisors, PLLC, a Seattle-based corporate boutique firm that specializes in helping emerging companies raise capital and providing a more pragmatic, operationally focused perspective in solving business challenges. He formerly served as Assistant General Counsel for Waste Management, Inc., the nation’s largest solid waste and recycling company, where he helped manage all the company’s legal affairs for the Western United States. Van received his undergraduate degree from Yale University, holds a masters degree in environmental policy from George Washington University and received his law degree from the University of Virginia.
Mark Liffmann, E2 Chapter Director
Mark Liffmann is Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development at Clean Power Research. Mark’s career includes co-founding one of the largest business units at SunPower where he led growth to over $500 million in annual revenue, and pioneered the successful expansion of the business unit to the European Union. While at SunPower, Mark also led the integration of the small commercial team after merging with PowerLight, and he helped form partnerships with numerous Fortune 500 companies. Previously at Solar Depot, Mark was responsible for doubling revenue and headcount in two years while serving as Vice President of Business Development and COO, and he established the groundwork for a successful sale of the business to Itochu. Mark’s experience also includes leading sales and business development efforts at EnerG2, a Seattle based energy materials startup, and serving at the law firm of Gunderson Dettmer, which specializes in financing emerging growth companies. Mark holds a B.S. in Physics and a B.A. in Public Policy from Stanford University, and a J.D. and an M.S. in Economics from Harvard University. Mark has been a member of E2 since 2002 and co-founded the Pacific Northwest chapter of E2 in 2009. Mark is married to fellow E2 member, Brooke Coleman, and is a father of two.
Alex Wall, E2 Chapter Director
Alex Wall is the founder and managing member of Wall Law, LLC, and former General Counsel for litigation support and software development companies. Alex helps businesses, shareholders and individuals avoid legal issues, comply with regulatory schemes, and defend themselves. Prior to moving to Portland where he resides with his wife and fellow E2 member and Oregonian Marie Kent, Alex was a litigation attorney at the internationally-known law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP, in Manhattan. Alex was introduced to E2’s New York Chapter, where he was active for several years, before helping found the Pacific Northwest Chapter. Alex grew up in the state of Maine, where he developed a deep appreciation for the outdoors and perceived a need for humans to learn new ways to be economically productive in greater harmony with nature. Alex holds a B.A. from Colby College, a J.D. from the University of Maine, a privacy certification from the IAPP, a certification in the French language from the French government, as well as certifications in litigation support technologies. He loves languages and culture and is currently enjoying learning Mandarin.
Erik Wohlgemuth, E2 Chapter Director
Erik Wohlgemuth is the Chief Operating Officer at Future 500, a global nonprofit that engages diverse stakeholders in achieving market-based solutions to social and ecological issues. He is a trusted counsel to executives and policymakers across sectors for his expertise in aligning change agents around mutual objectives. Erik earned an MBA, MEM and a BA in history from Yale.
Theron Makley, E2 Chapter Director
Theron has been directing sales, marketing and technical support teams for over 30 years. His current assignment is working with Panasonic CityNOW in Denver helping to deploy smart city initiatives along with renewable energy and storage solutions. He is a strategic marketing executive specializing in strategic planning, business development, product definition and brand positioning for the energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors. His experience spans across a wide breadth of company sizes from multi-billion dollar global tech giants to small newly funded startups. He has track record of forming high performance sales and marketing teams and achieving phenomenal growth records even where previous sales were stalled. Theron has a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Florida, and a Bachelor of Arts in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.
Kevin Morse, E2 Chapter Director
Kevin Morse is Vice President of Business Development for Lever Energy Capital. He is responsible for overseeing business development activities, including expanding Lever’s network of partners and developing origination opportunities. Kevin has ten years of experience in renewable energy, helping to grow innovative companies in the solar and biomass fields. His work has focused on providing low-cost, or no-cost, renewable power solutions to commercial customers across the country – governments, businesses, and non-profits – enabling them to reduce energy expenses and achieve their sustainability goals. Formerly serving as Vice President of Sales at Clean Energy Collective, Kevin launched his cleantech career by leveraging the skills and experience gained from his 21-year career as an executive in the capital markets and banking industry. In capital markets and banking, he specialized in structuring and delivering innovative financial solutions customized to meet his commercial clients’ needs. His experience includes positions as Vice President of Financial Products at Wells Fargo Bank and Senior Vice President of the Interest Rate Risk Management Group at Key Bank. Kevin earned his Master of Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from DePauw University.
Whitney Painter, E2 Chapter Director
Whitney Painter spent a decade in Washington DC, and was fortunate to gain experience from a variety of angles–CNN, the U.S. Senate and a range of environmental and women’s issues organizations. It was a great experience and she gained a genuine appreciation for the idea that each of us should participate in the policy process–from the most local to the broadest national issues–because these things truly affect our daily lives. We may not always get the outcome we seek, but every once in a while it’s possible to make an essential change or difference, and this makes the entire effort worthwhile.
Currently, Whitney Painter and Bart Sheldrake are co-owners of Buglet Solar Electric, based in Golden, Colorado. As a small, community-based business, Buglet Solar has been installing residential and commercial photovoltaic (PV) solar systems, since 2006, throughout the Front Range and other areas of Colorado. Bart & Whitney are invested in Colorado, and in utilizing our planet’s natural resources in the most efficient ways possible.
There also is a strong connection between the Buglet Solar’s name and mission to improve the human condition through renewable energy. Because our planet’s precious bug populations underpin their ecosystems, the welfare of bugs provides a barometer of ecological health. Buglet Solar is always striving to install enough solar energy to make more bugs—and along with them, our entire community—a little more happy and healthy.
Michael Rucker, E2 Chapter Director
Michael Rucker is Founder and CEO of Scout Clean Energy a developer-owner-operator of utility scale wind projects in the US, and Co-founder of Harvest Energy Services, a wind energy independent service provider for construction management and O&M services.
Michael has over 20 years of renewable energy management experience. He was CEO of Juwi Wind North America, a leading renewable energy developer and operator headquartered in Boulder, CO. Michael also served as VP of Business Development at Clipper Windpower Development, and as the Western Region Commercial Director at GE Energy. Michael’s experience also includes pioneering work in power market operations and REC trading at Automated Power Exchange, Inc., and significant policy and programmatic work in renewable energy and climate change at the International Energy Agency (IEA) Energy Technology and R&D program.
Michael started his energy career as a Manager at the Edison Electric Institute, the Washington, DC based trade association for US investor-owned utilities. He has a M.A. degree in International Economics from the energy and environment program of the Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), and a BA degree in International Relations from Pomona College in Claremont,
Joel Serface, E2 Chapter Director
Joel Serface is a founding member of E2, having first discovered the organization online in 2001 when E2 was less than a year old.
“I was in New York City on September 11 and knew immediately I needed to commit myself to solving our energy problems. I joined E2 because it was a community of like-minded business leaders who could put a business face on environmental advocacy.”
Joel is an early leader in the clean technology community having created or funded more than 20 companies, non-profits, and policy organizations over his career.
Joel is currently CEO and Co-founder of Catalyze, a company dedicated to accelerating the transition to renewable energy. Prior to Catalyze, Joel co-founded and was Managing Director of Brightman Energy, a renewable energy development firm focused on utility scale wind and solar energy projects. Joel served as the first Entrepreneur in Residence at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory with venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins and previously headed renewable energy efforts at the ATI Clean Energy Incubator, Eastman Ventures, and Sierra Ventures. He founded what has become the most sophisticated and extensive smart grid experiment in Pecan Street Project (now Pecan Street Inc.) and supported the creation of the first solar powered microgrid in Haiti. He received his B.S. In Chemical and Environmental Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Elizabeth Dreicer, E2 Chapter Director
Elizabeth is a humanitarian, environmentalist, conservationist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. Her professional and personal life are devoted to seeing, sharing, and developing solutions to create a better world, including reforming systems. She is a builder—of teams, organizations, coalitions and systems.
Elizabeth is the CEO of Kuity, an advanced analytics product development holding company. She is also co-founder and investor in a number of software, analytics, data, film and impact investment companies. She is also involved in systemic efforts to advance positive capitalism.
Elizabeth‘s career includes founding and leading data science, machine learning, medical analytics, healthcare technology services, financial management, community health, managed healthcare, medical group purchasing, and healthcare publishing organizations. Her experience spans product and professional services start-ups through sale. Board roles include enterprise, social enterprise, foundation, nonprofit, and public/private partnership organizations.
Elizabeth received her Bachelors of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Pennsylvania State University. She is also a graduate of Singularity University’s Executive Education programs, including, Exponential Medicine (previously FutureMed). Additionally, she is a graduate of the Extreme Leadership Executive Program.
Currently, Elizabeth is a Trustee of the Alliance Healthcare Foundation, where she is the immediate past Board Chair and member of the Impact Investing Committee, Finance/Investment Committee (where she is also past Chair), Program Committee, and Chair of the Wellness San Diego Committee. She is also a member and Co-Director of E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) San Diego, a national nonpartisan business leader group affiliated with NRDC (National Resource Defense Coalition) that advocates for good economic and environmental policies.
Further, Elizabeth has previously served on a number of nonprofit boards, including 211 San Diego, Just in Time for Foster Youth (where she was a founding member), San Diego Exploratory Foundation (working to bring the American National Olympic Committee ANOC World Beach Games to San Diego), and the Foster Youth Housing committee under the San Diego Commission for Children Youth and Families.
Carl Nettleton, E2 Chapter Director
Carl Nettleton is a speaker, moderator, analyst and the president of Nettleton Strategies, a firm specializing in in forming complex community coalitions and handling high profile issues involving government, media, businesses and neighborhoods. Carl is known for his ability to provide critical insight and strategic problem solving to both old and new issues. He regularly brings clients innovative ideas and fresh ways to look at their issues. As a senior counselor with strong networks in governmental, environmental, regulatory, media and business communities, Carl mixes who he knows with interpersonal skills that foster an atmosphere of cooperation to achieve client goals.
A key strategy implemented in this work is facilitated mapping, the use of advanced geographic information systems (GIS) technology to create location-based consensus and create opportunities for collaboration and conflict resolution. He says this about his firm’s work:
“At Nettleton Strategies, we try to create a sense of trust and a safe place for discussing and resolving issues. Participatory mapping is often the starting point for a process that leads to positive dialogue and relationship building.”
His subject matter expertise includes oceans, all things water, energy, climate, and the U.S. Mexico border. He regularly presents or moderates panel discussions at local, national and international meetings involving these subjects.
Carl is also the founder of OpenOceans Global, an international non-profit linking people to the world’s oceans.
Since joining E2 in December 2010 and becoming co-chair of the San Diego Chapter, he has helped to build the chapter by listening, fact-finding, and facilitating discussions with chapter members and local experts. Carl hopes the San Diego Chapter will be seen as a group supportive of E2’s state and national objectives and contributing to the resolution of environmental issues using sound business thinking.
As a delegate on the 2011 Washington, D.C. advocacy trip, Carl used his expertise to learn how individual elected offices viewed E2 issues while helping to highlight the need for using intelligent maps to create sustainably managed oceans that will benefit the economy for years to come.
His contribution to E2 includes using his ability to bring together businesses, the environment, and the NRDC to foster better communication and understanding that will help solve the traditional economy-environment gap that exists in policy. Carl says “We have to get to a sustainable place where we realize the benefit of the environment within the economy. We need to enable interest groups to work together with trust and respect.”
Carl’s favorite aspect of E2 is the opportunity to interact with like-minded people in such a collegial environment. “I’ve really enjoyed all the people I’ve met through E2. There is a great energy around this group, he says. “They are forward thinking and open to change and new ideas.”
Lee Stein, E2 Chapter Director
Lee Stein is Chairman of Stein & Stein, Inc., which provides advisory and management services to high-net-worth individuals, principally in the entertainment industry. He has had various operating roles, including Chairman of the Board and CEO of IZ.com, Inc. (recently acquired by PopMail.com, Inc.); Chairman of the Board, CEO, and President of First Virtual Holdings (known today as Message Media) at the time of the company’s initial public offering on the NASDAQ Stock Market; Director and President of Seaport Village on the waterfront in San Diego, California; Director and Controller of WestAir Airlines (DBA) United Express; and as an Officer/Director in various private entities. In 1995, Newsweek named Mr. Stein as one of the fifty people to watch for in the future. Lee is credited as a co-inventor of email messaging processes. He received his Law degree from Villanova University School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review, and his B.S. degree in Accounting from Syracuse University. After law school, he was a Tax Specialist with Coopers & Lybrand. He participates in a number of educational and civic organizations. Lee resides in San Diego, with his wife June, and their three children.