BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Todd is the Vice President, Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs for Clean Energy Fuels Corporation. As a former CCA employee, he worked on alternative fuel advocacy and the improvement of atmospheric quality.
Erik is the CEO of Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA), an environmental consulting firm specializing in emissions reduction, energy and transportation policy and market development for alternative fuel vehicles.
Sherry E. Jackman.
Sherry E. Jackman is Counsel in Greenberg Glusker’s Environmental Group. Her practice focuses on environmental litigation and compliance counseling.
Ed Begley, Jr.
Ed is a film, television and theater actor, perhaps best known for his Emmy-nominated role on the 1980s television series St. Elsewhere. A long time environmentalist, Begley lives in a solar- and wind-powered home and is a vocal champion of electric cars and other transportation alternatives, such as bicycling.
Betty is a member of the Torrance Unified School District Board of Education and a part-time attorney. She is a former Deputy Attorney General in the CA Department of Justice and has worked for both the CA Appellate Court and the Federal District Court. After more than 10 years of service, Betty termed out as Torrance Environmental Quality and Energy Conservation Commissioner. She is married to U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu and they have two sons, Brennan and Austin. Betty is very involved in their schools and serves as the elementary school PTA’s Vice President.
Tom is president of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. Previously, he was a senior public affairs executive for Blue Shield of California and PBS. He also served in the Clinton White House and as deputy insurance commissioner for John Garamendi. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and UCLA Law School.
Nicole, a CE-CERT/UCR alumna is now the Deputy Director. She received her Master’s in Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Riverside in 2001, and then served as a Research Engineer in the Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) until 2004. Nicole believes that this is a critical time in determining our country’s future energy supplies and tackling air quality and climate change challenges.
Josh LaFarga serves as the Director of Public and Government Affairs for LiUNA Local 1309. He currently is the co-chair of Legislative Committee for FuturePorts, the largest nonprofit organization working to promote the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. In September of 2015, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Mr. LaFarga to serve on the prestigious Board of Neighborhood Commissioners.
Ron has 33 years of outstanding public service – as a Riverside Councilmember beginning in 1979 and as Mayor from 1994 to 2012. Mr. Loverdige also served on the Boards of the California Air Resources Board and the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
Bruce is the Vice President of State Government Affairs for the West Region of UPS. Bruce began his UPS career in 1978 as an un-loader in the Anaheim package facility. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Bruce plays an active role in and beyond his community, serving on the boards of such diverse organizations as the Long Beach Police Foundation (President) and the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition, to name only a few.
Bruce D. Melgar is the President and Chief Executive Officer of UrbanX Renewables Group, Inc., a commercial scale Fats, Oils and Grease rendering facility and renewable transportation fuel manufacturer located in Long Beach, CA. His previous work was as the Lead Project Manager for Pacific Underground Utilities managing public utility energy system upgrade implementations.
Alex is President of the Adept Group, Inc, an environmental engineering consulting firm. Mr. Spataru has extensive experience with alternative fuels and engines and has consulted to state and federal regulatory entities, large and small manufacturers, oil and gas companies, as well as to utilities and laboratories.
Beth is the CEO of Olivine, Inc., which provides infrastructure and services that enable distributed and aggregated resources—such as solar, demand response, electric vehicles and battery storage—to effectively and efficiently offer grid services. Beth is a proven leader with nearly two decades of experience in the energy industry including senior management positions. She specializes in creating and implementing customized solutions for clients in regulated and deregulated markets that incorporate both technological and non-technological components.
Rachelle Reyes Wenger, MPA
Rachelle Reyes Wenger is the System Vice President, Public Policy & Advocacy Engagement for CommonSpirit Health. She is primarily responsible for advancing the organization’s Public Policy & Advocacy Priorities, analyzing legislative and regulatory initiatives, mobilizing grassroots advocacy efforts, developing community partnerships, working with various policymakers at the local, state, national, and international arenas. Ms. Wenger received her bachelor’s degree in Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, and master’s degree in Public Administration at California State University, Northridge.
Tom began his career as a college intern with the California Energy Commission (CEC) in 1988. Following graduation from California State University, Sacramento with a Mechanical Engineering degree, Tom joined the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District in the Vehicle and Technology Group. Tom moved to the private sector in 2003, joining Cleaire Advanced Emission Controls, a subsidiary of Cummins West. In 2013, Tom returned to a more traditional role within Cummins as the General Manager for Service Operations in Sacramento, managing the Service and Parts Sales Team for California and Hawaii. In 2018 as a Cummins employee within the Cummins Westport joint venture, his primary responsibility is to support the California deployment of near-zero engines.
Christopher Thompson, vice president of Local Public Affairs for Southern California Edison (SCE), is responsible for community and government relations at the municipal and county levels. Previously, Thompson served as senior vice president at Edison Water Resources, a subsidiary of Edison Energy Group. Thompson worked in several roles during his 10 years on the staff of Senator Feinstein, including Legislative Director and Legislative Assistant. He developed significant expertise in water, energy and environmental policy while working on the Senator’s staff.