CHBC Announces 2020 Board of Directors, Officers

Yorba Linda, Calif. – February 13, 2020 – The California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC) is pleased to announce the results of its election for the 2020 Board from the December 18, 2019 Annual Membership Meeting in Los Angeles, California. These leaders from across all sectors of the hydrogen and fuel cell industry will lead the CHBC into the next decade, advancing the zero emissions, hydrogen energy and fuel cell power solutions throughout the California economy.

Lauren Skiver, Chief Executive Officer of SunLine Transit Agency, Stephen Szymanski, Director of Business Development, Projects and Government of Nel Hydrogen, Gus Block, Director, Marketing and Government Business of Nuvera Fuel Cells, and Brian Goldstein, Executive Director of Energy Independence Now, were reelected to three-year terms to the CHBC Board of Directors. The membership also elected two new directors to the CHBC Board of Directors: Kimberly Okafor, Manager of Zero emission Solutions of Trillium – A Love’s Company, and Elias Greenbaum, President of GTA Inc.

In addition, Sean Ebnet, Lead Developer of Orsted, a new Platinum member, was appointed to a seat on the Board.

The new Board of Directors elected three officers: Skiver was elected Chair of the Board, the first hydrogen fuel cell customer to hold the position. Szymanski was elected Vice Chair. Stephen Ellis, Manager of Zero Emission Solutions American Honda Motor Company, was elected Secretary.

Skiver said, “CHBC is a dynamic organization focused on furthering hydrogen in all sectors. I am thrilled to be a part of such a high impact group and excited about the future we are building together”.

Jeff Serfass, Executive Director of CHBC, added “during this exciting time of expansion of hydrogen and fuel cell markets, I am pleased to see this new leadership on the Board help guide the hydrogen business interests in California.”

CHBC thanks Dr. Jeff Reed, Advanced Power and Energy Program at the University of California at Irvine, and Craig Scott, Toyota North America, for their years of dedication and service as Chair and Vice Chair of the Board, respectively. Dr. Reed will continue to serve as immediate past chair of the Board. Skiver presented Dr. Reed with an appreciation award for his five years of leadership and service on behalf of the CHBC.

The directors honored Hank Wedaa, a founding director, former chair, and director emeritus of the CHBC. Wedaa passed away the morning of November 13, 2019 at the age of 95.

A complete listing of the CHBC’s Board of Directors is available at For organizations and individuals interested in the CHBC and its activities, visit


The California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC) is comprised of over 100 companies, agencies and individuals involved in the business of hydrogen. Our mission is to advance the commercialization of hydrogen in the energy sector, including transportation, goods movement, and stationary power systems to reduce emissions and dependence on oil. More information at