Board of Directors

2017 CHBC Board of Directors

To contact the board, please email info@californiahydrogen.org


Biographies

Jeff Reed Photo Dr. Jeff Reed currently serves as Chair of the CHBC and Director of Business Strategy and Advanced Technology  for the Southern California Gas Company, where he leads technology advancement activities. Reed’s team is responsible for developing strategies and programs to advance the implementation of natural gas into clean technology. 
 
Reed’s areas of focus include clean transportation, distributed generation, storage, renewable natural gas, efficient end-use technologies, and hydrogen-natural gas synergies. Prior to joining Sempra Utilities, Jeff was an executive in strategy consulting and an officer with Asea Brown-Boveri (ABB) Power Generation in Switzerland. Jeff holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from University of California, Berkley and a master’s degree in management from Stanford University.    

Craig Scott PhotoCraig Scott is the National Manager, Advanced Technologies Group at Toyota Motor Corporation.

 

 

 


Steve Szymanski PhotoSteve Szymanski currently serves as Secretary of the CHBC and is Director of Government Business at Proton OnSite. In this role, he is responsible for developing strategic relationships and advancing business and research opportunities with government agencies and government primes in regards to regenerative fuel cells, renewable hydrogen generation, and hydrogen fueling systems.

Szymanski’s previous experience includes several years as an engineer in the Electrochemical Products group at the Hamilton Standard Division of United Technologies. In this position, he supported the development of PEM electrolyzer and fuel cell technology for space and undersea applications. Subsequent to his tenure at Hamilton, Steve pursued a career in technical sales, working in the Process Chemical Division at Buckman Laboratories in Memphis, TN. After 9 years of developing sales territories throughout New England and advancing into sales management at Buckman, Steve joined Proton to contribute to the technical and business success of its PEM electrolyzer technology. He has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Cornell University and a Master of Science in operations management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Anca Faur PhotoAnca Faur has served as Treasurer of the CHBC since 2014 and is the Program Development Manager at Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells Inc., North America. In her current position, Anca manages technical support and sales for fuel cell components customers in North America and catalyst customers worldwide.

Previously, Anca was involved in the design, characterization, and production of fuel cell and fuel processing catalysts as well as gas purification media at Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells.

Prior to joining Johnson Matthey, Anca’s work included the development of new catalysts and technologies for the partial oxidation of hydrocarbons, acidity measurements, and mechanistic studies of hydrocarbon conversion.


Mallik Angalakudati PhotoMallik Angalakudati serves as Vice President of Corporate Strategy for PG&E Corporation. In this role, he oversees investment and resource planning, strategy and process excellence, contract management, and QA/QC teams.

Mallik comes to PG&E with more than 15 years of experience in the energy industry. Prior to joining PG&E, Mallik worked in National Grid in operational and process leadership positions. His experience also includes management consulting and energy pricing and risk management.

Angalakudati holds a Master of Business Administration from University of Michigan, a Master of Science in environmental engineering from University of North Carolina, and a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Indian Institute of Technology - Madras. Mallik has also earned an Executive Education Certificate in Leading Change and Organizational Renewal from the Harvard Business School and a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification from Villanova University.


Gus Block Photo Gus Block is a co-founder of Nuvera Fuel Cells, LLC, established in 2000. As Director of Marketing and Government Affairs, Gus serves as Nuvera’s interface with state and federal agencies, handles government projects, and oversees external and internal communications and public relations initiatives.

For the past twenty years, Gus’s professional career has focused on enabling the use of hydrogen as a clean energy carrier. He is a champion of fuel cell commercialization and has been directly engaged in the development of early markets, particularly industrial mobility. These efforts culminated in the acquisition of Nuvera by the Hyster-Yale Group, the world’s third largest industrial truck manufacturer, in December 2014. With Nuvera, Hyster-Yale expects to be the first global lift truck OEM to fully integrate fuel cells into its product range and to offer single-source hydrogen power options for materials handling.


Dr. Jack Brouwer Photo  Dr. Jack Brouwer is Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Associate Director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC) and Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Through Dr. Brouwer’s leadership, the NFCRC and APEP are focusing research, education, beta testing, and outreach on high-efficiency, environmentally preferred energy conversion and power generation technology advancement with fuel cell and gas turbine systems as the principal targets. 

Brouwer’s current research projects address ultra-high efficiency and ultra-low emissions high temperature fuel cell systems, integrated hybrid fuel cell gas turbine systems, battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle evaluation and infrastructure development, hydrogen and electricity infrastructure development, and power electronics and energy conversion devices for the smart grid.

Prior to joining UCI, Dr. Brouwer was on the faculty at the University of Utah, a senior engineer at Reaction Engineering International, and a staff scientist at Sandia National Laboratories.

Jack Brouwer holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in mechanical engineering from UCI and a Doctor of Philosophy in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


Bob Desautels Photo Robert H. Desautels is presently serving on the Executive Board and as Chairperson of the CHBC’s Strategic Communications Committee.

Bob co-founded Golden State EPC Inc., a California based turn-key engineering, construction, and operations service provider for the hydrogen fueling industry, where he currently leads entitlement and design projects for hydrogen fueling stations in California.

Desautels also founded and served for more than 23 years as the CEO of ATI Architects and Engineers, a California based architecture, engineering, and design/build construction services company. Seven times during Mr. Desautels’ tenure as ATI’s CEO, the firm was named to the annual listing of the fastest growing businesses in the San Francisco bay area and twice named to the Hot-100 list of the most successful A/E firms in the nation.


Steven Ellis is Manager of Fuel Cell Vehicle Marketing at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Steve is responsible for the deployment of the Honda FCX Clarity, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle to retail consumers. He previously deployed the original FCX to government fleets and the world’s first retail sale to a consumer. Steve currently works with State of California, the U.S. Department of Energy, auto OEMs, energy companies, and hydrogen providers to develop a H2 station network. Steve was previously Board Chairman of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) and is now working to collaborate and introduce H2 USA.

 


Brian Goldstein leads Energy Independence Now (EIN) in its mission to support a transition to a clean transportation system.

With a background in finance, Brian has professional experience in the alternative fuels, renewable energy, energy efficiency, transportation technologies, and financial services sectors. He has served as CFO of a motorcycle design and manufacturing firm as well as CFO of a hydrogen transportation technology company, where he focused on both public and private financing initiatives, infrastructure acquisitions, automotive technology development, and fleet adoption of hydrogen technology.

Brian has worked to develop alternative fuel distribution networks in California and Colorado. He has also served as a technical and financial consultant to the US Department of Energy and continues to serve as a judge for the Cleantech Open business plan competition as well as the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition.

Mr. Goldstein graduated with a Bachelor of Science in international business from the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado, and earned his Master of Business Administration with focus on finance and international business at the Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business Management, where he received a Merit Scholarship. Mr. Goldstein is also an Eagle Scout.


Abas Goodarzi Photo Dr. Abas Goodarzi is the founder and President of US Hybrid Corporation and US FuelCell as well as President of Magmotor Technologies. Goodarzi uses his thirty years of EV and HEV experience to direct technology and product development at US Hybrid and US FuelCell with a focus on fuel cell engine systems in addition to electric and hybrid powertrain design and manufacturing for medium, heavy duty, and military vehicles.

After his experience as Technical Director of General Motor’s EV1 program and Senior Scientist at Hughes Aircraft Company, Dr. Goodarzi directed the development of high density and efficiency power converters for organizations including GM, Ford, and Wrightbus as well as Hydrogenics’ fuel cell programs.

Dr. Goodarzi’s key areas of expertise include power converters, motors and controllers, energy management systems, and vehicle system controls. He holds a bachelor’s from California State University, Sacramento in power systems and a master’s and doctorate from the University of Missouri, Columbia in power electronics. 

Dr. Goodarzi has been a registered professional engineer since 1985, published noted articles and patents, and received various professional awards.


Shrayas Jatkar has been Policy Associate with the Coalition for Clean Air (CCA) since November 2015, advocating for measures that advance low carbon transportation options and improve air quality in California. Shrayas advocates for laws, regulations, and incentive funding that support greater deployment of zero- and near-zero emission technologies across vehicle and freight equipment sectors. He is involved in multiple coalitions, including the Charge Ahead California Initiative and California Cleaner Freight Coalition, which promote environmental justice and social equity in addressing air and climate pollution from the transportation sector.

Previously, Shrayas worked on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and nuclear waste issues in New Mexico. He served on the City of Albuquerque Energy Council and the SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP) Board of Directors.

Shrayas has a Master of Science in community development from University of California, Davis (2016) and a Bachelor of the Arts in international affairs from George Washington University (2002).


Steve Jones Photo Steve Jones is Managing Director and head of the International Business Development team at ITM Power Inc. Jones has held positions in R&D as well as product, systems, and business development roles and as such, has an excellent understanding of the technical and commercial aspects of hydrogen technology. 

Jones holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Philosophy in the science and engineering of materials from the University of Birmingham and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Sheffield.

 


Mike Levin PhotoMike Levin is Director of Government Affairs for FuelCell Energy, Inc., a leading integrated fuel cell company that designs, manufactures, sells, installs, operates, and services ultra-clean, highly efficient stationary fuel cell power plants for distributed power generation.

Mike is a passionate believer in clean technology and has over a decade of experience in government affairs and business development in the industry. Previously, he was part of the management team at a venture-funded startup developing new technology to generate clean power from waste gases.

In addition to sitting on the board of the Center for Sustainable Energy, Mike is a co-founder of CleanTech OC, Orange County’s clean technology trade association, where he served as the initial executive director.

Prior to industry, Mike worked as an attorney at Bryan Cave LLP, where he assisted clients with environmental and energy regulatory compliance, project development, and government advocacy.

Mike has a Bachelor of the Arts in political science from Stanford University and a Juris Doctor degree from Duke University School of Law. While at Stanford, Mike served as student body president. He has also completed the CORO Fellows Program in Public Affairs.


Dr. Matt Miuasato Photo Dr. Matt Miyasato is the Deputy Executive Officer for Science & Technology Advancement at the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). He is responsible for the SCAQMD's Technology Advancement Office, Mobile Source Division, and Monitoring and Laboratory Analysis Division.

Dr. Miyasato received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and his master’s and doctorate in engineering, specializing in combustion technologies and air pollution control, from the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Matt has worked at Southern California Edison in the Nuclear Engineering Department and at General Electric, where he designed burners and combustion modifications for utility boilers. He was also a research scientist at UCI, where he managed the industrial burner research program and has publications on combustion phenomena, active control, and laser diagnostics.


Nitin Natesan is the Business Development Manager for Hydrogen Fueling at Linde LLC. He has been with the Hydrogen Fueling team since 2010 and was integral in the completion of the largest hydrogen fueling bus station project and the first true commercial-ready retail hydrogen fueling station.

Nitin has been with Linde, and previously the BOC Group, for 17 years in various roles spanning the technical and commercial areas. Natesan has experience in gas production, pipelines, engineering, design and operations, project and proposal management, applications engineering and commercialization, and more recently, sales, business development, and commercial management. Nitin has also successfully executed multi-million dollar projects and acquired government funding for multiple others.

Nitin holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in organization development from Pepperdine University.


BoB Oesterreich PhotoBob Oesterreich is the director of the Hydrogen Energy Business at Air Liquide Industrial US. In this role, Bob is responsible for developing commercial applications for the use of fuel cells and hydrogen as a carrier gas in the US. Targeted applications include material handling, mass transit, light vehicle, and stationary power.

Bob has 15 years of experience in industrial gas application, market, and business development across various industries from steel to photovoltaics. Prior to joining Air Liquide, Bob held positions in R&D and plant operations in the steel recycling and agricultural processing divisions at Cargill. 

 


Lorraine Paskett PhotoLorraine Paskett has more than 25 years of experience in the energy, water, and environmental sectors, with 15 years of focused experience in the energy sector. Ms. Paskett has served as a director for a California investor-owned utility, leading a team through the California energy crisis and sponsoring a suite of initiatives including energy market reform, climate change policy, renewable energy market development, and corporate tax reforms. Ms. Paskett later served as a senior executive for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, leading a comprehensive approach for sustainable utility practices. The focus of her service included revamping utility programs to support accelerated adoption of alternative vehicle fuel sources in Southern California, overseeing electric system transmission permitting, new wind and solar electric generation project permitting, and managing greenhouse gas emissions programs across the utility operations.

Currently, Ms. Paskett owns and manages Cambridge LCF Group. Cambridge LCF Group works with conventional and emerging energy companies, focusing on alternative energy, energy markets, climate change policies, and improving air quality in the Los Angeles and San Joaquin Valley basin.


Jim Petrecky Photo James "Jim" Petrecky is Vice President of Business Development at Plug Power. In this position, he leads expansion efforts to gain leverage for Plug Power’s GenDrive fuel cell architecture in complementary markets. Petrecky’s past efforts include developing the material handling business case and negotiating a joint venture between Plug Power and Air Liquide, known as “HyPulsion,” to replace lead acid batteries with hydrogen fuel cells in distribution centers in Europe. Jim has a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic University and a Master of Business Administration from Union Graduate College.

 

 


Nicolas Pocard Photo Nicolas Pocard works as Director of Marketing for Ballard Power Systems. In this position, he looks after route to market strategy, marketing activities, and channel management for Ballard commercial products. Pocard has over 15 years of experience in high technology products sales and marketing at the international level.

Prior to its acquisition by Ballard, Mr. Pocard worked for IdaTech as the Europe sales director, where he promoted fuel cell technology to European customers. In 2008, he moved to Asia to set up the IdaTech representative office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and developed market and sales in the region.

Mr. Pocard holds a degree in chemical engineering from ESCOM (Paris) and a Master of Science from Ohio State University (USA).


Lauren Skiver PhotoLauren Skiver is the Chief Executive Officer of SunLine Transit Agency. Her responsibilities in this role include planning, budgeting, and operation of transit services for the Coachella Valley as well as supporting the advancement and implementation of SunLine’s zero-emission fuel cell bus program.

Ms. Skiver began her transit career as a maintenance clerk at Hillsborough Area Regional Transit. She went on to lead paratransit for HART and transitioned to the Maryland Transit Administration to serve as Director of Paratransit in 2006. Soon after, Skiver was promoted to Deputy Chief Operating Officer and was responsible for all MTA Operating Modes, including bus transportation and maintenance, Metro Subway, Light Rail, mobility paratransit, and MARC Commuter Rail Service. In 2012, Skiver became CEO of the Delaware Transit Corporation, and in late 2013, made the move back to her home state of California as CEO of SunLine Transit Agency.

Prior to her transit career, Ms. Skiver served in the US Army specializing in Military Intelligence as an Imagery Analyst and served during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.


Daryl Wilson PhotoDaryl Wilson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydrogenics, a global provider of advanced hydrogen solutions working with leading utilities to deploy hydrogen energy storage projects around the world. He also currently serves as Chair of the Board of the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association. Prior to joining Hydrogenics, Wilson held senior leadership positions with Toyota, Zenon Environmental, and Dofasco Steel. Mr. Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master of Business Administration in operations management from McMaster University.

 

 

 


Mark Abramowitz Photo Mark Abramowitz served as President of the CHBC from 2010 to 2014 and is now the Immediate Past Chair. During his presidency, he led the restructuring of the organization.

In addition to his work at the CHBC, Mark has also served as an elected director of the Yorba Linda Water District and as a member and chairman of the Yorba Linda Planning Commission and Hearing Board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District. He has also served on numerous other boards and advisory committees, including the board of the Association of California Water Agencies, Region X, and as President of the Association of Energy Engineers, Southern California Chapter.

Mark currently serves as a South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Governing Board consultant to the Governor's appointee on the Board and runs his own consulting firm, Community Environmental Services. Mark works mainly with companies with innovative solutions that will improve air quality or with regulatory issues that can be addressed with innovative solutions.

Abramowitz has received numerous awards for his work, including the SCAQMD’s first annual Clean Air Award in public education. He has authored op-ed pieces in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, and his work has been the subject of news articles and TV features around the world. As a consultant and in other roles, Mark has successfully mediated difficult situations, helping clients and constituents avoid costly litigation.


Gerhard Achtelik PhotoGerhard Achtelik is Manager of the Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Section at the California Air Resources Board. In this position, he oversees the implementation of the California Hydrogen Highway Infrastructure Network through the installation of pilot hydrogen fueling stations. In addition, he leads the review and modification of the Board's zero-emission bus regulation, revisions to the Clean Fuels Outlet regulation, and development of the vehicle labeling regulation. Mr. Achtelik holds a bachelor's degree in atmospheric science from the University of Washington.

 

 

 


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