Board Members2018-11-30T13:28:40+00:00


John Boesel, CALSTART

John Boesel is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CALSTART. The public/private nature of CALSTART is reflected in John’s background. Upon graduating from the University of California, Davis, in 1982, John worked in the California legislature as a legislative aide to then Assemblyman (now Congressman) Sam Farr. In that position he managed energy and environmental legislation for nearly four years.

He received his MBA from the Haas School at UC Berkeley in 1989. After graduating from business school he worked as a commercial banker in Wells Fargo’s Corporate Headquarters building in San Francisco. In 1993 John joined CALSTART as the Vice President of Technology Programs. In 2001 the Board of Directors promoted him to the position of President and CEO.

John serves on the Advisory Board for the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC) at Stanford University and is also a board member of the Clean Vehicle Foundation.

Michael Britt, Southern Company Energy Innovation Center

Michael Britt is vice president of the Southern Company Energy Innovation Center, located in Atlanta’s Technology Square.

Under Britt’s direction, the center focuses on developing and commercializing products and services that benefit customers as Southern Company extends its long-standing commitment to inventing the future of clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy.

The Energy Innovation Center is one aspect of Southern Company’s enterprise-wide approach to innovation, which includes the advancement of new nuclear in Georgia and an industry-leading commitment to robust research and development.

Prior to rejoining Southern Company – where he held multiple positions during the 1990s – Britt served as partner and utilities practice leader for the southeastern U.S. with Oliver Wyman Inc., based in Atlanta. In that role, he focused on market and growth strategies, acquisition strategy and due diligence, energy infrastructure, distributed energy, public policy, technology development and customer experience/retail strategy.

Prior to that, he served as chief operating officer for Accenture’s Atlanta-based North American utilities strategy practice, managing practice operations and development initiatives. He also served as president and chief operating officer of LecStar Telecom Inc., also in Atlanta.

While at Southern Company during the late 1990s, Britt served as assistant to the chief information officer, director of mass market strategy and vice president of the company’s Southern Telecom subsidiary. Prior to that, he served as manager of strategic services, utilities and telecom practices for Accenture in San Francisco and Atlanta, as well as manager of utility and telecom practices for PA Consulting in Atlanta.

Jack P. Broadbent, Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Jack P. Broadbent serves as the Chief Executive Officer/Air Pollution Control Officer for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Under Mr. Broadbent’s direction, the Air District strives to provide a healthy breathing environment for every resident in the nine county San Francisco Bay Area region. Mr. Broadbent led the Air District to become the first in the nation to impose a greenhouse gas fee on industries that emit greenhouse gasses to offset costs incurred by inventorying and reducing emissions in the Bay Area. He created a $3 million dollar grant fund to help initiate local city and county climate planning efforts. The Air District recently passed revised CEQA guidelines that help local jurisdictions reduce harmful air pollutants on residents of new or existing developments, promoting infill development while reducing impacts to public health.

Mr. Broadbent joined the Air District after serving nearly 3 years as Air Division Director at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region IX. In that position, Mr. Broadbent was responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Clean Air Act as well as indoor air quality and radiation programs for the Pacific Southwest region of the United States. Before serving at the U.S. EPA, Mr. Broadbent worked for the South Coast Air Quality Management District as a Deputy Executive Officer, Director of Planning and other senior management positions. While at the South Coast District, Mr. Broadbent directed the development of a number of landmark programs that contributed to significant improvements in air quality in the Los Angeles region.

In the 1980s, Mr. Broadbent served as Corporate Environmental Programs Manager for the largest private employer in California: Hughes Aircraft Company. Mr. Broadbent holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science—both from the University of California, Riverside.

Donna DeMartino, San Joaquin Regional Transit District

Ms. DeMartino was appointed RTD’s General Manager/CEO in 2001 and was selected by the California Transit Association in October 2013 to serve as Chair of its Executive Committee. Prior to joining RTD, she spent over 14 years at Sacramento Regional Transit (RT), where she was a member of the light rail start-up team and also worked in rail operations, contracts administration, engineering and construction, and facilities and capital program management. Ms. DeMartino holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, a Master’s Degree in Transportation Management, and a certificate in Construction Management.

The California Association for Coordinated Transportation (CalACT) named Ms. DeMartino the 2009 Transportation Manager of the Year. In 2006, Metro Magazine highlighted her achievements in an article on five “Women in Transportation” who “play a major role in the transportation industry.” In 2013, the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce honored her with the Business Manager of the Year Award.

Ms. DeMartino is a Fellow of the Eno Transportation Foundation, and a graduate of the Leadership APTA (American Public Transportation Association) program. She is the immediate past chair of APTA’s CEO Committee, currently serves as the Chair of the California Transit Association’s Executive Committee, sits on the National Transit Institute Board, and teaches transportation-related classes for SJSU, University of the Pacific, and other academic institutions.

Karen Hamberg, Westport Fuel System

Ms. Hamberg joined Westport Innovations in 2001 and was appointed Vice President, Sustainable Energy Futures in 2012. Westport is the leading global supplier of technologies that enable engines to operate on clean-burning, low-carbon fuels such as compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), hydrogen and renewable natural gas (RNG). Karen is the architect of the Westport Carbon Project, the first transportation project registered to the Voluntary Carbon Standard. The Westport Carbon Project is the mechanism by which vehicle operators can monetize the emission reductions associated with a heavy-duty natural gas vehicle. Karen’s current portfolio includes responsibilities for Sustainability and Environmental Performance, Regulatory Affairs, Advocacy and Corporate Strategy.

Karen has recently completed a secondment to the National Petroleum Council’s Advancing Technology for America’s Transportation Fuels Study for the U.S. Department of Energy. The Study was approved and released in August 2012 and delivers a report of fuel and vehicle prospects through 2050. It addresses fuel demand, supply, infrastructure and technology in the context of U.S. objectives to protect the environment, promote economic growth and competiveness and support energy security. She was a member of four Study teams including natural gas engines and vehicles, greenhouse gas emission reductions, heavy-duty engines and vehicles and report integration. Karen also co-authored a topic paper for the Study outlining the potential for renewable natural gas to drive greenhouse gas emission reductions within the U.S. transportation sector.

Ms. Hamberg teaches within the School of Business at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She holds a Master of Arts degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba. Karen is also a member of the United Way of the Lower Mainland Campaign Cabinet representing the Technology sector.

Bob Holycross, Ford Motor Company

Bob Holycross is the Global Director, Sustainability and Vehicle Environmental Matters for Ford Motor Company, a position he has held since June 2018.

Holycross is responsible for developing global sustainable business plans and policies, interfacing with global regulatory bodies, reporting externally on the company’s environmental and social performance and leading the company’s engagement and partnerships with non- governmental organizations (NGOs) and other key stakeholders.

Previously, Holycross was Vice President, Sustainability, Environment & Safety Engineering, Ford of Europe, Middle East & Africa where he was responsible for ensuring compliance with environmental and safety regulations, as well as the development and implementation of the company’s environment and safety strategy, policy and performance in these regions.

Holycross began his career at Ford in 1993 as a Ford College Graduate (FCG). Since that time, he has held several different engineering and management positions related to compliance and reforming regulatory protocols in support of Ford’s business plans. He has chaired several different government and industry committees, testified before federal and state government bodies on environmental and energy matters, and represented Ford in industry trade associations in both the U.S. and Europe.

A native of metro Detroit, Holycross earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University in 1993. He also earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration in 1998– also from Michigan State. Bob and his wife have two children.

Wayne Nastri, South Coast Air Quality Management District

Wayne Nastri was unanimously appointed by the SCAQMD Governing Board as Acting Executive Officer in April 2016. Previously in his career, he served from Oct. 2001 through Jan. 2009 as U.S. EPA’s Regional Administrator for Region 9 – Southwest Region, which has jurisdiction over California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. In that position, he was responsible for policy development and operations, exercising management oversight for nearly 1,000 employees and an annual budget exceeding $700 million. He worked closely with the public, industry, and all levels of government in a wide variety of voluntary pollution prevention programs and energy conservation efforts, including development of diesel emission reduction efforts through development and implementation of the West Coast Diesel Collaborative, in which SCAQMD actively participates. Mr. Nastri also focused Region 9 efforts on development of strategies to address emissions associated with ocean-going vessels and marine ports.

Before his federal position, he served as Governor’s Appointee on the South Coast AQMD Governing Board from Aug. 1997 to Aug. 1998.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Nastri served on the site mitigation external advisory committee for Cal/EPA’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), the zero-emission vehicle implementation advisory committee for the California Air Resources Board, and the site manager’s advisory committee for the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). He also served as the Legislative Director for the California Environmental Business Council.

In his earlier private sector experience, Mr. Nastri served as co-president of E4 Strategic Solutions, Inc., a consulting firm focused on negotiating mutually effective solutions for complex environmental & energy issues faced by regulatory authorities, elected officials, and executive management at local, state and federal levels. Earlier employments also include: Senior Vice President and Co-Chair of the Energy & Environment Practice of mCapitol Management; Sr. Vice-President of Dutko Worldwide; President of Environmental Mediation, Inc.; and Vice President, Environmental Affairs of the Jefferson Group in Washington D.C.

Mr. Nastri holds a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, Irvine.

Mike O’Connell, PepsiCo

Michael O’Connell is senior director of supply chain for Frito-Lay North America (FLNA) where he oversees the development and execution of the organization’s environmental sustainability strategy and programming for its fleet and manufacturing facilities. This includes the upgrading of existing assets, as well as the identification and integration of innovative “green” technologies, vehicles, equipment and procedures.

Under O’Connell’s leadership, FLNA has been implementing initiatives such as operator training, route and asset optimization, aerodynamics, GPS, electric vehicles, compressed natural gas, and developing partnerships with organizations like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its SmartWay program.

O’Connell began working for FLNA in 1991 at its Wooster, Ohio manufacturing facility.  In his 25 years with the company, he has held a number of positions in service and distribution, finance and supply chain at various FLNA facilities.

He received his MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and a combined B.S.B.A. (finance and operations management) from The Ohio State University.

Puon Penn, Wells Fargo

Puon Penn is Executive Vice President, Group Head – Technology and Venture Banking sector at Wells Fargo. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., he manages a team of banking professionals who serve the financial needs of businesses in technology and clean technology nationwide.

Mr Penn began his career with Wells Fargo in 1998 in the International. He moved on to become a relationship manager in the Regional Commercial Banking Office (RCBO) in Modesto, Calif., serving the financial needs of middle-market companies. In 2003, he joined the Securities Investment Group as a financial analyst covering the food and beverage, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, and financial services sectors. In 2006, Mr Penn was promoted to loan team manager for the RCBO in Palo Alto.

Mr Penn earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Reed College in Portland, Ore., and his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. Active in the community, Mr Penn is involved with several nonprofit organizations including the Khmer Institute and Friends Without a Border.

Scott Phillippi, United Parcel Service

Scott Phillippi is the Senior Director of Maintenance and Engineering – International Operations for UPS. In this role, Phillippi manages maintenance and engineering for all international operations. Additionally, he oversees fleet sustainability issues globally for UPS.

Phillippi began his career with UPS in 1988 as a fleet technician. His experience includes assignments in fleet maintenance and package delivery operations. He has held several senior director positions in which he was responsible for the fleet maintenance programs in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Phillippi has been a Special Projects Manager where he was responsible for the cost planning and analysis of the UPS domestic fleet. He was also responsible for UPS global fleet telematics deployment.

Most recently, as Automotive Maintenance and Engineering Manager, Phillippi was responsible for working with chassis manufacturers and body builders to produce UPS delivery vehicles. The integration of alternative fuel and advanced technologies into the fleet was included with this responsibility. This role also provided ongoing technical support for maintenance procedures sustaining these vehicles through their life cycles.

Phillippi is a graduate from Lincoln College of Technology with an Associate Degree in Applied Science. He has also completed several business training schools, including Harvard Business School and Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

Phillippi is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and is an active board member for Calstart and Clean Cites.

Laura Renger, Southern California Edison

Laura Renger is the Principal Manager of Air & Climate for Southern California Edison’s Regulatory Affairs organization. Laura leads a team responsible for the utility’s regulatory and legislative policy concerning air quality, climate change and transportation electrification. Prior to this position, Laura was a Senior Attorney in the SCE Law Department, primarily focusing on air quality, climate, and transmission project licensing. Laura is the current Chair of the Environmental Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Treasurer of Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles. Laura lives in an all-electric vehicle household in Long Beach, California.

Pasquale Romano, ChargePoint

Pasquale Romano has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of ChargePoint, Inc. since February 2011. Previously, Pasquale co-founded 2Wire in 1998 and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer from September 2006 to October 2010 when it was acquired by Pace plc for $475M. From 1993 to 1998, Pasquale held multiple positions in marketing and engineering at Polycom. In 1989, Pasquale co-founded Fluent, Inc., a digital video networking company and served as Chief Architect until it was sold to Novell Corporation in 1993. In addition to serving as a board member for ChargePoint, Pasquale currently serves as a board member for AgilOne, Inc., a big data analytics company and sits on the Silicon Valley YMCA board. He formerly held an advisory board role at Meraki, Inc., a cloud managed networking company purchased by Cisco in 2012 and Basis Science, a wearable fitness device company purchased by Intel in 2014. Pasquale holds an undergraduate degree in computer science from Harvard University and received his M.S. from MIT.

Chris Stoddart, New Flyer of America Inc.

Chris Stoddart joined New Flyer in December 2007 as Vice President of Engineering Services.  In this capacity, he has responsibility for New Product Development, Production Engineering, and Customer Service.

Mr. Stoddart began his career working for General Motors at the Oshawa Car Assembly Plant from 1989 – 1998, and then transitioned into the freight rail car manufacturing industry working for National Steel Car from 1998 – 2007.  During his time at National Steel Car, Mr. Stoddart held positions of increasing responsibility, including Director of Process Engineering, Managing Director of Manufacturing Engineering, and Vice President of Engineering Services.

Mr. Stoddart obtained his Professional Engineers designation in 1997 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University in 1994.

Stephen Trichka, BAE Systems

Steve Trichka is vice president and general manager of the HybriDrive® Solutions business area for the Electronic Systems sector. This business area delivers electric propulsion and power management products and solutions that advance vehicle mobility, efficiency and capability in the heavy-duty transit, marine, rail and defense markets. He also serves on the board of directors for CALSTART, a non-profit organization that works with business, fleets, and government to develop and implement clean, efficient transportation solutions.

Steve joined BAE Systems in 2004 and previously served as vice president and chief counsel for the former Platform Solutions sector. Before joining BAE Systems, he was senior vice president and general counsel of IIT Research Institute/Alion Science & Technology Corporation, and senior counsel and corporate EH&S counsel with Science Applications International Corporation, both in the Washington, D.C. area. Steve began his career as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps, assigned to the Office of Counsel for the Commandant in Washington, D.C. and Camp Pendleton, California, where he concentrated on government contracts and environmental compliance issues.

Steve holds an A.B. in mathematics and English from Bowdoin College and a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, where he was appointed editor-in-chief of the Washington University Journal of Urban & Contemporary Law. He is a member of the Virginia and New York bars, and has served on the legal committees of the Aerospace Industries Association and the National Defense Industrial Association.

Steve and his wife Laura have two daughters and live in Endwell, New York, where he serves on the board of directors for the Town of Union Local Development Corporation and the Binghamton Youth Symphony.