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.
Dawn Fenton is the Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs at Volvo Group North America. She has been with Volvo Group for 9 years and has responsibility for federal government relations as well as California policy issues. Prior to joining the Volvo Group, Dawn worked for the Diesel Technology Forum and ABB, Inc. Dawn has worked in the government relations field for over 25 years across a range of energy, environment, sustainability, foreign policy and trade-related issues in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She received her master’s degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University.
Mr. Freedman has broad experience in development and acquisitions of energy infrastructure assets. In his current role of Senior Director of Business Development, he manages the portfolio of growth initiatives and R&D activities of Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), the largest North American gas utility. Prior to his current role he held the position of Director of Commercial Development at Sempra LNG, and previously held the positions of Director of Infrastructure Investments and Director of Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions at Sempra Energy.
Prior to joining Sempra Energy, Mr. Freedman held the positions of Managing Director at Fortress Investment Group and Vice President at GE Energy Financial Services. He began his career as a geologist working in Arctic regions of Western Siberia on the development and construction of natural gas pipelines.
Mr. Freedman holds a MBA from the Yale School of Management and a PhD in Environmental Science and Energy Research from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.
Andrew Greenawalt, Executive Vice President and Head of Global Policy, Via
Andrei Greenawalt is Executive Vice President and Head of Global Policy at Via, a leading provider of public mobility solutions. Via partners with hundreds of cities and transit agencies across the world to plan transit systems,provide on-demand shuttles and buses, improve paratransit services, and optimize school bus transportation.
Andrei previously worked on regulatory and policy issues at the White House (2009-14), including as Policy Advisor in the Office of the Chief of Staff and as Associate Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He also served in the White House offices of Cabinet Affairs and Legislative Affairs. In 2014, Andrei was awarded a Council on Foreign Relations Fellowship in Tokyo, Japan, where he was a visiting scholar at a think tank and taught an undergraduate course on The American Presidency. He has also served as a law clerk to two Federal judges and worked for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform. Andrei is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School.
Karen Hamberg, Chair Emeritus, Deloitte LLP
Karen Hamberg joined Deloitte Canada LLP in 2022 as a Partner in the firm’s Financial Advisory practice advising on the commercialization of climate technology across all economic sectors. She is a clean technology executive with more than 20 years of global experience in the deployment of clean transportation technologies and the policy/regulatory frameworks to enable growth, scale, and market leadership. She held a range of senior executive positions at Westport Fuel Systems and has expertise in corporate strategy, market creation and development, sustainability/ESG, policy and regulatory affairs, and external communications.
She was appointed to the Government of Canada’s Industry Strategy Council by the Honourable Navdeep Bains in June 2020 to represent the clean technology sector and named Chair of the Clean Technology Economic Strategy Table. She advises on strategies to accelerate the deployment of made-in-Canada clean technology, scale Canadian companies, and ensure Canada’s global competitiveness in a decarbonized economy.
From 2017 to 2021, Karen served as Chair of the Board of Directors of CALSTART in Pasadena, California and was the first non-U.S. resident, the first woman, and the youngest person to hold the post.
An active volunteer, she chaired the 2019 United Way of the Lower Mainland Campaign Cabinet, the team of executives who are the driving force behind the organization’s annual fundraising campaign. She also serves as Vice Chair of the British Columbia Regional Advisory Board of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
She was named to Canada’s Clean 50™ (2017) for her contributions to advance sustainability in the heavy-duty transportation sector and to Canada’s Clean 16TM (2019) for her leadership on more stringent clean transportation regulations in North America.
Karen 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.
Chelle Izzi, Vice President Energy Transformation, Walmart
Chelle is the Vice President of Energy Transformation, a new role created to help accelerate Walmart’s transition to zero emissions and 100% renewable energy adoption across facilities and mobility. In this newly created role, Chelle and her team will be responsible for Distributed Generation, Community Solar and the energy transition to Zero Emission Mobility for our customers and our fleet. Where Walmart’s work in clean energy could generate revenue, the Energy Transformation team will identify and commercialize new business models.
Prior to joining Walmart, Chelle worked at NextEra Energy Resources, the world’s largest generator of clean energy. At NextEra, she led the formation of NextEra Mobility, a new venture focused on fleet electrification including integrated solutions for charging infrastructure, vehicle conversion, renewables, resiliency and energy management.
Chelle has more than 25 year’s experience commercializing, launching, selling and managing new products and services across multiple industries in the US, Europe, Africa and Asia. Within clean energy, Chelle helped scale one of the first demand response companies, CPower, led an innovation team for Constellation Energy and led three acquisitions and one investment in residential solar, water reclamation, clean back-up power and mobility.
Chelle holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service where she focused on China studies.
Katie Sloan is currently leading SCE’s advanced energy solutions for its 15 million customers, including customer solar, battery storage, energy efficiency and demand response programs with annual budget of $500 million.
Katie was previously responsible for developing from the ground up SCE’s vehicle and building electrification programs, with an approved budget of over $1 billion over 6 years, including the largest light duty & medium & heavy duty electric vehicle utility infrastructure programs in the United States. The team’s mission is to help California get 7 million EVs on the road and convert one-third of space and water heating in buildings by 2030 and is the first and largest team of its’s kind at a utility in the nation.
For the majority of 2020 Katie held a temporary assignment working on the company’s customer care response to COVID-19 and associated oversight of impacts on the company’s cash flow due to the pandemic & economic downfall. During this time SCE stopped turning off customer’s power for non-payment and provided additional financial assistance.
Previously, Katie held roles of increasing responsibility at SCE & Edison International focusing on clean energy policy, strategy, operations, and analysis. She has also worked at First Solar, a large solar panel manufacturer, developing global public policy.
Katie was named a Woman of Achievement by the San Gabriel Valley YWCA her work at SCE and non-profits. Katie currently serves as board chair of CALSTART, with the mission to build a high-tech clean-transportation industry that creates jobs, cuts air pollution and oil imports and curbs climate change. She also serves on the board of Beyond the Block, a non-profit focused on expanding global awareness and increasing intellectual curiosity of at-risk youth.
Katie holds a master’s degree in regulatory economics and bachelor’s degree in business administration from New Mexico State University.
Chris joined New Flyer in 2007 and as President, he leads the development and execution of operational strategy and performance for New Flyer, with a heavy focus on growth and advancement in the zero-emission space. He is also responsible for driving innovation of its mobility solutions portfolio across North America, including buses, technology, and infrastructure. With over 20 years leading engineering, sustainability, and new product development in transportation, Chris has become an expert in vehicle design and Operational Excellence. Prior to New Flyer, Chris held leadership positions with General Motors and National Steel Car. A dedicated clean technology leader, Chris also serves as a longtime board member for CALSTART and is an accredited Professional Engineer. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) in Automotive Engineering Design from Kettering University, and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Steve Trichka is vice president and general manager of the Power & Propulsion 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.
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 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.
In the local Binghamton area, Steve serves on the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council, as President of the Town of Union Local Development Corporation, and as a director of the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra.
Cynthia Williams is the Global Director, Sustainability, Homologation and Compliance, effective December 1, 2019. She will be responsible for sustainable business plans and policies, environmental negotiations with regulatory bodies around the world, reporting on the company’s environmental and social performance, and engaging with non-government organizations and other external stakeholders.
Previously Cynthia was Assistant Director, Global Automotive Safety Office. In this position she has been responsible for leading the safety governance process, including identifying, analyzing and making recommendations on potential safety and compliance concerns. She also has been responsible for developing and coordinating responses to all government agency investigations.
Since joining Ford in 1992, as part of the Ford College Graduate Program in the Automotive Emissions and Fuel Economy Office, Cynthia has held several positions, which include Ford’s Sustainability, Environment and Safety Director in Asia Pacific, Environmental Policy Manager, Energy Planning and Compliance Manager, and On-Board Diagnostics Production Compliance Programs Manager. Cynthia is the past chair of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Mobile Source Policy Committee.
In Asia Pacific, she was the Executive Champion for the Professional Women’s Network and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgender Employee Resource Groups. Cynthia also held the position of Vice President of Operations for the Ford Employees African Ancestry Network (FAAN) and is committed to mentoring young engineers, peers and FAAN members. A native of Flint, MI, Cynthia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Detroit Mercy. Cynthia is married with two children.
Bob Wyman is the cofounder and Board Chair of Earthshot, a nonprofit that showcases exciting clean technologies.
For 40 years Bob worked in the Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. offices of Latham & Watkins, where he served as a Partner and as Global Chair of the firm’s Environment, Land & Resources Department and Co-Chair of the Air Quality and Climate Change Practice.
Working with special-purpose progressive business coalitions, Mr. Wyman led the advocacy for several ground-breaking air quality and climate programs over the past four decades, including key provisions of the federal 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments and California’s AB32 program and 2017 extension. He designed several innovative and market-based air quality regulatory programs, including the South Coast Regional Clean Air Incentives Market (RECLAIM) and air quality investment program (AQIP), EPA’s clean air communities program, vehicle pricing and investment strategies, forward crediting cleantech strategies, and the clean air investment fund (contained in President Clinton’s Directive to EPA regarding ozone and fine particulate standards).
Bob is the longest-serving member of the EPA Clean Air Act Advisory Committee, on which he has served almost continuously since 1991.