BOARD MEMBERS

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.

Dawn Fenton, Volvo Group North America

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.

Yuri Freedman, Southern California Gas Company

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.

Karen Hamberg, Westport Fuel Systems

Ms. Hamberg joined Westport in 2001 and was appointed Vice President, Strategy in 2012 and Vice President, Government Relations in 2017. She became Vice President, Sustainability and External Affairs in 2019. Westport Fuel Systems engineers, manufactures, and supplies advanced clean-burning engines, systems, and components that enable the deployment of low-carbon fuels such as compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), hydrogen, and renewable natural gas (RNG). Headquartered in Vancouver, Westport Fuel Systems serves customers in more than 70 countries with leading global transportation brands.

Ms. Hamberg is the Chair of the Board of Directors of CALSTART in Pasadena, California, the nation’s largest non-profit, member-driven coalition accelerating the growth of a clean transportation technologies industry.

She was named to Canada’s Clean 50™ in 2017 for her contributions to advance sustainability in the transportation sector and to Canada’s Clean 16TM in September 2018 for her work on enacting stringent clean transportation regulatory frameworks. She was a member of the Government of Canada’s Economic Strategy Table on Clean Technology and championed the Table’s work streams on regulatory agility and building a diverse and inclusive clean technology sector.

Ms. Hamberg 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.

An active volunteer, Ms. Hamberg is also Chair of the United Way of the Lower Mainland’s 2019 Campaign Cabinet, a group of business executives tasked with raising millions of dollars for critical social programs in metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. She received the 2016 United Way President’s Award of Distinction for her ongoing commitment and dedication to building a strong, healthy, inclusive community.

Colleen Jansen, ChargePoint

Colleen Jansen is a marketing strategist with 20 years of experience in both business-to-consumer and business-to-business marketing spanning early stage, privately held VC-funded companies as well as large cap, publicly traded firms. At ChargePoint, Jansen is responsible for leading the company’s global Marketing function and Policy efforts in North America. She oversees the brand, communications, consumer business and North America public policy. Prior to ChargePoint, she led marketing disciplines for a number of category-creating startups as well as established brands including Microsoft, Yahoo, Intuit and LinkedIn. An early EV adopter, Colleen is passionate about helping everyone realize the personal, societal and economic benefits of driving electric. She holds a B.S. from California State University, Fresno.

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.

Katie Sloan, Southern California Edison

Katie Sloan is director of eMobility and Building Electrification at SCE, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. Katie is responsible for SCE’s vehicle and building electrification programs and service​s, with a planned budget of over $1 Billion. 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. Her team includes three groups: strategy & program development, business development & partnerships, & operations.

Previously, Katie held roles of increasing responsibility at SCE & Edison International focusing on clean energy policy, strategy, and analysis. She has also worked at First Solar, a large solar panel manufacturer, developing global public policy.

Katie was named one of “40 under 40” people to watch by Pasadena Magazine and a Woman of Achievement by the San Gabriel Valley YWCA her work at SCE and non-profits. Katie currently serves on the board 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 Stoddart, New Flyer of America Inc.

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.

Stephen Trichka, BAE Systems

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, Ford Motor Company

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.