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.
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 2109. 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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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.