Our Team

Our Board of Directors

 

CalCEF Catalyst

Barbara Lloyd

Ms. Lloyd is the Chief Executive Officer of IMPACTS USA Advisory Services, started in 2013 as a network of world-class advisors crafting strategic advice and solutions for leaders of governmental, non-profit, development, and investment organizations.  She has more than 25 years of experience in government, public finance, and project finance, including five years as Managing Director in the Infrastructure Advisory practice at KPMG, a global leader in public-private partnerships. 

Over more than a decade in government service, Barbara held positions as the chief deputy treasurer and deputy treasurer for public finance at the California State Treasurer’s Office, where she was instrumental in the largest and most complex transactions issued by the state.  She also served as the treasury manager for the City of Oakland, and as a chief of staff in the California State Assembly. Barbara also has more than 10 years of experience as a public finance investment banker and financial advisor. 

Ms. Lloyd received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in political science from the University of California, Davis.  

 

Julie Blunden

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Julie Blunden serves as Board Chair CalCEF Catalyst and Board Member of CalCEF Ventures as well as founder of Julie Blunden Consulting. She works with boards, investors and allies to accelerate a clean energy future using her deep experience in strategy, market design and development, financial markets and communications.

Ms. Blunden has served in executive roles at SunPower, SunEdison, Green Mountain Energy, and KEMA Xenergy as well as Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of ClimateWorks Foundation. She draws on her three decades of experience growing companies and markets in the power industry to support her clients and friends.

 

 

Patrick Von Bargen

Patrick is a co-founder of 38 North Solutions, a leading public affairs practice focusing on clean energy and innovation policy and advocacy in the Washington, D.C. sphere. The firm represents a wide spectrum of prominent clean energy and innovation companies both large and small, trade associations, and NGOs from around the world.  38 North – the shared latitude of Washington, D.C., and the San Francisco Bay area – represents the firm’s unique ability to connect public policy to one of the leading hubs of innovation.

Before co-founding 38 North Solutions, Patrick served as leader of the energy practice and as Managing Director of QGA Public Affairs.  For three and a half years, he provided strategic counsel to a wide variety of QGA’s energy clients, primarily in the clean technology space, including solar, wind, recycling, and biomass. He also represented startup firms using venture capital to develop clean energy technology.

Prior to his leadership roles at QGA, Patrick served in major public policy roles for over 17 years in Washington, D.C., including as Chief of Staff to Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) – the recent Chairman of the Senate Energy Committee -- from 1987 to 1999 and Managing Executive for Policy & Staff for Chairman William H. Donaldson (R-NY) at the Securities & Exchange Commission from 2003 to 2005. He also headed the National Commission on Entrepreneurship and served as Vice President of the Council on Competitiveness, the only national organization whose membership is comprised exclusively of CEOs, university presidents, and labor leaders focused on American economic competitiveness issues. He had a distinguished career in law representing start-up technology companies and venture capital firms, and served three years as CEO of the Center for Venture Education’s Kauffman Fellows Program in Silicon Valley — the premier education and networking institute for new junior and senior venture capitalists around the world.

Patrick earned a B.A. in history with Honors in humanities, graduating summa cum laude from Stanford University, a J.D. from Stanford Law School, and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. He is a member of the bar in the states of California and Colorado.

 

Joshua Bar-Lev

Joshua Bar-Lev provides regulatory and policy advice to renewable energy companies. He was vice president of regulatory affairs and government relations for BrightSource Energy from its startup until he retired in May 2011.  Joshua has been a key policy “thought leader” in the renewable energy industry. Joshua was also a founder and Board member of the Large Scale Solar Association (LSA), a trade association of utility scale solar developers.

Before joining BrightSource Energy, Joshua served as Chief Counsel at the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.  Joshua is a Founder and former Chair of the Coalition for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technology. He has been a member of the Federal Energy Bar Association (FEBA), the State Bar of California, and the American Bar Association (ABA), and served as Articles Editor for Natural Resources and Environment magazine of the Environment, Energy and Resources section of the ABA. Joshua graduated Phi Beta Kappa, with Honors in Economics, from the University of Michigan, and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

 

Michel Gelobter

Michel Gelobter is one of the country’s leading climate strategists, having worked for more than 25 years as a regulator, policy-maker, researcher, and thought leader on environmental and social policy. Most recently, Michel was Chief Green Officer of Hara Software, a Kleiner-Perkins portfolio company and the leading enterprise energy and environmental management startup.

Until founding Cooler in early 2007, Michel was President/CEO of Redefining Progress, the U.S.’s leading domestic sustainability policy institute. During Michel’s tenure, Redefining Progress helped design the world’s most aggressive climate legislation which was signed into California law in August of 2006, formed the Climate Justice Corps to train thousands of U.S. youth in climate activism, became the worldwide home of the Ecological Footprint (the world’s best known measure of sustainability), and created MyFootprint.org, a website serving over 2 million unique visitors a month.

Michel also founded and directed the Environmental Policy Program at Columbia University and the Environment and Energy Track at Singularity University. He worked as a Congressional Black Caucus Fellow and for the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, was Director of Environmental Quality for the City of New York, and served as an Assistant Commissioner for its Department of Environmental Protection (with over 6,000 employees and a combined budget of over $2 billion/year).

Michel earned his B.S., M.S. and a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley in Energy and Resources. He has served as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, the Advisory Board of Vice-President Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection, and is presently on the Boards of the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Center for Race, Poverty, and the Environment, and CERES, among others.

 

Mark Hartney

Dr. Mark Hartney is the Director of Strategic Planning and Program Development at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, a newly created position he began in April 2012.  In this role, Mark is responsible for expanding the engagement of SLAC with industry partners, funding sources and the Stanford campus with an emphasis on renewable energy, but also covering diverse areas such as detectors, medical imaging and therapy as well as structural biology.

Prior to his role at SLAC, Mark served at the Department of Energy as one of the founding directors of ARPA-E, from July, 2009 to March 2012.  As a program director, he was responsible for selecting and managing technical projects, and defining new research program opportunities.  Mark led ARPA-E’s efforts in carbon capture technology, (the IMPACCT program), as well as a number of other projects in wind technology, energy efficiency, biofuels, power electronics and lighting.

Before coming to ARPA-E, Mark served as the Chief Technical Officer for FlexTech, an industry-government partnership focused on research and development for flexible electronics including displays, photovoltaics and OLED lighting.   While at FlexTech, he also founded and served as the managing director for the 3D@Home Consortium.  Mark previously worked at Silicon Image, a semiconductor manufacturer in a variety of technical management, marketing and business development roles, and in similar roles at dpiX, a display and sensor manufacturing company spun out from Xerox PARC.

From 1992 to 1996, Mark worked in a variety of positions in Washington DC executing federal policy and managed projects on both semiconductor manufacturing and displays, at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).   Mark also previously held research and development staff positions at MIT Lincoln Labs and AT&T Bell Labs.

Mark is a graduate of MIT (B.S. and M.S.) and earned his doctoral degree at University of California at Berkeley, all in chemical engineering.  He has over 60 technical publications, 100 conference presentations and 4 issued patents.

 

Bernie Kotlier

Bernie Kotlier directs the development, promotion, and delivery of sustainable energy training for electricians, and business development programs for electrical contractors in California including energy auditing, energy efficiency, photovoltaics, electric vehicles, energy storage and micro-grids. Bernie has been a member of the California Public Utilities Commission Advisory Committee on Energy Efficiency Workforce Development, the PUC Working Group on Lighting, and the State of California Schools of the Future Initiative Advisory Committee. He now serves as co-chair of the California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program, national co-chair theElectric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program / EVITP, and is a member of the Zero Net Energy Advisory Committee to the California Public Utilities Commission. Prior to the LMCC, Bernie directed business development for Solectria Renewables in the Western U.S., was President of Brunswick Bicycles International, President of Bell Sports Specialty Retail Division, and President of Service Cycle/Mongoose. He has also been a published contributor to the Harvard Business Review.

 

CalCEF Innovations

Barbara Lloyd

Ms. Lloyd is the Chief Executive Officer of IMPACTS USA Advisory Services, started in 2013 as a network of world-class advisors crafting strategic advice and solutions for leaders of governmental, non-profit, development, and investment organizations.  She has more than 25 years of experience in government, public finance, and project finance, including five years as Managing Director in the Infrastructure Advisory practice at KPMG, a global leader in public-private partnerships. 

Over more than a decade in government service, Barbara held positions as the chief deputy treasurer and deputy treasurer for public finance at the California State Treasurer’s Office, where she was instrumental in the largest and most complex transactions issued by the state.  She also served as the treasury manager for the City of Oakland, and as a chief of staff in the California State Assembly. Barbara also has more than 10 years of experience as a public finance investment banker and financial advisor. 

Ms. Lloyd received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in political science from the University of California, Davis.  

 

Karen Edson

A 30-year veteran of electricity industry public affairs and policy, Karen Edson was the Vice President, Policy and Client Services for the California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) until May of 2016.  She joined the organization in 2005 as Vice President, External Affairs. With responsibility for managing the areas of customer service and industry affairs, communications and public relations, and government affairs, Ms. Edson performed a key role in building and maintaining strategic partnerships for the organization. She served the outreach and education needs of a diverse body of stakeholders, regulators and policy makers as well as internal and external communications. Ms. Edson served in a number of senior roles within state government, including Commissioner on the California Energy Commission, Assistant Director of the California Research Bureau, legislative director for various state agencies, and legislative staff. From 1985-2000 she headed a small consulting firm that specialized in energy policy and power plant permitting issues. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California Berkeley.

 

Horst Simon

Horst Simon, an internationally recognized expert in computer science and applied mathematics, was named Berkeley Lab's Deputy Director on September 13, 2010. Simon joined the Lab in early 1996 as Director of the newly formed National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), and was one of the key architects in establishing NERSC at its new location in Berkeley.  Before becoming Deputy Lab Director, he served as Associate Lab Director for Computing Sciences, where he helped to establish Berkeley Lab as a world leader in providing supercomputing resources to support research across a wide spectrum of scientific disciplines. Simon holds an undergraduate degree in mathematics from the Technische Universtät, in Berlin, Germany, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley. Simon’s research interests are in the development of sparse matrix algorithms, algorithms for large-scale eigenvalue problems, and domain decomposition algorithms for unstructured domains for parallel processing. His algorithm research efforts were honored with the 1988 and the 2009 Gordon Bell Prize for parallel processing research. He was also member of the NASA team that developed the NAS Parallel Benchmarks, a widely used standard for evaluating the performance of massively parallel systems. He is co-editor of the biannual TOP500 list that tracks the most powerful supercomputers worldwide, as well as related architecture and technology trends.

 

 Mason Willrich

Mr. Willrich is an independent consultant advising clients on energy matters. He is the former chair of the Board of Governors of the California Independent System Operator, senior advisor to the MIT Energy Innovation Project, and a trustee and past chair of the World Affairs Council of Northern California. Willrich has previously been a partner of Nth Power, a venture capital firm that invests in early stage energy technology companies, and a director of Evergreen Solar Inc., a manufacturer of solar photovoltaic modules. He was founder and served as chairman of EnergyWorks LLC, a joint venture of PacifiCorp and Bechtel providing combined heat and power to industrial firms located in less developed countries. Previously he served in several executive positions for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and as CEO of PG&E Enterprises, which managed PG&E’s unregulated business. Earlier in his career, Willrich was a law professor at the University of Virginia, assistant general counsel of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, Strategic Air Command. Willrich is the author or co-author of nine books and numerous articles on energy policy and security issues. He received a BA from Yale University in 1954 and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1960.

 

CalCEF Ventures

Jon Foster

Mr. Foster is a member of the senior management team for LS9, a technology leader in the development of renewable and sustainable chemicals and fuels. He has spent the last 15 years in leadership roles in public and private technology companies in the Silicon Valley. Prior to moving to the Silicon Valley, Mr. Foster served in the Clinton Administration as a deputy director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and before that in the U.S. Department of Transportation. Mr. Foster was a founding board member of CalCEF and serves on its investment committee. He also serves on the investment committee of the CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund. He is vice-chair of the Utilities Advisory Commission in Palo Alto, Calif., a leader in the use of renewable energy and a center for innovative energy start-up companies. He also serves on the national advisory council for Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). Mr. Foster holds a mechanical engineering degree from Yale University and a law degree from Harvard Law School.

 

Julie Blunden

Julie Blunden serves as Board Chair CalCEF Catalyst and Board Member of CalCEF Ventures as well as founder of Julie Blunden Consulting. She works with boards, investors and allies to accelerate a clean energy future using her deep experience in strategy, market design and development, financial markets and communications.

Ms. Blunden has served in executive roles at SunPower, SunEdison, Green Mountain Energy, and KEMA Xenergy as well as Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of ClimateWorks Foundation. She draws on her three decades of experience growing companies and markets in the power industry to support her clients and friends.

 

Ian Rogoff

Ian Rogoff is a Co-Founder and General Partner with Sierra Nevada Partners, an investment management company designed to buy and grow sustainable businesses located in the Western US. He currently serves as Executive Chairman of HelioPower, an integrated energy services company, Chairman of NIREC (a non-profit public-private partnership promoting entrepreneurship and economic development), and as an Investment Committee Director at the CalCEF Angel Fund. Ian actively supports development of clean energy public policy initiatives in the U.S., and has been appointed to Federal and State-level economic development and energy industry committees.  He serves on Nevada Governor Sandoval’s Energy Task Force, as well as the Board of Directors of a number of companies, nonprofit organizations, and higher-educational institutions. Ian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Miami, a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master of Liberal Arts from Stanford University, and has completed an executive management program at Dartmouth College.

 

Mason Willrich

Mr. Willrich is an independent consultant advising clients on energy matters. He is the former chair of the Board of Governors of the California Independent System Operator, senior advisor to the MIT Energy Innovation Project, and a trustee and past chair of the World Affairs Council of Northern California. Willrich has previously been a partner of Nth Power, a venture capital firm that invests in early stage energy technology companies, and a director of Evergreen Solar Inc., a manufacturer of solar photovoltaic modules. He was founder and served as chairman of EnergyWorks LLC, a joint venture of PacifiCorp and Bechtel providing combined heat and power to industrial firms located in less developed countries. Previously he served in several executive positions for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and as CEO of PG&E Enterprises, which managed PG&E’s unregulated business. Earlier in his career, Willrich was a law professor at the University of Virginia, assistant general counsel of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, Strategic Air Command. Willrich is the author or co-author of nine books and numerous articles on energy policy and security issues. He received a BA from Yale University in 1954 and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1960.

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