Co-Chair/National Solutions Council, Rocky Mountain Institute
Peter is an avid EV enthusiast and environmental philanthropy leader. He currently serves on the board of trustees at Rocky Mountain Institute, The Pacific Institute, and is a member of the National Advisory Board of The Union of Concerned Scientists. He is a trustee of The Ayrshire Foundation, a family foundation with a focus on energy, climate and opportunities for youth. His other work on environmental issues includes volunteer speaking engagements before civic groups and schools. He lives in San Francisco where he has worked as an artist for twenty-five years, exhibiting his work nationally and internationally.
Board of Governors of the California Independent System Operator
Mark Ferron’s unique expertise has made him an authority when it comes to the intersection of energy, environment, finance and philanthropy. Mark currently serves on the Board of Governors of the California Independent System Operator, which manages the high-voltage electricity system in California and parts of the west. He is also on the Board of Trustees of the Rocky Mountain Institute and is active with a number of environmental and other mission-driven organizations.
From 2011 to 2014, Mark was a Commissioner on the California Public Utilities Commission, focused on renewable energy, energy efficiency and resource adequacy. Before moving to California in 2009, he spent 25 years in global finance, banking and operations, including serving as chief operating officer for the Global Markets Division of Deutsche Bank in London.
Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in economics from Stanford University.
Founder, California Car Initiative
Felix Kramer is a serial entrepreneur and lifelong environmentalist focusing on innovative technology-related ideas, events and businesses. In 2012, he co-founded DrivingElectric.org, sponsored by Plug In America, the Electric Auto Association, and CalCars, to increase demand for the new plug-in electric vehicles by connecting PEV drivers with consumers interested in learning more and test-driving PEVs.In 2002, he enlisted engineers, entrepreneurs, environmentalists and drivers to promote plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) by technology demonstrations, advocacy and buyer demand. In 2006, he became the world’s first non-technical consumer owner of a PHEV. He popularized the “100+MPG” meme and “cleaner/cheaper/domestic” to describe electricity’s benefits. He took delivery of the ninth Chevy Volt GM sold, and in 2011, his family became the world’s first household with both a Volt and a Nissan Leaf.
In late 2009, while noting much remained to be done, CalCars ”declared victory” on plug-ins. He says, “The past decade has been the most satisfying and productive work experience of my life.” Thomas Friedman, in his best-seller, Hot Flat and Crowded, said, ”Felix Kramer has made plug-in electric cars not only his passion but an imminent American reality.”
With allies including Andy Grove, Kramer has promoted a technical, business and government coalition to spark a new industry to turn millions of large internal combustion engine vehicles now on the road into safe, practical, EVs and PHEVs via carmaker-sanctioned retrofits. He also advises plug-in vehicle and cleantech startups.
A graduate of Cornell University, Kramer lives with his wife in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Business Development Manager, Lucid Motors
Adrian Gomez is a business development professional with experience managing the marketing strategy and P&L for a $170M product division. Prior to joining Lucid he completed an MBA from BerkeleyHaas. He has consulted to the Finnish government on cleantech and entrepreneurship, delivered a commercialization strategy for a hydrogen storage start-up based out of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and tested a few clean transportation start-up ideas. At Lucid, he’s working with various internal teams to refine their strategy, and he provides outreach support and business expertise to execute on those strategies.
Pat Reilly is principal of Pat Reilly and Company, a strategic communications firm for changemakers. Pat is a communications strategist with more than 20 years of experience building, protecting and enhancing the public identity of people, issues, companies and products. From the “Year of the Women” in politics, to the election of the first African-American mayor in San Francisco, to the rise and fall of the dot coms, to the front lines of crisis for Fortune 100 companies, Pat has helped define and shape the perceptions that headline our recent history.
Co-Founder, Cook Silverman Search
Victoria has more than thirty years in nonprofit management, fundraising, marketing and public relations, strategy and organizational consulting. Management of all aspects of fundraising, marketing, and communications across various fields including symphony orchestras, major universities, film, biotech and more. In 2002, Silverman launched her private practice, VLS Strategies in order to accommodate the requests of many of her many friends and business relationships.
Cook Silverman is a retained search firm focused on senior development positions for nonprofit organizations, predominantly in Northern California. Cook Silverman is the result of an alliance between Pamela Cook of Pamela Cook Development Search and Victoria Silverman of VLS Strategies. Our client base represents a broad span of organizations, including independent schools, universities, and faith-based organizations, as well as those serving conservation, health care, social service, museums, science, and culture.