Board of Directors

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Bill DiCroce

President & CEO, Veolia North America

Bill is now leading Veolia North America’s Municipal and Commercial business, which is the result of a recent merger of Veolia North America’s energy and municipal water/wastewater businesses. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Veolia Energy North America, a January 2013 appointment, following his successful role as the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He joined Veolia Energy North America in June 2008 as Senior Vice President - East Region.

Before joining Veolia, Bill was the President and Chief Operating Officer of NSTAR Electric and Gas Company's unregulated subsidiaries, which owned and operated private utilities (Medical Area Total Energy Plant, Inc.- MATEP), as well as other district energy and telecommunication businesses in the greater Boston area.

Bill began his career with General Electric at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, where he was certified as a nuclear power engineer within the U.S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion program. Bill next entered the commercial nuclear power generation industry and held a succession of operational, managerial and executive positions within Boston Edison and the Entergy Corporation.

Bill earned a bachelor's degree in marine engineering at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and an M.B.A. at Boston University. At the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, he served on the undergraduate and advanced degree program's Advisory Council and was an adjunct professor for nuclear power technology.

Dr. Roger Flanagan

Managing Director, Lockheed Martin Energy

Roger Flanagan is Managing Director of Lockheed Martin Energy, leading the company’s business unit with electric and gas utilities in North America. LM Energy provides utilities with distributed energy resources through energy efficiency, demand response, renewables, cogen, storage, and microgrids. LM Energy also provides utilities with advanced technology intransmission & distribution automation, grid & customer analytics, information & operations technology, and cyber security.

Dr. Flanagan has 30 years of professional experience in energy and national security with Lockheed Martin and the Tennessee Valley Authority. He has worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and is formerly the Director of the Remote Sensing Laboratory at Nellis and Andrews Air Force Bases. He has held senior technical and management positions in electric power generation, transmission & distribution, and has managed technical operations support groups at Livermore, Los Alamos, and Sandia National Laboratories.

Dr. Flanagan earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Engineering from the University of Tennessee and Masters and Bachelors of Science degrees in Engineering from West Virginia University.He is the author of numerous publications on energy, materials and engineering science.

Deb Frodl

Global Executive Director, GE ecomagination

A 25-year GE veteran, Deb Frodl leads GE ecomagination, the company’s business strategy to accelerate innovation and growth in a resource constrained world through efficient and intelligent solutions. She held previous executive marketing and sales roles for GE’s Capital Fleet Services, Capital Public Finance, Commercial Equipment Finance and Dealer Financial Services. In 2010, she was named Chief Strategy Officer for GE Capital Fleet Services and Global Alternative Fuels Leader.

She earned her MBA at the University of St. Thomas and her Bachelors in Business from Minnesota State University.

Mike Garland,

President and CEO, Pattern Energy

Mike oversees all aspects of Pattern Development, paying particular attention to efficient operations, raising and structuring capital, project selection, strategic planning, and corporate performance and values.

Mike has developed, constructed, managed and invested in energy and infrastructure projects in the United States and around the globe. Since the closing of his first wind project financing in 1989, he has managed the successful development and investment of nearly 4,000 MW of wind projects worldwide, as well as many transmission, renewable, and conventional fueled power projects.

Formerly, Mike was a partner of Babcock & Brown from 1986 to 2009, where he led the firm’s North American Infrastructure Group and initiated and managed project finance activities, energy development and energy investment, which grew to over $12 billion of assets in less than five years under his leadership. Earlier in his career, from 1975 to 1986, Mike worked for the State of California as Chief of Energy Assessments.

Mike has been recognized for his many contributions to financial structuring, technology development, environmental protection and education. Serving as aTrustee of the UC Berkeley Foundation, he and his wife Virginia (Gigi) Coe are active supporters of the University of California at Berkeley's Physics Department and the University of Washington Medical School and have founded The Bay School of San Francisco. Mike has also written several books and articles on energy and financeand holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley. He and Gigi have a son and a daughter.

Arjun Gupta

Executive Chairman, Nexant

Arjun Gupta is the Founder and Chief Believer of TeleSoft Partners, a special situations venture capital firm focused on high-tech and energy value chain companies. He has overseen investing in and helping build 60 technology companies to date, of which over 40 companies have gone public or been acquired. Two examples are ‪‬‬‬ and T-Mobile USA. Arjun was ranked by Forbes Magazine in the Top-100 Technology Venture Investors on the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 Midas Lists.

Since 2013, Arjun has been a member of the new ownership group of the Sacramento Kings NBA team and is helping revitalize downtown Sacramento.

In 2001, Arjun started a foundation to support community projects in education, the environment and the arts. The foundation has helped provide partial funding for over 90 projects to date in the US, India and Africa. He is a Trustee of the Aspen Institute and the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI).

Arjun is a passionate outdoorsman and was a member of the 100th Anniversary ski expeditions to the North Pole and to the South Pole. Previously, he served as a Liaison Officer with four international Himalayan expeditions to peaks over 20,000 feet for the Indian Mountaineering Federation.

Arjun received his MBA from Stanford University, MS and BS in Computer Science Phi Beta Kappa from Washington State University, and BA (Honors) in Economics from St. Stephen's College (India). He is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard. He lives in Aspen and San Francisco.

Lisa Jackson

Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Apple

Lisa Jackson is Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, reporting to CEO Tim Cook.

Lisa oversees Apple’s efforts to minimize its impact on the environment by addressing climate change through renewable energy and energy efficiency, using greener materials, and inventing new ways to conserve precious resources. She is also responsible for Apple’s education policy programs such as ConnectED, its product accessibility work, and its worldwide government affairs function.

From 2009 to 2013, Lisa served as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Appointed by President Barack Obama, she focused on reducing greenhouse gases, protecting air and water quality, preventing exposure to toxic contamination, and expanding outreach to communities on environmental issues. She has also served as Chief of Staff to New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine and as Commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection.

Lisa holds a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Tulane University. She serves on the boards of Princeton, Tulane, and the Clinton Foundation.

Paul Kaleta

EVP and General Counsel, First Solar

Mr. Paul Kaleta joined First Solar in March 2014 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Prior to joining First Solar, Mr. Kaleta was Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Shared Services and Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer for NV Energy, Inc., which was acquired by Berkshire Hathaway’s Energy Group in December 2013.

Before that, he was Vice President and General Counsel for Koch Industries, Inc., one of the world’s largest privately held companies with diverse businesses worldwide, including refining, petrochemicals, and commodity trading, among others. He also served in a number of legal and other leadership roles for Koch companies. Before joining Koch, he was Vice President and General Counsel of Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation (now part of National Grid).

In private practice, Mr. Kaleta was an equity partner in the Washington D.C. law firm Swidler Berlin LLP and an associate in the Washington D.C. office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. He also served as a federal judicial clerk. Mr. Kaleta is the founding chair of the Southern Nevada Chapter of the “I Have a Dream Foundation” (now “Core Academy-powered by The Rogers Foundation”), a member of the Client Advisory Council of Lex Mundi, and has taught both energy law and business ethics and leadership, as an adjunct professor, among other professional and community activities.

Mr. Kaleta holds a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor's degree from Hamilton College.

Terrill Laughton

VP/GM, Integrated Demand Resources, Johnson Controls

Terrill Laughton is the Vice President & General Manager for Johnson Controls’ Integrated Demand Response (iDR) business unit. He and his team are responsible for the overall performance for all markets and direct utility contracts held by JCI for Demand Response. Prior to his current role with the iDR team, Mr. Laughton led the sales and operations group for iDR across all markets. Prior to joining the iDR business unit, Mr. Laughton held several roles within Johnson Controls. Mr. Laughton previously led the development of all Energy Savings Performance Contracts with Federal Government customers for JCI’s Federal Solutions business, developed the acquisition strategy & drove the integration efforts for JCI’s acquisition of the Demand Response Provider EnergyConnect, and directed a team of internal & external consultants that worked on a variety of corporate initiatives across all markets for JCI.

Before joining Johnson Controls, Mr. Laughton was an Associate Principal in the Chicago Office of McKinsey & Company where he was part of the Global Energy and Materials (GEM) practice. Prior to McKinsey & Company, Mr. Laughton worked for Exelon Corporation, one of the largest U.S. utilities. Mr. Laughton holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. He has a MS and BS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in nuclear engineering.

Scott Neuman

Group Vice President, Global Operations & Marketing, Oracle Utilities

Scott Neuman sits on the executive team of Oracle Utilities, where he serves as Vice President of Marketing & Operations. Scott joined Oracle when it acquired Opower, a leading cloud software company serving the global utilities industry. Scott led efforts to take Opower public in 2014 and managed large organizations spanning strategy, presales, and operations.

Before joining Opower, Scott spent five years at McKinsey & Company consulting to highly regulated industries. Scott holds a J.D. from from Harvard Law School which he received after attending Stanford University and coding at a few early stage Silicon Valley startups.

Naimish Patel

CEO, Gridco Systems

Naimish Patel is CEO of Gridco Systems, a provider of intelligent power control and management solutions for the 21st century electric grid. Previously, Naimish served as Entrepreneur in Residence at General Catalyst Partners, where he focused on investment opportunities in clean technology, advanced materials, and life sciences. Prior to his role at General Catalyst, Naimish was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Sycamore Networks, a leading provider of optical networking solutions for mission-critical networks. As Sycamore’s CTO, Naimish was responsible for the company’s technology vision and product strategy. Naimish was one of the four founding team members of Sycamore Networks, where he made key contributions to Sycamore’s product development since its inception in 1998. Naimish holds BS, MS, and MEng degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is the holder of 18 patents.

Kevin Self

SVP Strategy, Business Development & Government Relations, Schneider Electric

As a member of Schneider Electric’s North America Executive Leadership Team, Kevin is responsible for the development and execution of a winning strategy that drives profitable growth across all lines of business in alignment with Schneider Electric’s recently launched Life Is On corporate brand.

Kevin’s responsibilities include leading the overall North America strategy development process; leading the Smart Cities efforts; developing and maximizing government relationships at state and federal levels; and identifying inorganic growth opportunities.

Kevin previously held Strategy & Corporate Development roles with Johnson Controls’ Building Efficiency Business, Miller Brewing Company, GE Healthcare, and McKinsey & Company. Kevin holds an MBA from Northwestern University, and MS and BS degrees in engineering from The University of Michigan.

Dan Shugar

CEO, NEXTracker

As founder and CEO, Dan Shugar helped build NEXTracker into one of the fastest growing cleantech companies in the U.S. Before he started NEXTracker, he served as CEO for the innovative cell manufacturer Solaria Corp. Decades ago, Shugar played a leading role in commercializing the first utility-scale solar trackers while working at APS & NWP Corp. He later served as president of PowerLight Corp., which was acquired by SunPower in 2006. Shugar oversaw revenue growth at PowerLight and SunPower from less than $1 million to more than $830 million and was responsible for the completion of more than 500 projects serving commercial, industrial, and utility clients worldwide. He has invented various PV system applications, holds multiple U.S. patents and has published more than 50 technical papers. Shugar earned a BS in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Golden Gate University.

Hemant Taneja

Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners

Hemant Taneja is Managing Director of General Catalyst Partners, a multi-billion dollar investment firm with offices in Cambridge, New York and Palo Alto. Mr. Taneja leads the global energy practice for General Catalyst and serves on the boards of a diverse set of energy companies. He has broad experience in developing advanced energy ecosystems, having co-founded and chaired the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC), a nonprofit focused on advancing New England's energy economy. Under his leadership, NECEC worked with Governor Patrick’s administration to develop a comprehensive slate of advanced energy legislation in Massachusetts. He was also a founding board member of Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, as Governor appointee.

Prior to joining General Catalyst in 2002, he was founder, Chairman and CEO of a mobile software company that was acquired.

Mr. Taneja is a graduate of MIT, earning an M.S. in Operations Research, an M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, a B.S. in Mathematics, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, and a B.S. in Biology & Biomedical Engineering.

Prasanna Venkatesan

President and CEO, Americas, Landis+Gyr Inc.

Prasanna Venkatesan is responsible for all aspects of Landis+Gyr business within the Americas region. Also, he serves as Executive Vice President of Landis+Gyr Holdings where he helps develop and execute the corporate strategy in conjunction with worldwide company leadership team. Prior to his current role, Prasanna served as Senior Vice President & General Manager for Landis+Gyr North America. His responsibilities in this position included the introduction and execution of all smart grid solution deployments for North American utilities, such as AEP-Texas, Oncor, and Hydro Quebec. He served as VP of Research and Development with Cellnet Technology, Inc, before its acquisition by Landis+Gyr in 2007. He also held senior level engineering and operations management positions at Schlumberger, where he was involved in technology development, manufacturing and supply chain operations.

He holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.

Aziz Virani


Aziz Virani is a seasoned business leader with more than three decades of experience helping organizations achieve results by leveraging technology-based solutions. His experiences span all aspects of business management and technology professional services. Aziz is a recognized leader in management consulting and information technology strategy. His pragmatic, approachable management style allows him to provide the vision while empowering those working with him to showcase their own expertise. At the same time, he has a keen sense for recognizing new growth opportunities to ensure the organization is prepared for future growth.Aziz is the CEO and president of CLEAResult, the industry leader helping utilities and businesses achieve energy efficiency. Aziz balances CLEAResult’s focus on managing today’s challenges and setting the company’s strategic outlook for tomorrow, all while keeping clients at the center ofevery decision made.

Prior to CLEAResult, Aziz served as Area President for Avanade, leading a team of more than 2,000 people in the United States and Canada. In four years, he oversaw the profitable growth of sales of his business unit from less than $500 million in sales to more than $1.1 billion. Before that, he guided the direction of the firm’s global technology vision, solution investments and alliances. His career began as a consultant at Accenture, one of the largest management consulting, technology services and outsourcing companies in the world. In his 23-years at the firm, he rose to become a global managing partner.

Thomas H. Werner

President and Chief Executive Officer, SunPower Corporation

Tom Werner serves as SunPower president and chief executive officer, and as chairman of the SunPower board of directors. Prior to joining the company, he held the position of chief executive officer of Silicon Light Machines, Inc., an optical solutions subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. Previously, Werner was vice president and general manager of the Business Connectivity Group of 3Com Corp., a network solutions company, and has also held a number of executive management positions at Oak Industries, Inc., and General Electric Co. He currently serves as a board member of Cree, Inc., Silver Spring Networks, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and is a member of the Marquette University board of trustees. Werner holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University and a master's degree in business administration from George Washington University