Mr. Adler is Managing Director of CalCEF and President of CalCEF Ventures, a $30 million nonprofit venture capital fund created to accelerate investment in California’s clean energy economy. Employing a fund-of-funds model, CalCEF is invested in more than 40 young companies covering the full range of clean energy technologies. In 2006, CalCEF founded the nation’s first university center on energy efficiency, the Energy Efficiency Center at the University of California, Davis, and in 2008, it launched CalCEF Innovations, an affiliated public policy and market intelligence organization, and the CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund, the industry’s first seed stage–focused fund. Prior to joining CalCEF, Mr. Adler was a senior analyst in the Division of Strategic Planning at the California Public Utilities Commission, where he was responsible for the design and implementation of California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard and was senior staff for climate change policy. He is a Director of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and an advisor to the state of California and city of San Francisco on clean energy technologies. He has a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and an MA in Public Policy from Harvard University.
Jeff Anderson is a managing director of CalCEF and the president of CalCEF Catalyst. Prior to CalCEF, he was the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Clean Economy Network (CEN). During his tenure, CEN grew to be the largest national bi-partisan advocacy organization for cleantech businesses and investors with over 12,000 members and 16 chapters across the United States. Previously, Jeff was a co-founder and campaign manager of CleanTech and Green Business for Obama (CT4-O), a national constituency group that organized the cleantech and green business community in support of the Obama campaign. He began his professional career as the Environmental Director for Building Diagnostics Ltd, an environmental and engineering consulting firm. Jeff holds an MBA from Columbia University, an LLM in Environmental and Energy law from Pace University School of Law, and a JD from Thomas M. Cooley School of Law. He earned a BA in International Relations from Michigan State University.
Rachel Gillotti is Director of Operations for all three CalCEF entities and CalCharge. Before joining in 2009, Ms. Gillotti was a project manager at Babcock & Brown in the North America Infrastructure and Project Finance group. There she focused on both new developments (greenfield) and existing operating assets (brownfields) across road, rail, marine ports, airports and social infrastructure, and managed the infrastructure teams public-private partnerships. She also worked at a boutique merchant bank in San Francisco, where she was involved in initiating middle market private equity transactions with companies in a variety of industries. In addition, Ms. Gillotti owns and manages an event planning company. She received her BA in international business, marketing and business administration from Grand View University.
Chris Mohajer is an Associate at CalCEF. Prior to joining in 2013, he held a variety of positions in the petroleum industry including roles as a midstream equity analyst and an operations consultant. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Economics.
Mr. Cavanagh is a senior attorney and co-director of the energy program at the Natural Resources Defense Counsel (NRDC), which he joined in 1979. In addition, he has been a Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford and University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall), and served from 1993 to 2003 as a member of the U.S. Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board. His current board memberships include the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, and the Northwest Energy Coalition. He is a member of the National Commission on Energy Policy, which the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation established in 2002. Mr. Cavanagh has received the Heinz Award for Public Policy, the Bonneville Power Administration’s Award for Exceptional Public Service, and the Lifetime Achievement in Energy Efficiency Award from California’s Flex Your Power Campaign. He is a graduate of Yale College and the Yale Law School.
Julie Blunden served as Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of ClimateWorks Foundation. ClimateWorks, with annual revenue of $180 million, is the leading global grantmaker for public policy investment to reduce climate change.
Prior to joining ClimateWorks, she spent seven years at SunPower Corp. as an executive driving the company from revenue of $11 million in 2004 to $2.3 billion in 2011. Prior to SunPower, Ms. Blunden led KEMA-XENERGY’s consulting practice on renewable resources, energy markets and policy to industry, utilities, and state and federal governments. In this capacity in 2004, she supported the Schwarzenegger administration in developing the California Million Solar Homes Initiative. In 1997, she co-founded Green Mountain Energy Company, a national retail electric supplier of renewable power. During the first decade of her career, she worked for the AES Corporation where she was responsible for power plant development and acquisitions in the independent power generation business.
Ms. Blunden received her M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an A.B. from Dartmouth College majoring in engineering, modified with environmental studies. She has served on the Boards of a wide range of not-for-profits and trade associations, including service as the Vice Chair of the Solar Energy Industries Association, the industry’s national U.S. trade group.
Mr. Foster is CFO of Nexant, a leading global energy software and services provider focused on energy efficiency, demand side management, clean energy, and energy advisory services. He has spent the last 15 years in leadership roles in public and private technology companies in the Silicon Valley, most recently as CFO of LS9, a technology leader in the development of renewable and sustainable chemicals and fuels that was acquired by Renewable Energy Group. 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. Mr. Foster was a founding board member of CalCEF and serves on its investment committee, as well as 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. He also serves on the national advisory council for Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), a national organization of business leaders who promote sound energy and environmental policies that build economic prosperity. Mr. Foster holds a mechanical engineering degree from Yale University and a law degree from Harvard Law School.
Sierra Nevada Partners
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.
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
Ms. Schori is the former general manager and CEO of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), the nation’s sixth-largest publicly owned electric utility. During her 14-year tenure as CEO, the utility earned a strong reputation for its renewable energy and energy efficiency programs as well as the national number one ranking in commercial customer satisfaction by JD Power & Associates in 2006–2007 and 2007–2008. Prior to serving as CEO she spent 15 years on the legal staff at SMUD, the last 5 as general counsel. She is past chair of the American Public Power Association, the Large Public Power Council and the California Municipal Utilities Association. She is also past chair of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and served on the board of the Alliance to Save Energy. She was elected in 2009 to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) board as an independent trustee. NERC is responsible for the reliability of the US and Canadian bulk power grid. She continues to serve on the board of the Climate Action Reserve which develops protocols and tracks greenhouse gas reduction projects, and the board of Valley Vision, a regional action tank seeking collaborative solutions to community issues in California’s central valley. She is of counsel to the law firm Downey Brand LLP in Sacramento, Calif.
California Independent System Operator
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.