Advisory Council

Joe Barra

Portland General Electric

Joe is a Senior Consultant for Business Model Development at Portland General Electric. Joe develops business opportunities in the areas of Smart Grid, electric vehicles, demand response, energy efficiency, renewable energy integration, energy storage and distributed resources. Barra joined PGE in 1994 as Manager of New Products & Services. Prior to joining PGE, Barra held the position of Director of Energy Services at PacifiCorp where he directed the development of the Energy FinAnswer, a nationally recognized energy efficiency program for demand-side resource acquisition. Joe spent 12 years prior to joining PacifiCorp as a marketing manager with two premiere packaged goods companies, Del Monte and General Foods. Barra holds a bachelors degree from William Paterson University and has completed post-graduate courses in management, strategic planning, finance and statistics. He has been a guest lecturer at U.C. Berkeley and has conducted seminars in new product development and marketing research. Barra serves on the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry board of directors.

Jesse Berst

Jesse Berst is one of the pioneering thought leaders of the smart grid, and the founding editor of, the Internet’s oldest, largest and highest-ranked smart grid site. Jesse provides strategic consulting to corporations, startups and investment firms looking to target their smart grid activities. He is the acting Executive Director for the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, a nonprofit that unites utilities, vendors, and consumer advocates with the goal of accelerating the adoption of a consumer friendly smart grid. He serves on the Advisory Council for the Energy and Environment Directorate of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which conducts some of the nations most advanced grid research.  He was also the keynote speaker at the Department of Energy ‘s original Grid Vision 2030 planning meeting in 2003. Jesse  graduated with highest honors from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in business administration.

Anjan Bose

Washington State University

Anjan Bose is a Regents Professor and the Distinguished Professor of Electric Power Engineering at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, where he also served as the Dean of the College of Engineering & Architecture from 1998 to 2005. In 2012-13, he served at the US Department of Energy as a Senior Adviser to the Under Secretary on the electric power grid. Dr. Bose is a Member of the US National Academy of Engineering, a Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He was the recipient of the Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award, the Third Millenium Medal, and the Herman Halperin Electric Transmission & Distribution Award. He was appointed by the governor to the board of directors of the Washington Technology Center, and by the US Secretary of Energy on the committee to study the 1999 and 2003 power blackouts. He has served on several committees of the US National Academies including those for Engineering Education, Cybersecurity Research, Power Grid Security and America’s Energy Future.

Kent Dunn

AMETEK Electronic Systems Protection

As an energy technology executive, Kent delivers innovative products and services to the market. Kent brings over 20 years of experience driving sales growth through direct sales efforts, strategic alliances and channel programs to the ESP and SurgeX brands. Prior to AMETEK Electronic Systems Protection, Kent served as the director of sales for Comverge.  Kent has also held senior positions with Ecova and Clean Technology Partners, both of which are focused on creating, delivering and managing energy efficiency programs for electric utilities. Kent has a BS in Natural Resources Development from Ohio State University.

Kristi Growdon

Element 8

Kristi Growdon joined Element 8 in September, 2014, bringing more than 20 years of leadership positions in government, academia and the private sector. She is experienced in assisting start-ups, as well as small- to medium-sized companies.  Past roles include the Director of the Washington State University Energy Office and the in-house lobbyist for WSU. Prior to that, her decade of service to federal and state agencies focused on advocacy in the fields of energy, renewable resources, agriculture, and transportation.

Jeff Hammarlund

Portland State University

Jeff chairs the Oregon Caucus and is on the Executive Committee of the NW Energy Coalition, an alliance of more than 115 environmental, civic and human service organizations, progressive utilities, businesses, coalitions, and trade associations in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia.  He is also an adjunct associate professor at Portland State University’s Mark Hatfield School of Government, a senior research fellow at the school’s Center for Public Service, and the president of Northwest Energy and Environmental Strategies consulting firm. Jeff has held senior staff positions with the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Department of Energy, and has served as an adviser to presidents, presidential candidates, senators, and other senior elected officials. He has also been a senior manager at Southern California Edison and a senior policy analyst for the Public Power Council. He was lead author of the recent report to Governor Kitzhaber called Electric Vehicles, the Smart Grid, and Renewables Integration: An Initial Assessment of Challenges and Opportunities for Oregon as a part of the Governor’s Ten Year Energy Plan.

Steve Hauser

GridWise Alliance

Mr. Hauser was recently appointed as CEO of the GridWise Alliance, a national industry led organization that promotes the modernization of the nation’s electricity infrastructure.  For more than 30 years, Mr. Hauser has been a leader in clean energy and smart grid technology development efforts including solar, wind, batteries, electric vehicles, GIS software, geothermal, microgrids, fuel cells, and building energy efficiency. He recently authored the lead chapter in a book titled “Smart Grid: Integrating Renewable, Distributed and Efficient Energy” published by Academic Press.  Mr. Hauser was the driving force behind the creation of the GridWise® Alliance and the Global Smart Grid Federation.  Mr. Hauser has also led the creation of new international brands like GridWise® and GRID 21TM significantly raising the visibility of these issues with federal and state policy makers. He participated as a key advisor to the National Science and Technology Council’s Smart Grid Task Force resulting in the White House release of the “Policy Framework for a 21st Century Grid”. He has held senior management positions at various companies and DOE labs.

Mark Hormann

Opus One

Prior to Opus One, Mark was VP of Sales & Strategy at Varentec where he was responsible for key accounts & go-to-market. He began his career as a distribution engineer with Manitoba Hydro and then took on various roles from utility sales to buy-side M&A within Siemens Energy.  Mark was the team lead for the acquisition integration of eMeter to Siemens prior to taking on global product responsibility for cloud based solutions within eMeter.  Mark holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba and completed his MBA at Rollins College in Florida.

Graham Horn


As VP Business Development for Western North America, Graham leads all customer initiatives in the west, focusing on deal origination, structuring, regulatory tracking and market analysis. Graham has been active in the renewable energy space since 2002. Prior to Enbala, he was VP Corporate Affairs at Innergex Renewable Energy (a successful developer of hydroelectric and wind facilities).  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Victoria and an MBA (Honours) from the University of British Columbia.

Charles Jenkins


Charles Jenkins is strategy and eminence leader with IBM’s Energy, Environment, and Utilities Industry.  His areas of focus for utilities industry strategy and eminence have included cognitive systems, environmental quality, utility customer engagement, and security.  Charles also serves as the program leader for IBM’s Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition, deploying smart grid technologies and new business models around the world.  His work with IBM has encompassed global strategy, sales, client relationships, eminence and skills, field enablement, offering development, marketing, and social media.  Charles has a Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) degree from Harvard College, with a concentration in East Asian Studies.  He is a certified Design Thinking Co-Creator.  He also serves as a Partner with the Portland, Oregon chapter of Social Venture Partners, which invests time and expertise to help local education not-for-profits build capacity and results.

Phillip Jones

Phil Jones Consulting

Philip Jones is currently President of Phil Jones Consulting LLC based in Seattle, Washington, that provides expert advice and consulting services for organizations in the fields of energy and utility regulation, communications regulation, and cybersecurity compliance and regulation.  Besides his consulting work, Mr. Jones serves as a Director of the Western Grid Group which advocates for clean energy resources and an efficient transmission grid in the Western States.  He also serves as a Board Advisor to Energy Impact Partners (EIP), based in New York City.   Mr. Jones is on the Board of Directors of Greenlots, one of the leading innovators developing intelligent solutions for EV infrastructure for utilities.   He also serves on the non-profit Boards of Directors of Carbon WA and Climate Solutions.  Commissioner Jones served on the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) from March 2005 to March 2017.  Mr. Jones was active nationally with the FERC, U.S. Department of Energy, DHS, and the FCC.   He also served on the Advisory Council of EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute).

Michael Jung


Michael Jung is the Vice President for Policy, Government, and Regulatory Affairs (a.k.a., Chief Policy Wonk) at Varentec, a Silicon Valley pioneer in providing innovative solutions for distributed energy resources and decentralized grid control.  Prior to his current role, he served as Policy Director at the cleantech powerhouse Silver Spring Networks. He chaired an energy task force for Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and served as a policy advisor to the campaign and administration of Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. Michael has managed environmental and climate change policy at American Electric Power and also worked as chief of staff to the President/COO of the company’s flagship operating company, AEP Ohio.  He is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Yale College, and the Harvard Kennedy School.

Roger Kline

Northern Wasco County People’s Utility District

Roger Kline is the General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of Northern Wasco County People’s Utility District.  Roger has worked in the energy industry for more than 23 years, holding positions in enterprise risk, supply side portfolio management, operations & maintenance and senior management.  Before NWCPUD, Roger worked for the Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB), and has held positions with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Calpine Corporation, Texas Independent Energy, Solar Turbines Inc., and the United States Navy.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Colorado Technical University, a graduate certificate in utility management from Willamette University, and has also completed the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Certified Public Power Manager course along with many other industry and leadership specific trainings.  Roger currently serves as the Northwest Requirement’s Utility (NRU) Executive Committee Secretary/Treasurer, is an Executive Board Member of the Western Energy Institute (WEI) and is the Oregon PUD Association’s (OPUDA) alternate to the Public Power Council (PPC).

Ben Kujala

Northwest Power and Conservation Council

Ben joined the Council staff in 2013 as a Senior Analyst, assumed the role of Interim Director in 2016, then became Power Division Director in October 2016.  He recently led the redevelopment of the Regional Portfolio Model for the Seventh Power Plan and coordinated the efforts to link together multiple power system models for a cohesive analytical framework for the plan. He is an expert in power system analysis and has represented the Council with regional transmission planners and the Western Electricity Coordinating Council.  Prior to joining the Council, Ben was an Operations Research Analyst for the Bonneville Power Administration where he worked on the long-term adequacy implications of wind generation, electricity market price forecasting, FCRPS operations and evaluating the benefits of a Northwest Power Pool Energy Imbalance Market.  He received a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a master’s degree in Statistics from Portland State University.

David Lowrey


David is an experienced energy industry professional with 10 years of regulatory case management and policy affairs. David specializes in energy policy related to Demand Response, Demand-Side Management and Energy Conservation. Currently, David is responsible for leading Itron’s regulatory and government affairs in the western United States.  Prior to the acquisition by Itron, David directed Comverge’s regulatory strategy for the western U.S. working with state regulators, independent system operators (ISOs), and other stakeholders to facilitate the expansion of cost-effective demand reduction resources.

Elliot Mainzer

Bonneville Power Administration

Elliot was named BPA Administrator in January 2014 but had served as Acting Administrator since July 2013. In that role, he is responsible for managing the nonprofit federal agency that markets carbon-free power from Columbia River hydroelectric dams and the region’s one nuclear plant. BPA also operates most of the high-voltage power grid across the Pacific Northwest, distributing wind and other energy to the region and beyond. Mainzer, who joined BPA in 2002, has held a variety of management positions within the agency’s Power, Transmission and Corporate organizations, including trading floor manager and manager of Transmission Policy and Strategy. Most recently, as executive vice president of Corporate Strategy, he led the agency’s strategic planning process and provided policy leadership and cross-agency coordination on renewables integration, market design, climate change and integrated planning. BPA, working with Battelle and other utility and technology partners, is coming near the end of its $180 million Smart Grid Demonstration Project started in 2010. Prior to joining BPA, Mainzer established and managed Enron’s Renewable Power Desk out of its offices in Portland, Ore.

Naomi Manley-Casimir


As the Director of the Innovation Centre for Utilities in Vancouver, BC, Naomi is responsible for research and development into end-consumer preferences for energy-related products and services, supporting and enabling her Accenture colleagues working with utility retail and customer operations and managing IT asset development. Previously, Naomi was responsible for client relations at one of Accenture’s largest utility business process and application outsourcing engagements.  In her nine years of consulting, Naomi’s experience focused primarily on generation, related to power plant and dispatch optimization, project management of an energy risk management application and program management of a large-scale, $12M program consisting of seven concurrent projects.

James Mater

Quality Logic

James co-founded and has held several executive positions at QualityLogic from June 1994 to present. He is currently General Manager of QualityLogic’s Smart Grid business unit. He is active in the Smart Grid industry as a member of the GridWise Architecture Council, the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Test and Certification Committee, and as former chair of Smart Grid NW, as well as giving papers and presentations on interoperability and Transactive Energy. Prior to QualityLogic, James held Product Management roles at Tektronix, Floating Point Systems, Sidereal and Solar Division of International Harvester. Mater holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Reed College, Portland, OR and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Ron Melton

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Ron is the director of the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration project, the administrator of the GridWise® Architecture Council, and a senior technical leader for smart grid research and development projects. He has over 30 years of experience applying computer technology to a variety of engineering and scientific problems. In addition to smart grid related projects, recent experience includes research and engineering in cyber security for critical infrastructure protection and process control system security. Dr. Melton is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a Senior Member of the Association for Computing Machinery.

Sharelynn Moore


Sharelynn Moore has more than 17 years of experience in the energy and technology sectors. In 2013, she was named vice president of Global Marketing and Public Affairs. In this role, Moore is responsible for all global marketing and public affairs activities for Itron, including development of strategic marketing objectives, oversight of internal and external communications, and management of external affairs including community investment and government relations.  Previously, Moore served as vice president of Corporate Communications after holding a variety of product- and marketing-related roles during her more than 12 years at Itron. In previous assignments, Moore focused on the strategy, management and marketing of Itron’s Automated Meter Reading (AMR) solutions, network technologies, and enterprise meter data management software.  Prior to joining Itron, Moore held marketing and product management roles at Avista Corporation and Micron. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Idaho and an MBA with an emphasis in IT from Gonzaga University.

Dain Nestel


Dain Nestel is a Senior Director with CLEAResult and leads the Demand Response (DR) business line. He oversees a portfolio of residential and commercial and industrial demand response programs providing delivery, innovation and strategic partnership oversight across North America. Dain’s experience includes leading the development of a progressive behavioral demand response (BDR) product, running portfolio energy efficiency programs in the SW United States as well as spearheading business development. Dain presents at national conferences, including Peak Load Management Association (PLMA), Cleantech Forum, BECC and Home Performance Coalition.

Mark Osborn


Mark Osborn is a distributed energy resources and smart grid expert with over 25 years of experience in the energy industry, developing and guiding innovative and nationally recognized solar and smart grid projects.  At Cadmus, Mr. Osborn is focused on evaluating and solving grid integration issues of DER, primarily storage and microgrids.  He’s currently working on a large energy storage measurement and verification project involving up to 100 energy storage projects in the state of New York.  As former smart grid manager for Portland General Electric (PGE), Mr. Osborn developed the Salem Smart Power Project, which constructed a whole feeder microgrid supported by a 1.25 MWh lithium ion battery system that operated by transactive control and developed the 1.75 MW Baldock Solar Station.  He has earned recognition and awards from the Federal Highway Administration for his work on America’s First Solar Highway projects, a Solar Pioneer Award from the Oregon Department of Energy, the Edison Electric Institute for energy service innovation, and the Peak Load Management Alliance for program innovation. He also won an international award from Invensys for Best Human Machine Interface for a software system managing distributed generation, demand response, and solar inverters.

Steven Parker


Steven Parker, CISA, CISSP, is President of EnergySec, and is a founding director of the organization. He has been engaged in critical infrastructure protection within the electric sector since 2001, including 8 years as a senior security staff member at a large investor-owned utility. As one of the original CIP auditors, he helped establish the NERC CIP audit program at the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) in 2009. At EnergySec, he developed and established its NERC CIP training program, and has instructed more than 1000 industry professionals on this topic. Mr. Parker is also a partner at Archer Security Group, a leading consulting firm specializing in compliance and security in the energy sector. His experience includes a broad range of security disciplines including e-commerce, identity management, intrusion detection, forensics, incident response and investigations, security event monitoring, and NERC CIP compliance.

George Pohndorf

Snohomish County PUD

George Pohndorf currently serves as Senior Manager of Energy Services with Snohomish County PUD.  George has over 17 years of senior leadership experience in the energy industry in corporate strategy, regulatory affairs, energy resource planning and acquisition, energy efficiency, customer service, corporate affairs and legislative and regulatory policy.  George also teaches the corporate strategy program at University of Idaho’s Utility Executive Program and teaches finance and economics at Willamette University’s Utility Management Program.  He currently serves on the Executive Board of the NW Energy Coalition and on the Board of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance. George holds an MBA in finance, summa cum laude, from the Simon School of Business and has completed executive programs at the Chicago Booth, Stanford and Kellogg graduate schools of business and the Harvard Law School.

Mischa Steiner


Mischa’s product development and management experience in the embedded electronics, wireless, and software industries was honed at organizations such as ECO Fuel Systems, Newpoint Thermal and the Okanagan Research & Innovation Centre.  Mischa is a frequent speaker and panelist at industry conferences, university programs and government events on the smart grid and the innovation potential of technology to transform business and society. He represented Awesense as a voting and participating member during the inception of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and an active volunteer at Science World to encourage school children to pursue careers in math, science, and engineering.  Mischa holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Victoria and Wireless, Electronics, Engineering Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, after leaving a PhD path at Simon Fraser University in Mathematics.

Travis Stevenson

JTS Consulting

Travis has been at the forefront of utility transformation since 1998, and leads the established utility consulting practice for JTS based out of Vancouver, British Columbia. With a focus on business operations and emerging technologies, he has worked on numerous AMI and Smart Grid initiatives in multiple countries. Travis provides strategic leadership and support to more than 30 JTS consultants who are actively working with utility customers around the globe on projects ranging from demand side management to people, process and tools relating to bulk electric system operations. Prior to founding JTS in 2004, Travis worked as an application consultant implementing utility customer information system throughout North America, and previous to that was employed by BC Hydro as a business analyst. Travis has worked both above and below the meter, with utility scale as well as distributed generation, and been in the field to appreciate how water, gas and electric utilities have operated in the past and need to operate in the future.

Russ Weed

UniEnergy Technologies

Russ is VP Business Development of UniEnergy Technologies (UET), which produces and delivers large-scale energy storage systems for utility, commercial and industrial, and micro-grid applications. The core technology is an advanced vanadium flow battery.  Based in the Seattle area, UET has a 67,000 square foot facility scaling up to produce 100MW annually of containerized systems. Russ has 23 years of experience as a VP business development and general counsel, and worked previously at GE and Labtec.

Joel Westvold


Joel is Sensus’ Senior Director of Customer Engagement, where he is responsible for deployment project management and post-sales support for all of Sensus’ North American AMI customers. Prior to joining Sensus in 2010, Joel worked as a senior manager at Portland General Electric (PGE). He has over 20 years of utility management experience including leading PGE’s national award-winning AMI deployment effort. Joel has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University and an Executive MBA from the University of Washington.

Yeye Zhang


Yeye Zhang leads energy partnerships at Nest for the Midwest region, where she works with utility partners to develop customer-focused Energy Efficiency, Demand Response and Connected Home offerings. Prior to joining Nest, Yeye worked in the power generation sector, first developing utility-scale solar projects and later distributed generation solutions for commercial and industrial customers. Yeye holds a BA in International Relations from Brown University.