Advisory Council

Jeff Allen

Forth

Jeff Allen has served as Executive Director of Forth (formerly known as Drive Oregon) since December 2011. Forth is a nonprofit industry organization working to advance electric, smart, and shared transportation in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Through innovation and industry development, demonstration projects, advocacy and engagement, Forth is transforming the way we get around. Mr. Allen previously served as Executive Director or organizational development consultant to several nonprofit organizations, including the Oregon Environmental Council, where he served as Executive Director from 1996-2006. He holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan.

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.

Patty Durand

Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative

Patty Durand is President & CEO of Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative (SECC), a nonprofit whose mission is to serve as a trusted source of information for stakeholders seeking a broad understanding of consumers’ views and attitudes about energy technology and grid modernization. SECC also educates consumers and provides materials to support stakeholders in their outreach and educational efforts engaging consumers about smart energy topics. Before joining SECC, Durand worked for the Georgia Institute of Technology where she assisted in smart grid research projects. Ms. Durand holds an MBA from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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

Enbala

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

IBM

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

Varentec

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.

Paul Notti

Itron

Paul has been in the demand side management industry for over 20 years, as a program manager delivering small commercial and multi-family energy efficiency services. Paul led Honeywell Utility Solutions’ west sales for 10 years, helping utility customers solve energy efficiency and demand response objectives, including leading Honeywell’s efforts to win an SGIG grant for commercial ADR and critical peak pricing in southern California. Paul joined Itron’s Distributed Energy Management group in 2017 and is providing solutions to help electric utilities deliver more value to their customers, including behind the meter, clean energy integration and orchestration. Paul lives in Portland, Oregon.

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

Accenture

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.

Jessica Matlock

Snohomish County PUD

Jessica joined Snohomish County PUD in August 2006 as the Director of Government and External Affairs, Strategic Accounts & New Energy Initiatives. Jessica is also responsible for developing and implementing the PUD’s solar, electric vehicle and demand response programs. Jessica previously worked as an energy and natural resources fellow for U.S. Senator Larry E. Craig (Idaho). Prior to that, she held a number of government relations positions with the Bonneville Power Administration, including that of power marketing specialist (in Washington, DC), constituent account executive for the State of Idaho, and fish and wildlife project manager. She also previously served as a city planner for the City of Portland, Oregon. Jessica was an Advisory Board Member of the Bipartisan Policy Council’s Cyber Security Initiative, represents the Large Public Power Council on the National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Team, and is a member of America Public Power Association’s Cybersecurity and Physical Preparedness Committee. Jessica led and organized the three Annual Washington State Cybersecurity Summits and the effort to produce the Cybersecurity Guide for the State of Washington Critical Infrastructure. Jessica holds an MPA from Portland State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical oceanography from the University of Washington. She also served in the United States Coast Guard.

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

Itron

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

CLEAResult

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

Cadmus

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

EnergySec

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.

Sce Pike

IOTAS

Scé Pike is a successful entrepreneur with 21+ years in Product Strategy, Design and Development. Scé started her career in the 90s in Silicon Valley, designing and developing the 1st ecommerce sites for GM, HP, Blue Cross and others. Later she helped to pioneer Smart Phones at Palm, Qualcomm, and Amp’d Mobile. In 2007, Scé started her own company, Citizen, which initially focused on Smart Phone products and later started on Internet of Things (IoT) products such as Connected Car, Connected Health. Scé successfully sold Citizen to Ernst & Young in 2018. While developing IoT products for these industries at Citizen, she realized that there was a lack of enterprise-level Smart Apartment solutions designed specifically for the multi-family-home industry. In 2014, she founded IOTAS, a turn-key, simple smart apartment solutions company to help the MFH industry increase revenue, save costs, gather insights & monetize data from their portfolios. IOTAS has been recognized by Fortune, Wired, Gigaom, ABC, NBC, FastCo and more as the new way of automating apartments to attract tenants. Scé has spoken at Health 2.0, TechFest NW, WebVisions, NAA, and BISNOW on the impact of Internet of Things. She is a passionate advocate of representation and equality of women and minorities in STEM. Scé hopes that IOTAS will also contribute to creating passive income for the disadvantaged by using IoT as a method for everyone to broker their own data.

Kerstin Rock

LO3 Energy

In her role as Sr. VP of Operations, Kerstin is responsible for leading innovation, development and growth of LO3 Energy’s operations worldwide. Leveraging a formal education in economics and nearly 25 years working for, with and within utilities and utility market actors, Kerstin has deep experience in strategy development, technical and economic modelling and consulting, utility financial planning, regulatory strategy, product development, as well as utility program design and evaluation. Prior to joining LO3 Energy, Kerstin developed Portland General Electric’s Smart City Strategy. Previous to that, and building on experience and work she completed for the Cadmus Group, PECI and CLEAResult, Kerstin was the Director of Engineering and Technical Consulting Services at EMI Consulting. There she focused on providing a wide range of strategic and technical consulting services for utility, manufacturing, and start-up clients with a focus on DERs, blockchain, EVs, microgrids and other smart grid solutions. Kerstin holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from Portland State University.

Mischa Steiner

Awesense

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.

Yeye Zhang

Nest

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.