April 24, 2013

Board of Directors

Susan Freedman : Senior Regional Energy/Climate Planner, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)

Susan Freedman

Senior Regional Energy/Climate Planner, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)

Ms. Freedman serves as SANDAG's subject matter expert on energy and clean transportation issues. She also oversees development of a $30 million regional incentive program for EV charging infrastructure. She joined SANDAG in 2006, where she developed its energy planning program in support of regional approaches to saving energy, reducing petroleum dependence and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. Ms. Freedman has managed SANDAG's Regional Energy Working Group and numerous energy planning efforts like the Regional Energy Strategy, regional readiness planning for EVs and alternative fuels, and the Energy Roadmap program for local governments - a partnership with SDG&E. Prior to joining SANDAG, Ms. Freedman led energy policy efforts for the San Diego Regional Energy Office (now the Center for Sustainable Energy); and spent six years in Washington D.C. addressing federal and multi-state energy and clean air policies at the Northeast-Midwest Institute and the Alliance to Save Energy. She holds a BA in Political Science/Ecology from Emory University and an MA in Energy/Environmental Policy from the College of Urban Affairs/Public Policy at the University of Delaware.

Bradley Northup, CAFM : Public Works Superintendent, Fleet Services – City of Carlsbad

Bradley Northup, CAFM

Public Works Superintendent, Fleet Services – City of Carlsbad

Mr. Northup has over 15 years of experience in the automotive field and has held multiple positions leading diverse teams of technicians, analysts, and fleet support staff in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining the City of Carlsbad in January of 2020, he worked with the County of San Diego as a Fleet Coordinator designing, planning and implementing a variety of green fleet initiatives.

Mr. Northup holds an Associate Degree in Automotive Technology from Cuyamaca Community College, and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University.

Chad Reese : Environmental Affairs Manager, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

Chad Reese

Environmental Affairs Manager, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

Chad Reese is an Environmental Affairs Manager at the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, the agency that manages the day-to-day operations of San Diego International Airport (SAN). He has a history in cleantech project management, and currently manages projects and policy related to the Airport Authority’s Sustainability Management Program including air quality and emissions, transportation electrification, energy efficiency and renewable energy, and waste reduction. He is also involved in the management of The Good Traveler, a carbon offset program developed and owned by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.

Chad serves as Chair on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, is on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Regional Clean Cities Coalition, and he is on the Advisory Board of the San Diego Regional Smart Cities collaborative. He is a credentialed LEED Green Associate and a TRUE Advisor. He holds an MBA Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School, with a B.A. in Biological Anthropology from the University of California at San Diego.

Gregory Nishihira : Fleet Manager, UC San Diego

Gregory Nishihira

Fleet Manager, UC San Diego

Mr. Nishihira is the Fleet Manager at UC San Diego. Prior to his role at UCSD, he has served in automotive repair and commercial fleet management roles. While at UCSD, he has coordinated campus "Green Car Shows" and encourages the procurement of AFVs to the maximum extent possible in order to support UC's goal to be carbon neutral by 2025. In representing Fleet Services, he works collaboratively with key stakeholders who are involved with campus sustainability projects which aim to 'green' the campus fleet. He serves on the campus' Transportation Working Group committee and represents UCSD on UC's Fleet Sustainability Working Group. Greg has an Associate of Applied Science degree in Transportation Management from Milwaukee Area Technical College and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He maintains active ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) and California UST certifications.

Philip Gibbons : Program Manager, Energy & Sustainability, Port of San Diego

Philip Gibbons

Program Manager, Energy & Sustainability, Port of San Diego

Mr. Gibbons is focused on implementing the Port's Climate Action Plan, which includes needed greenhouse gas reductions from the transportation and land use sector. He is currently working on projects to transition to zero-emission vehicles and equipment in freight movement. Mr. Gibbons has overseen the development of annual greenhouse gas reduction monitoring reports. Mr. Gibbons also leads the Port's Climate Adaptation efforts working closely with internal and external stakeholders to plan for climate-related effects such as sea level rise. Prior to working on climate planning initiatives, Mr. Gibbons spent a decade at the Port on storm water management and overseeing large-scale water and sediment quality monitoring projects. He also has a technical background in data management and has worked extensively with GIS. Mr. Gibbons is a graduate of San Diego State University with a Master's degree in Geography.

Michael Wygant : Director of Fleet and Facilities Maintenance, SDMTS

Michael Wygant

Director of Fleet and Facilities Maintenance, SDMTS

Mr. Wygant is San Diego Metropolitan Transit System's (SDMTS) Director of Fleet and Facilities Maintenance and has more than 30 years of experience in the vehicle and facilities maintenance industry.

Mr. Wygant is a U.S. Air Force veteran and has maintained, managed, and developed a wide range of vehicles and equipment, including: heavy duty bus, medium duty bus, para transit, heavy rail, light rail, hybrid rail, aircraft, CNG fueling stations, vehicle maintenance facilities, light duty cars and trucks.

Mr. Wygant, a lifetime resident of San Diego has been the Maintenance Director at SDMTS since 2017. Prior to his position at SDMTS he worked for North County Transit District (NCTD) for more than 26 years. He finished his career at NCTD as the Chief Operations Officer, overseeing bus, rail, paratransit operations and maintenance.

Steve Moore : Director of Propane Autogas, EXPO Propane

Steve Moore

Director of Propane Autogas, EXPO Propane

Since 1978, Mr. Moore has been in the propane business, being President of a large family-owned company. In 2005, Mr. Moore started Expo Propane, built it for 9 years, then merged with Energy Distribution Partners, which is based in Chicago. Energy Distribution Partners is listed as the 15th largest propane distribution company in the United States. Expo Propane specializes in propane infrastructure and delivery to commercial and industrial users of propane-powered forklifts and fleet vehicles. Mr. Moore is a members of the National Propane Gas and the Western Propane Gas Associations, and has served on a number of committees. He is also a member of the Propane Education and Research Council's Research and Technology Development working group. Mr. Moore is a past President of the Western Propane Gas Association. As Chairman of the Clean Fuel Committee of the Western Propane Gas Association, Mr. Moore was awarded the association's highest award, which had only been given 13 times since 1964. Mr. Moore is a graduate of San Diego State University, with a bachelor of science degree in marketing.

Danielle Brannan : Executive Vice President, New Leaf Biofuel

Danielle Brannan

Executive Vice President, New Leaf Biofuel

Danielle Brannan joined New Leaf Biofuel in 2010 in order to follow her environmental passion while contributing her substantial business skills to a community-based company in San Diego, CA.  After nine years, she has worked her way up to Executive Vice President, managing virtually every aspect of the company including raw material procurement, sales, logistics, regulatory compliance reporting, and human resources.  During her tenure at New Leaf, Danielle has overseen exponential growth and helped position the company for future expansion.  She serves as a board member of the National Biodiesel Foundation as well as the San Diego Clean Cities Coalition.

Danielle has undergraduate degrees from UC San Diego in Political Science (emphasis in Public Law) and Psychology.  She also has a post-graduate teaching credential from Alliant International University, and briefly taught in the San Diego public school system.  Prior to joining New Leaf, Danielle worked as a federal contract procurement specialist as well as in the commercial insurance industry specializing in business coverage, risk management, and corporate policy servicing.

Nick Cormier : Air Quality Specialist, San Diego County Air Pollution Control District

Nick Cormier

Air Quality Specialist, San Diego County Air Pollution Control District

Nick Cormier is an Air Quality Specialist for the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District. Nick prepares the District’s state and federal air quality plans, as well as monitors regulatory actions that may affect local air quality. Cormier also assists in the implementation of state and local incentive programs, such as the Carl Moyer program, Community Air Protection Program, and Proposition 1B Goods Movement Program. Nick joined the District in 2010, previously serving as an Environmental Planner and Coastal Commission Liaison for Caltrans District 7 in Los Angeles, CA. Nick completed his BA in 2007 from California State University - Long Beach, majoring in Environmental Science & Policy with minors in Economics, Geography, and Geology.

Colin Santulli : Sustainability and Technology Program Manager, City of San Diego

Colin Santulli

Sustainability and Technology Program Manager, City of San Diego

Colin Santulli is a public policy professional with 10+ years designing, implementing and evaluating clean transportation programs and policies for governments, utilities and businesses.  As the Technology Program Manager for the City of San Diego’s Sustainability Department, Colin oversees the integration of new technologies into the City’s various efforts to reduce climate impacts.

Colin previously led the strategy and day-to-day management of the San Diego Regional Automated Vehicle Proving Ground on behalf of the San Diego Association of Governments. Additionally, Colin oversaw a $7.75M annual operating budget and +50 staff members across four offices in three states as the Director of Clean Transportation for the Center for Sustainable Energy, a San Diego-based non-profit working to reduce carbon emissions from mobile sources and the built environment.

Prior to his experience in transportation sector, Colin led maritime law enforcement teams as a Lieutenant in the United States Coast Guard.

Colin holds a Master of International Affairs from School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego and graduated magna cum laude from East Carolina University with a BS in Business Management.  He is a LEED Green Accredited Professional and Project Management Professional (PMP).

Coordinators :

Coordinators

Kevin Wood : Clean Transportation Specialist, Center for Sustainable Energy

Kevin Wood

Clean Transportation Specialist, Center for Sustainable Energy

Mr. Wood is the Clean Transportation Specialist at the Center for Sustainable Energy. He manages projects supporting the planning and deployment of clean alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure. Through a variety of state and federal programs, Mr. Wood works with a diverse group of public and private stakeholders to expand infrastructure and increase the use of alternative fuels. Mr. Wood has more than ten years of extensive experience with local government sustainability initiatives. He holds an M.A. in Urban Planning from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego.

Rhona Matthews : Project Manager, Center for Sustainable Energy

Rhona Matthews

Project Manager, Center for Sustainable Energy

Ms. Matthews is a Project Manager at the Center for Sustainable Energy where she leads the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) Dealership and Fleet team and the San Diego Clean Cities Coalition team. Rhona has a demonstrated history of working in the outreach, education, renewables, and environment industries. Rhona graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor of Science - BS in Environmental Systems (Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution). Rhona is currently working on a Master of Arts - MA focused in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego.

Tim Menselvas : Sr. Project Coordinator, Center for Sustainable Energy

Tim Menselvas

Sr. Project Coordinator, Center for Sustainable Energy

Mr. Mensalvas is a Senior Project coordinator at the Center for Sustainable Energy where he provides support to the Dealership and Fleet team for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP). Tim acts as the program lead for fleet strategy and outreach as well as the lead for the Rebate Now point-of-purchase pilot program in San Diego. Tim is also a LEED Green Associate with a strong passion for sustainability working previously as an energy efficiency consultant and serving on several local non-profit boards.
Jayleene West : Clean Cities Intern, Center for Sustainable Energy

Jayleene West

Clean Cities Intern, Center for Sustainable Energy

Ms. West is in her last semester of her MBA program at Presidio Gradute School. In addition to being the Clean Cities Intern, she also works as a processing specialist in the EV Transportation department at the Center for Sustainable Energy. Jayleene holds an M.S. in Environmental Management focusing on Energy Systems and Climate Change, and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Roger Williams University.

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