Board of Advisors

Distinguished leaders in industry, government, public interest organizations, and academia serve on the EEI’s Board of Advisors. The Board meets once or twice a year with EEI’s Director, faculty leaders, researchers, staff, and students to provide valuable insight and advice on research opportunities, funding strategies, and outreach.

  • Ralph Cavanagh

    • Board Chair, Co-Director Energy Program/Senior Attorney
    • Natural Resources Defense Council

    Ralph Cavanagh is the Co-Director of the Energy Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. He has been a Visiting Professor of law at Stanford and UC Berkeley, a lecturer on law at the Harvard Law School, and a faculty member for ...

  • Robert Bienenfeld

    • Assistant Vice President, Environment & Energy Strategy
    • American Honda Motor Company

    Robert Bienenfeld is Assistant Vice President, Environment and Energy Strategy for American Honda’s Product Regulatory Office. Bienenfeld is responsible for policy (legislative proposals and regulatory rule making) as it relates to the automobile and its impact on the environment. In addition, ...

  • Laurie Giammona

    • Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer
    • Pacific Gas and Electric Company

    Laurie Giammona is Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). Giammona leads all aspects of PG&E’s Customer Care and Corporate Real Estate Strategy and Services organization. She oversees service to 16 million people ...

  • Kathleen B. Hogan

    • Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency
    • U.S. Department of Energy

    Kathleen Hogan is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. She oversees energy efficiency policy, program, and research portfolios including industrial, building, and vehicle technologies, along with ...

  • Nicole Howard

    • Chief Customer Officer
    • Sacramento Munincipal Utility District

    Nicole Howard is Chief Customer Officer at Sacrament Municipal Utility District (SMUD). Howard leads SMUD’s $1.5 billion retail electric business, overseeing customer care and strategy, metering and billing and SMUD’s programs and services, including energy efficiency, low-income assistance, electric vehicles, solar and advanced energy solutions. ...

  • David Jacot

    • Director of Efficiency Solutions
    • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

    David Jacot, P.E., is the Director of Efficiency Solutions for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP). In this role, Jacot oversees all aspects of LADWP’s offerings and strategies designed to overcome market barriers to the comprehensive adoption of ...

  • Dan’l Lewin

    • Corporate Vice President
    • Microsoft

    Dan’l Lewin is a Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, leading the company’s work in civic technology, including campaign technologies, environmental sustainability, policy-oriented academic outreach, and university relations. Previously, he led the company’s global engagement with startups and venture capitalists, and business relationships with strategic industry partners. Lewin reports ...

  • Wesley E. Lohec

    • Vice President of Health, Environment and Safety
    • Chevron Corporation

    Wesley E. (Wes) Lohec is vice president, Health, Environment, and Safety for Chevron Corporation, a position he has held since 2011. He is responsible for leading health, environment, and safety strategic planning and issues management; compliance assurance; and emergency response. He is ...

  • Amory B. Lovins

    • Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Scientist
    • Rocky Mountain Institute

    Amory B. Lovins is a consultant, experimental physicist, author, and visionary in the fields of energy and resource efficiency, environmental policy, and security policy. He co-founded and currently serves as Chairman and Chief Scientist at Rocky Mountain Institute, a non-profit, independent, think-and-do tank ...

  • Barry Neal

    • Executive Vice President
    • Wells Fargo

    Barry Neal is the Executive Vice President leading Wells Fargo’s Environmental Finance activities, and managing a group whose primary focus is originating lending and investment opportunities in the renewable energy sector. His scope of activities is borne out of Wells Fargo’s Environmental Commitments, first announced in 2005 ...

  • Michael Peevey

    • President (retired)
    • California Public Utilities Commission

    Michael R. Peevey retired from the California Public Utilities Commission, where he served as President, at the end of his term in December, 2014. He is spending more time with his family while he writes a book on California energy-environmental policies over the past 40 years. ...

  • Nancy Pfund

    • Managing Partner
    • DBL Investors, LLC

    Nancy E. Pfund is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Partners, a venture capital firm whose goal is to combine top-tier financial returns with meaningful social, economic and environmental returns in the regions and sectors in which it invests. As a leading player in impact investing, DBL ...

  • Marc L. Ulrich

    • Vice President, Customer Programs & Services
    • Southern California Edison

    Marc Ulrich is vice president, Customer Programs & Services for Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest utilities. He is responsible for SCE’s energy efficiency, demand response and clean self-generation program portfolios and customer strategy, marketing, e-commerce and strategic alliance ...

  • Mark Vanderhelm

    • Vice President for Energy
    • Walmart

    Joining Walmart in 2015, as Vice President for Energy, Mark Vanderhelm leads the team supporting Walmart U.S., including Retail Energy, Energy Regulation and Management, Energy Services, and Energy Development. He oversees the company’s global commitment to energy efficiency, sustainability, and renewable energy. Vanderhelm joined the company from ...

  • Patricia Wagner

    • Chief Executive Officer
    • Southern California Gas Company
    Patricia Wagner is chief executive officer (CEO) of Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), a Sempra Energy regulated California utility. Wagner joined Sempra Energy in 1995 and has since held several leadership positions, including president and CEO of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, where she was responsible ...
  • Caroline Winn

    • Chief Operating Officer
    • San Diego Gas & Electric

    Caroline Winn is Chief Operating Officer for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), one of Sempra Energy’s regulated California utilities. Winn became chief operating officer in January 2017. Previously, she served as chief energy delivery officer, overseeing all energy delivery activities, including electric distribution operations ...

Former Board of Advisors

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