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.

  • Cavanagh, Ralph

    Ralph Cavanagh

    • ECo-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 the University ...

  • Anderson, Jill

    Jill Anderson

    • Senior Vice President, Customer Service
    • Southern California Edison

    Jill Anderson is senior vice president of Customer Service at Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. She is responsible for overseeing the company’s customer products and services, business and residential customer account management, call center operations, customer information systems ...

  • Avila, Joseph

    Joseph Avila

    • Senior Director, Regional Public Affairs
    • Southern California Gas Company

    Joseph Avila is Senior Director of Regional Public Affairs for Southern California Gas Company, the nation’s largest gas distribution utility.  He is responsible for encouraging and supporting sensible energy policies and regulations to help California achieve its environmental and greenhouse gas mitigation objectives. ...

  • Crider, Scott

    Scott Crider

    • Vice President, Customer Services
    • San Diego Gas & Electric

    Scott Crider is vice president of customer services for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), one of Sempra Energy’s California regulated utilities. In his current role, Crider oversees all customer-related activities for SDG&E, including call centers, energy efficiency, demand response and customer assistance ...

  • Duffy, David

    David Duffy

      • Senior Advisor, Carbon Reduction
      • Chevron

    David Duffy, P.E., is a Senior Advisor in the Energy Transition organization within Strategy and Sustainability at Chevron. In this role, he supports a team focused on providing strategic direction and resources to Chevron business units globally, to reduce the carbon intensity of its operations ...

  • Giammona, Laurie

    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 ...

  • Harty, Ryan

    Ryan Harty

    • Department Head, Connected and Environmental Business Development
    • American Honda Motor Company

    Ryan Harty is Department Head of Connected and Environmental Business Development (CEBD) at American Honda Motor Co., Inc, in Torrance, California. CEBD generates product proposals, business models and supporting public policy proposals to support Honda’s connected vehicle and electrification technologies. Prior to his ...

  • Hopkins, Philip

    Philip Hopkins

    • Managing Director, Head of Renewable Energy & Environmental Finance
    • Wells Fargo Commercial Capital

    Philip Hopkins is a managing director and the head of Renewable Energy & Environmental Finance (REEF) for Wells Fargo Commercial Capital. He previously co-led the REEF team for more than a decade, building the business into one of the ...

  • Jacot, David

    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 ...

  • Lau, Paul

    Paul Lau

    • CEO & General Manager
    • Sacramento Municipal Utility District

    Paul Lau is CEO and General Manager at Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). He has been a member of the SMUD executive team for more than 12 years, serving as Chief Grid Strategy & Operations Manager and the Assistant General Manager of Power Supply ...

  • Peevey, Michael

    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 published a book in 2017 entitled, “California Goes Green: A Roadmap to Climate Leadership.” Peevey was appointed President of the Commission ...

  • Pfund, Nancy

    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 ...

Board Liaisons

    • Yamaki, Takeyuki

      Takeyuki Yamaki

      • Chief, Strategic Technology Planning
      • Panasonic

      Takeyuki Yamaki serves as a liaison to the Board of Advisors. He is chief of Strategic Technology Planning at Panasonic Corporation. He is responsible for advancing Panasonic’s future home energy management, security and wellness-living based on resident sensing technology. Yamaki is also leading an effort to introduce ...

    • Yasukochi, Takamitsu

      Takamitsu Yasukochi

      • General Manager, Liaison Department
      • Panasonic

      Takamitsu Yasukochi serves as a liaison to the Board of Advisors. He is general manager of Panasonic’s liaison department, which promotes energy and environment businesses in Japan. He interfaces with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Ministry of the Environment, Tokyo Metropolis and all ...

    Former Board of Advisors

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