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 ...

  • Jill Anderson

    • Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning and Power Supply
    • Southern California Edison

    Jill Anderson is senior vice president of Strategic Planning and Power Supply at Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. She is responsible for driving business strategy across the company, ensuring that the integrated planning to support ...

  • Scott Crider

    • Vice President of 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Ryan Harty

    • Department Head of 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 ...

  • Philip Hopkins

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

    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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Paul Lau

    • Chief Grid Strategy & Operations Officer
    • Sacramento Municipal Utility District

    Paul Lau is Chief Grid Strategy & Operations Officer at Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). He is responsible for the operations of SMUD’s power markets, transmission and distribution grids, including the Balancing Authority of Northern California (BANC), the development of a holistic ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Mark Philpott

      • Energy Management Manager
      • Chevron

    Mark Philpott is Chevron’s Energy Management Manger, responsible for the development of energy strategy, monitoring corporate energy performance and supporting Chevron’s energy management practice across the enterprise. Previously, Philpott has served as the Manager of Reliability and Integrity as well as Manager of Process Engineering both ...

  • Sharon Tomkins

    • Vice President, Customer Solutions and Strategy
    • Southern California Gas Company

    Sharon Tomkins is vice president, customer solutions and strategy for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), a Sempra Energy regulated California utility. She is responsible for developing and delivering the information, products and services that meet customers’ energy needs and support state environmental ...

Board Liaisons

    • 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 ...

    Former Board of Advisors

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