U.S. Navy [Retired]
Jackalyne Pfannenstiel is the former Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations, and Environment, where she was responsible for achieving aggressive energy goals for renewable resources, energy efficiency, and biofuels. She was also responsible for enhancing the environmental quality on shore and afloat. Prior to this, she served a five-year term as Commissioner and Chairman of the California Energy Commission, a full-time energy regulatory and policy agency responsible for licensing thermal power plants, mandating energy efficiency standards for buildings and appliances, and managing a $100 million public interest research program, as well as developing strategies promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency and assuring the development of stable, long-term supplies of electric power, natural gas, and transportation fuels. As chair, she had overall responsibility for the Commission’s policies and programs and was responsible for a number of key initiatives, such as a 2008 energy roadmap for reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 to 1990 levels. She has also been an energy consultant, held a number of positions during a 20-year career at Pacific Gas and Electric Corporation including Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, and Vice President, Corporate Planning. Prior to 1980, she was Senior Economist, California Public Utilities Commission (PUC), and Economist, Connecticut PUC. She has a wealth of energy policy experience in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and electric utility systems. She has been a member, Board of Directors, Alliance to Save Energy, the California Clean Energy Fund, Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure, and the Western Interstate Energy Board. She served as Chair, Energy Conservation Study, Energy Modeling Forum (1992-1993); she received the Civilian Service Award (2012) from the Navy, and the Star of Energy Efficiency award (2011) from the Alliance to Save Energy. She has a B.A. in economics, Clark University, an M.A. in economics, University of Hartford, and attended the Executive Program, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.
Dan W. Reicher
Dan Reicher is Executive Director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University, a joint center of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Law School, where he also holds faculty positions. Reicher came to Stanford in 2011 from Google, where he served since 2007 as Director of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives.
Reicher has more than 25 years of experience in energy and environmental policy, finance, and technology. He has served three Presidents including in the Clinton administration as Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Department of Energy Chief of Staff, as a member of President Obama’s Transition Team and Co-chair of the Energy and Environment Team for Obama, and as a staff member of President Carter’s Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island.
Reicher is a member of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, the National Academy of Sciences Board on Energy and Environmental Systems and co-chairman of the Board of the American Council on Renewable Energy. He also serves on the boards of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and American Rivers, the Vermont Law School Environmental Advisory Committee, and is an advisor to Renewable Funding LLC, Sighten, and Spark Fund. He is also Senior Advisor to the Atlantic Wind Connection, a project backed by Google and other investors to build an underwater transmission line for offshore wind power and grid reliability along the U.S. east coast.
In 2012 Reicher received an honorary doctorate from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and was also named one of the five most influential figures in U.S. clean energy by Oilprice.Com.
Before his position at Google, Reicher was President and Co-founder of New Energy Capital Corp., a private equity firm funded by the California State Teachers Retirement System and Vantage Point Venture Partners to invest in clean energy projects. He also was Executive Vice President of Northern Power Systems, one of the nation’s oldest renewable energy companies and a recipient of significant venture capital investment. Reicher was also an adjunct professor at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Vermont Law School.
In the Clinton Administration, Reicher served for eight years at the Department of Energy as Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Energy, and Acting Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs. He also worked for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the World Resources Institute.
Earlier in his career Reicher was as an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, Assistant Attorney General in Massachusetts, a law clerk to a federal district court judge in Boston, and a legal assistant in the Hazardous Waste Section of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Reicher holds a BA in biology from Dartmouth College and a JD from Stanford Law School. He also studied at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and MIT.
An avid kayaker, Reicher was a member of the first expedition on record to navigate the entire 1888-mile Rio Grande (with support from the National Geographic Society) and to kayak the Yangtze River in China. He is married to Carole Parker. Carole and Dan have three children and live in Piedmont California.
Jean-Michel M. Rendu
Jean-Michel M. Rendu (NAE) is an Independent Consultant and retired vice president for resources and mine planning at Newmont Mining Corporation. He also held senior positions in international consulting companies, including Snowden in Perth, Australia, and Golder Associates in Denver, Colorado. His experience includes managerial and advisory responsibilities for projects and operations on five continents, in such areas as economic evaluation, estimation of mineral resources and reserves, mine planning, and professional development. Earlier positions included being an assistant professor of mineral engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and head of operations research with Anglovaal in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was recognized as an adjunct professor at the Colorado School of Mines, and an honorary professor at the University of Queensland, Australia. Dr. Rendu’s current interests include assisting the mining industry in the evaluation, development, and operation of mining projects, and the education of mining professionals through publications and short courses. He played a leading role in the development of international standards for the evaluation and public reporting of mineral resources and reserves. Dr. Rendu received his Doctor of Engineering Science from Columbia University. He is the author of two books and many technical publications, and the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of his contributions to the industry.
Electric Power Research Institute
Stan Rosinski is a Program Manager at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He currently manages EPRI’s Renewable Generation program, directing research to facilitate increased deployment of biomass, solar, wind, geothermal, and waterpower, evaluating their cost and performance and assessing potential environmental impacts. Previously at EPRI, Rosinski led the Technology Innovation Program and was responsible for “incubating” innovation by directing fundamental, innovative, and crosscutting R&D within EPRI to accelerate the application of advanced science and technology. He also managed the Reactor Pressure Vessel Integrity and Fatigue Issue Task Groups under the Nuclear Sector Materials Reliability Program. Research in this area included radiation damage and embrittlement management, structural integrity assessment and component life prediction, materials selection and performance, and operating plant criteria improvement for life extension and license renewal. Before joining EPRI in 1995, Rosinski was a Senior Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories, where he was responsible for the resolution of light water reactor (LWR) materials-related issues. He served as chief metallurgical consultant for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of LWR Safety & Technology. Rosinski received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in metallurgy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He also received a Professional Nuclear Engineer degree (honorary) from the University of Missouri-Rolla.
Terrance G. Surles
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Terry Surles is currently at the University of Hawaii as Lead for Clean Energy and Environmental Solutions and is also serving as a Senior Advisor to the California Institute for Energy and Environment. From 2010 to 2012, as DRI Vice President for R&D, he led program development and management efforts for three research divisions and four research centers in environmental and energy sciences. From 2006 to 2010, he was the Technology Integration and Policy Analysis Program Manager at the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, focusing on grid integration of variable renewable resources and electricity storage technologies. He was simultaneously a senior advisor to the University of California's California Institute for Energy and Environment, focusing on carbon capture and storage. From 2004 to 2006, he was Vice President for Environment at EPRI, focusing on air quality, health, energy/water nexus, and climate change issues. From 2003 to 2005 he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research. From 2000 to 2004, he was on loan to the California Energy Commission as the Public Interest Energy Research Program Director from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), where he had been Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Programs. Emphasis in these programs was on energy efficiency, demand side management and response and climate change science and analysis. From 1978 to 1997, he was at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) with his final position being General Manager for Environmental Programs. Major programmatic areas included energy systems assessment, climate change science, risk analysis and assessment, emergency planning and response, and environmental modeling. Dr. Surles received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Michigan State. He has more than 250 publications, technical reports, and presentations to his credit. He has served on a number of committees, including five appointments with the National Academy of Sciences, and continues that service for government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He has recently consulted for a number of organizations, including the Economic Development Alliance for Hawaii, Booz Allen Hamilton, the East-West Center, the United Kingdom Energy Research Centre, and the State of Victoria.