Committing to Policy Action for
California’s Decarbonization and Air Quality Goals
The California Hydrogen Leadership Summit explores the policies, programs and incentives needed to accelerate production, use, and storage of hydrogen, which is essential to California’s ability to meet emissions goals and address climate protection, air quality, energy resilience and sustainable economic growth needs.
Join leaders from the energy sector, transportation, industry, academia and representatives from California state government, including legislative and administrative staff responsible for implementing climate change, air quality, energy diversity and conservation policies.
Engage on Policy Discussions and Gain Insights
- Why hydrogen is crucial in the fight against climate change
- How renewable hydrogen can be a pillar in California’s environmental and economic development strategy
- Ways to deploy hydrogen for California grid reliability and resilience
- How to establish hydrogen hubs for “hard to decarbonize” industrial clusters
- Next steps to enable FCEVs to help California meets Its Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) goals
- Hydrogen’s benefits for environmental justice and disadvantaged communities
2022 Featured Speakers
A dynamic speaker lineup of policymakers, state agency leaders, and clean energy experts identified the impediments to increased use of renewable hydrogen and related technologies in California today and what policies would remove these barriers to accelerate the commercialization of this crucial energy carrier.
Chair, Board of Governors, California ISO
Congressman, U.S. Congress
Senator, California State Senate, District 29
Senator, California State Senate, District 9
Executive Director, Stationary Fuel Cell Collaborative
Commissioner, California Energy Commission
General Manager, Zero Emissions Solutions, Trillium / Love’s Travel Stop
Executive Officer, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
Dr. Tom Buttgenbach
Founder and CEO, 8minute Solar Energy
Global Head of Energy Infrastructure and Commercial Operations, Nikola Corporation
Vice Mayor, City of Oakland
Deputy Director of Zero Emission Vehicles, Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development (GO-Biz)
Partner, Latham & Watkins
Executive Director, Coalition for a Safe Environment
Chief Executive Officer & General Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
Megan H. Berge
Partner, Baker Botts
General Manager, Renewables, Chevron
CEO/General Manager, SunLine Transit Agency
President, Chevron New Energies
SVP Gas Engineering, PG&E
President, PowerTap Hydrogen Fueling Corp
Thomas R. Brill
Of Counsel, Greenberg Traurig
Director, Market Development & Public Affairs, North Am., Ballard Power Systems
Vice President, Clean Energy Innovations, SoCalGas
Business Development Director – Hydrogen, Bloom Energy
Lead Government Affairs Counsel, Plug Power
Manager, Sustainability, Port of San Francisco
Vice President of Strategic Accounts, BayoTech
Director of Government Affairs, FuelCell Energy
Executive Director, Energy Independence Now
VP of Hydrogen Strategy and Development, Archaea Energy
Angelina Galiteva, serving in her third term on the California Independent System Operator (ISO) Board of Governors, works to advance the deployment of renewable energy and distributed energy technologies worldwide.
Ms. Galiteva is currently President for NEOptions, Inc., a renewable energy and new technology product design and project development firm. She has served as Exec Director of the LADWP and head of its Green
LA, Environmental Affairs and New Product Development Organization. Her career includes working with the California ISO and Power Exchange on their
initial launches and she also worked as a power analyst for the New York Power Authority. Ms. Galiteva graduated from Pace University School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree in 1993 and a LL.M. degree in 1994 in Environmental and Energy Law. She specialized in electric utility strategic policy analysis and decision-making focusing on pending industry transition and deregulation issues. She also serves as Chairperson of the World Council for Renewable Energy.
Congressman Mike Levin is proud to represent California’s 49th Congressional District, which includes North County San Diego and South Orange County. Currently serving his second term in the House of Representatives, Levin sits on the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.
Prior to being elected to Congress in 2018, Levin fought for climate action while working as an environmental attorney. He also served on the board of the Center for Sustainable Energy, and co-founded Sustain OC, helping accelerate the transition toward more sustainable power generation and transportation alternatives.
As a member of Congress, some of Levin’s top priorities are combating climate change, protecting our natural resources, and capitalizing on the economic benefits of a sustainable energy future. He has led legislation to transition America to zero emission vehicles, ban new offshore drilling leases along the coast of Southern California, responsibly develop renewable energy on public lands, and much more.
State Senator Josh Newman represents the 29th Senate District, which is comprised of portions of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties.
Senator Newman is Chair of the Senate’s Special Committee on Pandemic Emergency Response. He also serves on the Senate’s committees on Business & Professions; Budget & Fiscal Review; Budget Subcommittee 5 on Corrections, Public Safety, Judiciary, Labor and Transportation; Elections; Labor, Public Employment & Retirement; Transportation; and Veterans Affairs.
Senator Newman is a former United States Army officer, businessperson and veterans’ advocate, and lives in Fullerton with his wife and daughter.
An environmental trailblazer, state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, has authored laws to accelerate the transition to zero-emission vehicles, mandate clean energy storage, increase the energy efficiency of buildings and appliances, and reform clean energy financing. She also co-authored SB 100, a landmark law that will move California to 100% renewable electricity by 2045. Her legislative achievements also include setting the goal for the Renewable Portfolio Standard to require 33% of California’s electricity to be generated from solar, wind, and other renewable energy by 2020 and increasing the number of electric vehicles and other zero-emission vehicles in public and private vehicle fleets. She is also the author this year of SB 1075, which would jumpstart California’s use of green hydrogen, a multi-faceted clean fuel that has the potential to decarbonize many sectors of our economy while maintaining good-paying jobs.
Katrina Fritz advises global Fortune 500 firms on business development, energy and environmental policy and regulation, government relations and strategic planning in distributed generation and hydrogen markets. As Executive Director of the Stationary Fuel Cell Collaborative, Katrina leads U.S. state level energy policy and market development outreach with the guidance of state agencies. She has also served as an Independent Director on the Board of Advent Technologies and an expert to the European Commission on clean energy programs.
Katrina has worked as an executive at UTC Power and Plug Power in strategic planning, government relations, business development, and corporate communications. She is Vice Chair of the California Hydrogen Business Council Board of Directors and has held leadership positions in numerous clean energy trade associations and advisory boards. Katrina holds a BA degree from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.
Commissioner Andrew McAllister is serving his second term on the California Energy Commission. Commissioner McAllister has been working on energy deployment and policy since the early 1990s. He has worked across the world to deploy clean, cost-effective energy solutions with counterparts ranging from tiny remote communities to the largest of utilities. Commissioner McAllister administered two of California’s signature renewable energy programs (California Solar Initiative and Self-Generation Incentive Program), developed and operated energy efficiency programs for utilities, and performed a broad range of policy-related research for California and the federal government. He is chair of the board of directors of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and serves on the board of the Alliance to Save Energy. Commissioner McAllister’s deep grounding in technology, policy, and the marketplace provides him with uncommon insight on the accelerating changes taking place in California’s energy sector. Before joining the Energy Commission, Commissioner McAllister was managing director at the California Center for Sustainable Energy. He worked with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association International, Ltd. in countries in Central and South America, Southeast Asia, and Africa on renewable generation, load management, utility planning, and remote power projects. He was a project manager at an energy-consulting firm and an energy efficiency analyst at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Commissioner McAllister holds a master of science and a Ph.D. from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley. Commissioner McAllister also served as a Peace Corps volunteer.
Kim Okafor is the General Manager of Zero Emission Solutions for Trillium and Love’s Travel Stop. This includes the development and management of the EV charging, hydrogen fueling and solar businesses. She has been with Trillium since Love’s Travel Stop acquired the company in 2016. Kim also actively serves on the Board of Directors for the California Hydrogen Business Council. Kim has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston. Kim’s goal as the General Manager of Zero Emission Solutions is to develop sustainable business opportunities that provide economic advantages for our customers.
Alberto has nearly 30 years of professional experience in industry, government, and academia. He is currently Executive Director of the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District and Adjunct Professor at West Virginia University. He is also former Deputy Executive Officer of the California Air Resources Board. Trained as a mechanical engineer with B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Davis, Alberto has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and reports. He is a contributor to the book “Ambient Combustion Ultrafine Particles and Health” and is working on “Three Forks in the Road, the Volkswagen diesel cheating scandal,” an upcoming book about his role in the VW case.
Dr. Tom Buttgenbach
Tom founded 8minute Solar Energy in 2009 with a vision for making solar the lowest cost, most reliable form of energy on the planet. With more than 20 years of executive management experience and a scientific, analytical approach, Tom has transformed 8minute from a boutique developer to a record-breaking technology leader shaping the clean energy transition with its smart power plants. Today, 8minute’s pipeline includes 18 GW of solar and 24 GWh of energy storage, enough to provide clean, reliable power for 20 million Americans – day and night, for less than the cost of fossil fuels.
Over his career, Tom has led transactions totaling over $10 billion in power purchase agreements and project finance deals.
Tom earned a degree in Physics and Mathematics from University of Cologne and a Ph.D. in Physics and Astronomy from Caltech, as a Fulbright Scholar.
Ryan McGeachie is the global head of Energy Infrastructure and Commercial Operations at Nikola Corporation, a global leader in zero-emissions transportation and energy infrastructure solutions. In this role, McGeachie is responsible for the strategy and development of all of Nikola Energy’s downstream and midstream operations, including developing Nikola’s hydrogen station network through partnerships and new greenfield locations.
Most recently at BP as chief commercial officer of Global Structured Products – Americas, Supply and Trading Division, his career has spanned more than 30 years in energy and finance with BP, Encana, Koch Industries and TD Bank.
McGeachie holds a bachelor’s degree of commerce in finance and marketing from the University of Calgary and is a chartered financial analyst.
Rebecca Kaplan has represented the entire City of Oakland as its Councilmember At-Large since 2009. She was unanimously appointed by her colleagues to represent the city as Oakland’s Vice Mayor. Prior to her service on the Oakland City Council, Rebecca served as At-Large Director on the AC Transit Board of Directors from 2002 to 2008. During this time, she helped bring AC Transit its first hydrogen fuel cell buses, improving active transportation and reducing harmful diesel pollution. Rebecca currently serves on the Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC) where among several important region wide sustainable transportation improvements, she collaborated with several stakeholders to win a major State grant to launch a programs for zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell trucks and a hydrogen fueling station at the Port of Oakland. Rebecca Kaplan is an honors graduate from MIT and Stanford Law School.
Tyson Eckerle serves as the Deputy Director of Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). In this role, he focuses on coordinating resources to streamline the development of hydrogen and plug-in electric vehicle stations. Prior to joining Go Biz, Tyson served as Executive Director of Energy Independence Now (EIN), where he and his team developed the Hydrogen Network Investment Plan with input from multiple stakeholders.
Tyson holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of California, Davis and a Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Nikki Buffa is a Partner in the Orange County and Washington, D.C. offices of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Environment, Land & Resources Department. She has extensive experience in environmental policy and conservation, conventional and renewable energy, endangered species compliance, and crisis management.
As counsel, Ms. Buffa brings two decades of experience working on energy and environmental policy, and advises developers, utilities, and other clients on all aspects of project development from initial permitting and entitlement strategy through governmental approvals. She serves on the boards of Irvine Ranch Conservancy, National Parks Conservation Association, and the Advisory Board of the University at Berkeley Institute for Parks, People, and Biodiversity.
Ms. Buffa rejoined Latham after serving eight years in the Obama Administration, most recently at the Department of the Interior. As Deputy Chief of Staff at the White House, Ms. Buffa managed a diverse set of missions within the 70,000 employee, $12 billion department, including serving as a key player in President Obama’s success in conserving more lands and waters than any President in history.
Prior to that, Ms. Buffa was the Deputy Director of Cabinet Affairs at the White House and helped develop and implement the Administration’s policies on clean energy, transportation, and environmental and human health protection.
Jesse N. Marquez is the founder and executive director of the non-profit community based Environmental Justice Organization the Coalition For A Safe Environment (CFASE). CFASE was established in April 2001 in Wilmington, California to eliminate, reduce and mitigate the public health, public safety and community socio-economic impacts caused by International Trade Marine Ports, Freight Transportation Corridors, Petroleum Industry and Energy Industry. Marquez has over 20 years electronic industry experience as a test technician, test lab manager, production supervisor, production manager, manufacturing engineer, quality engineer, quality project engineer, technical writer and operations auditor. Marquez’s non-profit organization experience includes community organizing, family assistance, public education, leadership development, community empowerment, urban planning, community sustainability, emergency preparedness, community economic development, public policy & program evaluation, public advocacy, public comment preparation, public right-to-know, protection of public health, public safety, environmental, social justice and civil rights. His professional experience also includes community-based science public health, public safety & air quality research, zero emission technology research, emissions capture & treatment technologies research, alternative renewable energy, environmental incident investigation, special investigative research & report preparation, CEQA & NEPA research, public comment & litigation, deposition preparation, professional photography and videography.
Paul Lau, who previously served as SMUD’s Chief Grid Strategy & Operations Officer, was named Chief Executive Officer & General Manager in October 2020. He reports to the SMUD Board of Directors. As CEO, he leads the sixth largest community-owned electric utility in the nation serving a population of 1.5 million residents and managing a $1.7 billion budget.
As Chief Grid Strategy & Operations Officer, Lau was responsible for the operations of SMUD’s power markets, transmission and distribution grids, including the Balancing Authority of Northern California, the development of a holistic smart grid strategy and SMUD’s research and development programs. In this role, he served as executive sponsor for SMUD’s deployment of advanced metering infrastructure and smart grid initiatives.
A 40-year SMUD veteran, Lau has held several other executive leadership positions, including Assistant General Manager of Power Supply & Grid Operations and as the Assistant General Manager of Customer, Distribution & Technology.
Lau serves on the boards of the Large Public Power Council, American Public Power Association, California Municipal Utilities Association, Business Council for Sustainable Energy, Smart Electric Power Alliance, Electric Transportation Community Development Corporation and the California Mobility Center and as a Commissioner of the Balancing Authority of Northern California. He serves on the boards of a number of Sacramento-area community organizations, including the University Foundation at Sacramento State, where he also serves as Treasurer, Sacramento Metro Chamber, Greater Sacramento Economic Council and Valley Vision. He serves as Director-at-Large and is Past Chair of the Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce.
Active in international energy issues, Lau serves as a delegate with the United States Energy Association, where he has helped with electrification, operations and demand-side management in countries such as Bangladesh, India and Jordan.
A registered professional electrical engineer in the state of California, Lau received his bachelor’s degree in electrical power engineering from California State University, Sacramento. He also is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum.
Megan H. Berge
Based in the Washington D.C. offices of global law firm Baker Botts, Megan Berge supports clients in all applications of environmental law, including civil litigation, rulemaking and permit appeals, regulatory advocacy, and compliance counseling. She partners with companies to develop creative strategies for difficult sustainability, Clean Air Act and climate issues including navigation of fuels and emissions based credit regimes, and asset transitions.
Ms. Lincoln is the General Manager of Renewables in Americas Fuels and Lubricants, a position she has held since October 2020. In this role, she is responsible for renewable natural gas (RNG), compressed natural gas (CNG) and hydrogen for transportation.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Lincoln was the District Sales Manager for retail fuels in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi and commercial products leading the regional sales organization to achieve improved and sustained business performance. Ms. Lincoln has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in Downstream strategy, joint venture management (ChevronPhillips Chemical Company), value chain optimization and sales. Prior to joining Chevron in 2013, she held progressively responsible roles at The Dow Chemical Company over 11 years including petrochemicals operations, HES leadership, regulatory advocacy and value chain improvements.
Ms. Lauren Skiver began her transit career 25 years ago as a Maintenance Clerk at Hillsborough Area Regional Transit. She went on to executive positions at the Maryland Transit Administration, CEO of Delaware Transit Corporation, and has served as CEO of SunLine Transit Agency since late 2013.
SunLine has contributed nearly 30 years to the research, development and execution of alternative fuel production and vehicle projects. As the largest producer of hydrogen in North America for transportation, SunLine continues to be a pioneer.
Prior to her transit career, Ms. Skiver served in the US Army specializing in Military Intelligence as an Imagery Analyst.
As president, Chevron New Energies, Gustavson is focused on lower carbon business prospects that have the potential to scale, including commercialization opportunities in hydrogen, carbon capture, and offsets and support of ongoing growth in biofuels. Prior, Gustavson served as the vice president of Chevron’s North America Exploration and Production Company overseeing its Mid-Continent Business Unit, and has also served as president of Chevron Canada Limited, and joined Chevron in 1999, holding positions in Finance, M&A, Corporate Strategic Planning, Supply and Trading, Investor Relations and Upstream, with numerous assignments in the United States, as well as Venezuela, the United Kingdom and Canada.
He sits on the external advisory boards for University of Colorado, and was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Chevron Employee Political Action Committee.
Gustavson received Bachelor’s degrees in economics and international affairs from University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
Janisse Quiñones is the Senior Vice President of Gas Engineering at PG&E. She has over 22 years of experience. Her civilian career is highlighted by several positions of increased responsibility in the utility industry, including customer service, energy efficiency programs, electric and gas distribution construction, planning and design, vegetation management and corrosion, meter shops, maps and records and gas engineering. Janisse was pivotal in the electric grid restoration for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, where she led distribution and transmission line crews directly responsible for energizing a significant portion of the island.
Quiñones is also a Commander in the US Coast Guard Reserves and is currently assigned to USCG District 11 as the USCG Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer supporting FEMA Region 9, which oversees federal emergency management for 150 tribal nations and 9 states/territories, including CA, HI, NV, and AZ. She has deployed in support of Deepwater Horizon, Hurricane Maria, and Operation Allies Welcome operations.
Quiñones was born and raised in Caguas, PR, and attended the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Campus, where she graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering (Magna Cum Laude). She holds advanced degrees in Business Administration and International Relations and is a licensed Professional Engineer in five states (MA, RI, TX, NY, CA).
Salim Rahemtulla has over 30 years of experience in real estate development, asset management, banking/lending, operations and facilities management. A former US naval officer, he has managed and lead the execution of $2B in public/private sector residential construction projects primarily across Southern California, worked as a construction lender and in loan portfolio management at two major financial institutions, consulted on real estate/affordable housing projects in Los Angeles, and served as mission protection/land-use compatibility program manager at a major naval installation.
Salim has been involved in renewable energy start-up companies, most significantly, Foton Technologies, a renewable energy company that developed a green gasification technology to produce electricity using biomass feedstock and municipal solid waste. Salim has an undergraduate degree from University of Southern California in Economics with an emphasis in Social Sciences and Communication and an MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business.
Thomas R. Brill
Thomas R. Brill represents clients in the energy industry, ranging from investors and developers of low/zero carbon hydrogen production facilities to developers of carbon sequestration and renewable natural gas projects and utilities implementing decarbonization policies.
Before joining Greenberg Traurig, Tom led legal, strategic planning, and policy departments at Sempra Energy, San Diego Gas & Electric, Pacific Enterprises, the Southern California Gas Company, and the American Gas Association. In these roles, he served as lead counsel in proceedings to implement state policies and legislation to introduce competition and reduce emissions in electricity and natural gas markets, developed strategies for Community Choice Aggregation, GHG and carbon reduction, electricity storage and smart grid, and more.
Tom has served as legal counsel on matters before FERC and CPUC, and lobbied before these organizations, as well as the California Legislature, Nevada legislature, and US Congress.
Tim started work with Ballard over 20 years ago, leading the engine control software development team for the first Mercedes fuel cell buses that were deployed in public service across seven European cities. Tim has served in Ballard’s Field Service team in Europe, coordinating field operations when these buses were delivered and deployed, and lead the Electrical Engineering design team for Ballard’s 6th generation of fuel cell module. Outside of Ballard, Tim has worked extensively in the wind energy, where his teams designed mid-sized wind turbines, megawatt-scale power systems, and advanced power converters. Tim earned his MBA at UCSD while working in microgrid design and renewable generation project development, before returning to Ballard in 2018 for his present position, where he leads Ballard’s market development for North America.
Neil Navin oversees SoCalGas’ portfolio of clean energy strategies, innovations and projects to support the utility’s role as a long-term leader enabling California’s clean energy future. Navin’s focus is on delivering tangible innovations and projects in new and growing markets, including renewable natural gas, hydrogen and fuel cells, all of which are aligned to SoCalGas’ mission, strategy and sustainability plan. Previously, Navin was vice president of construction for SoCalGas and SDG&E.
Since joining SoCalGas in 2014, Navin has served as vice president of gas transmission and storage for SoCalGas and SDG&E. Prior, Navin held positions with the Fluor and Parsons companies and has experience on sulfur recovery, gas compression processing, oil and gas production, refining, pipeline engineering, biogas treatment, fuel cell power generation, and petrochemical plant projects in the United States, Middle East and Europe. Navin sits on the boards of Operations Technology Development, NFP, Housing Works and Friends of Ballona Wetlands. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from McGill University in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
Akhil Batheja spearheads Bloom Energy’s Hydrogen Business Development efforts globally, advocates for emerging hydrogen solutions, and develops relationships with industry leaders to continue momentum around hydrogen technology. Batheja brings over a decade of experience in business development in the energy and industrial sectors, including extensive work deploying and scaling fuel cell projects across international markets.
In his 6+ years at Bloom, Batheja served as part of International Business Development, Product management and as a Sales Director for the US Commercial and Industrial team. During this time, he was responsible for the deployment of over 40 MW of fuel cell projects across the globe including a number of high resiliency microgrid projects here in California.
Batheja holds a bachelors degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University and a master of business administration from IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain.
Don Boyajian is Lead Government Affairs Counsel at Plug Power, where he focuses on state and federal government affairs, and provides counsel on a range of regulatory and project development matters. Prior to Plug, Don served as energy and environmental counsel to the New York State Senate, where he negotiated the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.
Don has also served as the Regional Attorney for the northern region of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, as municipal counsel, and as a legislative assistant for Congressman Michael E. McMahon. In private practice, Don was previously an associate attorney at a multi-national law firm in the equity capital markets and leveraged finance practice groups. Don is a graduate of Cornell Law School and Colgate University.
Richard Berman has been with the Port of San Francisco for seventeen years and is currently the Port’s Sustainability Manager and GIS Administrator. His work on climate mitigation has included several clean energy projects with maritime applications. He participated in the feasibility studies that led to the development of the H2 ferry boat, the Sea Change and is actively involved in other H2 projects at the Port of San Francisco. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and holds degrees from UC Berkely and UCLA.
Sumanth Addagarla currently holds the role of Vice President, Strategic Accounts at BayoTech, where he manages strategic business relationships with the world’s leading industrial gas companies through the supply of hydrogen storage and transportation solutions. Prior to his current role, Sumanth was leading BayoTech’s efforts in Hydrogen Hub site development interacting with Go-Biz and AHJ’s in California and other states.
Sumanth spent almost 30 years at Chevron in a variety of roles such as research engineer, business development manager and project manager in the downstream business line. Sumanth holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University. Sumanth has been involved with the AIChE’s Center of Hydrogen Safety as Co-Chairman for the US and Asia-Pacific conferences, and, has been involved as a mentor and judge for the CleanTech Open
Brady Borcherding is the Director of Government Affairs for Western States for FuelCell Energy working on expanding opportunities for fuel cells in microgrids, hydrogen applications, and as grid reliability assets. Prior to joining FuelCell Energy, Brady worked in the California state legislature for a number of years, most recently as legislative director to State Senator Scott Wiener. Brady earned an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and was a Fulbright Scholar in Cartagena, Colombia.
Brian Goldstein is the Executive Director of Energy Independence Now (EIN), an environmental nonprofit whose mission is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and harmful air pollution by advancing clean hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and renewable hydrogen infrastructure for transportation, renewable energy storage and deep industrial decarbonization.
EIN engages in research, policy advocacy and public outreach to promote the widespread adoption of a diverse zero emissions portfolio. Together with his team at EIN, Brian launched DriveH2, a public service initiative designed to educate the world about the benefits of FCEVs.
With a background in finance, Brian has professional experience in the alternative fuels, renewable energy, energy efficiency, transportation technology and financial services sectors. He has served as CFO of a motorcycle design and manufacturing firm as well as CFO of a hydrogen transportation technology company, where he focused on public and private financing initiatives, infrastructure acquisitions, automotive technology development and fleet adoption of hydrogen technology.
Brian has worked to develop alternative fuel distribution networks in California and Colorado. He served as a technical and financial consultant to the US DOE, as well as a judge for the Clean Tech Open business plan competition and the DOE National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition.
Brian has a B.S. in International Business from University of Colorado, and an MBA in Finance and International Business from Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business Management.
Mr. Martin leads the Hydrogen Strategy & Development function at Archaea Energy. Before joining the company, Mr. Martin served in senior financial and development roles for Air Liquide, including as Global Head of M&A from 2017-2020 in Paris as well as the head of M&A for the Americas from 2014-2017. Mr. Martin led some of the largest and most transformative transactions in the company’s history.
He also served as VP of Corporate Finance and Treasurer of Voltaix, a high-growth advanced electronic materials business where he managed the financial development of the company through several rounds of equity and debt financing, construction of new global manufacturing sites, the establishment of strategic joint ventures, and the sale of Voltaic to Air Liquide in 2013. Mr. Martin is a former VP in the investment banking groups of Credit Suisse and ING Barings in their New York offices. He received a BA from Tufts University and an MBA from the Owen School at Vanderbilt University.
Monday, June 6 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Kick-off Reception & Networking at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
Develop relationships with Summit participants and share perspectives, goals and knowledge, so that you have more connections interested in helping advance policy ideas throughout the year ahead.
Tuesday, June 7 | 8:25 AM – 8:30 AM
Introduction to California Hydrogen Leadership Summit
Introduction to California Hydrogen Leadership Summit and an overview of the Summit’s goals
Speaker: Lauren Skiver, Chair of the California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC)
Tuesday, June 7 | 8:30 AM – 8:35 AM
Speaker: Alberto Ayala, Executive Officer, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
Tuesday, June 7 | 8:35 AM – 8:50 AM
Industry Leader Keynote
California has experienced record-breaking climate and weather events due to climate change. The biodiversity of California and the 40 million people that live here can only be protected from the threats of climate change if California sets an example of aggressive action, utilizing all resources available to the state. Renewable hydrogen made from California’s renewable resources is the answer to filling the state’s energy and transportation needs.
Speaker: Akhil Batheja, Business Development Director – Hydrogen, Bloom Energy
Tuesday, June 7 | 8:50 AM – 9:05 AM
Government Leader Keynote
California’s bold but necessary decarbonization and air quality goals cannot be met without diverse low or zero carbon energy solutions that are dispatchable across California for the power, industry, and transportation sectors. Renewable hydrogen can deliver for these sectors and fills gaps in our current climate protection strategy with much needed long-term energy storage capabilities.
Speaker: Andrew McAllister, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
Tuesday, June 7 | 9:05 AM – 9:15 AM
Topic 1: Renewable Hydrogen’s Role Across California
Reducing the production cost of renewable hydrogen is essential to accelerate its greater role in decarbonization. Incentivizing production will send the right market signals to drive both investment and production, which will reduce costs across all sectors, so that renewable hydrogen use can be expanded across the economy in the transportation, electric, gas, and industrial sectors.
Speaker: Dr. Tom Buttgenbach, Founder & CEO, 8Minute Solar
Tuesday, June 7 | 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM
Panel 1: Policies that Promote and Accelerate Economy Wide Production of Renewable Hydrogen
The panel will consider issues such as the importance of decreasing the cost of hydrogen production from renewable electricity and the resulting effect on the market and use applications.
- Paul Lau, CEO, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
- Janisse Quinones, SVP, PG&E
- Whit Martin, VP of Hydrogen Strategy and Development, Archaea Energy
- Sumanth Addagarla, Vice President of Strategic Accounts, BayoTech
- Jeff Gustavson, President, Chevron New Energies
- Megan Berge, Partner, Baker Botts
Moderator: Tom Brill, Of Counsel, Greenberg Traurig
Tuesday, June 7 | 10:15 AM – 10:35 AM
Tuesday, June 7 | 10:35 AM – 10:45 AM
Topic 2: Strengthening California’s Power Systems
At times when California’s wind and solar energy supply exceeds demand, the surplus energy should be converted to hydrogen. This will reduce the need for fossil fueled peaker plants because California will be capturing energy that would otherwise go to waste as curtailment. By storing surplus energy as hydrogen, it can put on the electric grid, injected into the pipeline system, or stored for long periods of time for later use.
Speaker: Angelina Galiteva, Chair, Board of Governors, California ISO
Tuesday, June 7 | 10:45 AM – 11:55 AM
Panel 2: Making California More Resilient
The panel will focus on renewable hydrogen’s role in California’s energy diversity and resilience strategy, including meeting needs for baseload power or reserve power during extreme climate events or other situations requiring back-up.
- Brady Borcherding, Director of Government Affairs, FuelCell Energy
- Neil Navin, Vice President, Clean Energy Innovations, SoCalGas
- Nikki Buffa, Partner, Latham & Watkins
- Don Boyajian, Lead Government Affairs Counsel, Plug Power
Moderator: Katrina Fritz, Executive Director, Stationary Fuel Cell Collaborative
Tuesday, June 7 | 11:55 AM – 12:35 PM
Tuesday, June 7 | 12:35 PM – 1:00 PM
Dessert & Discussion
As lunch concludes, join tabletop discussions with industry sector representatives and sponsors to learn about case studies and projects in various California districts, to gain awareness of project goals, outcomes, challenges and successes.
Tuesday, June 7 | 1:00 PM – 1:10 PM
Topic 3: Expanding the Renewable Hydrogen Market for Transportation End Users
Transportation including heavy trucking creates 41% of California’s GHG emissions. Fuel cell vehicles that run on renewable hydrogen are a ZEV strategy for 5-minute refueling and long-hauls, but wider use requires more fueling infrastructure.
Speaker: Josh Newman, CA State Senator, CA State Senate, District 29
Tuesday, June 7 | 1:10 PM – 2:10 PM
Panel 3: Building a Hydrogen Fueling Network that Fills Gaps in Transportation Decarbonization and Air Quality Goals
The panel will explore the need for hydrogen fueling infrastructure, and ways to enable more fueling stations to support a transition to zero-emission vehicles throughout California’s transportation sector.
- Kim Okafor, General Manager, Zero Emisssion Solutions, Trillium Energy
- Ryan McGeachie, Global Head of Energy Infrastructure and Commercial Operations, Nikola Corporation
- Tim Sasseen, Market Development Manager, Ballard Power Systems, Inc.
- Danielle Lincoln, General Manager of Renewables, Chevron
Moderator: Salim Rahemtulla, President, PowerTap Hydrogen Fueling Corp
Tuesday, June 7 | 2:10 PM – 2:30 PM
Tuesday, June 7 | 2:30 PM – 2:40 PM
Environmental Quality Keynote Speaker
Increasing accessibility to hydrogen fuel cell technologies and the impact it has on AB 617 communities.
Speaker: Nancy Skinner, CA State Senator, CA State Senate District 9
Tuesday, June 7 | 2:40 PM – 3:40 PM
Fireside Chat: Hydrogen’s Role in Environmentally Disadvantaged Communities – Transforming Heavy Industry and Ports
Fuel cell transportation and hydrogen power generation can create better air quality and well-paying jobs in environmentally impacted communities, when diesel is replaced with hydrogen at ports, heavy industry centers, and high-traffic highways.
- Rebecca Kaplan, Vice Mayor and Councilmember at Large, City of Oakland
- Jesse Marquez, Executive Director, Coalition For A Safe Environment
- Richard Berman, Manager, Sustainability, Port of San Francisco
- Jason Caudle, City Manager, City of Lancaster
- Brian Goldstein, Executive Director, Energy Independence Now
Moderator: Bill Magavern, Policy Director, Coalition for Clean Air
Tuesday, June 7 | 3:40 PM – 3:50 PM
Federal Movement and California Opportunities
Learn what federal action including the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act means for California’s hydrogen opportunities.
Keynote: Mike Levin, D-CA 49th District, United States House of Representatives
Tuesday, June 7 | 3:50 PM – 4:10 PM
California Hydrogen Hub
Explore the opportunity to develop a hydrogen hub, which geographically concentrates facilities using hydrogen, with supply and demand closely linked for efficiencies and scale.
Speaker: Tyson Eckerle, Deputy Director, Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Infrastructure, Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development (GO-Biz)
Tuesday, June 7 | 4:10 PM – 4:25 PM
Closing Speaker: CHBC’s Legislative Priorities & the Path to Decarbonization
The Summit’s closing speaker will link discussion topics from the day to specific legislative and policy opportunities that address the goal of California hydrogen leadership.
Speaker: Sara Fitzsimon, Policy Director, CHBC
Tuesday, June 7 | 4:25 PM – 5:30 PM
Fuel Cell Vehicle Viewing
Summit attendees can view a variety of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) outside, and learn about range, refueling, heavy-duty versus light-duty applications and more.
Tuesday, June 7 | 4:30 – 5:30 PM
End of Day Reception & Roundtable with Sponsors
Develop relationships, find opportunities to collaborate and share perspectives on content presented at the Summit.
Sponsors and Endorsing Organizations
The 2022 California Hydrogen Leadership Summit would not have been possible without the tremendous support, collaboration, and assistance from the following organizations.
The California Hydrogen Leadership Summit is a collaboration between the California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC) and Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA), each with substantial experience advocating for clean hydrogen and organizing clean energy conferences. CHBC is comprised of over 130 organizations involved in the business of hydrogen, united to reduce emissions and dependence on oil by advancing the commercialization of hydrogen in the energy sector. GNA is a leading clean technology consulting firm and the organizer of the Renewable Gas 360 and ACT Expo conferences.