Sam Evans is an expert on energy economics and econometrics. He has worked extensively in the areas of agricultural, energy, and environmental policy and modeling. His recent research has focused on macroeconomic modeling of California energy and environmental policy. Sam is a postdoctoral fellow in the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Colorado State University where he was a National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow.
Gil Tal Directs the Plug-in Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Center at UC Davis. He holds a Ph.D. in Transportation Technology and Policy from UC Davis, and an M.A. in geography and environmental policy and planning from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Between 2008 and 2010 Dr. Tal was a post-doctoral researcher with the Center for Global Metropolitan Studies and the UC Transportation Center at UC Berkeley. His work at UC Davis and UC Berkeley focuses on travel behavior and the implementation of travel behavior related policies. At the PH&EV center Dr. Tal is leading projects on the future need for electric vehicle infrastructure, and the correlation between charging infrastructure, travel behavior and the demand for EV’s. He is currently leading research on number of projects including a study on local planning and deployment of electric vehicle infrastructure, a study on GIS tools for infrastructure planning, a multi-state study of new plug-in vehicle buyers, and a study on the secondary market of plug-in vehicles in California.
Marshall Miller received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Pennsylvania. After a post-doc at the University of Chicago, he joined the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis in 1993. His work focuses on advanced technologies and fuels to increase fuel economy and reduce emissions in the transportation sector. He manages the Advanced Vehicle Propulsion Systems Laboratory at UC Davis where he studies batteries and ultracapacitors to understand their applications in vehicles. He has developed models to assess the potential greenhouse gas reductions and cost implications from the market penetration of new vehicle technologies in the light-duty and trucking sectors. He has worked with transit agencies, utilities, regulatory agencies, industry, and non-profits to understand the implications of specific vehicle and fuel technologies including fuel cells, batteries, hydrogen, and biofuels.
Austin Brown is Executive Director of the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, the Environment, and the Economy, which acts as a bridge between scientific researchers and decision-makers to deliver credible, relevant, and timely information and analysis—assisting and informing the policymaking process in Sacramento, Washington, D.C., and internationally. Previously, Dr. Brown was the Assistant Director for Clean Energy and Transportation in the Obama White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. His work there focused on transformative options for clean transportation, including clean energy, energy efficiency, efficient and electrified vehicles, renewable fuels, vehicle automation, and novel transportation systems.Dr. Brown was trained as a scientist and holds a B.S. in Physics from Harvey Mudd College and a Ph.D. in Biophysics from Stanford University.
Lewis Fulton has worked internationally in the field of transport/energy/environment analysis and policy development for over 20 years. He is Co-Director of the STEPS Program within the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis. There he helps lead a range of research activities around new vehicle technologies and new fuels, and how these can gain rapid acceptance in the market. From 2007-2012 he was a Senior Transport Specialist with the International Energy Agency, Paris, as well as Division Head for Energy Technology Policy during 2011-2012. He returned to the IEA in 2007 after working there originally from 1999-2005. During 2006-2007 he worked in Kenya with the UN Environment Program, developing and implementing GEF-funded sustainable transport projects around the world. During the 1990s he also worked at the US Department of Energy for 4 years, and taught at the Independent University of Bangladesh and the University of Maryland.
Dr. Daniel Sperling is Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy, and founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis (ITS-Davis). The Institute has over 150 faculty, staff and student researchers. He has led ITS-Davis to international prominence by building strong partnerships with industry, government, and the environmental community, integrating interdisciplinary research and education programs, and connecting research with public outreach and education.In June 2013, he was named a recipient of the Blue Planet Prize from the Asahi Glass Foundation.
Dr. Nancy Ryan is an economist with E3 focusing on GHG mitigation policy, transportation electrification and electricity regulation. She handles the regulatory and business strategy work at E3. Nancy has taught regulatory policy and cost-benefit analysis at the University of California and the University of British Columbia and educates leaders in other industries, such as transportation, that experience the effects of changes in the energy landscape. Nancy joined E3 in 2013 after working for seven years with the California Public Utilities Commission, where was appointed a commissioner by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, serving from 2010 to 2011. She also served as deputy executive director for policy and external relations and chief of staff to the president, and worked for five years at the Environmental Defense Fund and held positions at several consulting firms. Nancy holds a PhD in Economics by the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in Economics from Yale University
Kate Larsen, a Director at Rhodium Group, manages the firm’s work on US and global climate change in the Climate Impact Lab. Previously, Kate was Deputy Director for Energy and Climate Change at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, where she helped develop President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. Kate also worked in the Office of Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State, serving as lead U.S. negotiator on mitigation commitments and compliance in the United Nations climate negotiations. She was a lead contributors in designing the first universal system for measurement, reporting, and verification of developed and developing country emissions and commitments under the U.N. Kate has also worked at the International Energy Agency in Paris, the World Resources Institute in Washington, and the Environmental Defense Fund in California. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Texas, Austin.
Ryan is the Science and Technology Policy Advisor to the Chair at the California Air Resources Board, where he focuses on transportation, energy and climate policy issues. He is heavily involved in climate policy discussions related to 2030 targets and planning, and is also helping to develop a plan to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants in California, as required by SB 605 (Lara). Prior to his appointment at ARB by Governor Jerry Brown, McCarthy was chief writer of a strategic plan for plug-in electric vehicles in California and a Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the office of California Assembly Member Wilmer Amina Carter. Ryan received his master’s and doctorate degrees in civil and environmental engineering from UC Davis and bachelor’s degree in structural engineering from UC San Diego.
Alice Reynolds is senior advisor to the Governor for climate, the environment and energy in the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. She has served as deputy secretary for law enforcement and counsel at the California Environmental Protection Agency since 2011. Reynolds served as a deputy attorney general at the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General from 2002 to 2011 and was an attorney at Sonnenschein Nath and Rosenthal LLP from 1998 to 2001 and at Furth Fahrner and Mason from 1995 to 1998. Reynolds served as a research attorney at the Santa Clara County Superior Court from 1993 to 1995. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $172,008. Reynolds is a Democrat.