Zack Parisa

Zack is co-founder and president of SilviaTerra. A forester and biometrician by training Zack has spent the past 10 years helping forest owners acquire, organize, and analyze information about their forests. He developed and patented a process which uses remotely sensed imagery to make forest inventory far more efficient. SilviaTerra provides forest inventory for a majority of the largest timberland-owning companies, NGO’s and government agencies in the US and abroad to inform their land management decisions. SilviaTerra focuses on developing tools to extend better data to make better decisions in the context of the practice of forest management. Most recently SilviaTerra created "Basemap" the first nation-wide high-resolution inventory of forests covering every acre in the US. That information forms the basis for new ecosystem service rental markets which reframe how conservation outcomes can be bought and sold.


Matt Price

Matt is Chief Operating Officer at Activate, which co-manages the Cyclotron Road fellowship program with Berkeley Lab. He brings deep experience in moving science innovations to market. Previously, Price was a vice president at Enlighted Inc. the leading wireless sensor network and lighting controls manufacturer for commercial and industrial buildings. Prior to joining Enlighted in 2011, Price served as principal at Nth Power, where he led investments across technology sectors including materials and nanotechnology, fuel cells, biofuels, advanced lighting, and smart grid technologies. He is a Kauffman fellow and received his M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. While at Haas, he co-founded the Berkeley Energy Resource Collaborative (BERC). Price holds a B.S. in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University.


Steve Weissman

Steve created and directed the Energy Law program at Berkeley Law, where he also taught numerous energy law and policy courses. He came to UC Berkeley from the California Public Utilities Commission where he was an administrative law judge. He also served as policy and legal advisor to three different commissioners at the PUC. He is an energy and environmental attorney, and an environmental mediator. Prior to his appointment as an administrative law judge in 1988, he was a staff attorney at the PUC, working on renewable energy and energy efficiency proceedings, as well as cases involving implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act. He has taught energy law and policy classes at Berkeley Law since 2006.


Dr. Eric Hallstein

Eric is The Nature Conservancy’s managing director for a new, global initiative in the agriculture and water space. Previously at TNC, as a Chief Economist and Director of Conservation Investments, Eric led TNC California’s work in economics, conservation finance, and transactions. Prior to TNC, Dr. Hallstein was a principal with Imprint Capital Advisors (acquired by Goldman Sachs in 2014), a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group, a venture investor and Kauffman Fellow with Omidyar Network and the CalCEF Clean Energy Fund, and a founding team member of GoodGuide (acquired by UL Environment in 2012). Eric has published in Science Advances, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and Environmental and Resource Economics, among others. He and his team's work has also been featured in a variety of news outlets, including The New York Times, Fast Company, the Economist, Forbes and National Geographic. Dr. Hallstein earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow, and his B.A. from Harvard University.


Karen Zelmar

Karen is Vice President of Corporate Development for Volta Charging, which installs, manages and maintains the largest free electric vehicle charging network in the United States. Prior to that she was a Director in the Customer Energy Solutions group at Pacific Gas and Electric Company focused on EV charging infrastructure, energy efficiency, and demand response program management. Before joining PG&E, Ms. Zelmar has worked for SunPower, AOL, NAVTEQ and Price Waterhouse performing various leadership roles in product management, marketing, operations and consulting. Ms. Zelmar earned her MBA at UC Berkeley and is originally from Chicago, where she earned a BA in Economics at Northwestern University.


Zach Knight

Zach is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Blue Forest Conservation, an environmental finance firm dedicated to leveraging financial innovation to develop sustainable solutions to environmental challenges. Prior to founding BFC, Mr. Knight started his career at Merrill Lynch where he specialized in structured finance. Zach also served as a high-yield and distressed corporate bond trader before leaving Wall Street to pursue an MBA at UC-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business with a focus on sustainability and environmental investing. Mr. Knight holds an MBA with honors from UC-Berkeley and a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University.

Blue Forest Conservation is a nonprofit organization committed to creating sustainable financial solutions to pressing environmental challenges. In partnership with the US Forest Service and World Resources Institute, we recently launched the Forest Resilience Bond - the nation’s first financial product to support proactive management of National Forest System land. The Forest Resilience Bond deploys investor capital to finance the upfront costs of forest restoration in an effort to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire, avoid carbon emissions, and protect communities, water resources, and ecosystems. Check out this short How it works video to learn more.


Amy Egerter

Amy is the Technical Lead for the REALIZE initiative at Rocky Mountain Institute and project manager for REALIZE’s California Energy Commission grant. She is also a key contributor to various projects within the Buildings and Building Electrification programs. Amy joined RMI in 2016. She earned her B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a focus in Architectural Design and a M.S. in Sustainable Design and Construction at Stanford University.


Goksenin Ozturkeri

Goksenin is an Investment Banking Senior Associate with CohnReznick Capital and is based in the San Francisco office. He focuses on financial structuring and modeling, project due diligence, and transaction management for solar and wind project finance and M&A transactions. Goksenin is a member of CohnReznick Capital’s Modeling and Structuring expert taskforce and leads the company’s internal financial modeling training. To date, he has raised over $1 billion in financing and executed over 1GW of solar and wind projects.


G.G. Merkel

G.G. joined the Association for Energy Affordability (AEA) to electrify the built environment, after working at Tesla & SolarCity scaling Utility and Commercial battery + solar projects in the quest to decarbonize the grid. At AEA, G.G. leads the technical team for the CA REALIZE initiative, a California Energy Commission (CEC) funded project demonstrating a scalable model for zero-carbon retrofits to low-income multifamily buildings. G.G. is deeply committed to make clean energy technologies accessible and affordable, so people get to utilize clean infrastructure regardless of income level.


Mark Hughes

Mark is a battery cell engineer at Sila Nanotechnologies. He has been working in battery technology development for just over 3 years professionally, previously working as a cell technical specialist at General Motors where he analyzed and improved the battery cells in the Chevrolet Bolt EV, Chevrolet Spark EV and Chevrolet Volt Hybrid. Prior to this, he worked as an undergraduate research associate in the Helms Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory developing membranes for lithium-sulfur batteries while completing his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Mark is also a program coordinator for the Clean Energy Leadership Institute and will serve as the CA Director of CELI in 2020.


Marc Monbouquette

Marc is the Regulatory and Government Affairs Manager for Enel X e-Mobility, formerly eMotorWerks. In this role, Marc leads Enel X's North American policy engagements pertaining to EV infrastructure investments, EV charging rates, vehicle-grid integration offerings, and low carbon fuel credit markets. Prior to joining Enel X, Marc spent more than five years at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), where he managed the policymaking process for several initiatives focused on integrating DERs into utility distribution planning and grid operations, including distribution resource planning, smart inverter standards development, and interconnection reform. Marc holds a Master’s Degree in Energy Policy and Economics from Duke University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from Carleton College.