Jose Beceiro - Board Chair
Jose Beceiro is the Director of Strategic Corporate Partnerships for Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Most recently, Beceiro served as the Associate Director for Research Relations for the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Beceiro’s professional background also includes serving as the Director of Clean Energy Economic Development at the Austin Chamber of Commerce and as an economic development consultant for Austin-based AngelouEconomics.
Joel Serface - Founder & Past Chair
Joel is an early leader and innovator in the clean technology movement and invest space. Joel is a Managing Director and Co-Founder of Brightman Energy and founder of CleanTX, Pecan Street Project, as well as numerous other start-ups and non-profits in the clean technology industry.
Michael Breen - Treasurer
Michael has been active in several energy storage companies since 2004. He is currently with Siemens, Inc. working on Energy Storage projects and is a board member for 2 different battery technology companies. Michael is also the co-founder and CFO of Xtreme Power, and has successfully led the company from its first invested dollar through more than 250 employees and a sales pipeline in excess of $100 million.
Sarah Ryan-Board Member
Sarah came to Environmental Defense Fund over three years ago with a background in economics and environmental issues. As a project manager on the clean energy team, her work at EDF is both state specific and national and she focuses on a wide range of issues such as storage, electric vehicles, and various components of grid modernization. Sarah also assists in the implementation and execution of projects that accelerate technology innovation and market adoption of clean energy. She works to demonstrate the case for the wider implementation of renewables and other clean energy solutions through hard data and sound economics.
Ryan Edwards - Board Member
Ryan joined the SunPower team in 2017 to promote their mission on changing the way the world is powered. As an analyst, Ryan serves as a fund manager in the Residential, Commercial, and Utility markets working with financiers to grow the solar panel market. Ryan's portfolio includes over $2 Billion in assets spread throughout the United States. Ryan is a 2017 McCombs MBA and Navy Veteran that served as a Mission Commander and Instructor Tactical Coordinator on the P-8 Poseidon.
Suzanne King - Board Member
Strategy Consultant focused on Integrated Water Management, with more than 15 years’ experience improving financial success while making positive environmental impacts across water and energy cleantech, financial services and communications sectors.
Tony Schum - Board Member
Tony Schum is a vice president in Duff & Phelps’ Business Incentives Advisory practice in Austin, Texas. Tony specializes in identifying, negotiating and implementing economic development incentives for expanding or relocating companies. He also assists clients in the pursuit of workforce training awards, R&D funding, and other grants expected to generate positive economic impact.
Tommy Tynes - Board Member
Thomas “Tommy” Tynes serves as Regulatory Counsel for Tesla’s Policy & Corporate Development team. In that capacity, Tommy represents the company’s interests related to electric vehicles, battery storage technology, and distributed solar generation before the Texas Public Utility Commission and other agencies across the United States. Prior to joining Tesla (and SolarCity), Tommy worked as a Staff Attorney at the Texas Public Utility Commission,
a Federal Government Relations Specialist at NextEra Energy, and a Chief of Staff in the Texas House of Representatives.
Conley Covert - Board Member
Conley is a Partner at SkylesBayne, a commercial real estate firm specializing in office, industrial, and medical tenant representation headquartered in Austin, TX. He serves as a Merit Reviewer for the United States Department of Energy, and focuses on incorporating energy efficiency, water conservation, and renewable energy options for commercial real estate projects.
Callie Taylor - Board Member
Callie is currently the Director of Economic Development for Clean Technologies at the Austin Chamber of Commerce. Before joining the Austin Chamber, she was the Director of Customer Retention at NRG Energy’s home solar division which is where she developed her passion for renewable energy. Her background includes 10 years of consulting, marketing, training and account management experience.
Ben Ramirez III - Chair, International Committee
Ben has 20 years of experience assisting the transformation of local companies into global competitors. His expertise is connecting chief executives and their teams to the resources and tools they need to achieve sustainable growth in a continually changing global marketplace. Ben is an associate member of the Texas Camino Real District Export Council; Administrator of the Central Texas Foreign Trade Zone; and serves as entrepreneur advisor at Tech Ranch.
Cameron Freberg - Board Member
Cameron Freberg is a Utility Strategist for Electric Vehicles & Emerging Technologies at Austin Energy and has experience working across many areas in the utility industry. His work at Austin has supported program development and operations around new technologies to include energy storage, electric vehicles, demand response, marketing campaign development, and serving as a liaison for new technology initiatives with academia, industry, and the community. Previously, Cameron worked in the Energy Research and Technology Initiatives department at CPS Energy in San Antonio. Cameron holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a focus on Urban and Environmental Planning from Texas State University.
Amy Madison - Chair, Business Development Committee
Amy Madison is a 20-year veteran at growing communities. She currently serves as the Interim Executive Director for the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation which she joined in January 2014 after serving six years as CEO of the Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP). She has 15 years of experience developing all-win tax incentive deals and working with public officials to get them adopted.
Tom Ortman - Events Committee
Tom has twenty eight years in the engineering design and build sector with electro-mechanical engineering expertise in electronics & semiconductor products and capital equipment, including broad test equipment experience. He founded engineering firm in 1994 to pursue these areas with the goal of expanding this base into related areas of nanotechnology capital equipment, durable medical products and clean energy products.
Marlin Thomas - Marketing Committee
Marlin received his B.S. from Texas State University, and has since accumulated a 16 plus years of engineering and project management experience. Marlin has been a Certified Project Manager since 2005. Marlin’s career roles have always lead him toward his passions of energy conservation, sustainable development, and education.
Sarah Pendergast - Student Board Member
Sarah is an MBA candidate focused on cleantech and energy finance and is excited to work on renewable energy projects. Prior to McCombs, she worked in Washington, DC, advocating for climate change and renewable energy policies at the federal level and in the lead up to the Paris Climate Accord with Union of Concerned Scientists. She also served as an appointee at the Department of Energy Office of Congressional and Governmental Affairs, supporting Secretary Moniz’s work with stakeholders and Congress. Sarah is originally from mid-Michigan and earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy.