Jose Beceiro is the Director of Corporate Relations for Energy and Technology at the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas. Jose's role within the Texas Development Office will be to engage energy and tech companies in major interdisciplinary initiatives, such as the Planet Texas 2050 grand challenge and other Bridging Barriers programs. Most recently, Jose served as the Director of Strategic Corporate Partnerships at Texas State University, and the Associate Director for Research Relations for the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Jose’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. Additionally, Jose was a founding board member of the Pecan Street, Inc. organization. Pecan Street is the nation’s most advanced smart grid research consortium initiative focused on energy usage data collection, energy data analytics, and smart grid research trials. Jose also serves as the Board President of the Center for Austin's Future (CAF - www.centerforaustinfuture.org). CAF produces the annual ATXelerator program, which aims to recruit, train, and promote new future-focused candidates for City of Austin City Council elections, boards, and commissions.
Ryan joined SunPower in 2017 to change the way the world is powered. Ryan is responsible for the $2.5B Residential Lease portfolio, specifically cash planning and execution including tax and cash equity capital contributions, debt draws, distributions, and debt service. Ryan is a 2017 McCombs MBA and Navy Veteran that served as a Mission Commander and Instructor Tactical Coordinator on the P-8 Poseidon and P-3 Orion.
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.
Michael has been active in several energy storage companies since 2004. He is currently CEO of Treverity, Inc. a software company delivering streaming analytics tools for Electric and Gas Utilities. Michael was a co-founder and CFO of Xtreme Power, an early player in utility scale energy storage and successfully led the company from its first invested dollar through more than 250 employees and a sales pipeline in excess of $100 million.
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 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.
Conley 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 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
Ben has over 20 years of experience assisting the transformation of local companies into global competitors. Ben manages the Foreign Trade Zone of Central Texas with member companies’ annual exports totaling between $250-$500 million. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Ben to the Texas Camino Real District Export Council in 2016. He also serves as Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of Austin’s Center for Global Trade.
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.
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.
Ron Van Dell
Ron Van Dell has an exceptional track record of success and proven leadership skills in early-stage, turn-around and established businesses. As CEO of ViZn Energy Systems, he transformed the company into a complete business recognized as a global leader in grid-scale energy storage. As CEO of SolarBridge Technologies, now part of Sunpower, Van Dell led the development and launch of a ground-breaking microinverter solution for AC Solar Modules. Before SolarBridge, Van Dell served as CEO at Primarion (sold to Infineon), CEO at Legerity (spin off of Communication Division of AMD), GM for Dell Computer’s Dimension Line of Business ($6B in sales), and VP-GM of Communication Products at Harris Semiconductor.
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.
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.
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.