Ryan Edwards-Board Chair
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.
Cameron Freberg-Board Treasurer
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 Ryan-Board Secretary, Thought Leadership Committee Co-Chair
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.
Richard Amato- Events and Marketing Committee Chair
Bringing together his background and expertise in clean energy and business development, Amato heads up the IC2 Institute’s energy initiatives, including the World Bank Climate Innovation Center Program and the Energy Incubator at ATI. In addition, Amato also provides support for the programs in India focused on developing the infrastructure necessary to support a robust, entrepreneurial clean-tech environment targeted at solving India’s critical energy issues. Prior to joining IC2, he founded and served as President and CEO of Venti Energy, a renewable development company dedicated to increasing the supply of clean and reliable energy.
Callie Taylor- Business Relations Committee Chair
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.
Conley Covert-Business Development Committee Chair
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.
Jonathan is an Ops & Business Analyst within Transmission of the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA). Prior to joining LCRA, he worked in Houston spending time in oil and gas as well as storm water/flood management, where he earned his Professional Engineering license. Jonathan developed his passion for renewable energy at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, where he received both his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He actively works with one of his former professors at a hydro-kinetic energy start-up. In his free time, Jonathan spends time in the sports technology industry as well as volunteering with the special needs community in Austin, with Imagine A Way and Special Olympics.
Thomas Ortman is the CEO of Voltabox of Texas, Inc. Prior to that, he was Founder, President and CEO of Concurrent Design, Inc., which was acquired by Voltabox in March 2018. Founded in 1994, Concurrent Design is an engineering consulting firm with core skills in industrial product development, manufacturing automation and test equipment. With a focus on the electronics, semiconductor and clean technology market segments, Voltabox is a natural segue. Thomas Ortman is a mechanical engineer and an expert in product design and development.
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.
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.
Thomas “Tommy” Tynes is an attorney in private practice with 9+ years of experience in
energy policy and law. Previously, he served as Regulatory Counsel for Tesla. In that capacity, Tommy represents company’sTesla’s interests related to electric vehicles, battery storage technology, and distributed solar generation before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and multiple state utility commissions. Tommy also 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.
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.
Tony Koinis - Board Member
Tony is a University of Texas MBA graduate with a background in real estate, accounting and finance. He currently consults for Austin area developers and is Managing Partner at the investment and development firm, Koinis Ventures LLC. He works heavily with his local youth group and is a Deacon at Bannockburn Church Dripping Springs
Crystal Kay Perkins is strategy and fundraising consultant for progressive campaigns and organizations. She also serves as a Senior Advisor of the Texas Democratic Party. Most recently, she served as the party's Executive Director from 2015-2019. She has experience in fundraising and management roles on all levels of government, federal, state and local. During her time in DC, held positions at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). She has worked in over 15 states specializing in tough races in red and battleground districts.
Kim Dabrowski - Student Board Member
Kim Dabrowski received her B.A. in International Relations from UCLA in 2012. After enjoying an early career of insurance underwriting for a number of years, Kim decided to pursue a Masters in Public Affairs and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. During her studies she has consulted on numerous projects related to electric vehicle charging infrastructure and utility rates and is currently focusing her studies on energy policy and financing. She is hoping to leverage her prior experience conducting risk analysis for the insurance industry with her studies to pursue a finance or strategy role in the clean energy space.