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.
Suzanne King -Thought Leadership Committee Co-Chair
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Under her tenure, she worked to turn Texas in to a battleground state from the ground up. In just two cycles, Democrats flipped over 19 State legislative, two Congressional and dozens of countywide and local seats.
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.
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.
Topher Lancaster-Student Board Member
Topher is an MBA candidate at the McCombs School of Business and is focused on energy finance & cleantech. Prior to McCombs, he worked in Los Angeles, CA at a public financial advisory within the environmental finance group, supporting the development of Property Assessed Clean Energy (“PACE”) programs and facilitating the financing of municipal clean energy projects. Topher holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia where he also earned a B.A in Political Philosophy, Policy and Law (PPL).