|Joseph “Yossie” Hollander Co-founder|
Yossie is a successful serial entrepreneur and philanthropist with 43 years of experience in the software industry. He is the founder and chairman of Our Energy Policy Foundation, which is dedicated to creating an open dialogue and agreement on the U.S. energy policy. Yossie serves on the executive board and management committee of the Weizmann Institute of Science, where he launched a renewable energy initiative. He is a member of the Board of Councilors of USC’s College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and a member of the advisory board of the Cornell University Center for a Sustainable Future.
|Eyal Aronoff Co-founder|
Eyal Aronoff is a co-founder of Quest Software, one of the largest independent software ventures in the world. His current focus is energy and philanthropy. Eyal graduated summa cum laude in chemistry and computer science from Bar Ilan University in Israel and now lives in Newport Beach, California.
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Now an independent consultant, Mr. Goldmark was Director of the Climate and Air program for Environmental Defense Fund from 2003-2011. Prior to joining Environmental Defense, he was Chairman and CEO of the International Herald Tribune. Peter has had exceptional careers in both the public and private sectors. His public service was highlighted by his tenure as Budget Director for the State of New York during the 1970s city- and state-wide fiscal crisis where he was an architect of its rescue; and as Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey through to 1983. He served as president of the Rockefeller Foundation from 1988 to 1997, encouraging its involvement in environmental issues, particularly as they related to energy.
Mr. Goldmark is a recipient of the Wilson Wyatt National Award for Urban Revitalization and a member of the Legion of Honor, France. He has taught courses at the JFK School of Government, Harvard; Yale College; The New School; Brandeis University and Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University as Visiting Professor of Public and International Affairs. He holds a B.A. from Harvard University.
John Hofmeister is a leader with a unique perspective on not only the oil industry, but on the nation's energy situation as a whole. He is a highly sought-after presenter, pundit, writer, energy and leadership expert. In addition to his book, "Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk from an Energy Insider," he has written many op-eds. As president of Shell Oil, John Hofmeister was known for being a straight shooter, willing to challenge his peers throughout the industry. Now, he's a man on a mission, the founder of Citizens for Affordable Energy, a nonprofit association, crisscrossing the country in a grassroots campaign to change the way we look at energy in this country.
Marshall Kaplan was former Dean of the Graduate School of Public Affairs at University of Colorado and directed the Wirth Chair in Energy, Climate Change and Community Development related issues and policies. Before that, he served in the Carter, and Kennedy Administrations and was the principal in the policy advisory firm of Marshall Kaplan, Gans and Kahn. Mr. Kaplan has advised numerous federal, state, and local governments as well as non-profit groups and businesses on diverse public policy alternatives. He also facilitated consensus of international leaders at Aspen Global Forums focused on issues of economic development, privatization of energy, and financing infrastructure.
Mr. Kaplan came to Orange County in Feb 2004 to lead the Merage Foundations, and recently established the non-profit Pathways to Opportunities with Merage Foundation support. He has written numerous articles as well as several books on urban, economic and social welfare policy. A winner of the ADL Proclaim Liberty Award in Denver, he is a graduate of both MIT and Boston University.
Co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS) a Washington-based think tank focused on energy security. He is a senior adviser to the United States Energy Security Council and co-founder of the Set America Free Coalition, an alliance of national security, environmental, labor and religious groups promoting ways to reduce America’s dependence on oil. He specializes in strategy, geopolitics, terrorism, energy security, natural resources and economic warfare. Newsweek Magazine called him a “tireless and independent advocate of energy security,” the business magazine Poder called him “one of the most recognizable figures in modern energy and security issues,” and Esquire Magazine included him in its 2007 list of America’s Best and Brightest. Dr. Luft has published numerous studies and articles on security and energy issues in various newspapers and publications such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The American Interest, Commentary Magazine, Middle East Quarterly, LA Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He is co-author of Energy Security Challenges for the 21st Century (2009) and Turning Oil into Salt: Energy Independence Through Fuel Choice (2009.) He is author of Beer, Bacon and Bullets: Culture in Coalition Warfare from Gallipoli to Iraq. He appears frequently in the media and consults to various think tanks and news organizations worldwide. Dr. Luft testified before committees of the U.S. Congress, including Senate Foreign Relations, House International Relations, House Science and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He holds degrees in international relations, international economics and strategic studies and a doctorate in strategic studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS,) Johns Hopkins University.
Prior to joining Fuel Freedom, Richardson completed two successful terms as governor of New Mexico, beginning in 2002, through January of 2011. In 1997, he served for fifteen years representing the third congressional district of New Mexico in the United States Congress. In the Clinton administration, Richardson served as energy secretary and United States ambassador to the United Nations. He has had a long and successful career in public service, academia and in the private sector. During his leadership as governor, New Mexico earned the title of a “Clean Energy State,” by implementing laws requiring utilities to buy their energy from renewable sources, and established a Renewable Energy Transmission Authority to deliver New Mexico’s renewable resources to the market.
As a tech investor and entrepreneur, Mark Rosenblatt has been investing in and building companies for over 25 years. He serves as Chairman of Violin Memory and of Rationalwave Analytics, and sits on the board of RiverMeadow Software. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA, both from Yale University.
|R. James Woolsey|
A member of the United States Energy Security Council, Mr. Woolsey is a former director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and currently a Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton, an international management consulting firm, which he joined in 2002. Mr. Woolsey heads a team within Booz Allen’s Global Strategic Security practice that helps companies protect themselves from potential threats and vulnerabilities. Before joining Booz Allen, Mr. Woolsey enjoyed a distinguished career in both public service and private legal practice. His career in government service has included high-level positions in two Republican and two Democratic administrations. In addition to serving as Director of Central Intelligence, he served as Ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), Under Secretary of the Navy, General Counsel to the US Senate Committee on Armed Services, and Delegate at Large to the US-Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START). He has been a member of numerous defense and security related commissions including the Rumsfeld Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the US, and the National Commission on Terrorism. In the private sector he practiced law for 22 years as a Partner in the law firm of Shea & Gardner in Washington, D.C.
In September 2002, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta named Woolsey Chief Advisor to the newly created FDNY Terrorism Preparedness Taskforce. The Taskforce examines and evaluates the FDNY’s terrorism preparedness capabilities. In 2003, Consulting Magazine named James Woolsey to its annual list of top 25 consultants in the United States.
Mr. Woolsey received his B.A. degree from Stanford University, Phi Beta Kappa (With Great Distinction); an M.A. from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar; and an LL.B. from Yale Law School, where he was Managing Editor of the Yale Law Journal.
|Joseph Cannon President and Chief Executive Officerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Joe brings a wide array of leadership experience in government, law, business, and journalism to the building of this national effort. He served as editor of the Deseret News, the leading newspaper in Utah. Prior to the Deseret News, he was a partner and co-leader of the Public Practice & Political Law practice team at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Joe played a pivotal role in the purchase of Geneva Steel (a steelmill in Vineyard, Utah) and the reopening of the plant in 1987. He served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman until 2001. From 1981 to 1985, he served in the Reagan administration as an Assistant Administrator in the US Environmental Protection Agency, first for Policy and Resource Management and later for Air and Radiation. Joe received his undergraduate and law degrees from Brigham Young University.
|Robin Vercruse Chief Operating Officeremail@example.com|
Known internally as the “gearbox,” Robin's entrepreneurial background spans a variety of roles and responsibilities, primarily in computer software. Her experience includes administration, marketing, event management, product and program management, and analytics. Robin also earned a Master’s degree from UC Santa Barbara's Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, specializing in energy and climate change. She spends most of her free time near, in, on, or under the ocean--in her native Southern California or around the world.
|Ann Norman Executive VP of Communicationsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Ann Norman is a skilled communications professional who has delivered world-class strategic public relations, investor relations and public affairs over the course of her career. She has extensive experience in the private as well as public sectors. Ms. Norman has driven the strategy and tactical programs for everything from new product launches to IPOs and mergers and acquisitions, to post conflict and war communications. Her experience crosses the UN, governments, B2B and B2C.
|Donald Dunn Executive VP of Developmentemail@example.com|
Donald’s experience includes 23 years of working in fundraising, government, and political campaigns at the local, state and federal level. Donald has worked for President Bill Clinton in the White House Office of Political Affairs and as Director of Marketing and Public Affairs for the United States Trade and Development Agency. Currently, Donald serves as a member of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy. Prior to FFF, he was Development Director for the University of Utah’s Department of Medicine. Donald has served as Chairman of the Utah Democratic Party and was a candidate for the U.S. Congress in 2000 and 2002. Donald graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Political Science and earned a Masters Degree from the London School of Economics. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family.
|Douglas Foy Senior Legal Advisorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Douglas Foy is president of Serrafix Corporation. Prior to founding Serrafix, Mr. Foy served as the Secretary of Commonwealth Development in Massachusetts under Gov. Mitt Romney, overseeing the agencies of Transportation, Housing, Environment and Energy. Prior to his public service, Mr. Foy served for 25 years as the president of the Conservation Law Foundation, New England’s leading environmental advocacy organization.
|Michael D. Jackson Director of Researchemail@example.com|
Michael Jackson is the recently retired Senior Director of Transportation Technology at TIAX LLC, and has worked on studies and demonstrations of alternative fuels and energy systems for the past 40 years. Jackson worked with California agencies to reduce the state’s dependence on oil and help develop the California Hydrogen Highway Network and Alternative Fuels Plan. Recent also work includes a natural gas vehicle market assessment for the American Natural Gas Alliance and an assessment of truck fuel economy technologies for the National Academy of Sciences. He is a member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Automotive Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Air and Waste Management Association.
|Jordan Markwith Western Regional Development Directorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Jordan is a seasoned political and fundraising consultant with over a decade of non-profit, initiative and political campaign experience at the local, state and federal level. Most recently, Jordan served as the Associate Director for Finance on President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Committee in Washington, DC and as the Western Regional Finance Director for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC. Jordan also served as Deputy National Finance Director for U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s (D-MN) successful campaign and he was a member of the Global Communications Team for the worldwide concert event Live Earth. A native of California, Jordan earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from California State University, Long Beach.
|Naz Ekim Communications Manageremail@example.com|
Nazlı (Naz) Ekim provides public relations consulting on B2B media communications in technology and energy. Naz has garnered media placements throughout key industry and business publications such as Forbes, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Businessweek, and earned a reputation for integrity and efficacy. At Fuel Freedom Foundation, she is charged with creating publicity for the urgent redress of our oil dependency by securing top level national and trade media opportunities.
|Zana Nesheiwat Program Associatefirstname.lastname@example.org|
With a Master of Public Policy degree from Pepperdine University, Zana specializes in international relations, economics and energy issues. She is an accomplished researcher and communications professional with experience in public relations, advocacy, and program management. Zana served as a policy researcher for Missile Defense and Advocacy Alliance and, more recently, as a public relations associate for Music180, where she designed successful business development strategies and prepared campaign material for press, print, broadcast and social media.
|Laura Kearns Marketing and Communications Assistantemail@example.com|
With a B.A. in Communication from California Lutheran University, Laura brings several years of valuable marketing experience to Fuel Freedom Foundation. Through her work in radio, newspaper, magazine print, social media and advertising, she has gained extensive knowledge of copy development, marketing, and design. Laura has assisted with the planning and executing of several successful marketing campaigns, through social media, printed materials, and press releases. When not advocating Fuel Freedom’s mission, Laura spends her free time baking or cooking and traveling the world.
|Mariah Robertson Public Relations Assistantfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Mariah Robertson comes to us with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in History from California State University Fullerton. In her professional experience she has worked with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in her Washington D.C. Press Office, and with the Orange County District Attorney in his Public Affairs Unit. She has extensive experience with media relations, research, and event planning. She has a strong passion for philanthropy and creating change in the world, and has regularly volunteered her time working with underprivileged children as a mentor and a tutor.
|Gal Sitty Advocacy Manageremail@example.com|
Gal comes to Fuel Freedom with a track record of being a trailblazer. After successful experiences in finance at Morgan Stanley and an AIG company, Gal continued to graduate school where he became the first person to receive a joint Master's in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and Tel Aviv University. There he excelled in research, analytics and communication in public policy. He then combined his academic achievements with his professional experiences to design and carry out successful grassroots fundraising and advocacy campaigns for which he received Congressional recognition for Outstanding Humanitarian Advocacy.
|Alex Féthière Rapid Responsefirstname.lastname@example.org|
Alex brings years of experience as a magazine editor in both trade and consumer media. He received his Master’s degree in journalism from New York University and handles Fuel Freedom’s Rapid Response operations, where he writes bylines, crafts e-mail campaigns, edits copy and contributes to social media outreach. In his downtime he grows food, sculpts in industrial metals, and builds replacement-fuel shop equipment like waste oil-powered blast furnaces.
|Candice Lowney Graphic Artist|
Candice brings experience in identity, marketing and event collateral design to her role as Graphic Artist at Fuel Freedom Foundation. In addition to her design skill, Candice’s previous experience in project management, as well her degrees in Political Science (B.A from Northeastern University) and Business Administration (MBA from Brandeis University), enables her to effectively move a design from concept to creation while incorporating business needs and messaging.
|Heather Eyre Events Manageremail@example.com|
Heather Eyre is a dynamic event and marketing professional with a defining bias for action. Her extensive experience producing successful gatherings and activities in roles across the corporate spectrum provides the perfect foundation for enhancing engagement and outreach programs. This proud OC mom and TV opt-out is passionate about film & good storytelling; she frequently bakes without burning and likes to pretend she knows something about wine.
|Leslie Kay Office Managerfirstname.lastname@example.org|