Executive Leadership

Meet our executive leadership team. Their diverse and accomplished backgrounds in policy, energy tech and research, business, advocacy and communications advance our mission of Fuel Freedom for America.
Joseph “Yossie” Hollander

Joseph “Yossie” Hollander

Co-Founder & Chairman

Yossie is a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist with more than 40 years of experience building successful software companies. He is also the founder and chairman of Our Energy Policy Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to creating an open dialogue and agreement on U.S. energy policy. Yossie serves on the executive board of the Weizmann Institute of Science, the Board of Councilors of USC’s College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and the advisory board of the Cornell University Center for a Sustainable Future.

Joseph Cannon

Joseph Cannon

President & Chief Executive Officer

Joe brings an array of leadership experience in government, law, business and journalism. He served in the Reagan administration as an assistant administrator in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he was instrumental in the removal of lead from gasoline. Joe also served as editor of the Deseret News in Salt Lake City; he was a partner and co-leader of the Public Practice & Political Law practice at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; and played pivotal role in the purchase of Geneva Steel and the reopening of the plant in 1987. He served as CEO and chairman until 2001.

Ilana Meirovitch

Ilana Meirovitch

Chief Operating Officer

Ilana has more than 20 years of operational leadership experience with Deloitte, one of the world’s leading consulting organizations. Ilana’s experience spanned all disciplines of the organization, including finance, human resources, communications and strategy development, both in the U.S. and with the firm’s India operations. Ilana has an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Robin Vercruse

Robin Vercruse

Vice President of Policy and Environment

Robin’s professional background spans a variety of roles and responsibilities, primarily in fast-growing entrepreneurial organizations. Her diverse international experience in both commercial and nonprofit enterprises includes administration, marketing, event management, research, product and program management, and analytics. Robin has a Master’s from UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, with a specialty in energy and climate change policy.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

Director of Research

Mike is the former senior director of transportation technology at TIAX LLC, and has studied alternative fuels and energy systems for the past 40 years. Mike worked with California agencies to reduce the state’s dependence on oil and help develop the California Hydrogen Highway Network and Alternative Fuels Plan. He also worked on a natural gas vehicle market assessment for the American Natural Gas Alliance. Mike graduated with BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley.

Melissa Blaustein

Melissa Blaustein

Director, International Advocacy and Digital Programs

Melissa brings several years of digital policy and advocacy experience to Fuel Freedom. She’s had roles at the local, national and international level, including the White House, UN Women, the UNEP, the G20 Research Group, and with former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Melissa is also the founder of the nonprofit Allied for Startups, a global network whose goal is to make the voice of startups heard in government. She holds a Master’s Cum Laude from Sciences Po in Paris, and an undergraduate degree with honors from UC Berkeley.

Maya McElroy

Maya McElroy

Development Director

Maya is a seasoned development professional with more than 20 years’ experience working with nonprofit organizations, including the United Way of the Bay Area, the American Heart Association, Girl Scouts, Inc., St. John Providence Health Hospital System, and Guest House, Inc. She has been a guest writer for the Michigan Medical Society’s Michigan Medicine magazine, and the State Bar of Michigan’s monthly magazine, Michigan Bar Journal.