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Since TTC was formed 26 years ago, Jeff Serfass has been leading collaborative efforts to create industries and address both commercialization opportunities and barriers to market development for clean and renewable energy companies. For 22 years, Jeff was the founding President of the National Hydrogen Association (NHA). He continues to serve as and the President of the Hydrogen Education Foundation (HEF) and Senior Advisor to the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC). Beginning in January 2012, Mr. Serfass has been serving as the Executive Director of the California Hydrogen Business Council.
Jeff served as the founding Executive Director of the Fuel Cell Commercialization Group (11 years) , the Utility Biomass Energy Commercialization Association (3 years), and the Utility PhotoVoltaic Group (now the Solar Electric Power Association) (11 years). He led the exploratory workshops and relationship building that led to formation of each of these organizations, and then went on to manage them through start-up, development and strategic transition phases. He also served as the Executive Director of the U.S. Advanced Ceramics Association (5 years).
Jeff has experience in public policies related to electric system regulation and issues and in the commercialization of new technologies important to power system management. He has assisted the Electric Power Research Institute in facilitating the development of standard energy storage functional requirements and megawatt-scale battery energy storage demonstrations and has developed collaborative research efforts in creation of smart grid technologies.
Jeff has been named recently to the Schatz Energy Research Center's Advisory Board. He served on the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Agriculture Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee (2006-2008) and served as the Chairman of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Energy Conversion Initiative Advisory Committee (2006-2011). He created and managed for several years the advisory council for the Sacramento Utility District’s renewable generation research program funded by the California Energy Commission. He is currently part of the team developing Total Energy USA in Houston, Texas.
Previous roles include positions with the U.S. Department of Energy and Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Jeff holds B.S. and M.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
Emanuel Wagner works for several of TTC’s clients on a variety of program areas, such as membership communication and development, education & outreach, and research & analysis. Since 2012, Emanuel has been the Assistant Director of the California Hydrogen Business Council, managing the day-to-day operations of the organization, including event management. He has been working for the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) since 2009 and the Hydrogen Education Foundation (HEF) as Contest Manager of the Hydrogen Student Design Contest since 2011. Emanuel joined TTC in March 2009.
Emanuel holds a Bachelor's degree (Zwischenprüfung) from University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany in Political Sciences with Economics (2004) and a Master's (Diplom) from the University of Potsdam, Germany in Political Science (2008).
Vera Medici is CHBC's Event Coordinator and plans events like the CHBC Summits, directs logistics, and creates graphics and promotional materials. She brings to the table almost a decade of event planning experience, as well as an entrepreneurial background in the travel and tourism industry. She joined TTC in 2015.
Vera holds a B.A. in Communication from George Mason University.
Cory Shumaker, MBA assists with various CHBC business and membership tasks as well as event planning, workshop planning, strategic planning, advising, and general council representation. As CHBC's Project Coordinator, Cory and brings his experience with zero emission heavy duty vehicles to provide insight on behalf of stakeholders.
Cory has previously worked for Vision Industries Corporation and has received his Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering at California State University-Long Beach, and received his MBA in International Business & Entrepreneurship at Loyola Marymount University.
Bud Beebe, a Professional Mechanical Engineer, is Senior Advisor to the CHBC. Mr. Beebe has nearly fifty years experience in both distributed and central power plant design and regulation. Mr. Beebe is recently retired from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District where he worked in development of several emerging technologies including Fuel Cells, PV and Solar Thermal Power. As a Sr. Project Manager and Licensing and Regulatory Coordinator for SMUD, Mr. Beebe was also active in development of national and state renewable energy and greenhouse gas reporting protocols as well as the development of California’s suite of AB-32 regulations. Mr. Beebe is a past National Hydrogen Association Board Member, and currently serves as Chair, Green-e Governance Board.
Mark Abramowitz is CHBC's Senior Consultant and has served as President of the CHBC from 2010 to 2014, and is now the Immediate Past Chair. During his presidency, he has led the restructuring and invigoration of the organization. Mark currently wears several additional hats. He serves as a South Coast Air Quality Management District Governing Board consultant to the Governor's appointee on the Board, Dr. Joseph K. Lyou. Mark also runs his own consulting firm, Community Environmental Services, where he provides policy, strategic, regulatory, business development and other air quality and energy assistance to a broad range of private and public sector clients. Mark works mainly with companies with innovative solutions that will improve air quality, or with regulatory issues that can be addressed with innovative solutions.
Mark has received numerous awards for his work, including the South Coast Air Quality Management District's first annual Clean Air Award in public education. He has authored op-ed pieces in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and other newspapers, and his work has been the subject of news articles and TV features around the world. Among Mark's skills is the ability to fashion creative solutions. As both a consultant and in other roles, Mark has successfully mediated difficult situations, helping clients as well as constituents avoid costly litigation.
Mark has also served as an elected director of the Yorba Linda Water District, as a member and chairman of the Yorba Linda Planning Commission, and as a member and chairman of the Hearing Board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District. He has served on numerous other Boards and advisory committees, including the Board of the Association California Water Agencies, Region X, and as president of the Association of Energy Engineers, Southern California Chapter.
Diane Moss is CHBC's Advisor and Owner of dima Communications & Strategic partnerships, which provides consulting services on communications and forging key relationships to sustainability related projects and businesses. Areas of core expertise include public relations, policy analysis, government affairs, business development, events, media. and worked all his professional career on various environmental issues including hydrogen-energy technologies, population issues and family planning programs, recycling, and air quality issues.