CHBC Announces 2021 Board of Directors

Election of Directors from Black & Veatch, California Stationary Fuel Cell Collaborative, Community Environmental Services, DasH2energy, Next Hydrogen, and Nikola Corporation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – December 15, 2020 – The California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC) is pleased to announce the results of its 2021 Board of Directors election from the December 8, 2020 Annual Membership Meeting. The CHBC membership elected Jason Rowell of Black & Veatch, Katrina Fritz of the California Stationary Fuel Cell Collaborative, Mark Abramowitz of Community Environmental Services, Gordon Dash of DasH2energy, Matthew Fairlie of Next Hydrogen and Philippe Gerretsen of Nikola Corporation to serve three-year terms on the Board of Directors.

“Our new directors represent the multitude of sectors that hydrogen energy and fuel cell power solutions can bring to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the California economy and improve local air quality for its citizens. Their leadership will help steer the CHBC in its mission to advance the commercialization of our members’ hydrogen and fuel cell technology solutions,” said Bill Zobel, Executive Director of CHBC.

“I congratulate my new colleagues and look forward to working with them to continue building the California hydrogen economy. Their leadership and expertise are a welcome addition to our dynamic organization,” said Lauren Skiver, CEO and General Manager of SunLine Transit Agency and Chair of the CHBC.

For decades, California has pioneered policies that have helped commercialize clean energy technology solutions. The CHBC strives to provide its diverse membership the same regulatory certainty in the state for hydrogen and fuel cells to solve the extraordinary challenges of climate change and catastrophic wildfires. This enables further investment and deployment of the technology in the transportation, energy storage, power generation, heating and industrial sectors.

About the California Hydrogen Business Council

The California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC) is comprised of companies, agencies, non-governmental organizations and academia involved in the business of hydrogen. CHBC is committed to advancing the commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cells in the energy and transportation sectors to achieve California’s climate, air quality, and decarbonization goals. CHBC provides clear value to its members and serve as the indispensable and leading voice in promoting the use of hydrogen and fuel cells in California and beyond.

The CHBC’s cross-sectoral focus offers a one-stop-shop for industry, academia, government and NGO stakeholders engaged in the California market to access advocacy and educational resources, including policy representation with the Governor’s Office, state legislature and regulatory agencies, industry newsletter updates, events, webinars, and much more.  For organizations interested in joining the CHBC and engaging in its activities, visit

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