Advisory Board Chairperson
President of MicroByer
Director of Activation Energy / Former CEO of CalCharge
Jeff is a serial entrepreneur and senior manager with over 20 years of experience in creating and growing organizations that accelerate the adoption of sustainable technologies. He is currently the President & Co-Founder of MicroByre, an industrial biotech company, which domesticates novel strains of bacteria to sustainably produce chemicals currently made from petroleum. Recently he served as the founding Managing Director of Activation Energy, the non-profit that jointly operates the Cyclotron Road sustainable technology accelerator program with Berkeley Lab. Prior to that he was the founding President of CalCharge, an energy storage research consortium, and a Managing Director of the California Clean Energy Fund.
Jeff holds a Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Columbia University, a Master of Laws degree in Environmental and Energy law (LL.M.) from Pace University School of Law, and a law degree (J.D.) from Thomas M. Cooley School of Law. As an undergraduate, he attended Michigan State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) in International Relations.
Advisory Board Member
Retired Head of San Jose Building Trades
Neil Struthers -
Katie R. Klatt
Chief Operations Officer - Contributing Author
Harvard University: Masters in Public Health in Health Management
University of Virginia: Bachelors of Science in Nursing
Katie Klatt earned her MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with a focus in health management. Her expertise covers emergency management, biostatistics and epidemiology, communications, and business organization and strategy.
Katie has focused her practical public health work in emergency management and response, serving on the initial COVID-19 response team for Boston Emergency Medical Services. At Boston EMS, she adapted protocols to respond to the rapidly unfolding pandemic, as well as developed and implemented the infection control database. She now helps organizations prepare for and respond to crises, and become better consumers of health intelligence. As the world must adapt to climate-driven phenomena, her work encompasses the ways in which renewable energy can be utilized in ensuring organizations are prepared for and can rapidly respond to emergencies.
Prior to her transition into emergency management and public health,
Katie worked as an ICU nurse in the US and Australia. She has seen firsthand how health conditions can be caused or exacerbated by climate change, and strives to be a part of the solution that can influence health on a larger scale.
Dr. Chris E. Forest
Contributing Author // Advisory Board Member
Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Ph.D in Meteorology
University of Wisconsin-Madison: Mathematic, Physics, Engineering
Chris has a B.S. in Applied Mathematics, Engineering, and Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. in Meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served as the lead for the climate science group for the NSF Network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management. He served as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 5th Assessment Report on Chapter 9: Evaluation of Climate Models. He was a review editor on the Climate Science chapter for the 3rd National Climate Assessment report for the US. He has served as Chair of the Topical Group on the Physics of Climate for the American Physical Society and served on committees for the American Meteorological Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. He has served as Senior Research Fellow for Project Drawdown relating to Climate Science.
Chris is currently a Professor of Climate Dynamics in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at The Pennsylvania State University, where he is also an associate in the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute and an affiliate in the Department of Geosciences. He is presently the Director of the Center for Earth System: Modeling, Analysis, and Data at Penn State. His research focuses on quantifying uncertainty in climate predictions and their implications for assessing climate risks.
Dr. Dennis W. Thomson
University of Michigan: Ph.D in Physics & Meteorology
Contributing Author // Advisory Board Member
Denny completed his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in physics and meteorology, respectively. His first post-doctoral experience included a year at the University of Hamburg, Germany. He has since accumulated more than five decades of experience specializing in passive and active, remote sensing with surface-based acoustic, and surface, airborne and satellite sensing and reconnaissance systems, and many aspects of atmospheric measurements for studies of energetics and turbulence.
Some special assignments and national service included many years on advisory panels at National Center of Atmospheric Research and NOAA's Environmental Research Lab, Argonne National Lab, Lawrence-Livermore National Lab, the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency, trustee of the Univ. Corporation of Atmospheric Research, several U.S. Army Research Labs, and the National Academy of Science. With commensurate clearances in both Department of Energy and Department of Defense, he also has contributed to the development and operation of several classified analysis, communications, and reconnaissance systems.
For nearly 70 years Dr. Thomson has had an avocational interest in trains, and railroad technology and history. This, combined with teaching responsibilities in the atmospheric physics of anthropogenically-forced climate change has stimulated his interest, advocacy, and approval of the "SunTrain" technology and operation.