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American Carbon Registry (ACR) Advisory Council

The ACR Advisory Council provides strategic guidance to ACR on achieving its mission of harnessing the power of markets to improve the environment. A summary of experience of distinguished council members is included below.  

Adrienne Alvord is California and Western states director for the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). She is working to ensure a clean, de-carbonized energy and fuels economy that promotes equitable economic growth and improves public health in western states. Ms. Alvord is leading UCS’s effort to ensure robust implementation of AB32, California’s landmark climate law, and to ensure California’s renewable energy standard and clean vehicle standards are enforced. Prior to UCS, Ms. Alvord was the environmental policy director for California State Senator Fran Pavley and served as Pavley’s lead staff on AB32. She led successful legislative efforts to establish clean energy programs and accompanying funding sources, clean vehicles and fuel technology standards, air and water quality rules, and natural resources protection programs. She worked extensively in climate, energy, fuels, waste, and agricultural policy and has deep experience both in translating scientific and technical work into policy ideas and creating strategic partnerships to achieve those policies. Prior to working in the California Legislature, Ms. Alvord served as a gubernatorial appointee directing state pesticide legislation and regulations, and previously was policy director for a California non-profit promoting sustainable agriculture. 

Jim Boyd, former California Energy Commissioner, retired from the California Energy Commission (CEC) in January 2012 at the end after his second five-year appointment by former Governor Schwarzenegger. He was first appointed to the CEC in 2002, and he was appointed to the Vice Chair position in June 2006. Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Boyd was Deputy Secretary and Chief of Staff of the California Resources Agency. He created and chaired the state's first Joint Agency Climate Change Team and the state's Natural Gas Working Group. Commissioner Boyd served for fifteen years as the Chief Executive Officer of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), directing the nation's largest state air pollution control program. During this period, CARB led the nation in establishing new pollution control programs for motor vehicles and fuels, toxic air contaminants, consumer products, and industrial and area sources. Commissioner Boyd focused on issues including transportation and served on the Board of Advisors of the University of California Davis' Institute of Transportation Studies. He was the CEC representative on the Steering Team of the California Fuel Cell Partnership, and served on the Governor's Hydrogen Highway Network Implementation Advisory Panel. He led the CEC’s efforts to develop the State Alternative Fuels Plan requested by the Governor and Legislature. He oversaw the implementation of Assembly Bill 118, which established an Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program at the Energy Commission. Vice Chair Boyd chaired the Bio-energy Interagency Working Group that developed the Governor's Bio-energy Action Plan and also served as the state's liaison to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and as California's representative on the Border Governors' Conference Energy Worktable. He also served on the Governor's Climate Action Team. A California native, Commissioner Boyd received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

Bill Bumpers is a member of Winrock International Board of Directors and is an environmental partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Baker Botts, LLP. As the head of the firm’s global Climate Change Practice, his focus is on the Clean Air Act and climate change issues. He is regarded as a national authority on new source review issues affecting the electric generation and petroleum refinery industries. Bumpers is a leading authority on climate change issues and has been involved in transactions involving Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects or Certified Emission Reduction (CER) sales in Malaysia, China, Liberia and Equatorial Guinea. He also represents companies involved in the capture and storage of GHG emissions and helped pioneer the creation and sale of carbon storage rights in the United States.

Dr. Jason Clay is the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) US Senior Vice President for Market Transformation. Manager of WWF’s private sector advisory board, Clay is the architect of the WWF’s private sector engagement strategy for commodities and supply chain management issues. He is a thought leader in the NGO community about global trends, supply chain management issues, partnering and convening multi-stakeholder groups to work together on pre-competitive issues. Clay is a globally recognized expert on certification and food production. He created one of the world’s first ecolabels and helped develop standards for more than a dozen commodities through multi-stakeholder processes that reduce the impacts of production. Over the course of his career, Clay has run a family farm, taught at Harvard and Yale, worked for the US Department of Agriculture, helped create hundreds of products such as Rainforest Crunch with Ben & Jerry’s, and spent more than 30 years working with environmental and human rights organizations. Clay studied at Harvard and the LSE and received his Ph.D. in Anthropology at Cornell University. He founded the award winning Cultural Survival Quarterly and is the author of more than 300 articles and 15 books.

Cynthia L. Cory is the Director of Environmental Affairs for the California Farm Bureau Federation. She has worked on a wide variety of state and national agricultural issues for the Farm Bureau over the past twenty-one years. Her current focus is air quality and climate change but she also works on biotechnology and invasive species/pest prevention, eradication and control issues. Previously, she worked for several private and public organizations over a ten-year period on short and long-term agronomic research projects throughout Africa. Ms. Cory has a M.S. in International Agricultural Development (emphasis Agronomy/Genetics) and a B.S. in Agronomy.

Donna Danihel, Senior Environmental Consultant We Energies and chair of UtiliTree Carbon Company and PowerTree Carbon Company, has over sixteen years experience as an environmental professional working in the electric utility industry. She has been with We Energies since 1983 and works on a variety of environmental issues. Donna currently is involved in developing the company’s global climate change strategy and in greenhouse gas and other environmental reporting. She represented Wisconsin Energy Corporation at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties meetings in Buenos Aires (COP-4) and Amsterdam (COP-6).  She currently serves as the chair of UtiliTree Carbon Company and of PowerTree Carbon Company, LLC, two energy company-sponsored initiatives that plant trees in critical habitats to manage carbon dioxide and provide other environmental benefits. Donna also has experience with We Energies in the areas of financial management, rates, and corporate planning. Donna graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelors-Business Administration in 1982 and an MBA in 1988.

 

Christian del Valle is a founder and Managing Partner of Althelia Ecosphere and Althelia Climate Fund, dedicated investment platforms for financing sustainable land-use, ecosystem services and REDD+ in particular. Previously, Christian served as Director of Environmental Markets & Forestry with BNP Paribas. Christian joined the bank in 2005 to manage and develop the client base for environmental products, with a focus that included EU-ETS business and global emissions reductions projects (CDM/JI). He led BNP Paribas’ movement into the Forest Carbon space, with a particular focus on community-based REDD+ in Africa and Latin America. Amongst his achievements there was the execution of one of the first-ever large private sector interventions in REDD+, through the creation of financing framework for African forest carbon projects with Wildlife Works LLC. Christian has been engaged on the policy side of REDD+, where working through organizations such as International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and Carbon Market and Investors Association (CMIA), he has interfaced extensively with national governments and via the UNFCCC. He serves as an advisor to the Forum on Readiness for REDD and is on the project board of the World Economic Forum’s Project on Sustainable Land-use Finance. Christian holds a MSc in Conservation Biology from the Durrell Institute of Conservation & Ecology at the University of Kent (Canterbury).

Anthony Eggert is the executive director of the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy which is dedicated to informing better policy through research. From 2007 through 2012 Eggert served as an appointee of Governors’ Brown and Schwarzenegger in several senior policy positions including Science and Technology Policy Advisor to the Chair of the Air Resources Board, Commissioner for the California Energy Commission, and Deputy Secretary for Energy Policy of the California Environmental Protection Agency overseeing clean energy and environmental policy development for California.  Prior positions include advising the University of California on federal energy and climate policy, directing research on low-carbon fuels and vehicles at UC Davis' Institute of Transportation Studies, and as an engineer and then manager for Ford Motor Company. Anthony serves on the boards of the Alliance to Save Energy, the UC Energy Institute at Haas, the UC Transportation Sustainability Research Center, and is a technical advisor to the US Department of Energy. Anthony received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin Madison and Masters of Science Degree in Transportation Technology and Policy at the University of California Davis.

Dirk Forrister, is the incoming President of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA). Formerly as a  Principal at Forrister Advisory, he worked as an independent consultant on climate change and clean air policies, clean energy finance and carbon markets. Mr. Forrister spent a decade as Managing Director at Natsource LLC, an environmental fund management company. He chaired Natsource’s policy and public affairs committee and was responsible for new carbon fund development. From 2002 –2007, Forrister was assigned to Natsource Europe’s headquarters in London, where he managed the development and launch of the Greenhouse Gas Credit Aggregation Pool (an offsets purchasing alliance) in Europe, which grew to over $800 million in corporate commitments. Prior to joining Natsource, Mr. Forrister served as Chairman of the White House Climate Change Task Force in the Clinton Administration.  Earlier, he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant U.S. Secretary of Energy for Congressional, Public and Intergovernmental Affairs. Mr. Forrister previously held positions as Energy Program Manager at Environmental Defense Fund and as legislative counsel to U.S. Representative Jim Cooper (D-TN), the author of two early climate change laws. Mr. Forrister serves as Chair of the Market Oversight Working Group of the International Emissions Trading Association.  He is also a Member of the Advisory Council of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Mr. Forrister holds a B.A. from David Lipscomb University and a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law.

Dr. Odin Knudsen is founder and principal of Real Options International Inc, an advisory firm focused on project analysis and managing risk particularly in the carbon and renewable energy markets. He was formerly Managing Director in J.P. Morgan Chase where he built the Environmental Markets business as head of global origination and business development and strategy, resulting in the largest and most diverse and successful portfolio of carbon projects in the world. He was also senior leader of Ecosecurities, one of the companies acquired by J.P. Morgan and a leading provider of non-industrial gas carbon offsets under the CDM and for voluntary carbon markets. As acting head of Environmental Affairs, he had responsibility for environmental risk management of  J.P. Morgan Chase’s operation and its internal environmental policy where he reviewed all high risk transactions for environmental impact. Before joining J.P. Morgan, he was joint CEO and founder of  Ideacarbon, building a risk management and ratings analysis for carbon offset projects.  Ideacarbon continues to be one of the leading providers of analysis and intelligence in the carbon markets. Prior to IdeaCarbon, Dr. Knudsen had more than 30 years of experience in international finance and project analysis and development, particularly in trade, agriculture and natural resources. As Deputy Vice President and Senior Advisor in the World Bank, he was a major driver of the Bank's policy and strategy in agriculture, environment, climate change and carbon emission reductions markets.  As Senior Manager of the World Bank Carbon Finance Business, he managed the development of carbon methodologies and grew carbon offset transactions from $140 million to over $1 billion with nearly $2 billion of funds under his management in the CDM and JI market. Dr. Knudsen has a Ph.D. in Applied Economics, Masters Degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Engineering Science and a Bachelors Degree, each from Stanford University. He also has advanced executive management and financial training from Harvard and Stanford University Business Schools. He is author of several books and over thirty articles on various aspects of international economics, market risk, and project analysis. 

Paul Savage is a member of Winrock International Board of Directors and is the chief executive officer of Nextek Power Systems, Inc. Previously he served as the Chief Executive Officer for Red-Horse Holding Corporation and Native Nations Securities, Inc. His background is in the field of finance having worked with The First Boston Corporation, Cantor Fitzgerald Corporation, Lehman Brothers, and Walsh Manning Securities. Savage also served as the director of marketing and customer finance for V-TRAC Infrastructure Development Company as one of the founding senior managers for the Caterpillar Dealership in Vietnam. He is a graduate of Haveford College.

Jigar Shah, former CEO of the Carbon War Room, is a renowned visionary committed to renewable energy and sustainable solutions that enable prosperity beyond the carbon economy. Jigar is dedicated to indentifying business-as-usual practices and replacing them with low-carbon solutions. Prior to the Carbon War Room, Jigar founded SunEdison in 2003. Under his leadership, SunEdison revolutionized the solar industry by introducing a business model to sell solar as a service. The transformation to solar power service agreements is responsible for turning solar services into a multi-billion dollar industry. Jigar is also an expert on energy project finance, changing energy policy, working with entrenched stakeholders, and convincing individuals to embrace energy technology. He works closely with entrepreneurs, policymakers, and investors around the world to develop, incubate, and implement sustainable solutions that enable prosperity beyond the carbon economy. Jigar holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and an MBA from the University of Maryland. Jigar sits on the boards of the Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development, SB NOW, and Greenpeace USA.

Frank Tugwell returned to Winrock International as president and chief executive officer in January 1999 and works primarily from the Arlington, Virginia, office. Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that carries on the philanthropic work of the Rockefeller family in the fields of agriculture, environment, and rural development, both domestically and internationally. Mr. Tugwell leads the organization in its quest to increase economic opportunity, sustain natural resources, and protect the environment. Under his leadership, Winrock's existing program activities have expanded and new initiatives have launched to address the changing needs of the world's people and the global environment. Most recently, Tugwell was executive director of the Heinz Endowments of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Previously he served Winrock as vice president of Programs and Global Projects and was director of the Renewable Energy and the Environment Program. Mr. Tugwell has also held positions as founder and President of the Environmental Enterprises Assistance Fund, a nonprofit that invests in small and medium-sized environmental companies in developing countries; Deputy Assistant Administrator in the U.S. Agency for International Development in the Carter Administration; and Professor and Department Chair at Pomona College and Claremont Graduate School. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Derek Walker is Director of Strategic Climate Initiatives at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). He has primary responsibility for directing state and regional climate change programs in the United States, with a particular focus on California. Previously, as Director of EDF’s California Climate Initiative and Deputy Director of EDF’s States Climate Program, he managed EDF’s engagement in the implementation of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32) and helped lead successful campaigns to pass statewide greenhouse gas policies in New Jersey and Connecticut and to strengthen the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) regional cap-and-trade program. He has testified on climate change legislation before several state legislatures and state and federal regulatory bodies. Derek is an accomplished speaker on climate change and energy issues. He serves on the Steering Committee of the Bay Area Climate Collaborative and the Board of Directors of the Clean Power Campaign. He is a past member of Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) Research Committee. Derek also co-chairs EDF’s Diversity Committee. Prior to joining EDF, Derek was Executive Director of the Maryland Democratic Party and was a trained by former Vice President Al Gore as a presenter on global warming science and solutions for The Climate Project.  He received a B.A. in English from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and spent a year studying at University College, Oxford.

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