Our leaders are experts in clean energy and transportation and have experience that spans across public, private and nonprofit sectors. They drive CSE toward its mission: Decarbonization.
Senior Director, Human Resources
David Armour has more than 30 years of experience in human resources. Dave is a true HR generalist who brings professional depth and breadth to CSE along with a solution-oriented approach and an appreciation for rapid organizational growth. Dave holds an MBA from University of San Diego and a B.A. in communications from University of California, San Diego.
Senior Director, Transportation Programs
Mark Bielecki has over a decade of experience leading clean energy and transportation electrification initiatives. He oversees all CSE transportation programs, providing strategic direction and leadership on EV and EV infrastructure incentive programs, research efforts and consulting throughout the nation. Mark earned an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Northern Arizona University and a B.S. in physics from the University of Puget Sound.
Director, CA and CARB Programs
Jonathan Changus has worked for 15 years advancing clean energy policies by building coalitions and analyzing data to inform incentive program design. Jonathan supports the implementation of California’s statewide electric vehicle (EV) and EV infrastructure programs and leads CSE’s clean transportation engagement and outreach teams. Previously, he worked at the Northern California Power Agency and held a variety of positions advising state legislators and the governor. He holds a Master of Public Policy and a B.S. in social sciences from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Director, Incentive Program Operations
Andrew Chesser has spent his professional career in the operations and management field. At CSE, he oversees transportation-based incentive programs and their operational teams. Prior to joining CSE, he spent 15 years in the front office of Minor League Baseball, most recently serving as president & general manager of a Houston Astros farm team.
Kara Crohn, Ph.D.
Director, Transparency and Insights
Kara Crohn has 24 years of experience working with organizations and clients to direct research studies, visualize ideas and data, evaluate behavior change programs, facilitate strategic planning and train research professionals. At CSE, she oversees energy research, evaluation and visual analytics teams. Her expertise spans multiple sectors, including energy, technology, education and the arts. Since 2009, she Kara focused on clean energy, energy efficiency and distributed energy resources. She holds a B. A. in sociology from Hamilton College and a Ph.D. in program evaluation from UCLA.
Carol Denning has over two decades’ experience in advanced energy services, designing, developing and managing alternative energy technology applications for companies across the nation. At CSE, she serves as director of the U.S. DOE Western CHP Technical Assistance Partnership and as the center’s director of energy reliability and resilience, driving adoption of distributed energy resources across a portfolio of projects. Carol has a B.A. and master’s degree in construction management from California State University, Chico and is a licensed California general contractor.
Director, EV Infrastructure Programs
Junaid Faruq has been involved in energy and clean transportation industries over 10 years, with expertise in utility operations, federal and state EV charging policy, charging operations and renewable energy markets. Junaid leads CSE’s EV Infrastructure Team managing the California Energy Commission’s CALeVIP program that is helping to build California’s EV charging network. Junaid has a Master of Science in chemical engineering from The Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in biochemical engineering from Dublin City University.
Senior Director, Sales and Marketing
Mark Federle has an extensive executive sales management background in the climate technology start-up environment. Prior to joining CSE, he worked at companies spanning multiple verticals including e-mobility, smart grid sensing and monitoring, photovoltaics, distributed generation and retail energy. At CSE, he leads business development, including outreach to governments, utilities and businesses on using the Caret software platform to plan and optimize the deployment of EV charging infrastructure and to design EV incentive programs. Mark has a B.A. from Colby College and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.
Senior Director, Transparency and Insights
John Gartner has been researching and evaluating transformative energy and digital technologies for more than 30 years, including the last 12 years focusing on sustainable mobility and transportation electrification. He oversees the Transparency and Insight team’s analyses that mine sustainable energy program data to produce actionable insights. John has an M.S. in education from Arcadia University and a B.A. in statistics from Temple University.
Senior Director, Distributed Energy Resources
Karen Glitman has more than 30 years of policy advocacy and public service experience, advancing energy justice and tackling climate change by accelerating access to clean, affordable and efficient energy for all. She leads CSE efforts to uncover new opportunities to support entities around the nation in meeting a shared goal of decarbonization. Prior to joining CSE, she spent seven years at the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, serving in roles including director of Efficiency Vermont, director of transportation efficiency and director of strategy, policy and public affairs.
Lawrence Goldenhersh is a lawyer-turned-entrepreneur-turned nonprofit leader with extensive experience in the sustainability and environmental sectors. Prior to becoming president of CSE in late 2017, Larry ran Enviance, a leading environmental technology company that he founded in 1999. Before Enviance, Larry was a partner at Irell & Manella, a Los Angeles law firm of more than 150 lawyers, where he served on the management committee and specialized in complex commercial litigation.
Director, EV Program Research
Zach Henkin is a certified project management professional with more than 10 years’ experience in transportation electrification policy and programs. At CSE, he leads qualitative and quantitative research and analysis focused on the adoption of electric vehicles and EV infrastructure. Zach has led numerous nationally scaled electric vehicle demonstration projects, and his work in transportation equity, workplace charging and consumer education are referenced broadly. Zach has an MBA from Marylhurst University with a specialization in renewable energy and is a Third Derivative cleantech mentor.
Margaret Ho oversees CSE’s IT operations, including cybersecurity. Margaret has served in leadership roles in multiple industries, including software development, insurance and auto markets, sports and events management and fundraising. Her experience brings depth and breadth to CSE’s business process optimization and a solution-oriented approach to enable scale for rapid organizational growth. Margaret has B.S. in mathematics/computer science from UCLA and is a certified Scrum Product Owner and Scrum Master.
Donald Hoard, Ph.D.
Director of Data Science, Analytics and Quantitative Research
Donald Hoard brings over 20 years’ experience in data analysis, research and scientific investigation working at such places as the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA and the Max Planck Society. At CSE, he supervises research, data analysis, modeling and visualization that supports a portfolio of more than 100 ongoing client-facing projects. Donald is central to development of CSE’s Caret® platform that empowers decision-makers to design and optimize electric vehicle incentive programs. He holds a B.S. in physics from Harvey Mudd College and an M.S. and Ph.D. in astronomy from University of Washington.
Director, Distributed Energy Resources Programs
Brian Jones brings 15 years of public service and nonprofit management experience spanning sustainable agriculture, small-scale fisheries management and clean energy. As director of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), he oversees the design and execution of innovative demonstration and validation projects and manages a portfolio of DER incentive programs aimed at driving market transformation and ensuring equitable access for all. Brian has a B.S. in biology from Penn State University and a Master of Environmental Science and Management from UC Santa Barbara.
Director, Product Management and Platform Development
Andrea Letzring has 20 years’ experience developing and managing technology products from ideation through launch and end of life. At CSE, she leads a team of product managers, business analysts, software developers, UX designers and QA testers who build and manage CSE’s corporate product portfolio and individual client programs. Prior to CSE, Andrea worked at several technology companies. Most recently, she was director of product management at Vector Solutions. Andrea has an MBA from the University of San Diego.
Senior Director, Accounting and Finance
Justin McKee has 10 years of experience working with both nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Justin oversees all CSE accounting and finance functions. Previously, he worked as an accounting manager for MedImpact Healthcare Systems Inc. where he managed their international accounting operations and assisted with consolidated financial reporting for the organization. Justin holds a B.A. in business administration with an accounting emphasis from California Polytechnic University, Pomona and is a certified public accountant.
Director, Regulatory Affairs
Sephra Ninow has over 15 years’ experience in clean energy and transportation policy. Sephra directs development of CSE’s regulatory agenda to advance its mission by coordinating individual perspectives within CSE into a consistent voice that effectively supports program goals and imparts CSE’s thought leadership. She also oversees program compliance with regulatory and legislative requirements. Sephra holds a J.D. from California Western School of Law and a B.S. in environmental sciences from University of Arizona.
Director, Marketing and Communications
Laura Rehrmann is a strategic communicator whose work raises the profile and impact of organizations. At CSE, she leads a team of marketers, writers and artists who support governments, businesses and consumers through programs that expand adoption of renewable energy, energy efficiency and electric vehicles. Laura began her career as a journalist with The Associated Press and USA Today/Gannett before joining the nonprofit sector to advance climate policy and action. She has a B.A. in journalism from Penn State University and a master’s in public relations and corporate communications from Georgetown University.
Director, Program Marketing
Hiram Soto is a marketing and communications manager specializing in engaging diverse audiences through integrated communication strategies including public and media relations, digital marketing, government relations, content marketing and branding. He started his career as a reporter at the San Diego Union-Tribune covering immigration and Latino affairs. He has worked in several communication leadership roles at nonprofits, digital agencies and national advocacy organizations. He has a B.A. in economics from University of the Redlands.
Chad Taylor, Ph.D.
Chief Information, Technology and Operating Officer
Chad Taylor oversees CSE’s EV incentive programs, platform development and IT. Previously, Chad served in leadership roles in multiple industry sectors, including higher education, product and software development for insurance markets and engineering research and development. Chad earned a Ph.D. in information systems & technology from the Claremont Colleges, an MBA from San Diego State University and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, San Diego.
Associate General Counsel
Kaily Wakefield has expertise in non-profit management, coastal preservation, public rights and energy justice. At CSE, she oversees internal legal review and contracting processes, advising staff across CSE programs in collaboration with the executive team and outside counsel. Kaily has a B.F.A. and a J.D., with certificates in environmental and Native Hawaiian law, from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. Kaily is licensed to practice law in the state of Hawaii. She is not licensed in the state of California but serves as registered in-house counsel.