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CSE Announces New Board Member and Leadership

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Members of CSE Board of Directors

SAN DIEGO – The nonprofit Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) announced today that communications leader Serena Ingre is joining its 10-member board of directors and global accounting expert Lee Duran will chair the board.

Ingre joined CRM leader Salesforce in 2018 as global communications lead and was recently named sustainability communications lead. Previously, she managed international product and corporate communications at organic food maker Clif Bar & Company. Ingre also led West Coast communications for the nonprofit NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) and managed branding, marketing and communications for the federal government’s ENERGY STAR program.

Duran, who joined CSE’s board in 2015, has significant experience with technology and renewable energy companies through his more than 35 years as a CPA professional. He recently retired as a partner with BDO USA, a global CPA firm. Duran is a board member of several organizations and assists for-profit and nonprofit firms in the U.S. and internationally.

CSE also announced new board leaders:

  • Vice Chair Jimmy Jia, managing partner of The Jia Group, who helps organizations improve capital deployment decisions that strengthen climate resiliency and adaptation
  • Treasurer Bryan Garcia, president and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank, the nation’s first state-level green bank
  • Secretary Buck Endemann, partner at K&L Gates, who helps businesses pursue opportunities across a range of renewable energy, environmental and climate and sustainability issues

“CSE’s board members bring diverse perspectives and a unique mix of clean energy industry experience to the organization,” CSE President Larry Goldenhersh said. “Their insights help guide our efforts to effectively, efficiently and equitably accelerate the deployment of distributed clean energy resources, electric vehicles, and EV infrastructure through data-driven program design and management.”

CSE has added nine new board members over the past three years as the nonprofit has expanded well beyond its San Diego roots. CSE manages over $1 billion in incentive programs for electric vehicles and electric vehicle infrastructure in six states: California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Oregon. CSE also manages over $1 billion in equitable grid decarbonization programs, which accelerate the adoption of solar, energy storage, and energy efficiency in the built environment and distributed energy grid.

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March 11 2021
Center for Sustainable Energy