Kibby Araya is the Communications Associate for the Greentech Leadership Group. Sheâ€™s responsible for promoting the news of GTLG programs: Smart Electronics Initiative (SEI), Open Energy Initiative (OEI), and the REDD Offset Working (ROW) Group.
She received her B.A. degree in environmental policy from Spelman College in Atlanta and M.S. degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York.
Tony Brunello is the Executive Director of the Greentech Leadership Group and Partner at California Strategies. In both positions, Brunello is focused on enabling cutting edge products and services related to energy-saving consumer electronics, energy data, green buildings and cap and trade markets to be successful. Prior to his current positions, Brunello was a Deputy Secretary for the State of California overseeing energy and climate change activities in the California Energy Commission and other entities working on renewable energy and grid planning, electronics efficiency standards, the cap and trade market and other programs.
Jared Ficker is the President and Founder of the Greentech Leadership Group. He also leads the energy and environment practice as a Principal at California Strategies, LLC where he focuses on issues affecting land use, environmental policy, renewable energy, climate change, alternative fuels, development, mitigation, water supply, water quality and local, state and federal permitting. Ficker also is a principal at Consilience Partners, LLC, which invests in early-stage clean technology companies. He is serving as CEO of Clean Marine Systems, LLC, a portfolio company in which his company has invested.
Ficker completed coursework for a doctorate at the University of California, Davis and has a B.A. in both Political Science and Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was recognized as one of the Environmental Studies Programâ€™s outstanding students.
Tahawar Hussain is Senior Research Fellow for the Greentech Leadership Group, focusing on issues relating to Title 20 proceedings at the California Energy Commission, energy data proceedings at the California Public Utilities Commission, and demand response at the California ISO.
Hussain was also a former Director of Policy at the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB), a public sector institution set up to develop renewable energy in Pakistan. At the AEDB, he contributed to various renewable energy plans and policies that were adopted by the Government of Pakistan on a national level, including the policy for use of biodiesel as an alternative fuel in 2008. He holds the honor of being the youngest member of the Energy Expert Group formulated by the Government of Pakistan to develop an integrated energy plan for 2009-2022.
Hussain also served as a Visiting Lecturer at the National Institute of Management and is a member of the Pakistan Engineering Council, where he was a part of the think tank on national energy policy in 2009. His work has been published in the annual Wind Energy Yearbook of the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) since 2005.
Evan Johnson is Senior Advisor to Greentech Leadership Group, focusing on issues relating to climate change, land use, and forests. Prior to his work with GTLG, Johnson consulted on climate change and forests, working with research institutions and nongovernmental organizations to provide expertise related to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD). Working with the Woods Hole Research Center and the Amazon Environmental Research Institute, he developed and managed projects to increase collaboration and information flow between tropical forest countries and facilitate cross stakeholder dialogue on deforestation issues.
Johnson received a Masterâ€™s Degree at the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at University of California, Santa Barbara, focusing on the economics and policy of climate change. He holds a dual-major Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and English from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.
Genesis Rivas is the Research Fellow for the Greentech Leadership Group. She assists the Executive Director with the Open Energy Initiative, a GTLG program focused on providing access to energy use data and helping to establish a smart grid in California.
She also worked at the North Coast Air Quality Management District, where she became involved in GHG emissions inventory, criteria pollutant data analysis, and technical writing. Her interests are in climate change mitigation and energy efficiency.
Rivas received her Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Science from the University of California, Davis.