Latham, NY – The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) today announced the election of two new members to its board of directors, as well as the full slate of officers for 2019.
Joining IREC’s board of directors are Ronny Sandoval, of the Environmental Defense Fund, and Jetta Wong, an energy policy consultant and former director of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Technology Transitions.
“We are honored to welcome Jetta and Ronny to our board,” said IREC Board of Directors Chairman Larry Shirley. “They both bring enormous talent, insight and dedication to clean energy and are committed to helping IREC carry out our mission as an independent, national not-for-profit organization accelerating the clean energy transformation through fact-based policy leadership, quality workforce development and consumer empowerment.”
At the Environmental Defense Fund, Ronny Sandoval is senior director for EDF’s national grid modernization efforts. They aim to drive investments to increase the efficiency of the electric system and enable the integration of renewables and other emerging sources of energy. He works with a variety of stakeholders, including national and regional organizations, to maximize opportunities for clean energy adoption. Before joining EDF, as part of Con Edison’s Energy Efficiency and Demand Management Department, Sandoval managed efforts to increase energy efficiency and reduce peak electricity use in capacity-constrained areas of the electric grid.
Jetta Wong works as a consultant developing policies that support energy and environment technologies. She advises entrepreneurs, funders, investors, research and development institutions, and governmental organizations on how to bring new energy technologies to the market. One of her main clients is the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator. Previously, Wong established the Office of Technology Transitions for the U.S. Department of Energy and served as its first director. She also co-chaired the White House National Science and Technology Council’s Lab-to-Market Initiative, focused on creating economic impact from federal-funded research and development. Before joining the DOE, Wong worked for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Her career in energy started in Uzbekistan, where she was a natural resources consultant.
“IREC is an unbiased voice with deep expertise working to bring new clean energy technologies onto the grid and I am excited to work with its excellent team and exceptional board,” said Wong. “My work on early stage R&D and new technologies will inform IREC’s policy and program development, helping to prepare the organization for the future of the renewable energy industry.”
“Modernizing the electric system is key to mobilizing the economy and making progress on clean air and climate resilience,” said Sandoval. “I am honored to join the board of directors at Interstate Renewable Energy Council, and contribute to empowering decision makers and consumers to take action in accelerating the adoption of clean energy.”
With the election of Sandoval and Wong, IREC’s board consists of 13 members and officers including: Larry Shirley, chairman, IREC Board of Directors, Shirley & Associates; Polly Shaw, IREC vice-chair, Stem, Inc.; John Hoffner, IREC secretary, Jacobs Engineering Group; Jacob Parks, JD, IREC treasurer, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners; Shannon Baker-Branstetter, JD, Consumers Union; Chris Cook, JD, E3 Energy Services; Anne Hoskins, JD, Sunrun; Ken Jurman, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy; Dan Reicher, JD, Stanford University; Marc Roper, ENGIE Storage; Carl Siegrist, Carl Siegrist Consulting.