About Us

Advisory Board

Our vision: we believe improving people’s lives means more clean, efficient and, affordable energy technologies for the world.

Our mission: to be climate change leaders by offering market-leading performance technologies within its areas of application, reinventing the design, materials and execution of these technologies.

Advisory Board

Kerry C. Duggan

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Kerry C. Duggan has spent her career as a “connector and change agent” at the intersection of policy and politics (at all levels of government), taking a place-based approach to clean energy, climate resilience, environmental protection and helping cities accelerate solving equity-related challenges. At present, she runs a sustainability and strategy consulting firm, SustainabiliD, with a special eye toward support for clean energy, climate resilience & environmental protection, as well as policy translation into actionable outcomes. 

Ms. Duggan is currently on the corporate advisory boards of RockCreek Global Investment, Aclima Inc., Walker-Miller Energy Services and Arctaris Impact Investors Fund. She is a Senior Fellow at the Federation of American Scientists. 

On Feb. 3, 2021, Governor Whitmer appointed Ms. Duggan to the State of Michigan’s Council on Climate Solutions to advise the Governor and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) on the implementation of the MI Healthy Climate Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition toward economywide carbon neutrality.  In 2020, Duggan was appointee to the Biden-Sanders Unity Climate Change Task Force, along with John Kerry and Gina McCarthy.

Ms. Duggan spent nearly seven years in federal service, including as Deputy Director for Policy in the Office of then Vice President Joe Biden in the Obama-Biden White House, providing direct advice to the Vice President on policy issues including energy, the environment, climate, and distressed communities. Simultaneously, she served as President Barack Obama’s Deputy Director of the White House Detroit Federal Working Group to support Detroit’s revitalization.  Ms. Duggan earned her B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont and her M.S. in Natural Resource Policy & Behavior from the University of Michigan.

Roland Risser

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Roland Risser provides technical consulting services to a wide range of government and non-government organizations in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable power, grid modernization, and demand management. He currently serves on the Energy Trust of Oregon board, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and generating renewable power.

Mr. Risser started his career in energy efficiency, renewable power, and demand management at Pacific Gas and Electric Company where he was responsible for developing and implementing energy efficiency research projects, and leading the company’s energy efficiency programs, including development of strategies that support delivery of energy savings, new construction approaches to Zero Net Energy, and achievement of greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Mr. Risser joined the US Department of Energy in 2010 as Director of the Building Technologies Office, where he was responsible for U.S. appliance and equipment minimum energy efficiency standards, building-related technology research and development, and residential and commercial "technology to market" programs that increase the speed and scale of market adoption of new energy saving opportunities. He was subsequently the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power, responsible for the four DOE offices developing and advancing geothermal, solar, wind and water renewable power technologies, as well as co-leading DOE’s Grid Modernization Initiative. He retired from DOE in 2017.

Mr. Risser was elected to chair the ISO Technical Committee on Energy Management (ISO 50001), a position he holds today, and he has been on the board of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and was chairman of the board of the Consortium of Energy Efficiency.

Christine Harada

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Christine J. Harada served as Chief of Staff at General Services Administration. Ms. Harada served as the Federal Chief Sustainability Officer from November 2015 to January 2017. She was an Acting Chief of Staff of the U.S. General Services Administration from March 2015 to November 2015. While at the General Services Administration, Ms. Harada also served as Associate Administrator, Government-wide Policy and Chief Acquisition Officer for the General Services Administration from June 2014 to February 2015. Ms. Harada helps provide government-wide policies and guidance to enable the sustainable and efficient use of assets, effective acquisition leadership, identity management and sound information management.

Ms. Harada's private sector experience includes serving as Global Manager, Transformation/Large Scale Change Practice at the Boston Consulting Group from May 2013 to June 2014 and her tenure as a Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton from January 2004 to April 2013. Ms. Harada worked for Kana Software as an international program manager and Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., as a Senior Satellite Systems Engineer. She has over 20 years of success in leading government and management consulting organizations. She has been an Independent Director of Novume Solutions, Inc. since August 28, 2017. She has been an Independent Director of Keystone Solutions, Inc. since August 28, 2017. Ms. Harada was educated at the Wharton School and Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, where she holds both an MBA in Finance and an M.A. in International Studies with a focus on East Asia and Japanese language, at Stanford University, where she received an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics and at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she received a B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics.

JIM SABER

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Jim Saber is President & CEO at NextEnergy. Saber previously lead the business and technology development and demonstration activities to support commercialization and business growth of NextEnergy’s advanced energy clients and stakeholders. Saber’s experience includes the development of over $150 million in technology development and demonstration programs within e-mobility, smart grid, buildings and infrastructure, microgrids, energy storage, renewable energy, and alternative fuels.

Mr. Saber has lead NextEnergy’s work in establishing new technology development and demonstration platforms within next generation energy efficiency and transportation applications. Prior to joining NextEnergy, Saber spent more than a decade in the energy storage industry where he held product and business development positions with Fortune 500 and startup companies. He serves on the boards of TechTown, Detroit 2030 District, Michigan Institute for Energy Innovation, and the external advisory board of the University of Michigan Energy Institute.

Mr. Saber holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Lawrence Technological University.