In his role as Executive Director, David is responsible for providing the strategic direction for The Registry and oversees its program, services and staff. He acts as chief liaison with the state and provincial Board members, as well as between states and provinces and their respective federal governments.
David is a proven senior executive with experience as COO, CEO and Director on four corporate Boards. In his previous position, David oversaw U.S. business development for Offsetters, a leading carbon management organization, and he also serves as co-director of the Northern California chapter of Environmental Entrepreneurs. Prior to that, David was an entrepreneur in the high tech sector, founding and/or leading innovative internet start-ups.
David has an MBA from Oxford University, and has extensive experience across the range of key business functions: strategic planning, vision setting, raising capital, business development, board relations, marketing, and digital product development. He is based in San Francisco.
Diane served as Executive Director of The Registry from its inception in 2007 until September 2010. In honor of her contributions and her continuing efforts on behalf of The Registry, the Board of Directors named Ms. Wittenberg Director Emeritus after she stepped down from the Executive Director role.
Prior to this, Diane spent six years as President of the California Climate Action Registry. Previously, she spent 15 years with Edison International, where she played a key role in launching new businesses, including Edison EV (President), Edison Utility Alliances (President) and Edison Technology Solutions (Vice President, Business Development and Marketing). She also served as Vice President for Corporate Communications for Edison International and was internationally recognized for her efforts to launch an electric vehicle industry. She has also served as Vice President of a public relations firm.
Diane has been honored by the Coalition for Clean Air, which presented her with the Clean Air Citizen Award. She also is a past or present board member of EV Global Motors Company, a Lee Iacocca enterprise; TransMagnetics, a brushless motor manufacturer; Women’s Leadership Board, Kennedy School of Government; Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management; L.A. Women’s Foundation; and Partners in Care Foundation.
POLICY AND VERIFICATION
Director of Verification Services
Jackie oversees The Climate Registry’s Verification and Accreditation Programs. She is an environmental engineer who comes to The Climate Registry from First Environment, an environmental consulting firm. In her previous position, Jackie managed numerous GHG inventory verifications and was a Lead Verifier for the California Climate Action Registry. Jackie is based in New Jersey.
Verification Program Associate
Seth provides verification support for both The Climate Registry’s voluntary program and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s mandatory program. Prior to joining The Registry, Seth performed verification for the Green-e Energy program at the Center for Resource Solutions and conducted life cycle assessments for businesses at the Institute for Environmental Research and Education. Seth also has fifteen years of software quality assurance experience in the data networking sector. Seth received a Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences and Management from the Bren School at the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Regina. Seth is based in San Francisco.
Director of Policy
Peggy Kellen manages the development and design of The Registry’s GHG accounting and reporting policies. In this role, she leads research initiatives and facilitates consensus across industry, government and environmental non-profit stakeholders on best practices in facility-level GHG accounting and reporting. Peggy has participated as a GHG quantification and reporting expert in the development of mandatory and voluntary GHG reporting requirements for the Western Climate Initiative, the World Resources Institute, the Global Reporting Initiative, and the State of California, among others.
Prior to joining The Registry, Ms. Kellen held positions with D&R International, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Program and the Consumer Energy Council of America in Washington, DC.
Peggy received her Bachelors degree in Cinema-Television from the University of Southern California and a Masters in Energy and Environmental Analysis from Boston University.
As the Program Director, Amy oversees The Registry’s programs and runs the Cool Planet Program. This program provides large utility customers installing energy efficiency projects with publicity and marketing services that communicate the customers’ environmental leadership. Prior to joining the Registry, Amy worked for numerous organizations in both the non-profit and private sector specializing in program management, client liaison, and public education, including the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation, Code Blue Foundation, Orange County Department of Education, and the Global Tomorrow Coalition.
Amy received an M.A. in Environmental Policy in International Relations from Claremont Graduate University and a B.A.in International Affairs from Lewis and Clark College.
Outreach Manager, Energy Efficiency Program
Annie works as the Outreach Manager for The Climate Registry’s energy efficiency program called Cool Planet. Hosted by The Registry and partner utility companies, Cool Planet is a unique program which drives business customers to implement, quantify, and model effective long-term energy efficiency strategies in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, Annie works with the Member Services department as the designated contact to help those members who join The Registry through Cool Planet.
Annie interned with The Registry for a year while completing her graduate studies at the University of Southern California, and she is excited to return to The Registry in this new role. Most recently, Annie worked for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) on the Clean Cities Program, which focuses on promoting the use of alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles in the Southern CA region. Annie has experience in the private sector as well, through her work as a Sales Manager for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts at the Hyatt Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.
Originally from Los Angeles, Annie holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Amherst College.
Senior Manager, Member Services
Laura manages the services that help members to measure, report, verify and reduce their carbon footprint. Her responsibilities include overseeing the Help Desk, directing member trainings, managing online resources, facilitating member usergroups, and developing and producing member events.
Before joining The Climate Registry, Laura worked on energy and climate change issues for UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, the Climate Action Reserve, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. When she’s not working in the environmental realm, Laura designs and makes fine furniture.
Laura has a Master’s in Urban Planning with a concentration in Environmental Analysis and Policy from UCLA and a Bachelor’s in Human Biology, Health and Society from the College of William and Mary.
Manager, Member Services
Katie manages the implementation of The Climate Registry’s program by facilitating member understanding of program requirements and the reporting process. Her responsibilities include overseeing all reporting activities, including operation of the help desk and development of online resources. In her role, she coordinates with The Registry’s policy, software, verification, and communications departments to provide technical input and member perspective in the development of new Registry programs and policies. Given her technical background, she is also responsible for developing products that analyze data to better understand emissions trends and promote the work of The Climate Registry’s members.
Prior to joining The Climate Registry, Katie worked on water resource projects throughout the western United States as a consultant with Stetson Engineers. She was also involved in international development projects with Engineers Without Borders. She holds a BS in Engineering Science with a concentration in Environmental Engineering, a BA in Liberal Arts, and a Minor in Mathematics from Colorado State University.
Ryan Cassutt is a native of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley. He graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor’s in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College. For the next two years, he worked at the law firm Seyfarth Shaw, in Century City, Los Angeles. While at the law firm, he became involved with the “Go Green” committee and volunteered on firm service days for Habitat for Humanity.
In summer, 2010, Ryan served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with the California Indian Manpower Consortium. As a VISTA member, he lived and worked on the Hualapai Indian Reservation, located in northwest Arizona near the Grand Canyon. During his time as a VISTA, Ryan researched green jobs programs and nourished his growing interest in climate and energy. Upon completion of his year of service, Ryan went back to graduate school to get his Master Public Policy degree at the University of Southern California. He is currently in his second year and expected to graduate in May, 2014. His concentration is environmental policy, and he has completed coursework in sustainability and geographic information systems (GIS). Ryan interned with The Climate Registry and the member services team during the summer of 2013. When he is not studying, Ryan can be found hiking the many trails of Los Angeles and reading a good book at a local coffee shop.
A native Angelino eco-nut, Chelsea is excited to be working in the heart of LA to help measure, report, and manage the GHG impacts of North America’s governments, businesses and non-profit organizations. As part of the Member Services Team, she aims to make the Registry’s reporting process smooth, easy, and rewarding for our Members and the rest of The Climate Registry Team.
Prior to joining The Climate Registry, Chelsea conducted policy research in the UK with InCrops’ EnAlgae project, which explores the production and trade of second generation biofuels. Chelsea also worked with Global Green USA’s Policy and Legislative Affairs Department to advance California’s own climate mitigation and adaptation policies: AB32 and AB758. Chelsea received a BA in International Politics and BS in Environmental Systems from the University of California, San Diego and enjoys running long distances, painting, and traveling when not consumed with greening goals.
Director of Special Projects
Jennifer joins The Climate Registry with a background in public policy and communications. Most recently Jennifer worked in client services and communications for a consulting firm, providing alternative investors with public policy due diligence across all regulated sectors throughout the United States. Previously Jennifer was Deputy Campaign Manager for Rocky Delgadillo’s CA Attorney General race, where she was responsible for coordinating political and labor outreach, organizing grassroots efforts, and overseeing schedule, endorsement process, and candidate advance. Prior to her campaign work, Jennifer worked for a subsidiary of Clear Channel Worldwide managing market research projects within the radio industry. Jennifer has also spent time in the Washington press corp covering national politics for Talk Radio News Service. Jennifer earned her BA in Political Science with an emphasis in Media Relations from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA.
Salvador Bautista was born and raised in Los Angeles and feels lucky to be working for a small company with big goals right in his own backyard. Sal assists in the development and maintenance of the Climate Registry Information System (CRIS). As a new graduate from California State University, Los Angeles with a B.S. in Computer Science, Sal is eager to implement the knowledge acquired during many sleepless exam nights and is excited to learn from this new experience.
Manager of Accounting