Donald Paul Hodel, JD
Mr. Hodel served as Secretary (Cabinet Minister) of the US Department of Energy and later Secretary (Cabinet Minister) of the US Department of the Interior. He was the Chairman of the US Critical Materials Council. Mr. Hodel previously served as President of the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC).
Mr. Hodel was formerly on the Board of, and later on the Advisory Council of, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the World Energy Congress. He also served as the Administrator (Chief Executive Officer) of the Bonneville Power Administration earlier in his career. Mr. Hodel has served on the Boards of Directors of several publicly traded and privately held companies and numerous public foundations and institutes.
Earl Gjelde, PE
Earl Gjelde was the Under (now called “Deputy”) Secretary of the US Department of the Interior, the Chief Operating Officer for the US Department of Energy, and the Deputy Administrator (Chief Operating Officer) of the Bonneville Power Administration. He served as Chief of Staff for the US Critical Materials Counsel, as special envoy for President Reagan to China and as the Deputy Chief of Mission for the US-Japan Science and Technology Treaty negotiations.
Mr. Gjelde was appointed jointly by Congress and the President to the Special Commission on Electric Magnetic Pulse after the attacks on September 11, 2001. Mr. Gjelde served on the Boards of Directors of: The US Energy Association including its role as the USA Section of the World Energy Congress; AMEN Properties (a publicly traded oil and gas royalty, energy and office complex company); CIGRE (an international organization for high-voltage electrical transmission); the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI); and the National Wilderness Institute. He was an officer of Waste Management, Inc., then the world’s largest environmental services company, and the President and CEO of a number of its subsidiaries.
Eric Redman, JD, MA
As Summit’s former CEO, Eric Redman helped launch and remains active in the development of Summit’s carbon capture projects. He is a frequent speaker and author on coal gasification, carbon capture and carbon management, enhanced oil recovery, and climate matters. Mr. Redman’s seminal book on Congress, “The Dance of Legislation” was a bestseller; he has also written for many newspapers, anthologies, and magazines.
He holds a BA and JD from Harvard and an MA from Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Mr. Redman has served on numerous non-profit boards and is currently a member of the Board of Advisors of the Aligned Intermediary, an initiative that brings together five initial long-term investors and four prominent private foundations to channel significant institutional capital into resource innovation – in energy, agriculture, waste, and water – across the planet.
Chief Executive Officer
Jason Crew is the Chief Executive Officer of Summit Power Group, LLC, joining Summit from a successful 9+ year leadership career with GE. Most recently, he was responsible for GE’s Distributed Power Specialty Fuels business segment, focusing on launching technology solutions for distributed biomass gasification-to-power, integrated systems, and the production of CO2 for Enhanced Oil Recovery. From 2011-2013 he led GE’s global Gasification and IGCC business, after relocating to Shanghai in 2009 to lead gasification product management for Asia.
Mr. Crew has significant depth in US-China bi-lateral energy relationships, and was the key architect of a 2010 Joint Venture between GE and Shenhua Group, China’s largest coal company. He led efforts for many of GE’s most critical technology platforms for the production of power and valuable products from coal, refinery byproducts, and biomass in the U.S., Asia, and globally. Prior to joining GE, Jason led engineering, product development, marketing strategy, and business development for high-growth technology businesses for over 10 years. Mr. Crew has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Duke University, with honors.
Executive Vice President, Projects
Tom Cameron is responsible for project development, site acquisition and management, and engineering design. Prior to joining Summit, he was the founder of Power Development Associates, LLC and Cameron & Associates, a project management and engineering firm. Mr. Cameron has over 20 years of experience in the power industry and has held positions in a variety of disciplines.
His responsibilities included project management, cost and schedule control, technical and commercial contract negotiations, selection and coordination of vendors, engineering firms, and erection contractors, supervision of engineering and site staff, preparation of bid specifications, coordination of construction management, startup coordination and customer interfaces. Mr. Cameron has successfully managed the development of multiple gas, solar and wind projects for Summit and other entities.
Eric Gjelde, PE
Prior to joining Summit, Eric Gjelde owned and held senior leadership positions in commercial real estate development, asset management and financial management firms. As principal officer/shareholder of three privately held real estate consulting, development, brokerage and investment firms, he oversaw asset and property management for retail, office and industrial properties and participated in commercial real estate joint venture development with major Japanese banks and trading companies.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Gjelde was asset manager for the Carpenters’ Union retirement fund of Hawaii and owned and managed heavy equipment companies in California and Idaho.
Heather Redman, JD
Ms. Redman is VP Business Operations and General Counsel at Indix Corporation. She was Senior Vice President at Summit Power Group and Executive and Senior Vice President at each of AtomShockwave, Inc., Getty Images, Inc., and PhotoDisc, Inc. While at PhotoDisc and Atom, Heather led the negotiations for the successful sale of these companies and negotiated many acquisitions on the buy side. She was also General Counsel of Getty Images, a publicly traded company, and managed that company’s relisting on NASDAQ.
In addition, Heather has been responsible for substantial operational groups, including all product acquisitions at Atom. Ms. Redman has served on the Board of Directors of the Washington Software Alliance and the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association and on the boards of several companies. Ms. Redman holds a JD (with distinction) from Stanford and her BA from Reed.
Dana C. Zentz, PE
Senior Vice President, Commercial Development
Dana Zentz is responsible for project development and acquisition for the solar business line and is integrally involved in the marketing of all project output. Mr. Zentz has over 25 years of involvement in the energy industry with management roles in supply, marketing and project development. Previously he founded and managed Inland Energy Consulting, Inc., which assisted utilities, IPP’s and energy merchant firms with strategic and commercial matters related to power and natural gas supplies and energy project management.
Mr. Zentz has previously served as Director of Business Development, Strategic Director, and Vice President of Wholesale Energy Marketing at various large scale and top 15 US energy merchant firms. Mr. Zentz’ experience includes pricing, structuring, and negotiation of numerous long and short term natural gas and power supply agreements as well as development of strategic plans for energy firms and management of generation project development. He holds engineering degrees (with honors) from the University of Idaho (BSCE) and Washington State University (MSEng).
Mr. Green has over 14 years of experience in the energy industry, with an exclusive focus on investment in clean energy and low-carbon projects since 2003. Josh launched CCM Energy in 2012 and manages the firm’s activities. Prior to founding CCM Energy, Josh co-founded and served as the CEO of Verdeo Group, a leading clean energy project developer acquired by Sindicatum Sustainable Resources in April, 2011. Over more than four years leading Verdeo, Josh took primary responsibility for the company’s strategy, fundraising and business development activity.
Before Verdeo, Josh was a Vice President, and the Director – Latin America at Climate Change Capital, responsible for developing and managing a portfolio of low carbon and energy investments in Latin America for the firm’s $1 billion carbon fund. His professional career spans private equity, entrepreneurship, and strategy consulting, having served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, a $150 million clean energy fund; the Vice President of Latin America for Softbank Emerging Markets, a $250 million venture capital fund; and a Consultant to some of the leading utilities in South America with Monitor Group, a global strategy consultancy.
Josh holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Dartmouth College. He currently serves on the boards of Aircuity, Project Frog, Skyline Innovations and Summit Power Group, and is a member of the Washington, DC regional advisory board of Teach for America. Josh was a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations from 2007-2012 and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
Mr. Wellford has spent 25 years in the alternative energy and political arenas as a Presidential advisor, policy analyst and advocate, senior executive of clean tech companies, entrepreneur and regulatory and project finance lawyer. Mr. Wellford has advised Democratic President elects, Presidential nominees and Senate Committees on Presidential transition planning for over 20 years.
He served as Chairman of Latham & Watkins energy practice where he helped establish the firm’s Clean Technology Group. Mr. Wellford holds a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law School. He was a Marshall Scholar at Cambridge University and Valedictorian of his graduating class at Davidson College.