Gridworks’ mission is to convene, educate and empower stakeholders working to decarbonize electricity grids. Since 2010, Gridworks (formerly known as “More Than Smart”) has enabled this mission through four strategies: by identifying high-value challenges to decarbonizing electricity grids; convening stakeholders and providing them neutral ground, technical support and facilitation to identify break-through solutions to identified challenges; publishing and helping implement identified solutions; and adapting successful solutions to new markets.
In 2017, Gridworks convened over 57 discreet events with over 1,486 total stakeholders resulting in at least 8 policies adopted by state regulators in at least four states. Sign up for our newsletter for regular updates on our progress in 2018.
Matthew TisdaleExecutive Director
Matthew Tisdale is the Executive Director of Gridworks. Matthew formerly worked at the California Public Utilities Commission where he led multiple DER policy initiatives. Matthew has nearly a decade of experience in clean energy policy. At Gridworks, Matthew focuses on integrating DER into utility grid planning, investment, and operations. Matthew also leads strategic initiatives to build on Gridwork’s place as a center for DER community and communications.
Mike FlorioSenior Fellow
Mike Florio is a former Commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission (2011-2016). Prior to this appointment, Commissioner Florio was a senior attorney at The Utility Reform Network, and served in that capacity since 1978. Commissioner Florio is a member of California Conference of Public Utility Counsel. He was also a member of the board of governors of the California Independent System Operator from 1997 to 2005. Commissioner Florio holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law, a M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a B.A. from Bowling Green State University.
Deborah ShieldsOperations Director
Deborah is Gridworks Operations Manager managing all financial and administrative functions for Gridworks bringing significant experience in managing large projects and leading process improvements for a variety of organizations. Prior to her current position, Deborah was brand engagement manager at Current TV in San Francisco. She has extensive experience in advertising, sales and marketing with such organizations as FOX Broadcasting Co., New Line Cinema and 20th Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles. Deborah holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of California, San Diego.
Alex SmithProject Manager and Policy Analyst
Alex is a Project Manager and Policy Analyst at Gridworks. Alex formerly worked as a Sustainability Project Manager for a commercial real-estate company, responsible for managing and executing energy related projects ranging from GHG emissions reductions to electric vehicle integration strategies. Alex is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Energy Systems Management at the University of San Francisco. Alex’s studies at USF are focused on the policy, economic and financial tools that will enable a move to a low carbon future
Andrew SpreenProject Manager and Policy Analyst
Andrew is a Project Manager and Policy Analyst with Gridworks. Andrew completed his Masters of Development Practice from UC Berkeley focusing on integrating sustainability from multiple perspectives and promoting policies emphasizing community engagement to drive behavior change in the most carbon intensive activities. Looking to develop policy packages that can help encourage adoption in low resource environments and ensure that best practices are available wherever needed.
Eric MartinotSenior Fellow
Eric Martinot is a leading global thought-leader, speaker, author, and facilitator in the field of renewable and distributed energy—with over 25 years experience in technologies, markets, investments, policies, and business. He directs the Global Initiative for Distributed and Local Energy, has taught at several universities, has worked for research and policy organizations in eight countries (including China and Russia), and was formerly a renewable energy program manager at the World Bank. Many of his 75 publications are considered pioneering, notably the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report, which since 2005 has become an annual and widely-used source for millions. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from M.I.T. and a PhD in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley.
Katie Wu is an environmental professional with nine years of experience in environmental and energy work. She was formerly a Regulatory Analyst and Supervisor in Energy Efficiency at the California Public Utilities Commission. Her work there covered cost-effectiveness analysis, energy savings forecasting, utility shareholder incentives, and integrated distributed energy resource policy issues. Prior to the CPUC, Katie worked in CEQA and Superfund enforcement in California. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolution from UC San Diego.
Tony Brunello founded Gridworks in 2010 to help policy-makers tackle the most difficult issues in decarbonizing electricity grids. Gridworks helps utility commissions, electric utilities, policy advocates and others identify solutions to challenging grid issues, develop solutions and make them operational in practice. Tony, a former top energy official in California, has worked on energy and environmental issues at the state, national, and international level for the past 20 years for industry, government and nonprofit organizations. Tony is also a Partner at California Strategies, one of California’s largest strategic policy consulting firms. Tony has a Master’s degree in Environmental and Resource Economics from University College London and undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He lives in Oakland with his wife and two daughters.
Anthony Eggert is the Program Director at ClimateWorks Foundation working to support public policies that prevent climate change and promote global prosperity. Prior to ClimateWorks, Anthony served as the founding director of the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy dedicated to leveraging university expertise to inform better policy.
Todd Achilles is the President & CEO of Edge Spectrum, Inc. Todd has spent his career in product, engineering, marketing and sales roles within the tech and telecom sectors. Previously, Todd was VP/GM for Consumer Mobility at Hewlett-Packard where he led the worldwide business unit as well as HP’s global connectivity initiatives. At HTC, Todd was employee #2 and led the Americas region where he grew the smartphone leader to over a billion dollars in revenue. At T-Mobile, Todd led the product management team and was responsible for a $2B devices portfolio and 16M mobile devices per year. Todd also serves as a principal at Xanthus Energy Partners, which applies next generation connectivity to make energy demand more responsive.
A former U.S. Army tank officer, Todd holds two U.S. patents and is an American Marshall Memorial Fellow. He is board vice chair of City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley, an education-focused nonprofit that unites young people for a year of public service in under-resourced schools. Todd received his BA from Claremont McKenna College, his MBA and MAIS from the University of Washington, and MPA from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley where he also serves as a lecturer. Todd lives in Ketchum, Idaho with is wife and two kids.
Tony is a management consultant and entrepreneur with over 20+ years of experience in leading complex projects and delivering high-impact events for global corporations, governments and NGOs. In his current role with McKinsey & Company, Tony leads the Global Infrastructure Initiative, a community of the world’s most senior infrastructure leaders, committed to drive change in this $9 trillion (per year) sector.
Manal leads government and regulatory affairs for AMS, focused on developing policies in new and established markets. She most recently served as Director of Government Affairs for NextEra Energy /Florida, Power & Light—the country’s largest clean energy company. Prior to this,she served as renewable energy advisor to both California Governors Brown and Schwarzenegger. Manal jointly coordinated California’s effort to bring the state closer to its goal of providing at least 33% of electricity from renewables and worked to streamline permitting for tens of billions in in-state investment and ultimately 16,000 megawatts of electricity. In addition, she helped lay the foundation for Governor Brown’s energy program to develop 12,000 megawatts of distributed power in California. Prior to her time as an Advisor to Governor Schwarzenegger, Manal served as California’s Assistant Secretary for International Trade, Special Assistant to First Lady Maria Shriver and as an Executive Fellow in the Office of the Governor. Manal holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a degree in Biology from CSU San Marcos.
Lorenzo Kristov until recently was a Principal at CAISO for Market and Infrastructure Policy. He developed CAISO’s policy in the areas of market design, transmission planning, new generator interconnection, and integration of distributed energy resources. During the industry restructuring of the 1990s he worked at the California Energy Commission developing the rules for retail direct access, and before that he was a Fulbright Scholar in Indonesia working on a commercial and regulatory framework for direct foreign investment in power generation.
Dan Skopec is vice president, regulatory affairs for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Sempra Energy’s regulated California utilities. He oversees all regulatory affairs and is the utilities’ primary representative before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
Skopec has extensive experience in environmental and energy policy. Prior to joining Sempra in 2008, he served as Undersecretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA). As former Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, he served as a liaison between the governor’s office and the California Department of Food and Agriculture, California Natural Resources Agency, CalEPA and CPUC, as well as the governor’s Washington D.C. office.
From 1996 to 2003 Skopec served in various staff positions at the U.S. House of Representatives, focusing on energy, natural resources and trade policy.
Skopec holds a master’s degree in international economics from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of California, San Diego.
Merrian Borgeson is a Senior Scientist for NRDC. She champions stronger climate policies by providing analysis and strategic guidance to help us shift to efficient, renewable energy. She works closely with policymakers and stakeholders at the state, regional and national levels. Prior to joining NRDC, she worked as a team leader at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She also served as the first director of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia and as the managing director (and later the board chair) of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies.
Borgeson is currently a trustee for the Goggio Family Foundation and sits on the advisory boards of the Schumacher Center for New Economics. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a master’s from the University of California, Berkeley, Energy and Resources Group; and an MBA from Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. She is based in San Francisco.
Caroline Choi is senior vice president of Regulatory Affairs for Southern California Edison (SCE). In this role, she is responsible for the Company’s regulatory strategy and policy at the national and state levels, including regulatory affairs, regulatory operations and environmental affairs.
Choi previously served as vice president of Energy and Environmental Policy, where she oversaw the analysis of energy and environmental policies; development of a long-term environmental, energy and technology strategy for SCE; and management of regulatory efforts at the California Public Utilities Commission and other state energy and environmental agencies.
Prior to joining SCE in 2012, Choi was executive director of Environmental Services & Strategy at Progress Energy, where she was responsible for leading environmental permitting, compliance and policy. She served the company in various roles, including director, Energy Policy & Strategy, and manager, Federal Public Affairs.
Choi is active in national policy and community engagement, where she serves as Chairman of the Board of the Smart Electric Power Alliance, a nationwide organization that supports utilities in the implementation and deployment of clean energy and distributed resources. She also serves as a board member of the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund and the National Forest Foundation. Choi holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College.