Advisory Councils

The Clean Energy Institute Advisory Council is made up of leaders in business and non-profit organizations that work to support the CEI and the global goal of a sustainable energy future. We are fortunate to have advisors who are both leaders in their industries and also nationally recognized for their contributions to building a clean energy future.
Jack Faris
Senior Counselor, APCO Worldwide [Council Co-Chair]
Susannah Malarkey
Lecturer, UW Foster School of Business [Council Co-Chair]
Dan Caldwell
Project Director, McKinstry
Denis Hayes
President & CEO, Bullitt Foundation
Gwen Holdmann
Director of the Alaska Power and Energy Center in Fairbanks
Alvin Kwiram
Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and Former VP for Research, University of Washington
Ross Macfarlane
Former Senior Advisor, Climate Solutions
Kirt Montague
CEO, Plum Energy, LLC
Eileen Quigley
Director, Clean Energy Transition
Tom Ranken
President & CEO, CleanTech Alliance
Gretchen Sorensen
Principal, The Sorensen Group
Mark Torrance
Founder, Mark Torrance Foundation, UW Foundation Board Member
Dr. Malin Young
Deputy Director for Science and Technology, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Tech Council

Rick Luebbe 
CEO, EnerG2 [Council Co-Chair]
Daniel Malarkey 
Senior Fellow, Sightline Institute [Council Co-Chair]
Susan Betcher
Partner, Firmwide Co-Chair, Cleantech Industry Practice Group, Perkins Coie, LLP
Jeff Canin
Board Member & Element 8 Fund Manager
Dave Curry
Chairman & CEO, Demand Energy Networks, Inc
Volha Hrechka
CEO & Founder, PolyDrop
Craig Husa
CEO, SuperCritical Technologies
Sean James
Principal, Microsoft
Curt Kirkeby
Technology Strategist, Avista Utilities
Kevin Klustner
CEO, Powerit Solutions
Jun Liu
Director of the Energy Processes and Materials Division, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
John Plaza
CEO & President, Membrion, Inc.
Ben Straughan
Partner, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital, Perkins Coie, LLP
Lawrence Tsang
Project Executive and VP of Strategy for Convergent Energy + Power
Tess Williams, Ph.D.
Co-Founder & Principal of Sound Grid Partners
“Providing clean energy to the inhabitants of our planet is a major challenge to future generations. The University of Washington is to be congratulated for establishing an Institute where faculty and students can work together to tackle the difficult global challenge of energy sustainability.”
– Mildred Dresselhaus, Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Emerita and Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Energy competition is opening up in a variety of ways, the push for carbon control will continue, and the rate of technology advancement is exponential. All the things I’ve seen at the CEI are just perfect for the way we see things going in energy. You guys are at the cutting edge. We’re counting on you.”
– Ronald Litzinger, President, Edison Energy