Board of Directors
Sudhanshu Jain — President
Sudhanshu Jain has been designing integrated circuits for 25 years. In 2008, he decided that the impending climate crisis was far more important than designing the next switch chip for computer networking and he "retired" from Broadcom Corporation to become a "professional volunteer". He has been involved with Acterra (PCC) since 1991 when he was a member of the Environmental Action Committee at Adaptive/NET. He attended many brown bag lunches in BEN (Business Environmental Network). He was also in the pioneer class of Acterra's Be The Change Leadership program and helped with the pilot of the Green at Home Program. He has also installed solar panels on low income housing with Grid Alternatives. He's active with Citizen's Climate Lobby which advocates for a carbon tax with 100% revenue recycling (dividends to consumers). Since Sept. 2011, he's been teaching a Climate Change Science class to middle school students at Discovery Charter School. Sudhanshu holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from MIT.
Catherine Elvert — Vice President
Catherine Elvert is the Communications Manager for the City of Palo Alto Utilities. She oversees public relations for all aspects of the City’s water, gas, electric, fiber optics, wastewater and renewable energy services, as well as coordination across the City for green building development, urban forestry, sustainability and climate protection. Catherine has worked in the field of utility resources management for over a decade in both the public and private sectors. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Biology from San Jose State University. Prior to working with the City of Palo Alto, Catherine directed the northern California operations for a statewide environmental consulting firm and managed water efficiency programs for the Santa Clara Valley Water District. She has served in several advisory roles to environmental non-profits, including two terms on the Executive Committee of the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club (also as Secretary and Volunteer Coordinator) and Board of Advisors for Wholly H2O. She chaired the planning committee for Acterra’s 2016 Party for the Planet. Catherine is an avid outdoors enthusiast who enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, biking and running. She lives in the coastal redwood mountains of La Honda with her husband Kurt, who also works in the water conservation industry, and her German Shepherd-mix dog Dakota.
Michael Hindery — Treasurer
Mike Hindery brings to Acterra and its Board financial, organizational development and change management experience and skills. Mike has served as an officer of four universities and managed a $1.8 billion budget at the University of California San Francisco and helped negotiate the merger and de-merger of UCSF-Stanford Health Care while working at Stanford University. Mike has served on several non-profit Boards, including those of the Stanford Federal Credit Union and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Mike was a volunteer Big Brother for nearly 25 years. Mike has a life-long enjoyment of the outdoors and has hiked and climbed in the Pacific Northwest, California, Alaska, Iceland, southern Africa, Nepal and Australia. His environmental activism includes work with Greenpeace and the Sierra Club. Mike holds a B.S from Santa Clara University, a M.U.P from the University of Washington and a M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Rex Northen — Secretary
Rex Northen is an entrepreneur and environmental advocate with a long history of building companies. He has product development, management and technical background having founded and served as VP and CEO with early-stage technology companies in the U.K. and the U.S. He has experience in the design, development and implementation of business automation systems as well as sales and marketing. Rex has worked with hundreds of companies ranging from startups to global corporations. From 2009 to 2014, Rex was executive director of the Cleantech Open, the world's largest accelerator for cleantech startups, where he worked with a growing team to help green entrepreneurs tackle energy and environmental challenges and to build the organization from its California roots to an international organization. He is currently training for his ICF coaching certification, works intermittently with startups to assist with strategy and fundraising, and acts as a Senior Trainer for the Global Cleantech Innovation Program in South Africa, Morocco, Thailand, and elsewhere. Rex has a Masters from the University of Oxford.
Alyssa Morrison Bonnette
Alyssa Morrison Bonnette is currently the Managing Director of the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program at Stanford University, a multidisciplinary graduate fellowship program that aims to serve as a springboard for future global leaders. For the past fifteen years, Alyssa has worked across Stanford University on various projects and programs—with particular expertise in operations, communications, communities, and engagement. She is passionate about environmental sustainability and preparing environmental leaders of the future through education, empowerment, and innovation.
Philip Brosterhous, MD, is the retired chief medical officer (CMO) of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). A southern California native he came to the Bay Area as a Stanford undergraduate. He attended UC Davis for his medical training and returned to the Palo Alto area for his wife to attend Stanford graduate school. Over his career, Dr. Brosterhous witnessed dramatic changes in the science of clinical medicine and the organization of its delivery. Joining a group of 40 physicians as a primary care physician in 1979, he retired in 2015 as the CMO of a 1,200 physician multi-specialty group. Similarly, over his lifetime Dr. Brosterhous witnessed dramatic changes in California – the quadrupling of the state’s population to 40 million with the attendant stresses on the environment. He believes the health of the environment is essential to the health of us all.
Peter Cross is a retired engineer/physicist with a post-career passion for sustainability. After earning degrees from Caltech (BS) and UC Berkeley (PhD), he had a post-doc in Germany and then worked in R&D for some huge companies (AT&T, HP). In the ‘80’s, he got a case of “Silicon Valley Fever” and dove into the world of start-ups, ultimately retiring from Bay Networks/SynOptics as Sr. VP of Engineering. After that, Peter was an angel investor and advisor/board member for small, private companies. He has also been active in the non-profit sector on alumni boards for his alma maters, and is currently a Trustee for the San Jose Museum of Art and an advisory board member for the Resnick Sustainability Institute at Caltech. He and his wife Melanie also “walk the walk” of sustainability and have recently built a low-environmental-impact home in Palo Alto that is all-electric, zero-net-energy and landscaped with drought tolerant, California native plants.
Barbara Erny, MD, joined Acterra’s board in June 2017 and is an advocate of addressing the role of food in climate change. After attending Stanford Medical School, Dr. Erny practiced ophthalmology for over 25 years at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. She grew up in Cupertino and now lives in Emerald Hills. She currently serves on the Physicians for Social Responsibility Environmental Health Committee, which ranks climate change as the number one health issue of the 21st century. Presenting on the topics of both environmental health and ophthalmology is a passion of hers, and she gives lectures to physicians, students, and the community. Dr. Erny was awarded the Santa Clara County Medical Association Community Service Award for her volunteer work in developing countries, and she continues to do international charity eye care. Locally, she has been a docent for over 18 years at Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve, has coached under-privileged girls to do social change projects, and participates in several environmental groups, starting with Bay Area Action in 1995.
Lucille Glassman is an environmentalist and outdoor enthusiast who retired from a career in high tech to focus on climate change and sustainability. After decades of working with the tremendously capable and talented people of Silicon Valley (at Xerox, DEC, Open Market, and Ariba), Lucille is convinced that this group of people can do anything if we put our minds to it. We can and must be leaders on climate change. Lucille has a BS in English Literature from Stanford and spends her spare time swimming with a local Masters club, volunteering at high school, college, and club swim meets, and hiking. Her favorite places to hike are the local open space preserves and Yosemite National Park.
Bruce Hodge is an environmental activist, fine art photographer, and computer scientist. He’s spent most of his computer science career at Adobe Systems, where he currently works on a team that writes drawing apps for iPads and iPhones. As a photographer he attempts to use the form, texture, and colors of the landscape to make photographs that are often abstract or not easily recognizable. Bruce counts himself as a life-long environmentalist, with his first concerns about climate change surfacing in about 1985 or so. Since about 2006, Bruce has concentrated on getting Palo Alto to implement cutting edge environmental policies, while keeping a close eye on many aspects of climate change in general. He founded Carbon Free Palo Alto in 2011 and played a crucial role in convincing the City of Palo Alto to provide carbon neutral electricity to all customers. Since then, he’s worked to keep Palo Alto in the vanguard of cities striving to implement a low-carbon energy future by focusing on strategies such as community solar and environmentally beneficial electrification. Bruce received a BS in Mathematics from the University of Georgia.
Josue Ramirez is a Senior Software Engineer at Apple. He has a passion for energy efficiency and conservation of nature. He enjoys writing code and optimizing software performance. A fan of electric motors and renewable energy since childhood, he reignited his awareness of energy waste and the impending climate crisis in 2010. Today, he is an avid advocate for electric and plug-in hybrid cars, and for geothermal and solar energy. Josue grew up in Mexico where he earned his B.S. in Computer Engineering from Tec de Monterrey. After being recruited to Silicon Valley, he also received an M.S. from Santa Clara University. He loves road trips along the coast and taking walks with his wife and two sons.
Anne Sanquini, PhD, is a geologist and multidisciplinary disaster scientist. Her research interests include methods to accelerate the mitigation of natural hazard risk and improve community resilience. Anne serves on the board of GeoHazards International, a nonprofit working to reduce death and suffering from natural disasters in developing countries. She grew up in rural Minnesota, earned a BA in Journalism from the University of Minnesota and worked for the 3M Company. Anne came to Silicon Valley in the late 1970s. She held VP, Marketing positions at National Semiconductor and Sun Microsystems, and was the General Manager of a $200 million software business for Mentor Graphics. Anne “retired” from tech and returned to school, earning an MS in Geology from San Jose State, and a PhD in Geological & Environmental Sciences from Stanford. A lifelong hiker, she also served as Parks & Recreation Commissioner, Trails Committee, for the City of Saratoga.
Jonathan Taylor is an associate at McKinsey & Co. in San Francisco. Previously, he worked in renewable energy in San Francisco at both Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and Foresight Renewables. At PG&E, he worked to allow for more efficient use of renewable energy in the California energy market. Before that Jonathan developed utility scale solar projects across the U.S. Southwest. Prior to joining Acterra’s board, he volunteered as part of Acterra's Green@Home program. Jonathan received a BA from Yale University in Political Science and a MBA from Stanford University.
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