Emmett Institute on Climate Change & the Environment

Toward Zero-Emission Freight at Southern California's Ports: Prospects, Pitfalls & Policy NeedsA UCLA / UC Berkeley Law Conference
Sponsored by Bank of America

June 8, 2018
UCLA Covel Commons

Spanish interpretation will be provided.



Mary Nichols
Chair, California Air Resources Board
Mary D. Nichols is Chair of the California Air Resources Board, a post she has held since 2007. She also served as Chair of the Air Resources Board from 1979-1983. Nichols has devoted her entire career in public and nonprofit service to advocating for the environment and public health. In addition to her work at the Air Board, she has served as Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Air and Radiation program under President Clinton, Secretary for California's Resources Agency from 1999 to 2003 and Director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her priorities as Chair include moving ahead on the state's landmark climate change program (AB 32), steering the Board through numerous efforts to curb diesel pollution at ports and continuing to pass regulations aimed at providing cleaner air for Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley. She values innovation, partnerships and common-sense approaches to addressing the state's air issues.


Joe Lyou
President and CEO, Coalition for Clean Air; Governor's Appointee, South Coast Air Quality Management District Governing Board
Dr. Joseph Lyou believes everyone has the right to breathe clean air. With more than 25 years of experience fighting for environmental health and justice, he brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to his work on air quality and climate policy, technology, and science. He previously held management positions with the California League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and Committee to Bridge the Gap. Dr. Lyou serves as the governor's appointee to the South Coast Air Quality Management District Governing Board and is an active participant on many regional and statewide advisory committees on air pollution, air toxics, environmental justice and environmental health. He received his Ph.D. from UC Santa Cruz in 1990.

Renee Moilanen
Manager of Air Quality Practices, Port of Long Beach
Renee Moilanen is the Manager of Air Quality Practices at the Port of Long Beach, the second busiest seaport in North America. She oversees the Port's groundbreaking efforts to reduce port-related air pollution and community impacts, including a technology advancement program focused on zero-emissions equipment, incentives for cleaner ships and trucks, and annual tracking of port-related emissions. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from UCLA.

Jimmy O'Dea
Senior Vehicles Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists
Jimmy O'Dea is a Senior Vehicles Analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Dr. O'Dea specializes in vehicle technology, policy, and life cycle emissions, with an emphasis on heavy-duty vehicles and connected and automated vehicles. Dr. O'Dea's experience includes over 10 years of scientific research investigating materials to improve the durability and reduce the costs of hydrogen fuel cells. His work spans local, state, and federal solutions to advance clean technologies. He previously worked on energy and climate policy for US Senator Brian Schatz (Hawaii). He earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Cara Horowitz
Andrew Sabin Family Foundation Co-Executive Director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment; Co-Director, UCLA Environmental Law Clinic
Cara Horowitz is the Co-Executive Director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law.  The Emmett Institute was founded as the first law school center in the nation focused on climate law and policy.  Cara teaches at the law school and directs the work of the Emmett Center to advance innovative research, public policy debate, and legislative reform to address climate change and its effects. Cara's areas of focus include California and federal climate policy and local sustainability.  She has testified to the California legislature on climate policy and has been quoted in the Washington Post, the Daily Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and other media.  She serves on the governing boards of local and national environmental organizations, including the Climate Law Institute, Climate Resolve, and the Green LA Coalition.


Vincent Pellecchia
Strategic Account Manager
Vincent joined BYD after working as the Associate Director and General Counsel for the New York-regional nonprofit the Tri-State Transportation Campaign (TSTC). TSTC advocates for improving, investing in and enhancing New York, New Jersey and Connecticut's regional rail, bus, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure as a means for improving the region's environmental, equity and economic outcomes. Before working at TSTC, Vincent spent time in Beijing, China, studying Mandarin Chinese at the Taipei Language Institute and engaging in a short consulting assignment with the World Wildlife Fund. Prior to moving to China, Vincent spent three years working as a bankruptcy and commercial litigation attorney in private practice in New York and New Jersey. Vincent holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering degree from Manhattan College and a Juris Doctor degree from The George Washington University Law School, where he was a member of the American Intellectually Property Law Association Quarterly Journal. Vincent is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey and is proficient in Mandarin Chinese.

Ryan Popple
Chief Executive Officer, President and Director, ProTerra
Ryan Popple is the president and CEO of Proterra, the leading innovator of zero-emission, battery-electric buses. Prior to Proterra, Ryan was a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. An early employee of Tesla Motors, he was senior director of finance, with a focus on strategic planning, technology cost reduction and corporate finance. Ryan serves as a board member of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and is focused on increasing access to affordable, sustainable transportation solutions throughout Silicon Valley and the Bay Area, through strategic partnerships and policy initiatives. He is also a member of the California League of Conservation Voters Green Advisory Council where he provides guidance on political and legislative priorities, communications planning and development efforts. Ryan has served in the U.S. Army, received a bachelor's in business administration from the College of William & Mary and a master's in business administration from Harvard University.

Daniel Witt
Senior Manager of Business Development and US Policy, Tesla Motors
Daniel Witt is the Senior Manager of Business Development and Policy for Tesla, Inc. He is a six-year veteran of the Company before which he spent another four years in the office of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA) addressing Transportation legislation and a variety of municipal infrastructure and goods movement projects. In his current role, Daniel works with legislators, industry partners and other decision makers to address State and Local policy issues, as well as a myriad of business development projects, related to the promotion of electric vehicles and renewable infrastructure deployment. Daniel also co-managed Tesla's site selection efforts for the Gigafactory in northern Nevada. A graduate of Fordham University in New York, Daniel resides in Oakland, CA with his wife, Nicole and 10 month old daughter, Emilia.

Jordan Diamond
Executive Director, Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment (CLEE) at UC Berkeley School of Law
Jordan Diamond is the Executive Director of the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment (CLEE) at the UC Berkeley School of Law.  The Center channels the expertise and creativity of the Berkeley Law community into pragmatic policy solutions to environmental and energy challenges in California and across the nation.  Jordan's work focuses on ensuring environmental laws and policies are based on the best information available, developed through inclusive and transparent processes, and implemented through adaptive and accountable systems. Jordan holds a JD and certificate in environmental law from Berkeley Law, where she was the managing editor of Ecology Law Quarterly, and a BA in earth and environmental sciences and a certificate in environmental studies from Wesleyan University, where she received the Sease Prize for outstanding work in environmental science. 


Michelle Iturralde
Senior Vice President, Bank of America
Michelle Iturralde is Senior Vice President for the middle market Global Commercial Bank of Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) based in Los Angeles, CA.  She leads BAML's Aerospace, Defense & Government Services practice in Los Angeles and has a focus on the industrial and manufacturing sector.  BAML's Commercial Bank delivers solutions including investment banking and capital markets, credit, treasury and risk management to global companies with annual revenues between $50 million to over $2 billion.

Victor La Rosa
Chief Executive Officer, President & Founder, Total Transportation Services Inc. (TTSI)
Affiliated with TTSI since 1986, Vic founded the company to provide a wide range of cross-nation and international freighting services. Serving in the role of President during the early growth years, Vic directed the upward trajectory of the company to reach a peak of $100 million prior to the successful sale of the business in 2006. He entered semi-retirement at this point, only to re-purchase the company six years later following an unsuccessful ownership by the acquirer. As Chief Executive Officer he created a sustainable growth model, restructuring operations and taking into account significant industry changes before rebuilding the company to its previous status. The company has now doubled in size and Vic continues to manage day-to-day operations.

Bryon Rockwell
Managing Director, Western Region Public Finance Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Mr. Rockwell joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 1994, and is currently a managing director in its Los Angeles office and co-head of Western Region Public Finance.  In this capacity, he is responsible for coverage of infrastructure issuance by municipal entities across the western United States.  Throughout his career, he has worked on a variety of complex municipal funding transactions encompassing multiple revenue streams and lien structures, as well as integration of fixed, floating and synthetic products. One of his recent assignments was assisting the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA) in its solicitation of a Federal Railroad Administration loan to restructure ACTA's existing senior and subordinate lien taxable and tax-exempt bonds, as well as restructuring ACTA's debt portfolio through the creation of a new third lien. Mr. Rockwell graduated with a B.S. summa cum laude from the University of Oregon in 1992 and received his M.B.A. in finance from the University of Oregon in 1994.  Mr. Rockwell is registered with the New York Stock Exchange and the National Association of Securities Dealers (Series 7, 53 and 63).

Chris Shimoda
Vice President of Government Affairs, California Trucking Association
Chris Shimoda is the Vice President of Government Affairs for the California Trucking Association. He has been with CTA since 2007 and previously served as the Association's Policy Director. Throughout his career Chris has worked with California agencies including the California Air Resources Board and California Highway Patrol on the development and implementation of major programs and regulations impacting the trucking industry. Chris is a member of several advisory boards and committees, including the California Freight Advisory Committee, the AB118 Advisory Group and the South Coast AQMD Air Quality Management Plan Advisory Group. He is a graduate of UC Davis.

Ted Lamm
Research Fellow, Climate Program, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at UC Berkeley School of Law
Ted Lamm is a Climate Law and Policy Fellow at CLEE. Ted's research focuses on California policies regarding climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, and the relationships between other areas of policy and the achievement of California's climate change-related goals. Prior to joining CLEE, Ted practiced both environmental law and corporate law in New York City. At New York University School of Law, where Ted received his J.D., he was the symposium editor of the Environmental Law Journal and participated in the NYU/NRDC Environmental Law Clinic. Ted received his A.B. in English and Economics from Brown University.


Laura Cortez
Community Organizer, East Yard Communities for Environmental JusticeLaurie Ten
Laura Cortez is a lifelong Bell Gardens resident. Laura received a Bachelor's degree in Spanish from CSU, Los Angeles and her Master of Arts degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Community Development from CSU, Long Beach. Before coming to EYCEJ, Laura organized community members in Long Beach and Wilmington around air quality and health advocacy with Long Beach Alliance for Children with Asthma. Laura's focus is to work toward equity that improves the lives of families of color through community-led leadership in the Southeast cities for current and future generations.

Veronica Eady
Assistant Executive Officer for Environmental Justice, California Air Resources Board
Veronica Eady is Assistant Executive Officer of the California Air Resources Board. In this capacity, Ms. Eady is responsible for overseeing Environmental Justice activities of the Board. Her role will be to serve as the primary internal and external contact for CARB on environmental justice issues and concerns and will be responsible for providing policy consultation and recommendations to CARB staff. She will also participate in decision making during the development and implementation of all major CARB programs to ensure that environmental justice and tribal concerns are considered.

Adrian Martinez
Staff Attorney, Earthjustice
Based in Los Angeles, CA, Adrian works on clean air, clean energy and environmental justice issues. Adrian grew up in North Carolina and moved west for law school. Prior to joining Earthjustice, Adrian worked at the Natural Resources Defense Council as a smog and environmental justice attorney.

Katie Sloan
Principal Manager of Innovation, Development and Controls, Southern California Edison
Katie Sloan is principal manager of Innovation, Development, & Controls in Customer Service at SCE. Katie leads a team that develops a​​nd implements new products and service​s for customers. Her team focuses in areas of transportation electrification, customer energy solutions (including energy efficiency & demand response), and building electrification.

Sean B. Hecht
Co-Executive Director, Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment; Evan Frankel Professor of Policy and Practice
Sean B. Hecht is the Co-Executive Director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, and Evan Frankel Professor of Policy and Practice, at UCLA School of Law. He works with students to serve environmental organizations and government agencies in his role as co-director of the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic. Sean's research interests include legal and policy tools for building resilience to climate  impacts; the insurance and finance sectors' roles in addressing climate change; the relationship between environmental justice and mainstream environmental advocacy; the role of environmental impact analysis under CEQA, NEPA, and other laws; and the dynamics of federal public land law and policy and the relationship between state and federal regulation on public lands.