Kristin Cushman’s focus is to build climate mitigation strategies that combine community priorities with local greenhouse gas reduction projects. Ms. Cushman has 23 years of experience building lasting and effective public-private partnerships that leverage combined resources to build innovative programs. Her work focuses not only on reducing local greenhouse gas emissions but also creating jobs and new economic opportunity. Her complex, multi-stakeholder programs have led to electric vehicle charging stations, environmental certifications for local and national events, Green-e certified renewable energy and carbon-offset transactions, and the development and implementation of an accredited renewable energy workforce.
Manager, Climate Division
Chris Sentieri is an experienced professional who specializes in: Public Policy, Economic Development, Project Management, Renewable Energy Planning, Climate and Energy Action Planning, Greenhouse Gas Reporting, and Sustainability. Chris holds a Master of Public Policy Degree from the Panetta Institute/CSU Monterey Bay, where he studied with Leon Panetta. His Masters thesis focused on renewable energy development in Monterey County and the feasibility of Community Choice Aggregation in the Monterey Bay region.
Chris was the former Director of Competitive Clusters for the Monterey County Business Council, where he developed and led many effective economic development and sustainability initiatives. He was a founding member of the Monterey Bay Electric Vehicle Alliance, where he chaired the Funding and Development Committee and led several successful state and local grant initiatives that secured funding for a Regional EV Readiness Plan and a network of more than 40 EV Charging Stations throughout the region. Chris has also worked for the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments, where he coordinated Greenhouse Gas Inventories and Climate and Energy Planning services for the 21 municipalities in the Monterey Bay region.
Climate & Energy Analyst
Benjamin Fordham has experience in resource, business, and environmental sustainability consulting across diverse sectors including transportation, waste, and renewable energy. His professional expertise includes environmental reporting, Life Cycle Assessment, market and policy analysis, financial analysis, business and strategy development, and marketing. He has worked extensively in projects involving climate and energy solutions for government, non-profit, and corporate clients.Most recently, Fordham advised the City of Springfield, Oregon on market and risk factors, including political and legal risks, for a $7.6 million biogas pipeline project. He has also worked on projects involving solar-plus-storage, transportation innovation, carbon accounting, and environmental commodities, and has completed certified GRI Standards training. He believes that values drive passion and innovation, which in turn lead to long-term business solutions and triple-bottom-line value creation.
James received his doctorate in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz with a focus on environmental economics and resource management. James has extensive experience in greenhouse gas emissions quantification, climate action strategy, and supply chain sustainability. He has developed sustainability rating systems, methodologies to quantify GHG emissions, and multiple client-specific tools for GHG emissions, energy usage, and financial analysis. James has provided expert witness testimony in multiple cases on energy and climate policy and speaks frequently in both academic and corporate sustainability venues on sustainability measurement, life cycle analysis, and environmental policy. He also teaches in the Electrical Engineering and Environmental Studies Departments at UCSC.
Alexander Gershenson, PhD
Alexander Gershenson, PhD
Alexander received his PhD in Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz with a focus on carbon dynamics and climate change policy. His expertise is in the fields of biological carbon sequestration in agricultural and forest systems, as well as U.S. and international environmental law and climate change policy implementation. He has worked on multiple carbon modeling projects, and has developed carbon offset calculation methodologies for the Climate Action Reserve. Alex is a co-PI on a $2.6 million grant from USDA focusing, in part, on LCA analysis of organic strawberry production on the California Central Coast. He has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications on carbon dynamics and he holds an Assistant Professor position of Policy and Science at San Jose State University.