The Honorable Eric Garcetti-Mayor
The Honoroable Fran Pavley-State Senator
A Senior Policy Advisor in the firm, brings nearly 40 years of federal appropriations, legislative and budget experience. His expertise in Federal financing and policy development includes public-private partnerships, transportation, economic, development, healthcare systems, technology development, and education. His work also covers funding of renewable and sustainability projects. Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Maldonado was founder and CEO of a Federal relations advocacy firm, MARC Associates, with major practice areas in local government, education, and healthcare policy. He served in this capacity for nearly 25 years before merging MARC's team with Holland & Knight.
H. David Nahai
Public Sector Executives
Richard Atwater is currently the Executive Director of the Southern California WaterCommittee, a non-profit public education and outreach focused on solving the waterproblems of southern Californa (approximately 20 million residents). In addition,provides independent water resources management and policy consulting tolocal, state and federal governments, business, labor and environmental organizationsthroughout the arid southwest.
David Jacot, P.E
David Jacot, P.E., is the Director of Energy Efficiency for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP). LADWP operates the largest public power portfolio of energy efficiency programs in the nation, comprised of a broad array of energy resource acquisition and market transformation programs serving LADWP's customers and trade ally networks. In this role, Jacot oversees all aspects of LADWP's offerings and strategies designed to overcome market barriers to the comprehensive adoption of energy efficiency by LADWP's customers. He has a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and a Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from California State Polytechnic University - Pomona, as well as 15 years of experience designing high performance building systems, modeling building energy usage, and managing cost-effective and investment-grade energy efficiency programs.
Mr. Peevey is committed to maximizing energy efficiency and demand response opportunities and ensuring that California’s environment is protected. He is a strong supporter of renewable energy and renewable procurement requirements for utilities, and helped lead implementation of California’s Solar and Greenhouse Gas Initiatives. He is the immediate past Chairman of the California Public Utilities Commission, which regulates privately owned electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit, and passenger transportation companies. He was also Chairman of the California Clean Energy Fund, an independent nonprofit corporation working to advance clean energy using tools from finance, public policy, and technological innovation; and Chairman of the California Emerging Technology Fund, which provides leadership statewide to close the “Digital Divide”.
As EDF’s Director, California Clean Energy, Jayant’s work focuses on how California can reach its ambitious clean energy and environmental goals in ways that are affordable, accessible, reliable, and grow the state’s economy. Jayant encourages policy solutions that integrate California’s growing renewable and distributed energy resources, better use clean flexible resources, and empower California customers with more and better data. This work entails regular engagement with a variety of government agencies like the California Public Utilities Commission and California Energy Commission as well as the California State Legislature, and with key stakeholders in the non-profit and advocacy, and clean tech and business communities.
Before joining EDF, Jayant was Chief Operating Officer at the New York Business Integrity Commission. Prior to his role at the Commission, Jayant worked as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Deputy Mayor of Operations in New York City. In addition to his time in the Bloomberg Administration in New York, has worked for the former Mayors of Louisville, Kentucky and Boston, Massachusetts. Jayant has a bachelor's degree in Geography from Vassar College and a Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Previously, Romel served as Director of Partnerships for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Before that he was Deputy Mayor for Energy and Environment for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa. From 2001-2004, as the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Justice for California Environmental Protection Agency, he led the Agency’s effort to develop the state’s first environmental justice program. Romel also previously managed the environmental justice program for USEPA, Region 9. Romel's involvement with environmental issues began in community organizations and grassroots leadership, working with the Urban Habitat Program, a non-profit organization based in the Bay Area where he coordinated the Brownfields Leadership and Community Revitalization Project; and with the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) where he conducted research on the impacts of environmental pollution on communities.