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Noah Perch-Ahern,
President and Board Chair

YPE LA President, Noah Perch-Ahern, is an environmental and energy attorney with the Los Angeles based Glaser Weil law firm. Noah maintains a broad environmental law practice that includes major litigation and administrative proceedings, business transactions and regulatory matters. He has advised and represented clients with respect to liability for contaminated properties and industrial operations, compliance with environmental laws and regulations, the sale of Brownfield properties and businesses with environmentally sensitive operations, permitting and project development, and emerging focuses, such as California’s cap-and-trade program. Mr. Perch-Ahern has represented a range of clients, including real estate developers, banks, industrial concerns, waste management companies, water utilities, oil and gas companies and renewable energy project developers. 


Evan Birenbaum,
Board Member

Evan Birenbaum is the program manager for Environmental Strategy and Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability at Southern California Edison (SCE), where he actively works with company executives, business managers, regulators, NGO’s and internal and external stakeholders to identify challenges and develop strategies that address issues such as climate change, water impact, habitat protection and biodiversity, and energy and water availability. He is also responsible for the development, implementation and strategy of SCE’s corporate responsibility and sustainability program and has been part responsible for SCE’s charitable contributions in the area of environmental giving. He is the president of SCE’s EcoIQ employee resource group comprised of 800 company volunteers focused on environmental stewardship in our community. Additionally, he is an integral part of the Electric Power Research Institutes, Energy Sustainability Interest Group identifying material priorities as it relates to economic, environmental and social issues that impact our nation’s largest power utilities. He is currently serving on the board of directors of Reef Check, a global nonprofit organization that is focused on conservation of ocean reefs throughout the world, and the Children's Nature Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to environmental education for children. Additionally, he is working with the Los Angeles Clean Tech Incubator to develop sustainable jobs in Southern California. 



Yair Crane,
Board Member

Yair Crane, an associate with the environmental consulting firm, E2 ManageTech, is responsible for developing new clients in both the public and private sectors. Yair has an expertise in the clean technology, renewable energy, and utility sectors, particularly in developing new business and implementing strategic channel partner relationships to optimize performance. Crane has achieved success in a variety of projects, including zero landfill electronics recycling programs, smart-grid and demand-response technology, waste-to-energy and refuse-derived fuel projects, lithium battery and LED lighting conversion, commercial and residential energy-efficiency, automated waste, water, energy and emissions reporting, and water conservation technologies. Crane graduated from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, majoring in Business with an emphasis on International Relations and East Asian Studies. He has lived and worked throughout Asia, including Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China. He is also active in various organizations including the Los Angeles World Affairs Council Young Professionals, CleanTech Orange County, and the Los Angeles CleanTech Incubator. 



Scott Hernandez,
Board Member

Scott Hernandez is Head of North America Sales & Trading at Carbon Trade Exchange (CTX), where he promotes the exchange and its spot trading platform to carbon market participants as well as facilitating trades in carbon credits, renewable energy certifications (RECs) and other environmental credits. Scott as extensive experience in environmental management and business development, including analysis and design of solutions to tackle the complex issues at the centre of business, energy and environmental policy. Prior to joining CTX, Scott was Business Development Manager at Climate Action Reserve, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of strategies to promote the Reserve to a wide range of audiences, including project developers and both voluntary and compliance buyers. He has held a number of other roles in the industry, including Energy & Climate Change Specialist at the Association of California Water Agencies. 



Kevin Madden,
Board Member

Kevin Madden is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Climate Resolve, a nonprofit focus on making Southern California more livable and prosperous by inspiring people at home, at work, and in government to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and prepare for climate impacts. From 2011 to 2014 he was the Editor of The Planning Report and produced the VerdeXchange Conference in Los Angeles. Kevin has a Masters in Urban Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, focused on Transportation and Infrastructure and Urban Design. 



Pere Margalef,
Board Member

Pere Margalef is currently serving as Manager of Business Development for the Western Region of the U.S. for FuelCell Energy, a manufacturer of stationary fuel cell systems for distributed energy applications. In this role, Pere interfaces with technical, economic, and legislative aspects of the distributed energy sector. He is currently leading the development of several multi-MW fuel cell projects in California which are on the verge of transforming the Combined Heat and Power paradigm. Prior to joining FuelCell Energy, Pere held a position of Senior Engineer at TIAX, an energy consulting firm based in California where he evaluated the electrification and use of hydrogen technologies at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach from a technical and economic perspective. Pere holds a M.S. in Environmental Engineering and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine where he conducted his dissertation research at the National Fuel Cell Research Center on the topic of simultaneous production of electricity, hydrogen, and heat from high temperature fuel cell systems. 



Munaf Samji,
Board Member

Munaf Samji is the CEO and Publisher of OGM. Proven capacities in the arenas of executive leadership and strategic marketing have garnered editorial excellence and a growing sophistication in global readership. Samji’s passion and ingenuity for recognizing the subliminal catalysts is the partial formula that enhances his capacity to influence and shift both fresh and engrained opinions of those who impact the energy industry. The breadth and depth of his experience and background has allowed him to provide strategic insight and counsel at all levels of business, with a strong eye for opportunity to grow global brands. 



Matt Sloustcher,
Board Member

Matt Sloustcher is strategic communications and government affairs professional with progressive experience in corporate and agency settings. Matt is currently a member of Honda North America's corporate affairs team, where he supports communications efforts related to the company's advanced technology portfolio and environmental initiatives. Prior to Honda, Matt was Director of Government Relations and Communications at CODA Energy, a privately held manufacturer of energy storage systems. He served previously in the same capacity at CODA Automotive, an electric vehicle manufacturer, a company he helped launch in 2010 and restructure in 2013. Matt began his career in the San Francisco office of Peppercomm Strategic Communications where he implemented public relations campaigns for clients in the technology and energy sectors. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California Santa Barbara. 



Kate Svyatets,
Board Member

Kate Svyatets, PhD, is a lecturer at the University of Southern California (USC), teaching environmental economics, law, and policy. Her expertise includes analyzing, reporting, and developing policy suggestions for such areas as carbon regulations, water supply for California, environmental protection reform, pollution mitigation, and wildlife protection. She has a PhD from USC in Politics and International Relations (2013), specializing in energy security, sustainability, and U.S.-Russia relations. She is a board member of the Young Professionals in Energy in Los Angeles, a member of the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce and the International Studies Association.