Gerry Braun is an energy industry veteran and clean energy pioneer, having initiated and managed clean energy R&D programs for two major California utilities, the US Department of Energy, and the California Energy Commission. His on-going local clean energy work is a continuation of his work at the Energy Commission and UC Davis and previously in the solar energy industry, where he served on the management team of a leading US based solar photovoltaic panel manufacturer and founding president of a retail solar company now serving the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He is founder and chair of the Integrated Renewable Energy Systems Network (IRESN, Inc.), a California non-profit business league. He is an appointed member and current chair of the City of Davis Utility Rate Advisory Committee and a member and current chair of the Valley Clean Energy Alliance Advisory Committee. He holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering and MS and Nuclear Engineer Degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.