Chairman of the Board
David has earned the reputation of being a policy wonk and serial entrepreneur committed to preservation of sensitive ecological systems, protecting the long-term integrity of our biosphere and improving the lives of working families through better public policy. In addition to more than 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur, David served as a Senior Policy Advisor at the White House and EPA. He has also facilitated a dialogue with the general public on these issues through his service as a local elected official and a professor at the University of Virginia.
David is known for founding ERC, where he developed the process tool commonly known as the Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment, and he co-founded ERIIS, the nation’s first environmental data company.
At the White House, he coordinated the International Task Force of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, where he focused his efforts on the environmental and labor implications of international trade agreements such as the Multilateral Agreement on Investments.
David’s current entrepreneurial endeavor is serving as Founder and CEO of Fermata Energy. Fermata is developing and commercializing vehicle-to-grid technology in order to make electric vehicles more cost effective and the electric power grid more stable, and provide large-scale energy storage to make the transition to renewable energy happen quicker.
That good things happen when there is a successful blending of intent with process.
Educator, environmental advocate, film buff, philosopher, doting husband and proud father and grandfather who spends as much time as possible on his tractor.
BA, Political Philosophy
University of Chicago
JD, Energy and Environmental Law
Chicago-Kent College of Law
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