James F. Cook is a commissioner and two time former Chair of the Palo Alto Utilities Advisory Commission (UAC); he has served on the UAC since 2010.
James lives in Palo Alto with his wife and son where their home is powered by a 2.8 kilo watt solar Photovoltaic system. He is active being a community volunteer, having served on the Palo Alto Parent Teacher Association Council for years, on the board of Canopy and as a team coordinator for the Palo Alto Adult Soccer League.
Professionally, James is a Director of Business Development at First Solar (and prior to that for start-up OptiSolar). Projects he has lead include the 550 megawatt (MW) Topaz Solar Farm in San Luis Obispo, the 150 MW Copper Mountain two project in Boulder City, Nevada and the 139MW Campo Verde Solar Project in Imperial County, California.
James served in the United States Marine Corps from 1992 through 1996.
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Lisa Forssell has served on the Utilities Advisory Commission since 2016.
Lisa lives in Palo Alto with her family. Their roof sports a 3.6 kW solar system that helps power their home and electric vehicles. Lisa has served on the PTA and has been an active participant in community sustainability events over the years.
Lisa worked at Pixar Animation Studios from 1995-2012 as a technical director and senior manager. She returned to graduate school in 2012 to pursue an MBA and an MS from the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences at Stanford University, receiving both degrees in 2015. Her masters project was a study of the effects of electric vehicle charging on the power grid.
Lisa is a producer in the design studio at Apple. She also holds a BS and MS in Computer Science.
JOHNSTON, A. C.
A.C. Johnston has been a lawyer in Palo Alto for over 30 years. He was the founder and served for two terms as the managing partner of the Palo Alto office of Morrison & Foerster LLP. His law practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, particularly patent infringement and trade secret litigation, for electronics, laser diode, and semiconductor companies. He has also worked with alternative energy producers, particularly co-generation facilities and wind farms, in negotiating power purchase agreements with utilities and in regulatory proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC).
In addition to the Utilities Advisory Commission, he serves on the Palo Alto Sustainability/Climate Action Plan (S/CAP) Citizen’s Advisory Committee. He has previously served on the board of directors of the Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services and in the U.S. Navy as an officer aboard a diesel-electric submarine.
A.C. and his wife have lived in Palo Alto since 1990.
Judith Schwartz is President of To the Point, a human-centered design consultancy focused on consumers’ engagement with sustainability issues, the Smart Grid, alternative energy, and the digital home. Working at the nexus of public policy, technology, communications, and business; she consults to utilities, national organizations, and research companies.
Judith is on the Board of Directors of the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid (ADS), which is a national organization of policymakers, utilities, system operators, technology companies, consumers, and other stakeholders. She has published reports and studies for ADS, the Institute for Electric Efficiency, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, U.S. Department of Energy, and the FERC/DOE National Action Plan Coalition.
Judith produced a video resource library, Renewable Reality, collaborating with such utilities as Hydro One, National Grid, PG&E, Pepco; leading scientists, analysts, and technology companies. She is a regular speaker at industry conferences and webinars, organizes workshops and stakeholder outreach programs, and is currently creative director for an upcoming conference for the Smart Cities Council.
Judith also serves on the board of Family and Children Services of Silicon Valley and is a graduate of Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. After management roles at Apple Computer, she began her practice in 1987, specializing in systems consulting, organizational alignment, and strategic marketing for leading technology companies. She simultaneously co-founded and served as president of a start-up that developed a novel water purification appliance. She and her husband have lived in Palo Alto since 1982.
Terry Trumbull joined the UAC on June 1, 2016.
Since 1970, Terry has worked professionally on energy, water, and environmental issues. Terry received a J.D. from Georgetown and a LL.M. from George Washington. About half of his career has been in serving in policy positions and half in legal positions.
For the past 20 years, Terry has taught 5-8 classes per year on energy, water, and environmental policy at San Jose State, Santa Clara, Menlo, and UC Santa Cruz.
When the U.S. EPA was created in the early 1970s, Terry managed development of the nation’s initial regulations under the Clean Air and Clean Water Act. In this role, he also served as Executive Director of the federal government’s first study of its energy policies.
From 1973-78, Terry was the regulatory attorney for General Electric’s nuclear energy divisions.
As the full time Chair of the California Waste Management Board from 1979-84, Terry funded the startup of curbside recycling and composting in Palo Alto, as well as for 3 million other Californians.
From 1984 to 2003, Terry assisted more than 200 local governments in California with environmental and utility regulation issues, as well as private sector clients.
As a community volunteer, Terry has served:
Five terms as Chair and Member of the Hearing Board of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District; On the oversight committee for $600 million in water projects of the Santa Clara Valley Water District; and On the Board of Directors of Breathe California of the Bay Area, and host of the weekly Breathe California TV show from 1993 to the present;
Terry is married to Patricia Trumbull, who served for 24 years as a federal magistrate judge. They have lived in Palo Alto since 1973, and their two adult daughters also live in Palo Alto.