The Leadership Council is an ideal vehicle for just such a mission and I look forward to working closely with LACI and CLA in growing the region’s green economy and innovation ecosystem.
Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) August 28, 2013
David Nahai, environmental attorney, political activist, and former head of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has agreed to join the Leadership Council, the primary advisory board of both Cleantech Los Angeles (CLA) and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI). As the former General Manager and Commission President of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), Nahai led the origination and execution of the City’s groundbreaking Water Supply Plan, attainment of historic reductions in water consumption in the City, and unprecedented expansion of the utility’s renewable energy portfolio to 15% (paving the way for the attainment of the 20% level by 2010.
"We formed the Leadership Council when CLA merged with LACI in order to provide a forum for the region’s environmental leaders. We look to the Leadership Council to give our organizations the strategic and policy guidance that is crucial in bringing the region together. I can think of no one better qualified to join the Leadership Council than David Nahai, whose grasp of the challenges and opportunities we face is unique," said Fred Walti, Executive Director, LACI and CLA.
The Leadership Council meets monthly in addition to conducting special events to further the innovation and commercialization of clean technologies throughout the region. The Leadership Council hosted all five Mayoral candidates for a Cleantech Forum and has hosted such luminaries as Hilda Solice, Secretary of Labor, Lisa Jackson, EPA Administrator, Nancy Sutley, Chair of the President’s Council for Environmental Quality, and Arun Majumdar, Director of ARPA-E among others.
“I was delighted to join the Leadership Council when Fred asked me as the region needs close coordination and collaboration among its stakeholders. The Leadership Council is an ideal vehicle for just such a mission and I look forward to working closely with LACI and CLA in growing the region’s green economy and innovation ecosystem. I especially look forward to helping launch its Global Connect program aimed at bringing international companies to LA,” said David Nahai, President of David Nahai Companies.
About the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator:
The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is a private nonprofit founded by the City of Los Angeles to accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies in the Los Angeles region. Located in the City’s Cleantech Corridor, LACI offers flexible office space, CEO coaching and mentoring, and access to a robust network of experts and capital. LACI Portfolio Companies operate in a range of sectors including Smart Grid infrastructure, energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy storage, electric transportation, and materials science. LACI works closely with the region’s universities, business community, government institutions, capital markets and utilities to foster innovation and to grow the region’s green economy. Learn more at http://www.laincubator.org.
About Cleantech Los Angeles
Cleantech Los Angeles is a partnership among the region’s leading institutions dedicated to convening, educating, advocating and promoting the Los Angeles cleantech community. Started by the Mayor of Los Angeles in 2009, Cleantech Los Angeles is a private non-profit originally comprised of UCLA. USC, Caltech, JPL, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, the Los Angeles Chamber, the Los Angeles Business Council, and the Department of Water and Power. In January 2013, CLA was merged with LACI as both organizations had complementary missions. Since then, LACI has formed the Leadership Council as its main advisory board. http://cleantechla.org/
About David Nahai
David Nahai is a leading expert in real estate, energy and water matters. He is the president of David Nahai Consulting Services, LLC and a partner at the law firm of Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith, also servicing as co-chair of its real estate, energy and water practice areas.
Mr. Nahai previously served as the General Manager and Commission President of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), and was Chair of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he served in the administrations of 3 California Governors. Mr. Nahai also sits on the Boards of the California League of Conservation Voters, Heal the Bay, and the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation and has served as a Senior Advisor to the Clinton Climate Initiative. Nahai holds graduate and post-graduate degrees in law from the London School of Economics and the University of California at Berkeley, and was a Visiting Scholar at Berkeley.