Board and Partners
Drew Bohan, Secretary
Drew held a variety of posts in the Schwarzenegger Administration, including Assistant Secretary for Policy at the California Environmental Protection Agency, Deputy Cabinet Secretary, and Executive Director of the Ocean Protection Council. Prior to joining state service, Drew was Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Channelkeeper. From 1994 to 2000, Drew was Chief Counsel to the House of Delegates of the Republic of Palau. Drew lives in Sacramento with his wife Angela, and two children, Linnea and Landon.
Daniel Emmett, Chief Financial Officer
Daniel Emmett is principal and co-founder of Innovo Energy Solutions Group LLC, a private services consulting firm specializing in bringing clean technologies to market. Mr. Emmett’s particular focus is on the environmental impacts of traditional and emerging technologies, and the economic factors and shifting regulatory and political landscapes affecting markets for these technologies.
Mr. Emmett is also the Executive Director and a founding Board Member of Energy Independence Now (EIN) where he directs programs in policy development and advocacy in support of advancing clean transportation to address climate change, air quality and petroleum reduction objectives. Mr. Emmett served as advisor to the California Environmental Protection Agency on the development and implementation of the California Hydrogen Highway Blueprint Plan, and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the California Energy Commission’s AB 118 Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.
Previously, Daniel worked with one of Southern California’s largest owner/operators of commercial office buildings, where he developed and coordinated a portfolio-wide energy efficiency and conservation program that retrofitted over 10 million square feet of commercial office space, saving millions of dollars in energy costs, and resulting in a Flex Your Power Award from the State of California.
Mr. Emmett also worked on clean fuels and energy conservation issues as the Energy Programs Director at Environment Now Foundation, and at the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture, co-directing the Stanford University, USAID-funded, Agricultural Policy Research and Training Program. He holds a B.A. from the University of California Santa Cruz in Environmental Studies and Economics and an M.A. in International Development Policy from Stanford University.
Mati Waiya, Board Member
Chumash ceremonial leader and Dolphin Dancer Mati Waiya, a lifelong resident of Ventura County, created the Wishtoyo Foundation, a non-profit organization, in 1997.
Mr. Waiya addresses cultural resource laws protecting sensitive archaeological sites as well as endangered species and natural resources. He is involved with Chumash cultural preservation and educational programs teaching the Chumash values and environmental preservation. Waiya appears in full regalia to present programs for schools, public events, government functions, and grassroots foundations; he has presented programs to thousands of school children, sharing his knowledge about Chumash sustainable lifeways and environmental responsibility.
Mati Waiya is the first Native American to be named a Keeper in the International Waterkeeper Alliance. Wishtoyo's Ventura Coastkeeper program is one of over 140 Keeper organizations that operate globally under the Waterkeeper Alliance, created and headed by Robert Kennedy, Jr. Mr. Waiya's belief is that education is the primary tool for a healthy, sustainable environment, awakening a passion for our natural surroundings in young people today to be passed on for generation to come. He has worked tirelessly to foster environmental awareness through teaching of his native Chumash cultural values.
Bonnie Reiss, Partner
Global Director of the Schwarzenegger Institute at the University of Southern California
Bonnie Reiss is the Global Director of the Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy at the University of Southern California. For over 30 years she has been a force for good in both the public and private sectors.
Bonnie is an accomplished attorney, public accountant and campaign strategist. She has been a tireless advocate for children & education, the environment and political reform and has worked for senators, governors and presidents and served as the California Secretary Education.
Bonnie has been a leader in the environment and education movements for much of her professional career. Bonnie helped found and lead three successful non-profits: the Earth Communications Office (ECO); After-School All-Stars; and the USC Schwarzenegger Institute. Additionally, she produced the Opening Ceremony of President Clinton’s 1993 Inaugural, served as Senior Advisor to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, held a seat on the California State Board of Education and served as California Secretary of Education.
During her tenure as Senior Advisor to the Governor Bonnie was involved in all the major policy initiatives undertaken by the Schwarzenegger Administration. She regularly negotiated with legislators and key stakeholders, and played a significant role in shaping California’s landmark Global Climate Solutions Act.
In 2007 Bonnie was appointed to a 12-year term on the University of California’s Board of Regents.
Together SGA and the USC Schwarzenegger Institute work hand in hand on climate change related issues and most recently have been working to increase the level of awareness and engagement of subnational governments in the official negotiating and target-setting process for the upcoming UN COP21.
Christophe Nuttall, Partner
Executive Director of the R20 Regions of Climate Action
In January 2012, following exchanges between Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, and with approval from R20’s members and partners, Christophe Nuttall was appointed as the first Executive Director of the R20 Regions of Climate Action.
Christophe Nuttall has an Ecological Engineering degree and a PHD in Development Geography. He worked successfully for many years as a junior scientist, space engineer, and a Scientific Advisor. He later joined UNITAR; developed the Decentralization Cooperation Programme in which he developed a network of 12 training centers around the world for local and regional authorities; and launched the International Multi-Partnerships Initiative on access to basic services. In 2005 he joined UNDP as the Director of the Hub for Innovative Partnerships. He has developed a number of initiatives among which the Territorial Approach to Climate Change (TACC), which aims to chart a new low-carbon route to development at the subnational level with official recognition from the UNFCCC’s COP 16 in Cancun.
SGA and the R20 closely work together to provide expertise and guidance to government officials, policy makers and business leaders in order to accelerate the adoption and implementation of climate policies and green projects both in the U.S. and abroad. This work helps reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and transition us to a green economy.