Ben Benoit
Vice Chairman
Appointing Authority
City of Riverside

On November 19, 2012, Council Member Benoit was selected by the Riverside County City Selection Committee to serve on the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) Governing Board. Council Member Benoit served as Vice Chair of the South Coast AQMD Governing Board from January 2016 to January 2018. 
Council Member Benoit serves as Vice Chair for Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) and was a part of the Board when it won the President’s Award for Excellence from Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) for WRCOG's HERO program. The HERO Financing Program is the nation’s largest Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, and Mayor Benoit is a strong supporter of bringing this program to other municipalities throughout California.
Serving on Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), Council Member Benoit has been a strong supporter of helping further Metrolink's reach into Riverside County.  He sits on the Perris Valley Line (PVL) ad hoc committee, and is proud of his participation in bringing such an important project to fruition.
In addition, serving on two conservation boards, Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority (RCA) and as Vice Chair of Riverside County Habitat Conservation Agency (RCHCA), Council Member Benoit understands the need to meet Federal mandates while supporting local businesses.

Tyson Eckerle 
Deputy Director
ZEV Market Development
Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development 

Tyson Eckerle serves as the Deputy Director of Zero Emission Vehicle Market Development in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). In this role, he leads a team focused on scaling the zero emission vehicle market by organizing stakeholder efforts to remove market barriers, create opportunities, and streamline development. Prior to joining GO-Biz, Tyson served as Executive Director of Energy Independence Now, a non-profit dedicated to action-oriented solutions to petroleum dependence and climate change. 

Tyson holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of California, Davis and a Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

Elizabeth John
Manager
Advanced Fuels and Vehicle Technologies
California Energy Commission

Elizabeth John is the Manager of the Advanced Fuels and Vehicle Technologies Office in the Fuels and Transportation Division of the California Energy Commission, where she oversees grant activities funded under the Clean Transportation Program for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. Her Office’s responsibilities include: building capacity of California companies to produce economically competitive low carbon fuels from waste-based and renewable feedstocks; implementing activities that support the commercial deployment of advanced freight and transit technologies; and facilitating the replacement of the state’s oldest and dirtiest school buses with new, alternative-fueled school buses. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Davis, and a Master’s of Public Policy and Administration degree from California State University, Sacramento. 

Matthew Barth
Director
Center for Environmental Research and Technology
University of California, Riverside

Professor Matthew Barth joined UC Riverside’s College of Engineering in 1991, where he is part of the intelligent systems faculty in Electrical and Computer Engineering and is serving as the Director for the Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT). Professor Barth is also serving as UC Riverside’s Faculty Director of Sustainability, where he manages a variety of academic sustainability programs on campus. Dr. Barth’s research focuses on a wide range of sustainable transportation topics, including shared mobility, vehicle electrification, and how connected and automated vehicles can improve safety, mobility, and the environment. His current research interests include ITS and the Environment, Connected and Automated Vehicles, Transportation/Emissions Modeling, Advanced Navigation Techniques, Electric Vehicle Technology, and Advanced Sensing and Control. Dr. Barth is a fellow member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and is very active in the IEEE Intelligent Transportation System Society. He is also a member of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, Transportation Research Board’s Transportation and Air Quality Committee, and Intelligent Transportation Systems Committee. He has also served on several National Research Council (NRC) committees. He received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from the University of Colorado, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

 

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