BAC’s directors are leaders in the bioenergy field, representing all sectors of the industry, individual companies, public agencies, academic experts and nonprofit organizations.
Roberta Larson, Board Chair
Since July 2012, Roberta Larson has served as Executive Director of the California Association of Sanitation Agencies, a non profit association of local government agencies that provide clean water and renewable resource services to million of Californians. Ms. Larson oversees the association’s legislative, regulatory and legal advocacy efforts along with communications and conference programs. For ten years prior to joining CASA Ms. Larson was a shareholder with the Sacramento based law firm of Somach Simmons & Dunn, where her practice emphasized water quality, recycled water and related issues. Ms. Larson holds a JD from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California Riverside.
Greg Stangl, Vice Chair
Greg Stangl is the CEO of Phoenix Energy, which designs, builds, owns and operates distributed generation biomass facilities. Phoenix currently owns and operates two community-scale biomass gasification plants in California, both in the San Joaquin Valley, that convert agricultural and wood waste to energy. Prior to Phoenix, Greg has served as the planning director at BMHC and an investment director at Copernicus Capital, specializing in investments in Central and Eastern Europe. Greg has also worked for the United Nations Development Program in Poland and Eastern Europe. Greg has an MBA and an MIA in Economics from Columbia University.
Christa Darlington, Secretary
Christa Darlington serves as Special Counsel to the Placer County Air Pollution Control District, advising on issues related to forest biomass to energy. Over the past fifteen years, Christa has worked as in-house counsel to local governments in California. In July of 2014, she went into private practice to focus on supporting bioenergy project development. She also works on a contract basis with non-profit groups, private companies and other public agencies to provide legal services pertaining to energy production and the interface with the State Utility Agencies and Investor Owned Utilities, as well as permitting and construction of facilities. Christa has worked extensively with the California Environmental Quality Act, the Clean Air Act (both state and federal), and environmental health regulations, as well as zoning and planning law and construction law, including publicly funded construction projects. Christa received her J.D. from McGeorge School of law and both of her undergraduate degrees (environmental planning, and geography) from Sonoma State University.
Logan Olds, Treasurer
As VVWRA General Manager, Logan Olds is responsible for the overall management, operation, maintenance, and capital improvements program for the Authority’s 13 million gallons per day (MGD) wastewater treatment facility, pump stations, and 40.5 miles of interceptor sewers. VVWRA provides full tertiary treatment and Title 22 reclaimed water, serving a population of over 200,000 people in the High Desert. Prior to moving to the Victor Valley, Logan served as General Manager of the Susanville Treatment Plant located in Northern California. Logan holds a Bachelors degree in Ecology and a Master’s degree in Water and Wastewater Utilization from Humboldt State University.
Julia Levin, Executive Director
BAC’s Executive Director is Julia Levin, who served until recently as the Deputy Secretary for Climate Change and Energy at the California Resources Agency. In that position, she chaired the Governor’s Inter-Agency Bioenergy Working Group and led development of California’s 2012 Bioenergy Action Plan. Julia has also served as a Commissioner on the California Energy Commission, where she was the presiding Commissioner on renewable energy and the associate Commissioner on energy efficiency. She presided over the adoption of RPS eligibility rules, power plant siting cases and other issues.