David Slutzky, President and CEO
Prof. Slutzky is a recognized thought leader in the field of vehicle-to-grid technology. Slutzky founded Fermata Energy with the specific intention of developing and commercializing vehicle-to-grid technology in order to make electric vehicles more cost effective and the electric power grid more stable, as well as to provide large-scale energy storage to make the transition to renewable energy happen more quickly.
He has earned the reputation of being a policy wonk and serial entrepreneur committed to preservation of sensitive ecological systems, protecting the long-term integrity of our biosphere, and working to solve the challenges of global warming. In addition to more than 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur, David served as a Senior Policy Advisor at the White House and EPA during the Clinton Administration. At the White House, he coordinated the International Task Force of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, where he focused his efforts on the environmental and labor implications of international trade agreements such as the Multilateral Agreement on Investments.
Prior to Fermata Energy, David co-founded Skeo Solutions, an environmental policy consulting firm and worked as a Senior Policy Advisor at the White House and U.S. EPA. He is also on the faculty of the University of Virginia as a Research Associate Professor in the Science, Technology and Society Program at the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science. Slutzky earned his BA and pursued graduate studies in Political Philosophy at the University of Chicago, and received his law degree from the Program on Energy and the Environment at Chicago-Kent College of Law.
David is also known for founding ERC, where he developed the process tool commonly known as the Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment, and for co-founding ERIIS, the nation’s first environmental data.
John Wheeler, Chief Financial Officer
John Wheeler has over 10 years of experience combining investment banking and clean technology. John has been involved with over $2 billion in M&A and restructuring deals, including the sale of Budget Rent-a-Car to Cendant Corp. John also worked with green visionary, Bill McDonough, advising Fortune 500 companies on renewable and energy efficiency strategies. Before joining Fermata, John was a fellow with the Environmental Defense Fund where he helped SAP Labs evaluate their green software portfolio as well as achieve their goal of becoming 50% renewably powered.
John received an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and a B.S. in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Virginia.
David Sandalow, Board Member
David Sandalow is the Inaugural Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy and co-Director of the Energy and Environment Concentration at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
Mr. Sandalow has served in senior positions at the White House, State Department and U.S. Department of Energy. He came to Columbia from the U.S. Department of Energy, where he served as Under Secretary of Energy (acting) and Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs. Prior to serving at DOE, Mr. Sandalow was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has served as Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment & Science and a Senior Director on the National Security Council staff.
Mr. Sandalow writes and speaks widely on energy and climate policy. Recent works include Electric Vehicle Charging in China and the United States (February 2019, co-author), Direct Air Capture of Carbon Dioxide Roadmap (December 2018, project chair), Guide to Chinese Climate Policy (July 2018), A Natural Gas Giant Awakens (June 2018, co-author), The Geopolitics of Renewable Energy (2017, co-author), Financing Solar and Wind Power: Lessons from Oil and Gas (2017, co-author), CO2 Utilization Roadmap 2.0 (2017, project chair) and The History and Future of the Clean Energy Ministerial (2016). Other works include Plug-In Electric Vehicles: What Role for Washington? (2009) (editor), U.S.-China Cooperation on Climate Change (2009) (co-author) and Freedom from Oil (2008).
Mr. Sandalow is a member of the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) Steering Committee and chair of the ICEF Innovation Roadmap Project. He serves as a director of Fermata Energy and Highview Power Storage. Mr. Sandalow is a member of the Global CO2 Initiative Advisory Board, Zayed Future Energy Prize Selection Committee, University of Michigan Energy Institute Advisory Board, Electric Drive Transport Association’s “Hall of Fame” and Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Sandalow is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and Yale College.
Tony Posawatz, P.E., Advisor
Tony Posawatz has over 30 years of automotive industry experience (mostly with General Motors). As GM’s Vehicle Line Director for the Chevrolet Volt and key leader of Global Electric Vehicle Development, he was responsible for bringing the Volt from concept to production. The Volt is the only vehicle produced in the US ever to receive both NA and European “Car of the Year” awards in the same year. Tony is best known for his leadership in product innovation as well as having deep functional expertise in product development, planning and strategy, program management, finance, manufacturing and quality including general management experience overseeing GM’s “Fortune 20” Full-size Truck business (initiating brands like Escalade, Avalanche, etc.). Tony has uniquely experienced large company operations, successfully managed billion dollar projects, as well as working in the challenging tech start-up environment in both growth and turnaround situations (including fund-raising and negotiating in China/Asia).
Mr. Posawatz's many accomplishments include recognition as an Automotive News (AN) All-Star and inaugural member of the AN Electrifying 100. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) and is viewed as one of the industry’s leading experts on vehicle electrification, alternative/advanced propulsion, energy & clean tech, electric drive technology and related eco-system (including innovative business models).
Mr. Posawatz most recently served as President and CEO of Fisker Automotive (founded in late 2007 and producer of the award-winner Karma plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) from August 2012 to August 2013, leading the company’s turnaround efforts which culminated in the sale of the Department of Energy (DoE) loan to new owners. He also served on the Fisker Auto - Board of Directors during this timeframe.
Glenn Skutt, President and Co-Founder
of PowerHub Systems
Dr. Skutt has 25+ years of design and analytical experience as an electrical engineer, with a strong background in electromagnetics and the design of magnetic devices for power electronics applications. Glenn has industrial design experience in power electronics applications for the space, aerospace, high-reliability avionics, commercial/industrial, and utility application markets. Glenn has been Principle Investigator of multiple government research projects and contracts in high-reliability power electronics, magnetics design, and power inverter operation. Glenn is a co-founder and President of PowerHub Systems and is committed to the growth of the organization in the field of smart grid enabled power processing technologies.
Facundo Tassara, Director of Fleet
Facundo joined Fermata Energy in May 2017 as the Director of Fleet Business Development. With 17 years of experience in the automotive sector, Facundo served as fleet manager for City of Norfolk, VA and the City of Ormond Beach, FL. Recognized as a “Top 20 Under 40” by Government Fleet and nominated for “Fleet Manager of the Year”, he served on NAFA’s Government Affairs Committee as Vice Chair, is a member of NAFA’s Law Enforcement Committee, is on the Advisory Board of the Government Fleet's Expo, and is on the Board of Directors for Virginia Clean Cities.