On November 8, 2009, hundreds of Jewish leaders met in San Francisco for a conference featuring innovators from the energy industry, investment, sustainability, and policy.
They shared ideas and experiences to help advance the generational movement for clean and secure energy.
Jonathan Axelrad is a lawyer in Wilson Sonsini's San Francisco office, where his practice focuses on representing clean technology and renewable energy companies and venture capital and private equity funds that invest in them. Prior to moving to San Francisco, Axelrad lived in Washington, DC, where he worked for an environmental group on a national campaign to educate the American public about possible solutions to combat global warming and for Representative Jay Inslee and the Energy and Commerce Committee on issues related to climate change, energy, the environment and international trade.
Axelrad received a J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 2004, where he was a member of the Georgetown International Law Journal and a B.A., with distinction, from the University of Victoria, British Columbia in 1997 and speaks French and Japanese.
Graduating from the University of Washington in 1966 with a law degree, Dubinsky worked for four years as a tax accountant at Arthur Andersen and for two years as a real estate lawyer at May Company. While at Andersen, he began looking for the right business opportunity. When representing a client who owned a car wash, Dubinsky decided to research the car wash business. Along with a small group of partners, Dubinsky founded Waterway in 1968. The owners got their feet wet, opening their first location in 1970. Two years later, Dubinsky left May Company to work full time with Waterway.
Henry Dubinsky is currently the Chair of AJC's Energy Committee.
Jason has over 20 years of experience practicing environmental, business, construction, and surety law. He has been engaged in a full range of complex civil practice in both state and federal courts. While working for a top law firm, Jason conducted appellate arguments, participated in hundreds of mediations and arbitrations, and led large-scale environmental actions. On the corporate side, Jason has expertise in the competitive bidding process, drafting complex contractual agreements, reviewing RFQs, RFPs, RFIs, change orders, work orders, and construction management issues. He is also well versed in energy-audit and energy-retrofit business consulting projects.
Jason serves as Vice President of the San Francisco Electric Vehicle Association, and participants in the Bay Area EV Infrastructure Stakeholders forums. For the past decade he has been a regular Judge Pro Tem in San Francisco Superior Court, and a very active member of his community in many neighborhood organizations.
Anne Korin is co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS). Korin chairs the Set America Free Coalition, an alliance of national security, environmental, labor and religious groups promoting ways to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil. She is co-editor of Energy Security Challenges for the 21-Century (2009) and co-author lf Turning Oil into Salt (2009). Ms. Korin appears frequently on Capitol Hill and her advice is sought by members of Congress. Her education includes an engineering degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University and work towards a doctorate at Stanford University.
As one of the Co-Founders and the Chief Technical Officer of Tesla Motors (TSLA), JB is today responsible for all software, electronics and propulsion across Tesla’s portfolio with direct operational responsibility for roughly ¼ of the company. This includes all aspects of powertrain R&D, engineering and production. The propulsion performance of Tesla’s Model S has been the determining factor in winning many awards including the prestigious 2012 MotorTrend car of the year by unanimous vote. JB is also the point executive driving OEM partner relationships at Tesla with Toyota, Daimler, Panasonic and others. From these partnerships have come vehicles such as the new electric Toyota Rav4, the Smart EV from Daimler and the A-class EV from Mercedes. In addition JB is managing the creation and construction of the Tesla Supercharge network of fast, free DC chargers making EV travel from coast to coast possible with no loss of convenience. Tesla has grown to become the leading electric vehicle company in the world and remains committed to making long-range, fun electric cars increasingly affordable to accelerate the world’s transition away from oil.
JB’s passion for electric vehicles began at a young age starting with rebuilding electric golf carts at the age of 14, converting a Porsche 944 which held a world electric vehicle racing record. He continues to push the boundaries for electric vehicle advancements and enjoys exploring new innovations for renewable energy systems and energy storage solutions.
Prior to Tesla, JB was the Chief Technical Officer and Co-Founder of the aerospace firm, Volacom, which designed a specialized high-altitude electric aircraft platform. At Volacom, he invented and patented a new long-endurance electric propulsion concept that was later licensed to Boeing. Before Volacom, JB worked at Rosen Motors and Pentadyne as a propulsion engineer developing electric vehicle drivetrains based on a Capstone micro turbine and a high-speed composite flywheel battery.
JB holds a Bachelor of Science in Energy Systems Engineering and a Master of Science in Energy Engineering from Stanford University. He is the holder of 10 U.S. patents and is on 19 pending patent applications for motors, batteries and powertrain components. In addition to his current work at Tesla Motors, JB serves on the Board of Directors of SolarCity (SCTY) and is an accomplished private pilot with multi-engine, instrument and glider ratings.
Lyuba Wolf is a board member and co-founder of Energy Crossroads, Global. She initiated the inaugural Energy Crossroads conference at Stanford and served as its first Conference Chair. Since her graduation in 2007, Wolf has been involved in the effort to grow Energy Crossroads into a truly global movement and traveled to Copenhagen to assist in the formation of the Denmark Energy Crossroads chapter.
At her day job, Wolf is an Associate Consultant at Bain and Company, a management consulting firm in San Francisco, where she is an active member of the office's Green Team. Eventually she hopes to apply her experiences at Bain and Energy Crossroads in a future career at an entrepreneurial clean energy company.
Wolf has a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University.
Jason Wolf joined Better Place in August 2008 to lead Better Place California. In this role, he strives to partner with state and regional governments, public agencies, utilities, private real estate developers, large employers, and other key parties in an effort to create infrastructure for the mass adoption of electric vehicles in the state. Prior to Better Place, Jason was the President of Sterna Technologies USA, held several senior management positions at SAP, was co-owner and General Manager of a leading specialty apparel chain in Canada and served as an officer in the military.
Mr. Wolf has a BA in Economics and Psychology from the University of Tel-Aviv in Israel, and an MBA from San Jose State University in California, USA.