OUR TEAM

Experienced Professionals Dedicated to Promoting Renewable Hydrogen and the Transition to Clean Energy.

Executive Director

Ken Dragoon

Ken was the founding inspiration for RHA, and provides management services through his consulting firm- Flink Energy Consulting. He has thirty-five years of experience in the electric power industry, focusing on the interactions between variable renewable resources and the electric grid. He began his career in hydro power planning and modeling, and transitioned to managing other renewable resources in 2003. In his long career, Ken has previously worked for: Ecofys, NW Power and Conservation Council, Renewable Northwest, PacifiCorp, Bonneville Power Administration, Schlumberger Well Services. He authored Valuing Wind Generation on Integrated Power Systems (2010) and holds an MS in physics from University of New Hampshire.

Director of Market Development

Martina Steinkusz

With her passion for climate-neutral solutions and renewable energy, Martina joined RHA in October 2019. Her professional background lies within small hydropower. For four years, she worked for the European Small Hydropower Association in Brussels, Belgium, as their Project and Communication Manager. She led the industry’s communication and outreach activities and managed several EU co-funded projects touching upon hydropower policy and the implementation of small hydropower cooperatives across several EU countries. Having moved to Portland, OR, she worked as a small hydropower consultant.

Martina holds a German-British double- degree in business and received a Masters in Urban Studies from the University of Vienna, Austria, with a focus on urban energy and the development of smart grids.

Board of Directors

President

Don Ruff

Don managed a 30-year structural engineering career with BPA whose distraction from designing transmission lines included joining with Ken Dragoon as co-directors of BPA’s after-school hands-on science program and summer science day camp— a program that at its height served some 150 classrooms in mostly lower-income schools around the Northwest and still exists on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Don also started two child care centers and two bilingual summer day camps (one Spanish/English, one Japanese/English).

Don presently advises EPRI and IEEE on engineering matters as Ruff Consulting and continues to serve the global community as President of Oregon Partners of the Americas— when he is not or trotting off to some third world country to help with a solar or hydropower construction project for Green Empowerment.

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Vice President

Dr. John Lynch

John D. Lynch received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Cum Laude, from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in 1979. From 1979 to 1995 he worked in the high-tech industry in California and Oregon as a computer engineer, including positions at Floating Point Systems, Intel, AMD, Pyramid Technology, and Adaptive Solutions. From 1995 to 1998 he managed ASIC Design Engineering for InFocus Corporation. From 1998 to 2002 he was Director of IC Design Engineering at Pixelworks, Inc. In 2002 he joined the School of Science and Engineering (formerly the Oregon Graduate Institute) of Oregon Health & Science University as an Instructor, where he developed and taught courses in a variety of computer engineering subjects. In 2007 he was appointed Director of OHSU’s Computer Engineering and Design Education Program. In 2009, after completing his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at OHSU, he joined the engineering faculty at Washington State University Vancouver. Since 2012 he has served as Coordinator of the electrical engineering program at WSU Vancouver.

Secretary/Treasurer

Jason Busch

Jason Busch is Executive Director of the Pacific Ocean Energy Trust (POET), an organization that supports the responsible development of marine energy on the West Coast. Mr. Busch is also a co-chair of the Marine Energy Council, the national trade group for the marine hydrokinetic energy sector.

Mr. Busch is actively involved in both business and community organizations. He is on the Energy Trust of Oregon’s Renewable Energy Advisory Committee, Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development Territorial Sea Plan Rulemaking Project Committee, the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center Advisory Council, and the Department of State Lands Rulemaking Advisory Committee. He has multiple publications, including most recently a chapter in Climate Change Impacts on Ocean and Coastal Law, published by Oxford University Press.

Prior to joining Oregon Wave Energy Trust, Mr. Busch was Principal at Sustainable Legal Solutions LLC, where he provided legal services specializing in renewable energy company start-ups and project development. Previously, he was an attorney for Ater Wynne and Stoel Rives in Portland, Oregon.

Mr. Busch holds a B.A. in Political Science from Texas A&M University and a M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi. He received a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 2006 from the University of Oregon School of Law, graduating with honors and admitted to the Order of the Coif.

 

Board Member

Nicole Hughes 

Nicole Hughes joined Renewable Northwest as Executive Director in July 2018. Nicole has over 14 years of experience in project development and consulting for utility-scale wind and solar energy projects, working for AWS Truepower, HDR, Element Power, RES Americas and Tetra Tech. She has also contributed to policy,serving on the American Wind Energy Siting Committee and the Health and Safety Standards Committee, the Oregon Department of Lands and Conservation Division Rules Advisory Committee, and worked on Wind Energy Guidelines for Washington, Oregon and California. In her previous work, Nicole engaged with Renewable NW as a member and understands first hand the importance of the organization’s coalition work between advocacy organizations and renewable energy businesses in moving the region forward towards a clean energy future.

Board Member

Shanna Brownstein

Shanna Brownstein is Senior Manager for Transportation Electrification at Portland General Electric. She formerly worked for NW Natural in Portland, Oregon where she worked on the Public Affairs team, focusing on local and state climate change policy and planning. Prior to joining NW Natural in 2011, she managed policy and government affairs at The Climate Trust.  She is a certified whitewater rafting guide and enjoys hiking and skiing, eating good food, and hanging with her family. She received a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University in New York City and a Bachelor of Arts from Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

Advisory Committee

Technical Committee Chair

Gerry Snow, PE

Mr. Snow has 40 years of experience in power generation, combined heat & power, gasification technologies, fuel cells, and hydrogen energy systems.  He has led and contributed to significant projects across the U.S., U.K., Mexico, Eastern and Central Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan, and South Korea.  Mr. Snow currently provides engineering consulting services through his firm – Pacific Energy Research Associates, P.C. (PERA). Prior to establishing PERA, Mr. Snow served as a Principal Process Engineer and Subject Matter Expert with Fuel Tech, Inc. in Warrenville (Chicago) Illinois.  Previously, he worked for ReliOn, Inc. (now PlugPower) to develop extended run fuel cells, hydrogen reforming, and hydrogen fueling infrastructure.  He has published and presented over 30 journal articles and papers in U.S. and international periodicals and conferences.  Mr. Snow holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Policy Committee Chair

Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson is a partner at Sanger Thompson PC, where he provides counsel and legal representation on energy, administrative law, and public utility matters.  Mark works with energy project developers, utilities, energy consumers and other businesses involved in energy, and has extensive experience in economic regulation, administrative litigation, and energy transactions.  Mark previously worked as the Senior Director for Regulatory Affairs at NW Natural Gas Company, and prior to that, was Staff Counsel for the Public Power Council, where he represented Northwest public power entities (public and people’s utility districts, cooperatives, and municipal utilities) before the Bonneville Power Administration and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  Mark also worked at Richardson & O’Leary, where he represented industrial power users and resource developers.

Mark holds a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology from Brigham Young University.

 

 

Commercial Development Committee Chair

Evan Ramsey

Evan is a specialist in renewable energy systems and leads the project development and management activities for Bonneville Environmental Foundation’s Renewable Energy Group, which advances renewables in the Northwest with innovative and creative solutions. Evan has managed hundreds of small scale renewable projects and over 10-Megawatts of large commercial projects. The clients he has helped transition to renewable energy include Walmart, Safeway, Bayer, Hewlett Packard, Intel, local governments, and several universities. Evan is an accredited solar installation professional certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Nature and Culture from the University of California at Davis. In addition to his schooling at UC Davis he has studied abroad in Chile, completed a Himalayan Ecology Field Study, and spent many years leading work in the backcountry of Kings Canyon National Park.