Mr. Mason Willrich
California ISO Board of Governors
Mason Willrich was appointed to the California Independent System Operator (California ISO) Board of Governors in March 2005 and was elected Board Chair in June 2006.
Mr. Willrich was a partner of NTH POWER, a venture capital firm that invests in early state energy technology companies, from its inception in 1996 until February 2002. He also served as director of EVERGREEN SOLAR, INC., a manufacturer of solar photovoltaic modules from 1998 through 2003. Mr. Willrich was founder and served as chairman of ENERGYWORKS LLC, a joint venture of PACIFICCORP and BECHTEL which provides combined heat and power to industrial firms located in less developed countries, from its start up in 1995 until the company was sold in 1998.
From 1989 until 1994, Mr. Willrich served as Chief Executive Officer of PG&E ENTERPRISES, the subsidiary of PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY for unregulated business, which he started up and grew to profitable operations with assets of $3 billion. From 1979 until 1989 he served as Executive Vice President responsible for strategic planning, budget, controller and information systems, and in various other executive positions at PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY.
The author or co-author of numerous books and articles on energy policy and international security issues, Mr. Willrich has written: Radioactive Waste: Management and Regulation (with R.K. Lester), 1977; Administration of Energy Shortages, 1976; and Energy and World Politics, 1975 to name a few.
Mr. Willrich currently serves on a number of professional and government boards and committees, including:
•Director of the California Clean Energy Fund
•Trustee and chair of the budget and investment committee of WINROCK INTERNATIONAL
•Trustee and past chairman of the World Affairs Council of Northern California
•Member of the administrative board of the Papers of Benjamin Franklin, Yale University Library
•Member of the advisory board, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
A graduate of Yale University, Mr. Willrich was magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa and also received a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of California, Berkeley.
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