Jeff Byron is a Fellow in the inaugural cohort at the Stanford Distinguish Career Institute. He has nearly 40 years of experience in emerging energy technologies, customer requirements, and energy policy. His recent focus has been on the technical, regulatory, and financial implications of clean energy and smart grid technologies. He has also served on non-profit boards providing local services for the developmentally disabled and the world’s largest clean technology business accelerator. He consults with a number of startup companies developing unique generation and control technologies, energy management, and consumer- oriented smart grid devices. He is a member of the National Board of the Cleantech Open and past President of the Board of Abilities United. He is a member of the Band of Angels; Silicon Valley's oldest seed funding organization. He recently served for five years on the California Energy Commission presiding over numerous power plant siting cases, public interest research and development, and state energy policy. He began his career at GE’s Nuclear Energy Division and has been involved in all aspects of electric power generation and has held executive positions at NRG Energy and Calpine. He managed research at the Electric Power Research Institute in both fossil and nuclear power generation and commercialization roles culminating in the formation of the Hillview Group, a for-profit subsidiary. He co-founded BrightLine Energy, a distributed energy provider, and was Energy Director at Oracle Corporation. Mr. Byron is an expert on energy policy and clean-energy technologies who has developed strong relationships with energy providers, legislative, regulatory, academic and community leaders. He received a BS and MS from Stanford University.