Staff and Board
Martin Bond: Executive Director
Martin currently leads the organization’s strategic development of sustainability initiatives with a focus on green and healthy homes. CESC works to improve the health, safety and energy efficiency of the homes of the most vulnerable in our communities through an integrated whole house approach. Martin was previously the Program Director at CESC, overseeing programs which brought advanced energy efficiency and solar technologies to businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area. Martin regularly presents at industry conferences and to trade organizations on energy management and sustainability. During his time at CESC, he has worked with many local cities to promote energy awareness and help implement their Climate Action Plans. Martin is an adjunct professor at Laney College in their Green Jobs Program, and formerly worked as a sales executive specializing in sales training and team development. Martin holds a B.A. from UC Santa Barbara, and is LEED certified. Martin lives in Oakland with his wife and three children.
Gregory Clark: Construction Services Manager
Gregory Clark is CESC’s licensed contractor and construction services manager. In addition to his many certifications in weatherization, Gregory holds two BPI certifications, Building Analyst and Envelope Professional. Gregory places a high priority on contributing his time to causes that help make our planet a better place. With CESC’s charitable services to low income households, his committed and hardworking staff, and our energy conservation stakeholders, he feels that his time is well spent.
Tyi Johnson: Office Manager
Board of Directors
Ryan Bell: Chair
Ryan Bell implements recycling and waste prevention projects and other local sustainability programs for Alameda County’s General Services Agency. Ryan also worked briefly with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s grants program and ICLEI’s Local Governments for Sustainability. Ryan co-authored Local Action: The New Paradigm in Climate Change Policy, led the climate change task force for the City of Olympia, Washington, and has advised Eastern European communities on implementing environmental programs as both a Peace Corps volunteer and a consultant.
Ann Gressani: Vice-Chair
Ann Gressani is an independent consultant specializing in state government relations. Ann has over 20 years of experience as a public policy advocate with the California Legislature and regulatory agencies. She works with nonprofit organizations that provide affordable housing for low-income tenants. Previously, Ann managed government relations for MCI Telecommunications and served in the state legislature as a principal consultant to the Senate Committee on Energy and Public Utilities. She has a long-standing commitment to helping the government serve the interests of consumers and low-income communities.
Bruce Flushman: Secretary
Bruce Flushman is an attorney, and leads the Environmental Practice Group at Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean in Oakland. He represents public and private interests regarding compliance with environmental laws and regulations, obtaining federal, state, or local land use permits/entitlements, and related litigation. Prior to starting a private practice, Bruce was a California deputy attorney general for almost 17 years. He has an abiding interest in energy, including the reduction of greenhouse gases through energy conservation and smart growth. Bruce and his family are longtime active members of the Berkeley/Oakland community.
Brian Jones: Board Treasurer
Brian Jones works at Sims Metal Management. He has been on the board of Community Energy Services since 2010.
Ruth Grimes is a retired city planner with over 30 years of local government experience. She also has nearly 40 years of board experience with nonprofit, community-based organizations, including serving as a board officer for seven organizations. She is the past chair of the Community Energy Services Corporation board.
Stephen Wahlstrom is a city and regional planning economics consultant, who has been in private practice since 1985. He founded Wahlstrom & Associates in the fall of 2007, with an emphasis in economic development, real estate feasibility, and housing economics. He is currently a member of the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED), the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), and the California Redevelopment Association (CRA).
Hank Love has worked with energy efficiency and renewable energy nonprofit organizations for over seven years, providing executive consulting, strategic planning and program development. He started his career working for a small accounting and bookkeeping service in Lansing, MI, after which he started his own business providing consulting and back-office services for nonprofits and entrepreneurs. His first experience in energy was working for Michigan Energy Options, Michigan’s longest running energy efficiency and renewable energy nonprofit, where he quickly rose from a contract bookkeeper to the Assistant Director by developing new programs and bringing in millions of dollars of funding. In 2014, he helped found the American Jobs Project with Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, which is part of the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute.
Ardis Graham is the Labor Compliance Manager for the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), responsible for labor relations on public works projects, all public works labor compliance, and directing the administration of various Project Stabilization Agreements (PSAs). Previously, Ardis was the Compliance officer for the City and County of San Francisco, assisting contractors and protecting workers rights by ensuring employer compliance with all required provisions on city-funded projects. Ardis previously served on the Board of Directors for Bayview Hunters Point Health and Environmental Resource Center (HERC). Ardis and his family live in Oakland and are active in their local community.
Evangeline (“Evan”) Burbidge
Evan Burbidge is an attorney at the litigation boutique Lewis & Llewellyn LLP. She advises on a broad array of complex commercial matters, including trade secret, fraud, and breach of contract cases. She is active in the legal community, co-chairing the Barristers’ Litigation Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco and previously serving on an advisory committee for Legal Aid at Work. She is also a long-time fundraiser for her alma mater, Yale University. Passionate about renewable energy and clean tech, Evan is proud to be a part of the CESC Board. Evan and her family live in Oakland. On weekends they can be found enjoying nature, listening to live music, and trying to make sure everyone gets a nap.
After receiving his architecture degree from U.C. Berkeley in 1989, Larry began his public sector career with Oakland’s housing department in 1990 where he was responsible for administering California’s Disaster Assistance Program after the Loma Prieta earthquake. His responsibilities also included administering county, regional and federal programs such as CDBG and HOME loan funds. He later went on and became manager of Residential Lending in 2007, where he continued to administer federal programs and expanded partnerships with Alameda County’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program to help protect pregnant mothers and children from the dangerous effects of lead-based paint. He has an extensive background in other local environmental issues including: remediation of groundwater and soil contamination; studying effects of air emissions/respiratory illnesses on low-income communities and has also contributed to numerous municipal LEED-certified projects. Prior to the dissolution of redevelopment, he was area manager for East Oakland and helped fund projects ranging from parks, libraries, fire stations, transit-oriented development projects and streetscapes. He’s currently the East Oakland area manager with the City’s Project Implementation Division and is also tasked with the wind-down of the former agency’s projects through the Redevelopment Successor Agency.