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Doug Linney

Founder and Executive Director​

Doug has served the environmental community of California for over 35 years as an advocate, political strategist, coalition builder, and fundraiser. In 1996, he founded The Next Generation (TNG) in an effort to advance the environmental agenda by offering campaign services and political strategy to nonprofit organizations, environmental coalitions, and progressive candidates.


Doug has run numerous campaigns at the state, regional, and local level and has specialized in water, energy, forestry, and environmental tax reform issues. In 2002, he was recognized with the Mark Dubois River Conservationist Award given by Friends of the River. His environmental service includes past or present membership on the boards of directors for the California League of Conservation Voters, Friends of the River, ecoVenture, Green Capitol, the Planning and Conservation League, and the East Bay Municipal Utility District.


From 1988 to 1994, Doug was the Political Director of the California League of Conservation Voters, a public interest organization that supports environmentally minded candidates for public office. Doug received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Public Policy from the University of California, Davis.


Molly Yoon

Program Director

Throughout her life, Molly has fostered a love and sense of necessity for environmental conservation and sustainability. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies with a Minor in Spatial Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara. 


Working as a Research Intern at the Next Generation, Molly turned her attention towards policy. Her work consisted of analyzing data pertinent to water use and researching ways in which environmental issues could be better represented in policy. Serving as the Conference Coordinator at EcologiCal Solutions, a non-profit organization, Molly organizes environmentally-oriented conferences and workshops to increase awareness, activism, and involvement in politics and local environmental movements. 


As the Program Director, Molly focuses her research on electric vehicles, energy and transportation trends, and related policies, specifically policy gap analysis to locate where our environmental policies fall short when it comes to implementing renewable energy standards and electric vehicle mandates. She oversees various projects and creates content that is used to help ZEV2030 accomplish its mission.


Peter has worked with nonprofits in the U.S. and internationally, along with ballot measure campaigns across California. His work has helped provide billions of dollars in new local funding for transportation, education, libraries and affordable housing. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Moldova from 2005 to 2007.


Peter holds an M.A. in Development Practice from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in Journalism from Boston University. He drives a 2017 Chevy Bolt with a 32 amp home charger.

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Paden McNiff

Paden is a coalition builder and youth leader with several campaign cycles of experience, having worked successfully for progressive victories in Mayoral, Supervisorial, and Congressional races. She currently serves as an Assembly District Delegate to the CA Democratic Party, having previously served as the President of the Cal Poly Democrats prior to her graduation, as well as completing an intensive grassroots organizing training with the DNC.


In addition to her role with ZEV2030, she works as a Communications and Campaigns Associate at Flip the West. As a coalition-builder, she values bringing together diverse groups to rally around progressive causes. She is saving up for her first electric vehicle this year. 

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John Boesel

President & CEO, CALSTART

As the President and Chief Executive Officer of CALSTART, John Boesel is dedicated to the growth of a clean transportation technologies industry that will clean the air and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 


John first joined CALSTART as the Vice President of Technology Programs. Then in 2001 the Board of Directors promoted him to the position of President and CEO.

John serves on the Advisory Board for the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC) at Stanford University and the Advisory Board for the University of California, Davis Institute of Transportation Studies.

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Hunter Lovins

President & Founder, Natural Capitalism Solutions

L. Hunter Lovins is a renowned author and champion of sustainable development for over 35 years, Hunter has consulted on business, economic development, sustainable agriculture, energy, water, security, and climate policies for scores of governments, communities, and companies worldwide. Within the United States, she has consulted for heads of state, departments of defense, energy agencies and hundreds of state and local agencies.


Hunter is the President and Founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS), a non-profit formed in 2002 in Longmont, CO. She believes that citizens, communities and companies, working together within the market context, are the most dynamic problem-solving force on the planet. She has devoted herself to building teams that can create and implement practical and affordable solutions to the problems facing us in creating a sustainable future.

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Astronaut, Business Leader, Diplomat 

Steve Smith

A former astronaut and  globally respected business leader and diplomat, Steve Smith is also an electric vehicle  evangelist.


Steve always wanted to fly in space. His path began with two engineering degrees, an MBA, and his pilot's license from Stanford. Upon graduation he joined IBM as a semiconductor engineer and 7 years later joined NASA. As a NASA astronaut, he flew on four space shuttle missions and performed seven spacewalks, including five to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. His time in space gave him an unshakable appreciation of the threat of climate change to our planet.


After his fourth mission, Steve served as a Diplomat for 12 years  in the role of the United States’ space station representative to the European Space Agency. He facilitated a multi-national effort to reach consensus balancing financial, technical, and political realities. He now serves as director on multiple boards, consults to Silicon Valley venture capitalists, and is a corporate motivational speaker.

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Steve Smith

Astronaut, Business Leader, Diplomat 

A former astronaut and  globally respected business leader and diplomat, Steve Smith is also an electric vehicle  evangelist.

He's a graduate of Stanford Business School (and the only MBA ever selected to be an astronaut by NASA), has two electrical engineering degrees from Stanford, and started his career at IBM in semiconductor fabrication.  


Steve flew in space four times traveling 16 million miles and circling Earth nearly 650 times. His view from space gave him an unshakable appreciation of the Earth as an island oasis, as a place we are privileged to be, and as a place must protect for future generations. He recognized its fragility and the immense threat of climate change. As he puts it, "Earth's sirens are sounding" and we need to change the way we treat and respect Earth.

After his fourth mission, Steve served as a Diplomat for 12 years as a liaison to both the European and Russiain Space programs. He now serves as director on multiple boards, consults to Silicon Valley venture capitalists, and is a corporate motivational speaker.

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