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
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
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
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

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.