LEADERSHIP

Meet our Team

Our expert team brings nearly 150 years of combined experience in the renewable energy and policy fields, in a range of disciplines.

Angelina Galiteva

Angelina M. Galiteva

Founding Board Chair

Diane Moss

Diane Moss

Founding Board Director

Josephine Gonzalez

Board Director

Carol Leslie Hamilton

Carol Leslie Hamilton

Board Member

Sona Coffee

Sona Coffee

Board Member

Lindley Saffeir

Lindley Saffeir

Project Assistant

Dr. Hermann Scheer

Dr. Hermann Scheer

Founding Board Director In Memoriam

Matthias Bank

Matthias Bank

Media & Outreach Director

Team Bio’s

Angelina Galiteva

Angelina M. Galiteva

Founder & Chair of the Board

Angelina M. Galiteva is the Founder and Board Chair of Renewables 100 Policy Institute an organization dedicated to accelerating the global transition to 100% renewable energy. In 2011 Ms. Galiteva was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the California Independent Systems Operator Board (CAISO), one of the largest transmission operators in the United States. Ms. Galiteva also serves as Chairperson of the World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) and is a Board Member of the Global Clean Energy Desalination Alliance. Ms. Galiteva is an expert in strategic issues related to renewable energy, environmental, efficiency and overall sustainable policy programs for public and private entities. In addition, Ms. Galiteva is founder and Principal of NEOptions, Inc., a renewable energy product and project development firm. Previously, Ms. Galiteva was the Executive Director of Strategic Planning, for the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), overseeing the utility’s renewable energy program. Ms. Galiteva, is an attorney with a JD and Masters’ of Law Degrees in International, and Energy Law.

Diane Moss

Diane Moss

Founder, Director, and Secretary of the Board

Diane Moss is a Founder, Director, and Secretary of the Board of the Renewables 100 Policy Institute. She is also Founder and Owner of dima Communications & Strategic Partnerships, where she is an independent consultant focused on energy policy, government relations, and sustainability related communications and campaigns for a broad range of entities, including non-profits, cleantech companies, and utilities, among others. In 2021, she was an educator on clean hydrogen policy for the World Hydrogen Leaders. From 2017-2021, she served as Policy Consultant and then Policy Director for the California Hydrogen Business Council. Previously, she served as South Coast Air Quality Management District Board Member Consultant and Sustainability Consultant to Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn and as South Coast Air Quality Management District Board Member Consultant to Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. In 2019, she was appointed to the Los Angeles County Woolsey Fire Task Force. She also was U.S. Policy Advisor to World Future Council, and from 2008-2011, served as Environmental Deputy to member of United States Congress Jane Harman. Her writing on renewable energy and climate related issues has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Beam, Today’s Facility Manager, Gineers, and Cleantechnica, among others. Ms. Moss studied at Harvard University and New York University and completed a thesis program in political science in Paris with professors from L’Institut d’Etudes Politques, University of Paris, and HEC. As a high school senior, she also was an intern to the Costa Rican Ambassador to UNESCO in Paris.

Josephine Gonzalez

Environmental Affairs Officer at LADWP

Josephine Gonzalez serves as Environmental Affairs Officer at Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. A city employee for more than 20 years, she also worked at the Harbor Department and at the Environmental Affairs Department prior to joining LADWP. Her accomplishments include running the LADWP Solar Program with excellence that was recognized publicly by the Mayor, City Council, and Board of Water and Power Commissioners, as well as winning the Earth Day City of the Year” award from the Interfaith Environmental Council and the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life.

Carol Leslie Hamilton

Carol Leslie Hamilton, Esq.

was the U.S. National Commissioner for UNESCO. In 2014, she was appointed by President Obama as the United States Alternative Representative at the United Nations. Ms. Hamilton recently served as Dean of Institutional Development at Santa Monica College, where she worked with college personnel to devise plans of action for establishing and enhancing college programs and policy formulation in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. To serve the Santa Monica College student population and initiatives related to their success, she develops resources by building and fostering relations with foundations, governmental entities and potential funding sources.

Before accepting the position at Santa Monica College, Ms. Hamilton was the Director of Development at the School of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University and, preceding that, the Vice President of RKO Productions where she supervised the legal and business affairs department and created and supervised an intellectual property protection program to safeguard RKO’s rights and assets.

Prior to RKO, she enjoyed a career as a litigator, specializing in plaintiffs’ insurance bad faith. The lead attorney on several cases against insurance companies, she obtained multi- million dollar verdicts and settlements and successfully represented California taxpayers in a case against the state’s Department of Insurance which resulted in substantial changes in their handling of consumer complaints and investigations of insurance companies.

Early in her career, Ms. Hamilton co-founded the Legal Clinic for Battered Women, the first legal clinic for victims of domestic abuse in the United States. Active in the Tibet human rights movement, she was a founding director and officer of the Tibet Justice Committee, The United States Tibetan Resettlement Project and Los Angeles Friends of Tibet. She lobbied Congress to provide one thousand visas for Tibetan refugees as a part of the Immigration Act of 1990 and helped organize the resettlement of 1,000 Tibetan immigrants in several different states including California.

Ms. Hamilton is the co-author of a book and several articles on insurance bad faith and has lectured extensively on the subjects of trial tactics, insurance bad faith and international human rights issues. She has been a guest lecturer on the subject of US foreign policy and human rights in Tibet at the Harvard Law School, the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco and Amnesty International.

Ms. Hamilton graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin where she was voted Outstanding Junior Woman. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from Hastings College of the Law where, among other accomplishments, she was selected to argue before Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg and to serve on the Constitutional Law Quarterly.

Sona Coffee

Sona Coffee

is a sustainability professional that works with local governments to find ways to transform cities into environmentally sustainable communities. She is passionate about educating the public on climate emergency issues, implementing clean energy programs, and creating policies that prevent plastic pollutants from entering the marine environment. Sona serves as Environmental Programs Administrator for the City of Irvine and previously served as Environmental Programs Manager at City of Manhattan Beach. Sona also enjoys volunteering for local environmental groups, and serving on the Sustainable City Commission for her hometown of Long Beach.

Sona was recently recognized by the Institute for Local Government as a Sustainable & Resilient Communities Champion for her leadership of ambitious sustainability initiatives in the region over the last 15 years. With the need for urgent climate action made clearer every day, she spearheaded the effort for Irvine to become the first community in Southern California to endorse a carbon neutral by 2030 moonshot goal. Her work has also brought together varied community interests in favor of 100% renewable energy for several cities in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

Lindley Saffeir

Lindley Saffeir

 a recent intern at the Renewables 100 Policy Institute, brings to her role as Project Assistant her interest and research background in environmental conflict and peace building, conservation policy, regime change legacies within environmental governance and environmental justice impacts of renewable energy development in the Iberian peninsula. She is focused primarily on assisting with our internationally focused projects and currently completing her studies at Loyola Marymount University.

Dr. Hermann Scheer

Dr. Hermann Scheer
Founding Board Director In Memoriam

Born in 1944, Hermann Scheer attended the Officers School of the German Federal Army from 1964 to 1966, serving as lieutenant during 1966-67. Hermann studied economics, sociology, political science and public law between 1967 and 1972 at the University of Heidelberg and the Free University of Berlin. He received his PhD in Economic and Social Science in 1972. Dr Scheer was appointed Assistant Professor at the Technical University of Stuttgart in the Faculty of Economics, 1972-76. He worked as system analysts at the German Nuclear Research Center from 1976-1980.

Dr Scheer was first elected member of the German Parliament in 1980, re-elected in 1983, 1987, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2005. He served as Chairman of the Arms Control and Disarmament Committee 1990-93. Since 1983 Hermann Scheer has been delegated by the German Parliament to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and served as Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture between 1994 and 1997. He holds a Doctor honoris causa, bestowed by the Technical University of Varna (Bulgaria). Dr Scheer has chaired as well as initiated numerous international research and development conferences.

His work has been honoured with the inaugural SolarWorld Prize (1998), the inaugural World Prize on Bioenergy (2000), the Alternative Nobel Prize (Right Livelihood Award, 1999), and the Gold Medal of the Union for Small Hydropower. TIME Magazine recognised him in 2002 as one of five “Heroes for the Green Century.” He also received the World Wind Energy Award (2004).

Dr. Scheer’s work was dedicated to a broad shift in the energy basis of modern civilization: from fossil and nuclear resources to renewable energies. He demonstrated both necessity and feasibility of this transition in his five books: The Stored Sun (1987), The Solar Age (1989), Solar Strategy (1993), The Solar Economy (1999) and Climate Change. From the Fossil to the Solar Culture (2002). In addition, Dr. Scheer has also authored more than one thousand articles.

The Solar Strategy (1993) has been published in eight languages; the English version is entitled “A Solar Manifesto”. The Solar Economy (1999) is distributed in eleven languages; the English publication is “Solar Economy”. These two volumes are acknowledged as the most widely read books on renewable energy worldwide, combining new technological, economical and cultural issued with policy recommendations, from the local to the global scale. They suggest that the transition to renewable forms of energy with the aid of modern technologies will lead to a “solar information society.” This shift creates the most important and promising structural change of civilization since the beginning of the industrial age and leads to manifold benefits for societies: mitigating climate change, and overcoming national security issues, addressing the mounting water crisis, cleaning the cities, improving the health of the people, revitalizing the agricultural economy, creating new industrial jobs and fighting underdevelopment and deprivation in the developing world.

In 1988, Dr. Scheer founded the non-profit European Renewable Energy Association EUROSOLAR, and in 2001 the non-profit World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE), serving as President and. General Chairman, respectively, of the two non-governmental organizations on a honorary basis. Through these institutions Dr. Scheer elaborated his original policy concepts for renewable energy disseminations, and initiated legal frameworks in Germany and the European Union. He has done so both in his capacity as a Member of Parliament, and by advising governments and parliamentarians in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

In these roles Hermann Scheer’s most successful policy innovations were accomplished:

  • the fully implemented 100,000 photovoltaic solar energy roof program
    in Germany, the world’s first mass implementation program;
  • the German Renewable Energy Act, which has made Germany the leader in
    renewable energy installation, with a strong emphasis on decentralized,
    locally/privately owned renewable energy capacity below 5 MW per installation.
  • full tax exemption for all biofuels, affording a lower price level for renewable
    fuels when compared to fossil fuels.

The revolutionary German National Renewable Energy Act (Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz, EEG) provides the major boost for the renewable energy technology industries sector, generating more than 150,000 new jobs and triggering annual renewable energy growth rates of 30 percent. Based on these exemplary results, more than 50 other locations have adopted this model, adapting it to their own requirements.

Dr. Scheer was the intellectual founding father of the Renewables 100 Policy Institute. At his urging, the organization was founded to advance the global 100% renewable energy goal, which he believed to be both critical for human civilisation and feasible. Dr. Scheer died in October 2010. His spirit, analysis, principals, and passion will continue to inform the efforts of Renewables 100 Policy Institute.

Matthias Bank

Matthias Bank

Media & Outreach Director

Matthias Bank is the primary person responsible for media, graphics, digital communications at the Renewables 100 Policy Institute, along with overseeing the outreach strategy.

During his 30 years experience in marketing and media, Bank has gathered over 200 film, television and video credits as Producer, Director, Cameraman and Assistant Cameraman, in addition to serving as the Director of Photography or Camera Operator for more than 50 live concert events. His documentaries have received several prestigious European awards. He has also shot interviews with many luminaries in music, business, sports, and politics, including Dr. Alban, Franz Beckenbauer, Ed Begley Jr., Elvis Costello, Roy Disney, Gloria Gaynor, Gilles Hennessy (MOET & Hennessy), Jewgenij Kissin, Yehudi Menuhin, Elon Musk, Gary Player, Iggy

Focused on embodied carbon and healthy building materials in built environment, he is a student of Baubiologie (Building Biology) and studied healthier building materials and sustainable buildings at The Healthy Materials Lab | Parsons School of Design – The New School.

He is co-founder of dima-communications, a communications firm specializing in sustainability related campaigns, events, companies, and projects.