Meet Our Team

Laurie Park, CPA, is a recognized leader in the emerging area of water-energy.  She assisted the California Energy Commission in developing its landmark white paper in 2005 about California’s water-energy nexus.  Since that time, Laurie assisted the Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research division (PIER) in developing its first water-energy RD&D strategic plan and roadmap, conducted an assessment of the statewide potential of small hydropower, led a study about the energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions benefits of recycled water, and co-managed two extensive studies about California’s water-energy relationships for the California Public Utilities Commission.  In 2012, Laurie authored a white paper about California’s Water-Energy Nexus: Pathways to Implementation, on behalf of the Water-Energy Sub-Team of the Governor’s Climate Action Team (aka “WET-CAT”). In 2013, she led the first study about The Role of Natural Gas in California’s Water-Energy Nexus and co-wrote a paper about California’s Water-Energy-Climate Nexus with The Climate Registry.

Paul D. Thomas, CEM, a certified project manager, has developed, managed and implemented electric and gas utility customer energy programs with portfolio budgets in excess of $50 million.  In addition to leading Southern California Edison’s (SCE) water-energy nexus efforts, he managed the delivery of energy efficiency technical services and incentives to residential customers through the state’s Energy Upgrade California program, an unprecedented alliance among California counties, cities, non-profit organizations, the state’s investor-owned energy utilities, and publicly owned utilities.  Paul serves on the Executive Committee as a founding member of the California Water-Energy Coalition (CalWEC).

Harry Gobler, P.E., is a career engineering manager with substantial experience managing complex multi-year, multi-discipline projects with budgets exceeding $100 million and teams of more than 100 staff and consultants at any one time. A recipient of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Outstanding Leadership Medal for “sustained leadership and exceptionally high-impact leadership achievements,” Harry has a long and distinguished career as an innovative and effective project manager and mentor. He is also recognized for bringing together diverse teams of people to collaboratively solve complex problems.

Jonathan Bower is a chemical engineer and greenhouse gas carbon management specialist.  His diverse experience includes analyzing emerging technologies and developing emission profiles and models.  He has provided regulatory analysis on provincial, state and federal levels for both Canada and the U.S.  He has also conducted analyses, quantification and strategy development for a wide variety of technologies: municipal solid waste, bio-fuels, biomass, agricultural related projects, district heating, anaerobic decomposition, ozone depleting substances, and forestry management.  Most recently, Jonathan assisted clients in water-energy integration and renewable energy solutions in California.

Caroline Minasian began her career in environmental sustainability with the California Sustainability Alliance, a market transformation program that brings together key stakeholders to collaboratively develop and implement strategies for overcoming barriers to sustainability adoption. Caroline was a member of the Alliance team for over four years where she assisted in conducting the annual Sustainability Showcase Awards program, assisted in developing web-based tools, and developed and implemented website content about best sustainability practices and programs. Caroline recently graduated at the top of her class with a Master of Letters with Distinction in Literature from the University of Glasgow.