3Degrees today announced the addition of energy industry expert April M. Salas to its Board of Directors, as well as the formation of a strategic Advisory Board.
“We are so pleased to welcome April to our Board of Directors,” said Dan Kalafatas, Chairman of 3Degrees. “She has deep global experience in the public and private sector, where she has worked to transform the energy landscape toward a cleaner, equitable, and more resilient energy future. As 3Degrees enters into a next phase of growth, April’s contributions will help support our global expansion into new markets, products, and services, enabling us to partner with even more companies as they take urgent action on climate change.”
April brings nearly 20 years of public and private sector experience in global and domestic energy markets, rooted in energy systems analysis. Her broad industry knowledge covers a range of energy domains, including electric power, liquid fuels, natural gas, energy finance, distributed energy resources, technology integration, resilience, cyber security, energy equity, and sustainability. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Revers Center for Energy at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business.
Previously, April directed the White House’s Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force Secretariat, publishing more than 70 recommendations for the future of the nation’s energy system. She has also served in senior roles at the U.S. Department of Energy, including Director of the State Energy Assurance Program, where she worked with industry, state, and local energy officials, regulated utility commissioners, and state emergency management directors. In addition, April served as Chief of Planning and Analysis for all federal energy emergency responses with FEMA, including emergency response around the globe, and held roles at the United Nations, UNESCO, in corporate social responsibility, and in energy finance consulting. She has represented U.S. government interests at NATO, is leading dialogue on emerging technologies and society with the National Academy of Sciences Arab-American Frontiers program, and is presenting at the International Energy Agency on the role of behavioral change in the energy transition.
April holds four Master’s degrees — an MBA from Cornell University; an MBA in International Business from Queen’s University’s Smith School of Business; an M.A. in International Affairs, Conflict Resolution, and Civil Society Development from American University of Paris; and an M.A. in International Security and Economics from L’Institut Catholique de Paris, focused on energy poverty and development. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, she speaks Arabic, French, and Spanish. April has worked or lived in over 65 countries.
“I am delighted to be joining the Board of Directors for 3Degrees, a true industry thought leader,” said April Salas. “I look forward to supporting the important work the company is doing to help companies and utilities decarbonize in ways that are transformative for the climate and the communities they serve.”
In addition to expanding its Board of Directors, 3Degrees also announced the formation of an Advisory Board. This Advisory Board will engage with the Board of Directors and executive leadership of 3Degrees in shaping its strategic direction. The inaugural members of the new group are executives Gilbert G. Campbell III, Britt Ide, and Luke Schneider, who will bring their substantial collective expertise in the renewable energy, mobility, grid electrification, utility, and energy equity spheres.
“I am pleased to welcome Gilbert, Britt, and Luke to the 3Degrees Advisory Board,” said Steve McDougal, CEO of 3Degrees. “Together they have decades of experience leading and advising transformational organizations along their decarbonization journeys. As 3Degrees rises to the urgency of this moment — marked by the accelerating climate crisis and a rapidly evolving energy landscape — their guidance will help us find new ways to serve our customers and maximize our impact.”
3Degrees Advisory Board members:
Gilbert Campbell is a leading voice in energy equity and the Co-Founder and CEO of Volt Energy, a national minority-owned renewable energy firm that finances and develops utility-scale, distributed generation, and community solar projects, electric-vehicle charging stations, and energy storage solutions for commercial, government, educational, and non-profit institutions. Gilbert serves on the Board of Directors at Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), and is a Founding Member of Renewables Forward. Gilbert graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.B.A in Finance from Howard University and received the White House Champions of Change Award from the Obama Administration in advancing climate change equity.
Britt Ide has deep expertise on ESG in board governance and the utility of the future. Britt sits on the Board of Directors of NorthWestern Energy (NYSE: NWE), serving on its Governance and Innovation and Audit committees, and is also President of Ide Energy & Strategy, where she consults on energy, sustainability, climate, and ESG. Britt has over 25 years of experience as an engineering, legal, and business leader working on all sides of energy issues including with associations, industrial users, large commercial users, utilities, non-governmental organizations, developers, and regulators. Britt holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, an M.S. in Environmental Engineering, and a Juris Doctor and serves on the Board of the Coalition for Green Capital, which creates green banks across the world to leverage public funding with private investment for climate solutions, and is an ambassador for the US Secretary of Energy’s Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment (“C3E”) program.
Luke Schneider has broad C-level experience at the forefront of next generation mobility. His experience includes guiding companies, ranging from start-ups to large enterprises, through major business milestones to scale. Currently the CEO of Refraction AI, a company building and deploying autonomous robotic platforms for last mile delivery in urban areas, Luke previously served as CEO of Silvercar, COO of wejo, Ltd, CTO at Zipcar, CTO at Flexcar, and has held various roles at Ford. Luke holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an MSIA (MBA) in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon. Luke currently serves on the board of directors of Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUG), a hydrogen fuel cell company, and Iteris (NASDAQ:ITI), a smart mobility technology company.