The LDES Council Mission
The LDES Council’s mission is to replace the use of fossil fuels to meet peak demand by accelerating the market for long duration energy storage. This will cut global emissions and ensure flexibility in electricity supply, while providing flexible, affordable, reliable, and resilient clean energy solutions. The LDES Council’s industry experts provide fact-based guidance to Governments and grid operators in the deployment of long duration energy storage to help achieve NetZero for electric grids by 2040. The LDES Council provides education and advocacy services to help advance the adoption of long duration energy storage and accelerate carbon neutrality. The LDES Council covers a wide range of LDES technologies and its members span a wide spectrum of innovation, including mechanical, thermal, electrochemical and chemical solutions.
Governance of the LDES Council
All members of the LDES Council have voting rights. Members elect a Board of Directors consisting of eleven members, including the Chair who acts in a non-executive role. The Board of Directors is then in charge of setting the long-term vision for the LDES Council, as well as research priorities and areas of focus. Two Presidents play the executive role on behalf of the LDES Council, with well-defined non-overlapping responsibilities, defined by the Board of Directors. Each year only one of the Presidents is replaced to ensure continuity, with one anchor member and one technology provider in place at all times. As part of LDES Council membership, all members have the possibility to join Working groups and to be an active participant in advancing the mission of the LDES Council.
Chief Executive Officer
Julia is a strategic executive with over 20 years of expertise in the energy and environmental sectors as a coalition builder and advocate. She is a longtime advocate of clean energy technologies, working extensively to support global environment and equitable policies.
As CEO of the LDES Council, Julia leads strategy and vision to enable the advancement of long duration energy storage to the center stage of the energy transition worldwide. She currently serves as the Chair of the Global Renewables Alliance, of which the LDES Council is a founding member. Most recently, Julia served as the Executive Director of the Long Duration Energy Storage Association of California (LDESAC). While there, she led the education and outreach of emerging and existing long duration energy storage developers, focusing on its importance to grid reliability and meeting climate goals.
Previously she founded and was president of a strategic consulting company, JAS Energies, which focused on bringing inclusive, diverse, and equitable transitions and policies into fruition. She provided a deep understanding of challenges facing the US electricity sector in reducing carbon emissions, building renewable energy projects, creating markets, and implementing a clean energy vision. Previously, Julia was a Director at the The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), focused on market and energy policy creation and implementation, creating coalitions and interpreted real-time grid operations and transmission planning.
Julia’s prior roles include senior positions at Clean Line Energy Partners, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Julia holds two BAs from Oregon State University in Political Science and International Relations, and an MPA in Policy Implementation from The University of Southern California. She currently lives in San Francisco with her two children.
Chief of Staff & VP Communications
Larissa is a seasoned communications and marketing strategist with nearly 20 years of experience in corporate communications and public relations. She has worked with technology companies, NGOs, and consulting agencies to launch integrated marketing campaigns and programs. She is a respected leader with a robust range of marketing expertise, diverse industry experience, and proven success in startup and rapid growth environments
At the LDES Council, Larissa is focused on communications and outreach strategies to support The Council’s overall message and mission. Prior to joining the LDES Council, Larissa led marketing efforts at the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) and held senior positions at Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) and a number of technology companies. In those roles, she was responsible for leading public relations, social media, events, and corporate branding and messaging efforts. Throughout her career, she has generated awareness and messaging for company brands and established activities to engage varied stakeholder groups into action. Larissa began her career working for government IT consulting and public relations firms.
Larissa earned her degree from Radford University in Communications and Public Relations with a minor in Political Science. She served as President of the Washington, D.C. chapter of Social Media Club (SMC-DC) from 2007-2011 where she led a team of over 20 volunteers to educate businesses, nonprofits, and government leaders in best practices for social media. She currently lives in Maryland with her husband and two children.
Director of Programs
Sumin is passionate about the intersection between business and sustainability, and is committed to finding innovative solutions that are both economically and environmentally beneficial. She has a track record of leading cross-functional teams and developing partnerships with international partners. Sumin enjoys collaborating with groups with diverse expertise, interests and perspectives.
As Programs Manager at the LDES Council, Sumin executes on the operational elements of the Council’s offerings and events, including facilitating the Working Group meetings. Prior to joining the LDES Council, she worked in diverse roles that spanned the corporate and social sectors. At the Energy Coalition and EcoMotion, she managed projects to enhance energy efficiency and advance sustainability at public agencies across California, particularly at K-12 schools. Sumin also worked at Walt Disney Imagineering, the R&D arm of the company. There, she designed and implemented social entrepreneurship research projects in developing countries.
Sumin holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and a joint MBA and MPP from Harvard University. She has also earned certificates in Project Management and GLobal Sustainability from UCLA. She lived in Seoul, Hong, Kong, Sydney, Sao Paulo, Philadelphia and Boston, before settling in the Los Angeles area.
Director of Operations
Katica is the Director of Operations for the LDES Council. She has over 10 years of experience in managing operations for global remote teams (SCM, IT, Customer Support, Sales, Finance). Katica is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day administrative and operational functions of the LDES Council, with a strong focus on process implementation and project management. She is experienced in global expansion and operational setup in North America, Latin America, the European Union, and APAC regions. Katica currently resides in Croatia with her son.
Director of Membership
Director of Markets and Technology
Gabe is the Director of Markets and Technology for the LDES Council, where he focuses on market changes, accelerating pathways for diverse long duration energy storage technologies, and working with LDES Council members on project tracking, mapping, and research. Gabe formerly served as the storage sector manager at the California ISO, where he focused on strategy for grid evolution, including evaluation of LDES as the California energy market as a pathway for reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Gabe developed models available for storage resource participation on the grid, improved tools available for operators to manage storage resources, and participated in conversation on grid makeup with state regulators. Gabe has over 10 years of experience developing ISO market policy and performing ISO market monitoring services. He holds a master’s degree in economics and an undergraduate degree in computer science and engineering.
Alex CampbellDirector of Policy and Partnerships
Alex is the Director of Policy and Partnerships for the LDES Council, where he focuses on the intersection of long duration energy storage policy initiatives and working with LDES Council partners to implement storage targets, shared goals, and advocate for policies impacting the acceleration of the diverse family of LDES technologies.
Director of Policy and Partnerships
Alex is the Director of Policy and Partnerships for the LDES Council, where he focuses on the intersection of long duration energy storage policy initiatives and working with LDES Council partners to implement storage targets, shared goals, and advocate for policies impacting the acceleration of the diverse family of LDES technologies. Through this work, Alex covers Europe and a broader global footprint. He previously served as the Head of Research & Policy at the International Hydropower Association (IHA) and before that he was Head of Contracts for Difference (CfD) Policy, the UK Government's flagship renewable electricity deployment scheme. His previous experience included leading the UK's engagement with multi-national civil nuclear bodies at the UN, OECD and G7, designing a major component of the regulatory framework for smart meters in Britain and developing policy to support the rollout of onshore wind whilst at RenewableUK.
He holds an MSc in Climate Change and an MA in International Political Economy. Alex is based in the UK with his family.
Co-President, LDES Council
Reliance Industries Limited
Dr. Michael Geyer
Co-President, LDES Council
Rune Sonne Bundgaard-Jørgensen
SLB New Energy
Breakthrough Energy Ventures
Sumitomo SHI FW
Maria Letizia MagaldiMagaldi
Maria Letizia Magaldi
How to Join
Membership to the LDES Council is open to LDES technology providers, equipment providers, renewable energy companies, utilities, grid operators, investors, and end-customers.