Since TTC was formed 30 years ago, Jeff has been leading collaborative efforts to create industries and address both commercialization opportunities and barriers to market development for clean and renewable energy companies. For 22 years, Jeff was the founding President of the National Hydrogen Association (NHA). He continues to serve as the President of the Hydrogen Education Foundation (HEF), and Executive Director and Technical Manager of the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC). Beginning January 2012, Mr. Serfass has been serving as the Executive Director of the California Hydrogen Business Council.
Jeff served as the founding Executive Director of the Fuel Cell Commercialization Group (11 years) , the Utility Biomass Energy Commercialization Association (3 years), and the Utility PhotoVoltaic Group (now the Solar Electric Power Association) (11 years). He led the exploratory workshops and relationship building that led to formation of each of these organizations, and went on to manage them through start-up, development and strategic transition phases. He also served as the Executive Director of the U.S. Advanced Ceramics Association (2000-2003).
Jeff has experience in public policies related to electric system regulation and issues, and in the commercialization of new technologies important to power system management including energy storage and smart grids.
Jeff served on the team to create and launch the conference and expo called Total Energy USA in Houston, Texas (2012 and 2013). Jeff led the development of a unique business and government “Hydrogen Energy in Texas Summit”, at Earth Day Texas in Dallas, April 2016.
Jeff has been named to the Schatz Energy Research Center’s Advisory Board. He served on the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Agriculture Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee (2006-2008) and served as the Chairman of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Energy Conversion Initiative Advisory Committee (2006-2011). He created and managed for several years the advisory council for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s renewable generation research program funded by the California Energy Commission (2002-2006).
He has held positions with the U.S. Department of Energy and Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Mr. Serfass earned B.S. and M.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
Vera Medici, Events Coordinator
Vera Medici is the Events Coordinator for CEREF and Technology Transition Corporation (TTC). She handles all aspects of event planning and promotion, logistics, marketing, and graphic design.
Before coming to TTC, Vera spent almost 10 years in the travel and tourism industry, where she ran her own business as a licensed Washington, DC tour guide. Vera also has many years of event planning experience in a volunteer capacity, planning uplifting events for at-risk populations. Vera also served as social media director for a Congressional campaign (2014).
She holds a B.A. in Communication from George Mason University.
Cordelia Pearson, Finance Coordinator
Cordelia Pearson serves as Finance Coordinator for CEREF and for Technology Transition Corporation (TTC) and its clients. Her duties include the management of client finances, producing financial reports for TTC and its clients, and coordinating the day-to-day activities of the finance department.
Before joining TTC, Cordelia worked for seven years at the Giant Food Distribution Center. She brings her organizational skills and a strong background in customer and client relations to the TTC team.
Brian Schorr, Director of Operations
Brian Schorr is Corporate Secretary and Director of Operations for Technology Transition Corporation (TTC) and is Administrative Director of the Association of Engineering and Environmental Science Professors.
Prior to joining TTC in September 1999, Brian interned for the U.S. Forest Service and Pennsylvania State University’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, studying fire history in the Lake Tahoe Basin of California and Nevada and water usage in central Pennsylvania. He has also worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Pretoria, South Africa.
Brian received a B.S. degree in Physical/Environmental Geography from Pennsylvania State University in 1999.
Patrick Serfass, Chief of Operations
Patrick Serfass is Vice President and COO of Technology Transition Corporation (TTC) and is Executive Director of the American Biogas Council. In 2010, Patrick co-led the formation of the ABC along with 22 companies to create the first biogas trade association in the U.S. The ABC quickly grew to 60 companies five months later, and to 140 in the next year. Patrick is also Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Biomass Energy Association.
Patrick has more than 13 years of management, marketing and engineering experience. He has managed nearly a dozen energy-focused non-profit organizations. In marketing and communications, Patrick was the National Hydrogen Association’s spokesman and Vice President for Technology and Communications for seven years. He managed several projects for major auto manufacturers and energy companies to introduce new alternative energy technologies to cities. With the Hydrogen Education Foundation’s H2 and You program, Patrick managed a $500k/year public relations and social media program to increase understanding about hydrogen technologies and a $1 million university scholarship program.
In his technical roles, Patrick’s work with the Solar Electric Power Association, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, National Hydrogen Association and the U.S. Department of Energy spans nearly 10 years on alternative energy regulations and new code and standard language to help pave the way for the commercialization of new energy technologies. Through this work, he has been a member of many technical committees within the International Code Council, National Fire Protection Association, Society of Automotive Engineers, International Organization of Standardization and the Canadian Standards Association.
Patrick holds an engineering degree from Dartmouth College, holds a standing record for RAAM, the Race Across America (cycling) and is Treasurer on the Board of the DC Triathlon Club (1,400 members).