We work with China and the U.S. to accelerate clean energy innovation. Because clean energy promotes economic growth, energy security, and a healthier planet.


In 2005, NRDC attorney Barbara Finamore founded the China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance in San Francisco. She did so in partnership with two Bay Area venture capitalists in clean tech, Bryant Tong and Peter Liu, and attorney Peter Carson, then with Bingham McCutchen and now with Sheppard Mullin. The original mission was to help Chinese utilities cut their carbon footprint by sharing best practices of their American counterparts. Specifically, the Alliance focused on improving demand side management with Chinese utilities. Here are highlights of many accomplishments:

  • Achieved several important changes in regulations and policies in China to promote energy efficiency.
  • Organized a trade mission to China in partnership with the U.S. Commerce Department and ChinaSF for energy leaders in the public and private sectors.
  • Produced a Chinese manual distributed widely in China on DSM best practices by U.S. utilities.
  • Facilitated the exchange of many American and Chinese experts and organized a multitude of expert panels.
  • Orchestrated an energy efficiency summit of Chinese and American energy leaders.

With the original mission to promote energy efficiency in China achieved, the Alliance in late 2017 broadened its mission—to fast forward clean energy innovation.

The Alliance is a 501(c)3 organization. Our tax ID is 25-1909187.

Board of Directors

Peter Liu
Acting Chair
Co-founder and Managing Director, Clean Energy Advantage Partners / Founder and Vice Chairman New Resource Bank

Amy Chiang 
Head of Energy and the Environment, Global Government Relations
Honeywell International

Vincent Davis
Senior Director, Customer Energy Solutions

Barbara Finamore
Alliance President
NRDC Asia Director; Founder, NRDC China Program

Terry Fry
Senior Vice President
Cadmus Group

Robert Hertzberg
Senator, California State Senate
Former Speaker, California State Assembly

William Kissinger
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

Chivas Lam
Managing Partner
MNL Partners

Board member emeritus
Steven Kline
Former Vice President of Environmental & Federal Affairs
PG&E Corporation

Leadership Council

John Adams
Founding Director,
Natural Resources Defense Council

Annette Beitel
President, Future Energy Enterprises

Mark Ginsberg
Principal, Ginsberg Green Strategies LLC;
Senior Fellow, US Green Building Council

Dian Grueneich
Senior Research Scholar, Stanford University;
Former Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

Michael Hoover
Director of Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison

Susan Kennedy
CEO, Advanced Microgrid Solutions
Former Chief of Staff, Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Mark Levine
Founder, China Energy Group,
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Steven Malnight
SVP, Regulatory Affairs,
PG&E Corporation

Steven McCarty
Former Director, Demand Response,
Pacific Gas & Electric

Kevin Mo
Managing Director
Paulson Institute Representative Office, Beijing

Doug Ogden
CEO, North Ridge Investment Management

Carla Peterman
California Public Utilities Commission

Lynn Price
Senior Scientist; Strategic Advisor, China Energy Group,
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Dan Rendler
Director of Customer Programs and Assistance,
SoCalGas, Sempra Energy Utilities

Gene Rodrigues
Energy Efficiency Vice President, Market Development,
ICF International

Robert Weisenmiller
Chair, California Energy Commission

In Memoriam

Arthur Rosenfeld (Leadership Council member, 2005 – 2017)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory;
Commissioner Emeritus, California Energy Commission


Platinum ($25,000+)

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Gold ($15,000+)






Silver ($10,000+)


Individual Donors

Jade ($2,500 – $5,000) 
William Kissinger

Pearl ($1000 – $2,499)
Terry Fry

Silk ($500 – $999)
Chivas Lam

Strategic Partners


Marjorie Sun
Executive Director

Sherry Hu
Senior Advisor

Feng Huang
Senior Advisor

Mona Yew
Senior Advisor