Board of Directors
Chris Galati, President
Chris Galati, P.E., joined the Columbia Willamette Clean Cities Coalition Board of Directors in July 2012. The focus of Chris’s Business Development work at NW Natural includes conservation, renewables, Compressed Natural Gas, Liquefied Natural Gas, and non-core business development. Prior to joining NW Natural his work centered in mechanical engineering, procurement and construction, HVAC, as well as controls. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii; and has a utility management certification. His education includes a bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration concentrating in Finance. He has been active in the Governor’s Alternative Fuel Advisory Group, is a Board Member for the Theodore Roosevelt High School Women’s Scholarship Association, and the University of Portland Industrial Advisory Board.
Matt Tracy, Vice-President
Matt Tracy is a Principal Planner in Metro's Property and Environmental Services. As an introduction into the clean diesel/alternative fuel universe; in 2008-09, Matt managed a region-wide EPA/DEQ grant for the retrofit installation of diesel particulate filters on refuse trucks operating in the Metro region. This grant provided retrofit filters for over 119 refuse collection vehicles some of which were decades old. Along with the clean diesel work, Matt has also worked with various partners on alternative fuel development projects including CNG integration and Wastewater Treatment Plant AD transportation fuel development.
Prior to his role as Vice President of CWCCC, Matt served for 5 years as the President of the Board of Directors for the Columbia Willamette Clean Cities Coalition.
Matt is also an elected official and serves as a City Councilor for the City of Gladstone, Oregon.
Mark Fitz, Treasurer
Mark is President and principle owner of Star Oil Co. a family owned fuel distribution business operating since 1936 in Portland, Oregon. A veteran of both the active US Army and Alaska Air National Guard. In Alaska while attending college he served as an aviation fuel handler where quality assurance, lab specification, and the no room for error fuel performance demanded of a search and rescue total uptime mission.
This experience in fuel quality assurance built a unique skill set to return to his family business in 2000 and begin to build out a biodiesel fuel program at a time when there were a single digit number of biodiesel plants in the United States. From a first sale of biodiesel in five-gallon pails in 2002, by 2007 Mark had built out a market of voluntary B99 biodiesel fuel users that consumed nearly 3% of the US biodiesel production. Today he is focused on the build out of the lowest CO2 diesel fuels available for the Pacific NW market. Mark has a history of developing and working with nascent fuels in the Portland, Oregon market.
Today Mark serves on the boards of the Columbia Willamette Clean Cities Coalition, the Oregon Fuels Association, and is involved with a number of statewide industry groups seeking to influence state and regional policy.
Mark has a Juris Doctorate from Lewis and Clark’s Northwestern School of Law and a Bachelor’s in Economics from the University of Alaska Anchorage and over twenty four years of fuel handling and management experience.
Rick Durst, Secretary
Rick has 28 years in the electric utility industry. He is a senior project manager in the Customer Energy Solutions team at Portland General Electric. Prior to PGE, Rick was an electrician in the U.S. Navy Submarine service for 10 years. He has managed the installation of more 20 DC quick charge stations and 60 level 2 stations and provided technical support and advice for many more. Rick has owned an electric vehicle since 1999 and has driven over 250,000 miles on all electric power and no longer owns an internal combustion vehicle.
Rick Wallace is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Oregon Department of Energy in the Energy Technology and Policy Division and serves as the agency expert on alternative fuels, infrastructure and vehicles in the transportation sector. Rick has accumulated 14 years of experience developing, marketing, and administering conservation and renewable fuel programs. Previous to his work in energy Rick worked 14 years in the aerospace/defense industry as an engineer. Rick has been with the coalition for more than 10 years.
With over 30 years of fleet experience; Gary is a results-producing utility fleet professional with a proven record of accomplishment in planning and leading comprehensive fleet strategies. He's focused on the development of consistent fleet maintenance programs that assures the safe and reliable operations of fleet vehicles and equipment while maintaining a highest level of customer service. His fleet operation is dedicated to improving EWEB's vehicles and equipment, implementing programs that save dollars for EWEB's customer-owners, and most of all, making Eugene, Oregon a better place to live." EWEB's fleet was recently ranked one the nation’s Leading Fleets by Government Fleet magazine and been recognized as one of the 100 Best Fleets in North America for the last 4 consecutive years. EWEB's fleet has also earned the following honors in recent years:
- Top 50 Green Fleets by Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine (2014)
- CLEANFleet Tier 5 certification - a national program developed by the Coalition for Green Fleet Management to certify both private and public fleet operations as energy efficient and environmentally responsible. The top tier, Tier 5, is designed for highly advanced fleet operations.
- Blue Seal of Excellence - To be eligible for this recognition, at least 75% of an organization's mechanics must be certified by the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
- Eco-Logical Business Certification - The certification recognizes vehicle service and repair businesses that reach the highest standards in minimizing their environmental impact. As a proud member of NAFA Fleet Management Association, I have received a CAFM certification as a fleet professional in the areas of asset management, business management, financial information, fleet information management, maintenance management, risk management, vehicle fuel management, and professional development.