Collaborating for the greater good of California

James “Jim” Boyd

“Advanced technonlogy is the tip of California’s economic spear and critical to California’s future. Our goal as Clean Tech Advocates is to work together to help generate new business and create jobs to get our economy roaring again and to aid in the recovery of what California has done to itself. As a 4th generation Californian I am feeling my roots and wanting to help bring back the golden age of California as a quality place to live, work and play. We can, and will rise to this challenge . . . together we all have so much to offer, so much to contribute.”
— Jim Boyd


Respect and wisdom are the key qualities that define Jim Boyd to others, according to those who know him best. You would never hear that from Jim, however. What you will hear from Jim is his passionate belief in California and his battle cry for a return to California’s Golden Age through the potential and power of Advanced Technology. A seasoned veteran and visionary, Jim brings sage, sought-after insight to every environmental conversation.

A former California Energy Commissioner, James “Jim” Boyd retired from the California Energy Commission (CEC) in December 2011 at the end of his second five-year appointment to the Commission. He was first appointed to the CEC in 2002, and he was appointed to the Vice Chair position in 2006 and 2007.

Key Accomplishments include:

  • Developed and chaired California’s first Climate Advisory Committee including public and private representation. Created the state agency Inter-agency Climate Working Group to coordinate climate programs among agencies.
  • Oversaw programs that launched the introduction of electric and hybrid motor vehicles, and provided California with the lowest-polluting motor vehicles in the world.
  • Helped develop and oversee implementation of the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. Chaired the program Advisory Committee and oversaw preparation of the Investment Plan to finance activities to help meet the State’s goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and petroleum dependence.
  • Created and chaired the State Bioenergy Working Group that produced the Bioenergy Action Plan that established biopower and biofuels goals and the plans for reaching these goals.
  • Oversaw programs that provided Caliornia with the lowest-polluting, cleanest-burning gasoline and diesel fuel in the world.

Prior to his tenure as Energy Commissioner, Jim was Deputy Secretary, Chief of Staff and Energy Advisor at the California Resources Agency. He also served for fifteen years as the Chief Executive Officer of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), directing the nation’s largest state air pollution control program.

A California native, Jim received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.