Our Board

Patricia Zavala, Chair

Patricia Zavala serves as the Executive Director of PowerHouse Texas and The Texas Energy and Climate Caucus, bringing her expertise and leadership to drive impactful change in the energy and climate sectors. Prior to her current role, she contributed as a Program Director at Workers Defense Project and as a Senior Policy Analyst for Jolt, a prominent Latino civic engagement organization. Patricia also worked with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, focusing on transnational climate solutions alongside the UN Climate Vulnerable Forum.

John Hall, Vice-Chair

John Hall is the President and CEO of the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), an independent scientific research center identifying and implementing scalable solutions to Texas’ extensive climate resilience and climate equity challenges. For over 30 years, he has been a thought leader and practitioner regarding the impacts of energy on air quality, the environment, communities, and climate with policy and research expertise in environmental justice, clean energy, climate resilience, and emerging technologies to reduce air and climate pollution and support economic growth and new job creation.

Cary Ferchill, Secretary & Treasurer

Cary Ferchill has over 30 years of experience as a lawyer, business executive, investor, technology entrepreneur, and lawyer. Currently he is a partner at Fritz Byrne Head & Gilstrap PLLC and Director of Redbud Consulting, LLC. He was previously a member and Chair of the Austin Electric Utility Commission which oversees the electric utility for the City of Austin, Texas and CEO of a satellite telecommunications company. He has a prior career as a lawyer in corporate finance and patent litigation.

Tom “Smitty” Smith, Director

Tom “Smitty” Smith served as the State Director of Texas Public Citizen for over 30 years, working to address clean air and water and contributors to global climate change. He was a key leader in developing policies that resulted in Texas’ renewable energy boom, and was an integral architect of the Texas Emissions Reduction Program (TERP) to address air quality in Texas. Smitty shifted his focus to help Texas transform into an electric transportation leader by becoming first Executive Director of TxETRA, a 501(c)(6), our sister organization.