Eric Gimon

Board member since 2016 and grandson of William and Flora Hewlett. Berkeley, Calif.

Dr. Gimon is a physicist who works principally in energy policy and the nonprofit sector. He holds a B.S./M.S. from Stanford University in mathematics and physics, as well as a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California in Santa Barbara. His thesis research was in theoretical physics covering topics like quantum gravity, particle physics, and string theory. After stints as a researcher at the California Institute of Technology, Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and UC Berkeley, he shifted his interests into energy policy. He was an AAAS fellow in Washington, D.C., working in the Department of Energy, where he worked on national electricity transmission policy and pathways for a low-carbon energy future. He is currently an independent technical and policy expert working with outfits such as the Vote Solar Initiative and Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology, LLC. His broad professional interest centers on the goals, scenarios, trajectories, and methods for moving to a fossil-free electricity grid in the future. He is very interested in the long-term sustainability of our society and ecosystems.

Dr. Gimon is also active in the field of philanthropy. He is serves on the board of two separate foundations: the Flora Family Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (Menlo Park, CA). Dr. Gimon is also a member of the board of the Pacific Institute in Oakland, California, and the board of the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas.

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