The People Behind Coltura
Matthew Metz, Founder and Co-Executive Director
Matthew Metz is the founder and executive director of Coltura. Metz founded Coltura after purchasing his first electric car and wondering why his friends weren't also making the switch. Prior to founding Coltura, Metz founded the Metz Law Group, Jaguar Forest Coffee Company, the Central Area Development Association, and the Central Area Arts Council. He also worked in international development for an NGO in Mexico City. Metz is a graduate of the University of Chicago and UCLA Law School, and is the author of the citizenmetz blog, a blog focusing on the intersection of carbon and culture.
Janelle London, Co-Executive Director
Janelle London is the Co-Executive Director of Coltura. She serves on the Environmental Quality Commission for the city of Menlo Park, advises Peninsula Clean Energy and Green Ninja, and has taught a course called Energy, the Environment and Chocolate. She was a director at the Fortune 500 dialysis company DaVita for 14 years, and prior to that she practiced law with O’Melveny & Myers. Janelle is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of California School of Law.
Board of Directors
Easen Ho, President
Easen Ho is an engineer, investor, and philanthropist based in San Jose, California. A passionate enthusiast for EVs and green technology, Easen has started up and invested in many sustainable technology companies in the U.S. and Asia. Easen holds a Ph.D in laser and optical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Washington.
Joe Quintana, Vice President
Joe Quintana is a Seattle-based consultant who helps business and government leaders shape policy and perception. He previously served as a senior corporate executive with Puget Sound Energy, as special assistant to King County Executive Tim Hill, and as an award-winning reporter at the Seattle Times and other major U.S. newspapers.
Sung Hwang, Treasurer
Sung Jin (SJ) Hwang is a lawyer and investor and a former investment banker based in Hong Kong with deep experience in international investment transactions and corporate strategy. He also guides clients on best practices in corporate governance. He is a graduate of UCLA Law School and Johns Hopkins University.
Paul Fredlund, Secretary
Paul Fredlund is a biotechnology consultant specializing in ensuring patient safety in clinical trials. Prior to working in the biotechnology sector, Paul was an endocrinologist at Virginia Mason for more than 25 years. Paul is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and Harvard College.
Linda Yuan works in tech and is a startup investor, advisor, and entrepreneur based in San Francisco with Lyft. She has worked with companies in consumer transportation and clean tech, and is passionate about bringing nature back to urban spaces. She graduated from New York University, Stern School of Business with a Bachelor's in Finance and Economics.
Sindhu is a finance professional with experience working in investment banking and the start-up world. She is passionate about preserving the planet’s health and building a habitable environment for future generations. In her current role at Proterra, Sindhu uses data-driven insights to make zero-emission transportation accessible for all. Sindhu holds a Bachelors in Finance and Comparative Literature from Emory University.
John Bolander is a data scientist and engineer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a passionate environmental advocate, John has focused his career on using modeling and data to optimize the performance of electric vehicles. John graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering and Master's in Management Science and Engineering.
Allie Eichenbaum works in business development to help innovation partners build and monetize intellectual property. She is California born and raised, but has traveled all over the world (something she'll be doing less of until there are electric planes) and seen the devastating effects of climate change. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Communication from the University of Pennsylvania.