Founded in 1999, the California Fuel Cell Partnership is an industry/government collaboration aimed at expanding the market for fuel cell electric vehicles powered by hydrogen to help create a cleaner, more energy-diverse future with no-compromises zero emission vehicles. Staff from member organizations participate on standing committees and project teams that help ensure that vehicles, stations, regulations and people are in step with each other as the technology comes to market. CaFCP’s success is directly linked to the commitment and involvement of our member organizations.
Collaboration is Key
CaFCP members collaborate on activities that advance the technology, often creating consensus that saves time, effort, and money. Some projects, like public outreach and first responder education, are ongoing and involve a team of staff and members. Other projects arise around one issue, such as a process for commissioning stations. Staff and members come together as a team to address it and, when completed, the project team disbands.
Chair: Dr. Clark E. Parker, Sr.
Dr. Clark E. Parker, Sr. was appointed to the South Coast AQMD board in 2012 and chairs the board's Refinery Committee. He also serves on SCAQMD’s Legislative, Technology and Personnel committees. Dr. Parker is a successful business executive and has worked extensively in a variety of businesses and industries including Tidewater and Getty Oil, IBM, and PennCorp Financial. He has also developed hundreds of commercial and residential properties throughout Southern California and is a licensed general contractor and real estate developer and broker, and holds a California contractor’s license.
Dr. Parker is a member of the California Professional Fiduciaries Advisory Commission. Dr. Parker was an alternate member to the Coastal Commission and a member of the California Senate Select Committee on Telecommunication; he has served as an Advisory Member of the University of California Santa Barbara Foundation Board; and he has served as an advisor to California Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell. Dr. Parker is currently the Honorary Consul General for the Central African Republic Government.
Dr. Parker has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Science from Redlands University, a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from the University of Central Arizona, and a Doctor of Laws from Laurence University. Dr. Parker holds Advanced and Basic certifications from UCLA and an Associate of Arts degree from the Center for Early Education in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Parker certificates and credentials for teaching preschool through college.
Executive Director: Bill Elrick
Bill Elrick is the California Fuel Cell Partnership’s Executive Director. Previously, he held the Technical Program Director position for 7 years, bringing his active tenure in alternative fuel transportation to 20 years. Under his leadership, CaFCP members have developed new analysis tools and detailed roll-out plans that industry, state and federal agencies reference in planning support for hydrogen stations. He works directly with industry stakeholders including automakers, station developers, medium and heavy duty fuel cell vehicle developers, and government to facilitate collaborative actions that fulfill each organization’s needs. Bill has a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Ball State University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Indiana.