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Western HVAC Performance Alliance Inc. (WHPA), a California Public Benefit Nonprofit Corporation operating as a [501(c)3 status pending] public charity, is a neutral voice for the HVACR industry providing, conducting and promoting research and education focused on energy efficiency, environmental quality, and sustainability. Drawing funds from a broad base of income sources to accomplish its goals, WHPA works as a guiding light for its stakeholders and the community at large by educating and facilitating communication and action among a wide set of market actors to inform present and future HVACR energy efficiency initiatives, regulatory and legislative policies through workforce education & training, emerging technologies, and industry-vetted HVACR strategies and programs.
Our organization was initially founded in 2009 as the unincorporated entity known as the Western HVAC Performance Alliance in response to the portion of the California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan (CEESP) that reads: ""An HVAC Advisory Group should be chartered to involve high-level HVAC industry stakeholders—such as manufacturers, distributors, and contractors—to coordinate industry sponsorship of and participation in HVAC strategies. Membership should also include other key players, such as the CPUC, Energy Commission, utilities, building owners/managers, consumers, and the Federal government."
Elsia Galawish is the Chief Staff Officer of the Western HVAC Performance Alliance Inc (WHPA). Drawing on her more than twenty-five (25) years of experience in the energy industry as a manager and cross-functional leader, Elsia ensures continued momentum of WHPA’s evolution into a sustainable California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation providing, conducting, and promoting research and education focused on energy efficiency, environmental quality and sustainability through the HVAC lens. She develops WHPA’s strategic and business plans, as well as financial forecasts, establishes infrastructure, creates governance documents, manages staffing, oversees startup tasks and timeline commitments, works collaboratively with WHPA Executive Committee and Board of Directors, pursues collaborative industry projects and fundraising opportunities, and facilitates and/or participates in community engagement activities on behalf of WHPA.
Prior to her current role, Elsia was a subcontractor to the Administrative Contract holder during the Investor-Owned Utility (IOU) funded, unincorporated phase of WHPA and provided outstanding support to the prior WHPA activities. She also assisted with economic and energy forecasting, Utilities’ HVAC program design and refinement in conjunction with energy efficiency policy and evaluation protocols, plus facilitated various HVAC committees for two industry groups and for leading U.S. utilities and energy efficiency program administrators and regulators.
Elsia earned both her M.A. in Economics and her B.B.A. in Applied Economics from Temple University. She also received certificates in Global Trade Regulations Compliance from IIEI, Business Ethics from Colorado State University, and Executive Development – Managing Ethics from Bentley College.
Elsia is passionate about philanthropy, volunteerism, and good works as evidenced by her affiliations as a Member of the Association of Energy Service Professionals, Secretary of the ASHRAE 221P Standards Development Committee, a Member of the Western Economics Association, a Board of Trustee of the Buck Family Fund at Marin Community Foundation, President of the Rotary Club of Mission San Rafael for 2018-2019, and Vice President of the United Nations Association-San Francisco Chapter.