Clean Fuels Alliance America Announces Membership Growth and Governing Board Changes

May 8, 2024 | Company, Corporate News, Members, News, News Release


JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Clean Fuels Alliance America announced an uptick in membership reflecting growing interest in low-carbon liquid fuels in addition to recent changes within its Governing Board.

The Clean Fuels Governing Board appointed Courtney Lawrenson, Vice President – Oils and Energy at AGP, as Second Vice-Chair succeeding Gary Louis who recently retired from his role with Seaboard Energy. Lawrenson brings a wealth of expertise as Second Vice-Chair with over a decade of experience in the clean fuels industry, serving as a board member since 2022.

Clean Fuels praised Louis for his years of service to the industry during his tenure as President and CEO of Seaboard Energy and wishes him well in his retirement.

Peter Ostenfeld-Rosenthal, incoming President and CEO at Seaboard Energy, joins the board as a new member filling a void left by Louis’ retirement. Following an impressive career as an oil and gas executive, Ostenfeld-Rosenthal most recently served as Vice President of Operations at Seaboard, where he led a renewable diesel refinery and two biodiesel plants, among other organizational assets. His dedication to building a framework that supports operational excellence will aid in the success of Clean Fuels as the association continues toward its vision of reaching six billion gallons by 2030.

Additionally, Kerry Fogarty, Quality Control Manager at Incobrasa Industries, Ltd. joined the board filling a vacancy left by Danielle Brannen’s resignation. With over 25 years of experience in the soybean crushing industry, Fogarty’s extensive industry knowledge and commitment to biodiesel quality will undoubtedly contribute to the organization’s strategic direction and efforts to promote the use of clean fuels.

“We are thrilled to have Courtney step into the role of Second Vice-Chair and welcome Peter and Kerry to our esteemed Governing Board,” said Donnell Rehagen, Clean Fuels CEO. “Their leadership and dedication will be invaluable as we continue to advance the interests of biodiesel, renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel.”

In the past eight months, Clean Fuels has also welcomed several new members who share a commitment to sustainable industry growth. These include:

  • Alliance Technical Group: With more than 1,400 specialists located in 40-plus offices nationwide, Alliance provides premier technical solutions to support the full spectrum of our customers’ environmental needs.
  • North Carolina Soybean Producers Association: The Qualified State Soybean Board to administer soybean checkoff-funded programs in North Carolina.
  • Nuseed: A global leader in the development and commercialization of sustainable oilseed crops for renewable fuels.
  • PepsiCo: A multinational food and beverage corporation committed to reducing its carbon footprint through sustainable fuel initiatives.
  • RenStar, LLC: An innovative company specializing in renewable energy solutions, including biodiesel and renewable diesel.
  • RICHARD: The industry leader in the engineering, design, and construction of the largest Renewable Diesel projects in the U.S. to date.
  • Westmor Industries: A renowned manufacturer of equipment for the storage, transportation, and distribution of renewable fuels.
  • WayTrade: A forward-thinking logistics company dedicated to maximizing the distribution of renewable fuels.

These new members join Clean Fuels at a pivotal time for the industry, as companies continue to search for cleaner alternatives to traditional fossil fuels to decarbonize heavy-duty transportation sectors.

“We are witnessing unprecedented growth driven by increasing awareness of the environmental and economic benefits of our fuels,” remarked Rehagen. “Our Governing Board and our members play a vital role in advocating for policies that support this growth and drive innovation in clean fuel technologies.”

Contact: Heather Buechter, 479-651-7301,


Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, soybean oil, and animal fats, the clean fuels industry is a proven, integral part of America’s clean energy future. Clean Fuels Alliance America is the U.S. trade association representing the entire biodiesel, renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel supply chain, including producers, feedstock suppliers and fuel distributors. Clean Fuels receives funding from a broad mix of private companies and associations, including the United Soybean Board and state checkoff organizations.