Clean Fuels Elects New Governing Board Members

Nov 18, 2022 | Company, Corporate News, Members, News, News Release


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Clean Fuels Alliance America members met in Washington this week to elect new Governing Board leaders. Clean Fuels’ new leadership reflects the interests of both large and small companies, biodiesel and renewable diesel producers, as well as soybean growers and renderers.

“Clean Fuels is the leading trade association for biodiesel, renewable diesel, and sustainable aviation fuel,” said Clean Fuels CEO Donnell Rehagen. “Our board members bring together views and priorities from each part of the clean fuel value chain. The industry is growing rapidly to meet U.S. demand for better, cleaner fuels, and that is generating economic activity and supporting well-paying job opportunities across the country. Our elected board members will help us meet the challenge of supporting growth for every sector of the industry.”

Clean Fuels members voted to fill eight board seats for two-year terms:

  • Greg Anderson, Nebraska Soybean Board
  • Tim Keaveney, HERO BX
  • Courtney Lawrenson, Ag Processing Inc.
  • Gary Louis, Seaboard Energy LLC
  • Tim Ostrem, South Dakota Soybean Checkoff
  • Mike Rath, Darling Ingredients Inc.
  • Rob Shaffer, ASA
  • Paul Teta, Kolmar Americas, Inc.

Continuing to serve on the board for a second year are:

  • Danielle Brannan, New Leaf Biofuel
  • Kent Engelbrecht, ADM
  • Neville Fernandes, Chevron Renewable Energy Group
  • Chris Hill, Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council
  • Ryan Pederson, North Dakota Soybean Council
  • Harry Simpson, Crimson Renewable Energy
  • Dave Walton, Iowa Soybean Association

The board appointed Mike Rath to serve as Chair, Rob Shaffer as Vice-Chair, Gary Louis as Second Vice-Chair, Ryan Pederson as Treasurer, Paul Teta as Secretary, and Kent Engelbrecht as Past Chair.

Mike Rath, senior vice president with Darling Ingredients and newly appointed Clean Fuels Chair, added, “This is an exciting time for the clean fuels industry. Looking back over the last two decades, the industry has made tremendous strides in introducing new fuels to the U.S. market. Our industry currently meets 5% of the country’s need for heavy-duty on-road transportation fuel. And our growth is accelerating to meet new markets. It’s a privilege to serve the industry and I thank my colleagues for their confidence in the board leadership and support for the association.”

Rehagen noted, “We appreciate the service of our executive committee in representing the interests of the industry. I congratulate all of them on their appointments and look forward to working with them to meet the opportunities ahead.”

Clean Fuels also extended its thanks to retired governing board Chair Chad Stone, from Chevron Renewable Energy Group.

“Our members elected Chad just as we launched our vision to build a 6-bilion-gallon U.S. industry by 2030. He led our organization through its rebranding to represent all of the fuels we produce – biodiesel, renewable diesel, and sustainable aviation fuel. And he has left us stronger than ever, as our industry rapidly grows and diversifies to meet demand for better, cleaner fuels. We can’t thank Chad enough for his time, commitment, and advocacy,” said Rehagen.

Contact: Paul Winters, 202-737-8803,


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.