Leadership Team

Peter Hartsough

Academic Director

Peter Hartsough, Land, Air and Water Resources


Dr. Hartsough is a faculty member in the Land, Air, and Water Resources Department at UC Davis. As a hydrologist, Dr. Hartsough has been involved in many projects centered on the water-energy nexus. He has research experience in geothermal energy and has worked on the solar and energy storage technologies in the private sector. He is currently working on a project partnering with the local utility and the California Energy Commission on the efficacy of hydropower in a changing climate. Dr. Hartsough served as the Director of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program at UC Davis last year and has worked on research projects with international scientists on 6 continents. Dr. Hartsough enjoys teaching and the challenge of working with diverse groups of people on a broad range of science and policy issues. As Academic Director for the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Dr. Hartsough will lead a team working together to coordinate the fellowship at UC Davis. 

Jennie Konsella-Norene

Administrative Director

Jennie Konsella-Norene, Global Affairs

jknorene@ucdavis.edu, 530-754-9403

Ms. Konsella-Norene currently serves as the Assistant Director of Sponsored Programs and Special Projects in Global Affairs at the University of California, Davis. Her responsibilities include managing the Fulbright Scholar Program, providing program oversight for mid-career professional internships, administering the Global Affairs Seed Grant programs, organizing faculty funding workshops, and researching and publicizing international funding opportunities for faculty, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students. As Administrative Director for the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program, Ms. Konsella-Norene will oversee Fellow support services, including supervision of the program participants, budgetary, logistical, and other administrative components. Ms. Konsella-Norene holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Middlebury Institute of International Education at Monterey and a B.A. in Human Development from UC Davis. 


Fellowship Coordinator

Lorrie Bortuzzo, Global Affairs

ljbortuzzo@ucdavis.edu, 530-752-9252

Ms. Bortuzzo joined UC Davis in April 2017 as the Sponsored Programs and Event Coordinator in the Global Affairs Office. Her responsibilities include providing logistical and planning support for small and large-scale international events, workshops, and activities and creating project management plans. As the Fellowship Coordinator for the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program, Ms. Bortuzzo will assist in overseeing Fellow support services, logistics, planning, and administrative components for the Fellows. Ms. Bortuzzo holds a Master’s degree and B.S. in Ethnic and Multicultural Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato.  She is also a member of the inaugural cohort to graduate from the NAFSA Academy. Her experience, education, creativity, and understanding of diversity initiatives and multicultural education enables her to develop and implement programs and services that promote interpersonal connections, intercultural competency, equity and respect for all.

Institute Leadership Team

Katherine Bannor, UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center


Katherine Bannor is the Executive Analyst for the Energy Efficiency Center.  Her responsibilities include: developing agendas for visiting executives, scholars, and students; processing donor gifts; reconciling department expenses; drafting a wide range of correspondences; and assisting with grants management and coordination.  Prior to her work with the EEC she worked for the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, DC assisting their Government Relations and Public Affairs office. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and French from Beloit College and a Master’s degree in Geography from Rutgers University.

Kurt Kornbluth

Institute Leadership Team

Kurt Kornbluth, UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies/Founding Director, Program for International Energy Technology (PIET)

Dr. Kurt Kornbluth, is an Associate Adjunct professor in the University of California, Davis Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAE), an Associate Director for the UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies, and the founder and director of Program for International Energy Technology (PIET) and D-Lab. He holds a PhD in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from UC Davis and is a UC Davis Graduate School of Management Business Development Fellow as well as an NSF IGERT fellow. His dissertation focused on the effect of hydrogen enrichment on landfill gas-fired IC engines. In 2016 Kornbluth received the University of California President’s Office Faculty Climate Champion award for his novel project–based courses and applied research focusing on Zero-Net-Energy and Climate Neutrality. Kornbluth specializes in novel environmentally sustainable technology in the energy and agriculture sectors applicable in the developed and developing world.

Nicholas Bowden

Institute Leadership Team

Nicholas Bowden, Transportation Technology and Policy Graduate Group

Nicholas Bowden is a PhD student at UC Davis Institute for Transportation Studies with focus on the economics of transportation and energy systems.  Prior to entering UC Davis, Mr. Bowden was a Lecturer in the Economics Department and Research Associate with the Institute for Regulatory Policy at Illinois State University.  From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Bowden was an economic analyst with the Illinois Commerce Commission where he focused on the market rules and operations of the Midwest (now Midcontinent) Independent System Operator and PJM Regional Transmission Operator.  During his tenure at the Illinois Commerce Commission, Mr. Bowden participated in several USAID projects with the Kosovo Energy Regulatory Office and the Energy Regulators Regional Association.  Mr. Bowden has published academic research in the field of electricity and natural gas in Energy EconomicsJournal of Policy ModelingThe Electricity Journal and Energy Sources as well as a regular column for the trade publication Natural Gas and Electricity.