Jesse Berst is the founder and Chairman of the Smart Cities Council, a coalition of organizations that seeks to accelerate the move to smart cities with better livability, workability and sustainability.
Jesse came to the smart city sector from the smart grid where he was one of the pioneering thought leaders and the chief analyst of SmartGridNews.com, the Internet’s oldest, largest and highest-ranked smart grid site.
Jesse devotes a portion of his time to efforts to grow the industry. He was a co-founder of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, a nonprofit that unites utilities, vendors, and consumer advocates with the goal of accelerating a consumer-friendly smart grid. He serves on the Advisory Council for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which conducts some of the nation’s most advanced research. He also sits on the advisory board Smarter Illinois.