Jim Greenberger is the Executive Director of NAATBatt International, a not-for-profit trade association of advanced battery manufacturers and their supply chain partners doing business in North America. Jim co-founded NAATBatt in 2007 at the request of then Senator Barack Obama to promote the manufacture of high capacity lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles in the United States. Today NAATBatt International has more than 200 corporate and institutional members including major automobile manufacturers, electric utilities, equipment manufacturers, battery cell and pack manufacturers, energy materials suppliers and professional service firms. NAATBatt’s mission is to support developments in the science of and markets for advanced battery technology in North America consistent with the goals of enhancing energy efficiency, reducing petroleum dependence and enabling carbon-free electricity generation. NAATBatt is dedicated to helping build a robust, sustainable and profitable supply chain for lithium-ion battery technology in the United States. The U.S. Department of Energy recently appointed NAATBatt to help facilitate private industry’s engagement in the new Li-Bridge initiative.
Jim serves on the Board of Directors of the International Battery Materials Association, the Board of Advisors to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Battery500 Consortium, the UCSD Strategic Energy Initiatives Advisory Council, the Executive Committee of the Center for Renewable Energy at Illinois State University, and the Board of Directors of Braille Energy Systems Inc. He is the former Chairman of Spiers New Technologies Inc., a battery repair and remanufacturing company located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Before entering the battery industry, Mr. Greenberger practiced corporate law in Chicago, Illinois for more than 30 years, most recent as a partner at Reed Smith LLP. He is a former Chair of the Commercial Finance & Transactions Committee of the Chicago Bar Association and a former board member of the Association for Corporate Growth in Chicago.