Bill Holmberg began his military career as an enlisted Marine during the Second World War. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, and holds advanced degrees in Personnel Administration, Soviet Affairs and the Russian Language. While on active duty, Mr. Holmberg served in the Cold and Korean Wars. He commanded platoons, companies, a battalion landing team and a Marine Barracks. He was an Aide to two Chiefs of Naval Operations and served on the Joint Staff. Mr. Holmberg brings an additional thirteen years of experience in the federal government supporting sustainable agriculture and energy technologies, with a focus on biofuels. While at the EPA, FEO, FEA, and DOE, he helped to pioneer the ethanol and biodiesel industries, organic farming and integrated pest management. He retired from the federal government at the Senior Executive Service level and spent an additional twenty-one years in the private sector, managing small businesses and associations relating to biofuels, including the New Uses Council and the Biomass Coordinating Council.
He is a founding member of the Sustainable Energy Coalition (SEC), which makes major contributions to the Senate and House Renewable and Energy Efficiency (RE & EE) Caucus. Mr. Holmberg’s current focus is on sustainability of biomass feedstocks. He sees the indirect land use issue as a major opportunity to demonstrate the enormous potential of biomass to meet the world’s need for food, feed, fuel, fiber, fertilizers and feedstock for chemicals, while enhancing the environment, wildlife habitat, natural systems and reversing the build up of greenhouse gases.
Corn-Based Ethanol: A Win for Public Health and the Economy, December 12, 2012