is a California-based oil and gas company with mature assets, technical expertise and a proven track record.
Halbert S. Washburn was appointed to be a member of the Board of Directors of our general partner in December 2011. Halbert S. Washburn has been the Chief Executive Officer of our general partner since April 2010 and previously served as Co-Chief Executive Officer and a Director of our general partner from March 2006 until April 2010 and was the Chairman of the Board from July 2008 to April 2010. Mr. Washburn also currently serves as the President of Pacific Coast Energy Holdings LLC. Mr. Washburn is the co-founder and was the Co-Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Coast Energy Company LP and its predecessors from 1988 to 2012. Since December 2005, Mr. Washburn has served as a member of the Board of Directors and the Audit and Compensation Committees of Rentech, Inc., a publicly traded alternative fuels company. He has been a member of the California Independent Petroleum Association since 1995, and served as the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors from 2008 to 2010. Mr. Washburn obtained a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University.
Mark L. Pease has been the President of our general partner since December 2012 and has been the Chief Operating Officer and an Executive Vice President of our general partner since December 2007. Prior to joining our General Partner, Mr. Pease served as Senior Vice President, E&P Technology & Services for Anadarko Petroleum, an international and domestic oil and natural gas exploration and production company. Mr. Pease joined Anadarko in 1979 as an engineer, and served as Senior Vice President, North America from 2004 to 2006 and as Vice President, U.S. Onshore and Offshore from 2002 to 2004. Mr. Pease obtained a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
James G. Jackson has been the Chief Financial Officer of our General Partner since July 2006 and an Executive Vice President since October 2007. Since June 2011, Mr. Jackson has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Niska Gas Storage Partners LLC, a publicly traded master limited partnership that owns and operates natural gas storage assets in North America. Before joining our General Partner, Mr. Jackson served as Managing Director of the Global Markets and Investment Banking Group for Merrill Lynch & Co., a global financial management and investment banking firm. Mr. Jackson joined Merrill Lynch in 1992 and was elected Managing Director in 2001. Previously, Mr. Jackson was a Financial Analyst with Morgan Stanley & Co. from 1986 to 1989 and was an Associate in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group of the Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan from 1989 to 1990. Mr. Jackson obtained a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Gregory C. Brown has been the General Counsel and Executive Vice President of our general partner since December 2006. Mr. Brown has also been the Chief Administrative Officer of our general partner since February 2013. Before joining BreitBurn, Mr. Brown was a partner at Bright and Brown, a Los Angeles-based law firm which he co-founded in 1981. Mr. Brown's practice at Bright and Brown was primarily within the context of the energy industry, dealing with complex transactions and litigation, environmental law, permitting, entitlements, and related issues. Mr. Brown has represented BreitBurn since its inception in the late 1980's. Mr. Brown received his J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1976 following his receipt of his B.A. with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, from George Washington University. In addition, Mr. Brown was Mayor and has served on the City Council of the City of La Canada Flintridge from 2003 to 2011.
Thurmon Andress is a Managing Director of BreitBurn Management. Mr. Andress has been a Managing Director of BreitBurn Energy's Houston office since joining BreitBurn Energy in October 1998 as a result of the merger of BreitBurn Energy with Andress Oil and Gas Company, a private company that he founded in 1990. Mr. Andress also serves as a director of BreitBurn Energy. Mr. Andress was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Andress Oil & Gas company prior to the merger with BreitBurn Energy. Mr. Andress has served on the Board of Directors of Edge Petroleum Corp. (EPEX), which is an independent oil and gas company, since 2002 and currently serves as a member of the Audit Committee and as Chairman of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Andress obtained a B.S. in Geology from Texas Tech University.
W. Jackson Washburn has been Senior Vice President Business Development of our general partner since April 2009 and previously served as Vice President - Business Development since August 2007. Mr. Washburn also currently serves as Vice President, Real Estate of BreitBurn Energy Holdings. Since joining BreitBurn Corporation, a predecessor of BreitBurn Energy, in 1992, Mr. Washburn has served in a variety of capacities, and has served as President of BreitBurn Land Company, LLC, a subsidiary of BreitBurn Energy, since 2000. Mr. Washburn obtained a B.A. in Psychology from Wake Forest University.
Chris E. Williamson has been the Senior Vice President - Western Division of our general partner since January 2008 and previously served as Vice President of Operations since March 2006. Since joining BreitBurn Corporation, a predecessor of BreitBurn Energy, in 1994, Mr. Williamson has served in a variety of capacities. Mr. Williamson has served as Vice PresidentOperations from April 2005 to 2008 and as Business Unit Manager from 1999 to April 2005. Before joining BreitBurn Energy, Mr. Williamson worked for five years as a petroleum engineer for Macpherson Oil Company. Prior to his position with Macpherson, Mr. Williamson worked at Shell Oil Company for eight years holding various positions in Engineering and Operations. Mr. Williamson holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University.
David D. Baker has been Vice President - Eastern Division of our general partner since February 2009. Mr. Baker joined BreitBurn Corporation, a predecessor of BreitBurn Energy, in 1999 as a reservoir engineer. Most recently, Mr. Baker was the Vice President - Reservoir Engineering and Central Division of our general partner. Mr. Baker was the Manager, Reserves and Evaluations from 2007 to 2008 for BreitBurn Management, and was the Manager of Acquisitions from 2004 to 2007 first for BreitBurn Energy and then for BreitBurn Management. Mr. Baker obtained a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University.
Lawrence C. Smith has been the Controller of our general partner since June 2006 and a Vice President since April 2009. Before joining our general partner and BreitBurn Energy, Mr. Smith served as the Corporate Accounting Compliance and Implementation Manager of Unocal Corporation from 2000 through May 2006. Mr. Smith worked at Unocal from 1981 through May 2006 and held various managerial positions in Unocal's accounting and finance organizations. Mr. Smith obtained a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Houston, an M.B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles, and is a certified public accountant.
Bruce D. McFarland has been the Treasurer of our general partner since March 2006 and a Vice President since April 2009. Mr. McFarland served as the Chief Financial Officer of our general partner from March 2006 through June 2006. Since joining BreitBurn Corporation, a predecessor of BreitBurn Energy, in 1994, Mr. McFarland served as Controller and has served as Treasurer for more than five years. Before joining BreitBurn Energy, Mr. McFarland served as Division Controller of IT Corporation and worked at Price Waterhouse as a certified public accountant. Mr. McFarland obtained a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida and an M.B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles.