is a California-based oil and gas company with mature assets, technical expertise and a proven track record.
Halbert S. Washburn has been the Chief Executive Officer of our General Partner since April 2010. He 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. In December 2011, Mr. Washburn was reappointed as a member of the Board of our General Partner. Mr. Washburn currently is the President and a director of Pacific Coast Energy Holdings LLC, the indirect owner of Pacific Coast Energy Company LP (“PCEC”), and is the co-founder and was the Co-Chief Executive Officer of PCEC’s predecessors from 1988 to 2012. Since December 2005, Mr. Washburn has served as a member of the board of directors and currently serves on the compensation committee of Rentech, Inc., a publicly traded alternative fuels company. He also served on its audit committee from 2005 to 2012. In June 2011, he was appointed Chairman of the Rentech, Inc. board of directors. In July 2011, Mr. Washburn also was appointed to the board of directors of Rentech Nitrogen Partners, L.P., a nitrogen fertilizer company formed by Rentech, Inc. as a publicly traded master limited partnership. In September 2013, Mr. Washburn was appointed to, and currently serves on, the board of directors of Jones Energy, Inc., a publicly traded independent oil and natural gas company engaged in the development and acquisition of oil and natural gas properties in the Anadarko and Arkoma basins of Texas and Oklahoma. He also currently serves on its audit, compensation and nominating and corporate governance committees. He has been a member of the California Independent Petroleum Association since 1995 and served as Chairman of the executive committee of the board of directors from 2008 to 2010. He has also served as a board member, including Chairman of the board of directors, of the Stanford University Petroleum Investments Committee. Mr. Washburn holds a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University.
Mark L. Pease has been the Chief Operating Officer and an Executive Vice President of our General Partner since December 2007. Effective December 31, 2012, Mr. Pease was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of our General Partner. Mr. Pease also serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Pacific Coast Energy Holdings LLC. 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. Mr. Jackson also currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Pacific Coast Energy Holdings LLC. Since June 2011, Mr. Jackson has served as a member of the board of directors of Niska Gas Storage Partners LLC (“Niska”), a publicly traded master limited partnership that owns and operates natural gas storage assets in North America. He also is a member of Niska’s audit, compensation and conflicts committees. 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. In January 2013, Mr. Brown was appointed General Counsel, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of our General Partner. Mr. Brown also currently serves as General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Energy Holdings LLC. He also serves on the executive committee and the board of directors of the California Independent Petroleum Association. Before joining our General Partner, Mr. Brown was a partner at Bright and Brown, a law firm specializing in energy and environmental law that he co-founded in 1981. Mr. Brown earned a B.A. degree from George Washington University, with Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. 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 a Senior Vice President 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 Pacific Coast Energy Holdings LLC. Since joining the predecessor of Pacific Coast Energy Company LP (“PCEC”), in 1992, Mr. Washburn has served in a variety of capacities, and has served as President of BreitBurn Land Company, LLC, a subsidiary of PCEC, 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 a Senior Vice President since April 2013 and previously served as a Vice President of our General Partner since February 2009. Mr. Baker joined BreitBurn Corporation, a predecessor of BreitBurn Energy Partners in 1999 as a reservoir engineer. Most recently, Mr. Baker was the Vice President — Reservoir Engineering and Central Division of our General Partner. He 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 PCEC 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. Mr. Smith also currently serves as the Controller of Pacific Coast Energy Holdings LLC. Before joining our General Partner, Mr. Smith served as the Corporate Accounting Compliance and Implementation Manager of Unocal Corporation, which was an oil and natural gas production and exploration development company (“Unocal”), 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, 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. Mr. McFarland also currently serves as Treasurer of Pacific Coast Energy Holdings LLC. Since joining BreitBurn Energy Partner’s predecessor in 1994, Mr. McFarland served as Controller and Treasurer for more than five years. Before joining our predecessor, 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 the University of California, Los Angeles.