Speakers for VX2016

Pedro Pizarro
President
Southern California Edison
Biography

Pedro Pizarro

President
Southern California Edison

Pedro Pizarro is president of Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric utilities, delivering power to more than 14 million people in a 50,000-square-mile service area spanning Central, Coastal, and Southern California.  He is a member of SCE’s board of directors.

Pizarro was president of Edison Mission Energy (EME) and chair of its board of directors from 2011 until its sale of substantially all of its assets to NRG Energy on April 1, 2014.  EME was a subsidiary of Edison International (EIX) at the time.  EME was an independent power producer that owned, leased, operated, and sold energy and capacity from electric power generation facilities, and engaged in hedging and energy-trading activities in competitive power markets. 

Previously, Pizarro progressed through several roles at EIX and SCE.  He joined EIX in 1999 as director of Strategic Planning, and was elected vice president of Technology Business Development in 2000.  He moved to SCE in 2001 as vice president of Strategy and Business Development and general manager of Edison Carrier Solutions (ECS), a division of SCE that provides wholesale broadband services to telecommunications carriers.  Pizarro was elected vice president of Power Procurement in 2004, senior vice president of Power Procurement in 2005, and executive vice president of Power Operations in 2008.  In that role, he oversaw SCE’s transmission and distribution system, the procurement unit for conventional and renewable power contracts, SCE’s gas-fired and hydroelectric generation facilities, and ECS.

Prior to his work at EIX and SCE, Pizarro was a senior engagement manager with McKinsey & Company in Los Angeles providing management consulting services to energy, technology, engineering services, and banking clients.  There, he developed corporate strategy, handled mergers and acquisitions, and oversaw operational and organizational engagements.

Pizarro earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from Caltech and held National Science Foundation and Department of Defense graduate fellowships.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Harvard University.

Pizarro serves on the boards of Argonne National Laboratory, the Southern California Leadership Council, and Western Energy Institute.  He also has served on the boards of Caltech, the Electric Power Supply Association, the California Power Exchange, the Colburn School, and House Research Institute. 

Mary Nichols
Chair
California Air Resources Board
Biography

Mary Nichols

Chair
California Air Resources Board

Mary D. Nichols is Chair of the California Air Resources Board, a post she has held since 2007.

Nichols has devoted her entire career in public and nonprofit service to advocating for the environment and public health. In addition to her work at the Air Board, she has served as Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Air and Radiation program under President Clinton, Secretary for California's Resources Agency from 1999 to 2003 and Director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Her priorities as chairman include moving ahead on the state's landmark climate change program (AB 32), steering the Board through numerous efforts to curb diesel pollution at ports and continuing to pass regulations aimed at providing cleaner air for Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley. She values innovation, partnerships and common-sense approaches to addressing the state's air issues.

Mark Ridley-Thomas
Supervisor, 2nd District
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
Biography

Mark Ridley-Thomas

Supervisor, 2nd District
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

Since he was overwhelmingly elected in 2008 and reelected in 2012 and 2016 to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Mark Ridley-Thomas has distinguished himself as a strong advocate for more than two million Second District residents. He presently serves as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, President of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission and a member of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

He has promoted the District’s interests on a variety of fronts, including transportation, job creation and retention, and local hiring. In the area of health policy, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas has overseen the construction of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, as well as a network of cutting-edge health care facilities throughout the District. He has facilitated the use of technology and encouraged an integrated approach to wellness that includes mental health care and a prominent role for school-based clinics. His advocacy has helped secure an equitable share of funding for public-private partnership health clinics in underserved areas.

Prior to his election to the Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas served the 26th District in the California State Senate where he chaired the Senate’s Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development. He served as Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus in 2008 and led the Caucus in unprecedented levels of cooperation and collaboration with counterparts in the Latino and Asian-Pacific Islander Legislative Caucuses.

Mark Ridley-Thomas was first elected to public office in 1991 and served with distinction on the Los Angeles City Council for nearly a dozen years, departing as Council President pro Tempore. He later served two terms in the California State Assembly, where he chaired the Assembly Democratic Caucus. His legislative work addressed a broad range of issues with implications for economic and workforce development, health care, public safety, education, budget accountability, consumer protection and civic participation.

He is widely regarded as the foremost advocate of neighborhood participation in government decision-making. By virtue of his founding of the Empowerment Congress, arguably the region’s most successful 24-year experiment in neighborhood-based civic engagement, he is considered the founder of the Neighborhood Council movement.

Ridley-Thomas’ political career was preceded by a decade of service as executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Los Angeles, which followed a brief but successful five-year stint as a high school teacher.

The Supervisor is a graduate of Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles and earned a baccalaureate degree in Social Relations with a minor in Government and a master’s degree in Religious Studies with a concentration in Christian ethics from Immaculate Heart College. Supervisor Ridley-Thomas went on to receive his Ph.D. in Social Ethics from the University of Southern California focusing on Social Criticism and Social Change.

He is married to Avis Ridley-Thomas, Co-Founder and Director of the Institute for Non-Violence in Los Angeles. They are the proud parents of Sinclair and Sebastian, both Morehouse Men. Sinclair recently earned an MBA degree at USC’s Marshall School of Business, works in the investment banking industry, and resides with his wife Shaunicie, an attorney, in San Francisco. Sebastian is a member of the California State Assembly representing the 54th District, which includes Southwest Los Angeles, Culver City, Century City and Westwood.

Dennis McGinn
Assistant Secretary of the Navy Energy, Installations & Environment
US Navy
Biography

Dennis McGinn

Assistant Secretary of the Navy Energy, Installations & Environment
US Navy

Appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations & Environment) on September 3, 2013, Mr. McGinn develops Department-wide policies, procedures, advocacy and strategic plans and oversees all functions and programs related to installations, safety, energy, and environment. 

In 2002, after 35 years of service, Mr. McGinn retired from the Navy after achieving the rank of Vice Admiral.  While in the Navy, he served as a naval aviator, test pilot, aircraft carrier commanding officer, national security strategist, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Requirements and Programs, and commanded the U.S. Third Fleet.

Mr. McGinn is the former President of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), a past co-chairman of the CNA Military Advisory Board and an international security senior fellow at the Rocky Mountain Institute.  Mr. McGinn is a past member of the Steering Committee of the Energy Future Coalition, the United States Energy Security Council, and the Bipartisan Policy Center Energy Board.  He earned a B.S. degree in Naval Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy; attended the national security program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; and was a Chief of Naval Operations strategic studies fellow at the U.S. Naval War College.

Eric Garcetti
Mayor
City of Los Angeles
Biography

Eric Garcetti

Mayor
City of Los Angeles

Eric Garcetti is the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles. His "back to basics" agenda is focused on job creation and solving everyday problems for L.A. residents.

Garcetti was elected four times by his peers to serve as President of the Los Angeles City Council from 2006 to 2012. From 2001 until taking office as Mayor, he served as the Councilmember representing the 13th District which includes Hollywood, Echo Park, Silver Lake, and Atwater Village -- all of which were dramatically revitalized under Garcetti's leadership.

Garcetti was raised in the San Fernando Valley and earned his B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University. He studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and the London School of Economics and taught at Occidental College and USC. A fourth generation Angeleno, he and his wife, Amy Elaine Wakeland, have a young daughter. He is a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy reserve and is an avid jazz pianist and photographer.

Kathleen Brown
Partner
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Biography

Kathleen Brown

Partner
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Kathleen Brown’s practice focuses on business counseling, government and regulatory affairs, particularly as they relate to the healthcare, energy and financial services industries.

Ms. Brown brings to her practice a background that includes 18 years as a senior executive in the banking and financial services industry and 16 years of public sector experience, including a term as California’s state treasurer.

Ms. Brown joined Manatt after more than 12 years at Goldman Sachs, Inc., a global investment banking and securities firm, where she served as chairman of Midwest Investment Banking and, prior to that, as managing director and head of the firm’s Western Region Public Sector and Infrastructure Group. Ms. Brown also held various senior positions with Bank of America, including president of the private bank.

During her tenure with Goldman Sachs, she worked closely with healthcare institutions in California and the Midwest in both an investment banking and strategic advisory capacity, with a particular focus on helping firms navigate the challenges and leverage the opportunities presented by healthcare reform. She also worked with energy clients and participated in over $4.2 billion of water and power bond financings, working extensively with municipal utilities in California, including on projects to meet California’s renewable energy standards.

Ms. Brown’s experience in the government arena includes serving a term as California state treasurer, where she managed a $25 billion bond portfolio, oversaw a $32 billion cash management fund and served as a trustee on the boards of CALPERS and CALSTRS, two of the largest pension funds in the nation. During that time she was co chair of the Council of Institutional Investors. She was the Democratic Party nominee for Governor of California in 1994, the co chair of the Presidential Commission on Capital Budgeting, a commissioner of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works, and a two term member of the Los Angeles Board of Education.

Before beginning her campaign for treasurer, Ms. Brown was an attorney in the New York and Los Angeles offices of a global law firm, where she was a member of the Capital Markets Group specializing in public and corporate finance.
 

EDUCATION

Fordham University Law School, J.D., 1985

Stanford University, B.A., History, 1969
 

MEMBERSHIPS & ACTIVITIES

Director, Forestar Group Inc.

Director, Sempra Energy

Director, National Park Foundation

Founding Director, The California Women’s Foundation

Member, Council on Foreign Relations

Member, The Trusteeship

Board Member, Stanford Center on Longevity

Former Board Member, The California Endowment

Former Board Member, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
 

HONORS & AWARDS

Most Valuable State Official, City And State , 1993

“Breaking The Glass Ceiling Award,” Women Executives in State Government, 1994

“Lifetime Achievement Award,” Women in Public Finance, 2009

“Women To Watch In 2011,” Crainʹs Chicago
 

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Moderator, “Financing Resilient Infrastructure,” 2014 VerdeXchange Green Marketmakers Conference & Expo, January 27, 2014.

Moderator, “The Promise of an Interstate, Multi Modal Regional Network—The High Desert Corridor,” 2014 VerdeXchange Green Marketmakers Conference & Expo, January 27, 2014.

Panelist, ʺ Effective Government Responsive Leadership,ʺ  The Milken Institute Summit, November 21, 2013.

Deborah Flint
CEO
Los Angeles World Airports
Biography

Deborah Flint

CEO
Los Angeles World Airports

Deborah Flint was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) in June 2015.

With oversight over three airports, Los Angeles International (LAX), LA/Ontario International (ONT) and Van Nuys (VNY), Flint is responsible for continuing the LAX Capital Development program, building on ONT’s 2015 increase in passenger traffic while transitioning ONT to its new local authority, and continuing to position VNY as a vital community partner.

Specifically, her responsibilities involve managing the largest public works project in the history of the City of Los Angeles.  More than $8.5-billion for capital improvement investment through Fiscal Year 2019 at LAX are being used to improve passenger safety, and security, while enhancing the overall guestexperience at all of the airport’s terminals.  

Flint came to LAWA fromthe Port of Oakland where she had held the position of aviation director since 2010, being the primary executive responsible for management, business development and operation of Oakland International Airport (OAK).

While there, she delivered the $480-milliion BART Airport Rail project after years of effort and challenges; executed strategies to stabilize and reverse passenger traffic decline in a difficult market environment; redesigned OAK’s customer experience to make the airport more competitive; and marketed, developed and negotiated numerous development and investment transactions in terminal renovation and hangar development.

Prior to serving as aviation director at the Port of Oakland, Flintheld the position ofassistant aviation director.  Other professional experience includes leading OAK's Capital Program in which she coordinated the design, financing and implementation of major airport projects, and participated in the issuance of more than a half billion dollars in revenue bonds.  She also served as acting port executive director of the Port of Oakland (maritime).  She began her career with the port in 1992 in port finance and advanced through the port’s Finance and Aviation divisions.

Flint was appointed in 2012 to the President Obama’s Advisory Committee on Aviation Consumer Protection.  She also serves on the Oversight Committee of the Transportation Research Board's Airport Cooperative Research Program, is vice president of the California Airports Council, and serves on the Airports Council International World Board.

David Kramer
President
Hudson Companies, Inc.
Biography

David Kramer

President
Hudson Companies, Inc.

David Kramer is the President of the Hudson Companies, Inc. (www.hudsoninc.com) which he joined in 1995 and currently runs with fellow principal William Fowler. Hudson has developed 5,600 residential apartments since 1986. Hudson’s projects range from market rate condominiums (J Condo, Riverwalk Court, Third + Bond, The Marais) to institutional housing (Cornell Tech residential tower, NYU Dormitory, staff housing for Memorial Sloan Kettering) to renovations (345 West 13th Street, Cobble Hill Tower, The Knick) to market rate rentals (Riverwalk Crossing, Hudson East, The Crossroads, The Clinton) to affordable housing (Atlantic Center, Dumont Green, Gateway).  In 2011, Hudson was named Private Developer of the Year by the New York State Housing Conference. In 2013, Hudson was selected by the New York City Pension Funds to manage an investment fund to rebuild areas affected by Superstorm Sandy.

Prior to joining Hudson, Kramer developed affordable housing as the Housing Director of the Venice Community Housing Corporation in Los Angeles, and a project manager for the Skid Row Housing Trust.  In 1989, David was one of the founders and the first Executive Director of People for Parks, a Los Angeles non-profit coalition of parks advocates.

David has a Bachelor Degree from Yale University and graduated from the Coro Foundation's Public Affairs Program. David serves on the Alumni Council of the Collegiate School and the board of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and has served on the boards of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, the Coro Foundation and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, where he also served as Chair.  David founded the quarterly Brooklyn Real Estate Roundtable to benefit the Brooklyn Historical Society.  He lives in Brooklyn Heights with his wife, three children and poorly trained dog. He is a long suffering New York Giants fan, has completed 5 New York City Marathons, 5 Century Bike Races and knows the lyrics to most Broadway musicals. He has finished in the money in both KenKen and Su Doku tournaments. 

Robert Weisenmiller
Chairman
California Energy Commission
Biography

Robert Weisenmiller

Chairman
California Energy Commission

Chair Robert Weisenmiller was appointed as member and Chair to the California Energy Commission in January 2011 by Governor Jerry Brown and re-appointed in January 2015. He fills the Engineer/Scientist position on the five-member Commission. Commissioner Weisenmiller brings more than 30 years energy experience to the Commission including expertise in electricity and gas markets and California regulatory policies. Chair Weisenmiller has served as an expert witness in more than 100 state and federal regulatory commission proceedings and has authored numerous publications on electricity and natural gas markets.

Before his appointment, Chair Weisenmiller, a co-founder of MRW & Associates, used his expertise to assist businesses, financial institution, regulatory commissions, and public agencies in strategic planning, policy development, analyzing energy markets and regulations, rate design and implications of utility mergers.

Chair Weisenmiller's career also included a previous period of public service with the Energy Commission as Advisor to Commissioner, Manager of the Special Projects Office, and Director of the Office of Policy and Program Evaluation in the period between 1977 and 1982. Chair Weisenmiller holds a Doctorate in Chemistry and a Masters in Energy and Resources from University of California Berkeley and received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Providence College.

Phillip Washington
CEO
LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Biography

Phillip Washington

CEO
LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Phillip A. Washington, formerly of Denver’s Regional Transportation District, was unanimously selected CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) by the Metro Board of Directors on March 12, 2015. 

Washington came to Los Angeles at a time when Metro has five major rail, plus highway projects, under construction – together representing the largest modern public works program in the United States.

In his position as Metro CEO, Washington oversees an agency that transports 1.4 million boarding passengers on an average weekday, riding on a fleet of 2,000 clean-air buses and six rail lines. Metro also is the lead transportation planning and programming agency for Los Angeles County. As such, it is a major construction agency that oversees bus, rail, highway and other mobility related building projects. 

Washington came to Los Angeles from Denver, where he was Assistant General Manager for nearly ten years, prior to being named CEO in 2009.

In Denver, Washington implemented the FasTracks program, one of the largest voter-approved transit expansion programs in the country. He was responsible for a total agency budget appropriation of $2.8 billion and managed more than $5 billion in active transit expansion projects. Under his management, Denver’s West Line Rail was completed under budget and eight months earlier than scheduled and the award-winning Denver Union Station was completed five months ahead of schedule.

Also in Denver, Washington spearheaded implementation of the first-of-its-kind $2.2 billion transit Public-Private Partnership (P3). His emphasis on measuring and managing agency performance led the agency to a nearly 90 percent on-time bus and rail service and 96 percent ADA on-time performance. In 2012, Washington’s emphasis on safety training led to a 40 percent decrease in preventable bus accidents.

Originally from the south side of Chicago – the Chicago Housing Projectsof Altgeld Gardens – Washington is a 24-year veteran of the United States Army where he held the rank of Command Sergeant Major, the highest non-commissioned officer rank an enlisted person can achieve. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Columbia College and an M.A. in Management from Webster University. He is current chair of the American Public Transportation Association.

Terry O'Day
Vice President
EVgo
Biography

Terry O'Day

Vice President
EVgo

Terry is responsible for product strategy and market development for EVgo. The company is the leading provider of fast charging to electric vehicles of all makes. Terry’s responsibilities include a $100 million investment to build electric vehicle (EV) charging networks throughout California, regulatory and legislative initiatives, marketing, communications, technology demonstration programs and pricing strategy. 

Prior to joining EVgo, Terry was Executive Director of Environment Now foundation, a strategic, entrepreneurial, activist leader in California. The organization founded dozens of activist environmental organizations protecting air, land and water quality in California and Mexico. In 2007, Terry cofounded Move LA and developed LA County’s Measure R, which over 67% of voters approved in 2008 and is contributing over $40 billion to transit investment countywide. 

Terry began his career with Edison International, where he contributed to founding four businesses in energy, security services, and electric vehicle charging. He went on to cofound EV Rental Cars, which was the first rental company in the United States to offer only environmental vehicles, such as hybrid, natural gas, and electric cars to the general public. It served fifteen airports in six states and more than 500,000 customers, with over 700 cars. Terry has served on various start-up boards and in advisory roles for companies in energy, technology, transportation and infrastructure.

He holds an MBA from The UCLA Anderson School of Management and completed the Coro Public Affairs Fellows Program in Los Angeles. He earned a BA with honors in Public Policy at Stanford University, with a thesis addressing public finance and demand management of electricity. 

Terry was first elected as Councilmember for the City of Santa Monica in November 2010. He has served two years as Mayor Pro Tempore and currently serves as a Councilmember. The city serves over 90,000 residents and a daytime population up to 300,000, with 1,700 employees, a $650 million annual budget and an AAA bond rating. Terry led a six-year process to update the City’s General Plan, which became the leading example of environmental land use planning in the state, reducing projected per capita greenhouse gas emissions from land use by 31 percent in 25 years. He has been active with community organizations throughout California and Mexico; including Waterkeeper Alliance, Coro Southern California; The USC Center for Sustainable Cities, Environmental Entrepreneurs and as the Board Chair of the Coalition for Clean Air.

Ken Alex
Director
California Office of Planning and Research
Biography

Ken Alex

Director
California Office of Planning and Research
Linda Griego
Board Member
AECOM
Biography

Linda Griego

Board Member
AECOM

Ms. Griego has served, since 1986, as president and chief executive officer of Griego Enterprises, Inc., a business management company that has overseen several entrepreneurial ventures in Los Angeles.

In 2015, Ms. Griego founded the MLK Health and Wellness Community Development Corp. charged with economic development oversight of LA County’s MLK Medical Campus in Watts.  Ms. Griego has held other civic-related appointments, including deputy mayor of the city of Los Angeles focused on economic development; president and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Community Development Bank charged with making loans in the federal economic empowerment zone; and president and chief executive officer of Rebuild LA, the agency created to coordinate a five-year economic recovery following the Los Angeles civil unrest.  

For two decades, she has served on boards of directors of non-profit organizations and government commissions.  She currently serves as a trustee of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation; and has served as a trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  She also serves on the boards of directors of the Art Center College of Design and the Community Development Technologies Center.  She has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations for twenty years; and was a founding member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.

For more than twenty years, she has served on the boards of corporations. Currently, she serves as a director of CBS Corporation, and a board member of AECOM Technology Corporation and American Funds. She was also a Los Angeles director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Ms. Griego has maintained strong ties with UCLA since her graduation in 1975 when she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.  She is a former senior fellow of the UCLA School of Public Policy and former chair of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Advisory Board.  She currently serves on the UCLA Women’s Health Center advisory board. In 2008, she received the UCLA Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the university. 

Gail Goldberg
Executive Director
ULI- Los Angeles
Biography

Gail Goldberg

Executive Director
ULI- Los Angeles

Gail Goldberg, Executive Director of ULI Los Angeles, a District Council of the Urban Land Institute, has been leading the organization since 2011. Prior to ULI Los Angeles, Goldberg was Director of Los Angeles City Planning Department and Planning Director of the City of San Diego.

Steve Westly
Founder and Managing Director
The Westly Group
Biography

Steve Westly

Founder and Managing Director
The Westly Group

Mr. Westly is the Founder & Managing Partner of The Westly Group.  He and his partners have built one of the larger clean tech and sustainability venture firms in the US with close to $300 million under management. The Westly Group focuses on capital efficient, high growth companies in the sustainability, sharing economy, and the Internet of Things spaces. The firm has blue chip investors including Citibank, E.ON, and South Korea Telecom.  The company has invested in 33 portfolio companies, three of which have gone public on NASDAQ, including Tesla Motors.  The Net IRR on the investments Mr. Westly has led is 42% with a 1.35x cash-on-cash return

Prior to founding The Westly Group, Steve Westly served as the Controller and Chief Fiscal Officer of the state of California – the world’s seventh largest economy. As Controller, he chaired the State Lands Commission and served on 63 other boards and commissions, including CalPERS and CalSTRS, the nation’s two largest public pension funds, which together invest more than $350 billion.

In the 2008 election cycle Steve served as a California co-chair of the Obama for America campaign. He also served on the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board as a representative for the venture capital industry.

Before running for office, Steve helped guide the online auction company eBay through its period of most rapid growth, serving as the Senior Vice President of Marketing, Business Development, M&A and International. Steve helped bring eBay to Europe and Asia and developed the marketing and acquisition strategies that paved the path for the firm’s exponential growth.  Steve helped take eBay public in 1998. Steve also served as an executive at a number of other technology firms including Netcom, WhoWhere?, Bridgemere Capital, and SPRINT.

Steve began his career in Washington, D.C., where he worked first on Capitol Hill and later in the Office of Conservation and Solar at the U.S. Department of Energy. Steve returned to California to become special assistant to the President of the California Public Utilities Commission. While there, he published two books on alternative energy and the utilities.

Steve holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he served as a lecturer for five years. Steve and his wife, Anita, run the Westly Foundation, which provides education and health care services for children and underserved communities throughout California.  They have two children in high school.

John Simpson
Program Director, Water Resources Division
Marine Corps Installations West/ Marine Corps Base
Biography

John Simpson

Program Director, Water Resources Division
Marine Corps Installations West/ Marine Corps Base

John is the Water Resources Program Director for Marine Corps Installations West and the General Manager of Camp Pendleton’s Water Resources District. He is focused on the fact that the Water Security of the Dept of the Navy’s installations in the southwest equals their Mission Security which in-turn equates to National Security.

Prior to coming to Camp Pendleton, John was a Program Manager at the US General Services Administration in Washington, DC, where he founded the Facilities Management Institute (FMI.gov) - a cloud based institute developed to implement the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act.

Prior to GSA, John was a Principal at Rocky Mountain Institute where he was the Water Practice Leader working on projects in China, Singapore, Colorado and the six cities of the Salinas Valley.

Prior to that, he spent 20 years in the US Navy - serving in the Submarine Force, Naval Diving and Salvage Community and the Civil Engineer Corps (Seabees).

John is a registered Professional Civil Engineer, and is a Doctoral Candidate in the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California, after earning his Masters degree from Stanford University and his Bachelors degree from the University of South Carolina – both in Civil and Environmental Engineering. 

John Chiang
California State Treasurer
State of California
Biography

John Chiang

California State Treasurer
State of California

John Chiang was elected on November 4, 2014, as California’s 33rd State Treasurer. As the State’s banker, he oversees trillions of dollars in transactions every year. One of his top priorities is to conduct the State’s business in the most transparent manner possible. 

Chiang sells California’s bonds, invests the State’s money and manages its cash. In addition, he manages financing authorities that help provide good-paying jobs, better schools, improved transportation, quality health care, more affordable housing and a cleaner environment. He handles those duties while sitting on the governing boards of the nation’s two largest public pension funds – the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS). 

Chiang has made transparency a top priority, believing that sharing information with taxpayers enables them to hold government officials accountable. In November 2015, he unveiled DebtWatch, a website that offers the public easy access to three decades of data related to debt issued by State and local governments. 

Prior to being elected Treasurer, Chiang served from 2007 through 2014 as State Controller, during which time he: 

  • Took steps during the Great Recession to preserve cash to meet obligations to education and bond holders. His cash management decisions – which included delaying payments and issuing IOUs -- were cited as instrumental in keeping the State’s credit rating from plunging into junk status, which saved taxpayers millions of dollars. 
  • Worked to ensure the fiscal solvency of the State’s pension plans, and was a leader in pension and corporate governance reform. He proposed a plan to address the unfunded liability of providing health and dental benefits for State retirees, and successfully sponsored legislation requiring all State pension systems to adopt disclosure policies regarding board members and placement agents. He also has sponsored bills to curb pension-spiking, require placement agents to register as lobbyists, and require CalPERS and CalSTRS board members to file more campaign contribution disclosure reports. 
  • Aggressively used his auditing authority to identify more than $9 billion in taxpayer dollars that were denied, overpaid, subject to collection, or resulted in revenues, savings and cost avoidance. 
  • Ensured that $3.1 billion in unclaimed property was returned to the rightful owners. He also led the effort to reform the State’s Unclaimed Property Program, which currently holds about $7.1 billion in bank accounts, utility deposits and other property that businesses have deemed abandoned by their owners. 

Chiang was first elected to the Board of Equalization in 1998 where he served two terms, including three years as chair. He began his career as a tax law specialist with the Internal Revenue Service and previously served as an attorney in the State Controller’s Office. 

The son of immigrant parents, Chiang graduated with honors from the University of South Florida with a degree in finance. He received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Mike Wallace
Managing Director
BrownFlynn
Biography

Mike Wallace

Managing Director
BrownFlynn

As Managing Director, Mike is responsible for expanding BrownFlynn’s market penetration across North America, developing new and existing strategic partnerships, providing innovative corporate responsibility and sustainability solutions to clients and helping shape the strategic direction of the Firm. Having helped establish and then direct GRI’s North American operations from 2010 to 2014, Mike was instrumental in driving sustainability reporting across the North American economy.

Mike’s 20 years of international experience in the sustainability field provides BrownFlynn clients and business partners with a global view of the sustainability landscape. Having given expert testimony to the European Commission, U.S. Securities Exchange Commission, Environmental Protection Agency and the General Services Administration, and having presented on the topic of sustainability and reporting at many of events, Mike’s expertise in the field is highly regarded and valued by a wide range of colleagues and organizations.

Catherine Reheis-Boyd
President
Western States Petroleum Association
Biography

Catherine Reheis-Boyd

President
Western States Petroleum Association

Catherine Reheis-Boyd is the President of the Western States Petroleum Association and oversees the trade organization’s operations and advocacy in six states. Catherine Reheis-Boyd has been affiliated with WSPA since 1990 and previously was the Association’s Executive Vice President.  She served as Chief Operating Officer and managed WSPA’s personnel as Chief of Staff since 2003.

Catherine Reheis-Boyd has managed a broad range of Association activities, including climate change and low carbon fuels, renewable fuels and alternative energy issues in WSPA’s six states, and beyond those borders into Canada and abroad. Ms. Reheis-Boyd received her bachelor’s of science degree in Natural Resource Management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and pursued post-graduate studies in environmen­tal engineering at the University of Southern California. 

Coby Skye
Engineer
Los Angeles County Department of Public Works
Biography

Coby Skye

Engineer
Los Angeles County Department of Public Works
Frank Breust
Vice President Governmental and External Affairs
BMW Group Representative Office California
Biography

Frank Breust

Vice President Governmental and External Affairs
BMW Group Representative Office California

Frank Breust is heading the government and external affairs office of the BMW Group in Sacramento, California since July 2013. In this function he coordinates corporate positioning with all relevant stakeholders in the fields of environmental, mobility and sustainability policies.

Prior to this, Mr. Breust was responsible for coordinating the political communication of the BMW Group in Munich with regard to human resources related issues as well as sustainability engagements. Mr. Breust also steered social sustainability topics in the HR strategy. Before joining the BMW Group, Mr. Breust was an officer of the German Air Force and served as an air traffic controller and in the German Military Intelligence Service for twelve years.

Frank Breust was born and grew up in Oldenburg, Germany and holds a Diploma in Business and Economics Education and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree

Marcie Edwards
General Manager
LADWP
Biography

Marcie Edwards

General Manager
LADWP

Marcie L. Edwards is the retiring General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and was the first woman to lead the nation’s largest municipal utility. 

Coming home to the utility where she previously worked for 24 years, Marcie brought decades of experience in the utility industry to the LADWP top job. She previously ran Anaheim Public Utilities for 13 years then was tapped to serve as Anaheim City Manager in July 2013. A past Governor on the California Independent System Operator Board, Marcie also served as interim CEO of that agency in 2004, and, in that role, assisted in avoiding statewide power outages during the Energy Crisis. 

Jens Birkholzer
Senior Scientist
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Biography

Jens Birkholzer

Senior Scientist
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Dr. Jens Birkholzer is a senior scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL, Berkeley Lab). As an internationally recognized expert in subsurface energy applications and environmental impact assessment, he currently serves as the Director for the Energy Geosciences Division (EGD) in the Earth and Environmental Systems Area (EESA). In addition Dr. Birkholzer leads the Sustainable Energy Systems Program Domain in the Energy Geosciences Division. He received his Ph.D. in water resources, hydrology, and soil science from Aachen University of Technology in Germany in 1994. Dr. Birkholzer joined LBNL in 1994, left for a management position in his native Germany in 1999, and eventually returned to LBNL in 2001. He has over 300 scientific publications, about 100 of which are in peer-reviewed journals, in addition to numerous research reports. He serves as the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control (IJGGC) and is also on the Board of Editorial Policy Advisors for the Journal of Geomechanics for Energy and Environment (GETE).

Dr. Birkholzer’s scientific emphasis centers on understanding and modeling coupled multi-phase fluid, gas, solute and heat transport in complex subsurface systems such as or fractured rock or heterogeneous sediments. As a scientist in a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Lab, his research is related to evaluating the feasibility and environmental sustainability of subsurface energy applications, particularly the use of deep subsurface formations for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste and for the storage of CO2 for geologic carbon sequestration. Using a combination of numerical, theoretical, observational and experimental approaches, he focuses on the complex couplings between thermal-hydrological-mechanical and chemical processes activated by subsurface energy manipulations.

Sanjay Ranchod
Vice President, Policy & Electricity Markets and Regulatory Counsel
SolarCity
Biography

Sanjay Ranchod

Vice President, Policy & Electricity Markets and Regulatory Counsel
SolarCity

Sanjay Ranchod is Vice President, Policy & Electricity Markets and Regulatory Counsel at SolarCity, a national leader in clean energy services that provides homeowners, business and government organizations cleaner, more affordable alternatives to their utility bills. Ranchod leads SolarCity’s legislative, regulatory, and advocacy interests in California and other western states. Prior to joining SolarCity, Ranchod represented renewable energy companies and other businesses on regulatory matters as an attorney at the Paul Hastings law firm. He serves on the board of directors of the California Solar Energy Industries Association and The Sierra Club Foundation. He also serves as an Alternate Commissioner on the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. Ranchod received a BA from Brown University and a JD from Stanford Law School.

Harlan Kelly
General Manager
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Biography

Harlan Kelly

General Manager
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Harlan L. Kelly, Jr. is General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), the third largest municipal utility in California, and a Department of the City and County of San Francisco with a workforce of 2,500 employees providing retail drinking water and wastewater services to San Francisco; wholesale water to three Bay Area counties; and green hydroelectric and solar power to San Francisco’s municipal departments.  Mr. Kelly, who previously served as the SFPUC’s Assistant General Manager, Infrastructure, oversees $10 billion in capital programs for water, sewer and power, including the $4.6 billion Water System Improvement Program, the $6.9 billion Sewer System Improvement Program, and the $1.8 billion Hetch Hetchy System Improvement Program.  As an authority on water, sewer and power policy, he is in high demand as a speaker at numerous summits, forums and conferences throughout the country, and has provided expert testimony to the United States Senate on wastewater resource recovery.  His civil engineering career spanning three decades includes his tenure as the City Engineer of San Francisco.  He is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), as well as the Bay Area Council.  He co-founded the youth internship program Project Pull, which has been in continuous operation since 1995.  His writing and insights are featured in The Value of Water – A Compendium of Essays by Smart CEOs.  He and his wife, attorney and San Francisco City Administrator Naomi M. Kelly, and their two sons, reside in San Francisco.        

Joe Edmiston
Executive Director
Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
Biography

Joe Edmiston

Executive Director
Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy

Joseph Edmiston was appointed Executive Director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy by Governor Jerry Brown in 1979. Under his leadership, the Conservancy has preserved over 60,000 acres of public parkland within and surrounding the Los Angeles Metropolitan region, in a zone extending from the edge of the Mojave Desert to the Pacific Ocean. From north to south, these areas drain into the Santa Clara River, Calleguas Creek, numerous smaller coastal watersheds in the Santa Monica Mountains, and the Los Angeles River and Rio Hondo. Joe has lectured extensively on environmental planning, park development, and urban land use. He and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, have been the recipient of numerous national awards including, most recently, the highest honor of the National Planning Association, the Daniel Burnham Award.

George Minter
Regional Vice President for External Affairs and Environmental Strategy
Southern California Gas Company
Biography

George Minter

Regional Vice President for External Affairs and Environmental Strategy
Southern California Gas Company

George Minter is Regional Vice President for External Affairs and Environmental Strategy for SoCalGas, the nation’s largest gas utility. He is responsible for the Company’s external affairs, communications, public policy and energy and environmental affairs functions.

Mr. Minter is a long time public policy professional specializing in energy and environmental matters, policy development, communications and political advocacy.

Prior to re-joining the Gas Company as the Senior Director of Policy and Environment, George was Managing Principal for the LA-based public affairs firms Greer/Dailey/Minter and GM Public Affairs from 2000 to 2013. There he managed public policy initiatives and communications programs to approve large energy and land use projects. 

George also served in the capacity as director and manager of a number of other functions for SoCalGas from 1985 – 2000. Prior to his career at the Gas Company, George was a political consultant handling local, state and national political campaigns, responsible for strategy development, campaign management and television and radio production.

George has served as a board member of numerous civic associations and community organizations, including the Central City Assoc., Valley Industry and Commerce Assoc., L.A. Family Housing Corp. (as Board Chair), Coro Foundation, Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal-State LA, Center for the Study of LA at Loyola Marymount University, Campaign to Clear the Air and the California League of Conservation Voters. He was one of the founders of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, a federal energy trade association and of the California CCS Coalition, a statewide energy advocacy organization.

He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Energy, Water & Environmental Sustainability Council of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce; is a member of the Land Use (GLUE) Council for So Cal Assoc. of Governments (SCAG); and is a member of the Advisory Boards of the CA Alt Fuel Vehicle Coalition of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), and of Water Education for Latino Leaders (WELL).

George has been the recipient of several awards and honors, and has been a regular speaker at state and national conferences on energy and environmental policy. He recently was awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, from the U.S. Council on Service and Civic Participation.

George is the father of two grown children, married, and lives in Pasadena, California. He is a Phi Beta Kappa and Honors graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.

Nancy Sutley
Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Biography

Nancy Sutley

Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

In July 2014, Nancy Sutley was named Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) where she oversees energy efficiency, water conservation, economic development, and electrification of the transportation network.  Prior to LADWP, Nancy Sutley served as Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality from January 2009 to February 2014.  Under Sutley, the Council on Environmental Quality played a central role in shepherding the Obama Administration’s signature environmental accomplishments. Sutley was one of the chief architects of President Obama’s June 2013 Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare the U.S for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to address climate change. 

Prior to her appointment as Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality, Sutley was the Deputy Mayor for Energy and Environment for the City of Los Angeles, California under Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. She represented Los Angeles on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. She served on the California State Water Resources Control Board from 2003- 2005. Sutley also was Energy Advisor for California Governor Gray Davis, and Deputy Secretary for policy and intergovernmental relations at the California EPA from 1999-2003. During the administration of President Clinton, Sutley worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Regional Administrator in San Francisco and Special Assistant to the Administrator in Washington, D.C.

Sutley received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and her Master in Public Policy from Harvard University.  Sutley resides in Los Angeles, CA.

Bob Foster
Former Chair
California ISO Board of Governors
Biography

Bob Foster

Former Chair
California ISO Board of Governors

Bob Foster's career spans more than 40 years, beginning with his tenure as Chief Consultant to the California State Senate Energy Committee, advancing to division head and Deputy Director of the California Energy Commission, and culminating with his serving as President of Southern California Edison. He has been at the forefront of energy efficiency and renewables; pioneering the first energy standards for buildings in the nation in 1972 and leading Edison's renewable policy for a voluntary 20 percent of its energy portfolio well before it was mandated. He has been one of the leading policy developers in the energy space. He currently serves as a director on the Boards of S Power, Epcor, and TTSI, and sits on the Advisory Board of Philips Electronics. He recently stepped down as Chairman of the California Systems Operator. Bob is married to Nancy Foster his wife of 46 years and has two sons and three Grandchildren. In 1983 he coached the Pacific Little Team from Sacramento to the Little League World Series in Williamsport Penn. He splits his time between Long Beach and La Quinta California.

Steve Berberich
President and CEO
California ISO
Biography

Steve Berberich

President and CEO
California ISO

Steve Berberich is President and Chief Executive Officer at the California Independent System Operator (ISO). 

Mr. Berberich has navigated the ISO through a series of major initiatives, including the world’s most expansive integration of renewable resources into the power grid. His vision for reducing the grid’s reliance on fossil fuels has catalyzed many significant new programs including the nation’s first Energy Imbalance Market, which welcomed several western states into the ISO’s bulk power markets. 

With over 25 years of experience in the utility, consulting, banking and finance sectors, he also holds an undergraduate degree in finance and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tulsa. 

 

Renata Simril
President and CEO
LA84
Biography

Renata Simril

President and CEO
LA84

Renata Simril is President and CEO of the LA84 Foundation (www.LA84.org).  Formed in 1985, originally as the Amateur Athletic Foundation, the LA84 Foundation (“LA84” or the “Foundation”) is a legacy of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Summer Games.  The LA84 Foundation transforms lives through its investment in youth sport programs, infrastructure, research, and education across eight Counties of Southern California, and is a national leader in elevating the role that sports play in positive youth development.

Ms. Simril is an accomplished civic and private sector trailblazer with more than 20 years of diversified experience with a commitment to leadership and service.  She most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff to the Publisher of the Los Angeles Times, where she oversaw staff operations and special projects.  Her earlier career included three seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where she served as Senior Vice President of External Affairs overseeing the restoration of the Dodgers brand and the Dodgers Foundation; and over a decade in real estate development with Jones Lang LaSalle, Forest City Development and LCOR, Inc.  Her public service included stints as Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Housing in the Hahn Administration, where she worked to expand rental and affordable housing in Los Angeles, and as a Development Deputy to Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas, where she worked to help rebuild communities in South Los Angeles after the 1992 civil unrest.  Ms. Simril began her career in the U.S. Army as a Military Police Officer in the U.S. and Germany. 

Ms. Simril is active in the community outside of LA84 Foundation, currently serving on the Boards of the LA2024 Olympic Bid Committee; Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce;  United Way of Greater Los Angeles; Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission; and Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation; and as a member of the Board of Regents of Loyola Marymount University (LMU).  In 2016, she was named to the Los Angeles Business Journal’s inaugural list of The Los Angeles 500 Most Influential People. 

Ms. Simril is a third generation Angeleno.  She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from Loyola Marymount University and a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from USC.  Ms. Simril resides in Studio City with her husband and two sons.

Mark Pestrella
Acting Director
Los Angeles County Department of Public Works
Biography

Mark Pestrella

Acting Director
Los Angeles County Department of Public Works

Mark Pestrella is Chief Deputy Director of the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works. He is responsible for all core business operations of the Department including water resources management, waste management, transportation, public building construction, development services, emergency management, financial management, and human resource management. One of his primary duties is to implement the Department Strategic Plan and initiatives, as well as oversee the application of the County Board of Supervisors' policies and directives.

A native of Southern California, Pestrella attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering with concentrations in structural engineering and water resource management. He is a licensed civil engineer in the State of California and has taught post-graduate classes in Civil Engineering and Land Development Entitlement at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Pestrella is a 29-year veteran of the Department and has held a variety of management positions throughout the Department. Over the last decade, Pestrella has been instrumental in Department leadership development, the adoption of County, State, and Federal policies related to Clean Water Act compliance, integrated water resource management, ecosystem restoration, and infrastructure sustainability.

Pestrella is also an active member of the American Public Works Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Water Works Association, Association of California Water Agencies, National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies (Board Member), Southern California Water Committee (Chair-Regional Stormwater Task Force), and Urban Water Institute (Board Member).

The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works is the largest public works agency in the United States with over 4,000 employee positions and an annual budget of more than four billion dollars. The Department designs, constructs, operates, and maintains roads, highways, bridges, airports, sewers, and flood control and water conservation facilities, as well as water distribution systems for the County, the Flood Control District, special districts, and contract cities. In addition, the Department provides management services for capital projects and serves as a first responder for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. The Department provides leadership in the countywide transportation system, traffic mitigation efforts, and solid and hazardous waste management planning.

Bob Sipchen
Senior Editor, California Section
Los Angeles Times
Biography

Bob Sipchen

Senior Editor, California Section
Los Angeles Times

Bob Sipchen helps edit the Los Angeles Times California Section. In 2002 he and Alex Raksin won the Pulitzer Prize for “Helping People Off the Streets,” a series of editorials on Los Angeles’ homeless mentally ill population. In 1993 he shared in the Times’ Pulitzer for its team coverage of the Los Angeles Riots.  In his many years at the Times, Sipchen has served as Sunday Opinion Editor, Senior Editor at the Los Angeles Times magazine, editor and creator of the Outdoors section, columnist, and staff writer.

From 2007 till 2015 Sipchen worked at the Sierra Club, America’s largest and most effective grassroots environmental organization, where he led a staff of up to 80 multi-media professionals and served as National Communications Director and Editor in Chief of Sierra magazine, an award-winning, 500,000- circulation bimonthly created by Sierra Club founder John Muir in 1893. 

Sipchen is an adjunct professor at Occidental College, where he teaches journalism and communications classes. He and his wife, Pam, live in Los Angeles and are the parents of three adult children. 

Dennis Luna
Managing Partner
Luna & Glushon
Biography

Dennis Luna

Managing Partner
Luna & Glushon

Dennis is the managing partner of Luna & Glushon, a firm headquartered in Century City.

Dennis is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and holds a Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southern California, School of Petroleum Engineering.

He has served on many commissions in the City of Los Angeles, including Commissioner and Treasurer for the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency, and as a Commissioner of the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department.

He is also a former Director and Member of the Executive Committee of the Economic Development Corporation of Los Angeles County.

Dennis is a frequent speaker on matters related to energy, water resources, and the economy.

Sue Minter
Former Secretary of Transportation
Vermont Agency of Transportation
Biography

Sue Minter

Former Secretary of Transportation
Vermont Agency of Transportation

Sue Minter is currently running for Governor of Vermont during the 2016 election cycle. Sue is a proven leader who brings people together in the toughest times to solve problems. This quality has led to her success as Vermont’s Secretary of Transportation, Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Irene Recovery Officer, and as a State Representative. Sue helped lead Vermont’s recovery in the wake of catastrophic flooding from Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011. Following her oversight of the successful rebuilding of over 500 miles of damaged roads and bridges in less than four months, Sue was appointed to be Vermont’s Chief Irene Recovery Officer in December 2011. Sue’s skills have been sought out nationally. She was asked to help Colorado with its disaster recovery when that state was hit with extreme flooding in September 2013. In 2014, she represented Governor Shumlin on the White House Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, where she co-chaired the Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery and Resilience. Sue was elected four times as State Representative in the Vermont legislature, where she was known as a bipartisan problem solver.

Sue is a graduate of Harvard University (B.A.) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.A. in City Planning). She has worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors as a professional planner at the local, state, and international levels.

Joe Sullivan
Director of Energy Solutions
Los Angeles IBEW & NECA
Biography

Joe Sullivan

Director of Energy Solutions
Los Angeles IBEW & NECA
Jeff Morales
CEO
California High Speed Rail Authority
Biography

Jeff Morales

CEO
California High Speed Rail Authority
Jeff Morales is the Chief Executive Officer of the California High-Speed Rail Authority and has a distinguished record of experience managing large and complex transportation issues and projects. As the former Director of the California Department of Transportation, Morales managed a $10 billion program and more than 23,000 employees working to build, maintain and operate the largest state transportation system in the U.S.
 
Morales most recently was Senior Vice President of Parsons Brinckerhoff , where he worked with transportation agencies across the United States and internationally to develop and implement major capital programs and is the past executive vice president of the Chicago Transit Authority where he spearheaded major reforms at the nation’s second-largest transit agency.
 
His experience at the federal level includes serving as a member of President-Elect Obama’s transition team focusing on transportation, Vice President Al Gore’s National Performance Review, the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security, the United States Department of Transportation and as U.S. Senate staff.
Paul Bunje
Principal and Senior Scientist, Energy & Environment
XPRIZE Foundation
Biography

Paul Bunje

Principal and Senior Scientist, Energy & Environment
XPRIZE Foundation

Paul Bunje is a global thought leader in bringing innovation to solve environmental grand challenges. Paul leads Energy and Environment prizes at the XPRIZE Foundation, where he brings his unique ability to bridge the gap between science and society to incentivizing solutions to diverse challenges facing our world.

Paul was the founding Executive Director of the UCLA Center for Climate Change Solutions and the Managing Director of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability. He received his B.S. from the University of Southern California and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Hector De La Torre
Board Member
California Air Resources Board
Biography

Hector De La Torre

Board Member
California Air Resources Board

Hector De La Torre serves on the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as a gubernatorial appointee, where he focuses on goods movement, mitigation in impacted communities, and bringing the benefits of new technologies to these communities.  De La Torre is the Executive Director of the Transamerica Center for Health Studies, a nonprofit focused on empowering consumers and employers to achieve the best value and protection from their health coverage, as well as the best outcomes in their personal health and wellness. 

De La Torre is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Occidental College (his alma mater) in Los Angeles and the Board of L.A. Care, the largest public health plan in the United States.  De La Torre served as a State Assemblymember for California’s 50th District from 2004-2010.  Prior to that, he was Mayor and Councilmember in his hometown of South Gate.

Bob Hertzberg
State Senator
California State Senate
Biography

Bob Hertzberg

State Senator
California State Senate

Robert "Bob" Hertzberg

Robert M. Hertzberg, twice unanimously elected Speaker of the California State Assembly, from 2000 – 2002, is now a State Senator, proudly serving nearly 1 million residents in the San Fernando Valley.  Bob serves on, among others: the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance, the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications, and the Committee on Natural Resources and Water, and continues to address the big challenges facing California.

Bob has been an active entrepreneur and leader in global policy on renewable energy.  The Guardian (UK) named him as one of the “50 People Who Could Save the Planet” and his former company won the “World Bank Award, for Lighting Africa,” for a project in Rwanda.

Bob has appeared on CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, BBC, Nightline, and has been featured in articles in The Economist, Fortune Small Business, and Financial Times.  In addition, a solar company he was involved with in Los Angeles won the 2005 Wall Street Journal Innovation of the Year Award in the field of energy.

Bob has been to every VerdeExchange Conference & Expo since the beginning, including two in Toronto, Canada.  He’s thrilled to be back for #9!

Martin Adams
LADWP Chief Operating Officer
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Biography

Martin Adams

LADWP Chief Operating Officer
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Martin Adams is the Chief Operating Officer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). With more than 30 years of experience with LADWP, Mr. Adams has worked throughout the Water System and was directly involved with the planning and implementation of sweeping upgrades centered on the removal of open distribution reservoirs and changes in water treatment to meet new water quality regulations. Prior to his current appointment, he spent ten years as the Director of Water Operations in charge of the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the Los Angeles water delivery system, including the historical Los Angeles Aqueduct and other supply sources, pump stations, reservoirs, water treatment, and management of Water System properties. Mr. Adams is a life-long resident of the Los Angeles area, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Cecilia Estolano
Co-Founder
ELP Advisors
Biography

Cecilia Estolano

Co-Founder
ELP Advisors

Cecilia V. Estolano is an expert in sustainable economic development and urban revitalization. The many projects she has directed as co-founder of ELP Advisors include advising local governments, non-profits and foundations on redevelopment dissolution and economic revitalization; overseeing research on green infrastructure and job creation in Philadelphia; and managing complex multi-stakeholder processes, including the creation of economic development implementation plans and the LA 2050 visioning project for the Goldhirsh Foundation. 

Prior to co-founding ELP Advisors, Ms. Estolano was Chief Strategist of State and Local Initiatives for Green For All, a national organization that advocates for broad access and opportunity in the clean-energy economy. Ms. Estolano oversaw Green For All’s State and Local Initiatives and the Capital Access Program and was charged with spearheading the organization’s effort to scale public-private partnerships as a means to grow family-supporting jobs in energy efficiency, water and transportation infrastructure, green manufacturing and other green sectors, particularly in under-served communities. 

Ms. Estolano previously served as Chief Executive Officer of the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA). Under Ms. Estolano’s tenure, CRA/LA was the largest redevelopment agency in California, with an annual budget of over $726 million and a work program covering 32 project areas. Ms. Estolano redefined the role of CRA/LA, developing and implementing the CRA/LA five-year Strategic Plan. She rebuilt the organization’s housing department, shepherded CRA/LA’s adoption of a landmark policy on local hiring in construction jobs, directed the adoption of a Healthy Neighborhoods policy, and created a $42 million Land Acquisition Fund to jumpstart development in underserved markets like South Los Angeles. 

Prior to joining CRA/LA, Ms. Estolano was Of Counsel in the Los Angeles office of the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She represented developer, private equity fund and lender clients in land use, zoning, redevelopment, environmental, real estate, energy and telecommunications matters. 

Ms. Estolano was the Deputy Chair of the Environmental Protection Agency Review Team, Energy and Environment Group for the Obama Presidential Transition Team. Her career includes service as a Special Assistant Los Angeles City Attorney, as a Senior Policy Advisor with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and as Environmental Policy Advisor to former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley. She also served on the California Coastal Commission. 

Ms. Estolano is a graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law and holds an M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA. She received her undergraduate degree in Social Studies with honors from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges. Ms. Estolano has taught urban planning at UCLA and UC Berkeley. She serves as Vice President of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and sits on the boards of directors of Manufacturing Renaissance and the National Employment Law Project.

Enrique Zaldivar
Director
City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation
Biography

Enrique Zaldivar

Director
City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation

Enrique was originally appointed Director of the Bureau of Sanitation in 2007 and reappointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti in September 2013. Sanitation oversees the City of Los Angeles Clean Water, Solid Resources and Watershed Protection programs, which combined have a revenue value of over $1.1 billion, with a staff of nearly 3000 employees. LASAN is also the lead environmental department for the City.

Through Sanitation’s efforts, the City has been at forefront of environmental stewardship, from the restoration of Santa Monica Bay, to achieving one of the highest recycling rates among large cities in the world, over 76%, to the implementation of the Low Impact Development (LID) Ordinance for stormwater capture and infiltration. Mayor Garcetti has made environmental sustainability one of the primary pillars of his administration, and LA Sanitation plays a critical role in his initiatives.

The City of Los Angeles has embarked on an ambitious goal of making LA a Zero Waste City, a 90% reduction in landfill disposal by the year 2025.  Resource recovery is at the center of the City’s solid waste management strategy. LASAN has embarked, jointly with LADWP, on the development of the One Water LA Plan to integrate all water-related planning efforts in support of Mayor Garcetti’s Water Executive Directive No. 5.

Enrique serves on the board of several organizations such as the US Water Alliance, the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission and others. Enrique is a registered civil engineer. He and his wife Brenda, have three children, sons Enrique Jr. and Alonzo, and daughter Carina.

Abigale Abel
Global Director
GE Ecomagination
Biography

Abigale Abel

Global Director
GE Ecomagination

Abigale (Abby) Abel is the Global Director of GE Ecomagination, a strategic platform for delivering improved economic and environmental returns to GE customers.  Abby’s primary focus is working with partners to identify and scale new commercial solutions.  Prior to her current role, Abby served as the Strategic Marketing Leader for GE’s Renewable Energy business, responsible for leading a global team to provide wind industry analysis and insight to support strategic decision-making. 

Abby holds an M.B.A. & Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) from the University of Michigan as well as a B.A. from Middlebury College.  She lives in San Diego with her husband and daughter.

Adel Hagekhalil
Assistant Director
City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation
Biography

Adel Hagekhalil

Assistant Director
City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation

Adel Hagekhalil, P.E., BCEE is a registered civil engineer with the State of California and a national Board Certified Environmental Engineer.  Adel is currently an Assistant Director with the City of Los Angeles’ Bureau of Sanitation he is responsible for the Bureau’s wastewater collection system management, storm water and watershed protection program, water quality compliance, and facilities and advance planning.  Adel is leading the City’s effort in green infrastructure and multi-benefit projects and embarking on the City 2040 One Water LA Plan.  Adel led the study group on water resiliency for the President's National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC). Adel is currently a Board member and immediate past president with the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA).

Earl Blumenauer
Congressman, Oregon's 3rd District
US House of Representatives
Biography

Earl Blumenauer

Congressman, Oregon's 3rd District
US House of Representatives

Earl Blumenauer was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and has been a life-long resident of Oregon's 3rd Congressional District.

Through his years as a local official in the Oregon Legislature, Multnomah County Commission, and Portland’s City Council, Earl developed a national reputation for his advocacy of public transportation, land use planning, protection of the environment, and school funding.

Elected to Congress in 1996, Blumenauer has been a champion for cleaning up America’s most polluted sites and has introduced legislation to reinstate the federal Superfund tax. He is also a leader in public lands protection, in particular for protecting Oregon’s crown jewels such as Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge. He is the former Vice Chair for the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming and has strongly defended the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, as well as EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gases in the fight against climate change. Blumenauer has also led an initiative to reform federal flood insurance policies by protecting environmentally sensitive and disaster prone areas from development, and modernizing the policies of the US Army Corps of Engineers.  His environmental priorities are geared towards helping the federal government be a better partner to local communities in improving and sustaining the health of our land and water.

Blumenauer currently sits on the Ways and Means Committee. 

Michael George
Delta Watermaster
State of California
Biography

Michael George

Delta Watermaster
State of California

Michael Patrick George was appointed to a four-year term as Delta Watermaster beginning in January, 2015.  The position of Delta Watermaster was created by the 2009 Delta Reform legislation.  The Delta Watermaster is an independent officer of the State reporting jointly to the State Water Resources Control Board and the Delta Stewardship Council.  The Watermaster has statutory responsibility for administering water rights within the Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta.  Additionally, the Delta Watermaster advises the Board and the Council on related water rights, water quality and water operations in and affecting the Delta, which is, simultaneously, a critical estuarine habitat, a vital agricultural area, and the hub of California’s water infrastructure.

Prior to starting his term, Mr. George was active in western water law and policy as a water lawyer, as the CEO of a publicly traded water resource management company, as a senior executive of an investor owned water company and as an investment banker serving both public and private entities in the water industry.  He is an honors graduate of The University of Notre Dame where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and of the Georgetown University Law Center where he was an editor of Law and Policy in International Business.  Mr. George has lectured on California water resource issues at the University of California San Diego, the University of Southern California and the University of California at Berkeley.  He is a member of the California Bar.

Bill Allen
President and CEO
LAEDC
Biography

Bill Allen

President and CEO
LAEDC

Bill Allen is the Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation and its subsidiary, the World Trade Center Los Angeles. Mr. Allen is also Co-Chair of the California Stewardship Network, a Vice Chair of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley and a member of the Board of Directors of the Weingart Foundation, Regional Economic Association Leaders of California Coalition, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs, FilmL.A., Unite L.A., and Sister Cities of Los Angeles.

Active in regional economic development for more than twenty years, Mr. Allen was the first CEO of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley from 1996-2000, and in 2000 was named California’s Civic Entrepreneur of the Year by the California Center for Regional Leadership.

Mr. Allen has served as a trustee of the University of Southern California, chair of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Chair of Film LA, and cochair of the “Shaping Tomorrow” capital campaign for the Valley Presbyterian Hospital, on whose board he served for fifteen years.

Mr. Allen was previously a television network and studio executive with nearly twenty years experience in entertainment production and management, where he supervised the development and production of hundreds of episodes of network, syndicated and cable television, as well as several highly rated TV movies and specials.

A cum laude graduate of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California in 1979, Mr. Allen also received his Masters Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University in 1983.

Robert Powell
Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and of Food Science and Technology
University of California, Davis
Biography

Robert Powell

Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and of Food Science and Technology
University of California, Davis

Professor Powell is a Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and also a Professor of Food Science and Technology at the University of California Davis. From 2002 until 2011 he was the Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. He has been Vice Chair and Chair of the Academic Senate of the University of California System.  Currently he serves as the Science Advisor to the Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency and the Chair of the Science and Technology Committee of the Board of Governors that oversees Los Alamos National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. 

Seleta Reynolds
General Manager
Los Angeles Department of Transportation
Biography

Seleta Reynolds

General Manager
Los Angeles Department of Transportation

Seleta Reynolds is General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) appointed by the Administration of Mayor Eric Garcetti. She leads the department as well as day-to-day operations of a multi-faceted organization with an annual budget of $526 million. LADOT’s 2,000 employees are responsible for managing over 6,500 miles of streets, 35,000 parking meters, and the most advanced traffic signal system in the country, with 4,500 traffic lights. The Department serves over 26 million trips each year on DASH buses, the second largest bus service in Los Angeles County; enforces parking laws; and facilitates over 2,000 special events each year. Ms. Reynolds is responsible for implementing Great Streets for Los Angeles, a plan to reduce traffic fatalities, double the number of people riding bikes, and expand access to integrated transportation choices for Angelenos and the region. 

Ms. Reynolds has over 16 years of experience planning, funding, and implementing transportation projects throughout the United States. Prior to accepting her current position, Ms. Reynolds served as a manager in in the Livable Streets sub-division at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, where she led the section responsible for safety, innovation, policy, and coordination for complete streets projects citywide. She oversaw the creation of an implementation plan for Vision Zero, the City’s goal to reach zero traffic deaths. She is a past president of the Association for Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals and serves on the Transportation Research Board Bicycle and Pedestrian Committees and the WalkScore Advisory Board. Ms. Reynolds was on the Steering Committee for NACTO’s Urban Streets Design Guide and the National Safe Routes to School Toolbox.

Jonathan Weisgall
Vice President, Government Relations
Berkshire Hathaway Energy
Biography

Jonathan Weisgall

Vice President, Government Relations
Berkshire Hathaway Energy

Jonathan Weisgall is Vice President for Government Relations for Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. He joined CalEnergy (Berkshire Hathaway Energy’s predecessor company) in 1993 as Vice President for Legislative and Regulatory Affairs.

Weisgall also serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies and vice president of the Geothermal Energy Association. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he has taught a seminar on energy issues since 1990 and recently received the Charles Fahy Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award as outstanding adjunct professor of the year. He has also guest lectured on energy issues at Stanford Law School, Haverford, and the Johns Hopkins Environmental Science and Policy Program.

Weisgall graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia College and from Stanford Law School. He previously practiced law in Washington, D.C. at Covington & Burling, has written several law review articles and has published articles in Legal Times, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, SAIS Review, and The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

 

Felicia Marcus
Chair
California State Water Resources Control Board
Biography

Felicia Marcus

Chair
California State Water Resources Control Board

Felicia Marcus was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the State Water Resources Control Board (Board) for the State of California in 2012, and designated by the Governor as Chair in April of 2013.  The Board implements both federal and state laws regarding drinking water and water quality, and it implements the state’s water rights laws.  The Board sets statewide water quality, drinking water, and water rights policy, hears appeals of local regional board water quality decisions, decides water rights disputes, and provides financial assistance to communities to upgrade water infrastructure. 

Before her appointment to the Water Board, Marcus served in positions in government, the non-profit world, and the private sector.  In government, Felicia served as the Regional Administrator of the U.S. EPA Region IX in the Clinton Administration where she was known for her work in bringing unlikely allies together for environmental progress and for making the agency more responsive to the communities it serves, particularly Indian Tribes, communities of color, local government, and agricultural and business interests. While at USEPA, Felicia worked extensively on the range of environmental issues under EPA’s jurisdiction, most heavily in air quality, Bay-Delta water, tribal, and US-Mexico border issues.

Prior to that, Felicia headed Los Angeles’ Department of Public Works at a time when the City went from garnering lawsuits to garnering national awards for environmental excellence. Felicia came to Public Works after extensive experience as a public interest lawyer and community organizer in Los Angeles, including being a co-founder and general counsel for Heal the Bay. 

In the non-profit world, she was the Western Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a national environmental leader in bringing science, law, and policy expertise to solving our world’s pressing environmental and conservation challenges.  Prior to joining NRDC, Felicia was the Executive VP/COO of the Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national non-profit devoted to conserving land for people.  She also was a private and non-profit sector attorney in Los Angeles.   S

he currently serves or has served in the past on many non-profit boards and Advisory Councils including the Public Policy Institute of California Statewide Leadership Council, Sustainable Conservation, USC-Kesten Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy, and the Center for Diversity and the Environment. She is also currently an Obama Administration appointee to the Commission on Environmental Cooperation-Joint Public Advisory Council (US, Mexico, Canada) and was a Schwarzenegger Administration appointee to the Delta Stewardship Council prior to being appointed to the Water Board.

Jeff Kightlinger
General Manager
Metropolitan Water District
Biography

Jeff Kightlinger

General Manager
Metropolitan Water District

Jeffrey Kightlinger is general manager for The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. As general manager, he is responsible for implementing the policy directives of the Board, including working with elected officials and member agencies to carry out the Metropolitan's mission. The General Manager reports directly to the Board of Directors and provides leadership and management of the water district's public policies and strategic initiatives, assets and resources, and all administrative, operational, and financial activities for Metropolitan.

Kightlinger was appointed general manager in February 2006. Prior to his appointment as general manager, he was general counsel for Metropolitan. He was responsible for directing Metropolitan's legal staff and consulting attorneys; leading the district's legal strategies in pending and potential litigation; and protecting Metropolitan's interests in all legal matters.

Before becoming general counsel, Kightlinger represented Metropolitan in environmental issues and water right matters. At Metropolitan he worked primarily on Colorado River matters, water rights issues and a number of the district's water transfer and storage programs. Before joining Metropolitan in 1995, he worked in private practice representing numerous public agencies including municipalities, redevelopment agencies and special districts.

Kightlinger earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley in 1981 and a law degree from the Santa Clara University Law School in 1985.

Jim Kelly
Senior VP (Retired)
Southern California Edison
Biography

Jim Kelly

Senior VP (Retired)
Southern California Edison

Jim Kelly retired from Edison International (EIX) on July 1, 2011, after almost 38 years of service with the Company.

Prior to his retirement, Mr. Kelly was the senior vice president of Transmission & Distribution for Southern California Edison, responsible for the operation and maintenance of an electrical grid comprised of over 12,000 miles of transmission and 100,000 miles of distribution lines spread across a 50,000-square-mile service area.

Mr. Kelly was also president of Edison ESI, a subsidiary company that operates one of the largest electrical and mechanical repair facilities in the U.S..

Kelly was previously the vice president of Engineering & Technical Services, responsible for planning, engineering, and designing SCE’s electrical grid, as well as research and development, safety and training. Mr. Kelly was one of the early pioneers of the Smart Grid, developing a roadmap for a smarter, safer, more reliable and more environmentally responsible electric grid. Among many other awards and honors, Jim was selected as the IEEE’s “Leader in Power” in 2009.

Kelly also previously served as the vice president of Regulatory Compliance and Environmental Affairs, and has in-depth experience with environmental regulation, permitting and licensing.

Since his retirement, Jim has advised or directed a number of firms in the energy space. 

Jim earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach, and a master’s degree from California State Polytechnic University.  He holds teaching credentials in several subjects and has taught at a number of colleges and universities throughout his career.

Jack Baylis
President and CEO
The Baylis Group
Biography

Jack Baylis

President and CEO
The Baylis Group
Wayne Ratkovich
President and CEO
The Ratkovich Company
Biography

Wayne Ratkovich

President and CEO
The Ratkovich Company

Wayne Ratkovich is the founder and CEO of The Ratkovich Company (TRC), a Los Angeles development firm whose mission is “to profitably produce developments that improve the quality of urban life.” Specializing in urban infill and rehabilitation projects, TRC’s accomplishments range from large-scale entitlement endeavors to retail, office, entertainment and mixed-use projects. His company engages in both new development and the imaginative reuse of existing buildings including seventeen buildings that are historic landmarks.

TRC is the developer of The BLOC, a massive remodeling of the former Macy’s Plaza in downtown Los Angeles. The property consists of a 496 room Sheraton Hotel, 430,000 square feet of retail stores, a 700,000 square foot office building and parking for 2,000 cars.

TRC developed the Hercules Campus, an eleven building complex of former Hughes Aircraft Company Buildings that have historic status. The eleven buildings total 525,000 square feet and are located on 28.3 acres of land in the Playa Vista area of Los Angeles. The project was originally developed in association with Penwood Real Estate Investment Management. Seven of the buildings are now owned in association with Invesco. The project is fully leased to two tenants, Google and the advertising firm 72 and Sunny.

The firm owns and continues to develop The Alhambra, a 45-acre and 1.0 million square foot urban community consisting of office, retail and residential uses in Alhambra, California. TRC is also the developer of the prominent landmark, 5900 Wilshire, a 30-story, 491,000 square foot high-rise office tower situated directly across from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the Miracle Mile District of Los Angeles. The City of Los Angeles recently selected TRC to develop a 31-acre waterfront site as the San Pedro Public Market.

In total, Ratkovich has developed over 16.0 million square feet of office, retail, industrial and residential properties. Projects the company has to its record include: The James Oviatt Building; The Fine Arts Building; The Pellissier Building and Wiltern Theatre; Chapman Market; Ladera Center; an urban campus for the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising; the City of Glendale’s Alex Theatre; and a variety of high technology complexes including the Irvine Technology Center and the Von Karman Corporate Center.

As a Trustee for the Urban Land Institute, Mr. Ratkovich has served two terms as a Vice Chairman and member of its Executive Committee. He has been a member of eleven ULI committees, three times Chairman of the Awards of Excellence Jury, Chairman of an Urban Development/Mixed-Use Council, a member of the Inner City Task Force, and Chairman of ULI’s Forum on Urban Neighborhood Revitalization. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of ULI Americas.

In 2011, ULI named Ratkovich a Life Trustee, an honor given to only 13 members in the 75 year history of the 35,000 member organization. He is also a Trustee Emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Nate Lewis
Scientific Director and Principal Investigator, Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis
Department of Energy; California Institute of Technology
Biography

Nate Lewis

Scientific Director and Principal Investigator, Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis
Department of Energy; California Institute of Technology

Dr. Nathan S. Lewis is the George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology and Principal Investigator in the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, the DOE’s Energy Innovation Hub in Fuels from Sunlight.

Professor Lewis is Principal Investigator of the Beckman Institute Molecular Materials Resource Center.  His research interests include artificial photosynthesis and electronic noses. Nate continues to study ways to harness sunlight and generate chemical fuel by splitting water to generate hydrogen. He is developing the electronic nose, which consists of chemically sensitive conducting polymer film capable of detecting and quantifying a broad variety of analytes. Technical details focus on light-induced electron transfer reactions, both at surfaces and in transition metal complexes, surface chemistry and photochemistry of semiconductor/liquid interfaces, novel uses of conducting organic polymers and polymer/conductor composites, and development of sensor arrays that use pattern recognition algorithms to identify odorants, mimicking the mammalian olfaction process.

Evan Birenbaum
Co-Founder and COO
Chai Energy
Biography

Evan Birenbaum

Co-Founder and COO
Chai Energy

As COO for Chai Inc., Evan Birenbaum is responsible for all things related to business strategy and development, energy-market dynamics, customer engagement, disruptive technologies, and day-to-day business operations. Chai is building products that give consumers a simple and mobile way to understand and reduce their energy use by up to 20 percent. Leveraging these consumer products, Chai will provide multiple services for utility companies, including customer engagement, behavioral energy efficiency, and interactive demand response.

Prior to joining Chai, Evan was the program manager for Environmental Strategy and Sustainability at Southern California Edison (SCE), where he was responsible for the development, strategy, and implementation of SCE’s corporate responsibility and sustainability program. He worked with company executives, business managers, regulators, NGO’s, and internal and external stakeholders to identify and prioritize emerging issues in order to address challenges related to climate change, water impact, habitat protection and biodiversity, and energy and water availability. He has been partly responsible for Edison’s charitable contributions in the area of environmental giving. Evan also works with the Los Angeles Clean Tech Incubator to develop sustainable jobs in Southern California.

Mark Gold
Associate Vice-Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability
UCLA
Biography

Mark Gold

Associate Vice-Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability
UCLA

Mark is the UCLA Associate Vice-Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability and was recently the Acting Director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.  In his current position, he works to increase interdisciplinary environmental research, and he is leading UCLA’s Sustainable LA Grand Challenge - with goals of achieving 100% local water supply and 100% renewable energy in Los Angeles County while enhancing biodiversity and human health and wellbeing by 2050. He worked with 28 faculty to develop the Sustainable LA workplan, and there are over 150 faculty that are part of the Sustainable LA research team. 

Also, he was the long-time President of the environmental group, Heal the Bay.

Mark received his Bachelors and Masters in Biology and his doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering from UCLA.  He has worked extensively over the last 29 years in the field of coastal protection, water management, and urban sustainability; he created Heal the Bay’s Beach Report Card for the west coast of the U.S., served as vice chair of the Santa Monica Bay Commission for over a decade, helped create Santa Monica’s sustainable city plan – the first in the U.S., and helped co-author numerous California and local government coastal protection, water quality and environmental education bills and ordinances. 

Recently, he led efforts to develop LA County’s first environmental report card and assisted the City of LA on the development of their first ever sustainable city plan.

He is currently leading a research effort on sustainable water management in the city of Los Angeles, and he sits on the Metropolitan Water District Board of Directors for the city of Los Angeles, Mayor Garcetti’s Water Cabinet and the Proposition O stormwater bond Citizens Oversight and Advisory Committee.

Stephen Cheung
President
World Trade Center – Los Angeles
Biography

Stephen Cheung

President
World Trade Center – Los Angeles

Stephen Cheung is the President of World Trade Center – Los Angeles (WTC-LA).  The WTC-LA works to support the development of international trade and business opportunities for Southern California companies as the leading international trade association, trade service organization and trade resource in the Los Angeles region. Prior to his current role, Cheung served in various capacities at the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office and the Port of Los Angeles, focusing on policies and programs relating to international trade, ports, airports and clean technology.  A proud Angeleno, Cheung was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Los Angeles where he received both his bachelor’s in Psychobiology and master’s in Social Welfare from UCLA. 

Ashley Hand
Transportation Technology Strategist Fellow
City of Los Angeles
Biography

Ashley Hand

Transportation Technology Strategist Fellow
City of Los Angeles

Ashley Z. Hand, AIA, LEED AP BD+C was appointed to the Transportation Technology Strategist Fellow for the City of Los Angeles by Mayor Eric Garcetti in August 2015 and is charged with developing a multi-disciplinary strategy to address mobility and transportation policies and services in a rapidly changing environment. With the proliferation of emerging sharing economy technologies and the advent of autonomous vehicles, it is anticipated that new urban forms and mobility options will greatly impact this region and Ashley developing a cross-jurisdictional strategy to ensure access and equity.

Previously, Ashley served Mayor Sylvester "Sly" James as the first Chief Innovation Officer of the City of Kansas City, Missouri and the first female municipal CIO in the country. Working collaboratively across departments, Ashley focused on process improvement through strategic planning, staff involvement and the use of lean methodology and design thinking. In addition, she championed an unprecedented public-private partnership to make Kansas City the most comprehensive smart city in North America by bringing digital infrastructure to a new streetcar line in the downtown core. Prior to joining the public sector, Ashley was an architectural designer and planner for the global firm AECOM where she worked for both public and private sector clients across North America to adopt sustainable best practices and process improvement through community engagement, policy, and operational change management.

Ashley holds a BA in political science from McGill University and a Masters of Architecture from the Pratt Institute and is a registered architect in the State of Missouri. She has been recognized by the Central Exchange as a 2014 Rising Star in Technology in the inaugural STEMMy Awards, the American Institute of Architects Kansas City as the 2012 Emerging Professional of the Year, the Kansas City Business Journal as the inaugural NextGen class of 2013, and NextCity as the Vanguard Class of 2014 for urban leadership.

Rick Cole
City Manager
City of Santa Monica
Biography

Rick Cole

City Manager
City of Santa Monica

City Manager Rick Cole was appointed City Manager of Santa Monica in June of 2015. Rick joins the city with 30 years of experience in public policy and administration.

Most recently, he served as Deputy Mayor for Budget and Innovation for the City of Los Angeles where he was responsible for a budget of $8.6 billion and oversaw five city departments with more than 3,000 staff. He also supervised LA's Chief Sustainability, Technology and Data Officers.

Prior to his role at the City of Los Angeles, Mr. Cole spent 15 years as City Manager of two Southern California cities, Ventura and Azusa.  He has been recognized as one of “America's Public Officials of the Year” by Governing Magazine and one of the "Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers" by Government Technology Magazine. He has won awards for municipal management excellence from the American Society of Public Administrators and the Municipal Management Association of Southern California, as well as for urban planning leadership from the Congress for the New Urbanism.

Mr. Cole served 12 years on the Pasadena City Council and was Mayor when Pasadena adopted its landmark General Plan, an early model for smart growth. Called "one of Southern California's most visionary planning thinkers" by the Los Angeles Times, he has been an active leader in the International City Managers Association and the City Managers Department of the League of California Cities.

As Santa Monica’s City Manager, Mr. Cole is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the City of Santa Monica, which includes implementation of City Council ordinances and policies, oversight of all City departments and a budget of $564 million.

He received a degree in American Studies from Occidental College in 1978 and earned a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Columbia University in 1979.

Sachiko Yoshimura
Chief Executive Director
Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
Biography

Sachiko Yoshimura

Chief Executive Director
Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

Sachiko Yoshimura joined JETRO in April 1988. JETRO is a Japanese Government Agency under Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) that promotes trade and investment between Japan and other countries. JETRO Los Angeles supports businesses of all sizes and industries to expand their business in Japan and provides, through comprehensive research, information on current developments, the economy, and trade in Japan to support entering into the Japanese market.

Ms. Yoshimura has worked in various departments overseeing international trade fairs, research and economic analysis supporting Japanese companies, especially small and median companies looking to expand their business overseas. Most recently she served as the Director of Intellectual Property Division, helping Japanese companies to protect their intellectual properties abroad. She graduated from Sophia University in Tokyo with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature.

Eliot Abel
Senior Business Development Manager
Renovate America
Biography

Eliot Abel

Senior Business Development Manager
Renovate America

At Renovate America, Eliot is responsible for creating, developing, and launching innovative financial products for the residential energy/water efficiency and solar market.

Renovate America (RA) is the leader in Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, which enables homeowners to borrow money to pay for certain home energy and water improvement products and repay it through their property tax bill.  Among other unique features, PACE financing offers consumers fixed payments, potential tax-deductible benefits and, if a property is sold, any remaining balance can often be transferred to the new owners.  

Prior to joining Renovate America, Eliot Abel was Financial Products Manager for GE Renewable Energy, responsible for leading the development of new commercial offerings designed to optimize financing for wind projects. He began his career at GE in August 2011 as a member of the Renewable Energy Leadership Program.

Eliot received a M.B.A. from Yale School of Management in 2011 and a B.A. from Stanford University in 2003.

David Fransen
Fellow
Public Policy Forum
Biography

David Fransen

Fellow
Public Policy Forum

David is a Fellow of the Public Policy Forum, the former Chair of the Waterloo Innovation Summit, a member of the advisory board of the Institute for Quantum Computing, and an advisor to companies and organizations in Ottawa, Toronto, Waterloo and Los Angeles.

Over his 34 year career, David has served as a senior executive in government, academia, and the diplomatic corps, leading large interdisciplinary teams in path-breaking R&D, policy and program areas. As a senior official at the Privy Council Office, a director general at Health Canada, an ADM at Industry Canada, the first Executive Director of the Institute for Quantum Computing, and Canada’s Consul General in Los Angeles, David has provided strategic leadership across a wide range of policy and program sectors.  David led in the creation, and then served as a member, of the founding Board of Governors of the Council of Canadian Academies. He also served as a member of the board of directors of Canadian Commercial Corporation, of the Standards Council of Canada, and as the Secretary of the Minister of Industry Canada’s Expert Panel on Commercialization, chaired by Joe Rotman.

David has a PhD from the University of Toronto, a BA and MA from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor of Theology from Canadian Mennonite University. He and his wife have two children and seven grandchildren

William Funderburk
Vice President
LADWP Board of Commissioners
Biography

William Funderburk

Vice President
LADWP Board of Commissioners

William Funderburk is an environmental lawyer with a keen understanding of the how to deal with the critical issues that our nation faces today.  Since 2013 Mr. Funderburk has served as the Vice President of the Board of Commissioners for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and he has been managing partner in the Los Angeles office of a California business litigation and counseling firm, Castellon & Funderburk LLP, which he co founded in 1999.  Based in Los Angeles, Mr. Funderburk is known for being a visionary when it comes to everything from sustainability to renewables to clean tech to water quality. Mr. Funderburk has been a key force in handling the water crisis in Los Angeles, California and around the Country including playing a lead negotiating role in the historic multiagency settlement of the Owens Lake PM-10 dust control dispute.  He also played a key role as LADWP liaison in finalizing agreements to expand the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator.  He has advised clients on drafting environmental legislation and regulations on groundbreaking issues such as reducing lead drinking water in California, establishing net metering for stationary, hydrogen powered fuel cells and counseling early stage companies on renewables, water, air and soil remediation technologies. 

On a national level, William has counseled clients on appearances before Congress and a number of federal councils under the jurisdiction of the White House.  The agencies range from the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Departments of Energy, Interior, State, and Defense to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Mr. Funderburk has published various articles regarding California storm water regulations, clean power and distributed generation, Superfund reform and insurance recovery for environmental liabilities. He also speaks as an expert in environmental compliance, having given over 150 speeches in Washington, D.C. and California.

Mr. Funderburk is a member of the California State Bar and District of Columbia Bar.  He graduated from Yale University (B.A. in Engineering and Applied Science) and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.).  He was born in Washington, D.C. and lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife and two daughters.

David Jacot
Director of Efficiency Solutions
LADWP
Biography

David Jacot

Director of Efficiency Solutions
LADWP

David Jacot, P.E., is the Director of Efficiency Solutions for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP). LADWP operates the largest public power portfolio of energy efficiency programs in the nation, comprised of a broad array of energy resource acquisition and market transformation programs serving LADWP’s customers and trade ally networks.  In this role, David oversees all aspects of LADWP’s offerings and strategies designed to overcome market barriers to the comprehensive adoption of energy efficiency by LADWP’s customers. David also oversees the implementation of LADWP’s class-leading water conservation and efficiency programs, as well as the customer-facing integration of water and energy efficiency program delivery both within LADWP and also through a nation-leading joint program partnership with the natural gas utility serving Los Angeles, the Southern California Gas Company.

David has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from California State Polytechnic University - Pomona, as well as 15 years of experience designing high performance building systems, modeling building energy usage, and managing cost-effective and investment-grade energy efficiency programs.

Kazuo Furukawa
Chairman
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
Biography

Kazuo Furukawa

Chairman
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

Kazuo Furukawa is chairman of NEDO, Japan’s largest public research and development management organization. His role is to guide the organisation towards achieving its twin missions of developing new energy and environmental technologies while increasing Japan’s industrial competitiveness.  Prior to NEDO, Mr. Furukawa worked for Hitachi, Ltd. serving as President and CEO of the diversified industrial conglomerate from 2006 until 2009. He has also served as the President of Information Processing Society of Japan and Vice Chairman of Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation).

Jonathan Parfrey
Executive Director
Climate Resolve
Biography

Jonathan Parfrey

Executive Director
Climate Resolve

Before founding Climate Resolve, Jonathan Parfrey served as a commissioner at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (2008-2013). Jonathan is a founder and Vice Chair of CicLAvia, as well as the founder of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability, and the statewide Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation. He served as director of the GREEN LA Coalition (2007-2011), and as the Los Angeles director of Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization Physicians for Social Responsibility (1994 to 2007). Jonathan was awarded a Durfee Foundation Fellowship (2002), a Stanton Fellowship (2010), and was appointed a Senior Fellow at the USC Marshall School of Business (2011). He is currently a fellow at the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities.

Richard Katz
Commissioner
Los Angeles City Planning Commission
Biography

Richard Katz

Commissioner
Los Angeles City Planning Commission

Richard Katz was elected to the California State Assembly in 1980, serving continuously for 16 years. As Democratic Leader in 1995, Katz led the Party to majority status by winning 43 seats in the 1996 elections. California’s term limits law prohibited Katz from seeking re-election.

For 10 years, Richard Katz served as Chair of the powerful Assembly Transportation Committee. He created the Congestion Management Plan, requiring cities and counties to measure and mitigate impacts of land use decisions on their streets, highways and transit systems.

Katz was California’s lead negotiator for the landmark Colorado River Agreement between the State of California, the Federal Government, four California Water Agencies, and the six Colorado River Basin States, furthering his expertise as a negotiator on issues of statewide significance.

Katz had already played a pivotal role in renegotiating $30 billion worth of California’s Energy contracts and developing California’s Transportation Blueprint for the 21st Century, which the voters approved as Proposition 111 in 1990.

In June of 2005, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed Katz to serve with him on the Governing Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where Katz served for 8 years. In 2008, the Mayor appointed Katz to the Metrolink Board after the horrendous Chatsworth accident, “to make sure this never happens again.” Katz served on the Metrolink Board for 7 years, focused on safety issues and leading the effort that resulted in Metrolink being the first railroad in the country to implement Positive Train Control (PTC) a state of the art life saving satellite based technology.   

When Mayor Garcetti was elected in 2013, he appointed Richard Katz to the Los Angeles City Planning Commission, where he continues to serve.

Richard Katz is the owner of a successful public policy/government relations firm, Richard Katz Consulting (RKC), Inc. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Valley Economic Alliance and on the Boards of Heal the Bay and the Jordan farmer Foundation.

A native of Los Angeles, Richard Katz lives in Studio City with his eight year-old son Mitchell Robert.

 

Pat Proano
Assistant Deputy Director
Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, Environmental Programs Division
Biography

Pat Proano

Assistant Deputy Director
Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, Environmental Programs Division

Pat Proano, a licensed Professional Civil Engineer in California, has a dynamic background providing leadership and coordination for Public Works projects and services in Los Angeles County.  He has worked in and/or managed nearly all facets of Public Works including environmental, transportation, and land development services, and emergency management. 

Mr. Proano has expertise in strategic planning and performance management.  He spearheaded the development and implementation of the County’s unincorporated areas’ strategic plan and served as the lead County manager for the Florence-Firestone unincorporated area.  Pat has most recently been at the forefront of developing a Sustainable Waste Management Future for Los Angeles County including efforts to integrate conversion technologies into the municipal waste system. He was instrumental in sponsoring legislation to define these technologies and develop incentives for projects in California.

With a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from California State University in Long Beach, he has also served as an adjunct professor in the Graduate Center of Public Policy and Administration at his alma mater. 

As a fluent English and Spanish speaker, he has represented the County at various media events, has published numerous Op Eds advocating sustainability, and has been asked to speak at conferences and forums. 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Krekorian
Councilmember, District 2
Los Angeles City Council
Biography

Paul Krekorian

Councilmember, District 2
Los Angeles City Council

Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Paul Krekorian has spent more than a decade in public service. Since 2010, he has served on the Los Angeles City Council where his leadership of the Budget and Finance Committee helped guide the city through the Great Recession. Paul also serves on the board of the LA County Metropolitan Transit Authority, Metrolink and the San Fernando Valley Council of Governments.

A former member of the California State Assembly, Paul is the first Armenian-American to be elected in the City of Los Angeles.

Cole Hershkowitz
Co-Founder and CEO
Chai Energy
Biography

Cole Hershkowitz

Co-Founder and CEO
Chai Energy

Cole Hershkowitz's career was born at the intersection of technology, liberal arts, and sustainability. Cole founded Chai Energy, a company that uses energy data and an intuitive user experience to show homeowners exactly where they are wasting money on their utility bill and what they can do to curb that waste.  Chai is available today throughout California.  

At Chai, Cole has brought 4 distinct products to market, patented deep machine learning technology used to decipher energy data, and raised over a million dollars from venture investors in support of technical development.    Previous to Chai, Cole led Caltech's Solar Decathlon team to a second place win in the Engineering category with an incredibly innovative smart home system that was years ahead of its time.  The home featured a first of it's kind gestural home control system that would use Machine Vision and 3d maps to allow homeowners to turn off appliances with a simple point.  Cole also spent time at Southern California Edison working not he Smart Grid Deployment and time at Alsop-Louie Partners learning about Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship.  

Tom Soto
Managing Director and an Investment Committee Member
TCW/Craton
Biography

Tom Soto

Managing Director and an Investment Committee Member
TCW/Craton

Tom Soto is a Managing Director and an Investment Committee Member at TCW|Craton. Tom has been a member of the board of many of Craton’s portfolio companies such as Liquid Environmental Solutions and Propel Alternative Fuels.

Tom is one of the country's leading voices on the economics of climate change and the prosperity tied to reducing greenhouse gases. He has been an active contributor to much of the state and federal legislation regarding climate change, Cap and Trade, and greenhouse gas emission reduction.

As a business leader, Tom's companies have included Cabrillo Fuels, where it was the largest minority producer of ethanol fuel in Southern California. During this period and prior to Craton Equity Partners and then TCW|Craton, Tom built his management consulting company, PS Enterprises, into the country's leading consulting firm working with government and fortune 500 companies such as American Airlines, Verizon, and the White House in insuring their compliance with new and stricter environmental regulations.

Tom was an appointee of President Bill Clinton to the State Department's Border Environmental Cooperation Commission, and was President elect Barack Obama's Co-lead of the Executive Office of the President's Transition Team for The White House Council on Environmental Quality from November of '08 to January of '09.

Tom was recently recognized by Poder 360 Magazine as one of the Nation’s Top 100 Latino Green Leaders and was one of Hispanic Business Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Latinos of 2010.

During his limited spare time, Tom is the long time Board Secretary of the Mono Lake Committee and the former Chair and current Vice Chair of the California Science Center Board of Trustees. He is a leading voice in the emerging manager sector promoting diverse fund managers in finance as Chairman of the board of the New America Alliance.

Tom received a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA.)

Thomas Cain
Found and CEO
Sustainability Partners
Biography

Thomas Cain

Found and CEO
Sustainability Partners

Mr. Thomas Cain is CEO of Sustainability Partners LLC, a sustainable products finance company and Managing Partner of EFW Partners, a multi-strategy investment firm focused on energy, food and water.

Cain has directly invested hundreds of millions in a diverse array of young technology companies focused on sustainability including Kokam Ltd., Dow/Kokam, Townsend Advanced Energy, Sungevity, Quantum, Lime, Enerpulse, Flex Energy, Water Health International, Stem, Electratherm, Codexis, Solezyme, and Project Frog and has been a director in over 30 public and private companies. He is a frequent keynote speaker and co-authored Energy Venture Capital Best Practices.

Cain started his business career by founding Distribution Architects Int’l. (“DAI”) in 1977, which grew into one of the world’s largest supply chain and ERP software companies with offices around the world. Through both organic growth and accretive M&A, he retired as chairman of the acquisition corporation in 2001, with 2,500 employees and annual revenues of $120M. He next founded Starco Energy, an owner/operator of restored petrochemical fuel terminals, which he sold to Quintana Energy in 2006. He also founded Focus Capital Group of America, an extension of Focus Capital Group -Israel, through which 20 distressed turnarounds were accomplished and exited. One such turnaround was Evans Systems, Inc., a Texas-based public petrochemical company.

Cain is a member of WPO, founded the YPO Global Supply Chain Conference, served as chairman of their MIT Presidents Education, and group-led the Harvard Business School Presidents Education for a combined 10+ years.

Cain holds multiple patents for advanced ECM electric motors for networking and AI that are in commercial use today. As a software developer, Cain’s software has won prestigious national competitions as the Internet Computer Expo’s “Best Business Product” and the Retail Information Systems Conference’s “Best Innovation in Logistics.” He is considered the father of the modern day “DLL” architecture. DAI was DEC’s largest commercial OEM and Cain was a senior advisor for the design of DEC’s 64-bit alpha chip.

Cain’s interest in energy began in his collegiate days while serving as a consulting mathematician for Los Alamos Labs working on the analysis of magnetic flux fields in controlled fusion plasmas in an effort to directly produce electricity through neutron capture by lithium blankets. He is an alumnus of ASU with undergraduate and graduate studies in mathematics.

 

Donald Paul
Executive Director
USC Energy Institue
Biography

Donald Paul

Executive Director
USC Energy Institue

Donald Paul is the Executive Director of the USC Energy Institute, Professor of Engineering, and holds the William M. Keck Chair of Energy Resources.

The USC Energy Institute supports university-wide research, education, and workforce development initiatives with industry and governments in the areas of advanced energy systems and infrastructures.

Dr. Paul had a distinguished 33-year career with the Chevron Corporation, retiring in June 2008 as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.  During his career, he advanced through positions of increasing responsibility in research and development, exploration and production operations, and executive management, including appointment as the president of Chevron’s Canadian subsidiary.

Dr. Paul serves as a Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C. and in 2014, was re-appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Energy to the National Petroleum Council. He participates in advisory roles at several universities (including MIT, Harvard, Texas and Stanford), governments, national laboratories, oil and gas companies, utilities, and technology companies. He is frequently recruited to speak at national and international forums on the future of energy, the security of energy systems, intelligent energy infrastructures, and energy careers.

 He holds B.S., M.S., and PhD degrees from MIT and an honorary doctorate from the Colorado School of Mines. 

 

 

Mike Levin
Director of Government Affairs
FuelCell Energy
Biography

Mike Levin

Director of Government Affairs
FuelCell Energy

Mike Levin is the Director of Government Affairs for FuelCell Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq: FCEL), a leading integrated fuel cell company that designs, manufactures, sells, installs, operates and services ultra-clean, highly efficient stationary fuel cell power plants for distributed power generation.

Mike is a passionate believer in clean technology and has over a decade of experience in government affairs and business development in the industry.  Mike sits on the board of the Center for Sustainable Energy, and is also a co-founder and board member of CleanTech OC, Orange County’s clean technology trade association, where he served as the initial executive director.

 Previously, he was part of the management team at a venture-funded clean tech startup.  Prior to industry, Mike worked as an attorney at Bryan Cave LLP, where he assisted clients with environmental and energy regulatory compliance, project development, and government advocacy.

Mike has a BA in Political Science from Stanford University and a JD from Duke University School of Law.  While at Stanford, Mike served as student body president.  He is also a graduate of the CORO Fellows Program in Public Affairs.

 

Jocelyn Boudreau
CEO, Co-Founder
Hortau
Biography

Jocelyn Boudreau

CEO, Co-Founder
Hortau

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Jocelyn Boudreau is the CEO of Hortau smart irrigation management systems, co-founding the company in 2002.

Mr. Boudreau holds a Bachelor of Engineering and Masters degree in soil physics from Laval University (Québec).

He has spoken at a number of regional, national and global events, including GAI AgTech Week in San Francisco and the Rural Opportunity Investment Conference at the White House in 2015.
 

VIDEO: Jocelyn Boudreau speaks about “Technology to Address the Water Challenge” at AgTech Week.
 

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Hortau is an industry leader in wireless, web-based irrigation management systems for agriculture. Hortau’s patented irrigation management solutions help growers monitor plant stress and soil moisture in real-time using soil tension, ensuring optimal crop growth while reducing water use, energy consumption and environmental impacts such as fertilizer leaching.

With U.S. operations based in San Luis Obispo, Calif., Hortau has offices, representatives and technicians throughout North America, including a Canada headquarters in Quebec.

Learn more about Hortau precision irrigation management systems at Hortau.com

Justin Siegel
Interim Faculty Director
Innovation Institute for Food and Health
Biography

Justin Siegel

Interim Faculty Director
Innovation Institute for Food and Health

Dr. Justin Siegel

Dr. Siegel’s scientific efforts are on the design and discovery of enzymes of interest to modern society. Currently he works with an international community on the development of Rosetta computational methodology for predicting and designing macromolecular structures, interactions, and functions. Using this methodology he has successfully engineered and discovered numerous enzymes catalyzing a wide range of reactions. His educational background includes a BS from UC Davis and a PhD from the University of Washington, Seattle.  He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Sloan Research Fellowship in 2014. He has also founded two companies and was recently named the Interim Faculty Director of the Innovation Institute for Food and Health.

Joshua Schank
Chief Innovation Officer
Metro
Biography

Joshua Schank

Chief Innovation Officer
Metro

Joshua L. Schank is the first ever Chief Innovation Officer at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro), where he leads the Office of Extraordinary Innovation (OEI). The role of this office is to champion new ideas to improve mobility in LA County by informing the high-level vision for LA Metro, piloting and implementing new and experimental programs and policy, and serving as the primary liaison for new ideas relevant to LA Metro coming from entrepreneurs, established private sector entities, academia, or individual residents. The office is also responsible for LA Metro’s Public Private Partnership (P3), and strategic planning functions. 

Prior to joining LA Metro, Dr. Schank was President and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation, a national non-profit think-tank with the mission of improving transportation policy and leadership. Before joining Eno, he directed the National Transportation Policy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, which proposed a new vision for the Federal role in surface transportation policy.

Dr. Schank was Transportation Policy Advisor to Senator Hillary Clinton during the development of the last surface transportation authorization bill (SAFETEA-LU). He has also worked as a Consultant with PB Consult and Senior Associate at ICF International in Washington, D.C., as well as serving in positions at the Office of the Inspector General’s in the U.S. Department of Transportation, and with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City.

Dr. Schank’s extensive work in transportation policy and planning is well documented in his publications, including “All Roads Lead to Congress: The $300 Billion Fight Over Highway Funding,” co-authored with Costas Panagopoulos and published by CQ Press in 2007. He holds a Ph.D. in urban planning from Columbia University, a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.A. in urban studies from Columbia University.

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Lindsey and his sons Max and Jonah.

Paula Daniels
Co-Founder and Chair
Center for Good Food Purchasing
Biography

Paula Daniels

Co-Founder and Chair
Center for Good Food Purchasing

Paula Daniels is co- founder and Chair of the Center for Good Food Purchasing, a social enterprise non-profit founded in July of 2015 as a national spin off from the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, which Paula founded in 2011.  Paula was also Executive Director of California Central, a USC Villaraigosa Initiative, from April of 2015 to June 2016.  She is a public policy leader in environmental food and water policy, with recognition through academic appointments and other awards.  Some recent examples: September 2016, Resident Fellow of the Bellagio Center of the Rockefeller Foundation; 2015, Pritzker Environment and Sustainability Education Fellow at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability;  2013, Lee Chair in Real Estate Law and Urban Planning;  2012-2013, Stanton Fellowship (awarded by the Durfee Foundation).  She has also had academic appointments at USC, and Vermont Law School.

Building on a successful career as an attorney in civil litigation, she served as a Los Angeles Public Works Commissioner (a fulltime position overseeing the Department of Public Works) and then Senior Advisor to Mayor Villaraigosa of Los Angeles. She has also been a commissioner with the California Coastal Commission, and a gubernatorial appointee on the governing board of the California Bay-Delta Authority.  She was an appointee of Governor Brown to the California Water Commission, and served in his Office of Planning and Research as Senior Fellow for Food Systems, Water and Climate.

David Martin
Design Principal
A.C. Martin Partners
Biography

David Martin

Design Principal
A.C. Martin Partners

David C. Martin, FAIA, a third-generation architect, continues his family’s legacy of major involvement in the architectural planning and civic life of Southern California. Martin received his Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Southern California (USC) and his Masters of Architecture from Colombia University. Upon completing his formal studies, Martin spent four months on a Traveling Fellowship researching the great urban spaces of the world.

As third generation Design Principal for AC Martin Partners, a 110-year old architecture firm noted for its historic and contemporary landmark projects, David has transformed neighborhoods, academic institutions, and cities. Martin’s latest project is the 80-story high-rise hotel and office complex in the heart of Downtown – the new Wilshire Grand.

Martin is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at USC, a past President of the Southern California Chapter of the AIA, and a former Board Member of the AIA California Council. He is currently on the Boards of the Los Angeles Conservancy, USC School of Architecture and the Art Center: College of Design in Pasadena. Martin is an award-winning designer that has been recognized for his innovative, inspirational, and cutting-edge projects. David, along with his former business partner and cousin Christopher C. Martin, FAIA, have received the American Institute of Architecture (AIA), Los Angeles Chapter’s Gold Medal of Honor, for their major contribution to the built environment in the City of Los Angeles.

David is an avid watercolorist and his works have been exhibited throughout the U.S., including “On Site: Travel Sketches by Architects” at Hunter College, “line.dot – Drawing the Design Process at the Martin Design Studio” at UCLA, and “Form Follows Software: A Revolution in the Architectural Process” at USC, University of Arizona, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Currently, David along with his wife, Mary Klaus Martin, have established MADWORKSHOP, a foundation that endows innovative designers with the opportunity to freely explore their ideas from inspiration to reality.

Dean Wiberg
Manager, Commercial Technology Partnership Office
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Biography

Dean Wiberg

Manager, Commercial Technology Partnership Office
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dean Wiberg is the manager of the Commercial Technology Partnerships Office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) with responsibilities to develop business opportunities with non-NASA entities to solve sponsor requirements using JPL technologies and capabilities leading to transfer and commercialization. Before assuming his current role, Dean was a project lead in JPL’s Microdevices laboratory in which he was named in about 15 patents and new technology disclosures. Before joining JPL, Dean held technical, management and business development positions at the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), IBM, Westinghouse, Northrop Grumman, Sarcos Research/University of Utah and was co-founder of a venture funded, high tech materials company.

Dean is on or has served on the board of directors for a number of companies and organizations including the Foothill Municipal Water District, one of the 26 regional Southern California water districts, the Bernard Schreiver chapter of the Air Force Association (AFA) and the Board of Advisors for CleanTech Los Angeles, the City’s business incubator for early stage cleantech companies. He has also been active in local governance having served as the Chairman of a municipal planning commission and an elected City Councilman.

Dean holds a BS in Chemistry and an MS in Chemical Engineering, and has done additional graduate studies in Materials Science and Business Administration. 

Austin Collins
Principal, Utility Consulting Services
Schneider Electricity
Biography

Austin Collins

Principal, Utility Consulting Services
Schneider Electricity

Austin Collins is a Principal in Schneider Electric’s Utility Consulting Services group. He has a decade of consulting experience working with utilities, system operators, technology developers and commercial end users worldwide. Austin earned his MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia and his BA in Economics and Spanish from Davidson College.

Andrew McAllister
Commissioner
California Energy Commission
Biography

Andrew McAllister

Commissioner
California Energy Commission

Andrew McAllister was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in May 2012. He fills the Economist Member position on the five-member Commission where four of the five members by law are required to have professional training in specific areas - engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics, and law. Commissioner McAllister is the lead commissioner on energy efficiency.

Mr. McAllister has over 20 years of technical, programmatic and policy experience in the fields of energy management, efficiency and renewable generation. Before joining the Commission, he worked at the California Center for Sustainable Energy for six years, most recently as managing director and director of policy & strategy.  Previously, he worked with NRECA International Ltd. in the electric sectors of countries in Central and South America, Southeast Asia and Africa on a variety of load management, generation and utility planning projects. He was a project manager at an energy consulting firm and worked as an energy efficiency analyst at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has published on various energy topics in academic, trade, and popular journals.

Andrew studied both engineering sciences and art history at Dartmouth College and holds M.S. and PhD degrees from the Energy & Resources Group at UC Berkeley. He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer.

Ann Gray
Principal
GRAY Real Estate Advisors
Biography

Ann Gray

Principal
GRAY Real Estate Advisors

ANN E. GRAY FAIA, FRICS is principal at GRAY Real Estate Advisors where she consults to property owners, attorneys, and appraisers on complex development issues. Clients include Citibank, Sheppard Mullin, the LA Times and the Los Angeles Episcopal Diocese. She has participated in nearly one billion dollars of development over the course of her career. Prior to launching her consulting practice, Ms. Gray was Executive Director of Design Development at Paramount Pictures responsible for pre-construction activity at the 65-acre studio lot, and Vice President at Indivest, a real estate development company. Ms. Gray is founder and publisher of FORM magazine, the AEC journal in Southern California and a frequent speaker at universities and conferences. She has a B.A. in Applied Mathematics and a Masters of Architecture both from UCLA. She is a licensed real estate broker, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and in 2015 was elected to the RICS Global Governing Council. 

Robert Griffin
Executive Director, Renewable Energy Program Office
US Navy
Biography

Robert Griffin

Executive Director, Renewable Energy Program Office
US Navy

Robert (Bob) M. Griffin, SES, has more than 36 years of public service and was selected to the Navy's Senior Executive Service in July of 2000.  He is the Executive Director of the Renewable Energy Program Office, tasked with overall planning, coordination and integration of large-scale renewable energy projects to meet Secretary of the Navy‘s goal to bring 1 GW of renewable energy in procurement to increase the Navy’s energy security and operational capability.

Previously, he was the Assistant Commander of Acquisition for NAVFAC, responsible for oversight for the Command's $10 billion contract program, managing a workforce of more than 950 contract specialist's world-wide. Prior to assuming the role as the Director of Acquisition, Mr. Griffin served as the Director of Public Private Venture Programs at NAVFACENGCOM, Director of the Contracts Management Division at NAVFACENGCOM and Director of the Environmental/Service Contracts Division at the Western Division of NAVFACENGCOM.  He has received the President's Meritorious Executive Service Award (2004), Department of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award (1998) and the Meritorious Civilian Service Award (1996).

Janea A. Scott
Commissioner
California Energy Commission
Biography

Janea A. Scott

Commissioner
California Energy Commission

Janea A. Scott is one of five Commissioners on the California Energy Commission. The Energy Commission is the State's primary energy policy and planning agency. Ms. Scott was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in February 2013 to serve as the Commission's public member. She is the lead Commissioner on transportation and western regional planning, and last year Ms. Scott led the 2014 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update. Ms. Scott serves as the chair of the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative, a public/private organization focused on accelerating the adoption of PEVs to meet California's economic, energy and environmental goals. She is also a member of the U.S. Department of Energy's Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee.

Prior to joining the Energy Commission, Ms. Scott worked at the U.S. Department of the Interior in the Office of the Secretary as the Deputy Counselor for Renewable Energy and at Environmental Defense Fund in both the New York and Los Angeles offices as a senior attorney in the climate and air program. Ms. Scott was also an AmeriCorps member working at the San Francisco Urban Service Project from 1996-1997. Ms. Scott earned her J.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder Law School and her M.S. and B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University. 

Charles Bovet
Vice President Operations
BONE Structure
Biography

Charles Bovet

Vice President Operations
BONE Structure

Charles is leading BONE Structure’s expansion efforts in California and is on a constant quest for innovations that can be applied to the lagging construction industry.

Prior to joining the family business full time, he completed a Masters in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Stanford, and a BS in Structural Engineering from McGill University in Canada. During his graduate degree, Charles worked as a teaching and research assistant in Virtual Design and Construction and co-organized the Industrialized Construction initiative at Stanford to encourage knowledge exchange between students with some of the world’s most prominent companies and leading researchers of innovative construction methods.

About BONE Structure

BONE Structure® has developed and patented a technology that allows to design, manufacture and assemble residential and light commercial buildings in days with zero waste, efficiently and without compromising architectural creativity. BONE Structure buildings are healthy, energy efficient and adaptable. Since 2005, BONE Structure has partnered with architects and builders to complete over 200 custom projects across North America using its proprietary technology.

Catherine Burke
Associate Professor Emerita
USC, Sol Price School of Public Policy
Biography

Catherine Burke

Associate Professor Emerita
USC, Sol Price School of Public Policy

Catherine Burke, Ph.D., Associate Professor Emerita, University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy.  She received her doctorate in Political Science from University of California, Los Angeles with major fields in American Politics, Public Administration and Management (Business School).  She is also a graduate of Cornell University with an AB degree, government major. 

She became interested in the problem of innovation as a doctoral student and was curious as to why the planners and transportation agencies were actively trying to avoid learning about Personal Rapid Transit as then being presented by the Aerospace Corporation.  Later she wrote the book, Innovation and Public Policy:  The Case of Personal Rapid Transit, D.C. Heath and Company, Lexington Books, 1979.  The book is out of print, but can be downloaded free of charge at:  http://www.advancedtransit.net/content/innovation-and-public-policy-book

She has been a member of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) since its inception and has served on its Board and as President.

Dr. Burke has been a panelist and consultant to the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress and a member of the Los Angeles County Economy and Efficiency Commission.  Burke was instrumental in developing the Price School’s metropolitan simulation program.  She has been a consultant to a large public utility (Communications and Computing Services, Regulatory Policy and Affairs, Environmental Health and Safety, and Public Affairs Departments),), cities (Los Angeles and Pasadena) and county (Los Angeles) governments, an international mining and manufacturing firm based in Australia, an ISP (internet service provider), a regimental commander (Colonel) of Royal Engineer Commandos in the British Army as well as several non-profit social service organizations.

Her primary professional focus has been in the fields of organization structures, systems design, leadership and management, as well as issues of innovation.  Recently her focus has been on the issues of climate change and the need to reduce GHG emissions, which has returned her focus on the potential of Automated Transportation Networks to improve urban transportation, freight movement and inter-city travel.  Only by providing public transit, which gives full access to an urban area, will we be able to significant reduce the use of carbon based fuels for automobiles and trucks.  

Her most recent book written with Ian Macdonald and Karl Stewart is Systems Leadership:  Creating Positive Organisations, Gower Publications, Ltd., 2006.

Ruth Cox
Vice President of Power Marketing
Centauri Energy
Biography

Ruth Cox

Vice President of Power Marketing
Centauri Energy

Ruth Cox leads the marketing and sales programs for Centauri Energy LLC, a clean energy developer with solar and wind projects across the western U.S.  She brings extensive experience in strategic marketing and business development for the clean tech, computing and telecommunication industries to this position. Most recently, Ms. Cox served in a presidential appointment as the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA’s) Pacific Rim Regional Administrator, overseeing a 36-million-square-foot real estate portfolio, a $1 billion supply chain, 1,000 associates, and a budget of almost $1 billion. She also served as the GSA’s Senior Sustainability Officer and Senior Official for Executive Order 13423, “Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy and Transportation Management.” In this role, she led efforts to integrate sustainability into all aspects of GSA’s operations, significantly increasing clean power consumption and energy efficiency in GSA’s buildings, reducing fossil fuel use in the Federal fleet and greening the supply chain.  Ms. Cox’s enterprise sales and marketing experience in the tech sector includes work as a marketing executive at Hewlett-Packard and Tandem Computers where she built high-growth lines of business serving the telecommunications industry. In 2004, she entered politics and government to help stimulate economic growth and improve quality of life through clean-power generation, energy efficiency and sustainable business practices.

Dan Cohee
Vice President
PDE Total Energy Solutions
Biography

Dan Cohee

Vice President
PDE Total Energy Solutions

Dan leads the design, implementation, integration and construction of advanced energy storage and distributed generation projects for PDE. He led groundbreaking projects of grid tied lithium ion energy storage for a California Municipal Utility and completed a microgrid installation which combined solar, fuel cell, clean burning generator, and energy storage. He has managed design-build of over 30 MW in DC energy storage projects. Dan also is the Principal Investigator for the ESTCP 2012 Sodium-Metal-Halide Battery Energy Storage project at 29 Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. Forbes Online recognized this project as a “Top 12 Energy Project in 2012” and is the largest military type 2B microgrid in the US. Dan led the team on PDE’s leading-edge, Smart Microgrid project at the Electrical Training Institute. The system is a first of its kind, combining energy storage, solar generation, electrical vehicle charging and building load management in one unit. This project was awarded the 2013 Los Angeles National Electrical Contractor’s Excellence Award. Dan is currently leading the design efforts for a smart microgrid project for Penn State University and recently completed the Cuisinart microgrid in the Caribbean.  This microgrid powers a reverse osmosis plant which produces between 250,000 to 300,000 gallons of water each day with solar being the sole generation source.  This is the largest installation of its kind in the region and is a potential game changer for energy policy and delivery in the region.  PDE was recently selected as EPC for the largest privately owned Net Zero Energy retrofit in the U.S.  This project features a microgrid, advanced electronics, battery storage, solar, lighting controls and a high efficiency mechanical system. Dan has just completed the Port Hueneme off grid photo voltaic and flow battery micro grid for the CEC to demonstrate how flow batteries can provide: demand charge savings, increased renewable generation on military micro grids through ramp rate control, and provide reliable power during utility outages.  Currently Dan is heading the engineering, procurement, and construction for the micro grid Test Bed for NAVFAC at the Port of Ventura.  This project will build the AC and DC backbone for NAVFAC to test and integrate technologies of today and of the future to facilitate deployments of micro grids around the world.  This project will be both grid connected and designed to island and will support Naval operations during power outages.

Prior to joining PDE, Dan was responsible for 5 western states at MCI Telecommunications (now Verizon) and successfully managed over 60 million dollars in electrical, mechanical, and control construction projects. Dan attended California State University Long Beach and holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

Tom Doughty
Director of Regulatory Strategy
California ISO
Biography

Tom Doughty

Director of Regulatory Strategy
California ISO

Tom Doughty is Director of Regulatory Strategy at the California ISO.  He accountable for optimizing the ISO’s interactions with the State agencies, such as the CPUC, Energy Commission, Air Board and Water Board. Prior to assuming his current role, Tom was responsible for the ISO’s customer care functions.  He is the architect behind The Voice-of-the-Customer and TouchPoint Mapping, which are among the ISO’s most successful customer partnering programs.  Tom is also the creator of the ISO’s Stakeholder Symposium, which has become the largest annual gathering of energy executives on the West Coast.  This year marks the beginning of Tom’s fourth decade in the electric industry. 

His résumé includes senior leadership positions with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Xcel Energy, and several entrepreneurial energy service providers.  25 years ago, Tom was among a small group of innovators that drove the launch of a brand new technology…electric vehicles.   We take EVs for granted now, but 25 years ago, they were nearly completely unknown.  Tom is a licensed engineer and holds degrees in engineering and business administration from UC Davis and UCLA, respectively.   

Frances Anderton
Host
KCRW's 'DnA: Design & Architecture'
Biography

Frances Anderton

Host
KCRW's 'DnA: Design & Architecture'

Since 2002, Frances Anderton has hosted DnA: Design and Architecture, exploring pressing design issues with users, critics and design luminaries. She also assisted with producing KCRW's national and local current affairs shows, To the Point, and Which Way, LA?, hosted by Warren Olney.

In addition, Anderton writes on architecture and design for publications including Dwell Magazine, the New York Times and KCET’s Artbound. Most recently she published Grand Illusion: A Story of Ambition, and its Limits, on LA’s Bunker Hill, based on a studio she co-taught with Frank Gehry at USC School of Architecture, that explored decades of flawed planning efforts on downtown’s Grand Avenue. Other books include L.A. Now, with Thom Mayne, and two books co-written with the late John Chase: Las Vegas: The Success of Excess and Las Vegas: A Guide to Contemporary Architecture.

In 2010 she curated the architecture section of the California Design Biennial, Action/Reaction, at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. When asked what he liked best about the show, the LA Times Magazine’s design critic, Rus Mayer, wrote, “My pick isn't a single thing but a category: architecture. The selections needed to be really good—which they were.”

Frances Anderton has been featured on TV and documentary programs, including, most recently, KCET’s, Global LA about Brits in LA, to coincide with the 2012 Olympics. Prior appearances include KCET’s, Departures series, about architecture in Venice, CA; and the documentary films, Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman, and A Necessary Ruin: The Story of Buckminster Fuller and the Union Tank Car Dome.

Anderson produced An Icon Is Born for KCRW, about the creation of Walt Disney Concert Hall which won Golden Mike and LA Press Club awards; and United States of Los Angeles, a yearlong series of radio documentaries.

Anderton is a frequent public speaker and writer on architecture and design.

Raised in Bath, an historic spa town in England, she spent a year in Florence, Italy, rehabilitating a casa colonica. She studied architecture at University College London (Bartlett School), and traveled to Jaipur, India, to study the Haveli courtyard house. As associate editor of London-based Architectural Review, her life-changing assignment was to produce a special issue (December, 1987) on emerging new work in Los Angeles.

In 1991, she moved to Los Angeles to become editor-in-chief of LA Architect.

On hearing Which Way, LA?, she determined to work on that show. She later brought her love of design and architecture to DnA. She believes her knowledge of politics and current affairs gives her a unique vantage point on architecture and design.

Edward Randolph
Director, Energy Division
California Public Utilities Commission
Biography

Edward Randolph

Director, Energy Division
California Public Utilities Commission

The Energy Division provides technical support to the Commissioners and their offices, and the Administrative Law Judges. The Energy Division drafts resolutions for formal consideration by the Commission. Resolutions generally result from informal utility requests called Advice Letters, which are submitted by utilities to request rate and tariff adjustments. 

The Energy Division through its Federal Policy and Ratemaking Section represents the Commission in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and court proceedings. 

The Energy Division assists the Commission in its regulation of four types of Investor-Owned Utilities (IOUs): Electric, Natural Gas, Steam and Petroleum Pipeline Companies. Commissionapproved tariffs (official rates and terms of service) for these four types of IOUs are maintained by the Energy Division.

Michael Keating
Founder & CEO
Scoot Networks
Biography

Michael Keating

Founder & CEO
Scoot Networks

Michael Keating is the Founder & CEO of Scoot Networks, the largest personal electric transportation service in the United States. Michael founded Scoot to bring fast, affordable, electric transportation to cities everywhere. Prior to founding Scoot, Michael built a successful transportation software business at OpenPlans, and was a management consultant with GreenOrder and The Boston Consulting Group. Michael is a graduate of Wesleyan University, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Harvard Business School.

Ken Devore
Director (retired), Edison SmartConnect
Southern California Edison
Biography

Ken Devore

Director (retired), Edison SmartConnect
Southern California Edison

Ken Devore serves the utility industry as a consultant, strategic advisor, and thought leader on smart grid strategic planning, development, implementation, and operations.

Ken retired from Southern California Edison (SCE) following a 26-year career that spanned executive leadership roles in Customer Service, Transmission and Distribution, Regulatory Operations, and Corporate Communications.

Ken was one of the early pioneers of the smart grid, helping develop a strategic roadmap for a smarter, safer, more reliable, and more environmentally responsible electric grid.  He served as Senior Director and program lead for SCE's $1.6 billion, award-winning advanced metering program - Edison SmartConnect®.  SmartConnect replaced 5 million traditional electric meters and associated metering systems with digital, two-way communicating smart meters, and delivered more than 30 advanced information and operations technology systems that empower SCE's customers to effectively manage their energy use and costs, while providing a solid foundation for the advancement of the smart grid.

Joseph Lyou
President & CEO
The Coalition for Clean Air
Biography

Joseph Lyou

President & CEO
The Coalition for Clean Air

Dr. Joseph K. Lyou believes everyone has the right to breathe clean air.  He has worked for more than 25 years to improve public health and environmental conditions in California’s most polluted and disadvantaged communities.  Dr. Lyou serves as President and CEO of the Coalition for Clean Air, a state-wide organization dedicated to restoring clean and healthful air to all of California.  He advocates for effective public policy and practical business solutions that reduce air pollution, protect public health, and prevent climate change.

Since 2007, Dr. Lyou has also served as the Governor’s Appointee to the South Coast Air Quality Management District Governing Board, the public agency responsible for improving air quality for more than 16 million people living in Southern California.

Dr. Lyou founded the California Environmental Rights Alliance in 2003 and served as Executive Director through August 2010.  He previously held management positions with the California League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and the Committee to Bridge the Gap.

He received his Ph.D. from the University of California Santa Cruz in 1990.

Doug Campbell
Principal Advisor
Southern California Edison
Biography

Doug Campbell

Principal Advisor
Southern California Edison

Doug Campbell retired from Edison International (EIX) on January 18, 2016, after almost 19 years with the company.  EIX is the parent company of Southern California Edison, a regulated electric utility, and Edison Mission Group, an independent power company.  Mr. Campbell has over 30 years of experience in the utility and telecommunications industries in marketing, product development and engineering.

Prior to Edison, Mr. Campbell served as a Principal Manager in Edison’s Advanced Technology Organization which monitors, identifies, tests, and evaluates technologies that support SCE efforts to maintain a safe, reliable, affordable, and secure electric grid while empowering the customer with more options and greater control to manage their energy use.  Prior to Advanced Technology, Mr. Campbell was involved in overseeing Edison’s Energy Education Centers and lead development of the Smart Energy Experience, an immersive and interactive exhibit that allows visitors to experience the benefits of the smart grid, energy efficiency and renewable generation.  He was also involved in development and delivery of demand side management and sustainability programs for new construction.

Campbell previously worked for Itron, Inc. where he was responsible for development of automated meter reading solutions for the gas industry, expanding the product line and increasing market penetration.  He has also worked for EF Johnson and Ericsson where he was responsible for development of radio communication solutions for the utility and public safety markets.

Campbell has also previously served as Vice Chair of the Irwindale Chamber of commerce and as a trustee on the board for the Pacific Clinics Foundation. 

Hayato Nakazono
Deputy Manager, Pipeline Division
JFE Engineering
Biography

Hayato Nakazono

Deputy Manager, Pipeline Division
JFE Engineering

Hayato Nakazono is a civil / environmental engineer with over 10 years of experiences in the planning, design, construction, operation and management of water supply sector. He has worked for many water related projects not only in Japan but also in several other countries, such as Vietnam, Bolivia, Jordan and South Sudan, solving the water related problems for global clients.

He is currently JFE Engineering’s team leader for SPF Projects. SPF is the special product, developed for the pipeline to secure the water supply even after the severe earthquake and ground deformation, and it is very unique in the world. Also, Mr. Nakazono is currently a member of the technical committee of Japan Water Steel Pipe Association.

He has a B.S. and M.S. in civil and environmental engineering and is registered as a Professional Engineer in Japan.

Walker Wright
Director of Public Policy
SunRun
Biography

Walker Wright

Director of Public Policy
SunRun

Walker Wright is Director of Public Policy for Sunrun, America’s largest dedicated home solar company. Walker focuses on helping Western state markets attain long-term rooftop solar growth via legislative, regulatory and public opinion outcomes.  Over the years Walker has testified in numerous regulatory and legislative hearings and provided leadership within various industry trade associations. Walker also serves as public spokesperson for The Alliance for Solar Choice and is a board member to the Solar Neighbor Alliance.  Prior to Sunrun he led western policy and business development efforts for Petra Systems, the New Jersey based utility and smart grid solutions provider. Walker is a published author and researcher covering the carbon markets and solar panel performance.  Walker holds a BA from Princeton University and an Msc from The London School of Economics and Political Sciences.

Vince Bertoni
Director of Planning
City of Los Angeles
Biography

Vince Bertoni

Director of Planning
City of Los Angeles

Vince Bertoni was recently nominated by Mayor Eric Garcetti to be the next Planning Director for the City of Los Angeles.  He is currently the Director of Planning and Community Development for the City of Pasadena and has over 25 years of professional planning experience.  Previously, Vince served as the Deputy Planning Director for the City of Los Angeles and as Planning Director for the cities of Beverly Hills, Santa Clarita, and Malibu.

Vince is a member of the California Planning Roundtable and has held several leadership positions with the California Chapter of the American Planning Association including President, Vice President for Policy & Legislation, Director of the Los Angeles Section, and Co-Chair of the American Planning Association’s 2012 National Planning Conference.  In addition, he has served on the Board of Directors of the League of California Cities and as President of the League’s Planning & Community Development Department.

Vince has been active on statewide legislation; having served on the Housing Element Reform Working Group formed by the State Assembly and Senate and testified before the State Senate on infill real estate development strategies.

Vince has a Bachelor’s Degree in Transportation and Urban Geography from San Diego State University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Cathy Green
President, Division 6
Orange County Water District
Biography

Cathy Green

President, Division 6
Orange County Water District

Cathy Green was elected to the Orange County Water District (OCWD) Board of Directors in November 2010 and was re-elected in 2012. She was selected by the board to serve as its 2013 and 2014 1st vice president and as its 2015 president.

Prior to Director Green's service on OCWD's board, she was elected to two consecutive terms on the Huntington Beach City Council where she served two terms as mayor. Director Green has been involved as a council liaison and committee member on many city boards, commissions and committees.

Her community involvement includes serving as chair of the Orange County Emergency Medical Care Committee; vice chair of Finance Explorer’s/Learning for Life; and director of the Huntington Beach Hospital, Boy Scouts of America Council and American Family Housing. She is a founding member of Amigos de Bolsa Chica, three-time chair and board member of the Huntington Beach Community Clinic and served as president of the Therapeutic Riding Center. She also is a member of the Community Emergency Response Team.

Director Green is the recipient of many awards. In September 2010, she was the recipient of the Spurgeon Award, and, in 2005, she was named Woman of the Year by then State Senator John Campbell. Other awards include the 2006 United Way Excellence in Child Care Planning, the 2007 Peace Maker Award from the Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council and the Golden West College Pillar of Achievement Award. She has also been recognized as Huntington Beach’s Citizen of the Year by the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce, a Huntington Beach Soroptimist’s Woman of Distinction and a Bolsa Chica Conservancy Conservator of the Year.

Director Green is a registered nurse and holds a degree in law. As a nurse, Director Green worked in the health care areas of intensive care, student health, community health, and patient advocacy. In addition to nursing, she gained experience with a variety of environmental projects while associated with Lockhart and Associates. Director Green and her husband Peter have been residents of Huntington Beach for more than 40 years where they raised their two children Teresa and Tom.

Jim Lucas
Market Development Manager
SoCalGas
Biography

Jim Lucas

Market Development Manager
SoCalGas

Jim Lucas is a Market Development Manager for the Southern California Gas Company.  One of his group’s missions is to support, promote and further develop the biogas market by educating customers on the benefits of renewable natural gas and how to create value from their organic waste.  Jim’s team also manages SoCalGas’ Biogas Conditioning/Upgrading Services Tariff, the Compression Services Tariff, and the recently approved Distributed Energy Resources Tariff.  Since starting with SoCalGas over 20 years ago, Jim has held a variety of positions relating to Product Development, Project Management, Energy Efficiency, Pipeline Operations, Financial Analysis, and Engineering on both the regulated and unregulated sides of the business. 

Cris Liban
Executive Officer, Environmental Compliance and Sustainability
Metro
Biography

Cris Liban

Executive Officer, Environmental Compliance and Sustainability
Metro

Dr. Cris B. Liban, P.E. is LA Metro’s Executive Officer, Environmental Compliance and Sustainability.  Cris oversees LA Metro’s internationally recognized Environmental, Sustainability, and Energy initiatives.  A published author and national speaker, he is also very involved with transportation and environmental industry and research activities particularly as Chair of several American Public Transportation Association sub-committees; Member of the Transportation Research Board ADC60 Resource Conservation and Recovery Committee; Chair of two National Academies’ Transportation Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) studies related to Climate Change Impacts to transit; and a Member of the National Cooperative Highways Research Program (NCHRP) study to determine a lifecycle and cost framework to determine climate change solutions implementation.  He is also a Commissioner in the City of Los Angeles Board of Transportation Commissioners.  This past year, he was also appointed to the Los Angeles County Beach Commission, which oversees all LA County Beach activities including environmental, transportation, and construction issues.  Cris has degrees in geology (magna cum laude), civil and environmental engineering, and environmental science and engineering.

Paul Relis
Senior Vice President
CR&R Waste Services
Biography

Paul Relis

Senior Vice President
CR&R Waste Services
Stan Tomsic
Executive Director
PortTechLA
Biography

Stan Tomsic

Executive Director
PortTechLA

Stan Tomsic is Executive Director of PortTechLA , a business commercialization and incubation center for Port related technologies in environment, energy, security/safety and transportation/logistics.  As a serial entrepreneur, Stan's experience in the technology and green/clean tech industries spans over 25 years. He was founder and co-founder of several companies where he held management, executive and CEO positions. Stan was the administrator of the Business Technology Center of Los Angeles County, an accelerator incubator for high technology entrepreneurial companies. He is a partner of ACODA Technology & Investments, LLC, a firm specializing in strategic assistance, business consulting, investments and mergers and acquisitions for technology and services companies. Stan is also a Pasadena Angel, serves as a member of the board of directors and advisors for several technology companies, and is a member of numerous professional organizations. He is chairman emeritus of the Executive Committee of the Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum, co-founder and chairman of the Business Incubation Network of Southern California (BINS) and LA Metro Director for Cleantech Open. Stan frequently presents and speaks on entrepreneurship, incubation and high tech start-ups.

Steve Glenn
Founder and CEO
LivingHomes, LLC
Biography

Steve Glenn

Founder and CEO
LivingHomes, LLC

Steve Glenn is the founder and CEO of LivingHomes, LLC (www.livinghomes.net), a premier developer of modern, prefabricated homes that combine world-class architecture with an unparalleled commitment to healthy and sustainable construction. The first LivingHome, designed by Ray Kappe, FAIA, was installed in eight hours. It was the first home in the nation to be certified LEED Platinum. Thirteen LivingHomes have been certified LEED Platinum and one LEED Gold, making the company one of the most experienced designers of homes at the highest level of LEED certification. LivingHomes are available in standard or customized configurations to builders, developers and individuals. LivingHomes have garnered significant industry recognition including the AIA’s top sustainable award, Green Builder Magazine’s Home of Year, Business 2.0 “World’s 11 Coolest Products”, and Business Week’s “Architectural Wonders of the World.” LivingHomes are available in standard or customized configurations to builders, developers and individuals. In addition to design, LivingHomes is current in production on our first development, a community of six single family LivingHomes and a commercial space in Los Angeles, and we’re working on affordable housing communities for Make It Right, at the Ft. Peck Indian Reservation in Montana and for an East LA non-profit in Los Angeles. Before LivingHomes, Glenn worked with the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI) and managed the development of a $220 million program in Mozambique, the first program CHAI launched in Africa. Glenn is founder and former Chairman and CEO of PeopleLink, a leading provider of enterprise ecommunity solutions, which raised $35 million from AT&T Ventures, GE, Goldman Sachs, idealab and others. Glenn was a founding partner of idealab, a business incubation firm that raised $1 billion and that founded or invested in a number of successful companies including GoTo/Overture (OVER), NetZero/United Online (UNTD), CitySearch (TMCS), Tickets.com (TKTS), eToys and CarsDirect. Glenn worked for Walt Disney Imagineering as co-director of the Virtual Reality Studio. Glenn co-founded Clearview Software, which was sold to Apple Computer where Glenn later served as a marketing specialist. He holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from Brown University, studied Urban Planning at Harvard Graduate School of Design, and was a Coro Fellow. Glenn is a co-founder and chair of the Sustainable Business Council, www.sustainablebc.org, co-founder of the Kaia Parker Dance Endowment, www.kaiaparker.org, and a co-founder and former board member of Hope Street Group, www.hopestreetgroup.org and the Brown University Entrepreneur Forum, www.brownep.org. He was a a Judge for the US Energy Department's 2013 Solar Decathlon competition, www.solardecathlon.gov. Glenn was named the Clean Tech CEO of the Year by Clean Tech Week; Environmental Entrepreneur of the Year by LA City Council/Faith2Green; and Greatest Person of the Day by Huffington Post. Glenn holds two patents and wrote the treatment, produced and acted in a small part in the critically panned but commercially successful “Good Luck Chuck”, which starred Jessica Alba and Dane Cook.

Emily Castor
Director of Transportation Policy
Lyft
Biography

Emily Castor

Director of Transportation Policy
Lyft

As a member of the original Lyft team, Emily has been on the front lines of ridesharing policy since the birth of the industry. She leads Lyft's partnerships with transportation agencies across the United States, integrating Lyft as a last-mile connection to public transit and a viable alternative to car ownership. Emily started her career as a transportation policy aide for a U.S. Congresswoman and later served as a financial advisor for municipal infrastructure projects. She holds an MPA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Tatsuya Shinkawa
Director, Market Surveillance Division, Electricity Market Surveillance Commission
Japan Ministry of the Economy, Trade and Industry
Biography

Tatsuya Shinkawa

Director, Market Surveillance Division, Electricity Market Surveillance Commission
Japan Ministry of the Economy, Trade and Industry

Tatsuya Shinkawa is Director of the Market Surveillance Division at the Electricity Market Surveillance Commission (EMSC) in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan. He has worked on electricity policy, nuclear safety policy, and economic and industrial policy at METI since 1991. Formerly, he served as Director of the Nuclear Accident Response Office at the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE), METI. Mr. Shinkawa earned his Master’s degree at Kyushu University’s Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Sciences in Japan in 1991. He was a visiting researcher at Stanford University in 1999 and the Chief Representative in Washington, DC for Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) from 2010 to 2013.

Percy Haralson
Principal Manager, Advanced Technology, Field Technologies
Southern California Edison
Biography

Percy Haralson

Principal Manager, Advanced Technology, Field Technologies
Southern California Edison
Randall Winston
Executive Director
Strategic Growth Council
Biography

Randall Winston

Executive Director
Strategic Growth Council

Randall Winston was appointed Acting Executive Director of the Strategic Growth Council in July 2015 and was officially sworn in as Executive Director in December 2015. Prior to his appointment, Randall served in Governor Brown's office as Special Assistant to the Executive Secretary, where he helped lead implementation of Governor Brown's Executive Orders on Green Buildings and Zero Emission Vehicles as well as international climate change policy. Randall has professional experience in architecture, urban development, venture technology and finance, most recently having worked for the architecture and integrated design practice Foster + Partners prior to joining Governor Brown's office as an Executive Fellow through the Center for California Studies' Capital Fellows Program. Randall was a founding director at Causes, a venture technology company led by Facebook's founding president, and worked in Beijing, China for SOHO China, an integrated urban development and architecture firm, as well as Goldman Sachs Gao Hua Securities, a China mainland joint-venture with Goldman Sachs.

Randall received a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in Government from Harvard University. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, Urban Land Institute and Pacific Council on International Policy.

Jacob Lieb
Sustainability Policy Manager
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Biography

Jacob Lieb

Sustainability Policy Manager
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Jacob Lieb is currently the Sustainability Policy Manager for LA Metro where he leads the agency’s efforts to incorporate sustainability into planning and project implementation.  Jacob oversees the implementation of Metro’s Sustainability Planning Policy and First Mile/Last Mile Strategic Plan, among other efforts.  Jacob comes to Metro after a long tenure with the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG).  While at SCAG Jacob was responsible for major regional planning functions including the preparation of the Sustainable Communities Strategy, the Regional Comprehensive Plan, and the Regional Housing Needs Assessment.  Jacob also participated in key legislative negotiations, including the discussions leading to the enactment of SB 375, and oversaw environmental review and compliance for multiple plan cycles.  Jacob began his career working on homeownership, homelessness, and social service issues for the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.  Jacob is a graduate of UC Berkeley.

Alex Helou
Assistant Director
City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation
Biography

Alex Helou

Assistant Director
City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation

Mr. Helou is an Assistant Director of the City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Sanitation. At this position, Mr. Helou heads the Solid Resources Group that is responsible for managing solid waste for the entire City of Los Angeles, including collection, transport, and processing of source separated recyclables, green materials, and municipal solid waste from 750,000 residential customers. 

Mr. Helou leads a workforce of over 1,300 employees in 5 Divisions, with annual operating budget of 180 million dollars. Mr. Helou is in charge of implementing many key solid waste management strategies to help the City of Los Angeles achieve Zero Waste by 2025, including the Solid Waste Integrated Resources Plan and the Commercial Franchise System. The City has exceeded the 75% diversion rate and continues moving toward the zero waste goal. 

A 22-year veteran of the City of Los Angeles, Mr. Helou is a registered Chemical Engineer with a Masters degree in Environmental Engineering. 

Peter Peyton
International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU)
Biography

Peter Peyton

International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU)
Woodrow W. Clark
Founder
Clark Strategic Partners
Biography

Woodrow W. Clark

Founder
Clark Strategic Partners

Clark is an internationally recognized and respected expert, author, lecturer, public speaker and consultant on global and local solutions to climate change. His core advocacy is in the economics for smart green communities. During the 1990s he was Manager of Strategic Planning for Technology Transfer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) with the University of California and the U.S. Department of Energy. While at LLNL he served as one of the contributing scientists and experts for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He chaired the first Research Team for the UN FCCC.

His current work generates responses to climate change from governments and businesses, using public policy, science and technology, and their economics and finance methods. In 2004 he founded, and now manages, Clark Strategic Partners (CSP), a global environmental and renewable energy consulting firm using his political-economic expertise to guide, advise and implement public and private projects advancing sustainable, smart communities as well as colleges and universities, shopping malls, office buildings and film studios. In 2014, building on his mass media background (1980s), he founded Clark Mass Media Company (CM2C), which specializes in documentary, education and dramatic social issues.

Clark earned three masters degrees from different universities in Illinois and his Ph.D. at University of California, Berkeley. He has published eleven books and over 70 peer-reviewed articles, which reflect his concern for global sustainable communities. Recent authored and edited books are The Next Economics (Springer, 2012) and Global Sustainable Communities Handbook (Elsevier, 2014). And his latest coauthored books, with Grant Cooke, are The Green Industrial Revolution (Elsevier, 2014), China’s Green Industrial Revolution (in Mandarin, 2015) and Smart Green Cities (Gower, February 2016). Other books are Island Nations (Elsevier Press) with updates to Agile Energy Systems (Elsevier) and Qualitative Economics (Elsevier).

Clark also served in academic, nonprofit organizations and government and taught graduate courses in the USA and China. From 2012-2014, he was an Academic Specialist in Cross-Disciplinary Studies at UCLA and other UC Campuses including Davis and Riverside. From 1999-2000 he was a Visiting Professor of Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship at Aalborg University, Denmark, where he was also a Fulbright Fellow in 1994. Then from 2000 – 2003, he was California Governor Gray Davis’ Renewable Energy, Emerging Technologies and Finance. For 6 out of 8 years, he was Chair of the Citizens Oversight Committee (COC) for school bond funds ($334 million) in Beverly Hills, CA where he lives now with his wife, Andrea and their 8 year old son, Paxton. Clark writes regularly for the Huffington Post at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/woodrow-clark/

Doug Kim
Director of Advanced Technology
Southern California Edison
Biography

Doug Kim

Director of Advanced Technology
Southern California Edison

Doug Kim is the director of Advanced Technology, Southern California Edison’s technology evaluation organization. This Transmission and Distribution Business Unit group operates as part of the Engineering and Technical Services division and is responsible for SCE’s smart grid development, which includes advanced grid technologies, energy storage, electric transportation, and the integration of energy smart consumer products.

Before taking the helm at Advanced Technology, Mr. Kim led SCE’s Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness efforts to ensure SCE’s grid and services are prepared to support the integration of the many new electric vehicles being marketed by automobile manufacturers.

Prior to leading the PEV Readiness group’s activities, Mr. Kim served as general manager for Edison Carrier Solutions, a business unit of SCE that provides large capacity fiber optics-based broadband services to local and long distance telephone, alternative telecommunications service providers, wireless carriers, cable television, and internet access companies.

Kim began his tenure at Edison International (EIX), the parent company of SCE, in 1996 where he was engaged in the company’s strategic planning and new business development. He also served as an internal consultant for many of EIX’s operating units. Mr. Kim went on to manage a variety of SCE organizations where he led the assessment of new business opportunities, development of strategies, and detailed business plans.                                                                                                                          

Mr. Kim earned a Master of Business Administration degree from UCLA and his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA.

Mateo Jaramillo
Vice President of Products and Programs for Tesla Energy
Tesla Motors
Biography

Mateo Jaramillo

Vice President of Products and Programs for Tesla Energy
Tesla Motors

As VP of Products and Programs for Tesla Energy at Tesla Motors, Mateo Jaramillo is responsible for market development, and product definition and development for the company's grid connected energy storage products. Mateo started the stationary storage effort at Tesla in 2009 and in the meantime was additionally the commercial lead on powertrain development and supply programs with Daimler and Toyota, and also started and led through the supercharger program through the first year of deployment. 

Prior to Tesla, Mateo was Chief Operating Officer and part of the founding team at Gaia Power Technologies, a pioneering distributed energy storage firm. Mateo began his career in the software industry as a product manager with Predictive Networks, an interactive TV software provider. He has an AB in Economics from Harvard and a Masters in Theology from Yale.

Jon Lash
Chief Operating Officer
GROW Holdings LLC
Biography

Jon Lash

Chief Operating Officer
GROW Holdings LLC

Jon Lash was the former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Pardee Homes, and has worked in the homebuilding and residential land development industry for over 28 years. He joined Pardee Homes in 1987 and progressively held more challenging positions over his tenure, which began in the company’s commercial/industrial department. In addition to his in-depth knowledge of Pardee, Lash brought a tactical and financial methodology to the leadership team and throughout his career placed a special focus on land acquisition and disposition, as well as community development and homebuilding operations.  In his very successful career, he has been involved in acquiring over 80,000 residential lots and has  constructed over 46,000 houses, generating profits in excess of $3.5 billion.

Lash is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business, with an emphasis in real estate development and property management.  He is involved in many charitable organizations including Home Aid of America.  Jon also actively promotes and participates in the education of future industry professionals. In addition to mentoring college students who are interested in pursuing a career in real estate development, in 2010 he became the lead sponsor for the International Real Estate Case Competition, hosted annually in Southern California, which gives college students from around the world the opportunity to use their classroom knowledge to creatively solve a complex development project.

Stephen Jones
Managing Director
ITM Power
Biography

Stephen Jones

Managing Director
ITM Power
Nurit Katz
Chief Sustainability Officer
UCLA
Biography

Nurit Katz

Chief Sustainability Officer
UCLA

UCLA’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, Nurit Katz is working to foster partnerships among academic, research, and operational departments to facilitate creating a world class living laboratory for sustainability at UCLA. As Executive Officer for UCLA Facilities Management, Nurit provides strategy support to make the university more operationally efficient and coordinates with Emergency Management on resilience planning. Facilities Management provides energy to the campus through a highly efficient cogeneration plant, as well as managing landscaping, renovations, operations, and maintenance. Nurit is also an Instructor for UCLA Extension’s Sustainability Certificate Program. Her course Principles of Sustainability I was recently included in LA Weekly’s Best of LA 2012 as one of the 10 Best Classes in LA. Nurit holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, a Masters in Public Policy from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, and a BA in Environmental Education from Humboldt State University. Nurit was honored as one of 100 Inspirational Alumni for the 75th Anniversary of UCLA Anderson. Recently she was recognized as one of the top 100 business trailblazers in the Women Worth Watching 2015 issue of Profiles in Diversity Journal. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Luskin Center for Innovation and on the Advisory Boards of the LA Sustainable Business Council and the Southern CA Green Business Council as well as the Steering Committee for the USGBC Resilience LA Initiative, the Built Environment Advisory Board for the LA Cleantech Incubator, and the leadership team for Path to Positive LA. Nurit is also working on developing national metrics and ratings for sustainability through the AASHE STARS Steering Committee and building statewide collaboration and best practice sharing through the CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference Steering Committee. In 2010 Nurit completed a full Ironman distance triathlon with Team in Training in support of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. 

Ronen Olshansky
Co-Founder and CEO
Cross Campus
Biography

Ronen Olshansky

Co-Founder and CEO
Cross Campus

Ronen Olshansky is a co-founder and CEO of Cross Campus, a Los Angeles based real estate platform re-imagining the office experience for creative professionals through a combination of shared workspace, services, business events, and community.

Ronen’s background in finance and technology includes having worked for companies like Lehman Brothers, Arthur Andersen and JPMorgan in countries including Russia, UK, Turkey, and Brazil. He has been a founder or early stage executive in software, climate change, and real estate businesses.

Ron Galperin
City Controller
City of Los Angeles
Biography

Ron Galperin

City Controller
City of Los Angeles

Ron Galperin serves as Controller of the City of Los Angeles -- working as the watchdog for L.A.'s taxpayers. Controller Galperin oversees a team conducting independent audits, managing the City's payroll and disbursements, preparing reports on the City’s finances, pursuing waste and fraud, providing information about the City's finances and operations online -- and focusing on modernization, management and metrics.

Leading a Data Revolution

As Controller, Galperin launched ControlPanel.LA, the City’s first open data portal -- featuring the City’s checkbook, details on the goods and services the City buys, assets and liabilities, employee compensation, operating indicators and much more. Because of these efforts, L.A. was named the No. 1 Digital City according to the U.S. City Open Data Census. Likewise, Government Technology Magazine recently named Controller Galperin to its list of the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers of 2015.

Results-Oriented Audits

Under Galperin’s leadership, the Controller’s office has issued numerous financial and performance audits focused on improving the efficiency and accountability of City government -- and on delivering quality City services. Audits conducted by the Controller are helping to improve street services, how the City handles foreclosure properties, cable fees, funds for the arts, management of the City's many special funds, worker's compensation costs, development fees, airport operations -- and much more.

One of the Controller’s priorities has been to make the Dept. of Water and Power more transparent and responsive to ratepayers. He created UtilityPanel.LA, a data portal featuring key financial data about DWP spending and payroll. The Controller’s office conducted audits of the utility’s Joint Training Institute and Joint Safety Institute and released an Industrial, Economic and Administrative Survey of the DWP, with specific recommendations for structural reforms and creation of performance dashboards.

Background

Prior to his being elected as Controller in 2013, Galperin built a reputation as a leading voice for government reform. He is the first Neighborhood Council member elected to city-wide office in Los Angeles. As an officer of his neighborhood council, he advocated for quality of life improvements and more responsible neighborhood planning. He also developed and taught “L.A. City Government 101” to new neighborhood council members throughout the city and served as a council budget advocate.

Controller Galperin has long promoted cutting waste and developing programs to help businesses create jobs. As Chair of the Los Angeles Commission on Revenue Efficiency, he worked to develop new revenue sources and budget savings to deliver more services to residents and businesses. He also served as President of the City's Quality & Productivity Commission.

Galperin brings to the Controller job more than twenty years of experience as a transactional and litigation attorney and small business owner. He received his J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He lives in West Los Angeles with his husband, Rabbi Zachary Shapiro, and their dog, Daisy.

David Narefsky
Partner
Mayer Brown LLP
Biography

David Narefsky

Partner
Mayer Brown LLP

David Narefsky has had an active role in high-profile PPP transactions, with particular responsibility for governmental and financing aspects.

David advised the underwriters of the issuance of $400 million private activity bonds to finance a portion of the cost of construction of the Denver FasTracks Eagle P3 Project. This project was named 2010 North American Transport Deal of the Year by Project Finance Magazine and 2010 Regional Deal of the Year by The Bond Buyer. David was named a “Dealmaker of the Year” by the American Lawyer for his work on the Denver FasTracks financing.  

David is currently advising the underwriters for the issuance of up to $1.75 billion in private activity bonds to support the financing of the All Aboard Florida passenger rail network connecting Miami with Orlando.  He is also advising the Chicago Transit Authority in its efforts to implement a $2 billion design-build finance-maintain PPP project for the reconstruction of the Authority’s Red Line, the City’s main north south transit line.

David led Mayer Brown’s representation of WVB East End Partners, the winning bidder for the East End Crossing in Louisville/Southern Indiana, which was named 2014 North American Transport Deal of the Year by P3Bulletin and National Deal of the Year by The Bond Buyer.

He advised the Puerto Rico Public Private Partnerships Authority on the proposed long-term concession and lease of Luis Muñoz Marín Airport in San Juan and the City of Chicago on the proposed long-term concession and lease of Midway Airport.

He is also advised the Texas Department of Transportation on the implementation of innovative financing strategy for Grand Parkway Toll Road in the Houston metro area, including successful closing of an $850 million TIFIA loan.

Prior transactions include advising the City of Chicago on the $1.83 billion concession and lease of the Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge and on the $563 million concession and lease of the more than 9,000 space Chicago downtown underground parking garage system; Chambers USA 2007 referred to David as “one of the best public-sector lawyers in Chicago.”

A 1979 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, he served as Deputy Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago, where he managed the transactional and commercial legal work of the City, before joining Mayer Brown in 1989. His practice at Mayer Brown has included the representation of Chicago-area governments in the financing of convention center and sport stadium facilities, mass transportation projects and representation in public finance offerings.

Lee O'Dwyer
Equity Market Specialist
Bloomberg LP
Biography

Lee O'Dwyer

Equity Market Specialist
Bloomberg LP

Drawing from fifteen years of experience in traditional and alternative investments, Lee O’Dwyer helps Bloomberg clients gain maximum leverage of their terminal toward actionable strategies.

Discussing ESG data, equity fundamental valuations, earnings & idea generation tools, and portfolio analysis with top analysts and portfolio managers, O’Dwyer’s experience and communication style lets him calibrate around the varied needs and styles of clients, allowing him to interpret their comments and provide meaningful and useful support.

Originally from England, O’Dwyer is a member of the CFA® Institute and has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) designation.

Rick Cameron
Director of Environmental Planning
Port of Long Beach
Biography

Rick Cameron

Director of Environmental Planning
Port of Long Beach

Richard D. “Rick” Cameron is the Managing Director of Planning and Environmental Affairs for the Port of Long Beach, California, named to the post in January 2014 by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, governing body for the Port. 

Mr. Cameron joined the Port in 1996 as an Environmental Specialist, was promoted to Manager of Environmental Planning and named Director of the newly-created Division of Environmental Planning in 2007 before being appointed Managing Director after the retirement of 23-year Port veteran, Dr. Robert Kanter. 

As Managing Director, he oversees the Planning and Environmental Affairs Bureau that includes Environmental Planning, Master Planning, and Transportation Planning. 

As Director of Environmental Planning, he led the Division most directly responsible for the Port’s signature environmental program, the Green Port Policy, and the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan. Under the Green Port Policy, the Division coordinates programs to improve air, water and soil quality, preserve wildlife habitat and integrate sustainability into Port practices. 

Early in his Port career, as an Environmental Specialist, he worked in the areas of water quality, air quality, and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documentation. Prior experience included management of various environmental programs for the Port of Los Angeles and other clients as a Project Manager for Essentia Management Services. 

Mr. Cameron has a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is a resident of Manhattan Beach.

Robert Greene
Writer, Editorial Board
Los Angeles Times
Biography

Robert Greene

Writer, Editorial Board
Los Angeles Times

Robert Greene is a Los Angeles Times editorial writer covering California and Los Angeles government, politics, policy and law.

Greene previously was a staff writer for the L.A. Weekly and a reporter and associate editor for the Metropolitan News-Enterprise. Prior to becoming a journalist, he was an attorney in Los Angeles. He is a resident of Highland Park and a graduate of USC and Georgetown University Law School.

Jonathan Plowe
Managing Director
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Biography

Jonathan Plowe

Managing Director
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Jonathan Plowe is a managing director in the Cross Asset Solutions & Strategies Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, responsible for coordinating across the bank’s Global Banking & Markets platform to develop, originate and distribute funding and investment structures for all client segments, with emphasis on new business initiatives, corporate strategies, and new energy & infrastructure solutions.  Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 1997, Plowe was an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom, focusing on corporate taxation, structured finance, mergers & acquisitions, and financial products.  Plowe holds a J.D. degree from The George Washington University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University.

David McConnell
Vice President, Business Development, North America
Enerkem
Biography

David McConnell

Vice President, Business Development, North America
Enerkem

David McConnell joined Enerkem's management team as Vice President, Business Development, North America, in April 2015. He has over 25 years of experience in operations, sales and procurement in the solid and hazardous waste industry.

Mr. McConnell was most recently Vice President of Supply Chain at Waste Management, where he was responsible for the alignment between corporate functions and field operations in order to achieve WM’s transformation goals. In his prior position, Mr. McConnell was Area Vice President overseeing the financial and operations of the Waste Management of North Florida and Puerto Rico. The Area consisted of solid waste hauling operations, transfer stations, landfills, material recovery facilities and business development. He has held various positions in the hazardous and solid waste industry across the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico.

Mr. McConnell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Louisiana State University.

Pierre Sacre
Director
Schneider Electric
Biography

Pierre Sacre

Director
Schneider Electric

Pierre is responsible for developing and leading the EV charging station business for Schneider Electric across the US, Canada and Mexico. The company has been deploying over 40.000 charging station across the globe at home, at work and in public spaces.

Pierre has been with Schneider Electric since 2003 and has played a key role in developing and launching new products and solution providing better energy management for lighting and building control. He has worked across Europe until 2014 when he moved to the US. He joined the EV business as an offer manager in March 2015 and accepted the leadership role for North America in November the same year.

Prior to his employment by Schneider Electric, Pierre was a sales director for Kepen Cable in UK and Ireland where he supported the growth on IBM ACS offer via his network of distributors. Pierre also worked at Thomas & Betts in various roles within their Nevada Western and IBM ACS division. Pierre also taught as a part time lecturer at Coventry university where he worked on European research. 

Pierre has had active roles with BS, EN, IEC and NEMA standards organisation over his career. He has a BA with Hons in Arts et Sciences de la Communication from the University of Liege in Belgium.

Val Menotti
Chief Planning & Development Officer
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District
Biography

Val Menotti

Chief Planning & Development Officer
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District
Heather Repenning
Commissioner
City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works
Biography

Heather Repenning

Commissioner
City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works

Heather Repenning directly oversees the Bureau of Sanitation and ensure the implementation of key trash and recycling programs as well as serving as lead from the Board on issues related to water and the L.A. River. She serves as liaison to Council Districts 1, 13, and 14.

Repenning was appointed as Director of External Affairs by Mayor Eric Garcetti in July 2013. In that role, she oversaw intergovernmental affairs, community and constituent services, and immigrant affairs for the Mayor's Office.

Repenning has served with Mayor Garcetti for eleven years in a range of roles. She previously served as Political Director on the Garcetti for Mayor 2013 campaign and as Field Deputy and District Director for Community Development in the Thirteenth Council District Field Office. She was a key part of the team that helped triple the number of parks and revitalize neighborhoods from Hollywood to Atwater Village to Echo Park while Garcetti served on the City Council, in addition to providing key policy guidance during Garcetti's six year tenure as Council President.

Repenning graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore College and has a Master's Degree in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Irvine. She has one young daughter and resides in L.A’s Eastside.

Mike DeNamur
Director of Sales and Marketing, Intelligent Building Technologies (Americas),
United Technologies Corporation
Biography

Mike DeNamur

Director of Sales and Marketing, Intelligent Building Technologies (Americas),
United Technologies Corporation

Mike has more than 25 years’ experience in the commercial building industry, all with a strong focus on helping facility owners achieve the benefits of sustainable, profitable and high-performance buildings. In his role as Director of Sales & Marketing for United Technologies Americas Building Solutions organization, he leads a team applying the comprehensive portfolio of UTC products and services with the goal of making the future of innovative commercial buildings a reality.

Mike started his career modeling whole-building design alternates with a focus on energy efficiency in HVAC systems. He was deeply involved in the adoption and mainstream application of BACnet and LONWORKS communication protocols – the foundations for intelligent and integrated buildings. Through numerous product management, sales leadership and strategy roles in major commercial building manufacturing and contracting organizations, he’s continued to advocate for and shape the development of intelligent and integrated buildings. His experience includes building automation, HVAC, lighting control, life safety, access, security, digital video and energy services.

Mike has been active in many building performance initiatives and received his LEED-AP credentials in 2006. He has authored articles for industry publications and has been a speaker on building performance topics at the local, regional and national level. Most recently, he has assembled multi-disciplinary teams and technologies to create innovative new solutions that enhance occupant experience, increase situational awareness and operational efficiency, and ultimately set the standard for building performance and profitability.  

When he is not addressing commercial building initiatives, Mike enjoys harnessing sustainable energy while racing sailboats on Long Island Sound.

Quote: “Together, as an industry, we can employ high performance approaches that will create a better built environment. By making smart choices in the design process we can build new, and renovate existing buildings to provide tangible financial benefits and a better experience for building occupants”. 

Ron Kent
Manager, Advanced Technologies, Strategy and Development
SoCalGas
Biography

Ron Kent

Manager, Advanced Technologies, Strategy and Development
SoCalGas

Ron Kent is Advanced Technologies Manager for the Southern California Gas Company, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy. In this capacity, Ron helps to develop and commercialize new low-carbon energy resources.

Current projects include the development of a variety of innovative new technologies involving solar, biological and electro-chemical renewable energy pathways, oxy-fuel power cycles for carbon capture and sequestration, and thermal energy transfer and storage.  This involves managing multiple CEC and DOE funded energy technology projects and serving as a board advisor for two start-up companies. 

Past management experience includes finance, equity investments, energy efficiency, natural gas vehicles, energy markets and regulatory affairs. 

Prior to joining the Sempra Energy utilities he was a Peace Corp volunteer and a science teacher.  He holds a B.S. degree in biological science from San Diego State University; an M.S. from the University of Kentucky; and an MBA from CalPoly, Pomona. 

Peter Luchetti
Board Member
California Infrastructure & Economic Development Bank
Biography

Peter Luchetti

Board Member
California Infrastructure & Economic Development Bank

Peter Luchetti is the founder of Table Rock Capital LLC (“TRC”) an infrastructure fund that invests in transportation, energy, social infrastructure, water & waste, and communications.

From 1994 to 2004, Mr. Luchetti was Global Head of Project Finance for Banc of America where he managed a 140- person team working in 32 countries around a $5.5 billion portfolio of private debt and equity covering all infrastructure sectors.

Mr. Luchetti was appointed by the Governor of California to the Board of the California Infrastructure Bank in October 2013 where he serves as Vice Chair. Mr. Luchetti also serves on the Board of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute (“BAEI”) as well as the portfolio companies that comprise the TRC portfolio.  He has completed 5 white papers on infrastructure and played a central role in the formation of the Marin Energy Authority (“MEA”) the first Community Choice Aggregation enterprise in California. 

Jon Healey
Deputy Editor, Editorial Board
Los Angeles Times
Biography

Jon Healey

Deputy Editor, Editorial Board
Los Angeles Times

Jon Healey is Deputy Editorial Page Editor at the Los Angeles Times, which means he is one of a nameless, faceless group writing screeds that, technically speaking, reflect the views of the publisher (whoever that happens to be at the time). In addition to editing, his main contributions to the editorial page are pieces about the economy, technology, intellectual property, regulation, and general business issues. He also writes for two of The Times’ blogs, Tech Now (infequently) and Opinion L.A. (less infrequently). Prior to his joining the editorial board, Healey covered technology news for The Times, the San Jose Mercury News and various other publications.

Timothy O'Connor
Director and Senior Attorney
Environmental Defense Fund
Biography

Timothy O'Connor

Director and Senior Attorney
Environmental Defense Fund

Timothy (“Tim”) O’Connor is a Senior Attorney and Director at Environmental Defense Fund in California.  Since joining EDF in 2007, Mr. O’Connor has engaged state regulatory agencies and the legislature on the passage and implementation of climate and clean energy initiatives, with particular focus on natural gas and oil issues, market-based emission reduction programs, transportation fuels and vehicles, clean energy and conservation.  During this time, Mr. O’Connor has also managed EDF’s participation in both state and federal courts on issues related to climate change, fuels and energy.  Mr. O’Connor further manages and participates in EDF’s work before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and California Energy Commission (CEC) on issues related to natural gas, utility rate-setting, electric vehicles, energy storage, smart grid planning, power plant permitting and geologic carbon capture and sequestration. 

Outside of working at EDF, Mr. O’Connor currently sits on the boards of the California Foundation for Environment and the Economy, the California League of Conservation Voters, and is a member of the Los Angeles Community Forest Advisory Committee representing District No. 5. He formerly served on the advisory council for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

Prior to joining EDF, Mr. O’Connor was a senior compliance inspector at heavy industrial facilities, including petroleum refineries and power plants, in the San Francisco bay area. He holds a Masters of Environmental Management Degree from Duke University and a J.D. from Golden Gate University with specializations in Environmental and Public Interest Law. 

Louis Stewart
Deputy Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development
Biography

Louis Stewart

Deputy Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development

Louis Stewart currently serves as the Deputy Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), where he oversees the coordination and promotion of innovative programs, activities, and emerging technologies throughout the state of California. At GO-Biz, Mr. Stewart manages a robust statewide innovation-based economic development support network of regional innovation clusters called the California Innovation Hubs (iHubs). The 16 iHubs were designed to stimulate local, regional, and statewide job creation as well as enhance the awareness, visibility, and opportunities for commercialization of the technologies emerging from GO-Biz’ iHub partners. 

Mr. Stewart’s role includes a priority to develop an ecosystem that endorses entrepreneurship as well as promotes approaches that will augment strategic business development opportunities. High profile business opportunities are coordinated and managed in order to retain and expand business investment, assist in job creation, and enhance economic opportunities through collaboration and innovation.

Quay Hays
Principal and CEO
GROW Holdings LLC
Biography

Quay Hays

Principal and CEO
GROW Holdings LLC

Quay Hays has been on the forefront of renewable energy and “green” development throughout California. 

As principal and CEO of GROW Holdings LLC (Grow Renewable Organic & Water), Mr. Hays is overseeing one of the largest renewable energy-powered environmental projects in the world, the planning and development of a “green” city of 22,000 homes located on 7,200 acres in Central California which incorporates innovations in solar energy, sustainable design, technical integration and 21st century building methodology.

In addition to growing up on construction sites as the son and grandson of real estate developers, Mr. Hays has over 25 years’ experience in real estate, company capitalizations, and marketing. His real estate experiences encompass project management, entitlements, land planning, complex financings, home building, and sales and acquisitions. 

Mr. Hays is the past Chairman of the California Economic Summit’s Regulatory Reform Committee and led the Open Data team in helping the state of California establish its Open Data Policy. Mr. Hays serves on the board of the Palisades Malibu YMCA, The State of the Future Organization, and the Milken Institute’s Central Valley Initiative and is an active supporter of numerous environmental groups including The Sierra Club and NRDC. 

Mr. Hays is the author of the Life’s Golden Rules series of books, including Bottom Lines, The Golden Rules for Executive Success.

Marc Fenigstein
Co-Founder and CEO
Alta Motors
Biography

Marc Fenigstein

Co-Founder and CEO
Alta Motors

Marc grew up building or taking things apart and being a menace to rural Ohio before straightening up his act to nab Fine Art, Engineering, and Management degrees at Dartmouth College. Marc has worked in venture capital, in strategy consulting at BCG, and at frog design inc. His products include HP's SkyRoom software, Carmanah's 1700 series solar lighting, and a couple that he isn't allowed to talk about.

Mark Irwin
Director, Technology Development, Advanced Technology
Southern California Edison
Biography

Mark Irwin

Director, Technology Development, Advanced Technology
Southern California Edison

As director of Technology Development, Mark Irwin leads SCE’s Energy Storage Ownership Initiative, the energy storage and transportation research and development activities, and the project management of Advanced Technology’s research portfolio.

Mr. Irwin has 30 years in the energy business, which includes 23 years with Edison International, leading teams that develop, manage or contract with significant power generation and fuel assets. 

Mr. Irwin earned an MBA in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in accounting from the University of Southern California. 

 

Peter Marx
Chief Technology Officer
City of Los Angeles
Biography

Peter Marx

Chief Technology Officer
City of Los Angeles
Heather Sanders
Principal Manager, Integrated Grid Strategy & Engagement
Southern California Edison
Biography

Heather Sanders

Principal Manager, Integrated Grid Strategy & Engagement
Southern California Edison

Heather Sanders joined Southern California Edison in August 2015.   Within electric system planning, her team is focused on strategic direction and engagement to realize the 21st century integrated grid.  Before joining SCE, she held multiple roles at the California Independent System Operator in regulatory policy and smart grid technology and strategy.  While at the ISO, she jointly led several road mapping efforts with the CPUC and CEC.  These roadmaps outline needed actions to advance California energy and environment objectives with publications focused on Energy Storage, Demand response and Energy Efficiency, and Vehicle Grid Integration available at: http://www.caiso.com/informed/Pages/CleanGrid/default.aspx.  She holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and a MBA from the University of Utah.

Erica He
Advisor, Business Development, Energy Solutions
Innovation Core SEI Inc. (Sumitomo Electric)
Biography

Erica He

Advisor, Business Development, Energy Solutions
Innovation Core SEI Inc. (Sumitomo Electric)

Erica is the Advisor, Business Development, Energy Solutions, at Innovation Core SEI Inc., which is the US subsidiary of Sumitomo Electric. Erica is the former Vice President of Innovation Core SEI Inc. Erica leads the North America market development for Sumitomo Electric’s Smart Energy Solutions business, with a focus on energy storage. Prior to Sumitomo, Erica was the Business Development Manager at SANYO North America, where she developed new businesses and strategic partnerships in the areas of renewable energy, smart grid and consumer electronics. Erica holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University and a BS in Electric Engineering from University College London.

Josh Roper
Vice President of Advanced Metering Infrastructure
Silver Spring Networks
Biography

Josh Roper

Vice President of Advanced Metering Infrastructure
Silver Spring Networks

Josh Roper is the Vice President of Advanced Metering Infrastructure for Silver Spring Networks, delivering networking, hardware, and software solutions that comprise the foundation of the Smart Grid.  Josh has spent more than 20 years in the utility industry.  Early in his career, Josh served in several distribution engineering, account management, and project management roles at Dallas-based TU Electric, which has since become Oncor.  His background also includes product management leadership positions at Siebel Systems and SAP. 

Josh holds a BSEE from Rice University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

Jerilyn López Mendoza
Program Manager, Environmental Affairs
SoCalGas
Biography

Jerilyn López Mendoza

Program Manager, Environmental Affairs
SoCalGas

Jerilyn López Mendoza is an environmental affairs program manager for So Cal Gas, coordinating California Air Resources Board policy for the utility.  In positions prior to this, she served as a commissioner of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works, and vice president of the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners.  Ms. Mendoza’s tenure as Harbor Commissioner at the Port of Los Angeles, from 2005 to 2010, coincided with the development and implementation of the first-ever in the world port-related “Clean Air Action Plan,” as well as the Clean Truck Program.  She is currently a President Obama appointee to the Joint Public Advisory Committee to the Commission on Environmental Cooperation, which advises the federal EPA on environmental issues affecting the continent of North America.  Ms. Mendoza also worked as a policy director and staff attorney at the Environmental Justice Project Office of Environmental Defense Fund in Los Angeles from 2000 to 2009, after earning her law degree at the UCLA School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.  

Max Aram
Co-Founder and CEO
Pick My Solar
Biography

Max Aram

Co-Founder and CEO
Pick My Solar

Max Aram, Co-founder & CEO: Max is a serial entrepreneur with a diverse background including playing soccer professionally, working in Lean Management, MLM, and publishing a seasonal advertising magazine with more than 20K subscribers. 

He has a passion for renewable energy, specifically solar (triggered during his time at Fraunhofer Institute in Berlin) and was always fascinated how online marketplaces like TrueCar, Expedia and LendingTree have changed the relationship dynamic between vendors and the consumers. He is marrying these two together with Pick My Solar. This disruptive platform is solving a real problem in one of the fastest growing markets in US.

Tim Wolf
Director of Marketing, Smart Grid Solutions
Itron Inc.
Biography

Tim Wolf

Director of Marketing, Smart Grid Solutions
Itron Inc.

Tim Wolf is the Director for Marketing for Smart Grid Solutions at Itron Inc. Mr. Wolf is responsible developing strategy and overseeing Itron’s marketing programs for Itron’s electric utility customers throughout the world.  In addition, Mr. Wolf has focused a significant portion of his time over the past three years in consumer and regulatory outreach, leading Itron’s communication effort to consumers regarding product safety, smart grid technologies, their capabilities and benefits. Prior to “rejoining” Itron in 2010, Mr. Wolf spent the past nearly three years as a senior consultant at R.W. Beck, an SAIC Company, focusing on Smart Grid consulting services for both investor-owned and municipal utilities. Before that, he worked at Itron for 10 years, leading the company’s corporate marketing group. He is a frequent speaker and presenter at industry conferences, and writer in the industry trade press. 

Liz Crosson
Water Policy Advisor
Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
Biography

Liz Crosson

Water Policy Advisor
Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
Diarmuid O'Connell
Vice President of Business Development
Tesla Motors
Biography

Diarmuid O'Connell

Vice President of Business Development
Tesla Motors

Diarmuid joined Tesla in 2006, and currently serves as the Vice President of Business Development in which capacity he manages commercial relationships and all aspects of government affairs. Before joining Tesla, Diarmuid served as Chief of Staff for Political Military Affairs at the US State Department, where he was involved in policy and operational support to the U.S military in various theaters of operation. 

Before his tenure in Washington, Diarmuid worked in corporate strategy as a management consultant for Accenture, as a founder of educational software developer, Real Time Learning, and as a senior executive with both McCann Erickson Worldwide and Young and Rubicam. Over the course of his career, he has managed international operations, projects and marketing for such brands as Coca Cola, Gillette, and AT&T, among others. 

Diarmuid has earned a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College, a master's degree in Foreign Policy from the University of Virginia, and an MBA from Kellogg. 

Chris Rico
Director of Innovation
Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation
Biography

Chris Rico

Director of Innovation
Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation

In his role as Director of Innovation for the LAEDC, Chris Rico leads the continued development of an innovation program for LA County, where he works to build broad external support and provide thought leadership and strategic direction for the mission of the Innovate LA program, as well as its goals and priorities. In October he produced the 160 event Innovation Week(s). Chris has extensive experience creating, producing and executing projects. He honed his creative skills during a successful career in film and television development and production in Hollywood. This experience, along with his passion for social change, led him to the political arena where he worked with Arianna Huffington as a state organizer, Moveon.org as a lead organizer, and as campaign director for a ballot initiative to promote water conservation and sustainability. Recently, Chris consulted for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on ActivateED, a campaign of leading education organizations to positively impact student achievement. Chris’s campaign experience and innovative approach to digital and social media have precipitated exponential growth in visibility for every project he leads. Chris is a graduate of Duke University, He is also a licensed special needs educator in California. www.innovate.la

Lin Midkiff
The Aerospace Corporation
Biography

Lin Midkiff

The Aerospace Corporation

Everett L. (Lin) Midkiff III has 36 years of experience in the aerospace, aviation and information systems fields. He currently supports system architecting, engineering, integration and technical analysis efforts in a variety of market sectors, including transportation, energy, and homeland security.

He joined The Aerospace Corporation in 1997, with initial responsibilities for systems engineering, operational transition support, and long-range planning for the Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN).  He transitioned to the Civil and Commercial Operations group in 1998, supporting commercial space launch and advanced space vehicle concepts. In 2000, he became a private consultant for data communications, information technology and entertainment service applications in the commercial aircraft industry.  He returned to Aerospace in 2010 to focus on new initiatives in interplanetary space, automated transportation networks, and related science and technology domains.

Mr. Midkiff holds a B.A. degree in Business Administration from William Jewell College, Liberty, Missouri, and an M.S. degree in Computer Science from Missouri Science & Technology (formerly the University of Missouri-Rolla).

Mark Stout
Vice President of Project Development
Amber Kinetics
Biography

Mark Stout

Vice President of Project Development
Amber Kinetics

Mark Stout joined Amber Kinetics in June 2015 to apply his solar project development experience towards advancing Amber’s energy storage projects. Mark is a senior energy professional with over 15 years in solar power, utility regulatory, and high tech engineering positions.

Before Amber, Mark served as Vice President, Renewable Technology at Cleantech America, Inc, which was later acquired by Meridian Energy Limited. Mark led the development of utility-scale PV projects, including site identification and acquisition, permitting, PV technology assessment, and generation modeling. In his early work at the company, he developed support from elected officials and other community stakeholders for CalRENEW-1, the first PV plant to win a utility power purchase agreement under California’s Renewable Power Portfolio Standard (RPS). He oversaw the EPC selection process for CalRENEW-1, which was also the first transmission-interconnected PV plant in California. Mark originated a project that lead to execution of an 80 MWac PV Master Agreement with Kings River Conservation District. When announced, this was the largest PV development in the world. During his tenure at Cleantech America/Meridian Energy USA, he managed production of fourteen utility RFO proposals and worked on 840 MWac of solar PV projects, from development to operational stage.

During graduate work at the UC Berkeley Energy and Resources Group, Mark interned at the Union of Concerned Scientists, campaigning for the California RPS, which was signed into law in 2002. He later served as a Public Utilities Regulatory Analyst with the California Public Utilities Commission Office of Ratepayer Advocates, where he successfully advocated for the agency’s support of the RPS legislation which was signed into law.

Mark started his career in computer hardware, firmware, and software development at IBM, Microsoft, Compaq Computer, and Cirrus Logic.

Mark graduated Summa Cum Laude in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois - Urbana, and earned a Master's degree in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley.

David Buczkowski
Senior Director - Major Projects
Southern California Gas Company
Biography

David Buczkowski

Senior Director - Major Projects
Southern California Gas Company

David Buczkowski is Senior Director of Major Projects for Southern California Gas Company. Buczkowski joined Southern California Gas in 2011 following a successful 10-year career with Fluor, a multinational engineering and construction firm where he directed project teams for large and complex energy infrastructure projects.

Prior to his time at Fluor, Buczkowski held the role of project manager for Parsons, an engineering, construction, technical, and management services firm, and worked for five years as a project and startup engineer for Shell Oil Company.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois.

Robert Fleming
Assistant Deputy Minister, Climate Change and Environmental Policy Division
Ministry of Environment and Climate Change of Ontario
Biography

Robert Fleming

Assistant Deputy Minister, Climate Change and Environmental Policy Division
Ministry of Environment and Climate Change of Ontario

In his current role as the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Climate Change and Environmental Policy Division, Robert has championed numerous initiatives including the development of the Ontario Climate Change Directorate, the release of the Climate Change Strategy which sets out the vision for Ontario to 2050, and currently leads policy work on design elements for Ontario’s future Cap and Trade program. Robert has also been instrumental in coordinating efforts with other jurisdictions to develop a Memorandum of Understanding indicating Ontario’s intention to link to carbon markets. Robert has also been responsible for leading the development of the Great Lakes Protection Act, the Waste-Free Ontario Act, and a draft strategy, Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy.  

Robert has worked with the Ontario Public Service for 30 years. Prior to serving  with Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Robert worked with the Ministry of Transportation bringing with him 17 years of valuable contribution and leadership having served in various roles, including Assistant Deputy Minister of the Road User Safety Division. Robert has also held positions with Ontario’s Treasury Board, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

Robert currently serves as a member of Environmental Planning and Protection Committee for Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment.   In the past, Robert has also served as Ontario’s member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators. He was privileged to have been elected and served from 2010 to 2014, as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators.

Rob holds degrees in economics and English.

James T. Butts
Mayor
Inglewood, CA
Biography

James T. Butts

Mayor
Inglewood, CA

The Mayor has a combined 39 years in public safety, municipal government and education. He holds a Bachelor of Science (California State University at Los Angeles) and a Masters Degree in Business Administration (California Polytechnic University at Pomona). Mayor Butts has served as a general manager or assistant general manager of large and complex municipal organizations for the past 27 years.

The Mayor served the residents of Inglewood for nearly two decades as an Inglewood Police Officer, ultimately rising to the rank of Deputy Chief of Police. Between 1980 and 1990 he was promoted 5 times. In 1991 James Butts was selected to become Chief of Police for the City of Santa Monica where he served for 15 years. During his tenure in Santa Monica as Chief, crime fell 64% to its lowest level since 1956. Citizen complaints also fell by 50% and police liability payouts dropped by 99% as well. Mayor Butts retired as one of the longest serving police chiefs in the County of Los Angeles to serve as an Assistant General Manager (Deputy Executive Director)of the Los Angeles World Airports (which includes LAX) system responsible for Public Safety and Counter-Terrorism. He was responsible for a budget of 116 million dollars and 1100 employees. From 2006 to 2010, the Mayor was directly responsible for the safety of 60 million passengers that travel through LAX. In less than 4 years LAX went from being ranked near the bottom in airport security to being named the most secure airport in the United States by the Transportation Security Administration.

On January 11th, James T. Butts, Jr. was elected as the 12th mayor in the history of the City of Inglewood.

Anthony Bruzzone
Associate Principal
Arup
Biography

Anthony Bruzzone

Associate Principal
Arup

Anthony Bruzzone is an Associate Principal in Arup’s San Francisco office, and is a transportation planner. His 35 years of experience includes transit service and operations planning, capital projects and airport experience. Tony’s most recent projects include a mix of transit capital projects, including busway planning, as well as supporting the on-going Bay Area Core Capacity program, which is investigating additional transit capacity in the heavily used San Francisco-Oakland corridor.  He was the project manager for a study to determine the feasibility of using solar power to operate BART rapid transit trains, and he also was the project manager for a study to identify conceptual plans – including subways – to improve LRT safety and reliability in San Francisco’s intensifying San Francisco State neighborhood.  Prior to working with Arup, Tony was AC Transit’s Manager of Service and Operations Planning where he coordinated day-to-day operations planning needs, coordinated and managed various bus corridor studies and was liaison for the $1 billion Transbay Terminal project.

Thomas Van Dyck
Managing Director, Financial Advisor
RBC Wealth Management
Biography

Thomas Van Dyck

Managing Director, Financial Advisor
RBC Wealth Management

Tom has been a leader in the field of socially-responsible investing for more than 30 years.  As Senior Vice President – Financial Advisor of the SRI Wealth Management Group at RBC Wealth Management, Tom consults on $1.5 billion of ESG-screened assets. Tom is also the founder of As You Sow, a shareholder advocacy organization, which engages corporations on environmental, human/labor rights and corporate social responsibility initiatives. In 2014 Tom was a featured guest on Bill Moyers and Company. In 2013, Tom was named one of the Financial Times’ Top 400 Financial Advisors. Tom was also a featured speaker at the TedX Wall Street conference in 2012 and provided his expertise on SRI investing for long-term safety and returns. Van Dyck graduated from Duke University in 1980 with a B.A. in Political Science. He is a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) and holds his Series 7 and Series 66 FINRA licenses.

Alejandro Zamorano
Clean Energy and Advanced Transport Specialist
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Biography

Alejandro Zamorano

Clean Energy and Advanced Transport Specialist
Bloomberg New Energy Finance

As Bloomberg New Energy Finance's Clean Energy and Advanced Transport Specialist in San Francisco, Alejandro conducts research relating to transport and clean energy markets globally. His focus is on electric vehicles, storage technology, advanced fuels and chemicals, refuelling infrastructure deployment, and new vehicle technologies. 

Alejandro previously tracked and examined various bioenergy technologies, in both the commercial and private sectors, examining feedstock; conversion and capital costs; compliance credits; and revenues from final product distribution. He also measured production and distribution margins as well as investment trends. 

Alejandro holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana; and a Master of International Energy Management and Policy from Columbia University in New York City. He has been an analyst with Bloomberg New Energy Finance since 2010. 

Walter Spansel
Vice President and Transmission Officer
NV Energy
Biography

Walter Spansel

Vice President and Transmission Officer
NV Energy

Walter Spansel is vice president and transmission officer, responsible for all real time operations, accountable for transmission strategy, services, system planning, engineering, asset management, operations, reliability and project delivery for NV Energy, a Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company.

Mr. Spansel was previously an executive with Southern California Edison, serving as director of transmission and also served as director of operations at Entergy Corporation, having progressed through several management assignments. He was also previously president and chief executive officer of a consulting firm and partner of an electrical engineering firm.

Mr. Spansel earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering and a master in business administration from the University of New Orleans, a Louisiana State University system school. He also participated in an Executive Development Program of The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Spansel currently serves on the board of trustees of Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada and previously served on the board of directors of the North American Transmission Forum.

Evan Harvey
Managing Director of Corporate Sustainability
The NASDAQ OMX Group
Biography

Evan Harvey

Managing Director of Corporate Sustainability
The NASDAQ OMX Group

Evan directs the NASDAQ OMX corporate sustainability effort, which includes gathering, analyzing, and reporting key criteria across the organization. In addition to making NASDAQ OMX more transparent, efficient, and responsible, he manages investor and issuer company outreach on corporate sustainability topics, best practices, and compliance. Evan is also responsible for the research, analysis, and disclosure of various reports, including the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Communication of Progress.  He oversees media relations, sustainability partnerships, and events/sponsorships.

In the past two years, Evan has spoken at or otherwise participated in a wide variety of sustainability-related events, including the CERES INCR Summit, Ethical Business USA, SRI Conference, and GreenBiz Forum. He also co-organized the most recent UN Global Compact LEAD meeting in New York at the NASDAQ MarketSite, and was instrumental in securing NASDAQ’s acceptance into the Global Compact.

Evan joined the NASDAQ Stock Market in 2004 and ran the NASDAQ Online website – a data and thought leadership portal for C-suite executives – for many years. His background is primarily in marketing and communications, with a decade of professional experience in web strategy, content management, and data analysis disciplines.

He holds a BA and an MA from the University of Texas, and lives outside Washington DC with his wife and two children. 

Gail Kennard
President
KDG Architects
Biography

Gail Kennard

President
KDG Architects

Gail Kennard is president of Kennard Design Group (KDG), a Los Angeles architectural firm founded in 1957 by Gail’s father, the late Robert Kennard, FAIA.  KDG is the oldest African-American-owned architectural practice in the West.  Work includes public infrastructure, transportation, and other public works projects.  Since 2010, she has served on the City of Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission and is currently the commission’s vice-president.  She is a strong advocate for sustainable design and seeks opportunities to serve the twin goals of historic preservation and sustainability through adaptive re-use of existing structures.

Alan Jones
PG&E
Biography

Alan Jones

PG&E

Alan Jones is responsible for the growth and strategic management of Pacific Gas & Electric’s Smart Meter Network Optimization and Connected Cities programs.  Alan has over 25 years of technology management and product development experience working across a variety of industries including energy, telecommunications, semiconductor manufacturing and consumer electronics.

As a leader in the PG&E’s Meter Services and Engineering group, Alan works with our industry leading smart meter technology partners to deploy innovative solutions required to service the 10 Million customers across our geographical diverse and expansive Northern Californian service area.  Currently he is working with leading wireless telecommunication service providers, systems integrators and smart meter companies to deliver highly integrated, broad band wireless services, smart grid expansion and LED lighting solutions for cities of the future.

Chris Pak
Founder and Principal
Archeon Group
Biography

Chris Pak

Founder and Principal
Archeon Group

An award-winning architect, the founder and principal of Archeon International Group, Mr. Pak has developed Archeon into a multi-disciplined Development, Architectural, Planning, Construction Management and Project Management firm, providing comprehensive professional services to both domestic and international clients.  Strengthening its global presence, Archeon has forged strategic international alliances with many premier companies in Asia: Marubeni, Sun Wah Group, Shimizu Constructors, Hanil Cement, Asia Financial Group, Kowloon Development and more.  The firm has spearheaded notable projects in China and South-East Asia, such as the 22-story Sun Wah Tower in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam the first major construction of its kind by an American architect since the Vietnam War. 

As a developer, Mr. Pak was a General Partner/Developer and Architect in the development of Solair, one of the first mix-use transit oriented project in Los Angeles.  The Solair is a $160 Million, 22-story development comprised of 40,000 SF of retail and 186 luxury condominiums above a MTA Subway portal.  The Solair was completed on time and on budget in May of 2009.  Currently, Mr. Pak is the principal development consultant to Jamison Services providing feasibility, planning and architectural services on numerous office building conversions to residential and new mix use residential and retail construction projects.

Domestically, Archeon has developed a reputation as a diverse, creative and results-oriented design firm.  Mr. Pak has directed both public and private sector projects for such clients as the LA Unified School District, LA County MTA, City of LA Housing Department, City of LA Community Redevelopment Agency, Belmont Village Corporation, Legacy Partners, Shamrock Holdings, Jamison Services, Atlas Capital Group, Hazens USA.  Some of the significant local projects include the renovation of the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the first hotel built in Hollywood, and the former I. Magnin Building; high-end Assisted Living Facilities throughout Southern California; designed over 2,000 units affordable housing projects for various communities; development of a 350,000 SF Wholesale Condominiums in the Fashion District, Downtown Los Angeles; and 150,000 SF Retail/Health/Sports facility in Wilshire Center, Los Angeles with the first enclosed golf driving range.

Mr. Pak actively contributes and demonstrates his leadership in various capacities with several civic, professional, and non-profit organizations.  Mr. Pak was the CEO/President of a start-up community website, Asia America Online, in 2000 and successfully launched the website in the same year.  Mr. Pak was recruited by Brainrush, an internet incubator firm in Oakland, California.  Formerly on Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, he was the first Asian-American Board Member since its inception in 1927.  Appointed by Mayor Riordan, Mr. Pak has also served the City of LA as the Chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals, the Board of Airport Commissioners, responsible for the operations and expansion of the third busiest airport in the nation, and a Member of the Board of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, a board responsible for establishing a new system of neighborhood councils to increase government responsiveness to its citizens.  Mr. Pak served the State of California as Commissioner to the Southern California Water Quality Control Board, appointed by then Governor Gray Davis and was a Board Member of the California League of Conservation Voters, a politically influential environmental organization.  Also, Mayor James Hahn appointed Mr. Pak to the Board of Recreation and Parks Commission.  In his local community, he currently serves the Los Angeles Archdiocese as a member of the Building Commission, the Board of Governors for the Little Tokyo Service Center and has been involved as a Board Member to the Westchester YMCA, Lend-A-Hand Foundation, and Asia America Symphony.  Promoting diversity in businesses, Mr. Pak has shared his expertise as a Community Advisory Member to the National Bank of California, Southern California Edison.

Mr. Pak received his Bachelor of Architecture from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Marissa Aho
Chief Resiliency Officer
City of Los Angeles
Biography

Marissa Aho

Chief Resiliency Officer
City of Los Angeles

Marissa Aho, AICP, serves as Chief Resilience Officer in the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, where she leads city-wide resiliency efforts, including those found in the Mayor’s “Resilience By Design” report, and as part of the 100 Resilient Cities program pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. Marissa has 15 years of policy, planning, and project management experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors where she worked with interdisciplinary teams to find creative solutions to complex problems. Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Marissa held senior staff positions at two Los Angeles planning and land use consulting firms. She has a BA in Political Science from American University and a Master of Planning from the University of Southern California Price School of Public Policy. She is an active member of the American Planning Association serving as AICP Commissioner, Region IV (California & Nevada) and is a member of the USC Price Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Allan Emkin
Founder and Managing Director
Pension Consulting Alliance
Biography

Allan Emkin

Founder and Managing Director
Pension Consulting Alliance

Allan Emkin founded Pension Consulting Alliance, Inc. in 1988, with offices in Los Angeles, New York City, and Portland, Oregon.

Long a member of the consulting community, Mr. Emkin has 32 years of general consulting experience emphasizing public plan administration and investment policy, as well as international, global, and real estate investments. 

Mr. Emkin was a Vice President at Wilshire Associates before forming PCA in 1988.  Prior to his work in the consulting field, Mr. Emkin worked in the California Governor’s office in the Pension Investment Unit.  Before joining the Brown administration, he was a registered lobbyist for 10 years specializing in affordable housing and other matters affecting low-income families.

Mr. Emkin is a frequent speaker at various conferences and educational seminars and has long standing relationships with Liberty Hill Foundation in Santa Monica, California as well as The Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard University.

Bill Van Amburg
Senior Vice President
CALSTART
Biography

Bill Van Amburg

Senior Vice President
CALSTART

Bill is the Senior Vice President of CALSTART and leads CALSTART’s commercial truck and off-road vehicle Initiative as well as business development.  Bill has nearly 40 years of experience in technology development, commercialization and marketing.  He oversees program teams in a range of commercial vehicle demonstration, validation, incentive and policy activities, including the NAFA Sustainable Fleet Accreditation Program. He personally leads projects in fleet sustainability standards, creating national truck and bus incentives and effective fuel economy regulations.  Bill is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Anthropology, is a graduate of the Executive Management Program at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, has a certificate in brand management from Stanford and served on the founding Board of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency.

Tensho Takemori
Partner
Gehry Partners
Biography

Tensho Takemori

Partner
Gehry Partners

Tensho Takemori graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1988 with a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture. For one year following graduation, Mr. Takemori worked for The Adkins Association, a small firm in St. Paul, Minnesota. Mr. Takemori continued his education at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received a Masters in Architecture in 1992. After graduating, Mr. Takemori joined Gehry Partners, and has been involved in a range of project types over the past 20+ years. 

PROJECT EXPERIENCE 

Mr. Takemori’s experience with Gehry Partners includes the following projects: 

  • GRAND AVENUE MIXED-USE – Los Angeles, CA; 1,000,000sf mixed-use project including hotel, residential apartments and condominiums, and retail. Involvement was on the second phase re-submission of the concept design in 2013. 
  • ALEXANDERPLATZ RESIDENTIAL and HOTEL – Berln, Germany; a competition for a 47,500sm project including a 150 room 4-star hotel, and 250 apartments. High-rise residential is unique for Berlin, and for this location. The design supports the goals of the 1993 master plan for the Alexanderplatz, and creates a new regional marker on the east side of the platz. 
  • BELMONTE HOTEL and MUSEUM - Belmonte, Portugal; a 22,600sm project comprised of a 110 room hotel and 6,600sm museum. In addition to rooms, the hotel would have banquet and meeting facilities, restaurant, café, spa/fitness, with pools spread out in landscaped gardens. The museum will capture the Jewish history of the local area, and would contain a gastronomy center, multi-purpose hall, and 500 seat auditorium. 
  • ADELAIDE RESIDENCE – Santa Monica, CA; 9,000sf private residence. House will be built without conventional air conditioning and heating. A detailed computer sustainability analysis was performed to establish a strategy that uses geothermal wells, radiant floor heating/cooling, a sophisticated ventilation system with shading and solar chimney, photovoltaics, and solar water heating. 
  • NATIONAL ART MUSEUM OF CHINA – Beijing, China; three phase competition for 128,600sm state-of-the-art national art museum. Located in the new cultural complex within the Beijing Olympic Park. Project included galleries, retail and dining, 5 auditoriums, an art institute, an art research facilities, and support services for the museum. 
  • OCEAN AVENUE MIXED-USE PROJECT – Santa Monica, CA; a 300,000gsf mixed-use complex located in downtown Santa Monica, containing a 120 room boutique hotel, meeting facilities, spa, retail and dining, residential, below grade parking, and an observation deck. Two existing landmarked residential buildings are to be incorporated into a new museum complex that will also include a new building and new public open space. 
  • NBC STUDIO LOT REDEVELOPMENT – Burbank, CA; the 37 acre site currently houses 1,050,000 sf of area for NBC Studios. The project transforms the site from a 
  • single user studio lot to an independent television studio lot with multiple tenants, adding 1 million gsf in additional sound stages, office, production space, and other support facilities. 
  • OPUS HONG KONG – Hong Kong; the project is located on the Mid-level of the Peak. It consists of twelve luxury residential units: two garden duplexes on the lower levels, and 10 super-flat units of 5000 plus SF each in a single tower above. 
  • MAGGIE’S CENTER HONG KONG – Hong Kong; 320sm care center. Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre is intended to provide a calming environment for cancer patients and their family members. The building includes a small reception area, several offices and physical therapy rooms, a library, a terrace, and a kitchen. 
  • MAKE-IT-RIGHT FOUNDATION HOUSE – New Orleans, Louisiana; duplex residential house for the Make-It-Right Foundation, 900sf each. Make-It-Right is a non-profit foundation committed to redeveloping housing in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. The Lower Ninth Ward was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in August, 2004. 
  • MARINA TOWER – Abu Dhabi, UAE; new commercial office tower of approximately 68,000 square meters, with retail areas at the base. The first project to be built in the Marina District of Saadiyat Island, the forty story, 195m tall building will become the visual marker for all entering the island over the Shiek Kalifa bridge. 
  • NEW CAMPUS GLASGOW – Glasgow, Scotland; a competition for the master re-planning of 78,000 square meters for the City and River campuses of the Glasgow Metropolitan College. 
  • SAADIYAT BEACH GOLF CLUB – Abu Dhabi, UAE; new facilities of approximately 20,000 square meters including a golf clubhouse, restaurants, meeting and banquet facilities, a small boutique hotel, gym, spa, and detached villas. 
  • ANAHEIM REGIONAL TRANSPORTION INTERMODAL CENTER – Anaheim, California; a competition for a new multi-phased project centered on a transportation terminal for high-speed rail and ground transportation in Orange County. Surrounding development would include commercial, retail, cultural, housing, and a rehabilitation of the Santa Ana Riverbed. Total development area of approximately 3 million square feet on a 15 acre site. 
  • MOSCOW HOTEL – Moscow, Russia; 180 room boutique hotel on the Garden Ring in central Moscow. 20,000sm total area with facilities including restaurants, meeting facilities, and retail. 
  • SERGIEV POSAD HOTEL – Sergiev Posad, Moscow District, Russia; 150 room luxury hotel located directly adjacent to the Trinity-Sergiev Lavra. 25,000sm total area with facilities including villas, restaurants, and a spa. 
  • BROOKLYN ARENA – Brooklyn, New York; a new state-of-the-art multi-use 18,000 seat arena for the Nets professional basketball team of approximately 850,000 square feet, connected to public transportation through a large enclosed public urban room. 
  • ATLANTIS SENTOSA IR – Singapore, Singapore; a competition for a 340,000 square meter Integrated Resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore for the Singapore Tourism Board. The project included an aquarium, a glass covered conservatory and amphitheater, a casino, a convention center, four hotels, a spa, an 11 acre waterpark, 40 restaurants, and waterfront promenade. 
  • BROOKLYN ATLANTIC YARDS – Brooklyn, New York; an 8,000,000 plus square foot masterplan on 22 acres over 7 city blocks in Brooklyn at the corner of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues. The project includes a new multi-use arena, two commercial buildings, fourteen residential buildings, and more than eight acres of publicly accessible open space. 
  • PARQUE MAYER -- Lisbon, Portugal; a 500,000 square foot neighborhood redevelopment project including the design and construction of a multi-use performing arts center, a museum, a hotel, residential apartments, and retail shops. 
  • CORCORAN GALLERY OF ART -- Washington, DC; the expansion of an existing museum of fine arts and an associated school of design, involving the renovation of an existing 140,000 square foot facility and the design and construction of a new 140,000 square foot facility, including galleries, studios, and related support spaces. 
  • MILLENNIUM PARK MUSIC PAVILION -- Chicago, Illinois; an open air music pavilion accommodating approximately 9000 visitors and including an orchestra stage house, a choral terrace, warm-up rooms and ancillary support areas. 
  • VITRA DESIGN MUSEUM EXPANSION -- Weil am Rhein, Germany; an expansion to an existing museum originally designed by Gehry Partners. 
  • CONDE NAST CAFETERIA -- New York, New York; an 8,200 square foot, 260 seat corporate dining room including food preparation and serving areas. 
  • SCHMIDT MUSEUM OF COCA-COLA MEMORABILIA -- Elizabethtown, Kentucky; a 90,000 square foot museum including exhibition areas, administrative areas and support areas. 
  • DZ BANK BUILDING -- Berlin, Germany; a 20,000 square meter mixed-use office and residential building adjacent to the Brandenburg Gate. 
  • DER NEUE ZOLLHOF -- Düsseldorf, Germany; a 28,000 square meter office development in three distinct buildings located on the Rhine River. 
  • ÜSTRA TOWER -- Hanover, Germany; a 20,000 square foot mid-rise office building. 
  • TELLURIDE RESIDENCE -- Telluride, Colorado; a 6,000 square foot private residence. 
  • UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI CENTER FOR MOLECULAR STUDIES – Cincinnati, Ohio; a 132,000 square foot state-of-the-art laboratory building for 
  • neuroscience and cancer research, including laboratory spaces, classrooms, administrative offices, and mechanical and storage spaces. 
  • THE LEWIS RESIDENCE -- Cleveland, Ohio; a 25,000 square foot private residence designed in collaboration with Philip Johnson and several internationally recognized artists. 
  • WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL -- Los Angeles, California; a 2,400 seat concert hall with extensive back stage areas, practice rooms, a pre-concert area, a choral room, an underground parking garage, a café, a retail store and a garden. 

EDUCATION 

University of California, Los Angeles, Master of Architecture, 1992 

University of Colorado, Boulder, Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture, 1988 

REGISTRATION 

Registered and licensed in the State of California 

NCARB Registered

Jeffrey Reed
Director of Business Strategy and Development
Southern California Gas Company
Biography

Jeffrey Reed

Director of Business Strategy and Development
Southern California Gas Company

Jeffrey Reed is the Director of Business Strategy and Development for Southern California Gas Company. In that capacity he leads development of policies and initiatives aimed at supporting the development and deployment of sustainable energy solutions. In his current and prior roles Jeff has led the natural gas RD&D, energy efficiency technology transfer, venture investment and low-emission vehicle programs and he is responsible for the company’s long-range technology forecasting and strategic planning. Jeff is currently on the Leadership Council of the Los Angeles CleanTech Incubator and is a board member of the California Hydrogen Business Council. Prior to joining the Sempra utilities, Dr. Reed was a senior strategy consultant with Booz-Allen and Hamilton and Accenture, and was an officer with ABB Power Generation in Switzerland.  He holds a doctorate in engineering from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in management from Stanford University.

Andrew Kingman
Executive Vice President
Poseidon Water
Biography

Andrew Kingman

Executive Vice President
Poseidon Water
  • Mr. Kingman has over 30 years of experience in the development, construction and financing of major industrial and infrastructure capital projects including over 15 years of project development and project financing experience at Poseidon.   He is currently responsible for providing executive oversight of the Huntington Beach project development efforts and new business development opportunities.   As Poseidon's CFO, he was responsible for Poseidon's investor relations and financing, including the Carlsbad equity and debt financing and was a lead on the various project contract negotiations.
  • Before joining Poseidon, he was a vice president of AT&T Capital Corporation and General Electric Capital Corporation project finance groups, and prior to that he was a nuclear test and startup engineer for General Dynamics' submarine business.
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from the University of Virginia's Darden School.
Jill Stewart
Campaign Director
Coalition to Preserve Los Angeles
Biography

Jill Stewart

Campaign Director
Coalition to Preserve Los Angeles

Jill Stewart is a print, digital, radio and TV journalist and is managing editor of L.A. Weekly and laweekly.com, the nation's most widely-read alternative weekly. She oversees a team of journalists and videographers who pursue the newspaper's brand of online hyper-localism and analytical print journalism. Before joining L.A. Weekly in 2006, she oversaw a website dedicated to bringing more than 200 national and international bloggers representing left, right and center under a common umbrella, one of the earliest large-scale efforts in the world to assure that bloggers got paid for their content. A former Metro reporter for the L.A. Times, she holds a master's degree in journalism from Stanford University. Jill analyzed California politics and government via a self-syndicated political column focused on the legislature, governor and Sacramento power players, reaching an audience of about 1 million. An experienced broadcaster, she provided political analysis for KCET's 2013 L.A. mayoral race coverage; KTTV Fox 11's coverage of the 2010 gubernatorial race, and KCAL 9's coverage of the 2005 L.A. mayoral race. She has analyzed national and state issues for FOX, CNN, MSNBC, The Dennis Miller Show and Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. In 1992, she lived in Prague and wrote about Czechoslovakia's transition to democracy. Jill's honors include the American Society of Newspaper Columnists' award for best column in the U.S., and the Benjamin Fine Award for top education writing in the nation.

Emil Abdelshehid
LADWP
Biography

Emil Abdelshehid

LADWP

I graduated from the University of California Irvine, with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 2005.  I have been working with the City of Los Angeles since 2006 and with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power since 2007.  I have been working with the Smart Grid Programs since 2009 and have worked on the Smart Grid Regional Demonstration Program, a DOE project to demonstrate the various use cases of advanced technology, and to further develop these advanced technologies for practical and scalable purposes. I currently supervise the control systems applications group and am working to further develop LADWP’s Smart Grid Programs.

Gwynne Pugh
Principal
Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio
Biography

Gwynne Pugh

Principal
Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio

Gwynne Pugh has been practicing architecture, planning, civil, structural, and design engineering since 1971. He launched Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio in 2010 after leading Pugh + Scarpa Architects for 22 years. During his time as Principal, the firm received over 20 national and international awards, including the AIA National and State Architecture Firm of the Year Award in 2010, and six AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Project Awards, in addition to numerous local awards. 

Gwynne became a Fellow of the AIA in 2010. He has served as the Chair of the Santa Monica Planning Commission and the President of the Planning Department of the League of California Cities. Gwynne has been on the AIA|LA board for the last three years, was the past Chair of its Political Outreach Committee, and is currently a Representative to the AIA California Council.

Frank Bush
Executive Officer
Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety
Biography

Frank Bush

Executive Officer
Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety

Mr. Bush has over 26 years of experience with the City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety and more than 37 years of experience in the construction industry. He holds a General Contractor’s License from the State of California and a Certification as a Combination Dwelling Inspector from the International Code Council (ICC). 

As the Executive Officer for the Department of Building and Safety (LADBS), Mr. Bush is responsible for managing operations of the department which includes approximately 1000 employees. He ensures that the LADBS mission, “to protect lives and safety of the residents and visitors of the City of Los Angeles and enhance the quality of life, housing, economic prosperity, and job creation citywide and to advise, guide, assist customers to achieve compliance with the Building, Zoning, Plumbing, Mechanical, Electrical, Disabled Access, Energy and Green codes local and State laws to Build Safe, Well and Fast”, is accomplished. 

Mr. Bush has developed and implemented numerous operational policies and procedures that have improved customer service and created many efficiencies. 

He has received numerous awards and recognition from City and State and Federal elected officials, community leaders, property owner associations, Los Angeles Police Department and other city departments for his dedication to public service and for resolving community blight issues throughout the City of Los Angeles. 

Mr. Bush began his City career as an inspector and promoted through the ranks to his current position as Executive Officer. 

Prior to his City service he was a licensed General Contractor and operated his own construction company where he was involved in new construction and remodel of large and small commercial and residential projects. 

Mr. Bush is married to Judy; they have four children and nine grandchildren. Together, they are actively involved in community service work. 

PROFESSIONAL LICENSES / CERTIFICATIONS 

• Member - California Building Officials (CALBO) 

• Certified Combination Dwelling Inspector – International Code Council 

• General Contractor – California State Contractors License Board 

• Certified Public Information Officer and Disaster Recovery – California State Training Institute 

• Certified Disaster Service Worker – California Office of Emergency Services ID#73398 / Building Inspector - CALBO 

• Certified FEMA Advanced Incident Command, Complex ICS, National ICS – Homeland Security

 

David Nahai
President
David Nahai Consulting
Biography

David Nahai

President
David Nahai Consulting

David Nahai is the President of David Nahai Consulting Services, LLC, which advises public and private entities in the renewable energy, energy efficiency and water sectors.  He is also a partner at the law firm of Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith and co-chair of its energy, water, and real estate practice areas.  He is also the former Commission President and General Manager  of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). Mr. Nahai’s administration expanded LADWP’s renewable portfolio to 15% and paved the way for its attainment of the 20% level.  Under David Nahai’s watch, the LADWP achieved multi-fold increases in energy efficiency levels, as well as record reductions in water consumption in the City of Los Angeles.  Mr. Nahai is also the former Chair of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he served in the administrations of 3 California Governors.  He sits on the Boards of the California League of Conservation Voters, Heal the Bay, and the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation and has served as Senior Advisor to the Clinton Climate Initiative. 

Michael Dieden
Founder
Creative Housing Associates
Biography

Michael Dieden

Founder
Creative Housing Associates

Founded in 1997 as an alternative approach to traditional real estate development, Creative Housing Associates LLC. (CHA) is a neighborhood and transit-oriented builder. The company models itself after the historic concept of the town builder – a partner to the community and facilitator for growth and maturity in alignment with local values. Since its inception, the company has focused on building small-town downtowns near transit stations, to encourage accessibility to diverse, vibrant neighborhoods, while decreasing car use. Specifically, CHA regularly teams up with municipalities and transportation agencies in order to bring forth some of California’s most respected and tasteful civic revitalizations. In 2006, the company’s Mission Meridian Village, in South Pasadena won several coveted awards including the Congress for the New Urbanism’s Charter Award, and Best Transit Oriented Project by the Urban Land Institute. 

Currently, CHA is competing for the development rights of several TOD parcels in Southern California, including Solana Beach and Rancho Cucamonga, and in the process of developing an mixed-use, affordable housing project in Watts, Los Angeles.

Brian Watt
Business Reporter
KPCC
Biography

Brian Watt

Business Reporter
KPCC

Brian Watt covers working and entrepreneurship for KPCC. He joined the KPCC news team in 2007. Prior to that, he worked as a producer at "Marketplace," where he filed a number of his own stories and even filled in some mornings as host. Brian's work for KPCC has won numerous awards. In 2008, Brian won “First Place for Business and Financial Coverage – Broadcast” from the Los Angeles Press Club. He’s won two Golden Mike awards from the Radio and TV News Association of Southern California, including Best Consumer/Financial Reporting in 2010. 

Yasutake Kojima
Director
East Japan Railway Company
Biography

Yasutake Kojima

Director
East Japan Railway Company

Yasutake Kojima is Director of Administration and Treasurer of East Japan Railway Company (JR-EAST) New York Office. He conducts overall activity of JR-EAST in both North and South America as well as administrative affairs in NY Office. JR-EAST is the leading railroad corporation in both High-Speed Rail(HSR) and commuter rails in Japan, which runs 69 lines including 5 Shinkansen (HSR in Japanese) lines; and serving over 17 million passengers a day. JR-EAST has speeded up its HSR operation up to 200 mph, and in March 14th 2015, it expands its HSR service to Hokuriku, one of the key economic region along the Sea of Japan’s coast.

Mr. Kojima has over 18 years of experience in management planning, public relations, and implementing kaizen activities in transportation depot for drivers and conductors. Prior to current position, Mr. Kojima served as executive manager of Public Relations Department in the JR-EAST Headquarters, where he represented and was responsible for Corporate Public Relations. He also conducted more than 250 staffs of train drivers and conductors when the East Japan Earthquake and great Tsunami hit and caused disaster. He also served in Management Planning Headquarter and comprehended two Mid-term corporate strategy of JR-EAST, which has consolidated revenue of 200 billion dollars.

He holds an MBA and a MA in International Management from International University of Japan (IUJ) and studied at Amos Tuck School of Business in Dartmouth on exchange. He received a BA in Policy Management at Keio University, under supervision of his thesis with Professor Takashi Fujii, former president of International Federation of Social Science Organization (IFSSO), and Professor Takao Akabane, former administrative vice-minister of Economic Planning Agency of Japan.

Frank Gehry
Founder and Partner
Gehry Partners
Biography

Frank Gehry

Founder and Partner
Gehry Partners

Raised in Toronto, Canada, Frank Gehry moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1947.  Mr. Gehry received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California in 1954, and he studied City Planning at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. In subsequent years, Mr. Gehry has built an architectural career that has spanned over five decades and produced public and private buildings in America, Europe and Asia.  His work has earned Mr. Gehry several of the most significant awards in the architectural field, including the Pritzker Prize.

Notable projects include Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California; Eight Spruce Street Residential Tower located in New York City; Opus Hong Kong Residential; Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, France; the Biomuseo in Panama; and the Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building for the University of Technology, in Sydney, Australia. Current projects include: King Street Development in Toronto, Ontario; Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia; Battersea Power Station Development, London, United Kingdom; Grand Avenue Development, Los Angeles, California; Facebook Campuses in New York City, Seattle, London and Dublin; Guggenheim Abu Dhabi; and the Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C. Projects under construction include the LUMA / Parc des Ateliers in Arles, France; Divan Orchestra in Berlin, Germany; the Ohr O. Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, Mississippi, and the West Campus for Facebook in Menlo Park, California.

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Richard VanSant
President and CEO
UV Pure
Biography

Richard VanSant

President and CEO
UV Pure

Rick is President and CEO of UV Pure Technologies, a Canadian environmental technology company that develops and manufactures advanced UV water disinfection technology. It has an installed base of over 14,000 applications in North America, LATAM and ASEAN countries, and the EU. 

UV Pure is a global award winner: Frost and Sullivan Best Practices, an Artemis Project Top 50 Company; Going Green Global 200, and the Canadian Drinking Water Association award for innovation. 

An aerospace version of UV Pure’s technology was chosen by Boeing onboard its new 787 Dreamliners. 

Rick is a Director of WaterTAP, Ontario’s Water Technology Acceleration Project.

Prior to UV Pure, Rick founded several public and private companies and was a member and Director of the Young Presidents’ Organization, in Toronto.

He has a degree in Astro-geophysics from Colgate University, a Masters of Education from St. Lawrence University, and is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business’ Institute of Corporate Directors program. 

Gary Breaux
Chief Financial Officer
Metropolitan Water District
Biography

Gary Breaux

Chief Financial Officer
Metropolitan Water District

Gary Breaux is the Assistant General Manager and Chief Financial Officer for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.  He manages all of Metropolitan’s financial programs, including financial planning, investments, debt management, the biennial budget, and accounting operations.  He is also responsible for developing Metropolitans water rates and charges.

Prior to Metropolitan, Gary was the Director of Finance for East Bay Municipal Utility District.  He has extensive experience working for local governments since 1983.  He joined EBMUD in 1994 and was responsible for all financial areas including treasury operations, debt management, rates, internal audit, accounting and reporting, risk management, and customer and community services.  Prior to joining EBMUD, he was Director of Finance for the City of Oakland, CA.

A native of Colorado, Gary received a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Colorado in 1977, and a master’s in Public Administration in 1987 from Virginia Commonwealth University.  He is on the Board of Governors for the California Municipal Utilities Association, and a member of the American Water Works Association.

Barbara Romero
Deputy Mayor of City Services
City of Los Angeles
Biography

Barbara Romero

Deputy Mayor of City Services
City of Los Angeles

Barbara Romero is the Deputy Mayor of City Services in the office of Mayor Eric Garcetti. She was appointed to this position in March 2015 after serving as a Board of Public Works Commissioner. 

Romero spent a decade working for the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, where she was Chief of Urban Projects and the Watershed Planning Division. As the liaison to local, state, and federal legislators on park planning issues, Romero handled legislative policies and project funding strategies, and managed millions of dollars for urban park projects. She also focused on identifying, developing and implementing multiple park development, restoration, and acquisition projects primarily in urban areas along the Upper Los Angeles River and tributaries.

She currently serves as a Board Member for the Valley Presbyterian Hospital and has previously served on the boards of the Baldwin Hills Conservancy the L.A. River Revitalization Corporation. In addition, she was a member of the Los Angeles Planning Commission and previously worked for the L.A. Conservation Corps and Building Up Los Angeles, where she led an AmeriCorps program to develop school and community gardens and mural projects with high school and college students in East L.A.

Romero grew up in the East L.A. community of Boyle Heights. She holds a B.A. from UCLA.

Andy Lipkis
Founder and President
TreePeople
Biography

Andy Lipkis

Founder and President
TreePeople

Andy Lipkis is a practical visionary who began planting trees to rehabilitate smog and fire damaged Los Angeles area forests when he was 15 years old. He founded TreePeople at age 18 and has served as its President since 1973. TreePeople is a guiding light for urban climate resilience around the world. For more than 40 years this organization has created a greener future for Los Angeles by inspiring and activating people, along with their local governments, to plant and care for trees and harvest the rain. Since its founding, TreePeople volunteers have been responsible for the planting of 3 million trees and counting. Its environmental education program reaches more than 200,000 students per year, with millions of children touched over the decades.  With climate change impacts already creating a chronic emergency for American cities, Andy’s work has demonstrated promising new ways for government agencies to collaboratively reshape urban tree canopy and water infrastructure to save lives and grow a more livable future.

Jacob Lipa
CEO
Micropolitan
Biography

Jacob Lipa

CEO
Micropolitan

Jacob Lipa is the CEO of Micropolitan, a real estate development subsidiary of Psomas.  Micropolitan builds, owns and operates apartment buildings.   Prior to founding Micropolitan, Jacob served as the president of Psomas for over 10 years.  Psomas is a consulting engineering firm serving public and private clients throughout the Western United States and headquartered in Los Angeles.  The firm specializes in the land development, water, and transportation markets. In addition to Psomas and Micropolitan, Jacob in partnership with FMG founded PsomasFMG, a solar development company serving the public and educational markets.

Jacob Lipa is the past Chairman of the Los Angeles Business Council, the past President of the Friends of Ballona Wetlands, the past president of the LA County Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies.  He is a Board member of the Engineering School of Cal Poly University, a board member of the Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, and serves as an advisor to several private local and international companies.

Hiromu Nishimura
Infrastructure Systems Department Manager, Business Development Department, Global Water Systems
Hitachi
Biography

Hiromu Nishimura

Infrastructure Systems Department Manager, Business Development Department, Global Water Systems
Hitachi

Hiromu Nishimura joined Hitachi in 2011, after working for thirty years at the Mitsubishi Corporation. Active in the water industry since 1998, Mr. Nishimura is an expert on business development for water projects and the management of private water companies. He served on the Board of Directors of the Manila Water Company from 2001 to 2009 and is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Malé Water and Sewerage Company.

Mr. Nishimura brings the expertise of Hitachi’s innovative Remix Water technology. An integrated sweater desalinization and sewage treatment system, Remix consumes about 36% less water and 40% less energy than conventional desalinization plants, presenting opportunities for water and energy efficiency improvements of crucial importance to California’s drought-affected water supply. 

Jacob Atalla
Vice President of Sustainability
KB Homes
Biography

Jacob Atalla

Vice President of Sustainability
KB Homes

Educated as an architect, Jacob has over 25 years of technology and green building experience. He developed KB Home’s “Double Zero” homes.  These ground-breaking homes are designed to produce as much energy as they’re expected to consume, and include energy storage.  At the same time, they recycle greywater, eliminating the need for fresh water in landscape irrigation.  Other recent projects include launching nearly 100 solar-powered communities, and building over 150 LEED certified homes.  Previously, Jacob developed KB Home’s Energy Performance Guide, which provides KB homeowners with information on the relative energy efficiency and estimated gas and electricity costs.

Jacob serves on the board of directors for Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET).  He also serves on the technical committee for Leading Builders of America, and on the advisory board for TecHome Builder.  In recent years he chaired Orange County’s Urban Land Institute’s Sustainable Communities Council. 

Mike Hopkins
CEO
Ice Energy
Biography

Mike Hopkins

CEO
Ice Energy

Mike Hopkins is the CEO of Ice Energy (www.ice-energy.com). Ice Energy is the leading provider of thermal energy storage for the grid, with its award winning Ice Bear system deployed in more than 40 utility service territories. Ice Energy’s most recent win was an award of 16 contracts from Southern California Edison for 25.6 MW of thermal energy storage capacity.

Prior to joining Ice Energy, Mike practiced law for 18 years as a partner with Bennett Jones LLP, a pre-eminent Canadian law firm recognized internationally as a leader in the fields of energy and climate change. He specialized in the development and financing of power projects around the world, served on the firm's Executive Committee and led their Utilities Group, International Group and Independent Power Group. Mike left Bennett Jones at the end of 2002 to lead the workout of a private data center developer that resulted in its sale. After the sale of that company, Mike co-founded a geomatics company and assisted several other startups.

Mike is a member of the Board of Chancellors of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, a member of the Board of Chancellors and Past Chairman of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Canada, a member of the Board of Trustees and Past Chairman of William Sansum Diabetes Center, a member of the Board of Directors of Integrated Marine Education and Research Expeditions and a member of the Board of Directors of Orthoshop Geomatics Limited, a spin-off of the geomatics company he co-founded. He holds a BA and a law degree from the University of Ottawa, an MA (Law & Economics) from the University of Miami and an MBA from the University of Alberta.

Teveia Barnes
Executive Director
California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank
Biography

Teveia Barnes

Executive Director
California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank

Teveia Barnes was appointed by Governor Brown as Executive Director of the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) on July 12, 2013.  IBank’s mission is to finance infrastructure, economic expansion, clean energy and water projects and to promote small business in California through the Small Business Finance Center.  IBank’s statutory powers include the authority to issue bonds, make loans and provide financing and credit enhancements for a variety of infrastructure, clean energy, water and economic expansion projects to state and local governments, municipalities, universities, schools and hospitals.  

Prior to joining IBank, Ms. Barnes was commissioner of the California Department of Financial Institutions, the chief state regulator of depository financial institutions responsible for the licensing, examination and supervision of banks, credit unions, savings associations, trust companies, foreign banking organizations, industrial development companies and money transmitters.  Barnes was a partner at the law firm of Foley and Lardner LLP.  Barnes worked at the Bank of America NT&SA as associate general counsel and senior vice president.

Ms. Barnes earned a Juris Doctorate from New York University School of Law in 1978 and received her BA degree in economics, political science and German studies from Rice University in 1975, where she was an Arthur B. Cohn Scholar.

Vaughan Davies
Director of Urban Design
AECOM
Biography

Vaughan Davies

Director of Urban Design
AECOM

As an architect and urban designer, Vaughan Davies has over 25years of professional experience producing  visionary plans and designs with a solid basis in reality, both in their authenticity and in their ability to be implemented successfully – a pragmatic visionary.  Collaborating with major developers, cities, and agencies, he has demonstrated a unique ability to create significant added value for all interests involved, by creating one-of-a-kind addresses and focusing his design solutions on the establishment of a superior public realm as a unique and memorable address & amenity. Vaughan based in AECOM’s Los Angeles office has for the past 20 years has led the design and implementation efforts for many of the region’s precedent setting projects. 

Deven Upadhyay
Biography

Deven Upadhyay

Deven Upadhyay is the manager of the Water Resource Management Group at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. He is responsible for managing the district’s planning activities and policy guideline development related to Metropolitan’s water supply plans and integrated resources plans. He also oversees the development and implementation of Metropolitan’s resources programs for conservation, local resources projects and groundwater recovery and conjunctive use programs. In addition, he directs the management and negotiations of resource contracts related to the State Water Project and Colorado River deliveries as well as water transfers and purchases.

Upadhyay began his career with Metropolitan in 1995 as a resource specialist in the Planning and Resources Department. In 2005 he left Metropolitan to work for the Municipal Water District of Orange County as a principle on policy issues. In 2008 he returned to Metropolitan as the manager of the Budget and Financial Planning Section in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, where he managed Metropolitan’s annual budget process. He also handled the district’s process for administering rates and charges and managed business continuity and financial planning.

An avid tennis player and a devoted Angel’s baseball fan, Upadhyay earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from California State University, Fullerton and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of La Verne.

Gavin Purchas
Director, California Clean Energy Program
Environmental Defense Fund
Biography

Gavin Purchas

Director, California Clean Energy Program
Environmental Defense Fund
Sam Polk
Founder and Executive Director
Groceryships
Biography

Sam Polk

Founder and Executive Director
Groceryships

Sam Polk is the founder and Executive Director of Groceryships, a Los Angeles non-profit working at the intersection of poverty and obesity, and co-founder of Harvest, a for-profit social enterprise that sells fresh, healthy ready-to-eat meals affordable for all ($3.50 in low-income areas, $7 in higher income areas). Prior to becoming a social entrepreneur, Sam was a hedge fund trader on Wall Street. Sam’s memoir, For The Love of Money, will be published in July 2016 by Scribner. His writing has been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, CNBC.com, and The Huffington Post. Sam has been featured on The Today Show, Morning Joe, CNN, Tavis Smiley, NPR, and more. He is a graduate of Columbia University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. 

Jeff Joyner
Co-Founder and Co-Chair
E4 Mobility Alliance
Biography

Jeff Joyner

Co-Founder and Co-Chair
E4 Mobility Alliance

Jeff Joyner is co-founder and co-chair of the E4 Mobility Alliance which focuses on advanced transportation including alternative fuels, autonomous vehicles and energy storage.

Jeff has been very active in serving as outside general counsel to CleanTech businesses whose goals are start-up funding, acquisition and protection of intellectual property, public offerings, incentives, grants, and joint venture partners, among others. In this role, Jeff uses his vast experience in patent, trademark, and copyright acquisition, protection, licensing, enforcement, litigation, trials and appeals.  Jeff advises and is a limited partner of one of the first clean technology venture funds that focuses on energy, water, agriculture and materials.  He also advises other companies using technologies for solar, wind, biomass, solar thermal, waste-to-energy, green building material, transportation, infrastructure and smart grid projects, among others.

Jeff is on the Board of Directors for CleanTech LA and chairs several working groups and task forces dedicated to the green economy for CleanTech businesses for the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation.  Jeff was named one of the “75 Top IP Litigators” in California by the Daily Journal; selected by Super Lawyers magazine, ranking him in the top 2.5 percent of Southern California lawyers; and selected by Forbes as one of “America's Premier Lawyers.”