Speakers

Lee Kanon Alpert
Immediate Past President
LADWP Board of Commissioners
Biography

Lee Kanon Alpert

Immediate Past President
LADWP Board of Commissioners
Amanda Eaken
Director, Transportation and Climate
Natural Resources Defense Council
Biography

Amanda Eaken

Director, Transportation and Climate
Natural Resources Defense Council

As an advocate for sustainable urban planning, Amanda Eaken focuses on slashing transportation-related pollution. She played a key role in the formulation and implementation of California's 2008 Sustainable Communities Act, which gives regions funding and incentives to develop emission-reducing strategies. Before joining NRDC, Eaken managed affordable-housing construction for a nonprofit developer in San Francisco. She holds a bachelor's in environmental and evolutionary biology from Dartmouth College and a master's in transportation and land-use planning from the University of California, Berkeley. She is based in San Francisco.

Francie Stefan
Chief Mobility Officer/Assistant Director of Planning & Community Development
City of Santa Monica
Biography

Francie Stefan

Chief Mobility Officer/Assistant Director of Planning & Community Development
City of Santa Monica

Francie Stefan is the Acting Chief Mobility Officer/Assistant Director of Planning & Community Development for the City of Santa Monica. She leads the City’s transportation policy, strategy and implementation efforts such as the Expo Light Rail extension, Colorado Esplanade, Bike and Pedestrian Plans, GoSaMo mobility campaign, COAST open streets, Breeze Bike Share and now the Shared Mobility Pilot Program.

Previously she worked at the City of West Hollywood where she initiated their Green Building Program and General Plan update.

She has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from UCLA, and a B.S. in Geography from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Michael Shull
General Manager
Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks
Biography

Michael Shull

General Manager
Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks

Michael Shull began his career with the City of Los Angeles in 1990 with the City’s Department of Public Works, Bureau of Engineering where he worked for 14 years. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering. Mr. Shull then joined the City’s Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP) in July 2005. In December 2013, Mike was appointed Interim General Manager General Manager for RAP and recently received his permanent appointment as General Manager in August 2014.

Dan Richard
Chair
California High Speed Rail Authority
Biography

Dan Richard

Chair
California High Speed Rail Authority

Dan Richard of Piedmont, has been a principal of Dan Richard Advisors since 2010. He was managing partner and co-founder of Heritage Oak Capital Partners, an infrastructure finance firm, from 2007 to 2009 and was senior vice president of public policy and governmental relations at Pacific Gas and Electric Company from 1997 to 2006.

Richard was an elected member of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District from 1992 to 2004, where he served twice as president of the Board. At the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Richard led efforts to secure $4 billion in capital for system rehabilitation projects, the transit system’s expansion to the San Francisco Airport and seismic retrofit programs.

Richard was a principal at Morse, Richard, Weisenmiller & Associates from 1986 to 1996, a firm serving the independent power industry and project finance lending community. He was vice president of Independent Power Corporation from 1983 to 1986. Richard served as Governor Brown’s deputy legal affairs secretary from 1982 to 1983 and deputy assistant for science and technology from 1978 to 1979. He was advisor to the chairman of the California Energy Commission from 1978 to 1982.

Richard began his career at National Aeronautics and Space Administration, where he was assistant to the deputy associate administrator from 1972 to 1978. Richard received his Juris Doctor degree from McGeorge School of Law.

Appointed by the Governor.

Chris Hill
President & CEO
Electric Mobility Canada
Biography

Chris Hill

President & CEO
Electric Mobility Canada

Chris Hill is the President  & CEO of Electric Mobility Canada, Canada’s leading voice for industry members providing electric-powered solutions to the economic and environmental issues in the transportation sector.  This not-for-profit association has 125 members in the automotive industry, energy utilities, research and development centres, universities and end-user fleets.  Electric Mobility Canada is presenting its 5th annual conference, the largest EV event in Canada, in Ottawa in October 2013.

Chris has an MBA from the University of Toronto and has received several awards for his work in implementing low emission automotive technology.  He lives in Mississauga, Ontario.

Susan Robinson
Public Affairs Director
Waste Management
Biography

Susan Robinson

Public Affairs Director
Waste Management
Paul Relis
Senior Vice President
CR&R Waste Services
Biography

Paul Relis

Senior Vice President
CR&R Waste Services
Billie Greer
President
Southern California Leadership Council
Biography

Billie Greer

President
Southern California Leadership Council

Billie Greer is the President of the Southern California Leadership Council, a non-profit , non-partisan organization founded by four former California Governors and Southern California business and community leaders, to address and resolve public policy issues critical to the region’s economic vitality. With 30 years of experience in the public affairs arena as an advocate and community leader, Billie Greer served as Director of Governor Schwarzenegger’s Los Angeles regional office and a member of his senior staff from 2004 – 2010.  During the Governor’s tenure, she also served as an Alternate on the California Coastal Commission.  In 2010, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Billie to the California Science Center & Exposition Park Board. Earlier in her career, Billie was an executive with the consulting firm of Braun & Company/Braun Ketchum and subsequently co-founded and served as president of Greer/Dailey, a LA-based public affairs consulting firm, which helps for-profit and non-profit clients, facing land use and environmental challenges, meet their objectives. Billie left Greer/Dailey upon accepting the Governor’s appointment. Active in the community, Billie is a trustee of the Lowe Institute of Political Economy at Claremont-McKenna College and serves on the Board of Directors of the Television Foundation and the Downtown Women’s Center. In 2004, Billie was inducted into the National Association of Women Business Owners/LA’s Hall of Fame, and she has been honored by several other organizations including LA Bio Med, the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, the Black Business Association of Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles African American Public Policy Institute, among others. 

Jacquelyn Birdsall
Senior Engineer
Toyota Motor
Biography

Jacquelyn Birdsall

Senior Engineer
Toyota Motor

Jacquelyn Birdsall is a Senior Engineer in the Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle group of Toyota Motor North America Research and Development specializing in hydrogen infrastructure, high pressure hydrogen systems and associated codes, standards and regulations. She also serves as a technical spokesperson for the Toyota Mirai and has been in numerous publications including Car and Driver, Fortune and the Wall Street Journal.

Birdsall has held several roles in the automotive industry prior to joining Toyota in 2012 and has over twelve years of experience with fuel cell vehicles. Recently she returned from a thirteen-month assignment at the Toyota Motor Corporation Global Headquarters where she worked directly with the Fuel Cell Division in Toyota City, Japan.

In addition to her activities in hydrogen, Birdsall takes personal interest in promoting STEAM learning and diversity within the industry. Birdsall is a board member of Women Influencing and Impacting Toyota - a group established to promote the talent and visibility of the women of Toyota through continued learning, self-development and leadership

Birdsall received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University (previously General Motors Institute).

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.

John Laird
Secretary
California Natural Resources Agency
Biography

John Laird

Secretary
California Natural Resources Agency

John Laird has served as Secretary for the California Natural Resources Agency since 2011. A long-time resident of Santa Cruz, Secretary Laird has spent nearly 40 years in public service at the state and local level, including 23 years as an elected official. While serving the maximum three terms in the Assembly, Laird authored 82 bills that were signed into law. These bills established the landmark Sierra Nevada Conservancy, restored community college health services, expanded and clarified state civil rights protections, reformed the state mandates system, and significantly expanded water conservation.

As California’s Secretary of Natural Resources, Laird has prioritized climate change adaptation, water conservation and supply reliability, enhanced relationships with tribal governments, State Parks access, farmland conservation, and oceans sustainability. He provides administrative oversight to thirty departments, commissions, councils, museum, boards and conservancies – and is a sitting member of sixteen conservancies, councils, boards and commissions within the purview of the Agency.

Zhihang Chi
Vice President and General Manager
Air China, North America
Biography

Zhihang Chi

Vice President and General Manager
Air China, North America
Melissa Ruhl
Transportation Planner
Arup
Biography

Melissa Ruhl

Transportation Planner
Arup

Melissa Ruhl is a transportation planner for Arup in San Francisco where she manages autonomous vehicles strategies and policy efforts. Partnering with cities and transit agencies, Melissa helps communities plan for tomorrow while improving quality of life today. She co-authored the Autonomous Vehicles: A Horizon Initiative Perspective Paper on behalf of the San Francisco Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and she regularly speaks in both the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally on autonomous vehicles and the future of cities. In June 2018, the Northern California American Planning Association granted her the Special Recognition Award – Emerging Planner. Melissa earned a Master of Urban Planning from San Jose State University and a Master of Arts in History from the University of Oregon. 

Noel Hacegaba
Chief Commercial Officer
Port of Long Beach
Biography

Noel Hacegaba

Chief Commercial Officer
Port of Long Beach

Dr. Noel Hacegaba is the Chief Commercial Officer for the Port of Long Beach, where he previously served as Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for managing the daily business activities of the Port, including 17 divisions and 500 employees.  Dr. Hacegaba has over 17 years of public and private sector experience spanning various industries. As a senior leader for the nation's second-largest environmental services company, he acquired and managed $200 million in contracts. He has also held executive-level positions in a growing international company, at a corporate and public affairs consultancy and for an elected official.  Dr. Hacegaba graduated from the University of Southern California with degrees in economics, business administration and urban planning. He also earned a doctorate in public administration from the University of La Verne and is a Certified Port Executive and Professional Port Manager.

Larsh Johnson
Chief Technology Officer
Stem
Biography

Larsh Johnson

Chief Technology Officer
Stem

As Chief Technology Officer at Stem, Larsh Johnson is leading hardware and software engineering to meet the needs of Stem’s C&I, utility, and energy market customers.

Prior to joining Stem, Larsh was Chief Technology Officer at Siemens Digital Grid, where he led technology development teams on products spanning from consumer metering, demand response and analytics to control center software and grid automation. He joined Siemens via the acquisition of eMeter, a Bay Area software company of which he was a co-founder and responsible for innovation and development of meter data management, analytics, and advanced smart grid applications.

Prior to eMeter, he co-founded CellNet Data Systems, a pioneer in wireless networks for smart metering and distribution automation and now a unit of Landis+Gyr.

Larsh was a founding member of the DOE’s Gridwise Architecture Council (GWAC) and remains a Member Emeritus. He earned a B.S. and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Jim Wunderman
President and CEO
Bay Area Council
Biography

Jim Wunderman

President and CEO
Bay Area Council

Jim Wunderman is President and CEO of the Bay Area Council, a CEO-led public policy and advocacy organization formed in 1945 that works to make the Bay Area the most innovative, globally competitive, and sustainable region in the world. Since becoming CEO in 2004, Wunderman has honed the Council’s regionalist approach to advocacy in key areas that impact the Bay Area’s economy and competitiveness, including: business climate, housing, transportation, workforce, water, energy, communications, education, gender equity and cyber security. In 2015, he was named one of the Top 100 movers and shakers in California politics.

Wunderman has led the Council’s efforts to advocate for billions of dollars in federal, state and regional funding for major transportation projects completed or currently under construction. He has worked to expand the Council’s leadership outside the region, including opening an office in Sacramento and overseas offices in Shanghai, Hangzhou and Nanjing, and partnering with the state to reopen the California-China Trade Office. Wunderman positioned the Council to lead in developing an innovative early education program – Talk, Read, Sing -- and partnering with The Clinton Foundation to introduce it nationally. Under his leadership, the Council’s advocacy helped win important statewide education reform through local control funding. Wunderman has continued to play a key role in efforts to achieve consensus-based solutions to California’s water challenges, and is leading the region’s business community in the effort to make sure the economy is a primary driver of planning and regional sustainability efforts.

Prior to his work at the Bay Area Council, Wunderman’s career from 1984 to 2004 was split between both the private and public sectors. He served as Chief of Staff to San Francisco Mayor Frank M. Jordan from 1992-95, following five years of work for Mayor Dianne Feinstein.  From 1997-2004 he served as Senior Vice President for External Affairs at Providian Financial Corporation.  He also served as Vice President and General Manager of two major waste collection, disposal and recycling firms in the Bay Area under its parent, Recology, Inc.

Wunderman has served on numerous Boards and Commissions.  He currently serves on the University of California Business Executive Council, the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) Board, the State of California’s International Trade and Investment Advisory Council, the Too Small to Fail Advisory Council, California-China Trade and Investment Advisory Board, ChinaFisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics, Bridge Housing Board of Directors, Sierra Energy, TMG Partners, the East Bay Zoological Society Foundation, the Chabot Space & Science Center Foundation Leadership Council, the Human Needs Project, Ready Nation Advisory Board, and the SF Bay Restoration Authority.  He also serves on the Transit Sustainability Project Steering Committee, the Clean Energy Working Group, EDA East Bay Economic Development Alliance, the REAL Coalition, and the Super Bowl Host Committee.

Wunderman is a Visiting Professor at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.  He is a graduate of San Francisco State University, Majoring in Political Science, and received an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Kingsborough College, City University of New York.  He has four children and resides in Contra Costa County. 

Marshall Parsons
Manager, Edison SmartConnect Product Development
Southern California Edison
Biography

Marshall Parsons

Manager, Edison SmartConnect Product Development
Southern California Edison

Marshall Parsons is responsible developing and testing products and solutions to meet the needs of the Edison SmartConnect™ smartmeter program. Specific focus areas include Home Area Networks, Programmable Communicating Thermostats, Graphical Information Displays, Smart Appliances and Plug-in Electric Vehicles.

Before assuming his current position Parsons was Program Manager of laboratory and field test programs for the Edison SmartConnect™ meters and telecommunications. Under his leadership, two field trials were successfully completed with an installed base of 8,000 smart meters and associated telecommunications infrastructure. 

Prior to joining Southern California Edison in 2003, Parsons was a Senior Consultant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, implementing major CRM and business systems.  Parsons has worked internationally in telecommunications and aerospace R&D in the United Kingdom and South Africa and as the Integration Manager at the new airport in Hong Kong.

Parsons earned his Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering in the United Kingdom and is a Member of the IET (UK). He is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute.

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/

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.  

Celeste Cantú
CEO
Water Education for Latino Leaders
Biography

Celeste Cantú

CEO
Water Education for Latino Leaders

Celeste Cantú was born into a pioneer family in the Mexicali/ Imperial Valleys.  She began her career as Planning Director in her home town of Calexico, CA. Later, she served a Executive Director for the Imperial Valley Housing Authority, State Director for USDA Rural Development, Executive Director for the State Water Resources Control Board, General Manager for the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority and now is CEO of WELL. WELL partners with CORO of Northern CA and Dig In to develop and implement the Water Solutions Network. 

She is appointed to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board and is President of the PPIC Water Policy Center, and on the boards for the Water Education Foundation, and the Water Foundation.

She holds a BA from Yale in Urban Planning and a MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School. Celeste and husband, Dr. Barry Stampfl live in Temecula and have  two adult sons.

Lei He
Director
UCLA Clean Energy Research Center
Biography

Lei He

Director
UCLA Clean Energy Research Center

Dr. Lei He is a professor at UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and the founding director of clean energy research center, Los Angeles. The center is a US-China EcoPartner awarded by the Department of State.

Dr. He obtained several technical awards from ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) and IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). He also has consulted a number of IT companies including Cisco, Hewlett-Package, and Intel, and was a founding technical adviser to two VC-supported software startups. He is now the chief scientist for Pride Power Systems and DB New Energy.

Hilda Solis
Los Angeles County Supervisor
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
Biography

Hilda Solis

Los Angeles County Supervisor
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

Supervisor Hilda L. Solis was sworn in as Los Angeles County Supervisor for the First District of Los Angeles County on December 1, 2014. Prior to becoming Supervisor she served as Secretary of Labor. Supervisor Solis was confirmed on February 24, 2009, becoming the first Latina to serve in the United States Cabinet. Before that, Supervisor Solis represented the 32nd Congressional District in California, a position she held from 2001 to 2009. In the Congress, Supervisor Solis’ priorities included expanding access to affordable health care, protecting the environment, and improving the lives of working families. A recognized leader on clean energy jobs, she authored the Green Jobs Act which provided funding for “green” collar job training for veterans, displaced workers, at risk youth, and individuals in families under 200 percent of the federal poverty line.

In 2007, Supervisor Solis was appointed to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (the Helsinki Commission), as well as the Mexico — United States Interparliamentary Group. In June 2007, Solis was elected Vice Chair of the Helsinki Commission’s General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions. She was the only U.S. elected official to serve on this Committee. A nationally recognized leader on the environment, Supervisor Solis became the first woman to receive the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2000 for her pioneering work on environmental justice issues. Her California environmental justice legislation, enacted in 1999, was the first of its kind in the nation to become law.

Supervisor Solis graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.  A former federal employee, she worked in the Carter White House Office of Hispanic Affairs and was later appointed as a management analyst with the Office of Management and Budget in the Civil Rights Division.

Robyn Beavers
CEO
Blueprint Power
Biography

Robyn Beavers

CEO
Blueprint Power

Robyn Beavers started her career as an energy efficiency consultant and then moved on to become the founding member of Google’s Green Business & Operations strategy team. In this role she delivered several green strategic programs including the country's largest corporate solar installation at the time, energy efficiency retrofits for Google's global offices, employee incentive programs, and the creation of a large scale renewable energy investment program. While pursuing her MBA, Robyn served as a Fellow for the Department of Energy. In 2011, she joined Vestas Wind Systems where she created WindMade, a global NGO that issues the first global consumer label for brands and products made with wind energy. She then joined DEKA Research & Engineering to commercialize their various distributed water and power technologies. Her most recent corporate involvement has been as Sn VP for NRG Energy. She holds both a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an MBA from Stanford University.

Anne Baker
Deputy State Controller, Environmental Policy
California State Controller's Office
Biography

Anne Baker

Deputy State Controller, Environmental Policy
California State Controller's Office

Anne Baker serves as the Controller’s designee on the State Lands Commission, California Coastal Commission, Pollution Control Financing Authority, Ocean Protection Council, Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority, and California Transportation Financing Authority.  Anne also serves on all bond oversight committees involving environmental policy.  Anne previously served as senior advisor on renewable energy siting at the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies.  As Deputy Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency from 2004 through 2008, she was the agency’s lead staff on climate policy that led to the adoption of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32).  In 1978, Anne was an elected member of the Maryland General Assembly’s House of Delegates.  She holds a master’s degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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.

Justin Erbacci
Chief Innovation & Technology Officer
Los Angeles World Airports
Biography

Justin Erbacci

Chief Innovation & Technology Officer
Los Angeles World Airports

Justin Erbacci was appointed Chief Innovation and Technology Officer (CITO) and Deputy Executive Director in July 2016.  Justin is responsible for identifying potential innovative technologies and processes and bringing them to fruition to help transform these airports. He also is responsible for the overall Information Technology vision, strategy and operations for Los Angeles International (LAX) and Van Nuys general aviation airports.

Prior to his appointment with LAWA, he served as Vice President of Customer Experience & Technology for Star Alliance Services GmbH, a global airline network comprised of 28 airlines. Additionally, Justin served as the Director of Global Product Management for Credit Suisse, and as a Manager of Business Planning and Technology at United Airlines. Justin also served as a senior IT consultant for firms including Reese McMahon LLC, Cambridge Management Consultants, and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.

Prior to consulting, he practiced law as a civil rights defense litigator. Justin earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Vienna School of Economics/Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University of Chicago’s School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Loyola University of Chicago.

Rob Costanzo
Deputy Operations Manager
City of Surrey, British Columbia
Biography

Rob Costanzo

Deputy Operations Manager
City of Surrey, British Columbia

Robert Costanzo is the Deputy Manager of Operations for the City of Surrey, British Columbia.  He directs the City's Waste Management Planning, Policy and Operations, and leads Surrey's sustainability goals related to waste diversion and reduced carbon emissions from its fleet operations. 

Robert’s current projects include overseeing the planning, development, implementation, and operation of the City of Surrey's new Rethink Waste Collection Services as well as developing one of North America’s first closed-loop Municipal Organic Waste Management Systems. 

Since its debut in 2012, the City’s Rethink Waste program has resulted in a 40% drop to Surrey’s household garbage.  In addition, the City’s new CNG fleet that carries out waste collection services emits 23% less carbon emissions and 90% less air particulates than traditional diesel trucks. The low cost of natural gas compared to diesel, combined with a  streamlined approach to municipal waste collection, has resulted in service savings to the City of Surrey of approximately $3 million per year. 

The next phase of the City’s project involves the development of an Organic Waste Biofuel Facility that will process organic waste collected at curbside into a renewable natural gas.  This gas will be used to fuel the City’s CNG waste collection fleet, resulting in a net-zero carbon impact system. The facility is expected to be operational by 2017.

To ensure no financial burden to Surrey’s taxpayers, Robert is leading Surrey’s approach to developing this estimated $68 million dollar facility via a public-private-partnership model where the City’s partner will be responsible to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the facility via a long-term agreement.  As an added financial benefit, the Government of Canada has agreed to contribute up to $16.9 million of the capital costs of the project through its “Public Private Partnerships Canada” fund.

The sum of these measures is aimed to create a cleaner city, placing Surrey at the global forefront of sustainable waste management practices.

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.

Drew Torbin
Co-Founder and CEO
BlackBear Energy
Biography

Drew Torbin

Co-Founder and CEO
BlackBear Energy

Drew Torbin is Co-Founder and CEO of Black Bear Energy Inc., a buyer’s agent for renewable energy and clean technology.  Mr. Torbin launched Black Bear to accelerate the adoption of clean energy amongst commercial properties, and in less than three years has helped clients procure over 50 projects.  Prior to starting Black Bear, Mr. Torbin founded and led the renewable energy group at Prologis, where during his tenure the group deployed over 120 megawatts of distributed solar projects.  Before Prologis, Mr. Torbin was an analyst at Litchfield Capital Management, LLC, a U.S. equity long/short hedge fund. 

Mr. Torbin holds a B.S. from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.  He is also a graduate of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Energy Executive Leadership Program and served on the Colorado New Energy Improvement District board.  

Akira (Keith) Morise
Assistant General Manager
Toshiba International Corporation, Transmission & Distribution Division
Biography

Akira (Keith) Morise

Assistant General Manager
Toshiba International Corporation, Transmission & Distribution Division

Vice President – Energy Storage business development, Assistant General Manager, Toshiba International Corporation, T&D Division, New York office, (2014 April - Present)

From 2012 to 2014:

Senior Manager, International Total Solution Sales Dept, Transmission & Distribution Systems Div., Social Infrastructure Systems Company, Toshiba Corporation

Senior Manager, Battery System Engineering Group, Power Grid Automation & Smart Grid Solutions Engineering Dept., Transmission & Distribution Systems Div.(Concurrently)
Senior Manager, Strategic Business Planning of Lithium Ion Battery (SCiB), in charge of partnering and M&A, Automotive Systems Div.(Concurrently)

Summary

More than 3 years being in charge of market development of Energy Storage Solutions Business in global market, acting as Sales Engineer of Toshiba rechargeable battery (SCiB).

More than 6 years experience of Strategic business planning and business development of Toshiba rechargeable battery (SCiB) in global market at Toshiba.

More than 25 years experience in overseas market including 8 years stays in foreign countries - 3 years in Belgium and 5 years in Russia.

Main tasks - been working as a Global Sales and Marketing. Also acted as sales-engineer for some product categories.

Worked for SONY Corporation from 1998 2007

Worked for NGK Insulators from 1984 to 1998

Education

Waseda University

Bachelor of Arts, Russian literature, 1979 - 1984

Tony Salazar
President, West Coast Operations
McCormack Barron Salazar
Biography

Tony Salazar

President, West Coast Operations
McCormack Barron Salazar
Adrian Foley
Chief Operating Officer
Brookfield Residential California
Biography

Adrian Foley

Chief Operating Officer
Brookfield Residential California

As Chief Operating Officer of Brookfield Residential, California, Adrian Foley oversees the entire California business portfolio for Brookfield Residential - one of North America’s largest publicity traded real estate entities, with land development and homebuilding operations in eleven of the most dynamic regions across the United States and Canada.  In his major leadership role, Foley is responsible for spearheading strategic planning, maximizing investment opportunities, and successfully resolving management issues in California’s premier markets, including the Bay Area, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Diego.  As a key member of the company’s Southern California management team, Foley lends his expert guidance and support to Housing and Land operations throughout the region.

Foley also serves as President of Brookfield Homes Southern California, where he is responsible for strategic planning oversight and management direction for one of Southern California’s most innovative and creative homebuilding teams.  His current emphasis is on managing the group’s unique blend of development opportunities; expanding its presence in California’s rapidly growing Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino, and Orange County regions; and cultivating the potential of its multitalented individuals.

Foley has been an integral part of the Brookfield Homes Sr. Executive Team since 1996, and previously served as Senior Development Manager for Taylor Woodrow Homes where he was instrumental in the development of numerous award-winning neighborhoods in Orange, San Diego, and Los Angeles Counties.

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.

Matthew Fienup
Executive Director
Center for Economic Research and Forecasting, California Lutheran University
Biography

Matthew Fienup

Executive Director
Center for Economic Research and Forecasting, California Lutheran University

Matthew is the Executive Director of the Center for Economic Research and Forecasting (CERF) at California Lutheran University. He teaches courses in Econometrics and Environmental Economics in the Masters of Quantitative Economics program.

His specialties are applied econometric analysis, the economics of land use, and environmental markets. Matthew's research examines the unintended consequences of environmental policies. He is also the Chair of the Fox Canyon Water Market Group and was recently chosen by Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency to serve as exchange administrator for an innovative, first of its kind water market pilot program.

Matthew returned to school to pursue his PhD after running a small business in Ventura County for more than a decade. His other specialties include California Natural History, technical rock climbing and photography. Matthew graduated summa cum laude from the Brooks Institute of Photography and has spent more than 15 years working as a professional climbing guide.

Matthew completed his doctorate in environmental economics at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara.

Tanya Peacock
Environmental Policy Manager
Southern California Gas Company
Biography

Tanya Peacock

Environmental Policy Manager
Southern California Gas Company

Tanya Peacock is the Environmental Policy Manager for Southern California Gas Company. Ms. Peacock manages environmental issues, including AB32 policy, for SoCalGas. Ms. Peacock has been involved extensively with the Cap and Trade rule-making process, as well as internal implementation of the program. She holds a B.A. from Mills College and a masters degree in regional planning from Cornell University.

Daniel A. Mazmanian
Professor of Public Policy
USC Price School of Public Policy
Biography

Daniel A. Mazmanian

Professor of Public Policy
USC Price School of Public Policy

Dr. Mazmanian was the founding Director of the Bedrosian Center on Governance, from 2005-2012. He is a professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and the Academic Director of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy. He served as the school’s Ione L. Piper Dean and Professor from 2000-2005. Before coming to USC, he served as dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation since 1994.

Dr. Mazmanian is a widely published scholar in the field of policy implementation and environmental policy. His current research focuses on the transition to sustainable communities. He is recipient of the Aaron Wildavsky Enduring Contribution Award from the American Political Science Association and the Thomas R. Dye Service Award from the Policy Studies Organization. Dr. Mazmanian served as executive director of the “Report of the California Adaptation Advisory Panel to the State of California,” in 2009-2010, and a member of the “Task Force on Environmental Governance of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development,” in 2005-2006. He is past president of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Washington University and both his M.A. and B.A. in Political Science from San Francisco State University.

Amy Myers Jaffe
Executive Director for Energy and Sustainability
UC Davis
Biography

Amy Myers Jaffe

Executive Director for Energy and Sustainability
UC Davis
Peter Hamilton
Director of Energy Services
California Center for Sustainable Energy
Biography

Peter Hamilton

Director of Energy Services
California Center for Sustainable Energy
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.

Rick Cole
City Manager
City of Santa Monica
Biography

Rick Cole

City Manager
City of Santa Monica

Rick Cole has served as City Manager of Santa Monica since June 2015. During his tenure, he has spearheaded work on the City Council’s five Strategic Goals: converting the Santa Monica Airport to parkland; forging a new model of mobility; taking regional leadership on homelessness; fostering an inclusive and diverse community; and promoting wellbeing so that residents Learn & Thrive.

Rick 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. 

Prior to coming to Santa Monica, Rick 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. Rick also spent 15 years as City Manager of two Southern California cities, Ventura and Azusa. 

Rick 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 leading one of California’s most successful and progressive full-service cities. With a AAA bond rating from all three major public credit rating agencies and an annual budget of more than $700 million, Santa Monica’s award-winning services and programs are delivered by a staff of nearly 2300. 

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

Jonathan Bishop
Chief Deputy Director
California State Water Resources Control Board
Biography

Jonathan Bishop

Chief Deputy Director
California State Water Resources Control Board

Jonathan has served as Chief Deputy Director at the State Water Board since 2007, where he oversees Water Quality, Financial Assistance, Monitoring and Assessment, and Data Management, amongst other responsibilities. Jonathan worked for the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board for 23 years before being named as Executive Director of the regional board in 2004. Jonathan received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Engineering with an emphasis in water quality from Humboldt State University.

Frank Harris
Manager of Corporate Environmental Policy
Southern California Edison
Biography

Frank Harris

Manager of Corporate Environmental Policy
Southern California Edison

Frank Harris is the Manager of Corporate Environmental Policy at Southern California Edison. In this capacity he manages SCE’s greenhouse gas policy activities and represents SCE before the California Air Resources Board, the California Public Utilities Commission, and the California Energy Commission. Additionally, he is responsible for evaluating environmental and energy legislation and regulation, providing policy recommendations to SCE management and coordinating and communicating SCE policy recommendations to external stakeholders. Dr. Harris holds B.A. degrees in Economics and Finance from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Irvine where he specialized in Energy Policy and Public Choice.  His most recent publication “California Dreaming: The Economics, Politics, and Mechanics of Meeting California’s Carbon Mandate” was included in Generating Electricity in a Carbon Constrained World

Heather Rosenberg
Los Angeles Resilience Lead
Arup
Biography

Heather Rosenberg

Los Angeles Resilience Lead
Arup

Heather Rosenberg joins Arup as an Associate Principal and Los Angeles Resilience Lead. She is the founder of the Building Resilience Network, which helps organizations weave physical, social and economic resilience into core operations. She is a USGBC Ginsberg Fellow and founder of USGBC-LA's Building Resilience-LA program.

An ecologist by training, she has worked with organizations ranging from real estate investment to home healthcare workers, transportation authorities to social justice organizations, and helped GRESB develop the Resilience Module. Heather formerly served as a principal at CTG Energetics. She was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve on the City of LA’s Innovation and Performance Commission and serves on the City’s Resilience Steering Committee. She served on the NIST Resilience Panel, and currently serves on the State of California Clean Energy Jobs Act Citizens Oversight Board, the American Society of Civil Engineers Resilient Infrastructure SPEED Committee and is a former member of the USGBC Social Equity Working Group.

David Nahai
Partner
Lewis Brisbois LLP
Biography

David Nahai

Partner
Lewis Brisbois LLP

David Nahai is a recognized expert in energy, water, and real estate matters. 

He has served as the General Manager and Commission President of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), Chairman of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Board, and Senior Advisor to the Clinton Climate Initiative. 

Currently, he is the President of David Nahai Consulting Services, Inc., which advises clients in the water and energy sectors, a Partner at the Lewis Brisbois law firm and co-chair of its water, real estate, and energy practice areas, and a Managing Partner at AQORA Capital Management Company, LLC, a growth capital firm focusing on the water and sustainability industries. 

As the CEO and Commission President of the LADWP, the largest municipal utility in the United States, he led an overall transformation of the utility, including the origination of the City’s Water Supply Plan; the attainment of historic reductions in water consumption; and the expansion of the utility’s renewable energy portfolio and energy efficiency programs. 

In his capacity as a member and Chairman the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Board, Mr. Nahai served in the administrations of 3 California Governors. The Regional Water Board oversees an area with over 11 million residents. 

Shane Skelton
Co-Founder & Partner
S2C Pacific
Biography

Shane Skelton

Co-Founder & Partner
S2C Pacific
Shane is an energy, infrastructure, and environmental public policy and communications expert. He has extensive experience drafting laws and regulations, analyzing their economic and other industry-specific impacts, and communicating complex legal and regulatory concepts to target audiences using multiple platforms.

Prior to co-founding S2C Pacific, Shane worked for current House Speaker Paul Ryan as a counsel and policy advisor on the Budget Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives developing and managing all energy, environment, natural resource, and regulatory policy.

Shane has also held a number of other public policy positions, including Executive Director of a Washington DC-based non-partisan non-profit infrastructure and technology think tank, the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure (Aii), a Policy Advisor to the American Petroleum Institute, and a Legislative Counsel for Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH).

Prior to working in public policy, Shane worked at global PR firm Rogers & Cowan. Shane is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned his J.D. from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles.

Patrick Otellini
Chief Resilience Officer
City and County of San Francisco
Biography

Patrick Otellini

Chief Resilience Officer
City and County of San Francisco
Michael Kelly
Executive Director
Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy & Jobs
Biography

Michael Kelly

Executive Director
Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy & Jobs

Michael H. Kelly currently serves as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy & Jobs, a non-profit organization comprised of leaders in the business, labor, academia and non-profit sectors dedicated to ensuring a path for economic growth and the creation and retention of quality jobs in the greater Los Angeles region.

Prior to working with the Los Angeles Coalition, Mr. Kelly has worked in a number of high-level positions, both in the private sector and with California State government. He recently served as the Manager of California Government Relations for the Boeing Company, a multi-billion dollar publicly traded company in charge of managing Federal, State and Local government relations and political activities throughout California. Additionally he helped coordinate government relations support at each of the company’s site operations.

In the public sector Mr. Kelly had the distinction of being appointed by both Governors Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Film Commission, where he served as Deputy Director, successfully spearheading both Governors’ policies and initiatives to retain and attract motion picture production to California.

Prior to his appointment to the Film Commission, Mr. Kelly served in a variety of capacities for Governor Davis, first as an aide to then Lt. Governor Davis, a Special Assistant for Internal and External Affairs throughout the 1997-1998 gubernatorial campaign, transition to office, and first year and a half of the new administration. Mr. Kelly was a trusted advisor to the Governor and the primary contact for the Governor and his staff, elected officials and business leaders on numerous administration and political issues.

In 1999, Mr. Kelly was appointed Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Cabinet Affairs to work as a liaison between the Governor’s Office and the assigned Governmental Agencies and Departments, responsible for the Department of Industrial Relations; Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency; Department of Food and Agriculture; Environmental Protection Agency; Business, Transportation and Housing Agency; Resources Agency, and the Secretary of State and Consumer Services Agency.

He currently serves on the board of directors of the Center for Sustainable Energy, chair of the FUSE Corps L.A. Advisory Committee, the chair of the Philanthropic Foundation for California State University, Dominguez Hills, and a member of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator’s Diversity in Entrepreneurship Committee, the Pacific Council on International Relations, a partner at Saving The West, advisory board member for WorkingNation, as well as an adviser to Transmosis. He was also the recipient of the EnCorps Teachers Program 2010 “Torchbearer of the Year” Award.

Michael received an Economics Degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. He was a Dean’s Merit Scholar at USC.

Matt Golden
Principal
Efficiency.org
Biography

Matt Golden

Principal
Efficiency.org

Matt Golden is an entrepreneur and policy advocate, committed to bringing energy efficiency in the built environment to scale as a demand side resource. Matt’s work focuses on managing performance risk as it relates to energy finance in both energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Matt leads a number of projects for clients that include the development of 3D simulation based training for the US Department of Energy, real-time energy performance valuation using Smart Meter data for Pacific Gas and Electric and the Environmental Defense Fund’s Investor Confidence Project developing protocols for commercial energy efficiency, designed to reduce transaction costs, and develop actuarial data to unlock capital markets.  

Hank Lee
Vice President, International Banking
East West Bank
Biography

Hank Lee

Vice President, International Banking
East West Bank

Hank Lee has been in the equipment leasing industry for over 20 years with the last 12 years focusing on financing energy assets.  Hank specifically has financed distributed generation assets such as central plants, energy efficiency equipment, co-generation and renewable energy projects for institutions, commercial, municipals and the federal government.

Hank has brought his energy equipment financing expertise to East West Bank as a First Vice President in the International Banking Department specializing in financing renewable energy projects.  He has financed solar projects at the Port of West Sacramento, City of Brea, San Diego Community College District, Edwards Air Force Base as well as solar projects in New Jersey and Massachusetts. 

Hank is a graduate of Duke University with a degree in Economics.

Stephen Jones
Managing Director
ITM Power
Biography

Stephen Jones

Managing Director
ITM Power
Steve Clemons
Director Business Development
Zonoff
Biography

Steve Clemons

Director Business Development
Zonoff

Steve is a senior executive with over 20 years in developing business opportunities with emergent technologies. He currently is working with Zonoff, the dominant smart home platform provider and the engine behind Staples Inc. “StaplesConnect” smart home ecosystem. He also is associated with Microsoft Ventures Accelerator program as a mentor. Previously with Cisco, Steve developed their consumer DIY smart home market entry strategy for energy, security, entertainment and health care applications.

Trent Lethco
Business Leader, Americas Region
Arup
Biography

Trent Lethco

Business Leader, Americas Region
Arup
Louis Romo
Vice President, Business Development
JFE Engineering America
Biography

Louis Romo

Vice President, Business Development
JFE Engineering America

Mr. Romo is currently responsible for all business development for JFE Engineering America including diverse technologies such as waste to energy, produced water treatment, waste heat generation, electric vehicle chargers and steel bridge construction. With a strong background in international business Mr. Romo has created sales and market strategies for each of JFE’s target markets.

Mr. Romo has helped create various startup companies in the green tech industry serving as business development lead.  He was involved in the creation of Calnetix, a Southern California engineering company focusing on high tech clean energy technologies, and VYCON an energy storage flywheel technology company.  With expertise in the design of magnetic power systems Mr. Romo has also served as Vice President of Engineering and Director of Business Development for Integrated Magnetics a leading Southern California manufacturing group.  As an Electrical Engineer designing high speed motor and generator systems for Allied Signal Aerospace (now Honeywell), he was the Program Manager responsible for the electrical power systems group.

David Wright
General Manager
LADWP
Biography

David Wright

General Manager
LADWP

David Wright is recognized as an established utility industry executive with broad-based knowledge of both water and electric utility operations, having served as General Manager of Riverside Public Utilities for nearly ten years and as the Chief Financial Officer for the Las Vegas Valley Water District, the Southern Nevada Water Authority, and the Silver State Energy Association, overseeing a nearly $1 billion budget for the three water and electric organizations. He previously spent 15 years with the City of Riverside where he served as Deputy General Manager and as Riverside’s City Controller. His extensive experience in utility management, finance and customer service provides a solid foundation to lead LADWP. 

Randy Wu
Vice President, N.A. Business Development
First Solar
Biography

Randy Wu

Vice President, N.A. Business Development
First Solar
Dr. Andrew Jones
Deputy Director, Climate Readiness Institute
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Biography

Dr. Andrew Jones

Deputy Director, Climate Readiness Institute
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Dr. Jones is Deputy Director of the Climate Readiness Institute and a research scientist in the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he leads the Earth Systems and Society Program Domain. He is also the Hydroclimate theme lead for LBL’s Water-Energy Resilience Research Institute.  His research uses quantitative Earth system science tools to understand climate change at decision-relevant scales through the development and application of physical models in coordination with stakeholder communities. Dr. Jones completed his PhD and MS in Energy and Resources at the University of CA, Berkeley.

Shad Balch
Manager, New Product and Public Policy Communications
General Motors
Biography

Shad Balch

Manager, New Product and Public Policy Communications
General Motors
Richard Atwater
Executive Director
Southern California Water Committee
Biography

Richard Atwater

Executive Director
Southern California Water Committee

 

Richard Atwater was recently appointed as the Executive Director of the Southern California Water Committee (August 2010). He previously was the CEO/GM of Inland Empire Utilities Agency (1999-2010), President of Bookman-Edmonston Engineering ( 1996-1999), GM of West Basin and Central Basin MWDs (1990-1996).

Mr. Atwater has over thirty-five years experience in water resources management and development in the western U.S.  He has pioneered many award-winning water projects and implemented numerous innovative water resource management programs that meet today’s high standards for quality, reliability and cost-effectiveness.  Mr. Atwater has testified extensively before the U.S. Congress and the California Legislature on water policy issues.  In 1994 Secretary of the Interior, Bruce Babbitt awarded Mr. Atwater the Conservation Service Award, the highest citizen award for resources management. And has received from three separate Governors the Economic and Environmental Balance Award (Wilson, Davis and Schwarzenager).  Mr. Atwater was a member of the California Water Commission, the 2001 Drought Task Force, 2003 Water Recycling Task Force and the 2006 Desalination Task Force.

Mr. Atwater has participated in policy formulation workshops and expert panels for the National Academy of Sciences, Western Governors Association, Western Water States Council, and the National Water Research Institute.  In addition, Mr. Atwater has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of California Water Agencies, Urban Water Institute, WateReuse Association (President 2007-2009), Southern California Alliance of Publically Owned Treatment Works (SCAP, President 2007-2010) and the Western Urban Water Coalition

Doug Otto
Trustee, Area 4
Long Beach City College
Biography

Doug Otto

Trustee, Area 4
Long Beach City College

Doug Otto has served on the LBCC Board of Trustees since 2004 and the CCCT Board since 2009.  In 2010 he co-chaired the CCLC’s Commission on the Future of Community Colleges and was instrumental in bringing the ACCT Governance Institute for Student Success to California. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and helps community colleges address issues through the IEPI Program.  He is immediate past president of the CCCT Board and immediate past chair of the CCLC Board of Directors. He has been very active in his community of Long Beach serving as chair of both the Long Beach Strategic Plan 2010 and the Planning Commission as well as many other organizations and boards.  He is a founding board member of the Aquarium of the Pacific, architect of the Aquarium Campus Master Plan and currently is vice chair of the Board of Directors. 

Professionally he is a successful trial attorney with more than 100 jury trials to verdict. He was named Long Beach’s Lawyer of the Year in 2015 and Small Firm Lawyer of the Year by the California State Bar in 2011. 

He received his B.A. from Stanford University and M.A. jointly from Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University in New York and a J.D. from the University of Chicago.

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.

Rich Dines
Marine Clerk
International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU)
Biography

Rich Dines

Marine Clerk
International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU)

Rich Dines, a Marine Clerk with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), brings more than 15 years of experience on the waterfront to his position as a member of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, the five-member governing body for the Port of Long Beach, California. He was appointed to a six-year term in July 2011 and was elected as Vice President of the Commission in December 2013.

Together with his Commission colleagues Mr. Dines has provided policy direction and oversight for the most extensive capital improvement program in the Port of Long Beach’s history. The Port has embarked on a $4 billion, 10-year investment program to modernize its facilities and increase its competitiveness for decades to come.

Mr. Dines has been actively involved with long-range efforts to improve efficiency and productivity at the Port, and is also a passionate champion for the use of alternative energy. Under his recommendation and direction, the Port of Long Beach adopted a groundbreaking energy policy in 2013 that calls for the development and increased use of alternative energy sources over electricity and fossil fuels. With this new energy policy in place, the Port will continue to improve air quality while building a more sustainable and energy-independent infrastructure. 

Joe Mathews
California & Innovation Editor
Zócalo Public Square
Biography

Joe Mathews

California & Innovation Editor
Zócalo Public Square
Östen Ekengren
Vice General Manager
IVL-The Swedish Environmental Research Institute
Biography

Östen Ekengren

Vice General Manager
IVL-The Swedish Environmental Research Institute

Mr Östen Ekengren, MSc, graduated from the Royal Institute for Technology in Stockholm in 1978. The same year he joined IVL-The Swedish Environmental Research Institute. He has been responsible for the build-up of the Environmental Technology department. He is also responsible for the business area Sustainable production and consumption. Mr Ekengren is now Vice President for IVL. He has been project leader for more than hundred national and fifteen international /European Environmental Technology projects during the years. Mr Ekengren is also member of the Euroenvironment umbrella (EUREKA) where he has been active to adopt a new strategy based on the ETAP. He has been engaged in the development of the ETAP as an expert but also as a representative for EUREKA and the Swedish Ministry of Environment. He is also member in the European Water Technology platform WSSTP. He has also helped the Latvian Ministry of Economy to define how they can introduce environmental issues not as a problem but also to find the business opportunities.

Steph Stoppenhagen
Smart Cities Business Development Manager
Black & Veatch
Biography

Steph Stoppenhagen

Smart Cities Business Development Manager
Black & Veatch

Steph Stoppenhagen is the Smart Cities Business Development Manager for Black & Veatch’s Smart Integrated Infrastructure business. She is recognized as a technology solutions expert, strategizing with clients to deliver value from smart infrastructure, networks and data. Her success includes creating consortiums to deliver complex, integrated smart city programs and products.

Stoppenhagen was responsible for the development of the technical mapping team of solar experts that have defined a patented methodology called SAFE™ Method (Solar Automated Feature Extraction) which automates the process of examining the Photovoltaic (PV) potential of rooftops/reduces the time to analyze this potential by 75 percent.

Prior to joining Black & Veatch and CH2M HILL in Portland, she served as a geo-integration officer and business consultant internationally with the Department of Defense in the United Kingdom. Stoppenhagen also was a Senior Consultant and Project Engineer with SCHLUMBERGER focusing on water and electric utilities. Steph has a strong history with the EPA and a background in Secret Service projects.

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.

Grace Robinson-Hyde*
General Manager and Chief Engineer
Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts
Biography

Grace Robinson-Hyde*

General Manager and Chief Engineer
Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts
Michael Carlin
Deputy General Manager and Chief Operating Officer
SFPUC
Biography

Michael Carlin

Deputy General Manager and Chief Operating Officer
SFPUC
Boris von Bormann
CEO
Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas
Biography

Boris von Bormann

CEO
Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas

Boris von Bormann, born in Hamburg, Germany, has been in the international trade industry for over 17 years and in the solar industry for over 8 years. 

Boris von Bormann is the CEO for Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, LLC manufacturer of stationary storage systems for the utility, commercial and residential sectors. .

In addition Boris has ownership in SK Solar, Inc. a residential and commercial solar installation and engineering company with headquarters in Los Angeles, CA. SK Solar operates US wide with its parent company located in Germany (www.sksolar-usa.com). Prior to opening SK Solar, Boris von Bormann was the CEO for Sonnen, Inc. the pioneer and manufacturer of energy storage solutions and prior the Director for Soltecture, Inc., US subsidiary for the German CIGS solar module manufacturer Soltecture GmbH. In 2002 Boris von Bormann founded accessio an independent consulting company that focuses on cross-cultural business aspects. 

Through his position with accessio, he held various interim positions in IT, Film & Entertainment & Biotech industries. Boris founded the German American Business Association - Southern California Chapter, a non- profit organization in Southern California. 

Boris von Bormann holds a dual-citizenship (Germany and USA) and currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

Michael Picker
President
California Public Utilities Commission
Biography

Michael Picker

President
California Public Utilities Commission

Michael Picker was named President of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on December 23, 2014, by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., who first appointed President Picker as a Commissioner on January 29, 2014. Prior to his appointment, President Picker was Senior Advisor for Renewable Energy in the Office of the Governor from 2009 to 2014. He was a principal at Lincoln Crow Strategic Communications from 2000 to 2009, Deputy Treasurer in the Office of the California State Treasurer from 1998 to 1999, Chief of Staff to Sacramento Mayor Joe Serna Jr. from 1992 to 1999, and Deputy Assistant for toxic substance control in the Office of the Governor from 1981 to 1982. He was a member of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District Board of Directors from 2012-2014. President Picker is a former lecturer at UCLA’s Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and instructor at Occidental College’s Urban and Environmental Policies Institute. He holds an MBA from UC Davis, specializing in marketing, social marketing, and nonprofit management.

Jim McIntosh
Executive Advisor
California ISO
Biography

Jim McIntosh

Executive Advisor
California ISO
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.

Guillaume Clairet
Executive Vice President
H2O Innovation
Biography

Guillaume Clairet

Executive Vice President
H2O Innovation

Guillaume Clairet is currently the Executive Vice President of H2O Innovation, a leading company in water treatment related technologies. Mr Clairet initially started his career in the water industry as a research associate for the National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS) where he conducted several studies on the contamination of ground water from military training activities. Mr. Clairet joined H2O Innovation in 2003 when the company was still at the start up stage. He played a key role in the rapid growth of H2O Innovation through various positions such as Project Manager, Sales Manager and International Business Development Director. Mr. Clairet received a Physics Engineering Degree from Laval University in Quebec, Canada and he also completed a Master in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of San Diego, USA. Mr. Clairet stands on the Board of Directors of the International Desalination Association since 2011 and he is a member of WEF, AWWA and AMTA. He is also a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Quebec, Canada.

Naoki Hara
President
JFE Engineering America
Biography

Naoki Hara

President
JFE Engineering America

JFE Engineering is the comprehensive engineering arm of the JFE Group, designing and building energy and environmental systems, steel structures and industrial machinery and systems. The company recently developed a revolutionary energy-efficiency air-conditioning technology in collaboration with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). The cooling medium at the heart of the new system, clathrate hydrate slurry (CHS), has a thermal density in the temperature range of 7-8 degrees Celsius two to three times greater than the chilled water used in air-conditioning, can store latent heat, and also boasts superior fluidity. CHS Thermal Energy Storage air-conditioning systems are contributing to the advance of the energy-efficiency business by cutting costs in industries with major cooling energy consumption and load-leveling at power companies.

Alex Fay
Business Development Manager
Quallion
Biography

Alex Fay

Business Development Manager
Quallion

Alex Fay manages business development efforts for clean transportation and medical devices, and he oversees research and development programs at Quallion, a manufacturer of lithium ion batteries for advanced applications.  

Alex’s portfolio includes the company’s effort to expand its manufacturing capabilities through a grant from the California Energy Commission.  He also works closely with Quallion’s R&D and engineering teams to develop novel lithium ion battery chemistries, cell designs, and safety features. 

Prior to joining Quallion, Alex worked as a clean technology advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.  Alex is a graduate of UCLA.

Greg Quist
Director
Rincon Water District
Biography

Greg Quist

Director
Rincon Water District

 Quist has served on the Rincon del Diablo Metropolitan Water District Board of Directors for the past 26 years and as a Director on San Diego County Water Authority Board for 12 years. He is currently the Vice Chair of the Urban Water Institute. Greg has worked as a technologist, manager and executive at Alcoa, McDonnell-Douglas, SAIC and has founded and successfully spun off several high technology start-up companies. He is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of SmartCover Systems, a leader in the emerging water Internet of Things market. He holds 14 patents and has several pending.  Dr. Quist received his undergraduate degree in astronomy and physics with a minor concentration in economics from Yale College and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has held top-level government clearances and currently resides in Escondido, CA.  In his rare free time he enjoys fly fishing, hiking, golf, basketball, and tennis. 

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.

 

Elizabeth MacKay
Déléguée
Government of Québec
Biography

Elizabeth MacKay

Déléguée
Government of Québec

Ms. Elizabeth MacKay is Delegate for the Québec Government Office in Los Angeles and the Québec Trade Office in Silicon Valley. The Québec Government Office in Los Angeles covers thirteen states in the Western United States and Ms. MacKay is Québec’s official representative on this territory.

During her 30-year career, mainly in the public sector, Ms. MacKay has held senior roles in the Québec Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, and Regional Economic Development Organizations. Her leadership skills and wide-ranging professional experience allow her to support Québec's interests in the Western U.S., including the promotion of cultural, environmental, and trade policies. A former professional athlete, Ms. MacKay was chosen to represent Canada in diving, but did not compete in the boycotted 1980 Moscow Olympics. She holds a degree in Communications from Université Laval.

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 of Los Angeles International (LAX) and Van Nuys (VNY) general aviation airports.

Flint leads the team responsible for returning LAX to iconic status, creating a world class, modern airport for the modern traveler and building a transportation system that will give passengers a first-class, swift, convenient, and reliable way to access the airport.  Flint’s responsibilities involve managing the largest public works project in the history of the City of Los Angeles and investing more than $8.5-billion to innovate retail, food and beverage, terminal redevelopment and create an airport wide hospitality mindset.  As well, Flint oversees the development and advancement of security policies and strategies that comply with federal security regulations and provide world-class law enforcement for the protection of the public and property.

She leads the procurement and delivery of the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP,) the $5.5 billion solution to the crowded roadways and curbsides at and around LAX.  Elements include an Automated People Mover (APM), Consolidated Rent-a-Car Center (ConRAC), Intermodal Transportation Facilities (ITFs) and comprehensive Roadway Improvements. Working in partnership with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), the system will provide travelers with a seamless connection to public transit.  Flint is committed to building the complex structures with leading edge innovation and design, while creating new jobs and opportunities for small, local and diverse business.

Flint managed the transition of Ontario International Airport to its new local authority.  She continues to position VNY, one of the world’s busiest general aviation airports, as a vital community partner which contributes more than $1.3 billion each year to the Southern California economy.

Flint came to LAWA from the Port of Oakland where she had held the position of aviation director since 2010, being the primary executive responsible 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, Flint held the position of assistant 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 serves on the Board of the Airports Council International World Board, is on the Oversight Committee of the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program; and is the Chair of the California Airports Council. 

Bradley Shuckhart
California Division President
Freehold Communities
Biography

Bradley Shuckhart

California Division President
Freehold Communities

Mr. Shuckhart directs the day-to-day development and construction activities of Freehold Communities within the state of California. Prior to joining Freehold, Mr. Shuckhart served as Vice President of Land Acquisitions at SunCal Companies, a privately-held real-estate developer of residential and commercial properties in the US. Over the course his career, Mr. Shuckhart has led the acquisition and development of more than a dozen master-planned communities in California, Nevada, and Texas, with a total sellout value in excess of $2 billion. Mr. Shuckhart has extensive experience with every aspect of land development, including acquisitions, entitlements, and, dispositions.

Mr. Shuckhart is a graduate of Pomona College and earned his MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business with an emphasis on real estate finance.

Anthony Eggert
Executive Director
UC Davis Policy Institute
Biography

Anthony Eggert

Executive Director
UC Davis Policy Institute
Antonio Villaraigosa
Mayor
City of Los Angeles
Biography

Antonio Villaraigosa

Mayor
City of Los Angeles

Antonio R. Villaraigosa is the 41st Mayor of Los Angeles.

Born on January 23, 1953 in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of East Los Angeles, Antonio is the oldest of four children raised by a single mother, Natalia Delgado.

Villaraigosa’s sense of civic justice and political action began at a young age.  As a high school student, he volunteered with the farm workers movement, led student walkouts and organized an African-American student union. 

During his junior year of high school, Villaraigosa dropped out, but eventually returned to school at the encouragement of his English teacher, Herman Katz. After graduating from Theodore Roosevelt High School, Villaraigosa attended UCLA, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in History. He went on to attend the People’s College of Law, a night school dedicated to public-interest law.

By the age of 25, Villaraigosa was elected president of a local union representing civil rights workers and lawyers in six states. Over the next fifteen years, Villaraigosa continued this work as a union organizer for the Service Employees International Union, United Teachers Los Angeles, and then as President of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Federation of Government Employees.

In 1994, Villaraigosa was elected to the California State Assembly and, four years later, his colleagues elected him the first Assembly Speaker from Los Angeles in 25 years.

While in the Assembly, Villaraigosa spearheaded a $9.1 billion initiative to rebuild and modernize California schools, led a $2.1 billion initiative effort to provide parks and open space throughout the state, funded an extensive expansion of water quality enforcement by the state, and authored the state health insurance program, Healthy Families.

Elected as the Councilmember to Los Angeles’ 14th District in 2003, Villaraigosa was widely credited with resolving the Metropolitan Transit Authority transit strike, creating the largest passive park on the Eastside and Los Angeles, and protecting funding for the Arts.

In 2005, Villaraigosa ran for Mayor of Los Angeles on a platform of bringing the City together to take on the big challenges.  He was elected on May 17, 2005 and sworn in as Mayor on July 1, 2005.

During his first term, Mayor Villaraigosa built the police force to its largest size in history, oversaw the steepest reduction in crime since the 1950’s, and developed Los Angeles’ first comprehensive anti-gang strategy.

Mayor Villaraigosa dedicated much of his first term to reforming Los Angeles’s public schools because of his passionate belief that Los Angeles will never succeed as a great global city if every child isn’t given a world-class education. 

Fighting for reform from both inside and outside of the school district, the Mayor now oversees the Partnership for LA Schools, which runs ten of the lowest-performing schools.  Within one year, test scores are already rising. 

With the launching of GREEN LA, the Mayor set Los Angeles on the path to becoming one of the greenest big cities in the nation.  The City has met the Kyoto targets for reducing greenhouse gases four years ahead of schedule; taken over 2,000 dirty diesel trucks off the road; met the first target of getting 10% of energy from renewable sources and is on track to reaching 40% by 2020; and put into place the most aggressive green building program of any large city.

Teaming up with transportation leaders throughout Los Angeles County, Mayor Villaraigosa led the effort to pass a once-in-a-generation investment in the mass transit system of Los Angeles.  With the passage of Measure R, LA County is poised to invest in $40 billion in new transit, rail and highways. 

On March 3, 2009, Mayor Villaraigosa was re-elected and took the oath for a second term on July 1, 2009.

Pledging to finish the work begun in his first term, Mayor Villaraigosa laid out an agenda centered on five focused goals for four years. 

First and foremost of these goals, will be his effort to lead Los Angeles out of the recession and create jobs. The Mayor will also work to shut down failing schools and reconstitute them as innovation campuses, public charters or members of the Partnership Schools; set the city’s Department of Water and Power on a path to becoming coal free by 2020; oversee the largest mass transit construction program in America; and fight to keep Los Angeles one of the safest big cities in the nation by keeping the police force at 10,000 officers strong and crime at historic lows.

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.

Nathan Gardner-Andrews
Chief Advocacy Officer
National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)
Biography

Nathan Gardner-Andrews

Chief Advocacy Officer
National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)

Nathan Gardner-Andrews serves as the Chief Advocacy Officer (CAO) for the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) in Washington, DC, where he has worked since 2006. In his role as CAO, he is responsible for coordinating all of NACWA’s advocacy initiatives and integrating the Association’s legislative, regulatory, legal, and communications advocacy work. He has written articles and spoken nationally on a wide range of clean water issues.

Mr. Gardner-Andrews previously served as NACWA’s General Counsel, advising the Association and its municipal clean water utility members on a variety of legal matters and managing NACWA’s litigation portfolio.

Prior to joining NACWA, Mr. Gardner-Andrews served as a law clerk for the Hon. Michael E. Loney of the Maryland Circuit Court.

Mr. Gardner-Andrews is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bars. He received his B.A. from Columbia University in 2001 and his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2005.

Felipe Fuentes
Councilmember, 7th District
Los Angeles City Council
Biography

Felipe Fuentes

Councilmember, 7th District
Los Angeles City Council
Medhanie Ephrem
Deputy Director of Facilities
Long Beach Community College District
Biography

Medhanie Ephrem

Deputy Director of Facilities
Long Beach Community College District

Medhanie Ephrem is the Deputy Director of Facilities for the Long BeachCommunity College District.  Mr. Ephrem has 16 years experience in highereducational facilities management. He also provides leadership to a teamthat oversees a general obligation bond construction program in excess of$600 million.  He also is a key contributor to the California CommunityColleges Investor Owned Utility management team (CCC/IOU). This teamdevelops and implements a permanent framework for a sustainable, long-term,and comprehensive energy management program at the 112 campuses served byCalifornia¹s four large IOUs.  He is a graduate of the University ofCalifornia at Irvine and resides in Long Beach, CA.

Rusty Hicks
President
LA County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
Biography

Rusty Hicks

President
LA County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO

Rusty Hicks is the President of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. He is one of the youngest—and the first post-9/11 war veteran—to lead one of the nation’s largest labor federations. Raised by a single mother in Fort Worth, Texas, Rusty saw first-hand the challenges of attaining the American Dream. Her hard work inspired him to a life of service. He is a Lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserve and a veteran of the War in Afghanistan. Rusty is a member of the Los Angeles College Faculty Guild – America Federation of Teachers Local 1521. He resides in Pasadena with his wife, Sandra Sanchez, and their dog Charlie.

Julia Pyper
Senior Editor
Greentech Media
Biography

Julia Pyper

Senior Editor
Greentech Media

Julia Pyper is Senior Editor at Greentech Media covering clean energy policy, the solar industry, grid edge technologies and electric mobility.  She previously reported for E&E Publishing, ClimateWire and has covered clean energy and climate change issues across the U.S. and abroad, including in Haiti, Germany, Israel and the Maldives. Her work has been published in Scientific American and The New York Times. 

 

Steve Olson
Co-chair
World Trade Committee of Los Angeles
Biography

Steve Olson

Co-chair
World Trade Committee of Los Angeles
Christine Harada
President
i(x) investments
Biography

Christine Harada

President
i(x) investments

Christine Harada is President of i(x) investments. Ms. Harada has over 20 years of success in leading government and management consulting organizations. She previously served as the Federal Chief Sustainability Officer for the United States during the Obama administration. In this role, she provided oversight for all sustainability-related initiatives across the federal government in energy, fleet, and acquisitions-game-changing improvements that added to our nation’s clean energy future.

Her successes include developing and implementing policies to reduce the Federal government’s carbon footprint that resulted in an 18% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, a 23% reduction in energy use at Federal facilities and 177 billion gallons of drinkable water saved. She also was responsible for investing $4B in federal building to improve aging infrastructure and lower overall energy consumption that led to an estimated 33,700 private sector jobs and resulted in efficiency gains that will save 1.4 million tons of CO2 emissions annually.

Prior to her White House role, Ms. Harada was the Acting Chief of Staff and U.S. General Services Administration where she was responsible for the overall operations supporting 12,000 federal workers with an annual operating budget of $26B. While at the GSA, Ms. Harada also served as Associate Administrator, Government-wide Policy and Chief Acquisition Officer responsible for transforming a “business model” to provide more proactive, evidence-based policies, and increased transparency at the agency.

She has extensive expertise in business strategy and translating that into operational excellence. Concurrently, she is a Fellow with the Los Angeles CleanTech Incubator. In addition, she is a member of the board of directors of Novume Solutions and the Millennium Institute.

She previously was a Partner with Ridge-Lane LP, a strategic advisory firm and merchant-bank. Ridge-Lane LP is a triple-bottom-line business that creates sustainable social value by bridging the gap that exists between private companies, investment capital, and government – across the Federal, State, and Local levels.

Ms. Harada’s private sector experience also includes serving as Global Manager, Transformation/Large Scale Change Practice at the Boston Consulting Group where which she was responsible for the operations and go-to-market strategy of the then-new practice area that spanned 78 offices around the world. While at Booz Allen Hamilton, Ms. Harada was a Principal with P&L responsibility for a 70+ person professional services business line with a $70M portfolio of projects.

Ms. Harada holds an MA, International Studies and an MBA, Finance, respectively, from the Lauder Institute and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds an MS Aeronautics/Astronautics and a BS Aeronautics/Astronautics, respectively, from Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Gary Petersen
Partner and Co-Founder
Environmental Problem Solving Enterprises
Biography

Gary Petersen

Partner and Co-Founder
Environmental Problem Solving Enterprises

Gary Petersen is a partner in Environmental Problem Solving Enterprises, which he co-founded in 1997. The firm specializes in advancing environmentally preferable products and services, including the development of renewable energy and fuels, emerging green technologies, and sustainable design and development. He is a national leader on recycling and sustainability issues.  As founder and president of Ecolo-Haul Recycling (1972-1988), he built a regional network of nearly 60 recycling centers serving much of southern California. He established Los Angeles´s first curbside recycling program in 1972 and was the first citywide recycling contractor for Los Angeles and Santa Monica from the mid-1970s into the late 1980s.   Ecolo-Haul Recycling was later acquired by Waste Management Inc., and Mr. Petersen served as a vice-president and director of environmental affairs for the company's Recycle America program from 1988 to 1997. Mr. Petersen has advised local, State, and federal agencies, corporate entities, businesses, and environmental organizations.  He was a member of the task force for the Greening of the White House.  He is Chairman of the Board of Green Seal and co-chairs the Corporate Board of the Environmental Media Association (EMA).  Mr. Petersen is a co-founder of the California Resource Recovery Association and was a founding member of the National Recycling Coalition. He was appointed as the environmental member of the California Integrated Waste Management Board in 2005 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and served until 2008.

Arthur Leahy
CEO
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)
Biography

Arthur Leahy

CEO
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)

Arthur T. Leahy is CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). Metro is the third largest public transportation agency in the United States with an annual budget of $4.2 Billion and more than 9,000 employees with an operating fleet of over 2200 buses and 5 rail lines with annual rider ship exceeding 400 million boardings.

Leahy is heading one of the nation’s largest public works programs through Measure R that will, literally, change the urban landscape and shape the future of Los Angeles for generations to come.

He began his career 40 years ago as a bus operator.  Having worked through the ranks, he rose to lead 3 major transportation agencies. He was recently recognized by his peers in Metro Magazine –a trade publication as being one of the country’s most influential leaders in the transit industry.

Leahy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from California State University, Los Angeles (CSLA) in 1974 and a master’s degree in public administration from USC.

Peter Peyton
International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU)
Biography

Peter Peyton

International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU)
Bonnie Reiss
Global Director
Schwarzenegger Institute of State and Global Policy at USC
Biography

Bonnie Reiss

Global Director
Schwarzenegger Institute of State and Global Policy at USC
Yuri Freedman
Senior Director, Business Development
Southern California Gas Company
Biography

Yuri Freedman

Senior Director, Business Development
Southern California Gas Company

Yuri has broad experience as a developer and investor in gas infrastructure and power generation assets. In his current role of Senior Director, Business Development, he manages the portfolio of growth initiatives and R&D activities of Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas). Prior to his current role he held the position of Director, Commercial Development for Sempra LNG and Midstream, and previously held the positions of Director, Infrastructure Investments for Sempra US Gas and Power, and Director, Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions for Sempra Energy. 

Prior to joining Sempra Energy, Yuri was a Managing Director on the energy team of Fortress Investment Group and a Vice President in General Electric's energy investment arm, GE Energy Financial Services. He began his career as a geologist working in Arctic regions of Western Siberia on the development and construction of oil and gas pipelines. 

Yuri holds a MS in Engineering Geology from Moscow University (Russia), a PhD in Environmental Science and Energy Research from the Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), and a MBA from the Yale School of Management. 

Jan Perry
Councilmember, 9th District
Los Angeles City Council
Biography

Jan Perry

Councilmember, 9th District
Los Angeles City Council
Go Mizoguchi
General Manager
Mitsui & Co. (USA)
Biography

Go Mizoguchi

General Manager
Mitsui & Co. (USA)

Go Mizoguchi is a General Manager at Mitsui & Co. (USA) where he oversees the firm’s infrastructure businesses in North America. He has extensive experience in the origination, development and acquisition of energy projects worldwide, including the investments to Distributed Energy Resources startups Stem and Sunverge, the acquisition of a 680 megawatt (MW) Canadian renewable energy portfolio--with the arrangement of approximately $800 million in project financing—and an investment in Astoria Energy LLC’s 750 MW gas-fired power plant in the Queens borough of New York City. Go holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tokyo and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Celine Bak
Co-Founder
Canadian Clean Tech Coalition
Biography

Celine Bak

Co-Founder
Canadian Clean Tech Coalition

Céline Bak is an author, speaker and consultant on clean technology, innovation, and commercialization. She published and authored the 2010 SDTC Cleantech Growth & Go-to-Market Report and the 2011 Canadian Clean Technology Industry Report which builds on the 2010 baseline data set for Canada’s multi-billion dollar clean technology industry. She is the co-founder of the Canadian Clean Technology Coalition that was struck to create the conditions required to make Canada’s clean technology industry.

Céline is on the Clean Tech Advisory Board for the Department of Foreign Affairs and is a technical advisor to the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy for Climate Prosperity.  She was the co-chair of the 2011 Canadian Cleantech Summit, the Canada-Brazil Working Group for Clean Technology and Green Energy and sits on the nominations committee for the Canada Clean50.   

Jon Bonanno
CXO
California Clean Energy Fund
Biography

Jon Bonanno

CXO
California Clean Energy Fund

Jon Bonanno serves as the CXO of the New Energy Nexus (Nexus) and California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF). His responsibilities are in capacity expansion and financial innovation to support diverse entrepreneurs solving the Climate Crisis.  At Nexus/CalCEF, Jon is focusing on educating and enabling clean energy entrepreneurs to use and benefit from Opportunity Zone finance. Prior to Nexus/CalCEF, Bonanno co-founded and served as the CCO of Empower, a power electronics design firm focused on solar, energy storage and EV applications, which was sold in 2018 to SunGrow. His professional career includes twenty five years of entrepreneurial experience with Interbill (internet billing), Global Internet Billing (internet billing), SolidStreaming (mobile video streaming), Cool Earth Solar (concentrated solar power systems), HelioPower (solar utility), Earth Class Mail (SaaS for the postal industry), Azure Power (India solar utility, NYSE listed), Heartland Resources (soy-based adhesive for UF replacement), Principle Power (floating offshore wind foundations) and Array Power (module level power electronics).

Nicholas Lumpkin
Director of Business Development
Clean Energy Renewable Fuels
Biography

Nicholas Lumpkin

Director of Business Development
Clean Energy Renewable Fuels

Nicholas Lumpkin is the Director of Business Development for Clean Energy Renewable Fuels which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. Since 2006 he has held various roles within the Clean Energy family of companies and became involved in the renewable natural gas business shortly after the 2008 acquisition of the McCommas Bluff landfill gas project. His current focus includes project feasibility, financial modeling, and the sales, marketing, and distribution of biomethane as a transportation fuel.  

Pierre Moreau
Minister of Energy and Natural Resources
Government of Québec
Biography

Pierre Moreau

Minister of Energy and Natural Resources
Government of Québec

Before being elected for the first time in 2003, Pierre Moreau worked as a lawyer specializing in the field of municipal law for over 20 years.  As well as being an elected member of Quebec’s National Assembly for more than 10 years, Minister Moreau has held numerous offices:  Chief Government Whip, Minister responsible for Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister of Transport, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Acting Minister of Public Security, Minister of Education, Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board. On October 11th 2017, he became Quebec’s 30th Minister of Energy and Natural Resources.

Quebec is fortunate in that it can rely on green, diversified and abundant energy resources. This guarantees a great quality of life for its citizens and creates business opportunities for Quebecers around the world. It also enables the Quebec government to pursue its strong commitment to combatting climate change and set ambitious objectives moving towards a greener economy. In Minister Moreau’s mind, the way forward is clear: we must change our ways of doing things and innovation and solidarity are key.

David Hochschild
Commissioner
California Energy Commission
Biography

David Hochschild

Commissioner
California Energy Commission

David Hochschild was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in February 2013. He fills the environmental 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 Hochschild’s career has spanned public service, environmental advocacy and the private sector. He first got involved in the solar energy field in 2001 in San Francisco as a Special Assistant to Mayor Willie Brown where he launched a citywide $100 million initiative to put solar panels on public buildings. He went on to co-found the Vote Solar Initiative, a 60,000-member advocacy organization promoting solar policies at the local, state and federal level. He served as executive director of a national consortium of leading solar manufacturers and worked for five years at Solaria, a solar company in Silicon Valley. In 2007-2008, he served as a commissioner at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

For his work to advance clean energy, Commissioner Hochschild was awarded the Sierra Club’s Trailblazer Award, the American Lung Association’s Clean Air Hero Award and the Department of Energy’s Million Solar Roof True Champion Award. Commissioner Hochschild holds a B.A. degree from Swarthmore College and a Masters of Public Policy degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs.

Andy Thompson
Marketing Communications Manager
Shaw Power Group
Biography

Andy Thompson

Marketing Communications Manager
Shaw Power Group

Joseph Andrew (Andy) Thompson is the marketing communications Director for Shaw’s Power Group.  Shaw is a fully integrated nuclear services provider offering licensing, design, engineering, construction, pipe fabrication, maintenance, modularization, startup and test, and new plant services worldwide.

Mr. Thompson joined Shaw’s Power Group in 2011. In his current role, he is responsible for marketing communications, community relations and internal communications.   

Mr. Thompson has over 32 years of experience in nuclear and fossil generation communications.  In 1980, he participated in the industry response to the Three Mile Island Unit 2 nuclear event by providing on-site communications support. 

Prior to joining Shaw, Mr. Thompson worked as a newspaper reporter and spent 32 years with Duke Energy serving in a number of communications roles, including manager of the Catawba Nuclear Station’s community relations program, nuclear media relations, fossil media relations and employee communications. 

Mr. Thompson holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina. 

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.

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. 

Tony Mazza
Director of Transportation
University of Southern California
Biography

Tony Mazza

Director of Transportation
University of Southern California

Tony has been the Director of Transportation since 2008. Before 2008, Tony served as Transportation’s Senior Associate Director for transit operations at USC. Prior to joining USC in 2006, Tony was employed by DHL as the Regional Service Director responsible for Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, and Hawaii. Tony has a B.A in Business Administration from Monmouth University, West Long Branch, N.J.

Adam Sulkowski
Associate Professor of Business Law and Sustainable Development
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Biography

Adam Sulkowski

Associate Professor of Business Law and Sustainable Development
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Adam Sulkowski specializes in research and teaching in the fields of sustainable business, corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainability reporting, and law. He received his JD and MBA from Boston College and was a manager for several years before becoming a full-time professor. Since then, Prof. Sulkowski has authored over 30 published works of scholarship and his research has been cited by MSN, The Times of India, Inc. magazine, and Science Daily. He led MBA students in producing the first sustainability report in the world by a university that attained an A level of compliance with the world’s preeminent standard, the GRI’s G3.1 standard.  Most recently, this report became the first by a university to attain the A+ level of compliance with the G3.1 standard, and Sulkowski's students produced the first sustainability report by a city (Fall River, MA) and small town (Dartmouth, MA) in the United States to use the GRI's standard - these reports are the first in the world by municipalities to report on enough metrics to qualify as A level.

Brian Fraser
Senior Sales Manager
Meiden America Inc. (MAI)
Biography

Brian Fraser

Senior Sales Manager
Meiden America Inc. (MAI)

Brian Fraser has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with over 25 years of experience in the water and wastewater treatment industry.  He is currently leading MAI’s Ceramic Flat Sheet Membrane team’s business development activities for the Americas.  Under his direction, they are focused on providing solutions for water reuse applications including direct and indirect potable reuse as well as industrial water reuse and recycle.   Prior to MAI, Brian worked with many different innovative treatment technologies on projects around the world providing unique solutions to various water issues.

Angelina Galiteva
Founder
Renewables 100 Policy Institute
Biography

Angelina Galiteva

Founder
Renewables 100 Policy Institute
Ms. Galiteva works to structure and advance the implementation of cutting edge energy policies that reflect the increasing role of renewable energy, storage, energy efficiency, electric mobility and distributed energy technologies worldwide.  Ms. Galiteva is currently serving a third term on the Board of the California Independent System Operator Corporation.  She is the founder and Chair of the Board for the Renewables 100 Policy Institute and also serves as a Renewable Energy Expert Speaker for the US Department of State.  Angelina been sent on numerous missions around the world in this expert capacity. 
 
Ms. Galiteva’s industry experience spans from serving as a Principal at NEOptions, Inc., a renewable energy and new technology product design firm to the utility sector where she worked as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power as well as the New York Power Authority. Ms. Galiteva is an attorney and holds a J.D. and LLM Degrees, specializing in Environmental and Energy Law.
Melinda Hanson
Senior Manager, Sustainability
Bird
Biography

Melinda Hanson

Senior Manager, Sustainability
Bird

Melinda Hanson, Senior Manager for Sustainability, joined Bird from the National Association of City Transportation Officials, where she served as deputy director of NACTO's international programs. Before that, Melinda was a consultant for the Asian Development Bank, helping design and implement public transit projects in Pakistan and the Philippines. Earlier in her career, she was a founding staff member of the ClimateWorks Foundation where she managed the sustainable transport portfolio.

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. 

Herb Wesson
President
Los Angeles City Coucil
Biography

Herb Wesson

President
Los Angeles City Coucil

Herb J. Wesson, Jr. has served as the President of the Los Angeles City Council since November 2011 and has represented Council District 10 since 2005. Wesson is the first African American to hold the position of Council President in the city’s history and has been re-elected three times to lead the city’s legislative body. During his tenure as Council President, Wesson has presided over monumental policy initiatives making Los Angeles a better place to live, work and raise a family. Not only have local policy initiatives —which include raising the minimum wage, pension reform and consolidating city elections to increase voter turnout— positively affected local residents, but in many cases the city’s actions have spurred state and national response and served as a model for similar policies.

Wesson chairs several committees including the Rules, Elections, Intergovernmental Relations, and Neighborhoods (REIRN) Committee, Board of Referred Powers and the Ad Hoc Committee on the 2024 Summer Olympics. He is the Vice Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Comprehensive Job Creation. As chair of REIRN, Wesson has facilitated the empowerment of Neighborhood Councils while finding new and innovative ways to engage the public and promote civic engagement.

Council President Wesson has been happily married to Fabian Wesson for more than 35 years and is the proud father of four sons- Douglas, P.J., Herb III, and Justin. Wesson is grandfather to three grandchildren- Patrick, Maileah, and Tatiana. When Council President Wesson is not spoiling his grandchildren, you can find him on the links with his wife. He is a graduate of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.

 

Carl Muhlstein
International Director
Jones Lang LaSalle
Biography

Carl Muhlstein

International Director
Jones Lang LaSalle

Carl Muhlstein, International Director, is based in JLL's Downtown Los Angeles office. Active in Los Angeles commercial real estate for more than 30 years, Carl's background includes all forms of tenant, landlord, and investment related assignments with a special emphasis on the entertainment industry, creative office and development.  Carl has served in senior positions with Cushman & Wakefield, Cushman Realty Corporation, Insignia/ESG Capital Advisors and Tishman Speyer Properties.

Jim Stewart
Chair
BioEnergy Producers Association
Biography

Jim Stewart

Chair
BioEnergy Producers Association

Jim Stewart is a consult in renewable energy project development, whose clients include West Coast Waste, which is joint venturing with Enerkem to develop in Madera County, California what will be North America’s largest cellulosic ethanol biorefinery, producing 45 million gallons of transportation fuel from 330,000 tons of agricultural waste per year. He is now completing his fourteenth year as Chairman of the Board of California’s BioEnergy Producers Association (www.bioenergyproducers.org), whose mission is to promote the development of a responsible statutory and regulatory environment for waste-to-bioenergy production in California and in federal policy.

Mr. Stewart has four times been recognized as one of the “Top 100 People in the BioEconomy” worldwide in an annual poll of the more than one million readers of Biofuels Digest Magazine.  He serves as a columnist for the magazine and has also written major articles for such publications as MSW Management and Renewable Energy World.

In 2003, Stewart left a distinguished career in the entertainment industry to devote himself to renewable energy project development. This included 13 years with Walt Disney Productions, where served as Vice President-Corporate Relations and Assistant to the President.

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.

Sylvain Castonguay
CEO
Nordresa
Biography

Sylvain Castonguay

CEO
Nordresa

Sylvain Castonguay is a mechanical engineer with both bachelor and master’s degree from University of Sherbrooke, in Quebec, Canada. He has been involved in hybrid and electric vehicles since 2001.  He started his first company in 2002 before accepting a position as technical director at the Center for Electric Vehicle Experimentation in 2004 where he led several technical projects, from adoption of Segways to hybrid urban buses.   At the Center he was responsible for assembling a talented technical team responsible for building electric vehicle prototypes for NovaBus, Lion Buses, LTS Marine, and Nordco as well as working for customers such as Renault, Via Motors, Cities of Montreal, Laval, Quebec City and more.  In 2014, he received the Medal of the National assembly of Quebec for his work on electrification of transportation.

In 2015, he founded Nordresa and now leads a team of passionate people developing, manufacturing and commercializing electric powertrains for commercial trucks. Thanks to a state of the art automotive grade battery, Nordresa is capable of offering the best electric alternative for vehicles based on two of the most popular chassis: the Ford E-450 and the Isuzu N Series.  Nordresa’s technology has been implemented by a major Canadian parcel delivery company and is now commercially available both in Canada and the USA. With existing incentives, this technology can be implemented with a rapid return on investment from 2 to 4 years and with an immediate 85% reduction in maintenance cost. The company uses automotive proven components, direct drive power trains and offers the best value for the commercial truck market.

Colby Pellegrino
Colorado River Program Manager
Southern Nevada Water Authority
Biography

Colby Pellegrino

Colorado River Program Manager
Southern Nevada Water Authority

Colby Pellegrino is the Colorado River Program Manager for the Southern Nevada Water Authority where she has worked for the past 11 years.  A Las Vegas native, Colby leads and coordinates development of the Authority’s policies for protection of Nevada’s interests and rights to Colorado River water.  She serves as a primary spokesperson and representative on technical committees and in the development of multi-state agreements regarding the Colorado River; and administers and manages in-state water rights.

Colby has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  

Brian Thurston
Business Development Manager
Waste Management Sustainability Services
Biography

Brian Thurston

Business Development Manager
Waste Management Sustainability Services

Brian is a national business development manager for Waste Management Sustainability Services. His background is in business development and consulting in the field of sustainability, and he currently focuses on the development of customized and scalable business strategies for Waste Management customers. Within his role, Brian works with different stakeholder groups to incorporate and leverage all internal and external Waste Management assets, emphasizing innovation and efficiency in solutions that span the entire value chain of materials management.

Brian holds a MS from The Johns Hopkins University in Environmental Science and Policy, and a BA from the University of Southern California in Literature.

Janet Napolitano
President
University Of California
Biography

Janet Napolitano

President
University Of California

Janet Napolitano was named the 20th president of the University of California on July 18, 2013, and took office on September 30, 2013.She leads a university system with 10 campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resources program. The UC system has more than 234,000 students, about 208,000 faculty and staff, more than 1.6 million living alumni and an annual operating budget of more than $24 billion.Napolitano is a distinguished public servant with a record of leading large, complex organizations at the federal and state levels. She served as Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009-13, as Governor of Arizona from 2003-09, as Attorney General of Arizona from 1998-2003, and as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona from 1993-97. Before that, she practiced at the law firm of Lewis & Roca in Phoenix, where she became a partner in 1989. She began her career in 1983 as a clerk for Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.As the nation’s third Secretary of Homeland Security, Napolitano headed a department comprised of 22 agencies and directorates, and whose missions include counterterrorism, border security, immigration, cybersecurity and disaster response and recovery. The Department supports 12 Centers of Excellence through a consortium of hundreds of universities generating ideas for new security technologies.As Governor of Arizona, Napolitano focused on education, from pre-kindergarten through public higher education. She was the first woman to chair the National Governors Association, and was named one of the nation’s top five governors by Time magazine. Forbes magazine recently named her as one of the 10 most powerful women in the world.The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Napolitano was awarded the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service by the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars at the Smithsonian Institution in 2006. In 2012, she received the Anti-Defamation League’s William and Naomi Gorowitz Institute Service Award, which is given for outstanding achievements in combating terrorism, extremism and injustice.A New York City native, Napolitano grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Albuquerque, N.M., where her father was dean of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. She earned a B.A. degree (summa cum laude in Political Science) in 1979 from Santa Clara University, where she was Phi Beta Kappa, a Truman Scholar and the university’s first female valedictorian. She received her J.D. degree in 1983 from the University of Virginia School of Law. Napolitano holds honorary degrees from several universities and colleges, including Santa Clara University, Emory University and Pomona College. In 2010, she was awarded the prestigious Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal (Law), the University of Virginia’s highest external honor.

CAPT F. Curtis Jones
Chief of Staff
U.S. Navy Region Southwest
Biography

CAPT F. Curtis Jones

Chief of Staff
U.S. Navy Region Southwest

A native of Binghamton, NY, Captain F. Curtis Jones graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology receiving a commission through the Navy Reserve Officer Training Cor­ps in 1989.

Afloat CAPT Jones has served as Damage Control Assistant, 1st Division Officer, STREAM Officer, and Main Propulsion Assistant onboard USS SANJOSE (AFS 7), commissioning Main Propulsion Assistant onboard USSBATAAN (LHD 5), and Engineer Officer onboard USS CLEVELAND (LPD 7). He served as Executive Officer onboard USS CORONADO (AGF 11), and commissioning Commanding Officer USS NEW YORK (LPD 21). Additionally, CAPT Jones has served in Afghanistan as part of JTF Paladin, Counter-Improved Explosive Device (C-IED) team. 

Ashore Captain Jones served initially as an Emergency Actions Officer and later as the Aide-de-Camp for the Deputy Commander, USSTRATCOM. He also served as amphibious command placement, surface commander assignmentand Deputy Director Surface Warfare Officer Distribution. He completed an assignment as Executive Assistant for Commander Navy Installations Command in the Fall of 2013, after which he took command of Naval Base San Diego. Currently serving as Chief of Staff for Navy Region Southwest.

Captain Jones earned a Master’s of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from Naval Postgraduate School.

Stephen Jones
Managing Director
ITM Power Inc.
Biography

Stephen Jones

Managing Director
ITM Power Inc.

Steve joined ITM in 2005 as a research technologist and is currently Managing Director for ITM Power Inc. based in Irvine, California.

Steve has held positions in R&D, product, systems and business development roles and as such has an excellent understanding of the technical and commercial aspects of the business. He holds a BSc and MPhil in Materials Science from Birmingham University, a MBA from Sheffield University and is a chartered manager.

Brenda A. Levin, FAIA
President and Principal
Levin and Associates Architects
Biography

Brenda A. Levin, FAIA

President and Principal
Levin and Associates Architects

Architect Brenda A. Levin, FAIA, has touched the historic and cultural spirit and complexity of Los Angeles, significantly shaping the city we know.  For over 20 years her architecture and urban planning firm, Levin & Associates Architects, has pioneered, in collaboration with innovative developers, the process of preserving and re-defining the riches of the city.  The success of this effort helped to catalyze the preservation movement in Los Angeles.  Among the landmarks she has helped to preserve and revitalize are Grand Central and Chapman markets; the Oviatt, Fine Arts and Bradbury buildings; the Wiltern Theater, and City Hall.   In process are Griffith Observatory, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings at Barnsdall Art Park, and the Japanese American National Museum’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, among others.

In addition to her work in preservation, some of her most significant projects have been the adaptive re-use and design of new buildings on school campuses and in the cultural and social realms.  Ms. Levin believes that her work is obligated to both inform—and be informed—by the context—and by the audience.  On the campus, Levin has created Johnson Student Center and Samuelson Pavilion at Occidental College; Malott Commons at Scripps CollegeSt. James’ Elementary School; and, a campus master plan, the Math-Science, and the Music, Dance and Athletic Center buildings at Oakwood School, a private secondary school.

In the spring 2000, the Boone Gallery designed by Levin opened at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino and an art museum at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Levin’s housing projects include the nationally-recognized Downtown Women’s Center for mentally-ill, homeless women in downtown Los Angeles, and the Adams Congress affordable apartments in the city’s South-Central neighborhood.

Born in the New York metropolitan area, Levin studied design and painting at Carnegie-Mellon University, and graduated with a degree in graphic design from New York University in 1968.  She earned a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design in 1976.  Moving to Los Angeles in 1976, she first worked with the legendary architect John Lautner. 

Brenda Levin was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 1997.  She and the firm have been honored by a number of organizations, including the Urban Land Institute, American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles Conservancy, City of Los Angeles, State of California, the National Association of Women Business Owners, and NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund.  A 256-page monograph presenting Ms Levin’s ideas and work and entitled Brenda Levin, Levin & Associates Architects: Los Angeles was published in the spring, 2001.

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. 

Riggs Eckelberry
President and CEO
OriginOil Inc.
Biography

Riggs Eckelberry

President and CEO
OriginOil Inc.

Riggs Eckelberry is founding CEO of OriginOil, a publicly-traded technology firm that helps algae growers extract oil from algae for use as a feedstock for the commercial production of transportation fuels, chemicals and foods. He transitioned into clean technology from a thirty-year career in high tech, having previously helped take Los Angeles-based CyberDefender public as its president and chief operating officer. Earlier, he was a key member of the team that developed YellowPages.com, resulting in its sale for $100 million; and he contributed to numerous other company successes in a lengthy career during and after the dot-com era. In January of 2011, Riggs Eckelberry was named to the Advisory Board of the National Algae Association. He speaks regularly on algae industry trends and writes the Algae Business column for Algae Industry Magazine. 

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.

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. 

 

Mark Pruner
Chair
Delta Protection Advisory Committee
Biography

Mark Pruner

Chair
Delta Protection Advisory Committee

Mark Pruner serves as the chair to the Delta Protection Advisory Committee (DPAC), the statutory advisory body to the Delta Protection Commission (DPC).  The DPAC is composed of 15 members representing diverse interests within the Delta, including agriculture, flood control, water resources, habitat and conservation, recreation, residents, water exports, state and federal agencies, and the public.  Many of the policies, projects and ideas across the spectrum of interests affecting the Delta come before the DPAC for input and recommendation to the DPC for possible action. 

Pruner also serves as the chair of the Board of Commissioners of the Clarksburg Fire Protection District, is a founder of North Delta C.A.R.E.S., a volunteer Delta advocacy organization, and serves in various other community leadership roles in the Delta, where he and his family have lived for over 20 years.  Pruner is a fifth generation Californian, from a farming family background, is a Judge pro tem with the Sacramento Superior Court, and is an attorney in private practice emphasizing real property and business matters. 

Thomas Day Jr
Chief Sustainability Officer
United States Postal Service
Biography

Thomas Day Jr

Chief Sustainability Officer
United States Postal Service

Thomas Day was named Chief Sustainability Officer in June 2011. He leads the USPS effort of being a sustainability leader by creating a culture of conservation throughout the Postal Service and leading the adoption of sustainable business practices. Prior to serving in this role, he was Senior Vice President, Intelligent Mail and Address Quality (2007-2011) and Senior Vice President, Government Relations (2005-2007). From 2001-2005, he was Vice President, Engineering.

Day is a third generation employee who entered the Postal Service as a management associate in the Northeast Region in 1984 following five years’ service as an officer in the U.S. Army. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering in 1978. He represented the Postal Service as a Sloan Fellow at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, where he earned a master of science degree in management in 1996.

Veronica Siranosian
Senior Manager
AECOM
Biography

Veronica Siranosian

Senior Manager
AECOM

Veronica Siranosian, AICP, LEED GA is a senior project manager in the AECOM Ventures group, which focuses on integrating technology and innovation into the company's core business. Her areas of focus include future transportation, Smart Cities, and Internet of Things. She has experience managing and preparing feasibility studies, alternatives analyses, and environmental and planning studies for integrated transportation and land use projects across multiple existing and future modes (BRT, light rail, high-speed rail, streetcar, Hyperloop, autonomous and connected vehicles). With a background in transportation and land use planning, she brings ten years of experience in the public and private sectors to the role. Prior to joining AECOM she worked at the County of Los Angeles Department of Regional Planning on long-range community plans. Veronica received her Master of Urban Planning degree from the New York University Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and her Bachelor of Arts in International Development and Political Science from UCLA.

Shiro Tomeoki
Western States Regional Officer
Mitsui & Co. Ontario, Canada
Biography

Shiro Tomeoki

Western States Regional Officer
Mitsui & Co. Ontario, Canada
Paula Kehoe
Director of Water Resources
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Biography

Paula Kehoe

Director of Water Resources
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Paula is the Director of Water Resources with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. She is responsible for diversifying San Francisco’s local water supply portfolio through the development of conservation, groundwater, and recycled water programs. Paula spearheaded the landmark legislation allowing for the collection, treatment, and use of alternate water sources in buildings and districts within San Francisco. Paula holds a BA from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a MS from the University of San Francisco.

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.

Benoit Lacroix
Co-Founder, Board Member, and VP Sales & Marketing
Effenco
Biography

Benoit Lacroix

Co-Founder, Board Member, and VP Sales & Marketing
Effenco

Mr. Lacroix holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from ÉTS university and has a long track record of data analysis and vehicle optimisation, both in testing environments and on the field. Since the inception of Effenco, Mr. Lacroix focused on working directly with end users to improve the performances and driving experience of the technology. Mr. Lacroix is currently in charge of the sales orientation and marketing strategy at Effenco. 

Linda Glasier
Environmental Specialist
State of Washington Department of Ecology
Biography

Linda Glasier

Environmental Specialist
State of Washington Department of Ecology

Ms Glasier has enjoyed working in a diverse array of jobs and agencies in the public sector. These have ranged from Environmental Director with Department of Correction to Unit Supervisor with the Ecology SWRO-HWTR program. 

In 2009 she graduated from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute which specializes in a green/sustainable MBA program. The business of sustainability and meshing economics with a thriving environment have long been a deep interest of hers.

Other interests include travel, tennis, marathon running, trying different things and being part of a local Aztec dance group. 

C. Scott Miller
President
Miller De Wulf Corporation
Biography

C. Scott Miller

President
Miller De Wulf Corporation

C. Scott Miller, MBA, is the President of the Miller De Wulf Corporation - a bioenergy communications and marketing firm in Los Angeles. His clients include the Bioenergy Producers Association, Ineos Bio, New Planet Energy, Price BIOstock, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. He is a nationally recognized spokesman for sustainable biomass aggregation for bioenergy projects. Scott was recently elected President of "Victory Plant" - a non-profit biorefinery certification and outreach collaboration whose mission is to educate, certify, and promote the deployment of integrated biorefineries in North America. He is an active member of the American Council on Renewable Energy, 25x'25, and the California Biomass Collaborative. Scott is also a certified social media strategist who writes bioenergy blogs and participates regularly on Twitter #Biochat as "BioBlogger." 

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.

Ohad Zeira
Senior Director of Global Product Management
Belkin International
Biography

Ohad Zeira

Senior Director of Global Product Management
Belkin International

Ohad Zeira is the Director of Global Product Management for Belkin International.  He oversees the development, ongoing direction and overall growth for Belkin’s connected home solutions

Ohad uses customer research and product usage data to find the best opportunities with the company’s’ hardware and software roadmaps in the Internet of Things space. He launched Belkin’s first WeMo Home control solutions, Belkin’s most ambitious development program combining solutions with the cloud and mobile apps. WeMo combines hardware, mobile apps and cloud intelligence that allow consumers to control their home from anywhere at any time. Another area of on-going innovation that Ohad leads is the work Belkin is doing with water and power energy use through the Belkin Echo Power and Echo Water solutions.  These solutions are analyzing energy and water usage to help homeowners and building managers understand waste and part replacements and even sense security issues.

A six year Belkin veteran, Ohad Zeira has held numerous positions in fast growing marketing segments including energy management, mobility and home automation as well as corporate development.  Before joining Belkin International, Ohad held positions at Bose Corporation and Ernst & Young Consulting.

Ohad holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and has a Master’s of Science in Operations Research from Cornell University. 

Marta Schantz
Senior Vice President
Greenprint Center for Building
Biography

Marta Schantz

Senior Vice President
Greenprint Center for Building
Tom Whitton
Director of Business Development
PyroGenesis Canada Inc.
Biography

Tom Whitton

Director of Business Development
PyroGenesis Canada Inc.

Mr. Whitton obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from McGill University in 1991.  He began his career pursuing mandates in applied research, process engineering, and production management with ICI Explosives, Noranda, and Recyclex.  In 2001, Mr. Whitton joined PyroGenesis, where he occupied several roles in production, contract management and business development, principally with the company’s Advanced Materials division.  With the sale of this division in 2004, Mr. Whitton was transferred to Raymor Industries, becoming Director of Business Development, with responsibilities for growing the company’s powders and nanotechnology businesses along with presenting the company to the investment community in Canada and the US.  After a year-long stint as the powders division’s Director of Operations,  Mr. Whitton returned to PyroGenesis in 2009 to his current role.  At PyroGenesis, with his background and experience in engineering, operations, technology and business development, Mr. Whitton helps lead the company’s efforts in growing their plasma-based waste-to-energy and metallurgical technology businesses.  Mr. Whitton was an original elected board member of Ecotech Québec, the province’s new clean technology cluster, and continues to participate in the organization’s Regulatory and Fiscal Framework study group.  Mr. Whitton is also currently a sitting City Councillor for Deux-Montagnes, a suburb of Montreal, having been elected in 2009.

Niko Järvinen
CEO
Naava
Biography

Niko Järvinen

CEO
Naava

Mr. Niko Järvinen has been the Chief Executive Officer of Naava since July 01, 2014 and is also responsible for the product development. Mr. Järvinen has been an entrepreneur since he turned 14. Previously he has designed and operated the biggest Algae Farm in Scandinavia, later continued by big corporations such as Fortum and UPM. He is a multi-talented innovator with a competitive sports history. He has originally designed the patented Naturbo™ technology that helps thousands of people to be healthier every day. His background also includes studies and work projects in the fields of Information Technology, Biology, Chemistry, and Growth Venturing.

V. John White
Executive Director
CEERT
Biography

V. John White

Executive Director
CEERT

V. John White has been a writer, commentator, advocate, and leader of the green energy movement in California for 35 years. He is executive director of CEERT, the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies in Sacramento, and principal of the environmental and energy lobbying practice, V. John White Associates, representing public interest environmental and local government organizations, and new energy technology companies.

White's career has been devoted to air quality improvement and clean energy development. As chief consultant to the California Assembly Subcommittee on Air Quality, he became the leading legislative expert on air quality technology and regulation, helping to draft the California Clean Air Act and subsequent clean air and energy statutes.

 In 1990 he co-founded CEERT, which has become the premier energy advocacy voice for key environmental public interest groups and clean energy technology companies.  He played a central role in the passage of the Pavley Clean Car bill, AB 32, and many of California’s renewable energy incentive and regulatory programs. 

He serves on a number of nonprofit boards and organizations.

John is a graduate of U.C. Riverside – Political Science

Gene Sykes
CEO
LA 2024
Biography

Gene Sykes

CEO
LA 2024

Gene Sykes is the Chief Executive Officer of LA 2024 and supervises all aspects of the BId Committee's business, operations, and activities. Prior to joining the Candidature Committee, Sykes was Co-Head of Global Merges and Acquisitions, Co-Chairman of the Global Technology, Media and Telecom Group, and a member of the Management Committee and Firmwide Client and Business Standards Committee of Goldman Sachs. Sykes is a trustee of the California Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, a board member of Common Sense Media, a member of the Advisory Council of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and a member of the Stanford University Board of Trustees. 

Jonathon Naimon
Founder
Green Light Advisors
Biography

Jonathon Naimon

Founder
Green Light Advisors

 

Mr. Naimon is the founder of Light Green Advisors (LGA), a sustainable asset management company, which manages climate change funds for institutional investors including one of California’s public employee pension funds.  LGA has advised a series of environmental funds and trusts for investors in Europe and the US that utilize the firm’s “best-in-class” model for resource efficiency and sustainability.  In 2011, the Chinese government adopted the emissions rates metrics pioneered by LGA in the late 1990s to gauge its climate efficiency progress.

Mr. Naimon has particular expertise in solar finance, having advised Sun Edison on the development of its third party tax equity finance model. Sun Edison, now part of MEMC, is among the top owner & operators of solar projects in the US and worldwide.   Prior to founding LGA, Mr. Naimon held both management and technical positions at a think tank (IRRC) acquired by MSCI, Asea Brown Boveri (ABB), ICF International, and the Energy & Commerce Committee of the US House of Representatives.  Mr. Naimon has served as a visiting professor on sustainable finance at the Norwegian School of Management in Norway and taught cost benefit analysis at Carnegie Mellon University Heinz School. He has a MS in Environmental Management from the University of North Carolina and a BS in Biology and Cognitive Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Timon Meyer
Senior Advisor
Cleantech Business Park
Biography

Timon Meyer

Senior Advisor
Cleantech Business Park

Timon Meyer is Senior Advisor for Cleantech Business Park, a 220-acre industrial and commercial park for Clean Tech companies, and Managing Director of Berlin Solar Network, the association of solar companies and institutions in Berlin and its surrounding “Capital Region”.

Timon was Head of the Business Unit “Manufacturing Industries, Mobility & Clean Technologies” at Berlin Partner. Previously, Timon was with TOTAL Germany from 2002 through 2006, serving as Strategic Controlling Manager, among other positions. During his tenure, the company opened its first LH2 / CH2 hydrogen filling station in Berlin and initiated several other sustainable development projects, most notably a CO2 emission reduction formula for trucks. Timon holds a European Master in Management degree from ESCP Europe. 

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. 

Dan Hartman
Managing Director
The PFM Group
Biography

Dan Hartman

Managing Director
The PFM Group

Dan Hartman is a Managing Director in the Washington DC area office. Mr. Hartman worked for PFM from 1990-2000, and rejoined the firm in 2006. Mr. Hartman currently co-heads the firm’s national utilities group and works exclusively with utility clients across the country.

Mr. Hartman has served as a financial advisor or senior managing underwriter to many of the largest water, wastewater, gas and public power agencies throughout the United States. These clients have included, among others, DC Water, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Orlando Utilities Commission, CPS Energy (San Antonio), the Southern California Public Power Authority, the Northern California Power Agency, and San Antonio Water System. For these clients, Mr. Hartman has been directly involved in the issuance of over $50 billion of utility bonds and has worked on some of the largest and most complex transactions in the municipal market.

As part of Mr. Hartman’s client engagements, he has managed the development of complex financing plans for large capital programs, led educational workshops with Boards and elected officials, devised and implemented rating and investor strategies for new and existing credits, evaluated and implemented derivative product applications. On behalf of his municipal clients, Mr. Hartman has also provided expert witness testimony to legislative and regulatory bodies.

Mr. Hartman served as a Managing Director with Citigroup Global Markets and Bear Stearns from 2000-2006, where he worked extensively with utility issuers.

Mr. Hartman received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and a Diploma from the London School of Economics.

Angela Konert
Head of Government and External Affairs
BMW Group
Biography

Angela Konert

Head of Government and External Affairs
BMW Group

Angela Konert has been heading the Government and External Affairs Office of the BMW Group in Sacramento, California since April 2017. In this function she coordinates corporate positioning with all relevant stakeholders in the fields of environmental, mobility and sustainability policies in CA, OR and WA.

Prior to this, Ms. Konert was responsible for coordinating the political communication of the BMW Group in Munich with regards to human resources related issues as well as sustainability engagements and electric mobility. In collaboration with the markets worldwide Ms. Konert managed the communication activities with key opinion leaders, government representatives as well as city officials to promote policies fostering the uptake of electric vehicles. She started her career at BMW Group in London working at the Representative Office for the UK and Ireland representing the BMW Group in a broad range of bodies and initiatives covering the whole range of relevant policy issues.

Angela Konert grew up in Hannover, Northern Germany and holds a Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from both the London School of Economics and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

Gillian Holcroft
PyroGenesis Canada Inc
Chief Operating Officer
Biography

Gillian Holcroft

PyroGenesis Canada Inc
Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Gillian Holcroft, MEng, serves as the Chief Operating Officer and VP Business Development of PyroGenesis Canada Inc. Previously she had served as its Director of Waste Treatment. Ms. Holcroft joined PyroGenesis Canada Inc. in 2003 as Product Development Manager. She also served at Noranda Inc. where she was involved in many aspects of the companies operations from production, technology development, business modeling and was involved in the design, engineering and start-up of a ¾ of a billion (CDN$) production facility. She has been a Director of PyroGenesis Canada Inc. since June 2006. Ms. Holcroft holds a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering and a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering both from McGill University, Montreal.

Garrett Wong
Sustainability Analyst, Climate and Energy Programs
City of Santa Monica
Biography

Garrett Wong

Sustainability Analyst, Climate and Energy Programs
City of Santa Monica

Garrett Wong is the lead Sustainability Analyst for Climate and Energy Programs for the City of Santa Monica. As the primary author of the City’s first Climate Action Plan adopted in 2013, Garrett is responsible for implementing, monitoring and reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions within City operations and throughout the community.  Additionally, Garrett manages programs and projects to support renewable energy, electric vehicle infrastructure and climate adaptation. 

Won-Sok Yun
Director General and Chief Trade Commissioner
KOTRA- Los Angeles
Biography

Won-Sok Yun

Director General and Chief Trade Commissioner
KOTRA- Los Angeles
Kristen Torres Pawling
Sustainability Program Director
Los Angeles County Chief Sustainability Office
Biography

Kristen Torres Pawling

Sustainability Program Director
Los Angeles County Chief Sustainability Office

Kristen Torres Pawling is the Sustainability Program Director in Los Angeles County Chief Sustainability Office, which provides regional policy leadership on equity, economy, and environment. Her issue areas include climate, housing, land use, transportation, and public health. Prior to joining the Chief Sustainability Office, Kristen advocated for integrated transportation and land use planning at the Natural Resources Defense Council.  She previously worked for the nation’s largest regional planning agency crafting the Southern California’s sustainable communities strategy. Kristen also served in the Schwarzenegger and Brown administrations to implement California’s climate and sustainable communities law. She is an appointed member of the Culver City General Plan Advisory Committee. Kristen holds a bachelor’s degree in geography/environmental studies and a master’s in urban and regional planning from UCLA.

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.

Miguel Santana
President & CEO
Los Angeles County Fair Association
Biography

Miguel Santana

President & CEO
Los Angeles County Fair Association

Miguel A. Santana is the President and CEO of the Los Angeles County Fair Association, a private nonprofit Association that manages the nearly 500-acre Fairplex in Pomona. With a mission to build community and strengthen the economy, Mr. Santana’s vision for the Fairplex campus is to create an experiential environment for the community to live, learn, work and play. By forging collaborative relationships with the region’s educational institutions, government officials and community residents Mr. Santana is focused on the transformation of Fairplex into a 21st century sustainable globally-recognized venue and economic engine grounded in its agricultural roots. Mr. Santana is one of only five presidents since the Fair’s inception in 1922 and looks forward to leading the organization to its 100-year celebration in 2022 – an event that will celebrate the annual Fair’s rich traditions in a manner that is relevant to Southern Californians today.

Prior to his employment at Fairplex, Mr. Santana was the City Administrative Officer for the City of Los Angeles since 2009. Mr. Santana reported directly to the Mayor and the City Council. As the CAO, his office directed oversight over the City’s $8.1 billion budget, labor negotiations, debt management and major policy issues as directed by the Mayor and/or City Council, including the proprietary departments of Department of Water and Power, Airport and Harbor.

Mr. Santana has more than 25 years of experience managing numerous fiscal, legislative, political, and community issues. Previously, Mr. Santana served as one of five Deputy Chief Executive Officers for Los Angeles County. As Deputy CEO, Mr. Santana provided oversight to all of the County’s social service departments including the Department of Children and Family Services, Public Social Services, Child Support, Military and Veterans Affairs and the Human Relations Commission. Collectively, these departments represented $9 billion of the $22 billion annual County budget.

Mr. Santana has a B.A. in Sociology and Latin American Studies from Whittier College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. Mr. Santana serves on the Boards of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, United Way of Los Angeles, Weingart Foundation, California Community Foundation, FUSE Corp, Board of Trustees Whittier College, and Discovery Cube Los Angeles.

Andrew McAllister
Commissioner
California Energy Commission
Biography

Andrew McAllister

Commissioner
California Energy Commission

Andrew McAllister was appointed to the California Energy Commission by Gov. Edmund G. Brown in May 2012, and reappointed in January 2017. Commissioner McAllister has been working on clean energy deployment and policy for his entire 25-year career: beginning in the early 1990s in project engineering and development, evolving into program design and implementation, then moving into the policy arena. He has worked across the world to develop renewable energy generation, energy efficiency investments, and energy management systems, with counterparts ranging from tiny remote communities to the largest of utilities. He administered two of California’s signature renewable energy programs (California Solar Initiative, Self-Generation Incentive Program), developed and operated energy efficiency programs for utilities, and performed a broad range of policy-related research for California and the U.S. Federal government. He currently serves on the board of directors of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and the Alliance to Save Energy. Commissioner McAllister’s deep grounding in technology, policy and marketplace provides him with uncommon insight on the accelerating changes taking place in the electric power sector.

Before joining the Energy Commission, Dr. McAllister was managing director at the California Center for Sustainable Energy, where he worked for six years.  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 renewable generation, load management, utility planning and remote power projects. He was a project manager at an energy consulting firm and worked as an energy efficiency analyst at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Commissioner holds M.S. and PhD degrees from the Energy & Resources Group at UC Berkeley. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.

Pat Proano
Former Deputy Director of Transportation
Los Angeles County Department of Public Works
Biography

Pat Proano

Former Deputy Director of Transportation
Los Angeles County Department of Public Works

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Marcie Edwards
Former General Manager
LADWP
Biography

Marcie Edwards

Former General Manager
LADWP

Marcie is the former General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), and was the first woman to lead the nation’s largest municipality. She previously managed Anaheim Public Utilities for 13 years, and was tapped to serve as the Anaheim City Manager in 2013. She also spent 25 of her earlier years working her way up the ladder at LADWP. Marcie is a former governor on the California Independent System Operator Board, and served as interim CEO of that agency during a portion of the energy crisis.

Hiroaki Ishizuka
Chairman
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
Biography

Hiroaki Ishizuka

Chairman
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

Mr. Hiroaki Ishizuka was appointed chairman of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) effective as of April 1, 2018.

 Mr. Ishizuka held a series of senior executive management level positions within Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Japan's largest chemical company, between 2009 and 2018. From June 2009 to March 2011 he served as Managing Executive Officer and Executive Officer. Following this, he served as Senior Managing Executive Officer from April 2011 to March 2012. He then served as President and Chief Executive Officer from April 2012 to March 2017. He also served as Senior Corporate Advisor from April 2017 to March 2018.

Mr. Ishizuka graduated from the Faculty of Chemical Science of the University of Tokyo in March 1972.

Xiaomei Tan
Deputy China Country Director and Director of China
World Resources Institute
Biography

Xiaomei Tan

Deputy China Country Director and Director of China
World Resources Institute

Xiaomei Tan is the Deputy China Country Director and Director of China Sustainable & Livable Cities Initiative. She is charged with steering WRI’s research agenda in China, fostering high-level dialogues around critical environmental and development issues, and leading a team of over 10 researchers to contribute to China’s sustainable urbanization and overseas investment.

Xiaomei previously was a senior associate leading WRI’s Emerging Actors in Development Finance project. Her research on how to channel China’s rapidly growing overseas investment to low-carbon development in developing countries has facilitated the communication between Chinese overseas investors and host countries. Prior to that, Xiaomei was the project manager of WRI’s China Climate and Energy Program. Her research sought to understand how low-carbon technology was introduced, adapted, deployed and diffused in China and other developing countries; the respective capacities of developed and developing countries in innovating and manufacturing low-carbon technology; and the concerns over intellectual property rights.

In her various roles, Xiaomei has published widely in mainstream and professional journals such as Energy Policy, Ecological Economy, Overseas Investment and Export Credits, and etc.

Xiaomei holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from American University in Washington DC. Her master’s degree is in Economics and BA in Political Science. Xiaomei is an avid hiker and tree hugger and has completed many sections along the Appalachian Trail and several parts of the Rocky Mountains. Her other passions include jogging and yoga.

Reiko Kerr
Senior Assistant General Manager, Power System Strategic Policy
LADWP
Biography

Reiko Kerr

Senior Assistant General Manager, Power System Strategic Policy
LADWP

Reiko Kerr works for the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Water & Power—the largest publicly owned utility in the country. She is the Senior Assistant General Manager of Power System, and manages all aspects of the Power System’s critical engineering and planning functions. She is responsible for the Power System’s strategic planning, resource acquisition, system planning, regulatory compliance, power plant projects, external generation, and major projects, as well as modernization of its generation, transmission and distribution facilities to ensure the long-term reliability of the power system to meet customer expectations. 

In addition to maintaining system reliability, Ms. Kerr is responsible for developing strategies to transition toward a sustainable energy future, improving public accountability, and developing the next generation workforce. 

Prior to joining LADWP in 2016, Ms. Kerr served in various capacities for another Southern California Publicly Owned Utility, including the Assistant General Manager for Power Resources, Assistant General Manager/Chief Financial Officer, Energy Risk Manager, and Finance/Rates Manager. 

Ms. Kerr is a Certified Public Accountant and an experienced utility professional, with over 25 years in the financial and utility utilities industries, with a strong leadership background in both the technical and financial aspects of water and power utilities. 

Fran Pavley
Former Senator, 27th District
California State Senate
Biography

Fran Pavley

Former Senator, 27th District
California State Senate

Senator Fran Pavley was most recently the State Senator representing the 27th District of California, In 2000 she won election to the California State Assembly, serving three terms, or six years. She was elected to the state Senate in 2008. Currently, Senator Pavley represents about 900,000 people in the 27th Senate District, which includes parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Senator Pavley was the chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee and was a member of the: Energy, Utilities, and Communications committee, Environmental Quality, Budget and Fiscal Review committee, and Governance and Finance and Legislative Ethics committee, among others.

During her 14 years in the Legislature, Senator Pavley received national acclaim for her work on three historic pieces of climate legislation that established California as a worldwide leader in promoting clean energy and reducing climate pollution. Most recently, she was the author of SB 32, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 8, 2016. It sets a target for California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. Senator Pavley also passed critical legislation regarding ending unregulated hydraulic fracturing, regulating greenhouse gas emissions from automobile tailpipes, and requiring rigorous safety testing at all wells before gas injection can resume at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field.

Greg Ames
Managing Director
Trammell Crow Company
Biography

Greg Ames

Managing Director
Trammell Crow Company

As Managing Director of Trammell Crow Company’s Los Angeles Office, Greg is responsible for deal structuring and project execution including accountability for all budgets, schedules, project financials, and development activities.  He has successfully entitled, financed, and executed over $1.9B in projects in Greater LA across a wide array of product types, including office, industrial, healthcare, retail, and multifamily.  He has negotiated numerous Public Private Partnerships, and is sought after for his expertise in entitlements, execution, and structured finance on the most complex transactions and challenging projects.  Greg currently serves as the Chairperson for TCC’s Leadership Council and was a founding member of the company’s Diversity and Inclusionary Initiative Steering Committee.  Greg serves publicly as a Commissioner on the Los Angeles County Capital Asset Leasing Corporation.  In his free time, he volunteers with the Knights of Columbus and Scouting, and is a recovering Ironman triathlete.  Prior to joining Trammell Crow Company in 2004, he served as a Civil Engineer Corps Officer in the US Navy managing international construction projects on behalf of the United States.  He is a graduate of the US Naval Academy, and The Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania.

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, Chief of What’s Next, and Chair of the Board of the Center for Good Food Purchasing, founded in July of 2015 as a national spin off from the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, which Paula founded in 2011. The Center for Good Food Purchasing uses the power of procurement to create a transparent and equitable food system that prioritizes the health and well-being of people, animals, and the environment, through the nationally-networked adoption and implementation of the Good Food Purchasing Program by major institutions. The program has received national and international acclaim, including the 2018 Future Policy Award for Scaling Up Agroecology, from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Future Council, and IFOAM Organics International.

Paula is an experienced private sector attorney who transitioned to public policy and served in several senior level positions as a government official, including: Senior Advisor, Mayor Villaraigosa of Los Angeles; Commissioner, Los Angeles Department of Public Works; Commissioner, California Water Commission; Board, California Bay-Delta Authority; Commissioner, California Coastal Commission.

Her leadership in food and water policy has received recognition through numerous academic appointments and other awards. Some recent examples: 2018, Ashoka Fellowship; 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 at the College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley; 2012-2013, Stanton Fellowship (awarded by the Durfee Foundation). She has been adjunct faculty at UCLA since 2010 and has also had academic appointments at USC and Vermont Law School.

Scott Maloni
VP Project Development
Poseidon
Biography

Scott Maloni

VP Project Development
Poseidon

Mr. Maloni is a public affairs specialist with seventeen years of professional experience in media relations, and government advocacy, crisis communications, and national and local political campaigns. He is responsible for corporate public affairs and managing project development in the State of California. Mr. Maloni attended school in Providence, Rhode Island, and graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy.

Atsushi Honzawa
Senior Engineer
Hitachi Ltd, Energy Solutions Business Management Division
Biography

Atsushi Honzawa

Senior Engineer
Hitachi Ltd, Energy Solutions Business Management Division

Mr. Honzawa is a professional of project management and various experience in designing and engineering in utility engineering project such as Japan-US island grid project in Maui.

He studied electrical engineering at University of California, Berkeley.

After experiencing control system design of thermal power plant system, he is in charge for business development of ancillary services of Power grid, especially battery energy storage system.

He is also leading the International standardization of Electrical Energy Storage System as the Convenor of WG2 of IEC TC120; Electrical Energy Storage System.

Gregory Trimarche
Environmental and Energy Attorney
Greenberg Traurig
Biography

Gregory Trimarche

Environmental and Energy Attorney
Greenberg Traurig

Gregory Trimarche is an environmental and energy attorney in Greenberg Traurig's Orange County Office, with particular focus on regulatory and government affairs issues relating to energy and “clean technology” matters. Mr. Trimarche represents many clients that are part of the “clean tech” industry, including but not limited to solar and wind power facility developers, biofuel companies, alternative fuel vehicle manufacturers, and a wide range of other clients involved in energy facility siting and permitting, “smart grid,” and other energy and resource conservation matters. Among other things, Mr. Trimarche has assisted clean tech clients in their efforts to obtain “stimulus” grants, tax credits, and other government incentives under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“ARRA”) and other government programs. Mr. Trimarche is a co-founder and currently serves as Chair of Clean Tech OC, a nonprofit trade association serving the clean tech industry in Orange County, California. 

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.

Jodie Muller
Vice President, Government Affairs
Western States Petroleum Association
Biography

Jodie Muller

Vice President, Government Affairs
Western States Petroleum Association

Jodie Muller is Vice President, Government and Association Affairs for WSPA where she is responsible for government relations in Oregon, Washington, Arizona and Nevada, as well as regional government affairs in California.  Jodie works with the President in implementing the strategic vision of the Association and assists the President in representing the Association in key political, regulatory and media venues.  She coordinates outreach to various third parties and coalitions.   

Prior to joining WSPA, Jodie was employed as a Legislative Analyst to the Long Beach City Council for five years, worked for several trade associations in Washington DC and served in the White House Communications Office under President George HW Bush.

Jodie received her Master of Public Administration degree and her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Jay Ziegler
Director of External Affairs and Policy
The Nature Conservancy
Biography

Jay Ziegler

Director of External Affairs and Policy
The Nature Conservancy

Jay Ziegler, Director of External Affairs and Policy, oversees the California chapter’s engagements with governments and other stakeholders at the state, county, and regional levels. He helps develop and direct Conservancy strategies on public policy, legislation, regulatory matters, partnership efforts, and campaigns. Prior to joining the Conservancy, Mr. Ziegler founded and was principal of Ziegler Associates, a multi-disciplinary public affairs firm focusing on environmental issues, land use, regulatory matters and clean technology. Before that, he worked extensively at the state and federal levels, serving in policy and advocacy roles. Mr. Ziegler has served as a senior counselor to policy makers in the State Capitol and Washington, including serving with Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt in the Clinton Administration, where he was integrally involved in policy coordination on a number of complex natural resource policy issues. He holds a B.A. in political science-public service from U.C. Davis.

Andrew Orrell
Director of Nuclear Energy & Fuel Cycle Programs
Sandia National Laboratories
Biography

Andrew Orrell

Director of Nuclear Energy & Fuel Cycle Programs
Sandia National Laboratories

Mr. Andrew Orrell is the Director of Nuclear Energy & Fuel Cycle Programs for Sandia National Laboratories, responsible for laboratory development initiatives involving all facets of the nuclear fuel cycle.   Mr. Orrell has over 20 years of industry experience in nuclear waste management and repository systems spanning low-level, intermediate (transuranic), spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste types.  He headed Sandia’s Lead Laboratory for Repository Systems program and led the completion of the postclosure performance assessment portions of the Yucca Mountain License Application.  Prior to working on the Yucca Mountain Program, he was the Sandia manager for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and the National Transuranic Waste Management program.   His professional experience spans technical and managerial efforts at the WIPP and YMP, and technical support for international programs, including repository development, licensing, national policy development, regulatory framework development, site characterization studies, safety case development and performance assessments, transportation programs, and public confidence.  His work also includes systems studies for advanced nuclear energy systems for the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy, small modular nuclear reactor systems for industry, safety and security applications for the NRC regarding transportation, reactor safety and balance of plant systems, as well as laboratory directed research in advanced nuclear energy and repository systems.  Most recently, Mr. Orrell also managed a multi-disciplinary team of internationally recognized experts supporting the severe accident analysis and consequence management for the accident at Fukushima, Japan.

Mr. Orrell regularly consults with leaders of government on nuclear energy and nuclear waste policy.  He is versed in the complex issues regarding the treatment, storage and disposal of radioactive waste and the interdependencies between the technical, program and policy elements of nuclear waste management and nuclear energy.  

Katy Young
Deputy for the Environment and Arts
Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
Biography

Katy Young

Deputy for the Environment and Arts
Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl

Katy is responsible for developing the Third District’s environment, water, and arts policy. Katy previously served as the General Counsel and Director of Government Affairs at the Climate Action Reserve, a Los Angeles-based environmental non-profit committed to developing and implementing market-based solutions to climate change. Katy has also worked as a land use and environmental attorney at Latham & Watkins and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.

An alumnus of the CORO fellowship program, Katy now serves on the Southern California CORO Board of Directors and its Executive Committee.

Katy is a Los Angeles native and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA from UC Berkeley and received her law degree from UCLA.

Michael Galvin
Director, Waterfront and Commercial Real Estate
Port of Los Angeles
Biography

Michael Galvin

Director, Waterfront and Commercial Real Estate
Port of Los Angeles

Michael Galvin is the Director of Waterfront and Commercial Real Estate at the Port of Los Angeles, the nation’s leading container port. The Port of Los Angeles is a landlord seaport, covering 7500 acres of land and water, with more than 300 leaseholders including the Port’s visitor serving LA Waterfront which comprises over 400 acres and 8 miles of waterfront spanning the communities of San Pedro and Wilmington. The Port of Los Angeles is committed to creating and improving public access to the water’s edge through continual investment in word class infrastructure that will activate the LA Waterfront and attract private investment on port property and in the adjacent communities of San Pedro and Wilmington.

In this role, Mr. Galvin is responsible for development and management of the Port’s LA Waterfront including commercial development opportunities, cruise passengers, hotels, restaurants, recreational marinas and commercial fueling. Mr. Galvin oversees a team of Real Estate and Planning professionals that manage the LA Waterfront properties, plan for future public access investment, market new development opportunities and engage with stakeholders to ensure maximum linkage with local communities and regional visitor serving interests. 

Mr. Galvin also oversees the Port’s $200 million redevelopment program for marine oil terminals under the State of California Marine Oil Terminal Engineering and Maintenance Standards (MOTEMS).  The MOTEMS redevelopment program will provide support to regional refinery operations, LAX aviation fuel logistics and the San Pedro Bay shipping fuel market.

Mr. Galvin first joined the Port in 2004 and promoted to Director of Real Estate in 2007. He began his City career in 2000 in real estate for the Bureau of Engineering.

Mr. Galvin holds a bachelor of arts in U.S. History from the University of California, San Diego and a Juris Doctorate degree from Western State College of Law. Mr. Galvin is a licensed attorney and real estate broker in the State of California.

Mike Quindazzi
Business Development Leader-Pacific Southwest
PwC
Biography

Mike Quindazzi

Business Development Leader-Pacific Southwest
PwC
Mike Quindazzi is the Business Development Leader for the Pacific Southwest region for PwC. He has 25 years of management consulting and industry experience.  He is currently leading revenue growth and market development for a $600 million business unit to record growth. He consults with diverse clients across our marketplace on a wide range of business and technology issues and opportunities. 
 
Within his responsibility, he has a unique view across many sectors (including technology, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, higher education, financial services and international trade) of the Global Megatrends that are changing the face of the world. Mike explores the potential business, technology, and societal impacts of these macro trends, uncovering both risk and opportunities. 
In his professional management consultant experience, he has provided objective advice for clients with the aim of maximizing growth, improving business performance, optimizing organizational performance, and utilizing technology for competitive advantage.
 
Work examples include: helped develop and launch a new business unit resulting in $2+ billion business today; eliminated operational bottlenecks and increased cash flow by $74 million by streamlining a 5-week order-to-cash process to less than 2-day; team created $225 million sales uplift for another leading client by delivering data-driven ability to make marketing allocation decisions and measure return on marketing spend.
 
Mike stays active in his local communities and is responsible for PwC’s local community service team and efforts. In 2011, PwC celebrated 100 of services in Los Angeles and engaged the community with 100 ways of giving back in that same year.  In 2013, the local team set a Guinness Book of Record for youth education. Mike is also active with the LAEDC Board of Governors and on multiple economic development committees.
 
Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Montclair State University where he graduated with highest honors, Summa Cum Laude, and was granted honorary membership from the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Minh Le
General Manager
Los Angeles County Internal Services Department
Biography

Minh Le

General Manager
Los Angeles County Internal Services Department

Le is currently the General Manager of ISD for Los Angeles County. Le was formerly the deputy director of the Solar Energy Technologies Office within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, where he helped manage and balance the portfolio of Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment programs in achieving our national SunShot goals. Prior to his role at the Energy Department, Minh spent his career in industry developing technologies and scaling new technologies to high volume manufacturing. Minh earned his BS and MS degrees from MIT where he held fellowships by the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and the Bose Foundation.

Kevin Ratner
President
Forest City
Biography

Kevin Ratner

President
Forest City
Carl Salas
Founder and Principal
Salas O'Brien
Biography

Carl Salas

Founder and Principal
Salas O'Brien
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.

Dr. Bernd Fischer
Consul General
German Consulate - Los Angeles
Biography

Dr. Bernd Fischer

Consul General
German Consulate - Los Angeles

Dr. Bernd Fischer is currently the Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany in Southern California and the states of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and Utah. In his role as Consul General in Los Angeles he seeks to foster and deepen German-American relations and has lectured at prestigious universities on Germany’s reunification and the important role it plays in the European Union.

He holds a Doctorate in Philosophy from Heidelberg University and was a Fulbright fellow at the University of Arizona. Key posts of his Foreign Service career include German Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia, Head of the Economic Department at the Embassy in Washington, Deputy Ambassador in Tokyo and he served in the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations in New York as well as various positions at the German Foreign Office headquarters in Bonn and Berlin.

Dr. Fischer also co-authored the Germanbook Zwischen Wilhelmstrasse und Bellevue: 500 Jahre Diplomatiein Berlin in 1998, an overview of the history of foreign diplomacy in Berlin.

Michelle Boehm
Southern California Regional Director
California High-Speed Rail Authority
Biography

Michelle Boehm

Southern California Regional Director
California High-Speed Rail Authority

As Southern California Regional Director for the California High-Speed Rail Authority, Michelle Boehm oversees strategy, stakeholder outreach, and related elements of project development for over 300 miles of the planned all electric High Speed Rail system in the Southern California Region’s five project sections: Bakersfield to Palmdale, Palmdale to Burbank, Burbank to Los Angeles, Los Angeles to Anaheim and Los Angeles to San Diego. 

Michelle Boehm brings nearly 20 years of experience in both public and private sectors in transportation planning and policy analysis. Before joining the Authority, she was a Vice President with one of the largest Architectural and Engineering firms in the Country. In that role, Boehm was the regional manager responsible for overseeing business development, strategic planning, and public agency and community outreach for projects throughout Southern California. 

Over the course of her career Boehm has proven her ability as an industry leader working with business and legislative stakeholders on the high-speed rail project, and as a business manager and strategic planner, having developed strategy for transportation, water, geotechnical, structural, and environmental engineering and planning practice development and projects. 

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.

Masaru Yamazumi
Director, Advanced Energy Systems and Structure Division
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Government of Japan
Biography

Masaru Yamazumi

Director, Advanced Energy Systems and Structure Division
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Government of Japan

Mr. Yamazumi is the Director for Advanced Energy Systems and Structure Division, within the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry for the Government of Japan. He has previously held the position of Director, Advanced Energy Systems and Structure Division, within the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy.

Tom Soto
Founder and Managing Partner
Diverse Communities Impact Fund
Biography

Tom Soto

Founder and Managing Partner
Diverse Communities Impact Fund

Tom Soto is a long-time investor in the impact sector. He is the Founder and Managing Partner of Diverse Communities Impact Fund (DCIF). His leadership, voice and investments have stood at the dovetail of energy, Tech, cloud based and IoT efficiency programs in renewables, and to over many Fourth Industrial Revolution driven platforms where technology contributes to improving the human condition. This ranges from Fintech, to electric vehicle technology and policy, to political process and regulatory frameworks needed to promote the new economics driving the planet into a future of prosperity and abundance.

Having sold his fund Craton Equity Partners to TCW in 2013, Tom became Managing Director of Alternatives at the $198b fund, and was an Investment Committee Member of TCW/Craton Alternatives. Post transaction, Tom played a considerable role in TCW across all products, helping to lead in the development of new and innovative alternatives products; a public equities trading platform, the first of its kind at TCW focused on ESG/SRI, and the development of a woman owned, emerging manager, distressed hedge fund, all among many other successful efforts while at TCW.

Tom is a former member of the board of directors and current Sr. Advisor to Aspiration, the country’s fastest growing online bank and financial services platform.  He is also Chair of the Advisory Board for Insikt/Lendify; the nation’s leading online micro finance lender based in Silicon Valley. Tom has been a member of the board of Craton’s portfolio companies such as Liquid Environmental Solutions, Propel Alternative Fuels, and sourced over half of Fund I & II’s portfolio companies including Revolution Foods and Kabbage.com.

Tom has a full understanding and body of history of sourcing opportunities, performing full due diligence, modeling, building organizational performance and measurement capacity along with building boards of directors and leading portfolio companies toward successful exits.

Marcius Extavour
Executive Director
NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE
Biography

Marcius Extavour

Executive Director
NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE

Marcius Extavour is a leader and expert working at the intersection of science, technology and public policy. At XPRIZE he leads the Energy team, including the $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a global competition to recycle CO2 into valuable products. Before joining XPRIZE he was focused on technology and policy in clean energy as an independent consultant, at the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources, in the Canadian electric power sector, and in academia.  Dr. Extavour holds a PhD and MSc in quantum optics and atomic physics, and a BASc in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto. Outside of the office and the lab Dr. Extavour loves teaching, the intersection of art and science, and is active in engaging young and early-career scientists interested in careers outside of academia.

Dr. Shane Stephens
Co-Founder
FirstElement Fuel, Inc.
Biography

Dr. Shane Stephens

Co-Founder
FirstElement Fuel, Inc.

Dr. Shane Stephens is a Co-Founder of FirstElement Fuel, Inc. and serves as the company’s Chief Development Officer.  FirstElement is a California based company dedicated to building the first true “Network” of hydrogen fueling stations.  The company was recently awarded a Grant from the State of California of $27.6 Million to bring the first phase of its hydrogen station Network to life.  Shane is deeply committed to the advancement of clean energy, particularly the electrification of the automobile and the successful launch fuel cell electric vehicles as a way to combat climate change, air pollution, and the world’s overall addiction to petroleum.  Shane brings vast experience as a scientist and thought leader in the clean energy space from his time at UC Irvine’s Advanced Power and Energy Program, the National Fuel Cell Research Center and The White House.

Timothy McOsker
CEO
AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles
Biography

Timothy McOsker

CEO
AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles

Timothy B. McOsker is a lifelong San Pedro resident and an attorney with over three decades of experience in government, regulatory and land development matters.  Tim has had a long history of serving San Pedro, the city of Los Angeles and the State of California in numerous leadership roles, including as chief of staff for former Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn and as Hahn’s Chief Deputy City Attorney.  Before serving in the City of Los Angeles, Tim served as City Attorney to various jurisdictions in Southern California. 

Prior to being appointed CEO on Feb. 1, 2018, Tim represented AltaSea in critical legal matters including the 2017 lease renegotiations with the Port of Los Angeles. His deep experience in land development, environmental issues, permitting, municipal law, and contracts will be crucial as AltaSea embarks on an ambitious next stage of expansion and development of its 35 acre campus.

Tim is currently the chairman of the board of the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce and a board member of Harbor Interfaith Services. McOsker is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and UCLA School of Law.

Leslie Starck
Senior Vice President, Regulatory Policy & Affairs
Southern California Edison
Biography

Leslie Starck

Senior Vice President, Regulatory Policy & Affairs
Southern California Edison
Danny Wong
Senior Director, Corporate Sustainability
Avery Dennison Corporation
Biography

Danny Wong

Senior Director, Corporate Sustainability
Avery Dennison Corporation

Danny Wong is the senior director of corporate sustainability for Avery Dennison Corporation, leading the company’s vision and strategy to embed sustainability into everyday practices across its global operations.  Danny chairs the company’s Sustainability Steering Committee of corporate and business unit leaders who identify and implement the priorities for the company.  He directs a team of six full-time sustainability professionals, four of whom report directly into business operations or product innovation.  Danny has over 25 years of experience in sustainability, industrial hygiene and safety, and holds a doctorate in environmental sciences from UCLA.  

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. 

Dean Wiberg
Manager, Commercial Technology Partnerships Office
NASA JPL
Biography

Dean Wiberg

Manager, Commercial Technology Partnerships Office
NASA JPL

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. This includes substantial engagement with the Oil&Gas and Energy sectors. Before assuming his current role in the program office, Mr. Wiberg was a project lead in JPL’s microdevices laboratory and worked on instrument, sensor and system development that leveraged capabilities of Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS). Prior to joining JPL, Mr. Wiberg held technical, management and business development positions at the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), IBM, Westinghouse, and Northrop Grumman. Dean holds a B.S. in Chemistry, a M.S. in Chemical Engineering, and has completed additional graduate studies in Material Science and Business Administration. Mr. Wiberg has held community service positions as a City Councilman, City Planning Commission Chairman, Regional Water Board Director and is currently on the board of advisors for the Los Angeles Clean Tech Incubator and Clean Tech LA.

Lilly Shoup
Senior Director of National Transportation Policy
Lyft
Biography

Lilly Shoup

Senior Director of National Transportation Policy
Lyft

Lilly Shoup is Senior Director of Transportation Policy at Lyft. With a background in multimodal planning, performance management, and transit operations, she focuses on national transportation policy and planning to re-connect communities with the world’s best transportation. Prior to joining Lyft, Lilly was a Principal at Nelson\Nygaard Consulting and served in the Office of Transportation Policy at the US Department of Transportation in Washington, DC where she managed the Partnership for Sustainable Communities and related livability initiatives. She is author of national publications including “Dangerous by Design” and “The Fix We’re In For: National Bridge Assessment”. Lilly holds a Master in City and Regional Planning from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Matthew Harris
Senior Director, Executive Office
San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
Biography

Matthew Harris

Senior Director, Executive Office
San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
Marc Bédard
President
Lion Bus
Biography

Marc Bédard

President
Lion Bus

Lion Bus was created in 2008 by Marc Bédard and Camile Chartrand to respond to customer's specific needs in one of North America's largest industries.  After being involved in the bus industry for over 15 years, Marc Bédard was convinced the North American school bus industry needed a manufacturer that would truly meet today's specific challenges.  After several years of product development and hundreds of meetings with contractors, drivers, mechanics and school district leaders across North America, Lion offers vehicles with outstanding features and smart innovations at a very competitive price including an all electric school bus. 

Lion Bus is the only all-electric type C school bus manufacturer in North America.

In November 2015, the eLion was approved and listed by the California Air Resources Board on the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP). This programs offer funding opportunities to California school districts interested in operating the eLion.  In the past year, eLion buses have begun being delivered in California to a variety of school districts.

Vikram Budhraja
President and CEO
Electric Power Group, LLC
Biography

Vikram Budhraja

President and CEO
Electric Power Group, LLC
Aaron Thomas
Director, Economic Initiatives & Opportunity Zones
Accelerator for America
Biography

Aaron Thomas

Director, Economic Initiatives & Opportunity Zones
Accelerator for America

Aaron is the Director of Economic Initiatives & Opportunity Zones at Accelerator for America, a nonprofit focused on scaling and replicating local solutions to matters of economic insecurity. He’s spent the majority of his career in the investment banking sector, where he traded equity derivatives and facilitated equity transactions. More recently, he worked in middle-market private equity before pivoting into the public sector, first as a fellow in the California Senate and now with the Accelerator. He’s a graduate of Harvard College and received his MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

Robert Griffin
Vice President, Business Development
Customer First Renewables
Biography

Robert Griffin

Vice President, Business Development
Customer First Renewables

Robert (Bob) M. Griffin is Vice President, Business Development for CFR. Bob retired from the U.S. Navy with more than 36 years of public service and was selected to the Senior Executive Service in July of 2000. He served as Head of Contracts for Naval Facilities Engineering Command for 15 years and was the Executive Director of the Navy’s Renewable Program Office, tasked with the overall planning, coordination, and integration of large-scale renewable energy projects to meet the 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. Bob has been with CFR since 2016.

Dr. Joseph Cevetello
Chief Information Officer
City of Santa Monica
Biography

Dr. Joseph Cevetello

Chief Information Officer
City of Santa Monica

Dr. Joseph Cevetello, a Fulbright Scholar and nationally recognized technology leader, is Chief Information Officer for the City of Santa Monica, California. He is responsible for the city’s information technology infrastructure, services, and delivery strategies, and for ensuring an exceptional digital experience for Santa Monica’s citizens, visitors, and businesses. He directs operations to support 2,300 staff, 93,000 citizens, 51 staff, and $39million in technology.

Prior to the City of Santa Monica, Dr. Cevetello was Assistant Chief Information Officer, Information Technology Services at the University of Southern California. In this role, he directed strategy, vision, and operations for USC’s Technology Enhanced Learning Organization and provided leadership toward fulfilling the strategic goals for educational technology set forth in USC’s academic plan. He had primary responsibility for a $5million per annum initiative to build and support physical and virtual learning spaces to enhance learning, teaching, research, and outreach on campus, in the community, and at a distance. In 2013, the Chronicle of Higher Education recognized him as one of the Top 100 Technology Innovators in higher education.

Before joining USC, Joseph consulted with KPMG for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. As Engagement Manager and Lead Consultant, he designed and documented the information technology strategy for this landmark undertaking; the largest university project in the 21st century (Cost $12.5 billon). Upon opening in September 2009, KAUST became one of the largest endowed universities in the world and is targeted to be amongst the top five universities for science and technology in five to ten years.

From 2005-2009, Dr. Cevetello was Senior Director Academic Technology and Deputy CIO at Loyola Marymount University. Joseph provided strategic leadership and vision in support of online learning infrastructure, policy, and faculty integration of technology in their teaching and research. As Deputy CIO he was responsible for $16 million operating budget, and the transformation of customer support and service initiatives.

Prior to joining LMU, Joseph was a consultant to a number of higher-education institutions and organizations including the University of Chicago, Harvard University, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Austrian National Bank, and the World Bank.

Dr. Cevetello received his masters and his doctorate from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. His research and teaching interests encompass how online learning technologies affect adult learner and teacher interaction/collaboration, how media influence student and faculty perspectives of learning and their roles, and how the use of technology impacts organizational effectiveness, communication, and change. At Harvard and MIT he instructed courses on Adult Development, Educational Philosophy, Education for Social Change, and the History of Education Technology.

From 1995-2002, Dr. Cevetello was an instructor and coordinator for information technology in the MPA Masters program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has received numerous grants and fellowships including: the Perry Chapman Prize (2013), James N. Snitzler Scholarship, Harvard University (2001), Action for Children's Television (ACT) Fellowship (1999), and the Spencer Research Apprentice Grant (1998), where he conducted a study of qualitative research methodology for technology use in organizations.

From 1988-1990, Joseph was a Fulbright Scholar in Vienna, Austria. In the early 1990’s, Dr. Cevetello began to experiment with the use of educational technology in his role as senior communications lecturer at the Vienna based Austrian Bankers' College International. ABCi was a widely recognized and influential professional development program that provided bankers and businesspeople from twenty countries of the former Eastern-Bloc with cutting edge business knowledge.

Kelli Bernard
Chief Executive, Los Angeles Metro Area
AECOM
Biography

Kelli Bernard

Chief Executive, Los Angeles Metro Area
AECOM

Kelli Bernard is chief executive for the Los Angeles Metro+ region of AECOM, a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm headquartered in Los Angeles. 

With more than 2,000 employees in the Los Angeles and Southern California area, Kelli is responsible for building on AECOM’s strategies to deliver its integrated services to meet the infrastructure and business needs of public and private sector clients. Her extensive background in economic development and deep relationships in the Southern California region are valuable assets as AECOM looks to enhance its market presence. AECOM is the largest company headquartered in Los Angeles.

Kelli has more than 20 years of experience in economic development, land use planning, housing, redevelopment and public affairs. She also has in-depth knowledge of public/private partnerships, public finance and infrastructure investment.

Prior to joining AECOM, Kelli served as the deputy mayor of economic development for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. In this role as the city’s top economic advisor, Kelli championed business growth, economic development and job creation in Los Angeles.  She managed eight city departments including the Los Angeles World Airports and the Port of Los Angeles, with combined budgets of more than $6 billion and more than 7,000 employees.

Kelli was also responsible for the development and implementation of the city’s International Trade policy, and was instrumental in the overseeing Garcetti’s Asia Trade Mission, where she led a delegation of business leaders to China, South Korea and Japan. She gave the keynote address at the 2015 Kaohsiung International Harbor Cities Conference which explored strategies for transforming industrial port cities through urban innovation, infrastructure investment, and land use redevelopment.

Prior to her position as deputy mayor, she was director of economic development at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the largest municipality in the United States, where she led the department’s Clean Technology Initiative that culminated in the development of the $40M La Kretz Innovation Campus.

Earlier in her career, Kelli worked as director of planning and economic development for Mayor Garcetti when he served as president of the Los Angeles City Council. In this role, she oversaw key development activities, including the $110 million Emerson College and the $390 million mixed-used Columbia Square projects.

Kelli is a commissioner for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), an organization created in 1993 to address the challenges of homelessness in Los Angeles. She also serves on the boards for the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce and Town Hall Los Angeles.

Kelli holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning from University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA in Sociology from University of California, Berkeley.

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.

Jennifer Kropke
Director of Environmental Workforce Engagement
IBEW/NECA LMCC
Biography

Jennifer Kropke

Director of Environmental Workforce Engagement
IBEW/NECA LMCC
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.

Brian Swett
Cities Leader-Americas
Arup
Biography

Brian Swett

Cities Leader-Americas
Arup

Brian Swett is a Principal in Arup’s Boston office and serves as Director of Cities and Sustainable Real Estate. In this role, Brian leads the work of Arup in the Americas to integrate its advisory services with its key strengths in design, engineering and planning, delivered in the city context. He is a nationally recognized leader in climate change and sustainability strategy with over a decade of leadership experience in municipal government, real estate development, federal government, and non-profit sectors. Brian brings a breadth of experience on the government and private sides of sustainable urban development and management that allows him to deliver integrated and actionable strategies and solutions for major clients.

Prior to joining Arup, Brian served as Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space for the City of Boston. Encompassing 400+ employees and a $40 million budget, Brian led a variety of major policy initiatives; launched Greenovate Boston and Climate Ready Boston; and led the 2015 update to the City’s Climate Action Plan.  Under his leadership, Boston was recognized by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) as the #1 city in the country for energy efficiency policies and programs in their 2013 and 2015 biennial rankings.

Brian Kremer
Director, Cleantech Investment Banking Group
ROTH Capital Partners
Biography

Brian Kremer

Director, Cleantech Investment Banking Group
ROTH Capital Partners

Brian Kremer is a Director in the Cleantech Investment Banking Group at ROTH Capital Partners. Mr. Kremer joined ROTH in 2007 and previously spent two years as a Senior Research Analyst and two years in investment banking covering the cleantech industry. Prior to ROTH, Mr. Kremer was an investment banker at Ardour Capital Investments, a boutique firm in New York City where he worked exclusively with companies in the alternative and renewable energy space. Prior to Ardour Capital, Mr. Kremer was a Program Executive for NASA’s Project Prometheus, which was developing advanced propulsion and power generation for deep space exploration. Prior to NASA, Mr. Kremer directed all external affairs activities for a US-led international organization building a $4.5B nuclear power plant in North Korea. Mr. Kremer began his career at the US Department of Energy, where he worked on technical, policy, and legislative issues related to nuclear and environmental safety and national security and participated on task forces to develop the National Energy Strategy. Mr. Kremer received his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas (summa cum laude). Mr. Kremer is a member of the Board of Directors of CleanTech OC.

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. 

David Heurtel
Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change.
Province of Quebec
Biography

David Heurtel

Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change.
Province of Quebec

David Heurtel was first elected to the Québec National Assembly in December 2013 as MNA for Viau, a riding in the east part of the Island of Montréal. He was re-elected in the April 2014 general elections and appointed Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change on April 23, 2014. He is also a member of many committees, including the Committee for the Implementation of the Maritime Strategy, and the Economic and Sustainable Development Committee, making him a key player in advising the government on transitioning to a greener economy and a society more resilient to climate change impacts.

After practicing law for several years, he held management positions at various organizations including Director of International Television Sales for the Just for Laughs Group, Deputy Director of the Seattle Center, and Director of Public and Corporate Affairs at the events promoter company Evenko, before his appointment as president and CEO of the Montréal Olympic Park in 2011.

Since the beginning of his career, Mr. Heurtel has contributed actively to the development and vitality of society. He chaired the Québec Cinéma board of directors, in addition to serving on the boards of directors of several other organizations.

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.

Jessica Ku Kim
Director, Workforce Development
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation
Biography

Jessica Ku Kim

Director, Workforce Development
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation

In her role as Director of Workforce Development, Jessica Ku Kim provides strategic direction and leads collaborative efforts to strengthen the alignment of LA County’s workforce and education systems to industry workforce needs. Jessica has intimate knowledge of programs funded on state and national levels including WIA, WIOA, California State Workforce Development Board, U.S. Department of Labor, California Employment Training Panel, and the Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO. She has demonstrated success in developing, implementing, and managing workforce development programs for target populations including incumbent workers, new hires, disadvantaged youth, veterans, homeless, individuals with disabilities, and re-entry. In addition, she is experienced in developing innovative job training programs, pre-apprenticeships, and/or apprenticeships in the construction trades, aerospace, advanced manufacturing, and other in-demand industries.

Prior to LAEDC, Jessica served as the Special Projects Manager at the South Bay Workforce Investment Board.  In this capacity, she provided sound, innovative and strategic leadership through program development and administration. Jessica has also served as the Director of Operations for ACCORD Community First that provided workforce development services across seven counties in Southern California. She received her Masters of Public Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills and her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine.

Martin Adams
General Manager
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Biography

Martin Adams

General Manager
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Martin Adams is the General Manager 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 served as Chief Operating Officer at LADWP and 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.

Dr. Kimberly Budil
Vice President for National Laboratories
University of California Office of the President
Biography

Dr. Kimberly Budil

Vice President for National Laboratories
University of California Office of the President

Kim Budil is the Vice President for National Laboratories at the University of California (UC), Office of the President. She is responsible for the University's management oversight of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Kim serves as an Executive Committee Governor on the Boards of Governors of the Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC and the Los Alamos National Security, LLC, the managing contractors for LLNL and LANL. In addition, she is a member of the LBNL Advisory Board and chairs the LBNL Contract Assurance Council.

Kim was formerly the N Program Manager in the Global Security Principal Directorate at LLNL. She was responsible for the nuclear counterterrorism program including device assessment, pre- and post-detonation nuclear forensics, nuclear incident response and reachback, and nuclear detection and countermeasures research. She served twice as a detailee in Washington, DC, first spending 2 years at NNSA in the Office of Defense Science and then, most recently, nearly 2 years as a Senior Adviser to the Under Secretary for Science at the Department of Energy.

She has a B.S. in Physics from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Science/Engineering from the University of California, Davis.

Paul Brown
President
Paul Redvers Brown Inc.
Biography

Paul Brown

President
Paul Redvers Brown Inc.

Brown has nearly 40 years experience in project development, project finance, and the planning and management of public utilities and environmental facilities. From 1975 to 2013, he held various positions at CDM Smith, most recently as Executive Vice President and 12-year member of the firm’s Board of Directors. In addition, he was the Founding Technical Director of CDM Smith’s Neysadurai Centre for Integrated Urban Solutions in Singapore. Brown is co-author (with Vladimir Novotny and Jack Ahern) of the book Water Centric Sustainable Communities, published by John Wiley & Sons.

A member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), he chairs the International Water Association (IWA) Cities of the Future program steering committee. Brown is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of South Florida (USF) Patel College of Global Sustainability, where he also serves as Director of Applied Research.

Susan Kennedy
‎Founder & CEO
Advanced Microgrid Solutions
Biography

Susan Kennedy

‎Founder & CEO
Advanced Microgrid Solutions

Before starting a groundbreaking energy storage company, Susan served for two decades at the highest levels of state and federal government, most recently as chief of staff to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, cabinet secretary and deputy chief of staff to Governor Gray Davis and communications director for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. She served from 2003-2006 on California’s Public Utilities Commission, regulating the state’s investor-owned electric utilities, telecommunications providers and private water companies. 

In her numerous government roles, Susan was at the center of many of California’s groundbreaking environmental policies, including the carbon reduction mandate and cap-and- trade program under AB 32, the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard, auto emission standards and Renewable Portfolio Standard. She coordinated the State’s emergency demand response efforts during the energy crisis of 2000-2001 and as a member of the PUC she authored what was then the largest energy efficiency program in utility history.

Susan’s company, Advanced Microgrid Solutions, is on the leading edge of a complete transformation of the electric grid.  Using advanced energy storage systems, AMS is creating the first fleet of Hybrid Electric BuildingsÒ in the world, turning portfolios of commercial and industrial buildings into virtual power plants for Southern California Edison.  In 2014 her company won the first major contract in the world to use these advanced energy storage technologies on a large scale to replace capacity from the retired facility at San Onofre nuclear facility.  AMS is consistently listed as one of the top clean tech companies to watch in the US.

She holds a B.A. in Management from Saint Mary’s College of California.

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.

Cisco DeVries
CEO
Renewable Funding LLC
Biography

Cisco DeVries

CEO
Renewable Funding LLC

Renewable Funding is a finance company specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for residential and commercial properties. The firm is providing over $500 million in capital through the CaliforniaFIRST Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program and the WHEEL unsecured energy loan program.  It also is fund and program manager for the State of Hawaii’s Green Infrastructure Authority.

Previously, as Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Berkeley, he envisioned and led the initial development of the first PACE program, which allows property owners to pay for solar installations and energy efficiency projects as a line item on their property tax bill. DeVries also served as an appointee in the administration of President Bill Clinton, serving as an aide to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation and the U.S. Secretary of Energy.   

Marissa Christiansen
Executive Director
Friends of the Los Angeles River
Biography

Marissa Christiansen

Executive Director
Friends of the Los Angeles River

Marissa Christiansen is the Executive Director of Friends of the LA River (FOLAR). Prior to FOLAR, she held roles in policy, advocacy and development at XPRIZE and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, among others. Her deep abiding love for LA began at USC where she earned her Master’s in Urban Planning [fight on]. Her inner compass and lifelong passion for counter-culture has magnetized her to the nonprofit world. A proud California native, her primary inspiration is the beauty and power of our natural landscape. To help guide the movement centered on LA’s most diversely textured and inconspicuously beautiful resource is basically her dream come true.

Dean Wiberg
Biography

Dean Wiberg

Kerry Cavanaugh
Editoral Writer
Los Angeles Times
Biography

Kerry Cavanaugh

Editoral Writer
Los Angeles Times

Kerry Cavanaugh is an editorial writer covering City Hall and local politics. Prior to joining the board, she was a public radio producer on KCRW’s “To the Point” and “Which Way, L.A.” Before that, she spent a decade at the L.A. Daily News, where she covered L.A. and California politics, budget and environmental issues, and wrote a twice-a-week front-page column on local government issues. She’s a graduate of New York University and Columbia Journalism School.

Terry O'Day
Chief Strategy Officer and EVP
Innogy eMobility US
Biography

Terry O'Day

Chief Strategy Officer and EVP
Innogy eMobility US

Terry is responsible for innogy e-Mobility US LLC’s US strategy and market development.  The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of innogy SE, Germany’s second largest utility company, providing only renewable energy to the European market and a leading technology provider for the electric vehicle (EV) charging.  

Prior to joining innogy, Terry led product strategy and market development for EVgo, the nation’s largest public fast charging company for electric vehicles (EVs), taking that company from its first public fast charging installation to more than 1,000 and overseeing an investment program of over $140 million, acquiring partnerships with major automakers, energy companies and state governments.  His full responsibilities also included construction and development in the Western US, regulatory and legislative initiatives, marketing, communications, and technology demonstration programs. 

Terry was previously 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 currently serves as Mayor Pro Tempore for the City of Santa Monica and was first elected in November 2010.  The city serves over 90,000 residents and a daytime population over 300,000, with 1,700 employees and a $700 million annual budget.  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.

John Jenkins
Vice President, Electric Engineering and Construction
San Diego Gas & Electric
Biography

John Jenkins

Vice President, Electric Engineering and Construction
San Diego Gas & Electric

John Jenkins is vice president of electric engineering and construction for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), one of Sempra Energy’s regulated California utilities.

As vice president of electric engineering and construction, Jenkins is responsible for all engineering functions, management of major projects, construction services, distribution project management, vegetation management and the construction and maintenance of transmission and substation infrastructure.

Jenkins has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo). Jenkins is currently serving on the board of directors for Access Youth Academy.

Aki Soudunsaari
Founding Partner & CEO
Naava
Biography

Aki Soudunsaari

Founding Partner & CEO
Naava
Aslak De Silva
Partner and Chief Revenue Officer
Naava
Biography

Aslak De Silva

Partner and Chief Revenue Officer
Naava
Indrani Graczyk
Program Manager
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Biography

Indrani Graczyk

Program Manager
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Michael Berg
Principal
Berg & Associates
Biography

Michael Berg

Principal
Berg & Associates

Michael Berg, J.D. is an environmental, social and governance (ESG) expert with a focused specialization on how financial markets, regulators and large supply chains are addressing climate change and sustainability.

Michael is an advisor to leading Fortune 200 companies, investment firms and organizations on ESG strategy and reporting. Michael is a regular contributor to the American Bar Association on leading edge disclosure issues. His work has been cited by the Harvard Business School, Austin Business Journal and Greentech Media.

Louis Stewart
Chief Innovation Officer
City of Sacramento
Biography

Louis Stewart

Chief Innovation Officer
City of Sacramento

Louis Stewart currently serves as the City of Sacramento's first Chief Innovation Officer within the Mayor's Office for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He spent the last seven years serving as California's Deputy Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). In that capacity he oversaw the coordination and promotion of innovative programs, activities, and emerging technologies throughout California for the last seven years. He managed a robust statewide innovation-based economic development support network of regional innovation clusters called the California Innovation Hubs (iHubs). Mr. Stewart has served in the public sector for 10 years including as the Deputy Director of the Census for the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, the Assistant Deputy Director of the Field Operations Division for the Department of Motor Vehicles, and the Information Technology Director for Californians for Schwarzenegger. His professional experience also includes 17 years in the private sector in sales, marketing, and information technology. 

While Mr. Stewart’s experience is vast, his greatest expertise and focus includes:

• Smart and Connected Cities
• Bio Technology
• Tech Equity
• Development of Innovation Ecosystems

Mr. Stewart is a service based leader who embodies the belief that he cannot be a success without helping others be successful. 

Mr. Stewart grew up in France and Italy, and played professional basketball in Peru and Belgium until he landed back in Sacramento. Mr. Stewart received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Santa Clara University.

Maurício Andrés Ribeiro
Brazilian Architect
Biography

Maurício Andrés Ribeiro

Brazilian Architect

Architect, Brazilian.

Visiting Research Fellow, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India, 1977-78.

Municipal Secretary for Environment, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 90-92.

 President of The Minas Gerais State Foundation for the Environment, 1995-1998. Councilor at the National Council for the Environment, Brasilia.

Diretor of the National Council for the Environment, Ministry of Environment, Brasilia, 2001.

Adviser at the National Water Agency, Brasilia, 2002-2014.

Author of many articles and books on environment. www.ecologizar.com.br

 

 

 

Lindsay Baker
Head of Sustainability and Wellbeing
WeWork
Biography

Lindsay Baker

Head of Sustainability and Wellbeing
WeWork
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.

Dawn Weisz
CEO
Marin Clean Energy
Biography

Dawn Weisz

CEO
Marin Clean Energy

Dawn Weisz is the CEO for Marin Clean Energy and she coordinated efforts to explore, develop and launch MCE as the first Community Choice Aggregation program in California. Under her watch MCE has launched service to over 250,000 customers in 24 communities, entered into power supply agreements that have doubled the amount of renewable energy purchased in the region, initiated numerous local renewable generation projects, and achieved greenhouse gas reductions though energy efficiency and by exceeding state requirements for renewable energy supply. 

Ms. Weisz has more than 20 years of experience developing and managing renewable energy and energy efficiency programs while working for leading public agencies in the field. Before joining MCE Ms. Weisz managed energy and sustainability initiatives for the County of Marin, served as the Executive Director for Sustainable North Bay, and was a labor and environmental justice organizer in Los Angeles. 

Ms. Weisz is a highly sought after speaker at energy-related conferences and has been a guest lecturer at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National American Planning Association as well as a presenter at the 2015 COP21 Conference Paris. She has also received awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Power Association of Northern California. 

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. 

David Pogue
Global Director of Corporate Responsibility
CBRE
Biography

David Pogue

Global Director of Corporate Responsibility
CBRE

As Global Director of Corporate Responsibility, Dave Pogue oversees CBRE’s development, implementation and reporting for all aspects of corporate social responsibility, including environmental stewardship, community engagement and corporate giving. Prior to his current role, Mr. Pogue led sustainability programs for CBRE’s property and facilities management portfolio around the globe, managing the development, introduction and implementation of a wide-ranging platform of sustainable practices and policies. His leadership in this area produced an award-winning sustainability platform leveraging thought leadership, service delivery and industry associations to raise worldwide green building standards. Program achievements included development of CBRE’s $1 million Real Green Research Challenge; aggressive endorsement of the U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR® program; introduction of the Green Knights program; delivery of co-branded BOMA BEEP training to more than 16,000 attendees; and recognition as the first manager of commercial property to certify more than 400 buildings in the LEED® for Existing Buildings rating system.

CBRE has also been ranked in Newsweek’s list of the 500 greenest companies in the U.S., honored by the EPA as an eight-time ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year and recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council® with the Leadership Award for Organizational Excellence. CBRE has also been included in CDP’s S&P Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI), for three consecutive years, achieving a perfect score in 2015, and in the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for two consecutive years. Prior to leading sustainability programs, Mr. Pogue was a Senior Managing Director of Asset Services in the Western Region, responsible for overseeing service delivery for office, retail and industrial real estate properties totaling more than 250 MSF. ​

Danny Kennedy
Managing Director
California Clean Energy Fund
Biography

Danny Kennedy

Managing Director
California Clean Energy Fund

Danny Kennedy leads the California Clean Energy Fund, connecting entrepreneurs everywhere to capital to build an abundant clean energy economy that benefits all. He is also the President of CalCharge, a public private partnership with the National Labs and universities of California, unions and companies, working to advance energy storage.

Kennedy co-founded Sungevity, the company that created remote solar design, and Powerhouse, solar’s premier incubator and accelerator. He was the original backer of Mosaic, the $1B solar loan provider, and remains on the Board of Powerhive, a solar mini-utility in Kenya and Sunergise, a solar-as-a-service business out of Fiji and the EnergyLabAustralia. He is also Director of nonprofits VoteSolar and Power for All. Kennedy authored the book Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy – and Our Planet – from Dirty Energy in 2012. Prior to starting Sungevity, he worked at Greenpeace and other groups on climate and energy issues for 20 years.

Christian Gräff
District Council
Marzahn-Hellersdorf, Berlin
Biography

Christian Gräff

District Council
Marzahn-Hellersdorf, Berlin

Christian Gräff is District Council of Marzahn-Hellersdorf, a district of Berlin in charge of  Economic development and city planning. Christian has been a member of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) since 1995. From 2002-2009, he was a member of the CDU’s City Board. In 2008, Christian found Cleantech Business Park (CBP), a 220-acre area to be tailored to the needs of companies from the Clean Technologies sector expected to be finished in 2014. In 2006, he was elected District Council, a position he has held since. Prior to his political career, he was the CEO of a medium-sized retail business. 

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.

David Prezioso
CEO
Ice Energy
Biography

David Prezioso

CEO
Ice Energy

David Prezioso serves as CEO of Ice Energy. Dave has more than 30 years of experience leading operations teams in implementing fully integrated solutions in the electric utility and chemical industries. He served two terms of employment with Honeywell International. While with Honeywell, he managed programs in the U.S., the Netherlands, Turkey, and Belgium.

Dave was responsible for the operation of the Honeywell’s SCAN3000 program in the U.S., which later developed into Honeywell’s flagship product, PlantScape.

In 1991, Dave led operations for Leeds & Northrup Corporation of North Wales, Pa., implementing projects for the power generation business in the U.S.

From 2004-2007, he served as Vice President of Strategic Business Development for RTP Corporation in Pompano Beach, Fl., supporting business in Europe and North Africa.

He also collaborated with green technology companies Xylan, Inc., and Power Energy Fuels converting waste into clean fuel.

Dave did his undergraduate work at Ohio State University and graduated from LaSalle University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Business Management. He also holds a degree in Computer Technology.

Ruben Dagstanyan
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Tabuchi Electric Company
Biography

Ruben Dagstanyan

Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Tabuchi Electric Company

Ruben Dagstanyan joined Tabuchi Electric in June of 2017, and currently serves as Executive Vice President and CTO.  For the past several years Ruben has been involved in renewable energy related projects and products. He joined Tabuchi Electric to lead the company’s effort in developing and bringing to the market residential, as well as commercial inverters in North America.

Prior to joining Tabuchi Electric Ruben was with Panasonic serving as Vice President, Eco Solutions Group for Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company (PESCO). In his recent years with PESCO he had been responsible for developing new technological solutions, systems architecture and product portfolios in PESCO's Eco sector with a heavy emphasis in the solar plus storage and micro-grid space. Just prior to becoming VP, Ruben headed Engineering, Project Management and Operations Departments as part of then PESCO's Eco Group's EPC activities at the commercial scale. Under his leadership, the Eco Group implemented in excess of 200MW solar generation plants since 2011.

Prior to Panasonic, Ruben worked for seven years at the Sony Systems Development Center with responsibilities ranging from Implementation Project Manager, deploying DirecTV Japan multi-channel satellite broadcast system, to Senior Systems Architect providing systems solutions for clients interested in digital content management and digital rights management.  He was responsible for various solutions related to the broadcasting industry.

Ruben has a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Riga Polytechnic Institute, Latvia.  He is passionate about performance cars, cooking, and watchmaking, and currently resides in California.

Mory Gharib
Vice Provost for Research
Caltech
Biography

Mory Gharib

Vice Provost for Research
Caltech

 

Dr. Mory Gharib is Vice Provost for Research and the Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and Professor of Bio-Inspired Engineering at the California Institute of Technology.  He received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tehran University (1975) and then pursued his graduate studies at Syracuse University (M.S., 1978, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering) and Caltech (Ph.D., 1983, Aeronautics).  After two years as a senior scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA/CIT), he joined the faculty of the Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences Department at UCSD in 1985.  He became a full professor of fluid mechanics in 1992 and, in January 1993, he joined Caltech as a professor of aeronautics.

Dr. Gharib’s current research interests include bio-inspired engineering for the development of medical devices, wind energy harvesting and propulsion systems. His other active projects include the development of advanced 3-D imaging systems, and nano and micro-fluidics. His biomechanics work includes studies of the human cardiovascular system and physiological machines.  His honors and affiliations include: Fellow, American association for the advancement of science  (AAAS), Fellow, American Physical Society (APS), Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME), He has received 5 new technology recognition awards from NASA in the fields of advanced laser imaging and nanotechnology. For his 3-D imaging camera system, he has received R&D Magazine’s “R&D 100 innovation award” for one of the best invention of the year 2008. Dr. Gharib holds 182 publications in refereed journal and 50 U.S. Patents

Susan Cline
Director of Public Works
City of Santa Monica
Biography

Susan Cline

Director of Public Works
City of Santa Monica

Susan Cline is the Director of the Department of Public Works for the City of Santa Monica. Cline oversees Santa Monica’s approach to staying on the cutting edge, cultivating creativity, and fostering streamlined collaboration among divisions, departments, and other municipalities. 

Nancy Skinner
Chair
California State Assembly Committee on Rules
Biography

Nancy Skinner

Chair
California State Assembly Committee on Rules

Elected to the State Assembly in 2008 and reelected in 2010, Assembly member Nancy Skinner has been involved throughout her career in efforts to promote energy conservation. During the oil crisis of the late 1970s, Ms. Skinner and others lobbied the City of Berkeley to establish an Energy Office and a citizen’s Energy Commission.

An early champion of integrating economic development with environmental protection, Ms. Skinner authored the legislation to establish Berkeley’s Community Energy Services Corporation, which continues to provide energy efficiency services to small businesses and homeowners throughout the East Bay. During her time in the Assembly, Ms. Skinner has carried major legislation governing energy storage, net energy metering, renewable energy, and energy upgrade financing. Ms. Skinner founded ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability. As Executive Director of ICLEI’s US office, Ms. Skinner launched the Cities for Climate Protection program — the US movement of mayors and cities working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Ms. Skinner also served on the California Energy Commission's Climate Change Advisory Committee and San Francisco’s Clean Technology Task Force.  She also serves on the board of directors of a number of non-profit organizations involved in environmental and energy issues.

Jean-Philipe Lattes
Senior Manager, Electric Vehicle Marketing & Strategy
Nissan North America
Biography

Jean-Philipe Lattes

Senior Manager, Electric Vehicle Marketing & Strategy
Nissan North America

Jean‐Philippe (JP) Lattes is senior manager for LEAF / Electric Vehicles Marketing & Strategy at Nissan North America. He is in charge of marketing activities for the new Nissan LEAF, the world’s best‐selling electric vehicle. He is also actively involved in Nissan’s future EV portfolio development.

Originally from France, he holds a MBA in marketing from Laval University in Canada. In the past 13 years, he has lead numerous projects in sales & marketing in Europe and in North America, from sales, aftersales, dealer network development, retail experience to marketing. JP is a passionate individual who is excited to contribute to the 100% electric vehicles growth in the United States.

Based in the greater Nashville area for the past five years, JP loves to travel and discover with his wife and 2 young children – “my 4 years‐old son is ready for the future… he loves to plug‐in our LEAF every day in our garage”. The future is today… and electric!

Tyson Eckerle
Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Project Manager
Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development
Biography

Tyson Eckerle

Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Project Manager
Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development

Tyson Eckerle serves as the Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Project Manager in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go Biz). In this role, he focuses on streamlining the permitting and development process for hydrogen and plug-in stations so that these critical stations can be deployed as quickly as possible. Prior to joining Go Biz, Tyson served as Executive Director of Energy Independence Now (EIN), where he and his team most recently developed the Hydrogen Network Investment Plan with input from multiple stakeholders. Tyson holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of California, Davis and a Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Edgar Westerhof
National Director for Flood Risk and Resiliency
ARCADIS North America
Biography

Edgar Westerhof

National Director for Flood Risk and Resiliency
ARCADIS North America
Omar Brownson
Executive Director
LA River Revitalization Corporation
Biography

Omar Brownson

Executive Director
LA River Revitalization Corporation

Mr. Brownson joined the LA River Revitalization Corporation in January 2011 as its first executive director. He is excited to bring together the human, capital, and natural resources necessary to create and sustain responsible investments along the river corridor. He has dedicated his career to improving urban communities, spanning institutional investment, real estate development, and public policy.  

Most recently, Mr. Brownson led the Los Angeles expansion of Seslia & Company, a financial advisory firm focused on structuring and sourcing project financing for public institutions. Prior to that, he served as vice president of acquisitions and development at CityView, an institutional investment firm, and spearheaded numerous other mission-driven and community development initiatives.  

He is committed to the betterment of Los Angeles for all. He serves on the Advisory Board of the social enterprise Isidore Electronics Recycling and he is also former chairman of the Liberty Hill Foundation. Mr. Brownson holds a graduate degree in public policy and urban planning from Harvard University, where he also won the Urban Land Institute’s Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Competition. At the University of California, Davis, he earned a dual degree in international relations, and nature and culture. Mr. Brownson was a Coro Fellow and served in Public Allies, an Americorps program.  

Mr. Brownson grew up in Los Angeles and is happily married to Kim Pattillo Brownson, a civil rights lawyer. They are the proud parents of two daughters

Peter Brown
past Chairman and Secretary of the Board
OASIS
Biography

Peter Brown

past Chairman and Secretary of the Board
OASIS
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
James Jessop
Business Advisor, Storage and Conversion of Energy
Hydro-Québec Research Institute
Biography

James Jessop

Business Advisor, Storage and Conversion of Energy
Hydro-Québec Research Institute

James Jessop is the Business Advisor for the Storage and Conversion of Energy Direction of IREQ, the Research Institute of Hydro-Québec and is responsible for all commercial activities related to R&D activities including industrial and institutional partner relations and IP licensing.

Hydro-Québec is Canada’s largest electricity producer and one of the world’s leading hydropower producers. It transmits and distributes electricity from renewable sources to over 4 M customers. Its research institute, IREQ, conducts research and development work in energy-related fields, including energy efficiency and energy storage. Hydro-Québec invests $100 M in research every year.

James is working for Hydro-Québec since 2000 when he was hired as international business advisor for the generation group. In 2006, he joined IREQ as business advisor initially for the search for industrial partners for distribution R&D projects before focusing on energy storage and battery materials projects.

James holds a B.Sc.A in geological engineering and a M.Sc. in Physics from Université Laval, Québec. He is a Certified Licensing Professional.

 

Michael Owh
Chief Procurement Officer
City of Los Angeles
Biography

Michael Owh

Chief Procurement Officer
City of Los Angeles

As Chief Procurement Officer, Owh works to identify cost savings in the City’s spending, increase transparency, and reduce contracting time. A core priority of the Garcetti Administration is delivering inclusive economic growth, and the Chief Procurement Officer will play an important role in moving that commitment forward.

Owh builds on the work of the Mayor’s Operations Innovation Team (O-Team) — an initiative Mayor Garcetti launched in 2015 through the support of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, and in partnership with the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs, as well as a number of private funders. The O-Team’s focus is to improve the City’s core business systems, deliver operational efficiency, and maximize the value of taxpayer dollars.

Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Owh was appointed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to serve as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services and the City’s Chief Procurement Officer. In these roles, Owh was responsible for acquisition policy and the oversight of more than $21 billion coordinated through 40 city agencies. Previously, Owh was General Counsel at the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development and Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Small Business Services.

Rick Caruso
Founder and CEO
Caruso Affiliated
Biography

Rick Caruso

Founder and CEO
Caruso Affiliated

Rick J. Caruso is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Caruso Affiliated, recognized as one of the country’s most innovative and influential real estate companies.  Caruso Affiliated owns and manages a dynamic portfolio of outdoor lifestyle properties -- including The Grove in Los Angeles, The Americana at Brand in Glendale, The Commons at Calabasas and The Promenade at Westlake, delivering 5 -star customer service with a neighborhood scale and community feel, and creating a unique guest experience that attracts over 60 million visitors annually. 

Mr. Caruso has been widely honored for both his business innovations and philanthropic contributions to the Greater Los Angeles community.  He recently endowed the Caruso Catholic Center at the University of Southern California, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Southern California, the Board of Councilors of Pepperdine School of Law and the Board of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation. His numerous community and philanthropic commitments include service on the boards of Para Los Niňos, St. John’s Health Center Foundation, The California Medical Center, USC School of Policy, Planning and Development and The National Institute of Transplantation.  Mr. Caruso has been inducted into the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Business Hall of Fame. 

Together with his wife, Tina, he also founded the Caruso Family Foundation, dedicated to supporting organizations that improve the lives of children in need of healthcare and education.

Mr. Caruso believes strongly in public service and civic responsibility.  He served as President of the Los Angeles Police Commission, President of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Board of Commissioners and served as the Governor’s appointee to the Los Angeles Coliseum Commission.

Mr. Caruso holds a a Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University School of Law, where he was a Brock Scholar, and a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Southern California.  

He is a native of Los Angeles, and continues to reside in the city with Tina, their three sons and a daughter.

Jacques Alexandre-Fortin
Vice President
Rackam
Biography

Jacques Alexandre-Fortin

Vice President
Rackam

As a mechanical engineer and co-founder of Rackam, Jacques-Alexandre currently oversees the company’s technological development and commercial activities. He holds a master degree in renewable energy from the Hautes Écoles d’Ingénierie in Yverdons, Switzerland. He is passionate about solar power and how to overcome the engineering challenges that stem from adopting renewable forms of energy. As such, he was worked on developing many hybrid solar technology applications, the most promising of which is combined solar heating and cooling.

En tant qu’ingénieur et co-fondateur de Rackam, Jacques-Alexandre œuvre actuellement en développement technologique et en commercialisation au sein de l’entreprise. Il détient une maîtrise en énergie renouvelable des Hautes Écoles d’Ingénierie à Yverdons en Suisse. Il est passionné de l’énergie solaire et des défis d’ingénierie entourant l’adoption des énergies renouvelables. Il a notamment travaillé sur le développement d’applications hybrides, la plus prometteuse étant la production combinée de chaleur et de froid solaire.

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 is responsible for both water quality and water rights issues in the state and is currently focusing on issues ranging from setting water quality objectives for the San Francisco Bay and Delta; to general permits for stormwater pollution control; to reviewing irrigated lands permits to control agricultural drainage.  The Board sets statewide policy, settles water rights disagreements, and hears appeals of local regional board water quality decisions. 

Before her appointment to the Water Board, 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. Before coming to TPL, 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.

She 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.

Veronica Eady
Assistant Executive Officer
California Air Resources Board
Biography

Veronica Eady

Assistant Executive Officer
California Air Resources Board

Veronica Eady is Assistant Executive Officer of the California Air Resources Board. In this capacity, Ms. Eady is responsible for overseeing Environmental Justice activities of the Board.

Her role will be to serve as the primary internal and external contact for CARB on environmental justice issues and concerns and will be responsible for providing policy consultation and recommendations to CARB staff. She will also participate in decision making during the development and implementation of all major CARB programs to ensure that environmental justice and tribal concerns are considered.

Ms. Eady was formerly the Vice President and Director of Conservation Law Foundation Massachusetts and was the Associate General Counsel and Director of Environmental Justice at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, a non-profit civil rights law firm in New York City. Eady has also served as Director of the Environmental Justice and Brownfields Programs for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, where she was the principal author of Massachusetts Environmental Justice Policy. Eady was also Executive Director of Alternatives for Community and Environment, an environmental justice advocacy organization. She is the former chair of EPA's federal advisory committee for environmental justice, the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council.

Eady has held appointments on several faculties, including Europe-Viadriana University in Germany, Tufts University, in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Fordham Law School, and at the Stanford Law School. Eady received her B.A. in journalism from the University of Southern California, and her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

 

Dr. Joshua Schank
Chief Innovation Officer
LA Metro
Biography

Dr. Joshua Schank

Chief Innovation Officer
LA 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 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. 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. 

Steven Fabijanski
President & CEO
Agrisoma Biosciences
Biography

Steven Fabijanski

President & CEO
Agrisoma Biosciences

Steven Fabijanski is founder, President and CEO of Agrisoma Biosciences, one of Canada’s leading Cleantech companies.  Agrisoma has commercialized a new class of sustainable agricultural products, an Industrial oilseed crop called Carinata that is grown using certified sustainable production practices to produce “Carbon-Negative” second generation renewable diesel and aviation fuels.  Agrisoma started powering the commercial transportation industry with Carinata in Canada in 2013, and in 2014 Agrisoma was recognized with Canada’s Gold Leaf Award as “Company of the Year”, recognizing the innovation achieved in renewable and clean energy and for the pioneering work in conducting the world’s first 100% biojet flight in Canada.  Agrisoma now operates globally with commercial activities in North America, South America, Europe and Australia. 

Prior to founding Agrisoma, Steven held various positions in agribusiness, including senior roles in research management and corporate development, domestically and internationally.  

Steven holds a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor Degree in Biology from the University of Miami. 

Steven is active in supporting public policy on sustainable agriculture and cleantech and has served with multiple organizations active in this area including as a member of the AgWest Bio Inc. Board of Directors, Chair of the Industrial and Agriculture Advisory Board of Biotech Canada, member of the Energy Panel of the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, member of the Strategic Advisory Panel of BioFuels.net Canada and actively participates in the development and promotion of policy initiatives for the agricultural and renewable energy sector.

Bob Hinkle
President and CEO
Metrus Energy
Biography

Bob Hinkle

President and CEO
Metrus Energy

Bob established Metrus in 2009 and created the Efficiency Services Agreement (ESA) that the company utilizes to finance large-scale efficiency retrofit projects. He currently also serves as a Board member for the California Energy Efficiency Industry Council. Previously, Bob was vice president of energy efficiency at MMA Renewable Ventures where he directed the company's overall EE financing business and identified and negotiated investment opportunities with ESCOs and large commercial and industrial energy users. He has more than 18 years of experience in the energy industry and worked for 10 years at Nexant (formerly part of Bechtel Corporation). He has developed and implemented over $225 million in large-scale energy projects and programs in the U.S. and in emerging overseas markets for utilities, energy end-users, government agencies, and international donors. Bob previously served as entrepreneur in residence for the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF) focusing on the identification of new business models for EE. Bob has an MA in international business from the Fletcher School, Tufts University and a BA degree in international politics and economics from Middlebury College.

Henry Hilken
Director of Planning and Research
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Biography

Henry Hilken

Director of Planning and Research
Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Henry Hilken is the Director of Planning and Research at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.  The Air District is responsible for assuring clean air in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.  Mr. Hilken oversees preparation of regional air quality plans, transportation and land use programs, climate protection activities, amendments to Air District regulations, air quality modeling analyses, preparation of emission inventories, and the Community Air Risk Evaluation program.  Mr. Hilken has a Masters of City Planning from UC Berkeley and has worked at the Air District since 1988.

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. 

 

Charles Wilson
Executive Director and CEO
Southern California Water Committee
Biography

Charles Wilson

Executive Director and CEO
Southern California Water Committee

Charles Wilson serves as Executive Director and CEO of the Southern California Water Coalition, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public education partnership between cities, counties, business, industry, agriculture and water agencies dedicated to securing reliable, affordable, quality water for Southern California.

The Southern California Water Coalition (SCWC) - established in 1984 - is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public education partnership dedicated to informing Southern Californians about water needs and the state's water resources. Through measured advocacy, SCWC works to ensure the health and reliability of Southern California's water supply.

Spanning Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, Kern and Imperial counties, SCWC's approximately 200 member organizations include leaders from business, regional and local government, agricultural groups, labor unions, environmental organizations, water agencies, as well as the general public.

The diversity of its membership sets SCWC apart and enhances its influence, giving the organization the unique ability to take an all-inclusive approach to education efforts as they facilitate productive dialogue and build consensus to solve California's most critical water issues.

In addition, SCWC is the largest coalition of interested public and private entities dedicated specifically to securing a reliable supply of water for Southern California.

Wilson has been a leading public affairs professional in Southern California for more than 30 years and is a recognized leader in the industry. Wilson has spent the past 25 years in the electric utility industry with Southern California Edison where he led the development and implementation of third party strategic planning and communication efforts and aligned company interests with local, state and federal government officials and agencies.

Wilson also serves as principal owner of PC Consulting Services Inc. A consulting firm dedicated to providing strategic counsel, public affairs, government relations and communications to public agencies, private sector business clients and non-profits.

Wilson is recognized as an organizational leader, consensus builder and strategic communications specialist who can develop high performance teams, which produce results.

In addition, Wilson also serves as an elected board member of the Santa Margarita Water District where he currently serves as an active and dynamic force in providing leadership to the second largest and fastest growing retail water agency in Orange County.

Prior to joining Edison, Wilson served as director of community and media affairs for State and U.S. Senator John Seymour.  He has also worked in sports radio and television with ABC, ESPN, and the Netherlands Broadcast Company.

A frequent lecturer and university level instructor, Wilson was invited to provide advanced political campaign and communications seminars to train candidates and political parties in Novosibirsk, Russia. Wilson has also hosted and produced “Orange County Outlook,” a locally produced television show highlighting current events, political debate and economic development activities in Orange County.

A graduate of UCLA, Charles earned his BA degree in political science with an emphasis in international relations and public administration.  Wilson also earned his M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University.

Charles has been involved in several community activities including the Southern California Water Committee, Association of California Water Agencies, Southern California Public Affairs Association Advisory Board, Southern California Building Industry Association, Serra Catholic School’s Parent Advisory Board, Young Executives of America, the Orange County Public Affairs Association, Orange County Business Council, Mission Hospital Foundation, the Knights of Columbus, Constitutional Rights Foundation, Boy Scouts, YMCA, United Way, Red Cross, KOCE TV, Cystic Fibrosis, CORO, the Sigma Chi fraternity and the UCLA alumni association.

Charles and his wife, Pam, live in South Orange County with their daughter.

Eric Schockman
Vice President
California League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund
Biography

Eric Schockman

Vice President
California League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund

H. Eric Schockman, Ph.D. is the Vice president of the California League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund and oversees Green California, the largest coalition of environmental organizations in California working collectively for sound public policy. He also conducts environmental public opinion polling and statewide voter engagement. In his spare time, he is President and founder of the Global Hunger Foundation.  He served as CEO and president of a prestigious international anti-hunger organization for over a decade pumping out some $60 million in grants to the field and helping to pass major public policy legislation.

A public policy expert and an authority on hunger and poverty and environmental issues, Dr. Schockman previously served as Associate Dean/Associate Professor of Political Science for the University of Southern California.  He was also a top consultant to the California State Assembly and the Los Angeles City Council.  Dr. Schockman was the founder of the National Anti-Hunger Organizations (NAHO), an alliance of all major national anti-hunger organizations in the United States.  Additionally, Dr. Schockman is a member the National Interfaith Hunger Director's Committee . He was on the founding board of directors of the Global FoodBanking Network. He was former Chair of the California Post Secondary Education Commission , an appointment made by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Appointed by California State Assembly Speaker Emeritus Antonio Villaraigosa, Eric has also served on the Little Hoover Commission, a bipartisan, independent body whose function is to promote efficiency, effectiveness and economy in state programs.  He served in the Peace Crops in Sierra Leone, West Africa, teaching agricultural and sustainable development.

Dr. Schockman speaks before elected officials, professional and community organizations across the country and is frequently quoted in The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, CNN, NPR and other national publications and electronic media. 

He has also written several books and edited many articles on politics in California, the nation and international affairs, and presented on panels on these same topic.

Dr. Schockman holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of California.  

Kymie Tan
Biography

Kymie Tan

Jill Anderson
Vice President, Customer Programs & Services
Southern California Edison
Biography

Jill Anderson

Vice President, Customer Programs & Services
Southern California Edison

Jill Anderson is vice president of Customer Programs and Services at Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. She is responsible for leading SCE's energy efficiency, demand response and clean self-generation program portfolios as well as customer strategy, marketing, e-commerce and strategic alliance functions.

Previously, Anderson was executive vice president and chief commercial officer at the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the country’s largest state power organization. She directed all wholesale and retail operations. She was responsible for sales, marketing, new products and technology, and energy efficiency programs. In this role, Anderson also oversaw the marketing of NYPA’s generation assets, trading, fuel operations, hedging and business development for new transmission and generation activities. Prior to serving in this position at NYPA, she led energy policy, sustainability, corporate communications, regulatory affairs and government relations departments at the organization.

Before joining NYPA, Anderson worked for Hess Corporation, leading global process improvement projects focused on revenue enhancement, cost reduction and environmental excellence, including greenhouse gas emissions reduction efforts.

Anderson has also worked for Consolidated Edison Company of New York, leading teams responsible for natural gas and electric substation construction and operation, redesign of the distribution system to improve efficiency and integrate new technologies, and electricity and natural gas procurement.

Anderson received a Master of Business Administration degree from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from Boston University.

Snuller Price
Principal
Energy + Environmental Economics
Biography

Snuller Price

Principal
Energy + Environmental Economics

Mr. Price leads Energy + Environmental Economics’ climate policy practice area.  He has more than 20 years of experience supporting state, utility, and federal government clients with greenhouse gas policy, renewable resource evaluation, distributed generation, energy efficiency and utility resource planning.  Under his direction, the E3 team has recently completed or has underway the assessment long term climate scenarios for California, and the United States.  Mr. Price is also co-author of the 2012 paper in Science exploring pathways for California to meet the deep GHG reductions called for by 2050 of 80% below 1990 levels, and manages the team working on the United Nations Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP).  Mr. Price has an M.S. in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University (’97) and a B.S. in Engineering and B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College (’93).

Dr. Sandra Whitehouse
Chief Scientific Officer
‎AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles
Biography

Dr. Sandra Whitehouse

Chief Scientific Officer
‎AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles

Dr. Sandra Whitehouse is a consultant who uses her marine science expertise to advise clients on ocean policies focused on how to advance ocean health and sustainably develop coastal and offshore projects. Her clients have included governments, companies and nonprofit organizations.

Currently she serves as the Chief Scientific Officer for AltaSea, the Senior Policy Advisor to Ocean Conservancy and as a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. She is on the board of The National Center for Science Education. Dr. Whitehouse holds a B.S. from Yale University and a Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island.  

Varun Sivaram
Philip D. Reed Fellow
Council on Foreign Relations
Biography

Varun Sivaram

Philip D. Reed Fellow
Council on Foreign Relations

Varun Sivaram is the Philip D. Reed fellow for science and technology at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, a nonresident fellow at the Columbia University Center for Global Energy Policy, and a member of the advisory boards for the Stanford University Woods Institute for the Environment and Precourt Institute for Energy. Forbes named him one of the 30 under 30 in Law and Policy, Grist selected him as one of the top 50 leaders in sustainability, and Klout ranked him as one of the top 5 global thought leaders on solar energy. He is the author of the book, Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet (MIT University Press, March 2018). 

Dr. Sivaram also serves as strategic advisor to the office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Reforming the Energy Vision, and he was formerly a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he counseled Fortune 500 companies on adapting to the modern competitive landscape in energy. Prior to this role, he served as senior advisor for energy and water policy to the mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, and oversaw the city’s Department of Water and Power. 

Dr. Sivaram’s work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial TimesForeign Affairs, the Journal of Applied Physics, the Journal of Physical ChemistryNatureNature EnergyNature Climate ChangeScientific American, and Issues in Science and Technology. He has also given talks around the world, including at the Aspen Ideas Festival and World Economic Forum. A Truman and a Rhodes scholar, he holds degrees from Stanford University in engineering physics and international relations, with honors in international security. Dr. Sivaram holds a PhD in condensed matter physics from St. John’s College, Oxford University, where he developed third-generation solar photovoltaic coatings for building-integrated applications. He lives in Washington, DC.

Bill Abolt
Sustainability National Practice Leader
Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure, Inc.
Biography

Bill Abolt

Sustainability National Practice Leader
Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure, Inc.

 

Bill Abolt is a Vice President of Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure and leads its Sustainability, Energy & Carbon Management National Practice. Prior to joining Shaw, he served as Environment Commissioner, Director of the Office of Budget and Management and Chief of Management, Office of the Mayor, for the City of Chicago, where he was responsible for developing Chicago's strategy to become one of the greenest cities in the United States.

Mr. Abolt has over 28 years of experience managing complex energy, environmental and public issues including energy planning, sustainability program design, multi-stakeholder budget processes and enterprise-wide analysis of critical infrastructure and electrical system performance. As a part of his responsibilities at Shaw, he manages and directs specific consulting projects for corporate and public clients including but not limited to assignments involving renewable energy, energy efficiency, green infrastructure and sustainable design.

He is a member of the Green Ribbon Committee of the Chicago Climate Action Plan, the Midwest Advisory Council of the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Civic Consulting Alliance Leadership Council and has served as an adjunct instructor in Public Policy and Administration at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University.

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”. 

David Agnew
Managing Director, Government Affairs
Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets
Biography

David Agnew

Managing Director, Government Affairs
Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

David Agnew currently serves MIRA as Managing Director, Government Affairs. In this new role, Agnew acts as MIRA’s liaison with federal, state and local governments, building on MIRA’s existing presence in the marketplace while also exploring new investment opportunities.

Prior to joining Macquarie, David served at the White House, where he was Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. In this role, David oversaw the Obama Administration’s relationship with state, city, county, and tribal elected officials across the country. David previously served as Deputy Director of the office and was the President’s liaison to America’s mayors and county officials.

Before working in the White House, David was a businessman and community leader in Charleston, South Carolina. He has served as a top deputy to Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., a Special Assistant in the Office of U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, and a management consultant at Price Waterhouse. David has been active in public affairs and urban policy throughout his career, and has served in leadership roles for numerous non-profit organizations, including the Trust for Public Land, the Charleston Parks Conservancy, and the College of Charleston Riley Center.

David received his Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is a Harry S. Truman Scholar, a European Union Visiting Fellow, and a Liberty Fellow.

 

Mark Bozigian
City Manager
City of Lancaster
Biography

Mark Bozigian

City Manager
City of Lancaster

Mark Bozigian has been with the City of Lancaster for over 22 years, serving as City Manager since 2008. Prior to that, he served as Assistant City Manager, Redevelopment Director, Assistant to the City Manager, and Transportation Programs Coordinator. In total, Mr. Bozigian has been in the public sector for approximately 25 years.

Mr. Bozigian’s primary areas of emphasis have been public safety, economic development, redevelopment, transportation, neighborhood revitalization, budgeting, government relations, and grant funding. Prior to his employment with the City, Mr. Bozigian was employed by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) for three years in the Capital Planning and Programming Department. In that time, he directed many MTA programs including the MTA Call for Projects competitive grants program. During his last year at the MTA, he was the Director of the agency’s Long Range Financial Planning Section.

Prior to his work in the public sector, Mr. Bozigian worked for twelve years in the private sector. He began his professional career at Hughes Aircraft Company. During his ten years at Hughes Aircraft, he held various management positions including that of Business Manager for two laser production programs.

Mr. Bozigian also has experience as a realtor and as a partner in a small business and holds both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University. He and his wife live in the Antelope Valley and have two adult children.

Homer Williams
Chairman
Williams & Dame Development
Biography

Homer Williams

Chairman
Williams & Dame Development
Brence Culp
Executive Director of Sustainability and Legacy
LA 2024
Biography

Brence Culp

Executive Director of Sustainability and Legacy
LA 2024

Brence Culp is Executive Director of Sustainability and Legacy and oversees LA 2024's work to deliver a sustainable Games that fits the long term plans of the greater Los Angeles area. Culp was also directly responsible for the planning and development of the Athletes Village. Prior to joining LA 2024, Culp served as the interim CEO of CDO of Los Angeles County. She has over a decade of experience in public service for the city and county of Los Angeles, including time spent working within the City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee and three years as Chief Financial Officer for the LA Redevelopment Agency. Culp practiced corporate tax and real estate law before her transition to local government. She received her BA for the University of Chicago and JD from New York University. 

 

James Goldstene
Executive Officer
California Air Resources Board
Biography

James Goldstene

Executive Officer
California Air Resources Board

James N. Goldstene is the Executive Officer of the California Air Resources Board.  The Board has 11 members appointed by the Governor and is responsible for promoting and protecting the public health and ecological resources of California through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering the effects of its actions on the state’s economy.  To achieve this goal, the Executive Officer oversees the development and implementation of regulations and policies adopted by the Board and represents the ARB before the Legislature and in a wide variety of state, regional, national and international forums.  The California Air Resources Board has more than 1300 employees.

Goldstene was appointed Executive Officer in October 2007. Since then the Board has passed major rules to reduce diesel emissions from trucks, construction equipment and ships. It also adopted a comprehensive plan to reduce global warming pollutants under AB 32, California’s pioneering climate change legislation, and developed a range of measures and regulations to implement this plan, including the groundbreaking Low Carbon Fuel Standard and the establishment of a greenhouse gas emissions-trading program.  In 2008 the Obama administration adopted California’s standard for greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles as the standard for the entire nation. Currently, ARB is working with the U.S. EPA and the Department of Transportation to develop more stringent standards for vehicles from model year 2018 to 2025.

Prior to his appointment as Executive Officer, Goldstene served first as a specialist to coordinate the Board's involvement in California's Smog Check program. Later, as Senior Advisor to the Board's Office of Climate Change, he was also responsible for providing policy guidance and direction for the implementation of AB 32.

Prior to joining the Board, Goldstene served as Deputy Chief at the California Department of Consumer Affairs' Bureau of Automotive Repair, the agency responsible for regulating automotive repair dealers and running the state's Smog Check program.  His career history also includes key management positions with the Bureau of Barbering and Cosmetology, the State Contractors License Board, the California Pollution Control Financing Authority and other financing authorities in the Office of the State Treasurer. Goldstene served as Lieutenant Governor Leo McCarthy's environmental advisor in the early 1990s.

Goldstene also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Clean Air Agencies and is currently co-chair of the Western Climate Initiative Executive Committee.

Goldstene holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Government from California State University, Sacramento, where he served as part-time faculty in the Government Department for many years.  As part of his graduate studies, he completed a year studying in the Department of Politics at the University of Bristol in England.  Goldstene taught American government and political theory at California State University, Sacramento for many years.

Jeff Addison
Subterra Renewables
Biography

Jeff Addison

Subterra Renewables

Jeff Addison is an experienced finance professional and award-winning entrepreneur who has founded and successfully exited multiple startups within the CleanTech space. Prior to joining Subterra Renewables, he acted as Managing Director of Kiko Water Systems, which grew to become a leading CleanTech company with operations across North America and was named the 2017 Product of the Year by the Canada Green Building Council under his leadership.

James Stinson
Client Technical Professional, Financial Performance Management
IBM
Biography

James Stinson

Client Technical Professional, Financial Performance Management
IBM

James Stinson is a client technical professional for IBM Business Analytics and has devoted the last 10 years helping companies realize their analytic vision. Prior to that James was a Director of Finance and a Software Engineer. He has an MBA and holds degrees in both Finance and Accounting. 

Richard Bruckner
Senior Land Use Specialist
Mayer Brown
Biography

Richard Bruckner

Senior Land Use Specialist
Mayer Brown

Richard Bruckner is a senior land use specialist in Mayer Brown’s Los Angeles office. Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Richard was director of Los Angeles County’s Department of Regional Planning, which provides advance planning, current planning and land use regulation enforcement for the unincorporated area of the county, which has a population of approximately one million. Prior to that, he was the director of planning and development for the City of Pasadena, with responsibilities in citywide economic development, planning, building, code enforcement, cultural affairs, real estate and the management of eight redevelopment projects areas. Previous to his work for Pasadena, he served as the deputy executive director of the Community Development Department for the City of Anaheim, California.

Jan van Tilburg
Principal
Van Tilburg, Banvard & Soderbergh
Biography

Jan van Tilburg

Principal
Van Tilburg, Banvard & Soderbergh
Stephen Mullennix
Senior Vice President, Operations
SolarReserve
Biography

Stephen Mullennix

Senior Vice President, Operations
SolarReserve

Stephen Mullennix is Senior Vice President, Operations at SolarReserve where he leads the company’s efforts in asset management and corporate development.  SolarReserve’s leading technology includes integrated energy storage that can deliver utility scale renewable electricity on demand - day or night.  In September 2011, SolarReserve began construction of its flagship Crescent Dunes project in Nevada – the world’s largest solar thermal power plant with advanced energy storage technology.  The project will provide clean power to approximately 75,000 homes and create more than 4,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs.

Mr. Mullennix has 16 years of experience in the infrastructure and energy industries.  He has held senior positions in numerous successful infrastructure companies in the energy, engineering design services, and wastewater sectors.  Mr. Mullennix has led asset management activities and overseen projects in the solar, biomass, landfill methane and other renewable energy sectors.  Mr. Mullennix has negotiated numerous power purchase agreements, EPC contracts, technology supply agreements, fuel contracts and O&M relationships.  Throughout his career, Mr. Mullennix has worked with technical teams to commercialize breakthrough first-of-its-kind technologies in the infrastructure industry. 

Prior to joining SolarReserve, Mr. Mullennix was a Managing Director at US Renewables Group, the founding investor in SolarReserve.  While at US Renewables Group, he was actively involved in the initial founding of SolarReserve and has worked with the management team and the company’s investors since inception in 2007.  In addition to his work with SolarReserve, Mr. Mullennix successfully led acquisition, management and disposition of multiple investments in US Renewable Group’s three investment funds totaling more than $750 million of equity capital.  Prior to US Renewables Group, Mr. Mullennix was Asscoiate Vice President at AECOM Technology Company (NYSE: ACM) and Co-Founder of Ennix Incorporated.

Mr. Mullennix earned an MBA with Honors from the Anderson School at UCLA, an AB degree in Economic Geography from Dartmouth College where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

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.

Lew Horne
Divisional President, Southern California, Arizona and Hawaii
CBRE
Biography

Lew Horne

Divisional President, Southern California, Arizona and Hawaii
CBRE

Lewis C. Horne is a Divisional President with responsibility for CBRE’s business in Southern California, Arizona and Hawaii. 

In this role, Mr. Horne leads the strategic direction and performance of the firm’s Advisory Services business, which includes Advisory & Transaction Services, Asset Services, Capital Markets, Local Project Management and Valuations. 

Mr. Horne is passionate about collaboration and actively promotes the integration of multiple disciplines to ensure well-conceived, strategic solutions for complex client assignments. This passion led him to become an early adopter and champion for workplace transformation, including Workplace Strategy, Experience Consulting, Change Management and Occupancy Management. 

Mr. Horne is an active and well-respected leader in the Los Angeles community, regularly lending his voice, experience, and time to help create meaningful solutions for a wide variety of business and social issues, including the complex challenges around homelessness. 

Prior to his current role, Mr. Horne held a variety of leadership positions in the company, beginning as an industrial brokerage professional in 1984 and quickly growing to become one of the top 3% of brokerage professionals company-wide. He has successfully grown his career at CBRE for more than 30 years.

Professional Affiliations

-  L.A. County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), Board Chairman

-  CBRE Americas Operating Management Board (AOMB), Board Member

-  Woodbury University, Board Member

-  Urban Land Institute (ULI) Los Angeles, Executive Board of Directors

-  ULI Mixed-Use Council (Silver Flight), Board Member

-  Big Brothers / Big Sisters, Board of Directors 

Awards & achievements

-  Led CBRE Los Angeles Strategic Office Transformation Initiative (2012-2014) 

-  Created and led CBRE’s U.S. Client Care & Development Initiative (2012)

-  Manager Innovation Award (2010)

-  Manager of the Year Award, Nationwide (2003)

-  Women's Network, Endurance of Spirit Award (2003)

-  Benjamin Arthur Banker Educational Excellence Award (2001, 2002)

-  James J. Didion Leadership Award (1999, 2000)

EDUCATION

University of Southern California, Bachelor of Science in Business

Janna Sidley
General Counsel
Port of Los Angeles
Biography

Janna Sidley

General Counsel
Port of Los Angeles

Janna Sidley serves as the general counsel and oversees all litigation involving the Port of Los Angeles. A member of the Port’s senior management team, Sidley heads the Harbor Division of the Office of the City Attorney. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich appointed Sidley as managing assistant city attorney at the Port of Los Angeles in March 2013. 

As general counsel, Sidley supervises the attorneys who provide general legal advice to the Board of Harbor Commissioners, the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority, and the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility. Harbor Division attorneys draft contracts, review projects and advise the Harbor Commission and Port senior management on property management, marketing, international trade, maritime, fishing, environmental, and railroad operating matters. 

Sidley joined the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office in 2003 and has worked as a trial deputy specializing in workers' compensation fraud and unfair business practices. In 2006, she was assigned to the Port of Los Angeles, focusing on California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) matters. In 2010, Sidley transferred to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and has been responsible for all legal compliance requirements related to CEQA and NEPA. 

Prior to joining the City Attorney’s Office, Sidley was an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles from 1998 to 2002. She has worked at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., Department of the Interior, and White House.   

Sidley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

Paul Sellew
CEO
Harvest Power Canada Ltd. and Harvest Power, Inc.
Biography

Paul Sellew

CEO
Harvest Power Canada Ltd. and Harvest Power, Inc.

PAUL SELLEW is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Harvest Power Canada Ltd. and of Harvest Power, Inc. Paul has been a leader in the organics industry for more than 25 years. In 1982 he founded Earthgro, Inc., which grew to be the second largest producer of compost-based lawn and garden products in North America. He has also founded and led International Process Systems, Inc. (composting technology provider), Allgro, Inc. (compost marketing firm), Environmental Credit Corp. (carbon credit creation and trading), and Backyard Farms (hydroponic greenhouse tomato producer). Paul graduated from Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Ryan McCarthy
Science and Technology Policy Advisor
California Air Resources Board
Biography

Ryan McCarthy

Science and Technology Policy Advisor
California Air Resources Board

Ryan is the Science and Technology Policy Advisor to the Chair at the California Air Resources Board (CARB).  He is a leader in shaping California’s efforts to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote zero emission vehicles, and reduce emissions of methane and other short-lived climate pollutants.  Prior to his appointment at CARB by Governor Jerry Brown in 2011, McCarthy was a Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the office of California Assembly Member Wilmer Amina Carter.  Ryan received his master’s and doctorate degrees in civil and environmental engineering from UC Davis and bachelor’s degree in structural engineering from UC San Diego.

Andreas Klugescheid
VP Governmental Affairs
BMW AG
Biography

Andreas Klugescheid

VP Governmental Affairs
BMW AG
Michael Schneider
Vice President, Clean Transportation & Asset Management
SDG&E
Biography

Michael Schneider

Vice President, Clean Transportation & Asset Management
SDG&E

Michael M. Schneider is vice president of clean transportation and asset management at San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). 

In this role, Schneider oversees clean transportation, asset management, growth and technology integration, strategic planning and business optimization. 

Most recently, he was chief environmental officer and vice president of operations support for both SDG&E and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), Sempra Energy’s regulated utilities in California. His responsibilities included: facilities, fleet services, environmental services, real estate, and land services for both companies. 

Previously, Schneider served as vice president of customer operations, where he oversaw billing, collections, customer contact center and meter reading organization, remittance processing and credit. 

Schneider holds a master's degree in business administration from George Mason University with an emphasis in finance and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Arizona. 

He serves on the Advisory Board and Director's Circle for the Lamden School of Accountancy at San Diego State University, the board of directors of the San Diego River Park Foundation, and the National Board of Advisors of the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. 

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.

Yair Crane
Principal
CTG Consulting
Biography

Yair Crane

Principal
CTG Consulting

Yair Crane serves as the Principal of CTG Consulting, offering Strategic Advisory, Consulting and Business Development Services for US and global clients, with a focus on clean energy and clean transportation technologies.  Crane is also the Co-Chair of Young Professionals in Energy – LA Chapter.  Capitalizing on his deep network of senior-level relationships across the globe, Crane has a track record of accelerating the expansion of our Clean Energy ecosystem, building the institutional infrastructure and advancing funding, implementation, and commercialization of clean technologies.  He has worked in environmental consulting and compliance roles at technology and consulting firms, as well as prior roles in finance, wealth management, and cross-border investments.

Crane brings expertise in clean technology, energy/renewable energy, utilities, and clean transportation sectors, particularly in developing new business, implementing strategic channel partner relationships, and advocating for regulation and policies to support the Clean Energy Economy. Crane has traveled and worked in Israel, Mexico, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, and the Philippines and speaks Mandarin and Spanish.

Laura Wisland
Senior Energy Analyst
Union of Concerned Scientists
Biography

Laura Wisland

Senior Energy Analyst
Union of Concerned Scientists

Laura is a Senior Energy Analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists, where she works on state and regional policies related to clean energy, air quality, and global warming. As part of her work on renewable energy issues, Laura provides technical and policy analysis to legislative and regulatory agencies that develop and implement several clean energy laws, including California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS). She is the author of a recent report - “The Clean Energy Race: How do California’s Public Utilities Measure Up?” – which analyzed the degree to which California’s largest publicly-owned utilities have been promoting the development of new clean energy resources. 

Prior to coming to UCS, Laura was the Director of the California Hydropower Reform Coalition where she helped design several state and federal policies to reduce the environmental impacts of California’s existing network of hydropower dams.

Laura has a masters degree from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, and was a Morehead-Cain scholar at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she received a bachelor’s degree in public policy.  

Martha Welborne
Senior Advisor
HR&A
Biography

Martha Welborne

Senior Advisor
HR&A

Martha Welborne is a nationally-recognized leader in urban development. Her exceptional career as a civic and organizational change-maker has spanned the country, with a focus on complex development and mobility management in Los Angeles. With experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, Martha has spearheaded some of Los Angeles’ most innovative public transportation and revitalization projects in recent history—including the installation of the county’s first rapid bus lines and the redevelopment of the Grand Avenue corridor.

Prior to joining HR&A, Martha was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Real Estate for the Walt Disney Company, where she oversaw all corporate real estate development, design, construction; asset and portfolio management; and facilities support and services. From 2010-2016, Martha served as the Chief Planning Officer at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). Responsible for planning the long-range mobility future of the county, Martha led a staff of more than 200 to accelerate the delivery of voter-approved projects funded by Measure R and execute strategic initiatives, such as the Master Plan of the historic Union Station property. From 2001-2011, Martha was the Managing Director of the Grand Avenue Committee, a public/private initiative involving both the City and County of Los Angeles to spur cultural and mixed-use private development on Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles, including the redevelopment of Grand Park.

Martha began her career as an architect and planner, working on both individual building design and large-scale projects as an associate partner of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and a principal of Sasaki Associates, Inc. She has served on the board of the Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority and as President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Martha is a former member of MIT’s Visiting Committee for the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, the Board of the Community Foundation Land Trust, and the Board of Councilors for USC’s School of Architecture and for KUSC.

In addition to her role as Senior Advisor at HR&A, Martha will also serve as Project Director of LA Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies, LLC, the first permanent public transit link to Dodger’s Stadium since it was built nearly 60 years ago.

Martha earned a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame, and Master’s degrees in both Architecture and City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was also a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.

Rudy Bakalov
Managing Director
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Biography

Rudy Bakalov

Managing Director
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Rudy Bakalov is a Managing Director in PwC’s Cybersecurity & Privacy practices, focused on serving Financial Services clients and other heavily regulated industries. Through his career in cybersecurity, Rudy has worked with various organizations on solving their most difficult information security challenges, such as establishing an effective cybersecurity strategy, designing enterprise security architectures, remediation of data breaches and regulatory compliance issues, and other similar projects. Most recently Rudy has focused his work on Cloud transformation strategies, including security strategy and GRC, architecture, and operating model design.

Mr. Bakalov has earned a Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering & Science as well as a Master’s of Business Administration degree.

Some of Rudy’s professional roles and assignments include the following:

• Designed a strategy and security capabilities to enable the provider’s customers to satisfy Financial Services and data privacy laws and regulations in the top 10 global markets for one of the world’s largest SaaS providers.
• Chief Security Officer of Accenture Cloud Platform, a $2B business.
• Interim Chief Security Officer of one of the largest hedge funds.
• CISO of a top global law firm, responsible for designing and establishing an information security organization focused on protecting clients’ sensitive information, M&A deal details, and other confidential information along with ensuring the resiliency of IT operations.
• Global Head of Technology Assurance of a major online publisher, provided independent and objective assurances to the Board and group executive management on the adequacy and effectiveness of the company’s technology controls, including information security, privacy, disaster recovery, regulatory compliance, and investment spend.
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.

Jon Liberzon
VP Business Development
Tomorrow Water (BKT)
Biography

Jon Liberzon

VP Business Development
Tomorrow Water (BKT)

Jon Liberzon is VP of business development at Tomorrow Water (BKT), an environmental services firm with over 20 years of experience leading the Korean water treatment market. BKT has developed 140 original patents and participated in retrofitting Asia’s largest wastewater treatment facility.

Prior to joining BKT, Jon consulted for a range of industrial and multinational clients. He has done work for AB InBev, the World Bank, DFAT, and the world's first commercial dairy to directly reuse livestock wastewater. From 2012-2017, he was director of water technologies at Algal Scientific. Jon also has experience working on water conveyance systems and agricultural development projects in least developed countries (LDCs), including Haiti and Vanuatu.

Jon holds a Masters from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and a Bachelors degree from the University of Michigan.

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.

Richard Harasick
Director of Water Operation
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Biography

Richard Harasick

Director of Water Operation
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Richard Harasick is the Senior Assistant General Manager of the Water System for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). Mr. Harasick has over 30 years of experience in water utility planning, design, construction, project and program management, and operations. He most recently served as the Director of Water Operations for LADWP, where he was responsible for the delivery and treatment of water that is served to the City of Los Angeles, including operation of the Los Angeles Basin "Metro" and the Los Angeles Aqueduct systems, which includes the operation and maintenance of pumping and treatment plants, tanks and reservoirs, aqueduct facilities, and control systems.

Prior to his service as Director of Water Operations, Mr. Harasick was Assistant Director of Water Resources where he directed the development of the Owens Lake Dust Mitigation Program. He has also served in progressively responsible positions within the Water System including Water Conservation Group Leader, Program Director for the Hollywood Water Quality Improvement Project and Water Engineering & Technical Services Division Planning Manager.

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Jack Nicholson

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Paul Cook
General Manager
Irvine Ranch Water District
Biography

Paul Cook

General Manager
Irvine Ranch Water District

Paul A. Cook is the General Manager of Irvine Ranch Water District. As General Manager Mr. Cook is responsible for all aspects of day-to-day District operations including a staff of nearly 325 and a combined annual Operating and Capital Budget of over $225 million.

During his tenure as General Manager, IRWD continues its long-standing commitment to water supply reliability, sustainability and innovation with capital projects that include the largest project in IRWD’s history, the Biosolids and Energy Recovery Facilities Project. IRWD has expanded the production and use of recycled water, and added to its water supply portfolio with new local wells, additional water treatment facilities, and an innovative water banking program. Customer rates continue to be among the lowest in Orange County.

Mr. Cook is a registered civil engineer with more than 22 years of experience in water and wastewater system projects in both the public and private sectors. Previous to his appointment as General Manager, Mr. Cook was the IRWD Assistant General Manager. Prior to joining IRWD, he served as the Manager of Engineering for Central and West Basin Municipal Water Districts in Los Angeles County where he was responsible for a $350 million, five-year capital improvements program that included one of the largest water recycling projects in the nation. Mr. Cook began his career in public service as the District Engineer for Los Alisos Water District, and prior to that spent five years in the private sector working in the construction industry.

Mr. Cook received his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from University of Pacific in Stockton, CA. He went on to earn a Master of Science degree in civil engineering from California State University Long Beach and an MBA degree from the University of California at Irvine. In 2002 he was elected to the Board of the Orange County Water District where he served through 2005, including a term as Vice President.

Mark Rothleder
Vice President, Market Quality and Renewable Integration
California ISO
Biography

Mark Rothleder

Vice President, Market Quality and Renewable Integration
California ISO

Mark Rothleder is Vice President, Market Quality and Renewable Integration at the California Independent System Operator Corporation and is leading of the ISO’s renewable integration work. Mr. Rothleder has held several critical positions at the ISO after joining the grid operator as one of its first employees in 1997.  He is now the longest serving ISO employee.  Before being named vice president, he was Executive Director of Market Analysis and Development.  His previous positions included Principal Market Developer and Director of Market Operations.

Eamon Ryan
Leader of the Green Party
Republic of Ireland
Biography

Eamon Ryan

Leader of the Green Party
Republic of Ireland

Eamon Ryan was elected to represent Dublin Bay South in the 2016 General Election.

He was born in Dublin and raised in Dundrum and Dartry. He studied commerce in UCD before taking  a job managing a marketing course in the university’s School of Business. He went on to found a cycling tourism company, Irish Cycling Safaris, in the late 1980's and in 1996 won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. The business still trades successfully as Cycling Safaris.

He was the founding chairperson of the Dublin Cycling Campaign and began his political career as a Dublin City Councillor for the Rathgar – Rathmines ward. He then went on to serve both as a TD for Dublin South and as a Government Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.

In recent years, Eamon has worked for a European climate organisation (www.e3g.org) and chaired the digital policy group in the Institute of International and European Affairs (www.iiea.com). He is currently leader of the Green Party/Comhaontas Glas (www.greenparty.ie) and is married to writer Victoria White, they have four children.

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.

Ms. Brown serves on the Board of Directors of Sempra Energy, Renew Financial, Stifel and FivePoint Communities, the Mayor’s Fund Los Angeles and the Advisory Board of the Stanford Center on Longevity.

Garret Graves
Chair
Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana
Biography

Garret Graves

Chair
Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana
Timothy O'Connor
Senior Director, Senior Attorney
Environmental Defense Fund
Biography

Timothy O'Connor

Senior Director, Senior Attorney
Environmental Defense Fund

Tim O’Connor is a Senior Director and Senior Attorney in Environmental Defense Fund’s Energy Program in California.  Since joining EDF in 2007, he has been involved at state regulatory agencies and the legislature on climate and clean energy initiatives, with particular focus on oil and gas production and delivery, clean energy, cap-and-trade, transportation fuels and clean vehicles. During this time, Mr. O’Connor has also managed EDF’s participation in both state and federal courts in California on issues related to climate change, fuels and energy. Prior to joining EDF, Tim was a senior governmental compliance inspector at heavy industrial facilities, including petroleum refineries and power plants, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

David Kaiserman
CEO
SunStreet Energy Group (Lennar)
Biography

David Kaiserman

CEO
SunStreet Energy Group (Lennar)
Albert Cheung
Head of Global Analysis
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Biography

Albert Cheung

Head of Global Analysis
Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Albert manages the global research team at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), the leading provider of independent research on transformation in the energy sector. Albert’s group is responsible for BNEF’s research in renewable energy, energy storage, energy smart technologies and advanced transport, as well as cross-sector modelling. Albert joined BNEF in 2009 and has previously led the company’s product management group, as well as its energy smart technologies analyst team. Albert holds a MEng in Electrical and Information Engineering from the University of Cambridge.

Gary Lee Moore
City Engineer
City of Los Angeles
Biography

Gary Lee Moore

City Engineer
City of Los Angeles

Gary Lee Moore is the City Engineer of the City of Los Angeles, leading a world-class organization of 800 professional engineers, architects, surveyors and technical support staff dedicated to sustaining and transforming Los Angeles into the world’s most livable city. As the general manager of the Bureau of Engineering, he is responsible for the City’s vast network of public infrastructure, which includes the planning, design, and construction of all public facilities, management of billions of dollars of voter-approved public bond funds, and the delivery of cross-sector local government programs that serve millions of  residents and businesses in diverse neighborhoods and industries. With more than 27 years of public service, Mr. Moore is an accomplished executive and professional engineer, who is responsible for an annual operating budget of more than $140 million and 430 active projects totaling nearly $2.1 billion. Since he began his tenure as City Engineer in 2003, Mr. Moore has been responsible for the completion of 1277 projects totaling more than $3.8 billion.

Michael Woo
Dean, College of Environmental Design
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Biography

Michael Woo

Dean, College of Environmental Design
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Michael Woo is Dean of the College of Environmental Design at Cal Poly Pomona, one of the leading producers of architects, landscape architects, urban planners, and graphic designers working in Southern California.  He was the first trained urban planner and the first Asian American elected to the Los Angeles City Council.   As the Councilman representing the Hollywood area for eight years, Woo spearheaded the Hollywood Redevelopment Plan and played a key role choosing the route and station locations of the Metro Red Line subway.  He also served as a member of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission for six years.  Twenty-five years ago, Woo helped to start the Hollywood Farmers Market, now the largest certified farmers market in the City of Los Angeles.  He is now on the committee overseeing a predevelopment analysis of the 308-acre former Lanterman State Hospital property in Pomona, recently transferred from state control to the Cal Poly Pomona campus, one of the largest contiguous parcels of land available for potential development in Los Angeles County.

Cecilia Estolano
Co-Founder
Estolano LeSar Advisors
Biography

Cecilia Estolano

Co-Founder
Estolano LeSar Advisors

Cecilia V. Estolano is a foremost expert on contemporary urban planning issues ranging from economic and workforce development to land use, environmental equity and urban revitalization for cities and communities across the country.

During her nearly 30-year career, she has worked directly with public, private, institutional and non-profit clients to plan, finance, design, implement and operate policy-driven programs and projects that promote sustainable solutions tailored for each community.

Cecilia is President of the California Community College Board of Governors, and has served on the California Coastal Commission and many other boards and commissions. She received her A.B. from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges, M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA and J.D. from UC Berkeley.

Prior to founding Estolano LeSar Advisors in 2011, Cecilia served as CEO of CRA/LA; practiced land use and environmental law while Of Counsel at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher; Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. EPA during the Clinton Administration, and as Environmental Policy Advisor to former L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley.

Estolano LeSar Advisors is an award-winning urban planning and public policy firm. We work with public agencies, non-profits, philanthropies, and businesses to craft innovative solutions to address complex problems.

Dr. Yaniv Scherson
Managing Director, Western U.S.
Anaergia
Biography

Dr. Yaniv Scherson

Managing Director, Western U.S.
Anaergia

Dr. Yaniv Scherson is the Managing Director for the western U.S. region for Anaergia. Dr. Scherson is based in Carlsbad California where he leads Anaergia’s projects integrating organics recycling from solid waste with anaerobic digestion and wastewater for production of renewable power and renewable natural gas. He leads Anaergia’s turnkey system offering and supports Anaergia’s Design, Build, Own, Operate, and Finance arm. Dr. Scherson has wastewater and research experience at the doctoral level focused on resource and energy recovery from wastewater. Dr. Scherson has published his work in leading peer reviewed journals, patents, and book chapters and has presented internationally as an invited speaker. He is a licensed professional engineer in California and holds Ph.D. and Master degrees from Stanford University.

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

Robert Powell is a Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Food Science and Technology at the University of California Davis (1984-present). He was the Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (2002-2011); Vice Chair (2011-12) and Chair (2012-13) of the Academic Senate of the University of California; and Chair of the UC Davis Academic Senate (2008-2011).  He is the Science Advisor to the California Natural Resources Agency and the Chair of the Science and Technology Committee of Los Alamos National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His research has applications to foods and fiber systems. He has over 110 peer-reviewed papers. He is a member of numerous professional organizations and a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Yehudi Gaffen
Founder and CEO
Gafcon
Biography

Yehudi Gaffen

Founder and CEO
Gafcon

Yehudi “Gaf” Gaffen takes a vested interest in delivering complex projects that power vibrant communities. He has more than 35 years of construction and program management experience and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He immigrated to San Diego in 1979 to work in real estate development with Sunroad Enterprises. In 1987, he and his wife founded Gafcon, Inc. and under his leadership as CEO it has grown into a globally respected program and construction management consulting firm. It has been responsible for the success of hundreds of projects including high profile projects such as: The City of San Diego North Embarcadero Visionary Plan; the Port of Los Angeles Waterfront and Promenade; AltaSea, a $135 million adaptive reuse at the Port of Los Angeles the Redevelopment of the Los Angeles Forum; and $46.25 billion in education bond programs throughout San Diego and Los Angeles. In 2016, the Unified Port of San Diego awarded the $1.2B redevelopment of Seaport Village to Protea Waterfront Development with Gaf as the active Managing Partner. He will steward the project to its successful completion by providing leadership and direction for the strategy and execution with Gafcon, Inc. providing program management services. 

Philippe Bouchard
Eos
Biography

Philippe Bouchard

Eos

Philippe joined Eos after 5 years of in-depth experience leading emerging technology and regulatory initiatives within the utility energy industry. While working previously within Southern California Edison’s Advanced Technology Organization, Philippe co-authored SCE’s Smart Grid Deployment Plan and managed a $3 million portfolio of diversified R&D and technology evaluation projects. Philippe also completed SCE’s 2-year Marketing Analysis & Planning Strategy (MAPS) rotation program where he lead keystone projects within the arenas of Advanced Technology, Demand Response and Regulatory Policy & Affairs. In this rotational capacity, Philippe lead development of General Rate Case testimony for SCE’s Plug-in Vehicle Readiness Program and helped to propose and implement customer demand response programs leveraging newly implemented smart metering and home area network technology platforms. Philippe previously worked as a research analyst for E Source—an energy research and consulting firm– where he specialized in demand-side management programs, smart grid technologies, and corporate greenhouse gas consulting. Philippe brings an interdisciplinary background in chemistry and environmental sciences and graduated with a B.A. from Pomona College.  

Suzy Amis-Cameron
Founder
MUSE School CA
Biography

Suzy Amis-Cameron

Founder
MUSE School CA

Suzy Amis Cameron is a model, actress, a proud mother of five children, happily married to James Cameron,  and an educational and environmental activist.  In 2005, she founded MUSE School CA with her sister Rebecca Amis, an experience-based elementary school with a mission to 'Inspire and Prepare Young People to Live Consciously with Themselves One Another and the Planet.  Suzy also developed the Red Carpet Green Dress contest, an international competition to raise funds for global scholarships through MUSE School CA and MUSE Global. Dress designs were submitted from all over the world, with the mandate that the dress be created from sustainable materials. Suzy chose the winning design, wore it on the red carpet at The Academy Awards in 2010, and the 2011 design was presented on a model on the green carpet at the Global Green Pre-Oscar Party. MUSE Global outreach program provides educational and financial resources to Good Morning School in Mae Sot, Thailand- a MUSE inspired school educating children of migrant workers who have escaped genocide in Burma.

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.

George Hawkins
General Manager
DC Water and Sewer Authority
Biography

George Hawkins

General Manager
DC Water and Sewer Authority

George Hawkins serves as General Manager of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water). On his arrival in 2009, Mr. Hawkins launched an ambitious agenda to transform DC Water into a customer-oriented enterprise that is driving innovation and delivering improved value to its ratepayers.  The core goal is to improve aging infrastructure while complying with stringent regulatory requirements. DC Water is implementing the $2.6 billion Clean Rivers Project to nearly eliminate overflows of sewage and stormwater to the Anacostia and Potomac rivers and Rock Creek.  DC Water is also nearing completion of a $470 million waste-to-energy program to help manage solids being removed from reclaimed water while generating 13 megawatts of green power.  DC Water is also driving industry-leading efforts in customer engagement, including a vibrant social media presence, in science and engineering research and development, and in product development and licensing.  DC Water is designing a social media program to encourage innovative ideas from staff and to support a utility driven business incubator for businesses and local jobs. 

In 2014, DC Water devised a creative solution to better match the financing of its $2.6 billion Clean Rivers Project with the project’s life-expectancy. The Authority became the first U.S. water/wastewater utility to issue century bonds with a 100-year final maturity. This issuance enables DC Water to spread the costs of the project over the minimum expected life of the tunnels and be supported by future ratepayers who will also benefit. The $350 million sale was also the first “green” bond issue in the U.S. debt capital markets certified by a third party.

Mr. Hawkins began his career practicing law for the Boston firm Ropes & Gray, and is a member of the Bar in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University and Cum Laude from Harvard Law School. Since 1999, Mr. Hawkins has taught Environmental Law and Policy for the Princeton Environment Institute at Princeton University.

Ryan Tinus
Director of Sustainability
Tishman Speyer
Biography

Ryan Tinus

Director of Sustainability
Tishman Speyer
Paul Helliker
Deputy Director, Delta and Statewide Water Management
California Department of Water Resources
Biography

Paul Helliker

Deputy Director, Delta and Statewide Water Management
California Department of Water Resources

Paul Helliker was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in October, 2012 to the position of Deputy Director, Delta and Statewide Water Management.  In that role, Paul oversees DWR's Bay-Delta Office, FloodSAFE Environmental Stewardship and Statewide Resources Office, Division of Environmental Services, and the Inter-State Water Resources Manager.  Paul has worked in environmental and resource management programs for 26 years, with experience at the federal, state and local levels.  Prior to joining DWR, Paul served for eight years as the General Manager of the Marin Municipal Water District, where he also served as chair of the Bay Area Water Agencies Coalition (composed of the major wholesale and retail water supply agencies in the Bay Area), and chair of the regional water management group responsible for the Bay Area Integrated Regional Water Management.  Paul also served under Governor Gray Davis as the Director of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation from 1999-2004, and in other executive and management positions prior to 1999 at CALSTART, the California Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, and a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering, all from Stanford University.

Colin Cushnie
VP Energy Procurement & Management
Southern California Edison
Biography

Colin Cushnie

VP Energy Procurement & Management
Southern California Edison

Colin Cushnie is vice president of Energy Procurement & Management in the Power Supply unit at Southern California Edison (SCE). He is responsible for SCE’s energy contracting, energy and emissions trading, and energy market operations.

Previously, Cushnie was director of Portfolio Planning & Analysis in the Power Supply unit at SCE, responsible for the company’s wholesale market solicitation valuations, energy portfolio analysis and risk assessment, demand and price forecasting, and transmission congestion risk management.

Cushnie also served as director of Regulatory Affairs for SCE, based in the company’s San Francisco office. He was responsible for representing SCE before the California Public Utilities Commission and other agencies on matters relating to energy procurement and market design.

Cushnie was responsible for coordinating SCE’s energy requirements with the California Department of Water Resources during the state’s 2000-2002 electricity crisis, which required the state of California to assume responsibility for power procurement for the state’s financially distressed investor-owned utilities.

Cushnie joined SCE in 1987, serving in a variety of management and analyst positions related to natural gas fuel supply, contract management, and construction and material procurement.

Cushnie graduated cum laude from Whittier College with a bachelor degree in both economics and business administration.

Charlie Woo
Board Chair
Los Angeles Workforce Development Board
Biography

Charlie Woo

Board Chair
Los Angeles Workforce Development Board

Charlie Woo is an entrepreneur with a passion for public policy and civic engagement.

He is a co-founder and CEO of Megatoys, an international toy manufacturing company headquartered in Los Angeles. He also turned the once run-down industrial area in downtown Los Angeles into a thriving toy wholesale district by attracting hundreds of immigrant entrepreneurs to start toy businesses there. Charlie is also a developer of housing and commercial mixed- use projects in Downtown Los Angeles.

He chairs the Workforce Development Board for the City of Los Angeles, a commission that oversees the nation’s second largest workforce development system. Known for his innovative approach to workforce development, he was appointed and re-appointed by five successive mayors of Los Angeles to chair this board.  He is also a former Chairman of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, a former member of the California Economic Development Commission as well as the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs.

Charlie, an immigrant from Hong Kong, received both his M. S. and B. S. degrees in Physics from UCLA.

Austin Beutner
Publisher and Chief Executive Officer
Los Angeles Times
Biography

Austin Beutner

Publisher and Chief Executive Officer
Los Angeles Times
Dr. Kelly Sanders
Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Southern California
Biography

Dr. Kelly Sanders

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Southern California

Dr. Kelly T. Sanders is an Assistant Professor in the University of Southern California’s Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her research aims to ease tensions between human and natural systems through technical, regulatory and market intervention, with particular emphasis on reducing the environmental impacts of providing energy and water services.

She has authored more than two dozen publications and has given dozens of invited talks on topics at the intersection of engineering, science, and policy. Sanders has been recognized in Forbes’ 30 under 30 in Energy and MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35 for her contributions to the energy field. Her research and commentary have been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, Forbes, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and Scientific American.

Sanders received her B.S. in Bioengineering from the Pennsylvania State University, as well M.S.E and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, respectively. She teaches classes related to energy and the environment.

David Roberti
Former President pro tem
California State Senate
Biography

David Roberti

Former President pro tem
California State Senate
David Orr
Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and Special Assistant to the President
Oberlin College
Biography

David Orr

Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and Special Assistant to the President
Oberlin College

David W. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and Special Assistant to the President of Oberlin College and Executive Director of the Oberlin Project.

In 1996 he organized the effort to design the first substantially green building on a U.S. college campus. The Lewis Center purifies all of its waste water and is the first college building in the U.S. powered entirely by sunlight. His recent projects include a two year $1.2 million collaborative project to define a 100 days climate action plan for the Obama administration where the actions of the present generation might deprive posterity. He is presently the Executive Director of the Oberlin Project which is focused on making the City of Oberlin a model of full-spectrum sustainability and replicating that effort through a National Sustainable Communities Coalition. 

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.

Chris Margaronis
Project Manager
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Biography

Chris Margaronis

Project Manager
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Chris Margaronis works on innovative infrastructure delivery and financing, with specialties in local transportation and energy. His unique perspective has evolved through years of experiences on staff for a California Congressional Representative in Washington DC, as a Coro Fellow in Los Angeles, and in his current role as Project Manager for the Accelerated Regional Transportation Improvements Project (LA Metro’s first Public Private Partnership). Chris' passion for transportation is a Greek-American family tradition, with both his father and grandfather having owned shipping companies. In his spare time, Chris' nonprofit start-up works to use existing transportation resources in LA County to provide an opportunity to for underserved youth to visit the beach. 

Norma Garcia
Chief Deputy Director
Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation
Biography

Norma Garcia

Chief Deputy Director
Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation

Norma E. Garcia was appointed the new Chief Deputy Director for the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation.  Ms. Garcia is the first woman to serve as Chief Deputy Director since the Department was created on July 1, 1944.    

In her role as Chief  Deputy Director, she will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Department with a  $186 million budget, more than 1,600 full-time employees and 6,477 registered volunteers.  

Ms. Garcia has been with the Department for nine years and, prior to her new appointment, held the position of Deputy Director of the Department’s Planning and Development Agency.   She has led the work of the Department in planning, acquisition, development, and asset management of 180 park facilities, 71,249 acres of parkland and 210 miles of trails.  Most recently, she served as a principal leader for key region-wide initiatives such as the Countywide Park Needs Assessment, the Master Plan for Magic Johnson Park, and the transformation of Puente Hills Landfill to a County regional park.     

Ms. Garcia earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning, both from the University of California, Los Angeles. 

She fills the position held by previous Chief Deputy Director, John Wicker, who was appointed Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation on March 29, 2016.  

Wahid Nawabi
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Efficient Energy Systems
AeroVironment
Biography

Wahid Nawabi

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Efficient Energy Systems
AeroVironment

Wahid Nawabi is senior vice president and general manager of Efficient Energy Systems (EES) at AeroVironment.  With 20 years’ experience in advanced technology in diverse industries such as fuel cells, clean tech, industrial manufacturing, and energy management, Wahid is responsible for architecting the roadmap of AeroVironment’s Electric Vehicle “ecosystem” solutions offering. As a former segment manager at American Power Conversion (a division of Schneider Electric), Wahid played a key role in revenue growth of $50 million to more than $2.4 billion, helping to establish the company as a world leader in power protection.  Wahid sees similar potential in the electric vehicle industry and is committed to enabling the mass adoption of EVs and the advancement of the clean transportation movement. 

Lisa Alexander
Vice President, Customer Solutions and Communications
SoCalGas
Biography

Lisa Alexander

Vice President, Customer Solutions and Communications
SoCalGas

Lisa Alexander is vice president, customer solutions and communications for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), a Sempra Energy regulated California utility. She is responsible for developing new markets; driving clean technologies for commercial, industrial and residential customers; and delivering the information, products and services that meet customers’ energy needs and support state environmental and social policy objectives. 

Alexander’s portfolio includes renewable natural gas, near zero emissions transportation, emerging technologies and energy efficiency, conservation and low income assistance programs. Previously at the company, she held increasingly responsible management roles in the areas of commercial and industrial services, customer strategy and new products and services.

Prior to joining SoCalGas, Alexander was a partner at a boutique consulting firm that advised energy companies on smart grid technologies and conservation behavior change. She has also held strategic marketing positions at E*TRADE, Ticketmaster and Omnicom companies, and as a consultant, she has advised Fortune 500 companies on growth strategies. She began her career as a management consultant with Accenture.

Alexander serves as vice-chairman of the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition and is on the board of directors of TreePeople and NGVAmerica. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science cum laude from the University of California, San Diego.

David Fransen
Chief Strategy Officer
Next Generation Manufacturing Canada
Biography

David Fransen

Chief Strategy Officer
Next Generation Manufacturing Canada

Over his 34-year career, David has served as a senior executive in government, academia and the diplomatic corps. He provided strategic leadership across a wide range of economic policy and program sectors as a senior official at the Privy Council Office and Health Canada, as an Assistant Deputy Minister at Industry Canada, as the first Executive Director of the Institute for Quantum Computing, and as Canada’s Consul General in Los Angeles.

David is also a former Special Advisor to the President of the National Research Council, former Chair of the Waterloo Innovation Summit, and a member of the boards of Waterloo Economic Development Corporation, the Institute for Quantum Computing, and Quantum-Safe Canada. He 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, the Standards Council of Canada, and as 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 is currently a Fellow of the Public Policy Forum.

Michael Affeldt
Director, LARiverWorks
Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
Biography

Michael Affeldt

Director, LARiverWorks
Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Michael is the Director of the LARiverWorks team in Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of City Services. LARiverWorks leads project coordination, policy development, and engagement for the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan and LA River-related efforts. Michael has played a significant role in the development and adoption of the federal Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Recommended Plan, the purchase and ongoing development of the Taylor Yard G2 parcel, and ongoing development of the LARiverWay access and greenway network. Michael began his career with the City of Los Angeles in 2005 and holds a Civil and Environmental Engineering degree from the University of Michigan.

Bill Peters
Deputy Editor
Argus Media
Biography

Bill Peters

Deputy Editor
Argus Media

Bill Peters is Deputy Editor of Argus Air Daily, where he covers and analyzes how environmental policies and markets shape the energy sector across North America. He has written extensively on how state and federal climate policies seek to drive change in the transport sector, including California’s Cap-and-Trade and Low-Carbon Fuel Standard programs. He also covers renewable electricity markets and policy in the western US.

Dale Gauthier
LA Metro Area Business Unit Leader, Power, Energy & Industrial
AECOM
Biography

Dale Gauthier

LA Metro Area Business Unit Leader, Power, Energy & Industrial
AECOM

Mr. Gauthier has been with AECOM for the last nine years and has over 35 years of energy and power experience. As the Los Angeles Regional Business Line Leader for Power, Energy & Industrial, Mr. Gauthier is responsible for the marketing, development, and execution of AECOM Power & Industrial Projects in the LA Metro Area. Most recently, Mr. Gauthier was AECOM’s Renewable Market Segment Leader for the Western United States and developed and managed annual revenue exceeding $41 million in design, procurement, and construction content for solar projects. Some of the more recent projects that have or are in development under the leadership of Mr. Gauthier are the Techren Solar Nevada 300 MW solar PV project located in Boulder City, Nevada; the Siyathemba Solar 50 MW solar park in South Africa, CSU Fullerton 4.5 MW cogeneration plant, and Beacon Solar, a 200 MW project in Kern County California, and LADWP’s Pine Tree 10 MW project. Mr. Gauthier has provided development and design expertise to both utility and distributed renewable and fossil fuel projects worldwide, providing project design and execution leadership.  Prior to that role, Mr. Gauthier led our Energy Efficiency Project Development Team for the Western United States.

John A. Pérez
Speaker
California State Assembly
Biography

John A. Pérez

Speaker
California State Assembly
David Rosenheim
Executive Director
The Climate Registry
Biography

David Rosenheim

Executive Director
The Climate Registry

David is a proven senior executive with experience as COO, CEO and Director on several corporate Boards. As Executive Director of The Climate Registry, David is responsible for providing strategic direction; liaising with state and provincial Board members; and overseeing The Registry’s program, services and staff. He also serves as co-director of the Northern California chapter of Environmental Entrepreneurs. In his previous position, David oversaw U.S. business development for a leading carbon management organization, and prior to that was an entrepreneur in the high tech sector, founding and/or leading innovative internet start-ups. David has an MBA from Oxford University and is based in San Francisco.

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.

Sharon Wolcott
Mayor
City of Surprise
Biography

Sharon Wolcott

Mayor
City of Surprise

Mayor Sharon Wolcott was elected in 2011 on a platform of job creation, new education opportunities and improved mobility through transportation. She also committed publicly to bringing fiscal accountability and transparency to municipal government and setting a course for progress in Surprise. Her Jobs, Education and Transportation (J.E.T.) initiative has generated strong results and impressive reviews from residents, local businesses and regional and national stakeholders.

Under her leadership, the city has adopted new financial policies, ordered sweeping reviews of financial records and cut budgets to address serious shortfalls without raising taxes or impacting essential services. The current FY15 annual budget is testament to the city’s rapid financial turnaround in a very short time. In just two years, Surprise has turned a $500,000 general fund balance into a $29 million general fund balance and restored the city’s two-month operating reserve. The completion of an exhaustive review of the city’s financial activities has also added transparency to her promise of fiscal accountability.

Mayor Wolcott uses a team approach to job creation — working with Economic Development staff, the Greater Surprise Chamber of Commerce team and regional partners, such as the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, where she serves as a board member. Since taking office, more than 700 new permanent jobs and 300 construction positions have been created in Surprise as a result of $55 million in new capital investments. In addition, Mayor Wolcott continues to support “the arts” to help fuel community and economic development. Most recently, she was instrumental in bringing a new 2,500-square-foot art museum and performance space operated by the West Valley Arts Council to the Surprise Civic Center in July 2014.

She spearheaded the implementation of the Rachel’s Challenge anti-bullying initiative in local schools, and is active with the innovative Arizona Charter Academy, where she recently delivered an inspirational speech to graduating students. She presided over a City Council vote to approve a new agreement between Surprise and the Dysart Unified School District to share facilities and reduce costs. The Mayor has also encouraged development of youth leadership initiatives to include involvement with the City Council and summer employment at the city. She is sharply focused on securing a four-year liberal arts university in Surprise.

Mayor Wolcott is a strong advocate for a broad transportation vision for Surprise and Arizona. She is a board member of the I-11 Coalition, promoting the development of a congressionally authorized freeway linking Phoenix and Las Vegas and recognizing its vast economic potential for the West Valley. She serves on the Transportation Policy Committee of the regional Maricopa Association of Governments, and is active on the Transportation, Infrastructure & Services Policy and Advocacy Committee of the National League of Cities. She also has taken on a leadership role with the Grand Avenue Coalition, an initiative to redevelop Grand Avenue by involving regional leaders from all communities along its length. Her leadership revived a decades-old plan to solve the congestion at the city’s main gateway at Bell Road and Grand Avenue.

A life-long communicator and bridge builder, Mayor Wolcott is an effective advocate for Surprise at the State Legislature and with her colleagues around the Valley. She has led the way to improve communications between Council and residents through regularly held community meetings, a constantly updated web presence and social media tools.

Mayor Wolcott has 25 years of experience in 3 states as an elected official, serving at both the state and local levels. As a mother of two and a grandmother of three, she brings a well-balanced perspective to her passion for public service and for making Surprise a great place to live and work.

Wade Crowfoot
CEO
Water Foundation
Biography

Wade Crowfoot

CEO
Water Foundation

Wade Crowfoot directs the Water Foundation and led its transition into an independent organization early in 2017. Wade brings more than 20 years of public policy and environmental experience to his role, with expertise in water, climate and sustainability issues. He came to the Water Foundation from California Governor Jerry Brown’s Administration, where he served since 2011, most recently as deputy cabinet secretary and senior advisor to Governor Brown, leading the administration’s drought response efforts.

Before joining the Brown Administration, Wade was west coast regional director for the Environmental Defense Fund and a senior environmental advisor to former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

Linda Adams
Former Secretary
California EPA
Biography

Linda Adams

Former Secretary
California EPA

Linda S. Adams, former Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency, is a founding partner of Clean Tech Advocates, a firm dedicated to promoting innovative technologies.

Prior to forming this new team in the private sector, Linda served in cabinet-level positions with three governors during her distinguished career with the State of California. Ms. Adams held key positions in both the Executive and Legislative branches during her many years in public service.

In 2006, Ms. Adams was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as Secretary of the California Environmental Agency (CalEPA), the first woman to serve in that position. Immediately upon her appointment, she was designated the governor’s lead negotiator on AB 32, California’s ground breaking climate change and clean energy measure. When Governor Jerry Brown was elected in 2010, Linda was asked to continue as Secretary of CalEPA and to assist in the transition.

Ms. Adams holds the position of the chair of the Climate Action Reserve, North America's premier carbon registry.  She also serves on the boards of the Pacific Forest Trust, the Delta Vision Foundation, the California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance, and is the founding President of R 20-Regions of Climate Action.

Laura Renger
Principal Manager, Air and Climate
Southern California Edison
Biography

Laura Renger

Principal Manager, Air and Climate
Southern California Edison

Laura Renger is the Principal Manager of Air & Climate in the Regulatory Affairs organization at Southern California Edison (SCE).  In this position, Laura leads a team responsible for the utility’s regulatory and legislative policy concerning air quality, climate change and transportation electrification.  As the regulatory lead for transportation electrification programs, Laura routinely speaks to a wide-variety of audiences, including conferences and industry events domestically and internationally.  She has testified twice before California Public Utilities Commission concerning the implementation of the transportation electrification provisions of SB 350 and serves as SCE’s lead for the transportation electrification proposal that was filed at the CPUC on January 20, 2017.

Prior to this position, Laura was a Senior Attorney in the SCE Law Department, primarily focusing on air quality, climate, safety, and transmission project licensing.  She is the immediate past chair of the Environmental Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the current Treasurer of Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles.  Laura also serves as the Secretary of CalSTART (an organization dedicated to the growth of the clean transportation industry) and as the Treasurer of the California Electric Transportation Coalition (a non-profit association dedicated to the promotion of economic growth, clean air, fuel diversity and energy independence through the use of electric transportation). Laura holds a B.A. from Occidental College and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.  She lives in Los Alamitos, California with her husband and ten-year-old son, Jack.

K.Y. Cheng
Director of Strategic Markets
East West Bank
Biography

K.Y. Cheng

Director of Strategic Markets
East West Bank
David Sudolsky
President and CEO
Anellotech
Biography

David Sudolsky

President and CEO
Anellotech

David Sudolsky is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Anellotech, which is developing the Bio-TCat™ process to produce cost-competitive renewable aromatic chemicals (benzene, toluene and xylenes, "BTX") from non-food biomass for use in making plastics such as polyester, nylon, polycarbonate, polystyrene, or for renewable transportation fuels. Anellotech is currently evaluating loblolly pine and eventually other sustainable bio-feedstocks at its seven-story tall TCat-8® pilot plant. Anellotech complements its world-class R&D team with in-depth, long-term alliances with leaders to leverage decades of successful experience in developing and commercializing process technology. IFPEN is Anellotech's process development and scale-up partner, Johnson Matthey is the company's catalyst development partner, and Axens is Anellotech's partner for commercialization, global licensing and technical support. Industry-leading strategic partners in the BTX supply chain, including Suntory and Toyota Tsusho, as well as other confidential strategic investors, have provided funding to Anellotech. Prior to founding Anellotech, Sudolsky was a business officer or CEO of five biotechnology, specialty pharmaceutical and bioprocessing start-ups, one of which (Dura Pharmaceuticals) was sold for $1.8 billion. Sudolsky has hands-on chemical engineering experience in process design and refinery plant startups with Union Carbide, and work at Booz, Allen & Hamilton. He is a firm believer in environmental education and co-led a successful five-year effort ending in 2011 to build a multi-faceted Eco Center on the roof of a public school in the middle of New York City. David attended Columbia University where he earned an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University's Business School and a B.S. in Chemical 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.

Sidney Bomer
‎Public Works & Engineering Operations Manager-Houston Water
Houston Department of Public Works & Engineering
Biography

Sidney Bomer

‎Public Works & Engineering Operations Manager-Houston Water
Houston Department of Public Works & Engineering

Mr. Sidney Bomer has been with the City of Houston for over 26 years, starting out as a Plant Operator Trainee to his current position of Public Works Operations Manager. In his role, Mr. Bomer oversees Capital Improvement Projects, budgets, service contracts, and resource management, including coordination and management of the operations and bio-solids management of 7 EPA and TCEQ Permitted Class “A” Waste Water Treatment Plants of which one is a Dryer Facility and one is a Lime Application Facility plus 8 TCEQ Permitted Class “B” Waste Water Treatment Plants. Mr. Bomer leads a team of highly talented staff experienced in disaster recovery and relief and with expertise in recovery efforts after hurricanes, tropical storms, and floods. Mr. Bomer is the President of the Texas Water Utility Association – Gulf Area District Chapter for 3 years and also a member of the Sam Houston Water Utility District for many years. He is currently serving as the newly elected Vice Chair on the Board for the Texas Water Utility Association - Southeast Regional School held annually in Beaumont, Texas, aiming at training Public Officials, engineers, laboratory personnel, operators and mechanics in Water and Wastewater as well as prepare them for regulated required license testing. Mr. Bomer received the “Operator of the Year” award during the WEFTEC 2017 conference in Chicago.  

Larry Pizzi
President
Currie Tech Corporation
Biography

Larry Pizzi

President
Currie Tech Corporation

Larry is the President of the Currie Tech Corporation, the leading US developer and of electric bicycles that are marketed under the brands IZIP, eFLOW and Haibike electric bicycles, and has been with the company since May of 2002.

Prior to joining Currie and getting involved with electric bicycles, Larry has had years of experience within the bicycle industry. He was the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the bicycle division at Schwinn and GT and also held Senior Sales and Marketing Management roles at Brunswick Bicycle Division, the former owner of Mongoose Bicycles. He has also held Sales Management roles at Bell Sports, Service Cycle Corporation and Derby Cycle Corporation. He owned and operated Bike Tech Stores, a successful chain of Specialty Bicycle shops in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1978 to 1990 and has served on the board of the National Bicycle Dealers Association as a Director. Currently Larry serves as a Director of the Light Electric Vehicle Association (LEVA) and the California Electric Bicycle Association (CALEBA).

Mike Woo
Dean, College of Environmental Design
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Biography

Mike Woo

Dean, College of Environmental Design
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Michael Woo is Dean of the College of Environmental Design at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.  The College is one of the few university programs in the U.S. linking the allied disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban and regional planning, and also includes a large art department and the interdisciplinary sustainability programs at the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies.

Since the 1980s, Dean Woo has been one of the leading figures in Southern California planning and other efforts to shape the urban environment.   He was the first trained urban planner elected to the Los Angeles City Council (1985 – 1993) and has served as a member of the L.A. City Planning Commission for the pat six years.  During his two terms as the Councilman representing the Hollywood area, Woo initiated the Hollywood Redevelopment Plan which set forth the 30-year legal and financial framework underlying Hollywood’s current revitalization.  He also played a key role planning the route and station locations of the Metro Red Line subway connecting downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood.  Woo chairs the national board of directors of Smart Growth America and also chairs the nonprofit organization which runs the Hollywood Farmers Market, the largest certified farmers market in the City of Los Angeles.  He earned a B.A. in Politics and Urban Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and received his Master of City Planning degree from UC Berkeley.

James Kim
COO
BKT Co., Ltd.
Biography

James Kim

COO
BKT Co., Ltd.

Mr. Kim brings to BKT 19 years of extensive experience as a successful Investment Banker and Strategic Consultant across countless industries and global markets. Prior to joining BKT, Mr. Kim was a Managing Director of WorldVest Inc., a LA based merchant bank, where he structured many investment deals, private placement, and fund formations. At WorldVest, he advised several Strategic Investors, such as BestBuy Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, Avery Dennison, for strategic investment into Korean high-tech companies.

Rick Morrow
VP Engineering and Operations
Southern California Gas Co.
Biography

Rick Morrow

VP Engineering and Operations
Southern California Gas Co.
Kathy Gerwig
Vice President, Employee Safety, Health and Wellness, and Environmental Stewardship Officer
Kaiser Permanente
Biography

Kathy Gerwig

Vice President, Employee Safety, Health and Wellness, and Environmental Stewardship Officer
Kaiser Permanente

Kathy is responsible for developing, organizing and managing a nationwide environmental initiative for Kaiser Permanente, a leading health care provider and not-for-profit health plan/hospital system serving more than 10 million members in the United States. Under her leadership, Kaiser Permanente has become widely recognized as an environmental leader. Kathy has testified twice to the U.S. Congress on the need for federal chemical policy reform. Her book Greening Health Care, How Hospitals Can Heal the Planet examines the intersection between health care and environmental stewardship. Kathy is also responsible for eliminating workplace injuries, promoting healthy lifestyle choices, and reducing health risks for the organization’s 200,000 employees and physicians. She is on the boards of several non-governmental organizations focused on safety and environmental sustainability in health care.  

 

Shana Bonstin
Deputy Director, Community Planning Bureau
Los Angeles City Planning Department
Biography

Shana Bonstin

Deputy Director, Community Planning Bureau
Los Angeles City Planning Department

Shana Bonstin is the Deputy Director for the Community Planning Bureau, and oversees Community Plan Updates and targeted geographic policy initiatives at the neighborhood and community level in Los Angeles. She has worked on a range of assignments within the Department of City Planning, since 2001. She is also the Department’s Chief Sustainability Officer. Her educational experience includes a BA from UCSC in Environmental Studies and MA from Harvard in Urban Planning.  

Mia Lehrer
President
Studio-MLA
Biography

Mia Lehrer

President
Studio-MLA

Mia Lehrer, FASLA is the founder of the Los Angeles-based landscape architecture and urban design firm, Mia Lehrer + Associates (ML+A), known for the design and implementation of ambitious public and private-sector projects including complex mixed-use development projects, urban revitalization initiatives, and neighborhood and regional parks.  A native of El Salvador, Ms. Lehrer earned her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.  She has applied landscape and urban design innovation and technical expertise on complex Design/Build infrastructure projects, and continues to play a significant leadership role in project stakeholder outreach and consensus building.  She has been personally engaged in urban initiatives that include the recalibration of significant works of infrastructure such as channelized rivers, sea ports, military air stations and oil fields from single purpose sites to multi-purpose community resources.  Her design excellence and environmental leadership enables government agencies, communities, and stakeholders to create an interconnected system of meaningful open space through well-conceived projects.  Within this process, the role of infrastructure is examined for opportunities to improve the relationship between the built environment, natural ecology, and community, thereby enhancing the functionality, mobility, efficiency, and integrity of place.

Margaret Kirkpatrick
Of Counsel
Pearl Legal Group PC
Biography

Margaret Kirkpatrick

Of Counsel
Pearl Legal Group PC

Margaret Kirkpatrick, of MDK/Pearl LLC, joined Pearl Legal Group PC as Of Counsel in January 2016, where she advises clients on public policy and strategy, with an emphasis on energy and the environment. She is also the Director of Brighter Oregon, The Oregon Business Plan Coalition.

Margaret served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Northwest Natural Gas Co. from June 2005 through 2014 and as the Company’s Senior Vice President of Environmental Affairs from 2014-2016.  Before she joined NW Natural, Margaret was a partner with Stoel Rives, LLP. She currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Oregon Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. She is also on the Board of Trustees for Portland State University and on the boards of The Classroom Law Project and The Children’s Institute.

Margaret has a Bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster (1976), a JD from Lewis and Clark College (1982) and an LLM from the University of Edinburgh (1987). Margaret lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Earl Blumenauer.

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 currently Regional Vice President for External Affairs and Environmental Strategy for SoCalGas, the nation’s largest gas utility. He is responsible for the Company’s public affairs, community relations, and energy and environmental affairs functions. 

He’s been a long time public policy professional specializing in energy and environmental matters, policy development, communications and political advocacy. Previously, he’s been a managing principal for LA-based public affairs consulting firms, Greer/Dailey/Minter and GM Public Affairs, handling approvals for large energy and land use projects.  He began his career as a political consultant managing local, state and national political campaigns.

George has served as a board member of numerous civic associations and community organizations, 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’s the father of two grown children, is married, and lives in Pasadena, California; and is a Phi Beta Kappa and Honors graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.

Robert Owen-Jones
Assistant Secretary
Global Engagement Branch, Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Australian Government
Biography

Robert Owen-Jones

Assistant Secretary
Global Engagement Branch, Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Australian Government
Peter Marx
Former Chief Technology Officer
City of Los Angeles
Biography

Peter Marx

Former Chief Technology Officer
City of Los Angeles
Gabe Klein
Partner
CityFi
Biography

Gabe Klein

Partner
CityFi

Gabe is the former Commissioner of the Chicago and Washington DC Departments of Transportation. In both cities he revamped technology platforms and government processes while focusing on putting people first vs. automobiles on city streets. This included launching two of the first and largest bikeshare systems in the U.S. and building protected bike lanes and better pedestrian infrastructure for vulnerable citizens citywide, as well as facilitating private services like carshare and rideshare that could help each cities mobility goals. Gabe honed his creativity and leadership skills working in business, including Zipcar, where he served as Vice President, Bikes USA as national Director of Stores and his own electric powered, organic food truck chain, On The Fly.

Post-government, and after an enriching fellowship with the Urban Land Institute in 2014, Gabe joined Fontinalis Partners as a Special Venture Partner on their $100 million 2nd fund. Gabe also advises governments and companies worldwide on innovation in cities including Singapore where Gabe has been a visiting fellow for the Centre For Livable Cities, working on creating a “car-lite” city-state.  In 2015, Gabe also published Start-Up City with David Vega-Barachowitz on Island Press, a manifesto on revamping how (and how fast) we innovate in cities and rethinking public-private partnerships with a triple-bottom line approach as technology shapes a dramatically different future.

Gabe sits on the boards of Streetsblog, Carma, and advisory boards of NACTO, Sensity Systems, Zendrive, and advises next-gen start-ups including Phone2Action and Transit Screen. As Commissioner, he has worked to bring a new Riverwalk to Chicago as well as the breathtaking Bloomingdale Trail, 100’s of miles of bike lanes, new policies combined with technology solutions to revamp parking, permitting, and many other arcane government processes.

Mary Patton
Founder
Nutopia
Biography

Mary Patton

Founder
Nutopia

Mary Patton is a seasoned business executive and veteran cannabis activist whose professional career path has taken her from award-winning marketing campaigns, working with clients such as Intel and Sun Microsystems for L!VE Marketing, to high profile entertainment industry positions with KZOK FM Radio, Harpo Studios, Rhino Entertainment, and Amoeba Music, before settling full-time into the cannabis industry with a focus on policy reform and business development.

What began as a volunteer passion project in the early 1990s, eventually became a life’s mission when she left her career in media, marketing and entertainment, to join a top cannabis policy organization, The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) as Director of VIP Relations in 2008. Combining business savvy with her production, marketing and communications skills, Ms. Patton enlisted and engaged high-profile celebrity advocates to speak out on cannabis prohibition, organized star-studded fundraising events and helped to change the social narrative and attitudes surrounding marijuana to advance the legalization movement. After leaving MPP, Mary worked with Gov. Gary Johnson’s Our America Initiative, then joined his campaign team on his 2012 run for President of the United States.  Since 2010, Ms. Patton has been a sought-after cannabis industry consultant, lending her expertise and advice to state policy initiatives and cannabis industry start-ups, many of which have gone on to become some of the top companies in the cannabis industry.  A key area of focus in Ms. Patton's work revolves around guiding her clients into compliance while implementing responsible and sustainable business practices.

Bruce Karas
Vice President, Environment & Sustainability
Coca Cola Refreshments
Biography

Bruce Karas

Vice President, Environment & Sustainability
Coca Cola Refreshments
Russell Fortmeyer
Sustainability Leader
Arup
Biography

Russell Fortmeyer

Sustainability Leader
Arup

Russell leads sustainability for Arup’s Los Angeles office.  Russell’s work for public and private sector clients includes high-performance buildings, infrastructure master planning, sustainability policy, and resilience. Trained as both an Engineer and an Architect, Russell takes a research-based approach to developing new concepts for clients to tackle the increasingly complex and inter-connected environmental realm to address issues like climate change, resilience, resource scarcity, and social equity in the context of creating healthy and efficient buildings and cities. Over the past year, Russell Fortmeyer was the Technical Chair for the USGBC working closely with Heather Rosenberg on the Building Resilience Framework for Los Angeles that was launched at Greenbuild 2016 conference in September.

As an author and former editor with Architectural Record, his skills in communication allow him to connect with clients and stakeholders to identify innovative solutions to in passive design, smart cities, energy and water efficiency, and new technologies. He lectures widely on resiliency and sustainability topics and has been on the applied studies faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture since 2011. His book, Kinetic Architecture, which gauges the emerging field of dynamic facades, was published in 2014.

Mike Rosenfeld
Vice Consul - Senior Advisor for Energy, Environment & Infrastructure
UK Department for International Trade, British Consulate General-Los Angeles
Biography

Mike Rosenfeld

Vice Consul - Senior Advisor for Energy, Environment & Infrastructure
UK Department for International Trade, British Consulate General-Los Angeles
Mike Rosenfeld is Vice-Consul with UK Trade & Investment, the UK Government’s international business development agency, in the British Consulate-General, Los Angeles. He serves as senior advisor in the USA for Energy, Environment & Infrastructure and has significant expertise in renewable energy and environmental technologies. Mr. Rosenfeld also serves as a member of the UK’s Climate Change team addressing global warming solutions in the US. As a team leader of commercial officers in the USA, he represents UK Plc. across a range of industry sectors by identifying inward investment opportunities among American companies seeking to expand into the UK and supporting British companies, exporting technologies, products, and services into the US, as well as identifying joint venture and other partnership opportunities.
 
In addition to serving as US lead officer for the Clean Technology sector, Mr. Rosenfeld has been a corporate investment, marketing and business development executive in Los Angeles for the past 25 years. He established AM Venture Partners, a venture capital and investment firm, in Los Angeles in 1999. Mr. Rosenfeld has raised capital for, served as a director on corporate boards, and represented national and international companies in the environmental, energy, engineering, maritime, telecommunications and healthcare sectors. He also has served in senior-level executive management positions with two global environmental engineering, construction and technology firms. Mr. Rosenfeld began his career as a journalist in Los Angeles in 1978. He continues to write occasionally, contributing to a number of environmental, energy, maritime and engineering publications.
Julie Blunden
Executive Vice President, Business Development
EVgo
Biography

Julie Blunden

Executive Vice President, Business Development
EVgo

Julie Blunden is the Executive Vice President of Business Development of EVgo. Blunden brings more than three decades of executive experience to EVgo, including growing rapidly expanding companies in new energy markets, including senior roles at SunPower, Green Mountain Energy, KEMA Xenergy, and SunEdison, as well as serving as Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of ClimateWorks Foundation. She is Board Chair of CalCEF Catalyst and Board Member of CalCEF Ventures, as well as founder of her own consulting practice, and former Executive in Residence for the Global Energy Management Program at the University of Colorado Denver’s Business School.

Blunden has an engineering and environmental studies degree from Dartmouth College and a Masters of Business Administration from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

Tim Dafeta
Plant Manager,
City of Los Angeles Hyperion Treatment Plant
Biography

Tim Dafeta

Plant Manager,
City of Los Angeles Hyperion Treatment Plant

Tim Dafeta is a registered civil engineer with the State of California.  Tim is currently the Plant Manager of the City of Los Angeles Hyperion Treatment Plant. Hyperion Treatment Plant is one of the largest plants in the world, with a 450 million gallon per day (MGD) average dry weather capacity and highly technical operations, including full secondary treatment with pure oxygen activated sludge, Class A anaerobic digestion, cryogenic oxygen generation, air emission controls and odor management facilities, biogas power generation, and a variety of offsite biosolids reuse alternatives. Approximately 35 MGD of secondary effluent is transported to a neighboring water district for further treatment and reuse by other local users.

Richard Bloom
Assemblymember, 50th District
California State Assembly
Biography

Richard Bloom

Assemblymember, 50th District
California State Assembly

Richard Bloom was first elected to the 50th District of the California State Assembly in 2012 where he proudly represents the communities of Agoura Hills, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Hollywood, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Topanga, West Hollywood, and West Los Angeles. Shortly after his election, Assemblymember Richard Bloom was appointed to the Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Transportation where he quickly established himself as a leader on one of the biggest issues facing this generation - climate change.  As Chair, Assemblymember Bloom has pushed for increasing renewable energy development and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and promoting smart and sustainable planning that expands affordable housing and reduces traffic congestion and commute times.  Through his leadership, Assemblymember Bloom has made reducing our carbon footprint and enhancing the quality of life now and for future generations a core mission of the committee. As a steward of the environment, Assemblymember Bloom also helped establish the most stringent protections in the country against the dangers of hydraulic fracking and pushed for improved rail safety and oil spill response preparedness in light of the exponential growth of oil imports by rail.  Assemblymember Bloom also introduced the strongest protections in the country against the use of rodenticides which are harming wildlife at alarming levels and against the use of plastic microbeads in personal care products that are contaminating our rivers, streams, and oceans.

Dan Adler
Managing Director
CalCEF
Biography

Dan Adler

Managing Director
CalCEF

Dan Adler is Managing Director of the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF), a nonprofit, evergreen investment fund created to advance the clean energy economy. Mr. Adler is responsible for CalCEF's investments across six funds in venture capital and project finance, and leads the firm's efforts to identify catalytic new investment theses. Prior to joining CalCEF, Mr. Adler was a senior analyst in the Division of Strategic Planning at the California Public Utilities Commission, where he was responsible for the design and implementation of California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard and was senior staff for climate change policy. He serves as Board co-chair of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), on the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Green Capital, and on the Board of Advisors of the Clean Tech Open.

Noah Garrison
Project Attorney, Water Program
NRDC
Biography

Noah Garrison

Project Attorney, Water Program
NRDC

Noah Garrison is a Project Attorney with the Water Program at NRDC. Working from each of NRDC’s U.S. offices, the Water Program seeks to ensure safe and sufficient water for people and ecosystems in the United States. Noah joined NRDC in 2007, and has spent the past four years working on legal, policy, and technical water related issues that include urban runoff and storm water; green infrastructure and Low Impact Development (LID) implementation and its relationship to water supply, energy use, and climate change; enforcement of the Clean Water Act and California Porter-Cologne Act; and groundwater supply and the relationship between groundwater and the public trust in California. Noah is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, with a specialization in Public Interest Law and Policy. Noah also holds a M.S. in Geological Sciences from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he served as a Lecturer in 2004.  

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

Nandhu Nandhakumar
Senior Vice President
LG Technology Center of America
Biography

Nandhu Nandhakumar

Senior Vice President
LG Technology Center of America

Dr. Nandhakumar has been serving (since 2006) as Senior Vice President - Advanced Technology in the office of the CTO of LG Electronics Inc.  He has been leading technology initiatives, partnerships and corporate investments in areas of long-term strategic interest to LG Electronics, such as connected entertainment, connected health, connected energy and connected vehicle. 

Dr. Nandhu Nandhakumar was also the founding head of the LG Technology Center of America, a recently established Silicon Valley-based incubator for emerging technologies relevant to the various companies under LG Corp. The Technology Center invests in new ventures via LP arrangements with leading Venture Capital funds, and collaborates with university research centers and national government laboratories.

Earlier, he served as CTO, VP Engineering and a Board Director of Triveni Digital, which has deployed products for the management and monitoring of metadata and data in broadcast DTV signals. 

He has also served on the faculties of the University of Texas, Austin and the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. 

Dr. Nandhakumar has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications Engineering from Madras University, Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UT Austin. He is a senior member of the IEEE. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Telecommunication Industry Solutions, Board of Directors of the Telecommunications Industry Association, Advisory Board of Independa, the EvoNexus Startup Incubator Committee of CommNexus, and Dean’s Advisory Committee of USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering.

Ted Bardacke
Executive Director
Clean Power Alliance
Biography

Ted Bardacke

Executive Director
Clean Power Alliance

Ted Bardacke is Executive Director for Clean Power Alliance, California’s new, locally-operated, electricity provider for 31 communities and approximately one million eligible customers across Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Ted brings a unique background to the organization that includes experience in the public sector, journalism, education, and non-profit leadership. During his career, Ted has developed expertise in renewable energy planning and project development, electricity and water rate setting, customer service, and sustainability program design and implementation. Ted comes to Clean Power Alliance from the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, where he was Director of Infrastructure and Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Sustainability Office, serving as the Mayor’s chief policy liaison to the Department of Water and Power and the Department of Public Works. Prior to that, Ted worked in the Green Urbanism Program at Global Green USA, a nationally-leading organization advancing smart solutions to climate change, and in the 1990s served as a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times of London, based in Mexico City and Bangkok. Ted holds degrees from Wesleyan University and the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia University and has taught at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs for the past 10 years.

Mark Schleich
Director, Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division
Santa Barbara County Public Works Department
Biography

Mark Schleich

Director, Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division
Santa Barbara County Public Works Department

Mark Schleich has been a civil engineer for over 25 years at the Santa Barbara County Public Works Department. He has been directly involved in solid waste policy and projects as the director of the Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division for the past 15 years. Mr. Schleich’s division manages three recycling & transfer stations as well as one regional landfill that in total employ over 90 people. During Mr. Schleich’s tenure, the County has increased its recycling rate from 30% to over 70% and received numerous awards for innovative solid waste management including: Landfill Management Excellence Silver Award (SWANA, 2001), Integrated Solid Waste Management Gold Award (SWANA, 2008), and Household Hazardous Waste Management Excellence Award (CalEPA, 2002).

Liam Denning
Columnist
Bloomberg
Biography

Liam Denning

Columnist
Bloomberg

Liam Denning is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering energy, mining and commodities, based in New York. He previously was editor of the Wall Street Journal's “Heard on the Street” column and wrote for the Financial Times' Lex column. Prior to journalism, he worked in the natural resources team in Goldman Sachs’ investment banking division in London and as a consultant at KPMG.

Carla Peterman
Senior Vice President
Southern California Edison
Biography

Carla Peterman

Senior Vice President
Southern California Edison

Carla J. Peterman was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in December 2012. Commissioner Peterman was the CPUC’s assigned Commissioner for a number of proceedings including energy efficiency, alternative transportation, energy storage, PCIA reform, California Teleconnect Fund reform, San Jose Water Company merger, and several rate cases.  As a Commissioner, Peterman served on many boards including the NARUC Board of Directors and the California Broadband Council. She served as the Chair of the Plug in Electric Vehicle Collaborative for 2012-2013. After chairing the California Commission on Catastrophic Wildfire Cost and Recovery, is now Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at Southern California Edison

She was previously appointed by Governor Brown, in 2011, to the California Energy Commission where she was lead Commissioner for renewables, transportation, and natural gas.

Carla Peterman has conducted research at the University of California Energy Institute and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and was an investment banker focused on energy financing at Lehman Brothers.

Carla Peterman holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Energy and Resources from The University of California Berkeley. She also earned a Master of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Commissioner Peterman holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Howard University.

Rani Narula-Woods
Senior Director, Special Projects, Office of Extraordinary Innovation
LA Metro
Biography

Rani Narula-Woods

Senior Director, Special Projects, Office of Extraordinary Innovation
LA Metro

Rani Narula-Woods is a seasoned program director with experience in the design and implementation of new mobility products and services. She serves as the Sr. Director, Special Projects, in LA Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation. In this capacity, she leads the agency’s research, testing, and evaluation of demand-response technology with a focus on the integration of user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design into transit service planning and operations. Under the leadership of LA Metro’s Chief Innovation Officer, Rani has been tasked with the delivery and evaluation of a new on-demand service. The pilot project may offer the largest public deployment of demand-responsive service in the U.S. to-date. 

In 2016, Rani co-authored the Los Angeles County Shared Mobility Action Plan which set targets for the deployment of new technology enabled services and identified local, regional, and federal financing opportunities. The Plan is referred to as a national model for DOTs and transit agencies alike. 

Rani previously established the Shared-Use Mobility Center’s California programming and directed transportation research and funding strategies for the local federation of the AFL-CIO. She is a founder of a technology start-up working in artificial intelligence and natural language processing. 

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.

R. Rex Parris
Mayor
City of Lancaster
Biography

R. Rex Parris

Mayor
City of Lancaster

R. Rex Parris is a Lancaster, California native who was first elected as Mayor in 2008. Currently serving his fourth term, Parris’ leadership revolves around the overall well-being of Lancaster residents, with emphasis on public safety, crime reduction, community health and wellness, as well as community and civic pride; all of which have resonated well among citizens and constituents, in addition to gaining Parris nationwide recognition.

Upon taking office, Mayor Parris embarked on a mission to dramatically reduce Lancaster’s crime rate. As a result of his steadfast resolve, the City’s crime rate plummeted nearly 40% during his first three years in office. 

Community health and wellness issues are also a priority, having engaged Parris to work aggressively with City staff, the medical community, and faith-based organizations in Lancaster to foster a three-pronged approach to tackling total-health problems facing high-needs neighborhoods. The result is the addition of numerous Neighborhood Impact Homes, Wellness Homes and Community Gardens throughout the City. A new Lancaster Health District is also being cultivated to integrate healthcare services with active lifestyle amenities centered within a high-quality, mixed-use, health-oriented development.

Focused on community engagement, Parris was a catalyst for Lancaster’s downtown renaissance, which completely transformed the heart of the City into a massive cultural epicenter concentrated around The BLVD. The BLVD, which is home to the Lancaster Performing Arts Center (LPAC) and Museum of Art and History (MOAH), hosts a number of annual mega-events such as the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix; as well as seasonal outdoor concerts, a weekly year-round farmers market, and a unique array of shopping and dining venues. The BLVD experience has contributed to Lancaster’s branding as a “Destination for the Senses.”

Demonstrating the City’s municipal fortitude and progressiveness, Parris has been at the forefront of repositioning Lancaster as a global leader in the field of alternative energy. His vision of making Lancaster the Alternative Energy Capital of the World, and his various successes in this endeavor, has garnered worldwide media attention. Under his auspices, Parris has led the City into forward-thinking unique partnerships with innovative organizations from all over the world. In August 2009, eSolar completed its 20-acre 5MW solar project in Lancaster, unveiling the nation’s first solar thermal power tower plant. China-based technology and manufacturing giant Build Your Dreams (BYD), one of the world’s largest suppliers of advanced battery technology, was paired with KB Home, one of the nation’s premier homebuilders, to create a never-before-attempted affordable solar-energy residential community. These relationships led to the establishment of many more residential solar communities and municipal solar ordinances, as well as Lancaster becoming home to BYD’s first North American electric bus manufacturing plant and battery storage facility.

While these and many other substantial collaborative efforts have fueled the ongoing success of Lancaster’s alternative energy achievements, perhaps most notable is the City’s inaugural footprint as a Community Choice Aggregator. With the establishment of Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE), residents and local businesses have been empowered to choose from a tier offering of renewable, cleaner energy sources at cost points more affordable than traditional power sources.

Mayor Parris’ tenacity for serving his community with a “can do” attitude has garnered many municipal “firsts,” including shepherding the City of Lancaster to becoming one of the world’s first Zero-Net Energy Cities.

Diane Long
Executive Director
California-China Office of Trade and Investment
Biography

Diane Long

Executive Director
California-China Office of Trade and Investment

Diane Long was appointed the Executive Director for the California-China Office of Trade and Investment on October 17, 2013.  The California-China Office of Trade and Investment, a private-public partnership under California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, provides Californian companies increased access to Chinese business contacts, provides Chinese investors with access to California projects that will benefit from increased investment, and facilitates new investment and trade growth between California and China.  Ms. Long will be responsible for expanding California brands and businesses into China and facilitating Chinese investment into California.

Diane’s unique skills and over 28 plus years of on-the-ground China experience enable her to assist first-to-market as well as established firms that want to focus on execution strategies.  She has worked with a variety of consumer products from fashion, wine and cosmetics to education and non-profit services.  Since 2009, Diane Long had been Managing Director for Xanadu Enterprise Shanghai Ltd., a bilingual, bicultural China strategic market entry firm providing a range of consulting and business support services to support companies in various stages of entering and operating in the China market.  Xanadu Enterprise recently led the organization of the first annual “California Week Shanghai 2013” a platform to showcase the very best of California products in the China market.   

Diane joined Xanadu from UBS International, a China based management consultancy working with manufacturing firms to optimize their operations in China.   Before UBS, she led adidas’ post-acquisition of Reebok’s global apparel operations, as well as served as the company’s China country manager.  Prior to adidas, she spent 10 years with Liz Claiborne as vice president and general manager of China operations.  In the 1990s she established the China office for Pacific Rim Resources, a boutique market entry consulting firm from San Francisco, assisting Fortune 1000 companies entering the China market. 

Diane has been a leader in the non-profit arena, having co-founded and led several social and business organizations.  She recently was elected president of the Stanford Club of Shanghai.  She currently is lead director for a medical services philanthropy that funds medical support services for economically disadvantaged children and adults suffering from heart disease, leprosy, and cancer.  She is a founder and board director of Active Kidz Shanghai.  She also was a past chairman and governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.  Diane is a graduate of Stanford University and is married with 3 sons.

Osamu Onodera
Director
Japan New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, Silicon Valley
Biography

Osamu Onodera

Director
Japan New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, Silicon Valley
Julie Johnson
Manager, National Business Development, Advanced Technologies
Ryder System
Biography

Julie Johnson

Manager, National Business Development, Advanced Technologies
Ryder System

Julie Johnson is Manager, National Business Development – Advanced Vehicle Technologies for Ryder System, Inc., a $7.3 billion FORTUNE 500® commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions company with more than 36,000 employees. Ms. Johnson partners with leading companies to establish a business case and develop fleet deployment strategies for converting to advanced vehicle technologies such as electric vehicles. Her mission is to leverage her sustainability and corporate business experience with Ryder’s investment and industry leadership to establish and grow the use of advanced vehicle technologies in both large and small truck fleets.

Prior to Ms. Johnson’s current role, she was a leader in the Pulp & Paper industry during her time with New Leaf Paper, a Public Benefit Corporation. Embracing her core values of integrity, innovation and growth, she supported a successful shift in demand towards high post-consumer waste and FSC-certified fine printing papers through collaboration with NGOs, Government organizations and impacting industries such as Fashion, Publishing, Natural Foods and Entertainment. While Ms. Johnson was with GlaxoSmithKline, she worked on a global distribution sustainability initiative with a focus on moving to more ecofriendly product packaging solutions as well as take back programs.

During her career, Ms. Johnson has served in a variety of key B2B sales management and marketing executive positions at leading companies, including Johnson & Johnson, Salix Pharmaceuticals, GlaxoSmithKline, JCP Disclosures/First American Title, New Leaf Paper, Solbright Inc., Wells Fargo, and Bank of America.

Ms. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Delaware.

Mark Stout
Vice President, Development Engineering
Amber Kinetics
Biography

Mark Stout

Vice President, Development Engineering
Amber Kinetics

Mark Stout, Vice President, Development Engineering at Amber Kinetics, has served the renewable power and computer technology industries for two decades. He joined the Amber Kinetics team in January 2015.

In his role at Amber Kinetics, Mark has been instrumental in the siting, lease negotiations, financial modeling, Energy Storage Agreement negotiations, and civil and electrical engineering for a 50 MW/200 MWh portfolio of flywheel energy storage projects. He also oversees project management for the Amber Kinetics flywheel demonstration project with Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO), which became operational in January 2018.

Before joining Amber Kinetics, Mark served in various roles in utility-scale solar PV project development, including site identification and acquisition, permitting, PV technology assessment, and generation modeling for CalRENEW-1, the first PV project to be awarded a utility PPA under the California RPS and the first to be interconnected to California’s transmission grid. He also led a project development team for three 20 MW PV projects in Kings County, California, and was on the project development team for a 150 MW site in San Luis Valley, Colorado, which now has a 50 MW first phase in operation. He has over 900 MW of solar PV and energy storage project experience, including development and operational projects.

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.

 

Nick Haschka
Director of Strategy
NRG Energy, Inc's Station A Group
Biography

Nick Haschka

Director of Strategy
NRG Energy, Inc's Station A Group

Nick Haschka is a Director of Strategy at NRG Energy, Inc's Station A Group. Station A is NRG's internal innovation and business disruption group focused on developing new distributed generation and smart microgrid lines of business through a combination of advanced R&D, strategic planning, and first-of-kind project execution. Nick joined NRG Energy in July 2013 from McKinsey & Company, where he was a member of its Global Energy & Materials management consulting practice. He has served utility and industrial clients across multiple business functions including strategy, finance, sales & marketing, and operations. Prior to McKinsey, Nick co-founded, grew, and sold a solar PV power plant development firm to a fast-growing solar technology manufacturer, where he subsequently managed power plant development efforts and supported its CEO in raising $100M in growth capital. He also advised Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber’s energy policy committee on boosting private sector investment into commercial building energy efficiency.  Nick holds an MBA in strategy and social enterprise from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS in Management Science and Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In his spare time, Nick is active in the MIT alumni association, formerly serving as President of the MIT Club of Chicago, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting MIT initiatives through alumni connectivity, professional development, and local engagement in key issues surrounding K12 STEM education, social entrepreneurship, and technology. 

Justin Erlich
Global Head of Policy-Autonomous Vehicles & Urban Aviation
Uber