VX 2020 Program

 

VX 2020 Day 1: Monday, January 27, 2020

7:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast

7:45 AM

VX2020 Welcome 

David Abel, Chair, VerdeXchange
Bill Allen, CEO, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation

 

8:10 AM

Morning Plenary

Whither Climate Change Policy & Politics: Can Trump trump Markets? 

Moderator:
Mary Nichols, Chair, CA Air Resources Board

Panel:
Bob Wieckowski, California State Senator, District 10
Jonathan Weisgall, VP, Government Relations, Berkshire Hathaway Energy
Logan Goldie Scott, Head of Clean Power Research, BloombergNEF
Responder:
Rusty Hicks, Chair, California Democratic Party

 

8:50 AM

Plenary--Concurrent Sessions

Future of Energy Markets: Decarbonized, Decentralized, Digitized & Democratized—So, Who's in Charge Now? 

Moderator:
Jim Kelly, Director, S&C Electric

Panel:
Bob Foster, Board Member, EPCOR Utilities
David Hochschild, Chair, California Energy Commission
Ted Bardacke, Executive Director, Clean Power Alliance

 

Future of Local Governments in Reducing Transportation Emissions

Moderator:
Melani Smith, Senior Director, Transit Oriented Communities, LA Metro
Panel:
Kristen Torres Pawling, Sustainability Program Director, LA County CSO
Jen Gress, Chief of Sustainable Transportation & Communities Division, CARB
Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor, City of West Sacramento
Shana Bonstin, Dep. Dir. Community Planning, LA Department of City Planning

 

 

9:45 AM

-ENERGY-

Can California Go 100% Emission Free by 2045? 

Moderator:
V. John White, President, CEERT

Panel:
TBA, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Jason Rondou, Director, Clean Grid LA Strategy Division, LADWP
Tom Buttgenbach, President & CEO, 8 Minute Solar Energy
Responder:
Jim Caldwell, Technical Director, CEERT

 

-WATER-

Governor Newsom's New Water Portfolio Plan:
Preparing California's Water System for Adaptation to Climate Risk 

Moderator:
Felicia Marcus, Fmr. Chair, CA State Water Resources Control Board

Panel:
E. Joaquin Esquivel, Chair, CA State Water Resources Control Board
Wade Crowfoot*, Secretary, CA Natural Resources Agency

 

-TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE-

Innovation in Mobility: A Multi-Modal Future

Moderator:Matt PetersenCEO, LA Clean Tech Incubator

Panel:
Dr. Joshua SchankChief Innovative Officer, LA Metro
Seleta ReynoldsGeneral Manager, City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation
Dr. Thomas Becker, Vice President of Government Affairs, BMW Group
 

 

-BLUE TECH-

Blue Tech for Cleaner Oceans and a Blue Economy

Moderator:
Tim McOsker, President, AltaSea

Panel:
Mark Gold, Deputy Secretary for Oceans & Coastal Policy, CNRA
Dr. Jerry Schubel, President & CEO, Aquarium of the Pacific
Alex Beavers, Chief Innovation Officer, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

 

10:45 AM

-ENERGY-

Powering the Grid of the Future with Distributed Energy Resources

Moderator:
Adm. Dennis McGinn, Fmr. US Assistant Secretary of the Navy and Board Member, Customer First Renewables

Panel:
Janea A. Scott, Vice Chair, California Energy Commission
Jason Rondou, Director, Clean Grid LA Strategy Division, LADWP
Dan Cohee*, VP, PDE Total Energy Solutions
Diana Limon, Training Director, Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute
Conrad Chase, CEO, Point Load Power

 

-WATER-

Making California's Local Water Supply Resilient & Sustainable

Moderator:
Michael George, Delta Watermaster, State of California

Panel:
Jeffrey Kightlinger, General Manager, Metropolitan Water District
Liz Crosson, Director of Infrastructure, Office of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti
Brian Jordan, VP, TetraTech
Richard Harasick, Sr. Assistant GM, LADWP
Responder:
Felicia Marcus, Fmr. Chair, CA State Water Resources Control Board

 

-TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE-

Automobility 3.0: The Future Is Now

Moderator:
Mary Nichols, Chair, CA Air Resources Board
Panel:
Loni Mahanta, Vice President, Public Policy Development, Lyft

 


-POLICY/FINANCE-

Part I: Unlocking $1 Billion for Community Development & Green Infrastructure:
Stimulating Deal Flow With Predevelopment Funding 

Moderator:
Kathleen Brown, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips

Panel:
Paul Wassgren, Partner, DLA Piper
Dan Carol, Director, Center for Financial Markets, Milken Institute
Jon Bonanno, CXO, New Energy Nexus
Ann Rogan​, Sr. Advisor - Economic Development, Office of Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs

 

11:35 AM

-ENERGY-

Green Hydrogen Energy: Powering Cities & Vehicles

Moderator:
Jim Kelly,
Director, S&C Electric

Panel:
Yuri Freedman
, Executive Director - Business Development, SoCal Gas
NEDO, TBA
Joe Cappello, Executive Officer, Iwatani
Jacquelyn Birdsall, Sr. Engineer, Toyota Motor

 

-WATER-

Protecting California's Coastline & Vital Ecosystem

Moderator:
Warner Chabot
, Executive Director, San Francisco Estuary Institute

Panel:
Mark Gold
, Dep. Sec. for Oceans & Coastal Policy, CA Natural Resources Agency
Effie Turnbull Sanders, Commissioner - Environmental Justice, CA Coastal Commission
Shelley LucePresident & CEO, Heal the Bay
Christiane Waldron, Business Development Director, Kaneka

 

-TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE-

Modernizing the Grid For EVs, Smart Charging, & New Urban Mobility

Moderator:
David Hochschild, Chair, CA Energy Commission

Panel:
Minh Le
, GM, Energy & Environment, LA County ISD
Marc Bedard, President, The Lion Electric Co.
Cole Roberts, Americas Energy Leader, Arup
Jason Hills, Manager of Substation Engineering & Electrification, LADWP
Brett Oakleaf, Partnership Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Katie Sloan, Director of eMobility, SCE

 

-POLICY/FINANCE-

Part II: Unlocking $1 Billion for Community Development & Green Infrastructure:
Finding Projects, Maximizing Outcomes 

Moderator:
Arnab Pal,
Director, Center for Sustainable Energy
Panel:
Ramsay Stevens, Program Director, NECA Project Development
Matt Horton, Assoc. Director - Regional Economics, Milken Institute
Julia Prochnik, Director Western Renewable Grid Planning, NRDC
Robin Hughes, President & CEO, Abode Communities

 

 

12:25 PM

VX2020 Luncheon Served 

 

12:35 PM

Welcome Introductions:
Bill Allen, CEO, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation
Special Remarks:
Hiroaki Ishizuka, Chairman, Japan New Energy & Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

Luncheon Plenary:

Reconciling Wildfire Risk with California's Carbon-Free Mandate 

Panel:
Carla Peterman,
Sr. VP, Reg. Affairs, Southern California Edison
Maryam Brown, President & CEO, Southern California Gas Company
Martin Adams, GM & Chief Engineer, LA Department of Water & Power
David Hochschild, Chair, California Energy Commission
Liam Denning, Columnist, Bloomberg News

1:25 PM

Special Luncheon Remarks:
Eric Garcetti, Mayor, City of Los Angeles, Chair of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

 

1:40 PM

Introduction:
Bill Allen, CEO, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation

Post-Luncheon Plenary:

On Making Sustainability a Mission Priority

Speaker:
Carol L. Folt, President, University of Southern California

 

2:35 PM

-ENERGY-

Building Resiliency with Solar+Storage 

Eliot Abel, Director, Commercial Project Development, Namasté Solar
Panel:
David Hochschild, Chair, California Energy Commission
Jessica Reinhardt, Director, Public Policy, SunRun
BloombergNEF, TBA
Responder:
Adm. Dennis McGinn, Fmr. US Asst. Secretary of the Navy&Board Member, Customer First Renewables

 

-WATER-

Stormwater Capture & Recycling: Going From Gray to Green Infrastructure

Moderator:
Kathleen Brown, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
Panel:
Sheba Hafiz, Infrastructure Practice Leader, Arup
Katy Young Yaroslavsky, Deputy of the Environment, LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
Traci Minamide, Chief Operating Officer, LA Sanitation & Environment, 
Brian Jordan, VP TetraTech
Dan LaffertyDeputy Director LA County Public Works
Toray, TBA
 

 

-TRANSPORTATION / INFRASTRUCTURE-

 

Transitioning From Heavy-Duty Diesel: Path to NextGen Clean Trucks & Fleets

Moderator:
Terry O'Day, CEO, InCharge Energy

Panel:
Christian Lafrance, VP Sales & Marketing, Effenco Development
Andrew Lund, Toyota
Navistar, TBA
ABBTBA
 

-POLICY/FINANCE-

Workforce Transition Policies for Realizing a Clean New Deal

Moderator:
Jane Oates, President, WorkingNation

Panel:
Carol Zabin, Director, Labor Center for Green Economy, UC Berkeley
Jim Wunderman, President & CEO, Bay Area Council
Effie Turnbull Sanders, Executive Director, SLATE-Z 

 

3:30 PM

-ENERGY-

Truly New Energy & Storage Technologies 

Moderator:
Jim Kelly, Director, S&E Electric

Panel:
Andrew McAllister, Vice Chair, California Energy Commission
Andrea Redford,  Chief Business Development Officer, Enerkem
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, TBA
Eiji Ohira, Director General, Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Group, NEDO

 

-WATER-

Managing Climate Adaptation & Enterprise Risk 

Moderator:
Marcie Edwards, Fmr. General Manager, LADWP

Panel:
Mike Markus, General Manager, Orange County Water District
Harlan Kelly, General Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Yasuhiro Kasai Director, Office for Int'l Project Promotion, Infrastructure System & Water Industry, Japan METI

 

-TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE-

EJ & Community Based Planning Case Study: Goods Movement in the I-710 Corridor

Moderator:
Veronica Eady, Assistant Executive Officer for Environmental Justice, CA Air Resources Board

Panel:
CalTrans, TBA
Janna Sidley, General Counsel, Port of LA
Jennifer Ganata, Sr. Staff Attorney, Communities for a Better Environment
Laura Cortez, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice

 

-POLICY/FINANCE-

Impact Investing & Growing Green Fund Market Opportunities 

Moderator:
Christine Harada, President, i(x) investments

Panel:
Allan Emkin, Managing Principal, Meketa Investment Group
Miguel Sangalang, Dep. Mayor for Budget & Innovation, City of LA 
Kirsty Jenkinson, Investment Director, CalSTRS
Daniel Weiss, CEO, Angeleno Group
Albert Lee, Director of Investments, Real Assets, UC Investments

 

-WTC-LA-

Global Collaboration for a Local Vision:
How International Companies Can Help Realize LA's Green New Deal


Moderator:
Stephen Cheung
, President, WTC-LA
Panel:
Brian Goldstein, Executive Director, Energy Independence Now
Eiji Ohira, Director, Fuel Cell & Hydrogen, NEDO
Tyler Laferriere, Associate Economist, Institute for Applied Economics, LAEDC

 

4:25 PM

-ENERGY-

Hydrogen Society Roundtable

Moderator:
Brian Goldstein, Executive Director, Energy Independence Now

Panel:
Yuri Freedman, Executive Director - Business Development, SoCal Gas
Gregory S. Huynh, Operating Agent Manager, LADWP
Tyson Eckerle, Dep. Dir. of ZEV Market Development, GO-Biz
NEDO, TBA
Tatsuno, TBA
Toyota, TBA
BloombergNEF, TBA

 

-WATER-

One Water by 2035: Programmatic Challenges & Opportunities

Moderator: LA Sanitation & Environment, TBD

Panel:
Jon Liberzon, VP - Business Development, Tomorrow Water (BKT)
Shelley Luce, President & CEO, Heal the Bay
Yasuhiro Matsui, Project Manager, Research & Development, Yokogawa
Gil Crozes, Sr. VP, Carollo Engineers
Rafael Villegas, Director Operation NEXT, LADWP

 

-TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE-

Bus Transit: Declining Ridership or Unsung Climate Champion?

Moderator:
Rick Cole, City Manager, City of Santa Monica
Panel:
Ben Grunat, Director of Product Planning & Strategy, GILLIG LLC
Sherif Abou-Rayan, Director of Electric Powertrain Programs, Cummins, Inc.
Nadine Lee, Chief of Staff, LA Metro
Alfredo Torales, Strategic Transit Planner, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus
Carter Rubin, Transportation Technical Strategist, NRDC
 

 

—By-Invitation Only—

-WTC-LA-

NAFTA 2.0

Moderator:
Stephen Cheung, CEO, WTC-LA

Panel:
Maricela Cerolio, Consul General of Mexico in Los Angeles
Zaib Shaikh, Consul General of Canada in Los Angeles
 

 

VX 2020 Day 2: Tuesday, January 28, 2020

 

7:15 AM

Registration and Breakfast

7:45 AM

VX2020 Welcome 

David Abel, Chair, VerdeXchange
Sara Neff, VP, Kilroy Realty, Chair, ULI-LA Innovation Committee
Kevork Zoryan, Chair, ULI-LA

 

8:00 AM

Morning Plenary

Reimagining a Metropolis Through Investment in Transportation 

Moderator:

Panel:
James T. Butts, Mayor, City of Inglewood
Stephanie Wiggins, CEO, Metrolink
Phil Washington, CEO, LA Metro

 

8:00 AM

-WASTE CHARRETTE-

By-Invitation Only Session:

Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste: VX2020 Waste & Recycling Charrette

Co-Conveners:
Shari Afshari, Deputy Director, LA County Public Works
Enrique Zaldivar, General Manager, LA City Sanitation & Environment
Lauren Faber O'Connor, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Los Angeles
Gideon Kracov, General Counsel, CA Waste & Recycling Association
Kristine Arbagast, Solid Waste Expert, TetraTech

 

9:00 AM

 -STREETS  CHARRETTE-

By-Invitation Only Session:

Micromobility & Integrating Tech Solutions for World Class Streets

Co-Conveners:
Adel Hagekhalil, Director, StreetsLA
Terry O'Day, Mayor Pro Tempore, City of Santa MOnica
Phil Recht, Partner, Mayer Brown
Thomas Small, Culver City City Council
J. Francois Nion, Executive VP, JCDecaux North America

9:10 AM

-ULI INNOVATION SESSIONS-

Shifting the Urban Planning Paradigm: An Antidote to Climate Change

Moderator:
Rick Cole, City Manager, City of Santa Monica

Panel:
Vince Bertoni, Planning Director, CIty of Los Angeles
Gerhard Mayer, Principal Architect, GGLO 
Debra Gerod, Partner, Gruen Associates,  CA AIA Chair
Responder:
Denny Zane, Executive Director, MoveLA

 
Circularity in the Built Environment

Moderator:
Terry O'Day, Mayor Pro Tempore, City of Santa Monica

Panel:
Charles Herbertson, Public Works Director & City Engineer, Culver CIty
John Onderdonk, Chief Sustainability Officer, CalTech
Amber Richane, Project Manager, City of Santa Monica Architecture Services
Christian Riber, Business Development Manager, Ramboll

 

-GREEN TECH-

Use of AI, Blockchain & IOT Data To Enhance Efficiency & Sustainability

Moderator:
Peter Marx, Fmr, Chief Technology Officer, City of LA

Panel:
Miguel Sangalang, Dep. Mayor for Budget & Innovation, City of LA
John Saez, Business Development Lead, Smart City Team, NTT Data
Nick Merridew, Host Cities Global Leader, Arup

 

-TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE-

Public or Private: Who's Driving Mobility as Service?

Moderator:
Thomas Aujero Small
, City Commissioner, Culver City

Panel:
Dr. Joshua Schank, Chief Innovative Officer, LA Metro
Lilly Shoup, VP Strategic Partnerships, Lyft
Anuj Gupta, Dep. City Manager, City of Santa Monica

 

10:10 AM

-ULI INNOVATION SESSIONS-

Development in a Disaster Prone World

Moderator:
Delia Ibarra, President, City of LA Fire Commission
Panel:
Heather Rosenberg, Associate Principal, Arup
Liz Crosson, Director of Infrastructure
SenseQuake, TBA
Hayato NakazonoDeputy Manager, Pipeline Division, JFE Engineering

 

Buildings as Grid Players: Virtual Power Plants & Smart Microgrids

Moderator:
Janea Scott, Vice Chair, CA Energy Commission

Panel:
Robyn Beavers, CEO, Blueprint Power
Conrad Chase, CEO, Point Load Power
Alisa Kreynes, Chief Development Officer, Solar Skyrise
Responder:
Sara Neff, VP of Sustainability, Kilroy Realty
 
 

-GREEN TECH-

Renewing Focus on Planet Earth: How Emerging Space Technologies Benefit Environmental Policy Makers & Compliance Agencies

Moderator:
Rafael Spears, Director, Commercial Systems, Aerospace Corp.
Panel:
Darin Toohey, University of Colorado
Jeff Guido, DIrector, Special Projects, Planet
Jen Phillips, Governor's Office of Planning & Research
Jake Singh, Aerospace Corp. 

 

-POLICY/FINANCE-

Enterprise Risk—Why Board Directors are in the Crosshairs of Cybersecurity & Climate Change 

Moderator:
Jules Radcliff, Partner, Radliff & Saiki LLP
Panel:
Ricardo Lara, Insurance Commissioner, State of California
Mark Kroeker, Head of Crisis Management, Disney Worldwide
John Sanders, Director of Cyber Security Policy & Operations, Breach Assurance
Dr. Anat Zeelim-Hovav, Ameritus in Management Information Systems, Korea University
Baron Wolt, President & Cofounder, Technology Management Professionals
Chris Reese, Sr. VP, Lockton Insurance Brokers
Evan BirenbaumManaging Partner, Valkyrie Security Group

 

11:00 AM

-WATER CHARRETTE-

By-Invitation Only Session:

Billions of Gallons of Water, But Now What?

Co-Conveners:
Mark Pestrella, Director, LA County Public Works
Martin Adams, GM, LA Dept. of Water & Power
Jeffrey Kightlinger, General Manager, Metropolitan Water District
Liz Crosson, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Los Angeles
Brian Jordan, VP, TetraTech

 

11:10 AM

-ULI INNOVATION SESSION-

Tech Innovation & Advanced Materials Impact on Design, Construction & Operation

Moderator:
Sara Neff
, VP of Sustainability, Kilroy Realty, ULI-LA Innovation Committee Chair

Panel:
Eric Corey Freed
, Sustainability Disruptor, Morrison Hershfield
Ryan Tinus, Hudson Pacific
Jessie Buckmaster, Sustainability Manager, Hathaway Dinwiddie
McKinley Hlady, Co-Founder & VP Manufacturing, LifeTec
Conrad Chase, CEO, Point Load Power
Juliet Atwood, BloombergNEF

 

Building Decarbonization: Carbon Calculators & Building Standards

Moderator:
Andrew McAllister, Commissioner, CA Energy Commission

Panel:
Osama Younan, Executive Officer, LA Dept. of Building & Safety
Panama Bartholomy, Executive Director, Building Decarbonization Coalition
Tom Soto, Managing Partner, Diverse Communities Impact Fund
Seth Strongin, Sr. Sustainability Consultant, Arup

 

-GREEN TECH-

From Climate & Energy Research to the Marketplace

Moderator:
Janea Scott
, Vice Chair, CA Energy Commission

Panel:
John Perez
, UC Board of Regents
David Jacot, Director of Efficiency Solutions, LADWP
Bob Weisenmiller, Fmr. Chair, CA Energy Commission
Andrew Jones, Program Domain Lead for Earth Systems & Society, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
NEDO, TBA
JFE, TBA

 

-WATER-

LA River Master Plan: Assessing New Recommendations & Rethinking Capture, Storage, Reliability & Recharge

Moderator:
Yuval Bar-Zemer, Principal, Linear City

Panel:
Mia Lehrer, President, Studio MLA
Liz Crosson, Director of Infrastructure, Office of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti
Joe Edmiston, Executive Director, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
Andy Lipkis, Founder & President, TreePeople

 

12:00 PM

VX2020 Luncheon Served 

 

12:35 PM

Welcome 

Introductions:
Rick Cole
, City Manager, City of Santa Monica
Christine Harada, President, i(x) investments

Plenary Keynote:
Bill Gross
, Founder & CEO, Heliogen, Founder & Chair, Idealab 

 

1:35 PM

-ULI INNOVATION SESSION-

Healthy By Design: Amenities for Impact in Neighborhoods & Buildings


Gail Goldberg, Fmr. ULI-LA Executive Director, Fmr. Planning Director, City of LA & City of San Diego
Panel:
Randall Lewis, Principal & Executive VP, The Lewis Group 
Rachel Malarich, City Forest Officer, City of LA
Cindy Montañez, Executive Director, TreePeople
Kristen Torres Pawling, Sustainability Program Director, LA County Sustainability Office

  

-ENERGY-

Battery Storage: Lithium's Not the Only Game in Town (But It's A Pretty Good Game)

Moderator:
Steve Sullivan, Fmr. Managing Director, SoCal Edison

Panel:
Benoit Couture, President, Lithion Recycling
Dr. Yoshihiro Hirata, President & CEO, Innovation Core SEI Inc. (Sumitomo Electric)
Jonathan Weisgall, VP of Government Relations, Berkshire Hathaway Energy

 

-WRISE/YPE-Post-luncheon Afternoon Session-1 hr 40 min.

Renewable Energy Finance & Investing—Perspectives from Innovators & Young Professionals

Kick-Off:
Alison Brown, Director, WRISE LA
Yair CraneCo-Chair, YPE LA
Noah Perch Ahern, President YPE LA

Opening Remarks:
Christine Harada, President, i(x) investments

Moderator:
Kiran Srivastava, Lead Associate, Energy Practice, Booz Allen Hamilton
Panel:
Jaime Carlson, Sr. Advisor, SoftBank Energy
Sotoudeh Sahinaz, Dir. of Power Marketing, EDF Renewables 
Julia Balas, Attorney, Morrison Foerster

 

2:45 PM

-HOUSING-

VX2020 Special: Housing Unpacked—Who Will Accept the Challenges?

Moderator:
David Abel, Chairman, VerdeXchange

Panel:
Mark Ridley Thomas
, Supervisor, District 2, LA County Board of Supervisors
Zev Yaroslavsky, Director, LA Initiative, UCLA Luskin School of Public Policy & Fmr. LA Couty Supervisor, District 5
Kerry Cavanaugh, Editorial Writer, LA Times

 

3:30 PM

Closing Reception