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About Our Speakers

Samer Alzubaidi
Samer Alzubaidi joined the District in March of 2008 as the Director of the Facilities Planning and Development Department. Some of his responsibilities include overseeing land acquisition, property purchases, relocation of people and businesses, property management, design of new schools and modernization of existing schools, state and local agency approvals, funding applications and bid and award. Samer also supervises construction, resolving construction related claims, addresses Principal concerns related to construction, successful project completion and closeouts, deals with District and County Legal Council on legal issues, and he also meets with local public and utility agencies for better coordination regarding the offsite work. Since 2008, Samer directly supervised the construction of 8 new schools, modernization of 55 schools, 20 SDC buildings, 6 ORG buildings, energy and security projects, stadiums, etc. Samer has great passion for Schools, and he enjoys every aspect of his job but the most rewarding part is when he feels that the Facility Department is adding value and contributing to the education of San Bernardino students by building new Schools and improving existing facilities, because facilities have direct impact on the students’ scores as proven through research work and papers issued lately. He has a successful approach and solution to complicated matters through comprehensive team work. Samer says, “We, like firefighters, face those issues on a daily basis and resolve them as a team.” Samer is doing his CBO – through CASBO mentoring program Cohort #13. Samer has been happily married for 15 years and has three children ages 15, 12 and 10. He enjoys swimming, soccer, and reading. His favorite soccer team is from Spain, La Roja (The Red) aka La Furia Roja (The Red Fury) and he is currently reading books about leadership. Fun Fact: In his spare time, Samer teaches (every quarter) two nights a week at Cal Poly Pomona. The classes he teaches are all construction related (construction cost control, scheduling, contracts, Inspection, Safety, etc.).
Katherine Anderson
Katherine is an energy analyst with Glumac, a green buildings MEP consultancy with offices in the western United States and Shanghai, China. She graduated from Harvey Mudd College in 2014 with a degree in General Engineering and a focus in heat and mass transfer. She performs energy analysis on new and existing buildings to provide life cycle costing on energy efficiency upgrades, LEED certification modeling, alternative energy code compliance modeling in California, Oregon, and Washington, and building audits. She is interested in biophilia as a new design tool to make our built environment more comfortable and health-promoting.
Tim Bingham
Timothy Bingham serves as Program Manager for Strategic Energy Innovation’s Education Team. Prior to this role at SEI, Tim has been the lead Project Lead The Way (PLTW) engineering and architecture pathway instructor for the last 7 years at the Stanley E. Foster School of Engineering, Innovation and Design at Kearny Educational Complex in San Diego. As lead instructor, Tim collaborated and created architectural, engineering, green technology and environmental sustainability curriculum to meet the needs of his students through project-based learning. Tim is a Master PLTW instructor, training other teaching professionals from across the nation in the PLTW Civil Engineering and Architecture curriculum around the country for the last 4 years. Tim is the winner of the California Project Lead the Way Engineering Teacher of the Year award. He has also taught as adjunct faculty at Cuyamaca College in San Diego, and prior to that, was a Direct or of De sign for 2 architectural firms in the San Diego area for over 12 years. Tim has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Miami, and a California Teaching Credential for Engineering and Architecture.
Rick Brown
Dr. Brown launched TerraVerde Renewable Partners, an energy and solar advisory firm in 2009. As President of TerraVerde, he leads a team that has implemented energy cost reduction projects at 120 public agency sites with a total cost savings estimated at more than $225 million over the first 25 years of the systems’ operation, and has an additional 40 project sites under development. He was also closely involved in the crafting of SB73, legislation guiding development of California’s Prop39 program. More recently, he led the effort to have the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) select TerraVerde as its energy strategic partner. Previously, he successfully helped start-up, build and eventually sell MMA Renewable Ventures (“MMARV”) to an international solar company. Earlier in his career, as Managing Partner of The Results Group, Dr. Brown provided consultation on organizational strategy and leadership to numerous public, private and non-profit organizations, including: California School Employees Association (CSEA), California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), California State Teachers Retirement System (STRS), Kaiser-Permanente, Agilent Technologies, Association of Bay Area Governments and Earthjustice. Previously, he was a Board Trustee at Twin Hills Unified School District for six years. He is married and the father of two daughters.
John Burdette
John has over 20 years of experience in the Energy Efficiency, Demand Response and Renewable Energy Market Place. John is very experienced with the Proposition 39 Grant Program and has helped a number of K-12 and Community College District's leverage their grant allocations with additional grants, rebates, incentives and third party financing to create comprehensive solutions that in many cases can include deferred maintenance items. One of the projects that we will discuss also is on track to be certified as a Zero Net Energy (ZNE) School District. John will also be available for any districts that are struggling with getting their plan written and/or approved with the California Energy Commission.

Thomas Cain
Thomas Cain is CEO of Sustainability Partners LLC, a sustainable products finance company and Managing Partner of EFW Partners, an investment firm focused on energy, food and water. Cain has invested hundreds of millions in young technology companies focused on sustainability and has been a director in 30+ public and private companies. He’s a frequent keynote speaker and co-authored Energy Venture Capital Best Practices.
Prior to this, Cain was a founder, CEO and Chairman of public companies in supply chain software and traditional down-stream energy. Most notably he founded and led Distribution Architects from garage to a public global supply chain software company with 2,500 employees and $120M in revenue. With over 30 roles as a corporate director and private companies he’s well versed in corporate governance. Cain is a member of WPO, founded the YPO Global Supply Chain Conference, served as chairman of MIT Presidents Education, and group-led the Harvard Business School Presidents Education for 10+ years. Cain holds multiple patents for advanced ECM electric motors for networking and AI, all in commercial use today. His software has won prestigious national competitions as Internet Computer Expo’s “Best Business Product” and Retail Information Systems Conference’s “Best Innovation in Logistics.”


Kaira Castillo
Hello, My name is Kaira Castillo and I am currently a Junior who attends Environmental Charter High School (ECHS). As a junior this is my first year to attend the Green Ambassador Internship program. I have advocated and made presentations about environmental justice and environmental issues that I want my community to be aware of. Our school has also held a Sustainable Food Event as of 2015, where I created and presented a sustainable, healthy food for low income communities and won a award for healthy food. Every year in May, ECHS holds an Earth Day Carnival where Elementary Schools come to our school and we as students create hands on experience for children. With these skills I have learned from ECHS, I have been able to contribute it outside my school and into my community where I can create big change, not only for myself but also for those who I am able to meet everyday.


Gaylaird Christopher
Gaylaird Christopher is a recognized expert in the planning and design of educational facilities. His practice experience includes the design/renovation of individual buildings and campuses, and institutional master plans that delineate strategies for future change and growth; more than 100 educational facilities projects have been built under his direction. Foundational to his work is a passion to inspire learning, through the educational facilities designed under his direction.
Mr. Christopher lectures to numerous educational and architectural organizations and has authored many papers highlighting innovations in educational architecture and creative facilities funding strategies. He has made presentations to the Coalition of Concerned School Districts, the Coalition for Adequate School Housing, the American Institute of Architects, the Council of Educational Facility Planners International, the California Association of School Business Officials, the American Association of School Business Officials, and the American Association of School Administrators. As a member of the State Allocation Board of Legislative Implementation Committee, he played a major role in developing California’s regulations concerning school funding distribution. Familiar with the latest educational technologies, Mr. Christopher is always prepared to assist clients in selecting technology systems and upgrades, appropriate to their school needs.
Christos Chrysiliou
Christos Chrysiliou is the Director of Architectural & Engineering (A&E) Services for the Facilities Services Division of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Christos is a licensed Architect, a Certified Construction Manager (CCM), and a LEED AP BD + C with experience in architectural planning, design, sustainability and construction. He is responsible for several programs at LAUSD including: the critical repair, seismic retrofit and emergency repair of school facilities, the energy efficiency program (Prop 39), water & energy conservation, sustainability initiatives, emerging technologies, education and awareness. In addition, he manages the District’s energy and utilities budget. The A&E department has a team of 85 professionals and utilizes over 150 professional firms to manage over 300 projects annually. The A&E team utilizes ecological design principles to develop environmental friendly campuses. His past design and architectural experience has greatly benefited K-12 facilities districtwide. LAUSD is the 2nd largest District in the United States and has 1,270 schools and centers, 13,500 buildings on 6,478 acres of land and has an approximate student enrollment of 650,000. Christos’ vision is to develop balanced environments that utilize sustainable techniques and materials that protect and restore our natural resources and enhance our wellbeing.
Woodrow W. Clark II MA3, PHD
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. Clark also served as California Governor Davis’ Advisor, Renewable Energy, Emerging Technologies and Finance (2000-03). He was from 2012-2014, an Academic Specialist in Cross-Disciplinary Studies at UCLA and taught at other UC Campuses including Davis, Berkeley 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. Clark earned three masters degrees from different universities in Illinois and his Ph.D. at University of California, Berkeley. He has published thirteen 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), and Green Industrial Revolution (in Mandarin, 2015) and his latest book it Smart Green Cities (Ashgate/Gower, March 2016).
Crista Curtis
Crista Curtis is a leading Business Development Manager for OpTerra Energy Services, working with local school districts, cities, and counties to develop dynamic programs that utilize energy efficiency to generate positive impact. Realized savings in excess of $85 million dollars from comprehensive energy programs have allowed Southern California public entities to re-invest in facilities and thriving working and learning environments. At this year’s Green California Schools & Community Colleges Summit, Crista will share her expertise on affordable campus modernization opportunities in “Readily Available Financing Options for Million-Dollar Transformational Energy Upgrades.” Alongside La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools’ Director of Maintenance, Operations, and Facilities, Chris Benker, Crista worked to custom-design an energy program that aligns District goals in facility improvements and 21st Century learning opportunities. Crista’s active involvement with regional organizations, such as Cleantech San Diego, CMAA, CSDA, CASBO, and the League of California Cities, primes her to provide industry insights on strengthening public-private partnerships to build momentum for stronger, more resilient communities.
John Davenport
John Davenport is a recognized global expert in light source physics and product technology with more than 40 years of lighting experience. Starting his career at GE Lighting as a research scientist, John spent the next 25 years developing numerous advanced lighting products for GE, including the “blue” Xenon headlamp currently used in cars Over the past 16 years with Energy Focus, John has led the development of a range of LED lighting products including IntelliTube®, Energy Focus’ unique tubular LED retrofit technology used in first in lighting US Navy ships and now available for a range of commercial applications. He is the author of more than 125 patents. Over the years, John has held many senior lighting positions including GE Lighting’s General Manager of R&D, and at Energy Focus as its CTO and CEO. He currently serves Energy Focus as the company’s “Chief Scientist.”
Kecia Davison
Kecia Davison is the Vice President of Energy for ABM. For over 25 years Kecia Davison has successfully saved her public sector clients over $500M in guaranteed lifetime savings from energy related projects. Kecia has a passion for creating unique financial solutions for her clients that incorporate a holistic facilities optimization approach which puts money back into their general fund. With deep domain knowledge in energy efficiency, mechanical contracting and finance, Kecia and her team will tailor the right solution for your school. For most of our clients we utilize Prop 39, tax exempt or tax increment financing, QZAB’s, CREBS, QECB’s, on bill financing, utility incentive’s, grants and various combinations of all the above.
Niki DeLeon
Niki de Leon has worked with distributed generation technologies at NRG and now leads EVgo's energy storage and V2G technology demonstration projects at UC San Diego. She earned her MA in Energy Policy at the University of Delaware where she studied grid integrated vehicles as energy storage.
Farid Dibachi
Farid Dibachi is the Co-founder and CEO of JLM Energy.Farid is passionate about changing the way we acquire and use energy. Farid is a technology entrepreneur with a singular focus to find practical solutions to our customers’ energy challenges. Combining his technology background with three decades of entrepreneurial business experience serves as the main driver in JLM’s continual efforts to innovate for our customers. Farid holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
John Diffenderfer
John is a Principal at Aedis Architects in San Jose, has 20+ years of California school design experience and is an activist for Green Schools with the Northern California Chapter of the USGBC. John designed some of California's first Zero-Net Energy Public School buildings, and has advocated for very low energy and water use in schools since 2010. He has overseen large and complex high-performance school projects, and developed an award winning college faculty/student LEED internship program, and advises community colleges developing Green Job training programs. He is an influential advocate for student performance and health via great school design.
Ralph DiNola
New Buildings Institute Chief Executive Officer Ralph DiNola has dedicated his professional life to bringing green building innovation to scale. DiNola served as a technical advisor for the Living Building Challenge™ standard and has consulted on over 130 LEED® projects, including ten precedent-setting LEED Platinum certifications. As principal investigator of a landmark study of historic buildings, DiNola helped establish and validate the true value and benefits of building reuse, bridging the divide between sustainability and historic preservation. Through NBI’s work with the California Public Utilities Commission, Ralph has been at the forefront of developing tools and trainings to advance zero net energy buildings and support public sector early adopters in California. DiNola is a LEED Fellow, founding Board Chair of the International Living Future Institute, founder and former principal at Green Building Services and 2012 BetterBricks award winner.
Tom Duffy
Dr. Thomas G. Duffy has an active history of involvement in school facility legislation and state bond campaigns. As past Chair of the Coalition for Adequate School Housing, Tom represented its members on the State Allocation Board’s Implementation Committee. He has served in public education for over thirty years. Beginning as a teaching assistant in the Los Angeles Unified School District, and later serving as a teacher, a Special Education Program administrator and Business administrator for the Ventura County Superintendent of Schools Office for fourteen years. In the three years following, Tom served the Moorpark Unified School District as the Assistant Superintendent for Business Services, after which he became Superintendent of the District for twelve years. Currently, Tom serves as the Legislative Director for the Coalition for Adequate School Housing and a partner in the education facilities consulting firm of Murdoch, Walrath & Holmes.
Barbara Fanning
Barbara Fanning has extensive experience in communications, sustainability, and instructional design and has worked with leading brands such as Nike, WD-40, Bank of America, Ford, and the California Community College System. Currently, she is a principal at Mindswing Consulting, a culture, branding, & communications firm that helps companies make a positive impact. An idea that started as a way to give back is now a successful company that helps organizations discover their voice and create a culture & brand that is true to their values and mission. Specialties include culture development, environmental design, branding, instructional design, and grant and project management. Barbara is a member of the San Diego Chapter of the USGBC Board of Director’s, is a LEED Green Associate, a WELL AP, has a certificate in sustainable business practices from UCSD and a Master’s in Education and Learning Development and Technology from SDSU. 
Anna Ferrera
Anna Ferrera is the Executive Director of the School Energy Coalition responsible for advocacy and policy analysis regarding state energy legislation, funding, and regulation for school facilities and maintenance before the California State Legislature, Energy Commission, Public Utilities Commission, State Water Resources Board and water agencies. Ms. Ferrera also manages school energy and water issues before Congress, White House, and federal agencies. Prior to joining the lobbying firm of Murdoch, Walrath & Holmes, Ferrera was the Legislative Director to the Senate Budget Chair, Denise Ducheny of San Diego. Ferrera began her career with the Legislature as a senior consultant to the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee. Prior to her work at the State Capitol, Ferrera spent twelve years in Washington, D.C. as policy counsel for the National League of Cities and was later appointed to the U.S. Department of Energy where her accomplishments included the coordination of the National Energy Policy Plan and energy-related portions of the White House Initiative for Climate Change during the Clinton Administration. Ferrera has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California and Bachelor of Arts degrees from UC Davis. She is also a 1985 CORO Hispanic Leadership Fellow.
Maxine Finster
Maxine Finster is in sixth grade at Manhattan Beach Middle School. She was the Go Green Commissioner of her student council class of 2015-16 at Robinson Elementary where she led efforts to increase Walking School Bus participation and started a watering can program during the drought for students to reuse their unused drinking water to care for the plants at school. She also supported Youth Corps member Antonio J. and Assemblyman David Hadley in their campaign to pass ACR-160. She did this by hosting a successful “No Idle Rally” that was covered by ABC News. In her free time Maxine likes to sing, play guitar, play volleyball and go to the beach.
Heather Flint Chatto
Heather Flint Chatto is a Project Manager at New Buildings Institute (NBI). She has a background in architectural design, environmental policy and long-range planning and is an experienced technical writer and researcher. As a Project Manager at NBI, she is integrally involved in the research and promotion of Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings as well as the technical and design development of key design resources and tools. Heather supports NBI’s work with the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) Zero Net Energy Action Plan for Commercial Buildings, on California’s Proposition 39 ZNE School Retrofits, and communication of measured performance findings from NBI research. Heather has a Masters in Urban Planning, a Bachelor degree in Environmental Studies for Educators, and is a certified urban designer. She lives in Portland, Oregon where she was named by the Daily Journal of Commerce as one of Oregon’s Top 25 “Women of Vision”.
Kyle Frandsen
Kyle is the Sustainability Manager for Balfour Beatty Construction’s California division and he is responsible for implementing sustainability initiatives. As the Sustainability Manager, Kyle oversees all Prop 39 work, LEED projects, training, and strategic procurement. In 2016, Kyle was recognized as one of ENR California’s Top 20 Under 40. He has a Master’s Degree in Construction Management with a concentration in Sustainability. For the past four years, Kyle has led the annual Green Apple Day of Service in partnership with the San Diego Green Building Council, selecting a local school that is in need of a sustainable transformation.
Eric Corey Freed
Eric Corey Freed is Chief Community Officer at EcoDistricts, a nonprofit that helps cities and developers create regenerative, resilient and socially equitable neighborhoods for everyone. He was also Founding Principal of organicARCHITECT, a visionary design leader in biophilic and regenerative design. As a licensed architect, Eric brings over 20 years of experience in helping architects, builders and homeowners use sustainability to improve the design and operational savings for thousands of buildings around the country. Eric is the author of 11 books, including "Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies", a bestseller with over 200,000 copies in print, and "Sustainable School Architecture." His how-to book, “Green$ense for your Home” won the 2011 Outstanding Book Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Eric is considered a leader in the field; named by San Francisco Magazine "Best Green Architect" in 2005; "Best Visionary" in 2007; and "Green Visionary" by 7x7 Magazine in 2008. In 2012, he was named one of the 25 "Best Green Architecture Firms" in the US, and one of the "Top 10 Most Influential Green Architects." He also holds a prestigious LEED Fellow award from the US Green Building Council.
Megan Gleason
Megan Gleason is a Program Coordinator with Grades of Green, where she supports the Trash Free Lunch Challenge, Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program, and School Engagement Program and manages the outreach department. Megan received her Master’s Degree in 2015 from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in Marine Affairs and Policy. She spent a full-emersion semester at the Island School in Eleuthera, Bahamas learning about sustainability in a small island community. Upon returning to Miami, Megan was a Sustainability Intern for the Village of Pinecrest and assisted the mayor with developing a list of Best Practices concerning Climate Resiliency. She also was a Volunteer for the US Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Division, where she learned about how Federal permits are processed. Prior to that, she graduated from University of California Los Angeles with a Bachelor’s Degree in 2013 in
Geography/ Environmental Studies with a Minor in Conservation Biology. While attending UCLA, she was an Education Department Intern at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium through Heal the Bay and realized her enjoyment of inspiring kids to be more conscious of how their actions affect the ocean and local environment. Megan can be reached via email at
Joshua Goldman
Mr. Goldman is TransPower’s Vice President, Business Development. Mr. Goldman joined TransPower in July 2013 to assist in the development and execution of new business opportunities, particularly in areas relating to passenger and pupil transportation and now Zero Emission drayage and refuse operation. Mr. Goldman’s 19 years in heavy duty alternative fuel vehicle product and business development gives him the ideal background to lead TransPower’s efforts on the Vehicle 2 Grid (V2G) school bus and all field demonstrations of TransPower’s Zero Emission heavy duty on and off road powertrain technology. Joshua is one of the leading electric vehicle technology experts in the transit and heavy duty vehicle industry. Since Engineering School at University of Maryland, Joshua has worked on over 30 configurations of electric and hybrid buses and trucks fueled by electricity, gasoline, diesel, CNG, propane and/or Hydrogen wit h the he lp of Lead Acid, NiMH, Ultra-capacitor and/or lithium energy storage systems powering Siemens, Allison, UQM, Northrup Grumman and TransPower hybrid and electric drive propulsion. Joshua is very proud of his wife Ilisa, an expert in community built schoolyard nature based landscape architecture design, and our two smart and happy daughters Anabel and Bayla.
Howard Goldstein
The Hon. Howard A. Goldstein, Esq., is a civil litigation trial and appellate attorney, and President of the Board of Education for the Beverly Hills Unified School District. Since 2001, Mr. Goldstein has served as General Counsel to a sustainability consulting firm that assist clients to measure, manage and market their sustainability performance. For over 20 years, Mr. Goldstein has actively represented plaintiffs in class action matters in the fields of environmental law, CEQA and NEPA, consumer fraud, telecommunications, employment, insurance, unfair competition, education, and civil rights. Mr. Goldstein has tried over 50 cases to verdict in state and federal courts.
Duke Graham
Duke Graham is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of California with over 7 years of experience in the green building field. As co-founder of Argento/Graham, he directs all commissioning and energy related services. Prior to co-founding Argento/Graham, Duke led the energy department at Gaia, where he oversaw a team of engineers and commissioned a large portfolio of projects, including industrial facilities, medical office buildings, commercial office buildings, tenant improvements, and multifamily residential projects. He has commissioned projects for clients such as DIRECTV, Google, Eataly, and Universal Music Group. Duke works closely with owners, design teams, and contractors to optimize building design by prioritizing and protecting investments in strategies that will have the greatest effect on building energy use and cost. He holds a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at San Diego.
Jenny Hannah
As Chief Facilities Officer for the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office (KCSOS), Jenny Hannah is responsible for all aspects of facilities planning and development for the office including administration space, special education classrooms, and community school program space. Hannah is the County office liaison for facilities issues for the Districts in Kern County, and facilitates a bi monthly county office meeting for districts with the various state agency representatives. Jenny has been a CASH Executive Board Member since January 2009 and is currently CASH chair. She is past chair of County Schools Facilities Consortium (CSFC). Jenny serves as county office representative for the California Department of Education, School Facilities Planning Division’s Advisory Committee.
Cynthia Harkness
Cynthia Harkness is a Civil Engineer and a Qualified Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan Developer (QSD) with LPA, Inc., an integrated design firm. Throughout her 14 years of experience, Cynthia has designed and led projects focusing on transportation, land development, water quality and infrastructure. Working with LPA’s offices throughout California and Texas, she has brought her combination of design and field experience to create highly-functioning infrastructure systems that not only support various project types, but protect and preserve water resources for the future. From initial project planning to construction stormwater inspections, she is dedicated to incorporating sustainable measures into all her work.
Michael Haro
Michael Haro is the Environmental Program Leader at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Palmdale, California, home of the legendary Skunk Works. Michael has over 20 years of experience doing environmental education outreach to K-12 schools, community colleges and universities. He cofounded the Santa Clarita Environmental Education Consortium (SCEEC), a sustainable, public-private partnership model other communities can adopt to promote environmental literacy in K-14 schools and provide leadership to engender local sustainable development. Through multiple EE projects, SCEEC has encouraged hundreds of K-14 students to practice and pursue sustainability in Santa Clarita. Michael has a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of California, Riverside and an M.S. in Environmental & Occupational Health from California State University Northridge. He has over 37 years of experience in the environmental field, publishing several papers on pollution prevention, hazardous waste management and air pollution control. While at Lockheed Martin, Michael’s environmental program has garnered numerous awards, including two U.S. EPA Region 9 Environmental Achievement Awards, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, and a U.S. EPA Performance Track Program Outreach Award. The North American Association of Environmental Educators (NAAEE) recently announced that SCEEC was chosen to receive the NAAEE Award for the Outstanding EE Organization at the local level.
Anna Harrison
An award winning designer, educator and industry leader, Anna has over 25 years of experience guiding clients to define and implement their strategic goals. At Aedis she is responsible for stakeholder engagement strategies, bringing her expertise to educational projects at all phases with an emphasis on master planning, bond implementation, and programming. Anna is also an organizational development professional delivering workshops and seminars on team building, sustainability, education theory, and emerging fields such as biophilic design. Using the project based learning and teaching model Anna creates workshop experiences that are fun, meaningful and interactive. A LEED AP, Anna is committed to sustainability and is passionate about design and planning educational environments that meet the needs of this generation and future generations.
Ogechi Hubert
Hello, I am a seventeen-year-old Nigerian American advocate for both environmental and social injustices. I am a poet, a green ambassadors intern, and a strong believer in the power of education.
Aaron Jobson
Aaron Jobson comes from a family of educators and has a passion for creating dynamic, sustainable learning environments. His philosophy includes pursuing extensive community outreach and participation, allowing for client-and community-responsive design. He is known for his innovative projects, including American Canyon High School (American Canyon, Calif.), one of the highest scoring Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) verified projects in California. He is also one of the creators of Folia, a classroom building solution that dramatically reduces design, permitting and construction time on projects to market. His work, passion and advocacy has garnered his reputation as a thought leader on how school facility design directly impacts academic success – a subject on which Aaron spoke about at SXSWedu, among other national education conferences. A founding member of the School Energy Coalition, Jobson is a legislative advocate for energy efficiency measures affecting schools and a leading voice on sustainability. He contributed to the California Division of the State Architect’s “Handbook for Grid Neutral Schools” and serves on CHPS’ board of directors. In 2015, he was certified as an Accredited Learning Environments Planner by the Association for Learning Environments (formerly the Council for Educational Facilities Planners International – CEFPI).
Benjamin Kay
Benjamin Kay, scientist and instructor of life and environmental sciences at Santa Monica High School and Santa Monica College, has spent over ten years creating an immersive sustainability experience for his students. After intensive examination of the causes and effects of anthropogenic impacts to aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, his students actively pursue viable solutions at the school and/or community levels. Rigorous curricula integrate project-based and inquiry methods, outdoor education, expert guest speakers, field trips, and frequent community events. Benjamin also co-founded Team Marine ( with his students in 2006, an environmental science teen action group that spearheads diverse research, service learning, and educational outreach initiatives. Through a myriad of experiences in field, laboratory, and community settings, students hone their higher-order thinking and communication skills, bolster their aca demic re sumes with scholarships and awards, and gain technical training for jobs in the green economy. Simultaneously, students cultivate both internal and community awareness about effective solutions to modern-day challenges, such as the global plastic pollution, climate, and ocean acidification crises. Examples of student projects include making video PSAs, converting a gas car into an electric vehicle, building solar boats, showcasing eco-artwork, publishing in a peer-reviewed journal, and monitoring ocean water quality and MPAs.

Stephany Mason
Dr. Stephany Mason is the Technical Director at the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS), working to ensure that every child has the best possible learning environment in a building designed to have a minimal negative impact on the planet. She is a LEED AP and has participated in research and standards development related to IAQ, ventilation and sustainability for organizations such as ASTM, ASHRAE, and USGBC. Prior to working directly for CHPS, she served on the CHPS National Technical Committee on the Indoor Environmental Quality Subcommittee and chair of the Materials & Waste Subcommittee. Her previous experience includes Vice-President for Product Testing at Eurofins Air Toxics, Principal Scientist at UL Environment, and research faculty member at GA Tech. She has a B.S. from the University of Illinois, an M.S.E. from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University on carbon cycling in the ocean and th e potent ial impact on the global climate. Stephany is on a mission to make every school healthy and an ideal place to learn and thrive.
Kevin Matthews
Kevin Matthews is Managing Director of NSI’s Sustainability Sector, where he works with clients on interfacing with state and local governments. Under Kevin’s leadership and expertise, the Sustainability Sector has grown significantly to areas ranging from water infrastructure to Electric Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) demonstrations. The sector works with clients contributing toward solving our country’s energy and environmental issues. Kevin is currently helping to shape the Sustainability industry vertical with key government officials and industry leaders. Kevin also leads the Clinton Global Initiative’s EV School Bus project that has secured several million dollars in support and organized all facets of EVs from drivers to the operators of the nation’s utility grid. Prior to joining NSI, Kevin served as the director of government relations for AIG Environmental,. Kevin has also served in various positions with the US Environmental Protection Agency where he worked for Administrator Carol M. Browner as both Special Assistant and Senior Congressional Liaison. Kevin holds a B.A. in History from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas and an MPA from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

Ryan McEvoy
Ryan is the founder and principal of Gaia. He is responsible for the positive growth and diversification of the firm’s offerings and brings over a decade of experience in real estate development, sustainable energy systems, and green building expertise to Gaia’s projects. Ryan has taught courses on sustainability at Cal State Dominguez Hills, workshops for USGBC Los Angeles and Northern California Chapters, and speaks regularly at conferences and events throughout the country. He is co-chair of the Los Angeles Business Council’s Energy & Environment committee working to create policy around water usage, solar energy and improved energy performance. In 2009, Ryan started Collective Solutions, a non-profit organization affiliated with Gaia that works to enhance the quality of life for communities in developing nations. He is a member of the Los Angeles Business Council, the USGBC Los Angeles Chapter and the International Living Future Institute.
Dale McCurry
Dale McCurry is the Energy Manager for Santa Ana Unified School District and is a member of the School Energy Coalition Executive Board. He has over 30 years of construction experience, 18 of that in modernization and construction of new schools. He is responsible for implementation of Prop. 39 including management of construction projects. Dale has spoken to the Metropolitan Water District Board of Directors on Santa Ana's success in implementing water savings projects and obtaining $590,000 in rebates. Utilizing $6M in Prop. 39 funding and $160K in utility incentives, SAUSD has replaced 154 HVAC units totaling 1,153 tons, including 2 chiller plants. SAUSD was the first District in the state to close a Prop. 39 Energy Expenditure Plan. Dale has spoken to the California State Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications on the progress and benefits of HVAC replacement at SAUSD utilizing Prop. 39 funds. SAUSD is particip ating in a UC Davis sponsored study focusing on the benefits of replacing outdated HVAC with new high efficiency equipment and controls. Having completed 3 years of HVAC replacement, the District's focus has turned to Exterior LED lighting with approx. $1M of lighting replacement currently awarded and in the procurement process.
Bill McDonnell
Bill McDonnell is the Water Efficiency Manager for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Bill has a BA from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from University of La Verne. His team manages many conservation programs that are on pace to rebate over $350 million to commercial, industrial and residential customers this year. His team also manages the Innovative Conservation Program which provides approximately half million dollars in grants for new conservation technologies. Bill also is part of Metropolitan’s water and energy nexus team and has more than 30 years’ experience in water and energy efficiency program management. In addition, he has been a Public Works Commissioner in the City of Chino Hills for almost 20 years and is a member of the Board of Directors of the California Urban Water Conservation Council and the California Irrigation Institute.
Mim Michelove
Mim Michelove is the Director of EUSD Farm Lab; co-­‐founder and co-­‐president of Healthy Day Partners and founding Board Member of Engage Encinitas. A former rock and roll photographer and an artistic welder, Mim has found her true calling in providing nutritional and environmental wellness education and designing school gardens and urban farms to provide meaningful, experiential learning opportunities. Mim has worked within the Encinitas Union School District (EUSD) since 2008 helping to create school garden programs and promote responsible environmental practices. She is also one of the original members of EUSD’s Green Team, which helped to guide the district toward sound environmental changes and cost saving green efforts. Mim is a firm believer in improving the quality of life within the community and has worked with City of Encinitas on many issues surrounding Safe Routes to school, is the driving force behind the creation of the first fruit grove on public land and works through nonprofit Healthy Day Partners to help provide free composting and zero waste community workshops. She also founded the New Encinitas Town Council, and has been a board member on the Encinitas Educational Foundation, as well as serving on the San Diego County Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom Board of Directors since 2011. Mim’s environmental and agricultural efforts have garnered several regional, state and national recognitions, grants and awards.
Fred Milder
Dr. Fred Milder co-founded Alltherm/SolarLogic in 2008 and is the company CEO. Alltherm/SolarLogic’s mission is to expand the use of renewable thermal energy in buildings around the world. Fred holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Michigan. He lives in an off-grid house in New Mexico with solar electricity and renewable energy hydronic heating and hot water. Prior to Alltherm/SolarLogic, Fred was an Assistant Professor of Physics at the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston and developed on-line science and mathematics courses for Harcourt Higher Education. Earlier in his career, he founded and was CEO of two medical device companies, Implemed and CryoCath Technologies, and consulted in science, technology, and intellectual property. Fred has served as researcher and author in materials wear testing, materials property enhancements, the artificial heart, in vivo total body lead measurement, antimicrobial materials, catheter cryoablation for arrhythmia management and renewable energy hydronic heating and hot water.
Janno Mino
Janna Mino is a Research Analyst for Energy Focus. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry, Biology, and Physics from Cleveland State University, where she taught and researched in the physics department. She has been researching the health and wellness impact of LEDs for Energy Focus and is initiating new studies on the topic with various institutions.
Arash Mir
Arash Mir as a Director, K-12 Education at ARCADIS, has over 23 years of experience in various levels of leadership and management in different fields of public work projects, such as, Educational, Transportation and Road Improvement, Water, Wastewater, Pump Stations, and Pipelines. He has Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Energy Conversion), and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Mechanical Design). He also achieved EIT Certification from California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists. By attending at unique training programs such as C.A.S.H. School Facilities Leadership Academy (CSFLA), C.A.S.H. Certified Maintenance Management Program (CMMCP), DSA Academy, California Title-22, and The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS), he has proven leadership abilities in K-12 project fields. At this time, he is part of Long Beach Unified School District’s management team, and manages Prop 39, Solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) contracts, Deferred Maintenance, renovation and modernization projects at LBUSD.
Bruce Noble
Bruce Noble is the Deputy Sector Navigator for Energy Construction & Utilities- Los Angeles economic sectors working on an initiative from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office – “Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy” (DWM). Responsibility includes aligning Community College and High School Career & Technical Education pathways to regional energy, construction and utilities industry workforce competencies, skills, abilities and knowledge needs. Prior to joining the DWM initiative, he served in a variety of executive and management roles in the transportation, energy and environmental technologies sectors. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business and Management.
Bharat Patel, PE CEM LEED AP
Bharat Patel is a principal at Harley Ellis Devereaux and has over 30 years Design and Construction experience in sustainable development. He is LEED accredited professional and is the past chair of the US Green Building Council – LA chapter and a LEED faculty. He has worked on building projects in Europe, Asia and America and has worked with a number of world renowned architects His unique experience zero net energy buildings and campuses allows him to examine and provide unique integrated solutions that address programmatic requirements, operational efficiencies, maintenance reduction, energy, environmental sensitivities, security issues and costs.
Bharat is the principal in charge of the most advanced vehicle emissions test center for CARB. When completed it will be Zero Net Energy campus and LEED platinum. Patel prepared the Integrated Energy Master Plan with a goal of Zero Net Energy for Pasadena City College, Cerritos City College, and WS Hart Union High School.
Nancy Pearlman
Nancy Pearlman, is an award-winning broadcaster, journalist, environmentalist, college instructor, anthropologist, editor, producer, on-air personality, and outdoorswoman who has made safeguarding the earth’s ecosystems a life-long career. She is currently serving her fourth term as Trustee for the Los Angeles Community College District where she leads the efforts for all nine colleges to be sustainable. Since 1970, when Nancy coordinated the first Earth Day in Southern California, she has worked with and continues to be involved with hundreds of conservation organizations, serving as administrator, founder, member of advisory councils, participant, and member of boards of directors.  She founded the Ecology Center of Southern California in 1972, Project Ecotourism in 1993, Humanity and the Planet in 2001, Earth Cultures in 2004, and Nancy Pearlman the Eco Traveler in 2007. Environmental Directions, her international weekly radio series, was started in 1977 and is now the longest-running environmental radio series in the country on broadcast and the web. As Executive Producer and Host of the three-time EMMY nominated environmental television series ECONEWS, Nancy covers every ecological issue.  Since 1984, she has presented her programs weekly to over 20 million homes via cable and broadcast television and over the internet.  Over 600 shows air on local origination, public access, governmental, school, and university channels, as well as satellite to PBS stations.
John Perlin
John Perlin has written four highly acclaimed books on solar energy and forestry: A Golden Thread: 2500 Years of Solar Architecture and Technology; A Forest Journey: The Story of Wood and Civilization; From Space to Earth: The Story of Solar Electricity; and Let It Shine: The 6000 Year Story of Solar Energy. Harvard University Press has chosen A Forest Journey as a Harvard Classic in Science and World History and as one of the one hundred great books published by the press. Nobel Laureate Dr. Walter Kohn invited Mr. Perlin to join the department of physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara to collaborate on the movie The Power of the Sun, which tells the story of the evolution of the science of light and its role in the development of photovoltaics. He currently works under a NASA contract at the department of physics as a research scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara and has lectured throughout the world on sola r and forestry topics. For more details, go to
Len Pettis
Len Pettis is the Deputy Sector Navigator for Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy as part
of the California Community College initiative to insure student success, promote job creation,
economic and workforce development and environmental sustainability in the Energy Efficiency and Utility sector in Orange County at Irvine Valley College. Len works to connect the business community directly with the faculty to enhance academic curriculum, enabling faculty to teach current and cutting edge relevant programs that meet the needs of today’s employers. From 2003–2015, Len served as Chief of Energy & Utilities for the 23-campus California State
University where he lead initiatives for energy and sustainability policy, energy efficiency programs
and provided leadership and oversight for the installation of 11 megawatts of photovoltaic systems on 16 campuses. He has championed operational best practices and integrated building design within the nation's largest public university system. Len is the co-architect for the largest statewide energy efficiency incentive program, which has delivered annual savings of 45 MW of demand, 373 million kWhrs per year and 18.7 million therms per year earning $95 million in paid incentives and investing over $400 million to the university systems infrastructure. Len is a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy with a bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering and holds a Chief Engineer's license from the United States Coast Guard. He is also a Certified Energy Manager with the Association of Energy Engineers.
Lorenz Schoff
• Past 52 years involved with Facility Operations and Maintenance -- 32 years with educational facilities - since 1970 involved with energy efficiency and conservation
• Currently working as an energy efficiency consultant for educational and medical facilities
• Instrumental in writing the LEED documents, ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guide and California Grid Neutral document – Educational Facilities
• Member - Rebuild America/EnergySmart Schools program of the U.S. Department of Energy involved improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings and new facilities
• Energy Audits and evaluations of over 1500 ED facilities both US and Europe
• U.S. Representative on International Energy Agency’s Annex 36 Working Group --Developing an online tool to improve energy efficiency of existing ED facilities
• Director of Facilities and Transportation for a 9000 pupil school district in SW Virginia
• 20 year Civil Engineer Officer in the U.S. Air Force with extensive efforts in energy conservation (1970-80’s)
• MS and BS in Engineering and a Professional Engineer
Ray Scott
Ray has been an Executive Board Member of Keep California Beautiful since June of 2012 and acting President of the Board since January 1, 2014. Ray’s position on the board stems from his personal engagement with Keep Bakersfield Beautiful and to help guide KCB activities with his perspective representing the Kern County Haulers Association. Price Disposal has shown a commitment to the supporting community improvement projects both in Kern County and State-wide by supporting Ray’s participation on the KCB Board. Ray’s passion for Keep California Beautiful mission statement “Efforts of One Result in the Power of Many” is evident through collaborative efforts he participates in and program development in Kern County, City of Bakersfield and City of Arvin:

• 2001 to Present – Administrator for Price Disposal local Refuse and Recycling Hauler Serving Cities of Bakersfield and Arvin and Kern, Ventura & Los Angeles Counties
• 1997 to 2004 Executive Board Member Bakersfield Christian High School
• 2012 to Present – Board Member Keep Bakersfield Beautiful
• 2012 to Present – Chairman CTE – Career and Technical Education Committee For Kern High School District
• 2013 to Present – Board Member for Taft College Foundation

Passionate in regards to Student and Public Recycling Programs.
Liz Shirakh
Elizabeth Shirakh is the Acting Supervisor for the Proposition 39 (K-12) Program at the California Energy Commission. For nearly 15 years, Ms. Shirakh has work to promote energy efficiency in K-12 schools. Various roles have included Program Manager of the Proposition 39 (K-12) Program, Bright Schools Program and the Commission's alternative Board Member representative to the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS). Liz has worked at the Energy Commission for twenty-eight years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University of Sacramento.
Pauline Souza
Pauline Souza, AIA, LEED Fellow, USGBC National Green Schools Advocate, USGBC Green Schools National Chair, Partner, Director of Sustainability and Green Schools, ~WRNS Studio: With 31 years of experience, Pauline has dedicated her career to the building and advocacy of high-quality sustainable environments that serve the education and civic sectors. A Partner at WRNS Studio, she serves as Director of Sustainability, and is responsible for implementing sustainable design principles into all of the studio’s projects and business operations. Her projects include the Sacred Heart Schools Stevens Library -Living Building Challenge Net Zero and LEED Platinum candidate, UC Davis Health and Wellness and Watsonville Water Resources Center, an AIA COTE winner and LEED Platinum. She has served as the Green Schools Advocate for the USGBC Green Schools Campaign since 2007, is a founder of the Bay Area Leaders in Sustainable Architecture and the LBC Bay Area Collaborative, and currently serves as a USGBC Green Schools National Chair for the Center for Green Schools. Pauline was elevated to LEED Fellow in 2013 and was recently named a Living Building Challenge Hero by the International Living Future Institute
Camille Sowinksi
Camille Sowinski is an environmental consultant for the Encinitas Union School District. Her tasks include helping the district manage green facility upgrades and facilitating the implementation of educational sustainability efforts. She is also an instructor with SWPPP Internship Program, a science-based educational program that guides students in creating best management practices to reduce stormwater pollutants. Camille is the co-founder of Healthy Day Partners, a local environmental nonprofit that supports educational stewardship programs.  Camille attended the University of California, Los Angeles and graduated from Vermont Law School, where she focused her studies on environmental law. After graduating law school, Camille spent the next 10 years in the nonprofit sector working in fundraising for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC and for Scripps Health in San Diego, California. Since 2007, Camille has been creating environmental education programs and implementing best green practices for local schools and community groups. 
Lesley Taylor
Lesley Taylor is a Field Representative in the California Department of Education’s School Facilities and Transportation Services Division. She is the program lead for the administration of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) in California, as well as the corresponding state-level award, California Green Ribbon Schools (CA-GRS). Ms. Taylor is the recipient of the 2014 ED-GRS Director’s Award for her work to advance green schools in her state. Prior to joining CDE in 2012, Ms. Taylor was a private sector consultant for nearly nine years, advising school districts across the state on facilities planning issues and specializing in new school site selection and evaluation, including CEQA compliance. Ms. Taylor holds a Master of Public Policy and Administration degree from Sacramento State University.
Andre Villasenor
André Villaseñor has served in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency since 2005, where he coordinates programs in Sustainable Materials Management (SMM). His SMM endeavors include assisting federal agencies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by the year 2025, and helping food service providers and consumers to cut their food waste in half by 2030. He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in Ecuador where he facilitated community-based projects in reforestation, small business development, and environmental education. André earned his M.S. Environmental Science from the State University of NY, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and his M.A. International Relations from Syracuse University. He is fluent in Spanish. He enjoys lifting weights, going to concerts, and taking public transportation.
Ying Wang
Ying Wang, President of Okapi Architecture Inc, is a licensed Architect and LEED FELLOW. She has extensive architecture and LEED and CHPS project experience. Her practice focuses on integration of sustainability and built environment. The scope spans from building design, energy efficiency to facility planning. She has been on USGBC-LA Board of Directors more than 3 years and on CHPS technical committee through 2006 and 2009 version. She consults K-12, high education and utility companies. Los Angeles City Unified School District and San Bernardino City Unified School District contract her to carry out District wide sustainability program. Currently, she is managing Prop. 39 program for San Bernardino City Unified School District. She is a faculty with Cal Poly Pomona and teaching “ Sustainable Construction” in Engineering Department. Her company – Okapi Architecture Inc. in managing Savings By Design program for projects located in Southern California Gas and Los Angeles Department Water and Power territory.
Andrew Wickham
Andrew Wickham is a Landscape Architect with integrated design firm LPA, Inc. Over his 10 years working at LPA, his focus has been on creating enriching outdoor environments on K-12 campuses all throughout California. He has worked with project teams in each of LPA’s offices in California and Texas. Andrew specializes in working closely with school districts, designers, and engineers to create sustainable outdoor learning environments that extend the classroom and bring nuanced learning opportunities to students. His passion for evidence-based design, education, and sustainability come through in every project he works on, big or small.
Chester A. Widom, FAIA
Chester A. Widom, FAIA, was the founding partner of WWCOT, a 185 person (at the time of his retirement from the firm) architectural, interior design, planning and forensics firm with four offices in California and an office in Shanghai, China. After leaving WWCOT, he served as the Senior Architectural Advisor for the Los Angeles Community College District’s $6.1 Billion construction program. In December of 2011, Governor Brown appointed him California State Architect. As a former President of both the National American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the California Council AIA, Chet is recognized as an international leader in the profession. He has been awarded Honorary Fellowship by the Japan Institute of Architects, The Federacion Colegios de Arquitectos de la Republica de Mexicana and by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and, served as the 2011 Chancellor of the College of Fellows for the American Institute of Architects. He is the 2011 recipient of the AIA’s Edward C. Kemper Award for service to the profession.
Andra Yeghoian
Andra Yeghoian is a seasoned educator with over a decade of private and public school experience in administration, classroom teaching, curriculum and instruction design, facilitation, professional development, and project management. She has a BA in International Relations and a Teaching Credential from UC Davis, and an MBA in Sustainable Systems from Pinchot University (at Presidio Graduate School). Andra currently serves as the Director of Sustainability at Bishop O’Dowd High School. Her passions center around personal and organizational learning, and facilitating the journey for others in becoming self-aware, creative, systems thinking, agents of change.
Sophia Zug
Sophia Zug works on K-12 education initiatives at Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI), a non-profit organization that works with communities to achieve sustainability goals. At SEI, Sophia specializes in technical education topics such as electricity, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. She coordinates energy conservation competitions among schools, delivers technical instructional support, and leads students in conducting walk-through energy audits of school buildings. Prior to joining SEI, Sophia worked at a non-profit, benchmarking energy consumption and performing preliminary sizing, siting, and financial analyses of solar projects in K-12 schools. Sophia holds a BA in Physics with a minor in Energy and Resources from University of California, Berkeley.