About Our Speakers
Bill is a long-time resident of San Diego North County with a wide variety of experience in the environmental field. He was the Recycling Director for Mashburn Waste & Recycling, the Environmental Compliance Director at EDCO Waste & Recycling, and the Managing Director for the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation. Bill’s consulting team, Dean & Associates, has created environmental education programs with the Encinitas School District, the City of Oceanside and the City of Encinitas and received CalRecycle’s statewide award for innovation.
Coral Abbott is an Associate Planner at the Strategic Growth Council. In her current role she administers and conducts outreach for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (AHSC). AHSC is a Cap-and-Trade program focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions through funding the development of compact, energy efficient affordable housing near transit, biking and walking options. Coral received a BS in Earth Systems with a minor in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity from Stanford University.
Nancy Ander is the Deputy Director of the Office of Sustainability at the Department of General Services (DGS). She is responsible for greening state facilities. Her responsibilities include the development of sustainability policies in areas such as Zero Net Energy buildings and implementation of sustainability programs such as energy efficiency retrofits, solar and wind installations, electric vehicle infrastructure development, recycling and other programs for state facilities. Prior to this role, Nancy was a Manager at Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the state’s four major investor owned utilities. At SCE, Nancy led the policy group responsible for planning SCE’s energy efficiency and demand response portfolio. Additionally, Nancy oversaw the development of efficiency and climate action plans at local governments and large institutions. Before coming to SCE, Nancy supported public policy at the California Energy Commission (CEC). At the CEC she supported Title 24 development and managed research to develop innovative technologies in Renewables and Energy Efficiency. Most notably, Nancy developed and managed the first Public Interest Research program for energy efficiency at the CEC and helped to lead the program to national prominence. Nancy has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and is a registered CA engineer.
Bill Boyce is currently responsible for Transportation Electrification Strategic Planning and Policy Development at SMUD and prior to that he managed SMUD’s electric transportation research and development program for 17 years. He is on the Board of Directors of the California Electric Transportation Coalition and previously served as an advisor to the Electric Power Research Institute’s Electric Transportation Program and the University of California Davis Plug-in Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Research Center. Mr. Boyce has a broad technical background that includes aerospace, environmental, mechanical, and mining engineering along with his electric utility experience. Prior to working at SMUD, Bill spent 15 years working in the liquid rocket industry in business development, program management and project engineering.
Wendell Brase is the University of California, Irvine’s first Associate Chancellor for Sustainability. In this role, he leads efforts by UC Irvine and assists other campuses throughout the UC system to implement UC’s Carbon-Neutrality Initiative. Brase co-chairs the University of California’s Global Climate Leadership Council and chairs UC’s Energy Services Governing Board. For 25 years, he provided leadership for an award-winning sustainability program in his role as Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Business Services. UC Irvine has received California’s highest environmental award, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, in 2008 and again in 2013; has earned numerous accolades for sustainability, including a 2009 Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Leadership Achievement Award and their 2014 Climate Leadership Award; and has been on Sierra magazine’s Top 10 list of greenest campuses for the past eight years, coming in at No. 1 in 2014 and again in 2015. The campus currently has 17 LEED Platinum and 10 LEED Gold buildings, among the most of any campus in the U.S.
Tom Brotherton, CALSTART Regional Director, oversees CALSTART’s vehicle incentive programs in California, New York, and Chicago. Tom has administered the California HVIP project since inception in 2010.
Rob has worked in renewables and energy management for the last 5 years. His current responsibilities include consulting and educating electrical contractors, commercial facilities, and government municipalities on energy efficiency. As the principal solar expert within Graybar, he is regularly involved in projects throughout the country. If you have a project you’d like to discuss with Rob, he can be reached at email@example.com or on his cell phone: 925.285.2358.
Beth Brummitt, CEM, CEA, LEED-AP. Beth founded Brummitt Energy Associates in 1998 to focus on high performance buildings. She is a regular presenter on topics such as Zero Net Energy: Ideas to Reality. Beth was the founding chair of Bthe San Diego Green Building Council and the founding co-chair of the San Diego Living Building Challenge Collaborative. Collaborating with SDG&E, she developed the first Zero Net Energy Commercial Case Study in California; and she continues to assist many other clients to reach their higher-performance and Zero Net Energy goals.
Michael is a licensed architect with 24 years of experience on a wide range of project types that include programming, planning and design. His work develops design solutions that continuously exceed the client’s needs, while focusing on strong sustainable design approaches. He is a contributor to publications on libraries as energy efficient facilities and speaks frequently on conferences about the integration of a holistic design and high performance. Michael has successfully designed many LEED projects including several LEED Platinum as well as Zero Net Energy buildings. The West Berkeley public Library is an example of his approach to a design that integrates zero net energy performance with a sensibility for a place creating a unique space shaped by natural resources. As the lead designer for HED he supported the creation of the criteria package for the ARB Southern California Consolidation Project through the integration of zero net energy strategies, complex engineering requirements and a strong consideration for a specific place. His design input laid the ground work for a design that focuses on the wellbeing of the people working, testing and visiting the facility. Through continuously providing high quality designs he has gained recognition in various publications for award-winning design.
Jenny is currently the President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Sonoma County and was recently appointed as Secretary to the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce sitting on their Executive Board. In addition to her role with the Hispanic Chamber, Jenny also serves our community as District Director for 4th District Supervisor James Gore, becoming the 1st Latina to hold this position for the County of Sonoma. Ms. Chamberlain was recently recognized as the 2018 Woman Of The Year by Assemblymember Jim Wood representing Assembly District 2. She was also recently awarded the New York Life Community Impact Award. Both awards were given for her work with the Latino Community during the Sonoma County October 2017 fires helping to ensure that all community members received access to emergency services. Her past community roles include: Vice-President/Los Cien Latino Leaders, 4th District Commissioner of Sonoma County’s Human Rights Commission and Board Member of Reach For Home(homeless services and transitional housing in Healdsburg). Ms. Chamberlain has also sat on various community committees touching the areas of education, health, financial stability and more.
Danielle Chambers is an Air Pollution Specialist at the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in the Mobile Source Control Division. She works in the Heavy Duty Incentives and Training Section; this section oversees the coordination of heavy duty incentives and pilot projects and coordinates trainings and events for regulations that control diesel exhaust from mobile sources. Danielle has been with CARB for 8 years and is currently co-lead for school bus incentives and compliance assistance.
Rengie Chan is a Research Scientist and Deputy Group Leader of Indoor Environment Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Her research looks at the interrelated issues of building energy performance, ventilation, indoor environmental quality, occupant health and performance. Her work in commercial and residential buildings aims to generation knowledge to enable high performance, net zero energy use buildings that provide healthy and productive indoor environment. Prior to joining LBNL, she worked with Exponent, Inc. as a Senior Scientist in Environmental & Earth Sciences practice. Rengie holds a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley, and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Peter Christensen is the manager of the Heavy-Duty Clean Transportation Strategies section at the California Air Resources Board. His experience includes over 25 years developing mobile source strategies at ARB and at the local level. He oversees a portfolio of advanced technology incentives including the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust as well as California Climate Investments from Cap and Trade proceeds.
Clark founded four companies in his career. Two current ones are Clark Strategic Partners (2003) and re-started Clark Communications (1979-1992) which is now Clark Mass Media Company (Cm2C). Most of his career has been very involved in academics on both sides: teaching and construction. Now he refers to both as “sustainable” with teaching that is “cross-disciplinary” and construction that is “green, smart and healthy.” These areas are interlinked and need to be done together for many reasons. Above all, combining them is more cost effective and efficient as well as creating a new economic paradigm that is closer to “science” e.g. both “quantitative” and “qualitative”. He has 12 books out on these topics plus over 70 peer-reviewed papers. In 2017, he updated his PhD Thesis from UC Berkeley, “Violence in Public Schools” that added “Colleges and Universities” (NOVA Press, De 2017). Clark’s latest books integrate all these areas into solutions to climate change as “Climate Preservation” (Elsevier Press, March 2018).
Stephen Crolius is a Vice President of Alliance Consulting Group and the Co-Director of the Vehicle-to-Grid EV School Bus Initiative. The Initiative is currently implementing the EV School Bus Commercialization Project, a multi-stakeholder effort whose lead funding comes from the U.S. Department of Energy. Throughout his career, Stephen has focused on growth strategies driven by product innovation. Over the last decade he has concentrated on the economic implementation of alternative energy technologies. Stephen’s interest in this topic led him to take a leave of absence from Alliance from 2006 to 2013 and serve as the Director of the Transportation Program within the Clinton Foundation’s Climate Initiative. Stephen started his career at the strategy boutique Telesis. He became a Partner in Towers Perrin after it acquired Telesis, and went on to senior roles at The Boston Consulting Group and the strategy boutique SJS, Inc. Since returning to Alliance, he has continued to serve the automotive sector via consulting assignments for Tier 1 suppliers. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the NH3 Fuel Association. Stephen holds an MBA from the University of Rhode Island and a BS in biology from Stanford University.
Deidré Cyprian serves as the Project Manager for the California Air Resources Board’s Southern California Consolidation Project. Since 2014, she has been involved in every aspect of the project on a daily basis. Her work has been instrumental in the successful completion of all project tasks to date. These tasks include feasibility studies, project funding, site selection, environmental reviews, selection of the design-build team, and mitigation of the project’s environmental impacts. She continues to oversee tasks associating with the construction phase and serves as a liaison for all stakeholders. Prior to 2014, she served in various leadership roles for several county agencies throughout the State. She was a member of the U.S. Army from 1985 to 1993. Deidré earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration Summa Cum Laude and a master’s degree in Project Management from Colorado Technical University. She splits her time between family located in Sacramento, the Bay Area, and southern California.
Kevin rejoined the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) in May 2015. He previously worked for CBSC from September 2010 to December 2013, primarily as a legislative analyst. Kevin’s responsibilities at CBSC are diverse. He assists technical staff in the development of building standard regulations for the triennial and intervening code adoption cycles administered by CBSC. He also oversees the requirements for establishing and implementing emergency regulations as necessary. Additionally, he advises executive staff on various state policies and procedures, manages special projects, and contributes extensively to the CBSC legislative analysis process. Prior to his appointments with CBSC he worked as an Office Technician for the State and Consumer Services Agency (SCSA). In his role at SCSA he provided administrative assistance to the general counsel and the insurance advisor, performing a variety of tasks including legislative tracking, processing constituent correspondence, and helping to facilitate the quarterly SCSA Business Continuity Committee meetings. Before entering state service Kevin worked in several areas of the private sector, which included commercial maintenance, telecommunications, and the restaurant industry. Kevin earned an Associate of Arts degree from Sacramento City College and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English at California State University, Sacramento.
Anna Ferrera is a Partner with Murdoch, Walrath & Holmes, and is the founder and Executive Director of the School Energy Coalition (SEC). Ms. Ferrera also serves as a legislative advocate on energy and water issues for the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH), individual school districts, and association clients on state and federal issues. Anna was a former appointee and Senior Advisor at the United States Department of Energy and former staff to the California State Senate on energy issues.
Mr. Fitzpatrick is the California Chapter Leader of the American Tiny House Association. He has made presentations to municipalities throughout the State of California on the opportunities for tiny houses and moveable tiny houses as a means to meet the need for affordable and sustainable housing. Mr. Fitzpatrick has over 40 years of broad executive level management and administrative leadership experience in both public and private sector organizations. Because of his government and developer experience, he has been working with local governments to amend their development codes to permit moveable tiny houses as ADU’s. He is also working with several California municipalities for demonstration infill tiny home projects. Currently, Dan is the President of Pacific Pathways, LLC, with offices in the Fresno and San Francisco. The company and its investment partners, invests in a range of real estate projects throughout California. Mr. Fitzpatrick has complete numerous land development projects ranging from master planned communities to small lot infill developments.
Dan has served in the public sector as the:
• Director, Redevelopment Agency of the City of Fresno
• Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the County of Fresno
• Assistant City Manager and Assistant County Administrator in Clark County, Las Vegas
Kevin Flanagan is the lead program administrator for SPURR’s Renewable Energy Aggregated Procurement (REAP) Program. SPURR is a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) formed in 1989 by California public school districts with over 250 public agency members. SPURR aggregates purchasing power and expertise for its members with the goal of reducing utility costs. Kevin Flanagan has been providing energy consulting services in California for nearly 10 years, lives in the Sierra Nevada foothills, and is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Roberta B. Franco is a Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). She has worked at CDFA for 1 year and the last 4 months have been with the Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation. In her current role, she develops and manages all the projects of the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program, which provides incentives to dairy operators and developers to install digesters that capture and utilize methane for energy production. Roberta holds a Ph.D. in Horticulture and Agronomy and an M.S. in Animal Biology from UC Davis, and a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Susan Freed, Architect, Certified Energy Manager, LEED AP – Susan is the Project Manager for the Energy and Sustainability Program at County of San Diego since 2013. Her work at the County includes finding opportunities to increase the energy and water efficiency and sustainability of County operations, studying the feasibility of innovative solutions, and developing programs and projects to implement promising findings. She has hands-on experience with the challenges in creating sustainability momentum in the public sector. Previous to her position with the County, she worked for many years as an architect (involved in sustainability projects such as the first strawbale post office in New Mexico), architectural planner (working with public and nonprofit clients to develop sustainability planning and facility master planning), and economic development professional (10 years with the historic preservation/community development program MainStreet). She holds a Master in Architecture from the University of New Mexico, has been LEED AP since 2005, and CEM since 2015.
Mark Fuchs is the Executive Director for the Carpenters Training Trust Fund for Northern California, from 2015 to present, overseeing five training centers throughout the 46 Northern California counties and over 5,600 apprentices. Prior to that he was the Program Coordinator for the St. Louis Carpenters’ Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program, starting in 2000. Mr. Fuchs worked 25 years in the field as a project superintendent and lead carpenter, with a broad scope of experience in heavy highway, commercial, medical, school, and residential construction. He has worked with apprenticeship and training programs for the past nineteen years, involved in developing curriculum for new and innovative training programs and as an advocate for career and technical education. He sits on the United Brotherhood of Carpenters International Training Advisory Group. In 2012 he was awarded the International Foundation Excellence in Apprenticeship Training Award. He’s also been recognized by the Employers in Support of Guard and Reserves with the Patriot Award for his work with Veterans in the workforce. In 2011 Mr. Fuchs served as president of the Missouri Association for Career and Technical Educators, has chaired and served on several national advisory committees, and has presented at state and national conferences. He is currently a Trustee for the California Apprenticeship Coordinators Association. Mr. Fuchs completed a union apprenticeship in Carpentry over 40 years ago, then matriculated his apprenticeship to go on to earn an Associate’s degree in Construction Technologies from Jefferson College, a Bachelor’s degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois Carbondale, and extensive graduate studies at St. Louis University, Public Administration School of Public Policy. Mr. Fuchs has multiple trade certifications and holds a lifetime teaching certificate in Adult Vocational Education.
Nate Gauff is a Mechanical Engineering graduate of the University of Washington. Mr. Gauff has worked for CalRecycle for over twenty-eight years having spent the last twenty-five years focusing on tire recycling issues. His primary areas of responsibility have been: rubberized asphalt concrete (RAC), tire-derived fuel and tire recycling methods and processes. He has been instrumental in developing and implementing the CalRecycle’s RAC program strategies and activities. In addition to managing over twenty million dollars in RAC grants to local governments, he has managed RAC related contracts with local agencies, Caltrans, State Universities and private contractors totaling over seventeen million dollars.
Rick Gibson has had a 40-year career building businesses, founded and co-founded several successful technology companies and advised over (75) others. Rick has reviewed 1000+ companies and mentored hundreds. Since 1999, Rick has served as Managing Director of HOTventures, a “mentor capital fund” for the Southwest U.S., which invests in and advises fast-growth companies, in domains as diverse as Ballistic Armor to Agriculture, including Information Technology, Healthcare, Sustainability and Media. He is a Partner in Sustainability Partners and an early stakeholder in Bill Gross’ Idealab that founded one of its first companies, E-Ticket Inc. Rick startedGNP Development Corp with Bill Gross, and in 1986 they sold it to Lotus Development Corp for $10 million. In 1991, they co-founded Knowledge Adventure Inc, which in 1996 they sold to Cendant for $100 million. Knowledge Adventure became the world’s largest children’s CD-ROM edutainment software company (almost $400 million in annual revenues), owned by Universal Studios, known for ‘JumpStart’ (20 million units sold) and ‘Blaster’ series.
Alycia Gilde is a Regional Director at CALSTART and manages a number of market-acceleration program initiatives including; California’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program (HVIP), New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s $19 million all-electric and alternative fuel vehicle incentive program, the New York Truck – Voucher Incentive Program (NYT-VIP) and Charge to Work NY, a NYSERDA-funded Electric Vehicle Workplace Charging and Stakeholder Engagement Initiative for New York City, Westchester and Long Island. Ms. Gilde also manages marketing and outreach programs for City of Chicago’s a $14 million incentive program, Drive Clean Chicago. Prior to CALSTART, Ms. Gilde managed some of the nation’s largest transportation emission reduction programs including; The Port Authority of NY and NJ Regional Truck Replacement Program, the Hunts Point Clean Trucks Program, and marketing and outreach for the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Truck Programs. Ms. Gilde graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Global Environmental Mass Media and served in the Peace Corps as an Environment Volunteer in Ghana, West Africa. In 2017, Ms. Gilde received an Environmental Champion Award from the U.S. EPA and The Responsible 100 CSR Award for Sustainability from City and State NY.
James Gore is a passionate public servant and Sonoma County native. Born in Healdsburg and raised throughout the 4th District, James is 6th generation Californian whose passions drive towards building a vibrant and resilient future for his community, his neighbors, and his family. Prior to his election to Supervisor, James Gore served as the Assistant Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Natural Resources Conservation Service, a Presidential Appointment position where he led nationwide conservation efforts at the intersection of agriculture, business, and the environment. Of personal note, he ardently led efforts to expand services in persistent poverty areas with underserved communities. This work took him across the country and into some of the most disadvantaged areas of the U.S., including the Colonias along the Mexican Border, the Mississippi Delta region in the deep south, and tribal reservations from Alaska to Florida. Whether at the local, regional and statewide level, James leads campaigns to build healthy communities, environments, and economies.
Marshalle Graham has worked for CalRecycle for over 25 years. Working within the Local Assistance and Market Development (LAMD) Branch, she focuses on the implementation of new laws such as mandatory commercial recycling (AB 341) and mandatory commercial organics recycling (AB 1826). Currently she serves on the team implementing Short Lived Climate Pollutants legislation (SB 1383), particularly as it relates to the rulemaking and local implementation.
Molly Hoyt manages the Community Renewables team for Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s Customer Energy Solutions organization. In this role, she oversees the company’s voluntary green power programs. Molly has been with PG&E for about ten years. Prior to PG&E, Molly was a partner in a boutique sustainability consulting firm based in San Francisco. Prior to that, Molly led certain product management and marketing functions for Vodafone Group Plc, and Airtouch International. Molly has an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from San Jose State University. In her free time she enjoys travel, reading, pilates and tennis.
Ryan Huft is an Air Resources Engineer with the California Air Resources Board. He has worked at CARB for 8 years and the last two years have been with the California Climate Investments. In his current role, he develops quantification methodologies for the Natural Resources and Waste sector including anaerobic digestion, composting, biofuels, tree planting, and energy savings. Ryan graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Mechanical Engineering degree and is also a licensed mechanical engineer.
Wade Hughes joined SMUD in January of 1998; he has used an extensive construction background and program management experience to benefit Energy Efficiency and Renewable/Solar programs at SMUD. He’s developed and managed residential and commercial customer facing programs for 18 years. In addition to managing SMUD’s nationally recognized SolarShares, Greenergy and Carbon Reduction Programs, he is now engaged in developing the next generation of carbon reduction and renewable program portfolios for SMUD.
Miriam Joffe-Block is leading the development of statewide energy efficiency financing pilots as a Program Manager at the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA). She has been an advocate for making the pilot programs flexible and streamlined, to facilitate the participation of private capital providers and energy retrofit contractors. Under her leadership, improvements were made to REEL, the residential financing program, which has grown to include 6 lenders and support close to $3 million in residential energy retrofits in less than two years. Miriam coordinates closely with the State’s Investor Owned Utilities, who are partners in the development of the pilot programs. Commercial and Affordable Multi-Family Programs are scheduled to launch later this year. Previously, Miriam worked for Beneficial State Bank and Foundation to develop an expedited underwriting process for small business lending. She also coordinated the Bank’s CDFI strategies, securing over $3.8 million in CDFI Fund grant awards. She holds an MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of business and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Brandy Keen has been designing and consulting for environmental systems in indoor agricultural facilities for over eleven years. Ms. Keen co-founded Hydro Innovations where she served as its Director of Operations. Currently, Ms. Keen is the Co-Founder/Senior Technical Advisor for Surna, Inc., which acquired Hydro Innovations in 2012. Surna develops innovative technologies and products that monitor, control and address the energy and resource intensive nature of indoor cannabis cultivation. Ms. Keen is often engaged as a speaker on climate control and energy efficiency by several organizations and has been interviewed by Bloomberg News, and cited in numerous industry publications. Her experience lends an understanding of all perspectives in the cultivation facility, including the cultivator, the owner, the investor, the regulating body, and the community. At Surna, she guides licensed PE’s in mechanical design of facilities, teaches solutions to consumers who know little about the systems they are purchasing, designs systems that meet local regulations and reduces energy consumption, and improve on standard and outdated practices. Ms. Keen’s expertise recently brought her to participate in the Cannabis Sustainability Work Group through the City of Denver, as it provides best practices for sustainability (including water and energy efficiency) in the cannabis industry.
Denise Kennedy, founder and president of DKE Enterprises, Inc. (dba DK Enterprises), brings over 30 years of leading successful business and marketing transformation strategies to the tire recycling industry and leadership in national scrap tire associations and initiatives including working as Task Chair of International ASTM D11.20.01 (Recycled Rubber), ASTM Chair of Environmental Safety and Sustainability of ASTM D36.40 (Recovered Carbon Black), Membership Chair of the Synthetic Turf Council and member of the retread associations, Tire Industry Association and National Parks & Recreation. Since 2006 Denise has played a key role within the contractor teams for CalRecycle’s Tire Outreach & Market Assistance (TOMA and TOMA2) Programs and the Tire Derived Product Business Assistance Program (TBAP) including assisting in preparing the California Annual Market Tire Study and producing the California Tire-Derived Product Catalog. In 2015 DK Enterprises was awarded the CalRecycle Feedstock Conversion Technical Assistance and Material Testing Services (FCS) Contract. Denise has served as principal industry liaison, analyzing scrap tire flows and identifying market trends, barriers and opportunities as part of the CalRecycle and has been passionate in assisting clients in utilizing best management practices (BMP) in the development of products utilizing tire rubber and other raw materials. Ms. Kennedy’s recognition of opportunities, collaborative and matchmaking skills with the rubber and plastic manufacturers, end users, compounders, tire-derived material (TDM) suppliers, testing facilities, technical experts, equipment manufacturers, testing rubber particle sizes utilizing the Ro-Tap Sieve Shaker to better ensure BMPs and scrap tire facility and hauler permitting have resulted in addressing problem solving issues, market and product development.
Christal Love Lazard is an associate program manager for the Sustainable Communities program with over 12 years of public policy experience. She has also served as a project manager and program coordinator for the Institute’s Public Engagement program. Prior to joining the Institute in May of 2011, Christal worked at the Center for Collaborative Policy facilitating complex stakeholder groups. Christal holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning and a Master’s degree in Public Administration.
Keith Leech Sr. currently leads Sacramento County’s Fleet Division and Parking Enterprise after retiring in January, 2015 as the City of Sacramento’s Fleet Manager. Both the City and County of Sacramento fleets are recognized as trailblazers in public fleet sustainability primarily because of their migration to renewable natural gas and renewable diesel that achieved dramatic reductions in fossil petroleum consumption and carbon emissions. The City of Sacramento’s fleet was recognized as both the #1 Fleet and #1 Green Fleet by 100 Best Fleets and Sacramento County’s fleet was recognized as the #7 Leading Fleet in 2017 by Government Fleet Magazine and the #7 Green Fleet in 2016 by 100 Best Fleets. Keith was inducted into the Public Fleet Hall of Fame in 2017 by Government Fleet Magazine and APWA and received NAFA’s 2014 Fleet Excellence Awards for Excellence in Public Fleet Sustainability and Excellence in Fleet Leadership. Keith currently serves as Chairman of Northern California Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association and NAFA’s Government Affairs Committee. He also serves as President of the Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition.
Margrit Lockett is the Servicing Manager for the IBank’s direct lending programs: the Infrastructure State Revolving Fund (ISRF) Program, and the California Lending for Energy and Environmental Needs (CLEEN) Center. She is responsible for managing all loan servicing activities, including surveillance, disbursements for complex, multi-million dollar public infrastructure projects, and amendments to existing loans. Lockett and her staff ensure that IBank maintains a healthy loan portfolio. Prior to joining IBank, Lockett served at the State Treasurer’s Office in several capacities including at the California Health Facilities Financing Authority (CHFFA). While at CHFFA, Lockett implemented and managed compliance for the loan and bond units, monitored annual surveillance, and managed and implemented procedures for collections. Prior to state government, Lockett worked at AmSouth Bank, formerly First American National Bank. While there, Locket cut her teeth in financing in several departments, including in residential, consumer and commercial underwriting. Lockett was also in the retail and restaurant industry for a number of years where she managed hundreds of employees and was often called on to hire, train, and manage staff for new store openings. Lockett has held licenses in securities series 6 and 63, life and health insurance, and real estate.
Charley Marchesano oversees the County Energy and Sustainability Program. In this role, Mr. Marchesano leads a small team of dedicated professionals focused on integrating sustainability practices into all aspects of county operations, including energy procurement, new construction and renovation of existing facilities, renewable energy projects and electrification of the county fleet. He serves as subject matter expert to other County planning efforts including the County’s Climate Action Plan, Zero Waste Plan and Comprehensive Renewable Energy Plan, and has led the development of the ZNE Portfolio Plan, which guides the County’s ambitious energy reduction strategies through 2030.
District Representative II, Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) State Housing Law Program. Six years with the state (all six with HCD in the State Housing Law Program). Responsible for code development for residential projects for the following codes:
* Residential Code
* Electrical Code
* Existing Building Code
20 plus years as a California Certified General Electrician Certified Residential Electrical Inspector Associate’s degree in Building Inspection Technology.
Jennifer Masterson is the program lead for the Proposition 39 School Bus Replacement Program at the California Energy Commission. She has worked for almost 6 years in the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program which is focused on reducing California’s use and dependence on petroleum transportation fuels and increasing the use of alternative and renewable fuels and advanced vehicle technologies.
Kevin Matthews serves as Managing Director of NSI’s Sustainability Sector where he strategically works with clients on developing strategies for interfacing with state and local governments. NSI has clients that range from cutting edge Zero Emission Technology, to renewable energy, to water infrastructure. Kevin also serves at the Co-Project Director for the ZEV V2G School Bus Initiative. This initiative is seeking to achieve commercially viable ZEV school buses that are also cost competitive with traditional fossil fuel school buses. Kevin is currently managing a $3.2 million, demonstration project funded by the CEC and SCAQMD and also serves as project manager for the Blue Bird School Bus Company’s U.S. DoE $10M grant to build and deploy commercially available ZEV V2G school buses. 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 in Washington, D.C. where he worked for Administrator Carol M. Browner as both Special Assistant and Senior Congressional Liaison. Kevin holds a B.A. from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas and an MPA from the LBJ School at the University of Texas at Austin.
Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), State Housing Law, District Representative II. Residential Code Development: California Plumbing Code, California Existing Building Code. ICC Cert for Plumbing Code, ICC Cert for Building Tech, ICC Cert for Residential Code. Associates Degree in Building Inspection Technology.
Matt is a Strategic Account Advisor and Project Manager with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Sacramento’s electricity provider. He has been working with the cannabis industry since June of 2016 and is responsible for managing one of California’s largest indoor cultivation markets.
Alexi Miller is a Senior Project Manager at NBI and is NBI’s lead engineer. He brings insight and analysis about cutting-edge technologies and strategies to diverse stakeholders as part of a wide-ranging effort to improve the energy performance of the built environment. Alexi leads several programs and initiatives at NBI including Zero Energy Building Certification, the GridOptimal Initiative, Community Strategic Energy Management and the Getting to Zero Buildings Database. He manages the development of FirstView, NBI’s remote virtual energy audit software tool. Alexi has expertise in topics including zero net energy buildings, codes and policies, building controls, deep energy savings retrofits, and emerging technologies. Prior to joining NBI in 2013, he spent six years at The Cadmus Group. Alexi is a registered Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering, LEED-AP+ accredited (Operations & Maintenance specialty). In his spare time, he hikes, skis, paraglides, reads good books and brews his own beer (not all at once). He is fully fluent in Spanish and conversationally fluent in Portuguese.
David Morse is the Deputy Chief of the Partnerships Office at NASA’s Ames Research Center in the Silicon Valley. There he oversees efforts to craft creative partnerships with commercial companies, start-ups, non-profits, academia, other government agencies and international organizations. He has over forty years of NASA experience in the Ames Center Director’s Office, strategic partnerships, technology transfer, public affairs, IT, and Earth and life sciences. He served as Project Manager for NASA-Ames’ first Open House that attracted over 250,000 visitors. He was a senior NASA spokesperson for John Glenn’s return-to-flight and the Lunar Prospector mission. He has been a spokesperson for hundreds of TV, radio, and press interviews (including across South America on Chilean TV and world-wide on BBC TV). He has been an invited keynote speaker in both the United States and Canada, and has served as Master of Ceremonies at dozens of news conferences and major events. He is both a NVW-certified life coach and an IAP University-certified motivational speaker. Morse was born in London, England, and immigrated with his family to Calgary, Alberta, Canada when he was 12. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Economics with Honors from the University of Calgary and a Ph.D. (ABD) from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the recipient of the prestigious Governor General’s Gold Medal, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and numerous Honor awards. He resides in San Jose, California.
Chris works at San Diego Gas & Electric in the Non-Residential Energy Efficiency Program, specifically within Public Sector Partnerships group as an energy efficiency and customer programs advisor to the Local Governments in San Diego. Over his 9 years at SDG&E, Chris has been involved in everything from the California Solar Initiative and Self-Generation Incentive Programs, the Smart Grid, providing utility owned solar to SDG&E customers, and Research and Development on innovative renewable technologies. Chris is a new father, and avid traveler, and enjoys hiking, mountain biking, cooking, and competing in marathons and triathlons
Ingrid Neumann, PhD is the technical lead for the Energy Commission’s “above code” program for local jurisdictions, and is also the lead Subject Matter Expert for the 2019 updates to the building energy efficiency provisions in Title 24 Part 11 (CALGreen). She has been providing technical and analytical support within the California Energy Commission Building Standards Development Unit since 2014. The unit is responsible for the adoption, updating and implementation of the Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24 Part 6) and the building energy efficiency provisions located CALGreen (Title 24 Part 11 Appendices 4.2 & 5.2).
Bharat Patel specializes in sustainable development and has worked on projects in Europe, Asia and America with world renowned architects including Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano, and Norman Foster. His unique experience allows him to provide unique integrated solutions that address programmatic requirements, operational efficiencies, maintenance reduction, energy, environmental sensitivities, security issues and costs. Bharat has designed numerous ZNE buildings that involved interdisciplinary thinking resulting in the true integration of architecture, engineering and building science.
Theresa is the Engineering Manager at the UC Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center (WCEC) with 10 years of experience in applied research in energy efficiency in buildings, primarily in the areas of Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC). Theresa led the development and construction of the WCEC’s HVAC testing laboratory in 2013. In addition to research activities, Theresa leads a project producing video training materials for the HVAC portions of Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. Theresa provides technical management for the WCEC staff, reviewing project progress including experimental plans, analyses, results, and publications. Theresa earned her M.S. degree from UC Davis and is a registered professional mechanical engineer in California.
Soren Rasmussen has been the Managing Director for Green Hydraulic Power, Inc. since September 2017.
Enrique Rodriguez joined the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) in February of 2009. His duties at the CBSC are to assist with the adoption, approval, codification, and publication of the California Building Standards Code, Title 24, including the development of the California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen). Enrique has served on various building commissioning committees, most notably as Vice-Chair of the International Code Council (ICC) G4 Development Committee, which created the ICC G4-2012 Guideline for Commissioning. He currently serves on the International Accreditation Service, Inc. committees for Accreditation of Commissioning Agencies Task Group and the Technical Advisory Council-Sustainability Steering Committee as Vice-Chair. Prior to working at the CBSC, Enrique worked for the California Department of General Services’ architectural department for 11 years. During that time he designed a variety of state buildings that ranged from a Boating Instruction and Safety Center to Cal Fire campuses. He also acted as a project designer, design team leader, and project manager for various state facilities. Enrique has extensive architectural design experience and holds a Bachelors of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University (CAL POLY), San Luis Obispo.
Randall Russell is a resource recovery and recycled-content product specialist with a focus on government procurement programs, recycling markets development and green building education for professionals. Mr. Russell supports CalRecycle’s statewide Waste Tire Management and Carpet Stewardship programs supporting market development activities; providing technical assistance to local jurisdictions and transit districts; and assisting grantee recruitment and procurement assistance. Mr. Russell is a part of a small team of experts assisting private manufacturers with product development to increase the recycled content by converting virgin feedstocks to recycled material. Additionally, Mr. Russell assists local jurisdictions with construction and demolition debris diversion programs and planning as a third-party C&D facility verifier. Mr. Russell is an accredited Envision VSP and continuing education provider for AIA and USGBC on the subject of recycled-content building and landscape products made with recycled tire rubber. His academic degrees include a MS in Sustainability Materials Management and Sustainability and a BSS in Media Production.
Bruce Saito is leading the California Conservation Corps – the oldest and largest conservation corps in the nation – in its commitment to enhance the Corpsmember vocational experience and expand environmentally focused projects that make California an even better place to live. While Governor Jerry Brown appointed Bruce as CCC Director in September of 2015, his career with the Corps goes back to 1977 during the CCC’s earliest days. Bruce started as a supervisor/instructor at the Bret Harte Training Academy in Calaveras County, and over the next ten years, promoted his way up to director of the Los Angeles Urban Center and the CCC Camarillo Center. In 1986, Bruce helped establish the non-profit Los Angeles Conservation Corps in 1986. He later served as the LACC executive director- devoting nearly 30 years to the program and growing it to be one of the country’s largest local-nonprofit corps. Bruce has also been active in the corps movement an the national level. He served as board president for the Corps Network, and in 2014, was honored with its Corps Legacy Achievement Award. In California, he served as president of the California Association of Local Conservation Corps that represents 13 certified local conservation corps programs. Bruce grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from San Francisco State University, and resides in Long Beach, CA.
Over 10 years experience in renewable energy in the US and internationally including marketing, business development, product and project development working with homeowners, commercial building owners, dealers/distributors, utilities and financiers. Prior experience in marketing and developing technology, fast moving consumer products, and commercial, industrial and agricultural products throughout the World.
Jonathan has spent the last 8 years researching the US and global plumbing markets, investigating the use of materials and their performance under US water conditions. Among Jonathan’s recent research areas are an investigation of the influence of chlorine-based water disinfection methods on system longevity in Copper, PEX and CPVC piping systems. Additionally, Jonathan has focused on the influence of plumbing systems on water quality, investigating little-known interactions of domestic plumbing systems and water quality and innovative approaches to mitigating water quality risks.
Jay Singh has been working with the Technology Transfer Office at NASA Ames Research Center for two years. He is responsible for marketing NASA Technologies that are available for license and software solutions that start-ups, companies and regular people can use to achieve their goals. He holds a BS in Business Marketing from San Jose State University and is currently pursuing a MS degree.
Derek Smith is Executive Director and Co-Founder of Resource Innovation Institute (RII), a national non-profit whose mission is to promote and quantify energy, carbon and water conservation in the cannabis industry. Prior to RII, Mr. Smith ran Clean Energy Works, a residential energy efficiency program in Oregon and Washington that blended utility, public and private dollars to deliver whole-building retrofits while generating carbon emission reductions along with equitable economic development. Clean Energy Works was hailed as one of the most successful US Dept. of Energy funded stimulus programs in the country. Mr. Smith has also led energy programs with the City of Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability, served on the management team of a Zero VOC start-up paint company and developed an award-winning corporate sustainability program for a national retailer.
In 2015 Paul Sperry became part of the ownership team at Insolcorp and joined the Insolcorp management team as CFO and Regional Sales Director. While doing a Due Diligence on Phase Change Materials he fell in love with the “InfiniteR” product and the potential it represents to be a major player in helping reduce overall Energy Consumption and more exactly in helping building owners save money on their Heating and Cooling bills. Mr. Sperry is now serving as Executive VP, and is responsible for overseeing special large projects in the industrial, storage and government verticals. He is also overseeing specific projects that include major customers and the Green Proving Ground Program of the GSA and the High Impact Technology Catalyst Program of DOE. Paul is working to get PCM and “InfiniteR” included in rebate programs with Power Companies and included in CEC.
Dr. Strawa is the Chief of the NASA Ames Technolgy Transfer Office that ensures that NASA’s investments in pioneering research find secondary uses to support the economy, create jobs, and improve quality of life. Previously, Dr. Strawa lead the New Opportunities Center that supported the science and technology communities at Ames by identifying and maturing mission concept into winning proposals. He spent nearly twenty years as an Atmospheric Scientist working at Ames on the effect of particulate matter on climate change, human health, and stratospheric ozone depletion. Dr. Strawa received a PhD in Aeronautical Engineering from Stanford University in 1986. He has over 50 refereed publications.
Amanda Towers is a Program Analyst for the Department of General Services, Procurement Division, California Multiple Award Schedules (CMAS) Program. CMAS offers a streamlined, best value purchasing solution for State and Local government agencies and offers a wide variety of Information Technology (IT) and Non-Information Technology (Non-IT) products and services. Prior to this role, Ms. Towers served as a Buyer for the State of California, managing multi-million dollar procurements for both IT and Non-IT goods and services and acted as a Small Business/ Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise Advocate.
Marisa has worked for the State Department of General Services, Procurement Division for 27 years. She joined the California Multiple Award Schedules (CMAS) Unit in June 1995 and has assisted hundreds of vendors secure a CMAS agreement over the past 17 years.
Elizabeth Turnbull works on the EV team at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, where she deploys electric vehicle charging infrastructure through the EV Charge Network program, and develops tools and resources for customers who are interested in EVs. She holds an MBA and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University, and a BA from Smith College.
George Edward (Eddie) Van Giesen III is the National Sales Manager at Raincycle, a WATTS company. Eddie received his MLA at the University of Georgia in 1995, and his BA at the University of Georgia in 1984. He is an American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) accredited professional. He speaks regularly at conferences, universities and professional associations, including The American Institute of Architects, American Society of Plumbing Engineers, American Society of Landscape Architects, International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials among others. He was co-author of Designing Rainwater Harvesting Systems (John Wiley 2014), and principal author of the Georgia Rainwater Harvesting Guidelines (Georgia Department of Community Affairs, in 2009). He assisted Georgia, California and North Carolina in developing rainwater plumbing codes and standards in coordination with the International Code Council (ICC) and IAPMO from 2009-present. He has lobbied and advocated in Georgia and California for codes favorable for rainwater harvesting.
Ms. Venema serves as Sustainability Manager for the City of Sacramento’s Department of Public Works. She recently led preparation of the City’s first EV Strategy and is supporting the advance of numerous EV initiatives in the community, including Electrify America’s Green City initiatives in Sacramento. Her responsibilities include a range of policy and implementation efforts, from the City’s climate action plans to renewable energy procurements. Previously, Ms. Venema worked as a consultant providing climate-related services to public agencies for over seven years. She led preparation of diverse environmental programs and plans for cities and counties across the state. Her portfolio includes over 20 climate action plans, greenhouse gas reduction plans, and energy action plans. Her experience includes renewable energy streamlining, general plans, and grant administration. In addition to technical experience, Ms. Venema has a background in public engagement and facilitation, working with both community stakeholders and elected officials.
Subid Wagley currently works in Strategic Business Planning at SMUD. Most recently, he worked at the US Department of Energy in Washington, DC managing R&D Projects, setting minimum federal standards for certain household appliances and implementing public-private partnerships to support the uptake of more cleaner and efficient technologies. In the last 15 years, he has also held positions with the investor-owned utilities (IOUs) managing their energy reform projects and power sector plans emphasizing rates, policy and regulations. Subid serves on the Board of Association of Energy Services Professionals.