About Our Speakers
Cathy Allen is the Chief Operating Officer for the Sacramento City Unified School District. Her career in education started with the Placer County Office of Education in the curriculum department. Her move to the school facilities arena came after she completed the Educational Facilities Planning Certificate Program at the University of California, Davis. Cathy started as a planner and has worked her way up to her current position at Sacramento City Unified. She is a member of the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.) and served as the organization’s Chair from 2011-2013. Cathy has worked for both small and large districts, and both growing and declining enrollment districts. She has a degree in Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento. She lives in Auburn with her family and has served as a school board member and a member of a local park and recreation district board.
Danaelle Arroyo is an ROP/CTE Teacher at the Academy of Environmental and Social Policy Magnet High School in Lincoln Heights, CA. She is currently teaching under the Agriculture and Natural Resources pathway holding classes in Landscaping Operations 1/2 with an Agriscience implementation. Danaelle feels very fortunate to currently work for such a dynamic public small school as she can really get to know her students and staff. ESP Magnet strives to change students' perspectives to view the world through an environmental approach. She has revolutionized the way students recycle, compost, garden, and respect their surroundings. Prior to teaching, she worked 2 years for a nonprofit in the San Fernando Valley where she managed a 4 acre community garden with 60 families in Pacoima, CA. Her expertise and love for what she does was found while getting her undergraduate degree at California Lutheran University where she gained her B.S. in Environmental Science with a Biology minor.

In her capacity as Chief of Facilities & Operations, Noemi is charged with overseeing the facilities planning, finance, construction, and maintenance management functions of the District. Mrs. Avila brings forth over 20 years of experience in K-12 public school education and specifically over 13 years of hands-on experience in educational facilities planning. Noemi has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Minor in Project Management. She holds Certifications in Educational Facilities Planning, Maintenance Management and as Chief Business Official. Lastly, she is currently working on her graduate degree; an Executive Master of Leadership through the School of Public Policy at USC.
Samer Alzubaidi joined the District 2008 as the Director of the Facilities Planning and Development Department. Some of his responsibilities include overseeing eligibility applications, land acquisition and 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. 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.”
A National Board Certified Teacher, Tammy Bird, has taught all levels of Biological Sciences including AP Environmental Science and Environmental studies at Crenshaw and Carson High Schools in LAUSD for 31 years. She and her students disseminated an environmental radio piece for National Public Radio/Living on Earth. One of her most famous programs, which she co-founded, is the international youth entrepreneurial program, Food From the ‘Hood. Currently at Carson High School, Tammy involves her students in outdoor and environmental experiences ranging from her project-based Edible Urban Forest and Sustainability Outdoor lab, PowerSave Schools, recycling/waste reduction programs, to the Teton Science School and Murie Center in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where annually she takes students on a trip emphasizing ecology, leadership , and environmental leadership lessons. She continues to broaden her knowledge base and experience with environmental education, as well as STEM programs, which manifest its benefits into her classroom curriculum. Tammy also is the lead faculty member for the Environmental Science, Engineering, and Technology Academy which serves over 500 students. Duties include master scheduling and career pathway sequencings, academic and industry partner relations, grant writing and administrating, professional development.
Rachel Bruhnke teaches at the Port of Los Angeles High School in San Pedro. It is both a Gold Ribbon and California Distinguished School. She designed the curriculum for the survey class she teaches, Environmental Engineering Studies, and has used the opportunity to help her students, school, and port community become increasingly active in environmental advocacy. She earned an M.S. in Environmental Resource Engineering from CSU Humboldt, and a B.A. in Political Science from CSU Long Beach. Rachel lived 3 years in Honduras as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and has also lived in Peru, Ecuador and Costa Rica. She has been traveling to Cuba for over 15 years, studying their policies of human and environmental sustainability. Rachel has taken over 200 Americans to Cuba to promote peace and environmental exchange at the human rights organization Global Exchange. Rachel continues to research the Cuban people's work for human and environmental sustain ability. She is on the Board of Directors of both Witness for Peace Southwest, a Latin America solidarity organization, and the Harry Bridges Institute, that promotes worker rights and historical union achievements and struggles. She lives with her daughter and husband on an urban farm they are creating infarm they are creating in San Pedro.

Allie Bussjaeger graduated from Cal State University Long Beach in December 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Environmental Science and Policy Magna Cum Laude. During college Allie served as the Green Campus Program Team Manager for the Cal State Long Beach chapter, where she was awarded Team Manager of the Year in July 2011. Allie was an intern for the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference as well as the featured Student Keynote Speaker and a Student Presenter at the conference. She was also an intern at the City Long Beach Office of Sustainability during the summer of 2011. Allie became an intern for Grades of Green during her last semester of college in fall 2011 and was thrilled to be offered a permanent position in January 2012 upon her graduation. Allie is currently a working on receiving her Masters in Nonprofit Business Management through the University of Central Florida.
Rachel Butrum is a Program Associate for the PowerSave Schools program and works directly with k-12 schools, as well as aiding in program development. She joined the Alliance in the summer of 2014 after receiving her master’s in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia. Rachel holds her bachelor’s in Religious Studies and Archaeology from the University of California, San Diego.
Jacobe Caditz is a Strategic Account and Program Manager for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District where he currently manages SMUD’s Prop 39 services and runs a workforce development and energy education internship for high school students. Jacobe has always had a passion for working to build better communities. He combined his MBA studies at the University of the Pacific with two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay. While abroad, he focused on strengthening municipal services and promoting education. For the past eight years, Jacobe has worked with schools to help build better learning environments. He sees his current role at SMUD as an extension of his commitment to community development and education.
Jorine Campopiano is EPA's Pacific Southwest (Region 9) Environmental Education Coordinator. Jorine currently works on a variety of projects and activities to help increase environmental literacy in her region. This includes managing EPA's Environmental Education Grant Program, EPA's Student and Teacher award programs - and coordinating outreach activities. She has worked for four years in the Children's Health Program and eight years in EPA's Wetlands Program. She holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Science and Management from UCSB and a Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences from UCSC.
Patricia Call moved to Northern California in 1982. Since 1987, Ms. Call has worked with many non-profit organizations in Northern California, in the areas of Food and Nutrition, Housing, Social Services, Education and Philanthropy. During her career, she has written, managed and evaluated many federal, state and private grants from the following U.S. departments of Housing and Urban Development, U. S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Western United States Agricultural Trade Association, U.S. Department of Education, 21st Century Grants and Title IV-B; California Office of Criminal Justice Planning, California Chancellor’s Office Workforce & Economic Development Programs and IDRC. Ms. Call has been consulting for West Valley College since 2007 and has worked on workforce development program such as the Center for International Trade Development, Center for Advanced Transportation Technology and Energy, served as director for the Workplace Learning Resource Center. Mrs. Call has been responsible for coordinating the Water Career Pathways Consortium’s (California Career Pathways Trust) day to day operations. She has developed programmatic strategies to overcome obstacles to achieve milestones and objectives on schedule. Patricia studied Math and Physics and Business Administration in Chile.
Eric Canteenwala works for the US Environmental Protection Agency's Region 9 office in the Children's Environmental Health program. His primary responsibility is to serve as a point of contact between US EPA and schools to promote a variety of voluntary environmental health programs for K-12 schools related to issues such as indoor air quality, mold, green cleaning, asthma, school chemical management, integrated pest management, PCB's, asbestos, and lead. Eric is able to help schools improve their facilities and their student's health by tapping EPA's scientific expertise, providing technical assistance, outreach, and administering environmental education grants. He has worked with both small and large school districts to help them implement environmental health programs and connect them with additional external resources when necessary. Eric holds a BA in political science and a minor in Environmental Science from UC Berkeley.
Vanessa Carter directs OAEC’s Resilient Schools Program, supporting school communities to incorporate place-based ecological literacy into their living learnscapes. After 11 years of direct service in Bay Area, Venezuelan and Mexican public high schools teaching interdisciplinary environmental science through critical pedagogy and popular education, Vanessa is now focused on facilitating radical redesign of our education systems across California and beyond by pairing her innovative facilitation skills and background in permaculture design. With a B.A. in Sociology & Urban Education from Swarthmore College and a Masters in Education from the University of San Francisco’s Center for Teaching Excellence and Social Justice, Vanessa has combined research and practical experience to provide transformative and empowering opportunities with participants that bridge environmental and social justice community concerns. As an Ecological Literacy Consultant & Facilitator, she has co-facilitated Environmental Charter Schools’ Green Ambassadors Institute; presents at national conferences; designs curricula to accompany digital media in the classroom; sits on the California Farm to School Network Steering Committee; and coaches non-profits and school districts through Resilient Community Design in the pursuit of ecological justice.
Paul Chapman is the executive director of Inverness Associates (www. invernessassociates.org), an educational consulting group, which promotes green schools that embrace environmental sustainability in their facilities, operations and program. Since 2010 he has served as visiting scholar at Stanford and UC Berkeley and published several books and reports: Greening America’s Schools and Greening 2.0 (NAIS 2012, 2013); “Environmental Education and Sustainability in American Independent Schools,” a series of three reports on green school surveys; and “Growing Connections: California Private Schools and Informal Environmental Education.” Previously he served as principal of the Head-Royce School in Oakland, CA and was a member of the California Environmental Literacy Task Force and the Schools of the Future Task Force. Currently he serves on the Chabot Space and Science Center and Prospect Sierra School boards, the Green Schools National Network, Ten Strands and UC Berkeley Library advisory boards, and he heads the California private school selection process for the Green Ribbon Schools Program.
Prior to being appointed as Deputy State Architect, Bob served as Chief Building Official for several jurisdictions in the Sacramento region. Before that, he spent 35 years practicing architecture in the private sector in Boston, Los Angeles and Sacramento. Licensed as an architect since 1980, Bob has been involved in the design of high-rise condominiums and office buildings, mixed-use, single-and multi-family housing, retail, educational and health facilities. He has also received state and national awards for passive solar design projects, including awards from DOE and HUD. He is a LEED AP, a Certified Green Building Professional, and 2013 President of the AIACV Board of Directors. He has served on the CADA Board of Directors and as Chair of the City of Sacramento Design Review and Preservation Board. In addition, he has taught and guest lectured extensively on green building and sustainability. In 2010, he was appointed to the Urban Design and Green Building Committee for Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s Greenwise Sacramento initiative. In January 2011, Bob was appointed to the West Sacramento Planning Commission by Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, and again was most recently appointed by Governor Brown as the CA Deputy State Architect in March 2012.
Lisa Chiladakis has worked to promote Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) and on ZEV programs and policies at the California Air Resources Board since 2000. She joined the PEV Collaborative in 2012 and leads projects and oversees dissemination and development of Collaborative work products to support workplace charging and charging at multi-unit dwellings. Lisa also advises the executive director and staff on PEV trends as they relate to technology, market growth and infrastructure. This role includes being a liaison with the Governor’s Office and other state agencies on PEV related issues. Lisa has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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.
An internationally recognized author, lecturer and advisor specializing in sustainable communities, Clark was a contributing scientist to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an organization awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. In 2004, he founded Clark Strategic Partners (www.clarkstrategicpartners.net), an environmental and renewable energy consulting firm that advises public and private clients worldwide. His most recent publications include The Next Economics; Global Sustainable Communities Handbook; The Green Industrial Revolution (with Grant Cooke); and Smart Green Cities. His work covers solutions to climate change through public policy, science and technologies, and economics and finance. Clark also teaches graduate courses throughout the USA and internationally. He has served as Academic Specialist to the UCLA Provost Office and a Cross-Disciplinary Scholar; Senior Advisor on Renewable Energy, Emerging Technologies, and Finance to California G overnor Gray Davis; Visiting Professor of Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship at Aalborg University, Denmark, where he was a Fulbright Fellow in 1994; and Manager of Strategic Planning for Technology Transfer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for the University of California and the U.S. Department of Energy. He earned a Ph.D. at University of California, Berkeley.
Emily Courtney manages the K-12 education initiatives at Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI), a non-profit organization that works with communities to make the transition to sustainability. Emily has a background in environmental, job skills and entrepreneurship education. At SEI she manages holistic school programs designed to make it easy and affordable to green school facilities while engaging students in energy conservation, education, and leadership. Prior to joining SEI, Emily was the Director of Green Technology Education at Laney College in Oakland, CA. Her focus is serving individuals and communities at the dynamic intersection point of our economic, ecological and social justice goals. Emily holds an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise from the GreenMBA program at Dominican University and a BA from Whitman College.
Karen Cowe, Ten Strands' CEO, is an education-industry executive with over 25 years of experience in sales, marketing, professional development, business development, and operations. She most recently acted as President and CEO at Key Curriculum Press. She has worked with curriculum leaders and teachers to introduce innovative, inquiry-based math and science instructional materials and learning tools to students. Karen combines her deep personal interest in environmental stewardship and place- based education with her education industry experience.
Sharon Danks is an environmental city planner and the CEO of Green Schoolyards America, a nonprofit based in Berkeley, California. Over the last fifteen years, Sharon’s professional work and passion have focused on transforming school grounds into vibrant public spaces that reflect and enhance local ecology, engage the community, and nurture children. An accomplished schoolyard researcher and speaker, Sharon has traveled the world to study hundreds of school grounds and share best practices. Her current work focuses on scaling up the green schoolyard movement and integrating school ground design and management with green urban infrastructure planning. Sharon is a co-founder the International School Grounds Alliance, a co-founder of Bay Tree Design, Inc., and the author of "Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation". She has served on California’s statewide Environmental Literacy Taskforce, and is currently a member of the advisory boards for the Green Schools National Network and the Bay Area Children in Nature Collaborative. Sharon holds master’s degrees in landscape architecture and city planning from UC Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. She is also the mother of two expert playground testers.
Salomón Dávila, Dean of Economic and Workforce Development, at Pasadena City College, attending a science, math and technology magnet high school in South Texas where “vocational education” and academics were contextualized to Engineering. Because of this he headed was able to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and where he discovered his interest in education and decided to share his passion for Engineering. This led him to Harvard's Graduate School of Education, majoring in Teaching and Learning. He worked as a corporate consulting engineer implementing automation technology in hundreds of companies before creating his own small business delivering digital product design and manufacturing solutions to the Southern California region. He later decided to share his passion of Engineering and Computer Aided Design and had a long teaching career at Pasadena City College and encouraged many technicians and engineers to successful careers. Now, as Dean, he’s responsible for innovative training solutions through numerous grants focusing on Career Pathways contextualizing academics and leveraging work based learning experiences. He contributes to regional, state and national workforce efforts interfacing with educational organizations, business and economic councils, and workforce development boards.
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.
Wael Elatar is currently the Chief Business Official for Barstow Unified School District. Barstow Unified is a public K-12 school district in the California high desert region consisting of 10 schools with student enrollment of approximately 6000 students. Some of Mr. Elatar's other employments prior to Barstow Unified included the positions of Assistant Superintendent of Business Services for Beaumont USD, Administrator of Facilities, M & O and Transportation for San Bernardino City USD and Vice President of Operations, West Area for MV Management (a national leading firm specialized in the management of public transportation contracts.)
Mr. Elatar is a Civil Engineer with a post graduate degree in Engineering Management. His educational background has served him well in managing 100’s of millions of dollars in major construction projects & facilities capital programs including the construction of many schools and large transportation hubs. Mr. Elatar has 25 years of professional experience managing fiscal, operational, support services and programs in the private and public sectors. Throughout his career he has continued to manage and oversee facilities planning & construction programs in both the private and public schools sectors. Many projects were designed and constructed using green and high performance technologies.
Mr. David Esmaili has over twenty-two years’ experience in workforce development educational in the areas of energy, transportation, sustainability, agriculture, and water. David currently serves as the Bay Region Deputy Sector Navigator for Agriculture, Water and Sustainable Technologies. Previously, he served as Director of the Advanced Transportation Technologies and Energy Center at West Valley College, where he was responsible for the development of sustainability, green building, transportation, and energy curriculum, classes, and training programs. Mr. Esmaili built the fledgling program into multi-million dollar training and educational services operations. At its peak, the program was training in excess of 300 students annually. Mr. Esmaili utilized partnerships with U.S. Department Energy, Pacific Gas and Electric, California Department of Education, California Energy Commission, Employment Training Panel, Caltrans, Baywork, Bay Area Council and Silicon Valley Leadership Group to develop industry focused training programs. He has implemented sustainability, water, energy projects for the City of San Jose, City of Belmont, and Santa Clara County. Mr. Esmaili has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Economy of Natural Resources from the University of California at Berkeley and has done graduate work in Environmental Studies at San Jose State University.
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.
Heather Flint Chatto is a Project Manager at New Buildings Institute (NBI). Heather supports NBI’s work with the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Action Plan for Commercial Buildings and communication of measured performance findings from NBI research. Heather has a background in green building, environmental policy, and long-range planning, with degrees in urban planning and environmental studies for teachers. She is passionate about sustainable design and has been involved in multiple environmental education initiatives including the Northwest Alliance for Ecological Design, the West Coast Ecological Design Education Survey (EDES) Project, and development of the Green Futures Research and Design Laboratory at the University of Washington. Prior to joining NBI, she worked as a California local government planner, with nonprofits on environmental policy research, and with architecture offices on planning and green building projects. Heather enjoys creating educational resources that can create a broad impact, including most recently, her work in developing NBI’s new ZNE Communications Toolkit to help educate the market about the what, why and how of zero net energy buildings.
Emily Gee is a Marketing and Movement Manager at Grades of Green. Emily began interning with Grades of Green in 2009, and was originally drawn to the nonprofit because of its core values and mission. Truly inspired by the passion of the Directors and motivated by the energy of the school communities, she feels Grades of Green’s dedication to environmental programs is vital to affect environmental change. A recent University of Southern California graduate, she double majored in Public Relations and Political Science with a minor in Environmental Science. Emily was named Outstanding Public Relations Student of the Year at USC, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She worked in Los Angeles’ south central public schools through the Joint Education Project (2008-2012) and continues to help with after school tutoring and mentorship programs. Emily has conducted environmental field research abroad in Belize (2009) and China (2011). Her work on en vironmental advertising is published in the American Political Science Association Journal (2012). Emily received her Master’s Degree in Public Relations at the University of Southern California in 2014 with an interest in Nonprofit Management.
Lisa Gelfand, FAIA, LEED AP, founded and manages Gelfand Partners Architects in San Francisco.  The practice is a B Corporation and a leader in sustainable, energy-efficient design that serves society in education, affordable housing and civic and commercial facilities. Lisa was the architect for the Collaborative for High Performance Schools demonstration project, Blach Intermediate School.  She served on the Green Committee of the California DSA Advisory Board. Her projects have earned numerous design awards. Lisa is an author of Sustainable School Architecture (Wiley, 2010) and Sustainable Renovation (Wiley, 2012).  She received her M.Arch. from Yale School of Architecture in 1978.
Vanessa is a Senior Associate for the PowerSave Schools program under the Alliance to Save Energy. She oversees program implementation for over 50 k-12 schools and aids in program development and expansion. She continues to evolve the program to more effectively instill aspects of energy literacy in students and their communities. Vanessa started her job at the Alliance in the summer of 2013, right after receiving her B.S. in Environmental Science from UCLA. She has previously done field work on carbon sequestration in Costa Rica, researched prospects of carbon neutrality in Hermosa Beach, and interned for the Center of Sustainable Communities at UCLA.
The Hon. Howard A. Goldstein, Esq., is a civil litigation trial and appellate attorney, and Governing Board Member of the Beverly Hills Unified School District. For over 20 years, Mr. Goldstein has been actively involved in the representation of plaintiffs in class action matters in the fields of consumer fraud, telecommunications, employment, insurance, unfair competition, education, environmental, and civil rights. Mr. Goldstein has tried over 50 jury trials to verdict in state and federal courts. Since 2001, Mr. Goldstein has advised a sustainability consulting firm that assist clients to measure, manage and market their sustainability performance.
Shannon Gordon began working for the California Department of Education in October 2013. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and attended Tufts University, School of Veterinary Medicine only to discover the field of education was closer to her passion to help educate others about environmental issues. Shannon received her Master's of Arts degree studying environmental science education organizations and their relationship with the formal education system. From 2000 to 2013, Shannon worked as a formal middle school science teacher, non-formal educator, and program coordinator prior to working in the California Department of Education.


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.
Jamie Hall is a manager on the public policy team at General Motors, where he focuses on policies and programs to support commercialization of GM’s advanced vehicle portfolio. Jamie is responsible for policy considerations affecting the development and deployment of advanced technology vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt, Spark EV, and Bolt EV concept, as well as fuel cell and natural gas vehicles and associated infrastructure. He works closely with GM technical teams, policymakers, and industry stakeholders and is active in multiple collaborative efforts in this area, including the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative and the California Fuel Cell Partnership. Jamie has more than ten years of environmental and energy policy experience. Most recently, he served as Policy Director at CALSTART, where he led legislative and regulatory initiatives on related to advanced vehicle and fuel technologies, infrastructure, and commercialization challenges. He received degrees from Princeton University and the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.
Arlene Hopkins is a resilience strategist, educator and architect working to develop community-based climate change mitigation and adaptation policies, programs and projects. Integrating across multiple-disciplines, she is translating science into pragmatic strategies for schools and libraries. She presented on Community-Based Solutions for Climate Change Disaster at the Society for Applied Anthropology 2013, Society for Ecological Restoration 2013 and EcoSummit 2012. Presently she is developing a replicable program framed by the planetary boundaries as proposed by the Stockholm Resilience Center and anchored within community using Elinor Ostrom’s “commons” as a transformative model for community social ecological systems. She is a research-based practitioner, program and project manager working to advance wise ways and new traditions in community. She is a member of the Sustainable Cities Research Coordination Network, outgoing Environmental Program Co-Chair for the American Evaluation Association, Urban Resilience Co-Chair for the Resilience Task Force of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, former Working Group Coordinator for Workshop on the Ostrom Workshop (WOW5), and Member of the Building Committee for the American Library Association. She is an invited speaker, conference host and workshop presenter at community, professional, scientific and academic events.
Lisa Howard is a co-founder and Principal of Bay Tree Design supporting the renovation of our cultural construct for ecological processes and children’s landscapes through her design projects, research, talks and volunteer time. Over the past 12 years her design work has focused on green schoolyards, educational farms, interpretive and therapeutic gardens, and urban wilderness spaces. Lisa has traveled in six countries studying hundreds of school grounds to learn their best practices, successes and failures. Lisa is currently on the Leadership Council for the International School Ground Alliance sustaining an interest in remaking children’s outdoor areas that are engaging, full of graduated challenges, and connect children to Place. Lisa holds a master’s degree in landscape architecture from UC Berkeley and is the mother of two children.
Vanesa Iniguez is a junior at Environmental Charter High School. She is part of the Green Ambassadors Internship at her school where they do many hands on projects with the community. Vanesa wants to major in Environmental Studies in college and pursue a career in the environmental field. She wants to travel and educate people on the importance of sustainability. When she's not trying to advocate for the Earth, she likes to spend time with friends and family and read a good book.
David Kaneda’s experience includes over three decades working in the building industry in North America and Europe. He has been the Electrical Engineering Principal for numerous LEED Platinum, AIA COTE Top 10 and net zero energy building designs, and his design for the Integral Group, San Jose headquarters where he works was the first net zero energy commercial office building in the United States. He is a professional engineer, a registered architect and a LEED Accredited Professional in the US and a Chartered Engineer in the United Kingdom and a European Engineer as well as an MBA. He has a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from the London Business School. David’s specialties include Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB) design, sustainable electrical engineering, lighting and daylighting design. Due to his expertise in sustainable electrical engineering issues, David is frequently invited to speak at national and international conferences and has presented at the Guangzhou International Lighting Technology Symposium, American Institute of Architects National Convention, Greenbuild International Conference, Lightfair International, the National Academies: Federal Buildings in 2030 Symposium, and the IFMA 3D Sustainability Summit.
Rachel King is the Project Green Specialist for the Sacramento City Unified School District. She provides the Facilities Department with strategic direction in the area of sustainability and manages programs aimed at reducing resources including waste, energy, and water. Rachel has been working on sustainable facilities management in k-12 education for the last three years. Prior to joining SCUSD, Rachel worked in the Facilities Department for Saint Paul Public Schools in St. Paul, MN and served on the Board of Directors for the Recycling Association of Minnesota. Rachel has a degree in Planning and Community Development with an emphasis on Environmental Planning from St. Cloud State University.
Allie Kirkpatrick is a 10th Grader at Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, CA. She has been involved with Grades of Green for 7 years and is inspired by her Mom who is one of the founders. Allie really enjoys helping people and helping the environment. She is passionate about helping the earth and teaching people how they can make a difference and how everyone can work together to make a impact. Allie has been a part of the Grades of Green Youth Corps Eco Leadership Program for 2 years. She also spends much of her time with National Charity League whose focus is mother/daughter relations fostering leadership, philanthropy and cultural experiences. One of NCL’s philanthropies that Allie enjoys working with is Richstone Family Center whose focus is child abuse prevention. Allie helped implement composting and recycling programs for the center. She also spends a great deal of time tutoring and mentoring elementary school kids at a local Title 1 school. Allie hopes to continue working with children and the environment through college and her adult life. Allie enjoys playing basketball and tennis with her school teams and in her free time photography, painting and being with friends and family.
Carolyn Lam is a junior at Environmental Charter High School and aspires to be a green architect when she gets older. She is a part of the Green Ambassadors Internship, Architecture Club, and founder of the Scrapbook Club. She is passionate about environmental issues and finds it very intriguing the deeper levels to certain issues and they connect to certain aspects of society and the impact they have. She wants to inspire others to be the change this world needs. Her mission in life is to spread awareness about environmental issues and within that process learn how to become a better advocate for her community and social injustice issues as well.

Dr. Gerald A. Lieberman is an internationally recognized authority on school improvement using natural and community surroundings as interdisciplinary contexts for education. He led the development of the innovative educational strategy called EIC Model™, using a school's local Environment as the Integrating Context for learning and, more recently, the development of the curriculum for the State of California's Education and the Environment Initiative. Dr. Lieberman’s recently released book, Education and the Environment: Creating Standards-based Programs in Schools and Districts, offers key strategies for getting buy-in from school and district administrators, and teachers in connecting nature and the environment into their classroom studies.
Dr. Lieberman served as the principal consultant for the State of California’s Education and the Environment Initiative. The EEI is a cooperative endeavor of the California Environmental Protection Agency, the California Department of Education, the State Board of Education, the Governor’s Secretary of Education, the Integrated Waste Management Board and the Resources Agency. Dr. Lieberman led the development of the State’s approved “Environmental Principles and Concepts” the plan for the “EEI Curriculum.” In 2010, this standards-based curriculum was approved by California's State Board of Education. The EEI Curriculum is now being disseminated to K-12 classrooms throughout California.
Dr. Stephen C. Maack owns REAP Change Consultants, which provides Research, Evaluation, Academic Assessment, strategic Planning and organizational Change services to K-12 and higher education, non-profits, libraries, and government agencies. He is an applied anthropologist with a Columbia PhD including a specialty in social change. He worked in urban and regional planning, and public housing in Minnesota and Illinois before moving to California in 1986, switching to higher education institutional research (7 years as a Director), and then founding his consulting firm in 2002. He has also taught as an adjunct professor in-person and online at a community college and four-year universities. Many REAP Change contracts have involved program evaluations, especially of STEM educational programs at the K-12 and college levels. He is currently evaluating the NSF funded ASSIST grant for East Los Angeles College that supports the MESA and STEM progr ams there. He is shifting focus to concentrate on helping schools, colleges, communities, and organizations plan for or adapt to climate change, and evaluating programs designed to provide “green” facilities and education. His varied careers plus skills as a holistic thinker, trained group facilitator, researcher, and evaluator add value to the content expertise of his clients.
Robert Maderazo is a Sr. Account Executive at San Diego Gas & Electric. Robert began his career at SDG&E in 2000 and during his career has held several positions including Billing Analyst, Planned Outage Coordinator and Governmental Liaison. As a Sr. Account Executive, Robert is the single point of contact for all public K-12 school districts within the SDG&E service territory. Robert holds a degree in Business Administration with a minor in marketing and is also a certified building operator. Robert looks forward to continuing to assist the public K-12 schools on saving energy and achieving their energy goals.
Dr. Mason is the Technical Director & Program Manager at CHPS, working to ensure that every child has the best possible learning environment with the smallest impact on the planet. Dr. Mason has participated in research and standards development related to IAQ, ventilation and sustainability for organizations such as ASTM, ASHRAE, and USGBC. Her prior 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.

Christine is the Director of Energy for Cumming and oversees the delivery of energy, sustainability, and resiliency services for all sectors including transportation, Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (METRO) and education providing California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) Energy Services.
She is an electrical engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional (AP) with extensive experience developing and managing projects in the sustainability areas of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. Christine oversees the delivery of Prop 39 energy services to twenty-four Local Educational Agencies in Northern and Southern California. Christine has over 26 years of experience managing large capital public works and school bond construction programs and 11 years of experience in electric utility design and construction. Her professional experience includes Director of Construction Policies for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) $29 Billion Bond Construction Program developing construction policies and implementing CM training programs, performing construction management and program management tasks, and internal compliance audits. She served as the Inspector General for the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) and provided oversight, audit and investigation services for the $7 Billion LACCD-BUILD Bond Construction Program. Prior experience also includes fifteen years as an Electrical Engineer for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power and the Department of Building and Safety, City of Los Angeles. Ms. Marez gained experience as a design engineer for electrical power distribution systems and equipment and as a Project Manager heading project teams for general facility projects ranging from $5 to $15 million.
Before founding Grades of Green, Kim Lewand Martin was an environmental lawyer by trade. One day, a light bulb (energy saving, of course) went off and she realized kids are the way to inspire lasting environmental change. Kim founded Grades of Green, along with 4 other dedicated moms and now serves as its Co-Executive Director, where she oversees Grades of Green's programs, communications, outreach, partnerships, legal issues, and acts as the liaison to Grades of Green's Board of Directors and Board of Advisors. While working for 15 years as an environmental lawyer, Kim felt lucky to represent public interest organizations working to protect our water quality. Kim received her B.A. from UCLA and her J.D. from Pepperdine School of Law, and taught Environmental Law at Pepperdine Law School and UCLA Extension. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Coalition for Clean Air, the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Environme ntal Law Section, and the Editorial Boards of the California Water Law Reporter, the California Land Use Law & Policy Reporter, the Environmental Liability, Enforcement & Penalties Reporter, and the California Environmental Law and Remediation Reporter.
Dale McCurry is the Energy Manager for Santa Ana USD. Dale has 30 years of experience in construction with more than 20 years specifically in school construction. At Santa Ana USD, he is running the Prop 39 program for the District. We were one of the first Districts to submit perform HVAC related Prop 39 projects. Over the last two summers, we have replaced over $4,000,000 of HVAC at 9 schools totaling over 780 tons.
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.
Jess McRaney is the Project Development Manager for SmartWatt Energy’s Integrated Solutions Group. He is backed by a full-service engineering team to deliver holistic energy action plans to our customers. Drawing upon his teaching experience as a former adjunct engineering professor at Cal Poly Pomona, he developed the training and on-boarding process for SmartWatt’s EnergyCorps interns. Prior to joining SmartWatt, Jess worked as a consulting engineer for an engineering firm, as well as spending time in the public sector as an energy manager for a large school district. He holds professional mechanical engineering licensure in the state of California.
Deborah Moore is Executive Director of the Green Schools Initiative, promoting sustainable schools and environmental literacy. She has trained more than 2,500 educators from 450 schools and districts, catalyzing measurable reductions in school environmental footprints and benefiting more than 300,000 students. GSI's "7 Steps to a Green School" approach helps schools establish Green Teams and take action to reduce waste, energy, and water; eliminate toxins; serve healthy food; create school gardens and grounds; and teach stewardship. She contributed to the U.S. Department of Education’s “Green Ribbon Schools” award and served on California Department of Education’s Schools of the Future and Environmental Literacy Task Forces. Deborah received the Pioneer Leadership Award at the California Green Schools Summit in 2010 and the Jefferson Award for Public Service in 2011.
Lauren Muller is the programs and Youth Corps Eco-Leadership manager at Grades of Green. Growing up in the South Bay, she has always had a care and concern for protecting our ocean and local environment. She believes that children, with their limitless imaginations and absorption of knowledge, have the energy and passion to have a positive impact on the future of our planet. Lauren graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a major in Geography and minor in Anthropology. She received her Master’s Degree in Environmental Education from California State University, San Bernardino. Lauren has taught as a Science Educator at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego and has also volunteered for Friends of the Environment, a non-profit organization in Abaco, Bahamas. Lauren came back to her hometown to become the Assistant Director and interim Co-Director for the Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium located a t the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier. Her true passion lies in teaching our youth about how to create a healthier earth.
Gabriel assists the SmartWatt engineering team with development of energy planning reports. Using the CCC survey data he develops energy calculations, performs benchmark analysis for sites, and writes building system descriptions. Since starting full time at SmartWatt in June he has served as a liaison for CCC interns in our local office, providing mentorship and training. While with the CCC, Gabe also directly supervised 30 at risk youth between 18-25 years of age, aided in project planning, met with sponsors, and conducted energy audits for over 100 schools. He holds numerous certifications for safety and environmental training.
Tim Oliver is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Santa Barbara Institute (SBI), which has collaborated with U.S. and international colleges, universities and other organizations to provide professional and technical education programs for participants from over 30 nations. SBI’s primary mission is to increase knowledge and talents in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM), including sustainable building and alternative energy solutions. Tim has served as Interim Vice Chancellor of the San Bernardino Community College District and as Vice President at Los Angeles Pierce College (LACCD) and Oxnard College (Ventura CCCD). He has managed the design, construction and implementation of several LEED building projects, including energy installations employing solar panels, solar tubes, ice chillers, Capstone co-generators, and utility-provided solutions. He has worked with and managed architects, engineers, designers, contractors and college staff to assess the vi ability of long-term alternative energy and water solutions. Tim holds a MBA degree from California State University and a BA in Economics from USC. In addition to higher education, he has extensive private sector experience in corporate management, construction and development, marketing and distribution, and as an entrepreneur.
Jack A. Paddon, AIA, LEED® AP, is a founding principal of Williams + Paddon Architects + Planners in Roseville, California. He joined Jim Williams in 1981 to establish the firm, which provides sustainably focused architectural, community planning, and interior design services. Jack’s leadership in Client Focused Design has guided more than three decades of value enhanced services for the firm’s distinguished list of clients. His experience includes the design of educational, workplace and lifestyle projects. Under Jack’s direction, the firm has become recognized as a leader in innovative design with a special emphasis on sustainability. Notable efforts include the LEED® Platinum EBOM Sacramento Municipal Utility District Customer Service Center; the LEED® Gold Sacramento Area Sewer District Office and Corporation Yard; the LEED® Gold Martha Riley Community Library; and the Placer County Community Development Resource Center, which received a PG&E Savings by Design® Award for achieving a 44% reduction in energy usage over Title 24 requirements. Jack has lectured widely regarding green building technologies and sustainable design.
Nancy Pearlman is an award-winning broadcaster/documentarian, environmentalist, educator and anthropologist dedicated to safeguarding the earth’s ecosystems. She currently is serving her fourth term as an elected official on the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District and promotes sustainability and environmental stewardship as well as fiscal accountability and student success. She has been recognized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as a Global 500 Laureate among other awards. Nancy has served as Executive Director of Educational Communications since 1971 after coordinating the first Earth Day in southern California in1970. She founded the Ecology Center of Southern California, Project Ecotourism, Campus Greening, Humanity and the Planet, and Earth Cultures Project. Nancy is on numerous advisory councils and Boards of Directors for nonprofit organizations. She is host and producer of the country’s longest running environm ental radio series, Environmental Directions, and the EMMY-nominated television series ECONEWS, and has produced over 2600 documentaries. As an outdoorswoman and athlete, she has climbed over 75 listed peaks in California, held the 50-mile regional championship, completed the Ironman Triathlon, and at age 65 climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa (at 19,336 feet). She still performs with a professional ethnic folk dance company.
Dennis is a sought-after speaker and a nationally recognized expert in landscape water management, palm management, and woody landscape plant care. He has conducted noted field studies on landscape plant water needs, transplanting specimen palms, tree root management, tree selection, and groundcover management. In 2010 and 2011, he received the Arboriculture Research Award from the Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. Dennis works closely with industry groups and University colleagues to carry out field research and deliver educational programs for landscape and water industry professionals. He has authored or co-authored over 225 research articles and educational publications reporting research results and applying them for these and other audiences. Dennis is the technical editor and co-author of the award-winning California Master Gardener Handbook, the University of California’s comprehensive basic horticulture reference. He also leads U.C. Cooperative Extension’s Web-based Center for Landscape and Urban Horticulture, and he serves as the Irrigation Associate Editor for Landscape Contractor/Design/Build Magazine. Dennis is a member of the American Society for Horticultural Science, International Society of Arboriculture, Metropolitan Tree Alliance, and California Landscape Contractors Association. He joined the University of California Cooperative Extension and the Botany and Plant Sciences Department at U.C. Riverside in 1981.
Adam Raftery is the Vice President (VP) of the Commercial, Industrial and Institutional (CII) Division at SmartWatt Energy. The CII Division supports schools, universities, municipalities and commercial and industrial customers throughout the country by designing and building practical energy conservation solutions that satisfy energy and facility related needs. During the early stages of Proposition 39, he worked with the California Conservation Corps to get a Memorandum of Understanding in place, which is the foundation for the formal internship program that is now up and running in California.
Marlon Rechberger, is the CEO of Solpal Inc., and the Vice President of Sales for SOLID CA.
Academic studies: Law school in Austria. Extra-occupational education with focus on: Employment law HR, Sales and Marketing, Finance
Over 10 years of experience in the solar thermal industry with focus on sales and marketing in North- and Latin America with GREENoneTEC Solarindustrie GmbH, KIOTO Clear Energy S.A. de C.V., KIOTO Clear Energy AG, Solpal Inc. and SOLID CA
Jillian Rich is an Expert Program Manager at Pacific Gas and Electric Company in their San Francisco headquarters. Jillian is a lead for PG&E's public sector energy efficiency programs with an emphasis on K-12 schools and local government customers. Related to schools, Jillian is PG&E's point person for Proposition 39 planning and implementation, including strategy, managing customer assistance programs, and coordinating with and reporting to state agencies. Related to local governments, Ms. Rich serves as coordinator for PG&E's climate and strategic planning support to local governments (e.g. Greenhouse gas inventories, climate action plans) and manage PG&E's role in the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative.
Lori Rubenstein is the Manager of Construction Services for the Sacramento City Unified School District. Ms. Rubenstein has over has over two and half decades of experience in both commercial, retail, school architecture and school facilities. Her move to the K-12 school facilities arena came after she left architecture for the school district, in Facilities. Ms. Rubenstein is currently attending the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.) Leadership Academy. She has a BA degree with an Emphasize in Architecture and an MBA in Accounting. Ms. Rubenstein is a certified interior designer.
As Senior Manager of Transportation Programs, Colin Santulli directs CSE’s alternative fuel programs including the California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (for the California Air Resources Board) and similar statewide incentive projects in Massachusetts and Connecticut. These statewide, multi-faceted market transformation projects include broad consumer outreach components, consumer and dealer surveys and data analysis, as well as the processing and distribution of thousands of incentives per month. He also oversees the development and implementation of regional plug-in electric and alternative-fuel vehicle readiness plans as well as various vehicle adoption programs and consumer awareness initiatives, most notably, the San Francisco Metropolitan Transit Commission’s Experience Electric campaign that provided PEV test drives for more than 4,250 drivers during a six-month promotion.
Bill Savidge is a consultant to California school districts focusing on facilities program management issues, project development, planning and implementation of local bond programs, high performance schools standards, and statewide issues including solving the puzzle of future state school facilities funding. Bill was most recently the Assistant Executive Officer of the State Allocation Board (SAB). He served the SAB from 2011-2015. He worked with the Office of Public School Construction to provide support to the board in processing and approving state funding for school construction and modernization in California. Prior to beginning work with the state Bill managed school district facilities programs for over sixteen years. During that time he helped guide school boards, oversight groups, and communities through the complexities of school design and construction processes in California. He served for eight years as the Engineering Officer for West Contra Costa Unified School District, responsible for the District’s $1.4 billion renovation and reconstruction program. During this time he implemented the District’s first CHPS projects and supported development of district-wide high performance standards. In his first district position, Bill directed the renovation of the five high schools at the Fremont Union High School District in Sunnyvale and Cupertino. He started his career in school facilities as a construction project manager working at multiple districts in Northern California. Bill is involved in statewide issues related to educational facilities, school construction, and high performance schools. He recently served as a member of the CA CHPS Advisory Committee developing the new 2014 standards. He is a former chair of the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH). Bill has a Masters of Architecture from UC Berkeley and is a licensed California Architect.
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.
Anne Smart is the Director of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs at ChargePoint, the world’s largest electric vehicle charging network. Anne was formerly the Executive Director of The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), which advocates on behalf of the rooftop solar industry including market leaders SolarCity, Sunrun and Sungevity. Prior to TASC, she was the Director of Energy for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, which represents more than 390 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers. Anne has a BA from Miami University, Ohio and a Master of Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware.

Alice Sung is Principal of Greenbank Associates, a green building and sustainability consultancy she founded in 2004.  As a licensed architect with over 25 years of experience, Alice has facilitated the greening of dozens of public, private, and educational facilities, including LEED Platinum certified buildings. She has led successful sustainability workshops over the last decade, educating hundreds of practitioners.  Championing green schools for the past fifteen years, her work includes: one of the first CHPS- rated schools in the nation, development of DSA’s ‘Grid Neutral’ program, serving on the ‘Schools of the Future’ Task Force, and CHPS  Steering and Technical Advisory Committees. She is a longtime member of the AIA, USGBC, the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH), and the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS,) serving in many leadership positions. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, Master of Architecture from MIT, LEED Accreditation, and GreenPoint Rater credentials.  Alice advises on a variety of sustainability initiatives in her role as the High Performance Schools Program Manager at Oakland Unified.  She hopes to drive climate action as broadly as possible, to scale, as quickly as possible, starting with all California public schools.   
Mike is the Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations for the Poway Unified School District were he oversees the day to day operations of 40 sites. Mike is the chair for School Energy Coalition (water) and is an executive committee member. Mike is a past national board member for the Sports Turf Managers Association were he chaired the environmental committee and is currently the chair for the natural grass task force.
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.
Prior to becoming the Executive Director of the California Electric Transportation Coalition 2010, Eileen Tutt worked in California State government for over 15 years. Eileen served as Deputy Secretary for the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA). Prior to her time at Cal/EPA, Eileen worked for the California Air Resources Board, an agency within Cal/EPA. In her ten years at the Air Resources Board, Eileen helped develop regulations and programs that have placed the State of California at the forefront of environmental protection. Eileen has a long history of working collaboratively with the Governor’s Office, members and staff of the Legislature, representatives from various state agencies and members of the business and environmental community to find solutions to tough policy challenges.Eileen is known for her dedication and passion. A long-time supporter of electric transportation, Eileen has logged over 250,000 all electric miles. Active in civic duties Eileen serves as a trustee for the Climate Action Reserve, on the External Advisory Committee for the Sustainable Transportation Center at UC Davis, and as a Board member for the Yolo County SPCA. Eileen is married with two children and received her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a minor in Statistics.
YING WANG, President of Okapi Architecture Inc, is a liceKnsed 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.
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.
Kevin is a Transportation Project Manager for at the Center for Sustainable Energy. He manages projects supporting the planning and deployment of clean alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure. He leads the fleet portion of the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, California’s incentive for light-duty electric vehicles. As coordinator of the San Diego Regional Clean Cities Coalition, Kevin works with a diverse group of public and private stakeholders to expand infrastructure and increase the use of alternative fuels in the region. Kevin has more than eight years of extensive experience with local government sustainability initiatives. He holds an M.A. in Urban Planning from the University of Southern Califonia and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego.
David Younan-Montgomery joined the Alliance in 2012 as a Local Project Leader implementing the PowerSave Schools Program in k-12 school districts across Southern California. Currently, he oversees program implementation and development for utility funded programs across the state. He has extensive experience designing and evaluating education programs, and is particularly interested bringing insights from social science fields to bear on school-based behavior change programs.
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.
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