Gigi Abbadie is Global Marketing Director in charge of mission-driven and affinity marketing, gifting and sampling ventures at Aveda. In her more than fifteen years with Aveda she has grown a grassroots Earth Day program into a global, month-long event partnering with more than 90 organizations and raising over $44 million to support environmental and clean water projects worldwide since 1999. In addition she directs a breast cancer awareness program benefitting cruelty-free research, oversees a fair-trade holiday program that supports papermaking communities in Nepal and leads annual associate reward and education trips to India. She served as one of The Climate Project’s official speakers for Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, keynote speaker at the Midwest Regional Conference on Wildlife Rehabilitation and was trained by the National Audubon Society’s Global Warming and Artic Advocacy. She holds an MBA in Services Marketing from Vanderbilt’s Own Graduate School of Management, five certifications from FEMA to support animal rescue after disasters and is a Red Rover emergency animal responder.
Women Leaders Network
Julie Castro Abrams is an experienced CEO and sought-after speaker in entrepreneurship and how women lead. She is a widely recognized because of her unique ability to connect people and facilitate rich conversations that make change. Julie consults with leaders on building high performance, multicultural teams, building boards that perform and compelling brand positioning. Thousands of new businesses attribute their launch and growth to support from Julie, resulting in millions toward the economic growth in communities.
Julie’s commitment to justice and community are well known in her personal and professional endeavors. She serves as a leader on the boards of organizations focused on women and children, Latinos, economic development and the arts. Julie is a philanthropist who launched the Bay Area Women’s Philanthropy Network. She is a leader in the country’s movement to build small businesses Julie sits on the Board for WorldWideWomen and is the President of the WorldWideWomen Foundation. She is also the Founder and CEO of Bay Area Women Leader’s Network. She sits on the board of Association for Enterprise Opportunity, Co-Chair of Vital Voices Bay Area Council, and Board Director of Women’s Funding Network.
Julie has won many awards including the More Jobs Genius Award, Morgan Stanley Innovation Award, Cisco Innovation in Technology, “Women Who Could Be President” League of Women Voters, Stevie Award for Best Non Profit Executive, Human Rights Award from the Commission on the Status of Women, the Women of Color Action Network, Leadership California and the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame.
Vert Asset Management
Sam is CEO and co-founder of Vert Asset Management. Sam founded Vert to make sustainable investing easier for financial advisors and their clients.
Sam began his financial services career at Dimensional Fund Advisors in 1996. As a Regional Director in the USA, Sam educated financial advisors on DFA’s investment philosophy. In 2003 Sam moved to London to start Dimensional’s European Financial Advisor Services. He left after raising 10 Billion USD in assets in 10 years from advisors in a dozen countries.
Sam has a BA in Philosophy from the University of Colorado, Boulder and an MBA in Finance from the University of California, Davis.
Shannon Adkins is the CEO at Future State, a strategic consulting firm focused on supporting change management and operational transformation within global Fortune 500 companies. Shannon is deeply passionate about driving forward the Future State vision to “Enable Extraordinary Visions that Positively Impact the World,” and continuously hones her point of view on what it takes to build a purpose-led culture. An expert facilitator known for supporting and aligning teams as they develop strategies, plans, and trust, she is quick to understand the complexities of any business and to identify tangible opportunities for growth and value creation. Her strong understanding of the needs of both consultants and clients leads to a highly engaged team, compelling user experiences and substantive business outcomes.
Seal Cove Financial
With nearly three decades of experience in developing and implementing strategies in the institutional investment industry, Lauryn Agnew serves as a resource to non-profit organizations for investment consulting services and provides fiduciary education and trustee training for public fund and non-profit board and committee members.
Lauryn Agnew leads the Bay Area Impact Investing Initiative (www.baiii.org) in developing customized model portfolios across all asset classes for mission alignment under fiduciary standards of due diligence and performance expectations. She has authored the research paper which is posted on the website of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco: Impact Investing for Small Place-based Fiduciaries: The Research Study Initiated by the United Way of the Bay Area: http://www.frbsf.org/community-development/files/wp2012-05.pdf . Her next in-depth research paper into regional impact investing model portfolios will be released in early 2016 by Oxford University. She is a frequent participant on institutional investment panels and educational seminars on impact investing and presented her research at the Social and Sustainable Finance and Impact Investing Conference in Oxford, England in April, 2015.(www.acrn.eu/ssfii)
For over 15 years Lauryn served as a trustee and was twice Board Chair for the San Mateo County Employees’ Retirement Association (www.SamCERA.org), a defined benefit plan with $3.5 billion in assets. She has chaired both the investment committee at the United Way of the Bay Area and the investment committee of the Girl Scouts of Northern California for many years and continues to serve on the committees. She also serves on advisory committees for the Girl Scouts of the USA Pension Plan, Cornerstone Capital, and the Community Bank of the Bay’s Bay Area Green Fund.
Lauryn was born in Wyoming and grew up in Montana. She has a BA degree in Economics from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington and an MBA in Finance from the University of Oregon. She has been a long-time member of the CFA Society of San Francisco and the Financial Women’s Association of San Francisco.
Green Electronics Council
Jonas Allen has been Director of Marketing for the Green Electronics Council since 2012. During that time he has collaborated with the world’s largest electronics brands, retailers, non-profits and governments to promote the design, marketing and purchase of greener electronics. Jonas has spoken on two continents about the intersection of sustainability and electronics, and he has been cited by numerous outlets including the Chicago Tribune, Voice of America, TriplePundit and Green Is Good Radio. His career in the electronics sector has largely focused on B2B marketing and PR, providing a solid foundation for his current position discussing the EPEAT green-rating system for electronics. Jonas lives in Portland with his wife and two children. Ironically, the native Oregonian doesn’t like coffee or salmon.
Shari Alyse is the Co-Founder of The Wellness Universe and the CIO (Chief Inspirational Officer) at Soul Ventures Corp., a heart-based company focused on being a catalyst for positive change on the planet. Shari currently spends her days and nights working closely with partner, Anna Pereira, CEO of Soul Ventures Corp. growing and expanding the presence of The Wellness Universe (www. TheWellnessUniverse.com), as they know that this community of thought leaders ultimatelywill change the world.
Motivated by her own healing from childhood trauma, Shari devotes her time inspiring others through different mediums that she is passionate about. In addition to being the Co-Founder of The Wellness Universe, Shari is a motivational speaker, published author, and daily video blogger. Shari inspires over 100k people on her Facebook page Sharing with Shari, her website (www.SharingWithShari.com) and other social media sites. It is Shari’s personal mission to help rebuild what some called “broken” spirits by being the catalyst to help them reignite the light she believes everyone has burning within them. “We all have unique gifts to offer the world and once we learn to embrace, celebrate, and share these gifts, we truly can light up the world.” – Shari Alyse
Shari currently lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend and their cats, Hershey and Piper.
Mandar managed Shell’s GameChanger social Innovation program with deep expertise in investing in novel ideas that solve social and environmental challenges and create shared value – for Shell, local communities and society at large. Mandar was also inducted in the prestigious Ashoka League of Intrapreneurs for his pioneering work to design and deliver a leadership program to nourish the innovation culture at Shell using meditation techniques. He has spoken at various prestigious conferences on intrapreneurship, innovation and leadership including TEDx, Wharton, Oxford Said Business School, London Business School and has also been interviewed by Fast Co for his intrapreneurial work. Mandar is the co-founder of Media Rise, a non-profit, social enterprise that promotes the creation and consumption of meaningful media to accelerate social change.
For over a decade, Mandar has also volunteered his time to teach leadership programs using meditation practices for the Art of Living Foundation and the International Association for Human Values – both non-profit, humanitarian NGO’s affiliated with the United Nations.
Andrea Armeni is co-founder and Executive Director of Transform Finance, an organization that advances a vision of capital as a tool for social change through impact investing. Transform Finance engages with investors, accelerators, and community leaders, providing thought leadership and advisory services as well as developing tools and investment structures that support the field.
Andrea is the lead convener of the $1 bn Transform Finance Investor Network, an active working group and co-investment opportunity for family offices, foundations, and funds exploring a community-centered, social change approach to their investment practice.
Andrea combines a corporate law and finance background with a deep passion and engagement for social justice. As a frequent speaker on topics of social finance, Andrea is recognized as an emerging leader in the field of impact investing and new approaches to capital. He is a graduate of the Yale Law School, where he also taught, and was previously the Executive Director of the Gaia Amazon Fund. He is a BMW Foundation Young Leader and a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, and sits on the board of Finance for Good Brazil.
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Catherine Banat serves as the Institutional Portfolio Manager for Access Capital, RBC Global Asset Management’s fixed income impact investment strategy that focuses on helping underserved communities. This place‐based fixed income strategy allows investors to target low‐to‐moderate income families and neighborhoods. As the Institutional Portfolio Manager, Catherine’s responsibilities include business development and client service, ensuring that investment solutions are implemented based on each client’s customized impact requirements. Prior to joining RBC, Catherine managed strategic initiatives, risk and compliance for the New York City Retirement Systems, a $150 billion public pension plan, where she also researched, developed and implemented the strategic plan for the Economically Targeted Investment program of the Systems, directing investments to New York City.
Catherine has dedicated her career to the financial services industry and has held senior level positions at various firms including, Goldman, Sachs & Co., JP Morgan, Paloma Partners, C3 Capital, and Lehman Brothers. She earned a BA in History and a BSE in Management from The University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School, as well as an MBA in Finance from Columbia University. Catherine holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.
Zach Barasz joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2014 in the Green Growth Fund (GGF), which supports high growth companies that lead in sustainable ways. Zach is focused on sustainable transportation and services businesses across industries.
Before joining KPCB, Zach was an associate at Altamont Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on change-intensive opportunities across sectors, where he was active in the firm’s early consumer investments. He also evaluated opportunities in financial services and insurance, oilfield services, and retail. Prior to Altamont, Zach spent time as a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, and has worked in strategy at the Wildlife Conservation Society, a leading international conservation organization.
Zach received a B.S. degree in Economics and a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and he holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Utah Air & Energy Symposium, “Reducing Transportation Emissions through Diversification,” October 27, 2015
City Innovate Summit 2015, “Shared Mobility: Managing the Supply Side,” June 18, 2015
Automated Vehicles Symposium 2015, “Private Investment in Vehicle Automation,” July 21, 2015
TechCrunch: Urban Transportation Will Go All-Electric Sooner Than You Think
Forbes: Six Transportation Trends That Will Change How We Move
Carol Baroudi, Global Sustainability and Compliance for Arrow Electronics, works to define and drive sustainability initiatives. Her primary focus is sustainable electronics and its potential contribution toward overall sustainability goals, brand protection and enhancement. She works to support customers’ sustainability initiatives, including education, evangelizing and reporting. She is the lead-author of Green IT For Dummies, which gives organizations basic principles and guidance in moving toward sustainable IT. She co-leads the Boston Area Sustainability Group, producing monthly programs aimed at furthering sustainability education, building collaborative networks, and driving sustainability forward.
Prior to joining Arrow, Carol worked as an industry analyst as Research Director of Sustainability and Green IT at Aberdeen Group, CEO of Baroudi Bloor International, and Vice President at Hurwitz Group. A best-selling author, Carol’s books have more than 7 million copies in print in more than 30 languages. Ms. Baroudi holds a B.A. from Colgate University and a post baccalaureate certificate in Sustainable Development from the University of Massachusetts.
With a focus on building a strong pro bono marketplace regionally and globally, Joel has led many of Taproot’s efforts to engage business professionals, nonprofits and corporations in high quality, impactful pro bono engagements. He presents and consults frequently on the topics of pro bono, volunteerism, nonprofit leadership & capacity building, corporate CSR and social impact through cross sector partnerships.
During his eight year tenure at Taproot, he has overseen the delivery of 500,000 hours of high quality pro bono capacity-building consulting to over 1000 nonprofits, valued at nearly $50m. He works closely with nearly 150 leading foundations and corporations to design and deliver customized capacity building programs for nonprofits. In a joint venture with the BMW Foundation, he also serves as Taproot’s Director of Global Pro, creating and guiding Taproot’s commitment to support pro bono globally.
During his 30 years in the nonprofit sector, he has led and consulted to organizations undergoing tremendous growth and organizational development. Joel holds an MA in Planning and Nonprofit Management from Tufts University. Tweeting @joelbash
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As You Sow
Andrew Behar is CEO of As You Sow, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing environmental and social corporate responsibility. Founded in 1992, As You Sow envisions a safe, just, and sustainable world in which environmental health and human rights are central to corporate decision making. The Climate, Environmental Health, Waste, and Human Rights programs create industry-wide change through corporate dialogue, shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies.
As You Sow has led shareholder engagements on Carbon Asset Risk with ExxonMobil, Chevron, Anadarko, Hess, and CONSOL. They have engaged coal-fired utilities FirstEnergy, Southern, and Duke on distributed power, efficiency, and renewables. Previously, Andrew founded a clean-tech start-up developing innovative fuel cell technologies for grid-scale energy storage and a biofuel start-up. He was recently elected to the board of US Social Investing Forum (US-SIF) and was named one of 30 “Eco Rock Stars and Environmental Mavericks” in Origin Magazine’s August 2015 issue.
Bradley began investing in Hedge funds in 1982 (before they were really called that) and pioneered making venture equity investments in emerging managers (seeding) beginning in 1985. He has been a catalyst in a number of new asset classes including financial futures, options, life settlements, the internet and digital currency. He has launched companies and satellites and traded everything from Government Bonds, derivatives, to oil tankers and rare coins.
As a member of the Chicago Board of Trade, Rotter was instrumental in the launch of numerous financial futures contracts and traded in the pits.
Since 2006, Bradley has focused his energy and capital on enterprises that impact the security of the homeland. These investment included both cyber and physical security technologies.
One of the most pressing problems facing the homeland and the homelands everywhere is which the severe water crisis facing planet. He founded WatershipBlue in 2015 which is a modern day “Manhattan Project” that includes futurists, technolgists, engineers, shipbuilders, financiers, philanthropists, environmental scientists, and a handful of Admirals and Generals. Their mission is to harness human innovation to solve the water crisis and impact humanity at scale.
Bradley has been investing in technology and alternative assets from his base in San Francisco for the last 30 years.
Bridge Impact Capital
Elizabeth Van Benschoten is President of BRIDGE Impact Capital, BRIDGE Housing’s CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) affiliate. Ms. Van Benschoten is spear heading the private capital raise for BRIDGE Housing’s Social Impact Fund. BRIDGE Housing, is a nationally recognized nonprofit developer, owner and manager of affordable housing on the West Coast.
Prior to joining BRIDGE in 2013, Ms. Van Benschoten spent 10 years working for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. As a Senior Vice President she supported large institutional clients and real estate developers of multifamily affordable housing. She also managed a team that developed debt products to support multifamily affordable housing production on a national basis. Ms. Van Benschoten graduated from Brown University and received an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. She is a past board member and frequent judge for the Global Social Venture Competition.
Elisabeth Best leads various aspects of Qualcomm’s sustainability program, strategy and communications. This entails everything from creating the annual sustainability report to monitoring regulations on human rights and privacy around the world, coordinating employee engagement campaigns and blogging about the international climate negotiations. She also manages programs for the Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™ initiative, which brings advanced wireless technologies to underserved communities globally, improving lives with projects that strengthen economic and social development. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Elisabeth worked in solutions-oriented public policy journalism at the Pacific Standard (formerly Miller-McCune) and social media marketing. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a BA in Global Studies and holds a Master of International Affairs from UC San Diego’s Graduate School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS).
Ryan Bjorkquist is a Vice President in Environmental Stewardship at MUFG. He received his degree from the University of California at San Diego, with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics. Ryan started with Union Bank in 2007 and has been in his current role since 2009. As a member of the Environmental Stewardship Department, Ryan focuses on Greenhouse Gas inventory analysis and carbon management. Additional roles such as vendor management, waste reduction, and employee commute analysis fill his time. Professional certifications for Mr. Bjorkquist include LEED Green Associate and the Global Reporting Initiative version 4. Ryan is currently based in San Francisco, CA.
Kristin Bloser is a Vice President and Senior Sustainability Officer for Comerica, Inc., a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Kristin has more than 20 years of experience working in the fields of environmental science and sustainability. In her current role since 2011, she helps lead the bank’s enterprise-wide strategy and commitment to conduct business and operations in a way that enhances the well-being of people and the communities in which Comerica does business. Located in Costa Mesa, California, Kristin works with colleagues through the bank to eliminate waste, capture operational efficiencies, improve environmental performance, and demonstrate the value of socially and environmentally responsible behavior. Focus areas include corporate sustainability reporting and communications, strategy, implementing annual Sustainability Action Plans, and facilitating employee engagement and training programs around sustainability topics.
Prior to her work in Comerica’s Corporate Sustainability office, Kristin was an Environmental Risk Officer for the bank responsible for evaluating environmental risk and transactional due diligence for a wide variety of real-estate based financial transactions, with concentrations in commercial and industrial properties. Before joining Comerica, she was the Environmental Group Leader at the Irvine, California office of Golder Associates, an environmental and geotechnical engineering firm, and her work focused on soil, groundwater, and air assessments, remedial cleanups, and environmental health & safety assessments for clients. In her younger working years, she was also a field soil scientist for the U.S.
Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service where she assisted Eastern Michigan landowners with highly erodible land assessments, soil evaluations, and wetland determinations as well as documented agricultural land use trends for the agency.
In addition to her Bachelor of Science degree in Soil Science with emphasis in environmental science and geology from Penn State University, Kristin holds two certificates from University of California at Irvine: one in Environmental Risk Management and one in Sustainable Business Management. She is also an active founding member of the Sustainability Council of Orange County, a non-profit organization which seeks to promote
sustainability in Orange County, California.
Scott Blossom L.Ac. is a licensed practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and an Ayurvedic consultant. His passion for integrating holistic wellness practices into conventional settings began by developing yoga-based wellness programs for the employees and patients at the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara and Hospice of Santa Barbara over twenty years ago.
His consulting company, Work Rhythms, has partnered with Desk Yogi to provide online delivery of wellness and leadership programs to companies and organizations. He currently has a holistic medical clinic in Berkeley, CA and loves supporting activists and social entrpreneurs to realize their aspirations by building a foundation of personal health.
Matt Bogoshian is REV’s Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel. He contributed 25 years of service in legal and policy positions at the local, state and national government levels. Most recently in the Obama Administration as US EPA’s Senior Policy Counsel, Matt helped build and implement policy initiatives that prevent pollution and advance sustainability by accelerating more sustainable economic development in American communities. A hallmark of his work has been building partnerships with citizens, associations, governments, foundations, educators, business leaders, capital providers and others to advance sustainable growth and measurable triple value outcomes.
Matt previously served as US EPA’s Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, as the California EPA’s Deputy Secretary for Law Enforcement and Counsel, as an environmental and consumer protection prosecutor in California, as a business lawyer and as an officer and trial attorney in the US Navy JAG Corps. As an educator, Matt began his career as a California high school teacher, served two terms as a local school board president and most recently was an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center.
At REV, Matt focuses his efforts on empowering more enterprises to accelerate their adoption of sustainable practices, advocating for smarter policies and practices that produce compelling triple bottom line outcomes (people, planet, prosperity), turning climate change from an overwhelming challenge to a valuable and profitable opportunity.
CJ Boguszewski is the Vice President – SmartCity Solutions at RealTerm Energy. His main responsibility is to develop and commercialize the company’s offerings for adaptive controls and SmartCity applications, in partnership with RealTerm Energy’s clients and technology providers. Previously, in his over 25-year career with well-known global companies such as Vodafone, Oracle, CIBER, Liquidity Services, and most recently Silver Spring Networks, CJ has held a variety of product, business development, commercial, and technical roles, and brings a broad range of functional and international experience to bear on his perspective in the Smart Cities space.
CJ has spoken at conferences on every continent except Africa in the last year. He also sits in advisory and board roles for several start-up companies in Silicon Valley. CJ is trilingual (English, French, Portuguese) and has an MBA from the London Business School and a dual-major Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.
The Sustainability Consortium
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In 2004 Emily founded Lime Red Studio, a Certified B Corporation and WBE, with a plan to prioritize high-quality design, user experience, and meaningful social impact. Her experience spans design, business development, user experience, writing, marketing, and strategy in both online and offline programs for multinational corporations, nonprofits, universities, boutique businesses, and prestigious consumer brands. Lime Red’s focus is creating stunning creative pieces for nonprofits, foundations, and educational organizations to do work that makes people’s lives better and Emily is the leader who shapes that vision.
She is a board member of MOM+BABY, member of the Corporate Responsibility Group Chicago, member of the Social Enterprise Alliance, member of Ms.Tech’s Executive Circle, and active in NTEN. She’s run accelerators for nonprofits and is a mentor for other women in business. She’s a published writer and teaches workshops on business development, information architecture, UX design, branding, and content strategy. Emily is also regular speaker and panelist at national and regional conferences. She’s a mom, activist, small business owner, designer, and activator.
Mark Brodeur is Nestlé’s Global Head of Digital Marketing Innovation and the leader of Nestlé’s Silicon Valley Innovation Outpost (SVIO). Based in Silicon Valley, Mark’s team has responsibility for actively engaging and leveraging the startup ecosystems in Silicon Valley and other innovation hotspots around the world. The SVIO works with global Brands and high potential startups to co-create market disrupting solutions and services to delight consumers and enhance their health and wellness.
Mark began his career with Nestlé more than 23 years ago. Starting in Sales, Mark moved into Brand Marketing where he held a variety of leadership roles helping to build some of the company’s largest and most profitable Brands. Prior to his current digital leadership role, Mark spent almost 6 years as Global Head of Environmental Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility for Nestlé Purina.
Mark is a graduate of Providence College.
David Brodwin writes a weekly column on sustainability in the Economic Intelligence section of US News and World Report. In addition, he’s co-founder, VP of communications and CFO at American Sustainable Business Council, the leading business organization working for policy change in support of a triple bottom line economy.
David’s background combines senior executive roles in private sector management consulting with leadership positions in advocacy and public policy. In the private sector, he was a partner at Accenture, a leading global consulting firm; director at Arthur D. Little, another consultancy; and vice president of marketing at Radius, a computer peripherals manufacturer. In policy work, he was president of New Voice of Business and executive director at Rockridge Institute, a think tank specializing in political communications. David lectures on social change at Golden Gate University. He holds an MBA from Stanford and a B.A. from Harvard, and lives in San Francisco.
Whole Water Systems
Morgan is CEO and co-founder of Whole Water Systems, LLC., a leader in sustainable water resources (water/energy/nutrients) and onsite wastewater treatment. Whole Water is focused on offering investors (VC & Institutional) sustainable impact opportunities in water infrastructure through innovative & efficient design/build/operate (DBO) facilities that solve urban wastewater problems for green businesses (breweries, wineries, food & beverage), green developers (Living Building Challenge, Living Community Challenge, EcoDistricts) and green communities (cities with old infrastructure, lack of funds). Whole Water projects emphasize biomimicry and sustainable Integrated Design by incorporating the recovered resources into urban development amenities (e.g. breweries, urban agriculture/vertical farming, water-feature urban oasis parks and recreation, public market/public commons). Whole Water’s designers are pioneers in local, onsite treatment technology (vertical membrane bioreactors, constructed wetlands) which allow for large-scale treatment of wastewater in restricted urban settings (basement utility rooms, small buildings, or even green landscaping) – the holy grail for sustainable decentralized treatment and reuse.
Following his passion for environmentalism and sustainability, Morgan left a successful career in high tech to start cutting-edge ventures in renewable energy, green development and wastewater treatment. Morgan has a degree in electrical engineering, became a LEED AP and NABCEP certified solar professional in 2003, started the Sun Valley Sustainability Conference (2005), is past president of a regional Smart Growth non-profit, and is a co-founder of Whole Water Systems (2007). Morgan is a frequent speaker on sustainable water.
Total Impact Advisors
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Dave brings to Sustainatopia a 19 year career in renewable energy with a focus on solar energy and energy resiliency. He is currently Vice President, Business Development at Empower Energies, Inc., a renewable and clean energy project development and finance company. Empower provides solutions using their “Right Mix” methodology, which matches a range of sustainable technologies to customers’ unique site requirements to exceed their economic, sustainability and energy security goals.
Dave has worked throughout the solar energy supply chain from technology commercialization to project development and finance. He works closely with clients and partners to provide high value triple bottom line solutions which has resulted in over 80 megawatts of distributed energy capacity installed.
An avid outdoorsman, waterman and former Olympic sailing participant, Dave is passionate about being an active participant in solving the many anthropogenic challenges facing the health of the planet. Dave lives in Annapolis, Maryland in a soon to be zero energy home with his wife, Amy, an emotional intelligence trainer and coach. He participates broadly in local land conservation efforts and regional and national energy associations.
Desk Yogi founder Jacqui Burge has been practicing and teaching fitness, nutrition and yoga for 22 years. Until recently, Jacqui had a desk job for a rapidly growing online learning company, leaving little time for self-care as her corporate demands increased. Jacqui started researching the effects of sitting for long periods of time and workplace productivity. Regardless of the efforts to make employees comfortable—ergonomic chairs, workstations and even after-work fitness classes—it wasn’t enough.
Jacqui created Desk Yogi an easy, non-disruptive way to get people to de-stress, de-stiffen, and re-boot throughout their workday right at their desk. Jacqui is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, mom and certified raw food chef. She began her career as a member of an influential all-female punk rock band.
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Soc. of Environmental Journalists
Jeff Burnside is a nationally acclaimed television reporter with more than 25 journalism awards including several national honors. He is the President of the Society of Environmental Journalists, the world’s leading such group of professional reporters and writers covering all aspects of energy and the environment. He’s a speaker and moderator on journalism and related issues, and the recipient of five working journalism fellowships including the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Transatlantic Reporters Network in Europe (Berlin, Oslo, Hamburg, Barcelona), the Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at USC Annenberg, Carnegie Mellon’s Steinbrenner Institute, Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, and the Metcalf Institute. He’s been a panelist for many years for the Aldo Leopold Leadership Seminars for leading scientists, Pew Marine Fellow int’l conferences, and other media confabs.
Jeff’s journalism career has taken him to Bali, Norway’s Arctic Circle, Panamanian jungles, throughout the Caribbean, Barcelona, Berlin, Hamburg, Canada, and Hawaii while examining issues like climate change, wildlife trafficking, sustainability, and ocean issues. Jeff was the first reporter to broadcast live from inside Aquarius, the world’s only undersea research lab, on the bottom of the ocean nine miles off Key Largo. Jeff also, while inside a research submarine, plunged to the bottom of the Atlantic for a story on biomedical research of amazing medical properties of deepsea sponges.
Sana Butler is founder of Transformative Tourism, an early-stage conservation organization (B-Corp) that uses ecotourism as a tool to pay for the indigenous restoration of abandoned UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sub-Saharan Africa. Recognizing tourism as the biggest transfer of money from the rich to the poor in the developing world, she is a frequent United Nations World Tourism Organization speaker where she advocates economic retention and local sustainable development solutions.
Sana participated in the inaugural Clinton Global Initiative Middle East & Africa and is an Unreasonable Institute Lab Fellow. In her past life, she crisscrossed the globe as a Newsweek Travel Correspondent. For more than a decade, she advised millions on the world’s most discerning 5-star hotels, spas and cultural institutions. She has a BSBA from Georgetown University and a MS from Columbia University.
Josie Maran Cosmetics
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Joe Carbine (Vice President of Renewable Energy, Nations Roof / Nations Solar ) is responsible for the development and installation of Nations Roof solar and renewable energy initiatives in the United States thru Nations Roof’s 19 business locations and Nations Solar Off-Grid strategies such as Off Grid Solar Water Purification Systems for 3rdWorld Countries.
Prior to 2008, Joe worked for Carlisle SynTec for 27 years, overseeing all of the technical, sales and warranty responsibilities in the Western part of the United States, Director Carlisle’s Strategic Account Programs and creating Carlisle’s online energy programs. He has been involved in solar technologies since 2003. In 2007, Joe created Carlisle’s RoofSense online energy program. This energy program defines for building owner interested in reroofing their total cost of ownership from cradle to grave, complete with ROI & payback period for short- or long term strategies. Joe holds a BS in Education from Millersville University and spent 8 years teaching & coaching at the high school level.
Rambler’s Way Farm
Tom Chappell is an entrepreneur, environmentalist, philanthropist, and author. After he and his wife, Kate, an artist, settled in Maine to live a lifestyle closely connected to nature, they founded Tom’s of Maine in 1970 which became a pioneer and leader in the natural personal care business. Their legacy of a belief that a business can be environmentally sensitive, socially responsible, and profitable lives on with Tom’s of Maine under its new owners, Colgate-Palmolive, Inc. Since the sale in 2006, Colgate has continued to support the practice of these values .
Tom has had a life-long interest in the responsibility of the corporation to society and has written two books on business ethics. The Soul of a Business, 1993, sets a standard for the moral corporation. Managing Upside Down, 1999, defines a set of tools for leaders to manage with both head and heart together, called The Seven Intentions of Values-Centered Leadership. A 1961 graduate of Moses Brown School in Providence, Trinity College in 1966 with a BA in English, and Harvard Divinity School in 1991 with a Masters in Theological Studies. Tom is on the Trinity College Board of Trustees, and is a Harvard Divinity School Deans Council Member.
Concerned about environmental and community sustainability, Tom and Kate now own a sheep farm to produce fine wool for their use in recreating a regional supply chain to produce next- to-the-skin fine apparel, shirts, and jackets under the name, Ramblers Way Farm that launched in 2009. Additionally, their home and offices in Kennebunk operate on geothermal energy while preparing to complete a sustainable lifestyle with solar energy as well. They are both active in Maine philanthropy.
Emily Chasan edits the sustainable finance newsletter at Bloomberg Brief. She covers responsible investing, corporate sustainability, and corporate governance.
She was previously a senior editor at The Wall Street Journal’s CFO Journal, and a senior correspondent at Reuters where she covered accounting, law, hedge funds, manufacturing, and the U.S. stock market. She led the wire service’s team of bankruptcy reporters during the financial crisis from 2008 to 2010.
Emily started her career as an intern in The Wall Street Journal’s Dallas bureau. She has won two Front Page Awards from the Newswomen’s Club of New York, and in 2012 was named to the National Association of Corporate Directors’ “Directorship 100” list of people most influential on corporate boards.
She graduated from Tufts University cum laude with a degree in Economics and International Relations.
Verity Chegar, Vice President, is an ESG Strategist within the BlackRock Investment Stewardship group. She is responsible for global research of environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) trends and their implications for investment. Her work informs Stewardship’s corporate engagement program. She also works with portfolio managers to integrate ESG factors into investment decision-making within BlackRock’s active investment strategies.
Prior to joining BlackRock, Ms. Chegar worked at Allianz Global Investors as an ESG analyst. She was responsible for research and ratings of companies in the global healthcare and global technology sectors. Her role included company and policy level engagement, and she also served as chair of the US proxy voting committee. In 2006 she joined the US Large Cap Portfolio Management team at RCM, which later became Allianz Global Investors. Her investment career began in 2003 at a small cap investment advisor.
Ms. Chegar serves on the Standards Council Subcommittee of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), and is an alternate for the International Integrated Reporting Council. She earned a BA from Mount Holyoke College in 2000.
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Jim founded DloHaiti in 2013 in partnership with the IFC (World Bank Group) and other institutional investors. DloHaiti provides affordable, clean water to poorly served communities in rural and peri-urban areas in Haiti. It does so through a market-based model with investment capital. DloHaiti’s business model also addresses key challenges in local supply chain and distribution for difficult-to-serve markets.
Jim has been an active entrepreneur and investor in the tech sector since 1994 and has been involved in humanitarian aid and development since 2004. Jim has been actively working in Haiti since early 2010 when he came to Haiti as a volunteer in response to the earthquake. His goal is to increase foreign investment for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and create models to reach bottom-of-the-pyramid consumers in developing markets worldwide.
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Sanctuary & Kanantik Belize
Frank Connelly has served for the past three years as the Sustainability & Compliance Director at Sanctuary Belize, Kanantik Belize and Playa Cortez, Los Cabo, working directly with design and engineering teams to integrate, implement and manage the environmental regulatory compliances and infrastructure for town sized master planned leisure communities. Over the years Frank has developed a unique brand based on the principles of land ethics and new urbanism, delivering a sustainability model that leverages investment in natural and social capital programs proven to increase and preserve the value of a development as a destination.
Through a strong background in feasibility assessment, land entitlement and risk management, Frank became internationally renown for his ability to develop, liaise and manage innovative positive-impact initiatives in transitioning countries. For over a decade, he has been a development consultant to governments and industry in India, Southeast Asia, Central America and Mexico. Notably, Frank was the keynote speaker at the 2010 UNEP Year of Biodiversity Conference in Kolkata, India and a presenter and participant at the 2013 Belize Ministry of Energy, Science & Technology Private Sector Symposium. He has also been a published writer for numerous green publications internationally.
Frank is a 1990 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with bachelor degrees in psychology and political science and a 1993 graduate of the Ohio Northern University School of Law. He is a UNDP Global Compact COP member, was shortlisted for a Sustainia 100 award and is a member of the Natural Capital Coalition.
T.J. Cook is a digital business and product strategist. As CEO of CauseLabs, a socially conscious innovation firm specializing in creative technology solutions for scaling impact, Cook has helped design a rapid approach to problem solving that has launched more than 100 digital solutions. CauseLabs’ expert of team of 15 strategists, designers, and engineers partner with clients around the world to prototype and build digital breakthroughs.
Cook brings more than 15 years of experience on the forefront of emerging technologies and entrepreneurial strategies that have put mobile, social applications within reach of nonprofits, international development groups and mission-driven for-profit organizations. During this time, he has emerged as a thought leader in the field of delivering the life-changing benefits of technology innovation for social impact.
Cook has overseen partnerships with the likes of World Economic Forum, LEGO, Singularity U, Village Capital, and IDEO, codifying vision and facilitating early digital concepts that are now in use by millions.
Koopman Osbo Marketing
As a social entrepreneur and intrapreneur, Cindy has been working to unleash the promise of business for social impact across business, academic and nonprofit sectors for nearly 20 years.
In 2016 she joined Koopman Ostbo Marketing Communications as the company’s first Marketing and Impact Officer, building partnerships and strategies to drive growth for social impact.
Cindy joins Koopman Ostbo after co-founding Portland State University’s (PSU) Impact Entrepreneurs program and its the Social Innovation Incubator (SII), recognized by Fast Company magazine as one of America’s 51 Bold and Brilliant Urban Ideas. An Ashoka U Change Leader Emerita, Cindy led PSU’s successful bid to become an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus.
Cindy co-founded Speak Shop, the first social enterprise to bring the Spanish study abroad experience to people all over the world by videoconferencing. Her work and consulting activities in social innovation have given her the opportunity to work with Net Impact, The Three Guineas Fund, Ashoka Changemakers, Meyer Memorial Trust, Nike and hundreds of change agents.
Cindy was selected to Portland Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 and named one of the 10 Sustainable Economy Leaders to Watch by Sustainable Business Oregon. She is passionate about using social innovation to promote health, economic development and early childhood development and serves on the boards of Construct Foundation and Speak Shop.
Extensive global experience building new markets helps Duncan address Renmatix’s rapid pace of commercial growth. He manages focused international activity, and broader corporate development needs by drawing upon unique capabilities that arise from past roles in both industrial and consumer businesses. Duncan works with Renmatix’s partners to expand opportunities for licensing and implementing Plantrose technology internationally. Having led all facets of marketing for Renmatix since inception, Duncan has established firm leadership in the bioeconomy. Informed by years of operating at the intersection of marketing strategy and commercial implementation, Duncan continues to drive Renmatix’s market propositioning and brand development.
Prior to joining Renmatix, Duncan served as a management consultant specializing in topline revenue growth. He worked with blue chip clients on engagements for different verticals around the world, including: Chemicals, Energy, Metals, Pharmaceuticals, and a wide range of Consumer Packaged Goods. Previously Duncan worked as a Brand Manager (FMCG), and Vice President (elected to the Board) at an oil and gas technology startup. He received an MBA from the Darden School of Business at University of Virginia and his BA at the University of Calgary, where he was a Rhodes nominee.
Sustainable Brands London, 2015
KEY Platform South Korea, 2014
Alberta Innovates – Bio Solutions – Forum, 2014
BCN: Mobilizing Alberta’s Bioeconomy, 2014
U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Award, 2015
Silicon Valley Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum Innovation Award, 2015
New Economy Award, 2015
American Institute of Chemical Engineers Award, Process Development Practice Award, 2014
Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer, 2014
IHS CERAWeek’s Energy Innovation Pioneer, 2013
ICIS, Best Innovation Award, 2013
Platts Global Energy Award, 2012
IChemE Award, 2012
5 Gyres Institute
Anna has over 15 years of experience in environmental non-profit work, education, writing, and campaign development. She has worked in marine conservation, coastal watershed management, sustainability education, and high school ecology instruction. Anna received her undergraduate in History from Stanford University, and her Masters in International Environmental Policy from the Monterey Institute for International Studies.
In 2008, Anna completed a month long, 4,000-mile research expedition studying plastic debris in the North Pacific Gyre. The journey inspired the launch of 5 Gyres. Anna was elected a fellow of the Wings World Quest in 2011, and received a Golden Goody Award in 2013.
Lindsay has been at the forefront of public health and environmental campaigns for over ten years. She has played an integral role in passing several state level bills restricting toxic ingredients from consumer products including. A seasoned D.C. veteran, Lindsay helped start the nation’s largest coalition working to remove toxic chemicals from consumer products, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families. She now spearheads advocacy, policy and social impact work at Beautycounter, an American skin care company dedicated to bringing safer products to the market. Beautycounter, a Benefit Corporation is working to clean up the beauty industry by advocating for better laws on cosmetic ingredients.
The Trust for Public Land
Jad Daley is the Director of The Trust for Public Land’s Climate Conservation Program, which he founded and has led since its inception, and holds the endowed position of Martha Wyckoff Fellow. Jad coordinates development of Climate-Smart Cities partnerships with municipal governments and carbon mitigation work through forests and other natural systems. The Trust’s climate conservation model integrates applied research partnerships, GIS decision support, state and federal policy, and on-the-ground project work to advance systems-level carbon mitigation and climate resilience.
Jad is a nationally recognized expert in Climate-Smart Cities, serving on the Rockefeller Foundation’s Design Advisory Group for the HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition. His writing on Climate-Smart Cities has been featured in media outlets ranging from the Huffington Post and Washington Post to GreenBiz.com.
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Brightpath Capital Partners LP
Rob is Managing Partner of Brightpath Capital Partners LP, (an investment group focused on generating both economic and social value) and Chairman of Up Services LLC (an IT, satellite and energy services company). Previously he was President and CEO of Covad International, a broadband services provider in Asia and Europe; Senior Vice President of Tele-Communications Inc. (now Comcast), where he managed the broadband services business unit; and Treasurer and CFO of Intellicall, a telecommunications technology public company. He started his career in principal investing at First Boston and Lehman Brothers. Rob was also a member of the board of directors for Teleport Communications Group, and Sprint PCS, MCI, Inc and several other venture stage companies in the US and Europe. He currently serves as board Chairman for Sungevity Inc, and as a director for BluHomes, Inc, Beneficial State Bank and the East Bay Community Foundation. Rob earned his Bachelor of Arts and MBA from Harvard University and completed postgraduate work in political economy at the University of Nairobi, Kenya as a Rotary Fellow.
Mikhail Davis is Director of Restorative Enterprise at Interface, the world’s largest manufacturer of modular carpet. He is responsible for advancing Interface’s journey to Mission Zero (and beyond) in the Americas by building internal leadership capacity, facilitating strategic alignment of efforts, and creating external partnerships that shift the marketplace toward sustainability. An expert in sustainable materials, he leads Interface’s product transparency efforts in the Americas and is lead author and editor of the Radical Industrialists column at GreenBiz.com.
His previous work includes three years as manager to environmental icon David Brower (an original member of Interface’s “Eco Dream Team”) and five years with Blu Skye Sustainability Consulting building sustainable business strategies and tools for Fortune 500 companies including Walmart, Sony Pictures, Bunge, Staples, and Waste Management. He holds a B.S. in Earth Systems-Biosphere from Stanford University and is a certified Biomimicry Specialist.
Fifth Season Ventures
Brian P. Dawson is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Fifth Season Ventures, an impact-focused venture capital fund, the Co-Founder and CEO of HarvestPort, a shared economy platform for seasonally used agriculture assets, and is the Executive Chairman of Full Cycle Bioplastics, a biotechnology company with a proprietary process to convert food and agricultural waste into biodegradable plastic. Mr. Dawson has an extensive entrepreneurial background encompassing agriculture, logistics, sustainable materials, and energy. In 2009 he co-founded Palogix International, the largest renter of reusable recyclable harvesting bins, totes, and bulk containers to the agriculture industry in the United States. As the client-facing partner at Palogix, Mr. Dawson innovated the company’s aggregate pooling program, which improved industry-wide supply chain asset utilization and reduced the carbon footprint of food crop transport from field to table. In 1998 Mr. Dawson co-founded PetroCal Incorporated, an energy company focused on increasing the production of mature oil and gas fields utilizing modern technology. Mr. Dawson is a graduate of Columbia University, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.
Diana Dehm is a curious social entrepreneur with a big vision and passion for connecting people from around the world to create our sustainable planet in the most non-traditional ways.
Prior to launching her sustainability innovation consulting practice, in 2009 she was a VP for two environmental firms, where she lead global strategic programs for Fortune 500 companies focused on corporate responsibility, which developed into helping organizations innovate their product designs, brands, media outreach, and services sustainably. She was asked to start a radio show in 2010 when the economy fell out, so she thought the world needed a little hope and a little humor with optional solutions…that’s was when Sustainability News & Entertainment Radio was born.
Since that time she has uncovered solutions for the planet and interviewed amazing guests from around the world in the corporate, cities and communities, entertainment, music, entrepreneurs, technology, sports, government, military, colleges and universities, k-12 students, non-profit and NGO domains. She also founded, created, designed, and implement the internationally recognized “TRASH ON YOUR BACK® 5 Day Challenge” a zero waste citizen engagement program, and supported development of “The Plastic Ocean Project”. Diana believes that there’s no such thing as a crazy idea, and people are at the heart of making the sustainable changes we need on the planet, in support of kids of tomorrow.
Denise DeLuca, PE is an engineer, educator, and practitioner in biomimicry, biomimetics, and sustainable innovation. Denise is currently co-founder of Vibrant OS, an innovation and leadership company, and an adjunct faculty in the Master of Arts in Sustainable Design program at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, where she teaches Biomimetic Design and Creative Leadership.
Previously, Denise was Project Lead for Swedish Biomimetics 3000, co-founder of BCI: Biomimicry for Creative Innovation, and Outreach Director for the Biomimicry Institute. Denise has presented/facilitated dozens of lectures and workshops in biomimicry, business inspired by nature, and leadership, and is author of the book Re-Aligning with Nature, due out in June 2016.
Fifth Season Ventures
Ian DeWeerdt is Managing Director and Co-Founder of Fifth Season Ventures and interim CFO of Full Cycle Bioplastics. Ian founded Fifth Season Ventures to accelerate positive environmental and social change via sustainable investing.
Prior to focusing on environmental impact, Ian held various risk & investment analysis and operations positions at San Francisco based hedge fund PFM. Ian combines his extensive knowledge of finance and clean technology to be a true thought leader in the world of SRI and venture capital.
Ian graduated from American University and currently lives in Auburn, CA.
Shamini Dhana is the Founder and CEO of Dhana™ Inc., founded in 2008, a certified B Corp. based in Marin, CA, and an award-winning ethical fashion brand for our youth. Shamini’s mantra is “We’re Wearin’ the World,” which Dhana offers by connecting people with the planet through our clothes. Dhana is a Climate Ride Ambassador, a global traveler, has 20 years of corporate executive experience in consulting and banking, government and academia, and is an Associate Producer of The True Cost.
Breanna DiGiammarino is the Senior Director of Social Innovation at Indiegogo, the world’s largest global crowdfunding company.
Since joining Indiegogo in 2012, Bre built the first operational infrastructure for the company’s vertical team and led the development and launch of the company’s dedicated cause site. Today, Bre raises awareness about the value of crowdfunding for social impact and works to empower many of the most impactful fundraisers on the site, such as blogger Humans of New York’s fundraiser to address bonded labor in Pakistan with a $2.3M fundraiser and 76,000 donations and the hundreds of fundraisers to provide relief in Nepal after the 2015 earthquakes.
Before Indiegogo, Breanna was the Senior Associate at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, a social venture fund and an Associate Consultant at The Bridgespan Group, the non-profit arm of Bain & Company. Breanna holds a Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management from the NYU Wagner School of Public Service and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Government from the University of Virginia.
You can find her online @gogobre!
Made in a Free World
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Mark Dixon is a member of the IBM Safer Planet architecture team in North America. Mark is the creator of the “Smarter Local Government” and “Cognitive Ditigal Democracy” concepts, for which he received one of his three IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement awards.
Mark is also the recipient of an IBM Outstanding Innovation Award. Mark has more than thirty-two years of experience in the information technology industry, over 28 years with IBM as a Systems Engineer, Technical Systems Engineering Manager and Client Technical Architect.
Mark has extensive experience in all aspects of infrastructure architecture including platform selection methodology, servers, storage and data center networking. Mark also is knowledgeable in aspects of Enterprise Architecture, Software Architecture and key elements of IBM’s extensive software product portfolio. Mark’s involvement in IBM’s current initiatives include working on various opportunities in the public and private sectors for various Safer Planet/Smarter City solutions as well as the Internet of Things and BigData analytics. Mark is also working on governance models and reference architectures for multi-tenant shared-service private clouds for local governments.
Mark is on the Board of Directors of a local community cooperative working to bring open access fiber optic connectivity to homes and businesses in semi-rural and rural areas that are currently underserved by traditional vendors. Mark also designed and built his family’s energy-efficient house in the California foothills.
He is now working on solar hot water and solar PV installations for the house as well as a garden. Mark enjoys driving a Toyota Prius, a Toyota Tacoma 4×4 and a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle.
Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund
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Climate Change and Sustainability Services
Chris is a Senior Manager in EY’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services and leads the delivery of these services on the U.S. West Coast. Originally from Australia, Chris has over 10 years of experience providing a broad range of sustainability, environmental, health, safety and human rights services to clients globally, across all industries.
In particular Chris’s experience has been focused on providing independent assurance and advisory services to clients regarding sustainability and integrated reporting under a range of standards and frameworks. Other areas of expertise include greenhouse gas measurement and reporting, emissions trading, supply chain risk management, workplace health, safety and environmental performance and compliance, managing social impacts and measuring social value.
Alexandra spearheads Strategy & Operations at Purpose Generation. Purpose Generation is a strategy and insights firm dedicated to bringing brands and consumers closer together by helping clients navigate how the Millennial generation consumes, works, invests, and communicates. Past clients include Fortune 500 companies such as Campbell Soup Company, Wells Fargo Bank, and Fifth Third Bank, as well as smaller start-ups such as organic baby food company Plum Organics and digital wellness destination Sonima.com.
Alexandra was previously an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company, where she worked across a wide range of industries, including Financial Services, MedTech, Healthcare, and Private Equity. Prior to joining Bain & Company, she worked for the Acumen Fund, where she supported Acumen’s global expansion team with a particular focus on researching entrepreneurial activity and fundraising models in Southeast Asia. Alexandra is a Dutch Native and graduated from Princeton University where she pursed a degree in Politics.
Drever Capital Management
Maxwell Drever steers the helm of Drever Capital Management. For over five decades, he has been a visionary leader in contrarian impact real estate investing. His passion for redeveloping underperforming workforce multifamily properties in a socially and environmentally conscious manner has provided the catalyst for transforming entire neighborhoods.
Jacqueline Drumheller is the sustainability manager for Alaska Airlines, where she is on a mission to make her company the aviation leader in environmental stewardship.
Prior to joining Alaska Airlines in 1997, she worked in both the environmental consulting industry as well as hazardous waste management industry. During her career, she has tackled almost every single aspect of environmental protection and compliance — from audits to underground storage tanks.
In 2008, she co-founded Alaska Airlines’ corporate sustainability program. This has led to company-wide adoption of “greener” business initiatives and strategies. Since that time, Alaska Airlines has published five sustainability reports, developed a formal governance structure and long-term sustainability goals, and has begun the challenging process of integrating sustainability into the business.
Mukesh Dulani is president of SolarWorld Americas Inc., headquartered in Hillsboro, Oregon, where he is responsible for a national workforce of more than 800 people, manufacturing and other operations occupying about 750,000 square feet of building space and all sales in the Americas. Starting in 2009, Mr. Dulani oversaw manufacturing in SolarWorld’s plants in Camarillo, California, and then Hillsboro.
Since assuming the top U.S. leadership role for the company, he has integrated the company’s two corporate units into a single company in Hillsboro. Before joining SolarWorld, he served in a number of roles optimizing and managing high-tech manufacturing operations in India, Michigan, Colorado and California, last as head of operations responsible for three manufacturing plants of Veeco Instruments in Santa Barbara. Mr. Dulani earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering at Jiwaji University in Gwalior, India, and a master of science degree in industrial engineering at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston.
Social Venture Fund
Ms. Van Dusen was recognized by Silicon Valley Business Journal as a 2015 Woman of Influence based on her 25-plus years of environmental and social innovation leadership. As Chief Relationship Officer at SV2 – Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund, she cultivates and stewards key relationships to make social responsibility a priority for everyone in Silicon Valley. SV2 is a community of more than 200 individuals and families who have joined together to learn about effective giving and pool their resources to invest in innovative nonprofits and for profit social enterprises. Today she champions SV2’s cross-sector social innovation initiatives ranging from impact investing in early stage, mission-driven for-profit companies focused on environment and education, local and international grant making and capacity-building support for pioneering nonprofits and strategic collaborations within the social impact field.
Van Dusen is a lifelong environmentalist and sits on the City of Palo Alto’s Sustainability and Climate Action Advisory Board, was appointed by Palo Alto City Council to the Utility Commission, worked at the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University, served on numerous boards initiating environmental change including Palo Alto public schools, Planned Parenthood, Boy Scouts, the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, and has worked on multiple successful political campaigns related to clean energy policy at both the state and local levels. After launching and leading the award-winning Palo Alto Online, she created and now hosts First Person, a video interview series featuring Silicon Valley trailblazers pioneering innovations in technology, social impact and creativity. In addition, Van Dusen is a practicing artist and arts advocate/activist who believes the arts are a powerful platform for social change. She speaks frequently on the topic of sustainability and the role of civic and social impact leadership sharing her deep knowledge of solutions and models for resilient communities.
Intentional Endowments Network
Georges Dyer has been engaged in solutions-based, whole-system approaches to sustainability for over 15 years. He serves as Executive Director of the Crane Institute of Sustainability, and leads the Intentional Endowments Network, supporting senior leadership in higher education to advance sustainable investing strategies that enhance endowment performance while aligning investments with mission, values, and sustainability goals.
From 2006-2013, Georges served in various roles, including Vice President, at Second Nature to develop the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) network – comprised of more than 670 institutions committed to climate neutrality and integrating climate and sustainability into education, research, and community engagement activities. Previously, Georges was the Head of Market Intelligence at LaBranche Financial Services, where he was an NASD Series 86/87 licensed analyst. He is a graduate of The Mountain School, Phillips Exeter Academy, and Dartmouth College. He holds an MSc in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Karlskrona, Sweden.
Henry Dziuba has been in the solar industry since 2011 and joined Strata Solar in Aug 2015 to take up the development of their Commercial and Industrial division. Before joining the company, he was President of SMA America LLC from 2012-2015 and, prior to this, Henry set up and managed SMA UK in 2011/12 and was involved in the creation of SMA’s South African subsidiary.
Jeremy Faludi has been a sustainable design strategist and educator for over fifteen years. He has taught sustainable design at Stanford University, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, California College of the Arts, and elsewhere. He co-authored the Autodesk Sustainability Workshop and Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute’s online learning program, as well as Autodesk’s online class in Buildings Performance Analysis. He has contributed to six books on sustainability, including Worldchanging: A User’s Guide to the 21st Century, as well as many academic journal articles.
Jeremy designed the prototype of AskNature.org for the Biomimicry Institute, and a bicycle he helped design appeared in the Cooper Hewitt museum’s exhibit “Design for the Other 90%”. He was sustainability manager for Project Frog, one of the leaders in modular green building, and has consulted for Autodesk and the OECD on the environmental impacts of 3D printing.
At UC Berkeley, he is researching how sustainable design methods can drive product innovation and is actively seeking research participants from industry.
Natural Capital Partners
Saskia works with companies in the Western Region of North America to ensure they have access to the right mix of market-based solutions to meet their sustainability objectives.
Previously at EOS Climate she helped launch a new class of carbon offset into the voluntary and compliance market. Saskia has an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio Graduate School, where she now serves as member of their Board of Directors, and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Liverpool University.
Managing Director & Investor Relations
Maria leads development on Joule’s Energy Reduction Asset (ERA) Fund, managing relations with private investors, family offices, endowments and institutional investors. She works to identify and develop market opportunities for Joule Assets, focused around Automated Demand Response, microgrids, distributed energy systems, and energy efficiency procurement. Maria also works closely with key partners, providing counsel and business strategy solutions to address their specific needs.
Before Joule Assets, Maria worked in strategy, business development and venture capital in a range of industries including aerospace, biotech, medical devices as well as non-profits. Maria earned a Masters in Business Administration with high honors from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Lehigh.
Agrion Energy Summit, February 2016
Sustainatopia, November 2015
Low Carbon Energy Investor Forum, May 2015
ACEEE Intelligent Efficiency Conference, December 2015
Ohio Advanced Energy Economy Symposium, 2014
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 2014
Great Lakes Symposium on Smart Grid and the New Energy Economy, 2012
The Regional Leadership Summit: Creating Solutions for Sustainable Communities, 2012
Australian Consulate on “Towards a Smarter Grid: Microgrids as Market Enabler,” 2012
New York State Climate Smart Communities on “Empowering communities through Microgrids and Community Choice Aggregation,” 2012
PEI Low Carbon Investor: Joule Assets Gets $5M Institutional Investment
PEI Low Carbon Investor: Creating a Path to Scale Energy Efficiency
Cynthia Figge is a forerunner in the corporate sustainability movement. Cofounder of EKOS International in 1996 and CSRHub in 2007, now the world’s largest corporate ratings database, she has worked with major organizations including Boeing, Coca-Cola, Dow Jones, and REI to help integrate sustainability strategy with business operations. Cynthia has an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Prior to cofounding CSRHub and EKOS, Cynthia was an officer and Vice President of LIN Broadcasting / McCaw Cellular, leading new data services development. Prior to her work at LIN, Cynthia started a “greenfield” mill with Weyerhaeuser Company in Michigan. As Director of Special Projects she was part of the turnaround team for the New York Daily News. Cynthia was a partner with New Ventures and helped diverse nonprofit organizations in NYC start for-profit ventures to support their mission.
Cynthia has presented to the Sustainable Brands conference, TEDx, SRI in the Rockies conference, ND GAIN Annual conference, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, Outsell and the SNS Future in Review technology conferences. Cynthia lives in the Seattle area. She can be reached at Cynthia@csrhub.com or her profile on LinkedIn.
Athena is the Nuru International Healthcare Program Strategic Advisor. She has spent over a decade working in international public health and community development in seven countries, after serving with the Peace Corps in Guinea. Athena exercised her MPH and MBA to work in the fields of international public health, disaster risk reduction, microfinance, and social business creation. She is committed to creating supportive environments to help others live healthy lives and develop their talents.
Nuru International is a social venture working to end extreme poverty in remote rural areas of resource poor counties by working with smallholder farmer families to overcome challenges in food security, financial shocks, health and literacy. Sustainability is a top priority for Nuru and is addressed in three ways. Financial sustainability – in making programs lean and creating a for-profit business, East Africa based Nuru Social Enterprises, to fund the non-profit’s activities. Leadership sustainability – Nuru goes in with an exit plan and co-creates programs with local leaders, building a foundation of leaders as the basis for impact. Impact sustainability – comes with the combination of local leaders who own the programs from the beginning and the holistic evidence based practices used to design the graduation model.
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As You Sow
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Greg has been working in international health and nutrition for 15 years, five of which were spent working in Asia on national nutrition and health systems interventions. At GAIN, he currently overseas a portfolio of food and nutrition projects in over 20 countries which reach an estimated 900 million people with more nutritious foods. Before joining GAIN in 2011 he served with various international technical agencies including Abt Associates, Futures Group and Population Services International. Greg started his career in 1995 serving on the M/V Island Mercy, part of the humanitarian organization, Mercy Ships. Greg serves on the Boards of both the Iodine Global Network and the Food Fortification Initiative as well as the Executive Management Committee of GAIN. He holds a BA, and an MSc in International Development (Distinction) from the University of Bath, UK.
Susanne Gebauer is the Technical Lead for UL’s Responsible Sourcing service portfolio, managing execution of advisory services and maintenance of subject matter expertise in social accountability, environmental responsibility, supply chain risk, raw materials traceability, and capacity building. With over 10 years of experience in international development and responsible sourcing, Susanne advises clients on international labor standards, the development and improvement of supply chain responsibility programs, supplier codes of conduct, and audit execution. Notably, Susanne serves as UL’s expert in addressing human trafficking in supply chains and governs UL’s proprietary audit tools.
She actively participates in committees and working groups of American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), and Shrimp Sustainable Supply Chain Taskforce. Past international experience includes private sector development in Germany and Ghana, international foreign policy in Germany, not for profit civil society capacity building in Myanmar, and client services in China. She has a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and a M.A. from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Dr. Pandwe Gibson is making going green cool, practical and profitable. After founding and scaling a network of highly successful schools, she dove into the business world where she started, led and scaled three successful companies. Currently, she is the CEO/Executive Director and Founder of EcoTech Visions, Miami’s first makerspace, co-working space and green business incubator. Through EcoTech Visions, she and her team are guiding entrepreneurs to grow green manufacturing in Miami.
Dr. Gibson has a Bachelor of Arts from Scripps College, a Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning from Claremont Graduate University, a Master in Leadership from Harvard Graduate School, and a PhD from Claremont Graduate University. She has lived, studied, taught and worked internationally at notable universities such as the University of Logon in Accra Ghana, and Oxford University in Oxford England. Originally from Earth, Pandwe enjoys water sports, extreme sports, and art. She lives in Miami and believes that she will witness an oxygen-surplus planet.
Kyle Goehring joined JLL Alternative Energy Services in May of 2014. The AES practice serves corporate, investor and public-sector clients by advising owners on alternative energy strategies and technology opportunities such as onsite solar PV installations, integrated energy solutions (microgrid), energy storage, offsite solar, offsite wind energy, waste-to-energy (anaerobic digestion and gasification), environmental attribute trading and energy savings as a service.
Mr. Goehring supports clients in their review of sustainability objectives through an assessment of their portfolio for the site specific feasibility of alternative energy technologies and installations; advises on third party and ownership deal structures; negotiates applicable agreements; pursuit of incentives from utilities and government entities; and can recommend ongoing onsite support services from marketing leading organizations.
Mr. Goehring has helped develop, manage and execute alternative energy projects for JLL clients, including the world’s largest onsite solar PV carport program. The other JLL Client programs Mr. Goehring has helped orchestrate range from onsite solar to integrated energy solutions to offsite renewable energy procurement.
Based in California, Mr. Goehring works with JLL teams across North America and globally to ensure optimal client solutions.
Mr. Goehring has been developing and realizing alternative energy projects since 2007. Most recently, he was Regional Sales Manager at Eisenmann Corporation, a leading global technology and engineering company, where he was responsible for developing and expanding the company’s environmental technologies sales department across North America.
Previously, Mr. Goehring served as North American Business Development Manager for MT-Energie, focusing on distributed generation, biogas and waste-to-energy markets where he participated in the development of organic waste-to-energy systems, pipeline injected biogas from anaerobic digesters, combined heat & power projects and developing upgraded biogas-to-vehicle fuel projects for global organizations.
His prior experience also includes developing and contracting utility-scale solar projects in California as well as establishing a hub-and-spoke model of biogas distribution for the first, and only, biogas-to-natural gas pipeline injected project from agriculture waste in California.
Education and affiliations
Mr. Goehring holds Bachelor degrees in Managerial Economics and Communications from University of California, Davis
Mr. Goehring is a graduate of California Agricultural Leadership Program, Class 40
He has been quoted in numerous publications, held a position on the editorial board of Biomass Magazine and been a featured speaker as well as panelist at alternative energy, power generation and energy finance conferences across North America.
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John Goldstein is a managing director within Goldman Sachs Asset Management. John joined Goldman Sachs in 2015 through the acquisition of Imprint Capital to help expand the firm’s Environmental, Social and Governance and impact investing capabilities.
Previously, John co-founded Imprint Capital Advisors in 2007 to help foundations, families and financial institutions create and manage impact investing programs and portfolios. Imprint made and managed more than 120 investments with its clients across asset classes, geographies, and impact themes and worked with 11 of the 25 largest foundations in the United States.
Previously, John co-founded Medley Capital Management, a private investment firm. He also served as senior managing director of Medley Global Advisors. During that time, he co-founded and served as the executive director of the Medley Institute.
Prior to that, John was a management consultant at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).
John has served as an advisor or board member to a diverse set of organizations in the impact space including groups such as the US National Advisory Board of the G8 Social Impact Investing Task Force, the Global Impact Investing Network’s ImpactBase initiative, the Global Social Venture Competition, McKinsey’s working group on Social Impact Bonds, Global Giving, the Sustainable Food Lab, the UN Capital Development Fund, the International Interfaith Investment Group and a range of other organizations.
John graduated from Yale University with honors. He was awarded the Richter Fellowship and the Townsend Prize.
Colin is a sustainability industry veteran and has presented at conferences around the world and he is known for lively presentations with strong insights delivered with a strong sense of humour.
Colin has developed award-winning solutions to environmental problems from the end of toxic waste pipes to the boardroom and he has worked with all levels of government, from local to Federal and with companies from small businesses to members of the Fortune 50.
In recent years, Colin has pioneered the use of advanced visualization technologies to help move Sustainability/CSR beyond the compliance stage to take its place within forward looking, goal-based, brand enhancing strategy. He is currently working on technology-driven ways to take sustainability to the next level of mass understanding, engagement and action.
Good Done Great
Stephen K. Greenhalgh currently serves as Managing Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy for Good Done Great. In this position, he is responsible for strategy assessment of a corporation’s CSR, sustainability and employee engagement goals and programs.
Steve is a seasoned consultant who work has spanned the corporate and nonprofit sectors for more than two decades and brings a unique perspective on integrated CSR, sustainability and employee engagement strategies. He skill set comes from years of experience that includes corporate – nonprofit partnerships, employee engagement programs, program assessment, benchmarking and research, strategy development and implementation. He is a leading researcher and specialist on trends and best practices in CSR and employee engagement programs. His experience allows him to see first-hand how companies are addressing their philanthropic and sustainability goals to maximize the impact of their resources in serving local communities and the environment.
The Nature Conservancy
Megan Guy is Director of Corporate Engagement at the Nature Conservancy, where she leads the Conservancy’s efforts to integrate the value of nature and ecosystem services into the global business practices of major corporations, with a particular focus on the role of innovative finance, new business models, science, and technology in bringing these ideas and their impacts to scale.
Previously, she was a Vice President at Angeleno Group, a venture capital and private equity firm focused on clean energy technologies. There, she led investments across sectors including clean energy finance, energy efficiency, solar power, water, forestry, and intelligent transportation. Before to joining Angeleno Group, Megan held various positions at Goldman Sachs in New York and Sydney, Australia, where she advised leading energy and power companies as a part of the natural resources investment banking group and was later a founding member of the firm’s environmental markets and strategy group. In 2009, she served as a Recovery Act Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy. She holds an A.B. from Harvard College in Environmental Science and Public Policy, an M.S. in Environment and Resources from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she was an Arjay Miller Scholar.
kountable is the brain child of Chris Hale, CEO and co-founder, who began thinking about measuring social capital as a means to seeking financial capital more than 10 years ago when he was a musician. Chris has since had a very successful career in financial services, most recently driving the exceptional growth of Perigon Partners, a wealth management firm in the Bay Area, as COO. He has also served as a volunteer at Kiva. His co-founders include Craig Allen, PhD, who has decades of experience using data science to build sophisticated financing structures and building and running multibillion dollar trade finance companies, and Catherine Nomura, an expert in developing and marketing innovative products and services for entrepreneurs around the world with over 25 years experience.
Tonie oversees corporate responsibility, a function she helped to build since starting at NVIDIA in 2006. As a strategist and communicator, she works with colleagues to streamline social and environmental compliance efforts, as well as drive best practice and leadership initiatives that strengthen NVIDIA’s sustainability and brand reputation. She publishes the company’s CSR report and engages with shareholders, NGOs and customers as they track NVIDIA’s progress. Tonie also leads NVIDIA’s charitable foundation, which aims to accelerate solutions to the world’s most pressing issues in health and education. She’s recently partnered with HR to develop NVIDIA’s diversity initiative, as well as completed a board term with the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition, a global supplier responsibility consortium. She earned her MBA in 2000 from Babson College, has been recognized by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as a Women of Influence, and received a YWCA Tribute to Women award. Twitter: @toniehansencsr
Jonathan Hanwit is a founding partner and CEO of thinkPARALLAX, a creative communications agency working at the intersection of business strategy, corporate responsibility, and communication. Jonathan has led successful branding and communications efforts for large international brands such as Southwest Airlines, Twitter, Qualcomm, and International Paper. Prior to thinkPARALLAX, Jonathan worked as a Business Development Manager for a San Diego based non-profit, Partnerships With Industry and as a Marketing Manager for Unicorp Marketing after graduating from Radford University in 1997.
Outside of the office Jonathan is a father, surfer and avid traveler – and in 2014, he parlayed his passion for travel with his business by introducing PARALLAXploration – an employee development program that pays thinkPARALLAX employees to travel around the world, doing good along the way.
Bill has over 20 years of consumer investment banking experience advising middle-market companies to multi-billion dollar companies on mergers, acquisitions, IPOs, strategic alternatives, and debt & equity financings. For the majority of his career, Bill has focused on advising companies that develop products allowing people to lead healthier lives and he recently published a report on healthy living and sustainability called LOHAS Goes Mainstream. Prior to joining Headwaters, Bill had senior positions in the Consumer Groups at Credit Suisse and Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette. Bill has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Northeastern University
Sierra Energy Group
Mike G. Hart is the CEO of Sierra Energy, a company he founded in 2004 committed to reducing global greenhouse gas. Sierra uses its unique FastOx technology to convert any form of waste to clean energy for communities around the globe.
Mike is an alumni of UC Davis and Singularity University, was named a “Champion of Change” by the Obama Administration and an “Environmental Hero” by the E.P.A. He is a frequent speaker at environmental conferences, industry summits and recently provided a TEDx talk to share a pathway to a zero waste future. Sierra has created a novel pathway to move environmental technologies globally at an exponential pace at www.techpipe.com
EVAN HARVEY is the Director of Corporate Responsibility for Nasdaq. He manages all corporate sustainability (environmental, social, and governance strategy), philanthropic, and volunteering efforts.
This includes internal management of systems and disclosures as well as external engagement with issuers, investors, advocacy groups, and other stock exchanges. He chairs the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) Sustainability Working Group, sits on the U.S. Network Board of the United Nations Global Compact, and is an Advisory Board Member for the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). Evan has worked at Nasdaq since 2004, holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Texas, and lives outside Washington DC.
Arctas Capital Group
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Pamela Hawley is the founder and CEO of UniversalGiving™ (www.UniversalGiving.org), an award-winning nonprofit helping people to donate and volunteer with top performing, vetted organizations all over the world. 100% goes direct to the cause! All organizations are vetted with a proprietary Quality Model™. UniversalGiving Corporate helps manage global CSR for companies, including the strategy, operations and NGO Vetting. Key clients include Cisco, Gap, BHP Billiton, Fluor, Sabre, RSF Social Finance, Symantec and inovia.
Pamela is a winner of the Jefferson Award (the Nobel Prize in Community Service), and has been invited to three events in Social Innovation at the White House. UniversalGiving has been featured on the homepage of BusinessWeek, Oprah.com, CBS, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. Pamela was a finalist for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award and is an Expert Blogger for Fast Company and CSRWire. She also writes Living and Giving, a daily blog with the mission of “Inspiring Leaders to Live with Excellence and Love.”
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Mark is a corporate sustainability executive who has over fifteen years of experience leading and building corporate sustainability teams and strategy in both consumer and electronics sectors. Mark was key leader in driving Hewlett-Packard’s sustainability programs where he headed up HP’s stakeholder relations team and efforts. Mark also founded Decker Brands Sustainability program developing its ethical supply chain, environmental sustainability and community affairs programs. Currently Mark is Director of Sustainability for Sonos – a Santa Barbara based wireless home audio company. Mark also sits on the board for the local non-profit Environmental Defense Center. In his spare time, Mark enjoys paddlesurfing, volleyball, yoga and woodworking.
As United Nations’ Account Director, Travis Heneveld manages customer relationships with the entire family of UN organisations. Motorola Solutions is a major supplier of business critical communication solutions to peacekeeping, emergency response and development agencies worldwide. Travis joined Motorola’s Europe, Middle East and Africa Strategy team in 2003, after several years as a Strategy Consultant driving global product and marketing initiatives for Fortune 100 consumer goods companies such as Levi’s, United Airlines, IKEA and Ericsson.
A global citizen with living experiences in Europe and Asia, Travis is currently based in Germany and is a Guest Lecturer in Cross-cultural Management at The Berlin School of Economics and Law. He is currently finishing his contribution to “Digital Kenya, the New Generation of Entrepreneurs”, a management textbook that will be published later this year. Travis is a BA graduate of Pomona College and holds an International MBA from the University of South Carolina.
Robert Henrikson is CEO of Smart Microfarms, offering scalable microalgae growing systems for greenhouses, home, school and community gardens, and urban, rooftop and vertical farms to grow high value food that is local, sustainable and profitable. For 35 years Robert has been an entrepreneur in algae, bamboo and natural resources. A pioneer in algae production and marketing, he was founder and director of Earthrise Farms, world’s largest spirulina algae farm. For 20 years as President of Earthrise Company, he promoted Earthrise® Spirulina and superfood products in 30 countries.
Founded the International Algae Competition in 2010 to foster new algae food and energy systems for our future. Consultant and advisor to investors, management and companies in algae ventures. Presents at conferences, writes for industry media and has produced over 20 educational videos. Recent award: Voted Algae Ambassador in Algae Industry Magazine 2015 International Readers Poll. Publications:”Earth Food Spirulina” (1989) translated into 7 international editions. “Spirulina World Food” (2010). “Bamboo Architecture” (2011).”Imagine Our Algae Future” (2012) based on the International Algae Competition. “Algae Microfarms” (2013).
Compass Natural LLC
Steven Hoffman has been involved in food, agriculture and sustainability for over 30 years. He is Managing Director of Compass Natural LLC, a full service marketing communications, public relations, business development, and public affairs agency serving natural, organic and sustainable enterprises.
Hoffman is former Editorial Director of New Hope Natural Media’s trade publishing division, and former Program Director of Natural Products Expo, the world’s largest natural and organic products expositions. A co-founder of the annual LOHAS Conference for the $300-billion “Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability” market, and former Director of The Organic Center, Hoffman also served as Rocky Mountain Sales Manager and National Marketing Director for Arrowhead Mills, now a leading brand of the Hain-Celestial Group.
Hoffman is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in agriculture and education in Central America. As an agricultural extension agent in the mid-1980s, he served as a director of Philadelphia’s Urban Gardening Program, where he helped establish more than 125 vegetable gardens in low-income Hispanic neighborhoods in the city. He received a M.S. in Agriculture from Pennsylvania State University.
New Belgium Brewing
Paul Hudnut has been a director of the New Belgium Family Foundation since its inception in 2013. He has been an independent director at New Belgium Brewing Co. since 2006. He also teaches at Colorado State University and serves as director of their Global Social & Sustainable Enterprise MBA program. Paul is a co-founder of Envirofit International, Ltd., a leader in designing and selling cleaner, more efficient cook stoves in the developing world. In 2010, he was honored with the Olympus Innovation Award for his work in technology innovation and entrepreneurship education. In addition to his work with New Belgium and CSU, Paul also serves as an advisor to impact investors, foundations and social enterprises.
He earned his BA from Colorado College and his law degree from University of Virginia and completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School.
Rebekah Iliff is the Chief Strategy Officer for AirPR, a technology platform to increase PR performance. Formerly, she was the co-founder and CEO of talkTECH, one of the fastest growing startup-focused PR agencies in the U.S. She is currently a columnist for Mashable, Inc., Forbes, the Huffington Post, and Entrepreneur; and she frequently moderates panels and speaks about the future of the PR and Marketing industries, as well as “Women in Tech.” In 2014, Rebekah was named by Dell as a “Dell Influencer” and has been asked to sit on industry panels and think tanks dedicated to innovation, technology trends, PRTech, big data, and social good. In 2015, Onalytica, the leading influencer relationship management software company, cited her as one of the Top 100 PR Influencer’s in the world. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago, and an M.A. in Organizational Management and Applied Community Psychology from Antioch University at Los Angeles (AULA). @rebekahiliff
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Monica Jain is the founder and Executive Director of Fish 2.0 and Manta Consulting Inc. She possesses a blend of expertise from 20 years of work in the private sector and philanthropy, and specializes in the creation of innovative financing strategies and structures for impact investors, foundations, and private sector–non- profit partnerships. She has a background in marine biology and a deep passion for both fisheries and social change. Monica has launched several entrepreneurial ventures and has extensive experience in finance and philanthropy. She is a strategic consultant to several private foundations and multinational corporations and has worked side by side with over 200 organizations and individual change leaders globally in the creation of their visions and ventures. Monica holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and an M.B.A. in Strategic Management and Finance from the Wharton School of Business.
Ben Jarrett is the North American Sustainability Leader at Kimberly-Clark Professional. He leads business development and innovation centered on Sustainability, including dynamic supply chain improvement, marketing strategy and green energy projects. Prior to his current role, he developed the Sustainability Strategy for Kimberly-Clark Professional’s North American Industrial Business.
He has spoken at a number of industry conferences, including the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. He has also been a guest speaker at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and Penn State’s Smeal College of Business. Ben received his B.A. in Classical and Medieval Studies from Bates College and received his MBA from Goizueta Business School where he focused on Strategy and Marketing.
VEOLIA NORTH AMERICA
Mrs. Javier is a Client Engagement Manager with the Peer Performance Solutions (PPS) group of Veolia North America. She is based in San Francisco, California and leads client engagements with some of the largest water utilities in the U.S. including the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. In this role, Mia is responsible for the commercial and financial success of peer consulting engagements aimed at improving client-informed performance metrics.
Mrs. Javier has seven years of experience and expertise as an analyst, manager and developer of innovation-sourcing programs focused on the water industry. Not only is she a prolific author of bespoke market research and investment trends in the cleantech innovation, she has strong management skills and assertive leadership in implementing technical and business processes.
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Cecily Joseph is vice president of corporate responsibility and chief diversity officer for Symantec Corporation, a global leader in cybersecurity. As leader of Symantec’s global corporate responsibility efforts, Cecily drives environmental, social and governance program development, integration and alignment. As Chief Diversity Officer, Cecily leads Symantec’s efforts to bring in, grow and keep the best diverse talent.
With more than 15 years of experience building corporate responsibility programs in ethics & compliance, strategic philanthropy and environmental sustainability from the ground up, Cecily acts as an internal and external change agent. She is an ongoing champion for diversity and inclusion and gender equity, working with the company’s Leadership to create a goal to increase the diversity of Symantec’s workforce by 15 percent, empowering female leaders through the Women on Board initiative, and creating a pathway for underrepresented young adults to enter into the cybersecurity field through the Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3). She has also spearheaded an increase employee volunteerism by 70 percent through her team’s community investment efforts and the launch of the Symantec Service Corps.
Cecily is often sought to speak on a variety of topics at industry events – including RSA, the world’s largest data security conference, where Cecily has spoken for three consecutive years. She is an active writer on her blog and contributor of opinion editorials for The Huffington Post.
Cecily currently serves on the board of directors for Net Impact and Leadership California. Cecily received the Award for Human Rights from the City of San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women, recognition as one of the Multicultural Leaders of California by the National Diversity Council, and recognition as one of the Most Influential People in Business Ethics by the Ethisphere Institute.
Cecily joined Symantec in 2005 after thirteen years with VERITAS Software, where she led the company’s legal affairs and served as executive director of the VERITAS Foundation. She holds a J.D. from Tulane University Law School.
Follow Cecily on Twitter: @CecilyJosephCR
Read Cecily’s blog: http://www.symantec.com/connect/user/cecily-joseph
Connect with Cecily on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cecilyjoseph
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Greg Kandankulam is currently a Sustainability Specialist with NRG Energy Inc. He has 15 years of experience in strategic analysis, financial modeling and project management. The last 5 of those years has introduced a sustainability focus to those activities. Mr. Kandankulam has a strong background in power plant operations, smart grid assets and utility regulatory environments. He is currently creating a framework for managing NRG’s carbon reduction strategy with respect to fossil fleet asset management and growing a renewable portfolio. Within this context, he is collaborating with the World Resource Institute on a potential GHG standard for avoided emissions within the energy industry.
Greg holds an MBA from Presidio Graduate School in Sustainable Management and a BSAST in Nuclear Engineering from Thomas Edison University. Mr. Kandankulam has previously held positions as a Program Manager of a Public-Private Partnership for the Dutch government, based on sustainable energy projects, and as a chief nuclear mechanical operator in the U.S. Navy for six years. He also serves as a Sustainability Commissioner for the City of Sausalito in California.
Jenny Kassan has two decades of experience as an attorney and advisor for mission-driven enterprises.
She has helped her clients raise millions of dollars and raised several hundred thousand for her own business. Jenny serves her clients in the areas of business start-up, entity structuring to preserve mission, enterprise finance, securities regulation, investment crowdfunding, nonprofit law, and cooperatives.
Jenny earned her J.D. from Yale Law School and a masters degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley.
Jenny is the President of Community Ventures, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the economic and social development of communities. She also co-founded the Sustainable Economies Law Center, a nonprofit that provides legal information to support sustainable economies.
Leslie Keil is a partner at Hanson Bridgett LLP and lead’s the firm’s Sustainability practice group. She focuses on the social impact field, representing mission-driven venture funds, benefit corporations and certified B Corporations, as well as nonprofit organizations. Leslie advises venture capital, private equity and real estate funds and angel investors with respect to fund formation, restructuring and investment activities, and has specific expertise in innovative deal structures for impact investments. Leslie represents both start-ups and established private companies in all phases of business growth, in connection with formation, debt and equity financing, patent and software licensing, strategic contracts, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions. Leslie counsels publicly-supported charities, trade associations and other nonprofit entities regarding tax and corporate issues unique to these organizations. Additionally, Leslie is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Full Circle Fund.
lair is our first non-founder CEO, which means he’s had some big shoes to fill. He took the reins from co-founder Drake Sadler in 2008, feeling called to apply his business talents to products he deeply believes in.
A former CPA with Ernst & Young, Blair received his MBA from The University of Chicago in marketing and finance, and worked as a brand manager at Nestle Foods. In 1995, he took a 70% pay cut and a huge risk that would become the best decision of his career—leave his business development position for a mission driven, all natural food company called Fantastic Foods. That bold move started him on the path of working in what he most believes in: mission driven, health and wellness companies.
Blair has a history of strong leadership in companies whose mission is to bring health and wellness to our lives. He was CEO of Alternative Medicine, a multi-media publishing company. During his five-year tenure he transformed the company from an unprofitable fledgling organization, into a high growth and profitable enterprise. Before joining Traditional Medicinals, he co-founded and helmed Natural Snacks.
Blair had been drinking Traditional Medicinal teas for many years, but it was not until a visit to the company that he realized the extent of our commitment to our employees, to our farmers and collectors around the world and to instituting sustainability and social responsibility into every aspect of its business—from field to manufacturing.
Citing our reinvention of the standard business model as inspiration, Blair is excited to inherit nearly 40 years of commitment to product quality and consumer trust, and looks forward to continuing the company’s fulfillment of its mission: connecting people to the power of plants.
Yahoo for GOOD
Olivia Khalili works with companies to design, implement, and evaluate social benefit initiatives. She leads Yahoo’s social impact program, Yahoo for Good.
Previously, Olivia worked with Ashoka to create employee engagement and brand building programs that connected social entrepreneurs with companies including American Express and Ben & Jerry’s.
In 2008, she founded CauseCapitalism.com, an online resource that helps businesses grow by incorporating a social mission. Her approach stems from cross-sector experience working with tech startups and nonprofits, and in international development in Micronesia.
Olivia lives in San Francisco with her husband and son. Connect with her on twitter at @OKL.
Mr Kithil is an economist, inventor and serial entrepreneur with six successful startups since 1972. Previous to Atmocean, he founded and led Advanced Safety Concepts Inc where he developed 13 patents on automotive safety including occupant sensing and smart airbag crash sensing, which he sold in 2004 to Methode Electronics, a tier one automotive supplier based in Chicago.
With Atmocean, Mr. Kithil has positioned the company as the low cost leader in wave energy and first to introduce systems which drawdown atmospheric CO2 by “greening the coastal deserts” through the process of photosynthesis. This approach to sustainability seeks to redress past emissions of CO2 which are directly responsible for 2015 being far and away the warmest year on record. To fund this effort, Atmocean has developed its CORPORATE PROGRAM FOR ATMOSPHERIC CO2 DRAWDOWN – whereby corporations sponsor the installation of Atmocean systems. The program is structured so that these corporate sponsors share in the agricultural revenues and related proceeds, earning 5x ROI and five-year payback of their sponsorship. More details are available at www.atmocean.com or by contacting Mr. Kithil at atmocean [dot] kithil [at] gmail [dot] com.
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KL Felicitas Foundation
Lisa Kleissner is co-founder and President of the KL Felicitas Foundation, a family foundation. KL Felicitas Foundation is dedicated to programs that enable social entrepreneurs worldwide to develop and grow economically sustainable, scalable enterprises with measurable social impact. Lisa actively advocates the Foundation’s sustainability, mission, and social investment strategy. The KL Felicitas Foundation was named by the World Economic Forum as one of two foundations providing portfolio investment leadership in impact investing in the US. The Kleissners are recipients of the 2014 BNP Paribas Grand Prix in Philanthropy and the 2015 Magis Award for Social Entrepreneurship from Santa Clara University.
Lisa is a frequent speaker, advocate and author on topics related to leveraged and holistic approaches to philanthropy and impact investing. She is co-founder and Board Chair of Toniic, a global impact investing platform; founding board member of The Philanthropy Workshop, an international trans-formative donor education program; co-founder and board member of Social-Impact International, an incubator of capacity building programs for social enterprise; and co-founder of Hawaii Investment Ready, a capacity building program for indigenous and island social enterprise.
KL Felicitas Foundation
Dr. Charly Kleissner is an impact investor. He believes that the fundamental and deeper meaning of wealth is to make a positive contribution to humanity and the planet. He argues that Modern Portfolio Theory has to be re-conceptualized to seamlessly integrate positive impact into a Total Portfolio Theory. He sees impact investing not as an intellectual exercise, but as an expression of who he really is.
Dr. Kleissner co-founded KL Felicitas Foundation (www.klfelicitasfoundation.org), and Social-Impact International (www.social-impact.org), which help social entrepreneurs worldwide to accelerate and increase their impact. Dr. Kleissner also co-founded Toniic (www.toniic.com), and the ‘100%IMPACT Network’, global networks for impact investors.
Maureen Kline is Director of Public Affairs and Sustainability for Pirelli Tire North America, responsible for the US, Canada and Mexico. She writes a weekly column on sustainability for www.Inc.com. She is based in New York.
Maureen sits on the board of the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada, and the advisory board of the Corporate Responsibility Association, where she co-chairs a Thought Leadership Council on Brand and Reputation Management. Maureen lived in Italy for 23 years, and was a foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal Europe and Business Week, among others. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics.
Nicole Koharik serves as the Global Sustainability Marketing Director for GOJO Industries, a global leader in hand hygiene and healthy skin and the inventor of PURELL® Hand Sanitizer. Koharik’s responsibilities at GOJO include corporate sustainability strategy, policies, goals and stakeholder engagement and reporting that help to advance GOJO global sustainability leadership. She also serves as the leader of the GOJO Enterprise Sustainability Governance Team, a cross-functional team accountable for the ongoing strategic governance and implementation process that ensures social, environmental and economic sustainability are critical components of GOJO business practices.
Koharik, who has been awarded for her work in advancing sustainability initiatives that drive results, is a regular conference presenter who shares her expertise on managing sustainability on a global scale and stakeholder engagement. Koharik has more than 15 years of marketing experience and holds a bachelor’s degree in applied communication and master’s degree in communications management.
Stuart has been involved in Sustainable Enterprise and Impact Investing for over 11 years. Stuart received his BA from University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA in 2004. Shortly after graduation he began his career at the Katalysis Bootstrap Fund in 2004. There he gained tremendous insight from many Impact Investing pioneers including Ron Cordes, of the Cordes Family Foundation. In 2008, Stuart went back to school and obtained an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise from Dominican University in San Rafael, CA. Now in his newly minted role as US-Business Development Manager for Oikocredit International, Stuart is in charge of growing Oikocredit’s brand in the US market. Oikocredit is focused on forging partnerships that not only bring in new capital to Oikocredit, but more importantly, help Oikocredit place capital in their 64 countries of operation. Although Oikocredit’s US office is based in Washington, DC, Stuart resides in San Francisco, CA with his wife Jennifer. The two are expecting their first child in May 2015.
Young & Successful Media
CEO and founder of Young & Successful Media and YSN.com, Kushell sculpts groundbreaking campaigns around youth empowerment, employment and entrepreneurship, bringing educational, government and corporate stakeholders together to impact millions. In 1993, at 19, her Young Entrepreneurs Network was one of the first online communities on CompuServ. In her 20s, Kushell was instrumental in spearheading the young entrepreneur movement in America, garnering 300 million media impressions about the new trend. In her 30s, YSN.com was launched as the first professional social network for young people, engaging 25,000 from 160 counties.
Author of the New York Times Bestseller Secrets of the Young & Successful, Kushell has been called the “Career Doctor” by Cosmopolitan and a “guru” by US News and World Report. She is an advisor to leading global youth organizations, a delegate of several State Department led entrepreneurship missions, and Youth Advisor for the UN’s Sustainable Development Committee. A relentless advocate, Kushell has traveled 2 million miles and visited 50 countries in support of ambitious young people around the world,
An experienced sustainability professional, Stephen has spent the past five years leading market development efforts for EOS Climate’s suite of innovative carbon reduction and supply chain solutions. As VP Business Development, Stephen is tasked with the design and implementation of the Commodity Impact Factor (CIF) concept.
Trillium Asset Management
Will Lana is a partner at Trillium Asset Management, a firm specializing in sustainable and responsible investing since 1982. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, and currently serves on Foster’s Net Impact Advisory Board. Will is a CFA charterholder, and was a volunteer climate investment & divestment fellow at 350.org.
Lise Laurin, CEO of EarthShift Global, has been working since 2000 to support enterprises in their endeavor to reduce social and environmental impacts. With EarthShift Global, she has focused on Sustainability Return on Investment (S-ROI) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) as tools for measuring sustainability. She is currently the driving force behind the LCA Capability Roadmap. She is a pioneer in S-ROI, having broadened the scope from the original Total Cost Assessment methodology to include benefits and impacts to society, and in particular how a decision can be adapted to be a win-win-win solution for all stakeholders. Her focus is on building capacity in industry and government, providing software tools, training, and consulting. She is the Vice President of the Sustainability Conoscente Network, a member of the SETAC North American LCA Advisory Group Steering Committee, a member of the board of advisors of the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment and a member of the US ISO TAG on LCA and. She brings to this effort over 20 years in industry and holds a BS in Physics from Yale University.
Generation Investment Mgmt.
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Strategic Impact Partners
Jeff Leinaweaver, Ph.D., is a Senior Strategist for Strategic Impact Partners – a growth, market development and business transformation firm – as well as an independent consultant, educator and original thinker. He combines his advanced education credentials, technical certifications and human systems knowledge to guide leaders in transforming their competitive contexts. Much of his work has entailed looking at global leaders, storytelling and the role of cross-cultural communication and sustainability. He is also an Associate and Trainer with The Natural Step, conducts PROBE Business Assessments, and instructs sustainability leaders in the GRI Certification and Integrated Reporting. Jeff spent seven years in key global human resources posts at Amazon.com.
Jeff is the author of a new book, Storytelling for Sustainability: Deepening the Case for Change (Sedition Publishing Ltd., Oxford), is a frequent contributor to The Guardian and has also written for The Associated Press. He earned a Ph.D. in Human Development and Organizational Systems and an M.A. in Human and Organizational Development from Fielding Graduate University, where is he currently a Fellow at their Institute for Social Innovation.
MCE Social Capital
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Silicon Valley Community Foundation
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Based in San Francisco, Mat has spent the majority of his career helping Fortune 500 companies assess and minimize their environmental impact. With a particular focus on corporate renewable energy procurement, he has played a role in millions of MWh of clean, renewable energy being generated and delivered to the grid. In his current role with Schneider Electric, he leads business development for the company’s Sustainability & Cleantech Services business unit within the retail and apparel manufacturing sectors, providing sustainability strategy, technology, and implementation support to some of the world’s largest companies. A key focus of late has been the exploration, analysis and execution of utility-scale Virtual Power Purchase Agreements (also known as Contracts for Differences), which have transformed the corporate renewable energy landscape.
A native of Massachusetts, he graduated from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts in 2005 with a degree in Finance and Operations Management, and received his LEED Green Associate accreditation in June of 2010. Previous speaking engagements include The Green Grid Forum, ACEEE Intelligent Efficiency, EnerNOC’s EnergySMART conference and various USGBC / B Corporation education sessions.
Liz Lowe is Innovation Lead for sustainability and social impact at Adobe. In her role she aims to integrate social purpose into Adobe’s product, people, and resource development. Her two primary initiatives are the Adobe Digital Academy and the new employee sustainability program. The Adobe Digital Academy is a two part diversity and inclusion initiative aimed at shortening the pipeline of tech talent through an education partnership with General Assembly and a 3-month Adobe apprenticeship. The employee sustainability program works to directly connect employees to the corporate sustainability strategy and empowers employees to make sustainability an integral part of their daily lives.
Previously, she was a strategist at GOOD/Corps, a social innovation consulting firm, helping corporations and foundations align business strategy with their social impact. Before joining GOOD/Corps, Liz worked in microfinance in Costa Rica through the US Peace Corps. Prior to the Peace Corps, she worked with IDEAcarbon, a climate change consulting firm in London. She holds a B.A in Economics/International Areas from UCLA and an M.B.A. from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Priscilla joined Deutsche Bank in January 2014 as Managing Director Sustainable Investments Alternatives and Real Assets based in Asia. She heads up the Clean Energy & Environment Fund in China between Deutsche Bank and the Tianjin Government. She is also on the Green Finance Committee organized by the People’s Bank of China.
Formerly she was the Founder and Managing Partner of Cathaya Capital, as a cross border fund investing in Healthcare and Clean Tech in China. She has over ten years of experience investing in technologies in China with experience from venture capital out of Silicon Valley. From 2003 to 2009, Dr. Lu was a China investment advisor to Mayfield Fund, a leading venture capital firm based in Silicon-Valley, with over US$2.8 billion in assets under management. While at Mayfield Fund, Dr. Lu helped found the GSR Fund, a venture capital fund in China overseeing more than $1.0 billion in assets.
In 1994, Dr. Lu founded interWAVE Communications, a provider of mobile GSM and CDMA networks for rural and developing countries and built over 100 GSM networks for rural and mobile portable networks in Africa and South East Asia. Dr. Lu served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for more than ten years until 2003, launching interWAVE’s successful IPO on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Prior to founding interWAVE, Dr. Lu was at AT&T Bell Laboratories for many years, where she led efforts in digital switching and research in networking and pioneered the early technologies in CMOS VLSI in microprocessors. Dr. Lu holds over numerous key patents in wireless telecommunications & networking technologies and designs from when she was at Bell Labs and interWAVE.
Nicolai Lundy oversees SASB’s professional educational programs offered to sustainability professionals, investment analysts, and financial reporting professionals on sustainability accounting topics. Nicolai led the development of the FSA Credential (Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting Credential) – SASB’s most popular education program. A mix of senior and junior professionals count themselves among the growing list of hundreds of credential candidates.
To ensure SASB’s education programs are relevant and valuable for participants, Nicolai maintains strong relationships with experts across the field who advise and supplement SASB’s work. Prior to starting at SASB in late 2013, Nicolai held various business development and sales support roles in the private sector and higher education.
Dan Luscher is an impact investor and consultant with dual passions for making cities more livable and scaling solutions to eradicate poverty. Dan has over 20 years of experience helping small, purpose-driven organizations grow in scope, impact, and geographic reach. Most recently, Dan founded Lassen Investments, which seeks to create positive environmental and social impact by making targeted investments in early-stage social ventures, and Lassen Consulting, which provides CFO/COO-level support to social enterprises, nonprofits, and foundations. Previously, Dan was CFO of BSR and Chief Operating Officer for Water.org.
Dan also serves as Vice Chair of TransForm, a nonprofit that works to create world-class public transportation and walkable communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Dan has a Master in Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford.
Silk/White Wave Foods
Rebekah Lyle currently serves as director of marketing for Silk plant-based foods & beverages, the nation’s leading brand of plant-based dairy alternatives, including soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, dairy-free yogurt alternative and soy- and nut-based creamers. In addition to overseeing all marketing efforts and packaging strategy for Silk, Lyle’s management expertise and innovation experience serves to drive brand vision, strategy and growth.
Previously, Lyle served as director of marketing and innovation for WhiteWave Foods’ Silk, So Delicious, Horizon Organic, Yulu and Bonza yogurt brands, driving significant sales growth. Under Lyle’s leadership, Silk successfully launched its own line of dairy-free yogurt alternatives, and that product helped drive the success of the brand in 2015.
Lyle is passionate about educating consumers on the health and environmental benefits of plant-based living – challenging conventional food wisdom to impart that plant-based foods and beverages, like Silk, are better for both people and the planet.
Additionally, Lyle is dedicated to expanding the Silk brand into new plant-based food and beverage categories and remaining at the forefront of the plant-based movement.
Prior to joining the Silk team in 2011, Lyle served as brand manager for WhiteWave’s organic dairy brand, Horizon Organic, where she developed a three year pipeline of innovation that drove the brand into new categories and delivered substantial sales growth for the brand.
Lyle also managed new product development and innovation efforts within her leadership roles with household cleaning brand, OxiClean and Tyson Foods, Inc.
Lyle earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Arkansas and attended Sam Walton College of Business where she received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Matt founded stok out of a passion to positively affect a larger community and to align his desire for progress in the built environment with his love for optimizing economic value. He applies his knowledge of finance and building science to capacitate stok’s use of Life Cycle Costing and scenario/sensitivity optimization matrices. While currently involved with mentoring internal and external colleagues, growing new services, and branding stok as the firm that enriches the built environment and realizes value, Matt’s recent accomplishments include work on 6 commercial Zero Net Energy projects, 18 LEED Platinum projects and 8 contracts for various municipalities.
An experienced entrepreneur in the Clean Economy, Joe co-founded & established EOS Climate as a recognized leader in the North American GHG marketplace — securing best-in-class partnerships and building an award winning, world-class team of experts. As CEO at EOS, Joe is tasked with innovating new, market based approaches at the intersection of refrigerants and climate to drive economic and environmental benefits on a global scale.
Joe has been featured in Environmental Finance, ClimateWire, and Triple Pundit, and regularly speaks on whole system approaches to science, policy and business model innovation in a carbon constrained world.
Before joining EOS, Joe was a partner in Transgroup Worldwide Logistics San Francisco Division, as well as an integral part of the launch of ATDynamics. He holds an M.B.A. in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Dan Madden is a Registered Professional Electrical Engineer with extensive experience, both from the application side and the product manufacturing side. He has been a pioneer in automating and managing all forms of energy including electrical power, steam, air and water starting in 1970 through the present. He has developed numerous intelligent power and energy products that directly impact our lives:
from novel renewable energy applications incorporating solar, wind and fuel cells;
to providing ultra reliable power for safer navigation of commercial flights;
to supplying hardened mission critical equipment in defense of our country;
to deployable, sustainable power and water for third world counties and disaster relief efforts.
He is currently championing the introduction of hydrogen production technologies from renewable resources including biomass, biogas and municipal solid waste. This technology can provide hydrogen more economically than is currently done using less energy and convert problems into solutions. For example, it can take yesterday’s trash and garbage (a problem) and convert it directly in pure, clean hydrogen to power fuel cells and industry (a solution). In doing so, landfill requirements are greatly reduced and at the same time, all carbon content is sequestered (versus releasing it to the atmosphere), resulting in an overall negative carbon footprint.
Robert Maddox has significant energy experience through his work as a former 7-term State Representative and former member of Connecticut’s Clean Energy Board. As Chief Sustainability Officer for Sterling Planet, he frequently provides expert testimony to regulatory commissions and his insights on sustainable energy and carbon regulation are sought out by many policy makers, Fortune 500 companies, universities and the press. Mr. Maddox owns Sun One Organic farm. A LEED™ AP, he founded the CT Green Building Council, and is actively involved with USGBC. He recently built a net zero energy high performance Permaculture based solar & wind powered home. He holds an MBA degree from UCONN. In 2014, Mr. Maddox was named Green Power Leader of the Year by The Center for Resources Solutions.
Simon Mainwaring is the founder and CEO of We First, a branding agency providing strategy, content, and training that accelerate growth through purpose. He is an international keynote speaker, influential blogger and world-class trainer, and his book, We First: How brands and consumers use social media to build a better world (Palgrave Macmillan) is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon bestseller and strategy+business named it the Best Business Marketing Book of the Year.
Simon has been featured in BBC World News, TIME, The Guardian, Advertising Age, Adweek, Inc., AMA, Fast Company, GOOD Magazine, Mashable and the cover of the National Speaker’s Magazine. He contributes to The Guardian, Forbes, and Huffington Post on branding, purpose and social media. Prior to starting We First Simon was an award-winning advertising writer on brands such a Nike, Motorola and Toyota and received over 60 international awards including Cannes Lions, One Show, Clio’s, Kelly Awards, and D&AD.
As ISOS Group’s Co-Founder, Nancy has played a key role in mobilizing non-financial disclosure in the United States. She’s orchestrated 60+ Certified Trainings, co-taught MBA programs, regularly serves as a conference guest speaker and caters to industry roundtables by providing knowledge of the reporting process.Further, she has conducted numerous sustainability assessments, provided reporting guidance and completed external assurance activities for many of the world’s best-known Fortune 500’s.
Prior to starting ISOS, Nancy assisted Winrock International in developing their sustainability services and led numerous micro-economic development projects related biodiversity, agronomics and renewable energy. She also developed an innovative technique to analyze the sustainability of Winrock’s hydroelectric projects in the Republic of Georgia as opposed to Russian energy sources. Previous positions included the Little Rock City Mayor’s Sustainability Commission, Arkansas Clean Cities Coalition and the Arkansas Biofuels Alliance. Nancy earned her B.A. in International Relations (IR) with a Minor in Environmental Studies from the U.S. International University in San Diego, California. She also holds a M.A. in IR from the University of Amsterdam, as well as an inaugural M.P.S. (Public Service) from the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas where she dedicated her work to issues of sustainability.
Her work has earned her a position in the 2016 Leadership California cohort, the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern California Sustainable Business Council and finalist status in the 2014 San Diego Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Award.
Media Development Investment Fund
Harlan Mandel, Chief Executive Officer, has managed debt and equity investments in over 50 news outlets on five continents. He has extensive experience of working in emerging and frontier markets as an impact investment manager and attorney. He was MDLF’s Deputy Managing Director from 1998 until his appointment as CEO in 2011. Before joining MDLF, Harlan served from 1996 to 1998 as Deputy General Counsel of the Open Society Institute/Soros Foundations Network. Prior to that, he practiced law in the New York and Los Angeles offices of Morrison & Foerster, specializing in international litigation, intellectual property and new media law. He received his JD from Columbia University School of Law in 1989, and holds a BA in International Relations and Asian Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Harlan is based in New York.
Colin Mangham develops and markets new and important ideas, initiatives, and organizations. Over the past 25 years he has supported the success of dozens of Fortune 500 companies and other Big Brands, 100+ early-stage ventures, non-profits including the World Wildlife Fund, and NGOs including the United Nations.
Colin’s career-long fascination with how things work and why people do what they do led him to discover biomimicry, innovation inspired by natural forms, processes, and systems. He is a Certified Biomimicry Specialist, has served as the Chief Marketing Officer for Biomimicry 3.8 and its Institute, and is the founder of Biomimicry LA.
His TEDx talk, titled “Find Your Woods,” focused on how reconnecting with nature can inspire and build upon new and powerful ideas. As a principal in BioLogical Group, an LA-based consultancy, he applies his bioinspired expertise in guiding innovation and accelerating new ventures.
Dharma Merchant Services
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Four Twenty Seven
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Emilie McGlone is the current Director of the New York-based office of Peace Boat US, a non-profit organization working to promote peace, sustainable development and respect for the environment through educational programs organized onboard the Peace Boat, a chartered passenger ship that travels the world on peace voyages. Peace Boat holds Special Consultative Status with the Social and Economic Council of the United Nations and works in partnership with UN delegates, Nobel Peace Laureates and community leaders from around the world to create opportunities for international cooperation focused on conflict resolution, environmental sustainability, indigenous issues, cultural awareness and peace education. Founded in 1983 and nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, Peace Boat has sailed on over 83 global voyages, carrying more than 50,000 people to more than 100 countries. Currently, Peace Boat is launching a new initiative to build an ECO SHIP, which will showcase green technology and design, while inspiring positive change to radically reduce our carbon footprint. For more information about the Peace Boat, please visit www.peaceboat.org
Brad McNamara is the CEO and co-founder of Freight Farms, an agriculture technology company that provides physical and digital solutions for creating local produce ecosystems on a global scale. Brad and his co-founder developed the company’s flagship product, the Leafy Green Machine, a complete hydroponic growing system capable of producing a variety of lettuces, herbs and hearty greens. Assembled inside an upcycled shipping container, the pre-built system includes all necessary components for commercial food production and enables any individual, community or organization to grow fresh produce year-round, no matter their background or climate. He has big expectations for the future, envisioning Freight Farms scattered across the globe making a dramatic impact on how food is produced. Brad has an MBA and Masters in Environmental Science from Clark University. Follow him on twitter at @CarFreeBrad.
Climate Ventures 2.0
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Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society
As the inaugural Executive Director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS), Kim Meredith has been responsible for strategic leadership, strong financial performance and consistent organizational growth, including scaling the Stanford PACS budget ten times in five years through expansion of research and programmatic initiatives. Ms. Meredith joined in July 2009, one year later led the team to acquire the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), and thereafter opened Stanford PACS at the Stanford Center at Peking University. Ms. Meredith brings dynamic and innovative leadership to implement the mission of Stanford PACS and SSIR.
Prior to joining Stanford PACS, Ms. Meredith served as the Chief Development Officer for Planned Parenthood Federation of America in New York City. Before joining PPFA, she served for nine years as the Chief Operating Officer at Planned Parenthood in San Francisco. Ms. Meredith launched her business career in corporate America at AT&T for 10 years.
Ms. Meredith serves on the Board of Directors of the California Family Health Council as Vice Chair, awarding grants for women’s reproductive health; the George Lucas Education Foundation – Edutopia, illuminating and showcasing what works in education; the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2), as board liaison to grantee Asylum Access; and on the Advisory Board of Yintai Research Center of Philanthropy and Social Impact at the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University.
Ms. Meredith graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Economics. In 2005, she received a fellowship to the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders.
Working Capital for Community Needs (WCCN)
Nancy Metzger is currently Executive Director of Working Capital for Community Needs (WCCN), a not-for-profit social impact investment fund located in Madison, Wisconsin. WCCN is a $13M fund investing in microfinance, fair trade agriculture and women’s empowerment initiatives in Latin America and recently marked its 30 year anniversary in 2014. Over the past 22 years, WCCN has invested more than $100M in 6 countries of Latin America. WCCN has investors committing $1,000 and up, from more than 35 US states and Canada.
Caesers Entertainment Corporation
Gwen Migita drives sustainability strategy, policies, and stakeholder initiatives for Caesars social and environmental sustainability programs. She also oversees corporate responsibility and sustainability governance, public policy positions, and a CEO advisory board. Additionally, Gwen directs philanthropy policies, corporate and Caesars Foundation community engagement strategy and HERO employee volunteer policies for the organization’s 70,000 employees at over 40 domestic and international resorts.
Gwen previously served as the Executive Development Director and “Chief of Staff” to Caesars Executive Vice President of Communications and Government Relations. She started her career at Caesars as Manager of Market Research in the brand marketing division. Prior to Caesars, Gwen served as Executive Vice President at QMark Research & Polling where she drove expansion to the West Pacific and Las Vegas.
Gwen sits on the corporate advisory board for the World Resources Institute, Sustainable Brands Advisory Board, and is a Trustee of Green Chips. Gwen is a recipient of the Top 40 Under 40 award from In Business Magazine in Las Vegas and 2010 Woman of the Year from the LGBT Center of Southern Nevada.
Wendy Millet is director of TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation a cattle ranch in Pescadero, CA whose mission is to raise healthy food on working lands in a way that sustains the planet and inspires others to action. The ranch’s innovative team of conservation biologists and livestock managers are working together to implement conservation grazing and document the benefits for the ranch’s water, soil, climate and biodiversity. Before joining the ranch, she spent 12 years at The Nature Conservancy working with farmers, ranchers, and timberland owners to protect and restore ranches, rivers and forests and bridge conservation and working landscapes with practical economic solutions and effective partnerships. She has worked at Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment, edited two books on land conservation and worked on ranches in Wyoming and Montana. She serves on the board of the Western Landowners Alliance, the California Council of Land Trusts, the Board of Councilors of Save the Redwoods League, and the Farmland Advisory Committee at Peninsula Open Space Trust. Wendy holds a B.A. in Literature from Harvard and is co-founder of Gallop Ventures LLC offering equine-guided teamwork and leadership programs to corporations, individuals and organizations.
Ian is the President and Chief Sustainability Officer of Etho Capital, as well as a Lecturer at Stanford University, where he teaches courses on renewable energy, climate change and supply chain sustainability. Ian is also the founding CEO of Oroeco, an award-winning web and mobile platform that rewards users for helping solve climate change. Ian is an Echoing Green Climate Fellow and one of TechRepublic’s top 8 leaders in cleantech. Ian consults and speaks about climate accounting and solutions for the United Nations and the U.S. Department of State, drawing from his research at Stanford and his experiences working on sustainable technology in over two dozen countries around the world.
Kilian is an expert in supply chain transparency and legal disclosure. He is the Project Director for KnowTheChain, a Humanity United project dedicated to helping businesses and investors understand and address labor abuses within their supply chains. In this role he oversees all aspects of KnowTheChain’s strategy, publications, and business engagement.
In the past, Kilian has facilitated innovation workshops that have helped both private and public sector groups accelerate solutions to challenging supply chain management problems. He has consulted with Fortune 500 companies and used that experience to create guidance documents and engagement best practices for national governments, including the U.S. Department of Labor and the European Commission. Prior to joining HU, Kilian conceptualized and led Free2Work, a risk assessment and evaluation tool designed to inform brands how they can reduce human trafficking risks in their supply chains.
As Vice President of Programs for Not For Sale, he oversaw programs in six countries that enhanced the livelihoods of those vulnerable to human trafficking. Kilian’s work is grounded in a deep understanding of the needs and nuances of protecting human rights in decentralized global systems.
Blue Star Recyclers
Bill Morris founded Blue Star Recyclers in 2009 after discovering people with Autism and other disabilities possess innate talent for tasks involved in the recycling and refurbishing of electronics. Blue Star Recyclers is a nationally recognized nonprofit with a dual mission of creating jobs for people with disabilities and providing refurbished computers for low income families. They are also an e-Stewards certified social enterprise with over $1 million in annual sales, and recycling operations in Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Bill has received several awards including Colorado Recycler of the Year, Colorado Springs Small Business Person of the Year, ARC Employer of the Year, and he was a finalist in the White House Champions of Change program. Most recently Blue Star Recyclers received the Colorado Environmental Leadership Program 24-Karat Award and the Samaritan Award from Colorado Ethics in Business Alliance.
Kyle Moss serves as a Government Affairs Program Manager and Head of Global Entrepreneurship for Qualcomm Wireless Reach. Based in San Diego, Moss designs, implements and manages social impact programs throughout Africa, Asia, and the U.S. She also leads her team’s efforts in support of SMEs, SGBs, social enterprises, and entrepreneurs using mobile tools. Her role on the team covers international marketing, events, and a growing social presence. These activities are all on behalf of Wireless Reach, the strategic program that brings the benefits of advanced wireless technologies to underserved communities globally. Moss works closely with project collaborators to ensure projects, that foster entrepreneurship, aid in public safety, enhance the delivery of health care, enrich teaching and learning, and improve environmental sustainability are strategic, well-conceived, properly executed, publicized, and maintained.
As of February 2015, Moss had over six years of experience at Qualcomm, previously with the Corporate Giving group, where she helped maintain giving programs while also growing social media awareness for the team. She was one of the four person team to plan and implement the inaugural Global Volunteer Week, during which employees were granted work hours to volunteer with one of more than 30 local non-profits.
Prior to her work with Qualcomm, Moss dedicated a year of service to Invisible Children, a social, political and global movement non-profit organization that uses the transformative power of story to change lives. Also based in San Diego, she helped plan and implement worldwide events, traveled the US to help inspire American youth to value creativity, idealism and sacrifice in order to raise awareness concerning Africa’s longest running war and the child soldier crisis in East Africa. She also brings corporate experience from the Sports & Entertainment Commercial Printing industry in the Bay Area where she was initially recruited to work out of college.
Moss enjoys volunteering around San Diego. She spent four years with the local San Diego chapter of the International Rescue Committee where she was a part of the Families Connect program, four years as a Special Olympics coach, and volunteers at her San Diego based church. She recently helped found a local non-profit called Alabaster Jar Project that provides after-care services for survivors of human trafficking. She received her B.S. Degree in Graphic Communication with a minor in Packaging from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.
Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc
Jake serves in the San Francisco office of Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc. as an Analyst. Jake helped lead the construction and launch of Project Welcome Home, a Pay for Success initiative to serve chronically homeless individuals in Santa Clara County.
Previously, Jake helped direct Georgetown University’s Social Innovation & Public Service (SIPS) Fund, a $1.25 million student-led initiative that strategically invests in and supports student and alumni ventures that have a social impact and serve the public good. He most recently worked as a consulting analyst in New York City where he helped analyze and design executive compensation programs and co-authored a report assessing the linkages between performance and shareholder voting patterns amongst S&P 500 companies. Previously, he also interned for the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corp. (OPIC), the U.S. government’s development finance institute. Jake graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service with a B.S. in International Politics and a certificate in International Business Diplomacy.
SF State University Foundation
Robert J. Nava was appointed vice president for University Advancement at San Francisco State University in 2010. As the University’s chief advancement officer, Nava is responsible for managing the University’s external image, increasing private philanthropic support and maintaining relationships with key University constituencies. Units reporting to him include Development, Communications, Alumni Relations, Government Relations, Athletics and Special Events. Nava also serves as president of the San Francisco State University Foundation, which manages the University’s nearly $70 million endowment.
Prior to joining SF State, Nava served as the associate vice president for Institutional Advancement at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) from 2005-2010. As associate vice president, Nava served as the University’s chief development officer and was responsible for the Office of University Development and the Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations. In his five years at UTEP, Nava organized the University’s centennial campaign, which raised almost half of its $200 million goal in a down economy before its public launch in September 2010. From 1987 – 2005, Nava also served in various senior leadership positions at the University of California, Riverside, including assistant vice chancellor for principal gifts, interim vice chancellor of University Advancement, and assistant vice chancellor of Governmental and Community Relations, serving as the University’s lobbyist in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.
Dignity is dependant on good design, according to M. Paula, Business & Design Strategist at Be Girl, a social enterprise delivering the world’s first ‘open source’ underwear designed to adapt to a woman’s body and lifestyle without compromising the planet. Leveraging her passion and strengths in transforming ideas into opportunities, she supports the innovation and evolution of a game-changing products for the many millions of girls and women missing out on educational and economic opportunities simply because they lack access to appropriate menstrual products. In collaboration with the Be Girl team, she supported the development of an eco-system of awarding-winning products and services that fundamentally empower women by design. A highly-creative tactician, she is driven by the desire to create communities and organizations that truly improve quality of life for all human beings.
M. Paula earned an MBA in Design Strategy from the California College of the Arts and holds an Industrial Design degree, and dual minors in Entrepreneurship and Textile Design from Universidad de los Andes at Bogotá in her native country of Colombia. Her experiences meet at the intersection of design, innovation and social impact. She collaborated with design leader Arutza Onzaga at p576, which gives, business in Colombia, the tools to amplify the impact of their work through communication strategies. As a researcher for the groundbreaking science-based NGO, International Park of Creativity, M. Paula focused her efforts on engaging youth from marginalized populations in becoming change agents in Colombia through the discovery of scientific research and creative thinking.
Warren is a principal with San Francisco based sustainable real estate consultancy, stok, an interdisciplinary tribe of AEC’s described as “hypersocial and curious, deeply analytical and driven to affect positive environmental and social change.” Among working side by side some of the world’s largest companies to embed sustainable design strategies that reduce environmental impact and increase asset value he is a trusted advisor to collaborators building the most ambitious designs & NZE projects globally. Warren is also the brain child behind stok’s internal think tank focused on taking world changing ideas from concept to implementation. An avid surfer, outdoorsman and traveler, he is also a busy new parent.
RSF Social Finance
Deb guides RSF’s field building activities, client engagement programs and strategic partnerships. Prior to RSF, Deb was executive director of Social Venture Network (SVN), a community of mission-driven entrepreneurs and investors. Before leading SVN, Deb worked for Working Assets/CREDO Mobile, and American Express. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon. Deb has a BA in English and an MBA from Northwestern University. When she’s not at RSF, she enjoys exploring the Bay Area with her sons and serving as mentor-in-residence at Presidio Graduate School.
Entrepreneur and thought leader Perla Ni is the founder and CEO of GreatNonprofits, the leading platform for community-sourced stories about nonprofits. Perla was the Founder and Publisher of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Perla writes frequently about community voices, nonprofits, and technology for good. She currently serves on the board of America’s Charities.
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Tyler Norris, MDiv, is an entrepreneur and founder of over a dozen businesses and social ventures. His three decades of service in the public, private and non-profit sectors have focused on population health, community vitality, and equitable prosperity.
Currently, he serves as Vice President of Total Health Partnerships at Kaiser Permanente, where he helps lead the implementation of “anchor institution” work, applying all KP assets to measurably improve population health and community well-being. This work leverages such resources as payroll, procurement, investment portfolio, facilities and grant making to deliver on the aspiration for the complete physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being of our members, workforce, and communities.
Additionally, Tyler leads KP’s portfolio of physical activity, active transportation and placemaking initiatives.
Tyler is a trustee of Naropa University, North America’s leading institution of contemplative education, and serves on advisory bodies for the Convergence Partnership, Transportation for America, Active Living by Design, Samueli Institute, and as faculty for Estes Park Institute and the YMCA Leadership Symposia. He is currently active with Social Venture Network, BALLE and SOCAP. His three decades of service in the public, private and non-profit sectors have focused on improving population health, community vitality, and equitable prosperity.
As an early leader in the healthy and sustainable communities movement, Tyler has worked in over 400 communities and with scores of organizations in the United States and around the world. Previously he served as founding chair of IP3, a technology venture that powers the Community Commons and data platforms for leading health philanthropies and governmental agencies. He was founding CEO of Community Initiatives Inc.; convener of Advancing the Movement; founding co-chair of the W.K. Kellogg
Foundation’s National Leadership Alliance; founding director of what became the national “Convergence Partnership”; NAC Chair of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Active Living by Design initiative; a Fellow of Estes Park Institute and the Public Health Institute; head coach of the YMCA’s Pioneering Healthier Communities initiative, and founding director of the US Coalition for Healthier Cities and Communities, which later seeded The Association for Community Health Improvement of the American Hospital Association.
Norris has a bachelor’s degree in international political economy from The Colorado College, a master of divinity degree from Naropa University, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Executive Program. He is a parent of two young adults, an avid mountain biker, backcountry skier and pilot.
Green Business BASE CAMP
Carrie Norton is Founder and CEO of Green Business BASE CAMP, a global entrepreneurial education company serving early stage entrepreneurs and corporate intrapreneurs. Carrie’s broad expertise in sustainable business, entrepreneurship, and venture capital began with roles at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Garage.com and Idealab. As an executive in the commercial solar power industry, Carrie served early-adopting clients such as Google, Sony, and British Telecom, beginning in 2004. Carrie is a Catto Fellow of the Aspen Institute, Class of 2010 and a member of the NationSwell Council. She co-founded the Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles, and her community leadership has included work with Grid Alternatives, the Clean Economy Network and Net Impact. She has served as adjunct faculty member at the Graziadio School of Management at Pepperdine University. She earned an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BA from Trinity University. Carrie speaks and consults frequently on topics related to entrepreneurial innovation, cleantech, gender equality and The Art of Mindful Entrepreneurship.
Erik Oberholtzer co-founded Tender Greens in 2006 in Culver City, California, a chef driven, organic, quick-casual restaurant concept with 22 locations and counting. Himself a chef, Erik manages a growing team of talent along with some exciting new brands. He is the founder of the Tender Greens Sustainable Life Project, a program aimed to assist at-risk youth develop new skills and career intentions through structured culinary training and farm exposure. Co-founder of P. Balistreri Salumi Company, the first of more chef legacy companies he has helped incubate and bring to market through Tender Greens. Erik did his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Temple University in Pennsylvania and Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales in Providence, Rhode Island.
IIRC (formerly SAP)
Thomas Odenwald is currently active as Overseas Business Development Partner for COMACO. COMACO (Community Markets for Conservation) is a very unique approach that combines business, conservation and farmer livelihoods. He is also an associate of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), promoting new forms of corporate accounting.
Thomas is well-known expert in the field of sustainability strategies and corporate reporting and disclosure. Until recently he held the position of chief strategist and senior vice president for products and innovation at SAP. Thomas is also very active as advisor of various sustainability initiatives, among others the advisory board of Sustainable Brands, the Super Bowl 50 host committee and the City of Palo Alto Sustainability & Climate Action plan, as well as ambassador for Groupelephant.com. Previously Thomas was chief technology officer and global alliance director at Thinkstep(formerly PE International), a global leader in product and enterprise sustainability solutions. Thomas holds a MS in economics and computer science from renowned Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, Germany. He owns multiple patents and has published numerous articles, book chapters and journal entries.
Andrew Olig is the regional vice president of Calvert Mutual Funds, with investment experience since 1999. Prior to joining Calvert Investment Distributors, Inc., Mr. Olig held senior sales roles with Putnam Investments, and The Hartford Funds, where he was a member of the Mutual Fund Advisory Board. He holds Series 7 and Series 63 licenses, and is a graduate of Central College in Pella, IA where he earned a B.A. in Business Management with concentrations in investments and economics. Mr. Olig is dedicated to helping financial advisors build their businesses, and has delivered more than 400 workshops and educational meetings to help advisors and their clients make better investment decisions. Andrew resides in the Bay Area with his wife and French bulldog, Hercules. He enjoys fitness, golf, and is an avid college football fan.
COIN (State of California)
Ms. Olivares-Castain joined COIN in October 2011 as its Managing Director. She has since worked with her team and the COIN Advisory Board to redesign COIN into an innovative investment program that sources and structures insurer investments that yield competitive financial returns and positive social and/or environmental impact in California. Annual COIN Qualified Investment holdings have nearly doubled under her tenure, from $7.8 billion in 2011 to approximately $15 billion in 2015. With her guidance,several new laws have been enacted to enhance the COIN program and related initiatives, including AB 624 (J. Pérez) that relaunched the COIN advisory board, AB 53 (Solorio) that requires insurer reporting on supplier diversity, AB 32 (J. Pérez) that quintupled the amount of the COIN Tax Credit and AB 2128 (Gordon) that extended the sunset of the Community Investment Survey.
The California Organized Investment Network (COIN) is an innovative investment program within the California Department of Insurance that guides insurers to make community development investments in California’s underserved communities. COIN fulfills its mission through two programs: the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Tax Credit Program and the Insurer Investment Bulletin program. Through the CDFI Tax Credit Program, COIN awards $10 million in tax credits annually to support $50 million in private investments into COIN certified CDFIs. Through the Insurer Investment Bulletin program, COIN sources and structure investments with competitive returns that provide a high degree of social benefit and/or environmental benefit in California. Stacie Olivares-Castain has reinvented and rebuilt COIN into an innovative and credible investment program that creates meaningful social and/or environmental impacts in California’s underserved communities while still providing competitive returns. She comes from a long career in banking and government and truly understands the importance of sound investment practices in sustainability.
Impax Asset Management
Molly joined Impax Asset Management in 2014 to head business development and client service for the Western US. Molly brings to Impax over 15 years’ experience in institutional asset management. Previously she served as Director for Invesco’s institutional clients, serving Endowments, Foundations, Corporations and Public Plans for global equity, private equity and other investment strategies. Molly is on the board of the Portland Alternative Investment Association and is a member of Portland Women in Investment Management.
Tonnetta (Toni) Oubari is a Manager on the IoT New Product Development & Innovation team with responsibility for Smart Cities as well as Public Policy as it relates to Smart Cities/IoT. She’s an accomplished Business Architect, Strategist, Management Consultant, Enterprise Architect, and Thought Leader to customers at the C-level and technical teams. Industry expertise in power/energy, advertising/media, government/public sector, financial/big data, technology, and healthcare verticals. Proficient in executive and government level briefings both nationally and globally. Experienced in Business Development, Strategic Planning and in providing global enterprise strategies that drive value and innovation.
As part of the Product and New Business Innovation group, Toni is responsible for developing solutions that combine Verizon’s enterprise-class platform elements, including telematics, dynamic cloud, security and professional services combined with the strength of the wireline and wireless networks. The goal is to leverage the full breadth of Verizon’s assets to deliver solutions that solve customers’ business challenges. In Smart Cities, municipalities are working to improve in 3 areas; livability, sustainability and resiliency. Verizon, leveraging an impressive partner network, has innovative solutions that solve those needs. The portfolio includes solutions like Smart Parking, Intelligent Lighting, Adaptive Traffic Signal Control, Traffic Flow Data, Light Rail, Electric & Water Metering, Water & Air Quality Management, Waste Management, Fleet, Asset Tracking, Video Surveillance, Citizen enablement and numerous other Public Safety solutions.
Toni skills include Business Architecture, Business Model Innovation, Funnel Development, Enterprise Architecture Frameworks and Methodologies, Business Process and IT strategies. Leadership experience in recruiting, developing, retaining staff and leading strong cross functional and complex teams. Virtual/global collaborations and multicultural multilingual engagements. Fluent in English and Spanish. An active member of The Association of Enterprise Architects (AEA), The ACM-W (ACM committee on Women in Computing), The Green Grid Technology & Strategy Work Group, Data Science Central, TM Forum, and The Executives Club of Chicago. Future development pursuits include continued University level studies in Strategic Management and Predictive Analytics.
Coming from two cultures, Melissa Owen is a U.S. attorney who understands the need and beauty of bridges between people and legal systems. Born and raised in Mexico and Texas, Melissa has used her knowledge of the cultural, language, and legal dimensions in both Latin America and the U.S. to guide her multinational clients through the complex and rapidly changing world of environmental, sustainability, and health and safety matters in the region. She began her legal career in the environmental and international departments of a leading national law firm and then moved into her own private practice in 1998. Ms. Owen speaks Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, and English.
Christopher is the President and CEO of Cynergy Partners Inc.; an Investment and Consulting firm based in Beverly Hills, Calif. With a focus on Consumer Products, Network Marketing, and International Expansion; he has effectively completed a wide range of significant projects. These include his Partnership with Mandalay Entertainment and Alticor as a Co-Producer of ‘The Age of Nutrition” which was a global success and was presented on Discovery and multiple other media outlets. He served as a Director of Neways during its successful sale to a Private Investment Fund for 400mm + and also was a Catalyst and active adviser with Cook Associates Capital on the effective refinancing of a Major Personal Care Co. in Germany. He has been instrumental in the due diligence Team of Blackstone; launched an energy drink firm; as well as a Video capable social network.
Additionally, Christopher is the Co-Founder of Lifestart International, a Delaware Benefit Corp; focused on providing sustainable solutions for both obesity and malnutrition. Lifestart is a nutrition company built on a foundation of Global Social Selling; and has mandated that Social Impact is a core of its corporate DNA. Thus for every weight management meal it sells, it will also feed a child in need through its established relationships with giving partners. Christopher also serves as a Mentor for the Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program.
Prior to establishing his own firm, Christopher served for nearly 20 years as Executive Vice President and the principle executive, COO, responsible for International Expansion at Herbalife; the now 5-billion-dollar public firm. During that tenure, which resulted in his responsibility as CEO after the passing of its founder, Mr. Pair served as the Vice Chairman of the Direct Selling Association, and the Boards of the Consumer Health Products Association and the Nutritional Products Association. He received his BA as well as his MBA from the University of Redlands; and also served as a reserve in the OC California Sheriff’s Office.
Neetal Parekh is an attorney by education, a communicator by experience, and a social innovator and storyteller at heart. She specializes in social entrepreneurship, startup methodologies, social media strategy, writing/blogging, and public speaking. Neetal is the Founder and CEO of Innov8social.com, which builds tools and resources to help individuals and companies reach their impact potential and author of book “51 Questions on Social Entrepreneurship” (51questions.com). She is the host of the Impact Podcast by Innov8social, featuring interviews with thinkers and doers in the social impact space. Neetal serves as an advisor to social enterprise startups and has been selected as a 2016 Starting Bloc Fellow.
She holds a B.A. in International Political Science from UCLA, where she interned at the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai, India. She pursued her interest in international work through volunteering in rural India and studying public human rights law in Geneva and Strasbourg. Neetal holds a J.D. and is licensed to practice law in Washington (WA Bar #45104), and has found great joy (and challenge and grit 🙂 in exercising her entrepreneurial spirit. Her past experience includes strategy roles at FindLaw, Calvert Foundation, Net Impact, and a handful of early-stage startups. She also served as Chief of Product and Impact at an education company (and public benefit corporation) where she designed and delivered entrepreneurship and business education to people of diverse ages, backgrounds, and cultures.
Neetal was a 2012 New Leaders Council Silicon Valley Fellow and served on the Advisory Board. She also engaged with the Executive team of VLAB, the MIT Enterprise Forum Bay Area Chapter at Stanford University, as Outreach Chair.
A passionate advocate for social entrepreneurship and impact innovation, Neetal believes that this field empowers us to creatively re-imagine how businesses and individuals can create meaningful impact and lasting value.
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Tamin Pechet is CEO of Upwell, which holds Upwell Water Finance and Air Data Alliance. He is also Founder and Chairman of Imagine H2O, the largest global water innovation accelerator, and serves on boards of four private-equity backed companies.
Previously, Tamin was Founder and CEO of Banyan Water, a leading software and analytics company that optimizes water systems nationally. He was a venture capitalist at Catamount Ventures and an investor at Goldman Sachs’ Special Situations Group, where he co-founded Goldman Sachs E&P Capital and helped launch Goldman’s Specialty Lending Group.
Tamin advises several of the world’s largest investment firms on water and energy, he is a frequent speaker on technology and natural resources, and he co-authored the book “Water Tech: A Guide to Investment, Innovation, and Business Opportunities in the Water Sector.” Tamin holds an AB with honors from Harvard University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was featured in two recent case studies taught on water.
Christopher Peck is a co-author with Hal Brill and Michael Kramer of The Resilient Investor: A Plan for Your Life, Not Just Your Money, published by fellow B corp Berrett Koehler in 2015. Christopher is a Manager Partner with Natural Investments, a cutting edge sustainable and responsible impact investing firm with nine offices in eight states across the country. They have been working for almost three decades to integrate progressive values into a rigorous investment process.
Christopher, his wife, and their young son live on a developing homestead in Sonoma County. Their property has been featured for many years as a stop on ecologically responsible home tours.
Joining Starwood in 2011, Andrea Pinabell, Vice President of Sustainability is responsible for the company’s sustainability strategy, integration, operation and leadership across its ten brands and vacation ownership portfolio. She oversees Starwood’s efforts to reduce its environmental footprint & risk, increase its financial value through efficiency and top line growth, and positively impact the communities in which its operate. This includes aggressive environmental goals including 30/20 by 20, Starwood’s commitment to reduce its energy and carbon emissions by 30% and water consumption by 20% by 2020 and external CSR & CDP (Investor & Water) reporting. In this integrated role, she leads various operational & brand initiatives, programs and partnerships to address Starwood’s critical areas of focus including emissions, energy, water consumption & risk, sustainable food & beverage, supply chain, indoor environmental quality, waste reduction & diversion, and green building. Finally, she leads the Hotel of the Future project, a multi-disciplinary and integrated approach to sustainable design & development.
Andrea, a LEED AP, brings a global perspective and over 20 years of engineering, sustainability, philanthropy, and environmental management experience. Prior to Starwood, she was most recently managed the Sustainable Cites Institute and the Sustainable Community Development program at The Home Depot Foundation.
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Raúl Pomares is the Founder of Sonen Capital, where he operates across the firm’s overall business activities, while focusing on client management, business development and industry leadership. Raúl has over 20 years of experience in portfolio management and investment advisory. Prior to co-founding Sonen, Raul served as a Managing Director at Springcreek Advisors, where he was in charge of the firm’s portfolio strategy, and Guggenheim Wealth Management, where he developed integrated multi-manager portfolios for institutional and high-net-worth clients as a Portfolio Manager.
Raúl has co-authored and contributed to numerous industry building publications. His monograph Solutions for Impact Investors: From Strategy to Implementation, is used as a roadmap for investors seeking guidance designing and implementing impact investing strategies. He co-authored the follow up report, Evolution of An Impact Portfolio: From Implementation to Results. In addition, he is an advisor to the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) Impact Base, and EKO Asset Management Partners, an environmental market focused asset manager. Raul received his B.S. in International Business Management from the University of San Francisco, and he is fluent in Spanish.
The Quarter-Life Breakthrough
Adam Smiley Poswolsky is the author of The Quarter-Life Breakthrough, a guide for millennials to find meaningful work, which will be published by TarcherPerigee/Penguin Random House in October, 2016. Smiley is a millennial workplace expert who has inspired thousands of young professionals and entrepreneurs to find fulfilling work. An internationally renowned keynote speaker, Smiley speaks at Fortune 500 companies, TEDx events, business conferences, leadership development programs, and colleges and graduate schools. His writing has been published in The Washington Post, Fast Company, and GOOD, among others. He can often be found dancing in San Francisco, California.
Neeraj Purandare is the Vice President of Product Management at Enlighted, one of the leading providers of IoT for commercial buildings. His areas of technical expertise include the IoT, data analytics, cloud applications, network security and policy management. Before joining Enlighted, he served as the Director of Product Management with Cisco for 15 years. Neeraj has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
Paul Rabinovitch is an accomplished investment advisor specializing in identifying and placing capital in real
estate, clean technology, and ventures focused on sustainability and social purpose. Mr. Rabinovitch has raised and placed over $550 Million in projects ranging from ultra-luxury single family homes, green ultifamily apartments, utility scale solar plants, townhouse communities, marine aquaculture enterprises and other ventures at the intersection of real estate and sustainability. As a FINRA registered investment advisor and securities representative, Mr. Rabinovitch works primarily with high net worth investors, family offices, and institutions. In this arena he is an acknowledged thought leader, a frequent public speaker, and noted for balancing a well-honed business approach with a focus on capturing a sustainable future.
Mr. Rabinovitch is the Executive Vice President of Troon Pacific and responsible for capital formation and leading the overall capital strategies for the firm. In addition, Mr. Rabinovitch focusses his efforts on business development, investor relations, capital markets, and multifamily strategy for Troon Pacific and the various investment funds that are managed by Troon Pacific. He is author of the Troon Pacific White Paper on “Green Alpha Real Estate Investing”.
Prior to joining Troon Pacific Mr. Rabinovitch held senior executive positions in several East Coast real estate companies. He brings 20 years of real estate acquisition, development, equity investment, and asset management experience.
Mr. Rabinovitch most recently led a diverse array of companies that focus on for-profit approaches to sustainability:
As founder of Terracycle Investments, Mr. Rabinovitch led a pioneering, socially-conscious real estate firm that specialized in sustainable building, solar development, brownfield redevelopment, and the sustainable edevelopment of urban/downtown sites. Mr. Rabinovitch was recognized in 2008 as a “Best Young Developer” by NJ Real Estate Magazine for his work at Terracycle Investments.
As a Principal and the Executive Vice President of Canus Corp, an iconic Philadelphia urban redevelopment firm noted for neighborhood revitalization of transit oriented sites, Mr. Rabinovitch is on the forefront of developing pioneering approaches to financing alternative energy projects and energy efficient buildings.
As an investment advisor and registered securities representative, Mr. Rabinovitch offered financial investment opportunities in securities, socially conscious investments, and private placements to accredited investors, family offices, and institutions.
For over a decade Mr. Rabinovitch worked at The Nature Conservancy and oversaw the protection of thousands of acres, the creation of over $800 million in publicly financed conservation programs, and the initiation of one of the country’s largest marine shellfish recovery projects. Under his leadership the chapter received the 2004 US EPA Environmental Leadership Award. Mr. Rabinovitch worked domestically as well as in the US Virgin Islands, Belize, Honduras, Panama, and Costa Rica.
Mr. Rabinovitch has been active in civic life and has served as the Vice Chairman of the Montclair Planning Board (a Mayoral Appointed position) and on the Board of Directors for the College Of Science, Sustainability and mathematics at Montclair State University.
Mr. Rafalovich is an active Limited Partner institutional investor in sustainable public welfare funds. He is a senior vice president, an institutional investor, and leads the Alternative Equity Group for Wells Fargo’s Community Lending and Investment. In his role, he invests Wells Fargo Bank balance sheet capital into CRA qualified investments including post-LIHTC Preservation funds, Low to Moderate Income Venture Capital funds, Community Development Equity funds, CRA Securities, and public welfare Real Estate funds. Tim is responsible for his group’s initiatives to identify, diligence, and monitor investments. His portfolio is roughly $1 billion in commitments. He currently serves as a Senior Vice President for Wells Fargo and has 27-year experience as an institutional Limited Partner, merger and acquisitions EVP and business owner. Tim previously served as a Wealth Specialist for Wells Fargo’s The Private Bank and Vice President at CitiGroup with responsibility for over 50 employees and a $1.8 billion P&L. Additionally, he was EVP for Crossfield, a small M&A firm. Tim is an active member in the Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA), an advocacy group for lower middle market private equity funds and a supporter of the SBIC program. He is the current Limited Partner chair for the SBIA, former Western Regional President and a founding member. Tim is a Ph.D. candidate, lives in Newport Beach, CA and sits on large corporate and nonprofit Boards. He actively serves on nearly 20 private equity advisory boards.
Sony Pictures Entertainment
For the past 15 years, John Rego has worked with companies to help them become better citizens. John has led Sony Pictures Entertainment’s global sustainability department since 2009. The department is focused on driving value for the company through sustainable practices, primarily by integrating stewardship into the corporate culture, product marketing, and all aspects of the company’s operations. Prior to joining Sony, he spent eleven years consulting in a variety of sectors, such as technology, food and beverage, transportation. energy, digital engagement, and education. In 2007, he served as Environmental Director and eco-spokesperson for Live Earth, a worldwide campaign to drive individuals, corporations and governments to take action to solve the climate crisis.
John is a graduate of Brown University and has a Master in Business Administration from Duke University, with a focus on social entrepreneurship. He serves on the board of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps and is also a proud father of two girls (ages 3 and 6) who are as fearless rock climbing as they are terrified by yippy lap dogs.
Craig Reiter has over 17 years of experience in the delivery of large scale energy projects throughout the United States, specializing in bulk power developments, renewable energy, smart cities and sustainability. At DHS, Craig is responsible for client development, strategic planning and talent acquisition for the energy and sustainability sector. In addition, Craig also consults on a variety of sustainable activities from lifecycle assessments and waste reduction to long-range planning and green auditing.
Mr. Reiter was the Principal Advisor for Sustainability & Strategic Planning at Edison International were he led board-level initiates for corporate citizenship. Craig spent seven years at Southern California Edison as Principal Manager of Sustainability for Capital Construction where he was responsible for the sustainable constructing of over $1.5b in utility infrastructure and critical facility upgrades.
Prior to joining Edison, Craig was Manager of Major Projects for PAR Electrical Contractors, where he managed strategic development and environmental planning on major transmission lines, substations and renewable energy projects. Over his career, Craig has managed distribution circuit planning, including the integration of EV chargers and battery storage programs. Craig has a BS in Urban Design from UC Davis and a MBA in Sustainability. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Sustainability at Anaheim University, with a focus on Sustainable Cities.
Wellington Management Company LLP
Eric created and is the portfolio manager of Wellington Management’s Global Impact strategy. He is an evangelist for social impact at the firm, a thought leader for the development of key thematic investment ideas, and a primary author of the firm’s Future Themes research. Eric passion for social enterprise developed during his work as a US diplomat in Rwanda and deepened during his doctoral studies in economics and his position as an economist at the World Bank. At the World Bank, Eric worked in various assignments with the governments of Mexico, Zimbabwe, Malaysia, the Philippines, Bulgaria, and Romania. Eric received his PhD (1990) from Harvard University and his AB (1981) from the University of California at Berkeley, both in economics.
As Managing Director, Jason leads the OpenIDEO team in expanding the impact of IDEO’s Design Thinking methodology by allowing people everywhere to collaborate on pressing global issues. OpenIDEO is an open innovation platform and community that hosts sponsored challenges on topics ranging from Ebola and renewable energy, to early childhood development and youth employment. Based on IDEO’s design process, OpenIDEO enables a human-centered, collaborative and iterative approach to unleash the innovative potential of diverse teams.
Jason also helps lead the Amplify program, a collaboration with IDEO.org sponsored by the UK’s Department for International Development. Amplify is a series of 10 open innovation challenges that aim to reshape international aid through human-centered design.
Prior to his role at IDEO, Jason helped Google.org launch and grow projects that utilized technology for social impact across a broad range of issues, including: civic engagement, response to natural disasters, protection of endangered languages, expansion of Internet access, combating illicit networks, and supporting free expression. These diverse projects shared the ambitious aim to catalyze innovative solutions with global reach and transformative potential. Before his work with Google.org, Jason helped Google develop its mobile advertising business.
Jason is passionate about social innovation, collaboration, early-stage ventures and the potential to recruit new ideas and talent to tackle long-term challenges. His optimism is fueled by the inspiration of managing and advising startups, producing theatrical productions, working with micro-entrepreneurs in Nicaragua, and long ago running his own hotdog stand.
Jason received his MBA from the New York University’s Stern School of Business where he won a $100,000 competition, and a BA from Cornell, where he was the Harrop and Ruth Freeman Prize Winner for Peace Studies. He also won a Pilsner Urqell–sponsored trip to Prague, which he regrets not taking.
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As Director of Partnerships at Global Greengrants Fund, Kim leads the partnerships team, raising funds to support global environmental sustainability and social justice. In this role, she collaborates with grantmaking advisors and grassroots grantees in the field, as well as with foundation and corporate partners. Kim manages Global Greengrants’ relationship with Aveda, the prestige beauty brand with an international supply chain and distribution channels. Proceeds from Aveda’s Light the Way candle, sold every year during Earth Month, support Global Greengrants’ clean water projects around the world. Kim has been an active member of the Environmental Grantmakers Association since 2010, serving on the 2012 retreat program committee and co-chairing the 2013 retreat.
Prior to her current position, Kim helped to develop a Costa Rican community school with an emphasis on environmental education. While working at the SEEP Network, a Washington, DC-based association of microfinance organizations, Kim directed a program on sustainable ecotourism in Central America. Her professional background also includes community engagement work with the American Cancer Society and two years in El Pomar Foundation’s nonprofit management fellowship. Kim holds a BA in International Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead-Cain Scholar, and a MA in International Development from George Washington University, where her Capstone project focused on energy conservation in South Africa’s municipal water systems.
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Jackie Rotman is Executive Director of Spark, the largest network of Millennial donors focused on improving the lives of women and girls globally. Spark increases resources for women’s causes by equipping Millennials as effective donors, Board members, and leaders. Spark also educates women’s funds and nonprofits nationwide about how to effectively engage Millennials.
Prior to leading Spark, at age 14, Jackie founded Everybody Dance Now! (EDN!) to use dance to help underserved youth build self-esteem, establish healthy lifestyles, and engage in positive alternatives to violence. Jackie led EDN! to become a national, youth-led nonprofit that has served over 8,500 students in 20 cities and been featured on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew. Jackie is now Board Chair of EDN!.
Previously, Jackie was an Associate Consultant at Bridgespan, the leading social sector consulting firm, where she advised major foundations and nonprofits on strategic challenges. Jackie has worked on economic development, education, and women’s empowerment initiatives with Educate! in Uganda, TechnoServe in Mozambique, Sambhali Trust in India, Acumen Fund, and the US Treasury Department’s Office of African Nations.
Jackie obtained a B.A. with University Distinction in Public Policy from Stanford. She was named one of Glamour Magazine’s Top Ten College Women in 2011.
Bradley began investing in Hedge funds in 1982 (before they were really called that) and pioneered making venture equity investments in emerging managers (seeding) beginning in 1985. He has been a catalyst in a number of new asset classes including financial futures, options, life settlements, the internet and digital currency. He has launched companies and satellites and traded everything from Government Bonds, derivatives, to oil tankers and rare coins.
As a member of the Chicago Board of Trade, Rotter was instrumental in the launch of numerous financial futures contracts and traded in the pits.
Since 2006, Bradley has focused his energy and capital on enterprises that impact the security of the homeland. These investment included both cyber and physical security technologies.
One of the most pressing problems facing the homeland and the homelands everywhere is which the severe water crisis facing planet. He founded WatershipBlue in 2015 which is a modern day “Manhattan Project” that includes futurists, technolgists, engineers, shipbuilders, financiers, philanthropists, environmental scientists, and a handful of Admirals and Generals. Their mission is to harness human innovation to solve the water crisis and impact humanity at scale.
Bradley has been investing in technology and alternative assets from his base in San Francisco for the last 30 years.
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Holly Ruxin is the founder of Montcalm TCR, a Certified B Corp that specializes in comprehensive wealth management for entrepreneurs, families, and non-profit organizations. Montcalm provides engaged wealth management advice and investment opportunities for clients by blending new economy sustainability, deep financial expertise and independent vision. Montcalm does not believe that impact is a sector, and stewards all client assets through investments that add value to the overall socio-economic system.
For over twenty years, Holly has managed client assets and led private client teams at Morgan Stanley, Montgomery Securities and Bank of America, and Holly began her investment career at Goldman Sachs. She has an MBA from Columbia University in Finance and a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and their three children.
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Randy has worked as a Management Consultant since beginning his career, spending time with both multi-national and boutique firms. In 2007, Randy started his own consultancy and has successfully completed projects for a range of corporate and non-profit clients. In 2009 Randy developed a highly integrated relationship with Harbourfront Centre, a Toronto-based public destination attracting more than 17 million visitors annually, which involves him leading an innovative sustainability program on behalf of the organization.
As an outcome of his work at Harbourfront Centre, Randy created REFOCUS, a groundbreaking educational program and social enterprise that demonstrates how addressing sustainability can actually improve how an organization performs. Based on the REFOCUS model, he is now also leading the development and implementation of a campus-wide sustainability program at Ryerson University in the heart of downtown Toronto. Randy graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the Rotman School at the University of Toronto and maintains a very strong commitment to community service, acting as a key leader with Climate Action Waterloo Region, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario and Floorball Canada.
Elaine leads the development and execution of a broad-based, company-wide strategic sustainability initiative for Baxalta Incorporated, a global biopharmaceutical leader that develops, manufactures and commercializes therapies for orphan diseases and underserved conditions in hematology, immunology and oncology. Baxalta launched in 2015 following separation from Baxter International Inc., where Elaine spent nearly 10 years leading sustainability related communications including external reporting, media relations, internal communication and dialogue with socially responsible investors and stakeholders.
Prior to joining Baxter, Elaine held various public relations, marketing and communications positions at the Society of Critical Care Medicine, National University of Health Sciences and Public Communications Inc., a Chicago-based public relations firm where she worked with several Fortune 500 and non-profit clients. Elaine has a journalism and mass communication BA from Iowa State University and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management focused on international business.
Elaine lives outside of Los Angeles with her husband and two young children where she serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Palo Alto Impact Center
Scott Saslow is the Founder of The Palo Alto Impact Center, a for profit company that provides professional development for social impact investors, entrepreneurs, and corporate professionals. He has been an early employer and Founder of seven start ups over his career, and also serves as an impact investor and non-profit board member. Previously, Scott was the Founder and CEO of The Institute of Executive Development, a consultancy that served corporate leaders in the area of executive development and training. He has served in business management roles at Siebel Systems and at Microsoft Corporation, and is a graduate of Harvard’s MBA program as well as Northwestern as an undergraduate student.
Nova Sayers supports companies in the food and personal care industries with safety, quality and sustainability services that drive growth, manage risk, build brands and distinguish products. She uses tools like brand standards, product claims, supplier capacity building, 3rd party certification, and responsible sourcing policies to support food producers and retailers in building food systems with integrity.
Nova is currently the Senior Business Development Manager for the Global Food Division of NSF International, a global public health & safety service provider, and the Organic certification body QAI. At NSF she helped to build the Consumer Values Verified business and has launched several innovative new services designed to create transparency, mitigate environmental impacts, and build trust to meet evolving consumer expectations.
Nova also advises a grant fund called Cultivating Change that invests in small scale local farms nationwide, and a Biodynamic organization called Demeter that promotes biodynamic food and farming. Previously she specialized in international trade promotion, marketing, and sustainability services for a wide array of industries. During her career she has worked with the Ports and Cities of Oakland and San Francisco, the Bay Area Chambers of Commerce, and leading Bay Area based companies and innovators. She is a certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor, a GRI Sustainability Reporter, and she earned BA from the University of California at Berkeley in International Political-Economy.
Nova is based in Northern California, and enjoys cultural diversity and farmers markets wherever she goes!
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Carolina Henriquez-Schmitz is a Legal Manager at the Thomson Reuters Foundation (www.trust.org), where she leads the TrustLaw service in the Americas, a global pro bono legal program that connects the best law firms and corporate legal teams with high-impact NGOs and social enterprises working to create social and environmental change. Carolina oversees the pro bono legal projects of 2,750 NGOs and social enterprises across 170 countries and is also spearheading the development of TrustLaw’s training series on Social Enterprise and Impact Investing.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Carolina was Pro Bono Expert for the Center for Human Rights of the American Bar Association and a litigation associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she advised clients on a variety of commercial, corporate and public interest matters. Carolina obtained a JD from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Venezuela and received a Master’s Degree from Harvard Law School, where she studied international development and finance.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation is an independent charity running programs that to foster socio-economic progress and spread the rule of law worldwide. In all we do, we tackle global issues and strive to achieve lasting impact.
Greentech Capital Advisors.
Greentech Capital Advisors (“GCA”) is an investment bank and asset manager focused exclusively on the Sustainable Infrastructure sector. GCA was founded in 2008 and since inception it has completed over $8B of M&A transactions and has raised over $3B of equity and debt for its clients. GCA’s asset management business offers two public equity products (a long/short fund and a long only fund) otherwise known as the GCA Sustainable Growth Funds. The GCA Sustainable Growth Funds seek to generate consistent, positive absolute returns through fundamental bottom up investments in companies that focus on sustainability across the resources, industrials, services and energy (“R.I.S.E.”).
Prior to GCA, Robert was Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Morgan Stanley Fund Services. Prior to Morgan Stanley he was Managing Director and the Head of HSBC’s Alternative Fund Services in North America. Robert received his Bachelor of Commerce with Honors, majoring in Finance, from Queen’s University, Canada. Robert is also Director and Vice President of Hedge Funds Care, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting children from abuse and neglect.
SCS Global Services
Tobias Schultz’s expertise lies in the use of a set of advanced metrics for environmental sustainability. These metrics are based in life cycle assessment (LCA), accounting for all relevant impacts occurring across the entire life cycle, using indicators based in cutting-edge environmental science.
Under his oversight, the Corporate Sustainability Services business unit at SCS Global Services provides service offerings based on these metrics. An active member of the US Technical Advisory Group to the ISO Technical Committee 207 and the ANSI LEO-SCS-002 committee, Tobias speaks at numerous design, LCA, and climate-related conferences.
Clean Power Capital
Bio coming soon.
Unmesh is a founder of a social enterprise, SoPact (http://SoPact.com) & co-founder of a non-profit, Ektta (http://ektta.org). SoPact is a personal vision grew from 25 years in technology, management, and the social sector. SoPact’s TurboMetrics aims to transform global social sector efficiency through data-driven collective impact measurement.
Unmesh has dedicated many years to passion and purpose for unleashing the potential of the social sector. Unmesh has been a technology advisor to many leading nonprofits in USA and India. Years of experience brought a valuable lesson that the most effective way to accomplish long-term sustainable change is through effective measurement, data-driven transparent results, and communication.
SoPact has been designed with this mission in mind. SoPact is a powerful impact evidence platform for social impact & sustainability. SoPact has been designed as an innovative and transformative solution for scaling social sector businesses, foundations, investments, and thus, supporting our beneficiaries.
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Non Profit Easy
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Anna Shen is a journalist, startup advisor and business strategist with experience in media startups, technology companies and international organizations. She has worked at the World Bank, UN and for several startup companies. She has written about environmental issues for the UN, the Huffington Post and Interprets News Service.
She has worked for the United Nations’ Department of Public Information, covering the General Assembly and speeches during its fall session for several years. Her other experience includes the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, the UN Alliance of Civilizations, and the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, and an MBA in international business at the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
New Resource Bank
Vincent Siciliano leads New Resource Bank in serving values-driven companies and organizations working to achieve well being for our community and the planet. The bank seeks to transform the banking industry into an agent of positive social, environmental and financial change. Headquartered in San Francisco, the bank is dedicated to advancing sustainability through every aspect of its operations from the loans it makes to its commitment to using deposits for good. As a founding member of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values, New Resource Bank champions a community of values to transform banking and create a better world.
Siciliano currently serves on the advisory boards of the American Sustainable Business Council, the Ken Blanchard Center for Faith Walk Leadership, the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board, and the Regeneration Project. He began his banking career in Bank of America’s International Division and has previously served as president or CEO to a number of San Diego financial institutions. Siciliano is a graduate of Stanford University, and he earned a master’s degree in environmental planning from the University of California at Berkeley.
Cambrian Innovation Inc
Matt is founder and CEO of Cambrian Innovation Inc., a leader in developing pioneering biotechnology solutions that extract energy from water. Matt has led Cambrian from inception through successful commercial penetration, scaling and validating its bioelectric technology with partners ranging from NASA and the Department of Defense to Lagunitas Brewing Company and Clos du Bois Winery.
Cambrian’s flagship technology, EcoVolt, enables the food and beverage industry to cut water and energy costs by simultaneously treating wastewater and generating energy. Under Matt’s leadership, Cambrian has raised two equity rounds, won 14 government grants and earned selection as a 2014 Global Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. Matt received a Doctorate in Engineering Systems and two Master’s degrees in Astronautical Engineering and Technology and Policy from MIT.
Nikki Silvestri is the Co-Founder and CEO of Silvestri Strategies, working to support thriving communities, economies, and natural environments.
As the Co-Founder of Live Real and former Executive Director of People’s Grocery and Green for All, Nikki has built and strengthened social equity for underrepresented populations in food systems, social services, public health, climate solutions, and economic development. A nationally recognized thought leader, her many honors include being named one of The Root’s 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2014.
An accomplished communicator, Nikki is well known for her combination of vulnerability and razor-sharp analysis. In addition to her speaking appearances at conferences and private events, Nikki regularly forwards the message of equitable economies through numerous media channels. BET.com, the Huffington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle have featured her writing, and her recent television appearances include All In with Chris Hayes and the Melissa Harris Perry Show on MSNBC.
Nikki began her work in social change through the foster care system in Southern California, where she directed Foster Youth Empowerment Workshops. She has a master’s degree in African American Studies from UCLA, and is originally from Los Angeles. She currently lives in Oakland, with her husband.
Ms. Sireklove is focused on the continued evolution of Parametric’s responsible investing strategies, and communicating these strategies to external audiences. As the primary strategist for Customized Responsible Investing, Jennifer works closely with advisors and their clients to design, develop and implement portfolio solutions that incorporate their values. Prior to joining Parametric in 2013, her career was in equity research, covering the energy, utility and industrial sectors. She earned an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Economics from Reed College.
Michael E. Smith is an applied neuroscientist and business professional with over 30 years of research experience, whose career has spanned the academic, governmental, and commercial sectors. Currently, Michael is Vice President of Consumer Neuroscience at Nielsen, a global information and measurement company. Michael earned a PhD from UCLA with a focus on Cognitive Neuroscience, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley with a focus in Marketing.
GCA Investment Management
David Smith is the Portfolio Manager of the GCA Sustainable Growth Funds and has covered the Sustainable Infrastructure sector for more than 15 years. He has been an active participant in the growth of the industry and has seen many companies from the pre-commercial stage through to commercial sales and industry consolidation. David has been a frequent speaker at industry conferences and developed a comprehensive list of contacts through the Sustainable Infrastructure sectors.
Prior to GCA, David was the Portfolio Manager of the Gabelli Green long/short fund and was involved in the firm’s long-only product offerings. Prior to that, Mr. Smith was a Principal at Longbow Capital Partners covering renewable energy, cleantech, industrial and energy infrastructure companies. Prior to Longbow, David worked at Citi/Smith Barney as a Vice President and Senior Analyst with coverage responsibility for leading the alternative energy and cleantech team, as well as small and mid-cap industrial stocks.
David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario, an honors degree in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and undergraduate credits in Accounting and Finance from the University of Toronto. David is a CFA charterholder and is a Chartered Accountant (CA).
As Chief Operations Officer of CauseLabs, Sarah oversees the business operations and company culture that make CauseLabs Outside Magazine’s #5 best place to work in the US. A CPA with extensive experience in the financial sector (including positions in forensic accounting and financial reporting at Deloitte and Western Union), Sarah is also an invaluable member of the CauseLabs client service team and a secret weapon for clients in need of smart financial strategy. When she’s not keeping the CauseLabs team firing on all cylinders, Sarah loves to travel. She and her husband recently spent a year working remotely in Spain before returning to Denver to live with their newborn daughter, Eva Nell.
Bio coming soon.
Spano Partners Holdings
James Spano is a veteran solar developer- having developed over 85 MW- and owner of Spano Partners Holdings, LLC, a solar development, investment and consulting firm in New Jersey. He is also the founder and President of the New Jersey Solar Grid Supply Association (NJSGSA) and a Director of the Mid-Atlantic Solar Energy Industries Association (MSEIA).
Brad Sparks is an Executive Director with KPMG Global Corporate Citizenship. Brad focuses on integrating corporate responsibility across the KPMG global network – developing Corporate Citizenship strategies, representing KPMG at global sustainability events and reporting progress to KPMG leadership. Brad works closely with KPMG’s Global Climate Change & Sustainability Services, which provides client services on a range of sustainability issues. Brad serves as KPMG’s Liaison Delegate to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and also serves as the project manager for KPMG’s involvement with the International Integrated Reporting Council’s Business Network.
Previously, Brad as a Director with KPMG Advisory, assisting clients with a variety of corporate responsibility initiatives, including sustainability strategy, sustainability reporting and corporate ethics. Brad began his career with KPMG as a financial statement auditor. Other professional experiences include serving as a labor standards monitor in Bangkok, as a sustainability advisor with KPMG in South Africa, and as an internal auditor with Gateway computers.
He is a Certified Public Accountant (CA, NC) and a Certified Fraud Examiner. He received an MBA with a focus in Sustainable Enterprise from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as a Master of Science and BSBA in Accounting from Appalachian State University.
Chad Spitler joined CamberView Partners in March 2015 as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and head of the firm’s advisory service on sustainable business practices. CamberView is the leading independent source of advice to public companies on shareholder activism and engagement. Previously, Chad spent 15 years at BlackRock where he most recently held the role of Managing Director and COO for the Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment team. In that role he led the analysis of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors within the firm’s investment process, including issuer engagement and proxy voting. In this role he advised institutional clients on sustainable investing, provided input to market regulators, and consulted with industry groups on best practices. Prior to BlackRock, Chad was a Senior Market Research Analyst with the Franklin Templeton Group.
Chad is a member of the Broadridge Steering Committee, the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), and the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources Visiting Committee. He is a regular public speaker on the topic of sustainability and ESG integration into the investment process, most recently as a guest lecturer at Yale University. He received an M.A. degree from the University of Colorado, and a B.S. degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Michigan.
Good Earth Natural Foods
He is one of the original proponents and authors of Measure B, the Marin County, CA initiative that prohibited the outdoor cultivation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), which passed by 61% in 2004.
Jay is CEO + Co-founder of OpenDoor, creating a national housing brand based around authentic community and meaningful lives. OpenDoor creates & operates shared living spaces for Millennials, cultural creatives & entrepreneurs. With three properties in the East Bay, OpenDoor is part real estate investment manager, part anthropologist- attracting creative culture, acquiring properties and managing operations to enable a rich life.
OpenDoor is guided by human experience design, sustainable urban density, and community as a force for personal transformation. OpenDoor can both sponsor its own deals, co-sponsor with developers and serve purely as an operating partner. More at www.opendoor.io
Prior to OpenDoor, Jay co-founded Impact Hub Seattle – a coworking space for social entrepreneurs.
Passionate about human centered design and systems thinking, Jay has an MBA in Sustainable Systems from Pinchot and previous career experience in software management consulting & web design.
In his off time, Jay hosts community dinner parties, advises a few startups, and is an avid skateboarder and occasional visual artist.
Excelsior Impact Fund
After a successful 20+ year career in Silicon Valley managing and advising in high growth situations, Tony is now focused more on maximizing the impact of his investing and non-profit work. Tony is a member of TONIIC, the managing director of the Excelsior Impact Fund, and a partner and board member of the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund, where he is co-leading their impact investing efforts. Tony mentors two social entrepreneurs through Santa Clara University’s Global Social Benefit Institute Accelerator and another through Stanford’s SEED program and has also mentored and judged with UC Berkeley’s Big Ideas program. Tony is a venture partner at Draper Richards Kaplan, and on the board of trustees of the Pacific Institute, a water sustainability think tank and of Water.org, who is using microfinance to catalyze change in the WASH sector.
Tony’s MBA is from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and JD is from the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Law. Tony graduated Phi Beta Kappa with an A. B. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of California at Davis.
Summit Water Infrastructure Group
Bio coming soon.
Keely Stevenson is an entrepreneur and an investor. She is CEO and Co-founder of Weal Life (www.theweallife.com), a company focused on leveraging mobile technology to make it easier for people to care for each other, especially during times of health crisis, aging or chronic illness. Previously, she’s built global initiatives, including in her role as CEO of Bamboo Finance USA. Bamboo is one of the world’s first and largest private equity firms focused on balancing social impact and commercial returns ($250M AUM). She’s also built the world’s first online community for social entrepreneurs (Social Edge) as she was the first employee hired by the CEO of Skoll Foundation. She has worked on five continents building the field of social entrepreneurship with the United Nations, Acumen Fund, Triodos Bank, Royal Bafokeng Nation and the California Legislature. Keely has lectured around the world on topics such as impact investing, women’s leadership, big data and healthcare. She studied politics at UC Berkeley and received an MBA from Oxford University. Keely was awarded the honor of being a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum. She is passionate about highlighting diversity of all sorts contributing to tech and human development globally.
Jill Stoneberg is a Corporate Responsibility Manager at Avaya, where she focuses on sustainability strategy, goal setting and performance, public reporting and communications. Jill has more than 10 years of experience advancing sustainable business practices. Jill holds an MBA in Sustainable Business Management from Presidio Graduate School.
Hanson Bridgett LLP
Jonathan leads the corporate department at Hanson Bridgett. He previously founded and led Hanson Bridgett’s sustainable law practice which focuses on developing a more sustainable economy by assisting mission driven companies and high impact investors in a variety of industries. He represents entities and their investors in connection with business and intellectual property transactions, including formation, finance, contracts, licenses, joint venture and development, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, e-commerce, technology-related matters and general corporate law. Jonathan also represents many non-profit charities, foundations, and business associations.
Jonathan chaired the legal working group which drafted and advocated for benefit corporation legislation in California. A benefit corporation is a new class of for profit corporation and the first that is required to create a material positive impact on society and the environment and to meet higher standards of accountability and transparency in addition to creating shareholder value. He was selected as the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year for his work on this legislation which is now the law in 30 states and has been introduced in 16 other states. He is proud that Hanson Bridgett is the first law firm to become a certified B corporation.
Bio coming soon.
Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration
Paul J. Thanos is the Director for Finance and Insurance Industries at the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration. He is responsible for developing and executing policy, analysis, and promotion initiatives pertaining to finance and insurance industries, trade and project finance, impact investing, and access to finance.
His program of work includes expansion of finance and insurance exports, attracting foreign direct investment to the United States, and developing cooperative programs with international partners. His team has direct participation in both the financial services and small and medium size enterprise (SME) chapters of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements such as the U.S.-EU Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He leads the U.S. delegation to the OECD Insurance and Private Pensions Committee and is directly engaged in a series of international insurance market access issues in China, India, Indonesia, and Latin America. In 2014 he secured an unprecedented agreement with the Government of Brazil to promote impact investing through a suite of bilateral initiatives. His team closely collaborates with several USG agencies and organizations including the Department of Treasury, USTR, Export-Import Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the Federal Reserve. He is a regular guest lecturer at the George Washington University Business and Public Policy schools on topics ranging from trade policy, SME access to finance, and stakeholder capitalism.
Prior to taking this position Paul served as a legislative aide to Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) with responsibility for trade, foreign policy, and defense issues. Paul also has ten years of experience covering Middle East issues and previously served as Deputy Director for the Commerce Department’s Office of the Middle East. He worked directly on the Middle East peace process in the 1990s and has traveled throughout the Middle East, Europe, North America, Latin America, and Asia. Paul received a Masters of Public Administration from American University’s School of Public Affairs and a BA in Government from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.
Cliff Thomas is a Managing Director leading business development, route-to-market efforts and sales in the Americas for the Cisco Smart+ Connected Communities (S+CC) initiative –focusing on intelligent urbanization.
His global team is responsible for developing business strategies that create new routes to market through joint ventures, new revenue-share models, public-private partnerships and business acceleration for Cisco clients, for governments, and for an ecosystem of partners. The approach leverages Cisco S+CC solutions, which include Real Estate, Education, Physical Safety & Security, Health & Wellness, Transportation, Residential, Retail, Hospitality, Sports & Entertainment, Utilities and Government.
Cliff Thomas has 25+ years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including management consulting and a successful venture in technology services. With 18 years at Cisco in various sales, business development and global leadership roles, he brings both breadth and depth to his integral role on the S+CC team –a team focused on ntering and scaling new market opportunities.
Cliff graduated from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and minor in Economics. He also completed additional engineering thesis work on Pneumatic Wave Energy Conversion at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland with a focus on sustainability. Cliff lives in New York with his family.
George H. Thomas is a sustainability consultant in the wine industry. George received a MA in Environmental Management and Sustainability from Harvard University in 2014. With experience as an online wine retailer, George gained valuable insight into many facets of the wine industry supply chain. His research includes Life Cycle Analysis of the impact of wine bottles within the supply chain as well as developing a risk-based methodology focused on enhancing sustainability aspects of wineries and vineyards.
George caught the wine bug while working on photography set overlooking a Napa Valley. Upon his return to Washington State, he planted a Pinot Noir vineyard. This small lot research vineyard in Redmond gives George an appreciation for the year round process of maintaining a vineyard, as well the craft of pinot noir winemaking. George has a background in commercial photography, later specializing in 360 Immersive imaging as a photographer and e-commerce solution provider representing immersive imaging software and hardware technologies.
Devin Thorpe was a finance guy until he realized life wasn’t all about the money. As a new-media journalist and founder of the Your Mark on the World Center, Devin has established himself as a champion of social good. As a Forbes contributor, with more than 250 bylines and over one million unique visitors, he has become a recognized name in the social impact arena. His YouTube show, featuring celebrities, CEOs, billionaires and entrepreneurs who are out to change the world gives him a recognizable face as well. Previously, Devin served as the CFO of the third largest company on the 2009 Inc. 500 list. He also founded and led an NASD-registered investment bank. After completing a degree in finance at the University of Utah, he earned an MBA from Cornell University.
Having lived on three continents and visited over 30 countries on six continents and with guests from around the world on his show, Devin brings a global perspective to audiences around the world, empowering them to do more good and make their mark on the world. These lessons also enable them to change their personal lives and to drive positive change within their organizations. His four books provide roadmaps to audiences on how to have a positive impact. His books have been read nearly 1 million times!
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Brandon Tidwell is the Director of Corporate Citizenship at Blue Shield of California in San Francisco. Brandon is responsible for the company’s efforts to engage its employees in the community, become more environmentally responsible, and to increase transparency and dialogue with key stakeholders. Brandon joined Blue Shield in July of 2014.
Before Blue Shield, Brandon was the Manager of Sustainability at Darden restaurants where he was responsible for the implementation of sustainability efforts across operations, facilities and the company’s $3B supply chain, focusing on the company’s goals to reduce energy and water 15% by 2015 and send zero waste to landfill. Brandon got his start in corporate citizenship at FedEx where we served as a Global Citizenship Program Advisor, leading the education and environmental affairs efforts.
Brandon has a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business, a Master’s degree in Social Work from Baylor, and a certificate in Philanthropy from New York University.
Bio coming soon.
Emily is the CEO of TaroWorks. TaroWorks is an mobile data collection tool that enables non-profits and social businesses to collect data, monitor their impact, and manage their field operations in real-time. Since its launch in 2013, 70 organizations across 30 countries have used TaroWorks to support and improve the lives of 3.5 million poor beneficiaries. Find out more: http://www.taroworks.org.
Using innovation, strategy & design Dagny’s work pushes the boundaries of how we think about everyday decisions and builds the capacity in others to have real impact on today’s pressing issues. As Cofounder of Vessel Dagny and her team put sustainability in your hands. Vessel offers customers, cafes and cities a superior option to singleuse cups. A librarystyle system of stainless steel togo mugs you pick up and drop off at convenient locations throughout the city and that like a library is a free service & the only real togo option!
Words can be hollow: sustainability, fair trade, conflict resolution but Dagny strives to put the fat meaning back onto the hackneyed bones of jargon. Sustaining means not only lasting but good, solid solutions to complicated issues. Fair trade means truly happy families, laughter, food from clean soil on both sides of the trade lines. Conflict resolution doesn’t mean buried in the sand or chilly relations, it means break through, break down, restart from the seeds of creation, it means sleep well at night knowing the children are safe.
Her appointment with nonprofit, business and government players has traversed five continents and represents two decades of experience in strategy, innovation, management, budgeting, process design, operations, sales and community engagement. She teaches at Parsons The New School for Design, was formerly the Managing Director of Strategic Global Affairs for New Hope Natural Media and is CoFounder of Thread Count. She is a Tishman Award recipient for “outstanding achievement in sustainability,” and a Ph.D (c) at Universitat Jaume I in Spain.
Dagny holds a Master of Science degree in Design and Urban Ecologies from Parsons The New School of Design and a Master of Arts Degree in International Peace, Conflict and Development from Universitat Jaume I.
Sustainable Law Group
Becki Ueno, co-founder, president and managing attorney of The Sustainable Law Group, has never been afraid to take a chance when it has come to building and running her law practice. In fact, she is no doubt one of the only successful attorneys in Los Angeles who strictly limits her practice to clients she can believe in, whether for-profit, non-profit or social enterprise organizations.
Ueno has been a leading proponent of integrative law for many years. An integrative law practice recognizes that clients make decisions based on numerous, often competing factors and that every decision has an impact on multiple stakeholders. Rather than polarizing these differences, SLG attorneys seek to find solutions that integrate the differences into sustainable and lasting results for all parties involved.
Becki has worked with numerous environmental and social justice organizations since the beginning of her career – as a fundraiser, organizer, director, and volunteer. At the State Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGS), she organized national, state and local environmental and social justice campaigns on college campuses and in law schools. She also served as the director of PIELC, the largest public interest environmental law conference in the world.
In 2004, Ms. Ueno began her law practice at Khorrami Pollard & Abir, LLP (now Khorami Boucher, LLP), one of the largest plaintiff firms in California, where she litigated on behalf of thousands of victims of Hurricane Katrina, employees in labor disputes and victims of civil rights abuses.
In 2009, Becki launched her own law practice, which has now grown into Sustainable Law Group, PC. Since the beginning, she has strived to create an environment where the attorneys can be passionate about their work, maintain a healthy work-life balance, and always treat the clients – and each other – like family.
Ms. Ueno’s passion for sustainability stems from a childhood spent in the vast and beautiful wilderness of Colorado. Perhaps it’s these mountains of her home state that helped inspire her to develop a committed practice of mindfulness, a personal discipline that significantly benefits her law practice as well as her personal well being. Now, she finds peace and joy in the wild and beautiful places of her current home of Southern California and across the world.
Awarded with the 2015 Young Hispanic Corporate Achiever, Dr. Ugarte is accountable for MillerCoors Sustainability Report and orchestrating its underlying 2020 Goals. He serves as the main point of contact for strategic partnerships between MillerCoors and The Nature Conservancy, the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable, the United Nations Global Compact, and The Sustainability Consortium. Currently serving at the Board of Directors of the APICS Supply Chain Council, Dr. Ugarte is a certified supply chain instructor and speaker at forums such as The White House Council on Environmental Quality, The Association of Climate Change Officers, Thunderbird School of Global Management, and The Logistics & Supply Chain Forum.
Formerly, Dr. Ugarte was responsible for the expansion of The Sustainability Consortium into Latin America, while conducting research in supply chain carbon footprint modeling for lean logistics and retailing systems in the consumer goods industry. As entrepreneur, has received awards from MIT, ASU, Walmart, and NASDAQ to launch technology-based innovation ventures addressing sustainability challenges. Marco holds a Ph.D. in Sustainability from Arizona State University; and Masters and College degrees from Tec de Monterrey, Mexico. From a professional standpoint, Dr. Ugarte holds several certifications from APICS, The Associaton for Operations Management and ASQ, formerly, the American Society for Quality.
Michael is the director of sustainability at Covanta, where his primary focus is on sustainability reporting, climate change, carbon offset project development, and life cycle assessment. He is a licensed professional engineer with 15 years of experience in industry and consulting.
Michael has significant environmental management and sustainability experience in a variety of industries including waste management, forest products, steel manufacturing, scrap recycling, and aluminum manufacturing. He has a masters degree in environmental engineering from Cornell University.
Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital
Wal is an energy technology veteran with unique industry insight gained through deep operational experience as a venture capitalist, corporate executive, top international consultant and a university professor. Since co-founding Chrysalix in 2001, Wal has sourced, invested in and advised numerous startups building innovative solutions for the new energy economy – often while working hand-in- hand with large multinational companies on their sustainable innovation strategies. Wal is a specialist in maximizing returns from bringing innovative solutions to energy intensive industries that are in transition including: oil and gas, power and utilities, mining and metals, chemicals and materials, and automation and manufacturing.
Prior to founding Chrysalix, Wal spent six years as the Vice President of Strategic Planning at Westcoast Energy (at the time one of the largest Canadian energy companies) with a strong focus on innovation and venturing. He also advised energy, chemicals and financial services blue chip companies on innovation and change management while working for more than seven years with McKinsey & Before officially joining the corporate world, Wal worked for almost a decade as an Associate Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam doing research in economics, econometrics and the environment, and consulting with businesses, governments and major international institutions including the World Bank and European Union. He has an extensive teaching background in venture capital and entrepreneurial finance, and change management through associate professorships at the University of British Columbia (2000-2008) and Simon Fraser University (1995 – 2002).
With a long standing passion for clean energy innovation, Wal has founded or co-founded several new ventures and clean energy organizations including New Ventures BC and SET Ventures in Amsterdam as part of the Chrysalix Global Network, which he assisted GRC from China in joining as well. He is a long standing member of the Cleantech Group’s Advisory Board, leader of the BC Cleantech CEO Alliance, 2014 Canadian “Clean16” honoree, co-founder of the BC 2030 Tech-Hub initiative, member of the regional sustainability council and a member of the Vancouver “Renewable City Action Team”, and frequent political advisor.
Wal holds a PhD in Economics from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and has completed executive training in Change Management from MIT. He is a passionate advocate for innovation and sustainability, author of several books and scientific articles, and can regularly be seen contributing to articles in the international media as well as speaking at industry conferences around the world – from being a key business speaker during the Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 Olympic Games, to debating Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at GLOBE2014, to giving innovation speeches at high profile events including Oil and Money in London and Energy for Tomorrow in Kuala Lumpur.
Eric is a sustainable design creative with over ten years of project management, design and business development experience who has implemented high-level marketing, branding and growth strategies at major New York City firms. After graduating from the University of Richmond with a degree in Economics and Sustainability, Eric began his career at renowned advertising firm Ogilvy & Mather before moving into design. In his current role, Eric oversees all sales, marketing, PR and branding strategy; using data and market trends to identify opportunities for growth. Working in tandem with two marketing agencies, he also focuses on integrating the brand’s message across various social platforms to grow their customer base and speak to the brand’s numerous audiences. Since assuming his position with UHURU in early 2012 the company has increased revenues over 1500% and was named as one of Inc Magazine’s Fastest Growing Companies in America in 2015
As Head of ESG Research, Claire works to ensure environmental, social and corporate governance issues are integrated into Nelson’s investment decisions, and participates in Nelson’s corporate engagement efforts.
Prior to joining Nelson, Claire worked in Singapore and Amsterdam with Sustainalytics, a leading independent provider of ESG research, working with institutional investors in the Asia-Pacific region. Before that she held research roles at MSCI and Innovest in London and Toronto, covering emerging market companies across regions and industries. Claire has worked with a variety of financial institutions, from pension funds to private equity managers and stock exchanges, and developed deep knowledge of regional ESG cultures and regulatory environments.
Claire holds a MA from Kings College London and a Licence (MA equivalent) from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. She is also a SASB FSA (Fundamentals of Sustainability ccounting) Credential Level II Candidate.
She is fluent in both French and Spanish; her Mandarin is a work in progress.
Clean Energy Advisors
Chris Warren has over twenty-five years of experience in the financial industry. Driven by his passion for the environment and the well-being of our planet, Chris founded a company in 2006 that became an industry leader in energy efficiency and renewable energy development. During that time he identified a major hurdle that was suppressing the development of renewable energy projects, funding. Chris and his team found a way to solve that problem by aggregating smaller projects to attract the attention of institutional investors. To date they have facilitated the development of over US $850 million in renewable energy assets.
In late 2013, Chris led the spin-off of Clean Energy Advisors from its parent company in preparation for creating investment opportunities that provide a larger number of investors access to the tax efficient cash flows generated by renewable energy projects.
SkyH20/Clean Power Group
Alexander von Welczeck is an innovator and entrepreneur in the Clean Technology & Renewables industries. He is a subject matter expert for clean technology corporate & business and renewables project development, and financing. As an industry leader he works closely with associations, investors, and strategic Global enterprises to accelerate the sustainability revolution. He has an 25+ year successful track-record at identifying, building and managing technology-based businesses with a focus on clean infrastructure projects.
Mr. von Welczeck is the President & CEO of start-up SkyH2O, a water systems and projects provider based on unique and proven AWG technology. He is a Managing Partner at CLEAN POWER GROUP (CPG) and CLEAN POWER CAPITAL LLC (CPC), and Principal at CLEAN POWER ADVISORS LLC (CPA).
Christopher is passionate about drawing upon his experience in business and science/ engineering to analyze how organizations innovate, develop and market products; consume energy and natural resources; and produce waste streams, to find ways to bring businesses closer to economic, social and environmental sustainability.
As part of the HPE Corporate Affairs organization, the Living Progress Initiatives team is committed to increasing HPE’s brand value and business success through social investment programs that are aligned with the overall business strategy. The overarching objective is to create a better future for everyone through their actions and innovations. It’s the way that people and technology come together to solve society’s toughest challenges. Christopher directs a team that is focused on solving social and environmental issues in collaboration with non-profit organizations, governments, customers and partners. Together they create solutions that improve communities and advance human, economic and environmental progress.
Prior to that, Christopher was the Global Stakeholder Engagement lead for the Hewlett Packard Company, and was responsible for advancing the HP environmental brand and reputation with key influencers and developing relationship strategies with NGO’s, regional sustainability luminaries, consumer influencers, academics, policy makers and HP executive leadership.
Under Christopher’s management, HP’s carbon disclosure went from 66/100 to 100/100 and ‘A’ for performance in CDP within three years, and engagement across the company up to the CEO reached a new level. He advanced HP’s corporate strategy in climate, forestry and water and spear-headed the first utility scale renewable energy deal at HP resulting in powering all of HP’s own global IT data center operations with wind energy in Texas.
Prior to HP, Christopher worked at Green Environment inc. as a Vice President where he lead environmental due diligence efforts for leading Bay Area corporate and private equity clients involved in M&A activity.
Chris also led a global software and hardware certification and branding program at Sun Microsystems focused on energy efficiency and interoperability.
He began his career at the U.S. Department of Interior (USGS Water Resources Division) as a physical/environmental scientist where he researched the effects of public investment in pollution treatment technology on near shore ecosystems, and synergistic effects of industrial and agricultural pollutants.
He has expertise on a broad variety of corporate sustainability concepts and leadership practices; solid understanding of the challenges and opportunities for multinational companies related to sustainable development, strategy, innovation, brand building, transparency and reporting.
Christopher has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from San Diego State University and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies from San Jose State University.
Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc
Caroline Whistler co-founded Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc. with George Overholser and Drew von Glahn after completing a Fulbright Fellowship in Brazil researching nonprofit sustainability. Prior to Third Sector, she worked at Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) Capital Partners, a leader in applying growth metrics and accountability to equity-like financing for high performing nonprofits. While at NFF, Caroline structured growth capital campaigns, conducted economic feasibility analyses and designed scenario planning tools to help raise over $320 million in capital for nonprofits including Health Leads and Year Up. Caroline opened the San Francisco office for Third Sector and led the completion of the Cuyahoga and Santa Clara County projects, and leads the government advisory and project construction engagements for the firm. She was recently featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s 40 under 40.
Mr. Wichner directs Farmland LP’s (www.FarmlandLP.com) investment program, overseeing property acquisitions, leases and sales, and manages the business affairs of VF Holdings and its sponsored funds. A seasoned executive with 25 years of experience building companies and managing his family’s real estate portfolio, Mr. Wichner steers the business strategy for Farmland LP, named a 2014 “World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies” by Fast Company magazine. Mr. Wichner’s previous experience includes being part of the start-up team of Depotech, which developed and currently produces an FDA-approved treatment for metastatic brain cancer (now part of Sigma-Tau Therapeutic), and CEO of Kindmark which developed and sold automated employee charitable contribution programs for Fortune 500 Companies such as GM, EDS and Charles Schwab. Mr. Wichner is also a co-founder and Managing Director of Vitality Farms and serves on the board of BN Ranch, Bill Niman’s successor company to Niman Ranch, Inc. Growing up, Mr. Wichner spent summers on a farm, where he milked cows and tended crops, chickens and horses, wrangled cattle and built two barns. Mr. Wichner received a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a minor in Economics from UCSD, earning Provost’s Honors and performing graduate-level research on HIV/AIDS as an undergraduate
Chris leads Spruce’s marketing and customer training programs. He has spent more than 20 years creating value for businesses and consumers at start-ups and Fortune 500 companies in the energy, technology, defense, and construction industries. Chris has spent the last six years in residential and commercial solar finance, as well as solar manufacturing technology. Previously, Chris managed international channels for a US subsidiary of defense giant BAE Systems PLC, and led channel marketing for Interline Brands, a national distributor of building supplies. Chris also spent time in client services for VML, a global digital marketing agency, serving clients ranging from Bayer to Intuit TurboTax. Prior to that, he led business development for a manufacturer in the semiconductor and defense industry. Chris has a BS in Marketing from San Jose State University and an MBA from the University of North Florida.
Sol Power Energy, LLC
Alison Wise, MBA, Interim President, Sol Power Energy, LLC. and Founder, Wise Strategies- is an “energy infrastructure” thought leader, strategist, technologist, and communications expert. She advises entrepreneurs, investors, and governments regarding clean technology businesses with two decades of knowledge built up in the renewable, sustainability and finance fields. Alison’s career includes executive roles for NREL and several successful start-ups. She is a frequent speaker, presenting for important forums throughout the US, Silicon Valley, Europe, and China.
“I worked with Alison on several really innovative energy applications during her tenure at NREL and I unequivocally endorse the insights, ideas and ability to integrate that she brought to the table and converted into real tools. She is “Wise” well beyond her namesake and her innovations are top shelf — visionary, collaborative, integrating new technologies.. with ways that were powerful underneath and simple on the face generating real action by the users. Her thought leadership during this critical time of transition…of our nation’s energy “infrastructure” will help greatly with strategies we test, develop and embrace as we make progress towards a cleaner economy. I expect more great things and trust an important piece of our future to Alison.” Darrell Beschen, Chief Economist, US Department of Energy
Nancy G. Zak is the founder of Forever Forests, a consulting firm she founded to assist individuals and companies in preserving environmentally significant land. Forever Forests’ economic approach to conservation is a product of Ms. Zak’s experience in the real estate industry. Her career has included successes in operations management, land conservation, private securities, project management, real estate development, finance, architectural design and construction. As the founder and owner of several companies, Ms. Zak has focused upon conservation easements and their associated tax benefits since 1999. Forever Forests, LLC is Ms. Zak’s flagship company specializing in conservation easement consulting for private landowners who wish to preserve their property and utilize the generated tax deductions for their own account.
As a commercial mortgage broker for First Fidelity Mortgage in Atlanta for over 10 years, Ms. Zak secured debt and equity financing of more than $850 million for large commercial projects, including the DHL Headquarters in California, Barnett Bank Headquarters in Florida, several phases of the Concourse office/hotel project in Atlanta,
and numerous other high profile developments. She then joined Big Canoe Company, a Georgia developer, as Chief Financial Officer. While at Big Canoe Company Ms. Zak managed the preservation of several parcels of land owned by the Company through the granting of conservation easements. She formed Forever Forests in 2002 to focus her efforts on land conservation.
Ms. Zak is a registered architect and a licensed securities representative. She held a real estate broker’s license in
Texas and earned an MBA in Finance and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Michigan.
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Anthony Zolezzi is an entrepreneur, consultant, author, and expert on helping businesses to become more profitable by promoting the well-being of both the planet and its inhabitants. He is currently an operating partner at Pegasus Capital Advisors and member of the board of directors of Recommunity and Wild Oats Organic Marketplace, where he initiated the partnership with Walmart to make organic products both affordable and accessible.
Zolezzi’s entrepreneurial experience includes having co-founded such environmentally friendly ventures as Greenopolis, a subsidiary of Waste Management that rewards consumers for recycling, and Pet Promise Natural pet food, and having conceived, created and co-founded the highly successful Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. chain.
Zolezzi is also the author of Uncharted Waters and co-author of five other books, including Chemical-Free Kids and Chemical-Free Kids: The Organic Sequel.
He is also a former board chairman of the Organic Center for Education and Promotion and former board member of Vitamin Angels, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing child mortality worldwide by providing essential nutrients to infants and children under five.
Ian Zurzolo serves as the Digital Health & Innovation Fellow at the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative (CHMI), which leverages “partnerships for purpose” across sectors to create collaborative solutions to chronic disease across the country.
Ian manages CHMI’s Digital Health and Innovation portfolio, which includes the Health Tech Pilot Program that connects digital health technology companies with local non-profits and government agencies in communities suffering disproportionately from preventable diseases such as diabetes and obesity.
Ian also organizes Clinton Foundation’s Codeathons that challenge student and professional programmers to build apps and other digital solutions for women’s most pressing health issues. The women’s health Codeathon series also encourages female coders to participate in significantly greater numbers than often seen in traditional hackathons.
In addition to his Digital Health & Innovation work at CHMI, Ian is also a social enterprise advocate, an impact metrics nerd, and a design thinking practitioner.