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2015 Speaker & Instructor Bios (in alphabetical order)

Matthew Aberant – Project Director, Sustainability and Energy, WSP
Mr. Aberant is a Project Director for WSP’s Sustainability and Energy Group, and was previously the Program Manager for Climate Change Services at Leidos Inc., and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). He has 13 years of professional experience in the areas of climate change, environmental science, modeling, and environmental information technology. Mr. Aberant has a long history of leadership in the development, management, and evaluation of climate change science and programs. He has significant experience with GHG management, strategic planning and goal setting projects for the U.S. Federal government, including EPA’s Climate Leaders Program, local and state governments including Washington State, commercial clients, and utilities, including Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Washington Gas.

Jeff Austin – Senior Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Wells Fargo
Jeff Austin is senior vice president and head of Environmental Affairs Operational Sustainability Strategy for Wells Fargo & Co., where he is responsible for sustainability goal setting and performance tracking in the areas of property and construction, supply chain and technology management. Over his 25-year Wells Fargo career, Austin has served in a variety of strategic positions for the company and has expertise in systems dynamics, learning theory, and organizational design. He also serves on is on the External Advisory Board of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s IDEAS (Infrastructure, Design, Environment and Sustainability) Center. Austin himself a University of North Carolina at Charlotte alumnus and a registered architect, currently lives and works in Charlotte NC.

Kathleen Ave – Renewable Energy & Climate Project Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Kathleen Ave is a Project Manager in Energy Research & Development at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District where she supports SMUD’s Renewable Energy and Climate Change programs. A former Coro Fellow, she directs SMUD’s Climate Readiness Strategy and research partnerships with the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District and the Regional Water Authority to evaluate energy savings and generation opportunities in water and wastewater systems. She facilitates the Sacramento Area Climate Partnership which coordinates greenhouse gas inventory, climate action planning and climate readiness activities with the local governments in and around Sacramento County, and also manages solar projects intended to utilize marginal land resources.

Christine Baglin – Principal, Project Performance Company, LLC
Chris (Schabacker) Baglin is a Principal at PPC, a DC-based management and IT consulting firm with a decision support and data analytics practice supporting resiliency, event response, and information security. She was Principal Investigator on two extreme weather and climate change response reports for the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. Previously, Ms. Baglin was Director of the Office of Policy Analysis at the Department of the Interior. She also served as Counsel to the U.S. Senate’s Government Affairs Committee, among other senior aide positions in the U.S. Senate. She has a law degree and a Master of Public Health from Boston University. Ms. Baglin is a graduate of Wellesley College.

Wiley Barbour – Manager, Cventure and Board Chair, Greenhouse Gas Management Institute
Wiley works at Cventure providing technical and policy support to governments, corporations, and nonprofit clients on issues related to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, environmental markets, and corporate climate change strategy. Previously, Wiley worked for Camco Clean Energy developing offset projects and was the Executive Director of Environmental Resources Trust pioneering offset protocols and registries in the voluntary market. From 1995 to 2001, Wiley served in the USEPA Policy Office where he directed the GHG Emission Inventory Program, participating in numerous IPCC and UNFCCC meetings, and was officially recognized by the IPCC for his contributions to the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He is a licensed professional engineer and Chairman of the Board for the GHG Management Institute.

Tom Bateman – Professor, McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia
Thomas S. Bateman is Bank of America Eminent Scholar at the McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia. Tom’s research is widely cited and new projects are ongoing. Current and recently-published papers address topics including leadership and problem-solving, proactive behavior, crossing boundaries in scientific research, long-term thinking and goal pursuit, and leadership and action in the domain of climate change. Tom coauthors Management: Leading & Collaborating in a Competitive World, a college textbook now in its eleventh edition (McGraw-Hill) and published in several languages. He teaches practicing managers on an ongoing basis, is director of a new multidisciplinary leadership minor at the University of Virginia, and is Honorary Professor at the University of St. Andrews.

Ryan Beesley – Smarter Infrastructure Business Development Lead, IBM
Ryan Beesley is the Smarter Infrastructure Business Development Lead for IBM. In his current role, Ryan is responsible for bringing his in-depth industry experience to support clients in the development & deployment of business solutions designed to increase business value. Prior to the current role Ryan was the Global Director of Energy Consulting and Advisory Services with Ingersoll Rand / Trane. Ryan developed the ECAS program designed to take a holistic approach to Utility Optimization & Sustainability. The ECAS Program has enabled large complex users of utilities to reduce expense by up to 20%. Previously Ryan was a key driver of the Utility Optimization & Sustainability Team at CB Richard Ellis where the team was responsible for approximately 2.2 BSF and approximately $6B in annual spend Ryan has over 14 years of experience with manufacturing and commercial real estate in the areas of program development, operations, strategy design and vendor management.

David Behar – Climate Program Director, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
David Behar's career spans over twenty years in environmental policy and water utility management. David currently serves as Deputy to the Assistant General Manager, Water Enterprise, at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. The SFPUC is the sixth largest municipal water provider in the U.S. and manages water and power facilities and operations at Hetch Hetchy, the regional system that delivers water 160 miles to 2.5 million Bay Area residents, and water, wastewater, and stormwater facilities in San Francisco. He led development of the SFPUC-sponsored Water Utility Climate Change Summit held in San Francisco in early 2007 and currently serves as staff chair of the Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA). Prior to joining the SFPUC, David was an environmental policy consultant whose clients included the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Pacific Rivers Council. From 1991-97 he served as Executive Director of The Bay Institute of San Francisco, and from 1989-91 he served on the staff of U.S. Senator Alan Cranston (D-CA). In November 2006 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Marin Municipal Water District.

Kelly Bennett – CEO, Greenlight Energy
With a career in environmental markets and public policy spanning more than 15 years, Kelly is experienced in finding solutions to business challenges in the energy and environmental markets. Expertise in business development, corporate climate change strategies and renewable energy markets, as well as her deep understanding of energy and climate policies has earned Kelly a reputation as a proven market leader and sector expert. She has used this unique reputation and market knowledge to help organizations throughout the country identify and capitalize on emerging market opportunities, improve the bottom line, maximize CSR and marketing opportunities, and advance environmental and sustainability goals. Kelly was appointed by New York's Governor to the Renewable Energy Task Force, serves on the Steering Committee of the New York State Apollo Alliance, is a former board member of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development and is a member of the external review committee of the NYS DEC Environmental Excellence Awards. An active public policy and industry spokesperson, Kelly has been a frequent presenter at national conferences. She is an Albany Business Review 40 Under Forty recipient and created and taught a climate change course in the MBA for Managing Sustainability program at Marlboro College.

Gina Blus – Business Strategy and Planning Consultant, Climate Ready Solutions
Gina Blus is the Principal of Climate Ready Solutions LLC. After years in corporate law, Gina moved to high-tech, where she developed skills in strategic planning, marketing, program management and process improvement. She left Silicon Valley to address sustainability and climate change as a consultant and community energy manager.After 10 years of promoting sustainable business practices and greenhouse gas reductions through programs and education, Gina now helps businesses recognize and manage the impact of climate change on their strategy and operations. Using SixSigma and other tools, she enables leaders to see how their individual and organizational strengths and vulnerabilities map to the evolving climate.Gina's A.B. in Government is from Dartmouth College and her J.D. is from Duke University.

Sam Brooks – Founder and Managing Director, ClearRock
Sam Brooks has been working to reduce costs, carbon, and risk as Managing Director of ClearRock. He most recently served as Director of Energy for the DC Department of General Services, where work resulted in the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2014 Individual Climate Leadership Award. He also served as President of Access Green where he helped start, raise money for, and direct one of the Mid Atlantic area’s leading providers of energy efficiency solutions. Brooks was also the Co-Founder of the Green Builders Council of DC, which worked to help DC build its green economy, including: developed and run a multi-million job training program, “Green Pathway”, in partnership with goodwill of Greater Washington that trained hundreds of area residents. Brooks also worked in political campaign management after graduating with honors from Claremont McKenna College.

Kelly Burks-Copes – Ecologist, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Dr. Burks-Copes has experience as a research ecologist and project manager of more than fifteen ecosystem restoration studies that included the development and application of a variety of ecosystem response models to address applied ecological/environmental questions, with an emphasis on modeling the community and landscape dynamics of wildlife populations and their associated ecosystems. She is the project manager for the SERDP RC-1701 study focused on quantifying risks impacts to infrastructure and mission impairment by coastal hazards under climate change and rising sea levels. She is currently lead investigator on a reimbursable study funded by the U.S. Navy and NAVFAC focused on characterizing the vulnerability of installation assets with respect to climate change and coastal storms on all 72 U.S. Naval Stations worldwide. She is lead investigator on three studies focused on characterizing ecosystem goods and service production generated by dredging operations and the blending of natural, nature-based (green infrastructure) and structural features to promote flood risk reduction and enhance coastal resiliency. Her studies focus on producing performance metrics to promote ecosystem sustainability and resilience including addressing post-Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts.

Marco Buttazzoni – Fellow, Software Evaluation Services, Greenhouse Gas Management Institute
Marco Buttazzoni is a fellow at the GHG Institute where he supports the Institute’s international capacity building work, focusing on local governments and course development. Marco’s interest is at the intersection of innovation, well-being and sustainability. His expertise is in the ability, and willingness, to synthesize complex information in ways that are accessible to a broader public (including policy makers and business managers), yet maintaining a rigorous and transparent analytical approach. Marco has advised a number of public and private sector organizations on how to fully integrate the climate change dimension into policy agendas or business strategies; identifying and applying methodologies to account for GHG emissions; analyzing risks and opportunities; setting goals and priorities; building the processes, teams and expertise needed to fully implement selected climate change strategies.

Eric Coffman – Chief - Office of Energy and Sustainability, Department of "Green" General Services, Montgomery County, Maryland
Eric is responsible for provide strategic oversight of the Office’s activities. Eric joined the Department of General Services to establish OES in 2013 after seven years with the Department of Environmental Protection. While with DEP, Eric was responsible for overseeing a wide array of energy and sustainbility programs. His broader background includes private and public sector experience with energy, water, forest conservation, environmental health and safety, outreach, communications, economic development and other relevant activities. Eric is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Energy Procurement Professional and a United States Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional.

Blaine Collison – Managing Director - Network Services, Altenex
Blaine Collison is the Managing Director of Network Services for Altenex and manages Altenex’s Washington, DC office. Prior to joining Altenex in April 2014, Blaine lead the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership, helping more than 1500 commercial and institutional energy buyers source new renewable energy for their U.S. operations. Blaine serves on the board of directors of the Association of Climate Change Officers and the advisory boards of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and the Sustainable Endowments Institute.

James Critchfield – Director, Green Power Partnership, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Mr. Critchfield currently directs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership – a voluntary program that supports organizational procurement of green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use. Prior to joining EPA, James worked in California for a leading solar energy system design and build firm. He is also the current Chair of ASTM’s E44.25 Sub Committee on Heat Metering. His education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Thomas Day – Chief Sustainability Officer, U.S. Postal Service
Thomas Day currently serves as the United States Postal Service Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) since June 2011. In addition to being the CSO, he also serves as the Chief Environmental Officer for the Postal Service. In addition to his responsibilities at the U.S. Postal Service, he also formerly served (2007-2011) as Chairman of the Standards Board for the Universal Postal Union (UPU). The UPU is the United Nations Agency that coordinates the efforts of the 193 Postal Administrations throughout the world. As part of this role Day also co-chaired a collaborative effort between the UPU and the European Commission to ensure the harmonization of mutual standards. Prior to serving in this role as CSO, Day was Senior Vice President, Intelligent Mail and Address Quality (2007-2011), Senior Vice President, Government Relations (2005-2007), and Vice President, Engineering (2001-2005). One of his responsibilities as the Vice President Engineering was to also serve as the Chief Environmental Officer.

Melanie Dickersbach – Environment and Climate Strategy Manager, Exelon Corporation
Melanie C. Dickersbach is the Climate and Environment Strategy Manager at Exelon Corporation, which is one of the largest electric and gas utilities in the United States. Her responsibilities include managing the greenhouse gas inventory for the corporation, as well as administrating the corporation’s Exelon 2020 program which focuses on the cost effective abatement of 17.5 million metric tonnes of GHG by 2020. Ms. Dickersbach also supports the evolution of broader sustainability strategies within the corporation, as well as internal and external annual corporate sustainability reporting and web communications. Prior to joining Exelon, Ms. Dickersbach worked for a variety of industries providing environmental permitting and compliance support. Ms. Dickersbach has a Bachelor of Science degree in International Environmental Studies from Rutgers University, and a Masters in Environmental Policy from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Olga Dominguez – Retired, Assistant Administrator, Office of Strategic Infrastructure, NASA
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John Dukes – General Manager, WGL Energy Systems
As the General Manager of WGL Energy, Mr. Dukes is responsible for the corporate wide strategy and business development of all energy efficiency projects and distributed energy assets (CHP, battery, fuel cell, CNG, solar, geothermal, wind) for the federal government, public sector entities, commercial, industrial, and educational markets throughout North America reporting directly to WGL's Chief Revenue Officer. This includes all federal and non-federal energy savings performance contracts, power purchase agreements, thermal energy service and operating agreements. Mr. Dukes speaks at national conferences, meets with governmental policy and operational personnel regarding the implementation of energy security and resiliency procurement strategies that include distributed generation and microgrids: consults with governmental customers on the implementation of energy procurement strategies, leveraging offset strategies, and business optimization concepts. Mr. Dukes is a recognized leader in the development of energy solutions that meet the unique requirements of the Public Sector.

Jed Ela – Senior Advisor, Sustainable Supply Chains, U.S. General Services Administration
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John Englander – President, International Sea Level Institute and Author, High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis
For over 30 years, John Englander has been a leader in both the private sector and the non-profit arena, serving as CEO of such noteworthy organizations as The Cousteau Society and The International SeaKeepers Society. Today, he works with corporations, engineering and law firms, government agencies, and communities to understand the financial risks as increasing sever storms and long term sea level rise challenge us to adapt to a shoreline that will move inland for decades. His book, High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis, was released on October 22, 2012, one week before Hurricane Sandy devastated the East coast. The book has received unanimous rave reviews from experts as well as the general public and is now in a second edition. Englander has been in the media worldwide, appearing on National Public Radio (NPR), MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Al Jazeera America, Fox Business Channel's "Stossel," and SkyNews TV-UK. He has been featured in USA Today, Huffington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Publisher's Weekly. Englander is a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology Foundation, as well as Friends of the United Nations; a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Marine Techonology Society, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Shabnam Fardanesh – Sustainable Acquisition Coordinator, Office of Sustainability Support, U.S. Department of Energy
Shabnam (Shab) Fardanesh is the Sustainable Acquisition Coordinator at the DOE Office of Sustainability Support. She is a nationally recognized subject matter expert in environmental sustainability, sustainable acquisition, fleet management, and alternative fuel technologies. She is the DOE GreenBuy Program lead which provides the agency sites with direction and incentives for purchasing products with strong environmental attributes. The GreenBuy program was recently awarded the Purchaser Leadership Award for an Overall Program by the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council as part of its 2015 Awards for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing. In 2009-10, Shab served as a Senior Program Manager for the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, assisting in Executive Order (EO) 13514 implementation with a special emphasis on sustainable transportation. She also served in the Energy Branch of the Office of Management and Budget in 2005, working on energy efficiency projects. Shab has managed compliance activities and drafted guidance documents for all Federal fleets in meeting requirements for the Energy Policy Acts of 1992 and 2005, EO 13149, and Executive Order 13423. Shab also chaired the Interagency Committee on Alternative Fuels and Low Emission Vehicles (INTERFUEL) , comprised of energy and environmental officials from more than 30 agencies, coordinating policy and programs for fleet sustainability and environmental management from 2000 to 2007. She has received the White House Closing the Circle Award for Leadership in Federal Environmental Stewardship, the CEQ Award for Greening the Federal Fleet, and multiple White House Commendations.

David Feldman – Senior Financial Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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Bridget Ferrari – Sustainable Supply Chain Program Manager at National Grid
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Kim Fowler – Chief Research Engineer, Sustainable Design and Operations, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Kim Fowler’s 20+ years of experience at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory includes assessing the environmental, social, and economic impacts of facility design and operations; establishing new environmental programs; and identifying opportunities for greenhouse gas management. For whole building performance measurement she developed a method for Federal and commercial buildings and has measured over 65 buildings for energy use, water use, operations and maintenance, waste and recycling, occupant commute, and occupant satisfaction. She works with measured utility data to provide cost effective strategies for meeting organizational performance goals. Ms. Fowler has authored/co-authored three books, over 100 technical reports, and four book chapters. She has been a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design accredited professional since 2003.

Julie Fox Gorte – Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing, Pax World Management LLC
Julie Fox Gorte, Ph.D. is the Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing at Pax World Management LLC. She oversees Environmental, Social and Governance-related research on prospective and current investments as well as Pax’s shareholder advocacy and work on public policy advocacy. Dr. Gorte serves on the boards of Ceres, the Sustainable Investments Institute, the Endangered Species Coalition and the American Sustainable Business Council. She serves as the co-chair of the Asset Management Working Group of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiatives and is on the steering committee for UNEP’s workstream on biodiversity. Prior to joining Pax, Dr. Gorte served as Vice President and Chief Social Investment Strategist at Calvert. Her experience before she joined the investment world in 1999 includes nearly 14 years as Senior Associate and Project Director at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, Vice President for Economic and Environmental Research at The Wilderness Society, Program Manager for Technology Programs in the Environmental Protection Agency’s policy office and Senior Associate at the Northeast-Midwest Institute.

Shari Friedman – Senior Strategy Officer, IFC Climate Business Department, World Bank
Shari Friedman is the Senior Strategy Officer for Climate Business at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. Since 1994, she has worked in climate change and energy in both the private and public sector. Ms. Friedman worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. During that time, she evaluated the impact of carbon prices on businesses and industries such as iron and steel, cement, pulp and paper as well as wind, solar, insulation and motors. From 1998 to 2001, Ms. Friedman was part of the U.S. negotiating team for the Kyoto Protocol, focusing on rules for international emissions trading, particularly the Clean Development Mechanism. In 2001, Ms. Friedman joined Environmental Enterprises Assistance Fund (EEAF), which managed for-profit private equity funds for environmental businesses. She was responsible for capitalization of the organization and private equity funds as well as for strategic direction for new investment vehicles. She also managed the group’s participation in greenhouse gas trading schemes. Ms. Friedman left EEAF to create Opus4, which became ASF Associates. ASF Associates provided strategic and technical insight on climate, energy, clean air and small business development. Clients included SRI fund managers, private energy businesses, think tanks, U.S. government agencies, universities and NGOs. Ms. Friedman joined the IFC in 2013. She helps develop the corporation’s strategy to increase its climate business, including investments that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as increase resiliency to the effects of climate change.

Bruno Fulda – Counselor, Head of the Ecology, Sustainable Development, Energy, and Transportation Department of the Embassy of France in the United States
Bruno Fulda is Counselor for Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transportation and Energy at the French Embassy in Washington. A French civil servant with financial, legal and technical background, Bruno has had responsibilities in the fields of public affairs as well as the private sector. An advisor to several French Ministers, he has been an auditor at the French Government Accountability Office and in various UN and European organizations. As Deputy assistant secretary for International Affairs of the French Ministry of Ecology, and then head of the team that launched a new international regional organization in the Mediterranean, he developed Ecology oriented projects during six years. In March 2015, in preparation for COP 21, Bruno produced and hosted the Forum of Communities for Urban Sustainability, or FOCUS 2015, at the French Embassy. The two-day forum brought together 60 US and French mayors and 300 key decision makers to exchange ideas and information for making cities more sustainable. On June 18, 2015, Mr Fulda co-published in Paris a book with 20 French top economists including Nobel Prize winner Jean Tirole and ex-Prime minister Michel Rocard, about climate and capitalism. His contribution focuses on the new US paradigm on Climate. Mr. Fulda has been mainly posted in France, China, Italy, Spain and the USA.

Nancy Gassman – Assistant Public Works Director, Sustainability Division, City of Fort Lauderdale
Dr. Nancy J. Gassman received her Ph.D. from the University of Miami researching impacts to coastal ecosystems. In 20 years of public service, she has worked on integrated water resources planning, environmental monitoring including construction of a LEED-certified environmental chemistry laboratory and the development and implementation of Broward County’s Climate Change Action Plan. While managing Broward’s Energy and Sustainability Program, she was a major contributor to developing a regional vulnerability assessment and a sea level rise projection for the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact. Since 2014, as the Assistant Public Works Director for Sustainability in the City of Fort Lauderdale, she is coordinating training and implementing sustainability, climate mitigation and adaptation strategies within government operations and throughout the City.

Stephen Gill – Chief Scientist, Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Mr. Gill has been with NOAA’s tides and water levels program in various capacities since 1975 and has experience in water level and current measurement, processing and analyses, tidal datums, and sea level variations. He has developed training programs and seminars in the application of sea level trends to climate change. His educational background includes a B.S. in Meteorology and Oceanography and an M.S. in Physical Oceanography from the New York University School of Engineering and Science. Mr. Gill provides input or review to guidance documents for application of sea-level trends to climate-change assessments, including portions of the Climate Change Science Program (CCSP 2009), the IPCC AR5 (in review), and the national Climate Assessment (NCA) (in review).

Nancy Girard – Former Commissioner, Boston Department of the Environment
As Former Commissioner of the Boston Department of the Environment, Girard brings over 20 years of experience in environmental, energy, municipal and land planning law. Prior to establishing her own practice, Girard was the Director, Vice President and Senior Attorney at the Conservation Law Foundation’s New Hampshire Advocacy Center. She also has experience in the public sector working for the State of New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. Girard received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Amherst College, a Master of Arts in International Studies, Specialization in Natural Resource and Environmental Policy, and her Juris Doctor, both from the University of Denver.

Tonya Graham – Executive Director, ClimateWise
Since 2008, Tonya Graham has taken a lead role in developing the concept of Whole Community Adaptation, which creates benefits across sectors. She and her team have created the ClimateWise® framework to help community leaders understand likely future conditions, determine vulnerabilities, and develop responsible strategies to address them. Tonya is a member of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals and served as the Fundraising Chair for the 2013 National Adaptation Forum. In 2012 she co-organized the Practitioners Workshop on Climate Change Adaptation: Integrated Strategies for Human and Natural Communities with the Kresge Foundation. As a member of the ClimateWise team, she has assisted communities in Oregon, California and Montana with new projects coming online in Alabama, Mississippi, Alaska, and Florida.

Benjamin Hamlington – Assistant Professor, Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography, Old Dominion University
Dr. Ben Hamlington is an assistant professor at Old Dominion University in the Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department. He is an expert in the use of satellite altimetry to measure sea level, and is a member of the NASA Sea Level Rise and Ocean Surface Topography Science Teams. His research focuses on separating the natural and anthropogenic components of sea level variability to improve projections of future regional sea level. With a PhD in Aerospace Engineering, he also has extensive experience in satellite design and remote sensing for a wide range of climate applications.

Scott Hernandez – Head of Sales & Trading, North America, Carbon Trade Exchange (CTX)
Scott has extensive experience in environmental management, carbon markets and business development, including analysis and design of solutions to tackle the complex issues at the center of business, energy and environmental policy. Prior to joining Carbon Trade Exchange, Scott was Business Development Manager at Climate Action Reserve (CAR), a leading registry for carbon offsets. At CTX, Scott is responsible for driving the sales strategy of Carbon Trade Exchange in the United States and Americas markets, across both the voluntary and compliance markets, and other emerging environmental markets. Scott has an MBA and MA in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, in Monterey, California, and BA in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee.

David Herring – Director of Communications & Education, NOAA Climate Program Office
David Herring is a science writer and editor with extensive experience communicating about climate and Earth system science. In March 2008, David joined NOAA’s Climate Program Office where he serves as Director of Communication and Education, and Program Manager for NOAA Climate.gov. Before coming to NOAA, David worked for 16 years at NASA, where he led development of NASA's Earth Observatory (earthobservatory.nasa.gov), and served as the Terra mission’s Outreach Coordinator. David trained in journalism, science education, and science and technical communication at East Carolina University, in Greenville, NC, where he received his Masters Degree in 1992. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Michael Hightower – Program Lead, Energy Systems Analysis Department, Sandia National Laboratories
Mr. Hightower is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff in the Energy Security Center at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a civil and environmental engineer and has over 30 years experience in research and development projects. His current efforts include research and evaluation of innovative environmental and energy technologies and security and protection of critical water and energy infrastructures. One of his current activities is as project leader for development of a Science and Technology Roadmap for DOE for Energy-Water research and development. With scientists from Los Alamos, NETL, EPRI, and Sandia he also helped write a Report to Congress on current and emerging energy and water interdependencies and challenges. Mike holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in civil engineering from New Mexico State University. He serves on the Executive Committee of the New Mexico Pollution Prevention Technical Resource Center, the Board of Directors for Citizens for Responsible Energy, is past-Chair of the Waste management Education and Research Consortium Industrial Advisory Board, and Chair of ASME’s Environmental Engineering Division

Bob Inglis – Executive Director, Energy and Enterprise Initiative, George Mason University and Former U.S. Congressman
Bob Inglis is the Executive Director of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative based at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Inglis founded and launched the national, grassroots organization in July 2012. E&EI is guided by the conservative principles of free enterprise and economic growth, limited government, liberty, accountability and reasonable risk avoidance to solve our nation’s energy and climate challenges. Inglis represented South Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District (Greenville, Spartanburg, Union counties) for 12 years in the U.S. House of Representatives (1993-98 and 2005-10). He was first elected to Congress in 1992 after having never run for public office. He spent six years in the U.S. House and unsuccessfully challenged Democratic U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings in 1998. In the fall of 2004, he was re-elected to the open House seat he had previously held and went on to serve another six-year stint in Congress. In the midst of the financial crisis in 2010, he lost his bid for re-election.

Bryan Jacob – Climate Coach, Climate Coach International, LLC
Prior to launching Climate Coach International, Bryan spent 21 years leading environmental initiatives for The Coca-Cola Company. He developed the Company’s sustainable refrigeration program, deploying energy efficient refrigeration systems without hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). He was instrumental in fostering a relationship with Greenpeace through formation of the multi-stakeholder Refrigerants, Naturally! initiative. Bryan was the architect of the Coca-Cola climate protection strategy including a Climate Savers partnership with WWF and a commitment to reduce the carbon footprint of the ‘drink-in-your-hand’ 25% by 2020. Bryan graduated summa cum laude from Georgia Tech. Bryan has also been recognized as one of the United States’ premier weightlifters – competing in both the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games. Bryan lives in Atlanta with his wife and three children.

Lisa Jacobson – President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy
Lisa Jacobson serves as the President of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) and manages the day-to-day operations of the organization. Ms. Jacobson has advised states and federal policymakers on energy, tax, air quality and climate change issues. She is a member of the Department of Energy’s State Energy Efficiency steering committee. Ms. Jacobson has testified before Congress and has represented clean energy industries before the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Prior to her position with the BCSE, Ms. Jacobson was a legislative aide to the U.S. Congress; received a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science; and a Bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of Vermont.

Treazure Johnson – Partner, McKenna Long & Aldridge
Treazure Johnson is a partner in the Washington, DC office of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP. Her practice encompasses representation of individuals and corporations in regulatory and criminal investigations, prosecutions and complex civil litigation in the areas of securities fraud, bank fraud, healthcare fraud and public corruption. Prior to joining McKenna Long, Ms. Johnson was Senior Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel in the SEC’S Division of Enforcement, managing and executing all phases of investigation and litigation in matters alleging financial fraud, insider trading, internet fraud and market manipulation

Rachael Jonassen – Professor, George Washington University
Dr. Jonassen teaches climate change science and policy and leads the climate change practice in the Energy and Environment Management Institute at George Washington University. She advises federal and international clients on multiple strategic challenges related to climate change mitigation and adaptation. At the National Science Foundation, she directed research on the carbon cycle and served in the Global Change Research Program. Her academic research on downscaling global climate models for hydroclimatic applications is reported in more than 70 professional papers and 100 professional talks. She is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, recipient of the NSF Director’s Award, and author of A Federal Leader’s Guide to Climate Change.

Todd Jones – Senior Manager, Policy and Climate Change Programs Center for Resource Solutions Green-e Climate
Todd Jones provides analysis and guidance on renewable energy and climate policy design and implementation to policymakers and functional support entities, works with environmental policy organizations, and serves on various technical advisory and working groups to provide research and guidance in the areas of renewable energy and climate change and to strengthen programs that add credibility to voluntary and corporate climate and environmental action. Jones also manages the Green-e Climate program, a retail standard and certification for carbon offsets and generally leads carbon market communications for the organization. Jones holds a Master’s in Environmental Science from Yale University, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UC Berkeley.

Darrin Kayser – Darrin Kayser, APR; Lead Associate; Booz Allen Hamilton
Darrin Kayser is an Accredited Public Relations (APR) professional with nineteen years’ experience as a strategic communications planner, spokesperson, media trainer and social marketing expert. He currently leads Booz Allen’s Defense Energy Strategic Communications team supporting over a dozen clients with behavior change, strategic messaging and public relations. Mr. Kayser served as spokesperson for the Transportation Security Administration and press secretary for Congresswoman Kay Granger among other positions. His campaigns, like the “3-1-1 for Carry-ons” and “I am Air Force Energy”, have received numerous awards including the Public Relations Society of America’s Silver Anvil.

Ron Kirk – Former US Trade Representative and Mayor of Dallas
Ambassador Ron Kirk joined the Clean and Safe Energy (CASEnergy) Coalition as a Co-Chairman in January 2014. In his role, Ambassador Kirk advances the Coalition’s message regarding the benefits of nuclear energy, and its importance in our future energy portfolio.Ambassador Kirk most recently served in the cabinet of President Barack Obama as his U.S. Trade Representative, the President’s principal trade adviser, negotiator, and spokesperson on trade issues. During his tenure as U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Kirk oversaw the approval and implementation of free trade agreements (FTAs) between the United States and South Korea, Columbia, and Panama. The South Korean free trade agreement marked the largest free trade agreement implemented by the United States since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1993. In addition to FTAs, Ambassador Kirk also oversaw the start and advancement of the FTA with the European Union, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership – a proposed trade agreement that would eliminate many trade barriers between the United States, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.Ambassador Kirk served as the mayor of the city of Dallas from 1995 to 2001. He was the first African-American elected to the position. During his tenure, he made expanding Dallas’ trade programs and trade missions a top priority. Through his time in office, he oversaw economic development efforts that brought more than 45,000 new jobs and more than $3.5 billion in new investment to Dallas. During this time, Dallas also saw its lowest crime rate in more than 20 years. Prior to that, Ambassador Kirk served as the Texas Secretary of State to Governor Ann Richards, as well as chair of the Texas General Service Commission.

Daniel Kreeger – Executive Director, Association of Climate Change Officers
Daniel Kreeger is co-founder of the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) and has a unique familiarity of key climate and sustainability leaders at and efforts by most Fortune 500 companies, higher education institutions and North American government entities. Dan has led ACCO’s programming efforts, as well as establishment of the CCO Certification, the first comprehensive climate change credentialing program for executives across sectors.An accomplished business executive with more than 15 years of cross-functional experience in change management and enterprise business strategies within business-to-business, government, and consumer-centric sectors, Dan focuses specifically on the human capital, economic and operational implications of environmental and public health issues. Dan serves on the Dean's Council of Advisors at the FIU College of Architecture and the Arts, and frequently lectures at top sustainability focused graduate and executive education programs.

Alicia LaRoche – Senior Specialist, Green Products, WGL Energy Services
Alicia LaRoche is a Senior Specialist in the Green Products division at WGL Energy an entity that delivers a full ecosystem of energy offerings including natural gas, electricity, green power, carbon reduction, distributed generation and energy efficiency to customers across the United States. In her role she manages the sales and marketing for existing Green Products such as wind, solar, and carbon offsets, implements energy management and efficiency solutions, develops new and innovative energy-related products, and initiates and maintains partnerships. Ms. LaRoche, a LEED Green Associate, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Virginia and a Master’s Degree in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University.

Sarah Lewis – Managing Director of Research and Integration, The Sustainability Consortium
Dr. Sarah E. Lewis is passionate about identifying and working through challenges at the interface of humans and the environment. A leader in the field of sustainability, Sarah is on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, an author on topics related to ecological integrity and improving supply chain sustainability, and she is Managing Director of Research and Integration with The Sustainability Consortium (TSC). Her work with TSC focuses on directing research processes, developing implementation programs, and building stakeholder relationships in order to drive the development and use of TSC products and services. Sarah holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Dynamics, a Master of Arts in French, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology and French Secondary Education. An award-winning educator, Sarah is an Adjunct Professor, having taught Environmental Sociology and currently serving on a number of graduate student committees. She is an active and recognized leader in her community. She currently serves as a board member of the Illinois River Watershed Partnership and the Walton Arts Center, and served a 4-year term as an elected official on the Fayetteville, Arkansas City Council.

Nanette Lockwood – Global Director, Climate Policy, Ingersoll Rand
Nanette Lockwood is the global director of Climate Policy for the Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand. In this role, Lockwood is responsible for leading global advocacy efforts for climate-related policies for Ingersoll Rand. She also leads the company’s U.S. and international efforts on refrigerant policies and is actively involved in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Montreal Protocol processes. Lockwood has more than 14 years of state and national legislative and regulatory advocacy experience with increasing responsibility in the energy, building and automotive sectors. Previously Lockwood was the global director for government affairs for Solutia, Inc., a specialty chemicals company with market-leading products in the energy, building and automotive sectors. Prior positions include director of Engineering and Building Codes for the Institute for Business and Home Safety, an insurance-funded association dedicated to increasing the natural disaster resistance of the U.S. built environment.

Robert Maddox – Chief Sustainability Officer, Sterling Planet
Robert Maddox currently serves as the Chief Sustainability Officer for Sterling Light. In 2014, Bob was honored as Green Power Leader of the Year by the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) for his unwavering commitment to the renewable industry, and his role in developing the market through his work on the LEED standards and contributions to policy development. Mr. Maddox is the former Director of Marketing and Communications for the Connecticut Energy Cooperative, where he designed and implemented a marketing strategy and launched the first competitive electricity and premium green power offering in Connecticut. Mr. Maddox also served for 14 years as a member of the Connecticut General Assembly, developing an expertise on environmental, energy and fiscal policy. A member of the U.S. Green Building Council and LEED™ Accredited Professional, Mr. Maddox is an appointed member of the LEED™ Energy and Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group. Mr. Maddox has served as co-chairman of the National Green Power Marketers Green Power Board and is an instructor in a worldwide sustainable movement known as The Natural Step. In February 2006, Mr. Maddox was appointed by the Governor of Connecticut, Hon. M. Jodi Rell, to be a member of Renewable Energy Investments Advisory Board, which oversees the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund expenditures.

Emilie Mazzacurati – Chief Executive Officer, Four Twenty Seven
Emilie Mazzacurati is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Four Twenty Seven, an award-winning consulting firm that helps corporations manage climate change risk. She has been advising governments and large corporations for over ten years, helping them identify strategic opportunities in the sustainability and climate change fields. Her work mixes rigorous economic analysis and creative data visualization to help communities and businesses understand climate risks and develop an effective climate adaptation strategy. Previously, Emilie was Head of Carbon Analysis at Thomson Reuters Point Carbon, where she directed Point Carbon's research department in the U.S. Emilie holds a Master of Political Science from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and a Master of Public Policy from UC Berkeley.

Janet McCabe – Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Janet McCabe is the Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, having previously served as OAR’s Principal Deputy to the Assistant Administrator.Prior to joining EPA in November 2009, McCabe was Executive Director of Improving Kids’ Environment, Inc., a children’s environmental health advocacy organization based in Indianapolis, Indiana and was an adjunct faculty member at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Public Health. From 1993 to 2005, Ms. McCabe held several leadership positions in the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s Office of Air Quality and was the office’s Assistant Commissioner from 1998 to 2005.Before coming to Indiana in 1993, Ms. McCabe served as Assistant Attorney General for environmental protection for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Assistant Secretary for Environmental Impact Review. Ms. McCabe grew up in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Harvard College in 1980 and Harvard Law School in 1983.

Michael McCormick – Policy Advisor, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Michael McCormick, AICP works with the California Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR) and is on an intergovernmental rotation in Washington DC. His current work as a Policy Advisor at NOAA, recent work with the White House Council on Environmental Quality and ongoing work with OPR is focused at the nexus of high level climate and sustainability goals and local implementation. Michael is passionate about successful institutional transformation through leading the development of partnerships, tools, resources, guidance and programs that support strong action on climate change. He's led the development of several conferences, dozens of workshops and has spoken at hundreds of events, classes and trainings.

Duncan McIntyre – Managing Director, Altenex LLC
Duncan’s background and expertise is in the areas of energy and finance, primarily including renewable energy assets and wholesale energy markets. He leads Altenex’s “supply network” representing relationships with hundreds of developers, owners, and other renewable energy and wholesale market participants. Altenex is the leading provider of renewable energy at utility-scale to the corporate market, sourced from solar, wind, and other renewable energy projects.Prior to co-founding Altenex, he worked at Polaris Ventures, a $3.5 billion venture firm, where he was responsible for sourcing and managing the fund's investments in biofuels, solar, wind, fuel cells and smart grid technologies. Duncan also has significant experience in the energy supply chain and power markets, through his work at PowerAdvocate, an energy intelligence platform.Duncan's past experience gives him a unique perspective and understanding of both distributed generation and utility-scale energy projects, across wind, solar, and biomass asset classes. Additionally, he has significant experience with wholesale energy markets and market structures, across the United States and Mexico. He began his career as an investment banker focusing on energy services, aggregates and technology companies.

Andy Mitchell – Project Manager, Better Buildings Alliance, U.S. Department of Energy
Andrew Mitchell is a Project Manager for the US Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance (BBA). The BBA is an effort to promote energy efficiency in U.S. commercial buildings through collaboration with building owners, operators, and managers. In this role, Andrew manages the technical solutions teams by balancing input from alliance members in the private sector, industry experts, and national labs. Prior to working at DOE, he held positions at General Electric, AEP Energy, and EnerNOC. Prior to engaging the energy industry he worked several years for the clothing company Patagonia.

Michael Mondshine – Vice President, Energy and Sustainability, WSP and Board Chair, Association of Climate Change Officers
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Margery Moore – DIrector, EHS Alliances, Bloomberg BNA
Margery Moore is Dir. Of Environmental Strategic Alliances for Bloomberg-BNA, a global publishing and media company. Margery works with a global network of organizations to develop environmental and sustainability information management systems that help many different types of corporations meet their compliance, and beyond compliance, requirements. She is currently digging deep into the older, well established compliance mindsets to identify key points where emerging issues around sustainability and climate change should be considered. She is a board member of ACCO, president of the charitable organization, The Institute for Sustainability Education & Action, Director with Hollyhock's Leadership Institute in Vancouver, BC. Plus she is advisor to ClimateAccess.org, a network of over 2500 climate workers globally. She has a Masters in Environmental Management Information Systems, from University of Victoria, B.C. and lives part-time in DC, and in BC.

Jenni Morejon – Director, Department of Sustainable Development, City of Fort Lauderdale
Jenni Morejon is the Director of the Department of Sustainable Development for the City of Fort Lauderdale. Under her leadership, economic development, construction permitting, code compliance, and urban design and planning converge to help build a vibrant and resilient community. Ms. Morejon began her career at the City of Fort Lauderdale in 2000, serving in urban planning positions until promoted to Deputy Director 2012 and Director in 2015. Her passion is to lead teams who encourage high quality development to meet economic, livability and environmental goals for a growing South Florida urban coastal community. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design. Ms. Morejon serves on the board of directors for Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk, Inc. and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of Leadership Fort Lauderdale, writes a monthly column for the GoRiverwalk magazine, and is an active member in the Urban Land Institute’s Southeast Florida/Caribbean Council.

Kevin Moss – Global Director, Business Center, World Resources Institute
Kevin Moss leads WRI’s program that helps the private sector develop strategies that support sustainable strategies and drive growth. This includes WRI’s Corporate Consultative Group (CCG) which facilitates impactful engagement across a broad spectrum of leading corporate partners. Prior to joining WRI, Kevin worked at BT where he was responsible for the Net Good program and was instrumental in transforming sustainability into a business growth strategy. Prior to his involvement in the world of sustainability, Kevin’s career path included product management, marketing and corporate strategy at BT, MCI and BP. Originally from London England, Kevin has been living in the Washington DC metro area since the mid 1990’s.

Greg Nickels – 51st Mayor of Seattle
Greg Nickels served 8 years as the 51st Mayor of Seattle from January 1, 2002 through December 31, 2009. In September 2010, Nickels was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate to be a Public Delegate of the United States to the Sixty-fifth Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Holding the rank of Ambassador, Public Delegates serve for a one-year term. Since leaving the Mayor’s Office, Greg served as a resident Fellow at Harvard University for Spring 2010. In that role he taught in the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government. He also served as a Distinguished Urban Fellow for Living Cities (2010 – 2011), a collaboration of the 22 largest philanthropies and financial institutions in America. Greg is the director for Institute for Sustainable Communities and Member of the Board for ecoAmerica.

Chris O'Brien – Director of Higher Education Programs, Altenex
Chris came to Altenex from American University where he was Director of Sustainability from 2009 to 2015. He was responsible for all sustainability functions, including the university's commitment to achieving climate-neutrality by the year 2020. Chris continues to teach about energy, climate, carbon markets and sustainable purchasing in the Sustainability Management program at AU's Kogod School of Business. While heading AU's sustainability office, Chris executed three power purchase agreements (PPAs), including a megawatt of onsite solar PV and solar thermal, and a 52 megawatt offsite solar PV project, which was the largest non-utility PPA in higher education at the time.At Altenex, Chris is the Director of Higher Education Programs, sharing what he learned at AU with other colleges and universities across North America, helping the higher education sector catalyze the transformation of America's electricity supply to clean and renewable sources. He is also a founding board director of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, and serves on the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE) STARS Steering Committee.

Christina O'Connell – Director, Business Development Americas, CRedit360
Christina has worked with credit360 since opening the company’s Americas office in September 2007. Prior to joining credit360, she was the founding director of CSRwire and Senior Vice President of Computershare’s Flag Communications where she managed the sustainability reporting services for North America. Her projects included leading the consulting team for WalMart’s first sustainability report as well as their 2007 Ethical Sourcing report and Kraft and Nexen’s 2006 CSR reports. Amongst her recent work at credit360, Christina managed the commercial aspects of developing the SCAA START system to collect manage and report sustainability data for the specialty coffee industry in addition to work with such clients as Staples, Mattel, McDonalds, the World Bank and the InterAmerican Development Bank.

Anastasia O'Rourke – Special Consultant, Industrial Economics, Incorporated & Co-Chair, Sustainable Purchasing Council
Anastasia O’Rourke is a Special Consultant with Industrial Economics Inc, a privately held consulting firm founded in 1981, providing expert analysis to clients in government, business, and not-for-profit organizations. Dr. O’Rourke has over 15 years of consulting experience providing expert sustainability and analysis services. She specializes in sustainable purchasing and products, standards and ecolabels evaluations, and program design strategies. Dr. O’Rourke has extensive experience supporting programs that promote sustainable industry and the greening of products, cleantech investments, and sustainable supply chains. She consults with clients including UNEP, EPA, GSA, NIST, ANSI, as well as several companies and non profits.

Tom Pagliuco – Director, Energy Engineering, Allergan
Tom Pagliuco is currently Director, Energy Engineering at Allergan, where he leads the Allergan Energy Management Program across a global portfolio of facilities.Prior to this assignment, he developed, implemented and managed the Merck and Schering-Plough global energy programs. The Merck and S-P energy management programs have both been recognized by ENERGY STAR as Partners of the Year. Tom was the recipient of a 2008 S-P Environmental Achievement Award for his advocacy for energy excellence and received the 2014 EnergySMART Energy Innovator Award. Tom was also responsible for implementing the global sourcing strategy for electricity, natural gas and other fuels. He continues to evaluate the feasibility of using renewable energy technologies across the corporation, and while at S-P he was instrumental in completing one of the largest rooftop mounted solar electric systems in the United States.Mr. Pagliuco has over 35 years of industry experience with roles of increasing responsibility. He joined Actavis in 2015. He started with Merck/Schering-Plough in February 2006, coming from Prenova, Inc. where he was Director, Industrial Field Services. While there, he led various energy process management improvement projects. Prior to joining Prenova, Inc, he held several engineering and technology management roles at Rhodia (Rhone-Poulenc) Inc and Union Carbide Agricultural Products.

Diana Pape – Vice President, ICF International
Diana Pape has more than 30 years of experience in designing and implementing environmental programs. She has served as the program manager for contracts with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), supporting greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, protocol development, GHG inventories, mitigation analyses, and voluntary program activities for non-CO2 GHGs. Since 1999, Ms. Pape has evaluated the costs and benefits for mitigating GHGs for clients such as EPA, USDA, IEA GHG, California Energy Commission, New Zealand Ministry for the Environment, New Zealand Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry, Center for Clean Air Policy, and private sector clients. For the past four years, she has primarily focused on agricultural sectors.

Lindene Patton – Global Head Hazard Product Development, CoreLogic
Ms. Lindene Patton, J.D. serves as Global Head of Hazard Product Development for Insurance and Spatial Solutions Business of CoreLogic, Inc. Ms. Patton serves as Chief Climate Product Officer at Zurich Financial Services. She manages the Underwriting Counsel staff and the Cost Engineering Services staff, which provide support to the environmental and architects and engineering underwriting divisions. She served as thr Chief Climate Change product officer of Zurich Insurance Group AG until 2014, for which she previously served in roles as divisional Head of Risk Management and Legal Counsel. Ms. Patton has substantial expertise in all aspects of environmental insurance and professional liability insurance for the design professional, and she supports the development and improvement of all lines of environmental insurance. Additionally, Ms. Patton has extensive experience in standard property and casualty insurance and other specialty insurance coverages, such as political risk. She evaluates issues related to climate change and has developed products to support carbon trading and other unique solutions designed to assist customers in their adaptation to climate change. Ms. Patton serves as a member of several advisory boards, including the Environmental Financial Advisory Board. Ms. Patton serves as a Member of Advisory Board at Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. Ms. Patton is an attorney licensed in the State of California and the District of Columbia, and an American Board of Industrial Hygiene Certified Industrial Hygienist.

Theresa Perry – Global Energy and Sustainability Manger, Cisco Systems
Theresa Perry brings 10 years of experience in energy management and renewable energy development, most recently as Global Energy and Sustainability Manager with Cisco Systems. Driving innovation, Theresa has a consistently brought best in class programs to her employers. With prior experience in academia and research, including tenure as faculty president, she combines leadership and academic rigor with a practical approach to providing business solutions in a sustainability framework.

Ana Pinheiro Privette – Climate Data Initiative at NASA GSFC/Climate Data Solutions LLC
Ana is trained in the fields of science and engineering, and spent most of her career as a contractor for NASA and NOAA. She has extensive experience in data collection, data production, data analysis, and data management. ​In addition, Ana has worked with the decision-making community to understand their data needs and operational processes, and with the climate science community to ensure data-to-result traceabilty as part of the National Climate Asessment team. Ana is interested in using data to better understand the natural environment and to design strategies that improve the resilience of systems to changing weather and climate.

Verena Radulovic – ENERGY STAR Product Manager, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Verena Radulovic is a product manager for the ENERGY STAR® program at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she leads the process for strengthening energy efficiency specifications for consumer electronics under the ENERGY STAR® label, thus promoting greater energy efficiency across 60+ million products sold in the U.S. annually. At EPA since 2004, she has primarily worked with industry to find ways to develop more environmentally sustainable products, reduce businesses’ carbon footprints, and improve sustainability throughout their global supply chains. She has led EPA’s engagement with small businesses to measure and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, has worked with large manufacturers and retailers to develop programs for consumers to recycle their electronics, and has provided technical input to standards that were created to differentiate environmentally preferable products in the electronics, textiles and furniture sectors. Prior to joining the EPA, she worked at the Environmental Law Institute, a not-for-profit organization, on integrating pollution prevention measures into global mining operations through working with multinational mining corporations and large lending institutions that finance such efforts.

Emilee Ritchie – Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
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Connie Sasala – Chief Sustainability Officer, Cameron-Cole, LLC
As CSO of Cameron-Cole, Ms. Sasala analyzes the changing global business environment and provides strategic advice and tools for clients who seek to design and build resilience across their value chain. With over 20 years of experience in the sustainability and carbon fields, she has been deeply engaged in developing best practices and tailoring them for corporations across all economic sectors, as well as NGOs, local governments, and universities. She has numerous accreditations, including lead verifier for TCR, CARB and MassDEP GHG reporting programs, and has formerly served as a Division Director in the Policy Office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and as a Senior Consultant at Aspinwall & Co. in the UK. Connie holds a B.A. and M.S. in Structural Geology from Miami University.

Scott Schang – Acting President, Environmental Law Institute
Scott Schang is Acting President at the Environmental Law Institute. Scott is an expert in climate and sustainability policy and oversees both the Institute’s professional education function and its publications, which include three periodicals and ELI Press. He was previously Vice President, Climate & Sustainability, and Director of ELI’s Africa Program. Prior to joining ELI in 2003, Scott practiced environmental law for ten years with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and with Latham & Watkins.

Joel Scheraga – Senior Advisor for Climate Adaptation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Dr. Joel D. Scheraga is the Senior Advisor for Climate Adaptation at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He is leading EPA's efforts to adapt to climate change to ensure the Agency continues to protect human health and the environment even as the climate changes. He led the development of EPA’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan and is overseeing implementation of the Plan. A central element of EPA’s efforts is to strengthen the resilience and adaptive capacity of states, tribes, and local communities. Dr. Scheraga was on the team that produced President Obama’s Climate Action Plan which was released in June 2013. He was also a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Stephen Scott – Senior Project Development Manager, SunPower Corporation, Systems
Stephen Scott serves as a senior project development manager for SunPower Corp., Systems, where he is responsible for developing industry leading solar PV project solutions for the company’s F500 clients. Prior to joining SunPower, he held various leadership positions in the solar development space. He transitioned to solar PV business and project development after 17 years in the conventional power generation industry. Prior positions include domestic subsidiary and foreign joint venture general management roles at The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) where he was responsible for business units in the thermal power and air pollution control sectors. Mr. Scott holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Clare Sierawski – Chief of Staff, Office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change, U.S. Department of State
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Dan Sobrinski – Practice Leader, Sustainability & Energy, WSP
Dan is a registered Professional Engineer with expertise in developing enterprise sustainability & energy strategy. Throughout his 15 year career Dan has advised on energy efficiency & renewable energy deployment, greenhouse gas (GHG) management, data management system integration, risk & opportunity assessment, performance target setting, and sustainability communications. He presently works with a range of clients in the automotive, chemical, financial services, information technology, and retail sectors.

Jim Sullivan – Vice President, Sustainability Management & Strategy, SAP
Jim Sullivan brings over 19 years of experience to his role as Vice President, Sustainability Management & Strategy at SAP. Jim joined SAP in June 2009 with the Clear Standards acquisition. In his current role,Jim is responsible for developing and commercializing new innovative sustainability business opportunities, expanding SAP’s operational sustainability excellence by deploying breakthrough products and technologies, and providing thought leadership to drive overall sustainability strategy across global business operations. Prior to joining SAP, Jim was part of the executive management team at Clear Standards where he was responsible for strategy and advisory services. Formerly Director of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leaders program and acting Branch Chief of EPA’s Energy Supply and Industry programs, Jim is an internationally recognized expert on policies and measures to combat climate change. Jim’s previous work included developing and analyzing performance metrics for U.S. climate and energy programs and serving as UNFCCC expert reviewer of the European Union’s climate policy.

Kristen Taddonio – Lead Energy Efficiency Specialist, Building Technologies Office, Commercial Buildings Program
Kristen Taddonio is an energy efficiency specialist with the Commercial Buildings program of the Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office. She and her team work with public and private Better Buildings partners in the commercial real estate, retail, hospitality, healthcare, and higher education sectors to help them take advantage of energy savings opportunities. Prior to joining DOE in 2011, Taddonio worked for the Energy Star program.

Catherine Thomasson – Executive Director, Physicians for Social Responsibility
Catherine Thomasson, MD is the executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility. A primary physician by training, she understands the importance of prevention as the best and lowest cost response to health threats such as climate change. She will present information on the recently released special report on climate and health by the prestigious Lancet Commission Report and the role of health in promoting sustainability.

Susanne Torriente – Assistant City Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale
Susanne M. Torriente joined the City of Fort Lauderdale in July 2011 as part of the management team focused on streamlining city services, initiating strategic management practices & performance measurement systems and integrating sustainability into city operations. She has responsibility for Sustainable Development, Transportation & Mobility, Public Works, Parks & Recreation and Structural Innovation. Susanne served as lead staff coordinating the Fort Lauderdale Vision 2035 planning process and she is the Infrastructure co-chair of Broward Six Pillars Economic Development Plan. Susanne has been a member of the SE Florida Regional Climate Compact steering committee since its inception in 2009 and was a major contributor in the development of the regional climate action plan. This regional collaboration has afforded her the opportunity to share the South Florida climate resiliency story around the world. Susanne is currently a member of the State of Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Community Resiliency Focus Group and ICLEI’s Resilient Communities for America Advisory Committee. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO).

Karl van Orsdol – Principal Consultant, Sustainable Buildings and Communities, DNV
Karl is a Principal Consultant in DNV GL’s Sustainable Buildings and Communities group where he focusses on energy data management systems, energy markets and risk management, climate action planning and climate mitigation projects. Prior to DNV GL, Karl was Global Strategist for Energy and Sustainability at Hewlett Packard implementing energy management practices across 1,200 HP facilities in 170 countries. Karl also served as an advisor to City of Boston developing a strategic management review of the City’s energy consumption. Karl spent 10 years as energy risk manager for the City of Palo Alto where he managed the financial and operational risks associated with the City’s electricity and natural gas procurement portfolio and lead the negotiations with renewable energy providers for PPA’s for electricity and NAESB gas contracts.

Marian van Pelt – Vice President, Climate Change and Sustainability, ICF International
Marian Van Pelt has more than 20 years of experience in climate change, sustainability, and greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation and accounting. Nominated by the United States to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change's (UNFCCC) Roster of Experts, Ms. Van Pelt is an internationally recognized expert in GHG emission inventories. Her experience includes advising Federal agencies, private sector entities, and international development organizations on policies and actions to quantify greenhouse gas emissions, plan mitigation activities, and conserve resources. She recently served as a technical working group member and chapter lead for the WRI Greenhouse Gas Protocol's Mitigation Goal Standard, an accounting and reporting standard for national and subnational GHG reduction goals, leading the chapter on designing a mitigation goal.

Paul Wagner – Branch Chief and Ecologist, Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Paul Wagner is Senior Ecologist and Branch Chief at the US Army Corps of Engineers' Institute for Water Resources (IWR). His work is divided between the leadership of an interdisciplinary group of 20 subject matter experts, and technical work as a freshwater ecology subject matter expert. Paul's work at IWR addresses a variety of technical and policy related questions in the areas of decision support, climate change, conservation and planning, and integrated water resources management. Paul participates in a number of domestic and international interagency workgroups, and other collaborations, focused on climate change science, policy, and planning. Paul represents the Department of Defense on the Subcommittee on Water Availably and Quality, and he leads the Society for Freshwater Science's Subcommittee on Climate Change. Paul is also responsible for leadership of the U.S. Federal Partnership supporting Mexico's development of their national wetlands inventory and Mexico's National Wetlands Advisory Council. Prior to joining IWR, Paul worked as landscape ecologist for the EPA's Regional Vulnerability Assessment program (analyzing the vulnerability of ecological resources and the stressors threatening them) and served as research ecologist, and science and policy analyst assigned to the National Center for Environmental Assessment. Paul has also worked as the Senior Aquatic Ecologist for The Nature Conservancy's South-central division, where he was responsible for multi-scale strategic habitat conservation and planning. Paul's doctoral research was completed at Virginia Tech, where he studied the long-term recovery of streams following early 20th century logging. Paul's Masters research included studies of aquatic invertebrate ecology and thermal tolerance in fishes.

Kevin Watson – Manager, Life Cycle Logistics and Supply Chain Management, U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Kevin Watson serves as the Manager for Life Cycle Logistics and Supply Chain Management within the Logistics Division at NASA Headquarters. From 1990 through 2008 he worked in a variety of positions in the area of logistics and maintenance in support of human space flight programs at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. He holds Ph.D. and B.S. degrees in Welding Engineering from The Ohio State University and an M.S. in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a registered Professional Engineer in California.

Adam Whelchel – Director of Science, Nature Conservancy
Dr. Adam Whelchel’s twenty-four year career in leadership positions has focused on building resilient communities, strategic planning, and conservation while with government agencies, private firms, academic institutions, and non-profits in the United States, Southeast Asia, Caribbean, and Africa. As the Director of Science for The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut, Adam's current focus is on community resilience building via the Coastal Resilience Network and Global Resilient Cities Initiative. Adam recently served as a key advisor on the Puerto Rico Climate Adaptation Plan and as a Lead Author for the U.S. National Climate Assessment. Adam Whelchel is a dynamic communicator called upon to assist diverse groups from around the world with team building and strategic planning. Adam has ice climbed crevasses in Alaska, trekked throughout the Himalayas, explored river caves in Thailand and Belize, and worked on conservation in Africa.

Jay Wintergreen – Director, GHG Management Services, First Environment, Inc.
Jay Wintergreen is the Director of GHG Management Services at First Environment. His work includes the development of corporate climate change strategies and GHG management programs, and technical and financial evaluations of GHG reduction projects. He also undertakes verification of GHG inventories and reduction projects under both compliance and voluntary programs. He is a CARB-accredited lead verifier for mandatory facility GHG reporting as well as offset projects under California’s cap and trade program. Before joining First Environment, Mr. Wintergreen was a consultant to the nuclear energy and tech manufacturing industries. Mr. Wintergreen is a graduate of Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment with a master’s degree in Environmental Management.

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