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2017 Keynotes

Dow Constantine | King County Executive  

Dow Constantine

Gwen Migita | Vice President Sustainability & Corporate Citizenship, Caesars Entertainment  

Dave Soike | CEO, Port of Seattle  

Dave Soike

2017 Speakers

Ash Awad | Chief Market Officer, McKinstry  

Ash Awad

Claudia Balducci | King County Councilmember & Sound Transit Board Member  

Claudia Balducci

Claudia's first became active in politics when she joined her neighbors to advocate for the revitalization of her local shopping center. She was later elected to a Bellevue city charter commission and then to the City Council where she served for 12 years, including two years as Deputy Mayor and two years as Mayor. Claudia has been a passionate supporter of good transportation options since first taking office in 2004. She has been a member and past Chair of the Puget Sound Regional Council's Transportation Policy Board and the Eastside Transportation Partnership. She currently serves on the Sound Transit Board of Directors. She is proud to have played an instrumental role in extending light rail from Seattle to Bellevue and the eastside of Lake Washington. In 2015, Claudia was recognized as "Elected Official of the Year" by the Alliance of Eastside Agencies (Human Services) and the Washington State Democratic Party. She has also been a strong advocate for education and the arts, supporting great organizations like Kidsquest Children's Museum, Bellevue Youth Theater, Youth Theatre Northwest, and many more. Claudia is a graduate of Providence College and the Columbia University School of Law. She lives in Bellevue with her husband Jim, son Victor and former King County shelter cats Sabrina and Lucy.

Jennifer Barnes | Vice President, Operations and Communications, OneEnergy Renewables   

Jennifer Barnes

Richard Beckerman | Chief Operating Officer, Seattle Art Museum  

Richard Beckerman

Rob Bernard | Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft  

Rob Bernard

Chris Brandon | CEO, Wingz  

Leda Chahim | Government Affairs Director, Forterra  

Leda Chahim

Ed Clark | Associate Partner, ZGF Architects LLP  

Ed Clark

Laura Clise | Director of Sustainability, Weyerhaeuser   

She is a 2013 Aspen Institute First Mover Fellow, and the recipient of an Exceptional Individual Achievement Award from the Human Rights Campaign. She proudly serves on the Athlete Ally Board of Directors, the IslandWood Board of Directors, and is a member of the Net Impact Corporate Advisory Council and the Reaching Out MBA Catalyst Committee.

Brenna Davis | Director of Sustainability, Virginia Mason  

Brenna Davis

Brenna's reach and commitment extends beyond Virginia Mason's facilities. In 2013, she founded the Pacific Northwest Health Care Sustainability Roundtable, in order to create a collaborative dialogue in the local Health Care industry. In 2014, she facilitated and led the process that created the Washington Climate Declaration. The same year, she co-founded and became chair of the Washington Business for Climate Action, a group of businesses collaborating to act on climate. Also in 2014, she was invited to advise the Obama Administration on climate resilience during the White House Health Care Climate Resiliency Roundtable facilitated by John Podesta. In 2015, she presented on health care climate action at the White House Summit on Climate and Health, urging other health care organizations to engage in climate advocacy. In the end of 2015, she presented at the French Health Care Federation's Low Carbon Conference at COP21 in Paris.

Jacqueline Drumheller | Manager of Sustainability, Alaska Air Group  

Richard Eidlin | Co-Founder and Vice President, Policy and Campaigns, American Sustainable Business Council  

Richard Eidlin

Jeff Frost | Project Manager, Brightworks Sustainability

Jeff Frost

Ubax Gardheere | Equitable Strategies Manager, City of Seattle Office of Planning & Community Development  

Ubax Gardheere

Annette Gardiner | Vice President, Gas Strategic Development, Itron  

Annette Gardiner

Gardiner has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University and an Executive Masters of Business Administration degree from Michigan State University's Eli Broad School of Management. She is a licensed professional engineer in Michigan and New Mexico. In 2014, Gardiner was awarded the Maverick Award from Midwest Energy Association's Energetic Women group for advancing opportunities for women in engineering and operating roles in the utility industry. In 2013, Gardiner was inducted into the Academy of Engineers at Michigan Technological University for career achievement. Gardiner has served on industry association Board of Directors, including Western Energy Institute, Midwest Energy Association, and on the American Gas Association's Managing Committee.

Colleen Groll | Manager, Sustainability Programs, Seattle Children's Hospital  

Colleen Groll

Will Hall | Councilmember, City of Shoreline   

Brian Hatfield | Director of Economic Development, Department of Commerce Forest Products Sector  

Brian Hatfield

Brian Heather | President & CEO, SolTerra  

In addition to being a real estate developer, Brian also founded SolTerra Systems, a division of SolTerra that focuses on bringing ecological systems into our built environment. Brian created VeraWall™, a patented living wall system that is used to integrate plants and vegetation into the interior and exterior built environment. SolTerra is also a leading solar installer in Washington state, having installed hundreds of solar arrays since its 2008 inception. Brian recently graduated from the Entrepreneurial Masters Program at MIT. He is a University of Washington graduate with a B.A. in Political Communications. Prior to SolTerra, Brian held positions at Eco Management and Nordstrom.

Judith Heerwagen, Ph.D. | Research Psychologist, Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings  

Matt Horton | Chief Commercial Officer, Proterra  

Jimmy Jia | CEO and Co-Founder, Distributed Energy Management  

Emma Johnson | Resource Conservation Manager, City of Bellevue  

Emma Johnson

Rob Johnson | Seattle City Councilmember and Sound Transit Board Member  

Rob Johnson

Susan Jones | Architect, atelierjones  

Susan Jones

Susan is known nationally as an expert on Mass Timber / Cross Laminated Timber buildings. She is currently serving a 2016-2018 appointment on the 18-person International Code Council Ad Hoc Tall Wood Building Committee to provide expertise on integrating Mass Timber into current building codes as well as updating current building code to allow for taller wood buildings.

Duane Jonlin | Energy Code & Conservation Advisor, City of Seattle DPD and State Building Code Council  

Duane Jonlin

Grace Kim | Principal, Schemata Workshop  

Grace Kim

Charles Knutson | Governors' Senior Policy Advisor on Transportation and Economic Development   

With 17 years of experience in plan development, strategic communication and campaigns, Charles has played a central role in securing some of the largest transportation and economic development investments in Washington state history. Throughout these efforts, Charles has worked collaboratively with a cross-section of stakeholders to establish and grow result-oriented coalitions dedicated to improving regional mobility, investing in education and advancing economic growth. Charles grew up on Maury Island in the Puget Sound, and received a Diplôme Superieur from the University of Paris, the Sorbonne, and a BA magna cum laude from New York University. Later, Charles was selected as a Rhodes Scholarship finalist and went to graduate school at Oxford. He's a Leadership Tomorrow alumnus, a 40 under 40 award recipient and a Marshall Fellow. He's also an Eagle Scout and a member of Scouts For Equality. An avid mountaineer, Charles has crossed Washington state on foot, and completed 900 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail between Mexico and Canada. He lives with his wife and two sons in Seattle.

M.A. Leonard | Vice President and Market Leader, Enterprise Community Partners, Redi Fund  

M.A. Leonard

M.A. opened the northwest office of NEF in 1998, and during her 10-year tenure, she managed acquisition and portfolio activities in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and Alaska. Before her role with NEF, M.A. was the founding director of the Washington Community Development Loan Fund, now Impact Capital. She also worked for the Seattle Housing Authority and the Lane County Housing and Community Services Agency in Eugene, Ore. M.A. is chair of the Washington State Affordable Housing Advisory Board, member of the Seattle Investment Fund's investment committee, board member of the Washington Community Reinvestment Association and member of the State Housing Trust Fund's policy advisory team. From 2007 to 2015, M.A. served on the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, and in 2014, she was appointed by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to serve on the city's Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee. M.A. earned a bachelor's degree in urban planning from the University of Illinois, and completed master's level coursework at Cornell University.

Dan McConnon | Director, Washington State Office of State Efficiency and Environmental Performance

Dan McConnon

Markham McIntyre | Chief of Staff, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce  

Markham McIntyre

Jake McKinstry | Principal, Spectrum Development Solutions

Jake McKinstry

Jake is a LEED Accredited Professional with a Master of Science degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Boston College. Jake attended Lakeside School in Seattle, WA and currently serves on the Board of the French American School of Puget Sound (FASPS) co-chairing it's Real Estate Committee.

Marla Mellies | Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, Puget Sound Energy  

Marla Mellies

Kirk Myers | Senior Manager of Sustainability, REI   

Kirk Myers

Ngozi Oleru | Division Director, Environmental Health, Public Health Seattle & King County  

Prior to coming to Seattle, Dr. Oleru was the Program Coordinator for Environmental Justice with EPA Region 1 and the Director of Environmental Health for the Boston Public Health Commission. As the Region I EPA Environmental Justice Coordinator, she worked with community and agency stakeholders to implement EPA's Environmental Justice initiative. Before the City of Boston, she was the Chief of Toxicology for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Dr. Oleru is a founding member and chaired the Health Equity and Social Justice Committee of the National Association of County and City Health Officials and served multiple terms on the Advisory Committee to the Directors of the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Christina Page | Sustainability Tech Strategist   

Christina Page

Stan Price | Executive Director, Smart Buildings Center and Northwest Energy Efficiency Council

Stan Price

Eileen Quigley | Sustainability Manager, Natural Resources Defense Council  

De'Sean Quinn | Board Member, Front and Centered, Forterra, and One America  

De'Sean Quinn

De'Sean is currently a Water Quality Planner and Project Manager with the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks where he works on community relations for Capital Improvement Projects, and represents the agency on various intergovernmental efforts. De'Sean lives in Tukwila with his wife Nichole and two sons. His extensive professional and volunteer experience in government, policy, activism, and regional collaboration gives him a unique voice on the Council. He currently serves on the boards of Front and Center, Forterra, and One America, advancing progress in the areas of environmentalism and social justice. He also serves on the King County Consortium Joint Recommendations Committee for Community Development Block Grants, the King County Land Conservation Advisory Group, PSRC's Economic Development District Board, and was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee on the Washington State Commission on African American Affairs and the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. De'Sean has a passion for public service and considers it a privilege as well as a great responsibility to serve the community.

Shefali Ranganathan | Executive Director, Transportation Choices Coalition  

Shefali Ranganathan

Kristin Ryan | Partner, barrientos RYAN

Kristin Ryan

Arundhati (Arun) Sambataro | Program Manager, King County Equity and Social Justice  

Sarah Severn | Strategic Advisor, Washington Business for Climate Action  

Sarah Severn

As one example in this capacity, Sarah led the development of Nike's climate change advocacy strategy and initiated the BICEP coalition (Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy), and the ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) business coalition. Sarah is passionate about cultivating conscious leaders for sustainability. She specializes in helping leaders and organizations find their passion, cement their purpose, and use their power for change. Sarah is currently Strategic Advisor for Washington Business for Climate Action

Kate Simonen, AIA, SE | Associate Professor, University of Washington  

Kate Simonen

Harold Taniguchi | Director, King County Department of Transportation  

Harold Taniguchi

Letha Tawney | Director Of Utility Innovation and Polsky Chair For Renewable Energy, World Resources Institute, Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance   

Afton Walsh | Project Manager, Walsh Construction  

Angie Woo | Climate Resiliency & Adaptation Lead, Fraser Health  

Angie Woo

Malin Young | Deputy Director for Science and Technology, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory  

Dr. Young joined Sandia in 1999, where she initiated a research program that applied new experimental and computational methods to solve the structures of proteins embedded in cell membranes. Since 2003, she managed multiple research organizations at Sandia, as well as managing bioenergy and national security programs funded by DOE's Office of Science, the National Nuclear Security Agency, the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense, and the National Institutes of Health. Her career included serving as Deputy to the Vice President of Sandia's California site, where she oversaw California operations and coordinated operations with Sandia's New Mexico site. An expert in rational drug design, bioinformatics, mass-spectrometry data analysis, and protein-structure prediction and modeling, she has published more than 30 peer-reviewed papers and is an inventor on three patents. She won the Frank P. Goyan Award for Excellence in Physical Chemistry from the University of California San Francisco. A native of Washington State, Dr. Young earned a Bachelor's degree in Biology and a Master's degree in Genetics from Oregon State University and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of California, San Francisco.

Conference Emcees

Megan Smith | Director of Climate and Energy Initiatives, Office of King County Executive Dow Constantine  

Megan Smith

Susan Wickwire | Executive Director, Seattle 2030 District  

Susan Wickwire

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