2015 Keynotes

Dow Constantine | King County Executive  

Dow Constantine

Leonard Garfield | Executive Director, Seattle's Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)  

Leonard Garfield


Vikram Jandhyala | Vice-Provost for Innovation, University of Washington  

Vikram Jandhyala

He founded, along with his students in 2006, Physware (Nimbic), a venture-backed simulation software company which was acquired by Mentor Graphics in 2014. He was chair of the UW EE department from 2011 to 2014, led the UW EE professional master's program as faculty director through early growth in 2009 and 2010, and was an inaugural UW C4C presidential entrepreneurial faculty fellow in 2011. His current interests are social and organizational networks, computational science and big data, electronic design automation, technology entrepreneurship, and educational innovation in all forms.

Edward Murray | Mayor of Seattle  

Edward Murray

Murray was the prime sponsor of Washington state's historic marriage equality law, as well as the prime sponsor of the 2002 Safe Schools bill protecting sexual minority youth in schools and a landmark bill banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation signed into law in 2006. During his time in the House, he drove legislation that doubled funding for low-income housing. That same dedication to social justice shaped Murray's mayoral agenda of making Seattle a safe, affordable, vibrant and interconnected city for all. Since taking office, he has proposed a ballot measure to pilot a high-quality preschool program, established sustainable long-term funding for Seattle's parks system, and provided a way to stave off imminent cuts to King Country Metro bus service. Murray's honors include the 2002 Human Rights Campaign Leadership Equality Award; the 2005 Anti-Defamation League's Cal Anderson Award; the 2006 Distinguished Public Service Award from the Washington State Psychological Association; the 2009 Legislator of the Year Award from the Washington Council of Police & Sheriffs; and the 2012 Warren G. Magnuson Award. Murray lives in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood with his husband of 22 years, Michael Shiosaki.

Joe Sprague | Senior Vice President, Communications and External Relations, Alaska Airlines  

Joe Sprague

Prior to Alaska Airlines, Sprague gained valuable management experience at two regional airlines, Era Aviation, one of the largest regional airlines in Alaska, and Harbor Airlines in the Seattle area. Sprague was first introduced to the aviation public policy arena when he served as Manager of Government and Industry Affairs for the D.C.-based National Air Transportation Association (NATA). He began his aviation career as a flight instructor and commercial pilot when he flew for Juneau, Alaska-based Wings of Alaska and also in the corporate flight department for Geico Insurance. Sprague received a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He resides near Seattle with this wife and two teenage children.

2015 Emcee

Mary Bruno | Editor-in-Chief, Crosscut Public Media  

Mary Bruno

2015 Speakers

Daniel Alhadeff | Property and Facilities Manager, Harley Marine Services

Daniel Alhadeff

Amy Bann | Strategy and Engagement Leader, Environment, The Boeing Company

Amy Bann

Key focus areas included greenhouse gas emissions reduction and sustainable biofuel commercialization. Bann is a licensed attorney who worked in the public, private and nonprofit sectors prior to joining Boeing. She has served as a delegate to the ISO 26000 social responsibility standard and spokesperson to various institutions and governments. Bann holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami and a Bachelor and Master of Arts from Virginia Tech in Political Science / International Sustainable Development.

Bryce Bennett | Senior Operations Manager, Uber   

Bryce Bennett

Rob Bernard | Chief Environmental & Cities Strategist, Microsoft Corporation   

Rob Bernard

Previous Microsoft experience includes heading up Program Management for early Office-based applications including the first integration with SAP through Office, running the technical platforms for MSN online shopping, early market research on utility, anti-virus and gaming market opportunities, and helping design Microsoft's initial Windows Update programs. Rob has an MBA from Wharton School of Business, an undergrad in English from Columbia College and founded and ran his own Real Estate Development Company. Rob brings a combination of personal and company passion, knowledge and experience to his role.

Tonia Buell | Interim Director, Public-Private Partnerships, Washington State Department of Transportation   

Tonia Buell

Terri Butler Ph.D. | Executive Director, Sustainable Seattle  

Terri Butler

Katerie Chapman | Senior Vice President and Hospital Administrator, Virginia Mason Health System  

Katerie Chapman

Jamie Cheney | Director, Transportation Department, Seattle Children's Hospital  

Jamie Cheney

During Jamie's tenure drive alone market in Downtown dropped by 15 percentage points. Jamie led strategic planning, program development, and designed commute trip reduction consulting services for employers and commercial property owners. Jamie also served as general manager of Flexcar and Zipcar. She led fleet operations, marketing, business sales, and customer service strategies to grow the Seattle market as the nation's flagship car-sharing market.

Kevin Desmond | General Manager, King County Metro Transit  

Kevin Desmond

Bill Dewey | Director of Public Policy and Communications, Taylor Shellfish Farms   

Bill Dewey

In 2006 the National Shellfisheries Association honored Bill with the David H. Wallace award in recognition of his service in promoting research, understanding and cooperation among shellfisheries scientists, culturists, managers, producers and regulators. In 2008 NOAA presented Bill with their Environmental Hero award in recognition of his work to help develop and implement public policy that protects water quality, marine resources and supports sustainable aquaculture. In 2014 the National Aquaculture Association presented Bill with the Joseph P. McCraren Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Aquaculture Industry.

Matt Galvin | CEO and Co-owner, Pagliacci Pizza and Macrina Bakery  

Matt Galvin

Celeste Gilman | Commute Options Manager, University of Washington  

Celeste Gilman

Stephanie Gowing | Green Business Advocate, Office of Economic Development, City of Seattle  

Stephanie Gowing

Andrew Green | Air Quality Programs Division Director, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency  

Andrew Green

Karen Hamilton | Environmental Purchasing Program Manager, King County Procurement and Contract Services  

Karen Hamilton

Sephir Hamilton | Chief of Staff, Seattle City Light  

Sephir Hamilton





Rob Harmon | CEO, EnergyRM

Rob Harmon






Holly Houser | Executive Director, Pronto Cycle Share  

Holly Houser





A-P Hurd | President and Chief Development Officer, Touchstone

A-P Hurd

Shaunta Hyde | Managing Director, Community Relations, Alaska Airlines  

Shaunta Hyde

She is on the Pioneer Human Services' Board of Directors, holds a governor-appointed position and serves as the vice-chair to the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, and is a member of the International Aviation Women's Association.



Brian Lagerberg | Public Transportation Division Director, Washington State Department of Transportation  

Brian Lagerberg

Ted Lucas | Director, Procurement & Contracts, Sound Transit  

Ted Lucas

Jill Mangaliman | Executive Director, Got Green?  

Jill Mangaliman

David McCreadie | Manager, EV Infrastructure and Smart Grid Technology, Ford

David McCreadie

Jameson Morrell | Strategic Consultant CH2M HILL and Founder Averdi Group, LLC

Jameson Morrell

Alex Michalko | Sustainability Senior Program Manager, REI  

Alex Michalko

Alex is a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction. She is currently a Research Fellow at Project Drawdown, Paul Hawken's undertaking to reduce global atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations. Her work at Project Drawdown focuses on sharing economy solutions and smart thermostats. A native of California, she currently lives in Seattle, Washington.

Sudha Nandagopal | Strategic Policy Advisor, Environmental Justice & Service Equity Division, Seattle Public Utilities  

Sudha Nandagopal

Sudha graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Biology and Society and a specialization in environment, policy, and writing. After college, GreenCorps, the field school for environmental organizing, selected her for a year-long fellowship. Sudha worked on issues ranging from cruise ship pollution to mercury in water. In 2004 Sudha then joined the team of Corporate Accountability International where she played a key role in launching the campaign to prevent corporate control of water and challenge Coca Cola's water use in villages in India. Sudha later moved on to Washington Conservation Voters where she led the organizational communications efforts and managed outreach to the media around key activities. Sudha was recently recognized by the Sustainable Path Foundation as one of ten "Pass it Forward" honorees for her work on equity and the environment. Sudha is a published writer for Grist.org and SeattleGlobalist.org.

Julie Nelson | Director, Government Alliance for Race and Equity  

Julie Nelson

Sara Nelson | Co-Founder/Special Ops, Fremont Brewing Company  

Sara Nelson

Larry Phillips | Chair, King County Council  

Larry Phillips

He earned a Juris Doctor degree from Willamette University College of Law. He also earned a Masters of Law degree with emphasis in Labor Law from the George Washington University National Law Center. After graduating from law school, Larry entered public service, moving to Washington, D.C. to work for Senator Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson, before returning to Seattle to run Randy Revelle's successful campaign for King County Executive and serve as his Chief of Staff. After Revelle left office, Larry served as Executive Director of Shidler McBroom Gates & Lucas law firm. In 1988 he won election to the Washington State House of Representatives, where he co-authored the 1990 Growth Management Act, as well as legislation to prevent oil spills in Puget Sound. After serving two terms in the legislature, Larry won his seat on the Metropolitan King County Council to represent District Four, where he turned from his work adopting the State Growth Management Act in the legislature to implementing the GMA in Washington's most populous county. Larry's work as chair of the Regional Water Quality Committee led to the adoption of the Regional Wastewater Services Plan to protect water quality in Puget Sound and Lake Washington while allowing economic growth and urban density to continue. As a founding member and current Chair of Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) 8, Larry helped coordinate a local response to the federal listing of Chinook salmon as endangered. Larry has played a pivotal role in preserving over 165,000 acres of farm and forest land and salmon habitat as open space.

Michelle Pirzadeh | Deputy Regional Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10  

Michelle Pirzadeh

As Director of ETPA, Michelle had direct responsibility for the following programs: Public Affairs (Press, Congressional and International Affairs); Tribal (affecting 271 Federally-recognized Tribes); Wetlands Protection; Sediments Management and Ocean Disposal; NEPA Review; Environmental Justice; Community Involvement; and Community-Based Environmental Programs (e.g., Regional Geographic Initiative, Children's Health, Environmental Education, National Estuary Program). Before moving to ETPA, Michelle served as Associate Director of Region 10's Office of Environmental Cleanup for five years, overseeing both administrative and programmatic operations of the Superfund, Brownfields, and Emergency Response programs. She spent 10 years in the Region's Community Involvement Program, assisting all of the Region's programs in the communications and public meeting dimensions of their work. Michelle has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington in communications. She is an avid cook, gardener, and boater. She resides in Edmonds, Washington along with her husband Dave and her yellow lab Fleetwood.

Seleta Reynolds | General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation  

Seleta Reynolds

Ms. Reynolds has over 17 years of experience planning, funding, and implementing transportation projects throughout the United States. Prior to accepting her current position, Ms. Reynolds served as a manager in the Livable Streets sub-division at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, an Associate with Fehr & Peers consulting firm, and as the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Oakland. She is a past president of the Association for Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, served on the Transportation Research Board Bicycle and Pedestrian Committees, the Steering Committee of the NACTO Urban Street Design Guide, as well as the WalkScore Advisory Board. Ms. Reynolds currently serves on the METRANS Advisory Board.

Mark Rossolo | Director, UL Environment; Board of Directors, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC)

Mark Rossolo

Alex Schroeder | Manager, Transportation Technology Deployment, National Renewable Energy Laboratory   

Alex Schroeder

Tyler Simpson | Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Luum  

Tyler Simpson

Cindy Spiry | Director, Environmental & Natural Resources Department, Snoqualmie Tribe  

Cindy Spiry

Jessica Szelag | Executive Director, Commute Seattle  

Jessica Szelag

Mark Tabbutt | Chairman, Saltchuk  

Mark Tabbutt

Harold Taniguchi | Director, King County Department of Transportation  

Harold Taniguchi

Suzanne Tedrow | Manager, Energy and Resource Conservation, Facilities & Environmental Performance Management, Starbucks Coffee Company

Suzanne Tedrow

Stephanie Thomas | Seattle Green Business Program Manager and Senior Associate, Cascadia Consulting Group  

Stephanie Thomas

She holds a B.A. (with honors) in Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, and Resource Management from the University of Washington and served as Chair of the 2010-2012 UW Program on the Environment Alumni Advisory Board. Stephanie also served on the Washington State Recycling Association Networking and Fun Committee from 2012-2014 and likes to have fun.

Leah Treat | Director, Transportation Department, Seattle Children's Hospital  

Leah Treat

Prior to moving to Chicago, Treat worked for the Government of the District of Columbia for more than 12 years. In her last role, as Deputy Director for the Department of Transportation (DDOT), she helped secure the City's first federal GARVEE bond for its largest-ever construction project — the $500 million 11th Street Bridges Project. The federal bonds saved local taxpayers millions of dollars and facilitated two replacement bridges. Even after working on a huge bridge project, Treat's passion for transportation grew while working on the redevelopment of Columbia Heights. At its inception, the area was one of the most racially and economically diverse neighborhoods in the metro area. DDOT worked closely with the neighborhood to retain historical elements in its redesigned streetscape that included reconfiguring the roadway to widen sidewalks, install plazas, fountains, public art, lighting, sidewalk seating and other improvements that yielded a city within the city. "When you do things like that, you create an outdoor living room," she says. "That's how you get people engaged in the active use of right-of-way." Ensuring safety for everyone who uses the transportation system is the highest priority for Treat. She is also an outspoken advocate for improved health outcomes through changes in transportation. Treat grew up in New Mexico and completed her higher education at the University of New Mexico. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Professional Writing and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude. She also earned a Master of Public Administration from the University, with Phi Alpha Alpha honors. Treat holds a black belt in Lean Six Sigma. Treat and her husband Charles live in Northeast Portland with their four children and Siberian Husky. They enjoy spending their free time in the outdoors.

Matias Valenzuela, Ph.D. | Director, Office of Equity and Social Justice, King County  

Matias Valenzuela

Loren VandenBerghe | Director of Transportation, Nordstrom  

Loren VandenBerghe

Todd Vogel | Co-founder and Managing Director, Loom Foundation  

Todd Vogel

Vogel serves as chair of the Board of Social Venture Partners, Seattle, and also created and operates the Northwest Sustainability Collaborative, an office hub for sustainability not-for-profit and for-profit firms in Seattle. He also serves on the board of The Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, the Washington Environmental Council and on the Steering Committee of the Rainier Valley Corps, which is dedicated to growing leaders and capacity in communities of color in the Rainier Valley. Early in his career, he was a reporter for The Dallas Morning News, where his work won awards for investigative journalism, and a Correspondent and then Bureau Chief for BusinessWeek Magazine. His journalism also has appeared in The Washington Post and The Boston Globe and has been anthologized in business and journalism books. He has a Master's degree from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

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