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Dow Constantine was elected to his second term as King County Executive in 2013. In just more than one term, he has reformed County government, formed a coalition to rebuild the South Park Bridge, and built partnerships with cities, businesses, and non-profits to move the region forward. A former member of the King County Council and the Washington State Senate and House of Representatives, Dow is a three-time University of Washington alumnus and an attorney licensed in Washington for the past 22 years. Dow is the current chair of the Sound Transit Board of Directors and has been a board member since 2006. Executive Constantine believes that real prosperity must be shared by all, and has ensured that equity and social justice are considered in every action taken by King County. He is currently fighting to ensure stable funding for public transit and roads in our cities and County, to preserve and protect farms and forestlands, and to rebuild our region's economy through support for our aerospace industry.
Leonard Garfield is Executive Director of Seattle's Museum of History & Industry, an award-winning history center with a collection of 4 million historic artifacts and a robust schedule of exhibits and programs related to the history of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. Garfield led MOHAI in the move to a new museum at Lake Union Park and a new Resource Center in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood, both of which opened in 2012. Before joining the museum, Garfield served as director of the King County Office of Cultural Resources (now 4Culture) from 1993-1999; served as Washington State Architectural Historian from 1985 to 1993; and was Wisconsin State historian from 1978 to 1985. Among other writings, he is co-author of Built in Washington, an architectural history of Washington State published by WSU Press.
Vikram Jandhyala is Vice-Provost for Innovation at the University of Washington, Executive Director of the Center for Commercialization, and professor and former chair in the department of electrical engineering. He is founding UW director of the UW-PNNL northwest institute for advanced computing (NIAC), and directs the applied computational engineering (ACE) lab in UW EE. Vikram Jandhyala received the BTech in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1989, and the MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1995 and 1998, respectively. After spending two years in the electronic design automation software industry at Ansoft Corporation (acquired by Ansys), he joined UW EE in 2000. His research has been funded by DARPA, the semiconductor industry, national labs, DoD, SBIR/STTR programs, and NSF, including an NSF CAREER award, and has received awards from UIUC, IEEE, UW, and NASA. Read more..
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 B. Murray became Mayor of Seattle on January 1, 2014 and promptly set the tone for his administration by signing an executive order raising the minimum wage of City government employees to $15 an hour along with a vow to deliver the same raise to all minimum wage workers in Seattle. He followed through on that promise within the first six months on the job by convening a committee comprised of business, labor, and non-profit stakeholders to work out the terms of a deal that would benefit all involved and set the highest minimum wage in the nation. For this work, he was named one of Politico Magazine's "50 thinkers, doers and dreamers who really matter in this age of gridlock and dysfunction." That first move as Mayor aligns with Murray's 18-year history as a Washington State legislator representing the 43rd Legislative District. Driven by his commitment to social justice and social equity throughout his career, Murray was well known in the Legislature for reaching across party lines to bring meaningful protections and resources to vulnerable populations. Read more..
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.
Sprague has been with Alaska Airlines for nearly 15 years and currently serves as Senior Vice President of Communications and External relations with responsibility for corporate communications, community relations, government affairs, sales and community marketing. He also serves on Alaska Air Group's executive committee and as the chairman of the Alaska Airlines Foundation. Additionally, Joe is the executive sponsor and champion of Alaska Airlines' sustainability initiatives and he chairs Alaska's Sustainability Steering committee. This executive-level committee, approves and prioritizes recommended goals and metrics and helps support activities of the Sustainability Program. The Steering Committee's vision is to help people lead a fuller life through travel while integrating sustainability into everything we do. He has served in several other leadership roles at Alaska since starting with the company in Anchorage in 2000, including Vice President of Marketing from 2010 to 2014. Read more..
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.
Mary is Editor-in-Chief of Crosscut Public Media, the Northwest's reader-supported, independent non-profit electronic journal. In more than 25 years as a journalist, she has worked as a writer, editor and editorial director for a variety of print and web publications, including Newsweek, Seattle Weekly and ABCNEWS.com. Her book, An American River, is an environmental memoir about growing up along New Jersey's Passaic.
Daniel joined Duwamish Properties and Harley Marine in 2009. As the Director of Development for Duwamish, he manages their portfolio of office and industrial assets. His roles include investment valuations, sourcing financing, property management, leasing, market analysis, and development research. He and his talented team just completed The Harley and Lela Franco Maritime Center on Harbor Island; winner of the 2013 NAIOP office development of the year. Daniel also manages the office/industrial real estate portfolio of Harley Marine Services, a marine service company specializing in fuel transportation. These properties are located within the major shipping ports of the United States. Daniel is actively involved in the Urban Land Institute's Young Leadership council. An outdoor enthusiast, he enjoys hiking, camping and backpacking in the north cascades. Daniel was born and raised in Seattle and holds his Bachelor's degree from The University Of Washington. He, his wife and 3 sons live in the Seward Park neighborhood of Seattle, where he is an active member of his community.
Amy Bann serves as the corporate environment strategy and engagement lead at the Boeing Company. She is currently focused on representing the aerospace industry to the United Nations task force negotiating and designing a global carbon offsets agreement for aviation. Bann also supports senior leadership to integrate company strategy across business units including aircraft, facilities, and suppliers. She manages relationships with external affiliations including The Nature Conservancy, Business for Social Responsibility and other key engagements. Previous roles at Boeing include Senior Manager for Global Policy Analysis leading a team of subject matter experts managing risk on chemicals, air, water, waste, and health and safety issues. She also served as Director of Environmental Policy for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, where she led strategy development and implementation for global environmental policy issues. Read more..
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 is a Seattle area native and graduated from UW's Foster School of Business in 2011. Since joining Uber in late 2012 he has launched uberX in Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane and Vancouver. Currently, he is leading further Northwest expansion and policy in Alaska, Idaho and Montana as well as the Washington Operations Team.
A 17 year Microsoft veteran, Rob is responsible for defining and implementing the global strategy for the company's environmental and cities efforts. Under his leadership, Microsoft has established a carbon neutral goal and the first-of-its-kind internal carbon fee. Rob and his team are also responsible for Microsoft CityNext to help cities around the world better leverage technology to realize safer, healthier, better educated, more modern and sustainable places for people to live and work. As part of their work, Microsoft has leveraged technology to build their own "City of the Future" on Microsoft's Puget Sound Campus. This project, along with associated market research, served as the early foundation for the company's growing commitment to cities initiatives around the world while also improving energy efficiency across the company's real estate portfolio. Prior to this role, Rob was the GM for the global ISV program where he managed teams supporting partnerships with over 50,000 software partners. Read more..
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 currently leads the Public-Private Partnerships office at the Washington State Department of Transportation. Her office seeks to form partnerships with the private sector for the advancement of innovative public projects and programs. Tonia co-created and now manages the West Coast Electric Highway, a network of electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations along major roadways. Tonia is a seasoned professional with a passion for innovative and sustainable transportation projects. She started her career with Sacramento Regional Transit where she managed marketing and corporate outreach for bus and light rail services. She then served as marketing director for a 40-attorney law firm, managed a financial investment office on the east coast, and helped launch a new product concept in several western states. Building on career moves from California to Manhattan, Tonia joined WSDOT in 2002 where she has held a variety of interesting positions. Tonia holds a master's degree in business administration from Golden Gate University. She lives and works in Olympia, Washington.
Terri brings more than 20 years experience in management, business development, and research and invention to her role as the Executive Director. She is highly motivated to accelerate Seattle's path toward sustainability through education, collaboration, and team empowerment. Previously she was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Washington where she was co-founder of a start-up company developing advanced material products for energy efficient electronics and advised numerous others. She also provided strategic counsel in her commercialization work with Washington State University's biofuel program, architecture school, and health science programs. She holds 13 U.S. patents, including coating technologies for electrostatic printing which she developed while an engineer at 3M and nutritional applications she worked on at Bioenergy Life Sciences. Terri holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Stanford University, a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science from the University of Minnesota, and a Certificate in Accounting from the University of Washington Foster School of Business. She is also a GRI certified Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility Reporter.
Katerie Chapman is Senior Vice President and Hospital Administrator at Virginia Mason Medical Center responsible for Surgical and Procedural Services and many of the organization's operational support services teams including security and logistics, engineering, housekeeping, food and nutrition, sterile processing, and clinical engineering. Katerie has been with Virginia Mason since 2000 and was formerly the senior director responsible for Perioperative and Anesthesia Services and the senior director for the Heart Institute at Virginia Mason. In addition to her operational leadership posts, Katerie also served as the senior director responsible for implementing the Virginia Mason Production System (VMPS) throughout the Virginia Mason Hospital. Katerie received her undergraduate degree in Microbiology and her Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Washington. Katerie and her husband have two young children and reside in South King County. She greatly enjoys time spent with family and traveling.
As Director of Transportation at Seattle Children's Hospital Jamie supports the Hospital's goal to grow responsibly by leading efforts to reduce SOV trips to only 30% by 2030. She oversee policy development and transportation demand management (TDM) strategy and system implementation to support the strategic goal. Transportation systems include parking, shuttles, bike programs, end of trip amenities, right of way improvements, transit passes, encouragement, and customer service. Children's provides best-in-class transportation options to 6,000 employees across seven worksites. Seattle Children's Hospital has been the recipient of numerous state and local awards for transportation innovation and trip reduction performance including the 2011, 2012 and 2013 King County Diamond Awards, the 2012 Governor's Commute Smart Award, and the 2015 City of Seattle Platinum CTR Champion Award. Jamie previously served as executive director at Commute Seattle, a private-public partnership working to reduce the portion of drive-alone commute trips as a way to enhance Downtown Seattle's economic competitiveness. Read more..
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 is the General Manager of King County Metro Transit serving the Seattle Metropolitan Region. King County Metro is one of the largest transit systems in the country with annual ridership close to 120 million, and over 1,400 buses, 1,300 vanpools, and about 400 paratransit vans. Metro also operates Sound Transit's Light Rail service and the city's streetcar. Metro has pioneered an array of operational, fleet, technology and market development initiatives over the years and has a long-standing commitment to progressive environmental policies and investments. Kevin started his career in New York City working on transportation issues in the Mayor's office, as Assistant Commissioner of Administration at the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, and as Chief of Operations Planning at New York City Transit. He was also Vice President of Operations and Development at Pierce Transit in Tacoma. Mr. Desmond holds a master's degree in public administration from New York University.
Since receiving a degree in shellfish biology from the University of Washington Bill Dewey has worked for over thirty years as a shellfish farmer in Washington State. He is Director of Public Policy and Communications for Taylor Shellfish Farms, the largest producer of farmed shellfish in the United States and owns and operates his own manila clam farm in Samish Bay. He serves on a number of boards and committees locally and nationally including the Board of Directors of the National Aquaculture Association and the Pacific Shellfish Institute and the Puget Sound Partnership Ecosystem Coordination Board. He also served on Washington State's Ocean Acidification Blue Ribbon Panel in 2011 and currently serves on the Washington Marine Resources Advisory Council (MRAC). MRAC is a new Council in Governor Inslee's office advising the state on its ocean acidification response. Read more..
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.
A Seattle native, Matt Galvin has been involved in the Seattle food business for over twenty years. Galvin's food experience includes stops as a pizza cook, bus boy, barista and server in a variety of local Italian restaurants. His passion for food was fueled by his years spent studying and living in Italy. In the year 2000, Galvin and his business partners purchased Pagliacci Pizza. It is here that Galvin has spent the past fifteen years tending to the 24 locations with over 600 employees. The 24 locations are spread throughout the greater Seattle area and range in concept from pure pizza delivery locations to "slice" pizzerias. Since its inception in 1979, Pagliacci Pizza has been awarded many accolades, including being named best pizza by several local publications. In addition to Pagliacci Pizza, Galvin and his partners own and operate Macrina Bakery & Café. Macrina has received national acclaim for the quality of their products and service. Macrina Bakery has won numerous honors including the recently being named one of the best bakeries in the United States by Bon Appetit magazine. While not working a ton, Galvin spends time being chased around by his four young children. His wife, Michelle, is clearly his better half.
Celeste Gilman is the University of Washington's Commute Options Manager. Her team leads the University's efforts to make it easier for more people to get to campus without driving alone. She has been an advisor on transit, pedestrian, and TDM planning, for groups including the City of Seattle, King County Metro, Puget Sound Regional Council, and the Washington State Department of Transportation. Celeste is a graduate of UW's Community, Environment, and Planning program. Before beginning her current role at UW, she spent several years in consulting, working on Bus Rapid Transit, transit technology, fare collection, and passenger ferry projects.
Stephanie Gowing is the Green Business Advocate at the City of Seattle's Office of Economic Development. As part of the Business Retention and Expansion team, she assists businesses accessing resources that can reduce operating costs, gain community recognition, create safer work places, gain a competitive edge, and be more environmentally-friendly. Prior to working for the City of Seattle, Stephanie worked in Solid Waste at the City of Kirkland, as a Sustainable Business Associate at ECOSS, a local nonprofit, directed the Tacoma Pierce County Chamber's green business program, and worked at CSI, a private environmental consulting firm in Lakewood, WA. She has a BA from Western Washington in Environmental Planning/Policy, and a Masters in Environmental Studies from Evergreen State College. Stephanie lives in Seattle with her husband, 2-year old son, 2 dogs, cat and chickens. She enjoys working on their 1920s house, camping, and playing basketball.
Andrew Green is the Director of Air Quality Programs for the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, which is the local air quality agency for Washington's King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties; and the host agency for the Western Washington Clean Cities Coalition. In addition to hosting the Coalition, Andrew's Division delivers air quality monitoring, planning, public outreach, and partnered emissions reduction projects, in particular in the transportation sector. Andrew has previously served air quality, the climate and the public with the Washington Department of Ecology, Environment Canada and Metro Vancouver. Andrew's degrees are in chemical engineering and environmental policy.
Karen Hamilton is the Environmental Purchasing Program Manager for King County Procurement and Contract Services. Under her leadership, King County agencies are institutionalizing the purchase of many environmentally preferable products and realizing fiscal, environmental and social benefits in the process. Her program has won numerous awards and has been presented as a model for other jurisdictions in various publications and at national and international conferences. King County is a founding member of the Responsible Purchasing Network and the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Management and Policy from Western Washington University.
Sephir Hamilton, Chief of Staff, joined the General Manager's Office in 2013. Prior to this position, he was Director of Operational Excellence at Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. in New York. He also worked as an engineer and investment officer at the utility. Sephir began his career with Arthur D. Little, Inc. in Cambridge, Mass. where he worked on energy-efficiency standards for the U.S. Department of Energy. He holds a master's degree in Business Administration from Cornell University, a master of science in Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a bachelor of science in Engineering from Clarkson University.
Rob Harmon is CEO of EnergyRM, and recently closed the first twenty-year Metered Energy Efficiency transaction in history. Before joining EnergyRM in 2011, Rob served for 10 years as Chief Innovation Officer for the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, where he closed the first retail REC (Green Tag) transaction in history. In 2009 Rob created and launched Foundation's Water Restoration Certificate business line. This business is the subject of Rob's 2010 TED Talk.
As Executive Director of Pronto Cycle Share, Holly has led the effort to bring a transformative and successful bike sharing system to Seattle. A northwest native who's equally passionate about smart urban design, sustainable development, social justice and the arts, Holly's background includes nonprofit leadership and project management in both the commercial real estate development industry as well as the fine arts world. She holds a B.A. in Geography and a Certificate in Commercial Real Estate from the University of Washington
A-P Hurd is President and Chief Development Officer at Touchstone, responsible for corporate and project strategy. A-P is also a Runstad Fellow in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington, the Chapter President of NAIOP Washington, the board Treasurer at Forterra. She has worked on numerous urban policy initiatives at the state and local level and has received several awards for her work including the Better Bricks Advocate award and the Puget Sound Business Journal's "40 under 40" award and the "Biznow Power 60" award. A-P recently published The Carbon Efficient City with the University of Washington Press.
A Pacific Northwest aviation professional, she leads community relations and charitable giving in the continental United States and Hawaii, collaborating with civic leaders and organizations that affect Alaska Airlines. Prior to joining Alaska, Shaunta was the director of global aviation policy for The Boeing Company, where she worked for 12 years developing strategies to shape national and international public policy to support aviation growth and business goals. Prior to joining Boeing in 2002, she worked for The Metropolitan King County Council then served as a government relations manager for the King County Executive. Shaunta earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Seattle University, an Executive MBA from the University Of Washington Michael G. Foster School Of Business, and is a graduate of the World Public Affairs Institute. Read more..
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 is the director of the Public Transportation Division at the Washington State Department of Transportation. He started working to develop a more effective transportation system in the mid-1980s while a graduate student at the University of Washington. Brian has worked on issues and programs related to climate change, employer-based TDM programs, transit grant programs, HOV systems, vanpooling, rural mobility, organizational structure, and abstract and innovative transportation integration and market opportunities. Brian's most recent efforts have focused on improving the planning and programming process at WSDOT with the objective of enabling development and funding of integrated, multimodal solutions to fill performance gaps. Achievement of this objective entails a significant shift in intra- and inter-organizational dynamics and a fundamental and continuous reassessment of organizational roles and responsibilities. Surprisingly, Brian enjoys coming to work every day.
Ted Lucas is the Director of Procurement & Contracts for Sound Transit, the dynamic and rapidly expanding transit authority for Seattle and the entire Central Puget Sound Region. With Ted's leadership, Sound Transit recently adopted its first "Green Procurement and Utilization" policy. Prior to joining Sound Transit in 2012, Ted was director of procurement at Snohomish County (Everett) and Jackson Health System (Miami, FL) where, similarly, he helped formulate their first ever Green Procurement policies and supporting programs. Ted received a law degree from the University of Washington, and was Deputy General Counsel and Procurement Executive for the Panama Canal Commission (US Government, in the Republic of Panama) and Procurement Director for Miami-Dade County (Miami, FL).
Jill Mangaliman was born and raised in Seattle - the child of immigrant parents who migrated to the US in the 1970s when the Philippines was under Martial Law. A worker from age 13, Jill had little time for politics let alone anything beyond survival and family responsibilities. Jill attended the University of Washington through the Husky Promise Program and in 2007, after a number of dead end jobs, began canvassing for Universal Health Care. A community organizer for the past seven years, Jill has led GOTV efforts with new immigrants, managed door-to-door canvass campaigns for energy efficiency, authored the 2010 Color of Cuts policy report, and recruited 75 People of Color orgs to advocate at the State Legislature against budget cuts. Jill served on Got Green's founding board of directors from 2011-2013, co-founded the Women in the Green Economy Project, and became the Executive Director in January 2014.
David McCreadie has worked at Ford for over 23 years. He spent 20 years in Product Development, working in a number of technical areas across all product lines, including five years leading the noise/vibration development of all the company's electrified products. His larger interest in electrified and sustainable transportation led him to move into Ford's Sustainability organization back in 2012. In this role, David has been leading efforts to set strategy for plug-in vehicle integration with the electric grid, as well as project leader for two of Ford's Smart Mobility experiments that are looking at ways to solve some of the issues and barriers to safe and effective personal mobility in all its different forms around the globe.
Jameson Morrell lives with his family in Seattle and is often seen outdoors coaching soccer, hiking in the mountains or playing on the water. To finance this Pacific Northwest lifestyle, Jameson consults both globally with clients of CH2M HILL and locally with start-ups and neighborhood businesses through his advisory firm, Averdi Group, LLC. Jameson has nearly 20 years of experience innovating, designing, developing, and broadly deploying transformative programs. He is currently developing process and information management expertise to operationalize sustainable strategies with a focus towards greater resource productivity and resiliency. Prior to CH2M HILL and the Averdi Group, Jameson worked in financial operations at Bank of America and went on to an international career as an executive with Deutsche Post DHL, where he spearheaded the company's knowledge management, energy performance and related information management efforts as a Director of information Management and as Vice President of Knowledge Management.
Alex Michalko is a Sustainability Senior Program Manager at REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.), a national retail co-op dedicated to inspiring, educating, and outfitting for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. She works to develop and implement sustainable business strategies that align REI's efforts to connect people to the outdoors, protect the places we love, and have a positive impact on both people and the planet. Prior to joining REI, Alex was with The Walt Disney Company's Corporate Citizenship team, where she focused on consumer expectations research, stakeholder mapping, and sustainability reporting. She holds a BA in International Relations from Stanford University and MBA and Master of Environmental Management degrees from Duke University, where her master's thesis focused on consumer goods eco-labelling. Alex has served on the Board of Directors of the Seattle Net Impact Professional Chapter, as a mentor in the Impact at Work program, and as a member of the Industry Working Group of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). Read more..
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 is a connector, story-teller, organizer, community builder, and campaigner. She has long been an outspoken proponent and educator on environmental, racial, and social justice issues with a strong commitment to creating a more equitable world. Sudha serves as a Strategic Policy Advisor in the division of Environmental Justice and Service Equity (EJSE) of Seattle Public Utilities. Sudha also serves as the board President of OneAmerica Votes, an organization focused on building power with and for immigrant communities. In addition to helping EJSE better communicate key messages on equity to staff and other stakeholders, Sudha works to infuse equity into SPU communications and policy work and to ensure inclusive community engagement. Sudha came to SPU after most recently being the Communications Director for SEIU Local 925. At SEIU, Sudha built power with and for the 23,000 members of the union. She led major campaign communication efforts, developed coalition partnerships, trained member spokespeople, and played a strategic role in advancing racial equity in the organization. Read more..
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 is the Director of the Government Alliance for Race and Equity and a Senior Fellow at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California, Berkeley. The Alliance is a national network of government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all. Nelson is the former Director of the Seattle Office for Civil Rights where she provided both vision and hands-on work on Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative. She served as the Director for the eight years. She has over 25 years of experience working for local, regional and federal government, including with the City of Seattle's Human Services Department, Administrative Services and the utilities; Housing and Urban Development; and Pima County Community Services in Tucson, Arizona. She has a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Washington, and has served on the boards of many non-profits and is actively involved with community groups working for race and social justice. Nelson is driven by her passion for achieving equity and social justice.
A long-time do-gooder, Sara earned a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at UW in order to change the world by blowing students' minds. Unwilling to consign herself to a life of poverty as an under-employed lecturer at small colleges in the middle of nowhere, she bailed from academia and found her true calling working in local politics for several years until devoting herself to the start-up and expansion of Fremont Brewing. Working for her family business is the perfect expression of her commitment to sustainability and community. And paying the mortgage.
Larry Phillips is the current Chair of the Metropolitan King County Council. He was born and raised in King County, growing up in Mount Baker and Magnolia, where he still lives with his wife, Gail. In recent years, Larry has turned his attention to transportation, climate change, clean energy, and jobs. Larry helped found and serves on the Executive Committee for Climate Communities, a national coalition of local governments which advocates for local government participation in federal efforts to address climate change. Larry sponsored King County's Green Jobs Initiative to help King County's economy recover from the Great Recession, sponsored King County legislation authorizing the creation of King County's Strategic Climate Action Plan, and is committed to finding a sustainable source of funding for transit and transportation needs in our county. Larry attended Queen Anne High School and the University of Washington. Read more..
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 is the Deputy Regional Administrator (DRA) for EPA Region 10. As the DRA, Michelle is responsible for overseeing the overall operations within Region 10 including overseeing the regional budget, strategic planning initiatives, and serving as the acting Regional Administrator in his absence. Region 10 oversees the implementation of the federal environmental rules and regulations in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska, including 271 tribal governments in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Michelle has worked for the EPA in numerous capacities over the last 26 years and has been in her current position since April of 2008. Before serving the Region as DRA, Michelle was the Director of Region 10's Office of Ecosystems, Tribal & Public Affairs (ETPA). Michelle became ETPA's first Director in 2004, guiding its formation and implementation, and charting its strategic direction. ETPA's work takes place in all four Region 10 states and touches virtually every major program within the Agency, including Water, Air, Waste, Toxics, Superfund, and Tribal Environments. Read more..
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 is General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) appointed by the Administration of Mayor Eric Garcetti. She leads the department as well as the day-day operations of this multi-faceted organization with an annual budget of $526 million. LADOT's 2,000 employees are responsible for managing over 6,500 miles of streets, 35,000 parking meters, and the most advanced traffic signal system in the country, with 4,500 signalized intersections. The department also serves over 26 million trips each year with our DASH and Commuter Express fleet, the second largest public transit operator in Los Angeles County; enforces parking laws; and facilitates over 2,000 special events each year. Ms. Reynolds is responsible for implementing Great Streets for Los Angeles, doubling the number of people riding bikes, a plan to reduce traffic fatalities, and expanding access to integrated transportation choices for Angelenos and the region. Read more..
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 is the global director of public affairs for the UL Environment (ULE). Mark leads ULE's strategic outreach and advocacy efforts, representing ULE worldwide and campaigning on behalf of the organization to drive public awareness about sustainability and green product issues. Mark has a long and varied background in the sustainability, green building and public policy realms. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, the Corporate Advisory Board for the World Green Building Council, Advisory Board for the Healthy Facilities Institute, and recently concluded a 2-year term on the Board of Directors for the Interior Design Collaborative-OR.
As the Manager for Transportation Technology Deployment at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Alex oversees program coordination, project portfolio oversight, partnership development and strategic planning responsibilities for NREL's Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center. Prior to joining the NREL, Alex was the senior manager for transportation fuels at the Colorado Governor's Energy Office. While with the state, Alex worked to develop, implement and promote the use of alternative fuels in Colorado. In this role, Alex created a bi-partisan, 16-state agreement to aggregate natural gas vehicle purchasing across the states. He was the co-chair of the Colorado Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition and NASEO's Natural Gas Task Force as well as the Governor's representative on the Governor's Biofuels Coalition. Immediately prior Alex spent 6 years with the Western Governors' Association, mainly as the Program Director for Transportation Fuels and Radioactive Materials Transportation. Alex has also worked for the Colorado Energy Research Institute and PA Consulting on both policy and market facing projects in the energy sector. He received his B.S. in General Engineering and completed the Professional Pilot Program at the University of Illinois and has an M.S. in Engineering and Technology Management from the Colorado School of Mines.
Tyler is Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Luum, a Seattle-based technology company providing parking optimization, fleet management, and commuter cloud services to large enterprise organizations. As CTO his responsibilities include infrastructure planning, product roadmap, customer requirements, customer support, business development, and late-night coding. Tyler frequently presents at parking and transportation industry conferences on the Luum's transportation solutions. Prior to Luum, he spent over 10 years at Microsoft, starting out in New York City as a software developer and architect leading large systems development efforts within the financial services industry. He then transitioned to an engineering management role at Microsoft headquarters where he launched a new suite of web development software products for Microsoft - responsible for engineering oversight of a large team of development and test engineers throughout the US and China. Tyler holds a BS in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, graduating with Distinction in major with a focus in Human Factors. Tyler holds two patents related to web technologies. For those who wake up extremely early, you're likely to see Tyler out in rowing shell most mornings.
Cindy Spiry works as the Director of Environmental and Natural Resources (ENR) for the Snoqualmie Tribe. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Ecology and Conservation along with a Certificate in Restoration Ecology from the University of Washington. Cindy has worked in the Environmental field for the past 10 years and has worked for the Snoqualmie Tribe since 2007. As Director of the Snoqualmie Tribe's ENR Department, Ms. Spiry has with her team to create several new programs. These include a Water Quality Monitoring Program, an Energy Conservation Program, a Recycling Program and an annual Environmental Conference. Additionally she has greatly expanded the Tribe's Habitat Restoration Program and increased work with local partners on Environmental Monitoring and Habitat Improvement Projects. Through her work with the Tribe she sits on several environmental boards and committees, including the Tribal Solid Waste Advisory Network (TSWAN), The King County Rural Forest Commission (KCRFC), the Washington Conservation Tribal Advisory Council (WACTAC) and the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum.
Jessica Szelag is transportation and land use policy professional and the Executive Director of Commute Seattle. Over the past decade, Jessica has focused her work on transportation demand management projects and policies that encourage pedestrian, bicycle, and transit-orientated development. Prior to leading the management and operations of Commute Seattle, Jessica managed a $4 million grant as Program Manager and Interim General Manager at Zipcar, Inc.’s Seattle office. Jessica holds a MPA for the University of Washington and a BA in Political Science and Philosophy from Villanova University. She has held executive board roles with the Seattle 2030 District, Cascade Bicycle Club, and the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board.
Mark Tabbutt is Chairman Saltchuk, a family of national transportation and distribution companies based in Seattle. Across the nation, Saltchuk companies are leading their industries in the adoption of new technologies and alternative fuels that lower their carbon footprint and reduce vehicle and vessel emissions. Local Saltchuk companies include Foss, Totem Ocean Trailer Express and Interstate Distributor. Mark is an inactive member of the Washington State Bar Association; is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Greater Seattle YMCA; and has served on the Board of Washington Federal, a publicly-traded Seattle based bank, since 2010. Mark graduated from Capital High School in Olympia ('82); has a Bachelor of Arts from Whitman College ('86); a Juris Doctor from the University of Puget Sound ('91); and completed Unit 32 of the Owner/President Management Program of the Executive Education program at Harvard Business School ('02).
Harold S. Taniguchi is director of the King County Department of Transportation, a national leader in sustainable transit, fleet, marine, road, and airport transportation programs. The department's Metro Transit division operates the largest fleet of articulated hybrid buses in the country and is expanding their fleet of zero-emission electric trolley buses; the King County Water Taxi is building new passenger-only vessels that use B10 biodiesel and meet EPA's clean engine standards; the King County International Airport at Boeing Field implemented a community insulation program to mitigate aircraft noise while reducing community energy consumption; the Road Services division has invested in traffic management programs to reduce congestion and idle time; and the Fleet Administration division, which has invested in multiple types of alternative fuel vehicles based on different County business needs. Mr. Taniguchi has worked for King County since 1983, becoming the department director in 2002. Mr. Taniguchi is active in community affairs while enjoying new challenges, seeking different volunteer opportunities and making new friends. He graduated from Pomona College and has a Master's degree in Public Affairs from the University of Washington.
Suzanne Tedrow is a Resource Conservation Manager at Starbucks focused on environmental impact reduction for U.S. and Canadian company owned retail store operations, including recycling, renewable energy and equipment optimization. Suzanne has been active in environmental management for 15 years, with a focus on emissions strategy & trading, sustainability, recycling and compliance. Prior to joining Starbucks in 2014, Suzanne worked for United Airlines leading emission strategy and sustainability efforts. Suzanne holds a B.S. from Western Washington University in Environmental Science.
Stephanie Thomas, Senior Associate with Cascadia Consulting Group, brings extensive experience designing, implementing, managing, and evaluating business outreach and technical assistance projects that bring resource conservation results for public and private sector clients. She currently leads a team of more than a dozen subconsultants on the Seattle Public Utilities Green Business Program to deliver targeted outreach and technical assistance to thousands of Seattle businesses to save water and energy, reduce waste, prevent pollution, and become more sustainable. She managed the Community Power Works for Small Business program and deployed multilingual outreach staff to provide energy efficiency education and technical assistance to over 1,025 small businesses. Stephanie has also managed several other green business programs locally and throughout the West Coast. Read more..
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 is a seasoned public agency manager who has managed multi-billion dollar portfolios, cut bureaucratic red tape and pioneered innovative financing projects. She was appointed Director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation in July 2013 by City Commissioner Steve Novick after a nation-wide search. The Bureau has more than 750 employees, a combined operating and capital budget of roughly $500 million and manages more than $8 billion in public assets. Treat came to Portland from Chicago where she was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to serve as Managing Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation. In Chicago, Treat helped the City secure a $99 million TIFIA loan to expand the Chicago Riverwalk, a cornerstone of the community's downtown revitalization efforts. She also helped install the City's first protected bikeway network and launch its bike share program that began with 300 stations and 3,000 bikes. Read more..
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., is the Director of the Office of Equity and Social Justice in King County, a countywide effort to address the root causes of inequities working with all county agencies and the community. Previously he worked for 14 years in Public Health Seattle & King County, collaborating with local organizations and residents to advance the public's health. His areas of expertise include policy and program planning, community engagement and development, evaluation, language access, grant writing, communication and media advocacy, and of course equity. Early in his career, he worked as a print and broadcast journalist in the United States and abroad. He has taught as a Fulbright professor in Nicaragua, and he is an Affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Washington's School of Public Health and Community Medicine.
Loren VandenBerghe is a graduate of Michigan State University from the pre-Tom Izzo era. He has spent a diverse career in logistics and has lived and worked in Canada, Bermuda, England and Belgium before moving to Seattle in 1995. Since 2004, Loren has supported the teams that are responsible for getting Nordstrom merchandise to distribution centers and stores. This includes managing the international, domestic and small package carriers Nordstrom uses. Loren's job and the job of the teams he supports are to build partnerships with carriers and other suppliers to design, develop and implement solutions that deliver competitive products that set Nordstrom apart from others. Loren is also responsible to insure Nordstrom's partners are executing and delivering the service the company's various customers (both internal and external) expect. In 2010, Loren led the effort to get Nordstrom into the SmartWay program. As part of its membership, Nordstrom has committed to working with carriers to reduce fuel consumption and in 2014, Nordstrom was honored by the EPA as a SmartWay Excellence Award Recipient.
Todd Vogel is Managing Director of Loom, a foundation focused on projects at the intersection of the environment and social equity. Prior to founding Loom, he has been a leader in Seattle at helping people re-envision public space. With Gehl Architects of Copenhagen, he spearheaded the most intensive examination of pedestrian and public space of any city in the United States. His work has drawn thousands of new pedestrians and urban explorers to the city's forgotten spaces to create a healthy civic life. His attention to public space emphasizes the inclusion of traditionally marginalized populations. In 2008, he was a TFN PLACES fellow to study equity, diversity and environmentally responsible place-making. He served for four years as the Chair of the PLACES Advisory Board. Prior to working in the philanthropy and non-profit world, he chaired the American Studies program at Trinity College, Hartford, CT, where he taught about race and class in American culture. He has published articles, encyclopedia entries and two books on the role of race and class in American culture (The Black Press: New Literary and Historical Essays and Rewriting White: Race, Class and Cultural Capital in Nineteenth Century America). Read more..
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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