Conference Advisory Board
ULI- Los Angeles
Councilmember, District 2
Los Angeles City Council
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
State of California
Executive Director // ULI- Los Angeles
Councilmember, District 2 // Los Angeles City Council
Devoted to public service throughout his adult life, Paul Krekorian’s career has been defined by his proven record of successful, results-oriented leadership in state government, local government, public education and in the private sector. His career in politics, however, was born of humble beginnings in the San Fernando Valley. After attending Cleveland High School in Reseda, Paul graduated from USC and went on to law school at UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall. For twenty years, Paul practiced business litigation and intellectual property law before serving on the Board of Education in Burbank.
In 2006, Paul was elected to the California State Assembly, representing the communities of Burbank, Glendale and the east San Fernando Valley in Sacramento, where his record included a string of environmentally conscious bills from increasing the state’s stock of renewable energy to reducing pollution in our oceans. Most recently, Paul was elected to lead Los Angeles' second City Council district in 2009. In L.A., Paul has continued his successful green advocacy while leading the charge to revamp the city’s neighborhood council system, which he has consistently lauded as a way of “bringing greater democratization and neighborhood empowerment to this city’s governance.”
Vice President // Mid-American Energy
Jonathan Weisgall is Vice President for Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Geothermal Energy Association. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he has taught a seminar on energy issues since 1990, and he has also guest lectured on energy issues at Stanford Law School, Haverford, and the Johns Hopkins Environmental Science and Policy Program. Mr. Weisgall graduated from Columbia College and from Stanford Law School. He previously practiced law in Washington, D.C. at Covington & Burling, has written several law review articles and has published articles in Legal Times, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, SAIS Review, and The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
Partner // Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLPFormer Treasurer // State of California
Jeremy Davies, OBE
Energy Efficiency Director
California Public Utilities Commission
Formerly with the Office of Assembly Speaker John A Perez
Jeremy Davies, OBE
Chair (Former) // BABC
Energy Efficiency Director // LADWP
David Jacot, P.E., is the Director of Energy Efficiency for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP). LADWP operates the third-largest portfolio of energy efficiency programs in California ($130M per year), comprised of a broad array of energy resource acquisition and market transformation programs serving LADWP’s customers and trade ally networks. In this role, David oversees all aspects of LADWP’s offerings and strategies designed to overcome market barriers to the comprehensive adoption of energy efficiency by LADWP’s customers. David has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Cal Poly Pomona, as well as 15 years of experience designing high performance building systems, modeling building energy performance, and managing energy efficiency programs.
Commissioner // California Public Utilities Commission
Carla Peterman was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission by Governor Edmund G. Brown in December 2012 and began her post in January 2013. Commissioner Peterman is the assigned commissioner for alternative transportation, electric storage issues (AB 2514, Skinner, 2010), several proceedings related to the promotion of biogas, including for pipeline injection (AB 1900, Gatto, 2012) and an application from Southern California Gas to provide biogas conditioning services, the California Teleconnect Fund, the California American Water general rate case, a proceeding related to transit worker safety, and the 2007 Malibu Fire investigation, along with numerous other smaller cases.
Prior to her appointment, Ms. Peterman was appointed to the California Energy Commission by Governor Jerry Brown in January 2011 and began her post in March 2011. She filled the Public Member position on the five-member Commission where four of the five members are required by law to have professional training in specific areas—engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics, and law. Commissioner Peterman was the lead CEC Commissioner for renewables, transportation, natural gas, and the 2012 Integrated Energy Policy Report. In this role, Commissioner Peterman provided lead policy guidance for the implementation of the 33% RPS (SBX1 2), The New Solar Homes Partnership, the Emerging Renewables Program, the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, and selected power plant siting proceedings.
Ms. Peterman is the first African-American female to be appointed to both commissions.
Ms. Peterman has conducted research at the University of California Energy Institute at Haas from 2006 to 2011 and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory from 2008 to 2010. She was a business analyst with Isles from 2004 to 2005, focusing on green business and job training opportunities and was an associate focused on energy financing in the investment banking division of Lehman Brothers from 2002 to 2004. Ms. Peterman also served on the board of directors for The Utility Reform Network (TURN) from 2008 to 2011, most recently as Board Treasurer.
Ms. Peterman will complete her doctoral studies next year in Energy and Resources at the University of California Berkeley. Her research focuses on solar photovoltaic markets and federal and state renewable energy policies and financial incentives. She has also worked and written on such policy issues as cap-and-trade, efficacy of local environmental regulations, climate change and communities of color, and clean energy subsidies.
Ms. Peterman holds a BA in history from Howard University where she graduated summa cum laude and an MSc in environmental change and management and an MBA from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.
Formerly with the Office of Assembly Speaker John A Perez
City of Long Beach
ISO Board of Governors
Former Senior VP
Southern California Edison
City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation
Mayor // City of Long BeachChair // ISO Board of Governors
Mayor Bob Foster was elected as the 27th mayor of Long Beach in 2006 and re-elected in 2010.
Mayor Foster served as president of Southern California Edison before his retirement in 2006 after more than 20 years with the company. As an Edison executive, Mayor Foster led California’s largest electric company through the 1999 energy crisis. During Mayor Foster’s tenure, Edison developed the largest renewable, clean energy programs in the United States.
He began his public service career as a staff member for the California Energy Commission where he helped create the first statewide energy efficiency standards that are still enforced today.
He was appointed as the Environment Committee chair in 2008, elected to the Advisory Board in 2009 and the Board of Trustees in 2010 for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Mayor Foster to the Board of Governors for the California Independent Systems Operators (ISO) in 2010.
Former Senior VP // Southern California Edison
Jim Kelly retired from Southern California Edison after almost 38 years of service with the Company. He is now Managing Director of The Power of Leadership, a non-profit venture dedicated to promoting the value of technical education to young people. He also serves as a CEO, director, advisor or consultant to a number of firms and agencies in the technology and utility fields.
Prior to his retirement, Mr. Kelly was the senior vice president of Transmission & Distribution for Southern California Edison, responsible for the operation and maintenance of an electrical grid comprised of over 100,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines spread across a 50,000-square-mile service area. Mr. Kelly was responsible for an annual budget of over $2.5 billion.
Kelly was previously the vice president of Engineering & Technical Services, responsible for planning, engineering, and designing SCE’s electrical grid, as well as research and development, safety and training. Mr. Kelly was one of the early pioneers of the Smart Grid, developing a roadmap for a smarter, safer, more reliable and more environmentally responsible electric grid. Among many other awards and honors, Jim was selected as the IEEE’s “Leader in Power” in 2009.
Senior VP // NRG Energy
Robyn Beavers started her career as an energy efficiency consultant and then moved on to become the founding member of Google’s Green Business & Operations strategy team. In this role she delivered several green strategic programs including the country's largest corporate solar installation at the time, energy efficiency retrofits for Google's global offices, employee incentive programs, and the creation of a large scale renewable energy investment program. While pursuing her MBA, Robyn served as a Fellow for the Department of Energy. In 2011, she joined Vestas Wind Systems where she created WindMade, a global NGO that issues the first global consumer label for brands and products made with wind energy. She has recently joined DEKA Research & Engineering to commercialize their various distributed water and power technologies. She holds both a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an MBA from Stanford University.
Assistant Director // City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation
Adel Hagekhalil is a registered civil engineer with the State of California and a national Board Certified Environmental Engineer. Adel has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He has participated in many leadership development programs including the Water and Wastewater Development Program at the University of North Carolina.
Adel is currently an Assistant Director with the City of Los Angeles’ Bureau of Sanitation where he is responsible for the Bureau’s wastewater collection system management, storm water and watershed protection program, water quality compliance, and facilities and advance planning.
Under his direction, the City has prepared an award winning “One Water” Water Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) for the year 2020 which relies on public input and participation and integrates water supply, water reuse, water conservation and stormwater management with wastewater facilities planning through a regional watershed approach. Adel has managed the collection system spill control program and led the implementation of the collection system planning efforts leading to over 83 percent reduction in sewer spills. Adel has extensive experience in infrastructure assessment, planning, modeling, upgrading, and funding. Adel led the collaborative development of the “Core Attributes of Effectively Managed Wastewater Collection Systems,” a new document that promotes good engineering practices essential to managing and operating separate sanitary collection systems. Most recently, Adel led the development a Low Impact development Ordinance for the City of Los Angeles that focuses on rainwater harvesting and runoff management for new developments and redevelopments. In addition, Adel was instrumental in the successful development and adoption of a 10-year financial plan including the necessary rates adjustment to support the renewal of the City clean water systems.
Adel has published numerous technical papers and participated in various technical conferences and committees. He is currently a Board member and Treasurer with the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), a member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, a member of the American Public Works Association, and a member of the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF).
McKinsey & Company
Former Senior Advisor, Energy and Water
Former Office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Climate Action Reserve
California Natural Resources Agency
President and CEO
The Baylis Group
Associate // McKinsey & CompanyFormer Senior Advisor, Energy and Water // Former Office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
President // Climate Action Reserve
Gary Gero serves as the President of the Climate Action Reserve, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Los Angeles, where he is responsible for ensuring that the organization’s work to certify greenhouse gas emission reductions meet the highest standards for quality, transparency and environmental integrity. The Climate Action Reserve is recognized as the largest, most trusted, and highest quality greenhouse gas offset program in North America. Its standards have been adopted into the California cap-and-trade program and other regulatory compliance markets around the world.
Mr. Gero was previously an executive at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power where he oversaw the $40 million Green LA programs which included the energy efficiency, solar photovoltaic, tree planting, electric vehicle, and related environmental initiatives. Gary also worked for over a decade in the City of Los Angeles Environmental Affairs Department where as Assistant General Manager he led the City’s policy efforts to address air quality, sustainability, and climate change.
Mr. Gero serves on the Boards of Directors for the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters and the California Invasive Plant Council, and is a member of the Steering Committee of the California Sustainability Alliance. He was also a member of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Energy and Environmental Markets Committee and served two terms on the City Planning Commission in Glendale, California.
Gary, who is a native of Los Angeles, California, earned his Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics and received a pair of undergraduate degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.
Deputy Secretary // California Natural Resources Agency
Gerald Meral, Ph.D. was appointed Natural Resources Agency deputy secretary for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) on Jan. 19, 2011. Dr. Meral will be charged with guiding completion of the BDCP to restore the Bay-Delta ecosystem and create water supply reliability for California. In addition, he will also be responsible for the development of any revenue and funding proposals necessary to complete the plan.
Dr. Meral was executive director of the Planning and Conservation League from 1983 to 2003. He previously served as deputy director of the California Department of Water Resources from 1975 to 1983 under Governor Brown, and director of the western water program of the Environmental Defense Fund from 1971 to 1975. Dr. Meral holds a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan. He lives in Inverness, Calif. with his wife Barbara.
President and CEO // The Baylis Group
Former Speaker Pro Tempore
California State Assembly
Metropolitan Water District
California Assembly Speaker Emeritus
Mayer Brown LLP
California Air Resources Board
Former Speaker Pro Tempore // California State Assembly
General Manager // Metropolitan Water District
California Assembly Speaker Emeritus // Mayer Brown LLP
Robert M. Hertzberg was twice unanimously elected Speaker of the California State Assembly (2000 – 2002). Currently, Mr. Hertzberg is Vice-Chair of the Los Angeles office of Mayer Brown LLP, an international Law firm with offices around the globe. He is also co-founder of G24 Innovations based in Cardiff, Wales which manufactures a new type of lightweight and flexible solar cell that generates power in any light, even in indoor conditions.
His work with G24i and as Co-founder of Renewable Capital, has made him an active entrepreneur and leader in global policy on renewable energy. The Guardian (UK) named him as one of the “50 People Who Could Save the Planet” and his company won the World Bank Award, for Lighting Africa, for a project in Rwanda. CNBC European Business recognized G24i as one of its TOP 100 Low-Carbon Pioneers. Mr Hertzberg has appeared on CBS Evening News, CNN, BBC, Nightline, as in articles in The Economist, and Fortune Small Business. A previous solar company in Los Angeles won the 2005 Wall Street Journal Innovation of the Year Award in the field of energy.
For his entire life, Bob has had a deep interest in public policy and politics. The Los Angeles Times said this about Bob Hertzberg: He is a high-velocity wonk; he loves BIG ideas and will flesh out every one of them if you give him the chance.” Among his many involvements, he chaired the transition team for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and served on the transition team of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He serves on the Boards of The Public Policy Institute of California, The Board of Counselors for the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development, (where he also served as a Keston Fellow on Infrastructure), The Board of Visitors for the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine, The Rose Institute at Claremont, The Los Angeles World Affairs Council, The Pacific Council and is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations.
Mr. Hertzberg was named to replace Leon Panetta, as Co-Chair of California Forward, a non-partisan group focused on repairing the dysfunction of California Government. He also serves on The Think Long Committee of California.
He is a Magna Cum Laude Graduate of The University of Redlands (1976) and received his JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1979).
Chairman // California Air Resources Board
Real Estate and Workplace Services, Green Team Lead
California Plug In Electric Vehicle Collaborative
Consul General of Canada, Los Angeles
Supervisor, 3rd District
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
Real Estate and Workplace Services, Green Team Lead // Google
Executive Director // California Plug In Electric Vehicle Collaborative
Elected to the State Senate in 2004 and re-elected in 2008, Kehoe represents the 39th Senate District, which includes much of San Diego, the cities of Del Mar and Lemon Grove, and neighboring communities.
As a Senator, Kehoe has established herself as an environmental leader and dedicated ‘good government’ advocate. She chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, and is a member of the Banking & Financial Institutions Committee; Governance & Finance Committee; Natural Resources & Water Committee; Transportation & Housing Committee; and also chairs the Joint Emergency Management Committee.
Prior to being elected to the Senate, Kehoe served two terms as State Assemblymember representing the 76th District from 2000 through 2004. Before that, she served seven years as City Councilmember representing San Diego's Third District. Previously, Kehoe was a volunteer with the Center for Women's Studies and Services, editor of the San Diego Gayzette newspaper, and served as executive director of the Hillcrest Business Association.
Kehoe is a member of the Sierra Club, the National Organization for Women (NOW), National Women's Political Caucus, Uptown Democratic Club, California Women in Government, the San Diego Democratic Club, and the Women's Transportation Seminar. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the California Elected Women's Association for Education and Research (CEWAER).
Kehoe lives in San Diego’s North Park neighborhood with her partner Julie Warren.
Consul General // Consul General of Canada, Los Angeles
Supervisor, 3rd District // Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
President and CEO
Founder and Managing Director
Pension Consulting Alliance
Vice President and General Manager
Air China, North America
Assistant General Counsel and Director, Policy and Electricity Markets
President and CEO // LAEDC
Bill Allen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation and its subsidiary, the World Trade Center Los Angeles – Long Beach. Under his leadership, the LAEDC helped facilitate the first-ever, consensus-built Strategic Plan for Economic Development for L.A. County, which brought together over 1,080 stakeholders and was unanimously endorsed by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors. Mr. Allen is also guiding LAEDC towards its upcoming milestone of 200,000 jobs saved in L.A. County.
Mr. Allen is also Vice Chair of the Valley Economic Alliance, and the Board Secretary for the Valley Presbyterian Hospital, and the immediate past Board Chair of Film LA. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Weingart Foundation, International Economic Development Council, California Stewardship Network, Regional Economic Association Leaders of California Coalition, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs, Unite L.A., and the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.
Mr. Allen was the first CEO of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, and under his guidance the Alliance launched successful programs to recover from the Northridge earthquake, improve local education and work force development, and develop solutions to regional transportation challenges (including regional transit planning summits which led to the creation of the highly successful Orange Line in the valley).
Mr. Allen has served as a trustee of the University of Southern California, chair of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, co-chair of the National Council for Families and Television, and co-chair of the “Shaping Tomorrow” capital campaign for the Valley Presbyterian Hospital.
Mr. Allen is also a veteran television network and studio executive with more than twenty years experience in entertainment production and management. From 1991 through 1995, Mr. Allen was President of MTM Television, and oversaw production of such television classics as Remington Steele, St. Elsewhere, and Newhart.
A cum laude graduate of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, Mr. Allen also received his Masters Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a certificate in 21st Century Management from the Graziadio School of Business & Management at Pepperdine.
Founder and Managing Director // Pension Consulting Alliance
Vice President and General Manager // Air China, North America
Assistant General Counsel and Director, Policy and Electricity Markets // SolarCity
Supervisor, 2nd District
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
Managing Director and an Investment Committee Member
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
British Consulate-General; UK Trade & Investment
Supervisor, 2nd District // Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
Managing Director and an Investment Committee Member // TCW/Craton
Tom Soto is a Managing Director and an Investment Committee Member at TCW/Craton. Tom serves on the Board of Liquid Environmental Solutions and manages Craton's investment in GridPoint.Tom is one of the country's leading voices on the economics of climate change and the prosperity tied to reducing green house gases. As a business leader, Tom's companies have included Cabrillo Fuels, where he was the largest minority producer of ethanol fuel in Southern California. During this period and prior to TCW/Craton, Tom built his management consulting company, PS Enterprises, into the country's leading consulting firm working with government and fortune 500 companies such as American Airlines, Verizon, and the White House in insuring their compliance with new and stricter environmental regulations. Tom was an appointee of President Bill Clinton to the State Department's Border Environmental Cooperation Commission, and was more recently President elect Barack Obama's Co-lead of the Executive Office of the President's Transition Team for The White House Council on Environmental Quality from November of '08 to January of '09. Tom was recently recognized by Poder 360 Magazine as one of the Nation’s Top 100 Latino Green Leaders and was one of Hispanic Business Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Latinos of 2010. During his limited spare time, Tom advises nonprofit and environmental groups such as the Mono Lake Committee. He is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the California Science Center and is a leading voice in the emerging manager sector promoting diverse fund managers in finance as a board member of the New America Alliance. Tom has a BA in Political Science from UCLA.
Program Manager // Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Dean Wiberg is a program manager in the Commercial Program Office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) with responsibilities to develop business opportunities with non-NASA entities to solve sponsor requirements using JPL technologies and capabilities leading to transfer and commercialization. Before assuming his current role in the program office, Dean was a project lead in JPL’s Microdevices laboratory for the development of a variety of instruments, sensors and systems predicated on Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) technology where he was named in about 15 patents and new technology disclosures. Before joining JPL, Dean held technical, management and business development positions at the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), IBM, Westinghouse, Northrop Grumman, Sarcos Research/University of Utah and was co-founder of a venture funded, high tech materials company, VaporFab, which was subsequently sold to International Nickel Company. Dean holds a BS in Chemistry, an MS in Chemical Engineering and has done additional graduate studies in Materials Science and Business Administration. He is also on the Board-of-Directors for CleanTech LA and the Foothill Municipal Water District.
Vice Consul // British Consulate-General; UK Trade & Investment
VP // eVgo/ NRG
Mr. O’Day is Director of California Business Development for NRG EV Services and Councilmember in the City of Santa Monica.
NRG EV Services provides affordable, comprehensive charging plans and charging networks that provide range confidence throughout the metropolitan areas where eVgo operates. The parent company, NRG Energy, is a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 Company that owns and operates one of the country's largest and most diverse power generation portfolios. The company has committed over $35 million in capital to develop the infrastructure required for electric vehicles to achieve market success.
Mr. O’Day was elected to the Santa Monica City Council in November 2010. Prior to his appointment, he was Chair of the city’s Planning Commission. The City has 90,000 residents, a $650 million annual budget, 1,700 employees and a AAA credit rating. Mr. O’Day led a six-year process to update the City’s General Plan – the leading example of environmental land use planning in the state, reducing per capita greenhouse gas emissions from land use by 31 percent by 2030.
Previously, Mr. O’Day was Executive Director of Environment Now foundation. Founded by the family of Frank and Luanne Wells in 1989, Environment Now is known as a strategic, entrepreneurial, activist leader in California, having founded more than a dozen lasting, successful organizations like the Waterkeepers in California and Mexico and Energy Independence Now. Mr. O’Day’s achievements included founding ten Waterkeeper programs now defending over 1,000 miles of coastline, developing an alliance that led to a $40 billion transit initiative in L.A. County in 2008, and protecting hundreds of thousands of forestland acres throughout the state. His two predecessors departed the foundation to become Secretaries of the California Natural Resources and the California Environmental Protection Agencies, respectively.
He is co-founder of Move LA, a collaboration of business, labor and environmental organizations, including the LA Area Chamber of Commerce, the LA Business Federation, LA County AFL-CIO, Building Trades Council of LA and Orange Counties. Move LA devised Measure R, which raised $40 billion in new funding for transit and transportation investment through a half-cent sales tax approved by LA County voters in November 2008 with 68 percent of the vote. Mr. O’Day signed the ballot argument in favor of Measure R that was distributed to all LA County voters.
Mr. O’Day is also past president of EV Rental Cars, a company he co-founded in 1998. It was the first rental company in the United States to offer only environmental vehicles, such as hybrid, natural gas, and electric cars to the general public. It served fifteen airports in six states and more than 500,000 customers, with over 700 cars, broadening access to clean fuel vehicles and developing markets for new sustainable technologies. Terry and his partners earned awards from the Coalition for Clean Air, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Council on Economic Priorities. They were featured in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Business Week.
Mr. O’Day has advised sustainable technology companies addressing solar, wind, and conventional energy production, manufacturing, electric vehicles, natural gas vehicles, and logistics, as well as public agencies including the Metropolitan Water District. He holds an MBA from The UCLA Anderson School of Management and completed the Coro Public Affairs Fellows Program in Los Angeles. He received a BA with honors in Public Policy at Stanford University, with a thesis addressing public finance and demand management of electricity. He has been active with community organizations throughout California and Mexico, including Coro Southern California, the USC Center for Sustainable Cities, the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, Human Rights Watch California Committee, Environmental Entrepreneurs, the Weingart Center and as the Board Chair of the Coalition for Clean Air.
Publisher // Biofuel Digest
Owner // Avancee Marketing
Premier (Former) // Queensland
Frederuck O. Terrell
China Country Director
R20: Regions of Climate Action
West Coast Political Director
Environmental Defense Fund
Chief Sustainability Officer
City of Los Angeles
Frederuck O. Terrell
Vice Chairman // Credit Suisse
China Country Director // R20: Regions of Climate Action
Dr. Yufu Cheng is China Country Director for R20: Regions of Climate Actions, Chaired by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Together with R20 team, members and partners, Dr. Cheng is working with Chinese Central Governments, Subnational Governments, Technology, Policy and Investing Partners to identify and implement the effective low carbon projects in China. He is also a visiting professor at School of Environment and Energy of Peking University. Before joining R20, he was the Senior Vice President of the Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation (iCET) and Dr. Cheng has over 15 years education and working experiences in the Climate Change related programs. He has worked in research, education, standards and policies, capacity building, project development with colleagues and international leading partners on effective solutions on combating Climate Challenges. He has built extensive working relationship with different stakeholders (e.g. governmental agencies, private sectors, foundations, NGOs and research communities) to work together in developing effective low carbon projects, especially in Green Energy and Energy Efficiency areas (e.g. LED lights). Dr. Cheng conducted climate change research in China, the United States, Mexico, and the Arctic Region. He is active in environmental outreach and education and has been interviewed by major Medias (e.g. Los Angeles Times and CCTV) and has been invited to speak at major international environmental conferences, such as United Nations’ Global Climate Change Conferences in Copenhagen, Tianjin and Cancun, Governor’s Climate Summit (2008, 2009, and 2010), and Climate Summit in China hosted by thirteen Chinese Ministries. He serves as expert committee member on several international conferences and as an associate editor for Carbon Management Journal. Dr. Cheng received his Ph.D. in Ecology from joint Doctoral Program between the University of California at Davis and San Diego State University in 2003, Master Degree of Ecology from Chinese Academy of Forestry in 1998 and Bachelor Degree of Biological Sciences from Anhui Normal University in 1995.
West Coast Political Director // Environmental Defense Fund
Lauren Faber is the West Coast Political Director for the Environmental Defense Fund. Lauren brings to EDF the ability to craft successful program strategies, identify and establish constructive partnerships, and deploy high-level experts and political figures on key themes. Lauren’s work at EDF focuses on building support with governmental leaders, business, and environmental counterparts to advance key policies in the areas of climate, energy, oceans, land, water and wildlife.
Prior to joining EDF, Lauren worked at the California Environmental Protection Agency, where she was appointed to Assistant Secretary for Climate Change Programs in 2010. At the California EPA, Lauren focused on the design and implementation of California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act that EDF cosponsored in 2006.
Prior to her work at CalEPA, Lauren served as senior director for Lighthouse Consulting Group, where she advised on comprehensive national climate change and energy strategies for domestic and international companies, and non-government organizations, and in particular, the U.S. Climate Action Partnership. From 2005-2009 Lauren served at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. as the Senior Policy Advisor for climate change and energy.
Lauren is a Catto Fellow for environmental leadership at the Aspen Institute and a member of the Truman National Security Project Political Partnership. She obtained her Bachelor degrees in Earth Systems and Economics from Stanford University, and Masters degree in Climate and Society from Columbia University.
Chief Sustainability Officer // City of Los Angeles
Matt Petersen was named Chief Sustainability officer by Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles. As the first ever CSO for the City of LA, Matt is focused on helping Mayor Garcetti create 20,000 green jobs in LA, create a more sustainable and livable city and neighborhoods, and hold every city department responsible for cleaner air and water.
For 19 years, Matt served as President and CEO of Global Green USA, building the group into one of the country's leading environmental organizations (and the only national environmental organization headquartered in greater Los Angeles). Passionate about improving the environment and the lives of those in need, Petersen forged a national partnership with Habitat for Humanity International in 1995 to save homeowners money and improve their health. In 1997, Global Green and the City of LA hosted a sustainable housing summit, launching the organization's broader greening affordable housing initiative. As result of partnerships, legislation, and incentives put in place by Global Green over the last 15 years, over 100,000 individuals across the US now live in affordable housing with lower energy bills, better indoor air quality, and better access to transit. In California, Petersen's leadership has led to $320 million being set aside for solar on affordable housing, addressing the disproportionate impact on minority and low-income communities through the community empowerment amendment to global warming law AB32, and the first state mandate to increase energy efficiency in existing buildings via AB758.
The focus on the urban environment also included the greening of schools and cities, including crafting an initiative funded by the Annenberg Foundation to green all new LAUSD schools, ensuring over $15 billion in new construction will result in significant utility savings, and better learning environments for kids and teachers. Global Green's work with cities, including Los Angeles, New Orleans, San Francisco, and others has created ground breaking green building policies, climate action plans, and solar initiatives, including the first large city municipal green building policy created in LA with then Councilman Eric Garcetti in 2002.
Petersen is widely credited for his successful vision for the green rebuilding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, leading TIME Magazine to recognize Global Green's leadership. Top on Petersen's agenda was the greening of New Orleans' schools rebuilt after the storm, as well as increasing energy efficiency and indoor air quality of existing classrooms. Petersen, along with actor Brad Pitt, also launched the New Orleans Sustainable Design Competition, which resulted in the Holy Cross Project, a sustainable village under construction in the Lower 9th Ward.
More recently, Petersen turned Global Green's attention to the communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy. He created the Solar for Sandy initiative that is bringing grid-tied, back-up solar systems to community centers in New York and New Jersey. This year, Petersen appeared with former President Bill Clinton to announce the initiative and the support of IKEA for the 2nd solar system to be installed in Red Hook in Brooklyn, NY.
Over many years, Petersen has called not only for corporations and elected officials to act to combat climate change and create more sustainable communities, but for individuals to become "citizen entrepreneurs" and take responsibility for a corner for their world. The search for "citizen entrepreneurs" is emerging as a major initiative within Global Green, leading to support and recognition of individuals across the United States who are improving their communities. Petersen also created partnerships with major American companies to support the organization's efforts, including Starbucks as among the very first major U.S. corporations to call for action on climate change.
Matt continues as a board member of Global Green USA, while also serving on the board of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles. He also is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is an advisor on energy and environment to the Clinton Global Initiative.
Senior Vice President and General Manager
Founder and Principal
Liberman and Associates
CEO and President
Co-Founder // ELP Advisors
Cecilia V. Estolano is a member of Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors LLC (ELP Advisors) which provides consulting services to public agencies, foundations, business associations and other stakeholders seeking to grow thriving, healthy and vibrant communities. ELP Advisors offers a range of services, including strategic planning; design and implementation of stakeholder engagement processes; sustainable economic development; community planning; business cluster and sector strategies; business development and retention strategies; transit-oriented development planning, green workforce development strategies and project management.
Ms. Estolano, a land use and environmental lawyer, is an expert in CEQA requirements and was formerly a Senior Policy Advisor with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She was also formerly the Chief Strategist of State and Local Initiatives for Green For All, a national organization that advocates for broad access and opportunity in the clean-energy economy. Ms. Estolano oversaw Green For All's State and Local Initiatives and the Capital Access Program and was charged with spearheading the organization's effort to scale public-private partnerships as a means to grow family-supporting green jobs in cities across the United States, particularly in under-served communities. Ms. Estolano previously served as Chief Executive Officer of the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA). Under Ms. Estolano's tenure, CRA/LA was the largest redevelopment agency in California, with an annual budget of over $726 million and a work program covering 32 project areas.
Senior Vice President and General Manager // AeroVironment
Founder and Principal // Liberman and Associates
CEO and President // Sadovnick Partners
GRI Focal Point USA
City of Los Angeles Planning Commission
President // Wallace PartnersFormer Director // GRI Focal Point USA
Mike Wallace is the Director of the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) Focal Point USA. GRI is a non-profit organization that promotes economic sustainability and provides all companies and organizations with a comprehensive sustainability reporting framework. GRI is the most widely used sustainability reporting framework in the world, with over 80% of the Global 250 using GRI when they report on sustainability. GRI’s Focal Point USA was officially launched in January 2011 at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and is responsible for supporting the growth and quality of sustainability reporting in the US.
Mike Wallace has almost 20-years of international experience advising corporations, non-profits and government agencies in the development and implementation of sustainability programs. He initially gained his sustainability expertise while working for ERM in Australia. This expertise was expanded during his time with BSR, and was refined while running his own advisory services firm in California. He started with GRI in the fall of 2009 at its Secretariat in Amsterdam. By the fall of 2010 he had established GRI’s Focal Point USA and relocated to New York.
He is a recognized expert in the field, with a unique specialization in the intersection of sustainability and corporate governance. In addition to speaking globally on the topic of sustainability, Mike has given expert testimony to the European Commission, the US Securities & Exchange Commission, and a range of business associations like the US Business Roundtable and the National Association of Corporate Directors. Mike has been recognized for his expertise in the field by his inclusion in the NACD’s 2011 Directorship 100, and in Trust Across America’s 2010 Top 100 Thought Leaders. He has authored numerous articles on the topic and was a contributor to Climate Change – a Guide to Carbon Law & Practice.
Managing Director // Wedbush Securities
General Manager // LADWP
Ron Nichols is General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Under his leadership, in two years LADWP has more than doubled the utility’s commitment to energy efficiency, doubled the pace of funding rebates for customer-installed solar, and started an aggressive new solar feed-in tariff program while meeting 20% renewable energy delivered to its power customers. Similarly, LADWP has adopted expanded goals to reduce reliance on imported water to meet LA water customer needs through increased water conservation, clean-up of contaminated ground water, stormwater capture and recycled water. These changes are underway while maintaining among the lowest customer rates for water and power in California.
Commissioner // City of Los Angeles Planning Commission
California State Water Resources Control Board
Director of Strategic Markets
East West Bank
Assistant Deputy Director
Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, Environmental Programs Division
Board Member // California State Water Resources Control Board
Felicia Marcus was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the State Water Resources Control Board (Board) for the State of California in 2012, and designated by the Governor as Chair in April of 2013. The Board is responsible for both water quality and water rights issues in the state and is currently focusing on issues ranging from setting water quality objectives for the San Francisco Bay and Delta; to general permits for stormwater pollution control; to reviewing irrigated lands permits to control agricultural drainage. The Board sets statewide policy, settles water rights disagreements, and hears appeals of local regional board water quality decisions. Before her appointment to the Water Board, she was the Western Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a national environmental leader in bringing science, law, and policy expertise to solving our world’s pressing environmental and conservation challenges. Prior to joining NRDC, Felicia was the Executive VP/COO of the Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national non-profit devoted to conserving land for people. Before coming to TPL, Felicia served as the Regional Administrator of the U.S. EPA Region IX in the Clinton Administration where she was known for her work in bringing unlikely allies together for environmental progress and for making the agency more responsive to the communities it serves, particularly Indian Tribes, communities of color, local government, and agricultural and business interests. While at USEPA, Felicia worked extensively on the range of environmental issues under EPA’s jurisdiction, most heavily in air quality, Bay-Delta water, tribal, and US-Mexico border issues. Prior to that, Felicia headed Los Angeles’ Department of Public Works at a time when the City went from garnering lawsuits to garnering national awards for environmental excellence. Felicia came to Public Works after extensive experience as a public interest lawyer and community organizer in Los Angeles. She currently serves or has served in the past on many non-profit boards and Advisory Councils including the Public Policy Institute of California Statewide Leadership Council, Sustainable Conservation, USC-Kesten Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy, and the Center for Diversity and the Environment. She is also currently an Obama Administration appointee to the Commission on Environmental Cooperation-Joint Public Advisory Council (US, Mexico, Canada) and was a Schwarzenegger Administration appointee to the Delta Stewardship Council prior to being appointed to the Water Board.
Director of Strategic Markets // East West Bank
President // Psomas
Assistant Deputy Director // Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, Environmental Programs Division
A 30 year veteran of Los Angeles County, Mr. Proano has a strong track record of providing leadership, coordination, and support for the County’s Department of Public Works. He has led and coordinated numerous Public Works projects and activities throughout Los Angeles County’s 88 cities and its unincorporated areas.
Mr. Proano has most recently been at the forefront of the County’s efforts of integrating Conversion Technologies (CTs) into the municipal waste system. He was also instrumental in the effort to pass the plastic bag ban in the Los Angeles County unincorporated areas, and as a member of the Keep California Beautiful Coalition, he has worked to maintain a clean environment both with the County and statewide.
Mr. Proano has been asked to speak at numerous conferences and meetings and continues to constructively engage stakeholders on solid waste issues throughout the County and State.
With a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from California State University in Long Beach, Mr. Proano is a licensed Civil Engineer in California. He has also served as an adjunct professor at his alma mater in the Graduate Center of Public Policy and Administration.
Executive Director of Highway Projects
Los Angeles Metro
Japanese Consulate, Los Angeles
Director, Business Transformation
Nissan America Latina
Executive Director of Highway Projects // Los Angeles Metro
Doug Failing serves as the Executive Director of the Highway Program for Los Angeles County Metro where he is responsible for Delivery of the nearly $8 billion Measure R Highway Program. Failing was chosen by the Los Angeles Times’ West Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in Southern California. Failing earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University in Houghton and Caltrans as a Junior Civil Engineer.
Consul General // Japanese Consulate, Los Angeles
Consul General Niimi joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1979 after graduating from Tokyo University’s Faculty of Law. His previous international assignments were in England, Kenya, France, Iran, Russia, and Thailand. At Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters in Tokyo, he has served as Director of the Overseas Public Relations Division, Director of the Consular Policy Division, Director of the Overseas Establishments Division, and as Assistant Vice-Minister. The post of Consul General at Los Angeles is his first assignment in the United States.