REM 2019 Speakers
Shannon Ames | Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI)
Shannon is the Executive director of LIHI, which is a voluntary certification program which evaluates hydropower facilities against eight criteria having to do with river, cultural and historic resources protection. Prior to LIHI, Shannon worked as the director of stakeholder and government relations for Brookfield Renewable, then based in Massachusetts. Shannon also worked for four years with the Massachusetts legislature’s environment committee. Shannon worked on environmental and energy legislation, including renewable portfolio standard and climate change legislation. Shannon currently serves on the board of the Mystic River Watershed Association and formerly on the IPPNY, NEPGA.
Adrian Anderson | Google
Adrian is the Senior Lead for Energy and currently helps Google secure infrastructure and clean reliable power for data centers across the globe. Previously, he worked as an energy procurement manager for Amazon Web Services and a global supply manager for Apple. Prior to working in IT, Adrian was a renewable energy developer and originator for juwi Americas. Adrian earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Philosophy from the Bates College, and a Master’s in Business and International Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Galen Barbose | Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Galen Barbose is a Research Scientist in the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His work over the past 17 years has focused on issues in the electricity industry related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, and electric system planning. Among these efforts, Galen tracks and analyzes state renewables portfolio standards, publishing an annual status update on these policies, and frequently gives briefings to policymakers and other industry stakeholders on RPS program design and impacts.
Steven Batchelder | NRG
Steven Batchelder has been active in the energy commodities space for nearly 20 years with a primary focus in the ERCOT electricity markets. He developed a base knowledge of the electricity and natural gas markets early in his career while working in various trade control and risk control jobs. Steven’s first commercial job was in the LNG and Natural Gas space representing both buyers and sellers in the market. Over the last 10 years Steven has been focused on customer facing direct business in the ERCOT power markets with a multi-focus on all aspects of the market including generators, aggregators and end-users. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Texas A&M University.
Matt Beasley | Silicon Ranch
Matt brings global marketing expertise to Silicon Ranch’s business development activities, as his previous work experience includes assignments in New York, Tokyo, and London to develop and implement marketing strategies for large multinational clients. At Silicon Ranch, Matt focuses on expanding project development to new markets and on creating tailored marketing, community engagement, and media strategies to help its partners maximize public awareness of their solar energy commitment. For the past three years, Matt has also served as President of the Tennessee state chapter of the Solar Energy Industries Association (TenneSEIA). Matt graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned his MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.
Glenn Blackmon | Washington State Department of Commerce
Glenn leads the Washington State Department of Commerce’s implementation of the renewable portfolio standard and energy efficiency resource standard. Glenn previously worked for the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission and as staff of the state Senate Energy Committee. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University.
Yaima Braga | Green Energy Consumers Alliance of New England
Yaima manages the renewable energy portfolio for Green Energy Consumers Alliance of New England, doing business as Mass Energy in Massachusetts. She has spent the past 4 years developing and managing relationships with renewable energy generators across New England in order to meet the voluntary demand of green electricity from thousands of residential and commercial customers, as well as community aggregations. Prior to working for ECANE, she worked for one of the biggest unions in the northeast helping members improve their work conditions. Originally from Puerto Rico, Yaima has always worked towards improving our quality of life and surroundings.
Jared Braslawsky | RECS Inernational
As Secretary-General of RECS International Jared works on the consumer-driven market for renewable electricity in Europe and around the world. He is a leading expert in the market for Guarantees of Origin and other electricity attribute certificates (EACs). In the position of Secretary General of RECS International Jared is strongly involved in the developments of the International REC Standard (I-REC Standard). Jared does this on behalf of market parties, consumers and stakeholders working to develop reliable and robust local EAC markets. Jared is an active member of a number of technical working groups and advises companies on issues related to attribute and emissions accounting.
Helen Brauner| 7X Energy
Helen serves as the Director of Origination Strategy for 7X Energy, an Austin, Texas-based utility-scale solar developer. Helen has worked in the renewable energy sector for 15 years. Prior to joining 7X, Helen was an independent strategy and marketing consultant for cleantech companies. Before becoming a consultant, Helen spent nine years at Green Mountain Energy, a retail electric provider selling green power, where she served as the Senior VP of Strategic Planning and Marketing. She has an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas and a BA in Economics from Rice University.
Noah Bucon | Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Noah Bucon is a Senior Analyst at CRS focusing on policy, standard setting, and certification programs. In addition to conducting renewable energy and carbon policy analysis, Noah manages Green-e certification accounts for large investor-owned utilities and competitive electricity suppliers. He also advances stakeholder engagement in state, national, and international markets. Previously, Noah worked in politics and international affairs and holds a BA from the University of Southern California as well as an MSc from the London School of Economics.
Ally Charlton | Schneider Electric Energy & Sustainability Services
Ally leads C&I clients through the complex process of defining and implementing renewable energy procurement strategies, with a focus on long-term offsite Power Purchase Agreements. She works closely with client ‘champions’ to secure buy-in and approval from key stakeholders across multiple business areas. In parallel, she manages the process of soliciting and evaluating offers from renewable project developers, and assists clients in negotiating their final agreements. Ally has over 10 years of experience working on corporate emission reduction and renewable energy programs globally. She has a BA from Cambridge University and an MBA from INSEAD.
Yen-Haw Chen | Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER)
Yen-Haw Chen received his Ph.D. degree in Marine & Ocean Engineering from National Taiwan University in 2003. From 2003 to 2009, he was a researcher at National Applied Research Laboratories, Taiwan. Currently, he is a researcher and Deputy Director of Research Division I of Taiwan Institute of Economic Research. He was a recipient of Literati Awards for Excellence 2000. His research interests include industrial economics, technical economic analysis of new energy and smart grid, science and technology policy. His current devotion is the development of renewable energy certificate mechanism and to organize the voluntary renewable energy market in Taiwan.
Yen-Lin Chen | Taiwan Renewable Energy Certification Center
Yen-Lin Chen received his Master of Arts degree in Applied Economics from University of Michigan in 2009. From 2012 to 2016, he was a graduate assistant and Ph.D. candidate at Penn State University. Currently, he is an assistant research fellow and chief of Section of Industry and Policy Research on Economics, Energy, and Environment, Research Division I of Taiwan Institute of Economic Research and also a member of Taiwan Renewable Energy Certification Center. His research interests include economic modelling, consumer behavior, and energy/electricity policy. He is currently working on establishing renewable energy certification mechanism and market in Taiwan.
Matt Clouse | U.S. EPA
Matt oversees several voluntary programs (i.e., Green Power Partnership, Combined Heat and Power Partnership, Center for Corporate Climate Leadership) that are transforming markets for clean energy and offering resources to spur innovative GHG management and best practices. Matt also plays a leading role in the Agency’s consideration of renewable electricity technologies and policies to promote them. Matt has more than fifteen years of experience with renewable electricity policies, markets, and programs. He has worked with a broad range of businesses, organizations, and government agencies in the U.S. and internationally. He has a Masters in Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware.
Jeff Cook | National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Jeff Cook is a market analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. His focus areas include state and local policy, solar photovoltaic cost reduction, and corporate renewable energy procurement. He has been on staff with the Markets & Policy Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center since 2014 and he received his PhD in political science from Colorado State University in 2017.
Orrin Cook | Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Orrin Cook is Senior Manager of Market Development at Center for Resource Solutions (CRS). Orrin is responsible for strategy and partnerships to help drive the development of voluntary renewable energy markets and Green-e certification activities. Recently, Orrin has focused on creating new opportunities for CRS to expand its policy and technical expert assistance in international markets, including initiating a grant through Google to assist Asian markets, beginning with Taiwan. Orrin serves on the Technical Advisory Committee of Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) and is a frequent contributor to global ecolabel standards and industry best practice guidance.
Lara Cottingham | City of Houston
With 12 years of communications and public policy experience, Lara is the Deputy Assistant Director for ARA, specializing in Sustainability and Strategic Customer Initiatives. In addition to leading our Sustainability team, Lara is the public face of ARA in the media as well as before City Council, industry stakeholders, and customers. Prior to joining the City of Houston, Lara was a member of Hill+Knowlton Strategies’ Houston office, providing strategic counsel in sustainability and social responsibility issues for a broad range of clients across the energy sector. Lara worked in Washington, DC and served as Communications Director for the Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, Vice Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, and Vice Chairman of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Caucus, as well as for congressional campaigns in Colorado, West Virginia, and Texas. She also produced a web-based reality show for CNN and served as a Government & Marketing Consultant for SXSW Interactive in Austin. Lara attended the University of Texas in Austin where she graduated magna cum laude with degrees in History, Ancient History & Classical Civilizations, and Government. In 2013, she earned an MBA in Energy Finance and Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business, where she co-founded the UT Energy Savings Fund.
James Critchfield | U.S. EPA
Mr. Critchfield currently directs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership – a voluntary program that supports organizational procurement of green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use. The Green Power Partnership is a free voluntary program that works with hundreds of organizations including Fortune 500®, small and medium sized businesses, higher education institutions, Federal, state and local governments as well as not-for-profit organizations nationwide. Prior to joining EPA, James worked in California for a leading solar energy system design and build firm. He is also the current Chair of ASTM’s E44.25 Sub Committee on Heat Metering.
Gary Cunningham | Tradition Energy
Gary is the Director of the Account Management and Market Research Groups for Tradition Energy, one of the world’s largest energy management and procurement advisors to large C&I and governmental end users. He oversees the fundamental and technical analysis of wholesale and retail power and natural gas markets across the US, UK, and Europe, the development of Tradition’s “market view” and the production daily, weekly, monthly, and biannual market reports and forecasts. Mr. Cunningham’s experience includes prior roles with Energy New England, Goldman Sachs, and Eversource Energy. Gary holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts.
Robin Cunningham | WGL Energy
Robin Cunningham is the Manager of Green Products at WGL Energy Services, Inc. (WGL Energy). WGL Energy is a leader in efficient and environmentally-friendly energy technology solutions to residential, government, commercial and industrial customers. Prior to his time at WGL Energy, he worked as consultant in the startup world focusing on innovative energy efficiency solutions in the refrigeration sector. He got his start in renewable energy installing MET towers for wind resource assessment for the development of wind farms.
Anissa Dehamna | Navigant ConsultingAnissa
Dehamna works as an Associate Director in Navigant’s Energy Cloud Transformation Group. Anissa's work focuses on analyzing and quantifying the market opportunity for grid-scale energy storage, go-to-market strategy for energy storage power plants, and identifying the challenges for grid-scale energy storage technologies and markets. With a background in economics and an emphasis on environmental economics and game theory, her experience includes analysis of urbanization and rural development in Europe and in developing economies. Ms. Dehamna’s work has centered on analyzing and quantifying the market opportunity for grid-scale energy storage, including the creation of the industry’s first tracker report focused on energy storage deployments. She is quoted regularly in the press including CNBC, Intelligent Utility magazine, and The New Statesman.
Maria de la Cruz | The International REC Standard
Maria has worked in the power industry for more than 20 years. She has valuable experience from her time in Chile and the UK where her career to date has spanned strategic and management roles. She is Director of Latin America for the International REC Standard (I-REC Standard) from where she is empowering purchasers to choose the type of renewable electricity they want. Maria lately worked for the KfW Development Bank as Project Coordinator for Chile and before in the public sector, where she led Chile's Renewable Energy Centre. She holds a BSc. in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad de Concepción (Chile) and a MSc. in Carbon Management from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland).
Paola Del Rio | First Climate
Paola has 15 years’ experience in carbon markets and the energy sector. Paola works for First Climate as Sourcing and Business Development Manager in Latin America. She´s expert developing GHG inventories for the energy sector, NAMAs and GHG emissions reduction projects (CDM, VCS) in Mexico and Latin America. Paola sources and trades International Renewable Energy Certificates (I-RECs) in Latinamerica. She has previously worked in various organizations including Meridien Carbon, the World Bank, Cantor CO2, PEMEX, and the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT). Paola led the start-up of an electricity generation project, including PPA negotiation, procurement of self-supply & small producer permits and a carbon emissions offsetting strategy. Paola holds a MSc in Environmental Management from the Australian National University and a BA in Economics from the Autonomous Technology Institute in Mexico (ITAM).
Risa Edelman | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Risa Edelman is an Environmental Protection Specialist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she focuses on renewable energy policy and facilitating renewable energy uptake through the Green Power Partnership. Previously, she managed global markets analysis for mid-sized PV projects at a solar firm and directed the International Program at the American Council On Renewable Energy. She also has done work for the World Resources Institute and Natural Resources Defense Council. Risa received her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University. She is a Fulbright scholar.
Scott Eidson | 3Degrees
Scott is Vice President of Environmental Markets and a seasoned expert in designing and delivering environmental commodity based products and services to 3Degrees diverse customer base. He currently oversees the origination of renewable energy projects; wholesale trading; portfolio and risk management product development and strategy. Before 3Degrees, he pursued his passion for value-driven work as an Entrepreneur In Residence at Pacific Community Ventures. Scott has a BA from Wesleyan University, an MBA from HEC Paris, an MA from The Fletcher School and is a member of 3Degrees executive team and the Green-e Energy Power Marketers Advisory Committee Chair.
Steven Eisenberg | SRECTrade
Steven serves as the CEO of SRECTrade. He has established and grown SRECTrade’s transaction, management, and technology services. He has facilitated transaction execution and commodity management on behalf of electricity suppliers, project owners, and traders in North American distributed generation environmental markets. The Company provides services to more than 1.3 GW of distributed assets. Steven received a B.S. in Finance from the University of Southern California. Prior to SRECTrade, Steven was an Associate with Macquarie’s investment banking group. Steven lives in San Francisco with his wife and son.
Buck Endemann | K&L Gates
Ben Finzel | RENEWPR
Ben is president and founder of RENEWPR, a Washington, DC-based communications consulting firm that provides senior-level advice, counsel and outreach on strategy, messaging, media and partnerships to association, corporation, non-governmental, foundation, alliance and coalition clients tackling energy and environmental issues and opportunities. An experienced Washington public affairs communicator and DC native, Finzel has served as a congressional staffer, presidential appointee and public relations agency executive. Finzel’s career has focused on energy and environment communications and policy, and he has been involved in many of the most significant related issues of the past 25+ years.
Jillian Forte | Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Jillian is a Senior Analyst at Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) and the West Coast representative for the Green-e certification program. In addition to supervising the annual Green-e verification audit of over 70 million MWh, Jillian also works with a variety of electricity suppliers—CCAs, IOUs, POUs, and competitive suppliers—to design superior renewable energy programs. She comes from a multidisciplinary background, with prior experience in nuclear nonproliferation, political-military analysis, and public policy. Jillian holds an MPA from Western International University and an MSc in Global Technology and Development from Arizona State University.
Gloriamar Gamez Menedez | The Dow Chemical Company
Gloriamar works to support Dow’s long-term view of carbon, helping to develop and implement strategies to mitigate risk, and capture value for Dow. She leads the review process to originate and develop renewable energy and energy efficiency deals for Dow’s sites globally and tracks Dow’s renewable energy use and renewable energy contract timeline and goals. Gloriamar is a Chemical Engineer with more than 13 years of experience, including stints at SAP, Pemex (MX), and Grupo Rotoplas (MX). She holds three Masters Degrees, from Harvard in Sustainability and Environmental Management, from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México in Business Administration, and from Tulane in Global Management, as well as a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana.
Benjamin Gerber | M-RETS
Benjamin Gerber is the Executive Director of M-RETS. Prior to joining M-RETS, Gerber served as Director of Energy Policy at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. He joined that organization in January 2012, representing the Chamber’s energy interests at both the Legislature and the Public Utilities Commission. Prior to that, he was an oil and gas attorney and handled Fredrikson & Byron’s government relations work in North Dakota, focusing on mining, energy and tax legislation. Ben received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan and a law degree cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law.
Julian Gibson | Enel
Julian Gibson, CFA Senior Energy Advisor, is an advisor on Enel X's global energy advisory team and a pioneer in the newly deregulated Mexican energy markets. Prior to Enel X, Julian worked as an Asset Manager for Boston Energy Trading and Marketing and a Lead Portfolio Analyst for UNS Energy. Julian earned his BA in Mathematics from Amherst College, MS in Financial Mathematics from Florida International University, and studied an Erasmus course in philosophy and mathematics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He also has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and the Financial Risk Manager designation from the Global Association of Risk Professionals.
Rob Gramlich | Grid Strategies LLC
Rob Gramlich founded Grid Strategies LLC in February 2017 to support the integration and delivery of clean energy. Rob oversaw transmission policy for the American Wind Energy Association from 2005 through 2016 as Senior Vice President for Government and Public Affairs, Interim CEO, and Policy Director. He was Economic Advisor to FERC Chairman Pat Wood III from 2001 to 2005, Senior Economist at PJM Interconnection in 1999 and 2000, Senior Associate at PG&E National Energy Group in 2000-2001, and an analyst at the FERC Office of Economic Policy, ICF Resources, the World Resources Institute, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the 1990s. Rob was selected by The Hill magazine as a Top Lobbyist each year from 2011 through 2016. Rob has a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree from UC Berkeley and a BA with Honors in Economics from Colby College.
Thomas Greer | EDP Renewables
Tommy Greer leads the Origination effort for the North American platform of EDP Renewables, a leading global developer and operator of wind and solar energy projects. In over ten years at the company, Tommy has worked on or led power and environmental attribute transactions totaling over $5 billion in transaction value, most of which are long-term power purchase agreements with utilities and C&I customers across the U.S. He holds an MA in Climate & Society from Columbia University, an MS from the University of Southern California, and an MBA from Rice University.
Jay Harf | L'Oreal USA
Jay R. Harf is the Vice President of Environment, Health, Safety, and Sustainability for L’Oréal Americas based in Clark, NJ. His professional responsibilities include the management of all Safety, Health and Environmental systems for L’Oréal Americas Zone which is comprised of North America, Hispanic Zone and Brazil. His accountabilities include establishing vision and direction of the EHS&S management systems, setting goals to exceed compliance to corporate and regulatory standards, validating EHS&S improvement plans and budgets, and continuously improving SH&E performance indicators through safety culture leadership, employee safety and wellness and sustainability strategies.
James Hewett | David Gardiner and Associates (DGA)
James Hewett is Vice President for Renewable Energy at David Gardiner and Associates (DGA). His work focuses on providing companies and organizations strategic guidance on renewable energy policy, finance, and power market issues, as well as work to accelerate the deployment of renewable thermal technologies through the Renewable Thermal Collaborative (RTC). The RTC serves as the leading coalition for companies that are committed to scaling up renewable heating and cooling at their facilities. Prior to joining DGA, James worked at the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) for 5 years. He holds a Master of Science from American University and a B.S. from Texas A&M University.
George Hodge | CDP
George is the Director, Corporate Engagement and Strategic Partnerships, North America. His responsibilities include establishing and maintaining relationships with sustainability and procurement executives in major corporations and other purchasing entities. George and his team assist companies with the development of strategic plans that enable the integration of CDP environmental criteria into their key sustainability decisions. Prior to CDP, George worked with NGO’s and non-profit organizations on consulting engagements that enabled companies to with integrate the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights into their business operations. He also has a background in business development and spent more than 10 years in sales and operations management roles at multinational companies. George holds two degrees from Columbia University, including a master’s degree in Human Rights and International Law.
Ed Holt | Independent Consultant
Ed Holt is an independent consultant who has focused on renewable energy policy, programs and markets for the past 25 years. He was one of the earliest to recognize the potential of voluntary markets to help achieve environmental goals. Ed also delves deeply into renewable energy policies such as RPS requirements, the use of RECs and tracking systems, and greenhouse gas accounting for renewable energy.
David Hughes | Schneider Electric
David Hughes leads commercial and business development for Schneider Electric’s NEO Network & Clean Tech Services team. He was a co-creator of NEO Network and has been instrumental in the conceptualization and development of Schneider Electric’s strategic technology & advisory services business expansion. Hughes has been engaging and advising corporations on their renewable energy and sustainability objectives for over a decade. Prior to joining Schneider Electric, David led sales efforts at Renewable Choice Energy for environmental commodities (EACs) and sustainability consulting services. Prior to that, he held various leadership roles in the public and non-profit sectors. David received his B.A. in History from the University of Tennessee and also studied International Affairs at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Originally from Flint, Michigan, Hughes currently resides in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two little girls.
Wade Hughes | Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
Since joining SMUD in 1998, Wade has used his extensive construction background and program management experience to benefit the new and existing construction Energy Efficiency and Solar programs. He launched and managed SMUD’s innovative solar new homes program, SolarSmartSM Homes, in January 2007. His “benefits beyond incentives” approach yielded fantastic and immediate results. This nationally recognized and award winning approach resulted in an increase in the availability of these homes from less than 1% of new homes built in 2006 to over 30% in less than two years.Since 2011 Wade has led a team that delivers SMUD’s Carbon Reduction Portfolio of programs that includes Greenergy,SolarShares, Electric Vehicles, and Carbon Offset programs. In 2015 this nationally renowned group of programs was responsible for Carbon Reductions of 354,537 Metric Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide.
Todd Jones | Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Todd Jones provides analysis and guidance on renewable energy and climate policy design and implementation to policymakers, regulators and functional support entities. He also works with environmental policy organizations and serves on various technical advisory and working groups to provide research and guidance in the areas of renewable energy and climate change and to strengthen programs that add credibility to corporate environmental action. He holds a Master’s in Environmental Science from Yale University and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from UC Berkeley.
Maya Kelty | 3Degrees
As Regulatory Affairs Manager, Maya supports 3Degrees on regulatory and legislative matters pertaining to renewable energy and carbon markets. Prior to joining 3Degrees, Maya was a Senior Analyst at Center for Resource Solutions. Maya holds a BA (Honours) from McGill University and a MEnv from Concordia University (Montreal, Canada).
Chris Kent | EPA
Christopher Kent is the marketing and outreach manager for EPA’s Green Power Partnership program since 2015. Previously, he has served as an Agency expert on energy efficiency programs with technical expertise in office products, commercial equipment, international efficiency programs, and managing multi-stakeholder processes to develop market based approaches to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Prior to ENERGY STAR, he worked in various agency regulatory and voluntary programs focused on promoting source reduction capabilities. Chris was a Mansfield Fellow working in Japan’s Ministry of the Environment and Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industry working on green electronics lifecycle issues.
Jim Krane | Rice University
Jim Krane, Ph.D., is the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute. His research addresses the geopolitical aspects of energy, with a focus on the Middle East and the OPEC states and their political and economic strategies. His scholarly articles focus on energy subsidies and demand, as well as internal politics in exporting states. He teaches classes on energy policy and geopolitics at Rice University. His research grants include awards from the Qatar National Research Fund, the Dubai School of Government and Cambridge University. He is the author of the 2009 book “City of Gold: Dubai and the Dream of Capitalism,” which received warm reviews from the Financial Times, Bloomberg News, the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and the New York Review of Books, among others.
Steve Krebs | Solarize Houston
Steve Krebs, a Board member at Center for Resource Solutions since 2012, consults on commercial and business strategy. Steve spent over 26 years at Baker Botts, L.L.P., a law firm, representing developers in energy sector projects and borrowers in complex financings. At Baker Botts, he was a senior partner. He headed the Global Projects Alternative Energy and Project Development and Finance practices. He was a Vice President of OwnEnergy, a wind developer. Steve co-chaired WINDPOWER 2010, the world’s largest wind conference. 2001 to 2012. He co-founded Solarize Houston. Steve graduated from Georgia Tech and holds a JD from the University of Georgia School of Law. He lives in Houston.
Justin Kudo | MCE (Marin Clean Energy)
Justin Kudo is the Deputy Director of Account Services for MCE, coordinating billing operations & customer care, analyzing customer impacts, developing usage data models, and providing expertise on integration of CCA with PG&E programs. Since joining MCE in 2012, Justin has supported MCE's growth from 14,000 accounts to nearly 450,000 served today. Justin has previously worked with renewable energy development and local policies, serving clients including Florida Power & Light, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the California Solar Energy Industries Association.
Randall Lack | Element Markets LLC
Mr. Lack is a co-founder of Element Markets LLC, a leading marketer of environmental commodities in North America and has been named “Emissions House of the Year” by Energy Risk an unprecedented three times. For Element Markets, Mr. Lack runs the Emissions and Greenhouse Gas Business, which is one of the largest in North America. Randall was also a founding Board Member for the Renewable Natural Gas Coalition. In 2013, Randall was awarded the recognition of 40 under 40 by the Houston Business Journal recognizing him as one of the most influential young people in business in Houston. Mr. Lack received his BBA in Business, magna cum laude, from the University of Houston.
Bernardo Lazo | The Gold Standard Foundation
Bernardo Lazo is Director of Partnerships and Business Development at the Gold Standard Foundation. His role involves bringing to market new products and solutions developed by Gold Standard, including the Gold Standard Renewable Energy Label. He is also responsible for establishing partnerships with governments, NGOs and project developers for new initiatives on climate and sustainable development impact quantification and certification. Bernardo brings his professional experience of over 14 years in the carbon markets, renewable energy and climate policy.
Fernando Lopes | Totum Institute
Fernando Giachini Lopes is the Executive Director and founder of Totum Institute, a Certification Body responsible for Brazilian Renewable Energy Certification Program (since 2012) and I-REC Local Issuer (since 2016). In Totum, Fernando is also responsible for the design, development and management of self-regulation programs in energy, safety, food and financial services. Prior to Totum Institute, Fernando was engaged in training, consulting and auditing services in ISO 9000, ISO 14000, CDM, DJSI, GRI in more than 150 organizations. Fernando is Production Engineer (1991), Master in Production Engineering (1997) from University of São Paulo and completed Quality Management by University of Tennessee (1993).
Jaclynn Lukach | PJM EIS
Jaclynn Lukach is vice president of PJM EIS, a subsidiary of PJM Interconnection, where her responsibilities include development of PJM EIS GATS Operating Rules, design and execution of GATS project implementation testing, and facilitation of GATS State Agency Meetings and the GATS Subscriber Group Meetings. This unique experience has given Ms. Lukach in-depth knowledge of all aspects of PJM EIS and GATS. Ms. Lukach also manages the PJM Markets Project Portfolio. In addition, she is the Project Manager on the nGEM Project. This project is in coordination with MISO, ISO NE and GE. This project combines the base functionality across the markets to allow for future cost savings for common updates and patches. Prior to her role at PJM EIS, Ms. Lukach was on the testing team for PJM’s capacity market, the Reliability Pricing Model (RPM). She was responsible for creating screen designs for the RPM and managed their development by Areva. Ms. Lukach holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Drexel University.
Brooke Malik | 3Degrees
Brooke first joined 3Degrees’ Origination & Trading team in 2014 as an associate. She is now a Portfolio Manager and has served as the commercial lead for over 450 REC transactions across voluntary and compliance markets. Before joining 3Degrees, Brooke completed a master’s in environmental science and management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Pairing her education at UCSB with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Chapman University, Brooke came to 3Degrees with a background in energy efficiency consulting, corporate social responsibility, and account management.
Herb Marshall | Silicon Valley Power (SVP)
Herb works at Silicon Valley Power (SVP), the electric utility for the City of Santa Clara on the Customer Service, Energy Efficiency and Marketing team. He oversees implementation of residential customer programs including energy audits, low income, direct install and incentive programs. Herb is also involved in SVP’s AMI deployment, outage communications and the EV task force to help SVP plan for what an EV-ready community looks like. Recently, he has taken over the program management of SVP's nationally recognized voluntary renewable energy program (Santa Clara Green Power) and oversaw the rollout of the 100% solar REC product in 2018.
Jennifer Martin | Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Ms. Martin is the Executive Director of the Center for Resource Solutions, where she brings over two decades of NGO and private sector experience in renewable energy, energy efficiency, distributed generation, and electricity sector and climate change policy and regulation. She is a founding board member of Re-Volv, an advisory board member of the Low Impact Hydro Institute, a member of the WREGIS Stakeholder Advisory Committee and served as Technical Chairperson of the WREGIS Operational Rules Committee, and a member of the Federal State Renewable Portfolio Standard Collaborative Advisory Group.
Vanessa Miler-Fels | Microsoft
Renewable Energy Strategist at Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure and Operations, works on energy strategy, renewable energy procurement and investment. 10 years+ of experience in unlocking capital for renewable energy and environment projects in EMEA and emerging markets. Experience across the public and private sectors. Former senior adviser on climate finance and negotiations at the French Ministry of Finance. French and Indian national, masters from Sciences-Po Paris and the ENA - Ecole Nationale d'Administration.
Douglas Miller | Energy Web Foundation (EWF)
Doug is the Market Development and Regulatory Affairs Manager of the Energy Web Origin decentralized application (dApp) for renewable energy markets. He informs EW Origin’s technical architecture, organizes market demonstrations, and engages key market participants to support its global deployment. Previously at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), he developed resources for residential and commercial building investors, cities, government agencies, popular media, and industry groups to scale clean energy investments. He received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and MSc from Imperial College London with top academic honors and awards for his research on applying behavioral science to pioneer clean energy solutions.
Soledad Mills | Equitable Origins
Soledad Mills has spent more than a decade working at the intersection of corporate responsibility, sustainable development, and the private sector. She has developed and managed global supply chain and upstream due diligence programs for international financial institutions, multinational corporations, and development agencies. Soledad has also worked with socially responsible investors on shareholder engagement and environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk analysis. At Equitable Origin, Soledad leads a mission-driven organization that promotes best practices in community engagement and environmental management in the energy sector by developing and measuring ESG performance metrics for a range of energy and energy infrastructure projects.
Eva Molnar | Southern California Edison (SCE)
Eva Molnar is the Senior Manager of Pricing Implementation at Southern California Edison, and she is responsible for overseeing the rollout of new customer rates and renewable energy programs. She has been with SCE for 12 years in a variety of different positions within Customer Programs & Services. She graduated from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and received her MBA from Pepperdine University. She has over 20 years of experience with program design and launch for numerous businesses.
Amanda Mortlock | 3Degrees
Amanda is the Vice President overseeing 3Degrees’ Utility Partnerships team. This team currently manages and implements community solar and REC-based green power programs across 17 states and also helps utilities develop green tariffs. The 30-person team Amanda oversees includes experts in subscription modeling, program design, program launch, program management, community outreach, and call center operations. Amanda joined 3Degrees in 2004, and has helped grow the company to the national organization it is today. She brings a wealth of experience in designing and implementing some of the most successful voluntary renewable energy programs in the country. Amanda holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Oregon and a bachelor’s degree from Linfield College.
Andrew Morton | United Nations
Andrew Morton is a senior United Nations expert specializing in sustainable energy project development and management in fragile states. Andrew is currently the manager of the UN Environment – UN peacekeeping partnership and the UN Electric initiative, which aims to transition the UN field energy fleet from diesel power generation to renewable energy hybrids. He has 30 years of experience in environment and engineering project development and management in 25 countries. His current portfolio includes Somalia, Haiti, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, DR Congo, Yemen and Libya.
Jacob Moss | U. S. EPA
Jacob Moss has over twenty-five years of experience developing and leading innovative international, federal, state, and local environmental programs focused on air pollution, energy, development, and drinking water protection. Jacob is currently Deputy Director of the U.S. EPA’s Climate Protection Partnerships Division where he helps lead efforts to protect the climate and public health by advancing energy efficiency and clean energy. Jacob was a principal architect of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves – an innovative public-private partnership addressing the world’s fourth worst health risk –and led efforts to build U.S. government commitment under the Alliance now anticipated to reach up to $325 million through 2020. For these efforts, Jacob received the 2015 Service to America Medal (SAMMIE) for Science and Environment. He has additional experience with GE Capital Corporation, Clean Water Action, the Peace Corps, and IBM. Jacob holds degrees in Engineering Physics from Cornell University and Public Policy from Princeton University.
Peter Mostow | Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR)
Peter Mostow is a partner in the Seattle office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he represents energy and clean technology companies on project development, purchase and sale, and finance. Peter represents solar, wind, energy storage, and biomass project sponsors in site acquisition, power transmission, and offtake agreements; distributed energy companies in developing key commercial and financing agreements; and producers of new technologies from energy storage to renewable fuels in drafting and negotiating key commercial transactions. Peter is a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Resource Solutions. Prior to joining Wilson Sonsini in 2007, he was a partner at Stoel Rives LLP. Prior to that, he had a life
Dave Mozersky | Energy Peace Partners
Dave Mozersky is the President and Co-Founder of Energy Peace Partners. With a background in international conflict resolution, mediation and peace processes, Dave has helped develop the Peace Renewable Energy Credit as a way to support renewable energy in conflict and crisis settings. He founded the Program on Conflict, Climate Change and Green Development at UC Berkeley, and previously worked with the International Crisis Group, the African Union, and Humanity United, among others.
Thomas Murray | Vermont Gas Systems
Thomas Murray currently serves as the Vice President of Customers and Communities for Vermont Gas Systems, overseeing the company’s Energy Service Team. Tom is leading the company’s innovation initiatives, which includes becoming the first gas utility in the nation to offer a Renewable Natural Gas program to customers. Tom also handles legislative, community and key stakeholder relationships for the company. Prior to joining Vermont Gas, Tom served as Vermont’s Chief Information Officer and the Commissioner of the Vermont’s Department of Information and Innovation. He has also served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Economic Development. Tom has worked in the telecommunications and information technology field for over twenty years, with TDS Telecom, Rural Cellular Corporation and Vermont state government. Tom grew up in Montpelier, VT, graduated from Western New England University (BS/BA) and Champlain College (MS).
Colleen Nash | ConnectGen
Colleen Nash is a Director of Development and Energy Storage at ConnectGen. She is focused on ConnectGen’s wind and solar development efforts in the Eastern United States, as well as creating and implementing ConnectGen’s energy storage strategy across the company’s development footprint. Prior to ConnectGen, Colleen was a Manager at Clean Line Energy Partners, where she focused on originating long term commercial arrangements with load serving entities in the Western Interconnect.
Tess O'Brien | EnergySage
Tess O'Brien serves as EnergySage’s Vice President of Partnerships, working with utilities, state agencies, corporations, and non-profits to design and implement customer education software tools. For the past 12 years, Tess has held various leadership positions at renewable energy startups including Director of Marketing at Community Energy and Founder of CleanPowerPerks. She has worked with over 100 partner organizations to engage hundreds of thousands of energy customers. The cornerstone of her career is facilitating mass-market adoption of renewables. Tess has a MBA in Sustainability and earned her Bachelor’s in Environmental Science, Policy and Business. She lives in Boston with her husband and new baby girl.
Tyler O'Farrell | Puget Sound Energy
Tyler O’Farrell is a Program Manager for PSE’s Customer Renewable Energy Programs. With over 10 years renewable program experience, Tyler is primarily responsible for the growth of the Green Power, Solar Choice & Carbon Balance programs. Since 2009, PSE’s Green Power program has consistently been in the top ten in sales and participants and has received CRS awards for Program of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year and Leadership in Green Power Education.
Heather O'Neill | Advanced Energy Economy (AEE)
Heather O'Neill is interim CEO of Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a national business organization using policy advocacy, analysis, and education to grow a prosperous economy that runs on secure, clean, affordable energy. Heather brings multi-sector experience to AEE, having helped build organizations in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors throughout her career. Heather led the clean energy and environment portfolio at Robertson Foundation, a $1B family philanthropy. Previously, she was Director, Public Affairs, for Danco Laboratories LLC, a start-up women's health pharmaceutical company. Heather has a BA in Government from Harvard College and a MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Eric O'Shaughnessy | National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Eric is a market research analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Eric leads NREL’s voluntary green power market research. Eric’s other research concentrates on economic analysis of residential solar photovoltaic markets. Eric is also a PhD candidate at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Danita Park | NRG Energy
Danita is currently the Director, Commercial Development on NRG’s Business Solutions team. In this role, she is responsible for developing new products for Commercial & Industrial customers. Prior to this role, Danita was the Director, Asset Management in NRG’s east region - responsible for the economic performance (P&L) of nearly 7 GW of electric generating facilities in New York, New England and New Jersey. With over 15 years of energy industry experience, she thrives on the opportunity to work with a cross functional teams to understand the root cause of underlying issues and to deliver creative solutions that delight customers. Prior to joining NRG, Danita held commercial roles at Dynegy and Calpine. Danita holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and a Master of Business Administration, Finance both from the University of Calgary, Canada.
Patrick Pfeiffer | Statkraft
Patrick Pfeiffer is the head of Statkraft’s North American office- focused on expanding the company’s renewable energy and environmental commodity activities. He oversees all renewable energy, carbon, and project finance transactions, conducted by Statkraft in North America, and with US-based corporations. Patrick engages directly with corporations, environmental groups, project developers, and financial institutions to support end users’ goals within the global energy landscape. From 2012-2015, Patrick was the Director of Sales for EOS Climate. Prior to that he was a partner at Cantor Fitzgerald where he structured renewable energy, carbon, and emission credit transactions within regulated, pre -compliance, and voluntary markets; occurring between energy, corporate, industrial, financial, and environmental companies. Patrick has a BA in Environmental Studies and a minor in Public Policy from Dartmouth College. He resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two daughters.
Chris Pooley | Pure Energi
Chris has been involved in energy origination for almost 20 years. For 10 years he provided technical and QA services to the administrator of the European Electricity Certification System (EECS), the infrastructure for Guarantee of Origin transfers in Europe. He authored much of the EECS quality assurance regulatory code and developed the design parameters for the harmonisation of EU Member States’ mechanisms for managing Guarantees of Origin for the European Commission.As I-REC Code Manager, Chris drafted and maintains the regulations aimed at facilitating carbon accounting in countries where no legislative electricity attribute tracking system exists for consumers.
Karl Rábago | Pace Energy and Climate Center
Karl R. Rábago is the Executive Director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center, at the Pace Law School in White Plains, New York. The PECC mission is to protect the earth’s environment through solutions that transform the ways that society supplies and consumes energy. Karl serves as Chair of the Board of the Center for Resource Solutions and sits on the Board of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).
Shalini Ramanathan | Renewable Energy Systems (RES) in the Americas
Shalini Ramanathan is VP Origination for Renewable Energy Systems (RES) in the Americas. RES is a leading developer and constructor of wind, solar, and energy storage projects. Ms. Ramanathan has closed 1,500 MW worth of deals with +$2.5B in transaction value. She has negotiated offtake agreements with General Mills, General Motors, Google, Microsoft and with many utilities, including Xcel Energy, Puget Sound Energy, and Westar. Prior to joining RES, Ms. Ramanathan was based in Nairobi, Kenya and worked on renewable energy projects across East Africa for the British company CAMCO. She has also worked for the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL). She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from Yale University and a BA from UT Austin.
Heather Schrock | Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Heather has a diverse background in sustainability, outreach, marketing and sales. She is currently the Environmental Products Representative at Bonneville Environmental Foundation in Portland, Oregon. Heather was previously the Portland Regional Manager of the ReDirect Guide, a local green directory, and has served on the boards of Green Drinks PDX and VOIS (Voice for Oregon Innovation and Sustainability). She has also been a professional singer, nutritionist and speaker. As a Portland native, Heather enjoys the Pacific NW for its many outdoor offerings and as such she has a passion for protecting it and its communities.
Polly Shaw | Stem, Inc.
Polly Shaw has served as Stem’s Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Communications since 2016. She has 25 years of clean energy and energy efficiency policy experience in the U.S. and China. Formerly Vice President of External Affairs at SunEdison, she managed a team that helped win a range of supportive policies. Previously, she was Senior Director of External Relations at Suntech America, and earlier, Senior Regulatory Analyst at the California Public Utilities Commission where she managed the $2.2 billion California Solar Initiative. Polly earlier served as a program officer at the Energy Foundation. She is on the board of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, among others. Polly holds a B.A. from Tufts University, a Certificate in Chinese Law from the University of London, and speaks English, French, Chinese, and basic Spanish.
Santosh Singh | South Pole
Santosh has over six years of experience in developing emission reduction and renewable energy projects in India, Thailand and Indonesia. He has worked in sectors like biomass based cogeneration, waste heat recovery, cement, steel, waste-water treatment and municipal solid waste. He has successfully developed PDDs, managed validation and verification and all aspects related to successful registration and issuance of carbon credits. He has also worked in the VCS and Gold Standard project development. He has managed and trained teams in India, Indonesia and Thailand. Currently, he is the Head of Implementation supervising the ongoing registration, verification and issuance of projects in CDM, VCS and Gold Standard in Thailand.
Bryce Smith | LevelTen Energy
Bryce is the founder and CEO of LevelTen Energy, a data-driven Marketplace that reduces the cost, complexity and risk of renewable energy PPAs by connecting buyers and sellers through analytics, aggregation and process best practices. An industry professional with nearly 20 years' experience in renewable energy, Bryce has demonstrated success designing and leading new ventures. In 2009, Bryce co-founded OneEnergy Renewables, a leading developer of utility-scale solar projects, raising seed, Series A, and Series B rounds, and guiding the company to profitability. Prior to OneEnergy, Bryce led the Bonneville Environmental Foundation's nationwide investment in clean power projects.
Rebecca Smith | Oregon Department of Energy
Rebecca Smith is a Senior Energy Policy Analyst at the Oregon Department of Energy, where she serves as the program administrator for the Oregon Renewable Portfolio Standard. Additionally, she chairs the Portfolio Options Committee, an advisory body to the Oregon Public Utility Commission for the state’s voluntary renewable power programs. Prior to joining ODOE, Ms. Smith worked on GHG mitigation policy and project development, corporate climate risk management, and energy efficiency in the built environment at organizations including Earth Advantage Institute, Det Norske Veritas, and EcoSecurities. She has an M.P.A in environmental science and policy from Columbia University and a B.A. from Grinnell College.
Dan Sobrinski | WSP
Dan Sobrinski is vice president of WSP's sustainability, energy and climate change practice and a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) with two decades of experience in organizational strategy, renewable energy, greenhouse gas (GHG) management, energy efficiency, and climate resiliency. Dan's wide range of expertise have contributed to embedding sustainable programs into numerous public and private sector organizations. Dan has guided innovative and future ready programs that have been recognized by the UNFCCC, US EPA, and CDP for their leadership in addressing climate change. As a member of the Green-e Governance Board, Dan is developing environmental commodities and products that mitigate climate change and help build a sustainable energy future.
Mary Sotos | Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)
Mary Sotos is the Deputy Commissioner for Energy at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). She was appointed to this position in February, 2017. As the Energy Deputy, Mary is responsible for the development and implementation of energy policies designed to bring cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable power to Connecticut’s families and businesses – and integrating these efforts with a 21st century approach to regulating and directing the state’s electric, natural gas, and water utilities. Before joining DEEP, Mary worked on corporate renewable energy procurement and utility green tariffs at World Resources Institute (WRI). At WRI, she also led the development of multiple voluntary greenhouse gas measurement and reporting standards as part of WRI’s Greenhouse Gas Protocol program. For her leadership in developing the standard on electricity emissions accounting, she was awarded the Leader in Green Power Market Development award by the Center for Resource Solutions (2014). Mary graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and a concentration in Social Sciences. On a Fulbright Fellowship, she pursued graduate coursework in Science and Environmental Management at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, in Brussels, Belgium.
Zeyd Tabbara | BGC Partners
Zeyd Tabbara is an Environmental Commodities Broker at BGC Partners in New York where he focuses on renewable energy and emission markets across the United States. His passion for the renewable energy industry can be traced back to his home country, Lebanon, where his family's company is spearheading the development of a 142 MW wind farm as well as a 1 MW geothermal facility, both the first of their kinds in the country. Zeyd graduated with a Joint Honors degree in Economics and Finance and a minor in Middle Eastern Studies from McGill University.
Rachael Terada | Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Rachael Terada is the Director of Technical Projects for CRS. She manages technical projects for the Green-e certification programs and oversees the annual Renewable Energy Markets conference. Other projects include technical paper development, international expert assistance to government agencies on renewable energy policy design, support for REC tracking system initiatives, as well as blockchain initiatives for renewable energy markets. Rachael began as a consultant with CRS in 2006 and joined CRS in 2008. Prior to CRS, she worked in planning, engineering design, and construction management for government projects. Rachael earned her M.S. and B.S. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Kory Trapp | Carbon Solutions Group (CSG)
Mr. Trapp is the V.P. of project development for Carbon Solutions Group (CSG). He joined CSG in 2007 as the director of CSG Latin America, with headquarters in Lima, Peru. Mr. Trapp is the lead Green-House-Gas consultant for Protransporte; a 300 Million USD Bus-Rapid-Transit Project. He is also the Lead Consultant for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Voluntary Market Carbon Credit Projects. Mr. Trapp relocated back to the United States in 2017 to head up the renewable energy project development team for Carbon Solutions Group. Mr. Trapp holds a Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Arizona and an MBA from the University of Lima and Autonomous University of Barcelona.
Vanessa Tutos | EDP Renewables North America
Vanessa Tutos is Director of Government Affairs at EDP Renewables North America. She is responsible for developing and promoting favorable legislative and regulatory policy for renewable energy at the state level throughout Texas, the Great Plains, and the Midwest as well as some parts of the Southeast. She works closely with industry, state, and NGO counterparts to help ensure that wind and solar interests are protected and promoted across the region so that renewable resources can compete on a level playing field in the energy market. Tutos received B.A. degrees in Public Policy and Spanish from Rice University and a Master’s in Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in New York.
Sylvester Turner | Mayor of Houston
Elected in December 2015, Sylvester Turner is Houston’s 62nd mayor. Since taking office, Mayor Turner led the city’s remarkable rebound from Hurricane Harvey; expanded municipal investments in renewable energy and led the winning bid to host the World Petroleum Congress in 2020. Mayor Turner’s civic leadership has been nationally recognized through his service as a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Transportation and Communications Standing Committee, vice chair of the National Climate Action Agenda, member of the C40 and Global Covenant for Mayor’s for Climate and Energy and an advisory board member of the African American Mayors Association. He is also the recipient of the Ohtli Award, the Mexican government’s highest honor. Turner has been featured in publications and news outlets such as 60 Minutes, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, FOX News, Wall Street Journal, Black Enterprise Magazine, Cuba Today Magazine, Ebony, New York Times, Washington Post and USA Today. Prior to his election as mayor, Turner served for 27 years in the Texas House as the representative for District 139. He is a graduate of the University of Houston and earned a law degree from Harvard University. He began his law practice at Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. and later founded the Barnes & Turner Law Firm.
Tom Weirich | Rubicon Infrastructure Advisors
Tom is a Director with Rubicon Infrastructure, based in New York. With representation in Dublin, New York and Sydney, Rubicon Infrastructure Advisors provides investment banking services within the infrastructure sector, having structured over €200 billion worth of infrastructure transactions to date. sectors and jurisdictions. Prior to joining Rubicon in 2018, Tom was a Director with CohnReznick Capital, an investment banking advisory firm that as of Q3 2018 facilitated financing for over 107 US renewable energy projects valued at $16.3B. Before CohnReznick Capital, Tom was SVP of Corporate Relations and interim COO at ACORE in Washington, D.C., where he managed and oversaw corporate relations and public affairs for 12 years.
Chad Wilkerson | T-Mobile US
Chad Wilkerson is the Director of Sustainability and Infrastructure Sourcing for T-Mobile US. With over a decade of experience in energy markets and procurement, Chad develops and implements sustainable strategies to address the unique challenges presented within the telecom sector. Chad is responsible for overseeing the procurement of energy through a variety of strategies across the T-Mobile network to minimize cost and manage risk. Additionally, he identifies and leads initiatives to increase energy efficiency in retail stores, commercial buildings, data centers, and network locations. As the head of T-Mobile’s sustainability program, Chad sets the direction of goals across the environmental, social, and governance spectrum. He directs the generation of T-Mobile’s sustainability reporting as well as cross-functional projects to achieve the enterprise targets set. Chad holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting is a Certified Sustainability Practitioner and Certified Technology Procurement Executive. He resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife and two dogs.
Chip Wood | Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Chip Wood is Director of Strategic Partnerships at Center for Resource Solutions, a nonprofit that administers Green-e, North America’s leading renewable energy eco-label and certification program. For over a decade he has served in sustainability marketing and business development leadership roles, including Director of Business Development for the agricultural and food manufacturer certification firm, SCS Global Services. He also helped build the Sustainable Brands conferences as Sr. Director of Marketing for Sustainable Life Media. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. Communications, and more recently attended U.C. Berkeley and Golden Gate University.
Beth Wytiaz | Bank of America
Beth Wytiaz is part of the Global Environmental Group within the Environmental, Social, Governance division of Bank of America. In her current role as the Global Environmental Operations Manager she is responsible for reducing the bank's impact on natural resources. This encompasses setting and achieving all public environmental operations goals which includes becoming carbon neutral; purchasing 100% of electricity from renewable sources; reducing waste, water, paper, greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and energy use; managing e-waste; sourcing paper sustainability and supply chain management. In addition to this work she leads the GHG emissions calculations and disclosure efforts.
Maura Yates | Mothership Energy Group (MEG)
Maura Yates is Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Mothership Energy Group (MEG), a boutique firm designed to help customers strategically navigate the process and evaluate the economics of renewables and storage by integrating them into retail commodity supply transactions. Maura has worked in the power industry for thirteen years, holding various positions at companies such as SunEdison, Standard Renewable Energy, and Arizona Public Service utility company. Before starting Mothership, Ms. Yates was most recently Vice President of Solar and Sustainable Solutions for MP2 Energy, a retail electricity provider (REP) based in The Woodlands, TX and originated deals like the Ft. Hood’s retail procurement with integrated renewables as well as the Tesla partnership.