Principal Solutionary, Manzanita Consulting Associates
Margaret’s professional background includes roles in government (federal, state and local), private and non-profit organizations. Past adventures have included environmental regulatory compliance for NASA Ames Research Center, EH&S Program Management for Spectra Physics Lasers and a wide range of environmental policy work, including: product stewardship, climate change, air quality, water quality (including serving on the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board), solid and hazardous waste issues, energy and land use while with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.
Margaret is one of the co-founders of Sustainable Silicon Valley, and served on the board for 8 years. Her roles have ranged from consultant to program start-up, to program management and now again back to being a consultant: Margaret is Principal Solutionary at her own firm - Manzanita Consulting Associates.
Director, Fibershed Project
Rebecca Burgess is an author, educator and textile artist whose newly released book, Harvesting Color, demonstrates how to dye fabrics and yarns using native and naturalized plant dye recipes. Rebecca is the founder and Director of the Fibershed Project. With the understanding that the textile industry is the number one polluter of fresh water resources on the planet, as well as having an immense carbon footprint, Fibershed is a one-year demonstration to show and model that beauty and fashion can function hand-in-hand with sustainability, local economies, and regional agriculture. Previously, Rebecca founded Ecologicalarts in 2005, an organization dedicated to creating, reviving, and teaching textile art forms that utilize botanical resources in a manner that promotes the health and regenerative processes of the ecosystem. She has taught at Harvard University, Westminster College, and consulted the apparel industry in natural dye technologies. She writes for eco-blogs, has been featured by numerous online periodicals and teaches workshops for a wide-array of organizations. Rebecca has a Master’s Degree in Education.
Andrew L. Clark,
Director of Corporate Strategy, Venture Capital Group, IBM Corporation
Drew Clark, a champion for innovation across IBM and its global ecosystem, is co-founder of and lead strategist for IBM's global venture capital group. Drew is also a top strategist for many of IBM’s key business imperatives including Sustainability / Cleantech, Smart Healthcare and Cloud Computing, where he works closely with the global venture capital community across multiple IBM brands and industry units to help drive new business opportunities.
Mr. Clark joined IBM in 1982 and spent the early part of his career in software design and programming language development as a designer of compilers for traditional and specialized systems such as vector and parallel processors. He has held numerous technical and management positions in several of IBM's product divisions, and has helped lead several of IBM's most innovative development initiatives – including creation of IBM’s Internet unit and later Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing units.
Richard Dasher, PhD.,
Director, US-Asia Technology Management Center, Stanford
In the Stanford University School of Engineering, Dr. Richard Dasher has directed the US-Asia Technology Management Center since 1994 and served concurrently as Executive Director of the Center for Integrated Systems since 1998. He holds Consulting Professor appointments at Stanford in the Departments of Electrical Engineering, Asian Languages, and with the Stanford Program on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Dr. Dasher became the first non-Japanese person to join the governance of a Japanese University with Tohoku University in 2004 and served on the Management Council until 2010. He regularly serves on selection and review committees of major government funding programs for science, technology, and innovation in Canada, Germany, Japan, and Hong Kong. Dr. Dasher also maintains an active management consulting practice in regard to company creation and growth, strategic management of technology, and new business opportunity identification.
Director, Urban Innovations,
Internet Business Solutions Group, Cisco
Gordon Feller works with city leaders worldwide, in both public and private sectors, to develop the fundamental ingredients necessary to create more sustainable and better connected urban communities. In this capacity he supports Cisco’s numerous sustainability initiatives. Additionally, he leads the company’s City Leader Program for Chinese mayors and city-based party secretaries.
Feller advises leaders on how information / communications technologies are helping to solve complex urban problems focused on forward-looking solutions where economics, technology, and sustainability intersect. Feller’s work is the basis of a documentary film and other multimedia projects. He’s written hundreds of published articles and formerly edited Urban Age and Planet Earth. He now blogs weekly on Cisco’s public website.
Prior to joining Cisco, Feller was CEO of Urban Age Inst., which fosters leadership and innovation among cities in the areas of strategic urban planning, policy, and management; and sustainable environmental planning and poverty reduction. For nearly 30 years he’s advised on urban issues with clients such as World Bank, UN, Germany, Canada, Rockefeller Foundation, IBM, Reuters, Metropolis. His Columbia University degrees are Bachelors: Political Science and Masters: International Affairs.
Chief Sustainability Officer and Executive Vice President of Sustainability Solutions, SAP
Peter Graf serves as Chief Sustainability Officer and Executive Vice President of Sustainability Solutions at SAP. Graf is responsible for developing sustainable solutions that best serve the needs of SAP’s global customers, while also driving sustainable operations within SAP. During his tenure at SAP, Graf has held various management roles.
Previously, Graf was the Executive Vice President of Solution Marketing at SAP. In this role, Graf was responsible for shaping the company's industry solution, application and platform strategy. Based out of SAP Labs in Palo Alto, CA, Graf holds a masters degree in computer science and economics as well as a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence.
Executive Director, Sustainable Silicon Valley
Marianna joined SSV in 2009 with the goal of leading Silicon Valley to a more sustainable future by identifying and addressing the highest-priority environmental issues in order to build a strong economy, a healthy environment and a socially equitable community. Among her achievements is the development of the Ecocloud project, the WEST Summit and the successful rebranding of the organization.
Ms. Grossman’s previous roles include Partner for Sustainability and Innovation for Minerva Consulting; investor in high tech startups; and corporate roles in the automotive, computer and semiconductor industries. She founded the Palo Alto Unified School District Sustainable Schools Committee and was convener of the Peninsula/South Bay Working Group of California Interfaith Power and Light. She earned an MBA from Yale University and a BA, cum laude, with distinction in Policy Studies from Dartmouth College.
Green Waste Recovery,
For GreenWaste, Ms. Hanson is responsible for community and governmental relations and the development and implementation of public education programs focused on recycling and waste reduction. Notably, she has led GreenWaste in the development of public, private, and nonprofit sector partnerships to foster achievements in waste diversion and instituting behavioral changes to move communities toward zero waste. Ms. Hanson’s work at GreenWaste is integral to the company’s business growth and expansion, including the development of bid proposals, contract negotiations and operational transitions. In addition, Ms. Hanson is recognized for her leadership as Project Manager for GreenWaste’s sister company, Zero Waste Energy Development Company, that will complete the first dry-fermentation anaerobic digestion facility in the United States in 2011. Prior to coming to GreenWaste, Ms. Hanson worked as the Executive Director of two non-profit organizations in the fields of agricultural resource conservation and affordable housing. Ms. Hanson received a B.A. in Politics and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Founder and CEO, Harrell Remodeling
Iris founded her remodeling business in 1985, built on values and ethics that have translated into a highly respected, award-winning design + build remodeling company. She continues to teach and has spoken to groups such as NAHB, NAWBO, and NARI. Iris has received numerous awards, including Mountain View Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Athena Award and Silicon Valley Business Journal Woman of Distinction and the Fred Case Entrepreneur of the Year Award to name just a few. She is a Green Point Advisor, Certified Green Building Professional and a Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer with the National Kitchen and Bath Association.
For more than 25 years Iris has exceeded the expectations of her 800+ plus clients and employee owners and is considered one of the best executives and remodelers in Silicon Valley. Today, the company employs nearly fifty employees, including award-winning designers, architects and accomplished craftspeople.
Director, Foundation Earth
Randy Hayes founded and was the 1st Executive Director of Rainforest Action Network. He is currently building a new think tank called Foundation Earth with the challenge of develop the big picture of a new human order, including economic models, legal/governance systems, educational programs, and health care systems that comport with and work within the larger order of Planet Earth. This calls for the reinvention of the role of human society on our planet. Foundation Earth is for major societal transformation, not incremental reform.
A filmmaker in the 1980s, he is a veteran of many high-visibility corporate accountability campaigns and has advocated for the rights of Indigenous peoples throughout the world. Hayes served for five years as president of the City of San Francisco Commission on the Environment, and for two-and-a-half years as Director of Sustainability in the office of Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown. He also spent four years working at the International Forum on Globalization, a San Francisco-based think tank tasked with analyzing the cultural, social, political and environmental impacts of economic globalization.
Randy sits on eight non-profit Boards of Directors and numerous Boards of Advisors. Hayes is also an owner of GRES, an energy-efficiency consulting firm, with two Canadian partners. Hayes has an undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University and a Master’s degree in Environmental Planning from San Francisco State University. Hayes is also the US Director at the World Future Council, a global forum composed of 50 respected individuals from around the world championing the rights of future generations and working to ensure that humanity acts now for a sustainable future.
Hon. Hiroshi Inomata,
Consul General of Japan in San Fransisco
Consul General Hiroshi Inomata graduated from Waseda University and joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1978.
Consul General Inomata has worked in the Asian Affairs Bureau, Economic Cooperation Bureau, North American Affairs Bureau, Minister's Secretariat, International Legal Affairs Bureau and Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs Department as well as the Office of the Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary. His overseas assignments have included Embassies of Japan in Bangkok, Washington D.C., London and Seoul. He began his tenure as the Consul General of Japan in San Francisco in September 2010.
Hon. Dave Jones,
California State Insurance Commissioner
Dave Jones is California's Insurance Commissioner. Since taking the oath of office in January of 2011, Jones has secured crucial victories for consumers, including: Saving individual health insurance policyholders more than $87 million in premiums; Issuing emergency regulations to require that at least 80 percent of the individual health insurance premium dollar go to actual health care, and not to insurer profits, marketing and overhead; Issuing guidance to implement federal healthcare reform, including requiring health insurers to cover children.
Jones served in the California State Assembly from 2004 through 2010, where he chaired the Assembly Health Committee, the Assembly Judiciary Committee and the Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. Jones has passed over 70 bills and authored important environmental legislation that helped improve air and water quality, protect the endangered California Sea Otter, and promote communities where people can walk, bike or take public transit.
Previously, Jones served as a Sacramento City Councilmember and worked as a legal aid attorney with Legal Services of Northern California providing free legal assistance to the poor. In 1995, he was one of only 13 Americans awarded the prestigious White House Fellowship. He served in the Clinton Administration for three years as Special Assistant and Counsel to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. Jones is a graduate of DePauw University, Harvard Law School and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
VP of Technology for Daewon, Sustainable Silicon Valley Board Member
Ray is a product developer who enjoys driving new product development programs to successful completion. Ray is Vice President of Technology for Daewon, and in this role he evaluates new green technologies and he develops high-efficiency LED lighting products. Ray cofounded Power Knot, an energy efficiency products company, worked ar Articmaster, Asyst Technologies, and for 14 years in Intel's Technology Development organization in technical and managerial roles.
Ray holds a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering and certificate of energy engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a masters of science degree in engineering management from Santa Clara University. He is named inventor on ten US patents, has published fifteen technical articles, is a trained mediator, and was adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching a course in new product development with an emphasis on rapid time to market.
Director of Social & Environmental Sustainability and Compliance, Hewlett-Packard
Zoe McMahon is HP’s Director of Social & Environmental Sustainability and Compliance. She is responsible for driving the overall vision and strategy for HP’s environmental compliance, their work on conflict minerals and their Supply Chain SER program. She is responsible for end-to-end supplier assessment, auditing and continuous improvement processes, capability-building programs, and representing HP in forums with suppliers, NGOs, governments and other firms inside and outside the electronics industry. She also has the responsibility of managing environmental compliance programs including REACH, RoHS and other product compliance issues. Zoe has held this position since June 2011, having previously worked as Supply Chain Social and Environmental Responsibility Global Program Manager for HP since May 2009. Zoe is also a member of the board of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition whose mission is to improve social and environmental conditions throughout global electronics supply chains.
Prior to these roles, Zoe has over 14 years of experience in HP’s environmental sustainability community in particular ensuring compliance with regulatory and market expectations for product environmental performance in the European market. Zoe holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering and Resource Management from the University of Nottingham and an Engineering Doctorate in Environmental Technology from Brunel University, both in the UK.
Filmmaker, Writer and Author of Infinite Vision: How Aravind Became the World’s Greatest Business Case for Compassion
“A Revolutionary Business Model to Inspire Breakthrough Solutions to Silicon Valley’s and the World’s
Pavithra Mehta is the lead author of the book Infinite Vision: How Aravind Became the World's Greatest Business Case for Compassion [Berrett Koehler, 2011]. Her 2004 documentary film also titled Infinite Vision followed the work and vision of Dr. G. Venkataswamy, founder of the Aravind Eye Care System in India. Aravind has restored sight to over 32 million patients, the majority for free or at ultra-subsidized rates through a revolutionary self-sustaining model that is now being widely replicated across the globe. Pavithra's work draws her to the intersection between story-telling and social change. She founded Aravind's story archive in 2002 and currently serves on the boards of both the Aravind Eye Foundation, and Service Space. The latter is a 100% volunteer-run non-profit that leverages web technology to catalyze transformative giving. It has delivered millions of dollars of web-related services at no charge and its 300K members incubate compassionate action in a multitude of ways. Pavithra co-leads its inspiring news portal, DailyGood, as well as its pay-it-forward restaurant, Karma Kitchen in Berkeley. Her previous roles include heading the volunteer program at Benetech, a non-profit technology company in Silicon Valley that runs the world's largest online library of accessible books for the blind and otherwise print-disabled. Her background is in English literature and broadcast journalism.
PhD., Senior Research Scientist, California State University at Monterey Bay/NASA Ames Research Center
Cristina Milesi has been a senior research scientist with California State University Monterey Bay and a member of the Ecological Forecasting Group at NASA Ames Research Center since 2005. Her research focuses on the effects of climate and land use change on the carbon and water cycling of human dominated (urban and agriculture) ecosystems. She is a member of the NASA Climate Science Adaptation Investigators team and collaborates with NASA facilities and environmental management to understand the science and data needs of NASA Ames Research Center to adapt to ongoing climatic changes.
Prior to joining California State University Monterey Bay, Dr. Milesi was a NASA Earth System Science Fellow (2000-2003) and a National Research Council Fellow (2004). From 1994 to 1998, she was a research collaborator with the Department of Biology of the University of Trieste and the Centre of Theoretical and Applied Ecology, Italy, where she worked on land cover mapping and biomass estimation of agricultural and forested areas. Dr. Milesi received an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Trieste, where she graduated magna cum laude, and a PhD in ecosystem modeling and remote sensing from the University of Montana.
Partner, DBL Investors
Seth Miller is a Partner at DBL Investors and has been an investment professional with the Bay Area Equity Fund since 2003. Seth sources and performs diligence on investment opportunities, advises portfolio company management, and helps companies implement their double bottom line practices. He currently works with seven portfolio companies: Efficas, Five Prime, Pandora, BrightSource and InSpa.
Prior to his affiliation with the Fund, Seth was a Vice President in the Investment Bank at JPMorgan advising both private and public companies in raising and structuring private capital. In that capacity, he helped raise over $1 billion in private equity for 45 companies. Having started in 1998 at Hambrecht & Quist, Seth has focused on working with growth companies in various technology, biotechnology and branded consumer industries. Seth also spent three years in Washington DC working on environmental policy issues for the White House and the United States Senate.He received a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD-MBA from Kellogg and the Northwestern University School of Law.
VP, General Manager, Silicon Valley Branch,
Mitsubishi International Corporation
Mr. Gosuke Nakae is Vice President and General Manager of the Silicon Valley Branch of Mitsubishi International Corporation playing a leading role in mid- to long-term strategic planning and research to identify business opportunities as well as supervision of day-to-day business activities. Previously, he held the role of Deputy General Manager of the branch office.
Before arriving in Silicon Valley, Mr. Nakae was engaged in strategic planning of IT related services business at Mitsubishi Corporation’s Tokyo headquarters and responsible for seeking out business opportunities in coordination with Corporate Strategy & Research Department, Global Strategy & Coordination Department and the Innovation Center.
Mr. Nakae has also served as Senior Vice President and Deputy Executive Officer for IT Frontier Corporation, one of the corporation’s wholly owned subsidiaries where he worked in marketing strategy and campaigns. Previous to this, he held various other positions in Mitsubishi’s IT, Aerospace and Telecommunications divisions.
Mr. Nakae joined Mitsubishi Corporation in 1983, immediately after achieving his Bachelor’s degree from Keio University, Faculty of Law.
Manager of Sustainability, Customer Solutions Group, UPS
Nancy Parmer is a champion of sustainable packaging practices with the Customer Solutions Group at UPS. As Manager of Sustainability, Nancy’s expertise supports the ethical corporate practices associated with UPS’s economic, environmental and social leadership. She collaborates with public and private organizations, serving as a resource for environmental knowledge, concepts and solutions, and authors the blog, “Bend the CO2 Curve”. In her prior position, Director of Logistics Services for the Asia Pacific region, she was stationed in Hong Kong. Her team oversaw the build out and implementation of several multi-client logistics warehouses for clients such as GE Medical and Philips Medical Systems.
Nancy is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and holds various certifications. She belongs to the Association of Climate Change Officers, the Carbon Footprint Forum, Bay Area Sustainability/CSR Professionals & Social Entrepreneurs, the U.S. GreenBuilding Council, and numerous other groups and associations involved in protecting our planet and its people. Nancy received the Global EXEC Women International Women of Influence Award in Beijing, 2008.
Nancy was awarded the 2008 Global EXEC Women International Women of Influence Award for outstanding international contribution by a female executive in the large business category.
Esq., C.I.H., Chief Climate Product Officer for Zurich
Lindene Patton is Chief Climate Product Officer for Zurich Financial Services (Zurich). She is responsible for product development and risk management related to climate change.
A member of the Green Growth Platform, Ms. Patton has served as a project Board Member for the World Economic Forum Low Carbon and the Forest Carbon Finance Initiatives. She is an advisory board member for the University of California at Santa Barbara's Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. and a member of the Advisory Council to the Resources for the Future’s Center for the Management of ecological Wealth (RFF’s CMEW). She is also a member of the ICLEI* Sustainable Governments Adaptation Experts Advisory Committee. Ms. Patton serves as the Vice-Chair of the Climate Change and Tort Liability Sub-Committee of the Geneva Association and on numerous government and non-governmental advisory boards, including the Executive Secretariat of the U.S. National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Financial Advisory Board, the Bureau of National Affairs' monthly publication, the Environmental Due Diligence Guide, and the US EPA Environmental Technology Verification Program.
Ms. Patton is an attorney licensed in California and the District of Columbia and an American Board of Industrial Hygiene Certified Industrial Hygienist. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from the University of California, Davis, a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law.
Customer Service Field Manger, Specialty Solid Waste & Recycling
Diana Pereira is Customer Service Field Manger with Specialty Solid Waste & Recycling, the franchise hauler for the City of Sunnyvale where she helped achieve Climate Registered™ status from The Climate Registry. Through this effort, Specialty Solid Waste and Recycling has verified a 22% reduction in their core business’ GHG emissions since 2002. Diana also helped the organization achieve a Breathe Right California award for efforts to reduce GHG emissions by over 22%. Specialty Solid Waste & Recycling currently serves approximately 29,000 residential, multi-family, and commercial addresses, totaling an estimated 130,000 people in Sunnyvale.
Diana received her BA in Communications from Kansas Wesleyan University.
The Climate Registry
David is a proven senior executive with experience as COO, CEO and Director on several corporate Boards. As Executive Director of The Climate Registry, David is responsible for providing strategic direction; liaising with state and provincial Board members; and overseeing The Registry's program, services and staff. He also serves as co-director of the Northern California chapter of Environmental Entrepreneurs. In his previous position, David oversaw U.S. business development for a leading carbon management organization, and prior to that was an entrepreneur in the high tech sector, founding and/or leading innovative internet start-ups. David has an MBA from Oxford University and is based in San Francisco.
District Director, Santa Clara Valley Water District
A resident of Santa Clara County since 1996, Brian has been an advocate and spokesperson for the Committee for Green Foothills working to protect open spaces and natural resources in Santa Clara County. He has been involved in Santa Clara County Civic matters for 8 years, which includes previous service to the District as a member of the Environmental Advisory Committee and Performance Audit Committee.
S. Andrew Starbird,
Ph.D., Dean of the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University
Drew Starbird became Dean of the Leavey School of Business in 2010, following a year of service as Interim Dean. Dr. Starbird is a professor of Operations and Management Information Systems in the Business School where he has taught since 1987. He has provided leadership in varied posts, including a stint as Director of the Food and Agribusiness Institute, a multi-disciplinary research program; chaired the Undergraduate Leadership Team of faculty and professional staff; as well as serving as faculty director of the School’s Undergraduate Business programs.
Professor Starbird teaches operations management, statistics, and business analytics at the undergraduate, MBA, and Executive MBA levels, as well as conducting extensive research in quality control and management, supply chain management, food safety, and contracting. His scholarship has been recognized with a number of awards, including “Outstanding Contribution” to the Journal of Agricultural & Resource Economics, “Best Article” for the Journal on Chain and Network Sciences, as well as four Leavey School of Business Extraordinary Performance Awards (for exemplary scholarship, teaching, and service), the ACE Outstanding Faculty Awards, and the Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award.
Dr. Starbird also serves the larger community, most notably as a long-time member of the board of directors of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.
Board Chair, Sustainable Silicon Valley
Frank Teng is Energy & Sustainability Program Manager with Jones Lang LaSalle, a global financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. He is responsible for developing corporate sustainability plans and implementing programs focused on workplace operations for companies like Yahoo!, Autodesk, and others. At Yahoo!, Frank manages programs for energy, transportation, and waste reduction. He leads a team that has helped to save over $1.2 million in energy annually, eliminated 4.8 MM commuter miles annually, and increased recycling rates by 25%. Frank led a team to successfully achieve LEED EBOM Gold certification for Yahoo!’s 1 million square foot, seven-building headquarters campus. With other clients, he has led projects related to Green Globes assessments, green leasing, sustainability training, carbon reporting, and strategic planning.
Frank serves as Chair of the board of directors of Sustainable Silicon Valley. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Science, Technology, and Society from Stanford University. Frank is a LEED AP O+M and is a Certified Energy Manager.
Vice Chairman of the Galvin Electricity Initiative
Kurt E. Yeager retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in September 2004. After retiring from EPRI, Mr. Yeager created the non-profit Galvin Electricity Initiative with Robert Galvin, the father of the cell phone revolution, and he now is serving as Vice Chairman of the Initiative that is focused on transforming the reliability and value of U.S. electricity service.
Mr. Yeager is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and has served on several National Academy of Engineering Committees and the Energy Research Advisory Board to the Secretary of Energy. He is now also serving as an Executive Counsel and Convening Lead Author for the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) “Global Energy Assessment” report to the United Nations and the World Bank. Mr. Yeager has authored over 200 technical papers and publications on energy and environmental topics. Most recently, he co-authored with Bob Galvin the 2008 McGraw-Hill published book entitled, “PERFECT POWER: How the Microgrid Revolution Will Unleash Cleaner, Greener, More Abundant Energy ”.