AIR SENSORS TEAM LEAD, U.S. EPA OFFICE OF AIR QUALITY PLANNING AND STANDARDS
Kristen Benedict is in EPA’s Office of Air and serves as the team lead on collaborative efforts to promote the understanding, collection, and use of data generated by emerging measurement technologies. Her team is comprised of experts across disciplines including ambient and source measurement, health and environmental impacts, permitting, data collection and display, analysis, and outreach. Kristen received an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia and a Masters degree from North Carolina State University in Atmospheric Science.
Joan Burns Brown
LEAD COUNSEL, IBM
Joan Burns Brown is Lead Counsel for the IBM Blockchain Ecosystems Group & IBM Blockchain for Healthcare Incubation Center, as well as lead negotiator for IBM Research healthcare deals. Joan advises IBM senior leadership with respect to privacy, security, compliance, and overall risk mitigation regarding various emerging technologies including blockchain, AI, and quantum computing.
SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER, MICROSOFT ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
Alma has over 20 years of experience in technology across multiple disciplines, including software development, consulting services, product engineering, and business performance. She holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and completed post-graduate courses from Stonybrook University and Pace University in New York.
In 2010, she joined Microsoft where she has managed global incubation programs—building capabilities and helping Microsoft partners and customers adopt innovative technologies to build successful businesses in the cloud.
Alma now serves as a Senior Program Manager for Microsoft’s AI for Earth initiative. This five-year and $50 million investment program is designed to democratize the use of cloud and AI technologies to resolve critical environmental challenges in the areas of agriculture, biodiversity, climate change and water. The program provides access to cloud and AI technologies to organizations working at the intersection of environmental science and computer science. She is responsible for program outcomes to accelerate and enable organizations to build new models that can drive data insights to help measure, monitor, model, and ultimately manage earth systems.
Alma is passionate about using technological disruptors to address and mitigate climate change and drive informed decision-making across the globe.
The honorable Suzan DelBene
United States Representative, Washington’s First Congressional District
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene represents Washington’s First Congressional District, which spans from northeast King County to the Canadian border, and includes parts of King, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties. First sworn into the House of Representatives on Nov. 13, 2012, Suzan brings a unique voice to the nation’s capital, with more than two decades of experience as a successful technology entrepreneur and business leader. Suzan takes on a wide range of challenges both in Congress and in the First District and is a leader on issues of technology, health and agriculture.
Suzan currently serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, which is at the forefront of debate on taxes, healthcare and retirement security. She serves on the Select Revenue Measures, Trade, and Oversight Subcommittees, and in the 116th Congress, Rep. DelBene was appointed to the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. The committee was created to find ways to improve and modernize the way Congress operates. Suzan also serves as Vice-Chair of the New Democrat Coalition, and co-chair of the Women's High Tech Caucus, Internet of Things Caucus, Dairy Caucus and Aluminum Caucus.
SENIOR DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH, THE AMERICAN COUNCIL FOR AN ENERGY-EFFICIENT ECONOMY
Neal Elliott is the Senior Director of Research of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), coordinating ACEEE's overall research efforts. Elliott has been with ACEEE since 1993, and is an internationally recognized expert and author on energy efficiency programs and policies, industrial energy policy, combined heat and power, and a frequent speaker at domestic and international conferences. He is the recipient of the 2014 Industrial Energy Technology Conference Energy Award.
Prior to joining ACEEE, Elliott was an adjunct associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University and Senior Engineering Project Manager at the N. C. Alternative Energy Corp. (now Advanced Energy). Elliott received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University, and was a Dean's Fellow and received a Ph.D. from Duke University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina and holds six patents. Elliott serves as Treasurer of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance and on the board of Industrial Energy Technology Conference.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Scepter, Inc.
Philip is a senior executive who combines his significant leadership capabilities with engineering expertise in high-tech, satellite, renewable energy and complex infrastructure development. Currently, he is the CEO of Scepter, Inc., an integrated data analytics company providing global-to-local, real-time air pollution monitoring and information democratization. Among his recent entrepreneurial endeavors, Philip founded multiple renewable energy companies, in partnership with Fortune 500 company SAIC, specializing in deployment of modular thermo-chemical conversion equipment across the Americas and Asia. Prior to these activities, Philip co-founded and led as President and CEO, a satellite communications company called ProtoStarLtd. that provided direct-to-home bandwidth to small-dish television operators across Asia via two geostationary satellites which the company financed, built and launched. Philip continues to serve in Director positions to the renewable energy enterprises he founded.
In addition to his entrepreneurial and leadership capabilities, Philip was a consultant to Hughes Aircraft on the development of several domestic and international satellite ventures including the roll-out of DirecTV, business plan development and financing for Galaxy Latin America, internet backbone services, air traffic navigation and broadband services via stratospheric platforms. Regarding his engineering expertise, early on in his career Philip was employed as a satellite structures and composite materials engineer by Hughes Space and Communications and as a non-linear material behavior specialist by the Naval Research Laboratory.
Philip earned his MBA from Stanford University and his BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic University.
PRESIDENT, ENVIRONMENTAL LAW INSTITUTE
Scott Fulton is President of the Environmental Law Institute. Previously, Mr. Fulton was a partner at Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., and served as General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and in a number of other top governmental leadership positions, including EPA Deputy Administrator, head of EPA’s Office of International Affairs, Judge on the Environmental Appeals Board, and head of the Agency’s enforcement program. He also served as Assistant Chief of the Environmental Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Environment and Natural Resources Division. He teaches International Environmental Governance as an adjunct professor at George Washington School of Law, is a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, and a member of UN Environment’s International Advisory Committee on Environmental Justice.
PRINCIPAL, BEVERIDGE & DIAMOND, PC
Paul Hagen is a Principal at Beveridge & Diamond where he helps clients navigate increasingly complex environmental requirements governing global supply chains and products across their life-cycle. He serves as a strategic advisor to companies on new circular economy initiatives with a focus on the reuse of products, recycling, waste classifications, and logistics. For more than two decades, he has represented clients in the electronics sector on the negotiation and implementation of international controls and trade bans arising under the Basel Convention, a global agreement governing the transboundary movement of wastes and recyclables. Paul also advises companies on compliance with expanding Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) laws governing the management of used and end-of-life electronic equipment, batteries, medical devices, unwanted pharmaceuticals, and other regulated products. Paul is active with many of the country’s leading conservation organizations. He serves on the board of the Conservation Fund, which since its founding has protected over 8 million acres of natural lands and working landscapes. He is a former board chair of the Environmental Law Institute and Chesapeake Conservancy. He has advised non-profit clients on the protection of whales, conservation of albatrosses and other seabirds, and sustainable fisheries management.
GLOBAL DIRECTOR, ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY AND SUSTAINABILITY POLICY, INTEL CORPORATION
Stephen Harper is Global Director, Environment, Energy and Sustainability Policy, at the Intel Corporation. In that capacity, he is responsible for advising senior management and leading company influencing efforts on a wide variety of topics, ranging from chemicals management to energy efficiency, water policy and the role of Intel’s products in helping meet society’s toughest sustainability challenges. Outside Intel, Harper is widely known as a connoisseur of all things Irish, both solid and liquid. Harper serves on a number of outside boards (including the Energy Foundation, Energy Foundation China, the Chesapeake Conservancy, the Center for Innovation in Conservation, and the Center for Environmental Policy at American University). Prior to Intel, Harper served in senior positions at Amoco Oil Company, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ICF Consulting, and the California State Coastal Conservancy. He has served in these positions while continuing to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a professional rodeo clown. Stephen has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, where he graduated with highest honors. He also has a Master’s in International Affairs from Princeton University, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and has conducted graduate studies in city and regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania.
CEO, GRIDWISE ALLIANCE
Mr. Hauser serves as CEO of the GridWise Alliance, a national industry led organization that promotes the modernization of the nation’s electricity infrastructure. He is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on transforming the power sector to meet future economic, environmental, and energy security mandates. For more than 30 years, Mr. Hauser has been a leader in clean energy and smart grid technology development efforts including solar, wind, batteries, electric vehicles, GIS software, geothermal, microgrids, fuel cells, and building energy efficiency. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and has authored and contributed to numerous articles and books.
Mr. Hauser was the driving force behind the creation of the GridWise® Alliance, the Global Smart Grid Federation, and related smart grid organizations. Since 2000, he has brought together hundreds of companies to create a broad industry vision to transform the electricity sector, policies, markets, and technologies. Mr. Hauser has testified before both House and Senate Energy committees, significantly raising the visibility of these issues with federal and state policy makers. He participated as a key advisor to the National Science and Technology Council’s Smart Grid Task Force resulting in the White House release of the “Policy Framework for a 21st Century Grid”. He has held senior management positions at various companies and DOE labs.
Steve Hauser serves as CEO of the GridWise Alliance and was the driving force behind its success for more than 15 years. He is a nationally and internationally recognized expert of transforming the power sector, often referred to as the “Father of the Smart Grid”. Steve is an engineer by training, focusing his entire 40 year career on developing and commercializing innovative energy technologies and systems. He lives in Denver with his wife Nancy, 5 kids and 2 grandkids.
PRESIDENT, THE LAND INSTITUTE
Fred Iutzi is President of The Land Institute, located in Salina, Kansas. Fred is originally from an eighth-generation farm family in western Illinois. His career has previously included roles in agricultural research and rural community and economic development at Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, Western Illinois University, Practical Farmers of Iowa, and Iowa State University. Fred received an MS in sustainable agriculture and agronomy from Iowa State University and a BA in geography from the University of Missouri and is a Certified Crop Adviser.
Founded in 1976, The Land Institute is working toward an agriculture and a culture that are sustainable over the long haul. Land Institute plant breeders and ecologists are developing perennial grain crops and polyculture cropping systems that mimic the structure and function of natural ecosystems while providing substantial food yield. Parallel work digs into social and cultural dimensions of sustainability.
President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy
Lisa Jacobson serves as the President of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), a 55 member trade association representing the energy efficiency, renewable energy and natural gas industries. Ms. Jacobson has advised states and federal policymakers on energy, tax, air quality and climate change issues. She is a member of the Department of Energy's State Energy Efficiency Steering Committee, the United States Trade Representative’s Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee and Gas Technology Institute’s Public Interest Advisory Committee. Ms. Jacobson has testified before Congress and has represented energy industries before the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Prior to her position with the BCSE, Ms. Jacobson was a legislative aide to the U.S. Congress; received a Master’s in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science; and a Bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of Vermont.
VP, Amazon Prime Air
Gur Kimchi is VP of Prime Air, Amazon’s drone delivery system designed to safely transport packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. In this role, Kimchi leads a growing global team of aviation, robotics, hardware and software experts in the development of Prime Air vehicles, systems and operations.
Vice President, Environment, BNSF Railway
John Lovenburg is the vice president, Environment for BNSF Railway. He leads a team of employees responsible for environmental strategy and communication, sustainability, energy, permitting, compliance, remediation, hazardous materials, environmental law, and industrial wastewater.
Mr. Lovenburg has more than 20 years of prior experience in environmental consulting with CH2M (now Jacobs) where he was vice president, Global Site Remediation and Revitalization.
Mr. Lovenburg is active in conservation and natural infrastructure projects. He is a member of The Nature Conservancy’s Business Council, oversees BNSF’s conservation giving with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and serves as an Advisory Board Member of the Montana Outdoor Legacy Foundation.
Mr. Lovenburg is a Board member of the Environmental Law Institute.
MANAGING PARTNER, MARTEN LAW LLP
Brad Marten is the Managing Partner of Marten Law LLP, an environmental law firm he founded and has grown to 15 lawyers practicing in four states. He is consistently ranked by his peers as one of the nation’s top environmental lawyers. Brad is a former President of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, and a Board member of the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, DC. He organized and now chairs the annual GreenTech Conference, bringing together technology and environmental leaders to discuss the future of environmental protection
Brad has earned his national reputation by successfully representing clients in nearly every sector of the economy across the United States for the past 40 years. These include clients in several of the largest environmental damages cases ever brought in the country, including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Alaska in 1989, and dozens of other cases and transactions for clients in the mining, manufacturing, refining, transportation, food processing, agricultural, and financial services industries. Brad has been recognized as one of the top 500 lawyers in the United States by Law Dragon, and by Best Lawyers and other peer publications for over 15 years.
ASSOCIATE LABORATORY DIRECTOR FOR BIOSCIENCES, LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY
As Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences, Dr. Mary Maxon oversees 650+ people in three scientific research divisions and the DOE Joint Genome Institute. She believes that cultivating talent and promoting inclusion are central to the creation of a successful work environment driven by a diversity of partners working toward shared objectives. Dr. Maxon was Assistant Director for Biological Research at OSTP under President Obama. Previously, Dr. Maxon ran the Marine Microbiology Initiative and co-developed California Science and Technology Policy Fellows Program for the California Legislature at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Dr. Maxon’s policy experience also includes drafting the intellectual property policies for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Maxon received her Ph.D. from the UC Berkeley in Molecular Cell Biology and did postdoctoral research in biochemistry and genetics at the US San Francisco. Dr. Maxon’s research experience also includes working in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SWETTE CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS, ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
Merrigan is an expert in food and agriculture, celebrated by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2010. She serves as the Kelly and Brian Swette Professor in the School of Sustainability and directs the Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems at Arizona State University. From 2013-2018, she was executive director of sustainability, director of the GW Food Institute, and professor at George Washington University. From 2009 to 2013, Merrigan was deputy secretary and COO of the United States Department of Agriculture, a 110,000 person, $150 billion federal department. Over the decades, Merrigan has been actively involved with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, including as first woman chair of the Conference of Ministers. She is well known for authoring U.S. law establishing organic food standards. Merrigan is currently a board member of FoodCorps, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, Artemis, and World Agroforestry (ICRAF). She is a partner in Astanor Ventures and an advisor to S2G Ventures, two firms investing in ag-tech innovations. Merrigan holds a PhD from MIT, a MA from University of Texas at Austin, and a BA from Williams College.
Partner, Akin Gump
Drawing on more than 25 years of litigation experience, Stacey Mitchell represents clients in complex criminal and civil litigation. She also provides strategic advice to companies on a wide range of environmental regulatory matters, including compliance assistance, project development and climate adaptation.
Stacey has particular experience in crisis management, including managing the tensions between business-critical decisions and developing defensive litigation strategy.
Stacey has held senior legal roles in government at the federal level. She served as Deputy General Counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Chief of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Environmental Crimes Section (ECS). She brings a deep understanding of the inner workings of both agencies, applying her insight to help clients mitigate crises and in developing and maintaining robust compliance programs.
Stacey began her legal career in the New York County District Attorney’s office, trying dozens of bench and jury trials, including a “cold case” homicide. She also served as a member of the Sex Crimes and Welfare Fraud Prosecution units.
VICE PRESIDENT, PV SYSTEMS, FIRST SOLAR
Dr. Morjaria leads the R&D effort in PV technologies for utility-scale solar plants at First Solar. Over the past nine years, he has established himself as a leading expert in the area of solar generation and in addressing key challenges associated with integrating utility-scale solar plants into the power grid. Dr. Morjaria previously worked at GE for over twenty years in power systems including wind energy. His academic credits include B.Tech from IIT Bombay, and M.S. & Ph.D. in Engineering from Cornell University.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF POLICY AND BUSINESS STRATEGY, C2ES
Janet Peace is the Senior Vice President of Policy and Business Strategy at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). She manages much of the center's policy work, it work on climate resilience and its engagement with the business community, including its Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC), the largest U.S.-based association of companies devoted to climate-related policy and corporate strategies.
Dr. Peace brings more than 25 years and a wide spectrum of experience on environmental issues to her work at C2ES. She is a recognized expert on market-based climate policy and is an advisor to the World Bank’s High Level Panel on Carbon Pricing Competitiveness. She is also part of the selection committee for the Geneva Climate Prize, an advisor to the Carbon XPrize, and a past member of the review team for the Fourth National Climate Assessment, National Research Council’s Roundtable on Climate Change Education and the Council of Canadian Academies on oil sands environmental technologies.
She holds a Ph.D. and Master of Science in economics and an undergraduate degree in geology.
VICE PRESIDENT FOR PROGRAMS AND PUBLICATIONS AT ELI
John Pendergrass is the Vice President for Programs and Publications at ELI. He leads the Research and Policy Division, which conducts legal and policy research and analyses of pressing environmental and natural resource issues in the U.S. and globally. He also leads the Institute's Educational Programs and the Institute's Publications Division. He manages a staff of more than 30 lawyers, scientists, and other professionals.
Before becoming Vice President, Mr. Pendergrass was a Senior Attorney, Director of the Judicial Education and Climate and Energy Programs, Center for State, Local, and Regional Environmental Programs, and Co-Director of International Programs at ELI. Mr. Pendergrass works with judges, NGOs, environmental agencies, academic institutions, the private sector, and international organizations to draft laws and regulations, conduct research, make policy and institutional recommendations, and conduct capacity building programs throughout the world. He has thirty years of experience training judges, inspectors, prosecutors, agency staff, business leaders, and citizens on environmental and natural resources law, compliance, enforcement, and public participation.
Mr. Pendergrass’ writing has covered a variety of topics, including climate change, federalism, international environmental law, public trust, enforcement, water quality, Superfund and state cleanup programs, brownfields, institutional controls, and sustainable development.
TECH LEAD MANAGER, GOOGLE AI
Dr. Eddie Pettis is a staff software engineer at Google in Sunnyvale, CA. He currently serves as uber tech lead for the Datacenter Software (DCSW) team where he is responsible for Google's data center management and optimization software. Previously, Eddie led the Datacenter Intelligence program, architected Google's strategy for machine learning-based cooling control systems, and managed the DCSW Power team. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University in 2008, specializing in operating system-directed power management techniques, and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arkansas in 2002. In his spare time, Eddie is the lead guitarist and lead vocalist for a passable cover band, Urs Truly.
Jennifer A. Prioleau
Associate General Counsel, HP Inc.
Jennifer A. Prioleau is Associate General Counsel at HP Inc. and a trusted advisor to its Global Functions and 3D Printing business. She oversees general legal matters and proactively advises senior management on various strategic and day-to-day issues impacting product development, marketing, sales, post-sales and regulatory matters. Jennifer also negotiates strategic complex commercial contracts involving technology and intellectual property. As an agile communicator, Jennifer simplifies the complex and enables the business to take smart risks.
Prior to joining HP, she served as Assistant General Counsel for Maidenform Brands and was an IP associate at Brinks, Gilson & Lione. Jennifer has a strong commitment to advancing pro bono and diversity in the legal profession and serves as Secretary on the Board of Trustees for Volunteer Lawyers For Justice and is a board member for the National Bar Association Corporate Law Section Executive Committee.
Jennifer was recently recognized among the "2018 Most Influential Black Lawyers" by Savoy Magazine. She is also a 2017 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity fellow and in 2012, Jennifer received the National Bar Association’s Top 40 Under 40 honor. Jennifer recently received a Burton award for Distinguished Legal Writingfor her article Seven Ways to Prepare Your Legal Department for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Russian from Tufts University and her Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law.
Partner, Marten Law
With 16 years of private sector and high-level government experience, including senior roles in the Obama White House and U.S. EPA, Jonathan offers an insider’s perspective on how to negotiate with and influence regulatory agencies, investigate and manage compliance risks, defend high-stakes federal and state enforcement actions, and coordinate incident response and strategic communications for enterprise-threatening crises unfolding in the national news.
Jonathan Rackoff is a partner in Marten’s Seattle office, where he chairs the Firm’s growing Regulatory and Government Investigations practice. A trial and appellate litigator by training with multi-faceted regulatory, enforcement, and crisis-management experience – spanning in-house, the Am Law 50, and the senior ranks of government – Jonathan helps clients in a range of industries navigate our evolving and increasingly global compliance landscape. His subject-matter background is diverse, including: privacy law and policy; data security and breach response; IP enforcement policy; cloud computing policy; healthcare reform and implementation; antitrust, complex commercial, and patent litigation, including before the U.S. Supreme Court; innovation policy, oversight, and regulation in the biopharma and med-tech sectors; as well as energy and environmental regulation, climate, and corporate sustainability issues.
ADMINISTRATOR, U S ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, 1989-1993
CO-CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON THE BP DEEPWATER HORIZON OIL SPILL AND OFFSHORE DRILLING
Mr. Reilly has enjoyed careers in public service, non-governmental organizations, and private sector finance. For more than 20 years he was a Senior Advisor to TPG Capital, an international investment partnership. During his tenure with TPG, he was the Founding Partner and CEO of Aqua International Partners, a private equity fund dedicated to investing in companies in the water sector. Before joining TPG, Mr. Reilly was the first Payne Visiting Professor at Stanford University. He was Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1989 to 1993, during which he led efforts to pass a new Clean Air Act and headed the U.S. delegation to the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio in 1992. He served as president of World Wildlife Fund and later chairman of the board; president of The Conservation Foundation; and director of the Rockefeller Task Force on Land Use and Urban Growth. Mr. Reilly is the chairman of the board of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. He has chaired the Board of the Global Water Challenge and Climate Works Foundation. Mr. Reilly serves on the Executive Committee of the U.S. Water Partnership, the board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the board of the Union of Concerned Scientists. He has also served on several corporate boards, including DuPont, ConocoPhillips, and Royal Caribbean. From 1970-1972 he was a senior staff member at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. President Clinton appointed Mr. Reilly as a founding Trustee of the Presidio Trust of San Francisco. President Obama appointed him co-chair of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and the Future of Offshore Drilling, and in late 2012 to the President’s Global Development Council for which he headed the working group on climate smart food security. He served in the U.S. Army to the rank of Captain, 1966-1968. He received his AB from Yale, JD from Harvard Law School and an MS in Urban Planning from Columbia.
He and his wife Elizabeth reside in San Francisco.
CEO, Sound Transit
Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff has been a leading transit executive for more than a decade. Rogoff spent 22 years on the staff of the Senate Appropriations Committee, including 14 years as Democratic Staff Director on the Transportation Subcommittee. From 2009-2014 Rogoff led the Federal Transit Administration under President Obama, and from 2014-2016 he was the Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Since coming to Sound Transit in 2016, Rogoff has been overseeing the largest transit expansion program in North America, building a 116-mile regional rapid transit network by 2041.
DIRECTOR, AMAZON WEB SERVICES ENERGY STRATEGY
Nat Sahlstrom leads Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) global energy practice. His team is responsible for energy procurement, water resource management, utility and regulatory management and delivering AWS’ long-term goal of 100% renewable power. Earlier in his career, Nat was manager of energy policy and principal energy strategist for AWS's parent Amazon.com. He also spent time as a business development manager, energy project finance and public policy consulting. He holds an MBA from the University of Washington where he also earned his undergraduate degree in economics.
Vice President and General Manager, Envirosuite
Matt Scholl serves as the Vice President and General Manager of Envirosuite – an innovative technology company providing proactive environmental management software solutions. Matt has worked in the environmental management space for 20 years, where he has pioneered the development and commercial application of Envirosuite’s solutions for clients all around the world and across a broad range of sectors including mining, ports, oil refining, wastewater treatment, solid waste management, infrastructure, and regulatory applications.
Matt holds an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Queensland with post-graduate studies in Management from UNSW. Matt has been riding the wave of technological innovation to provide solutions using next-generation environmental management technologies that provide valuable and cost-effective environmental and commercial outcomes for all stakeholders.
Senior Scientist of Sustainability Research, First Solar
Dr. Parikhit Sinha is a Senior Scientist of Sustainability Research at First Solar, where he directs the company’s environmental research around product safety and life cycle assessment. He is a member of the International Energy Agency PVPS Task 12 Committee on PV Sustainability. He is a former study director at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He has a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a B.A. in environmental engineering from Harvard University.
VICE PRESIDENT & ASSOCIATE GENERAL COUNSEL, WORLDWIDE TRANSPORTATION AND LOGISTICS, AMAZON
Katie Thomson currently serves as Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Worldwide Transportation and Logistics at Amazon. Before joining Amazon, Katie played a pivotal role in shaping national transportation law and policy as general counsel of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) (2013-2016) and as chief counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) (2012-2014) during the Obama Administration. She also served as counselor to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood on energy, climate, and environmental matters from 2009 to 2012.
Before joining the government in 2009, Katie was a member of the environmental group at Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C. Immediately prior to joining Amazon, Katie chaired the transportation practice group at Morrison Foerster, where she advised clients on emerging technologies in the transportation sector. Katie received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) and her Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania.
Katie currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Environmental Law Institute and is a trustee of MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois.
COUNSELLOR FOR ENVIRONMENT, FISHERIES AND OCEAN POLICIES
EU DELEGATION TO THE US
Giuliana Torta serves as Counsellor for Environment, Fisheries and Ocean policies at the EU Delegation to the US in Washington DC. The implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan is an expanding area of policy work in the EU, and in the dialogue with partner countries.
Giuliana has been working in the European Commission headquarters for 11 years before moving to the US in February 2017. She has over 25 years of experience in environmental policies, ranging from biodiversity and nature conservation, international forestry, climate adaptation and sustainable development. She was previously posted as Environment Adviser in the EU Delegation for the Pacific, with responsibilities over regional programmes on environment, forestry and rural development. Giuliana holds a PhD in Forest Ecology and is a forester by background.
Todd A. Wildermuth
Director of Environmental Law Program and Founder and Policy Director, University of Washington Environmental Law & Policy Clinic, University of Washington School of Law
Dr. Todd A. Wildermuth is the Director of the UW Environmental Law Program. He coordinates UW Law's current environmental curricular offerings, works with other faculty to increase UW's depth and stature in the field, and conducts outreach on behalf of the environmental law program.
In 2014, Todd founded and launched the UW Regulatory Environmental Law and Policy Clinic with Professor William H. Rodgers, Jr. The clinic assists organizations seeking to influence environmental policy via rulemaking petitions to state and federal agencies, as well as through submission of public comments on major environmental regulations, permits, and environmental impact statements.
Todd has taught in the Ph.D. program of the UW Law School and has advised multiple graduate students on comparative environmental legal and policy. He has also taught in the UW College of the Environment on topics including environmental planning and permitting, climate change communication, and environmental justice.
Before joining the law school in 2011, Todd received a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois.
CO-FOUNDER & CEO, GREENLIGHT BIOSCIENCES
Dr. Zarur is Co-Founder & CEO of GreenLight Biosciences. Dr. Zarur has been active in early stage life sciences companies for over 25 years and has actively participated in the creation, IPO and M&A of over a dozen companies in the life sciences industry. Prior to starting GreenLight, Dr. Zarur was the Managing Partner at Kodiak Venture Partners, an early-stage, technology-driven venture fund based in Boston. He is also a Co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Solid Biosciences and Lumicell, Inc.
Dr. Zarur was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2005. He has been a Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management since 2002. Dr. Zarur holds Masters’ of Science degrees and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and undergraduate degrees from the National University of Mexico. Dr. Zarur is the author of several peer-reviewed articles and holds over 100 provisional and issued patents.