2015 Conference Speaker

Co-CEO | Beneficial State Bank
Kat is active in a variety of social business, public benefit and philanthropic ventures in the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently, she serves as CEO of Beneficial State Bank, a Community Development Financial Institution whose mission is to bring beneficial banking to low-income communities in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner. Beneficial State Bank is the result of a merger between OneCalifornia Bank, which Kat and her husband, Tom Steyer, founded in Oakland, CA, and ShoreBank Pacific, with offices in Oregon and Washington. Kat is also a Founding Director of TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation (TKREF) dedicated to sustainable food production through ranching, tours, research, and school lunch and garden programs. TKREF owns the social business LeftCoast GrassFed, which raises cattle in ways good for people and planet.
CEO | Traditional Medicinals
Blair came to Traditional Medicinals® in May 2008 as its CEO. Traditional Medicinals pioneered the herbal medicinal tea category and is now the 5th largest bagged tea company in the US and is distributed in over 50,000 retail outlets. The company is most proud of its leadership in environmental and social sustainability and is the #1 seller of organic tea in the US and the #1 seller of herbal fair trade in the US. Mr. Kellison is also Chairman of Sonoma County BEST (Building Economic Success Together) the region’s first public-private partnership devoted to business success and job growth in Sonoma County.
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Founder | Essential Knowledge for Transition
Marco came to the US as a Fulbright scholar in mathematics and economics at the University of California in Berkeley. After a stint in the financial industry, Marco worked as visual artist on a full-time basis for 5 years and obtained a MFA focusing on the intersection between public art and ecology. Marco is currently developing Essential Knowledge for Transition – a curriculum for engaged citizens to understand the money and banking system, the economic system and the financial system and how we need to transform them.
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Co-founder | Bioregional One Planet Living
Pooran is a social entrepreneur and green real estate developer. He co-founded environmental organization, Bioregional, which has created an international network of companies and communities adopting the One Planet Living framework. He heads up the One Planet Communities program working with real estate developers around the world to create the world's greenest neighborhoods, which include SOMO,being developed by Codding Enterprises in Sonoma County.
Deputy Chief Engineer | Sonoma County Water Agency
Cordel Stillman is the Deputy Chief Engineer of the Sonoma County Water Agency. Cordel graduated from San Jose State University with a BS degree in Civil Engineering. He has over 24 years of experience in the public sector in planning, design and construction management. His responsibilities include the development and management of all infrastructure and renewable energy projects and program. Under his guidance, Sonoma County Water Agency has nearly achieved its goal of “Carbon Free Water by 2015” through a combination of energy conservation measures and renewable energy development.
Dean, School of Business and Economics | Sonoma State University
As Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University, Bill Silver has helped SSU become the educational catalyst for a collaborative thriving North Bay economy. A leadership and strategy expert, Dr. Silver has directed executive education programs for more than 75 client organizations including First Data Corporation, Newmont Mining, Coors Brewing, Kaiser Permanente, Hewlett Packard, and Lockheed Martin. He is an avid martial artist, an enthusiastic explorer of wineries, and a determined trail runner. Silver lives in Santa Rosa where he currently serves on the Boards of Sonoma County Vintners, the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
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Partner | CircadiaOne
Sustainable Enterprise Conference Adviser
Leadership Institute Fellow
Genevieve Taylor is Vice President at Global Genesis (www.ggenesis.com ), an organizational development consulting firm based in Sonoma County, CA where she is a trainer and facilitator. She is also a partner at CircadiaOne, a change management firm dedicated to guiding enterprises towards sustainability (www.circadiaone.com). As a volunteer and social entrepreneur, she co-founded the annual Sustainable Enterprise Conference. She is proud to be a fellow of both Leadership Santa Rosa (Class XXI) and the Leadership Institute of Ecology & The Economy (2008).
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Founder | The Sustainable Leadership Institute
Sustainable Enterprise Conference Adviser
Mary O’Connor is the founder of The Institute for Social Entrepreneurship and The Ecstatic Entrepreneur. She is an expert in helping mission-driven businesses achieve revenue goals in a short period of time. A national public speaker, Mary speaks on Client Attraction, Marketing, and Social Entrepreneurship. She is a frequent guest lecturer in the at Sonoma State and holds a masters in Organization Development.
School of Business and Economics | Sonoma State University
Sustainable Enterprise Conference Steering Committee
Robert Girling is a Professor in the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University. He received his Ph. D. from Stanford University and has taught and consulted in 20 different countries. He has also taught at the Federal University of Bahia, the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, the University of the West Indies and American University in Washington D.C. He has consulted with the World Bank, USAID, the United Nations, and the International Center for Research on Women.
Chair, First District Supervisor | Board of Supervisors, Sonoma County
Supervisor Gorin represents the First District, which is eastern Sonoma County. She is currently Chair of the Board of Supervisors. Ms. Gorin graduated from Sonoma State University in 1991, cum laude, with a degree in Political Science and Economics. In 1996 was elected to the Santa Rosa School Board and was later elected and served as a six-year city Santa Rosa council member and two years as Mayor.
Chief Executive Officer | Sonoma Clean Power
Mr. Geof Syphers is the Chief Executive Officer of Sonoma Clean Power, a position he has held since the program’s inception in 2013. Under his leadership, SCP now serves 450,000 people throughout Sonoma County with cleaner power at competitive rates. Prior to his current position, Mr. Syphers worked for 20 years as an energy consultant to utilities, public agencies and private companies. His work has spanned micro grid design, zero-carbon community design and energy efficiency program implementation. He served as the Chief Sustainability Officer for Codding Enterprises and was the founding Director of DNV’s Green Building Group.
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Executive Director and Co-Founder | Center for Climate Protection
Ann co-founded the Climate Protection Campaign in 2001. With over 25 years in community leadership, education, and fundraising, she has been a sustainability planner for the County of Marin, commentator for TomPaine.com, human sexuality instructor at Humboldt State University, and real estate broker. She has a Masters in Public Health Administration and Planning, UCB.
Green Business Coordinator | Sonoma Green Business Program
Kevin Kumataka is the Coordinator for the Sonoma Green Business Program, a free program offered by the County that supports businesses implement environmental practices and certifies those businesses that meet all the required measures determined by the Bay Area Green Business Program.
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Artist and Strategic Visual Facilitator | See Shape
Christine Walker facilitates artful visioning, leadership, culture shift, and strategic planning using visual thinking and narrative tools. She helps people envision, articulate passion, inspire purpose, and create success for their businesses, organizations, and endeavors. An expert in creative process, she works with leadership teams and innovators from Fortune 50 companies, nonprofits, government agencies, and community groups.
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President | Solarcraft
Bill Stewart joined the solar industry in 1978 and co-founded SolarCraft in 1984. Bill holds California contractor’s licenses for General Building, Electrical, and Solar Energy. Bill is currently a Director of the California Solar Energy Industries Association, (www.CALSEIA.org), on the board of the Marin Economic Forum, (www.marineconomicforum.org), and a member of the North Bay Leadership Council, (www.northbaycouncil.org). Bill and his wife Deborah are longtime Sonoma residents where they also own and operate SoloQuest Learning Center (www.soloquest.com), a fully accredited private school where Middle and High School students learn through individualized and small group instruction.
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Founder/managing partner | Breakaway Funding LLC
Kim Kaselionis, with more than 25 years of experience in the banking industry, founded Breakaway Funding in 2013. Leveraging the JOBS Act of 2012, the Breakaway Funding business model unites community constituents including investors, businesses and financial institutions to facilitate growth capital, which in turn creates viable communities, jobs and sustainable local economies. Prior to starting Breakaway, Kaselionis served as CEO/Chairman of Circle Bank for 16 years, leading it to 53 consecutive profitable quarters.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer | SOMO Living LLC
Brad Baker is the visionary behind Sonoma Mountain Village, an internationally recognized, deeply sustainable, mixed-use community planned to feature 800,000 square feet of commercial space, provide 4,400 jobs along with convenient daily services to the community of 5,000 residents and surrounding neighborhoods.
President & CEO | New Resource Bank
President and CEO Vince Siciliano leads New Resource Bank in serving a network of values-driven companies and organizations transforming the banking industry into an agent of positive social, environmental and financial change. Headquartered in San Francisco, the bank is dedicated to advancing sustainability through every aspect of its operations from the loans it makes to its commitment to using deposits for good. As a founding member of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values, New Resource Bank champions a community of values to transform banking and create a better world.
Executive Director | Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy
Sustainable Enterprise Conference Adviser
Leadership Institute Fellow
Tanya Narath is the Executive Director, CEO and a Fellow of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy. She is a member of the Sonoma County GoLocal Cooperative Board of Directors and the City of Santa Rosa’s Community Advisory Board. She holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico, an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and an Executive Certificate from Dominican University’s Green your MBA Program.
President | VenturePad
Chris Yalonis is a local, seasoned entrepreneur, market strategy consultant, author and lecturer with 25 years of experience running technology and consulting groups. He is founder and owner of VenturePad, Marin’s newest premier coworking community and entrepreneurship center. VenturePad hosts and supports over 100 mission- driven entrepreneurs, freelancers and non profits. Chris regularly writes, develops educational materials and speaks locally on green management issues as former Chair of the San Rafael Chamber’s Green Committee, co-chair of the Sustainable Enterprise Conference Marin (first SEC to be held in Marin on October 26) and former board member of the Marin Conservation League, Marin’s oldest and most influential environmental advocacy/research group.
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Director, Center for Environmental Inquiry | Sonoma State University
Claudia Luke (Ph.D. UC Berkeley) has directed field stations for the UC and CSU systems for 20 years. As Director of Center for Environmental Inquiry at Sonoma State, she promotes research and education at three SSU preserves. She has worked extensively to develop regional collaborations that address watershed management, habitat connectivity, restoration, and education. She currently serves as coordinator for the WATERS Collaborative.
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Vice President | Ygrene Energy Fund
Mike Lemyre is an accomplished marketing and business development executive with nearly twenty years of experience in the financial services and insurance industries. Over the past four years he has been at the forefront of developing Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs with Ygrene Energy Fund, a market leader in this field. A specialty debt product for energy-related project finance, PACE enables residential and commercial property owners to finance energy efficiency, renewable generation and water conservation projects.
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Vice President of Legal Affairs | Jamba Juice
Howie Miller is Vice President, Legal Affairs at Jamba Juice in Emeryville, CA, where he oversees the company’s legal department. Howie was in private practice as commercial litigator in San Francisco, CA before he joined Jamba Juice in 2014. Before law, Howie spent 20+ years as an intrepid entrepreneur, founding and running a number of companies with offices in the US and Europe. Howie has deep experience developing custom solutions for both his clients’ and for his own use in building thriving businesses. As an inventor, engineer, business person, and attorney, Howie's breadth of experience and knowledge is matched only by his creativity.
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Head of Marketing | Sonic
Tara Sharp is a senior marketing executive with 15+ years’ experience in leading and managing multi-channel businesses, branding, e-commerce, CRM, product development, sales and strategy with P&L responsibility. She has a passion for innovative and disruptive technological approaches to evangelizing and driving product adoption. Seasoned general manager with a track record of recruiting and developing high performance teams who work well in cross-functional and matrixed organizations.
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Deputy Director | Regional Climate Protection Authority
Lauren manages programs on behalf of Sonoma County jurisdictions and agency partners, including climate action planning, energy efficiency and renewable energy, clean transportation, and community engagement. She has a decade of experience in planning and implementing climate and energy programs on behalf of local and state government and bringing diverse stakeholders together around large and technical planning efforts.
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Program Manager | Solar Sonoma County
Jenise Granvold is a Santa Rosa native committed to the field of renewable energy. A recent graduate from CSU East Bay, she was hired immediately after school as Program Manager for Solar Sonoma County. She holds a BS in Business Administration with concentrations in Corporate Management and Supply Chain Management from CSUEB, and spent a year studying Earth System Science at UC Merced.
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Chief Engineer | Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART)
Bill Gamlen is the Chief Engineer for the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) District where he is overseeing the implementation of a new passenger rail project as for the Agency. Bill has spent his entire career in transit and transportation. Prior to SMART, Bill spent two years with the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) where he coordinated highway and multi-use pathway projects with the Caltrans and local agencies.
Sustainability Senator | Sonoma State - Associated Students
Allison Jenks is the Sustainability Senator for Associated Students of Sonoma State University. As Sustainability Senator she promotes awareness of sustainability to students, while also advocating for students' perspective on sustainability issues. She has received a $1,000 Greenovation Fund grant toward bike safety, co-authored a Water Bottle Resolution and worked on furthering the composting efforts at Sonoma State.
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CEO and Value Creation Coach | Agile Accounting and Management
Sustainable Enterprise Conference Adviser
Jahn Ballard has worked with performance management software, leadership development, and facilitating collaborative culture for 30+ years. Jahn supports CEOs, Finance Professionals and staff to co-create work environments in which everyone can give their gifts. He has re-imagined and re-designed what is possible for accounting and human resources by creating rapid means for all staff to be unanimous about their business model and direction. He has implemented in over 40 enterprises with 7 published case studies. 3rd Party independent validation shows over a million dollars average implementation impacts.
Founder | M. Landman Communications & Consulting
Miriam Landman is an experienced sustainability advisor, writer, and editor. She is the founder of M. Landman Communications & Consulting. She also publishes the blog TheGreenSpotlight.com and is a regular contributor to MotherEarthNews.com. Formerly, Miriam was senior associate with Simon & Associates Green Building Consultants and she was a producer and reporter for public radio’s Living on Earth program.
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Executive Director | Global Student Embassy
As Executive Director of Global Student Embassy, Lucas is an optimist, activist and social entrepreneur who believes in problem solving based education. With support from GSE's team Lucas works to develop community leaders through action oriented environmental education.
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Managing Principal and Vice President | Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities Research & Policy Institute
Dr. Kott has over thirty years of experience in urban and regional transportation planning including service as Chief Transportation Official for the City of Palo Alto. Dr. Kott teaches transportation and urban planning as an adjunct faculty member within both the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University, as well as within the Stanford University Program on Urban Studies. He served as a Visiting Scholar at Stanford in academic year 2012-2013.
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Chief Creative Officer / CoFounder | BALANCE Edutainment Inc
Aaron Ableman (aka A-Natural) is a widely-celebrated author, educator, and entertainer.
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Assistant Professor | Sonoma State University, Dept. of Environmental Studies and Planning
Dr. Daniel Soto teaches courses in electrical energy management at Sonoma State University Daniel earned his Ph.D. in Applied Physics at Stanford University, M.S. in Physics from San Francisco State University and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Prior to his return to academia, Daniel worked as an engineer at two startup companies creating optical micromechanical devices for laser displays and optical communications and a postdoctoral fellowship at The Earth Institute working on solar micro-grids in Mali and Uganda.
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Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs | Sonoma State University
Andrew Rogerson is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Sonoma State University. He has held faculty positions at the University of Toronto, the University of London and the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and research appointments at two Government Laboratories in Canada and England. He is a strong advocate of promoting faculty research involving students. Dr. Rogerson serves on the Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) panel (a partnership between EPA, NSF International, and the U.S. Coast Guard) helping to devise standards for the ballast water treatment industry.
Executive Director | Strategic Energy Innovations
Cyane Dandridge is executive director and founder of Strategic Energy Innovations. Her background includes a master’s degree in building technology form the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for her work in international energy efficiency policies and technologies. Cyane’s areas of expertise include combining a technical and a business approach to energy efficiency. She has worked in a variety of areas, including energy and energy efficiency, green buildings, economic development, and sustainable communities.
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Director of Operations & Development | Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County
Lucy Hernandez is Director of Operations & Development at Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County where she manages a team and Administers Programs for Community Economic Development, Community Engagement and School Readiness including CAP’s Youth connections charter school and Youth Entrepreneurial Program.
Executive Director | Sonoma County Transportation Authority, Regional Climate Protection Authority
Suzanne Smith joined the Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA) in October 1997 as the Executive Director. The SCTA is the countywide transportation agency responsible for coordinating regional, state and federal funding and administering Measure M, the local ¼ cent transportation sales tax. The focus of the RCPA is to coordinate local activities, secure grants and strategically plan local efforts to reduce GHG emissions from all sectors.
Environmental Planner | Brelje & Race Counsulting Engineers
Justin conducts CEQA compliance and planning for water, wastewater and school projects at Brelje & Race. Justin has a BA in Anthropology and MA in Natural Resource Management and Environmental Planning from SFSU. Justin understands the effort required to plan, review, permit and implement infrastructure projects and the need for resilience in a changing climate.
Strategic Planning Manager | Lagunitas Brewing Co
Eppa began his career in management consulting working for Bain and Company after studying Mechanical Engineering at Vanderbilt University. After years of homebrewing and obsessing over craft beer, he was able to merge his personal and professional interests by landing his dream job as Strategic Planning Manager for Lagunitas Brewing Company.
Engineering Group Manager | Nordex
Charlie’s passion is wind energy. In the sector for 7 years as an Electrical Engineer, he currently works at Nordex, a German wind turbine manufacturer. As the Engineering Group Manager, he is responsible for providing engineering support on 1GW of installed wind generation in North and South America, as well as the project engineering for new wind farm construction. Charlie volunteers actively with Engineers Without Borders, where he is the Spanish translator and electrical engineer for the aquaponics project in Candelaria, Honduras. Charlie holds a P.E. in CA, and a BSEE from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.
Dean and Executive Director | The Food Business School
Will Rosenzweig is Dean and Executive Director of The Food Business School at The Culinary Institute of America. He is also managing partner of Physic Ventures, the first venture capital firm dedicated to investing in health, well-being and sustainable living. In 2010, Will was honored by several Nobel Laureates with the Oslo Business for Peace Award, "the highest distinction given to a businessperson for outstanding accomplishments in the area of ethical business."
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Mike is a co-founder and CEO of Corigin and aims to improve the economics and environmental impacts of farming with low-cost biosustainable solutions made from biocarbon waste. Mike served 6 years as CEO of Picarro, a company that forever changed atmospheric measurements. He’s served as a senior executive in a $billion scientific instrument company, but is an entrepreneur at heart.
Organizational Development Manager | World Centric
Janae Lloyd is the Organizational Development Manager for World Centric, a social enterprise that exists to serve people and the planet. Prior to World Centric, she worked for many years in membership and marketing for food co-ops. Janae is passionate about equipping people and organizations with the tools they need to thrive.
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Director of Finance | World Centric
Barry Lipscomb is Director of Finance at World Centric, a Certified B Corp organized as a California Benefit Corporation. He is an impact-focused operations and finance executive passionate about creating a more sustainable, aware and responsible business environment. Prior to World Centric, he worked with Reconsider providing investment readiness and CFO/COO services to social enterprises, including local investing and crowd funding initiatives. He is the co-author of Focalizing Dynamic Links, a means for collective organizational engagement.
Group leader, Marin chapter | Citizens' Climate Lobby
Emergency physician now leading Citizens' Climate Lobby Marin chapter, working for a revenue neutral fully refunded carbon price. He authored the winning 2014 MIT Climate CoLab contest for a US Carbon Price, The Little Engine that Could: Carbon Fee and Dividend. Dr. Joseph attended Columbia College, majoring in biology, and The University of Michigan Medical School, earning board certification in Internal Medicine. After a 35 year career as an emergency physician, he has retired to devote himself fully to the climate emergency.
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Fellow | Kiva
Brian is a social justice entrepreneur and a Kiva Zip Fellow in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kiva Zip is a crowd-funding peer-to-peer pilot lending platform in the United States. Brian is a Grameen Bank trained micro-financier, an Economic Development Commissioner for the city of Richmond and the lead organizer behind the Peoples Reserve Credit Union Initiative in San Francisco.
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Chief Operating Officer | BPE-USA
Steffen Kuehr is Chief Operating Officer at BPE-USA in Santa Rosa, a family owned cut & sew manufacturing business founded by his father-in-law 25 years ago. After working in the mobile Internet & mobile telecommunications sector across Germany, the UK, Austria and the US for more than 10 years, Steffen joined BPE-USA as Chief Operating Officer in 2010.
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