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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.
Chief Sustainability Officer | City of Palo AltoBlog | Facebook | Twitter |
Gil Friend is Chief Sustainability Officer of the City of Palo Alto CA, and was founder, chair, and until December 2013 CEO of Natural Logic Inc. He is widely considered one of the founders of the sustainability movement, and was named an inaugural member of the Sustainability Hall of Fame—and one of the 10 most influential sustainability voices in the US.
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.
Interim Vice President for Adminitration & Finance / CFO | Sonoma State University
Stan Nosek accepted an invitation from Dr. Sakaki to come out retirement and serve as the Interim VP for Administration & Finance. Stan brings with him nearly 40 years of experience working in Higher Education and retired from UC Davis as the Vice Chancellor for Administration.
Senior Partner, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability | Aligned Growth Partners, LLC.
Edward L. Quevedo, J.D. is a Senior Partner with Aligned Growth Partners heading the firm’s new Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability practice. Mr. Quevedo has led practice groups in Strategy, Foresight and Innovation, Environmental Law, and Sustainable Development at some of the most respected law firms and creative agencies in North America and around the world. He has held leadership positions in, among others Pillsbury Winthrop, LLP of San Francisco, WSP Environment & Energy of London, UK and San Francisco, and Reos Partners of Oxford, UK and Cambridge, Massachusetts. His past clients have included BMW AG, Applied Materials, Gallo Family Vineyards, Genencor International, Avaya Systems, the University of South Carolina and Tulane University, and the cities of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Santa Cruz, California, and Fort Collins, Colorado, amongst many others.
Founder | TriplePundit.comTwitter
TriplePundit.com has grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place. Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.
Co-founder | Daily Acts Organization
Trathen Heckman is the co-founder of Daily Acts Organization, Board President of Transition U.S. and a front yard farmer. Trathen educates and works with engaged citizens and leaders to provide innovative solutions, which harness the power of nature and inspired action to build leadership and local self-reliance. This ranges from installing community food forests to dozens of greywater systems and planting hundreds of gardens in a weekend through the 350 Home and Garden Challenge. He lives in the Petaluma River Watershed where he grows food, medicine and wonder while working to compost apathy and lack. (www.dailyacts.org, www.transitionus.org)
Professor School of Business and Economics | Sonoma State University
Adele Santana is on the faculty of the School of Business and Economics, SSU. She received her PhD. in Business Environment, Ethics, and Public Policy from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School. Her work experience as a consultant includes multinational companies such as Unilever, Coca-Cola, Philip Morris International, and British American Tobacco, and Brazilian firms, small and large, in diverse industries.
President | Sonoma County Winegrowers
Karissa Kruse is President of the Sonoma County Winegrowers, a non-profit marketing and educational organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier grape growing regions. Karissa joined Sonoma County Winegrowers as Director of Marketing in September 2012 and was named President for the organization on May 1, 2013. She is the owner of a 25 acre parcel in Bennett Valley, with five acres planted to grapes and is partner in a small winery, Argot Wines.
Director of Partnerships | YouthTruthTwitter |
A third-generation educator, Sonya Heisters’ love for education is in her DNA. She’s worked in education for nearly 15 years, and currently serves as the Director of Partnerships for the national nonprofit, YouthTruth. Prior roles include serving as a Director at Presidio Graduate School, Director of University Tutoring, in Seattle, and Site Director of a K–5 program in rural CA. Sonya graduated from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA with degrees in English and Non-Profit Management. She completed her student teaching practicum at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, and resides in sunny Berkeley, CA with her partner and two-year- old.
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.
Executive Director | OSC2
Lara Dickinson is a natural products industry executive and also executive director of OSC2, A Northern California and national community of sustainable business leaders driving positive impact on our industry and our environment. OSC2 is working toward a model for an Organic and Sustainable Community through a number of sustainability collaboratives: Climate Collaborative, Compostable Packaging Collaborative, Supply Chain and Operations Marketing Working Groups and the OSC2 Natural Products University.
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.
Director of Sustainability | Jackson Family Wines
Julien Gervreau is a Sonoma County, California native who has been involved in all aspects of the wine industry, from production and operations to marketing and sales. In his role as Director of Sustainability at Jackson Family Wines, Julien sets strategy for and oversees the day-to-day operation of JFW’s Sustainability Department, with focus areas that include water and energy efficiency, onsite renewable energy generation, GHG emissions reductions, and waste diversion. He is also responsible for communicating JFW’s commitment to sustainability in the marketplace through sales and distribution channels, as well as activating employee engagement.
Director, Center for Environmental Inquiry | Sonoma State UniversityFacebook |
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.
Biologist, Research Program Manager | Sonoma Ecology Center
Caitlin Cornwall is a biologist who manages the Research Program at Sonoma Ecology Center, where she has worked since 1998. Her work focuses on communicating watershed health using indicator systems, creating multiple-benefit water/watershed projects with diverse partners, and integrating considerations of climate and ecosystem services into planning decisions at scales from the parcel to the region.
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 & CEO | TekTailor, Inc. / Sonoma-USATwitter |
Steffen Kuehr is Founder and CEO of Santa Rosa based TekTailor, Inc., a Benefit Corporation dedicated to creating sustainable textile and apparel manufacturing jobs in Sonoma County. Under the new consumer brand "Sonoma-USA" TekTailor creates unique and purposeful products from materials diverted from local landfills.
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.
Co-managing Member | Sustaining Technologies and GoLocal Coop
Sustainable Enterprise Conference Adviser
Terry Garrett has been the co-managing member of Sonoma County GO LOCAL and Sustaining Technologies since 2009. He also serves as a member of the Sonoma County Food System Alliance and as a board member of Sonoma County Economic Development Board and also on its Cannabis Task Force. Prior to his work in local economic development, he published local newsweekly newspapers and magazines, and developed marketing programs for local retailers and restaurants. Currently he is co-publisher of the local food industry magazine, Made Local. Later this fall he with Sustaining Technologies will be launching CRED Magazine and CREDx, an online community exchange for the cannabis sector.
Manager, Sales & Marketing | Gourmet Mushrooms Inc/Mycopia MushroomsFacebook | Twitter |
Justin grew up in Sonoma County and attended Sonoma State University where he studied both International and Wine Business. He worked in the wine industry for a handful of years before becoming interested in foraging and left wine for the fascinating world of fungi where he joined the sales team at Gourmet Mushrooms in Sebastopol, CA. Justin has since taken the lead of the sales department and strives to spread awareness of the incredible and wide ranging benefits and potential of the fungal kingdom.
Executive Director | Sonoma County Growers AllianceFacebook | Twitter |
Tawnie Logan is the Executive Director of the Sonoma County Growers Alliance, helping cultivators and industry professionals understand their rights and responsibilities with respect to changes in California law. For 15 years, she has advocated for organic and sustainable agricultural practices within the cannabis industry and is committed to expanding education and implementation of best management practices for the environment and end user. Tawnie is a strong champion and community liaison for cultivators, cannabis operators, patients and the environment. Learn more about SCGA at www.scgalliance.com
Founder/Executive Director | Praxis Peace InstituteBlog | Facebook | Twitter |
Georgia Kelly is the founder and director of Praxis Peace Institute, a non-profit peace education organization. She developed and leads annual seminars at the Mondragón Cooperatives in Spain and has written numerous articles about cooperatives. She also teaches workshops in conflict resolution. Her previous career was as a musician: harpist, composer, and recording artist.
Schools of Sustainability - Project SOS | Schools of SustainabilityFacebook
Marika has a MA in Sustainable Development from St Andrews University in Scotland. She is the Programs Director for Schools of Sustainability, a project that runs student filmmaking/sustainability workshops and is making a movie about the future of education. She also consults as a Curriculum Developer at Westminster Woods Environmental Conference Center and is the Sustainability Advisor at Taylor Maid Farms.
Co-Founder | Transitioning Life Challenges
Larry grew up in a farming family in Arkansas that had a strong commitment to land stewardship and conservation. This deeply ingrained value has guided his work and career. In 1986, with funding from Hands Across America, he engaged the city of Little Rock, Arkansas to create a "Strategic Plan to End Hunger and Homelessness in 10 years." The Hunger Project then asked him to lead their People-to-people Initiative, a project to generate the conversation for "Taking care of our own in the United States." This led to working in England and Kenya to implement environmentally sustainable technologies in the industrial development process.
Assistant Director | Sonoma County Department of Human Services
Oscar works for the Sonoma County Department of Human Services. Prior to joining the County, Oscar served as the Executive Director of the Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County, one of the largest community benefit organizations in Northern California. Oscar has dedicated himself to establishing strong and positive ties between the county's low wealth neighborhoods, public entities and the business community in order to raise awareness about the growing education, health and income disparities that exist in our communities. He is equally committed to finding solutions that get at the root cause of poverty.
President and Co-Founder | ReSynergi
Brian is President and Co-Founder of Resynergi, a leader in plastic recovery technology. A graduate of Stanford Mechanical Engineering and UCLA Business School, he has over 25 years of experience bringing advanced technologies to market. Most recently, as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at TriAccess Technologies, he grew the semiconductor business from initial startup phase to international leader in video delivery. Brian has domain expertise in CATV system networking, access networks, video semiconductors, and telemedicine. Brian has served on the board of directors of Organic Athlete, Graton Day Labor Center, Global Offsite Care Telemedicine, and Rotary of Sebastopol Sunrise.
Community Affairs Specialist | Sonoma County Transportation Authority, Regional Climate Protection Authority (SCTA/RCPA)Twitter |
Community Affairs Specialist, responsible for public engagement and community outreach at the SCTA and RCPA. Brant also coordinates online communications through the website and social media. He is directly engaged on elements of the Fuel Shift Action Plan, the Countywide Transportation Plan and the Bay Area Regional Energy Network. He has also worked on community engagement projects in Oakland, China and India. Brant holds a Master of Development Practice degree from the University of Queensland.
VP Marketing + HR | Community First Credit UnionFacebook
David Williams is the VP of Marketing + HR at Community First Credit Union, a 20,000-Member not-for-profit financial cooperative. David is a self-described localista, who believes that the word LOCAL should always be spelled in all caps. A nearly 40-year career in communications (reporter, magazine editor, public relations and marketing manager) includes the past 11 years with Community First Credit Union.
President | The Praxis Group
Mark Westwind is a passionate community organizer. He is currently an advisor for Sustainable Contra Costa and President of Earth Team, an East Bay youth organization. Over the last 40 years, he founded/co-founded over a dozen community organizations. Professionally, Mark is a business and technology consultant with over 20 years experience working with start-up entrepreneurs and business incubators. He co-authored "What Makes Silicon Valley Tick?", a highly praised analysis of the Silicon Valley's innovation ecosystem, with the late Dr. Tapan Munroe (former Chief Economist for PG&E). Mark is a Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Catalyst and One Planet Living Integrator. In October 2016, Mark produced the first Sustainable Enterprise Conference in Contra Costa County.
Program Specialist | County of Sonoma - General Services, Energy and Sustainability Division
Lauren works for the County of Sonoma, Energy and Sustainability Division. She primarily works with businesses to implement practices that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve water, prevent pollution and divert waste. She graduated from Regis University, in Denver Co. She graduated in 2015 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and a B.A. in Peace and Justice Studies.
President | Sustainvest Asset ManagementBlog | Facebook | Twitter |
Dale Wannen, founder of Sustainvest Asset Management LLC, has over 18 years experience in wealth management and financial services. Prior to Sustainvest, Dale was a portfolio manager at Harrington Investments and specialized in ESG investment strategies, securities analysis, and shareholder advocacy. Prior to this position, Dale was an advisor with UBS Wealth Management Services in San Francisco. He is often a guest speaker on the topic of ESG investing and shareholder advocacy. Dale has an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. He earned a B.A. in Economics from Rowan University and currently is a volunteer with Mentor Me Petaluma, Rebuilding Together Petaluma, and the founder of Green Drinks Petaluma.
Special Correspondent | North Bay Business Journal
With five decades of experience as a business writer, marketing and crisis management consultant, Gary Quackenbush has served as an corporate editorial staff supervisor for AT&T, as an executive vice president of General Cellular Corporation and its Media Services Division, as well as a vice president and general manager of several leading public relations and investor relations firms based in Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Gary has helped more than 150 organizations tell their stories, launch new products and manage corporate reputations.
Principal | HOPP2 StrategiesTwitter |
Susan Hopp has worked directly with over 50 organizations, many in Sonoma County, to help them formalize their sustainability strategy and execute sustainability initiatives. Her mission is to continuously prove sustainable practices and values are just sound business and organizational strategy. An alum of Presidio Graduate School of Sustainable Management, Susan co-teaches an MBA class, "Implementation of Sustainable Practices".
Master Brewer | Bear Republic Brewing Company
Peter fell in love with craft beer in the late 1980s while attending Lewis & Clark College in Portland. Upon graduation he promptly followed his calling and brewed for Full Sail from 1993 to 1995. With many beer related stops along the way (Salt Lake City, Healdsburg, Guerneville, and Calistoga) he eventually landed as Master Brewer for Bear Republic’s production brewery in Cloverdale, California. He serves on the Sustainability Subcommittee for the Brewers Association.
President | Sonoma Cannabis Company
Sam Edwards is the founder of the Sonoma Cannabis Company and the all natural brand cannabis brand AYA. Born and raised on the Sonoma Coast, Sam Edwards can think of no place he would rather be living and working. In 2010, He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in engineering and returned home to work as a project manager in a civil engineering firm in the heart of wine country. While working alongside the wine industry he learned the legal ins and outs of use permitting as well as appellations. Sam has been cultivating in several appellations of Sonoma County and passionately extracting cannabis from those areas since 2011. Sam chose to pursue his passion full time in 2014 and jumped headfirst into the cannabis industry with a focus on intellectual property and brand management.
Activist in Residence/Senator of Sustainability | Center for Community Engagement/Associated StudentsBlog | Facebook
My name is Claudia Sisomphou and I am senior at Sonoma State University. I am an Environmental Studies and Planning Major with a concentration in Planning, and a Computer Science Minor. This is my third year as the Activist in Residence for our Center for Community Engagement, and I am currently serving my second term as the Senator of Sustainability for our AS Student Government.
Owner | Make It Happen Project ServicesBlog |
Cate Steane founded Make It Happen Project Services to make small businesses more successful by providing them with powerful tools to move projects from concept to complete. A Certified Associate in Project Management, Cate combines 20 years of experience managing projects for small businesses and nonprofit organizations with in-depth training in project management.
Director of Sustainability | Sonoma State UniversityFacebook
Paul Draper is Director of Sustainability at Sonoma State University and also Professor of Theatre Arts, He chaired the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance from 2005-2012. Previously he was resident director with the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis and taught at the Universities of Tennessee and Minnesota. Draper holds a MFA from Columbia University (NY) and a BS from Northwestern University.
Principal Consultant | Archamy Consulting
As Principal Consultant for Archamy Consulting, Amy Rider provides technical and knowledge sharing consulting services within the sustainability space. She has more than 15 years experience in energy efficiency and green building in the public and private sectors.
Vice President | Solar Works
Laura Goldman is co-owner of Solar Works, retired college faculty, board member of West County Health Centers, health educator, Spanish interpreter, translator and teacher, and international consultant. As a Fellow of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy, Laura produced Being the Change Radio, interviewing local leaders transforming our economy. Laura is also a radio host and proponent of all things local.
Associate Principal, Director of Sustainability | Guttmann & Blaevoet Consulting Engineers
Ted has dedicated his career and life to sustainability through conscious building design strategies, codes and standards development, and community education. Ted has been working with the California Energy Commission, Investor Owned Utilities from the Compliance Improvement Advisory Group for the last three years and was recently elected to serve on the LEED Energy & Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group for the US Green Building Council. He leads a passionate team committed to help his clients make informed decisions about energy efficiency options, Zero Net Energy design, and carbon reduction strategies. Ted has modeled over 2000 projects over the last seventeen years, ranging from single family housing to 2 million square foot commercial buildings.
Development and Events Manager | Daily Acts
Susan is deeply devoted to ecology, smart design, and sustainable technologies. Working with Daily Acts in a variety of crucial roles since 2007, she is currently the Development and Events Manager for the organization. Susan works diligently to further this movement of inspired, just, and resilient communities while nurturing her homestead passions including beekeeping, fermenting, food preservation, greywater, and nurturing food forests and human relationships. She holds a Masters of Humanities and Leadership in Culture, Ecology, and Sustainable Community.
President and Managing Director | Clear Blue Commercial
Carolyn is a committed Earthling dedicated to saving the planet using her real estate license! Carolyn is the President and Managing Director at Clear Blue Commercial. She has held various senior positions in the entertainment, real estate, and hi-tech industries. In addition she serves on the Environmental Committee of the Sonoma County Alliance, the Climate Action 2020 Stakeholders Advisory Group, former President of the Board of Trustees for the Petaluma Community Foundation, and a founding board member of 100 Sonoma People Who Care. She is a proud REALTOR®, EcoBroker®, and Certified Green Building Professional®. These experiences have inspired her to work to build a supportive, innovative, and collaborative environment for clients, team members, and, yes, even the planet, to thrive.
Nature!Tech Lead | Sonoma State University
Chris Halle earned his Ph.D. from Scripps Institute, and has worked for over 30 years on earth observing systems, including managing and leading cross-disciplinary research teams to address complex large-scale projects for industry. His areas of expertise include environmental observation and sampling, data quality control, algorithm development, and data synthesis and presentation. As Nature!Tech Lead at the SSU Center for Environmental Inquiry, he creates industry-academic research collaborations on environmental technology projects. He assists faculty in scoping and developing projects suitable for classroom instruction, and supervises students undertaking long-term monitoring projects on SSU’s preserve lands.
Founder / Principal | Step Into SustainabilityTwitter |
Barbara partners with North Bay enterprises to maximize their sustainability efforts. Current projects highlight agritourism, community engagement, and a thriving local economy. Barbara promotes Sonoma County as a leader in local solutions that are environmentally sound, economically feasible, and socially equitable. Towards this end, she volunteers with the Sonoma County Growers Alliance and the North Coast Public Banking Working Group.
Faculty Fellow, Center for Community Engagement | Sonoma State University
Tim Wandling is an English faculty professor since completing his doctorate at Stanford in 1997. He is passionate about curricular development, and has developed new curriculum both within the department and across campus creating innovate first-year courses. He has also served as a Faculty Fellow in service-learning pedagogy for the campus’ community engagement center. He is currently the coordinator for the campus’ interdisciplinary course and lecture series on issues of War and Peace, and leads an effort to establish a Sustainable Cities Initiative that engages faculty and students in sustainability projects with local cities.
Director, Center for Sustainable Communities | Sonoma State University
Tom Jacobson is a graduate of Hastings College of Law and received a Masters in City Planning from UC Berkeley. He is Professor of Environmental Studies & Planning and Director of the Center for Sustainable Communities at Sonoma State University. Among his publications, he wrote the chapters on “Growth Management” and “Aesthetic Regulation and Design Review” in California Land Use Practice (California Continuing Education of the Bar), co-authored Exactions and Impact Fees in California (Solano Press Books), and was principal author of Healthy by Design: A Public Health and Land Use Planning Workbook (Sonoma County Department of Health Services). He is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a member and past president of the California Planning Roundtable.