2015 Keynotes

Ibrahim Abdul-Matin | Author, Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet and Director of Community Affairs, NYC Department of Environmental Protection  

Ibrahim Abdul-Matin

Kate Brown | Governor, State of Oregon  

Kate Brown

Prior to serving as Secretary of State, Brown served for 17 years in the state legislature: five years in the Oregon House of Representatives and 12 years in the Oregon State Senate. In 2004, Brown made history when she became the first woman in Oregon history to serve as Senate Majority Leader, after being elected by her colleagues. During her time in the legislature, Kate Brown led efforts on government accountability and reform. In 2007, she successfully spearheaded legislation that The Oregonian called the "state's most sweeping package of ethics reforms in 34 years." And she led a bipartisan group of legislators to pass Oregon's most significant campaign finance reform law in a generation, making campaign contributions more transparent than ever before by creating an online database for campaign finance reporting. As a leader who has always been on the side of working Oregon families, Brown successfully helped pass Family and Medical Leave, making Oregon one of the first states in the nation to allow parents to stay home with their sick children without fear of losing their jobs. She also put Oregon on the map as the first state to require insurance companies to cover annual breast exams for women over 18 as part of preventive health care screenings. Brown has also been a longtime leader in advancing civil rights and marriage equality. In 2007, she helped to pass the Oregon Equality Act, a civil rights law that prohibited discrimination in employment and housing on the basis of sexual orientation. And Brown was instrumental in passing Oregon's Family Fairness Act, which legally recognizes committed same-sex relationships as domestic partnerships. Prior to running for public office, Brown practiced family and juvenile law. She taught at Portland State University, worked with the Juvenile Rights Project and co-founded the Oregon Women's Health and Wellness Alliance, which has been leading efforts to support women's health for more than 20 years. Brown grew up in Minnesota and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Kate came to Oregon to attend Lewis and Clark's Northwestern School of Law, where she received her law degree and Certificate in Environmental Law. With her husband Dan, Brown raised Dan's son and daughter, who are now grown, in Portland. When Brown is not busy at the Capitol in Salem, you'll find her horseback riding or hiking. In February of 2015, Brown and her husband moved into the official residence, Mahonia Hall.

Deborah Kafoury | Chair, Multnomah County  

Deborah Kafoury

She led efforts to replace the crumbling Sellwood Bridge and is the leading voice to replace the county's 100-year-old central courthouse. Throughout, she helped stabilize county finances by working to find a permanent funding source for the libraries and using innovative partnerships to better serve our community. She has worked closely with the city of Portland, and state and federal officials to end homelessness and increase funding for early childhood education, after-school and mentoring efforts and child abuse prevention. In October, 2013 she resigned to run for chair as required by the county charter. Described by newspaper editorial boards as smart, low-key, level-headed and experienced, she was elected Multnomah County Chair on May 20, 2014. She took office June 5, 2014. Deborah lives in southeast Portland with her husband Nik Blosser and their three children, Alexander, Jacob and Anna.

Gifford Pinchot III | Founder & President Emeritus, Pinchot University  

Gifford Pinchot

2015 Conference Speakers

Tyler Ahn | Strategist  

Tyler Ahn

Susan Anderson | Director, Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability  

Susan Anderson

Sonali Balajee | Senior Policy Advisor on the Equity and Empowerment Lens, Office of Diversity and Equity, Multnomah County

Sonali Balajee

Sonali is the lead author of the Equity and Empowerment Lens (a social justice and racial equity framework, tool, and set of processes), and is currently applying and evaluating the Lens with policies, procedures, and practices in primarily governmental and other jurisdictional settings. Nationally and internationally, she is working on developing innovative models and structures in education, government, and healing that integrate racial equity analyses, transformative learning, and critical literacy.

Kipp Baratoff | Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Fish People    Certified B Corporation

Kipp Baratoff

As a specialist in venture capital and private equity in 2004, Baratoff helped the California State Teachers Retirement system fulfill a state mandate from the treasurer to invest $250 million in clean energy technology. He later moved to Oregon and helped found Equilibrium Capital Group, a firm dedicated to building sustainability-driven real asset investment strategies, funds and products. While managing a subsidiary of Gerding Edlen, a leading US green real estate developer and an Equilibrium investment, he led the team that built the country's largest rooftop solar array in 2010 (4.5 MW). At the time, Baratoff was driven to make a difference by building companies that would positively impact rural communities in the Pacific Northwest and he serendipitously crossed paths with Duncan Berry. Recognizing in one another a kindred spirit, they leveraged their know-how, connections and shared business ethos to create Fishpeople and help shift the nation's relationship with the sea. An avid outdoorsman, Baratoff lives in Hood River with his wife and daughter, and they are expecting a son later this year.

Ifanyi Bell | Founder and CCO, Brushfire Creative Partners  

Ifanyi Bell

Shane Bemis | Mayor, City of Gresham  

Shane Bemis

A stalwart supporter of sustainable practices, Bemis currently serves as the Chair of the Energy Committee for the United States Conference of Mayors. He signed the US Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement shortly after he took office and has spoken nationally about Gresham's sustainability and energy efficiency initiatives, including being invited by the US Secretary of Energy to deliver the keynote address at the Department of Energy's Clean Energy Summit. Bemis has a diverse academic and professional background, with a Bachelor's degree in communications from Marylhurst University and significant experience as a small business owner. He has been a restaurant owner in Gresham's historic downtown for fifteen years and was honored by the Portland Business Journal as one of the region's "Forty Under 40 Award" recipients in 2007. Furthering his interest in successful economic development and job growth in Gresham and as a local restaurateur, Bemis is active in the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce and the Historic Downtown Gresham Business Association.

Beth Brett | Architect, Mahlum Architects  

Beth Brett

Abby Chroman | Project Manager, PSU Impact Entrepreneurs  

Abby Chroman

Steve Clem | Vice President of Pre-Construction, Skanska   

Steve Clem

Dr. Ann Curry-Stevens | Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Portland State University & Founding Director, Center to Advance Racial Equity   

Ann Curry-Stevens

Sydney DeLuna | General Manager, The Redd Project, Ecotrust  

Sydney DeLuna

Rey España | Director of Community Development, Native American Youth and Family Center

Rey Espana

Bertony Faustin | Partner and Manager, Abbey Creek Vineyard  

Bertony Faustin

Osvaldo 'ozzie' Gonzalez, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA | Sustainable Design Technologist, CH2M HILL   

Osvaldo ozzie Gonzalez

David Griswold | President & Founder, Sustainable Harvest    Certified B Corporation

David Griswold

Kelly Haines | Equity Strategies Manager, Enhabit  

Kelly Haines

Margie Harris | Executive Director, Energy Trust of Oregon, Inc.  

Margie Harris

Jeff Harvey | President & CEO, Burgerville  

Jeff Harvey

Prior to his current tenure at Burgerville, Harvey dedicated more than 30 years to a career in the energy industry. In the community, Harvey has chaired the Regional Arts & Culture Council's united arts fund and employee giving program - Work for Art - and also serves on the Portland Timbers Community Fund Board, and is a member of the Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. He earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering from Oregon State University. In his personal time, he enjoys spending time with his wife of more than 25 years and their two sons at their property in Eastern Oregon. Harvey is an avid musician, has played the guitar since age 12, and now builds his own instruments.

Deb Hatcher | Founder, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer, A to Z Wineworks    Certified B Corporation

Deb Hatcher

David Heslam | Executive Director, Earth Advantage  

David Heslam

Since 2008, Heslam's work at Earth Advantage has included the development and management of CakeSystems software, research into the effectiveness of energy audits, education about high performance buildings, and the managing the implementation of energy labeling and green building certifications.

Rachel Hestmark | Founder & Designer, Hestmark Designs  

Rachel Hestmark

Kazi Huque | CEO, Grameen Intel, Intel Corporation  

Kazi Huque

Greg Jones | Climatologist and Professor of Geography, Department of Environmental Studies at Southern Oregon University   

Greg Jones

He conducts applied research for the grape and wine industry in Oregon and has given hundreds of international, national, and regional presentations on climate and wine-related research. He is the author of numerous book chapters, including being a contributing author to the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report, and other reports and articles on wine economics, grapevine phenology, site assessment methods for viticulture, climatological assessments of viticultural potential, and climate change. He was recently named to Decanter Magazine's 2009 Power List representing the top 50 most influential people in the world of wine and the Oregon Wine Press's 2009 Wine Person of the Year, and has been in the top 100 most influential people in the US wine industry in 2012 and 2013.

Matthew Landkamer | Principal, Coraggio Group  

Matthew Landkamer

Tim Leavitt | Mayor, City of Vancouver  

Tim Leavitt

Renee Loveland | Sustainability Manager, Gerding Edlen  

Renee Loveland

Ryan Linstrom | Principal, Land & Sea  

Ryan Linstrom

Berenice Lopez-Dorsey | Founder & Owner, H.E.L.P. Home Energy Life Performance Group and Move In Ready, LLC  

Berenice Lopez-Dorsey

H.E.L.P. Group Inc. is a 3-star Trade Ally with Energy Trust of Oregon. Berenice's goal is to HELP "create a better world, one green home at the time..." by reducing families' carbon foot print and creating living-wage Oregon jobs and developing plans to sustain those jobs. Not only does she make her business succeed but she helps and mentors other contractors achieve success as well. By the end of this year, H.E.L.P. Group Inc will have created 18+ full time positions, generated over 8 million dollars in energy retrofits sales, and reduced energy consumption for more than 800 homes.

Mark Lopez | Chef, Farmer & Owner, Crave Catering  

Mark Lopez

Kari Lyons-Eubanks | Senior Program Specialist, Multnomah County Environmental Health  

Kari Lyons-Eubanks

Gary Mortensen | President, Stoller Family Estates  

Gary Mortensen

Amy Nagy | Clean Tech Business Development Coordinator, Portland Development Commission  

Amy Nagy

Amanda Oborne | Vice President, Food & Farms, Ecotrust  

Amanda Oborne

Kitty Piercy | Mayor, City of Eugene  

Mayor Kitty Piercy

Stephanie Ryan | Director, Pacific Northwest, B Corporation  

Stephanie Ryan

Chris Serra | Executive Director, LIVE  

Chris Serra

Megan Shuler | Program Manager, Sustainability at Work, City of Portland, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability   

Megan Shuler

Alando Simpson | Vice President, City of Roses Disposal & Recycling Inc.  Certified B Corporation

Alando Simpson

These same processes, which were motivated by sustainability, have led to the inception of construction waste reduction plans, waste and recycling education, transparent recycling reports and even monetary rebates for clients through recycling. All services which City of Roses provides. A Portland native who believes in giving back, Alando spends many hours dedicating his time to youth sports. Aside from being a leader in the company and on the sidelines, Alando works diligently to sustain and uphold the community by supporting and advocating for sustainable economic development, social equity, education and small business growth through his civic involvements and most importantly through City of Roses Disposal & Recycling.

Alison Sokol Blosser | Co-President, CEO & Second Generation Winegrower, Sokol Blosser    Certified B Corporation

Alison Sokol Blosser

Alison is married to Javier Zamora, Assistant General Counsel for NIKE, which is based in Beaverton, Oregon, and has two boys: Dario and Luca. Plus a large white furry companion, named Twix, who comes to work each day with her and can often be found frolicking amongst the vines.

Natalie Sundeleaf Sept | Account Manager, Quinn Thomas Public Affairs  

Natalie Sundeleaf Sept

Reid Ten Kley | Co-founder, Iliamna Fish Company

Reid Ten Kley

Craig Trames | Principal, Coraggio Group  

Craig Trames

Jason Tosch | Director of Viticulture, Anne Amie Vineyards  

Jason Tosch

Andre Uribe | Café Chef and Bon Appetit Management, Intel Corporation  

Andre Uribe

John Wasiutynski | Director, Multnomah County Office of Sustainability  

John Wasiutynski

Peter White | Area Sales Manager, Johnson Controls, Inc.  

Peter White

Tom Wrosch | Notary and Business Outreach, Secretary of State Corporation Division, State of Oregon  

Tom Wrosch

Lynette Xanders | Chief Executive Officer, Wild Alchemy  

Lynette Xanders

In addition to being an experienced moderator and brand strategist, Lynette conducts creativity, brief writing, cultural enhancement and branding workshops for companies such as Patagonia and Adidas' Global Innovation Team. She also teaches Insights & Strategy at the Art Institute of Portland. She and her family live on Mt. Hood (OR) to appease her skiing problem.

Jackie Yerby | Faith Organizer, Renew Oregon   

Jackie Yerby

Jackie is very active in the community. She is currently serving on two non-profit boards of directors: the Community Cycling Center where she serves as the board secretary and Basic Rights Oregon. She is also serving on an advisory committee working with the Q Center Board of Directors to shape the future of the LGBTQ community center. She is on the Governance Committee for Cycle Oregon. She had previously served on the boards of Catholic Charities and the Cascade AIDS Project where she served as Board President for FY 2012. She chairs the Multnomah County Advisory Board on Sustainability and Innovation. She holds an undergraduate degree in History from Yale University, and a Master of Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She tries to find time to walk her dog, play with her cats, water her garden and ride her bike.

Nate Young | Sustainability Manager, Hopworks Urban Brewery    Certified B Corporation

Nate Young

Adam Zimmerman | Executive Vice President, Craft3  

Adam Zimmerman

In 2009 Adam launched Craft3's energy efficiency lending program. In conjunction with the Cities of Portland and Seattle, this program has financed over 3,000 home upgrades, and provided over $40 million in financing using on-bill repayment to service most loans. In 2010 Craft3's energy efficiency loan program was recognized with the Wells Fargo NEXT Award for Opportunity Finance. The program has been widely touted as a model for energy efficiency finance, and has been promoted both domestically and internationally as a promising method for creating economic opportunity, promoting energy independence and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Adam has been a featured speaker for C-40 Cities, the National Governor's Association, Net Impact, Opportunity Finance Network, Climate and Energy Funders Group, Oregon BEST, and the California Public Utilities Commission. In 2012 he was appointed by the Governor of Oregon to serve on the Oregon Growth Board. In 2013 Adam was recognized by the Portland Business Journal as one of the region's "40 under 40" business leaders. He is also past President of Oregon Tilth, one of the largest organic product certifiers in the United States. Adam earned his Master of Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon in 2002. He is an Eastern Oregon native and currently lives in Portland.

Conference Emcees

Nik Blosser | President, Celilo Group Media, Inc.     Certified B Corporation

Nik Blosser

For the past decade in the Pacific Northwest Nik has been a leading voice in the sustainable business arena, shaping both political and business perspectives around the economic opportunities surrounding sustainability. He was the founding Publisher of Sustainable Industries business magazine in 2003. Celilo Group Media's publications have been recognized with several awards including the 2007 Cecil D. Andrus Leadership Award for Sustainability and Conservation, the first ever Aveda Environmental Award for the magazine industry, a BEST Award from the City of Portland, A Founder of the Northwest Award and several Utne Independent Press Award nominations. Nik is also co-founder and current Board Chair of the Oregon Business Association. He was appointed by two Oregon governors to serve on the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission, which included service as Vice-Chair of the Commission. Nik received his Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree in aeronautical engineering and English from Stanford University. Nik is married to Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury and resides in Portland, Oregon with their three children.

Linda Baker | Editor, Oregon Business Magazine

Sonali Balajee

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