2016 Keynotes

Ted Wheeler | Mayor-Elect, City of Portland, Oregon

Ted Wheeler

A sixth-generation Oregonian, Ted Wheeler cares deeply about Oregon and the state's financial health. He is committed to protecting the state's current strong credit ratings, to ensuring that public investments remain both prudent and profitable, and to conservatively managing Oregon's debt. He believes all Oregonians will be able to stand taller because their state is on a stable financial footing. Since being appointed and then elected in 2010 as State Treasurer, he directed efforts to implement money-saving technologies, strengthened access to data, authorized fraud lawsuits against firms that misled investors, earned an upgrade in Oregon's credit rating, and revamped the Oregon 529 College Savings Network with lower costs and more options for families. Serving as the Chair of the Multnomah County Commission from 2006 to 2010, Wheeler was a champion of preventive services. Under his leadership, Multnomah County reduced the cost of government while maintaining safety net programs for the elderly, drug and alcohol treatment programs, and forging partnerships to fund a Mental Health Crisis Center. As the county's chief executive, he oversaw a workforce of more than 4,400 and was responsible for reducing and balancing the budget and also cutting the county's debt.

Christine Boles | Director of Smart Building Solutions, Intel

Christine Boles

Christine is the Director of Smart Building Solutions in Intels Smart Home and Building Division where her organization is responsible for Intels smart building IOT business including product and ecosystem strategies. Christine has over 20 years of defining, developing, delivering and enabling customers and ecosystem for Intel based solutions in a broad range of embedded and internet of things applications across many industries such as communications, storage, retail, and imaging and now commercial buildings. Most recently, Christine led the Intel Retail Platform Marketing group for the Intel Retail Solutions Division where her organization is responsible for definition and support of Intels ingredients for retail segment applications.

Stefan Bird | CEO, Pacific Power

Stefan Bird

Stefan Bird is president and CEO of Pacific Power, a division of PacifiCorp. He was appointed to this position in March 2015, and is responsible for delivering electricity safely and reliably to 735,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. He also oversees the company's renewable generation resources and energy supply management for all six states served by Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power. Pacific Power is a 105-year-old company serving 243 communities across the three states. Prior to his current position, Bird served as senior vice president, commercial and trading, for PacifiCorp, having joined the company in January 2007. He joined what is now Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company in January 1998, serving as vice president, development and acquisitions and as president of affiliate CalEnergy Generation U.S., an independent developer and operator of geothermal and natural gas-fired generation assets.

2016 Emcee

Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie | Co-founder and Publisher, Built Oregon  


Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie is a writer, consultant, entrepreneur and startup investor living in Portland, Oregon. Before moving to the Rose City in 2010, he had a successful 23 year tenure as an executive in the cable television industry. Terry has extensive experience in business operations, customer care, strategy and financial management. For the past 10 years he has also published a popular blog featuring his "More Human" leadership philosophy, TerryStarbucker.com, and was recently cited by Inc. Magazine as one of the "Top 100 Leadership and Management Experts". Terry is the co-founder and publisher of the online media company focused on Oregon entrepreneurs, BuiltOregon.com, which launched in December 2014. Terry is also an investor in the Oregon Angel Fund, and is on the boards of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, and Social Venture Partners Portland.

2016 Conference Speakers

Kristen Connor | Senior Vice President, Relationship Banking Officer, Pacific Continental Bank

Kristen Connor

Kristen brings high energy, sound ideas and small business experience to support the needs of her clients. She specializes in serving nonprofit and mission aligned organizations, including some of the region’s leading independent schools, arts entities, and organizations who focus on a broad range of sustainability and social justice issues. Kristen is honored to act as chair of Pacific Continental Bank’s internal Green Team. Active in the community, she serves on the board of The Oregon Law Foundation and The Jessie F. Richardson Foundation. Kristen is also a member of the Finance Committee for EarthShare Oregon, the Economic and Environmental Committee for Oregon Business Association and the Know Your City Advisory Board. She holds a degree in international economics from the University of Colorado with a minor in business administration from the Colorado University Leeds School of Business.

Josh Alpert | Director of Special Projects, C40

Josh Alpert

Joshua Alpert began work with C40, a network of the worlds megacities committed to addressing climate change, in August, 2016. As Director of Special Projects, he is working on the creation of an inclusive climate action plan for megacities, templates for city provestment and divestment and a host of other projects. Prior to starting with C40, Joshua was Chief of Staff to Mayor Charlie Hales. As Chief of Staff, Josh worked with and advised the Mayor on long-range strategy and policy, led City efforts on addressing homelessness and was the lead for C40, where he helped launch a seven-city pilot to quantify and measure the green economy. Before joining Mayor Hale administration, Joshua worked for 7 years as the Northwest Director of Conservation Strategies for The Trust for Public Land, a national non-profit focused on land conservation. While there, he oversaw 18 successful ballot measure campaigns in western cities, counties and states, raising $2.7 billion in public funding for parks, natural areas and waterways. Joshua holds a J.D. law degree from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jami Haaning | Program Manager, CLEAResult

Jami Haaning

Jami has been working and studying in the sustainability field for over 15 years. Throughout that time she has engaged in a wide variety of sustainability efforts including watershed restoration and education, school gardens, waste reduction, energy efficiency and sustainable business consulting. At CLEAResult, Jami manages residential energy efficiency programs and leads the sustainability efforts for CLEAResult’s west region. She currently serves on the board of Women in Sustainability and Environment and is a co-founder/leader of PDX Green Teams Unite. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Indiana University and a M.S. in Leadership for Sustainability Education from Portland State University.

Sam Blackman | CEO and Co-Founder, Elemental Technologies

Sam Blackman

Sam brings extensive management experience and technical expertise to the Elemental team as chief executive officer. He has grown Elemental into the leading provider of multiscreen video processing solutions. Prior to co-founding Elemental in 2006, Sam designed integrated circuit products for Pixelworks. Before joining Pixelworks, Sam held engineering positions at Silicon Graphics and Intel Corporation. He earned an M.B.A. from University of Oregon, an M.S. in electrical engineering from University of California at Berkeley and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Brown University. Sam is an avid Ultimate Frisbee player and passionate about protecting Oregons environment and strengthening the states education system. He has been recognized by the Oregon League of Conservation Voters as a Volunteer of the Year, by 1000 Friends of Oregon as one of 35 Innovators Under 35 and by the Portland Business Journal as the most admired CEO in technology and one of forty outstanding leaders under forty. Sam is also the recipient of the Tom Holce Award for Individual Achievement from the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network and was named startup CEO of the year award by GeekWire.

Mary Moerlins | Community Affairs and Environmental Programs Manager, NW Natural

Mary Moerlins

Mary is the Community Affairs and Environmental Programs Manager at NW Natural where she works to continue raising the bar for responsible employee and corporate practices, operations and programs at Oregon's largest natural gas utility. Prior to joining NW Natural, she spent nine years working in environmental nonprofits in Atlanta, Georgia focusing on conservation education and sustainability at Piedmont Park Conservancy and Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Mary received a Masters of Public Administration from Georgia State University and Bachelors in Biology from Agnes Scott College.

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

Nik Blosser

Sce Pike | CEO & Founder, IOTAS

Sce Pike

Sce started her career in the 90s in Silicon Valley, designing and developing the 1st ecommerce sites for GM, HP, Blue Cross and others. Later she helped create security protocols for the Internet at VeriSign and pioneer smart phones at Palm. In 2007, Sce started her own company, Citizen, Inc, the 7th fastest growing company in Oregon which focuses on Internet of Things (IoT) products such as connected cars and connected health. While developing IoT products for these industries, she realized that there was a lack of enterprise-level Smart Apartment solution designed specifically for the Multi-Family-Home Industry. In 2014, she founded IOTAS, a smart apartment hardware and software technology company to help the MFH industry increase revenue, save costs, gather insights & monetize data from their portfolios. IOTAS has been recognized by Fortune, Wired, Gigaom, ABC, NBC, Chicago Tribune and more as the new way of automating apartments to attract Millennials. Sce has spoken at Health 2.0, TechFest NW, WebVisions, and numerous energy and MFH related conferences such as NAA and BISNOW on the impact of to the real estate and energy industries.

Augusto Carneiro | Founder & CEO, Nossa Familia Coffee  Certified B Corporation

Augusto Carneiro

Augusto funded Nossa Familia Coffee and is the majority shareholder. Augusto oversees all aspects of Nossa Familia with a special focus on sales, marketing and company culture. Augusto’s passion in business is not only for his family’s award winning coffee, but also for building an amazing team and doing business as a force for good. Augusto has received recognition for his efforts, including Portland’s 40 under 40 award (Portland Business Journal, 2014), Local Hero Award (2014 Edible Portland, 2014), Community Partner award (2016 P:ear), and a few others.

Robin J Cook | CEO, PermaMatrix Inc.

Robin Cook

Robin has over 20 years experience in agriculture, restoration and native seed business. Working for Sunmark Seeds International since 1994, Robin was responsible for the development of Sunmark's native seed mixes and designs. Robin works extensively with design professionals, governmental agencies, and industry leaders in environmental planning and design for natural systems. Robin is a Certified River Restoration Professional, having successfully completed the Portland State University certificate program in 2010. This experience and technical knowledge has served many restoration projects in the Pacific Northwest and all over the world. Robin has consulted and helped design projects in Japan, China, Indonesia, Korea, Europe, and Nigeria. Robin was the lead in the development of new technology for environmental restoration with PermaMatrix's® biotic soil amendment. I am very excited as new technologies develop in agriculture and restoration that gives us a focused approach to revegetation. No longer do we need to think of plants as just vegetative cover but rather the biological community that provides many functions in climate change, water filtration, and food security.

Ralph DiNola | CEO, New Buildings Institute

Ralph DiNola

New Buildings Institute CEO, Ralph DiNola, has dedicated his professional life to bringing sustainability, green building and energy efficiency innovation to scale. For more than 20 years he has served as a consultant to developers, governments and Fortune 500 companies seeking quantum advances in their building practices and projects. He has been invited to provide keynote presentations at corporate meetings and international conferences and serves as an expert facilitator and educator. Ralph served as a technical advisor for the Living Building Challenge™ standard and has consulted on over 130 LEED® projects, including ten precedent-setting LEED Platinum certifications. Ralph was founding Board Chair of the International Living Future Institute, served on the USGBC LEED Retail Committee and was recipient of the Better Bricks Green Building Advocate Award and voted one of the 50 most influential Portlanders by Portland Monthly Magazine. Ralph has a bachelor’s degree in Historic Preservation from Roger Williams University and a Master’s Degree in Architecture from University of Oregon.

Richard Koehler | Founder, Folk Furniture

Richard Koehler

FOLK is a Portland based company that designs and builds thoughtful and well-crafted furniture, lighting, and goods that are made built to last. They like things simple, kind, and honest. FOLK originated from the desire to create pieces that will be around and stay around. Frustrated with the overabundance of cheap disposable products while simultaneously seeing the underutilized and highly talented craftsmen right here in Portland — FOLK was born. The founder, Richard Koehler, has a strong eye for simple design combined with a deep knowledge of materials and process. This leads to many of the beautiful objects that define FOLK. The idea is clear: responsibly build beautiful furniture, lighting, and goods that will last a lifetime.]Their core values dictate the way their company lives and breathes.

Erik Larson | Co-Founder and CEO, Building Energy

Erik Larson

A lifelong soldier committed to making the built environment more efficient through technology, Erik is co-founder and CEO of Building Energy. Prior to Building Energy, Erik was executive vice president of Indie Energy, a technology company developing next generation geothermal HVAC systems. Erik is a member of the board of Smart Grid Northwest. He earned his B.A. from University of Wisconsin summa cum laude.

Stuart Phillips | Founder, Red Wagon Creamery

Stuart Phillips

Stuart Phillips, co-founder of Red Wagon Creamery, is a native of the Mississippi Delta, a former Army JAG, and a former Russian Linguist for the Army. He grew up watching small farmers care for their land. That spirit of stewardship carried into Red Wagon, which he started with this wife, Emily. The company uses over 90% local ingredients, and has actively composted and recycled since their founding as a food cart. They recently built a new production kitchen that, with good planning, reduces their water usage by half.

Justin Yuen | President, FMYI  Certified B Corporation

Justin Yuen

Justin founded FMYI, a social collaboration software B Corporation with a commitment to sustainability, in 2004 after a successful career at Nike managing corporate sustainable development. His accomplishments there included creating organizational change programs, collaboration tools, the business case for sustainability, and global employee engagement efforts. Justin started FMYI due to his passion for sustainability, an interest in how advances in technology can help lessen our impact on the planet while positively affecting society, and how social media spurs innovation. He is Board Chair for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and on the Board of Trustees for the National Crittenton Foundation. Justin holds a degree in International Studies from The Johns Hopkins University.

Heather Stafford | Director of Innovation, Business Oregon

Heather Stafford

Heather Stafford is the Assistant Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) at Business Oregon, the state's agency for economic development. She was hired in 2015 as part of their plan to shift focus for economic development from out-of-state recruitment to that of encouraging more in-state innovation. The I&E division leads statewide strategies and programs for research and development, entrepreneurship support systems and access to entrepreneurial capital. Heather has been a passionate advocate for local investment strategies and an avid coach for entrepreneurs and start-ups, previously running incubators and accelerators. Ms. Stafford holds a Master in Business Administration and a Master in Management.

Jill Fuglister | Healthy Environment Portfolio Director, Meyer Memorial Trust

Jeff Allen

Jill Fuglister has worked in the non-profit sector for more than three decades. The vision of Meyer's Healthy Environment Portfolio is an Oregon where a resilient natural environment and all diverse cultures and communities are nurtured together. Ms. Fuglister has experience in urban planning, coalition building, policy advocacy, and executive management. Prior to joining Meyer in 2011, she co-directed Coalition for a Livable Future (CLF), a diverse coalition of over 100 organizations working to create sustainable and equitable communities in greater Portland. During her 12 year tenure there, she spearheaded the publication of CLF's ground-breaking Regional Equity Atlas (2007), a comprehensive portrait of equity conditions and trends in the greater Portland-Vancouver area that has helped establish the importance of addressing equity issues in urban and region planning locally and nationally. Jill holds a Master's in Environmental Studies University of Oregon and a Bachelor's of Arts from the University of Notre Dame.

Laura Bisesto | Public Policy Manager, Lyft  

Lauren Bisesto

Laura Bisesto is a Public Policy Manager on Lyft's Government Relations team. Laura oversees political and policy strategy in the Pacific Northwest, Arizona, and California by advocating for Lyft's interests with legislators and regulators on state and local bills relating to ridesharing. Prior to joining Lyft's Government Relations team in 2015, Laura spent five years working as an Assistant District Attorney in San Diego and San Francisco counties where she served as the lead attorney in over two dozen jury trials. Prior to that, she spent a year on the California Supreme Court's Criminal Central Staff making recommendations on petitions for review.

Juan Barraza | Founder, VDO Interpreters and Organizer, Startup Weekend Latino

Juan Barraza

Juan's experience spans all facets of the startup trenches, as founder/CEO of VDO Interpreters, lead organizer on the first-ever Startup Weekend Latino, and president of ALPFA Portland, a professional organization empowering Latino leaders through education and networking. His passion for growing entrepreneurs is infectious. Juan leads all PSU Center for Entrepreneurship programming efforts and communications, specifically the signature Wells Fargo PSU Cleantech Challenge as it expands state-wide.

Abby Chroman | Project Manager, Impact Entrepreneurs, Portland State University

Juan Barraza

Abby works with Impact Entrepreneurs in Portland State University's School of Business Administration helping launch and lead social innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives for the university. Before joining PSU Abby worked with Ashoka, where she coordinated Ashoka Fellow selection in the US, and created an online space for leading social entrepreneurs to collaborate around the world. Abby is also pursuing a Masters Degree in Conflict Resolution at PSU.

Ben Duncan | Chief Diversity and Equity Officer and Director, Office of Diversity and Equity for Multnomah County

Ben Duncan

Ben Duncan is the Chief Diversity and Equity Officer and Director of the Office of Diversity and Equity for Multnomah County. He is also a founding board member of OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon who organizes low income and people of color to build power for Environmental Justice and Civil Rights in the community. His work focuses on the relationships between our social, economic, and environmental conditions and racial and ethnic disparities. Ben is co-chair of Region X Health Equity Council through US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, and serves as Chair of the Oregon Governor's Environmental Justice Task Force.

Aaron Presberg | Energy Program Manager, Portland Public Schools

Aaron Presberg

Aaron is the Energy Program Manager at Portland Public Schools (PPS) where he works on energy efficiency and water conservation projects, in addition to managing the district-wide utility budget and monitoring utility usage for all district facilities. He also oversees and allocates the District's Senate Bill 1149 funds received from the Oregon Department of Energy. These funds are designed for public school districts to improve energy efficiency through energy reduction and conservation projects. Prior to PPS, he served for AmeriCorps in a program called CivicSpark where he worked on sustainability projects for an affordable housing agency in Ventura, CA, helping them reduce their environmental impact through energy and water conservation, waste reduction, education, and training. Aaron received his Bachelors of Science in Social Sciences/Sustainability with a minor in Business from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Joy Alise Davis | Founder and Principal, Design and Culture Lab

Joy Alise Davis

Joy Alise Davis, MA a collaborative design strategist and interdisciplinary social practitioner. She works to radically transforming vulnerable communities through social sustainability, civic engagement, and inclusionary collaborative design strategies. Joy has held support and leadership roles in various social justice organizations for over five years. Joy is a Cincinnati native and graduate of Miami University and the Parsons The New School of Design. While attending Miami University, she focused on policy, grassroots organizing, civic engagement, activism and digital media.

After completing her studies at Parsons The New School of Design, Joy founded Design+Culture Lab, LLC. Design+Culture Lab, is a research-driven urban social enterprise dedicated to the positive transformation of urban neighborhoods through collaborative design strategies that address the complex spatial issues associated with cultural, racial, and ethnic inequality.

Jamaal Hale | Founder, Good Green LLC

Jamaal Hale

Jamaal Hale is the founder of Good Green, a creative company with a goal to make the process of communication simple for brands at any stage of development. Good Green was established to be a direct opposite of the current alternative of branding, providing clients with new ideas from people of color. Specializing in consulting, graphic design, sustainable printing and promotion.

Betsy Kauffman | Sector Lead, Renewables, Energy Trust of Oregon

Betsy Kauffman

Betsy Kauffman heads up Energy Trust of Oregon's renewable energy sector, which provide cash incentives and technical assistance to solar, hydro, biopower, geothermal and wind projects in Oregon. The program has funded more than 10,000 commercial, residential, and large-scale solar projects and more than 20 hydro, bio, and geothermal projects. Prior to joining Energy Trust, Betsy worked at For the Sake of the Salmon where she managed the Salmon-Friendly Power program, one of Oregon's first programs to allow utility customers to choose a renewable power option. Betsy also has a long history in the news business, having spent ten years as an anchor and reporter at radio stations across the country. She has bachelor's degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and moonlights as a stand-up comic.

Tory Campbell | Senior Business Development Coordinator, Portland Development Commission

Tory Campbell

Tory Campbell is a Senior Business Development Coordinator at Portland Development Commission, developing and implementing strategies towards achieving more equitable outcomes in supporting entrepreneurs of color in the city. Tory, as a business owner himself saw the need for a network of entrepreneurs of color and a focus on their achievements that could tell a deeper story about running a business in Portland. He along with a talented team created the Mercatus Collective that went live June of 2016. View Site - www.mercatuspdx.com

Ha Na Park | Multicultural Strategist, C + C

Ha Na Park

Ha Na is an award-winning expert in multicultural, total market and cross-cultural marketing. She brings more than 10 years of knowledge of the Hispanic market, Spanish literature and linguistics as well as six years of experience in multicultural marketing, advertising, grassroots outreach, consumer engagement, event planning, and interactive digital and technology user engagement. Ha Na has managed campaigns for Fortune 500 clients receiving numerous awards from the Puget Sound American Marketing Association, American Advertising Federation and the Asian American Advertising Federation. Ha Na is a dynamic trilingual marketing professional born in Seoul, raised in Honduras and educated in Iowa and Madrid.

Chaun MacQueen | Director, Solar 4R School Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF)

Chaun MacQueen

Chaun has over 20 years of experience designing, conducting, and evaluating environmental education programs in the U.S. and abroad for diverse audiences. Prior to working for BEF, Chaun worked on utility process evaluations as a Senior Analyst at The Cadmus Group. As Program Director for Community Energy Project in Portland for nine years, she managed low-income energy education, water conservation, environmental health, direct service, and professional training programs. Chaun has an M.S. in environmental studies from the University of Oregon and a B.S. in natural resource management and forest biology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Chaun is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer - Nepal (1997-1999).

Brian Heather | Founder & President, SolTerra

Brian Heather

Brian Heather is the Founder and President of SolTerra. Brian's passion is to bring elements from nature into our urban environment, and he lives this passion through designing, constructing, and maintaining environmental technology in our living spaces while demonstrating massive financial, cultural, environmental, and health benefits with impressive paybacks.

Since its 2008 inception, Brian has led SolTerra to double-digit growth every year. In 2016, SolTerra was named the #7 Fastest Growing Private Company in Oregon State. He has been named one of Puget Sound's "40 Under 40", presented at TEDxSeattle, and grown a small team of three people into a multi-million dollar, award-winning company that is changing the Pacific Northwest one project at a time.

Steve Gutmann | Co-Founder and VP Business Development, Stuffstr

Steve Gutmann

Steve's business development and sales career spans a variety of sustainability-oriented businesses and startups. He began his career at Beneficial State Bank (originally ShoreBank), a community-focused commercial lender. He led National Sales at Flexcar (now Zipcar), and then managed North American sales for EcoSecurities, an international carbon trading firm. He then helped to launch Getaround, the Silicon Valley-based peer-to-peer car sharing firm. Most recently he co-founded Stuffstr, an award-winning data platform and app that helps people recirculate their no-longer-wanted stuff.

Marne Duke | Senior Public Affairs Specialist, Metro

Marne Duke

Marne Duke is a Senior Public Affairs Specialist for Metro. She manages regional marketing and outreach that encourage people to walk, bike, take transit and ride share to get around for Metro in partnership with local jurisdictions and non-profits. Before coming to Metro, she managed the federally funded healthy eating and active living marketing campaigns for the city of Nashville, TN. Her work has given her the opportunity to cater behavioral change messaging and outreach that resonate with a variety of communities.

Rob Nathan | Director of Digital Engagement at Northwest Earth Institute

Rob Nathan

As the Director of Digital Engagement, Rob advances NWEI's mission by leveraging digital technology to foster transformational learning and behavior change. Rob likes working for NWEI because, "I strongly believe in the pedagogy that NWEI uses to inspire participants, and I am proud to work for an organization whose values fall in line with mine."
Before joining the NWEI team, Rob managed waste minimization projects across the Portland metro region with Community Environmental Services. Rob holds a master's degree in Leadership for Sustainability Education from Portland State University and an undergraduate degree from Prescott College. Rob sits on the Emerging Leaders Board for Oregon Environmental Council, is a 2042 Leadership Fellow with the Center for Diversity and the Environment, and is a chair for Portland's local chapter of Environmental Professionals of Color.

Liz Zavodsky | Director of Membership & Engagement at Northwest Earth Institute

Liz Zavodsky

As the Director of Membership & Engagement at NWEI, Liz oversees program engagement with businesses nationwide, in addition to managing donor relationships and volunteer coordination. Liz started using NWEI courses while working at the University of Arizona in 2007. When she moved to Portland in 2011, she started volunteering and interning with NWEI, and began working with NWEI in 2012.
Before joining NWEI, Liz worked in higher education and residence life. She received her BA from University of Northern Colorado, and her MA in Human Development from University of Denver. Previously, she and her husband worked on Semester at Sea, and lived in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Katherine Schultz | Director, GBD

Katherine Schultz

A Director at GBD, Katherine Schultz has over 22 years of experience in mixed-use housing and planning. Katherine's mixed-use project experience encompasses a variety of scales throughout Portland, ranging from work on neighborhood planning efforts for the Clinton Triangle to large redevelopment projects in urban centers such as the South Waterfront neighborhood, the Foothills District in Lake Oswego, and the Story Mill development in Bozeman, Montana. Internationally, Katherine worked with a world-class team of experts, tasked with creating an economically viable, sustainable development in Green Dragon Lake, China. The team designed the conceptual plan for this fully resilient development to treat 100% of water, energy, food, and waste within the community's boundaries while connecting to the neighboring city of Beijing via transit. No matter the size or location, Katherine strives to realize thoughtful, sustainable and responsible projects. She is passionate about uncovering the opportunities and challenges inherent in planning for smart growth and works to gain a broad perspective on the issues facing our community through her work not only as an architect but also as a Chair of Portland's Planning Commission.

Yesenia Gallardo | CEO, Poda Foods

Yesenia Gallardo

Yesenia is the CEO of Poda Foods. Poda Foods is an edible-insect startup based in Portland. She was raised in Salem, Oregon and attended Willamette University. She went on to receive her master's degree in Environmental Management from Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Yesenia is passionate about working to create more equitable and sustainable food systems. She has expertise and experience working in sustainable agriculture and food justice.

Jeff Allen | Executive Director, Drive Oregon

Jeff Allen

Jeff Allen became the first Executive Director of Drive Oregon in December 2011. Jeff's executive career spans some twenty years, serving as Executive Director or Organizational Development Consultant to nonprofit organizations including the Crater Lake Trust, the Small Diameter Stewardship Collaborative, the Rogue Valley Workforce Development Council, and the Sustainable Valley Technology Group.

Jeff's previous environmental policy work includes projects in Europe, at the state level, and with national non-profit environmental groups including the Center for Clean Air Policy, the Environmental Law Institute, and the Union of Concerned Scientists. He holds a Master's degree in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

Mike Green | Co-founder, ScaleUp Partners LLC

Mike Green

JMike Green is co-founder of ScaleUp Partners LLC, a leading nationally networked consultancy pioneering the national economic imperative of Inclusive Competitiveness: strategies and frameworks that develop community systems to equip and empower underrepresented populations to connect to opportunities in local innovation ecosystems, increase business productivity, job growth, regional competitiveness and improved way of life. As co-founder of ScaleUp Partners, Mr. Green worked with Jonathan Holifield, the Architect of Inclusive Competitiveness, to produce the nation's first statewide Inclusive Competitiveness policy report in Ohio, unanimously adopted by the Ohio Board of Regents in 2014, and produced the first Gathering of Angels-a two day high-impact event that resulted in successful collaborations and investments in minority tech entrepreneurs. Mike Green is a NABJ-New York Times Leadership Academy Fellow with 20 years of award-winning media experience whose work has appeared in a range of publications including Oregon Business, Venture Capital Journal, and The Washington Post. As a consultant to the United Negro College Fund, Mr. Green designed and helped produce the first HBC Innovation Summit at Stanford University, and is a board member of Journalism That Matters.

Lauren Parker | Manager of Marketing & Outreach, TriMet Public Affairs

Lauren Parker

Lauren Parker is a manager of marketing and outreach creating campaigns and raising awareness for those who love to bike, walk, bus, MAX or carpool to work around the Portland metro area. Her goal is to find fun and creative ways to reach commuters through social marketing for TriMet. She's been in the transportation industry for seven years and before that was communications lead for an publishing start up. She's a graduate of UNC - Chapel Hill, (Go HEELS) and is now an Oregon Duck working on her MBA. When she's not helping people make smart and sustainable travel choices, she is helping them stay fit and healthy as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer. New to the Portland area, outside of the office she enjoys learning more about the region, all of the beautiful natural sights, and eating all of the good food.

Ben Berry | Chief Executive Officer and Chief Digital Officer, AirShip Technologies Group, Inc.

Ben Berry

Ben Berry is a strategic aerospace manufacturer and has led technology for large-scale organizations with diverse missions. He is the Aviation Entrepreneurial CEO and Chief Digital Officer for AirShip Technologies Group's AirShip Endurance VTOL UAS and AirScape intelligence-as-a-service. He has held various senior leadership technology positions serving the Royal Saudi Air Force, Kingdom of Saudi Arabian International Airports, and Hughes Aircraft Company Los Angeles. He is a Board of Director at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum.

He is the previous Chief Technology Officer for the City of Portland where he provided leadership for enterprise computing, analysis, design and deployment of computer applications, mobile and wireless computing services for public safety 1st Responders (police, fire, emergency communications, emergency management), and other end user support.

Previously, he served as Oregon Department of Transportation's (ODOT) Chief Information Officer providing overall leadership, planning, development and delivery of information technology services for ODOT and several other non-transportation organizations.

Berry is the former Regional Chief Technology Officer of Providence Health System Oregon, supporting a service area of eight hospitals and 33 clinics. He has held executive and management positions in sectors such as state and local government, healthcare, telecommunications, aerospace/defense and airport transportation. Berry received his M.B.A. from UCLA and a B.S. in Life Science--Biotechnology from the University of Portland.

Michael Colgrove | Executive Director of Energy Trust of Oregon

Michael Colgrove

Michael joined Energy Trust after 15 years with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) where he was both the director of the New York City office and director of Multifamily Programs. He has extensive experience in designing, developing and implementing energy efficiency programs that help to accelerate broad market adoption of clean energy solutions.

Carmen Rubio | Executive Director, Latino Network

Carmen Rubio

Carmen joined Latino Network as the Executive Director in 2009, where she and her team work to advance the Latino community in education, leadership, and civic engagement in Oregon. Prior to this, Carmen served on staff for former Multnomah County Commissioner Serena Cruz Walsh, former Portland Mayor Tom Potter, and Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish.

Carmen currently serves on the boards of All Hands Raised, University of Oregon Alumni Association, and Social Venture Partners Portland. She also serves as a member of the State of Oregon's Higher Education Coordinating Commission and the Pioneer Courthouse Square Board of Trustees. She is a 2015 Marshall Memorial Fellow, an American Leadership Forum of Oregon Fellow, and a member of the International Women's Forum.

Carmen earned a B.A. in Political Science from University of Oregon and completed two years of graduate studies at the University of Washington, School of Communications. In 2015 she earned a certificate from the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University.

Mia Yang | Project Engineer, Port of Portland

Mia Yang

Mia earned her Master of Science in Renewable Energy Engineering at the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) with an emphasis on green building design and building automation control systems. Her primary responsibility working as a project engineer at the Port of Portland is to identify, design, and implement energy efficiency projects that reduce electricity, natural gas, and water consumption at all Port of Portland facilities. This work is accomplished by monitoring and analyzing the operation of existing mechanical and electrical systems; evaluating design options for greenfield and retrofit projects to incorporate sustainable design; tracking Port energy usage; planning for future energy and carbon emission reduction goals; and engaging Port staff and tenants to encourage desired energy conservation behaviors through outreach programs.

Marisa Zapata, PhD | Assistant Professor, Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University

Marisa Zapata

Dr. Zapata is an assistant professor in the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University. Her research examines how urban planners can plan for socially just futures. Dr. Zapata focuses on the intersection between participatory planning processes and racially equitable plan and policy outcomes. Dr. Zapata connects research to practice. She serves on the A Home for Everyone coordinating board, a multi-jurisdictional collaborative governance effort to address homelessness in Multnomah County, where she conducts research about how the initiative engages racial equity. Dr. Zapata has conducted research and practiced as a planner in Oregon, California, Ohio, Illinois, and Costa Rica. She has published many journal articles and book chapters, and is the co-editor for Engaging the Future: Forecasts, Scenarios, Plans, and Projects. In addition to teaching the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program, Dr. Zapata is an instructor in the Master of Real Estate Development program, a degree co-managed between the Toulan School and the School of Business. She is also an affiliate member of Chicano/Latino Studies. Dr. Zapata holds a PhD and Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Rice University. Dr. Zapata is a proud Texan - please don't mess with it!

Christa Stout | Vice President, Social Responsibility, Portland Trailblazers

Christa Stout

Christa Stout, Vice President of Social Responsibility, is responsible for the strategy, development, planning, and execution of the Trail Blazers’ community involvement. She oversees the team’s social and environmental impact work in conjunction with local nonprofit organizations, key team partners and the Trail Blazers Foundation, the primary channel for the Trail Blazers’ charitable fundraising and giving. Prior to joining the Trail Blazers in February of 2014, Stout managed the Portland Timbers Community Relations Department starting in 2011. Major League Soccer recognized the work of Stout, her staff and the Timbers in 2012 and 2013 with the Community Relations Department of the Year Award. Stout gained international development experience in sport and social change in South Africa, Australia, Central and South America, and Europe prior to moving back to her hometown in Portland. Stout holds an MBA in international business from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and is also a graduate of Connecticut College with a Bachelors of Arts degree. She serves on the Portland Parks and Recreation board and in her free time enjoys running, hiking and cooking with her husband Jake and baby girl Riley.

Art Pearce | Policy, Planning and Projects Group Manager, PBOT

Art Pearce

Art has worked for PBOT since 1998, working as Group Manager since December 2013. He oversees the Transportation Planning, Project Management and Active Transportation divisions, which employee about 60 staff. The group takes transportation ideas from long-range planning and policy realms, through project development all the way to construction. Prior to his current position, Art was a Senior Capital Project Manager for PBOT, working on projects focused primarily on public transit corridor development and neighborhood revitalization. Projects included the planning and implementation of Portland's South Waterfront District and the Portland Aerial Tram. In 2009, Art led the planning and funding for the reconstruction of SW Moody Street including a $23 million dollar 'Innovation Quadrant' TIGER Grant award. Art has a Bachelors in Urban Studies from the College of Wooster and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University.

Carmen Suarez | Chief Diversity Officer, Portland State University

Carmen Suarez

Carmen Suarez is the Vice President for Global Diversity and Inclusion at Portland State University. She leads various diversity education offerings including bias prevention, cultural competence and literacy, minority student higher education access, and much more. She led diversity strategic planning dimensions for two university strategic plans, making concrete the path for institutional inclusive excellence, and has had the privilege of leading multiple teams of dedicated diversity professionals and allies. She has a B.A. and M.A. in History and a PhD in Higher Education Administration. She has received various awards and has served on many committees, boards, and commissions.

Danny Grady | Senior Energy Specialist, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Danny Grady

Danny Grady serves as Senior Energy Specialist with the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. In this role, Danny provides technical assistance, identifies funding resources, and assists with project development for City bureaus on energy initiatives and projects. Danny's work aligns with City Operations goals outlined in the City of Portland's 2015 Climate Action Plan to reduce energy use 2% annually from fiscal year 2006-07 levels, and to offset 100% of electricity use in City Operations using renewable energy sources.

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