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CAPT Porter is cited in the 2014 Marquis' Who's Who in America. CAPT Porter's civilian and military awards include the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Defense Superior Service Medal, three Legions of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Meritorious Service Medal, and the NATO Meritorious Service Medal. He co-authored, with Colonel Mark Mykleby, "A National Strategic Narrative," published by the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars and subsequently cited in numerous journals, televised editorials and radio interviews. Read more..
Porter has had articles published in the Harvard Business Review, Journal of American Foreign Policy Interests, OSD/JS Strategic Multi-layer Assessment Occasional White Paper, The HotSpring Quarterly, Washington Times, Columbia University Journal of Conflict Management, Monterey County Farm Journal, Naval Institute Proceedings, and the 8th Euromicro Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Processing. In 2001 CAPT Porter was awarded the Vice Admiral Rufus B. Taylor Award for Professional Excellence in Intelligence for his work in southern Serbia.
CAPT Porter's tours and assignments have included Fleet Ocean Surveillance Intelligence Center, Europe (FOSICEUR) in London; British nuclear submarine HMS TORBAY (SSN-16); USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19), Yokosuka, Japan; Reserve Intelligence Program Office TEN (Minneapolis, MN); Naval Postgraduate School; Joint Analysis Center, Molesworth, England; Regional Headquarters South (RHQ SOUTH), Naples, Italy; Commander Naval Forces Europe/Commander SIXTH FLEET (COMNAVEUR/C6F), Naples, Italy; Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO); Commander Naval Forces Central Command/Commander FIFTH FLEET (COMNAVCENT/C5F), Manama, Bahrain; Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (OCJCS); and, Chair for Systemic Strategy and Complexity at Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey California.
Three of CAPT Porter's last four tours were on the staff of ADM Mike Mullen. During ADM Mullen's time as Commander, NATO Forces South, CAPT Porter served as his Director, Operational Net Assessment. When ADM Mullen transitioned to Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) in 2005, he assigned CAPT Porter to the CNO's personal staff as Director, Strategic Actions Group (N00Z). CAPT Porter's next assignment (2007 - 2008) was as Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence — N2, for Commander Naval Forces Central Command/ Commander, FIFTH FLEET in Manama, Bahrain, additionally serving as the Deputy Director, Maritime Operations Center. CAPT Porter was most recently assigned (2008 - 2011) to the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, serving as a Special Assistant to the Chairman for Strategy. He has now been assigned by the Secretary of Defense to establish a Chair for Systemic Strategy and Complexity at Naval Postgraduate School, where he is currently a doctoral candidate.
CAPT Porter was born in Fullerton, California and graduated from the University of Southern California. CAPT Porter holds two Masters of Science degrees (Computer Science, Joint C4I Systems Technology) from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.
CAPT Porter is married to the former Kathleen Conroy of Willingboro, New Jersey. He and "Kate" have three children: Shannon, Keegan, and Ryan. Keegan is a former Captain in the United States Marine Corps.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton was raised in West Phoenix, by a family committed to giving back to their community. His dad, Fred, rode the city bus to his job as a shoe salesman and his mom, Mary Ann, was a devoted educator. The Stantons instilled in their children the importance of giving to others, and in that spirit they founded the Christian Needs Network, a group of multi-faith volunteers who collected clothes, food and diapers for members of their community in need. Read more..
After earning his law degree from the University of Michigan, Greg returned to Phoenix where he practiced education law at Jennings Strouss & Salmon and later Quarles & Brady LLP. In 2001, he left private law practice to serve on the Phoenix City Council, where he represented the sixth district for nine years. This district includes the Biltmore, Ahwatukee Foothills, Arcadia and North Central neighborhoods. With a staunch commitment to creating high-wage jobs in Phoenix, Greg was the lead councilman bringing the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), the ASU downtown campus and the U of A medical school to the city.
Phil is co-Founder of Transpolis Global, a multi-disciplinary firm applying the fields of design and system dynamics to advance wellbeing, public policy and human habitat. Phil also serves as Vice President of MESA Indian Development Group where he is responsible for land-use planning and sustainable development initiatives. Phil's professional and academic qualifications span the fields of architecture, environmental physics, system dynamics and public health. Read more..
In 2009 he was elected a Fellow of Britain's Royal Society for the Arts and is a Ph.D. candidate at Kingston University, London. His research — based in the Greater Phoenix metropolitan region — is on how wellbeing is influenced and driven by the visual characteristics of place. Phil spent 26 years in the management consulting field leading health care industry and system dynamics practices with major firms including A.T. Kearney and Science Applications International Corporation. Relocating to Arizona in 2006, Phil served as President and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and as President of the FLW School of Architecture through 2009. Phil is a Director of Project Rising, serves the City of Scottsdale as a Commissioner on the General Plan 2014 Task Force and is a member of Phoenix Mayor Stanton's Sustainability Advisory Committee.
Sandy Bahr is the director of the Sierra Club's Grand Canyon Chapter. For more than a decade, Bahr has been the face and the voice of the environment at the state Legislature on issues such as air quality, global warming and the preservation of rivers and forests. The Michigan native moved to Arizona in the mid-1980s from Connecticut. She has helped organize several ballot measures dealing with the environment and urban sprawl. Read more..
They include, most notably, the 2000 Citizens' Growth Management Initiative, a failed measure that would have required cities to set up expansion boundaries.
Ann Becker serves as Vice President of Environmental & Chief Sustainability Officer for Arizona Public Service Company. She oversees the company's strategic efforts to integrate sustainable practices into core business operations, as well as the company's environmental and safety programs. She also is responsible for Facilities Management and Transportation. Becker most recently served as Associate General Counsel in the Pinnacle West Law Department, with responsibility for the Environmental, Labor & Employment and Commercial legal teams. Read more..
Before becoming Associate General Counsel, Ann spent a year working with the Senior Vice President of Fossil Generation to develop and implement the Fossil Operations Model that defines and guides how that organization does business. Prior to joining the Pinnacle West Law Department in 2001, Ann practiced with the law firm of Foley & Lardner in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Becker serves on the Executive Board of Central Arizona Shelter Services and chairs the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce's Agriculture, Water and Environment Committee.
Becker graduated magna cum laude from Marquette University Law School in 1992, and from the University of Northern Iowa with highest honors in 1989.
Scott is a Deputy Director in the Development and Sustainability Department at the City of Mesa. He is responsible for environmental compliance and the implementation and tracking of Mesa's sustainable initiatives. Scott has over 17 years of experience in the environmental field and has been with the City of Mesa for over 15 years. Scott received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Science in Environmental Management from Arizona State University.
Ms. Ethen is responsible for overseeing the City's natural resource planning efforts and the development of a comprehensive sustainability program within the City. She administers the City's Energy Efficiency & Conservation Program. She also manages Tucson's climate change mitigation and adaptation planning effort and the implementation of the City's sustainability plan. Ms. Ethen has Bachelors degrees in Zoology and Wildlife Ecology from the University of Florida and a Masters degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from Ball State.
Stephen B. Etsitty's environmental management experience was obtained at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from May 1992 to September 2000. Etsitty spent five years in the USEPA Region 9 office (San Francisco, CA) establishing its Indian Programs Office, and then three years as National Manager in the USEPA Office of Solid Waste Tribal Programs (Washington, DC). He helped develop the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program and the Municipal Solid Waste & Hazardous Waste Grant Programs for Indian country. Read more..
Etsitty was appointed as Executive Director for the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency (NNEPA) in July 2003, and confirmed October 2003. He was re-appointed by Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly in January 2011, and confirmed March 2011. He has the distinction as the longest serving Executive Director for NNEPA. He manages four departments: Air & Toxics; Waste Regulatory Compliance; Surface & Ground Water Protection; and Criminal Enforcement. Among its 17 programs, NNEPA implements four delegated or primacy programs: the Public Water Supply Supervision Program, a Title V Operating Permit Program, the Water Quality Certification Program, and the Underground Injection Control Program. Etsitty serves on the USEPA's Regional and National Tribal Operations Committees. From 2006 to 2008 he served as the Chairman of the National Tribal Caucus and as Co-Chair of the National Tribal Operations Committee; and has also served several years as Secretary. In 2007, Steve provided testimony to the US Congress on the need for uranium legacy cleanup on the Navajo Nation which launched a multi-agency and multi-year response. He has also served on Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano's Climate Change Advisory Group, and represented the Navajo Nation in the New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson's Climate Change Advisory Group. He was a member of the Navajo Nation team who negotiated the Navajo Generating Station Lease Amendments with the owners of the power plant, and helped to facilitate the enactment of the Lease Amendments by the Navajo Nation legislative leaders and the President.
Diana Liverman is the co-director of the Institute of the Environment at The University of Arizona and a Regents Professor in the School of Geography and Development. Her research focuses on the human and social dimensions of environmental issues including vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, environmental change and food security, and international environmental policy. She has authored or edited seven books and more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. Read more..
She is the recipient of the Royal Geographical Society's Founders Gold Medal and the Distinguished Scholarship Award of the Association of American Geographers for her contributions to understanding the human dimensions of global environmental change.
Michael has been directly responsible for the design, development, purchasing and construction of over 1500 Multi-Family Homes and 2500 Single Family Homes across Arizona. In 2007 Michael joined Meritage Homes as the Phoenix Division Director of Purchasing. In 2010, Michael expanded his role to national level with Meritage Homes, covering 13 divisions in 7 states, tasked with the company-wide implementation of Meritage Homes' Home Performance and Sustainability Program. Read more..
In 2011, Meritage set a new national standard in energy efficiency and integrated renewable design in offering cost effective Net Zero Homes throughout the US.
In 2012, Michael became the Regional Vice President of Purchasing, overseeing all purchasing for Arizona, California and Colorado. Michael also plays an important role in all home product development to ensure cost effectiveness and high customer value. Responsible for the construction budgets for 2500 homes per year, and 50% of the direct construction costs of the company, Michael is focused on standards that create consistency, accuracy and predictability to ultimately drive operational excellence for Meritage Homes.
Michael earned a Bachelors of Science at Clarkson University in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Environmental Engineering. Michael is also a registered Civil Engineer in the State of Arizona.
Philip McNeely is the manager of the City of Phoenix Office of Environmental Programs (OEP). OEP advances environmental protection and sustainability by promoting sound environmental policies and practices through leadership, education, and technical and regulatory assistance. Mr. McNeely coordinates the city's environmental programs, develops city environmental policies and regulations, and provides technical and regulatory assistance to city departments. Read more..
His responsibilities include oversight of the city's air quality programs, Brownfields Land Recycling Program, city soil and groundwater remediation projects, Clean Water Act 404 Regulatory Program, and the city Pollution Prevention and Hazardous Waste Programs. Prior to joining the City of Phoenix, he worked at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality for 10 years as the Director of the Tank Programs Division and managed Arizona's Superfund Program. Mr. McNeely has a Masters Degree in geology from the University of Florida and is an Arizona Registered Geologist, and a LEED, AP.
Anne is Program Manager of the Sustainable Cities Network, a group organized by Arizona State University's Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS) and comprised of city, county and tribal community practitioners and leaders in sustainability-related disciplines from around the state of Arizona. In this role, she convenes and coordinates this network with the goal of providing educating and training opportunities for participating communities; increasing information exchanges and collaborative opportunities; and increasing individual community and regional sustainability efforts. Read more..
Since its inception in 2009, SCN has received three distinguished awards including Valley Forward's Environmental Excellence Award of Merit for Environmental Education/Communication in the Public Sector in 2011, ASU's President's Award for Sustainability in 2012, and US EPA Region 9's Green Government Award in 2013.
Prior to ASU, Anne served for nine years as Director of Earth911.com and 1-800-CLEANUP, helping it become the nation's leading online and community resource for local recycling, reuse and household hazardous waste disposal information. For almost two decades, she worked in the fields of recycling, solid waste and household hazardous waste management, and environmental education. She is also a contributing author to the "Handbook on Household Hazardous Waste" which provides solid waste professionals and municipal officials with a comprehensive look at the state of household hazardous waste management.
Graham Rossini enters his seventh season with the D-backs in 2014 and his third season as Vice President, Special Projects. Among his many responsibilities, Rossini has been instrumental in developing and executing the organization's sustainability efforts. Rossini serves as the organization's primary contact with Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the D-backs award-winning Spring Training complex that is shared with the Colorado Rockies and owned by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Read more..
He oversaw the design, development and construction of the facility, which opened in February of 2011 and has since received numerous accolades, including a nomination for Sports Facility of the Year from the SportsBusiness Journal. Salt River Fields achieved LEED-Gold certification from the US Green Building Council in June, 2011 and became the first venue of its kind to achieve this designation. Since opening, the complex has twice set the record for all-time complex attendance and has led all of baseball in total and average attendance for the last three seasons.
As the primary club contact for the acquisition, planning and execution of the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Summer, Rossini worked closely with internal departments, MLB and local business and civic leaders to successfully host the Midsummer Classic. The 82nd All-Star Game and surrounding events welcomed over 240,000 visitors to Phoenix and generated nearly $70 million in local economic impact. The National Resources Defense Council referred to the event as the "Greenest All-Star Game Ever."
Prior to joining the D-backs in February 2008, Rossini spent six years as the Director of Baseball Operations at Arizona State University. Rossini graduated cum laude from ASU's W.P. Carey School of Business with a degree in Business Management in 2002 and a Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis on leadership in 2011. He sits on the board of directors for United Blood Services and is a voting member of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.
Justin J. Zeulner, MBA, is the Senior Director of Sustainability and Public Affairs for the Portland Trail Blazers and co-founding board member/treasurer of the Green Sports Alliance. Zeulner is responsible for the leadership and management of corporate sustainability initiatives, public affairs and government relations for the Portland Trail Blazers and the Rose Quarter. In addition, he acts as a liaison for community land-use and business affairs within the City of Portland and the local region.
Talonya Adams is an Arizona native and graduate of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU. She is the Principal at Axis Law, where she practices real estate and business law in downtown Seattle and an Adjunct Professor at the Phoenix School of Law located in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Currently, she serves as the Co-Chair of Mayor Greg Stanton's Sustainability Advisory Committee. Read more..
A Committee is designed to inform and advise the Mayor of sustainable, smarter, innovative initiatives, opportunities and best practices for the City of Phoenix. She is passionate about smart cities, public policy, meditation and food.
Tommy and his partners started Energy Conservation Management, Inc. (ECM) two years ago because they saw a huge opportunity to improve our nation's energy productivity by reducing the amount of fuel consumed by commercial and industrial boiler systems used for cooking, curing, cleaning, cooling, heating and humidifying. The ECM team has experience in a variety of renewable energies, including Solar Photovoltaic, Solar Thermal, Biomass and Nuclear energy generation. ECM's retrofit technology combines patented proprietary hardware with industry approved boiler energy metric protocols to guarantee fuel reductions in the 5% to 12% range.
Brian Betcher was hired by Maricopa-Stanfield Irrigation & Drainage District (MSIDD) in 1988 as its Engineer shortly after Central Arizona Project (CAP) water became available to the District. He served in that role until the fall of 1997 when he became the Assistant General Manager. Mr. Betcher took over as General Manager of MSIDD in March 2008. During his 25-year tenure with the District, Mr. Betcher has had primary responsibility for managing the District's water resources consisting of groundwater wells and CAP water, along with overseeing its operation and maintenance field personnel. Read more..
Prior to joining MSIDD's staff in 1988 Mr. Betcher spent 11 years working for Bookman-Edmonston Engineering, Inc., the firm responsible for the feasibility, design and construction management of the District's CAP canal project. He served as the Project Engineer for MSIDD during that time. Mr. Betcher has a unique working history of the CAP and its relationship to serving the needs of irrigated agriculture. He has worked with Pinal County irrigation districts in the development and operation of their irrigation systems since 1980. Mr. Betcher has had the opportunity to serve on many committees representing water interests in Pinal County and in particular, irrigated agriculture. He served on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Governor's 2004 Water Commission and shortly thereafter worked on behalf of the Pinal AMA's Groundwater Users Advisory Counsel in developing revisions to its Assured Water Supply Rules. Recently he has participated in CAP's ADD Water program, represented agricultural interests related to proposed EPA rules for NGS, and currently sits on an ad hoc committee working with ADWR and CAP for State-wide planning for future recovery of stored CAP water. He has also represented irrigated agriculture customers on CAP's Charitable Contributions Committee since its inception in 1998. Mr. Betcher holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California and is a registered Civil Engineer in the State of California.
Dr. Sara Bowen is a Research and Development scientist at Heliae Development, LLC. In 2010, she earned her Doctorate in Biochemistry from Arizona State University for her work studying the structure and function of enzymes from bacteria. Shortly after defending her dissertation, she joined the research team at Heliae and has continued to grow with them ever since. Algae have presented her with new, exciting challenges and opportunities. Read more..
While her research is primarily focused on developing techniques for the growth and characterization of a wide array of algal species, she also works to improve the scale-up process for production of chemical products from algae. She thrives in the fast-paced, collaborative environment at Heliae and enjoys that she has been part of its transformation from R&D start-up to a production facility. When she's not in the lab, she is busy playing left-center field for Heliae's softball team or walking her german shepherd, Heisenberg.
Todd Brady is the Global Environmental Director for Intel Corporation. In this role, he directs Intel's global environmental initiatives and strategy by leading corporate-wide environmental programs such as climate change, water conservation, waste minimization, sustainability and green design. Since joining Intel in 1995, Todd has led a wide range of environmental initiatives within the company, ranging from key public regulatory and policy engagements to design for environment programs at semiconductor and assembly test manufacturing sites. Read more..
Prior to his existing role, he spent more than 5 years creating Intel's product ecology strategy, establishing programs to develop environmentally friendly products and leading product-related initiatives such as lead-free development, energy efficiency, product stewardship and product recycling. During his 18 years at Intel, Todd has represented the company publicly and led industry-wide initiatives in many national and international environmental committees including: current member of the iNEMI Environmental Leadership Steering Committee (ELSC) and has served as chair for the American Electronics Association (AEA) China RoHS Steering Committee, the Semiconductor Research Council's (SRC) EHS Nano-electronics Consultative Working Group, the Electronic Industry Alliance (EIA) Material Declaration Committee and the High Density Packaging User Group (HDPUG) Design for Environment Committee. Todd has authored and published more than 20 papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings on a variety of environmental topics. In 2009, he was named by Scientific American as one of ten outstanding leaders involved in research, business or policy pursuits that have advanced science and technology.
Todd received his BS in chemical engineering from Brigham Young University and MS in environmental engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Teresa Brice has been involved in shaping housing policy at local, regional, state and national levels for over 30 years. This work led to Teresa being awarded the prestigious Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University where she explored urban planning and design and Smart Growth policies. Teresa was named Executive Director for the Phoenix office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) in August, 2006, where she currently is working towards developing sustainable communities in the Valley.
Jim leads the team that developed EnergyActio, a SaaS energy efficiency platform for improving Energy Star benchmark scores and increasing commercial property asset values. Prior to joining BGZ, Inc., Jim owned and operated a remodeling company which specialized in innovating energy conservation technologies in residential renovations. He previously served as a Senior Sales Engineer and team leader for Freightliner Corporation and as a Product Development Engineer for Tektronix microelectronic component manufacturing with responsibilities that included taking individual product concepts from the design stage to manufactured product. Read more..
The projects he shepherded ranged from components used in GSM cell phones to laser guided missile systems. Jim Burpee's academic credential includes an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Portland and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Oregon Institute of Technology. He is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM). Jim is also a licensed contractor.
Chad Campbell is a Phoenix native and lifelong Arizona resident with an extensive project management, development, outreach and communications background in the private, public and non-profit sectors. He is the House Democratic Leader in the Arizona Legislature and a Vice-President at Resolute Consulting, a national public affairs and strategic communications firm headquartered in Chicago, IL. Read more..
Chad has extensive experience in working on energy, sustainability and infrastructure issues at the local, state and federal level. In particular, he has worked on renewable energy policy, public-private partnerships, and economic development focused on sustainable technology and innovation.
He attended Northern Arizona University where he received a B.S. in Environmental Science. After graduation, he spent several years as an engineering project manager overseeing multimillion dollar projects in a regulatory environment crossing local, state and federal jurisdictions. His company pioneered a one of a kind public-private partnership between local businesses and state agencies to oversee the cleanup of dozens of sites in Northern Arizona.
He has repeatedly been recognized for his work on economic development and technology issues and was named one of the Phoenix Business Journal's "Forty under 40" in 2012. Additionally, he has extensive experience in media relations and is a regular guest on local media outlets throughout Arizona. He has also appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, and Current TV and regularly garners earned media in publications across Arizona as well as national publications such as the New York Times, USA Today, and the Huffington Post.
Guy Carpenter is a Vice President and shareholder of Carollo Engineers, responsible for the firm's water resources and reuse practice groups. Prior to becoming a consulting engineer, he was the wastewater superintendent and then water resources manager for Gilbert, Arizona. He is the current President-Elect of the Phoenix branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers, serves on the national board of the WateReuse Association, and was elected to the Central Arizona Water Conservation District board of directors in November 2012. Read more..
He was born and raised in Arizona, married to his high school sweetheart, and raising three children in Gilbert. He has a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Northern Arizona University, and obtained his professional engineer certificate in Civil Engineering in 2006.
Jesse Henson, co-founder of Oculus Studio has been practicing architecture for over twenty-two years and active in the solar industry for twelve years. Jesse combines a background of top design with building science, having received his undergraduate Bachelor of Architecture degree from Rhode Island School of Design and his graduate Building Science degree from Arizona State University. His diverse career includes the design of award winning projects in architecture and the solar industry. Read more..
While at Gould Evans Associates, Jesse served as the design team's sustainability leader for the new Maricopa County Downtown Courthouse Tower. As Corporate Engineering Architect for Kyocera Solar, Inc., a Scottsdale based international solar manufacturer, he led solar product application initiatives including Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) development. He has been a pioneer in developing solar carport concepts as exemplified by the 280 kW, 186 car Kyocera Solar Grove, located at Koycera's North American Corporate Headquarters in San Diego, California. Jesse has published and presented his research on building energy consumption and solar applications in industry trade publications and conferences. Since 2002 he has been a LEED Accredited Professional with the US Green Building Council. From 2004 to 2008 Jesse served as a member of City of Scottsdale Green Building Advisory Committee. Jesse has served on the board of the Arizona Solar Energy Association.
Jim directs Western Lands and Communities, a joint venture of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Sonoran Institute. This program supports research, tool development, demonstration projects, education, and publications focused on managing growth, sustaining regions, protecting resources, and empowering communities throughout the intermountain west. Additionally, Jim serves on the Board of the Central Arizona Water Conservation District to which he was elected in November 2010. Read more..
Prior to joining the Sonoran Institute in 2009, Jim directed the Sustainability Partnership in the Global Institute of Sustainability and taught as a Professor of Practice in the School of Sustainability and in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University. He also served as the ASU coordinator for the Arizona Water Institute. Previously, as Assistant Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources, Jim's responsibilities included overseeing the state's Active Management Area, conservation, assured water supply, recharge, well permitting, and groundwater and surface water rights programs. Jim's principal areas of research, teaching, and practice include western water policy, linkages between water and growth, and land use management. Jim earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Cornell University and both a master's and Ph.D. in regional planning from the University of North Carolina.
Park Howell launched his Phoenix-based sustainable marketing firm, Park&Co, in 1995 to ignite the growth of people, products, companies and causes that dare to make the world better. Park&Co created the Water — Use It Wisely conservation campaign in 1998 for the cities of metropolitan Phoenix. The consumer outreach effort has become the largest water conservation program of its kind in the world with more than 400 private and public entities using the campaign. Read more..
He was honored as the "2010 Advertising Person of the Year," by the American Advertising Federation — Metro Phoenix, and the agency was recently named among the top 10 IMPACT businesses for 2011 by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.
Park has recently finished his own book on how to use the power of storytelling to advance your brand. The book chronicles the 10-steps of the Park&Co "Story Cycle," which is a process for branding and story creation developed from his 30 years in advertising and marketing. He is also creating a communications curriculum for the new Executive Masters in Sustainability Leadership at Arizona State University to help turn chief sustainability officers into chief storytelling officers to advance their world-changing initiatives.
He graduated from Washington State University, and today combines his two degrees — Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Music — to turn ad campaigns into movements that matter. You can follow Park's "Sustainable Storytelling" blog at ParkHowell.com, and learn how you can nudge the world in any direction you choose through the magical power of story.
Wiley Larsen joined the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group (EIG) in November 2011. As venture manager, he assists ASU faculty and staff with commercializing technologies and intellectual property. Over this term he has managed several projects for ASU's Entrepreneurship unit, and including the Rapid Startup School program, the Arizona Furnace Technology Transfer Accelerator, "Techiepalooza," and the Military Defense and Veterans Entrepreneurship initiative. Read more..
He has been working with startups for more than 6 years, evaluating business plans, preparing entrepreneurs for pitch events and coaching SBIR/STTR applicants on phase I and phase II commercialization planning. In addition, he has managed strategic planning initiatives for economic development clients and nonprofit organizations.
Prior to joining the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group, Wiley served as director of strategic partnerships for Development Capital Networks, where he was responsible for venture and licensing forums, business plan competitions and entrepreneurial training workshops. From 2005-2006, he served on U.S. Rep. Tom Osborne's district staff, where he specialized in agriculture, clean tech and entrepreneurship initiatives. Originally from Minden, Neb., Wiley has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Sterling College and a master's degree in education administration from Kansas State University.
Eric C. Massey is the Director of the Air Quality Division for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and has served in this capacity since July 25, 2010. His duties include overseeing the following State of Arizona air quality programs: ambient monitoring network, pollution forecasting, compliance and enforcement, permitting, vehicle emissions inspections and the development of state implementation plans and rules. Read more..
Mr. Massey holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering for Chemical Engineering from Arizona State University, and has served in various capacities in ADEQ's Air Quality Division since 1998 including permit engineer, permit unit supervisor, manager of both the permit and compliance programs, and acting deputy director. Mr. Massey also has experience with regional air pollution issues, co-chairing the Western Regional Air Partnership's (WRAP) Stationary Source's Joint Forum from February 2004 until the end of the Forum's events in September of 2008. The Forum focused on developing and evaluating regional strategies for reducing emissions of air pollution from industrial sources in order to improve visibility throughout the Western United States. Mr. Massey has also served on the Board of Directors since 2010. In addition to his involvement with WRAP, Mr. Massey has served on the Board of Directors of the Western States Air Resources Council (WESTAR) since May 2011. WESTAR represents fifteen Western states, promotes the exchange of air quality information between the states, and serves as a forum to discuss western regional air quality issues of common concern and share resources for the common benefit of its member states. During his time on the Board of Directors, Mr. Massey served as Treasurer, and is currently the Vice President.
Kyle supports MAC6 Incubees and Thought Partners to ensure a rich program experience, while simultaneously engaging investors, entrepreneurs, and business and education leaders in Arizona and nationwide.
Kelly Mott Lacroix is a Research Analyst at the Water Resources Research Center in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona. She has a MS in Environmental and Healthy Cities Planning from the University of Arizona and is a PhD candidate in Arid Lands Resource Sciences. Prior to returning to graduate school at the University of Arizona, she worked for five years as a key member of the Arizona Department of Water Resources' (ADWR) Arizona Water Atlas project. Read more..
She has also worked with rural water providers in Arizona as the manager of ADWR's Community Water System Program and with diverse interests from across the state as a constituent services liaison for the Arizona State Senate. She is a Morris K. Udall Scholar, and has won a Central Arizona Project award for water research, the Arizona Water Association Fresh Ideas competition, and University of Arizona's Institute for the Environment's top prize for a research presentation at their annual Grad Blitz. Her current research is focused on understanding water for aquatic and riparian ecosystems in the context of an ever-changing political and natural environment.
Gary is currently Intel's Director of Global Citizenship in their Office of Corporate Responsibility where he focuses on sustainability, human rights and supply chain. Gary has worked inside of some of the world's most recognizable technology brands such as Apple, HP and Intel to make sure what they do to produce their products is as admirable as the products themselves. In pursuit of this goal, he works with stakeholders and organizations that corporations have traditionally shunned -- believing that your critics can be a valuable source of inspiration and enlightenment.
Tim O'Neal, Chief Operating Officer, has helped grow Goodwill of Central Arizona into one of the top nonprofit organizations in the United States. As a dynamic and inspirational executive, O'Neal has spearheaded the Retail and Client Services teams' efforts to achieve and surpass strategic goals. In fact, while serving as Vice President of Retail Operations from 1999 to 2007, O'Neal played a key role in increasing retail operations by 3000 percent, where he oversaw operations for 36 Goodwill stores in central Arizona. Read more..
In his current role as Chief Operating Officer, O'Neal is responsible for leading the Retail, Marketing, Construction, Development, Loss Prevention and Mission Services divisions, including responsibility for exceeding revenue, people served and people placed goals. He continues to drive best practices for customer service, donations and overall efficiency of the organization's operations. O'Neal holds a Certificate in Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management from the Harvard Business School Executive Education program. Lastly, O'Neal graduated in June 2010 from Goodwill Industries International's Executive Leadership Development program, which drives excellence, strategic planning and personal development skills for top executives in the industry.
Dan O'Neill is General Manager for the Sustainability Solutions Services for the Global Institute of Sustainability. In this role, he connects the sustainability needs of local and global stakeholders to the knowledge and delivery capabilities of ASU and its global network of partners through the delivery of real, practical, effective, affordable sustainability solutions. Prior to this role, he was a lecturer and program director for the Technology Entrepreneurship and Management program in the College of Technology and Innovation (TEM/CT). Read more..
Dan worked for ASU in the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development (OKED) as the Director of Venture Acceleration where he helped faculty, student, alumni and community entrepreneurs create and grow their ventures. For OKED, Dan helped create and grow the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative. Prior to ASU, Dan co-founded and ran Hologix, an enterprise software company backed by $25 million of venture capital. Dan is Past President of the Board of Trustees of Childsplay, Arizona's professional theater for young audiences, and past member of the boards of Arizona MultiBank and Navajo FlexCrete Building Systems. Dan has 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and community developer.
Carol A. Poore received her Ph.D. in Public Administration from Arizona State University. Her primary field of research focuses on community development and how vital networks create healthy and vibrant communities and urban revitalization. Her company, Phoenix Phabulous Experience, is piloting storytelling and storyboarding experiences in diverse communities to create civic engagement in partnership with government, community developers, arts/culture, higher education, and nonprofit organizations. Read more..
With a significant background in developing public-private partnerships and working with economic-development organizations, Dr. Poore served as president and CEO of Phoenix-based Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, the only nonprofit HIV/AIDS service organization in the United States providing integrated clinical trial research, prevention, and chronic disease wellness services to serve a population of 4 million. Dr. Poore's advocacy work has helped reduce healthcare disparities for those impacted by HIV/AIDS by addressing the many social determinants of change, such as lack of transportation, domestic violence, poverty, and stigma.
Dr. Poore raised more than $23M in six years during the economic downturn. From 2007 to 2013, she led the successful development of innovative, 55,000 square-foot community health and research center in Downtown Phoenix, to be named The Bob & Renee Parsons Center for Health, Education and Wellness. Dr. Poore also secured $3.6M in City of Phoenix bond financing, bringing government and community partners together in a complex municipal bond program to develop the one-stop, community-partnered health and educational center contributing to Downtown Phoenix revitalization. The Center provides a comprehensive, cost-effective model of health service delivery. Under her leadership, Southwest Center has helped bring 32 of the available 34 HIV/AIDS medications to market through its 17-year clinical trial history. She frequently served as a keynote speaker at health conferences.
As an award-winning creative director and copywriter, Robin has contributed to some of the world's best-known brands and organizations for three decades. Today, Robin is putting his energies towards building "citizen brands" and developing pro-social campaigns and initiatives working with clients such as Amnesty International, Cisco WebEx, Major League Baseball, Pabst Brewing, Rock the Vote, NRDC, USA Network, United Nations, Wal-Mart (sustainability initiative), and WWF Climate Savers. Read more..
He is perhaps best known as creator of the "Imagine" and "Instant Karma" campaigns for Amnesty International, based on the songs of John Lennon which ran in more than 65 countries, and his work at Chiat/Day in the 1980s, where he created the NYNEX Yellow Pages "Human Cartoons" campaign, voted one of Adweek's 25 Greatest Ad Campaigns. Robin previously co-founded Collaborate, where he led the development of integrated campaigns for Gore-Tex, Logitech, Philadelphia Eagles, Sierra Club, and Seagate, and before that, DAWG (Digital Artists & Writers Group), a creative boutique where he produced work for Coca-Cola, Citibank, Microsoft, General Motors, Guinness Brewing Company, Mastercard, PBS, and Virgin Records. He began his career at Hal Riney & Partners and Foote Cone Belding/SF, creating campaigns for AT&T, Blitz-Weinhard Brewery, Levi's, Coors, Gallo, and VISA. In 1990, Robin was named to AdWeek's Creative All-Stars list.
Patricia Reiter is the Director of Sustainability Solutions Initiatives for the Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS) at Arizona State University, overseeing the eight synergistic programs that comprise the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives. In her former role as Development Director for GIOS at Arizona State University, Reiter was an integral part of the team that refined concepts and negotiated the deliverables for the $27.5 M investment in the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiative. Read more..
She led the effort to identify priorities and articulate a vision of GIOS 3.0 that provided the context for the seven programs funded by this transformative investment. Through her cultivation of prospective investors, management of the Board of Directors for Sustainability at ASU, and collaborations with faculty, students and staff she built a strong foundation for moving GIOS forward. Reiter initially joined the ASU Foundation as special adviser, board liaison and chief of staff to the ASU Foundation President. She was also involved in the design and business strategy for SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center. Prior to joining the foundation, Reiter led large teams of staff and consultants delivering complex projects and optimized business operations for creative enterprises. She drove the successful completion of numerous multi-million dollar projects including two World's Fairs, three national heritage parks, 13 theaters, 300 units of multi-family housing, four galleries and several residences. She holds bachelor's degrees in fine arts and architecture from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from Simmons Graduate School of Business in Boston. Patricia's work is currently focused on impact investing, social enterprise models, and performance measurement for mission-driven enterprises. By employing design thinking and business acumen she will direct a team of professionals to move GIOS solution sets and methods into practice.
Adam Robbins has been in the LED industry exclusively since 1998. Mr. Robbins has assisted in LED adoption/conversion in municipalities, schools, commercial applications. Adam has also been integral in the design and implementation of various LED products including troffer replacement to high bay retrofits. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¨Cutting edge technologies in LED appear by the dozens each year and with the advent of active cooling systems can lead to not only extreme electricity savings but incredible longevity of these amazing lighting products.
John Sterling joined SEPA as Director of Utility Programs and Planning in March 2013. In this role, John is responsible for helping SEPA members develop strategic and operational plans for programs, products, and services that will drive the integration of solar resources into utility resource portfolios and business operations. Prior to joining SEPA, John spent 11 years with Arizona Public Service. During this time, John focused on utility regulation, power procurement, demand response and smart grid program development, and long-term resource planning issues. John has both a BS in Finance and an MBA from Arizona State University.
Henry Tazelaar is currently Chair of the Department of Pathology, Mayo Clinic in Arizona and Professor of Pathology at the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic. He has been on the staff of Mayo Clinic since 1988 and heavily involved in resident and fellow education and quality in both the laboratory and across the Mayo Clinic Enterprise. He is the author of over 290 peer-reviewed medical articles. He grew up picking up garbage and recycling in his father's trash business in the Chicago suburb and is currently Chair of the Mayo Clinic Foundation Green Advisory Group and the Mayo Clinic Arizona Green Committee.
Quinn Whissen is the co-founder of This Could Be PHX, a community engagement and urban awareness group in Downtown Phoenix. This Could Be PHX helps raise awareness about urban living and sustainability in Phoenix through monthly envisioning projects, educational blogs, and inspirational showcases — all done through a digital platform. Quinn helps lead the promotional efforts to engage the community in creative ways through content marketing strategies, community and individual partnerships, social media promotions, innovative design projects, and more. Read more..
The goals are simple: educate and inspire the people of Phoenix to envision the future they want to see for their city. Quinn is also the owner of Sukha Creative, a marketing and design consulting company that helps small businesses and entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life through content strategy, strategic design, and creative marketing.
Mary Wolf-Francis has 25 years professional experience building public private partnerships in the education, workforce and economic development arena at the local, state and national levels. With a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and a Masters Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix she seamlessly leads private and public sector entities toward common goals such as the creation of a YOB (Your Own Business) Fair and the Arizona Energy Consortium. Read more..
As a Business Liaison for the City of Phoenix she kept her finger on the pulse of emerging industries delivering industry intelligence to job seekers, tracking our local talent pool, identifying key training opportunities and working with hiring companies as our state emerged from the recession. In October of 2011 Mary transitioned to Community Liaison for DIRTT Environmental Solutions where she continues to be actively involved in the community proliferating messages of environmental and social responsibility. The Phoenix Business Journal named Ms. Wolf-Francis one of the top 25 women business leaders in January of 2012.
Roberto Yañez is a 27 year broadcast television veteran, who has served 17 of those years with the Univision Television Group (UTG). Prior to being named Vice President and General Manager of Univision Arizona, Roberto served as Vice President of News and Operations at KMEX Univision Los Angeles, UTG's flagship station. Under Roberto's leadership, KMEX was ranked the No. 1 newscast in the nation, regardless of language, according to Nielsen. Read more..
Roberto has created various opportunities that helped build the station's relationship with the community: Cadena de Gente Buena, El 34 Esta Aqui and Ya Es Hora. Roberto is a graduate of University of Texas, El Paso with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and also graduated from the UCLA Anderson School of Business Executive MBA program. Roberto is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Radio and Television News Director Association and the National Association of Broadcasters. Additionally, Roberto currently serves as a board member of the Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Valley of the Sun United Way's BUILD and Morrison Institute Latino Public Policy Center.
Todd Sanders is currently President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Arizona's largest and most established Chamber of Commerce. Prior to assuming his current role, he represented the interests of the business community at the State Legislature as Vice President of Public Affairs for the Phoenix Chamber. Prior to joining the Chamber, Todd served as a Policy Analyst for the Arizona House of Representatives in the areas of taxation, environment, political subdivisions and international trade. Read more..
He is a native of Bogotá, Colombia and a graduate of Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. Previous work experience also includes contract work for British Petroleum, South America. Todd serves on the Board of Directors for the following organizations: Friends of Public Radio, Esperanca, the Arizona-Mexico Commission, and CALA. Todd is married and a proud stepfather. He enjoys travel, politics, and participating in scouting with his son.
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