2017 Keynote Speakers
Vivek Ranadivé
Owner and Chairman, Sacramento Kings
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 27
Kings Welcome

Vivek Ranadivé is the owner and chairman of the Sacramento Kings. He is an entrepreneur, technology visionary, New York Times best-selling author and philanthropist recognized for his innovative thinking.

As a technology entrepreneur, he pioneered the use of real-time event processing software and created TIBCO, a multibillion dollar software company. In addition to digitizing Wall Street, his software became the central nervous system for most of the world’s largest companies and government agencies. He is known as “Mr. Real Time” which defines his belief that by getting the right information to the right place at the right time, you can make the world a better place. ...READ MORE

Vivek Ranadivé is the owner and chairman of the Sacramento Kings. He is an entrepreneur, technology visionary, New York Times best-selling author and philanthropist recognized for his innovative thinking.

As a technology entrepreneur, he pioneered the use of real-time event processing software and created TIBCO, a multibillion dollar software company. In addition to digitizing Wall Street, his software became the central nervous system for most of the world’s largest companies and government agencies. He is known as “Mr. Real Time” which defines his belief that by getting the right information to the right place at the right time, you can make the world a better place.

Ranadivé is a longtime basketball fan, which started when he coached his daughter’s middle school team. His coaching success was highlighted in a New Yorker magazine article by Malcolm Gladwell, as an example of innovators who win big by doing the unexpected and breaking the rules.

He started his foray into professional basketball when he became the co-owner and vice chairman of the Golden State Warriors NBA franchise in 2010.

In 2013, he became the first Indian majority owner of an NBA team when he purchased the Sacramento Kings, securing the team’s future in California’s capital city. Under Ranadivé’s leadership, the Kings are investing $1 billion in the downtown area, creating thousands of jobs, revitalizing the region and building the next great American city.

At the heart of the investment is Golden 1 Center, the new home of the Sacramento Kings. This 21st-century coliseum is the greenest and most technologically advanced arena in the world. Golden 1 Center is 100 percent solar powered and is the first sports venue in the world to earn LEED Platinum certification making it a model for innovative solutions to environmental challenges.

In 2016, Ranadivé founded venture capital fund Bow Capital in partnership with the University of California to invest in value-driven startups, many emerging from the UC system. The fund will help entrepreneurs who are using technology to create companies that advance society and make the world a better place.

As a young boy in his native Bombay, Ranadivé listened to the moon landing on the radio and was inspired at the age of 16 to leave India for Cambridge, Massachusetts. After earning both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT, he earned an MBA at Harvard where he was a Baker Scholar.

Darrell Steinberg
Mayor of Sacramento
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 27
Sacramento Welcome

Darrell Steinberg is one of Sacramento’s most accomplished public servants, serving the Sacramento community for over 20 years. As a young man, Steinberg bought his first home in Tahoe Park, where he and his wife Julie started their family. When Tahoe Park was having trouble with gangs, the neighborhood organized and formed the Tahoe Park Neighborhood Association, electing Darrell Steinberg as its first President. After a time, Darrell was elected to the City Council, where he focused on making neighborhoods safe, creating good jobs and providing quality after-school programs. Steinberg founded Sacramento START to help kids in our most challenged schools improve their test scores. Today, START is a model after-school program statewide. ...READ MORE

Darrell Steinberg is one of Sacramento’s most accomplished public servants, serving the Sacramento community for over 20 years. As a young man, Steinberg bought his first home in Tahoe Park, where he and his wife Julie started their family. When Tahoe Park was having trouble with gangs, the neighborhood organized and formed the Tahoe Park Neighborhood Association, electing Darrell Steinberg as its first President. After a time, Darrell was elected to the City Council, where he focused on making neighborhoods safe, creating good jobs and providing quality after-school programs. Steinberg founded Sacramento START to help kids in our most challenged schools improve their test scores. Today, START is a model after-school program statewide.

Darrell later ran for State Assembly and then State Senate, becoming the first Sacramentan to serve as President of the Senate in over 125 years. As the Senate leader, Darrell got things done by building coalitions to deliver results including guiding the state back to fiscal solvency during the economic downturn.

During his tenure in the legislature, Steinberg championed economic development, education reform, building sustainable communities and major investments in healthcare and education. He authored the Mental Health Services Act, the first of its kind in the nation that generates $2 billion dollars a year for people in need.

As Mayor, Darrell Steinberg will focus on diversifying Sacramento’s economy, attracting high wage employers and helping local businesses grow. He will connect our neighborhoods to city hall, making sure neighborhoods get the resources and attention they need to flourish and thrive.

Steinberg is committed to making Sacramento a city that is for and about youth, connecting our high school students to the 21st century jobs and working with local businesses to create to paid internships in every high school.

As a leader on mental health, Steinberg will combat homeless in Sacramento, creating permanent supportive housing with the services people need to end the cycle of homelessness for good.

Darrell Steinberg and his wife, Julie, have two children Jordana, 21 and Ari, 19. Darrell is a graduate of UCLA and UC Davis Law School.

Bill Walton
Basketball Legend & Ambassador for the Health of the Earth
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 27
Opening Keynote

Bill Walton is a retired professional basketball player and television sportscaster. Bill has had a prominent career in the NBA with the Trailblazers, Clippers, and Celtics. He was a league MVP and has won multiple NCAA and NBA championships. He remains active in basketball through clinics, camps, coaching, and television commentary with positions over the last 21 years with ABC, ESPN, NBC, CBS, Fox, MSNBC, Turner Sports, KCAL, NESN, and the NBA. Walton has also been inducted into the San Diego Breitbard Sports Hall of Fame, The UCLA Hall of Fame, the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame, the Boys and Girls Club Hall of Fame and the Guinness Hall of Brilliance. ...READ MORE

Bill Walton is a retired professional basketball player and television sportscaster. Bill has had a prominent career in the NBA with the Trailblazers, Clippers, and Celtics. He was a league MVP and has won multiple NCAA and NBA championships. He remains active in basketball through clinics, camps, coaching, and television commentary with positions over the last 21 years with ABC, ESPN, NBC, CBS, Fox, MSNBC, Turner Sports, KCAL, NESN, and the NBA. Walton has also been inducted into the San Diego Breitbard Sports Hall of Fame, The UCLA Hall of Fame, the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame, the Boys and Girls Club Hall of Fame and the Guinness Hall of Brilliance. In 2007, Walton was named one of the top 10 pundits in America by Forbes as well as one of the top 20 Business Athlete representatives by TSE Sports and Entertainment Group. In 2009, Walton was named one of the top 50 sports broadcasters of all time by the American Sportscasters Association, and named as the inaugural inductee into the Grateful Dead Hall of Honor. Walton is currently the Executive Chairman of Connect SD Sport Innovators (SDSI) and serves on the board of the Junior Seau foundation.

2017 Scheduled Speakers Include:
Chris Murphy
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Leveraging Existing Resources: How Effective Partnerships Can Improve Your Triple Bottom Line

Chris is in his second season as President of the Santa Cruz Warriors. In this role, Murphy oversees all operational aspects of the Warriors Development League franchise from a business standpoint. He comes to Santa Cruz after spending 10 years with the Golden State Warriors, performing a variety of roles on the ticketing side of the business. He began his career with the Warriors in June 2005 as a group sales account executive, and most recently served as the team’s Senior Director of Group Sales. ...READ MORE

Chris is in his second season as President of the Santa Cruz Warriors. In this role, Murphy oversees all operational aspects of the Warriors Development League franchise from a business standpoint. He comes to Santa Cruz after spending 10 years with the Golden State Warriors, performing a variety of roles on the ticketing side of the business. He began his career with the Warriors in June 2005 as a group sales account executive, and most recently served as the team’s Senior Director of Group Sales. Murphy also serves on the NBA D-League’s Team Leadership Council, where he collaborates with other league leaders to offer recommendations in connection with all matters involving the NBA D-League. A graduate of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, Murphy currently resides in Santa Cruz with his wife, KJ, son Connor (3), daughter Taylor (1), and dog Boots. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, gol­fing, and being outdoors.

Fahmida Ahmed
Director, Office of Sustainability, Stanford University
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Collegiate Update

Fahmida Ahmed directs Stanford University’s Office of Sustainability and the campus program Sustainable Stanford (sustainable.stanford.edu). She supports the Sustainability and Energy Management department’s long-term energy infrastructure planning; designs, implements, and directs outreach for sustainability programs; oversees business systems initiatives; chairs the Sustainability Working Group; and steers academic integration to aid program implementation. ...READ MORE

Fahmida Ahmed directs Stanford University’s Office of Sustainability and the campus program Sustainable Stanford (sustainable.stanford.edu). She supports the Sustainability and Energy Management department’s long-term energy infrastructure planning; designs, implements, and directs outreach for sustainability programs; oversees business systems initiatives; chairs the Sustainability Working Group; and steers academic integration to aid program implementation.

Chair of the Board of Directors for Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in 2015 and 2016, Fahmida received a 2012 Sustainability Champion Award by the California Higher Education Sustainability Consortium for her leadership in the sustainability arena. Before joining Stanford in 2008, she was the Sustainability Specialist at UC Berkeley, where she architected and managed its climate program (climateaction.berkeley.edu). Prior to her career in sustainability, Fahmida worked in financial services and the high-tech industry. As marketing manager at Siebel Systems (Now Oracle Inc.) and project manager in Providian Financial (now Washington Mutual), her initiatives focused on cross-functional program design and implementation.

Fahmida earned a B.A. in Economics from Smith College and a Master’s in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her academic apprenticeships include positions at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Lindsay Arell
Lead Strategist and Consultant to Eagles, Honeycomb Strategies
SPEAKING:
Thursday, June 29
Creating a Sustainability ECCO System: Case Studies from the Eagles and Packers on Making a Difference in their Community

Lindsay Arell is the founder and lead strategist of Honeycomb Strategies, a firm focused on working with clients to go beyond sustainability programs that simply reduce energy and implement recycling. Instead, the goal of Honeycomb Strategies is to create programs with purpose, because we understand purpose drives performance. Ms. Arell is a LEED AP and has received many recognitions for her efforts to further the sustainability of the hospitality and events industry including: Convention Industry Council 2014 PaceSetter Award for Sustainability, “Top 40 Under 40” by Connect Meeting Magazine, “2012 Industry Innovator” by BizBash Magazine. She is also a current member of the Mayor’s Advisory Council for Sustainability for the City of Denver, a member of the Convention Industry Council’s Sustainability Leadership Council, and Past-Chair of the ASTM E60.02 Committee on Hospitality Sustainability 2012-2016.

Elaine Aye
Associate/Regional Manager, Green Building Services
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Creating a Comfortable Environment to Increase Fan Experience

As Associate/Regional Manager of Green Building Services (GBS), Elaine Aye leads one of the country’s premier sustainability consulting and technical services firms. Elaine has spearheaded national green building milestones over the past decade with an emphasis on efficient design through operations of existing buildings. Her extensive background in interior design and architectural discipline gives her a unique perspective on occupant behavior and building operations. She combines this insight with a deep understanding of organizational culture to effect widespread change, enhancing both corporate and building sustainability. ...READ MORE

As Associate/Regional Manager of Green Building Services (GBS), Elaine Aye leads one of the country’s premier sustainability consulting and technical services firms. Elaine has spearheaded national green building milestones over the past decade with an emphasis on efficient design through operations of existing buildings. Her extensive background in interior design and architectural discipline gives her a unique perspective on occupant behavior and building operations. She combines this insight with a deep understanding of organizational culture to effect widespread change, enhancing both corporate and building sustainability. Since 2000, Elaine has served as an ambassador for the USGBC and Green Building Certification Institute, and was awarded the prestigious designation of LEED Fellow in 2012. She has made more than 25 major conference presentations over the last decade, and has contributed articles to industry publications. As a consultant, she has been involved with more than 100 buildings and their project teams worldwide. She served as a member of the LEED-CI (Commercial Interiors) Core Committee, and has taught industry professionals and students about green building. Her efforts assisting the “greening” of the Rose Garden Arena (Moda Center) in Portland led her to help create The Green Sports Alliance, a national non-profit that promotes sustainability in the sports and entertainment industries. Her influence on diverse precedent-setting projects ranging from operations and maintenance of existing buildings, commercial interiors, and state-of-the-art assembly spaces to corporate campuses and LEED volume certifications distinguishes her in the green building industry. She was named Woman Executive of the Year for Small/Medium size Companies by the Portland Business Journal as part of their 2015 Women of Influence Orchid Awards. In 2014 she was honored by the Portland DJC with a Women of Vision Award, and in 2012 received an Orchid Award, the Portland Business Journal’s highest honor of achievement for women of influence.

Todd Brandel
Director of Energy Procurement, Goby
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Sustainability & Data – Making Sense out of a Crowded Marketplace

Todd Brandel is the Director of Product Management and Energy Procurement at Goby. Goby is a recognized North American leader in enabling Better Run Buildings via its could-based software platform that tracks, monitors, and optimizes whole-building and whole-portfolio energy and sustainability performance. Goby users annually manage more than 750 million sq ft from the cloud, and the US EPA has recognized Goby with its ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award after achieving Partner of the Year for 2014, 2015, and 2016. ...READ MORE

Todd Brandel is the Director of Product Management and Energy Procurement at Goby. Goby is a recognized North American leader in enabling Better Run Buildings via its could-based software platform that tracks, monitors, and optimizes whole-building and whole-portfolio energy and sustainability performance. Goby users annually manage more than 750 million sq ft from the cloud, and the US EPA has recognized Goby with its ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award after achieving Partner of the Year for 2014, 2015, and 2016.
Upon graduating from Miami (OH) University in 1999, Todd and a group of classmates started greeting card service that began as a project for an Entrepreneurship class. Todd left the company in 2003 to attend law school at Northwestern University, graduating in 2005. Todd then practiced commercial litigation for several years in Chicago, representing clients in a broad range of disputes. He left the law for the packaging industry in 2010, where he helped patent and license a new method of manufacturing carded blister packaging that was subsequently adopted by leading CPGs and multinational packaging supply companies.
With his passion for entrepreneurship and sustainability reinvigorated, Todd joined Goby in 2015 to help re-launch Goby’s energy procurement department. In March of 2017, Todd took on a new role of Product Manager for Goby, being responsible for all aspects of the product, the user experience, and the future roadmap. Todd also handles much of the legal work and contract drafting and negotiation for Goby.
Todd is an avid golfer, sports fan, and craft beer enthusiast. He and his wife Michele live in Chicago with their rambunctious 1.5-year old beagle mix, Buster.

Ryan Colker
Director of the Consultative Council/Presidential Advisor, National Institute of Building Sciences
SPEAKING:
Thursday, June 29
Make it Last: Sustainable Solutions for Existing Venues

Ryan M. Colker is Director of the Consultative Council and Presidential Advisor at the National Institute of Building Sciences where he is responsible for leading the development of findings and recommendations on behalf of the entire building community and transmitting those recommendations to Congress and the Administration. He also serves as staff director of the Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate; the National Council of Governments on Building Codes and Standards; the Off-Site Construction Council and the Sustainable Building Industry Council. ...READ MORE

Ryan M. Colker is Director of the Consultative Council and Presidential Advisor at the National Institute of Building Sciences where he is responsible for leading the development of findings and recommendations on behalf of the entire building community and transmitting those recommendations to Congress and the Administration. He also serves as staff director of the Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate; the National Council of Governments on Building Codes and Standards; the Off-Site Construction Council and the Sustainable Building Industry Council. Prior to joining the Institute, he served as Manager of Government Affairs for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) where he contributed to the development of a robust government affairs program. While at ASHRAE, he assisted in the formation of the High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus and contributed to the development and piloting of the Building Energy Quotient, ASHRAE’s building energy labeling program. Previously, Colker served as the Program Director of the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation, where he was the lead staff member in charge of interdisciplinary programs for a 14-member consortium of natural resource professional and scientific organizations. He is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School with a Juris Doctor, and holds a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, in environmental policy from the University of Florida.

Krista Daniszewski
Sustainability Programs Specialist, Engineering Division, Township of Langley
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Leveraging Existing Resources: How Effective Partnerships Can Improve Your Triple Bottom Line

Krista is a Sustainability Programs Specialist with the Township of Langley municipal government near Vancouver BC, Canada. In her position, she manages the corporate recycling program for 28 facilities including the Langley Events Centre, home to the Vancouver Giants junior hockey and Vancouver Stealth lacrosse teams. Krista also develops public engagement campaigns, and was recently responsible for creating and implementing a communications strategy for major changes to residential waste collection affecting nearly 23,000 households. ...READ MORE

Krista is a Sustainability Programs Specialist with the Township of Langley municipal government near Vancouver BC, Canada. In her position, she manages the corporate recycling program for 28 facilities including the Langley Events Centre, home to the Vancouver Giants junior hockey and Vancouver Stealth lacrosse teams. Krista also develops public engagement campaigns, and was recently responsible for creating and implementing a communications strategy for major changes to residential waste collection affecting nearly 23,000 households. Krista has a Geography degree from McMaster University, and a Master’s Degree in Urban Studies from Simon Fraser University. She is also an accredited LEED Green Associate. In her spare time, Krista can be found hiking or snowshoeing in the local mountains.

Shana Daum
Vice President, Public Affairs & Community Relations, San Francisco Giants
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 27
Women, Sports & the Environment Symposium

Shana Daum’s career in sports media and public relations spans two decades and includes stops with four professional Bay Area teams, including the Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Spiders (International Hockey League), San Jose Lasers (American Basketball League) and San Francisco Giants. Daum initially joined the Giants in 1999 to assist with the public relations efforts during the final construction phase of AT&T Park, what was originally named Pacific Bell Park, as well as its opening celebrations. ...READ MORE

Shana Daum’s career in sports media and public relations spans two decades and includes stops with four professional Bay Area teams, including the Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Spiders (International Hockey League), San Jose Lasers (American Basketball League) and San Francisco Giants. Daum initially joined the Giants in 1999 to assist with the public relations efforts during the final construction phase of AT&T Park, what was originally named Pacific Bell Park, as well as its opening celebrations. Since 2001, she has overseen public affairs and community relations, primarily responsible for managing the Giants community programs and initiatives as well as the business public relations and media activities for the Giants and AT&T Park. In addition, Daum manages player relations and works on a number of special events, including 18 Opening Day ceremonies, four World Series appearances and three World Series Parades, three World Champion Trophy Tours, Tim Lincecum’s No-Hitter Commemoration and Matt Cain’s Perfect Game Celebration, the World Baseball Classic, 2007 MLB All-Star Game, Barry Bonds’ historic home run pursuit and the organization’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Daum has served as an instructor of public relations and strategic communications in the Sports Management Master’s Program at the University of San Francisco and also served as media director for the East-West Shrine Football Game. She is a graduate of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce’s 2002/03 Leadership San Francisco Program.

Before entering the sports world, Daum spent five years as a senior account executive with the public affairs firm of Kearns & West, Inc. in San Francisco.

Daum graduated from the University of California, Davis in 1988, and earned her master’s degree from the University of San Francisco in 1992. She was born and raised in Stockton and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1984. Daum resides in Oakland with her husband, Rick, and their daughters, Eleanor (18) and Grace (15).

Steve Davies
Director, Public Affairs & Communications, NatureWorks
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 27
Thought Leadership Forum

Steve leads marketing & public affairs globally for NatureWorks, a company formed with the mission of bringing to market a broad family of naturally advanced, renewably sourced materials. He is responsible for the company’s cradle-to-cradle strategy, including feedstocks sourcing and strategy, product recovery strategies, and for managing the company’s external communications and media relations. Previously as NatureWorks’ global marketing director, Steve was responsible for market development with Ingeo plastics in rigid and flexible packaging, food service-ware and durable goods, and with Ingeo fibers in apparel, personal care, home and garden.

Chris DeVolder
Vice President | Sustainable Design Leader, Sports + Recreation + Entertainment, HOK
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Health & Wellness Spotlight: Protecting Athletes, Coaches and Administration via Sustainable Design

As a project leader and the sustainable design leader for HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice, Chris DeVolder has more than 20 years of experience designing environmentally responsible facilities for sports, civic, commercial and residential markets. Known for his thought leadership in the green sports movement, Chris has led sustainability initiatives and the LEED certification process for projects throughout the US and Canada. His creative and technical skills have advanced the way the design profession approaches sports venues, not just in the design and construction process, but with sustainable operations and programming as well. ...READ MORE

As a project leader and the sustainable design leader for HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice, Chris DeVolder has more than 20 years of experience designing environmentally responsible facilities for sports, civic, commercial and residential markets. Known for his thought leadership in the green sports movement, Chris has led sustainability initiatives and the LEED certification process for projects throughout the US and Canada. His creative and technical skills have advanced the way the design profession approaches sports venues, not just in the design and construction process, but with sustainable operations and programming as well.

Chris’ expertise and commitment to sustainable design has shaped notable facilities and districts including the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium Renovation, MetLife Stadium and Southern Methodist University’s Moody Coliseum Renovation. Currently, he is the sustainability project director on Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, and Rogers Place, an arena for the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, as well as the project leader for the sports-related components of Notre Dame’s $400 million Campus Crossroads project. Chris also serves as the co-leader of HOK’s soccer market, working with clients across North and South America.

As co-chair of the Green Sports Alliance Corporate Membership Network Steering Committee and the USGBC National LEED User Group for sports venue development, Chris is focused on redefining sustainability and best practices within the profession. In addition, he recently led the Council for Responsible Sport green certification of the WinforKC Triathlon in Kansas City for the third consecutive year.

Chris’ work in sustainable sports facility design has been recognized internationally by publications like The Philosophy of Sustainable Design, Sports Illustrated, Greenability, Sports Business Journal and Stadia. A frequent speaker, Chris has presented with organizations like the USGBC, The Canadian GBC, The Green Sports Alliance, and most recently, at COP21, the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris. In addition, he is a fellow and lecturer at Presidio’s MBA Course on sports and sustainability and is a graduate of the Kansas City Chamber’s Centurions Leadership Program.

Prior to joining HOK, Chris was a project leader with 360 Architecture and a project architect with Ellerbe Becket. He has a Bachelor of Architecture and graduate studies from the University of Kansas.

Erik Distler
Director of Partnerships, Green Sports Alliance
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Sports on the Move: Embracing Sustainability at Sports Events and Broadcasts

Erik is the Director of Partnerships at the Green Sports Alliance with responsibility for leading and overseeing external strategic partnerships, sponsorships and membership, in addition to leading the Alliance’s collaboration with ESPN as an environmental and strategic corporate social responsibility advisor. Before joining the Alliance, Erik was a management consultant within the Sustainable Business Solutions practice at PwC, with prior professional experience predominantly within accounting and finance. Erik holds of Masters of Public Administration (MPA) in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School and an undergraduate degree from Iowa State University with Honors & High Distinction in Accounting and Finance.

Michael Dohnert
Senior Director, Ballpark Operations, New York Mets, Citi Field
SPEAKING:
Thursday, June 29
Make it Last: Sustainable Solutions for Existing Venues

Michael began his career with the New York Mets in 1999 as an intern in the Stadium Operations department while at Shea Stadium. Now Senior Director, Ballpark Operations for the New York Mets ballpark, Citi Field, which opened in 2009. His day to day operations include assisting in the maintenance and operation of the ballpark and oversight of in-house labor (engineers, plumbers, electricians, utility / grounds crew), life safety, vertical transportation, trash removal as well as all structural issues, repairs and financial analysis of the department. He is spearheading the current, and future, sustainability efforts of the ballpark and is solely responsible for the data collection, benchmarking and reporting of the results.

John Doonan
Director of Motorsports North America, Mazda
SPEAKING:
Thursday, June 29
Purpose-Driven Platforms: Sponsorship Activation Aligned with Environmental & Social Sustainability

As director of motorsports for Mazda North American Operations (MNAO), John Doonan develops the overall strategy and manages Mazda’s motorsport programs in North America. The motorsports program includes numerous professional racing series in two major categories. In sports car racing, Doonan head the Mazda Road to 24, a program that provides a clear ladder system to help drivers climb from grassroots racing to the top level of sports car racing in North America. ...READ MORE

As director of motorsports for Mazda North American Operations (MNAO), John Doonan develops the overall strategy and manages Mazda’s motorsport programs in North America. The motorsports program includes numerous professional racing series in two major categories. In sports car racing, Doonan head the Mazda Road to 24, a program that provides a clear ladder system to help drivers climb from grassroots racing to the top level of sports car racing in North America. This features the Mazda Prototype program in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship as well as Mazda Prototype Lites presented by Cooper Tires, the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and the new Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires. In open-wheel racing, the Mazda Road to Indy program provides a similar ladder for drivers as they traverse the Cooper Tires USF2000 Series powered by Mazda, the Pro Mazda series presented by Cooper Tires and the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tire.

In grassroots racing, Mazda-powered machines comprise more than 50 percent of all entries.

Doonan joined Mazda in 2003 as the regional advertising manager in the Midwest region. In 2005, Doonan became manager, motorsports and team development and was promoted to director of motorsports in 2011.

Doonan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Augustana College and an MBA from Western Illinois University. Doonan lives with his wife and three children in Plainfield, IL.

Charlotte Dreizen
Project Associate, GreenBlue
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
From Sourcing to Sorting: Innovations in Waste Management

Charlotte Dreizen is a Project Associate with GreenBlue, a non-profit that advances the sustainable materials economy and runs the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. Charlotte works in GreenBlue’s composting initiatives including the Composting Collaborative, an industry platform for the composting supply chain, and leads research exploring the role of compostable packaging in food-service operations. In addition, she develops educational offerings like GreenBlue’s Essentials of Sustainable Packaging course. Ranging from high-level policy work to working in the field at waste characterizations, she leverages a diverse background in sustainability from the green building and international development spaces. In the athletic world, Charlotte is a rowing coach with eight years of experience and has obtained four ultra-distance rowing world records.

Adam Duvendeck
Director of Operations, StubHub Center
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Venues & Teams Working Together to Leverage Sustainability-Focused Fan Engagement

Adam Duvendeck currently works for AEG as Director of Operations for StubHub Center (SHC) in Carson, CA. Duvendeck oversees operations for StubHub Center which features an 8,000-seat tennis stadium, a 27,000-seat stadium for soccer, football and other athletic competitions and outdoor concerts; a 2,000-seat facility for track & field and a 2,450-seat indoor Velodrome – the VELO Sports Center – for track cycling. ...READ MORE

Adam Duvendeck currently works for AEG as Director of Operations for StubHub Center (SHC) in Carson, CA. Duvendeck oversees operations for StubHub Center which features an 8,000-seat tennis stadium, a 27,000-seat stadium for soccer, football and other athletic competitions and outdoor concerts; a 2,000-seat facility for track & field and a 2,450-seat indoor Velodrome – the VELO Sports Center – for track cycling.
Prior to working at StubHub Center, Duvendeck coached the U.S. Paralympic track cycling team, where he worked with riders from development stages to the elite level, and founded Momentum Coaching Group, a coaching company dedicated to all cycling disciplines, as well as triathlon. He has also served as the head sprint coach for the Canadian national track cycling team and the head cycling coach at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Duvendeck competed in two Olympics and has served for many years as an Olympian mentor for local community organizations targeting fitness education at local elementary schools. He currently sits on the board of directors for USA Cycling and the Southern California Olympians and Paralympians Association.
His diverse background of athletic competition, event and facility management has provided him a unique perspective in the sports world as both an athlete and manager.

Amanda Ellis
Manager, Community Relations and Kings Care Foundation, LA Kings
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Venues & Teams Working Together to Leverage Sustainability-Focused Fan Engagement

Amanda Ellis serves as the Manager of Community Relations for the LA Kings. Among her duties, Amanda works to engage the team with operational and practical opportunities to reduce their environmental footprint. With the launch LA Kings Green, the LA Kings have committed to bringing awareness to the most critical environmental issues and driving positive impact in collaboration with STAPLES Center and AEG 1EARTH.
Amanda also serves on the board of Kings Care Foundation, the charitable arm of the LA Kings, which provides health services, educational programs and recreational opportunities for children and families in Los Angeles.

Roger Elu
Chief Engineer, Forty Niners Stadium Management Company
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Health & Wellness Spotlight: Protecting Athletes, Coaches and Administration via Sustainable Design

Roger Elu has over 27 years’ experience in facility engineering including Operation and Maintenance, manage O&M annual budget, Capital improvement construction support and the implementation of cost effective energy retrofits and experienced in LEED EBOM certification process (2010 AT&T Park – LEED Silver EBOM, 2015 AT&T Park – LEED Gold EBOM Recertification and 2015 Levi’s Stadium LEED EBOM Certification). ...READ MORE

Roger Elu has over 27 years’ experience in facility engineering including Operation and Maintenance, manage O&M annual budget, Capital improvement construction support and the implementation of cost effective energy retrofits and experienced in LEED EBOM certification process (2010 AT&T Park – LEED Silver EBOM, 2015 AT&T Park – LEED Gold EBOM Recertification and 2015 Levi’s Stadium LEED EBOM Certification).

Over the last 17 years Roger has been in the Sports Facility industry, working with commissioning agents to start up AT&T Park in 1999/2000 and continuing on with the San Francisco Giants Organization and MLB on multiple Post Season events. These events include playoff games, World Series preparation, All-Star game in 2007 and several major scale concert and corporate events before coming to the 49ers at Levi’s Stadium as Chief Engineer in February of 2015. Since then Roger oversees all MEP systems operations and has supported all of Levi’s Stadium 2015 major scale concerts, corporate events and the 49ers Football season along with preparation and support for Super Bowl 50.

Val Fishman
Chief Development Officer, BEF
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
What Floats & What Sinks: Lessons Learned in Stakeholder Engagement and Storytelling Around Water

Val Fishman is BEF’s Chief Development Officer, where she leads sustainability partnerships with pro sports teams, companies, and universities to support water stewardship programs that include public and stakeholder engagement. Val is a corporate sustainability authority, educating businesses and consumers on energy and environmental water stewardship. She has authored several articles and hosted numerous corporate panels on the topic of corporate sustainability and water stewardship. Her leadership on the Change the Course national water campaign with National Geographic and Participant Media enabled the Colorado Basin initiative to expand across North America. She leads fundraising and corporate sponsorship for the Business for Water Stewardship, a network of businesses focused on securing water for business, nature and communities.

Ashley Gravlee
Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Novelis, Inc.
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
From Sourcing to Sorting: Innovations in Waste Management

Ashley Gravlee is Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility for Novelis, the global leader in aluminum rolled products and the world’s largest recycler of used aluminum cans. In this role, Ms. Gravlee is responsible for the development and execution of the company’s global charitable investment and volunteer program. Ms. Gravlee earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Ms. Gravlee is a member of The Conference Board’s Global Social Investing Council and Corporate Volunteer Council of Atlanta. Ms. Gravlee is on the board of directors for CannedWater4Kids and the Walton Robotics Foundation. She also serves on Metro Atlanta Chamber’s board of advisory for Atlanta Partners for Education.

Michele Grossman
Managing Principal, Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility, Waste Management
SPEAKING:
Thursday, June 29
From Clubs to Tournaments: Sustainability Solutions across the Golf Industry

Michele is a Managing Principal with 20 years of experience in the environmental field helping customers obtain their sustainability objectives, concentrating on the triple bottom line while ensuring brand and quality is not compromised. Since joining Waste Management in 2009, she has supported a diverse portfolio of projects, relishing the sharing of best practices among various Fortune 500 customers. Her current areas of focus are CSR reporting and sustainable sports. ...READ MORE

Michele is a Managing Principal with 20 years of experience in the environmental field helping customers obtain their sustainability objectives, concentrating on the triple bottom line while ensuring brand and quality is not compromised. Since joining Waste Management in 2009, she has supported a diverse portfolio of projects, relishing the sharing of best practices among various Fortune 500 customers. Her current areas of focus are CSR reporting and sustainable sports.

Michele leads enterprise-wide data collection for WM’s greenhouse gas reporting and third party verification; survey responses to CDP, resulting in achieving Climate A List status; and is currently developing science-based targets. She enjoys working with customers on waste diversion strategies that move beyond zero waste to refocus on the environmental benefits.

Michele also develops programs for events and venues to prioritize sustainability goals through customized policies, plans, training, education and communications. Beyond waste, these programs include identifying sustainable sponsorship opportunities, water conservation and restoration, using renewable energy and alternative fuels, greenhouse gas emissions tracking and mitigation, community legacy, communicating success and reporting.

Since 2010, Michele has been the Sustainability Lead at Waste Management Phoenix Open, the largest zero waste event in the world. Success is based on engaging all stakeholders, including operations, vendors, organizers, sponsors, and community and business leaders. The WMPO initiatives are third-party verified, guided by internationally-recognized Standards. The event has reporting its carbon footprint since 2010.

Michele is a LEED AP and Climate Reality Leader with a B.A. in Communications from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Concordia University. She sits on the Board of the Council for Responsible Sport, is fluent in GRI framework and was awarded the 2013 Rosie Award recognizing influential women in the recycling, waste and sustainability industry.

Moira Hafer
Sustainability Specialist, Department of Sustainability & Energy Management, Stanford University
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
From Sourcing to Sorting: Innovations in Waste Management

Moira serves as a Sustainability Specialist in the Department of Sustainability & Energy Management at Stanford University. Her work includes coordination of Stanford’s overarching sustainability in Athletics program as well as management of several campus-wide sustainability programs, from plug load energy reduction initiatives to holiday building shutdowns. Moira is also responsible for compilation and analysis of metrics for sustainability reporting at Stanford. Before joining Stanford, Moira served as the Program Manager for a residential energy efficiency program, where she trained volunteers to perform energy-saving home visits for local residents. Moira graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Environmental Science.

Alexandra Harry
Senior Program Associate, Commercial Real Estate Engagement, Institute for Market Transformation
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Sustainability & Data – Making Sense out of a Crowded Marketplace

As a senior associate with the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), Alexandra Harry works on the Market Engagement team. Alex develops cooperative working relationships with landlords, tenants and property management groups, and trade associates in order to devise long-term energy efficiency transformation on topics such as green leases, plug load reduction, and small business energy management. Alex works with varied audiences including building owners, tenants, chambers of commerce, utility alliances, and consultants. Last year, Alex wrote a market study about EMIS called Transforming the Market through Energy Management Information Systems. ...READ MORE

As a senior associate with the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), Alexandra Harry works on the Market Engagement team. Alex develops cooperative working relationships with landlords, tenants and property management groups, and trade associates in order to devise long-term energy efficiency transformation on topics such as green leases, plug load reduction, and small business energy management. Alex works with varied audiences including building owners, tenants, chambers of commerce, utility alliances, and consultants. Last year, Alex wrote a market study about EMIS called Transforming the Market through Energy Management Information Systems. Prior to joining IMT, Alex worked at Paladino and Company, ushering 21 new and existing buildings through the LEED certification process totaling over 7.2 million square feet. Alex holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in commercial real estate with a focus on finance from Georgetown University. Alex is a LEED AP EBOM.

Oppong Hemeng
Athletics Sustainability Coordinator, University of Florida
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Fans First: How the Collegiate Community Can Drive Sustainable Change

Oppong is the Sustainability Coordinator for the University Athletic Association at the University of Florida. He assists with the event management for a number of varsity sport programs as well as other major events hosted in the Florida Gators athletics facilities. His main focus is developing sustainability projects; educating the UF community about environmental, social, and economic sustainability efforts; and assessing the impact and outcomes of these initiatives. ...READ MORE

Oppong is the Sustainability Coordinator for the University Athletic Association at the University of Florida. He assists with the event management for a number of varsity sport programs as well as other major events hosted in the Florida Gators athletics facilities. His main focus is developing sustainability projects; educating the UF community about environmental, social, and economic sustainability efforts; and assessing the impact and outcomes of these initiatives. Oppong plays an integral part in the execution of campus-wide sustainability goals of the athletic department. He also reviews departmental activities in transportation, procurement, utilities, waste, food/dining, and water. Coming from a recreational sports background, Oppong is a member of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Sustainability Community of Practice Committee. Oppong holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and Political Science from the University of Houston and a Master of Science in Sport Management University of Florida.

Julia Landauer
Championship Winning Driver, NASCAR

Julia Landauer is a 2-time championship winning NASCAR racer from New York City. Having won in many different types of racing in her 15 year career, Julia is now making history with her results in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, which televises races on NBCSN. Julia is also a graduate of Stanford University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Science, Technology, and Society. In January 2017, Forbes listed Julia as a 30 Under 30 honoree in the sports division. Having established herself as a sought after motivational speaker, Julia uses her platform to advocate for STEM education and women’s empowerment.

Sean Langer
Director of Operations, Gila River Arena
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Venues & Teams Working Together to Leverage Sustainability-Focused Fan Engagement

Sean M. Langer has been an integral part of Arena Operations for the last 20 years. He has worked for three NHL arenas, and has been involved in several arena start up projects. Langer has served on the Board of Directors for the NHL Operations Committee and is currently a member of the Green Sports Alliance. ...READ MORE

Sean M. Langer has been an integral part of Arena Operations for the last 20 years. He has worked for three NHL arenas, and has been involved in several arena start up projects. Langer has served on the Board of Directors for the NHL Operations Committee and is currently a member of the Green Sports Alliance.

In his present position with AEG Facilities as Director of Operations for Gila River Arena (Glendale, AZ), Langer is responsible for arena operations such as building conversion, housekeeping, engineering, maintenance and production services. The 18,000-seat Gila River Arena is home to the Arizona Coyotes NHL Hockey Team and hosts a verity of other events, such as concerts and family shows.

In his spare time, Langer enjoys endurance trail running and mountain biking. He resides in Peoria, Arizona where he loves spending time with his wife and two children. The Langer family is very involved in their church, and they stay busy with family activities seven days a week.

Steve Levine
President and CEO, Clean Air Group, Inc.
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Health & Wellness Spotlight: Protecting Athletes, Coaches and Administration via Sustainable Design

Steve Levine is the founder and President/CEO of Clean Air Group, Inc. of Fairfield, CT, a company he founded in 2004 dedicated to providing cleaner, healthier air to indoor spaces. Under Steve’s leadership, Clean Air Group has created a stable of innovative, proprietary indoor environmental technologies designed to significantly improve the quality of a wide range of indoor building environments. Steve positioned the company to focus on situations where the well-being of people is improved and sustained even in difficult indoor surroundings. Clean Air Group’s brands include the AtmosAir Solutions line of air purification products for commercial and residential use. CAG has expanded its reach with the opening of offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai. ...READ MORE

Steve Levine is the founder and President/CEO of Clean Air Group, Inc. of Fairfield, CT, a company he founded in 2004 dedicated to providing cleaner, healthier air to indoor spaces. Under Steve’s leadership, Clean Air Group has created a stable of innovative, proprietary indoor environmental technologies designed to significantly improve the quality of a wide range of indoor building environments. Steve positioned the company to focus on situations where the well-being of people is improved and sustained even in difficult indoor surroundings. Clean Air Group’s brands include the AtmosAir Solutions line of air purification products for commercial and residential use. CAG has expanded its reach with the opening of offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Mr. Levine brings over 30 years of experience in building and leading companies. Prior to Clean Air Group, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Protective Alarms, the largest independent security company in Connecticut.

As a business leader, Mr. Levine actively supports the industries in which his companies operate. Today, he represents the indoor air quality industry as industry liaison in his Board position with the National Green Energy Council. He is also very involved with both industry groups ASHRAE and the US Green Building Council.

In addition to his business involvement, Mr. Levine uses his personal time to support others in need. He has served as Founder and Chairman of the Pro Sports Challenge for over twenty years. The Pro Sports Challenge is a fundraising event that has raised over $1M to support the quality of life of developmentally disabled adults living at the Lower Fairfield Center, a state-run group home in Norwalk, CT.

Kevin Lewis
Sports Practice Director & Senior Vice-President, Henderson Engineers
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Health & Wellness Spotlight: Protecting Athletes, Coaches and Administration via Sustainable Design

Kevin Lewis is the sports practice director and a senior vice president at Henderson Engineers. A professional engineer and LEED AP with more than 16 years of experience, he is actively involved in the design and oversight of a wide range of sports facility projects ranging from collegiate to professional, including numerous high-profile arenas, stadiums, and practice facilities nationwide. Recent projects include The Ford Center at The Star, LA Stadium and Entertainment District at Hollywood Park, and the Sacramento Kings’ Golden 1 Center and practice facility

Lauren Lichterman
Operations and Events Coordinator, Intercollegiate Athletics, The University of Texas
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Fans First: How the Collegiate Community Can Drive Sustainable Change

Lauren Lichterman began her career with Texas Athletics as an intern in the Marketing department in 2007 and was hired full-time in 2010. Now as an Operations and Events Coordinator, she is responsible for the Fan Services, Stadium Tours, and Sustainability programs. Her work includes organizing sustainability efforts in all Athletics programs, specifically focusing on the campus zero waste goal of the year 2020. Lauren graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Sport Management.

Kaela Martins
Zero Waste Coordinator, Center for Sustainability, University of Denver
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
A Roadmap: Improving Campus Sustainability Utilizing the Power of Sports

Kaela Martins is the Zero Waste Coordinator at the Center for Sustainability. She has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Denver (DU) and is pursuing her Masters Degree in Environmental Policy and Management from DU. Her work experience includes the Denver Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Denver Arts & Venues, and Denver Recycles. She started at the Center for Sustainability in 2014 working to excel zero waste hockey and encouraging composting in the residence halls. Kaela has continued her role at the Center promoting proper waste decisions across campus. From zero waste sports and events, to building level waste audits and proper bin parity, Kaela looks to increase DU’s diversion rate over the next couple years!

Aubrey McCormick
Principal, IMPACT360 Sports & Former Professional Golfer
SPEAKING:
Thursday, June 29
Purpose-Driven Platforms: Sponsorship Activation Aligned with Environmental & Social Sustainability

Aubrey McCormick is Principal of IMPACT360 Sports, a sustainability consulting company focused on whole-value environmental, social, and economic sustainability within golf and the sport industry. She is a professional golfer with over 15 years of experience in the industry, ranging from tournament competition, television and media, and public and private club operations and maintenance. McCormick is a certified LPGA T&CP professional and collaborates with numerous organizations, to develop programs that better serve underprivileged youth, disabled youth, and wounded veterans. ...READ MORE

Aubrey McCormick is Principal of IMPACT360 Sports, a sustainability consulting company focused on whole-value environmental, social, and economic sustainability within golf and the sport industry. She is a professional golfer with over 15 years of experience in the industry, ranging from tournament competition, television and media, and public and private club operations and maintenance. McCormick is a certified LPGA T&CP professional and collaborates with numerous organizations, to develop programs that better serve underprivileged youth, disabled youth, and wounded veterans.

In 2012, McCormick took a hiatus from competition golf, to serve as a foster care mentor and Donor Manager of Green America, a DC based non-profit that promotes ethical consumerism. McCormick starred on the NBC Golf Channel hit show, “The Big Break” and was named the First Green Golfer. She has been featured on numerous Golf Channel television broadcasts, international interviews, international radio stations, and served as a model ambassador for Cleveland Golf.

McCormick led as Director of Development for Eco-Coach, a DC based sustainability consulting firm, where she spearheaded the business case for whole-value sustainability consulting in the golf industry. McCormick’s new market development expertise, led to a strategic partnership with the Pet Sustainability Coalition, where she develops association and corporate partnerships to drive sustainable impact in the pet industry.

McCormick earned an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School, a program ranked #1 by the New York Times for students who want to “Change the World.”

Named “Golf’s Voice of Reason,” by TurfNet magazine, McCormick is an experienced speaker committed to educating all stakeholders of the value of sustainability, diversity and inclusion, community resilience and global impact through golf and sport. She is co-author of The Olympic Club Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, the first in the history of golf. McCormick is a member of The World Golf Foundation Women’s Task Force, board member of Renewable Now TV, columnist for GreenBiz publications, and is a LEED Green Associate

Brian McCullough
Assistant Professor, Sport Sustainability Leadership Certificate Program, Seattle University
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Tools & Strategies for Behavior Change Across Your Fan-Base

Brian P. McCullough, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Sport Administration and Leadership program at Seattle University. He is also the Coordinator of the online Sport Sustainability Leadership certificate program, which addresses the global concern for increased environmental and ecological sustainability in the sport industry. The online program draws students from around the globe. His research focuses on environmental sustainability within the sport industry. ...READ MORE

Brian P. McCullough, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Sport Administration and Leadership program at Seattle University. He is also the Coordinator of the online Sport Sustainability Leadership certificate program, which addresses the global concern for increased environmental and ecological sustainability in the sport industry. The online program draws students from around the globe. His research focuses on environmental sustainability within the sport industry. Specifically, his research interests concentrate on the managerial decision making processes involving environmental sustainability initiatives among upper management and using the context of sport to influence environmental behaviors of sport spectators’ game day and everyday life. He has published his research in the Journal of Sport Management, Sport & Communication, International Journal of Sport Management & Marketing, and Quest. Most recently, he published his first book, Introduction to Environmental Sport Management.
He is also the Founder of Forwarding Sport Sustainability, LLC. Founded in 2014, Forwarding Sport Sustainability was created to offer consulting services to sport organizations that are research based, data driven, and practically applied to allow sport organizations to advance their sustainability efforts. McCullough earned his Ph.D. and Master’s degree in Sport Management from Texas A&M University and his Bachelor’s in Sport Management from Ithaca College.

Aileen McManamon
Founder and Managing Partner, 5T Sports Group
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Tools & Strategies for Behavior Change Across Your Fan-Base

Aileen McManamon is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and a diehard Indians, Cavs and Browns, so she knows a thing or two about perseverance. Her career start in Germany with General Motors and Fiat, set the wheels in motion for crafting top-performing partnerships between brands and sports properties in Europe and North America.
Her field of play has included the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Nürburgring Classic, Winter Olympic Games, Minor League Baseball, the NFL, Major League Soccer and numerous skiing World Cups. She has worked with global brands including FIAT, Alfa Romeo, General Motors, Molson, EA Sports, Microsoft, Qualcomm and Hewlett Packard on strategic partnerships and fan engagement campaigns. ...READ MORE

Aileen McManamon is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and a diehard Indians, Cavs and Browns, so she knows a thing or two about perseverance. Her career start in Germany with General Motors and Fiat, set the wheels in motion for crafting top-performing partnerships between brands and sports properties in Europe and North America.
Her field of play has included the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Nürburgring Classic, Winter Olympic Games, Minor League Baseball, the NFL, Major League Soccer and numerous skiing World Cups. She has worked with global brands including FIAT, Alfa Romeo, General Motors, Molson, EA Sports, Microsoft, Qualcomm and Hewlett Packard on strategic partnerships and fan engagement campaigns.
Following her cup of coffee as President of a Minor League Baseball club, she founded 5T Sports Group, a hands-on service firm focused on creating triple bottom line impact in the sports industry. She is passionate about leveraging sports for sustainable development, and has delivered social and economic impact programs and sustainability strategies for teams and marquee events, and designed sustainable partnership programs for corporate clients.
Aileen holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from Kent State (Ohio) and a Master’s of International Business from the University of South Carolina. She currently lives in Vancouver, BC.

Janette Micelli
Manager, External Communications, Waste Management
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
What Floats & What Sinks: Lessons Learned in Stakeholder Engagement and Storytelling Around Water

Janette Micelli is the external communications manager for Waste Management. She joined the environmental solutions company in 2011, and serves in a key planning and execution role of the company’s title sponsorship of the Waste Management Phoenix Open PGA TOUR golf tournament. For the 2015 tournament, in addition to leading the public relations strategy, she also served as the primary project manager and worked with a dedicated team of 20 Waste Management leaders in areas of operations, sustainability, communications, marketing and customer engagement to ensure the successful organization and execution of the largest zero waste sporting event. ...READ MORE

Janette Micelli is the external communications manager for Waste Management. She joined the environmental solutions company in 2011, and serves in a key planning and execution role of the company’s title sponsorship of the Waste Management Phoenix Open PGA TOUR golf tournament. For the 2015 tournament, in addition to leading the public relations strategy, she also served as the primary project manager and worked with a dedicated team of 20 Waste Management leaders in areas of operations, sustainability, communications, marketing and customer engagement to ensure the successful organization and execution of the largest zero waste sporting event. Janette is a driver of key sustainability messages around the zero waste event, and a passionate spokesperson for the tournament’s zero waste mission.

As external communications manager, Janette works with corporate departments to advance and grow the business through communication and media relations, facilitates corporate media inquiries, and supports a large team of communications professionals across the organization.
Prior to joining Waste Management, she worked in a variety of industries including solar, economic development, higher education and sports marketing. During her 18-year career, Janette has served companies and clients with public relations, communications, marketing, event management and stakeholder relations.

Omar Mitchell
Director of Sustainability, NHL
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
What Floats & What Sinks: Lessons Learned in Stakeholder Engagement and Storytelling Around Water

Omar Mitchell joined the National Hockey League’s Public Affairs Department in July 2012 as the League’s first Director of Sustainability. In this role, Omar is advancing NHL Green, a campaign started in January 2010 as a mandate from Commissioner Bettman to enhance the environmental sustainability of the League’s business practices. NHL Green seeks to engage and encourage Clubs, fans, employees and partners to be responsible stewards of the planet by reducing, reusing, recycling and replenishing natural resources and assets. Omar’s primary focus is to expand the League’s current innovative sustainability programs that optimize facility operations and leverage branding opportunities and corporate sponsorships. ...READ MORE

Omar Mitchell joined the National Hockey League’s Public Affairs Department in July 2012 as the League’s first Director of Sustainability. In this role, Omar is advancing NHL Green, a campaign started in January 2010 as a mandate from Commissioner Bettman to enhance the environmental sustainability of the League’s business practices. NHL Green seeks to engage and encourage Clubs, fans, employees and partners to be responsible stewards of the planet by reducing, reusing, recycling and replenishing natural resources and assets. Omar’s primary focus is to expand the League’s current innovative sustainability programs that optimize facility operations and leverage branding opportunities and corporate sponsorships.

Previously, Omar spent the summer of 2011 working with the NHL as the MIT Sloan Fellowship Sustainability Manager. During this time, he visited thirteen Member Clubs across North America and developed a comprehensive sustainability best-practices guide, which highlighted financial return on investment opportunities and recommended operational practices for NHL facilities.

Omar holds a Bachelor of Design cum laude from the University of Florida, a Master of Architecture from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, where he concentrated his studies on sustainability in real estate development and clean energy technologies for buildings.

Ellen Mitchell-Kozack
Vice President & Director of Sustainability, HKS
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Creating a Comfortable Environment to Increase Fan Experience

Inspired by the Book “Design Like you Give a Damn,” Ellen knew that her life’s work would include promoting the power of architecture in improving lives. As director of the DesignGreen department, Ellen leads a team of passionate individuals whose focus is to reduce the environmental impact associated with the built environment. As a member of the DesignGreen department, Ellen has personally managed over 40 LEED projects, both nationally and internationally, totaling over $2.8 billion in construction. In addition, Ellen is the Founder and Director of Citizen HKS, HKS’ public interest design initiative based on the 1% Solution program in which the firm has pledged 1% of its
billable hours annually to providing design services to improve the lives of people in need.

Dan Morash
Founder, California Safe Soil, LLC
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
From Sourcing to Sorting: Innovations in Waste Management

Dan is a former investment banker in the energy and infrastructure sector. He was previously global head of energy and infrastructure for CIT, a team of 40 professionals in New York, Toronto and London, built from a start-up office opening in NYC for the Toronto-based Newcourt Capital. Dan structured and executed complex project financings, tax oriented leveraged leases, private placements, securitizations and partnership financings. ...READ MORE

Dan is a former investment banker in the energy and infrastructure sector. He was previously global head of energy and infrastructure for CIT, a team of 40 professionals in New York, Toronto and London, built from a start-up office opening in NYC for the Toronto-based Newcourt Capital. Dan structured and executed complex project financings, tax oriented leveraged leases, private placements, securitizations and partnership financings. These transactions involved various technologies, including nuclear, coal, and gas fired conventional power generation, and geothermal, waste-to-energy, hydropower, wind, solar and biomass renewable power projects. Transactions also involved conventional energy technologies, such as refineries, gas storage, gas gathering and transmission pipelines, and power transmission facilities, as well as alternative energy technologies, such as ethanol, anaerobic digestion, landfill gas, gasification and pyrolysis. Dan also has energy investment banking experience with large Wall Street firms, like JP Morgan Chase and Bankers Trust, as well as investment banking boutiques, such as Marathon Capital and Connell Securities. In his research, Morash realized that technology that captured value from food waste was practically nonexistent, despite the enormous amount of waste that was being produced. In 2011, Morash joined his brother David in California and together took the necessary steps to start California Safe Soil (CSS), which is a fresh food recycler that aims to increase the productivity of farms at a low cost, while also helping to improve the environment. In 2012, they secured an agreement with Safeway Company, signed a research agreement with UC Davis and leased a facility in West Sacramento that is currently serving as their pilot plant. In the fall of 2016, the first commercial facility was completed in McCllelan, California. Dan received his MBA from the Tuck school at Dartmouth College, and his BA from Yale University.

Dan Munn
Global Energy + Engineering Leader, DLR Group
SPEAKING:
Thursday, June 29
Make it Last: Sustainable Solutions for Existing Venues

Dan is DLR Group’s Global Energy + Engineering Leader and a member of the firm’s Executive Leadership Team. He engages DLR Group’s professionals worldwide in planning and implementing integrated design and project delivery. He collaborates with market and practice leaders in the firm to advance strategies, best practices, and quality assurance to design buildings and spaces that are beautiful, sustainable, and efficient. Dan has led the growth of DLR Group’s Building Optimization practice. This practice drives invention of how buildings are constructed and used to dramatically reduce energy consumption. His recent work includes leading design of on-site solar and renewable energy systems for the largest photovoltaic arrays in professional sports at the home of the Miami Heat, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins, and Houston Texans.

Jason Munn
Senior Project Manager, RWDI Inc.
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Creating a Comfortable Environment to Increase Fan Experience

Jason Munn specializes in helping clients realize their vision for high-performance buildings and outdoor spaces. Jason’s technical knowledge and project experience give him the versatility to work across several of our service lines, managing project teams to produce a diverse range of structures with equally diverse functions. Jason delivers exceptional value in our innovative work with sports facilities; he has a strong record of leveraging the unique qualities of each project’s local microclimates to optimize the stadium experience for fans and athletes alike.

Deveron Musgrave
Waste Prevention & Green Building Program Coordinator, City of Eugene
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Sports on the Move: Embracing Sustainability at Sports Events and Broadcasts

After working in the non-profit sector in sustainability and reuse, Deveron shifted into a role as a public employee in the Waste Prevention and Green Building Program at the City of Eugene. As the Program Coordinator she works on the City’s Sustainable Events program and the Love Food Not Waste commercial composting program, and also serves as the Internal Zero Waste program coordinator for the City.

Gloria Nevarez
Senior Associate Commissioner/Senior Woman Administrator, Pac-12
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 27
Women, Sports & the Environment Symposium

Gloria Nevarez was named the Pac-12’s Senior Associate Commissioner and Senior Woman Administrator in April 2010. Nevarez is responsible for the administration of the Conference’s Senior Woman Administrators and oversees all sports except football. She is the Pac-12 liaison for men’s basketball and women’s golf. Before joining the Pac-12, Nevarez spent the previous three years as Senior Associate Athletic Director at the University of Oklahoma, overseeing marketing, human resources, strength and conditioning and several sports include men’s and women’s basketball. She also served as the University’s liaison for Title IX compliance and Big 12 governance issues. Nevarez is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts where she played basketball and is a University of California, Berkeley Law alumna.

Frank Nicosia
Principal, Strategic Alliances, Constellation Energy
SPEAKING:
Thursday, June 29
From Clubs to Tournaments: Sustainability Solutions across the Golf Industry

Mr. Nicosia is a building efficiency and technology leader with more than 20 years of experience across industries. He has developed and delivered over a billion dollars in energy efficiency and renewable projects and programs in his career, and held various leadership roles including technical, operational and sales. He currently is serving as Principal, Strategic Alliances at Constellation Energy for the Retail Commercial & Industrial business. ...READ MORE

Mr. Nicosia is a building efficiency and technology leader with more than 20 years of experience across industries. He has developed and delivered over a billion dollars in energy efficiency and renewable projects and programs in his career, and held various leadership roles including technical, operational and sales. He currently is serving as Principal, Strategic Alliances at Constellation Energy for the Retail Commercial & Industrial business. In this position he provides leadership, management and execution necessary for channel strategy to ensure that the company achieves its goals related to the delivery of the Efficiency Made Easy product in helping customers accomplish their goals focused on total energy strategy.
Prior to Constellation Mr. Nicosia successfully led businesses in the building technology space with Johnson Controls where he held various leadership roles in the Solutions business and an acquired Demand Response business. He held regional leadership roles for the Energy Solutions businesses including Energy Efficiency, Renewables, Lighting Services, and held Sales and Operational leadership roles for a full service Demand Response business. He drove building teams, building new profitable businesses, new solutions and innovation to create value for customers, employees and shareholders.

Lauren Nowinski
Director, Community Relations and LA Galaxy Foundation, LA Galaxy
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Venues & Teams Working Together to Leverage Sustainability-Focused Fan Engagement

Lauren Nowinski is the Director of Community Relations at Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy. A native of Los Angeles, Nowinski earned here BA in American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley while garnering honors as a three-time Pac-12 Campion and 2006 NCAA Champion as a member of the Women’s Crew Team. ...READ MORE

Lauren Nowinski is the Director of Community Relations at Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy. A native of Los Angeles, Nowinski earned here BA in American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley while garnering honors as a three-time Pac-12 Campion and 2006 NCAA Champion as a member of the Women’s Crew Team.
After graduation, she worked for the NHL team LA Kings as a Community Relations Coordinator before joining the LA Galaxy. As Director of Community Relations with the Galaxy, Nowinski oversees LA Galaxy Community Relations and the LA Galaxy Foundation, leading the department to become one of the most successful and well-recognized in North American Sports since she began in 2012. In 2016, Nowinski’s work was honored after her department was awarded with the MLS WORKS’ Marisa Colaiano Community Relations Department of the Year.

Graham Oberly
Sustainability Coordinator, Program Coordinator, Athletics, Ohio State
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Fans First: How the Collegiate Community Can Drive Sustainable Change

Graham serves as the Sustainability Coordinator for three departments at The Ohio State University: Athletics, Business Advancement, and Business and Finance. He began his role as a student volunteer at Ohio State in 2010 working with the campus zero waste initiative with a focus on Zero Waste Ohio Stadium. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management Graham came on staff full-time in 2015 to align his departments with the University wide sustainability goals. His work includes the first zero waste men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and synchronized swimming events at Ohio State, collecting data regarding sustainable food purchases, and overseeing the development of university wide sustainable product and service standards.

Fred Ortiz
Principal & Senior Vice President, Sports HKS
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Creating a Comfortable Environment to Increase Fan Experience

Fred has over 25 years of experience in a wide variety of project types and scales. His diverse background includes serving as design principal or lead designer on academic, healthcare, sports and entertainment, residential, office and municipal projects. Fundamental guiding principles such as attention to technical quality, consistent budget compliance, focus on awardwinning design and exceptional client services ground Fred’s approach to creating innovative and thoughtful solutions to challenging projects that demand a synthesis of difficult, often conflicting issues. Through excellent communication and presentation skills, Fred collaborates with the client to develop a design that is responsive to their program needs, aesthetic style and context.

Andrew Pigozzi
Associate, Stantec Architecture
SPEAKING:
Thursday, June 29
Make it Last: Sustainable Solutions for Existing Venues

Mr. Pigozzi has over two decades of experience with institutional, education, and mixed-use projects. As Senior Project Architect for the Wrigley Field project, Andy is responsible for all technical development of the design and management of the team.

Aaron Popkey
Director of Public Affairs, Green Bay Packers
SPEAKING:
Thursday, June 29
Creating a Sustainability ECCO System: Case Studies from the Eagles and Packers on Making a Difference in their Community

Aaron Popkey is director of public affairs for the Green Bay Packers. Enjoying his 25th year with the organization, he serves as the primary liaison with local and state government and civic officials, and also oversees external communications for all non-football departments, including Lambeau Field, the Packers Hall of Fame, marketing, community outreach, sales, special events and tickets. His responsibilities also include assisting with the club’s media relations efforts involving the football team. Through the course of his career, Popkey has been involved in many of the organization’s major events of the past 25 years, including appearances in Super Bowls XXXI, XXXII and XLV, and the redevelopment of Lambeau Field in 2003 and current development projects, including Titletown. ...READ MORE

Aaron Popkey is director of public affairs for the Green Bay Packers. Enjoying his 25th year with the organization, he serves as the primary liaison with local and state government and civic officials, and also oversees external communications for all non-football departments, including Lambeau Field, the Packers Hall of Fame, marketing, community outreach, sales, special events and tickets. His responsibilities also include assisting with the club’s media relations efforts involving the football team. Through the course of his career, Popkey has been involved in many of the organization’s major events of the past 25 years, including appearances in Super Bowls XXXI, XXXII and XLV, and the redevelopment of Lambeau Field in 2003 and current development projects, including Titletown. On an individual level, he coordinated the media schedule of Brett Favre and the late Reggie White. The De Pere, Wis., native began his career with the Packers in 1993 as an intern in the P.R. department and later served as an assistant. From 1999 through 2003, he also coordinated team travel. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994. In the community, he serves on the board of directors for the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce and Advance, Bellin Health Foundation, Green Bay Marathon, Live54218 and Notre Dame Academy High School, and previously served on the Brett Favre Fourward Foundation. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children. Away from work, he enjoys competing in endurance events, skiing and spending time with his family.

Vivek Ranadivé
Owner and Chairman, Sacramento Kings
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 27
Kings Welcome

Vivek Ranadivé is the owner and chairman of the Sacramento Kings. He is an entrepreneur, technology visionary, New York Times best-selling author and philanthropist recognized for his innovative thinking.

As a technology entrepreneur, he pioneered the use of real-time event processing software and created TIBCO, a multibillion dollar software company. In addition to digitizing Wall Street, his software became the central nervous system for most of the world’s largest companies and government agencies. He is known as “Mr. Real Time” which defines his belief that by getting the right information to the right place at the right time, you can make the world a better place. ...READ MORE

Vivek Ranadivé is the owner and chairman of the Sacramento Kings. He is an entrepreneur, technology visionary, New York Times best-selling author and philanthropist recognized for his innovative thinking.

As a technology entrepreneur, he pioneered the use of real-time event processing software and created TIBCO, a multibillion dollar software company. In addition to digitizing Wall Street, his software became the central nervous system for most of the world’s largest companies and government agencies. He is known as “Mr. Real Time” which defines his belief that by getting the right information to the right place at the right time, you can make the world a better place.

Ranadivé is a longtime basketball fan, which started when he coached his daughter’s middle school team. His coaching success was highlighted in a New Yorker magazine article by Malcolm Gladwell, as an example of innovators who win big by doing the unexpected and breaking the rules.

He started his foray into professional basketball when he became the co-owner and vice chairman of the Golden State Warriors NBA franchise in 2010.

In 2013, he became the first Indian majority owner of an NBA team when he purchased the Sacramento Kings, securing the team’s future in California’s capital city. Under Ranadivé’s leadership, the Kings are investing $1 billion in the downtown area, creating thousands of jobs, revitalizing the region and building the next great American city.

At the heart of the investment is Golden 1 Center, the new home of the Sacramento Kings. This 21st-century coliseum is the greenest and most technologically advanced arena in the world. Golden 1 Center is 100 percent solar powered and is the first sports venue in the world to earn LEED Platinum certification making it a model for innovative solutions to environmental challenges.

In 2016, Ranadivé founded venture capital fund Bow Capital in partnership with the University of California to invest in value-driven startups, many emerging from the UC system. The fund will help entrepreneurs who are using technology to create companies that advance society and make the world a better place.

As a young boy in his native Bombay, Ranadivé listened to the moon landing on the radio and was inspired at the age of 16 to leave India for Cambridge, Massachusetts. After earning both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT, he earned an MBA at Harvard where he was a Baker Scholar.

Jennifer Regan
Principal and Chief Sustainability Officer, We Bring It On, Inc.
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 27
Women, Sports & the Environment Symposium

Prior to joining We Bring It On in 2013 as Principal and Chief Sustainability Officer, Regan founded and led AEG’s sustainability initiative, AEG 1EARTH, for 6 years. In her role as the Global Sustainability Director for AEG she advised company executives on environmental strategy and assisted division leaders with integrating sustainable practices into their operations to achieve the company’s AEG 1EARTH 2020 Environmental Goals which focus on energy and water efficiency, waste reduction, education and sustainable purchasing for all AEG operating entities including Facilities, Sports, Events, Live Entertainment, Touring, Festivals and Merchandising Divisions.

Gina Rizzi
President ARCUS Marketing Group, LLC. & Principal IMPACT360 Sports
SPEAKING:
Thursday, June 29
Purpose-Driven Platforms: Sponsorship Activation Aligned with Environmental & Social Sustainability

Gina Rizzi is President of ARCUS Marketing Group, LLC. She is a speaker and passionate advocate for helping businesses drive financial performance while positively impacting society and the environment. She is also a Principal and founding partner in a life sciences company, real estate investment firm, and IMPACT360 Sports; a joint venture responsible for publishing the first Corporate Social Responsibility report for golf in North America. ...READ MORE

Gina Rizzi is President of ARCUS Marketing Group, LLC. She is a speaker and passionate advocate for helping businesses drive financial performance while positively impacting society and the environment. She is also a Principal and founding partner in a life sciences company, real estate investment firm, and IMPACT360 Sports; a joint venture responsible for publishing the first Corporate Social Responsibility report for golf in North America.

Prior to founding ARCUS in 2010, Rizzi led business development operations at Avis Budget Group, Inc. She pioneered operations responsible for new store openings at automotive dealerships, supplier diversity platform best practices, environmental sustainability, motorsports partnerships, and strategic alliances. Under her leadership, Avis launched its first proprietary Carbon Footprint Reporting Model for North America operations.

Rizzi held sales, media, and marketing positions at Time Inc. and 3M; she also served four years as executive director of Free Arts for Abused Children of Illinois, a non-profit helping abused, homeless, and neglected children.

She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, with a Master of Business Administration, Cum Laude, and Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising, High Honors. She holds a Clean-tech Certificate in Sustainable Energy Management from Presidio Graduate School and a Certificate in Sustainability Best Practices from the Global Business Travel Association Project Icarus.

She serves on the Diversity Task Force of the World Golf Foundation and is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. Rizzi is an avid runner, including completing three marathons and being distinguished as a Saucony® 26 Athlete. She enjoys fly-fishing, hiking, and travel.

Monica Rowand
Program Manager, Ralphie's Green Stampede & President, Net Impact, University of Colorado Boulder
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Tools & Strategies for Behavior Change Across Your Fan-Base

As the Sports Sustainability and Fan Engagement Team Leader for Ralphie’s Green Stampede, the University of Colorado Boulder’s sports sustainability program, Rowand uses fan engagement campaigns made possible by corporate partnerships to encourage behaviour change in the university’s fan base. She has experience as a consultant for corporate sustainability strategy, reporting, and communications. Before joining CU’s team, she designed and managed outreach and education programs at the non-profit organization Global Green USA. Rowand has an MBA in Sustainability from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Erin Schneiders
Vice President, Venues, National Basketball Association
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
League Update

As Vice President, Venues at the National Basketball Association, Erin Schnieders oversees all league and team arena projects relating to arena development, design and construction. In her role, she works with league’s teams and industry counterparts to cultivate and implement the NBA Arena Standards – the minimum design and construction requirements followed by all teams undergoing arena renovations or new construction. Schnieders is involved in the research and facilitation of new rules, technology and league initiatives and serves as the key day-to-day resource and liaison between each NBA arena and the league office. As part of the NBA Green platform, Schnieders has introduced processes that have advanced awareness, education, and best practices for facility sustainability. ...READ MORE

As Vice President, Venues at the National Basketball Association, Erin Schnieders oversees all league and team arena projects relating to arena development, design and construction. In her role, she works with league’s teams and industry counterparts to cultivate and implement the NBA Arena Standards – the minimum design and construction requirements followed by all teams undergoing arena renovations or new construction. Schnieders is involved in the research and facilitation of new rules, technology and league initiatives and serves as the key day-to-day resource and liaison between each NBA arena and the league office. As part of the NBA Green platform, Schnieders has introduced processes that have advanced awareness, education, and best practices for facility sustainability.

Schnieders previously worked as the Manager of Business Development with the Houston Rockets. In her role, Schnieders was a member of Toyota Center’s arena development team, focusing on project management and facility capital improvement projects. Prior to joining the NBA league office, she acted as Lead Project Manager in ventures with Houston’s Metropolitan Transit Authority.

Schnieders received a bachelor’s degree in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University and currently lives in New York.

Sunny Sohrabian
Manager of Environmental Sustainability Projects and Initiatives, AEG
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Venues & Teams Working Together to Leverage Sustainability-Focused Fan Engagement

As the Manager of Environmental Sustainability Projects and Initiatives at AEG, Sunny Sohrabian manages projects for AEG 1EARTH, AEG’s corporate environmental sustainability program. In this role, she works with AEG’s worldwide portfolio of venues, festivals, sports teams, and other operations to measure and reduce the company’s environmental impact. Additionally, Sunny manages AEG’s corporate sustainability communications, including the production of AEG’s annual sustainability report, and works to raise awareness of environmental issues among employees and guests. ...READ MORE

As the Manager of Environmental Sustainability Projects and Initiatives at AEG, Sunny Sohrabian manages projects for AEG 1EARTH, AEG’s corporate environmental sustainability program. In this role, she works with AEG’s worldwide portfolio of venues, festivals, sports teams, and other operations to measure and reduce the company’s environmental impact. Additionally, Sunny manages AEG’s corporate sustainability communications, including the production of AEG’s annual sustainability report, and works to raise awareness of environmental issues among employees and guests. Prior to joining AEG, Sunny worked for Context America, an international sustainability reporting consulting firm where she developed reporting strategies for major corporations. Sunny holds a Master’s in Environmental Science and Management, with a focus in Corporate Environmental Management from UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management.

Darrell Steinberg
Mayor of Sacramento
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 27
Sacramento Welcome

Darrell Steinberg is one of Sacramento’s most accomplished public servants, serving the Sacramento community for over 20 years. As a young man, Steinberg bought his first home in Tahoe Park, where he and his wife Julie started their family. When Tahoe Park was having trouble with gangs, the neighborhood organized and formed the Tahoe Park Neighborhood Association, electing Darrell Steinberg as its first President. After a time, Darrell was elected to the City Council, where he focused on making neighborhoods safe, creating good jobs and providing quality after-school programs. Steinberg founded Sacramento START to help kids in our most challenged schools improve their test scores. Today, START is a model after-school program statewide. ...READ MORE

Darrell Steinberg is one of Sacramento’s most accomplished public servants, serving the Sacramento community for over 20 years. As a young man, Steinberg bought his first home in Tahoe Park, where he and his wife Julie started their family. When Tahoe Park was having trouble with gangs, the neighborhood organized and formed the Tahoe Park Neighborhood Association, electing Darrell Steinberg as its first President. After a time, Darrell was elected to the City Council, where he focused on making neighborhoods safe, creating good jobs and providing quality after-school programs. Steinberg founded Sacramento START to help kids in our most challenged schools improve their test scores. Today, START is a model after-school program statewide.

Darrell later ran for State Assembly and then State Senate, becoming the first Sacramentan to serve as President of the Senate in over 125 years. As the Senate leader, Darrell got things done by building coalitions to deliver results including guiding the state back to fiscal solvency during the economic downturn.

During his tenure in the legislature, Steinberg championed economic development, education reform, building sustainable communities and major investments in healthcare and education. He authored the Mental Health Services Act, the first of its kind in the nation that generates $2 billion dollars a year for people in need.

As Mayor, Darrell Steinberg will focus on diversifying Sacramento’s economy, attracting high wage employers and helping local businesses grow. He will connect our neighborhoods to city hall, making sure neighborhoods get the resources and attention they need to flourish and thrive.

Steinberg is committed to making Sacramento a city that is for and about youth, connecting our high school students to the 21st century jobs and working with local businesses to create to paid internships in every high school.

As a leader on mental health, Steinberg will combat homeless in Sacramento, creating permanent supportive housing with the services people need to end the cycle of homelessness for good.

Darrell Steinberg and his wife, Julie, have two children Jordana, 21 and Ari, 19. Darrell is a graduate of UCLA and UC Davis Law School.

Joelle Terry
Vice President, Communications, Sacramento Kings
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 27
Women, Sports & the Environment Symposium

Joelle Terry joined the Sacramento Kings in 2015 as the Vice President of Communications. In this capacity, Terry leads business and basketball operations communications strategy and execution and is responsible for overseeing the team’s digital media efforts as well as community investment. Previously, Terry served as the Director of Government Communications at Comcast NBCUniversal in Washington, D.C. From 2009 to 2011, she served as the Deputy Director of Message Events at the White House. ...READ MORE

Joelle Terry joined the Sacramento Kings in 2015 as the Vice President of Communications. In this capacity, Terry leads business and basketball operations communications strategy and execution and is responsible for overseeing the team’s digital media efforts as well as community investment. Previously, Terry served as the Director of Government Communications at Comcast NBCUniversal in Washington, D.C. From 2009 to 2011, she served as the Deputy Director of Message Events at the White House. She joined the White House after serving as the Director of Communications Planning for the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee and as the Deputy Director of Surrogate Press in the Chicago headquarters for Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Prior to the campaign, she served as an Associate in the Dewey Square Group’s Sacramento office. In 2004, Terry worked in the regional press office in the national headquarters during Senator John Kerry’s presidential campaign and later as a member of the national advance team.

A native of Sacramento, California, Terry graduated with a B.A. in International Relations from the University of California, San Diego.

Norman Vossschulte
Director of Guest Experience, Philadelphia Eagles
SPEAKING:
Thursday, June 29
Creating a Sustainability ECCO System: Case Studies from the Eagles and Packers on Making a Difference in their Community

Norman Vossschulte is originally from Berlin, Germany. His culturally rich background included ten years living abroad in Africa, Iraq and Spain before moving back to Germany to finish High School and College. He studied Biology and Physical Science before deciding to move to New York City in 1996 to attend the Herbert Berghof Institute for Fine Theatre Arts and Drama. Norman’s work experience is as eclectic as his upbringing. He has worked in the hotel industry, the non-profit industry, as well as both sports and entertainment industries. Sixteen years of practicing customer and client relations, has given him an overview of which techniques consistently enhance guest experiences. ...READ MORE

Norman Vossschulte is originally from Berlin, Germany. His culturally rich background included ten years living abroad in Africa, Iraq and Spain before moving back to Germany to finish High School and College. He studied Biology and Physical Science before deciding to move to New York City in 1996 to attend the Herbert Berghof Institute for Fine Theatre Arts and Drama. Norman’s work experience is as eclectic as his upbringing. He has worked in the hotel industry, the non-profit industry, as well as both sports and entertainment industries. Sixteen years of practicing customer and client relations, has given him an overview of which techniques consistently enhance guest experiences. Norman has over eight years of staff training and team leadership experience working with The Walt Disney Company and currently the Philadelphia Eagles. Norman served as an Ambassador for Disney under the Corporate Citizenship and sustainability umbrella and now serves as the Go Green spokesperson for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Bill Walton
Basketball Legend & Ambassador for the Health of the Earth
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 27
Opening Keynote

Bill Walton is a retired professional basketball player and television sportscaster. Bill has had a prominent career in the NBA with the Trailblazers, Clippers, and Celtics. He was a league MVP and has won multiple NCAA and NBA championships. He remains active in basketball through clinics, camps, coaching, and television commentary with positions over the last 21 years with ABC, ESPN, NBC, CBS, Fox, MSNBC, Turner Sports, KCAL, NESN, and the NBA. Walton has also been inducted into the San Diego Breitbard Sports Hall of Fame, The UCLA Hall of Fame, the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame, the Boys and Girls Club Hall of Fame and the Guinness Hall of Brilliance. ...READ MORE

Bill Walton is a retired professional basketball player and television sportscaster. Bill has had a prominent career in the NBA with the Trailblazers, Clippers, and Celtics. He was a league MVP and has won multiple NCAA and NBA championships. He remains active in basketball through clinics, camps, coaching, and television commentary with positions over the last 21 years with ABC, ESPN, NBC, CBS, Fox, MSNBC, Turner Sports, KCAL, NESN, and the NBA. Walton has also been inducted into the San Diego Breitbard Sports Hall of Fame, The UCLA Hall of Fame, the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame, the Boys and Girls Club Hall of Fame and the Guinness Hall of Brilliance. In 2007, Walton was named one of the top 10 pundits in America by Forbes as well as one of the top 20 Business Athlete representatives by TSE Sports and Entertainment Group. In 2009, Walton was named one of the top 50 sports broadcasters of all time by the American Sportscasters Association, and named as the inaugural inductee into the Grateful Dead Hall of Honor. Walton is currently the Executive Chairman of Connect SD Sport Innovators (SDSI) and serves on the board of the Junior Seau foundation.

Judi Weiss
Senior Operations Producer, College GameDay
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Sports on the Move: Embracing Sustainability at Sports Events and Broadcasts

Judi Weiss is the Senior Remote Operations Producer for ESPN Remote Operations. Judi oversees the on-site operations for the NBA regular season Sunday Showcase Game. Weiss is a contributing Operations Producer for ESPN during the NBA post season and the Senior Operations Producer for the Emmy Award winning weekly College GameDay Football Studio show during the fall. Her extensive background stems in domestic and international remote broadcast planning, operations and development. ...READ MORE

Judi Weiss is the Senior Remote Operations Producer for ESPN Remote Operations. Judi oversees the on-site operations for the NBA regular season Sunday Showcase Game. Weiss is a contributing Operations Producer for ESPN during the NBA post season and the Senior Operations Producer for the Emmy Award winning weekly College GameDay Football Studio show during the fall. Her extensive background stems in domestic and international remote broadcast planning, operations and development.
In 1998, Weiss joined ESPN as a Freelance Production Manager working closely with ABC Sports. For a ten year span, Weiss co-production managed the broadcast operations for both US and International Figure Skating which aired on ABC and ESPN. Starting in 1994, prior to her joining ESPN, Weiss had production management experience working for TNT on NBA, Figure Skating and the Goodwill Games (1994, 1998, 2000) as well as the Summer and Winter Olympic Games for the contracted IOC Host Broadcaster. Since joining the ESPN College GameDay team in 2011, the studio show has won three consecutive Emmy Awards (2013-2015), and is currently nominated for the 2016 season.
Weiss graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1989 with a major in Liberal Arts, focusing on Film and Russian Studies. She also attended the Pedagogical Institute in Volgograd, Russia where she received her certification in Russian Studies during the summer of 1992. Annually she returns to Volgograd, Russia with her husband and daughter to visit friends and family. Currently she is an active member of Kiwanis International the North Miami Beach-Sunny Isles Chapter.

Katie Zeller
Sustainability Coordinator, Recreation and Sports Venues , University of California, Los Angeles
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Fans First: How the Collegiate Community Can Drive Sustainable Change

As Sustainability Coordinator for UCLA Recreation Sports Venues and Event Operations, Katie is responsible for developing and implementing sustainability initiatives throughout UCLA Recreation, which is comprised of fourteen different athletic facilities that offer a broad range of activities and services, as well as numerous multi-use options for student and university events. ...READ MORE

As Sustainability Coordinator for UCLA Recreation Sports Venues and Event Operations, Katie is responsible for developing and implementing sustainability initiatives throughout UCLA Recreation, which is comprised of fourteen different athletic facilities that offer a broad range of activities and services, as well as numerous multi-use options for student and university events.

Her main focuses include zero waste, energy efficiency, and green event operations. Katie is excited by the opportunities found in the unique intersection between sports and sustainability, and especially enjoys working within student affairs on a university campus.

She graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s degree in Geography/Environmental Studies and a minor in Environmental Systems and Society. She got her start in sports sustainability as a student while working on zero waste efforts at UCLA’s indoor arena, Pauley Pavilion.