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.

Peter “PT” Townend
Legendary Surfer
SPEAKING:
Thursday, June 29
Closing Keynote

The first World Professional Surfing Champion (1976) was a dominant figure in professional surfing’s formative years and was ranked in the top five in the world three out of the four years from 1976-79. In this same period he also doubled the character Jack Barlow in the Warner Brothers cult classic “Big Wednesday” directed by John Milius and staring Jan Michael Vincent, Gary Busey and William Katt. In 2000, he assumed the role of Publisher of Primedia’s Surfing Group overseeing editorial direction and marketing of Surfing, Bodyboarding Magazines and launched Surfing Girl. ...READ MORE

The first World Professional Surfing Champion (1976) was a dominant figure in professional surfing’s formative years and was ranked in the top five in the world three out of the four years from 1976-79. In this same period he also doubled the character Jack Barlow in the Warner Brothers cult classic “Big Wednesday” directed by John Milius and staring Jan Michael Vincent, Gary Busey and William Katt. In 2000, he assumed the role of Publisher of Primedia’s Surfing Group overseeing editorial direction and marketing of Surfing, Bodyboarding Magazines and launched Surfing Girl.

He formed The ActivEmpire(ATE) in 2003 a brand consultancy company specializing in brand management, athlete representation and special event marketing in the surf and skate markets. In 2014 Townend and The ActivEmpire was appointed Event Director for the Red Bull Qiantang Surfing Shootout in Hangzhou, China , an invitational surfing event held on the ‘River Bore” in the city of Hangzhou in 2016 won by the Australian team of Dean Morrison and Koby Abberton. He served as the President of Surfing America as it’s founder since it’s inception in 1997 until 2004, the SIMA funded non-profit umbrella organization which is the National Governing Body (NGB) for surfing in America under the ISA.

He has been inducted into the Surfing Walk of Fame and Surfers’ Hall of Fame in Huntington Beach and the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame. In 2013 he was given the “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the annual SIMA Waterman’s Ball”.

He is currently residing part-time on the island of Hainan, China as the first ever appointed National coach of the first ever China National Surfing Team that will compete internationally and endeavor to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where the sport of surfing will be contested for the first time. “PT” lives in Huntington Beach, California, has three grown children, Rana, Jye and Tosh and a grand-daughter Jemmaly. Also considers Bianca Endersby his family too.

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.

Calum Worthy
Actor, Writer, Producer
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Opening Program

Calum Worthy starred as Dez, Austin’s loyal and funny best friend, in the Award-Winning Disney Channel comedy series “Austin & Ally.” Worthy began his acting career at the age of nine, and made his film debut in “Night Visions,” then went on to land the starring role in the BBC-Canadian award-winning mini-series “I Was a Rat.” He has since appeared in more than 50 different film and television productions, including a series regular role on HBO’s “Out of Order” and recurring roles on series such as “The Days,” “Reunion” and “Psych.” He has also appeared on Disney Channel’s “Good Luck Charlie,” “Bizardvaark” as well as “Stargate Atlantis,” “Flashpoint,” “Prepped,” “Kyle XY,” “Caprica,” “Smallville,” “Supernatural” “Stormworld,” which earned him the 2010 Leo Award in Canada for his performance. ...READ MORE

Calum Worthy starred as Dez, Austin’s loyal and funny best friend, in the Award-Winning Disney Channel comedy series “Austin & Ally.” Worthy began his acting career at the age of nine, and made his film debut in “Night Visions,” then went on to land the starring role in the BBC-Canadian award-winning mini-series “I Was a Rat.” He has since appeared in more than 50 different film and television productions, including a series regular role on HBO’s “Out of Order” and recurring roles on series such as “The Days,” “Reunion” and “Psych.” He has also appeared on Disney Channel’s “Good Luck Charlie,” “Bizardvaark” as well as “Stargate Atlantis,” “Flashpoint,” “Prepped,” “Kyle XY,” “Caprica,” “Smallville,” “Supernatural” “Stormworld,” which earned him the 2010 Leo Award in Canada for his performance.

In addition to his early feature films, “The Last Mimzy,” “Dr. Dolittle 3″ and “Deck The Halls,” Worthy also appears in the more recent work in the independent film “Repicate”; “The Thinning” and “Bodied”.

Worthy has been an Environmental activist since he was 14 years old. He completed his training as Climate Reality Leader with Mr. Al Gore, and is a committed advocate for the Climate Reality Project. He participated in Climate Reality’s 24-hours of Change in both Paris in 2015 and in New York in 2016. He is working with Climate Change leaders in both Canada and in the US, but also makes time to speak and work with students who are passionate about environmental issues.

As well as his acting, this last couple years Calum put on the producer/writer hat and co-created the Coppertop Flop Show seen on the Disney Channel and the Just Kidding show. And is currently developing a new show yet to be announced. Born January 28, 1991 in Victoria, British Columbia, Worthy currently resides in Los Angeles.

2017 Featured Speakers Include:
Chris Granger
President, Sacramento Kings
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 27
Sacramento Welcome

Chris Granger is in his first season with the Kings, but he is a 14-year veteran of the NBA. As President of Sacramento Basketball Holdings, Granger is responsible for all Kings business operations as well leading the development of the downtown arena. Prior to joining the Kings, Granger was the Executive Vice President of the NBA’s renowned Team Marketing and Business Operations (TMBO) function, advising NBA, WNBA and NBA Development League teams on all aspects of business operations including ticket sales, sponsorship sales, marketing, community relations, communications, and new media. ...READ MORE

Chris Granger is in his first season with the Kings, but he is a 14-year veteran of the NBA. As President of Sacramento Basketball Holdings, Granger is responsible for all Kings business operations as well leading the development of the downtown arena. Prior to joining the Kings, Granger was the Executive Vice President of the NBA’s renowned Team Marketing and Business Operations (TMBO) function, advising NBA, WNBA and NBA Development League teams on all aspects of business operations including ticket sales, sponsorship sales, marketing, community relations, communications, and new media. He has worked with the Kings in various capacities since 2004, most recently leading the TMBO function in Sacramento that supported the “re-launch” of the Kings, after the threat of relocation. During Granger’s years in TMBO, teams across all three leagues have set numerous and consistent records for attendance, gate receipts, and sponsorship revenue.

Prior to joining the NBA, Granger held leadership positions within the Walt Disney World Company, mainly on the resort side of the business.

Granger received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his M.B.A. from Yale. He also spent a year abroad at the prestigious London School of Economics & Political Science.

An Indiana native, Chris now lives in the Wilhaggin area of Sacramento with his wife Jennifer and daughters, Zoe and Megan.

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.

Kolby Aipa
Student, Dwyer Middle School; Huntington Beach, California
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
An Interview with Calum Worthy | Actor, Writer, Producer

Kolby is a 12 year old surfer with his sites set on a pro-surfing career. He is on the Dwyer Middle School Surf team and was recently recognized atlas the teams MVP at an awards ceremony held at the Quiksilver headquarters. He is active in Surfrider Foundation beach cleanups and is currently the President of Grom Relations at the Huntington Beach Surf Museum.

Duke Aipa
President, Aipa Surf Company, Professional Surfer & Surf Ambassador for the Surfrider Foundation
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
The Gloves are Off: How Athletes are Taking Action in their Communities

Being Hawaiian born and raised, and a descendant of ancient Hawaiian Surfers, Duke has always felt the connection between himself and his natural surroundings. Especially the ocean. Duke’s belief that “The ocean is what connects us all and where life springs from. This is a truth that is worthy of protection and is the responsibility of not only those who live near the ocean, but everyone that benefits from its blessings”, is a driving force who he is and what he focuses on. ...READ MORE

Being Hawaiian born and raised, and a descendant of ancient Hawaiian Surfers, Duke has always felt the connection between himself and his natural surroundings. Especially the ocean. Duke’s belief that “The ocean is what connects us all and where life springs from. This is a truth that is worthy of protection and is the responsibility of not only those who live near the ocean, but everyone that benefits from its blessings”, is a driving force who he is and what he focuses on.

With a rich surf history, the Aipa ohana (family) has often been referred to as “surfing royalty”. Duke is the son of Ben Aipa. A legendary surfer, shaper and Coach to countless great surfers such as Brad Gerlach, Sunny Garcia, Bruce and Andy Irons and Bethany Hamilton. Duke was named after his father’s mentor, the great Duke Kahanamoku who is known as the grandfather surfing and was a true ambassador of Aloha. Duke honors his namesake and family lineage as the Heir of the Aipa legacy and founder of the Aipa Surf Company. A surfboard and clothing company that perpetuates the life and work of Ben Aipa, through embracing the essence of Hawaiian culture and its roots in sustainable lifestyle.

Duke is the Surf Ambassador for the Huntington Beach Chapter Surfrider Foundation and is active in both the Huntington Beach and Hawaiian surf communities in and out of the water. Duke is a multi-faceted individual and also has a successful career in underground infrastructure field as the Operations Manager at Cal Empire Engineering, a company that specializes in technical underground utility installations that mainly works in the solar energy field, installing underground conduit networks for solar arrays from massive solar plants in the desert to school energy renewals.

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.

Andres Astralaga
Vice President, Human Resources, NFL
SPEAKING:
Thursday, June 29
Responsible Sport: How the Sports Community is Addressing Social Equity through Sustainability

Andres Astralaga is currently the Vice President of Human Resources for the NFL Media which consist of the NFL Network and its digital media products. Andres leads all aspects of Human Resources including recruiting & retention, training & development, employee relations, organizational design & learning, diversity and labor relations. Andres joined the NFL in 2012 but held prior Human Resources leadership positions with Disney/ ESPN as well as Barnes Aerospace and NBC Universal. Prior to his HR career Andres, worked as a Victim Witness Advocate for the District Attorney’s Office of Middlesex County in Massachusetts. ...READ MORE

Andres Astralaga is currently the Vice President of Human Resources for the NFL Media which consist of the NFL Network and its digital media products. Andres leads all aspects of Human Resources including recruiting & retention, training & development, employee relations, organizational design & learning, diversity and labor relations. Andres joined the NFL in 2012 but held prior Human Resources leadership positions with Disney/ ESPN as well as Barnes Aerospace and NBC Universal. Prior to his HR career Andres, worked as a Victim Witness Advocate for the District Attorney’s Office of Middlesex County in Massachusetts. Andres has a BA in Public Administration from Michigan State University and a Masters in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Andres was born in Cali, Colombia and came to the United States with his family at the age of 10 where he grew up in Syracuse, NY. Andres lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two year old son who keeps him very busy.

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.

Billy Bean
Vice President & Special Assistant to the Commissioner, MLB
SPEAKING:
Thursday, June 29
Responsible Sport: How the Sports Community is Addressing Social Equity through Sustainability

Billy Bean serves at MLB as Vice-President & Special Assistant to the Commissioner. As a senior advisor to Commissioner Manfred, his role focuses on baseball’s social responsibility initiatives and LGBT inclusion. Among his responsibilities, Bean works with MLB’s 30 clubs to bring awareness to all players, coaches, managers, umpires, employees, and stakeholders throughout baseball to ensure an equitable, inclusive, and supportive workplace for everyone. ...READ MORE

Billy Bean serves at MLB as Vice-President & Special Assistant to the Commissioner. As a senior advisor to Commissioner Manfred, his role focuses on baseball’s social responsibility initiatives and LGBT inclusion. Among his responsibilities, Bean works with MLB’s 30 clubs to bring awareness to all players, coaches, managers, umpires, employees, and stakeholders throughout baseball to ensure an equitable, inclusive, and supportive workplace for everyone.
On July 14, 2014, Bean was announced as Major League Baseball’s first-ever Ambassador for Inclusion. He played in the Major Leagues from 1987-1995. Bean broke into the big leagues with the Detroit Tigers, and tied a major-league record with four hits in his first game. He went on to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres. Bean was a two-time “All-America” outfielder at Loyola Marymount University before graduating with a degree in Business Administration.
Billy is a member of MLB’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. He is the author of the book, “Going the Other Way.” He is also an advisory board member of the Sports Equality Foundation, aimed at providing support to LGBT athletes, coaches, and team leaders in every sport.

Todd Brandel
Director of Product, 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.

Kathy Cacciola
Senior Director, Environmental Sustainability, Aramark
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 27
Thought Leadership Forum

As Senior Director of Environmental Sustainability at Aramark, a global foodservice and facilities management company, Kathy is responsible for Aramark’s environmental sustainability strategy, programs and practices that address responsible sourcing, waste minimization, efficient operations and transportation management. In partnership with functional teams including global supply chain, global operational excellence, culinary, marketing, and stakeholders across business units and geographies, Kathy leads the development and implementation of enterprise-wide policies and practices. ...READ MORE

As Senior Director of Environmental Sustainability at Aramark, a global foodservice and facilities management company, Kathy is responsible for Aramark’s environmental sustainability strategy, programs and practices that address responsible sourcing, waste minimization, efficient operations and transportation management. In partnership with functional teams including global supply chain, global operational excellence, culinary, marketing, and stakeholders across business units and geographies, Kathy leads the development and implementation of enterprise-wide policies and practices.

Kathy spearheaded and leads Aramark’s internal Sustainable Sourcing Council and external Sustainable Sourcing Advisory Panel. She wrote the foundational Animal Welfare and Sustainable Seafood Purchasing Principles & Policies and drives the implementation of Aramark’s Green Thread™ brand. Through internal and external communication channels, Kathy drives awareness of Aramark’s food waste minimization strategy including waste prevention, food donations, and organics recycling. Kathy manages external stakeholder engagement, serving as a liaison to advocacy and activist organizations, industry associations, and roundtable forums.

Previously, Kathy worked in the University of Virginia’s Office of the Architect, managing the inaugural Sustainability Report. Kathy’s commitment to the sustainability has been a theme throughout her roles at the National Wildlife Federation, American Rivers, Greenpeace, and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

Kathy serves on the National Restaurant Association’s Sustainability Executives Steering Committee, Food Waste Reduction Alliance, Humane Society of the US Corporate Roundtable, and Seafood Watch Foodservice Roundtable. She speaks regularly on panels including Culinary Institute of America Menus of Change, Net Impact, and at the Food Marketing Institute Global Sustainability Summit.

Kathy enjoys speaking in Spanish and holds a Master’s in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture and a Bachelor’s in Environmental Policy and International Development from American University, where she studied abroad in Denmark and Kenya. She keeps her footprint under check by walking to work in Philadelphia, where she lives with her husband, and soon-to-be dog named Spot.

Jesikah Cavanaugh
Student Athlete, Swimming, Oregon State University
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
The Gloves are Off: How Athletes are Taking Action in their Communities

Jesikah spent the last four years as a dedicated member and captain, 2016-2017, of the Oregon State Women’s Swimming Team. Studying environmental engineering, Jesikah recently graduated this June. Growing up in Anchorage, Alaska, her appreciation for the beauty and strength of nature began. As Team Leader of the Beaver Athlete Sustainability Team she facilitated the productivity of a passionate group of student-athletes. The goal is to develop a withstanding, multi-sport team that demonstrates their commitment to the most holistically sustainable athletic department in the Pac-12. ...READ MORE

Jesikah spent the last four years as a dedicated member and captain, 2016-2017, of the Oregon State Women’s Swimming Team. Studying environmental engineering, Jesikah recently graduated this June. Growing up in Anchorage, Alaska, her appreciation for the beauty and strength of nature began. As Team Leader of the Beaver Athlete Sustainability Team she facilitated the productivity of a passionate group of student-athletes. The goal is to develop a withstanding, multi-sport team that demonstrates their commitment to the most holistically sustainable athletic department in the Pac-12. The hope is to create a culture that understands the responsibility and impact we all have on the environment and strive to reduce that impact through encouragement, education and engagement with the community.
Jesikah participated in a Continuous Improvement internship at ATI Specialty Alloys and Components, a metal manufacturing plant where she worked to decrease physical, time and movement wastes. She hopes to work with a consulting firm where she could engage on teams specifically working to mitigate contaminants and environmental remediation projects.

Todd Christner
Director of Market Development, Corning Optical Network Evolution (ONE™)
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Mini-Session by Corning

Todd Christner has more than 20 years’ experience in the telecom industry, specializing in wireless and wireline network design (ISP and OSP). During his career, Christner has held a variety of positions at Motorola, L3 Communications, IBM, and Corning including RF regulatory compliance, unmanned air vehicle (UAV) development, and complex solution development and validation. He is a regular speaker at industry events and has been involved in the early adoption of converged/unified solutions in some of the largest public venues in North America. Christner is a thought leader in complex network deployments and cross-functional teaming to solve difficult problems in today’s changing environment.

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.

Kristin Cushman
Executive Director & Founder, The Offset Project
SPEAKING:
Thursday, June 29
From Clubs to Tournaments: Sustainability Solutions across the Golf Industry

Kristin founded the nonprofit organization The Offset Project (TOP) in 2007 with the vision of creating sustainable programs that would engage and inspire local communities to create change for their environment. Today, Kristin builds stakeholder networks, develops resources and innovates community legacy projects that fill gaps in public sustainability frameworks. Her value is incorporating a “boots on-the-ground” operational perspective with a top-down policy approach that creates a foundation to support the goals set by sponsors, promoters and venues. ...READ MORE

Kristin founded the nonprofit organization The Offset Project (TOP) in 2007 with the vision of creating sustainable programs that would engage and inspire local communities to create change for their environment. Today, Kristin builds stakeholder networks, develops resources and innovates community legacy projects that fill gaps in public sustainability frameworks. Her value is incorporating a “boots on-the-ground” operational perspective with a top-down policy approach that creates a foundation to support the goals set by sponsors, promoters and venues.

TOP currently manages or consults with over 40 organizations and event promoters in building sustainable event management systems. TOP has also been instrumental in guiding events through environmental certification programs that focus on the overall sustainability of the event. TOP event initiatives and programs have created community legacy projects focusing on renewable energy. Event carbon offset projects have included new solar power systems and multiple electric vehicle charging stations in Monterey County. Through their extensive recovery network, TOP is now spearheading a statewide food recovery movement that focuses on the organic waste collection system at special events.
Kristin received the Breathe California 2014 Clean Air Leadership Award, presented by the Air District Control Board. She was also recognized by the California Resource Recovery Association in 2015 & 2016 for Outstanding Practices in Venue/Event Resource Recovery.

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.

R. Mark Davis
President, Sailors for the Sea
SPEAKING:
Thursday, June 29
From Green to Blue: How Sports Are Leading the Way to Protect Our Oceans

Mark is a consummate strategist, manager, social entrepreneur, and humanitarian with over thirty years experience leading private and social sector organiza­tions. He is an avid sailor with a USCG 100-ton Master’s license, a former science teacher, explorer, a Fellow at the Francis Hesselbein Leadership Institute, and a recognized environmental leader who has received numerous awards for restoration, conservation, and revitalization efforts throughout his career. Having managed busi­ness in twenty-seven countries Mark works as a synergistic catalyst to facilitate win-win public-private partnerships, create enduring strategic alliances, and is the emissary of Sailors for the Sea ocean conservation message to the boating community.

Chris DeVolder
Managing Principal, 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.

Rahul Devaskar
Membership Manager, Green Sports Alliance
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Leveraging Existing Resources: How Effective Partnerships Can Improve Your Triple Bottom Line

Rahul Devaskar is Membership Manager and newest team member of the Green Sports Alliance. He is responsible for maintaining and servicing strategic relationships with stakeholders across the Green Sports Movement, with emphasis on Membership support and growth. Rahul holds an MSc in Sport Management, Policy & Governance from the Sports Business Centre at Birkbeck, University of London–having completed his research on evaluating strategic partnerships in Sport CSR. He is a longtime supporter (and former employee) of the San Jose Earthquakes soccer club.

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.

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.

Ryan Evans, PE, LEED AP BD+C
Director of Sustainability and Research, Henderson Engineers
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Creating a Comfortable Environment to Increase Fan Experience

The director of sustainability, the director of both Henderson University and Henderson Research, and the director of probably something else, Ryan Evans is a man of many titles, and talents; that’s why he’s Henderson’s go to guy – for a lot of stuff. When he’s not presenting the latest and greatest trends in the industry to our clients or heading up our internal, company-funded research program, Ryan can be found consulting on projects’ mechanical systems and how they interact with the building structure and occupants, leading to high performance designs. A professional engineer and LEED accredited professional, Ryan’s considerable knowledge and credibility is one of the many prominent reasons his clients continuously request him. When it comes to finding the right balance between work, family, and community involvement, Ryan’s your guy. His lighthearted attitude and major dedication in and out of the office is what make him a valuable player to the Henderson team.

Jessica Franco
Sustainability Programs Manager, STAPLES Center
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Venues & Teams Working Together to Leverage Sustainability-Focused Fan Engagement

Jessica Franco first joined STAPLES Center in 2006 as the executive assistant to the VP of Operations. The following year, AEG launched its AEG 1EARTH corporate sustainability program and Jessica became responsible for the collection and management of the energy and environmental data that supports STAPLES Center’s environmental, waste reduction and energy-related initiatives. In her current role as Manager of Sustainability Programs, Jessica oversees STAPLES Center’s ISO 14001 certification process and works with operational partners to manage STAPLES Center’s environmental data. She also manages STAPLES Center’s participation in three key environmental holidays – America Recycles Day, Earth Hour and Earth Month. Jessica leads STAPLES Center’s Green Team which includes a representative from each of the venue’s departments and operational partners like ABM and Levy Restaurants.

Chris Granger
President, Sacramento Kings
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 27
Sacramento Welcome

Chris Granger is in his first season with the Kings, but he is a 14-year veteran of the NBA. As President of Sacramento Basketball Holdings, Granger is responsible for all Kings business operations as well leading the development of the downtown arena. Prior to joining the Kings, Granger was the Executive Vice President of the NBA’s renowned Team Marketing and Business Operations (TMBO) function, advising NBA, WNBA and NBA Development League teams on all aspects of business operations including ticket sales, sponsorship sales, marketing, community relations, communications, and new media. ...READ MORE

Chris Granger is in his first season with the Kings, but he is a 14-year veteran of the NBA. As President of Sacramento Basketball Holdings, Granger is responsible for all Kings business operations as well leading the development of the downtown arena. Prior to joining the Kings, Granger was the Executive Vice President of the NBA’s renowned Team Marketing and Business Operations (TMBO) function, advising NBA, WNBA and NBA Development League teams on all aspects of business operations including ticket sales, sponsorship sales, marketing, community relations, communications, and new media. He has worked with the Kings in various capacities since 2004, most recently leading the TMBO function in Sacramento that supported the “re-launch” of the Kings, after the threat of relocation. During Granger’s years in TMBO, teams across all three leagues have set numerous and consistent records for attendance, gate receipts, and sponsorship revenue.

Prior to joining the NBA, Granger held leadership positions within the Walt Disney World Company, mainly on the resort side of the business.

Granger received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his M.B.A. from Yale. He also spent a year abroad at the prestigious London School of Economics & Political Science.

An Indiana native, Chris now lives in the Wilhaggin area of Sacramento with his wife Jennifer and daughters, Zoe and Megan.

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.

Jack Groh
Director, Environmental Program, NFL
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 27 & Wednesday, June 29
Thought Leadership Forum & Sports Leadership Update

Jack Groh is Director of the National Football League’s Environmental Program and a principal in the consulting firm of US Green Sports. Mr. Groh has been a communications and environmental consultant for more than 25 years and has worked on Super Bowl since 1993. Under his leadership, Super Bowl has become recognized as the greenest professional sports championship in America. ...READ MORE

Jack Groh is Director of the National Football League’s Environmental Program and a principal in the consulting firm of US Green Sports. Mr. Groh has been a communications and environmental consultant for more than 25 years and has worked on Super Bowl since 1993. Under his leadership, Super Bowl has become recognized as the greenest professional sports championship in America.

Mr. Groh also serves as Sustainability Director for the new College Football Playoffs, debuting in January 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

He has coordinated environmental projects for the US Department of Energy, Argonne National Laboratory, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, the American Solar Energy Society, the State of Rhode Island, the National Clean Cities Coalition and the United States Consortium for Automotive Research (USCAR) – a joint initiative of GM, Ford and Chrysler.

His work has been recognized for its high level of community, government, and sponsor support and participation; its practical approach to environmental problem-solving; and the significant return on investment (ROI). He has helped event organizers develop environmental initiatives that cut costs and provide measurable community benefits.

Mr. Groh has delivered presentations to academic and corporate audiences across North America and Europe. He has been a featured speaker at conferences organized by the United Nations and by the International Olympic Committee and has shared his insights with military officers at the Pentagon. He has lectured at academic institutions including Harvard University and MIT.

Prior to working in the environmental and communications field, Mr. Groh was an award-winning journalist. Associated Press, UPI, and the Society for Professional Journalists presented awards for his investigative work.

Mr. Groh is a nationally licensed soccer coach and director of coach training in Warwick, RI. He serves as a leader for the Boy Scouts of America and has been an on-air fund raiser for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). He is a past national BOD member of the Alliance for Community Trees and a member of the Advisory Board of the Trash On Your Back Project.

His wife Susan works as a project manager for the National Football League and other clients. They have three children.

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.

Paul Hanlon
Senior Director, Ballpark Operations and Sustainability, MLB
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Sports Leadership Update

Paul Hanlon is currently in his 13th season in Major League Baseball, and his third year at the Commissioner’s Office. In this role, Paul oversees the relationship between the stadium operations representative’s at all 30 clubs and Major League Baseball. These representatives include those responsible for Facilities, Fan/Customer Service and overall Event Operations at each club. ...READ MORE

Paul Hanlon is currently in his 13th season in Major League Baseball, and his third year at the Commissioner’s Office. In this role, Paul oversees the relationship between the stadium operations representative’s at all 30 clubs and Major League Baseball. These representatives include those responsible for Facilities, Fan/Customer Service and overall Event Operations at each club.

In his role, Paul also oversees the league’s Greening and Sustainability program, including managing the teams’ participation in league wide programs, such as Green Tracks data entry, All-Star and Postseason Greening efforts, and the coordination of defining best practices. Paul also works in collaboration with other departments in baseball on guest service training, concessionaire issues, weather related items, and overall operational coordination for all jewel events including the Postseason and All-Star Game. Prior to joining the Major League Baseball league office, Paul worked at the Boston Red Sox as Director of Ballpark Planning and Development and in a variety of roles after joining the organization in 2002. During this tenure in Boston, Paul worked on the team that managed the ten-year improvement project at Fenway Park. Paul was the primary contact for the National Hockey League during the 2009-10 Winter Classic held at Fenway, as well as project lead on Fenway Park “A Living Museum”, and a member of the team that oversaw the construction of JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida. In addition, Paul managed the Red Sox Facilities Department, Capital Construction Budget, Office Administration Department, and Historical Archival Program. A 2001 graduate of the College of Communication at Boston University, Paul is a native of Waltham, Massachusetts and now resides in Brooklyn, New York.

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.

Mary Harvey
Principal, Ripple Effect Consulting, Athlete Ally Ambassador, and Board Vice Chair, Green Sports Alliance
SPEAKING:
Thursday, June 29
Responsible Sport: How the Sports Community is Addressing Social Equity through Sustainability
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.

Sara Hoverston
Director, Corporate Partnerships, BEF
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
What Floats & What Sinks: Lessons Learned in Stakeholder Engagement and Storytelling Around Water

Sara joined the BEF team in Spring of 2016 to cultivate, maintain and expand partnerships that help advance the impact of BEF’s mission. Her role is focused on partnerships and stakeholder engagement around the Change the Course and Solar 4R Schools programs. Prior to joining BEF, Sara was the Director of Operations at the Green Sports Alliance. In this role, she maintained external and internal facing responsibilities ranging from business development, program strategy and project management to business operations and human resources, and produced the annual Green Sports Alliance Summit. Throughout her career, Sara has served in different capacities in community development, impact investing, sustainability and marketing strategy consulting. She received her M.B.A. in Sustainable Business Practices from the University of Oregon, and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in Marketing.

Dune Ives
Executive Director Lonely Whale Foundation; Founding Member of Green Sports Alliance
SPEAKING:
Thursday, June 29
From Green to Blue: How Sports Are Leading the Way to Protect Our Oceans

Dune Ives is Executive Director Lonely Whale Foundation. Through the lens of the world’s loneliest whale, the Foundation is a collaborative philanthropy that inspires empathy and community building for the worlds ocean and marine animals. By developing unique and highly leverage able partnerships and initiatives, Dune and her team are cultivating a global, connected audience that is inspired to work together to take direct and effective action. ...READ MORE

Dune Ives is Executive Director Lonely Whale Foundation. Through the lens of the world’s loneliest whale, the Foundation is a collaborative philanthropy that inspires empathy and community building for the worlds ocean and marine animals. By developing unique and highly leverage able partnerships and initiatives, Dune and her team are cultivating a global, connected audience that is inspired to work together to take direct and effective action.

As the former head of Paul Allen’s Vulcan Philanthropy, Dune designed and oversaw several change-making initiatives that address key drivers of environmental degradation and species decline. Notably, Dune led Global Fin Print, Coral Reef Human Assisted Evolution, Smart Catch, I-1401 (the most successful State-wide initiative in Washington State history), the BLM Coal Leasing Program PEIS lawsuit and the Great Elephant Census for which she addressed a global delegation of elephant range state leaders on the critical importance of near-term elephant protection and conservation.

Dune also led Paul Allen’s $100M Global Ebola commitment for which she addressed critical gaps in our global readiness to respond to virus outbreaks. Through private public partnerships she created the Global Medevac Response units, expanded the US’s air bridge capabilities and supported lifesaving behavior change based communications and trainings to on the ground workers and communities.

Prior to her work at Vulcan, Dune started and led Milepost Consulting, an award-winning consultancy dedicated to development of systemic behavior-based initiatives for large-scale utilities towards drastic and lasting energy use reduction. Notable programs include EScore for Tennessee Valley Authority and BetterBricks Commercial Real Estate Program on behalf of the utilities of the Pacific Northwest.

Dune holds her Ph.D. in Psychology, is co-founder of The Green Sports Alliance and is an inaugural member of Al Gore’s The Climate Project.

Shane Keough
CEO, Global Ecosystem Solutions Inc.; Former Oakland A's Minor Leaguer
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
The Gloves are Off: How Athletes are Taking Action in their Communities

Shane Keough is an athlete turned CEO of the benefit corporation Global Ecosystem Solutions, Inc. GESS Inc. engineers ecological projects that not only benefit shareholders, but also positively impacts our global environmental health.
Shane’s roots in sports began long before he was born. His grandfather, a scout for the St. Louis Cardinals, and his father, a pitcher for the Oakland A’s and Japan’s Hansin Tigers, created an opportunity for most of Shane’s childhood to be spent around the game of baseball. In 2006 Shane followed in his family’s footsteps and signed with the Oakland Athletics. He played four seasons in their minor-league system as an outfielder. ...READ MORE

Shane Keough is an athlete turned CEO of the benefit corporation Global Ecosystem Solutions, Inc. GESS Inc. engineers ecological projects that not only benefit shareholders, but also positively impacts our global environmental health.
Shane’s roots in sports began long before he was born. His grandfather, a scout for the St. Louis Cardinals, and his father, a pitcher for the Oakland A’s and Japan’s Hansin Tigers, created an opportunity for most of Shane’s childhood to be spent around the game of baseball. In 2006 Shane followed in his family’s footsteps and signed with the Oakland Athletics. He played four seasons in their minor-league system as an outfielder.
During the 2010 season Shane was diagnosed with a torn patellar tendon; an injury that would require surgery. During his rehabilitation Shane created his first company, Doc Discover; a web-platform for patients to locate the best medical professionals for their condition. Shane wanted to create a search engine that highlighted the qualifications of a medical professional; not just their ability to market online. Through Doc Discover Shane’s passion for helping others was born.
In 2013 Shane signed with LA Model Management; an opportunity that led him to star in two independent films. Although Shane enjoyed acting, it was the collaborative, team effort of skilled individuals working together towards a singular goal that began to inspire his next business venture.
In 2016 Shane founded Solar Waste Reprocessing, LLC; a company aimed to maximize the potential energy of municipal waste. The company’s focus soon shifted to agricultural waste; specifically recovering vital resources currently uncultivated, including soil-nutrients and water.
Currently, Shane is working in the fields of fuel production, power generation, waste disposal, resource recovery, food production, and mobile technology. Shane’s mission is to show the world that what is good for business can also be great for the environment.

Joe Khirallah
Chief Executive Officer, Green Bear Group

For the past 25 years, Joe Khirallah has learned and taught on the value of story in producing creative and innovative results. Listening to others, synthesizing their messages, and creating heartfelt communications, Joe helps his clients get their stories straight and connect them to their stakeholders. Stories of people and organizations, stories of struggle and success, stories of presence and impact. ...READ MORE

For the past 25 years, Joe Khirallah has learned and taught on the value of story in producing creative and innovative results. Listening to others, synthesizing their messages, and creating heartfelt communications, Joe helps his clients get their stories straight and connect them to their stakeholders. Stories of people and organizations, stories of struggle and success, stories of presence and impact.

Joe facilitates creative strategy sessions, develops communications campaigns, and builds lasting relationships with his clients and his colleagues. He listens with great presence, engages with enthusiasm and energy, and offers insights while having fun.

Three years ago, he founded Green Bear Group to focus on helping clients involved with environmental sustainability. Based in the Bay Area, with partners in Hollywood and Chicago, Green Bear helps Fortune 100 corporations, non-profits, technology start-ups, sports organizations, and other worthy causes.

Jason Kobeda
Senior Coordinator, Facility Operations, Major League Baseball
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
What Floats & What Sinks: Lessons Learned in Stakeholder Engagement and Storytelling Around Water

Jason Kobeda is Sr. Coordinator, Facility Operations in the Commissioner’s Office of Major League Baseball. In this role, Jason oversees many aspects of ballpark operations such as security, fan experience, concessions and environmental sustainability. Jason also provides planning and management support for MLB jewel events such as the All-Star Game and World Series. ...READ MORE

Jason Kobeda is Sr. Coordinator, Facility Operations in the Commissioner’s Office of Major League Baseball. In this role, Jason oversees many aspects of ballpark operations such as security, fan experience, concessions and environmental sustainability. Jason also provides planning and management support for MLB jewel events such as the All-Star Game and World Series.

Prior to joining the Office of the Commissioner, Jason spent four seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates as Ballpark Maintenance Manager where he oversaw daily operations and worked with Populous and senior leadership to develop a long-term holistic master plan for PNC Park.

Jason began his career as Business Specialist for the Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh where he was a member of the development team for the Pittsburgh Penguins’ PPG Paints Arena, the NHL’s first LEED Gold certified venue.

In addition to his role in baseball, Jason is on the Board of Governors for the 2030 Districts Network which has been established in cities across North America to provide a business model for urban sustainability through collaboration, leveraged financing, and shared resources. The 2030 Districts work toward a common goal of meeting the energy, water, and transportation emissions reduction targets for existing buildings and new construction called for by Architecture 2030.

Catherine Kummer
Senior Director, NASCAR Green Innovation
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Sports Leadership Update

Catherine Kummer is NASCAR’s Senior Director of Green Innovation. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Catherine supports the adoption and implementation of sustainability practices across the sport. She joined NASCAR in 2004 and over the last six years has worked on existing and new sustainability initiatives across the industry. NASCAR focuses on three areas of environmental impact: renewable energy, recycling and emissions. ...READ MORE

Catherine Kummer is NASCAR’s Senior Director of Green Innovation. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Catherine supports the adoption and implementation of sustainability practices across the sport. She joined NASCAR in 2004 and over the last six years has worked on existing and new sustainability initiatives across the industry. NASCAR focuses on three areas of environmental impact: renewable energy, recycling and emissions. In addition to working with partners such as the US Department of Energy, US Environmental Protection Agency and Green Sports Alliance on developing new programs for implementation across the sport, Catherine also focuses her attention on growing and continuing programs that have recycled more than 30 million bottles and cans; over 800,000 race tires; and enough oil to power the Empire State Building for multiple years. She manages a national tree planting initiative that with partners has planted enough trees (400,000+) to offset carbon emissions for all NASCAR national series racing for the past seven years of NASCAR Green, plus the next 40 years.

Currently a Masters Candidate in Sustainability at Wake Forest University, Catherine is also a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Presidio Graduate School Honorary Fellow, LEED Green Associate and most importantly wife to Michael and Mom to 5-year-old Will and 3-year-old Emmy.

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.

Sam Lewis
Student Athlete, Cross Country and Track & Field, Oregon State University
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 27
The Gloves are Off: How Athletes are Taking Action in their Communities

Sam has spent the last five years as a member of the Oregon State’s Cross Country and Track & Field Team, in which she was a captain for the 2016-2017 seasons. Sam graduated from OSU this June with a major in Exercise and Sport Science and a minor in Spanish. Sam’s awareness and love for the environment was cultivated by growing up in Boulder, CO, where her backyard was the Rocky Mountains. After growing up in such an environmentally conscientious city, she saw areas for improvement within the athletic department when she came to OSU. ...READ MORE

Sam has spent the last five years as a member of the Oregon State’s Cross Country and Track & Field Team, in which she was a captain for the 2016-2017 seasons. Sam graduated from OSU this June with a major in Exercise and Sport Science and a minor in Spanish. Sam’s awareness and love for the environment was cultivated by growing up in Boulder, CO, where her backyard was the Rocky Mountains. After growing up in such an environmentally conscientious city, she saw areas for improvement within the athletic department when she came to OSU. Sam pushed for recycling bins to be put in all athletic team locker rooms as she saw her own team would throw out tons of plastic bottles every day after practices. As a result of this push, and along with other environmentally passionate student-athletes, the Beaver Athlete Sustainability team was created to tackle larger projects. As Co-Founder and Team Leader with Jesikah Cavanaugh, Sam has guided a group of student-athletes from different sports teams to initiate environmentally conscious changes within the athletic department at OSU. She was also responsible for establishing relationships throughout the community, including connecting BAST with the Corvallis Environmental Center, the Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI, campus’ sustainability group) and Campus Recycling to show the rest of campus and Corvallis that the OSU’s athletic department is committed to making environmentally conscious changes. “If BAST can make a difference, no matter how small, we understand that those small changes will eventually lead to making a greater impact. We ultimately want to reduce the carbon footprint of OSU’s athletic department and show the Pac-12 and country that OSU is committed to making a positive difference.” -Sam Lewis (W Cross Country and Track)
In the future, Sam hopes to work within a collegiate athletic department, promoting and initiating similar ideas and programs that BAST has created at Oregon State, with the ultimate goal of creating an environmentally sustainable culture within that athletic department.

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.

Abraham Madkour
Executive Editor, SportsBusiness Journal
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 27 & Wednesday, June 29
An Interview with Basketball Legend, Bill Walton & The Gloves are Off: How Athletes are Taking Action in their Communities

Mr. Madkour is responsible for determining the editorial content and shaping the editorial direction of the leading publications on the business of sports, while managing the entire editorial staff. In addition, he oversees all the editorial content for the various conferences produced by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Group, including the prestigious World Congress of Sports and Forty Under 40 awards dinner. ...READ MORE

Mr. Madkour is responsible for determining the editorial content and shaping the editorial direction of the leading publications on the business of sports, while managing the entire editorial staff. In addition, he oversees all the editorial content for the various conferences produced by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Group, including the prestigious World Congress of Sports and Forty Under 40 awards dinner. Mr. Madkour serves as the lead moderator and editorial spokesman for all of the company’s events. Mr. Madkour joined SportsBusiness Daily as a Senior Staff Writer when the publication launched in August 1994. He was named Editor-in-Chief in September 1996 and became Executive Editor of SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily in 2003. Prior to joining SportsBusiness Daily, Mr. Madkour was a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont. In addition to working with Senator Leahy, Mr. Madkour had stints working for the Washington Bullets and the Baltimore Orioles in 1993 and 1994. He lives in Charlotte, N.C., and is a graduate of the University of Vermont.

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!

Chip Maxson
General Manager, Sacramento RiverCats
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Leveraging Existing Resources: How Effective Partnerships Can Improve Your Triple Bottom Line

Originally from the Midwest, Chip played baseball at Olivet Nazarene University and quickly realized that MLB was not going to be a reality but a career in baseball certainly could be. Chip continued his education, earning an MSE in Sports Management from Baylor University and landing internships with the Kane County Cougars and Memphis Redbirds. From Memphis, Chip joined Mandalay Baseball Properties and began his career in sales and management with the Frisco RoughRiders. ...READ MORE

Originally from the Midwest, Chip played baseball at Olivet Nazarene University and quickly realized that MLB was not going to be a reality but a career in baseball certainly could be. Chip continued his education, earning an MSE in Sports Management from Baylor University and landing internships with the Kane County Cougars and Memphis Redbirds. From Memphis, Chip joined Mandalay Baseball Properties and began his career in sales and management with the Frisco RoughRiders.
In 2008, Chip moved to Tacoma, WA, to help turn around the Tacoma Rainiers. As Vice President of Ticket Sales, Maxson increased ticket revenue by more than 150% in his first four seasons by selling out the contract suites, premium and club areas. Chip was also instrumental in the $30M renovation of Cheney Stadium which won Ballpark Digest’s 2011 Renovation of the Year award.
Now as the General Manager of the Sacramento River Cats, Maxson oversees the business operations. The River Cats are consistently one of MiLBs top teams in attendance and Forbes ranks them as the most valuable franchise in MiLB. While in Sacramento, Chip has focused on creating a positive sales culture, developing new premium and social spaces, upgrading digital and video components, and emphasizing a strong community involvement.
Outside of the River Cats, Chip serves on the boards of Youth for Christ, National Sports Forum, and The Daniel Summit. His wife, Allison, is a physical therapist and an elite runner who ran in the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials. Together they enjoy doing races, working out, and anything outdoors.

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.

Adam Miller
Director of Operations, Rabobank Arena
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Venues & Teams Working Together to Leverage Sustainability-Focused Fan Engagement

Adam Miller has been working in Facilities & Event Management for the last 15 years. He wears many hats in his current role overseeing the facility maintenance, events, housekeeping, parking, and technical services departments in the Bakersfield facilities. Over the years, Adam has taken on many sustainability projects including facility-wide lighting retrofits, retro-commissioning projects, water reduction projects, recycling projects, and creating the area’s largest one-day recycling event on America’s Recycles Day. ...READ MORE

Adam Miller has been working in Facilities & Event Management for the last 15 years. He wears many hats in his current role overseeing the facility maintenance, events, housekeeping, parking, and technical services departments in the Bakersfield facilities. Over the years, Adam has taken on many sustainability projects including facility-wide lighting retrofits, retro-commissioning projects, water reduction projects, recycling projects, and creating the area’s largest one-day recycling event on America’s Recycles Day. Adam has a Bachelor Degree from Colorado State University, College of Natural Resources. His education sparked his interests in sustainability and environmental responsibility. In his spare time, Miller enjoys spending time with his two children. He is a fan of craft beer and ice hockey.

Omar Mitchell
VP, Corporate Social Responsibility, NHL
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
What Floats & What Sinks: Lessons Learned in Stakeholder Engagement and Storytelling Around Water & Sports Leadership Update

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.

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, Athletics, The Ohio State University
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.

Thomas Odenwald
Executive Vice President, SupplyShift
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Sustainability & Data – Making Sense out of a Crowded Marketplace

Thomas Odenwald is a global strategy and technology executive with a passion for innovative products and based in the Silicon Valley. He is heading up Sales, Marketing & Business Development at SupplyShift. He is a well-known expert in the field of enterprise software, supply chain management, sustainability strategies and corporate reporting & disclosure with decades of experience. ...READ MORE

Thomas Odenwald is a global strategy and technology executive with a passion for innovative products and based in the Silicon Valley. He is heading up Sales, Marketing & Business Development at SupplyShift. He is a well-known expert in the field of enterprise software, supply chain management, sustainability strategies and corporate reporting & disclosure with decades of experience. Thomas is a SAP veteran (20+ years) and until recently held the position of chief strategist and senior vice president at for products and innovation at SAP. His career also includes executive positions at Thinkstep (CTO) and Intercomponentware (EVP and General Manager ICW Labs).
Thomas is also very active in a variety of advisory boards and non-profits. He holds a MS in economics and computer science from renowned Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, Germany. He owns multiple patents and has published numerous articles, book chapters and journal entries.

Manuel Oomen
Senior Marketing Director, Philips Lighting USA
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Mini-Session: Sustainable Transformation of Stadiums and Arenas with Digital Lighting

Manuel is passionate about what lighting can do to transform buildings and spaces. He has a long and diverse career within Philips, where he has held a variety of key positions in R&D, product management, and marketing and sales. He is proud to work for a company that has a long standing track record as a leader in sustainability. His career at Philips has centered around innovations that can make a sustainable and profound impact, as is definitely the case for his current role as senior marketing director for outdoor and sports lighting systems. Manuel holds a PhD of the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands and currently lives in New York City, USA.

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.

John Park
Lead Project Manager, PlanLED
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 27
Thought Leadership Forum

John Park is a core leader at PlanLED and a key contributor to the Human Centric Lighting Society. John is a thought leader in the implementation of LED Lighting in collegiate and professional sporting venues, most specifically in the proper implementation of Human Centric Lighting. John has been instrumental in architecting partnership structures with various industry partners, and he is very active in educating and advocating the benefits of Human Centric Lighting at various seminars and conferences including Stadium Managers Association (SMA), International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) & Major League Baseball’s (MLB) internal FESTOPS. John has worked intimately with professional leagues, teams, industry professionals and athletes to promulgate the message of sustainability and biologically effective lighting as the catalyst for expediting proper LED adoption.

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.

Robin Raj
Founder & Executive Creative Director, Citizen Group
SPEAKING:
Thursday, June 29
Purpose-Driven Platforms: Sponsorship Activation Aligned with Environmental & Social Sustainability

As an award-winning creative director and copywriter, Robin has contributed to some of the world’s best-known brands and organizations for more than three decades. Today, Robin leads Citizen Group, by building ‘citizen brands’ and developing pro-social campaigns and initiatives for clients such as AT&T, Cisco WebEx, Driscoll’s Berries, Fisker Automotive, Green Sports Alliance, HealthMart/McKesson, Major League Baseball, Pabst Brewing Company, Portuguese Cork Association, NRDC, USA Network, United Nations, Wal-Mart (sustainability initiative), and WWF Climate Savers. ...READ MORE

As an award-winning creative director and copywriter, Robin has contributed to some of the world’s best-known brands and organizations for more than three decades. Today, Robin leads Citizen Group, by building ‘citizen brands’ and developing pro-social campaigns and initiatives for clients such as AT&T, Cisco WebEx, Driscoll’s Berries, Fisker Automotive, Green Sports Alliance, HealthMart/McKesson, Major League Baseball, Pabst Brewing Company, Portuguese Cork Association, NRDC, USA Network, United Nations, Wal-Mart (sustainability initiative), and WWF Climate Savers. Over the past decade, Robin’s work has helped give rise to the Green Sports movement through his defining work with NRDC, the Green Sports Alliance, Major League Baseball and the Philadelphia Eagles . Robin’s past credits include the “Imagine” and “Instant Karma” campaigns for Amnesty International, based on the songs of John Lennon, which ran in more than 65 countries, and his work at Chiat/Day in the 1980s, where he created the NYNEX Yellow Pages “Human Cartoons” campaign, voted one of Adweek’s 25 Greatest Ad Campaigns. Robin previously co-founded Collaborate, where he led creative development for Gore-Tex, Guinness Brewing, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Sierra Club, General Motors, Mastercard, PBS, and Virgin Records. He began his career at Hal Riney & Partners and Foote Cone Belding/SF, creating campaigns for AT&T, Levi’s, Coors, Gallo, and VISA. In 1990, Robin was named to AdWeek’s Creative All-Stars list; he currently serves on the Sustainable Brands Board of Advisors.

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.

Russ Romano
Director, Athletic Training, University of Southern California
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Health & Wellness Spotlight: Protecting Athletes, Coaches and Administration via Sustainable Design

Russ Romano has been the director of athletic medicine and head athletic trainer since the fall of 1998 and was promoted to Assistant Athletic Director in 2005. Romano supervises a team of staff athletic trainers, physical therapists, sports nutritionist and student assistants who work collectively to provide the best possible health care to USC student-athletes. ...READ MORE

Russ Romano has been the director of athletic medicine and head athletic trainer since the fall of 1998 and was promoted to Assistant Athletic Director in 2005. Romano supervises a team of staff athletic trainers, physical therapists, sports nutritionist and student assistants who work collectively to provide the best possible health care to USC student-athletes.

In 2008, Romano became a fellow of applied functional science after graduating from the Gray Institute of Functional Transformation Program (GIFT). He became a certified athletic trainer in 1991. He worked previously at USC as an assistant athletic trainer from 1993-96, working with the football and men’s basketball teams. Additionally, beginning in 1998, he served two terms as the California Athletic Trainer’s Association Region 4 director.

Romano received his bachelor’s degree in physical education (1989) and master’s degree in biomechanics (1993) from San Diego State University. He lives in Torrance with his wife Pam and two children Amanda and Paul.

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.

Lee Spivak
Senior Associate, Waste Management
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Sports on the Move: Embracing Sustainability at Sports Events and Broadcasts

Lee is a Senior Sustainability Associate with WM Sustainability Services and focuses on internal development as well as a variety of initiatives for other Fortune 500 companies. Most recently, he has worked on sustainable event and conference management, Carbon Disclosure Project and greenhouse gas reporting, product design and recyclability analyses, large-scale hospitality implementation programs, Council for Responsible Sport evaluations, city diversion assessments, as well as employee engagement video productions for major hotel chains and content about WM Sustainability Services. ...READ MORE

Lee is a Senior Sustainability Associate with WM Sustainability Services and focuses on internal development as well as a variety of initiatives for other Fortune 500 companies. Most recently, he has worked on sustainable event and conference management, Carbon Disclosure Project and greenhouse gas reporting, product design and recyclability analyses, large-scale hospitality implementation programs, Council for Responsible Sport evaluations, city diversion assessments, as well as employee engagement video productions for major hotel chains and content about WM Sustainability Services.

For IRONMAN Boulder, Lee helped formalize sustainability planning, procurement standardization, new energy and water calculations, greenhouse gas tracking, purchasing carbon offsets and water restoration certificates, expanded vendor and fan engagement, increased sustainable food purchasing, and IRONMAN’s first event sustainability report. For the WM Phoenix Open, Lee manages the operational sustainability initiatives, including procurement, vendor engagement, energy and water tracking and offsets, the Council for Responsible Sport certifications, the UL zero waste validations, marketing content, and sustainability reporting. Lee also executes comprehensive sustainability and diversion programs for large conferences.

Prior to working for Waste Management, Lee received a Master of Arts in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies with a focus on energy, climate change and Chinese (Mandarin). Hailing from Boston, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Chinese from Bates College. Lee is also a LEED AP and certified Global Reporting Initiative reporter with experience with energy efficiency management, ocean policy, water protection programs, and corporate social responsibility.

Annabelle Stamm nee Bennett
Senior Consultant, Quantis
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Sustainability & Data – Making Sense out of a Crowded Marketplace

Annabelle Stamm is a Senior Consultant with Quantis’ US team with over a decade of professional experience working in sustainability consulting. Annabelle handles project management responsibilities helping clients identify and develop pathways for future success. She has a high level of expertise on topics such as corporate and product footprinting (LCA), ecosystem services valuation, and translation of such metrics into business strategies and effective communication. Ms Stamm was on the technical advisory group for the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, and is currently on the committee of the New York Area Sustainability Group.

Quantis guides top organizations to define, shape and implement intelligent environmental sustainability solutions via resilient strategies, robust metrics, useful tools, and credible communications. Supporting UEFA, Formula E, Rio 2016 among others.

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.

John Tortora
Chief Operating Officer, Sharks Sports & Entertainment (SSE)
SPEAKING:
Thursday, June 29
Responsible Sport: How the Sports Community is Addressing Social Equity through Sustainability

John Tortora enters his fourth season as chief operating officer of Sharks Sports & Entertainment (SSE). Tortora, 47, oversees all aspects of SSE’s business operations and represents the organization’s ownership. He serves as an alternate governor for the San Jose Sharks to the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Board of Governors and for the San Jose Barracuda to the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Board of Governors.
Tortora works closely with Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson to establish and maintain a centralized and collaborative vision for the entire organization, encapsulating both hockey and business operations. Since being appointed COO in 2013, Tortora has focused on creating new opportunities to connect Sharks fans and corporate partners with the Sharks brand throughout the year. ...READ MORE

John Tortora enters his fourth season as chief operating officer of Sharks Sports & Entertainment (SSE). Tortora, 47, oversees all aspects of SSE’s business operations and represents the organization’s ownership. He serves as an alternate governor for the San Jose Sharks to the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Board of Governors and for the San Jose Barracuda to the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Board of Governors.
Tortora works closely with Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson to establish and maintain a centralized and collaborative vision for the entire organization, encapsulating both hockey and business operations. Since being appointed COO in 2013, Tortora has focused on creating new opportunities to connect Sharks fans and corporate partners with the Sharks brand throughout the year.
Over the last year under the direction of Sharks Majority Owner Hasso Plattner, Tortora has successfully collaborated on a number of high-profile organizational projects.
One of the most significant events occurred on Feb. 21, 2015 when the Sharks hosted the 2015 Coors Light Stadium Series at Levi’s Stadium, which was Northern California’s first professional outdoor hockey game. The sold-out contest was an overwhelming success, drawing a crowd of 70,205 fans, making it the third-largest attended game in NHL history. In addition, Tortora facilitated the Sharks participation in the four-part, EPIX television series, “Road to the Stadium Series,” which offered a unique and unfettered look into the day-to-day life of the Sharks players in the weeks preceding the outdoor game.

Peter “PT” Townend
Legendary Surfer
SPEAKING:
Thursday, June 29
Closing Keynote

The first World Professional Surfing Champion (1976) was a dominant figure in professional surfing’s formative years and was ranked in the top five in the world three out of the four years from 1976-79. In this same period he also doubled the character Jack Barlow in the Warner Brothers cult classic “Big Wednesday” directed by John Milius and staring Jan Michael Vincent, Gary Busey and William Katt. In 2000, he assumed the role of Publisher of Primedia’s Surfing Group overseeing editorial direction and marketing of Surfing, Bodyboarding Magazines and launched Surfing Girl. ...READ MORE

The first World Professional Surfing Champion (1976) was a dominant figure in professional surfing’s formative years and was ranked in the top five in the world three out of the four years from 1976-79. In this same period he also doubled the character Jack Barlow in the Warner Brothers cult classic “Big Wednesday” directed by John Milius and staring Jan Michael Vincent, Gary Busey and William Katt. In 2000, he assumed the role of Publisher of Primedia’s Surfing Group overseeing editorial direction and marketing of Surfing, Bodyboarding Magazines and launched Surfing Girl.

He formed The ActivEmpire(ATE) in 2003 a brand consultancy company specializing in brand management, athlete representation and special event marketing in the surf and skate markets. In 2014 Townend and The ActivEmpire was appointed Event Director for the Red Bull Qiantang Surfing Shootout in Hangzhou, China , an invitational surfing event held on the ‘River Bore” in the city of Hangzhou in 2016 won by the Australian team of Dean Morrison and Koby Abberton. He served as the President of Surfing America as it’s founder since it’s inception in 1997 until 2004, the SIMA funded non-profit umbrella organization which is the National Governing Body (NGB) for surfing in America under the ISA.

He has been inducted into the Surfing Walk of Fame and Surfers’ Hall of Fame in Huntington Beach and the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame. In 2013 he was given the “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the annual SIMA Waterman’s Ball”.

He is currently residing part-time on the island of Hainan, China as the first ever appointed National coach of the first ever China National Surfing Team that will compete internationally and endeavor to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where the sport of surfing will be contested for the first time. “PT” lives in Huntington Beach, California, has three grown children, Rana, Jye and Tosh and a grand-daughter Jemmaly. Also considers Bianca Endersby his family too.

Lauren Tracy
Director, Strategic Initiatives, United States Tennis Association
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Sports Leadership Update

Lauren Tracy is Director of Strategic Initiatives for the United States Tennis Association, a not-for-profit organization which serves as the national governing body for the sport of tennis and owns and operates the US Open, the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world. She is responsible for executing many of the USTA’s organizational priorities, including the US Open’s award-winning environmental sustainability program, which is uniquely tailored to accommodate the more than 700,000 fans visiting the tournament grounds during the two weeks of the event. For this program, Lauren develops and maintains relationships with the USTA’s environmental partners, handles the marketing and communications, and oversees the program’s overall growth. ...READ MORE

Lauren Tracy is Director of Strategic Initiatives for the United States Tennis Association, a not-for-profit organization which serves as the national governing body for the sport of tennis and owns and operates the US Open, the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world. She is responsible for executing many of the USTA’s organizational priorities, including the US Open’s award-winning environmental sustainability program, which is uniquely tailored to accommodate the more than 700,000 fans visiting the tournament grounds during the two weeks of the event. For this program, Lauren develops and maintains relationships with the USTA’s environmental partners, handles the marketing and communications, and oversees the program’s overall growth. Since the US Open environmental sustainability program’s inception in 2008, she and her team have increased the event’s diversion rate by more than 200 percent, with plans for continued success in the future.
Lauren also oversees and manages the USTA’s athlete safety program which includes the activities and functions related to the USTA’s efforts to foster safe, healthy, and positive sport environments. Most recently, Lauren oversaw the staff transition to the new USTA National Campus which opened in 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Working closely with the facility management team and construction project managers, they delivered a best in class facility and employee workplace experience which promotes efficiency, productivity, and peak performance.
Before joining the USTA, Lauren served as a litigation case manager with the law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP. She received her B.A. from the University of Delaware and her M.B.A. from Marist College.

Jason Twill
Co-Founder & Past Chair, Green Sports Alliance
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Setting the Stage: A Historical Perspective from Alliance Leadership

Jason is a co-founder and founding chair of the Green Sports Alliance. With a career spanning over 18 years in sustainable property development, Jason has been at the forefront of built environment transformation. Recently appointed an Innovation Fellow at the University Technology Sydney, Jason leads research in sustainable urbanism, housing affordability, and green building economics. Jason is also the Director of Urban Apostles Pty Ltd, a next generation real estate development and consulting services business specializing in alternative workplace and housing models for cities. Its work focuses on the intersection of the sharing economy and the art of city making. He is a co-founder of the International Living Future Institute and originator of the Economics of Change project. Jason was designated a LEED Fellow by the United States Green Building Council in 2014 and selected as a Next City Urban Vanguard in 2015.

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.

Stacy Wegzyn
Vice President, Human Resources, Sacramento Kings
SPEAKING:
Thursday, June 29
Responsible Sport: How the Sports Community is Addressing Social Equity through Sustainability

Stacy Wegzyn begins her second season as the Kings vice president, human resources after serving as HGA’s associate vice president, human resources – West Coast for the previous seven years. Wegzyn was the director, human resources for the Kings from 2001-08. In her current role, Wegzyn leads the human resources function by providing strategic direction and leadership in the areas of recruitment, employee relations, leadership development, organizational communications, diversity and inclusion, labor relations, legal compliance, wellness, and benefits administration. ...READ MORE

Stacy Wegzyn begins her second season as the Kings vice president, human resources after serving as HGA’s associate vice president, human resources – West Coast for the previous seven years. Wegzyn was the director, human resources for the Kings from 2001-08. In her current role, Wegzyn leads the human resources function by providing strategic direction and leadership in the areas of recruitment, employee relations, leadership development, organizational communications, diversity and inclusion, labor relations, legal compliance, wellness, and benefits administration.

Wegzyn is proud to be part of the senior leadership team for one of the most diverse organizations in sports, from ownership, to leadership, diversity and inclusion is top of mind and infused in day-to-day business decisions and practices throughout the Kings and NBA. Her work in the area of diversity and inclusion spans over a decade focusing on transforming workplace culture, corporate responsibility, workplace equality, cultural awareness training, diversity recruiting, and community stewardship.

With more than 20 years of human resources management experience, Wegzyn is certified as a senior professional in human resources by the Human Resources Certification Institute (SPHR) and as a senior certified professional by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM-SCP). Wegzyn earned a bachelor of public administration degree from Seattle University.

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.

Kevin Whilden
Executive Director & Co-Founder, Sustainable Surf
SPEAKING:
Thursday, June 29
From Green to Blue: How Sports Are Leading the Way to Protect Our Oceans

Kevin is a green business entrepreneur and a geologist. He founded Sustainable Surf in 2011 with Michael Stewart. Sustainable Surf is an award-winning non-profit with a mission to transform surf culture into a force to protect ocean ecosystems. Sustainable Surf uses a systems change approach to develop positive solutions that re-frame the narrative around sustainability and ocean protection. ...READ MORE

Kevin is a green business entrepreneur and a geologist. He founded Sustainable Surf in 2011 with Michael Stewart. Sustainable Surf is an award-winning non-profit with a mission to transform surf culture into a force to protect ocean ecosystems. Sustainable Surf uses a systems change approach to develop positive solutions that re-frame the narrative around sustainability and ocean protection.

Sustainable Surf operates four programs, including Deep Blue Events, which has designated over 30 surfing contests as sustainable events since 2011. The Ecoboard Project verifies surfboards as sustainable products, and is now being used by the top surfboard brands globally to make “ecoboards” for professional surfers and regular surfers alike. Waste to Waves reimagines waste as a resource, and helps stop marine plastic pollution by recycling it into new products like surfboards. Deep Blue Life educates surfers on actions they can take to reduce their ocean impact and their carbon footprint.

Prior to starting Sustainable Surf, Kevin has worked in various fields developing solutions to climate change, such as Clean Tech startups developing technology to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, carbon offset development, and renewable energy development. His graduate research was on permafrost melting in Antarctica.

Calum Worthy
Actor, Writer, Producer
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Opening Program

Calum Worthy starred as Dez, Austin’s loyal and funny best friend, in the Award-Winning Disney Channel comedy series “Austin & Ally.” Worthy began his acting career at the age of nine, and made his film debut in “Night Visions,” then went on to land the starring role in the BBC-Canadian award-winning mini-series “I Was a Rat.” He has since appeared in more than 50 different film and television productions, including a series regular role on HBO’s “Out of Order” and recurring roles on series such as “The Days,” “Reunion” and “Psych.” He has also appeared on Disney Channel’s “Good Luck Charlie,” “Bizardvaark” as well as “Stargate Atlantis,” “Flashpoint,” “Prepped,” “Kyle XY,” “Caprica,” “Smallville,” “Supernatural” “Stormworld,” which earned him the 2010 Leo Award in Canada for his performance. ...READ MORE

Calum Worthy starred as Dez, Austin’s loyal and funny best friend, in the Award-Winning Disney Channel comedy series “Austin & Ally.” Worthy began his acting career at the age of nine, and made his film debut in “Night Visions,” then went on to land the starring role in the BBC-Canadian award-winning mini-series “I Was a Rat.” He has since appeared in more than 50 different film and television productions, including a series regular role on HBO’s “Out of Order” and recurring roles on series such as “The Days,” “Reunion” and “Psych.” He has also appeared on Disney Channel’s “Good Luck Charlie,” “Bizardvaark” as well as “Stargate Atlantis,” “Flashpoint,” “Prepped,” “Kyle XY,” “Caprica,” “Smallville,” “Supernatural” “Stormworld,” which earned him the 2010 Leo Award in Canada for his performance.

In addition to his early feature films, “The Last Mimzy,” “Dr. Dolittle 3″ and “Deck The Halls,” Worthy also appears in the more recent work in the independent film “Repicate”; “The Thinning” and “Bodied”.

Worthy has been an Environmental activist since he was 14 years old. He completed his training as Climate Reality Leader with Mr. Al Gore, and is a committed advocate for the Climate Reality Project. He participated in Climate Reality’s 24-hours of Change in both Paris in 2015 and in New York in 2016. He is working with Climate Change leaders in both Canada and in the US, but also makes time to speak and work with students who are passionate about environmental issues.

As well as his acting, this last couple years Calum put on the producer/writer hat and co-created the Coppertop Flop Show seen on the Disney Channel and the Just Kidding show. And is currently developing a new show yet to be announced. Born January 28, 1991 in Victoria, British Columbia, Worthy currently resides in Los Angeles.

David Young
Vice President of Operations/General Manager, CenturyLink Field
SPEAKING:
Thursday, June 29
From Green to Blue: How Sports Are Leading the Way to Protect Our Oceans
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.

Justin J. Zeulner
Executive Director, Green Sports Alliance
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Setting the Stage: A Historical Perspective from Alliance Leadership

Justin J. Zeulner, Executive Director and founding Board Member of the Green Sports Alliance, is one of the principal leaders of the sports greening movement. Zeulner has helped guide the Green Sports Alliance in reaching critical mass and major influence within the global sports industry. Prior to joining the Green Sports Alliance, Zeulner was a Senior Project Developer at Vulcan, Inc., the philanthropic and innovation company founded by Paul G. Allen. ...READ MORE

Justin J. Zeulner, Executive Director and founding Board Member of the Green Sports Alliance, is one of the principal leaders of the sports greening movement. Zeulner has helped guide the Green Sports Alliance in reaching critical mass and major influence within the global sports industry. Prior to joining the Green Sports Alliance, Zeulner was a Senior Project Developer at Vulcan, Inc., the philanthropic and innovation company founded by Paul G. Allen. In this role, he was responsible for public engagement and campaign development around conservation and climate change. Prior to that, he served as Senior Director for Sustainability and Public Affairs for the Portland Trail Blazers. Among his accomplishments there, he was directly involved in environmental initiatives that led to the Trail Blazers assuming a leadership role in the greening of sports movement and the Moda Center achieving LEED Gold status, the first LEED Gold existing building in professional sports in the world. A graduate of the University of Oregon with a Master’s degree in Business Administration, Zeulner is a native of Portland, Oregon.

Addison Zeulner
Student, Beverly Cleary School; Portland, Oregon
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 28
Youth, Sports & Environment: An Interview with Calum Worthy

Addison Zeulner is a seventh grader from the Beverly Cleary School, Fernwood Campus in Portland, Oregon. Growing up in the Grant Park neighborhood, where the famous author Cleary lived, has enabled Addison to be surrounded by ecologically conscience practices such as green streets, eco-roofs, composting and practices that ensure clean water and healthy air. At an early age, Addison took notice to endangered species, such as African elephants, sharks and the Pacific pocket mouse and how her local decisions and actions make a global difference. In-addition to being a community leader, Addison is also an athlete, playing soccer and a medal winner in competitive figure skating as a member of the USFSA Portland Ice Skating Club.