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About E2: Leadership        

E2 was founded in June 2000 by Bob Epstein and Nicole Lederer. Each of our nine chapters is led by a team of Chapter Directors, who drive the E2 efforts in that region.

Founders Northern CA New England New York Pacific Northwest Rockies Southern CA San Diego MidAtlantic Midwest

Founders

Bob Epstein is an entrepreneur and engineer with a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a co-founder of five companies: Sybase, New Resource Bank, GetActive Software, Colorado Microdisplay and Britton-Lee. Bob currently splits his professional time between his roles as co-founder of Environmental Entrepreneurs, Director of New Resource Bank, Advisory Board for the Goldman School of Public Policy and Chairman of the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund. Bob’s community activities are focused on the environment, public education, urban food systems and opera.
Nicole Lederer is Chairman and Co-Founder of Environmental Entrepreneurs, focusing on growing E2's pro-environment business constituency, establishing collaboration between business and environmental leaders and creating a positive dialogue with legislators at the state and national levels. She leads E2's Advisory Council where E2's regional and national strategies are formulated and managed. Nicole also leads E2's federal advocacy agenda, supporting policies that foster environmental innovation, sustainable economic development and green job creation. Since 2002, she has led E2 delegations to Washington to meet with House and Senate members, as well as representatives from the Executive Branch. Nicole serves on the board of NRDC. She is a frequent speaker on green job creation and other business benefits related to environmental policy.

Northern California

Tony Bernhardt retired from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where for a decade he served as Director of LLNL's Center for Microelectronics and Optoelectronics. In that position, he developed partnerships with the private sector for technology development and commercialization. In recognition of his work with corporate partners, from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, he earned the Department of Energy Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer. More recently, Tony became an angel investor in four start-up companies in California. He has published more than 32 scientific papers and holds 10 patents. He earned a Bachelor's in mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in Applied Science from the University of California, Davis, where he was a Fannie & John Hertz Foundation Fellow.
Jonathan Foster is CFO of Nexant, a leading global energy software and services provider focused on energy efficiency, demand side management, clean energy, and energy advisory services. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF), an innovative private non-profit spurring investment in start-up clean energy companies. He serves on the investment committee for CalCEF’s angel investment fund. Foster serves as vice-chair of the utilities commission in Palo Alto, CA, a leader in the use of renewable energy. Foster has spent the last 15 years in leadership roles in entrepreneurial technology companies in the Silicon Valley, most recently as CFO of LS9, a technology leader in the development of renewable and sustainable chemicals and fuels that was acquired by Renewable Energy Group. Before that, he served as CFO of Atempo, an enterprise software company that was acquired by ASG Software Solutions. Prior to moving to the Silicon Valley, Foster served as a deputy director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Foster holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Yale University and a JD from Harvard Law School.
Nicholas Josefowitz is the Founder and Executive Director of Leadership For A Clean Economy. Nicholas brings a deep understanding of the clean economy business community. He founded and led RenGen Energy, a solar power plant development company. Under his leadership, RenGen developed, financed and built approximately $100m of solar power plants. Nicholas also sits on the Dean’s Council of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and is on the Board of the Bay Area Jewish Community Relations Council. He was appointed by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to sit on the Environment Commission. He graduated from Harvard College cum laude as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
David Rosenheim brings a lifelong passion for entrepreneurship to the clean tech and new media sectors. In his role as Executive Director, David is responsible for providing the strategic direction for The Registry and oversees its program, services and staff. He acts as chief liaison with the state and provincial Board members, as well as between states and provinces and their respective federal governments. David is a proven senior executive with experience as COO, CEO and Director on four corporate Boards. In his previous position, David oversaw U.S. business development for Offsetters, a leading carbon management organization, and he also serves as co-director of the Northern California chapter of Environmental Entrepreneurs. Prior to that, David was an entrepreneur in the high tech sector, founding and/or leading innovative internet start-ups. David has an MBA from Oxford University, and has extensive experience across the range of key business functions: strategic planning, vision setting, raising capital, business development, board relations, marketing, and digital product development. He is based in San Francisco.

New England

Jay Baldwin is a Green Industry investor and strategic advisor focusing primarily on commercial building products and services. Working from his Wind River Capital Partners office in Boston he follows private equity offerings by providing merchant banking services and through angel investment organizations based in the North East. Prior to forming Wind River Capital Partners in 1993, Jay co-founded City Gardens, Inc. in 1975, which grew to be the third largest interior landscaping service in the United States with over 200 hundred employees operating in seven states. Jay serves on the boards of Grow-tech, Inc. and The Charles River Conservancy.
Dianne Callan has over 30 years of professional experience, most recently as Vice President and General Counsel and Secretary for NMS Communications Corporation, a publicly-held telecommunications solutions provider. She recently served as acting counsel for The Transition Group, an environmental consultancy. In addition, Ms. Callan previously served in in-house positions, including Deputy General Counsel for Lotus Development Corporation for 10 years. She is also a founding member of Green Pro Bono, a new organization to assist non-profits and social entrepreneurs define their legal needs and provide access to the pro bono legal network for environmental organizations. She has recently taken graduate law courses in Energy Regulation and Environmental Law.
Daniel Goldman is Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of GreatPoint Energy, a company backed by leading venture capital firms that is commercializing a process for converting coal into high value, clean natural gas while capturing and sequestering carbon dioxide. Prior to GreatPoint, he founded and served as CFO of New Energy Capital, one of the first investment companies focused on clean energy project investments. Prior to founding New Energy Capital, Dan held regional and corporate senior management positions at InterGen, the power generation company co-owned by Bechtel and Shell and was a senior member of the energy consulting team at Arthur D. Little. Dan has been a founding investor and serves as a board member in several clean energy technology companies and funds, and co-founded the first dedicated energy efficiency investment business. He is also a co-founder of E2 New England and takes an active leadership role in clean energy and environmental advocacy in New England and at the Federal level, with specific focus on overcoming the financing challenges of commercializing clean energy technologies.
Berl Hartman is a senior executive and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in marketing, business strategy and public relations. As Sr. Vice President at Blanc & Otus, a subsidiary of Hill & Knowlton Public Relations, Ms. Hartman founded and led the company’s first Cleantech/Clean Energy practice. Since 2003, she has served as co-founder and Director of the New England chapter of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) where she directs the group’s strategy and outreach. Ms. Hartman was also a founding member of the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) and now serves on its Board of Directors and as Co-Chair of the Council’s Policy Committee. In 2008, she received the Council’s first Clean Energy Leadership Award. Ms. Hartman also serves on the Massachusetts’ Climate Protection and Green Economy Advisory Committee, which participates in shaping the state’s clean energy and climate policies. Prior to her career in cleantech, Ms. Hartman served as Vice President of Strategic Marketing at Sybase, a database software company, and Vice President of Engineering at Computer Corporation of America. She has also held positions at Boston University, University of California and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dave Miller is a General Partner of Clean Energy Venture Group, an angel investment group focused on clean energy technology companies. He is on the board of directors or advisory board of several of these companies, and is a mentor to others through MIT’s Venture Mentoring Service. David co-founded EPrime, a forum for clean energy entrepreneurs to network and support each other’s enterprises. He is a founding member of the MIT Enterprise Forum’s Energy Special Interest Group, currently runs the mentor program for the IGNITE Clean Energy Business Plan Competition, and was a board member of New England Energy and Environmental Funders. David founded several companies, including Quantum Telecom Solutions, which was eventually sold to Lucent Technologies. At Lucent, he served as a Director in the New Ventures Group. David was awarded a patent for co-developing a "one number" telecom service, and taught at Rutgers University in the Electrical Engineering Department. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT, and recently completed his doctorate at MIT’s Lab for Energy and the Environment.
Don Reed, CFA, is a Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers' Sustainability and Climate Change practice. With financial institutions, he focuses on analyzing climate change risks in credit and investment portfolios and transactions. His work with utilities, basic materials and energy companies emphasizes financial analysis to support climate change strategy development and implementation. Prior to joining PwC, Don was a principal with Ecos Corporation, one of the world's most experienced sustainability consultancies, specializing in business strategy and integration. He also co-founded Excelsior Capital Corporation where he collaborated with leading pension funds to design, develop and implement new institutional investment products with positive economic development benefits. Don also worked at the Washington-based World Resources Institute where he led the corporate engagement program. Don is a highly regarded speaker and author of Green Shareholder Value, Hype or Hit? and Stalking the Elusive Financial Case for Corporate Sustainability.
Tedd Saunders is President of EcoLogical Solutions; Co-Owner of the Lenox Hotel and Comfort Inn & Suites Boston/Airport; and, Chief Environmental Officer of The Saunders Hotel Group. Often credited with pioneering luxury urban ecotourism worldwide in 1989, Tedd is recognized for creating some of the most acclaimed environmental models in the hospitality industry. He first implemented this innovative business approach at several of his family’s historic properties. In 1992 Tedd founded EcoLogical Solutions, which has since advised The White House Conference on Tourism, HRH (His Royal Highness) The Prince of Wales’ Business Leaders Forum, Harvard University, Choice Hotels International, and Taj Hotels of India to name a few. Under his leadership, The Saunders Hotel Group has earned many prestigious international honors and received unprecedented recognition with feature stories in The New York Times, CNN, NBC Nightly News, USA Today, NPR and others. Author of The Bottom Line of Green is Black (published by Harper Collins), Tedd speaks internationally to business and political leaders and sits on numerous boards, including Harvard’s School of Public Health, the UCS (Union of Concerned Scientists) National Advisory Board, The New England Aquarium, The Woods Hole Research Center and CERES.

New York

Judith Albert was E2's first Executive Director, from 2010-2014. Until 2008, she was a senior executive at Bear, Stearns & Co., where she served as Chief Operating Officer for international Investment Banking based in London and, prior to that, Chief of Staff for Investment Banking based in New York. During the late 1980s and 1990s, she provided M&A and corporate finance services to Mexican and South American clients for J.P. Morgan and an investment banking boutique. Judy practiced corporate law with the firm of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison. She has also been active in the nonprofit world as a program officer with the Ford Foundation in Latin America and via a number of board positions, with a focus ranging from inner city youth issues to the environment. She is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.
Chris Arndt completed a sixteen year career at Select Equity Group, a New York-based investment firm that manages $5 billion in public equities, in May of 2010. Chris led the company’s international and life science research efforts and participated in the company’s energy/transportation group. He also managed the Select Equity Group Foundation and is the President of the Johanna A Favrot Fund. Prior to joining Select Equity in 1994, Chris worked as a Research Assistant at Environmental Risk Sciences, Inc., a consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. Chris now dedicates his time to E2, public policy interests, writing, and other pursuits. Chris graduated from Wesleyan University’s College of Social Studies with Honors, where he studied economics, history and political theory.
Ron Gonen is the New York City Department of Sanitation's Deputy Commissioner for Recycling and Sustainability, and a Founder of Recyclebank. Mr. Gonen has an M.B.A from Columbia University Business School and currently teaches there as an adjunct professor.
Ron Kamen has been a leader in the development of energy efficiency and renewable energy since the 1980s. His knowledge of the field, coupled with his ability to work seamlessly across sectors, has empowered him to create partnerships between commercial clients, suppliers, utilities, and regulators. As CEO of EarthKind Energy since 2007, Ron has been standing alongside leaders in the public and private sectors, ensuring their success as he works to build a collaborative vision for a sustainable tomorrow. Ron served as president of the New York Solar Energy Industries Association for three years, piloting the public policy efforts that resulted in the quadrupling of annual solar installations and New York’s $1 billion solar program. He steered the development of the New York Solar Thermal Roadmap, and was recognized as New York’s Solar Champion in 2011.
Wendy Neu is Vice President for Environmental and Governmental Affairs at Hugo Neu Corporation, a major international metal recycler led by her husband, John L. Neu, CEO. Wendy and John are keen environmental and social welfare activists whose efforts have led to, among other accomplishments, the re-establishment of New York City’s curbside recycling program in 2002. The League of Conservation Voters has honored Hugo Neu Corp. for environmental advocacy and leadership. In addition to her E2 membership, Wendy is also a member of the Edison Wetlands Association in New Jersey. Wendy is a graduate of American University and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
 

Pacific Northwest

Elizabeth Bekiroglu currently serves as the in-house corporate attorney in a Seattle-based public biotechnology company. Previously, she held several additional in-house legal positions and served as a corporate associate at Fenwick & West LLP and Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP. Her experience on environmental issues includes three years working as environmental policy aide to Speaker Pro Tem Fred Keeley in the California State Assembly and three years working for environmental non-profits.  Elizabeth is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School.  Her particular interests include clean technology, climate change, ecological services and ecosystem health.
Chris Dennett is an experienced marketing communication strategist with expertise in building successful sales and account management strategies in healthcare and other industries. He is presently at ACME Business Consulting, a firm specializing in project implementation. Previously, he was part of the Corporate Account Management team at Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield. In this role, he led and coordinated efforts to create a competitive knowledge advantage by analyzing and strategically understanding unique business and account needs including industry analysis and trending. His area of special interest is the analysis of mission-driven companies that emphasize environmental stewardship in their "triple-bottom line" business model. Chris became Chapter Director for the Pacific Northwest Chapter in January of 2010 and was later appointed chair of the E2 Communications Committee, charged with enhancing the organization's ability to leverage member assets and networks through an internal communication strategy, while simultaneously promoting E2's message and advocacy work nationally.
Van Katzman is an experienced business attorney who has worked extensively with environmental and clean technology companies for nearly 15 years on a wide array of transactional, financing, M&A, and regulatory matters. He is the co-founder of Beacon Law Advisors, PLLC, a Seattle-based corporate boutique firm that specializes in helping emerging companies raise capital and providing a more pragmatic, operationally focused perspective in solving business challenges. He formerly served as Assistant General Counsel for Waste Management, Inc., the nation's largest solid waste and recycling company, where he helped manage all the company's legal affairs for the Western United States. Van received his undergraduate degree from Yale University, holds a masters degree in environmental policy from George Washington University and received his law degree from the University of Virginia.
Mark Liffmann is Vice President of Business Development at EnerG2, a venture backed advanced nano-structured materials company in the energy storage space. EnerG2 has developed a breakthrough high surface area engineered carbon material with applications including ultracapacitor electrodes, battery electrodes and natural gas and hydrogen storage as an absorbed gas. Prior to joining EnerG2, Mark founded and led the business development team for the residential and light commercial business unit at SunPower. Prior to SunPower, he was Vice President of Business Development and Chief Operating Officer at Solar Depot. Prior to Solar Depot, Mark was an associate at the law firm of Gunderson Dettmer, practicing corporate law with a focus on the financing of emerging growth companies. A veteran of the cleantech industry, Mark is a firm believer in the ability of innovation to solve the greatest challenge of our generation, global climate change. Mark has been a member of E2 since 2002 and co-founded the Pacific Northwest chapter of E2 in 2009. Mark is married to fellow E2 member, Brooke Coleman, and is a father of two.
Michael Brian Orr is a software technologist and a 30-year veteran of the Seattle-area info tech community. As the 15th hire at Microsoft, and subsequently as a consultant to tech startups and enterprises such as Aldus, Attachmate, Boeing, Saros, Summation, Trinity Ventures, and many others, he has contributed to many of the defining developments in the evolution of software and the software industry. In 1994, Michael co-founded adaptive publishing pioneer Design Intelligence, which was acquired by Microsoft after six years in operation. He currently serves as a Senior Computer Scientist at Adobe Systems, Inc. Michael holds seven patents in software technology and a math degree from Harvard University. He lives with his wife, artist and teacher Robin Hruska, across Puget Sound from Seattle in the beautiful little town of Indianola, Washington.
Ingrid Rasch has held senior positions in a variety of industries and institutions including Vice President Human Resources at Sonus Pharmaceuticals and Senior Vice President Human Resources at the $10+ billion leading grocery retailer in the Northeast, Stop & Shop Supermarket Company, during a key growth phase from 130 to 335 stores. Most of her experience and education has been gained in the Seattle area where she had the distinction of leading the first human resources department at Microsoft Corporation and heading administration for the first biotechnology company founded in Seattle – Genetic Systems Corporation. In addition to working in the technology field, she worked at PACCAR, proud maker of Kenmore and Peterbilt trucks and manager of related businesses, and with Michael Braungart and his team at the consulting firm EPEA in Hamburg, Germany. She holds a BA degree in Germanics, an MBA, and pursued doctoral studies in genetics - all from the University of Washington, as well as receiving Master's degrees in Education (Interamerican University) and Zoology (University of South Florida.) She serves as Board Chair for Earth Economics, Board Member for the Sustainable Path Foundation, a member of the Advisory Committee for the WA State Department of Fish and Wildlife, and, most recently a Pacific NW Chapter Director for E2.
Alex Wall is the Director of Consulting for Discover-e Legal, LLC (formerly Pacific Legal, Inc.), a litigation support and software development company. His hybrid role combines aspects of consulting, in-house counsel, business development, and project management. Prior to moving to Portland, Oregon, where he resides with his wife and fellow E2 member, Marie Kent, Alex worked as an attorney for Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP, in Manhattan specializing in the discovery phase of complex corporate litigation. It was in New York where Alex was introduced to E2's New York Chapter, and he jumped at the opportunity to asssist in the founding and expansion of the Pacific Northwest Chapter when it became time to relocate. Alex grew up in the great state of Maine, where he developed a deep appreciation for the outdoors. Alex holds a B.A. from Colby College, a J.D. from the University of Maine, professional certification in computer technologies and has passed the bar exams in New York and Oregon.

Rockies

Ken Gart is a partner in The Gart Companies, which consists of two organizations,Gart Properties and Gart Capital Partners. Ken started Specialty Sports Venture, LLC (SSV) in 1994 and built it to over 140 stores and the nation’s leading specialty ski retailer. The company was sold to Vail Resorts in 2010. Ken was President of Gart Brothers Sporting Goods Company, a family owned and operated corporation from 1983 to 1992 when the company sold. Subsequently, the company was sold to and currently operates as Sports Authority. Ken is also currently Chairman of the Board of Denver Bike Sharing (DBA B-Cycle) and a member on the Board of Directors for Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce (including previous terms). He served as a member on the Board of Directors for Telluride Foundation, Colorado Conservation Trust and the Denver Area Council Boys Scouts of America and was a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for Denver Metro Boys & Girls Clubs and Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau. Additionally, Ken serves on numerous other non-profit boards and committees. Ken attended Claremont Men’s College, and graduated from Middlebury College and Stanford Graduate School of Business. Ken and his wife, Rebecca, have three children.  He is an athlete and enthusiast in the sports his company managed – skiing and cycling and has climbed over 30 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks.
Erin Geegan is the President and CEO of Zam Energy, and CEO of E7energy.com. She has over twenty years of experience as an entrepreneur, consultant and investor in the information technology, energy and communications industries. She is responsible for overall corporate strategy, marketing and project pipeline development for Zam Energy. Erin brings deep experience in building management teams, developing profitable revenue lines by opening new market opportunities, negotiating strategic alliances and building domestic and international sales channels for growth. She has a proven track record in multi-million dollar market creation for renewable energy companies and services. Prior to Zam Energy, Erin was founder and CEO of Interactive Papyrus where she built, managed and sold her 160-employee company. She managed quarter-to-quarter profitable growth for ten years before selling her solutions firm in 2000. Her firm developed suites of innovative computing applications for organizations and businesses of all sizes and created digital brandings strategies for Hewlett Packard, Oracle, SAP, BAAN, Adobe, Agilent, McGraw-Hill, Mack, and several Fortune 100 companies. In 1999, Ciber, Inc. a US$1-billion international IT consulting company, invested $50 million enabling Erin to scale the company through mergers and acquisitions, expanding the services portfolio from digital strategy to supply chain management. She holds patents from developing intelligent software applications (pattern recognition and character agent technology) for Hewlett Packard, and architected enterprise wide applications transacting multimillion-dollar e-commerce centers for several divisions of Hewlett Packard worldwide.
Susan Nedell has more than 20 years of experience in executive entrepreneurship within the cleantech, aerospace, and software industries. Most recently, she has worked as an Industry analyst  contributing to Pike Research’s Smart Transportation and Smart Buildings practices. Prior to this she was a senior manager at Eetrex, an early stage engineering company specializing in the development of chargers and inverter-chargers for electric trucks, and Li-ion battery systems for stationary storage. In 1992, Nedell co-founded Wyndemere, an aerospace product design and engineering firm specializing in flight data analysis, decision support systems and aircraft electronics, which was recognized by the Inc 500 list in 1998.  Nedell began her career as a planetary geologist at the SETI Institute and NASA Ames Research Center, and holds a BA in geology from the University of Vermont as well as an MS in geology from San Jose State University.
Michael Rucker is CEO of juwi Wind North America, a leading renewable energy developer headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. Mr. Rucker brings the experience of a diverse renewable energy career to bear on juwi’s commitment to wind energy development and operations in the USA and Canada.  Prior to juwi, Michael served as VP of Business Development at Clipper Windpower Development. Prior to that, he was Western Region Commercial Director at GE Energy for wind, natural gas, and hydro sales.  Rucker’s experience also includes pioneering work in power market operations and REC trading at Automated Power Exchange, Inc., along with significant policy and programmatic work in renewable energy and climate change at the International Energy Agency (IEA) Energy Technology and R&D program.  Michael started his energy career as a Manager in climate change and environmental policy at the Edison Electric Institute, the trade association for US investor-owned utilities.  Michael holds a B.A. degree in International Relations from Pomona College and an M.A. in International Economics (Energy and Environment) from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies.
Joel Serface joined Kleiner Perkins as an Entrepreneur in Residence in 2008 as part of its partnership with the US Department of Energy and will help the DOE realize the full commercialization potential of its investment into the National Renewable Energy Lab. Prior to joining KPCB, Mr. Serface was the Director of the Austin Clean Energy Incubator where he helped launch five renewable energy companies including ActaCell, Accuwater, Atonometrics, SAVE, and an algae biofuels company. Mr. Serface also launched the CleanTX Foundation, served as the Chairman of the Austin Clean Energy Council, and was a member of the Governor’s Competitiveness Council on Energy. He previously served as a Partner at Eastman Ventures leading its clean technology and nanotech investments and Sierra Ventures where he made its first clean technology investment. He started his career in Texas as a Legislative Assistant in the Senate Natural Resources Committee and as a Management Consultant with Ernst & Young where he advised leading utilities, chemical companies, and life science companies. Mr. Serface was a Founding Member of E2. He received his B.S. in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management where he received the Patrick McGovern Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership for starting the first MIT Venture Capital Conference.

Southern California

Laura Berland-Shane is a Business Development Manager for Siemens Alternative Energy Group, where she focuses on solar.  Previously Laura was the Southern California Director of Sales for SolarCity. She also has served as an operations and business development consultant to Permacity Solar. Prior to working in alternative energy, Laura was a media and entertainment consultant. Some of her previous roles have included Director of Business Management for Styleclick, Executive Director of Finance and Strategic Planning at The Kushner Locke Company, as well as VP Business Development of imoviestudio. She began her career in Los Angeles at The Walt Disney Company. Laura's post-collegiate career began in New York City, where she was a securities analyst for The Value Line Investment Survey, as well as a labor union business consultant. Her passion for sustainability was inspired when she co-founded and was Director of The Macadamia Tree Project, a non-profit environmental organization based in Guatemala. Presently, Laura serves as the Vice-Chair for the Santa Monica Sustainable City Task Force and is a member of Environmental Entrepreneurs. Laura has an MBA in finance from The Wharton School, a BA in International Relations from Brown University and she is a LEED AP. She lives in Santa Monica with her husband and daughter.
Christina Erickson is the Founder and Principal of Green By Design, LLC. Prior to her leap into the green economy in 2002, Christina practiced transactional and securities law with Arnold & Porter and Patton Boggs, LLP in Washington, DC. Christina is a graduate of Yale University, where she received a B.A. in History; she earned her law degree at Harvard Law School. Christina’s non-profit work is focused on scaling green business. She sits on the Board of Advisors to the Sustainable Business Council and is a member of the Sustainable City Task Force in Santa Monica, where she focuses on sustainable economic development. Christina lives in Santa Monica with her husband Sel, an investment manager, and their two boys.
Tim Sexton is the Founder of The Sexton Company, and co-founder of E2 Southern California. He is a veteran of the content and digital industries, having served in senior management positions as both a creative and operating executive. Tim has served as an advisor, consultant, or senior executive to motion picture studios, record labels, technology companies, investment banks, professional sports franchises, NGOs, Fortune 500 corporations, ad agencies, recording artists, and political figures. Presently, he is the CEO of The Sexton Company, a firm that builds brand equity and grows shareholder value for its clients. Tim is also active as a director or advisor to Rock the Vote, International Campaign to Ban Landmines, Violence Policy Center, Liberty Hill Foundation, and others.

San Diego

Elizabeth Dreicer is the CEO of KUITY Corp., an advanced analytics software company specializing in financial services, government, and technology markets. Elizabeth has an extensive background in healthcare, including top executive roles with firms in medical analytics, healthcare technology service organizations (TSO), medical device, community health, managed health care (PPO), medical group purchasing (GPO), healthcare publishing and pharmaceutical distribution industries. Elizabeth received her Bachelor's of Science in Organizational Leadership from Pennsylvania State University. In addition to serving as a Director of the E2 San Diego Chapter, she is a Trustee and Treasurer of the Alliance Healthcare Foundation.
Carl Nettleton is the president of Nettleton Strategies LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in resolving business and policy issues. The firm has bi-lingual Spanish/English capabilities and utilizes GIS technology as a visualization and consensus-building tool. Mr. Nettleton serves on the San Diego Regional Sustainability Partnerships Energy and Water Committee and the San Diego Chamber of Commerce Energy and Water and Transportation and Land Use committees. He has moderated a number of sustainability-based forums, including one called "Live from Copenhagen," a discussion with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Cabinet-Level Climate Team in a live, interactive broadcast from the COP 15 talks to members of San Diego's CleanTech community. He regularly works in partnership with Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, a local law firm, to develop programs for the Climate Club and Environmental Breakfast Club, two regular events that bring together regional community leaders for discussions about sustainability issues. Last year he participated in the Center for Environment and National Security's inaugural symposium, "Climate and National Security: Securing Better Forecasts." Mr. Nettleton served as the CEO of two ocean environmental organizations for more than a decade and has held executive positions in public, non-profit, and for-profit sectors. He is also the founder of OpenOceans Global, a non-advocacy NGO linking people to the world's oceans with the goal of aggregating and creatively presenting the world's ocean data. He is a graduate of San Diego State University and serves on numerous non-profit and business committees and boards.
Lee Stein is Chairman of Stein & Stein, Inc., which provides advisory and management services to high-net-worth individuals, principally in the entertainment industry. He has had various operating roles, including Chairman of the Board and CEO of IZ.com, Inc. (recently acquired by PopMail.com, Inc.); Chairman of the Board, CEO, and President of First Virtual Holdings (known today as Message Media) at the time of the company’s initial public offering on the NASDAQ Stock Market; Director and President of Seaport Village on the waterfront in San Diego, California; Director and Controller of WestAir Airlines (DBA) United Express; and as an Officer/Director in various private entities. In 1995, Newsweek named Mr. Stein as one of the fifty people to watch for in the future. Lee is credited as a co-inventor of email messaging processes. He received his Law degree from Villanova University School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review, and his B.S. degree in Accounting from Syracuse University. After law school, he was a Tax Specialist with Coopers & Lybrand. He participates in a number of educational and civic organizations. Lee resides in San Diego, with his wife June, and their three children.

Mid-Atlantic

Dave Belote is the Vice President for Federal Business at Apex Wind Energy, responsible for the origination and development of wind and solar projects dedicated to satisfying the power requirements of Federal entities.  Before joining Apex, he created and was the first executive director of the Department of Defense Siting Clearinghouse—the "one-stop shop" for industry and Federal, State, and local government agencies to ensure utility-scale renewable energy and transmission projects are compatible with military operations and installations.  A retired Air Force colonel, Dave commanded a squadron, a group, and a wing, earned two Bronze Stars, and served as installation commander for Nellis AFB, Creech AFB, and the 2.9-million-acre Nevada Test and Training Range—where he worked with business and civic organizations throughout the Southwest to help promote energy independence while protecting military training and testing venues.  He holds a bachelor's degree in Government and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and three master's degrees (in business administration, airpower arts and sciences, and national security strategy), and is a candidate for the Doctor of Liberal Studies degree at Georgetown University.
Gordon Davidson is a thought leader and serial entrepreneur in the environmental risk and renewable energy fields. He has co-founded four companies, including creating a new market for monetizing environmental risk transfers. He was named the first Director of EPA's Office of Federal Facilities Enforcement program, overseeing the cleanup of federal facilities. Mr. Davidson is currently an executive consultant to the Department of Energy for its Energy Parks Initiative, designed to transform former nuclear weapons production sites into clean energy parks. Each of these 12 sites could see investments of billions of private sector dollars and generate thousands of jobs. He is also working with clean energy development teams to fund and develop biofuels and waste to electricity projects. Mr. Davidson is also an accomplished public speaker. He taught at Duke University's School of the Environmental as an adjunct faculty member, and received his master’s degree from Duke.
Susan Graff is a Senior environmental services leader with 14 years experience in developing and implementing corporate sustainability solutions for industry leaders across diverse sectors. 13 years experience as US EPA supervisory environmental scientist responsible for oversight of large remedial action contracts at complex hazardous waste sizes. Special assistant science policy advisor for environmental risk assessment and regulatory reinvention self-directed team initiatives. Founder of ERS Global, a recognized pioneer in business sustainability consulting. Published author on risk assessment and sustainability for US EPA and trade journals. Adjunct faculty member at Georgia Tech, recipient of GT Accomplished Alumni Award.
Dave O’Leary invests in early stage technology companies, focusing on solar energy and energy and resource efficiency. He serves as a board member, and provides strategic, market, and technical guidance to his portfolio companies. He is active in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and recycling policy discussions in Maryland. Prior to focusing on investing full time, Mr. O’Leary worked more than 20 years on Internet design, operations, and engineering, both as a service provider and with equipment manufacturers. During this time, he supported leading telecommunications and Internet service providers worldwide, and participated in the development of several router products and Internet standards in widespread use.

Midwest

David Kolsrud has 18 years of proven experience in the renewable energy industries. He helped develop, organize, and fund over twenty projects. David’s expertise is used primarily in the areas of ethanol, biodiesel, and wind projects. In 2006, David formed DAK Renewable Energy Inc.  DAK Renewable Energy manages eleven LLC’s with investments in multiple renewable projects. In 2011, David founded The Funding Farm, a company that invests in start-up companies. In 2012, The Funding Farm successfully funded 3 projects. David has been the Cooperative Manager at Agri-Energy LLC in Luverne, MN from 1995 until its sale to GEVO in 2010. He also represents owners on several companies’ board of directors. He is currently president of the board of directors for Windustry and on the advisory committee at the University of Minnesota for Bio Products and Bio Engineering. David attended the University of Minnesota from 1966-1970 majoring in Agricultural Education. In the fall of 1970, he was inducted into the US Military. He proudly served two years in the United States Army in Berlin, Germany as part of the Berlin Brigade. David and his wife Char continue their farming operation, which started in 1973. They have two grown children Jill and Chris.
Peter Lobin is a Managing Director at ZeroWaste Global Inc., part of Pegasus Capital Advisors, a New York based private equity Firm. Prior to ZeroWaste Global, Lobin was the founder and partner of Solid Waste Solutions Corp, a waste and recycling consultancy.  Mr. Lobin has used the benefit of his considerable experience on the recycling side of the waste management business to help SWS develop a reputation for innovative solutions and quality service. He was also co-founder of RIB Corp., one of only three plastic firms in the U.S. that recycled post-consumer plastic bottles and manufactured an end product from the recycled plastic at the same plant. Mr. Lobin's in-depth knowledge of operational efficiencies in the waste and recycling industries and experience in creating outlets for recyclable materials have been instrumental in developing cutting-edge solutions that meet the unique waste and recycling needs of clients.  Understanding the importance of driving culture change to meet the desired outcomes, Mr. Lobin has worked with both public and private clients on a variety of projects dealing with almost all types of waste streams. Mr. Lobin has also worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce focusing on International trade issues. He holds both a B.S. and M.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California and is proficient in Spanish having lived in South America.


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