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2018 Keynotes

Dow Constantine | King County Executive  

Dow Constantine

Brenna Davis | Vice President of Social and Environmental Responsibility, PCC Community Markets  

Brenna Davis

Jay Inslee | Governor of Washington  

Jay and Trudi are proud grandparents of three. Besides writing and illustrating books for his grandchildren and sketching scenes from around Washington, Jay is an avid cyclist and charter member of Hoopaholics. During his time in Congress, Jay became known as a forward-thinking leader, especially on issues of clean energy and the environment. He co-wrote a book, "Apollo's Fire: Igniting America's Clean-Energy Economy," about the job-creating potential of the clean tech industry. As governor, Jay's top priority is growing Washington's innovative industries such as clean energy, IT and life sciences, and strengthening existing industries such as aerospace, agriculture, maritime and military. Since 2013, Washington has experienced a seven-year low in unemployment rates, record exports and notable growth in Washington's key industries. To continue growing these industries, Jay knows we must strengthen our schools so we can better equip our children to compete for these good-paying jobs. And we must bring a new culture of efficiency and performance to state government to more efficiently serve the people and businesses throughout Washington state.

2018 Plenary Speakers

Nancy Backus | Mayor of Auburn  

Nancy Backus

Laura Clise | Founder and CEO, Intentionalist  

She is a 2013 Aspen Institute First Mover Fellow, and the recipient of an Exceptional Individual Achievement Award from the Human Rights Campaign. She proudly serves on the Athlete Ally Board of Directors, the IslandWood Board of Directors, and is a member of the Net Impact Corporate Advisory Council and the Reaching Out MBA Catalyst Committee.

Steve Lippman | Director, Technology & Corporate Responsibility, Microsoft  

Steve Lippman

Mary Lou Pauly | Mayor, City of Issaquah  

Mary Lou Pauly

Her passion and interests in public service are focused on land use and development issues and traffic transportation planning. Mayor Pauly is currently serving regionally on the Puget Sound Regional Council's Transportation Policy Board, the Cascade Water Alliance Board, and the Eastside Fire & Rescue Board.

Sara Nelson | Co-Founder/Owner, Fremont Brewing  

Sara Nelson

Alisha Valavanis | President & General Manager, Seattle Storm  

Alisha Valavanis

A native of Valparaiso, Ind., Valavanis came to the Storm with a strong involvement in women's basketball, both as a former player and coach, uniquely blending with her experience in athletics business operations. Valavanis joined the Storm in 2014 from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was an Assistant Athletics Director of Development. With Cal, she oversaw annual giving, alumni relations and development operations. Valavanis was responsible for annual fundraising efforts, oversaw the ticket-based donation program, established new courtside scholarship programs for both men's and women's basketball and drove comprehensive alumni engagement strategies. Valavanis' coaching career began in 2002 at California State University, Chico. In her four years as an assistant coach, the program made four straight NCAA Tournament appearances. In 2006 she moved on to the University of the Pacific, where she was elevated to associate head coach prior to the 2008 season. She has also worked as a WNBA scout with the New York Liberty. Valavanis completed her bachelors in journalism in 2000, and received her masters in physical education in 2004, both from Chico. She played four years of basketball for the Wildcats, finishing her career as the program's all-time leader in three-pointers. She was recently named a 2016 CSU, Chico Distinguished Alumni. Valavanis is a member of the Seattle Sports Commission Board of Directors and is part of the American Cancer Society's CEO's Against Cancer. Formerly, she served as a board member of the Greater Seattle Business Association and the 2016 Puget Sound Heart and Stroke Walk Executive Leadership Team hosted by the American Heart Association. Valavanis was named a 2017 Outstanding Voice honoree by the Puget Sound Business Journal, given to Seattle business leaders that promote equality, inclusion and diversity. She was also awarded the 2016 Washington Leadership Excellence Award from the Washington Diversity Council. Valavanis spends time in the community doing speaking engagements dedicated to illustrating the powerful intersection of business, leadership and sports. She recently spoke at the Women's Leadership Breakfast hosted by Seattle Sports Commission, Women's Leadership Forum hosted by Group Health and was part of the Executive Speaker Series: Professional Sports Industry, organized by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

Victoria Woodards | Mayor of Tacoma  

Victoria Woodards

2018 Speakers

Lylianna Allala | Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, Got Green  

Mo! Avery | Young Leaders in the Green Movement Program Organizer, Got Green  

Mo! Avery

Chris Bast | Transportation & Electric Vehicle Lead, City of Seattle  

Chris Bast

Chris serves on the Board of Directors for Spark Northwest, a not-for-profit organization that works to develop communities in the Pacific Northwest powered by clean energy, regardless of income level or household status. Chris is also a Truman National Security Project Partner. The Truman Project unites next-generation veteran, political, and policy leaders to develop and advance strong, smart, and principled solutions to the global challenges Americans now face. Chris earned his MPA from Seattle University and has an undergraduate degree in political science from James Madison University.

Rachel Brombaugh | Executive Energy Policy and Partnerships, King County  

Rachel Brombaugh

Belinda Chin | Urban Food Systems Program Coordinator, Seattle Parks & Recreation  

Belinda Chin

Elizabeth Crouse | Partner, K&L Gates  

Elizabeth Crouse

Bretnie Eschenbach | Senior Energy Management Analyst, Seattle City Light  

Bretnie Eschenbach

Joel Espino | Environmental Equity Legal Counsel, The Greenlining Institute  

Joel Espino

Lindsay Fromme Hanna | Director, Policy & Communities Programs, Forterra  

Lindsay Fromme

Bonnie Frye-Hemphill | Policy & Partnerships Director, A&R Solar  

Bonnie Frye-Hemphill

Similarly, she helped run a network called Business Leaders for Climate Solutions in Seattle, increasing membership 10-fold. Bonnie served in the Public Engagement Office of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and as the digital director at the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication. She contributes her background in energy policy to the Truman National Security Project as a Political Partner on climate security. Bonnie's masters thesis at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies examined the role of philanthropy in US climate advocacy. She holds a BA from Middlebury College, and has lived and adventured in every corner of North America. Whenever possible, Bonnie is knitting, inventing new recipes, or out pursuing adventures with friends and dogs on mountains, rivers, and coastlines.

Jennifer Grove | Executive Director, Spark Northwest  

Jennifer Grove

Jonathan Heller | President, Ecotope Inc.  

Jonathan Heller

Seth Herron | Senior Consultant, WSP USA  

Seth Herron

Ashley Horvat | Vice President Public & Private Partnerships, Greenlots  

Ashley Horvat

Prior to this appointment, Horvat designed and implemented the West Coast Electric Highway program in Oregon, which included 44 DCFC locations throughout the entire state and serves as a major EV corridor for travel. In addition to managing EV projects, she also has experience managing large scale solar and other renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

Milton J. Huertas | Project Manager, King County International Airport/Boeing Field  

Milton Huertas

Shay Huff | Assistant Marketing Coordinator, Community Outreach Specialist, Triangle Associates, Inc.

Shay Huff

Rayan Krishnan | Vice President, Youth Education Campaign and Junior at Tesla STEM High School

Rayan Krishnan

Carrie Lee | Sustainability Program Manager, King County Metro Transit  

Carrie Lee

Patrick Leonard | Manager Energy & Resource Management, Starbucks  

Patrick Leonard

Lori Mason Curran | Investment Strategy Director, Vulcan  

Lori Mason Curran

Brett Ramey | Director, Doris Duke Conservation Scholars, University of Washington  

Brett Ramey

Bridget Schrempf | Regional Lead, Global Initiatives, CDP North America  

Bridget Schrempf

Heather Schrock | Environmental Products Representative, Bonneville Environmental Foundation  

Heather Schrock

Stacy Smedley | Director of Sustainability, Skanska USA Building  

Stacy Smedley

Stacy is committed to educating and engaging children and her community on sustainable design and has served in various volunteer and mentorship roles, including a founding member of Washington Businesses for Climate Action, Membership Chair for the Seattle Branch of Cascadia Green Building Council, Regional Emerging Professionals Recruitment Chair for USGBC, Sustainable Design and Curriculum Consultant to Northshore School District, and 2013 Scholar in Residence for the National Association of Independent Schools Summit on the Environment. She also volunteers at various K-12 public and private schools, offering sustainable design workshops that engage students to think creatively and apply Living Building Challenge principles to design spaces that they would like to learn in and from. Stacy was named a Living Building Challenge Hero in 2012.

Megan Smith | Director of Climate and Energy Initiatives, Office of King County Executive Dow Constantine  

Megan Smith

Ellen Southard | Puget Sound Outreach Manager, Salmon Safe  

Ellen Southard

In 2016 Ellen was named Seattle's Community Hero by Sustainable Seattle and recognized by Fit Nation for her work with Snohomish County's Centennial Trail expansion. Ellen was raised on a 40-acre farm in the New Jersey Pinelands, our nation's first nature preserve formed cooperatively by farmers, private land owners, local, state and federal agencies. Her family was instrumental in the creation of the Pinelands Natural Reserve that protects and enhances the watersheds, natural and cultural resources of the Pinelands.

Jamie Stroble | Climate Engagement & Community Partnerships, King County Climate Action Team  

Jamie Stroble

Serilda Summers-McGee | Owner, Workplace Change   

Serilda Summers

Ms. Summers-McGee received a Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State University, a Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration from Ball State University, and a Master of Business Administration from Willamette University. She is a board member of Meals on Wheels Oregon, Stand for Children, and Willamette University's Atkinson Business School. In 2014, she received the Portland Business Journal's Forty Under Forty award for professional excellence, leadership and community commitment.

Catherine Teebay | Program Manager, Forth  

Catherine Teebay

Eli Weiss | Community Engagement Supervisor, Seattle Youth Climate Action Network Founder and Lead, Woodland Park Zoo  

Eli Weiss

Susan Wickwire | Executive Director, Seattle 2030 District  

Susan Wickwire

Liz Willmott | Carbon Program Lead, Microsoft  

Liz Willmott

Hannah Wilson | Environmental Science Resource Management Student, University of Washington, Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program  

Hannah Wilson

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