7th Annual Women In Green Forum 2016

Los Angeles CA

Aug 31, 2016


The Women in Green Forum (WIGF) has emerged as the premier conference series highlighting women’s impact on the environmental industry.


The 7th Annual Women in Green Forum (WIGF) will convene leaders in the environmental movement, drawing an international audience of sustainability experts including academic researchers, CSR executives, energy analysts, and technology developers. The WIGF also appeals to regulatory agencies involved in developing policies and legislation surrounding green technologies for the private and public sectors. This is an opportunity for sustainability professionals from all sectors to share ideas and create lasting partnerships.


More than your average conference, the 2016 WIGF will incorporate keynotes, panels, and interactive workshops around the theme “Business as (Un)Usual: Where Purpose Meets Profit”. In addition to featuring sessions about sustainability in business, throughout the day attendees will have the opportunity to hear from presenters and exhibitors in ‘Work,’ ‘Life,’ and ‘Balance’ themed breakout rooms that call attention to networking and professional skills, personal environmental consciousness, and mind and body wellness.



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Andrea Aponte

LCI, Sustainable Streets

Bio: Andrea Aponte is the General Manager of the Santa Monica Bike Center, the largest full service commuter facility in the nation. She is also a Cycling Instructor certified by the League of American Cyclists, the oldest bicycle advocacy group in the US. Andrea is passionate about cycling as a tool for transportation and a fun solution to environmental and health issues.

Ariell Ilunga

Senior Assistant Manager, Hollywood Farmers' Market, Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles

Bio: With a BFA in fashion design from the Savannah College of Art & Design (2004), Ariell Ilunga moved to New York City and started her career. After a tenure at a fast-paced fashion PR agency, she was able to parlay her contacts into a successful freelance business. After the Great Recession of 2008, and seeking a fresh start, Ms. Ilunga returned home to Los Angeles. It was during this time she started to teach herself to cook. Her curiosity about where food comes from, and a philosophy that "good ingredients make good food" eventually led her to a community garden plot in her new Los Feliz neighborhood. Ms. Ilunga had a short volunteer stint at the Atwater Village Farmers' Market before she was offered a job as the Manager of the Barnsdall Art Park market for Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles (SEE-LA). When the market closed in late 2015, she was hired onto the management team of the Hollywood Farmers' Market by SEE-LA and was quickly promoted to the Senior Assistant Manager of the Hollywood Farmers' Market.

Ashley Crowder

Founder, VNTANA

Bio: Ashley Crowder is the CEO and co-founder of VNTANA, the world’s first scalable, affordable and interactive hologram system created in 2012 with the goal of allowing artists to play multiple venues at the same time. Ashley leverages her engineering and event production experience to guide VNTANA’s overall direction and technology development. Prior to co-founding VNTANA, Ashley gained valuable engineering experience at Gulfstream, Northrop Grumman and BP. She also worked in event production at MTV Networks and INCA Productions, planning events to be executed in multiple countries. As VNTANA’s CEO, Ashley continues to push the boundaries of virtual reality to create innovative brand experiences.

Barbara Bouza

Managing Director, Principal, Gensler

Bio: Barbara Bouza is Managing Director for the Los Angeles office of Gensler, a global architecture, design, planning and consulting firm. As Managing Director, Barbara leads the Health & Wellness and Life Sciences practice areas. Barbara is a member of the American Institute of Architects, Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association and the Women Presidents’ Organization. She was honored by The Los Angeles Business Journal as the “2014 Executive of the Year: Women Making a Difference” and was invited to speak on the topic of “Managing the Firm: A Woman’s Perspective” at the AIA/LA POWERFUL Women Leading Design symposium. Her work has been published in Architectural Record, Architectural Review and Domus.

Candice Dickens-Russell

Director, Environmental Education, TreePeople

Bio: Candice Dickens-Russell is the Director of Environmental Education and Regional Environmental Education Coordinator for Los Angeles County, drawing on more than 10 years of experience in environmental education. Candice develops and manages high quality Environmental Education programs for Los Angeles area students and teachers. Candice began her career as an Education Director for Boys & Girls Clubs. She is a member of the State of California Environmental Literacy Blueprint Task Force and chairs the CREEC-LA Environmental Education Leadership Board and the Los Angeles Watershed Education Collaborative. She is a member of the Los Angeles Area Women's Environmental Coalition, and serves on the Los Angeles Environmental Education Fair steering committee.

Carolyn Harrold

Head of Programming, SXSW Eco

Bio: As the Head of Programming for SXSW Eco, Carolyn Harrold oversees the three days of conference content, ranging from high-level panel discussions to interactive workshops and one­on­one networking events. Her areas of specialization include clean technology, sustainable energy, water, and impact entrepreneurship. During her career she has produced events around the world with partners including the United Nations Foundation, the State Department, Bloomberg, HBO and MSNBC. Her previous experience includes journalism, public relations, marketing and sales.

Cherie Balisi

Assistant AQ Engineer, Engineering & Compliance, South Coast Air Quality Management District

Bio: Cherie Balisi began her career at SCAQMD in March 2008 as an Air Quality Inspector in Engineering & Compliance. Assigned to the Refinery Group, her responsibilities included enforcing local, state and federal rules and regulations, participation in multi-agency inspections, testifying on variance cases and orders for abatements, performing RECLAIM audits and teaching Rule 1176 wastewater system inspector certification classes. She was recently promoted to Assistant Air Quality Engineer, handling permit applications for stationary sources. Cherie was born in the Philippines and came to the U.S. in 2002 to join her family. She continued her college education at California State University-Long Beach, graduating in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering with a Minor in Environmental Engineering. Since starting at the SCAQMD, Cherie also obtained her Master's Degree in Engineering with an emphasis in Chemical Engineering and plans to continue her education by pursuing a second master’s degree in Public Administration to further her career goals at SCAQMD. Cherie believes her educational accomplishments helped open doors into an environmental protection career pathway.

Dr. Christine Boyle

Founder & CEO, Valor Water Analytics, Inc.

Bio: Dr. Christine Boyle is the founder and CEO of Valor Water Analytics. Her work focuses on developing decision support software that achieves both resource and financial sustainability goals for utilities. She received a doctorate in water resource planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011 and led Valor Water through the Y Combinator Accelerator in 2015. Dr. Boyle is passionate about entrepreneurship and has worked at three “startups” in addition to founding two of her own (Blue Horizon Insight and Valor Water Analytics). She has published widely on water technology, data science in the water sector, and water finance. She is Chair of the Cal-Nevada American Water Works Association Financial Management Committee and a water policy advisor for the World Bank.

Debbi Burns

CEO, Sumbody

Bio: Deborah Burnes is the CEO and cofounder of Sumbody, a skincare company dedicated to all-natural, eco-friendly products free of synthetic chemicals. Combining her knowledge of chemistry and biology with a background in cosmetology, natural medicine and environmentalism, Deborah relies on her instincts as a working mother and beauty-industry insider to deliver a message of conscientious beauty to her customers. Deborah is the author of Look Great, Live Green and has been featured on television shows including Tyra, Access Hollywood, and TV Guide’s Fashion Team as well as in print in such magazines as InStyle, Lucky, Organic Style, W, and O The Oprah Magazine.

Deborah Burns

CEO, Sumbody

Bio: Deborah Burnes represents the new face of green living—modern, multifaceted, and holistic. As the CEO and co-founder of Sumbody, a skincare company dedicated to all-natural, eco-friendly products, Ms. Burns has been profiled for being "at the forefront of the natural-beauty product revolution", and for her "commitment to purity" and "responsibly cultivated 'clean' ingredients." She has become the go-to source for not only effective products, but for her knowledge and expertise on natural beauty. She is the author of "Look Great, Live Green" which reveals the harmful truth about the many chemicals and toxins lurking in the thousands of beauty products and Natural Beauty Skin Care: 110 Organic Formulas for a Radiant You! Where Ms. Burns shares formulating secrets what allow you to be your own cosmetic chemist at home and make simple yet effective skincare. A Native New Yorker, Ms. Burns brings a unique blend of business savvy and approachable warmth to her interactions with everyday consumers, high-powered executives and celebrities, and is considered one of the leading experts on natural skincare. Featured on television shows (such as the Tyra Banks Show, Access Hollywood and NBC's Wine Country Living), in magazines (including In Style, Lucky, Organic Style, W, Shop Etc. and O, The Oprah Magazine), in national newspapers and celebrity events (such as Academy Awards' and the EMMY Awards), Ms. Burns and Sumbody have developed thousands of devoted fans. Ms. Burns combines knowledge of chemistry and biology with a background in cosmetology, natural medicine and environmentalism, plus experience as a model, working mother and beauty-industry insider. She synthesizes a vast amount of knowledge and experience from both the eco-sensitive and conventional sides of the fence, making her not only someone consumers can trust, but with whom they can identify with.

Dolores Huerta

Activist, President, Dolores Huerta Foundation

Bio: Dolores Huerta is an American labor leader, civil rights activist, and leading voice in the women's and environmental movements. Ms. Huerta co-founded the National Farmworkers Association, which later became United Farm Workers (UFW). She founded and currently serves as the President and full-time volunteer for the Dolores Huerta Foundation, where the next generations of leaders are working across the state and nation.   Throughout a lifetime of activism, Ms. Huerta has played a critical role in the civil rights movement. She led effective strikes and boycotts against California grape growers in the 1960s, played a critical role in the enactment of the Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975, and spearheaded legislation which resulted in the Immigration Act of 1985 (in which 1,400,000 farm workers received amnesty). She has also worked tirelessly for women's rights and empowerment over the last several decades. She has served on the Board of The Feminist Majority and has been instrumental in mentoring women leaders into key roles across many sectors. Ms. Huerta believes in the power of each of us to have an impact on our surroundings and once said that she sees in, "every minute a chance to change the world." She continues to fight for positive change as a thought leader and activist in the environmental arena. She led one of the first campaigns against dangerous pesticides like DDT and Parathyon and has spoken out in favor of food democracy and GMO labeling. She is a leading advocate for clean energy, green jobs, and California’s landmark plastic bag ban, which will face a referendum on the November 2016 ballot.    In recognition for her work, Ms. Huerta has received several of the country’s highest honors. In 1998, President Clinton awarded her the Eleanor Roosevelt Humans Rights Award. In 2011, she received the nation's highest civilian honor from President Obama - the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She has received nine honorary doctorates from universities throughout the United States.

Dr. Emily Church

Director, Education and Impact, XPRIZE Learning

Bio: Emily Musil Church is Director of Education and Impact for the Learning prizes at XPRIZE. Before joining XPRIZE, she was a professor at Lafayette College, where she specialized in African studies, human rights, and women’s global issues. She built upon her academic career by operating large-scale educational initiatives at XPRIZE that connect entrepreneurs, researchers, programmers, and humanitarians to radically transform access to education and learning worldwide. She has a Ph.D. and M.A. from UCLA, and a B.A. from Drew University.

Dr. Lisa Dyson

CEO, Kiverdi

Bio: Dr. Lisa Dyson is the CEO of Kiverdi, a technology company with a mission to develop innovations that go beyond traditional agriculture to help us feed and power a growing world, one that will include 3 billion more people by 2050. Kiverdi's bio-process uses natural microbes to convert CO2 into the proteins and oils that are the same as the proteins and oils that we use today for sustenance and to power industry. Dr. Dyson holds a PhD in physics from MIT and has done research in bioengineering, energy and physics at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, and Princeton University, among others. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the Imperial College London in the United Kingdom, where she received a master of science, and has degrees in physics and mathematics from Brandeis University. From 2004 to 2006, Dr. Dyson worked in Boston Consulting Group’s Atlanta office.

Dr. Vandana Shiva

Founder & Director, Navdanya

Bio: Dr. Vandana Shiva is an Indian environmental activist who contributed in fundamental ways to changing the practice and paradigms of agriculture and food, focusing her work on the most significant ecological and social issues of our times. Dr. Shiva combines sharp intellectual enquiry with courageous activism, and her work spans teaching at universities worldwide to working with peasants in rural India. Time Magazine identified Dr. Shiva as an environmental ‘hero’ in 2003, and Asia Week has called her one of the five most powerful communicators in Asia. In November 2010, Forbes Magazine identified Dr. Shiva as one of the Seven Most Powerful Women on the Globe.

Elizabeth Bowman

Manager, Hollywood Farmers Market, Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles

Bio: Elizabeth Bowman manages the Hollywood Farmers' Market - a 25-year old certified farmers' market with nearly 200 vendors. In 2012, Ms. Bowman worked with Altadena Farmers' Market founder to develop the [Sub]Urban Farming Project for the market. In this capacity, she helped local, backyard farmers and gardeners start their farmers' market business. This work culminated in the development of a regulatory guide for first time urban farmers selling at Certified Farmers Markets in Los Angeles. Ms. Bowman now owns and operates the Altadena Farmers' Market. She has an MA in Urban Sustainability from Antioch University, Los Angeles, and a BFA in theatre arts from New York University.

Emily Castor

Director of Transportation Policy, Lyft

Bio: A member of the Lyft team since its launch, Emily Castor works with transportation planners, environmental advocates, and transit agencies to advance ridesharing as a sustainable transportation option. She also serves as the Chair of the Sharing Economy Advisory Network for the National League of Cities. Emily started her career as a transportation policy aide for U.S. Congresswoman Susan Davis of San Diego and later served as a financial advisor for public infrastructure projects. She holds an MPA from the University of Pennsylvania and has been recognized by SAP as a “Top 40 Influencer on the Networked Economy.”

Jaime Nack

Founder and CEO, One Drop Interactive

Bio: Jaime Nack is the President of Three Squares Inc. (TSI) and the founder of One Drop Interactive. TSI is a sustainability consulting firm specializing in developing comprehensive sustainability plans for corporate entities, government agencies and academic institutions. One Drop is a cloud-based employee engagement and sustainability education platform. In 2011, Jaime was named as a Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum. She also received a federal appointment under the Obama administration to serve as a council member of the National Women’s Business Council, a non-partisan advisory council to the president, congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. Jaime also serves as one of Vice President Al Gore’s presenters for The Climate Reality Project. Jaime holds a Master’s in public policy from UCLA, where she also earned her Bachelor’s degree in international economics with a minor in urban planning.

Judith Mitchell

Council Member, City of Rolling Hills Estates, and Governing Board Member, representing Cities of Los Angeles County, Western Region, South Coast Air Quality Management District

Bio: Judith Mitchell was elected to the SCAQMD Governing Board in 2010 as the representative for cities in the western part of Los Angeles county. In May 2013 she was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to the California Air Resources Board as the South Coast AQMD Member, and confirmed by the state Senate. Councilmember Mitchell was elected to the Rolling Hills Estates City Council in 1999, and is serving her fourth term as a council member. She has served as Mayor in 2014, 2009 and 2004, and has been involved in city activities for over 30 years. Appointed in 1984 to the city's Park and Activities Commission, and in 1994 to the Planning Commission, she helped establish Highridge Park, the 36-acre George F Canyon Nature Center, and the 28-acre Linden H. Chandler Preserve, the latter two being critical parts of the city's natural environment and the sites of intensive habitat restoration efforts. A strong advocate for her city's equestrian lifestyle, she has promoted the preservation of open space, riding trails, and the community's rural character. Her public service has included a strong interest in environmental protection. She initiated the city’s first Environmental Advisory Committee, which facilitated the city’s adoption of energy-efficient, green building guidelines, and a water conservation ordinance in 2008. Councilmember Mitchell was the President of the League of California Cities in 2009. Her involvement with the League of California Cities includes service as the chair of the League's Environmental Quality Policy Committee for two years, chair of the League's Climate Change Working Group, which drafted policy guidelines to address the challenges of global warming and greenhouse gas emissions. She has also chaired the League’s Employee Relations Policy Committee and served on the League's CEQA task force, the Infrastructure Task Force, the Flood Control Working Group, and the Pension Reform Task Force. Councilmember Mitchell has served on the Palos Verdes Peninsula Regional Law Enforcement Committee and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Transit Authority, acting as chair from 2002 to 2004. She is an Alternate Commissioner of the Los Angeles County Local Agency Formation Commission. She serves as a Member of the Regional Council of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), and as a Member of SCAG's Legislative, Communications and Membership Committee. As a past Chair and Board Member of the South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG), she was instrumental in establishing the South Bay Environmental Services Center (SBESC), a partnership between the South Bay Cities Council of Governments and Southern California Gas Company, Southern California Edison, West Basin Municipal Water District, City of Torrance, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), and County of Los Angeles. SBESC is a local clearinghouse for information---workshops, materials and outreach---on energy efficiency, water conservation and environmental sustainability to assist public agencies, businesses, and residents of the South Bay to best utilize the many resources available to them through a wide variety of statewide and local energy efficiency and water conservation programs.  Councilmember Mitchell was born in South Bend, Indiana. She received her B.A. from Purdue University, an M.A. from University of California at Los Angeles, and her J.D. from Loyola Law School at Los Angeles. Councilmember Mitchell is a retired attorney and was involved in an active business litigation practice until 2001.

Jean Vreeland

Marketing & Channel Integration Manager, Energy Upgrade California

Bio: Jean Vreeland is an entrepreneurial marketing manager with a creative background. She has worked as a marketing manager for Hewlett Packard, Philips Semiconductors, and has had her own marketing and consulting business where she has worked with everything from small startups to large educational institutions and corporations. She is currently the Marketing & Channel Integration Manager at the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) where she oversees the integration initiatives for the Energy Upgrade California program. This includes working closely with the public relations team to maximize earned media outreach to increase clean energy education and activation throughout California. CSE goals include developing strategic partnerships with universities and educational institutions, transportation agencies, athletics, the public sector, the business community, and other organizations committed to clean energy. By combining and aligning our efforts we will make a greater impact and reach a wider audience helping us to realize our clean and renewable energy goals much faster. Ms. Vreeland graduated from the Art Institute of Colorado majoring in Advertising Design and Marketing. She also studied Technical Communications at Northeastern University and has over 20 years of marketing experience.

Jehmu Greene

President, WakaWaka

Bio: Jehmu Greene is the President of WakaWaka North America, an award-winning social enterprise that designs, manufactures and markets the world’s most efficient solar-powered flashlights and chargers. The company has also helped bring light and power to nearly a million people worldwide living without access to electricity. Jehmu served as the President of the Women's Media Center between 2009 and 2010, and of Rock the Vote between 2000 and 2005. Under her leadership, over 1.4 million young people were registered to vote, membership grew from 1,500 to over 1 million, and young voter turnout increased 11%, the highest increase ever recorded in between two presidential elections. In 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appointed her to the United States National Commission for UNESCO. A lifelong evangelist for social good, Jehmu is a widely sought-after speaker and commentator, and has been featured on The Daily Show, NBC News, The New York Times, and numerous other media outlets.

Jen Boynton

Editor-in-Chief, TriplePundit

Bio: Jen Boynton is editor-in-chief of TriplePundit, a news media site for the conversation on sustainability in business. In her role as Editor-in-Chief, Jen oversees the TriplePundit team in publishing 10 articles per day on topics ranging from cause marketing to employee engagement to energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation and carbon accounting. TriplePundit has nearly half a million readers per month. Prior to TriplePundit, Jen led the sustainability green team for the Union of Concerned Scientists. Jen holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School and lives in Oakland with her husband and baby girl.

Jen Mojo

Founder, Paper Dolls

Bio: Jen Mojo is the founder of Paper Dolls, a network of female entrepreneurs committed to embracing and enhancing the way professional women work, individually and together. Members vary in their industries and independent aspirations but share a common belief that women go farther when they go together. With a focus on redesigning the workspace for women, she opened the first Paper Dolls co-working studio in Los Angeles – a beautiful, inspiring place filled with community. She is currently working to scale Paper Dolls within Los Angeles and nationally. Ms. Mojo’s background is in marketing. She is a 20+ year multi-discipline marketing leader with a passion for creating emotional consumer connections and experiences. Ms. Mojo has worked directly or in partnership with some of the world’s leading brands including Microsoft, Disney, Samsung, Pepsi, Farmers Insurance, Major League Baseball and CBS delivering award winning digital, retail, product launch and experiential marketing programs. She holds an MBA from the University of Washington and currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.

Jenn Hirsch

Chief Enthusiast Officer, Marked Point

Bio: Jenn Hirsch is the founder of Marked Point, a strategic storytelling firm committed to building vibrant, engaged communities to foster early growth for healthcare and wellness-focused organizations. She believes that making small changes both in business and in life lead to explosive and exponential growth. Jenn graduated from UCLA with a bachelors degree in American literature and business economics and received her M.B.A. from the Wharton School.

Jennie Nigrosh

CEO, The Green Garmento

Bio: Boston Native Jennie Nigrosh is the CEO and Chief Creative Officer of The Green Garmento. Adhering to her corporate mission to lower the global carbon footprint by supplying innovative, affordable, sustainable packaging to corporations and consumers, Ms. Nigrosh hopes to eradicate the estimated 300 million pounds of single-use plastic garment covers & wire hangers that annually clog US landfills and waterways. Ms. Nigrosh’s “green” roots started at home. Her father owned and operated a cardboard recycling plant in New Hampshire. Recycling was never an option but a way of life for Ms. Nigrosh and her siblings. “I remember my parents sending us out to our neighbors’ homes to forage Sunday papers so Dad could bring them to the pulper on Monday. It was slightly embarrassing but it stuck.” Stuck it did. Ms. Nigrosh has helped create a reusable garment bag that is offered by dry cleaners, hoteliers and retail within The United States and in 25 countries across the globe. Ms. Nigrosh, who has six older siblings, has a potpourri of experiences. She’s managed clothing stores; sold cars, media and financial printing; and seven years leading up to the TGG launch, worked inside Warner Bros. Records’ Strategic Marketing and Advertising departments in Los Angeles. She is proud of her company’s success thus far. She also recognizes that every step along the way, helped ready her for establishing The Green Garmento as a new category leader in the reusable bag boom.

Jennifer Berthelot-Jelovic

President and CEO, A SustainAble Production

Bio: Jennifer Berthelot-Jelovic is the President and Chief Executive Officer of A SustainAble Production, LLC. As CEO, Jennifer leads A SustainAble Production in providing an array of holistic consulting services including sustainable, regenerative and resilient design and construction for single buildings, communities and entire cities including LEED and WELL certification. Jennifer is a Partner at Earth and Associates, a unique sustainability consultancy firm providing services including land and master planning, architectural design, engineering analysis, and construction. Jennifer is on the Board of Directors for the USGBC Los Angeles Chapter and a Co-Chair & Founding Member of the San Fernando Valley Branch of the USGBC-LA Chapter.

Jessalyn Ishigo

Environmental Product and Policy Analyst, American Honda Motor

Bio: Jessalyn Ishigo is the Product and Policy Analyst in the Environmental Business Development Office at Honda, providing policy, science, and market research support to numerous projects. Leading up to the Honda Smart Home US Grand Opening in March 2014, she managed interior design decisions, materials analysis, and communications initiatives. In addition, she executed the Visitor Center project, an educational space that provides the public with interactive opportunities to learn about the advanced technologies employed in the Honda Smart Home or HSH US. Jessalyn holds a Master's Degree in Environmental Science and Management and is currently pursuing a law degree.

Jessica Lauretti

Director of Content Development, Purpose

Bio: Jessica Lauretti is the Director of Content Development at Purpose where she leads the video team in developing groundbreaking content for social impact. With a background in media and documentary filmmaking she has directed and produced content for Purpose, VICE, New York Magazine and others and has created several "viral" videos, national ad campaigns, and branded and editorial content. Her work has premiered on CNN, MSNBC, The TODAY Show, New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, and others. Additionally, her work has been honored with several Webby, Do Gooder, and Creativity International Awards and Nominations.

Jill Whynot

Assistant Deputy Executive Officer, Planning, Rule Development & Area Sources, South Coast Air Quality Management District

Bio: Jill Whynot has extensive experience working in the air pollution field and has worked at SCAQMD since 1989. As Assistant Deputy Executive Officer for the Office of Planning, Rule Development & Area Sources, she works with the Deputy Executive Officer to handle the functions of this office. Jill was formerly the Assistant Deputy Executive Officer in Engineering & Compliance and prior to that was the Director of Strategic Initiatives, where she led SCAQMD’s efforts in developing and evaluating air quality policies and strategies related to climate change, and was in charge of the PM Control Strategies New Source Review, Administrative Rules, and socioeconomic teams. Before joining SCAQMD, Jill spent ten years as a chemist doing research on the respiratory effects of acute air pollution exposures at the Los Amigos Research and Education Institute Incorporated of Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center.

Jordan Howard

Co-Founder, GenYnot

Bio: Jordan Howard is a social good strategist with an expertise at the intersection of youth engagement, sustainability, education and politics. Since her teen years, Jordan has dedicated her time and energy working to ensure young people have a seat at the table. At the age of 23, Jordan has developed strategies and advises brands on innovative ways to educate, engage and activate youth to solve global issues. Alliance for Climate Education, Surfrider Foundation, United Nations Foundation, The U.S. State Department, 5 Gyres, Hulu and Dell are some of the brands she has partnered with over the years. Whether it’s developing curriculum to teach the science of climate change, equip youth with the art of public speaking, creating STEM programs for teen girls and working with city government to engage youth, Jordan has done it. Ebony Magazine named her Ebony’s Power 100, as one of the most influential African Americans. Jordan has been featured as an expert in NY Times, ABC, NBC, FOX, GOOD, and the book Girls Gone Green. From opening events for Secretary Hillary Clinton to teaching pre-teens across India, Jordan’s journey to spark change among millennials around the world is only beginning.

Juliette Finzi Hart, Ph.D.

Founder & Principal Researcher, Thalassa Research & Consulting

Bio: Dr. Juliette Finzi Hart is the Founder of Thalassa Research & Consulting, which provides marine and climate services to private sector enterprises, and ThalassaVR, which explores how innovative forms of technology, such as virtual reality and gamification, can be utilized to encourage behavior change and inspire climate action. Juliette is also the Marine & Climate Science Specialist at USC Sea Grant and is a Research Assistant Professor at USC in the Marine Environmental Biology program. She received her doctorate from USC in Ocean Sciences in 2007, along with a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Engineering in 2002.

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