Speakers

Meet the thought leaders inspiring a net zero future!

Featuring speakers from the following organizations and many more.

Keynote Speakers

Jason F. McLennan

CEO
McLennan Design

Senator Kevin de León

President pro tempore
California State Senate

Mahesh Ramanujam

President & CEO
U.S. Green Building Council

NZ18 Speakers

Nadereh Afsharmanesh

Vice President of Sustainability
Earth Friendly Products

Jill Anderson

Vice President, Customer Programs & Services
Southern California Edison

Sean Armstrong

Partner
Redwood Energy

David Ashuckian

Deputy Director, Energy Efficiency
California Energy Commission

Stephanie Barger

Director, Market Transformation & Development
Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), TRUE Zero Waste Program

Bronwyn Barry

Co-President
Passive House California

Joel Barton

Business Manager
IBEW Local 11

Janice Berman

Director, Grid Innovations
Pacific Gas & Electric

Boris von Bormann

Founder & Managing Partner
Renu Ventures

Webly Bowles

Project Manager
New Buildings Institute

Denise Braun

Principal
All About Waste

Jessie Buckmaster

Sustainability Manager
Hathaway Dinwiddie

Dan Burgoyne

Sustainability Manager
State of California Department of General Services

Robb-Davon Butler

Regional Sales Director
Interface

Joel Cesare

Capital Improvement Project Manager
City of Santa Monica

Dan Cohee

Vice President
PDE Total Energy Solutions

Rory Cox

Senior Analyst
California Public Utilities Commission

Leighton Deer

Senior Mechanical Project Engineer
Hammel Green and Abrahamson

Ralph DiNola

CEO
New Buildings Institute

Justin Di Palo

Mechanical Engineer
Syska Hennessy Group

Jamie Dwyer

Principal
Biomimicry 3.8

Robert Fortunato

President
ForStrategy Consulting, Inc.

Xavier Gaucher

Board Member
Passive House California

Danny Gleiberman

Manager, Product Compliance and Government Affairs
Sloan Valve Company

Aline Goganian

Office Coordinator
Natural Resources Defense Council

Lauren Gropper

Co-Founder & CEO
Repurpose Compostables

Beth Grote

Project Engineer,
HO+K

Avideh Haghighi

Architect & Sustainability Strategist
ZGF

Tony Hans

National Director of Sustainable Projects
CMTA

Deanna Haines

Director, Energy & Environmental Policy
SoCalGas & San Diego Gas & Electric

Dominique Hargreaves

Executive Director
U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles Chapter (USGBC-LA)

Maya Henderson

Sustainability Manager
Kilroy Realty Corporation

James Holtz

Regional Sales Manager
BYD

    Celia Hoag

    Senior Engineer
    DNV GL

    Jeff Horowitz

    Director of Business Development and Partnerships
    Next Energy Technologies

    Emma Hughes

    Project Manager, LEED
    U.S. Green Building Council

    David Jacot

    Director of Efficiency Solutions,
    Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP)

    Boone Jones

    Director of Business Development
    Schneider Electric

    Drew L. Johnstone

    Sustainability Analyst, Energy and Green Building, Office of Sustainability & the Environment,
    City of Santa Monica

    Nurit Katz

    Chief Sustainability Officer
    University of California, Los Angeles

    Paul Kephart

    CEO, Founder, Principal Ecologist
    Rana Creek Design

    Reiko A. Kerr

    Senior Assistant General Manager, Power System Engineering, Planning, and Technical Services,
    Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP)

    Keith Killpack

    Manager of Life Cycle Assessment Services
    SCS Global Services

    Piper Kujac

    Director, Project Management
    Urban Fabrick, Inc.

    Gary Lai

    Principal
    AHBE Landscape Architects, Inc.

    Tyler Lazarian

    Field Superintendent,
    Electric Service & Supply Co.

    Andrew Lee

    Zero Energy Director
    International Living Future Institute (ILFI)

    Diana Limon

    Training Director
    Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute

    Mark Lyles

    Project Manager
    New Buildings Institute

    Helen Ma

    Director, Co-Founder
    4Square Films

    Lisa Fay Mathiessen

    National Sustainable Design Director
    Hammel Green and Abrahamson

    Mariam Mojdehi

    Project Architect
    Frederick Fisher & Partners

    Sara Neff

    Senior Vice President, Sustainability,
    Kilroy Realty Corporation

    David Nott

    Apprentice Coordinator, Los Angeles County Chapter
    National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)

    Lance O’Donnell

    Owner,
    o2 Architecture

    Aric Ohana

    Co-Founder
    Envoy Technologies

    Nika Parsa

    Associate Principal
    Integral Group

    Julian Parsley

    Associate Principal
    BuroHappold Engineering

    Sanjay Poojary

    President & CEO
    Saya Life

    Megan Prichard

    General Manager
    Uber

    Corinne Ralph

    Head of Transit Operations
    Los Angeles Department of Transportation

    Sofia Ratcovich

    Founder
    Zero Waste Company

    Andy Reilman

    Managing Principal
    Integral Group

    Sandra Rhee

    Project Engineer
    Hathaway Dinwiddie

    Heather Joy Rosenberg

    Founder
    Building Resilience Network

    Kanika Sharma

    Energy Analyst & Project Manager
    Verdical Group

    Drew Shula

    Founder & Principal
    Verdical Group

    Sofia Siegel

    Project Manager
    Verdical Group

    Thomas Small

    Mayor,
    Culver City, CA

    Lauren Sparandara

    REWS Sustainability Program Manager
    Google, Inc.

    Ben Stapleton

    Senior Vice President, Operations & Finance
    Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator

    Bill Stonecypher

    Manager, Solid Waste Management & University Recycling Program
    Loyola Marymount University

    Wes Sullens

    Director, Code Technical Development
    U.S. Green Building Council

    Gale Tedhams

    Director of Sustainability
    Owens Corning

    Patrick Thibaudeau

    Vice President, Sustainability
    Hammel Green and Abrahamson

    Sharon Tomkins

    Vice President, Customer Solutions, Communications and Environmental Strategy
    SoCalGas

    Drew Torbin

    CEO
    Black Bear Energy Inc.

    Brian Turner

    Electrical Engineer
    CMTA

    Will Vicent

    Energy Codes & Standards, Customer Programs & Services
    Southern California Edison

    William Zhou

    Founder & CEO
    EvoEco

    Jim Willson

    Chapter Manager, Los Angeles County Chapter
    National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)

    NZ18 Abstract Review Committee

    Steve Baule

    Director of Special Projects for Sustainability and Economic Development
    Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

    Jessie Buckmaster

    Sustainability Manager
    Hathaway Dinwiddie

    Joon-Ho Choi

    Assistant Professor, Building Science
    University of Southern California School of Architecture

    Yair Crane

    Principal
    CTG Consulting

    Maure Creager

    Building Science Manager
    SageGlass

    Robyn Eason

    Senior Sustainability Planner
    City of West Hollywood

    Alvin Kusumoto

    Sustainability Energy Manager
    Los Angeles Metro

    Tim McGee

    Biophilic Design Manager
    International Living Future Institute

    Abhinay Sharma

    Sustainability Engineer
    AECOM

    Joe Sullivan

    Director of Energy Solutions
    International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) - National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)

    Michelle Thomas

    Senior Manager, Energy Codes & Standards, and Zero Net Energy
    Southern California Edison

    Brian Thurston

    National Business Development Manager
    Waste Management, Inc.