Speakers

Meet the thought leaders inspiring a net zero future!

Featuring speakers from the following organizations and many more.

Keynote Speakers

Kevin Payne

CEO
Southern California Edison

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

Stephanie Barger

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

Bronwyn Barry

Co-President
Passive House California

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

Kelly Schmandt Ferguson

Director, Santa Barbara & Ventura Counties
Energize California

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

Avideh Haghighi

Architect & Sustainability Strategist
Steinberg Hart

Tony Hans

National Director of Sustainable Projects
CMTA

Dominique Hargreaves

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

Maya Henderson

Sustainability Manager
Kilroy Realty Corporation

Len Hering

Former Rear Admiral
United States Navy

Celia Hoag

Senior Engineer
DNV GL

Emma Hughes

Project Manager, LEED
U.S. Green Building Council

David Jacot

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

Nurit Katz

Chief Sustainability Officer
University of California, Los Angeles

Keith Killpack

Manager of Life Cycle Assessment Services
SCS Global Services

Wyck Knox

Principal
VMDO

Piper Kujac

Director, Project Management
Urban Fabrick, Inc.

Gary Lai

Principal
AHBE Landscape Architects, Inc.

Cris Liban

Executive Officer, Environment & Sustainability
Los Angeles Metro

Brad Liljequist

Director, Zero Energy
International Living Future Institute

Diana Limon

Training Director, Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11

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)

Aric Ohana

Co-Founder
Envoy Technologies

Julian Parsley

Associate Principal
BuroHappold Engineering

Sanjay Poojary

President & CEO
Saya Life

Megan Prichard

General Manager
Uber

Sean Quinn

Sustainable Design Leader
HOK

Corinne Ralph

Head of Transit Operations
Los Angeles Department of Transportation

Richard “Dick” Reed

President
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11

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

Maziar Shirakh

Senior Engineer, Technical Lead Net Zero Energy (ZNE), Building Energy Efficiency Standards
California Energy Commission

Drew Shula

Founder & Principal
Verdical Group

Sofia Siegel

Project Manager
Verdical Group

Lauren Sparandara

REWS Sustainability Program Manager
Google, Inc.

Marilyn Specht

Associate, Senior Sustainability Consultant
Integral Group

Bill Stonecypher

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

Wes Sullens

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

Nancy Sutley

Chief Sustainability Officer
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP)

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.

Al Tozer

Director, Education, Living Building Challenge
International Living Future Institute

Brian Turner

Electrical Engineer
CMTA

Will Vicent

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

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.