Meet the thought leaders inspiring a net zero future!

Featuring speakers from the following organizations and many more.

Keynote Speakers

Jason F. McLennan

McLennan Design

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

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

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

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

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

New Buildings Institute

Justin Di Palo

Mechanical Engineer
Syska Hennessy Group

Jamie Dwyer

Biomimicry 3.8

Robert Fortunato

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

Tony Hans

National Director of Sustainable Projects

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

    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)

    Nurit Katz

    Chief Sustainability Officer
    University of California, Los Angeles

    Paul Kephart

    CEO, Founder, Principal Ecologist
    Rana Creek Design

    Keith Killpack

    Manager of Life Cycle Assessment Services
    SCS Global Services

    Wyck Knox


    Piper Kujac

    Director, Project Management
    Urban Fabrick, Inc.

    Gary Lai

    AHBE Landscape Architects, Inc.

    Tyler Lazarian

    Field Superintendent,
    Electric Service & Supply Co.

    Andrew Lee

    Zero Energy Director
    International Living Future Institute (ILFI)

    Cris Liban

    Executive Officer, Environment & Sustainability
    Los Angeles Metro

    Diana Limon

    Training Director
    Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute

    Howard Litwak

    Owner's Representative
    Annenberg Foundation

      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

      o2 Architecture

      Aric Ohana

      Envoy Technologies

      Julian Parsley

      Associate Principal
      BuroHappold Engineering

      Sanjay Poojary

      President & CEO
      Saya Life

      Megan Prichard

      General Manager

      Sean Quinn

      Sustainable Design Leader

      Corinne Ralph

      Head of Transit Operations
      Los Angeles Department of Transportation

      Andy Reilman

      Managing Principal
      Integral Group

      Sandra Rhee

      Project Engineer
      Hathaway Dinwiddie

      Heather Joy Rosenberg

      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

      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

      Drew Torbin

      Black Bear Energy Inc.

      Brian Turner

      Electrical Engineer

      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

      CTG Consulting

      Maure Creager

      Building Science Manager

      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

      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.