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The Responsible Business Summit West is bringing the best, most innovative and inspiring brands in responsible business together to truly deliver commercial and societal impact

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Bill Weihl

Bill Weihl

Director of Sustainability, Facebook

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Olivia Khalili

Olivia Khalili

Director, Oath for Good "formerly Yahoo"

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Rob Bernard

Rob Bernard

Chief Environmentalist Strategist, Microsoft Corporation

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Liz Maw

Liz Maw

CEO, Net Impact

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Davis Smith

Davis Smith

Founder & CEO, Cotopaxi

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Bruce Klafter

Bruce Klafter

Vice-President, Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility, Flex

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Anna Lisa Lukes

Anna Lisa Lukes

Director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Executive Director, Golden State Foods

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Anna Lisa Lukes is director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Golden State Foods and executive director of GSF Foundation. As director of CSR, Anna Lisa directs and implements external and internal engagement plans to support GSF’s enterprise-wide strategy relating to the sustainability and community development. Among other objectives, she works with cross-functional operational, management and executive teams to reduce GSF’s carbon footprint from its fleet and facilities, achieve Zero Waste to Landfill, use green building strategies and incorporate renewable energy into the organization’s logistics and manufacturing divisions. As Executive Director of the GSF Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in need in the areas where GSF associates live and work, she oversees all operations, including strategic planning, fundraising, and organizational management, and collaborates with internal and external partners. Engaging a diverse team at GSF, Anna Lisa within her first year as executive director launched the Foundation’s food program which now raises awareness and funds for childhood hunger and secured a national partnership for one of the Foundation’s core programs. Anna Lisa has a passion for creating shared value and brings a unique set of skills to her work, including a background and experience in law, business management, program development and fundraising. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from UCLA, and holds a Juris Doctorate from Whittier Law School and an MBA (emphasis in Entrepreneurship) from Chapman University. Anna Lisa serves on the North American Logistics Council for Sustainability, working with all distributors in the supply chain of one of GSF’s customers to drive efforts to reduce carbon footprint and achieve Zero Waste to Landfill. Anna Lisa is active in her community and has served on various non-profit boards. She serves on Board of Challengers of the Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship at Chapman University, is an Executive Partner emeritus at the Orfalea College of Business at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and is a member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals.

Sarah Middleton

Sarah Middleton

Executive Director, PIMCO Foundation

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Dennis van der Putten

Dennis van der Putten

Head of ESG Research/Responsible Investing, Actiam

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Deirdre White

Deirdre White

CEO, Pyxera Global

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Mark Robertson

Mark Robertson

Director of Communications & Stakeholder Relations, ICTI Care

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Mark Robertson is Director of Communications and Stakeholder Relations at ICTI CARE and has been with the organization since August 2015. Mark is responsible for the strategic direction of the stakeholder and communications teams. He leads on a varied program of work to promote ICTI CARE globally, as well as content production and thought leadership activities.

Mark is passionate about sustainability and firm believer that being more responsible creates better businesses.

Before joining ICTI CARE Mark was Head of Marketing & Communications at Sedex Global where he led Sedex’s global communication team and managed all aspects of the organization’s press, Public Relations and marketing work. Prior to this, he was Head of Communications at responsible investment research firm EIRIS where he provided communications leadership, strategic thinking and creative ideas which established EIRIS as a global thought leader.

Mark is a graduate in Environmental Science and is a qualified Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (ACIM).

Kevin Hagen

Kevin Hagen

Director Corporate Responsibility, Iron Mountain

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Thomas Odenwald

Thomas Odenwald

EVP, SupplyShift

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Betsy Henning

Betsy Henning

CEO and Founder, AHA

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Cecily Joseph

Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Symantec

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Nelson Switzer

Nelson Switzer

Chief Sustainability Officer, Nestlé Waters North America

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Marcel Jacobs

Marcel Jacobs

Director supplier sustainability, Philips Group Procurement

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In his current role as director supplier sustainability he is working within Philips’ Group Procurement and managing specific programs on Supplier Sustainability Performance, Circular Economy, Due Diligence and communications. In January 2014 he joined Philips again, and the main reason for that is the fact that he can drive sustainable innovation to the next level at Philips. Setting ambitious targets in Philips 2020 program requires a challenging supplier sustainability strategy and desires implementation in close collaboration with key stakeholders and partners. Between 2007 and the end of 2013 he worked at Office Depot Europe in the role of Sr. Manager Sustainability Europe. In this role he created various tools for example a supply chain risk model based on environmental and social/ethical aspects to support procurement and supply chain identifying hotspots as well as opportunities beyond tier one suppliers. Another example was a green product identification and reporting tool that supported sales and marketing to increase value add and increase transparency towards customers on identifying green office products. Since 2002 he is active in the sustainability arena when he switched within the Philips group and became sustainability officer within Philips Lighting. In this role he was responsible to manage on a global level green product identification in close cooperation with R&D and marketing departments, continuation of Philips’ EcoDesign program, manage and maintenance of the green Flagship program supporting the ‘green Switch’ campaign, developed and implemented supplier sustainability within Philips Lighting and secured RoHS compliance of outsourced Lighting products between 2005 and 2006.

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Brendon Steele

Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Future500

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John D. Edelman

John D. Edelman

Managing Director, Global Engagement and Corporate Responsibility, Edelman

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Chris Fox

Chris Fox

VP of Corporate Social Responsibility, Hanesbrands Inc

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Ben Anderson

Ben Anderson

Chief B Keeper, B Lab

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Bennett Freeman

Bennett Freeman

Chair of the advisory board, Global Witness;
Former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy

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Matt Horton

Matt Horton

Chief Commercial Officer, Proterra

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Horton brings a broad range of experience in transportation, operations, and finance to his role as Chief Commercial Officer. For Proterra, he oversees the end-to-end customer lifecycle for the rapidly growing number of municipal, university and commercial transit agencies deploying Proterra's battery-electric buses throughout North America. Since joining in 2014, Horton has helped establish the company as the leading innovator in the electric mass transportation industry. In 2016 alone, Horton helped Proterra achieve more than 225% sales growth, a number that is expected to continue to grow in 2017 as the company expands in different infrastructure categories like airports, universities, corporate enterprises, national parks and ski resorts.

 

Prior to joining Proterra, Horton most recently served as CEO of Propel Fuels, Inc., a leading clean transportation company. Matt led Propel through a period of high growth, earning Propel a spot on the Inc 500 as one of America’s fastest growing companies. While there he was responsible for strategy and planning, government relations, operational execution, financial management, investor relations, communications, partnerships, and corporate development. Horton is an experienced company builder with a passion for growing sustainable businesses. 

Sam Polk

Sam Polk

Co-Founder and CEO, Everytable

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Sam is the Co-founder and the CEO of Everytable. He’s also the founder and Executive Director of the non-profit Groceryships. Prior to becoming a social entrepreneur, Sam was a hedge fund trader on Wall Street. Sam’s memoir, For The Love of Money, was published in July 2016 by Scribner. Sam grew up in LA and witnessed the city’s inequality while helping his mom run homeless medical clinics in Skid Row. Years later, after noticing families in low-income areas struggling with access to healthy food, he started Groceryships, a non-profit working at the intersection of poverty and obesity. He is a graduate of Columbia University. Favorite food: Apple fritters.

anita househam

Anita Househam

Senior Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability & Decent Work, UN Global Compact

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Diane Wakeley Solinger

Diane Wakeley Solinger

Director, Google.org, Googler Giving

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Diane Wakeley Solinger joined Google in July 2012 and is the Director of GooglersGive. The GooglersGive team that Diane leads is Google’s team dedicated to helping Googlers volunteer and give around the globe and is part of Google’s philanthropic arm, Google.org. Diane comes to Google with over 25 years in the not for profit sector, and spent the prior 13 years leading a nonprofit consultancy. That experience gave her the great opportunity to work with hundreds of companies to design, implement and enhance their corporate social responsibility programs. Diane is passionate about making the world a better place and believes that in leveraging and unlocking the skills and passions of their employees, companies have a unique opportunity to make significant positive social impact and make their workplaces stronger. Diane is a mother of two young adults, an avid runner, a pretty good cook and really enjoys being with interesting, smart people who have a good sense of humor. She graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA in English, has a Certificate in Corporate Citizenship from Boston College and is a graduate of the Stanford University Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders. She is a Jefferson Award winner for Public Service and a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum.

Kate E. Brandt

Kate E. Brandt

Lead for Sustainability, Google, Inc.

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Kate Brandt leads sustainability across Google’s worldwide operations and products. In this role, Kate coordinates with Google’s data centers, real estate, supply chain, and product teams to ensure the company is capitalizing on opportunities to strategically advance sustainability and circular economy.

Previously Kate served as the Nation's first Chief Sustainability Officer. In this capacity, she was responsible for promoting sustainability across Federal Government operations including 360,000 buildings, 650,000 vehicles, and $445 billion annually in purchased goods and services.

Prior to the White House, Kate held several senior roles in U.S. Federal Government including Senior Advisor at the Department of Energy, Director for Energy and Environment in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel, and Energy Advisor to the Secretary of the Navy.

Kate serves on the boards of BSR, The Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, The Roosevelt Institute, and Planet Forward. Kate received a Masters degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. She graduated with honors from Brown University.

Michael Kobori

Michael Kobori

Vice-President, Sustainability, Levi Strauss & Co.

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Michael Kobori has led sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co. since 2001.

He developed and leads the company’s sustainability strategy, which includes integrating sustainability into all global functions and regional businesses and open sourcing the company’s sustainability innovations to the rest of the industry.

Under Michael’s tenure, Levi Strauss & Co. has been an industry leader in sustainability, pioneering initiatives such as rollout of Water<Less production techniques reducing water use by over 1 billion liters to date; growth of Better Cotton to 21% of all the company’s cotton usage; development of a hazard-based Screened Chemistry Framework; expansion of Worker Well-being programs to over 100,000 workers; and placement of Care for the Planet™ labels on all products.

Mr. Kobori is a Director of the Cotton Board and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. He serves on the Global Advisory Council of the Cornerstone Capital Group, President’s Leadership Council of The Asia Foundation, and is a member of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Leaders Program.

Michael holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, where he also received his undergraduate education in Psychology and Asian Studies.

Patsy Doerr

Patsy Doerr

Global Head, Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability & Inclusion, Thomson Reuters

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Tiffany Apczynski

Tiffany Apczynski

Vice President of Public Policy and Social Impact, Zendesk

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Tiffany Apczynski is vice president of public policy and social impact at Zendesk and the executive director of the Zendesk Neighbor Foundation. She joined the company in 2010 as one of the company's earliest hires.

Tiffany is best known for drafting and executing the city and county of San Francisco's very first Community Benefits Agreement, a controversial section of legislation tied to a tax incentive for pre-IPO tech companies. Zendesk's inaugural agreement, which requires that employees perform a checklist of tasks to improve the neighborhood in order to receive a six-year break from city payroll taxes, has been held up by the city as the "gold standard" and was distributed to other tech companies as the model to follow. This agreement then became the framework upon which Zendesk's global social responsibility strategy was drafted.

Under Tiffany’s leadership, Zendesk has won several awards, including the 2015 "Grantmaker of the Year Award" by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and has been recognized by the San Francisco Business Times in both 2015 and 2014 as a Top Corporate Philanthropist.

Timothy P. Dunn

Timothy P. Dunn

Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Terra Alpha Investments

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Terra Alpha Investments is a mission-based investment firm founded in 2014. Terra Alpha manages a global equity fund that incorporates Environmental Productivity practices into its investment decision-making and advocates for the broad use of natural resource efficiency measures to shift our economy to a sustainable basis.

Tim has over 25 years of experience as an investment professional. The bulk of his career was spent at Capital Research, which manages $1.3 Trillion in investment funds. At Capital, Tim was a Senior Vice President and one of the lead managers of Capital's largest and most successful funds including Growth Fund of America, Capital World Growth and Income Fund, and EuroPacific Growth Fund.

He also worked as an advisor to CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, on strategic planning and organizational effectiveness. He served as a Trustee of the Virginia Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, which overall is the leading investor in natural capital. Tim holds a BA ‘83 in International Relations from The College of William & Mary and a MBA in Finance from Northeastern University.

Paul Rice

Paul Rice

President & CEO, Fair Trade USA

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Jennifer Silberman

Jennifer Silberman

Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Chief Sustainability Officer, Target

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Chris Librie

Chris Librie

Senior Director, Global Impact & Giving, eBay

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John J. Kotlarczyk, Jr

John J. Kotlarczyk, Jr., CCEP, CIPP/US

Global Director, CSR & Waste Reduction, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

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John Kotlarczyk, Jr. is global director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Waste Reduction, for Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise, which employs more than 400,000 colleagues operating in over 25 countries. He was appointed to this role in 2016 and is responsible for developing and leading the strategic direction for WBA’s worldwide waste and recycling initiatives, identifying and sharing best management practices in waste and recycling across WBA, developing innovative solutions to waste and recycling concerns in stores and support center sites, and working with vendor & business partners to ensure the advancement of WBA’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) waste reduction initiatives.

Kotlarczyk first joined Walgreens in 2010 as director, Compliance–Retail, where he was responsible for assisting retail and pharmacy operations management teams with compliance-related issues ranging from environmental programs to all other areas that undergo inspections from various regulatory agencies. Walgreens operates more than 8,000 store locations—over 400 of which incorporate in-store health clinics, and 28 distribution centers. He led Walgreens environmental compliance efforts, including creating and leading its field compliance team, which provided environmental and operational compliance subject matter expertise, and conducted and reported on monitoring reviews. In 2015, he was appointed director, Environmental, Supply Chain and Pharmacy Compliance, where he focused on Walgreens supply chain network, pharmacy, and environmental and waste compliance programs until appointment to his current WBA position. 

He is directly responsible for developing Walgreens Supply Chain “Zero Waste to Landfill” program in use at some Walgreens distribution centers and is the strategic leader of waste and recycling efforts at WBA’s retail, warehouse, and corporate support center sites. In addition, he has taught and trained Walgreens team members throughout all its business units and locations in retail, healthcare and environmental compliance programs.

With more than 25 years of environmental, retail, and healthcare experience, Kotlarczyk also held management positions with Walmart/Sam’s Club; Affiliated Computer Services–A Xerox Company; and the Catholic Healthcare Audit Network. He was a healthcare fraud investigator for both the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and a private insurance company.

Kotlarczyk received his bachelor of science degree in Criminology/Business Administration from Indiana State University. He has earned these certifications: OSHA 10-Hour General Industry, Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP), Certified Information Privacy Professional/US (CIPP/US), Illinois Food Service Sanitation Certification, and Certified Food Safety Managers (CFSM). He also has completed advanced training in hazardous/toxic waste management, and interview and interrogation techniques.

In addition to being a leader and founding member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s project, “Beyond 34: Recycling and Recovery for A New Economy,” Kotlarczyk is an active member of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE), and the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). He also serves as the current president of the Cary Youth Sports Association (CYSA), Cary, Ill.

Sean Grundy

Sean Grundy

Co-Founder & CEO, Bevi

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Sean Grundy is Co-Founder and CEO of Bevi. Prior to founding Bevi in 2013, he worked in water conservation at an environmental non-profit organization in the US and China. He has an MBA from MIT and a BA in Philosophy from Princeton University.

Bevi is one of the fastest growing beverage companies in the country, with over 1,000% growth in 2016, and has raised $27M in venture capital

Barbara Buchner

Barbara Buchner

Executive Director, Climate Finance, Climate Policy Initiative

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Dr. Barbara Buchner is Executive Director of the widely renowned Climate Finance program at Climate Policy Initiative. Named one of the 20 most influential women in climate change, Barbara advises leaders on climate, energy, and land use investments around the world.

Barbara is the lead author on CPI’s Global Landscape of Climate Finance, which has set the benchmark for climate finance tracking, and Climate Finance in 2013-14 and the USD 100 billion goal – a joint report with the OECD that played a seminal role in the lead up to the Paris Agreement.

She directs the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (the Lab). The Lab’s public-private approach solicits, shapes, and tests cutting edge climate finance instruments that resolve financing barriers hindering alternative energy, adaptation, and land use projects. The Lab has helped raise over 500 million USD for its initiatives, and it was endorsed by the G7 in its first year of operation. The success of the Global Lab has also helped to shape the India Innovation Lab for Climate Finance. Barbara also leads CPI’s work as Secretariat of Finance for Resilience (FiRe), a sister initiative to The Lab that focuses on private sector approaches to scaling up investment in green growth. In addition, Barbara built and directed the San Giorgio Group, which brings together key financial institutions actively engaged in green, low-emissions finance in collaboration with the World Bank Group, CLP (China Light & Power), and the OECD.

Barbara regularly speaks at high-profile events as an expert in climate policy and climate finance, and has presented at Climate Week, at the Climate Finance Ministerial, World Future Energy Summit, as part of the GCF Private Sector Facility, at COP side-events, and at the BNEF Summit, among many others.

Barbara was promoted from Director to Senior Director in 2013 and Executive Director in 2016. Previously Barbara served as a Senior Energy and Environment Analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA) and as a Senior Researcher at the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) where she was involved in a number of activities related to FEEM’s Climate Change Policy and Modelling Unit in the field of environmental economics. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Graz and was a Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Originally from Austria, Barbara is based out of San Francisco.

Colleen Vien

Colleen Vien

Sustainability Director, Timberland

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Colleen Vien is Timberland’s sustainability director and is responsible for setting strategic direction globally, focused on product and climate sustainability, enrichment programs for our partner factory workers and community and employee engagement. This includes internal and external stakeholder engagement, public relation and transparency communications and NGO relationship management.

Colleen has been with Timberland since 2005 and prior to being promoted to sustainability director in 2014, she led the company’s Code of Conduct / Supplier Sustainability program. Colleen’s experience leading the global Supplier Sustainability team and her ability to align and influence many in the leadership team and across businesses, along with her strong commitment to Timberland’s values are further leveraged in this new role. Colleen reports directly to the president of Timberland with dotted line to VF Corporation’s sustainability director.

Prior to working at Timberland, Colleen was the corporate compliance liason manager at TYCO Engineered Products and Services where she coordinated compliance risk assessments throughout the organization. Prior to joining TYCO, Colleen served as director of compliance for Apogent Technologies Inc. and was responsible for developing, directing and implementing the company’s global ethics, business conduct and legal compliance program.

Colleen has a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from the University of Wisconsin.

Tisha Hyter

Tisha Hyter

Deputy Director, Nothing But Nets, UN Foundation

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Tisha Hyter serves on the leadership team of the Nothing But Nets campaign at the United Nations Foundation, a role that allows her to express her commitment to improving the lives of children and families in sub-Saharan Africa while applying her 15 years of corporate sales and 10 years of non-profit management experiences. From managing the efforts to engage and activate the 300,000 grassroots donors to optimizing key relationships with our corporate partners and Advisory Council, Ms. Hyter oversees the development strategies to ensure revenue streams to fund the campaign’s “P.L.E.D.G.E. to Protect.”

Nothing But Nets is the world’s largest grassroots campaign fighting malaria, a disease caused by a single mosquito bite. The campaign has raised more than $60 million and delivered over ten million nets and other malaria interventions and treatment through its UN partners to protect refugees and vulnerable families. Since 2000, there has been incredible progress made to defeat the disease – more than 6.8 million lives have been saved, and child mortality rates have decreased 71% in sub-Saharan Africa.

Matt Petersen

Matt Petersen

President & CEO, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator

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Prior to joining LACI, he was appointed as the first ever Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Los Angeles by Mayor Eric Garcetti in August 2013. As L.A.’s first CSO, Petersen was the chief architect of the Sustainable City pLAn which is a roadmap for a L.A. and helped create the Climate Mayors.

Petersen co-founded Global Green USA and led the organization for 19 years as President and CEO. The organization was a pioneer in greening of affordable housing, schools, and cities as well as helping grow the solar sector. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Petersen put forth a vision and mobilized resources to green the rebuilding of New Orleans, including schools, the Lower 9th Ward, and more.

Petersen is chair of the Climate Mayors board, and a board member of Global Green USA, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, Center for Environmental Health, and the Sir Edmund Hilary Institute for International Leadership. Petersen is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the LA Sustainability Leadership Council, and served as an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative on energy and the environment while a CGI member for 10 years. He has a son, and is a retired AYSO coach.

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