2008 Featured Speakers

Sam Adams/Mayor-Elect, City of Portland
Sam Adams
The Portland Tribune called Portland City Commissioner Sam Adams "The councils most vocal advocate for public arts, neighborhoods, diversity, transportation, economic development, and transparency and accountability in government." Sams well-known work ethic was born from childhood experiences that included public housing and public assistance. He says that these experiences fuel his passion for making government work better for people. At age 29, he began the first of 11 years as the youngest mayoral chief of staff in the citys history. Today, Sam continues to conquer those political first ascents serving as Commissioner in Charge of Portlands Office of Transportation and the Bureau of Environmental Services, and council liaison to, among others, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Association of Portland Neighborhood Business Districts, and Worksystems, Incorporated.
Susan Anderson/Director, City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development
Susan Anderson
Susan Anderson has led a movement toward sustainable practices in a city that has become recognized world-wide for its ability to both create a vision for environmental and economic health and translate that vision into practical solutions with measurable results. She is a frequent speaker at national and international symposiums on sustainable development and business/government partnerships. Prior to her work with the City of Portland, Susan held distinguished positions in both government and business. She holds undergraduate and advanced degrees in Economics, Environmental Science and Urban and Regional Planning.
Lisa Sedlar/President, New Seasons Market
Lisa Sedlar
Lisa is a formally trained chef and has worked in retail food markets for over 20 years, in positions ranging from store chef to director of purchasing for the nations largest natural foods retailer. Lisa serves on the board of directors for the Oregon Food Bank, the Sustainable Business Network of Portland, the Portland Public Market and Alter Eco Fair Trade. She also serves on the business advisory committees of the Food Alliance and the Food Innovation Center.
Richard Satnick/Chief Burrito Officer, Laughing Planet
Richard Satnick is not your typical Chief Burrito Officer. While pursuing his doctorate in anthropology at the University of Chicago, he was diagnosed with Type II Entrepreneurial Attention Deficit Disorder. He went on to found nine broadly ranging business ventures including Outback Outfitters and Bikes in Atlanta, Georgia, Missing Link Toys and Books in Portland, Oregon, soma, a popular coffee house and juice joint in Bloomington, Indiana and The Laughing Planet Cafe in several U.S. cities. Mr. Satnicks interests and projects are as unruly as the chimpanzees he lived with during his post-graduate research. He has served time as a new urbanist Bloomington City Plan Commissioner, consulted with bicycle and outdoor products companies, and was coach and mentor for the Indiana University Rugby Club for four eventful years. These experiences, plus his New York upbringing, fuel his relentless pursuit of new ways to upset paradigms and his friends.
Ben Finklea/Founder and President, END Outdoor
Ben Finklea
As a life long Oregonian, END (Environmentally Neutral Design) Co-Founder and President, Ben Finklea spent his youth getting hooked on Oregon. Whether it was hiking to the top of Black Butte, digging in the dirt of John Day, riding the Deschutes or running Hood to Coast, he loves being an Oregonian. Raised on recycling tin cans and newspaper drives by the last hippie parents of the 1970s he understands the importance of sustainabilty. A husband and father of three daughters, Ben now takes his family to these treasured venues in an effort to pass on his great love for the place he calls home, Oregon.
Erik Weeman/Sustainability Guy, Weiden+Kennedy
Erik Weeman
When not designing ads for the likes of Nike, Coca-Cola, Starbucks and Target, Erik focuses his energy on Wieden+Kennedys path toward becoming more sustainable. In a company employing roughly 400 people, Erik helped start a green team, created and launched a new (and very much-improved) recycling and composting program, and continually fields enquiries about new green projects within the agency. When hes not hard at work, hes hard at play, riding bikes, renovating homes, and chasing his dog Gordie.
Joshua Skov/Principal, Good Company
Joshua Skov
Skov combines extensive experience with sustainability indicators and expertise in economics with the ability to communicate issues of sustainability in a practical and meaningful manner. His research and consulting have assisted corporations, universities and public agencies in understanding how the challenge of sustainability relates to their organizations. Skov also leads Good Companys climate services work. Skov is an adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon and a regular instructor in the UO Sustainability Leadership Program. He also teaches MBA courses in sustainable business at the University of California, San Diego. Skov was recently appointed to the City of Eugene's Sustainability Commission. Skov earned an M.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He also has an M.A. from the University of Washington and a B.A. from Yale University. Skov is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Jack Graves/Chief Cultural Officer, The Holland, Inc. (Burgerville)
Jack Graves
Jack Graves created the role of chief cultural officer for The Holland, Inc. in 2004. His responsibilities include serving as a steward of the companys mission and culture, as a liaison between vendor partners and internal teams ensuring that the companys initiatives such as providing affordable health care and its commitment to sustainability are met. Graves also serves as the historian for The Holland and ensures that the companys vision is fully integrated throughout the organization. A true visionary of the industry, Graves has spent more than 30 years in the QSR industry. He has won several sales awards and is committed to the implementation of sustainable practices and affordable health care for all employees.
Jane Savage/Director, NIKE Considered
Jane Savage
Her passion for sustainable design was ignited while earning a BFA degree with a major in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Since graduating in 1991, she worked in the kids footwear industry in Boston and New York, and answered the call to Nike in 1997. In her 11+ years at Nike her positions included Design Director of Kids Footwear and Design Manager of Womens Sport Performance Footwear until her recent appointment to help lead the Nike Considered Design movement. A native of Brookline, Massachusetts, she is currently enjoying her home in Portland, Oregon with her husband Michael and their son Max. She is a movie buff, an avid reader, gourmet cook, devotee of mid-century architecture, Red Sox and Patriots fan, student of earth based spirituality, knitter, and jewelry artist. Jane feels a great sense of purpose working with Nike. She feels with Nikes global reach to the people of the planet, sustainability and responsibility should be in the consciousness of every Nike employee getting product to market. She feels that when Nike commits to people, a great impact can be made which will lead other industries. "Nike can affect change. Here is an opportunity to connect the mandates of my industrial design education to my professional practice. I want to help. I want to make a difference."
Chris Lydgate/Editor, Portland Tribune Sustainable Life
Chris Lydgate
Chris Lydgate is the editor of the Sustainable Life section of the Portland Tribune. He has written for a wide variety of local and national publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Inc., and many others. A longtime Portland resident, he enjoys riding his bike across the Hawthorne Bridge.
Curt Mudd/Founder, Emergent
Curtis Mudd
Curt has established a national reputation for defining and leading the systems and processes that will create and sustain people-oriented cultures. Before founding Emergent, Curt was most recently a member of the leadership team at Nau, an outdoor and lifestyle apparel company that was a global benchmark for integrating an aggressive model for social change. Prior to that, he worked for The Limited Brands, Inc. where he was responsible for the sourcing, selection, training, development, performance management of, and human resource planning for 100,000 employees in the home office and 4,100 stores. Curt was also the Global Director of Human Resources for Nike, Inc. where he lead the global expansion of Nike Retail and was responsible for building the staff of the global team from 500 to 5000 employees in 14 countries. In partnership with the Nike VP of Retail, Curt created retail and executive teams in Europe, Japan, Korea, Canada, and Australia.
Kim Hughes/Director, Zero Waste Alliance
Kim Hughes
Kim has over 20 years combined experience in the fields of environmental chemistry, energy efficiency and green building. At Zero Waste Alliance, Kim specializes in developing projects with potential for integrating sustainable practices within business or organizational operations. Her responsibilities include management of the Sustainable Business Assistance program for the Portland Development Commission, development for Sustainable Oregon Schools Initiative, and marketing and development of professional education programs in the area of green building. She is the lead instructor for the Sustainable Building Advisor (SBA) Program in Portland and is a certified Sustainable Building Advisor. As a former manager of PGE Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Services, Kim was responsible for developing and directing multiple projects and programs related to saving kilowatt hours in commercial and industrial buildings to meet annual objectives and targets, as well as educating professionals in the benefits of energy efficiency and green building. Kim also teaches Sustainable Business Practices in the Environmental Health and Safety Program at Mt Hood Community College, is a certified Sustainable Building Advisor and is a board member of the National Sustainable Building Advisor Program.
Bill Scott/General Manager, Zipcar
Bill Scott
Bill Scott has been General Manager of Zipcar (formerly Flexcar) in Portland since 2002. He served as Director of the State of Oregon Department of Economic and Community Development from 1993-2002. He previously was with Pacificorp for 15 years in real estate and natural resource development, served as Chief of Staff to Portland Mayor Neil Goldschmidt, and practiced law. He has served as Chair of the Portland Leaders Roundtable, Oregon Symphony Association, PSU Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies and the Portland School Board. Bill grew up in Portland and is a graduate of Princeton University and Cornell Law School.
Monty Moore/Vice President, Neil Kelly Company
Monty Moore
Monty has been involved with environmentally responsible planning, design and construction since the early 1990s and is always looking for ways to improve how projects he works on impact our limited resources and their overall impact on the environment. At Neil Kelly, Monty has overseen the construction of the first LEED certified new home in the west (completed in 2006), and has been very instrumental in Neil Kelly sustainability initiatives. While at NIKE Monty was the Project Manager in charge of evaluating and implementing sustainable measures that were incorporated in the project prior to the formation of the USGBC LEED program and was able to identify enough energy saving measures to complete the entire project to perform 30 percent more efficiently than the DOE 2 models and had a payoff of 7 years or less. Monty has been a leader in sustainability at Neil Kelly and provided oversight for the first LEED H pilot project on the West Coast and continues to provide training for sustainable development to all divisions at Neil Kelly Company.
Craig Trames/Founder, The Corragio Group
Craig Trames
Craig is a leader in facilitating effective change, strategic planning, brand clarity and business innovation. Over the past 20 years, Craig has taken on a wide range of roles with an emphasis on marketing, sales and product development, 11 years of which were spent at Nike. Afterward, Craig served as CEO of Pacific Crest Outward Bound School where he oversaw the complete brand overhaul for Outward Bound USA.
Justin Yuen/President, FMYI
Justin Yuen
Justin Yuen is President of fmyi [for my innovation], a collaboration software company with a commitment to sustainability. Before launching the company, Justin was a Senior Manager in Corporate Sustainable Development at Nike, Inc. Prior to that, Justin was Nike's head of Footwear Quality for the Europe/Middle East/Africa region in the Netherlands. Justin currently is Co-Chair of the City of Portland/ Multnomah County Sustainable Development Commission and is on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Natural Step Network, the Portland Parks Foundation, and the Northwest Earth Institute. Justin has a degree in International Studies from The Johns Hopkins University.
Brian Back/Founding Editor & Publisher, Sustainable Industries
Brian Back
As one of the first business journalists in the United States to pioneer a beat in sustainability, Brian has been a leading expert in topics such as clean energy, green building, environmental technology and other green business sectors. He has researched, written and spoken extensively on economic impacts and trends -- including the role of media -- in these intersecting and rapidly evolving industries. Brian began his career as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he covered growth and sprawl trends in one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. While working as a reporter and columnist for The Business Journal in Portland, Brian pushed his editors to develop a new beat in sustainable industries, which was then an emerging concept among a handful of innovators on the West Coast. His work has appeared in leading magazines, web sites, newspapers and trade journals. Today Brian serves as President and Owner of Sustainable Industries, and he is a new member of the Social Venture Network.
Mitch Rofsky/President, Better World Club
Mitch has devoted his entire career to socially responsible business. After stints as a lobbyist for Ralph Naders Public Citizen and as Executive Vice President of the National Cooperative Bank, Mitch became President of Working Assets Capital Management (WACM). Working Assets is now known for its 300,000+ long distance customers, but Working Assets began as a socially responsible mutual fund. After the WACM was sold, Mitch started the predecessor insurance agency to Better World Club in 1996. Better World Club was inspired by the environmental community approaching Mitch about its problems with AAA on policy grounds. Mitch was also the first chair of Business for Social Responsibility. The Boston Globe, San Francisco Examiner, and others have published Mitchs writings on politics, much of which can be found at www.commondreams.org.
Josh Halley/Commercial Market Manager, Green Mountain Energy
Josh Halley
As the Oregon Commercial Market Manager for Green Mountain Energy, Josh is focused on getting small to large businesses in PGE service territory to make the switch to cleaner renewable energy. Since moving to Portland from his hometown of Philadelphia, he has worked extensively over the past 5 years in the renewable power market as both a sales representative and manager, working with passion to spread the good word of renewable power to the people of Oregon.
Shelby Wood/Columnist, The Oregonian
Josh Halley
Shelby Wood is the author of PDXgreen, a column that runs each Friday in The Oregonian's How We Live section, and online all week at blog.oregonlive.com/pdxgreen/. Shelby, a North Carolina native, moved to Portland in 2001 after six years as a staff reporter at the St. Petersburg Times in Florida, where she rarely thought about recycling or energy consumption while covering suburban news, crime, K-12 education and state government. At The Oregonian, she covered religion and higher education before creating PDXgreen in fall 2007. Shelby says the purpose of PDXgreen is to help readers navigate all things "green" by taking a skeptical but sympathetic, layperson's approach to the flood of green trends, products and issues that confront them each day. Her column and blog topics include everything from the real meaning of "biodegradable," to how to get better gas mileage, to coverage of local green events. Shelby, 35, lives in Northeast Portland with her husband and daughter.
Renee Spears/Founder, Rose City Mortgage
Renee Spears
Renee started her career in the mortgage industry over 20 years ago. Rose City Mortgage Specialists was founded in the Spears family room in 1999. Currently the company has 27 employees and was named The Better Business Bureaus 2005 Small Business of the Year for Oregon and SW Washington and One of the Top 100 Companies in Oregon to work for in 2007 and 2008. Rose City Mortgage is one of the nations first socially responsible mortgage brokers and donates $100 to the community for each loan they close. Total donations topped $150,000 in 2008. They have also received the City of Portland, Office of Sustainable Developments Recycle Works Award for their commitment to recycling and the environment every year since 2005. Rose City is committed to the environment and has been a leader in recycling in the Portland Business Community. They recently added a worm compost bin in the company kitchen to recycle all food scraps the company generates.
Derek Smith/Director of Operations, Yolo Colorhouse
Derek Smith
In the late '90s, Derek developed one of the first sustainability programs in the retail world at $225 million multi-channel retailer Norm Thompson Outfitters. In his seven-year stint as Corporate Sustainability Manager and Director of Communications & Corporate Responsibility, Derek launched Norm Thompson's globally benchmarked 'Sustainability Scorecard' life cycle-based procurement tool, published the first FSC-certified catalog and helped the company win accolades including the prestigious Corporate Award from the Ecological Society of America. Recently, as Director of Operations at YOLO Colorhouse, a green lifestyle brand offering premium Zero VOC paint, Derek was a member of the senior management team that supported 500% annual growth. Derek's responsibilities included supply chain management, sustainable business practices, regulatory and certification. YOLO has earned recognition as a Top 10 Green Building Product in Sustainable Industries Journal, an Editor's Pick in Architectural Record and a BEST Business Award recipient from the City of Portland. Derek has consulted on sustainability strategy to a number of leading companies and organizations, including The Home Depot, Columbia Forest Products, Rejuvenation and Mercy Corps. He has served on the boards of the Oregon Business Association (chair, Environment & Economic Development Committee), the Forest Park Conservancy and Earth Share of Oregon. Derek is a member of the Sustainable Development Commission of the City of Portland and Multnomah County.
Grace Pae/Founder, Artemis Foods
Grace Pae
Classically trained chef and Artemis Foods owner Grace Pae has spent the last 7 years building a food and catering business that is as sustainable as possible. Former restaurant Chef, originally from the Bay Area and Portlands Sante Restaurant (Sante was the Oregonians Restaurant of the Year pick from 1994.) and Natures Fresh Northwest former corporate chef, Grace is classically French trained from an apprenticeship program where she worked with small boutique European restaurants and chefs in San Francisco and the Bay Area. From her own family upbringing of eating locally and as naturally as possible and the influence of her first professional training and the climate of the Chez Panisse inspired movement of the late 80s, locally-grown organic produce, hormone free and local meats, Artisan cheeses, wines and breads and free-range eggs are all a matter of course in Graces business. All of these practices of choosing the best and the freshest from the region is nothing new for Chefs from the world over, but what makes Artemis Foods so special is Graces commitment to sustainability.
Heidi Eggert/Vice President, Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Heidi Eggert
As Vice President of Marketing, Heidi works to empower consumers to become part of the solution to climate change. Heidis passion for consumer insights and marketing is rooted in over 13 years of experience on both the advertising agency and client sides of marketing. Prior to joining BEF, Heidi was head of the strategic planning group for Eleven Inc., an integrated marketing agency based in San Francisco. At Eleven, Heidi worked with clients ranging from Visa USA, to Google, to BEA Systems and Protiviti Risk Management Consulting. Heidi began her career as an Account Planner for Fallon Worldwide, working in both their Minneapolis and New York offices on McDonalds, Sports Illustrated, Holiday Inn, Conseco Financial Services and new business development.
Stephanie Swanson/Principal, MarketShift Strategies
Stephanie Swanson
Stephanie Swanson is a veteran strategist with nearly 20 years of marketing communications, journalism, public relations, public policy and business development experience. Her career has taken her from international journalism at CNN to agency work and partnership building to create lasting behavior change with local and national firms. Stephanie is now a Principal at MarketShift Strategies - a creative communications firm servicing sustainable industry. MarketShift operates under the premise that sustainability is more than a label or code word for 'green.' Choosing a sustainable vision is a sound business investment creating triple bottom line value at every company touch point. Stephanie delivers integrated marketing strategies leveraging aspects of a business model traditionally overlooked. She helps clients push the boundary of traditional marketing techniques and pair sustainable business practices with unique customer engagement campaigns.
Megan Stein/Program Manager, City of Portland's Office of Sustainable Development
Megan Stein
Megan Stein has specialized in the recycling industry for over eight years. At OSD, Megan manages the Recycle at Work program, a regional and local government partnership that helps businesses reduce, reuse and recycle by providing free technical assistance, tools and resources. In her work, Megan focuses on building partnerships, marketing and outreach to the business community, and developing effective ways to help businesses make sustainable behavior changes. She holds undergraduate degrees in journalism and environmental studies.
Rick Wallace/Policy Analyst, Oregon Department of Energy
Rick Wallace
Rick Wallace works at the Oregon Department of Energy as a Biofuels Coordinator and Policy Analyst in the Renewables Division. He worked for five years in the Conservation Division as a Senior Energy Analyst for the commercial, industrial, transportation and alternative fuel sectors. Rick is also the Coordinator of the Columbia Willamette Clean Cities Coalition. The coalition promotes the use of domestically produced transportation fuels and fuel efficiency. Previously he worked with a contractor to the US DOE & EPA EnergyStar program and was the project manager for the San Diego Gas & Electric In-Store Demonstration and the Residential EnergyStar Windows programs. Rick has accumulated nine years experience developing, marketing and administrating conservation and renewable fuel programs. Prior to this Rick worked 14 years in the aerospace defense industry as an engineer.
Bob Lauron/Vice President, Full Sail Brewing
Bob Lauron
Bob has worked with several world class and socially conscious companies such as Tazo Tea, Starbucks, and now Full Sail Brewing Co. His innovative sales techniques and family focused team leadership has successfully helped in building brands, in addition he has partnered with companies to foster social and corporate responsibilities. Bobs style has fit perfectly with Full Sails employee owned spirit and strong environmental consciousness. Full Sail was recognized last fall for its Green Practices through the Office of Sustainable Development with the RecycleWorks Award for keeping Portland healthy, livable and prosperous. This spring they were honored with a BEST award for Portland businesses demonstrating excellence in business practices that promote economic growth and environmental benefits.
Greg Stiles/Senior Business Sector Manager, Energy Trust
Greg Stiles
Greg Stiles has more than 10 years of consulting and research experience in energy efficiency and environmental business strategy. Greg manages Energy Trusts energy efficiency programs for commercial businesses. He has an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and bachelors degree from Willamette University. He is a certified energy manager from the Association of Energy Engineers. Greg is on the board of directors of the Oregon Association of Professional Energy Managers. In his spare time he moonlights as a snowboard coach for a local high school team in Lake Oswego.
Nik Blosser/Co-Founder & President, Celilo Group
Nik Blosser
Nik Blosser started Celilo Group Media, Inc. a Portland, Oregon-based media company with the mission of expanding markets for sustainable products. Celilos primary media property are the EcoMetro consumer guides, which include printed resource and coupon guides in Portland, Seattle, Californias Bay Area and Minneapolis, and ecometro.com, which features city-specific green business directories, product listings and local bloggers helping people find the best of green and local in their communities. Nik has been a leading voice in the sustainable business arena for the past decade in the Pacific Northwest, shaping both political and business perspectives around the economic opportunities surrounding sustainability. He is an expert on green marketing, integrating sustainable business sectors, and using policy to address environmental and sustainability issues. Nik is co-founder of the Oregon Business Association and is the Chairman of the family business, Sokol Blosser Winery.
Thor Hinckley/Renewable Program Manager, PGE
Thor Hinckley
As Portland General Electrics renewable power program manager, Thor Hinckley manages the nations leading residential green power program. PGEs Renewable Power Program serves 62,000 residential and business renewable customer accounts, and is one of most successful in the nation. Hinckley also developed the nations fastest-selling renewable energy program, Renewable Futures and oversees the Healthy Habitats donation program in coordination with The Nature Conservancy, the nations first utility salmon habitat restoration option. Hinckleys leadership in business sustainability includes developing one of the nations leading renewable power programs for medium to large businesses called Clean Winds. Customers include Intel, American Honda Motors, Toyota Motors, Epson, and several other leading Oregon businesses. Hinckleys professional activities include serving as board member of the Oregon Natural Step Network and chairman of the board for the Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Hinckley also serves on the Renewable Advisory Council for the Oregon Energy Trust and previously served as a commissioner for the the Portland Sustainable Development Commission.
Veronique Muenier/Sustainability Manager, Travel Portland
Veronique Muenier
A native of Grenoble, France, Veronique Meunier is the Public Relations Manager for Sustainability at Travel Portland, the official destination marketing office for Portland, Oregon. A voracious traveler since childhood, Veronique enjoys exploring her new country, especially the great outdoors. An environmentalist at heart, Veronique is a member of Travel Portlands Green Team, an internal employee coalition that encourages the adoption of green practices by the company, as well as working with several eco-tourism nonprofit organizations.
Jason McNichol/Managing Director, ELM Research and Strategy
Jason McNichol
An environmental sociologist by training, Jason has worked as a consultant and entrepreneur for sustainable ventures for over ten years. He currently serves as managing director of ELM Research and Strategy, a consultancy that helps forward-thinking organizations and firms build enduring social and financial value. Jason is also the founder of Health Advocacy Solutions, a Portland-based healthcare consumer research and support nonprofit. Throughout his career, Jason has focused on understanding the unique dynamics of consumer markets that address environmental, health, and social issues. He has worked with firms launching environmentally and socially responsible products in forestry, horticulture, textiles, healthcare, and other sectors in the United States and abroad. Jason holds his PhD and MA degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University. He has published on a variety of environmental, health, and human rights topics, and has taught and lectured at universities across the United States and Europe.
Jason McMillan/DMD and Owner, Mint Dental Works
Jason McMillan
A passionate steward of the environment, Dr. McMillan pioneered a new standard for environmentally responsible dentistry with the first LEED-certified dental practice in the country, Mint Dental Works. The practice received a LEED Platinum award, a BEST Award from the City of Portland, and has garnered several other honors. McMillans efforts are raising national awareness in the dental community on the benefits and feasibility of sustainable design and operations. His philosophy also seeks to address social inequity in healthcare by committing time and resources to the Give Kids A Smile Day program and Portlands Kiddazzle organization which provides dental care to children whose families do not have the financial resources for treatment. McMillan received his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon and continued his studies in the field of general dentistry at Oregon Health Sciences University.
Colin Sears/Sustainable Industries Manager, Portland Development Commission
Colin Sears is currently leading the PDCs work to grow the sustainability sector of the economy. Colin is also managing the Citys Economic Development Strategy which is part of the Portland Plan. He has worked at PDC in the Economic Development department since 1999. A native of the Washington D.C. area, he worked as a economic research consultant in Maine prior to moving to Portland, Oregon in 1999. He studied at the University of Massachusetts of Amherst for both undergraduate and post graduate degrees, receiving his masters degree in geography with a specialization in sustainable development. Colin has a two year old son Dashiell, and in his limited free time, plays the drums. Before having health insurance, he recorded more than one dozen cds and toured extensively in both North America and Europe as a musician.
Wayne Embree/Founder and Managing Partner, Reference Capital
Wayne Embree
Wayne has been a seed-stage investor since 1986, co-founding six funds with investments in nearly 100 companies. Hes been instrumental in creating over 20 spinout companies from research universities and corporate labs. His prior experience includes policy work for the Oregon Legislative Assembly and former Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt. He also served as a tactical operations officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1975 to 1980, directing real-time command, control and communications systems. Embree holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences from Western Oregon University and a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Oregon. He has been a board member of numerous companies, the Western Sustainability Institute and an advisor to TechLink, the principal technology transfer manager for the U.S. Department of Defense. He is a frequent speaker on technology commercialization and venture creation. Embree is an active private pilot, flying classic and antique aircraft.
Jason Graham-Nye/Founder and CEO, gDiapers
Jason Graham-Nye
In 2004, Jason Graham-Nye and his wife Kimberley had a grand plan...move to America from Australia and launch a new and very unique kind of baby diaper - gDiapers. gDiapers are flushable and compostable and have been in Australia since 1991. Kim and Jason were just happy customers who loved it so much, they bought the rights to the rest of the world and headed to Portland, Oregon with child and dog in tow. They now have two children, have been on the shelves in the US and Canada for two years and have Julia Roberts as a customer.
John Knight/Principal, Mind the Gap
John Knight
John founded mind the gap, a consumer insight and strategic planning consultancy, which is dedicated to closing the gap between brands and their consumers, combining insights and strategic analysis to help clients make consumer informed business and marketing decisions. Johns client list includes adidas, T-Mobile, Levis, Reebok, Goode Partners and Bonneville Environmental Foundation. Prior to founding mind the gap, John worked for over 8 years at adidas in a variety of roles in the US, Germany, and the Netherlands. His work at adidas spanned Strategic Planning, eCommerce, Brand Marketing and Consumer Insights. He was responsible for establishing the Consumer Insights function at adidas globally and also led integrated communications initiatives, which ran in all of adidas 50+ markets. John is passionate about learning from the consumer and combining creative thinking with disciplined analysis. John graduated from the US Naval Academy with a degree in Systems Engineering. After serving five years in the US Navy he studied at the Wharton School of Business receiving an MBA in Finance.
Mary Edmeades/Vice President, Albina Community Bank
Mary Edmeades
Marys primary function as the Branch Manager is to foster and nurture the spirit of Social Impact Banking. With over 400 non-profits and foundations as clients, Albina Community Bank is constantly looking for ways to bring these two powerful communities together. This bank has an emphasis on affordable housing, financial literacy, and supporting our public education system. Mary manages all of these programs through a variety of product offerings, community volunteer work, and partnerships with established agencies. Albina Community Bank is a full service financial institution with a history of helping underserved communities realize hope and opportunity. They also work closely with the socially responsible investor to align their moral and financial behaviors together.
Jon Blumenauer /Principal, Hutani
Jon Blumenauer
Jon Blumenauer has over ten years of international experience in the manufacturing and service sectors with major global brands. His decade of combined experience with Nike and the Rimba Group, an Indonesian footwear, apparel and accessory manufacturer, give Jon a thorough knowledge of the design, development, sourcing and manufacturing process from both the Western brand and Asian manufacturing perspective. This provides a unique viewpoint on international business practices and supply chains. Jon has a longstanding commitment to solving environmental problems and believes that the most effective method is through the use of market forces. When companies learn that tackling environmental issues makes them more competitive and profitable, there will be a widespread shift that benefits all. Jon graduated from Pomona College in Los Angeles, with an MBA and Masters in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Michigan. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Northwest Earth Institute, and advisory boards for Anna Cohen and the Portland State University Center for Design and Innovation for Business and Sustainability.
Inessa/GoGreen '08 Emcee and On-Air Personality, KINK.fm
Inessa is a well known, on-air personality at KINK FM in Portland, Oregon and heads up the KINK Green Team. Inessa firmly believes in the concept of one world, one community, one people. She surmises that it is our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish the only home weve ever known. It is with these ideals that she heads up the KINK Green Team which serves as a community spotlight for local businesses that have adopted or are built around sustainable practices. KINK FM relies on the community to reach out to them with Green Team ideas. Through this community effort, Inessa and the Green Team hope to share a real sense of how the sustainability and green movement is growing and creating real change. Inessa also writes a blog about Everything Green and Everything Portland which can be found at www.kink.fm.
David Yudkin/Owner, HOTLIPS Pizza
David has been devoted to sustainability for many years. His dedication began before he even knew what it was called. In 1989, he knew he wanted to bring a farmers market to his neighborhood, and that food from the market would help HOTLIPS Pizza become a better place. He was confident that he would find customers who would appreciate his efforts. His predictions have borne out well. David has over 20 years experience in the science and business of sustainability. He shares his deep knowledge with a diverse audience through continual speaking and teaching. His skill and ease make learning about sustainability riveting and fun; he has introduced many people to the complex issues and is a key player in advanced discussions. Today, HOTLIPS Pizza has four stores, a commissary kitchen, a soda pop manufacturing operation, and a portable pizza-vending unit. HOTLIPS works with over 30 farmers and producers to source the freshest local ingredients and works diligently to maintain a seasonal menu. HOTLIPS continues to receive notable recognition in local and national venues for its great pizza and pop, and its innovation and leadership in sustainability.
Julie Gulla/Vice President and Wealth Advisor, Morgan Stanley
Julie Gulla is Senior Vice President and Wealth Advisor for Morgan Stanley. She leads a team of professionals that advise serial entrepreneurs, c-level executives, and foundations. They work with clients to manage their risk, plan their legacy, and deliver innovative solutions for complex situations. Julie is active in the local angel/venture community, where she invests in sustainable companies. She leads the Women’s Investor Network, Oregon’s only women angel group; she is the 2008 Angel Oregon Sustainability Track Chair, a member of the NW Energy Angels, and a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association. Julie received the Certified Investment Management Analyst designation from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton Business School and holds a B.A. in Finance and Marketing.
Tom Sedory/IT Director of Corporate Responsibility Nike, Inc.
For 15 years, Tom has been a part of Nike, leading software research and development for all areas of Nike's "front of the house" including Sales, Retail, Product Creation, and Brand Marketing. Tom's passion for the environment drove him to volunteer time to work with Nike's Corporate Responsibility teams and Facilities to look for IT solutions to environmental challenges. Now his current role allows him to combine his passion and experience, driving Nike's global IT teams to find the opportunities for "triple bottom line" results. He works across Nike's matrixed organization to influence the use of technology for ethical and efficient solutions to business needs. Tom received two bachelors in Philosophy and Computer Applications from the University of Notre Dame and his masters in Applied Information Management from the University of Oregon.
Patrick Reiten/President of Pacific Power at PacifiCorp
Patrick Reiten is president of Pacific Power at PacifiCorp. He was appointed to this position in September 2006. Reiten is responsible for delivering electricity safely and reliably to customers in Oregon, Washington and California.
Prior to joining PacifiCorp, Reiten was president and chief executive officer of PNGC Power, an energy cooperative located in Portland, Ore., that provides power management services to electric distribution utilities serving parts of seven Western states. He was appointed to that position in May 2002 and was responsible for the overall operations of two corporate entities (PNGC Power and Power Resources Cooperative) with combined annual revenues well in excess of $200 million. He reported to two separate boards that represented each member-owner utility. He joined PNGC Power in 1993, heading up external affairs and marketing. Reiten’s 12 years at PNGC Power included the titles of director of government relations and vice president of marketing and public affairs. He served on multiple industry panels and committees. Prior to his stint at PNGC Power, Reiten served as an aide to U.S. Sen. Mark O. Hatfield, handling issues associated with the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He also was an official in several different capacities at the U.S.
Diane Dulken/Principal of Green Marketing Northwest
Diane Dulken works with mission-driven businesses and public interest organizations in the areas of strategic communications, marketing and public relations.Herwork has included launching Salmon-Safe and helping it grow to a nationally-recognized certification organization; catapulting Ecotrust's Natural Capital Center to national attention and local acclaimwhile launching its popular conference center; and helping Interface Engineering showcase its engineering of the Platinum-LEED OHSU Center for Health and Healing.As part of building strategic communications strategies, she has helped clients earnpositive press in theNew York Times, Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, Newsweek, TV networks and other top media.Earlier in her career, Diane wasan award-winning journalist forThe OregonianandAlbuquerque Journal andthen worked in Washington DC managing national press outreach for theNatural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), one of the country's leading conservation organizations. She has served on the city of Portland's Sustainable Development Commission and holds a B.S. in natural resources from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. greenmarketingnw.com
David Weigel/Vice President of Marketing, Ecos
David Weigel
As vice president of Marketing for Ecos, Dave guides the development of strategic positioning and ensures delivery of comprehensive market campaign research, development and deployment for our clients. With 20 years of experience in advertising and marketing, the past nine of which have been with Ecos, Dave spearheads all Ecos marketing efforts and does so in a way that takes full advantage of his background in the creative and entertainment industries. That background, which includes a stint as brand manager for Dark Horse Entertainment, gives Dave a perspective that allows him to create unique campaigns for each of Ecos’ clients, including ENERGY STAR award-winning efforts for Nevada Power Company and PacifiCorp. Recent projects include work for Calistoga, Coke, Full Sail Brewing Company, Pacific Gas and Electric and Yellowstone National Park. Dave firmly believes in blending analytics and market research to quantify the success of creative media and branding campaigns. His marketing strategies always seek to combine the tried-and-true with innovative and leading-edge marketing solutions. Dave also believes that it is important that he do his part to enhance the world he lives in and build a better society for future generations. Dave has a Bachelor of Arts in marketing communications from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore.
Brooks Nelson/Facilities Planning and Construction Manager, Rejuvenation Inc.
Brooks Nelson
Brooks Nelson is the Facilities Planning and Construction Manager for Rejuvenation Inc. a Portland Oregon based manufacturer of lighting and hardware. Brooks has helped lead and execute sustainable strategies for the company for the last 10 years including manufacturing improvements, green building and the care of historic buildings, the development of a retail environmental management system, continuous improvement strategies, resource conservation and waste reduction. Brooks has also worked with regulatory agencies including serving on the Oregon DEQ Air Quality Compliance Advisory Panel.
Steve Clark/President Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers
Steve Clark
Steve Clark is president of the Portland Tribune newspaper and also president and publisher of Community Newspapers, a group of 17 weekly and monthly and community newspapers published in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas and Columbia counties that employ more than 225 Oregonians.
He has been active as a journalist and civically in promoting how sustainability is good for the environment, livable communities and the economy.
Steve led the development of an economic and community strategy for Portland area’s Westside. He is co-chair of the Oregon Business Council’s efforts to improve and sustain Oregon’s transportation system and expand the availability of land in Oregon for jobs. He serves on the Big Look, a 10-person task force appointed by Oregon’s Governor, Speaker of the House and the Senate President to recommend changes in Oregon’s 30-year-old land use system. He also chairs a committee for the Governor on how to improve the governance of Oregon’s many transportation systems.