CityDesign Speaker Bios

Dr. Douglas Arent

Douglas Arent


Douglas Arent is Executive Director of the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He specializes in strategic planning and financial analysis competencies; clean energy technologies and energy and water issues; and international and governmental policies.

Arent also has expertise in strategic market management, product planning, and risk portfolio management. Prior to joining NREL, Arent was a management consultant to clean energy companies, providing strategy, development, and market counsel. Arent holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University, an M.B.A. from Regis University, and a B.S. from Harvey Mudd College in California.

Jack Armstrong

Jack Armstrong

Building & Construction Markets Leader, BASF CORPORATION, Florham Park

Jack Armstrong graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas and began working for BASF in 1989. Jack’s duties focus on bundling BASF’s high performance building products into integrated systems that result in a whole greater than the sum of its parts… better buildings for a better planet.

Jack’s areas of specialty include near-zero energy home and commercial building, energy retrofit solutions, carbon reduction strategies, sustainable infrastructure and chemical industry market intelligence.

Matt Baker


Matt Baker was appointed as a Commissioner of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission on January 15, 2008 by Gov. Bill Ritter, Jr., and was confirmed January 28, 2008. Prior to joining the Commission, Matt served as the Executive Director of Environment Colorado, where he was the architect of Colorado’s Renewable Energy ballot initiative, Amendment 37.

Matt was a leader in efforts to double Colorado’s renewable energy goals, implement policies to greatly expand utility energy efficiency programs and promote state goals to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. In addition, he was a leader on state transportation policy initiatives, including the successful build out of the Denver metro-area’s light rail system.

Previous to joining the Commission, Matt served as the vice-chair of the Transit Alliance. He was appointed by then-Governor Bill Owens to the Colorado Pollution Prevention Partnership, and was vice-chair of the Interwest Energy Alliance. Matt has a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University.

Diane Barrett

Special Advisor Transportation & Development, CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER, Denver

Diane Barrett is Special Assistant to the Mayor for Transportation and Development. Her portfolio comprises FasTracks and all related transit-oriented development, although her primary responsibility for Mayor Hickenlooper is to oversee the redevelopment of Denver Union Station.

A lawyer for nearly twenty-five years, Diane practiced primarily in the areas of public finance and land use/development. She was a partner at Holme Roberts & Owen LLP, in the Denver office. Her practice emphasized financing public infrastructure for development. She was appointed to her present position by the Mayor in 2005.

Diane received her J.D. from the University of Denver in 1983. She has been a speaker for the National Association of Bond Lawyers, the Colorado Municipal League, the Colorado Government Finance Officers Association, and various real estate and land use organizations, including the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute.

Carol Battershell

Carol Battershell

Acting Director, Golden Field Office, US DEPT ENERGY, Denver

Carol joined the Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), in 2008 after 25 years in the energy industry with Standard Oil and BP. As Executive Director Field Operations (acting) she is responsible for all EERE field operations, including direct leadership of the Golden, Colorado office which has over 400 staff and is responsible for contracts and monitoring of about $7 billion dollars in 2010 of clean energy grants.

Her most recent roles at BP included: Vice President, Policy and Strategy for BP Alternative Energy where she was instrumental in developing the strategy and business case for an 8 billion dollar investment to launch and grow the new BP Alternative Energy division, and Vice CPresident, Renewables and Alternative Fuels where she directed BP’s global activities in hydrogen and European wind business. She began her career as a refinery engineer in Ohio. Carol has a BS in engineering from Purdue University where she specialized in environmental engineering and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. She has worked in a variety of locations in the United States, and has spent ten years living and working in Europe.

Diane Beauchamp

Business Development Director Clinton Climate Initiative, HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL, Washington

Honeywell was one of the first companies to join CCI’s effort to aid 40 of the world’s largest cities (C-40) in reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Subsequently the effort has extended to include the U.S. Council of Mayors, Colleges & Universities (ACUPCC), Public Housing Authorities, Global Airports and Schools. Honeywell C-40 successes have included projects in London, Seoul, Melbourne, Mexico City, Chicago and Johannesburg. Diane is a primary liaison with CCI and works with Honeywell’s global organization to support growth of the local energy businesses and educate local government and private building owners on the benefits of using Performance Contracting as a tool for reaching their sustainability goals. Diane is also responsible for development and implementation of our offerings for the Americas Municipal Market.

Diane has been with Honeywell for 25 years and has held a variety of engineering, sales, marketing, operations and general management positions. She is Six Sigma certified. Diane received her Bachelor of Science degree from the Institute of Technology at the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. She lives with her husband of 23 years, David, and their five children in Northern Virginia.

Phaedra Boinodiris

Serious Games Program Manager, IBM Software Group, Raleigh-Durham

Phaedra Boinodiris is a Serious Games program manager at IBM, where she is helping craft IBM’s serious games strategy in technical training, marketing and leadership skill building. She is the founder of the award-winning INNOV8 program, a series of games that teaches and evangelizes Business Process Management. INNOV8 is being used in more than 1,000 schools worldwide and is now available for public consumption. Boinodiris has been an entrepreneur for 10 years, and prior to joining IBM, she started two companies in custom application/social network development and videogame consulting. She co-founded WomenGamers.Com, a popular women’s gaming portal on the Internet, and started the first scholarship for women to attain degrees in game design and development in the US. She was honored by Women in Games International as one of the top 100 women in the games industry. Boinodiris received her MBA and her Bachelor’s degree in math and computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Don Elliman


Gov. Bill Ritter announced in June 2009 that he tapped Don Elliman, director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development, to serve as state government’s first chief operating officer. Don Elliman served as director of Colorado’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade since March 2007, providing key leadership on the recruitment of numerous new companies to Colorado.

Elliman enjoyed a 32-year career at Time Inc., including as publisher of People magazine and president and publisher of Sports Illustrated. From 2000 to 2004, he served as president and CEO of Ascent Sports, which became Kroenke Sports and Entertainment and owns the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets and Pepsi Center.

Mark Falcone


Continuum Partners is a real estate development company born from the belief that there is a critical connection between long-term value, high quality urban design and ecological sustainability. Continuum achieves this through an experienced real estate team with a solid base of capital resources to develop projects which demonstrate the principles of Smart Growth. Since its inception Continuum has successfully completed over 500 million dollars in development. Projects include 16 Market Square, a 350,000 square foot mixed use building in downtown Denver; Bradburn, a 250 million dollar mixed use village in Westminster, Colorado; Belmar, a new 22 city block mixed use precinct in the center of Lakewood Colorado; and Arthouse in downtown Denver which includes 13 luxury townhomes adjacent to 65 units of affordable housing and the new 20,000 square foot Museum of Contemporary Art.

Previously, Mark was a partner in his family’s real estate development group, The Pioneer Companies, which he joined in 1987. Mark served as director of operations for Pioneer from 1990-1996, overseeing five million square feet of development across five different states. Prior to joining Pioneer, Mark worked with The Rouse Company’s division of Office and Community Development in Baltimore, MD. He graduated with a BA from Colgate University in 1985. Currently Mark chairs The Nature Conservancy’s Colorado Chapter Board, is a member of the Colorado Forum, a Founding Director of the Lab – Experiments in Arts and Ideas, a member of the Colgate University Board of Trustees, a member of the NEA’s Mayor’s Institute on City Design Advisory Board.

Jeff Fulgham

Jeffrey Fulgham

Chief Sustainability Officer & ecomagination Leader, GE, Schenectady

Jeff Fulgham is responsible for global strategic marketing initiatives on existing and emerging markets, and leads the business intelligence, regional segmentation, and commercial training functions for the business. Before assuming his current role in 2006, Jeff was the General Manager of Global Marketing. A 28-year veteran in the water industry, Jeff began his career in 1981 in industrial water treatment chemical sales at Nalco. In 1989, he joined Betz Laboratories. From 1998 to 2002, he held positions of increasing responsibility within the commercial and corporate sales organizations.

Jeff holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Ohio State University. He resides in Doylestown, Pennsylvania with his family.

Matt Futch

Utilities Program Manager, COLORADO GOVERNOR’S ENERGY OFFICE, Denver

Matt Futch is the Utility Program Manager at the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office (GEO). Matt works on several public utility initiatives, program development, and procuring additional Federal funding to stimulate the development of energy efficiency and renewable energy in Colorado. Matt is currently meeting with the executive leadership of the state’s major municipal utilities and rural electric cooperatives in an effort to build partnerships and to build upon areas of common interest. Previous to working with the GEO, he was a project manager for the Alternative Transportation Fuels Initiative at the bi-partisan Western Governors’ Association. This initiative resulted in a living policy document which continues to serve as a comprehensive analysis of technology and policy options available to the Western Region. The policy recommendations made in the electric transportation section of this report became a guiding document for several energy titles in the 110th Congressional session. Prior to his position at the WGA, he completed an MA in Global Finance and Energy at the University of Denver with an emphasis on national energy policies and financial analysis of joint venture energy projects. His final thesis focused on the financial and project development impact of nationalization at the Sakhalin liquid natural gas facility. From 1996 to 2006 Matt worked in a project management capacity in the finance and telecommunications industries.

Matt holds a BA in Speech Communication from Colorado State University and a MA in Global Trade and Finance with an energy concentration from the University of Denver.

Mozhi Habibi

Strategy Manager, Global Energy & Utilities, IBM, San Carlos

Mozhi Habibi is a member of the Global Energy & Utilities Strategy & Solutions Team. She is the Global Strategy Manager responsible for leading IBM’s emerging energy and utility solutions for clients worldwide. In her role, she is focused on working with utility companies, industry partners and others to accelerate the development of an intelligent utility network, integration of renewable energy sources and distributed energy assets, implementation of a smarter grid and smarter cities worldwide.

Previously, Mozhi was the head of Product Management at Space-Time Insight, a provider of geospatial situational awareness software, responsible for overall product strategy. Prior to this, she was Sr. Director of Strategic Marketing at Ventyx a company in the energy, utility and telecommunication industries providing asset and workforce management and smart grid operations solutions.

Prior to its acquisition by Ventyx in 2007, Mozhi was responsible for market strategy, new product innovation and product management at Global Energy Decisions and Henwood Energy, providers of energy operations, analytics and ETRM software for the energy and utility industry. Mozhi started her career in the energy industry as a field engineer, with General Electric Energy.

Mozhi serves on the board of a number of non-profit organizations with a focus on Education. She received her Bachelors degree in aeronautical engineering from California Polytechnic State University, in San Luis Obispo and her masters in business administration from San Jose State University. Mozhi lives with her husband and 2 children in San Carlos, California.

Kristen Helsel

VP, EV Solutions, Energy Efficient Systems, AEROVIRONMENT, Monrovia

Vice President, EV Solutions, Energy Efficient Systems

Kristen Helsel defines the business and technical road map for the EV Solutions group and was recently promoted to Vice President, EV Solutions. She is responsible for identifying, securing and managing business opportunities in the Electric Vehicle and related areas that will help to enable the practical and broad use of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV’s), Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV’s) and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV’s).

To support EVSE as an integral part of this growing portfolio of opportunities, AV has developed a “total solution” package that includes:

• Battery systems

• Charging Systems

• Utility interface systems

• Engineering Services including battery pack design, integration, battery testing

• SAE Level III Fast Charge Connector Development

Ms. Helsel began her engineering career at General Motors where she worked in a variety of positions including design release engineer. Ms. Helsel regularly calls on her extensive automotive manufacturing and dealer experience to deliver against her OEM and dealer customers’ expectations. Ms. Helsel has a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

John Hickenlooper


A geologist-turned brewpub pioneer who had never run for political office, John W. Hickenlooper was elected Mayor of Denver in 2003 and re-elected in 2007. In April 2005 – less than two years into his first term – Time Magazine named the political newcomer one of the top five “big-city” mayors in America. Both Hickenlooper and Denver continue to gain national recognition for innovative approaches to sustainability, transit, arts and culture, ending homelessness, economic development, regionalism and – of course – hosting the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Since taking office, Mayor Hickenlooper has increased civic engagement and participation throughout the city and Denver metro region, building strong bonds and partnerships that transcend partisan and geographic lines. His integrity, sense of humor and accomplishments have renewed public faith and trust in City Hall, and his boundless energy, enthusiasm and creativity have generated tremendous optimism and confidence in Denver’s future.

Mayor Hickenlooper graduated from Wesleyan University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in geology. His wife, Helen Thorpe, is a writer whose work has been published in the New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, George, and Texas Monthly. They live in northeast Denver with their son Teddy.

David Hill

Vice President, Natural Gas Economy Operations, ENCANA NATURAL GAS, Denver

David Hill is Vice President, Natural Gas Economy Operations for Encana Natural Gas Inc. and is the Natural Gas Vehicle Drive Project champion at Encana. David’s role at Encana is to work externally and internally to increase the use of natural gas in the power generation and transportation sector through advocacy, strategic partnerships and building infrastructure to enable market development and acceptance. He joined Encana in November 2002 and has over 25 years of diversified experience in the oil and gas industry.

David’s previous position at EnCana from 2007 to 2009 was Team Lead—DJ, Paradox and West Texas Basins. Prior to joining EnCana, David was President of TICORA Geosciences, a company specializing in unconventional natural gas resources with core retrieval, core analysis and consulting services. David worked at the Gas Technology Institute (formerly Gas Research Institute) in Chicago, Illinois for 11 years in various management positions before joining TICORA. At GTI, he worked in Gas Shale, Coalbed Methane and Tight Gas Sands program areas. David specialized in natural gas resource characterization, technology development and technology commercialization in these program areas. He also conceptualized and was managing editor for GasTIPS, a technology based publication for GTI’s E&P programs with circulation to over 7,000 industry professionals. David started his career with Halliburton Services, working throughout the eastern U.S. as a field engineer. He has a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College and an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.

Randy Huston

Executive Business Technology, XCEL ENERGY, Denver

Randy Huston has been responsible for delivering Xcel Energy’s SmartGridCity™ project in Boulder, Colorado for the last two years. In that role, he has overseen all aspects of the delivery process from the conceptual design, to the deployment of the physical infrastructure in the field and through the building of the backend systems.

Randy is now focusing on deploying the customer facing portions of the program, collecting and analyzing the information gained and working with various internal and external groups to drive internal process and external regulatory and industry change. Mr. Huston has over 30 years of experience in virtually all aspects of the utility industry except nuclear.

Andrew Irvine, AAILA, LEED AP

Director of Planning, RNL, Denver

Andrew Irvine is an Associate Principal in RNL’s Urban Design and Landscape Architecture studio. He is an energetic, creative and hands-on professional with a passion for design, strong communication skills, and a proven track record in motivating and managing inter-disciplinary teams. Prior to joining RNL, Andrew was Vice President of Design for Lend Lease Communities. He also worked with EDAW in the US and Australia as a senior urban planner and landscape architect as well as a managing principal.

Andrew’s projects have won more than 25 design awards. His recent planning work in Rwanda, Africa was awarded the 2009 Daniel Burnham award, the most prestigious national award offered by the American Planning Association.

Jennifer Johnson

Director, Head of Aviation, GENSLER, Denver

Jennifer Johnson brings her energy and passion for design to the Gensler Denver office in several roles. A registered architect and LEED accredited professional with a 17-year career, she is a Studio Leader with a focus on several practice areas including Aviation, Mission Critical, Buildings and Headquarters, and Government. Her experience with design for both small and large scale projects, consensus building and project management for a wide variety of project types is invaluable for this diverse practice set.

As part of Gensler’s worldwide aviation practice, Jennifer leads Gensler Denver’s Aviation group which is currently providing design services for the new DIA Hotel, Tulsa International Airport’s concourse renovation and expansion, and the new Jackson Hole Airport, nearing completion.

Gensler is a global architecture, design, planning, and strategic consulting firm with office locations on six continents where we are currently serving global clients in 59 different countries. In 2009, Gensler carried out 5,289 projects firmwide. Our #1 rankings include Building Design & Construction Giants 300, ENR Top Architecture and Design Firms, Interior Design Top 100 Giants, and World Architecture Top 200. Gensler Denver will soon celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Alexon Khor


Alexon Khor leads the low carbon solutions cooperation with cities in Shell. Alexon has been leading a ‘Sustainable Energy Cooperation’, with focus on low carbon energy development, with the Shanghai City since 2005. He has worked with various city and national government agencies on low carbon economy development policies and energy scenarios development. Alexon is an energy sector professional with various assignments within Shell businesses – Exploration & Production, Group Scenario Planning, Gas & Power, Future Fuels & CO2 and Oil Products. Geographically, his business development experience covers the Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Nigeria Oman, Abu Dhabi, Egypt, India and Asia Pacific countries.

Alexon earned a first class mechanical engineering degree from Universiti Malaya and an MBA with distinction from the Imperial Management School. Alexon.Khor@Shell.Com

Mary MacLeod

Marketing and Sustainability Consultant, BASF, Florham Park

Eric Marsh

Eric Marsh

President, ENCANA NATURAL GAS, Denver

As President for our Natural Gas Economy team, Eric is responsible for pursuing the development of expanded natural gas markets in North America including involvement in government and regulatory relations to expand these markets.

In 2000, Eric joined one of Encana’s predecessor companies as Team Lead of the Jonah Field in Wyoming. In 2002, Eric accepted the role as Vice-President, South Rockies Business Unit, and oversaw operations that grew gas production from 30 million cubic feet equivalent per day (MMcfe/d) to more than 500 MMcfe/d in the Piceance Basin, DJ Basin, and Uintah Basin of Eastern Utah. In 2007, Eric relocated to Calgary to lead the Bighorn Business Unit in the Canadian Foothills Division. His team was responsible for an annual 30 percent growth in production and 150 percent growth in reserve replacement. In 2009, Eric returned to the U.S. and assumed the role of Vice-President of Corporate Environmental Health and Safety and Supply Management.

Eric graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering. He has been in the oil and natural gas industry for over 25 years, starting his career with Questar Corporation in Salt Lake City, UT. While working with Questar, he held various positions leading up to Production/Operations Manager for the Rocky Mountain Region in Denver, Colorado. Eric sits on both the Foundation and Engineering Boards of the University of Wyoming. He and his wife, Laura, have three children.

Robyn McGuckin

Robyn McGuckin

Director of Resource Efficiency Management, MWH AMERICAS, Broomfield

Ms. McGuckin has been a consultant to various branches of the US Government for over thirteen years, managing the creation, redesign and management of strategic programs in conventional and renewable energy for the Department of Energy, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Pentagon, and others. During that time she has also consulted to the World Bank, the Asia Development Bank, the UNDP and others on the subject of climate change and energy. A significant portion of her career has been spent on infrastructure programs of geo-political strategic value, including post-disaster reconstruction and conflict regions. She has focused specifically in the areas of complex program start-up and management, corporate and program strategy, and project development and management in power, climate change and transportation. Ms. McGuckin has a BS in Biological Systems Engineering and an MS in Biological and Agricultural Engineering. She has lived and worked in the U.S., South Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa.

Jim McMahon

Head, Energy Analysis Dept, LAWRENCE BERKELEY NAT’L LAB, Berkeley

Jim McMahon, Head, Energy Analysis Dept


Dr. James E. (“Jim”) McMahon received a B.S. in Chemistry from Providence College and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics from Florida State University. He is Head of the Energy Analysis Department, Co-chair of the Water Energy Technology Team and Leader of the Energy Efficiency Standards Group in the Environmental Energy Technology Division at the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) at the University of California in Berkeley.

Jim currently leads economic and technical analysis of mandatory US appliance and equipment energy performance standards, under contract to the US Department of Energy, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Office of Building Technologies. Jim also leads economic assessments which facilitate comparison of technologies, assess economic risks and evaluate barriers to and uncertainties in the acceptance and adoption of appropriate, cost-effective water- or energy-using technologies in the Energy Water Nexus.

For 30 years, he has led or participated in research to identify the feasibility and cost of engineering design changes that could increase energy or water efficiency for a wide range of specific products that use energy in buildings and industry. The research has contributed to numerous government decisions regarding energy efficiency standards for residential and commercial appliances, equipment, and lighting. He is coauthor of over 100 publications including a book, Energy Efficiency Labels and Standards: A Guidebook for Appliances, Equipment and Lighting.

Nigel Middleton

Senior Vice President for Strategic Enterprises, COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES, Golden

Dr. Nigel Middleton is Senior Vice President for Strategic Enterprises at the Colorado School of Mines. He previously held successive positions as Provost, Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, and Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs. He came to Colorado School of Mines in 1990 as Assistant Director of the Engineering Division, and has since been engaged in academic administration and instruction and research in electrical engineering, with emphases in telecommunications engineering and special applications of signal processing techniques.

Dr. Middleton has been fully involved in the development of Colorado School of Mines’ new undergraduate curriculum and has led or participated in many nationally funded initiatives in engineering education. He has also been a principal in developing a major collaborative partnership between Colorado School of Mines and The Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi.

Dr. Middleton is Professor of Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines and holds the Ph.D. and B.Sc.(eng.) cum laude degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and he holds a Professional Engineer’s license in South Africa. He is a member of the Governing Board of The Petroleum Institute and is a director of Mines Applied Technology Transfer, Inc. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, and a member of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Avinash Patwardhan

VP, Water & Mgr, Int’l Sustainable Solutions, CH2M HILL, Palm Beach Gardens

Dr. Patwardhan is a Vice President and International Sustainable Solutions Manager with CH2M HILL. He has more than 23 years of experience in sustainable solutions, sustainability planning, and delivering solutions for managing the entire water portfolio. As the International Sustainable Solutions Manager, he has worked on challenging projects such as Masdar City and Capital District in UAE. These projects address emerging needs of water energy nexus, carbon management, resource consumption, Total Water Management, and other sustainability needs. As manager, senior consultant, and technical advisor, Dr. Patwardhan has developed and applied emerging and established technologies to a broad range of projects in the U.S., Canada, ASEAN/India, Australia, China, Middle East and North Africa, and United Kingdom.

Dr. Patwardhan is the recipient of two U.S. patents and has authored more than 45 technical papers and publications. In 2004, the National Academy of Engineers selected him as one of the Young Engineers of the Year. Dr. Patwardhan developed Sustainability Intelligence Portal (SI PORTTM), which serves as a platform evaluating sustainability objectives for design, construction and operations for City Infrastructure. SI PORTTM Web-based technology provides you with the knowledge and tools to reduce your carbon, energy, water, and waste footprint and promote sustainable materials, and enhance social and economic environment.

Nancy Pearson

Nancy Pearson

Vice President BPM, SOA, WebSphere and Industry Marketing, IBM, Armonk

Nancy is responsible for all aspects of Marketing and Channel initiatives and leads the IBM Smarter Planet “Smart Work” cross-IBM global marketing campaign. Nancy led the launch of IBM’s Information Agenda methodology and Smart Planet “New intelligence” campaign efforts. Prior to this, she was vice president of Global Marketing Tivoli Software. Mrs. Pearson has 24 years experience in IBM in marketing, and launched IBM’s Linux marketing effort.

Nancy holds both a BA degree from Pace University and a master’s degree from Fordham University. She holds degrees in Psychology and Adult Education, and a Market Management Certification from Columbia University.

Daniel Probst

Chairman Energy & Sustainability, JONES LANG LASALLE, Chicago

Dan Probst was the founding member of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Global Environmental Sustainability Board and currently serves as Chairman of Energy and Sustainability Services. He is responsible for developing and delivering products and services to help clients reduce energy costs and their real estate related environmental footprint through innovative portfolio and occupancy strategies, workplace standards, and operating practices. He also serves as Chairman of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Global Sustainability Board, which promotes and implements sustainable practices within the firm’s own operations and supply chain.

In his 28 years in commercial real estate—including 21 with Jones Lang LaSalle—Mr. Probst has played key roles in diverse areas of the business. Early in his career, he led the development of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Facility Management business and while overseeing the firm’s Engineering and Operations group, launched the firm’s Energy Services and Mobile Engineering practices. Dan has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Purdue University and an MBA from Indiana University, is a registered Professional Engineer and LEED Accredited Professional.

Joshua Raffaelli


Joshua Raffaelli is an Associate and Kauffman Fellow at Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Joshua’s primary areas of interest are in energy and services businesses. Prior to joining Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Joshua was an Analyst at Och-Ziff Capital Management in London where he focused on merger arbitrage and emerging market investments in the logistics and oil and gas markets. Prior to OZ, Joshua was an Analyst at JPMorgan’s Technology Investment Banking group in San Francisco where he focused on mergers & acquisitions and debt and equity offerings for media-related consumer products and software clients. Joshua also worked in the Debt Capital Markets group at JPMorgan in New York where he worked on acquisition related transactions in a variety of industries including energy, waste management, telecommunications, semiconductors, and health care services.

Joshua is a Cum Laude graduate of Harvard University with a BA in Government, and an MBA from Stanford Business School.

Henry Saint Bris

Henry Saint Bris

Senior Vice President, Strategy, SUEZ ENVIRONMENT, Paris

Henry Saint-Bris joined the Suez Group in 1996 and has since held positions of increasing responsibility. In 2003-2006, he was posted in the US as Senior Vice President of SUEZ ENVIRONMENT North America, managing water and waste assets across the US and Canada. Prior to Suez, Saint Bris spent seven years with Ernst & Young where he was Founder of the E&Y Environment Group in France.

Henry also spent 2 years in India with Aerospatiale/EADS. He holds a diploma from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (economy and finance) and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Université Paris IX Dauphine. He also holds a post graduate degree in Environment Management and Engineering from Ecole des Mines de Paris.

George Sparks


George Sparks, President & CEO since November 2004, received a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT, and a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the United States Air Force Academy. Early in his career, Sparks served as an Air Force pilot and was an assistant professor of aeronautics at the United States Air Force Academy. From 1979 to 1999, he worked for Hewlett-Packard, eventually becoming general manager of several divisions. From 1999 to 2003, Sparks served as a vice president for Agilent Technologies, a spin-off from Hewlett-Packard. He most recently was a partner at NorthStone Group, a management consulting company in Louisville, Colo.

Sparks has worked closely with Denver Public Schools and has served as a board member for many Colorado organizations, including the University of Colorado at Boulder’s President’s Leadership Class, Colorado MESA, Colorado Forum, the Public Education and Business Coalition, Colorado Bright Beginnings, and the Colorado Advisory Council of the Trust for Public Lands. He also serves on Mayor John Hickenlooper’s Early Childhood Education Leadership Team.

Andy Spielman


Andy Spielman combines more than 20 years of federal, state, and local government experience with land use, Western public lands, and natural resource law to assist renewable energy developers, ski areas, water suppliers, ranchers, tribes, and others with obtaining regulatory approvals and permits from governments across the western United States. Andy is recommended in Chambers USA as a “‘skilled counselor and negotiator’ who is commended for his work on renewable energy.”

Andy currently serves as Chairman of Colorado’s Regional Air Quality Council and served as Staff Director for Colorado Governor Bill Ritter’s natural resources transition team. Following completion of graduate work in government administration, he served as a Presidential Management Fellow and in senior positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C., including acting Associate Director of the Office of Sustainable Ecosystems and Communities in the EPA’s Policy Office. Andy’s government experience also includes service in staff positions at the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget; and the U.S. Senate.

Andy is a frequent lecturer on public lands law and policy and speaks annually on the subject of state and local permitting of wind energy facilities at a nationally attended conference. He has co-authored numerous EPA publications involving municipal environmental compliance, community-based environmental protection, and international environmental policy. He lectures on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); natural resource, environmental, and land use law; and wind energy development at universities and professional associations across the country. He has also taught environmental law and policy in Central and Eastern Europe on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Ed Tauer

Mayor, CITY OF AURORA, Aurora

Ed Tauer has served as mayor of Aurora, Colorado since 2003 and is Chair of the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority. Mayor Tauer has a solid vision for Aurora. One that focuses on strong economic development and job creation, and ensuring Aurora is a full service city where one can grow up, raise a family and retire. As mayor, he has made it a priority to seek out opportunities to serve as a leader in regional cooperation and partnerships. He also has been involved in shaping the city’s water policies and strategic planning efforts.

Mayor Tauer holds a master’s in Business Administration from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University. He worked as a marketing and product development professional in the software and telecommunications industry for 15 years before becoming mayor.

Drew Torbin

Drew Torbin

Vice President Renewable Energy, PROLOGIS, Denver

Drew Torbin has overseen projects in North America and Europe and grown the aggregate pipeline to over 100 megawatts. He now oversees global strategy for the group as well as North American project execution.

Mr. Torbin received his M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh, his B.S. from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is currently completing post-graduate studies at Stanford. Drew is a LEED Accredited Professional, and was named to the Denver Business Journal’s Forty under 40 list for 2009.

Robert Welch

Vice President for Sustainable Generation Solutions, KEMA, Golden

Robert Welch has responsibility for development and growth of KEMA’s Sustainable Generation Solutions program which is focused on the utility, government, and industrial market sectors. With a track record of successful renewable energy projects over the last 25 years, Robert brings the experience of how to lay out the best strategic plan, select the most appropriate technologies, and how to bring successful projects on line. Currently he’s working to address issues related to integrating utility scale renewable projects into the grid. His career efforts have contributed to over 20GW of generation across the US. This includes approximately 1,000 solar PV, biomass, and wind systems. Robert’s direct project experience for generating systems includes TVA, Duke Energy, GE, and Siemens.

Educational credentials include BS Degrees in Physics and Psychology from Vanderbilt. His MBA studies were at the University of Tennessee. Robert serves as a board member for the Association of Energy Engineers.

Bernd Wilke

Vice President, Senior Risk Engineer, SWISS RE, Zurich

Bernd Wilke joined Swiss Re Risk Engineering Services in 1998. Before this he was working at Geotech Inc in Japan. He holds a Masters Degree in Physical Geography from the University of Basel in Switzerland.

Since joining Swiss Re he was working on the development of risk assessment methodologies for different industries like the oil and chemical industry. He also assisted in the area of occupational diseases and supported the claims and investment units of Swiss Re. He is an expert on Human Factor and also one of the lead experts on environmental and sustainability issues within Swiss Re.

Monte Wilson

RLA, LEED Green Associate, Senior Vice President, Director of Planning, HOK ATLANTA, Atlanta

Mr. Wilson is a Senior Vice President for the HOK Planning Group responsible for directing the Group’s practice in the Southeast. In addition to his location and project responsibilities, Monte is engaged in defining the future of the global practice. Mr. Wilson’s experience includes a range of planning and landscape architecture projects for: corporate, educational, municipal, institutional, industrial, federal, resort and Department of Defense clients. He has a specific specialty in educational and corporate campus planning.

Geoff Zeiss

Geoff Zeiss

SmartGrid and Utilities Leader, AUTODESK, San Rafael

Geoff Zeiss works in enterprise geospatial IT solutions for large enterprises worldwide. He has extensive experience in geospatial software solutions for utilities, communications, and the public sector. His interests include geospatially-enabling infrastructure management workflows, the aging work force and the impact of Web 2.0, and the convergence of architecture, engineering, geospatial and 3D visualization technologies.

In 2004, Geoff received one of ten annual global technology awards from Oracle Corporation for his technical innovation and leadership in the use of Oracle. Zeiss earned a doctorate from McGill University, and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.