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Peter De Mare - Green Building Expert & Funding Principal LEED AP, CEM, CDSM, CRM

Peter De Mare is a proven business leader and industry expert in green building, energy
(efficiency & renewables) and sustainability. He brings a diverse background of creating some of the more successful industry programs that have rapidly increased the market adoption of clean technologies, sustainable business initiatives, emerging public policies, sustainable utility scale infrastructure, the financing tools and requirements for these and more. Peter’s executive leadership includes scaling key growth initiatives for startups, Fortune 500, non-profits and government agencies. His specialties include creating and improving programs for maximum public good; sales and marketing leadership, growing strategic / channel partnerships, industry research, new product development, reviewing and vetting of emerging technologies, mergers and acquisitions, green real estate and utility scale development. Peter’s unique education, experience and credentials make his recommendations exceptionally dynamic and thoughtful.

Peter’s true passion is impact and helping markets more rapidly adopt the technologies and strategies that can solve today’s challenges. Peter sits on a variety of key industry
advisory boards (see below) and he finished at the top of his respective classes in a variety of top specialized University programs, including; a Stanford Masters, Emerging Energy Technologies Certificate, a M.B.A. from Marylhurst University in Sustainable Business Management with an emphasis in Green Building and Renewable Energy,
an Executive Leadership Certificate from Presidio Graduate School, a B.S. from Sonoma State University in Energy Management and Design, under the technical path of Environmental Studies and Planning and helping design an award winning HEV (hybrid electric vehicle) while studying Computer Engineering at San Diego State University.

Alexandra Sokol - Chief Sustainability Strategist / Principal

Alexandra Sokol, Principal and Chief Sustainability Strategist at EnviroDynamix™ is a whole systems urban sustainability and resilience solutions strategist working at the intersection of urban planning, sustainable building and development, environmental integration and regeneration, climate adaptation, water and food security, energy, infrastructure, smart city solutions and technologies to help ensure livable and sustainable urban human habitats. Highly regarded by her peers as a leader in strategic and tactical thinking, future extrapolation and innovation, research and think tank facilitation, project development and implementation, Ms. Sokol has focused her extensive range of expertise in applied urban anthropology and human place-making, sustainable neighborhood solutions and envirodynamic habitat development on creating a more sustainable and equitable urban future. Her concentration is primarily focused on sustainable cities and towns solutions, applied urban and environmental anthropology, livable neighborhoods design, climate adaptation and resilience, food security, urban agriculture and environmentally based habitat design. After a successful earlier career in experiential marketing, media and advertising working with some of the world’s most visible Fortune 500 companies, (including Apple, Intel, Siemens, Sony, Oracle, Deloitte, Toyota, Cushman & Wakefield to name a few), Alexandra returned to her childhood roots and passions growing up immersed in sustainability through her ecological journalist father, arts and architecturally focused mother and their family friends including Stewart Brand (Whole Earth Catalog), Paolo Soleri (Architect and originator of Arcology), Richard Saul Wurman (Architect and TED creator), Fritjof Capra, architects Ian McHarg and Herb Kahn, scientist Robert Reines, and aquaponics guru John Todd. She is currently acting as a lead strategist for EnviroDynamix in helping cities identify solutions to sustainability and resilience challenges, working with towns on revitalization projects, handling operations management and facilitating a number of EnviroDynamix projects. In addition she is spearheading the development of EnviroDynamix’s signature “Human•i•City” framework for mapping neighborhood and city ‘culture’ using anthropology as a base in order to facilitate best solutions. Alexandra Sokol also currently serves as an Advisor and Advance Ambassador to U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC-National), is on the National Community Resiliency and Pacific Region Committees, serves as a Steering Committee member of USGBC-LA’s Westside Chapter and is on the USGBC-LA Advocacy Committee. She is an international speaker and member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project Leadership Corps, is an active member of Stanford’s MAHB group, and is a Member of Convetit’s Tech, Climate and Urban Trends board. Alexandra has Co-Chaired high level international summits, sustainability conferences and has spent over ten years as a sustainability journalist for a number of publications, including acting as the LA Environmental Journalist for the Examiner from 2008-2013.​

Araminta Casper-Silberman - Real Estate & Development Strategist, Broker, CISP / Principal

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J. Gary Lawrence -  Chief Planning & Resilience Strategist

James Gary Lawrence is a global expert in sustainability, urban planning, resilience and project development with a prestigious career spanning more than two decades. Prior to joining EnviroDynamix, Gary held the position of VP and Chief Sustainability Officer at AECOM for over five year, following a position as the urban planning and strategies leader at Arup. His impressive career also include a position as planning director for the City of Seattle, where he led development of one of the world’s first comprehensive plan dedicated to sustainability, serving as advisor to U.S. President Clinton’s Administration Council on Sustainable Development, the U.S. government at the United Nation's Habitat II, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Brazilian President's Office, the British Prime Minister's Office, the European Academy for the Urban Environment in Berlin and the Organization for Economic and Community Development in Paris on matters of sustainable development, economics and environmental policy. In addition to Gary’s extensive professional experience his credentials include a Master’s in Public Administration, advisory positions across a number of industry organizations and a faculty position with the University of Washington’s College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Gary has authored several groundbreaking articles and is a respected expert speaker who was also named Sustainability Leader of the Year by the World Sustainability Congress in 2015.​

Angelina B. Giddons

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William Ross Williams - Chief Energy & Water Strategist / Principal

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Ira Feldman - Environmental Policy & Law Expert

Ira Feldman is a US-based sustainability leader with an interdisciplinary skill set and a global reach. He has over 25 years experience as an attorney and management consultant focusing on environmental regulatory innovation (e.g., alternatives to "command and control" regulation), strategic environmental management, sustainable business practices and corporate social responsibility. Ira is at the leading edge of the convergence of sustainability, climate adaptation and ecosystem services and he teaches these topics at the University of Pennsylvania. His recent work explores the role of ESG (environment-social-governance) factors in the financial sector; the implications of "soft law" or "private law" for business and government; and the use of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) to advance sustainable development. As team leader or in partnership with other consultancies and law firms, Ira has assisted governmental entities, multilateral organizations, think tanks, corporate trade associations and SME’s, on a wide range of implementation, policy development, and training activities. He led in the development of corporate voluntary excellence programs, environmental performance tools and strategies, and international voluntary standards such as the ISO 14000 series, ISO 26000 and GRI. Previously, as Special Counsel at US EPA headquarters, he pioneered new enforcement settlement approaches; developed the Agency's audit and self-disclosure policy; and was the architect of EPA's first corporate voluntary excellence program. Ira is committed to advancing sustainability thinking in the US through policy initiatives and electoral politics; bringing clarity and coherence to the emerging field of sustainability professionals (e.g., ISSP); assisting colleges and universities with faculty and curriculum development for sustainability in higher education; and remaining an active contributor to the substantive sustainability and climate dialogue.​

Micheline Birkhead, MBA, LEED GA - Exec. Director of Development & Strategic planning

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Eric Corey Freed -  organicARCHITEC, RA, LEED Fellow

Eric Corey Freed is an architect with over 20 years of experience showing people how to monetize sustainability and slash their operational costs. He is Founding Principal of , a national thought leader in the design and operation of deep green and regenerative buildings. He is a LEED Accredited Professional (BD+C) and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Green Professionals. In addition, he is co-founder or , a publishing company providing innovative study guides for young architects. Eric co-developed the Sustainable Design programs at the  and , and currently teaches at . He is on the boards of the ,  (ADPSR), as well as the advisory boards of over a dozen other organizations.He was the founding Chair of Architecture for The San Francisco Design Museum and one of the founders of ecoTECTURE: The Online Journal of Ecological Design. He has been a regular contributor for Sustainable Industries Journal, Luxe, Natural Home, Metropolitan Home and dozens of other publications. Eric lectures around the country to over 10,000 people a year, and his work has been featured in Dwell, Metropolis, Town & Country, Natural Home and Newsweek. He has been seen on television on Fox News, HGTV, The Sundance Channel and PBS and is the author of 11 books, including "Sustainable School Architecture". His latest, “Green $ense for Homes” won the 2011 Outstanding Book Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Eric is considered a leader in the field; named by San Francisco Magazine "Best Green Architect" in 2005; "Best Visionary" in 2007; and "Green Visionary" by 7x7 Magazine in 2008. In 2012, he was named one of the 25 "Best Green Architecture Firms" in the US, and one of the "Top 10 Most Influential Green Architects" and in 2016 served one The Healthy Homes Visioneers Team of the XPrise.​

Renilde Becqué, MBA / MSc / LEED AP - Sr. International Sustainability, Circular Economy & Energy Strategist / Whole Systems Analyst

Renilde Becqué is a seasoned sustainability professional with extensive international experience, and broad depth of environmental and sustainable systems knowledge. She is a systems thinker with over  15 years experience across sustainability & climate change, energy, environmental planning & management and integrated urban development. She has held an impressive array of positions in the Netherlands, United States, Australia, Beijing/China, Hong Kong, and has additionally worked in India, Japan, SE Asia, Mongolia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Qatar and Liberia, as well as having done MSc work in Brazil, with an additional focus on developing & rapidly emerging countries. Renilde holds an MBA in Innovation, Enterprise and the Circular Economy and has held a LEED AP credential since 2008.  With her expertise and keen interest in sustainable cities & transport, climate change risk & resilience strategies, circular & restorative business models,  energy transition, natural capital valuation and business case & compelling narrative for transformational change, Renilde has worked on a variety of high-level projects for Fortune 500's and well-known, international non-profit organizations. She has also authored a variety of international reports and white papers including “Accelerating Building Efficiency” with World Resources Institute and “Prevention and Control of Shipping and Port Air Emissions in China” with NRDC, among others.Renilde is a pro-active, knowledge savvy, astute and creative powerhouse who brings a wealth of experience and perfect blend of strong analytical and strategic skills, as well as commercial acumen to the EnviroDynamix team. Some of her recent work includes: •  Projects for the Natural Resources Defense Council (since 2013)       - Curbing air emissions from shipping at major ports in China.        - Building energy efficiency retrofitting roadmap Hong Kong. •  Rocky Mountain Institute/Carbon War Room: PM - market design & investment case for residual heat exchange network; operational efficiency solutions in freight. • European Climate Foundation: strategy, vision & policy roadmap to move appliance sector to circular, servitized business models.  • World Future Council: policy lessons learned from Global 100% Renewable Energy campaign to inform Africa RE Initiative (AREI) • Smart Freight Centre: outreach & harmonization CO2 emission methodologies in (maritime) freight. • Sr. Sustainability Consultant Mott MacDonald, Hong Kong and Principal Consultant for ERM in Beijing, China  

Alexandra Lichetenberg, MSc, MBA - Water and Sustainability Expert/ Same Drop

As the Executive Director of Same Drop and a senior sustainability consultant, with 20 years’ experience as first-mover in the green building industry, Alexandra focuses on water stewardship to reduce resource deficiencies and scarcity.She co-creates, implements, and communicates strategies for sustainable development that create real business value through managing multi-stakeholder collaborative projects and mapping material risks and opportunities. Alexandra is a systems thinker, able to envision the whole picture and find productive synergies between the parts. Her broad-based education which includes green architecture and urban design, marketing, corporate finance and sustainable strategic planning enables an acute awareness of the interwoven relationships between all parts within systems.Both her Master of Science theses received awards in Brazil and in Sweden for their systemic vision and future innovation.​

Greg Wendt, CFP - Co-Founder & Partner at Living Economy Advisors

Greg is considered a leading experts in Sustainable Responsible and Impact Investing. He currently leads the west coast effort for Stakeholders Capital as well as being the Co-Founder of Living Economy Advisors. As a Certified Financial Planner and private wealth advisor Greg acts as fiduciary advisor to investors and families of wealth. Since 1991 Greg has worked as a financial advisor, economist and Certified Financial Planner. He enjoys serving families to align their wealth through investments that reflect their priorities and concerns for a better world and after a career building his expertise at Smith Barney, Dabney/Reznick (now Imperial Capital), UBS, Prudential Securities and EP Wealth Advisors, Greg co-founded Living Economy Advisors in 2015 to create whole systems solutions for institutional investors, entrepreneur ecosystems and regional economies. Greg also founded two non-profits Green Business Networking and Green Economy Think Tank. Greg, along with his partners, is consulting with EnviroDynamix on architecting novel financial intermediation strategies to create whole systems solutions. His methodology applies eco-systemic biomimicry to developing new funding models which meet the needs of the investor and set 'living economy' projects up for success and scale. Greg works with a wide range of financial intermediaries, investors, think tanks, NGO's, various government and public policy leaders to inspire novel solutions that increase the flow of capital to Sustainable infrastructure, underserved businesses, regenerative agriculture, renewable energy and clean technology. In his own words: Since I first discovered the notion of sustainable development in the late 80's I've been passionate about applying my gifts in fields of economics, business and sustainable and responsible investing. As Senior Wealth Advisor I currently head the west coast effort of StakeHolders Capital, a boutique registered investment advisory firm specializing in Impact Investing and Wealth Management.  Greg is a steering committee member of the California Economic Summit and co-chair the Capital Action Team and a member of California Financial Opportunities Roundtable, a select group of experts convened by the San Francisco Fed and the Obama Administration to increase Impact Investing in California. He contributed to the book "Creating Good Work: The World's Leading Social Entrepreneurs Show How to Build a Healthy Economy"​, speaks regularly at conferences and has appeared on "Business Rockstars" on KFWB Radio, “Living with Ed” on HGTV and in print; Business Ethics, Financial Planning, LA Times, and Variety.​

Andrew Payden - Environmental Planner & Biologist

Andrew Paden is an environmental analyst and researcher with practice areas in biology, impact analysis, technology assessment, and business analytics.​He holds a degree in biology from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in biology from CSU Channel Islands. Over the past 16 years Andrew has held a position as a research assistant in the neurobiology laboratory of Eugene M. Johnson at Washington University in St. Louis where his group helped establish the first in vitro model of West Nile virus infection in the sympathetic nervous system, and he has worked on numerous environmental and sustainability projects including modeling sea level rise impacts on coastal restoration projects, mapping arroyo toad habitats, working with urban archeologists, doing GIS mapping projects, among a few. He has also served as an environmental compliance manager for the LA Metro Purple Line Extension, Beverly Hills section. Andrew also currently serves as a Chapter Leader of the USGBC-LA West Side Branch as well as being a member of the EnviroDynamix Brain Trust.  

Cathrine Steenstrup - ESG/Climate Advisor, Futurist & Private Equity expert

     Cathrine Steenstrup combines a love of nature from a childhood in Greenland with sensitivities to megacities issues from living and working in Mexico City.  With a trajectory in international banking and private equity/venture capital portfolio administration, she has been active in the global water, climate and ESG arena for a decade, holds a certificate in environmental and social risk analysis from the UNEP Finance Initiative​ and has participated in high-profile events including COP15, COP21 FACTS, and WWC/SIWI global water forums.Cathrine has advocated for bringing ESG considerations into mainstream reporting while stressing emerging markets and virtual natural resources to the Task Force on Climate-related financial disclosures.      As a futurist, lateral thinker and human catalyst, Cathrine’s strength lies in bringing together people and concepts from seemingly unrelated sources.  She has nominated a Singularity University affiliated innovator for a global water prize, argued for the incorporation of integrated urban models based on the Stockholm Hammarby Sjöstad flagship showcase, and proposed public spaces for education based on the Mexico City metro example.  She has collaborated with international governments at trade and economic development seminars and missions, and participated in thought summits tied to transformative changes in the utilities sector.  Analytical considerations have touched on hybrid financial-ESG reporting and gap analysis, impacts of IoT on the supply chain, alignment between corporate mission and ESG objectives, and combining long-term water and energy planning with potential business growth.  She excels in working with smaller teams to bring out brainstorming and ideation for early stage projects with limited information.     As a member of the Dallas Regional Chamber for Water, Energy and the Environment Policy Committee, she organized an exchange of ideas between the Texas Water Development Board and Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy on a shared water and energy policy.  As a community board member, Cathrine assisted with citizenship classes and worked to showcase an International Space Station traveler at an event with local city mayors highlighting the contribution of immigrants.Cathrine holds a B.A. in Spanish Literature from the University of Michigan (with an emphasis on economic history, Latin American studies and semiotics), as well as an M.B.A. from Indiana University.  She has been recognized for her commitment to Hispanic diversity and featured in corporate CSR reporting.  Seeking new frontiers, she has danced Argentine tango with the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter team.    

Peter Hage - Strategic Partnerships and Engagement/ Sustainability

Peter has had an extensive career that includes expertise in finance, marketing, consulting, alternative energy, information technology, and environmental conservation and brings a strong background in managing strategic initiatives and leading multidisciplinary teams to develop solutions to complex business challenges. In his capacity as Director of Development for NetHope, a coalition of 50 leading international relief, development and conservation nonprofits, Peter managed strategic partnerships with Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Tableau and Cisco with a focus on information and communications technology (ICT) for disaster preparedness and response. Prior to joining NetHope, Peter served as director of corporate development for technology and information systems for The Nature Conservancy where he initiated and managed relationships with Fortune 500 companies including Boeing, IBM, Microsoft, Caterpillar, General Mills, and Cisco Systems. In addition, Peter coordinated The Nature Conservancy’s nascent urban conservation program for North America, working to better understand for the role for natural systems in disaster risk reduction and resilience and identifying opportunities for developing green infrastructure projects. Peter's background includes a BS in Finance from University of Wisconsin, Madison and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.​

Lance A. Williams, Ph. D. - Co-Managing Principal and Organizational Sustainability Strategist

Dr. Lance Williams entered the field of environmental sustainability twelve years ago when he became the first Executive Director and employee of USGBC’s Los Angeles chapter. His task was to work with the local Board and volunteers to build an organization from the ground up; implement the business case for green building across multiple sectors and audiences; and assist USGBC national in executing its mission to develop multi-platform LEED training and education offerings in greater Los Angeles. During his tenure, USGBC-LA won two USGBC national chapter awards of recognition: First Place, Advocacy, and Honorable Mention in LEED training in 2007. USGBC-LA received the Community Award at the annual Project Restore Los Angeles Heritage Awards in 2009. Williams served as keynote speaker at the 2008 Urban Marketplace and 2009 FutureBuild Conference sponsored by the Urban Land Institute-Los Angeles chapter. He was a member of the Metropolitan Water District 2060 Plan Blue Ribbon Commission. He was also a keynote speaker at environmental sustainability conferences in Sao Paulo, Brasil and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Williams became a LEED Accredited Professional in 2006 with special interest in the nexus of Culture and Sustainability and their impact on urban communities. During his six-year tenure at USGBC-LA, Williams was the only African-American Executive Director in the entire USGBC leadership hierarchy. He also participated as a mentor in a unique ethnic minority centered program at the national level. Upon leaving USGBC-LA, Williams became Executive Vice-President of Okapi Architecture. Over the past six years, Okapi has become prominent as a significant woman and minority-owned firm under the leadership of LEED Fellow Ying Wang. Okapi has executed many significant projects and currently manages the Savings By Design program for the Southern California Gas/L.A. Department of Water and Power partnership. Williams recently co-developed and managed a highly successful education and training program sponsored by SoCal Gas in conjunction with the statewide Investor-Owned Utilities Codes and Standards consortium. The project presented the most recent updates in California’s Title 24, Part 6 mandates to southern California based architects. Williams has a very diverse background for an organizational leader. His resume includes positions as a nonprofit CEO as well as well as areas of specialization that include strategic planning; organizational development, management, fundraising, and additional skills in newsletter/blog editing, writing, and photography. He serves on several boards and commissions, including the Los Angeles County  Community Action Board, the South Bay Workforce Investment Board; and the Grace Hopper STEM Academy, a charter middle school for foster youth. He most recently developed and secured IRS nonprofit status for a Community Development Corporation operated by Bryant Temple AME Church. Williams received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles.​


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