Sam Adams, Executive Director, City Club of Portland
From 2009 until 2012, Sam Adams was the Mayor of Portland, Oregon. Prior to being elected Mayor, Sam served a four-year term as City Commissioner and 11 years as Chief of Staff to Portland Mayor Vera Katz. His earlier public service includes work as the Political Director of the Oregon House Democrats and as an aide to Oregon Congressmen Peter DeFazio. Sam’s non-profit service includes: All Hands Raised (Co-founder), Greater Portland, Inc. (Co-founder), U.S. Conference of Mayors (Chair, Metro Economies Committee), National League of Cities, Oregon Mayors Association, National Association of City Transportation Officials (Treasurer), Portland Streetcar, Inc., Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Creative Advocacy Network (Co-founder), Oregon Art PAC (Co-founder), Innovation Partnership (Co-founder), Q Center (Co-founder), Basic Rights Oregon, Cascade Aids Project (Chair), Portland Sustainability Institute (Co-founder).
Jules Bailey, State Representative, House District 42
As a three-term state representative from Oregon House District 42, Jules Bailey has been representing Multnomah County citizens for five years leading on issues ranging from job creation, the clean energy economy, and building healthy communities. Jules serves as chair of the House Energy and Environment committee, vice-chair of the House Revenue committee and on the Ways and Means Natural Resources sub-committee. He has been a key advocate for job creation and the clean energy economy in the legislature. He passed legislation with bipartisan support to help provide the state framework for Clean Energy Works.
Aaron Fairchild, Chairman and CEO, Green Canopy
Aaron has been a lending officer, senior manager and executive in real estate construction, development and finance since 1994. He is a third generation lender and entrepreneur and has a deep understanding of residential and commercial finance, residential construction, and energy efficiency. Aaron holds an Executive MBA from the University of Washington and an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Western Washington University.
Jeremy Hays, Director of Special Projects, Green For All
Jeremy leads Green For All’s state and local work, which focuses on the development, implementation, and replication of green economic and workforce development models. Over the past five years Jeremy has designed and led Green For All’s Communities of Practice and Business Engagement programs, as well as a number of successful initiatives to expand energy efficiency, create pathways out of poverty, promote clean water, encourage high road employment, and build green infrastructure. Jeremy joined Green For All in 2008 as the National Field Director. Before that, he served as the National Organizing Director at the Apollo Alliance, where he helped coalitions of environmentalists, labor unions, civil rights groups, and businesses advocate for good jobs and clean energy.
Alan Hickenbottom, General Manager, Energy Services Group, Christenson Electric, Inc.
Alan leads the market development effort for renewable energy, energy efficiency and new technology for Christenson Electric, a Portland based, 68-year old full service commercial and industrial electric contractor located in Portland. This includes commercial and utility scale solar, mid-scale hydro, commercial and industrial building energy efficiency, electric vehicle infrastructure, Smart Grid technology, storage and advanced building controls. Christenson Electric acquired Tanner Creek Energy in 2011, where Alan was president and founder.
Alan Hipolito, Executive Director, Verde Inc.
The mission of Verde, a tax-exempt nonprofit group, is to improve the economic health of disadvantaged communities by creating environmental job training, employment, and entrepreneurial opportunities, fostering the connection between economic vitality and environmental protection and restoration.
Megan Owen, Director, Strategic Market Development, McKinstry
Megan is responsible for developing, implementing and managing a national Strategic Market Development agenda. Her extensive experience in government gives her unique insight into identifying critical paths to common interests across disciplines of public and private entities. Her expertise supports schools, colleges, hospitals, local and state governments, commercial and industrial customers, utilities, and a variety of think tanks. Megan is primarily responsible for developing the critical path to market adoption of high performance buildings and clean distributed resource initiatives by advancing durable and appropriate ecosystems of policy, regulation, and technology.
Eric Park, Creative Director, Ziba
Eric helps passionate organizations imagine and design better futures. For over twenty years, he has led award-winning research and design innovation programs for clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies such as Nike, Patagonia, Philips Healthcare, Intel and Procter & Gamble. His teams have helped introduce several market firsts including the Clorox ReadyMop, M-Systems’ DiskOnKey (the first mass market USB flash drive), and Calypso Medical’s GPS for the Body. More recently he has turned his focus to leading branding and service innovation programs in healthcare for UnitedHealth, ODS (now Moda Health), and OHSU. Eric earned degrees in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and Stanford, holds nearly 30 patents, and has spoken at conferences and authored articles on the topics of design, innovation, sustainability and healthcare.
Maurice Rahming, President, O’Neill Electric Inc.
O’Neill Electric is a leading Northwest electrical and general contractor. Maurice serves as President of the National Association of Minority Contractors of Oregon. Maurice also serves as a team lead for Gov. Kitzhaber’s school energy efficiency retrofit initiative.