Craig Adelman began his career in real estate and community development in 1993 on the building and design end of the industry. With more than 20 years of development, lending and public sector experience, Craig now serves as LIIF’s Managing Director of SPARCC, a national initiative investing in and amplifying local efforts in six regions to make sure that major new investments lead to equitable, resilient and healthy opportunities for everyone. Craig has previously lead AMCAL Multi-Housing’s Northern California office, served as the Deputy Director for San Francisco’s Mayor’s Office of Housing, was a Vice President at AF Evans Development, and a Vice President at Bank of America. Craig also spent 10 years with the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) after graduating from U.C. Berkeley, where he studied architecture and business.
Jacob I. Alvarez
Jacob Alvarez, Assistant to the City Manager joined the City of Coachella’s Finance Department in 2013 where he transitioned from Interim Controller to the Assistant to the City Manager. As the Assistant to the City Manager, Mr. Alvarez provides supervision on many of the City’s Special Projects and serves as the City’s representative on several City sponsored commissions and committees; he also oversees the City’s Legislative Platform, assists in management of City Operations, serves as the City’s Public Information Officer, oversees Grants Management, and assists with the City’s overall strategy and branding.
Prior to joining Coachella, Mr. Alvarez worked as a Management Analyst (2009-2013) for the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG), a sub-region to Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). As CVAG’s SCAG Liaison, Mr. Alvarez was tasked with becoming the regional expert in SB375 and AB32. Mr. Alvarez worked with SCAG and CVAG’s 10 member jurisdictions on understanding and strategizing the implementation of Coachella Valley’s Sustainable Community Strategy given the region’s inadequate public transit.
As part of CVAG’s Energy & Environmental Resources Department, Mr. Alvarez participated in the Coachella Valley’s first Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory. This GHG Inventory was a huge milestone for the region and was done in partnership with South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD). Mr. Alvarez also managed and implemented CVAG’s Green for Life Program, which was funded by a $4.91m grant from Southern California Edison (SCE), as provided by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). This program developed a regional and local green building policy with standards 15% above Title-24, including: a climate action plan; greenhouse gas inventories; facility benchmarking; commissioning; and, retro-commissioning policies for CVAG’s member cities. In another first for the region, Mr. Alvarez participated in the Coachella Valley’s first Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance. IN 2009, due to State mandate AB1881, Mr. Alvarez assisted in managing the implementation and development of a water efficient landscape ordinance in partnership with the Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) that exceeded the State requirement.
Mr. Alvarez obtained both his Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of Redlands.
Mr. Alvarez remains a resident of the Coachella Valley, where he was appointed by Riverside County’s 4th District Supervisor to the Bermuda Dunes Community Council and is married to his childhood sweetheart, Cynthia. They have three wonderful children.
Kathleen Ave is the Climate Program Manager in Energy Research & Development at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, where she directs SMUD’s greenhouse gas research strategy, including climate readiness, water & energy, local carbon mitigation and sequestration initiatives. She also chairs the Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative, a public private partnership focused on long-term planning for the physical impacts of climate change. A graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs, she holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a BA from the University of California, Davis.
Karalee is a manager at the Institute for Local Government, the non-profit research and education affiliate of the League of California Cities, the California State Association of Counties and the California Special Districts Association.
At ILG, Karalee manages the Beacon Program where she supports more than 100 cities and counties throughout California that are committed to addressing climate change and making their communities more energy efficient, climate-friendly and resilient. Throughout her career, Karalee has helped create partnerships and connect the dots to provide creative solutions for California communities.
Prior to joining ILG in May of 2012, Karalee managed several charitable contributions initiatives at Pacific gas & Electric Company that helped bring solar energy and education resources to disadvantaged communities. Karalee has served on the Board of Directors Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento for the past 8 years, and engages in a variety of other volunteer activities throughout Sacramento.
Karalee holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco.
Darin currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Southern California Association of Government (SCAG).
As the COO, Darin works closely with the Executive Director to fulfil all organizational and leadership responsibilities of agency. He is responsible for driving the vision and strategy for the agency as well as leading the implementation of Regional council initiatives.
SCAG is the nation’s largest Metropolitan Planning Organization representing over 18 million people, 191 cities, 6 counties, and 6 County Transportation Commissions and is responsible for developing long-range transportation and housing plans for Southern California. SCAG is governed by the Regional council, an 86-member body comprised of County Supervisors, Mayors and councilmembers from throughout Southern California.
Prior to his current position, Darin served as the Director of Strategy, Policy & Public Affairs for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), of which the division’s primary responsibility is to maintain and expand governmental, community, and private sector participation in the regional planning work of the agency. He has also served as the Policy Analyst to the Executive Director, and before that was a member of SCAG’s Government & Public Affairs department where he served as a liaison between the agency and its members and partners for Southeast Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Before joining SCAG, Darin worked in local politics in Orange County and on Capitol Hill as a Professional Staff Member for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Government Reform and in the personal offices of two Los Angeles-area Congressmen.
Darin holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Energy Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. He is an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Senor Executive in State and Local Government program and was a fellow in the Southern California Leadership Network’s California Connections and Leadership Southern California programs.
Tom Collishaw is President and CEO of Self-Help Enterprises, a multi-faceted housing and community development nonprofit serving the San Joaquin Valley of California since 1965.
The oldest and largest self-help housing organization in the country, Self-Help Enterprises was a pioneer in the development of sweat-equity housing for rural low income people. Since its beginning in 1965, the nonprofit organization has assisted 6,300 families in the construction of their own homes, rehabilitated another 6,600 homes, and developed over 1,450 units of affordable rental housing which it owns and operates.
Collishaw is routinely sought out for input on legislative matters related to housing at both the state and national levels. He serves on the boards of Housing California, California Coalition for Rural Housing, National Rural Housing Coalition, National Farmworker Housing Directors Association, and is President of the National Rural Self-Help Housing Association. Collishaw is a graduate of Colgate University and the Achieving Excellence in Community Development program at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Laura Engeman is a Program Manager at the Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation based at Scripps Institution of Oceanography where she connects scientists and research to public agencies to increase understanding of sea level rise, coastal storm vulnerabilities and strategies to build coastal resilience. Prior to joining the Center, Laura was the Director of the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative where she led a NOAA funded effort to provide technical assistance and training for San Diego agencies on preparing for sea level rise. Laura also worked for the California Ocean Protection Council and State Coastal Conservancy where she directed initiatives on offshore energy, increasing access to marine and coastal data, and coastal restoration. Laura holds a master’s degree in International Environmental Planning from the Middlebury Institution of International Studies in Monterey.
Ashley Conrad-Saydah was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in April 2012 to serve as Deputy Secretary for Climate Policy at the California Environmental Protection Agency.
Prior to joining Cal EPA, Ashley served as California’s Renewable Energy Program Manager for the United States Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM). In that position, Ashley helped to establish and advance key state-federal partnerships, engaged stakeholders in determining the best places for utility-scale solar, wind and transmission development and drafted and instituted national monitoring and mitigation policies for renewable energy development on public lands. Ashley began her tenure with the BLM as a Presidential Management Fellow, completing a half-year detail with the U.S. Department of Energy.
From 2006 to 2008, Ashley worked as a research assistant for the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at the University of California, Santa Barbara. From 2001 to 2006, Ashley managed Careers in Science, a work-based youth development program at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.
Ashley received her bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University and her master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management from the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she was a Doris Duke Conservation Fellow.
Tina's areas of oversight include state-level Planning and Preparedness programs for all hazards, including but not limited to the State of California Emergency Plan, Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliance, Radiological/Nuclear preparedness, and the CAL OES Earthquake and Tsunami program. She also oversees OESTraining and Exercises, and Hazard Mitigation Planning programs.
Tina was appointed Deputy Director for Planning, Preparedness and Prevention in 2013, following appointments as Assistant Director in 2005 and Deputy Director of Preparedness and Training in 2008. Tina has over 25 years of experience in the area of emergency management. Beginning in 1991, Tina worked in the Office’s Recovery programs, providing assistance, training and guidance to applicants of disaster assistance programs through numerous state and federal disaster declarations including the Loma Prieta and Northridge earthquakes.
As the Sustainability Director for the Blue Lake Rancheria, Jana has helped establish the Tribe’s community resilience and energy strategy, and has implemented an array of policies and projects to reduce the Tribe’s carbon footprint, reduce and levelize costs of energy, and improve emergency preparedness. Jana has managed over $15 million in projects in energy efficiency, renewable energy, green fuels, supply chain efficiency, energy and building efficiency, recycling, energy/water nexus, biodiesel manufacturing, solar PV power, battery storage, demand response, electric vehicle infrastructure, and the current low-carbon, community-scale microgrid. She is leading a community-wide climate adaptation plan + vulnerability assessments for the Tribe, and is developing economic and employment opportunities which apply low-carbon solutions to climate adaptation and emergency preparedness sectors. As an appointee to the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Indian Energy’s National Working Group, and through other committees and outreach, she works with dozens of tribal nations and federal, state, and local stakeholders on energy and sustainability policies.
Solange Gould serves as the Health Equity Policy and Planning Unit Chief for California Department of Public Health’s Office of Health Equity. Solange brings more than 20 years of public health experience advocating for strategies to address health, equity, and climate change, through cross-sectoral collaboration and improving stakeholder and community participation in decision-making. She has worked at the Public Health Institute’s Center for Climate Change and Health, the University of California, Berkeley, in the Public Health Departments of Contra Costa and Alameda Counties and the City of Berkeley, and as a consultant to the CDPH’s Climate Change and Health Equity Program.
Solange has experience in a variety of settings using a range of approaches such as community organizing, health education, regional planning, health impact assessment, and policy advocacy. Her fields of practice have included topics such as tobacco and injury prevention, maternal, child, and adolescent health, climate change, and healthy communities.
Solange completed her Doctor of Public Health and Master of Public Health degrees at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, and her BA in Geography and Women’s Studies from Vassar College. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Solange can be reached at Solange.Gould@cdph.ca.gov.
Nuin-Tara Key is Resilience Program Manager with the Governor's Office of Planning and Research where she manages the Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program. ICARP serves to better align state and local adaptation and resilience efforts, with an eye towards supporting local implementation. In this role, Nuin-Tara chairs the ICARP Technical Advisory Council and oversees the development of the Adaptation Clearinghouse, an online resource that supports a community of adaptation and resilience practice throughout California. Prior to joining OPR, Nuin-Tara co-founded an international initiative on community-based climate action and has worked in the public, private, and non-profit sectors on sustainable urban and regional planning and policy, with a focus on social equity and climate change. Nuin-Tara has a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University and a BA from Lewis and Clark College.
David Loya, Arcata Community Development Director, has a diverse background in biology; housing and economic development policy and implementation; urban planning, including current and long-range planning; and climate adaptation planning. Mr. Loya currently oversees the long-range planning updates to the Local Coastal Plan, including the sea level rise adaptation and measured retreat policies for the City of Arcata. Through this work, he has helped develop sea level rise adaptation policy in Humboldt Bay, arguably one of the most dynamic sea level areas in the state. Mr. Loya’s approach to sea level rise adaptation places emphasis on integrating science, economic policy, and regional stakeholder collaboration. He has broad experience with a diverse group of landowners and land managers, regional city and county planners, engineers and scientists, and the public.
Sona comes to Greenlining from New Orleans, and recently moved to the Bay Area to work on environmental equity issues. She became interested in environmental equity after witnessing the disproportionate environmental burdens that communities of color face in New Orleans, especially after Hurricane Katrina and the B.P. oil spill. Sona interned at several environmental law firms and nonprofit organizations throughout law school, and realized that she wanted to pursue a career in environmental law and policy. As Environmental Equity Manager, she looks forward to advocating for environmental equity and learning how to effectively empower communities of color.
In September 2017, Andrea Ouse, AICP joined the City of Concord as the Director of Community and Economic Development, having previously served as the Community and Economic Development Director for the City of Vallejo since June 2015 and as Planning Manager since December 2012. In her current capacity, Andrea oversees the City of Concord’s Planning, Building, Economic Development, Engineering and Transportation Engineering functions.
Andrea’s career has been focused on local government as a planning and community development professional, including long-range policy development, current planning and process management. She has worked for a number of diverse communities throughout her career, including Daly City, Colma, Turlock, Pacifica, Belmont, and Yuma, Arizona. In addition, she was the Managing Principal of the South San Francisco office of LSA Associates, Inc., an environmental and contract planning firm.
Andrea received a Bachelor of Science in City and Regional Planning from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a Masters of Public Administration from California State University, East Bay. Andrea has also served the planning profession, currently as the Immediate Past Director of the American Planning Association, California Chapter, Northern Section and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. She is also active in the League of California Cities, the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Jonathan Parfrey is the founding director of Climate Resolve , a Los Angeles-based organization. Jonathan served as a commissioner at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for five years. He is a founder of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability and the statewide Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation , where he currently serves as chair. He is also a founder of CicLAvia , the popular open-street event. He directed the Green LA Coalition as well as the Los Angeles office of Physicians for Social Responsibility . Prior to that, Jonathan founded and directed the Orange County Catholic Worker community in Santa Ana, California.
Michelle Passero is the Climate Change Program Director for The Nature Conservancy, California office. She has extensive experience working in land conservation and environmental law and policy. Currently, Ms. Passero is leading TNC’s climate policy efforts to ensure successful implementation of California’s landmark climate policies, with a focus on the intersection of climate change, conservation and land use.
She has led and advised processes to develop greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting standards for California’s natural and working lands, as well as GHG project standards published by the World Resources Institute and World Business Council for Sustainable Development. She coauthored an article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences highlighting the statewide potential of California’s lands to contribute to its climate goals. Most recently, she successfully managed a project in partnership with Merced County and the California Department of Conservation to develop a county-scale climate and multi-benefit analysis and scenarios tool for natural and working lands in the County.
Ms. Passero’s professional history includes serving as a Business Development Executive in Forest and Land Use for EcoSecurities, Director of Policy Initiatives for the Pacific Forest Trust, and a contract environmental law attorney for The Natural Heritage Institute and Heller, Ehrman, White and McCauliffe. She holds an LL.M. in Sustainable International Development from the University of Washington, a J.D. from the University of San Francisco and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Vermont.
Elizabeth Rhoades, Ph.D., coordinates climate change policy and programs at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, where she works to bring a public health voice to decision-making related to climate change. She is the Department representative to County and regional climate change workgroups. She founded and leads the interdepartmental County Climate Committee, which brings together various Los Angeles County departments to implement the County’s Community Climate Action Plan. In 2014, she authored two climate change reports released by the Department of Public Health, entitled Your Health and Climate Change, and Framework for Addressing Climate Change. Elizabeth received her doctorate in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Heather Rock is the Climate Resilience Chief at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, where she leads the company’s efforts to bolster the resilience of its assets, infrastructure, operations, employees, and communities amid the growing risks of climate change. She has over thirteen years of experience in public policy, climate change, and political risk, working with business leaders and team members to develop proactive policies and strategies to advance business interests in a time of energy transitions. Prior to joining PG&E, she held various climate policy and risk analysis roles at Chevron Corporation in San Ramon and Houston, Texas, and worked as a senior analyst covering Latin America sovereign risk at Eurasia Group in New York City and Washington DC. Heather holds a master’s degree in international affairs from UC San Diego and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from University of Pennsylvania. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.
As the Chief Resilience Officer for the City and County of San Francisco, Brian Strong is responsible for the goals and initiatives in the Resilient SF strategy, a $35 billion 10-year Capital Plan, and its regular capital budget process. He created the City’s first multi-year capital plan in 2006 and has been instrumental in the development and passage of $3.5 billion in G.O. bonds to improve San Francisco's infrastructure. Brian has implemented a number of innovative resilience programs to protect San Francisco’s infrastructure including the creation of a Capital Planning Fund to support early project development, the Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response bond program; Sea Level Rise Guidelines; and building-by-building HAZUS seismic assessments. Under Brian received the 2011 Good Government Team Award from the Mayor’s Fiscal Advisory Committee and the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association. He currently serves as President of the Board for the San Francisco Community Investment Fund that distributes new market tax credits to promote economic development in disadvantaged communities. He lives in Alameda, CA with his wife and two sons.
Gloria Walton has been called one of the country’s most exciting “next generation” political leaders. She is President & CEO of Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE), a South L.A.-based community organization that ensures poor and working-class communities have an equal voice in the democratic process.
Under her leadership, SCOPE has played a pivotal role in passing statewide propositions. Ms. Walton also led the organizing effort for SCOPE’s green jobs and training programs.
She is a recipient of the James Irvine Foundation’s Fund for Leadership Advancement grant and was named one of Liberty Hill Foundation’s Leaders to Watch in 2011. She has recently received the 2016 NAACP-LA’s Empowerment Award and the LA League of Conservation Voters Environmental Justice Champion Award. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of California Calls, the Coordinating Committee of the Black Worker Center, and is a Founding Advisory Board member of a national collaborative known as BOLD (Black Organizing for Leadership & Dignity).
John Wentworth is a member of the Town Council of the Town of Mammoth Lakes, and currently serves as Mayor. He also serves on a number of local agency boards, including the Eastern Sierra Council of Governments (Chair - 2018/2019), the Mono County Local Transportation Commission (Chair - 2018/2019), and the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (Chair -2018/2018). John is Chairman and CEO of the Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation (MLTPA). MLTPA has worked closely with regional public land managers, including the Inyo National Forest on the update of its General Management Plan through the Eastern Sierra Recreation Collaborative, funded in part by the National Forest Foundation. MLTPA initiated an ambitious update of the Town of Mammoth Lakes Trail System Master Plan, spearheaded the adoption of two special tax measures in Mammoth Lakes securing local funding for trails, parks, recreation, mobility and arts and culture, and for his efforts on behalf of regional recreation and the Mammoth Lakes Trail System, John has been recognized by the Sierra Business Council and the Far West Ski Association. Prior to moving to Mammoth Lakes, John worked in the motion picture industry, where his credits include Co-Producer of “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” and “Mulholland Drive”.