2019 Speakers

Keynote Address

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The Honorable Ralph S. Northam, Governor of Virginia

Members of the Virginia General Assembly

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Delegate Alfonso H. Lopez

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Delegate Rip Sullivan

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State Senator Jennifer McClellan

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Delegate Glenn Davis

Keynote Address

"Virginia's Clean Energy Potential"

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Claire Broido Johnson

Claire is a senior operations executive and entrepreneur with a proven track record in creating and managing successful businesses and products, and fixing and building businesses and divisions within companies, particularly in the clean energy space. She founded SunEdison in 2003 with Jigar Shah, which grew to the world’s largest solar energy services provider with a $10 billion market cap and 7200 employees by 2015. 

 

Claire was asked to join the Department of Energy as Energy Efficiency Advisor to Secretary Steven Chu, then given responsibility to manage the Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs in 2009-2010 ($11 billion deployment). 

 

Currently, Claire is President of CBJ Energy, a financing and operations services company developing and managing divisions and projects for energy companies and beyond.

The University System of Maryland recently announced that Claire will be overseeing the $10 million Maryland Momentum Fund that was launched in 2016 to enable USM to invest in and support promising commercial opportunities coming from research and intellectual property at its campuses.

 

Claire earned her BA and MBA from Harvard University and is a long-time resident of Baltimore, Maryland where she serves on numerous local boards. 

Plenary and Breakout Session Speakers

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Abby Johnson

Executive Director

Virginia PACE Authority

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Ben Saunders

Senior Permitting Project Manager

sPower

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Brad Nowak

Partner

Williams Mullen

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Cathy Lin

Energy Manager and Stormwater Program Administrator

Arlington Public Schools

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Chris Bast

Chief Deputy

Department of Environmental Quality

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Cody Nystrom

Managing Director

SJF Ventures

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David Farnsworth

Principal

Regulatory Assistance Project

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Eric Coffman

Chief of the Office of Energy and Sustainability

Montgomery County Department of General Services, Maryland

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Hannah Coman

Staff Attorney

Southern Environmental Law Center

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Jessa Coleman

Program Manager

PACE Financial Servicing

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Joe Woomer

Vice President–Grid and Technical Solutions

Dominion Energy

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Jonah Fogel

Program Manager

Environmental Resilience Institute at the University of Virginia

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Kate Staples

Manager, Electrification

Dominion Energy Virginia

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Kenley Farmer

Associate Director

Affordability and Efficiency Division, Department of Energy and Environment

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Lesley Crowther Fore

Senior Consultant

Richmond Region Energy Alliance

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Matt Waring

Technical Director

Viridiant

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Neeharika Naik-Dhungel

Program Manager, CHP Partnership Program

Environmental Protection Agency

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Paul Alvarez

President

Wired Group

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Robert W. Lazaro, Jr.

Executive Director

Northern Virginia Regional Commission

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Scott Sklar

Founder, President

The Stella Group, Ltd.

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Steve Hauser

Chief Executive Officer

Gridwise Alliance

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Tyson Utt

Vice President of Development, East

Apex Clean Energy

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Annie Gilleo

Senior Manager of State Policy

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

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Bill Greenleaf

Manager, Clean Energy and Real Estate Lending

Virginia Community Capital

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Brian Parrish

President, CEO

Electrical & Lighting Solutions, Inc.

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Chase Counts

Director of Utility Programs

Community Housing Partners

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Chris Dellinger

Developer, Public Private Partnerships

Schneider Electric Energy & Sustainability Services

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Cyrus Bhedwar

Policy Director

Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance

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Derek Wenger

Manager, New Technology and Renewable Programs Power Delivery Group

Dominion Energy

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Eric Oliver

Founder

Earthwide, LLC

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Jay Fisette

Managing Partner

DMV Strategic Advisors, LLC

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Jessica Shipley

Senior Associate

Regulatory Assistance Program

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John Morrill

Energy Manager

Arlington County

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Jonathon Monken

Senior Director

System Resiliency and Strategic Coordination in the ITS Division of PJM Interconnection

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Katharine Kollins

President

Southeastern Wind Coalition

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L. Preston Bryant, Jr.

Senior Vice President

McGuireWoods Consuting, LLC

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Marco Rubin

Senior Investment Director

Center for Innovative Technology (CIT)

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Michael Hubbard

Manager, Energy Conservation

Dominion Energy

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Nell Boyle

Sustainability Coordinator

City of Roanoke

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Philip Agee

Assistant Professor

Virginia Tech

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S. Kris Sieber

Manager of Member Services

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

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Sean Evensen-Shanley

Director of Residential Operations

Viridiant

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Steve Morgan

President

Clean Energy Solutions

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Vivian Seay Giles

Counsel

SandsAnderson

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Becky Campbell

Manager, Government Affairs

First Solar

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Bracken Hendricks

Chief Executive Officer

Urban Ingenuity

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Cassandra Ceballos

Program Assistant

Climate Interactive

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Chelsea Harnish

Executive Director

Virginia Energy Efficiency Council

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Cliona Robb

Director

Thompson McMullan, P.C.

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Dan Farrell

Program Manager

Division of Energy at Virginia’s Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy

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Elisa Wood

Co-Founder, Editor in Chief

Microgrid Knowledge

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Greg Montgomery

Managing Director

CleanSource Capital

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Jenny Briot

Director, Offshore Business Development

Avangrid Renewables

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Jim Kapsis

Founder

The Ad Hoc Group

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Jon Miles

Executive Director

Office for the Advancement of Sustainable Energy at James Madison University

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Karla Loeb

Chief Policy & Development Officer

Sigora Solar

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Kathy Magruder

Executive Director

Maryland Clean Energy Center

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Leigh Anne Ratliff

Account Executive

cPower

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Marcy Bauer

Director of Program Operations

EVgo

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Mike Derzko

Director, Business Development

Sparkfund

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Nick DiFerdinando

Industrial Development Manager

Sun Tribe Solar

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Robert Johnson

Senior Vice President, Public Sector Investments

Hannon Armstrong

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Scott Dicke

Director

Virginia C-PACE Programs, SRS

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Stephen Evanko

Managing Director of Energy and Sustainability

Dominion Due Diligence Group

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Thad Culley

Regional Director

Vote Solar

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Zach Kahn

Director of Government Relations

BYD North America