CREATIVE SOLUTIONS TO ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE IN LOS ANGELES
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Jonathan Parfrey is Executive Director of Climate Resolve. Appointed in 2009, Parfrey served as Commissioner at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. He is also a visiting lecturer at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Parfrey is immediate past president of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters. He is a founder and Vice Chair of CicLAvia and also is a founder of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability and the statewide Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation. From 2007 to 2011, Parfrey served as Director of the GREEN LA Coalition. From 1994 to 2007, he served as Los Angeles Director of Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization, Physicians for Social Responsibility. In 2003, Parfrey was appointed to Governor Schwarzenegger's Environmental Policy Team. Parfrey has received the Paul S. Delp Award for Outstanding Service, Peace and Social Justice and is a recipient of the Durfee Foundation Fellowship and Stanton Fellowship. In 2011, he was appointed a Senior Fellow at the USC Marshall School of Business.
Paul Bunje: Paul Bunje is the Senior Director, Oceans at the XPRIZE Foundation where he leads the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE to address ocean acidification. Dr. Bunje is formerly the Managing Director of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability and previously served as the Executive Director of the UCLA Center for Climate Change Solutions. He is currently on the Steering Committees of Climate Resolve and the Los Angeles Sustainability Collaborative. Dr. Bunje was formerly a member of the City of Los Angeles' Green Retrofit Development Advisory Council and a member of Clean Tech Los Angeles. Dr. Bunje is a Researcher at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, where he conducts research that focuses on how complex scientific information such as climate change is communicated and how to apply technology to environmental challenges. Previously, he was a Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Bunje is trained as a biologist, having received his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Bunje is also a co-founder of Conservation & Climate Security International and the Science and Technology Electoral Politics Interest Network.
Jay Carson: Jay Carson is a board member and former executive director (from 2010 to 2013) of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a global network of the world's largest cities committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally that help to address climate change globally. C40 was established in 2005 and expanded via a partnership in 2006 with President William J. Clinton's Climate Initiative. Carson currently serves as Senior Advisor to Bloomberg Philanthropies, which represents the charitable efforts of immediate past C40 Chair New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Prior to joining C40, Carson was Chief Deputy Mayor for the City of Los Angeles under Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. A seasoned political strategist, Carson has worked in government and politics for over 15 years for elected officials including Senator Charles Schumer, Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle, Senator Bill Bradley, Governor Howard Dean and then-Senator Hillary Clinton as well as serving as Director of Communications for President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation during the creation of the Clinton Global Initiative. Carson previously worked for Mayor Bloomberg during the New York City 2012 Olympic bid and in 2011 was named one of Fortune Magazine's "40 Under 40: Ones to Watch."
Cara Horowitz: Cara Horowitz is the first Andrew Sabin Family Foundation Executive Director of the UCLA Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment, which is dedicated to studying and advancing law and policy solutions to the climate change crisis and training the next generation of leaders in creating solutions. The Emmett Center was established in part to complement the UCLA Environmental Law Center, home of the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic and the Evan Frankel Environmental Law and Policy Program. Both centers support an array of environmental law curricula offerings and top-quality scholarship by members of the environmental law faculty. Prior to joining the faculty, Horowitz worked on oceans and wildlife issues as a staff attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council, where she litigated high-profile cases and advocated domestically and internationally for answers to complex environmental challenges. She has also worked at Caldwell, Leslie and Proctor, a litigation boutique, and served as law clerk to Judge Dorothy W. Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
H. David Nahai: H. David Nahai is a partner in the law firm of Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith and co-chair of the firm's national real estate, energy, water, and environmental practice areas. He is also president of David Nahai Consulting Services, LLC and a former Senior Advisor to the Clinton Climate Initiative. Nahai previously served for 2 years on the LADWP Board of Commissioners, and later as LADWP Chief Executive Officer and General Manager from 2007 to 2009. At the utility, Nahai oversaw more than 9,000 employees and an annual budget of more than $4.5 billion and led an overall expansion of the utility's renewable energy portfolio; the origination of the City's Water Supply Plan; the attainment of reductions in water consumption in the City; the realization of energy efficiency levels; and the launch and implementation of water and power infrastructure improvement programs. He served for over 10 years on California's Regional Water Quality Control Board, which safeguards the quality of surface, ground, and coastal waters in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, an area with over 11 million residents.