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A list of speakers appearing at the Ceres Conference.
Michelle Banks

Michelle Banks

EVP, Global Sustainability, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, Gap Inc.

Michelle Banks is Executive Vice President, Global Sustainability, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of Gap Inc. (Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta and Intermix). She reports to the Chief Executive Officer and is a member of Gap Inc.’s Leadership Team. Michelle currently oversees the Company’s equity administration; foundation; legal; privacy; and sustainability functions.

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Marisa Buchanan

Marisa Buchanan

Vice President, Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

As a Vice President in the Sustainable Finance group, Marisa plays an integral role in the team’s efforts to develop environmental guidance for the business, engage with clients to manage environmental and social risks and strengthen performance, identify and develop environmentally-focused opportunities, and maintain dialogue with a wide range of stakeholders. She also manages sustainability reporting efforts for the firm.

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David Crane

David Crane

President and Chief Executive Officer, NRG Energy

David has been the President and CEO of NRG Energy since December 2003. Under his leadership, NRG has become a Fortune 250 company with enough generating capacity to power 42 million homes through one of the nation’s largest and most diverse power portfolios. In addition to maximizing the safety and operational performance of its conventional and renewable assets, NRG also is playing a key role in developing the next generation of clean energy technologies that will lead to a low-carbon future.

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Dennis Dimick

Dennis Dimick

Executive Editor, Environment, National Geographic Magazine

Dennis Dimick serves as executive environment editor at National Geographic magazine and has guided creation of several major projects including an April 2010 issue on global freshwater, a 2011 series called “7 Billion” on global population, and the 2014 Future of Food series on global food security.

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Mark Fulton

Mark Fulton

Founding Partner, Energy Transition Advisors, Senior Fellow, Ceres

Mark Fulton has had 35 years experience in financial markets spanning three continents in London, New York and Sydney. As a recognized economist and market strategist at leading financial institutions including Citigroup , Salomon Bros and County Natwest. he has researched international economies, currencies, fixed income and equity markets. Mark has also held corporate strategy, finance and management roles.

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John Gardner

John Gardner

Chief Sustainability Officer, Novelis

John Gardner is Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer for Novelis Inc the world’s leading aluminium rolled products and aluminum recycling company. He is a member of the Global Executive Committee and the Novelis Sustainability Advisory Council. He is responsible for driving sustainability across Novelis’ operations in 12 countries and 11,000 employees. Novelis, which supplies premium aluminum sheet products globally, are on track to meet their 80% recycled input target by 80% halving their absolute carbon footprint.

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Alisa Gravitz

Alisa Gravitz

Executive Director, Green America

For more than 27 years, Alisa Gravitz has led Green America, the national green economy organization. Green America (formerly Co-op America) develops marketplace solutions to social and environmental problems with a key focus on tackling climate change, building fair trading systems, stopping corporate abuse and growing the green economy. Green America's major events and publications include Green Festivals, the Green Business Conference, National Green Pages and Real Green. Green America operates the nation’s largest green business and green consumer networks.

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Jonathan Halperin

Jonathan Halperin

Founder & President, Designing Sustainability

Jonathan Halperin designs, manages and helps execute sustainability projects for global corporations and multilateral organizations; nonprofits, schools and foundations; and the media. He brings more than 25 years of communications, strategy and research experience to his latest venture, Designing Sustainability, a consultancy he founded to change the business and policy conversations around the core challenges of our time.

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Rodney Irwin

Rodney Irwin

Managing Director Redefining Value & Education, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Dr. Rodney Irwin is the Managing Director of Redefining Value and Education at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in Geneva. In this role, Rodney is responsible for a portfolio of projects designed to advance the measurement and valuation of externalities to take sustainable development into the mainstream reporting of an organization. He is the link between WBCSD members and standard / regulation setters and he is leading projects in risk management, integrated and mandatory reporting and is developing education programs designed for senior finance staff.

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Anne L. Kelly

Anne L. Kelly

Senior Program Director, Policy and BICEP Program

Anne L. Kelly is Senior Program Director, Policy and BICEP Program at Ceres, a non-profit coalition of investors and companies, which seeks to promote leadership and best practices in sustainability. Anne also directs Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) a coalition of twenty-three leading consumer-facing companies including Nike, Starbucks and eBay seeking to advocate for meaningful climate and energy policy at the federal level.

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Danny Kennedy

Danny Kennedy

Co-founder, Sungevity

Danny Kennedy is the co-founder of Sungevity Inc., the US’s third largest home solar provider and leads the company’s global business development. Kennedy is an internationally recognized opinion leader on climate and energy issues. He is the author of Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy-and Planet From Dirty Energy (2012), a book that has been described as the clean energy manifesto for the next greatest generation.

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Jonas Kron

Jonas Kron

Senior Vice President, Director of Shareholder Advocacy, Trillium Asset Management, LLC

Jonas Kron is a senior vice president and Trillium’s Director of Shareholder Advocacy. With over fifteen years of experience in shareholder advocacy, Jonas is responsible for leading and coordinating Trillium’s extensive advocacy program, which works to engage companies on their environmental and social performance. His advocacy work includes direct communications with company leadership, investor education and awareness, shareholder proposals, and public policy advocacy at the municipal, state and federal levels.

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Natasha Lamb

Natasha Lamb

Director of Equity Research & Shareholder Engagement, Arjuna Capital

Natasha Lamb is the Director of Equity Research and Shareholder Engagement and a portfolio manager at Arjuna Capital. Specializing in the integration of sustainability and shareholder value creation, Natasha integrates Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) factors into fundamental investment decisions, engaging corporate leadership to improve performance through shareholder proposals, dialog, and public policy.

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Mindy Lubber

Mindy Lubber

President, Ceres; Director, Investor Network on Climate Risk

Mindy S. Lubber is the president of Ceres and a founding board member of the organization. She also directs Ceres’ Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a group of 100 institutional investors managing nearly $10 trillion in assets focused on the business risks and opportunities of climate change.

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Ellen MacArthur, DBE

Ellen MacArthur, DBE

Founder, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Dame Ellen MacArthur first hit the headlines in 2001 when she raced single-handedly non-stop around the world in the Vendée Globe when only 24 years old. After her successful run in the monohull Open 60 class, Ellen turned her attention to the multihull circuit leading to her departure from Falmouth, UK in 2004 on board the 75ft trimaran B&Q... she returned 71 days later, having sailed over 26,000 miles to become the fastest person to circumnavigate the globe single-handed. She was knighted by the Queen in 2005 and has received the Legion d'Honneur from French President, Nicolas Sarkozy.

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Susan Mac Cormac

Susan Mac Cormac

Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP

Susan Mac Cormac is a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office. She serves as co-chair of the Clean Technology + Alternative Energy Group and Private Equity and Venture Investment Practice. She has extensive experience representing start-up to late-stage private companies primarily in the clean technology or sustainable space. She provides corporate and finance advice in connection with equity and debt financings, mergers, acquisitions, asset purchases and sales, reorganizations and joint ventures.

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Jason Morrison

Jason Morrison

Program Director, Pacific Institute

Since 1993, Jason Morrison has been with the Pacific Institute, a non-profit, non-partisan sustainability policy research center based in Oakland, California. He directs the Institute’s Corporate Sustainability Program, where he is currently studying the policy implications of private sector sustainability initiatives, with a focus on freshwater-related business risks and on sustainable water management in the business community. Under a 2008 Memorandum of Understanding between the Pacific Institute and the UN Global Compact, Mr. Morrison serves as the Technical Director for the CEO Water Mandate, supporting the initiative with applied research, event organization, and other services.

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Janet Ranganathan

Janet Ranganathan

Vice President for Science and Research, World Resources Institute (WRI)

Janet Ranganathan is the Vice President for Science and Research at World Resources Institute (WRI). She oversees and takes a lead role in the planning, quality control, and evaluation of WRI’s research and publications. She mentors research staff, manages effective peer review processes, and oversees mechanisms for project and program evaluation.

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J. Miles Reiter

J. Miles Reiter

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Driscoll’s

J. Miles Reiter is the CEO and Chairman of Driscoll’s. He is a fourth-generation California farmer. His family has specialized in berries for over one hundred years. Miles and his brother, Garland, continue to farm through their family business, Reiter Affiliated Companies, with strawberry, blackberry, and raspberry production in California, Florida, and Mexico.

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Brian Rice

Brian Rice

Portfolio Manager, California State Teachers’ Retirement System

Mr. Rice is a Portfolio Manager in the CalSTRS Corporate Governance Department and has been working in the governance group at CalSTRS for nearly 12 years. His main areas of focus are integrating sustainability considerations into investment decision-making, leading CalSTRS’ corporate governance efforts in Asia and managing the CalSTRS activist investment portfolio, a $4 billion externally managed public equity portfolio that works to improve underperforming companies.

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Stephanie Rico

Stephanie Rico

Business Initiatives Manager, Environmental Affairs, Wells Fargo & Company

Stephanie Rico is vice president and Environmental Affairs business initiatives manager for Wells Fargo & Co. In this role, Rico is responsible for engaging Wells Fargo’s customers on environmental issues, and leading efforts to help Wells Fargo support and benefit from environmentally beneficial business opportunities.

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Laura Rubbo

Laura Rubbo

Director, International Labor Standards, The Walt Disney Company

Laura Chapman Rubbo has twenty years of experience in corporate social responsibility, business and human rights, and international labor standards. Laura is Director, International Labor Standards at The Walt Disney Company. Disney’s International Labor Standards program seeks to foster safe, inclusive and respectful workplaces wherever Disney-branded products are made. Laura plays a key leadership role at Disney in managing strategy, policy and programs for Disney’s global supply chain labor standards program.

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Barney Schauble

Barney Schauble

Managing Prinicpal, Nephila Capital

Mr. Schauble joined Nephila in 2004 as a Managing Principal. Nephila offers a broad range of products focusing on weather and reinsurance risk, including insurance-linked securities, catastrophe bonds, insurance swaps, and weather derivatives. Mr. Schauble’s primary responsibilities include investor relations, strategic and business development projects.

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Alicia Seiger

Alicia Seiger

Deputy Director, Stanford Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance

As Deputy Director of the Stanford Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance, Alicia manages the center’s research, programming, operations, and market engagement. Alicia also leads the center’s work to identify opportunities for philanthropic and long-term investors to fill financing gaps to scale up clean energy.

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Anne Simpson

Anne Simpson

Director of Global Governance, California Public Employees’ Retirement System

nne Simpson is Senior Portfolio Manager, Investments and Director of Global Governance. She oversees CalPERS Focus List of shareholder engagement with companies, global proxy voting, legal and regulatory reform agenda and CalPERS strategy on sustainable investment to integrate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) across the total fund. Anne sits on the Advisory Board of Columbia University’s Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership, and she was a Senior Faculty Fellow and Lecturer at the Yale School of Management.

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Anne Stausboll

Anne Stausboll

Chief Executive Officer, California Public Employees’ Retirement System

Anne Stausboll became Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System in January 2009. She is the eighth CEO and first woman to head the Pension Fund. Anne oversees approximately 3,100 employees and an annual budget of $1.8 billion.

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Raymond S. Wood

Raymond S. Wood

Managing Director, Head of US Power & Renewables, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Ray serves as a Managing Director and Head of the Power and Renewables Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He leads coverage teams across a variety of client sectors including regulated utilities, independent power, alternative energy and private equity sponsors.

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