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A list of speakers appearing at the Ceres Conference.
Newsha K. Ajami

Newsha K. Ajami

Director of Urban Water Policy, Stanford University

Newsha K. Ajami, is the director of Urban Water Policy with Stanford University’s Water in the West program. She is a hydrologist specializing in sustainable water resource management, water policy, and the water-energy-food nexus. Her research throughout the years has been interdisciplinary and impact driven, focusing on the improvement of the science-policy-stakeholder interface by incorporating social and economic measures and effective communication.

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Amy Augustine

Amy Augustine

Senior Program Director, Corporate Program, Ceres

Amy is a Senior Program Director in the Corporate Program, advising Ceres member companies on sustainability strategy, reporting, and stakeholder engagement. With more than 12 years of experience in sustainability, Amy works directly with company leadership to strengthen and implement environmental, social, and governance (ESG) business strategies and advance performance, directly engaging companies in the apparel, food & beverage, healthcare, media, and transportation sectors.

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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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Brooke Barton

Brooke Barton

Senior Program Director, Water Program, Ceres

Brooke leads Ceres’ water program, directing the organization’s research and corporate and investor engagement on the risks and opportunities related to growing water scarcity. She is the co-author of The Ceres Aqua Gauge: A Framework for 21st Century Water Risk Management and author of the 2010 Ceres study with Bloomberg and UBS looking at corporate water disclosure, Murky Waters: Corporate Reporting on Water Risk. Brooke also works with Ceres company members in the food and beverage sector, advising them on sustainability strategy and reporting, and coordinating dialogues between companies and their investor, NGO and labor union stakeholders.

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Libby Bernick

Libby Bernick

Senior Vice President, North America, Trucost

Libby Bernick is Senior Vice President of North America for Trucost, a London-based research firm that measures and values the way businesses depend on natural capital to grow revenue. Since 2000, investors and corporations have used Trucost data and tools to quantify environmental performance and risk in business terms and build more resilient supply chains and portfolios.

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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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Audrey Choi

Audrey Choi

Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Sustainable Investing, Morgan Stanley

Audrey Choi is CEO of Morgan Stanley's Institute for Sustainable Investing. She is also Managing Director and Head of Morgan Stanley's Global Sustainable Finance Group. In these roles, she oversees the firm's efforts to support resilient communities and promote economic opportunity and global sustainability through the capital markets.

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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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Jack Ehnes

Jack Ehnes

Chief Executive Officer, California State Teachers’ Retirement System

Jack Ehnes is the Chief Executive Officer of the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS). Mr. Ehnes provides leadership for the second largest public pension fund in the nation, which serves more than 850,000 members and benefit recipients with an operating budget of approximately $163 million and 900 employees. The current estimated asset value of the investment portfolio is $150.1 billion as of February 28, 2011. CalSTRS administers retirement, disability and survivor benefits for California's public school educators in grades kindergarten through community college.

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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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Dune Ives

Dune Ives

Senior Director, Vulcan Philanthropy, Vulcan Inc.

In her role as Senior Director of Philanthropic Initiatives and Co-Manager of the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Dune Ives helps to direct the team working on philanthropic initiatives for Vulcan. Prior to joining the Vulcan team in 2013, Dune was the founder and president of Milepost Consulting where she led executive engagement, strategy development and team empowerment efforts with clients across multiple sectors.

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Paula Kehoe

Paula Kehoe

Director of Water Resources, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Paula Kehoe is the Director of Water Resources for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). She is responsible for diversifying San Francisco’s local water supply portfolio through the development and implementation of conservation, groundwater, and recycled water programs. Paula spearheaded the landmark legislation allowing for the collection, treatment, and use of alternate water sources in buildings and districts within San Francisco.

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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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Will Lana, CFA

Will Lana, CFA

Partner and Investment Manager, Trillium Asset Management

Will Lana is a partner and investment manager in the California office of Trillium Asset Management, the oldest investment advisor exclusively focused on sustainable and responsible investing. Prior to joining Trillium in 2008, Will worked at the boutique socially responsible investment firm Journey Tree Financial.

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Sharlene Leurig

Sharlene Leurig

Director, Water Program, Ceres

Sharlene directs the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Program at Ceres, a national nonprofit helping institutional investors to integrate sustainability into the capital markets. With Ceres, she works with water service providers to build business models that are resilient to weather extremes, climate change and resource depletion.

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Andrew Logan

Andrew Logan

Director, Oil & Gas, Ceres

Since joining Ceres in 2002, Andrew has launched and directed Ceres' Oil & Gas Program, working with investors to engage the oil sector on key sustainability issues including climate change, carbon asset risk, biodiversity and water. 

Andrew has a background in corporate strategy from his work with Bain & Company, a leading management consultancy. While with Bain, Andrew developed high-level strategy for companies in the finance, e-commerce, manufacturing, retail and media sectors.

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Amory Lovins

Amory Lovins

Co- Founder and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute

Physicist Amory B. Lovins—ex-Oxford don, honorary U.S. architect, Swedish engineering academician—has written 530 papers and 31 books, taught at ten universities, redesigned numerous buildings, vehicles, and factories, and advised industry and governments for 40+ years in 60+ countries. A U.S. National Petroleum Council member, he advises the Chief of Naval Operations.

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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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Administrator Gina McCarthy

Administrator Gina McCarthy

Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Gina McCarthy is the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Appointed by President Obama in 2009 as Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, Gina McCarthy has been a leading advocate for common-sense strategies to protect public health and the environment.

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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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Adam Mott

Adam Mott

Director of Sustainability, The North Face

Adam Mott oversees Corporate Sustainability at The North Face. The ultimate goal of The North Face is to protect the health and longevity of the natural playground and the people who enjoy exploring it. In his role, Adam is responsible for developing and integrating the sustainability strategy across the entire business. Specifically, his focus is on the development of environmentally responsible products, greenhouse gas emission management and reduction, community engagement and resource efficiency. This involves working closely with internal and external stakeholders to understand, measure and reduce the environmental and social impacts of the business.

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Rob Olson

Rob Olson

Chief Financial Officer, IKEA North America Services, LLC

Rob Olson, Chief Financial Officer of IKEA US, is responsible for US retail operations and the overall IKEA US strategy. He began his IKEA career in 1998 as Business Controller in Schaumburg, Illinois. In 2003, Rob became a Store Manager for IKEA. In 2006, Rob was promoted to Deputy Retail Manager where he joined the US management team and had responsibility for multiple stores and ecommerce, helping to secure the IKEA vision, business direction and values. Rob took on his current position, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in January 2008.

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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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Tracey Rembert

Tracey Rembert

Senior Manager, Investor Engagement, Ceres

Tracey is the Senior Manager for Investor Engagement at Ceres, and is responsible for network-building within INCR. She works closely with pension funds, foundations and endowments, union funds, asset managers, and sustainable investment funds to improve their investment practices on climate and sustainability issues, and to help investors better promote ESG practices at global corporations through shareholder engagement, regulatory advocacy, and strategic joint initiatives.

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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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Susan Sayers

Susan Sayers

Chief Development Officer, Ceres

Susan Sayers joined Ceres in August 2012 as the organization’s first Chief Development Officer. In this capacity, she oversees resource development activities at Ceres, including individual giving, grants from foundations and corporations, and government funding.

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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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Bill Slaton

Bill Slaton

Board of Directors, California Public Employees’ Retirement System

Bill Slaton is serving his second appointment as the CalPERS Board of Administration’s local government representative. He was first appointed to the Board by Governor Jerry Brown in 2012 and was reappointed in 2015.

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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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John F. Williams, II

John F. Williams, II

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Impact Infrastructure, LLC

Mr. Williams has spent 35 years as an advisor to public entities beginning with roles as a community liaison on major transportation initiatives in New York City. He worked in twenty countries and twenty six states amassing a $10 billion track record for successful project development.

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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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