Kent Snyder, J.D. (Chairman), Attorney at Law, Snyder & Associates P.C.
Kent Snyder is a sustainability consultant and attorney in Portland, Oregon. Following law school, Kent founded the law firm of Snyder & Associates, practicing exclusively in the area of bankruptcy and workouts.
As a nationally recognized bankruptcy expert, Kent served on the Board of Directors of the American Bankruptcy Institute, was co-editor and contributing author for the book Bankruptcy Law, was a regular speaker on the bankruptcy law circuit, and served on numerous national and state boards and committees. Since 1998, Kent has been a leader in developing and putting into practice innovative and successful sustainability management, policy, and planning solutions for government, business, and non-profit organizations.
As a member of the Sustainable Development Commission for Portland/Multnomah County, including three years as co-chair and chairmanship of the Energy Committee and Economic Development Committee, Kent helped steer the launch of Portland’s Green Building Initiative, the Sustainable Procurement Strategy and Policies, Toxics Reduction Strategy, Sustainable Economic Development Plan, and the Climate Action Plan.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the International Sustainable Development Foundation and is a member of the Board of Councilors of the China-US Center for Sustainable Development. Kent also chairs the national Board of Trustees of the American Leadership Forum, whose mission is to join and strengthen collaborative networks of leaders to serve the public good.
Kent received his B.S. cum laude in Environmental and Developmental Biology from Kansas State University in1975. He received his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School in 1978 where he served as the Assistant Editor-in-Chief for Environmental Law and was inducted into the Cornelius Honor Society.
Dr. Mike Biddle, President and Founder, MBA Polymers, Inc., USA
Dr. Biddle started MBA over 19 years ago – literally from his garage – and has since grown his company to the world’s leading multi-national company recovering plastics from end-of-life durable goods, such as computers, electronics, business equipment, appliances and automobiles. MBA is headquartered in Richmond, California and has over 300 million pounds per year of processing capacity in the US, Europe and China to turn waste into plastics for use right back into the same types of products from which they came. Some of the largest manufacturers in the world use MBA’s plastics to replace virgin plastics in their new products.
Mike worked for General Electric, Cummins Engine Company and Dow Chemical before striking out on his own in 1993. Mike received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, both with high honors. He was also a Sloan Fellow at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, graduating with an MS in Management Science.
MBA was named one of the top 100 CleanTech companies in the world in both 2009 and 2010 and one of the top 5 CleanTech companies in Europe in 2009, by two different organizations. Mike won the prestigious 2010 Economist Innovation Award for Energy and the Environment, the first Thomas Alva Edison Award for Innovation and the first Ascent Award for Entrepreneurship. MBA also won a 2006 Tech Pioneer Award from the World Economic Forum and the 2006 Intel Tech Museum Environmental Award.
Christine Ervin (Secretary), Principal, Christine Ervin/Company
Christine Ervin has been a leader in green market transformation for nearly 20 years.
As first President & CEO of the U.S. Green Buildings Council, she led its growth into a highly influential coalition of 5,000 companies and organizational members, 70 chapters and 50 staff. Over her five-year tenure, the Council launched and cemented wide success for the LEED® green building standard and the Greenbuild™ conference and expo which drew 30,000 attendees last year.
From 1993 to 1997, Ervin served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy where she directed nearly $1 billion in annual investments for clean technologies in transportation, buildings, manufacturing and distributed generation and launched numerous initiatives to accelerate sustainable energy markets. Previously, she directed the Oregon Department of Energy, oversaw Missouri’s executive budget policy, and conducted research at the Conservation Foundation/World Wildlife Fund.
Today, Christine works to accelerate green markets from her Portland-based company and serves on a wide array of public and private advisory boards.
Alan Keith (Treasurer), Vice President, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Alan Keith joined Walt Disney Animation Studios in March of 2011 after serving as CFO and Vice President of ImageMovers Digital (an affiliate of Walt Disney Studios). Keith brings with him over 23 years of unique experiences bridging general management, finance, and administrative operations.
Alan Keith is a skilled strategist and thought partner with successful leadership experience bridging the roles of CFO and COO, especially in challenging environments of growth and change. Alan’s experience includes television and film production, primarily in animation and visual effects. He truly enjoys applying his experience and leadership skills in fast paced, dynamic organizations.
Previous to his work at ImageMovers, Alan was responsible for business operations and creative development at LAIKA, Inc., helping to support the startup of a new animation studio and the production of its first animated feature film, Coraline. He is an eight year veteran of Lucas film and its subsidiaries with responsibilities over finance and administration during a period of significant growth and change at the company culminating with the launch the company’s newest animation division in Singapore.
Keith has also held respected senior level positions at Genentech, Hana-Barbera, Inc., Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc. and Price Waterhouse.
Keith earned his BA degree in Accounting from Emory University in Atlanta, and is a licensed C.P.A. Keith is personally very committed to philanthropy and volunteerism; having recently completed multi-year tenures with the boards of three non-profits: Academy of Friends, Frameline, and Project Hired.
Amy Knight, Director of CSR, Hasbro, Inc.
As the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, she is responsible for leading the company’s CSR efforts, including cross-company integration, marketing, stakeholder engagement and reporting.
Prior to joining Hasbro, Knight was the Program Director of Hewlett-Packard’s Global Citizenship initiative. In this capacity, she led HP’s global CSR program, including strategy, CSR governance, reputation management and measurement. She also led the company’s CSR reporting efforts from 2005-2009 and helped HP attain numerous CSR and sustainability achievements, including #1 on CRO MAGAZINE’S 100 Best Corporate Citizens list for 2010, #1 in NEWSWEEK’S 2009 Green Rankings of America’s 500 largest corporations, and #1 for three years running in the computer hardware sector of the DOW JONES SUSTAINABILITY INDEX.
In her prior roles Knight led the marketing efforts within HP’s Information Technology function and served as the sales and marketing leader for an IT systems integration firm where she provided – among other services – IT risk assessment and mitigation for financial institutions and small- and medium-sized businesses. She also served as a Publisher and General Manager for the Daily Journal Corporation, managing sales and operations for regional Legal trade publications.
Knight earned her BA in Journalism from San Diego State University, and has completed marketing programs through UC Santa Cruz and Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.
Govi Rao, CEO of Noveda Technologies
Govi Rao is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Noveda Technologies, a leader in energy monitoring and energy management solutions, based in Branchburg, NJ. Most recently, he served as a Partner in Pegasus Sustainable Century Merchant Bank, leading the energy efficiency practice.
Mr. Rao is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lighting Science Group Corporation, a leading LED lighting Solutions Company. Mr. Rao was instrumental in envisioning and establishing Lighting Science as an innovative pace setter in the emerging LED lighting space. Mr. Rao is also the Chairman and founding partner of Sunray Scientific, based in Mt.Laurel, NJ, pioneering in the field of green chemistry for sustainable electronics, with break through solutions in conductive adhesive systems.
Govi’s previous roles include VP & GM of Philips Solid State Lighting, North America and VP of Business Creation for Philips Lighting. His experience includes several leadership roles with specialtychemicals manufacturer, Rohm and Haas Company (now part of Dow Chemical), where he was responsible for Innovation, Business Development and Strategic growth. Govi is a passionate champion of sustainability and has testified in front of the U.S. Congress on climate change and intellectual property.
He is a founding member of the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise at Fairleigh Dickinson University and is also on the board of directors of the New Jersey Technology Council and the advisory board of the Rutgers University Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology.
Carl Smith, Call2Recycle
Carl E. Smith heads RBRC, which operates Call2Recycle®, North America’s first and most successful battery recycling program. In this capacity, he oversees the organization’s strategy, partnerships and management of its national promotion and education efforts, serving as a model for product stewardship. Working directly with its Board of Directors, Mr. Smith leads the overall direction of the company.
Mr. Smith has extensive experience in strategic marketing, brand positioning, product / business development and environmental leadership. He previously served as the CEO of GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, a non]profit organization that develops and promotes indoor air quality standards and programs. Before that, he was a senior marketing and general management executive with a Fortune 500 company and served in various capacities on Capitol Hill.
Sandra Shotwell, Ph.D., Principal of Alta Biomedical Group, LLC
Sandra Shotwell is a founder and Chief Operations Officer at DesignMedix, a drug development firm based in Portland, Oregon with a focus on overcoming drug resistance. DesignMedix lead product is in preclinical study for treatment of malaria. Sandra also is a founder and Managing Partner of Alta Biomedical Group, a consulting firm specializing in technology commercialization. Her clients at Alta Biomedical Group include both early-stage and established companies, as well as research institutions and non-profit organizations.
Sandra has over twenty years experience in technology management on behalf of U.S. and international research organizations and corporations. She has done extensive license negotiation, developed business strategies, worked with numerous start-up companies, and managed technology and research administration.
Her technology management experience includes positions at Stanford University and the European Union’s Joint Research Center. Sandra established the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Technology Licensing Branch, where she directed licensing for the NIH, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Food and Drug Administration.
She served as Director of Technology and Research Collaborations at Oregon Health Sciences University, with responsibility for technology licensing, company spinout formation, research grants and contracts and company-sponsored research. While at OHSU she assisted in the creation of six new spinout companies. She continues to serve clients in the area of early stage technology.
Sandra currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Bioscience Association,the International Sustainable Development Foundation and EPEAT, Inc. She has previouslyserved on the Boards of Virogenomics, Inc., the Stanford OTL Gap Fund and the Association of University Technology Managers. She is active in the Licensing Executives Society, and the Association of University Technology Managers.
Sandra did her undergraduate work at Princeton University, earned a Ph.D. in Biology from the California Institute of Technology, and did postdoctoral research in Neurobiology at Stanford University School of Medicine.