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2022 Speakers (This page is updated weekly) 

Jonny Kocher, Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Jonny Kocher
  • KEYNOTE Speaker
  • Senior Associate, Rocky Mountain Institute

Senior associate, Rocky Mountain Institute, Carbon-Free Buildings Program, where he supports city and state efforts to promote building electrification in the Western United States. MS, Environmental Engineering, San Diego State University, BS, Civil Engineering, San Diego State UniversityMS, Mechanical Engineering, Energy Systems, San Francisco State University

Jonny began his career as an environmental engineer for the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) working to test wastewater effluent to ensure NPDES permit compliance at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). While working at SFO, he helped launch its energy efficiency program with a focus on net-zero energy buildings. He also co-chaired the Zero Energy and Resilient Outcomes committee, which reviewed and selected $100 million worth of energy efficiency measures for SFO’s $7.3 billion dollar Ascent Program. He also helped lead in the certification of the CCSF’s first net-zero energy building.

  • Brian Stewart
  • KEYNOTE Speaker
  • Founder, Electrify Now
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Brian has over 30 years of experience in product design, manufacturing, innovation and sustainability. He began his career as an industrial designer at IDEO, and has held various senior leadership roles in footwear and apparel product creation at NIKE Inc. including Vice President of Sustainable Innovation where he directed projects and created tools to deliver on corporate sustainability goals. As Principal of Cyan LLC, he works with corporations, universities and non-profits to shape strategies and programs centered on sustainability and innovation. He has spoken at group events and made presentations about the benefits of electrification at Nike, adidas, Google, Grid Forward and numerous other organizations around the U.S.

Scott Bolton, PacifiCorp
  • Scott D. Bolton
  • KEYNOTE Speaker
  • Senior VP, Transmission & Market Development
  • PacifiCorp

Scott Bolton sees the rapidly evolving energy industry as a catalyst for improving how PacifiCorp’s customers live and work. He has devoted most of the last two decades to working with leaders in government, businesses (large and small) and anyone with a stake in a cleaner, more economically robust future to help tackle broad-based challenges involving energy policy, infrastructure development, rural community revitalization, and clean transportation.

Currently, he leads PacifiCorp’s Transmission and Market Development initiatives, where he brings together a diverse team providing transmission planning and project management,transmission ratemaking, and wholesale market development that supports PacifiCorp’s system and its customers. From promoting the expansion of critical transmission projects, to enabling the integration and advancement of clean energy, to working toward regional market and policy solutions for the grid, Scott focuses on helping customers, not only as consumers of electricity, but as people with families and jobs who want to thrive in their communities.

Before becoming part of the energy business, Scott worked in politics, opening Oregon & #39;s first congressional office ever east of the cascades in Bend in 1996 for newly-elected US Senator Ron Wyden.  He worked with local officials to ensure regional priorities around federal appropriations, public lands, infrastructure and economic development were represented.

Pacific Power, Div. of Pacific Corp
Rafi Golberstein Pace Loan Group
  • Rafi Golberstein, CEO
  • PACE Loan Group
  • CPACE Presenter
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Rafi is a commercial real estate finance veteran with over 15 years of experience in CRE, Commercial Real Estate, structured finance, loan origination and equity investments. Prior to founding PACE Loan Group, Rafi spent his career on Wall Street where he was a Managing Director at Ladder Capital, a publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust.  At Ladder, Rafi focused on the origination of commercial backed mortgage securities, balance sheet and mezzanine loans as well as equity investments. Prior to Ladder, Rafi worked at Gramercy Capital conducting asset management and loan workouts. Rafi began his career at Credit Suisse in its large loan commercial real estate group. Throughout his career, Rafi has originated and closed over $2.5 billion of commercial real estate loans throughout the country. Rafi has a BS from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York.

 

 

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Robert Hamerly, Greensavers
  • Robert Hamerly
  • Principal, Founder, Greensavers
  • Contact

Robert Hamerly serves as the Principal at GreenSavers. “The company started at my kitchen table,” said Hamerly. “It’s really exciting to see how far we’ve come.” 

Hamerly has extensive experience in the building trades, from HVAC installations on Nantucket to building timber framed custom homes throughout the Pacific Northwest. Over the years, he has earned a variety of certifications for his expertise in building science.

Hamerly’s commitment to home performance extends beyond his work at GreenSavers. Between 2013 and 2015, Hamerly served as the President of the Board of Directors for the Home Performance Contractor’s Guild of Oregon. He still sits on the Board and continues to advocate for the interests of the home performance industry at the local, state, and federal levels.  His Certifications include: Building Analyst and Envelope Professional, Home Energy Rater, Lead Safety, Level l Infrared Thermography Certification, and Certified Technician. 

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Dr. Melanie Plaut
  • Dr Melanie Plaut
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility

Melanie started her organizing work after retiring from a career in OB/GYN practice. A PSR member for decades, she became more involved with our Healthy Climate Action Team because of the urgency of the climate crisis and personal connections with our staff. Most of Melanie’s work now centers around fossil fuel resistance, and she was the vision behind the recent 60-hour Vigil at Zenith, where people gathered outside of the facility to pressure the company to cease tar sands shipments. She sees our work as relevant because it engages a health professional view on critical issues, which often inspires people to take action. For Melanie, the most rewarding aspects of her work have been meeting people, taking action, and learning.

Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
Kate Hawley, Pacific Power
  • Kate Hawley
  • Senior Electric Vehicle Product Manager
  • PacifiCorp

Kate Hawley is the Senior Electric Vehicle Product Manager for Pacific Power. She leads the Transportation Electrification strategy and program development for Pacific Power. Over the last fifteen years, Kate’s experience spans non-profits, consulting and governmental work supporting transportation electrification, energy and climate adaptation activities.  She is a native of Wyoming, growing up in a rural community and finds herself at home in Central Oregon. She drives a Nissan Leaf and can’t wait for all the new models to hit the market.

Max Roe, Shasta Power
  • Max Roe
  • Co Founder, Shasta Power

Max Roe, founded Coyote Worx in 2019, a project management consulting company focused on commercial and renewable energy development. He is an experienced builder, and real estate asset manager/investor, specializing in renewable energy with more than 10 years of industry experience. Max Roe, John Copyak, and Boris Feldman founded Shasta Power in 2021 to provide opportunities for investors to support solar projects directly, and to aid the US in a rapid transition to solar energy. 

Shasta Power, aims to deliver 600 Megawatts of solar energy and 1,200 MWh of battery energy storage across three development sites. Targeting retiring fossil fuel power plants and other unique opportunities across the mountain west. The Shasta Power team has transacted on over 2 Gigawatts of solar energy and storage projects, most recently the Angeles Summit solar development in Adelanto, CA a 200 MW solar plus storage facility on target for an operation date of March 2024.

 

 

Shasta Power
Michele-Pitale

Michele Pitale, MD,

Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate (CPACE Presenter)

Prior to focusing on sustainable energy finance, Dr. Pitale was an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Otolaryngology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Dr. Pitale also was a post-doctoral research fellow, in the Laboratory of Clinical Investigation, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a surgeon in the Critical Care Medical Department at the National Institutes for Health in Bethesda, MD. After receiving her medical degree from Temple University, Dr. Pitale completed her surgical residency at SUNY-Downstate and served as the Chief Resident at Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Pitale holds a BS in chemistry from Juniata College in Pennsylvania. Dr. Pitale has authored a number of peer-reviewed research articles and surgical chapters in textbooks. Dr. Pitale’s background provides a unique perspective on the scientific and business needs of sustainable real estate markets.

Robert Mattler, Green Portfolio Solutions

Robert Mattler

Robert Mattler, Michigan market leader for Green Portfolio Solutions, LLC

 

 

 

Robert Mattler is the Michigan market leader for Green Portfolio Solutions, LLC, a leading PACE origination and project management firm headquartered in Metro Detroit. Bob bringsmore than 30 years combined experience in real estate law and green building consulting through his efforts and experiences as a past Board Member of the Detroit Chapter, United States GreenBuilding Council (usgbc), Ambassador of the City of Detroit Green Task Force and his involvement in other local sustainable organizations. Currently Bob is involved with the Detroit2030 District (D2D) and serves as a business development consultant helping to grow the movement through professional stakeholder and building developer support. The D2D initiative’s goal is reduce energy and water consumption at least 50% in City of Detroit buildings and transportation by the year 2030.

Green Portfolio Solutions
  • Kat Compton
  • Pollution Prevention Program Coordinator
  • EPA Region 10

Kat Compton is the Pollution Prevention Program Coordinator for EPA Region 10, serving Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, and 271 tribes. She is also the Region 10 lead for the EPA Safer Choice and ENERGY STAR programs. In her role, Kat supports collaborative projects with Region 10 state and local governments, tribes, and NGOs to advance pollution prevention including energy efficiency, water conservation, and green chemistry innovation.

Jeff German
  • Jeff German, Principal
  • Contact 
    Phone: 303.906.4046

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Karen Rugg

Karen Rugg

Founder, Owner, Perennial Building, LLC

Karen Rugg is the founder & owner of Perennial Building, a general contracting company based in Bend, Oregon with the mission to foster sustainability, equity and community through the built environment. Her interest in sustainability and the built environment started at an early age, leading her to get a Masters of City and Regional Planning, focusing on real estate development and sustainable affordable housing. She transitioned into the commercial construction industry shortly after graduation where she attained LEED Accreditation. Since 2006, she has successfully managed over $140M in construction projects in the hospitality sector. After moving to Bend in 2018, she founded Perennial Building which focuses on building homes from hemplime, a natural, non-toxic & fire resistant material to construct the shell of a building. Over the years Karen has made time to pursue personal interests such as obtaining a Permaculture Design Certificate, working at several indoor and outdoor farms, and attending the Earthship Building Academy at Earthship Biotecture in Taos, NM.

Phillippe Hartley

Philippe Hartley

CleanFinancing LLC, Managing Director C-PACE marketplace, PACEfi.com

Philippe founded CleanFinancing in 2014 to help accelerate financing for the small-to-medium (sub-$5MM) commercial smart energy sector.  A California-licensed general and electrical contractor, Philippe spent years running a solar installation company.  He knows first-hand that financing can be the make-or-break part of a project.  Since 2004, Philippe has overseen, sold, managed or financed thousands of solar projects at the residential, commercial and industrial level.  Now focused on helping to make US building infrastructure better, he is a national expert on Commercial PACE financing, and tax structures. “Yesterday was all about solar” says Philippe “but today it’s about efficiency: time, resource, productivity and financial efficiency.  In the end, that is what we contribute.”  Philippe is a regular guest writer on project finance for Renewable Energy World and Solar Power World magazines.

Robert Countryman

Robert Countryman

Market President – Portland & Seattle, First Interstate Bank

Robert joined First Interstate Bank in 2013, and currently oversees retail banking, commercial & business banking, treasury management, SBA lending and commercial real estate lending for the bank’s Portland and Seattle Metro markets. Robert has over 25 years of leadership experience in the banking and financial services industry. Prior to joining FIB, Robert held Executive and Senior level positions at other financial institutions in the Portland, Seattle and Dallas, TX markets. In 2003, he was instrumental in launching Capital Pacific Bank a new Portland-based business bank as the Executive Vice President overseeing the sales team, marketing and business development. He and his team were successful in growing the bank’s balance sheet to over $200 million in loans and $100 million in deposits in its first 5 years and the bank was eventually acquired by Columbia Bank.

Robert is experienced with CPACE lending programs and successfully integrated PACE loans into
two flagship commercial projects that First Interstate financed in Portland – “Premier Gear &
Machine Works Building” (Class-A office adaptive reuse) and “The PAE Living Building” (zero-
carbon office ground-up construction project). Robert is very active in the Portland community and has held numerous volunteer leadership positions with local non-profits and business organizations.

 

Michael Bahr

Michael Bahr

Poppy Bank, Commercial Account Manager

Michael Bahr has been a project developer for more than 25 years. He has been a CPACE project developer and financier for 5 CPACE programs and has consulted with 5 others as they set up their initial CPACE programs. He was a CPACE project developer for the Los Angeles County Commercial PACE program, the GreenFinance San Francisco Commercial PACE program, Ygrene Energy Fund, Poppy Bank and ReNewAll. His CPACE funded projects have included energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation and seismic retrofits for commercial offices, multifamily, hospitality and agriculture.

With ReNewAll, he developed and led the Hilton Universal City energy efficiency retrofit which at the time was the largest CPACE financed project in the nation. ReNewAll also led financing for the nation’s largest commercial Net Zero Plus project. He also created a Renewable Energy Services Program focused on CPACE financing for the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Los Angels Chapters of the Ironworkers.

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