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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
  • Contact

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.

Bob Keefe E2 Environmental Entrepreneurs
  • Bob Keefe
  • KEYNOTE Speaker
  • Contact

Bob Keefe is executive director of E2, a nonpartisan organization of more than 10,000 business leaders across nine E2 chapters nationwide (including in the Pacific Northwest) who advocate for policies that are good for our economy and good for our environment. Bob has testified before Congress and state legislatures across the country and speaks regularly about the economic benefits of smart environmental policies, the clean energy economy, jobs and related issues. Prior to joining E2 in 2011, Bob spent more than 20 years as a political, business and national journalist, most recently covering Congress and the White House for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper. He is the author of “Climatenomics: Washington, Wall Street and the Economic Battle for our Planet and co-author of several other business-related books.

E2 Environmental Entrepreneurs
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 working for Pacificorp, Scott worked for US Senator Ron Wyden, ensuring priorities around federal appropriations, public lands, infrastructure and economic development.

Pacific Power, Div. of Pacific Corp
Jamie Mcleod Skinner
  • Jamie McLeod-Skinner
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Democratic Candidate
  • Congressional District 5
  • Contact


Jamie McLeod-Skinner is a small business owner and emergency response coordinator. Raised by a single mom when she was young, Jamie watched her mom work three jobs at times to put food on their table. Jamie paid her own way through college and law school — so she knows how tough it is to make ends meet. That’s why she focused her career on rebuilding communities and protecting our natural resources. A former union member, she is an outspoken advocate for Oregon’s working people, family farmers, and urban and rural communities. Jamie began her public service managing the repairs of schools and hospitals in Bosnia and Kosovo before returning to the U.S. to manage refugee resettlement programs, work in city and regional planning, and serve on a city council. She has led organizational change, mediated community disputes, helped develop affordable housing, and managed teams through crises. In
2021, Jamie led wildfire recovery efforts as Talent’s Interim City Manager, bringing in millions of dollars in aid and emergency housing. Jamie holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, a Master’s in Regional Planning, and a law degree with a focus on Natural Resources Law. She serves as an elected board member of the Jefferson County Education Service District and was appointed by Governor Brown to serve on the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.



Jame Mcleod Skinner
Bali Kumar, PACE Loan Group
  • Bali Kumar, COO
  • PACE Loan Group
  • CPACE Presenter
  • Contact


Bali Kumar is the Chief Operating Officer of PACE Loan Group (PLG). Prior to joining PLG, he served as the CEO of Lean & Green Michigan, the PACE program in Michigan, and developed the Michigan PACE program into one of the nation’s strongest PACE programs. His experience also includes serving as a management consultant at Deloitte, a transactional attorney at Proskauer, and the Executive Director of Michigan’s Wayne County Land Bank. Bali graduated with a B.A. from Brown University, a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and a J.D. from Berkeley Law. He is a member of the NY and CA bar.



Pace Loan Group
Rafi Golberstein Pace Loan Group
  • Rafi Golberstein, CEO
  • PACE Loan Group
  • CPACE Presenter
  • Contact


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.



Pace Loan Group
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.
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.

Joe Berney
  • Joe Berney
  • Lane County Commissioner
  • Contact

Joe’s career has spanned four decades of entrepreneurship and leadership in business, economic development, education and training.Most recently he built a successful business developing and financing commercial and industrial energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy storage retrofits.  By closing and successfully completing large and highly visible projects his company created both new markets and channels to those markets for the building trades. 

Projects included the nation’s largest PACE-financed commercial energy efficiency retrofit, and the nation’s largest Net Zero Plus facility with and for IBEW 11 (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) and Los Angeles NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association).



Lane County
Max Roe, Shasta Power
  • Max Roe
  • Co Founder, Shasta Power
  • Contact

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
Jessica Taylor, Neighbor Impact
  • Jessica Taylor
  • NeighborImpact
  • Director, Low income weatherization
  • Contact

Jessica Taylor is the Director of Low-Income Weatherization at NeighborImpact. Annually, this program weatherizes an average of 100 homes a year for qualified households in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson Counties and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Through whole home weatherization, which includes air sealing, duct sealing, insulation, and repair or replacement of HVAC and water heating systems, NeighborImpact’s weatherization program is able to increase comfort and durability, while reducing energy burden by up to 50 percent. By contracting locally, this program pays out over a million dollars annually to small business contractors in the fields of weatherization, HVAC, plumbing and electricians. Jessica is the Chairperson of Oregon Energy Coordinators and Affiliates, which has been dedicated to helping Oregonians stay warm and safe though weatherization and utility assistance programs for over 30 years.

Grace Hardy, Solar Oregon
  • Grace Hardy
  • Education, Solar Oregon
  • Contact

Grace Hardy recently graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA in Planning, Public Policy, and Management. While in Eugene, she worked for the local utility company (conducting home energy scores for rental properties), the university (writing policy research on energy efficiency in rental housing), and the City of Eugene (putting this policy into action). She now is a Program Manager at Solar Oregon, a nonprofit focused on expanding solar energy in Oregon through education and advocacy to increase community-wide sustainability and resiliency.

Ali Lee
  • Ali Lee
  • Green Communities Coalition

Ali contracts as the Health and Equity Specialist with Climate Solutions as an expert in public education, field organizing and community outreach for how we can cleanup pollution from our buildings.  In her capacity with Climate Reality in Washington State she has also co-led field along with Climate Solutions for the Clean Fuels Now campaign in 2021 – including an effort to promote “circular restaurants” that partner with biofuel companies in the region to have their waste cooking oil tuned into low carbon fuels.  She was also a part of the successful field coalition for the 100% clean electricity for Washington in 2019.  As a business owner and equity specialist who has worked on climate change and environmental projects in the US, China, Germany and Brazil, she looks at ways that people can work together and educate future generations to be the change, with the knowledge that we only have one planet, and exploring how to uphold the values of community while learning what is truly meant by living in a diverse world, with equity and inclusion for years to come. Coming from a restaurant family, Ali has always had a strong emphasis on health and equity in the kitchen, as a healthy kitchen leads the way to a health home and community. In addition to her work with Climate Solutions, Ali also serves as Climate Reality WA State Chapters coalition lead.

Laura Jay, C40 citiies
  • Laura Jay
  • Regional Director, North America C40 Cities

In her role with C40 Cities, Laura works with cities in the US and Canada to help advance climate actions, from policies to mitigate emissions to strategies for adapting to climate impacts. Previously, Laura served as the Land Use Planning Network Manager at C40 where she worked with urban planners from cities around the world on policies to address climate change. Prior to joining the C40,Laura served as a Project Manager at Terrapin Bright Green where she consulted to government agencies, developers and non-profits to create more sustainability policies and designs. She has also worked at the U.S. GreenBuilding Council on governance and strategic planning. Laura has a Masters degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University in New York and a Bachelors degree from Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

C40 cities
Liz Dahlager, Merete Hotels
  • Liz Dahlager,
  • Executive Vice President, Mereté Hotel Management
  • Contact

Liz Dahlager is Executive Vice President of Mereté Hotel Management  – a full service hotel development and management company based in Springfield, Oregon. Mereté has developed 18 branded select service hotels in Oregon and Washington including the Element Bend. They are an approved third party manager and franchisee for Marriott International, Hilton, IHG Hotels, Hyatt, Choice and Wyndham. Mereté has been an active participant in advocating for C-PACE in the Pacific NW. Hotel assets offer significant economic impact in the form of jobs, and tourism and tax revenues. C-PACE offers developers and owners a long-term incentive to utilize the latest energy efficient technologies and building materials. Mereté will open its 19th hotel in October – SpringHill Suites by Marriott Medford Airport. Mereté’s culture and vision supports a commitment to local communities and that commitment includes supporting the longevity of our natural resources and preserving our environment.

 Liz has been recognized nationally and locally for her work in the hospitality industry most recently by the American Hotel and Lodging Association for advancing women in hospitality with the 2021 Paving the Way Award and in February she was recognized for her efforts in Springfield as the 2021 Business Person of the Year. Liz graduated from Northeastern University and holds certifications in hotel revenue management, hotel real estate investments and asset management.

Merete Hotel Management

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.  Dr. Pitale’s background provides a unique perspective on the scientific and business needs of sustainable real estate markets. 

Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate (CounterpointeSRE) is a leading commercial real estate finance provider specializing in sustainable infrastructure improvements. Since 2013, Counterpointe has administered PACE programs in some of the largest and most active jurisdictions of the PACE industry and is a respected leading national C-PACE capital provider. Over the past decade, we have played a leadership role in the PACE industry driving investment toward clean energy, resiliency and energy efficiency in our nation’s commercial buildings.

Cascade Financial Services




Jack Schniepp founded Cascade Financial Strategies to provide comprehensive financial planning, and investment management to families, individuals, small businesses, and non-profit organizations. Before moving to Bend in 2002 to begin a career in financial services, Jack spent ten years as a professor and head baseball coach at Concordia University in Irvine CA. His experience and passion for teaching and coaching has provided a natural and successful transition into the realm of financial planning. Jack’s primary focus, and the greatest need of his clients, is establishing and maintaining strategies that address the income needs of current and future generations.

 Jack has also obtained the additional financial planning designation as a Chartered Financial Consultant™. He is also registered with USSIF, The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, evaluating portfolios using ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) criteria.
Doug Hansel Pauly, DHP
  • Doug Hansel Pauly
  • Principal, DHP
  • Contact

Doug is DHP’s mad scientist and with 20 years of experience in healthcare and 6 years experience in building science for a premier local subcontractor, he has a way of looking at building science that is unique. He has been asked to consult on some truly amazing projects from Living Building Challenge and ultra-low energy load homes to preforming a blower door test on a military tank. If you have a building science issue then he is the right person for the job. Doug is also a 3rd party verifier (both commercial and residential)  that works with owners to verify energy and efficiency upgrades so that they can qualify for enhanced financing.


DHP Energy LLC
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
Caterina Hatcher, EPA
  • Caterina Hatcher
  • EPA, ENERGY STAR Public Sector National Manager

Caterina (Katy) Hatcher is the US EPA’s ENERGY STAR Public Sector National Manager.  She works with public sector organizations, such as government agencies and schools, to help improve energy performance through the use of ENERGY STAR tools and resources, including ENERGYSTAR Portfolio Manager. Katy has been working for EPA since 1996.  She holds a degree from the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture in City Planning.

Hundreds of thousands of commercial properties, including schools, use EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® tool to measure, track, assess, and report on their energy and water consumption. On average, ENERGY STAR certified buildings use 35% less energy and greenhouse gas emissions than typical buildings nationwide. To date, more than 39,000 buildings are ENERGY STAR certified nationwide, including over 12,000 school. Portfolio Manager has become the standard national platform for benchmarking energy use in commercial buildings in the United States and Canada. It has been adopted for use by leading US commercial real estate, retail, healthcare, and educational organizations. Many state and local governments incorporate Portfolio Manager into benchmarking and building performance requirements for commercial buildings.

  • Peter Grabell
  • Dividend Finance
  • Pace Programs Lead
  • Contact

Mr. Grabell leads Dividend’s commercial PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing business. He joined Dividend in 2015 to develop the division’s strategy and operations. Dividend is Program Administrator for the California Enterprise Development Association (CEDA) PACE program, and a PACE capital provider in states with operating PACE programs.
Mr. Grabell has worked in commercial real estate finance for over 30 years. Prior to Dividend, for 12 years Mr. Grabell was Executive Vice President of Bridger Commercial Funding, leading a team that originated commercial real estate loans for securitization that were sourced from commercial banks. His group funded over 1,100 loans, providing $5 Billion of financing. Mr. Grabell also advised banks on recovery strategies for problem real estate assets as Managing Director at Clark Street Capital. Earlier, he worked within a new ventures group at GE Capital Real Estate, and in syndications for two commercial real estate investment firms. Mr. Grabell obtained his MBA degree from Columbia Business School and his BA degree from Haverford College. He is a licensed real estate broker in California. Mr. Grabell serves on the Board of Directors of PACENation, the PACE industry’s trade group. He is also on the National Board of Governors for the Gift of Adoption Fund, which provides adoption assistance grants to deserving families and their prospective adoptee(s). He is the Independent Director for Goal Investment Group, a $100 Million specialty finance, asset management and trust administration firm headquartered in San Diego.

Dividend Lending
Greg Delgado, 350 Deschutes
  • Greg Delgado
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, 350 Deschutes
  • Contact

While working in the foodservice industry in Bend, Oregon, I became aware of Latino workers’ struggles with disparities in treatment and wages, and vowed to work to educate members of the local Latino community about their rights and organize them for action. I began that work as Central Oregon Jobs with Justice’s first Latino Community Organizer in 2008 and continued that work with CAUSA and other organizations. My passion and greatest area of experience is rural community organizing work. I have been building allies and relationships throughout Oregon for the past ten years. At present I am working with Energy Trust of Oregon and 350 Deschutes to advance sustainable social justice communities and expand their access to clean energy, efficiency, and green mobility. I am also a member of the Central Oregon Latino Partnership.  My other work includes being a coordinator for US Congressional Campaign in Central Oregon, working for Main Street Alliance, and being a Field Organizer for Family Forward, a grassroots mobilization organization.


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

With the electric car landscape changing rapidly, it can be hard to know what EV charger manufacturers to trust. Green Cap Energy in collaboration with national brand partners has placed hundreds of commercial stations across the US.
With years of experience, our experts work to find the right strategy and the right equipment for your specific needs. We work through electrical solutions to make it all come together in a budget-wise manner. Our network of licensed, certified professionals in your location will help you site the project and install it at the highest standard of excellence. If you have an electrical contractor already, we can work with your own professional, ensuring you a job well done that you can trust.
Contact us today to learn more about the availability and pricing of installing and operating electric vehicle charging stations for your business.

Green Cap Energy
Aya Cockborn, Fossil Free Eugene
  • Aya Cockrum
  • Coordinator, Fossil Free Eugene

Aya was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon. She earned a degree in Religious Studies with a concentration in Social Movements and Environmental Ethics and completed her graduate work at the University of Florida in Religion and Nature with certificates in Global Islam and African Studies. She was a teacher for over 7 years and served as the program coordinator for the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council before joining the fight for a renewable energy future as the Coalition Coordinator for Fossil Free Eugene.


Fossil Free Eugene
  • Riccardo Waites
  • Executive Director
  • Central Oregon Black Leadership Assembly
  • Contact


Riccardo Waites is a submarine veteran and a business owner.
Originally from Toledo, Ohio Riccardo has lived in Bend for over 20 years. As founder and executive director of COBLA, hw develops programs that seek to minimize racism and encourage support for underserved communities of color. His most recent enterprise is the start up of  the first black radio station in Central Oregon, WEBlack Radio.


COBLA Central Oregon Black Leadership Assembly
  • Tucker Ruberti
  • Director of Corporate Development and Strategy
  • SOLV Energy

Tucker Ruberti is the Director of Corporate Development and Strategy at SOLV Energy. He is responsible for developing new or expanded business opportunities with the renewable energy industry and adjacent markets through organic growth as well as M&A activities. Until recently he has also led the Business Development function SOLV Energy’s energy storage division.

Mr. Ruberti earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Cornell University and an MS in Environmental Management & Policy from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  He has worked in the energy technology since 1993, working for a broad range of companies including Enel, Advanced Energy, Westinghouse, General Electric, and NYSERDA in diverse applications including energy storage, PV, fuel cells and power distribution. SOLV Employs 30+ people in Bend and 700+ in the US.

Contact us today to learn more about the availability and pricing of installing and operating electric vehicle charging stations for your business.

SOLV Energy
  • Jen Patterson
  • Deschutes County Strategic Initiatives Manager
  • Contact

Jen Patterson was hired as Deschutes County Strategic Initiatives Manager in August 2022. Jen will be spearheading special initiatives, including the CPACE program, for the County. Jen previously worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in the External Affairs department as a Congressional Affairs Manager. Jen worked on natural disasters across the country including the 2020 Oregon Labor Day wildfires. Previously to her work with FEMA, Jen worked as a Senior Partner for a national political consulting firm for over a decade.

 Jen was born and raised in Oregon and in her non-work time enjoys all the natural resources Central Oregon has to offer.

Deschutes County Solid Waste
Commissioner Phil Chang
  • Commissioner Phil Chang
  • Deschutes County Commissioner

Phil came to Deschutes County in 2004 looking for a great place to raise a family, to continue his career in natural resource management, and to enjoy the great outdoors. His connection to the community grew deeper as he helped to bring people together to steward our forests, represented our community to Washington DC as a Congressional staffer, and raised a son here.

Phil has served on the Boards of Bend 2030, the Deschutes Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and the River West Neighborhood Association. He enjoys volunteering for trail maintenance and river stewardship projects with a variety of local non-profits. He holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a M.S. from U.C. Berkeley.

Commissioner Chang serves on the following committees:

  • Bend Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
  • Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC)
  • Deschutes Basin Water Collaborative
  • Deschutes County Investment Advisory Committee
  • Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project
  • Deschutes County Public Health Advisory Committee liaison
  • Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO)
  • Steering Committee of the Deschutes Trails Coalition
  • Oregon Community Renewable Energy Program Advisory Committee
Deschutes County Solid Waste
Robert Countryman
  • Robert Countryman
  • Market President – Portland & Seattle, First Interstate Bank
  • Contact

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.


First Interstate Bank
  • Devesh Nirmul
  • Counterpoint SRE
  • Contact

Devesh Nirmul is a leader within the energy, sustainability and resiliency space with demonstrated experiences in government and public policy, residential and commercial real estate / property management and sustainability focused non-profit organizations. He works on expanding Commercial PACE financing and helping owners , project developers and stakeholders realize more resilient and economically valuable projects across key US markets, helping to accelerate the uptake of sustainable and resilient building improvements for both new construction and retrofits.

He has served in a variety of sustainability leadership positions and authored chapter 10, “The New Resilient Built Environment: Perspectives from Investors and Owners of Private Buildings” in the 2019 National “Optimizing Community Infrastructure Resilience in the Face of Shocks and Stresses” publication, several chapters for BOMI’s High-Performance Sustainable Building Investments Coursebook and the Financial Resources and Technology Transfer chapter of the US 3rd National Communication to the UNFCC. He managed the launch of the Chicago Commercial Building Energy Initiative with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), served as the Energy and Sustainability Director at  FirstService Residential (FSR), was the first Sustainability Manager for Miami-Dade County implementing $12.5M of Energy Block Grant funds and spearheading the County’s Sustainability Plan and Green Buildings program, was University of Florida’s first Urban Sustainability Agent and consulted on climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions for the US Agency of International Development (USAID).

Devesh sustains his effectiveness by maintaining globally recognized industry credentials including LEED AP O+M, Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Certified Sustainable Development Professional (CSDP) credentials.

Michael Bahr
  • Michael Bahr
  • Renewable Energy Gateway

Mike Bahr has over 25 years of commercial construction finance and has been active in PACE for more than a decade. He has assisted hundreds of property owners secure financing for building retrofits and new construction.

Renewable Gateway works with building owners, contractors and the trades to secure financing for construction retrofits and new construction projects.  Our team has decades of experience working with commercial property owners in every building sector. Our goal is to ensure that property owners have access to low-cost, long-term financing in order to meet their goals.

Renewable Gateway
  • Bill Knight, Scientist, retired
  • 350 Deschutes volunteer
  • Contact
Bill worked as a physicist at Hewlett-Packard for twenty two years and then as an oceanographer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration prior to retirement.
Since retirement he has served as both volunteer and treasurer for  His first exposure to climate change came while hiking up to the rapidly diminishing glaciers of the Sierra Nevada mountains of California


  • Jared Green
  • Automotive Program, Central Oregon Community College
  • Contact

I began working on cars and motorcycles for money at the age of 15. It has been my hobby, passion and career ever since. I graduated #1 in my class with an Associates of Applied Science in Automotive Technology from Umpqua Community College in Roseburg Oregon.

I was a professional technician for 17 years, mostly at independent repair facilities. I have run the gamut with experience in Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles, Boats, Snowmobiles, Tractors, Generators, Sand Rails and the like. I also have some experience in Hybrid and EV vehicles as well a light duty diesel applications. My main areas of interests are engine performance and drivability as well Hybrid and EV technology. I transitioned to teaching part time 7 years ago as adjunct faculty at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City. Outside of work I like to ride motorcycles (both dirt and street), participate in water sports and snow sports. 


  • Diane Hodiak
  • Executive Director, 350 Deschutes
  • Contact

Diane is the co-founder of 350 Deschutes, a nonprofit working in climate policy, actions, and education. Her career includes work in  various management positions for nonprofit organizations, from program director to public relations and executive director. After she completed her MBA, she became a management consultant to nonprofit organizations in management, planning and fundraising. At that time, she was a regular conference/seminar presenter and co-authored two books for nonprofits. She is currently the volunteer host for CarbonFreeda’s Powerup, a radio show about climate change for KPOV 88.9, Central Oregon.  She has worked with others at all levels within the community facilitate policy for the underserved, electrification, green mobility, and de-carbonization for the  Oregon Climate Plan. 350 Deschutes also worked to authorize CPACE, Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy in Deschutes County. The Go Clean Energy Conference, now in its seventh year, engages businesses, government and individuals to set goals for electrification and carbon reduction.



  • Derron Coles
  • Executive Director, Blueprint Foundation
  • Contact

Dr. Derron Coles is a learning strategist with over 20 years of experience designing learner-focused workforce development training. Derron has a wide-ranging portfolio that runs thegamut from learning solutions for technical topics, like a globally utilized online training on river system analysis, to interpersonal skills training, such as his award-winning equity diversity and inclusion (EDI) curriculum. Derron has earned certificates in eLearning design, the Treisman method of collaborative learning, the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST). Derron is also the executive director of The Blueprint Foundation. The nonprofit provides workforce development for Black-identified students using project-based learning and multigenerational mentoring that attends to pressing environmental justice issues, while solidifying skills necessary for college, a career in the green sector, and civic life.


  • Mike Homfeldt
  • Facilities Director
  • Klamath Community College
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Mike is the Facilities Director at Klamath Community College and for the past ten years and has supported KCC operations and campus expansion projects.  Prior to that he had multiple roles at Bellet Construction  that induced estimating, project management, and general manager.  Early in Mikes career he worked as a meter reader for PGE in Portland and had a 10 year career as a foodservice manager.  Mike has called Klamath Falls his home for the past 30 years and with his wife Sophia raised two exceptional sons, James and Luke. He enjoys coaching Oregon High School 1A 8 man football.

  • Chris Stickles
  • Dean of Career and Technical Education
  • Klamath Community College
  • Contact
  • 541.880.2240 

Chris Stickles has worked in Higher Education for the Last 15 Years.  He is the Dean for Career Technical Education at Klamath Community College. He has oversight of 14 Associate of Science Degrees with 28 Occupations. These Occupations include Automotive and Diesel Science and Electrical Apprenticeship.   He started his Higher Education Career in Workforce Development, which he just took back over this year.  Workforce Development at Klamath Community College is a nimble department that has short term certificates and Trainings. He is an avid Obstacle course racer and he will be the first to tell you this sets him up for success in Higher Education.  There is no barrier that will stop him from attempting to partner or build occupation trainings pertaining to the future needs of society.


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