Keynote Speaker Jeff Hammarlund

Jeff Hammarlund has recently retired as Professor of Energy Policy at Portland State University where his courses included Northwest Energy Policy, the Smart Grid and Sustainable Communities, National Energy Policy, and Sustainable Energy Economics.  Jeff remains a Senior Fellow at the Center for Public Service at PSU, and is the author of The Political Economy of Energy Policy.

Jeff has also served in senior positions with the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, US DOE, the White House, Southern California Edison, a trade association representing the Northwest consumer-owned electric utilities, and several nationally known consulting firms specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy.  As the owner of a small consulting firm, Northwest Energy and Environmental Policy, he continues to consult with governmental agencies in the US, China, Malaysia, and Cambodia that are interested in developing cutting-edge approaches to sustainable energy policy.

As a volunteer, Jeff served as the chair of the Oregon Caucus on the Northwest Energy Coalition , the Governor’s Ten Year Energy Plan Task Force, the Western State Energy Board’s Demand Response Task Force, the Oregon Energy Fund (previously Heat Oregon), and the Oregon Interfaith Global Warming Steering Committee. He was a founding board member of Smart Grid Northwest.  Currently, Jeff is assisting two Oregon-based non-profit organizations that support sustainable and renewable energy projects in developing countries; Green Empowerment and Twende Solar.




Evan Ramsey is a specialist in renewable energy systems and leads the project development and management activities for the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), which breaks down barriers to renewable energy adoption with innovative and creative solutions. BEF seeks to expand renewable energy access to enable a more equitable and sustainable energy system. Evan has worked on hundreds of small scale renewable projects with partners such as Fortune 500 companies, local governments, universities, non-profits, and utilities. Evan serves on the Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association and is an accredited solar installation professional certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).



Jason Carr: Cypress Creek Renewables

My background and experience are unique. I’m a journalist, an economic developer, a nonprofit executive, a communications director and a former elected official. I consider myself a connector and excellent communicator with an 18-year track record of helping organizations build and accomplish their mission.

Communications is at the heart of what I do. Relationships matter. I write. I speak. I negotiate. I develop strategic plans; communications plans; and help companies and organizations reach their customers or key constituents. I understand local and state government and how to develop meaningful policies by working with elected officials to gain positive results.

As a native Central Oregonian, I care deeply about the economic interests of my home region. My passion in life is public service. I’m interested in work that provides me with opportunities to improve and advocate for the overall welfare of my community. I’m a man with a vision. I don’t take jobs to maintain the status quo or to clock in-and-out every day. I want to ensure my community is better today than it was yesterday.




Mike Goetz is the staff attorney for the Oregon Citizens’ Utility Board, a non-profit organization that works to ensure that Oregon’s residential ratepayers enjoy low cost utility rates and service that aligns with their values. CUB, is involved in a wide variety of energy matters, including Oregon’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), which has set a renewable energy goal of 50% by the year 2040. Mike will talk with us about what this clean energy transition means for ratepayers as the phase out of dirty fossil fuels begins to accelerate.



Zak Hakim was born in Washington State and graduated with a BA in economics from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. After working in the automotive and utility industries, Zak decided to leave the dark side to pursue a career in a clean energy future. Currently Commercial Solar Expert for Oregon premier solar installation firm, Elemental Energy, Zak has helped businesses of all sizes save money by developing solar investments ranging in size from 20kW to 2MW, both in the Pacific NW and Southeastern United States. His expertise is truly in demystifying financial models and finding creative solutions to different business models accessing solar investments.




With over twenty years of corporate management at his back, Scot says he ‘converted to sustainabilism.’  Since then, he has operated his own green products company, led Market Operations at the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and directed the Carbon & Sustainability unit at Ecova.  Today, as Vice President of Programs at Enhabit, Davidson focuses on the organizations systems, operations and program design to advance new ideas to market for Enhabit and the stakeholders of the region.  An avid kiteboarder and outdoor recreationalist, Scot lives in the scenic Columbia Gorge.  He holds an undergraduate degree in communications from Washington State University and an MBA from the University of Dallas.



An authority on energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) and renewable energy in Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest, Ameresco performs energy audits and designs, builds and commissions energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that generate guaranteed savings for public and private organizations.





Mari is the executive director of Partners in Diversity and the program director for Leadership Portland. As Executive Director of Partners in Diversity, Mari oversees this non-profit whose mission is to help companies recruit, support, and retain professionals of color in Oregon and SW Washington. As the Program Director of Leadership Portland, Mari manages all aspects of the 10 month leadership program designed to develop community leaders for today and tomorrow.  Prior to joining the Alliance, Mari worked in the corporate arena for 25 years before switching to the nonprofit sector. She was the first executive director of Oregon Nikkei Endowment, a Japanese American history and culture organization. Appointed by Governor John Kitzhaber in May 2011, Mari serves as vice-chair on the Oregon Commission for Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs under the umbrella of the Oregon Advocacy Commission.



Ashley is the Pub Manager and Green Team Leader for Sunriver Brewing Company. After fifteen years in the foodservice industry, Ashley has seen first hand exactly how much waste a restaurant can produce. One of the keys to making a green community is the investment of businesses into the shared common goal of going green; this can be done through proper staff training and responsible vending within restaurants. Recently, Ashley helped move Sunriver Brewing Co. in a greener direction by jump-starting their composting program as well as eliminating straws company-wide. As a personal endeavor, Ashley has developed a community program called the “No Straw Pledge” with the goal of helping 1,000 Central Oregon restaurants to become straw free before 2019. All proceeds from this personal project will be donated to the Oregon Coast Alliance. When Ashley is not working at Sunriver Brewing Co. and advocating for a greener community, she spends her time enjoying everything Oregon has to offer with her dogs, Gildaroy and Pickle.




Joe started with Sunlight Solar in 2011, and has spent the last 7 years designing and developing residential, commercial, and municipal PV systems throught the state of Oregon. After graduating from Washington State University in 1993, Joe spent the better part of the next 7 years ski bumming in Colorado and Utah, before moving to Bend in 2000. After spending 10 years owning and operating his own small house painting business in Central Oregon, Joe decided to combine his experience in the construction industry with his passion for the environment. After taking a Solar PV Design Course through Central Oregon Community College and getting his NABEP EL Certificate, Joe joined the Sunlight Solar team.
When not helping individuals and businesses produce their own power and lower their carbon footprint and electric bills, Joe enjoys trying to keep up with his kids at Mt. Bachelor and blindly throwing flies at gullible fish in the local rivers and lakes.





As long time Oregon resident, Jeff has worked in both the public and private sectors.He seeks and prefers work that sustains, conserves, and enhances the quality of life in Central Oregon. That was his motivation behind the founding of Go Bio Co in 2008 and starting “Go Bio Community Fuels”. A waste-to-fuel company. This drop-in fuel, which is bio-diesel, can be used in all vehicles that currently run on diesel, including busses, cars, and trucks. This is vastly greater than traditional diesel in that it contributes little to pollution and cancer causing Diesel soot. Jeff will address the growing opportunities for innovation and new business that are now available in alternative fuels.




Thor Hinckley is a Portland  consultant on transportation electrification, blockchains and clean tech, for utilities and other businesses. He also serves as a board member of Forth Mobility, Forth’s mission is to advance electric, smart and shared transportation in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.








Jesse Holland is the Central Oregon Account Manager for Energy Trust of Oregon’s Existing Commercial Buildings Program. Jesse has worked in energy efficiency programs for 13 years, primarily out of Portland before moving to Bend in 2014. He has served utility clients throughout the Pacific Northwest and California within the commercial, grocery and residential sectors.






Elaine Blatt is a Senior Policy and Program Analyst at Oregon DEQ.  Her primary focus is on sustainable consumption and production of materials, and she led development of DEQ’s strategy for preventing the wasting of food.  That work has included the development of outreach materials for commercial food service businesses, Wasted Food Wasted Money. Prior to joining DEQ, Elaine worked on a variety of projects related to sustainable production and consumption, energy efficiency, and supply chain management.  She has a MA in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and a BA in Political Science from Carleton College.




Zach supports workplace charging, electric vehicle deployment, and helps further the adoption of electric vehicles by municipalities and businesses. An automotive and multi-modal transportation enthusiast, Zach came to Drive Oregon after spending time growing his energy aptitude while working in the solar energy industry building relationships and leading several Solarize programs in Clackamas and Multnomah County.





Mike is a Field Supervisor for CLEAResult Consulting, Inc. He lives in Bend and supports a highly skilled and professional team of Account Managers in the delivery of outreach to trade ally builders, verifiers, and subcontractors operating within Energy Trust of Oregon service territories. Mike’s focus is on high performance homebuilding ranging from speculative production building to custom one-off projects.









I help make energy efficiency and renewable energy projects happen. I find Project Developer to be an amorphous role, but I enjoy the ability to be the hub of a project to drive opportunity and scope into reality.

One of my favorite parts of my job is walking into an existing facility and seeing every unique and interesting equipment application that’s been installed and then thinking about how can I make it more efficient.

I’ve done a lot of public sector facilities energy efficiency work. Lighting retrofits, HVAC, Building Controls, etc. Lately I’ve been focusing more on distributed energy and the industrial space with an eye for energy as a service opportunities. It’s been a lot of pursuit of solar, energy storage, combined heat and power, biomass and industrial heat pump opportunities and even building a little bit of it.




Genevieve is an Energy Coach at Stillwater Energy, a Portland based energy efficiency consulting firm. She works with utility customers in the industrial and commercial sector to identify and implement low to no cost energy measures. She specializes in marketing and employee engagement for energy efficiency. Genevieve holds an M.B.A with an emphasis in Sustainability and Social Impact from Portland State University and B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado



Mike is a licensed Broker with Windermere Real Estate in Bend. He is a third-generation Realtor and specializes in residential and investment properties. He has a GREEN designation from the National Association of Realtors and is a registered Trade Ally with the Energy Trust of Oregon.

As well as being a Real Estate Broker, property investor and hotelier, He has over 15 years’ experience working in the advertising and entertainment industry. Mike has an entrepreneurial approach to life and business, he loves small spaces, technology, and smart homes. He is also a founding partner at, an online travel start-up based in Dublin, Ireland.






As Executive Director of 350Deschutes, Diane has been responsible for working in coalition with more than 200 groups in advancing energy and climate policy. Locally, and throughout the State of Oregon. As a member of the Clean Energy Jobs Coalition, she has participated in ensuring social equity for all people, as part of the Clean Energy Jobs Bill. Diane hosts CarbonFreeda’s Powerup, a radio show on KPOV 88.9 fm, High Desert Community Radio, where she regularly interviews and writes about issues surrounding energy and climate






Karen is the Marketing Director at Nossa Familia Coffee.  Nossa Familia is a Certified B Corporation, and is the first coffee roaster in Oregon to achieve this distinction. Certified B Corporations are leaders of a global movement of people using business as a force for good. They meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability and aspire to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. There are more than 1,800 Certified B Corporations in over 120 industries and 40 countries with one unifying goal – to redefine success in business.








“Charles Tompkins is a Certified Financial Planner with more than eighteen years of experience in financial planning and wealth management. In 2005 he founded Tompkins Wealth Management which serves individual and small business clients from offices in Seattle, WA and Bend, OR, offering securities and advisory services through KMS Financial Services, member FINRA/SIPC and an SEC registered Investment Adviser. The firm provides retirement income solutions, 401k plans and insurance services customized to the specific needs of each client. Socially responsible and impact investing solutions.”



Nick is an EIT with ColeBreit Engineering, who cares deeply about responsible use of energy. He is a graduate of OSU’s Energy Systems Engineering program, and loves living in Bend. He believes that energy efficiency is the strongest form of both renewability and a bottom-line business strategy, and is excited to share why!