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Matt Rodriquez
Secretary for Environmental Protection

State of California

Matt Rodriquez was appointed California Secretary for Environmental Protection by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in July 2011. As Secretary, Matt oversees the activities of the California Air Resources Board, the Department of Toxic Substances Control, the Department of Pesticide Regulation, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, and the State Water Resources Control Board. As a member of the cabinet, he advises the governor on environmental policy.

Former Attorney General Brown selected Matt to be Chief Assistant Attorney General for the Public Rights Division in 2008. In that capacity, he supervised the work of the Land Law, Environment Law, Natural Resources Law, Consumer Law, Civil Rights Enforcement, Antitrust and Corporate Fraud Sections of the Office, among others. Under his supervision, the Attorney General's Office worked to enforce hazardous waste disposal laws and regulations protecting groundwater from leaking underground storage tanks. He also worked collaboratively with the attorneys in the Environment Section to represent OEHHA in cases brought under Proposition 65. He was responsible for the legal team that defended California's vehicular greenhouse gas rules against challenges from the auto industry. Most recently, he served as Acting Chief Deputy Attorney General for Attorney General Kamala D. Harris.

Prior to joining the California Department of Justice, Matt was Deputy City Attorney for the City of Hayward, Assistant City Attorney for the City of Livermore, an associate program analyst for the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, and a graduate student assistant with the California Coastal Commission.

Moderator: Henry Dubroff
Editor & Founder
Pacific Coast Business Times

Henry Dubroff is the chairman, editor, and majority owner of the Pacific Coast Business Times, the business journal that covers Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties. He has served as the editor of The Denver Business Journal and as business editor at The Denver Post. He is a past president of the Society of American Business Editors & Writers (SABEW) and serves in leadership positions with United Way, the Ventura County Economic Development Association, the UC Santa Barbara Economic Forecast Project. and CSU Channel Islands. Under his leadership, the Business Times staff has won numerous reporting awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, SABEW and the Los Angeles Press Club.

Facilitator: Timothy J. Cohen
Vice President

Tim Cohen is a Vice President of URS Corporation, a fully integrated engineering, environmental, construction and technical services firm with the capabilities to support every stage of a project life cycle for public sector clients and Fortune 500 companies worldwide.  Tim manages offices and major project locations in the Central Coast Region for URS.  In addition to his management responsibilities, Tim serves as a senior principal and program manager on a wide range of projects including CEQA and NEPA analysis, public and stakeholder involvement, energy facility siting and licensing, and environmental permitting.  Tim has a BA in Biological Sciences and an MA in Environmental Resource Management.  He is a member of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Moderator: Tom Umenhofer
Natural Resource Group, LLC

Tom Umenhofer is a principal of Natural Resource Group, LLC (NRG). NRG provides public-affairs support and environmental permitting and compliance services for natural-gas, crude-oil, and refined-products pipelines. NRG also provides environmental and public-affairs services for new and expanded gas storage facilities, including LNG terminals; the electric generation, transmission, and utilities sector; and all aspects of renewable energy. An environmental engineer and applied meteorologist for more than 30 years, Dr. Umenhofer has served as an air- and water-quality consultant to industry and government, with expertise in pollution control and local/federal environmental policy development. In 1993, he founded and served as President and CEO of Sierra-Pacific Environmental, Inc., which merged with another environmental consulting firm in 1999. Under Dr. Umenhofer's stewardship, these firms received two environmental leadership awards, including recognition for a project associated with the Bren School MESM Program in 1999.


Jennifer DuBuisson
Associate Manager, Global Sustainability
Mattel , Inc.

Jennifer works within Mattel's Corporate Responsibility Department, managing programs and initiatives focused on building sustainability across the company's brands, operations, and culture. In that role, she sets the strategic direction and goals for Mattel???s sustainability program and executes cross-functional programs ranging from global environmental resource management and sustainable design of product and packaging, to life cycle assessment and employee engagement. Jennifer has extensive experience relating to managing Mattel's environmental, health, and safety risks and its GMP social compliance program.??Prior to arriving at Mattel, Jennifer worked in environmental consulting. She received her Master of Environmental Science & Management degree from the Bren School in 2008. ??

Chris Erickson

Climate Earth

Chris is Co-founder and CEO of Climate Earth, a provider of environmental business intelligence (EBI) solutions (www.climateearth.com).?? EBI makes it practical and efficient for the largest organizations to manage sustainably across the enterprise and supply chain. Chris has been CEO of several successful venture-funded start-ups, including Red Brick Systems which he led to a successful initial public offering. ????At Tandem Computers, a Fortune 500, he led the global telecom division where he grew revenue to over $300 million. Chris serves as Chairman of the Board of IceSoft Technologies, an open source software company. ??He holds a BA in Economics from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA from UC Berkeley, Haas School.??

Mark Heintz
Director ofCorporate Responsibility & Sustainability
Deckers Outdoor Corporation

Mark Heintz is Deckers Outdoor Corporation’s Director of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability. Deckers is a footwear company consisting of the brands: UGG Australia, Teva and Sanuk.?? Mark is responsible for developing Deckers sustainability strategy and driving key initiatives in the areas of human rights, environmental sustainability and community affairs.

Mark came to Deckers from Hewlett-Packard where he headed up HP’s stakeholder relations and was instrumental in developing HP’s corporate sustainability strategy.?? Mark has a Bachelors of Science in Engineering and a MBA degree.?? In his spare time, Mark enjoys yoga, sailing, volleyball, woodworking and spending time with his family.

Loretta Tam
Program/Project Manager
UL Enviornment

Loretta Tam is a sustainability professional with experience in business and legal strategy consulting and a top graduate education to help create, communicate, and execute on strategic sustainability initiatives. She specializes in tracking and analyzing multiple, complex issues, and communicating them to a wide variety of audiences - from engineers to top level executives - to effect and implement change throughout the organization. Loretta is deeply passionate about sustainability and hope to catalyze breakthrough innovations that will help to solve some of the most pressing environmental and social issues of our time.

Currently, Loretta is working at UL Environment as a Project Manager. Using a lens of sustainability, she work with clients to identify the challenges ??? and innovations ??? that will redefine sustainability within industries through the creation of credible product and corporate sustainability communications tools. Their projects strive to bring more sustainable products to market from sustainable companies through independently assessing claims and marketing material, creating industry-wide product sustainability programs through standards development, and operating an environmental products declarations program.

Jesus Torres
Director, Government and External Affairs

Jes??s currently serves as Director of Government and External Affairs, managing communications, legislative, and corporate responsibility initiatives for Verizon. He manages the company’s sustainability initiatives in the Central Coast. Through the Verizon Foundation, he works on initiatives to foster innovative ideas that use technology to enable smarter energy management practice and improve sustainability awareness and education.

Before coming to Verizon, Jes??s managed community relations and strategic communications for the California State Assembly and worked on various State Assembly political campaigns across the state as well as community social marketing campaigns.

He currently serves has a member of the Ventura County Workforce Investment Board. He holds a BA from UC Berkeley.

Faculty Speakers

Steven D. Gaines

Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UCSB

Steven Gaines's research focuses on marine ecology and conservation, sustainable fisheries, the design of marine reserves, and the impact of climate change on ocean ecosystems. He has served as director of the UC Santa Barbara Marine Science Institute, and as UCSB Acting Dean of Science and Acting Vice Chancellor for Research. Professor Gaines currently serves as a science advisor for the Joint Ocean Commission and is a principal investigator for PISCO (Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans), a long-term consortium was instrumental in establishing to further collaborative study of marine ecosystems throughout the Pacific.

Sangwon Suh, Assistant Professor
Corporate Environmental Management, Industrial Ecology, Life Cycle Assessment
Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UCSB

Sangwon Suh's research interests include how materials and energy are extracted from nature, how they are transformed and used, and, finally, how they are discarded back to nature, which forms the metabolic structure of the coupled, human-nature complexity. In addition to making important theoretical and applied contributions in LCA, MFA, I/O and their combinations), he also is contributing to the policy and economics literature. Although he has covered a wide range of resources, several of his most recent contributions have focused on carbon and water, in part due to his growing interest in the issues associated with biofuels.

Christina (Naomi) Tague
Associate Professor, Hydrology
Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UCSB

Christina Tague's research is focused on the interactions between hydrology and ecosystem processes and, specifically, how eco-hydrologic systems are altered by changes in land use and climate. Much of her work involves developing and using spatial simulation models to integrate data from multiple field-based monitoring studies in order to generalize results to larger watersheds. Reflecting that emphasis, she is one of the principal developers of the Regional Hydro-Ecologic Simulation System (RHESSys), an integrated model of spatially distributed carbon, water, and nitrogen cycling. RHESSys is designed to provide science-based information about spatial patterns of ecosystem health and vulnerability in terms of water quantity and quality. She is currently modeling the impacts of climate change on stream-flow patterns in the western United States and examining how urbanization alters drainage patterns and associated biogeochemical cycling in watersheds in Baltimore, Md., and Southern California.