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West Coast Green is honored and privileged to have a stellar Advisory Board. This preeminent group of experts brings backgrounds in green building consulting and design, government and non-profit agencies, architecture and contracting.

Board Members

 

Panama Bartholomy

Panama Bartholomy  
Advisor to Chairperson Pfannenstiel, California Energy Commission

Panama is a graduate of Humboldt State University (HSU) with a Bachelors of Science degree in Restorative Development and is currently a candidate for a Masters of Science in Community Development at UC Davis. He is an advisor for Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, the Chair of the CA Energy Commission where he works on Green building, climate change, renewable energy, transmission and biofuels policy. He previously worked for the California Conservation Corps on vocational environmental education and the Division of the State Architect where he ran the Sustainable Schools program. He has served as a judge for the Governor's Environmental Economic Leadership Awards program for 2003-2006 and most recently served on the Governor's California Performance Review. He tries to play Mandolin.

 

Rich Chien

Rich Chien  
Private Sector Green Building Coordinator, City and County of San Francisco

Rich Chien leads SF Environment's Private Sector Green Building team, and provides outreach and technical assistance while developing comprehensive policy initiatives to green San Francisco's built environment. Recently he led an industry stakeholder process to develop and pass the City's groundbreaking green building code for new construction, and previously helped to implement the LEED® Silver ordinance for municipal buildings.

Prior to joining the department, Mr. Chien worked as a city planner and practiced architecture, construction, and LEED/sustainability consulting in Bay Area design firms. Rich received a B.A. in Urban Planning/Environmental Design from U.C. San Diego and an M.Arch from the San Francisco Institute of Architecture.

 

Deborah Coburn

Deborah Coburn 
Founder & President, Natural Inspired

Deborah Coburn has been a high end, full service residential interior designer for thirty years, with the past twelve focusing on green design and healthy home furnishings. She is a published author and speaker, educating her clients and the public on color, products and design principles inspired by Nature.

Her commercial credits include designing model homes at the Community of Civano in Tucson, AZ (one of which was featured on HGTV "Homes of the Twenty First Century"), and creating the exterior color palette for Canyon Ranch Health Resort in Tucson.

 

Eric Corey Freed

Eric Corey Freed, AIA  
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Named "Best Green Architect" by San Francisco Magazine in 2005, Eric leads his 15-year–old San Francisco Green Building Architecture and consulting firm.

Eric teaches the Sustainable Design program he developed at the Academy of Art University and University of California Berkeley. He is on the boards of Architects, Designers & Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR), Green Home Guide and West Coast Green, as well as the advisory boards of nearly a dozen other organizations.

He is one of the founders of ecoTECTURE: The Online Journal of Ecological Design. His monthly column at GreenerBuildings.com is syndicated to over a dozen other publications. Eric lectures around the country at 40+ conference a year, and his work has been featured in Dwell, Metropolis, Town & Country, Natural Home and Newsweek.

When Eric was just 25 years old, noted architect and critic Philip Johnson described him as "one of the real brains of his generation".

Eric is the author of "Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies" (John Wiley & Sons), a best seller with 50,000 copies in print.

My vision for West Coast Green:
“West Coast Green is my favorite conference of the 40+ I attend each year. I look forward to it with great anticipation. The real fun occurs in the hallways, between the educational sessions, when I get to meet the most interesting and enthusiastic people.

I continue to serve on the advisory board as West Coast Green does the very important job of connecting people to this information.”

 

Kevin Danaher

Kevin Danaher 
Co-Founder, Global Exchange

Described by The New York Times as the “Paul Revere of globalization's woes,” Dr. Kevin Danaher is a Co-founder of Global Exchange, the noted human rights organization based in San Francisco. Kevin received his PhD in sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is the author and/or editor of 12 books, including his latest, co-authored with Shannon Biggs and Jason Mark entitled Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grassroots.

Kevin’s current projects include the Green Festival, and the Global Citizen Center, a nonprofit real estate model bringing together green retail, offices of nonprofit organizations, and events in downtown San Francisco.

 

Jon R. Dougal

Jon R. Dougal 
CEO, Innovative Building Materials International

A principal and founder of Innovative Building Materials International, a bamboo building materials firm in Emeryville, CA, Jon Dougal was the Sustainable Initiatives Manager for Armstrong Industries, responsible for training the company’s employees in LEED/USGBC certification, green building design and construction and introducing “sustainability” as a core value to the corporation. His experience encompasses marketing, new product creation and introduction, distribution & sales (regional & international).

A former building and remediation contractor, Dougal has been involved in sustainable design for 15 years, and views the future of humanity though his granddaughters’ eyes.

Dougal’s non-profit activities included consulting for the German American and International Cultural Affairs Institute of San Francisco on environmental marketing; co-Founding the Green Ribbon Panel for the City of San Francisco, and the ensuing Environmental Achievement Awards; contributor to the San Francisco Sustainability Plan; the ISO 14000 West Coast Working Group - a coalition of the top corporations and organizations of the S.F Peninsula; Founder of the S.F. Chamber of Commerce’s Round Table on The Environment, and the Central Valley Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council; Steering Committee for the Environmental Forum of Marin- a 26-week course on Environmental Consciousness; the City of Berkeley and Oakland’s Green Building Initiatives; Founder and Publisher of the BIPER Newsletter [Building Industry Professionals for Environmental Responsibility & http://www.iGreenBuild.com; Director and Board Member of the Environmental Remediation Foundation and the Hydrogen Partnership, both in New Mexico; Public Relations Manager of the Professional Environmental Marketing Association; and 1st Green Building Materials Showcase Director for ADPSR (Architects Designers, Planners for Social Responsibility).

An environmentalist for over 30 years, Jon was an early experimenter in waste-to-energy tire recycling, subsurface farming, eco-tourism, fish farming, and “greening” of the Board Room. He has been a keynote speaker for many professional organizations, including interviews and call-in shows on NPR and CBS. He currently co-hosts a Radio Program on green, sustainable building products at www.floordaily.net with Dave Foster.

 

Bill Burke

Gary Gerber  
President, Sun Light & Power

Gary has been designing and installing solar systems since he co-founded Sun Light and Power in 1976. Adhering to green business practices and socially responsible ideals, he also teaches classes in renewable energy, writes on solar energy topics for trade publications, is President of the California Solar Energy Industry Association, and serves on the boards of Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility and Build It Green. From 2004 through 2007, he has led his company to a prominent place on the lists of Fastest Growing Companies of both the East Bay Business Times and the San Francisco Business Times.

 

Bill Burke

Brian Gitt 
Executive Director, Build It Green

As Executive Director of Build It Green, Brian directs green building programs and initiatives that promote healthy, durable, energy and resource efficient green buildings in California. He combines passion and extensive experience working in the environmental and construction industries.

Brian was instrumental in organizing and launching a diverse network of building industry stakeholders committed to mainstreaming green building including the Public Agency Council, Builders Council, Suppliers Council, and Non-Profit Network. Brian is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional certified by the U.S. Green Building Council and a certified Green Building Professional by NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry).

In 2003, the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP), a national fellowship program recognizing leaders in the environmental field, awarded Brian a two-year fellowship. Brian received his education in ecological design and environmental studies at Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona.

 

Timonie Hood

Timonie Hood 
Green Building Coordinator, U.S Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9

Timonie Hood works on environmentally preferable purchasing and green building for EPA's Pacific Southwest region covering Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, California, the Pacific Islands, and over 140 Tribal Nations. She manages grants and partnership programs to develop innovative projects and build environmental capacity, coordinates training and outreach events, and has led efforts to expand EPA's Green Building initiatives. Timonie was the first Federal employee to become a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional, and received an EPA Silver Medal Award for her green building work.

My vision for West Coast Green:
“There is so much tremendous work being done to protect our environment by the green building movement, especially by those on the West Coast. Coming together to learn and share information at West Coast Green will spawn new knowledge and partnerships to improve human health and protect our environment.”

 

Marian Keeler

Marian Keeler  
Green Building Design Services

Marian Keeler provides green building services to architects, engineers and other design professionals as an independent consultant. Trained as an architect, she has worked most of her professional life in architecture firms. Her expertise spans knowledge of alternative materials and indoor air quality issues as well as grant writing, teaching, LEED documentation and writing on green design issues. Marian's view of high performance architecture is that it should be thought of through an integrated building approach, considering indoor air and environmental quality and resource efficiency (soils, materials, water. and biodiversity) as well as energy conservation and efficiency.

 

Mark Laliberte

Mark Laliberte  
Building Science Specialist and Trainer

Mark teaches, consults and speaks to over 7,000 builders, architects and consumers each year. His primary focus is on energy efficient construction practices and systems approach building. Mark presents at EEBA, Affordable Comfort, NAHB, Healthy Indoor Environments Conference, Andersen Window Corp. and The American Thoracic National Conferences. Topics include: airtight construction practices and techniques, indoor air quality problems and solutions, ventilation system design, building pressure regimes, improving building durability, and marketing high performance homes and buildings.

 

Miriam Landman

Miriam Landman  
Green building advisor and writer, M. Landman Communications & Consulting

Miriam Landman writes, consults, and gives educational presentations on the use of healthy and sustainable practices in the planning, design, and construction of homes and developments. She has been involved in the sustainable development arena for almost fifteen years. Prior to founding M. Landman Communications & Consulting, she served as senior associate with Simon & Associates Green Building Consultants, where she worked on many LEED certified projects as a LEED Accredited Professional. Previously, she worked with Global Green USA and Mostue & Associates Architects, and was a reporter and producer for National Public Radio's Living on Earth program. (More information at www.mlandman.com)

My vision for West Coast Green:
“West Coast Green is taking green building events to the next level by providing big-picture inspiration as well as cutting-edge and practical information that will enable residentially-focused building professionals and consumers not only to build better but also to live better.”

 

Mark Palmer

Mark Palmer  
Green Building Coordinator, City and County of San Francisco

Mark Palmer's passion for the environment manifests in his work as Green Building Coordinator for the city and county of San Francisco. But in addition to reducing the industry's affect on the environment, his aim is to reduce the cost of doing business by designing buildings that use less energy, save more water, and use materials more wisely than conventional structures. To do this he draws on a background rich in the study of alternative energy and marked by 30 years devoted to enhancing sustainability in the construction industry.

My vision for West Coast Green:
“West Coast Green brings together building owners, developers, designers, real estate professionals and contractors to a vibrant marketplace of ideas, products, and inspiration. West Coast Green will advance our common vision of regenerative and sustainable communities by addressing development that's good for people, profit and the planet.”

 

Joanie Parsons

Joanie Parsons  
President, Parsons Public Relations

Joanie is the strategic visionary behind Parsons Public Relations, a Seattle-based full-service communications firm representing extraordinary clients who share our passion for making the world a better place.

Joanie founded Parsons Public Relations in 1992 with the belief that a small company can deliver big results while offering a personal, hands-on approach to client service. Whether pursuing new business opportunities, overseeing client projects, or facilitating a strategy session, Joanie focuses on the big picture, using her fine-tuned business savvy and creativity to identify the best synergies for success. Joanie lives the core values of the Parsons Public Relations organization – giving back to the local and global communities in which she works, lives, and plays. The company's community giving program, Parsons GoodWorks, contributes each year to a variety of organizations, including Children's Home Society, Futurewise, and Esación Las Tortugas (leatherback sea turtle conservation program in Costa Rica).

My vision for West Coast Green:
“Our partnership with West coast Green dramatically increases awareness and excitement among homeowners and trade about the present and future of green building practices.”

 

Marc Richmond

Marc Richmond  
President, Practica Consulting

Mr. Richmond has spent 18 years both as a builder and green building consultant. He is nationally recognized for developing educational programs, helping professionals effectively implement green building, and teaching consumers to make informed decisions. Since 2002, he's been instrumental in developing the California residential green building marketplace, training local governments and building professionals, and in developing educational and certification programs, policies, and resources for Build It Green and Alameda County Waste Management Authority. Prior to that, he was with the Austin Energy Green Building Program and was the founding co-chairman of the USGBC's LEED for Homes Steering Committee.

 

Donald Simon

Donald Simon 
Attorney, Wendel Rosen Black & Dean, LLP

Donald Is An Attorney At Oakland's Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean Focused On Green Business. He's A Devoted Leader And Pragmatic Strategist For The Sustainability Community, Including USGBC, Build It Green, U.N. World Environment Day And Others.

 

Cameron Sinclair

Cameron Sinclair 
Executive Director, Architects for Humanity

Cameron Sinclair is the co-founder, eternal optimist for and executive director of Architecture for Humanity, a 501(c)3 charitable organization which promotes architecture and design solutions to humanitarian crises and provides design services to communities in need. Currently he is working in fourteen countries on projects ranging from school, health clinics, affordable housing and long term sustainable reconstruction.

With funds from a a TED Prize received in 2006 Cameron and co-founder Kate Stohr launched the Open Architecture Network, the worlds' first open source community dedicated to improving living conditions through innovative and sustainable design.

"Design Like You Give A Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises" (May 2006, Metropolis Books is Cameron and Kate's compendium on socially conscious design.

 

Jonathan Solomon

Jonathan Solomon 

As an entrepreneur, executive, investor and advisor, Jonathan has over 20 years of experience working with small to mid-size companies.

Jonathan is presently a founder of the privately held ECM Investments LLC, which invests and provides advisory services to promising start-ups and small companies in the green technology sector. Investments range from electronic mail services to solar installation franchises. Advisory services include assistance with recruiting, capital raising, sales and operational improvements.

Prior to ECM Investments LLC, Jonathan served as CEO of iForce Ltd, a $100M transportation and logistics company with offices in 4 countries and approximately 1000 employees. Customers included John Lewis, Boots Healthcare, Tesco, General Motors, Colgate Palmolive, Procter & Gamble, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Kodak, and Cadbury's.

Previous employment includes positions as President/COO at Tablogix Limited, with headquarters in the UK, and CEO/Founder of JD Logistics Inc, based in Moscow, Russia.

Jonathan holds an MS from the Stanford Graduate School of Business (Sloan Fellow) and undergraduate degree from Syracuse University.

 

Sim Van Der Ryn

Sim Van der Ryn 

Sim Van der Ryn is internationally recognized as a leading pioneer in the sustainable design movement. A recent New York Times profile writes, “Long before sustainability became the buzzword du jour, there was Sim Van der Ryn, the intrepid pioneer on the eco-frontier". His career includes 35 years teaching at UC Berkeley, serving as California’s first energy-conscious State Architect, many award-winning years in practice, and the author of seven influential books including, most recently, "Design For Life".

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