2023 Global Business Summit Speakers
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Ceres - United Airlines - Burns & McDonnell - TRC Companies - US Dept. of Transportation - WSP - The Nature Conservancy - Climate Resilience Consulting - International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation (IFRS) - AECOM - CPD - SBTi - Bentley Systems - Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning - GHD - Jacobs - Building Transparency - Aon - EFCG - TRANSEARCH International - Arcadis - Tonkin + Taylor - BST Global - Metra Commuter Rail - Stantec - Pollination
Appointed in June 2019, Aleman oversees an agency that employs more than 100 staff members who develop and implement recommendations in ON TO 2050, the long-range plan for northeastern Illinois that addresses transportation, housing, economic development, environment, and other quality-of-life issues.
She has over 15 years of experience developing transportation and land-use policies. She began her career at CMAP before moving to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), first as a bureau chief and then as director of the Office of Planning and Programming. During her IDOT tenure, she provided strategic guidance, implemented performance-based tools, developed the state’s first asset management plan, and was responsible for developing multimodal policy initiatives. Her master’s degree in urban planning emphasized design and development. She is a certified mediator, a strategist for the Obama Foundation Scholars Program, and a member of the American Planning Association & Women’s Transportation Seminar.
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
Michelle Bachir leads Sustainability Advisory in the United States and Canada. She guides Arcadis' existing North America Sustainability Advisory team as it responds to client’s organizational-level sustainability needs, focused on strategy, performance management, and reporting.
Michelle brings experience leading multidisciplinary teams delivering sustainability services across private sector clients.
Most recently, Michelle was a senior manager at Deloitte, supporting growth of sustainability advisory services for the company’s US business, with a particular focus on climate risk and sustainability reporting services.
Prior to working at Deloitte, Michelle has held positions at EcoSecurities International and Ecodit.
Managing Director Sustainability Advisory North America
Carlos Jr. is the President & Chief Technology Officer and a Principal Shareholder of BST Global. In addition to helping drive the company’s business strategy execution, Carlos Jr. mentors and coaches the next level of BST Global’s future leadership. He also works closely with the Operations and Product Delivery teams as a continuation of his responsibilities as Vice President.
Carlos Jr. joined BST Global in 1988 as part of the Documentation team, and in 1990 became a member of the Design team for BST RDBMIS. In 1993, he was named Manager of the Training and Support teams. From 1997 to 2005, Carlos Jr. was the Manager of the Product Development team — when BST Enterprise was designed, developed and brought to market. In 2005, he was named the Director of Design and was involved in new product development. In 2016, he was appointed Vice President, overseeing the Operations and Product Delivery teams to ensure they were supported to achieve their goals, and produce the most meaningful products possible. He was appointed to President in 2020, and Chief Technology Officer in 2021.
Carlos A. Baldor Jr.
President & Chief Technology Office
Amit specializes in evaluation and policy design to provide results-focused, human centered, science-based and market-driven solutions for sustainable impact. At Ceres, Amit works with Fortune 500 companies and institutional investors (with $64 trillion in assets under management), to promote a just transition to a decarbonized economy. He has pioneered the use of economic instruments for environmental protection and helped Fortune 100 firms understand development-finance issues.
He has developed new analytical techniques to evaluate projects for the UN IPCC and designed 30+ clean energy projects across 25 nations. Working for USAID, NASA and other U.S. Government agencies, he has coordinated ministerial-level decisions on sector-specific energy policies, regulations and standards to promote financing of clean energy and energy efficiency initiatives for G-20 and more than 40 other nations.
Amit was a Senior Advisor in the Office of General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Commerce and has worked for Winrock International, the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation, the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development and the United Negro College Fund, as well as for the Asian Development Bank and The World Bank.
Chief Economist and Senior Advisor, Just and Inclusive Economics
Jessica Barclay is a Managing Partner of the Environmental Financial Consulting Group (EFCG). EFCG is the leading advisor to architecture, engineering, and construction firms and leverages its 30 years of proprietary industry research and data to provide differentiated M&A advisory expertise, financial and strategic consulting, and executive conferences.
Jessica leads the firm’s M&A team, working with clients on ownership transitions, recapitalizations, inorganic growth strategies, and preparing firms for a sale.
Prior to joining EFCG, Jessica spent a decade in finance working with institutions, family offices, and private equity firms through her roles at Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, and Black Creek Group. Jessica received her MBA with Distinction from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where she was named an Edward Tuck Scholar, and graduated with Honors from Harvard University, where she rowed for the Women’s Varsity Crew Team for four years.
Bob is a civil and environmental engineer by training, and an ESG leader by avocation. He has held technical and managerial roles in the commercial nuclear industry, managed environmental and smart growth programs in the U.S. Federal marketplace, and lead a diverse array of client service-related work in the engineering consulting business.
Bob was a founding member of the Sustainable Infrastructure Advisory Board for the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, helping develop the Envision Sustainable Infrastructure Rating system. He currently is serving a 3-year term on the Envision Review Board, working to maintain the technical quality of that system. Bob spent four months in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, managing a temporary power team in the wake of Hurricane Maria, has guest lectured at multiple colleges and universities, and teaches the Envision Sustainability Professional credentialling course for both government and private sector organizations. At AECOM, Bob leads Global ESG Implementation, helping drive ESG concepts into every project we deliver.
Robert M. Beinstein
Vice President & Global ESG Implementation Lead
André-Martin Bouchard is an accomplished environmental industry professional with over 30 years of experience. Currently, he holds the position of Global Director Earth & Environment / Global Executive Director ESG at WSP Global, where he leads a team of c. 20,000 environmental experts and ESG professionals from over 35 countries. In this role, Mr. Bouchard is responsible for leading the design and execution of WSP’s global Earth & Environment Sector Strategy, and he also oversees the company’s global ESG program, which ensures that WSP’s work for clients is also linked to its own corporate ESG initiatives.
As a Professional Environmental Engineer and Consultant since 1993, Mr. Bouchard has held roles at all levels, from Project Manager to Global Director, and has established himself as an influential figure in the environmental industry, known for his outstanding accomplishments and leadership. Furthermore, as a seasoned environmental professional, Mr. Bouchard has provided services to clients in end-markets such as transportation and infrastructure, buildings, industry, mining and energy, as well as assisted organizations on various stages of their ESG journey.
Global Director Earth & Environment & Global Executive Director ESG
Edward Brauer is a senior hydraulic engineer in the USACE St. Louis District (MVS) and regional technical specialist in river engineering for the Mississippi Valley Division. He has 19 years of project experience, which includes navigation; environmental restoration; research on river-training structures, including physical effects and environmental impacts; sediment transport; geomorphology; field methods; and lock design on rivers within the U.S., South America, and Europe. He has developed and led classes on shallow draft navigation and river-training-structure design and construction (including EWN topics) for engineers in the U.S. and Brazil.
He is a member of the USACE River Engineering Committee, the chair of the River Engineering Working Group, the secretary of the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC) Environmental Commission, and an adjunct professor at St. Louis University.
Edward Brauer P.E
Senior Hydraulic Engineer St. Louis District & Riverine Practice Lead, Engineering With Nature® Program, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Denise M. Brinley is Vice President of Strategic Growth and Client Engagement at TRC Companies. Brinley will support TRC’s organic growth strategies and strategic planning.
She previously served as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Office of Energy and has also held other executive leadership positions in government agencies over the last decade. Her diverse experience spans energy markets, environmental issues, and economic development as it relates to decarbonization efforts across the spectrum of energy sources – including coal, natural gas, natural gas liquids, nuclear, solar, wind, carbon capture and storage, and hydrogen – in industrial and commercial operations.
Brinley received her B.A. in Geosciences at Franklin and Marshall College and her M.S. in Geology from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Vice President, ESG and Climate Advisory Group
Jennifer Brunton, a Senior Vice President at WSP USA Inc., is an accomplished civil and environmental engineer with over 25 years of experience characterizing and developing solutions for water resource-related challenges. Her niche expertise lies in meshing engineering and ecology principles to enhance the natural and built environment.
With an impressive track record of contributing to the protection and resiliency planning of miles of shoreline and the restoration of over 1,000 acres of habitat, including 12 miles of stream restoration, Jennifer's extensive experience and expertise in biodiversity and nature-based solutions has made her a respected figure in the field of environmental conservation and sustainability. Her contributions to enhancing the natural and built environment, and her passion for creating a positive, inclusive culture continues to inspire others in the industry.
Senior Vice President and NY Water Business Line Leader
Todd Cabonor is the Senior Director Safety, Environmental Compliance, and Industrial Hygiene at Metra Commuter Rail. Tom joined Metra Commuter Rail in 2013, and is an experienced environmental, safety, and sustainability professional with over 22 years of proven leadership in environmental compliance, FRA OSHA safety, team building, industrial hygiene, EHS audits, and sustainability measures.
Previously, Todd worked as an Environment Compliance Officer for RTD, where he managed environmental procedures and policies for the largest federally funded public Transit projects.
Todd has also worked as an Environmental Mergers and Acquisitions Manager for AEI Consultants.
Director Safety, Environmental Compliance, and Industrial Hygiene, Metra Commuter Rail
Michelle Carr joined The Nature Conservancy in 2013 after 16 years as an advisor at Goldman Sachs. In keeping with the Conservancy’s global mission “to conserve the lands and water on which all life depends,” Michelle leads strategic efforts to advance critical conservation work in Illinois and throughout the region. Her civic and professional experience helps the Conservancy bridge the gap between conservation and economic decisions to protect important places and change the way people and institutions use nature. Today, The Nature Conservancy is advancing a path toward a resilient and sustainable future, one in which people and nature thrive together.
Michelle graduated from St. Louis University with a B.A. in history and economics, Phi Beta Kappa, and holds a MBA from Vanderbilt University. She currently serves on the executive council of Chicago Wilderness, the board of the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern and the Cook County Land Bank board. Michelle is a consultant to the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission and is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. Michelle formerly served on the board of Links Hall, chairing the finance committee; and on President Obama’s National Finance Committee through his first and second elections.
The Nature Conservancy
Joyce Coffee, LEED AP, is founder and President of Climate Resilience Consulting, a social enterprise that works with clients to create practical and equitable strategies that enhance markets and communities through adaptation to climate change.
Coffee has 25 years of leadership experience in government, private, nonprofit, philanthropic and academic sectors. She has worked with over 200 institutions to create and implement climate-related resilience strategies.
She is an appointed director or chair of 25 nonprofit boards and initiatives including serving as a Technical Advisor to the Fifth National Climate Assessment and as board chair of both the Anthropocene Alliance and the UN Disaster Risk Reductions US private sector initiative ARISE.
She received a B.S. in biology, environmental studies and Asian studies from Tufts University and a Masters in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she sits on the visiting committee.
Climate Resilience Consulting
Marc Chabot is responsible for promoting best practices across WSP that enhance the relationship and experience between WSP and their clients as the Senior Vice President of Global Clients. This team aligns our core service capabilities and unique differentiating technologies to advance our clients objectives and the communities where they are located.
He is a versatile executive with a strong technical track record in the environmental business using his expertise to help clients innovate and become Future Ready.
Throughout his 27+ year career, he has led various corporate organizations delivering services to Government, Mining, Energy and Industrial clients globally.
Principal, Senior Vice President Global Clients
Matthew Dalbey is a proven thought leader in developing community-driven economic revitalization strategies at the local, state, and federal level. These strategies focus on identifying economic drivers, build on existing assets, and supports economic growth that improves environmental and human health outcomes.
During this administration his work at the US Environmental Protection Agency focuses on assisting coal and powerplant communities transform their energy sector economies and grow more sustainably.
From 2014 to 2022 he led EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities (later renamed Office of Community Revitalization).
He is also an adjunct faculty member with George Washington University’s Sustainable Urban Planning program.
Senior Advisor for Sustainable Communities, Office of Policy
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
As the technical service leader for sustainability solutions, Laura manages a range of environmental engineering projects, all focused on improving the world around us.
For more than 50 years, the Environmental Group at Burns & McDonnell has worked to preserve our global environment, mitigating risks, remediating sites and offsetting project impacts. For 12 years, Laura has helped create customized, innovative, technical and sustainable solutions for projects relating to materials management, water quality, remediation and renewable energy for state and local government, industrial, oil and gas, and utility clients.
Additionally, she has developed multiple corporate sustainability reports for transportation clients and several zero-waste plans for state and local governments, work that included significant public involvement and outreach. Intense focus on these topics, and in all industries, makes her job more exciting than ever.
Sustainability Technical Service Leader
Burns & McDonnell
Diana Farmer is the North American Regional Lead at the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). She joined the SBTi from one of its founding partners, CDP where she worked for several years as part of the Transition Accelerator team developing and driving campaigns advancing the adoption of environmental best practices. As part of the Impact team at the SBTi, she supports North American companies, financial institutions, policy makers, and SBTi partners to drive ambitious climate action through the adoption of science-based climate targets. Diana is passionate about corporate environmental stewardship, helping companies take science-based action, and driving data transparency to ensure we can achieve our global goals.
Prior to joining CDP, Diana obtained an MBA in Sustainability from Bard College, supported the research team at the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and consulted to Nasdaq on ESG disclosure. Before pursuing an MBA, she spent seven years working in the private sector serving transportation clients through her role at Odgers Berndtson.
North American Regional Lead
Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi)
Rodrigo leads the corporate sustainability strategy for accelerating net positive environmental impacts empowered by the products and services provided by Bentley Systems, a leading global provider of software solutions and digital twin cloud services to advance infrastructure design, construction, and operations.
Previously, Rodrigo worked in software development and applied technologies in environmental engineering and modeling systems: developing and implementing disruptive technologies for a) flood resilience solutions in cities and critical infrastructure, b) transport and dispersion of air and water pollutants in rivers, estuaries, and coastal areas. He has also executed and coordinated various R&D and consultancy services related to water resources management, environmental safety and preparedness & response to incidents, and innovative risk assessment methodologies.
Ross is Environment Analyst’s Managing Director tasked with ensuring our passionate team helps to deliver Environment Analyst’s mission and purpose to connect the environmental, ESG and professional services community and provide the intelligence to deliver a sustainable transition.
Ross has spent over a decade developing strong relationships with global environmental business leaders through interviews, roundtables and events in order to better understand the opportunities and challenges this industry faces. Through this he has become uniquely aware of the dynamics that shape the AEC industry.
Combined with his academic studies in environmental sciences Ross provides a lens into how ESG drivers interact with the business environment.
Luiz began his career at ERM in 2006 as Managing Partner of ERM’s Indonesia operations, and is now the Global Co-Lead for Corporate Sustainability and Climate Change Services. Luiz has graduate training in environmental policy and finance, and technical, commercial and operational (P&L) experience in the Americas, Southeast Asia, and Sub-Sahara Africa.
Committed to accelerating the transition to a low carbon economy, Luiz is inspired by a net zero path that includes carbon removals and reductions, underpinned by science-based carbon accounting and a just transition. He partners with clients to inform and accelerate their decarbonization journey, and has a track record with carbon risk management, due diligence, data disclosure readiness (from an assurance perspective), as well as lender-driven social and environmental impact assessment.
Global Co-Lead, Corporate Sustainability and Climate Change Services, ERM
Michael Johnsen serves as FRA’s Senior Advisor on Climate and Sustainability and has been with FRA for 10 years.
Mike has worked on environmental issues his entire career with non-profits, private consulting and with the Federal government, where he has worked in the Department of Transportation for almost 25 years.
He holds a BS degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Maryland and an MS degree in Environmental Science and Policy from the Johns Hopkins University.
Senior Advisor for Climate and Sustainability, Federal Railroad Administration, US Dept. of Transportation
Tom is an EHS&S Digital Growth Platform Leader within Sustainable Operations. Arcadis Sustainable Operations (SO) is where we help our clients with strategy and programmatic oversight for reliable and compliant operations, leading with our technical expertise across all areas of ESG & ESH&S compliance. We integrate processes, data, technology, and strategic change management to empower our clients to proactively manage their EHS priorities. We are uniquely positioned to leverage and scale our core strengths to address client challenges, bring together our real-world technical expertise with our credibility in program oversight and digital disruption.
Tom has 20 years in technology and solution sales roles, 15 of those years were spent leading digital and robotic transformation within large enterprise. He has worked with clients across many industries: Government, Life Sciences, Transportation, Aviation & Aerospace, Manufacturing, O&G and Chemical.
EHS&S Digital Growth Platform Leader
Jordan Knights is a research fellow from KPMG. At the IFRS Foundation, Jordan is on the technical staff of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB), engaging with industry, investors and subject matter experts to create, maintain and improve the IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Standards and SASB Standards.
As a licensed CPA in Illinois with a Masters of Accounting Science (MAS) and Bachelor of Science in Accounting (BA) from University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign, Jordan has provided professional assurance services for both public and private companies across a variety of industries.
International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation (IFRS)
Katrina is a Senior Advisor with GHD’s Advisory ESG, Sustainability & Resilience practice. Katrina’s area of expertise is in designing and implementing ESG/sustainability strategies and programs with stakeholders in-mind. Over the past 12 years, she’s used her stakeholder engagement experience to understand the needs of her clients and find ways to effectively engage and communicate what’s needed to drive ESG outcomes.
In addition to her consulting responsibilities, Katrina is the Sustainability & Resilience Service Line Leader for GHD. In this capacity, Katrina champions a culture that puts technical excellence at the heart of all client solutions. She leads a community of over 100 sustainability practitioners across the Americas in connecting to a global network, stimulating fresh technical thinking, accelerating knowledge sharing and enabling integrated ways of working at GHD.
Senior Advisor - ESG & Strategic Sustainability
As Director, Sustainability and ESG at United Airlines, Frannie is responsible for leading the development and implementation of sustainability initiatives as part of United's overall global environmental strategy. She leads a team of professionals and technical experts focusing on United’s ESG strategy, value chain, and strategic customer engagement with the objective of driving progress towards meeting United's climate ambitions. This portfolio supports United’s pledge to be 100% Green by 2050 and the communications and disclosures that tell United’s climate story with integrity, transparency and consistency.
Frannie is a business leader focused on not only addressing and mitigating environmental risks and reducing long-term liability, but also advancing strategic initiatives with a focus on environmental sustainability and resiliency. Frannie has worked in a wide range of market sectors across the country, leading various cross-functional initiatives that yield environmental and operational benefits. Frannie has earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies with a concentration on environmental science from St. Norbert College.
Director, Sustainability & ESG
Greg Levesque is vice president of external affairs and communications, overseeing policy, government affairs, real estate, environmental, customer relations, interconnection services, local relations and corporate communications.
Levesque began his career with ATC in 2003 and has more than 20 years of experience in the energy industry. Since joining ATC, Levesque has overseen several related departments. Prior to his current role he was director of corporate communications, policy and strategy.
Before joining ATC, Levesque worked as a regulatory analyst at law firms in Madison and Chicago. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin School of Business.
Outside of his ATC duties, Levesque serves on the Community Board of Directors for the Clean Lakes Alliance in Madison and the American Cancer Society Coaches vs. Cancer Board of Ambassadors.
Vice President of External Affairs and Communications
American Transmission Company
Eileen is a senior project risk advisor in Aon’s Power and Renewables practice. In this role, she works with power and renewable energy clients to provide holistic risk and insurance advisory services throughout the total project lifecycle—from pre-development through decommissioning. Eileen focuses on risk assessment, including refining indemnification and risk transfer schemes, and designing insurance requirements for power and renewable projects.
Prior to joining Aon, Eileen worked for a multinational insurance carrier where she led the major litigation claim group, which handled the company’s largest commercial insurance losses, as well as kidnap and ransom claims. She also served as head of construction claims. Eileen began her career in private law practice, where she defended contractors, manufacturers, property owners, and professionals and represented insurance carriers in coverage matters. She has litigated insurance issues related to environmental and construction matters across the country.
Senior Project Risk Advisor, Renewable Energy & Power
Justin is AECOM’s ESG Global Business Lead, working with AECOM's industry leading ESG experts across the globe to deliver Sustainable Legacies on all our projects (e.g. strengthening resilience, growing sustainably, transitioning to new energy solutions, achieving net zero emissions and improving social outcomes).
Justin’s 21 plus year career at AECOM has included roles as the North America EHS & Air Leader, Northeast Environment Regional Business Line Leader, and Industrial Market Sector Leadership roles.
Professional focus areas have included air measurements, due diligence / M&A, multi-media site investigation, EHS, multidisciplinary remediation projects at scale and programmatic client account management.
Global ESG Business Lead
Brett is Executive Leader – Sustainability + Digital and a Board Director at Tonkin + Taylor Group.
He has more than 30 years’ experience in consulting, management and governance, working with clients in numerous sectors including transport, water, energy, extractives, industry, government and international development, in Europe, Africa, Middle East, North America and the Pacific.
Brett holds qualifications in environmental sciences and economics and is a Member of the Institute of Directors (NZ), the Chartered Institute of Water & Environmental Management, and the Royal Society for Biology (UK).
Brett also serves on the Board of the Association of Consulting and Engineering New Zealand (ACE NZ) and is a member of the Steering Group for New Zealand's Diversity Accord.
Executive Leader – Sustainability + Digital & Director
Tonkin + Taylor
Alice joined Environment Analyst in 2023 as our Head of Research, managing our research outputs including our pivotal ESG Strategies - Accelerating Impact and Net Zero Goals in Consultancy report.
Previously, Alice was a Senior Analyst at Enders Analysis, a renowned London-based TMT research group. In this role, Alice was widely quoted as an industry expert, including in the Economist and FT, and contributed to numerous market insight reports and advisory projects.
She holds a Master of Arts degree in Geography from the University of St Andrews.
Head of Research
An executive vice president and business operating unit leader for our Environmental Services business, Susan is a dynamic leader recognized for forging strong client relationships, driving growth, and inspiring an inclusive team environment.
Her project and leadership experience span diverse sectors and geographies across the consulting engineering and construction industry. Susan has managed complex environmental programs around the world and provided strategic oversight of transformational business change. No matter her role, Susan is committed to superior client care and project delivery.
Susan is an advisory board member of the FIDIC (International Federal of Consulting Engineers) Global Leadership Forum and a member of OECD’s (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Executive Consultation Group supporting their Blue Dot Network. She has a bachelor of geology from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Science in geochemistry from the University of Chicago.
Executive Vice President, Environmental Services
Brett Roberts and his team are at the forefront of integrating digital solutions, products and partnerships into environment, ESG, and sustainability programs. He is charting the path to a Future Environment and Sustainability industry that enables more efficient and impactful ESG outcomes for clients. Brett’s collaborative approach to applying partnerships and innovative technologies accelerates progress for clients towards a zero-carbon economy and achievement of ESG goals. He has applied technologies such as centralized data management systems, advanced data analytics and Artificial Intelligence, data and document mining, Robotic Process Automation, real-time IoT enabled data collection, advanced visualization techniques like Virtual Reality, and developed software solutions to support client environmental and sustainability programs.
Over his 30+ year career, Brett has held numerous executive leadership roles. Since joining GHD in 2020, he has led teams to develop new digital solutions, products, and partnerships. He currently manages several of GHD’s key partnerships with technology companies and is also part of GHD’s Global Sustainability, Resilience and ESG leadership team.
Global Leader - Digital Environment
Rick is globally recognized as a leading climate change lawyer, and for two decades has advised governments, multinational companies, financial institutions, funds and project sponsors on the economic transition to a low carbon economy, including being a thought leader on carbon and environmental market transactions.
He is officially recognized by Chambers USA and Chambers Global as a leading climate change lawyer, an accolade he has held for 10 years.
Rick is a former Partner and head of Baker McKenzie’s North American Climate Change Practice; and former Chair, International Emissions Trading Association. He serves on the Board of Advisors to the USC Schwarzenegger Institute and was Awarded Chevalier of the National Order of Merit by the President of the Republic of France for his significant contribution to the preparation of the Paris Climate Summit, and the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
Hollie is a Principal and the Global Senior Director of Sustainability & Climate Response for the Americas Region at Jacobs. She provides consulting and advisory services to a wide range of public, private, and federal clientele. She manages the Resilience & Sustainability Business Advisory as a trusted business partner for our internal project delivery and growth as well as external client services. The Advisory serves as a portal into Jacobs’ vast technical services for logical, defendable, and fundable solutions as well as project definitions that help clients adapt to climate impacts, deliver resilience, and achieve sustainability.
In her 28 years of practice, Hollie has honed an integrated planning and delivery approach, with a particular focus on large-scale, complex projects. She is a Subject Matter Expert for Strategic and Master Plans, Feasibility Studies, Business Case Analysis and Site Selection. Serving all market and client types at Jacobs, she is a consultant and advisor who leads large, diverse teams of planners, designers and the full spectrum of engineers and technical experts to collaborate with decision-making leaders, scenario evaluations, implementation plans and highly resilient and sustainable solutions.
Hollie Janson Schmidt
Global Senior Director of Sustainability & Climate Response for the Americas Region
Paul Sherman has joined Burns & McDonnell to lead the firm’s national mitigation bank acquisition and planning effort. As project manager, Sherman is responsible for project acquisition and coordinating large-scale restoration initiatives. He also leads the development of financial underwriting requirements, regional market and project-specific pro formas, property negotiation and acquisition, project budget and timeline oversight, land use entitlements, environmental liability resolution, and identifying and resolving property rights issues.
Sherman has more than 20 years of experience with managing complex acquisition, land use entitlement and construction projects. Within the past three years, he has successfully helped achieve a range of terrestrial and aquatic restoration objectives valued at more than $100 million.
Sherman received a bachelor’s degree in environmental policy analysis and planning from UC Davis. He also is the co-inventor of the Organic Waste Material Treatment System (United States Patent 7316921) — a multi-stage process and system for treating organic waste materials.
Mitigation Practice Lead
Burns & McDonnell
Stacy Smedley is the Executive Director of Building Transparency, a nonprofit organization that provides open-access data and tools to foster a better building future and help reverse climate change. Building on 20 years of experience in architecture and construction, Stacy is focused on continuously developing and refining the resources, education and technological advancements needed to drive decarbonization and investment in green procurement. She leads a growing team of experts driven to execute on the nonprofit’s mission with speed, quality and efficiency.
Stacy partners with local, state, federal and global policymakers to inform and support low-carbon procurement or buy clean policies by leveraging the data and insights from the nonprofit’s cornerstone tool, the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator. She has been invited to serve on the GSA’s Acquisition Policy Federal Advisory Committee and as a member of the Industry Advisory Group for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings.
Chris is a Managing Director with TRANSEARCH International, co-founder of the Chicago office, and Global Practice Leader for Design, Construction, Technology and Environmental. For a quarter of a century, Chris has built TRANSEARCH into a global search leader in the environmental industry, including some prominent CEO & Board placements. He has helped industry leaders understand the motivations, passions, and thought processes of the leaders they hope to attract. Allowing for excellent decisions that deliver outstanding leaders who fit the client’s cultural, team, performance and leadership profiles, thus maximizing success.
Chris has an MBA from the Liautaud School of Business at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and he earned his Bachelor’s degree from Drake University in Economics. His specialties include; Global Executive Search, Human Resources Management, Talent Scouting, Executive Appraisal, Generalist, Succession Planning, Personality Assessment, and Investment Sourcing.
Managing Director & Global Practice Leader: Construction, Design & Environment
Lauren has over 15 years of work experience in urban planning, landscape architecture, and resilience, and is passionate about helping communities adapt to changing conditions and creating sustainable legacies for future generations. As the Vice President and Director of Resilience and Sustainable Development for U.S. East and Latin America at AECOM, Lauren leads a team of experts who work with clients to develop and implement strategies that incorporate climate and community resilience principles into projects and programs.
She brings diverse perspectives and experiences to the team, having worked in both public and private sectors, in different countries and regions, and on a variety of cross-disciplinary projects.
Vice President, Director of Resilience & Sustainable Development