Speaker Program Video
NASA Showcase for Planetary Sustainability
Dr. Steven F. Zornetzer
Associate Director, NASA Ames Research Center
Steven F. Zornetzer was forrmly a neurobiologist and professor of neuroscience interested in the problem of how the brain processes information. Dr. Zornetzer has evolved from an academic to a dynamic senior executive at NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. Currently serving as Ames' Associate Director, he formerly served as Director of Research and prior to that as Director of Information Sciences and Technology at Ames.
In 2008, Dr. Zornetzer received the Presidential Distinguished Executive Award and in 2010, NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal.Leading the design and construction of the highest performing, net energy positive building in the Federal Government, Dr. Zornetzer's vision is to design an intelligent, adaptive building control system that will dynamically optimize the building's energy performance and working environment based upon the real-time demands to its occupants. Additionally, the control system is being designed to learn from its own past perfomance and to improve over time.
Dr. Zornetzer is the spokeperson for the NASA Sustainability Base. To view a video of his presentation visit: http://www.guampdn.com/videonetwork/776233725001/NASA-goes-green-with-Sustainability-Base-construction
VP of Business Development, Bloom Energy
Josh Richman leads the Business Development team for Bloom Energy Corporation where his primary responsibilities include new market creation, strategic partnerships, and legislative and regulatory affairs. Josh brings a history of investing, entrepreneurial, and political experience to Bloom Energy. Before joining Bloom in 2006, Josh was an associate at Greenrock Capital, a private equity fund focused exclusively on clean energy investments. Prior to his work in the clean energy sector, Josh spent six years in the political arena where he served as the political director for Congressman Patrick Kennedy and as a senior member of the Gephardt for President campaign.
Josh graduated with honors from Brown University and received his MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. While at Stanford, Josh co-founded the GSB Energy Club and interned at Technology Partners, a Silicon Valley cleantech venture capital firm. Josh served on the board of the Clean Tech Advisory Council for San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, and on the Sunnyvale Mayor’s Green Ribbon Sustainability Taskforce.
President and Executive Director, Sustainable Silicon Valley
Marianna Grossman joined SSV in 2009 with the goal of leading Silicon Valley to a more sustainable future by identifying and addressing the highest-priority environmental issues in order to build a strong economy, a healthy environment and a socially equitable community. Among her achievements is the development of the EcoCloud project, the WEST Summit and the successful rebranding of the organization.
Grossman's previous role includes Partner for Sustainability and Innovation for Minerva Consulting; investor in high-tech startups; and corporate roles in the automotive, computer and semiconductor industries. She founded the Palo Alto Unified School District Sustainable Schools Committee and was convener of the Peninsula/South Bay Working Group of California Interfaith Power and Light. Grossman earned an M.B.A. from Yale University and a B.A., cum laude, with distinction in Policy Studies from Dartmouth College.