List of Presenters
Founder and Principal, The DeGannes Consulting Group
Dr. Karen DeGannes is a trusted advisor and strategist in the energy, public utilities (water, transportation and broadband) and environmental sectors and has over 21 years of professional experience. Her work focuses on systems and local level solutions that integrate climate change, asset/infrastructure management, climate justice, clean technology and risk. In the role of Principal for a major, investor-owned energy utility, she has shaped and implemented various California mandates associated with decarbonization, air quality, climate adaptation and resilience, ESG, and climate emergency management in the context of California’s evolving environmental and social justice policy framework, which centers disadvantaged and climate vulnerable communities. Her pioneering work leading a utility-wide, cross-functional team defined the utility’s gas to electric customer conversions, cut operating costs, and provided a blueprint for its electrification strategy. For her leadership in this work, she received the utility’s prestigious Margaret Mooney Innovation Champion award in 2018. Dr. DeGannes has designed pilot programs that integrate renewable energy technologies to reduce utility bills, energy burdens and improve service for low-income and working-class communities. She has managed extensive utility infrastructure and asset optimization projects for achieving California’s climate mandates.
Dr. DeGannes has held several technical and operational roles, including as Senior Analyst - Energy Division, with the California Public Utilities Commission’s Engineering, Environmental Studies & Customer Service Branch. In that role, she led environmental review, permitting and compliance for large-scale utility infrastructure projects. She has served as Project Manager for the Interconnection of grid-scaled renewables and as Senior Gas Transmission Interconnection Manager for municipal and corporate utilities, respectively. In her role as a utility regulator, Dr. DeGannes managed the oversight and evaluation of state-wide rate support, energy efficiency and demand response programs. She has shaped national and state-level environmental, environmental justice, hazardous waste management, and economic development policies in the United States and in the Caribbean and has served as a technical expert on gender and renewable energy and energy market transitions for international organizations such as the United Nations. In her native land, Trinidad and Tobago, she founded and led an environmental consultancy. She served as senior advisor to the Minister of Public Utilities and the Environment, the executive leadership of the Environmental Management Authority, and commercial and industrial entities. From 2001-2003, Dr. DeGannes co-founded and operated an environmental justice non-profit organization that provided data judo and other capacity-building services to environmental justice (EJ) and community-based organizations. She currently offers pro-bono services to EJ organizations working in the climate justice, clean jobs, decarbonization, and clean transportation arenas. Her formal education includes Doctor of Philosophy degrees in the fields of Natural Resources and Environment and (organizational) Sociology from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.
Partner and Co-Founder IberSun & IberSun, North America
Dr. Michael K. Dorsey is a recognized expert on global energy, environment, finance and sustainability matters. In 1997, in Glasgow, Scotland, Dorsey was bestowed Rotary International’s highest honor, The Paul Harris Medal for Distinguished Service to Humanity. Dr. Dorsey is a member of the Club of Rome. In 2013 the National Journal named him one of 200 US “energy and environment expert insiders”. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Yale and the Johns Hopkins University, presently Dr. Dorsey is a limited partner in the Spanish solar concern IberSun, s.l. Dr. Dorsey is a serial organization builder and leader in for-profit, non-profit, scholarly and governmental realms. In the non-profit realm in 2017 Dr. Dorsey and two former student collaborators co-founded the Sunrise Movement Education Fund. In late 2018 Sunrise co-orchestrated launching the Green New Deal. In the for-profit arena, Dr. Dorsey is an active investor and co-founder and principal of Around the Corner Capital—an energy advisory and impact finance platform. Dorsey is an advisor and early investor in CHGX an fossil fuel free ETF which listed on the NYSE ARCA in 2017. In 2020 Dr. Dorsey helped to establish the first of its kind solar professional organization for African Americans dubbed: B.O.S.S. or Black Owners of Solar Services. Beyond boardrooms and transaction Dorsey is an avid skyrunner and has completed two Norwegian arctic circle skyraces amongst others.
|Plenary 12: People of Color - Energy Production and FinancingThu 3/31 3:00pm EDT|
|Video: Young, Gifted and Brown: The New Face of Innovators in the Conservation SectorTue 4/20 2:40pm EDT|
Executive Director, Career Development School of the Environment, Yale University
Kevin Doyle is Executive Director of the Office of Career Development at the Yale School of the Environment (YSE), one of the world’s leading environmental graduate schools, with ten specializations and twenty Centers and Programs. Before coming to YSE in August, 2019, Kevin was President of an independent environmental consulting firm in Boston from 2007-2019, serving dozens of public, private and nonprofit clients throughout the US and its territories, with a focus on coastal management, clean energy, and workforce/professional development. Prior to 2007, he was the National Director of Program Development for the former Environmental Careers Organization (ECO), a national nonprofit organization that organized and managed more than 12,000 employer-paid internships and fellowships, including a national Diversity Initiative paid internship program. Kevin is the co-author of four popular environmental career guides for Island Press in Washington, DC.
Thomas J. Siccama Lecturer and Associate Research Scientist; Director of Research–Yale Forests, Yale University, School of the Environment
Director, Career Development Office Yale University, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
Founder and Creative Officer Grist
Deputy Regional Director North Atlantic-Appalachian Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service North Atlantic-Appalachian Region
Kyla Hastie became Deputy Regional Director for the North Atlantic-Appalachian Region in 2021. In this role, she serves with the Regional Director to oversee Service activities in 14 states from Maine to Kentucky, and the District of Columbia. She is directly involved in handling the region’s day–to-day operations to support efforts of the region’s more than 800 employees across 130 field stations. Hastie previously worked as the region’s Assistant Regional Director for External Affairs for 13 years, where she led a creative team of communicators who work with news media, Congress, and partners to tell important conservation stories. She was responsible for the region’s employee communications program. Her team also fostered government-to-government relationships with Federally recognized Tribes. Hastie is a graduate of the Service’s Advanced Leadership Development Program, and the Stepping Up To Leadership Program. She began working for the Service in the Southeast Region. Based Athens, Ga., she served in several positions, including public affairs specialist, Native American liaison, friends group coordinator and special event planner. Hastie began her career in conservation with The Nature Conservancy, working as a government affairs specialist in Arlington, Va., and as outreach coordinator for the Altamaha River Bioreserve in Darien, Ga. Hastie holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Tx., and master’s degrees in public affairs and in environmental science from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
Philanthropy Fellow, University of California - Berkeley, Haas School of Business
Associate Professor University of California - Santa Cruz
Sikina Jinnah is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at University of California at Santa Cruz. She holds a PhD from UC Berkeley in Environmental Science, Policy and Management. Her research focuses on global environmental governance, in particular in the areas of climate change, climate engineering, and the nexus between international trade and environmental politics. Her first book (Post-treaty Politics. MIT Press 2014) received the 2016 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award for best book in international environmental affairs from the International Studies Association and her second monograph (Greening through Trade, MIT Press 2020) was a finalist for the 2021 Canadian Political Science Association Prize in International Relations. Dr. Jinnah’s research has also been published in several scholarly journals, including: International Studies Review, Global Environmental Politics, Nature Geoscience, Environmental Research Letters, Global Governance, Global Policy, Climate Policy, and Science. She edits the journal Environmental Politics, is on the editorial board for the journal Global Environmental Politics, is a Senior Research Fellow with the Earth System Governance project, and is a member of the Stratospheric Controlled Outdoor Perturbation Experiment (SCoPEx) Advisory Committee. You can learn more about her work at www.sikinajinnah@com Twitter: @SJinnah2
UrbanA Fellow European Commission UrbanA Project
Shumaisa has been working at the intersection of food, health, and urban sustainability in London since 2007. Her work focuses on community food initiatives, the solidarity economy, and regenerative systems, and she has a particular interest in participatory methods of governance and research. She has worked at the University of Surrey, University of Brighton, and currently works for the National Food Service London and Phytology.