Our MB2025 Presenters

MB2025_Logo_LargeDiane Moss – Founding Director at Renewables 100 Policy Institute; Former Environmental Deputy to Congresswoman Jane Harman

diane croppedDiane Moss is a Founder of the Renewables 100 Policy Institute and an independent energy policy consultant. She is a Wall Street Journal Expert Panelist on energy issues, and her writing on renewable energy policy has additionally been published by the Heinrich Boell Foundation, Today’s Facility Manager, Cleantechnica, Huffington Post, among others. Ms. Moss was Nuclear Campaign Consultant to Friends of the Earth on the successful effort to shut down the San Onofre nuclear power plant after the discovery of faulty equipment. She has also served recently as U.S. Policy Advisor to World Future Council.

Ms. Moss spearheaded and helped lead a campaign to defeat a proposed foreign liquefied natural gas import project that boasted a $100 million dollar lobbying arm. From 2008-2011, she as Environmental Deputy to United States Congress member Jane Harman, where responsibilities included helping to bring that campaign to a successful conclusion, assisting the authoring of a landmark appliance efficiency provision and uphold Rep. Harman’s historic efficiency lighting legislation and other energy and environmental efforts.

 Cordel Stillman – Deputy Chief Engineer of the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA)

cordelCordel Stillman graduated from San Jose State University with a BS degree in Civil Engineering. He has over 24 years of experience in the public sector in planning, design and construction management. His responsibilities at SCWA include development and management of all infrastructure and renewable energy projects.

With SCWA’s goal of “Carbon Free Water by 2015”, a number of projects aimed at expanding renewable energy technologies in Sonoma County are being developed by SCWA. Specifically these include solar energy, anaerobic digestors, wind energy, wave energy, fleet electrification, and the use of public funds to facilitate building efficiency in the private sector. Under his supervision, SCWA has installed a total of 2.0 MW of solar power in three separate locations and was instrumental in the selection of Sonoma County as one of the first areas of the country for the sale of the new Nissan electric vehicle. Stillman was also involved in the creation of the Sonoma County Energy Independence Program and is now leading the effort to establish Sonoma Clean Power.

 Robert Metcalf – Take Back The Grid

Metcalf Headshot.SunnyI thrive on simplifying the complex, and believe that transitioning to a renewable energy infrastructure is an environmental, economic, and moral imperative. 

My threefold clean energy solution strategy: 

• Leverages solar energy financing through independent investors
• Disseminates unbiased, straightforward facts about clean energy solutions
• Ensures high quality solar panel industrial and residential service delivery installations

As a boots-on-the-ground solar developer, and through my earlier work as a product and finance strategist for Solar Mosaic, I have developed deep insight into the logistical, technical, and financial systems required to create a “high-pen” future for our energy infrastructure.

As an accomplished engineer with multiple patent awards, my background includes serving as the primary fueling system architect on the Antares rocket launch site that was designed to resupply the International Space Station. I have also bolstered several small businesses ranging from my wife’s brilliant and successful line of May Lindstrom Skin products to founding and serving as principal engineer of Portable Composite Structures, a low-cost, rapid deployment structure for military and disaster relief applications.

Nathalie Gonzalez Nestor, Principle at Design-Manage-Sustain

Nathalie Nestor photoNathalie Nestor is an energy and environmental strategy consultant and program manager. Her consultant work focuses on helping companies and governments find solutions that are innovative, measurable and good for the environment. She has earned a reputation for leading complex projects, building consensus and being tenacious about getting results for clients.  This is done through a systematic approach to leadership, strategy, innovation and client development. 

Currently, Nathalie manages LA County’s Commercial Financing Program and The Energy Network’s Energy Lease Financing product for public agencies. She also provides outreach and marketing support for financing programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to her current roles in the energy efficiency financing market, she was one of a small group of founding staff members for Los Angeles County’s Office of Sustainability, established in 2009, and responsible for bringing together information and diverse agencies and stakeholders around green and sustainable services available in Los Angeles County. 

With 15 years of experience, Nathalie is a licensed architect and an urban planner skilled at program management, implementation and design.  Nathalie’s credentials include a Master’s in Architecture from the University of Washington, Project Management Professional certification, and an accreditation in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Committed to continuous learning and development, Nathalie augments her post-graduate work with executive education classes at Stanford. 

Chris Paine – Director, “Who Killed The Electric Car,” “Revenge of the Electric Car”

chris paineChris Paine is a filmmaker and environmentalist living in California. He is the writer and director of the acclaimed documentaries “Who Killed the Electric Car?” (2006) and “Revenge of the Electric Car” (2011). Other projects as executive producer include: “Charge” (2012) (about electric motorcycle racing), “Faster!” (2003) and “No Maps for These Territories” (2001) . His newest project as a producer is the Swedish film “Bikes vs. Cars” (2015).

On the environmental front, Chris founded the oil spill education site counterspill.com and serves on the national board of Friends of the Earth in Washington, DC. He has appeared on US media including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Nightline, Democracy Now, and Science Friday on NPR. Chris just returned from a year on the road in Asia and South America with a backpack and toured with the State Department’s American Film Showcase in China and Korea.

Paul Scott – Founding Member of Plug-In America


Paul Scott, a lifelong environmental advocate, co-founded Plug In America in 2005 to galvanize support and advocate for the manufacture of Electric Vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids that reduce America’s dependence on petroleum, boost America’s economy, and improve the global environment. As one of the nonprofit organization’s most visible leaders, Scott is regularly interviewed by global media and consults with auto industry officials, consumers and local, state and federal policymakers to advance clean-car technology. He is a regularly featured speaker at national conventions, universities, schools and elsewhere.

Paul helped create DontCrush.com, Plug In America’s predecessor, a grassroots group that single-handedly prevented some 1,000 production EVs from being destroyed by the auto companies that manufactured them. His work with both groups has included campaign strategy, research, planning and execution. He is among the key figures featured in “Who Killed the Electric Car?” the 2006 documentary distributed by Sony Pictures Classics, and consulted for the follow up, “Revenge of the Electric Car.”

Paul works professionally for Nissan as an EV specialist selling the new LEAF EV. He also works as an independent consultant for SolarCity, the nation’s leading clean energy company. He and his former wife, Zan Dubin Scott, owned a 2002 Toyota RAV4 EV for eight years, which they drove on sunshine generated by the photovoltaic panels on their home. He now owns a 2012 Nissan LEAF and a Zero electric motorcycle. Scott is former president of the Electric Vehicle Assn. of Southern California and a founding board member of Plug In America.

 Andrea N Giancoli, MPH, RD – Policy Analyst at Beach Cities Health District

andrea giancoliRegistered Dietitian Andrea N. Giancoli is a health and nutrition advocate, consultant and educator. She is a National Media Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, providing nutrition expertise to television, radio, internet and print media outlets across the country. Giancoli is also a freelance nutrition and health writer with articles appearing in Food & Nutrition, Environmental Nutrition, The Chicago Tribune, Healthline.com, etc. 

Giancoli currently serves as the Policy Analyst for the Beach Cities Health District’s Blue Zones Project advancing built environment policy projects that are consistent with and support Livable Streets guidelines. As an advocate she was the Nutrition Policy Consultant for the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA) authoring policy research briefs, and supporting cities in Los Angeles County develop and adopt healthful food and beverage polices. Prior to joining CCPHA she was the Nutrition Policy Specialist for the Los Angeles Unified School District working to implement landmark policies designed to improve nutrition environments on school campuses. As co-founder of Fit4School, she partnered with districts to design local wellness policies, and produce nutrition education programs for students and teachers. 

Giancoli also works with seniors to improve their management of Type 2 diabetes. She is a former instructor of human nutrition for the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension. Giancoli has held offices in her local professional association, the California Dietetic Association – Los Angeles District (CDA-LAD) including Public Policy & Advocacy Chair, State Media Representative and District Representative. She is a past recipient of CDA’s Emerging Dietetic Leader Award. 

Prior to becoming a registered dietitian, Giancoli was a television news producer for CNN, Extra! and CBS’s Day & Date. She is a graduate of UCLA, where she also earned her Master of Public Health.

Michael E. Mann – Distinguished Professor of Meteorology; Director, Earth System Science Center

MannTree-highresMichael E. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Meteorology at Pennsylvania State University and contributed to the International Panel on Climate Change work that received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. His book The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines (Columbia University Press, 2012) is in paperback, with a foreword by Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Dr. Mann was a Lead Author on the Observed Climate Variability and Changechapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Scientific Assessment Report in 2001 and was organizing committee chair for the National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science in 2003. He has received a number of honors and awards including NOAA’s outstanding publication award in 2002 and selection by Scientific American as one of the fifty leading visionaries in science and technology in 2002. He contributed, with other IPCC authors, to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He was awarded the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union in 2012 and was awarded the National Conservation Achievement Award for science by the National Wildlife Federation in 2013. He made Bloomberg News’ list of fifty most influential people in 2013. He is a Fellow of both the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society.

 Bill Mckibben – Environmental Author, Founder of 350.org

Portrait of Bill McKibben, author and activist. photo ©Nancie BattagliaBill McKibben is an author and environmentalist. His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages. He is founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement.

The Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize, and holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities; Foreign Policy named him to their inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe said he was “probably America’s most important environmentalist.”

A former staff writer for the New Yorker, he writes frequently a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of BooksNational Geographic, and Rolling Stone. He lives in the mountains above Lake Champlain with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern.

Congressman Henry Waxman

Congressman Henry WaxmanRepresentative Henry A. Waxman represents California’s 33rd Congressional District, which includes the cities and communities of Agoura Hills, Bel-Air, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Calabasas, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Marina Del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Palos Verdes Estates, The City of Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Santa Monica, Topanga, Venice, and Vista Del Mar. The 33rd Congressional District also includes a portion of the communities of Hancock Park, Harbor City, San Pedro, Torrance, West Los Angeles, and Westwood.

In January 2011, Rep. Waxman became the Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. From 2009 – 2010, he was the Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee. From 1979 to 1994, he chaired the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health and the Environment, and served as the Subcommittee’s Ranking Member in 1995 and 1996. 

A leader on health and environmental issues, Rep. Waxman has fought for universal health insurance, comprehensive Medicare and Medicaid coverage, tobacco regulation, AIDS research and treatment, air and water quality standards, pesticide regulations, nursing home quality standards, women’s health research and reproductive rights, affordable prescription drugs, and community rights to know about pollution levels. 

Rep. Waxman has sponsored a long list of health bills that have been enacted into law. These measures include the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (comprehensive health care reform), the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, the Ryan White CARE Act, the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, the Breast and Cervical Cancer Mortality Prevention Act, the Safe Medical Devices Act, the Patent Term Restoration and Drug Competition Act (also known as the Hatch-Waxman Act), the Orphan Drug Act, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009. 

Rep. Waxman has also authored laws that improved the quality of nursing homes and home health services and that set policy for childhood immunization programs, vaccine compensation, tobacco education programs, communicable disease research, community and migrant health centers, maternal and child health care, family planning centers, health maintenance organizations, and drug regulation and reform. 

Throughout the 1980s, Rep. Waxman championed national health care reform and improvements in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. He successfully led the fight for improved prenatal and infant care for low-income families, for protection against impoverishment for the spouses of persons in nursing homes, and for more services in the community for people needing long-term care. He has also been an advocate for prescription drug coverage in Medicare for people with high drug expenses. 

Rep. Waxman is a leader in efforts to assist the elderly by providing them with opportunities for better health care through such programs as improved long-term nursing care and better housing and nutrition. A strong defender of the Social Security System, he fought moves to reduce benefits and to increase the retirement age. He was a co-author of legislation that abolished mandatory retirement for Federal employees and raised the retirement age in the private sector from 65 to 70. 

Rep. Waxman has been a leading supporter of family planning programs and the right of women to freedom of choice with respect to safe and legal abortions, including the full extension of this right to lower-income women who depend on the Medicaid program. He has led efforts to stop any limitations on this right and strongly opposes the prohibition of federally funded clinics from offering abortion information and counseling. 

A longtime champion of environmental and public health protection, Rep. Waxman introduced the first bill in Congress to stabilize the climate in 1992. Since then, he has continued his work to advance legislation to avoid dangerous, irreversible global warming, most recently with the passage by the House of Representatives of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (also known as Waxman-Markey). Rep. Waxman was one of the primary authors of the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments, which comprehensively addressed the problems of urban smog, toxic air pollution, acid rain, and the depletion of the stratospheric ozone layer. Rep. Waxman also sponsored the 1986 and 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments, the 1996 Food Quality Act (which regulates pesticides), the Radon Abatement Act, and the Lead Contamination Control Act. 

From 2007-2009, Rep. Waxman served as Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the principal investigative committee in the House of Representatives. From 1997 to 2006, he served as Ranking Member of the Committee. As Chairman and Ranking Member, he conducted investigations into a wide range of topics from the high cost of prescription drugs to waste, fraud, and abuse in government contracting and formed a Special Investigations Division that prepared hundreds of investigative reports on local and national topics for Members of Congress. 

From 2001 to 2008, Rep. Waxman worked to oppose efforts by the Bush Administration to block congressional oversight and roll back health and environmental laws. He launched investigations of White House ties to Enron, contract abuses in Iraq, and the politicization of science. He also fought for disclosure of the names of the energy industry lobbyists who shaped the White House energy plan and filed suit to force the Administration to released “adjusted” data from the 2000 Census that corrects for the undercount of minorities. In addition, Rep. Waxman repeatedly fought efforts by EPA to relax important air pollution and drinking water protections and by FDA to weaken enforcement of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. 

Since coming to Congress, Rep. Waxman has earned the reputation as an expert on Middle East policy and an effective proponent of American aid to guarantee Israel’s security and survival. He serves as a Congressional appointee to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council and helped found the Congressional Democratic Israel Working Group and the Congressional Task Force Against Anti-Semitism. 

Prior to his election to Congress, Rep. Waxman served three terms in the California State Assembly, where he was Chairman of the Health Committee, the Committee on Elections and Reapportionment, and the Select Committee on Medical Malpractice. He was the author of such major legislation as the Fair Campaign Practices Act, the Fair Credit for Women Law, and the legislation establishing standards for Health Maintenance Organizations in California. 

Henry Waxman was born September 12, 1939, in Los Angeles, and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA and a J.D. from the UCLA Law School. He and his wife, the former Janet Kessler, have a daughter, a son, and five grandchildren. 



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