Last year's conference explored breakthroughs in technology, policy, and infrastructure that will help mitigate the existential threats that climate change poses to our environment, health, communities, national security, and economic well-being. Climate resilience is focused on developing solutions to climate change. This includes innovations that reduce the impacts of climate change by restoring our ecosystems; by enabling adaptation of our built infrastructure and societies; or by dramatically reducing the trajectory of causative factors.
Past Keynote Speakers
Gina McCarthyNational Climate AdvisorGina McCarthy is the first National Climate Advisor—the president's chief advisor on domestic climate policy—and leads the White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy focused on mobilizing a whole-of-government approach to tackling the climate crisis, creating good-paying union jobs, and securing environmental justice.
Sally BensonDeputy Director for Energy, Office of Science and Technology PolicyDr. Benson serves as Deputy Director for Energy & Chief Strategist for the Energy Transition at OSTP. Trained as an earth scientist and engineer, she is an expert on wide variety of topics related to energy and the environment. For the past 25 years, she has focused on deep decarbonization of the global energy system. She comes to OSTP from Stanford University where she is the Precourt Family Professor of Energy Resources Engineering, in the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences.
Sharon BurkeFounder and President, Ecospherics
Honorable Sharon E. Burke is the Founder and President of Ecospherics, a research and consulting firm. In addition to leadership roles at several civic organizations, Burke has spent much of her career in the U.S. government. Most recently, she was the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy in the Obama Administration and part of the Biden-Harris presidential transition team. A native of Los Angeles and educated at Williams College and Columbia University, Burke is a frequent public speaker, published writer, and strategic advisor.
Alice CaponitiDeputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Nuclear Energy, DOE
Alice Caponiti serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Reactor Fleet and Advanced Reactor Deployment in the Office of Nuclear Energy. She leads a diverse portfolio of research, development and demonstration programs focused on the technical and economic sustainability of the existing U.S. fleet of commercial reactors and the development and deployment of innovative advanced reactors. Ms. Caponiti is managing a new cost-shared program with industry to demonstrate multiple advanced reactor designs that offer expanded market opportunities for clean energy.
Brent ConstantzFounder and CEO, Blue PlanetFounder and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Planet Systems Corporation, a serial entrepreneur with expertise in biomineralization. Dr. Constantz founded Calera to address global climate concerns with aspirations to permanently sequester gigaton quantities of carbon dioxide in the form of carbonate minerals.
Alice HillSenior Fellow for Energy and the Environment, Council on Foreign Relations
Alice Hill is the David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment at the Council on Foreign Relations. Her work at CFR focuses on the risks, consequences, and responses associated with climate change. Hill previously served as special assistant to President Barack Obama and senior director for resilience policy on the National Security Council staff where she led the development of national policy to build resilience to catastrophic risks, including climate change and biological threats.
Kenneth HøeghHead of Representation, Greenland Representation in Washington D.C.Mr. Kenneth Høegh was posted to the Greenland Representation in Washington D.C. in August 2021. He has acquired in depth experience and knowledge within Greenland and the Arctic, Greenlandic social and business conditions, the Kingdom's foreign and security policy in the Arctic, including in particular bilateral cooperation between Greenland, Denmark and the United States. Mr. Høegh has a large network around Greenlandic society as well as networks in Nordic, Greenlandic-American and Arctic co-operation.
Eric M.V. Hoek, Ph.D.Professor, UCLA Samueli School of Engineering; Faculty Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Director, UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge.
Dr. Eric Hoek is a professor in the Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a faculty scientist in the Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and also the director of UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge.
Patricia HoffmanActing Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity
Serving as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity (OE) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Ms. Patricia A. Hoffman also served as Acting Under Secretary for Science and Energy from January 2017 until November 2017 when the U.S. Senate confirmed Mark Menezes as Under Secretary of Energy. Ms. Hoffman served as Acting Assistant Secretary for OE from January 2017 until October 2017 when the OE Assistant Secretary was confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Richard KiddDeputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Environment & Energy Resilience), Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Sustainment)
Mr. Kidd provides policy and governance for programs and activities that enable resilience and cyber-secure energy for weapon systems and installations. This includes budgetary, policy, and management oversight of programs related to climate change, compliance with environmental laws, prevention of pollution, management of natural and cultural resources, and cleanup of contaminated sites, as well as energy resilience, risk, and performance.
Viccy SalazarSustainability and Climate Advisor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10
Ms. Viccy Salazar (she/her) is currently on detail to EPA’s Office of Policy as part of EPA’s Climate Adaptation Leadership Team. She is a primary author on the climate section of EPA’s new Draft 2022-2026 Strategic Plan and on EPA’s Climate Adaptation Action plan which was released in October 2021. Prior to her current role, she spent 25+ years in Region 10, most recently as R10’s Senior Sustainability Advisor in Seattle.
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