Speaker Biographies

 

Justine Burt is the Future of Work Program Lead at Manzanita Works, a non-profit in the San Francisco Bay Area focused on improving the quality of life for workers and their families. Prior to her non-profit work, she spent 20 years consulting on sustainability behavior change for alternative transportation, energy efficiency, and waste prevention programs. Clients included NASA Ames Research Center, the U.S. House of Representatives, Alameda County StopWaste, businesses in manufacturing, distribution, wholesale, and retail, various universities, the Clean Coalition, and the Bay Area Recycling Outreach Coalition.  The Great Pivot: Creating Meaningful Work to Build a Sustainable Future, available from Chelsea Green Publishing, is her first book.


Chris Yalonis is an impact entrepreneur, community builder and sustainability champion. He has been cofounder and on the early teams of six tech and marketing service start-ups, including Autodesk and Survey Monkey. In 2017 he co-founded VenturePad, the North Bay’s leading co-working and entrepreneurship center. In 2018 and 2019, it was recognized as Green Business of the Year by the San Rafael Chamber and the Marin Conservation League. In 2018, NorthBay Biz Magazine named VP as Marin's "Gamechanger" Company of the Year. In the Spring of 2021, VenturePad launched its accelerator, a cohort based program providing expert coaching, peer support, cowork space, access to capital for scaling start-ups in cleantech, sustainable food and AG, wellness and personal care, and edutech.

Chris chaired the Green Committee of the 650-member San Rafael Chamber for 5 years and has been a leader in developing and executing the climate action plans for the city of San Rafael and the County of Marin. He has taught sustainable management and social entrepreneurship as a faculty member at Sonoma State’s MBA program. As the founder and organizer of Marin’s largest annual gathering of sustainability champions and business leaders, he and his team are in their 4th year of hosting the Marin Sustainable Enterprise Conference. www.venturepad.works


Cyane Dandridge is the Founder and Executive Director of two nonprofit organizations: SEI and the School of Environmental Leadership. Shortly after receiving her M.S. in Building Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cyane helped to design and launch leading-edge approaches to federal energy programs, which put her on a path to becoming a pioneer and thought leader in the environmental field. For more than 30 years, Cyane has brought energy efficiency, clean technology, and place-based sustainability solutions and career pathways to the academic, public, and private sectors. Cyane's entrepreneurial spirit, strategic collaborations, and commitment to equity are the foundation of her work to build leaders for a more resilient world.


Jennifer Green joined MCE in 2019 as a Manager of Customer Programs, focusing on MCE’s residential energy efficiency and Workforce, Education and Training program development and management. Jennifer has worked in the energy industry for over 15 years.

She began her career in energy as a policy coordinator for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, then moved onto a policy role at the San Diego Regional Energy Office (SDREO-now the Center for Sustainable Energy). She worked on policy and regulatory issues prior to transitioning to program management for CSE’s EE programs, ranging from contractor training to residential in-home energy efficiency assessments, to the development of municipal ordinances.

She holds an MA in Political Science with an emphasis on energy policy from San Diego State University. She is certified as a BPI Analyst and Envelope Professional and is a certified HERS rater for the state of California.


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