Laurie is the Director of Business Development and Marketing for Working Solutions, a non-profit microlender. She brings over 20 years experience in marketing and acquisitions of credit products, having worked as a Director at JPMorgan Chase and Citibank in New York City. Laurie lives in San Rafael and holds an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management and a BA from the University of Colorado.
Lisa is a serial entrepreneur who has started and built several companies. Currently she is
CEO and co-founder of Scollar, a company that has innovated the first open platform modular smart collar for animals which seamlessly integrates with a mobile app that stores vital pet data in their cloud service, and will act as a marketplace for the animal industry. Lisa has 25 years of strategic & financial planning and business development experience. She has served on the board of directors for North Bay Angels, is a co-founder at Green Building Studio which was acquired by Autodesk in 2008, and was also president at investorMetrix. Lisa has an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise from Dominican University of CA, and a B.A. in Electronic Music from S.F. State, Magna Cum Laude.
Damon is District 1 Supervisor representing San Rafael and its unincorporated neighborhoods. Prior, Damon was Vice Mayor of San Rafael, a two-term San Rafael City Councilmember, former School Board President, and former Supervising Deputy California Attorney General. Founding board member of Marin Clean Energy (MCE), he also served as Chair of the Board of Directors from June 2011- November 2014. He has also helped expand transportation options for local residents and worked to reduce San Rafael’s contribution to climate change. Damon served as a leader on the Green Ribbon Committee that developed San Rafael’s Climate Change Action Plan, the first to be adopted by a Marin city. He also helped San Rafael adopt a model green-ordinance with some of the toughest green-building standards in America.
Jenny has over two decades of experience as an attorney and advisor for mission-driven enterprises. She has helped her clients raise millions of dollars from values-aligned investors and raised over $1M for her own businesses. Jenny is certified as a coach by the International Association of Women in Coaching. Jenny co-founded the Force for Good Fund, which invests in best for the world companies led by women and people of color. She is the author of Raise Capital on Your Own Terms: How to Fund Your Business without Selling Your Soul (Berrett-Koehler, October 2017). Jenny earned her J.D. from Yale Law School and a masters degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. Jenny Kassan Consulting is a certified B Corp and member of 1% for the Planet.
Lili's work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes, and Fox Business. She's spoken to scrappy founders at Hacker Dojo and served as a financial expert for the American Express CEO BootCamp, covering everything from growth strategy, financial modeling, and raising capital. She has advised over 100 companies who went on to raise over $200 million and taught over 10,000 entrepreneurs around the world.
Paul is a scalable entrepreneurial and technology ventures expert in the San Francisco Bay Area. Paul’s background blends over 25 years of professional experience in start-up strategy, angel and venture capital financing, strategic planning and SBA lending. As The 10X Group founding principal, Paul’s specialty is working with entrepreneurial ventures to refine their business model, create an investment-driven business plan and prepare an effective funding presentation. He also advises CEOs and founding teams on these common start-up issues: legal entity selection, equity financing structures, financial forecasting and exit strategies.
Russ is a founding investor at: StubHub, Zillow (Trulia), HotelTonight, Ask.com, Canary, Wheelhouse. Also Founder/CEO of Payday and former CFO of Rolling Stone magazine. Lecturer of Entrepreneurship at U.C. Berkeley for 20 years and currently teaches the LeanLaunchPad course. Former CPA at Ernst & Young. He's the author of The Operation Manual for Business Growth. BS, Finance, Ohio State University. MBA, Marketing, Indiana University.
Steve is Chief Financial Officer for EO Products, an all-natural consumer products manufacturer based in San Rafael, CA. Prior to EO, Steve was the CFO of Zocalo, and was the President of Start to Finish, a wholly owned subsidiary of Trek Bicycle Manufacture. Fox received his bachelor’s in accounting from Northern Illinois University, and holds a CPA license. He is a member of the Rotary Club of San Rafael and Member of Marin Economic Forum. Past Board Treasurer for Nepal Youth Foundation; Current Board Member – Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership; Global volunteer experience: disaster relief work in the Philippines, development work in Kenya and teaching in Thailand.
CHRIS YALONIS — SUMMIT CO-CHAIR
Chris is Cofounder/President of VenturePad, Marin's premier coworking space, meeting center and entrepreneurship hub. Co-Chair, Sustainable Enterprise Conference-Marin; entrepreneur/senior executive with 25 years in market and sustainability strategy consulting, software and Web based start-ups, corporate and civic sustainability planning and execution. Chris is active in climate and sustainability initiatives as former Chair of the San Rafael Chamber’s Green Committee and former board member of the Marin Conservation League. As an educator and mentor, Chris has developed and taught undergrad and grad courses in entrepreneurship, sustainability leadership, customer development and innovation. VenturePad is the winner of the 2018 Joe Garbarino Small Green Business Award for the City of San Rafael.
ALEJANDRO MORENO S. — SUMMIT CO-CHAIR
Alejandro is Cofounder & VP Marketing/Operations at VenturePad; conference organizer and advisory board member for the Marin Sustainable Enterprise Conference, & co-chair of the CleanTech Summit & Finance Your Business Summit. Polyglot with a greenMBA in Sustainable Enterprise from Dominican University; B.A. from UC Berkeley in Int'l Relations; post-grad Specialization in International Business from Universidad EAFIT Colombia, and a Marinite for 41 years - he previously led marketing & operations with Marin’s former leading accelerator Venture Greenhouse. With over 30 years in sales/marketing in software/hardware, retail and wine, and 6 startup entrepreneurial ventures, he consults for small businesses and startups.
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