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City of Santa Cruz

Mayor’s Green Economy Roundtable

Community members joined Mayor Donna Meyers to learn about and shape the green economy focus of the City’s Climate Action Plan 2030 and Workforce Development Initiative. Guests heard from local organizations and industry experts on the demand for a greener economy and the outlook for green jobs in the built environment. Watch the recording below.

Meet our presenters…

AMY GROSS
Sustainability Lead, Job Aviation

Amy is the Sustainability Lead for Joby Aviation. Amy implements all company policies regarding environmental compliance and develops sustainability initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and Joby’s environmental footprint. Amy spent 11 years as the Environmental Programs Coordinator for the County of Santa Cruz. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and holds an Executive Masters in Sustainability Leadership from Arizona State University.

FELIZ VENTURA
Urban Solutions US Regional Director,
Director of Climate Economics, Hatch

Ms. Ventura focuses on making the business case for transformative climate investments for clients shaping the built environment in the 21st century. This includes analysis of how changing climate conditions impact the economic activity enabled by our physical, social and ecological infrastructure to define what is at stake, what benefits accrue from adaptation, and how to leverage these benefits to pay for needed investments. She is passionate about using data to communicate how climate action can make communities healthier, safer, and more prosperous. She has worked across the United States and internationally on topics including clean tech-led economic development, green jobs, and maximizing benefits from major public investments.

DENNIS OSMER
Executive Director,
Central Coast Energy Services

Dennis Osmer serves as Executive Director of Central Coast Energy Services. The organization helps low-income households with energy payment assistance and home weatherization services in six Monterey and San Francisco Bay Area counties primarily with the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). He is a former Mayor of Watsonville and has served on the Board of Bay Federal Credit Union for nearly 20 years.

LESLIE O’MALLEY
Waste Reduction Program Manager,
City of Santa Cruz

Leslie O’Malley is a Discard Management Professional specializing in Waste Reduction strategies and Recycling processes. She holds professional association certifications in Zero Waste Principles and Practices and was previously named Sustainability Champion of the Month by University of California, Santa Cruz.

Building bridges in the community and meeting people wherever they are on the hierarchy of Refuse, Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot are the keystones that guide her work as Waste Reduction Program Manager for the City of Santa Cruz, Public Works Department.

J.R. KILLIGREW
Director of Communications and Outreach,
Central Coast Community Energy

J.R. Killigrew is the Director of Communications and Outreach at Central Coast Community Energy. He spearheads communications, account services, customer engagement and community relations for CCCE’s current 395,000 customers which will expand to over 440,000 customers by 2022 with the inclusion of new jurisdictions across San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. JR’s background weaves together a dynamic mix of experiences from the non-profit, CCA, real estate, sustainability, climate action planning, visual story-telling and business development sectors. Prior to CCCE, J.R. worked at MCE Clean Energy, the first CCA in California, where he collaborated on MCE’s expansion of Contra Costa County and Napa County communities as well as significantly expanded commercial customer enrollment in Deep Green, MCE’s 100% renewable energy service offering. Before joining the CCA movement, J.R. served as Network Engagement Manager at ICLEI USA where he managed and supported a network of cities, counties, towns and regional agencies with climate mitigation and climate adaptation tools, resources, and technical support. J.R. holds a B.A. in Economics from Pitzer College.

PEGGY DOLGENOS
President and co-CEO, Cruzio Internet

 

Peggy Dolgenos is co-founder and co-CEO of Cruzio Internet, one of the first Internet Service Providers in the country. She has degrees in Management from Yale University and Computer Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to founding Cruzio, she worked for nine years as a software engineer at the Santa Cruz Operation, a maker of UNIX. As CEO of Cruzio, she has been instrumental in the company’s long record of financial stability and reliability, and in transitioning the company from dialup to DSL to fiber-optic connections over its 30-year history. She was Chair of the Santa Cruz County Business Council from 2015-17 and is still a member of the Executive Committee of that organization. She served six years on the Transportation and Public Works Commission of the City of Santa Cruz, one year as Chair. Most recently she has been involved in Cruzio’s Equal Access Santa Cruz project, which works with schools, community leaders, and philanthropists to build infrastructure to some of the most difficult-to-reach areas in order to get internet to low-income students and their families.