Infrastructure & Transportation Speakers
Tuesday, September 12th 10:30 am -11:45 am
The Silicon Valley of Water – Managing Water Scarcity in the Desert
UNLV Williams S. Boyd School of Law
A leader in the international water community for more than 25 years, Pat Mulroy serves as a Senior Fellow for Climate Adaptation and Environmental Policy and also as a Practitioner in Residence for the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law. She also holds a faculty position at the Desert Research Institute, where she serves as the Maki Distinguished Faculty Associate. Mulroy also serves on the Wynn Resorts Ltd Board of Directors.
MGM Resorts International
Cindy Ortega is the Chief Sustainability Officer and Senior Vice President for MGM Resorts International. She oversees the development and implementation of strategies for environmental sustainability and awareness throughout the company. These include natural resource conservation, sustainable new construction and environmentally sensitive company operations.
Nathan Allen is the Executive Director of WaterStart, a cluster of global leaders in the implementation of water innovation based in Las Vegas. Formed in 2013 through a partnership between the Southern Nevada Water Authority, the Desert Research Institute and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, WaterStart is a non-profit, public-private-partnership that aims to make Nevada a global water innovation hub and channel to the U.S. water market.
Allen’s professional portfolio includes experience in environmental sustainability, business development and research. His interdisciplinary acumen in higher education ranges from ground-up, innovative sustainability solutions to large-scale experimentation. Prior to joining WaterStart, Mr. Allen served as CEO and Principal of TerraSwell, which he founded as a response to environmental science and sustainability challenges encountered in the field. Allen’s experience in applied science includes previous positions as a Research Scientist and also as a Coordinator of Sustainability for the University of Arizona Biosphere 2, under which the Model City Research Program was launched. The expanse of this program included IBM Smarter-Buildings lab, hybrid fuel recharge stations, and urban water harvesting demonstration sites. Allen is a former Solar Technician for Arizona start-up Technicians for Sustainability.
Las Vegas Valley Water District
David L. Johnson is the Deputy General Manager, Engineering/Operations, for the Las Vegas Valley Water District and Southern Nevada Water Authority. He has been with the agency since 2004. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University. He serves on the Boards of Nevada’s WaterStart and the Silver State Energy Association.
Tuesday, September 12th 2:30 pm -3:45 pm
Nevada Electric Highway
Southwest Energy Efficiency Project
Will Toor is director of the transportation program at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), a Colorado based nonprofit that advocates for energy efficiency in six southwestern states. In this role he works to advance both smart growth transportation strategies and electric vehicles. Prior to working at SWEEP, Will spent 15 years in local government, as mayor of Boulder, Colorado, as Boulder County Commissioner, and as chair of the Denver Regional Council of Governments. He serves on the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission.
He is co-author of the books Finding A New Way: Campus Transportation for the Twenty-First Century, and Transportation for Sustainable Campus Communities.
He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago in 1992.
After a successful career as CEO of Pirelli Tire North America, Guy Mannino focused his efforts on sustainable transportation. He is a Pioneer of the EV industry; he started Verdek in 2007 promoting electric transportation and charging infrastructure. He has been involved in large projects facilitating the charging infrastructure in cities such Houston, Austin, San Antonio and has a strong presence in the State of Nevada. Verdek has installed thousands of stations across the US. Recently Guy has expanded Verdek’s product range by adding CNG fueling stations, LNG mini production plants and biogas recovery plants. He holds a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Rome, Italy.
Richard “Hank” James
Nevada Rural Electric Association
Hank James is currently the Executive Director of the Nevada Rural Electric Association, living and working in Carson City.
Hank has embraced the Electric Cooperative business model since the turn of the century when he left the private business sector and became involved with Wells Rural Electric Company in North Eastern Nevada.
He advanced to a senior management position at the Electric Cooperative, and, most recently, received an appointment to represent the best interests of the State-wide organization of Rural Public-Power entities at the State’s legislature… and, with Nevada’s Federal Congressional representatives, regulators and Federal agencies in Washington DC.
Hank’s professional career as a communications and organizational development specialist has prepared him to effectively represent, preserve, and promote Nevada’s Electric Cooperatives and Power Districts.
MODERATOR: Marie Steele
Marie Steele is the Manager of Electric Vehicles and Renewable Energy at NV Energy, a Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company. Marie has 13 years of experience in the energy industry in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. This is her second time with NV Energy and her roles have spanned across the organization with roles in Finance, Transmission & Distribution, and Renewable Energy & Smart Infrastructure.
Marie is currently exercising her passion of helping stakeholders design and exceed their sustainability goals in Nevada with a focus on the electrification of the transportation sector. She is a critical member of the Edison Electric Institute Electrification Task Force and works to expand policy and awareness in Nevada and the West through her leadership in Drive Clean Energy Las Vegas, Southern Nevada Fleet Association, Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator, Reno Tahoe Clean Cities Coalition, and Sustainability Partners in Northern Nevada.
She received her MBA from the ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Iowa.
Wednesday, September 13th 10:15 am – 11:30 am
Making the Market Move
Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada
As general manager of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Tina Quigley knows what it means to think big. In a city of 2.1 million residents and 42 million annual visitors, Quigley is at the forefront of visionary thinking and planning for the future. She recognizes that an enhanced multi-modal and technologically advanced transportation infrastructure will help ensure that Southern Nevada can continue to attract tourists, residents and new business. She has embraced and pushed for sweeping technological advances; she has advocated for future planning; and she has built critical partnerships to well position the region for ongoing and sustained economic vibrancy. With more than 25 years of experience in air and ground transportation management and a licensed pilot herself, Quigley leads the only agency nationwide that is solely responsible for a region’s public transit system, traffic management, roadway design, construction funding and transportation planning.
City of North Las Vegas
Jennifer Doody started at the City in July of 2001 as a Senior Engineer in the Development and Flood Control Division of the Public Works Department. In April of 2006, she was promoted to Manager of the Development and Flood Control Division, during the height of the great development boom in the City. Having the opportunity to lead this Division through the boom and bust of the North Las Vegas economy, Ms. Doody was able to hone her creative problem-solving and workflow streamlining skills. That experience prepared her to seamlessly transition into the key leadership roles of Deputy Director of Public Works in February 2014 and then Director of Public Works in August of 2015.
As the Director of Public Works, Jennifer manages the day-to-day operation and budget of a very diverse department that is responsible for permitting, building and maintaining all public assets. The department includes several divisions such as Development and Flood Control, Engineering and Construction Services, Infrastructure Maintenance, and Transportation Services., These divisions encompass work groups for Fleet, Parks Maintenance, Roadway Maintenance and Beautification, Building Maintenance, Traffic Operations, Land Development Permitting, Engineering Design, Survey, and Construction Management.
Under her leadership, the City has been recognized with five separate local projects of the year awards: North 5th Street 1C Bridge (2014 Nevada Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers Transportation Project of the Year); Las Vegas Wash Main Branch and Trail Improvements (2014 Nevada Chapter of the American Public Works Association Environmental Project of the Year); and Las Vegas Wash Trail Bridge at I-15 (2015 Nevada Chapter of the American Public Works Association Environmental Project of the Year); Centennial Parkway – Camino Eldorado to Lamb (2016 Nevada Chapter of the American Public Works Association Transportation Project of the Year); Colton Flood Control Improvements (2016 Nevada Chapter of the American Public Works Association Structures Project of the Year).
Ms. Doody serves on the Executive Advisory Committee of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada as well as the Technical Advisory Committee of the Regional Flood Control District. Jennifer was an officer of the American Public Works Association Nevada Chapter Southern Branch Board for more than six years and served in every leadership role including Southern Branch Chair. In 2014, she had the opportunity to be a part the Metro Las Vegas Leadership Las Vegas class for emerging community leaders.
Jennifer has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Bradley University, and a Master’s certificate in Public Administration from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. She is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Nevada and a Certified Floodplain Manager. Jennifer started her engineering career in 1996 with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources where she worked in the Division of Water Resources, planning and designing flood control facilities for communities throughout the State of Illinois. After moving to the Las Vegas Valley, she worked in the private sector for three years completing drainage designs for both public and private sector projects.
Ms. Doody enjoys serving the City of North Las Vegas and extends that love of public service in her free time by volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in foster care, helping to pack food boxes for distribution at Three Square Food Bank, and making dinners for residents at the Ronald McDonald house.
City of Boulder City
Michael Majewski is a native of Chicago, Illinois. He attended the University of Arizona where he received a Bachelors of Science degree in Area Development and a Master of Arts degree in Economic Geography. He is also a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at Oklahoma University and has obtained his designation as a Certified Economic Developer from the International Economic Development Council. He currently is the Principal of Spatial Economic Concepts, a consulting company specializing in research & analysis studies, as well as strategic plans for large scale real estate and economic development related projects and programs. Before starting his own company, Michael held the Director of Economic Development position for the City of North Las Vegas. His primary responsibilities included the formation and execution of a development program which enhanced North Las Vegas’ potential to attract increased employment opportunities and capital investment, and management of City operations in the development of a 16,000-acre master planned community. Michael also held the positions of Economic Development Manager for the City of Las Vegas, Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Provo, Utah and Chief of Research for the Economic Development Council, in Springfield, Illinois. Michael is active in many professional and community based organizations.
City of Las Vegas
Joanna Wadsworth is a registered professional engineer and serves as a Program Manager at the City of Las Vegas having nearly two decades practicing civil engineering. She has worked in both private and public sectors on a variety of projects including intelligent transportation systems and transportation planning and design. Most recently, she was a team member to develop the City’s Smart City Proposal for the USDOT’s Smart City Challenge. She is currently working with the City team to develop and implement the Smart City projects identified within their Smart City Challenge Proposal including planning for connected and autonomous vehicles. Earlier this year, she was involved in the launch of the first completely autonomous, fully electric shuttle to be deployed on a public roadway. A native of Las Vegas, Joanna earned her Bachelor and Master of Science in civil engineering. She is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
MODERATOR: Mayor Debra March
City of Henderson
Debra March was elected mayor of Henderson with over 55 percent of the vote in the April 2017 primary election and assumed office June 20, 2017. She previously served Ward II residents by appointment in July 2009 and through subsequent elections in 2011 and 2015. Mayor March serves with her fellow council members as the legislative branch of the Henderson community, with responsibilities that include setting policies and making decisions concerning many different aspects of local government for Nevada’s second largest city, which has been recognized as being one of the safest cities and best places to live in the nation.
Mayor March has outlined five broad priorities that will frame the city’s long-term efforts to improve on and protect what has been accomplished in Henderson. These priorities include enhancing transparency and communications, strengthening and diversifying Henderson’s economy, improving public safety, continuing to provide a quality community and actively participating to improve education.
Mayor March is the vice chair of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada Board of Commissioners, vice chair of the Clark County Regional Flood Control District Board of Directors and serves as council liaison to the Henderson Planning Commission. In addition, she serves on the National League of Cities 2017 Transportation and Infrastructure Services Committee and First Tier Suburbs Council.
A Henderson resident for over 25 years, Mayor March has a long track record of service to the city and her community. She served on the City of Henderson Planning Commission from 2004 to 2009. As a member of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce board of directors, she was on the founding board and first year advance chair of Leadership Henderson. She was the first chair of Southern Nevada Strong, which is now overseen by the Regional Transportation Commission.
Mayor March is a current member of the Management Committee, founding member and former vice chair of the Urban Land Institute Nevada District Council and is also an active member of NAIOP Southern Nevada, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association. She volunteers with the Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies and as a member of the Chairman’s Council of the Henderson Community Foundation.
She served as president of the Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities from 2012 to 2013. She is a past national board member for the American Planning Association and has served on the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, Roseman University of Heath Science MBA and Green Chips Trustee advisory boards. In addition, she graduated from Leadership Las Vegas in 1991 and is a former board member of Nevada HAND.
In recognition of her contributions to the community, Mayor March received a lifetime achievement award in 2015 from the Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies. She was named the 2013 Nevada Public Official of the Year by the NLC&M; recipient of the Associate Member of the Year by NAIOP Southern Nevada Chapter; and Citizen of the Year by the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors.
As a Nevada resident for over 40 years, Debra March has built a career of helping our community and our state be a better place to live. After graduating from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, she served as a state park ranger in locations throughout Nevada, where she promoted the value of parks and open spaces for a healthy quality of life. She moved to Southern Nevada as deputy administrator with the Nevada Real Estate Division, creating and implementing policies for responsible home ownership and, from 1996 to 2009, led efforts for the development of livable communities as director of UNLV’s Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies.
Wednesday, September 13th 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Brownfields Grants: Growing Fertile Opportunities on Barren Lands
United States Economic Protection Agency Region 9
Lisa Hanusiak is an environmental scientist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9 (Pacific Southwest) with over 29 years of experience. Since 2015, she has worked as a project manager with Region 9’s Brownfields Team, serving as the lead for the State of Nevada. Prior to joining the Brownfields Team, Lisa worked in EPA’s Superfund Program, Oil Program, and Quality Assurance Office, in private consulting and in an environmental testing laboratory.
Eileen Christensen is the Principal and founder of BEC Environmental, Inc. She has over 25 years of experience in environmental consulting. Her work focuses on the nexus between brownfields, infrastructure, clean energy, water quantity and quality, and socio-economic benefit. Eileen works with local residents, governmental leaders, and other stakeholders to identify potential mechanisms to bring their community vision to fruition through advanced planning, funding identification, and project facilitation. Since 2002, BEC has secured, on behalf of clients, federal grant awards totaling approximately $13.5 million and economic development support services that have provided a return on investment of over $900 million.
Nevada Division of Environmental Protection
David Friedman has over 30 years of experience working in the field of environmental geology. He received his Bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984. Working as a staff geologist for the Philadelphia office of the firm Woodward-Clyde Consultants, David was involved in the Remedial Investigations and Feasibility Studies of numerous Superfund sites in EPA Regions 2 and 3. David started working for the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) in 1998 and has been in the Superfund Branch of NDEP’s Bureau of Corrective Actions since 2009 as the Brownfields Program manager and the Carson River Mercury Superfund Site case officer.
MODERATOR: Rachel Dahl
Mesquite Regional Business, President, CEO
A sixth-generation Nevadan, Rachel currently serves as the President/CEO of Mesquite Regional Business, is a freelance writer, and has taught Political Science. She served on the Fallon, Nevada City Council, taught high school and middle school English and lived to tell about it, as well as Core Humanities at the University of Nevada.
Rachel worked as a campaign manager for Senator John Ensign, responsible for coordinating the campaign in 15 rural Nevada counties and then served on his Senate staff, managing the Carson City office. With experience in economic development, environmental and water policy, as well as her experience in education, Rachel brings a well-rounded perspective to her endeavors.
She is the mother of rugby playing neuroscientist, a well-driller who just made her a grandmother, and a 14-year-old eighth grader.
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