Achieving climate benefits at scale: New markets and opportunities to leverage funding across the public and private sectors
Ashley Conrad Saydah, Climate Policy Strategist
Ashley Conrad-Saydah is a climate and energy policy strategist with two decades of environmental policy and management experience in state and federal government, non-profit and academic organizations. Most recently, she served as the Deputy Secretary for Climate and Energy Policy at the California Environmental Protection Agency. Ashley’s expertise includes incorporating innovative solutions in the built and natural environments to reduce climate change causes and impacts. She was educated at Princeton University and the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she was a Doris Duke Conservation Fellow. Ashley and her family live in Sacramento.
Dave Jones, Director for Environmental and Social Risk, The Nature Conservancy California
Dave Jones is The Nature Conservancy’s Senior Director for Environmental Risk, where he is working with the insurance sector to develop insurance products which take into account the risk reduction benefits of nature or nature based adaptation to climate change. Jones served as California’s Insurance Commissioner from 2011 through 2018. He founded the Sustainable Insurance Forum, an international consortium of insurance regulators developing climate risk regulatory best practices. Jones was the first financial regulator to conduct climate risk scenario analysis of insurers’ investment portfolios. Jones is recognized as an international expert on climate risk and insurance regulation.
Jan Mazurek, Director, Carbon Dioxide Removal Fund, ClimateWorks Foundation
Jan Mazurek, Ph.D. directs ClimateWorks’ Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) Fund. She has worked on energy and environmental policy at the federal and state level for more than 25 years. Before ClimateWorks, then-Governor Schwarzenegger appointed her to serve as Senior Policy Advisor to the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Before CARB, Mazurek was a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, advising on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency toxics, pesticides, and children’s health issues. Dr. Mazurek has testified on environmental policy matters before U.S. Congressional subcommittees. She holds a doctorate from UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs.
Javier I. Kinney, Executive Director Yurok Tribe
Javier I. Kinney is a Yurok Tribal citizen and is the Executive Director for the Yurok Tribe. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degrees in History and Native American Studies from the University of California, Davis, a Master of Arts degree in Law & Diplomacy, and a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk Law School. Mr. Kinney has extensive experience advising Tribal governments with expertise in areas of strategic actions, climate change, natural resource management, gaming, mediation, negotiations, public policy, economic development, youth empowerment, land acquisition, tribal governance, philanthropic partnerships, protection of tribal cultural resources and water and law policy.
Jamie Alexander, Senior Manager, Corporate Partnerships, Ceres
Jamie Alexander leads Ceres' work on the west coast to mobilize the private sector to align with the objectives of the Paris Agreement and limit global temperature rise to no more than 1.5ºC. In this role, she implements strategies that move companies to set ambitious emissions reductions targets, and to leverage their influence in support of strong climate, clean energy and clean transportation policies. Prior to Ceres, Jamie served as a Civil and Foreign Service Officer with USAID during the Obama administration and led an agency-wide reform effort to integrate local capacity into foreign aid programming.
Betty Yee, Controller, State of California
State Controller Betty T. Yee is only the tenth woman in California history to be elected to statewide office. As the state’s chief fiscal officer, Controller Yee serves on the boards of the nation’s two largest public pension funds – the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS). With a combined PERS and STRS portfolio of more than $620 billion, Controller Yee is engaged in advancing climate change investment policy and environmentally responsible corporate practices.