AREDAY Summit 2023 Speakers
Former Governor Bill Ritter
Center for The New Energy Economy
Served as Colorado’s 41st governor from 2007 to 2011, the first Colorado-born governor in more than 35 years. Governor Ritter established Colorado as a national leader in renewable energy by creating “A New Energy Economy.”
A 21-year-old climate justice activist based in New York. She is an organizer with Fridays For Future and the co-founder of Re-Earth Initiative, an international youth-led organization that focuses on the climate crisis.
Former US Senator
Timothy E. Wirth is the Vice Chair of the United Nations Foundation and the Better World Fund, made possible by Ted Turner to strengthen the work of the United Nations. Wirth was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986 and focused on environmental issues, particularly global climate change, and population stabilization.
Gender Equity Diversity Investments (GEDI)
Founder of GEDI, a gender-lens venture capital firm established by a team of expert and diverse investors, futurists, technologists, impact pioneers and global CEO’s. They are women with real-world experience at getting things done; things that matter, while generating strong financial returns. The GEDI network comprises over 200 market leaders and global experts.
Dr. Sylvia Earle (Virtual)
An American marine biologist, explorer, oceanographer, author, and lecturer. She has been a National Geographic Explorer at Large (formerly Explorer in Residence) since 1998. Sylvia was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and was named by Time Magazine as its first Hero for the Planet in 1998.
Secretary of State
Colorado’s 39th Secretary of State. She was first elected in 2018 as the youngest elected Secretary of State in the United States. She was reelected to the office in 2022. She is the youngest elected Secretary of State in the United States. Griswold grew up in a working-class family in rural Colorado and was the first person in her family to attend a four-year college and then law school.
Allison is President at EarthSpark International, where she builds climate solutions and opportunity. She specializes in rural electrification, smart grid, solar energy, smart meters, demand management, micro-grid, small-scale solar, SDG7, and proving what is possible.
Global Security Institute
President of the Global Security Institute, and Permanent Observer for the International Anti-Corruption Academy to the United Nations. He is an attorney, author, and international advocate emphasizing the legal and ethical dimensions of human development and security, with a specific focus on advancing the rule of law, international security, anti-corruption, and the threats posed by nuclear weapons.
Blue Planet Alliance
Founder and CEO of Blue Planet Energy Systems. A Dutch-born entrepreneur and clean energy visionary who has dedicated the past decade to the research, development, advocacy and implementation of renewable energy sources in his adopted home of Hawaii.
US Congressman Jason Crow
Represents Colorado’s 6th Congressional District and serves on the House Small Business and Armed Services Committees and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Whether combatting the climate crisis, creating better, higher-paying jobs for hardworking families, or preventing gun violence, Jason is focused on putting Colorado and our country ahead of politics and partisanship.
After a decade of practicing law, Madden was elected to the Colorado House and was soon chosen by peers to serve as Majority Leader. She built a national campaign team and managed all aspects of the House Majority Project in 2004, 2006 and 2008 (each cycle reaching record fundraising). Her legislative priorities included social justice & building the foundation for a clean energy economy.
Alexander E. MacDonald
Retired from over 40 years of federal service in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, MacDonald was a Senior Executive since 1990 and President of the American Meteorological Society in 2015. He was Director of NOAA’s largest research laboratory, the Earth System Research Lab in Boulder, Colorado.
Ravé Mehta is an entrepreneur, investor, bestselling author and a recipient of the Tesla Vision Award. He’s the managing partner of Flow Capital, a frontier tech investment fund and the founder and chairman of Water Ledger, focused on creating a water credit platform and market to replenish and recharge endangered river systems
Colorado State University
The 16th President of Colorado State University. Prior, Parsons served in various senior executive leadership roles at CSU and the CSU System and combines her higher education experience with a private sector background. As vice president of operations at CSU, she helped navigate through the fiscal challenges of the Great Recession.
Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis
Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis is a Haitian Grammy Award-winning, music producer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is widely regarded as one of the most successful and musically adept producers to emerge from the hip-hop era of the early 1990s, earning 3 Grammy Awards, over 16 Grammy nominations, a publishing catalog of 300+ titles, and 300+ million single and album copies sold.
Co-Founder and President of Global Choices, an organization with a mission to drive action on the Ice Crisis, prioritizing the Arctic and Antarctica. Sally has forty years experience in the environmental sector. She founded Global Choices, that advocates for action on the Ice Crisis, prioritizing the Arctic and Antarctica.
Thomas Van Dyck
As You Sow
Managing Director – Financial Advisor at RBC Wealth Management and a leader in socially responsible investing for more than 30 years. He consults on institutional and individual client assets, incorporating environmental, social and governance factors in investment decisions. He founded the shareholder advocacy As You Sow Foundation in 1992 and is active in the “Divest Invest” movement.
An American author, Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities, and professor of history at Rice University. Brinkley is the history commentator for CNN, Presidential Historian for the New York Historical Society, and a contributing editor to the magazine Vanity Fair.
Captain Paul Watson (Virtual)
Paul Watson Foundation
A marine wildlife conservation and environmental activist. Watson was one of the founding members and directors of Greenpeace. In 1977 he founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Watson has been awarded many honors for his dedication to the oceans and to the planet.
Osprey Orielle Lake
Founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International, working nationally and internationally with grassroots and frontline women leaders, policy-makers, and diverse coalitions to build women’s leadership, climate justice, resilient communities, and a just transition to a decentralized, democratized clean energy future.
Senior director of the Global Futures Laboratory and LightWorks, an Arizona State University initiative that capitalizes on ASU’s strengths in solar energy and other light-inspired research. He is also the Julie Wrigley Chair of Sustainable Practices and a professor of practice in the School of Sustainability and distinguished sustainability scientist.
Trammell S. Crow
An environmentalist, Crow founded Earth Day Texas – now known as EarthX – and hosts high-level panel discussions between liberal environmentalists and key members of the Republican Party as a way of bridging the political divide. He sits on a number of boards for environmental activist organizations. His environmental activism includes support for the League of Conservation Voters. He co-founded Texas Business for Clean Air and Texans for Clean Water.
Bill has a long track record of helping sworn enemies find common ground and win-win solutions. As the executive director of Californians Against Waste, he united Coors, Safeway and the Sierra Club to pass California’s “bottle bill”, the nation’s most cost-effective recycling law. His success forging a partnership between Mitsubishi and Rainforest Action Network helped catalyze the global deforestation-free movement…and also led to the founding of Future 500.
Colorado Sierra Club
Chair of the Wildlife Committee of the Colorado Sierra Club’s Rocky Mountain Chapter. An ecologist who conducts biological surveys across western Colorado. She also works as an ecologist with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program and as adjunct faculty at Colorado Mountain College in their Sustainability Program where she teaches Conservation Biology and Ecology.
Co-founder of Create Boulder, a professional musician, record producer, arts and nonprofit entrepreneur, and radio host/producer. He is most widely known as a longstanding member of the award-winning bluegrass band, Hot Rize, and as the host and founder of the musical and environmental radio and podcast program, eTown, based in Boulder, Colorado.
Has worked extensively on the Kyoto Protocol, creating and designing the carbon market that became international law in 2005, and wrote the wording for the carbon market into the Kyoto Protocol at the COP in Kyoto in December 1997. The Washington Post calls her an “A-List Star” and Time Magazine calls her a “Hero of the Environment.”
Climb For Conservation
Currently serving in the United States Navy as a Lieutenant JAG. Her prior legal background includes working as an attorney for the American Renewable Energy Institute and AREDAY. She is also the founder of Climb for Conservation, whose mission is to inspire mountain climbs that raise awareness for wildlife conservation and endangered species.
James Cromwell (Virtual)
An American actor and activist. Known for his extensive work as a character actor, he has received a Primetime Emmy Award as well a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Babe (1995). Cromwell has long been an advocate of progressive causes, particularly regarding animal rights.
As You Sow
CEO of As You Sow, the nation’s leading non-profit practitioner of shareholder advocacy and engagement. With a 30-year track record of success, As You Sow advances values-aligned investing and uses shareholder power to compel companies to reduce material risk on issues including climate change; toxins in the food system; ocean plastics; diversity, equity, and inclusion; racial justice; and wage equity.
Emerging Star Digital
An inventor, mobile & renewable energy and lithium expert, serial entrepreneur, and author. He is currently the CEO of Emerging Star Digital. He has over 25 years of senior level Wall Street & Technology experience, and has raised $150 million for funds and technology companies.
Director of Strategic Integration for ASU LightWorks and is an experienced energy executive. As Director of Strategic Integration of ASU LightWorks for Arizona State University’s incubator and accelerator for renewable energy technologies, he works across interdisciplinary research programs with national laboratories and major corporations to deliver renewable energy products.
An environmental artist, climate activist, exhibition designer, and cultural anthropologist that conceptualizes, curates, and produces large-scale art installations, creative experiences, and activation campaigns worldwide. She combines her passion and purpose for engaging diverse audiences in social progress towards a peaceful, equitable, and sustainable future.
Dr. Laurie Michaels
The 2030 Fund
A philanthropist based in Aspen, Colorado. She is the Founding Partner of The 2030 Fund and Founder of Open Road Alliance. Through Open Road Alliance, she has actively advocated for change within the philanthropic sector by highlighting the need for better risk management in grant making.
Director of EarthxCapital, with a mission to develop an investment & business ecosystem to help lead and catalyze impact & action in environmental sustainability, clean technology, environmental conservation, and climate change & severe adverse weather resiliency in the United States and globally with a significant focus on Texas and the broader South/Southwest. EarthxCapital is part of EarthX.
Serves as a Trustee of the 100+ year old Iliff School of Theology. As a law student some 40+ years ago, he was an environmental intern with the Ford Foundation on a grant program through his law school. In between he has had a full career in both private and public life with experience in executive positions, board governance, for-profit public, private, and non-profit organizations, as well as engaging in the private practice of law.
Principal of Grimley Capital with four decades of experience as a commercial real estate owner and developer of multifamily, retail and office properties in the U.S. and Canada. He is a Co-Founder and Board Member of One Earth, a non-profit initiative working to galvanize science, advocacy, and philanthropy to drive collective action on climate change.
The 2030 Fund
As Partner at The 2030 Fund, Maya leads all the day-to-day activities of the initiative. The founding CEO of Open Road Alliance and current Advisory Board Chair. During her 10-year tenure at Open Road, Maya led the organization’s evolution from a single-donor grant-making strategy to the world’s first impact bridge loan fund with over $15M AUM. During this time, Open Road made over $450 million in loans and grants to organizations across the globe.
University of Colorado
The University of Colorado Boulder’s first Chief Sustainability Officer. She returned home to Colorado in 2017 from Washington, DC where she served as the Director of Public Engagement at the U.S. Department of Energy as an appointee of President Barack Obama. Prior, Heidi was Director of National Outreach for the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and Senior Energy Advisor for the Worldwatch Institute.
An impact entrepreneur, regenerative systems and permaculture designer living in the mountains of Colorado. Alex is interested in the intersection of science and spirituality, technology and the natural world. His explorations are in pursuit of solutions for a better world and include the commons, regenerative cryptoeconomics, natural building and psychedelics as tools for individual and collective healing.
A professor of practice at Arizona State University, in both the School of Sustainability and the Cronkite School of Journalism. He is the director, producer and writer of carbon nation. He is currently helping to lead a $5.3 million research project focused on Adaptive Multi-Paddock (AMP) grazing; collaborating with 20 scientists and 10 ranchers, focused on soil health & soil carbon storage, microbial/bug/bird biodiversity, water cycling and much more.
Spectral Q Aerial Art evolved out of John’s work as an educator and environmental advocate. He saw a need for communities to express their dreams and to address urgent issues. A unique mix of human installation, aerial photography, and political activism brings together communities to create large-scale messages for the common good. Focusing on themes of health, human rights, social justice, ecological balance, democracy, and freedom, his work strives to liberate the spirit and inspire unity and creative activation through participation.
Center for International Environmental Law
Jane is the Campaign Manager on the US Fossil Economy at the Center for International Environmental Law. Since 2016, her work has focused on organizing and coordinating groups around the world and in her home state of Louisiana in the fights against petrochemical pollution and false solutions to the climate and plastics crises.
Mamo Sewigu Kakamukwa
Mamo Sewigu Kakamukwa (Mamo Rodrigo) comes from a lineage of Mamos that stretches through every generation of his family. Mamo Rodrigo is part of the Wiwa who, along with the Kogi and Arhuaco, are an ancient people of around 90,000 who live in the Sierra Nevada in Colombia. They are led by Mamos, spiritual leaders who guide with the wisdom that comes through knowledge, appreciation and custodianship of the natural world.
Canada and the United States created the International Joint Commission because they recognized that each country is affected by the other’s actions in lake and river systems along the border. The two countries cooperate to manage these waters and to protect them for the benefit of today’s citizens and future generations. The IJC is guided by the Boundary Waters Treaty, signed by Canada and the United States in 1909.
Design School for Regenerating Earth
Benji’s formative years were largely spent farming and ranching. A love for landscapes and interacting with the ways in which they are alive define him as much as anything else. He has long been determined to explore and discover possibilities for synergies between human cultures and systems and the ways in which we inhabit our places.
Blue Dot Capitals
Eduardo holds a master’s in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. As CEO of Market 8, Eduardo has had a strong trajectory as a successful entrepreneur and angel investor at dozens of SaaS (Software as a Service) firms in Silicon Valley and other major tech hubs in the United States and Europe for over ten years. He is the founder and General Partner of Blue Dot Project, a firm dedicated to creating funds to invest in large-scale planetary regeneration.
Climate Democracy Initiative
Founder and Board President for Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, a nonprofit formed to keep the planet habitable through collaboration and its LEED Dynamic Plaque certified Alliance Center in Denver, which licenses office and meeting space to sustainability organizations.
Jack”s Solar Garden
owner, manager, and developer of Jack’s Solar Garden in Boulder County, Colorado – a premier site for agrivoltaics in the U.S. He is the Executive Director of the nonprofit, the Colorado Agrivoltaic Learning Center, showcasing agrivoltaics through educational opportunities for students, community members, and policymakers about how vegetation, livestock, and people can work within solar arrays.
Zaga Josefina is part of the Wiwa who, along with the Kogi and Arhuaco, are an ancient people of around 90,000 who live in the Sierra Nevada in Colombia. They are led by spiritual leaders who guide with the wisdom that comes from knowledge, appreciation and custodianship of the natural world. Zagas are the female equivalents of Mamos. They hold the Ancestral Wisdom for future generations. They are the healers and hold the keys for the water, the earth and the air elements.
Food and Ag Entrepreneur
Founder and Owner of Sage V Foods, Pete has over 40 years of experience in global food cultivation and manufactuing, with a focus on organic rice. As an advocate for regenerative agriculture, Pete spends his “extra time and money promoting regen agricultureal programs and running field trials
The founder and executive director of the Presidential Climate Action Project, a nonpartisan initiative that works with national and international thought leaders to develop climate and energy policy recommendations for the President of the United States, Congress, and candidates for national office. He is a former senior official at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he specialized in renewable energy.
Rep. Tammy Story
Tammy Story is the State Representative of Colorado House District 25 in west and southwest Jefferson County. She serves as the Chair of the Capital Development Committee, and sits on the Agriculture, Water, and Natural Resources Committee, as well as the Public & Behavioral Health and Human Services Committee.
J Dallas Gudgell
International Wildlife Coexistence Network
Has nearly four decades of experience in environmental science, lobbying, human rights advocacy, social and environmental justice, individual and organization consulting, professional development consulting, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) training and public relations. He has been a backcountry backpacker since the age of 13.
Capt. Robin Tyner
US Navy Retired
A combat veteran with 25+ years’ experience leading diverse teams in air/land/sea operations worldwide, and in strategic organizational management. She also managed a $305M science and technology research portfolio, and facilitated the creation of Navy Task Forces Climate Change and Energy.
Keeling Curve Prize
Jacque Francis is the Founding Executive Director who created the Keeling Curve Prize and the Global Warming Mitigation Project (GWMP) in the fall of 2017. She is committed to investing her skills, expertise, and resources to help transition all of humanity to a future beyond fossil fuels as a judge for the Merck Future Insights Prize, and an official Observer for The Climate Investment Funds.
Coming from a line of strong women activists, Helena Gualinga continues her family’s legacy of fighting for nature and the Kichwa Sarayuku community in the Amazon. Co-founding the organization Polluters Out, she leads a global coalition of youth that demand the removal of fossil fuels from Indigenous lands, world governments, and international policy.
Rick Clark is the owner of Clark Land & Cattle and Farm Green Consulting and a fifth-generation farmer, who works to build soil health and achieve balance with the natural world. Rick has developed and is constantly improving a systematic approach to regenerative farming that includes incorporating regenerative farming practices with organic certification: ‘regenerative organic stewardship with no tillage,’ as he coins it.
The Open Mind Project
Non-profit corporation working to create awareness about the power of human narratives as drivers in social, economic, and psychological spheres, with the goal of assisting in the dismantling of unhealthy meta-narratives. We seek to explore and elevate more beneficial stories, broaden perspectives, and encourage identification among all people of common unity and interdependence. We approach this work through contextual education, critical thinking, human interaction, narrative collection.
Wildlife for All
The Co-Executive Director of Wildlife for All and board member of The Rewilding Institute. Both organizations work to protect the wild world, promote coexistence and democratize decision-making about wild lives and places. Dr. Lute is a conservation scientist and advocate with nearly twenty years’ experience in biodiversity conservation on public and private lands around the globe.
Atossa Soltani is the Founder and President of Amazon Watch, a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples of the Amazon Basin. Currently, Atossa is the director of global strategy for the Amazon Sacred Headwaters Initiative, working to protect one of the most bio-diverse ecosystems on Earth.
Andrea an award-winning photographer and filmmaker, and a writer. She is an adventurer and explorer, paying close attention to the impact of humanity on the natural systems of our world for more than 30 years. She is passionate about communicating the science behind our changing climate and the strategies we have for mitigating it. Andrea is the Executive Producer at the Arctic Arts Project.
An American film director, screenwriter and producer who has directed the films Climate Refugees, Fuel and Nebraska. His films have won several domestic and international awards. During the Copenhagen COP15 conference Nash, considered an expert on environmental migration, helped the UN frame the issue of environmental migrants.
Founder of econic earth, a California based 501c3 focused on solar based solutions impacting students living off-grid which she’s run for 8 years. She holds an MBA in Sustainable Business, and 20 years’ experience in the film industry. She’s currently based between California and Vancouver, Canada has explored 42 countries and counting, living in 6 of those and is a member of the New York Explorers Club.
A world-renowned environmental scientist, sustainability expert, author, and public speaker. His work focuses on understanding our changing planet and finding new solutions to sustain the climate, ecosystems, and natural resources. His groundbreaking research and insights have led him to become a trusted advisor to governments, foundations, non-governmental organizations, and business leaders around the world.
Director of a non-profit social enterprise dedicated to developing, implementing, and advocating for zero waste solutions in Boulder County and beyond as a way to address resource depletion and climate change. Suzanne manages a staff of roughly 65 employees and a $8.5 million budget.
Executive Director at Foundation Earth, a new organization for envisioning a human order that works within the planet’s life support systems. As a former filmmaker and Rainforest Action Network founder, he is a veteran of many high-visibility corporate accountability campaigns and has advocated for the rights of Indigenous peoples.
Co-founder of Ties to La Tierra. While completing a degree in Genetics and Plant Biology at UC Berkeley, she was privileged to serve as a research apprentice on a food sovereignty project with the Klamath Tribes and direct Speech at Berkeley. The speech team gave her a national platform for advocacy to educate hundreds of people on environmental and medical racism against Native communities.
Ocean Preservation Society
An American photographer and documentary film director known for his photography and contributions to National Geographic. In 2009, he directed the documentary The Cove, which won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.
Ocean-based Climate Solutions, Inc.
Founder and CEO of Ocean-based Climate Solutions, Inc., the leading developer of ocean wave-driven upwelling pumps that deliver critical nutrients from 500m depth to the sunlit surface ocean, triggering phytoplankton which absorb CO2 while producing oxygen and also providing the base of the ocean food web for all higher trophic species.
W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy
A philanthropist, activist and researcher involved in urban policy reform and private philanthropy. He is W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University Grand Rapids, Mich. He’s on a mission to help people become smarter donors.
A passionate advocate of global human rights, Jayashri has managed high-level campaigns, projects and events for the United Nations in her role as Manager of Special Projects, Head of Campaigns and Special Events Manager. Prior to her roles at the UN she worked as Director of Production for Culture Project in New York.
Varushka is a filmmaker based out of New York and Sweden and as is the Founder of Quantum Surge Productions and Xtopia Media. Varushka is currently in development with 2 feature film projects including a film she has written about fracking entitled “A Crack in Everything”.
Founder of the Kinship, which seeks to shift the cultural narrative from the fiction of human exceptionalism to the reality of interdependence and connection with the living world. Maggie is past President and CEO of the Climate Reality Project and the Climate Action Fund, working with Founder Al Gore to implement global climate leadership campaigns. She was the national President of America Votes and the Deputy Executive Director of the Sierra Club.
Dr. Ash Pachauri
Worked with McKinsey & Company before pursuing a career in the social development arena. Dr. Pachauri’s experience in the fields of public health and sustainable development emerge from a range of initiatives including those of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UN, CDC program interventions in the US as well as the POP Movement and the World Sustainable Development Forum, respectively.
Natural Capital Solutions
President and Founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS) which educates senior decision makers in business, government and civil society to restore and enhance the natural and human capital while increasing prosperity and quality of life. NCS creates innovative practical tools and strategies to enable companies, communities, and countries to become more sustainable.
Anne Marie Miller
Has worked in both the public and private sectors, and in close coordination with the United Nations, World Bank, and various IGO’s to implement clean-tech infrastructure in Latin American and the CARICOM region, where she served as a Diplomatic Attaché in 2011. In the process, she developed close relationships with members of government, the private sector, and the non-profit world.
Neal W McDonough
Began his career in the early 1990s with the Environmental Affairs Institute consulting with manufacturing, chemical and pharmaceutical companies on waste reduction, industrial recycling and environmental stewardship. In 1995 he founded “Your Earth Today” providing responsible environmental education to youth and their communities
A renewable energy and clean technology expert who serves as Chairman and CEO of the American Renewable Energy Institute (AREI) and is the Founder of AREDAY. He is President and CEO of American Spirit Productions and Managing Director of WEnergy.
AREDAY Summit 2023 is proud to announce the screening of the acclaimed new documentary Lakota Nation vs United States as part of IMPACT FILM
The documentary chronicles the Lakota people’s struggle to reclaim the Black Hills, the Native American tribe’s sacred land that was stolen by the U.S. government — that also violated a series of treaty agreements with them. Produced by Sarah Eagle Heart, Mark Ruffalo, and Marisa Tomei,
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AREDAY Summit 2023 is proud to announce the screening of the acclaimed new documentary Deep Rising as part of IMPACT FILM
Narrated by Jason Momoa the documentary investigates organizations that are extracting metals from the deep seafloor. It sheds light on the vital relationship between the deep ocean and sustaining life on Earth.
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AREDAY Summit 2023 is proud to announce the screening of the acclaimed documentary Climate Refugees as part of IMPACT FILM
This film is about what happens when an over populated world with lack of resources and a changing climate all collide with each other. An intersection of humanity that many are calling the greatest challenge mankind will ever face.