Plenary Panel: Progress toward 100% Renewable Energy – Actions in the U.S. *

Plenary Panel: Progress toward 100% Renewable Energy – Actions in the U.S. *

* Approved for (1, 1.5, 1.75) AIA Continuing Education System (CES) Learning Units


Moderator: Dave Renné


Opening Remarks: Carly Rixham



Debbie RaphaelDebbie Raphael

In 2014, Mayor Ed Lee appointed Debbie Raphael as the Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment, a city agency that creates visionary policies and programs to ensure a sustainable future for San Francisco. Raphael returned to San Francisco after three years leading the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, where she launched the rollout of California’s landmark Green Chemistry Initiative and worked to protect the public and environment from toxic harm. Raphael believes that cities like San Francisco are incubators for bold action that results in meaningful change. Her approach to environmental decision-making focuses on using the best available science and robust stakeholder interaction to ensure that all voices are honored.

In 20 years of public service at city, county, and state levels, Raphael has implemented groundbreaking policies, initiatives and campaigns around toxics reduction, green building, climate action, community engagement and environmentally preferable purchasing. She graduated with honors in biology from the University of California, Berkeley, was a Smithsonian and National Science Foundation fellow, and has a Master’s degree in Physiological Plant Ecology from UCLA.



Jodie Van Horn PhotoJodie Van Horn

Jodie Van Horn leads the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign, which accelerates an equitable transition to 100% clean, renewable energy in cities across the U.S.  For over a decade Jodie has worked to combat climate change by advocating for bold clean energy solutions. She previously held positions at Rainforest Action Network and GoodGuide. Jodie joined the Sierra Club in 2011 after winning a campaign at Greenpeace International that helped Facebook “Unfriend Coal” and commit to 100% renewable energy. She serves on the board of Black Rock Solar, an organization that promotes economic development and energy independence for not-for- profits, tribes, and under-served communities by providing access to clean energy, education, and job training.



Betsy Agar PhotoBetsy Agar

Betsy Agar is the Research Manager at and founding member of Renewable Cities, a Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue program. Betsy oversees the program’s research, collaborates with global colleagues working to accelerate the growing 100 percent renewable energy movement, and designs dialogues aimed at exposing barriers and opportunities for cities implementing renewable energy plans. Bringing her building science expertise together with her love of old cities, Betsy views rehabilitation as an opportunity to make urban “ecosystems” hubs of sustainability and anchors of communities’ sense of place.



Angelina GalitevaAngelina Galiteva

Angelina Galiteva was appointed by California’s Governor and confirmed by the State Senate to the 5 member Board of Governors of the California Independent System Operator Corporation in 2011 and again in 2014. The Independent System Operator is responsible for the reliable operation of the power grid in the state of California and for the efficient operation of the electricity market, including the integration of renewable energy project as mandated by State Law. Ms. Galiteva actively works to structure and advance the implementation of cutting edge energy policies that reflect the increasing role of renewable energy as well as the growing interconnection between renewables, storage, mobility, distributed energy, water storage and desalination technologies worldwide. In the non-government organization (NGO) arena, she is the founder and Chair of the Board for the Renewables 100 Policy Institute and also serves as the Chairperson for the World Council for Renewable Energy. Both organizations are dedicated to the successful deployment of renewable energy technologies and the policies that support them on a global scale. Ms. Galiteva, is also a Principal at NEOptions, Inc., a renewable energy and new technology product design firm focused on developing innovative solar powered solutions. Her industry experience includes serving as Executive Director of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and head of its Green LA, Environmental Affairs and New Product Development Organization. While at the largest municipal utility in the USA, she was responsible for strategic positioning and the environmental compliance departments. Her career also includes working with the New York Power Authority as well as California ISO and Power Exchange Trusts on their initial launches. Ms. Galiteva is an attorney and holds a J.D. and LLM Degrees, specializing in Environmental and Energy Law.