NEW GREEN LEADERS INCLUDE:
San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts
Supervisor Dave Roberts brings vast experience from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to his position as District 3 Supervisor for the County of San Diego.
Dave completed two terms on the Solana Beach City Council and served as the city’s Mayor and Deputy Mayor. During his tenure, Dave represented Solana Beach on numerous regional boards. He began his public service as a volunteer for the Solana Beach Budget and Finance Committee and for the Friends of the Solana Beach Library.
Dave is a former corporate officer for SAIC, a Fortune 500 company. He also owns and operates his own real estate management company.
Upon his election to the Board of Supervisors, Dave resigned from his position as a senior manager for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, an international nonprofit organization. In that role, Dave drew upon his background as an appointed health policy advisor to President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush. Dave earned national recognition for reducing costs and improving the delivery of Medicare, Medicaid and children’s health insurance coverage. Dave also worked for the U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon and in Europe. He played a key role in developing Tricare, the military’s health insurance system.
Dave is an active member of the Del Sol Lions Club, Escondido Creek Watershed Authority, Foundation for Change, League of Women Voters, Lions Club International Foundation, National Eagle Scout Association, North County Adoptive Parents Association, San Diego County Consolidated Transportation Services Agency, San Diego North Chamber of Commerce, San Dieguito Alliance for Drug Free Youth, Sierra Club and Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce.
As a supervisor, Dave represents the county on various boards, including SANDAG’s Regional Housing Task Force, Regional Planning and Shoreline Preservation committees; the San Diego County Mental Health Board, the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority and the county’s Multiple Species Conservation Program review panel.
Dave lives in Solana Beach with his family and has five adopted children, ages 4 through 17.
Peter Vogel, Executive Vice President at Wirsol Solar, Canada
After successfully co-launching the Canadian office of Wirsol in 2011 (currently developing over 30MW of solar power generation facilities), Peter is relocating to San Diego to open the new US headquarters for Wirsol. Consistent with the company’s worldwide mission, Peter will be focusing on assisting governments, utilities and enterprises in the transition to 100% green energy. His principal areas of expertise are project acquisition, development and EPC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction).
Wirsol, a leading international developer and turnkey provider of solar photovoltaic systems, helped pioneer the German model of best practices in renewable energy that will be discussed in the forum today. Germany remains the global leader in solar PV and renewable energy technology. Last year alone, Germany brought online more than 7.6 GW of solar (roughly seven times that of the State of California).
Prior to joining Wirsol, Peter was an Associate and Project Lead at ROEM Corporation, a San Jose, CA-based property developer, successfully overseeing the design, approval and financing of new construction residential and mixed-use projects. Prior to his tenure at ROEM, Peter served as Director of Marketing at Sundance Development Corporation in Toronto. Peter holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco and a Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Kevin Beiser, Vice President, San Diego Unified School District
Kevin Beiser lives in San Diego and is a math teacher at Granger Junior High School in National City.
Kevin has received many awards for his work with children, including San Diego Math Teacher of the Year as the “Outstanding Math Teacher 2008-2009” by the Greater San Diego Math Council and the Distinguished Service Award for commitment and support to the program for Gifted and Talented Education. Kevin was chosen by Granger students as the Most Inspirational, Most Caring and Most Effective Teacher.
Kevin has been a leader in many different roles such as Mathematics Department Chair, Professional Learning Community Team Leader, Faculty Advisory Committee, Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment District Committee, Link Crew Adviser, Math Field Day Adviser, Math Club Adviser and “Cat in the Hat” for literacy night, and was the winning coach for the football team and math team. Kevin has a proven track record of building coalitions to solve problems.
Kevin was the first person in his family to graduate from high school and to attend college. Kevin earned a BA degree in political science with a minor in speech communications at Willamette University in Oregon. Kevin worked for several years in business management gaining valuable experience balancing budgets, making payroll and identifying opportunities to reduce expenses.
Kevin returned to graduate school to fulfill his dream of helping children. Kevin earned his Masters Degree in Education at the University of Phoenix in San Diego and has teaching credentials for both social sciences and mathematics.
Kevin resides in Serra Mesa and has called San Diego home for over a decade.
Professor Kathleen Connell, Moderator and Founder, Green Experts Academy
Professor Kathleen M. Connell, M.A., is a public policy expert, educator, social entrepreneur, strategist and business consultant. Her focus is the pursuit of rapid climate change mitigation and development of the Green economy. She has led major government initiatives, and founded for-profit and non-profit entities alike.
Kathleen has worked extensively with NASA, DOT, DoD, U.S. Congress, Governors and Lt. Governors of 45 states, The White House, California local governments, and the private sector. Her work has generated billions of dollars in direct and indirect revenues and improved capabilities for society, science and the economy.