Wednesday, October 19, 2016
12:00 pm - 12:55 pm

Grand Ballroom

Want a career working on some of the worlds’ most important problems in the environment, the economy, and our social systems? Come hear leaders from nonprofit, business, government and public policy, and utility sectors of the sustainability economy, who will share their thoughts about building a career doing this most rewarding work. Learn what you can do to prepare — from your education here at SSU, to your first job, to leadership roles in your future.

Dr. Adele Santana from SSU’s School of Business and Economics will moderate the panel. Adele’s research focuses on the effects of industry characteristics, firm strategy, and individual orientation on social sustainability. In her second year at SSU, she has already been active with the Sustainable Enterprise Conference and other local sustainable business efforts.

  • Trathen Heckman is Executive Director of Daily Acts (, “a sustainability non-profit that inspires action to create more nourishing, connected, and resilient communities.” 
  • Lucy Hernandez is the principal at Lucy Consulting (, formerly Director of Programs at the Community Action Partnership of Sonoma. “Lucy works to help those in businesses, nonprofits, public agencies and CAPs comply with regulations and requirements while also providing a sustainable structure to the future of their programs and their communities.”
  • Rebecca Simonson is Senior Power Analyst at Sonoma Clean Power (, formerly Director of Sustainability at Built Ecology Lincolne Scott (now WSP Group) in Sydney Australia and Water Agency Engineer for the Sonoma County Water Agency Energy Resources Group.
  • Jake Mackenzie is Vice Mayor of Rohnert Park. Mackenzie has various degrees in Agricultural Science from Edinburgh University and Oregon State University. He proudly worked for US EPA for 30 years as a Pesticide Regulator. Now, as a 20-year veteran Councilmember,he sits on various committees and boards: Greenbelt Alliance, Local Government Commission , SMART, WAC,SCAPOSD Advisory ,MTC , SCTA/RCPA and so on and so forth. He shows up!
  • Justin Witt joined Brelje & Race in 1999 as the firm’s environmental planner. He conducts CEQA compliance and planning for water, wastewater and school projects. Justin has a BA in Anthropology and MA in Natural Resource Management and Environmental Planning from SFSU. Justin understands the effort required to plan, review, permit and implement infrastructure projects and the need for resilience in a changing climate.

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