Board of Directors


SBC Board Members

Steve Glenn, Nurit Katz
Rob Kramer, Carrie Norton,
Lee Wallach, Becki Ueno,
Kathy Van Ness

Steve GlennSteve Glenn

Steve Glenn is the founder and CEO of LivingHomes, LLC, http://www.livinghomes.net, a premier developer of modern, prefabricated homes that combine world-class architecture with an unparalleled commitment to healthy and sustainable construction.

The first LivingHome, designed by Ray Kappe, FAIA, was erected in only eight hours, became the first home ever to receive a LEED for Homes Platinum rating, and was the only home to win the AIA¹s top sustainability award in 2007. The second LivingHome was named Green Home of the Year by Green Home Builder Magazine, and to date, nine LivingHomes have been certified LEED Platinum.

Prior to founding LivingHomes, Glenn worked with the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI), managing the development of CHAI’s first initiative in Africa, a $220 million program in Mozambique.

He founded and is former Chairman and CEO of PeopleLink, a leading provider of enterprise ecommunity solutions. PeopleLink raised $35 million from AT&T Ventures, GE, Goldman Sachs, idealab and others.

Glenn was also a founding partner of idealab, a business incubator that raised $1 billion in venture capital funding, and which has founded or invested in a number of successful companies including: GoTo/Overture (OVER), NetZero/United Online (UNTD), CitySearch (TMCS), Tickets.com (TKTS), eToys, and CarsDirect.

He has worked for Walt Disney Imagineering as co-director of the Virtual Reality Studio and co-founded Clearview Software, which was sold to Apple Computer where he served as a marketing specialist.

He holds a bachelor¹s degree with honors from Brown University and where he was a Coro Fellow. Glenn teaches courses at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management and California State University, Long Beach. He was named the Clean Tech CEO of the Year in 2008 by Clean Tech Week, Environmental Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009 by LA City Council/Faith2Green, and was recently named "Greatest Person of the Day", by the Huffington Post.

Glenn’s nonprofit work includes: co-founder and Chair of the Sustainable Business Council, http://www.sustainablebc.org, the Kaia Parker Dance Fund, http://www.kaiaparker.org, co-founder and former board member of Hope Street Group, http://www.hopestreetgroup.org, member of the board of directors of the Brown University Entrepreneur Forum, http://www.brownep.org, and the Watts House Project, http://www.wattshouseproject.org.

Nurit KatzNurit Katz

Chief Sustainability Officer
Executive Officer, Facilities Management
UCLA
(310) 825-4637
sustainability@ucla.edu 

 

UCLA’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, Nurit Katz is working to foster partnerships among academic, research, and operational departments to facilitate creating a world class living laboratory for sustainability at UCLA. As Executive Officer for UCLA Facilities Management, Nurit provides strategy support to make the university more operationally efficient and coordinates with Emergency Management on resilience planning. Facilities Management provides energy to the campus through a highly efficient cogeneration plant, as well as managing landscaping, renovations, operations, and maintenance. Nurit is also an Instructor for UCLA Extension’s Sustainability Certificate Program. Before starting in this position she founded the UCLA Sustainable Resource Center  to provide resources for the community on sustainability. She then served as President of the Graduate Students Association and assisted Dr. Charles Corbett in developing a new interdisciplinary graduate certificate program – Leaders in Sustainability. After graduation she helped launch the UCLA Center for Corporate Environmental Performance. She has worked on a variety of sustainability projects including a project for the City of Los Angeles that focused on transit-oriented development along the Expo Light Rail Line. Her essay on the topic was published in the UCLA Anderson Forecast’s “Solutions for Our City”. Nurit holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, a Masters in Public Policy from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, and a BA in Environmental Education from Humboldt State University. Nurit was honored as one of 100 Inspirational Alumni for the 75th Anniversary of UCLA Anderson. Her course Principles of Sustainability I was recently included in LA Weekly’s Best of LA 2012 as one of the 10 Best Classes in LA. Recently she was recognized as one of the top 100 business trailblazers in theWomen Worth Watching 2015 issue of Profiles in Diversity Journal.  She serves on the Executive Committee of the Luskin Center for Innovation and on the Advisory Boards of the LA Sustainable Business Council and the Southern CA Green Business Council as well as the Steering Committee for the USGBC Resilience LA Initiative, the Built Environment Advisory Board for the LA Cleantech Incubator, and the leadership team for Path to Positive LA. Nurit is also working on developing national metrics and ratings for sustainability through the AASHE STARS Steering Committee and building statewide collaboration and best practice sharing through the CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference Steering Committee.  In 2010 Nurit completed a full Ironman distance triathlon with Team in Training in support of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

Nurit is available to speak on behalf of UCLA at conferences and events. Click here for interviews and video examples. 

Rob KramerRob Kramer

Rob has been a successful entrepreneur and executive in the media, technology, environmental, and non-profit sectors. He is currently the CEO and Chief Product Officer of PurposeLab. Previously he was the CEO and co- creator of HipSwap www.hipswap.com – a hyper local marketplace service for iPhone, android and the web. Rob is also co-founder of PopRule and Campaign Live www.poprule.com / www.gocampaignlive.com. PopRule is a technology company that creates mobile / web applications and platforms for consumer, political and non-profit brands including American Express, Nissan, The Economist and International Medical Corps, to name a few. Rob has consulted for various companies in the sustainable business and water sectors including Johnson Diversey, Cydcor and Product Partners. Previously, Rob was CEO of Uprizer, Inc., an Intel-funded peer-to-peer enterprise software company that sold in 2005. From 1993 to 1999, Rob was co- Founder and CEO of Moving Pixels (now Public VFX) www.publicvfx.com, a successful independent computer animation studio in Los Angeles. In 1999, Rob sold his interest in this 17-year old company. Previously, Rob was President and Executive Producer of Pagan Films, a major label music video and commercial production company. Since 2003, Rob has been Chairman of Global Water Trust www.globalwatertrust.org, a Santa Monica based non-profit that provides clean safe water to school children throughout the developing world. GWT has provided clean safe water to over 10,000 people in Bangladesh, Nepal and Kenya. Rob serves on the Board of Directors of Sustainable Business Council www.sustainablebc.org and on the Los Angeles Committee for Global Green USA www.globalgreen.org. He has been a featured speaker on water-related issues at numerous universities including MIT, Stanford, UCLA, and Brown. In 2006, he wrote and produced the documentary film, “ARSENIC: The Largest Mass Poisoning in History,” which premiered at 20th Century Fox Studios in 2006 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3Hvexu5SqM. Rob has attended the Aspen Institute Socrates Program as a sponsored participant with an expertise in global water issues.

Contact: rob@hipswap.com
 

Laura Berland-ShaneLaura Berland-Shane

Laura Berland-Shane, a LEED AP, is a consultant to cleantech and world positive companies, advising on strategy, finance, business development and fundraising. She is a seasoned sustainable business executive and a passionate advocate for sound environmental policy, with a career spanning 15 years in cleantech.  A Wharton MBA with a finance background, Laura cultivated her business development and operations expertise with solar power companies Permacity (as COO and Director of Business Development) and at SolarCity, where she launched their Southern California operations.  She parlayed her renewable energy experience into several executive sales roles at Siemens, including managing the development of their solar Vertical Market Group and its US inverter business.  Currently, she is devoted to the growth of E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) as its So Cal Chapter Director and she also serves on the Board as a co-founder of the Sustainable Business Council of LA. Laura graduated from Brown University with a BA in International Relations, and she is the proud parent of two girls - Fynne (2) and Stella (10).



Lee WallachLee H. Wallach

Lee is currently the CEO of Community Assets Consulting; a firm specializing in assisting Israeli, International and United States environmental technology companies with business development in the U.S. and California.  CAC additionally specializes in developing, coordinating and implementing the sustainability efforts of large U.S. firms. He has been the Senior Business Development Consultant to Tecnospot Solar USA, Inc., the leading Italian global solar company.  For almost ten years prior he lead the U.S. business development and external affairs activities of one of the most successful and largest utility scale solar technology companies, Solel Solar Systems Ltd and Siemens AG resulting in over 500 mw of contracted solar.  He is a founding board member and President of Faith2Green.com.  He has been an appointee to the State Committee of Bar Examiners for 10 years, has served on the boards of the National Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), as a founder of the Large-Scale Solar Association. Additionally he served on the Los Angeles Business Council’s Sustainability Committee, the Western Governors Association Renewable Energy Task Force and the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters.

In recent years Lee Wallach has assisted environmental companies in obtaining over $4 billion in sales and hundreds of contracted MW’s.  He has been instrumental in shaping U.S. solar policy, including California Governor Schwarzenegger's, "Million Solar Rooftop Initiative" and "Global Warming" bills. He authored and facilitated the signing of a renewable-energy R&D cooperation agreement between California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Israeli Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer. He has written over a dozen solar and environmental bills at the federal and state level.  He recently assisted in the creation of the Green Building Program for the City of Los Angeles and is active in the city efforts to attract green sector business to the city.  President Bill Clinton has joined forces with Lee and faith2green.com to support the opening of the Israel office to further Israeli environmental companies sales and technology in the U.S.

Previously Wallach served as Executive Director for Days of Dialogue, the California Israel Chamber of Commerce, as the Director of the Los Angeles Jewish Federation’s Commission on Urban Affairs.  At the University of Southern California, Wallach served as director for USC’s Graduate Student Community programs and as a field representative for the Office of Civic and Community Relations.  He represented the University on University Trustee Committees, USC Board of Governors, and Governor Wilson’s Interim Commission on California Service. He has earned numerous honors including numerous city, state and national citations and awards for public service, and was honored by the Coalition for Clean Air for his environmental accomplishments and contributions. 

Becki UenoAttorney Becki Ueno

Over the past 18 years, Becki Ueno has integrated her passion for environmental and social rights by either directing, fundraising for, or serving on the board of a wide range of organizations including Environment California, the Sierra Club, Save the Children, and the Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles.

Becki Ueno began her legal career as a litigator advocating for Hurricane Katrina victims, employees in labor disputes and victims of civil rights cases. In 2009, Becki Ueno saw that a burgeoning green business and social enterprise industry was emerging in Los Angeles. She decided to take the leap into private practice so that she could serve the corporate transactional needs of social enterprises, green businesses and charitable nonprofit organizations.

Becki Ueno is constantly inspired by the positive changes that her clients seek to make. Not only are they smart and savvy, but they are also passionate about making their community a better place. For her, a career serving such leaders is the highest calling and most fulfilling work.

Board Members Emeritus

Carrie Norton

Carrie Norton is the Founder and President of Green Business BASE CAMP, a global immersion training program and on-line education platform for early stage green business and clean tech entrepreneurs.  Carrie’s broad expertise in sustainable business and entrepreneurship has been developed in senior roles at Garage Technology Ventures and Idealab.  Most recently, Carrie served early-adopting solar power clients such as Google, Sony, and British Telecom as a senior executive responsible for Market and Project Development during her 7-year tenure in the commercial solar power industry.  Carrie is a Catto Environmental Fellow of the Aspen Institute, Class of 2010. She co-founded the Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles, and her community leadership also includes work with Grid Alternatives, the Clean Economy Network and Net Impact. An adjunct Faculty member at the Graziadio School of Management at Pepperdine University, Carrie earned an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BA from Trinity University.  Carrie speaks and consults frequently on innovation & entrepreneurship, clean tech, and triple bottom line investing.


Bill ColitreWilliam B. Colitre 

Mr. Colitre is an attorney providing strategic counsel to institutional and individual clients in areas including copyright and digital media, corporate and nonprofit organization and maintenance, and regulatory compliance. He has served in the Entertainment Department of Loeb & Loeb LLP, as counsel to the boutique music firm of Altschul & Olin, LLP, and as in-house counsel to the Roll International Corporation and CBS Paramount Network Television Home Entertainment.  He is currently the Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs of Music Reports, Inc.

Mr. Colitre is also a sustainable business advocate focused on improving the resource efficiency of the built environment through intelligent real estate investment.

Lorelyn Eaves

As an independent marketing consultant, specializing in the LOHAS marketplace Lorelyn has worked with Advanstar’s trade show group MAGIC, Livingreen stores, FindBliss.com, Viro Fibers and Otis School of Fashion Design. Most recently she has help produce Gravity Summit, high impact seminars for Business & Marketing that focus on Social Media.

She created and launched ECOLLECTION, the fashion industries largest eco-fashion and lifestyle exhibition for Advanstar’s MAGIC show. ECOLLECTION included brand exhibits as well as a speaker series, fashion show, style salon, petting zoo and live entertainment. Lorelyn also served as Director of Marketing for MAGIC | Advanstar for three years.

As the VP of Marketing and Communications for the California Market Center, the fashion wholesale mart in downtown Los Angeles she was instrumental in the re-branding the building as the Style Center for fashion, gift and home as well as launching glow, one of the industries first exhibitions to showcase wellness related products. She led marketing efforts for all the regional markets and trade shows. While at the CMC, she represented the Los Angeles Fashion District at the D&A show in Toyko, Japan and was instrumental in forming The Intersection, a partnership of building owners designed to promote the fashion district showrooms and bring retail buyers to Los Angeles.

Prior to the CMC she was Senior Director of Creative Services for Move.com (formerly Homestore.com), where she led the creative services department and worked on sponsorship programs and partnerships with Sundance, MIT, Smithsonian Institute and Habitat for Humanity.

She graduated from the International School in Bangkok, Thailand and has her BA in Asian Studies from SUNY Albany.