Cliff Gladstein, President
Cliff has been a leader at the local, state and national levels for nearly 20 years in the effort to develop cost-effective policies and programs to reduce pollution from transportation, relieve the nation’s dependence on petroleum, and create innovative public-private partnerships to pursue market-based solutions for environmental problems. Cliff founded Gladstein, Neandross & Associates which works together with business, government and communities to help build an environmentally and socially responsible future through the use of advanced, clean, alternative and/or renewable energy and transportation technologies, policies, and innovation. Cliff has used his knowledge and experience in developing and implementing technology deployment programs for the Department of Energy Clean Cities Program, Southern California Gas Company, Southern California Edison, and Pacific Gas & Electric, among others.
Paula A. Daniels, Treasurer
Commissioner Daniels specializes in sustainable food and water policy; including watershed and urban runoff management, water re-use, and regional food systems. Daniels has been actively involved in California environmental policy issues for over 20 years, when she first became involved with Heal the Bay. Daniels was also commissioner with the California Coastal Commission, and a gubernatorial appointee on the governing board of the California Bay-Delta Authority. She founded the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, a policy based collaborative of food system leaders working toward an environmentally sustainable, equitable and regionally based food system.Paula teaches with the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA, has served on a number of boards of environmental and Asian American non-profit organizations and bar associations, and has received recognitions and awards, including: Heal the Bay’s Superhealer Award (1991); the Environmental Leadership Award of the California League of Conservation Voters (2005); and the Water Quality Leadership award from the State of California Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (2007). Until her appointment by Mayor Villaraigosa to the fulltime Board of Public Works, she had a long career in civil litigation as a trial attorney, mediator and arbitrator.
A ninth generation Californian, Sean Arian is founder and President of Eos Consulting, helping clients pursue market-driven solutions to tough environmental problems. He is currently acting as an adviser to the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power on cleantech and economic development matters and as Senior Advisor on Green Economy Initiatives to the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. From 2007 to 2010 Sean was the Director of Economic Development for the Mayor of Los Angeles, where he was responsible for driving the City’s green economy strategy, including the Clean Trucks Program and the Cleantech LA partnership. Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Sean worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. He is a past Executive Director of the Harry Bridges Institute and Director of International Relations for the International Longshore & Warehouse Union. He also serves on the advisory boards of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and Opportunity Green.
Leslie Friedman Johnson
Leslie Friedman Johnson is a founding partner at Conservation Strategy Group (CSG), an environmental consulting and lobbying firm in Sacramento. The firm provides strategic advice and representation to a variety of not-for-profit, public agency and clean energy clients on issues including land conservation, water policy, stormwater, climate and clean energy, oceans, sustainable communities, urban forestry and other environmental issues. Before co-founding CSG in 2003, Ms. Friedman Johnson worked for The Nature Conservancy of California for 16 years in a variety of government relations roles focusing on land and water conservation and state and federal policy.
Jerilyn López Mendoza
Jerilyn López Mendoza is a dynamic environmental attorney and creative problem solver who has successfully tackled a wide variety of unique urban challenges. López Mendoza’s work has focused on reducing air pollution and negative health impacts, greening the built environment, and implementing equitable land-use principles to revitalize the City’s environment and economy. Currently, Jerilyn is Vice-President of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works. She was formerly California Manager for ICLEI USA – Local Governments for Sustainability. Jerilyn has also served as Interim Executive Director of the California League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and as policy director for the Los Angeles Environmental Justice Project Office of Environmental Defense. Jerilyn is also the chair of the Steering Committee of the LAX Coalition for Economic, Environmental and Educational Justice, and serves on the Steering Committee of the Figueroa Corridor Coalition for Economic Justice. She co-founded the Alliance for a Livable Los Angeles, a diverse group working to make LA County more livable by creating more affordable housing, transportation options and neighborhood open spaces. Jerilyn received a JD from the UCLA School of Law and a BA from Stanford University.
Matt Rodriguez is the founder and C.E.O. of Rodriguez Strategies. A veteran Democratic strategist with more than 15 years of experience working for candidates and causes across the nation, Matt focuses on designing and leading grassroots and grasstops campaigns for diverse entities ranging from nonprofits to Fortune 500 corporations. He runs the American Beverage Association’s coalition-building efforts in California and has worked with clients including The Pew Charitable Trusts, AT&T, Bloom Energy, and former California First Lady Maria Shriver.In addition to his work at Rodriguez Strategies, Matt is a fellow at the University of Southern California’s Jesse Unruh Institute of Politics. Matt is also a frequent political contributor on AirTalk on 89.3 KPCC, Southern California Public Radio.
Ilia Terrazas Dickey
Ilia Terrazas Dickey brings over 20 years of corporate and government communications, public policy and bilingual marketing experience to a broad clientele. She is adept at working in highly-regulated and politically sensitive industries and offers expertise in mitigating project opposition and corporate positioning in both the domestic and international marketsShe provides marketing and strategic planning services to business and non-profits offering a deep network of national relationships in both communities. Ilia has an extensive history working with high level corporate executives, political leaders and diplomats. Ilia is currently involved in the development and implementation of a process leading to creation of a strategic vision for the greater San Diego region that encompasses the shared values and priorities of all of its residents. She developed the marketing and community outreach strategies for the initiative, and teams with local business leaders as a spokesperson for the project. Ilia’s practice also operates as a regional resource for Ogilvy Public Relations offering expertise in corporate positioning, multicultural community outreach and media relations.
Anne Shen Smith
Anne Shen Smith is chief executive officer of Southern California Gas Company. Prior to this, Smith was the chief operating officer of SoCalGas, a Sempra Energy California regulated utility. SoCalGas is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility serving over 20 million consumers through 5.8 million gas meters in more than 500 communities. Previously, Smith served as the Senior Vice President of Customer Services and Vice President of Environment and Safety for SoCalGas. She started her career with SoCalGas in 1977 and held management positions in public affairs, strategic planning, demand forecasting and market research.Smith served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Public Advisory Committee of the Grand Canyon Visibility Transport Commission, Los Angeles City Environmental Affairs Commission, and the Federal Advisory Committee on Personal Vehicles and Greenhouse Gas Reduction. She is a former board member of the Coalition for Clean Air. Currently, Smith serves on the Board of Directors for the California League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and the Southern California Leadership Council. She also sits on the Executive Advisory Board of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center board of advisors and the Board of Governors for the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center.
Smith immigrated to the United States from Taiwan in 1964. She received her bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Michigan and has a master’s degree in industrial engineering and operations research from the University of California at Berkeley.
Rick Zbur is a distinguished lawyer with a long history of advocacy for environmental causes. Mr. Zbur is the new Executive Director of Equality California and recently retired from Latham & Watkins, one of the world’s largest and most respected law firms, where he was a senior partner in the Environment, Land & Resources Department and has practiced law for 29 years. He was cited as one of Southern California’s top ten environmental attorneys by the Los Angeles Business Journal in its 2009 “Who’s Who in Law” feature. He was also cited as a leading environmental attorney by the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2008 and 2009. Mr. Zbur took a leave of absence from the firm in January, 1996, to run for Congress in California’s 38th Congressional District. He received the strong support from the environmental community, and was endorsed by the California League of Conservation Voters and virtually every other leader of the environmental community in Southern California. He won the Democratic Party Primary in March, 1996 and lost narrowly in the general election. He received a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a JD from Harvard Law School.