About the Panel of Experts:
Nancy McFadden is senior vice president of Public Affairs for PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. She is responsible for managing the company’s federal, state and local government relations, and philanthropic and community initiatives, while helping guide its efforts to continue to be a national environmental leader. Before joining Pacific Gas and Electric Company, McFadden spent nearly two decades as a key legal, policy, and political strategist in Washington, D.C., and Sacramento, most recently as senior advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Gray Davis.
Prior to working in Sacramento, McFadden served for eight years in the Clinton Administration as Deputy Chief of Staff to Vice President Al Gore and general counsel for the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Washington Post named her one of the “go-to people” in the Clinton Administration for her significant record of accomplishment. McFadden began her career practicing law with the firm of O’Melveny and Myers, during which time she was named “One of the 40 Best Lawyers Under 40” by Washingtonian magazine.
In addition to serving as an executive with PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company, McFadden has been appointed by the California State Senate and two governors to serve on the California Medical Assistance Commission, the agency that negotiates Medi-Cal contracts with hospitals and health plans.
McFadden is a Bay Area native, and has a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia and a bachelor's degree from San Jose State University. She is a member of the board of trustees for the California Museum for History, Women and the Arts, and the San Francisco Fine Arts Museum. She also serves on the board of directors of the Women’s Foundation of California, the California Climate Action Registry, the California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy, and the Council for Environmental and Economic Balance.
Matt Kestian Presentation.pdf
As the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Southwest District, Matt Kestian leads a team of Microsoft Technology Specialists, Solutions Specialists and Technical Architects who work with customers to envision, architect, design and prove out solutions to address their top business priorities. Kestian also has responsibility for leading the Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) in Irvine California. The MTC is a state-of-the-art facility with development suites, architecture design labs, an Envisioning Center, and a fully loaded data center including server, storage, and networking hardware from Microsoft’s key partners. In his role he is committed to software and technology innovations that help people and organizations around the world improve the environment. Microsoft’s goal is to reduce the impact of their operations and products, and to be a leader in environmental responsibility.
Matt is a trusted advisor to many Microsoft Enterprise customers and offers strategic, long-term guidance to executives on Infrastructure, Operations, and IT sustainability. He has over 14 years of IT experience focusing on infrastructures, operations and IT sustainability. Matt joined Microsoft in January 2000 as a Consultant on the E-Commerce team focused on infrastructure and operations. He helped launch the Chicago Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) in 2001 and was responsible for the technical and operational design of the MTC Data Center as well as holding the role of both Sr. Consultant and Sr. Security Specialist. In 2003 Matt was asked to join the National Security Team as a Strategic Security Advisor (SSA) stationed in Chicago covering the Midwest and assigned to the top 25% of enterprise accounts in that geography. In 2005 Matt relocated to Irvine, CA to launch the Southwest MTC in the role of Technical Director. In 2007 Matt moved into the role of MTC Director and in 2008 Matt took on his current role as CTO for the Southwest District.
Matt has been an adjunct professor at both Illinois State University (Applied Computer Science) and De Paul University (Computer Science, Telecommunications and Information Systems-Masters Program). He was a member of Microsoft’s Security Content Review Board and has reviewed many of Microsoft’s most acknowledged security guidance including Windows 2003 Security Guide (IPSec), and The Administrator Accounts Security Planning Guide.
Prior to coming to Microsoft Matt spent 5 years with State Farm Insurance Companies and was a member of Network Services Team as Lead Web Engineer and member of State Farm’s Security Core Team. Matt has his CISSP, a B.S. in Economics and an M.S. in Applied Computer Science from Illinois State University (ISU). Matt is a member of the Technical Advisory Board for Multi-Factor Authentication, Inc. Matt is a Member of the Executive Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.
Brad Allenby Presentation.pdf
Braden R. Allenby is currently Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics, and Professor of Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering, and of Law, at Arizona State University, having moved from his previous position as the Environment, Health and Safety Vice President for AT&T in 2004. He is also a US Naval Academy Stockdale Fellow, an AT&T Industrial Ecology Fellow, a Batten Fellow in Residence at the University of Virginias Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures & Commerce. Dr. Allenby received his BA from Yale University in 1972, his J. D. from the University of Virginia Law School in 1978, his Masters in Economics from the University of Virginia in 1979, his Masters in Environmental Sciences from Rutgers University in the Spring of 1989, and his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from Rutgers in 1992.
From 1995 to 1997, he was Director for Energy and Environmental Systems at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and from 1991 to 1992 he was the J. Herbert Holloman Fellow at the National Academy of Engineering in Washington, DC. His areas of expertise include Earth Systems Engineering and Management, Industrial Ecology, Sustainable Engineering, and Science and Technology Policy. His latest book, Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Engineering, co-authored with Tom Graedel, has just been published by Prentice-Hall.
Michael R. Niggli is the chief operating officer (COO) of San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), Sempra Energy’s regulated California utilities. Sempra Energy is a San Diego-based Fortune 500 energy services holding company whose subsidiaries provide electricity, natural gas and value-added products and services. SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more than 830,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. SoCalGas is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility serving 20.1 million consumers through 5.6 million gas meters.
Niggli was named COO in 2006. Previously, from 2000 to 2006, Niggli was president of Sempra Generation where he was responsible for the operation and maintenance of merchant power plants and energy infrastructure throughout North America. Sempra Generation operates power plant assets in Nevada, California, Arizona and Mexico.
Prior to joining Sempra Energy in 2000, Niggli was chairman and chief executive officer of Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Resources. He contributed to a successful merger of the two companies that doubled their size and strength. He also guided the company through the deregulation process in Nevada and achieved the highest customer satisfaction rating of any electric utility in the western United states (as reported by J.D. Powers and Associates).
From 1988 to 1996 Niggli served as a senior executive with Entergy Corporation, where he had significant corporate responsibilities for strategic planning, customer service, fuels acquisition, marketing and sales. He began his career in 1971 at San Diego Gas & Electric, where his management responsibilities included electric and gas operations, fuels acquisition, project management and customer service.
Niggli holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from California State University in Long Beach and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from San Diego State University. He founded the graduate program in power engineering at San Diego State University and lectured there for five years. He has also participated in the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
During his career, Niggli has provided expert testimony on electric and gas utility matters before numerous legislative committees, public service commissions and city councils at the federal, state and local levels. Niggli has also authored at least a dozen articles on issues pertinent to the electric, gas and telecommunications industries.
Niggli has previously served on numerous boards, including the Edison Electric Institute, Electric Power Research Institute, National Coal Council, Electric Power Supply Association, and United Way of Southern Nevada. He currently is Chairman of the Board of the Great Basin National Park Foundation and is co-chair of the Dean’s Advisory Council for Engineering, California State University, Long Beach. He has also been closely involved in business and education partnerships in San Diego, New Orleans and Las Vegas.