Meet the speakers
Mark Gold, D.Env.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Environment & Sustainability, UCLA
Professor Mark Gold is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. His research focuses on integrated water management, coastal resource management, and urban sustainability. He is spearheading UCLA's first ever Grand Challenge: Thriving in a Hotter Los Angeles by 2050: a Path to 100% Renewable Energy, 100% Local Water and Enhance Ecosystem and Human Health. In addition, Mark serves on Mayor Garcetti's Water Task Force and is a city representative on the Metropolitan Water District. Prior to working at UCLA, Mark was the President of the environmental group, Heal the Bay, for 18 years.
Jacquelyn “Jackie” Dupont-Walker
Director, Social Action Commission, African Methodist Episcopal Church // President, Ward Economic Development Corporation
When Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker is passionate, there are no barriers insurmountable nor horizons unconquerable; her reach is broad & diverse. She thrives by creating viable communities, thus “Jackie’s" involvement is sought nationally in community economic development, social justice, and personal empowerment. She selflessly devotes skills and resources, utilizing networking as a strategy for creating strong diversified linkages from a faith-centered perspective, engaging in policy formation, facilitating economic and social empowerment, mentoring new leadership, advocating for cutting edge solutions, and encouraging institutional change that enhances the quality of life for all people. She is married to Buford “Sonny” Walker and in their blended family they have raised and nurtured 8 children and 24 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.
Mayor Robert Garcia
City of Long Beach
Dr. Robert Garcia, 39, is an educator and the 28th Mayor of Long Beach. Mayor Garcia is focused on making the City of Long Beach a leader in economic development, sustainability, education, and technology. At age 5, Garcia immigrated to the United States from Lima, Peru and was raised in Southern California. Garcia, a college and university educator holds an M.A. from the University of Southern California and an Ed.D. in Higher Education from Cal State Long Beach, where he also earned his B.A. in Communication. Garcia currently serves as a Board Member on the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) representing much of the South East County of Los Angeles.
Rachelle Reyes Wenger
MPA, Director, Public Policy and Community Advocacy, Dignity Health
Rachelle Reyes Wenger is the Director of Public Policy and Community Advocacy for Dignity Health. Dignity Health is a 22-state network of more than 9,000 physicians, 62,000 employees, and 400 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care centers, imaging centers, home health, and primary care clinics. Dignity Health is the largest private, not-for-profit hospital provider in California and the largest provider of Medi-Cal in the state. Ms. Wenger has been with Dignity Health since 1996. She is primarily responsible for advancing the organization’s Public Policy & Advocacy Priorities, mobilizing grassroots advocacy efforts and developing community partnerships. Ms. Wenger manages policy issues foundational to Dignity Health’s commitment to advancing community health, social and eco-justice. These include: climate change, homelessness, immigration reform, human trafficking, nutrition/hunger.
Director, Environmental Affairs & Sustainability, Southern California Edison
Dawn Wilson is Director, Environmental Affairs & Sustainability for Southern California Edison (SCE), is responsible for the development of an integrated environmental strategy in support of Company objectives. These responsibilities include Environmental Policy, Natural Resources & Public Lands, Transportation Electrification and the administration of the Corporate Responsibility Program. Dawn has served on various non-profit boards and currently serves on the board of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps and the Executive Board of the Pasadena Chapter of Jack & Jill of America and Honorary Host Committee for EmpowHer. Dawn has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Wellesley College and a law degree from the University of Michigan. She is a licensed attorney in the state of California.
Founder, NextGen Climate
Tom Steyer is a business leader and philanthropist who believes we have a moral responsibility to give back and help ensure that every family shares the benefits of economic opportunity, education, and a healthy climate. He now serves as President of NextGen Climate, an organization he founded in 2013 to prevent climate disaster and promote prosperity for all Americans. Tom and his wife, Kat Taylor, have pledged to give most of their wealth to charitable causes. They have four children.
Project Coordinator, Institute for Sustainability, Cal State University Northridge
Kiana Lucero graduated from the Exotic Animal Training and Management program at Moorpark College in 2009, where she received degrees in Wildlife Education, Animal Training, and Wildlife Management. For 6 years, she worked for a non-profit animal education and conservation organization, taking animals to schools and teaching children about them. She then returned to school at California State University, Northridge, where she received a degree in Marine Biology with a minor in Sustainability. She is currently the Project Coordinator at CSUN’s Institute for Sustainability where she is responsible for event planning, helping to advance sustainability measures on campus, and managing a grant from LADWP that provides sustainability education to 1400 grade school students in the San Fernando Valley.
Los Angeles County Women and Girls Commission // Executive Director, Miguel Contreras Foundation
Araceli Campos is Executive Director of the Miguel Contreras Foundation (MCF), a non-profit organization founded out of the Los Angeles labor movement and housed at the LA County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. MCF focuses on serving underserved workers and working families, particularly immigrants. Araceli is a first-generation American with parents from rural Mexico, and longtime factory workers in the U.S. A graduate of LA public schools, Yale University, and Stanford Law School, Araceli is a recent past President of the City of LA Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), where she co-powered the City's first-of-its-kind gender study and CEDAW implementation. She recently served on the City of LA Ethics Commission.
Policy Director, Black Women for Wellness
I am a blerd with a background in reproductive justice (rj), journalism all things x-men and batman related, matte lipsticks, bob's burger and star trek. I currently work at Black Women for Wellness where I direct policy, rj programs, civic engagement, and graphics as well as organizer extraordinaire of markers and crayons. I am a graduate of San Jose State's School of Journalism, as well as Suffolk University's Master of Arts program in Women's Health. I studied health, and journalism in Scotland, Spain, and Cuba, and for all intents and purposes am a raging feminist that loves Beyoncé and Cardi B.
Commissioner, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)
Ms. Vasquez was appointed to the Board by Mayor Eric Garcetti and confirmed by the City Council on May 3, 2017. Ms. Vasquez founded an independent consulting firm in 2014 and also serves as the Director of Climate Justice for the Center for Popular Democracy, a position she has held since March 2016. She previously held positions with the Sierra Club, PICO National Network and the United Way of New York City and worked as a political advisor to Congressman Eliot L. Engel. She currently serves as a board member of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from The City University of New York.