On November 8, 2009, hundreds of Jewish leaders met in San Francisco for a conference featuring innovators from the energy industry, investment, sustainability, and policy.
They shared ideas and experiences to help advance the generational movement for clean and secure energy.
Jonathan Axelrad is a lawyer in Wilson Sonsini's San Francisco office, where his practice focuses on representing clean technology and renewable energy companies and venture capital and private equity funds that invest in them. Prior to moving to San Francisco, Axelrad lived in Washington, DC, where he worked for an environmental group on a national campaign to educate the American public about possible solutions to combat global warming and for Representative Jay Inslee and the Energy and Commerce Committee on issues related to climate change, energy, the environment and international trade.
Axelrad received a J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 2004, where he was a member of the Georgetown International Law Journal and a B.A., with distinction, from the University of Victoria, British Columbia in 1997 and speaks French and Japanese.
Graduating from the University of Washington in 1966 with a law degree, Dubinsky worked for four years as a tax accountant at Arthur Andersen and for two years as a real estate lawyer at May Company. While at Andersen, he began looking for the right business opportunity. When representing a client who owned a car wash, Dubinsky decided to research the car wash business. Along with a small group of partners, Dubinsky founded Waterway in 1968. The owners got their feet wet, opening their first location in 1970. Two years later, Dubinsky left May Company to work full time with Waterway.
Henry Dubinsky is currently the Chair of AJC's Energy Committee.
Lev Leytes is a Wexner Heritage alumnus from the Bay Area. He is on the boards of private and public foundations. Leytes also provides management consulting to companies.
Lev Leytes is currently the President of Israel-Strategic Alternative Energy Foundation (I-SAEF).
Galina Leytes is a Wexner Heritage alumna from the Bay Area. Leytes is on the Board of the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation. She also provides management consulting to companies.
Galina Leytes is currently the Vice President of Israel-Strategic Alternative Energy Foundation (I-SAEF).
Richard Sideman, Chairman of Sideman & Bancroft, concentrates his practice on the full spectrum of federal tax issues, including tax planning and tax controversies involving both civil and criminal claims. With almost 40 years' experience in handling tax controversies, Mr. Sideman works closely with clients to identify Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and related tax compliance issues before they occur.
For twelve years before founding Sideman & Bancroft LLP, Mr. Sideman served as a trial attorney in the Department of Justice Tax Division and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Tax Division for the Northern District of California. In these posts, he represented the IRS and the Department of Justice in civil and criminal matters relating to federal taxation in the Federal District Courts and the Superior Courts of the State of California.
Mr. Sideman helped found the Close Up Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to citizenship education for young students. Mr. Sideman recently retired as the Foundation’s chairman after serving over 25 years. He also served for a number of years on the Board of Clausen House, an organization dedicated to providing independent and assisted living opportunities for developmentally disabled people.
Currently Mr. Sideman serves as President of the American Jewish Committee, an organization dedicated to advancing democracy, pluralism, and mutual understanding.
Lyuba Wolf is a board member and co-founder of Energy Crossroads, Global. She initiated the inaugural Energy Crossroads conference at Stanford and served as its first Conference Chair. Since her graduation in 2007, Wolf has been involved in the effort to grow Energy Crossroads into a truly global movement and traveled to Copenhagen to assist in the formation of the Denmark Energy Crossroads chapter.
At her day job, Wolf is an Associate Consultant at Bain and Company, a management consulting firm in San Francisco, where she is an active member of the office's Green Team. Eventually she hopes to apply her experiences at Bain and Energy Crossroads in a future career at an entrepreneurial clean energy company.
Wolf has a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University.