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.
Jeff Anderson is the co-founder and the Executive Director of the Clean Economy Network (CEN), which is the civic development, education, and advocacy organization for the cleantech and green business community. CEN is a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization, and the Clean Economy Network Political Action Committee, it supports the development of public policies aimed at scaling the clean economy, creating new sustainable jobs, and addressing climate change. Jeff holds a Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Columbia University, a Master of Laws degree in Environmental and Energy law (LL.M.) from Pace University School of Law, and a law degree (J.D.) from Thomas M. Cooley School of Law. As an undergraduate, he attended Michigan State University, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree (B.A.) in International Relations.
Jared Blumenfeld is Director of the the San Francisco Department of the Environment.
Lara Ettenson is Director of CA Energy Efficiency Policy.
Richard T. Foltin is legislative director and counsel in AJC's Office of Government and International Affairs in Washington, D.C. He is responsible for the development, promotion and execution of AJC's legislative agenda, which includes church-state, civil rights, immigration, social policy, hate crimes and terrorism, and foreign affairs issues.
Before moving to Washington, Foltin served in AJC's New York headquarters as director of governmental affairs and house counsel. Prior to that, he was an associate with the litigation department of a major New York law firm.
Among other accomplishments, Foltin has worked to promote passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Religious Violence Act, the Hate Crime Statistics Act, and the International Religious Freedom Act. Most recently he testified before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce about religious discrimination in government-funded programs.
Foltin serves as a member of the National Immigration Forum's board of directors; co-chairs a coalition to promote passage of the Workplace Religious Freedom Act; serves as co-chair of the First Amendment Rights Committee of the ABA Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities; and is a member of the National Council of Churches' Committee on Religious Liberty. In 1999, he was named a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School.
A native of New York City and a child of Holocaust survivors, Foltin received his bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, in political science from New York University, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School. In the 1980s, Foltin attended the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for a year in order to study Jewish philosophy and history, during which period he also took classes in Talmud and Jewish thought at a Jerusalem yeshiva.
He lives in Montgomery County, Maryland, with his wife and two children, and serves on the board of directors of a local synagogue.
Devon Swezey is project director for Breakthrough Institute where he works as an energy and climate policy analyst. Devon wrote one of the first journal articles on the call for a new Apollo project on energy in 2005 for the inaugural issue of the Roosevelt Review, arguing for more strategic federal investments to make solar power cheap and available.
Swezey is co-author of Rising Tigers, Timid Giant, a joint Breakthrough-Information Technology and Innovation Foundation report that compares Asia's investments in clean energy to those of the U.S. In 2008, Devon worked as a field organizer for the Obama for America campaign, and he was a Breakthrough Generation Fellow in 2009.
He received his bachelor's degree in international relations with a concentration in international political economy from Stanford University.