Learn and plan what steps you and your Jewish congregation can take in response to the energy challenge: the latest on solar, electric cars, and retrofits."
As a respected leader in energy and economics, Martha founded WattzOn (originally as Ennovationz) to help the massive and greatly underserved residential energy efficiency market. Martha was CEO of Vocomo Software, a voice software company, Chief Economist of PLX Systems, a patent and copyright software company, and co-founder of Glaze Creek Partners, a consulting firm she sold to Navigant Consulting (NYSE: NCI). Martha is the co-author of two books published by the Harvard Business School Press (Value Sweep and Real Options), and a third book published by McGraw-Hill. Martha is a frequent speaker on residential energy efficiency and business strategy. She is a Senior Fellow of the Milken Institute, where she has written reports on financial innovations in the biotech and cleantech industries. Martha holds a PhD in Applied Economics from MIT's Sloan School of Management.
David Arfin is the creator of SolarCity's SolarLease, a first-of-its-kind solar financing option that can allow homeowners to pay less for solar power than they currently pay for electricity. Prior to SolarCity, David founded FirstEnergyFinance.com, was co-founder and CEO of GlooLabs, (acquired by Cisco Systems), co-Founded Flywheel Communications, and was founder and CEO of CLE Group (acquired by Practicing Law Institute). Prior to launching companies, David was a lobbyist for the Association of American Universities, a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs in Los Angeles and an Intern in the Israeli Knesset. He received an MBA from Stanford, an MA in Public Policy Analysis from the Claremont Graduate University, and a BA in Political Science from UCLA. David is an avid San Francisco Giants fan, and in his spare time, has ridden in three Livestrong cycling events with Lance Armstrong to support the fight against cancer.
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.
Rabbi Ari Cartun
Rabbi Ari Mark Cartun has been the rabbi of Congregation Etz Chayim in Palo Alto, CA for the last 15 years, and, before that, was for 21 years the Executive Director of the Hillel Foundation at Stanford University.
He is a member of the Reform, Conservative, and Reconstructionist Rabbinical associations, and has received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from all three of those Rabbinical Colleges.
Jan Pepper currently serves as the Electric Division Manager at Silicon Valley Power, the municipal utility serving the City of Santa Clara.She is responsible for joint power agency coordination, energy resource procurement, legislative/regulatory action, and debt financing for the utility.She has over 25 years of energy and utility experience, with a focus on renewable energy contracting and financing.Jan was the founder of 4 energy-related start-up companies, including APX and Clean Power Markets.
Jonathan Axelrad, VP and Energy Security Task Force Co-Chair of AJC, Northern California, discusses the myriad problems created by our reliance on fossil fuels. Oil is harmful to the environment, but Axelrad shows that it also creates a situation where U.S. oil consumption funds "both sides on the war on terror."