Nidhi Kalra, Information Scientist, RAND Corporation
Edward Kjaer, Director, Transportation Electrification, Southern California Edison
Lindy Lee, Former Deputy CEO, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Dominique Smith, Executive Director, U.S. Green Building Council, Los Angeles Chapter
Moderated by: Steve Clemons
Steve Clemons is Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor of Atlantic Live. He writes frequently about politics and foreign affairs.
Clemons is a senior fellow and the founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, a centrist think tank in Washington, D.C., where he previously served as executive vice president. He writes and speaks frequently about the D.C. political scene, foreign policy, and national security issues, as well as domestic and global economic-policy challenges.
Nidhi Kalra is an information scientist at the RAND Corporation and the director of RAND's Center for Decision Making Under Uncertainty. Her research addresses energy, environment, and science and technology policy. She is currently leading projects to ensure long-term water security in Lima, Peru and to help the State of California make long-term investments in the Sacramento-San Juaquin Delta. She recently co-led a study providing policy guidance on autonomous vehicle technologies. In 2013, she served as a senior decision scientist in the Office of the Chief Economist of Sustainable Development at the World Bank. Her recent clients include the U.S. National Cooperative Highway Research Program, the Government of Qatar, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Department of Defense. Kalra has also developed educational technology tools to promote literacy among blind children in India. Kalra received her Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute.
Edward T. Kjaer has been director of Southern California Edison’s (SCE’s) Electric Transportation Department since 1999. Kjaer is responsible for all aspects of SCE’s electro-drive transportation activities, including operation of the nation’s largest private fleet of pure battery electric vehicles (EVs), having traveled more than 17 million miles since inception.
Lindy Lee is Former Deputy CEO of L.A. Metro.
Dominique Smith joined the U.S. Green Building Council- LA Chapter (USGBC-LA) in 2008 as the Events Chair while working for a real estate development company in Downtown Los Angeles, and she has served as USGBC-LA’s Education & Program Manager, and now as Executive Director. During her tenure she has doubled its membership, broadened its influence, and cemented its role as a leadership voice in the global sustainability movement.