Sean Randolph, Senior Director, Bay Area Council Economic Institute
Sean Randolph is Senior Director of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, a public-private partnership of business, labor, government and higher education that works to foster a competitive economy in California and the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco, Oakland and Silicon Valley. The Economic Institute produces authoritative analyses on economic policy issues affecting the region and the state, including infrastructure, globalization, energy, science, and governance, and mobilizes California and Bay Area leaders around targeted policy initiatives. Dr. Randolph previously served as President & CEO of the Bay Area Economic Forum, which merged with the Bay Area Council in January 2008, and as director of international trade for the State of California, where he developed trade strategy and directed international business programs to stimulate exports and introduce California companies to overseas markets. Before service with the state, he was Managing Director of the RSR Pacific Group, an international business consulting firm specializing in Asia and Latin America, and before that served as International Director General of the Pacific Basin Economic Council, a 15-nation international organization of leading U.S., Asian and Latin American corporations. His professional career includes extensive experience in the U.S. Government, including the U.S. Congress staff, and the White House staff. From 1981–85 he served in the U.S. StateDepartment, as officer for Asia on the Policy Planning Staff, as Special Adviser for Policy in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and as Deputy/Ambassador-at Large for Pacific Basin affairs. From 1985–88 he served as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy for International Affairs, managing nuclear non-proliferation, energy research, and global oil and gas issues. Dr. Randolph holds a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center, a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts and Harvard Universities), a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, and studied at the London School of Economics. He currently serves on the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission(BCDC), which he chaired from 2005–2012, and on the State of California’s Public Infrastructure Advisory Commission (PIAC). He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy, and serves on the Advisory Board of the University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim, and the President’s Advisory Council of Excelsior College (New York). Dr. Randolph speaks frequently before business, government and university audiences, and writes for U.S. and international media on global, national, state and regional economic and policy issues.
Jonathan Spalter, Chair, Mobile Future
Jonathan Spalter has a long track record building innovative technology, mobile, Internet, and research companies in the U.S, Asia/Pacific, and Europe. He founded the independent investment research company, Public Insight, and was CEO of Snocap, the digital music technology company founded by the creators of Napster. He has held senior management roles at the Paris headquarters of Vivendi Universal, the global media and telecommunications group, where he was group senior vice president in charge of the company’s public policy and external affairs teams, served as executive vice president of business development and strategy for Vivendi Universal Net, and CEO of company affiliate Atmedica Worldwide.
During the Clinton Administration, Spalter was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate for the position of associate director at the US Information Agency, where he was also appointed chief information officer. He also served in the White House as director of public affairs for the National Security Council, and chief international affairs spokesperson and speech writer for Vice President Al Gore. He also co-founded and chaired the non-profit animation studio Climate Cartoons, which produced media content about global warming. One of its productions recently won the Emmy Award for National Public Service Announcements/Broadband. Early in his career, Spalter held various productions and editorial roles in broadcast and cable – among them, foreign affairs reporter for PBS’ MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. He graduated from Harvard College and Cambridge University.
Mark Whiteley, Co-Leader, CannonDesign’s Science and Technology Practice
As Co-Leader of CannonDesign’s Science and Technology Practice, Mark Whiteley has spent the last 25 years working world-wide with the foremost leaders in government, business, education and healthcare to develop transformational strategies for innovation and discovery. An award winning design thinker, Mark partners closely with his clients to deliver carefully crafted, value-driven solutions that integrate socio-economic and market drivers with increased business productivity, organizational optimization, enhanced technology, and ultimately produce experiential environments of the highest quality. - See more at: Mark Whiteley
Ignacio Barandiarán, Principal, Arup
Ignacio Barandiarán, PE, MBA, is a consulting engineer and transaction advisor with over twenty years of experience. He leads a team of technical and financial transaction specialists delivering deal advice, due diligence, and project structuring/feasibility assessments. Ignacio has extensive knowledge of the PPP/DBFO project finance market, working with public sponsors, equity providers, concession companies, contractors, rating agencies, and lenders. The transactions he has worked in the last eight years have an aggregate investment value of over $60B. Notable among these are pathfinder Public-Private Partnership projects such as the Presidio Parkway and Long Beach Civic Center projects in California, the Costanera Norte Toll Road in Santiago, Chile, and the Port of Miami Tunnel. Ignacio has been project director and lead design engineer for high profile commissions such as the Sony Center in Berlin, Germany, the Menil Foundation Byzantine Fresco Chapel in Houston, Texas, the redevelopment plans for Penn Station in New York City, the Utah Olympic Ice Skating Oval, and several signature bridges. Of Argentinean parents, Ignacio was born in the United States, raised in Chile, and attended college in England (B.A., Oxford University) and graduate school in the United States (M.Sc., M.Arch. and M.B.A., UC Berkeley). He has traveled extensively and has taught at the California College for the Arts in San Francisco, Parsons School of Design and the Salvadori Center in New York, and has been invited to lecture at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Universidad Andres Bello in Chile, and the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterey in Mexico. He has presented at international conferences in subjects as diverse as infrastructure financing, management of procurement and risk in major projects, and on architectural and engineering design.
Michael Jung, Policy Director, Silver Spring Networks
Michael Jung serves as Policy Director at Silver Spring Networks, a leading provider of networking equipment and services for utility smart grids.
Prior to joining Silver Spring Networks, Michael served as an energy policy advisor to the campaign and administration of Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. He previously managed climate change and sustainable development policy initiatives at American Electric Power. Michael has served as a U.S. Fulbright Fellow, holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and is an Eagle Scout. He is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Yale College, and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Robert Goldsmith, Managing Member, G&M Realty Ventures
Mr. Goldsmith is a Managing Member of the firm of G&M Realty Ventures, LLC. The firm draws on his forty-plus years of active experience in all aspects of commercial real estate. Mr Goldsmith entered the field in 1967 as a Business Development Representative with Dillingham Corporation of California where he worked on the large North Waterfront Development in San Francisco, currently Levi Plaza. He was hired in 1969 by The Ron Kaufman Companies to work in development and property management. The company specialized in the rehabilitation and conversion of San Francisco historical properties, typically from warehouses to office/computer facilities. In 1971 F.P. Lathrop, founder of F.P. Lathrop Construction Company, hired Mr. Goldsmith to create a real estate entity to acquire and develop a portfolio of properties. Over the ensuing years, the portfolio grew from 180,000 square feet to over 1,250,000 square feet with a value of approximately $130,000,000. In 1976 the partnership of Goldsmith and Lathrop was formed not only to manage the portfolio of Lathrop Properties, but also to acquire and develop other properties, and to provide real estate services to the general market. The overall portfolio grew to approximately 2,000,000 square feet. In 1997 the portfolio was acquired by Speiker Properties and became part of their REIT. At the time, the purchase was the largest single acquisition for Speiker Properties and the largest UPREIT on the West Coast. Since 1997 Mr. Goldsmith has been involved in providing consulting services to both public and private clients, as well as, acquiring and developing additional properties. Recent projects include industrial projects in Hayward and Sacramento and, a 98 unit apartment complex in Richland, Washington. In total, Mr Goldsmith has been involved in the acquisition, development, marketing and management of over 2,000,000 square feet of space. He has negotiated over 2,000 transactions and has been intimately involved in virtually all aspects of commercial real estate. Mr Goldsmith is a graduate of the School of Business Administration at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of California.
Jay Mancini, Founder, G&M Realty Ventures
Prior to founding G&M Realty Ventures, LLC Mr. Mancini held senior positions with large real estate development companies including Campeau Corporation California, Perini Land and Development Company, and Bramalea Pacific. The scope of his assignments with these companies included the development of two successful mixed-use projects: Rincon Center, San Francisco; and City Center, Oakland; and Executive Park, San Francisco, an office development. Mr. Mancini formed his own firm in 1990, and created a multi-disciplinary advisory services practice, which leveraged his development expertise in managing virtually every real estate consulting discipline that could be employed to solve complicated real estate issues. Mr. Mancini was one of the three major authors of the Presidio of San Francisco Implementation Strategy. He and a team of professionals were then hired to implement the Plan by the National Park Service. Mr. Mancini has also been an Advisor to the San Francisco Giants, BART, SAMTRANS, Golden Gate University and numerous other clients. During this period of providing Advisory Services, Mr. Mancini was also active in the acquisition and development of commercial property, which he has continued doing with Mr. Goldsmith. Mr. Mancini is a Wharton School MBA graduate with an undergraduate BA from Lawrence University. He also served as a Marine Corps infantry officer in both infantry and long range patrol units during the Vietnam conflict.
Terezia C. Nemeth, Director, Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay
Terezia Clara Nemeth joined UC Berkeley in Fall 2013 to be the real estate director for BGC. In that role, she leads the effort to create a 5.4 million square feet new campus hosting international academic and business partners focused on academic and research endeavors.
Prior to joining, Terezia was Vice President of Development at Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. and at Catellus Development Corporation where she spent 15 years on design, entitlement, construction and operation of commercial development at Mission Bay in San Francisco. She participated in design and implementation of key infrastructure including roads, utility systems and open space.
Previously, Ms. Nemeth was Special Assistant on development to SF Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. and Long Range Planning Director for the City of Oakland.
Ms. Nemeth holds a B.A. in Architecture (’83), M.Arch (’87) from UC Berkeley and an M.S. in Real Estate Development (’92) from MIT.
Eric Soladay, Managing Principal, Integral Group
Eric Soladay is an innovative, collaborative and goal-oriented mechanical engineer responsible for the procurement, management, and design of building engineering system projects. With a focus on architectural and social significance, sustainable and efficient systems, and cost- and maintenance-conscious designs, Eric brings a calm and reliable creativity to the art of engineering the built environment.
Eric has led several significant projects, including the first LEED Platinum certified retrofit of a historical laboratory building for the Linde+Robinson Lab at Caltech, the most energy efficient data center in North America with a PUE of 1.05 for the Energy Systems Integration Facility at the National Renewable Energy Lab, and the net zero energy headquarters building for the Packard Foundation. Eric has managed projects for such clients as: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, National Renewable Energy Lab, National Institute of Standards and Technology and various University of California campuses as well as numerous high tech companies around the Bay Area.
John Leys, Partner, Sherwood Design Engineers
John Leys serves as Partner at Sherwood Design Engineers where he directly oversees and manages a number of Sherwood’s high profile local, national and international projects. This breadth of experience has honed Mr. Leys’ skills in collaborative design, agency negotiation, and cost-effective approaches to the implementation of sustainable infrastructure systems.
Mr. Leys has over a decade of experience working in the Bay Area, interfacing with the many city and county agencies including the City of San Francisco. He is currently the Project Manager on many of Sherwood’s local projects including stormwater master planning for Lennar Urban at Hunters Point / Candlestick Point and multiple projects within Mission Bay. Mr. Leys led the infrastructure planning and Major Phase approvals for the Salesforce.com Global Headquarters Campus in Mission Bay and has worked on over 20 Infrastructure Master Plans nationally and internationally. Internationally, his projects include Punta Cacique, a 600 acre ecologically integrated community in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, and Tianjin Eco-City in China. At these sites he spearheaded ecological planning and the implementation of sustainable infrastructure design related to water and energy conservation and environmental restoration of the project sites.
Mr. Leys is a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. He received degrees in Environmental Studies and Civil Engineering from the University of California and has worked in the offices of planners, architects, and landscape architects as a civil engineer. Mr. Leys’ experience includes project work in green building design, parks and public spaces, roadway and trail design, water feature design, commercial and residential planned developments, utility infrastructure design, streetscape design, earthwork design and calculations, fine grading and drainage design, cost estimation, development of proprietary green design tools, integrated stormwater management, and feasibility analysis.
Lou Galiano, VP of Business Development, Integral Group
Mr. Galiano is a seasoned professional business developer and rainmaker with a large and diverse book of contacts extending from the Canadian border to the Mexican border.
A 20-year veteran of the AEC industry, he has successfully leveraged his marketing and business development expertise to firms seeking to build brand awareness and growing market share.
His active participation and support of many professional organizations has resulted in strong relationships with key decision makers at Fortune 500 companies and the AEC industry alike.