Advisory Board

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Alan Ball

Is Sustainable Intelligence Partner and retired Qualcomm Sr. Director for Business Services with business management responsibility for sustainability, facilities, environmental health and safety, food services and energy. He has extensive experience cutting costs while adding value through the establishment of sustainability programs, inventorying greenhouse gas emissions and reducing the enterprise wide carbon footprint. Alan implemented procurement and energy management plans to increase efficiency and reduce demand and the integration of these plans in Qualcomm’s corporate policy of climate change reduction. He developed and implemented a green supplier procurement policy as well as spearheaded employee engagement of sustainability.

As Qualcomm’s negotiator of large, complex facilities and energy contracts and as an early adopter of energy cost management strategies his commodity contracts for electricity, natural gas, and reclaimed water, applications of central plant combined heat and power, and installations of large scale photovoltaic, captured substantial annual savings, while adding generation redundancy, increasing reliability, and reducing harmful emissions.

Currently Alan is the Chairman of the Executive Steering Committee of Sustainability Alliance of Southern California. He is also the Executive Board Member and Secretary/Treasurer of the California Center for Sustainable Energy. He also is part of the Advisory board at EcoHub and Clean Venture groups. In addition he is the board member at Orchestra Nova (formally San Diego Chamber Orchestra)

Kathleen Connell

KATHLEEN M. CONNELL, M.A.
“Sustainable Solutions of Benefit to Humanity”
Principal, The Connell Whittaker Group, LLC
Kathleen Connell has an accomplished career that includes serving as a senior executive and policy strategist at NASA, in California and Washington, D.C., and as a leader and founder of new initiatives, for-profit and non-profit enterprises with NASA, state and local governments, the global community, the private sector, and local communities in transition.

As an entrepreneurial and innovative thought leader, Kathleen is dedicated to achieving constructive, large-scale, societal, economic, and technical change in a socially responsible way. Throughout her career, Kathleen’s work has addressed many technical and social challenges, and has created lasting results and solutions that produced billions of dollars of direct and indirect revenues and improved capabilities for society.

Now a resident of San Diego, California, Kathleen is engaged in projects dedicated to building the new Green economy, workforce, and climate change mitigation initiatives. She works with Federal, State and local governments, as well as corporations and start-ups, such as C-Cubed, an emerging carbon emissions reduction company. As a consultant in the sustainability sector, she advises on many facets of vision and overall strategy. Her special areas of expertise include management, public policy and government affairs, advocacy, community relations, strategic communications, media relations, business development, and web and event information delivery.

In 2009, she founded and co-produced the first San Diego Earth Week (www.SanDiegoEarthWeek.com), featuring green jobs, public policy forums and sustainability information dissemination. She was also the first co-instructor of an online overview course on renewable energy at the San Diego State University, in their Green Energy Management Program. Kathleen is a board member and the former founding Vice Chair of the Sustainability Alliance of Southern California (www.thesustainabilityalliance.org).

Russell Chapman

Russell L. Chapman is executive director of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (CMBC) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), UCSD.

He received his B.A. in biology from Dartmouth College and his M.S. and PhD in botany from UC Davis. For thirty-two years he was a faculty member and administrator at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge.

He was the founding dean of the School of the Coast and Environment at LSU. In that capacity he was responsible for general management and long-range planning of the academic business and research activities of the school. He created a Corporate Partners Program to generate private-sector funding for the school and created endowments for faculty, staff, and student awards.

He also served as associate vice chancellor for research and economic development at LSU and was responsible for the development of interdisciplinary programs within the campus and between LSU and other institutions and the private sector. Chapman is a phycologist (or, “algae man”) and has published widely on the ultrastructure and molecular evolution of algae and advised scores of graduate students during his distinguished scientific career. He served as the president and later as a Board of Trustees Member for the Phycological Society of America, and as an Executive Council Member for the International Phycological Society of which he is now Treasurer. He continues to serve on the editorial boards of several national and international journals.

At UCSD, Chapman coordinates research and education efforts among the CMBC faculty for the Scripps and broader UCSD communities. He assists with scientific and institutional policy, fund-raising and program planning, and development, including collaboration with other relevant UCSD programs, and with creating new, innovative interdisciplinary programs.

Les Kacev

President/C.E.O Elkays Electronics

Les Kacev has been intimately involved in the LED and solid state lighting business for over a decade both as principal and consultant.

He worked on the team that developed the first commercially viable LED lighting for the jewelry industry which created fire and sparkle in diamonds and other precious stones and metals. He is an avid collector of art and photography which led him to develop an LED luminaire for museums, galleries and collectors to show art and photography in their best light, balancing the age-old “preservation versus presentation” issue while rendering colors perfectly. These fixtures are optimal for various other niche markets including high fashion, cosmetology, machine vision, professional scanning and printing, art restoration, color matching and many more.

Les has consulted with Chinese and US solid state lighting manufacturers and distributors dealing with issues of quality, color rendering, thermal management, driver design and light characterization.
Les thinks out of the box and has truly made the paradigm shift necessary to determine the optimal light for individual circumstances. His novel graphic depiction of luminaire photometrics simplifies this complex task. He has put together educational programs to assist those who wish to transition from traditional to solid state lighting.

Les has run private and public companies both in the US and abroad. He read for a Bachelors of Commerce degree at Rhodes University and Master of Business Administration and Master of Economics degrees at the University of the Witwatersrand. He studied finance and computers at UCLA and taught business strategy and pricing policy at Damelin School of Management.