PLUS 2 Los Angeles 2013

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Sean Arian, Vice President for Sustainability, Innovation and Emerging Technology  – LA Area Chamber of Commerce

Sean Arian is the Vice President for Sustainability, Innovation and Emerging Technology for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. He is also the founder and Chief Strategist of Eos Consulting, where he helps clients pursue market-driven solutions to tough environmental problems. As Director of Economic Development for LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa from 2007-2010, Sean helped develop the concept for the LA Cleantech Corridor, the La Kretz Innovation Campus and the LA Cleantech Incubator.

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Eric D. Shaw, Director of Community & Economic Development – Salt Lake City, Utah

Eric Shaw serves as lead city official on the management and implementation of city policies related to community and economic development. He is responsible for the restructuring of economic development and housing divisions, restructuring of the city’s plan development and approval process, and development of a new comprehensive citywide civic engagement program.

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Liz Ogbu, Scholar in Residence – Center for Art & Public Life

Liz Ogbu is currently a Scholar in Residence at the Center for Art and Public Life at CCA. Previously, she was the Associate Design Director at Public Architecture, and a former IDEO Fellow. Liz’s signature efforts include the Day Labor Station, an innovative design and advocacy campaign that engages day laborers to address
issues of space and dignity.

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Bill Roschen, Principal – Roschen Van Cleve; President – Los Angeles Planning Commission

Bill Roschen is Founding Principal of Roschen Van Cleve Architects and is the President of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission.  He has been recognized for his work on sustainable urban environments and is an expert in mixed-use projects.

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Mark Vallianatos, Policy Director – Urban Education Policy Institute

Mark Vallianatos is co-author of The Next Los Angeles: the Struggle for a Livable City, and a number of publications on food access, transportation, and goods movement. He is also co-chair of Occidental College’s sustainability committee.

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Susan Tinsky, Executive Director – San Diego Housing Federation

Susan Tinsky is the Executive Director of the San Diego Housing Federation, a nonprofit that promotes the creation of quality affordable housing for lower income families and people in need. She is a former housing  and redevelopment attorney and was on the faculty of San Diego State University and Southwestern College. She was recently named 40 under 40 by San Diego Metropolitan Magazine.

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Andy Mannle, VP of Strategic Development – Promise Energy

Andy Mannle is the VP of Strategic Development for Promise Energy and a writer specializing in helping people understand the changing landscape of sustainable business, green design, clean energy, and environmental policy. His writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, Environmental Leader, Triple Pundit, Greenbiz,, the NRDC’s OnEarth blog, Sustainable Life Media and other sites dedicated to sustainability.

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Jesse LeCavalier, Assistant Prof. of Archictecture & Design – New Jersey Inst. of Technology

Jesse LeCavalier is an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Design and an architect with interests in logistics and urbanism.  Most recently, he was a Poiesis Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University and a senior researcher at the Future Cities Laboratory as part of the Singapore-ETH Center for Global Environmental Sustainability.


Pacific Gas & Electric

Citibank Community Development

Southern California Gas Company

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP



Hitzke Development Corporation


 Friday, June 21st, 2013

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)

8:30 – 9:00 AM
Registration + Connecting

9:00 – 9:15 AM
Official Welcome

Alfred Fraijo Jr., Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP

9:15 – 9:30 AM

Rudy Espinoza, LURN

9:30 – 10:10 AM
LA’s Cleantech Corridor: Past, present and future

Sean Arian, LA Chamber of Commerce

Moderator – Rudy Espinoza

10:10 – 10:20 AM

10:20 – 11:10 AM
How Innovative Government Practices Can Support Sustainable Infrastructure

Eric D. Shaw, Salt Lake City Corporation

Liz Ogbu, Scholar – Center for Art & Public Life 

Moderator – Rudy Espinoza

11:10 – 12:00 PM
Case Study – Hunter’s Point

Alfred Fraijo Jr., Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP

Jonathan Manzo, URBIN

Brandon Hernandez, PG&E

12:00 – 1:30 PM

Americano, Downtown Los Angeles Arts District

1:30 – 2:20 PM
The Intersection of Planning & Architecture – The Future of Los Angeles Through a Zoning Design Lens

Bill Roschen, City of Los Angeles Planning Commission

Mark Vallianatos, Urban & Environmental Policy Institute

Moderator – Rudy Espinoza

2:20 – 3:00 PM
Repurposing of Infrastructure and Housing

Susan Tinsky, San Diego Housing Federation

Moderator – Alfred Fraijo Jr.

3:00 – 3:10 AM

3:10 – 3:50 PM
The Intersection of Infrastructure and Clean Energy

Andy Mannle, Promise Energy

Moderator – Jonathan Manzo

3:50 – 4:30 PM
TBD – Infrastructure and the Private Sector

Jesse LeCavalier, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Moderator – Jonathan Manzo

4:30 – 5:00 PM
Closing Remarks

Rudy Espinoza, LURN

Alfred Fraijo Jr., Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP

5:15 – 7:00 PM
Cocktail Reception

Zip Fusion, Downtown Los Angeles Arts District