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Economic Perspective Climate and Sustainability April 7, 2022. Perspectiva Económica: Clima y Sustentabilidad 7 de abril de 2022

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Economic Perspective: Climate and Sustainability

April 7, 2022, 11:30 am

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts


Join us as we look at the local economy through the lens of our environment. Dr. David Roland-Holst, a leading authority on economic forecasting and its relationship to the environment, will give a feature presentation on climate change’s impacts on our economy. We will also hear from a panel on sustainability in Sonoma County, including clean energy, curating sustainable hospitality, and ongoing community outreach and education.


  • 11:00 am: Doors Open
  • 11:30 am: Opening Remarks
  • 11:35 am: Sustainability Panel Discussion
  • 12:00 pm: Featured Economist Presentation by Dr. David Roland-Holst
  • 12:40 pm: Audience Q&A for Dr. David Roland-Holst
  • 1:00 pm: Networking Lunch (included with ticket)

Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Roland-Holst

David Roland-Holst is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resources Economics at the University of California, Berkeley.  Dr. Roland-Holst is leading authority on economic forecasting, with extensive research experience in economics related to environment, development, agriculture, and international trade, authoring six books and over 100 articles and chapters in professional journals and books.  Professor Roland-Holst has served in several academic posts in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He also conducted research in over 40 countries, working with public institutions including a variety of Federal and State agencies, the Asian Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), World Bank, and several United Nations agencies, as well as governments in Asia, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and the U.S. Most recently, his research has been central to the passage, design and implementation of California’s path breaking Global Warming Solutions Act. Professor Roland-Holst holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and is a US citizen.

Sustainability Panel


Lisa Hulette, Resiliency Policy and Funding Director, WRA, Inc.

Lisa Hulette is the Resiliency Policy and Funding Director at WRA, Inc. She brings more than 20 years of leadership in the non-profit and public sectors with proven experience at leveraging multi-pronged, well-funded efforts designed to broaden support and create collaboration among diverse stakeholders. She is an expert fundraiser and has led teams that secured over $220M in public and private funds for hazard mitigation and conservation projects throughout California and for multi-state projects (i.e The Nature Conservancy’s Pacific Coast Salmon Initiative). She also brings decades of practical experience in watershed planning and implementation.

Prior to joining WRA, Lisa was the Lead Program Manager and Designer for the $37 million FEMA Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant that was awarded to Sonoma County in June 2021. Since the 2017 Sonoma Complex Fire, she has been the lead in securing $64 million from FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to reduce risk from natural disaster in Sonoma County.  In addition to hazard mitigation project design and facilitation, she has advanced several successful legislative actions to successfully streamline permitting for watershed restoration projects at the state level and implemented a successful advocacy plan to increase Pacific Coast Salmon Restoration Funding to California projects. Lisa is an adept coalition builder, and facilitator, bringing together well-funded lasting partnerships between government agencies, NGO’s, agricultural interests, and other private landowners. 


Chad Asay, Director, Advanced Energy Center – Sonoma Clean Power

As Director, Chad Asay is responsible for guiding the operations and progress of the newly opened Advanced Energy Center in downtown Santa Rosa. In addition, Chad also oversees Sonoma Clean Power’s “Lead Locally” grant research project, which aims to develop strategies to double energy efficiency in existing buildings. Both efforts are aimed at helping the public learn about, test, and adopt the latest and most effective energy-saving technologies.

Chad previously worked in administrative management for the Sonoma County Community Development Commission, and has over 15 years’ experience in hospitality and resort development and management.

Kelly Bass Seibel, Vice President, Community Engagement, Sonoma County Tourism

Kelly Bass Seibel serves as the Senior Director of Community Engagement for Sonoma County Tourism, Sonoma County’s Destination Stewardship Organization. In her role at Sonoma County Tourism Kelly oversees the organization’s efforts in sustainability, destination stewardship and community engagement.

Previously, Kelly served in leadership roles at the Petaluma Health Center and the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber and has expertise in collaborative partnerships, advocacy, workforce development and program development. Kelly has played a pivotal role in the creation of the Santa Rosa Young Professionals Network, as well as the creation of the Chamber’s award winning Mike Hauser Algebra Academy and widely recognized WHEEL program.

Barbara Lee, Director of Climate Action and Resiliency, County of Sonoma

Barbara Lee supports the Sonoma County Administrator and Board of Supervisors as the Director of Climate Action and Resiliency. She previously served the County as the Air Pollution Control Officer of the Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District for eighteen years. During that time she held leadership positions with the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA), and the National Association of Clean Air Agencies, helping establish important clean air legislation and programs. In particular, she led the development of CAPCOA’s tools and guidance for local governments to address greenhouse gas emissions and mitigation in general plans and projects reviewed under the California Environmental Quality Act, and a GHG quantification handbook for land use projects; she was also part of the team that prepared the 2021 update to the Handbook. In 2014, Ms. Lee was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as the Director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, where she served until 2019. Ms. Lee also worked with Sonoma Technology, Inc., a local firm that is internationally recognized for scientific expertise in air quality, meteorology, and fire and smoke, as Director of Community Air Quality and Climate Programs. She earned her degree in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Hugo Mata, Principal, Soluna Outreach Solutions

Hugo Mata, Principal of Soluna Outreach Solutions has more than 20 years of experience in bilingual (English/Spanish) environmental outreach programs, media planning and placement, environmental education, source separation and recycling, waste diversion, and community based marketing.  Hugo holds a B.A in Radio and Television from San Francisco State University and currently produces and hosts “Nuestra Tierra,” a weekly one hour environmental radio talk show at KBBF 89.1FM Radio in Santa Rosa Ca.


Event is limited to 350 attendees.

Tickets include access to presentations at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts’ Lytton Rancheria Grand Lobby and to a networking lunch, which takes place after the program, on property at the Nelson Family Grand Plaza. Lunch will be open seating with the exception of reserved tables for EDBF Sponsors and table purchases (10 tickets).    

A boxed sandwich lunch will be provided by Sonoma County Certified Green Business, Oliver’s Market. In an effort limit waste, attendees have the option to waive their included lunch during the registration process.

Tickets are $65 per person plus Eventbrite registration fees. Ticket sales end Thursday, March 31st.

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