Ronna Davis Baca has been in the networking and telecommunication industry for 23 years. She has been with CommScope for over 13 years and has held positions in sales, channel and product line management. She is currently on CommScope’s Strategy and Technology Team for Buildings and Campuses. Previous to CommScope she worked in the design and construction of telecommunications networks for eight years and in wholesale distribution for two years. She studied marketing and is a LEED Green Associate. Ronna lives in Henderson, NV with her husband and 2 children.
Benny Lee has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry covering technology systems architecture, process design and business intelligence before moving into local government several years ago. Currently, he is the Director of SMC Public Wi-Fi Program for the County of San Mateo covering civic innovation projects. Under his leadership, the County of San Mateo has expanded to over 90 free Public Wi-Fi locations with about a million hours of online usage monthly. His work includes Federal Advocacy, NIST Global Cities Team Challenge (GCTC) for Wireless Superclusters. He also serves as an advisor for the NIST GCTC Cybersecurity Privacy Advisory Committee and the NIST GCTC Smart Buildings Supercluster. Benny was elected to San Leandro City Council in 2012 and re-elected in 2016. He’s focused on fiscal management and solving social challenges with a drive towards smart civic technologies innovation and usage. He serves and advises on multiple boards and organizations focused on regional civic engagement in political affairs. Benny is happily married to his lovely wife Rose. His son Austin works in the tech industry while pursuing his post-graduate degree in Data Science and Cybersecurity covering Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence development.
National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA)
Jean Rice is a telecommunications expert and advisor who works with federal agencies, tribal, local and state governments, industry, universities and non-profits on smart cities and communities projects and provides technical assistance to support the widespread deployment of broadband infrastructure. Ms. Rice focuses on the development of cutting-edge, cross-sector smart cities and broadband projects and collaborations and leads NTIA’s partnership with the National Institute of Technology and Standards’ Global Cities Team Challenge program. She focuses on smart agriculture and rural, smart buildings, wireless, smart states, inclusion and smart regions. She is a member of the Networking and Information Technology and Research and Development Program’s Cyber-Physical System’s Interagency Working group and the Federal Smart Grid Task Force and had been a member of the prior NITRD Federal Smart Cities and Communities Task Force. Ms. Rice co-founded and coordinates the Smart Cities and Communities Leadership Forum hosted by NTIA, NIST, NSF, and DHS S&T. Ms. Rice has received several awards including an award from the Commerce Department for leadership in smart cities. She has developed numerous publications, including a number of Toolkits for NTIA, including “Powering a Smart City Through Partnerships; a Toolkit for Local and Tribal governments”. For 25 years, Ms. Rice was the CEO of a telecommunications consulting company for US cities and states. NTIA is responsible for advising the President on Telecommunications and Information Administration policy issues. NITA’s programs and policy making focus on expanding broadband internet access and adoption in the US, expanding the use of spectrum by all users, and ensuring that the Internet remains and engine for continued innovation and economic growth.
Aymeric Rousseau is the Manager of the Systems Modeling and Control Section at Argonne National Laboratory. He received his engineering diploma at the Industrial System Engineering School in La Rochelle, France in 1997 and an Executive MBA at Chicago Booth in 2019. For the past 20 years, he has been evaluating the impact of advanced vehicle and transportation technologies from a mobility and energy point of view including the development of Autonomie (vehicle system simulation) and POLARIS (large-scale transportation system simulation). In addition to leading numerous projects for OEMs and US Department of Energy, Aymeric Rousseau has been providing the vehicle energy consumption analysis for the US CAFE regulations and has authored or co-authored more than 80 papers related to vehicle electrification.
Limor is an international corporate attorney, market strategist, and entrepreneur, and public speaker. She leads TIA’s Smart Building Program creating a marketplace for the ICT and real property ecosystems which together are developing best practices, specifications and standards for the smart built environment. She is also Co-chair of the Global Cities Teams Challenge – Smart Buildings Super Cluster. In addition to her work in the legal, theme park, video game and technology industries, Limor was former President of the World Future Society DC Chapter; and Co-founder, Chair Emeritus of the IPv6 Forum Israel Chapter. She is Co-chair of the Global Cities Teams Challenge – Smart Buildings Super Cluster.
Jiri Skopek provides advice to owners and managers on sustainable development in the fields of design, asset and facility management, emergency preparedness, business continuity, smart building and innovative business development solutions. He is a vice-chair of Districts 2030 Network Board of Governors, chair of Sustainable Buildings Canada, and board member of Sustainable Housing Foundation and Beach Community Energy Coop and has been appointed as a member of the President-Elect of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Advisory Council. Jiri is best known for developing Green Globes environmental assessment tools, which include modules for Design of New Buildings, Sustainable Interiors and Operation and Management of Existing Buildings (BOMA Canada/ GBI US), University Campuses (APPA) and Building Intelligence Quotient (BIQ). These assessment modules have been adopted and are promoted in North America by various organizations such as Green Building Initiative (GBI), BOMA Canada, CABA and APPA. As an architect and planner, Jiri has contributed to Toronto’s skyline. He was senior designer with Bregman and Hamann Architects of Toronto, and Master Planner for the Brookfield Place in downtown Toronto. In 1990’s he ran the Paris office of Santiago Calatrava. Jiri has been involved in many international sustainable community activities throughout his career. He was a founding participant in Solar Research and Development at Milton Keynes Development Corporation, in England, and designed the first active solar house in the U.K. With the Llewelyn-Davies International he was a Planning Consultant to the governments of the Sultanate of Oman and Qatar on community development and government land use policies. In Saudi Arabia, he designed the new town of Jizan and was the Chief Urban Designer for the King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah. Jiri also serves on ISO TC59/SC3 and TC 268 on Sustainable Building Construction and Sustainable Community.
Sonja joined OneNet in January 2012 as the program manager for the Oklahoma Community Anchor Network (OCAN) and now serves as the Director of OCAN and OneNet Services. As Oklahoma’s state broadband coordinator, Sonja provides leadership and counsel to state leaders in coordinating state fiber assets and creating opportunities for broadband expansion throughout Oklahoma’s 77 counties. She also advises local and tribal governments on implementing broadband projects in municipalities and tribal jurisdictions. She served as Chairwoman for the Oklahoma Broadband Initiative Advisory Board. Sonja was responsible for the implementation of the OCAN project in Oklahoma and as Director of OneNet and OCAN Services, now oversees all day-to-day operations of the network.
Senior R&D Staff, Vehicle Systems Research Group
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Hong Wang leads vehicle systems research at ORNL. His research interests include stochastic distribution control, fault detection and diagnosis, nonlinear control, and data-based modeling for complex systems including industrial processes and transportation systems. Wang originated the work on stochastic distribution control (SDC), where the main purpose of control input design is to make the shape of the output probability density functions to follow a targeted function for general non-Gaussian dynamic systems. This has been regarded as a novel stochastic control theory that has found applications in general modeling, data mining, filtering design and optimization for uncertain systems. Wang received doctorate degrees from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, in 1984 and 1987, respectively. He was a Research Fellow with Salford University (Salford, UK), Brunel University (Uxbridge, UK) and Southampton University (Southampton, UK) before joining the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), Manchester, U.K., in 1992. Wang was a Chair Professor in Process Control of complex industrial systems at the University of Manchester (UK) from 2002 to 2016, where he was the deputy head of the Paper Science Department, director of the UMIST Control Systems Centre (which is the birthplace of Modern Control Theory) and University Senate member during his time in Manchester. Between 2016 – 2018, he was with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL, Richland, WA, USA) as a Laboratory Fellow and Chief Scientist, and was the co-leader and chief scientist for the Control of Complex Systems Initiative. Wang also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Washington.
Ted was motivated to enter politics while volunteering as an overnight host at the Goose Hollow Shelter and he saw firsthand that we could do much more to help the most vulnerable among us. He has a reputation as a leader who brings people together to get things done.
As the Chair of Multnomah County from 2007-2010, he balanced a county budget during the worst years of the recession, reducing the debt while maintaining safety net programs for the elderly, drug and alcohol treatment programs and forging partnerships to fund a Mental Health Crisis Center. He jump-started long-stalled infrastructure projects, including the Sellwood Bridge and East County Courthouse.
Under Ted’s stewardship as state Treasurer, Oregon’s investment portfolio outperformed every one of its peers in the nation and earned an upgraded credit rating. He re-launched the Oregon college savings plan, and passed legislation that created the Oregon Retirement Savings Plan, which is now a national model for state-sponsored retirement security.
Ted has assumed a leadership role in economic development. He convened business leaders and spearheaded a new statewide blueprint, dubbed the Oregon Investment Act, and it was approved by the Legislature in 2012. The Oregon Investment Act helps the State invest more effectively in the growth of small businesses.
A sixth-generation Oregonian, Ted was born in Portland, and graduated from Lincoln High School. Ted earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from Stanford University, an MBA from Columbia University and a Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Ted is a longtime community volunteer leader, and has devoted energy to diverse organizations including Neighborhood House, Portland Mountain Rescue and the Oregon Sports Authority. He is an Eagle Scout. He lives in Southwest Portland with his wife and daughter.