2019 Speakers

Michael Anderson

Senior Researcher

Michael Andersen covers housing and transportation as a senior researcher for Sightline Institute, a sustainability think tank for the Pacific Northwest. In this and previous roles, he’s been closely involved in Oregon’s 2019 legalization of fourplexes in all neighborhoods, a series of reforms to Portland’s parking policy and advances in U.S. bike infrastructure design.

Ronna Davis Baca

Strategy and Technology- Enterprise PLM

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.

Founder and CEO

Isaac Barrow

Commercial Real Estate Market Manager

Isaac Barrow is the Commercial Real Estate Market Manager for Portland General Electric. In this capacity he implements PGE’s vision for decarbonization in commercial real estate by fostering innovative industry partnerships, pursuing electrification of new development and driving innovative product development within PGE.  A graduate of Portland State University, prior to joining PGE Isaac worked in Real Estate development for the Port of Portland.

Chuck Bennett


Mara Blake

Manager of Data Services

Johns Hopkins University

Mara is the Manager of Data Services, a team based in the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University. Data Services supports users finding and accessing data; using data and utilizing Geographic Information Systems (GIS); managing and sharing research data; and oversees the JHU Data Archive. Mara also serves as the PI on an Institute of Museum and Library Studies IMLS funded planning grant on data rescue and as a Co-PI on the Sloan Funded Data Curation Network. Mara is interested in ways that libraries can partner with government and municipal organizations to curate and make data available to users.

Christopher Brown

Head of Government Partnerships - NorCal, Pacific NW


Chris Brown, Head of Regional Government Partnerships at Bird (Bay Area and Pacific NW) has served at the intersection of policy/politics, community affairs, and the business community for over 15 years. He was previously Counsel for the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor, and Legislative Director for U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (IL-1). He later served as a longstanding Director at PolicyLink, a national public policy institute focused on racial and economic equity across transportation, banking, and the larger economy. He brings a depth of experience in bridging community needs to government policy and business practices, and implements equity-based strategies for business operations and community partnerships.

His work seeks to help organizations successfully navigate the intersection of community, government, and corporate interests at local, state, & national levels, and has built fruitful partnerships across various sectors. Accomplishments include securing over 20 policy reforms at the federal and state level, and funding supports totaling over $1.2B in government budgets and public-private partnerships.

He holds a BA from the University of Georgia where he serves on the Board of Visitors for the nation’s top 5 ranked School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), and a Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. Chris serves on several local and national non-profit Boards, including Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Centerforce, and the University of California’s Presidential Council on Small and Disadvantaged Small Businesses.

Principal/Executive Director

Beven Byrnes is a Portland native, mother to 4, educator and community activist. Since 2012 Beven has served as the Principal/Executive Director of Bridges Middle School, a nonprofit independent school serving students with learning differences in Portland, Oregon. Educated at Portland State University and the Institute for Nonprofit Management, Beven has 25 years of experience in nonprofit management in Oregon and throughout the Unites States. Beven currently serves as a spokesperson/volunteer coordinator for Portland Clean Air helping coordinate regular communication and cooperation on air quality advocacy efforts across 40 community/neighborhood associations and 25 faith based groups.

Anat Caspi

Taskar Center for Accessible Technology

Paul G. Allen School for Computer Science and Engineering

Anat Caspi is Director of the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology at the Paul G. Allen School for Computer Science and Engineering. The center is focused on development, translation and deployment of universal technology benefiting individuals with disabilities. Her most recent work centers on the development of open source technology that provides scalable mobility solutions and decision support for cities, enabling urban centers to sustain accessible, non-motorized travel. Her work primarily concerns machine-learning solutions for customizable real-time, responsive technologies in the context of work, play and urban mobility. She received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in computer science from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in BioEngineering from the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco. Dr. Caspi received the Northwest Access Technology Innovation Award in 2017.

Stan Curtis

Co-Founder & VP Platform Development

Masters Student

Kanaad is a graduate student at the University of California, enrolled in the dual-Master’s Degree program in Transportation Engineering and City & Regional Planning. His research interests revolve around applying novel datasets to multimodal transportation planning, and is currently working as a student researcher under Jane Macfarlane.

Thomas Doherty

Clinical & Organizational Psychologist

Sustainable Self

Joshua Edmonds

Director of Digital Inclusion

City of Detroit



Chris Foreman, Chief Executive Officer of Marketplace.city drives the company’s revenue and growth by building their powerful network of technology providers. 

Prior to Marketplace.city, Mr. Foreman served as CEO of the Americas for AvePoint, Inc. While at AvePoint, Mr. Foreman helped lead the company’s growth from a small team to over 1200 employees in 15 countries and drove the expansion into government by launching an independent subsidiary, AvePoint Public Sector, Inc. where he served as CEO and Chairman.  AvePoint won 3 consecutive Microsoft Partner of the Year awards during Foreman’s tenure. Previously he worked at Nutech Integrated Systems where he oversaw enterprise sales initiatives focusing on healthcare, archiving, e-discovery, and records management. He has actively worked in the enterprise software industry for 15 years.  

Mr. Foreman received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in political science and international affairs from Northwestern University. He’s active in several industry organizations such as IAMCP, Voices for Innovation, and the Small Business Advocacy Council.     

Chief Equity Officer

King County, WA

Mark Gamba


City of Milwaukie

Yuri Gawdiak

AOSP Associate Director for Portfolio & Systems Analysis


Tom Gosner

Investment Partner, Seven Peaks Venture

Founder, Docusign

Global Community Manager

Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology

Jacob Green


Mosslabs.io (Municipal Open Source Software)

Jacob Green is the founder of Mosslabs.io (Municipal Open Source Software). A distributed system and video streaming wonk, he learned open source from VLC/FFMPEG communities while he was director of strategic projects at LTN Global. He hails from and considers himself a Baltimore champion, where he learned urban communities as a decade long resident and community organizer in West Baltimore. He advises, inspires, and works with municipal, academic, and institutions on organizing and scaling open source in cities.

Senior Research Scientist

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Jereme is a Senior Research Scientist at PNNL where he leads development the VOLTTRON™ platform which enables deploying agent-based solutions at the edges of the smart grid and in buildings to improve energy efficiency and load responsiveness. This platform serves as an integration point for devices, remote resources, and agent applications greatly decreasing the amount of effort to move research from simulation to actual deployment. Other agent research is the application of bio-inspired solutions to cyber security as part of the Digital Ants project which has been covered in Scientific American and NPR among others. Jereme has also been researching how computer science solutions can best assist information analysts through evaluating their effect on the information analysis process. As part of this research, he has been involved in the VAST Challenge producing datasets with ground truth and evaluating software used to discover the hidden threat. These datasets have become an open resource for research and university courses in the infoviz field. Jereme holds a B.S. Computer Science and in Mathematics from Doane College, Crete, Nebraska, and a Graduate Level Certificate in Intelligence Studies from Mercyhurst College.

Associate Professor

Ball State University

Dave Harkness

Manager, Parking Services

City of Surrey


Metropolitan Intelligence

Kathryn Helms

Chief Data Officer

State of Oregon

Associate Professor

University of Portland

Bill Howe

Professor, Computer Science

University of Washington


Adaptable Security

Warren Jimenez

Executive Director

The Intertwine Alliance

Senior Fellow

American Leadership Forum of Oregon

Dwayne Johnson President of Globe Three Ventures, a boutique consultancy that works with startups, public, private and non-profit organizations on entrepreneurship, innovation, technology and inclusion efforts that increase collaboration, social and/or economic prosperity. A visionary entrepreneur and applied technologist, Dwayne has spent his life at the center of tech-driven innovation working across industries, economic and cultural boundaries to develop technologies, strategies, policies and organizations that help inclusive communities thrive.

Dwayne is a Senior Fellow at the American Leadership Forum of Oregon, holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship (summa cum laude) from Babson College and a BA in History from California Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Parking Director

University of British Columbia

Christine Kendrick

Smart City PDX Coordinator/Air Quality Lead

City of Portland

Masters Student

University of California, Berkeley

Colin is currently completing a Master’s degree in Transportation Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. His in-progress thesis, under the supervision of Michael Cassidy, Carlos Daganzo, and Marta Gonzalez, revolves around clustering trip trajectories to enable more efficient carpooling and transit.

Director of SMC Public Wi-Fi

County of San Mateo

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.

Ann Marcus

Strategic Communications

Marcus Consulting Group

Deputy Director at Statewide Technology Procurement for Department of Technology

State of California

Jane Macfarlane

Director of Smart Cities

University of California at Berkeley

Patrick Marnell

Project Manager


Patrick Marnell, P.E. is a project manager for Q-Free/Intelight. He focuses on delivering projects using the innovative Intelight suite of traffic signal systems software. His project experience includes adaptive signal control (ASC), connected vehicles, advanced traffic management systems (ATMS), and advanced ramp metering applications. Before joining Q-Free/Intelight, Patrick worked as a consulting engineer focusing on traffic signal systems and traffic operations. Patrick’s background in transportation engineering allows him to understand the technical details of advanced signal system while focusing on solution-oriented goals. Patrick enjoys using his technical knowledge and management skills to guide diverse groups of stakeholders to deploy innovative solutions to complex transportation challenges.

Patrick is a registered professional engineering in Oregon, Washington, and Montana. He is an active member of the Portland area transportation engineering community and currently serves as Oregon ITE’s Immediate Past President. Further, Patrick was recently awarded the 2019 ITE Western District’s Young Professional Achievement Award.

Director, Open@ADSK


Guy Martin is Director of Open Source Strategy at Autodesk, responsible for overseeing the company’s open source strategy, execution and collaborative projects, as well as representing the company in open source communities and organizations. He has over two decades of experience in the software industry, where he has consistently focused on helping companies understand, contribute to, and better leverage open source software. Martin has held senior opensource roles with Samsung Research, Red Hat and Sun Microsystems, among others. He is a frequent speaker and attendee at key open source conferences, including LinuxCon, Collaboration Summit, OSCON and All Things Open, where he’s known for his talks on increasing corporate participation in the open source ecosystem to drive product innovation.

Karen Mason

City of Eugene & University of Oregon UrbanismNext

A Brooklyn native, Karen was raised on public transportation. When she began riding her bicycle as a form of transportation and not just recreation, she quickly learned the dangers inherent in doing so. These experiences pushed her to pursue a career in transportation planning. She earned her master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon in June 2019. Her capstone project explores how three case study cities – Santa Monica, San Francisco, and Portland – approached regulating e-scooters. She currently interns with the City of Eugene’s Transportation Planning Department. There she is using her research to assist city staff in establishing their own scooter pilot project.

Principal Legislative IT Analyst

Oregon Legislative Fiscal Office

From June 2008 to September 2013, Sean McSpaden served in the state of Oregon’s executive branch as Oregon’s Deputy State Chief Information Officer.  For the past 6 years, Sean has served as a Principal Legislative IT Analyst for Oregon’s Legislative Fiscal Office (LFO). In that role, Sean is responsible for overseeing state agency information technology (IT), GIS, and information security related operations, projects and programs on behalf of the Oregon Legislature.    

In addition, Sean serves as the Committee Administrator for Oregon’s Joint Legislative Committee on Information Management and Technology and for the Transparency Oregon Advisory Commission. Sean also serves as Oregon’s Representative to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Taskforce on Cybersecurity, and as the Staff Vice-Chair to the NCSL Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce (CFI) Committee.

Throughout his tenure in Oregon state government, Sean has represented Oregon on several state, regional and national project steering committees, task forces, governing boards, committees, commissions and associations, and has presented on various topics including public procurement of Information Technology related goods and services at local, state, regional, national, and international meetings and conferences.    

Sean earned his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree and Certificate of Public Management from the Willamette University, Atkinson Graduate School of Management.  Sean is an ISACA Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), holds a PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, and is a Zachman Certified Enterprise Architect Associate.  Sean also holds a Secret level clearance granted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Sean is also a member of several professional organizations including the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC), the National Information Sharing Consortium (NISC), the Project Management Institute (PMI), and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

Professor, Electrical Engineering

Unversity of British Columbia

Yasunori Mochizuki

NEC Fellow

NEC Corporation

Vice President, Strategic Customers

Schneider Electric

During his 30+ years with Schneider Electric, Gregg has held various customer-centric leadership positions in sales, product management, and marketing. In his current role, Gregg is dedicated to empowering strategic customers through Schneider Electric’s IoT-enabled EcoStruxure platform. One of his major focuses is addressing the mega trends of decentralization, decarbonization, and digitization by leveraging best in class partnerships in the creation of microgrids.  Gregg graduated from the State University of NY at Stony Brook with a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering and has an MBA from the State University of NY at Albany.

David Moss

President & CTO

People Power Company

Equity & Inclusion Manager

Multnomah County

Ann Neville-Bonilla

Director, California Research Bureau

California State Library

President & CEO

Technology Association of Oregon

Nick Nedelisky


Eagle Landing

Growing up in the family business, Nick had the privilege of being involved with real estate development from a young age. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in economics, Nick immediately moved professionally into the development industry. He concentrates on bridging the gap between development and technology, looking forward to how this all becomes applicable from a millennial’s perspective.Cuong is the chair of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) Testing and Certification Working Group (TCWG). In addition, Cuong coordinates international outreach efforts through bilateral and multilateral engagements.


AmerAsia Technologies Inc

Cuong Nguyen

Program Analyst

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Cuong Nguyen joined the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in 2010 and leads the Smart Grid Testing and Certification Project in the Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office of the Engineering Laboratory. He works with industry to support standards-based interoperability test  programs to help accelerate smart grid deployments, and he also manages the NIST Smart Grid Advisory Committee. Cuong is the chair of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) Testing and Certification Working Group (TCWG). In addition, Cuong coordinates international outreach efforts through bilateral and multilateral engagements.

Adrian Pearmine

National Director for Smart Cities and Connected Vehicles

DKS Associates

Adrian Pearmine is the National Director for Smart Cities and Connected Vehicles for DKS Associates. He holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering focussed on Transportation from University of Washington.  For over 20 years, he has specialized in consulting on transportation technology and smart mobility.

Adrian wrote the Chapter on Connected Vehicles for Internet of Things and Data Analytics Handbook.  He helped coordinate the City of Portland’s response to the USDOT Smart Cities Challenge and is co-chair of the Smart Cities Lab coordinated by the Technology Association of Oregon, which manages the local efforts in the Global Cities Team Challenge.

Wilf Pinfold



Dr Pinfold has a passion for emerging technologies that are enabled by leading-edge research in computational and data science, giving him the ability to contribute to major advancements across a wide range of industries, including healthcare, environment, engineering, energy, packaged goods, and the entertainment industry.

His background includes experience delivering advanced computing platforms from small embedded technologies to large data centers and combining them into Cyber Physical Systems. In a 23-year career at Intel he built experience in engineering, research, strategy, business planning, account management, and marketing. He has held academic positions in schools of engineering and business in both the US and UK, has authored numerous technical reports and papers and participated in project and thesis reviews up to and including PhD.

He is a qualified Naval Architect and Structural Engineer , the Portland Mayor’s representative on the Technology Oversight Committee (TOC), a respected and highly sought-after spokesperson and contributor to the in the Smart City community.

Senior Program Manager

Cincinnati Bell

Robert Rallo

Research Scientist and Group Manager

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Since 2017, Robert Rallo leads the Data Sciences Group in the Advanced Computing, Mathematics, and Data Division at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Prior to joining PNNL, he was an Associate Professor (2007-2016) in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence and Director of the Advanced Technology Innovation Center (2012-2016) at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, in Catalonia. As part of his scientific activity, he served as PI or co-I in multiple projects funded by the EU and DOE.  He is an active member of various professional societies including ACM, IEEE and ISOC. His research interests focus on the applications of artificial intelligence techniques in scientific and technical domains of relevance for DOE.

Director of Design

Otak Architects, Inc.

Gary Reddick is Director of Design for Otak, a multi-disciplinary firm based in Portland with offices in Washington and Colorado. Gary is a recognized expert in Urban Planning and smart Growth, and has dedicated his career to helping build quality Architecture and increase the livability of communities throughout the United States, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Gary is currently advancing Otak’s Architectural and Engineering divisions to a deeper collaborative level, called ART + SCIENCE, which is now being applied to the way the firm master plans and designs next-generation communities.

Robert Rallo

Research Scientist and Group Manager

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Since 2017, Robert Rallo leads the Data Sciences Group in the Advanced Computing, Mathematics, and Data Division at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Prior to joining PNNL, he was an Associate Professor (2007-2016) in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence and Director of the Advanced Technology Innovation Center (2012-2016) at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, in Catalonia. As part of his scientific activity, he served as PI or co-I in multiple projects funded by the EU and DOE.  He is an active member of various professional societies including ACM, IEEE and ISOC. His research interests focus on the applications of artificial intelligence techniques in scientific and technical domains of relevance for DOE.

Senior Broadband Specialist

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.

April Rinne

New Economy | Future of Work | Global Citizenship

April Worldwide

April Rinne is equal parts global authority, advocate, ally and adventurer. She sees trends early, understands their potential, and helps others do the same. She’s a global citizen who brings insights, access and perspective to companies, governments, investors and organizations worldwide. But April is not only a thought leader; she’s also a doer. She connects people, ideas and resources in ways that say “wow, that’s what the world needs” – and then makes it happen. 

Advisor: April is a pathfinder within the new economy (encompassing the digital, sharing, collaborative, freelance, gig, on-demand and platform economies). She advises startups and established companies, local and national governments, policy makers, think tanks and investors, working across for-profit and non-profit models. Her areas of expertise include the future of work; policy reform; global expansion; sustainable development; travel and tourism; cities; and emerging markets. She is known for her skill in bridging the private, public and social sectors, seeing shifts and opportunities before they go mainstream, and having a keen eye towards responsible, inclusive business. 

Speaker & Writer: April is an acclaimed keynote speaker and contributes regularly to news and media about the new economy, future of work and global citizenship. She has presented at a wide range of events, from Davos to the EU Commission, industry convenings and private workshops. 

Global Citizen: April belongs to the world. She espouses the values of global citizenship: diversity, interdependence, empathy and perspective. She has traveled to more than 100 countries, worked in more than 50, and lived overseas for more than 10 years. She works in approximately 20 different countries each year. Increasingly her advisory work includes work on this theme, from “borderless” talent to digital identity. 

The Fine Print Education: April holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.A. in International Business and Finance from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a B.A. summa cum laude from Emory University. She is a Fulbright Scholar and has also studied at Oxford University, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and the European University Institute. 

Memberships: April is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum where she co- founded the Sharing Economy Working Group and is a member of the Global Futures Council for the Future of Mobility and the Urbanization Advisory Group. 

She is a member of China’s National Sharing Economy Committee and serves on the Advisory Boards of the Sharing Cities Alliance, Seoul Sharing City (South Korea), Amsterdam Sharing City (The Netherlands), Sharing Economy Denmark (SEDK), the National League of Cities (USA) and World Pulse (global). She is also a founding member of BBPDX

Kamau Rogers

Attorney General

State of Oregon

Aymeric Rousseau

Vehicle and Mobility Group Manager

Argonne National Laboratory

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.

Kamran Saddique


City Innovate

Kamran Saddique is Co-CEO of City Innovate. Kamran founded City Innovate in 2015 with a mission to help governments solve problems through collaboration with the private sector. Kamran has been a serial entrepreneur for over 12 years in three continents. Previously, he worked in the financial engineering sector with a focus on new technology ventures including smart city initiatives. He served as head of investments to a company owned by one of the royal family members in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Prior to that he was the VP of Private Equity for Convergence Capital in the Dubai International Financial Centre, responsible for closing transactions in real estate, aviation, mining, water desalination, carbon credits, health, education and media. He started his career with Sun Microsystems and a (Hons) Computer Science B.Sc. and a Masters of Science in International Finance at Aston Business School.

Senior Director - Smart Buildings Program

Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)

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.

Dr. Mohammad "Mo" Shakouri

Director, Community Broadband Initiative

Joint Venture Silicon Valley

Oleg Shvaikovsky

President, Nortal Inc.

Executive Vice President, Nortal Group

Project Manager

Herrera Environmental Consultants

Jiri Skopek

Architect and Planner

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.

Lisa Skube


CreatureKind Communications

Lisa Skube is a journalist, a communication strategist and the founder of the Journalism Accelerator (JA), an online information exchange connecting publishers across news and information networks and exposing new possibilities for financial sustainability in journalism. Lisa has written and tweeted extensively on Smart Cities, sustainability, resiliency and other related and timely topics. Lisa specializes in news and information impact and is a fluent collaborator with a deep cross-sector network of news producers, policy makers, good government groups, thought leaders, educators, advocates, business leaders, media futurists, nonprofit movements and journalism practitioners across verticals. She excels in responsive engagement integrating digital strategy and regards herself as an activation architect. She has deep experience bridging departments, products and people and developing inclusive programs for startups, nonprofits and for-profits. She has undertaken design for Hewlett Packard consumer and small business groups, lead interactive strategy for global digital agencies, developed national and regional funding for the National Freedom of Information efforts in the US, lead communication strategy for an international startup and contributed to analysis and efficacy assessments of funder investment across national, regional and local civic networks.  

Executive Vice President, Goverment Relations & Public Affairs


Christopher Tamarin

Telecommunications Strategist Oregon Broadband Office, Oregon Business Development Department

Business Oregon

Christopher Tamarin is the Telecommunications Strategist for the Oregon Business Development Department, “Business Oregon,” staffing the Oregon Broadband Office and assisting communities with broadband telecommunications infrastructure, applications and public policy. He has seventeen years of experience in marketing voice and data telecommunications services and equipment used in small and large communities by multi-location companies, electric utilities, healthcare providers, schools, and government agencies. He has five years teaching experience at Eastern Oregon University and seventeen years in state government. He has a BS in Business Administration from Elizabethtown College (Pennsylvania), an MBA from the University of Nevada-Reno, and an MS in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Eric Thorn

Manager R&D, Cooperative Systems Section

Southwest Research Institute

Dr. Eric Thorn leads the Cooperative Systems Section at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. His teams conduct research related to emerging transportation technology, including connected and automated vehicles and  unmanned aerial systems, for government and commercial clients. Dr. Thorn also has over 15 years of experience designing, implementing, and validating advanced unmanned systems. His areas of expertise include automated vehicle world modeling, decision making, motion planning, and control.

Dennis Tomlin

Chief Information Security Officer

Multnomah County, Oregon
Dennis Tomlin is the Chief Information Security Officer for Multnomah County, Oregon where he is responsible for leading the county’s cyber-security efforts. He manages a team that ensures endpoint and perimeter protection, incident response, forensics, identity management, HIPAA compliance and software application security.

In his role as county HIPAA security officer, he establishes policy, provides leadership and consulting for in-house initiatives. 

Previously, Mr. Tomlin was the Information Security and Governance Program Manager for Papa Murphy’s International, leading the efforts to align the company with Sarbanes-Oxley and PCI-DSS security and compliance requirements.

He also worked for 14 years for a German based Medical Device manufacturer, Biotronik in various roles, most recently as senior information security and GRC manager, where he was responsible for the global company’s IT security, governance, risk and compliance within an ITIL, NIST and COBIT framework.
In 2017 Mr. Tomlin was appointed by Oregon Governor Kate Brown to serve on the Oregon Cyber-security Advisory Council  who’s mission is “to build tangible solutions to protect the digital lives of all Oregonians”.

Mr. Tomlin served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay from 1978 to 1981.  

Emy Tseng

Senior Broadband Program Specialist

National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA)

Emy Tseng is a Senior Broadband Program Specialist with the National Telecommunications Information Administration’s (NTIA) BroadbandUSA program.  She provides technical assistance to local and state governments on their digital inclusion and smart cities / communities programs. Her policy and stakeholder engagement work focuses on expanding broadband access, adoption and digital skills in underserved and vulnerable communities across the country. She previously oversaw a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant portfolio of local governments and K-12 education programs. Prior to NTIA, Ms. Tseng was the Digital Inclusion Project Director for the City of San Francisco where she developed one of the nation’s first city-led digital inclusion initiatives and served on the first California Broadband Task Force. Previously, she was the Senior Policy Advisor at ZeroDivide.org and a Program Associate for communications policy at the Ford Foundation. She also previously worked in the software industry as an engineer and project manager.  Ms. Tseng holds a Masters of Science degree from the Technology and Policy Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a Bachelor of Science degree in Math/Physics from Brown University. From 2014-2016, she was a fellow and affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. In 2017, Ms. Tseng was awarded the Charles Benton Digital Equity Champion Award for her longstanding work on digital inclusion.

Director of OCAN & OneNet Services

State of Oklahoma

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. 

Hong Wang

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.


City of Portland

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.

Yu Xiao

Associate Professor Urban Studies & Planning

Portland State University