Green Cities, Business and Beyond

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Lisa Jackson

Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency

As EPA’s Administrator, Lisa P. Jackson leads a staff of approximately 18,000 professionals dedicated to protecting the public health and environment of all Americans. She was nominated to lead the Agency by President Barack Obama on December 15, 2008 and confirmed by the Senate on January 23, 2009. She is the first African American to serve in that position.
Administrator Jackson lists among her priorities reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving air quality, managing chemical risks, cleaning up hazardous waste sites, and protecting America’s water.

Before becoming EPA’s Administrator, Jackson served as Chief of Staff to New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine. Prior to that, she was appointed by Governor Jon S. Corzine to be Commissioner of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in 2006. While Commissioner, Jackson was known for her advocacy for reducing greenhouse gases, aggressively addressing pollution, and having an open and honest dialogue with stakeholders in the public policy process. She was also noted for ensuring that underserved communities received fair environmental protection under the law.

Jackson joined DEP in 2002, serving as Assistant Commissioner for Compliance and Enforcement, then Assistant Commissioner for Land Use Management, before becoming Commissioner. Prior to joining DEP, she worked for 16 years as an employee of the U.S. EPA, initially at its headquarters in Washington and later at its regional office in New York City. During that time, she was involved in directing hazardous waste cleanup operations and helping to direct the region’s enforcement division.

Governor Corzine said of her after her confirmation to head the U.S. EPA, “The American people have gained a tireless public servant and a tenacious guardian of the environment.”
Jackson is a summa cum laude graduate of Tulane University’s School of Chemical Engineering and earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University.
She was born in Pennsylvania and grew up a proud resident of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Jackson now resides in Washington D.C. and East Windsor, New Jersey. She is married to Kenny Jackson and is the proud mother of two wonderful sons, Marcus and Brian.

Susan Dorn

General Counsel, USGBC

Where law and governance intersect the green building movement you’ll find Susan Dorn, General Counsel for the U.S. Green Building Council and its credentialing subsidiary, the Green Building Certification Institute. Susan brings to this complex and nuanced role a nationally recognized expertise in the myriad governance and administrative issues unique to nonprofits, as well as solid counsel on operational issues, including protecting USGBC’s significant intellectual property, trademarks and copyrights. Her expertise as an assessor for the American National Standards Institute has been instrumental in the evolution of GBCI.

She joined USGBC’s senior management team in 2009, after providing outside counsel to USGBC for two years from Dorn _ Hanson, a law firm specializing in non-profit law, where she was managing partner. Dorn _ Hanson was preceded by two other firms where Susan was also partner.

A 1985 graduate of Antioch School of Law, a public interest law school, Susan’s entire career has been devoted to protecting the interests of professional societies, membership associations, certification agencies, and philanthropic organizations as outside general counsel. A noted writer, she is co-author of a booklet published by the National Center for Nonprofit Boards entitled The Nonprofit Board’s Guide to Bylaws; one of the authors of The Licensure and Certification Mission: Legal, Social, and Political Foundations; a contributor to the American Bar Association’s Tax-Exempt Tool Kit; and a regular contributor to numerous legal and risk management publications.

She is also a sought after speaker on the issues of governance, voluntary certification, and accreditation, as well as governmental regulation and licensure, with speaking engagements with American Bar Association; the American Society of Association Executives; the Washington Certification Networking Group; the Council on Licensure, Enforcement _ Regulation; the National Organization for Competency Assurance; and the National Center for Nonprofit Boards.

Ms. Dorn is a member of the bar in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. She is an assessor for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). When she’s not working, you’ll likely find her rowing on the Anacostia.

Steve Harmon

Sr. Director Legal Services, Cisco

Steven is a member of the Cisco Legal executive management team where he manages the Legal Technology Solutions (“LTS”) and Global Export Trade (“GET”) teams. The LTS team is chartered with developing and maintaining systems and process that support the efficiency and accuracy of legal functions at Cisco. These systems and processes include contract management, export compliance tools, regulatory compliance, legal knowledge management, web-based resources, and file room operations. The GET team is responsible for expediting Cisco’s worldwide trade by ensuring global compliance with global export rules and regulations.

Steven also continues to practice law for Cisco as an adjunct member of the Licensing team where he focuses his practice on intellectual property issues with a specific emphasis on matters including Privacy, Standards Setting Organizations, and sponsored research programs.

Steven also has significant strategic business development experience. He is a former member of Cisco’s Strategic Alliances organization where he led the global alliance team responsible for Cisco’s relationship with Hewlett Packard. Prior to joining Cisco Steven was Director, Strategic Alliances for Novell and a member of Novell’s Strategic Investments team. He is a former member of the National Venture Capital Association and holds a B.S. degree in Business Management (Information Systems)

Paul Lippe

CEO, Legal OnRamp

Paul Lippe is the founder and CEO of the Legal OnRamp, a Silicon Valley based initiative founded in cooperation with Cisco Systems to improve legal quality and efficiency through collaboration, automation and process re-engineering. Other founders of Legal OnRamp include Mark Chandler from Cisco, Ralph Baxter from Orrick, Jeff Carr from FMC, Craig Glidden from CPChem, and David Johnson.

From 1992-1999, Paul Lippe was an executive at Synopsys, an electronic design automation company. During that time Synopsys grew from $63MM to $800MM in revenue. Paul was at various times Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and ran Business Development and Corporate Marketing. Synopsys is the global leader in sophisticated technology for chip design.

After leaving Synopsys in late 1999, Paul became CEO of Stanford SKOLAR, a medical digital library and e-learning company sponsored by Stanford Medical School. SKOLAR was recognized as a leader in self-directed learning, with the first approved in-context learning system. Paul structured strategic relationships with Yale, multiple pharmaceutical and medical device companies, and the American Medical Association. SKOLAR has been sold to Wolters Kluwer.

Paul is a frequent speaker on legal and operational issues, and has spoken at Harvard Business School, Stanford Business School, Stanford Law School, the Law Firm Leaders’ Forum, Richard Susskind’s Scotland retreat on Law, the Stanford General Counsels’ Institute, the World Pension Forum, the Stanford Asia Forum and Tsinghua University (Beijing), and published in diverse periodicals such as the National (Canadian Bar Association), the ACC Docket, the American Lawyer, the San Jose Mercury News, Electronic News and Electronic Engineering Times.

Paul was a Special Assistant to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D. NY), Member and Chairman of the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission 1987-1992, and a founder of TechNet. As Chairman of the Colorado air Quality Control Commission, Paul was an aggressive proponent of market-based and technology driving strategies to improve air quality.

Paul is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School. He is married to Nancy White Lippe and they have 4 children.

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