Mark is an Oscar-nominated actor and director who lives in New York State with his wife and three children. Mark is an avid gardener and clean water advocate who has publicly opposed the practice of chemical hydro-fracking — a process regularly used by the oil and gas industries to extract oil and natural gas from shale formations. Mark also co-founded The Solutions Project, a nonprofit focused on accelerating the transition to a 100% renewable energy economy. You might recognize Mark from his Academy Award-nominated roles in Foxcatcher and Spotlight, or for his portrayal of the Hulk in the Avengers movies.
H.R.H. Prince Carlos Javier Bernardo de Bourbon de Parme – Honorary Chairman
Prince Carlos is president of the Spanish, Portuguese and Latin-American Foundation and an executive member of the Carlos de Amberes Foundation. He serves on the board of MVO Nederland, the Netherlands’ corporate social responsibility organization; and is a non-executive director of ASN Vermoogensbeheer. After earning a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a master’s in philosophy from Cambridge University, Prince Carlos worked for the ABN AMRO Bank in Hong Kong and Amsterdam and for the European Public Policy Advisors group in Brussels. He joined an incubator and initiation company concentrating on start-up firms with sustainable products, from green electricity generation to energy-saving devices. He left the commercial field to develop the Dutch Institute for Innovation and Sustainability (INSID), which is devoted to helping society transition to sustainability.
Josh Fox is the founder and producing artistic director of the International WOW Company, a theater and film group comprising over 100 actors, dancers, musicians, and technical and visual artists spanning 30 countries. He has written, directed, and produced two feature films and over 25 full-length works for the stage. Josh wrote, directed, and shot GASLAND, a film about the largest onshore natural gas-drilling and fracking campaign in U.S. history. GASLAND won the Special Jury Prize for Documentary at the Sundance film festival, was nominated for an Academy Award and won an Emmy for best documentary directing. It has been seen on HBO and in theaters across the country. Josh has spoken about fracking and its effects on The Daily Show, The Keith Olbermann show, PBS Now, CNN, Democracy Now, MSNBC, CBS, and NBC Nightly News.
Gil Shefer is an associate attorney at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe's San Francisco office, where he advises renewable energy developers and sponsors on a wide variety of matters, including debt & tax equity financings, energy storage acquisitions, power purchase and sale agreements, and EPC and supply agreements. Prior to joining Orrick, Gil assisted attorneys at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, consulted on a micro-finance project in Rwanda, and served as an economic consultant for the World Bank’s Kigali Office. He received a B.Sc. from NYU’s Stern School of Business, J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and Masters in Economic Law from Sciences Po Paris.
Captain Richard Birt
Richard currently serves as a fire captain for Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, and has been a firefighter/paramedic for 27 years. A long-time advocate of solar energy, Richard was instrumental in the fight to keep the solar industry alive in Nevada. Richard lives with his wife and two children in a home for which he designed and built an off-grid solar energy system. Captain Birt is the founder of SAFE, Solar And Fire Education, which provides training and education for emergency responders on how respond to emergencies involving renewable energy. Captain Birt has a Bachelors of Arts from Portsmouth University in England.
Katie Ullmann is director of marketing for Dandelion, a home geothermal startup that reduced the price of installing home geothermal in half and graduated Alphabet's X in early 2017. Previously, Katie was director of global marketing for Conergy, a utility-scale solar company that operates in seventeen countries. Katie came to Conergy after managing public relations and marketing efforts for Mosaic, the world's largest home solar lending platform. Katie has been involved with the non-profit side of clean energy since high school, leading local efforts for 350.org and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, and was one of seven two-time recipients of the national Udall Scholarship for environmental leadership in 2012.
With a background in renewable technology, finance, and enterprise development, David has been a peer reviewer for the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot program, a merit reviewer for Sandia National Laboratories, and a contributor to National Renewable Energy Laboratory initiatives. He has been involved in developing renewable energy projects in the Americas, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Africa. David was selected as one of TIME magazine’s Innovators of the Year in 2005.