Keynote Speakers


KC Golden

As the Senior Policy Advisor at Climate Solutions, a Northwest-based clean energy nonprofit, KC shapes policy and communication strategies, with the goal of changing what's "possible" so we can do what's necessary. "Cynicism," he insists, "is capitulation." >>More

Heidi VanGenderen

Heidi VanGenderen is the Director of Public Engagement in the Office of Congressional & Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy. Ms. VanGenderen helps implement a multi-faceted public engagement and outreach program to convey the Department’s activities, the Administration’s energy priorities, and help facilitate a robust, ongoing policy discussion with Departmental officials and stakeholders on all issues within Department’s jurisdiction. >>>More

Bill Goldner

Dr. Bill Goldner is the National Program Leader for Sustainable Bioenergy in the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Institute for Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment. Bill has responsibility for managing the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Regional Bioenergy Coordinated Agricultural Project (CAP) Program. >>More

Beverly Samuel

Beverly C. Samuel, CFCS is a National Program Leader (NPL), Housing and Community Living, at United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture in the Division of Family and Consumer Sciences in Washington, D.C. >>More

Wendy Gerlitz

Wendy is Policy Director for the NW Energy Coalition. Prior to joining the Coalition, Wendy worked as a policy analyst for Sustainable Northwest focusing on federal land management and rural economic development issues. >>More