Kristin Cushman is the CEO for Blue Strike Environmental – with a project emphasis on EcoShift Consulting, Blue Strike’s climate division.
Kristin’s focus is to build climate mitigation strategies that combine community priorities with local greenhouse gas reduction strategies. She has worked for over a decade on supporting waste and energy state mandates, building public private partnerships to leverage resources and innovate programs.
On the forefront, she designs program activities, creates best practices and reports on UN Sustainable Development goals and Council for Responsible Sport certification. She also has an impeccable record for calculating, tracking, and reporting a wide range of sustainability metrics in electricity consumption, fuel consumption, waste diversion, and greenhouse gas emissions.
Most recently, she coordinated the stakeholder engagement around climate portfolio strategies for East Bay Community Power, the city of Santa Barbara’s Strategic Energy Plan and the roadmap toward carbon neutrality by 2030 for the University of California Monterey Bay and Cal Poly.
Kristin chairs the Monterey Bay Regional Climate Action Compact.
As Co-Founder and COO of Blue Strike Environmental, Rico Tesio divides his talents on sustainable events and management consulting.
By unifying the sponsor and civic sustainability message with the event, Rico offers brands new touch points and interface opportunities with their consumer.Through quantifiable data and stakeholder engagement, Rico and Blue Strike are helping events create additional revenue through environmental and social programming. His community first model spurs market development in areas where resources don’t typically exist and creates efficient operational procedures that support a triple bottom line.
Rico has over 20 years of experience working in event operations and has led sustainability programs at multiple PGA TOUR events and marathons. This experience provides an intimate knowledge of high level organizational commitment and budget restrictions placed on sustainability programs. Most recently, Rico has served as a Sustainability Consultant for the Sacramento Running Association and assisted them in being recognized by the Green Sports Alliance as a 2018 Innovator of the Year.
A native of Oklahoma, Rico holds a degree from Oklahoma State University.
Manager, Climate Division
Chris Sentieri is an experienced professional who specializes in: Public Policy, Economic Development, Project Management, Renewable Energy Planning, Climate and Energy Action Planning, Greenhouse Gas Reporting, and Sustainability. Chris holds a Master of Public Policy Degree from the Panetta Institute/CSU Monterey Bay, where he studied with Leon Panetta. His Masters thesis focused on renewable energy development in Monterey County and the feasibility of Community Choice Aggregation in the Monterey Bay region.
Chris was the former Director of Competitive Clusters for the Monterey County Business Council, where he developed and led many effective economic development and sustainability initiatives. He was a founding member of the Monterey Bay Electric Vehicle Alliance, where he chaired the Funding and Development Committee and led several successful state and local grant initiatives that secured funding for a Regional EV Readiness Plan and a network of more than 40 EV Charging Stations throughout the region. Chris has also worked for the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments, where he coordinated Greenhouse Gas Inventories and Climate and Energy Planning services for the 21 municipalities in the Monterey Bay region.
Climate & Energy Analyst
Benjamin Fordham, MBA has experience in resource, business, and environmental sustainability consulting
across diverse sectors including energy, waste, transportation, and the built environment. His professional expertise includes climate action & sustainability planning, environmental reporting, life cycle assessment, market and policy analysis, financial analysis, stakeholder engagement, business and strategy development, and marketing. He has extensive training and experience with projects involving techno-economic analysis and renewable energy planning.
Most recently, Mr. Fordham served as Project Manager for California State University, Monterey Bay’s Campus Sustainability Plan & Carbon Neutrality Roadmap. He also serves as Lead Analyst for Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo’s Climate & Energy Scenario Analysis (CESA) project, and has advised clients on market and risk factors including political and legal risks, solar-plus-storage feasibility, transportation innovation, and environmental commodities. He has completed certified GRI Standards training.
Regional Energy Manager
Alan Roark is a senior energy project manager helping energy clients with planning, risk management, renewable project solutions. Mr. Roark has managed wind, solar and hybrid interconnection due diligence projects, has reviewed many generation/transmission filings and has strong regulatory experience. Mr. Roark focuses upon pilot and project management, new technology business cases, operations and planning for implementing those technologies. Alan has over 20 years of experience in managing international projects. Mr. Roark has provided risk management program advisory experience and developed business and implementation cases for a variety of energy projects. Mr. Roark has worked at ABB, KEMA/DNV GL, PECO/Exelon, Washington Water Power, KCS Energy Risk Management, Wharton Econometrics/WEFA and the New York State Energy Office.
Peter Frantz is a seasoned financial professional with extensive managerial, sales and trading experience in numerous securities, derivatives and commodities. Peter’s recent focus is on portfolio management as well as hedging and position trading in power, natural gas, crude oil/products, weather and emissions. Mr. Frantz managed risk for interest rate, equity, agricultural, metal and currency markets at Exelon Generation Company. He has knowledge of futures and options, structured transactions and insurance derivatives and co-founded a clearing-member firm at the Chicago Board of Trade/Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Mr. Frantz was senior energy trader for PSEG Energy Resources and Trade, focusing on seasonal trades in natural gas, crude oil, heating oil and unleaded gasoline; and was Director of Commonwealth Edison’s wholesale trading and hedging group.
Sustainability Program Manager
Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Alex Baxter is a graduate of the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University holding his degree in Sustainability (Economics of Sustainability) and a minor in business. His belief is to connect and create mutual benefits among the three pillars of sustainability: economy, environment and society to advance business and entities’ social footprint in furthering a legacy within their community and views events as the catalyst for change.
Alex brings experience in municipal and large-scale event environmental projects including: Surprise, Arizona recycling redesign, 2017 NCAA Men’s Final Four – the first jewel sporting event to certify as Evergreen by the Council for Responsible Sport – and helped launch the Arizona Diamondbacks inaugural compost program during the 2017 season. By connecting with fans, vendors and staff in his work, in addition to composting nearly 50 tons, the Arizona Diamondbacks were able to increase waste diversion from 11% in April to 47% by August of the 2017 season.
Sustainability Program Manager
Born and raised in Dallas, TX Matt Fedorko graduated from The University of North Texas with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Business. Spending his extra hours volunteering at local community cleanups Matt is hoping to bridge mental health and sustainability to fuel behavior change on proper waste disposal. He believes that every time we discard something, we are presented with an opportunity to do the right thing. When we choose to do the wrong thing that mentality sticks with us, and the effects of improper disposal have generational impacts beyond the present day. To make large scale change we need to change our micro-decisions.
With experience at a full-scale Materials Recovery Facility “MRF”, Matt brings a depth of inside the industry knowledge to the team. He has seen the discrepancies within our society regarding sustainability, and in most situations, it’s not whether we care or not, it’s simply done we have the option to recycle or not. Matt is driven to see that sustainability is an option not only in all communities but in all events/businesses regardless of their size.