Guangdong Province Summer Program

June 25 - august 17, 2018


The Guangdong Province Summer Program (GPSP) is an 8-week educational program for leading managers in local government, provincial government, state-owned enterprises, and academic institutions from Guangdong, China.

Hosted at Stanford University, the program is organized by the Center for Sustainable Development & Global Competitiveness (CSDGC), with curriculum developed by Sustainable Urban Systems (SUS), an initiative that offers graduate-level project-based learning courses in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Stanford.

SUS staff guide the program with campus-based lectures, sharing sessions with local and state officials, discussions with companies and social organizations that have shaped the Bay Area, and cultural visits to unique places that have enhanced our region's quality of life.


Learning ObjectiveS

  • Understand the political, economic, social, technological, environmental, and legal forces that have shaped the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley

  • Explore new techniques for data-driven planning and governance, with a focus on economic growth, sustainability, resilience, and quality of life in the Bay Area

  • Meet leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors to learn about case studies of sustainable development, gain unique perspectives, and establish useful connections

  • Translate lessons from the Bay Area into regional sustainable development and innovation strategies applicable to Guangdong




    Week 1. Innovation-Driven Sustainable Development

    THU 6/28
    [Site Visit] Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)

    FRI 6/29
    Discussion of the Role of U.S. Public Utilities and Infrastructure Companies
    Introduction to U.S. and State Governance

    MON 6/25
    Opening Ceremony
    Introduction of US. Innovation Systems, Stanford Research and Educational Systems

    TUE 6/26
    Critical Thinking: Learning in a Global Era
    Silicon Valley Innovation System & Venture Capital

    WED 6/27
    Spotlight on SRI
    Learning, Domain Knowledge, and Decision Systems

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    Jim Leckie, CSDGC Director

    Professor James O. Leckie is the C.L. Peck, Class of 1906, Professor of Environmental Engineering and Geological and Environmental Sciences (by courtesy) at Stanford University. He is also Director of the Center for Sustainable Development & Global Competitiveness and Director of the Stanford Environmental & Water Studies Summer Program. His research interests include computational intelligence for smart physical and social infrastructure, using computational learning and optimization tools to (1) better design smart physical infrastructure (transportation systems, urban water systems), and (2) facilitate a class of social services such as knowledge management for social innovation, to integrate social functionality into urban communities. Dr. Leckie has led the Sustainable Urban Systems Initiative for the last two years.

    Jie Wang, CSDGC Executive Director

    Dr. Jie Wang is a Consulting Professor at Stanford University focusing on interdisciplinary research in adaptive computational learning and reasoning for complex physical and social systems, information and knowledge management for sustainable development and innovation, decision making frameworks for sustainable strategy and business governance, information analytics and knowledge acquisition for new business and industry development, cross-culture and cross-disciplinary knowledge systems, enterprise modeling, enterprise IT infrastructure management, smart infrastructures, smart city and smart society, smart manufacture, computational learning and big data  for social computing and service innovation, and engineering and environmental informatics. He has conducted researches at Stanford, worked at several startups in Silicon Valley, and consulted for multi-international companies including Disney, UBS, First Union Bank (now Wells Fargo Bank), HP, Xerox, NCR, China Bank of Communications, and for government agencies. He also served as senior advisor to Sequoia Capital backed Silicon Valley startups. Currently, he is the Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Sustainable Development and Global Competitiveness. Dr. Wang received his Ph.D from Stanford University, his two M.S. degrees from Stanford University and University of Miami, and his B.S. from Shanghai JiaoTong University.


    Claude Leglise, Executive Director, Center for Innovation Leadership

    Claude Leglise is the executive director of the Center for Innovation Leadership at SRI International.  He has lectured and taught innovation management at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Tokyo University, University of Technology Malaysia, Paris Tech, Lappenrenta University of Technology (Finland), as well as many private companies. He is currently coaching entrepreneurs in China, France and Japan. He is also the chairman and co-founder of ClearSpot Energy, Inc., a solar electricity services company serving large-scale commercial users of power. Leglise combines extensive global venture investing experience with a long track record in technology marketing and general management. Before launching ClearSpot Energy, he was managing director of the WI Harper Group, a Chinese-American venture capital firm.  Prior to that, he was vice president of Intel Capital, where he was responsible for making over 150 equity investments in 25 countries, including CSR, SuSe, Passave, BCD Semiconductors and Techfaith Wireless. At Intel, Leglise spent 12 years in general management positions, first leading the design and marketing of the world’s first million-transistor microprocessor. He started the company’s collaboration with the software industry and managed the growth of the Developer Relations Group from two to over 300 software engineers. As vice president of the Home Products Group, he built a $250 million consumer business and served on Intel’s Executive Staff. Leglise has served on numerous public and private company boards, including Netlist (NASDAQ: NLST), Camelot Information Systems (NYSE: CIS) and SupportSoft (NASDAQ: SPRT). Leglise received a master's degree in electrical engineering from École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers, in Paris, France, an MBA from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and a Chinese Language Certificate from Peking University in Beijing, China.


    Cherry Chen, Senior Technical Staff, PG&E

    Cherry Chen is a Senior Risk Analyst at PG&E's Transmission Integrity Management Program at Gas Organization, where she conducts data analysis and supports threat identification and risk assessment of transmission pipeline. In her 6 years of working at PG&E, she held different positions as project manager in the Company's strategy department running Enterprise Continuous Improvement program and Senior Credit Analyst in the Finance department managing counterparty credit risk.  Before joining PG&E, Cherry worked at International Data Group and Stanford University Center for Sustainable Development & Global Competitiveness organizing and hosting prominent events such as "Top 10 brands from China CES Award Ceremony", " Stanford-IDG CEO summit". Cherry received a Master degree of Business Administration from California State University of East Bay with the "Honorable Member, Beta Gamma Sigma Society", highest recognition of business students in a business program accredited by AACSB international.


    Bruce Cain, Director, Bill Lane Center for the American West

    Dr. Bruce E. Cain is the Spence and Cleone Eccles Family Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West, and Charles Louis Ducommun Professor in Humanities and Sciences. Professor Cain succeeded the Center's founding faculty co-director, David M. Kennedy, and is tasked with carrying on the Center's study of the past, present and future of the American West. Professor Cain brings a wealth of experience in U.S. and California politics. A pioneer in computer-assisted redistricting, he is a well-known expert on elections, term limits, polling, and the relationships between lobbyists and elected officials. He is a frequently cited source in media coverage of politics.

    Week 2. national, state, and local Governance

    THU 7/5
    [Site Visit] San Francisco City Hall
    Meeting with Supervisor Katy Tang (District 4)
    [Site Visit] Transforming the Waterfront

    FRI 7/6
    [Site Visit] Public Access: Understanding Governance of Urban Spaces
    [Site Visit] Asian Art Museum, Docent-Guided Tour

    MON 7/2
    [Site Visit] California State Capitol
    Meeting with Assemblymember Kansen Chu
    Meeting with Assemblymember Ed Chau
    Meeting with Senator Scott Wiener

    TUE 7/3
    Challenges of Local and Regional Governance
    Building the Knowledge Base for U.S. Innovation Systems and Policies

    WED 7/4
    Fourth of July National Holiday


    Kansen Chu, California District 25 Assemblymember

    Assemblymember Kansen Chu was elected in November 2014 to represent California's 25th Assembly District, which includes the Alameda County communities of Fremont and Newark, and the Santa Clara County communities of Milpitas, San Jose, and Santa Clara. In Sacramento, Kansen has been a champion for small business and job creation,  education, and the environment. As the Chair of the Assembly Committee of Health and Human Services, he has fought for the most vulnerable in our society by ensuring efficient services are being brought to child welfare, foster care, in-home support services, and the Cal-Works and CalFresh programs.

    Kansen Chu served on the San Jose City Council from 2007-2014. He was the first Chinese American to serve on the region’s City Council. During this time, he made public health and the environment top priorities, passing legislation to require citywide green building standards, ban the use of single-use plastic bags. He also promoted the installation of automatic heart defibrillators across San Jose.

    While serving on the City Council, Chu worked with stakeholders to create the North San José Neighborhood Plan, established the Berryessa Business Association to help grow and support local businesses, helped to start the Berryessa Farmers Market to make it easier for residents to enjoy healthy and locally grown fruits and vegetables, and moved the long-awaited Commodore Park and dog park projects forward to provide additional opportunities for exercise and recreation.He serves on 21 local and regional governing committees and represents San Jose on the League of California Cities and Association of Bay Area Governments.

    A long-time advocate for education, Chu was elected to the Berryessa School Board in 2002. As a school boardmember, he worked to bolster public education materials, strengthen curriculum and improve public access to school board meetings.

    Kansen's dedication to our community is reflected in his many community activities and civic services. He served on the Santa Clara Valley Metro YMCA, Vietnamese Voluntary Foundation, Shin Shin Education Foundation, and Advisory Board of Californians for Justice. Kansen has also served on the Santa Clara County Mental Health Board, Private Industry Council under Job Training Partnership Act, Neighborhood Accountability Board under the County Restorative Justice Program, the KNTV Channel 11 Community Board, and Asian Law Alliance.

    Born in Taiwan, Chu moved to the United States in 1976 as a graduate student. He has a Master's in Electrical Engineering from Cal State Northridge, and worked as a Microdiagnostics Microprogrammer at IBM for 18 years. He also owned and operated Ocean Harbor Chinese Restaurant for 16 years.

    Ed Chau, California District 49 Assemblymember

    Assemblymember Ed Chau was elected in November 2012 to represent the 49th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Alhambra, Arcadia, El Monte, Monterey Park, Rosemead, San Gabriel, San Marino, Temple City and portions of Montebello, and South El Monte.

    He currently serves as Chair of both the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection, and the Assembly Select Committee on Emerging Technologies and Innovation. He also serves as a member of the following Committees: Appropriations; Housing and Community Development; Judiciary; and Natural Resources.

    Assemblymember Chau also serves as a member of the following Assembly Select Committees: Asia/California Trade and Investment Promotion; California-Mexico Bi-National Affairs; California’s Clean Energy Economy; Census; Cybersecurity; and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education.

    During his time in the Legislature, Assemblymember Chau has championed legislation to more effectively punish those who commit elder abuse; to protect the privacy of those seeking legal counsel; and to remove language barriers by making language assistance policies in hospitals readily available to patients, and by requiring the Secretary of State to establish a Language Accessibility Advisory Committee to ensure all eligible voters have access to the voting process the law guarantees.

    Other notable laws authored by Assemblymember Chau address the affordable housing crisis in our state, which include legislation to assist mentally ill individuals with securing housing and exiting homelessness; establish a process to capture more federal funding for affordable housing; and reduce the parking requirements for affordable projects that are close to transit or serve individuals who have fewer cars in order to promote more affordable housing.

    To enhance privacy protections for everyone as technology continues to advance, Assemblymember Chau has authored legislation signed into law that makes it a constructive invasion of privacy to capture an image or sound recording in a manner that is offensive to a reasonable person through the use of any device, such as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone.  He also enacted law that holds hackers – and those who hire them to commit crimes – accountable, and to make sure businesses, state and local agencies have strong technological safeguards in place, if our private information is compromised.

    He also had legislation signed into law that requires businesses and government agencies to provide notice of a breach to residents of California, if both the encrypted data and keys to the encryption are believed to have been breached, and legislation that imposes privacy requirements, with limited exceptions, directly on Web sites, online services, and mobile applications that are designed, marketed and used primarily by pupils enrolled in preschool and pre-kindergarten.

    Other legislative priorities have focused on allocating more money to the San Gabriel Valley for groundwater cleanup projects to ensure that its basin continues to serve as a sustainable, clean water sources for the community.

    Born in Hong Kong, Assemblymember Chau grew up in Los Angeles.  He attended the University of Southern California and Southwestern University School of Law, where he obtained a B.A. in Sociology, B.S. in Computer Science and a Juris Doctor Degree, respectively.

    After law school, he opened the Law Office of Edwin Chau and was a general law practitioner, and small business owner, for over 20 years. Prior to owning his business, Assemblymember Chau was an engineer for IBM and a programmer for Unisys Corporation where he helped create cutting-edge technology and focused on finding solutions to tomorrow’s problems.

    Assemblymember Chau previously served as a Board Member of the Montebello Unified School District for 12 years where he acted as Board President three times, and was also a Judge Pro Tem for the Los Angeles Superior Court for a decade.

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    Scott Wiener, California District 11 Senator

    Elected in November 2016, Senator Scott Wiener represents District 11 in the California State Senate. District 11 includes all of San Francisco, Broadmoor, Colma, and Daly City, as well as portions of South San Francisco. 

    In the Senate, Senator Wiener works hard to make housing more affordable by confronting California’s severe housing shortage; to invest in our transportation systems, including improving and expanding our public transportation systems; to increase access to healthcare, including reproductive healthcare; to support working families, including expanding paid family leave, childcare, and quality public education; to support California's nightlife culture and economy; to meaningfully address climate change and the impacts of drought by expanding clean energy and modernizing our water system; to reform the criminal justice system and reduce gun violence; to reduce California’s alarmingly high poverty rate; and to safeguard and expand the rights of all communities, including immigrants and the LGBT community.

    During his first year in the Senate, Senator Wiener passed 11 bills that were signed into law, including a landmark bill to streamline housing approvals in cities not meeting their housing goals. The bill, Senate Bill 35, was central to a broad housing package that will make it easier to build housing and generate billions in new funding for affordable housing.

    Senator Wiener serves as Chair of the Senate Human Services Committee, where he is working to expand California’s social safety net, including leading an effort to stem California’s high rates of food insecurity and youth homelessness. He also serves on the Transportation and Housing Committee, the Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee, the Appropriations Committee, and the Public Safety Committee. 

    Prior to his election to the State Senate, Senator Wiener served as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, where he was a champion for creating housing policy to make housing more affordable, improving the reliability and capacity of public transportation, ensuring neighborhood safety, fighting against the impacts of climate change and the drought, and safeguarding and expanding the rights of all communities, including the LGBT community.

    During his time on the Board of Supervisors, Senator Wiener authored a number of first-in-the-nation laws, including mandating fully paid parental leave for all working parents, requiring water recycling and solar power in new developments, and banning public spending in states with LGBT hate laws. His focus on improving public transit included authoring and passing a ballot measure to tie public transportation funding to population growth, which resulted in an over $20 million annual increase in funding for San Francisco’s light-rail and bus system. His housing work has included passing legislation to streamline the production of affordable housing and allowing for the construction of new in-law units, which created a path for adding new rent-controlled units to San Francisco’s housing stock.

    Senator Wiener has also represented San Francisco on a number of regional bodies including the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District, and the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority. He served as Chair of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority.

    Before being elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2010, Wiener served as a Deputy City Attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney's Office, where he represented San Francisco in court (ranging from trial courts to the United States Supreme Court) and supervised a team of trial attorneys. Wiener served as Chairman of the San Francisco Democratic Party. A leader in San Francisco’s LGBT community, Wiener co-chaired the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, co-chaired BALIF (the Bay Area’s LGBT bar association), co-chaired the LGBT Community Center, and served on the national board of directors of the Human Rights Campaign.

    Wiener received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a law degree from Harvard Law School. He spent a year in Chile on a Fulbright Scholarship doing historical research. Wiener has lived in the Castro neighborhood for nearly 20 years.

    Greg Schmid, former Vice Mayor, Palo Alto

    Born in San Francisco; lived in Palo Alto since 1973. Occupation: Economic Forecasting and Strategic Planning with businesses and governments. Education: B.A. Yale College, Philosophy and History, PhD Columbia University, Economics and History. Council Service: Elected to City Council, 2008, re-elected 2013. Community Service: Palo Alto Unified School District, Board, 1989-1993. Professional Experience: Director, Managing Uncertainty-a consulting group doing economic and demographic forecasting and strategic planning for government and business, 2003-2009; Director and Treasurer at the Institute for the Future, Menlo Park CA, 1973-2003; Head of a research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 1967-1973.

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    Katy Tang, San Francisco District 4 Supervisor

    Katy Tang currently serves as the District 4 (Sunset/Parkside) representative on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

    Since taking office in 2013, Katy has prioritized keeping San Francisco family-friendly, improving public transportation, supporting small businesses, protecting our environment, enhancing pedestrian safety, improving public safety, and protecting our City’s financial health.

    Katy has been a strong advocate for supporting housing opportunities for middle-income families. She partnered with the Mayor’s Office and Planning Department to develop incentives and tools to keep our middle-class families in San Francisco. In partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Housing & Community Development, Katy helped launch the “Home Match” program, which pairs homeowners with low-income home seekers as a way to address San Francisco’s housing shortage with existing housing stock.

    As a product of the San Francisco Unified School District, Katy understands the funding challenges with our public school system and supports our local schools by providing regular grants for efforts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM).

    As a member of the San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking (SFCAHT), Katy works with city agencies and partners to end human trafficking through education, outreach, advocacy, and by supporting human trafficking survivors.

    Katy is also a champion for workplace policies for new families. She spearheaded a Charter Amendment passed by voters in November 2015 that enhanced the City’s Paid Parental Leave policy and sponsored legislation unanimously passed by the Board of Supervisors to improve lactation support for new mothers returning to work.

    Recognizing the difficulties of homeless individuals who are also victims of domestic violence, Katy worked with the City’s Shelter Monitoring Committee to prevent victims of domestic violence from being denied shelter services.

    Katy works closely with the Ocean Beach Master Plan steering committee, where she has been engaging with city agencies and partners to implement recommendations for a more sustainable future on San Francisco’s Pacific Coast.

    To ensure that everyone, especially those with disabilities, have access to the services they need, Katy spearheaded legislation to require that all entrances to places of public accommodation in San Francisco be accessible.

    As an animal rights advocate, Katy worked to ensure that the City will build a new animal shelter that will adequately serve the needs of the animals and the employees who work there. She also hosts an adoption event in her office each year in partnership with SF Animal Care & Control. In 2015, Katy sponsored legislation to ban the performance of wild or exotic animals in San Francisco for entertainment purposes.

    To help youth find jobs and develop skills for the workplace, Katy’s office hosts a District 4 Youth Job Fair each year to pair students with local Sunset businesses.

    Katy has worked on a number of issues to improve the quality of life for residents. She spearheaded the first ever district-wide strategic planning effort, called the Sunset District Blueprint, to identify short-term and long-term initiatives to improve the neighborhood, and launched the city’s first Front Yard Ambassador Program to assist residents with front yard landscaping installations and to divert rainwater from the city’s sewer system.

    Prior to serving as Supervisor, Katy worked as former District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu’s Legislative Aide for over five years, drafting legislation to create neighborhood commercial districts for District 4 business corridors, increasing housing protections for victims of domestic violence, streamlining complex City contracting processes, facilitating prompt payment to City contractors, and instituting increased penalties for crimes committed in and around public transit.

    Katy also served in Mayor Gavin Newsom’s administration in the Office of Public Policy & Finance, where she worked on community outreach for development of the City’s first Community Justice Center, in addition to her work assisting with development of the City’s budget.

    Katy grew up in the Sunset District and is a graduate of UC Davis and University of San Francisco School of Law.


    Kevin Fan Hsu, Lecturer,, Stanford

    Kevin Fan Hsu is Lecturer at the (Design School) at Stanford University, where he co-founded the Human Cities Initiative (, an interdisciplinary platform for engaging with cities and developing partnerships for human-centered, sustainable development. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Executive Committee in Shanghai, where he chairs the Education Sub-committee, and recently helped ULI complete a heritage development study in a Beijing hutong neighborhood.

    Kevin  previously an urban scientist with The Walt Disney Company, bridging the study of cities with sustainable energy infrastructure, community mobility, and human-centered design. He led several research projects related to the company's projects in China.

    Besides the, he also teaches university courses in Urban Studies and International Policy Studies, including International Urbanization, Defining Smart Cities, and United Nations HABITAT III: Bridging Cities and Nations. Kevin earned degrees in Earth Systems, International Relations, and Civil & Environmental Engineering, all from Stanford. In addition to specializing in city, sustainability and climate issues, he is also interested in how urban sustainability maps onto efforts to protect heritage and promote cultural continuity.

    Week 3: Sustainability in the Bay Area: Economy and Society

    THU 7/12
    [Site Visit] Spotlight on Chinatown Community Development Center
    Modern Transformation of Traditional Industries

    FRI 7/13
    Natural Resources in the Bay Area
    History of Chinese Railroad Workers in USA

    MON 7/9
    Planning and Development in Cupertino
    Addressing Homelessness in San Jose
    Building World-Class Research Facilities

    TUE 7/10
    [Site Visit] Spotlight on SPUR
    [Site Visit] Spotlight on East Cut Community Benefit District

    WED 7/11
    [Site Visit] Spotlight on Autodesk
    [Site Visit] Spotlight on Bay Area Metro

    Week 4: Sustainability in the Bay Area: Environment and Nature

    THU 7/19
    [Site Visit] Spotlight on Napa City Hall
    [Site Visit] Sustainable Winery

    FRI 7/20
    [Site Visit] Climate Change and Mitigation
    Introduction to the US Medical System





    MON 7/16
    [Site Visit] Chinese and American Businesses in the Pacific Northwest
    [Site Visit] Spotlight on San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

    TUE 7/17
    [Site Visit] Spotlight on Bay Conservation Development Commission
    [Site Visit] U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Bay Model

    WED 7/18
    [Site Visit] Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
    Introduction to American University System: Public Universities, Private Universities, and Community Universities

    Week 5: Next-Generation Urban Infrastructure

    THU 7/26
    Spotlight on Center for Automotive Research and Science
    History of the Silicon Valley, Technologies of the Future, and the State of AI

    FRI 7/27
    [Site Visit] Spotlight on Gehl Studio
    [Site Visit] Spotlight on Gensler



    MON 7/23
    Real Estate Investment in the Bay Area

    TUE 7/24
    Spotlight on Asia Society of Northern California
    [Site Visit] Sustainable Office Development

    WED 7/25
    [Site Visit] Recycling Management at Stanford
    [Site Visit] Codiga Resource Recovery Center
    [Site Visit] Computer History Museum

    Week 6: The Innovation Ecosystem in Silicon Valley

    THU 8/2

    • 10:00-10:15 -- Silicon Valley Ecosystem: Innovation and Sustainability – Cloud Computing  
      • Susanna Kass (Host Speaker & Moderator)
    • 10:15-11:15 -- Spotlight on Bloom Energy
      • Peter Gross, CTO, Bloom Energy
    • 11:30-12:30 -- Spotlight on Microsoft
      • Brian Janous, General Manager of Energy, Microsoft
    • 02:30-04:00 -- [Site Visit] Spotlight on Cisco
      • Emily Kong, Managing Director, Digitization & IoT, Cisco Greater China

    FRI 8/3

    • 10:00-10:30 -- Silicon Valley Ecosystem: Innovation and Sustainability: SVLG Organization Overview, Trade Update
      • Peter Leroe-Munoz, General Counsel, SVLG
    • 10:30-11:15 -- Energy Policy in Silicon Valley
      • Tim McRae, Head of Energy, SVLG
    • 11:15-12:00 -- Transportation Policy in Silicon Valley
      • Chris OConnor, Head of Transportation, SVLG


    MON 7/30

    • 10:00-11:00 -- Thinking That Leads to Disruptive Innovation in Silicon Valley - Cloud Computing
      • Susanna Kass, EVP, Innovation BASELAYER (ex- COO ebay Int’l, GM@ HP, VP@ Sun Microsystems, Head of Innovation @NextEra Energy)
    • 11:00-12:00 -- Spotlight on Tesla Energy Storage
      • Jake Millan, Senior Project Development Manager, Tesla
    • 12:00-12:30 -- Silicon Valley Ecosystem: Innovation - ServiceNow
      • Ron Batra, Senior Executive Architect, ServiceNow
    • 02:30-04:00 -- [Site Visit] ServiceNow
      • Simon Grice, Innovation Strategist, ServiceNow
      • Tonya Thornburgh, Facility Lead, ServiceNow

    TUE 7/31

    • 10:00-11:00 -- Spotlight on Uber
      • Brett Illers, Senior Technical Program Manager, Uber
    • 11:00-12:00 -- Introduction to Joint Venture Silicon Valley
      • Russ Hancock, JVSV CEO & President
    • 01:30-03:30 -- [Site Visit] Central Energy Facility
      • Joe Stagner, Management Executive Office, Stanford SESI

    WED 8/1

    • 10:00-10:30 -- Silicon Valley Ecosystem: Innovation and Sustainability – Edge Computing  
      • Susanna Kass (Host Speaker & Moderator)
    • 10:30-12:00 -- Edge Computing Vision in 2025
      • Ihab Tarazi, Packet (ex-CTO Equinix, AT&T)
    • 12:00-01:00 -- Spotlight on Akamai
      • Dr. Nicola Peill-Moelter, Head of Sustainability, Akamai
    • 02:30-04:00 -- [Site Visit] Spotlight on Intel
      • Kern Peng, GM, Intel Santa Clara Validation Center


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    Susanna Kass, Executive Vice President, Innovation and Sustainability Strategy, Baselayer (ex- COO ebay Int’l, GM@ HP, VP@ Sun Microsystems, Head of Innovation @NextEra Energy)

    Susanna is Executive Vice President, Innovation and Sustainability Strategy at Baselayer. Baselayer is a startup company, known for its new innovation in modular data center design; it is adopted across the globe by clients like Goldman Sachs, numerous premier cloud providers and colocation providers such as IO. Susanna is instrumental in conceiving the company growth strategy in the energy sector. Electric Utilities across the nation, and in selected international countries, are adding the Baselayer modular data center in their power asset portfolio to simply change the way how electricity is deliver to data center customers in a sustainable fashion.

    Kass headed up New Innovation & Strategic Development at NextEra Energy Resources in 2014, NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE) is a leading clean-energy company, headquartered in Juno Beach, Fla., with 2013 consolidated revenues of $15.1 billion, total assets exceeding $70B and a credit rating of A-; it has more than 42,000 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity, all in clean energy from wind, solar, natural gas in North America as of year-end 2013. Susanna led a customer-centric framework to build her growth strategy and captured premier clients like Google, Equinix, Kaiser Permanente to contract over 1GW of renewable energy to achieve their sustainability goals in data center energy use.

    Kass received Distinguished Entrepreneur awards from Stanford University for her Clean Energy project, Distinguished Entrepreneur awards from New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Innovation Center and received her Presidential Award from San Diego State University. She is a visiting speaker at Graduate School of Business at Stanford and UC MBA program in the Disruptive Thinking lecture.

    Kass has more than 30 years experience in global product management and data center operations. She has domain knowledge in next gen IT and e-commerce product launch, managing cloud computing operations and a co-inventor in smart grid mesh network and clean technology. Kass launched her international career at Hewlett Packard and Sun Microsystems, where she focused on new product innovation, new patent invention, and managed data centers product operations of over $Billion revenue. She led large deal technology negotiations, venture investments, mergers and acquisitions. She accumulated hands-on experience in working with customers and strategic partners to develop customer-centric strategy and successful new product designs as the COO of eBay International and Trilliant Network, where she led global operations from the ground up and scaled new venture to global operations in $Millions revenue.

    Kass completed the Stanford Executive Program at Graduate School of Business. She received her MBA in international business management from Pepperdine University, where she is a distinguished alumni award recipient. Kass holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and business administration from San Diego State University where she is a distinguished alumni recipient.

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    Jake Millan, Senior Project Development Manager, Tesla

    Jake is an Eagle Scout, dedicated environmentalist and University of Montana graduate. During college, he spent several summers commercial salmon fishing off the coast of Alaska where he got his start in distributed energy systems. Shortly thereafter, Jake joined Tesla Energy in 2014, and is currently a Sr. Project Development Manager focused on Powerpack UPS systems for the data center industry. He has more than 10 years of experience in the energy sector and is extremely passionate about the electrification of everything.

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    Ron Batra, Senior Executive Architect, ServiceNow

    Ron Batra is a Senior Executive Architect in the Inspire Program at ServiceNow. In this role, Ron helps Global 2000 CXOs reimagine their service management strategy and roadmap—from first insight to final implementation. Ron is a hands-on practitioner who is passionate about making the world of work, work better for people, as new technologies such as Cloud and IoT transform the traditional methods and boundaries of Enterprise Computing.

    Prior to joining ServiceNow, Ron worked in the CTO office at Equinix focused on Cloud, IoT and Edge Computing in Engineering and Strategy roles.  Prior to Equinix, Ron was one of the co-founders of AT&T’s Public Cloud covering IaaS and PaaS in. Product role. Prior to AT&T, Ron was an Oracle practice leader at Deloitte as well as Deputy CTO of the Oracle-Deloitte Alliance. Prior to that Ron worked in Enterprise IT for several organizations in different roles.

    Ron’s 20 year plus experience spans CIO, CMO, Consulting, CTO and Sales Organizations in a variety of different leadership roles – in Operations, Service Provider, Product, Strategy, Sales and Delivery covering most aspects of the Computing Ecosystem: Applications, Cloud, Internet and Compute Infrastructure, Database and Platforms in addition to Middleware and Integration, from startups to Fortune 10.

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    Simon Grice, Innovation Strategist, ServiceNow

    Simon Grice is an Innovation Strategist working within the Chief Innovation Office of ServiceNow. In this role, Grice provides executive level advisory services to extend the value of service management across the corporate enterprise and support organizations in their efforts to transform and modernize. A hands-on practitioner who is passionate about making the world of work, work better for people.

    Prior to joining ServiceNow in 2014 Grice was the Director of Project & Portfolio Management at CA Technologies. He joined CA in August 2005 upon CA’s acquisition of the Niku Corporation, where he was a Senior Pre-Sales Consultant. With CA Simon performed a number of key roles focused on the integrated set of software systems that together optimize the resource utilization, presentation, and delivery of IT services.

    Grice’s 20 plus years of enterprise software business experience began at Chorus Application Software, providing ERP solutions to a diverse range of vertical markets, where he was an implementation manager responsible for over 30 successful deployments of the software. Prior to joining Niku, he was Lead Planner at Winfrith Nuclear site, run by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Agency.

    Brett Illers, CEM, CRM, MBA, Senior Technical Program Manager, Uber

    Brett Illers is Senior Technical Program Manager at Uber. He was Senior Program Manager of Energy & Sustainability Strategy at Yahoo! Brett was responsible for developing methods to reduce data center energy use and securing cost effective and sustainable power sources for Yahoo’s data center footprint. Prior to his tenure at Yahoo Brett spent 14 years as a consultant specializing in energy efficiency and renewable portfolio development for the Commercial, Industrial and Institutional sector.


    Dr. Russell Hancock, President & CEO, Joint Venture Silicon Valley

    Russell Hancock is President & CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a position he has held since 2003. In this role Dr. Hancock is best described variously: as a civic leader, community gatherer, institution builder, social entrepreneur, and outspoken advocate for regionalism. Since taking the helm of Joint Venture he has quadrupled the size of the organization; assembled a potent board filled with mayors, CEOs and university presidents; built strategic partnerships; recruited a highly talented staff; and launched initiatives that are delivering measurable results to the region.

    Russell is also the founder of the annual State of the Valley conference, a “town hall” meeting attracting more than 1,500 leaders for a day spent in dialogue and discussion about the Valley’s challenges and opportunities. The conference features the release of Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Index, a document now receiving national and international attention.

    Dr. Hancock's leadership in the Silicon Valley region builds on earlier work he led as Vice President of the Bay Area Council (1994-1999). There, he spearheaded the campaign extending BART to the San Francisco Airport. He also directed a broadly-based effort which ultimately created the Bay Area Water Transit Authority, charged with delivering a high-speed ferry system to the San Francisco Bay.

    Educated at Harvard in the field of government, Russell received a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University where he currently teaches in the Public Policy Program. Fluent in Japanese, Russell returned to Stanford in 2000 to become the inaugural director of the Shorenstein Forum for Asia-Pacific Studies, Stanford's gathering place for ranking officials, senior executives, journalists, and scholars who shape outcomes in the Pacific Rim. In addition to the research output of the Forum, he built up corporate programs, established international fellowships, raised money, and generated public events featuring a stream of presidents and ministers.

    Dr. Hancock was recruited away from Stanford to take the helm of Joint Venture at a time when the organization was in a period of transition and instability. He is credited with the growth and increasing influence of the organization, to the point where today Joint Venture is Silicon Valley’s recognized clearing house for regional analysis, and for collaborative approaches to solving the region’s problems. The Joint Venture model is now being replicated in various metropolitan regions throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, and Dr. Hancock has most recently provided advice to regional governments in Beijing, London, Madrid, the Netherlands, and Taipei. In 2011 the United States Government Accounting Office launched a national indicators project modeled on Joint Venture’s Index, with Russell providing high-level advice.

    The Silicon Valley Business Journal perpetually names Russell to its annual list of Silicon Valley’s most influential “players.” Considered one of the Valley's leading expositors, his interviews regularly appear in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Business Week, The Financial Times and Forbes. He is also a frequent guest on NBC Nightly News and is the host of "Inside Silicon Valley," a weekly radio program heard on 1590 KLIV.


    Joseph Stagner, Executive Director, Sustainability and Energy Management Executive Office, Stanford University

    Joseph Stagner is a registered professional civil engineer with 35 years’ experience in energy, utilities, and facilities management. He has served as Executive Director of Sustainability and Energy Management at Stanford University since 2007, where he is responsible for advancing sustainability in campus operations through direct leadership of the university’s Office of Sustainability, Facilities Energy Management, Utilities, and Parking & Transportation departments. Prior to joining Stanford, Joe served on the senior facilities management team at the University of California, Davis for 14 years, after beginning his career with the Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Morrison-Knudsen Co., and Sacramento Municipal Utility District in various facilities and utilities engineering capacities. Joe lead development of the Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI) project completed in March 2015 which transformed Stanford’s energy system from gas fired cogeneration with steam distribution to renewable electricity powered heat recovery with low temperature hot water distribution. This new system will save Stanford hundreds of millions of dollars over the next 35 years; provide an immediate 68% reduction in campus greenhouse gas emissions that will continue to grow as the California electricity grid continues to be cleaned up; and also provides an immediate 15% reduction in potable water use. Joe holds patents for district energy system performance optimization software developed for SESI and an in-situ groundwater pollution cleanup deployed at UC Davis and a number of other sites around the country.


    Ihab Tarazi, ex-CTO Equinix, AT&T

    Ihab Tarazi began his career by earning a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science in Telecommunications Management from Southern Methodist University. Soon after, he joined MCI Communications where he held positions of increasing project management and leadership responsibilities including as Director/Manager of Network Planning & Engineering. In 2002 Ihab was promoted to Vice President of Global Network Planning.  In 2013 till 2017, Ihab’s career took another leap forward to become the CTO of Equinix, leading Equinix International Business Exchange engineering, operations, platform strategy as well as the next generation technology and innovation functions.


    Dr. Nicola Peill-Moelter, Head of Sustainability, Akamai

    As senior director of environmental sustainability, Nicola Peill-Moelter leads Akamai’s global sustainability program, creating the vision and strategy, and overseeing its execution.  Her responsibilities span the gamut of energy and greenhouse gas management and reporting; renewable energy and energy efficiency; electronic-waste management; employee engagement and stakeholder-awareness. Nicola’s favorite activity is collaborating with engineers innovating around the energy efficiency, productivity and reducing carbon emissions of Akamai’s global Intelligent Cloud Platform, which represents 90 percent of Akamai’s environmental impact.  

    Along with her expertise in corporate sustainability and Internet technologies, Nicola has a B.E. in chemical engineering from Manhattan College, a Ph.D. in environmental engineering science from Caltech, an executive certificate in sustainable management from the Presidio Graduate School, holds a U.S. Patent. She’s a member of the Greenhouse Gas Experts Network, Businesses for Social Responsibility, the Future of Internet Power working group, the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, and is on the board of directors of the Caltech Alumni Association and the 1:1 Movement.


    Kern Peng, GM, Intel Santa Clara Validation Center

    Dr. Kern Peng has been with Intel Corporation for 25 years and is currently the General Manager of the Product Design and Verification Center at Headquarters. Dr. Peng has over 30 years of engineering and manufacturing management experience with extensive knowledge and practical experience in engineering and manufacturing management. Received more than 60 different career awards including engineering, software development, crisis management, project management and execution, teamwork and leadership. Dr. Peng holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Business Operations Management. He is the author of two best-selling books and has published papers in several prestigious journals and forums.


    Peter Gross, VP, Mission Critical Systems, Bloom Energy

    Peter brings more than 25 years' experience in engineering and design of power systems as applied to data centers, trading floors, command and control centers, and telecommunication and broadcasting facilities. Before joining Bloom Energy, Peter Gross was Vice President and Managing Partner of HP Global Technology Consulting at Hewlett Packard. Prior to HP, Peter was founder and CEO at EYP Mission Critical Facilities, Inc., a consulting company specializing in strategic technology planning, design and operations support for large-scale data centers. EYP was acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2007. Peter was the co-founder of the Critical Power Coalition (CPC), a non-profit consortium of electric power companies committed to addressing operational, technological and political issues relating to on-site quality, reliability and continuity of electric power where and when it is vital. He also served as Chief Engineer at Teledyne Technologies Inc., a leading provider of sophisticated power electronic systems and related products to a wide variety of industries, and was a partner at PRK Associates. Peter is the recipient of 2010 Data Center Dynamics "Outstanding Contribution to the Industry" award.

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    Brian Janous, General Manager of Energy, Microsoft

    Brian is responsible for leading the development and execution of Microsoft’s global data center energy strategy. These data centers provide the foundational cloud infrastructure for over 200 Microsoft online and cloud services for consumers and businesses worldwide. His responsibilities include oversight of all energy supply agreements, distributed generation, and strategic partnerships to ensure a power supply that is reliable and sustainable. As General Manager of the Energy Strategy and Research team, he creates end-to-end strategies that will drive innovations in the next generation of Microsoft data centers, and supports efforts to establish energy market policies that will foster end-user innovation.

    Brian joined Microsoft in 2011 after 12 years in the energy industry where he worked as a Sr. Consultant at Brubaker & Associates, assisting Fortune 500 companies with energy procurement, policy and sustainability matters. Brian holds an MBA from Webster University, a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Missouri and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Missouri.

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    Emily Kong, Managing Director, Digitization & IoT, Cisco Greater China

    Ms Kong has over 26 years of experience in business management, professional services delivery, information technology strategic planning, architecture design and software application development, programme and project management of large-scale systems integration solutions in multi-vendor and end-user environments, with diversified industrial experiences.

    Leading Digital Transformation & Advanced Services organizations at Cisco Systems Inc., Ms Kong is managing a strategic professional services practice specializing in Digitalization and Internet-of-Everything Solution comprises of a vast portfolio of products ranging from hardware, software, services, and third-party offerings.

    Ms Kong has championed many iconic Smart City and Internet-of-Things engagements in the region, including Cisco’s flagship Smart & Connected Communities projects in South China, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. She also possesses in-depth expertise and experience of China marketplace with strong understanding and relationship with local government driving innovation projects at provincial and city level in the mainland.

    Prior to Cisco, Ms Kong held various directorship and senior management positions at renowned global companies. She holds membership at several industry forums and chapters, and serves as the technology advisor to government boards and committees. She is also a frequent speaker at public events.

    Peter Leroe-Muñoz, General Counsel, Vice President of Technology & Innovation Policy, SVLG

    Peter Leroe-Muñoz is the General Counsel and Vice-President of Technology & Innovation Policy for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.  In this role, he heads the Leadership Group’s federal and state policy efforts on technology issues, including Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, IoT, and Patent Litigation Reform, among others.

    Prior to joining the Leadership Group, Peter worked as In-House Counsel for a Bay Area financial advisory firm specializing in municipal securities.  Before that position, he served as a Deputy District Attorney in San Benito County for nearly six years.  In that role, Peter prosecuted narcotics crimes, gang violence, and financial crimes.  He worked alongside law enforcement and community leaders to put criminal offenders behind bars.

    Peter is active within the community, and serves on the Gilroy City Council.  He was elected to the Council in 2010 as one of the youngest councilmembers in city history.  He serves as Gilroy’s representative on the Cities Association of Santa Clara County, the Santa Clara Valley Water District, and the Silicon Valley Regional Interoperability Authority.

    Peter earned a BA with honors in Political Science from UC Berkeley, and a JD from Harvard Law School.

    He is married to Rosanna Leroe-Muñoz, who is a director at a financial technology start-up.  Peter and Rosanna enjoy working out, attending Cal football games, and participating in events for various non-profit organizations.

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    Tim McRae, Vice President, Energy, SVLG

    Tim McRae currently serves as the Vice President for Energy for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. In this role, he helps define and carry out energy-related policy, programs and events. Issue areas include clean energy supply, grid modernization and reliability, and demand side solutions. Responsibilities include lobbying fundraising, and managing large events with officials. Tim was a Senior Project Developer for Aries Power and Industrial, he was responsible for driving business growth for Aries in the area of renewable power generation. He worked for PG&E as the Regulatory Affairs for Energy Efficiency to help the Utility company prepare for the successful application of Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Tim worked as the Western US Climate Change and Energy Advisor for the British Consulate General in San Francisco, CA.

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    Chris O’Connor, Senior Director, Transportation Policy, SVLG

    Chris O’Connor currently serves as the Senior Director of Transportation Policy for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. In this role he works with both public and private leaders throughout the State, in order to shape decision-making regarding infrastructure, mobility and related funding initiatives. Most recently Chris joined CEO Carl Guardino in managing the successful 2016 Measure B traffic relief campaign in Silicon Valley.

    Prior to joining the Leadership Group, Chris lived in Washington D.C. and served as a Senior Consultant for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation. There he helped lead the development of bilateral agreements and Presidential Policy for WMD events abroad. Prior to the State Department, Chris served on the staff of U.S. Congressman Dan Lungren, managing a diverse policy portfolio while working in both the Washington D.C. and Sacramento County Offices. Chris brings years of expertise in community relations, intergovernmental affairs and public policy.

    Chris holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Government from CSU Sacramento. He and his wife Erica live in San Jose, are both native Northern Californians and Sacramento State alumni.

    Week 7: collaborative governance

    THU 8/9
    [Site Visit] California Almond Association
    [Site Visit] Spotlight on SOM

    FRI 8/10
    Design Thinking at Stanford
    Spotlight on San Mateo County

    MON 8/6
    Project-Based Learning at Stanford

    TUE 8/7
    Climate Smart San Jose
    [Site Visit] Plug and Play Tech Center

    WED 8/8
    Collaborative Governance
    [Site Visit] NASA Visitor Center

    Week 8: Innovation-Driven Sustainable Development for Guangdong