BILL RITTER, JR.
Director, Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University
Colorado’s 41st Governor
ABOUT BILL RITTER, JR.
Bill Ritter, Jr. is the founder and director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University, which launched on February 1, 2011.
Ritter authored a book that was published in 2016 entitled, Powering Forward – What Everyone Should Know About America’s Energy Revolution.
Ritter was elected as Colorado’s 41st governor in 2006 and built consensus to tackle some of the state’s biggest challenges. During his four-year term, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy, by building a new energy economy. He signed 57 new energy bills into law, including a 30% Renewable Portfolio Standard and a Clean Air Clean Jobs Act that replaced nearly a gigawatt of coal-fired generation with natural gas. In total, the Colorado new energy economy created thousands of new jobs.
Governor Ritter was formerly the chair of the Board of Directors of the Energy Foundation and currently serves on the board of The Climate Group American and the Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy. He is a member of Blackhorn Venture Capital and serves as an advisor to Green Alpha and Millennium Bridge, among others. Ritter earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Colorado State University (1978) and his law degree from the University of Colorado (1981). With his wife Jeannie, he operated a food distribution and nutrition center in Zambia. He served as Denver’s district attorney from 1993 to January 2005.
Chief Operating Officer,
Linden Energy Holdings
ABOUT RAY LEONARD
A Vision for Sustainability in the Aleutians
ABOUT BERNIE KARL
MICHAEL R. POMPEO
President, Kansas CNQ
70th Secretary of State of the United States
ABOUT MICHAEL R. POMPEO
Secretary Pompeo graduated first in his class at the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1986 and served as a cavalry officer patrolling the Iron Curtain. He rose to the rank of Captain, and went on to graduate from Harvard Law School.
Before serving in Congress, he spent a decade leading two manufacturing businesses in South Central Kansas. Mike Pompeo is married to his wife, Susan — with whom he taught 5th grade Sunday school for many years — and has one son, Nick.
Former United States Secretary of Energy
47th Governor of Texas
Virtual Keynote Speaker
ABOUT RICK PERRY
Rick Perry is a former United States Secretary of Energy, serving under U.S. President Donald J. Trump from March 2017 to December 2019.
As the 14th Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry led an agency tasked with overseeing the United States’ energy supply, nuclear defense capacity, and the 17 National Laboratories, home to many of the country’s best scientists.
Prior to joining the Administration as Secretary of Energy, Perry served as the 47th Governor of Texas. As Governor of the Lone Star State, Perry championed conservative principles that helped Texas become America’s economic engine.
Rick Perry is a veteran of the United States Air Force, having flown C-130 tactical airlift aircraft in Europe and the Middle East. He is deeply involved with supporting the active duty and veteran community.
Perry earned distinction early in his life as an Eagle Scout. He was one of the first in his family to go to college, earning a degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and a Yell Leader.
He is a lifetime member of both the NRA and American Legion Post #75.
Perry married his childhood sweetheart, Anita, in 1982. They have two children, two beautiful granddaughters, and a grandson who was born on the 4th of July in 2019.
GOVERNOR JOHN BEL EDWARDS
56th Governor of Louisiana
Virtual Keynote Speaker
ABOUT JOHN BEL EDWARDS
John Bel was born seventh out of eight children to Sheriff Frank Jr. and Dora Jean Edwards. He grew up hunting and fishing in Amite, a rural town in Tangipahoa Parish. He and First Lady Donna Edwards began dating while students at Amite High School. After graduating top of his class, Gov. Edwards attended the United States Military Academy at West Point.
As a cadet, he completed Airborne School and served as vice-chairman of the panel that enforces the West Point Honor Code. The governor graduated from West Point in 1988, commissioning as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He served on active duty for 8 years, earning Airborne, Ranger and Jumpmaster status, culminating with command of a rifle company in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
He and the first lady married in 1989. They have three children: Samantha Bel, Sarah Ellen and John Miller.
After commanding a parachute infantry regiment in the 82nd airborne, Gov. Edwards retired from the Army with the rank of captain. He moved back home and earned a law degree from Louisiana State University before opening a civil law practice in his hometown of Amite.
In 2008, the people of House District 72 elected him to the Louisiana House of Representatives, where he represented the people of Amite, Greensburg, Kentwood and Hammond for eight years before being elected governor in November 2015.
On January 11, 2016, John Bel Edwards was sworn in as the 56th Governor of Louisiana.
In his first official act, Gov. Edwards signed an executive order to expand Medicaid coverage to 430,000 of the state’s working poor. The decision to expand Medicaid cut Louisiana’s uninsured rate from 24 percent to just 10 percent, saving lives and improving the quality of life for citizens across the state. Gov. Edwards considers this the easiest big decision he’s had to make as Governor.
Upon taking the oath of office, Gov. Edwards inherited the largest budget deficit in Louisiana’s history, following years of budget mismanagement, which included cuts to higher education and vital state resources and services. In 2016, the state faced a $1 billion shortfall to close out the last quarter of the fiscal year. And in 2017, the state faced a $2 billion deficit in the governor’s first full fiscal year.
Gov. Edwards and a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers worked hard to stabilize the state’s budget through a balanced approach. Today, higher education funding has been restored, the state’s gross domestic product is the highest it’s ever been and Louisiana’s budget is balanced and stable.
One of the governor’s top priorities coming into office was comprehensive criminal justice reform. For decades, mass incarceration plagued Louisiana, and the state led the nation in incarceration rates. Gov. Edwards signed sweeping bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation in 2017 that targets recidivism and invests in treatment programs. In 2018, the state saw a 20 percent decrease in the number of people imprisoned for non-violent crimes. Under his leadership, Louisiana shed the title of the most incarcerated state in the country.
On November 16, 2019, the people of Louisiana re-elected Gov. Edwards to another four-year term. On January 13, 2020, Gov. Edwards was sworn into his second term as the 56th Governor of Louisiana.
Gov. Edwards continues to do what the people sent him to Baton Rouge to do: Put Louisiana First. Hundreds of thousands are insured, Louisiana’s budget is stable and Louisiana is open for business.
Author, Educator, Co-Founder RethinkX
ABOUT TONY SEBA
Seba’s work focuses on the complex patterns and dynamics of change, disruption and transormation at all scales: from product to sectors to the economy and civilzations. He is the creator of the Seba Technology Disruption Framework™ which has been used to accurately explain and anticipate the ongoing disruptions of energy, transportation, information, and food and agriculture. Fifteen years ago, he foresaw the rise of Apple, Google, Netflix, and Salesforce. Ten years ago he accurately foresaw the rise of solar, batteries and electric vehicles.
He has been featured in several movies and documentaries including Bloomberg’s “Forward Thinking: A Sustainable World”, 2040, and SunGanges. He is recipient of many awards including the Savvy Award, Solar Future Today’s Visionary Influencer Award, Clean Energy Action’s 2017 Sunshine Award and the inaugural ASES Solar Transformation Recognition 2021.
He has been a keynote speaker at hundreds of global events and organizations including Google, the European Commission, Davos, COP21, CLSA, J.P. Morgan, Nomura, National Governors Association, Conference on World Affairs, the Global Leaders Forum, Intersolar and China EV100. He has taught thousands of entrepreneurs and corporate leaders at Stanford Continuing Studies. He has a Stanford MBA and an MIT degree in Computer Science and Engineering.
ALASKA RAILROAD EXCURSION
Sponsored by the Alaska Energy Authority and AIDEA
Join us for the ArcticX Summit on May 23rd, 2022
Co-hosted by the Office of Technology Transitions and the Arctic Energy Office, this one-day summit will feature prominent Alaskan leaders, DOE national lab researchers, and energy industry pioneers discussing:
- Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding
- Case studies in technology commercialization in the Arctic
- Carbon management in the Arctic
- Green shipping corridors
- Nuclear energy
- Climate monitoring
- Renewable deployment and grid modernization