Tuesday, October 6 • 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Expanding the Solar Workforce

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This session will explore barriers to entry in the solar workforce that women and people of color face.  Come learn about the challenges and opportunities around solar installation jobs and talk with your colleagues about solutions and best practices to expanding the solar workforce. Facilitators will lead group activities to help identify some actionable steps to answers the question: How can we modify current practices to make the solar industry more reflective of our community?

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Sushanah Boston

Manager, ICF
Sue has over ten years of experience designing and managing programs and projects focused on energy efficiency and sustainability. Her passion is in the design and implementation of behavioral projects and programs where she seeks every opportunity to learn, innovate, and infuse human... Read More →
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Jenni Cathcart

Director, Innovation, ICF
Jenni Cathcart is a business leader who combines experience in facilitation, human-centered design and strategy to help teams solve complex challenges via a collaborative, customer-first approach. Over the past 15 years, she has worked in energy, transportation and health care. Jennifer... Read More →
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Dany Kahumoku

Project Coordinator Lead, ICF
Dany Kahumoku, Project Coordinator Lead, ICF: Originally from Monterey Bay, Dany has been in Oregon for the past decade. She’s driven by equity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility, and has many passions, ranging from environmental and racial justice to organizational behavior... Read More →

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Executive Director, OSEIA
Angela Crowley-Koch has spent the last two decades in public policy and advocacy.  Previously the Legislative Director at Oregon Environmental Council, her work was instrumental in passing the Toxic-Free Kids Act, renewing the Clean Fuels Program and getting coal out of Oregon's... Read More →
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Ranfis Villatoro

Portland Clean Energy Fund
Ranfis Villatoro is the Oregon State Coordinator for the Bluegreen Alliance where he works with labor and environmental organizations to advance climate solutions and create quality jobs. Ranfis has also worked as a community organizer for Latino/immigrant rights advocacy organizations... Read More →
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Bretto Jackson

Co-Director, Leaders Become Legends
Mike “Bretto” Jackson is a father, activist, musician and recording artist who has substantial experience in mentoring and workforce development. For eight years, he served as the Self Enhancement Inc. studio/music composition coordinator where he mentored youth through “Black... Read More →
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Derric Thompson

Co-Director, Leaders Become Legends
Derric Thompson is the Co Director for Leaders Become Legends, where he works with young adults by mentoring through employment and wellness. Derric has been working frontline in the community with young adults, especially justice-involved youth, helping them to reengage with school... Read More →
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Amy James Neel

Workforce Diversity and Business Outreach Manager, Portland Community College
Amy is a Carpenter by trade with 20 years in the field. She enjoyed the work but did not see many others that looked like her, so she closed her construction company and dedicated the next 12 years to workforce diversity as the Training Director at Oregon Tradeswomen where she taught... Read More →

Tuesday October 6, 2020 12:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
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