Names in the News

Dell drives inclusion; cities champion sustainability

Clockwise from top left: Lewis Stuart, city of Sacramento; Miranda Ballentine, Rocky Mountain Institute; Brian Reaves, Dell; David Bartlett, Panasonic Avionics Corporation; Jennifer Kho, Huffington Post.

It's been a busy few months at GreenBiz leading up to our VERGE 17 event in Silicon Valley. Even though our Names in the News roundup of green job news took a brief hiatus, career growth in the field hasn't yielded.

Since our last installment, cities have hired champions of sustainability and technology, a tech giant invested in diversity and a government executive traded the Air Force for clean air. Here is who's seeking to change the world in the workplace.

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Who's news

Miranda Ballentine, Rocky Mountain Institute

Formerly assistant secretary of energy for the U.S. Air Force, Miranda Ballentine heads for the nonprofit sector to serve as RMI's managing director and head of the business renewables sector. She replaces Herve Touati.

During her tenure in government, serving under President Barack Obama, Ballentine was responsible for a $9 billion annual energy budget and environmental programs for 9 million acres of land, 200 miles of coastline and thousands of acres of forest and wetlands. Before that, she was director of sustainability for Walmart's Global Renewable Energy and Sustainable Facilities program, leading its strategy to source 100-percent renewable energy.

Brian Reaves, Dell Technologies

Brian Reaves was appointed Dell's chief diversity and inclusion officer, leaving Silicon Valley for the tech giant's Round Rock, Texas, headquarters. He is tasked with engaging Dell's leaders and employees, including its 34,000-strong employee resource group, in gender and diversity programs that lead to change. He also will partner with the global operations team on its supplier diversity program.

Reaves previously worked as senior vice president and head of diversity and inclusion for the U.S. arm of SAP, the Germany-based software and database company. His new role leverages Reaves' senior executive experience towards diversifying the growing technology industry.

David Bartlett, Panasonic Avionics

As chief technology officer and chief information security officer of Panasonic Avionics, David Bartlett will continue developing the company's technology roadmap.

He harnesses his experience in software and the internet of things, having previously worked as CTO of Current by GE which blends LED lighting and solar infrastructure to improve buildings and city energy efficiency and as CTO of GE Aviation. Bartlett also help management positions in software development at IBM.

Louis Stewart, city of Sacramento

The city of Sacramento has brought on Louis Stewart to helm the effort to use technology to attract new talent and investment, enhance mobility and deepen inclusivity. As chief innovation officer, working for the Mayor's Office for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Stewart is changing the narrative around the city's role in evolving the story of sustainability.

Prior to this position, Stewart was the deputy director of the governor's office for business and economic development. He shared how he's been driving change since his appointment in March in the latest GreenBiz 350 podcast.

Paul Schmiechen, city of Westminster

The city of Westminster, Colorado — a northwest suburb of Denver with a population nearing 114,000  has hired its first chief sustainability officer. Paul Schmiechen, who brings with him a decade of public policy experience with the City and County of Denver, will develop a community-driven sustainability plan for the city.

In his previous role, he served as Denver's business and community sustainability manager in the Department of Environmental Health, developing expertise in energy, water and waste practices, as well as implementing community Eco-District and residential energy efficiency programs. He also headed environmental and water programs at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the U.S. EPA.

On the move

Ben Packard has been hired by EarthLab, a University of Washington environment think tank, as the Harriet Bullitt Endowed executive director. He previously served as the Nature Conservancy's director of corporate engagements and as Starbucks' vice president of global responsibility.

— The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRESB) appointed Nicole Johnson-Hoffman as vice president, succeeding Francisco Beduschi Neto. Johnson-Hoffman is currently chief sustainability officer and senior vice president for meat and food supplier OSI Group.

— The Climate Group announced two senior appointments to its global communications team: Luke Herbert as director of international communications (previously at Madano and Jaguar Land Rover) and Nazneen Nawaz, head of media and corporate communications (formerly head of media at Arts Council England).

— Huffington Post hired Jennifer Kho as managing editor. She recently served as U.S. managing editor at Guardian news and media, and as the editor at the newly-defunct Guardian Sustainable Business. GreenBiz is proud that Kho was once its interim managing editor.

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