Advisory Board

Todd Flora, Board Chair

Director of Sales, Quality, & Public Affairs

Nycote Laboratories Corporation

For more than 20 years, Todd Flora has worked to shape public opinion and create lasting change, working among some of California’s most dynamic leaders in public affairs. He is currently Dir. of Sales, Quality, & Public Affairs for Nycote Laboratories Corporation, where he is helping manage the environmentally-friendly reformulation of the company’s line of protective coatings. In 2013 and 2014, Todd worked for EcoMotion, helping the environmental consulting firm market themselves to school districts to conduct Proposition 39 energy efficiency consulting services.

From July 2006 through October of 2012, Todd served as Manager of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs with IBM, serving all of Southern California and five Western states. In this role, Todd implemented IBM’s grant programs, and leveraged partnerships to bring solutions to several systemic problems in education and social equity. He was also responsible for Congressional and State Government relations throughout his territory.

Prior to IBM, Todd enjoyed several years in public affairs consulting and public relations, nonprofit advocacy, and government affairs.  He is a former Board Member of Heal the Bay, Downtown Santa Monica, Inc., the Advisory Board of LAANE, and is an elected Member of the Santa Monica Rent Control Board (2010-2018).  

Todd graduated from the University of Richmond and received a Masters in Political Management from George Washington University.  He and his wife, Erin Tanenbaum, live in Santa Monica.

Diane Forte

Government Affairs *Affiliation listed for identification purposes only

Southern California Edison

Diane enjoys building on more than 10 years of experience in environmental policy and external affairs to help provide advice to nonprofits on their strategic planning. Her current position is in Government Affairs/Local Public Affairs for the Westside Cities for Southern California Edison*. Prior to this position, Diane was Deputy Director External Affairs with the Public Interest Network, where she developed strategies for increasing visibility, access and funds for the network of 70 environmental and consumer groups.

Working in collaboration with the nonprofit Move LA, Diane developed the strategy, managed and implemented the plans and coalitions to ensure passage of Measure R, the sales tax that raised $40B for transportation in LA County, and the renewable energy policy at LA Metro. Diane was also Southern California Director of The Climate Group, an international nonprofit developing corporate partnerships for climate action, and, Sustainability Director, for Environment Now Foundation.

Diane graduated from Brown University and received a Masters of City and Regional Planning from Harvard University.  Diane lives in Santa Monica.

Albin Gielicz

Co-Author

The Super Sustainables

Albin is a co-author of a recently published book for children about sustainability and climate change called The Super Sustainables. It was through his Coro Fellowship program in 2013 that he got a close up look at the harsh reality of our recent drought and its impact on our lives. At that point he put pen to paper upon realizing that we all play a role in mitigating the effects of climate change and making sure that we have a healthy planet for generations to come.

Originally from Arlington Heights, Illinois, he now considers Santa Monica to be home.  Since moving here in 2007, he's chaired the Social Services Commission, North of Montana Association and Virginia Avenue Park Advisory Board. Currently he also serves on the Recreation and Parks Commission, Santa Monica Travel and Tourism Board and Buy Local Santa Monica Executive Committee.  Albin is committed to improving the quality of life for all Santa Monicans, and is a strong advocate for supporting local businesses in order to sustain a healthy economy.  You can often find Albin biking around town, running along the beach bike path or walking his dog Zoe in Palisades Park.

Albin graduated from Miami University (Ohio) and received an MBA from Thunderbird, School of Global Management.  

 

David Kaplan

Dr. Garry Hart

Professor and Chair, Department of Cinema and Television Arts

California State University, Fullerton

Garrett Hart was the Executive Director of Sustainable Works from summer 2011 to summer 2014 but left to accept the position he now holds-- Professor and Chair of the Department of Cinema and Television Arts at California State University Fullerton. He remains with Sustainable Works as the Chair of the Advisory Board. Prior to Sustainable Works, Hart was an executive in the television industry, most notably as President of Paramount Network Television for eleven years (1993-2004).

Garry believes that there is no greater mission in life than to help make our world sustainable for our children, their children an all future generations. He is convinced that the best way to accomplish this goal is through worldwide educational efforts and behavior change, which is the mission of Sustainable Works.  All people, all businesses and all governments must do whatever is necessary to insure the sustainability of our planet for all living things.

Nurit Katz

Chief Sustainability Officer

UCLA

UCLA's first Chief Sustainability Officer, Nurit Katz is working to foster partnerships among academic, research, and operational departments to facilitate creating a world class living laboratory for sustainability at UCLA. As Executive Officer for UCLA Facilities Management, Nurit also provides strategy support to make the university more operationally efficient and coordinates with Emergency Management on resilience planning. Nurit is also an Instructor for UCLA Extension's Sustainability Certificate Program. In 2017 she received the Dean's Award from UCLA Extension for outstanding instruction and contributions to the UCLA Extension community and her class was featured as one of the top 10 classes in LA in the 2012 LA Weekly's Best of LA.

Nurit holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, a Masters in Public Policy from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, and a BA in Environmental Education from Humboldt State University. Nurit was honored as one of 100 Inspirational Alumni for the 75th Anniversary of UCLA Anderson, Public Policy alumna of the year in 2015, and recently she was recognized as one of the top 100 business trailblazers in the Women Worth Watching in Profiles in Diversity Journal.

J. Morgan Keim

Founder and President

Sprouted Ventures

Morgan is Founder and President of Sprouted Ventures, a Santa Monica-based commercialization group whose mission is to market and scale early-stage technologies that solve the world's biggest social and environmental problems. A deeply passionate environmentalist and experienced brand builder, Morgan is an expert at generating consumer demand to create new markets for bio-based and environmental breakthroughs. 

Prior to this, Morgan was Marketing Director for a number of global food brands (including Natierra, Himalania and Nature's All)​, and drove strategy and commercialization for Impossible Foods, helping to bring their plant-based burger to consumers worldwide. Morgan has led cross-functional marketing teams to launch consumer marketing campaigns for HBO/Game of Thrones, BlackBerry, Honda, Acura, Cisco Systems and the City of Charleston, South Carolina's Sustainability Division. He holds an MBA in Marketing and Social Impact from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and dual Business degrees from College of Charleston (South Carolina).

Vicki Liao

Sales & Business Development Director / Greener World Board Member

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Vicki has 10 years of business development, sales and strategy experience in the media and entertainment industry. She is passionate about sustainability and an advocate for environmental education. She currently serves on the Greener World Board at Sony Pictures studio, which is responsible for planning initiatives to educate employees on sustainability and environmental issues. Additionally, as the co-head of Sony’s employee garden, she launched a learning program in partnership with Sony’s Daycare and Employee Resource Groups to teach sustainable gardening.

In her free time, Vicki enjoys gardening, biking around downtown LA and reading sci-fi books. She holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley. 

J. Morgan Keim

Bill Selby

Retired Geography and Earth Science Professor

Santa Monica College

In addition to teaching a wide range of courses at Santa Monica College and serving in several leadership roles, Professor Selby is recognized as an accomplished speaker in geography and earth science. In addition to being an advisor to the City of Santa Monica, Professor Selby has also been a guest lecturer at UCI and for UCLA and has taught courses at UCI as a Visiting Professor. He continues presenting at teacher training workshops, has been one of the most requested speakers for SMC’s Speakers Bureau for community groups, and presents papers each year for professional organizations, such as the AAG, APCG, and CGS.