City Heights Community Development Corporation
Stephanie Hernandez is passionate about helping vulnerable communities. She was born and raised in Southeast San Diego, where she was first introduced to sustainability by her father, a garbage truck driver. “As a child my father would take me to the San Diego Waste landfill to show me the negative impact waste has on the environment. Despite his broken English and third grade education, he motivated me to become an advocate for sustainable changes in my community.”
Growing up, Stephanie witnessed how hard her parents worked to provide for her and her four sisters, always emphasizing the importance of education and helping others in need. Their determination to seek a better life for their whole family inspired Stephanie to focus her career on not only serving low-income families but also improve the social wellbeing of working-class, border communities.
In 2017, Stephanie obtained a bachelor’s degree in International Security and Conflict Resolution with a specialization in Environment and Security from San Diego State University. After college, Stephanie served as an AmeriCorps for the American Red Cross, where she assisted in disaster relief across the state and prepared families for emergencies through community outreach. She is also an alumnus of the Aaron Price Fellows Program, Barrio Logan College Institute and proud member of MANA de San Diego.
Stephanie is currently at the City Heights Community Development Corporation, a non-profit organization whose vision is to have a future with sustainable, equitable and resilient transportation, buildings and communities. As a Transportation & Planning Program Coordinator, Stephanie is empowering communities in Southern California to learn about clean transportation, specifically electric vehicles. Stephanie is excited to be on the Board of Directors and shed light on cross-border environmental and public health issues as the Chair for the Sustainability Committee.
Waylon Matson is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of 4Walls International, a leading nonprofit focused on advancing sustainable solutions to some of the most complex social and environmental problems facing urban watersheds worldwide. Guided by the four pillars of Science, Policy, Finance and Community, 4Walls advances and facilitates many initiatives and collaborations with diverse stakeholders including public, private and academic institutions. In 2017, 4Walls launched the Border Impact Bond, an innovative binational take on the pay-for-performance financial model, promoting green infrastructure as an effective solution to source manage waste on both sides of the Mexico - U.S. border. Through community based incentivization and education, whether as an artist, advocate or albañil, Waylon strives to permeate the cross-cultural landscape of the border region to draw attention to the shared environmental issues. Over the course of eleven years Waylon has designed, built and tested the behavioral engineering concepts needed to prioritize bottom-up decision making and collective action. Born and raised in the Coachella Valley, Waylon attended California State University San Bernardino where he graduated with a B.A. in Social Science with emphasis in Geography, Economics, and Political Science. Waylon currently sits on the Tijuana River Valley Recovery Team Steering Committee, is a 2015 Kinship Conservation Fellow and a 2017 Pomegranate Methodology for Creative Placemaking Fellow.
Jacqueline L. Reynoso
National City Chamber of Commerce CEO/President
Ms. Reynoso has worked in the non-profit, public, and private sectors in education, science and technology, laboratory research, law, state and local government, community and economic development, banking, and business development.
On July 1, 2008, Jacqueline assumed her position as CEO of the National City Chamber of Commerce. Here, she oversees the Chamber’s programs, planning, fundraising, and operations. She is committed to promoting business growth and job creation, and representing membership in business friendly legislation.
Ms. Reynoso maintains active participation with the Small Business Development & International Trade Center Advisory Board, Southwestern College Local Planning Team, Mexican American Business and Professionals Association, International Hispanic Network, California Association of Local Economic Developers, International Council of Shopping Centers, United States University Board Member, South County Economic Development Council, Proposition O Steering Committee, Western Association of Chamber Executives, California Chamber of Commerce, Unites States Chamber of Commerce, National City General Plan Update Business Committee, Small Business Association (SBA) Advisory Board, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest Board Member, Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center Board Member, ARTS Board Member.
Jacqueline Luna Reynoso was born and raised in the City of National City in San Diego, CA. She graduated with Honors as Valedictorian from Point Loma High School in 1998. She received a full tuition scholarship to study at The University of California, Berkeley as a Gates Millennium Scholar. In 2002, Ms. Reynoso graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berkeley and received a B.A. degree in Psychology and Public Policy. In 2006, Jacqueline received a Masters Degree in Public Finance and Public Policy from Harvard University at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. She is married to Alexander Colón Baez and they have two Children, Diego Alexander (9) and Siena Luna (7).
San Diego Green Building Council
Josh Dean CEM and Fitwel Ambassador is the Executive Director of the San Diego Green Building Council. In this role, he oversees the daily operations and strategic direction of the organization, ensuring that it carries out its mission to inspire, educate and collaborate within our community to transform the built environment toward true sustainability. He has over 12 years of professional experience working in the sustainability, construction and real estate fields. Josh holds a Bachelor's Degree in Construction Management from Southern Polytechnic State University, is pursuing a Master of Science in Energy Policy and Climate from Johns Hopkins University, and is a Certified Energy Manager and LEED AP O+M. He has managed a number of local energy and LEED projects with a focus towards community education and driving regenerative design.
National City Chamber of Commerce
The National City Chamber of Commerce is a local 501 (c)(6) non-profit organization dedicated to building business and community in the City of National City. We promote economic development and advocate for our members in matters related to business, government and community relations. The Binational Sustainability Conference is organized in partnership with the National City Chamber Foundation (NCCF) as fiscal sponsor. The NCCF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in accordance to federal law. IRS Federal Tax ID # 83-2467397. The purpose of the National City Chamber Foundation is primarily to benefit residents and businesses in the areas of 1) Inclusive Economic Development 2) Community Development 3) Sustainability 4) Workforce Development.
Center for Sustainable Energy
Our vision is a future with sustainable, equitable, and resilient transportation, buildings, and communities. We’re leading the charge on transportation electrification through promoting widespread electric vehicle (EV) adoption and charging infrastructure market development. We are also advancing the transformation of buildings and the electrical grid with energy-efficient and distributed energy resources. And we are creating smart and connected networks of distributed energy resources and establishing clean transportation systems to facilitate grid decarbonization.
Clean Vehicle Rebate Project
California is leading the nation in clean vehicle adoption with more plug-in electric vehicles on its roadways than any other state. This shift away from gasoline and diesel brings many environmental and economic benefits, including less air pollution and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) promotes clean vehicle adoption by offering rebates of up to $7,000 for the purchase or lease of new, eligible zero-emission vehicles, including electric, plug-in hybrid electric and fuel cell vehicles. As long as funds are available, eligible California residents can follow a simple process to apply for a CVRP rebate after purchasing or leasing an eligible vehicle.
San Diego Green Business Council
The San Diego Green Building Council (SDGBC) is a 501(c)3 community benefit nonprofit made up of building industry professionals and sustainability advocates with expertise in areas such as architecture, construction, design, urban planning, policy, and more. We work together to promote sustainable building and community practices to bring the San Diego Region closer to achieving its climate, water, waste, and energy goals. Incorporated in 2005, SDGBC is driven by our mission to inspire, educate, and collaborate within our community to transform our built environment toward true sustainability and work towards our vision that buildings and communities will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation. We are an aligned community of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and we are a partner to the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) through our San Diego Living Future Collaborative.
4Walls International is an NGO that sees the potential in private and public collaborations under the guidance of impacted communities to create real world solutions in and around watersheds. We find smarter solutions for more sustainable harmony between environments, communities and human livelihoods. We do it by leveraging potential within existing structures (Science, policy, Finance, and Community) to make high-impact solutions readily available for measurable change. We are Builders, Innovators, and Connectors.