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PRINCIPAL'S BIOGRAPHY

Holly Kaufman is founder and president of Environment & Enterprise Strategies, a consultancy that specializes in the design and management of projects that integrate business, human and environmental needs. Representative clients include Hewlett Packard, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality, where she developed the President's twenty-fifth anniversary report to Congress on environmental trends.

Ms. Kaufman was a Presidential appointee, representing the United States at United Nations' climate change treaty negotiations for the Departments of State and Defense. She developed diplomatic strategy as Special Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for environment and the U.S. Ambassador for sustainable development. She also managed the climate change and national security portfolio for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and served as the Defense Department's liaison to the President's Council on Sustainable Development. 

Ms. Kaufman previously managed the environmental planning and community outreach for multi-million dollar commercial and maritime projects at the Port of Oakland and the fourth largest waste management company in the U.S. She taught ecological land management and sustainable agriculture at the University of California at Berkeley and the California Academy of Sciences. She has led community development projects or conducted research in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Ms. Kaufman also served as the Deputy Director of The Center for Resource Solutions, a non-governmental organization that promotes renewable energy policy, and as Northern California Co-director of CleanTech & Green Business for Obama.  She is a founding member of the Clean Economy Network - the first trade association for all sectors of the clean economy, and served on its Steering Committee.

In 2015, the Sierra Club nominated and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors appointed Ms. Kaufman to serve on its inaugural Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee.  Her role includes advising the Board on energy efficiency policy and how to allocate funds from California's greenhouse gas trading regime to benefit disadvantaged communities.  In 2012, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee appointed her to the San Francisco Public Utility Commission's Revenue Bond Oversight Committee, where she helps oversee bond expenditures for the utility's power, water and wastewater enterprises, including green bonds for green infrastructure.  She is also a former member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Advisory Council and a former advisor to the San Francisco Department of the Environment.

Ms. Kaufman was awarded a Leadership Fellowship at Harvard for her Master's studies in the integration of economic, social and environmental interests. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Conservation of Natural Resources, with Highest Honors, from the University of California at Berkeley. 

Ms. Kaufman is also the recipient of a Superior Team Honor Award from the U.S. Department of State for participation in the UN climate treaties delegation, and a 2009 award from the California Climate Action Registry for her contribution to their work.