Speaker Date Topic
Pamela Nathenson, World Connect Oct 20, 2020
Quick Wins in International Development with Local Investment
Quick Wins in International Development with Local Investment

Pamela Nathenson has served as Executive Director of World Connect since 2012. Over the past eight years, Pamela has led World Connect’s growth from an idea into a movement centering local leaders across the Global South. In this time, the organization’s budget has grown 10x and it has tripled the number of countries where it works, exponentially increasing the number of field partners sourcing projects. With 1,135 projects launched over the last eight years, the organization has documented impact for 1M+ people across 42 countries in some of the most marginalized areas of the world. World Connect is a disruptive force in the development sector, centering the ideas, networks, and assets that communities in the Global South bring to the global development agenda and shifting power by trusting local communities to lead themselves to progress on their own terms.

Prior to joining World Connect, Pamela was the Director of Program and Resource Development at the Fund for Public Health in New York City, a nonprofit organization founded under the Bloomberg Administration that is dedicated to making New York City a leader in global public health. As the Fund’s first hire, Pamela was integrally involved in all aspects of the Fund's start-up and growth.

Previously, Pamela served as the Director of Programs at the REACH Community Health Foundation, where she designed and led public health programming on children’s oral health, breast and prostate cancer screening, smoking cessation, children’s mental health, and obesity prevention.

Pamela earned her Bachelor's Degree in the Philosophy of Medicine from Boston University's University Professors Program and her Master's degree in Public Health with a concentration in International Health from Boston University's School of Public Health.

Mike Wasserman, SC County Supervisor Oct 27, 2020
Fall Update: re Covid, Census, budget deficit, jails, homelessness, animal shelter, and more
Fall Update: re Covid, Census, budget deficit, jails, homelessness, animal shelter, and more

Known for having a “head for numbers and heart for people,” Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman was first elected to the County Board of Supervisors in 2010 and re-elected in 2014 and 2018. Prior to his election, Mike served eight years on the Los Gatos Town Council, including two terms as Mayor. Mike serves on 28 committees, including Chairing the County Library District, Traffic Safe Communities Network, South County United for Health, the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency Governing Board and the Emergency Operational Area Council. Mike has earned a reputation as a pragmatic and commonsense leader with a collaborative leadership style. He coined the phrase “Real. Life. Help.” to describe the services Santa Clara County provides.

Mike has a degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California and was a Certified Financial Planner and small business owner for more than 30 years. He has been married to his college sweetheart Kim for 40 years and they have two adult children and three French bulldogs. ‚Äč

Carl Guardino, Boom Energy Exec. VP Nov 03, 2020
Building our Future in Broken Times. Transportation, Housing, Energy and the Economy.
Building our Future in Broken Times. Transportation, Housing, Energy and the Economy.

Carl Guardino is Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and Policy. Prior to joining Bloom Energy, Carl was the longtime President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG), a prominent public policy trade association that represents more than 350 of Silicon Valley’s most respected companies. He has championed public policy at the local, state, and federal level for more than three decades. In February 2007, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Carl to a four-year term on the California Transportation Commission. He was reappointed twice by Governor Jerry Brown, and in 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom appointed him to his fourth consecutive four-year term. Known throughout the region as a consensus builder, Carl has championed a number of successful ballot measures, especially in the areas of transportation and housing. In the earlier stages of his career, he held an executive position in governmental affairs with Hewlett-Packard and he spent six years on the staff of Central Valley Assemblyman Rusty Areias, the last three as his Chief Assistant. Carl was born and raised in San Jose and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from San Jose State University, where he is a Distinguished Alumnus.