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Speaker Bios: Understanding California’s Proposed Commercial Recycling Regulations Webinar


Speakers Include:

Yvonne Hunter, Program Director, Institute for Local Government

  • Yvonne Hunter is Program Director of the California Climate Action Network, a program of the Institute for Local Government. Prior to joining the Institute in 2007 launch the Institute’s Communities for Healthy Kids program, Yvonne was a Legislative Representative for the League of California Cities, emphasizing environmental issues, including solid waste and recycling – a position she held for nearly 20 years. Yvonne has a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of California, Davis.

Howard Levenson, Deputy Director, Materials Management and Local Assistance Division, CalRecycle, State of California

  • Dr. Howard Levenson is currently Assistant Director of the Materials Management and Local Assistance Program at CalRecycle. He has held several positions at CalRecycle when it was the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB), starting in 1991 as Advisor to Board member Paul, a position he held for seven years. Prior to his service at the Board, Howard worked from 1983 to 1991 as a Senior Associate in the Environment Program of the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), a non-partisan analytical support agency of the U.S. Congress. He was the primary author of OTA’s 1989 assessment, “Facing America’s Trash: What Next for Municipal Solid Waste?” Howard has a B.S. and M.S. in Natural Resources Management from Humboldt State University and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Kansas.

Cara Morgan, Branch Chief, Local Assistance and Market Development, CalRecycle, State of California

  • Cara Morgan has worked for the CalRecycle, formerly the California Integrated Waste Management Board, since 1991. Prior to that she worked for the Division of Recycling. Currently, Cara manages the Local Assistance and Market Development Branch at CalRecycle.

Randy Murphy, Deputy Director, Planning and Public Works Department, Glenn County

  • Randy Murphy is Deputy Director of Planning and Public Works for Glenn County, a position he has held since May 2007. He oversees five Divisions: Road Operations, Fleet Services, Solid Waste, Engineering and Airports with a combined operating budget in excess of $25 Million. In this role he develops, evaluates and implements Departmental and/or County strategic plans, goals and objectives. He has been instrumental in the resolution of numerous long-standing landfill issues which has reinvigorated the moribund Solid Waste program. Randy holds a Bachelor of Science Business Management from the University of Phoenix and a Masters of Public Administration from Golden State University.

Lisa Rapp, Public Works Director, City of Lakewood

  • With the City of Lakewood since 1990, Lisa has served as Director of Public Works for 15 years. She is responsible for all facets of Public Works for Lakewood. She has been active in her profession, serving as an officer and the 2009 President for the Southern California Chapter of APWA. She also served on the League of California Cities Board of Directors and as an officer for the LOCC’s Public Works Department. She is active with the Gateway COG representing the Public Works Officers on various technical committees.

Rogelio Gamino, Associate Civil Engineer, Environmental Programs Division, Los Angeles County Dept. of Public Works

  • Rogelio Gamiño is a Registered Professional Civil Engineer with the County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works’ Environmental Program Division (EPD). EPD is charged with ensuring unincorporated area residents and businesses are provided with quality trash collection and recycling services, ensuring adequate countywide disposal capacity, and implementing countywide and unincorporated area solutions that help leverage solid waste diversion options. In his current role Mr. Gamiño is responsible for supporting the Residential and Commercial Franchise Units as well as the Garbage Disposal Districts (GDD) Unit within EPD’s Franchise/GDD Section. Mr. Gamiño began his career with Public Works in 2003. His tenure with the County includes roles in Traffic and Lighting, Highway Design, Industrial Waste as well as overseeing Policy and Legislation for EPD. Prior to joining the County, Mr. Gamiño held a variety of technical positions at Bovis Lend Lease, MACTEC Engineering & Consulting, the City of Los Angeles and the East Los Angeles Community Union (TELACU). Rogelio received a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of California Los Angeles. He received a Masters in Business Administration from Azusa Pacific University. Rogelio currently resides in Los Angeles California with his wife and daughter.

Amity Lumper, Senior Associate, Cascadia Consulting Group, Inc.

  • With nearly a decade of experience, Amity leads Cascadia’s work with a range of U.S. brands including Adobe Systems, The Home Depot, Starbucks Coffee Company, and Kimpton Hotels. In addition, Amity has provided services to many of the country’s greenest municipalities, including the cities of Seattle, Los Angeles, and Oregon Metro. Amity leads comprehensive sustainability assessments, carbon footprints, waste audits, surveys, and business technical assistance. As a result of her work, roughly 6,000 fewer tons of waste are being disposed, 6,400 tons of GHG emissions mitigated, and 35 million sheets of paper saved each year. Amity served on the Washington State Recycling Association board from 2005-2010 and was the board president from 2009-2010. She holds a BA in Chemistry with a minor in Economics from Seattle Pacific University (2000) and a Masters in Sustainability and Leadership from the Blekinge Technical Institute in Karlskrona, Sweden (2005). In her spare time she sings in a gospel choir, tends to her veggie garden at home, and enjoys scenic bicycle rides throughout the beautiful Northwest.

Shannon Donegan, Associate, Cascadia Consulting Group, Inc.

  • Shannon conducts quantitative analyses that provide public and private sector clients with real-world, data-driven results that inform decision making. She recently developed a calculator to help businesses evaluate the benefits of waste reduction and recycling strategies and helped prepare an inventory of the City of Auburn’s baseline greenhouse gas emissions. Shannon has updated Cascadia’s carbon calculator and has customized the calculator for various businesses and municipal clients. She has also used the calculator to measure and document carbon emissions and identify priority actions for energy efficiency improvements. Shannon graduated from Middlebury College summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Economics. When she’s not working on an Excel spreadsheet, you can find Shannon on a sailboat on Lake Washington or Puget Sound.

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