Sustainability Series III - A Conversation with San Jose & Oakland's Sustainability Leaders

  • 28 Jun 2022
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • via Zoom

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How local governments' Sustainability policy shapes our lives.

Please join us and Kerrie Romanow, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of San Jose, and Daniel Hamilton, Sustainability Director for the City of Oakland

This conversation will be moderated by Kate Sackman Roski ’82 with Kevin Jiang P’25.

Kerrie Romanow is chief sustainability officer for the City of San José City and director of the San José Environmental Services Department (ESD), with close to 570 staff and approximately $350 budget.

San José is the largest city in Northern California, with more than 1 million people, and the 10th largest city in the nation. ESD manages garbage and recycling services; watershed protection and pollution prevention; municipal drinking water and recycled water; sustainability initiatives and Climate Smart San José, the city's climate action plan; and the operation and infrastructure improvements of the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility.

In 2018, Kerrie was named Oracle’s Chief Sustainability Officer of the Year. In 2015, she was recognized as a Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Kerrie has worked in the environmental field for nearly 25 years. Before joining the City of San José, she served as chief operating officer for a national environmental health and safety consulting firm, a facilities manager for an international semiconductor manufacturing firm, and an inspector for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

Kerrie earned a bachelor of science degree in environmental economics and policy from UC Berkeley as well as an MBA from the Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business. She also attended the Harvard Kennedy School for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. 


Daniel Hamilton serves as sustainability manager for the city of Oakland, California. He has 25 years of experience in managing sustainability programs, policies and plans for local governments and utilities. He has created and managed internationally recognized energy and climate programs, represented Oakland at the U.N. COP21 in Paris and leads one of the most ambitious municipal sustainability programs in the world. He has taught professional and university courses in energy management, sustainable policy development and green building design and construction.


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