Ismael is associate director, funding, with the Office of Community and Economic Development at Fresno State (OCED). He contributes to the development of university-led community and economic development activities as a member of the OCED team. He specifically assists with grant writing and project management efforts that align Fresno State’s assets to regional initiatives aimed at improving the competitiveness and prosperity of California’s San Joaquin Valley. Ismael also serves as director of San Joaquin Valley Rural Development Center (SJVRDC), an OCED initiative. SJVRDC connects rural communities to a wide range of indispensable services, resources, expertise and trainings to ensure their needs are met efficiently, effectively, and affordably. It responds to the needs of rural communities by leveraging the assets of university and regional partners. Ismael received bachelor’s degrees in sociology (honors) and Chicano/Latino studies from the University of California, Irvine and a master’s degree in education policy and management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Ismael and his wife Erika reside in Kerman, Calif.
Michelle Bracewell-Musson is owner of Green Expectations Sustainability Solutions. She is a LEED Accredited Professional with a Specialty in Building Design and Construction is responsible for coordinating project requirements with clients and ensuring that projects accomplish LEED certification. She is known for producing high quality projects and been involved in many sustainable spaces including LEED for New Construction, Commercial Interiors, Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance, and Core and Shell. She has accumulated over seven years of experience in the building construction industry focusing on green building strategies and design for commercial facilities throughout California. Michelle has been USGBC Central California Chapter Programs Chair since 2010, and was president in 2012.
Joseph Oldham is Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices with the Local Government Commission. During his tenure as Sustainability Manager for the City of Fresno, where served until 2009, the Sustainable Fresno Division of the Development and Resource Management Department administered the Fresno Energy Watch program funded by PG&E which offers the “Central Valley Energy Tune-up Program.” This program provides no-cost, comprehensive residential energy surveys to PG&E customers in Madera, Fresno, Tulare, Kings, and Kern counties. Plus no-cost commercial energy audits for business owners in Fresno County. The Division initiated, established, and promoted commercial and residential PACE financing in Fresno, along with renewable energy projects for both residential and commercial property owners. Joseph co-hosted “Your Green Life,” a weekly 30-minute television show on the local NBC affiliate in Fresno which focused on energy efficiency and sustainability issues in the San Joaquin Valley. Joseph graduated from California State University, Fresno in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He has been very active in promoting climate change adaptation, energy efficiency, alternative fuel vehicles, renewable energy, and “green” living for over 25 years.
Helle Petersen is manager for the Water, Energy, and Technology Center on the Fresno State campus. She has a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the Technical University of Denmark and has previously worked in academia with water technology research and later with innovative technologies as a project engineer in the environmental remediation industry. Helle earned her Master of Business Administration from Fresno State in general management.