David Miller is the North American Director, C40 Climate Leadership Group, and Global Ambassador of Inclusive Climate Action. Prior to joining the C40, Mr. Miller served as President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund-Canada, Canada’s foremost conservation organization. The WWF creates solutions to the most serious conservation challenges facing our planet, including helping people and nature to thrive together. Mr. Miller was also Mayor of Toronto from 2003 to 2010. Under his leadership, Toronto became admired internationally for its environmental leadership, economic strength, and social integration. He is a leading advocate for the creation of sustainable urban economies and a strong and forceful champion for the next generation of jobs through sustainability.
As the Co-Founder of Live Real and former Executive Director of People’s Grocery and Green for All, Nikki has built and strengthened social equity for underrepresented populations in food systems, social services, public health, climate solutions, and economic development. A nationally recognized thought leader, her many honors include being named one of The Root’s 100 Most Influential African Americans. As an accomplished communicator, Nikki is well known for her combination of vulnerability and razor-sharp analysis. She has a master’s degree in African American Studies from UCLA, and is originally from Los Angeles. She currently lives in Oakland, with her husband and son.
Pandora Thomas is a passionate global citizen who works as a caregiver, teacher, writer, designer and speaker. Her work emphasizes the benefits of applying ecological principles to social design. She has designed curriculum for and taught groups all over the world including Iraqi and Indonesian youth, men serving in San Quentin, and men and women returning home from incarceration. Pandora’s most recent projects include co-founding the Black Permaculture Network, working for 6 years with Toyota in design, and serving as a coalition member of the Toyota Green Initiative, which supports African Americans in understanding the benefits of adopting sustainable lifestyles.
Mr. Hellmuth is a principal and co-founder of Hellmuth & Bicknese Architects, L.L.C, as well as a LEED ™ accredited professional. Mr. Hellmuth serves as Chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council-St. Louis Regional Chapter and has taught at Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to his experience in Sustainable Design, he has over nineteen years experience in K-12 and higher education, housing, historic preservation, and transit & transportation planning.
A principal and co-founder of Hellmuth & Bicknese Architects, L.L.C, Mr. Bicknese’s professional experience in high performance/sustainable design began over 20 years ago with residential projects, solar system design and community energy and water use planning. Mr. Bicknese has significant experience in all phases of the architectural process. He is LEED ™ accredited through the U.S. Green Building Council and utilizes the process to enhance project performance. Mr. Bicknese also serves as the Program Chair of the Executive Committee of the U.S. Green Building Council-St. Louis Regional Chapter.