2019 Speakers


To learn more about the 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit Speakers, please see their full bios below.

Mustafa Ali

Senior VP of Climate, EJ & Community Revitalization, Hip Hop Caucus

Mustafa Santiago Ali is the Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization for the Hip Hop Caucus.  The Hip Hop Caucus is a national, non-profit and non-partisan organization that connects the Hip Hop community to the civic process to build power and create positive change.  As HHC Senior Vice President, he leads the strategic direction, expansion and operation of the Hip Hop Caucus’ portfolio on Climate, Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization.  Mustafa is renowned as a National Speaker, Trainer and Facilitator specializing in Social Justice issues focused on revitalizing our most vulnerable communities. 

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Jeremy Grantham

Co-founder, GMO, LLC

Jeremy Grantham is a co-founder of GMO, LLC, an investment management firm in Boston that currently manages approximately $71 billion, predominately for large institutions. He is the firm’s chief investment strategist, chairman of the board, an active member of its asset allocation division and the author of a quarterly letter to clients.  In addition to providing an investment outlook, the letter has covered issues of financial ethics, deficiencies in capitalism, resource limitations and problems posed by changing climate.

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Kristina Johnson

Chancellor, The State University of New York

Dr. Kristina M. Johnson joined The State University of New York as its 13th Chancellor in September 2017. With 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school, and business in the state, SUNY is the nation’s largest comprehensive system of public higher education. It serves more than 1.3 million students annually, employs more than 90,000 faculty and staff, and connects more than three million alumni around the world.

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Sandra A. Urie, CFA

Chairman Emeritus, Cambridge Associates

Sandra A. Urie is Chairman Emeritus and formally served in the roles of CEO, Chairman, and COO of Cambridge Associates. Prior to assuming her management positions, Ms. Urie was a member of the firm’s investment team. Before joining Cambridge Associates, she held a number of positions at Phillips Academy (Andover), including faculty member, Associate Secretary of the Academy in the development office, and a member of the admissions office staff.

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Tom Soto

Founder & Managing Partner, Latimer Partners, LLC

Tom Soto is a long-time investor in the impact sector. His leadership, voice and investments have stood at the dovetail of energy, Tech, cloud based and IOT efficiency programs in renewables, and to over many Fourth Industrial Revolution driven platforms where technology contributes to improving the human condition. This ranges from Fintech, to electric vehicle technology and policy, to political process and regulatory frameworks needed to promote the new economics driving the planet into a future of prosperity and abundance.

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Michael Crow

President, Arizona State University

Michael M. Crow became the 16th president of Arizona State University on July 1, 2002. Crow was previously executive vice provost of Columbia University, where he also was professor of science and technology policy in the School of International and Public Affairs. He played the lead role in the creation of and served as the founding director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and in 1998 founded the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes

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David Hall

President, University of the Virgin Islands

Dr. David Hall began his tenure as the fifth president of the University of the Virgin Islands on August 1, 2009. At that same time he was also awarded a Distinguished Professorship of Spirituality and Professionalism at UVI.

In his Fall 2009 Convocation address, Dr. Hall placed the University of the Virgin Islands on the “Pathways to Greatness.” He stated, “My charge, as I see it, is to give this community the license to dream again, to believe in each other again, and to reach for the stars of greatness.”

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Janet Napolitano

President, University of California

Janet Napolitano was named the 20thpresident of the University of California on July 18, 2013, and took office on Sept. 30, 2013. She leads a university system with 10 campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resources program. The UC system has more than 234,000 students, about 208,000 faculty and staff, more than 1.6 million living alumni and an annual operating budget of more than $24 billion.

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Julie Cerqueira

Executive Director of the U.S. Climate Alliance

Julie Cerqueira is the inaugural Executive Director of the U.S. Climate Alliance, where she helps to advance the climate and clean energy policy priorities of the Alliance’s Governors and their offices.  Ms. Cerqueira most recently served as a Senior Advisor to the Special Envoy for Climate Change, later joining the Office of Global Change, both with the U.S. Department of State.

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Anthony Rust

Chair of the Investment Committee, Warren Wilson College; Impact Fund Manager, BEI Business Equity Fund

Mr. Anthony Rust has been in the investment industry for over 25 years as a private equity
investor, investment banker and impact investor. As an impact investor, Mr. Rust has
effectuate change both as impact investment professional across multiple asset classes and
also as the Chair of the Investment Committee for Warren Wilson College’s endowment

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