ARC’s Founder and Director
Over the course of her more than two decades in the environmental and entertainment fields, Andrea has been a pioneer in the green events industry and has designed sustainability plans for some of the worlds largest events including the 350,000-person Electric Daisy Carnival, the 300,000-person 2008 Democratic National Convention, and Vice President Al Gore’s global Live Earth Concerts for a Climate in Crisis with 2 billion people participating worldwide.
Andrea is certified in GRI Sustainability Reporting and her work focuses on producing measureable results in energy efficiency, water conservation, waste diversion, transportation minimization, sustainable materials sourcing, and greenhouse gas emission reductions for corporations, productions and live events. She has contributed her time and expertise to the Clinton Global Initiative, SXSW Eco, Maria Shriver’s Women’s Conference, the campaigns of Obama/Biden, Kerry/Edwards, and Gore/Lieberman, Representative Jerry McNerney (CA) and worked with Madeline Albright on environmental messaging for Proposition 87, California’s alternative energy initiative.
Andrea has extensive media experience and has appeared on CNN, NPR’s ‘All Things Considered’, ABC, NBC, FOX, in the New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Daily Show and featured as a cover story of the Wall Street Journal. She was a contributing author to the Live Earth Greening Guidelines and the Live Earth Green Artists Handbook. She received her degree in Environmental Science from University of California at Santa Barbara with an honors thesis on Biodiversity and the United Nations Earth Summit.
Billy Connelly has more than 18 years experience in corporate communications, marketing, business development, and sales. In addition to managing Native Energy’s corporate communications, marketing, and branding activities for seven years, Billy was responsible for closing deals and developing strategic partnerships with some of the company’s highest profile clients, including: aninconvenienttruth (the Academy Award® winning and first-ever carbon neutral documentary film); Warner Bros Pictures’ Academy Award® winning film SYRIANA; Paramount Pictures’ Academy Award® winning films No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood, 14 other motion pictures, MTV–Music Television and Comedy Central; Sundance Channel; LIVE EARTH Concerts for a Climate in Crisis; The Doors Music Company; Salesforce.com; Ceres; Annie’s Homegrown; The X-Prize Foundation; The Alliance for Climate Protection; GOOD Magazine; GreenForAll.org; LOHAS Forum; Reverb Rock; Grist.org; 2009 Green Inaugural Ball, and two 2008 U.S. presidential campaigns – Hillary Clinton and John Edwards – among many other clients and partners. His pro bono clients include: Kids vs. Global Warming and 350.org. Billy serves on the boards of the U.S. Native American Chamber of Commerce, the Telluride Power Project, the Sci-Fi Channel’s “Visions for Tomorrow” campaign, and the 2009 Greater>Than Conference.
David has broad clean technology and environmental sustainability experience in the private, non-profit, and government sectors. He was formerly the President of the San Francisco Carbon Collaborative, a non-profit partnership of government, business, and environmental organizations working to accelerate the development of effective policy and market-based responses to climate change. Prior to that, David was the Lead Clean Technology and Green Business Advocate for the City and County of San Francisco, where his time was split between the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development and the City’s Department of the Environment. Before entering the government sector, David served as the Director of Events and Entertainment for Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection. In the later role, he was responsible for coordinating the organization’s involvement with the 2007 Live Earth Concerts for the Environment, a 24-hour global event to raise awareness for climate change. David was the first Chair of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC) Citizens Advisory Committee, offering assessment and analysis of the agency’s management of the region’s water, wastewater, and power infrastructures.
Dan Thomsen is a licensed home performance contractor (LIC # 932241) specializing in building performance testing and energy efficiency retrofitting. He is a member of The California Building Performance Contractors Association (CBPCA), a certified HERS Existing Home rater through CHEERSÒ, a certified Green Building Professional with Build It Green, and a founding member of Efficiency First, an organization dedicated to increasing the efficiency of homes. As founder of The Building Doctors, Dan offers a complete energy efficiency prescription with a “Whole House Performance Check Up” using building science and state of the art detection equipment. He designs residential treatment plans to prioritize each of the homeowner’s needs and goals while increasing the home’s overall energy efficiency and decreasing their heating and cooling costs anywhere from 20-50%. Dan received a Bachelor of Science from the College of Agriculture and Forestry at West Virginia University and a Master of Science from the School of Forestry at North Carolina State University and has also received a certificate of appreciation from The City of Los Angeles for his volunteer work with planting drought tolerant gardens.
Elif Beall offers a rich and varied background in sustainability consulting, both in the production and corporate contexts. Her experience in the entertainment industry includes greening concerts and film productions. She was part of the Green Team for the 2007 Live Earth concerts, a 7 continent 24-hour concert series that, in partnership with Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection, helped to launch the movement for mass action against climate change. She has also led environmental initiatives for large studio feature film productions, as well as corporate sustainability initiatives for NBC Universal and CB Richard Ellis. Elif is a main author of the Live Earth Green Guidelines for the Live Entertainment and Events Industry (Second Edition), and is a LEED Accredited Professional through the U.S. Green Building Council. Elif received her law degree, with Honors, from George Washington University Law School with a focus on International Business.
Natacha has more than twelve years of experience as a sustainability and strategic planning consultant for mid size and international companies from various sectors. She has worked with companies such as L’Oreal, Brita, Balenciaga to define their corporate social responsibility strategies, stimulate responsible innovation and assist them in implementing their action plans and monitoring tools. A native of France, Natacha worked on the greening of Francofolies, one of France’s major outdoor music festivals in 2009-2010. In 2011, Natacha held the position of Sustainability Director for the Opportunity Green Conference in Los Angeles. She managed Opportunity Green’s sustainability strategies including a comprehensive resource recovery program, alternative travel solutions for attendees, an electronic conference program, a sustainability report using the GRI framework, stakeholder engagement, and offsetting 100% of the conference’s travel and energy carbon emissions. While in France, Natacha founded her own fair trade wholesale and retail business. Natacha has also been the head of her son’s school Green Team where she has implemented diverse initiatives including recycling, sustainable gardens, eco-friendly transportation and trashless lunches.