The Clean Economy: Opportunities Rising

Wednesday, April 24 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm
1 Hotel San Francisco | 8 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA, 94105

Thanks to game-changing climate and clean energy policies, America is at the advent of the biggest economic revolution in generations.

How can you be a part of the burgeoning clean economy? And what are the hurdles and risks ahead to progress?

Please join E2, the SF Chamber of Commerce, Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy, and  the Clean Energy Leadership Institute for our special event The Clean Economy: Opportunities Rising.

We’ll begin with a fireside chat featuring Kate Gordon, who served as Senior Advisor to U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and Senior Advisor to Gov. Gavin Newsom, and E2 Executive Director Bob Keefe, author of the just-released book “Clean Economy NOW: Stories from the Frontlines of an American Business Revolution.”  We’ll also hear from an expert panel of CEOs, investors and young entrepreneurs who are driving this clean economy revolution.

Networking, food and drinks and special book signing to follow. See below for full speaker list, agenda and link to RSVP. Space is limited so RSVP today.

Event Programming

4:00pm – 4:30 pm

Welcome and Networking

4:30pm – 4:50pm

Fireside Chat | The Clean Economy is Now


  • Kate Gordon, Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, and Former Senior Advisor to U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and Former Senior Climate Policy Advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom

Moderated by Bob Keefe | Executive Director, E2

4:50pm – 5:20pm

Panel | Opportunities in the Clean Economy


  • Wesley Zheng | Founder and CEO, POSH and YesSF Top Innovator
  • Sanjna Malpani | Chief of Staff, WeaveGrid and CELI Fellow
  • Maya Whalen-Kipp | EERE Stakeholder Engagement Specialist, Department of Energy and Former E2 Fellow

Moderated by Esther Morales | Executive Director, CELI

5:20pm – 6:00pm

Networking Reception

Complimentary refreshments & hors d’oeuvres will be provided

Keynote Speaker

Kate Gordon

Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, and Former Senior Advisor to U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and Former Senior Climate Policy Advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom



Kate Gordon has spent the past two decades working at the intersection of climate change, energy policy, and equitable economic development. Most recently, Gordon served as Senior Advisor to U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, where she led a variety of place-based initiatives to help drive a more sustainable and resilient energy transition, including creating the agency’s “Community Benefits Plan” requirement for funding applicants. Gordon continues to serve on the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board (SEAB). Prior to her time in the Biden-Harris administration, Gordon served for several years in California state government as the Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and Senior Climate Policy Advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom. In this role, Gordon launched or led several initiatives to better integrate climate and economic development strategy across the state.

Before entering public service, Gordon served in senior leadership positions at several nonpartisan think tanks including the Henry M. Paulson Institute, the Center for the Next Generation, the Center for American Progress, and the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. Gordon got her start on energy and climate issues working at the national Apollo Alliance, where she ultimately served as co-Executive Director until the merger with the Blue-Green Alliance in 2011.

Gordon earned a J.D. and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of California-Berkeley, and an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University.

Panel Speakers

Wesley Zheng

Founder and CEO

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Wesley Zheng is the founder and CEO of POSH, a YC-backed startup focusing on sustainable battery solutions and battery circular economy. He was previously the founder and CTO of Volans-i Inc., a venture-backed start-up that was sold to Sierra Nevada Corporation. Before his entrepreneurship journey, Wesley was an Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge. He did his PhD at Stanford University, focusing on developing high-capacity electrodes for advanced lithium batteries. Wesley is a recipient of the Innovators Under 35 Award by MIT Technology Review.

Sanjna Malpani

Chief of Staff

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Sanjna Malpani is Chief of Staff at WeaveGrid, a climatech startup driving decarbonization at the intersection of clean energy and transportation by helping utilities and automakers transform EVs into grid assets. At WeaveGrid, Sanjna serves as a jack of all trades –  helping fundraise, run cross-functional projects and company communications. Sanjna has always been an enthusiastic operator, working at venture-backed startups in the climate tech field for over 7 years – from helping build California’s largest behind-the-meter virtual power plant at AMS to working on energy access in Kenya with Sparkmeter.

Sanjna’s passion for climate solutions and energy policy started when she ran a non-profit in Mumbai that provided low-cost lighting solutions to slum communities. She holds a Masters in Environmental Management from Yale University, is a proud CELI alum as well as a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum (WEF). Sanjna enjoys traveling, baking focaccia, and hanging upside down from her aerial yoga hammock.

Maya Whalen-Kipp

EERE Stakeholder Engagement Specialist
U.S. Department of Energy

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Maya Whalen-Kipp is a born and raised New Yorker passionate about building a decarbonized just economy and pathways for BIPOC leadership in climate tech. She is currently the J40 Stakeholder Engagement Specialist & Environmental Justice Lead at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. As a 2023 E2 1 Hotel fellow, she worked with organizations across the nation to empower and educate young BIPOC climate activists on pathways into the professional workforce of climate tech start ups and privet companies. Maya is a return peace corps volunteer who served in Fiji, holds an MS in Environmental Science and Policy with a focus on international ocean conservation from Bard College, NY and BS in Biology from Union College, NY. 

Bob Keefe

Executive Director

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Bob Keefeis E2’s executive director, overseeing all aspects of E2’s work and its staff and chapters stretching from New York to San Diego. Bob speaks regularly about the clean energy economy and the economic benefits of smart environmental policies. He has testified before Congress and numerous state legislatures and has appeared in media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Fox, CNN and others. Bob is the author of two books on the economics of climate change: “Climatenomics: Washington Wall Street and the Economic Battle to Save Our Planet” (2022) and “Clean Economy NOW: Stories from the Front Lines of an American Business Revolution” (2024) and co-author of several other business-related books. Prior to joining E2 in 2011, Bob spent more than 20 years as journalist, covering business, political, national and environmental news from coast to coast.

Esther Morales

Executive Director
Clean Energy Leadership Institute

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Esther Morales brings over 25 years of cross sector, business-facing and public service leadership to advance economic, energy and racial justice through roles within nonprofits, government, philanthropy, and campaigns. Since January, 2021, she has served as the executive director of the Clean Energy Leadership Institute (CELI). Just prior, she was the Deputy Director of the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). Esther spent the preceding years, 2009 – 2017, working on policy implementation at the national level on a range of issues in Washington, DC including at the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Women’s Business Council, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and at the White House in the Office of First Lady Mrs. Obama. Before moving to Washington, DC, she spent ten years managing issue

and candidate campaigns, and working with nonprofits organizing around racial justice issues. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.


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The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce is a leading organization representing the business community in San Francisco. The Chamber advocates for large and small businesses across a variety of industries, facilitates networking opportunities, promotes San Francisco as a business destination, offers support services to businesses, and engages with the local community to foster economic growth and social responsibility.

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Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy (CICE) is a nationwide network of 1,300 chambers of commerce and economic development organizations created and led by chamber executives. CICE, a program of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Foundation, works to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy by strengthening and expanding chamber of commerce support for good clean energy policy and projects, while highlighting business leadership.

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The Clean Energy Leadership Institute (CELI) creates a multiracial, diverse, and inclusive community of change-makers working across sectors and disciplines to lead our transition towards an equitable, decarbonized, and resilient energy ecosystem. CELI's signature programs include the CELI Fellowship and EDICT internship partnership.

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