The Advisory Board for the new LightSPEC conference platform is carefully curated to represent a wide range of lighting and building industry stakeholders including: lighting specifiers and designers; architects; engineers; interior designers; manufacturers; building owners and managers; researchers; educators; government agencies; ESCOs, and utilities.
The Board will help bring a fresh approach to dynamic programming that addresses topics important to the industry today including: design trends; climate action; environmental justice; health and wellness; equity, diversity, and inclusion; technology evolution and integration; and the industry’s dynamic ecosystem.
In addition to his role as Program Director, Clifton is CEO of Clifton Lemon Associates, a consultancy providing strategy, marketing, and education services to the lighting and energy industries. Previous positions he has held include: Business Development Director, California Energy Alliance; Marketing Communications Manager, Soraa; Director of Business Development, Integral Group; and founder and CEO of BrandSequence. Clifton is an active speaker and has extensive experience in curriculum development for professional training in lighting and energy efficiency. He is also the author of Beautiful Light; An Insider’s Guide to LED Lighting in Homes and Gardens (Routledge Taylor & Francis). He is a past President of the San Francisco Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society and is on the Advisory Board for LightFair International.
After a decade in architecture and interior design, Raymond and his wife started studio PGRB, specializing in the design and fabrication of timeless, handcrafted luminaires. Since its inception, studio PGRB has garnered local and national attention, building relationships with major commercial and hospitality clients and collaborating with hundreds of designers on residential projects. He has a BA in Architecture from Howard University School of Architecture and Design.
Associate Director of Operations
Design LIghts Consortium
Bernadette’s engineering experience includes product development at Ford Motor Company and electrical product development of commercial lighting at Acuity Brands. She is an Emerging Professional member of the IES Technical Procedures Committee for Solid State Lighting, and Women in Lighting + Design; and serves as Treasurer and Board Member of the California Energy Alliance. She has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University.
Radiate Light Academy
RADIATE LIGHT ACADEMY + COACHING is dedicated to propelling your sales presentations from blah to brilliant. Our digital course provides the complete A-Z Blueprint for creating and delivering high-impact sales presentations that inspire your clients with excitement for your products and you! Additionally, one-to-one coaching goes deeper with presenters to bring out the courage and confidence necessary to level up their speaking game. Life is too short for dull communication and weak connection. Stand up and be heard!
The Lighting Agora
Tom is the creative mind and developer behind some of the most well received educational tools and events in the global lighting industry. Tom was the co-developer, along with F.X. Morin, of the globally successful free lighting app “IES Ready Reference”. He is the creator of “Light for Life – a Global Collaboration 2020” which involved 17 webinars from 15 lighting organizations from around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tom was the director of the IES’ free 4-hour live webinar “Germicidal Disinfection in the Days of COVID-19” which had over 3600 live attendees from 56 countries and has been viewed by thousands more as a free offering on the IES website.
Lighting Controls Association
Craig consults to industry leading groups including IES, NEMA, NALMCO, NAILD, Lighting Controls Association, New Buildings Institute, NEEA, and DOE. He has contributed award-winning editorial content for publications including Electrical Contractor, tED, LM&M, EC&M, Enlighten, Illuminate, Professional Lighting Design, Architectural Lighting, LightNOW, Power Outlet, Retrofit,and Building Design + Construction. He has been the lighting columnist for Electrical Contractor since 2008 and tED since 2004. He was publisher of Miller Freeman’s Design Group, and the Interplan show, and was publisher and editor-in-chief of Architectural Lighting.
West Coast Lighting Leader, Senior Associate
Mazzetti Lighting Design Studio
An international lighting design professional and lighting leader, Janelle focuses on creating expressive, sustainable and award-winning concepts in light and has contributed to the success of a broad spectrum of project types and scales. Before her position at Mazzetti, she was Associate Principal and Lighting Group Leader at Arup in San Francisco; Principal of J Drouet Design Studio; Director of Lighting Design at Lightswitch, San Francisco; and Founder & Director of Lighting Design at Harris Consulting Engineers (HCE Architectural Lighting Design Group).
HLB Lighting Design
Lauren brings a fresh perspective to the lighting industry by combining her experience in marketing for a lighting designer and lighting agency in Denver, Colorado. Through completing her Master’s in Design Management from Savannah College of Art and Design, Lauren has elevated her experience to be an advocate of design innovation and creative problem-solving so that it applies to big-picture strategy. She has supported Women in Lighting + Design for over five years and is currently serving as the Director of Marketing on the National board.
Western Regional Sales Manager, Vode
Fitz is an experienced regional sales manager with extensive experience in the architecture & planning industry, skilled in negotiation, lighting, and management. Before Vode, he was Specification Sales Representative at Western Lighting and Energy Controls in Los Angeles; Regional Sales Manager for Sistemalux/iGuzzini; and Specification Sales Associate at Total Lighting Concepts in Los Angeles. He has a Master’s Degree in Design and Communications from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Consultant and Author
Lisa was principal of Heschong Mahone Group and has done groundbreaking research on energy performance in buildings, daylighting and human factors. She lectures internationally on daylighting, view, and thermal comfort, and is the author of Visual Delight In Architecture: Daylight, Vision, and Views (2021 Routledge Taylor & Francis). She is a Fellow of the IES and has a Master’s in Architecture from MIT, and a BS from University of California, Berkeley.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
In addition to directing LESA, Dr. Karlicek is a professor of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering at RPI. Before RPI he spent over 30 years in industrial research and R&D management positions related to optoelectronics, telecommunications and lighting systems with corporations including AT&T Bell Labs and General Electric. He obtained his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and has over 56 peer reviewed technical papers and 48 U.S. patents.
Specialty Lighting Group
Susan has been involved in lighting and controls for over 25 years. She was CEO of 90+ Lighting and several positions at Soraa, where she was instrumental in the development of their award-winning LED lamps and fixtures, sales and marketing teams, and overall strategy. She was also a Business Development Consultant for Lynx Labs and LedEngin. She has an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a BS in Neurobiology and Behavior from Northwestern University.
Endeavor Business Media
Wanda’s areas of specialty include architecture, science, sustainability, business, culture, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has received more than 30 national and regional awards for editing, writing, and podcasting, including several Neal Awards. She was Editor, Tech and Practice for ARCHITECT Magazine, Research Contributor for Rodale, and Communications Director for KSS Architects. She has an S.M. in Building Technology from MIT, an M.A. in Journalism from Syracuse University, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University.
Owner / Designer
Uplight Elect Eng
Jim Levy has been in the lighting industry for over 35 years. He is also a Principal at Uplight Electrical Engineering and was in Specification Sales for CJS Lighting at Sacramento, California. He currently serves as District 5 Chair for IES; is a Board Member, IES Orange County Section; and is a Past Section Vice President, IES Salt Lake City Section. Jim is NCQLP Lighting Certified (LC).
Chief Content Director
Smart Buildings Technology
Robert is the Chief Content Director of the i+s (formerly interiors+sources) and BUILDINGS media brands, and an award-winning writer and design industry veteran. He has been a regular contributor to i+D, the official publication of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), retrofit, Retail Environments and The Architect’s Newspaper, as well as a contributing author to ASID’s 2020 Outlook and State of Interior Design report. His work has been recognized with four Azbee Award Gold distinctions from the Association for Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) and Folio magazine’s Eddie & Ozzie Awards.
Preconstruction Project Manager
Over the last three decades Craig has worked in every market vertical of the electrical construction Industry, and is currently managing reconstruction projects at Dynalectric, a large Design-Build Electrical Contracting and Engineering firm. As an original CALCTP certified Electrician he helped lead the charge to adopt California’s Acceptance Testing program throughout the State. He then founded and developed the Industry’s first dedicated Lighting Control Department of Lighting Control Engineers using cutting edge construction design technologies to support Estimating, Preconstruction, Project and Field management. He is a founding member of CEA serving on the Executive Committee, Code Compliance Committee, and others in a leadership role from 2016-2021 before transitioning to the new Technical Advisory Council.
Thomas is a lighting designer, mentor and entrepreneur. Through his studio, Lux Populi, the team has developed some of the most unusual award-winning projects around the world, applying “first principles” practice and a focus on craft to a variety of complex design problems, including impact on wildlife, social change, risk management through psychological design of light and aesthetics. With a background architectural lighting and engineering, Thomas brings together diverse fields of knowledge in compelling projects.
Senior Lighting Consultant
Coleen launched her career as a project Architect and transitioned into lighting in 2013. Her award-winning projects include retail, healthcare, hospitality, and entertainment. She was IES Los Angeles Section President for two years and currently is Past President. She served on the IES Nominating committee and is an active member on the IES technical committee for Lighting for Seniors and the Visually Impaired. She has been a guest lecturer at USC, Lightshow West, IES and LA CSI.
Senior Lighting Designer
Laura moved into lighting design and focused on sustainable lighting projects as a way to contribute to a better future for our planet. Laura’s clients benefit from her experience working in North and South America, as well as her fluency in English, Spanish and Italian. Before Shuler Shook, she was General Manager and Owner at Romansel International, Inc. in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and Studio Manager for Lighting Design Alliance in Chicago.
Central Plant Manager/Energy Manager
California State University, Dominguez Hills
As the energy manager of CSUDH Kenny Seeton is focused on projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A graduate of the A.I.B. Maintenance Engineering Program with over 26 years’ experience at Hostess Twinkies. The recipient of 5 CHESC Best Practice Awards since joining CSUDH, he is a frequent speaker at U.S. DOE conferences and a participant in its programs.
Alana spent 15 years in New York in lighting design, project management, and sales. Notable projects include the W Hotel Times Square; Thompson Hotel Miami Beach; and control systems for the Times Square Ball. She founded the North American Coalition of Lighting Industry Queers, which provides advocacy for LGBTQIA+ lighting professionals, and works with the larger lighting justice community to support all marginalized groups. She has a MFA in Lighting Design from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA in Theatre from Eastern Washington University.
Wheeler Kearns Architects
Before Wheeler Kearns, he was an Associate and Studio head at Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Chicago. He is the recipient of a NEA Traveling Fellowship, the CCAIA Young Architect Award, AIA Fellowship and the Chicago Tribune’s “Chicagoan of the Year” in Architecture, and the 2017 AIA Illinois Nathan Ricker Clifford Award for Architectural Education. He is also a Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dan studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, including two years study in Rome.
Light Build Design
Sabra is Brand Ambassador at Light Build Design, an innovative SoCal lighting agency serving architects, designers, engineers, contractors and property owners. Before Light Build Design she was Brand Ambassador at Vode Lighting, Director of Sales at Tegan Lighting, and Principal at White Associates Lighting. She has a BA in History of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.
Oyler Wu Collaborative
Oyler Wu, recognized for innovative designs that span many scales and project types, is the winner of 2021 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award; 2018 ACADIA Digital Practice Award of Excellence; and 2013 Design Vanguard Award from Architectural Record. Jenny founded LACE by Jenny Wu, a line of 3D printed luxe jewelry, featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Los Angeles Times, and others. Jenny is a senior design faculty member at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and has taught at Harvard GSD, Pratt Institute, and Columbia GSAPP.