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Sustainable Energy

March 8, 2019

Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel (Google Maps)


  • Amanda Sabicer - Senior Advisor, Market Transformation, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)
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Amanda Sabicer

Amanda Sabicer

Amanda Sabicer has over 15 years of experience in for-profit and not-for-profit enterprises. She devoted her early career to helping low-income New Yorkers overcome barriers to employment and obtain living-wage jobs through workforce development. Later, she worked for Amgen’s Oncology Sales and Marketing department, where she was named Rookie of the Year for the Western Region. After several years as a strategy and development consultant, she joined Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator in 2014 as vice president of development, supporting the mission to create a green economy. In her new role at LACI, she works on a project funded by the California Energy Commission that convenes entrepreneurs and researchers in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles and Orange counties in order to accelerate clean energy technology commercialization. Sabicer graduated with a BA from Pomona College and received her MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

Securing LA in the Era of the Olympics

May 7, 2019

Lundring Events Center, Cal Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks (Google Maps)


  • Jeff Gorell  - Deputy Mayor, City of Los Angeles
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Jeff Gorell

The Honorable Jeff Gorell has been a state assembly member, criminal prosecutor, university professor and military intelligence officer. As Los Angeles’ deputy mayor for homeland security and public safety, he supervises a staff of 65 and oversees programs with more than 30,000 city employees, including the police, fire and emergency management departments. The Mayor’s Office of Public Safety also houses LA’s Gang Reduction Youth Development program, the Mayor’s Crisis Response Team, LA Cyber Lab, the Mayor’s Office of Resilience, and three federally funded homeland security and counterterrorism programs. Gorell sits on the Executive Steering Council of the U.S. Domestic Nuclear Detection Office and serves as chief administrator of the Los Angeles/Long Beach Urban Area Security Initiative. He and his senior staff coordinate with regional, state and federal agencies to ensure that Los Angeles is prepared for public safety emergencies and natural disasters.

Gorell is also in the U.S. Navy Reserve and has been deployed twice to Afghanistan, where he was decorated for leadership in a combat zone. He is currently the commanding officer of a Pacific Fleet intelligence unit in San Diego with more than 75 officers and enlisted personnel. He earned his BA in history from the University of California, Davis, and his JD from University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law. He lives in Camarillo and has two young sons, Jack and Steven.