The Energy Transition – Driving Change at the Local Level

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We are in the middle of a significant energy transition, requiring various stakeholders to work together in support of sustainability objectives. This panel will share experiences from multiple perspectives, including how governments can support change, how organizations can build ecosystems at the community level, and how individual citizens can drive change.


Erin Smith, MBA
SVP, Bank of America
Based in Charlotte, as Sustainability Strategy Executive for Business Banking (BB) and Global Commercial Banking (GCB), Erin works to align BB and GCB Sustainability efforts to the broader Enterprise wide Bank of America Sustainability goals. In her current role, Erin focuses on banker preparedness and client engagement as it pertains to social impact, climate action and overall Sustainability strategy. Read full profile…


Rokas Beresniovas
Senior Director of Commercial Business and Investments at the Montgomery County Green Bank
Rokas Beresniovas is a prominent business and community leader with a diverse background in banking, commercial real estate, and non-profit sectors. He currently serves as a Senior Director of Commercial Business and Investments at the Montgomery County Green Bank. This role involves driving investments in clean energy projects and promoting sustainable financial practices within the community. Read full profile…

Andy Fraser
Principal, Sandglass
Andy Fraser, known for his role at Sandglass, is a seasoned professional in the realm of software development. With a career marked by pioneering contributions to cloud computing solutions, he brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his current position. Fraser’s commitment to innovation and customer-centric values underscores his dedication to excellence in product development and service delivery. Read full profile…

Mala Persaud
Communications Strategist, Writer, and Owner, Trace–The Zero Waste Store
Mala Persaud is a former journalist, current communications consultant and the owner of Trace, the only zero waste store in Fairfax County. Mala began her career with Dateline NBC, based in London for more than a decade. There, she covered everything from Princess Diana’s funeral to the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. Read full profile…