Matt Rogers is founder and VP of Engineering at Nest Labs, creator of the Nest Learning Thermostat. By applying modern design and technology, Nest has made the thermostat sexy and revitalized a stagnant – yet very important – industry. Matt is responsible for all product development at Nest, ranging from mechanical design to software to web services, and everything in between. Most recently, Matt led the creation of the second-generation Nest Learning Thermostat, which was released in early October – less than a year after the launch of the first-generation Nest thermostat. Matt also serves on Nest’s board of directors.
Prior to Nest, Matt was responsible for iPod software development at Apple, from concept to production. He was one of the first engineers on the original iPhone, and involved in the development of 10 generations of iPod, 5 generations of iPhone, and the first iPad. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Carnegie Mellon University.
Jan Mazurek, PhD has over 25 years of experience working on energy and environmental policy at the federal and state levels. She is a program director at the ClimateWorks Foundation, where she oversees their Buildings, Industry, and Power portfolios. Appointed by then-Governor Schwarzenegger (R-CA), she served as Senior Policy Advisor to the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Prior to CARB, Mazurek was a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, advising on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency toxics, pesticides, and children’s health issues.
Dr. Mazurek has published two books with the MIT Press and Johns Hopkins University presses, respectively, and more than 100 other publications, including op-eds in major U.S. newspapers. She also has testified on environmental policy matters before U.S. Congressional subcommittees. She holds a doctorate from UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs.
Ali A. Zaidi
For eight years Ali Zaidi served in key roles within the Obama Administration. In 2014, President Obama appointed him the Associate Director for Natural Resources, Energy, and Science at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where he led a team of experts overseeing a wide array of policy, budget, and management issues. As OMB's chief policy official, he led implementation of the administration's economic and environmental policy across infrastructure, technology, science, and conservation. Before that, he served as the Deputy Director of Energy Policy for the White House Domestic Policy Council.
Zaidi recently joined Morrison & Foerster LLP, a leading global law firm, where he advises clients on corporate governance, regulation, litigation, and project development matters. His practice is focused on clients with interests in the climate, clean energy, advanced transportation, and water. He is a Precourt Energy Scholar and Adjunct Professor at Stanford and a non-resident Fellow at Columbia, where he engages in research, writing, and teaching at the interdisciplinary intersection of policy and technology innovation as it relates to energy, water, and climate change.
Zaidi holds an A.B. and J.D. from Harvard University and Georgetown University, where he was editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.