Event Chairs 2015
Ed Begley, Jr. (Honorary Chair)
As environmental issues become more pressing, there are two possible responses: forget it and hope that government and corporations will figure it out, or take action yourself. In the “take action yourself” camp, a few individuals are leading the way. One such person in California is Ed Begley, Jr.
Turning up at Hollywood events on his bicycle, Ed has been considered an environmental leader in the Hollywood community for many years. He serves on the boards of The Coalition For Clean Air, The Thoreau Institute, and the advisory board of the Union Of Concerned Scientists, among many others.
His work in the environmental community has earned him a number of awards from some of the most prestigious environmental groups in the nation, including the California League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, The Coalition for Clean Air, Heal the Bay, Santa Monica Baykeeper, and the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation. He currently lives near Los Angeles in a self-sufficient home powered by solar energy. He has his own website at www.edbegley.com
Jonathan Parfrey (Event Chair)
Jonathan Parfrey is executive director of Climate Resolve. He served as a commissioner at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power from 2008-2013, and is immediate past-president of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters. He is a founder and Vice Chair of CicLAvia, the popular street event and also a founder of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability and the statewide Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation. From 2007-2011, Parfrey served as director of the GREEN LA Coalition. In 2003, Mr. Parfrey was appointed to Governor Schwarzenegger’s Environmental Policy Team.
Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr. (Honorary Chair)
Council member Herb J. Wesson, Jr. was unanimously elected President of the Los Angeles City Council in 2011 and officially took office in 2012. The voters of the 10th Council District recognized Wesson’s long service to the community by giving him their overwhelming support – 80 percent of their votes. He was re-elected in 2007, and 2011 by wide margins. Throughout his 20-year career in government, President Wesson is well known for his uncanny ability to bring people together. To read more about his story, check out Wesson’s website.