Chris is a founding partner and CEO of Point32 Services, a project management firm that oversees planning, design and construction for its clients in the non-profit sector. Notable projects include a new headquarter building for the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, the Bullitt Center in Seattle – the first mid-rise commercial building to meet the Living Building Challenge, the renovation of Seattle’s Town Hall, and planning for the expansion of the Seattle Aquarium. Chris was formerly the Director of Capital Projects and Government Affairs at the Seattle Art Museum where he oversaw the development of the Olympic Sculpture Park. For 8-years prior, Chris negotiated land conservation transactions and developed urban park projects for the Trust for Public Land. A Seattle native, Chris received his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College and a Master’s degree in forestry from Yale University. Chris has served on numerous non-profit boards, including On the Boards, the Bloedel Reserve, ARCADE, and the People’s Waterfront Coalition, and is currently a member of the Seattle Parks Foundation’s Project Advisory Committee and a board member of BirdNote. He has been invited to speak at numerous green-building conferences in the United States and abroad, including Ireland, China, Chicago, and at workshops for students at Yale University, the University of Washington and Williams College.
Laura brings more than 25 years of experience in international non-profit management, including 18 years working in senior technical and management positions based in developing countries. Ms. Wedeen has lived and worked professionally in Haiti, Nepal and Viet Nam, and undertaken shorter term assignments across Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe. For most of her career, she has worked with international NGOs, and with the United Nations.
Ms. Wedeen moved to Seattle in 2009 and currently works as Senior Consultant, Global Health Strategy, Policy and Resource Mobilization. She has served on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, and chaired their international programs work. She currently lives in Seattle with her husband.
Laurie has over 25 years of experience in renewable energy technologies. She is currently the writer/editor for Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), a non-profit organization working to transform global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. Laurie is also a trip leader for Eco-Cuba Network, leading renewable energy and energy efficiency tours of Cuba. Prior to joining RMI, Laurie was the International Program Manager for Solar Energy International (SEI), where she organized renewable energy trainings around the world. She also wrote articles for environmental magazines including Home Power, Solar Today, and Mother Earth News, and published SEI's monthly e-newsletter. Laurie has extensive experience working on and documenting renewable energy projects throughout Latin America, and is fluent in Spanish.