CATEE 2015 Keynote Speaker
Matthew S. Tejada, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Environmental Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Matthew S. Tejada joined the EPA in March of 2013 as Director of the Office of Environmental Justice within the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. As Director, Matthew leads the Office of Environmental Justice in working with communities, other EPA divisions, federal agencies, and state, local and tribal partners to further the mission of the EPA and the goals of the Office of Environmental Justice.
Matthew joined the EPA after spending over five years in the non-profit world as executive director of the environmental advocacy Air Alliance Houston, where he focused his efforts on environmental justice issues affecting the many overburdened communities in the Houston and Texas Gulf Coast area, region-wide ozone reduction policies and alleviation of toxic and particulate matter hotspots. In this position, Matthew was also centrally involved in local, state and federal level legislative and policy formation as regards environmental and public health issues. Matthew received his Doctorate and Master’s degrees from the University of Oxford where he was a member of St. Antony’s College. His research and dissertations largely focused on environmental and energy policy, international relations, politics and the development and role of civil society. Prior to his graduate education, Matthew received a BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin, then served two years in the Peace Corps in Bulgaria as a high school teacher of English as a foreign language. Matthew is a native of Ft. Worth, Texas.
The Energy Systems Laboratory would like to introduce the new CATEE Executive Director, Betin Bilir Santos.
Betin Bilir Santos, MPA, is the President of kWik Energy Solutions, LLC and is an energy and sustainability executive who assists organizations with energy usage improvements for existing and new facilities. Prior to establishing her own company, Betin managed Oncor’s Educational Faculties Program in East Texas, the Dallas area, and West Texas. Before embarking on a career in energy efficiency, Betin worked with the Environmental Defense Fund on various air quality initiatives in the Houston area, and spearheaded a statewide initiative to garner funds for the Texas Clean School Bus Program. Betin holds a BS from the University of Houston and an MPA from Texas A&M University. Betin served as the CATEE Executive Director in 2009 and 2010, and is excited to return to her former role for the CATEE 2015 Conference.