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Naomi Porat, Alpha Group SF Shilpa Sankaran, Alpha Group SF

NAOMI PORAT, Founder, is a social entrepreneur with a portfolio of ventures and projects throughout the U.S. She partners with entrepreneurs to deliver socially responsible products and achieve adoption of groundbreaking new technologies for the built environment and clean tech sectors.

Prior to founding Alpha, Naomi co-founded ZETA Communities, a manufacturer of net zero energy and energy efficient housing, schools, and public facilities. As CEO and President of ZETA Communities, Naomi broke new ground in urban real estate through introducing ZETA’s off-site building solution for urban infill multifamily and net zero energy developments. Under Naomi’s leadership, ZETA manufactured landmark projects, including a net zero energy affordable housing community, four-story micro-unit apartment development, sustainability centers for the Presidio Trust and City of El Cerrito, and green schools.

Naomi was also COO of a sustainable building innovation company for ultra affordable housing in developing countries. She was President of Porat Consulting and Partner with Sedway Group urban economics consulting firms. She contributes twenty-five years of experience with a portfolio of sustainable real estate development projects across the U.S., focusing on master planned developments, multifamily housing, student housing, hospitality projects, reuse of military bases, and urban revitalization developments.

Naomi earned an MBA from Yale University, a Masters in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley, and a BA from Stanford. She is a member of Lambda Alpha, SPUR, and the Urban Land Institute.

SHILPA SANKARAN, Founder, is a social entrepreneur who has provided communications, strategy, and technology advisory services for global brands, start-ups, and Fortune Global 1000 companies. She is an established industry expert in driving adoption of off-site construction and net zero energy building technologies.

Prior to founding Alpha, Shilpa co-founded ZETA Communities, a manufacturer of net zero energy and sustainable modular buildings. Shilpa served various roles in establishing the company's operation and developed the ZETA brand as an internationally recognized industry pioneer in the space. Under her leadership, the ZETA brand received numerous awards, widespread media exposure, and case studies in six books. Shilpa also led the development of ZETA's intellectual property and patenting of ZETA's unique digital and product technologies, including zTherm®, ZETA's energy controls system.

Shilpa serves leadership positions with key organizations to drive adoption of energy efficiency in the building industry. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) appointed Shilpa to the Zero Net Energy Action Plan Champions initiative, leading the "Path to Zero" campaign to drive the awareness and education of the State of California's plan to meet its 2020 and 2030 net zero energy mandates. She is also a Modular Building Institute (MBI) committee member, promoting the modular industry nationally through strategic communications initiatives.

Prior to ZETA, Shilpa advised leadership in a range of organizations from start-ups to Fortune Global 1000 companies. During her tenures at PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Sapient Corp., Shilpa provided management consulting to General Motors, Wells Fargo Bank, AAA, Nike, Verizon Wireless, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, among others.