PNC Brunch and Learn Pittsburgh Earth Day

The Green Voice Presents

The PNC Brunch & Learn

Financing Sustainable Development for a Greener Future

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 @ 10 AM - NOON | The Tower at PNC Plaza, 300 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Join us for a free discussion led by distinguished panelists and moderated by the esteemed Grant Ervin, as we delve into the latest sustainability trends shaping the finance industry. Discover how PNC is pioneering a path towards a more sustainable future through innovative financing strategies, gain valuable insights, and network with fellow professionals passionate about the intersection of finance and environmental responsibility.

Grant Ervin, Director of Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) and Innovation for S&B USA - Sustainable Business Breakfast Panelist
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Grant Ervin currently serves as the Vice President of External Affairs and Sustainability for S&B USA, an infrastructure integration firm based in Pittsburgh, Pa that specializes in civil construction solutions in the energy, transportation, ports and waterways and vehicle electrification space. Grant serves as an integrator of activities by working across departments, agencies and sectors to form public policy and market-based solutions.

He brings deep experience, intersecting the worlds of environmental, community and economic development and infrastructure policy to create innovative and sustainable solutions for local governments, private sector clients, community development organizations, and state agencies.

Prior to joining S&B USA, Mr. Ervin served as the Chief Resilience Officer and Assistant Director for the Department of City Planning for the City of Pittsburgh.


Brunch provided by Braddock’s Rebellion at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel. Guests can enjoy a Roasted Tomato, Oregano & Gruyere Quiche, Wild Mushroom, Feta & Basil Quiche, Black Bean & Beet Sliders, Granola Parfaits with Fresh Berries, Blueberry Muffins & Lemon Poppyseed Muffins, and Regular and Decaf Coffee & Orange Juice.

Don't miss your chance to be part of the conversation at the forefront of sustainable finance! While this event is free, there is a limited capacity.


Distinguished Panelists:

Laura Ainsman Sohinki, Senior Director, Government Affairs for the Allegheny Conference
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Laura Ainsman Sohinki has more than 15 years of experience in government and advocacy work. In her current role as Senior Director, Government Affairs at the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Laura works to secure public sector investment and legislative and regulatory improvements to improve the economy and quality of life in the 10-county Pittsburgh region.

Prior to this position, Laura was the Director of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations at the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, she has held other advocacy and political roles and started her career working for Congressman Mike Doyle in Washington, DC. Laura has a Master’s in Community Planning from the University of Maryland, College Park and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Squirrel Hill with her husband, two sons and two dogs.

Mike Evans, Partner, K&L Gates
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Michael Evans is a partner in K&L Gates’s Washington, D.C. office. He is a member of the Public Policy and Law practice group, and focuses his practice on federal tax, health care, trade, and environmental policy.

Mike is a former Democratic chief counsel and deputy staff director for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over federal tax, trade, and health care matters. He has worked on major federal policy issues, including the Inflation Reduction Act and major tax and spending legislation process, for more than four decades, and he is considered a leading expert on Senate procedure. He has served on the U.S. Senate staff for more than 26 years, including 18 years as chief counsel to two separate Senate committees. Mike also worked in private practice for 15 years, where he represented business, governmental, and nonprofit clients in both law and lobbying matters.

Sara Innamorato Allegheny County
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Sara Innamorato was sworn in as Allegheny County Executive on January 2, 2024. Prior to winning the election for County Executive, she served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives after securing an overwhelming majority and winning the election for the 21st District seat in 2018.

Representative Sara Innamorato served as the Vice-Chair of the Allegheny County Delegation and as a member of committees for House Finance; Labor and Industry; Transportation; Health; and Housing and Community Development. Sara is a founding member of the Welcoming PA Caucus and the Pittsburgh City-wide Task Force on Employee Ownership, and served as Treasurer of the Urban Redevelopment Authority and Vice Chair of the Allegheny County Housing Authority.

As State Representative, she introduced dozens of bills, leading the effort to increase the supply of affordable housing, raise the minimum wage, secure environmental protections, compassionately address the opioid epidemic, establish the first Office of New Pennsylvanians, create a Working Families Tax Credit, and protect reproductive healthcare. In 2022, the legislature passed Sara’s Whole Home Repairs legislation which distributed $125M in critical funding to keep seniors, and those facing housing insecurity, in their homes while investing in climate resilience and local workforce development.

Graham Richard - Managing Partner Graham Richard Associates, Co-Founder Orchard Collaborative

Graham Richard

Managing Partner Graham Richard Associates, Co-Founder Orchard Collaborative

Graham Richard is a strategic advisor to Founders and CEOs for Clean Economy Companies including Finite, Americrew, Bright Action, Mainstream Fiber Networks, Guaranteed Community Advisors and Elevatus Architecture. With the Orchard Collaborative he is working to bring federal and state clean energy funding to underserved communities.

Graham Richard served as the Founding CEO of the Advanced Energy Economy (now renamed Advance Energy United) from 2012 to 2018. AEU is a national business association advocating for policies that grow the market for secure, clean, affordable energy. He helped build the executive team and recruit major companies as members. Graham Richard was also Mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana from 2000 through 2007. He used his political and business expertise to turn the city government into a lean, results-producing, customer-focused organization. During his time as mayor, Indiana’s second largest city won awards for the #1 Fleet Operation, best Public Works, and best City Utilities in the country. His approach to running the city led to more than $31 million in savings while improving city services. 

Costa Samaras-Director of the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, and a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
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Costa Samaras

Director, Scott Institute for Energy Innovation

Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Costa Samaras  analyzes how technologies and policies affect energy use and national security, resilience to climate change impacts, economic and equity outcomes, and life cycle environmental emissions and other externalities.

He is a Founder and Director of both the Center for Engineering and Resilience for Climate Adaptation and the Power Sector Carbon Index, and was previously a Senior Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation. From 2021-2024, he was on public service leave in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), serving as the Principal Assistant Director for Energy and OSTP Chief Advisor for the Clean Energy Transition.

Dr. Samaras has a deep knowledge of the U.S. clean energy innovation ecosystem, as well as the climate, energy, and resilience policies and efforts of the U.S. federal government. He received a joint Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon.

Todd Yoder, Executive Vice President, and Chief Financial Officer at S&B USA
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Todd Yoder serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at S&B USA, one of the fastest growing infrastructure development companies and a dominating force in the United States public-private partnership (P3) sector developing and building some of the most complex infrastructure projects. Mr. Yoder has nearly two decades of experience in corporate finance with multinational corporations, most recently serving 12 years with Fluor Corporation following finance leadership roles with Elevance Health (NYSE: ELV), Zimmer Biomet (NYSE: ZBH), and Capitol Bancorp Ltd. (NYSE: CBC).

Yoder is a frequent guest speaker at economic and corporate finance events throughout the world hosted by the Economist, Bloomberg, Association for Financial Professionals (AFP), Reuters, McKinsey & Company, and is often cited in print and online media. Yoder serves on the board of directors of the North Texas Food Bank and holds three university degrees including two undergraduate degrees from Indiana University and Goshen College, and a graduate degree from the University of Notre Dame where he earned his MBA with academic honors.

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