Kerrie Romanow is chief sustainability officer for the City of San José City and director of the San José Environmental Services Department (ESD) with over 570 employees and $350M budget.

San José is the largest city in Northern California, with more than 1 million people, and the 10th largest city in the nation. ESD manages garbage and recycling services;watershed protection and pollution prevention;municipal drinking water and recycled water;sustainability initiatives and Climate Smart San José, the city’s climate action plan;and the operation and infrastructure improvements ($2B) of the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility.

In 2018, Kerrie was named Oracle’s Chief Sustainability Officer of the Year. In 2015, she was recognized as a Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Kerrie has worked in the environmental field for nearly 25 years. Before joining the City of San José, she served as chief operating officer for a national environmental health and safety consulting firm, a facilities manager for an international semiconductor manufacturing firm, and an inspector for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

Kerrie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental economics and policy from UC Berkeley as well as an MBA from the Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business. She also attended the Harvard Kennedy School for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.