Keynote Speaker

Dan Hart is President of Virgin Orbit where he leads Virgin's Satellite launch company. The company's primary focus is the delivery of small satellites and constellations to LEO orbit aboard Virgin's LauncherOne rocket which is air-launched from Virgin Orbit's 747 named "Cosmic Girl".


Prior to this Hart was Vice President of Government Satellite Systems for Boeing’s Space and Intelligence Systems division. In this position, he is responsible for all Boeing satellite programs for the USG and allied countries including the Wideband Global SATCOM, Global Positioning System, Tracking and Data Relay Satellites, Payload Programs, Experimental Systems Group and other government satellite programs. He was named to this position in December 2013.


Hart has held a wide variety of leadership roles in Program Management, Engineering and Operations across Boeing’s Network and Space Systems unit. He has led teams in all phases of the product life cycle, from R&D through development, production and flight operations, and has supported numerous space launch missions across Manned Space, Satellite Development, launch Vehicle Development and Missile Defense.


Prior to his current assignment, Dan served as vice president and chief engineer for Boeing Network and Space Systems. He was responsible for providing functional oversight for all engineering, technology development and mission assurance activities for the 10,000 N&SS engineers.



Angie is recent Angeleno and believer in LA as a testbed for social innovation. She currently serves as the Interim Director of LA2050, a community-led initiative to drive and track progress towards a shared vision for the future of Los Angeles. In this capacity, Angie is overseeing LA2050's growth from a funder of creative projects for LA's future to an organization building a movement of Angelenos committed to advancing smart solutions to make LA the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live by the year 2050. Angie started her career working in legislative affairs for the U.S. House of Representatives, managing a diverse social and domestic policy portfolio. She holds a master's degree in public policy from the University of Southern California and a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park


Teresa Chandler is currently the Human Services Bureau Manager for the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services.  As the Human Services Bureau Manager, Teresa is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Bureau (staff of 52 and budget of $11 million) and management of the Homeless Services Division and family preservation and fatherhood programs located at the Center for Families and Youth.


Teresa has a Master’s Degree in Public Health from San Francisco State University and more than 15 years of management experience in both public and nonprofit organization settings.  Most recently, she has served as the City’s Homeless Services Officer, responsible for the overall strategic planning, systems development and coordination for the Homeless Services Division and the Continuum of Care (CoC).  Prior to joining the Health Department, Teresa was the Regional Director of Community Services for the Children’s Institute, Inc. in Los Angeles where she cultivated and maintained on-going relations with county agencies, schools, community organizations and other resources as necessary to affect services and build community capacity. She also has experience in violence prevention programs in Portland, OR, Oakland, CA and in Los Angeles where she was the Program Manager for the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development.


John Keisler is the Economic Development Director for the City of Long Beach.  The mission of department is to increase economic opportunities for workers, investors, and entrepreneurs in Long Beach through workforce, business, and property development programs.


After completing bachelor degrees in Philosophy and Religion at St. Olaf College, he joined Teach For America, teaching middle school literacy and civics in Newark, NJ. To address the chronic community challenges facing his students, he turned to a career in city management, working with the League of California Cities and completing his MPA at the USC Price School of Public Policy.


In 2005, John was hired as a Management Assistant by the City of Long Beach, and rotated through four departments. Over the next decade, he led multiple change-management projects throughout the City, serving as the Animal Care Services Bureau Manager, Business Operations Manager for the Parks, Recreation & Marine Department, CFO for the Police Department, and the City’s first Innovation Team Director.


John lives in Long Beach with his beautiful wife Laura and his two sons Christopher (7) and Benjamin (10), where he serves on a number of civic boards and coaches youth sports.


Niki Okuk is working to create social and economic justice and worker dignity.

Niki Okuk founded Rco Tires in 2012. They've since recycled more than 300 million pounds of rubber, diverting 70 million gallons of oil from landfills with 16 employees, making it one of southern California's largest sustainability plants. Rco creates alternative uses for trash tires, turning them into new products. Because of Okuk's progressive hiring and management practices, it provides stable jobs for local black and Latino residents who struggle to find employment because of past criminal convictions or legal status.

Okuk grew up in Los Angeles and majored in economics at Columbia University. After working in development with the office of Joseph Stiglitz and working in finance in Korea and Singapore, Okuk completed her MBA with Nanyang University in Singapore, including a sustainability certificate at Sloan School of Business at MIT.


Susana Sngiem is the first second-generation Cambodian-American woman to serve as United Cambodian Community’s executive director.  Her family, Khmer Rouge survivors and refugees, immigrated to Long Beach in the early 1980’s.  Born and raised in central Long Beach, Sngiem attended UC Irvine and received a Bachelors in Psychology.  After earning her Master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California in 2012, Sngiem has worked at UCC for over 4 years.  Through her leaders, UCC has doubled their staff team and annual budget in providing health promotion, youth development, community engagement, and economic develop programs.  Sngiem was recognized by former Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal as one of “30 under 30” young women who have made a difference.  She currently serves as a board member of Long Beach Community Action Partnership, APIA Professional Network, Midtown Business and Property Owners Association, and the Long Beach Homeless Service Advisory Committee.


Innovation Workshop Facilitator

Heather Barker works with interdisciplinary teams developing design strategies that leverage existing competencies and assets into innovative, systemic solutions. She consults, holds workshops, publishes, teaches, and advises internationally on this work. As a scholar and practitioner, Ms. Barker combines theory and practice through an innovation methodology that synthesizes design thinking, gamification, data-analysis and phenomenology. Her design+deliver collaborative process leverages the tools of both physical and virtual space while generating customized, human-centered, technology-augmented, solutions to complex problems. This path to innovation supports both business and civic organizations in efforts to develop novel solutions to personal interface, space, sustainable architectural and urban challenges.