Strategic Advisors

Steve Foute, Strategic Advisor

Steve FouteDr. Steve Foute was Deputy Manager of the Department of Environmental Health for the City and County of Denver where he was employed for over 20 years.

In 2006, the PTI Sustainability Council nominated him as its national spokesperson in its energy assurance and critical infrastructure protection program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Steve was one of several authors of versions 1 and 2 of the Energy Assurance Guidelines for Local Governments with PTI’s Ronda Mosley. He is now a team member of the California Local Energy Assurance Program (CaLEAP) funded by the California Energy Commission.

Mr. Foute has won several awards including the U.S. Department of Energy’s Innovation Award, Colorado Governor’s Energy Conservation Award and the Society of Real Estate Appraisers Author’s Award. He was also Chairman of the Colorado American Lung Association’s Board of Directors for two years, president of an energy service company and employed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and one of its commercialization arms: Western SUN in Portland, Oregon.

He was the project manager for Denver’s participation in the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) Urban CO2 Reduction Program.

Steve received his doctorate in Environmental Science from the University of Texas at Dallas and has served as adjunct professor at the University of Colorado at Denver’s School of Architecture and Planning. He enjoys landscaping, travel and faith-based volunteer activities.

Alan Leidner, Strategic Advisor

Alan LeidnerAlan Leidner is a Senior Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, developing and providing location-aware and GIS capabilities to customers.

With a Masters in Urban Planning from Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, he was a planner and manager with New York City government for 35 years. He was MIS Director of the Department of Environmental Protection where he initiated the City’s Enterprise GIS Program and oversaw the development of the City’s digital basemap.

Alan subsequently served as Assistant Commissioner in the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications in charge of the City’s GIS Utility, where he organized and managed the Emergency Mapping and Data Center which provided information and mapping services to 9/11 responders.

Andris Ozols, Strategic Advisor

Andris Ozols has 21 years of information, communications and technology (ICT) research and policy analysis experience and more than twenty years of research, planning and budgeting experience at the state, local and federal government levels.

He was a Special Advisor to NASCIO 2014 – 15, Senior IT Policy Advisor to Michigan's Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) from 2005 - 2014, also serving as liaison on research and policy issues with the National Association of State Information Officers (NASCIO), Center for Digital Government and others. He helped design, develop and implement the Michigan ICT Innovation Fund (2011 - 2014), developed Michigan's state ICT strategic plan innovation and transformation strategies and goals, led Michigan's overall Government Performance Project (GPP) responses and coordinated several award winning Digital State Survey Responses. Andris is the author of Leading Innovation: The CIO as Chief Innovation Officer in PTI / NASCIO's "CIO Leadership in State Government" (2011) and NASCIO's Business Case Basics and Beyond: A Primer on State Government IT Business Cases (2003). He received the NASCIO Exemplary Service Award in 2013 and Governor’s Office of Good Government recognition for Excellence, Leadership, Teamwork 2014.

From 1980 to 1993 he was the federal budget, funds and issues coordinator and analyst for the state of Michigan and a liaison to the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), also conducting state / federal issue seminars. From 1992 to 1998 he was an intermittent technical advisor to the US Treasury, and a Special Assistant and Advisor to the Latvian a Deputy Finance Minister - with assignments in Estonia and Lithuania - participating in the development, passage and implementation of the Republic of Latvia Management and Budget Act and local government legislation.

Julio Rovi, Strategic Advisor

Julio RoviJulio Rovi is a senior advisor in topics of energy policy, engineering, and the social sciences. He has managed multi-million dollar energy market transformation projects in the United States of America (US) and served overall in 20 countries in North, Central, South America and the Caribbean.

Mr. Rovi turned his attention to sustainable urban growth issues in North America while working in support of ENERGY STAR® for buildings and for products, for the US Department of Energy, and for the US Green Building Council. He led programs serving all states, and hundreds of local governments and school districts. This combination led him to become a subject-matter expert (SME) on green buildings and urban sustainability. More recently he expanded his work into Latin America. He assisted the Government of Mexico on the use of the ENERGY STAR® platform. He supported projects geared toward the banking and finance sector in Bolivia, Peru and his native Panama.

An Electromechanical Engineer by training, Rovi has Master's Degrees in Energy Management & Policy, and Social Sciences. He serves as Strategic Advisor to Public Technology Institute—a think tank focused on technology transfer to local governments. In Panama, he serves in the Sustainability Board for the country's National Secretary for Science and Technology and advises the National Center for Clean Production.

Mark Weitekamp, Strategic Advisor

Mark WeitekampMark Weitekamp is a Principal Analyst with the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute. He is a retired U.S. Army Chemical Officer with over 30 years experience in nuclear, biological, and chemical defense, emergency response planning and operations, and technical research and development.

Among his many assignments, Mr. Weitekamp commanded the Blue Grass Chemical Activity in Richmond, KY and led R&D for the Department of Energy in chemical and biological defense. While assigned to DOE, he fielded the Biological Aerosol Sentry and Information System (BASIS) in support of the 2002 Winter Olympics.

After retirement from the U.S. Army, Mr. Weitekamp joined Analytic Services Inc. where he continued to support homeland security efforts. He has lead several research efforts for the Department of Homeland Security, including an analysis of the National Capital Region’s notification procedures for a biological attack, the development of a national biomonitoring framework, and a national biological defense framework. In addition, he manages the Biodefense Net Assessment process, providing fresh perspectives to senior leaders on selected biological defense topics.

Mark Weitekamp is a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and has a M.S. from the Naval Postgraduate School.