Green Festival Speakers
San Francisco 2013
Speakers at Green Festival® are articulate, powerful advocates for a just and sustainable world. From authors and filmmakers to politicians, musicians and scientists, these renowned individuals inspire packed audiences with their expertise—one of the most compelling draws to Green Festival® since 2002. Our tremendous speaker line-up exemplifies why Green Festival®, a project of Green America and Global Exchange is the largest, most-respected event of its kind.
Gingi Allen is a mother, Doula, Apprentice Midwife, Pregnancy Movement and Labor Dance Teacher, Womb Wellness Educator and founder of The Art of Mothering. Gingi has full trust in women’s ability to birth their babies, as they use intuition to guide them. She envisions a world where birth and family wellness is the highest priority for every mother, father, community member, politician, and society at large - when women are healed,the world reflects this healing. The role as a Goodbirth Keeper is to educate mothers about procedures, their choices, and support them in having the birth they desire no matter their external environment.
Joan Blades is co-founder of MoveOn.org. and MomsRising.org. She co-authored The Custom-Fit Workplace: Choose When Where and How to Work and Boost Your Bottom Line -the core message- When employers create jobs that honor workers responsibilities at work and outside of work they benefit from excellent productivity, low turn over and the ability to easily attract talent when hiring. She also co-wrote The Motherhood Manifesto which won the Ernesta Drinker Ballard Book Prize in 2007. She is a co-creator of Living Room Conversations, an open source effort to rebuild respectful civil discourse across ideological, cultural and party lines while embracing our core-shared values. She is a software entrepreneur, nature lover, former attorney/mediator, artist and true believer in the power of citizens and our need to rebuild respectful civil discourse while embracing our core shared values.
Here in the U.S.A, industrial hemp could be a money-making crop for farmers and create jobs. But why can’t we grow it here? BRINGING IT HOME is a documentary that explores hemp's past, present and future with animation, archival footage and interviews with business owners using it for construction, textiles, nutrition, soaps and bio-plastics the U.S.A and abroad.
Gemma Bulos is a multi award-winning social entrepreneur and musician. Currently she is the Director of the Global Women's Water Initiative, a program of Women's Earth Alliance in partnership with Crabgrass. GWWI is building a cadre of women trainers in East Africa versed in a holistic set of water, sanitation, and hygiene strategies. To date, Gemma's work has provided over 200,000 people with clean water in Asia and Africa. For her body of work, she has received national and international awards from Echoing Green, Ernst Young, Schwab Foundation and the Stanford Social Entrepreneur Fellowship. Her water programs have also won the Tech Equality Award and Warriors of the UN Millennium Goals. She was recently recognized as one of the Most Influential Thought Leaders and Innovative Filipinas in both the US and the World as well as one of the Top 10 Water Solutions Trailblazers in the world by Reuters Alertnet.
Traditional Ohlone Dancer & Singer, Cultural Presenter, Political Activist. Outreach and Media Rep. for SSP&RIT (Sacred Sites Protection & Rights of Indigenous Tribes) of Vallejo, Ca. Black Berets por la Justicia of San Jose, Ca, & AIM West (American Indian Movement) of San Francisco. He works with Idle No More, and has been singing and dancing his entire life. "It has been a blessing to share about my culture and learn about other cultures around the world."
Kelly D. Carlisle is the Founder and Executive Director of Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project. A veteran of the United States Navy, Ms. Carlisle spent a portion of her youth in East Oakland, and is committed to creating positive change in her childhood neighborhood. Ms. Carlisle has been an avid gardener since 2007 and is an active member of the Farmer Veteran Coalition. She became an Alameda County Master Gardener Trainee, and has built, maintained and advised gardens at sites in Oakland and Berkeley, and is involved in influencing urban agriculture policy on a city, county and state level. She has spoken across the country, internationally and in the media about her work using urban farming to empower teenage low-income youth of color. Previously, Ms. Carlisle ran a successful catering business that focused on local and sustainable produce. She is a mother, activist, and concerned citizen.
Lisa Chacón is a trans-disciplinary innovator with a background in innovation, technology R&D, sustainability and transformational change. She holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from UC Berkeley, and a masters in sustainability from Sweden’s Blekinge Technical Institute. In 2010, she co-founded Innovive Group, a consulting firm specializing in innovation for sustainability. In 2012 she co-founded Impact Hub Oakland, where she is currently the Co-Director and COO. Her passion lies in developing and testing change models, and designing and facilitating processes for extreme ideation, innovation and collaboration. She has lived and worked in Sweden and South Africa, and is deeply inspired by Integral Theory and non-dual and evolutionary spirituality.
Alli Chagi-Starr is the Founder/Director of ArtiVISTA Consulting, where she works with national and community leaders to amplify the impact of campaigns and events for social transformation. Her passion is bringing powerful, visionary people together to uplift each other, create equity in our communities and leverage projects that defend and honor life. She is currently serving as the Regional Director of the San Francisco Green Festival. Alli was a leader in the green jobs movement at Green For All and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, where she produced the Social Equity Track at the United Nations World Enviroment Day in San Francisco, initiated the Solutions Salon series and chaired the historic Dream Reborn Conference. She served as the Grassroots Publicity Manager for Van's Jones bestselling books, The Green Collar Economy and Rebuild the Dream. Alli served as the Artist Liaison for Prison Radio, and was a Co-founder of Art and Revolution, Another World is Possible Road Shows, the Radical Performance Fest, Dancers Without Borders, Art in Action Youth Leadership Program and United Roots, Oakland's Green Youth Arts and Media Center. Her essays about creative activism have appeared in several publications. Alli facilitates workshops and offers presentations on the power cultural organizing, ensemble-building, eco-justice and movement building. Alli is a proud new mother to a magical little boy, Akai.
House Kombucha started in 2009 as an on the ground, community based start-up dedicated to bringing kombucha , which is an ancient tradition of fermenting tea into a living, probiotic beverage, to the people. Founder and operator, Rana Chang, began the business in her neighborhood downtown San Francisco by renting kitchen space in the basement of an old kebab restaurant and selling it at a farmer’s market stand in the Metreon. Within a year, Chang renovated a blighted warehouse across from her home on 6th St. into what is now House Kombucha’s own brew house. Now, House Kombucha is bottling and distributing its 100% all natural kombucha all over the Bay Area!
Misha D. Clive is the Green Business Network Online Membership Coordinator. Before joining Green America in 2009, Misha was an entrepreneur in the international music industry. She combines her years of experience in organizing for social and environmental causes with her small business background to serve the green business community through Green America's Green Business Network. Learn more at www.GreenBusinessNetwork.org. Misha is proud to be the 50th Founding Member of Hub DC, a center-in-progress for social innovation in the WDC metro area that will serve as an incubator for social enterprise.
At Ford, Jon works with Ford's fleet customers to develop sustainable solutions to their specific needs through the use of technology, fleet optimization and understanding driver behavior. Jon has been involved with sustainability at Ford for more than 10 years and has represented Ford at venues ranging from the United Nations to the Academy of Management to TED and other thought-leading conferences. His passion for sustainability is evident in his research focusing on how large organizations engage in sustainable behavior and how that decision making process can be embedded in the organization's day–to-day operations. This research provides unique insights into the evolution of corporate sustainability. Jon’s view of sustainability goes far beyond "green" to include human rights, urban mobility and societal well-being, embracing the ideal that true sustainability involves "doing more good, not doing less bad."
Dr. Kevin Danaher is the Executive Director of Friends of SF Environment, the non-profit arm of the San Francisco Department of Environment. He is a co-founder of Global Exchange (1988), co-founder of FairTradeUSA (1997), founder and Executive Co-Producer of the Green Festivals (2001). Dr. Danaher has published numerous articles and is the author and/or editor of thirteen books, including his two latest: The Green Festival Reader: Fresh ideas from Agents of Change andBuilding the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grass Roots.
Common Good was born from the idea that we were using too much plastic. Cleaning products, in particular, were responsible for the large bags of recycling which left our house each week. It was time to rethink how we consume our products. When a bottle will last thousands of years in landfill and recycling still consumes lots of energy, why wouldn’t we try to use it as long as possible? Sacha and her husband Edmund launched Common Good in November 2010 with a line of products in simple packaging that is nice enough to keep. We have designed an easy to use refill station and encourage customers to refill their bottles. All of products are formulated to be safe, green and hardworking. By creating a way for people to use less packaging, they hope to help create a safer, cleaner world. By creating a package that is clean and simple, they hope to make a daily chore, a little nicer.
Ashara Ekundayo is a cultural worker of the urban landscape and has served as catalyst, arts curator, educator, and producer for more than 23 years. She has worked with organizations to build capacity for increased community engagement through creative placemaking, exhibition, and project management and is a Certified Permaculture Designer, serial entrepreneur, and activist committed to social justice and equity. She lectures on collaborative leadership, mindfulness, arts activism and interconnectivity while serving as Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at Impact Hub Oakland where she is also the curator for Omi Arts Gallery located within its walls. Ashara’s leadership style and work are driven by her passion for regenerative design and balance where she explores the intersections of personal, spiritual and professional happiness. She is the Community Engagement Strategist for the San Francisco Green Festival and has presented at SXSW, SOCAP, Tedx MileHigh, and the World Social Forum to name a few.
Powering the People with Raw, Organic Juice! SOS juice is a solar-powered, revenue-generating nonprofit that sells organic juice, smoothies, tonics, and elixers at farmers markets, pop-up locations, bio-fueled food/juice trucks, and via deliveries. SOS Juice promotes health, supports sustainable agriculture, small organic farmers, creates green career paths for youth and the formerly incarcerated. Supporting SOS juice, directly supports juice cleanses, nutrition education, and urban farming in low-income communities.
Sequoia is a bilingual, bicultural, urban dwelling experiential educator committed to bridging the divide between natural and urban spaces. Her passion for discovering the healing power of nature has lead her to pursue a certificate in Herbal Therapeutics at the Ohlone Center for Herbal Studies in Berkeley CA. Sequoia has worked for ten years as an environmental and experiential educator. She has lead groups with large organizations such as the Girl Scouts of Northern California, the East Bay Regional Parks District, The University of California, and Girls Incorporated. In addition to being the founder and lead instructor of Natural Discoveries Bay Area, Sequoia has also worked with many smaller organizations such as Bay Area Wilderness Training, and Trackers Bay Area. Sequoia is a student of the Merritt College Environmental Studies program, and holds a BA in Global Economics and Latin American Studies from UC Santa Cruz.
Cicely’s adoration for holistic medicine & raw foods derived from an ironic situation, as do many great things. Although unfortunate, great change often is the result of an undesired circumstance that eventually propels one forward. After battling painful chronic eczema for over a decade, Cicely was determined to discover its root cause, as well as the origin of a host of other diseases she witnessed crippling others’ lives. She has spent the last 11 years researching the etiology of numerous chronic diseases and has helped people across the nation eliminate chronic conditions! Cicely founded Tao Holistics, whose in-house formulations range from organic beauty & wellness supplements to vegan desserts. With everyone looking to stay youthful, Cicely enjoys combining her talents to to educate people on holistic living and true anti-aging!
Ashoka Finley is a worker member of The Energy Solidarity Cooperative (ESC), based in Oakland, CA. ESC democratizes financing and ownership of renewable energy through partnerships in traditionally disenfranchised communities. They do so through a localized approach in cooperative governance and community empowerment that combines member equity, community investment and knowledge transfer services to spread community-led clean power projects. ESC is committed to building a movement of energy resilience and economic justice. They envision a world where community energy planning, household energy efficiency and power production are a part of everyday life in neighborhoods. Ashoka also served as Project Facilitator at Ecocity Builders and Co-Project Manager at Urban Tilth. He offers dynamic and innovative technological approaches to community driven engagement, related to sustainability and implementation at the local level.
Maria Finn is a writer based in Sausalito. Her most recent book is “The Whole Fish, How Adventurous Eating of Seafood Will Make You Healthier, Sexier and Help Save the Ocean.” (TED Books 2012). She has written for Sunset Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Audubon and many others. She received a grant from the Society of Environmental Journalists to write about SF Bay herring and traveled to Costa Rica to write about hammerhead sharks for The Food & Environmental Reporting Network. She has recently given talks about sustainable seafood at the California Academy of the Sciences, SXSW-Eco & Seattle Chefs Collaborative. She is currently writing a novel based on her experiences working on an all female commercial fishing boat in Alaska, “Sea Legs & Fish Nets” as well as a non-fiction book about seafood and biodiversity with the working title “Eat Like An Animal.”
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Amy Goodman is an awardwinning investigative journalist and syndicated columnist, author and the host of Democracy Now! airing on more than 1,000 public television/radio stations worldwide. Goodman is the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the Alternative Nobel Prize for developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media. The Independent of London named Amy Goodman and Democracy Now! an inspiration. Pulsemedia.org placed Goodman at the top of their 20 Top Global Media Figures. Goodman is the author of four New York Times bestsellers. Her latest book, Breaking the Sound Barrier, proves the power of independent journalism in the struggle for a better world. She coauthored the bestsellers, Standing Up to the Madness and The Exception to the Rulers, with her brother, journalist David Goodman.
Gravitz has helped lead the national agenda to create a socially and environmentally responsible economy for more than 25 years. As the Executive Director of Green America (formerly Co-op America), Gravitz has pioneered effective techniques for addressing issues of sustainable consumption and production with American consumers and businesses. She has taught family and business solutions for a more just and sustainable future, and now understands at an even deeper personal level, how important these solutions are. She is the recipient of the 2006 Sustainability Award exemplifying economic and ecological responsibility, and was named one of the six most important people changing the way companies think about the environment by the Green Business Letter. Gravitz is the coauthor of the Green Festival Reader.
aManda is a Brazilian/American Bay Area Native. Since 2003 she has been involved in various arts and environmental educational programs in Santa Fé NM, Oakland, Bahia Brazil and Southern India. She holds a B.A. in Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Communities and recently completed a MBA in Sustainable Enterprise driven by the belief that the current paradigm of business can be transformed into one that is valued based on ecological stability and social equity. She has been working with Youth Social Entrepreneurship in Oakland for the past 4 years, previously as the Program Director of Ashoka's Youth Venture and currently as the Co-Director of Youth SEED (Social Entrepreneurship for Equitable Development).
Marce Gutiérrez is a communications and advocacy professional. She recently founded The Azul Project and has worked with Latino populations to protect California’s resources and foster environmental leadership in under- represented communities. Marce helped design a network of marine protected areas stretching from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border as part of California’s Marine Life Protection Act Initiative. She previously worked in commercial aquaculture operations, and now serves on the California Sustainable Seafood Advisory Panel, tasked with creating a sustain- ability program for California fisheries. Long story short: she used to sell the fish, now she saves them! The Azul Project seeks to diversify the marine conservation movement with a focus on increasing leadership and participation by communities of color. Marce realized just how necessary a specific outreach effort to involve communities of color in the conservation policy arena is. With Latinos approaching 40 percent of California's population, it is imperative to increase leadership and participation in the conservation of our natural resources. If our oceans are to have a fighting chance, it's crucial we get all hands on deck.
Denise Hamler is the director and co-founder of the Green Business Network at Green America. Denise has held senior marketing and publications positions and launched social media programs such as Green Deals, the successful green GROUP.ON. She serves as the publisher for Green America’s publications: The National Green Pages and Green American magazine. In 2001, Denise co-founded the successful Green Festivals. It is the nation’s largest premier sustainability event AND has attracted over 1 million attendees in 6 major markets including Washington DC. Green America’s current campaigns include: Launching Clean Energy Victory Bonds; Break-Up with Your Mega-Bank; removing child labor from cocoa production; and educating consumers about GMOs. Established in 1982, Green America’s Green Business Network is America's first and largest network of socially and environmentally responsible businesses with a green business certification. It includes a diverse membership of over 4,000 socially and environmentally responsible businesses. She currently serves on the board of directors of Green America, Port Towns Community Development Corporation in Prince George’s County, and Sustainable Community Initiatives.
Desirae Harp is a descendant of the Mishewal Wappo Tribe and Dine Nation and is a multi-talented singer and songwriter. Her original compositions include themes that focus on decolonization of mind, body and spirit. She sings with numerous groups including Audiopharmacy and is a community activist and mentor for urban youth programs throughout the bay area. She is also a co-founder of the Mishewal Wappo Language Revitalization Project.
Connection to land is the inspiration for the trilogy of short films/ installations Catherine’s created over the last 10 years, with the last in the series, ‘Open Doors,’ premiering in 2014. As an artist, Catherine Herrera seeks to awaken and inspire in audiences the deeply rooted ties to land that encourage care and appreciation for the healing power of the natural world. Catherine spent her youth at many treasured Bay Area and coast’s natural wonders with her grandparents. Later in life, Catherine learned more about her Ohlone family heritage, today, she is a member participating in the cultural revitalization efforts of the whole community. Catherine Herrera is also a photojournalist, whose work is published in newspapers, magazines, and purchased by collectors. Catherine is a public speaker on the artistic process and healing and invited to share her films/installations, photographs, and art. Learn more at www.catherineherrera.com. Portfolio: www.catherineherreraphotography.com.
Committed to self-empowering community finance, Arno Hesse co-founded the crowdfunding service Credibles (“edible credits” – for local food) and the buy-local program Bernal Bucks in San Francisco. A founding member and leader in Slow Money, Arno invests in sustainable food ventures. Arno Hesse has over 25 years of experience in executing market strategies for technology and finance companies, e.g. as Executive Vice President for Retail Markets at Union Bank. Arno is proud of his leadership successes in activism and volunteer work in nine countries. He holds an MBA from UC Berkeley. Having grown up in Europe, he is easily distracted by typography and new ice cream flavors.
A native of Colombia, raised in Miami, Astrid’s journey of living closer to the earth, began at thirteen. Realizing people’s disconnection with the natural world, she became active in educating and inspiring people to live more harmonious lives. After being formally trained as an interior designer at the F.I.T. in New York City, Astrid moved to California. She incorporated her studies as a designer with her environmental sensibilities beginning her career as an ecological interior designer. She expanded her knowledge and acquired a Certificate in Green Building and Permaculture, as well as becoming LEED accredited. In 2008 she launched Astrid Design Studio an ecological interior design firm. In 2011 Astrid and her husband, Matthew, started The Living Seed Company an heirloom seed company focused on offering rare seeds to gardeners all over the world. Through their work, they teach and re-engage gardeners in the ancient art of seed saving.
YaVette Holts is the founder of Cowrie Village, a movement to build alternatives to our cash strapped economy. Every time someone accepts a dollar bill as payment for anything, it’s an act of agreement with the way things are. And because YaVette believes the way things are could stand for great improvement, Cowrie Village offers this movement the name of a natural currency much used before the man made dollar ever hit the scene. YaVette has an entrepreneurial streak that runs long and wide. And her belief in the do-ability of sustainability is even wider. She’s all about opening doors and developing access, believing more in the redefinition of wealth than in the habit of seeking it. This bilingual, single mother of two has an ambition to sow the seeds of sovereignty and harvest a widespread shift in the ways we manage and define community and conduct.
Kevin Jackson is part of the JUST FOOD program and Oakland Food Connection. He manages a farm stand in East Oakland and provides educational trainings in elementary schools. Oakland Food Connection promotes nutritional awareness, access to healthy foods, and connections between people and our planet. Since it’s founding in 2005, Oakland Food Connection has established programs that support school and community gardens, community-based farmers markets, and youth entrepreneurship projects. foodcommunityculture.org
Wahleah Johns is a member of the Navajo (Dine) tribe and the community of Forest Lake, which is one of several communities atop Black Mesa, Arizona. Wahleah's work with the Black Mesa Water Coalition and Navajo Green Economy Coalition has led to groundbreaking legislative victories for groundwater protection, green jobs and environmental justice. As vice chair of the Navajo Green Economy Commission, Wahleah has been helping to develop green economic opportunities in clean energy and traditional economic practices on the Navajo reservation. Wahleah currently lives Oakland, CA with her husband Billy Parish and their two daughters Tohaana and Alowaan.
Lev's brews all of products from fine Green Teas according to their traditional family recipe while using modern technology to ensure quality and purity. They brew locally on Treasure Island in the middle of San Francisco Bay. People the world over believe that drinking Kombucha can cure many ailments and prevent major health problems. The recorded history of kombucha dates back well over two thousand years to the Qin Dynasty in China, who called it the “Immortal Health Elixir”. Lev’s Original continues this tradition of health and brings all the benefits of Kombucha to you in several delicious forms. Our products are raw and un-pasteurized so that all the pro-biotic effects are preserved. Lev’s Original is made from green teas which contain antioxidants that prevent cell damage. All products contain beneficial acids that can aid in healthy digestion and enhance the body’s normal toxin elimination processes.
Keba Konte, founder of Red Bay Coffee is a coffee roaster, artist and entrepreneur. Founder of Guerilla Cafe in Berkeley, California and Chasing Lions Cafe in San Francisco, California has virtually reinvented the waffle, hot sauce and is poised to do it again with coffee. His coffee roasting has been featured in Martha Stuart magazine and the forthcoming issue of Monocle magazine.
Le Dessein, 'luh deh - saN', French meaning the Endeavor or the Project, was founded on the principles of partnering with and empowering young girls in struggling and underprivileged communities around the world by contributing to their education through art. Our mission is to collect a range of artwork (photos, drawings, etc...) created by young girls from trusted charities, which we then feature onto our fashion. We guarantee 15% of our proceeds back to that same charity to help fund those young girls' $250 yearly school tuition. This is our commitment. Le Dessein is proud to support the 'More Than Me,' Foundation located in West Point, a slum in Monrovia, Liberia (West Africa). ‘More Than Me’s mission is to provide school tuition to the more than hundred girls they work with, along with the cooperation of local community leaders – www.morethanme.org
Tia Lebherz is Food & Water Watch’s Bay Area Organizer. Based in Oakland, she works to engage activists and hold elected officials accountable on a range of issues across the state, including water privatization fights, fracking, and food issues such as factory farms and genetic engineering. Prior to joining Food & Water Watch, Tia completed Green Corps, the Field School for Environmental Organizing. During her time there she worked extensively in the Midwest on campaigns for clean energy and fair food. She holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from University of California, Santa Cruz, where her education focused on sustainable agriculture and environmental justice. She can be reached at tlebherz(at)fwwatch(dot)org.
Sean Lovett, founder and CEO of Revive Drinks developed "the OG," our first kombucha with the purpose of winning over soda drinkers with a more healthful and delicious alternative. The OG's smooth, crisp and clean flavor has led many people to kick their soda habit. Sean didn't stop at creating an amazingly delicious kombucha, he took it one step further and pioneered a bottle reuse program which he successfully implemented throughout the entire West Coast and Rocky Mountain region. Being certified organic, fair trade and NON GMO is just the starting point for Revive Drinks. Our mission is to operate with a sense of stewardship and environmental conscience. We want to be more thoughtful about how we do business and produce our drinks. Please stop by our booth (459) and experience a taste like no other. Sampling all 3 flavors of Revive: the OG, RED (hibiscus) and GOLD (coffee).
In 1969 at the age of 25, Pat Lynch, having already served as the Press Secretary for a U.S. Senator and Congressman, and founded her first advertising agency in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Lynch was the first woman to begin an advertising agency single-handedly in the South. By 1977, she had been listed twice in The World’s Who’s Who of Women and most recently in the International Who’s Who and Strathmore’s Who’s Who. In 1996, she began Women’s Online Media and Education Network (W.O.M.E.N.) which producesWomensRadio®, in order to “give women a greater voice!” WomensRadio®, a converging medium, had its beginning on the Web as a rich, content Website for women leaders. In 2001, her company also began WomensCalendar®. Today it is the largest databank of women’s events in the world, #1 in all the major search engines and reaching hundreds of thousands of women leaders each week. In the summer of 2004, the company launched the SpeakerSpot, a dynamic speaker referral program which can be accessed by meeting planners internationally. In 2005, the company introduced a new audio production tool for the Web, AudioAcrobat®, that is now the state-of-the-art, audio and video production, streaming and Podcasting Web-based media tool. This service helps everyone to have audio and/or video streaming in their emails and on their Websites. It is the tool of choice for hundreds of broadcasting professionals who want to have their long-form programs included. During her years as the founder and CEO of her own advertising marketing company in Atlanta, she and her agency gained a reputation for introducing media, particularly radio and television, to industries which had never considered them to deliver their advertising messages. One such industry was residential real estate (including both rentals and sales). Pat Lynch also contributes her time and experience to many not-for-profits. When the City of Atlanta had experienced a season of multiple killings of young people, a time when the economy was also in a slump, the city was looking for a number of ways to create community and give kids at risk a brighter outlook. She volunteered her time and helped to create the largest party for young people that has ever been conducted. With only three months to pull together all the details, “It’s Time,” was an all-day event hosting some 10,000 kids in Piedmont Park, the largest park in the city. All the transportation to the event, all the food, all the cooks and servers, all the entertainment, all the prizes, everything – was provided for free! Mayor Andrew Young and Gerri Elder, Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, created a special plaque of appreciation which was presented to Ms. Lynch for her work in creating and conducting this event. She has also worked tirelessly for other not-for-profits, largely in the area of publicity and/or fund-raising for such organizations as Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy, American Heart Association. While residing in California, she served on the boards of the Fresno, CA Court School PTA as President, Fresno Habitat for Humanity and the Fresno Ballet where she helped to raise funds to produce the first new Nutcracker in over 20 years. In the Bay Area, she served as the Media Chair for the California Women’s Agenda, was a member of the Women’s Leadership Alliance of the Bay Area, and was on the Board of Directors of the Afghan Coalition and Afghan Women’s Association International.
Brandi Mack is a holistic health educator, therapeutic massage therapist, and permaculture designer. She holds a bachelor's degree in Human Service Management, and a certification from Starhawk's Earth Activist Training. Brandi is motivated to work in community, particularly with young people. Brandi currently directs Girls 2000, a program of the Hunter's Point Family, in San Francisco. Girls 2000 is a year-round after school program that serves girls who live in the housing authority of Hunter's Point. One of the components of the program is the community garden. Our motto is "Everything is in the Garden". Brandi is currently working on creating a social permaculture hub with the Girls 2000 group, which will include a stage, solar bike stations to charge cell phones and solar dehydrators. Brandi is excited to see this project complete as it will create permanent culture for this community for generations to come.
Chef Josie is a classically trained bohemian chef, global adventurist, TV and radio personality, visionary social entrepreneur, former women's pro football player, social activist and lifestyle ambassador. As a participant on "Top Chef: LA" Season 2 she displayed her soulfulness through different cultural techniques. Josie is taking the message on the road and inviting everyone into the conversation regarding food equality, youth empowerment, and community building. Her Global SOUL Project offers programs to help bring SOULutions of change. Josie is a true culinary adventurer who has traveled the globe piercing the veins of each place she visits, trading stories and tasting the culture. This outspoken chef is leading a movement by defining "SOUL" in a culture through food, music and the people she meets while reconnecting, inspiring and strengthening all aspects of our communities.
Author, Mira Manickam believes that there are many ways to connect to nature. As an educator at the Headlands Institute, Mira has strived to make environmental education more inclusive. She believes in empowering her students to connect with nature in their own way. She has brought eco-art, Michael Jackson, and hip-hop onto the trails and into the campfire circle. As a Toyota TogetherGreen fellow, Mira worked with United Roots in Oakland, to connect eight youth with urban forestry as a means for healing and building community. United Roots, a Green Media Arts Center, works with youth who struggle daily with challenges ranging from homelessness, addiction, incarceration, and unstable homes. Many have been directly touched by the high homicide rate in Oakland. These youth joined with elder community activist leaders and local foresters to plant an urban grove in memory of victims of violence.
Jeff is Co- founder and Chief Evolutionary Officer of the first sustainable and socially responsible credit card processor, Dharma Merchant Services. Jeff Marcous has been employed in the payments space for over 23 years and has a unique perspective on the evolution of the technologies involved in the processing of credit card payments. As cofounder of the first socially responsible and sustainable provider, Jeff can speak to the present and future state of technology in the industry.
Although originally from Brooklyn, New York Lanese Martin now calls Oakland home. Highly committed to building community, strengthening the green economy and breaking barriers for people of color, Lanese has committed her professional career to working in and around non-profit civic engagement and human rights work. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and a MBA in Sustainable Enterprise from Dominican University of California. As a former foster youth in New York State, Lanese knows that not everyone is born into life with the same advantages. However, even more importantly she has realized that it is the work we do as a community that can really shape who one becomes. "I feel blessed that I had a community that pushed me to greatness. I broke all statistics, Im not supposed to be receiving a MBA". The only reason I am is the community that invested in me and that is why I am committed to re-investing back into my community.
A serial eclectic and citizen of the world, Konda Mason’s career path has been anything but a straight path. She has honed her business leadership skills as a Grammy winning artist manager in London, an Academy Award nominated film producer in Hollywood, and an Off Broadway hit theater producer in New York…just to name a few. Turning her attention to sustainable personal and global living solutions, Konda is a facilitator trainer for The Pachamama Alliance, a certified yoga instructor, a partner in Earthseed Consulting, LLC, and most recently the Founder and CEO of Hub Oakland LLC. She was a co-host for the Shift Network’s 2012 Season of Sustainability. Konda’s leadership style leverages her innate wisdom with tools of permaculture, yoga, storytelling, Buddhist theory, and Integral Theory. A human equity advocate, self-proclaimed tree hugger, and social entrepreneur, Konda’s work is driven by the vision of realizing in her lifetime a genuinely just and sustainable world.
Salvador Mateo is a permaculture landscaper and co-founder of EAT GRUB (Enhancing Access to Gardens and Revolutionizing Urban Backyards). As Seniors at Mandela High School in Oakland, Salvador helped build a raised annual vegetable garden and planted 10 fruit trees to provide healthy, organic produce to the community. Through a 10 week training program with Ashoka's Youth Ventures, Salvador developed a business plan under the mentorship of Planting Justice co-founders. The vision of EAT GRUB is to eliminate community food deserts in Oakland. Our mission is to establish a greener community and provide connections to the Earth and our ancestors by enhancing the accessibility of healthy foods through building raised garden beds for low-income families in Oakland. Salvador Mateo recently graduated from Mandela High School Law and Public Service Academy in Oakland, and his senior project focused on food deserts in Oakland.
Joe McKinnon is the National Tea Trainer and Foodservice Marketing Coordinator at Numi Organic Tea, the largest organic, fair trade, premium tea company in North America. He finds a warm kettle and good conversation to be one of the greatest joys in life and brings passion and enthusiasm to the world of tea education and the fine leaves of Numi. Blending science with legend, cultural tradition with helpful brewing tips – Joe shares the story of tea one cup at a time. Joe has been pouring tea with Numi for more than two years and holds a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics from Miami University.
Mayor McLaughlin’s focus on environmental justice has led the city to move forward as a leader in the sector. She has supported community gardens, bike paths, trail construction, and park renovations. Through her efforts, Richmond is leading the Bay Area for solar installed per capita in 2010. Richmond has been awarded for its model green job training program that has graduated hundreds of residents who are now working in the green economy. Mayor McLaughlin joined other mayors and leaders in a partnership for an East Bay Green Corridor. Gayle has advocated fair taxation from corporations, including calling on Chevron to pay all its taxes. She is working to make sure Chevron is held accountable for its polluting fire on Aug 6, 2012. She works side by side a community that has suffered decades of injustices, and is helping showcase how an urban community is transforming itself in the 21st Century.
Colin is committed to working in harmony with our selves, all beings and the Earth. He believes that the fight for climate justice is a fight for social, economic, racial and environmental justice, and that social inequality is the root cause of the climate crisis. Colin works with Bay Localize and the Local Clean Energy Alliance. He is coordinating the fourth annual Clean Power, Healthy Communities Conference. He has worked with the Oakland Climate Action Coalition, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Urban Habitat, and The Greenlining Institute. He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Urban Studies, and a concentration in “Environmental Justice: Race, Poverty and the Environment.” Colin is also a musician, capoeirista, and educator. He returned this year from studying Solidarity Economics in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Colin is the co-founder of InSolidarity, a two-way international social justice-focused youth exchange program between Brazil, Haiti, and the U.S.
May Nguyen is a Permaculture Design team leader with Planting Justice. She began her food justice work during her years as a student activist at UC Berkeley, working with a pro-agrarian, community-oriented campus organization and practicing sustainable food production while WWOOF'ing in Thailand and France. She completed a B.A. in Architecture, and has since been interested in building sustainable communities by transforming the asphalt deserts of urban & suburban landscapes into greener, healthier, more vibrant, multi-generational and multi-colored neighborhoods.
Mani Niall, (dubbed "Baker to the Stars" by Eating Well Magazine in 1992), was the founder of Mani’s Bakery in Los Angeles, Niall created and refined a style of baking which has never been repeated in a retail bakery format. He learned his craft alongside Chef Akasha Richmond (of Los Angeles’ celebrated Akasha restaurant), at the Golden Temple, a classic old school vegetarian restaurant. They attracted an eclectic Hollywood clientele. Michael Jackson whisked Niall off to become his first private chef. Mani has been profiled in Food & Wine, LA Times, the Hollywood Reporter, People, Vogue, Elle, and Vegetarian Times. Since then he has written three cookbooks, which reveal the world of baking with natural and organic ingredients - Sweet & Natural Baking, Covered in Honey, and Sweet! (discovering how to bake with sugars from around the globe). The fourth cookbook, Good Morning Baking, is on the way spring 2013.
Elizabeth O’Connell coordinates Green America's Fair Trade Program, which aims to educate American consumers and businesses about the social and environmental impacts of many of the products we consume, and more ethical alternatives. She heads up consumer action campaigns in support of Fair Trade including the Fair Trade Your Supermarket Campaign and the “Raise the Bar, Hershey!” Campaign, which is pushing Hershey to remove child labor from its cocoa supply chain by shifting to Fair Trade certification. Elizabeth provides regular input on developing Fair Trade programs to ensure the highest standards of Fair Trade are maintained. She also runs the Fair Trade Pavilions at the Green Festivals which take place in 6 cities each year. Elizabeth became involved with the Fair Trade movement in college and was a founding member of The Little Café, a Fair Trade, student-run café at New York University's Stern School of Business.
Farah Obaidullah holds a M.S. in Environmental Diagnosis and a B.S. in Biology both from Imperial College, London. Farah has over twelve years professional experience in the field of environmental consulting and campaigning. For the past eight years she has been an Oceans Campaigner with Greenpeace working on different campaigns around the world and developing a Greenpeace presence in West Africa. The newly opened office in Senegal is primarily concerned with fisheries issues across the region, exposing in particular the impacts of overfishing on coastal communities. Amongst her achievements in Africa, Farah has successfully lead a campaign to prevent the introduction of hydraulic dredging by a Dutch company to Mauritania. Additionally she is implementing a global campaign highlighting the prominent role of large-scale destructive fishing fleets in the depletion of the world's marine resources and the consequences this has for the very people that depend on healthy oceans the most.
Meena Palaniappan directed the International Water and Communities Initiative and the Community Strategies for Sustainability and Justice Program at the Pacific Institute for eleven years. She is now developing a new venture called Atma, to connect people who have mobile phones but lack critical needs with each other, so they can support each other with recommendations and advice to improve their quality of life, and drive better products and services to the base of the pyramid. Ms. Palaniappan is an engineer with more than 20 years of experience in community-based environmental planning and research. She has directed projects on water and sanitation, climate change resilience, water pollution, and releasing trapped knowledge in the water sector. She has led projects in Africa and Asia. Ms. Palaniappan received an MS in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley and a degree in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University.
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Perkins, a former economic hit man, is a founder and board member of Dream Change and the Pachamama Alliance, nonprofit organizations devoted to creating stable, sustainable and peaceful worlds. He has lectured and taught at universities on four continents including Harvard, Wharton and Princeton, and is a champion of environmental and social causes. Perkins's Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, which spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller lists and has been published in more than 30 languages, details the clandestine operations that created the world's first truly global empire. His book The Secret History of the American Empire provides a compassionate plan for crafting a world that future generations will be proud to inherit. His other books include Shapeshifting and The World Is As You Dream It.
Dana Perls is the Food and Technology campaigner with Friends of the Earth. Prior to joining FOE, she was the Northern California community organizer with Pesticide Watch, where she ran regional campaigns in agricultural counties to ban cancer-causing, unregulated strawberry pesticides from the market, to label GMOs in California, and to help reform the corporate control of our food systems with non-toxic, localized, and regulated practices. Victories included mobilizing agricultural regions to pressure Arysta Lifesciences to remove a carcinogenic pesticide from the national market. Dana brings a strong background in grassroots campaign organizing and environmental policy and combines them with her commitment to environmental justice. She has also worked on water contamination issues throughout California’s agricultural valleys, and on campaigns focused on issues ranging from human rights to water in Panama where she served as a Peace Corps volunteer.
Judy Quea aka Judy Q aka DJ Divinity has been a food director and high volume business food specialist in the bay area for 20 years. Managing high volume food concepts from corporate industries like Hewlett Packard to operating multi-unit kitchens and community food events, She is the former General Production Manager for Café Gratitude, has worked with Guerrilla Café in Berkeley, and Chasing Lions in San Francisco. Building layout and production vision, creating systems of inventory as well as training are all a part of her total transformation of the space. Also a radio personality and DJ for over 15 years, Judy Q has collaborated with local and international artists and served as house selector for Oakland’s First Fridays events such as “The Grow Sessions.” Her goal to offer community space to nourish, rest, reflect, converse, inspire, and transform one another to the next level of well being.
Ahmed Rahim is the Co-Founder, CEO and Chief Alchemist behind Numi Organic Tea, the largest premium, organic, Fair Trade Certified tea company in North America. Ahmed is responsible for all of the unique Numi blends and products. Numi has developed meaningful partnerships based on mutual gratitude, and has been involved in sponsoring schools, hospitals, community centers, road construction and other needs to improve living standards in farming communities. Ahmed sits on various boards and works with non-profit organizations to infuse art and nature into inner city communities, and mentors for-profit companies on enhancing their growth and sustainability goals. In 2011, Ahmed helped launch the nation’s first Waldorf-inspired multi-lingual, multi-cultural K-4 charter school. Ahmed’s core goal is to be of service to those focused on caring for their community and creating positive change for our environment.
Doria is 3rd generation Richmond resident, California and the Executive Director of Urban Tilth, a community based organization rooted in Richmond dedicated to cultivating a more sustainable, healthy, and just food system. Doria has also worked on organic farms in Western Massachusetts where she attended Hampshire, at Veritable Vegetable a women owned organic produce distribution company, Real Food Company and Mixed Nuts Food Co-op. She is passionate about exploring how physical, social and economic health is dependent upon ecological health; how the restoration of one depends on the restoration of the other. Doria was recognized as Environmental Advocate of the Year for Contra Costa County and as Woman of the Year for Contra Costa County in 2010 and in 2011 she was presented with a Community Resiliency Leadership Award from Bay Localize. Doria lives in the neighborhood she grew up in in Richmond with her wonderful 11 year old twins.
David Rose is Founder and CEO of the Unified Field Corporation (UFC), creator of an innovative bank operating Model, and a System for applying for and implementing a cooperative network of Sustainable Community Partnership Banks™ throughout the country. The Unified Field Bank™ is the name of this model and will be the trade name for banks, as they are approved and formed, that will operate within the UFC System over time. David is not a banker. He is a leader in developing sustainable economic systems and helping people access their own inspired leadership. Prior to starting UFC, David gained useful experience through serial careers in construction, real estate, wellness products and as a teacher and consultant in cooperative business in areas that included strategic and capital planning, team building and innovative local sustainable economic systems.
John W. Roulac is the Founder and CEO of Nutiva®, the world’s leading brand of organic hemp foods and coconut oil. Nutiva® was awarded one of Inc 500/5000’s fastest-growing companies in America in 2009 and 2010. A longtime advocate for holistic living, he is the author of four books on hemp and composting (with a million+ copies sold). He helped jump-start the modern home-composting movement in the early 1990s, successfully sued the U.S. DEA to keep hemp foods legal in 2001, and has founded three nonprofit ecological groups.
Leila is the Program Director at Amazon Watch overseeing its programs and campaigns to defend the Amazon and advance indigenous rights. She has over 15 years of experience working on international campaigns to defend the world's rainforests, in particular in the Amazon and Indonesia. Previously she was the Director of Rainforest Action Network's Rainforest Agribusiness Campaign and the coordinator of Amazon Watch's Clean Up Ecuador Campaign. She has also worked as an organizer at Global Exchange, an international human rights organization, and is a graduate of Green Corps, the training school for environmental leaders. She is a native Spanish speaker and a proud mother of two.
Raphael Sbarge is an actor, writer, teacher and producer but most importantly a father to two small children, who inspired him to do something, however small, to make a difference to the world they will inherit. As an actor he began at the age of four on Sesame Street, but grew up back stage in costume shops or in rehersal rooms with parents also in the business. He has extensive Broadway, off Broadway and region theater credits, but is known for work in films like Risky Business, My Science Projet, Independence Day, Pearl Harbor, over 30 in all. On television he has appeared on many, many shows including 3 seasons of The Guaridan, TV movies such as Billionaire Boys Club, Introducing Dorthy Dandridge, A Street Car Named Desire, among others. Raphael is extremely gratified to be introducing the Green Wish™ program along with so many other extraordinary people.
Juma Ventures is an innovative and award-winning youth development program that combines employment in social enterprises, college preparation, and financial asset building to create a safe, supportive community where under-resourced youth can achieve their dreams of a college education. Saleeha's project, All Hands 4 Shoes is a youth initative started by Juma Ventures high school students located in Oakland, CA. We thought of how we could positively impact the everyday lives of youth in our community. We plan to donate shoes to children and youth in need. So far, our goal is to earn enough money to present 105 kids with a new pair of shoes.
An investigative reporter and producer, Shannon has done work for PBS, NPR, the BBC and The Utne Reader. She has reported from Iraq, Israel, Palestine and Croatia on everything from the ravages of war to the intimacies of heartbreak. Last spring, she co-produced a series for Morning Edition about slavery on Thai fishing boats and is now working on a documentary film on the same subject. She lives on a houseboat in Sausalito with her pet seagull, Fluffy.
J. Phoenix Smith, MSW is an Ecotherapist, Clinical Social Worker, and initiated Orisha Priest in the Indigenous Yoruba Tradition. Ms. Smith has 20 years experience working in community health and public health organizations and presents on Ecotherapy as a wellness intervention at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and Edgewood Center for Children and Families. Phoenix is known as the "Black Green Therapist”, and Founder of EcoSoul www.ecosoulwisdom.org and the new Director with the outdoors company Back to Earth www.backtoearth.org. As one of the Bay Area’s innovative ecotherapists, she has been awarded a grant for a class on the spirit of place and ancestor reverence called Fertile Ground: An EcoSoul Journey with the Ancestors. She is also the spiritual leader of a local Orisha community called Ile Oloosa Okegiga de Marun: The House Belonging to the Bay of the Mountains where she provides mentorship and leads regular ceremonies in nature.
Andrés soto is a life long resident of the Greater Richmond Area and has advocated for social justice in a variety of issues from violence prevention and gun control, education, civil and immigration rights, food and environmental justice. Andrés is currently the Richmond Organizer for Communities for a Better Environment, spearheading the community response to the recent Chevron Richmond Refinery Toxic Explosion and Fire.
Amanda is Rainforest Action Network (RAN)’s Energy & Finance Program Director, challenging large corporations to shift funding away from the world's most destructive industries and towards clean, renewable energy. She has been actively campaigning on environmental and social justice issues in North America and Europe for 15 years. In 2000, as a youth organizer, Amanda led thousands of European youth to protest at the International Climate summit in the Netherlands. She then moved to San Francisco and worked to pass the city’s first solar energy bond initiatives. Amanda returned to her home nation of Wales from 2003-07 and founded a movement that succeeded in halting the country’s nuclear energy program, while also working to plan and promote what was then the world’s largest onshore wind power development. Amanda is proud to work alongside communities across North America, from Appalachia to Alberta, who are standing up for all of our futures.
Starhawk is the author of twelve books on Goddess religion, earth based spirituality and activism, including The Spiral Dance, The Fifth Sacred Thing, now in development as a feature film with Yerba Buena Films. http://thefifthsacredthing.com/ Her latest book is The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups, which examines power, process and conflict for groups that organize without top-down leadership. A committed activist for global justice and the environment, she is a veteran of progressive movements, from anti-war to anti-nukes to Occupy, is a highly influential voice in the revival of Goddess religion, and has brought many innovative techniques of spirituality and magic to her political work. She has trained activists in direct action and organizing, taught earth-based ritual, healing, and community building world-wide, and directs Earth Activist Training, http://www.earthactivisttraining.org/ which combines permaculture design with a grounding in spirit and a focus on organizing skills. Starhawk writes a blog on permaculture, Paganism and politics, Dirt Worship www.starhawksblog.org. Her website iswww.starhawk.org.
Jerry James Stone is a sustainable food blogger at CookingStoned.TV, where he develops vegetarian and vegan recipes. He also focuses on sustainable wine and his writings can be found at Discovery Channel's TreeHugger.com. He was the first Cool Chef for the eco-friendly Cline Cellars, where one of his recipes is now featured on their Cool Climate Pinot Noir. And last year he won the Twitter Shorty Award winner for #green.
Elizabeth directs the work of the Corporate Partnerships Program at the Environmental Defense Fund office in San Francisco. EDF develops and implements joint projects with leading companies to create environmental change. Elizabeth has led the team working with Walmart to create broad environmental change in corporate practices related to climate change, toxics, and supply chain innovation. Elizabeth also led the work with Federal Express to develop environmentally advanced delivery vehicles, and with UPS to create innovative change in their express delivery packaging services. Elizabeth's work at EDF over the past sixteen years has resulted in measurable environmental, business, and customer benefits across a wide spectrum of issue areas. Elizabeth holds a Masters in Public Policy, Environment and Natural Resources Policy, Harvard Kennedy School (1996). She has served on the Surfrider Foundation board of directors (1998-2001), President (2000); Founder and former Chair, Surfrider Foundation Massachusetts' chapter; Board of directors, Environmental League of Massachusetts (1999-2002).
Kat Taylor’s life has been dedicated to serving social justice and environmental health. Kat is active in a variety of social business, public benefit and philanthropic ventures in the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently, she serves as CEO of One PacificCoast Bank, a Community Development Financial Institution whose mission is to bring beneficial banking to low-income communities in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner. One PacificCoast Bank is the result of a merger between OneCalifornia Bank, which Kat and her husband, Tom Steyer, founded in Oakland, CA, and ShoreBank Pacific, with offices in Oregon and Washington. The bank’s revolutionary ownership design means that its profits be invested in the communities it serves. Kat is also a Founding Director of TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation (TKREF) dedicated to sustainable food production through ranching, tours, research, and school lunch and garden programs. TKREF owns the social business LeftCoast GrassFed, which raises cattle in ways good for people and planet. Kat serves and has served on many non-profit boards including the Harvard Board of Overseers, Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, Insight Prison Project, KQED, Co-Chair of “Building the New CuriOdyssey Campaign”, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She graduated from Harvard College and earned a JD/MBA from Stanford.
The Dogon Lights, a red hot world fusion group, are a unique and groundbreaking band, combining elements of Hip-Hop, Electronica, Cuban, Brazilian and North African music. A self-described “groove machete of fire,” The Dogon Lights create an undeniably shamanic and energetic dance atmosphere that catapults the listener straight to the stars. The Dogon Lights play traditional skin and wood instruments, weaving the trance grooves of these instruments over hip-hop beats with Hendrix guitar and celestial vocals.
Educating and entertaining with straight talk and spoken word, John Trudell (Santee Sioux) is an internationally acclaimed poet, actor, recording artist, philosopher and orator. He was a spokesperson for the Indians of All Tribes occupation of Alcatraz Island from 1969-1971 and served as Chairman of the American Indian Movement (AIM) from 1973- 1979. In 1982, he began putting his poetry to music and since that time has released 13 albums and toured extensively. He has also acted in major feature films, authored three books of poetry and was the subject of an award-winning 2005 documentary entitled TRUDELL. In 2012, Trudell and Willie Nelson co-founded Hempstead Project Heart (Hemp Energies Alternative Resource Technologies) to raise awareness of the many economic and environmental benefits and uses of industrial hemp. As Co-Director of Hempstead Project Heart, Trudell works to enliven public action toward creating a sustainable green economy based on hemp.
Corrine L. Van Hook manages communications, outreach, and supports fundraising efforts at Bay Localize. She helps coordinate and support key programs like Communities for Resilience and Green Your City as well as program development and strategic planning. Corrine's passion for social justice stems from youth and education, disadvantaged populations and people of color, and equitable opportunity. As a former IDEAL Scholar, she witnessed and continues to witness the compelling impact of investing in youth and disenfranchised communities so that leadership can reflect the real diversity it seeks to serve. She has developed her talents working with the Rockwood Leadership Institute, Greater New Beginnings Youth Services, and through contracting with various organizations. Corrine holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. She hopes to learn, educate, and urge communities to be more proactive in functioning within their environment so we can create and maintain sustainable futures.
Marco came to the US as a Fulbright scholar in mathematics and economics at the UC Berkeley. After a stint in the financial industry, Marco worked as visual artist and obtained a MFA focusing on the intersection between public art and ecology. He later worked for Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co. LLC (“GMO”), managing investment equity portfolios primarily on behalf of large foundations and endowments. Marco left the finance industry and pursued a Permaculture design certificate. He has since been instrumental in the formation and development of the Slow Money Northern California chapter. Marco also serves on the Slow Money national steering committee. In the second half of 2012 Marco led the design and launch of the Soil Trust, a Slow Money philanthropic revolving fund investing in small food and farming enterprises around the county. Marco is currently developing an Economics for Transition curriculum for engaged citizens and activists.
Paul Walker is part of the JUST FOOD program and Oakland Food Connection. He manages a farm stand in East Oakland and provides educational trainings in elementary schools.
Edward West builds infrastructure to allow people to realize their intentions. He is the Founder of Hylo, a social software utility designed to turn communities-of-purpose, like co-working spaces, accelerators, and makerspaces into vibrant resource-sharing networks. He is also Co-Founder of Impact Hub Oakland, a new coworking and community space in Oakland. In 2006, he co-founded Mission Motors, manufacturer of high performance electric motorcycles and advanced electric vehicle components. He believes the future of our resilient green economy will emerge from networks of entrepreneurs and creators, working in creative clusters, fueled by passion, and enabled by software tools and physical infrastructure that enhance collaboration and co-creation, across the entire global village. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University, and an MBA from Presidio Graduate School. He is an advisor to numerous startups, and has taught at entrepreneurship at the Presidio Graduate School and the CCA's Design MBA.
Steve Wright has worked more than 20 years at the intersection of technology and education. At Grameen Foundation, Steve Wright is the VP of Poverty Tools and Insights which includes two teams: the Social Performance Management Center which builds and supports the Progress out of Poverty Index® and Inclusive Business Tools which builds and supports TaroWorks©. Prior to joining Grameen Foundation, Steve was the Director of Innovation and Technology at the Salesforce Foundation. His foundation work with social investors and social enterprises established him as a thought leader in the social metrics space. Steve is a contributing author of the practical handbook “Nonprofit Management 101,” and is a frequent speaker and blogger on social enterprise, social investment, and social sector Steve has also been a high school administrator and teacher as well as being a Peace Corps volunteer in Micronesia. He is based in Oakland, CA.
Gil Zamfirescu played a leading role in founding FertilGas, a 2008 initiative dedicated to disseminating sustainable energy technology and education to rural communities in Honduras. Prior to that, in 2007, he was a lecturer at two universities in China, where he taught principles of business organization to university students at Zhejiang University and Tianjin University of Technology. Gil holds an S.B. degree in economics from MIT. Together with his brother J.D., he helps run and organize Workshop Weekend, an Bay Area event devoted to hands-on learning. The brothers detail their adventures building new things at workshopweekend.net/blog.
J.D. Zamfirescu co-founded Appjet, the creators of EtherPad, a web-based text editor for real-time collaboration. AppJet was acquired by Google in 2009. He also sits on the board of Learning Unlimited, a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading the Splash educational program to universities across the United States. J.D. holds S.B. and M.Eng. degrees in computer science from MIT. Together with his brother Gil, he helps run and organize Workshop Weekend, an Bay Area event devoted to hands-on learning. The brothers detail their adventures building new things at workshopweekend.net/blog.
Mike Zuckerman is a Culture Hacker and co-founder of [ freespace ], a temporary community, cultural and arts center in San Francisco that has garnered tremendous national and international attention for its contributions to improving civic life. Mike continues to push the boundaries of shared economy models and their impact on innovative ecosystems, sustainable development efforts, and grass-roots community activism. Mike’s past projects include acting as a key team member for Yerdle, helping launch the first sustainable nightclub in America, and working in Uganda and Haiti, leveraging sports and the arts to build community capacity.