Green Festival Speakers

Sarah Diefendorf



Ms. Diefendorf is executive director of the Environmental Finance Center for Region IX, which works closely with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to promote cleaner business. Some of her efforts in this position include coordinating county and state Green Business Programs throughout the western region and developing a series of conferences and roundtables on the use of toxic chemicals in industry.

Much of her current work focuses on stakeholder engagement and environmental mediation. The Environmental Finance Center is located at Dominican University where Ms Diefendorf serves as adjunct faculty and as a CoDirector for the Center for Sustainability.

In 2000, she founded the Women's Environmental Network, which now claims almost 1200 members in the Bay Area. Ms Diefendorf is also an Expert Witness for the USEPA National Environmental Finance Advisory Board, and has been a project reviewer for USEPA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. In addition, she is a member of the steering committee for the Western Regional Pollution Prevention Network and national vice president of the League of Women Voters. Ms. Diefendorf is also an international Voter Services and Grassroots Democracy Trainer for the National League of Women Voters and has worked with organizations in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Congo, Zimbabwe and Jamaica.

Sarah received her Bachelor Degree in International Relations from San Francisco State University. She received a Masters degree in Environmental Geography and is currently writing the final chapters of her Ph.D., both through Cambridge University, England.