Green Festival Speakers
Since 1997, Malía Everette has been the Director of Global Exchange's popular and rapidly expanding Reality Tours program. During her tenure at Global Exchange's Reality Tours she has overseen the growth and development of alternative travel programs, study seminars and fact finding human rights delegations to 40 destinations around the world. From the US, to Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe and the Caribbean, Malía promotes in-depth experiential education and socially responsible travel as an alternative to the type of "sun and fun" tourism that often results in cultural homogenization and does little to benefit local communities and host economies. She has years of experience pioneering cultural and educational exchanges that truly build "people to people ties." Malía believes in the power of travel as a transformative tool for education and social change, and sees how the Reality Tours alumni pool of over 20,000 have become citizen diplomats as well as proponents for sane US foreign and economic policy. Malía has facilitated many tours around the world focusing on international relations, human rights, political economy, sustainable development, women's issues and the resilience of indigenous cultures. Malía Everette has a Bachelors of Art in English Literature and a Masters of Arts in International Relations. She has written numerous articles about socially responsible travel and been a speaker on behalf of Global Exchange's programs and especially on US international relations with Cuba. Most recently she was a contributor to the The Blue Pages: A Directory of Companies Rated by Their Politics and Practices (2010) and the UNWTO’s “Religious Tourism in Asia and the Pacific” (2011). Malía is involved with many local environmental and human rights groups in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was a cofounder of the Richmond Progressive Alliance in Richmond, California. She also serves on the advisory boards of the Institute of Agriculture and Food Policy (Food First), the Ethical Traveler, and the Women’s Earth Alliance. Over the past two years she has spent a lot of time and energy building transformational advocacy delegations with the abolitionist organization, Not For Sale, on the issue of human trafficking. Malía also works as a consultant for established and emerging tourism companies. Perhaps most importantly, Malía is the proud mother of two intrepid, curious and well traveled sons.