Bill Aal, co chair of the AGRA-Watch Project of the Community Alliance for Global Justice and Director of Tools for Change, has been a trainer and organizer for 20 years, helping communities with diverse populations transform to be more just and sustainable. He has been an activist around issues of GMOs for 15 years and associate producer of "Good Food," an award winning movie about sustaining agriculture in the Northwest.

Imam Johari AbdulMalik serves as the director of Community Outreach for the Dar AlHijrah Islamic Center. He was the first Muslim Chaplain installed at Howard University, former chair of Government Relations for the Muslim Alliance in North America [MANA] and the founding President of the Muslim Society of Washington, DC Inc.

Known nationally for his fundraising efforts for masjids, schools and relief organizations, AbdulMalik is also a founding member of the Muslim Advocacy Commission of Washington, D.C. and Muslim Men Against Domestic Violence [MMADV]; he edited What Islam Says About Domestic Violence.

AbdulMalik, along with Rev. Graylan Hagler, started the Ramadan FeedtheNeedy Interfaith Program in DC; the program fed over 100 hundred homeless women of all faiths nightly during the fasting period of Ramadan.

As a community activist and organizer, AbdulMalik is a leader in Northern Virginia on environmental issues. His band Black Oasis opened for greats such as Tito Puente, Pharaoh Saunders and Sun Ra. He is presently working with the PreDisaster Recovery Plan Working Group in Fairfax County, the Virginia Complete Count Committee, the Virginian New Majority, the DC GAPS Advisory Board, Faces of Our Children, and the Sickle Cell Foundation. (73)



Ibrahim Abdul-Matin of The Frontier Project, is a former sustainability advisor to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Green For All Fellow and author of Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet


Abdulhadi is Urban Program Coordinator for Angelic Organics LearningCenter, working with community food systems projects, training urbanfarmers, and building healthy local food systems.



Dr. Sharif Abdullah is an author and advocate for inclusivity, societaltransformation and societal spirituality. Sharif’s life vision and mission are simple:we can create a world that works for all beings. Sharif believes we must release thestatus quo and transform our toxic political, economic and social/cultural systemsand structures.

Sharif promotes heart-felt inclusivity, compassionate dialog, and a society based onvisionary, localized and alternative economics and politics. His vision and work areinformed by his spiritual awareness, his growing up with racism and generationalpoverty, and his later inclusivity experiences in over 100 distinct cultures, spanning36 countries.

His books include The Power of One: Authentic Leadership in Turbulent Times,the award-winning Creating a World That Works for All, and the visionary SevenSeeds for a New Society.

Sharif is a graduate-level adjunct professor of Conflict Resolution at Portland StateUniversity. He is founder and director of Commonway Institute for Societal Transformation.



Abell is Executive Director of WAGES (Womens Action to Gain Economic Security), a nonprofit organization that has created three successful ecofriendly housecleaning cooperatives in the San Francisco Bay Area that provide good incomes, leadership opportunities, and healthy working conditions for the Latina immigrant women who own them, while
protecting the environment and the health of their clients: NaturalHome Cleaning in the East Bay, Emmas EcoClean on the Peninsula, andEcoCare Professional Housecleaning, serving San Jose and the SouthBay. WAGES has plans to expand its unique model of social enterprisethroughout the Bay Area.

Before coming to WAGES in 2003, Hilary worked on a range of socialjustice issues including Fair Trade, environmental health, andimmigrant rights. She was an early leader of the Fair Trade movement inthe US, both as Farmer Representative for Equal Exchange and asDevelopment Director of TransFair USA. Hilarys visits during the 1990sto farmer coops in El Salvador, Peru, and Colombia inspired hercommitment to cooperative development and taught her the tremendousvalue of sustainable agriculture, alternative trade, and projects thatgive us space to dream. She considers it an honor to bring theselessons home to the Bay Area and work with local women who aretransforming their lives through WAGES cooperatives.



Abelson is a communications manager for EPAs ENERGY STAR Program, and a nationallyknown expert on energy efficiency and green marketing.



Ableman is an acclaimed “edutainer” with a background in world literature, food systems, and community organizing. He grew up under the mentorship of Hopi elders and children’s musician Raffi, and he has graced the stages with K’NAAN and Joan Baez, among others. From India to Haiti, he has implementede co-arts programs and worked with at-risk teens. He has been heralded in publications such as the “Los Angeles Times,” “New York Times,” “MontrealMirror” and “San Francisco Examiner.” Ableman is the executive produce rfor the Clean Energy Tour, co-founder of the CommuniTree network and a consultant for environmental organizations and campaigns. Ableman is alsoa co-founder of BALANCE Edutainment, a social enterprise that developsentertaining products for youth and families that raise awareness of our interdependence with nature and connects people who want to work for positive change. BALANCE's flagship initiative is the Pacha's Pajamas edutainment platform.

Pacha's" target="_blank">http://www.pachaspajamas.com/">Pacha's Pajamas, teaches pre-teens and families about humanity’s relationship with the natural world. Pacha's Pajamas is a children’s book, game-App, acclaimed Live Show and Audiobook featuring Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Cheech Marin, Majora Carter, and rising youth stars. Nature" target="_blank">http://balanceedutainment.com/introducing-nature-superhero/">Nature Superhero, the forthcoming companion game-App, will reward kids for taking actions to improve their communities and the environment. The Pacha's Pajamas project has been featured on MTV, CNN, numerous radio programs/media and has been nominated for the renowned global entrepreneurship competition, Common" target="_blank">http://www.commonpitchsa.com/">Common Pitch.



Kris is the former senior producer of Democracy Now!, a national,independent news program, for which she coordinated the daily newscast,helped lead the programs dramatic expansion, and reported from aroundthe world. She then moved to Colorado to lead community radio stationKGNUs expansion into Denver. She has studied the liberation movementin South Africa, and recently obtained her certification in peacemakingthrough the Peacemaker Institute of Colorado. She practices meditation,yoga and loves to hike in the mountains.


Rolando Acosta has over twenty years legal and business advisory experience related to real estate development having represented private clients before local and state governments. Mr. Acosta has represented clients in some of the most significant and complex cases in the Chicago area.



Kristin Adair is a yoga instructor with a lifelong passion for activism. She pursues her commitment to service both in and out of the yoga studio, including extensive work with national non-profit Off the Mat, Into the World (OTM). She raised over $20,000 for Haitian NGOs through OTM’s Global Seva Challenge and traveled to Haiti to help put these funds to work on the ground. In addition to teaching yoga classes around the DC area, Kristin offers yoga to underserved and at-risk youth and has collaborated to design and teach a yoga and art curriculum for incarcerated teens at a juvenile detention facility in Northern Virginia. Off the Mat, Into the World™ is a non-profit organization using yoga’s values of awareness, sustainability and service to empower activism from a grassroots level. OTM uses an innovative toolkit to train, connect and guide new leaders to discover their purpose and create conscious social change.



John Adams is former Chair of the Organizational Systems Program at Saybrook Graduate School. He also served as a faculty member for the Bainbridge Graduate Institute's Green MBA Program for six years. John has been involved the mental aspects of change and transformation work for over 40 years. His most recent book is Thinking Today as if Tomorrow Mattered: The Rise of a Sustainable Consciousness.



Tyler Adkins is the director of outdoor lighting solutions at Urban Green Energy, a NYC-based renewable energy solution provider. UGE puts users in control of their energy source by deploying hybrid wind, solar and storage solutions for use in off-grid lighting applications, enterprise solutions, and telecom towers in more than 80 countries around the world. From parking lot lighting in Brooklyn, to large infrastructure projects in the developing world, Tyler leads UGE's efforts to engage government, institutional, and commercial clients in understanding the economic, sustainability and energy security benefits of renewable-powered lighting solutions.

Tyler holds an M.Sc in Sustainability Science from Lund University, Sweden and moved to New York City in October 2012 - the day before Superstorm Sandy exposed the dire need for more resilient, robust, and sustainable infrastructure.



Leonard Adler is the CEO of Green Jobs Network, a social enterprise that helps job seekers who are interested in environmental or social responsibility to find jobs, explore career resources and build their professional network. Leonard has worked in the private and non-profit sectors, and has received a social entrepreneurship grant from the Echoing Green Foundation. Leonard has a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center where he was a Public Interest Law Scholar and co-founded the Georgetown Journal on Fighting Poverty. He has a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and received a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Stanford University.



Board member of South Coast Interfaith Council and Chair of its Social Concerns Committee; Chair, Justice Team of southwest CA Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America; Working with Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice - California; Advisory Committee member of Fair Trade LA; Active member of Bread for the World


Dance is where physical meets spirit to become the Visual of Sound”. Though an RN, Health Educator, Professional Dancer, Fashion Designer, Wellness Consultant/Trainer, mother of 3 sons and currently attending San Francisco State University for her Masters in Social Justice in Education, Dance is Rehema’s first love. As she puts it, “Dance is Life and Life is a Dance.” Rehema has studied, performed and taught African dance for over 30 years, specializing in dances of the Congo, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Gambia. Her commitment to heal matches her passion for dance, which she uses as a medium.



Queen Afua is a worldaerenowned certified wholistic health specialist who practices from a uniquely spiritual perspective. She is a certified colon therapist, polarity practitioner, Hatha Yoga and Ari Ankh Ka instructor, lay midwife, herbalist and fasting specialist. She has taught wholistic heath care at prestigious institutions such as NYC Downstate Medical Center and Long Island University Medical Center.

Queen Afua is also a lecturer and best selling author, who has written three astounding books, including Sacred Woman; a guide to healing the feminine body, mind and spirit, Heal Thyself for Health and Longevity and her newly release book entitled The City of Wellness: Restoring your health through the seven kitchens of consciousness. These books have been successful within the national communities because they address issues that are current to the health crisis facing African American, Caribbean, and Spanish communities. Through her Sacred Women text, many women have been transformed and have changed the way they look at wholistic healthcare, ancestral healing, physical, and emotional healing.

Queen Afua has transformed the lives of many individuals through her wellaeknown community events including her 1day seasonal fasting shutaeins, Sacred Woman trainings, and wholistic empowerment workshops, as well as establishing a deeper online presence through her revamped site, www.queenafua.com, reaching thousands upon thousands of those wanting to heal themselves.

Queen Afuas work has received national and international acclaim, with a client list including Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, and Mel Jackson. For over 35 years, she has been revered in her community as a healer, and because of that, many seeds have been planted to bear the fruit of an organic future, or as she would say, a true City of Wellness!


Mindy oversees zero waste initiatives and programs for Lincoln Elementary’s parent-run PTO Green Team; Lincoln was successfully awarded grant funding from the State of Illinois to implement recycling, zero waste strategies, and composting in the schools. Mindy is also very active in community sustainability. Her sustainability management experience includes collaborative design and implementation of waste reduction strategies including the successful rollout of an organics recycling (composting) program for local schools, businesses and residences. Mindy lives in Oak Park IL with her husband and 2 young daughters.


Aguilar is a radio host and journalist from San Francisco. She hosts Your Call, a live callin radio show on NPRaffiliates KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco and KUSP 88.9 FM in Santa Cruz. She's author of Red Highways: A Liberals Journey into the Heartland, and contributor to the book Red State Rebels: Tales of Grassroots Resistance in the Heartland.



Brahm Ahmadi is social entrepreneur working to build healthier and more equitable inner city communities by creating change and innovation to critical facets of the food system. In 2003, he co-founded People’s Grocery in Oakland, CA , a nonprofit organization that has attracted national attention for its effort to transform inner city food systems through projects in food enterprise, urban agriculture, and nutrition education that include the nation’s first Mobile Market.

In 2010, Brahm founded People’s Community Market in Oakland to create a fresh food retail business model that fosters health and social interaction in low-income communities. He’s also piloting a strategy to catalyze the public to invest in mission-driven companies and local communities in the Bay area.

Brahm has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California and an MBA from the Presidio Graduate School. He is a Food and Community Fellow at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and a Fellow at Food First: Institute for Food and Development Policy.


Award winning educator, scholar and writer Akom
A Leading Expert on the Green Economy, Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR), and Climate Change

Dr. Akom is a leading expert on the green economy, climate change, and educational equity. His research focuses on the links between race, environmental health, and educational equity in cities and schools; the role of the green economy in facilitating pathways out of poverty for vulnerable populations; and the role of local knowledge in the production of environmental health and educational equity. Professor Akom's research and practice works to build partnerships between local residents, schools and universities, environmental and educational experts, community based organizations, labor unions, green businesses, and city planners working together to generate policy and planning solutions that improve community health, economic mobility, and the pedagogies and practices of community leaders and decisionmakers.
Professor Akom is currently working with The California Endowment, and a number of nonprofit organizations, to conceptualize a set of Emerald city projects and develop a set of Green Health Equity indicators; all aimed at promoting human health, job creation, and environmental sustainability. He is also working with the Ella Baker Center, the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and the East Bay Green Corridor to create Green Education Technology (GET) academies that attract and engage students, especially lowincome students, students of color, and other vulnerable populations who have been marginalized by the educational system, for career pathways into existing and emerging green energy careers.

In 2009 Professor Akom cofounded the Environmental Sustainability Planning Network (ESPN) a national learning and climate change action network working to improve the lives of residents in seven cities across the United States. The project team, which includes the California Center for Civic Participation, the Youth Planners Network, the Lawrence Berkeley Hall of Science, and the Global Metropolitan Studies Initiative at U.C. Berkeley, are drafting local and regional climate action plans and policies aimed at significantly reducing carbon emissions, securing land tenure, and improving economic opportunities, infrastructure and improving environmental health. The team is also conducting a youth participatory action research project culminating in the production of an Environmental Justice Bill of Rights.

Professor Akom is a 2010 recipient of a RIMI Investigator Award in Health Disparities Research from the National Center on Minority and Health Disparities. He is currently coediting a book with Professor Jason Corburn from U.C. Berkeley's College of Environmental Design/City Planning entitled: Revolutionary Urbanism: Race, Climate Justice, and the Politics of Pollution in Cities and Schools, which explains the nature of climate change in urban communities in the Uni



Akuetteh is a widely published author and frequent speaker on African affairs in the United States, Europe and Africa; serves as a Member of TransAfrica Forums Scholars Council; and was an Adjunct Professor at Georgetowns Universitys School of Foreign Service from 19871996. A Ghanaian, he has served as the Founder of the Democracy and Conflict Research Institute, based in Accra, Ghana. He has also served as the Executive Director of the Open Society Insititute West Africa.



Esther Alabi is a teacher of chemistry, biology, and environmental science at CSW Career Academy. She is 2011-2012 National Science Teachers Association Fellow and holds degrees in Zoology and Marine Biology.


Celia Alario is a public relations and media strategist, grassroots communications consultant, media skills trainer and facilitator. As founder of her small consulting practice, ‘PR for People and the Planet,’ she has helped spin groundbreaking social action campaigns; trained hundreds of grassroots spokespeople; provided one-on-one trainings for incoming Communications Directors; and placed hundreds of stories about critical social justice and environmental issues in prominent national and international media outlets. Alario works at the intersection of campaigning, grassroots organizing and marketing to provide support to clients in the areas of traditional PR and New Media/Web 2.0. She’s provided spokesperson and media skills training for grassroots activists for more than 15 years through workshops with groups like Media Alliance, Montana Women Vote, FACTS (Families to Amend California’s Three Strikes), SNAP (the Survivor’s Network for those Abused by Priests) and Energy Action Coalition; at activist camps and convergences with groups like the Ruckus Society and Climate Ground Zero; and via curriculums developed for groups like Amazon Watch and Witness.


A native of New Jersey, Dr. Nicholas Albano moved to Maryland to attend Loyola University in Baltimore. After college Dr. Albano began to work at a local veterinary hospital. He realized then that this was a path he had to follow. Dr. Albano attended veterinary school at VMRCVM in Blacksburg, VA. He graduated in 2002 as a member of the veterinary honor society for scholastic achievement. He then completed an intensive internship program at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in NJ, one of the largest emergency and referral hospitals in the country. After his internship he worked exclusively in emergency and critical care medicine for several years, then spent several more years working exclusively in general practice. Dr. Albano attended and successfully completed the course work for veterinary acupuncture, herbology and nutrition. Dr. Albano strongly believes that integrating holistic and conventional medicine can lead to the best outcome for all animals.


Lisa Albrecht joined Solar Service in 2007 where she works in sales and business development. Solar Service is the leading full-service solar thermal and PV consulting, design, and installation company in the Midwest, serving both the residential and commercial market. In addition, Albrecht was an officer on the Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) Board of Directors for three years and currently chairs the Permitting and Regulating committee. She organized the Illinois Solar Tour, a statewide tour of solar installations and part of a nationwide event. Lisa frequently speaks in public about solar including community groups such as the Sierra Club, McDonald Farm and local libraries and schools.



Sarah Albuquerque is the General Manager of family owned and operated, Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting. For over 30 years, Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting has been committed to exemplary quality coffee, pioneering the BrewBar


Kathryn Alcántar is the California Policy Director at Center for Environmental Health (CEH) and Campaign Director at Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE). At CEH and in her role at CHANGE coalition, Kathryn works with diverse organizations to create a better system for regulating toxic chemicals for the protection of workers, children, public health, the environment and the economy. She has 15 years of experience working on environmental, health and social justice issues in the private, government, philanthropic and non-profit sectors. As part of her work with the San Francisco Foundation, Latino Issues Forum, the Greenlining Institute and WE ACT for Environmental Justice, Kathryn has experience in grantmaking as well as policy and advocacy at the local, regional, state and federal levels. She is a Senior Fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program and has a joint M.P.A./M.P.H. in Environmental Health Science and Policy from Columbia University and a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from U.C. Berkeley.



Born in Chihuahua Mexico, Erik Alcaraz is a free spirit who, typical of all free spirits, has found the secret to happiness; riding the bicycleta that he has dubbed "Cuauhtémoc," all over the City of Los Angeles.

In the 80s and 90s Erik parlayed his happiness into a profession, by working with ABC Messenger service and Domino's Pizza in Downtown Los Angeles. Riding around the glorious Southern California sunshine he discovered the old adage is true, that work can be play when you love what you do.

However, one of Erik's proudest achievements has been to share the magic of bicycle riding with his three children; Oscar, Priscilla and Erik. Now all adults, they each commute to their jobs via bicycle and like their father, enjoy riding all the time.

Erik is a Certified League of American Bicyclist Instructor. As such, Erik's passion and focus is to educate and share with his fellow Angelinos the fun and benefits of bicycling. His dream is to make the Los Angeles County more bicycle friendly. He currently works as a consultant with the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) and CicLAvia.

The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) is a nonprofit organization with over 1,000 members that engages cyclists through advocacy, education and outreach across the county. Founded in 1998 by bicycle advocates Joe Linton and Ron Milam, LACBC brings together the diverse bicycling community in a united mission to improve the bicycling environment and quality of life for the entire region.

CicLAvia was inspired by ciclovía, the weekly street closure event in Bogotá, Colombia, established over 30 years ago. CicLAvia consists of the temporary opening of Los Angeles streets to all Angelenos. Free to the public, it interconnects diverse portions of the city, creating a web of temporary public space, free of car traffic.



Jessica Aldridge is a planning member of Tar Sands Action - Southern California. In December 2011, as Executive Director for the Burbank Green Alliance, she collaborated with WilderUtopia to host the LA screening of "Tipping Point - The End of Oil" followed by a discussion with Canadian First Nations Actress/Activist - Tantoo Cardinal and Tar Sands Action/350.org Organizer - Rae Breaux. Jessica continues to work on inspiring grassroots activism to stop the largest industrial project in human history, while encouraging planet-friendly lifestyles to help heal the impact from our fossil fuel addiction.

As a Zero Waste and Resource Management Specialist, Jessica works with businesses, schools and cities to provide next-step solutions in environmental sustainability. She plays many roles in the community including Executive Director for Burbank Green Alliance, Professor of Recycling and Resource Management at Santa Monica College, Sustainability Manager for a local recycling and waste hauler. During her tenure with the Burbank Green Alliance, Jessica developed and coordinated successful, solution-oriented outreach programs - including industry workshops, business training courses, environmental film series, business networking events, and art reuse programs.

Jessica was recognized in 2010 for excellence in Environment/Energy Efficiency at the 11th Annual Women in Business Legislative Update and Awards, awarded by Senator Carol Liu and Assemblymember Anthony Portantino. In 2011, she received her industry certification from the California Resource & Recovery Association.

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Jessica Aldridge strives to develop and orchestrate programs, events and coalitions that educate, empower and facilitate change. She plays many roles in the community including Executive Director for Burbank Green Alliance, organizer for SoCal Climate Action Coalition 350 and Tar Sands Action SoCal and Sustainability Manager for a local recycling company. Recently, she instigated and helped organize the largest climate rally in LA history resulting in 100 organizations standing in solidarity. As a Zero Waste and Resource Management Specialist, Jessica works with businesses, schools and cities to provide next-step solutions in environmental sustainability, paying special attention to program design, employee training and customer education. In April, she was awarded “Best Public Advocate for Sustainability” at the LA Sustainable Business Council, Industry Achievement Awards. In 2010, she was recognized for excellence in Environment/Energy Efficiency at the 11th Annual Women in Business Legislative Update by Senator Carol Liu and Assemblymember Anthony Portantino.


Alem made the transition from the corporate world to Green America in January 2006 so that he could “…align [his] passion with [his] profession.” As IT Coordinator, he was responsible for the design, implementation and maintenance of all of Green America’s Technology and Information systems, both for enabling the day-to-day work of staff and for strategically positioning Green America to leverage new and evolving technologies. In his current position of Director of Information Technology, Mouhamad oversees all of Green America’s technology projects and helps to shape the organization’s strategic technology and online engagement future. Outside the office, Mouhamad is a grassroots organizer with over 13 years of experience working with communities in the Arab world, Europe and the United States around social justice and human rights causes.


Alexander is a Seattle general contractor whose company Sunshine Construction, has been specializing in green building for the past 18 years. Jon is one of the founders of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild and has long been involved in the Built Green program of King ; Snohomish Counties. Alexander is experienced in constructing rainwater cisterns, significantly reducing a home's water and energy consumption and other steps in making a home more sustainable and prepared for emergencies.



Michael Alexander, is an award winning producer, journalist and the President of Conscious Planet, L3C. Michael serves Conscious Planet in its mission to help create a more just, sustainable and peaceful world through TV, film, art and live events. As the executive producer of Conscious Living and Soul of Green, Michael directs the production, technology, and international distribution of these original series. Michael has also co-founded the largest eco-fashion shows in the U.S., Vert Couture and the T.H.R.E.A.D.S eco-fashion show during NYC and Chicago Green Festivals. Michael won an award of excellence by the Association of Health Care Journalists for his documentary on the Chicago Food Desert Crisis, and is an avid meditator, yogi and budding raw food chef.



Reed Alexander, celebrity food star and breakthrough actor,far surpasses his 17 years, having already laid the ground work for a budding culinary empire. Embracing his passion for cooking from an early age, Reed combines his on-camera talent with his affinity for nutritious and delicious recipes to launch his own online destination, KewlBites.com" target="_blank">http://www.kewlbites.com/">KewlBites.com. In addition to starring as the infamous Nevel Papperman on Nickelodeon's #1 ratedcomedy iCarly, off-camera, Reed generates and manages all content housed on this virtual hub. Leveraging both his TV and web platforms, Reed captivates a global audience which, like himself, values entertainment and lifestyle.

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Bianca is an Emmy-award winning TV journalist and eco-advocate. As CEO of Conscious Planet and anchor of Conscious Living, she is fulfilling her dharma of using media to create a happier, healthier and more sustainable world. Hosting shows on networks like Lifetime and TV One, Bianca has won several awards for cutting-edge journalism, including an EMMY for “Outstanding On-Camera Performance” as Correspondent on Soul of Green, a show she co-created about people of color in the green movement which aired on Fox Chicago. Bianca also won an Excellence in Health Journalism Award for a documentary on “The Growing Solution to Food Deserts”. Bianca is a yogi and Princeton-trained attorney who transitioned her passion for justice and language into her creative endeavors, the latest of which is producing the largest eco-fashion shows in the U.S. with her husband Michael, including Vert Couture headlining Chicago Fashion Week and T.H.R.E.A.D.S. during the NY + Chicago Green Festivals.


Jamal Ali is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. He says many things we are currently doing—under the “green” umbrella, were commonplace years ago. His credits his father and his upbringing for his environmental passion which also helped him tremendously in writing his book, Black and Green: Black Insights for the Green Movement.

Ali has always taken an active role to better his community. and he views going green as a major way to continue in this effort. He is working to make sure the information flow and the benefits of going green, reach the Black community.

In addition to promoting his book, he works closely with the Chicago Public Schools and various Historical Black Colleges and Universities to get them focused on saving our planet.

He is married and lives in Chicago. He has two children who also live “green.”


Pamela Alimurung is the Senior Sales Executive at Li & Fung USA, a global leader in the apparel, home and footwear industry. As Volunteer Chairperson of http://nycfairtradecoalition.org/" target="_blank">New York City Fair Trade Coalition, Pamela uses her experience in the conventional fashion industry to increase and galvanize the fair trade movement in New York City. "Fair trade is always fashionable!"


An entrepreneur and educator, Allah (born Kwame Garrett) is the founder and chief executive of Remix Marketing ; Communications, LLC, a communications firm specializing in the areas of youth and cultural program development, urban marketing and event planning. In addition to his entrepreneurial ventures, Allah has more than 20 years experience in civic involvement, community service and youth development that spans from Seattle to New York.

In 2008 Allah was awarded the Martin Luther King County Executive Pioneer Award for Excellence in HipHop for outstanding service to the community. A strong advocate of community involvement and civic service, at age 21 he was runnerup for state representative in his home state of Washington. He has also served in membership, advisory and consultant capacities with a number of organizations and businesses. He is also founding director of the African American Heritage Museum and Cultural Center in Seattle, WA.

For ten years Allah worked as the president/CEO of Umoja Fest African American Heritage Festival ; Parade, the Pacific Northwest's longest running AfricanAmerican community festival. In 2002 he founded the Seattle HipHop Summit Youth Council, the northwest affiliate of Russell Simmons' New York based HipHop Summit Action Network, which works to educate and empower youth academically, culturally and economically through HipHop. He is also cfounder of the United for Youth Coalition and the UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center in Seattle, WA.



Erika Allen is the Chicago and National Projects Director for Growing Power. As the daughter of Will Allen, she has a small farm agricultural background with specialties in project planning, community food systems design, and direct marketing training, and has worked in every aspect of urban agriculture from the transplanting seedlings to managing farmer’s markets. Her ability to integrate creative arts and therapeutic techniques with food security and community development have enabled her to establish numerous food system projects where she supports limited resource producers in strengthenomg their farm businesses models to build sustainable partnerships that create healthy food options in inner-city and rural communities.

Ms. Allen holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an MA in art therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, is a Post Carbon Institute Fellow, and currently sits on the Illinois Food, Farms and Jobs Act Council. She is the proud mother of Emiliano “ayo” her toddler.



Allen is founder and director of Sustainable World Coaltion, a project of Earth Island Institute, and the publisher of the 2010 Sustainable World SourceBook. Allen is a business and marketing consultant, and has been an activist in the arenas of the environment, peace and human rights for about 25 years. Allen cocreated and managed The New Paradigm Business Network in Marin County. Allen was a delegate at the UN World Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2002 where the Sustainable World Symposium and SourceBook were conceived.


Jordan Ross Allen is a Holistic Intuitive Bodyworker and has been practicing Tai Chi for nearly 15 years. He is also an integral part of the instructional staff at the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing in Culver City where he has been teaching massage, holistic philosophy and Tai Chi for the last 12 years and has been teaching Tai Chi on the beach at Creative Chakra since 2006.



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.


Zuri Allen is a social media expert and has for campaigns such as GMO Inside, Prop 37, Food Democracy Now, Organic Consumers Association and I-522.

A self-proclaimed foodie and nature lover, Zuri runs her comb with a holistic lifestyle approach. She enjoys and supports local organic whole foods at farmer’s markets and regular trips to Eastern medicine practitioners. Zuri comes from three generations of farmers.

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Allison Martin is the managing editor at The Herb Companion magazine.


Booka Alon is an active voice in the local Bay Area Food Justice and Urban Agriculture movement. Community organizer, event producer, kitchen gardener and permaculture designer, Booka is most proud of her role as the Vermi-Love Lady, adopted because of her passion for worms and their tenacious tunneling temperament. Booka graduated with a Political Science degree from Kenyon College and teaches throughout the Bay Area at urban farms, schools and medical centers on simple strategies for growing food locally. She is affiliated with Kitchen Garden SF, The San Francisco Urban Agriculture Alliance and serves as the outreach coordinator for Hayes Valley Farm. Booka has been leading workshops since 2009 in vermiculture as well as other small-scale solutions to repair our food system. In 2011 she founded Roots to Fruits, a tree-advocacy organization spearheading progressive initiatives for fruit tree-planting programs at local Bay Area schools and community gardens.



At the age of 18 Divya began studying yoga full-time, and continued this lifestyle for fifteen years. This included a five year tenure as a Sankrit editor for a major publisher of India classical texts, and a five year stay in India, where she helped establish a school for sacred arts in Uttar Pradesh. Throughout this, food, health and Ayurveda have been a base theme and practice for her, which she has shared and taught throughout India, Europe and the U.S. for the past 25 years.

She has taught cooking to thousands of people in New York over the past five years and has provided regular food service and nutritional instruction for Kripalu Center, The Art of Living Foundation, Eileen Fisher Inc, The United Nations and many others. She lives with her husband in the East Village.


Tabitha Alterman is Technical Editor at Natural Home magazine and Senior Associate Editor at Mother Earth News magazine, where she is delighted to help spread the word about the pleasures and benefits of Real Food and innovative food systems. She is bowled over by America's burgeoning interest in responsibly grown and artisanal foods, and is in awe of the innovators behind all the tasty treats. She is particularly interested in really, really good cheese



Altieri is a professor of agroecology at UC Berkeley. He has written more than 200 publications and numerous books, including Agroecology: the Science of Sustainable Agriculture.


Jessie Alvarez is a 17-year-old student at Oakwood School in North Hollywood. She has worked for the Plastic Pollution Coalition, an international organization aiming to stop the use of single use plastics, since 2009 and co-founded an environmental club at her school called the “Green Gorillas.” The club’s current goal is to get the school to stop selling plastic bottles.



Joao Amorim is an EmmyNominated Brazilian director focusing on animation and documentaries, and more specifically the mix of both genres. Joao is one of the founding partners of Postmodern Times, a media company focused on social and environmental films. Joao has directed and produced the Web series postmoderntimes.com on the evolution of consciousness and ecology. He has worked worldwide as an industrial designer, animator, and animation supervisor for many years prior to directing. He was the Head of Animation, on Chicago 10, Brett Morgen's film that opened Sundance 2007, and for which Joao has been nominated for an Emmy in 2009. He has also directed commercials for BMW, Panasonic, Oceana, among others.

Joao directed many short films such as Ferrets for Freedom, a political short on Ferrets and Giuliani which became a YouTube hit. He also directed the award winning Don't get Charged up, on the recycling of batteries, among others. He has worked as an animation director on:Footsteps in Africa, For the next 7 Generations and the upcoming Ghetto Physics.

Joao recently finished his first animated feature documentary: 2012 Time for Change, featuring among others David Lynch, Sting, Ellen Page, Gilberto Gil, and Paul Stamets. Joao speaks 5 languages, meditates every day, paints, practices yoga and has a permaculture sustainability project in Brazil through the NGO Ciclo Sustainable. In 2008 his project Sustainable Unit was a finalist at the Buckminster Fuller Challenge.

Amsterdam School


The New Amsterdam School is a progressive, eco-friendly school in Manhattan's East Village neighborhood. Inspired by the Waldorf Approach to Education, New Amsterdam offers nurturing, supportive classes for children from birth through grade school, designed to help children reach their fullest potential.



Chef Manuel Anaya is one of the three chefs at top-rated Los Angeles-based Mexican restaurant "Taqueria Los Anaya" in the Mid-City district.

Manuel's father owned a taqueria in Guadalajara, Jalisco where he was raised, and Manuel and his siblings helped his father's restaurant to become a great success. When Manuel came to the United States in 1988, he soon became a dishwasher at the Ivy Restaurant in Los Angeles to make ends meet. In the back of his mind, he knew all along that he wanted to pursue his dream of opening and running his own restaurant.

Manuel soon opened a few restaurants in Los Angeles, and in 2012 decided to partner with his brother's Gerardo Anaya, Juan C. Anaya, on what they hoped would be the best Taqueria in Los Angeles. Their dream has come true, as the Taqueria Los Anaya has became one of the top-rated Mexican restaurants in L.A.

Manuel and his brothers also do catering with both Caribbean and Mexican food, and have catered for such famous clients as Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio, Halle Berry, Madonna, Kanye West, Sony Studios, and many others.



Jesús Andrade is a first generation, U.S-Latino from California’s Central Valley. He completed his undergrad education at the California State University at Sacramento, where he served as student body president his final year and earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy-Applied Ethics & Law.

Before graduating from Cal State Sacramento, Jesús was awarded a Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship and spent the following year at the State Capitol working on public infrastructure, budget finance, and education policy. Soon after, Jesús went to work as a field organizer for the 2008 Obama Campaign.

As an organizer, Jesús assisted with the campaign’s Latino voter outreach strategy in southern Colorado. The invaluable experience taught Jesús about electoral campaigns and politics through the campaign’s unique organizing structure. Skills gained were further honed at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) where Jesús worked as a statewide Field & Campaign Organizer in California. In this capacity, Jesús was tasked with fostering relationships with affiliated organizations to build a stronger NCLR presence at the state and local level. Further initiatives included NCLR’s national immigration and healthcare reform campaigns, as well as the Boycott Arizona campaign.

Jesús recently transitioned to the Community Coalition – a South LA-based organizing institution founded by Representative Karen Bass. His organizing portfolio consists of leading the organizing work around the Coalition’s Food Apartheid campaign and coordinating their civic engagement efforts on reforming tax and fiscal policy at the state level.

Jesús Andrade is married with three sons, and lives in South Los Angeles.

Andrea Robinson

Andrea Robinson is the Founder and Director of ARC Sustainability, a Los Angeles-based environmental and corporate social responsibility consulting firm. ARC specializes in designing and implementing sustainability programs for high-profile productions, movie studios, conventions, corporations, live events, concerts, hotels, residences and non-governmental organizations. ARC Sustainability produces measurable results in energy efficiency, water conservation, waste diversion, building retrofits, transportation minimization, supply chain productivity, food and beverage sourcing, greenhouse gas emission reductions and advises on carbon offset frameworks.

 In 2007 and 2008, Andrea served as the first-ever Director of Sustainability & Greening for the 2008 Democratic National Convention held in Denver, Colorado. Andrea was responsible for designing, managing, implementing, measuring and messaging the comprehensive sustainability efforts and carbon footprint for the Convention. In an effort to raise awareness and cultivate a long-term legacy of sustainability, she produced, wrote and hosted numerous educational green webisodes. The 2008 Democratic National Convention is considered to be the most sustainable political convention in modern American history.



Cecile Andrews, author of three books: "Less is More," "Slow is Beautiful," and "Circle of Simplicity," has her doctorate in education from Stanford and is active in the Seattle Area Happiness Initiative, Sustainable Greenwood Phinney and the Transition Town movement. She teaches this class for the Stanford Health Improvement Program.



Mark Anielski is the author of The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth, which was published in June 2007 by New Society Publishers. Mark is a wellbeing economist, entrepreneur, professor and president of Anielski Management Inc. which specializes in measuring quality of life and sustainable wellbeing. In the 2004, Adbusters magazine recognized Mark as a rising star amongst international progressive economists. He has pioneered natural capital accounting in Canada and alternative measures of economic progress, including the US Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) and the Alberta GPI Sustainable Wellbeing measurement system. For 14 years he served as senior economic policy advisor to the Alberta Government. He is currently advising the Chinese government on greening GDP accounting. Mark teaches corporate social responsibility at the School of Business, University of Alberta and has taught ecological economics at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute near Seattle. Mark is the pastPresident of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics and a Senior Fellow with the Oaklandbased economic thinktank Redefining Progress. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with his young family.


Rebecca Ansert, Founder & Principal of Green Public Art, is an art consultant interested in how public art incorporates sustainable strategies, demonstrates green processes and utilizes green design, materials, theories and techniques. Green Public Art is her Los Angeles-based consultancy that was founded in 2009 in an effort to advance the conversation of public art’s role in green building. The consultancy teams with public agencies, artists, architects, and urban developers in the United States and abroad, to increase the aesthetic appeal of new construction with site-specific green public art. The consultancy also specializes in the integration of public art into green building projects and provides comprehensive project management services for both public and private spaces including conceptual programming, artist and material selection, community engagement strategies, as well as oversight of fabrication, installation and maintenance of artworks.


Carl Anthony, founder of Breakthrough Communities, has served as Acting Director of the Community and Resource Development Unit at the Ford Foundation; he is responsible for the Foundation's worldwide programs in fields of Environment and Development, and Community Development. He directed the Foundation's Sustainable Metropolitan Communities Initiative and the Regional Equity Demonstration in the United States. Carl funded the national Conversation on Regional Equity (CORE), a dialogue of national policy analysts and advocates for new metropolitan racial justice strategies. He was Founder and, for 12 years, Executive Director of the Urban Habitat Program in the San Francisco Bay Area. With his colleague Luke Cole at the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, he founded and published the Race, Poverty and the Environment Journal, the only environmental justice periodical in the United States. He has a professional degree in architecture from Columbia University. In 1996, he was appointed Fellow at the Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.



Birthed in Colombia and bred in the San FranciscoBay Area, Oakland-based foursome Antioquia makes music that inspires raucous dancing and deep listening. With influences ranging from Mahavishnu Orchestra to AfroColombian songstress Toto La Mompasina and traditional music from West Africa, Antioquia’s primary mission is to unite humans in the healing act of dance. Their earnest let-it-all-hang-out stage presence encourages the same from the audience, creating a feedback loop that builds momentum as standers-by are sucked into the dance floor.

A secondary mission is to do all this while contributing to positive social movements. In September 2008, the band launched their Post Peak Oil Rock Project, which aims to “wean their music off fossil fuels,” from using waste veggie oil and bicycle touring technologies to tracking and reducing their use of plastic. From touring to merchandise, Antioquia is making every effort to be a part of the solution.



Dan Apfel, Executive Director of the Responsible Endowments Coalition (REC), is an experienced advocate for social, environmental and financial justice. Dan is a leading voice for responsible investing by colleges and universities and the need for them to rethink the essence of their economic relationships and invest more to support their local communities. Prior to joining the REC Dan served as a Program Officer at the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions, where he worked with credit unions serving diverse low- and moderate-income communities around the country and co-administered the New York State Coalition of Community Development Financial Institutions. Dan holds a B.A. from the University of Rochester where he first started questioning the role of college endowments.

Dan's work has been included in Forbes, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Huffington Post, Terra Verde Radio among others. He is passionate about creating democratic institutions that serve their communities. He loves the outdoors, and aside from changing the way the world invests its money, Dan dreams of sailing around the globe.



Apollo is the founder and executive director of Access Granted, a company designed to provide advanced technology, ecology, and bodymind education in urban locations worldwide.

Emily Appel is a 4th grade teacher, currently working at E.L. Haynes, a public charter school in Washington, D.C., and has been teaching in the District of Columbia for five years. Born in Dover, Delaware, Emily went to school in South Carolina at Winthrop University, where she earned a bachelor's in political science. She attended American University for her master's in elementary education. Emily has also coached soccer through the DC Scores program.



Britta Aragon, natural beauty expert, cancer survivor, author and creator of CV Skinlabs, has spent over 13 years in the beauty industry, with much of that time focused on increasing awareness of potentially harmful toxins. While caring for her father during his cancer battle, she was shocked to find most cosmetic products laden with irritating and even dangerous chemicals. Dedicating her work to his legacy, she founded The Cinco Vidas blog, a robust information source creating awareness about toxins in everyday products. Britta’s book, When Cancer Hits, serves as a helpful guide for the newly diagnosed, and CV Skinlabs® offers safe, effective, natural and organic products to help soothe, repair and restore radiance to sensitive skin. Britta’s work has been featured in Organic Spa Magazine, People En Espanol, US Weekly, Telemundo 52, Real Simple Magazine, Crazy Sexy Life and more. She lectures around the country on personal detox.


Joshua Arce began his community advocacy work as a civil rights attorney before founding Brightline Defense Project in late 2005. Since early 2007, Mr. Arce and Brightline have focused their efforts on achieving quality of life improvements in vulnerable communities such as Bayview-Hunters Point in Southeast San Francisco. In 2010, Arce was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to the Citizens Committee on Community Development to advise the City and County of San Francisco on workforce development and affordable housing policy. Mr. Arce is a graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and received a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles. Mr. Arce founded Brightline with the proceeds of an anti-Latino employment discrimination settlement with a national mortgage lender.



Gustavo Arellano is the editor of http://www.ocweekly.com/" target="_blank">OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, California, author of http://www.amazon.com/Orange-County-A-Personal-History/dp/1416540059/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1332792582&sr=8-3" target="_blank">Orange County: A Personal History andhttp://www.amazon.com/Taco-USA-Mexican-Conquered-America/dp/1439148619/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1332792582&sr=8-1" target="_blank"> Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, and lecturer with the Chicana and Chicano Studies department at California State University, Fullerton. He writes “http://www.askamexican.net/" target="_blank">¡Ask a Mexican!,” a nationally syndicated column in which he answers any and all questions about America’s spiciest and largest minority. The column has a weekly circulation of over 2 million in 39 newspapers across the United States, won the 2006 and 2008 Association of Alternative Weeklies award for Best Column, and was http://www.amazon.com/Ask-Mexican-Gustavo-Arellano/dp/1416540032/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1332792582&sr=8-2" target="_blank">published in book form by Scribner Press in May 2007. Arellano has been the subject of press coverage in national and international newspapers, The Today Show, Hannity, Nightline, Good Morning America, and The Colbert Report, and his commentaries regularly appear on Marketplace and the Los Angeles Times. Gustavo is the recipient of the Los Angeles Press Club’s 2007 President’s Award and an Impacto Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and was recognized by the California Latino Legislative Caucus with a 2008 Spirit Award for his “exceptional vision, creativity, and work ethic.” Gustavo is a lifelong resident of Orange County and is the proud son of two Mexican immigrants, one whom was illegal.



David has lived in housing cooperatives for about 8 years.He began his love of cooperatives in college at the Sherwood Cooperative in Seattle and later moved into the Stone Soup Cooperative - Ashland House (committed to Social Justice and Joy) in Chicago.He has given presentations about the consensus process to various cooperative houses throughout Chicago and for the last two years at the Annual Chicago Cooperative Gathering.He works as a cartographer for Cook County.



Swati Argade, Creative Director and CEO of Bhoomki, creates clothing collections made from sustainable fabrics, which support artisan livelihoods around the world. In 2003, Swati launched her eponymous womenwear line, selling to specialty boutiques across the United States, Europe and India. Her collections are known for incorporating handmade fabrics with classic and tailored silhouettes.

In 2012, Swati opened Bhoomki Boutique in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Bhoomki carries clothing and accessory brands dedicated to environmental and/or social responsibility, including its in-house line designed by Swati. Bhoomki carries such brands as: Organic by John Patrick, Amour Vert, Coclico, Feral Childe, The Portland Collection by Pendleton, Raleigh Denim, Tabii Just, Study, Love is Mighty, Bhava Shoes and many more.

Swati’s work has been featured in such publications as Elle, Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Associated Press, The Nation. www.bhoomki.com



David Arkin, AIA, has taught and lectured on the subject of ecological design for more than 12 years. He is a board member of the Solar Living Institute (SLI) and a founding member of the California Straw Building Association (CASBA).

Specializing in passive solar design, Arkin Tilt Architects has worked extensively with green construction systems such as strawbale and rammed earth, renewable energy systems, and salvaged and recycled materials. Winners of many awards for their work in sustainable design, David and his wife and partner Anni Tilt live with their two children in a 100yearold solar and windpowered home in Albany, CA.


Lois Arkin lives and works in the Los Angeles Eco-Village, which she founded in 1993. She is the Executive Director of CRSP, a nonprofit organization she founded in 1980. Co-author and editor of two books on urban sustainability and cooperatives, she represents the Western U.S. on the Council of the Ecovillage Network of the Americas, and is a board member of the Global Village Institute.

Arlene Jones

Arlene Jones is a native Chicagoan, a product of both public housing and the Public Schools. She attended UIC where she majored in Spanish and minored in education. She has a diploma in Computer Programming. She has worked in the insurance industry for over thirty years. She is currently the featured columnist for the Austin Weekly News where her column has earned her two Illinois Press Association award. Arlene Jones has lived on the west side of Chicago for over twenty years since purchasing a home in Austin. Over those years she has worked with a variety of community groups, including her block club, serving as the president of the Lafollette Park Advisory Council, Secretary to the 25th District Housing Subcommittee, WVON 1690 Volunteer and too many others to name. Arlene is a distinguished author, with her first novel Billion Dollar Winner winning an award from the African-American Arts Alliance of Chicago. She has completed two other books that will be published shortly. She is currently working on a her fourth novel. Arlene has been practicing being “green” all of her life and is proud to have instilled that idea in her two children, Alessandra and Austin. Her hobbies includes sewing, woodworking, home remodeling, gardening, art collecting, cooking and reading.



Aroneanu is a cofounder of 350.org, where he serves as the youth programs director, Africa / Middle East organizer, and the creative media coordinator.



Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez are the co-founders of Back to the Roots, an urban mushroom farm in Oakland, California, growing gourmet mushrooms and mushroom kits sustainably on 100% recycled coffee grounds. Offers in hand, they were headed into the corporate world during their last semester at UC Berkeley in 2009 when they came across this idea in class a few months before graduation, fell in love with the waste-to-food model and decided to forego careers in investment banking and consulting to become full-time urban mushroom farmers! Back to the Roots diverted over 1 million pounds of coffee ground waste from Peet’s Coffee in 2011, has grown its team to 31 people, and now sells its Grow-Your-Own Mushroom Gardens at more than 1,500 retailers nationwide, including Whole Foods and Home Depot. Back to the Roots has been recognized in Forbes’ 30 Under 30, BusinessWeek’s Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25, and CNN’s 10 Next Gen Entrepreneurs. Alejandro and Nikhil are working to build a movement that can connect everyone with their food again—green thumb or not!



Arrindell is one of the founders of http://www.DamascusCitizens.org" target="_blank">Damascus Citizens for Sustainability. A professional artist, she has a Degree in BioEngineering from Columbia University, and a lifelonginterest in sustainableand renewable energy sources and the environmental effects of human activities. Bio engineering is the place where biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics meet.



Maria G. Arroyo is native to Southern California. She currently works with Catholic
Relief Services (CRS), based in San Diego, where she helps raise awareness andengagement on global solidarity with Economic Justice and Fair Trade (FT) as one ofthe core programs. She has traveled to Chiapas, Mexico each year since 2009, whereshe’s collaborated with Maya Vinic coffee cooperative. Maria actively supports localFT events and capacity building. She is on the University of San Diego’s FT committeeand sits on the board of FT San Diego. Maria holds an M.A. in Pastoral Care andCounseling with electives in Peace and Justice from the University of San Diego, andan M.A. in Theological Studies from Loyola Marymount University.



After thirtyfive years of marriage, working, and raising two children, I realized something drastic had happened to the world that was not good for my future grandchildren. The philosophy of EcoBirth arose from my desire to take responsibility for what happened during my watch and to try to prevent further poisoning of our earth, women and babies. I am leveraging my career with startups in software, advertising and the beginning of the internet to launch EcoBirth which cherishes Mother Earth as a means of protecting our mother's wombs, our baby's births and our children's futures.

EcoBirth, on a grassroots level, endeavors to change our culture's perception of the system that affects the health of future generations. Women can personally affect a quality improvement in the human species by enabling their bodies to be safe and clean first environments for their babies. EcoBirth wants to empower women to make good decisions about how they treat their homeEarth, their own bodies and their child's birth experience. We uniquely include the birth experience, the universal life event, as a pivotal part of the understanding of the ecology of life. We want to protect our children by ensuring that there are no more toxins in our bodies or in our developing babies. We want our babies born in a caring, natural way and raised in a safe, nontoxic world.

I am a 6th generation Californian, graduate of UC Berkeley and joyously live in the best place in the world



Carmen has worked in fashion for nearly 20 years, most recently in sustainable design, consulting, and sourcing. Working in India in 1999 with artisan communities reviving endangered crafts and later developing a yoga line using certified organic cotton and natural dyes exposed her to the challenges of developing sustainable products. She currently teaches Ethical Fashion at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons New School of Design in New York, and she dedicates her time to reevaluating the human and environmental cost of products, advocating for craftsmanship, and redefining “made-in” and “made-by”.


Jerry "EVJerry" Asher's expansivecareer includes: ArmyTraining Developer, History/US Government-contracted College Instructor for the US Navy...and Sergeant Major, retired after serving in various Reserve tours of duty, including a 2001 Pentagon mobilization tour for 9/11.

Service to the Nation remains a missionbutnow involves actively transforming America into a greener, cleaner, more sustainable world with Plug-ins, whether plug-in hybrids or pure electric vehicles--in order to see America once more energy independent. Since 2001,EVJerry hasbeen servingas a Board Member of the Electric Auto Association (EAA) and and a member since 1995.

One Prius adventure--the“Spirit of DC” Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle All Around America with a PluginSupply PHEV kit with a 4kWh lead acid battery packwas completed in April 2009. Another PHEV All Around Arizona with a PluginSupply BIGKAHUNA kit with10kWh Li-ionpack springs anew!

Ashlea Smith

Before being hired as coordinator of the Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative (TFPWI) in July of 2010, Ashlea interned with the Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF) with a focus on developing the Trash Free Potomac Facility program. In 2009, she was a material resource sustainability intern with the D.C. Department of Public Works' Office of Recycling. Ashlea received her B.A. from George Mason University where she was on the Sustainability Council and an intern with the GMU Office of Sustainability from June of 2008 to December of 2009.Before being hired as coordinator of the Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative (TFPWI) in July of 2010, Ashlea interned with the Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF) with a focus on developing the Trash Free Potomac Facility program. In 2009, she was a material resource sustainability intern with the D.C. Department of Public Works' Office of Recycling. Ashlea received her B.A. from George Mason University where she was on the Sustainability Council and an intern with the GMU Office of Sustainability from June of 2008 to December of 2009.



DeKoven Ashley's background is focused on built environment issues, making 'space' have a sense of 'place.' Ashley's professional experience includes national and municipal policy advocacy, innovated design-build development as well as fieldwork in community organization and disaster recovery. For ThrdPlace, Ashley's work includes business development, product development and community engagement. He is a graduate of Tulane University, UCLA MA in Urban Planning Alum and is a urban designer, product developer and community organizer.


Susan Ask is an ecologist, organic gardener and educator. Susan leads the climate change education and engagement working group of the Chicago Wilderness alliance. In collaboration with national parks, museums and others, she has presented climate clinics that help hundreds of educators enhance climate education and communications.

For more than 25 years, Susan has been exploring the relationship between the built environment and the natural environment—as a scientist, teacher and land manager. Susan has a master's degree in Ecosystem Science and Management from Yale University— where she received the American Lawn Fellowship from the authors of ‘Redesigning the American Lawn.’
Susan recently founded animalia project, a new endeavor that bridges science, action and education to create a better environment for all of us. Susan also teaches Natural History at North Park University and she trains master gardeners and master naturalists on water-friendly landscaping with the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.


I am a post genre mixed media artist, attending the California College of the Arts. I have been living in Oakland for the past five years, and graduated high school from Oakland High through the Visual Arts Magnet Program (VAAMP). VAAMP taught me to always give back to the community through art.

I joined a college program called College Track, which helps students create a set class course for all high school classes, after school programs, and tutoring so that we are are able to afford and qualify for college. College Track requires several hours of community service, tutoring, and student life workshops.

During high school I got involved with several community oriented groups like Hood Games, Peace Jam, and W.O.M.E. Hood Games is a Skateboarding block party event that partakes through out Oakland. We supply skate ramps, skate equipment that is raffled and given out for free, and entertainment to the community. All funding goes to the Town Park skate park construction and for future Hood Games events. I usually do live painting and assistance at the Hood Games events.

Peace Jam is an event where noble peace prize winners and youth groups get together to help find a solution to home town issues. We meet, enlighten our selves from our Peace Prize winners knowledge, brain storm, and create a plan for when we get back home. Our Peace Jam group is still in the process of completing a mural on the walls of Oakland High.

Recently, I became active with Worriers of Mother Earth (W.O.M.E) and the Community Rejuvenation Project this past summer. We completed four murals in four weeks and a block party to celebrate completing each mural. During the four weeks of the Community Rejuvenation Project I was introduced to the Youth Green Media Center. It was created by a small group of elders and youth from the bottom up. Our goal is to complete a center that included a dance studio, video recording green screen, recording studio, and a place for green organizations to have a stationary office. All youth are welcome to come get training in jobs and talents to succeed.



Jessica Assaf and Carly Wertheim, high school students from Marin County, are active members in the Teens for Safe Cosmetics Campaign. With passion and wisdom, they frequently speak at schools, to groups, and at large public events to educate others about this important cause.

Astrid Lindo


Nancy Astrid Lindo, principal of Astrid Design Studio, is an Interior Designer and Sustainability Consultant. Having been formally trained as a designer at the Fashion Institute of Technology, she also holds a Certification in Green Building and Permaculture and received her LEED accreditation in 2006.Nancy's constant thirst for knowledge, in all cuttingedge technologies and practices enriches her as a designer, a consultant and an educator. These elements provide an understanding and application of the nuances to each project.

Currently, she is authoring The Interior Design Reference Book and publishing articles on Ecological Living and Design, in addition to speaking about the importance of living green.

With education at the core of all change, she strongly believes that in continuing to cultivate herself and share that knowledge, she can help facilitate inspiration, thought, and ultimately, positive change.



Executive director of the International Labor Rights Forum, Dr. Athreya joined ILRF in early 1998, just after returning from Cambodia as the AFLCIO's country representative.



Chef Bryan Au is a Award Winning Celebrity Chef and Eco Green Chef who is a expert on eco green living, organic food, sustainability and health. He would like to speak about how our very food choices can improve and change our world.


Amy Austin, is the Publisher of Washington City Paper, an influential and award-winning alternative news media company in Washington DC.

Amy was named publisher in 2001. She is passionate about City Paper's reputation as one of the finest journalistic outlets for alternative media in the country and it's extraordinary ability to serve local advertisers as their marketing solution. Prior to her role as publisher Amy served as General Manager for Washington City Paper for 10 years and oversaw sales and operations. She is Chairman Emeritus for The Theatre Lab, helping to build it into the largest school in Washington DC for the training and teaching of Theatrical Arts to professionals, students, and under-served communities. She also serves on the development committee for the Capitol City Public Charter School which President Obama called "an example of how all our schools should be.” She is married to Deirdre Joy, a scientist for NIH. They live in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood in DC with their three young children.


Born and raised in California, Gabriel Avenna 's lifelong respect for the planet has been forged by the ecological wonder and abundant biodiversity of America’s 31st State.Avenna is passionately dedicated to supporting the efforts of young activists and future leaders. As an educator, organic gardener, and long-time member of the learning community at Environmental Charter High School (ECHS) in Lawndale, Gabriel has guided many young scholars to become better stewards of the planet, and active in addressing local and global environmental issues.Avenna has taught a range of environmentally oriented classes including: Environmental Technology, Gardening and Sustainability, and the Green Ambassador courses at Environmental Charter (for which ECHS received California State recognition in 2008 for outstanding achievement in service-learning). Avenna also offers freelance consulting services in organic gardening and home composting, and he believes that it is possible to attain long-term ecological balance, ensuring a sustainable future for all.


Laurel has been in the retail business for over 15 years. She was co-partners in a gift shop in Long Beach for 11 years and then opened her own retail space, Vida Verde in La Cañada where her focus was on green products. While buying these products for the store she noticed that many products she was purchasing were also Fair Trade. She fell in love with Fair Trade and continues selling it at her boutiques and at a gift shop called Bella Cosa in Long Beach where she currently is the Manager.


Felipe Ayala is active in the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition Urban Environmental Justice Youth Corps.



Alicia has two sons, Keith 25 and Izzy 20.She worked at the World Trade Center for 4 years. She fell into the culinary arts by accident.She wanted to earn some Christmas money so she started working for Buon Italia down in Chelsea Market. She was prep cook and manager. She enjoyed cooking so much that she decided to go for her culinary degree at The Institute of Culinary Education (I.C.E.).During her studies there was an opening at the school for Registrar, Assistant Chef and Customer Service. She worked for I.C.E. for 5 years before she decided to go for her pastry degree.Now she works for The Lower Eastside Girls Club.She enjoys working with the girls and showing them how to bake cookies, cupcakes and brownies.

Ayala Zamora

AyalaZamora was born in El Salvador. AyalaZamora'sdesire to achieve peace, justice and democracy in his homeland brought him from a Christian youth church leadership position to being an audacious labor organizer during the USbacked Salvadoran Civil War in the 1980s. AyalaZamora was arrested by the El Salvador government, and jailed and tortured. AyalaZamora arrived in the United State in 1990. Since then, he has committed himself toorganizing and working on immigrant issues.AyalaZamora's experience includes working for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project as a paralegal, talking to immigrants and employers across Washington, ORegon and Idaho about employementbased discrimination; helping to organize CASA Latina, a Seatle center for day laborers; and being one of the founders of the Comite Pro Amnestia y Justicia Social, whichsought to bring more attention to immigration issues, including beginning the May 1st march in Seattle. Most recently, he has spent many years working for SEIU Local 6 in Seattle and Local 49 and 503 in Portland, helping to organize several successful campaigns in the privatesector, most recently Service Master on Swan Island, OR. AyalaZamoratells organizers he leads that The organizer's job is to help people discover the power they have when they work together. In this context, he has helped hundreds of janitors, immigrants, and US Citizens take risks in order to achieve common goals as members of society. AyalaZamora left backpacking and running marathons to marry Siovhan SheridanAyala. He has three kids who keep him young.


William Ayers, formerly Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), has written extensively about social justice, democracy and education, the cultural contexts of schooling, and teaching as an essentially intellectual, ethical and political enterprise.

His books include Teaching Toward Freedom; A Kind and Just Parent; Fugitive Days; (with Ryan Alexander-Tanner) To Teach: The Journey, in Comics; (with Bernardine Dohrn) Race Course.



Ayo is one of our culture's most creative thinkers on issues of race relations. She is the creator of The National Day of Panhandling for Reparations and rentanegro.com. Author of How to Rent a Negro, and the forthcoming Obamistan! Land Without Racism: Your Guide to the New America, Ayo has been teaching practical steps to end racism at venues across the U.S. for more than fifteen years.

I have seen that change starts with people, relationships and courage. This fuels my passion for connecting people with resources and information to help them be all they can be, states Ayo.

An avid gardener and herbalist, Ayo strives to live a life in harmony with principles of sustainability. She practices yoga regularly and incorporates yoga philosophy into her work and life. She is a certified personal trainer, Reiki master and yoga instructor.

Strongly committed to discovering the connections between social issues, in 2008, Ayo created the first slidingscale ecoclothing company CROW Clothing to rave reviews and happy customers.

She sees a strong link between racial justice and the environment. Redbook Magazine

Ayo lives in Portland, OR with her blind adopted dog Stevie.


Jocelyn loves green tipping points and is currently the CEO of PPS, a Green America and certified B-Corp company which helps corporate, educational and non-profit customers tell their sustainability stories with effective, interesting and socially responsible promotional collateral. Prior to starting her company, she was a Sr. Research Analyst in the corporate social responsibility group of the largest denominational pension fund in the world, the pension fund of The United Methodist Church, with $14 billion of assets under management. She has a Master’s of Theological Studies (specializing in economic ethics) from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary on the campus of Northwestern University and has been published by John Wiley & Sons, the University of Indiana Press, Fortress Press, and socially responsible investing publications.



Shajen Joy Aziz M.Ed. is Author and Co-Creator of the international bestselling book and film Discover the Gift, which has been released in 22 countries worldwide, as well as author of the up- coming book Andrew Sparkle. A powerful and compassionate voice in the transformational leadership community, Shajen has shared the stage with other Transformational Leaders such as Jack Canfield, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Ricki BB, Dr. Barbara De Angelis, Janet and Chris Attwood, David Avocado Wolfe, and many more.

Shajen is an acclaimed speaker and educator with an extensive web presence and a devoted fan base. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, CNN, Spirit and Destiny Magazine, Examiner.com, Spiritual Networks, Life Connection and Vision Magazine, among many others. She is a founding member of the Southern California Association of Transformational Leaders and the Women's Speakers Association and last year was awarded Woman of the Year for 2011/2012 from the National Association of Professional Women for dedication and excellence in her field.

Shajen is thrilled to announce her role as President of Transformational Inc. a new company focused on Shajen’s primary philosophy: creating abundance on all levels, for ourselves, our children and those around us; one person, one family, one community at a time. All the while, honoring and caring for our mother earth.

Shajen holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Norwich University and is currently completing her second Master’s Degree in Psychology. She is most passionate about children and young adults, as they are our future. Her motto is “Learning for Life – Empowering the Future Now.”