As a founding member and volunteer on Beye Elementary's Green team, Bethany Graham-Colber provides both leadership for Beye's Green Ambassador program, and co-leadership for projects involving vermicomposting, green education and Zero Waste grant implementation. By profession, Graham-Colber is a learning disabilities specialist (Northwestern Univ, MA in Learning Disabilities) and has a private practice in Oak Park, IL, where she lives with her husband Douglas and kids Evelyn (11) and Garrett (8).


Jason has had a circuitous route to the Executive Suite of a diaper company. He started his career with Nomura Securities in Tokyo as an Equity broker, then returned to his native Australia to teach Japanese at high school.

Around that time he met his future wife, and together they went dating 200 times. They co-authored two dating guidebooks to Australia that morphed into “2’s Company” Boutique Event Management, where they organized once in a lifetime romantic events for clients.

With all the romance, babies were inevitable. With babies came the question of which diapers to use. Once they learned that one disposable diaper takes 500 years to biodegrade, they went on a quest to find a better way. gDiapers - a flushable, home-compostable alternative was born!


Oscar Grande is a Community Organizer with People Organizing to Demand Environmental & Economic Rights (PODER), a community-based membership organization working with Latino immigrant families in the Mission and Excelsior Districts of San Francisco. For more than a decade, he has organized local residents to resist a legacy of environmental racism, unhealthy urban development and failed trickle-down economic schemes. His leadership skills and political vision have helped lead bottom-up strategies that have resulted in equitable distribution of public investments, strong social policies and the increase of grassroots political power for working people in San Francisco. Oscar Grande is the son of blue-collar, Salvadoran immigrants who settled in San Francisco in the late sixties in search of economic opportunities. Born and raised in the multi-ethnic immigrant neighborhoods of the Excelsior and Mission Districts, Oscar and his wife Cynthia are raising their four kids in the community where they live, work and play.


Alice Grau is the manager of creative and marketing initiatives for Global Mamas. Her involvement with Global Mamas began in 2008 as a volunteer in Cape Coast, Ghana. Alice continued to work as an employee through 2009 as the batik facility’s General Manager and moved back stateside at the end of the year into her current role. With a degree in apparel design from Central Michigan University and experience as a graphic artist and apparel designer for Sears Holdings Corporation, Alice brought valuable knowledge to Global Mamas. She has been integral in a variety of projects including standardizing the fit of the apparel products, updating the product line, streamlining the production process, and developing new marketing and social media strategies.


For nearly 30 years, Alisa Gravitz has led Green America, the national green economy organization. Green America develops marketplace solutions to social and environmental problems with a key focus on tackling climate change, building fair trading systems, stopping corporate abuse and growing the green economy. Green America operates the nation’s largest green business and consumer networks.

Ms. Gravitz is a leading expert on how families and businesses can “go green,” saving money and resources. She is also a nationally recognized leader in the social investment industry. She authored Green America’s acclaimed Guide to Social Investing, with over a million copies in print and the popular Guide to Community Investing.

Ms. Gravitz’s board service includes Ceres, Positive Future Network, Network for Good and People 4 Earth. She earned her MBA from Harvard University and her BA in economics and environmental sciences from Brandeis University. Green America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


Michael Eck and Jesse Lee Gray have been in the green cleaning business since 2002. They started Housgreening in Denver in 2006 after having worked at a similar company in Memphis, TN. Housegreening started out using purchased green products, but very quickly made the transition to making them inhouse after doing research and discovering how easy and costeffective it is to do so. Housegreening currently serves central Denver.


Gray is the Manager for the Transportation Systems Design and Planning Team with the Seattle Department of Transportation (Policy ; Planning Division).

Gray is an urban planner with twenty years of professional experience in community design and transportation planning. Gray currently manages the Transportation Systems Design and Planning group for the Seattle Department of Transportation. Gray's areas of expertise include urban design, street design for pedestrians and bicycles, land use planning, transitoriented development, and neighborhood planning. Gray led the staff effort to develop Seattle's Complete Streets Ordinance, managed Seattle's first citywide Pedestrian Master Plan and played a significant role in developing the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan.


Ms. Gray handles the marketing and outreach for the Green Century Funds. In addition, she assists with strategy projects for both Green Century and the Funds. Ms. Gray also assists the Green Century advocacy team in engaging with companies and other institutional investors to promote corporate environmental responsibility. After starting her career at a public accounting firm, Ms. Gray has focused on the intersection of business and environmental issues.

Prior to her employment at Green Century, Ms. Gray performed financial analysis for an environmental consulting firm. She earned her BA from Smith College and her MBA and Masters of Environmental Management from Yale University.

Grayson James

Grayson James is the executive director of Petaluma Bounty, a community based organization growing a more sustainable Petaluma food system with healthy food for everyone.Former CEO of Independent Learning Schools (a sixcampus private school system in the San Francisco Bay area), Grayson served as first executive director and board member of Committee On The Shelterless (COTS) in the early 1990s, and cofounded REVORP, a victimoffender reconciliation program of Sonoma County's alternative dispute resolution program, RECOURSE.Over much of the past twenty years he has worked as a management consultant specializing in executive collaboration and performance improvement with management teams and boards of directors throughout the United States., Latin America, and in Europe. During this time he has also taught mediation and facilitation skills, and served as a courtappointed mediator and settlement referee.Cofounder of Resource Performance Partners, since 2000 Grayson has worked with organizations to improve their sustainability performance. Local clients include City of Petaluma, Clover Stornetta Farms, Petaluma Poultry, and the State of California's Sonoma Developmental Center. He served on the steering team for Santa Rosa's green building program and formed the City of Petaluma's Build It Green program and Green Team in 2006.Grayson James is the executive director of Petaluma Bounty, a community based organization growing a more sustainable Petaluma food system with healthy food for everyone. Former CEO of Independent Learning Schools (a sixcampus private school system in the San Francisco Bay area), Grayson served as first executive director and board member of Committee On The Shelterless (COTS) in the early 1990s, and cofounded REVORP, a victimoffender reconciliation program of Sonoma County's alternative dispute resolution program, RECOURSE. Over much of the past twenty years he has worked as a management consultant specializing in executive collaboration and performance improvement with management teams and boards of directors throughout the United States., Latin America, and in Europe. During this time he has also taught mediation and facilitation skills, and served as a courtappointed mediator and settlement referee.Cofounder of Resource Performance Partners, since 2000 Grayson has worked with organizations to improve their sustainability performance. Local clients include City of Petaluma, Clover Stornetta Farms, Petaluma Poultry, and the State of California's Sonoma Developmental Center. He served on the steering team for Santa Rosa's green building program and formed the City of Petaluma's Build It Green program and Green Team in 2006.


Tom Greco is a community and monetary economist, educator and former college professor at Rochester Institute of Technology. He is a leading authority on cashless exchange systems, monetary history and theory, credit clearing systems, complementary currencies, statistical analysis, and community economic development. He is the author of several important books on local currencies, including Money and Debt: A Solution to the Global Crisis and The End of Money and the Future of Civilization.


A Californialicensed midwife and certified assistant, Green is chief operating officer of Sacred Birth Place, supporting women on their birth journeys in various settings.


Organic Prairie Beef Farmer

Richland Center, WI

Mike and Pam Green own and operate Rebel Ridge Farm with help from their teenaged sons, Preston and Bennie. They have 300 beef cattle and graze them on 650 acres of lush, green rolling pasture.

Aside from helping on the farm, Preston studies and is double majoring in Agricultural Business and Marketing and Communications at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. He is also an FFA Future Farmers of America State officer.

The Greens joined the coop in 1996 as dairy farmers for Organic Valley and switched over to beef only production in 2004 for Organic Prairie. Mikes oldest child, Jennifer, lives nearby on her Organic Valley dairy farm with her own family. Mike says, Perhaps the most rewarding source of pride that parents can experience is having their children follow in their footsteps in a career choice. This is particularly true in production agriculture because it is not only a career choice but a way of life choice. Thanks to my involvement with the coop, I can in good conscience, recommend to my children, that like me, they can also choose a life and career in organic production with the promise of not only fulfilling a dream but also of fulfilling reasonable economic goals.


Cassie Green opened Green Grocer Chicago in 2008 after seeing a major void for organic and sustainable food choices in West Town. Before opening the store, Cassie worked for a decade in the corporate world, yet realized that her passion was in food, particularly in helping to create and further a more sustainable food system. She is extremely passionate about providing excellent customer service and building a community around the idea of better food options. She and her husband/business partner, Gary Stephens, live just down the street from Green Grocer Chicago. When not working on the business, Cassie enjoys cooking, eating, drinking, biking, dancing, reading and playing with their two rambunctious, yet loving dogs!


Justin Green is the Founder and Director of" target="_blank">Build It Green!NYC, New York City’s non-profit retail outlets for salvaged and surplus building materials – now open in Astoria, Queens and Gowanus, Brooklyn. Justin has overseen BIG!NYC’s development from its’ beginning in 2004, having managed the first two deconstruction projects for the Durst Organization that generated the materials required to launch BIG!NYC.

Before BIG!NYC, Justin worked at Community Environmental Center, the Long Island City based non-profit addressing the housing and energy efficiency needs of low- and middle-income communities. While at CEC, Justin assisted their efforts to establish a statewide loan fund for the installation of energy efficiency measures. He has also managed construction crews in residential development, worked as a Loan Associate with Low Income Investment Fund, monitoring loans to non-profit housing developers, and designed for an educational Internet company during the first Internet boom.


Michael promotes the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) to raise public awareness of the corporate use of toxic chemicals and of the many viable, pragmatic solutions to this pervasive threat to public health. He founded CEH in 1996 and since then has helped lead national efforts to stop toxic exposures and protect public health. He has also pioneered the groundbreaking legal work that has won landmark victories to protect the public from hazardous consumer products and toxic emissions. Michael has worked in Washington D.C. for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management, and the US EPA's Working Group on Environmental Equity. Michael designed a solid waste management plan for the Tibetan refugee community in Dharamsala, India, and cared for the sick at Mother Teresa's mission in Calcutta, India. He was awarded the California Wellness Foundation's annual Leadership Award, as well as the prestigious Compassion in Action Award which is presented jointly from the Dalai Lama Foundation and the Committee of 100 for Tibet each year. He has testified in front of Congress, serves on numerous boards of directors, and is frequently quoted in national and international media. Michael has an MS in Natural Resources and an MPP in Public Policy, both from the University of Michigan. He reports directly to his two direct supervisors: Dylan Green, born in 2007 and Juliette Green, born in 2008.

Green Academy

The Green Academy is an exciting new venture at Abraham Lincoln High School. It all started when several students noted that what they learned in Economics class often overlapped with what they learned in Environmental Science. Thus, the Green Academy was born!

Green Lifestyles Network

Green Lifestyles Network is a 501(c)3 non profit, grassroots, volunteer based organization that is setting new standards for media and providing a clearing house for all films, videos, podcasts, blogs and shows created by citizen journalists that address the real basic needs of the human experience. We give a voice to the voiceless while setting high standards for non aggressive language and advanced communication skills.

Green Lit

GreenLit is a documentary that follows indie film producer Miranda Bailey (The Squid and the Whale) on a production of The River Why, with Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights). As the crew attempts to reduce its carbon footprint with the help of an eco-consultant, what starts off with great enthusiasm quickly devolves into conflict.

Miranda Bailey founded Ambush Entertainment in 2000. She was an executive producer of the critically acclaimed drama The Squid and the Whale (2005), nominated for best original screenplay at the 2006 Academy Awards and Best Picture in comedy or musical at the Golden Globes. Miranda's upcoming projects include Every Day, starring Liev Schreiber and Helen Hunt, and Super starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, and Kevin Bacon.

GreenLit was directed by Miranda Bailey; produced by Marc Lesser, Matt Leutwyler and Amanda Marshall; and edited by Marc Lesser and cinematography by Marc Lesser. GreenLit can be purchased online at"> style="text-decoration: underline;">


Dr.Greeneis a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine, the Co-chairman of the Board of the Society for Participatory Medicine, on the board of directors of Healthy Child Healthy World and the Organic Center. He is the author of many popular health and parenting books includingRaising Baby Green andFeeding Baby Green.

He has been featured in the New York Times and has appeared on CNN, The TODAY Show, The Dr. Oz Show, Good Morning America, NBC Evening News, and World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer. Dr.Greenewas honored as one of “the 100 most creative and influential innovators workingin health care today” and was named the Children’s Health Hero of the Internet by Intel. He is the Founder of the pioneering consumer health Web site that has touched millions of lives since its inception in 1995.


Ajax is a serial social entrepreneur/Green-CSR evangelists/trusted generalist business advisor/a global connector who is actively living a balanced life.

His career includes over 15 years as a serial social/green entrepreneur in health, wellness, and adventure travel with two manufacturing companies thrown in for a well-rounded experience with growing companies. Greene holds another 15 years of experience spent advising green/triple bottom line companies across many diverse industries including fitness, publishing, retail, internet, alternative energy and more. His work today involves helping entrepreneurs, soloprenuers and intraprenuers make Conscious Choices Daily helping them find balance on the path to prosperity.

On Belay Business Advisors is a long standing certified member of Green Americaand a certified B Corporation.


Lee Greene founded The Scrumptious Pantry when she lived in Italy, managing a biodynamic vineyard. Inspired by the variety of regional foods and how fiercely each town and region insisted on the uniqueness of their vegetables, fruits and recipes, in 2008 she embarked to create a brand for delicious foods with a sense of place. Today, The Scrumptious Pantry works closely with sustainable family farms in the Midwest, California and Italy to package food products, which celebrate the quality of the ingredients and the culinary heritage of the region - and which allow you to prepare a tasty meal from scratch without spending all day in the kitchen.


LaShanda Greene is the founder of Higher Purpose Healing which is based in Oakland, CA. She is a Certified Detoxification Specialist and provides detoxification and iridology consultations, which offer unique insight into the body’s natural ability to heal and regenerate itself. Her focus is always on addressing the underlying cause of health conditions instead of merely treating symptoms, and she enjoys introducing clients to the superior levels of healing that are possible when combining high-potency herbal formulas and raw foods. Her passions include empowering clients to reconnect with nature, take back their health, and live every day with vitality, so that they can live their best life possible and fulfill their divine purpose. She teaches a variety of classes in the Bay Area related to the health of the mind, body, and spirit, including sustainability workshops, raw food classes, and breathwork/meditation seminars.

"When we are in touch with our enlightened side, we are happy, we are in the moment, and we naturally want to help others. Temporary happiness is easy. We can find it in new experiences, people and even substances. But how do we find sustainable happiness? There is a great secret in the breath. We have an in-built ability to calm the mind, heal the body, and energize the whole system in minutes. When we feel happy, energized and confident, we are more connected and aware of the world around us and can serve our communities and world at large with renewed confidence, energy, and focus." - LaShanda Greene, YesPlus


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).

Greene MD

Dr. Alan Greene is a clinical professor of at Stanford University School of Medicine, the chief of Future Health at A.D.A.M. Inc., the president of the Society for Participatory Medicine, author of many popular health and parenting books including Raising Baby Green and Feeding Baby Green, and the founder of the pioneering consumer health website


Sharon Greenspan

Diagnosed with a tumor and arthritis so severe her spine might fuse together, Sharon changed her lifestyle to bring about health. She became Board Certified as a Holistic Health Practitioner by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, a certified yoga teacher and raw food chef. She reversed her chronic disease and lost nearly 55 lbs! She supports people who simply want to eat better or embrace vegetarian/vegan/raw food or who want to reverse chronic disease. Her work spans 5 continents and has helped hundreds of people. Sharon's written several books on the raw and living foods lifestyle and teaches classes. Sharon has been a regular guest speaker at the national Raw Spirit Festivals, interviewed on VoiceAmerica Radio; Inspire Me Today; and written numerous articles for Natural Lifestyle Network and SelfGrowth. V


Jeff Greenwald is an Oakland-based author and activist with six books and hundreds of print, radio and Internet features under his byline. His journalism career began in 1979, when he reported on his experiences as a water engineer at the Khao-I-Dang refugee camp on the Thai/Cambodian border. Since that time he has traveled throughout the world, reporting on prison labor in China, female circumcision in Africa, human rights in Tibet, Nepal’s environmental challenges, wildlife stewardship in Vietnam and coral reef conservation from Belize to Palau. His books include Shopping for Buddhas, The Size of the Worldand the newly released Snake Lake, set in Nepal during the 1990 democracy revolution.


Beth Greer, Super Natural Mom®, is a syndicated radio talk show host, former President and Co-Owner of The Learning Annex, Certified Build It Green® healthy home makeover specialist and holistic health educator who eliminated a sizable tumor in her chest without drugs or surgery. She’s author of the bestseller, Super Natural Home, and is endorsed by Deepak Chopra, Ralph Nader, Peter Coyote and Dr. Joe Mercola. Beth is leading a movement of awareness and responsibility about healthy home, work and school environments. She consults for residential and commercial clients nationwide.


Carl Grether is producer of the forthcoming film Edible City, and an expert in urban gardens and food systems in the Bay Area.


Griffith has over 13 years experience in real estate development with a particular emphasis in affordable housing. He is currently Senior Project Manager at BRIDGE Housing and chairs their Green Building Committee. He is currently managing development of a mixeduse, mixedincome senior and family homeownership housing community in San Franciscos Bayview district and family developments in San Jose and South San Francisco.


Sharon Griffith is a Project Manager with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and works in the Economic Development unit, out of the NYC office. Ms Griffith has worked with the New York State Energy $martSM Communities (E$C) program for the past 7 years. The E$C program is NYSERDA’s marketing and outreach arm with 10 regions and 24 E$C Coordinators promoting NYSERDA programs in their regions. Prior to opening the NYC office in Nov. 2001, Ms Griffith served as the Harlem Community Dev. Corp. Weatherization Director for three years. She has worked over 20 years in NYS energy efficiency since graduating from Syracuse University.

Donna Grigsby is Executive Director of the Washington Area Community Investment Fund (WACIF) , a nonprofit community development financial institution dedicated to providing below marketrate financing for developing and preserving affordable housing and communitybased facilities in the Washington metropolitan area.


Grimes is a gypsy minstrel, bardic trickster and wandering fool. He has howled with wolves, run from bears and collaborated with killer whales. One of the primary citizen activists and artists in the wake of the 1989 Exxon oil spill in his home of Prince William Sound, Grimes is an adopted member of Alaska's Eyak Indian nation. His Eyak name, given by Chief Marie Smith Jones, last speaker of the Eyak language, is YaxadiliSayaxinh, which means The Thinker or literally, He who causes his mind to involuntarily roam in an indeterminate direction.


Vice President, Policy, Transportation and Community Development. Jacky joined CNT in 1992 and has since developed its capacity to engage in public policy advocacy, transportation research, public participation tool development, GIS mapping, and community economic development.

Jacky serves on numerous boards, including: Congress for New Urbanism, Chicago Transit authoritys Citizens Advisory board, Renew AmericaRenew the Earth, Smart Growth America, Smart Growth Network, Surface Transportation Policy Project, and the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board's Committees on Womens Issues in Transportation and Environmental Justice. She was a member of the Energy and Transportation Task Force of the President's Council on Sustainable Development and has been a longtime activist for social justice. Prior to CNT Jacky spent time as a researcher in hematology and gastroenterology, in both state and federal government, in the Chicagos Public Schools and served in numerous other capacities, including political advisor for the late Mayor Harold Washington and Director of the Mayors Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Deputy City Treasurer and talk show host for the Chicago NPR and ABC affiliates, and columnist for Crain's Chicago Business.


Keaty Gross joined the Green America staff as a coordinator on the corporate social responsibility team, tackling deforestation by advocating for more sustainable publishing practices. She recently transitioned to the Green Business Network to focus on the development and launch of the first national, green complementary currency, the Green America Exchange. Her work on the Exchange is influenced by a year spent with the International Honors Program studying alternatives to globalization, as well as her involvement with the local currency movement in Washington, DC. She has a B.A. in economics from Wellesley and has completed studies at the London School of Economics.


Sarah Gross and Nira Paliwoda founded the U.S. Veg Corp. They are active members of the local vegetarian and green movement. Their involvement with the community ensures that the events they put on address the latest issues concerning the vegetarian market and the most of-the-moment technologies.


Grothaus is currently the interim executive director of the Washington Association of Churches.


Relapse was formed in Concord, California in 2009. Relapse mixes their rock and pop influences with their love for reggae and ska. Relapse is currently in the completion phase of their first album under the direction and production of musician and producer, Stephen Bradley.

Stephen Bradley has recorded with No Doubt, Green Day, Gwen Stefani, Sugar Ray as well as performing with Outkast, Black Eyed Peas, Sting, and Eve. Relapse aspires that its music spreads positive vibes and communicates culture.


Sami Grover is co-creative director of The Change Creation, a brand strategy and design agency committed to making the world better, fairer or truer. Current and former clients include Larry's Beans, Green America, Burt's Bees, Canaan Fair Trade, Addiction Treatment Services and UNC's School of Social Work. Sami is also a regular contributor to, and TLC's Parentables.


Guillen is a widely recognized farm worker and rural justice leader and advocate. The oldest of eight, she was born in Texas and spent her first decade in Coahuila Mexico. Her family migrated to LaConner, Washington in 1960 and she began working in the fields of Skagit County at the age of ten.

Guillen dropped out of school as a teenager to marry and subsequently cared for her two young sons as a migrant farm worker in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
Guillen eventually enjoyed a banking career at Skagit State Bank for 16 years in their data processing department. In 1993 she relocated to Sunnyside, Washington to support a struggling farm worker organization. She directed a national boycott and worker organizing campaign that won the firstever union contract for farm workers in Washington State in 1995.

Guillen continued working with farm workers in Washington State and California as a leader in Cesar Chavezs United Farm Workers of America (UFW), was elected to that unions executive board and became the UFWs policy director. As part of her organizing and advocacy work on behalf of farm workers and the development of sustainable social justice practices in agriculture, she has met with agricultural worker organizations in Brazil, Uruguay, Mexico, Costa Rica, The Netherlands, Denmark and Austria, as well as throughout the U.S.

Guillen is now the fulltime executive director of Community to Community Development (De Comunidad a Comunidad), an organization she cofounded in 2003 with other women activists in the region. The central projects of her organization are the Food Justice Alliance, developing collaborative strategies that unite family farmers and farm workers in creating selfsustaining food systems with social equity, and the Aguila del Norte Immigrant Justice Project, with the mission to end the marginalization of immigrants by developing socially just processes for the integration of immigrant families into every level of society in our communities.

Guillen has three sons, seven grandchildren and resides with her husband Joseph in Bellingham, WA.


Gunter covers all aspects of the nuclear fuel chain with a specialfocus on reactor operations. He previously served for 16 years as the director of the Reactor Watchdog Project for Nuclear Information andResource Service. He is a lead spokesperson on nuclear reactor hazardsand security issues and acts as the regulatory watchdog over the U.S.Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the nuclear power industry.


Linda Gunter founded Beyond Nuclear in July 2007. She is the international specialist at Beyond Nuclear as well as the director of media and development. She also designs Beyond Nuclear publications, creates and produces short videos, and manages the Beyond Nuclear website, Facebook and YouTube presence. A former journalist, Linda writes op-eds and occasionally blogs for the organization. She is a jury member for the internationally recognized Nuclear-Free Future Award. Prior to her environmental work she was a journalist for 20 years, writing for the London Times and Reuters and broadcasting on the USA and Prime television networks. Originally from England, she has a BA Honours degree in English and Italian Literature from Warwick University where she spent more time at demonstrations than in the lecture hall, learning to become a good activist.


Dava Guthmiller is the founder of the graphic design firm Noise13, and also is the current chair of Slow Food San Francisco. Dava has been involved with Slow Food San Francisco over seven years. In October, Dava will attend Terra Madre, an international conference in Turin, Italy to discuss food sustainability.


Ayde Riveros grew up in a rural village in the Andes that was destroyed by the many years of terrorism that plagued Peru. The violence became so bad that Ayde and her family fled to the closest city, Huancavelica. There life proved to be more peaceful but making ends meet was a constant struggle for Ayde and her husband, a construction day laborer. Ayde knitted, a skill passed down through the generations, to help provide for their three children. But she was never paid more than $5 for a sweater that took weeks of time to make.

Ayde joined together with several other women in Huancavelica facing similar challenges and formed the group, El Mercurio. They learned of Fair Trade through a local organization and soon began selling their hand knit finger puppets for over 5 times what they were previously making. Many of the knitters husbands were disgruntled about the idea of the women leaving home but upon realizing what a steady and improved income this provided, they learned to accept these changes.


Gloria Gutierrez is the head designer and teacher for ArribaCycle. ArribaCycle is a collective of low-income Latino parents in East Oakland who transform throwaway plastic into beautiful accessories. Gloria hails from Oaxaca, Mexico – where she developed her skills as a master seamstress and artisan. She can she can work wonders with any piece of fabric or yarn. She teaches other collective members how to create accessories from many different forms of single-use plastic bags.


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.