Wendy Stuart crafts and implements fresh, economically-viable, long-term solutions that connect the dots across the foodscape. She co-founded the Wide Net Project, a non-profit that addresses seemingly unrelated issues — increasing healthy food access and safeguarding the environment. Her consulting practice, Food Works Group, is involved in a variety of projects, including commercial kitchens, rooftop gardens, farm-to-table sourcing, food recovery, product development, and healthy solutions for hunger relief. Previously, she managed the inaugural Food Day campaign for Washington, D.C.
Before entering the food world, Wendy consulted on renewable energy projects. She also worked as a university instructor, as a chef at Primo Restaurant under Melissa Kelly, and on farms around the globe. She holds a master’s degree in economics, a master’s degree in sustainable food systems from the Universita di Scienze Gastronomiche in Italy, and a degree from the Culinary Institute of America.
Elizabeth directs the work of the Corporate Partnerships Program at the Environmental Defense Fund office in San Francisco. EDF develops and implements joint projects with leading companies to create environmental change. Elizabeth has led the team working with Walmart to create broad environmental change in corporate practices related to climate change, toxics, and supply chain innovation. Elizabeth also led the work with Federal Express to develop environmentally advanced delivery vehicles, and with UPS to create innovative change in their express delivery packaging services. Elizabeth's work at EDF over the past sixteen years has resulted in measurable environmental, business, and customer benefits across a wide spectrum of issue areas.
Elizabeth holds a Masters in Public Policy, Environment and Natural Resources Policy, Harvard Kennedy School (1996). She has served on the Surfrider Foundation board of directors (1998-2001), President (2000); Founder and former Chair, Surfrider Foundation Massachusetts' chapter; Board of directors, Environmental League of Massachusetts (1999-2002).
Stuteville is executive editor, lead journalist and cofounder of the Common Language Project. She won the 2008 SPJ Award for Business Reporting,First Place (with cowriter Alex Stonehill) and has won several Independent Press Association Awards, including the 2006 award for Best Feature article. Stuteville's writing has been published in the Seattle PostIntelligencer, Seattle Weekly and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. She graduated from Hunter College in January 2006.
Nicole Styles currently works as MTA’s Community Outreach Coordinator. As the Community Outreach Coordinator, she manages the Street Team, which goes out into the city and educates the community about HIV/AIDS. There are three different facets of outreach: HIV 101, Community, and Street. HIV 101 gives a basic overview of the causes of HIV and how to prevent its transmission. Community Outreach consists of setting up tables and booths at various health fairs. Street Outreach consists of conducting risk assessments throughout the community and passing out condoms while encouraging people to come visit Metro TeenAIDS.
Before joining Metro TeenAIDS, Nicole’s passion for youth led her to work at the Perry School through AmeriCorps. While working there, she had the opportunity to meet with Adam Tenner, MTA’s director. She was then asked to interview for a position helping out with MTA’s youth development program.
Nicole is a native of Washington, D.C.
Why Metro TeenAIDS? Nicole believes that outreach is important because the community lacks a connection to resources, and as a result, they are often misinformed about HIV/AIDS and other issues pertaining to their health. She loves being in the community and having direct contact with the people that she is advocating for. She feels that in order to be a part of outreach it is important to be open-minded, humorous, youth appealing, non-judgmental, and compassionate. Though she admits that it can be tough dealing with youth because they often go from one extreme to another, it is her overall passion for youth that drives her to continue her work.
Though Nicole dropped out of high school her senior year, it has not stopped her from doing many great things. She was able to take a trip to South Africa, which allowed her to see HIV/AIDS from a global perspective and gain a cross-cultural experience. While there she conducted HIV 101’s and visited the Study of AIDS Institute. She also helped to start a garden in Peace Town, an area designated for people affected by HIV/AIDS. She marks first setting foot on the soil of South Africa as one of her favorite memories.
During her time at MTA, Nicole has gained a lot of knowledge pertaining to HIV/AIDS prevention and care. She credits MTA for giving her a sense of completion. Her goal for MTA is to continue adapting and keeping up with technology. In the future, she would like to become a global health practitioner
Samina Faheem Sundas is the founder and Executive Director of the American Muslim Voice Foundation. In the aftermath of 9/11, one Pakistani American Muslim woman dared to envision a culture of peace, acceptance, mutual respect and harmony. She stood proudly in the face of fear, anger and retaliation, and bravely suggested that the country could heal if people truly got to know one another. Spreading her message and sharing her dream of an all-inclusive nation, Samina is committed to take the interfaith/inter-community dialog to the next level. Her focus is in fostering friendships among all Americans by bridging the cultural and religious gap and to walk on the path Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s paved for all of us. She is committed to work towards building an inclusive and beloved community.
Sustainable Living Roadshow (SLR) is a caravan of educators and entertainers who tour the country in a fleet of renewable fuel vehicles to empower communities and individuals to utilize sustainable living strategies for a healthier planet. Visiting university campuses and festivals across the United States, the caravan sets up off-the-grid eco-carnivals with experiential learning villages that feature workshops, speakers and entertainment.
SLR programs are specifically designed to connect communities to some of the most relevant and important issues for American culture while providing practical tools to make simple, affordable and ecologically conscious changes that can be integrated into mainstream realities.
The SLR 2011 tour will take the caravan and mobile eco-festival to over 20 cities nation-wide: Spring West Coast CA Tour; Summer National Music Festival and Community Tour; Fall East Coast College and Community Tour.
The Right Reverend Eugene Taylor Sutton is Bishop of the Diocese of Maryland of the Episcopal Church. He previously served as Canon Pastor of Washington National Cathedral and Director of its Cathedral Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage. He is working to be known as The Green Bishop.
Bishop Sutton was raised in Washington and educated in its public schools. He was ordained in the Reformed Church in America. After serving as pastor of an innercity congregation for five years, he entered graduate studies at Princeton Theological Seminary, completing all but dissertation in the Doctorate program.
While teaching homiletics and liturgics at two seminaries, he returned to his love of Anglican spirituality, doing his Anglican studies at the University of the South, School of Theology. He served as assistant to the Bishop and Chaplain of the Diocese of New Jersey and served as adjunct professor of preaching at the General Theological Seminary (NYC). He served as vicar of St. Michael's Church in Trenton, and served two parishes in D.C.
Bishop Sutton has been a frequent leader of retreats and conferences throughout the nation on prayer, spirituality, and preaching. He has published several articles on prayer, spirituality, and homiletics, and is one of the contributors to the book The Diversity of Centering Prayer.
A twelveyearold speaker, teacher, and published author of two books (Flying Fingers and Dancing Fingers), Svitak advocates for causes ranging from literacy and loving learning to creating a greener world. Svitak has spoken at notable education conferences such as the National Educational Computing Conference and eTech Ohio. Most recently, Svitak spoke on the TED stage in Long Beach, California.
Luke Swarthout works in Washington, DC at US PIRG on higher education access and affordability issues on behalf of college students across the country. He lobbies and writes on federal student aid issues, student loan and federal higher education policy. Mr. Swarthout is the author of several reports on student debt and federal aid and testified before House and Senate Committees.
Terra Flora Farm owner, Sweany, is a Puget Sound native having enjoyed this distinctive maritime bioregion for over 40 years. Sweany is a 5th generation Washingtonian; farming and gardening are in her blood. Sweany's passion is using the whole systems design principals of Permaculture to create sustainable designs that include the whole site, not just the garden and how to build productive, healthy sites in our dense urban landscapes.
Cicely Sweed is an independent curator, writer, artist, and educator. She holds a M.A. in Visual Criticism from California College of Arts and Crafts (CCA) and a B.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. In 2004, she founded and currently directs AŞĘstudio (Art Sustainable Enterprises Studio) an independent curatorial ; social practice that produces interactive and engaging exhibitions that serve as a catalyst to raise awareness around arts education and encourages ecologically and economically sustainable community growth and development.
She has provided curatorial and community engagement consulting services to a wide range of international, cultural, and academic organizations including the San Francisco Green Festival, California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), Oakland Museum of California, San Francisco Arts Commission, Cafe Gratitude, Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center, Twiga Gallery, Alive ; Radiant Foods, Enola D. Maxwell Middle School, StudioOne Arts Center, African American Art ; Culture Complex (AAACC), Babilonia 1808 Gallery, Alliance of Arts Administrators, Nordstrom, and Gap, Inc.
Sweed writes extensively on the visual arts and creative cultural practices and her writing has appeared in various arts and culture publications including Exposure, The Atlantic, Art Papers, ArtUS, The Multiracial Activist, SF Weekly, and The San Francisco Bay Guardian.
Noel Sweeney is coowner of Econize Closets, a closet design firm commited to the use of sustainable, 100% recycled and ecologically friendly closet and garage design systems. Econize Closets is a Metro Washington DC firm honored with being the first closet design company to be Greenspec Listed and as such was profiled in the USGBC Greensource Magazine in November 2008 for being a new and innovative green product. Econize Closets have a sound reputation for honesty, integrity and take great pride in their work.
Jack Sylvan is the Director of Joint Development in the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development. In addition to overseeing several public/private real estate development projects, for the past 6 years Jack has managed the redevelopment of former Naval Station Treasure Island. During this time, the Treasure Island project plans have targeted the creation of the most sustainable large development project in the United States, and the project was recently selected as one of 16 initiatives worldwide to partner with the Clinton Foundation and U.S. Green Building Council as part of their Climate Positive Development Program. Jack manages all aspects of the redevelopment project including property conveyance activities, the public planning process and negotiations with private and nonprofit development entities. Prior to joining the Mayor's Office, Jack managed Sylvan Urban Economics Consulting and was a Director at the Sedway Group/CB Richard Ellis, a real estate and urban economics consulting firm in San Francisco, where he provided services for public agencies, private development companies and nonprofit organizations. Jack won a national award for his evaluation of the economic impact of sports franchises on California cities and was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Spain, where he conducted research on the economic impact of the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics. His experience also includes work for the City of Emeryville Community and Economic Development Agency and a nonprofit affordable housing developer in Berkeley. Jack holds a dual B.A./B.S. from UC Davis and a master's in City Planning from UC Berkeley.
Dari Love Sylvia teaches energizing and playful Vinyasa Flow classes in Oakland and the greater East Bay. Every student in the room, from complete beginner to more advanced practitioner, can find a challenge in Dari's class. Individual needs are recognized and honored, with special emphasis on detoxification, strength, self-knowledge, prayer, and intention setting. "We can all achieve freedom and power through honoring our own inner-guru. Intuition is a skill, not a gift, and yoga is the path to connect with that source of truth, joy, and inspiration." Dari has trained with Alice Joanou, Dharma Mittra, Stephanie Snyder, Shiva Rae, and Jane Austin. Her teaching style has also been profoundly influenced by the work and insights of Ana Forrest, Tias Little, and Seane Corn. Adjustments and guidance are aided by her past experience as both a massage therapist and holistic health counselor. Pregnant women are encouraged to attend all classes (with the exception of Detox Flow), as Dari has taught both prenatal and postnatal classes and practiced herself through two pregnancies. Her children are her most challenging, beloved, and enlightened teachers.