From its humble, homemade beginnings in Jessica Iclisoy's kitchen, California Baby® has come a long way. The natural skincare line with organic, sustainable ingredients continues to lead the natural baby skin care category in natural and mass markets. Iclisoy embarked on her entrepreneurial journey after the birth of her first son almost 20 years ago. When she started looking up the ingredients of products she was using on him, she found that many, especially synthetic fragrances, were potential carcinogens. Today, California Baby offers over 50 unique products for hair, skin, bath and sun for babies, childrenand sensitive adults, and is sold nationwide at Whole Foods, Target, specialty stores and online.
Lindsay Imai is Transportation Justice Program Coordinator at Urban Habitat. As part of the Transportation Justice program, Lindsay works to reverse racist and classist transportation policies and investment decisions that have historically underfunded urban bus systems in favor of highway expansion and commuter rail that disproportionately serve affluent, non-minority communities. She does this through research, policy analysis, advocacy, coalition building, community organizing support and media activism. Before joining Urban Habitat, Lindsay worked on issues of affordable housing, prime lending and community reinvestment in Citibank’s Community Mortgage Lending Department and at the Greenlining Institute. She also was a community organizer focused on school reform in Queens, NY. Lindsay has a Masters in Public Administration and a BA in Ethnic Studies.
Jakada became Ella Baker Center's executive director in 2007, after serving as a lead strategist and chief team member on some of its most high profile campaigns for eight years. Most recently, Jakada directed Books Not Bars, the ongoing campaign to replace California's abusive youth prisons with effective rehabilitation programs. Before that, Jakada helped lead the successful Stop the Super Jail Campaign, a twoyear effort to stop Alameda County from building a massive, expensive and remote juvenile hall.
He was a leader in the Justice for Moreno and Pacheco Campaign, the successful fight to free two wrongly convicted Latino boys in Solano County. And he ran Ella Baker Center's youth organizing project, Third Eye Movement, during the No on 21 campaign to educate voters about the dangers of Proposition 21, a draconian ballot measure aimed at putting 14yearolds in adult courts and 16yearolds in adult prisons.
Before joining the Ella Baker Center, Jakada was a constituent liaison for Oakland City Councilwoman Nancy Nadel. He helped launch or lead a number of important Bay Area organizations, including Empowered Youth Educating Society (EYES), Rising Youth for Social Equality (RYSE) and Underground Railroad (an artist collective). Born and raised in Oakland, California, Jakada is the father of three powerful and creative young girls.
Institute International Indigenous Science - Indigenous Permaculture Program revitalizes native and local communities at the grassroots level. Our goal is to support communities to be self-sufficient through Indigenous science, land stewardship, traditional agriculture, community food security, sustainable development, art and integral health. We promote awareness of human impacts on the natural environment and on indigenous communities when unsustainble choices are made. We use locally available resources and demonstrate the power of conscious choices to support Mother Earth. We share traditional farming practices and apply environmentally and culturally-appropriate technology, with the ultimate goal of community food security, and do this work in an affordable way that builds capacity within the community. We provide holistic support to design and implement community food security projects, inspired by indigenous peoples' understanding of how to live in place. Understanding the urgent needs of indigenous peoples, our work at Indigenous Permaculture will always be ongoing as we are continuously seeking involvement in new areas, spaces and levels. Working with multidisciplinary diverse staff, Indigenous Permaculture strives to meet the needs of communities in Central America, especially El Salvador and Guatemala, as well as Wounjupi-Pine Ridge, Hoopa Valley and San Francisco Bay Area.
Susan Innis is the Colorado Carbon Fund Program Manager for the Colorado Governor's Energy Office (GEO). The Colorado Carbon Fund provides high quality carbon offsets to consumers as a way to support new energy efficiency and renewable energy projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state.
Prior to joining the GEO in 2007, Susan spent eight years as an Energy Policy Advisor and Green Power Marketing Director at Western Resource Advocates, a regional conservation law and policy center. Before working on energy issues, Ms. Innis worked as an Urban Park Ranger in New York City and a researcher with an international marine conservation organization, Project Seahorse. She holds a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver, studied Energy Planning and Sustainable Development at the University of Oslo, and earned a BSc in Biology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
The Insect Discovery Lab is one of the Bay Area's most popular educational outreach programs that brings live exotic insects into the classroom for an exhilarating unique experience that your students and children will never forget.
Greg Iron (Piaute/Lakota), student and teacher, trained 5 years at D-Q University in the Indigenous Permaculture program. Over the 5-year course, Greg Iron has given lectures and taught students from all different walks of life about Indigenous Permaculture and its practices. In addition to being an indigious permaculturist Greg Iron is a artist and graphic designer by trade. He uses design theory and indigenous permaculture philosphies to create growing spaces. "Life should take a natural path, be wary of anything that comes in rows."
Jeff Irvine is a NYSERDA Energy $mart Communities Coordinator for Solar One, a non-profit green energy, arts and education center based in New York City. Among other programming, Solar One conducts outreach for NYSERDA in Manhattan and Staten Island. As a coordinatorofthis effort, Jeff educates New Yorkers about NYSERDA's residential and commercial incentive programs and provides general advice on going green and saving energy. Jeff also helps to organize Clean Energy Connections, a live and online discussion series created by Solar Oneand NYC ACRE at NYU-Poly where New York City’s cleantechcommunity can meet, collaborate and grow. Previously, Jeff workedas an associate producer and field producer on numerous documentary programs for PBS. His work includes NOVA's Fabricofthe Cosmos, PBS's special series America Revealed, and FRONTLINE'sRulesofEngagement, which was nominated for an Emmy for outstanding investigative journalism.
Evin Isaacson is a board member of Jews United for Justice (JUFJ), an organization that partners with the Jewish Community to pursue social and economic justice in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Through JUFJ, she chaired the organization's successful Eviction Prevention advocacy campaign and cochaired a campaign to pass mixedincome housing legislation through the District of Columbia City Council. She has worked in the Housing and Legislative departments of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washingtonbased fiscal think tank. Currently, she works as Research Analyst for the Long Term Care Division of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), helping state and county governments develop sustainable Medicaid homecare programs.
Ishisaka has 13 years of experience in journalism and publishing. She is currently the interim communications director for OneAmerica (formerly Hate Free Zone). Until October 2008, Ishisaka served for the previous eight years as the editorinchief of ColorsNW, a monthly magazine focusing on communities of color in the Northwest.
As editor, she managed all aspects of the editorial direction and execution of the magazine and served as part of the leadership team managing the operations of the company. Launched in 2001, ColorsNW won more than 50 awards in the Society of Professional Journalists Western Washington Competition, and Ishisaka won five first place awards for editorial writing, feature writing and commentary.
Ishisaka is a Seattle native and worked at several Puget Sound newspapers, including The Seattle Times, Seattle PostIntelligencer, The News Tribune and the Bremerton Sun. She is a current Institute for Justice and Journalism Fellow studying immigration and border issues and was a Spring 2005 fellow of the German Marshall Fund and traveled throughout Europe. In 2005 and 2006, Ishisaka traveled to the Gulf Coast states to cover the affects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on communities of color.
Ishisakas journalism education includes editing training at the Dow Jones Copy Editing Program, the Knight Center for Specialized Journalisms Immigration program and the Minority Editorial Writers Seminar. A graduate of the Asian American Journalist Associations Executive Leadership Program, she is a frequent speaker at media workshops and community events.
Jamelah Isaac was born and raised in Oakland. She has been a member of West Oakland Youth Standing Empowered (WYSE) for 3 years. During that time Jamelah worked on several important projects. One of which is the Healthy Neighborhood Store Alliance, a WYSE team project that delivers fresh fruits and vegetables to corner stores in West Oakland. She recently graduated from McClymonds High School and with the help of Mandela Marketplace (the parent organization of WYSE) and Ashoka Youth Ventures, she traveled to Serbia this summer to participate in a youth leadership project. She returned in August with a stronger sense of purpose, leadership, and responsibility. She is looking forward to carrying that spirit and energy into the spring semester of 2011, as she begins her college career at San Francisco Community College.
Grace CABP Itter has been blessed with two dream careers; as an international flight attendant and now the 6th/7th/8th Social Studies and 7th Writing teacher at Edison Park Elementary. Her many roles include Teacher’s Advisory Board for the Chicago History Museum, Coordinator of Edison Park’s involvement as a Burnham Demonstration School, as well as Creator of Green Wolves (the after school ecological program) which is in partnership with Chicago Conservation Core (C3) as well as Green Paws, Edison Park’s garden after school program. In 2011 her Green Wolves, lead the school in winning the Green Clean-Out, sponsored by CPS. She is working closely with The Terra Foundation and the Art Institute of Chicago to bring American Art into the Classroom and she is affiliated with Lawyers in the Classroom teaching today’s law to 7th grade.
Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko are coauthors of ECOpreneuring, Rural Renaissance, Edible Earth, and numerous other books, national speakers, and innkeepers of the awardwinning Inn Serendipity® Bed ; Breakfast, powered by renewable energy and featured in USA Today, MSNBC and numerous other media. This husband and wife duo manage a diversity of ecopreneurial endeavors including a marketing consulting business from their small organic farm.
They regularly contribute to projects for the nonprofit organization, Renewing the Countryside, providing success stories and practical resources for rural entrepreneurs. Kivirist is a W.K. Kellogg Food and Society Policy Fellow and Ivanko is the coauthor and photographer for numerous children's books, including the awardwinning To Be a Kid and Be My Neighbor. They share their farm in Browntown, Wisconsin with their son and a thriving colony of honey bees. Visit their website at www.ecopreneuring.biz, www.innserendipity.com and
Dr. Andrew Iverson obtained degrees in biopsychology at the University of Washington, in medical botany from Dr. Christopher’s School of Natural Healing, and a doctorate from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. He is the medical director of Trilium Health in Tacoma, Wash.