Jackson bridges the gaps between environmental and social justice movements, starting first with bridging the generation divide. She has worked in various capacities, from a campus organizer to a community activist. Jackson is the product of a community supporting and empowering youth leadership, and went from cofounding the Progressive Student Coalition to serving as president for the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
Grace Hearth is the collaboration between Keri Keifer of 'Oakland Hearth' and Jocelyn Jackson of 'With Grace.' Together we will nourish your special event with local and seasonal soul-warming food.
Jocelyn comes from the prairies of Kansas and cultivated her love of food through large family gatherings, world travel, and transdisciplinary study and service with Art, Law, Environment and Yoga. Her experiences revealed the beautiful connection between whole food and whole earth wisdom.
Kevin Jackson is part of the JUST FOOD program and Oakland Food Connection. He manages a farm stand in East Oakland and provides educational trainings in elementary schools. Oakland Food Connection promotes nutritional awareness, access to healthy foods, and connections between people and our planet. Since it’s founding in 2005, Oakland Food Connection has established programs that support school and community gardens, community-based farmers markets, and youth entrepreneurship projects. http://www.foodcommunityculture.org" target="_blank">foodcommunityculture.org
The Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, is one of
Reverend Jackson has been called the "Conscience of the Nation" and "the Great Unifier," challenging
Born on October 8, 1941 in
For his work in human and civil rights and nonviolent social change, Reverend Jackson has received more than 40 honorary doctorate degrees and frequently lectures at major colleges and universities including Howard, Yale, Princeton, Morehouse, Harvard,
In October 1997, Reverend Jackson was appointed by President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright as "Special Envoy of the President and Secretary of State for the Promotion of Democracy in
Reverend Jackson began his activism as a student in the summer of 1960 seeking to desegregate the local public library in
In 1984, Reverend Jackson founded the National Rainbow Coalition, a social justice organization based in
Long before national health care, a war on drugs, direct peace negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis, ending apartheid in
Reverend Jackson’s two presidential campaigns broke new ground in
In 1991, Reverend Jesse Jackson was elected Senator of Washington, D.C., advocating for statehood for the nation’s capital and advancing the “rainbow” agenda at the national and international levels. Since then, he has continued to promote voter registration and lead get-out-the-vote campaigns, believing that everyone should be encouraged to be a responsible, informed and active voter. He has spearheaded major organizing tours through
He has continued to be a leading advocate for a variety of public policy issues, including universal health care, equal administration of justice in all communities, sufficient funding for enforcement of civil rights laws, and for increased attention to business investment in under-served domestic communities (a theme that the Clinton administration picked up as the "New Markets Initiative").
Reverend Jackson also supports a broad range of policies to improve education, eliminate poverty, and remind everyone that we are a "One-Big-Tent-America," with room for all, and none left in the margins. A current campaign is “Restructure Loans, Don’t Foreclose on Homes,” tackling today’s housing crisis and the economic crisis gripping the world.
As a highly respected and trusted world leader, Reverend Jackson has acted many times as an international diplomat in sensitive situations. For example, in 1984 Reverend Jackson secured the release of captured Navy Lieutenant Robert Goodman from
On November 2, 1985, Reverend Jackson joined with Oliver Tambo, Bishop Trevor Huddleston, Ken Livingston, Bernie Grant, Keith Vaz, Paul Boateng, Diane Abbot (who would become MP) and others at the 120,000-strong demonstration in
In February 16, 2003, Rev. Jesse Jackson keynoted the rally held in
In August 2007, Equanomics-UK invited Rev. Jackson to help launch the new organization in a historic nine city
In January 2008, Rev. Jackson delivered the international keynote address on the life and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi at an event in
A hallmark of Reverend Jackson’s work has been his commitment to youth. He has visited thousands of high schools, colleges, universities and correctional facilities encouraging excellence, inspiring hope and challenging young people to study diligently and stay drug-free.
Reverend Jackson has also been a consistent and vigorous supporter of the labor movement in the
A renowned orator and activist, Reverend Jackson has received numerous honors for his work in human and civil rights and nonviolent social change. In 1991, the U.S. Post Office put his likeness on a pictorial postal cancellation, only the second living person to receive such an honor. He has been on the Gallup List of the Ten Most Respected Americans for more than a dozen years. He has received the prestigious NAACP Spingarn Award in addition to honors from hundreds of grassroots, civic and community organizations from coast to coast.
From 1992 to 2000, Reverend Jackson hosted "Both Sides With Jesse Jackson" on CNN (Cable News Network). He continues to write a weekly column of analysis which is syndicated by the Chicago Tribune/Los Angles Times. He is the author of two books: Keep Hope Alive (South End Press, 1989), and Straight From the Heart (Fortress Press, 1987). In 1996, Reverend Jackson co-authored the books Legal Lynching: Racism, Injustice, and the Death Penalty (Marlowe & Company, 1996) and It’s About The Money (Random House, 1999) with his son, U.S. Representative Jesse L. Jackson, Jr.
Reverend Jackson married his college sweetheart Jacqueline Lavinia Brown in 1963. They have five children: Santita Jackson, Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr., Jonathan Luther Jackson, Yusef DuBois Jackson, Esq., and Jacqueline Lavinia Jackson, Jr.
Brima Jah shares yoga to re-awaken the rich inner world of voice, movement and wisdom that exists within all people. He draws inspiration from Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie, a deep love for dance, and his West African and Dutch Caribbean roots. He is grateful to his teachers Keith Borden and Jasmine Tarkeshi for sharing their light and wisdom. He is honored to both teach and study yoga at the Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in the Mission District of San Francisco.
Alexandra Jamieson has been seen on Oprah, CNN, 30 Days and The National Health Test with Bryant Gumble. She was also featured in the award-winning documentary Super Size Me. In her three books, Vegan Cooking For Dummies (Wiley, 2010), Living Vegan For Dummies (Wiley, 2009) and The Great American Detox Diet (Rodale, 2005), Alex offers remarkably sane – and tasty – advice on how to detox, live healthfully and feel fantastic.
Alex now commands a matchless repertoire of nutritional wisdom and food savvy.She is a professionally trained healthy gourmet chef, having studied at New York City’s Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. In addition, Alex is a certified health and nutrition counselor. She studied with ground-breaking pioneers in the field of nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, which is accredited by Columbia University’s Teacher’s College and by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.
Her knowledge of nutrition has been artfully developed through years of both professional and self-study. As the daughter of natural health advocates, Alex crafted a unique personal mission to spread the word about the power of healthy food and the astounding ways in which it can positively transform everyday life. Time and again, her clients experience the magic that happens when they feel great in their own bodies. Follow Alex at www.DeliciousVitality.com." target="_blank">http://www.deliciousvitality.com/">www.DeliciousVitality.com.
Jamil has been a working actor since age 13. In 2007, he wrote and directed THE SON, a short narrative that debuted at the Urbanworld Film Festival, where he met his partner in Little Plow Films, Brittany Ballard. Jamil has participated in the Urbanworld Screenplay Competition with two projects: THE PYN, a satirical romp through the prison industrial complex, and MAKE A MOVIE LIKE SPIKE, a story of two best friends from Los Angeles who join the Marines and videotape their last 36 hours together before shipping off to Afghanistan. In addition to writing, directing and starring in MAKE A MOVIE LIKE SPIKE, and against conventional wisdom, Jamil funded this first Little Plow Films' project out of his own pocket for just $40,000, which will have it's New York Premiere at Urbanworld 2011 in the Narrative Feature Competition and is currently touring the world through festivals, community and educational screenings.
Stephanie Janczak is the Manager of Global EVSE Technology and Deployment for Ford Motor Company's Sustainability and Vehicle Environmental Matters. In her current role, Stephanie is responsible for developing and implementing processes for the installation of Charging Stations in customer's homes and encouraging the development of public EV infrastructure to support the use of Electric Vehicles in the United States, Canada and Europe.
Prior to her appointment to Sustainability & Vehicle Environmental Matters, Stephanie was involved with vehicle safety matters as a Manager in the Automotive Safety Office with a particular focus on Driver Distraction. She holds an MBA from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) and a BS in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA).
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Stephanie is in her 25th year with Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan.
Abby Jaramillo worked as a gardener and educator in the Bay Area for the past nine years. She started Urban Sprouts at Luther Burbank Middle School in 2004 with her colleague and friend and a group of dedicated teachers. Abby loves Urban Sprouts because she can share with young people the kinds of outdoor gardening experiences that have changed her life when she was a teen, trying to find peace in an urban environment. Abby has also worked on rural development projects in Ecuador and the Peruvian Amazon and worked in nonprofit funds development at Streetside Stories. She was trained in organic horticulture at the UC Santa Cruz Farm ; Garden and studied economics at Haverford College. Abby holds her master's in nonprofit administration from the University of San Francisco.Abby Jaramillo worked as a gardener and educator in the Bay Area for the past nine years. She started Urban Sprouts at Luther Burbank Middle School in 2004 with her colleague and friend and a group of dedicated teachers. Abby loves Urban Sprouts because she can share with young people the kinds of outdoor gardening experiences that have changed her life when she was a teen, trying to find peace in an urban environment. Abby has also worked on rural development projects in Ecuador and the Peruvian Amazon and worked in nonprofit funds development at Streetside Stories. She was trained in organic horticulture at the UC Santa Cruz Farm ; Garden and studied economics at Haverford College. Abby holds her master's in nonprofit administration from the University of San Francisco.
Asher Jay is a designer, artist, writer and activist. She’s a staunch supporter of animal rights, wildlife conservation and sustainable development and she uses her fashion, art and writing to raise awareness. Through her extensive travels across the globe, and her studies in art history, she has developed an aesthetic sensibility that is amalgam of contrasting cultural influences. All her work is anchored by the deep commitment she harbors toward the realization of a collective future.Art for conservation is a spectacular way of educating and sensitizing the public about issues that are largely carpeted for short term gain by the private sector. Pictorial representations are capable of invoking a deep emotional response in the viewer, as an artist can elect to combine elements of a narrative in multiple layers building depth and dimension to a cause that would ordinarily be hard to convey as effectively and expediently through any other channel. Art can communicate in one glance, what essays can communicate only with footnotes, parallels, conclusions and references. Each one of my canvases dispenses distilled doses of distressing realities, and its puissance lies with the fact that it can do so within a single frame. I use art as an incisive tool for communication. I do what I do because each piece has the power to percolate and penetrate on a personal scale potentially serving as a catalyst for glocal transformation.
Benjamin Todd Jealous is the 17th President and CEO of the NAACP. Appointed at age 35 in 2008, he is the youngest person to lead the century old organization. During his tenure, the NAACP's online activists have swelled from 175,000 to more than 600,000; its donors have increased from 16,000 individuals per year to more than 120,000; and its membership has increased three years in a row for the first time in more than 20 years.
Jealous began his career as a community organizer in Harlem in 1991 with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund while working his way through college. In 1993, after being suspended for organizing student protests at Columbia University, he went to work as an investigative reporter for Mississippi's frequently firebombed Jackson Advocate newspaper.
Over the past two decades, he has helped organize successful campaigns to abolish the death penalty for children, stop Mississippi's governor from turning a public historically black university into a prison, and pass federal legislation against prison rape. His journalistic investigations have been credited with helping save the life of a white inmate who was being threatened for helping convict corrupt prison guards, free a black small farmer who was being framed for arson, and spur official investigations into law enforcement corruption.
A Rhodes Scholar, he is a graduate of Columbia and Oxford University, the past president of the Rosenberg Foundation and served as the founding director of Amnesty International's US Human Rights Program. While at Amnesty, he authored the widely-cited report: Threat and Humiliation--Racial Profiling, Domestic Security, and Human Rights in the United States.
As President of the NAACP, he has opened national programs on education, health, and environmental justice. He has also greatly increased the organization's capacity to work on issues related to the economy and register and mobilize voters.
A fifth-generation member of the NAACP, Jealous comes from a long-line of American freedom fighters. His mother, who descends from two black Reconstruction statesmen, desegregated Baltimore's Western High School for Girls in 1954 as a member of the NAACP's Youth and College Division. His father, who descends from a Revolutionary War soldier who fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill and Sufragettes, was one of a small number of white men jailed during the Congress of Racial Equality's efforts to desegregate Baltimore's downtown business district. He is married to Lia Epperson Jealous, a civil rights lawyer and professor of constitutional law. They have two children and live in Silver Spring, MD.
Jeff Smith is an environmental and renewable energy activist with 30 years' experience in grassroots campaigns and political organizing. A graduate of Northwestern University and Harvard Law School, he has tackled zoning, energy, environmental, and development cases, advised political candidates, not-for-profit groups, and local governments, and won a landmark case for Lake Michigan's public trust doctrine. Past president of a large community organization and a veteran board member of many others, he is intimate with political obstacles to progress. Jeff and allies successfully advocated for Evanston's adoption of a green building ordinance and aggregate purchase of 100% green electricity. Jeff served on the Evanston Mayor's Wind Farm Committee, as regional environmental representative on Illinois's Lake Michigan Offshore Wind Energy Advisory Council, is a director of Citizens' Greener Evanston, has lobbied in both Washington and Springfield for green causes, and chairs Illinois Sierra Club's Wind Committee.
Barbara Jefferson is an African Ameri-Indian activist, facilitator, social entrepreneur, and self-proclaimed octopus. Her passions for justice, sustainability, spirituality, and personal empowerment have led to her working with organizations such as Generation Waking Up, Social Justice Fund NW, The Art Affect, One Becoming One, The Pachamama Alliance, and Common Action Consulting. She is deeply inspired by the role of mycelium in nature and strives to bring forth solutions to the world’s inequities by building empowering and wholistic networks that span across all lines of difference. She currently lives in Oakland where she is madly in love, and working toward a better future for all beings.
Rev. Jeffrey is founder and CEO of the Black Dollar Days Taskforce in Seattle's Columbia City neighborhood.
International bestselling author Jeffrey M. Smith is the leading spokesperson on the health dangers of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). He documents how the world’s most powerful Ag biotech companies bluff and mislead the public and put the health of society at risk. Mr. Smith has counseled world leaders from every continent, campaigned to end the use of GE bovine growth hormone (rbGH or rbST), and influenced the first state laws in the
Jeffrey is the author of Seeds of Deception and of Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods. He is the Executive Director of the Institute For Responsible Technology (www.responsibletechnology.org) , a nonprofit that educates consumers on GMOs risks and alternatives, and has organized a national network of activists to reach the tipping point of 15 million consumers who will drive them out of the food chain GM foods.
Jennifer Fernandez is an amateur homesteader and environmental enthusiast in San Francisco. She first became interested in the green life on a visit to a permaculture farm in El Salvador during her studies at the University of San Francisco. Jennifer was fascinated by the farm’s simple, affordable, and doable ways to stay green! She hopes to bring those aspects of permaculture to her SF apartment one day, and teach others about the importance of our impact on the planet. You can follow her experiments in homesteading on her blog: homesteadish.com
Ericka Jennings is CEO of Green Key Real Estate and a real estate agent practicing in the larger Bay Area. As an EcoBroker® and Certified Green Building Professional, Ericka brings her extensive knowledge of green building practices to every transaction. Viewing the home as a whole system has greatly influenced how she does business -- from advising clients on what green repairs and improvements they can make, to collaborating with other agents and vendors to support the transaction.
Ericka obtained a Masters in Business degree from
Ericka believes that through personal effort and conscious decisions, we can truly impact our environment in positive ways.
Kathy Jentz is Editor, Publisher and Founder of Washington Gardener Magazine. Kathy is a life-long gardener from a family of farmers and dedicated gardeners. Currently, she is President of the Silver Spring Garden Club and on the board of several other clubs and organizations. You can read Kathy's work in the Washington Examiner and Washington Woman in addition to regular guest spots on Channel 9, Channel 4 and WAMU radio.
MacGyverClass! is an after school program currently operating in four elementary schools in the Bay Area. This program encourages kids to indulge their natural creative abilities to address random challenges with simple recycled materials. Matthew Jervis is a graduate from the California College of the Arts and has been in professional practice as an artist, graphic designer and creative consultant in the Bay Area since 2000. He has been teaching MacGyverClass! to kids from K thru 5th grade for the last 5 years.
Jessica M. Jones, an Environmental Policy major, is the recipient of the 2011 Sonoma County Environmental Youth Activist Award and the Leadership in Sustainability Emerging Leader Award. She is the Associated Students President of Santa Rosa Junior College, the co-founder and President of the award winning club, “Students for Sustainable Communities,” the recent graduate of the Leadership Institute for the Ecology and the Economy and is working towards her certification as a Waldorf Teacher. Jessica has spoken at the 9th Higher Education Sustainability Conference, "Our Sustainable Future," at Chico State University, and was a speaker on the Presidents Panel at the 10th Higher Education Sustainability Conference.
Jhamel Robinson is a young entrepreneur who grew up in the mean streets of Oakland, California. While many of his peers succumbed to the various lures of the streets, Jhamel chose entrepreneurship as his ticket out of poverty.
Jhamel is an active member of the Hip-Hop activist community and collaborates with various organizations through out the nation. As a recording artist under the stage name J-Milli-on he has shared the stage with such superstars as KanYe West, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lemar, Dead Prez, Too $hort, Mistah F.A.B., Zion I, Incubus and Audio Slave. He is currently a student at Laney College in Oakland, California pursuing a degree in Entrepreneurship and African American Studies.
National Organizer for Student Labor Action Project, Jimenez became an activist as a student around access to higher education and immigrant rights. He went on to do community organizing in Orange County around housing and tenant rights before moving into a campaign to unionize health care workers in Oregon and Southern California.
Kokayi Kwa Jitahidi is the Senior Community Organizer for the Green Buildings, Good Jobs Project at the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE). Prior to his work at LAANE, he was a director of youth organizing and civic engagement for the Community Coalition in South Los Angeles. In that capacity, he helped lead campaigns to win millions of dollars for South Los Angeles schools, coordinated several large demonstrations to fight budget cuts to California’s safety net and spearheaded an historic effort to bring school-based support services to at-risk youth. In addition to working with community organizations, Kokayi has worked as a union organizer with both AFSCME and SEIU and served as a leader with local social service agencies.
Max Joel is the Director of the Energy Connections Program at Solar One, a non-profit
green energy, arts, and education center based in New York City. The Energy
Connections Program develops education, outreach, and community partnership projects
in an effort to make all New Yorkers part of our city’s ambitious efforts to combat climate
change and develop a clean, green economy. Ongoing projects include Clean Energy
Connections, a discussion series and networking hub for NYC’s emerging cleantech
economy, and Whole Building Education, which trains the managers, staff, and residents
of low-income housing in energy savings behaviors and management strategies. Max also
serves as a NYSERDA Energy $mart Communities Coordinator, helping building owners
and businesses access incentives for energy efficiency and
renewable energy projects.
Before joining Solar One, Max was the Capital ProjectsCoordinator for the Queens Botanical Garden, where hefacilitated the construction of New York City's first publicbuilding to achieve LEED Platinum certification. He holdsa bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from ColumbiaUniversity and a master’s degree in EnvironmentalManagement from the Yale School of Forestry andEnvironmental Studies, where his thesis exploredemerging and innovative strategies for financing greencommunity development. Max is a 2008 Doris DukeConservation Fellow and serves on the Advisory Board ofthe Jewish Greening Fellowship.
Professor of Communication and Native American Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Johansen has authored several books, including The Global Warming Reference Desk.
Jones is a Community Organizer/Transportation Specialist. Jones is an experienced urban organizer who joined Developing Communities Project (DCP) Inc. on May 1st, to led the organizing to extend the CTA Red line from 95th to 130th Street. DCP is a faithbased organizing group serving the Greater Roseland communities.Through the years, Jones has worked extensively on grassroots campaigns in Englewood, West Pullman, Austin, South Shore, Brainerd, Uptown, and New City and across the city. His most recent work was at Friends of the Parks as Director of Neighborhood Parks and Community Relations. Jones' earlier work included Director of Community Outreach for the Neighborhood Capital Budget Group (NCBG), Associate Director of the Greater Englewood Local Development Corporation, and as Housing Organizer for the Action Coalition of Englewood. Through his experience in working with families, resident groups, and institutional leaders, Jones gained considerable technical and organizing knowledge of Chicago neighborhoods.In June 2007, through a fellowship grant from the Environmental Research Foundation, Jones formed the Sustainable Englewood Initiative to organize public interest in Urban Greening. From this project work, Jones led focus group sessions with residents on abandoned and existing railroad corridors. An abandoned railway along 59th Street was chosen to become the New Englewood Remaking America (ERA) Trail, a 2 miles stretch of greenway for agricultural, recreation and cultural purposes. In late 2009, the New ERA Trail was selected as one of the 19 Burnham Centennial Legacy Projects for the Chicagoland area.More food strategy work is underway in the Greater Roseland community. DCP is working with churches and activist to build and expand the urban food market to black farmers. The project is known as the Greater Roseland Black Farmer Market Promotion Program. A collaboration between Fernwood UMC and DCP will create access points for southern farmers to sell produce in the urban market via black churches.Jones' work has been recognized with the Mayor Daley Public Safety Award, the Citizen Newspapers' Advocate of the Year Award, Friends of the Parks' Park Advocat
John thinks different than most, as he chooses not to use the term food chain. A web refers to things dependent on each other, which is really what we are a part of, he says.
Anderson, known as the Worm Man, is skilled in the art of vermicomposting, which creates compost with worms. Vermicompost is a rich soil amendment for area gardens. As a child growing up in Minnesota, Anderson's interest in gardening was evident, I was always digging in the dirt, he says.
After immigrating to Colorado John completed CSUs Larimer County Training Programs and then became a Master Gardener and Composter Volunteer in 1996. Since then, John has given and attended various local, national and international training courses and events, and has been a primary consultant for business, schools and individuals interested in using worms to compost with.
Johns Wormbulance has been featured in various local TV stations and Newspapers in the late 1990s but is now most famous for his appearance in New Belguim Brewerys Follow Your Folly and Mothership Wit beer ad campaigns. Aside from being a fixture at local water festivals, farmers markets, and Earth Day events, John has been a steering committee member, vendor, and presenter for the Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Fair since its inception and a workshop presenter for EarthWorks Expo and Boulder Renaissance of Local.
I do this is to keep material out of the landfill. Waste is not a waste, until you take the action of wasting it, Anderson says.
Karen Y. Johns; President, The Johns Group Inc.
Karen Y. Johns is a successful innovator with over 20 years of experience and leadership in the nonprofit, education and corporate arenas. The mission of the Johns Group is to work with corporations, educational institutions and nonprofits to build a diverse educational and workforce pipeline. Its strategy for effectiveness lies in connecting the right people with the right resources...for a change. The group also believes that the solutions to many of the challenges our society faces can be addressed through cross sector collaboration.
Prior to launching the Johns Group in 2007, Ms Johns served as executive director of the Diversity Pipeline Alliance. The Diversity Pipeline Alliance is a national network of sixteen leading organizations who share a goal of preparing people of color for leadership and management in the 21st century workforce. Founding members of the Alliance include Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA), INROADS, PhD Project and the Graduate Management Admission Council®. The mission of the organization is to help underrepresented minority students achieve success at every stage of their education, and to prepare them for successful careers in business and management. Under her tenure, the Diversity Pipeline grew into a national network that collectively served over 100,000 individuals annually from high school to MBA students and working professionals. The Alliance also published benchmark research on the status of the educational and workforce pipeline of underrepresented minorities.
A graduate of Tufts University, Ms. Johns has an extensive background in several areas of educational management including undergraduate admissions and fundraising. Ms Johns worked for several years at her alma mater in both the Admissions Office and Development Office. From 19982002, Ms. Johns worked at Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) a New York City based nonprofit organization. During her tenure, she created the SIRV initiative an acronym for Saving, Investing and Returning Value to Communities of Color. This national program, funded by the Kellogg foundation and the Lilly Endowment, teaches financial literacy, wealth creation and philanthropy to professionals of color.
Ms. Johns is very active in philanthropic activities serving as past chair of the Board of the Volunteer Consulting Group and as a board member of Capital Partners for Education. She is currently on the board of the Sage Colleges in NY. She has also served on several advisory boards including Bennett College, Morgan State University and the Tufts University Alumni Council. She is a frequent speaker on the topic of philanthropy in communities of color and workforce pipeline development. She has been featured at major conferences including the Conference Board, National Black Philanthropy conference, Council on Foundations, Chief Diversity Officer Summit and the DC Green Festival.
Ms Johns is a resident of Virginia but frequently travels to her home in Jamaica, where she recently launched a foundation to benefit young people and create opportunities to reverse the brain drain in developing countries.
Vacillating between HipHop, Soul, Electronica, Reggae, World and everykind of rhythm in between, sultry voiced Jennifer Johns crafts stirringtunes that are both heartrending and headbobbing. The Oakland,California music powerhouse proved herself as a potent interpreter oftaboo desires with a passion for creating Electric HipSoul, on hercriticallyhailed debut, heavyelectromagneticsoularpoeticjunglehop,showing up ; coming singers/songwriters/lyricists/producers howits done.
An exceptionally graceful artist, Johns got her start by hittinghigh notes in the church and school choirs, but it was her experienceperforming with the multiculti Oakland Youth Chorus, where shereceived her comprehensive training. I started with OYC from age 14 to19 and we did some truly amazing stuff. We played with Roberta FlackPeabo Bryson, Melissa Manchester, Nancy Wilson to name a few. I alsoperformed in their professional acapella ensemble, where we sang in amillion different languages. The Bay Area is so rich in culture; itsalso the birthplace of so many (r)evolutionary and arts movements. Thatdiversity is reflected in my music. Being from such a places forces youto make good music, not genrespecific music.
Allowing her boisterous pipes to branch out and extend across AdultContemporary and HipHop, Johns boldly stakes out her own turf on hersophomore effort, Painting On Wax, a title that symbolizes the calmafter the storm. I was just coming out of a painful break up duringthe recording of my first album. We did the great majority of therecording in a basement in Seattle over the span of 10 days, while Ihas bronchitis. To say the least I had a lot of emotional experienceswhile working on that album. I felt as if I had poured everything outof me; bled almost. So I felt that this time around, I decided that Iwould much rather paint.
The dazzling 12 track composition is a perfect balance of genuineworld thumpers, intoxicatingly erotic slow burners and feelgood vocalconfections that are full of life. On Ghetto International, thetalented tunesmith calls on a bevy of talented California artists fromthe underground HipHop scene to join her in a global jam fest whereyou find Palestinian and Panamanian MCs rhyming in their nativelanguages. The Latinflavored dancehall jam, Get Up was coproducedby Johns and is an exuberant funhouse of a record that makes you wantto crank up the volume and do just what it says. Let the Drum Moan apercussive sensual knocker coproduced by DJ Uno while on tour inMalaysia shows Jennifer's love for painting in international colors,Chasing The Sun is another electoworld gem, one of the 4songs Johnscoproduced. This along with songs like Golden Eye are beautifulexpression of her spirituality. While the first single, Move With It,as well as Goody Goody Gumdrops, contain trunk rattling basssignifying certified club anthems, Nasty is on the opposite end ofthe spectrum; a clever cocktail of 80sera electroPop with sexuallycharged lyricism. With guest appearances by Gift of Gab fromBlackalicious and Zion, to name a few and production provided by AmpLive, Zion and Grammynominees Spontaneous (Mystic) and Charles Stella(Norah Jones, Wax Poetic, Mos Def, Olu Dara), Paint on Wax is a musicalmasterpiece.
The standout songstress has toured with and opened shows for someof the most respected names in the industry including Lauryn Hill,Black Eyed Peas, Mos Def, Common, KRS1, Ziggy Marley, Les Nubian,Blackalicious, Zap Mama, Res, Capelton, Junior Reid, Shaggy, SlumVillage, Bebel Gilberto, MC Lyte and Black Thought of The Roots, toname a few. Johns music abounds with experiences that are both familiarand inspiring, which is an instant reminder of her hitmaking prowess.
In addition to amplifying her singing voice for the masses, Johns alsolends her time to a variety of community based organizations. She is aGreen For All Fellow and has made it her business to bring theconversation of real sustainable living to the urban/black and browncommunities around the world.
The left coast ingenue who is influenced by musical artists like Sade,Aretha Franklin, Sizzla, Angelique Kujo, Phoebe Snow, Whitney Houston,Bob Marley, Earth, Wind ; Fire, Stevie Wonder, Rakim, The Fugees,Vikter Duplaix, Jill Scott and a billion others. Jennifer Johns saysIt is day to day life the blessings and the tragedy that influencesme the most. Our job as songwriters is to capture a moment or energyand provide folks with a soundtrack to life...
Oakland native Jennifer Johns will inevitably draw comparisons toJill Scott, and possibly fellow Oakland Youth Chorus alumnus Goapele,but be clear Johns is her own artist. From the opening 808 kick ofHeavy to the spoken word/D;B of Do You Believe in Love to thedoleful ambitious cover of Sade's Cherish the Day Johns proves thatshe's an original voice. XLR8R Magazine
It is not every day that an artist achieves the ability to stirthe heart and soul through song and vibration. My heart has not yetstopped stirring since I have heard Jennifer Johns. KRSOne
Jennifer Johns is making waves in the ocean of music that combinesR;B, soul, funk and electronica. Coming at you from Oakland, Ms.Johns is an eclectic artist that dabbles with all types of music andpulls it off fairly well many say that if she continues to hone herskills, she could join the ranks of Jill Scott. Receiving praise fromyour peers is one thing, but when the legendary KRSOne says, It isnot everyday that an artist achieves the ability to stir the heart andsoul through song and vibration. My heart has not yet stopped stirringsince I have heard Jennifer Johns, that's when you know she's doingsomething right. URB Magazine
Mademoiselle Jennifer Johns incontournable souffle de musique avoir et a ecouter car la vie, c'est maintenant. Les Nubians
Jennifer Johns, another locally bred singer on the verge of anartistic breakthrough whose oversize personality matches her talent.Another Bay Areabred singer on the verge of an artistic and commercialbreakthrough is Jennifer Johns. She's an Oakland native who's toiledfor years, opening shows for national artists such as KRSOne andtouring with althop fan favorites Blackalicious. Johns' 2004 debutalbum, Heavyelectromagnecticsoularpoeticjunglehop, was an eclecticfusion of electronic beats and organic vocals, which touched oneverything from hiphop to soul to drum and bass to spoken word. Johns'second album, titled Painting on Wax, looks to build on thatfoundation considerably, with production by Grammynominated producersSpontaneous (Mystic) and Charles Stella (Norah Jones), as well as localstalwart Amp Live (ZionI, Goapele). San Francisco Chronicle
Classic hiphop beats are freshened up with the sultry vocalharmonies and showering flows of Jennifer Johns. While honing hersinging skills in the Oakland Youth Chorus, the sexy songstress/MC fellin love with hiphop culture and decided to meld her R;B ambitionswith boombap rap. The versatile Johns is well on her way toestablishing herself as one of hiphop soul's elite. Chicago Tribune
Wahleah Johns is a member of the Navajo (Dine) tribe and the community of Forest Lake, which is one of several communities atop Black Mesa, Arizona. Wahleah's work with the Black Mesa Water Coalition and Navajo Green Economy Coalition has led to groundbreaking legislative victories for groundwater protection, green jobs and environmental justice. As vice chair of the Navajo Green Economy Commission, Wahleah has been helping to develop green economic opportunities in clean energy and traditional economic practices on the Navajo reservation. Wahleah currently lives Oakland, CA with her husband Billy Parish and their two daughters Tohaana and Alowaan.
After nearly fifteen years in San Francisco and California environs, Executive Chef Wayne A. Johnson became Executive Chef of the Mayflower Park Hotel in 1999. He oversees all food activities for the hotel, Andaluca Restaurant and Bar and Oliver Lounge. Under his culinary supervision, Andaluca has won Seattle Magazine's Best Overall Restaurant Award and is listed in ZAGATS NW Restaurant Guide as Seattle’s Top 20 most popular restaurants. Andaluca features Northwest foods influenced by the flavors of the Mediterranean. With over 20 years experience in the food industry, Johnson is a board member of the Chef’s Association of Pacific Coast and hails from the Four Diamond Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco where he was Executive Chef for three years. He has special training in foods from Spain from the CIA – Culinary Institute of America – Greystone located in Napa Valley which serves him well in the Mediterranean inspired Andaluca. Prior to joining the Renaissance Parc 55, Johnson served as Executive Chef at several bay area hotels. He attended the University of Northern Colorado.
Milicent Johnson is an idealistic realist with a passion for learning, laughing, and building community. Her passion for empowering communities to find meaningful solutions and resilience led her to work on asset building and economic development through education, policy, research, and community organizing with a focus on low income communities and communities of color. In her role at Shareable, Milicent's main objective is to network shareable urban designers, businesses, alternative economy and thought leaders with communities that are ripe for implementing sharing practices in order to strengthen the sharing movement.
Michael Johnson-Chase is the Director of the Green Career Training Program at http://solar1.org/" target="_blank">Solar One. Responsible for program design and management, partnership development and employer cultivation, Michael built the training program from an idea in 2009 to serving 695 participants in energy efficiency, renewable energy and building operations and maintenance courses in 2011.
A former university professor, Michael is past Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance and Associate Dean for the Peck School of Fine Arts at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Michael has worked extensively at premier cultural and academic institutions all across the globe. In 2004, Michael shifted to a new career in renewable energy and energy efficiency by training in solar system installation at
Sadhu Johnston is the Commissioner of the City of Chicago Department of Environment. He was appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley in July of 2005 after serving as the Assistant to the Mayor for Green Initiatives for one and a half years. His responsibilities include the overall management of DOE, which administers programs to protect and restore Chicago's natural resources; reduce waste; clean up brownfields; promote energy efficiency and reliability; educate the public about environmental issues; and enforce the City's environmental protection laws.
As the Assistant to the Mayor for Green Initiatives, other responsibilities included the coordination and facilitation of green efforts throughout the City. He has been involved in the policies, programs, and regulations related to green building, recycling, green roofs, public education, and the development of the City's Environmental Action Agenda.
Prior to working for the City of Chicago, Sadhu served as the Executive Director of the Cleveland Green Building Coalition. The organization's accomplishments included a green renovation of an historic bank known as the Cleveland Environmental Center. The Center, which serves as a home for various nonprofit organizations features a green roof with native endangered plants, a geothermal heating and cooling system, healthy indoor air quality, and many other green building features.
Jolda is Senior Vice President for Marcal Paper LLC, the nation's leading manufacturer of household paper goods from 100 percent recycled paper. An industry pioneer, Marcal has used recycled paper to make paper towels, napkins, facial tissue and bath tissue since 1950. Jolda is responsible for the Marketing and R;D efforts for the Marcal Small Steps brand.
Jolda's 20plusyear track record of brand revitalization spans a wide range of consumer products, concentrating in food, household cleansers and OTC/HBA.
Prior to Marcal, Jolda was Marketing Director at Gerber, where she led the revitalization of the Gerber Baby Care business. Prior to that, Jolda led the marketing efforts in the turnaround of Pinnacle Foods' Vlasic Division. Jolda has revitalized some very familiar brand names for Reckitt Benckiser and Prestige brands, including French's
Talat Jonathan Phillips is the author of The Electric Jesus: The Healing Journey of a Contemporary Gnostic.He co-founded the cutting edge, transformational web-magazine Reality Sandwich and The Evolver Network, coordinating 50+ regional Evolver chapters. He is a spirituality blogger for "The Huffington Post" and a Bioenergetic Healer. http://www.talathealing.com" target="_blank">www.TalatHealing.com
Pennye Jones-Napier is a Co-Founder of The Big Bad Woof holistic, eco-friendly pet supply stores started in 2005. She frequently writes and speaks on nutrition, raw feeding and well-care issues for companion animals. She is a volunteer with Red Rover for equine and companion animal sheltering / rescue work, and her company was honored as a Humane Business Hero by the Washington Humane Society in 2011. She and her partner started the 1st Benefit Corporation in 2010 (Maryland & the US) and the 1st certified B Corporation as a franchise entity in 2011.
Prior to owning The Big Bad Woof, Ms. Jones-Napier ran a cutting edge web development company for 11 years and was a jewelry historian and personal property appraiser in the Dc Metro area and an Adjunct Faculty Member with New York University.
Benjamin P. Jordan, P.E., provides Civil Engineering and technical expertise for ecological projects that focus on sustainable energy resources. He has established four different worker cooperatives and nonprofits to assist municipalities in recycling energy such as vegetable oil, boutique alterative fuel distribution, green urban utility design and education and advocacy. Currently Mr. Jordan holds positions as a Professional Engineer for Rana Creek, Peoples Fuel Cooperative, Biofuel Recycling Cooperative, San Francisco Biofuels Cooperative, faculty of City College of San Francisco and Indigenous Permaculture Teacher.
Dennis A. Jose is a prize winning visual artist, author and performance artist who, over a 25 year period, has evolved a community arts hub both in
Marc Bamuthi Joseph identifies as father, husband, educator, artist,and second generation American. His roots are on Broadway (The Tap Dance Kid; Stand Up Tragedy), his grounding is in spoken word, (1999 National Poetry Slam Champion; HBO’s Def Poetry) and his recent internationally commissioned post-hip hop theater works include ‘red, black and GREEN: a blues’ and ‘the break/s.’ He is artistic director emeritus and founding program director of the literary arts nonprofit Youth Speaks, for which he curated the Living Word Festival, Life is Living, and Left Coast Leaning as well as the documentary series “Brave New Voices” for HBO. His many honors include the USA Rockefeller Fellowship (2006), the Alpert Award in the Arts (2011),the National Guild for Community Arts Education’s Leadership Award (2012), the inaugural Doris Duke Performing Artist Award (2012) and a re-mounting of Word Becomes Flesh for the National Endowment for the Arts’ “American Masterpieces” series (2010). After associate professorships at Stanford University and the University of Wisconsin, Joseph now teaches in the graduate division in the English department at Mills College. He currently serves as Director of Performing Arts at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.
Before joining the Shedd team, Michelle worked closely with scientists worldwide to develop volunteerbased research expeditions for the international nonprofit, Earthwatch Institute. While with Earthwatch, she traveled to Africa, the Caribbean, and Mexico to assist with field research on community health, Leatherback sea turtles, and whale sharks, respectively. Michelle also spent time with Walt Disney Worlds Animal Kingdom, New England Aquarium, and Museum of ScienceBoston as a conservation educator. Before embarking on her career, Michelle graduated with honors from the University of WisconsinMadison with a degree in Conservation.
Rachael Joy is a filmmaker and activist who is passionate about great storytelling and the environment. She is Co-Chair, of PGA Green West, the Producers Guild of America’s Green Committee on the West coast, helping lead the charge toward environmentally-conscious sustainable productions world-wide. As a producer of "It's Easy Being Green" for HGTV, Rachael shot with green luminaries such as Willie Nelson, John Cougar Mellencamp, Paul Newman, Daryl Hannah and renowned chef Alice Waters. She's produced stories covering the Solar Decathlon, 40th anniversary of Earth Day, climate change, sustainable fashion, organic gardening and the BP oil spill. She’s been featured talent in the Environmental Defense Fund’s "Climate Change Campaign" video series and was host of Treehugger’s "Green Holiday Gift Guide" for PlanetGreen.com. She recently founded EcoPop TV, where she produces and hosts a series dedicated to green stories that are fun, informative and occasionally irreverent.
Elijah Joy has mastered the art of storytelling through food. As expressed in thru his signature recipes, the raw and delectable Go Go Greens and his latest hit Aunt Gerty's Four Cheese Mac n Cheese. As a private chef, Elijah has wowed the likes of soul music legends Isaac Hayes, Erykah Badu, BB King, India Arie and others. He is currently staging Organic Soul Live a vegan pop up restaurant and retail store in Oakland/ San Francisco, New York City and Washington, DC. Organic Soul Live is pleased to be featured on the Good Food Stage this year connecting stories of love food family community and fun.
Joy Smith is an international dance and fitness presenter and Zumba education specialist. She is a choreographer for music videos, TV, movies, musical artists and more in France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Brazil, Japan and the US. Her awards include: International Presenter of theYear in Italy, Funk Instructor of the Year in France and Aerobic Instructor of the Year in Santa Cruz. ACE and AFAA faculty. She is the owner and director of The Santa Cruz Dance Company in Soquel, CA.
The Almighty J's is the name these Oakland siblings chose to represent their creative collaborative efforts. Ranging in ages from 5 to 9, the children sing, dance to their own choreographies, play the drums, and act. Recently, they performed in a musical theatre production featured at the last Greenfest, EnviroWar.
Siel is an environmental writer, activist, and founder of Green LA Girl (http://greenlagirl.com/)," target="_blank">http://greenlagirl.com/">http://greenlagirl.com/), her blog about eco-friendly, sustainable living in Los Angeles. Siel has a Ph.D." target="_blank">http://greenlagirl.com/siel-phd/">Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California, teaches at Loyola Marymount University and Otis College of Arts and Design, and lives in Santa Monica. Sielhttp:// writes and speak about environmental and fair trade issues and is a Contributing Editor at BlogHer.com" target="_blank">http://blogher.com">BlogHer.com (formerly Green section editor) and previously headed up LATimes.com’s" target="_blank">http://latimes.com">LATimes.com’s environmental blog, Emerald" target="_blank">http://latimes.com/emeraldcity">Emerald City. She served as editor for the L.A. section of WorldChanging," target="_blank">http://worldchanging.org">WorldChanging, contributed to KPCC‘s" target="_blank">http://www.scpr.org/">KPCC‘s green blog Pacific" target="_blank">http://www.scpr.org/blogs/environment/">Pacific Swell, blogged for Mother" target="_blank">http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle">Mother Nature Network‘s lifestyle section, and wrote the Green News is Good News blog for Lime.com" target="_blank">http://Lime.com">Lime.com (since bought by Gaiam)." target="_blank">http://life.gaiam.com/">Gaiam).
Adela joined the Homegirl team three years ago and quickly worked her way up to a leadership role. After a few years in prison, Adela utilized the opportunity at Homegirl to put her life back on track and become a loving example to her children.
Judith Martin is the founding chair of The Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada.
Antonia Juhasz is the Director of the Energy Program at Global Exchange where she takes on Big Oil by uniting and advocating for communities on the front lines oil’s production, transport and refining. Juhasz is the author of several books, including: Black Tide: the Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill and The Tyranny of Oil: the World’s Most Powerful Industry—And What We Must Do To Stop It. Juhasz is the editor of The True Cost of Chevron: An Alternative Annual Report, 2009 and 2010 and the Wall Street Journal has named her "one of [Chevron's] most vocal critics." Juhasz appears regularly on NPR, BBC and Democracy Now!, and has written for the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Ms. Magazine and more. She is on the National Advisory Committee of Iraq Veterans Against the War.
Julie Anderson is a senior policy advisor for the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, where she arrived in April 2007. She concentrates on green economy, workforce development, global health, and industry cluster policies. Concurrently, Julie is an elected official, serving as a Tacoma City Council Member since 2004.
For over 20 years, Julie has been known as an advocate for local government, a public servant, and commonsense administrator. Julie's past professional service comes from a wide variety of fields, including political strategy, human services, criminal justice and business association management. She is a 2009 Woman of Distinction, a 2008 Woman of Influence, and a 2004 40 Under 40 (acknowledging young business leaders in the South Sound). Julie is an American Leadership Forum senior fellow. The Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development (CTED) is the lead state agency charged with enhancing and promoting sustainable community and economic vitality in Washington.
Dhyana Justl is a dedicated yoga instructor and educator. She has been an explorer of yoga and theatrical arts for 14 years. The study and practice of many forms of yoga, meditation and theatre have led her to India, Nepal, England, France, The Yukon, New Mexico and California. She has acted, directed and led theatre workshops for kids across Canada and England. She has worked with Green Kids since 2003.
Dhyana has been teaching yoga full time to kids, adults, seniors and adults with disabilities for 3 years. She holds a BA Honours Degree in Theatre and Religious Studies which lends to her playful and philosophical style of teaching. She hopes to study Transpersonal Psychotherapy at a masters level and has just begun The Marriage and Family Therapy Counselling Program at the University of Winnipeg.