Steve Ma runs Live Green, an organization working to make green living easier and more affordable. He was named Asian American of the year in 2001.


Steve Ma, Board President and Co-Director of Live Green. Steve currently runs Live Green, a DC-based social enterprise that drives practical, impactful, lasting behavior changes aimed at creating a new and thriving green economy. Over the past two decades, Steve has been a result-driven leader in the social change arena through his work with AARP, Sierra Club, the Public Interest Research Groups, and now Live Green. Steve spearheaded the effort to pass the country's strongest telemarketing do-not-call law, developed innovative, market-based approaches to helping people with lower incomes build and protect assets, co-coordinated a national petition drive that generated 1,200,000 physical signatures in defense of the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Clean Water Act, and founded the Indiana Public Interest Research Group. In 2001, AsianWeek named Steve their 2001 Asian-American of the Year in recognition of his work to pass a landmark Clean Elections law.


Diane MacEachern is the author of Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World, and the founder ; publisher of, a website that offers consumers easy and affordable ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle while encouraging manufacturers to reduce pollution, stop global warming, and limit use of toxic substances.


Mario Machnicki is the president and CEO of American Lime Technology. A native of Poland, he learned traditional masonry construction skills in Eastern Europe. After establishing a successful masonry restoration business that employs old-world techniques and materials in his adopted home of Chicago, he founded U.S. Heritage Group, which offers traditional masonry materials, heritage tools, training, and specialized consulting services. American Lime Technology combines Mario’s interest in heritage masonry with his appreciation for the inherently sustainable qualities of traditional construction methods and natural materials.

Mario’s projects include work on the United States Capitol, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin, and Castillo de San Marcos in Saint Augustine, Florida. He has participated in traditional masonry training courses in Poland, England, Austria, France and Ireland. He is a popular conference speaker and has been featured in national newspapers, radio and industry trade magazines.


For the past 10 years, Mr. Macias has served as the Executive Director of Anahuak. Since founding the organization, he has forested the group’s growth into a democratizing agent of social change in northeastern Los Angeles. He is a pillar of the community and is respected for his sincere efforts to engage the communities he serves into citywide planning and LA River parkway revitalization efforts.

Mr. Macias has been recognized for his achievements in soccer and community-building efforts. He was recognized for his achievements with a Los Angeles River Award in 2002, and received international recognition and a personal commitment from Nobel Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu. In September 2007, Mr. Macias was awarded the Governor’s Sports Spotlight Award in recognition of his organizing efforts.

He continues to work with communities to provide recreation and education opportunities to the 2,500 his organization currently serves.


Marvin Mack is vice president of marketing and media for Divine Chocolate in the USA. Divine Chocolate is a pioneering social enterprise coowned by the farmers of Kuapa Kokoo in Ghana. The success of Divine means that farmers have a secure source of Fair Trade income that continues to grow year over year. Prior to joining Divine Chocolate, Marvin worked for several prominent public relations agencies including RuderFinn, Euro RSCG, Golin Harris, and Manning Selvage and Lee. Mack holds a bachelor's from Hofstra University. He lives in West New York, New Jersey.


Brandi Mack is a holistic health educator, therapeutic massage therapist, and permaculture designer. She holds a bachelor's degree in Human Service Management, and a certification from Starhawk's Earth Activist Training. Brandi is motivated to work in community, particularly with young people. Brandi currently directs Girls 2000, a program of the Hunter's Point Family, in San Francisco. Girls 2000 is a year-round after school program that serves girls who live in the housing authority of Hunter's Point. One of the components of the program is the community garden. Our motto is "Everything is in the Garden". Brandi is currently working on creating a social permaculture hub with the Girls 2000 group, which will include a stage, solar bike stations to charge cell phones and solar dehydrators. Brandi is excited to see this project complete as it will create permanent culture for this community for generations to come.


Conrad MacKerron serves as the Director of the Corporate Social Responsibility Program at the As You Sow (AYS) Foundation. AYS uses shareholder action and other strategies to change corporate behavior and create a more socially and environmentally just society. Conrad is also the winner of the SRI Service Award 2007 for his contributions to social investment community.


Jennifer Mackley is a local attorney and has worked as an advocate for the homeless and in national hunger organizations, such as Foodchain, for the past 20 years. Since moving to West Seattle she has served on the MMRS/LEPC (Metropolitan Medical Response System/Local Emergency Planning Committee) to help coordinate regional catastrophic planning efforts between government agencies, environmental and citizen groups, industry and emergency response officials.

In 2005, Jennifer developed a neighborhoodbased preparedness program for 5,000 people in King County that has been adapted for use in communities throughout the country. Her expertise in emergency preparedness was developed through her work with the Humanitarian Service Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints.


MacLeod is part of TWIG (Transition Whatcom Initiating Group) and was motivated to support Transition after seeing The End of Suburbia in 2004, a movie about peak oil and climate. MacLeod will be joined on the Transition panel by Clark and Wolf also from TWIG.


Alice Madden serves as Governor Ritters Climate Change Coordinator. In that role, she is coordinating efforts, both public and private, to meet the green house gas reduction goals set forth in Colorados Climate Action Plan. She is a Senior Fellow on Climate Change for the Center for American Progress, located in Washington, DC.

Alice earned her bachelors degree from the University of Colorado in 1981 and her law degree from CU Law in 1989.

She started her career in the high tech industry and then practiced law for 10 years before running for office.

Alice served in the legislature from 2000 to 2008 and was the House Majority Leader for the last four of those years. She is widely recognized as the architect of the progressive takeover of the State House in 2004. Among her accomplishments is helping establish Colorado as a leader in what is widely now called the New Energy Economy. She was instrumental on energy issues, including passing legislation in 2007 that doubled the states renewable energy standard. Alice garnered a reputation as a lawmaker who could unite opposing parties and find common ground and commonsense solutions.


A Projects Officer in the Sustainable Energy Group at the International Finance Corporation, Madeira got her start in biodiesel and photovoltaics at American University and while at the University of Peace in Costa Rica helped local communities employ solar power to improve their lives. She frequently teaches renewable energy classes on photovoltaics and biofuels and practices sustainability at home by making biodiesel in her garage and fueling her car with used cooking oil collected from restaurants.


Julio Madrigal was born in Mexico and graduated from Oakland’s Mandela High School. He works for Planting Justice, an organization that builds organic gardens for Bay Area residents so they have access to fresh foods in their neighborhoods. Inspiring people with the message of knowing where their food comes from, reducing pesticides and fossil fuels in the transportation of food. Julio who was inspired by teachers, friends, and the lack of healthy food in his community co-launched EAT GRUB, Enhancing Access to Gardens and Revolutionizing Urban Backyards. With the aim to help people connect with their roots and their food, Julio believes that food is a human right, and people should have easay access to it. This drives his work to help families eat good, healthy and organic produce grown in their own backyard.


As director of the Global Exchange Freedom from Oil Campaign, Magel ispressuring the auto industry to produce zeroemission vehicles andfighting new oil infrastructure.


As Director of Seal of Approval and Standards, Maren oversees the process for business members to earn the coveted Green America Seal of Approval, including standards and partnership development. Maren joined the Green Business Network in 2011 after helping ABC Carpet and Home, a home furnishings department store in New York, transition to socially responsible business practices and sustainable supply chains. She is also an editor for CATALYST" target="_blank">">CATALYST Strategic Design Review, a quarterly publication to stimulate thinking and encourage conversation about the role of strategic design in defining and developing an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable future. Green America’s Green Business is America's first and largest network of socially and environmentally responsible businesses, linking green businesses to the growing marketplace of values-driven consumers. The Green Business Network provides marketing opportunities, educational forums, business services, and connections that benefit both emerging and expanding green businesses.


Jeff Maimon was raised in the northwest suburb of Buffalo Grove. Following graduation from Stevenson High School in 2004, Jeff went on to Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts where he majored in Music Industry. After a 4 year stint of booking local hip hop and punk shows throughout the New England area, Jeff decided to pack up and move back to Chicago. After finding a full time job at the height of the recession proved unsuccessful, Jeff launched the online web series In 2010, Jeff joined Frontera Grill, Inc in the role of personal assistant to Chef Rick Bayless. Additionally, Jeff works with Frontera’s green operations, marketing and project development.


Markos Major is an Urban Farm Educator throughout San Francisco. Whether building raised veggie beds on Treasure Island, or planting Orchards in Golden Gate Park, his focus is on empowerment through botanical action and education. As co-founder of the Rainbow Chard Alliance (an LGBT Farmer and Gardener network) Markos works with other queer eco-activists to create community and dialogue around Environmental sustainability. Working for the SFDPW Bureau of Urban Forestry, Markos facilitates the new" target="_blank">Sidewalk Landscape Permit. Markos’ passion is Agroecological restoration - working with farmers and gardeners to reincorporate ecological principles into the practice of growing food. Markos was born in Battle Creek, Michigan and moved to the Golden State to study Agroecology and Community Studies at UC Santa Cruz. Beyond sidewalk gardens, Markos consults with school communities, businesses and residents alike about ecological restoration, organic gardening and building cultures of sustainability on campus, at home and in the office.


California born, granddaughter of immigrants, documented and undocumented, devorah major served as Poet Laureate of San Francisco 2002-2006. From her Harlem born Afro-Caribbean father she learned a love of the planet crossing this nation annually by a car and traveling through Europe and living in a tent for a year for a year. A writer, teacher and arts activist her poetry books include street smarts, where river meets ocean, and with more than tongue. She has two novels published, An Open Weave and Brown Glass Windows. She performs locally, nationally and internationally with and without jazz musicians, and has poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction published in several anthologies and periodicals. A new collection of poems, rising tide, breaking waves (Winter 2013- World Internet Books) is forthcoming . She is a poet in residence at San Francisco's Fine Arts Museums and adjunct Professor at the California College of the Arts.

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Makhijani is president of The Institute for Energy and Environmental Research.


Chef Josie is a classically trained bohemian chef, global adventurist, TV and radio personality, visionary social entrepreneur, former women's pro football player, social activist and lifestyle ambassador. As a participant on "Top Chef: LA" Season 2 she displayed her soulfulness through different cultural techniques.

Josie is taking the message on the road and inviting everyone into the conversation regarding food equality, youth empowerment, and community building. Her Global SOUL Project offers programs to help bring SOULutions of change. Josie is a true culinary adventurer who has traveled the globe piercing the veins of each place she visits, trading stories and tasting the culture.

This outspoken chef is leading a movement by defining "SOUL" in a culture through food, music and the people she meets while reconnecting, inspiring and strengthening all aspects of our communities.


Elaine Maldonado is the Director of Faculty Development and Center for Excellence in Teaching at Fashion Institute of Technology/SUNY. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cooper Union, a Master of Science in Education from City University of New York and Fine Arts Certificate from the University of Madrid, Spain. Prior to coming to FIT, she was the Director of the College Learning Centers at New York City College of Technology, CUNY’s senior technical college.

Professor Maldonado has had faculty appointments at Parsons School of Design, CUNY and at Bank Street College of Education. Named an outstanding scholar by CUNY in 2004, 2005 and 2006, her essays have been published by the Journal of Educational Technology Systems (2010), the University of the Arts-London (CLTAD Conference proceedings), E-source for First Year College Students and the American Society for Engineering Education.

Professor Maldonado authored and directed a $518,000 FIPSE grant at CUNY designed to maximize the role of adjunct faculty and improve student outcomes. She has written and directed numerous state level and campus level grants that address both teaching and learning. A sampling of her presentations include those hosted by the U.S. Department of Education, the State University of New Jersey, State University of New York, University of the Arts/London and the Savannah College of Art and Design.


Ryan Maley is a leader with demonstrated success in translating strategic goals into operational results. Maley has a unique variety of business and technical skills as well as diverse experience with services and manufacturing companies. With a talent for making rapid assessments of situational challenges and developing and leading the resulting plans, he has successfully led efforts to open new markets, restructure organizations, and to grow companies through successful acquisition and integration.

He is currently Vice President of Global Inventures, a firm providing operations, management and leadership services for technology alliances and standards organizations. He has provided services for a variety of clients including the ZigBee Alliance, Open Mobile Video Coalition, Multimedia Over Coax Alliance and Open Identity Exchange.

Previously, he was VP of Operations for Software Technologies Group, an engineering firm specializing in product development services for advanced electronics products companies. Maley holds profit and loss responsibility and directs finance, sales and marketing operations. The company has positioned itself as a subject matter expert in the low-power wireless industry by participating in and leading technical standards efforts within a variety of vertical markets including Smart Energy, Health Care, Industrial Networking and Home Automation.

Prior to joining Software Technologies Group, he was President and on the board of directors of Equipto Electronics Corporation, a $13 million manufacturer of sheet metal enclosures for the electronics industry. While at Equipto, Maley held P&L responsibility and initiated a value-add strategy, adding complementary products and services for existing customers. In its first year, the program generated an 18% increase in dollar sales and a 26% increase in profits. Under Maley’s leadership, the company acquired and integrated a company with complementary products. The acquisition exceeded profitability projections and became ISO 9001 registered in six months.

Maley is on the board of directors for Expleo Solutions a software-as-a-service company providing solutions for approving digital content to advertising agencies and consumer package goods companies. Expleo is a publicly reporting startup on a track to become publicly traded. Maley is on the Social Venture Advisory Board of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, a creative think-and-do tank that combines rigorous research with effective solutions for urban sustainability. The Board helps build ventures that promote sustainable living like the I-Go car sharing service.

Maley serves as chairperson of the Dunham Fund, a grant maker with a $70 million endowment. Maley has led efforts to apply successful, appropriate business strategies to grant making and has led the Fund into a venture capital model of operation. He developed a grant proposal writing competition credited with successfully inspiring a variety of new projects in the community with minimal investment from the Fund. Maley sits on the Human Relations Commission for the city of Aurora, the second largest city in the state of Illinois. The Commission is charged with investigating complaints of discrimination and furthering understanding among the diverse population of the city. He serves as the vice-chair of the Marketing Group of the ZigBee Alliance, an international non-profit trade association of companies in the wireless industry.

Maley holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Business (cum laude) and Psychology (magna cum laude). Maley is recognized as a subject matter expert in low-power wireless and information technology. He frequently presents on a variety of technology and management topics and has been published in a variety of magazines including as a monthly IT columnist for four years.

Maley is a second-generation Mexican-American and resides in Aurora, Illinois with his wife Ursula who is extensively involved with local non-profits. They have three college-age children.


Stacy Malkan is the media director for the Yes on 37 California Right to Know Initiative to label genetically engineered foods. She is a former reporter and newspaper publisher, and longtime advocate for environmental health issues and fighting for our rights for safe nontoxic products, most recently as co-founder of the national Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and author of the award-winning book, Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry.


A Freedom from Oil campaigner at Rainforest Action Network, Malloy iscurrently working to push automakers to reduce greenhouse gas emissionsand adopt cleaner technology.


Jennifer Mampara has directed the FoodPrints program at Watkins Elementary School since 2009. In 2013, she expanded the program to Peabody and SWS Schools. With a master's degree in nutrition, she has created a healthy foods' curriculum for FoodPrints that is standards-based, open source, kitchen- and garden-based public school lessons for first through fifth grades. She also created a "Story of Food" curriculum for pre-K and K students at Peabody School. In 2013, she taught a series of after-school Parents Nutrition Education Workshops at the Watkins Food Lab where parents and children learned to make healthy meals and snacks based on local, seasonal foods.


Rosalia Mancera was born in Mexico City and migrated to the United States as a young child. She attended public school in Chicago before attending University of Illinois at Chicago to seek a degree in education. Rosalia holds a bachelors and masters in education. She has lived in Pilsen for more 35 years and has always been active on community issues. As a young activist, Rosalia worked alongside Rudy Lozano Sr. She is currently a Chicago Public Schools teacher and a member of the" target="_blank">Pilsen Alliance Board of Directors.


Author, Mira Manickam believes that there are many ways to connect to nature. As an educator at the Headlands Institute, Mira has strived to make environmental education more inclusive. She believes in empowering her students to connect with nature in their own way. She has brought eco-art, Michael Jackson, and hip-hop onto the trails and into the campfire circle. As a Toyota TogetherGreen fellow, Mira worked with United Roots in Oakland, to connect eight youth with urban forestry as a means for healing and building community. United Roots, a Green Media Arts Center, works with youth who struggle daily with challenges ranging from homelessness, addiction, incarceration, and unstable homes. Many have been directly touched by the high homicide rate in Oakland. These youth joined with elder community activist leaders and local foresters to plant an urban grove in memory of victims of violence.


Allison has a passion for creating design that cleanly delivers a clear message with an extra creative push to make the work stand out. With over 15 years experience designing and managing corporate identity and annual reports for Fortune 500 companies, her organizational skills have been described by clients as “downright scary,” and her great business sense keep budgets and schedules tightly on track. Allison’s designs have been recognized by Graphis, HOW Magazine, the Publicity Club of Chicago, the Advertising Club of Washington, D.C. and The Washington Book Publishers. Because living and working in Chicago doesn’t expose her to enough cold weather conditions, Allison spends her spare time training on the ice as a competitive figure skater in the adult ranks. She also combines her computer skills with skating by producing a monthly skating podcast. As a result of her skating career, she has a deep appreciation for quality spandex and strategically positioned sequins.

Rogue Element is a small strategic design agency with big project experience that fuses a passion for creative communication with clients who make a difference. We fuse marketing intelligence with creative problem-solving to produce the most creative, memorable, and effective communications possible for our clients. We collaborate with you to visually charge your message with a uniquely authentic and memorable voice that stands out from the crowd.


Eric Mann directs the Labor/Community Strategy Center and helped found the Bus Riders Union. The Strategy Center is a “think tank/act tank,” training organizers and initiating high visibility environmental justice, mass transportation and civil rights campaigns. The BRU is the largest mass transportation group in the U.S. Mann has been a civil rights, anti-Vietnam war, labor and environmental organizer with the Congress of Racial Equality, Students for a Democratic Society and the United Auto Workers.In 2001, he was a delegate to the U.N. World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa and returned in 2002 as part of a Strategy Center delegation to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. Mann is the co-host of the weekly radio show, Voices from the Frontlines, on KPFK 90.7 FM. He has published more than 200 articles and his most recent is Playbook for Progressives: 16 Qualities of the Successful Organizer.


For the past seven years, Shannon Mann has been an active member of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, acting as a volunteer crew member during many campaigns, ranging from anti-whaling intervention in the Antarctic to marine conservation efforts in the Galapagos to documentation of the Canadian seal hunt.

Upon hearing Captain Paul Watson speak in 2005 — founder of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society — Shannon saw the opportunity to become involved in a cause close to her heart, and made a decision that would completely alter the course of her life.She quit her job, sold her car, and set sail as part of a campaign to protect whales in the Antarctic Ocean.

Shannon gained wide public recognition after appearing on four seasons of Animal Planet’s popular Whale Wars series — which documented Sea Shepherd’s Antarctic campaigns — as well as numerous radio and television interviews (including a special on Larry King Live). Many people began to reach out to her for advice on activism and how they, too, could get involved.

While connecting people with grassroots initiatives in their cities, Shannon soon recognized the need to create a hub for activism — a place where volunteers could be connected to causes in their local communities. Founded by Shannon Mann, Backyard Activist is an online hub of connectivity between individuals, non-profit organizations and responsible businesses.


Ms. Manthe has worked for the Oneida Tribe since 1993. She has worked for the Environmental Resources Board for the past 10 years. She is responsible for community outreach and education. In that capacity she has organized numerous community meetings, educational events, workshops, conferences and presentations on various environmental issues.

Laura brings a wealth of knowledge regarding the Oneida Nation and it's citizens. Currently Laura is part of a multi departmental team that is responsible for the design of the Sustainable Oneida Community including walking paths to connect housing sites to services, green space with cultural and historical information and redevelopment of Old Oneida to provide economic opportunities for tribal members.


Lynda V. Mapes is an environmental reporter for the Seattle Times. She has worked as a reporter for daily newspapers for more than 20 years on both sides of the country and specializes in coverage of Native American tribes and regional environmental issues.

She has won national and regional awards for her coverage of science and the environment, and is the author of Washington, the Spirit of the Land, (Voyageur Press, 1999, 2002) and a forthcoming book, Breaking Ground, about the inadvertant discovery of an ancient Indian village in Port Angeles, due out next year from the University of Washington Press. A New York native, she has lived in Washington State since 1992 and been a reporter at the Seattle Times for 10 years.


Manuel Maqueda is trained as an international economist, attorney, entrepreneur, and environmentalist, but chooses not to identify with any profession, career or position. He is involved in a variety of organizations and projects to educate, lead, and innovate our transition to a responsible, thriving way of life on Earth. Manuel is cofounder of Plastic Pollution Coalition and is a member of Midway Journey, a transmedia project and documentary film led by Chris Jordan documenting plastic pollution on the albatross colonies of Midway island.


Eric Mar was elected in November 2008 to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to represent the Richmond District. For over two decades, Eric has been a dedicated and responsive advocate for working families, youth and seniors, small businesses and all the diverse residents of San Francisco. From 2000 to 2008, Eric served as a Commissioner and President of the San Francisco Board of Education. He has also taught Asian American and Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University, has been a past director of the Northern California Coalition for Immigrant Rights and a longtime social justice activist with the Chinese Progressive Association and other grassroots organizations. As a public interest attorney, he served on the Human Rights Committee of the State Bar of California and the Civil Rights Committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.


The Collaborative is a national campaign in ten American cities (, where Marchant works with stakeholder organizations (public, labor, community and industry and workforce development) to bring a collective effort to retrofit our urban core. This creates high road jobs, builds our democracy, reduces energy use and brings direct investments to local communities.

As the creator and Program Manager of the Green Assets Program at the Greenlining Institute, she worked with advocates and elected officials to include communities of color and low-income communities in California’s commitment to going green. She presented throughout the state on climate policy (AB32), energy efficiency, cap and trade, and localized solutions that bring economic and social equity. While working to ensure the infrastructure needed for the green economy to thrive, she kept her artistic life alive acting as the associate producer of '" target="_blank">Heist-Who Stole the American Dream', which provides a clear narrative of the destruction of our economy over the past thirty years, and how to build it back.


Alexia Marcous is co-founder and Chief Optimistic Officer of Dharma Merchant Services, the preferred and recommended merchant service provider of Green America and winner of the Fourth Green Business Leadership Award from Green America. Alexia holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and an M.B.A. from Drexel University. Alexia was a computer programmer and systems architect consultant for 12 years, serving companies and non-profits in the financial, insurance, pharmaceutical, energy and technology industries. She is a mentor for the Presideo Graduate School Sustainable Management MBA program, and sits on the advisory board of People Powered Savings, a community lending circle, and Green Streets, a recycling and composting operation working in San Francisco's largest public housing developments and run by the residents there. Alexia also founded and runs a chapter of Dining for Women, a fundraising organization for international women's organizations.


Jeff is Co- founder and Chief Evolutionary Officer of the first sustainable and socially responsible credit card processor, Dharma Merchant Services.

Jeff Marcous has been employed in the payments space for over 23 years and has a unique perspective on the evolution of the technologies involved in the processing of credit card payments. As cofounder of the first socially responsible and sustainable provider, Jeff can speak to the present and future state of technology in the industry.


Ami Marcus is a core team member of a grassroots group in Mt. Shasta, CA that is working to enact laws elevating rights of Mt. Shasta’s citizens and the natural environment above claimed legal “rights” of corporations. As a Culture Change Partner for IMPAQ, an International Consulting Firm, Ami supports corporate leaders in building accountable, transparent cultures to achieve meaningful results. She is the founder of PlanetVision Productions, focusing on a conscious media project designed to accelerate a shift in global awareness and sustainable behaviors. Ami serves by bridging diverse cultural and belief systems through personal, organizational and social transformation.


Mari is the associate director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.


Jonathan Mariano is an MBA graduate from the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, CA. He writes for, a new-media company for the business community that cultivates awareness and understanding of the triple bottom line – people, planet, profit. Jonathan’s interests include the convergence between lean & green and pursuing market based sustainable solutions.

Marilyn Jones

Marilyn Jones has been the proud Founder and President of Chicago-based Consolidated Printing Company since its inception in 1973. She knew she always wanted to own her own company almost as much as she wanted to have a company that was good to and for its employees. Little did she know that goal would be the back-drop to a thirty-five year effort to create the greenest printing company in America. The entrepreneurial spirit and concern for others in Marilyn drove her to pursue the elimination of all toxic and carcinogenic chemicals from her company’s printing process from its beginning. Way before green was a common household term. The song goes “I was country before country was cool. Well, Marilyn Jones was “green before green was cool.” She’s been called the “mother of green printing” because she’s lead the way in the printing industry’s efforts to become environmentally responsible. Throughout her career, Marilyn has proven that a small business can achieve monumental results.

Consolidated Printing has received nearly every meaningful environmental award and recognition a company can receive. It was instrumental in working with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to promote a cleaner and safer environment. It was recognized as the first Illinois Great Green Printer. It received awards from four Illinois Governers, Mayor Daley, and the Chicago Department of the Environment. In 2009 the Printing Industry of America recognized Marilyn and Consolidated Printing with its highest environmental award. A lifetime of commitment spent on Boards and organizations promoting integrity and professional responsibility – social, economic, and environmental responsibility – are the hallmarks of Marilyn Jones and Consolidated Printing Company. Marilyn Jones has included the needs of the environment and the well-being or her employees and her community with each and every job Consolidated Printing accepts. The practices of Marilyn Jones and Consolidated Printing are an example for all of us who own or operate a business. She brings to mind a a few words from Shakespeare that belie a principle that applies to those who are truly successful in business and in life, “above all else, to thine own self be true.”


Mark is the editor of Earth Island Journal and comanager of Alemany Farm in San Francisco, which empowers San Francisco residents to grown their own food.

Mark R. Jones

Jones, MSM, is a master systems architect, strategic thinking partner and spiritual teacher with more than 20 years leadership experience(as CEO, VP, CIO, etc.) in business, nonprofit, and elected and/or appointed positions. He uses wisdom and compassion to optimize wellbeing and performance, achieving more than $1 billion in cost savings, cost avoidance and/or revenue generation. Jones implements visions (highest aspirations and values), from discerning the needs, aspirations, lifecycles, constraints and conditions of the wholesystem of internal and external ecosystems to assembling, developing and leading temporary and longterm implementation and maintenance teams that fulfill the visions.


Ana Paula Markel is a Certified Doula, Certified Childbirth Educator and DONA-Approved Birth Doula Trainer. She was twice named “Childbirth Educator of the Year” and was voted “Most Inspiring Doula” by the Doula Association of Southern California. Ana writes for the website and Midwifery Today magazine, and is featured in Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein‘s film The Business of Being Born and their book Your Best Birth. In 2008 Ana founded BINI Birth, a childbirth education center for doula training, workshops, classes, yoga, Hypnobirthing, Breastfeeding classes and support groups for new mothers. Ana Paula serves as an advisor for the Ina May Gaskin Documentary about doulas and birth in Brazil, and has been a guest on Bravo TV’s The Rachel Zoe Project. Ana Paula serves on the board for DONA International and is on the advisory board for PAM (Pregnancy Awareness Month). She is the mother of four children.


Rosemarie Markopoulos teaches Environmental Science, Physical Science, and Math at CCA Academy. She has interests in environmental sustainability, renewable energy and genetics.


BioLighter inventor and patent-holder Joe Marlin has managed to merge his mechanical engineering background with his environmentalism. Working as an environmental activist just after graduating from Case Western Reserve University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, Joe then invested his mechanical expertise into the world of automotive repair and fleet maintenance, given his preference for a hands-on approach to engineering solutions. ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) master-certified in the repair of cars and trucks, as well as ASE alternative-fuels certified, he officially qualifies as an expert in both vehicular systems and biofuels. While his first position working with his BioLighter business partners Jolie Ginsburg and Brian Deninger was as Fleet Manager for Incredible Adventures in 2008, it was natural for his responsibilities to extend to his position as Station Master at Dogpatch Biofuels when it was acquired in May, 2010. He also facilitated, as a project leader, coordinating the move and merger of Incredible Adventures to the current location shared with Dogpatch Biofuels, a process that led to the inception of the BioLighter concept.


Shayna Marmar is a cooking educator with a homestyle flair. She finds great joy in teaching fromscratch cooking to children, teens, adults, and families. In addition to her work with Honeypie Cooking ; Events, Shayna is also the associate director of the Temple Sinai Preschool in Oakland and the project assistant to Bryant Terry.


Holistic health and fitness guide Rainbeau Mars brings a lifetime of practicing yoga to her successful career as author and creator of numerous yoga DVDs, founder of the ra’yoKa fitness. As a highly sought after yoga instructor in Hollywood, Rainbeau’s clientele includes a multitude of A-list celebrities, models and moguls.

Rainbeau Mars—yes, that’s her real name—was born under a double rainbow in a teepee in the Ozarks. She was raised in Boulder, Colorado in the heart and at the forefront of the health and natural foods industry by her mother, Brigitte Mars, an author and master herbalist, and by her father, Tom Pfeiffer, Uni-Tea founder. Rainbeau spent her teenage years in Hawaii with her godparents, Dr. Light and Dr. Bryan Miller, an Ayurvedic naturopath and an Ayurvedic chiropractor, respectively. Rainbeau’s holistic upbringing led her to an apprenticeship with yoga gurus Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty—both of whom helped shape her career and catapult her to the forefront of the yoga community.

Since 2003, Rainbeau has delivered seven yoga DVDs that have sold over a million copies worldwide. Titles include the highly acclaimed “Zen Mama,” “Yoga for Beauty – Dusk and Dawn” and the four part “Sacred Vinyasa Flow Series.” Her international renown has landed her covers on magazines such as Natural Solutions, Yoga Journal, Body + Soul, Elephant, Healing Lifestyles and Spas, New Living and books such as Eating For Beauty and Beauty By Nature. She has had numerous TV appearances, including CNN LatAm, ESPN LatAm, Good Day LA, Good Day Colorado, Fashion TV and E! LatAm and Australia. Alongside her teacher training programs, Rainbeau continues to find new ways of sharing her holistic lifestyle secrets to serve the planet and enhance lives around the world.


Although originally from Brooklyn, New York Lanese Martin now calls Oakland home. Highly committed to building community, strengthening the green economy and breaking barriers for people of color, Lanese has committed her professional career to working in and around non-profit civic engagement and human rights work. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and a MBA in Sustainable Enterprise from Dominican University of California.

As a former foster youth in New York State, Lanese knows that not everyone is born into life with the same advantages. However, even more importantly she has realized that it is the work we do as a community that can really shape who one becomes. "I feel blessed that I had a community that pushed me to greatness. I broke all statistics, Im not supposed to be receiving a MBA". The only reason I am is the community that invested in me and that is why I am committed to re-investing back into my community.


Kristen Martinek has always had a profound love for the environment and natural health. Her passion to live a healthy & sustainable life has led her to work on three organic farms, literally learning from the ground up what a sustainable diet entails. As the Produce Lead Buyer at the Dill Pickle Coop, Kristen now acts as the voice between farm & city, to help better her community through the foods they eat. Whether it be offering up a healthy recipe, encouraging someone to try kale or beets for the first time, or selling as many local & regional foods as possible, Kristen pours her heart & soul into spreading her passions.


Deborah Marton is the senior vice-president of The New York Restoration Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reclaiming and restoring New York City parks, community gardens and open space, and to planting a million trees within the five boroughs by 2017.

Marx Hubbard

Barbara Marx Hubbard has been a leading voice for innovative change in the world for the past 40 years. As a visionary, author, speaker, social architect and cofounder/president of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution, she believes that humanity now, as never before, is on the threshold of a quantum leap. She has been instrumental in the founding of many futureoriented organizations including the World Future Society, New Dimensions Radio, Global Family, The Foundation for the Future, and the Association for Global New Thought. In 1984 her name was placed in nomination for the vice presidency of the United States on the Democratic ticket.

Mary Lee

Mary Lee is Deputy Director of Policy Link, a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity. Mary is a member of the PolicyLink health team, providing research, technical assistance and training to public and private agencies collaborating to build healthy communities. Lee is a practicing attorney with more than 25 years of experience working on civil rights, land use and economic development strategies to revitalize neighborhoods and enhance public participation in the policy arena. A former L.A. Transportation Commissioner, Ms. Lee has long worked for the legal and civil rights of the low-income people of her city. Her expertise includes affordable housing, job creation and redevelopment law. She has been an adjunct professor of law and teaches public policy and civil rights courses at the college level. Lee is a graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law, U. C. Berkeley.

Mary Meyer

Mary Meyer co-designed, built and has lived in an off-grid strawbale house for 17 years with her husband Richard Cartwright in rural Southeast Indiana in Oldenburg. They were inspired to create an Earth harmonious lifestyle with a low carbon footprint and saw an opportunity to do this through building and living in this manner. Their home features stuccoed & plastered strawbale walls as structure and insulation, an annually renewable material acquired from Mary's brother, a nearby farmer. The house is built on a gently sloping hill creating a split level that naturally circulates air for heating and cooling. It features solar panels for electricity, a gravity-fed water system from their abundant well on the hill behind their house, an internal greywater wetlands, a wood-burning cookstove, solar ovens, recycled or salvaged flooring, windows & doors and composting toilets--the end product of which provides nourishment to their emerging forest garden surrounding them. For 13 years, their home was part of the eco-educational programs of Michaela Farm with the Oldenburg Franciscan Sisters from the building of the home to open houses to the public, and one-on-one consultations in which over 1000 people were exposed to this living example of an ecological home and energy systems, some of whom have reported making changes in their own lives. The biggest lessons that Mary & Richard have received from choosing this way of life, is the commitment, creativity and management required, how much the homestead gives back to them, as well as the overwhelming interest people have for elements of their building and energy practices. Mary is the owner of Environmental Harmony & Healing Arts, providing coaching and consultation in creating a clear space and new habits for harmony and workability in any environment. She is also Massage and Movement Therapist at the Oldenburg Retreat Center.


Prianjali Mascarenhas manages the Community Investing Program at Coop America and the Social Investment Forum. Her background in Urban Planning and Economic Development, and passion for development issues has propelled her to work on access to credit and capital issues for lowincome communities in the US and abroad.

She will be moderating the panel The New Wave of Community Investing exploring both a bigpicture look at global and national impacts of community investing with two experts from the field, along with an indepth account oh how community investing has transformed the lives of local Chicago's residents, with a first hand account from a local borrower.


A serial eclectic and citizen of the world, Konda Mason’s career path has been anything but a straight path. She has honed her business leadership skills as a Grammy winning artist manager in London, an Academy Award nominated film producer in Hollywood, and an Off Broadway hit theater producer in New York…just to name a few.

Turning her attention to sustainable personal and global living solutions, Konda is a facilitator trainer for The Pachamama Alliance, a certified yoga instructor, a partner in Earthseed Consulting, LLC, and most recently the Founder and CEO of Hub Oakland LLC.

She was a co-host for the Shift Network’s 2012 Season of Sustainability. Konda’s leadership style leverages her innate wisdom with tools of permaculture, yoga, storytelling, Buddhist theory, and Integral Theory. A human equity advocate, self-proclaimed tree hugger, and social entrepreneur, Konda’s work is driven by the vision of realizing in her lifetime a genuinely just and sustainable world.


Serving as a director of Build It Green, and its predecessor nonprofit Green Resource Center since 2003, Bruce helped shepherd the organization through a period of exponential growth. In June of 2006, he transitioned from the board to a staff role as development director.Since 2002, Bruce has managed a CPUCfunded education and outreach initiative to help local governments and building professionals promote construction and remodeling practices that maximize energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor air quality, resource conservation, and overall sustainability. In that capacity, he helped found the Green Affordable Housing Coalition, made up of local governments and affordable housing developers seeking to incorporate green building practices into affordable housing projects.Prior to entering the green building arena, Bruce consulted for 10 years to electric and gas utilities, providing market research, competitive assessment, marketing/business plan development, program design and implementation, and monitoring and evaluation services. He also served four years on the city council in Albany, California, including one year as mayor.Serving as a director of Build It Green, and its predecessor nonprofit Green Resource Center since 2003, Bruce helped shepherd the organization through a period of exponential growth. In June of 2006, he transitioned from the board to a staff role as development director.
Since 2002, Bruce has managed a CPUCfunded education and outreach initiative to help local governments and building professionals promote construction and remodeling practices that maximize energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor air quality, resource conservation, and overall sustainability. In that capacity, he helped found the Green Affordable Housing Coalition, made up of local governments and affordable housing developers seeking to incorporate green building practices into affordable housing projects.
Prior to entering the green building arena, Bruce consulted for 10 years to electric and gas utilities, providing market research, competitive assessment, marketing/business plan development, program design and implementation, and monitoring and evaluation services. He also served four years on the city council in Albany, California, including one year as mayor.


Refugio Mata is the Deputy Press Secretary for the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign Southwest region. He has extensive background in both online and offline community organizing tactics and in Integrated Communications Management. In the past he's worked with labor groups as a Communications Coordinator for Good Jobs L.A. and a grassroots campaign based in South L.A. In addition, for nearly five years, he served as Project Organizer for Heal the Bay, an environmental nonprofit organization that focuses on revitalizing the Santa Monica Bay. He co-founded Heal the Bay’s “Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Environment Initiative” as part of a communications strategy to organize around environmental justice issues in inner-city Los Angeles. Refugio is also a blogger at" target="_blank">


Founding director of Pomegranate Center, which enables people to come together to improve communities, Matanovic has been a visual and performing artist for 35 years. Community Creativity Work of Pomegranate Center.

A great place results from the convergence of art, public participation, and community betterment. Placemaking design ideas and communitybuilding processes help transform communities, neighborhoods, and developments into more humane, sustainable, and interesting places. Matanovic will illustrate placemaking concepts using Pomegranate Centers past and current projects, which involve diverse groups of people in creating gathering places, communitybased plans for town squares, trails and parks, and artmaking.


Salvador Mateo is a permaculture landscaper and co-founder of EAT GRUB (Enhancing Access to Gardens and Revolutionizing Urban Backyards).

As Seniors at Mandela High School in Oakland, Salvador helped build a raised annual vegetable garden and planted 10 fruit trees to provide healthy, organic produce to the community. Through a 10 week training program with Ashoka's Youth Ventures, Salvador developed a business plan under the mentorship of Planting Justice co-founders. The vision of EAT GRUB is to eliminate community food deserts in Oakland. Our mission is to establish a greener community and provide connections to the Earth and our ancestors by enhancing the accessibility of healthy foods through building raised garden beds for low-income families in Oakland.

Salvador Mateo recently graduated from Mandela High School Law and Public Service Academy in Oakland, and his senior project focused on food deserts in Oakland.

Matthew Harris

Matthew Harris is a workshop coordinator and instructor for Solar Energy Internationals (SEI) Sustainable Building Program. In this role he serves as the handson projects manager ; coinstructor for all of SEI's Natural Building workshops, and teaches in the Building for the Future online course.

Educated in Architectural Design at Arizona State University with a focus on sustainable natural building, Matthew shares a vision of a built environment that focuses on regenerative and restorative design strategies. His career in building has traversed the globe consulting and constructing structures of straw bale, cob, adobe, and earthen plasters. As an alumni of Solar Energy Internationals Renewable Energy Education Program, Matthew has spent the past decade working on projects involving solar thermal, solar electric, wind power, and microhydro installations.

Matthew loves to play in the mud and is highly allergic to straw but nevertheless continues to share his passion for natural building and an ecologically sensible built environment.

Chelsea is the Forest Program Assistant at RAN, where she supports both the Rainforest Agribusiness and Rainforest-Free Paper Campaigns. Chelsea first got involved with environmental non-profit work while interning at Accion Ecologica in Ecuador. Originally from Colorado, Chelsea moved to San Francisco to earn her degree in International Studies with an emphasis on environment and development at the University of San Francisco.


Once Shanelle realized her communication skills could be a tool for social change, she committed her career to social justice media that addresses the needs of marginalized communities. Prior to joining Forward Together, Shanelle worked for Law Students for Reproductive Justice, serving as their first Development and Administrative Associate; it was during that time that her interest in reproductive justice was cultivated into an irrevocable passion. Previous to that she worked as a freelance journalist contributing to media chiefly in the nonprofit sector, including Women's eNews and the Women's Media Center. After witnessing the birth of her first nephew, Gavin, Shanelle was inspired to research black women’s maternal health and cofounded a birthing justice collective in Oakland. She is passionate about healthy debate, protests with a cause, and cheese. She holds a BA in Journalism from the Manship School of Mass Communications at Louisiana State University and is currently working toward a MS in Urban Studies with an emphasis in Race, Ethnicity, and American Urban Culture.


Andrea manages Edible Alchemy Foods Co-operative, a locally & sustainably-focused produce & bulk co-operative. She also manages the Eco Rooftop garden, teaching workshops to students of all ages. Her passion for food began while studying art at the Art Institute of Chicago, and extended into creating a structure which allows people to learn skills like gardening, composting, cooking, preserving food & using medicinal herbs while developing community bonds with all who cross her path.


Dietrich & Andrea Mattson-McGaffey are co-founders and co-ordinators of Edible Alchemy. EA is Chicago's local-source, sustainable & organic foods co-op, catering, and workshop center based at their community center &" target="_blank">rooftop garden in Pilsen. They are passionate about teaching the value of human connections to food, about self-sustainability, local foods, and the transformative power of communities gathering to share stories and a meal.


An AIA registered architect, Margaret Matz has 20 years of experience in designing new, restoration, and sustainable renovation projects for academic institutions, health care institutions, and corporate and retail organizations. Before founding Milestone in 2010, she served as project architect, project manager, senior designer, and executive principal with several major architectural firms. Margaret is also a visiting assistant professor at the New York Institute of Technology and the Pratt Institute schools of architecture. She is LEED AP and an AIA and USGBC member. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.


Eric Maundu was raised on a traditional farm in Kenya where he learned the balance of traditional practices and modern technologies. Experience in these farming methods led him to study engineering. He spent 10 years designing different projects using local materials before moving to the Bay Area for further education.

An engineer by profession, he has been working on alternative farming projects in Kenya where traditional practices are integrated with modern technologies using local materials. Aquaponics has been his hobby for the last 8 years, and he has successfully applied aquaponics and other alternative farming methods to projects in Kenya.

With a strong background in electronics, robotics and programming, he has a passion in showing the youth that computers can be used for more than browsing the Internet and playing games.


Mazuela is originally from Chile and has been living in the US for the past 27 years. A musician and cofounder of the Group Sin Fronteras (featuring Latin American Traditional and Nueva Cancion Musicand cofounder of the Group Pasajeros (an all spanish playback theatre group). Mazuela's passion for the Nueva Cancion movement keeps her busy organizing artistic events that promote social justice and awareness through all aspects of the arts: Theatre, Visual Arts, Dance, Music and Spoken word.


A founding member of the Climate Solutions team, Mazza has written extensively to improve public understanding of climate change science and accelerate clean energy development.


Jeffrey holds a BA in Economics and MBA in Global Business . His background encompasses 25 years of banking with specialization in lending, particularly to small businesses.


Kathryn McCamant and her husband Charles Durrett co-authored Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves and founded both McCamant & Durrett Architects and The CoHousing Company. They coined the term "cohousing," for which they are credited in the Oxford English Dictionary. Kathryn founded Cohousing Partners in 2006 with developer Jim Leach.Together they have designed and developed over 50 cohousing communities.


Tricia McCauley is an herbalist and health coach specializing in digestive issues, food sensitivities, and stress management. She works with individual clients at Healing Arts of Capitol Hill, teaches workshops around the DC area, makes lotions and lip balms, and is the resident herbalist at Common Good City Farm. Her article “Managing Stress with Herbal Support” was published in Green American Magazine this winter. Sign up for her newsletter, read her blog, and find out more at" target="_blank">"> or

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Carol McClelland, PhD, Founder and Executive Director of Green Career Central, began working with people craving a career change in 1991. Since then she has supported individuals, groups, and students in discovering the career that best suits them personally and professionally. She's written several career related books and programs including, Your Dream Career For Dummies. In late 2007 she launched her latest venture,, a subscriptionbased virtual career center for motivated professionals who want to find a green career that fully expresses their passions, skills, values, and eduction. Combining her knowledge of the career change process with her passion for the environment, Carol and her team are building a comprehensive set of resources, a stepbystep job search program, and a community to support those who are interested in plugging their passion into the green economy.


Author of three books including The Philosophy of Sustainable Design, McLennan is CEO of the Cascadia Green Building Council, a leading sustainable development organization in the Pacific Northwest.


Chef McCloud has worked in several of the finest restaurants, hotels, and catering venues along the east coast and his home town of Michigan. His career began as Saucier at the world renowned, AAA-Five Diamond Award winning, Victoria & Albert's. He later relocated to the DC area to open the critically acclaimed Aster as Chef de Cuisine. Aster earned top marks during Aaron's tenure and was regarded as one of the finest restaurants in the DC area. Next, McCloud began building the multi-concept, Vintage Restaurant Group which enjoyed great success during his years. After a season as Exec. Chef at The Inn at Perry Cabin, Chef McCloud returned to DC to lead the kitchen at Cedar. After many years of experience dedicated to the most sustainable and seasonal cuisine, he was a perfect fit for Cedar. His style is very seasonally focused with a bit whimsical, stylish and greatly American.


James McCommons has been a journalist for 25 years, publishing hundreds of magazine articles, many of them focused on ecology, the environment and economics. In 2008, he rode 26,000 miles on intercity Amtrak trains to experience the current passenger rail system and interview decision makers around the country. The result was the book Waiting on a Train,published in 2009 by Chelsea Green and named by “The Library Journal” as one of its best picks of 2009.


After nearly a decade as a Christian Coalition activist and Republican nominee for the U.S. Congress in one of the most conservative districts in America, McCormick learned firsthand the most destructive force in our country today is Americans taking sides against other Americans. The turning point in his life came in 2001 when his political career, marriage, business and reputation collapsed, his relationships having been eroded by mistrust and hatred of his enemies. The pain of this personal loss was transformative and he began slowly rebuilding his life on more solid ground, searching for a healthier way to engage in politics. Since 2004 McCormick has organized a series of ground breaking private retreats that brought over 145 national leaders representing over 70 million Americans into dialogue in search of opportunities to collaborate. McCormick's passion now is to apply the tools developed in these gatherings to facilitating cooperation between grassroots groups from all sides. In time, this informal citizen leader's network will serve as a resource for local, state and national decision makers searching for innovative, bottomup, winwin solutions in this time of crisis. He is a former officer in the U.S. Army Rangers and a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and Yale University.

Tiffany founded Streamline, a consulting practice for entities
developing ecoassets. Formerly at Point Carbon she launched a
trading analytics tool for carbon markets. Tiffany holds a Master's
from Yale University.

Bridget Bamber McCracken is an arts administrator and actor. Bridget is Trash MashUps managing director. She graduated with a Master's in Public Administration at San Francisco State University with an emphasis in Art Administration and Nonprofit Management and currently is the Director of Academic Services for the department.

Bridget was the production manager with The DellArte Company from 1996 to 2001 and in 1998 also became the Companys Booking Manager. She has performed in and stage managed 22 original productions with DellArte; touring to Colombia, Venezuela, Holland, Denmark and Sweden.She graduated from the DellArte International School of Physical Theatre in 1997.Bridget received her Bachelors of Fine Arts with a Major in Theatre Performance and a Minor in Dance from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio in 1996.


Executive Vice President of the United Food and Commercial Workers union, McDonough has been organizing labor for over thirty years. The UFCW is an active player against the expansion of WalMarts into communities due to their poor labor standards for both workers here and abroad through their Wakeup WalMart campaign. The Walmarting of America
How does WalMart affect our communities? From product sourcing and labor policies to environmental issues and health care, panelists will address the issues many communities face when weighing the benefits and liabilities of a WalMart in their neighborhood. These astute individuals will examine the company from several perspectives and explain how communities are responding. They will also look at WalMarts new jobs and innercity initiatives.


William McDonough is an internationally renowned designer and one of the primary proponents and shapers of what he and his partners call 'The Next Industrial Revolution.' Time magazine recognized him in 1999 as a 'Hero for the Planet', stating that his utopianism is grounded in a unified philosophy thatin demonstrable and practical waysis changing the design of the world. Time Magazine again recognized Mr. McDonough and Michael Braungart as Heroes of the Environment in October 2007. In 1996, Mr. McDonough received the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development, the nation's highest environmental honor; and in 2003 earned the U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award. In 2004 he received the National Design Award for exemplary achievement in the field of environmental design. In October 2007, Mr. McDonough was elected an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Mr. McDonough is the founding principal of William McDonough + Partners, an internationally recognized design firm practicing ecologically, socially, and economically intelligent architecture and planning in the U.S. and abroad. He is also principal of MBDC, a product and systems development firm assisting prominent client companies in designing profitable and environmentally intelligent solutions. Mr. McDonough is a Venture Partner at VantagePoint Venture Partners in San Bruno, California. Mr. McDonough is an Alumni Research Professor at the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, and Consulting Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He also serves as U.S. Chairman and member of the Board of Councilors of the ChinaU.S. Center for Sustainable Development. He is part of the Management Committee of HRH The Prince of Wales's Business ; The Environment Programme at Cambridge University. From 19941999, Mr. McDonough was the Edward E. Elson Professor of Architecture and Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia.

Mr. McDonough's leadership in sustainable development is recognized widely, both in the U.S. and internationally, and he has written and lectured extensively on his design philosophy and practice. He was commissioned in 1991 to write The HannovePrinciples: Design for Sustainability as guidelines for the City of Hannover's EXPO 2000, and in 1993 to give the Centennial Sermon at the Cathedral of StJohn the Divine in New York City. More recently, Mr. McDonough and Michael Braungart coauthored Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, published in 2002 by North Point Press.


Chelsea and Rob McFarland created in an effort to save the honeybee and legalize urban beekeeping. is a non profit organization created for the conservation of honeybees and the promotion of urban beekeeping. Leveraging their backgrounds in filmmaking, digital activism and conservation, Chelsea and Rob wish to create a community model that can be shared globally though social media.


Dietrich & Andrea Mattson-McGaffey are co-founders and co-ordinators of Edible Alchemy. EA is Chicago's local-source, sustainable & organic foods co-op, catering, and workshop center based at their community center & rooftop garden in Pilsen ( They are passionate about teaching the value of human connections to food, about self-sustainability, local foods, and the transformative power of communities gathering to share stories and a meal.


McGann is the farm coordinator for the Lettuce Link Giving Garden at Marra Farm. A food gardener, creative community activist, permaculturist and educator, she is active in the Urban Farmers and the Awareness guilds of Sustainable NE, working to build resilience within her community. McGann loves to grow food, prepare and enjoy it with friends.


Elspeth McGarvey is a student at the University of Chicago majoring in Political Science. Last summer she participated in Pamela Martin's research class and interned at Windy City Harvest. For the Summer Links Program as a Community Outreach Intern, she worked at the 61st St. Farmers Market and developed a community outreach plan. Elspeth was also a farm hand at The Great Pumpkin Patch in Arthur, IL where she helped to grow over 400 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds.

At the University Community Service Center, she has worked as the Volunteer Referral student staff where she has worked to connect interested students with good volunteer opportunities. She now works at Growing Home's Wood St. Farm as an Urban Farm Assistant.


Michele McGeoy is the founder and executive director of the non-profit Solar Richmond (SR). Founded in 2006 to serve the community through green-collar job training and placement, Michele has lead SR in working closely with diverse partners across city government, non-profit, and local businesses sectors, to foster a green economy in Richmond and bring good, green jobs to its residents. Additionally, Michele has created a model that accomplishes this while addressing the concerns of violence reduction, youth and infrastructure investment. Since its inception Solar Richmond has created over 200 part-time positions, as well as facilitated over 50 full time job placements. Solar Richmond’s newest project is the launching of a worker owned energy efficiency cooperative called Pamoja Energy Solutions.


Michael McGinn was elected the 52nd mayor of Seattle in November of 2009 after a distinguished career in politics, law, environmental, and community advocacy.

He received his bachelor's degree in economics from Williams College and a juris doctor from the Gates School of Law at the University of Washington, after which he joined the Seattle law firm Stokes Lawrence and rose to become a partner.

His civic work has included chairing the local chapter of the Sierra Club and serving on its national political committee, founding a nonprofit called Great City which focused on transportation and sustainability issues, and serving as the president of the Greenwood Neighborhood Council.

Mayor McGinn lives in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood with his wife and three children. The mayor enjoys riding his bike to work and helping coach his children's basketball team.


Richard lives by four basic principles: Nothing is impossible; abnormal is the new normal; do your best every waking moment; inspire and support others. He combines these principles with three simple career concepts: If it is rewarding, keep doing it; if it is not rewarding, stop doing it; if it is not rewarding and you have to keep doing it, make it rewarding.

A born entrepreneur and Business Management graduate from LSU, former vegan restaurant owner, international sales manager for commercial & retail print media, and four miserable years in corporate healthcare marketing. Finally, in 2002 he landed his dream job at Conscious Choice. Which was great, until the corporate giant who eventually owned it fired everyone and closed it down. Not one to be easily dissuaded, he has happily settled in with his Chicago community and "family" to carry the Conscious Choice torch and facilitate publication of Mindful Metropolis. The new medium focuses on creating conversations in Chicago’s conscious community through a monthly print magazine, via community events, and in digital/online media. Mission: Bringing divergent cultures and communities together through sustainability initiatives using multi-platform, integrated media as influencing forces.

When not working within the various realms of print media in his role as CEO & Publisher, he is busy playing with his dogs, tending his bees and digging in the dirt on his rural farmstead in northwestern Illinois.


With this year marking a decade of experience in the Speciality Coffee industry, Harold resides as the Head Barista and Coffee Program Manager at Coffee Bar here in his hometown, San Francisco. His love for coffee has sent him all over the country and world. You can find him behind the bar training staff, pulling shots of espresso at break neck speeds, throwing down in national latte art competitions, fixing high tech espresso machines, and around town sipping all the delicious brews that make SF one of the best cities for Speciality Coffee in the world.

"There are three major reasons why I'm attracted to this industry and they're all rooted in it's progressive nature. First for myself and my personal knowledge base and skills, then also for all of those that I am lucky enough to teach and watch grow, and lastly for the industry itself and the leaps and bounds it's taken since it's inception. Historically coffee has been very damaging in economic and ecologic ways, and it's inspiring to see so much push toward sustainability and better buying practices."


Maureen McGowan is the Director of" target="_blank">HandCrafting Justice Inc., a project of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd. HCJ supports and assists women in the developing world in their efforts to create employment. A Sister of the Good Shepherd since 1965, she helped to found HandCrafting Justice in 1997, and has been serving as Director since 2004. Sister Maureen established the Good Shepherd Volunteer Program in 1993 and served as director until 2004. Prior to these ventures, she worked at Good Shepherd Services, supporting youth and families and as a director of training and formation for the Sisters of the Good Shepherd.

Maureen McGowan holds a M.S.W. from the Wurtzweiler School of Social Work of Yeshiva University.


Sarah McGowanis the Development Director for the Echo Park Time Bank and the California Federation of Time Banks.TimeBanking involves an exchange of services without using the cash economy. For every hour spent doing something for someone else, you earn a TimeDollar that can be used for having someone do something for you. Sarah is President of the Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce and helped create a national best-practices Youth Court in San Diego. She is a board member for Law Project LA and is the founding Features & Photo editor forThe Women's International Perspective. Sara owns MAC+COB Business Therapy, a boutique creative services company specializing in branding and transformational business development. An avid traveler, photographer and writer, Sarah’s work reveals a desire to recognize the complexities of the human spirit, develop and empower community assets and her dreams for a healthier planet.


Chris is the Founder and Editor of" target="_blank">Thrifty & Green. He brings extensive experience in publishing and the Internet and holds a Bachelor of Arts from The Evergreen State College in Washington State where he studied Green Architecture, Sustainability, Technology and Journalism.

Chris is interested in creating a community and magazine focused on media and tools that educate the general public about Sustainability, and saving money while helping the earth through simple living. The idea behind T&G is that by living more simply, one lives more sustainably, and, by nature, save money and help the earth in the process.


McHale is part of North Community Bank, a locally owned bank whoseprinciples include responsibility to the community and decisions madelocally in the bank.


Keith McHenry helped start Food Not Bombs in Massachusetts in 1980, and a second chapter in California in 1988. He has recovered, cooked and shared food with the hungry as a part of Food Not Bombs for over 30 years. He was arrested "for making a political statement" in San Francisco, spent over 500 nights in jail and faced 25 years to life in prison. He co-wrote Food Not Bombs How to feed the hungry and build community,as well as wrote and illustrated Cooking for Peace -Cultivating Community, Reaping Revolution-Transforming the World with Food Not Bombs. He continues to volunteer with Food Not Bombs which shares free vegan meals in over 1,000 cities around the world.


Joseph McIntyre is president of Ag Innovations Network, a United States based nongovernmental organization, focused on the sustainability of the food system. Ag Innovations Network convenes and facilitates multistakeholder efforts to improve the performance of the food system for producers, consumers, and participants in local, regional, and global food supply chains. These efforts focus both on policy changes and on direct improvements on farms, processing sites, and food outlets. Joseph is a trusted intermediary between diverse interests in agriculture and has consulted/facilitated processes with large global entities such as Sodexo, cuttingedge companies such as Clif Bar, environmental organizations including National Resources Defense Council and Community Alliance with Family Farmers, prominent NGOs including Roots of Change and Sustainable Food Lab, government entities including California Department of Pesticide Regulation, trade associations such as California Association of County Agricultural Commissioners, and community groups such as Poder Popular. He is the leader of the Food System Alliance project, a Californiabased effort to create countylevel associations of producers and community members to preserve the longterm viability of the food system in the State and the California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment, the state's most prominent effort to align the interests and needs of agricultural producers and environmental organizations around a common policy platform. Joseph holds an M.A. in economics from the University of Rhode Island and an M.A. in psychology/organization development from Sonoma State University. Ag Innovations Network is based in Sebastopol, CA.Joseph McIntyre is president of Ag Innovations Network, a United States based nongovernmental organization, focused on the sustainability of the food system. Ag Innovations Network convenes and facilitates multistakeholder efforts to improve the performance of the food system for producers, consumers, and participants in local, regional, and global food supply chains. These efforts focus both on policy changes and on direct improvements on farms, processing sites, and food outlets. Joseph is a trusted intermediary between diverse interests in agriculture and has consulted/facilitated processes with large global entities such as Sodexo, cuttingedge companies such as Clif Bar, environmental organizations including National Resources Defense Council and Community Alliance with Family Farmers, prominent NGOs including Roots of Change and Sustainable Food Lab, government entities including California Department of Pesticide Regulation, trade associations such as California Association of County Agricultural Commissioners, and community groups such as Poder Popular. He is the leader of the Food System Alliance project, a Californiabased effort to create countylevel associations of producers and community members to p


Tom McKeag teaches bioinspired design at the California College of the Arts and University of California, Berkeley, is the founder and president of BioDreamMachine. Tom also helped establish the nation's first public elementary school course in biomimicry, and works as a licensed landscape architect and community planner.Tom McKeag teaches bioinspired design at the California College of the Arts and University of California, Berkeley, is the founder and president of BioDreamMachine. Tom also helped establish the nation's first public elementary school course in biomimicry, and works as a licensed landscape architect and community planner.


Branice McKenzie's career includes everything from jazz to theater to prolific songwriting. Some of her credits include critically acclaimed performances at the Newport Jazz Festival and The Umbria Jazz Festival. She is also a recipient of the Meet The Composer grant from New York State. Her incredible voice and magnificent song stylings have been hailed throughout the world. She has toured with Harry Belafonte,

Gregory Hines, Roberta Flack, Hugh Masekela, Carly Simon, BeBe Winans and Miriam Makeba to name a few and performing all over the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia. Ms. McKenzie was invited to Russia to perform at Moscow's premier jazz club, Le Club and with Jazz Symphonic Strings at the historic Tchaikovsky Hall. A Royal Command performance in Morocco colors her performance palette as well as completing a successful run as an original cast member of the critically acclaimed I Can't Stop Loving You the Music of Ray Charles in Lyons, France. She also was the conductor of the Youth Chorale for the West Coast premier of INDABA written by and performed with Sweet Honey In The Rock. Her Youth Choir garnered stellar praise from all fronts for their performance at Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, CA.

Most recently Branice was invited to cohost the premier event of the season, Oprah Celebrates Susan Taylor

Sean Mckenzie is a Ward 5 beekeeper and queen rearer who is developing lines of queens that are specially adapted to the DC area. He is also an expert at swarm capture and rescue, and removal of endangered honeybee colonies from falling trees and human structures. Free bees!


BillMcKibben, a well known environmental author and activist, is the founder of" target="_blank" style="font-weight: bold; color: #087dae;">, an international climate change campaign." target="_blank" style="font-weight: bold; color: #087dae;"> is named for the safe level of Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere, 350 parts per million. This October 24,Billand" target="_blank" style="font-weight: bold; color: #087dae;"> are coordinating an International Day of Climate Action to call for a strong climate treaty that meets the 350 target.

When he's not busy organizing,Billis an active writer on the climate crisis and other environmental issues. His 1989 bookThe End of Nature was the first book to warn the general public about the threat of global warming.Billis a frequent contributor to various magazines includingThe New York Times,The Atlantic Monthly,Harper's,Orion Magazine,Mother Jones,The New York Review of Books,Granta,Rolling Stone, andOutside. He is also a board member and contributor toGrist Magazine. He has been awarded Guggenheim and Lyndhurst Fellowships, and won the Lannan Prize for nonfiction writing in 2000. He is currently a Scholar in Residence at Middlebury College and lives in Ripton, Vermont with his wife, author Sue Halpern, and daughter Sophie.


Joe McKinnon is the National Tea Trainer and Foodservice Marketing Coordinator at Numi Organic Tea, the largest organic, fair trade, premium tea company in North America. He finds a warm kettle and good conversation to be one of the greatest joys in life and brings passion and enthusiasm to the world of tea education and the fine leaves of Numi. Blending science with legend, cultural tradition with helpful brewing tips – Joe shares the story of tea one cup at a time.

Joe has been pouring tea with Numi for more than two years and holds a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics from Miami University.