Nabhan is the author of Coming Home to Eat: the Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods and founder of the Renewing Americas Food Traditions Initiative.


Nancy Nadel is in her third term as an Oakland City Councilmember for District 3. She has been a West Oakland resident for 25 years.

Nancy represents the city of Oakland on the National League of Cities. Nancy works extensively on violence prevention and obstacles to employment. She spearheaded the effort to get a measure on the ballot to fund violence prevention and enforcement programs, Measure R, which lost by only 600 votes in March 2004, and she cochaired with Councilmembers Quan and De La Fuente, the revised version, Measure Y, which won the November 2004 election.

Nancy's issues are the issues important to her constituents, including environment and environmental justice, arts, housing and economic development in the context of Sustainable Community Development.

Prior to joining the council she worked as a teacher, an artist, a geophysicist, a small business owner and an environmental engineer with the US EPA. She began her political career as an elected director of the East Bay Municipal Utility District Board where she served two terms and was their first woman Board President. During that period, she was a founding director of a water policy nonprofit that is still in existence called POWER. Nancy has also taught at many grade levels from elementary school to university.

She has been published in several journals with articles about water policy, affirmative action, environmental justice and sustainable development.

She is an avid gardener, needlework artist, tricyclist, and kayaker.


Consumer advocate, author and lawyer, Nader is a selfdescribed public citizen with more than 40 years at the forefront of progressive movements.

Ralph Nader has been cited by The Atlantic as one of the one hundred most influential figures in American history. He has launched three major presidential campaigns, founded more than one hundred civic organizations, and written bestsellers including The Seventeen Traditions, The Good Fight, and the landmark Unsafe at Any Speed.


A faculty member at The Evergreen State College, Nadkarni is a pioneer in forest canopy studies, fostering communication among scientists and the general public worldwide.


Alex Nadolishny has 21+ years of experience in technology implementation, engineering design, construction management and project delivery. Working in renewable and conventional power generation, waste management, emergency response and environmental assessment sectors he successfully completed many high profile projects for a client list that includes major oil and utility companies, government agencies such as DoD, FEMA, NASA and US EPA, local government and public agencies including MTA, NYC DEP, NJ DEP and others.
In addition to his extensive experience in the US Mr. Nadolishny has also worked internationally, with projects in Italy, Romania, Russia and Japan.


Alisa Nadolishny graduated from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art, focusing in sculpture. During her education, she had the opportunity to study in the Netherlands at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten through Pratt Institute’s International Exchange Program. Alisa has been involved in brand development and image manipulation, working for a variety of clients ranging from fashion designers to environmental engineering concerns. In her work for Milestone, Alisa has collaborated on design and community outreach projects, focusing on architectural restoration and the implementation of sustainable resiliency measures in high-flood-risk neighborhoods. She is pursuing additional education in Architecture, and is currently preparing for her LEED GA Exam.


Rick Nahmias is Founder/Executive Director of Food Forward, a volunteer powered grassroots group of Angelenos who care about reconnecting to our food system and making change around urban hunger. Food Forward’s mission is to reconnect people with people – through food – by bringing together volunteers and neighbors to share in the gleaning and distributing of locally grown food from private homes and public spaces which is then distributed to local food pantries and organizations serving those in need. Rick is a professional photographer, writer and filmmaker whose work focuses on the faces and stories of marginalized communities. His formal training as a cook, along with his exploration of California’s agricultural workforce in his body of work entitled “The Migrant Project: Contemporary California Farm Workers,” planted his feet in both the foodie and food justice worlds. These varied interests, along with his conviction that that all people everywhere deserve access to fresh nutritious food, culminated in the founding of Food Forward.


Qimmah Najeeullah began SAFA Gallery in 2011 while she served as the Director of Development for the Manuel Zapata Olivella Center for Afro-Latino Development in Washington DC and assisted ethnic-minority owned small businesses and non-profits as a development consultant. Qimmah and her husband Muhammad were inspired to build a high-end fair trade, art and accessory company while they briefly lived in Morocco with thier two children.

Previously, as Director of Break the Chain Campaign, a Project of The Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC, Qimmah managed culturally competent social service and advocacy support for migrant domestic workers and human trafficking survivors for six years. Qimmah completed her M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University’s School of International Service after her service a Peace Corps Volunteer in Turkmenistan, Central Asia. Her B.A is in Art History from University of Maryland College Park, where she minored in Portuguese studies and African American History via additional schooling at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janiero, Brazil. In addition to and during multiple other professional experiences mediating gender access and education issues among migrant communities, Qimmah has traveled to18 countries world wide.

Nancy Jones

Nancy Jones is Executive Director of Chicago Fair Trade, a metro-wide organization that works with businesses, faith based organizations, non-profits, universities, and individual activists to expand support for Fair Trade through education, advocacy, and consumer campaigns. Nancy’s experience as a community organizer in Chicago combined with work experience in rural communities in El Salvador informs her approach to building global relationships based on justice and mutual respect. She holds an M.S.W. from the University of Chicago.


Melanie Napoleon is Director of Great Lakes Conservation at Shedd Aquarium. The program strives for a Great Lakes watershed that is healthy, wellunderstood and internationally cherished by raising public awareness of Great Lakes issues, while also providing inspiration and opportunity for action.The program strives for a Great Lakes watershed that is healthy, wellunderstood and internationally cherished by raising public awareness of Great Lakes issues, while also providing inspiration and opportunity for action.

Melanie completed her M.S. degree in biology at Northern Illinois University and her undergraduate degree in environmental biology at Bradley University. Her M.S. thesis and area of academic expertise is in evolutionary biology and animal behavior. She also has knowledge of and experience in Great Lakes conservation and local ecology, informal education, communitybased asset development and communitybased social marketing. Melanie has been with Shedd Aquarium since 2001.


Matt Nardella is principal architect of Moss; a Chicago based architectural design studio. Matt is a licensed architect in the state of Illinois and California, he is a member of the AIA, a LEED accredited professional, and has been in practice for over twelve years. In that time he has designed sustainable projects ranging from singlefamily residences, offices, and schools to urban farms, strawbale research centers, and community centers, both in Chicago and Southern California. His work is known for utilizing site orientation, creative use of low tech green building techniques, and sustainable building materials. Matt is dedicated to understanding the urban environment and how to sustain it as a community for all living beings. He regularly devotes time volunteering for several local environmental organizations, including the Openlands Project where he is a volunteer Treekeeper. He has presented sustainable design lectures on several occasions in Chicago and San Diego.

Matt seeks to produce energy efficient, unique, and sustainable architecture and design by merging straightforward methodologies of architectural design and theory with the realities of construction, building codes, and real estate development.


Dominique Nash is a senior at CCA Academy and excels in the visual arts. She would like to pursue a career in criminology.


WalMart Watch Executive Director David Nassar works in coordination with unionized labor to lead a campaign against the expansion of bigbox stores into small communities. He has experience in both domestic and international campaigns as a campaign manager in Pennsylvania and working for the National Democratic Insititue for International Affairs to strengthen democracy in the Middle East.


Kylie Nealis is the associate on the Community Rights program at Global Exchange, assisting communities confronted by harmful corporate activities to pass cutting-edge laws that elevate their rights above corporate interests in addition to recognizing the rights of nature to exist, thrive and evolve. She is particularly interested in this work because she believes that true democracy involves individuals in communities being able to have the ultimate voice in the decisions that affect their lives and surrounding environment, not outside corporations or state actors. Kylie is graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Community Studies and Politics.


Passionate about harnessing the power of the Internet to propel social and environmental progress, Needham manages Green Festival's online voice. Over the last three years, Needham has worked to promote environmental conferences, clean technology groups and sustainable urban development initiatives. Additionally, she has organized social media-driven charity events to raise funds for nonprofits including Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project and Concern Worldwide. She holds a B.A. in Public Relations from East Tennessee State University.

As someone who was raised on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay and spent her collegiate years living among the rich, green mountains of Appalachia, Needham feels an innate drive and sense of responsibility to fight to preserve such tremendous natural resources for generations to come.

Outside of Green Festival, you’re most likely to spot her hiking with her dog, playing music (she moonlights as a fiddler) or floating down a river in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC.

Neil Chambers

Neil Chambers has displayed leadership within green building his entire career. In his book Urban Green: Architecture for the Future, he outlines a vision for aligning cities and buildings with nature.

He has participated in over 4 million sf of green buildings ranging in size and scale from in the United States, Caribbean, Asia and Europe saving millions of kWh and gallons of water. He has expertise with many LEED rating systems and has completed LEED projects throughout the United States.

He is a member of National USGBC, USGBC New York City Chapter, and assisted in founding USGBC Grand Strand Branch.

Chambers has taught green building at New York University and Fashion Institute of Technology. During his book tour, he visited 22 universities speaking to 4,500 students about their hopes for a sustainable future.

Chambers writes for Metropolis Magazine and contributed to from 2002 to 2012.


Eric Nelson manages the Cherry Valley Dairy Duvall. He is a King County native and a three generation farmer. In the past, Eric served on the King County Agriculture Commission as a representative of the dairy industry and was its first Chair. He is currently serving as a Commissioner of Drainage District #6 and is also on the King County Agricultural Drainage Assistance Program Advisory Committee. He was recently elected to serve on the King Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors. Eric’s deep experience with, and concern for water issues related to farming make him a valuable contributor to this discussion.


Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, which she chaired from 19882003. She also holds appointments as Professor of Sociology at NYU and Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. Her degrees include a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.P.H. in public health nutrition, both from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research examines scientific, economic, and social influences on food choice. She is the author of three prizewinning books: Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (revised edition 2007), Safe Food: Bacteria, Biotechnology, and Bioterrorism (2003), and What to Eat (2006). Her latest book is Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine (2008). Her website is, and since May 2007 she has been blogging at


Tsadae Neway is the CoFounder and Director of Marketing for InesscentsAromatic Botanicals, a skin care line that uses organic ingredients, isecologically friendly, fairly traded, familyowned, hand made, cleanand simple. She is a Breema Instructor, an integrative bodyworkpractitioner, a birth keeper, a dancer, and a mother.


Tim Newman of the International Labor Rights Forum will discuss how Fair Trade affects workers in different industries around the world. Learn more about how Fair Trade protects worker rights and where it can fall short. Find out how the labor movement and unions in other countries relate to the Fair Trade movement.

Tim Newman is the Campaigns Director at the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF). He works on ILRF's public campaigns to hold corporations accountable for international labor rights abuses, particularly related to child labor, forced labor and trafficking.


Cheryl Newman is deputy chief of mission at Honest Tea, and helps the fastgrowing company maintain its leadership role as a model for missiondriven businesses. Cheryl's favorite Honest Tea selection is Just Green Tea, but the one hot beverage she misses most is Singapore's teh tarik, one of many world teas she enjoyed during twenty years as a global nomad.


Dr. Newman, M.D., N.D., M.S.O.M.

Dr. Newman is a cum laude graduate of the State University of New York Downstate Medical College, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society in 1981. Dr. Newman then completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at U.C.L.A. affiliated hospitals, and has been board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine since 1984. After a period of practice, he completed a Pain Fellowship at the Sierra Pain Institute in Reno, Nevada, and has been board certified by the American Board of Pain Medicine since 1997. Dr. Newman is a 1998 graduate of the U.C.L.A. Physician Acupuncture Program, and earned a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2008. Dr. Newman completed a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and has been board certified by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners since 2002. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Newman has been a professional consultant and expert witness for many government and private organizations in California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Dr. Newman is currently in private practice, as the director of Rising Health.


Gavin Newsom, 42, is the youngest San Francisco mayor in over a century. Newsom, the son of William and Tessa Newsom, grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He attended Santa Clara University on a partial baseball scholarship, graduating in 1989 with a B.A. in political science.

After college, Newsom sold orthotics and worked as an assistant at a real estate firm. In 1991, Newsom recruited investors and founded PlumpJack, a wine shop, which he grew into a thriving enterprise of 15 businesses including wineries, restaurants, and hotels.

In 1996, Newsom was appointed by San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown to the city's parking and traffic commission. Soon he was elected president of the commission. In 1997, Brown appointed him to the city's board of supervisors. Voters elected Newsom to the board in 1998 and reelected him in 2000 and 2002.

As a supervisor, Newsom focused on combating homelessness. His initiative, Care Not Cash, provided homeless individuals services instead of welfare. Although the city's political establishment opposed Care Not Cash, the voters approved it in November, 2002. One year later, after a fiercelycontested race, Newsom was elected mayor.

After only 36 days as mayor, Newsom gained worldwide attention when he granted marriage licenses to samesex couples. This bold move set the tone for Newsom's first term. Under his energetic leadership, the economy grew and jobs were created. The city became a center for biotech and clean tech. He initiated a plan to bring universal health care to all of the city's uninsured residents. And Newsom aggressively pursued local solutions to global climate change.

In 2007, Newsom was reelected with over 73% of the vote. Since then he has built upon the successes of his first term, launching new environmental initiatives and a comprehensive strategy to transform one of the city's most troubled neighborhoods into a life sciences, digital media, and clean tech center. More than 80% of the previously uninsured are now covered by city's firstofitskind universal health care program.

Newsom's commitment to combating homelessness has never waned. As mayor, he has moved 10,000 homeless individuals off the street, and his volunteer initiative, Project Homeless Connect


Laura Ng oversees external relations as one of the Executive Directors with Traffick Free, an anti-trafficking non-profit. In this role, she builds partnerships with like-minded groups and individuals, sponsors and supporters. Through this role, she has earned the trust and full support of key anti-trafficking advocates to pursue Traffick Free’s current initiatives: raising awareness, invoking advocacy and spreading education to fight human trafficking in the Chicagoland area. Working in these three areas, Traffick Free is fast becoming a major, collaborative player in the anti-trafficking movement.

Laura serves in her capacity at Traffick Free, along with every team member, strictly as a volunteer. Laura is also the Senior Manager of Annual Events at Chicago Cares, overseeing the city’s two largest days of service that bring together thousands of volunteers to serve at Chicago Public Schools, as well as a variety of non-profit community partners across the city. This role allows her to go into each of the city’s vibrant neighborhoods and gain understanding of the complexities and social issues that must be addressed in order to transform individuals and their communities.


Presently, Mrs. Ngombe is working with the Pratt Institute for Community Development to green and retrofit blocks in the South Bronx as part of Retrofit NYC Block by Block program and NYSERDA’s statewide campaign – Green Jobs Green New York. She is working to connect homeowners, community institutions and businesses to the incentive programs that will simultaneously reduce homeowners’ energy costs and reduce overall energy consumption.

From 2005-2010, Mrs. Ngombe served as the lead community organizer for Long Island Organizing Network (LION). There she administered the recruiting process for all congregations, unions, and other community associates, directed all team leadership training and development, and managed campaign development by supervising research on housing, healthcare, taxes, education, and regional governance.

Previously, Mrs. Ngombe served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia, Africa as a PACE project manager and diversity trainer. There she assisted with the development of a school library, facilitated school-based training workshops for local teachers & senior management, designed and maintained an income-generating community farming project, and coordinated ESL classes for out-of-school youth.

Mrs. Ngombe is a certified project manager with extensive experience in project planning & development; specializing in community planning and housing development. She holds a B.A in Psychology from Hampton University, and is currently working to complete her Master of Art (M.A.) in Urban Planning.


Nguyen is the Washington Bus's Intern Coordinator, giving him the responsibility of coordinating interns. He showed up as a volunteer on the Bus's first Bus Trip, and never left. Nguyen drew on all the walls in the Bus's original HQ, and was out on the pavement with one of the first stacks of Bus stickers. Nowadays, Nguyen helps to engage other young people across the state by being cool and doing cool stuff with the Bus's allstar team of high school interns.


Uyen Nguyen is an entrepreneur and a mother of two children. As the owner of Isabella Nail Spa, an eco-friendly nail salon in Montclair that uses only non-toxic nail and beauty products, Uyen aims to create a relaxing and healthy nail salon for both her clients and employees. The innovative and eco-friendly spa has been featured and recognizedfor its green products, calming and hygienic environmentthrough multiple media outlets,including:CBS5, Contra Costa Times, The New York Times and more. When Uyen is not exploring ways to improve the spa-going experience for her clients, and promoting safer and greener nail salon practices, she works part-time as a real estate agent in her community and full-time as a mother of two hyperactive children. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Uyen worked as an engineer at a Semiconductor Company for more than 10 years. She currently lives in Orinda, California.


May Nguyen is a Permaculture Design team leader with Planting Justice. She began her food justice work during her years as a student activist at UC Berkeley, working with a pro-agrarian, community-oriented campus organization and practicing sustainable food production while WWOOF'ing in Thailand and France. She completed a B.A. in Architecture, and has since been interested in building sustainable communities by transforming the asphalt deserts of urban & suburban landscapes into greener, healthier, more vibrant, multi-generational and multi-colored neighborhoods.

Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative
At 26 years old, I made the transition from former Climate Justice Corps and Steering Committee member to director of the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative. This transition from young concerned citizen to the helm of EJCC speaks truth to the power behind what we at EJCC see as our core work which is to educate and activate a new generation of Climate Justice activists. I continue to move forward from union rallies and picket lines to Capitol Hill with a strong commitment and passion for organizing, as I did with both workers as an SEIU organizer and with community members working for environmental justice back home in Detroit, Michigan. The Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative (EJCC) is a diverse coalition of U.S. environmental justice, religious, climate justice, policy and advocacy networks working for climate justice. EJCCs mission is to educate and activate the people of North America towards the creation and implementation of just climate policies in both domestic and international contexts.


Mani Niall, (dubbed "Baker to the Stars" by Eating Well Magazine in 1992), was the founder of Mani’s Bakery in Los Angeles, Niall created and refined a style of baking which has never been repeated in a retail bakery format.

He learned his craft alongside Chef Akasha Richmond (of Los Angeles’ celebrated Akasha restaurant), at the Golden Temple, a classic old school vegetarian restaurant. They attracted an eclectic Hollywood clientele. Michael Jackson whisked Niall off to become his first private chef.

Mani has been profiled in Food & Wine, LA Times, the Hollywood Reporter, People, Vogue, Elle, and Vegetarian Times. Since then he has written three cookbooks, which reveal the world of baking with natural and organic ingredients - Sweet & Natural Baking, Covered in Honey, and Sweet! (discovering how to bake with sugars from around the globe). The fourth cookbook, Good Morning Baking, is on the way spring 2013.


Jeremy Nichollsis a caseworker and outreach worker for CornerstoneCommunity Outreach. He is originally from New Zealand and has beenworking with homeless people in Chicago since 1997. Working mainlywith homeless men, Jeremy assists them in their efforts toward selfsufficiency, which includes anything from birth certificates, rentalassistance, mental health treatment to housing hundreds of men.


John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, has written the Online Beat since 1999. His posts have been circulated internationally, quoted in numerous books and mentioned in debates on the floor of Congress.

Nichols writes about politics for The Nation magazine as its Washington correspondent. He is a contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times and is associate editor of the Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and dozens of other newspapers.

Nichols is a frequent guest on radio and television programs as a commentator on politics and media issues. He was featured in Robert Greenwald's documentary, Outfoxed, and in the documentaries Joan Sekler's Unprecedented, Matt Kohn's Call It Democracy and Robert Pappas's Orwell Rolls in his Grave. The keynote speaker at the 2004 Congress of the International Federation of Journalists in Athens, Nichols has been a featured presenter at conventions, conferences and public forums on media issues sponsored by the Federal Communications Commission, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Consumers International, the Future of Music Coalition, the AFLCIO, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the Newspaper Guild [CWA] and dozens of other organizations.

Nichols most recent book, The Genius of Impeachment (The New Press), argues that impeachment is an essential instrument of America's democratic system. Nichols' argument also bases the power of impeachment in the hands of the people, rather than the congress. In his recent article, In Praise of Impeachment, Nichols argues While the Constitution handed Congress the power to officially check such despotism, Jefferson and his colleagues fully expected the American people to be the champions of the application of the rule of law to an errant executive.

Nichols is also the author of a criticallyacclaimed analysis of the Florida recount fight of 2000, Jews for Buchanan (The New Press) and a bestselling biography of Vice President Dick Cheney, Dick: The Man Who is President (The New Press), which has recently been published in French and Arabic. He edited Against the Beast: A Documentary History of American Opposition to Empire (Nation Books), of which historian Howard Zinn said: At exactly the time when we need it most, John Nichols gives us a special gifta collection of writings, speeches, poems, and songs from throughout American historythat reminds us that our revulsion to war and empire has a long and noble tradition in this country.

With Robert W. McChesney, Nichols has coauthored the books It's the Media, Stupid! (Seven Stories), Our Media, Not Theirs (Seven Stories) and Tragedy and Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy (The New Press). McChesney and Nichols are the cofounders of Free Press, the nation's mediareform network, which organized the 2003 and 2005 National Conferences on Media Reform.

Of Nichols, author Gore Vidal says: Of all the giant slayers now afoot in the great American desert, John Nicholss sword is the sharpest.


Tim Nichols is Managing Director of Hub Bay Area. He holds a Masters in Strategic Sustainable Development, for which he wrote a thesis on Sustainable Climate Change Adaptation. Nichols has been working with various projects over the last four years that look at how to bring community together, including project managing the Brixton Pound, a local currency designed to support local economies. He joined the Hub in 2009 in London as a host and made his way to San Francisco in February 2010. He is also an avid ping-pong player.


Knowledgeable on a broad array of sustainabilityrelated topics, Peter consults on and undertakes forwardthinking design projects for a diversity of clients, including government agencies, institutional nonprofits, and diverse businesses. An adept facilitator, he also teaches Foresight's Urban Sustainable Design Studio program and moderates panels at the organization's monthly Green Drinks events.

Prior to establishing Foresight, he held positions as an administrator, editor/writer, communications director, designer, and project manager in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. In 1995 he cofounded the Eos Orchestra, an innovative classical music ensemble based in New York City, and produced its first multidisciplinary event, the highly acclaimed Music of Paul Bowles Festival. Peter studied Music, English, and Creative Writing at Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, and Design at the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology.


On January 1, 2002, Nickels became the 51st Mayor of the City of Seattle. He has earned a national reputation for innovative leadership in transportation, public safety, jobs, climate disruption and other challenges facing the City.

Under his leadership, City government focused on delivering reliable, highquality basic services, being accountable to the public, and solving problems. This work positioned the City to seize historic opportunities to improve transportation and economic opportunity for all.

The Mayor's Priorities:

Get Seattle moving
Keep our neighborhoods safe
Create jobs and opportunity for all
Build strong families and healthy communities

When he took office, Nickels launched a 100Day Agenda to make immediate progress on transportation, public safety, jobs and community building. His get it done list was designed with one purpose only: to make a difference in the lives of the people of Seattle. He accelerated existing programs, pushed for new commonsense approaches, and took steps to resolve complex issues. Nickels put Seattle City Light on a path to recovery and eventual reduction of rates. He led a coalition to build support for removal of the Viaduct and he pushed an aggressive jobs program that attracted new investment in South Lake Union, Northgate,
the University District and the Rainier Valley. A deepening recession created challenges for City finances, but he vowed to not let revenue problems get in the way of making progress on his four priorities.

Nickels is a nationallyrecognized advocate for transportation. As mayor, he reorganized the City's Department of Transportation and directed crews to fill reported potholes within 48 hours (684ROAD). He was a key leader in pushing for a light rail system to serve Seattle; that system broke ground in the fall of 2003. He led a coalition to raise public awareness and win state funding for replacement of the deteriorating Alaskan Way Viaduct. He began work to fix the city's Mercer Mess. In 2003 he was named chair of the Transportation and Communications
Committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, where he successfully led
efforts to influence federal transportation funding priorities.

On Feb. 16, 2005, the Kyoto Protocol took effect in the 141 countries that ratified it. That day, Nickels challenged mayors across the country to join Seattle in taking local action to reduce global warming pollution. On March 30, 2005, 10 mayors representing more than 3 million Americans joined together to invite cities from across the country to take additional actions to reduce global warming pollution. On June 13, 2005, the U.S. Conference of Mayors unanimously passed the Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. Cities continue to sign on to the agreement and formalize their commitment. More than 200 mayors representing 41 million Americans have accepted the challenge.

Nicole Styles currently works as MTA’s Community Outreach Coordinator. As the Community Outreach Coordinator, she manages the Street Team, which goes out into the city and educates the community about HIV/AIDS. There are three different facets of outreach: HIV 101, Community, and Street. HIV 101 gives a basic overview of the causes of HIV and how to prevent its transmission. Community Outreach consists of setting up tables and booths at various health fairs. Street Outreach consists of conducting risk assessments throughout the community and passing out condoms while encouraging people to come visit Metro TeenAIDS.Before joining Metro TeenAIDS, Nicole’s passion for youth led her to work at the Perry School through AmeriCorps. While working there, she had the opportunity to meet with Adam Tenner, MTA’s director. She was then asked to interview for a position helping out with MTA’s youth development program.

Nicole is a native of Washington, D.C.

Why Metro TeenAIDS? Nicole believes that outreach is important because the community lacks a connection to resources, and as a result, they are often misinformed about HIV/AIDS and other issues pertaining to their health. She loves being in the community and having direct contact with the people that she is advocating for. She feels that in order to be a part of outreach it is important to be open-minded, humorous, youth appealing, non-judgmental, and compassionate. Though she admits that it can be tough dealing with youth because they often go from one extreme to another, it is her overall passion for youth that drives her to continue her work.

Though Nicole dropped out of high school her senior year, it has not stopped her from doing many great things. She was able to take a trip to South Africa, which allowed her to see HIV/AIDS from a global perspective and gain a cross-cultural experience. While there she conducted HIV 101’s and visited the Study of AIDS Institute. She also helped to start a garden in Peace Town, an area designated for people affected by HIV/AIDS. She marks first setting foot on the soil of South Africa as one of her favorite memories.

During her time at MTA, Nicole has gained a lot of knowledge pertaining to HIV/AIDS prevention and care. She credits MTA for giving her a sense of completion. Her goal for MTA is to continue adapting and keeping up with technology. In the future, she would like to become a global health practitioner.

Nicole Lee

As Executive Director of TransAfrica Forum Lee helps further the organizations mission of the emancipation of all African peoples everywhere physically, economically, and socially. Prior to joining TransAfrica Forum, Nicole was the Managing Director of Global Justice. Nicole has also dedicated her time and efforts to human rights in Haiti working with the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux. Action for Africa: Waht You Can Do

The year 2007 marks the 200th anniversary of the end of the transatlantic slave trade. Despite this passage of time, however, the exploitation of the African continent and her people by the U.S. and other developed countries still exists with devastating results. Learn from this group of prominent advocates of the African cause what is going on and what you can do about it.


Deborah Niemann is a homesteader, writer, and self-sufficiency expert. In 2002, she relocated her family from the suburbs of Chicago to a 32 acre parcel on a creek "in the middle of nowhere". Together, they built their own home and began growing the majority of their own food. Sheep, pigs, cattle, goats, chickens and turkeys supply meat, eggs and dairy products, while an organic garden and orchard provides fruit and vegetables. A highly sought-after speaker and workshop leader, Deborah presents extensively on topics including soapmaking, breadbaking, cheesemaking, composting and homeschooling. She is the author of" target="_blank">Homegrown & Handmade: A Practical Guide to More Self-Reliant Living.


California Food and Justice Coalition's executive director Armando Nieto served as C.E.O. of Redefining Progress, managing director at the Center on Race, Poverty; the Environment, and executive director with Eagle Eye Institute inSomerville, Massachusetts, Earth Share of California and theEnvironmental Defense Center. He is president of the Tulare CountyCommunity Water Center and has served on the advisory boards of JustCommunities, the PG;E ClimateSmart External Advisory Group, and theCentral Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy.California Food and Justice Coalition's executive director Armando Nieto served as C.E.O. of Redefining Progress, managing director at the Center on Race, Poverty; the Environment, and executive director with Eagle Eye Institute inSomerville, Massachusetts, Earth Share of California and theEnvironmental Defense Center. He is president of the Tulare CountyCommunity Water Center and has served on the advisory boards of JustCommunities, the PG;E ClimateSmart External Advisory Group, and theCentral Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy.

Nina Smith

GoodWeave's independent certification label (formerly RugMark) appears on more than 75 different rug brands, ensuring that no children were involved in making the rug and that children in India and Nepal are receiving an education. Join GoodWeave USA's Executive Director, Nina Smith, for a discussion about strategies for engaging consumers, industry and NGOs to build the market for childlaborfree products to eradicate exploitation on an industrywide basis in less than a decade.

Nina Smith is the executive director of GoodWeave USA (formerly RugMark). GoodWeave works to end exploitative child labor in the handmade carpet industry through its nochildlabor certification and education programs for kids in weaving communities in Nepal and India. A fair trade advocate and marketing professional for over 15 years, Nina won the 2005 Skoll award for Social Entrepreneurship, acknowledging her work to employ market strategies for social change through GoodWeave. Nina was formerly the executive director of The Crafts Center (1995

Nivedita Chandrappa

Nivedita chandrappa has a degree in journalism and masters in public relations. As a television Producer at Queens Public Television and an activist, she has dealt with various immigrant issues, during which she has spoken about immigrant women in New York. She produced a television show called "Asian Indian Immigrant Experience" through which she celebrated the diversities and culture of immigrants in this city. She worked with refugee communities to organize them for creating cooperatives and helping them with their actual needs. Many of immigrant stories revolved around alienation and loss of sense of community in this country, inspired by which she became an activist for immigrant women in the system with various cultural needs.

Through volunteering in various women’s organizations she identified the lack of economic support system that are available to the low-income women if they are in domestic violence or any other issues. She founded a not for profit called "wishwas" (which means believing in one's self) to encourage displaced immigrant women to learn skills and trades to find themselves empowered within their sphere of freedom and choices.

Nivedita Chandrappa worked for over a year to build the base of wishwas organization at the grass roots level, while this was certainly not easy, it was a learning experience. Like any other organization wishwas suffered initial challenges but with the supports of other enthusiastic celebrities like Ranjana Khan the project took shape and is thriving. Nivedita is now pursuing a fellowship in green faith through and will promote greening of the environment through Hinduism.She has also raised two sons in her free time.


I Bonnie Nixon worked for more than a decade directing and implementing a world class social and environmental responsibility program for the largest information technology company in the world. Nixon is largely credited with helping HewlettPackard make the jump to one of the most globally recognized business leaders for sustainability, and served there for twelve years, most recently as director of environmental sustainability and global citizenship. Previously, she owned a consultancy that specialized in multistakeholder approaches to large, pressing environmental and business issues in the public and private sectors. While there, she worked with municipal leaders to successfully design, manage and construct major California water, wastewater, transportation, utility and natural resource protection projects.


IN 1990, Art The Silent Healer was established in Los Angeles by founder Sharyl Noday. Currently in Chicago, we offer to you the following healing modalities.

Full Trance Channeling, Spiritual Development Classes, Energy Healing, Mediumship, Clairvoyant Intuitive, Paintings and Mixed Media Artworks. I channel a loving consciousness that refers to themselves as Siria Family.

IN the channeling process these Beings of Light speak through me offering insights, awareness and unique perspectives on our lives to assist us in finding our truth, elevating our vibration, creating self empowerment, the meeting of the Higher Self, Spirit Guides, and the ultimate love...Self Love.

I welcome your questions about my art works, and the mystical, for this is the work that I Love.


Ruth Nolan, M.A, is Professor of English at College of the Desert, where she teaches California desert Indian literature and creative writing. A native of the Mojave Desert and former BLM wildland firefighter, she is also a writer and lecturer whose poetry and prose articles related to the California desert are widely published. She is also editor of No Place for a Puritan: the Literature of California's Deserts (Heyday, 2009). As a writer, she collaborated on a film about Joshua Tree, "Escape to Reality: 24 hrs @ 24 fps," produced the UC Riverside California Museum of Photography (2008). She was a featured speaker at the 2010 Western Wilderness Conference held in Berkeley, and is featured on the 2010-11 California Legacy “Nature Dreaming” radio project, sponsored by Santa Clara University.


Jeanne Pinsof Nolan, “The Organic Gardener,” has been growing food for over 20 years. In her current role as project manager for Chicago’s Green City Market, she is responsible for designing and implementing The Edible Gardens, a 5,000 square foot vegetable garden for children at Lincoln Park Zoo. She is also founder of “The Organic Gardener, Ltd,” focusing on helping people to have fun successfully growing organic vegetables. She also works extensively with schools, restaurants and institutions. Her career began with a 1987 apprenticeship in organic vegetable gardening and farming in California, and she subsequently lived on organic farms in Southern California, Austin and Asheville, N.C. Nolan has been featured in Travel and Leisure, Food and Wine, and Woman’s Day. In 2009 she appeared on the nationally syndicated talk show, The Daily Buzz and was a recipient of Shape magazine’s “2009 Green Living Awards.” Locally she has had features in The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Social and Today’s Chicago Woman. She lives in Glencoe with her husband and two children


Noland is a serial social entrepreneur and the founder of the award winning Moontown Foundation, a Seattlearea nonprofit think ; do tank dedicated to accelerating the transformation to a green economy for all. Moontown works to achieve its strategic vision through the development of metropolitanscale energy conservation, energy production and energy management solutions that also serve as green pathways out of poverty. In 2008, Noland cofounded and launched the SWITCH Project, an innovative green career readiness program that provides lowincome urban young adults with the personal, professional and technical skills needed to obtain entrylevel positions in the energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors. Noland has over 20 years experience developing programs and solutions that promote in environmental, social and economic sustainability and equity for the Student Conservation Association, Environmental Careers Organization, Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, the Department of Energy, US Geological Survey and the City of Seattle. Prior to launching Moontown, Noland spent 15 years working in the information communication technology sector, serving in strategic marketing, project management, business development roles for leading software, media and financial services companies. Noland serves on the board of directors for the Northwest Energy Coalition and Washington Lawyers for Sustainability, and is an advisor for the Seattle Chamber of Commerce's Urban Enterprise Center, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, Evergreen Films and


Carrie Norton is Founder and CEO of Green Business BASE CAMP, a global entrepreneurial education company serving early stage green business and cleantech entrepreneurs. Her broad expertise in sustainable business and entrepreneurship has evolved as strategic career choices allowed her to appreciate a range of perspectives, starting with her positions at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Garage Technology Ventures and Idealab. Most recently, Norton served early-adopting clients such as Google, Sony, and British Telecom as a senior executive responsible for Market and Project Development in the commercial solar power industry. She is a Catto Fellow of the Aspen Institute, Class of 2010.

She co-founded the Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles, and her community leadership has included work with Grid Alternatives, the Clean Economy Network and Net Impact. She has served as adjunct faculty member at the Graziadio School of Management at Pepperdine University. She earned an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BA from Trinity University. She speaks and consults frequently on topics related to innovation & entrepreneurship, cleantech, and triple bottom line investing.


Anca Novacovici is the founder and president of EcoCoach, Inc., which provides services for businesses and individuals to become more environmentally friendly, energyefficient, and healthy. Clients include Fortune 500 companies as well as smaller businesses and individuals. Anca is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professional and is on the Board of the Green Building Institute.


Joelle Novey is the director of Greater Washington Interfaith Power ;Light, which helps hundreds of local congregations to save energy, gogreen, and respond to climate change ( Joelle helps toorganize two of DC's independent Jewish communities, Tikkun LeilShabbat and Minyan Segulah. Joelle is also the coauthor of, Green and JustCelebrations: A Purchasing Guide for Washington's Jewish Families,from Jews United for Justice (JUFJ,) which offers specific suggestionsfor how families can make purchasing choices for weddings and bar andbat mitzvah celebrations in ways that are mindful of environmentalimpact and workers' rights ( Novey is the director of Greater Washington Interfaith Power ;Light, which helps hundreds of local congregations to save energy, gogreen, and respond to climate change ( Joelle helps toorganize two of DC's independent Jewish communities, Tikkun LeilShabbat and Minyan Segulah. Joelle is also the coauthor of, Green and JustCelebrations: A Purchasing Guide for Washington's Jewish Families,from Jews United for Justice (JUFJ,) which offers specific suggestionsfor how families can make purchasing choices for weddings and bar andbat mitzvah celebrations in ways that are mindful of environmentalimpact and workers' rights (


Baza Novic is a former U.S. Marine, a Permaculture thinker, storyteller and certified Master Gardener based in Los Angeles. For over a decade, Baza has offered consultations to those struggling with integrating life's more challenging experiences. Baza is a multifaceted artist working in many mediums including writing, photography, installations, film and television, including work with NBC, Disney, CBS, VH1 and MTV. He is the co-director of the Evolver Network's Los Angeles chapter, supporting creative transformation through events focused on leading edge art, education and social activism. He can often be found wandering the streets of Los Angeles conducting decisive acts of magic. Twitter: @bazanovic


Mike Nowak has been sharing green and gardening wisdom in the Chicago area on radio for 15 years–first at WGN and now as host of "The Mike Nowak Show" on WCPT 820AM and 92.5, 92.7 and 99.9 FM. Along with Jennifer Brennan, he is co-host of Dig In Chicago, a new gardening and cooking television show on Comcast/Xfinity Channel 102 Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. from April 21 through September.

Mike’s radio show is a blend of humor, expertise, and passion for gardening and keeping the planet healthy. In addition to talking about gardening, Mike Nowak keeps tabs on conservation, environment and recycling issues.

Mike is a writer and award-winning columnist for Chicagoland Gardening Magazine. The April, 2011 Garden Design Magazine lists Mike’s show as one of five radio programs “we’re listening to.”

Mike is an Illinois Master Gardener and Openlands TreeKeeper. In 2002, he co-founded the Midwest Ecological Landscaping Association and served as MELA's president for four years.

He is president of the Chicago Recycling Coalition and part of the Speakers Network for, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting natural lawn care and grounds maintenance.


Ronald J. Nowicki is a Landscape Architect with a B.A from Universityof Illinois at Champaign/Urbana. He is also a certified PermacultureDesigner. Ron and his wife Vicki own The Land Office, a design/buildlandscape construction firm In Downers Grove, Illinois. His tag line isLandscape Design and Construction With an Ecological Conscience. Inhis 35 years of work with residential clients, his main focus has beento help families reconnect with the natural world through ecologicallysustainable landscape design.

He uses diverse, native and naturalistic plantings which formcommunities that conserve energy and resources. Families have respondedto the beauty, serenity, integrity and security that this kind oflandscape provides. Ron and his wife, Vicki, had the foresight, in1980, to build a passive solar home in Downers Grove and surround itwith a nolawn landscape of vegetables, herbs, fruits, windbreaks,deciduous shade, native plants and more. Once a novelty, CircleGardenFarm is now able to supply an almost yearround bounty oflocal, organic food and the landscape itself a prime example ofSuburban Permaculture. Ron is an author, a teacher and a devotedenvironmentalist.

Victoria Nowicki is degreed in Horticulture, Environmental Studies andEnvironmental Education from Knox College and George Williams College.She also has a Masters Degree in Museum Studies from AuroraUniversity. Her work with The Land Office is focused on HerbaceousGarden Design and installation. She also spends much of her timegrowing, harvesting and preserving the Circle GardenFarm vegetables.She cofounded in 1992 the first chapter of The Wild Ones outside ofWisconsin, a group devoted to using native plants in the home landscapewith an eye toward saving energy and resources. This organization hasnow spread nationwide. Today, she is the president of the Downers GroveOrganic Gardening Club, with a focus on growing vegetables in the homelandscape. She is wellknown for her prolific classes on growingvegetables, herbs, heirlooms and so forth and has done extensivelecturing both at The Morton Arboretum and The Chicago Botanic Garden.Her fondest dream is to see everyone growing some food at home andcooking it with their families! Vicki is an author, a teacher, a leaderand a devoted environmentalist.


I am an accomplished human and organizational development specialist. I am also a shamanic healer and teacher of spirituality and higher consciousness learning. As a consultant, I focus my gifts and talents on the evolution of human consciousness, in particularly among human service professionals. I'm also dedicated to the evolution of interpersonal landscapes within families, communities, and organizations.

For about 20 years I was fortunate to work extensively with economically and socially challenged children, youth, families, communities, and organizations, through a wide variety of job situations. I have worked on the frontlines of grass roots efforts as well as administered national program interventions. During the past 15 years, I have been blessed to be able to fully embrace my spiritual calling and to learn how to integrate my spiritual beliefs and practices into all facets of my life and my work. My purpose in life is to continuously learn how to keep myself full of faith and wholeness, and to share that wisdom with others.

I was initiated into my personal spirit medicines (West African and Native American) in the year 2000 by Malidoma Som


Nudelman, MA, is the director of Program ; Public Policy at the Breast Cancer Fund. Nudelman currently coordinates a federal campaign to ban bisphenol A in food and efforts to secure passage of federal legislation to more strictly regulate the cosmetics industry.


Leslie Nuesca, a Los Angeles native, has regularly practiced yoga since she was a child. In January 2004, Leslie experienced her first Kundalini yoga class and it resonated with her so powerfully that she pursued professional yoga studies in April 2006 and earned her IKYTA teaching certificate from Golden Bridge Yoga. In February 2008, Leslie completed the Khalsa Way Pre-Natal Teacher’s Training Course with Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa. In March of 2009, Leslie taught yoga to the Pre-school children at Agape International Spiritual Center.

Guided by her experience as a children’s photographer, seeing the changes in her son (who began his yoga practice at the age of 4) and the desire to see other children connect with their “breath” motivated Leslie to teach children.

Leslie has been teaching children’s yoga since February 2006 at various schools in Los Angeles, at her home studio and private classes. Leslie’s love for art & yoga inspired her to launch Creative Summer Workshops in 2006: Yoga, Art and Cookingfor Children.

Leslie’s children’s classes take children on "wild adventures" through animal and nature based yoga sets, dance and music. The children develop coordination, balance and flexibility. Her classes instill self-confidence as the children balance a bit longer and stretch a bit further. It brings Leslie joy to teach children to use their breath as a healing tool for life. During the summer Leslie offers a refreshing alternative to traditionalday camps bycreating unique workshops for children. Each day include yoga, an art project or cooking and free time for the children to express themselves using their imagination. The combination of art, games and music with YOGA add to the fun and adventure of this ancient practice.


Yorman Nunez is currently a research fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he coordinates the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative. BCDI is a place based initiative that seeks to harness local assets and drive a comprehensive regional economic development strategy that is focused on building wealth, ownership, and business leadership among low- and moderate-income residents of the Bronx while fostering an environmentally just and sustainable regional economy.


Melanie Nutter is the Director of the San Francisco Department of Environment. She helps all San Francisco residents and businesses take an active role in protecting and enhancing the urban environment, produces and publicizes information on sustainable practices, and develops innovative and practical environmental programs for all residents. Nutter served as Deputy District Director for the U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, where she advised on issues including the environment, energy, transportation, environmental health, women’s issues, and food policy. Nutter founded and chairs the Energy and Environment Circle for the Full Circle Fund with the help of Vice President Al Gore and green jobs advocate Van Jones. Nutter has been a grassroots environmental organizer with Greenbelt Alliance, the Public Interest Research Groups (PIRG), and Green Corps. Nutter holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Northwestern University in Communications and Environmental Studies.