MARTI ANDREWS

Volunteer, Turning Green

Marti has volunteered at Turning Green since the beginning, more than 14 years ago. She coordinates prizes for Project Green Challenge, helps with the annual Road Tour, and other Conscious Campus projects. Marti is married with two boys, Jason (28) and Seth (25). She is an instructor and has owned her own training company (Workshops that Work) for 38 years. She works with clients in all levels of the public sector, both throughout the United States and overseas. Marti helps employees be better at their jobs through communication, presenting, meetings, interviewing, and other professional skills classes. She has had cancer 3 times and is now cancer free!

ERIN CADY

PGC 2016 Finalist, Senior, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Erin is a senior at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, studying Natural Resources and Environmental Science with a concentration in Human Dimensions of the Environment. Erin was a 2016 Project Green Challenge Finalist, which she credits for sparking her voice and passion for environmental activism. Erin has worked with human rights issues since she was in high school, and has experience leading fellow teens to be affective and inspired leaders. Erin hopes to use her education to work in the non-profit sector and to be a grassroots organizer for environmental education and activism. When Erin isn’t working on environmental issues, she’s probably off spending most of her money on Fair Trade Chocolate, fall candles, and tacos!

CRYSTAL CHISSELL

Vice President of Operations and Engagement, Project Drawdown

Crystal Chissell directs the overall operation of Project Drawdown, and fosters adoption of a solutions-based approach within the Drawdown Coalition, a global network of partners committed to reversing global warming. As a public speaker, she brings Project Drawdown’s inspiring message to diverse audiences.

Crystal has an interdisciplinary background in law, environmental science, and business management. She has held leadership roles in and advised a range of organizations, including small businesses, the City of Baltimore, the Maryland Environmental Service, and the Town of Highland Beach, Maryland. She has worked at the University of San Francisco and at Bay Area arts organizations. She holds a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, an M.S. in Environmental Science from Johns Hopkins University, an M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco, and a B.A. in Journalism from Howard University.

MOHIT GOURISARIA

Attorney, Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP

Mohit is a litigator who loves, in equal part, advocacy and resolution. He also believes in the law’s potential to be an equalizer and maintains an active pro bono practice. Outside of his legal career, Mohit teaches writing and oral advocacy, is an ardent theatregoer, and a passionate ally of The Conscious Kitchen. Mohit earned a J.D. from Columbia Law School, an LL.M. from The London School of Economics, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts and Economics, summa cum laude, from Brandeis University. Mohit serves on the Board of Directors for the Brandeis Alumni Association.

LAUREN ITO

Community Design for Social Impact, OpenIDEO

Lauren is a community designer and storyteller, and photographer for social impact with OpenIDEO, IDEO’s open innovation portfolio. When designing communities for global movements, Lauren draws on her experience in online and offline community building for grassroots organizations in the maternal health, indigenous rights, and malnutrition spaces from Guatemala to Uganda. Lauren mentors OpenIDEO’s global community of nonprofits, entrepreneurs, and designers through the design thinking process, while equipping innovators with the resources to take concepts from ideas to impact. Her projects with OpenIDEO span topics including reimaging maternal health, plastics in our oceans, and gratitude in the workplace.

HANNAH WATTS

PGC 2016 Finalist, Chief of Staff, Turning Green

Hannah is a fourth-year student at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. She was a Project Green Challenge 2016 Finalist and has continued to work with Turning Green since, now serving as Turning Green’s Chief of Staff. She credits her passion for the environment to Project Green Challenge, and loves working with Turning Green because she strongly believes in their mission to change the world through students.

MADELEINE WELSCH

PGC 2013 Champion , Illustrator & Motion Graphics Artist

Madeleine Welsch is a Brooklyn-based illustrator and motion graphics artist. Her rural upbringing in Massachusetts fostered an insatiable call to answer the question, “what impact do I have here?”, which she explores in both 2D drawings and animations. Madeleine has been an artist in residence at The Center at Eagle Hill in Hardwick, Massachusetts, The Sitka Fellows Program in Sitka, Alaska, and the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California. Finding herself at the intersection of audio storytelling and education, Madeleine has worked with clients like Panoply, Gimlet Media, AdHoc, and Resy. Currently, Madeleine can be found drawing full-time at Flocabulary in Brooklyn, NY, where she illustrates and animates educational hip hop videos aimed to engage and inspire K-12 students.