Senior Green Building Coordinator, San Francisco Department of the Environment
Eden Brukman is Senior Green Building Coordinator at SF Department of the Environment. She has focused her career on establishing socially and environmentally responsible solutions for human habitat: Eden coauthored Living Building Challenge and directed its evolution and global deployment 2007-2012; served as the first Technical Director of Health Product Declaration Collaborative; and contributed to the early development of other programs including Pharos Project, Declare, and EcoDistricts. Also a licensed architect, her advocacy efforts have led to policy reform, decentralized building and community developments, and the creation of a network of local action groups in cities all over the world.
Co-Founder, U Konserve
Chance was an original team member for the launch and positioning of the contemporary retail furniture company Design Within Reach. Prior to that she co-launched Pentimento, an architectural series of ceramics, and has been a merchandising and marketing consultant for start-up companies. After the birth of her daughter in 2003, she became increasingly concerned about the environment, so she partnered with her good friend to create a product line that would educate families about the importance of ‘reuse’ and reduce the staggering amount of trash that was headed to our landfills.
Director, Soil Centric
The founder of Center for Food Safety’s Soil Solutions program, Diana Donlon has a proven history of creating widespread awareness about the importance of healthy soil to climate stability at the local, national and international level. Soil Solutions to Climate Problems, a short film she conceived of and produced, was screened during COP21 (the Paris Climate Conference), in December 2015. Soil Solutions created an aesthetic that has been widely emulated, and its animated footage has been incorporated into two feature-length documentary films. Diana, a skilled public speaker, excels at identifying trends, and she brings a depth of social and intellectual capital to the soil and climate movement. Diana has a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of California, Berkeley; a Master’s in Education from Harvard University and served two years in Peace Corps, Morocco.
CEO, Global Footprint Network
Laurel is the CEO of Global Footprint Network, leading overall operations and strategy. She is interested in applying meaningful metrics to promote positive change in the world. She is constantly searching for ways to increase the impact and relevance of Ecological Footprint research. Since joining Global Footprint Network, Laurel has worn various hats, but she has a particular passion for Global Footprint Network’s open data platform and sustainable development projects. Laurel also contributes to the production and improvement of the National Footprint Accounts. Before joining Global Footprint Network’s research team, Laurel worked in the Office of Strategic Information, Research & Planning, at Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, DC, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador. Her two years in the Ecuadorian Amazon were preceded by a brief career as an environmental analyst at AECOM, specializing in socioeconomic and environmental justice impacts. She holds a BA and MA in geography from San Diego State University, where her research focused on climate change vulnerability and agriculture. Laurel likes soccer, roof-top social gatherings, efficient meetings, and diving in head first.
Director of Sustainability, Grove Collaborative
Danielle Jezienicki is the Director of Sustainability for Grove Collaborative, a B Corp that delivers eco friendly home essentials, including household cleaning, personal care, baby, kid, and pet products to consumers around the US. Prior to that, she was the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (WSI) where she oversaw ESG reporting and sustainability initiatives for the Company and its West Coast brands including Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, Pottery Barn Teen, Williams-Sonoma, Rejuvenation and Mark & Graham. Prior to joining WSI, Danielle was an Impact Analyst at Sonen Capital, an impact investment firm that prioritizes social and environmental outcomes as well as financial returns. Danielle began her career in corporate communications and investor relations, where she spent over five years at leading firms in San Francisco and New York. She holds an MBA in Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School and BA from Brown University.
Senior Staff Scientist, Friends of the Earth
Kendra Klein, PhD is Senior Staff Scientist at Friends of the Earth where she leads work on food and farming solutions. She is a writer, researcher, and advocate with over seventeen years of experience in environmental sustainability, food, agriculture, and environmental health. Prior to joining FOE, she coordinated farm-to-institution work at the California Healthy Food in Health Care campaign and worked at Breast Cancer Action on chemical policy reform and corporate accountability related to pink ribbon fundraising. Kendra has apprenticed on organic farms in California and Hawaii. She is a 2011 Switzer Environmental Fellow and has written for The Nation, The Guardian, Gastronomica, Civil Eats, and EcoWatch. She holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University of Ohio and a PhD in Environmental Science, Policy & Management from UC Berkeley.
Director of Impact Investing, Wetherby Asset Management
Justina is a private equity investor that believes in harnessing the power of capital – and applying the discipline and rigor of conventional investing – to create meaningful social and environmental impact. Justina joined Wetherby Asset management in 2015 where she leads the firm’s impact investment strategy. Prior to Wetherby, she was a Director and Senior Investment Analyst focused on private markets strategies at Sonen Capital, an impact investment management firm. Previously, Justina helped manage the Rockefeller Foundation’s Program Related Investments portfolio comprised of domestic and international impact investments in private equity and private debt. She was also a core member of the Impact Investing team where she advanced and shaped the initiative strategy focused on building the field of impact investing. In addition, she has held positions with Legacy Venture in Palo Alto, CA and Rwanda Ventures, a business incubator launching and operating sustainable agricultural companies in Kigali, Rwanda.
Prior to her career in impact investing, she was an Associate in the New York and Paris offices of Vestar Capital Partners, where she diligenced and executed growth equity and leveraged buyout transactions across the US and Europe. Justina began her career in the sponsor coverage group within Citigroup’s Investment Banking Division in New York. Justina received a BS in Finance and International Business, summa cum laude, from New York University and an MBA with certificates in Public and Global Management from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Justina is proficient in Cantonese Chinese and Spanish and has lived and worked in Hong Kong, France, the UK and Rwanda.
Program Manager, The Edible Schoolyard
A native of the Bay Area, Nick grew up with a love of eating and cooking. Nick studied biology at Williams College in rural, western Massachusetts. There, surrounded by small organic farms producing incredible vegetables, meats, and cheeses he found himself with half a pig in the freezer and a weekly CSA box on his doorstep. After seeing the farms and people behind those foods he dove into the sustainable food movement and helped start an organic garden and food advocacy group on campus. After graduating in 2011 Nick spent 18 months cooking in restaurants in New York and in the Lake Tahoe area. Nick started at the Edible Schoolyard Project in 2012 as an AmeriCorps Service Member in the kitchen program. Nick taught cooking classes daily as an Assistant Chef Teacher and Chef Teacher from 2013 to 2018 and is now a Program Manager developing a new high school class and internship program focused on Public Health.
Associate Consultant, Bain & Company
Meryl is an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company in San Francisco. During her time at Bain, she has worked across industries including Utilities, Retail and Private Equity. While she is currently a generalist in management consulting, she hopes to eventually specialize in sustainability and clean technology.
Prior to Bain, Meryl graduated from Duke University in 2018 with a degree in Public Policy and Economics and a certificate in Energy & Environment studies. Her studies focused on the intersection of government, business and new technologies, and some of her favorite classes included Engineering Sustainable Design and Climate Change Economics. In her free time, Meryl love rock climbing, backpacking and any adventure that gets her outdoors!
Administrative Assistant, Patagonia Provisions
Anna is the Administrative Assistant at Patagonia Provisions, a division of Patagonia Works. She has long been committed to building a more sustainable and equitable food system. Anna formerly served as the Food Campaigns Director at Green America where she worked on corporate campaigns and federal agricultural policy. She has a MA in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development and a MA in International Affairs.
Associate Consultant, Bain & Company
Jason is an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company in San Francisco, where he spends time working in the tech and forestry industries. At Bain, Jason leads sustainability initiatives as a part of the office ‘green team’. Before joining Bain, Jason studied Management Science & Engineering at Stanford University, where he was a member of the climbing team and outdoor community. Outside of work he enjoys spending time outdoors, climbing, cooking, and volunteering for the Bay Area Climbing Coalition. Jason is really excited to be involved with the Project Green Challenge and looks forward to being a mentor to students passionate about tackling environmental challenges.
Executive Director, Biomimicry Institute
Beth directs the Biomimicry Institute’s strategic vision, managing the organization’s program development, fundraising, and marketing efforts. She speaks publicly on how biomimetic design in products, cities, and agriculture can bring about a new level of resilience to our economy and ecosystem, which in turn spur new levels of social equity. Prior to this position, Beth worked with William McDonough and Michael Braungart on The Upcycle, the sequel to Cradle to Cradle, before she helped co-found the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and became its first Executive Director and then Vice President. An attorney by training, Beth was also a managing director for one of the first sustainability business consultant firms, Blu Skye, and business manager for Hewlett Packard’s Emerging Market Solutions (EMS) group. Beth is a graduate of U.C.L.A. and Loyola Law School and lives in Marin County, California.
Educator, Artist, & Community Arts Organizer
Molly Rose-Williams is a San Francisco Bay Area-based educator, artist, and community arts organizer. She first became passionate about environmental issues as a middle school student at the Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley. She has taught on farms, in gardens, kitchens, science labs, and wild outdoor classrooms, always with the aim of connecting students’ classroom learning to the world around them and building their capacities as powerful agents for change. Most recently, Molly worked for three years as a Chef Teacher at the Edible Schoolyard before moving into her current role training science teachers in implementing hands-on curriculum in their classrooms. Molly holds a BA summa cum laude in Geography and Environmental Studies from Middlebury College. Outside the classroom, Molly works as a freelance choreographer, performer, and community arts organizer – she believes that a healthy art ecosystem is a vital component of any resilient community.
Associate Consultant, Bain & Company
Nicola is a management consultant committed to transforming existing systems into a green economy. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies across a variety of industries, including utilities, tech, agriculture, auto, and consumer packaged goods. Prior to management consulting, Nicola worked as an energy consultant for St. Louis Public Schools, as a commercial recycling implementer in University City, Missouri, and as an Office of Sustainability Associate at Washington University in St. Louis, focusing on alternative forms of transportation. Nicola also had the opportunity to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Morocco in 2016 as a researcher. Nicola graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BA in Environmental Policy, and Leadership & Strategic Management. In her spare time, she associates with Sunrise Movement and loves exploring parks, big and small.
Director of Science Programs, The Organic Center
Dr. Jessica Shade is the Director of Science Programs at The Organic Center where she directs projects associated with communicating and conducting research related to organic agriculture. During her tenure at The Organic Center Dr. Shade has collaborated on a number of diverse research programs ranging from applied solutions to on-farm challenges to methods for improving environmental impacts of agriculture. Some of her most recent collaborations include projects aimed at decreasing nitrogen pollution from agricultural sources, increasing on-farm biodiversity, and developing integrated pest management solutions for organic growers. Dr. Shade has extensive experience leading groups of diverse stakeholders to successfully develop unified visions and project goals. She developed and leads the Center’s signature conference event, Organic Confluences, which brings together policy makers, researchers, farmers, industry members, and other non-profits to address and overcome challenges faced by the organic sector. Dr. Shade has been honored for her environmental accomplishments by the Audubon Women in Conservation through their Women Greening Food Special Recognition, the Ecological Society of America Student Section and Union of Concerned Scientists through their Ecoservice Award, and is a Switzer Environmental Fellow. She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.
Brand Marketing Manager, EO Products
Meredith Soden is the Brand Marketing Manager at EO Products, the Marin County-based parent company of two leading personal care brands: EO® and Everyone for Every Body®. At EO she is responsible for brand reputation management, which includes public relations, community engagement, social and corporate partnerships, and more. She is a strong personal advocate for a healthy, sustainable and conscious lifestyle. Prior to her time at EO, Meredith worked in higher education communications at University of the Pacific in San Francisco, and in public relations for tech start ups and small businesses. She is a graduate of Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo, CA.
Doctorate of Clinical Psychology,
Katie completed her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology, with a focus how mental health is impacted by our environment on both a macro and micro level. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she spent three years working with college students helping them develop their career paths and self-identity, as well as creating space for them to work through a myriad of life experiences that were impacting their overall functioning. Much of her initial work with clients focused on education about lifestyle choices (food accessibility, sleep patterns, media diet and daily routines) that were impacting their mental and physical health. In addition to working with clients in individual and group therapy, she also developed programs and seminars focused on educating students about how they could develop a low-cost health and wellness routine that supported their mental health and academic career. Prior to graduate school, Katie worked for non-profit and for-profit organizations to help implement marketing and advertising campaigns and develop communication strategies aimed at spreading awareness about a variety of products, services and diseases. Since moving to the Bay Area from the Midwest with her four children and 3 rescue dogs, Katie has immersed herself in learning how to create a more environmentally sustainable home for her family. She is passionate about teaching her children to understand where their food comes from, how to cook and prepare nutritionally-dense, organic meals and use mindfulness techniques to resolve challenges. Katie has also planned several fundraising events over the past few years to support various organizations and their missions. Katie is passionate about continuing to work in the field of psychology and educating people about how our lifestyle choices and wellness routines impacts our mental and physical health.
Manager, Bain & Company
Lauren is a manager at Bain & Company. She joined Bain as a consultant in the San Francisco office in 2014 and has worked across a range of industries, chiefly in consumer products and technology. Outside of case work she leads Bain Bay Area’s Diversity & Inclusion efforts and leadership development program, “Inspirational Leadership.” Lauren started her career in the nonprofit sector, including time at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, which is dedicated to funding environmental conservation, patient care and basic science research initiatives. Lauren is a graduate of Harvard College and Wharton Business School and lives in San Francisco, California.