CLAIRE AUGUST

PGC Finalist 2015,

Claire August is a environmental and renewable energy advocate currently serving as the Executive Assistant to the President & CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association. Before graduating from the George Washington University in May of 2017 with a BA in International Affairs, Claire studied sustainability, development, and geography in Washington, DC and Copenhagen, Denmark. She lead the student environmental group, Green GW, in its involvement with Turning Green, and attended the Project Green Challenge finals as a student finalist in 2015. Claire enjoys giving back through community service and serving as a mentor, so she is happy to be back at the Project Green Challenge finals. She resides in Washington, DC and her interests include biking, perusing farmers markets, and vegan baking.

ERIN CADY

Drake University, Des Moines, IA

Erin is a junior 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!

CHANCE CLAXTON

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.

AMY HALMAN

Founder, EcoBlend Therapies

Amy is an award-winning, holistic skin therapist, speaker and product development specialist in the natural beauty industry. As owner of EcoBlend Therapies, she is dedicated to a Deeper Beauty Conversation, connecting each client’s unique body wellness, nutrition, lifestyle, stress and energy levels to the health of the skin. Utilizing this information, she custom blends nutritionally-dense topical treatments for each client to feed the skin’s ability to re-engage and optimize without fillers, toxins, or petrochemicals.

Formerly the President and co-formulator for ACURE, Amy has once again partnered with the brand as ambassador to continue education and outreach on the importance of clean, effective skin and body care for our health and future.

JUSTINA LAI

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.

AMY LIPNER

Messaging Strategist and Copywriter,

Amy is a messaging strategist and copywriter for values-forward companies and organizations. Trained as a litigator, she finds much more satisfaction writing for changemakers than the courtroom. In her free time, Amy travels to far-flung mountains and makes her home on a Sausalito houseboat.

MEREDITH SODEN

Marketing Manager, EO Products

Meredith Soden is the Marketing and Communications Manager at EO Products, the Marin County-based parent company of two leading personal care brands: EO® and Everyone™. At EO she is responsible for a variety of marketing initiatives including public relations, social media and digital communications. She also manages EO’s community engagement and donations program. 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.

STEFANIE SPEAR

Founder, EcoWatch

Stefanie has been publishing environmental news for nearly 30 years. Her life’s work has been focused on amplifying and uniting the voice of the grassroots movement while mobilizing millions to engage on the most important issues impacting people and planet. She founded EcoWatch in 2006 to publish a newspaper that educated people on the most important environmental news. In 2011, Stefanie and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. co-founded EcoWatch’s website, which has grown to become one of the nation’s top environmental news sites. When Stefanie is not in front of her computer, she is likely to be found on the water paddleboarding her beloved Lake Erie.

HANNAH WATTS

PGC 2016 Finalist/President Student Advisory Board, Junior, University of Florida

Hannah is a third year student studying Accounting at the University of Florida. After graduation, Hannah hopes to work for a company that holds a strong passion for sustainability and gives back to our planet and its people. She was a Project Green Challenge 2016 Finalist and is the President of Turning Green’s Student Advisory Board. She credits her passion for sustainability to Project Green Challenge, and loves working with Turning Green because she believes strongly in their mission to help save our environment through students. Some of her favorite things include dogs, yoga, and fair trade coffee.

JAMIE WERTZ

PGC 2016 Participant, Sophomore, University of Virginia

Jamie is pursuing a degree in Global Studies: Environment and Sustainability and Public Policy. After graduating, she hopes to develop a career in environmental policy or work for a sustainable business while continuing to inform others how to develop environmentally friendly habits. She was a Project Green Challenge participant in 2016 and an intern with Turning Green over the summer. She loves working with Turning Green because the team shares her passion for promoting a more sustainable planet. When she is not studying or working, she often is rock climbing, hiking, or exploring a farmer’s market.