Science Programs Director, 5 Gyres
Carolynn received a Master’s from the University of Rhode Island in Marine Affairs in 2005 and worked in the field of Coastal Management for seven years in San Francisco Bay. After her first 5 Gyres Voyage in 2011, a 33-day trip across the South Atlantic Gyre, she decided to change the course of her life and apply her science and organizing background to efforts to fight plastic pollution. Carolynn has traveled 15,000 miles researching microplastics and she will be completing her ninth ocean expedition with 5 Gyres in 2018. Carolynn is currently working on a large scale research program analyzing microplastics in San Francisco Bay, bringing her global knowledge of the issue upstream and local.
Executive Director, Fibershed
Rebecca is Executive Director of Fibershed, and Chair of the Board for the Carbon Cycle Institute. She has over a decade of experience writing and implementing hands-on curriculum that focuses on the intersection of restoration ecology and fiber systems. She has taught at Westminster College, Harvard University, and has created workshops for a range of NGOs and corporations. She is the author of the best-selling book Harvesting Color, a bioregional look into the natural dye traditions of North America. She has built an extensive network of farmers and artisans within our region’s Northern California Fibershed to pilot the regenerative fiber systems model at the community scale.
Manager of Engagement and Operations, Project Drawdown
Crystal Chissell is Manager of Engagement and Operations at Project Drawdown, and manages the Drawdown Coalition, Fellowship and Volunteer Programs. Crystal is an attorney, environmentalist, and business consultant. She has advised or contributed her administrative skills to a range of organizations, including small businesses, the City of Baltimore, the Maryland Environmental Service, the Town of Highland Beach, Maryland, and the University of San Francisco. 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.
Director, Center for Food Safety’s Food and Climate Campaign
Diana is Center for Food Safety’s Food and Climate Campaign Director where she leads Soil Solutions, a program communicating the critical importance of rebuilding soil health for food security, fresh water availability and climate stability. Before coming to work for CFS, Ms. Donlon worked for a variety of family foundations supporting youth and sustainable agriculture programs. As a program executive at the Goldman Environmental Prize, she helped to elevate the causes of environmental activist around the world. She is a founder of Roots of Change and the Board Secretary of Watershed Media, award-winning publishers of action-oriented titles including Farming with the Wild. Ms. Donlon 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. She is from San Francisco, California and speaks French and Spanish.
President & CEO, Green America
For nearly 35 years, Alisa has led Green America, the national green economy organization. Green America develops marketplace solutions to social and environmental problems with a key focus on climate, sustainable agriculture, fair trade and responsible finance.
Green America operates the nation’s largest green business and consumer networks. Ms. Gravitz is a leading expert on how families and businesses can “go green,” saving money and resources. As part of Green America’s Center for Sustainability Solutions, which focuses on transforming supply chains, she co-chairs innovation networks on carbon farming, sustainable agriculture, solar and clean electronics.
Ms. Gravitz’s board service includes Ceres, Positive Future Network, Network for Good, Non-GMO Project and Underdog Foundation. She earned her MBA from Harvard University and her BA in economics and environmental sciences from Brandeis University. Green America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
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.
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.
Author and Founder, Small Planet Institute
Anna is a national bestselling author and an internationally recognized expert on food systems. The author or co-author of three books and contributing author to a dozen more, Anna is a recipient of the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award and a TIME magazine Eco Who’s Who. Her most recent book, Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork, was recognized as an environmental book of the year by Booklist. Anna is the founder or co-founder of two national organizations, the Small Planet Institute and Fund and Real Food Media. At Real Food Media, Anna and her team work with partners nationwide to catalyze creative storytelling about food, farming, and sustainability. The former co-host of the PBS show, The Endless Feast, Anna hosts the podcast, Real Food Reads, and regularly speaks to audiences around the country. In addition, Anna serves as a consultant to philanthropists funding food system transformation and is the director of the Food & Democracy for a family foundation based in Marin. Anna lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their two daughters.
Strategic Adviser & CSR Manager, Dr. Bronner’s
Kris is Strategic Adviser and CSR Manager for Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, the top-selling brand of natural soaps in North America. She is responsible for overseeing and managing many diverse projects under the umbrella of sustainability and social responsibility.
Kris advises the Special Operations Team and affiliated Fair Trade projects on financial and operational matters, provides integrated risk assessments on new business ventures, and works to institutionalize Dr. Bronner’s sustainability efforts across multiple levels of the company, from operations to governance. Prior to joining Dr. Bronner’s, she worked in the non-profit sector for programs serving recently resettled refugee and immigrant youths in San Diego.
Kris earned an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a graduate degree in International Economic Development from UCSD. She is a former hospice volunteer, as well as a design enthusiast, and she enjoys adventure travel. She was born in 1974 in Taiwan and currently lives in Encinitas, California with her husband David and their daughter Maya.
Director, San Francisco Department of
In May of 2014, Mayor Ed Lee appointed Debbie as the Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment, a city agency that creates visionary policies and programs to ensure a sustainable future for San Francisco. Raphael returns to San Francisco after three years leading the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, where she worked to bal-ance stakeholder interests in protecting the public and environment from toxic harm.
Raphael believes that cities like San Francisco are incubators for bold action that results in meaningful change. Her approach to environmental decision-making focuses on using the best available science and robust stakeholder interaction to ensure that all voices are honored. This perspective has allowed her to succeed in addressing some of the most challenging environ-mental problems, including the rollout of California’s landmark Green Chemistry Initiative.
In 20 years of public service at city, county, and state levels, Raphael has crafted and imple-mented groundbreaking policies around toxics reduction, green building, business engagement, integrated pest management, and environmentally preferable purchasing. She graduated with honors in biology from the University of California, Berkeley, was a Smithsonian and National Science Foundation fellow, and has a Master’s degree in Physiological Plant Ecology from UCLA.
John is the founder of Nutiva, the world’s leading organic superfoods brand of hemp, coconut, chia, and red palm superfoods. Founded in 1999 and dedicated to nourishing people and planet, Nutiva has been named one of Inc. magazine’s fastest-growing companies in America for seven years in a row.
A longtime advocate for healthy people and ecosystems, with expertise ranging from home composting and natural healing to forestry and hemp agriculture, John has authored four books on environmental topics, with combined sales of more than one million copies. He helped jumpstart the modern home-composting movement in the early 1990s and successfully sued the US DEA to keep hemp foods legal in 2001. He has founded four nonprofit ecological groups, including GMOInside.org.
Co-Founder, Turning Green
Erin is a citizen activist, social entrepreneur and writer. Since co-founding Turning Green in 2005, she has developed eco education and action platforms to inspire, educate, and mobilize millions of students and the global public with this non-profit and beyond. This leading voice on millennials, sustainability and social impact and vocal advocate for environmental action, public health and equal justice recently ran an unprecedented campaign for US Congress in California’s District 2 – working to redefine civic engagement, reinvigorate public service, and expand the definition of politician for a generation and a nation.
Director, producer, & cinematographer, Founder, Moving Art
Louie is an award-winning cinematographer, director and producer whose notable career spans more than four decades providing breathtaking imagery using his time-lapse, high-speed and macro cinematography techniques. Schwartzberg is a visual artist who breaks barriers, connects with audiences, and tells stories that celebrate life and reveal the mysteries and wisdom of nature, people, and places.
Louie’s theatrical releases include the 3D IMAX film Mysteries of the Unseen World with National Geographic, narrated by Forest Whitaker; the documentary, Wings of Life for Disneynature, narrated by Meryl Streep, and America’s Heart and Soul for Walt Disney Studios.
His Netflix series, Moving Art, was renewed for a second season and will be premiering later in 2017. Designed to inspire, educate and evolve our perspective on the world, each episode immerses viewers in the natural world, taking them on a journey through time and scale.
Louie’s TED talks have gone viral with almost 50 million combined views. His Gratitude Revealed series of shorts were launched on Oprah.com. Supported by the Templeton Foundation, with science and analytics by the Greater Good Center at UC Berkeley, the series explores the multifaceted virtues of gratitude.
Louie is the only artist/filmmaker to be inducted into the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Lemelson Foundation’s Invention Ambassadors Program.
For Schwartzberg, the greatest satisfaction is creating works that can have a positive effect on the future of the planet. “I hope my films inspire and open people’s hearts. Beauty is nature’s tool for survival – we protect what we love. That is the shift in consciousness we need to sustain and celebrate life.”
Founder & Executive Director, Turning Green
Judi is a passionate grassroots activist and community leader. She has spent the last 14 years of her life spearheading innovative, impactful projects with diverse stakeholders on local, national, and global levels. The dearth of answers around Marin County’s high cancer rates led Shils to found the non-profit Search for the Cause, giving birth to Turning Green, a powerful student-led movement around education and advocacy that inspires and mobilizes students to transition from conventional to conscious. She is the force behind The Conscious Kitchen (TCK), a program in public elementary schools to serve fresh, local, organic, seasonal, non-GMO (FLOSN), scratch-cooked breakfast and lunch to students. TCK launched in 2013 on a campus where 95% of children are on free-and-reduced meals. Since expanding in scale and reach this past year, TCK formed the first organic, non-GMO school district in the country. Moving to the Bay Area in 1989 and becoming a mother to daughter Erin changed the course of Judi’s life. Prior to this, she was an Emmy Award-winning television producer for 25 years with ABC Sports, FOX and Oxygen, founded The Diary Project forum for youth at the onset of the internet. Judi also consults for the California Coastal Commission around public education and is a fierce advocate for positive change in the face of injustice across the globe.
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.
Chef, Sustainable Foodie,
Ashley graduated from Rice University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences. Growing up, her multiple passions for medicine, food and nutrition, environmental science, and writing inspired her to pursue a calling that fused them all together. As an undergrad, Ashley joined the Turning Green “tribe” as an intern following their 2nd annual Conscious College Road Tour. She went on to work as a fellow and serve two terms as the president of their Student Advisory Board. Her work with TG mobilized her to lead various initiatives at Rice, where she co-founded and presided over the Rice Environmental Society, a group that fosters collaboration among various eco organizations, and the Environmental Health Collaborative, a group that unites pre-med students and health professionals to inform communities around environmental impacts on wellness. Upon graduating Rice, Ashley accepted the prestigious R25E Summer Research Experience Competitive Award from the National Cancer Institute and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to work as a summer fellow in their Integrative Medicine Program. Upon completing her fellowship, Ashley accepted a gap-year position as the research coordinator for the Environmental Health Service at Baylor College of Medicine. Ashley worked with Turning Green as The Conscious Kitchen program coordinator and is now working as a professional chef.
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.
PGC 2013 Champion and Illustrator & Motion Graphics Artist,
Madeleine is an illustrator and motion graphics artist currently based in the Bay Area. Her rural upbringing in Massachusetts fostered an insatiable call to answer the question, “What impact do I have here?” Madeleine won Project Green Challenge in 2013 and credits Turning Green for inspiring her mission to explore environmental issues through illustration and narrative motion. Madeleine has worked for Brooklyn-based artist Lesley Dill and in the graphic design department at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum in Saratoga Springs, New York. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Center at Eagle Hill in Hardwick, Massachusetts; a fellow at the Sitka Fellows Program in Sitka, Alaska; and is a current resident at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California, where she is working on an animation that examines the process of butchery in an imagined food system.