People you'll meet at GMS 2017!
Buckminster Fuller Institute, Executive Director
Ravenhill is an active member of the international community focused on addressing imminent global challenges. She previously held the role of Executive Director of Project Drawdown, a comprehensive plan to reverse global warming. She also serves as advisor to the Center for Carbon Removal and is a member of the steering committee for the Nexus Global Climate Change Working Group. Other positions she has held include lecturer at Presidio Graduate School, teaching the Principles of Sustainable Management course; co-founder of The Hero Hatchery, a climate activist fellowship program; Business Partnership Coordinator at 350.org; and Americorp Sustainable Communities and Education Fellow. Ravenhill is driven by her experience living and working internationally as well as her enthusiasm to integrate art and science. She lectures and speaks publicly on such wide-ranging topics as biochar, regenerative design, carbon drawdown strategies, mindfulness, and systems thinking.
Conveners.org, Executive Director
Avary combines training as a genetic engineer and geobotanical field ecologist with an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise to lead impact focused startups from idea to reality. She has worked on Impact Metrics with HIP Investor, the IFC, and other corporate clients. She is the co-founder of Impactalpha an Impact Media Enterprise. She was the CFO and CEO of The Happiness Institute (a community video production studio in San Francisco) and VP of Operations for Puzzlebox. She has reincorporated her love of ecosystems through her role as Executive Director of Conveners.org a registered non-profit serving impact focused conveners and accelerators.
BrandonPeele.com, Purpose Guide - Author - Leadership Coach
Brandon helps professionals create careers of purpose, impact and abundance. He has worked with executives and teams from companies like Apple, Morgan Stanley, Johnson & Johnson and Google. Through his online courses, he has guided more than 2,000 people from over 50 countries. He has also taught live courses and lectured at the University of California, Northern Arizona University, The Institute of Noetic Sciences and the California College of the Arts. His book “Planet on Purpose” is due out in July 2017 and his work has been featured in USA Today, Fox News, Techcrunch and Conscious Company Magazine.
CH Consulting, Communications Consultant
Fascinated by the intersection of citizen, consumer, and employee/employer within each individual. Passionate about making authentic, transparent sustainability the default operating standard in communities and organizations. Seeker of dance parties, hugs, and tasty treats.
UC Davis Dept. of Design, Associate Professor
I teach in the Department of Design at UC Davis. I write books and teach about about crossovers in theory and practice between architecture, design, and the biological sciences. I teach a class on the history of energy, materials and design that covers 30,000 years of human history - it has completely transformed by view of "sustainbility" discourse today. I also teach a BioDesign theory and practice seminar, that for the first time has a lab component to it. I love huskies, cooking and baking, straightforward honest conversation, and people who care enough to do something about what they really care about. I'd rather buy an old house than build a new one, although I considered both when i moved to the tiny town of Winters. I look forward to meeting you all!
Corinna works in corporate responsibility and environmental activism. She holds an MBA from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Sustainability from the University of Cambridge. At GMS, you'll find her spinning poi under the redwoods, wearing silly hats on kitchen shifts, and caught up in late-night discussions by the fire.
Dawn Danby is a designer and strategist focused on the ecological impact of design. Over many years at Autodesk, Dawn led programs to steer practitioners towards more sustainable practices in engineering, architecture and manufacturing. She has supported emerging maker communities in open source design and fabrication, as well as nonprofits, and hardware startups focused on design for social impact. Dawn began her career as an industrial designer, and worked in furniture design, digital experience [ux] design, illustration. She spent a year designing a tree-covered pedestrian bridge on the US-Canada border. Dawn co-authored the bestselling Worldchanging: A User's Guide to the 21st Century, has taught sustainability to graduate students, has lectured around the world, and was recognized by Fast Company as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business.
Vium Inc, VP of Software and Data Science
Daniel has a wide range of interests, from art, to math, bio and physics, psychology, engineering, improv, meditation, and more. He can usually be found concentrating, begin silly, or dancing.
University of Maryland, Graduate Student/Assistant
I am an ecologist who is passionate about understanding nature in the urban form. My research focuses on identifying how plant communities are structured in urban habitats and how this information can be used to improve cities for both humans and nature.
Sales Manager Team Lead
Speaker, activist, dancer and strategic thinker - I worked at Sungevity as an Inside Sales Team Lead from 2014 until it declared bankruptcy in March of 2017. Asked to stay on after the Chapter 11, I have ridden the "SolarCoaster" through the Chapter 11 multiple rounds of layoffs and restructuring over the last few months. I have a lot of ideas about the future of the industry after seeing first-hand how a B Corp with the best intentions can go down in flames.
Alameda County Sustainability, Sustainability Project Manager
Emily designs and implements strategies to promote climate action and employee engagement in one of California’s largest local governments. A current project is developing a revolving fund to support innovative projects. She is a certified Biomimicry Specialist and has been recognized by Next City as one of the top urban leaders under 40 working to improve cities. Emily enjoys supporting young environmental and civic leaders in the U.S. and abroad through advising, training, and hosting fellows and interns.
Faludi Design, Sustainable Design Strategist and Educator
Jeremy Faludi (LEED AP BD+C) has been a sustainable design strategist and educator for over fifteen years, including teaching green product design at Stanford, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and elsewhere. He co-authored the Autodesk Sustainability Workshop and Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute's online learning, and has contributed to six books on sustainability, including Worldchanging: A User's Guide to the 21st Century. Jeremy designed the first version of AskNature.org for the Biomimicry Institute, a bicycle he helped design appeared in the Cooper Hewitt design museum, and he has consulted for the OECD on the environmental impacts of 3D printing.
Corporation for National and Community Service, Program Officer
I'm passionate about social and environmental justice, and I believe the business, government and nonprofit sectors can work together toward a prosperous future by becoming more creative and conscious about the way they work individually and together. I also try to bring mindfulness to activism wherever I can.
Clif Bar & Company, HR Generalist
Holly Cobbold is an Human Resources Generalist at Clif Bar where she spends her time helping employees thrive, in and outside of work. She previously worked as a recruiter, in non-profit program management, as a massage therapist, and in various customer service positions, such as a bar in London and a farmer's market in Napa. Holly speaks Spanish and loves to travel - she has visited nearly 30 countries and is always curious and eager to continue meeting new people and exploring the world. She enjoys spending time outside, being with friends and family, and creating delicious foods to share. Holly builds community through her many interests - be it hosting a voter education party, taking people backpacking for the first time, or going on a 50 mile bike ride.
Holly Pearson is an urban planner specializing in local strategies to promote sustainability, with an interest in cities in the U.S. as well as in the global south. Holly has worked for the Cities of Vancouver, BC and Oakland and San Francisco, California. She also worked with Fundación Biosfera, an environmental NGO in Argentina, and Oakland-based non-profit Ecocity Builders managing sustainable cities projects in Latin America. She currently serves as Sustainability Director with the American Planning Association’s Northern California Section. She holds a Masters degree in Planning and a professional certificate in International Development from the University of British Columbia.
Free Range Studios, Production Manager
Jared Morgan is a creative polymath, combining his passion for design, storytelling, and emerging technologies to unearth new brand identities and launch stellar first impressions online and out in the world. With curiosity and compassion as guiding principles his design process follows these simple truths: research and development are essential to success, trust your gut since the first impression may be the last, and make it look easy.His 10+ years of experience at the crossroads between cutting edge technologies and creative team management on international blockbuster films, award winning documentaries, broadcast and online advertising have given depth and real-world pragmatism to his BA in English and Creative Writing from Texas State University. As a perpetual do-gooder working on social transformation, preserving collective wisdom and culture, and embodied awareness he finds deep joy working with other community organizers and change-makers.
Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Postdoc Researcher
I am a materials scientist with a passion for appreciating and nurturing our planet. I’m working at the water-energy nexus to develop technology that utilizes greenhouse gases, purifies water, and helps restore natural balance. It has been alarming to see science discredited recently, and I’m eager to partner with people across all disciplines to create a positive change for the environment.
Software Engineer/Entrepreneur in Big Data and Sustainable Agriculture
Josh is a tech entrepreneur / software engineer passionate about climate change mitigation, regenerative agriculture, and big data, and is excited about the possibilities of social entrepreneurship, design thinking, and system thinking to help humanity survive and thrive. Josh has co-founded several social/environmental startups, worked on search at Google, studied the power of exponential technologies to transform the world at Singularity University, and studied artificial intelligence (and entrepreneurship) during his MSCS at Stanford.
New Media Ventures, Principal
Julie Menter is a Principal at New Media Ventures, a national network of early stage investors supporting startups that create progressive political change.
Throughout her career, Julie has searched for opportunities to make a positive impact on the world around her. As a strategy consultant, first with the Boston Consulting Group and then with Blu Skye Sustainability Consulting, she has worked with large companies and non-profit organizations to redefine what good business means.
Julie is also a co-founder of the GreenerMind Summit: a 3-day retreat for change makers in the San Francisco Bay Area.
She is originally from France where she received her MBA.
Noora Health, Co-Founder & Chief Design Officer
Co-founder and chief design officer of Noora Health, a social enterprise that trains marginalized patient families with health skills to improve outcomes and save lives - putting capacity into the hands of those who need it most. My background in environmental engineering, scientific research, and human centered design are explorations into understanding the world and attempts at positive perturbations in systems. Before Noora Health, I led research campaigns in the Peruvian Amazon on the devastating environmental and health impacts of illegal gold mining, while a researcher at Carnegie Institution for Science and Stanford University. I have a BS in Environmental Engineering and a MS in Environmental Fluid Mechanics from Stanford University. Writer, designer, artist, scientist lady with a love of water, community and everything else in the biosphere, too.
Learners Guild, Operations and Business Execution
I've been working with start-ups in the social and environmental impact space for several years. I thrive on helping good people tackle large, complicated problems. I'm good at asking the right questions to get to root causes of organizational roadblocks and and devising solutions that resolve them.
UC Davis Energy Institute, Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships
For more than two decades, Mark has explored how place shapes the human condition—as a phenomenologist, historian, urbanist, and advocate for sustainability. For UC Davis, he builds programs and partnerships to respond to the climate crisis with urgency and at scale. With broad expertise around the energy-water-food nexus, he is a recognized leader in the sustainability and smart cities sectors. He is a longtime advisor for Meeting of the Minds and an appointed member of the World Smart City Forum as well as an advisor for a number of mission-driven organizations globally.
Upright Health, President
Since 2007, Matt has been helping people beat all kinds of stubborn, chronic, and debilitating pain. He is the founder of Upright Health and co-creator of the FAI Fix, a comprehensive online program to help people avoid unnecessary hip surgeries. He is currently on a mission to revolutionize the way people view, understand, and solve chronic pain.
Emerald Kingdom Greenhouse, Agricultural Development Coordinator
Miguel is a United States Marine Corps Combat Veteran deployed to the “Triangle of Death,” Iraq in 2004/05, graduated with Honors from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 2010 with a BFA in Industrial Design, traveled to California, immersed himself in vermiculture, hydro/aquaponics, and permaculture, attended the Inaugural Greenermind Summit in 2010 and the two following years. This all culminated in the redesign of his future. Miguel is now the Agricultural Development Coordinator at Emerald Kingdom Greenhouse, LLC. He works out of Emerald Kingdom Greenhouse’s office at Singularity University Labs developing Community Driven, Tech Enabled, Sustainable Agriculture.
Lumeter Networks, CEO
Passionate about solving problems at scale, currently at Lumeter.net which builds the PAYG technology that enables solar companies to work with underserved populations. In the past, co-founded APC.org (internet services and advocacy in the developing world), pioneered community solar in Australia, and built two companies around green materials. Also interested in IoT, clean tech, community living, and lots more.
I'm a writer and editor based in San Francisco. I usually work on topics like organization management, female leadership, psychology, and sociology. I love when I find nonprofits, independent writers, and social enterprises to work with, and before I started writing/consulting I was at YouTube. This will be my 2nd GMS and I'm excited to be part of this amazing community.
The Root Solutions, Executive Director
Nya has always had a deep-seated passion for the environment and understanding human behavior. She is the executive director of Root Solutions, an organization that works at the confluence of both these disciplines. Her past work at Environmental Defense Fund was focused on the application of research in institutional design, sociology, economics and other fields to create policies and design principles that facilitate rational environmental decision-making, namely in service of preserving the world’s oceans. Nya holds a M.A. from the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, in conjunction with the Institute of Human Origins, at Arizona State University. She holds a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley. She was born and raised in San Francisco but now lives across the bay in Emeryville. On the side, Nya designs festival clothing and mixed metal jewelry.
A3Ventures, Product Marketing Lead
Rachek hails from Czechzekistan, where she lives with her grumpy husband, Boris. By day, she is a crack digital product marketer focused on products that fight climate change. By night, she's a yoga wizard and dance machine. Rachek is known for her standup comedy routines, large costume collection, and thick slavic accent.
TekTailor, Inc., Founder/CEO
Steffen Kuehr is Founder and CEO of TekTailor, Inc., a Benefit Corporation with the mission to create more sustainable textile and apparel manufacturing jobs in Sonoma County and to change the way we purchase and manufacture products. TekTailor offers contract cutting & sewing services and owns two consumer brands: "Sonoma-USA" – focused on protecting our environment by diverting used materials from local landfills and turning them into unique and purposeful products and “BPE-USA” – dedicated to protecting our Heroes and Craftsman with highest quality protective and work safety gear. Before getting into manufacturing, Steffen worked in the mobile telecommunications sector and co-founded tripwolf.com - a worldwide travel guide and travel community website. Steffen lives in Marin County and is a proud dad of three.
The Right Brain Entrepreneur, Business Coach
Stephanie Staidle is a licensed art therapist and business coach who helps individuals and companies bring their visions alive into the world through businesses they love that make a difference. With an extensive background in psychology (BA from Georgetown University) and the arts (SNSImages), Stephanie has over eight years experience as a counselor, art therapist and personal development coach. She is a licensed creative art therapist in the state of New York (LCAT), and nationally board certified (ATR-BC). Prior to receiving her Masters in Art Therapy at New York University, she spent many years working for large corporations doing marketing and advertising for clients such as American Express and Clear Channel.
Kiva, Community Manager
Taylor has a heart for creating international community and finding solutions to environmental and social injustice. A Bay Area native and UC Santa Cruz alum, Taylor began in public health, promoting vaccine usage in Ghana and San Francisco. She found that many problems with inadequate access to healthcare could be solved through economic empowerment, and transitioned into that field by serving as a Kiva Fellow in Washington, D.C. and Nairobi, Kenya. After seeing Kiva’s impact in the field, Taylor joined the Community team in 2014 and has helped connect lenders and borrowers across the globe ever since. In her free time, she is learning to salsa dance, swims in the bay, and loves “takin’ it to the streets!”.
Berkeley Earth, Climate Scientist
Zeke Hausfather is a recovering data scientist currently pursuing a PhD with the Energy and Resources Group at U.C. Berkeley, and is a research scientist at Berkeley Earth, a nonprofit research group. He was previously the VP of Energy Science at Essess, Inc, an energy efficiency startup that develops vehicle mounted thermal imaging systems, the senior climate analyst at Project Drawdown, the chief scientist at C3 Energy, and the cofounder and chief scientist of Efficiency 2.0, a behavior-based energy efficiency company.