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Jennifer Siebel Newsom is a filmmaker, CEO, advocate, and thought leader. After graduating with honors from Stanford University and Stanford's Graduate School of Business, she wrote, directed, and produced the 2011 award-winning documentary Miss Representation. As a result of Miss Representation's powerful impact, she launched The Representation Project, a nonprofit organization that uses film and media as a catalyst for cultural transformation. Her second film as a director, The Mask You Live In, had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and explores how America's narrow definition of masculinity is harming boys, men, and society at large. She also executive produced the Emmy Award-Winning and Academy Award-Nominated documentary The Invisible War, and is an executive producer on the Emmy Award winning documentary The Hunting Ground. She is currently in production on her third film, The Great American Lie. She has also served as a Global Advisory Board member of the Dove Self Esteem Project, a co-chair of We Day California, and a commissioner on the Girl Scouts' Healthy Media Commission, and currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Imagine Kids Bus Project as well as the Common Sense Media Gender Initiative. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, and their four young children.
"Valarie Kaur is a seasoned civil rights activist, award-winning filmmaker, lawyer, faith leader, and founder of the Revolutionary Love Project. She was born and raised in Clovis, California, where her family settled as Sikh farmers in 1913. When a family friend was the first person killed in a hate crime after September 11, 2001, she began to document hate crimes against Sikh and Muslim Americans, which resulted in the award-winning film Divided We Fall. Since then, she has made films and led story-based campaigns on hate crimes, racial profiling, immigration detention, solitary confinement, marriage equality, and Internet freedom. She is the founder of Groundswell Movement, considered “America’s largest multifaith online organizing network,” recognized for “dynamically strengthening faith-based organizing in the 21st century.” She also founded the Yale Visual Law Project, where she trained law students how to make films for social change, and co-founded Faithful Internet to build the movement for net neutrality. Recognized as a leading Sikh American voice, she has been a Senior Fellow at Auburn Theological Seminary since 2013.
During her work, whether inside supermax prisons, on the military base at Guantanamo, or at sites of mass shootings, she identified a surprising key element for social change: the ethic of love. Today she leads the Revolutionary Love Project to champion love as a public ethic and wellspring for social action.
Valarie earned undergraduate degrees in Religious Studies and International Relations at Stanford University, a master’s in theological studies at Harvard Divinity School, where she was a Harvard University Presidential Scholar, and a J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was a Knight Law and Media Scholar. She has worked on complex civil rights cases, clerked on the Senate Judiciary Committee and served as a legal observer at Guantanamo Bay. She was a faculty member of the Stanford Philosophy Institute, teaching high school students religion and philosophy. Valarie was recognized as a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum. She has an honorary doctorate from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is a member of the California Bar."
Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer. Marianne has been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Charlie Rose & Bill Maher. Seven of her twelve published books have been New York Times Best Sellers. Four of these have been #1. The mega best seller A Return to Love is considered a must-read of The New Spirituality. A paragraph from that book, beginning "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure..." is considered an anthem for a contemporary generation of seekers.
Marianne's other books include The Law of Divine Compensation, The Age of Miracles, Everyday Grace, A Woman's Worth, Illuminata, Healing the Soul of America, A Course in Weight Loss, The Gift of Change, Enchanted Love, A Year of Miracles, and her newest book, Tears to Triumph: The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment.
Marianne is a native of Houston, Texas. In 1989, she founded Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area. To date, Project Angel Food has served over 10 million meals. And she serves on the Advisory Board of the RESULTS organization, working to end the worst ravages of hunger and poverty throughout the world. Marianne also co-founded the Peace Alliance.
Native Chicagoan, J. Ivy is an Award Winning Performance Poet, Artist, Author, Song Writer, Actor, Voice-Over Talent and Motivational Speaker. His work has earned him a Peabody, Clio, Telly, and NAACP Image Award and he is widely known for being the Poet featured on Kanye West’s Grammy Winning Album “The College Dropout,” on the classic song “Never Let Me Down,” along with Hip-Hop Icon Jay-Z. Due to his patented breath taking performances J. Ivy was featured on three seasons of HBO’s Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry, two full seasons of NBC’s Sunday Night Football with Faith Hill, he was commissioned to write and perform a poem for the NBA Hall of Fame Legend Michael Jordan during the Jordan Brand's 30th Anniversary Party, and he played the role of the "in the ring announcer," poetically narrating B.E.T.’s documentary, “Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champ."J. Ivy is also the man who gave Oscar & Grammy Award-Winning singer-songwriter John Stephens the name John Legend, as told on Oprah’s Next Chapter and he is currently touring with his latest book/audio book and album, "Dear Father: Breaking the Cycle of Pain," published by Beyond Words/Atria Books/Simon and Schuster.
Louis Gossett Jr. is one of the most respected and beloved actors on stage, screen and television and is also an accomplished writer, producer and director. Off-screen he is a social activist, educator and author dedicated to enriching the lives of others.
Gossett is currently working on “The Watchmen,” the highly anticipated HBO series based on the DC Comics series. In addition, he is also developing other projects and has several film roles in the works.
Gossett was the first African-American to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his unforgettable performance as drill Sergeant Emil Foley in “An Officer and a Gentleman.” Among his other awards are an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor for his portrayal of Fiddler in the groundbreaking ABC series “Roots,” a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for “The Josephine Baker Story” and a Golden Globe for “An Officer and a Gentleman.”
He has been nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes, one Academy Award, five Images Awards, two Daytime Emmy Awards and in 1992 received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Gossett has also received numerous other honors throughout his illustrious career.
His film debut was in the 1961 classic movie “A Raisin in the Sun” with Sidney Poitier. Other film credits include “The Deep,” “Blue Chips,” “Daddy’s Little Girls,” Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married Too?,” “Firewalker,” “Jaws-3D,” “Enemy Mine” and “Iron Eagle” 1-4, among many others. Television credits include “Extant,” “Madam Secretary,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Family Guy” and “ER,” among dozens of others.
Gossett is the author of the bestselling autobiography “An Actor and a Gentleman,” in which he chronicles the challenges and triumphs of his 50+ year career.
Gossett is recognized as much for his humanitarian efforts as he is for his accomplishments as an actor. In 2006, Gossett founded The Eracism Foundation which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating racism. The foundation provides young adults with tools to live a racially diverse and culturally inclusive life. Programs focus on fostering cultural diversity, historical enrichment, education and anti-violence initiatives.
Gossett was born in Brooklyn and made his stage debut when he was 17 in “Take a Giant Step,” which was selected as one of the 10 best Broadway shows of 1953 by The New York Times. He has two adult sons and currently resides in Malibu, California.
On November 8, 2016, Michael Tubbs was elected to serve as the mayor of the City of Stockton, California. Upon taking office in January 2017, Michael Tubbs became both Stockton's youngest mayor and the city's first African-American mayor. Michael Tubbs is also the youngest mayor in the history of the country representing a city with a population of over 100,000 residents. Included in Forbes' 2018 list of the "30 Under 30", Tubbs' leadership paired with an ambitious progressive agenda has received national recognition. In his first year, Mayor Michael Tubbs secured $20,000,000 to launch the Stockton Scholars, a place-based scholarship that aims to triple the number of Stockton students entering and graduating from college. Tubbs also brought Advance Peace to Stockton, a data driven program that works to reduce gun violence in communities. With an innovative public-private partnership supported by a $1,000,000 grant, Tubbs launched the nation's first ever municipal level basic income pilot.
Before becoming mayor, Michael Tubbs served as Stockton's District 6 City Councilmember. Elected at age 22 in 2013, he became one of the youngest City Councilmembers in the country. As a councilmember, Tubbs created the Reinvent South Stockton Coalition, championed the creation of the City's Office of Violence Prevention and was part of the council that led the city out of bankruptcy as Chair of the Audit and Legislative Committee. Mayor Tubbs graduated in 2012 from Stanford University with a Bachelor's and Master's degree with honors. Mayor Tubbs is focused on poverty reduction, public safety, workforce development, community engagement and organizing, and collective impact strategies. Tubbs has been a college course instructor for Aspire Public Schools and a Fellow at the Stanford Institute of Design and the Emerson Collective.
Joan Blades is a co-founder of LivingRoomconversations.org an open source effort to rebuild respectful civil discourse across ideological, cultural and party lines while embracing our core-shared values. As a cofounder of MoveOn.org in 1998, Joan has seen the dysfunction of partisan behaviors and believes we must and can do better. She has also seen the good will, intelligence and power of citizens. Living Room Conversations are a small structured conversation format designed to empower citizens to rebuild respectful relationships and identify common ground. Adversarial solutions will not provide the solutions to the big challenges we face this century. We must learn to engage in collaborative problem solving - holding the tension of our differences while working together with respect and an open heart. In this way we can use the creative tension to inspire solutions that are better than any group alone could devise. Mother's Day 2006 Joan co-founded MomsRising.org with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner to tap the power of online grassroots organizing for mothers and families in the U.S.A. Joan and Kristin co-wrote The Motherhood Manifesto which won the Ernesta Drinker Ballard Book Prize in 2007. Joan is also a software entrepreneur (a co-founder of Berkeley Systems- best known for the flying toaster and game You Don't Know Jack.), nature lover, former attorney/mediator, artist and true believer in the power of citizens and our need to rebuild respectful civil discourse while embracing our core shared values.
Michael Bernard Beckwith is the Founder and Spiritual Director of the Agape International Spiritual Center, a trans-denominational community headquartered in Los Angeles comprised of thousands of local members and global live streamers. This November marks Agape’s 32nd Anniversary. Highly regarded for his teachings on the science of inner transformation, Dr. Beckwith embraces a practical approach to spirituality utilizing meditation, affirmative prayer, and Life Visioning™, a process he originated. These practices teach us to take the experience of inner peace and awakened awareness into our everyday lives.
In 2012, Dr. Beckwith addressed the UN General Assembly during its annual World Interfaith Harmony Week. As co-founder and president of the Association for Global New Thought, he hosts conferences featuring harbingers of world peace including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and had the distinguished honor of presenting to Nelson Mandela the Gandhi King Award.
Dr. Beckwith is a sought after meditation teacher, conference speaker, and seminar leader on the Life Visioning Process™. Three of his most recent books—Life Visioning, Spiritual Liberation, and TranscenDance Expanded are recipients of the prestigious Nautilus Award. He has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Network’s SuperSoul Sunday, SuperSoul Sessions, and Help Desk; Dr. Oz; CNN, The Oprah Show; Larry King Live; Tavis Smiley; and in his own PBS Special, The Answer Is You and is a member of Oprah’s prestigious inaugural SuperSoul 100. Oprah has named his book, Life Visioning, in the top 15 Books to Solve a Problem. Every Friday at 1pm PT, thousands tune into his radio show on KPFK, WAKE UP! The Sound of Transformation.
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Dr. Manuel Pastor is Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Pastor holds an economics Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is the inaugural holder of the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change at USC.
Pastor’s research has generally focused on issues of the economic, environmental and social conditions facing low-income urban communities – and the social movements seeking to change those realities.
His current research culminated in the release of his latest book, State of Resistance: What California's Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Means for America's Future, which looks at the last several decades of economic, social, and environmental transformations in California–and what they can tell us about the road ahead for the U.S.
Zach and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights will be bringing programs, partners and leaders together for community based solutions around Redefining Public Safety. This is an amazing opportunity to learn from a true advocate and leader who has been working to end our nation’s youth incarceration epidemic. During the seven years he led the Books Not Bars campaign, he built California’s first statewide network for families of incarcerated youth, led the effort to close five youth prisons in the state, passed legislation to enable families to stay in contact with their loved ones, and defeated Prop 6—a destructive and ineffective criminal justice ballot measure. As Co-Founder of Restore Oakland, a joint initiative between Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, he oversees a community advocacy and training center that empowers Bay Area community members to transform economic and justice systems and make a safe and secure future possible for themselves and for their families.
Saru Jayaraman is the Co-Founder and President of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley. After 9/11, together with displaced World Trade Center workers, she co-founded ROC, which now has more than 30,000 worker members, 500 employer partners, and 23,000 consumer members in a dozen states nationwide. The story of Saru and her co-founder’s work founding ROC has been chronicled in the book The Accidental American. Saru is a graduate of Yale Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She was profiled in the New York Times “Public Lives” section in 2005, named one of Crain’s “40 Under 40” in 2008, was 1010 Wins’ “Newsmaker of the Year” and New York Magazine’s “Influentials” of New York City. She was listed in CNN’s “Top10 Visionary Women” and recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House in 2014, and a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in 2015. Saru authored Behind the Kitchen Door (Cornell University Press, 2013), a national bestseller, and has appeared on CNN with Soledad O’Brien, Bill Moyers Journal on PBS, Melissa Harris Perry and UP with Chris Hayes on MSNBC, Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, the Today Show, and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. In January 2018, she attended the Golden Globes as the guest of actor Amy Poehler, where she brought widespread attention to the issue of sexual harassment in the restaurant industry. Saru was one of eight women activists who attended the Globes as part of the #TimesUp initiative. Her most recent book is Forked: A New Standard for American Dining (Oxford University Press, 2016).
Darrell Steinberg is the Mayor of Sacramento and was the Senate President pro Tempore in the California Legislature. He is one of Sacramento’s most accomplished public servants, serving the Sacramento community for over 20 years.
Steinberg represented California’s capital city in the California Legislature from 1998 - 2014, and was the first Sacramentan to serve as President of the Senate in over 125 years. Steinberg earned a reputation for confronting seemingly intractable problems and delivering results for California through consensus-building.
Elected to the Senate in 2006, Steinberg became President pro Tempore in late 2008, at the deep end of the economic downturn when the state faced an unimaginable $42 billion deficit. Two years later, he was honored with the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award by the Kennedy Library Foundation in recognition of his leadership in bipartisan negotiations leading to the state’s fiscal recovery.
Throughout his entire career, Steinberg led the Legislature on numerous complex issues, including the 2009 and 2014 state water agreements, criminal justice reform, and reinvesting over a billion dollars in career technical education. He led the common-sense pension reform eliminating flagrant abuses of the system. He authored legislation to expedite the legal process for large-scale environmentally sustainable projects. Steinberg also teamed up with Republican lawmakers to eradicate frivolous lawsuits and improve the Americans with Disabilities Act while motivating businesses to accommodate disabled customers.
Steinberg has been a relentless advocate for mental healthcare, calling it “the under-attended issue in our time and in our society.” Heralded within the mental health community as the “most transformative figure mental health has ever seen,” Steinberg authored Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act, creating a one billion-dollar system for dynamic mental healthcare in California. He continued his work by fighting to fund 2,000 new mental health crisis beds in the 2014-2015 state budget. He also passed legislation to mandate insurance companies to cover treatment of children with autism and related disorders.
At the local level, Steinberg played a key role in Sacramento’s downtown revitalization, obtaining state funding for a new courthouse, which is expected to create 1,800 jobs for the city. Steinberg also fought for state monies for career pathways to connect high school students to 21st century jobs, delivering millions of dollars to Sacramento area schools in the first round of funding. Since assuming office in December 2016, Steinberg has made economic development, addressing homelessness and providing year-round paid internships to Sacramento’s high school students through a new initiative, Thousand Strong, the cornerstone of his administration.
In his short time in office, Steinberg has already positioned Sacramento as potentially the first 5G city in the nation through a new public-private partnership with Verizon. Additionally, he has utilized his state experience and relationships to secure $64 million for homeless services and over $2 million to support Thousand Strong. He is just getting started.
Steinberg graduated from University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned a BA in economics, then earned a Juris Doctorate from UC Davis Law School. He went on to serve as an employee rights attorney for the California State Employees Association for 10 years before his work as an Administrative Law Judge and mediator. Steinberg served on the Sacramento City Council from 1992 to 1998, and as an Assemblymember from 1999 to 2004.
Steinberg and his wife, Julie, have two children – a daughter, Jordana, and a son, Ari.
"Rabbi Michael Lerner, Ph.D., is an author, public intellectual, and spiritual leader. He is the Editor of Tikkun Magazine, the world’s most widely read and quoted liberal/progressive Jewish and interfaith magazine which he founded in 1986 as an alternative to the Jewish neo-conservatives. Tikkun Magazine has received numerous awards for its creative synthesis of progressive politics and spiritual wisdom.
Rabbi Lerner is also the Co-founder and Chairperson of the interfaith Network of Spiritual Progressives and the rabbi of Beyt Tikkun Synagogue in Berkeley and San Francisco.
He is the author of eleven books, among them “Jewish Renewal,” a national best seller published in 1994 and “The Left Hand of God,” a New York Times National Best Seller in 2006. In his book “The Left Hand of God” and through Tikkun Magazine, Rabbi Lerner presents a Global Marshall Plan as a model for America’s leadership to change from an attitude of domination to an attitude of generosity as a way of solving the world’s problems."
Rickie Byars Beckwith is the Music & Arts Director of the Agape International Spiritual Center where for 29 years she has directed the incomparable Agape International Choir. Her transcendent spiritually charged music deeply touches the hearts of all she encounters through her solo concerts, charitable benefit concerts, women’s retreats, workshops, music festivals and speaking appearances. She has produced nine solo albums, has performed in five sessions with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, at GreenFestivals across North America, and at countless Peace Concerts that promote unity and the eradication of the prison industrial complex and slavery in other parts of the world. In being an example of change and possibility, Rickie supports numerous organizations that work tirelessly to improve the lives of others in underserved communities.
""My ministry calling is to preach for CHANGE… change of mind; change of attitude; change of heart; change of direction; change of relationship; change of resources and/or change in action!"
Reverend Dr. Joy Johnson can be called a "public theologian." As President of the Board for Sacramento Area Congregations Together (ACT), she leads in mobilizing public sentiment around social justice grounded in faith - working alongside clergy/leaders of varied faith traditions and ethnic backgrounds.
She is the founder, president and key driving force of Life Matters, Inc. (LMI), a non-profit, social services organization providing life-transforming service to residents in seven (7) local affordable housing communities.
Dr. Johnson is deeply committed to building bridges of unity among leaders in the Body of Christ. Currently, she is on the regional leadership team of Sacramento City Pastors Fellowship and she facilitates a courageous preacher formation, peer-learning course of study for the Ogilvie Institute of Preaching.
Dr. Johnson is a graduate of St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA and has a doctorate degree from Sacramento Theological Seminary in Sacramento, CA. She was ordained to Gospel Ministry and has served in pastoral leadership at the local church level for two decades. She is currently serves at Agape Alive Church in Roseville.
Andrew Harvey Is Founder Director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, an international organization that invites concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired and effective agents of change. Sacred activism is a form of compassion-in-action that is born of a fusion of deep spiritual passion with wise radical action in the world. The large-scale practice of Sacred Activism can become an essential force for preserving and healing the planet and its inhabitants. Andrew Harvey has taught at Oxford and Cornell University, as well as at various colleges and spiritual centers throughout the world. He has written over 30 books. www.andrewharvey.net
Stephen Dinan is the co-founder and CEO of The Shift Network and a member of the Transformational Leadership Council and Evolutionary Leaders. The Shift Network was founded in 2010 and has served over 700,000 people worldwide, with customers in 150 countries. It delivers virtual summits, courses, and trainings featuring over 50 core faculty and 1,000 thought leaders in domains as diverse as spirituality, peace, holistic health, psychology, parenting, enlightened business, shamanism, indigenous wisdom, and sustainability.
Stephen is a graduate of Stanford University (Human Biology) and the California Institute of Integral Studies (East-West Psychology). He helped create and directed the Esalen Institute’s Center for Theory & Research, a think tank for leading scholars, researchers, and teachers to explore human potential frontiers.
As the former director of membership and marketing at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, he was the driving force behind the Shift in Action program and the One Minute Shift media series.He has been a featured speaker at the World Cultural Forum in China, the Alliance for a New Humanity in Costa Rica, Renovemos Mexico in Mexico City, and the University of Cuenca in Ecuador, as well as many US conferences, events, radio programs, and online summits. He is also the author of Sacred America, Sacred World: Fulfilling Our Mission in Service to All and Radical Spirit.
Stephen lives in San Rafael, California, with his beloved wife Devaa.
Rinaldo S. Brutoco is a successful entrepreneur, executive, author and futurist, and the Founding President of the World Business Academy. Rinaldo has published numerous cutting-edge articles and books that address the role and responsibility of business in relation to the critical moral, environmental, and social concerns of the day. A regular keynote speaker at conferences and guest lecturer at business schools such as Stanford Business School, the Columbia Graduate School of Business, the Kellogg Graduate Business School at Northwestern University, and the Keenan-Flagler Graduate School of Business at North Carolina University. For over 25 years Rinaldo has been widely recognized as a practical visionary and change agent. Rinaldo serves on the Executive Committee of the board of the Chopra Foundation, and serves on the board of the JUST Capital Foundation on the Executive Committee, Chairman of the Audit Committee and the Chairman of the Finance Committee. Rinaldo has served on the Board of Directors of the $3.5 billion market capitalization men’s clothing company, Tailored Brands, Inc. (formerly Men’s Wearhouse), since its IPO in 1992 and has served on numerous non-profit boards, including the Gorbachev Foundation of North America, the Omega Point Institute, and the National Peace Academy. Mr. Brutoco is an economics and business expert specializing in energy policy, renewable energy, finance, innovation, and the causes for, and adaptation strategies for, climate change. For almost thirty years he has been an international leader in advancing the nature of good corporate governance, corporate accountability, business transparency, and ways that corporations can fulfill their social compact by providing goods and services that the public needs and wants in appropriate, and financially prudent ways.
Sister Jenna is a spiritual leader, author, radio and TV personality, renowned speaker and founder of the Meditation Museum in Silver Spring, Maryland and McLean, Virginia. She serves as one of the Evolutionary Leaders in service to conscious evolution and was selected by Empower a Billion Women 2020 as one of 100 Most Influential Leaders of 2015. Sister Jenna also served as a principal partner with the Oprah Winfrey Network and Values Partnerships on the Belief Team, a community of individuals from diverse spiritual, cultural and faith backgrounds. Sister Jenna’s voice of influence is particularly needed in the wake of tragedy and increasing violence in our world. She has traveled to over 80 countries where she continues to provide practical life tools and solutions that empower people to foster and build stronger relationships. Her wisdom, peace, and compassion for humanity are expressed through the variety of initiatives she spearheads for youth, women, governments, and communities. She has collaborated with Fortune 500 companies on key issues and her syndicated radio show, America Meditating is a popular global online show. Sister Jenna is the recipient of numerous awards and proclamations including, the President’s Lifetime National Community Service Award, Every Day Hero Award by the Foundation for A Better Life and the Friendship Archway Awards, to name a few.
Tim Molina is the Political Director for Courage Campaign. Tim leads Courage's legislative and electoral strategy that aims to elect and hold elected officials accountable to the values and people of California. Before coming Courage Campaign, Tim worked at Brave New Films as their Outreach Director where he directed national campaigns on issues ranging from mass incarceration, workers rights, and immigration, Tim also worked with MoveOn.org as a National Field Organizer and started his organizing career with SEIU Local 1021 in the Bay Area. Tim is based out of Sacramento.
Cat Zavis is the Executive Director of the Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP), a collaborative divorce attorney, mediator, coach and sought after trainer in conflict resolution and empathic communication, having trained hundreds of collaborative attorneys, coaches, therapists, mediators, spiritual practitioners and parents, and one of the co-leaders of Beyt Tikkun, in Berkeley, CA under the leadership of Rabbi Michael Lerner. In 2009, she was awarded a Peace Builder Award for her business as a collaborative professional, mediator, coach and trainer. In addition, she is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Jewish Studies and Rabbinic ordination through Aleph – the Jewish Renewal Ordination Program.
Since the November 2016 election, she has been leading trainings for hundreds of people on Spiritual Activism: Beyond Resistance - Prophetic Empathy and Radical Love in an effort to help people understand the underlying psycho-spiritual crisis in our society that has given rise to our current situation and ways to transform our society to one of love and justice. In her work as the Executive Director of the NSP, she has also co-led trainings with Rabbi Michael Lerner on Communicating Across Differences on Israel and Palestine.
Cat has a unique ability, using her empathic training and expertise, to draw connections between people’s personal life struggles and the larger social context and systems in which they live, empowering people to change not only their personal lives but also society as a whole.
John Gable is Co-founder and CEO of AllSides, a media technology company with the mission to free people from filter bubbles so they can better understand the world and each other. He partnered with Joan Blades to have their two organizations, AllSides and Living Room Conversations, jointly launch the non-profit initiative AllSides For Schools. John has over 20 years of technology entrepreneurship, management and executive experience, leading product, marketing and consumer teams and divisions. He was the team PM leader for Netscape Navigator and served on the original teams for Microsoft Office and ZoneAlarm at Check Point Software. He co-founded Kavi Corp (web-based collaboration, sold to Higher Logic) and previously was a professional political campaigner and executive director in the 1980s working for the Republican National Committee as well as for candidates for US President, US Senate, US Congress, Governor and local campaigns. His experience spans consumer technology products, marketing, press, community collaboration and high tech management. His experience demonstrates how technology can be used to shape positive social change.
Ellen Brown is an attorney, founder and chairman of the Public Banking Institute, a Senior Fellow of the Democracy Collaborative, and the author of 12 books and over 300 articles. In the best-selling "Web of Debt," she showed how a private banking cartel has usurped the power to create money from the people themselves, and how we the people can get it back. In its 2013 sequel "The Public Bank Solution," she traces the evolution of two banking models that have competed historically, public and private; and explores contemporary public banking systems globally. A 13th book titled "Banking on the People: Democratizing Finance in the Digital Age" is due out this fall. Her other books include "Nature's Pharmacy," co-authored with Dr. Lynne Walker, which has sold over 285,000 copies; and "Forbidden Medicine," on the success and tribulations of an alternative cancer healer. She also co-hosts a radio program on PRN.FM called "It's Our Money with Ellen Brown." She has degrees from UC Berkeley and UCLA School of Law. Her blog articles are posted at EllenBrown.com.
Cassandra Vieten, PhD, is the President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and a scientist at the Mind-Body Medicine Research Group at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute. Dr. Vieten, a licensed clinical psychologist, has been with IONS since 2001, previously serving as its Executive Director of Research.
Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the State of California, and several private donors and foundations, her research has focused on spirituality and health; development and pilot testing of mindfulness-based approaches to cultivating emotional balance (primarily in the areas of addiction and pregnancy/postpartum well-being); and factors, experiences, and practices involved in psychospiritual transformation to a more meaningful, compassionate, and service-oriented way of life. Her primary interest lies in how psychology, biology, and spirituality interact to affect experience and behavior.
She completed her pre- and post-doctoral research training at The University of California, San Francisco, working primarily on the biological and psychological underpinnings of addiction and alcoholism.
She received her PhD in clinical psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where her clinical training focused on the integration of Eastern philosophy and spirituality into psychotherapy. She has conducted workshops, groups, and individual psychotherapy with victims of trauma, adolescent, adult and pregnant drug addicts, violent offenders, transgendered and HIV+ individuals, and adults seeking personal growth.
She has authored books, chapters, and academic articles, as well as presenting at numerous international scientific conferences, trainings for colleagues and students, and workshops and events for the lay public. She is co-author of Spiritual & Religious Competencies in Clinical Practice Guidelines for Psychotherapists & Mental Health Professionals (New Harbinger Publications 2015), Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life (New Harbinger/Noetic Books 2008), and author of Mindful Motherhood: Practical Tools for Staying Sane During Pregnancy and Your Child's First Year (New Harbinger/Noetic Books 2009).
Ron Beit is the founding partner and CEO of RBH Group, LLC, president of RBH Management, LLC, as well as managing member of RBH-TRB Newark Holdings, LLC. Ron has acquired, developed, rehabilitated, and/or operated over 1 million square feet of commercial and residential real estate in numerous projects throughout the U.S., as well as over 6 million additional square feet in institutional-grade sites throughout downtown Newark, NJ. Ron has been an active participant in helping Newark become New Jersey's business and entertainment capital and a downtown 24 hour, 7-day-a-week attraction. RBH recently completed the groundbreaking Teachers Village project, and is completing the Makers Village Project (home to Aerofarms, the world's largest indoor aeroponic farm) in the Ironbound district of Newark. In addition to developing the Rutgers-Newark Honors Living-Learning Community, RBH is initiating the Four Corners Millennium project in the historic core of the city. RBH is now expanding into a national marketplace, with Teachers Village projects under construction in Hartford, CT and in design in Chicago, as well as in the planning stages in Miami, Kansas City, Atlanta, Boston and other cities across the country.
he Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis is the Co-Director of the Kairos Center and the Co-Chair of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. She has spent the past two decades organizing amongst the poor in the United States, working with and advising grassroots organizations with significant victories including the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, the Vermont Workers Center, Domestic Workers United, the United Workers Association, the National Union of the Homeless and the Kensington Welfare Rights Union. She has led hundreds of trainings, Bible studies, and leadership development workshops; spoken at dozens of conferences and keynote presentations across the US and globally; and published several articles and book chapters sharing her vision that poverty can be ended and that the poor can be agents of social change. Liz received her BA in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania; her M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in 2004 where she was the first William Sloane Coffin Scholar; and her PhD from Union in New Testament and Christian Origins. She is the author of Always with Us?: What Jesus Really Said about the Poor (Eerdmans, 2017). Liz is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Daniel Sunshine is the CEO of Responsive Intelligence, a consulting firm that combines mindfulness, emotional intelligence and neuroscience to offer programs and trainings to global organizations. Daniel began his career as an innovator for companies including PBS, National Geographic, and AARP. His innovation experience is coupled with decades of mindfulness experience and bringing it to thousands of individuals within national health care organizations, fortune-100 companies, renowned private schools, and public school districts. He has an MBA from George Washington University and leads workshops and lectures on mindfulness and innovation. His work has been featured on news affiliates including NBC, FOX, CBS and NPR. Daniel envisions a future where mindfulness is woven into the fabric of society. www.responsiveintelligence.com
Felecia Lenee, better know as Fe Love to her fans is the host and creator of the Artist Eclectic pLAygROUND, a “pop-up” event space that supports new as well as established artists and innovative entrepreneurs primarily in the Pasadena and Greater Los Angeles area. She is on the Leadership Team for CompassionateCalifornia.org and co- founder of the Compassionate ARTS IN ACTION. She works as the Youth Program Director and Creative Strategist for the national project, Posts for Peace and Justice.Felecia has a B.F.A. from CALARTS where she trained as an actress. Her goals are to support youth, with a focus on health, public safety and social justice. Felecia’s recent public appearances highlighting youth include: March for Our Lives, Los Angeles, CA; Youth Action Summit, Memphis, TN, the U.S. Human Rights Network National Conference, Atlanta, GA. and the 26th Anniversary of the American Disabilities Act, at the White House. Felecia was has also been invited to India as a official delegate to the World Summit for Countering Violent Extremism. Felecia Lenee is a community healer and a certified massage therapist with a concentration on energy balancing. She has been in 16 films, has over 25 years of performing live on stage as a host and entertainer, and in several podcasts promoting racial, gender equality and justice.
Steeped in the sounds of meditational chants, hip hop beats, and Motown music, singer and therapist Jewel Love, stands on the cusp between entertainment and healing. Spearheading a movement, Jewel is the leader of the Urban Healers, a new wave of men that are caring, vibrant, and unafraid of connection. As the founder of Black Executive Men, he provides psychotherapy and coaching to African-American executives seeking optimal performance and inner peace. Based in Oakland, CA, Jewel is committed to the practices of ancestral spirituality, family unity, healthy masculinity, and community leadership.
Jared sits on the board of directors for the prestigious Social Venture Network, a premier socially responsible business community, and for the Love Serve Remember (Ram Dass’) Foundation. He is an adjunct professor for the University of Colorado advertising program and is the founder and CEO of WE ARE GURU, a nimble, mindfully different strategic marketing agency focusing on empowering movements and purpose-driven brands. His past is rooted in digital marketing across the music and entertainment industry where he grew and sold his digital publicity agency (working on EMI, Warner, and many major artists) to a major label. He then moved into working with larger conscious food and beverage brands (Jamba Juice, LunaBar, California Pizza Kitchen, etc) with co-owned creative agency, Neighbor Agency, which was sold to a holding company, Zealot Networks in 2014. He has led groundbreaking communications and digital marketing campaigns for a wide array of purpose-driven clients including Obama 08’, 1% For the Planet, Echoing Green, MPAA, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NASA Earth Sciences, US Forest Service and many others. He is recognized as a leader in building movements for the greatest good, based in San Francisco, lives in Marin County with his wife Jyoti, their daughter Jaya Grace and ever-present dog Beans.
Visionary, passionate and fiercely dedicated to the empowerment of every victim of trauma and abuse, Elaine M. Whitefeather has spent her last 38 years in human service work, 36 of those years in the field of domestic violence. Motivated by personal experiences that included childhood abuse, racial violence, sexual assault and cancer, she has turned these obstacles into opportunities of empowerment, healing and wholeness.
Elaine is a recognized authority in the field of domestic and family violence. She has created and resurrected over 40 domestic violence programs both nationally and internationally. In 1974 Elaine graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation. She then combined her formal education with her vast training by cultural and spiritual leaders from around the world to build innovative, effective and progressive social programs. These ground-breaking curriculums have been established as models for the Family Support Centers serving military families and civilian communities from the Philippines to Hawaii; Southern California to her current service here in Sacramento County. This span of diversity is reflected in her own diverse ancestral heritage. She is Japanese, African American, Native American and German.
A professional speaker and published author, she has delivered keynotes that challenge, catalyze and inspire audiences from Domestic Violence Coalitions and organizations to businesses, faith based audiences; from the homeless to college students, locally and nationally. She is an ordained Interfaith minister and is part of the Greater Sacramento Interfaith Council and honored to open the California State Legislative and Senate session in prayer. Elaine is currently the Executive Director of A Community For Peace, a trauma informed domestic violence and sexual assault crisis center in Sacramento County and CEO of Foundation For Peaceful Communities, a foundation developing and supporting social renewal projects and enterprises that empower under served and high risk populations.
Chief Transformation Officer, hosts Shift Network’s Inspiring Women Summit, facilitates our women’s programs, and designs facilitation and transformation strategies for many of our programs. Devaa’s
background includes roles in the public benefit sector (Director at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and Exec. Director of Full Circle Fund), as well as the business sector (Boston Consulting Group). Devaa was ordained as an interfaith minister by the Chaplaincy Institute and received a BA and an MA from Stanford University. She was also awarded a fellowship from the Fulbright Foundation.
Karin Tamerius, MD is the Founder and Executive Director of SMART Politics. Dr. Tamerius is the creator of Radical Civility and the Radical Civility Cycle and an expert in the intersection between psychology and politics.
Dr. Dan Engle is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, with a clinical practice that combines aspects of regenerative medicine, orthomolecular psychiatry, integrative spirituality and peak performance methods.
Currently, he is Medical Consultant to Onnit Labs in Austin, the Revive Treatment Centers of America in Denver, the True Rest Float Centers in Phoenix and several international healing centers using indigenous plant medicines of the Peruvian Amazon River basin.
His programs include Freedom From Meds, a comprehensive and integrative tool kit for successful transition from psychiatric medications, the Concussion Repair Manual, facilitating the return to optimal function after concussion and traumatic brain injury, BOLD – Brain Optimization and Lifestyle Design – program for maximizing brain health and cognitive performance, and Full Spectrum Medicine, a research, education and advocacy platform pioneering the future psychiatric healing centers using consciousness expansion tools for root-cause healing and total life transformation.
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Maura Cunningham is the Founder and Executive Director of Rock The Street, Wall Street, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Maura’s span of 25 years of financial services experience includes her beginnings on Wall Street where she worked at Merrill Lynch Capital Markets in Real Estate Syndication, UIT’s and Mortgage Backed Securities. Maura then headed south and developed a successful financial planning practice on the east coast of Florida then later in Nashville, Tennessee. She developed her private financial planning practice and held the role of Estate Tax and Business Succession Specialist with the clients of major Wall Street firms including, UBS and Morgan Stanley where she constructed and implemented tax advantaged succession strategies for privately held/family-owned companies. Maura stays current with the market by trading index options.
Maura founded Rock The Street, Wall Street in 2013 when she saw the majority of women across all socioeconomic strata bewildered by math and repressed throughout their lives by their poor financial choices. She was moved too, by typically being one of very few women in the room at financial industry conferences, where still today, women are vastly underrepresented. Knowing that most of financial math is nothing more than first year algebra, she aims to lift the veil on personal money management and the financial profession for girls so they too, can be lifted out of a headset of scarcity.
"WE FELT LIKE OUTCASTS. Sure, as The Kin, we were signed to Interscope/Universal Records; we toured with Coldplay and Pink and Rod Stewart. We played arenas. We played Conan. And yeah, you could hear our music in major movies. But despite all of this we woke up to the fact that we were allowing someone else to define our value. We were done chasing approval."
The Brothers Koren experienced first hand how restrictive the music industry was to their expression, and after 15 years they knew they wanted to redefine the landscape. They launched the writer/producer team BRÅVES as an experiment in finding value in expression without rules.
Now, through the development of The Songwriter's Journey, they are helping others reclaim the music they abandoned to do the same.
Melanie Porras, is on the Youth Advisory Council for Compassionate California a Youth Leader for High School Student Marches in Santa Monica, California. She is a Youth Town Hall Presenter, at the 2018 United State Of Women, in Los Angeles, representing Pico Youth and Family Center and Compassionate ARTS. Melanie works with Fe Love on projects promoting racial justice and safety in the community and in schools. She is concerned about violence against Trans Girls, and gun violence.
Mizan has worked for over 20 years as a community organizer and youth development professional. Her commitment to social justice has fueled her work as a crisis intervention specialist, health educator, curriculum coach, experiential workshop facilitator, community researcher and School Based Health Center Supervisor. Mizan promotes trauma-informed, healing-centered, strengths-based wellness for educators, parents, and youth as the Co-Founder of Spearitwurx Foundation. Mizan is the creator of Sankofa Sistahs, culturally-based, gender specific Healing Circles for youth and adults and lead organizer for the Black Power Parent and Powerful Parent Conferences. Mizan is a Certified Yoga Teacher of Raja Yoga and incorporates mindful movement into her facilitation. She is a wife, mother of five and artist, and lives in Oakland CA. with here family.
Sizwe is a father, husband and youth organizer that has worked in the Bay Area since 2001. While the foundation of his youth development experience is K-12 academic instruction, Sizwe has worked as Conflict Resolution Coordinator at Skyline High School, a Life Skills Facilitator with youth at Ujamaa Adult and Family Services, (a culturally based mental health agency for people of African descent based in San Jose CA.,) and has been impactful in forwarding the African American Male Achievement Initiative through the Oakland Unified School District as a Manhood Development Program Facilitator and trainer. As the Co-Founder of Spearitwurx Foundation, Sizwe has spearheaded numerous programs, including Bush Camps, Brothers Keeper and Growing Forward- a social emotional wellness class taught through gardening. In collaboration with Mizan, Sizwe is also the lead organizer ans facilitator of the Black Power Parent and Powerful Parent Conferences. Sizwe utilizes his skills as MC and Hip Hop producer to build youth entrepreneurial-ism, critical thinking, and empowerment.
Kira D. Carrillo Corser is a California based artist who is known for her social and environmental justice projects combining photography, painting, video and installations with community and civic partnerships and documented outcomes. Her work is based in promoting hope, while giving communities a visual voice grounded in grass roots reality: fighting poverty, prejudice, gangs, war and injustice. She has a Masters in Fine Art, and Bachelors degree in Journalism. Her work has been on national broadcasts with President Clinton and President Carter, in the Smithsonian, the National Steinbeck Center, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Carter Center. Her work has won many awards, has 3 books, taught at California State University Monterey Bay for 8 years as a Social Justice and Visual Art Consultant, and co-founded 2 collaborative current projects: "The Posts for Peace and Justice" and "Sea Changes ACT," on Climate Change, Oceans and Human Rights.
Stacey Lawson is Executive Vice Chairman of Ygrene, a leading clean energy finance company. She brings 23 years of experience as an entrepreneur and business executive in the areas of finance, clean energy, technology and manufacturing. As Ygrene’s President and Chief Executive Officer from 2012-2016, Stacey spearheaded the design and growth of Ygrene’s innovative PACE model for the residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial sectors, scaling Ygrene to over $600M in financing volume. Prior to joining Ygrene, Stacey was a candidate for U.S. Congress in California’s 2nd congressional district where she advocated for property assessed clean energy (PACE) as a leading environmental policy initiative. Stacey is a cofounder of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology at the UC Berkeley School of Engineering, and has also held executive positions at Seibel Systems and Parametric Technology, and cofounded InPart Design. Stacey is the author of "Making More in America: How Restoring America’s Manufacturing Strength Can Help Rebuild the Middle Class". She holds a B.S. in chemical engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
J. Manuel Herrera, a Silicon Valley elected official, envisions the transformation of the public square in our communities and an emerging 21st Century politics that is whole, generative, and personally transformative (www.JManuelHerrera.com and www.thepeoplespeak.net).
Manuel is a Trustee for the East Side Union High School District in San Jose, California, first elected in 1990. He has served as Director of Planning for United Way of the Bay Area, Ombudsman for the City of San Jose, and legislative aide on Capitol Hill and in the California State Legislature. He has been a Democratic Party official in Silicon Valley, and has served on the Executive Board of the California State Democratic Party.
Manuel writes and speaks about integrating principles of the spiritual quest with public leadership, politics, and the public process (“The Reconciliation of Love & Power”). Manuel unveils conflict, power, and compromise as alchemical pathways for spiritual evolution and social change. He integrates these political elements into an emerging 21st century consciousness based on a new and higher rationality that expresses as love and power in our personal and public lives.
Dr. Roberto Vargas is a community organizer, organization psychologist, leadership coach, and ceremony leader. A community activist for over 50 years, his professional practice as a planning consultant has involved providing consultations on community problem-solving, multicultural team-building and strategic planning throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Sweden. Founding director of several counseling centers and author of Family Activism: Empowering Your Community, Beginning with Family and Friends (Berrett-Koelher, San Francisco), his theory and tools for people empowerment, leadership development, and cultural activism are used by many.
Ashanti Branch was raised by a single mother on welfare in Oakland and persevered to study Engineering at Cal Poly SLO. Branch changed careers after tutoring struggling students and realizing his passion was teaching.
In 2004, as a first-year teacher Branch started the Ever Forward Club as a support group for African-American and Latino males, who were not achieving to the level of their potential. The Ever Forward Club has a 100% high school graduation rate and a 93% attending college, military or Trade School. Branch just completed a fellowship with the d.school K-12 Lab at Stanford University. This year he is working , for the first time, as the Founding Executive Director for Ever Forward - Siempre Adelante, which will have 10 clubs operating in middle and high schools across the Bay Area.
David Militzer has extensive experience in developing and delivering customized workshops and interactive presentations for educators on 21st century learning, student-centered resources and strategies for promoting engagement, healthy youth development, purpose-driven learning, and career readiness. Most recently, he is working with educators to develop strengths-based, trauma informed approaches to promoting character and transcendent motivation (motivation for the greater good). David's writings on hope, character, education, the great acceleration, and how to counter the forces of neo-liberalism on education have been published in the John Dewey Society's on-line Journal of School and Society.
Chuck Tyler is the Political Director of SMART Politics and the Deputy Political Director of For Wisconsin’s Future. He is a US Army combat veteran with over 15 years of campaign experience in building capacity, growing leaders, and moving targets for candidates and issues.
Daniela Cervantes is a student at the University of California, Berkeley studying the Arts and Humanities. Leaning towards a double major in Ethnic Studies and Theatre/Performance Studies, Daniela currently serves as a photographer for the Daily Californian, the official newspaper of the Berkeley campus and the surrounding community and one of the oldest newspapers on the West Coast. Daniela also serves as President of her Residence Hall Association and as Digital Marketing intern at Silicon Valley Latino where she strategizes ways to increase involvement and success for her organizations. As a high school student from Greenfield, California, Daniela graduated at the top of her class receiving multiple scholarships including Berkeley’s most prestigious merit-based undergraduate Regents and Chancellor’s Scholarship, and the Coca-Cola Scholarship, which awards $20,000 to only 150 high school seniors in America out of 86,000 applicants. Daniela founded an organization that independently planned and funded a trip to France for nine low-income high school students who rigorously studied the French language, co-founded her school’s first ever Gay-Straight Alliance, served as ASB President, directed various French class plays performed in French, and was both an actress and executive officer in her Drama Club. Her flair for the arts, sense of community involvement, and passion for social justice are rooted in her involvement with local art classes she attended as a young child where she learned from artists such as Kira Corser, Ellen Martin, Marcela Diaz, and many other within First Night Monterey and the Arts Council for Monterey County.
Ditas Katague is currently the Director of the California Complete Count – Census 2020 for the State of California. She served as the Director of Governor Schwarzenegger’s Census 2010 project. In 2000, as Chief Deputy Campaign Director for the Governor’s Census 2000 California Complete Count campaign, she led a groundbreaking multi-lingual, multi-media outreach effort that resulted in a mail-in return rate that outpaced the entire nation. She is an expert in multi-ethnic outreach and civic engagement. Ditas most recently served as Chief of Staff to the California Public Utilities Commissioner Catherine Sandoval where she improved public participation and access to the energy and telecommunications utility rate and regulation process. Since 1998, she has served on the Advisory Board for the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California.
Representing TCE work with Youth Leaders:
Migdalia Sazo is a proud Chapina raised in South Central Los Angeles. She is currently a Sacramento State student studying Social Work and Political Science. During her first year in high school, she became a member of Brown Issues, an organization dedicated to cultivating the Brown Leaders of tomorrow. Brown Issues has produced opportunities to speak out on issues affecting the youth community. Migdalia was recently a featured speaker at March for Our Lives in Los Angeles, bringing attention to all the lives lost in schools due to gun violence, but also bringing focus to all the lives lost on a day to day basis in her community.
“Brown Issues has allowed me to step into a space of leadership to help uplift community. As a family we make sure that our communities are being represented."
Rudy has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Cornell University and a Master of Science Degree from the University of Connecticut. He spent nearly 30 years with The Kroger Co. managing distribution centers and food manufacturing plants in Missouri, Georgia and California. His consulting company, Power in Learning, helps organizations achieve excellence.
In 2007, Rudy and his wife, Karyn joined the Rotary Club of Lake Arrowhead Mountain Sunrise. Rudy was selected and served as District Governor in 2015-16. During that year, Rudy convened the Rotary Presidential Peace Conference, the Rotary World Peace Conference 2016. The conference had nearly 1800 attendees, over 100 breakout sessions and six general sessions and more. He was co-founder of the Rotary E-Club of World Peace, D5330 and is now a member of that club.
He was programs chair for the Pre-Convention Peace Conference at the Atlanta Rotary International Convention. He was advisor to RI President Riseley’s Six Presidential Peace Conferences for the 2017-18 Rotary year.
Rudy is Convener and Chair of the Rotary World Peace Conference 2020, a multi-district peace conference. He also is a trained mediator and a member of Mediators Beyond Borders. Rudy is president of Solutions for Peace Foundation Inc.
Harvard College A.B. 1967
Founder of The Butterfly People
Producer of the Dan Karslake film 'Every three Seconds'
CFO of Dickinson Family Foundation
Founder of The Common Sense Party
Drawing on her love of inspirational stories, her passion to use business as a force for good, and her vast entrepreneurial experience, Trina recently launched Conscious Good, a media studio for the conscious generation. Conscious Good curates, produces and distributes the highest quality conscious media content via innovative platforms: OTT streaming, Film Festivals and its network of yoga & meditation studios. Conscious Good is also home to the Creators’ Network: a community networking platform to encourage conscious creators to collaborate and connect to conscious media lovers. In parallel to her work with Conscious Good, Trina is currently producing feature film, Love & Oatmeal, with Black Label Media, starring Ben Platt and Lola Kirke.
One of Trina’s most notable and rewarding career achievements was launching the Tribeca Film Festival for Robert De Niro and taking the reigns as its first Festival Director. Trina has also held leadership positions with several entertainment companies such as Gaia, (its first Chief Content Office), Prana Studios (oversaw acquisition of Rhythm and Hues), Intrepid Pictures, (COO/CFO), Withoutabox (facilitated sale to Amazon/IMDB) and Film Independent, the largest non-profit organization dedicated to independent film.
Trina received her MBA from NYU and her undergraduate degree from UCLA. An avid yogi for over twenty years, Trina completed her Kundalini yoga teacher training. This past April, Trina was honored to join the Evolutionary Leaders. She lives with her husband, Sasha, and her children, Lola and Trust, in Ojai, California.
Molly Nugent is the Sacramento Ambassador for the United State of Women, a national organization that seeks to connect, convene, and amplify voices in the movement for gender equality. Molly also manages a Department of Justice - Office on Violence Against Women grant that funds a collaboration between WEAVE, Inc. and Society for the Blind. The intent of this grant is to improve access to services for survivors of interpersonal and sexual violence who are blind or low vision. In the past, Molly has served as a sexual assault advocate, long-term counselor, and Speakers Bureau member at Standing Together Against Sexual Assault (formerly the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center). She was also a Public Policy Intern for Girls Inc. in Washington D.C, where she lobbied for federal policies to support women and girls. Molly is passionate about sexual assault advocacy and higher education; in 2015, she served as an advisor for a large STEM department at UC Santa Barbara, where she worked with the Disabled Students Program and served on the university’s Trans Task Force and Eucalyptus LGBTQ Committees. Molly received her bachelor's degree from UC Santa Barbara in the History of Public Policy, with a cognate emphasis in Feminist Studies.
Molly is eager to work with local leaders, organizations, and engaged individuals to improve gender equality in Sacramento.
Brian is Director, Consulting Services for CGI in Northern California. He has recently founded the Strategy & Innovation Institute (SI2), of which he is CEO. The focus of SI2 is Blue Ocean Strategy and business model innovation consulting. Brian is one of the leading experts in the US on Blue Ocean Strategy, and possibly the only one with a dissertation based on Blue Ocean Strategy and business model innovation, with a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Strategy & Innovation (from Capella University).
Dr. Gladden also has an Executive Certificate in International Management from Thunderbird, The Garvin School of Intl. Management. He completed an MBA from University of Warwick, Coventry, England, and received his Bachelor of Science, Marketing from Fresno State University, Fresno, CA. For 28 years, Brian has been involved in Hi-Tech sales, strategy, business development, and consulting to Fortune 500 firms as well as start-ups.
Rotary, and providing service to others, has been part of Brian’s life since he was 16. Brian has been a Rotarian for 20 years, and involved with Rotary for 35 years. In Rotary District 5180, he is an Assistant Governor (2016-2019), and was president of the Rotary Club of Roseville in 2010-11. As immediate past president in 2012, the Rotary Club of Roseville was named the Best Large Rotary Club in the World!
Brian is one of the Rotarians who have created the largest Rotary human trafficking grant to date, which is also the largest collaborative effort to prevent human trafficking in the history of Sacramento. This project is underway now in the Sacramento Region, and has involved all key stakeholder groups in the region, such as the DA, law enforcement, education, healthcare, and non-profits working on victim services. The initiative is based on prevention through education, and encompasses two components: 1) education to our kids in school, and 2) education to the public. The project will continue for another year and will educate approximately 80,000 students and teachers in the region. The public awareness campaign, “The Ugly Truth”, will run for 3 months and will raise awareness of the issue, educate the public on what human trafficking really looks like in our community, and will result in more reports and arrests of trafficking activity.
David Gershon, co-founder and CEO of Empowerment Institute has been called “the number one expert on social change.” He applies his visionary leadership and social change expertise to designing second order change solutions for cities, countries and the planet that enable the seemingly impossible to become possible. Over the past four decades the initiatives he’s designed have won many awards and achieved much recognition.
David used his empowerment and social change proficiency to organize at the height of the cold war, in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund and ABC Television, the planet’s first global unitive event—the First Earth Run. Building on his background as the Director of the Lake Placid Olympic Torch Relay, he used the mythic power of fire and relaying a torch of peace around the world to engage the participation of twenty-five million people in sixty-two countries, the world’s political leadership and, through the media, an estimated billion people. The First Earth Run raised millions of dollars to help UNICEF care for the planet’s neediest children and empowered hundreds of community initiatives around the world.
David is author of twelve books, including the award-winning Social Change 2.0: A Blueprint for Reinventing Our World and the best-selling Empowerment: The Art of Creating Your Life as You Want It. He co-directs Empowerment Institute’s School for Transformative Social Change which empowers social entrepreneurs from around the world to design and implement second order change social innovations. He has lectured at Harvard, MIT, and Johns Hopkins and served as an advisor to the Clinton White House and the United Nations on empowerment and social change.
He is currently working on an initiative called: “A Bottom-Up Grand Strategy to Reinvent the Planet: Building Second Order Change Capacity Around the Five Strategic Levers—Climate, Development Peace, Knowledge and Money.” David has dedicated his life to empowering humanity to believe we can create the world of our dreams and designing the strategies and tools to help us make this a reality.
John W. Roulac is the founder and Chief Visionary Officer 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 five years in a row, and is the fastest-growing superfoods company on the planet.
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.
Sarah Eagle Heart, Oglala Lakota CEO of Native Americans in Philanthropy, is a powerful storyteller whose deep perspective on healing trauma is rooted in her life story and experiences as a teen activist raised on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. She is an internationally accomplished executive focused on education and advocacy on behalf of Indigenous peoples. She has spent the last decade building momentum around healing and sustainability in the spirit of cultural revitalization. Her diverse background in tribal, corporate, faith-based and non-profit organizations focused on communications, marketing, program development, and advocacy offers a unique vantage point that powerfully amplifies impact. Her latest philanthropy and influencer partnership is VR project “Crow: The Legend” with BaoBab Studios starring John Legend, Oprah Winfrey, Tye Sheridan and Liza Koshy. Sarah is also the winner of the 2017 American Express Next Generation Leadership Award.
Kimberly K. Gudino grew up in South Sacramento where she experienced social inequities in education and healthcare first hand. Her exposure to these social inequalities prompted her to find her voice and become civically engaged. She joined Brown Issues with the motivation to help address some of the social ills that plague far too many Latinx communities and transitioned her personal experience into advocacy. Ms. Gudino developed and presented youth-centered workshops related to the importance of universal high quality affordable healthcare coverage, the negative health impacts sugar sweetened beverages, and the high cost of mass-incarceration in promoting safe and healthy communities. Today, she serves as the Brown Issues Rosa Parks Middle School Advisor where she is tasked with helping to provide youth with social-emotional support programing and acts as an LCHC ambassador that introduces health advocacy campaigns to youth and their families. Kimberly aspires to learn more about how community voice can better inform policy design and implementation. Ms. Gudino is in pursuit of her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento.
Shamell Bell is a mother, community organizer, dancer/choreographer, and a PhD Candidate in Culture and Performance at UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures/Dance department. Bell received her M.A. in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego and B.A. with Honors in American Studies and Ethnicity specializing in African American Studies at the University of Southern California. Her work on what she calls, ""street dance activism"" situates street dance as grassroots political action from her perspectives as a scholar, dancer, and choreographer. Shamell’s research examines street dance movements in South Central Los Angeles through an autoethnographic and performance studies lens. Her street dance experience includes featured roles in music videos, award shows, and tours. An original member of the #blacklivesmatter movement, beginning as a core organizer with Justice 4 Trayvon Martin Los Angeles (J4TMLA)/Black Lives Matter Los Angeles (BLMLA) to what she now describes as an Arts & Culture liaison between several social justice organizations such as the BLM network, Blackout For Human Rights, The Undercommons at UCLA, among others. She also consults for social justice impact in the tv, film, and music industry with most recents credits such as George Tillman Jr.'s film adaptation of Angie Thomas' best selling book, "The Hate U Give". As a member of a think tank for actor, activist, and rapper Common's philanthropic company, Think Common, she helped provide ideas for pivotal social impact moments such as his groundbreaking 2018 Oscars performance for "Stand Up For Something" with Andra Day.
Emiliana is an entrepreneur based in Los Angeles, CA, with a passion for giving back to the community. Along with being an award-winning event producer, Emi devotes much of her time to advocacy programs for women's rights, Latino education, and gender equality. As a stellar community organizer, Emiliana brings her 10+ plus years of event experience to Women's March LA. In 2016, Emiliana founded the Women's March LA Foundation, a non-profit organization, and is the driving force behind the official Women's March in Los Angeles. Emi also serves as President of Women's March California leading 20+ chapters. Emi has become extremely involved in activism, both on a local and national level, and has served as the bridge between many organizations to combine forces in the Summer of Resistance. Emi has spoken to numerous groups, spreading the Women's March movement, including The League of Women Voters, Cal State Los Angeles, USC, UCLA, and was a panelist at 2017 Politicon, the HOPE Conference, and Hispanas Organize for Equality. Emiliana is currently a contributor for Huffington Post . Emi has been honored by the Pat Brown Institute (Civic Engagement Award), HRC (Ally for Equality Award), LA City Council (Pioneer Woman of the Year)
Meena Srinivasan is an educator, writer and innovator who's been teaching and leading in the fields of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Mindful Awareness Practices (MAP) for over 15 years. Her book, Teach, Breathe, Learn: Mindfulness In and Out of the Classroom (Parallax Press, 2014) was featured on Edutopia and Meena is in her sixth year of working in partnership with the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) to implement SEL system-wide in the Oakland Unified School District. She is author of the forthcoming, SEL Everyday: Integrating Social and Emotional Learning with Instruction in Secondary Classrooms (Norton, 2019) which is part of the upcoming SELSolutions Series, served on the Board of Directors of the Mindfulness in Education Network, is core faculty for Transformative Educational Leadership and is a recipient of the 2014 Hemera Foundation Contemplative Education Fellowship. Learn more at www.meenasrinivasan.com
In his job as a demo engineer with Intel Corporation, Dan Nainan toured the world with the company's senior executives, demonstrating the latest technology for audiences numbering into the thousands. Confident in his technical abilities but terrified of public speaking, Dan took a comedy class to get over the fear. His third performance ever was in front of 2500 Intel employees at a sales conference.
After leaving Intel to pursue comedy full time, Dan has toured with Robert Schimmel and Russell Peters and was also requested to perform by Bob Saget and Brad Garrett. He has appeared on network television including LAST COMIC STANDING, as well as in feature films and in commercials, including a ""Get a Mac"" commercial for APPLE and six commercials for VMWare. Dan also appeared on BILLIONS with his Tesla Model S. He also does voiceovers, including most recently for the Fox animated series FAMILY GUY, and has done prank calls on radio stations nationwide as various characters including Bill Clinton.
An early riser, Dan does not smoke, drink or do drugs. He speaks multiple languages and plays six musical instruments and has toured in bands playing both keyboards and guitar. He also enjoys extreme sports such as bungee jumping, skydiving, scuba diving on shipwrecks and rollerblading backwards down stairs.
Dan has performed for President Obama, President Trump, Hillary Clinton, Rudolph Giuliani, Bill de Blasio, Michael Bloomberg, Arianna Huffington and his favorite, Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak. He has performed in 28 countries on five continents including TED India, and he has visited 58 countries. He is also an angel investor, investing in tech companies, and performed at the Bitcoin Foundation conference in 2013, where he introduced Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss. He was paid in Bitcoin.
Bryan directs TOOLBOX implementation and partnerships with districts, schools, and Community Based Organizations. He has over 15 years experience as a TOOLBOX teacher, and K-8 TOOLBOX principal.
He currently is an ACE Interface Presenter with the County of Sonoma. He is an active member of Sonoma ACEs Connection and has worked with 4CA (California Campaign Childhood Adversity) on policy education in Sacramento. He is also a former Marin First 5 Commissioner.
In his personal life, Bryan finds joy in spending time with his wife, three children, and dog. He enjoys nature, physical activity, and reading.
While not at her day job as a graphic designer, Susan is fulfilling her purpose of cultivating peace through a diverse array of organizations.
Susan joined the Rotary Club of Oakhurst Sierra in 2002 and has served in various board positions including Club President as well as Assistant District Governor for the area. Her Rotary experience has allowed her to participate on humanitarian trips, such as delivering wheelchairs in Peru, and building a cafeteria in Mexico.
In 2010, following a chance encounter in a Miami taxi, Susan and her husband Tim founded the non-profit Be the Power of One to promote education in developing communities whether in the U.S. or abroad. Through this organization, they traveled to Haiti a few months following the devastating earthquake and saw the destruction first hand. They continue to return to Haiti each year.
Susan also organized Oakhurst Area for Peace, a grassroots community organization that began in November, 2016. The group is addressing certain community issues and is currently working to help the area homeless community.
The First Annual Yosemite Peace Symposium is Susan’s latest project. This two day event is being held on October 26 and 27, 2018 at the Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, just two miles from the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park. More information on the Symposium can be found at www.YosemitePeace.com.
Elaine Abelaye-Mateo is the Founder and Principal Consultant for Everyday Impact Consulting, a consulting firm designed to support clients and communities in re-imagining systems and developing innovative strategies to solve complex community challenges. Under her leadership, Everyday Impact Consulting recently expanded its services statewide with offices in Sacramento and Fresno. She is also the former Executive Director of Asian Resources, Inc., a Sacramento-based workforce development nonprofit, and a founding member of the APIs RISE Giving Circle, which has cultivated and awarded over $100,000 in donor contributions to Asian and Pacific Islander, community-based organizations. Elaine has received multiple recognitions Including the 2018 Inaugural Woman In Influence Award from OCA Sacramento, 2017 Exceptional Woman of Color Award from Sac Cultural Hub, the 2017 May O. Lee Founder’s Award from Asian Resources, Inc. and the Community Reinvestment Act Panther Award In 2008 awarded by the California Reinvestment Coalition. She has served as a Board member of several nonprofit organizations such as the Philippine National Day Association and the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera, and is currently serving on the Sacramento Region Community Foundation Community Impact Committee. Elaine has a BA in Communication from Saint Mary’s College of California, an MA in Global Workforce Management with a specialization in Leadership and is currently pursuing a PhD in Managing Organizational Systems from Saybrook University. She is a proud wife and mother and enjoys spending leisure time with family and friends.
Herb is a co-founder and the Treasurer of Democracy Earth Foundation.
For the past 25 years, Herb has been a serial software entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, mostly building systems where power purposefully shifts to the user through technology. Since learning of blockchain technology in 2012 and considering it ""the best invention since the Internet itself"", Herb dedicated the rest of his career to social entrepreneurism.
Herb was COO & CFO of Intershop (world’s first online catalogue technology, IPO 1998), Founder and CEO of Outcome (web service management company), and Founder & CEO of Nuehealth (a Salesforce.com global healthcare partner/ISV). Prior to software, Herb held corporate finance and global systems roles at General Motors, NCR Corporation, IBM, GE and GE Capital.
Born in Flint, Michigan, Herb is the second of eight children in a household where both parents were small-business entrepreneurs, and in his worn words ""has worn a tool belt since he could walk!"" Herb studied math and computer science at University of Michigan and earned a bachelors degree in Financial Administration at Michigan State University. He has travelled, lived and worked all over the world (45 countries, and counting). When not hacking for Democracy.Earth, Herb is an avid back country alpine heli-skier, snowboarder and mountain biker. Most recently, Herb presented on the intersection of blockchains, democracy and artificial intelligence at Taiwan's Connect AI and attended the Bancor-led consortium at Bretton Woods. Check out Herb's appearance on World Affairs; keep up with Herb on Twitter @HerbStephens.
Jocelyn "Jyoti" Kay Levy is a dedicated musician, yogi and social innovator who has been performing music and teaching transformational workshops for over 15 years – creating fun, thoughtful, effective learning environments where music, movement, and healing unite the mind, body, and soul.
Jyoti is the founder of Wee Yogis Organization whose mission is to bring yoga and mindfulness to children through teacher trainings, classes, and transformational media. She currently has three albums: "Wee Yogis Play" focuses on yoga poses and games, "Wee Yogis Connect" teaches mindfulness and relaxation, and "Wee Yogis Grow" to expand on positive values and Kirtan for kids. Her original music and, first ever yoga musical, "Wee Yogis Play” is performed nationwide.
Jyoti's passion for stewarding joyful heartfelt learning spaces has led her to develop yoga and wellness programs for clients such as the Social Venture Network, Bioneers, Opportunity Collaboration, YogaWorks, Hilton Hotels, Fairwind Retirement Communities, and many more. She has been featured in Marie Claire Magazine, Shape Magazine, The Shift Network, EmPOWERme.tv, and others for her inspiring, effective and lighthearted approach to healing people of all ages.
Dr. Kristee Haggins is community healer, African centered psychologist and psychology professor who takes a holistic approach to healing mind, body, spirit and community. She is one of the founding members of Safe Black Space and is committed to promoting heath and wellness particularly in the Black community.
Dr. Haggins holds a B.A. from the University of Southern California, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in Counseling Psychology. She teaches at Alliant International University/California School of Professional Psychology-Sacramento and at California Northstate University.
Dr. Haggins is a speaker and consultant who provides tailored “experiences” meant to educate, empower and uplift. She is an engaging, interactive public speaker - presenting to audiences small and large, conveying information in a way that people can hear, understand and apply. Dr. Haggins provides consultation services, trainings, workshops, and lectures on a variety of topics, including: racial trauma and healing; mental health and wellness; mindfulness and meditation; spirituality and mental health; among others.
Aimee Allison is a thought leader, public speaker, writer, and expert on women of color in politics. She is president of Democracy in Color, a national organization focused on race, politics, and the New American Majority. Aimee is the founder of She the People, a multiplatform initiative to crystallize and amplify the political voice of women of color. As host of the acclaimed “Democracy in Color” podcast, Aimee explores critical issues at the intersection of race and politics. Ellen McGirt, editor of Fortune magazine’s raceAhead, calls it: "The smartest podcast on race I've found in ages. Listen and grow."
In 2016, Aimee organized and moderated “Women of Color: Uniting the Party, Leading the Country,” the first DNC Chair Forum highlighting the central role of women of color in the future of the Democratic Party. In 2017, Aimee launched “Get in Formation,” a national call for Black women to support Stacey Abrams to become the first Black woman governor in U.S. history.
Aimee has been an on-camera host for numerous outlets, including LinkTV and Comcast Newsmakers on CNN Headline News. She contributed political commentary for KQED, Pacifica, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and MIC. She has been a panelist and keynote speaker at Netroots Nation, the Women's March Convention, and the Democratic Summit Oregon; and her writings have appeared in has written for The New York Times, ESSENCE Magazine, Teen Vogue, The Hill, and Huffington Post.
Aimee is the and founder of the premier initiative on women of color and politics, She the People. She serves on the boards of Energy Future Project, Courage Campaign, and the YMCA of the East Bay. Aimee lives in Oakland, California. You can follow her on Twitter: @AimeeAllison
Jordan Brooks is the Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of the United State of Women, a non-profit dedicated to being the megaphone for gender equality, and organizing women around the country. Prior to that role, Jordan spent nearly 8 years in the Obama White House in various capacities from the Office of the Vice President to the Office of the First Lady and the Office of Public Engagement, with her final position being the Deputy Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls. In this position she oversaw the Obama Administration's policy and outreach work on a large variety of issues as they related to the lives of women and girls across the country and around the world.
Irie Wonder Woods is an advocate for passion. She is a singer as well as an actress, and has been around performing arts all her life. She spends most of her time volunteering for her community, as she is the current Chair of the Teen Leadership Council of Stockton, CA. She plans to major in Philosophy and minor in Theatre Arts at a 4-year university.
Like the rainforest where she was born, Alana Lea's work is richly blessed by diversity. From art museums to farm fields to climate change conferences, she propagates hope.
Since 2008, her mission has been to restore hope for future generations, fueled by positive scientific data. She offers this inspiration through motivational talks for organizations. She makes introductions to influencers from around the world, who are ready to collaborate on projects regenerating our soil, forests and water. And, she can show you the organic progress that’s been made, as well as future goals for rainforest regeneration in Brazil and beyond.
Alana is a member of the 4per1000 Consortium, partner of the Drawdown Coalition and Founder of the internationally award winning reforestation project I Give Trees.
Anita Jackson is MomsRising's Digital Communications Director. Her intersectional communications strategies are part of MomsRising's daily campaign work as well as the organization's work with policy partners. Anita leads creative communications campaigns that center marginalized voices, support policy-changing grassroots action, and drive organizational growth.
Anita earned her AB from UC Berkeley and her JD from American University's Washington College of Law, where she worked on complex international human rights litigation and focused studies on women's rights and human rights.
"I am a miracle. Yo soy un milagro. I’m not supposed to be here… I'm really not supposed to be here."
After receiving an award for her continued fight for justice for Trans Latina community, Bamby reflected a humble and authentic gratitude for just being alive and having somehow been given an improbable second chance in life.
Her unassuming warmth, transparency and playful character coexist with the seriousness of her determined commitment. Bamby is fortunate and grateful to be alive; this is expressed in her life through her wide and unique smile, her work and in her signature dance moves that are always ready to spontaneously erupt.
Cathy Kennedy is Secretary of the California Nurses Association / National Nurses Organizing Committee (CNA/ NNOC), and an executive council member of the National Nurses United (NNU), the largest U.S. Union and processional association of registered nurses. A graduate from Samuel Merritt / Saint Mary's College, she has worked as a registered nurse for the past 37 years. She's currently a staff nurse at Kaiser Permanante Roseville (women and Children's Center) in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Carenna KT is a young singer songwriter based on Sacramento. She writes soulful clever lyrics to engage her listeners. Carenna KT has been playing guitar and songwriting since she was 10 years old, right after he Dad lost his battle to cancer. Follow her on Facebook, IG and YouTube: Carenna KT music
Edna Chavez is an 18-year old youth activist from South Central Los Angeles. She recently graduated Manual Arts High School and is eager to start her first year in college in the fall where she plans to major in Sociology. Edna is passionate about organizing and was a key student organizer leading efforts to build up the next generation of black and brown voters by registering and pre-registering students at her school to vote. Growing up, Edna was surrounded by people she knew that were involved in gangs and as a result was heavily affected by gun violence. She lost many friends and family due to gun violence in her community but rather than let this hold her back, she has used her experiences to motivate her to create change. Edna is committed to making her vision of a safer South LA become a reality in her lifetime—one where people do not have to live their lives in fear wondering if a bullet will claim their life or that of a loved one. She looks forward to being a part of the national conversation around gun reform after her speech at March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. this year as well as mental health services for youth and homelessness.
As founder and CEO of REV, Elliot continues his commitment to bring the power and creativity of business, spirit and community to address the core challenges and opportunities of our time.
Elliot has been a business and community leader in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 30 years. He was co-founder and CEO of Just Desserts, one of the most highly respected and loved brands in the SF Bay Area. Elliot was a pioneer in sustainable business practices and among the early leaders in the business and socially responsible business movement in the U.S.
In 2012 Elliot founded REV, and In 2016, Governor Jerry Brown chose REV for the GEELA award – (Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award), the top environmental and economic recognition in California.
Working with nearly 400 companies, communities and spiritually-based organizations, the REV team knows that leaders and grass roots MUST work together in genuine collaboration if we are going to “win the race to the future” to benefit life and our common home. REV is about moving from “Awareness-to-Action with Urgency”
REV’s experience demonstrates that we must engage all stakeholders in the “race” to the sustainable, climate resilient and flourishing future we all yearn for.
Most important – Elliot fell in love with Gail Horvath in a mountain climbing adventure at “Lovers Leap” in California’s Eldorado National Forrest in1973 and they have been deeply in love ever since then - for 45 years. Their two amazing children – Miles and Joanna – are on their life journeys, and in their work, both are committed to creating the sustainable and climate resilient future.
Kat Taylor works in service of restoring social justice and environmental well-being to build a more equitable and inclusive world. Kat is active in a variety of social enterprises and philanthropic ventures on the West Coast focused on deep systems change. Currently, she serves as Co-Founder
and CEO of Beneficial State Bank, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and certified B Corporation whose mission is to bring beneficial banking to low-income communities in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner – and to change the banking system for good.
Kat is also a Founding Director of TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation (TKREF), dedicated to inspiring a sustainable food system through ranching, training, tours, research, and school food and garden programs. TKREF owns the social enterprise LeftCoast GrassFed, humanely raising cattle and other livestock for the benefit of healthy soils. Kat serves and has served on many non-profit boards including the Harvard Board of Overseers, Ecotrust, Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, UC Davis - Agricultural Sustainability Institute, ProPublica, CuriOdyssey, Insight Prison Project, KQED, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Tom Steyer, Kat's climate/energy/justice activist husband, and
she have four grown children, each pursuing their one wild and precious life, too.
Lara Jackle Dickinson is Executive Director and Co-Founder of OSC2 (One Step Closer to an Organic Sustainable Community), a group of CEOs working together toward regenerative food and agriculture solutions. In this capacity, she launched the Compostable Packaging Collaborative, the Climate Collaborative and Climate Day for the Natural Foods industry. She also runs Pluot Consulting where she deploys her 20 plus years of natural foods experience to work on executive level marketing, sales, and strategic planning with some of the most mission driven food companies in the world.
Lara was the CEO of LightFull Foods, VP Marketing & Retail sales at Numi Organic Tea, and VP of Marketing at the Balance Bar Company before it’s acquisition by a major CPG company.
Lara received an MBA from Cornell, a BS in Finance from the University of Southern California and completed graduate work at Oxford. She lives in Piedmont, CA with her husband, three young children and 9 chickens.
Maricela Rodriguez joined The California Endowment, a private health foundation, in 2011, and serves as Senior Communications Program Manager. Rodriguez is tasked with spearheading one of The Endowment’s major campaigns, #Health4All, which raises awareness about the importance of expanding access to affordable health care to undocumented Californians. Rodríguez was also instrumental in leading The Endowment’s efforts to successfully implement the Affordable Care Act through the Asegúrate campaign, which aimed to enroll millions of Californians into Medi-Cal. As Senior Communications Program Manager, Rodriguez provides strategic communications support on key emerging issues and linking civic engagement to wider Endowment efforts through campaigns such as “Vota” and the upcoming 2020 Census.
Prior to joining The Endowment, Rodriguez served as Director of Program Development and Policy Liaison for the Office of California First Lady Maria Shriver. Working alongside the First Lady, she helped create the WE Connect program, which has now been adopted by The California Endowment. Today, We Connect continues to connect lower-income families with resources that will help them lead healthier, more financially secure lives.
Maricela, a resident of Sacramento, earned her B.A in Political Science and Spanish Language from the University of California, Riverside and a M.P.A. from the University of Southern California. She is headquartered in The Endowment’s Sacramento office.
MORNING STAR GALI is a member of the Ajumawi band of Pit River Tribe located in Northeastern California. She is the Northern CA Network Weaver for Native Americans in Philanthropy and a graduate of Native Americans in Philanthropy's Circle of Leadership Academy in 2013. Morning Star is a Leading Edge Fellow focusing on the disproportionate impact of the criminal and juvenile justice systems on Native Americans. Since 2007, she has served as the Community Liaison Coordinator for the International Indian Treaty Council, working for the Sovereignty and Self Determination of Indigenous Peoples and the recognition and protection of Indigenous Rights, Treaties, Traditional Cultures and Sacred Lands. She previously worked as the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Pit River Tribe and continues to lead large-scale actions while helping organize Native cultural, spiritual, scholarly, and political gatherings throughout California. Morning Star serves as a board member for the California Indian Cultural Heritage Center Foundation and Women's Health Specialists of California. Since 2008 she has been a host on KPFAs Bay Native Circle and is the proud mother of four children.
As Policy Director for New Way California Seren Taylor provides the nexus between the organization's core principles and a policy agenda to implement those principles in a meaningful way.
In addition to his work for New Way California, Seren is the Director of Strategic Policy for Assemblymember Chad Mayes. In that role Seren takes the lead in advising the Assemblymember on all major state policy and fiscal issues and develops the broad legislative agenda. Prior to that Seren was the Deputy Caucus Chief of Staff for the Assembly Republican Leader for two years and Staff Director for the Senate Republican Fiscal Office for nearly a decade. As the Staff Director, Seren was the point person for the Senate Republican Caucus on all state fiscal matters. The Senate Republican Fiscal Office plays a critical role in shaping the state budget and informing the Senators’ fiscal policy decisions.
As COO of Not For Sale, Terra works to create a world in which all human beings are treated with dignity. She graduated from New York University School of Law and practiced as an immigration attorney in New York and the San Francisco Bay Area, and has also worked in marketing for socially conscious brands, and as a travel writer and editor. She has lived abroad in Argentina and Colombia.
Toni G. Atkins was born and raised in southwestern Virginia, the daughter of a miner and a seamstress, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Emory & Henry College in Emory, Va.
In 1985, she moved across the country to San Diego, California, to help care for her sister’s young son while her sister served in the U.S. Navy. In San Diego, before becoming involved in public service, she worked as director of clinic services at Womancare Health Center.
Atkins served as an aide to San Diego City Councilmember and LGBT trailblazer Christine Kehoe, and, in 2000, was elected to replace Kehoe as the council’s District 3 representative. During her eight-year tenure, Atkins provided steady leadership as interim Mayor of San Diego amid a challenging and tumultuous time at City Hall.
Elected by voters to the state Assembly in 2010, Atkins served there for six years. In 2014, her colleagues selected her to be the Speaker of the Assembly – she became the first San Diegan and the first lesbian to hold the position. Atkins counts a major $7.5-billion water bond, creation of the state’s first Earned Income Tax Credit, and passage of two on-time, balanced budgets among her proudest accomplishments.
In 2016, Atkins was elected to represent the 39th District in the state Senate and was appointed to the prestigious Rules Committee, in addition to the committees on Transportation and Housing, Health, Labor and Industrial Relations, and Natural Resources and Water. Among the bills she got passed and signed was SB 2, which created a permanent source of funding for affordable housing, a signature piece of legislation she had worked on for seven years.
In January 2018, after just one year in the Senate, she was elected by her colleagues to be the next Senate President pro Tempore. In March 2018, she was sworn in, becoming the first woman and the first openly LGBTQ person to lead the Legislature’s upper house.
Throughout her career, Atkins has been a champion for affordable housing, the natural environment, healthcare, veterans, women, and the LGBTQ community. She lives in the South Park community of San Diego with her spouse, Jennifer, and their dogs, Haley and Joey.
Imani Mitchell is a mother, writer, activist, and womanist. She was born and raised in Sacramento, CA and received her Associates degree in Theatre Arts from Sacramento City College. In January 2017, she and four other women formed the non-profit organization Black Women United (BWU), which is dedicated to the education, protection and advancement of Black women. Since its creation, BWU has hosted the historic Black Women's March for the past two years. In addition to the march, BWU strives to elevate and center Black women within not only the Women’s Liberation movement, but also the Black Liberation movement and promote Black female leadership.
Co-Founter & Partner, Living Economy Advisors
Celia Kaplan is a Southern, queer, Jewish, anti-racist community organizer, born and raised in Memphis, TN, and currently living and working in Oakland, CA. Her passion for creative thinking and new ideas brought her to Oakland, where she hopes to gain a new lens through which to see Memphis. She was a part of the organizing teams for the March for Our Lives Memphis and the Youth Action Summit in February 2018, as well as a member of Bridge Builders CHANGE Gender and Sexuality, where she organized for LGBTQ+ youth empowerment and rights. Celia is passionate about making space for youth voice in every room, and firmly believes in the power youth have today, not just as leaders of tomorrow.
Haider Nazar, CEO of MAHA Global, is a Values-Driven entrepreneur and Growth Strategist who partners with CEOs, executives and Influencers to grow their personal and professional brands and organizations, human-to-human. After spending over two decades working in Management Consulting, Technology and Finance helping Fortune 500 brands like Procter & Gamble, Mercedes Benz, NBC and also being a part of several startup exits, Haider has experienced what drives sustainable business growth. And it’s not mastering the technology or marketing flavor of the week. It’s how well you connect with the heart-beating people you’re trying to help and aligning interests on a common mission. Walking the walk on this higher vision of ourselves and using values aligned business as the frame for impacting social and environmental issues is the work Haider has been committed to for the last six years.
Haider has been featured in print and broadcast outlets around the world, including the Wall Street, Forbes, CNBC, BBC, Fast Company, and ESPN. He has also spoken at dozens of finance and impact conferences including CNBC TechTalk, LendIT, Gamechangers Ignite and Hive. Haider is also a trained business coach, photographer, cyclist and father of two. Haider holds a BA in Economics from the University of California, Davis.
Founder, Universal Income Project
What Called Carlos to Act?
"The belief that individuals acting in guidance of love for justice and change when coming together can create change, but also coming to be conscious that the apple does not fall when it is ripe, but rather you have to make it fall."
His favorite thing about Sacramento is the diversity of its people. Discovering we are much more alike than we are different.
As Mayor, Heidi is committed to engaging the community to work together to implement creative housing solutions, developing practices to support local businesses, strengthening relationships within the diverse voices of our residents, revitalizing the unique culture of our downtown, and enhancing community resilience through energy efficiency and sustainability in our changing climate. Heidi is a reform-minded leader, passionate about keeping the concerns of our local residents at the forefront of everything she does.
Stacy is author of the award-winning book, “Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry” (New Society, 2007) that has been translated into four languages, and she co-founded the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition of nonprofit health and environmental groups that inspired major cosmetics manufacturers to remove hazardous ingredients from nail polish, baby products, make-up and hair products. Stacy’s articles have been published in Time, New York Times, Washington Post, Nature Biotechnology and many other outlets and her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, Wall Street Journal, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, Good Morning America, Democracy Now and several documentary films including The Human Experiment produced by Sean Penn, Pink Skies and Stink Movie. Stacy was named “one of five visionaries leading the charge to better health,” by Experience Life Magazine and “one of seven powerful women in the natural beauty industry,” by New Hope 360. In 2012, Stacy served as media director for the historic California Right to Know ballot initiative to label genetically engineered foods. She is the former communications director for Health Care Without Harm, which got mercury out of hospitals and closed down medical waste incinerators around the world. Prior to her work in environmental health, Stacy worked for eight years as a journalist and managing editor, and she published an investigative newspaper covering land use and environmental issues in the Colorado High Country. She currently lives in the Bay Area with her husband and son.
Ebony Harper is one of the leaders and shining lights of Sacramento's Transgender community, formally Gender Health Center's PREP Coordinator and vital team member in GHC's Outreach, Harm Reduction, Community Organizing, and Respite programs. Her recent move to The California Endowment and appointment to the State Office of AIDS Planning Group reflects her vital and respected role in our community as a go-to contact for a broad range of needs and services, from heads of State-level agencies looking for her to speak at a program unveiling to religious community leaders seeking Transgender cultural competence to survival sex workers in crisis needing a shoulder to cry on and resources to get them through to tomorrow.
Queen Imani 25 Years young born & raised in Sacramento Ca, discovered I had a voice at the age of 9 and that spark never left.
My stardum started with me singing the National Anthem for High school home games, graduations & professional sporting events. Later took my talents singing for my home town Sacramento at night clubs, comedy clubs, bands, and even getting called from our formal Mayor to sing.
Everybody has a gift/passion singing became mine and forever will be.
Jasmine Dellafosse 23, along with countless young people in South Stockton, has been finding ways to build community and civic engagement. Jasmine serves as an Lead Youth Organizer with the Stockton Schools initiative and is one of the founding members. She has worked to help bring access to fresh produce in food desert areas in south stockton and is currently working with to students to fight for educational change through policy.She has helped advocate to bring Ethnic Studies into schools, as well as push for College Career and community readiness in school. She has been a pusing to dismantle the school to prison pipeline work and advocating for Restorative justice and investments in counselors.She currently serves on several committees such as the the California Endowment President's youth Council, Secretary of the San Joaquin Democratic Committee Secretary delegate, Boy of men of color alliance, stockton education education coalition and Visionary home builders Board member, Be Smooth Inc. Board member as well as several other partnerships she is involved with. Jasmine will continue to dedicate her time and heart to uplift , empower and equip the future generation to reach their highest potential. She recently had been awarded in 2018 the Key to City from Mayor Michael Tubbs and was presented with a Mural dedication of her work in April 2018.
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner is the co-founder and Executive Director of MomsRising, an organization with over a million members across the nation working to increase economic security security, decrease discrimination, and to build a nation where everyone can thrive. She is also a frequent public speaker, radio host, and an award-winning author. Her most recent book is Keep Marching: How Every Woman Can Take Action and Change Our World. She has also been published and featured in numerous outlets, including: Politico, USA Today, TIME, Salon, The Guardian, CNN, MSNBC, the Washington Post, and HuffPost.
Mark Squire came to California in the late 60s as an idealistic 17-year-old food activist. His conviction that we needed to change our agriculture away from pesticide dependence and our diets back to a more natural one lead him to Good Earth Natural Foods where he has worked continually for the last 48 years.
When Good Earth began in 1969 the concept of a Natural Food store was a new one and the number of organic farms in California could be counted on one hand. Good Earth became a leader in developing this new organic market.
As studies are now showing that Organic food production is quantitatively better for our health, Good Earth’s early food idealism is daily being proven to be a very practical solution to the health crisis our communities face. Since Agriculture is one of the top polluting industries on the planet, and organic agriculture has proved that we can “just say no to pesticides”, organics is one of the great environmental success stories of our time as well. Good Earth’s early commitment to making that vision real led Mark to start working with the early pioneers of organic farming during the 80s. Together they created California Certified Organic Farmers, which developed the first standards for organic farming, standards that still form the foundation of our USDA National organic program. During the 90s Mark served on the board of directors of OCIA, which at that time was the largest organic certifier worldwide and which developed organic standards for organic processing.
Always vigilant to keep sustainability real and to protect local food systems, Good Earth was the hub of Marin's 2004 voter initiative, which banned the cultivation of Genetically Modified Crops in Marin and passed with 61% of the vote. Mark also served on the steering committee of California's Prop 37 which would have required the labeling of food products containing GMOs and lost at the polls by only a percent and a half.
Mark and his Good Earth partner Al Baylacq created Good Earth’s School lunch program which is one of the first in the country and to date has served over a million Organic Lunches to Marin kids.
Mark served on the Board of the Non-GMO Project for Ten years ending this year and is currently on the Board of the Organic Trade Association. For the last 2 years he is also part of a mixed farming operation, Tara Firma farms, in Petaluma Ca managing crops and learning about soil health first hand.
Valerie Spencer has worked in the arena of Social Services, focusing on health disparities as it relates to Transgender persons and others within LGBT communities for over two decades (that’s 20 + years folks). Over time she has worked with the federal government, health departments, universities, conferences and community based organizations around the country ranging from capacity building training, national advocacy consultation, and of course those key note addresses she is famous for. The directive she gives herself is simple, to make the complex comprehensive.
Valerie co-stared in the 2004 V-Day production of, “The Vagina Monologues”, featuring an all Trans-Women cast and the accompanying documentary, “Beautiful Daughters”, which aired on LOGO and Showtime networks. She has also been a re-occuring character in the Amazon Primes Emmy award winning show, “Transparent” and a featured consultant in the movie, “Life is hot in cracktown”, starting Karry Washington.
In 2011 Christopher Street West (CSW) – LA Gay Pride honored Valerie with the prestigious Berman Shaffer award, given for her years of community service in progressive action. In this same year the California Legislative LGBT caucus conferred upon her a state resolution recognizing her as a statewide and national leader in the movement for LGBT political and social freedoms.
She is the creator of Holistic Empowerment Institute, an organization which merges spirituality with behavioral health and community engagement, addressing empowerment on a social, cultural and holistic basis for LGBT communities.
Valerie is a national speaker for Merck Pharmaceuticals conducting programs on issues affecting Transgender communities. She the former the Director of Behavioral Health at TruEvolution, a social justice non-profit organization based in Riverside California. Currently she works as a behavioral health therapist at APAIT in both Orange County and Los Angeles. Valerie complained her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Antioch University and Masters of Social Work from California State University Long Beach. Her post graduate doctoral studies focus on Holistic Psychology. She is also completing seminary studies at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary. "Re-creating myself into the Holistic Mental Health Practitioner/Healer is the vision for my life!”
Matt Nelson is the Colombian-born, Midwestern-raised Executive Director of Presente.org—the nation’s largest online Latinx organizing group; advancing social justice with technology, media, and culture. Before his work at Presente.org, Matt was the Organizing Director at ColorOfChange.org and co-founded several worker-owned cooperatives in multiple midwestern cities. He is a seasoned campaign strategist who has won dozens of local and national campaigns and a skilled community organizer who has trained thousands of activists. He was recently featured in the first major book on the Ferguson Uprising, entitled, ""Ferguson is America: Roots of Rebellion"", FergusonAmerica.com. He also contributed to the book, “Welcome to the Revolution: Universalizing Resistance for Social Justice and Democracy in Perilous Times“ and is the co-author of an upcoming book focused on Latinx power and movement building.
Agriculture Dept Professor, Cal State University Chico
Fernando is a young Mexican political organizer, Climate Reality Leader & Mentor, television host and environmental justice advocate in Vancouver, Canada. His work centres around bridging divides and bringing immigrant, minority and frontline voices like his own to the forefront of the climate action debate. Fernando’s experience is mainly in electoral politics where he has led ground operations for a variety of campaigns at the national, provincial and municipal level. He serves on steering committees and councils for various political and environmental organizations, including The National Council for Earth Guardians, who he is representing here at the Global Climate Action Summit today. Earth Guardians seeks to amplify diverse young voices from different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds worldwide to speak up and advocate for environmental justice and prosperity in their communities. Fernando is currently one of the youth leads in an Earth Guardians’ initiative called WeRiseWeVote, a social media campaign trying to increase turnout amongst young, environmentally aware voters for the US Midterm Elections.
State & Local Policy Manager, Indivisible
Executive Director, 350.org