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.
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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.