2015 Speakers & Workshop Presenters

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Aaron Lehmer-Chang

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Aaron is the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of House Kombucha, a community-based startup. He also co-founded Bay Localize, a local …

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Al Weinrub is Coordinator of the Local Clean Energy Alliance (LCEA), the Bay Area’s largest clean energy coalition. The LCEA, …

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Alejandra Liora Adler

Liora (Alejandra Liora Adler) has been active in the field of social permaculture, with a focus on community and event …

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Alfonso Jaramillo

Alfonso Jaramillo is co-founder of Drought Smart, a Bay Area rainwater catchment and greywater re-use systems worker-owned cooperative. Alfonso has …

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Alison Wood

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Alison Wood is a mother, student, community herbalist and devoteé of the wild. She is passionate about sustainable, off-the-grid community …

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Alli Chagi-Starr

Alli Chagi-Starr is a creative change maker, alliance builder and cultural organizer. She is the Director of ArtiVISTA Productions and …

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Amber Bieg

Amber is a philosopher-inventor-ecogeek with a passion for ethical finance and a mission to create a thriving future for everyone. …

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Andrej Loncar

Andrej Loncar

Andrej Loncar works with groups, individuals, organizations, and families on the discovery of the complex function systems of the divine …

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Andrew Langford

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Andrew Langford is the co-president Of Gaia University. Andrew is an unusualist, a possibilist and a lover of small-scale living …

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Annahata Combi

Annahata Combi is an artist, yoga teacher, herbalist, filmmaker, permaculturalist and aspiring musician who grew up in in a international …

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Antonio Roman-Alcalá

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Antonio is a dedicated student and teacher of urban sustainability, working primarily in agriculture, food systems, and social justice-driven community organizing.  His …

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Ayako Nagano

Ayako Nagano is an attorney, entrepreneur and a community organizer. Ayako is a frequent volunteer at Transition Berkeley and the …

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Aysha Massell

Aysha Massell, MS in Environmental Engineering, is co-founder of Drought Smart, a worker-owned cooperative focusing on  affordable water reuse and …

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Betsy Morris

Betsy Morris

Betsy Morris, PhD, is founder/CEO of Planning for Sustainable Communities. She has been a regional and community economic development planner, …

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Bonnie Borucki

Bonnie Borucki has been a member of Transition Berkeley since 2011 and active in helping to organize crop swaps, movie …

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Brandi Mack

Brandi Mack

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Brandi Mack is a mother, holistic health educator, therapeutic massage therapist, and permaculture designer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in …

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Brock Dolman

Brock Dolman

Brock Dolman is nationally recognized as a leading permaculture educator and innovative design consultant. He is co-­founder and program director …

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Bryant Terry

Bryant Terry is a 2015 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award-winning chef, educator, and author renowned for his activism to create …

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Calgary Brown

Calgary manages innovative shared spaces and builds ecosystems where communities can flourish. She is currently the Operations Manager at Impact …

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Cameron Meeks

Cameron Meeks is the founder of Myriad Mycology LLC and director of current operations. Cameron presently manages 2 fungal sterile …

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ChoQosh Auh’Ho’Oh

ChoQosh Auh’Ho’Oh was named by the Seneca and Chumash elders. She is herself an elder of Coastal Native Indian descent. …

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Christina Oatfield

Christina Oatfield is the Policy Director at the Sustainable Economies Law Center where she works with a diverse array of …

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Colin Miller

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Colin is the Co-Director for Bay Localize co-leading organizational management and development, and managing programs of the Local Clean Energy …

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Corrine L. Van Hook

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Corrine is the Co-Director for Bay Localize co-leading organizational management and development. She also manages communications and outreach. As a …

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Delia Carroll

Conceived in Pennsylvania, born in California, Delia Carroll is a hardy pioneer species deeply rooted in the soil of Bay …

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Don Tipping

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Don Tipping has been offering hands on, practical workshops at Seven Seeds Farm since 1997. We are a small, organic …

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Doria Robinson

Doria Robinson is 3rd generation resident of Richmond, California and the Executive Director of Urban Tilth, a community based organization …

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Dr Chong Kee Tan

Dr Chong Kee Tan started life as an academic. He had taught at Stanford and National University of Singapore.  After …

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Effie Rawlings

Effie Rawlings was born in California and moved to her family’s seed corn farm in Illinois as a child, just …

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Elaine Pendergrast

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Elaine is a Staff Instructor at the Breema Center in Oakland and has benefited from practicing Breema for 24 years. …

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Erik Ohlsen

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Erik is the Executive Director of the Permaculture Skills Center, a vocational training school which offers advanced training in ecological design, …

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Fyodor Ovchinnikov

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Fyodor is a co-founder of the Institute for Evolutionary Leadership. As participatory process designer, consultant, and facilitator he worked with …

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Gavin Raders

Gavin Raders is a co-founder and Executive Director of Planting Justice, a social justice activist, and a permacuture demonstrator/teacher. He …

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Gerardo Ruiz Smith

Gerardo works as a permaculture consultant and educator through Mexico and Latin America. For the last 5 years he has …

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Haleh Zandi

Haleh Zandi is a co-founder and the Educational Director of Planting Justice. Her approach towards the food justice movement particularly …

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Jamie Edmonds

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Jamie Edmonds wants to live in a world where humanity lives gently and sustainably on this pale blue dot in …

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Jan Spencer

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Jan Spencer took his PDC in 1991 in Austin, Texas. He moved to Eugene in 1992. From the start in …

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Jasmine Fuego

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Jasmine Fuego is a Bay Area based performance artist and social permaculture community organizer. In 2014, Fuego co-founded the Permaculture …

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Jeanette Acosta

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Jeanette Acosta serves the Land & the Peoples with her participation in numerous committees and groups, including a growing emphasis …

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Jingtian Yu

JT has lived in four different intentional communities for the past 11 years – Santa Barbara Student Housing Co-op (Biko, …

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Joel Glanzberg

Joel Glanzberg

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Joel is a teacher and tracker of patterns in landscapes of all sorts. His early work of his thirty years …

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Joel Salatin

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Joel Salatin, 57, is a full-time farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. A third generation alternative farmer, he returned to the …

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John Valenzuela

John Valenzuela is a horticulturist, consultant and educator specializing in productive perennial polycultures, with an emphasis on fruit and nut …

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José Corona

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José is the Director of Equity and Strategic Partnerships under Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. In this role, José serves as senior advisor …

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Joshua Chambers

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Joshua Chambers is passionate about permaculture. After years of self-study, he completed a PDC in 2010 and has since then …

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Judy Hoaglund

Judy Hoaglund

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Judy Hoaglund has studied and practiced shamanic arts with indigenous 
teachers in North, Central and South America for more than …

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Julian Mocine-McQueen

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Julian serves as Director of Education and Outreach for Green For All. His career is fueled by a strong belief …

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Juliana Birnbaum

Trained as a cultural anthropologist and skilled in four languages, Juliana has published about social and environmental justice in a variety of …

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Karmendra Rossy

Karmendra Rossy

Karmendra Rossy is owner of Nucleus Permaculture, an Ecological Landscape Design Build Company, located in West Sonoma County and is …

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Kat Steele

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Kat Steele is a permaculture activist, designer, educator and founder of the Urban Permaculture Guild in Oakland, CA. She facilitates …

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Katrina Zavalney

Katrina Zavalney

Katrina consults with non-profits, businesses and governments to become more efficient and effective in upholding their mission. She has a …

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Keba Konte

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Keba Armand Konte was born and raised in San Francisco, has been in Oakland as long. He is an artist, food …

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Kellen Watson

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Kellen works with Daily Acts and municipal governments to bring permaculture ideas to the world at large, using local water …

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Kelly Carlisle

Kelly Carlisle

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Kelly Carlisle, Founder and Executive Director of Acta Non Verba, is a veteran of the United States Navy and has …

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Ken Foster

Ken Foster was born in the sixties and raised by Quaker parents. Ken is a native of Santa Cruz, California. …

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Kerry Brady

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Kerry Brady, MA, SEP, supports others in awakening to an embodied recognition of our essential nature and inherent place within …

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Kevin Bayuk

Kevin Bayuk

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Kevin Bayuk works at the intersection of ecology and economy where permaculture design meets cooperative organizations intent on meeting human …

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LeeAnn Mallorie

LeeAnn Mallorie

LeeAnn Mallorie, CEO of Leading in Motion, is a dynamic facilitator of movement, conversation and culture change. Her passion is …

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Lesley Moore

Lesley Moore (MBA, MSW, PDC) is a strategic planner, writer, consultant, educator and facilitator with 15+ years experience as a …

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Lilly Fogelman

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Lilly has worked in almost every facet of the Real Estate Industry. Beginning as a transaction coordinator in residential real …

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Lindsay Dailey

Lindsay Dailey

Lindsay is passionate about connecting people to nature and brings her broad experience in curriculum development, program management, and ecological …

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Lindsey Morriss

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Lindsey Uluwehimailani Morriss is on a mission to ignite embodied awakening and effective group collaboration focused on evolving our selves …

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Magenta

Magenta is an artist, healer, and systems engineer. She is the Executive Director of the Evolver Network, an open-source community …

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Maria Owl Gutierrez

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Maria Owl Gutierrez is the founder and director of Sacred Future School and the certification program in Nature Therapy & …

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Marisha Auerbach

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Marisha Auerbach is a permaculture teacher and consultant based in Portland, OR.  She has been actively practicing, studying, and teaching …

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Marissa Mommaerts

Marissa Mommaerts is Director of Programs and REconomy Project lead for Transition US, part of the international Transition Network. Marissa …

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Mateo Nube

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Mateo was born and grew up in La Paz, Bolivia. Since moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, he has …

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Max Meyers

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Maximillian Meyers is an Ecological Designer, Permaculture Teacher, Commercial Aquaponic System Designer/Installer, Rainwater and Greywater System specialist, Farmer and the …

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Melanie St. James

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Recently returned from medicine exploration in Zimbabwe, Melanie St. James was first inspired in 1999 by the culturally rich animist …

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Miguel “Cobalot” Elliott

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Miguel Elliott, knighted as “Sir Cobalot” has been leading cob workshops, teaching in schools, and running his business Living Earth …

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Nashelley Kaplan-Dailey

Nashelley graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2013 where she focused on California Water Law. …

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Nikki Silvestri

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Over the last ten years, Nikki has been a thought leader in creating social equity for underrepresented populations in food …

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