Jay Markert (“Jay Ma”)

Jay is a regenerative design consultant, educator, permaculture teacher, community organizer, event producer, and social entrepreneur. Jay works with organizations, businesses and communities designing, organizing, and facilitating projects, trainings, events, and initiatives for personal, ecological and social transformation in the United States and internationally. His design project management and implementation experience includes numerous local projects in his home bioregion in the San Francisco Bay Area & Northern California, nationally across the U.S., and internationally in India, Africa, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico, Ecuador, Hawaii, Canada, England & Australia.

Jay is the Founder and Director of programs at Living Mandala – and has co-produced or facilitated over 100 educational programs, conferences and community development projects for over 15 years with many different organizations, and has co-lead 10 Permaculture Design Courses. Jay is the director of Sustainability Education & Events at Empowerment Works – a global sustainability think tank in action dedicated to the advancement of whole-system, locally-led solutions for a thriving world. Jay is also the co-producer and production manager of the Building Resilient Communities Convergence, and was co-producer and production manager of The Global Summit IV: Women, Power, Money, & Politics in 2014.

Jay received his first Permaculture Design Certificate in 2001, received a B.S. through New College of California in Culture, Ecology, and Sustainable Community with a concentration in Eco-Dwelling & Natural Building in 2005, and is a Master’s Candidate at Gaia University in Integrative Eco-Social Design. Jay is a two-time graduate of the pioneering two-year training intensive in Regenerative Design & Nature Awareness “(RDNA)” through the Regenerative Design Institute. Jay is also a fire walk instructor through Sundoor International, and is passionate about renewing Rites of Passage experiential programs for people of all ages. Jay is a skilled community organizer as well as an engaging educator passionate about sustainability, nature connection, social entrepreneurship, and creating a culture of human beings living harmoniously with each other and the environment. More information on Jay Ma can be found on his Linkedin Profile.