Born in Los Angeles, Kim Anno is a painter, photographer, and film/video artist whose work has been exhibited, collected and screened by museums and galleries nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions and screenings at the Goethe Institute, Johannesburg, the Asian Art Museum, SF, Windows Project, Atlanta, 14th Annual New Media Festival, Seoul, Korea, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, SF, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, Tarrant Gallery, Fort Worth, TX, among others. Anno has had exhibitions at the Durban Municipal Gallery, South Africa. Flux Projects, Atlanta, Sky Dive Gallery, Houston, Seeline Gallery in Los Angeles, Sue Scott Gallery, Site Santa Fe Biennale: One Night Stand in New Mexico, the Varnosi Museum in Hungary, Abron Arts Center, Brooklyn, DC Dusseldorf International Expo, Pulse, Miami, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Denison University Museum, Hyde Collection, Oakland Museum.
Anno is a recipient of the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Purchase Award for SFMOMA, and Honolulu Academy of Art and the Eureka Foundation’s Fleishhaker Fellowship. In 2012-15 the Zellerbach Foundation, the Open Circle Foundation, Berkeley Film Foundation, California College of the Arts awarded her fellowships, in support of her film, Water City, Berkeley, which premiered December 2013. She is directing the film: 90 Miles From Paradise: Key West/Havana. She is also making a documentary: The LGBT Movement in Cuba. Her painting project: Peaceable Kingdom, is being exhibited at Art Market, SF. Her recent interests and expertise has been in the intersection of art and science, including aesthetic and political issues surrounding climate change. In 2015 Anno and poet Anne Carson published a limited edition artists’ book at St. Ben’s literary press, The Albertine Work Out. In May, 2016 Kim Anno’s photography, and adaptation of Dante’s Purgatorio will be published in Art Papers Magazine. Kim Anno is a professor at the California College of the Arts.
Rob is a Manager of Client Services at The Raben Group and brings his creative and
data-oriented approach to our firm’s client work. Rob is also a leader in the firm’s Inclusion practice, particularly as he manages the groundbreaking environmental diversity initiative, Green 2.0. Rob has helped corporations, foundations, and advocacy organizations develop strategies to ensure their workforces and products represent a diversity of thought and experiences.
Prior to joining The Raben Group, Rob served as the Western Director at FWD.us. During his tenure, he worked with teams in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Austin to galvanize tech CEOs and entrepreneurs around immigration reform. From the campaign trail to the boardroom, Rob has leveraged stories to help shape national narratives. An avid storyteller himself, Rob firmly believes in the power of stories to ignite change.
Kay Cuajunco is the Communications Associate at the California Environmental Justice Alliance where she works to uplift the voices and solutions of communities on the frontline of struggles for environmental justice across the state whose leadership paves the way for healthy and resilient communities for us all. She is deeply committed to reclaiming her connection to the land as a granddaughter of rice farmers in the Philippines. Her passion for environmental justice is inspired by both this and her upbringing in the shadows of pollutive military facilities in National City, CA where she first experienced the realities of urban inequalities and environmental racism.
While pursuing her masters at San Francisco State University, she was a Green Your City Fellow at Bay Localize where she worked on media and communications for urban agriculture and local clean energy campaigns in Oakland. She has also organized with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers on the Campaign for Fair Food as a national steering committee member of the Student Farmworker Alliance. Currently she is a creative resistance trainer with The Ruckus Society, a filmmaker with Survival Media Agency, and creative director of Kalayaan Films. Her films have screened nationally at the Queer Women of Color Film Festival, Seattle Asian American Film Festival, San Francisco Green Film Festival, and the Allied Media Conference in Detroit.
A longstanding passion for clean energy, community organizing, mindful restorative resource management & leaving a better legacy for successor generations than our current collective environmental & climate morass – John strongly believes in upholding social sustainability by bringing colorful, witty whimsical energy into unsuspecting professional settings as a lighthearted reminder that we are humans being, not just humans doing. By day, he helps hook up renewable energy to the grid. By night, a wicked dancer, aspiring musician & a darn good cook. John wants all high school students to have access to green career opportunities and education & is involved in projects helping youth connect the career dots.
I’m Shehreen Johnson and I am very excited to be a part of this amazing board. I look forward to mobilizing our community in the pursuit of a Fab planet and I’m excited to learn more in the process. I was born in Bangladesh and moved to the States when I was four. I returned for a visit one summer and was immediately struck by the beauty and sadness- beauty of the people and surroundings, and sadness for the same. The wealth inequity was alarming and a shock to my eleven year old self. Up until that point, I assumed everyone had food and shelter. The experience taught me the significance of waste and instilled a strong sense of justice. Those principles guide me to this day by motivating me to do what I can to lessen my footprint, heal the planet and improve livelihoods.
Serendipitously, I obtained a BSE in Industrial & Systems Design Engineering and years later, an MBA in Sustainable Business. My background and experience is mostly in the corporate sector doing strategic business planning and operations management. I believe in the power of business to drive positive social change. My personal passions are around economic empowerment & inclusion and sustainable livelihood development.
I currently live in Seattle and when it’s not raining, you can find me on the lake paddle boarding, rowing or motoring a tiny boat.
Lindi von Mutius is the Director of Program Management at the Environmental Defense Fund in San Francisco. In that role, she serves as the chief of staff to EDF’s Executive Director. New to San Francisco, Lindi previous worked as the Director of Legal and Government Affairs for the Representative of German Industry and Trade in Washington, DC. As a native of Germany, Lindi enjoyed using her years as a corporate litigation attorney and time on the Hill to advocate for the interests of German companies in various industries. However, Lindi’s passion has always been environmental work. She earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies and History from Williams College, writing her honors thesis on the development of the German forestry service, and how they in turn trained Gifford Pinchot. After spending time working on World Bank Mediterranean Environmental Technology Assistance Program grants in Cairo, Egypt, Lindi returned to compete a M.A. in Environmental Management at Harvard University, magna cum laude, and then attended Vermont Law School where she received the Black Law Students Association Award for Distinguished Service. In her free time, Lindi enjoys kayaking and hiking, as well as learning how to paint and play the viola.
Renee Rivera joined Bike East Bay in 2011 as executive director, after many years as a volunteer, board member, and most recently acting executive director at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Renee has a background in non-profit financial management and administration, and worked for many years at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Her position as executive director at Bike East Bay allows her to bring her management, financial, and administrative experience to bear on her passion for bicycling and bicycle advocacy. Renee also serves on the boards of the East Bay Meditation Center and Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
The Rev. Will Scott is an ordained minister with over 10 years of experience working in multicultural and interfaith contexts, serving large and small congregations in both urban and suburban settings. Most recently as Vicar of St. Cyprian’s Church in San Francisco, Will’s leadership inspired greater neighborhood engagement, water conservation, energy efficiency, and collaborative partnerships. He is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock and holds a M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary. As part of an interfaith marriage and a family with diverse religious and spiritual practices, he is committed to emboldening the witness of people and communities of all faiths for a healthier planet.
Nicole Seymour is Assistant Professor of English at California State University, Fullerton and was previously a fellow in residence (2013-14) at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, Germany. Her first book, Strange Natures: Futurity, Empathy, and the Queer Ecological Imagination (2013, University of Illinois Press), has helped inaugurate the growing field of queer ecology. It won the Scholarly Book Award from the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment in 2015. Nicole is currently working on her second book project, Bad Environmentalism, which draws attention to ironic, irreverent, and playful environmentalisms in contemporary Western culture.
A Metro-Detroit native, Madeline first became passionate about environmental justice while witnessing water shutoffs in the Detroit area. She received her Bachelors in Sociology from the University of Michigan Honors College and her JD from the George Washington University Law School.
Madeline joined CRPE in 2012 as the inaugural Luke Cole Memorial Fellow. Currently she leads CRPE’s Civil Rights campaign and Central Valley anti-fracking work. Her litigation focus areas include Title VI, climate change, and the intersection of environmental and racial justice.
She serves on the Environmental Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change, Californians Against Fracking Steering Committee and the Bay Area Rapid Transit Title VI and Environmental Justice Advisory Committee. She also writes an environmental justice blog on her work entitled, “Our People, Our Communities, Our Environment.” She is admitted to practice law in California, is published in the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law with a piece on the Native Village of Kivalina entitled Fighting for Home in the Melting and has appeared as a fracking legal expert on Al Jazeera America numerous times.
In her leisure time, Madeline enjoys riding her bike, playing outside, cooking and eating beans of all kinds.
A former professional ballerina, as well as an experienced advocate and facilitator, Whitney brings poise, discipline, and attention to detail to all her work at The Raben Group, and particularly as she helms the groundbreaking environmental diversity initiative Green 2.0.
Whitney brings people, organizations, and groups together to achieve their goals. She has worked on several environmental issues from oceans and fisheries to national parks because she is passionate about our planet, its resources and the people who will live on it for years to come. Before coming to the Raben Group, Whitney worked on several political campaigns at Environmental Defense Fund’s Oceans Program, built long-term partnerships with universities, and established clear and measurable diversity metrics for National Parks Conservation Association. She is able to identify systemic opportunities and challenges, craft sustainable solutions, and then implement them for organizations.
Whitney earned her bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and a law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law, where she won the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Commercial Mediation Competition in Paris, France. She lives in Washington, DC with her family.
Nancy C. Unger
Nancy C. Unger’s work at the intersections of environment, society, and identity includes the 2102 book Beyond Nature’s Housekeepers: American Women in Environmental History (a California Book Award finalist), and the essays “Teaching ‘Straight’ Gay and Lesbian History,” and “From Jook Joints to Sisterspace: The Role of Nature in Lesbian Alternative Environments in the United States.”
She is Professor of History at Santa Clara University, where she began teaching “Lesbians and Gays in U.S. History” in 2004. A sample class can be viewed on C-SPAN. Nancy is the author of the prize-winning biography Fighting Bob La Follette: The Righteous Reformer. Her latest book is Belle La Follette: Progressive Era Reformer.
Nancy’s op-eds applying the lessons of the past to the present have appeared in dozens of newspapers across North America, including the Chicago Sun-Times, Miami Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, Kansas City Star, and websites including the CNN.com homepage. Her radio appearances include National Public Radio, KQED, Wisconsin Public Radio, Talking History, Voice of America, and AIR AMERICA, and she has worked as a consultant for PBS. She speaks every year on the progressive tradition at the Fighting Bob Fest in Wisconsin, and has made multiple appearances as a featured speaker at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco.
Bill is the founding Principal of Urban Fabrick Inc., a sustainability consulting and communications firm based in San Francisco. For over 20 years, he has balanced policy development with professional and public advocacy, practice experience, industry research and peer-to-peer education. Bill served as a member of San Francisco’s Green Building Task Force resulting in the city’s Green Building Ordinance, winner of the first World Green Building Council Government Leadership Award in 2011. From 2010 to 2012, Bill represented his profession as the AIA’s National Director and Resource Architect for Sustainability and was a member of the LEED v4 Implementation Advisory Committee. In 2013 Bill was elevated to the AIA’s College of Fellows. Bill and his husband, Kyle Pickett, also own Frisco Disco Events and produce AFTERSHOCK, the official After Hours of Folsom Street Fair, every year.
Tamara Zakim is an associate attorney with Earthjustice, the nation’s largest nonprofit environmental law firm. A member of Earthjustice’s California regional office, Tamara enforces and defends environmental laws in federal and state courts, pro bono, on behalf of environmental organizations, community groups and other nonprofit clients. Tamara litigates to protect public lands, water and wildlife, defend impacted communities from industry pollution, advance clean energy, and combat climate change.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Pomona College in 2003, and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2010. Prior to joining Earthjustice, Tamara was an attorney with a national law firm in its New York City and San Francisco offices.
Tamara is a board member and former co-chair of Pride Law Fund, a non-profit that provides funding to new leaders and civil rights lawyers in the LGBT and HIV/AIDS communities. She lives in Oakland, California.