Jim Anstey


I am fascinated by the interaction of business, creativity and trends. I moved to the US from London 20 years ago with the advertising firm Saatchi & Saatchi. Since then I have co-founded and led various innovation divisions for WPP, Omnicom and MDC Partners.

My clients have included beverages, airlines, fashion & luxury brands, entertainment properties, retailers, conglomerates like GE and small tech start-ups.

I have spent sometime on the client side, leading the marketing and e-commerce for Brazilian footwear brand Havaianas. During my tenure, Fast Company were kind enough to list us as one of the top 100 most creative brands.

I am currently a partner at a marketing consultancy called Velo developing an edible cannabis brand and other fun storytelling focused projects. I care deeply about the environment, so spend time providing marketing consulting for Go Green Brooklyn, a digital hub to encourage Brooklynites to take action within their community.

Randy Baker

Randy Baker MD received a degree in Biology from Stanford University and a Medical Degree from the University of Michigan, where he also completed a residency in Family Practice. He also completed a 4-year postgraduate training at the Hahnemann College of Homeopathy. In 1988 he founded the Pacific Center For Integral Health in Soquel, CA.

He is a founding Diplomate of  the American Board of Holistic Medicine. He has a special interest in the role of environmental toxins in health. He specializes in preventive medicine and treating chronic complex medical problems.

The website HealthTap has given him their Top Holistic Medicine Practitioner in the US award in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

John Perry Barlow


John Perry Barlow (born October 3, 1947) is an American poet and essayist, a retired Wyoming cattle rancher, and a cyberlibertarian political activist who has been associated with both the Democratic and Republican parties. He is also a former lyricist for the Grateful Dead and a founding member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Freedom of the Press Foundation.

As of 2016, he is a Fellow Emeritus at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, where he has maintained an affiliation since 1998. He has been identified by Time magazine as one of the “School of Rock: 10 Supersmart Musicians.”

Lauren Berlekamp


Lauren Berlekamp is the National Event Coordinator for Hemp History Week, a campaign collaboration between Vote Hemp, the Hemp Industries Association and leaders of the hemp industry. She also serves on the Hemp Industries Association Cannabinoid Committee.

Based in Northern Ohio, she has worked as a community organizer and networking systems research consultant for “Buy Local” economic reciprocation campaigns; food safety production and preparation; urban food desert reconciliation; water and soil remediation; cannabis policy reform; diet-based health and wellness programs; healing arts; and sustainable business promotion.

Lauren graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2008 with a Bachelors of Arts in Journalism, with a focus in Public Relations and Independent Media Communications; minoring in Popular Culture. Lauren has written curriculum for classroom gardening programs, such as Veggie U, to target the childhood diabetes epidemic and has consulted on urban gardening programs to reduce criminal recidivism. She worked through a USDA sustainable food systems grant organizing farmers in Northeast Ohio to bring healthy local food options to urban areas, 2011-2012.

Lauren is also certified in Permaculture and Hemp Building.

Charlotte E Binns


Charlotte E Binns is a social entrepreneur with a passion for community-building, marketing, and fundraising for social enterprises and nonprofits. In 2014, she successfully sold a SaaS platform which was one of the original 13 to become a Benefit Corporation in the state of NY. Last year, Charlotte worked with enterprise nonprofits and progressive companies at Blue State Digital, to use technology for effective community-mobilization. More recently, Charlotte has won close to $500,000 in grants for local community greening efforts and lives to organize and engage the community around sustainability.

Charlotte has spoken on numerous panels and presented at a variety of conferences including: BBCon “Accessorize and Extend Your Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Website,” the NY Film Festival “Transmedia Storytelling and Documentary Film,” the European CSR Online Awards Seminar, Columbia University “Leading Trends in Digital Philanthropy,” Techweek 2012 “Women Tech Leaders Who Are Changing the World,” and the Social Venture Network “Social Media Driving the Future of Business.”

Ray Boyle


Ray has spent the past eight years in operations and development for West Coast cultural organizations, creating opportunities for millions to experience the transformative power of art in public space.

As co-founder of Our City Network, Ray works with cities, non-profits, private sector industries, and native creatives to help transform the landscape of our built environment through participatory culture. She has been creating participatory experiences at the city-scale since 2010, transforming bridges into green lawns, billboards into contemporary art installations, and building large-scale interactive art pieces for thousands. Her work centers around the belief that by creating non-polarized spaces for shared experiences, we can help bridge the divide between us and “the other,” and ultimately design communities that are more inclusive, healthier, and happier.

Since founding Our City in Spring 2015, Ray has spoken at Hopscotch Design Festival, Design Museum SF, Code for America Summit, and AIASF on the role of Public Design in reimagining and building the future of our cities. She is currently working with Georgia Tech, City of Atlanta, Hopscotch Design Festival, City of Oakland, KaBoom, Museum of Design Atlanta, and many more on bringing art, design, and play into the built environment and helping to make our cities better, together.

She has been an adviser and consultant to multiple arts organizations, maker communities, and singularly spectacular art interventions. Project and organizational partners include American Steel Studios, Bay Bridge Steel Project, YBCA, SF Planning, Oakland Makers, 25th Street Art Collective, Art City Project, Market Street Prototyping Festival, ReAllocate, Communitere, Burning Man, ADX Maker Studios, PDX Ad Federation, Right Brain Initiative, and many more.

Josiah Cain


Execution of a wide variety of ecological design applications, including food systems, green roofs, living walls, rainwater harvesting, graywater, blackwater, biofiltration and habitat restoration…for a variety of clients including civic, institutional, commercial, and residential…at a variety of scales including chicken coops, landscape design, organic farm master planning, campus, high rise, mixed use redevelopment, and district infrastructure.

Specialties: Consultation, Assessment, Design, & Engineering of integrated ecological site and building processes. Primary focus on vegetated architectural systems, ecological systems integration, and site water process.

Robert Caughlan


Environmentalist/Crusader for the Oceans – President of Surfrider Asscoation-

Chip Comins


Chip Comins is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of the American Renewable Energy Institute, (AREI, Inc), Founder of the AREDAY Summit, Expo and IMPACT FILM, Managing Director of American Spirit Productions, Managing Director of W Energy, LLC., Co-Founder of Green Girl Minute and Partner in S&C Capital, LLC. He has produced and directed both long and short form documentary films for educational and broadcast television markets, including The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, DOE Wind Powering America, PBS, Link TV, BET and Discovery Networks.

A long-time advocate of developing and implementing renewable energy resources to abate green house gases and climate change, Comins encourages a business approach to solving both the economic and environmental crisis. In 2009 he produced 13 official side events at the UNFCCC COP 15 in Copenhagen and produced the 11th Anniversary AREDAY Summit “Accelerating Solutions for The Great Transition” featuring President Jimmy Carter. He is Associate Producer on the new film Racing Extinction.

Dehran Duckworth


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Susan Spinrad Esterly


I am a San Francisco Bay Area Psychologist, lucky to have had the work of creating meaningful experiences and magical moments with others – guiding individuals who strive to be their best selves, supporting musicians, performers and those in high-stakes situations, conducting research on depression, ADHD, agoraphobia, and substance abuse treatment at Stanford, UCLA, and the VA, serving on the faculty of the Masters in Counseling Psychology program at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, and collaborating with organizations and teams to encourage inspiring, nourishing, and creative cultures. To pay it forward, I provide free psychotherapy services to current and former foster youth for the local non-profit organization, A Home Within. My long-time rock & roll compadres and I meet up weekly at our San Jose studio to feel the real and find the flow.

Here’s a link to some demos and live recordings: LINK

I’m a Social subtype Seven on the Enneagram. If you don’t know what that means, feel free to ask me about it sometime.

Michael Fried


I founded Planet Earth Arts two years ago (2014) with Vinit Allen of the Sustainable World Coalition to raise awareness and inspire action on behalf of the future of all life

as we know it, through the transformative power of the arts and human creativity. We created Planet Earth Arts as an interdisciplinary collaborative undertaking bringing

together artists in a partnership with scientists, humanists, public policy leaders, universities and non-profit organizations to explore the most urgent environmental issues of our times.

We launched in 2014 – 2015 with a pilot Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival in the Bay Area and have now expanded to Los Angeles and forged a partnership with Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. We forged collaborations and are doing residencies with two of the world’s greatest research universities – Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley and are working closely with their distinguished faculty and actively engaging with their students as the future leaders and agents of change in our society. Last year we inspired and won the support of the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation.

This year Planet Earth Arts has been exploring Water as the source and sustenance of all life in all of its myriad manifestations. 60 playwrights in the Bay Area and Los Angeles wrote short plays and we subsequently commissioned 5 playwrights to develop the short plays into full-length works. In cooperation with Lincoln Center in New York we brought a dance company from Madrid Spain and presented the West Coast Premiere of a stunning dance theater piece on whales and dolphins « The Sacrifice of Giants ».

Joshua Fouts


Joshua Sheridan Fouts is a globally recognized media innovator and social entrepreneur known for his visionary work paving new inroads for meaningful understanding between cultures.

An anthropologist, artist and photographer, Joshua began his career in Washington, DC in the 1990s where he worked at the US State Department and began to experiment with new ways to use radio, television and Internet technology for cultural collaboration. He went on to launch two first-of-their-kind think tanks focused on digital media innovation and cultural relations at the USC Annenberg School in Los Angeles where he founded the first-ever blog about digital journalism and later created a new master’s degree in public diplomacy.

During his 20-plus years career in international and cultural relations, Joshua has personally worked with the peoples of Malaysia, Africa, and indigenous tribes of the Amazon. He has led or directed various intellectual projects in collaboration with governments and universities in over 20 countries on the planet.

He is currently Executive Director for Bioneers || Collective Heritage Institute, a 26-year-old non-profit corporation with offices in San Francisco, California.

Joshua is a specialist in cultural and civic engagement, non-profit management, international partnerships, communications and public relations, corporate sponsorships including fundraising, foundation grants, nonprofit sector major donors, launching large and small organizations for social good. He has expertise in public policy, government, digital journalism, social networks, social good, major gifts, grants, philanthropy, grant making, foundations, government relations, board development, resource development, fund development, individual donors, nonprofit management, endowments, corporate social responsibility, and global communications in human and international development with an emphasis on Latin America and Brazil.

He is fluent in English and Brazilian Portuguese.

Peter Fiekowsky


Peter Fiekowsky is the founder of the Healthy Climate Project. He is a physicist and futurist and leads Citizens Climate Lobby’s Healthy Climate group and founded their “Team Oil” and 100-year plan groups.

He has 30 years’ experience as a citizen lobbyist for poverty and climate issues. He serves on the board of RePower Capital, an innovative renewables financing company and is president of a software company providing critical software for computer chip production. He holds 27 patents, and lives in Los Altos, the heart of Silicon Valley.

Peter Haase


Peter Haase, M.S. P.E., is Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technical Officer for Acqualogic, Inc. (AQL) and Principal Engineer for Fall Creek Engineering, Inc. AQL is a water technology and service company to the decentralized water sector, providing non-potable treatment and reuse technologies, innovative water storage solutions and ongoing servicing and technical support. AQL developed from his extensive career as Principal Engineer with Fall Creek Engineering, Inc. (FCE), a leading civil, environmental engineering firm specializing in water related sciences and engineering projects across the globe.

Peter is a Registered Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California with over 35 years of experience in civil, environmental, and water resources engineering and international development in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector. As a recognized leader in the field of decentralized water, wastewater and stormwater management, and low impact development, he is an expert in ecological engineering and constructed wetland treatment systems, presenting and conducting short courses at international conferences and participating on several technical advisory committees.

As the principal author of a technical note for the World Bank – Guide for Wastewater Management for Rural Villages in China, he has been a lead technical consultant to the Chinese Central Government’s New Socialist Countryside Project in Ningbo, China. He has completed a broad range of engineering design and planning studies throughout California, China, Mexico, Hawaii, Fiji, Honduras, Costa Rica, Grenadines (West Indies), Liberia, Rwanda, and Haiti and consults with the MASS Design Group and Partners in Health to develop appropriate water and wastewater treatment solutions for international healthcare facilities.

Peter holds a B.S. degree in Environmental Resource Engineering with an emphasis in water quality and ecological engineering practices and an M.S. degree in Environmental Systems with an emphasis in international development and technology. He is a member of the International Water Association, the Water Environment Federation, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the American Water Works Association. He resides with his wife and daughters in Santa Cruz, CA.

David Hodgson


I bring people together to co-create and accelerate the world-changing initiatives necessary to address the profound challenges of the 21st century.

Specialties: Weaving ecosystems, building meaningful relationships, expanding perspectives, convening profound conversations, sparking creativity, catalyzing co-creation.

Joshua Kagan


Joshua Kagan is the Senior Director of Business Development for CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital where he focuses on cultivating channel partnerships and structuring accretive transactions for commercial real estate owners. Prior to joining CleanFund, he ran the Carbon War Room’s global energy efficiency division which was focused on catalyzing private investment in scalable and replicable efficiency projects on three continents. Prior to the War Room, he was the Senior Analyst with the clean tech investment firm Atlas Capital Investments LLC and a Fellow with the Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development where he focused on efficiency platforms, advanced transportation systems, and distributed energy companies.

He has consulted for Gerson Lehrman Group as well as Greentech Media and has lectured on alternative energy economics at UC Berkeley. He was the sole author of “Third and Fourth-Generation Biofuels: Technologies, Markets, and Economics Through 2015” (Greentech Media) and lead author on “Raising the Roof: How to Create Climate Wealth Through Efficient Buildings” (Greentech Media) He has been both a New Leaders Council and Mitsui/Tomodachi Fellow. Joshua holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

Micheal Kleeman


Formerly a Vice President at The Boston Consulting Group, Director at Arthur D. Little, and executive at Sprint, Michael Kleeman has been involved with numerous technology companies in North America as advisor and executive. He has most recently served as the Co-founder, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Cometa Networks, a nationwide 802.11 firm, and before that Aerie Networks, a US nationwide long distance fiber optic carrier and was also the founding CTO of Global Telesystems Group.

Mr. Kleeman is currently at UCSD working with the School of International Relations and the California Institute of Telecommunications and Internet Technology (CALIT2) on communications policy, especially in large distributed networks and is a Senior Fellow at the Annenberg Center at USC. He is also an independent consultant working with global carriers and content service providers. This work is focused on end to end user experience and commercial opportunities.

He holds an MA from the Claremont Graduate School, and an undergraduate degree from Syracuse University. He serves as the National Chair of Strategy for the American Red Cross and on the Boards of Equal Access, a not-for-profit providing digital satellite radio services to developing nations and the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. Previously he was a visiting fellow at University of California Berkeley (BRIE) and a fellow of the BIOS Institute, a firm specializing in Complex Adaptive Systems, served on the founding advisory board for CALREN and served on the Board of Science Foundation Ireland.

Ravi Kurani


Ravi is a budding entrepreneur with a background in sustainable business and supply chain management. Ravi founded a startup, Sutro, which aims to create a platform around water monitoring and evaluation. He launched a due diligence and investment campaign for the BoP communities in India, while working with First Light Ventures Fund and Village Capital. First Light Ventures and Village Capital democratize entrepreneurship through peer support networks. Ravi previously launched a consumer-facing database called which aims to bring more transparency in the impact investing industry. Ravi is committed to utilizing technology to find innovative ideas and designs for emerging markets. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Riverside, MBA in International Finance from MIIS-Middlebury College, and a Certificate from Stanford University in Renewable Energy Systems.

Ryan Kushner


I am focused making the world work for 100% of humanity, using the power of clean energy to create a healthier, more just, prosperous and safer world. Climate change is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – let’s use it to create maximum good.

I work with Energy Excelerator, the nation’s largest clean energy accelerator. We are funded by the US Navy, Department of Defense, Department Of Energy, GE Ventures, major utilities and others. We invest in 15 companies a year with up to $1 million per company, and use Hawaii and Asia Pacific as a test-bed to scale renewable energy (solar energy, wind power and more) water, sustainable agriculture + food, cyber security, and innovative transportation solutions.

My experience at the intersection of technology, sustainability and business ranges from working with F500 clients such as Google, Dell and Salesforce to working with ambitions start-ups and NGOs trying to change the world. I have a sustainable MBA from The Presidio Graduate School, am an Echoing Green finalist, and advocate for a price on carbon pollution.

Sandra Kwak


Sandra is an entrepreneur, executive, and systems thinker, applying disruptive innovation to international development to create a regenerative future. She is CEO and Founder of B-Corp, 10Power, which brings renewable energy to places that lack access to electricity. 10Power works with local enterprises and communities to build capacity for solar PV, clean water, gender empowerment and ecosystem restoration. Previously she scaled AutoGrid through $14M in financing from a start-up to a global brand creating energy saving apps for utilities using smart meter Big Data to create reliable demand side management and bring distributed energy resources on to the smart grid.

Sandra also Co-Founded and served as President and COO of energy efficiency company Powerzoa, which provides hardware and software for smart building management. Prior, she worked at Pacific Gas & Electric utility implementing the ClimateSmart program, which offsets carbon emissions associated with electricity generation. She has an MBA in Sustainable Business from Presidio Graduate School and a BA in Political Science and Visual Art from Emory University, is a Professor of Climate Justice at SFSU and has guest lectured at CCA’s Design MBA and Stanford.

David Levy


Impact investment holding company with interests in Media, Real Estate and Specialty Finance. Generocity Capital has been the primary financier of Mayacamas Ranch that has been serving the convening and communications needs mission driven organizations for over 10 years.

Generocity Capital is a values based private equity firm serving families who seek to align their capital, companies and causes with transformational initiatives to benefit humanity.

Our wholly-owned portfolio companies combine Capital, Community & Communications, to create value for shareholders & stakeholders alike.

The Eco-System:

Mayacamas Ranch and Homes located above the town of Cailstoga, CA is an exclusive use group retreat center serving cutting-edge architects of social change. MediaOne Studios is Northern Californias leading live-to-air digital video production and broadcast studio serving the storytelling and distribution needs of our Generocity initiatives, national broadcasters, local corporations , conferences and professional sports teams.

David McConville


Dr. David McConville serves as the board chair for BFI. As a media artist and researcher, he develops tools and techniques for exploring the big picture context of the complex challenges facing humanity.

He is currently creative director of the Worldviews Network, a collaboration of artists, scientists, and educators integrating storytelling and scientific visualizations to facilitate dialogues about social-ecological resilience in science centers across the United States. He also co-founded The Elumenati, a full service design and engineering firm specializing in the development of immersive virtual environments. His transdisciplinary doctoral research through the Planetary Collegium at the University of Plymouth examined the historic and contemporary role of visualization practices in shaping views of the world.

Kevin Mulvey



Government Relations. International Trade. Asia-Pacific. Financial Services. Environmental Leadership.

James Nestor

James Nestor is an author and journalist who has written for Outside Magazine, The New York Times, Scientific American, Men’s Journal, National Public Radio, Dwell Magazine,The San Francisco Chronicle, and more. His book, DEEP: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What The Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) was released in the United States and UK in June 2014, and has since been translated into seven languages. DEEP was a BBC Book of the Week, a Finalist for the PEN American Center Best Sports Book of the Year, an Amazon Best Science Book of 2014, and more. More at

Kendall Nishimine


Kendall Nishimine has more than twenty years of experience in entertainment and mass-market consumer products. He’s managed elite teams at Bill Graham Presents, LucasArts, Lucasfilm, and Sega, and has run several successful creative technology businesses. Kendall founded FunGarden to create kids CD-ROM games for Mattel, Brøderbund, Living Books, and Compaq. His current company Ojingo Labs is focused on social / mobile / web. Ojingo has created apps for TED and Tour de France, launched Live Nation’s most successful online initiative, and created a virtual reality headset and games for Hasbro that got five stars in iTunes and tons of positive press.

Some of the companies Kendall has worked for or with include – LucasArts, Lucasfilm, Disney, Hasbro, Mattel, Sony, Warner, Sega, Brøderbund, Living Books, and the Exploratorium.

George Orbelian


George Orbelian is a Principal in Orbelian Holdings, L.P., a San Francisco-based firm multi-family real estate company.  He remains active in citizen diplomacy in which his late father, Harry Orbelian, was a community leader.

A lifelong surfer, George wrote the standard reference book on surfboard design, “Essential Surfing,” and served as Surfboard Design Editor and creator of the  “Design Forum” column for internationally distributed SURFER Magazine.

George is co-founder of Ojingo Labs, Inc., a mobile / social / web technology company.  George was appointed to the San Francisco Mayor’s Ocean Beach Task Force, served as a member of the Board of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association, is an advisor to San Francisco State University School of International Business and works closely with the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection’s Community Action Plan for Seismic Safety (CAPSS) and Earthquake Safety Implementation Program (ESIP) programs.

George is passionate about the ocean and the environment and is co-founder of Project Kaisei which received Google Earth Hero recognition for bringing together a global collaboration of engineering, science, and technology in researching solutions for plastic marine debris.

He holds a BA in Art from San Francisco State University.  He and his wife of 32 years, Marcia are the parents of twin boys who completed their undergraduate studies at UCLA, then went on to Harvard (Craig) and Berkeley (Wade) Law Schools and are currently practicing attorneys in their respective fields of expertise.

Evgeniya Radilova


Hailing from Bulgaria, where Evgeniya Radilova is one of the most well known faces on screen and the stage has come to the United States to share her talents with us. She is the descendent of four generations of artists. This led her down the path of becoming an actress herself. Shortly after graduating from the National School for Music where she learned piano, she was the youngest actress to play on professional stage. Only 18 years old she was cast in one of the biggest TV show productions called “Masters of the TV”, where she co-hosted for three years every night on Bulgarian National TV.

She moved to the United States to explore and continue her career as an actress among the best in the business. Here she graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts with Charles Jehlinger Award for Best Actress, and was invited back to be a part of the 2009-10 AADA Company. With her first show after the academy she booked a leading role in an Off- Broadway production of Blood Wedding, which gave her her Equity Card. She garnered rave reviews from the New York press, as well as from the audiences. Since then she has appeared Off Broadway, become a SAG and AFTRA member, and a lifetime member of The Actors Studio. The incredibly talented and marvelous Ellen Burstyn accepted her into the studio as one of the only 3 people who got accepted that year. Evgeniya played opposite Ellen Burstyn as her daughter in a production of the Cherry Orchard at The Studio. The production was directed by John Gould Rubin.

Also, she appeared on TV shows like Limitless, Law and Order SVU, Elementary, Spartacus, Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll, and completed several short and feature films. She worked on a film called Price for Freedom with Sally Kirkland (Academy Award nominee), Paul Sorvino, Ken Davitian, who played her dad. The film was also profiled on the Larry King Show. Evgeniya is also featured in the independent film “Dreams Of The Last Butterflies, which has now screened at 50 Film Festivals in 13 countries, on 5 continents! The film also has 7 awards. Recently, she was nominated for a Best Actress Award at the Blow-Up Chicago International Arthouse Film Festival For her performance in the film Let Them Have Their Way!

Recently, Evgeniya co-founded iDareProductions where she produced, wrote and directed her film called Patrik. She also directed and co-produced the music video True Paradise!

Amanda Joy Ravenhill


I am a creative and passionate businesswoman dedicated to stabilizing the climate by promoting sustainable business solutions.

I am the Executive Director of Project Drawdown, where I am co-authoring the book Drawdown with Paul Hawken about ‘state-of-the-shelf’ climate solutions and their potential impact, due out in 2017.

I am a professor at Presidio Graduate School and teach systems thinking and the principles of sustainable business to promising MBA and MPA candidates who are focused on using business and policy as a positive, scalable forces for change.

I am deeply inspired by the life of Buckminster Fuller and his goal to “make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or disadvantage to anyone”.

Specialties: climate change, sustainable business, biochar, graphic recording, biomimcry, impact investing, financing for SMEs in emerging markets, community organizing, GIS, meeting facilitation, design thinking, full-cost accounting, ecological economics, microfranchising, base of the pyramid, micro-gasification, cookstoves, and systems thinking.

Richard Riman


As a Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, he has been teaching for 25 years at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Department of Materials Science. His research expertise is in processing (low temperature hydrothermal methods, dispersion, particulate mixed-ness, and solution crystallization of ceramics) and functional materials (structural ceramics, electro-ceramics, optics, and biomaterials).

He obtained his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Materials and Engineering and his B.S. degree in Ceramic Engineering from Rutgers University.

He has extensive experience working with Federal agencies, companies, government laboratories and universities. He holds leadership roles in several professional societies and advises federal research organizations such as ONR, DARPA, ARPA-e and others on emerging materials technologies.

His entrepreneurial interests include most recently founding Solidia Technologies Inc., Piscataway, NJ, a company providing green manufacturing methods and construction materials for building and infrastructure applications.

Jasmine Shih


Managing Partner at Golden Seeds Capital. Venture Partner Wingspan Ventures

Investor/Tech entrepreneur.

Evan Steiner


I believe it is imminently possible for our economic system to provide for all aspects of the individual and society. Not only through financial stability, but also by engendering purpose in people’s lives, promoting healthy lifestyles, and enabling individuals to pursue lives that are fully expressed. Business, finance, and philanthropy can, and should, work together to create opportunities for those who need it most.

My current project is The Whole Person Economy, which explores economics from the lens of values, ethics, and spirituality. I recently completed an MBA at the University of Oxford Saïd Business School where I focused on market-based solutions to global challenges. Previously, I worked at several leading social enterprise and impact investing organizations in the Bay Area, including The Impact Hub and Social Capital Markets (SOCAP). My time there focused on supporting early-stage social entrepreneurs, impact investors, and mission-driven companies to better achieve their goals.

My experience is in taking burgeoning ideas and developing them into successful projects or companies. I thrive on collaboration and enjoy working with teams that are dynamic and outcome-driven.

Other life experiences include living for eight months as a volunteer at a yoga and health center in the Berkshires, co-creating a Burning Man theme camp, starting a 16 person community house in Berkeley, leading environmental education trips throughout the United States, and traveling to 30+ countries.

In addition to the MBA, I hold a Bachelors in Music from Indiana University and a Masters in Environmental Management from UMUC.

Vivian Wang


Silicon Valley native, tech optimist. Joined a fast growing hardware startup in 1988 founded by former Xerox engineers at Microtek Lab, and ran strategic alliance and OEM partnerships through to its IPO at the age of 23. Recruited in the Spring of 1992 after graduate school, to drive new office automation and printing solutions at Avery Dennison’s in-house Innovation Group. Launched 30+ new products, managed brand marketing, channel and business development through all product life cycles including brand and technology cross-licensing. Built strategic alliances/partnerships including American Greetings, AOL, 3M, Disney Interactive, Hewlett Packard, Epson, Mattel Interactive, and Microsoft.

Caught the Internet bug in Spring of 1998, and immersed in various marketing and business development roles within the investment ecosystem. Joined Sasson Capital in 2002 to focus on US/Asia market expansion in seed to mid-stage portfolio companies. Actively invested in Mobile/Broadband (KG Telecom, Asia Netcom, UT Starcom), Microelectronics (Atheros, SMIC); Wireless Networks (smart antennas, IoT mesh networks) and Cleantech (wind, solar, sensors), and new product initiatives with IBM Research (IoT), Motorola Mobility Solutions, Nokia, DirectTV, Dish Networks.