Samuel González


Samuel González has spent their life finding ways to reconcile the intersecting identities that reside within. Bringing art, coaching, creative strategies, healing practices, and digital wizardry to their work, Samuel is helping transform how people do business. They have been able to create transformational spaces in many areas, including higher education, the nonprofit sector, corporate environments, etc. Decades of experience inform the work along with passion and empathy.

Samuel majored in the Performing Arts at Vanguard University. Samuel still pursues artistic adventures, fusing that creativity into working with people through personal coaching as well as with people as they work within organizations. Organizational development, strategic planning, training (train the trainer), and facilitation are areas of expertise for Samuel.

Sound healing and dream work are two of the healing modalities in Samuel’s tool kit. They are also a certified compassion fatigue specialist, bringing a trauma informed approach to their work. Because of their background in art (music, writing, photography, painting), Samuel also uses the creation of art as a form of healing.

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Maria Nakae


I'm a movement builder, communications strategist, resource mobilizer and funder organizer who has spent my career working in and with social justice movements to advance racial, gender and economic justice. I currently serve as the Senior Engagement Director at Justice Funders, a nonprofit organization that works with foundations to re-imagine and practice a new approach to philanthropy that redistributes wealth, democratizes power and shifts economic control to communities in a way that is truly regenerative for people and the planet. I'm also a member of the Hella Heart Oakland Giving Circle, a drummer with BoomShake Music, and mama of two rambunctious girls.

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Reza Shahcheraghi


Reza designs new business strategies and implementation plans for various types of organizations and facilitates the creation of the new mindsets, skills, and environments needed to execute these strategies. He has 15 years of experience in the private and social sectors as an entrepreneur and consultant.

Reza holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley and a BS in management from the McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia.

Ricardo I. Garay


Ricardo’s background as a farmer, researcher and designer have shaped his deep understanding of restorative production practices. Over 10 years experience in mixed crop regenerative organics & carbon drawdown; Ricardo is a Regenerative Textile & Systems Strategist. He holds degrees from UC, Davis; B.S. in Sustainable Agriculture Food Systems as well as an M.A. in Sustainability in Fashion; ESMOD Berlin University.

Prior to relocating to Berlin, he was involved in sustainable growing activities in his native California. His pursuit to understand fashion's global value chain and to learn innovative agricultural techniques lead him to places such as Guatemala, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, & Colombia.

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Nicholas Salmons


Nicholas is a creative leader, designer, convener and place-maker with twelve years of experience managing high-impact projects, executing top-quality custom builds, and producing tailored cultural events with a focus on community, sustainability, and greening the built environment. Designing and building spaces for community and festivals has led him to join the community at the Mushroom Farm, where he is helping to restore the land and build spaces for communal thriving.

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Danylle Kunkel


Danylle Kunkel is an Associate Professor in the Davis College of Business Economics in the Department of Management at Radford University. She has studied at University of Central Florida and VCU. She received her Ph.D. and Post Doc from Virginia Tech focusing on leadership and business curriculum development. Before entering Higher education, Danylle spent 8 years working for Red Bull North America.

She had taught at 3 universities in areas Social Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development at the Undergraduate, MBA, PMBA and Executive Education level. She has also worked in corporate leadership development in industries. Her research interests are centered around social issues and sustainable benefit corporations.

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Adrian Roman


Inspired these days by Adrienne Marie Brown, Tarthang Tulku, Frédéric Laloux, Lama Rod Owens, Angel Kyodo Williams, Lift. I am working for a non profit in Berkeley, Mangalam, and my focus is on - how to integrate or use Buddhist practices in a modern world; how to structure an organization in a way that is supportive for personal growth and meaning to the members; how to blur the lines between life and work; how to foster relationships and facilitate groups with emergence in mind. I am a 27 year old hispanic male who graduated with a degree in philosophy and business. I have a partner, Cyn, and twin sister, Anais, who I spend much of my time with. This past weekend I went to see Vulfpeck at the Greek theater and went hiking in Mt. Tam to West Point in to eat pancakes.

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Hannah Kullberg


Hannah grew up amongst the trees in Portland, Oregon. In college, she studied food systems and worked on an organic CSA farm. Returning home, she served on the Food Policy Council, meanwhile, experiencing the power of business to make immediate impact. She co-founded Better Bean Co, growing it from farmer’s markets to national distribution. Successfully selling to Hain Celestial, where Hannah became Brand Manager. In 2019, Hannah started officially supporting natural food startups as a consultant and SBDC business advisor. Hannah is also a holistic health coach & leads a women’s new moon group. She is blessed to be mom to two young children.

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Rachel Plattus


Rachel Berliner Plattus is from New Haven, CT and currently lives in Boston, MA. She is Co-Creator of Beautiful Solutions, a storytelling and popular education project supporting people to imagine and create community-controlled solutions to the problems they face. Rachel also works with a national network of women religious and millennials through Nuns and Nones, and with Jewish organizers and spiritual leaders through Taproot. She is a graphic artist, a street medic, and a trainer with PeoplesHub. She likes to explore how to make meaning and support healing on big paper, in the dance studio, in the kitchen, in wild places, and in spaces that bring us into conversation, connection, and collective action with one another.

Maxime Paul

Maxime is an autodidactic polymath and cross-domain problem-solver focused on creating sustainable, equitable, and generative solutions. He possesses a wide range of skills and experiences that include technology development and business design as well as interdependent city planning and community engagement. Currently he is the Head of Mobility and Digital Innovation with MHP Americas and CEO/Co-Founder of a SportsTech startup, CMDSense, his fourth venture. He is currently developing a holistic, systems-driven, generative community development framework for disinvested urban and suburban neighborhoods. Maxime holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Rice University in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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Sara Johnstone


Sara is a recovering tech consultant that became disillusioned with the sharing economy and business as usual a few years ago. She was introduced to the “new paradigm” through her work with the startup NuMundo, a global network of impact centers (eco-villages, intentional communities, permaculture farms, social projects and retreat centers). She is currently working with CYCLEffect, a multi-stakeholder hybrid Venture Capital Cooperative Fund. CYCLEffect prioritize investments in companies that focus on restoring the planet’s biological and social systems to a healthy state. Sara is also a member of the GENNA (Global Eco-village Network North America) alliance which believes communities of practice, place, and purpose offer essential solutions to many of the world’s pressing social and ecological crises . Sara is currently honing in on expanding her knowledge in regenerative agriculture, impact investing, sustainable fibers and permaculture. She is committed to being apart of projects that focus on regenerative solutions, specifically with climate change.

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Ansley Roberts


Ansley Roberts, a Charleston, South Carolina native, majored in international relations at American University, where she became fascinated with the areas for growth and sustainable change within our food system. After graduating, she dedicated her career to working towards more sustainable, and just food systems for everyone. Her past work includes working within localized food systems on diversified, direct-market farms, farmer and consumer education efforts, and community healing farms such as CooperRiis and the Homeless Garden Project. Ansley is taking her next step, joining her family business, Anson Mills to assist with their efforts to preserve genetic diversity and support sustainable grain systems for farmers and consumers.

Shirah Dedman


Shirah Dedman is a filmmaker, attorney and activist. After dropping out of high school at 15, she became a licensed attorney by the age of 23 yet subsequently found herself un- and under-employed. But through perseverance, she managed to build a career in film that included positions at William Morris Agency, DirecTV, and Paramount Pictures. So after her last layoff, she decided to relentlessly pursue her true passion: creating content reflecting the intersection between economics, race and the environment. Shirah is a 2018-2019 Associate of the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley and an Associate of the Equal Justice Initiative.

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David Jaber


As a Project Drawdown Fellow (, the author of Our Historic Moment (, and an advisor, I advance better decision-making through greenhouse gas (GHG) analysis, zero waste audits, green building investigation, life-cycle analysis and climate action/adaptation planning. I actively work with Native American tribes, where I have long-held a commitment to justice.

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Ojan Mobedshahi


Finance Director of the East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative, Ojan is a 2nd generation Iranian American, born and raised in the Bay Area. His past work, from healthy land use to real estate development, informs his mission driven integration of social justice and real estate finance. Ojan lives in a co-op in Oakland and is also a landscape contractor and regenerative permaculture designer. While earning his B.A. in Economics from Pitzer College, Ojan was inducted into the Economic Honors Society and organized a local chapter of the Occupy movement.

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Rebekah Papé


Rebekah works as the Director of Community and Outreach at Ecolibrium Farms and as the Executive Director of the Papé Family Foundation. She is also a writer, yoga teacher, and mother. She has an MA from in Whole Systems Design, specializing in Sustainable Food Systems, Permaculture Design, and Sustainable Change. Rebekah is passionate about exploring wellness, community, and social change through our connection to food and participating in social justice efforts that shift patterns of inequality by focusing on food access and affordability. Near and dear to her heart are the rituals of gathering, preparing, and eating food together.

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