Jason Greenwald is an editorial and communications professional who has worked as a journalist, press deputy, and political staffer. In his present consulting role, he has had creative oversight of award-winning annual reports and advocacy brochures, as well as producing content for websites and other media. He has worked as a strategist during high-profile labor negotiations, and helped to introduce a major environmental initiative by one of the world’s largest ocean carriers. Earlier in his career, he served as chief speechwriter and press deputy to Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan. Jason holds a B.A. in English from Duke University, where he was editor-in-chief of The Chronicle, Duke’s independent daily newspaper. A Los Angeles native, Jason lives with his family next to LA’s great 4,000-acre urban oasis, Griffith Park.
Mike Lydon is the founding Principal of The Street Plans Collaborative, an urban planning, design, and research-advocacy firm based in New York City and Miami. Before launching the firm in 2009, Mike worked for Smart Growth Vermont, the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, Ann Arbor’s GetDowntown Program, and Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company (DPZ), an international leader in smart growth planning, design, and research. As a planner, writer, and advocate, Mike’s work has appeared in or been featured by NPR, The New York Times, CNN Headline News, Planetizen, Grist, Salon, Next City, and Streetsblog, among others. Mike is a co-author of The Smart Growth Manual (2009), honored by Planetizen as one of the top 10 planning books of 2010. He is also the creator and primary author of The Open Streets Project and Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change. Mike remains a regular contributor to Planetizen and is a founding co-editor of the journal Living Urbanism. He was also selected in 2009 as one of 34 Urban Vanguards by Next American City magazine. Mike speaks regularly at trainings and conferences on the topics of smart growth, tactical urbanism, planning and social media, and complete streets/active transportation. He is a CNU-Accredited Professional, and he encourages you to trade four wheels for two.
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Randi Mail is the Recycling Director for the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts, one of the leading green communities in the state. She has been described as a “force of nature” in the recycling community among professionals in government, industry, and nonprofits working in this field to encourage people to consume less, reuse and donate materials, recycle, and compost. She oversees public service programs characterized by excellent customer service, effective public education, and solid performance, reducing the City’s trash by over 30 percent since 2002. Randi derives great enjoyment from public speaking, community partnerships, visual design, program development, and implementation. She excels at inspiring others to adopt sustainable behaviors. Prior to Cambridge, she worked in Buffalo, New York, on efforts to establish that state's western region as a hub for green commerce.
Holly Minch is a founder of the LightBox Collaborative, a nonprofit consulting practice that helps nonprofits, philanthropies, and social entrepreneurs increase their impact through strategy development, community engagement, communications and marketing, and training. Holly's particular strength in the realm of communications. In her capacity as Vice President of Spitfire Strategies, she created communications programs for grantees of the nation’s largest foundations, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Holly also was Executive Director of the Communications Leadership Institute, where she helped nonprofits use high-impact communications to achieve social change. She served as Director of the SPIN Project, assisting hundreds of grassroots groups with strategic communications resources, and launched the successful SPIN Academy.
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Jeanne Nakamura is Associate Professor of Psychology and Co-director of the Quality of Life Research Center at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. In 2007, Jeanne co-founded Claremont’s graduate program in positive psychology, which focuses on the aspects of human experience that make life worth living. She has investigated positive adult development, including engagement and creativity, mentoring and good work, and aging well, co-authoring Good Mentoring and Creativity and Development and co-editing Applied Positive Psychology. Her current research addresses the formation of good mentors in the professions, and social innovators in their sixties and beyond as a model for positive aging. She is a member of the board of the International Positive Psychology Association.
Michael Silberman is the Global Director of the Digital Mobilisation Lab at Greenpeace. The “MobLab” exists to transform how campaigns are fought and won, pioneering a powerful new era of people-powered strategies that amplify campaign impact and create positive change. Michael and his team work with Greenpeace and its allies in 42 countries to envision, test, and roll out creative new means of communicating, organizing, and fundraising online. Michael cut his teeth on digital organizing and campaigning as the National Meetup Director for Howard Dean’s presidential run in 2004, where he led a team that regularly mobilized more than 189,000 local volunteers in over 1,200 cities worldwide. He graduated on skis with a BA from Middlebury College.
Matt Stinchcomb is Executive Director of Etsy.org. Etsy.org builds entrepreneurial educational programs that foster the human capacity, wisdom, insights, and community needed to create regenerative businesses. It works to support Etsy.com's mission to reimagine commerce in ways that build a more fulfilling and lasting world. Matt firmly believes that business can be a powerful and positive force for social, ecological, and cultural transformation. He has worked in digital media since 1997, and at Etsy since its earliest days.
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Mark Valentine has over 20 years of experience helping nonprofit and philanthropic institutions leverage their human and financial assets in order to achieve social change outcomes. Since 2003, he has operated ReFrame It Consulting, which provides program design and evaluation as well as organizational development services to organizations working across a diverse array of issues, including smart growth and sustainable land use, environmental health, energy and climate, marine and coastal conservation, social entrepreneurship, regional economic development, and microfinance. Mark previously was a Program Director with the Packard Foundation where he helped establish a conservation grantmaking program. Mark is chair of the Board of Directors of Resource Media and also serves on the Advisory Board for the San Francisco Green Film Festival. He received his B.A. in English and History from Union College.
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Jeff Yeager spent 24 years as a CEO and senior executive managing national nonprofit organizations in Washington, D.C. before launching his current career as a freelance writer, public speaker, and media personality in 2004. First dubbed the “Ultimate Cheapskate” (www.UltimateCheapskate.com) by the NBC Today Show, where he occasionally appears as a guest correspondent, Jeff specializes in an offbeat blend of original humor and practical advice for living a better life by consuming and spending less. He is the author of four popular Random House books about frugal living, including The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Road Map to True Riches. Jeff is AARP’s official Savings Expert, writing for AARP publications and hosting a weekly web show, The Cheap Life with Jeff Yeager. He has appeared on over 500 radio and TV shows on most major networks, and was an original cast member on TLC’s hit reality show Extreme Cheapskates. Jeff lives in Accokeek, Maryland, with his wife, Denise, and his beloved compost pile, Gomer.
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