Riki Ott is a marine toxicologist and former Alaska commercial fisher-ma’am who shares her first-hand experience with the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, oil-spill cleanup, including the use of toxic chemical dispersants and their health impacts on the public, and various regulatory programs, such as the Clean Water Act. Her work is featured in the documentary film The Cost of Silence.
Liza Dadiomov has dedicated her career to environmental and outdoor education, with a lens of equity in who gets to access the outdoors. As co-executive director of Bay Area Wilderness Training, Liza works closely with San Francisco Bay Area educators to support them with training in outdoor leadership as well as providing free gear loans for youth. Her past experience includes teaching in elementary school gardens, guiding backpacking and camping trips for youth as well as adult women, and various other roles in residential outdoor education. Liza’s expertise is in outdoor leadership, equitable access to the outdoors, environmental and outdoor education, youth leadership, teacher training, professional development for adults, social and environmental justice, and program and curriculum development.
Daniel Dietrich is an award-winning wildlife photographer and cinematographer whose work supports ethics in wildlife photography and connects the next generation of young adults with the environment through the use of photography. His photographs, videos, and writings have been featured on TV, in numerous publications, and in film.
Mandi Billinge is an environmental educator, biologist, nonprofit executive, and former classroom teacher who has dedicated her work for more than thirty years to ensuring equal access to environmental education for all children. Mandi believes that everyone is an environmentalist. This is her organization’s motto and KIDS for the BAY programs connect children with nature, engage children in hands-on place-based environmental science learning, and empower children to take environmental action in their local watershed. Mandi’s work has provided these experiences for more than 94,000 students in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Mandi has also developed programs that have provided professional development for more than 3,800 teachers, and helped them to create sustainable, watershed-friendly classrooms and integrate environmental education into their ongoing curricula.
For 10 years, Sunny Baker has worked to lead school food reform and create a new culture of regionally-based eating. As co-director of the Mississippi Farm-to-School Network, she is dedicated to inspiring students to learn about and eat good, clean, and fair food. Her innovative farm-to-school approach is transforming cafeterias and classrooms across her state. Sunny also directs EduFood Consulting, offering resources and pragmatism to help communities and schools strategize good-food solutions. A graduate of Hendrix College, Sunny presents on food systems change and, in 2014, her work was featured at TedXManhattan.
See also: Food and Agriculture
Jackie Nuñez is advocacy program manager for Plastic Pollution Coalition and founder of the Last Plastic Straw. The Last Plastic Straw has been a project of Plastic Pollution Coalition since 2016. Jackie is a part-time kayak guide and full-time activist who teaches people of all ages how to speak truth to plastic and be an agent for change in their communities. She has advised on more than 20 local ordinances limiting single-use foodware, including plastic straws. Jackie is a frequent speaker at international conferences and in the press, and she was featured in the award-winning documentary Straws (2017). Jackie has a BS in Health and an AS in Horticulture, and she has a passion for travel, ocean sports, design, gardening, the environment, and community service.