Earth Island Speakers Bureau

Speakers on Community Food Delivery Systems, Food Justice, Sustainable Agriculture

  • Renata Brillinger

    Executive Director, California Climate and Agriculture Network

    Renata Brillinger has more than two decades of experience in sustainable agriculture policy and food systems projects and 30 years of experience in nonprofit administration. Areas of expertise include sustainable farming practices, agricultural solutions to climate change, including California’s one-of-a-kind Climate Smart Agriculture programs, the Healthy Soils Program, Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP), Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALCP), and the California State Water Efficiency & Enhancement Program (SWEEP).

    See also: Energy and Climate

  • Farzana Serang

    Executive Director, Castanea Fellowship

    As executive director of the Castanea Fellowship, Farzana Serang brings together diverse, cross-sector leadership working to build racially just, healthier, and sustainable food systems. Castanea Fellows are seed keepers, doctors, farmers, business developers, and labor organizers who come from a variety of regions and experiences. Farzana previously worked with the San Francisco Foundation, the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFED), PolicyLink, National Congress of American Indians, and the Democracy Collaborative. She holds a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley.

    See also: Environmental Justice

  • Audrey Mei Y Brown

    Operations Manager, Food Shift

    Audrey Mei Y Brown is a writer and activist working at the intersection of social justice, environment, food, and the arts in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work exploring food justice, environmental literature, and sustainable food systems naturally led her to Food Shift’s Alameda, California, office. Audrey graduated from UCLA.

    See also: Environmental Justice

  • Jen Franco

    Culinary Director, Food Shift

    Jen Franco’s passion for nourishing people led her to become a certified natural chef at Bauman College, followed by eight years as an executive chef teaching holistic cooking and nutrition. At Food Shift, Jen directs all aspects of the culinary program: guiding apprentices, planning food recovery operations, food waste prevention, creating menus, and more.

    See also: Environmental Justice

  • Yuka Nagashima

    Executive Director, Food Shift

    With more than 20 years of experience as a senior executive, Yuka Nagashima possesses skills in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); nonprofit leadership; and policy/government. Recent work includes DEI executive consulting, leadership at global nonprofit Astia, and developing an inclusive leadership curriculum for Stanford University. Yuka was raised in Japan and educated in Canada and the United States.

    See also: Environmental Justice

  • Darian Rodriguez Heyman

    Executive Director, Numi Foundation

    Darian Rodriguez Heyman is an accomplished facilitator, fundraiser, social entrepreneur, and author. After co-founding and selling Beyond Interactive, one of the first digital advertising agencies, he began his life’s work of “helping people help.” This began during his tenure as executive director of the Craigslist Foundation, after which he was appointed commissioner for the environment in San Francisco and authored Nonprofit Fundraising 101 and Nonprofit Management 101. In addition to his active consulting, facilitation, and public-speaking work, Heyman currently serves as the part-time executive director of the Numi Foundation, editor-in-chief of Blue Avocado, and co-producer of the GenderSmart Investing Summit.

  • Patricia Martin

    Executive Director, Save Our Soil

    Patricia (Patty) Martin is the executive director of Save Our Soil. Patty is a former mayor of Quincy, Washington, a low-income, minority agricultural community in Central Washington. She was integral in exposing the illegal use of hazardous and other industrial wastes in fertilizer, soil amendments, and animal feed. Her plight and that of local farmers standing against the agrichemical industry was first chronicled in a Seattle Times investigative series “Fear in the Fields: How Hazardous Waste Becomes Fertilizer” (1997) and then in Fateful Harvest: The True Story of a Small Town, a Global Industry, and a Toxic Secret (Harper Collins, 2001). Patty is also an expert on environmental justice issues, including federal agencies’ responsibility under Executive Order 12898 and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the responsibilities of state or local government receiving federal funds under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Additionally, she can speak to solid waste and waste disposal requirements, air quality issues, and electrical usage of data centers (i.e., the cloud).

    See also: Environmental Justice, Pollution and Plastic

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