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Currently the president of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), Professor Torres is a leading figure in critical race theory and an expert in agricultural and environmental law. He taught and served as associate dean at The University of Minnesota Law School, as deputy assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and as counsel to then U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno.
Prof. Torres is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Law Institute. In 2004, he was honored with the Legal Service Award from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) for his work to advance the legal rights of Latinos. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Stanford Law Schools.
Denis Hayes is president and CEO of Bullitt Foundation, which built the “world’s greenest office building” [www.Bullittcenter.org]. Mr. Hayes is perhaps best known for having been the National Coordinator of the first Earth Day when he was 25 and then expanding the event to 170 nations over the subsequent four decades. During the Carter Administration, Denis directed the federal Solar Energy Research Institute (now NREL). He has been a senior fellow at the Worldwatch Institute, director of the Illinois Energy Office, professor of engineering at Stanford University, and a Silicon Valley attorney. Denis has received the national Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Public Service as well as the highest awards bestowed by the Sierra Club, the Humane Society of the United States, the National Wildlife Federation, the Natural Resources Council of America, the American Solar Energy Society, and the Commonwealth Club, among others. Time Magazine selected Hayes as one of its “Heroes of the Planet.”
Lydia Camarillo has worked with SVREP for 20 years and serves as President. On December 13, 2019, she was elected President of the WCVI. Under the leadership of Lydia and SVREP President González, Latino participation in the democratic process has almost tripled, from 5.4 million Latinos registered to vote in 1994 to 15.5 million in 2016. Latino voter turnout increased from 5 million to 13.5 million from 1994 to 2016.
In 1999, President Clinton and Vice President Gore appointed Lydia to serve as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the 2000 Democratic National Convention. At the convention, the presumptive nominee garnered the third-largest political bounce at 24 points in the last 70 years.
Lydia was responsible for a $55 million budget, a staff of 350 members, a team of 1,000 production professionals, and more than 10,000 volunteers. She also worked on the Gore Campaign as an official surrogate after her assignment as CEO of the Convention. Lydia served as political and business consultant and served on the 2001 Villaraigosa Campaign. Lydia served from 1994 to 1999 as Executive Director of SVREP. Before joining SVREP, she served as National Leadership Director for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) from 1989 to 1994. She worked for the Latino Issues Forum, Monterey Bay Girl Scouts as field organizer before she joined MALDEF.
Lydia serves as Chair of the Texas Latino Redistricting Task Force. She serves as Chair of the Texas Senate Latino Caucus and Mexican American Legislative Caucus Civic Engagement Taskforce. Lydia serves on the board of directors for MPMC (MALDEF Building) and TX-ACLU.
Lydia has served on numerous boards and commissions including the National Board of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) as 2nd Vice Chair, Personnel and Nominations Committee (2008 to 2014), State Farm Advisory Committee, California Prop 40 Committee; member of the Executive Committee, Girls Scouts of America (1996-1999), San Antonio Planned Parenthood Board (1997-1999), Los Angeles Based City Project, an environmental justice law firm (2001-2012; she served as board chair from 2002 to 2008), Monterey County United Way Allocations Committee, Immigrant Rights Coalition for the Central Coast, Santa Cruz County Affirmative Action Commission, Salinas Affirmative Action Committee and the CA Task Force on Hispanics and the Civil Service.
Lydia was featured in the “Movers and Shakers” of Elections and Campaigns Magazine, Working Women Magazine, People en Español, Latina Magazine, Latina Style Magazine, the California Journal, Hispanic Magazine, Hispanic Business Magazine, The Los Angeles Times and has been interviewed by hundreds of media organizations in the US and abroad.
The San Antonio Express News lists Lydia as one of the San Antonio Latino/a heroes and named SVREP founder Willie Velásquez as the number one on this list in 2016. On February 22, 2004, Lydia was bestowed with the Dallas Morning News Distinguished Leaders series feature. Lydia has been named one of the 10 most influential Latinas in the 2000 September issue of Latina Magazine. She has twice been named one of the “100 Influential” Latinos in the United States in Hispanic Business Magazine — in 2000 and in 1996. Lydia has received recognition and awards from other Latino and nonprofit organizations. Lydia and her husband Michael A. Cohen have two sons: Miguel A. Camarillo-Cohen and Antonio A. Camarillo-Cohen.
H.E. Tarja Halonen, former President of Finland (2000 – 2012), is a globally recognized leader in sustainable development, human rights, social justice and equality.
Her political career in Finland spans over four decades. She was elected to Parliament in 1979 and was reelected four times before taking office as President. She has also held several cabinet positions including Minister for Foreign Affairs. During her Presidency she served as co-chair of the United Nations Millennium Summit and co-chair of the UN High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability.
Halonen continues to work closely with the UN and other international organizations and networks. Among other positions she is currently the Co-Chair of the High-Level Task Force for ICPD, an alternate Co-Chair of the High-Level Advisory Group for Every Woman Every Child, a member of the Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and a member of the Board of Directors of the Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company.
President Halonen’s website is www.presidenthalonen.fi
Nate Hurst is currently the Chief Sustainability & Social Impact Officer for HP. He helps drive programs with a focus on the environment, society, and integrity that are aligned with HP’s business strategy. Nate directs the strategy of a global team of experts focused on driving solutions in collaboration with non-profit organizations, governments, customers, and partners. His team reinvents sustainable solutions that address societal challenges in the areas of education, entrepreneurship, and the environment while utilizing HP’s technology.
He has 20 years of professional experience in environmental sustainability and social innovation working in the private, public, and non-profit sectors.
Previously, Hurst served as director of sustainability, public affairs, and government relations for Walmart where he executed a proactive internal and external business sustainability strategy on environmental issues.
As a national spokesperson for The Ocean Conservancy, he spearheaded big ideas, communications strategies, and goals for environmental advocacy and advanced policy agendas through grassroots campaigns.
Prior, he served on The White House Council on Environmental Quality for President Clinton. While at the White House, he helped develop the Administration’s environmental agenda and implemented an extensive outreach plan in support of the agenda.
His international experience includes representing the United States government as a member of many official delegations.
Hurst received his master’s degrees from the University of California – Berkeley and his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech University.
He serves in several leadership positions including: the Haas Center for Responsible Business Alumni Board, the Earth Day Network Board of Directors, the Keystone Policy Center Board of Trustees, the Center for Climate & Energy Solutions Business Leadership Council, the Social Innovation Leadership Council and the After-School All-Stars DC Chapter Board.
Nora Pouillon is a social entrepreneur and champion of organic cuisine. Born and raised in Austria, she spent several years on a self-sufficient farm, which influenced her understanding of the role of food and its impact on personal and environmental health and well-being.
Restaurant Nora, opened in the heart of Washington, DC in 1979, went on to become, 20 years later, the nation’s first certified organic restaurant, a feat since achieved by only two other restaurants. Ms. Pouillon was instrumental in creating the organic certification standards for restaurants, which guarantee that at least 95% of all food served originates from certified organic sources.
Committed to the education of both her colleagues and the general public, Ms. Pouillon became a founding member of the Chefs Collaborative, to educate culinary professionals, over 10 years ago. More recently, she helped support TOG, an organic farmers’ co-op by introducing the farmers to other local chefs, thereby ensuring the livelihood of small farms. Ms. Pouillon also initiated the Fresh Farm Markets, several producer-only farmers’ markets in the DC area and, as a Board member of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, established an organic internship at her restaurants, receiving five interns each year. Her book, “Cooking with Nora,” encourages the public to cook and eat healthily.
Ms. Pouillon sits on the advisory boards of the Washington DC Environmental Film Festival, Foodfit.com, The Center for Mind Body Medicine’s “Food as Medicine” program, Rachel’s Network, Body & Soul Magazine and the Amazon Conservation Team. Widely recognized for her pioneering work, Nora has received awards from the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the Organic Trade Association, New Hope Natural Media, the American Horticultural Society and the Campaign for Better Health.
An avid lover of nature, Molly has worked in advertising, marketing, and public relations as a graphic designer, art director, and account and production manager. She continues her passion for the arts as a sculptor. She has been president of the Junior League of Denver, chairman of the Denver Urban Resources Partnership, and co-founder of the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility, a community-based Colorado nonprofit that helped children develop principled leadership skills. She is president of her family’s companies and president of the Swift Wings Foundation which she created to support renewable energy, environmental sustainability, the arts, poverty, and social justice. Molly is an officer on the Executive Committee, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Sierra Club Foundation. She is a longtime member and Secretary of the Board of Rachel’s Network, and is on the National Advisory Council of American Farmland Trust. Molly is a member of the Board of Directors of Idanha Films, Inc. She is the Executive Producer of the Idanha Films documentary film, Arise, which tells the stories of women around the world who are working to heal the planet.
Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director and producer whose notable career spans more than four decades providing breathtaking imagery using his time-lapse, high-speed and macro cinematography techniques. Schwartzberg is a visual artist who breaks barriers, connects with audiences, and tells stories that celebrate life and reveal the mysteries and wisdom of nature, people, and places.
Louie’s recent theatrical releases include the 3D IMAX film Mysteries of the Unseen World with National Geographic, narrated by Forest Whitaker, and the documentary Wings of Life for Disneynature, narrated by Meryl Streep. Mysteries is a journey into invisible worlds that are too slow, too fast, too small, and too vast for the human eye to see, while Wings of Life focuses on pollination and the web of life. Louie also directed Soarin’ Around the World, an international update to the original Soarin’ ride now showing at Disney Parks in Anaheim, Orlando and Shanghai.
Designed to inspire, educate and evolve our perspective on the world, Schwartzberg creates and curates Moving Art™ videos, which can be found on your smart phone and Netflix. The Moving Art™ series will be expanded from six to thirteen videos in early 2017.
Louie’s three TED talks have gone viral with almost 50 million combined views. His Gratitude Revealed series of shorts were launched on Oprah.com. Supported by the Templeton Foundation, with science and analytics by the Greater Good Center at UC Berkeley, the series explores the multifaceted virtues of gratitude. Louie is the first filmmaker to be inducted into the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Lemelson Foundation’s Invention Ambassadors Program.
For Schwartzberg, the greatest satisfaction is creating works that can have a positive effect on the future of the planet. “I hope my films inspire and open people’s hearts. Beauty is nature’s tool for survival – we protect what we love. Nature’s beauty can open hearts, and the shift in consciousness we need to sustain and celebrate life.”
Lise received her Doctorate in Medicine in 1982 from the University of Paris. After interning at hospitals in Paris and Lome, Togo, she completed her residency in psychiatry at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C. Board certified in both general and forensic psychiatry, Lise worked as a staff psychiatrist in public mental health centers in Alexandria and Fairfax, Virginia. For more than twenty years Lise has maintained a private practice in psychiatry. An Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University and aan active member of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia, she has worked to educate the public on mental health issues through writing in professional journals, the press and other media outlets. A frequent guest on local and national radio and television, Lise has addressed a range of issues on violence, trauma, and mental illness. Through Physicians for Human Rights, she conducts evaluations of victims of torture seeking asylum in this country and advocates on their behalf. She has served as a consultant to the Executive Branch of Government where she developed psychological assessments of world leaders. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti Lise provided mental health services to those traumatized by the events. In 2005, concerned about the direction the country was taking — and believing that a background in science and human behavior would strengthen the political process — she ran for the U.S. Senate seat in Maryland. In September, 2006, she was chosen as one of the first fifty persons to be trained in Nashville by Al Gore to educate the public about global warming. Lise is an expert on climate change and public health, with a particular interest in the psychological impacts of climate change. She frequently writes and speaks about these issues. In collaboration with the National Wildlife Federation and with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in March 2009 she organized the first ever conference on the mental health and psychological impacts of climate change. Lise is on the boards of The Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard School of Public Health, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, People Demanding Action, and the International Transformational Resilience Coalition.
Lise is the founder and CEO of Lucky Planet Foods.
Professor Taylor’s research interests include urban agriculture, food access, and food insecurity; institutional diversity; analysis of the composition of the environmental workforce; social movement analysis; environmental justice; leisure and natural resource use; poverty; and race, gender, and ethnic relations. Her current research includes an assessment of food access in Michigan and other parts of the country. A recently-published article on food justice in Detroit entitled, “Food Availability and the Food Desert Frame in Detroit: An Overview of the City’s Food Systemstates” (Environmental Practice), exemplify this work.
Other recent research activities include the 2014 national report analyzing racial and gender diversity in the environmental field — see The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations: Mainstream NGOs, Foundations, and Government Agencies. Her 2009 book, The Environment and the People in American Cities (Duke University Press), is an award-winning urban environmental history book. She published an edited volume in 2010 entitled, Environment and Social Justice: An International Perspective (Emerald Press). She published oxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility (NYU Press) in 2014. Her newest book, Power, Privilege, and Environmental Protection: Social Inequality and the Rise of the American Conservation Movement (Duke University Press).
Troy Wiseman is Co-Founder and CEO of EcoPlanet Bamboo Group, the largest and only sustainability certified commercial bamboo plantation company globally, with operations currently in Central America, South African, West Africa, and expansion plans current underway in Brazil and SE Asia. EcoPlanet is the first company to successfully industrialize bamboo, providing a proven model of successful ecosystem restoration at scale, converting thousands of acres of degraded land back into fully functioning ecosystems, reversing the negative effects of global climate change and providing thousands of marginalized people with the potential to change their own lives in areas of the world where few opportunities exist, all while reducing deforestation and forest degradation through the provision of a sustainable alternative fiber for timber and fiber manufacturing industries.
Wiseman began his entrepreneurial career at age 20 when he co-founded international clothing manufacturer/retailer best know for its B.U.M. Equipment brand, growing revenues from US$0 to US$120m in 6 ½ years, with manufacturing operations in 19 countries. Shortly after selling his interest in 1992, Wiseman Founded the InvestLinc Group, where he created a proprietary private equity family of funds. Over 14 years as CEO, Wiseman built InvestLinc Group into a fully integrated financial services company with offices in eight US states and $500M of assets under management before selling in 2005.
Wiseman is an active philanthropist. He co-founded World Orphans in 1993, which has funded more than 500 orphanages in 46 countries as well financially supporting projects geared towards the reduction of poverty through education and jobs training and addressing the needs of mentally and physically challenged children. Wiseman is also providing entrepreneurship enhanced training skills for owners of SME companies in Africa and spending time as a guest lecturer at universities such as MIT. In 2009 Wiseman was acknowledged by the United Nations Foundation for helping to build a better world and fight disease, poverty and climate change.
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