Oakland, CA - Zakiya Harris is a California native, who has been working as a Change Strategist for over 12 years. She received her B.A. in Political Science and History from Rutgers University and attended New College of Law before leaving to pursue her lifelong passion of teaching. She has taught elementary through collegiate level in a variety of public and private settings. In 2003, she became the lead trainer at the DJ Project where she facilitated job training and entrepreneurship modules using the medium of hip-hop culture. In 2007, she Co-Founded Grind for the Green, named one of the top Eco-Orgs in the Bay Area, an organization committed to moving young people of color from the margins to the epicenter of the environmental movement. In 2008, she became the first African-American Regional Director of the San Francisco Green Festival, the largest sustainability event on the planet, where she served for two years. Named one to watch by Grist.org, some of her achievements include serving on the founding team of Hub Oakland (opening Spring 2013), receiving the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights Future Leaders award, serving as a Fellow for Green For All under the direction of Van Jones and becoming a Bold Food Fellow in collaboration with the US Department of Agriculture. An accomplished public speaker, she has presented at Green Festivals, Tedx Denver, Toyota Motors Inc. and the NAACP National Convention. Her work was recently featured in the October 2011 edition of Readers Digest. She is also an accomplished dancer, vocalist, actor and member of the west coast based neo folkloric ensemble Ase Dance Theater Collective. Currently she is preparing to release her first solo music project The Shapeshifter. Her highest honor in life is being a mother to her beautiful 7 year old daughter.
Pittsburgh, PA - Vanessa German is a multi disciplinary artist based in Pittsburgh, Pa. As a performance poet and sculptor, she creates found object assemblages that speak to the power of transformation of the ordinary material to the extraordinary. Her performance work speaks to the innate power of the human spirit to transform, transcend and influence change. Most recently she has worked to organize residents of Pittsburgh around the issue of green economic development.
Oakland, CA - Ashel Eldridge aka Seasunz, originally from Chicago is a frontman emcee, vocalist, producer, and the founder of Earth Amplified. Based in Oakland, he performs and presents his conscious music, poetry and spiritual activism nationally. Seasunz has shared stages with the likes of Bassnectar, Wisdom, Dead Prez, Midnite, Blackalicious, Jazz Mafia, KRS-One, Zion I, Ozomatli, Damien and Stephen Marley, Michael Franti, Steel Pulse, Anthony B., Killah Priest, Warrior King, and more. His acclaimed CD release, Earth Amplified, is a fierce tribute to the Earth and peoples‚Äô liberation. Seasunz is an educator with the Alliance for Climate Education in Oakland, CA, and a Green For All Fellow. He is a co-founder of United Roots ‚Äì Oakland‚Äôs Green Youth Arts and Media Center, where he serves as the Health and Sustainability Coordinator. He is also a co-founder of CommuniTree, Oakland Resilience Alliance, and the father of a new baby boy. Facebook him.
Recipient of the Fellows Fund micro-grant award for: SOS Juice Planting Justice - Oakland, CA SOS Juice is a solar powered juice and smoothie bar created to uplift the health of communities by providing healthy food options at farmers markets and festivals. In addition to providing healthy products, the business will be run as a cooperative, employing local youth from communities of color and purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers and food providers.
Chicago, IL - Naomi Davis is an attorney, entrepreneur, activist, and granddaughter of Mississippi sharecroppers who founded Blacks in Green(TM) to remind generations of our great cultural legacy - which is our stewardship of the land - and to reinvent that legacy in the age of climate change. Naomi serves on the boards of the Illinois League of Conservation Voters and Climate Justice Chicago; the Steering Committees of the Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Initiative, Chicago Green Jobs For All, and Good Greens in Illinois; the Environmental Justice Advisory Group of the Illinois EPA and Economic Justice Committee of BALLE; and the editorial board of Environmental Justice.Read more
St. Paul, MN - Camille Cyprian is currently the SNAP Outreach Manager at Second Harvest Heartland, where she works with the government and organizations to assist families and individuals gain access to food. Prior to joining Second Harvest Heartland, Camille worked at Wellstone Action for 4 years. Camille is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, with an individually designed major of Social Justice and Community Organizing. Combining work in African American and Chicano Studies, Social Justice, Sociology, Law/Criminology, and Youth Studies. In college, she spent most of her free time using the performing arts to promote social justice on campus and throughout the city. In 2009, Camille co-authored an article in the book: Changing the Race: Racial Politics and the Election of Barack Obama. She continues to be a featured guest blogger for several progressive and community blogs. Camille recently received her Masters of Nonprofit Management at Hamline University.