Raquel Pinderhughes teaches courses on urban and environmental planning and policy, including, “Sustainable Development in Cities,” “Environmental Justice,” and “Alternative Urban Futures.” Raquel is also the Director of the Willie L. Brown Fellowship Program. An internationally recognized expert on green jobs, green jobs training and environmental literacy, Raquel’s “Green Job Training Model” was used to form the Oakland Green Job Corps and informed the development of the Obama Administration’s Pathways out of Poverty Initiative. Raquel is the creator of Roots of Success, an environmental literacy and work readiness curriculum, specifically designed for youth and adults who face significant barriers to education and employment. Roots of Success is used in schools, youth programs, job training programs, prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities throughout the United States, the UK and South Africa. Roots of Success prepares individuals who come from communities heavily impacted by poverty, unemployment and environmental problems, to work in environmental careers and improve conditions in their communities. Raquel is a member of the California Statewide Environmental Literacy Task Force (ELTF) and Co-chair of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Diversity Committee.
Becca believes in the innate potential of all youth to thrive when given love and support. She works for the Alameda County Center for Healthy Schools and Communities, based at REALM Charter School. Previously she served as a Board Member of REALM and as the Pathways to Success Program Manager and Clinical Supervisor at Berkeley Youth Alternatives (BYA), a multi-service Community Center for youth and families in West Berkeley. Becca is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and has been working with youth and their families for over 20 years. She started as a community organizer in San Francisco’s Hunter’s Point with SLUG (San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners) building gardens and hiring youth in Public Housing to grow food for their community. She has since worked in community centers, garden programs, and public charter schools in San Francisco, North Richmond, Berkeley and in Massachusetts. She is also a massage therapist and birth doula, approaching her social work from a holistic perspective of health and wellness.
Chuck is a social entrepreneur who is currently developing and operating CatalogChoice.org, a national mail preference service used by over one million consumers. Through his efforts at Catalog Choice, Chuck is reforming the mailing practices of direct mailers to provide consumers with choice about what enters their mailbox and reducing paper use by corporations. Chuck also operates the real estate prediction market service, Realius, an innovative use of crowd sourcing for pricing residential real estate. Chuck was formerly the General Manager/VP of the Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) product line at PeopleSoft; the President of Counter Productions, a manufacturer of a recycled-glass solid surface material; President of Advance Planning Solutions, a budgeting and planning software company; and Vice President of Economic and Planning Systems, an economic consulting firm. Chuck works with the UC Berkeley Haas Lester Center of Entrepreneurship as a mentor, and is a board member of SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Education). Chuck holds a masters in urban planning from University of North Carolina, and a bachelors in conservation resource planning from University of California.
Elisa Batista is a campaign director at MomsRising.org / MamásConPoder.org, a million-member organization advocating for policies related to family economic security, child health and ending discrimination against mothers. She collaborates with the organization to reach out to mothers on-the-ground and through social media campaigns on the blogs, Facebook and Twitter.
She is also a bilingual journalist and award-winning blogger. She is the co-publisher of the popular parenting website, MotherTalkers.com, which was named a “favorite mom blogger” by Ms. Magazine. In addition, her writing has appeared at the Huffington Post, Daily Kos, FOX News Latino and Wired News. She has also won an award by Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media (LATISM) for her use of social media tools to promote causes.
When Batista is not on her computer, she is shuttling her children or training for races. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband, son and daughter.
Ladan and her husband are the owners of Auto Glass Express, a Berkeley-based business offering quality auto glass services at affordable prices. Prior to joining her husband in the family business, Ladan spent 12 years at non-profit organizations fighting for social and environmental justice, human rights, and peace in the Middle East. Most recently, Ladan worked for two years as Program Manager at Green For All, where she convened national leaders to share best practices on how to green our communities while creating new economic opportunities for low-income and people of color communities. Ladan also worked for 5 years at Global Exchange where she coordinated fact-finding delegations to the Middle East, organized national rallies and educational events against the war in Iraq, and worked to promote a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Ladan also worked for the International Forum on Globalization where she researched the impacts of economic globalization on the environment and local communities. Ladan is also a founding parent at Golestan, a Persian Language and Cultural Center in Berkeley.
Mark was an architect and long-time community and environmental activist, very active in local politics. Affiliations included: Berkeley EcoHouse; College of Marin Architecture Department (Instructor); Northern California Recycling Association; Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility; Berkeley Citizens Action; Indigenous Peoples Day Committee; Urban Ore Development Associates; United Professors of Marin; and Thousand Oaks Neighborhood Association. Mark was a member of the Zero Waste International Alliance. Mark passed away April 6, 2011. The board remains deeply inspired by his spirit and legacy.