Raquel Pinderhughes is Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at San Francisco State University. Her work focuses on improving quality of life for urban residents, particularly those of low-income. Much of her work focuses on how efforts to improve urban environmental quality can be linked to efforts to address social inequality and poverty. Pinderhughes is a national expert on green collar jobs, green job training, and workforce development. Her landmark study, Green Collar Jobs: An Analysis of the Capacity of Green Business to Provide High Quality Jobs for Men and Women with Barriers to Employment, informs understanding of how green collar jobs can function as pathways out of poverty for men and women with barriers to employment. The Oakland Green Jobs Corps is one of several programs that used the job training model that Pinderhughes developed as part of her study. As founder and director of the Environmental Literacy Curriculum Project, Pinderhughes has produced an environmental literacy curriculum for green job training programs, high schools, and other programs interested in supporting youth and adult environmental literacy. Her most recent book, Alternative Urban Futures: Planning for Sustainable Development in Cities throughout the World, focuses on planning and policy approaches and appropriate technologies that can be used to minimize a city’s impact on the environment while providing urban residents with the infrastructure and services they need to sustain a high quality of urban life.
Becca is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who believes in the innate potential of all youth to thrive when given love and support. She is 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. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and is also on the Board of Directors of REALM Charter School. Becca has been working with youth and their families for over 18 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.
Robert has over 30 years of professional experience in environmental, urban and transportation planning which includes: environmental impacts, air and water quality; local and regional planning; promoting mass transit including accessibility for elderly and disabled. He is a board member of a foundation focused on livable communities, urban agriculture and environmental justice; has served on the advisory council of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District; and has taught Tai Chi at Options Recovery in Berkeley.
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.