Renna Al-Yassini is a strategist and Design Director of interaction design and research at Tomorrow. She leads initiatives to create new products and services for a wide range of clients, guiding them through design research and systems thinking processes while fostering collaboration amongst stakeholders.
Renna’s background in communication strategy for diverse organizations bolsters her ability to design positive experiences for clients. Her research and writing efforts at the intersection of design, business, culture, and social impact give her a solid foundation for helping clients to realize their goals.
Renna studied political theory and international poltics at UC Santa Cruz before receiving a Masters degree in design from Carnegie Mellon University. She secured funding to realize her thesis project – a center for women’s entrepreneurship and innovation in Qatar. As founder of the Rouhda Center, Renna conducted human-centered design research to create culturally relevant, strategic services. This work led her to be recognized as one of Businessweek’s “Twenty-One People Who Will Change Business”.
Renna is a native of Kuwait and moved to Northern California with her family during the Gulf War. Returning to Bay Area after grad school, she now searches for beautiful objects at the abundant local flea markets.Close
Susan is a senior brand strategist at Tomorrow, developing growth-fueling strategic platforms and marketing communications campaigns for leading companies and non-profits alike. After graduating from Stanford with a degree in International Relations, she held senior leadership positions at top San Francisco advertising agencies Foote, Cone & Belding and Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, and at a variety of Bay Area non-profit organizations. This experience across sectors gives her a deep understanding of how to craft strategies that connect deeply with customers, stakeholders and constituents, building powerful and effective communication platforms.Close
Tomorrow Partners & Sparkwise
Carl Bender is a design director at Tomorrow Partners and Sparkwise, where he utilizes his complementary experience in interactive design and branding on design projects that make a positive social impact. Carl began his career in Philadelphia, working as a senior interactive designer before making the move to San Francisco to get his MFA in Graphic Design. After completing graduate school, he worked at Tuft & Co., bringing interactive and broadcast projects to life for Adobe and Time Warner Cable. Later, Carl worked on large-scale commercial and civic branding projects for clients like San Francisco Magazine, MTV, The Bay Bridge, and Presidio Parkway. His work has been published in design magazines such as Communication Arts, How, CMYK and Print, while projects he’s worked on have graced the cover of The New York Times.Close
Maggie Breslin is a designer and researcher with a unique focus on healthcare delivery. She pioneered the role of designer/researcher at Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation when she joined in 2005. She leads research, design and development efforts around topics as diverse as decision-making, risk communication, integrated practice models, remote care, caregiving and minimally disruptive medicine. She believes strongly that good conversation is a critically important but mostly ignored component of our healthcare system and champions this idea in all her work. She has logged many hours observing and talking to patients and clinicians and counts those opportunities as among her most treasured. She has published in journals ranging from Design Issues to Archives of Internal Medicine and had a previous life in film/television/animation/motion graphics where she learned how to tell compelling stories in a variety of media. Maggie holds a Masters of Design (MDes) from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Mass Communications, Film and Television, from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.Close
Gene Bukhman, MD, PhD
Partners In Health
Gene Bukhman, MD, PhD is a cardiologist and a medical anthropologist. He has worked with Partners In Health for more than 15 years. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School where he directs the Program in Global Non-Communicable Disease and Social Change. Dr. Bukhman is a Senior Technical Advisor on Non-Communicable Disease to the Rwandan Ministry of Health. In this capacity, he is working closely with colleagues in the Rwandan government who are integrating services for the long tail of endemic non-communicable disease (such as rheumatic heart disease, epilepsy, cervical cancer, and Burkitt’s lymphoma) into the process of health system strengthening. As part of this effort, Dr. Bukhman is helping to develop a strategic planning framework with more general application for countries engaged in similar efforts.
Dr. Bukhman is also an advisor to the Global Taskforce on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries.
Nathalie Destandau is Tomorrow’s lead strategist, resident sustainability buff and Co-Founder of Sparkwise. Her engagements run the gamut from ethnographic research to sustainable business strategy, naming, positioning and development of communication platforms for Tomorrow’s wide range of clients.
Nathalie’s background in academia and her MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School give her a particular knack for translating complicated propositions into messages that are clear and engaging. Her deeply rooted intellectual curiosity means that she never takes a project brief at face value—she always challenges assumptions to lay the groundwork for new insights and ideas.
Nathalie applies this same fervor to engagements beyond her client work. She is the co-author of The Living Principles for Design, the first integrated sustainability framework for the creative industry, which has been adopted by professional design associations around the world. She also serves on the board of trustees of Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley. Nathalie was born and raised in France before setting sail for the Bay Area in the mid-1980s.Close
Andrea Z. Evans
Philanthropy Consulting Group
Andrea Z. Evans is the principal of Philanthropy Consulting Group, a practice serving grant seeking, grant making, and intermediary organizations. She has more than twenty years of professional and volunteer nonprofit sector experience, with a major focus on individual, major gift, and capital campaign fundraising. Prior to consulting, Andrea worked on staff for the Art Institute of Chicago, Sierra Club, Coro Foundation of Northern California, and California Academy of Sciences. She attended Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas, where she earned a BBA from the Cox School of Business and a MLA from the Simmons School of Education and Human Development.Close
Patricia has worked at the intersection of storytelling and social engagement for two decades, creating original content or leading film programs that advance social dialogue and change. In 2008, she joined Sundance where she produces partnerships that advance the impact of the DFP, including ‘Stories of Change,’ with the Skoll Foundation and The Good Pitch, with the BritDoc Foundation.
She represents the DFP at forums and festivals and has spoken on panels or moderated at HotDocs; Sheffield; the IFP/UN’s Envision; and Making Your Media Matter, among others. She was Project Director on Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue, a Sundance initiative created with the federal cultural agencies.
From 2004-2008, as Director of SILVERDOCS, she oversaw AFI’s partnership with Discovery Communications, the largest real-world media company and created the International Documentary Conference, with support from CPB. Under her leadership, SILVERDOCS became the largest documentary festival in the US. She joined the IFP in 2000, and became Artistic Director, IFP Market in 2003. Patricia worked with USIA (part of the State Department), and with the IMF, creating short films on global economic transformation. She did graduate studies in film at the AFI Conservatory and later worked as a creative executive developing feature films in Hollywood. She holds a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University.Close
Jackie serves a Growth Planning Senior Advisor for YouthBuild USA. She was founding Executive Director of YouthBuild Boston in 1989, the first national replication site of YouthBuild. Jackie’s 30 years of experience spans a range of issues, including community health care, workforce development, youth development, education, literacy, affordable housing, job training, micro-enterprise, cultural development and the creative economy, civil rights and public policy. Her breadth of personal experience—as an executive director, board member, coalition leader, community organizer, and public policy advocate—informs her approach to consulting with non-profits. She tailors her approach to the unique dynamics and culture of each non-profit, finding the most appropriate ways to support the leadership in charting its course.Close
Sandy Herz is responsible for managing and expanding the foundation’s network of strategic relationships to accelerate the impact of social entrepreneurs’ innovations and to drive increased resources for Skoll’s portfolio of social entrepreneurs and broader market intelligence. Sandy joined the foundation in 2004 as Vice President, Marketing and Communications and built its initial “connect and celebrate” programs and initiatives. In 2007, she became Director of Film & Broadcast Partnerships and focused specifically on building the foundation’s portfolio of film and media initiatives, including the flagship Stories of Change partnership with Sundance as well as BBC World, PBS NewsHour, FRONTLINE/World, National Public Radio and Public Radio International.
Prior to joining the Skoll Foundation, Sandy worked with several innovative grassroots non-profit organizations and spent six years as Executive Director of the Software Development Forum, a leading Silicon Valley industry networking organization with 2000 members and 20 to 30 events each month designed to accelerate the adoption and proliferation of technology innovations. She received a Bachelor of History and International Relations from Brown University, a Masters in Administration and Policy Analysis from the Stanford University School of Education and a Masters in Business Administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.Close
David Karam is the lead developer at Tomorrow Partners and CTO of Sparkwise. He uses his fluency in design and software development to bridge the gap between business stakeholders, researchers, visual designers and software developers. He has designed and produced interactive media, database-driven websites, applications and installations for commercial and cultural institutions including Apple Computers, Nokia, Warner Bros. Records, The Body Shop, The Getty Center and the San Francisco MOMA. In 2009 he founded Postera, a website builder and hosting service for creative professionals. David’s work is in the collections of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the San Francisco MOMA. He teaches at California College of the Arts, as well as Transmedia at St. Lukas in Brussels. He regularly lectures about design, content-managed websites and user experience at institutions across the U.S. and Europe.Close
Originally trained in Product Design, Design Research, and Design Strategy, Jince strives to not only solve problems, but to find the right problem to solve. His personal and professional experiences have propelled him to use his talents as a designtrepreneur to create solutions to some of our nation’s most pressing issues, including public transportation and public education. Always seeking to push the boundaries of social innovation, Jince’s latest exploration is in the power of people-powered movements. He is currently working on building a number of movements that engage, empower, and unite communities towards collective social impact through personal transformation and conscious consumerism.Close
With strategic thinking and hands-on collaboration as her touchstones, Natalie Linden helps organizations build powerful narratives across every touchpoint, from positioning and messaging to naming, taglines, ad campaigns, websites, social media, packaging, print collateral, speeches – even the occasional poetic stanza. Her expertise also crosses industries, from Silicon Valley giants like Google and Cisco Systems to delicious do-gooders like Alter Eco, Cowgirl Creamery and Peet’s Coffee. A frequent Tomorrow Partner, she has a particular passion for companies and organizations who make it their business to leave the world a little better than they found it.Close
Michelle Milford Morse
Michelle is a public affairs and advocacy consultant based in Austin, Texas. She works with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Sesame Workshop, LIVESTRONG (the Lance Armstrong Foundation), amfAF, the International Center for Research on Women, ChildObesity 180, Johnson & Johnson and the UBS Optimus Foundation. Previously Michelle was on the global health policy and advocacy team at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, working on vaccine-preventable disease, malaria, neglected tropical diseases, family planningClose
Born in Castanhal, Pará, Bruno joined Imazon in 2010 as a communications advisor. He manages the communications channels maintained by Imazon and seeks to continue expanding the possibilities for disseminating information produced by the Institute. Bruno has a great interest in social media and explores this medium as a source of information and entertainment.Close
Partners In Health
Jon Shaffer is the Community Engagement Coordinator for Partners In Health. In this role, he works to build a community organizing strategy that can strengthen the movement for global health equity and move us ever closer to achieving justice in health. Previously, Jon served for two years as the Executive Director of GlobeMed, during which time its national network grew from 17 university-based chapters and 500 students to 46 chapters and more than 1,500 students, all working in partnership with 47 grassroots health organizations on four continents. He graduated from Northwestern in 2009, where he studied biomedical engineering and was active in the GlobeMed chapter.Close
Cori Shepherd Stern
Partners in Health
Cori Shepherd Stern is a writer and producer, working in both documentary and narrative film. She is currently producing The Untitled Global Health Documentary, based on the extraordinary work of Partners In Health, directed by the award-winning documentary filmmaker Kief Davidson. Her other film projects include Warm Bodies directed by Jonathan Levine for Summit Entertainment, and The Arizona Project for Miramax, written by Sheldon Turner. In addition to film, Cori is known for her work as a social change strategist and as a co-founder of Strongheart, a residential healing and progressive education community for exceptional young people from extreme life circumstances across the globe including former child slaves, child soldiers, refugees, and other young survivors of conflict or poverty.Close
Alex is a user experience designer at frog, with over a decade of practice bringing products to life that people enjoy using. He leverages design research, concepting, strategy, and interaction design to translate user needs into design solutions. Alex has spent half of his career focused on design for healthcare and continues to drive innovation in this space and speak on topics of rapid-ideation and gamification. Through winning a series of hack-a-thons, he’s demonstrated how concepting and prototyping with small multi-disciplinary teams can lead to compelling concepts with high impact.
Special thanks to frog for their participation.
An interdisciplinary designer, educator and global nomad, Deborah Alden is a perpetual liaison and translator between practices, people and cultures. Whether conducting field research on food deserts in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn or developing a new undergraduate design program in Singapore, she brings structure and clarity to complex situations in the development of effective systems and strategies. Deborah is currently the Dean of Firebelly University in Chicago, a new social design entrepreneurial incubator, and a research and brand strategy consultant working primarily in Asian markets. She has previously been based in México, Singapore, New York City, Washington, DC and Portland, OR.
Dr. Neal Baer
Dr. Neal Baer is Executive Producer of the CBS television series A Gifted Man. He also served as Executive Producer behind a stream of television hits including ER, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. However, Baer believes his most crowning achievement is his commitment to creating social change. His experience in film, television, books and medicine has given him the opportunity to evoke change and positively affect the lives of others. Baer’s messages, shared all over the world, have allowed countless others the ability to use their own stories to make the world a better place. Audiences will be deeply affected, compassionate and most importantly, motivated to continue Baer’s work helping others. Baer graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed his internship in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles. He received the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Scholarship from the American Medical Association as the most outstanding medical student who has contributed to promoting a better understanding of medicine in the media. The American Association for the Advancement of Science selected him as a Mass Media Fellow. Today, Baer focuses his efforts utilizing his gift of storytelling to change the world. In 2012 he will be launching a new social network called actionlab.org, which connects people with similar interests so they can help their communities together.Close
Emma Bernsohn is a designer at Tomorrow where she has worked on various branding, print, and interactive projects. After leaving the Midwest to study on the East Coast she traveled throughout Central and North America farming and practicing sustainable construction. Emma settled in the Bay Area to study graphic design at California College of the Arts where she graduated with distinction. When she isn’t behind her computer she can usually be found on her bicycle.Close
Brooke Brewer is a producer for Break Thru films, a production company headed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg. Each project at Break Thru tracks new landscape–from criminal injustice in the American South, to Darfur, to stand up comedy and the lives of professional athletes–but all are centered on unforgettable people and their singular experiences. Next up is a GE/Cinelan FocusForward film and a pilot for the National Geographic Channel.
Prior to Break Thru, Brooke worked for PopTech and Goodfocus, producing films for universities, non-profits and social enterprises with stories ranging from design for social good to gay marriage to the history of the Inuit people. Her own storied past includes stints as a weaver, farmer, shepherdess, raft guide and vegan baker.Close
Dave Chiu is an Associate Creative Director at frog in San Francisco. At frog, Dave’s clients have included AT&T, Better Place, Chase, Disney, GE, McAfee, Synopsys, and Vocollect. Dave’s deepest areas of expertise are in mobile applications and service design across multiple touch points, devices, and stakeholders. Prior to joining frog, Dave was a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Design Lab, where he developed mobile experiences and services for clients including Cisco Systems, the Clinton Global Initiative, Pitti Imagine, Nokia, and Telefónica.
Prior to MIT, Dave co-founded a startup in London that leveraged mobile devices to promote and support behavior change around environmental sustainability. Dave has a Masters in Interaction Design from Interaction Design Institute Ivrea, in Ivrea, Italy, and has been a Guest Critic at both the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Stevens Institute of Technology.
Special thanks to frog for their participation.
Born in Cairo, Egypt and raised in the United States, filmmaker Mona Edaief graduated from New York University with a degree in political science and photography. Her documentary feature credits include Control Room, A Wedding In Ramallah, and Her Name Is Zelda. Aspiring to use video advocacy as a tool for social change, Mona began her career as the producer of MTV News Unfiltered.
The show pioneered the use of first person documentary as a platform for democratic television, and featured user generated segments about social issues. Mona later implemented a video diary exchange program between young Palestinians and Israelis as a step towards conflict resolution in the Middle East. Mona is currently directing and shooting Barefoot Engineers. The documentary feature focuses on a Jordanian Bedouin woman’s struggle to learn solar engineering in order to bring work to women in her village and help alleviate poverty, against the patriarchal rules of her society.Close
Meagan Carnahan Fallone
Meagan Carnahan Fallone is the founder of MFC Art Consulting, sourcing and supplying artwork and accessories to the luxury hotel market. Her work has won international awards for design and can be found on virtually every continent. Through her extensive travel in sourcing and developing artwork and accessories to the hotel industry, Meagan began Esprit MFC to aid and encourage women’s micro-financed efforts, refugee cooperatives and social entrepreneurship in developing countries. All proceeds are used to fund educational scholarships for women and girls in Nepal, India and Africa. Meagan is also a partner in Esprit Heliski SA, an Italian based heliskiing operation.
Most recently, Meagan has accepted a position as Senior Advisor to Barefoot College, an award winning social enterprise, based in India. Her interest in philanthropy includes a long involvement with, Human Rights Watch, Playing for Change, and Giving Women. She speaks regularly on the modern spectrum of philanthropy and the power of its role to drive change. Her personal passions include mountaineering, kite surfing, photography, and Eastern religions. Originally from New Zealand, she was educated in the United States and United Kingdom and holds a BFA in Fine Arts and an MA in History of Art. She lives in Switzerland with her three children Nicholas, Ian and Julian.Close
Ely Flores’ YouthBuild life started like many other stories—young, pushed out of school, a young parent, and “adjudicated.” However, after completing the YouthBuild program as one of the top students, he obtained both his High School Diploma and GED. He also embarked on a voyage to fight for social justice at The Youth Justice Coalition and Public Allies. Years of involvement in political campaigns and community organizing efforts have taken him to speak at the White House, State Assembly, and Congress.
His passion for social justice took him to Israel, Palestine, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He now works for GRID Alternatives where he has turned hundreds of families green, namely by equipping them with solar panel systems. He has worked with local elected officials and Green Jobs Now to spread the ideas of environmental justice and the importance of having people of color at its forefront. In 2010, he established Leadership Through Empowerment, Action, and Dialogue Inc. to empower young people to transform their lives and communities. He holds a BA in Organizational Management with an emphasis on Public Administration. Ely is raising two kids and continues to be a part of the YouthBuild National Alumni Council.Close
Amy uses her background in information design, branding, and business to tell meaningful stories and provoke change. Currently, she is a fellow at Firebelly University, an entrepreneurial incubator program teaching designers with a social awareness to make a more just society. In addition, she manages the design studio Tilt Shift and is the founder of Knowtify, a communication consultancy focused on using design to make complex social issues clear and relevant. Previously, Amy was the lead designer for a financial services company where she honed her skills in visualizing cumbersome business strategies and data. Amy has also collaborated with several inspiring organizations including Moving Design, EPIC, and No Right Brain Left Behind. Through these initiatives, she was able to impact local issues by combining her passion for doing good with her design skills. Amy holds a BFA in Visual Communications and Business from Washington University in St. Louis.Close
Michelle Van Houten
Michelle is a Senior Project Manager at Tomorrow Partners. After graduating from University of Rhode Island, Michelle moved to California in 2000 where she found her calling as a project manager in San Francisco’s thriving advertising community. She spent the next decade honing her talents as a communications “air-traffic controller” with grace, style and a steady hand. As a veteran at Foote, Cone & Belding, she developed strong relationships with clients including DoubleTree Hotels, Homewood Suites and Janus Mutual Funds. Michelle now manages complex print, direct mail, online advertising and website projects, and she is key to keeping everything moving in the right direction at Tomorrow.Close
Colab Creative Strategies
Jeremy’s professional experience lies at the intersection of business and design, leading strategic engagements with multi-disciplinary teams for global multinationals, start-ups, and organizations committed to social change. Jeremy spent the first portion of his career at J. Crew, Patagonia, the GAP and Nike, leading new initiative brand design and marketing efforts. After many years directing global brand strategy programs for clients in consumer products, healthcare, finance, education, hospitality, and retail, Jeremy formed Colab, a new model for creative strategy that operates at the intersection of brand, business and experience design. Jeremy serves on the Executive Committee of the Oregon Humanities Board and is an advisory board member for the Alabama Innovation Engine. He is a periodic guest lecturer at Parsons The New School for Design, has been featured in Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek, and has won numerous international design and business awards.Close
Jen Langley is the Director of Digital Communications at YouthBuild USA, where she leads efforts to use new media to tell the organization’s story and support its communications and fundraising efforts, and manages YouthBuild USA’s websites, social media, and other related technology. Jen has been with YouthBuild USA for 11 years and has led its selection, implementation, and management of CMS and CRM solutions, and a move to open source in 2011. Her previous experience includes web and marketing work at small software firms, technology start-ups, and front-line networking support at BBN Planet. She has a Bachelor’s in English from Boston University and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Simmons College.Close
Dr. Jabari Mahiri
Dr. Jabari Mahiri directs TEACH (Technology, Equity, And Culture for High-performing schools) a research/collaboration with urban schools and community partners on uses of new media for increasing achievement and educational equity, and for improving teacher professional development. He is Chair of the Language, Literacy & Culture Progam in the Graduate School of Education; Faculty Director for the Bay Area Writing Project, and Vice President of the board of REALM, Berkeley’s first charter school. He is the third recipient of UC Berkeley’s Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence.
Dr. Mahiri is author of Digital Tools in Urban Schools (2011); When Scholarship Athletes become Academic Scholars (2010); and, African American and Youth Culture in New Century Schools (1998). He is editor of What They Don’t Learn in School (2004) and Virtual Lives (Forthcoming). Previously, he helped found and chaired the inaugural board of New Concept School in Chicago. He was also an English teacher in Chicago Public Schools.Close
Zoe is a Designer at Tomorrow Partners and a graduate of the California College of the Arts. Before joining the Tomorrow family, she worked on a wide range of freelance projects for clients pioneering in the fields of environmental responsibility, social change, and community outreach. She lives for projects that are built on the foundation of empathy and a collaborative spirit. Working across media such as interactive, illustration, video, and public interjection, she is not afraid to roll her sleeves up and experiment to find a solution. Her best ideas come when she is blasting Animal Collective or wailing along with Joan Baez.Close
Noe Orgaz grew up in a low income, single parent home in Northeast Los Angeles — a community split by gangs. He saw the fight for territory first hand and quickly decided that he would not belong to a gang. At the age of 16 he became a father and dropped out of school to begin working full time. However, during high school, Noe was introduced to community organizing. And in 2002 he helped form the Youth Justice Coalition (YJC) where he helped bring together non-profit organizations to discuss issues affecting their community. During his tenure at YJC, he demanded alternative solutions to incarceration and justice in schools and in the streets. Noe was motivated to educate himself after struggling to find history books about his culture. He was able to visit Chiapas, México where he learned about the Zapatistas and restorative justice. This experience serves as inspiration for the change he envisions for American society. Noe is on the National Alumni Council for YouthBuild USA. He is currently working towards a business administration degree.Close
Partners in Health
Aaron Shakow is a Lecturer in history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Lecturer in the global history of non-communicable disease at Harvard Medical School. He is also a past editor of the journal Health and Human Rights. During the roll-out of the “3 by 5” initiative to expand global access to antiretroviral treatment in the mid-2000s, he was policy advisor to the director of HIV/AIDS at the World Health Organization. Dr. Shakow’s research interests include health financing, international governance in the health sector, and the historical impact of public health interventions on economic relations and cultural exchange. He completed his doctoral dissertation on plague and the origins of clinical epidemiology at Harvard University in 2009.Close
Johnathon Strube is a collaborative designer living, thinking, feeling and working within print, UX, motion and exhibition design. He is currently a Fellow at Firebelly University, full-time designer at Tilt Shift and recent instructor in Visual Communication at Northern Illinois University. Prior to Firebelly University and Tilt Shift, he gained international experience while exhibiting work at the International Festival of Design in Poland, studied Design and Architecture in Italy, Switzerland and Spain and served as a Graduate Assistant for Moving Design. Currently, he is working on the launch of his own design studio Heart Giants, a collaborative studio focused on making art and design a viable element within small communities. A combination of design studio, art collective and education incubator, Heart Giants’ mission is to empower community, creativity and culture through design, art and education. Outside of design, he enjoys biking, sharing, family, friends, sports, stories and life.Close
Dr. Dave Thau
Google Earth Engine
Dr. Dave Thau is the senior developer advocate for Google Earth Engine, Google’s geo processing platform. He has 20 years of industry experience developing Internet-based applications. He has created and managed software development for Webby Award winning websites, launched two successful startups, written a best-selling computer science textbook, and authored many scholarly papers in the field of data management. He has worked with image databases and geospatial systems, focusing on the fields of ecology, biodiversity, and land cover classification. Dave currently works with scientists and NGOs developing software and algorithms to run on Google’s highly parallelized cloud computing-based Earth observation data processing framework. He holds degrees from UCLA, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a doctorate in Computer Science from the UC Davis.Close
Center for Investigative Reporting
Joaquin Alvarado has been Senior Vice President for Digital Innovation at American Public Media Group and Minnesota Public Radio (APM|MPR). He has served as Senior Vice President for Diversity and Innovation at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), and has been a key innovator of projects and companies that promote new frameworks for public media, education and community leadership in the Internet age. Prior to joining CPB, Joaquin was the Founding Director of the Institute for Next Generation Internet (INGI), which launched in 2005 from San Francisco State University. His work with INGI is dedicated to advancing the development and deployment of high-speed networks and collaborative applications through community-based initiatives and technology innovations.Close
Paulo is a senior researcher at the Amazon Institute of People and the Environment where he started his 20-year career. Paulo Barreto has published more than 70 academic and technical publications. He frequently speaks to a wide variety of stakeholders in the private and public sectors (such as in hearings in the Brazilian Congress). His research has appeared more than 200 times in major international and national news media such as The Economist, Reuters and BBC. Since October 2009 Barreto writes the blog Amazônia Sustentável (Sustainable Amazon) about challenges and ideas for sustainable development in the Amazon. From 1998 to 2004 Barreto also acted as executive director of Imazon where he developed extensive experience in fundraising and organization management. Barreto holds a MSc in Forests Sciences from Yale University and a BSc in Forest Sciences from The Amazon Rural University in Belém, Pará, Brazil.Close
Bata came to Barefoot College with her parents when she was 2 years old. Her mother worked as a designer in the handicraft department and her father worked as an artist and Barefoot Photographer until he passed away in 2004. In 2005, she took over her father’s position in the organization. Alongside Bunker Roy and following the theory of learning by doing, Bata mastered photography, film editing, and computer skills on the job. Today, she edits films independently and has completed over 20 films for Barefoot College on subjects that include solar engineering, rain water harvesting, solar-powered desalination, the right to work, Night School and other stories about Barefoot College. She has traveled to Bhutan, Gambia, Mauritania and Mali-Timbuktu to make films about women Barefoot Solar Engineers.Close
Gaby Brink is the founder and chief designer of Tomorrow Partners and the CEO of Sparkwise. She leads an interdisciplinary team that collaborates with visionary entrepreneurs and organizations to innovate and build design-driven tools and services for positive change.
A globally celebrated designer, Gaby serves on the Board of Directors of AIGA, the largest and oldest professional design association. She co-authored The Living Principles for Design, the first integrated framework to provide a systems approach to environmental, social, economic and cultural sustainability for designers of all disciplines. Through these leadership roles, she fosters dialogue and collaboration amongst the global design community to co-create tools and best practices for design as a catalyst for positive cultural change.
Gaby was born and raised in Switzerland where she enjoyed a childhood rich with copious amounts of cheese, chocolate, world travel and Helvetica. In 1988, she migrated West until she reached the Pacific Ocean and has called Northern California home ever since.Close
Liz Rose Chmela
Liz Rose Chmela is the founder of Made By We, a design and communication firm for the social sector. She studied cultural communication as a Graphic Design major at Miami University and is currently a Fellow at Firebelly University. She has worked with universities, non-profits, social enterprises, start-ups, and is passionate about applying the lessons she has learned working with corporate clients to the social sphere. She is ever-curious and currently intrigued by urban micro farming, how to make tofu from scratch, and traditional print practices.Close
Marc Ericksen is a well-known illustrator based the San Francisco Bay area. A naturally fluid draftsman, he is called upon by major design firms and advertising agencies for storyboard art comprehensive sketches. Marc has helped launch several startup companies such as Icon Sport Aircraft, Solotrek, and Glimmerglass inc., applying his skills creating presentation art for prospective venture capital meetings. Marc has also produced full color illustrations for numerous publications and clients over the past 35 years. Past clients have included Intel, Varian, Bank of California, Chevron, Stanford University, San Francisco Magazine, Universal Studios, British Airways, Electronic Arts, Levi Strauss, Del Monte, Hewlett Packard and many others. As an adjunct artist with Academy Studios, he has produced presentation art to support the fund raising efforts of many museums around the country and internationally. After spending six years in the Army, which he joined after high school, Marc attended Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.Close
As Associate Director, Kristin oversees the year-round creative support activities for Documentary Film Program grantees, including four Creative Documentary Labs, the Fellows program at the Sundance Film Festival, at the Sundance Creative Producers Summit and Creative Partnership Convenings. She orchestrates DFP public programming including screenings for Sundance Institute and work-in-progress screenings. Feeley oversees DFP’s digital presence and DFP legacy activity, working with Sundance archives, Sundance Collection.
Prior to Sundance, she worked at several international film festivals and arts non-profits such as Tribeca Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival. Kristin graduated from Mount Holyoke College with honors, and earned a Masters of Philosophy in Media Studies in Glasgow, Scotland, with a focus on early American documentary film.Close
Katie Heit Gardner
Katie is a design director at Tomorrow. Her talents include packaging and environmental graphics, annual reports, marketing materials, websites, books, ad campaigns, branding, photo art direction, and magazine publishing. Her work has earned her recognition in Communication Arts, Print, STEP, and How, and in the AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers show. Katie honed her skills in Chicago’s design community at companies like Designkitchen, VSA Partners, Inc., and the Modern Luxury Magazines before packing her bags to explore the west coast. Prior to joining Tomorrow, she thrived as a freelance designer in San Francisco, most notably designing and illustrating 13 titles for Chronicle Books. A native of Minneapolis, Katie earned a fine arts degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison where she studied graphic design and printmaking. After spending her entire life land-locked in the Midwest, Katie now enjoys hiking the ocean trails and savoring the mild weather of the Bay Area with her family.Close
Mónica is a senior designer at Tomorrow Partners where she works on a broad range of projects including annual reports, packaging, environmental graphics, and websites. Her work has been recognized in a number of prominent design publications including Print, GD USA, Graphis, Communication Arts, and How. Mónica holds a degree in Sociology and Ethnic Studies from The Evergreen State College. She worked for over eight years as Art Director for a social justice non-profit, principally on their nationally published magazine and research reports. Mónica then pursued her passion for design at California College of the Arts, where she graduated with highest honors. As Tomorrow’s employee number one, she had a hand in our yesterday as well as our today. Mónica was born and raised in Northern California but enjoys heading south to study printmaking, photography and design with local artisans in México. When she is not traveling, you’ll find her scouring flea markets and bookstores for vintage children’s books.Close
Deb founded the Pratt Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation in 2002 during her tenure as chair of the Industrial Design program. Under her leadership the Incubator has helped launch 25 design driven enterprises in four sectors: clean energy, fashion, design and design consulting. The Incubator provides affordable space, mentorship and strategic business development within a collaborative community of entrepreneurs. The Incubator offers sustainable design consulting services to industry and non-profit organizations by assembling creative teams to work on environmentally and socially relevant projects. Currently the Incubator hosts 12 businesses and has just opened the Pratt Pop-up! shop in the new Dekalb Market in Brooklyn. Deb leads Pratt’s commitment to integrate sustainability into academics in her role as Academic Director of the Center for Sustainable Design Studies (CSDS). She also coordinates the groundbreaking Partnership for Academic Leadership in Sustainability (PALS), a cohort of educators that represent 33 independent art and design colleges across North America.Close
Grace Kim is Director of Partnerships and Strategy at GOOD/Corps. In this role, she combines her background and interests in social innovation to help organizations maximize their social impact. Her strategy and marketing experience includes developing social impact and consumer campaigns for clients such as Pepsi, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, HBO, Maverick Records, Symantec, Yahoo, Nature Made Vitamins, A&E TV, Lifetime and LA Fashion Week. In her free time, she advises early stage social innovation start-ups and co-produces Idea Project, a Los Angeles-based organization that cultivates community around multidisciplinary collaboration and social innovation. She is a UCLA Anderson Riordan Fellow and former Rotary Foundation ambassador.Close
Wendy Levy is a senior strategist at Tomorrow Partners and Co-Founder of Sparkwise. She has spent the last ten years envisioning and executing international programs that bring together art, technology and social justice, including the Producers Institute for New Media Technologies and the Impact Dashboard, which inspired Sparkwise.
Wendy is in high demand as a speaker, workshop leader and consultant to nonprofit organizations, foundations, conferences and festivals around the world. Her past work as Creative Director at BAVC led to the organization’s reception of the 2010 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. She is a media advisor with the Sundance Institute and has served on the Board of Directors of Frameline and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.Close
As Director of the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program and Fund, Cara Mertes oversees all activities of this signature Sundance Institute program, awarding grants to approximately 50 films globally per year. Mertes and her team have created and implemented several international multi-year documentary-based partnerships, including Stories of Change with Skoll Foundation, Good Pitch/Channel Four Foundation and the Arab Fund for Art and Culture, and leadership partnerships with Ford Foundation and Open Society Foundations, among others.
Prior to her work at Sundance, Mertes was Executive Producer of P.O.V. and Executive Director of American Documentary, Inc. As Executive Producer, Mertes was recognized with ten Emmys, three George Foster Peabody awards and two duPont-Columbia Awards. She has executive produced over a dozen independent documentaries, including Academy Award-nominees Street Fight; My Country, My Country and Nerakoon: the Betrayal. Born and raised in Kansas, she was a long-time New Yorker and currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.Close
Tyler Nakatsu is the Digital Marketing and Communications Specialist at YouthBuild USA. He focuses on utilizing new media to elevate the YouthBuild voice of graduates and advocates and also edits, generates and manages content for YouthBuild.org. Tyler has been at YouthBuild since November 2011. Prior to YouthBuild, Tyler worked in social media marketing, brand strategy and content management as a Marketing Coordinator at Palazzo Creative in Seattle, WA. He has a Bachelor’s in Applied Intercultural Communication from Washington State University.Close
Maria Redin is Director of Strategy and Innovation at GOOD/Corps, where she focuses on the intersection of business and social innovation. Prior to GOOD/Corps, Maria worked as interim CEO of Creable, a boutique creative studio in downtown LA, and IDEO where she was part of the Business Design practice. Maria has also led her own engineering consulting practice, has spent time at Mattel’s Project Platypus, an internal think tank for new toy brands, and has worked at the MIT Media Lab; there, she created monitoring systems for marathon runners and Mount Everest climbers and designed interactive toys for kids. Maria holds an MBA at the Wharton School of Business and an MS and BS degree in Computer Science from MIT. She loves traveling to far away places, ballroom dancing and trying all kinds of new foods.Close
After a successful Emmy Award-winning career as a television producer/director, Robin Smalley co-founded mothers2mothers (m2m), a Cape Town based NGO providing education, empowerment and support for pregnant women and new mothers living with HIV/AIDS. m2m reaches these women with a unique approach, by employing and professionalizing lay people living with HIV (Mentor Mothers). As role models in their communities, Mentor Mothers fight stigma as valued members of prenatal care teams that have traditionally been populated by dwindling numbers of overworked and overstressed doctors and nurses. As m2m’s first Executive Director and current International Director, Robin has guided the organization through a period of extraordinary growth. A tiny grassroots endeavor established in 2001, m2m is now a pivotal part of the Global Plan to eliminate pediatric AIDS by 2015, operating almost 600 sites in eight African countries and employing about 1500 HIV-positive mothers.Close
South LA YouthBuild
Beatrice “Bea” Sweet has served at various youth development programs; she is currently serving as a Re-engagement Specialist at South LA YouthBuild located on the college campus of Los Angeles Trade Tech. Bea was born and raised in San Fernando Valley, California. As a young African American woman growing up in a low-income urban community, she has been blessed to overcome many obstacles and barriers to be who she is today. Bea is a YouthBuild graduate of Lennox YouthBuild, California, Class of 2000.
Bea has studied at Cal State LA and Los Angeles Community College, taking courses in gang intervention and prevention, youth development, leadership development and community asset building. She has a great passion for serving young people and assisting in their personal and academic development. Bea is an elected member of the YouthBuild National Alumni Council (NAC) and represents over 80,000 YouthBuild alumni across the nation. She has touched many staff and young people’s lives in a profound way through the development and facilitation of trainings and sharing her personal life experiences.Close
Darby Kim Thomas
Darby has worked with the T-Mobile Creation Center to find new applications for emerging technology. In Savannah, Georgia she worked with a local business initiative to pilot a concept that matched creative students with nonprofits and small businesses. She’s worked with Hattery Labs to prototype a service that helps homeless services find and collaborate with each other. She is pursuing opportunities to apply a design minded approach to fields outside the traditional world of design.Close