2023 Speakers

Anna Cummins

Anna Cummins

Founder
5 Gyres
Anna spent much of her early youth playing in Santa Monica storm drains, beaches, and her backyard compost pile, experiences ...
Brad Baker, CEO

Brad Baker, CEO

SOMO Village, an internationally recognized, deeply sustainable mixed-use community
SOMO Group, LLC
Mr. Brad Baker currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of SOMO Group (SOMO). SOMO is an investment holding company ...
Valerie Quinto

Valerie Quinto

Executive Director
Sonoma Resource Conservation District
Valerie Quinto is the Executive Director of the Sonoma Resource Conservation District, a local agency that addresses natural resource issues ...
Cathy Taylor

Cathy Taylor

A Town of Windsor citizen's group addressing climate emergency through local action.
WeAct
Cathy Taylor is a founding member of WeAct, a local citizens’ group dedicated to environmental issues, including combating climate change ...
Colin West

Colin West

Opening Keynote
Clean Up The Lake
Colin West has 10 years of experience as a SCUBA diver and is a certified PADI Dive Master. With a ...
Marcus Eriksen, Ph.D

Marcus Eriksen, Ph.D

Founder
5 Gyres
Marcus Eriksen received his Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Southern California in 2003, months before embarking on ...
Dawna Mirante

Dawna Mirante

Owning and Running a Refill Store in Sonoma County
Refill Mercantile, Petaluma, CA
Dawna Mirante is the co-founder of Refill Mercantile, a thoughtfully curated low waste shop and refillery in downtown Petaluma, California ...
Jana Wang

Jana Wang

Owning and Running a Refill Store in Sonoma County
Owner, Refill Madness, Sonoma, CA
Jana Kania Wang is the Co-owner and Chief Refill Officer of Refill Madness in Sonoma, California. Motivated by the need ...
Kim Neil

Kim Neil

Opening and Running a Refill Store in Sonoma County
Owner, SoCo Trading Company, Windsor
After spending 3 years living in the Fiji Islands and witnessing firsthand the devastating effects of single-use plastics in the ...
Deb Fudge

Deb Fudge

Councilmember
Town of Windsor
Debora Fudge has been a Councilmember for the Town of Windsor since 1996. She is the only 6-time Mayor of ...
Leslie Lukacs

Leslie Lukacs

Executive Director
Zero Waste Sonoma
In June 2019, Leslie Lukacs was hired as Executive Director of Zero Waste Sonoma formally known of the Sonoma County ...
Sunny Galbraith

Sunny Galbraith

Climate Action Night 2022 Student Films
350 Sonoma
Sunny Galbraith is an environmental and labor activist with local climate action group 350 Sonoma, a board member of North ...
Darek Trowbridge

Darek Trowbridge

Sequestering Carbon Using Regenerative Composted Mulch
Soil Carbon Management Company/Old World Winery
Darek Trowbridge is Farmer, Winemaker, Cidermaker, and Owner at Old World Winery, a natural winery and working farm founded in ...
Caren McNamara

Caren McNamara

Bringing Refillable Bottles to California
Conscious Container
Tired of throwing away glass bottles that could be washed and refilled instead of landfilled or recycled, Caren McNamara founded ...
Brian Bauer

Brian Bauer

Co-Founder and CEO
Resynergi
Brian Bauer, Resynergi Co-Founder, President and CEO. Mr. Bauer graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, and ...
Celia Furber

Celia Furber

Waste Zero Manager
Recology Sonoma Marin
Celia Furber is the waste zero manager for Recology Sonoma Marin. The waste zero department is the education and outreach ...
Xinci Tan

Xinci Tan

Organics Program Manager
Zero Waste Sonoma
Xinci is the Organics Program Manager for Zero Waste Sonoma, also known as the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency (SCWMA) ...