Philip Beard

Emeritus professor of German at Sonoma State University. Co-designer and co-coordinator of SSU's Global Studies Interdisciplinary BA program. Philip Beard is also the coordinator of the SSU War and Peace Lecture Series, 1995-2000. Philip is an Institute Fellow of 2014-15. Long-term researcher and lecturer on roots of dysfunctional/violent/non-adaptive behavior.

Beth Dadko

Beth Dadko manages Health Action's Community Engagement and Communications at the Sonoma County Department of Health Services. In addition, Beth serves as the Chair of Santa Rosa's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board and a 2009 Fellow of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy. Beth has a Master's in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Washington in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice and BA in Biology and Spanish from Grinnell College.

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Miranda Dietz is a researcher at the Labor Center. She is co-editor with Michael Reich and Ken Jacobs of When Mandates Work: Raising Labor Standards at the Local Level. She has written on local enforcement of labor standards, low-wage airport workers, and temporary workers in California. In addition to research on low-wage workers, Miranda focuses on health care and health reform in California. She is involved in the California Simulation of Insurance Markets micro simulation model (CalSIM). Her analysis has focused on churn in and out of insurance coverage and on the remaining uninsured in California. Miranda received a Master's Degree in Public Policy from UC Berkeley in 2012, and a Bachelor's Degree in Government from Harvard University.

You can also find the UC Berkeley Labor Center on Twitter and Facebook

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Angela Hart is a reporter at the Santa Rosa Press Democrat in Sonoma County, California. As the county government reporter, she covers an expansive beat, including the county's Board of Supervisors, politics, health care, land use and the environment. She is a U.S. Army veteran, and served in Iraq during the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She has a master's from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

Woody Hastings

Woody Hastings is the Renewable Energy Implementation Manager for the Center for Climate Protection. He is an energy Woody_Hastings.jpegand environmental policy analyst, strategic planner, and community organizer with over 28 years of experience in the non-profit, governmental, and private sectors. 

Woody specializes in Community Choice energy, a state policy that fosters energy democracy by empowering communities to establish their own not-for-profit electricity service, thereby taking control over decision-making about energy sources for electricity generation. Woody’s involvement with Community Choice energy began in 2006 while in San Francisco, working to support a Community Choice program there. He joined the staff of the Center in 2010 to help establish Sonoma Clean Power, the second Community Choice program in California.

Woody is a 2012 Fellow of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy and has a degree in Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice from San Francisco State University.

You can also find Woody on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

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I grew up in the heart of Wine Country on a horse farm and spent most of my summers traveling with my mom. I'll be transferring to San Francisco State this fall to major in International Relations with a minor in Arab and Muslim Diaspora Studies. Besides studying the geopolitical quagmire of the Middle East I also compete with the Santa Rosa Junior College Debate Team and spend a lot of time watching the San Francisco Giants.

Karissa Kruse

Karissa Kruse is President of the Sonoma County Winegrowers, a marketing and educational organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier grape growing regions. Karissa joined Sonoma County Winegrowers as Director of Marketing in September 2012 and was named President for the organization on May 1, 2013. Karissa earned a BS in Economics and an MBA in Marketing from Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania. She has over 17 years of experience in various aspects of marketing, brand management, strategic planning and business development. Karissa has worked for companies such as General Mills, Universal Studios, Mattel and Dairy Management, where Karissa worked for seven years on behalf of dairy farmers nationally. She is a partner in a small winery, Argot Wines, and the owner of a 25 acre parcel in Bennett Valley, with five acres planted to grapes. Karissa is on the Advisory Committee for Wharton’s Initiative on Environmental Leadership and on the boards of the Sonoma County Tourism, Sonoma County Harvest Fair, Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation, Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, Santa Rosa Junior College Shone Farm Foundation, Ag Trust Committee and Viticulture Advisory Committee and a member of Leadership Santa Rosa Class 29.  Kruse was selected as a NBBJ Women in Business 2014 Honoree and 40 under Forty Award recipient in 2012.

Jen Lewis

Jen Lewis is the Health Action Manager with the Sonoma County Department of Health Services, Health Policy, Planning and Evaluation Division. She coordinates strategic efforts of Health Action, Sonoma County's collective impact initiative aimed at achieving long-term improvements in health, education, and income, with a specific focus on health equity. She spearheads efforts for the Sonoma County Prevention and Wellness Fund Catalyst Team, which aims to develop a balanced portfolio approach to financing local prevention efforts. Prior to this role, Jen worked as the Assistant Director for the New York University Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and she served as an Agroforestry and Environmental Education Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador. Jen is the Chair of the Healdsburg Transportation Commission and is a Fellow of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy. Jen holds a Master's in Environmental Management (MEM) from the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, a Master's in International Relations (MA) from the Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and a BA in Biology from Bryn Mawr College.

Eric Mar

Eric Mar was elected in November 2008 to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to represent District 1, the Richmond District. In 2012, he was re-elected for a second term. For over two decades, Eric has been a dedicated and responsive advocate for working families, youth and seniors, small businesses and all the diverse residents of the Richmond District and San Francisco. He has lived in the Richmond District since 1986.

Brian Martens

Brian is an international speaker, communications specialist, a Team Clarity Expert, and has a Conflict Resolution Certificate (2009) and a Masters in Organization Development from Sonoma State University (SSU) (2011). His Masters Thesis research titled: The Impact of Leadership in Applying Systems Thinking to Organizations, was selected for presentation at the 2011 International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) annual conference in Hull, UK (June-2011). He is a volunteer with Recourse Mediation Services in Santa Rosa, CA and facilitates workshops, guardianships, and community mediations. brian_martns_headshot.jpg

He is a fellow of The Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy (2012) in Santa Rosa. He is a professor at SSU and teaches “Leadership Skills for Resolving Conflict”, and teaches communication classes at Santa Rosa JC. He is the founder of Brian Martens Consulting, and has worked with the Volunteer Center in Santa Rosa, Wells Fargo in Concord, Golden Gate University in San Francisco, The Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership in San Rafael, and others. His expertise is Team Clarity Breakthrough, Clear Communication, Strategic Change Initiatives, Visioning, Leadership, and Coaching and is a Certified Master Practitioner of Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP). He believes conflict is a natural occurrence and an opportunity to create a win-win for everyone.

You can also find Brian Martens Consulting on Facebook and LinkedIn

Matt Martin

Matt Martin is a Massachusetts native, who moved to California in 1998 after graduating from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island with a BA in Psychology and Elementary Education. Matt has worked for over 20 years in Matt-small_-_Copy.jpgthe field of youth development, and started his career serving as a teacher through AmeriCorps in Providence, RI. Matt has served as CEO of Social Advocates for Youth since 2010, leading the agency through an unprecedented period of growth and focusing on responding to youth needs. In 2015 Matt spearheaded a $9.5 million capital campaign for the SAY Dream Center, an affordable housing and supportive services program for youth ages 18-24. Matt lives in Santa Rosa with his wife, Arcelia and daughter, Dolce Vita, an accomplished ballerina. 

You can also find Social Advocates for Youth - SAY on Facebook

Joseph McIntyre

Joseph McIntyre is President of Ag Innovations, a non-profit dedicated to promoting a food system that sustains producers, workers, and the environment. He has worked on the front lines of creating an equitable economy with Native American Nations in Idaho and Sonoma County, with farmworkers on issues of housing and transportation, and is the Co-Chair of the Economic Wellness Operations Team--the working group of Sonoma County Health Action focused on reducing economic disparity in our community.

Kellie Noe

In her current role at the Department of Health Services, Ms. Noe oversees Cradle to Career Sonoma County, a cross-sector initiative that connects all levels of education from birth to career to improve the educational, economic, and health outcomes for all Sonoma County youth.  Her professional background includes providing technical assistance on statewide and national projects focused on improving and developing public systems, services, policies and programs for underserved children and youth.  She has also contributed to capacity building efforts aimed at better connecting youth to quality career development opportunities. Ms. Noe is a member of the West Sonoma County Union High School District Board of Trustees (president 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2016), the Ceres Community Project Board of Directors, the Child Care Planning Council and a Graduate of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy. Ms. Noe holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Kent State University and a Master’s degree in Civic Development for a Sustainable Society from Sonoma State University.   

Alfredo Perez

Alfredo Perez is the Executive Director of the First 5 Sonoma County Commission. He has over 30 years of experience working with Alfredo_Perez.pngchildren, youth and families. Mr. Perez was originally educated in human psychology and counseling through the University of Texas (UT) at San Antonio and at the Graduate School of Psychology at UT El Paso. On moving to San Francisco in 1982 Mr. Perez began work in community organizing, providing outreach and services to homeless, runaway and Central American refugee youth while also engaging the larger community to address the needs of this population. In 1989 Mr. Perez began working as a social worker in the Sonoma County Human Services Department. He worked in all aspects of child welfare, including six years as a school-community based social worker. He earned his Master of Social Work degree in 2000 from California State University, Sacramento. Before becoming Executive Director of First 5 in 2012, Mr. Perez directed the Valley of the Moon Children’s Center that included the youth emergency shelter, emergency foster homes and the Redwood Children’s Center for the investigation and treatment of child abuse.

You can also find Alfredo Perez on LinkedIn.