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HuNia Bradley

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Will Roscoe

I'm a Wyoming native exicited and committed to living in Oakland. Professionally I'm working on a technology platfo…

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Ramsel Ruiz

Building a peer-to-peer language learning community that connects learners to native speakers. iOS developer.

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Steve Morrison

In Transition

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Damian Rouson

Damian Rouson is an engineer with extensive experience in the development of software for scientific computing. He coauthored…

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Hilary Abell

Hilary Abell is co-founder of Project Equity, which builds economic resiliency in low-income communities by increasing worker…

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Alison Lingane

Alison worked with teens in West Berkeley early in her career, creating a micro-enterprise development program. In the past 1…

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Dorothy Santos

Dorothy Santos is a writer and editor whose research areas include computational aesthetics, programming, coding, open source…

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Ruth Stroup

Accidental Oaklander - I came for the affordable rent, and stayed for the community Accidental Insurance Agent - I alway…

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Anthony Garcia

CEO & co-founder of GuideOn - GuideOn is a military veteran talent acquisition platform. We combine behavioral social sci…

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Saqib Keval

Saqib Keval is a community cook and organizer who created the People's Kitchen in order to imagine and support new food …

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David Fore

David leads Catabolic Design. He has created product design organizations, trained and mentored designers, and led many succe…

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James Hardwick

Solo attorney practicing in the areas of employment law, consumer protection, and medical malpractice (specifically, dental m…

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Jenny Coico

Jenny Coico is passionate about building community-based movements to support food justice, wellness, and environmental susta…

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Lisa Gray

Leader. Innovator. Strategist. Lisa's leadership skills and style bring teams together to move social change forward…

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Nancy Rielle

I am creating below-market, for-sale, live/work housing in a turn-of-the-century industrial building in West Oakland. This bu…

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Gani Laguisma

Gani Laguisma has more than 25 years of experience providing accounting, auditing and advisory services to public and private…

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Alex Madrigal

I'm a writer and producer. I'm now the bureau chief for Fusion, an ABC-Univision joint venture. I was a senior edit…

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Ben Schick

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Jess Maron

The common thread throughout my diverse background is working for the betterment of people. I'm a Certified Massage Ther…

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Rae Abileah

social change strategist, community organizer, activist, writer, and advocate for human rights, environmental justice, and co…

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Caterina Rindi

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Paul Fennell

I'm on the consulting tip, implementing solutions that connect people to information. Some of my best friends are develo…

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Louise Yokoi

I'm passionate about helping museums utilize tools and strategies in innovative ways for fundraising, capacity building …

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Wendy Levy

Wendy is the Executive Director of the National Alliance for Media Arts And Culture. She is also the founder and director of …

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Debbie Richardson

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Briana Cavanaugh

Briana Cavanaugh is a financial coach and bookkeeper. She has a background economic justice and policy work. She loves helpin…

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Camille Kelley

Camille Kelley is an alternative model, personal stylist and image consultant, that thrives on helping others feel like their…

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Jazmin Ontiveros

Jazmin Ontiveros‘s passion for media was ignited as a teen and inspired her to pursue degrees at the University of Californ…

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CJ Silberman

BA UC Berkley, JD, Law, JFK, professor San Jose State, Business Law, Producer, The Injustice System in America-Netflix, Becom…

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Charles Long

Charles A. Long Principal, Charles A. Long Properties, LLC Oakland, CA Charles A. Long is a developer specializing in mixed-u…

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Joel Solomon

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Jonathan Kirst

Co-founder, Lead Engineer of Roostify.com. Rubyist.

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Eddan Katz

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Donn Harris

Oakland School for the Arts serves 750 inspired arts students and their families in Uptown Oakland. We hold 50 performances e…

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Josh Rubenoff

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Manu Butterworth

Manu Butterworth is Founding Director of Golden Gate Feng Shui School. His passion is to provide learning opportunities for o…

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Joe Murphy

Joe is a former librarian working on library futures. The story of libraries is a story of innovating through extreme chang…

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Nicole Etchart

Nicole founded NESsT on the belief that social enterprise is a powerful tool that provides marginalized communities the skill…

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Spencer Wilkinson

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William (Bill) Lazarus

24 years as investigative reporter at newspapers including the Miami Herald and the Alaska Advocate 14 years as a lawyer, …

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Ahmed Shuja

Ahmed Shuja posses an unusual mixture of deep scientific background in diverse areas of materials science, heat transfer , el…

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Samuel Bernier

Samuel Bernier is Certified Hakomi Practitioner and a graduate of the Hakomi Institute's two year training program in ex…

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Evan Specter

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Scott Kline

Scott R. Kline is a professional headshot photographer with years of experience in capturing portraits that connect the subje…

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Philip Clark

As Chief Creative Officer for Exygy, Phil leads the design team’s work across all company projects, and also works on the s…

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Kiwan Gore

As co-founder of Evelyn and Company LLC, Kiwan Renee Gore continues her Wall Street career as an Investment Educator. Kiwan p…

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Dave Philhower

Dave Philhower: educational consultant What would K-8 public schools look like if they really fit students' needs? Fo…

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Bo Ghirardelli

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Lisa Anderson

Lisa Beth Anderson is the creative force animating both Spark + Tumble and In Good Company. She shapes visual narratives and …

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Dixon de Lena

Dixon de Leña is CEO of Mother Earth Trust. Since 1998, Dixon has been a regular speaker at the LOHAS Forum and other promin…

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Robin Marquis

Robin Marquis was brought into the world by a lesbian mother, a bisexual mother and a queer father. Raised in rural northern …

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Tiffany von Emmel

Tiffany von Emmel, PhD, is a creative learner, leadership coach, consultant, scholar, and entrepreneur. In her private pra…

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Dani Fishman

Dani Fishman has a breadth of experience in mental health, social justice, and the education space. She began her career by s…

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Marco Vangelisti

Marco came to the US as a Fulbright scholar in mathematics and economics at the University of California in Berkeley. After a…

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Theo Wilson

Software development for the Helium platform.

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Chuck Brown

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Justin Milano

I stand for a world where anything is possible. A world where we face our fears and unlock our true creative power. A world w…

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Elisabeth Berger Bolaza

Elisabeth Bolaza, MPH is a sexuality expert, educator, activist, and the founder of SexyHuman, an independent organization th…

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Justin Milano

I stand for a world where anything is possible. A world where we face our fears and unlock our true creative power. A world w…

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Blaine Waterman

Blaine was a film/video librarian for the San Francisco Public Library from 2000 to 2014. He is currently sending and receivi…

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Paul Valva

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Jason Hofmann

The son of a Civil Rights attorney and an ethics-focused healthcare professional, Jason learned the value of diversity and th…

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Michaela Brown

5 years of professional experience developing strategic community partnerships and global learning programs in low-income cou…

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Jean Russell

Jean Russell is a COO, facilitator, and writer. Jean navigates her collaborators through the crucial questions of creating an…

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James Pollard

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Kymi Armour

Kymi Armour is a multi-faceted artist and high tech professional. She is a results-oriented product executive who translates …

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Kim Jennings

Provide strategic consulting for non-profit, education and social impact organizations, empowering them to achieve intended o…

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Dara Ackerman

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Gemma Bulos

Gemma Bulos is an award-winning social entrepreneur and the Director of the Global Women’s Water Initiative. Global Women&#…

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Carolyn Hunt

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Sarah Diefendorf

Ms Diefendorf serves as Executive Director of the Environmental Finance Center West at Dominican University an University of …

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Brock Grubb

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Sameer Bhasin

A cross-functional team leader and consensus builder with expertise in Branding, Marketing and Project Management. Highly mot…

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Felicia Williams

Greetingz, I'm Felicia, a native of Louisiana. My career path includes Healthcare Provider, Mental Health Provider, Busi…

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Alissa Cohan

I came out of the shoot with three bones in my body; a wish bone, a funny-bone and a back bone.

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Maz Ali

Curator with Upworthy. Texas native. Middle child. Guitarist (looking for a band). Beer & whiskey enthusiast.

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Allison Kelly

Independently motivated, results-driven, and innovative professional with entrepreneurial spirit and expertise in Business De…

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Dave Room

Dave Room was born in San Francisco, raised in Berkeley and is living in Oakland. He enjoys and is really good at getting thi…

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Tony Wicks

Tony Wicks is the president and founder of KCK Ventures a company that provides business consulting and incubation services t…

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Mary Going

Mary Going is an entrepreneur and social activist. She holds an MBA from the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mi…

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Steve Spiker

Connecting tech and government, GIS and data visualization. junkie, landscape photographer, truth seeker. Founder at OpenOakl…

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David Lester

I worked in product innovation and marketing for Diageo for ten years. I spent four years in London, four in Sydney, and two …

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Lisa Colvin

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Ricardo Nunez

My work has focused on rectifying economic and social inequalities that reinforce unsustainable power dynamics, empowering co…

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Danny Spitzberg

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Phillip Arca

Philip Arca is a seasoned turnaround leader with broad and deep experience. And his strategic consulting professional experti…

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Etienne Fang

I am a consumer-inspired strategist dedicated to designing impactful strategies for integrated brand experiences. With a back…

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Chris Pastena

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Andy Likuski

I'm an urban planner and software developer trying to make Oakland an even better place than it already is. My dream is …

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Justin Polgar

Justin Frank Polgar, Minister of Chocolate Driven by his ceaseless curiosity, Justin has primarily been self-taught through t…

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Mark Baril

Conflict engagement & management has been proven to be an effective tool in large corporations for years. And yet it’s …

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Kimball Lane

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Sondra Hall

Sondra Hall is the Founding Director of "Take My Word For It!, an organization providing creative writing programs for k…

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Vania Deonizio

Vania Deonizio, Founding Director Born in Rio de Janeiro to a family of musicians, she was introduced to various rhythms of m…

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Cynthia Toliver

Cynthia Toliver is the chef and CEO of ToliverWorks Food, whose mission is to provide tasty, creative and affordable food far…

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Colleeb Shoulders

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Jennifer Selby Long

I partner with executives to successfully navigate the challenges of rapid growth, change, material events, and developing th…

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Psalm Lewsis

I am a diet industry survivor, I finally was able to lose 230 pounds and keep it off, through a combination of strategies. Tw…

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Alexander Zwissler

Alexander Zwissler is Executive Director/ CEO of Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland California. Zwissler has led Ch…

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Hendrik Tiesinga

Hendrik is an experienced designer, facilitator and researcher of multi-stakeholder innovation networks and labs. He is a wri…

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Mike Nicholls

In my thirteen years of experience I’ve used ideation, design and craft in creating solutions for Fortune 500 and non-profi…

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Thomas Li

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Mark Sutton

Mark Sutton is a Policy and Program Analyst at Northern California Community Loan Fund; previously Research Analyst at Impact…

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Christine Lee

After a career in the media, managing content of all kinds for companies like Yahoo and CBS and freelancing for publications …

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William Palmer

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Betsy Block

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Sarah Church

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Kelly Stenhoff

Hugely attracted to complex ecological- and systems thinking- based models. Enlivened by generative, solutions-oriented work …

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Sabrina Mutukisna

Sabrina Mutukisna is Co-Founder of The Town Kitchen -- a locally-sourced food company that employs, trains, and invests in Oa…

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Sarah Kaplan

Sarah is a business attorney serving small and green businesses, social enterprises, and cooperatives. Sarah's practice…

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Kaliya Hamlin

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Colin Mutchler

Colin Mutchler is founder and CEO of Louder, a platform for crowd-promoting ideas that matter. He is a storyteller, musician …

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Pat Sullivan

Author, coach and speaker in the fields of genius, meaningful and stress-free work, conscious business planning and creativit…

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Cynthia Blancaflor

Upon moving to the Bay Area in 1999, Cynthia started out as a performer, featured as a spoken word artist at many events and …

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Tenaya Asan

I do a shmogishbord of work, 1) green building and energy efficiency consulting, 2) PACE financing for commercial buildings, …

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Tyler Norris

Tyler Norris is an entrepreneur and founder of over a dozen businesses and social ventures. His three decades of service in …

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Ashanti Branch

After working in Corporate America for 5 years the deeply rooted passion to educate took over and Ashanti returned to school …

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Johann Berlin

Johann is Director of TLEX, a holistic leadership development program with trainings focuses on employee wellbeing, teams eff…

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Alice Sung

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Kathryn Gilmore

I am the owner of a local food business making visually gorgeous, all natural, whole vegetable dressings and sauces. My start…

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Estelle Davis

Estelle Davis advances social change through her work with Cycles of Change, public health, and feminist medical sociology wr…

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Nikole Reaksecker

Nikole's focus is on educating, engaging and empowering sustainability professionals. She works with business and nonpro…

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Deborah Taylor

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Anne Park

Anne is a business development strategist with nearly 10 years of experience supporting entrepreneurs in emerging markets. An…

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Casey Wilson

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Regina Davis

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James Kalin

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David Derryck

David has been working in the intersection of business and social impact for nearly a decade leading and advising social ente…

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Lora Silver

I'm a board certified health coach with a background in holistic nutrition, healthy lifestyle coaching, and plant-based …

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Eric Graham

Get Storied is an advisory and learning company devoted to transformational storytelling. For the last 12 years, Michael Marg…

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Gary Wolf

Gary Wolf is the co-founder of The Quantified Self, a global collaboration among users and makers of self-tracking tools ex…

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Gina Gold

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Meg O’Shaughnessy

midwifery health well being and healing alternative school public radio nonviolent communication mediation Transparent …

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Eric Strelneck

I am a small business consultant- a Business Owner's Ally. I focus on assisting small organizations in a variety of …

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Angela Wellman

I am a creative academic, education researcher, educator, musician, thinker, institution-building village woman. I create tea…

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Richelle Donigan

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Matthew Savener

Hi, I'm Matt Savener, Copy Chief at Upworthy. We're working every day to change the world and change minds about th…

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Karen Straus

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Donna Carroll

Donna Carroll is the co-creator and founder of Ecstatic Dance, the largest weekly conscious dance on the planet, bringing ove…

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Joshua Halpern

I'm an artist, activist, and environmental educator. I sell honey locally, have a BFA in Film and a MA in Integral Ecolo…

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Nancy Fishman

Nancy Fishman is the owner of Nancy Fishman Film Releasing (NFFR), a company that distributes outstanding films made by innov…

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Rani Croager

Rani Croager has been at the forefront of innovation in higher education and community economic development. Ms. Croager is …

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Hank Herrera

Hank is President & CEO of the Center for Popular Research, Education & Policy (C-PREP), a non-profit community based…

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Brooking Gatewood

Some things I'm up to these days: - Participatory patient powered research network design for the UCSF Health eHeart s…

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Elliot Gann

Founder/Director A professional psychologist, producer and DJ, Dr. Gann has been teaching in Oakland and San Francisco Bay Ar…

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Sonya Taylor

Performance Poet, Activist and transformational leader Sonya Renee Taylor is a National and International award winning write…

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Christina Beggs

After graduating, Christine moved to the Bay Area to offer her expertise to causes she's passionate about; working as a …

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Edward West

Edward West is an entrepreneur and educator. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University, and an MBA from Pr…

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Vincent Lau

Extensive experience in growth stage startups. Prior experience includes product & operation delivery roles in social med…

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Amy Hillyard

Amy has over 15 years of consulting experience and has served a wide spectrum clients raging from start-ups, non-profits, sma…

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Jay de los Reyes

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Maritza Martinez

Maritza Martinez is the Program Manager at Somos Familia, where she works to support Latina/o LGBTQ youth and their families.…

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Or Rabinowiz

Following his love for the natural world, Or received his Bachelor's degree in Biology from UC Santa Cruz. His main pas…

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Marlene ‘Mo’ Morris

Marlene “Mo” Morris is an independent media maker specializing in documentary style productions. For over 6 years, she ha…

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Hasmik Geghamyan

Hasmik Geghamyan is a community lawyer with social justice and grassroots organizing background. Hasmik focuses her practice…

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Edward Galan

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Granate Sosnoff

Granate Sosnoff is a communications consultant for social change and advocacy. She is also a freelance writer and pop up wine…

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Raines Cohen

Community Organizer. Cohousing Coach. Coworking Coach. Aging-in-Community Author. Connector. Matchmaker. Facilitator.

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Chantelle Lorenz

I'm excited to be a part of this community to grow and share with. I love the dynamic human body and the complexity of t…

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Kisha Richardson

www.linkedin.com/in/kisharichardson

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Nika Quirk

Nika is an educator, coach, facilitator and improv teacher influencing people to be new paradigm leaders - systems savvy, re…

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Cathy R Fischer

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Joseph Huayllasco

Mr. Huayllasco is a native San Franciscan and has over 16 years of experience in the financial industry. He attended the Uni…

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Diane Johnson

Diane Johnson, Ph.D., President, Mmapeu Management Consulting – Oakland CA Dr. Johnson has more than 30 years experience i…

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Tracy Cone

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Michael Hatcher

Michael Hatcher is a veteran teacher and currently works as the principal of Epic, a startup middle school, in Oakland, CA. …

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Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene

Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene is an Ijaw and Urhobo Nigerian dyke performance activist, poet, dancer, writer, actress and vide…

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Maiki

maiki is a webcrafter, and making websites that people use to help their communities makes em come alive! Also, maiki is awes…

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