President and Executive Director, Grind Out Hunger
Danny Keith is currently the President and Executive Director of Grind Out Hunger, and the Chief Development and Technology Officer for Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County. His accomplishments include the establishment of several successful business ventures, sports writing/blogging, an ongoing 5-plus year radio stint on 102.5 KDON FM, the founding of Grind Out Hunger an action sports and music non profit specializing in developing the leaders of tomorrow by empowering the youth. Community awards United Way Community Hero 2011, a 2010 NEXTie and a 2009 People Magazine All Stars Among us round out some of the accolades of Keith's career. A surfer for life, he is married to his wonderful wife of 6 years and cherishes his children. Keith has been a Santa Cruz Resident, business owner, community activist and philanthropist for more than 20 years.
CEO and Founder, Dogpatch Strategies
Donnie Fowler has built a career in technology and politics through his work in the Clinton White House, at the Federal Communications Commission, as vice president at TechNet in Silicon Valley, and with political campaigns across the United States. Donnie earned a perfect 3-0 record leading presidential battleground states (Connecticut'96, Michigan'04, & Indiana'08). He was Al Gore's National Field Director in 2000 and General Wesley Clark's national campaign manager in 2004. Donnie finished second to Howard Dean in the contest for Democratic National Chairman after the 2004 presidential election. On the business side, Donnie's work has included business development and policy support for clients as varied as Facebook, Stanford University, PredPol, and the Solar Energy Industries Association. He represented the clean tech industry on the 2010 campaign to stop Prop 23, Big Oil's effort to overturn California's clean energy and climate laws. Donnie is a regular contributor to former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm's "The War Room" on CurrentTV. Originally from South Carolina, he now lives in San Francisco with his wife Heather Stephenson and their one-year-old daughter.
Public Information Officer/Crime Analyst, Santa Cruz Police
Zach Friend is a policy, public affairs and communications expert who has worked for Barack Obama's presidential campaign, the White House Council of Economic Advisers and in both houses of Congress. For most of the last decade Zach has been the Press Information Officer and Crime Analyst for the Santa Cruz Police Department. In addition to directing communications strategy and acting as the department's spokesman, he analyzes crime statistics to help design more effective prevention and enforcement strategies. He has been published extensively on issues related to public management, law enforcement resource allocations and health and economic policy. Zach has a Masters degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a BA with Honors in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He was recently elected as County Supervisor for the 2nd District and begins his term in January 2013.
Business Leadership Consultant
Mark Nicolson has been consulting and teaching for the last two decades on transformative leadership in organizations. His clients include corporations, partnerships, VCs, and social change visionaries. He is a principal consultant of Ventana Group, and he has recently worked with IDEO, BALLE, Humanity United, and the Ella Baker Center, as well as with Desmond Tutu and his family foundation. Early in his career, he worked in investment banking in the UK and Hong Kong before becoming a partner in Alexander, the UK pioneer in executive coaching. His style is warm, insightful, and humorous. In his work with groups and individuals, he creates a foundation of trust that allows people to explore their desire to transform. He has taught in executive education at Harvard and teaches teaches regularly at Stanford and Esalen. He has an MBA from Stanford, and MA in Classical Literature from Oxford, and an MA in Psychology from Meridian University.
Executive Director, Firelight Foundation
Peter Laugharn has been the Executive Director of Firelight Foundation since July 2008. Previously, Peter served as Executive Director of the Netherlands-based Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF), a private foundation that funds and shares knowledge about work in early childhood development and children’s rights. Peter worked for more than 11 years in a variety of roles for Save the Children USA, with much of his extensive experience focused on Africa. As Save the Children’s Deputy Director in Mali, Peter helped develop the “Village Schools” model, which promoted access to basic education, girls schooling, and community participation. He was later Save the Children’s West Africa Area Director and then Education Adviser for Africa, providing technical assistance for programs in 10 countries. Currently a member of the Council on Foundations International Committee, Peter is also co-chair of the Inter-Agency Task Team on Children and HIV and AIDS.
Founder & Executive Director, Rising International
Carmel Jud is Rising International’s Founder & Executive Director. In 2002, Carmel gave up the successful business she’d founded and built for 20 years and launched Rising International, the first non-profit to use the home party business model to contribute to solving poverty. Rising International sells crafts made by the world’s poorest people – women. In addition, Rising trains under-employed women in the U.S. to run their own Rising Home Party businesses. Today Rising works with women in 27 countries, focusing on areas of the world where it’s the hardest to be alive as woman. Carmel has been featured in the press both locally and internationally including as Huffington Post’s Greatest Person of the Day. She is also a proud recent recipient of the 2012 Woman of the World award.
Howard Martin is one of the original leaders who helped Doc Childre found HeartMath. In 1999 he co-authored The HeartMath Solution published by HarperSanFrancisco and he has been with HeartMath’s world-wide training and consulting team since its inception in 1991. In 2000 he authored The HeartMath Method, an audio learning program published by Nightingale Conant. He is also the producer of two award-winning musical recordings including Doc Childre’s Heart Zones which spent 50 consecutive weeks on Billboard Magazine’s music charts. Howard speaks internationally on developing new intelligence needed to navigate life during changing times.
co-founder and president of Sifteo
David Merrill is co-founder and president of Sifteo, a company based in San Francisco building the future of play. Sifteo’s first product is a tabletop user interface system made of wireless graphical tiles that enables unique intelligent play applications. David is a graduate of the Fluid Interfaces Group at the MIT Media Lab. His work explores how human interactions with computers can leave the limitations of the desktop interface behind, through the development of physical-digital tools that operate comfortably in our real-world environments. He has lectured in computer science at Stanford University and led music controller design workshops at the MIT Media Lab. David holds a MS in Computer Science and BS in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University, and a MS and Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab.
Director of the Marine Mammal Physiology Program
Terrie Williams, PhD is a Co-Founder of the Center of Ocean Health and Director of the Marine Mammal Physiology Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has spent her life studying how big animals survive on our changing planet, from Alaskan killer whales to African cheetahs. Her research expeditions have taken her to the wildest places on earth. During these expeditions she has witnessed marked human impacts on wild animals. In response she directed the rescue of oiled sea otters following the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill and has been recording the effects of climate change on Arctic and Antarctica marine mammals. Her most recent work involves working with the most endangered marine mammal in U.S. waters, the Hawaiian monk seal. By creating a new research facility that promotes integrative learning between humans and animals she hopes to revive the human-animal bond that is essential for our future survival.
Gonan & Johan Premfors
Gonan and Johan are the main drivers behind the coaching and human consciousness movement on the Arabian Peninsula. Both are faculty members of the Coaches Training Institute (San Rafael, Ca.) They are the founders of Parentology, a relationship philosophy and series of workshops, currently delivered on four continents. Johan and Gonan have worked with thousands of people including business leaders, families, professional athletes, and governments. Gonan is from Istanbul, Turkey but has lived in Dubai since 1988 where she enjoyed a long career in finance before embarking on the human development path in 2005 by bringing the Coaches Training Institute and professional coaching to the Arabian Peninsula. Johan is from Stockholm, Sweden but grew up in Pakistan, Kenya and Turkey. He is a former private banker turned telecommunications entrepreneur and later professional coach. They live in Dubai with their teenage daughter.