Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
Kalila Barnett is currently the Interim Executive Director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, a community organization based in the Dudley Street neighborhood of Roxbury. Kalila is also the former Executive Director of Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE), a leading environmental justice organization based in Boston. Kalila has over a decade of experience in community organizing around affordable housing, land development, and environmental justice. She is a Roxbury native and lifelong resident of Boston. Kalila graduated from Bates College with a degree in American Studies and Spanish. Kalila serves on the board of Mass Budget and Policy Center, the Center for Environmental Health and the Center for Economic Democracy.
Actress and Producer
Jennifer Beals is an actress, activist, producer, photographer and parent. Born and raised in Chicago, she is an award winning actress known for her starring roles in many films and television shows, including her breakout role in Flashdance and more recently in the groundbreaking Showtime series The L Word, TNT’s Proof, and NBC’s Taken. Jennifer has been a tireless advocate for children’s health and for stronger rules to protect children and families from harmful chemicals. In addition to her health activism, Jennifer remains a strong advocate for LGBT rights. Following her work on The L Word, for which she was nominated for multiple NAACP Image Awards, she has published a book of her photography from the show, The L Word Book.
Senior Director, Sustainability, Autodesk, Inc.
President and CEO, Autodesk Foundation
With dual roles as Senior Director of Sustainability at Autodesk and President & CEO of the newly created Autodesk Foundation, Lynelle is committed to harnessing the power of design to create a better world. Under her leadership, Autodesk created the Sustainability Workshop, an online learning platform for teaching sustainable design that has reached over one million students worldwide, and launched two software donation programs, the Technology Impact program for nonprofit organizations, and the Clean Tech Partner Program for early-stage clean tech companies around the world. Since Lynelle joined six years ago, Autodesk has received numerous awards for effectively aligning internal business practices with the company’s commitment to creating a better world.
She brings over a decade of experience in both the nonprofit and private sectors, and has led pioneering efforts in the pursuit of enabling 7 billion people to live well and live within the limits of the planet. Lynelle believes in the power of partnership between business and civil society and has served on numerous boards. A published author and regular speaker, Lynelle has an MBA from UC Berkeley, an M.S. from University of Michigan, and a B.A. from Middlebury College.
Deputy Director/Director of Policy Initiatives
Cecil Corbin-Mark is the director of programs for WE ACT for Environmental Justice (WE ACT). Founded in 1988, WE ACT was New York’s first environmental justice organization created to improve environmental health and quality of life in communities of color. He works on campaigns that seek to: remove carcinogenic diesel soot from school bus cabins, bring fresh locally grown food into NYC public schools, combat global warming, and build market-based and legislative solutions to protect New York communities from toxic chemicals. Cecil comes from a family that is no stranger to the pursuit of social justice. He is the great nephew of Louis E. Burnham, a co-editor with Paul Robeson of the journal Freedom and a leader of the Alabama-based Southern Negro Youth Congress in the 1940’s. Cecil continues the work of his great uncle and several other family members today as he helps to lead WE ACT in its work with residents and the political establishment to create a more just and sustainable future. A lifelong resident of Harlem’s Hamilton Heights Historic District (aka Sugar Hill), Cecil holds a BA from Hunter College and a MPhil from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
Entrepreneur and Investor
Dr. Dorsey is a serial organization builder and leader in for-profit, non-profit, scholarly and governmental realms. In the for-profit arena, Dr. Dorsey is an active investor and co-founder and principal of Around the Corner Capital—an energy advisory and impact finance platform. Through Around the Corner, Dr. Dorsey maintains active relationships and agreements in the US and beyond with various partners from Barrett Capital, to the California Clean Energy Fund, to Silverleaf Partners, the Royal Bafokeng Holdings (South Africa), Univergy (Japan/Spain), the World Bank and many other institutions and high net-worth individuals driving the global renewable revolution. Over decades Dr. Dorsey has been featured or provided his insights on environmental matters in the world’s leading lay television, radio and print outlets from Al Jazeera, the Associated Press, South Africa’s Business Day, CCTV, CNN, Democracy Now!, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, the Orlando Sentinel, The Sacramento Bee,The Thom Hartmann Show, US News and World Reports and many other outlets.
Co-Founder, Finance the Future
Bobbi Dunphy is an Australian social entrepreneur, angel investor and mentor living in San Francisco who has worked at the nexus of water, food & climate security for the past 15 years. As a Founding Member & Strategic Director of the Global Peace Index published by The Economist annually since 2009, Bobbi worked closely with Heads of State, Nobel Peace Laureates, CEOs of Fortune 100 companies, renowned humanitarians & celebrities. These deepening relationships continue to play a role in her on-going work of finding practical, sustainable solutions to some of the most intractable issues facing humanity today. She recently compiled a comprehensive report on Post Harvest Food Loss in Emerging Economies and its relationship to Food Security & was named one of 50 Global Achievers by the Australian Government for her outstanding work in the water security sector.
Being a connector of people and dots, Bobbi helps bring resources & knowhow to mission-driven companies solving big global challenges. She is deeply involved in both the impact investment and philanthropic sectors in the US and internationally & sits on a number of Boards/Advisory Boards including High Water Women’s summit, Communitere International & WaterTrust. She is an advisor to the Nexus Global & lead the Nexus delegation to Burning Man where as part of the overall program, she co-convened the first ever Impact Investment/New Economy workshop held there. She also works as a Strategic Advisor to RePower Capital, Drever Family Office, Ethic, the Keeling Curve Prize and Ingressive, a company with offices in Silicon Valley & Nigeria that guides global capital and experience-driven mentorship to Africa’s top entrepreneurs.
Bobbi is also a Co-Founder of Finance the Future, a diverse consortium of investors, innovators, lawyers and creatives with a shared mission to transform financial markets for the betterment of people and the planet. She is a believer in the Blockchain and has a deep connection to the ocean.
Tina Eshaghpour (Chair)
Director of Evaluation and Organizational Learning, California Wellness Foundation
Tina Eshaghpour’s activism was shaped by her early experience as a political asylee and continues as she has championed the needs of underserved communities for well over two decades. Tina recently joined The California Wellness Foundation as its Director of Evaluation and Organizational Learning. The Foundation’s mission is to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention. Previously, she consulted with foundations and nonprofit organizations on a range of public health and social justice issues, including environmental health and justice, gender equity, reproductive rights, and immigrant and refugee health. From 2002-2010, Tina led the Women’s Foundation of California’s environmental health and justice program and spearheaded its grantmaking and capacity building work. She has pioneered efforts to increase awareness and funding to support the health of low-income families and immigrant workers in California’s Central Valley. Tina is a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and received a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition to her role at CEH, Tina serves on the board of the Center on Race Poverty and Environment and founded the greening and beautification committee at her children’s public elementary school.
Kathy Gerwig is Vice President, Employee Safety, Health and Wellness, and Environmental Stewardship Officer for Kaiser Permanente, one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans serving about nine million members. Kathy is responsible for developing, organizing and managing a nationwide environmental initiative for the organization. Under her leadership, Kaiser Permanente has become widely recognized as an environmental leader in the health care sector. Kathy has testified twice to Congress on the need for federal chemical policy reform, and she has appeared at numerous hearings on environmental issues. Kathy is also responsible for eliminating workplace injuries, promoting healthy lifestyle choices, and reducing health risks for the organization’s 185,000 employees and physicians. She is on the boards of several leading non-governmental organizations focused on safety and environmental sustainability in health care.
President and CEO
Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)
Matt Petersen is the President and CEO at Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), a nonprofit organization with the mission to create an inclusive, green economy by unlocking innovation, transforming markets, and enhancing the community. Prior to joining LACI, he was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti as the first ever Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Los Angeles. Serving as CSO for four years, Petersen was the chief architect of the groundbreaking Sustainable City pLAn, led efforts to make LA a global leader in EVs, and helped create Climate Mayors.
Petersen co-founded Global Green USA and led the organization for 19 years as President and CEO. The organization was a pioneer in greening of affordable housing, schools, and cities as well as helping grow the solar sector. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Petersen put forth a vision and mobilized resources to green the rebuilding of New Orleans, including schools, the Lower 9th Ward, and more.
Petersen is chair of the Climate Mayors board, and a board member of Global Green USA, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, Center for Environmental Health, and the Sir Edmund Hilary Institute for International Leadership. Petersen is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the LA Sustainability Leadership Council, and served as an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative on energy and the environment while a CGI member for 10 years. He has a son, and is a retired AYSO coach.
In her philanthropic advising capacity, Arlene has assisted foundations, individual donors, and philanthropic affinity groups to establish strong board leadership and governance structures, build strategic vision, create clear and effective grant guidelines, tactically develop and implement major programmatic investments, and organize deep and effective funder-grantee collaborations. Previously, Arlene served as Senior Director of Programs and External Relations of the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN, responsible for the leadership, marketing and management of GLSEN’s core program areas. Prior to GLSEN, Arlene oversaw Living Cities’ knowledge management and evaluation work, and led the organization’s external relationships, communications and public relations. Arlene also directed the Environment program for The San Francisco Foundation for eight years. She has extensive experience in organizational development, program planning, and building extensive collaborative efforts. She has served as senior program officer for the environment at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, was the director of community programs and founding director of the Crissy Field Environmental Center with Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and served as Urban Program Director for the Western Region of The Trust for Public Land. Arlene has volunteered on many boards and was a commissioner for the city of San Francisco’s environment department for six years. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois; a Bachelor’s of Science in Landscape Horticulture and completed Masters’ level training in Landscape Architecture, with a minor in Urban Planning, at North Carolina State University.
Marni Rosen is a philanthropic and non-profit consultant with over 25 years of experience in philanthropy, non-profit and inter-governmental work. Marni served for over 16 years as the Executive Director of the Jenifer Altman Foundation (JAF), a private foundation supporting creative work in health, education, the environment and justice. Under Marni’s leadership, JAF provided advisory services to foundations and donors on environmental health and justice grants totaling over $50 million. While at JAF, Marni partnered with NGOs and other funders to create innovative funding vehicles that empower community leaders to participate in philanthropic decision-making. In 2005, in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Marni co-founded the Gulf Coast Fund, to support the sustainable and just recovery of the region. In partnership with the Global Greengrants Fund and four international NGO networks, she initiated the Global South + Program to support environmental health and justice work globally. Marni has co-founded numerous initiatives at the intersection of health, environment and justice, and continues to play a leadership role in the field.
Marni is co-founder of the Health and Environmental Funders Network (and a past co-chair) and the Funders Network on Trade and Globalization (now EDGE Funders Alliance). Currently, she serves on the Board of the Center for Environmental Health (former Board Chair), the Board of Clean Production Action, and the National Advisory Board of Healthy Babies Bright Futures. She has served on the Board of the Environmental Grantmakers Association, and as Environment Section Council member for the American Public Health Association. Marni also worked for the United Nations as an NGO Liaison for the City Summit, a global conference on urban development issues. Marni holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MPA in Policy Analysis from New York University.
Sr. Program Manager, Google
Monica Walsh has been at Google for almost three years, and in her short time there she has been Chief of Staff in a Product Area helping to launch the company’s innovation lab, Area 120 along with initiating important work along the lines of inclusion and diversity. Monica’s current role is helping to run a program that bolsters tech startup ecosystems in emerging markets. She likes to call it Strategic Philanthropy for Startups by Google. Prior to Google, Monica has dedicated the majority of her career working in nonprofit with organizations related to girls education, mindfulness in schools, environmental and social justice causes as well as democracy reform. Early in her career, she worked in politics and was part of the Bill Clinton campaign for President and subsequently working in the Clinton Administration at the DOE and White House Political Office. Originally from South Texas, she is also the first in her family to graduate college, Currently, Monica lives in Mountain View, CA with her husband Peter, daughter Anna Clara and son Jason Cameron, and her two cats. One simple philosophy that guides her work: “Take a chance on others, because someone took a chance on me”.
In her spare time, Monica likes to go for long hikes, spend time reading trashy romance novels in front of a beach and she loves creating new and delicious dishes in the kitchen. Monica and her husband love sailing, being on the water to her is “the most freeing and expansive feeling on earth.” She loves traveling and her current job at Google allows her to travel all over the world. The most recent places Monica has visited are Singapore, Krakow, Poland and Tel Aviv, Israel.