KC is an active leader in the national climate movement in the USA, serving on the boards of several national climate groups. He has also been active in the utility industry, helping Seattle City Light become the first major carbon-free electric utility in the late 1990s. He was one of Seattle Magazine’s “Power 25” most influential people, and it’s #1 “Eco-Hero.”
Jay is a practicing attorney and public policy strategist. He represents tax-exempt organizations, including public charities, private foundations, advocacy groups and political entities. He has a broad range of experience influencing public policy in both Congress and state legislatures.
Melina is a Lubicon Cree from Northern Alberta, and an Indigenous and environmental activist who knows the reality of the oil sands too well. Having grown up in the oil sands region, she witnessed the impacts of oil sands development on her Nation’s people, culture, and land. She now spends most of her days traveling inside Canada and around the world to share her family’s stories and realities with a larger audience.
Naomi is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the international bestsellers This Changes Everything, The Shock Doctrine, and No Logo. She is a columnist for The Nation magazine and the Guardian newspaper and is a contributing editor at Harper’s magazine. Her reporting from Iraq for Harper’s won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.
Bill is Founder and Senior Advisor at 350.org. He is the author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with The End of Nature in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change.
Lidy is an activist from the Philippines working on economic, environmental, social and gender justice issues. She is the Coordinator of Jubilee South – Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JSAPMDD), Co-coordinator of the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice (DCJ), and member of the Coordinating Committee of the Global Alliance on Tax Justice (GATJ). She also serves as the Vice President of the Freedom From Debt Coalition (FDC) in the Philippines and Convenor of the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ).
Currently focused on shifting the auto-industry in a more sustainable direction, Jessy has spent the last decade as a movement leader working to build progressive change. She recently served as Citizen Engagement Laboratory’s Co-Executive Director. She was a Senior Fellow with the New Organizing Institute consulting on progressive infrastructure building, the 2012 youth vote, and next steps for the climate & energy sector. Before switching her attention to the progressive movement at large, Jessy was the Executive Director for the Energy Action Coalition.
Born in Durban, South Africa, Kumi is a human rights activist and previously the International Executive Director of international environmentalist group Greenpeace. He currently serves on the boards of 350.org, Global Greengrants Fund and UN Women’s Civil Society Advisory Board. Returning to his native South Africa in 2016, he currently serves as the start-up launch director for The African Civil Society Centre.
China is Director of Finance and Operations at SumOfUs, a global online corporate accountability campaign organization. China spent over 20 years at Tides as CFO, Senior Vice-President, and Managing Director. She is a serial entrepreneur and founded a number of social enterprises in the nonprofit technology and real estate sectors as well as a bi-national peer-learning network on collaborative space. She also uses her skills in finance and operations on the Board of Directors of Global Greengrants Fund UK/Europe, the ACLU of Northern California and the Nonprofit Centers Network.