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Cody Shopshire

Always curious, and always drinking coffee.

Dog dad. Disc Golfer


I am an Account Executive at Forrester and passionate about helping business and technology leaders become customer obsessed. Customer obsession goes beyond just making customers happy. Forrester coined the term AOC, or Age of the customer a decade ago, and we still believe we are in the Age of the Customer.

My favorite part about my role is:

Alison Malisa, MPH

While teaching high-school economics, Alison became driven by the need to combine coherent communication and design-thinking to tap into students’ natural compassion, curiosity, and creativity. In 2017, Alison founded Peace Profits to teach peace and design for the ReGeneration.  Peace Profits has developed into an education, research, and design organization with partners all over the world. We are focused on cultivating economic ecosystems for peace, prosperity, regeneration, and well-being for all.

Pamela Van Halsema

P Van Halsema Consulting: Non Profits + Education + Libraries | Community Engagement | Strategic Project Management and Mission Minded Communications

Currently helping build and promote a local online community for cultivating county-wide resilience and  personal health through the delivery of mind body meditations and experiences by and for our local region via the Sonoma Community Resilience Collaborative at

Pooran Desai OBE

He has worked on Bioregional projects and enterprises in sustainable forestry, (woodland management and products), farming (reviving the lavender industry of south London), recycling (converting tree surgery waste into biomass for energy) and real estate development.


SolarCraft is 100% Employee-Owned and one of the largest green-tech employers in the North Bay for over 35 years.  SolarCraft delivers Solar and Clean Energy Solutions for homes and businesses including Solar Electric, Solar Pool Heating and Battery / Energy Storage.  With over 8,000 local customers, our team of dedicated employee-partners is proud to have installed more solar energy systems than any other company in the North Bay.   

Joyce Lopes

Joyce Lopes joined Sonoma State University as the Vice President of Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer in August 2017.  Prior to coming to SSU, she served as the Vice President of Administrative Affairs at Humboldt State University. Along with being a certified public accountant, Ms. Lopes holds a Master's in Business Administration and a certificate from the Chief Business Officer Leadership Institute sponsored by the California Association of School Business Officers.

Lawrence Jaffe

Lawrence Jaffe is a member of the Sebastopol Grange and is the Current Chair of the Board of the North Bay Credit Union. He has earned a BA in Politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz and earned a Juris Doctorate from the New College School of Law and Social Change. Lawrence is a lover of music, gardening and community.

Lisa G. Carreño

Lisa is President and CEO of United Way of the Wine Country. She graduated cum laude with her BA in Latin American history in 1984 from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and obtained her JD from the Columbus School of Law in 1988. A member of both the Maryland and California bars, she has spent most of her professional career as a social justice advocate and nonprofit executive.  Lisa was appointed by Governor William Donald Schaeffer as Executive Director of the Maryland Commission for Women.

Planet Cents, Inc.

Planet Cents is an international for-profit, seed-stage startup, which unites individuals, for- and non-profit, private and public organizations, and governments in a mission to reverse our climate crisis.  It will do this in a number of ways, and make sustainability ubiquitous as a way of doing business worldwide.

Temra Costa

Temra is a sustainable food and farming advocate and the award-winning author of Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat. She is a marketing and communications specialist with a focus on sustainability in the natural foods sector (think Clif Bar, Numi Inc., and Amy's Kitchen). Prior to this work, she managed California's premiere Buy Fresh, Buy Local program, one of the original local food marketing campaigns part of making 'local' a household name.

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