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Straus Family Creamery

Albert Straus started Straus Family Cramery in 1994 with a deep commitment to supporting a dairy farming system that is both environmentally friendly and economically viable. He envisioned a system that would help family farms thrive and support a revitalization of the surrounding rural communities. We believe sustainable organic farming practices are imperative to ensure the health of farming for generations to come and to sustain a thriving relationship among farms, food, people, and the earth.

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.

John Stayton

Dr. John Stayton is a consultant, coach and educator focusing on innovation and sustainable business. In 2000, John cofounded the first graduate program in sustainable business in the world, the Green MBA. He also started a green business accelerator called Venture Greenhouse. He taught a Sustainable Business course at Thammasat University for six years. He recently retired as Executive Director of Graduate Business Programs at Sonoma State University, where he was responsible for MBA and wine business education programs.

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.

Genevieve Taylor

Genevieve is a Executive Director at Ag Innovations, where she works with diverse groups to address the pressing issues of our time, including facilitating the California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment (CRAE), the California Water Action Collaborative (CWAC), and the San Mateo Food System Alliance.

In April of 2018, Genevieve was promoted to her current position, where she leads the organization’s program team in developing, designing, and implementing effective collaborative change efforts.

Evan Wiig

Evan Wiig is the Director of Membership & Communications for CAFF and the founder of The Farmers Guild. A community organizer with a passion for regenerative agriculture, he's worked on farms and ranches around California, managed community gardens in the heart of Brooklyn and has written journalism on issues of local food and farming. He can be reached at

Center for Environmental Inquiry, SSU

With the complex issues before us, such as climate change, overuse of resources, and declining biodiversity, we need to be awake, prepared and engaged. We need to know how to work across sectors and find innovative ways forward. At the Center for Environmental Inquiry, we create an engaged and environmentally ready society where everyone has the skills to find solutions to the challenges facing the earth.

Sustainable North Bay

Sustainable North Bay is to be a catalyst to preserve and continue to improve the quality of life in the North Bay region so that all people enjoy happy, healthy and prosperous lives within their fair share of the earth’s resources, leaving space for wildlife and wilderness.

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