Beth Rattner
Executive Director, Biomimicry Institute

Beth Rattner is Executive Director for the Biomimicry Institute, which attracts thousands of students and professionals each year to create nature-inspired solutions for a healthy planet. Prior to her role at the Biomimicry Institute, she was the executive director and vice president of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, a non-profit she co-founded with William McDonough, Michael Braungart, and Bridget Luther. Beth is a graduate of U.C.L.A. and Loyola Law School and lives in Marin County, California.


Jeff Kirschner
Founder, Litterati

Former backpacker turned bartender, Jeff is a serial entrepreneur with a love for storytelling. Prior to building startups, he spent years working as a writer for TBWA/CHIAT/DAY. Before that, Jeff traveled the world, an experience that opened his eyes to the challenges we face on a global scale, and in many ways, led to his most recent venture Litterati, a global community that is 'crowdsource-cleaning' the planet one piece at a time.


Dr. Christina Sloop

Senior Environmental Scientist,
California Department of Fish and Wildlife


Dr. Sloop is a published research scientist and leader with over 20 years of experience in conservation science, climate adaptation, natural resource management, training in ecology, and genetics. Prior to working for the state of California, she was co-principal at BIRD’S EYE VIEW Aerial Science and Imagery, a firm that specializes in custom designed aerial surveys and imagery solutions.


Dr. John P. Sullins
Chair of Philosophy, Sonoma State University

Dr. Sullins specializes in the philosophy of technology, philosophical issues of artificial intelligence/robotics, cognitive science, philosophy of science, engineering ethics, and computer ethics. He is involved in occasional industry consultation including some time spent at Xerox Palo Alto Research center. He is also Secretary and Treasurer of the Society for Philosophy and Technology


Michael Thompson
Assistant General Manager, Sonoma County Water Agency

Michael Thompson manages the maintenance of the Water Agency's water supply and transmission system, flood protection channels, and wastewater collection and treatment systems. Mr. Thompson, a registered civil engineer, has been with the Water Agency since 1995. He received a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and Master's degrees in civil engineering and administration from the University of California at Davis.


Dr. Farid Farahmand  
Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Science, Sonoma State University

Dr. Farahmand holds multiple international patents, numerous reference conference articles and journal publications, and several book chapters, on the subjects of wireless communications, optical networking, green networking, and delay tolerant networks. He has worked as a research scientist at Alcatel-Lucent Corporate Research and was involved in development of terabit optical routers. He is a member of IEEE, ASEE, and Engineers Without Borders-USA. He is also the director of Advanced Internet Technology in the Interests of Society Laboratory.

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Lisa Micheli
President and CEO, Pepperwood Preserve

Dr. Micheli has over 25 years experience applying her technical, policy, and fundraising expertise to the design and implementation of ecological restoration, research and education programs. She completed her graduate studies at UC Berkeley as a NASA Earth Systems Research Fellow in 2000 and now focuses her research on relationships between watershed health and biodiversity. She is the co-chair of the Terrestrial Biodiversity Climate Change Collaborative (TBC3), a Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Bay Area climate adaptation research initiative. She joined Sonoma County’s Pepperwood Foundation in October of 2009.


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Sean Headrick
CEO and Founder of Aerotestra 

Sean started Aerotestra in 2012, and is proud to be an advocate for and contributor to the exciting robotics evolution we are experiencing today. His mission with Aerotestra is to design, engineer, and manufacture the highest quality and best performing small unmanned aircraft available for commercial applications,. While exploring a world of possibilities, Sean is focused on building robust, reliable, application specific platforms, initially in GIS and land survey applications


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