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Wednesday Session

Food, Fiber and Fungi: The Carbon Pioneers

Bios of Participants

Finian is a recording artist, activist and self-taught soil advocate whose passion for changing the world brought him to study political science at UCLA. He strives to make the world a more peaceful and harmonious place for humans and all of nature. 

Co-Founder - Kiss the Ground

Finian Makepeace

Los Angeles

10Power is working on providing renewable energy to the 1.2 billion people on the planet without access to electricity. In their first market, Haiti, 10Power is working with local solar installers to provide commercial scale solar installations, offering project development and finance to build renewable energy markets with a gender empowerment lens. 

Founder - 10Power

Sandra Kwak -San Francisco/Haiti

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Organic Dairy Farmer Albert Straus has been a leader in sustainable organic farming practices for many decades with the aim of creating a replicative, viable model which reflects the true costs of production and promotes responsible land stewardship and practices. At the Straus Dairy Farm, Albert has invested in climate-positive dairy practices. Implemented together: carbon farming, anaerobic (methane) digesters, renewable energy, on-farm composting and electric farm vehicles, can potentially create a pathway to a carbon-neutral dairy system.

Founder/CEO  - Straus Family Creamery

Albert Straus


Brock co-directs the WATER InstitutePermaculture Design Program and Wildlands Program. He has taught Permaculture and consulted on regenerative project design and implementation internationally in Costa Rica, Ecuador, U.S. Virgin Islands, Spain, Brazil, China, Canada, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cuba and widely in the U.S. 

Co-Founder Occidental Arts and Ecology Center

Brock Dolman


Mira Michelle Kennedy has worked in the field of education and sustainability for the last twenty years. Mira is adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies where she teaches courses on transformative leadership and cultivating personal and community resilience. Additionally, Mira works with Fritjof Capra, managing a course on the systems view of life and building sustainable communities.

Capra Course Administrator

Mira Michelle Kennedy 

Santa Cruz

ANTHONY MYINT is Executive Chef and co-owner of The Perennial, where he is making the restaurant industry part of the solution to climate change by aligning consumer spending with farming practices that increase soil carbon. This manifests itself through Zero Foodprint, which is creating the category of carbon neutral dining, and The Healthy Soil Guide, which is establishing farming literacy through the metric Soil Organic Matter %.

The Perrenial Restaurant

Anthony Myint

San Francisco

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Jess Daniels is the Director of Program Integration and Communications for Fibershed.  She fosters regenerative fiber systems based on carbon farming, regional manufacturing, and public education in Northern California and beyond. Jess facilitates strategic engagement and resource development for over fifty global members the grassroots Fibershed Affiliate Network. Jess has over five years of non-profit experience working in sustainable agriculture as well as a lifelong love of textiles, and is an avid maker and explorer of all things fiber.


Jess Daniels


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Erin Axelrod is a partner and worker-owner at LIFT Economy, specializing in accelerating the spread of climate-beneficial and land-based businesses in the Next Economy. She does this through a range of initiatives including client work, a regenerative agriculture investor network (RAIN), the Force for Good Fund and a Restorative Ocean Economies Field-Building Initiative

Lift Economy

Erin Axelrod Sonoma

Dr. Christopher Potter is a biologist and consultant who uses satellite and aircraft remote sensing images together with sensor measurements on the ground in rangelands, croplands, wetlands, and rivers to study the effects of natural and human changes on the environment.  He has worked in the Earth Sciences Division at NASA Ames Research Center for over 20 years and published more than 150 scientific papers on global change biology and carbon management.

Global Rangeland Carbon Exchange and the California Healthy Soils Program will be covered.

CASA Systems 2100

Christopher Potter

Los Gatos


Geoff Ainscow is a tireless spokesman for planet Earth.  In parallel with his professional career at the Hewlett-Packard company, he became a passionate advocate for causes that benefit all life on the planet.    He was a member of the team that created the “Walk Through Time” exhibit, and this year published the walking audio book, Deep Time Walk, a history of the living Earth.

Deep Time Walk App and appreciation of timescales

Geoff Ainscow


A long-time social justice advocate, Ms. Rosenmoss is a Senior Environmental Specialist with the San Francisco Department of the Environment, where she manages Development, Partnerships and the San Francisco Carbon Fund. In addition to developing resources for renewable energy and climate initiatives


Shawn Rosenmoss

San Francisco

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