Michael Ableman

Michael is a farmer, filmmaker, and author of From the Good Earth: Traditional Farming Methods in a New Age, On Good Land: The Autobiography of an Urban Farm, and Fields of Plenty: A Farmer's JOurney in Search of Real Food and the People Who Grow It.

Margaret Adamek

Margaret Adamek is the founder and director of the Sugar Project and Special Projects Director at the University of Minnesota's Center for Urban and Regional Affairs. 

Miguel A. Altieri

Miguel Altieri is Professor of agroecology at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Jeannette Armstrong

Jeannette Armstrong is executive director of the En'owkin Centre in British Columbia and an Okanagan Indian who has studied traditional teachings under the direction of Okanagan elders for many years. 

Kenny Ausubel

Kenny Ausubel is the founder and co-executive director of Bioneers, a nonprofit educational organization that promotes practical environmental solutions and innovative social strategies for restoring the Earth and communities. 

Zenobia Barlow

Zenobia Barlow, executive director of the Center for Ecoliteracy coauthored Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence (Jossey-Bass, 2012) and coedited Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World (Sierra Club Books, 2005) and Ecoliteracy: Mapping the Terrain (Learning in the Real World, 1999), in addition to her role leading the Center’s grant-making, educational, and publishing programs.

Lisa Bennett

Lisa Bennett is a former communications director of the Center for Ecoliteracy and coauthor of Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence(Jossey-Bass, August 2012). 

Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry is a farmer, activist, and author of more than thirty books of poetry, essays, and novels.

Marilyn Briggs

Marilyn Briggs is co-director of the UC Davis Center for Nutrition in Schools. 

Janet Brown

Janet Brown, former program officer for food systems at the Center for Ecoliteracy, is an organic farmer in Marin County, California.

Karen Brown

Karen Brown, creative director at the Center for Ecoliteracy, is an award-winning designer who hails from a family of inventors, growers, and makers.

Lake Buckley

Lake Buckley is a maker and graphic artist designing to solve problems, create beauty, and make community.

Fritjof Capra

Fritjof Capra is a cofounder of the Center for Ecoliteracy. In addition to research in physics and systems theory, he has been engaged in a systematic examination of the philosophical and social implications of contemporary science for the past 30 years.

John Dale

Architect John Dale, a principal at Harley Ellis Devereaux, has been involved in the master planning, programming, and design of public and private projects for almost 30 years. 

Troy Duster

Troy Duster is professor emeritus of sociology anad bioethics at New York University and Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Duane Elgin

Duane Elgin is an internationally recognized speaker and author whose books include The Living Universe and Awakening Earth.  

Ann M. Evans

Ann M. Evans is an internationally known consultant in consumer food and agricultural education, and partner in Evans & Brennan, LLC. 

Daniel Goleman

Daniel Goleman is a psychologist and science journalist whose Emotional Intelligence was on The New York Times bestseller list for a year and a half, with more than five million copies in print in 40 languages. 

Robert Gottlieb

Robert Gottlieb is Henry R. Luce Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College in Los Angeles.

Alan Greene

Dr. Alan Greene is a practicing pediatrician, founder of the pediatric website,, and author of books including Raising Baby Green and Feeding Baby Green. 

Susan Griffin

Susan Griffin is a poet, essayist, playwright, and screenwriter whose books include Woman and Nature, A Chorus of Stones, and Transforming Terror:  Remembering the Soul of the World. 

Joan Dye Gussow

Joan Dye Gussow is the Mary Swartz Rose Professor Emerita of Nutrition and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Joan Halifax

Joan Halifax is an activist, anthropologist, author, caregiver, ecologist, teacher, and Zen priest. 

Paul Hawken

Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author of seven books including The Ecology of Commerce and Blessed Unrest, and co-author with Amory Lovins and Hunter Lovins of Natural Capitalism. 

Richard Heinberg

Richard Heinberg is a senior fellow in residence at the Post Carbon Institute and the author of twelve books, including The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Realityand Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels.

Melinda Hemmelgarn

Melinda Hemmelgarn is a registered dietitian, investigative nutritionist, and journalist whose work focuses on promoting critical thinking and food system literacy.

Maurice Holt

Maurice Holt is Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Colorado at Denver. He lives in Oxford, England and lectures widely on slow schools. 

Dan Imhoff

Dan Imhoff is co-founder and president of Watershed Media and the author and publisher of numerous books, including Farming with the WildCAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories, and Food Fight: The Citizen's Guide to a Food and Farm Bill.

Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson is one of the founders of the organic farm and garden program at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center and is an adviser to The Edible Schoolyard.

Gregory Kats

Gregory Kats is managing principal of Capital E, a national clean energy technology consulting firm. He is a founder of newresourcebank, the country's first green bank.

A.G. Kawamura

A.G. Kawamura is a third-generation grower and shipper whose family grows strawberries, green beans, and other crops in Orange County. He served as secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture from 2003 to 2010.

Jerry Kay

Jerry Kay has worked as a teacher, broadcast journalist, speaker, talk show host, publisher and lecturer focusing on ways to inform, involve and inspire the public. 

Fred Kirschenmann

Fred Kirschenmann still manages the 3,700-acre farm on which he was born, while setving serve as a Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and professor at Iowa State University.

Pamela Koch

Pamela Koch is the executive director of the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy at Teachers College Columbia University in New York City. .

Frances Moore Lappé

Frances Moore Lappé is author or coauthor of 18 books, including Diet for a Small Planet and Hope's Edge and is cofounder of the Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First), the Center for Living Democracy, the Small Planet Institute, and the Small Planet Fund.

Clare Leschin-Hoar

San Diego-based journalist Clare Leschin-Hoar covers food policy, health, and sustainability trends within the food industry. 

Richard Levins

Richard Levins (June 1, 1930- January 19, 2016) was a mathematical biologist and John Rock Professor of Population Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health. 

Sandra B. Lubarsky

For most of her career, Sandra Lubarsky has been involved in efforts to bring the conversation on sustainability into higher education. She founded one of the first graduate programs in sustainability—the M.A. in Sustainable Communities degree program at Northern Arizona University and served as chair of the Department of Sustainable Development at Appalachian State.

Joanna Macy

Joanna Macy is an internationally honored ecophilosopher and scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. Her work is directed toward promoting constructive, collaborative, action and freeing people from the assumptions and attitudes that threaten the continuity of life on Earth.  

Nancy May

Nancy May served as nutrition services supervisor for the Healdsburg (California) Unified School District and as a member of the Center for Ecoliteracy’s Food Service Directors Roundtable.


Gary Paul Nabhan

Gary Paul Nabhan is an author, MacArthur Fellow, W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Arizona Southwest Center, cofounder of Native Seeds/SEARCH, science advisor at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and board member of the Seed Savers Exchange.

Philip Nix

Philip Nix is the founding headmaster of Sonoma Country Day School in Santa Rosa, California.

David W. Orr

David W. Orr, Center  for Ecoliteracy board member, is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College and James Marsh Professor at the University of Vermont. 

Binet Payne

Binet Payne is an educator and author of The Worm Café, which she wrote while teaching at Laytonville Elementary and Middle Schools in Laytonville, California. 

Dave Phillips

Dave Phillips is co-executive director of the Earth Island Institute and director of the Institute's International Marine Mammal Project.

Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan, the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, is the author of Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, and The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World.

Janet Poppendieck

Janet Poppendieck is professor of sociology at Hunter College, City University of New York. She is the author of Sweet Charity? Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement and Breadlines Knee-Deep in Wheat: Food Assistance in the Great Depression.

Carolyn Raffensperger

Carolyn Raffensperger is an environmental lawyer and is executive director of the Science and Environmental Health Network. 

Jeremy Rifkin

Jeremy Rifkin is senior lecturer at the Wharton School's Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania, president of the Foundation on Economic Trends, and author of books including The European Dream, The Hydrogen Economy, The End of Work, The Biotech Century, and The Age of Access

Carolie Sly

Carolie Sly is former education program director of the Center for Ecoliteracy. Her publications include the California State Environmental Education Guide, the Center's Big Ideas: Linking Food, Culture, Health, and the Environment, and the discussion guide for the award-winning documentary, Food, Inc.

Tom Starrs

Tom Starrs serves as  vice president for market strategy and policy at SunPower Corporation. 

Sandra Steingraber

Biologist Sandra Steingraber is a distinguished scholar in residence at Ithaca College in New York and author of Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment and Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood.

Michael K. Stone

Michael K. Stone, senior editor at the Center for Ecoliteracy, is primary author of the Center's book, Smart by Nature: Schooling for Sustainability and coeditor of Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World. 

Vivien Straus

Vivien Straus is an actor, writer, and manager of Straus Home Ranch in Marin County, California. 

Alice Lee Tebo

Alice Lee Tebo, formerly communications coordinator at the Center for Ecoliteracy, was a senior reporter at Entertainment Weekly magazine for eight years and an assistant editor at Woman's Day magazine. 


Alice Waters

Alice Waters is a chef, author, and owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant and founder of The Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, Calfiornia.

Courtney White

Courtney White, a former archaeologist, is an author and activist committed to building bridges between ranchers, conservationists, public land managers, scientists, and others around the idea of land health. 

Mark Winne

Mark Winne, cofounder of the Community Food Security Coalition, writes, speaks, and consults extensively on community food system topics including hunger and food insecurity, local and regional agriculture, community food assessment, and food policy.

Ruth Woodruff

Ruth Woodruff, a founding member of the Oakland School Food Alliance, cochaired the successful $475 million Measure J bond campaign for the November, 2012 election. 

Margo Wootan

Margo Wootan is the director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest.