Bioneers 2023 Conference

Speakers for Bioneers 2024

Keynote Speakers for Thursday, March 28th

Colette Pichon Battle
Vision & Initiatives Partner
Taproot Earth
Taylor Brorby
Author & Activist
Boys and Oil: Growing Up Gay in a Fractured Land
Cindy Cohn
Executive Director
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Dolores Huerta
President and Founder
Dolores Huerta Foundation
Nina Simons
Co-Founder and Chief Relationship Strategist
Samuel Gensaw, III – Youth Keynote
Founding Director
Ancestral Guard
Corrina Gould
Co-Founder and Lead Organizer
Sogorea Te’ Land Trust

Keynote Speakers for Friday, March 29th

Sage Lenier – Youth Keynote
Founder and Executive Director
Sustainable & Just Future
Oren Lyons
Member Chief
Onondaga Council of Chiefs and the Grand Council of the Iroquois Confederacy
Stacy Mitchell
Co-Executive Director
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Claudia Peña
For Freedoms & Center for Justice at UCLA
Suzanne Simard
Professor of Forest Ecology
University of British Columbia
Kenny Ausubel
CEO and Co-Founder

Keynote Speakers for Saturday, March 30th

Casey Camp-Horinek
Environmental Ambassador, Elder and Hereditary Drumkeeper
Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma
Erica Gies
Author & Journalist
Water Always Wins: Thriving in an Age of Drought and Deluge
Charlotte Michaluk – Youth Keynote
Engineer, Scientist and Linguistics Researcher
Acnestis By Wind
Merlin Sheldrake
Biologist and Writer
Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures
Rae Wynn-Grant
Wildlife Ecologist and Conservation Biologist
University of California at Santa Barbara + Host of Wild Kingdom

Speakers for Afternoon Panels, Interactive Sessions, Films and More

Anat Shenker-Osorio
ASO Communications
Javier Stell-Frésquez
Weaving Spirits Festival of Two-Spirit Performance
Steven Addison
Conservation Program Manager
Zara Ahsan
Climate Justice Organizer
Youth Vs. Apocalypse (YVA) CalSTRS Divest Campaign
Yahya Alazrak
Executive Director
Resource Generation and RG Action
Nikola Alexandre
Co-Creator & Stewardship Lead
The Shelterwood Collective
Alondra Aragon
Community Organizer
Hummingbird Farm Collective
Azita Ardakani
Activist and Entrepreneur
Jeannette Armstrong
Enowkin Centre
Sarah Arnoff
Co-Executive Producer of the Wild Hope series
Tangled Bank Studios
Ramona Ausubel
Author and Professor
Madeleine Bair
El Tímpano
Amaya Balbuena
Mashpee NEA
sujatha baliga
Restorative Justice Facilitator
ab banks
Garden Lead
People’s Programs
Leena Barakat
President & CEO
Women Donors Network
Nora Bateson
International Bateson Institute
Elisa Batista
Campaign Director
Jason Bayani
Artistic Director
Kearny Street Workshop
Frederick Bell
Programs and Operations Manager
Debt Collective
Devon Bella
Art and Climate Action
Rajasvini Bhansali
Executive Director
Solidaire Network
Joan Blades
Living Room Conversations
Adam Boisvert
Urban Tilth
Deputy Director
Martin Bourque
Executive Director
Ecology Center
Peter Bratt
Film Producer, Writer and Director
Marcus Briggs-Cloud
Hoss Brown
One Fair Wage Leader and Barista
Jennifer Browdy
Professor of Writing and Media Arts
Bard College/Simon’s Rock
Nazshonnii Brown-Almaweri
Indigeneity Program Manager
Michael Brune
Larsen Lam Climate Change Foundation
Alexis Bunten
Co-Director, Indigeneity Program
Annie Burke
Executive Director
Linda Burnham
Activist, Writer and Strategist
Aniya Butler
Lead Circle Member
Youth Vs. Apocalypse (YVA)
Cole Bush
Shepherdess Land and Livestock Co.
Orion Camero
Action Lead Program Manager
Narrative Initiative
Anneke Campbell
Writer and Community Activist
Jeanine Canty
Professor of Transformative Studies
California Institute of Integral Studies
Erin Matariki Carr
Project Lead
Deenaalee Chase-Hodgdon
Co-Executive Director
Smokehouse Collective
Jayce Chiblow
Director of Education and Programming
Indigenous Climate Action
Maddy Clifford
Creative Media Strategist
Debt Collective
Jennifer Riley Collins
Southeast Regional Administrator
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
Rande Cook
Founding Director
Awi’nakola Foundation
Shayna Cureton
Abundant Beginnings
Leslie Davenport
Author, Professor, Climate Psychology Consultant
Téana David
Executive Director
ILLUMINATE Film Festival
Ben Davis
Civic (Re)Solve
Aya de Leon
Author and Activist
Eriel Tchekwie Deranger
Indigenous Climate Action
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Malkia Devich-Cyril
Founder and Executive Director
Amber Deylon
Grieve and Breathe
Ricky Diaz
Manager of Disruptive Technologies Series and EngageNow National Youth Voting project
Owen Dubeck
Documentary Filmmaker
Alex Duckles
Digital Media Specialist
HHMI Tangled Bank Studios
Maddie Flood
Civil Rights Attorney and Thurgood Marshall Fellow
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Odessa Flores-Vasquez
Senior Associate
Devoted Health
Chito Floriano
Director of Farm and Gardens
Urban Tilth
Kevin Kahakula’akea John Fong
Kahakulei Institute
Minni Forman
Food and Farming Program Director
Ecology Center
Sara Fuentes
Women in Cleantech and Sustainability
Rose Garcia
Michaelle Goerlitz
Percussionist and Drummer
Kate Golden
Digital Editor
Bay Nature
Britt Gondolfi
Community Organizer, Author
Teo Grossman
Lauren Gucik
Living Pantry Coordinator
The Butterfly Movement
Cynthia Gutierrez
Program Manager
UCSF's Hub of Positive Reproductive and Sexual Health (HIVE)
Michelle Gutierrez
Restorative Justice Circle Trainer
David Hage
Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education
J. P. Harpignies
Senior Producer
Darrell Hillaire
Executive Director
Children of the Setting Sun Productions
Jessica Hutchings
Founding Trustee
Papawhakaritorito Charitable Trust
Mutima Imani
Spiral Journey International Facilitation Development Program
Theopia Jackson
Chair, Department of Humanistic Clinical Psychology
Saybrook University
Eva Jahn
Climate Emotional Resilience Institute
Taj James
Full Spectrum Labs
Co-Founder and Curator
Saru Jayaraman
One Fair Wage
Ras K’Dee
Editor and Producer
SNAG (Seventh Native American Generation) Magazine
Sheheryar Kaoosji
Executive Director
Warehouse Workers Resource Center
Birgitta Kastenbaum
Bridging Transitions
Ruby Kaur
Transdisciplinary Artist
William Keepin
Gender Equity and Reconciliation International (GERI)
Laleh Khadivi
Novelist and Filmmaker
Jahan Khalighi
Program Manager
Chapter 510
Toby Kiers
Executive Director and Chief Scientist
Society for the Protection of Underground Networks (SPUN)
Jana Kotaska
Executive Director
Mother Tree Network
Emanuel Kuntzelman
Co-Founder and President
Fundación por el Futuro
Osprey Orielle Lake
Founder and Executive Director
Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International
Talia Landry
Grants Manager
Mashpee Wampanoag Education Department
Emily Ja-Ming Lee
Seed the Vote
Thomas Linzey
Senior Legal Counsel
Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights
Beryl Lipton
Investigative Researcher
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Fernanda Lugo
Concordia Language Village in Minnesota
Brandi Mack
Co-National Director
The Butterfly Movement
Kellie Macpherson
Executive Vice President of Compliance & Risk
Radian Generation
Musical Duo
The Reverend Michael Malcom
Executive Director
Alabama Interfaith Power and Light
Felicia Marcus
Landreth Visiting Fellow
Stanford University’s Water in the West Program
Mari Margil
Executive Director
Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights
Laurie Marshall
Unity Through Creativity Foundation
Pat McCabe
Woman Stands Shining
Arturo Mendez-Reyes
Mariko Miki
Interim Executive Director
Xavier Morales
Executive Director
The Praxis Project
René Christian Moya
Debt Collective
Devin Murphy
Mayor Emeritus
Pinole, CA
Zoliswa Nhleko
Senior Programs Manager
Wildlife Conservation Network
Ciara Oakley-Robbins
Carpenter and Indigenous Environmental Activist
Teri Olle
California Campaign Director
Economic Security Project Action
David Orr
Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics Emeritus
Oberlin College
Bre Owens
Director of Western Programs
National Grazing Lands Coalition
Vivian Owens
Las Positas Community College
Kirthika Padmanabhan
X, the moonshot factory
Alexandra Pearson
Impact and Communications Producer
HHMI Tangled Bank Studios
Beth Pielert
Good Film Works
Chris Pierce
Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Cara Pike
Founder and Executive Director
Climate Access
Mariko Pitts
Core Synergist
The Holomovement
Yakuta Poonawalla
Associate Director of Community Stewardship and Engagement
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy,
Susan Prescott
Professor of Pediatrics and Planetary Health
University of Western Australia
Arthur Pye
Emergency Committee for Rojava
Cooper Quintin
Senior Staff Technologist
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Anselmo Ramirez
Moving Forward
Tarso Luís Ramos
Executive Director
Political Research Associates
Anna Rebrii
Emergency Committee for Rojava
Leslie Rein
Certified Facilitator
Singing Tree Project
Guy Reiter
Executive Director
Solana Rice
Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director
Liberation in a Generation
Tabitha Robin
Assistant Professor in the Applied Biology Program
University of British Columbia
Heidi Honegger Rogers
Associate Professor
University of New Mexico College of Nursing
Cara Romero
Indigeneity Program Director
Penny Rosenwasser
Founding Board Member
Jewish Voice for Peace
Larry Ryckman
Co-Founder and Editor
The Colorado Sun
Leila Salazar-López
Executive Director
Amazon Watch
Marlowe Sam
Adjunct Professor in Indigenous Studies
UBC Okanagan
Sonali Sangeeta Balajee
Our Bodhi Project
Arleide Santos
Community Organizer
Urban Tilth
Linda Sarsour
MPower Change
Christa Scharfenberg
Director of the California Local News Fellowship Program
UC Berkeley
Neal Sharma
California Wildlife Program
Wildlife Conservation Network
David Shaw
Santa Cruz Permaculture and the UCSC Right Livelihood Center
nash Sheard
Managing Director, Advocacy
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Eveline Shen
Leading Courageously
Founder and President
Jacob Simas
Community Journalism Director
Cityside Journalism Initiative
Chief Caleen Sisk
Spiritual Leader and Tribal Chief
Winnemem Wintu Tribe
Jessica Sloan
Volunteer Program Supervisor
East Bay Regional Park District
brooke smiley
Artist, Dancer and Somatic Movement Educator
Najari Smith
Executive Director
RICH City Rides
David Solnit
Climate Justice Arts Project
Rebecca Solnit
Author and Activist
Mar Stevens
Drummer and Teacher
Minkah Taharkah

The Butterfly Movement
Laura Tam
Senior Program Officer
Resources Legacy Fund
Emily Teitsworth
Executive Director
Honnold Foundation
Puyr Tembé
First Secretary
Indigenous Peoples of the State of Para
Paul Thomson
Senior Director of Conservation Programs
Wildlife Conservation Network
Mario Trujillo
Staff Attorney
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Miguel Villarreal
Interim Co-Executive Director
National Farm to School Network
Adrián Villaseñor
Core Faculty, East West Psychology Department
California Institute of Integral Studies
Rowen White
Sierra Seeds
Constance Washburn
Spiral Journey Work That Reconnects Facilitator Development Program
Sarah Wentzel-Fisher
Executive Director
Quivira Coalition
Rex Weyler
Greenpeace International and Hollyhock Educational Institute
Akaya Windwood
Lead Advisor
Third Act
Celia Xakriabá
Federal Deputy
The Brazilian Congress
Coreen Child – Yakawilas
Executive Director
Awi’nakola Foundation
Executive Director and CEO
The Storydancer Project