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2021 Keynotes

Ubax serves as a Governance Group Member for Communities of Opportunity, a multi-million dollar, cross-sector initiative aimed at creating systems change across King County to address equitable health, housing and economic opportunity. She serves on the board of Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH) a partnership of the County and East King County Cities who have joined together to assist with preserving and increasing the supply of housing for low- and moderate-income households in the region. Ubax is a proud single parent to three very energetic kids who keep her on her toes.

Over the last decade, Ananda co-convened the Climate Justice Alliance, a network of frontline communities organizing to replace the dig, burn, drive, dump economy, with local, living, caring and sharing ones. He also led the mobilization for the international People's Climate March in 2014, and convened Building Equity and Alignment for Impact, an initiative aimed at shifting philanthropic resources to support Black, Brown and Indigenous communities on the frontlines of the ecological crises. In recent years, Ananda has served as trainer, facilitator, advisor and board member with Just Transition Alliance, Indigenous Food & Freedom School, Partners for Collaborative Change, Shaping Change Collaborative and Labor Network for Sustainability.

2021 Speakers

Yahia Ali

Jennifer Atkinson

Jochebed Bogunjoko

Recognizing an opportunity to use her experience in developing racial equity investing strategies for Registered Investment Advisors to serve the broader institutional impact and sustainable investing field, Jochebed founded J Aduke Consulting spring of 2019. She is a member of the Intentional Endowments Network Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Working Group, a Founding Member of the Net Impact Black Professional Chapter and has volunteered on the Alumni Board of QuestBridge, an education non-profit connecting low-income students with opportunities at elite colleges and beyond.

Holly Braun

Heather Burns

Stephan Classen

Keira Cruickshank

Sonya Doucette

Two manuscripts were highly commended as Outstanding Papers in the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education's Annual Awards for Excellence. From 2008 - 2010, she was a post-doctoral teaching fellow in the Program on the Environment* at the University of Washington. (*now College of the Environment.) She began her academic sustainability career in 2007 when she became active in the Curriculum for the Bioregion (C4B) initiative at Evergreen State College. C4B seeks to infuse sustainability into all curricula, in all disciplines, at institutions of higher education in Washington State. She remains active and recently (2014) became a member of the regional steering committee for this successful, ongoing initiative.

Toren Elste

Claudia Frere-Anderson

Kevin Gibson

Tiare Gill

Jose Gonzalez

He has been recognized with several honors, including the National Wildlife Federation Environmental Educator Award, Grist Magazine "Grist 50", and The Murie Center Spirit of the Muries, among others. You may have also seen him in various outdoor spaces or read his poetic musings. He received his B.A at the University of California, Davis, and his M.S at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment. His teaching coursework was at the Bilingual, Multicultural, Education Department at Sacramento State. He serves as a Trustee for the National Outdoor Leadership School, a Trustee for the National Recreation Foundation, Resource Media Board Director, Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project Board Director, Councilor for Save the Redwoods League, and as an advisor to Blue Sky Funders Forum, among other such leadership volunteer roles.

Robyn Hathcock

Rob Hemphill

Kshamta Hunter

Fotima Ibrokhim

Sarah Jaquette Ray

A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety outlines tools informed by contemplative practices and mindfulness, spiritual orientations to the climate crisis, affect studies, social and eco-psychology, social movement theory and activism, community resilience, art, trauma studies, and climate communication. Sarah is also author of The Ecological Other: Environmental Exclusion in American Culture (Arizona, 2013) and co-editor of three collections, Latinx Environmentalisms: Justice, Place, and the Decolonial (Temple, 2019), Disability Studies & the Environmental Humanities: Toward an Eco-Crip Theory (Nebraska, 2017), and Critical Norths: Space, Nature, Theory (Alaska, 2017).

Kathleen Klaniecki

Miya Konishi

Wesley Lauer

Adam Maurer

Maya McClendon

Taylor McHolm

Jenny McNamara

Alexa Russo has been with the University of Washington Bothell since 2016, working as Student Sustainability Assistant within the Sustainability Office. She graduated from UW Bothell in 2017, with a Bachelor's in Environmental Studies, concentrated in Sustainability & Society. In her position as Sustainability Student Assistant, Russo engaged students through the creation and execution of engagement events, oversaw communications, presented at classes and events, as well as produced and supervised student projects. She handled data management for the university, tracking energy and water metrics, generating reports and determining consumption trends. Russo transitioned into her current position as Sustainability Coordinator, taking on the additional duties of coordinating committees, compiling the University 5-year Sustainability Action Plan, managing the sustainability website, and maintaining university certifications. In 2018, Russo was presented with a Husky Green Award, recognizing members of the University of Washington community for their dedication, innovation, and leadership in sustainability. Russo is invested in sharing her passion for the earth with others, inspiring collective action and stewardship.

LaUra Schmidt

Briar Schoon

Molly Spangler

Jill Smedstad

Laura Steffen

Sarah Stoeckl

Christoph Strouse

Ryan Taylor

E. Jamie Trammell

Arianne True

Stefanie Wickstrom

Paige Williams

Amanda Wolf

Rachel Wong

View our speaker line-ups from WOHESC 2020, WOHESC 2019 & WOHESC 2018