Isabel Wade, Ph.D.
Isabel Wade is the founder and President of Urban Resource Systems. She has served as the Executive Director of a number of the URS projects including ZooDoo, California ReLeaf, the AIDS Memorial Grove, and Neighborhood Parks Council. Dr. Wade received one of the first national awards for excellence in the environmental field from Good HouseKeeping Magazine. She founded the State of California's Urban Forestry Program in 1977 under Governor Jerry Brown. Dr. Wade served on the Commission on the Environment for the City of San Francisco from 1994-1996 and as Chair of the Parks Recreation and Open Space Advisory Committee from 2000-2005. In 1999, she received a Gerbode Fellowship Award in recognition of her contributions in the environmental field from the Gerbode Foundation. She currently serves as a consultant on international and local urban environmental projects. Dr. Wade is a co-author of Citizens and the Environment (Indiana University Press), and author of City Food (URS, 1981), and numerous articles on urban food production. She has a doctorate in Environmental Planning from the University of California at Berkeley.
Peter Hayes, Ph.D.
Peter Hayes is the Executive Director of the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, a non-governmental policy-oriented research and advocacy group. Peter graduated with a degree in History from the University of Melbourne. He has a doctorate from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California at Berkeley. Professionally active as an environment and energy consultant in developing countries (working for United Nations Environment Programme, Asian Development Bank, World Bank, Canadian International Development Research Council, US Agency for International Development, United Nations Development Programme), he also writes widely about security affairs in the Asian-Pacific region. He was first executive director of the Environment Liaison Centre in Nairobi, Kenya in 1974-76. He was Deputy Director of the Commission for the Future (Australian Government) from 1989-1991. He is a leading expert on North Korea which he has visited seven times. He is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, the Western partner of the Council on Foreign Relations; and the US Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific. He was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2000.
Lucy Fisher is Outreach Coordinator for the Sustainable Rice Systems Program at the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development (CIIFAD) in Ithaca, New York. Previously, she was Outreach Coordinator for both CIIFAD and its Management of Organic Inputs in Soils of the Tropics Group. She worked for a number of NGOs in Southeast Asia from 1975 to 1993. Fisher has an MPS from Cornell University in International Agriculture and Rural Development. She currently is on the Board of Directors of Loaves and Fishes of Tompkins County, a community kitchen, and a member of the Disaster Team for the Tompkins County Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Mindelle Kershner is President of Resourceful Systems, a nonprofit organization she founded in 1980, and an expert in recycled paper. She currently serves as a real estate agent with Tower Properties and as an independent property manager. Her local communities activities include serving as a Board Member of the Neighborhood Parks Council, of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, of the Friends of Noe Valley, and she is Chair of the Noe Valley Emergency Preparedness Group.
Jan Chernoff is the owner and operator of Casa Buena Vista Vacation Rentals in San Francisco. Prior to establishing this business, he was involved in international waste paper brokerage. His local community activities include serving on the Board of several nonprofit organizations: he is President of the Board of Directors of Morrisania West, a member of the Neighborhood Parks Council Board, and he is a member of the San Francisco Biodiesel Collaborative.
Kim Larson is a long-time advocate for urban agriculture. Working with Governor Jerry Brown and the California Conservation Corps (CCC), she helped establish organic gardens, recycling and composting centers and animal husbandry programs for the CCC. She subsequently moved to Washington DC where she was a key organizer of ACT 79: A Fair and Conference featuring "appropriate technology." Her continued interest in food and agriculture resulted in a 6-month field study funded by the InterAmerican Foundation to explore colonial legacies and nutritional and behavioral consequences in rural Jamaica and St. Vincent. While raising her four children over the span of two decades, she served as a founding Board member of a non-profit focused on improving school food and establishing school gardens, Better School Foods, and currently serves on several other Boards including The Rodale Institute based in Pennsylvania, the Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation, an Advisory Board for the Children & Nature Network. In addition, she serves as a consultant for National Georgraphic and Lindblad Expedition joint projects. Kim is a resident of New York State. She is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley in Urban Studies and George Washington University's School of Public and International Affairs.