Mr. Kanji is a partner in Kanji & Katzen, PLLC, a law firm with offices in Seattle and Ann Arbor that represents Indian nations and tribes across the country on a wide variety of issues including sovereignty and governance, treaty fishing and hunting rights, Indian gaming, and environmental protection.
Ms. Cornell is a public relations consultant who has handled media relations and marketing communications for ABN AMRO Mortgage Group, HealthMedia, University of Michigan, Hallmark, Ann Arbor SPARK, the Michigan Venture Capital Association, and the Ann Arbor Hands‐On Museum. She has served on the boards of the Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan, St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, and Michigan Innovators.
Mr. Stead is principal and vice president of Resource Recycling Systems, a nationally recognized environmental consulting and engineering firm that works on projects to build a sustainable and waste-free future. He has consulted with communities and businesses across the United States.
Mr. Garfield has served as Director of the Ecology Center since 1993. He has led advocacy campaigns that successfully raised over $200 million in public funds for land preservation, recycling, and public transit. He has testified before federal and state legislative committees, participated in various stakeholder committees, and served on public advisory boards.
Marcus Jones is a founding partner and current President of the Detroit Training Center a vocational education center located in the city of Detroit. Marcus earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Georgia, and a dual master's degrees in urban planning and environmental policy from the University of Michigan.
Mr. Parkinson is an attorney with DeLoof, Hopper, Dever & Wright in Ann Arbor. He has worked as an entrepreneur, real estate developer, green builder, real estate broker, and LEED-credentialed professional in Illinois and Michigan. He has spent the past four years actively involved with The Climate Project, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about climate change. Frank served as the president of the Ecology Center Board of Directors for three years.
Mr. Hupp advises clients on compliance with environmental law as a member of the Detroit-based law firm Bodman PLC and represents them in a wide variety of environmental matters. He has served as a mediator in environmental disputes and served in an advisory role to the Governor’s Climate Action Council.
Doug Selby is a building science expert and CEO of Meadowlark Design+Build, a nationally known green design/build construction company. A graduate of Michigan State University’s Chemistry Department, Doug worked as a pharmaceutical chemist and cancer researcher before leaving the laboratory to become a builder, eventually co-founding Meadowlark in 2004. Today the company employs 51 people - architects, designers, craftsmen, carpenters and support staff. Focusing on better building practices and cutting-edge technology, Meadowlark strives for the apex of sustainability - buildings that make more energy than they use, return water cleaner than it came to the building, and have a positive environmental impact on the surrounding land and community.
Ms. Gross is retired after a career as a software project manager, and is currently active as both a volunteer and on the board of ECCSCM, an environmental group that encourages the protection of water quality in streams and lakes. She has also represented Pittsfield Township on the Huron River Watershed Council. She currently serves on the board of the Ann Arbor Thrift Shop, which provides emergency social service aid to local agencies, and promotes the reuse of household goods.
Dr. Reames is an assistant professor in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Director of the Urban Energy Justice Lab, which conducts research on topics at the intersection of energy and equity. Dr. Reames is affiliated with the Center for Sustainable Systems, Center for Local, State and Urban Policy, Energy Institute, and UM Poverty Solutions initiative. He has a PhD in public administration from the University of Kansas, a Masters in engineering management from Kansas State University, and a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from North Carolina Agricultural &Technical State University.
Ms. Stein earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (1975) from the University of Michigan School of Nursing. She practiced as a neonatal intensive care nurse for over 35 years. Currently, Joyce works as a Nurse Consultant for the Michigan Collaborative Quality Improvement Initiative of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Nurses Association, the Southeastern Michigan Association of Neonatal Nurses and The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. Since 2009, she has worked alongside the Ecology Center on campaigns to protect children and pregnant women from exposure to toxic chemicals, dirty air, and to stop climate change.
Carlene Colvin-Garcia is a community environmental activist and clean energy advocate. With her entrepreneurial approach to environmental stewardship, Carlene co-founded a clean transportation company whose innovative biodiesel purification equipment was featured in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. A University of Michigan alumni, Carlene is deeply involved in the community, having championed campaigns for the implementation of electric school buses in Ann Arbor Public Schools, and coordinated the installation of the school district’s first solar array. She has served as the chair for the Ann Arbor PTO Council, and, as a member of the Environment & Sustainability Advisory Committee, she helped create the school district’s sustainability goals. Currently, as the Vice-Chair of the Ann Arbor Energy Commission, she is helping the city actualize its carbon neutrality goal by creating local legislation to encourage the adoption of electric transportation.
Jackie Victor is the owner and co-founder of Avalon International Breads. Opened in Detroit’s Cass Corridor in 1997, Avalon International Breads has since expanded statewide while maintaining its roots in the community. Jackie, who began her career as a grassroots organizer, incorporated the spirit of the local food movement into Avalon’s business model, which is founded on the triple bottom line of Earth, community, and employees. A thought leader among small business owners, Jackie’s recent New York Times column on the federal Payroll Protection Program was circulated widely, and she’s a prominent voice in community affairs. Currently, Jackie serves on the advisory board of the Detroit Food Academy, a non-profit that works to inspire young Detroiters through culinary arts and food entrepreneurship.