Judi Shils has spent the last 14 years of her life spearheading grassroots community projects. While attending a Marin County Supervisors meeting in 2002, she listened to concerned citizens pose questions about the high cancer rates in their neighborhoods and express thoughts as to possible cause. The dearth of answers led Shils to form the Marin Cancer Project: Search for the Cause, and then the youth-driven movement for sustainable change, non-profit, Turning Green. As well, Shils worked with students and ethical business partners to create the first line of eco-body products for this generation launched nationally with Whole Foods Market in 2008. In 2013 she created the first organic/non GMO-school lunch program called The Conscious Kitchen. In 2015, with two kitchens opened for business, the Sausalito Marin City School District became the first organic non-GMO school district in the nation.
After attending Temple University and American University, Shils started her Emmy Award-winning career with ABC Sports in New York and remained in television for 25 years. in 1988, Shils moved to Los Angeles, and produced the first critically acclaimed reality television special “3,000 miles, 21 days, 10 cents” for Fox Television. In 1989, a move to the Bay Area and motherhood to daughter Erin, changed the course of her life. In 1995, Shils created the successful Diary Project (DP), one of the very first on-line forums for teenagers to discuss their lives, as well as an accompanying newspaper component and Emmy Award-winning television series called “Life in Progress” on Oxygen TV. As well she produced a stage version of the DP, with the script created from website entries. Shils’ environmental work began at the California Coastal Commission, where she has been a consultant since 1996, focusing on public education programs and the annual California Coastal Cleanup Day.
Erin Schrode, Co-Founder + Spokeswoman
Erin Schrode is a young ecoRenaissance woman. As the “face of the new green generation,” the co-founder / spokeswoman of TG promotes global sustainability, youth leadership, environmental education, and conscious lifestyle choices. After working in disaster response in Haiti, she founded and launched The Schoolbag, a youth education project to provide materials for students, as well as initiate active citizenry and environmental stewardship.
Sue Waiss, Program Coordinator / Office Manager
415.289.1001 or 415.806.2580, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue has worked with Turning Green for 7 years and has helped bring all of our key programs to life. She is passionate about sustainability, education, and bringing our programs to students across the country and around the world. Prior to TG, Sue worked as a Project Manager and Studio Manager in the graphic design industry and co-founded two video production companies.
Marti has volunteered and worked at Turning Green since the beginning. She is married with two boys, Jason (24) and Seth (22). Marti is an instructor and has owned her own training company (Workshops that Work) for 34 years. She works with clients in all levels of the public sector, both throughout the United States and overseas. Marti helps employees be better at their jobs through communication, presenting, meetings, interviewing, and other professional skills classes. Marti was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999 and spent eight months in treatment – and celebrates 15 years cancer free!