Ashley Koff, Ashley Koff Approved
Ashley Koff RD is an internationally renowned registered dietitian who’s “Ashley Koff Approved” (AKA) list is a tool to help consumers, media, and healthcare practitioners choose better quality groceries, dietary supplements, and prepared food. Koff regularly appears as an expert on TV, print, radio, and online including “The Dr. Oz Show,” “The Doctors,” ABC7, The New York Times, O! The Oprah Magazine, Whole Living, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Redbook, Women’s Health, The Huffington Post, and EmpowHer. Additionally, she writes freelance articles for many of these outlets. Koff started and continues to manage her AKA Craft Services makeover project for popular shows such as ABC’s “Private Practice,” and CBS’ “CSI: New York,” as well several major movies. She is currently a contributing editor for Natural Health Magazine, and on the advisory board of Fitness Magazine. Koff is the co-author of Mom Energy: A Simple Plan to Live Fully Charged. Based in Los Angeles, California, Koff maintains an international private practice and is faculty at NYC’s Beth Israel Integrative Medicine Center The Continuum Center for Health and Healing.
Bruce Akers, Green Chemist
Bruce Akers is a well respected consultant in the natural products industry. He has been formulating Natural Products for almost 15 years, and has brought well over a hundred of his formulations to market. Bruce has worked in small one room West Marin facilities as well as multi-national conglomerates. He has been a Director of R&D for EO Products, and Method, as well as working with many of the leading innovative companies in the natural products realm. Using his vast knowledge of chemistry, Bruce has been instrumental in the creation of many of the standards that are setting the bar in the natural products industry ensuring that they are useable by manufacturers and consumers, scientifically base. Bruce received a degree in Chemistry from University of California, Berkeley.
Susan Black, Founder, EO Products
EO Products Co-Creator, Susan Griffin-Black has been a pioneer in the personal care industry for over 15 years and is a leading expert in the field. An advocate of making safe, pure products, she has been involved with Teens Turning Green for several years and she maintains her status as a business leader and mother to Lucy and Marc.
Karen Stewart Brown, Co-Founder + Vice President of Design, Stewart+Brown
Karen co-founded Stewart+Brown, along with her husband Howard Brown, in 2002 and oversees all design and production activities. Prior to Stewart+Brown, Karen worked as a Sr. Designer at Patagonia, where she worked for 5+ years. Subsequent to her Patagonia experience, Karen was a Sr. Designer at J.Crew for 3.5 years responsible for all women’s knits and sweater categories; the highest volume and most profitable division of the company. She began her design career at Urban Outfitters / Anthropologie, spending 2.5 years designing their most popular collections. Karen holds a B.F.A. in painting Maryland Institute College of Art and has no formal training in fashion design. Karen and Stewart+Brown have won many honors and accolades including ‘Coolest People Now’ by Outside Magazine, “Ones to Watch” by Wired Magazine, “Conscientious Choice” winner by Natural Health magazine, “Best of Green” by Treehugger, “World’s Most Stylish Ethic Fashion Brand” by Body+Soul Magazine, Elle’s “Best Green Fashion Brand” and one of the “World’s Top Fashionistas” by Grist.
Stefanie Hermsdorf, Creative Director
A graduate of Art Center in Pasadena, Stefanie has worked as Creative Director for several challenger brands including Benefit Cosmetics, Joe Boxer and most recently Method, as well as for fashion brands like Macy’s and Banana Republic. She earned her design stripes early in her career in Italy where, in addition to creative collaborations with brands lievey, Switzerland. Stefanie’s creative focus includes not only bringing a brand to life visually, but also through product development, formulation and fragrance, and her work involve the holistic brand experience. She is currently a Creative Consultant in the Bay Area.
Lynn Hirshfield, Senior Vice President of Publishing, Participant Media
Lynn is responsible for launching Participant’s publishing division to complement the company’s films and social action campaigns. Lynn, who joined Participant Media in May 2007, is also responsible for leading the development of strategic marketing partnerships and integrate these partners into social action and advocacy campaigns. Prior to joining the staff of Participant, she consulted for the company throughout 2006 on the social marketing and outreach for the Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth. Lynn has served in the same capacity for a number of internet content and technology start ups, and various studios and venture capital groups specializing in creating new verticals and generating strategic partnerships with corporate sponsors. Previous to entering the internet arena, she worked as a development executive for productions garnering a number of awards, including four Emmys, a Peabody Award and two Television Critics Awards — among them the PBS series Wishbone. She was also a story editor for National Geographic Feature Films, Scott Rudin, Norman Lear, Tim Burton and Sony, Fox and Warner Bros. Studios.
Stacy Malkan, Author, Not Just A Pretty Face
Stacy authored the recently published Not Just A Pretty Face and co-founded the National Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition working to eliminate hazardous chemicals from personal care products. As Malkan says in her book, I was a teenage make-up diva, “We’re talking an elaborate morning ritual involving skin creams, eight types of make-up and multiple hair products, topped off with a generous cloud of Aqua Net Hair Spray — all before I left the house! 20 years later, I was able to conduct an investigation into my teen beauty routine to find out what I was exposing myself to on a daily basis: 200 chemicals in all, many of them toxic. These days, I still use multiple products, but the old brands are long gone in favor of safer alternatives.”
Jeremiah McElwee, Senior Global Whole Body Coordinator, Whole Foods Market
Jeremiah oversees all aspects of Whole Body for all Whole Foods Market’s nationally, a job that entails managing product selection, working with stores to develop innovative concepts and helping major manufacturers/vendors with successful product development. Jeremiah stays on top of consumer demands and trends through his work with cutting edge researchers, companies and ethnobotanists to explore what is now and next. He is the inspiration behind the recent ground breaking partnership between WFM & Teens for Safe Cosmetics in the creation of the Teens Turning Green Collection exclusively at WFM nationally focusing attention on the health and well being of our next generation.
Karl Palmer, Manager, Pollution Prevention Branch at CA Department of Toxic Substances Control
Karl Palmer is the manager of the Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC) Pollution Prevention Branch in the Office of Pollution Prevention and Green Technology. He is currently responsible for DTSC’s efforts to implement pollution prevention programs, supporting local Green Business Programs and helping lead the Department’s efforts to expand pollution prevention efforts, green chemistry strategies and sustainability initiatives throughout California. Prior to his current job, Karl lead DTSC’s Regulatory and Program Development Branch, providing technical support and policy development and adopting regulations for hazardous waste classification, recycling, household hazardous waste, electronic waste and universal wastes. Mr. Palmer has worked in each of DTSC’s core programs performing a wide variety of work including site assessments and inspections of hazardous waste sites, conducting investigations at state superfund sites, cleaning up former methamphetamine labs and coordinating HAZMAT support at major chemical spills and natural disasters. Mr. Palmer holds a B.S. in Resource Sciences from the University of California, Davis.
Renée Sharp, Director of California Office, Environmental Working Group
Renée holds Masters and Bachelors degrees in Biology from Penn State University and Rice University. She first worked as a Senior Analyst for Environmental Working Group on a wide range of environmental health and natural resource issues for eight years before becoming head of the organization’s California office in 2008.When not in the office Renée spends most of her time hiking, climbing, skiing and rafting, and believes that the US now has an unprecedented opportunity to regain world leadership on environmental issues.
Mark Schapiro, Editorial Director, Center for Investigative Reporting / Author, EXPOSED: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What’s at Stake for American Power
In the book, Schapiro investigates the response of U.S. transnational corporations to the raising of environmental health standards in Europe. His award-winning environmental stories have appeared in multiple media: in print, for publications such as Harpers, The Nation and the LA Times; on television, where he is a correspondent for PBS’ Frontline/World; and on the public radio program ‘Marketplace’.
Olowo-n’djo Tchala, Founder, Alaffia
Olowo-n’djo, a West African by birth and his American wife Rose ( they met when she was in the Peace Corp in Togo ) , founded Alaffia Sustainable Skincare. Alaffia is one of the most innovative and original eco body companies in the “green” world. The products are made with Shea butter, a natural renewable resource and other indigenous ingredients that come from the people of the Agbanga Karite/Alaffia Shea Butter Women’s Cooperative bringing income to the people of this community in Togo, West Africa. Olowo-n’djo has worked hard to bring economic gender equality to the women of Togo as well as making his products fair-trade and sustainable.10% of their sales sales support community enhancement projects in Togo, West Africa. Alaffia has a fabulous product in the Teens Turning Green Collection called Mambo Mango Body Butter.The company is based in Olympia, Washington.
Carly Wertheim, Student, Barnard College
Carly is a student at Barnard College in New York studying environmental science. Throughout high school, Carly took a lead role in the Teens Turning Green campaign, serving as the campaign’s president and lead spokesperson. She has presented to schools, businesses, conferences, and festivals, educating peers and community members about harmful chemical exposures and the steps to become a more educated consumer. As an advocate for legislation that protects our right to health, Carly presented testimony to Senators in Sacramento at a hearing on the Green Chemistry initiative. After spending a gap-year abroad, Carly returned home from an organic farming experience in Ecuador inspired and passionate about sustainable agriculture. During the summer of 2010 she helped launch Project Lunch, a TTG program to bring local, organic, and wholesome food options to schools. Currently, Carly is a Barnard EcoRep, working with students and administration to make her campus a more sustainable environment. She can usually be found at the farmer’s market, hiking, cooking, and spends her spare playing the guitar and practicing yoga.
Marci Zaroff, Founder, Under the Canopy / Founder + CEO, FASE
Marci has a degree from the Haas Business School at UC Berkeley. A vegetarian since the age of 16, Marci co-founded a thriving health and environmental educational center, Aveda Spa, magazine and organic cafe in New York City, known today as “The Institute for Integrative Nutrition”. After a decade in the natural/organic food and beauty worlds, Zaroff recognized the “missing link” in the wellness equation, and seized the opportunity to launch leading organic & sustainable fiber lifestyle brand “Under the Canopy”. She pioneered the market for ECOfashion®, a term she coined and trademarked in 1996. Always evolving & driving the market with her passion, creativity and vision, Marci is currently building her next cutting-edge sustainable lifestyle brand, FASE. Zaroff is an internationally recognized expert, innovator & authority in organic fiber fashion and home products and has created a unique development, distribution and monitoring business model to ensure that the process and the products remain pure and authentic. She helped write the USA & Global Organic Fiber certification standards, has launched first-time organic fiber initiatives into major retailers nationwide, and is a sought after speaker & spokesperson of ECOfashion & green business. Marci is the proud mother of 2 teens raised green, Jade and Mason.
o Alliance for Climate Education
o Axion Design
o Breast Cancer Fund
o Butler, Shine, Stern + Partners Advertising
o California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative
o Congressmember Lynn Woolsey ( D- CA)
o Congressmember Steve Israel ( D-NY)
o Dominican University
o Eco Mom Alliance
o Environment California
o Environmental Health Trust
o Environmental Working Group
o Green Sangha
o International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety
o Marin County Board of Supervisors
o Marin Women’s Commission
o Mimi Field Public Relations
o National Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
o Nourish Food & Community
o San Francisco Department of the Environment
o State Senator Mark Leno
o Women’s Voices for the Earth
o And many more partners…