Ayana is the Director of Science and Solutions for the Waitt Foundation, which aims to end overfishing and support the creation of marine protected areas. She travels the world on a mission to collect, create, curate, actualize, and amplify the best ideas in ocean conservation and blogs about that sporadically at ayanablog.com. Her motivation is ensuring sustainable seafood for the approximately 1 billion people in developing countries who depend on the ocean for the their nutrition and livelihoods.
In 2011, Ayana completed a marine biology PhD at Scripps Institution of Oceanography with a dissertation entitled “Fish, Fishing, Diving and the Management of Coral Reefs.” Her research, conducted on the Caribbean islands of Curaçao and Bonaire, took a holistic approach to understanding how to sustainably manage coral reefs by incorporating ecology, economics, and sociology. This included research on trap fishing that proved escape gaps can reduce fish trap bycatch by 80% without reducing catch value (that research won Rare’s Solution Search competition).
Ayana is from Brooklyn, NY, is co-chair emeritus of the Artisanal Fisheries Research Network at Scripps, a proud daughter of a potter/architect and a chicken farmer/teacher, and a jazz singer.
Maiara Walsh is a best known for her dynamic portrayal of Ana Solis on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives.” In addition to writing, producing and creating music, Maiara is currently starring on “Switched at Birth,” as Simone Sinclair.
Maiara was born on February 18th, 1988, in Washington State. Half Brazilian, Maiara is proficient in Spanish and Portuguese. From an early age she enjoyed performing in school plays and talent shows. Moving toCalifornia with her family gave Maiara the opportunity to develop her acting skills. She began her career in independent movies and TV shows.
At the age of 18, Maiara booked the role of Meena on Disney Channel’s “Cory in the House.” Since then, Maiara has worked on The Secret Life of the American Teenager, The Vampire Diaries, Mean Girls 2, General Education, A Chance of Rain, and Grace.
Maiara is an avid philanthropist, and spends much of her time volunteering and coordinating community projects. She also enjoys reading, traveling, and studying Psychology, Biology, and Neuroscience on her own time.
Erin Schrode is a young ecoRenaissance woman. As the “face of the new green generation,” the co-founder and spokeswoman of Teens Turning Green 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 tools and materials for students in need, as well as initiate active citizenry and environmental stewardship.
The “juggernaut in the non profit and green world” speaks frequently, serves on panels, hosts events and videos, and writes columns for The Huffington Post, elephant journal, ecofabulous, and Eco Age, as well as her own blog. An award-winning ecopreneur, Erin is US Ambassador to One Young World, spokeswoman for top organic brands, and, as The White House said, “a dynamic, passionate and ambitious young woman committed to creating big change everywhere she goes.”
She is entering her fourth year as a DEANS Scholar at New York University and hopes to inspire her peers to take action and make the world a more sustainable and just place for future generations
Born in The Netherlands and raised in the South of France, Anne-Marie started modeling after being scouted in Florida while observing dolphins at a local marine park. She accepted the job after realizing this could help her raise funds for a whale she was trying to save and soon booked her first job with the renowned photographer Bruce Weber for Abercrombie & Fitch. She decided to finish school before pursuing modeling full-time and after doing so was booked for her first runway show for Prada. Now, after many magazine covers, editorials and campaigns, she continues to explore opportunities afforded by her position in the fashion industry to further environmental and humanitarian awareness.
In addition to this, after years of working in the fashion industry Anne-Marie became personally aware of the many challenges a model faces throughout her career. She decided to set up CLEANSE to help models achieve their career goals in a healthy and sustainable
way while also helping to preserve the health and beauty of our planet. Anne-Marie resides in New York and Paris.
Jordan is a 19 year old sophomore at Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, California. At the age of 15 she transformed from an eco-resistant rebel to a global sustainability educator. Jordan learned that she was only resistant to the environmental movement because she was bit educated on environmental issues, and more importantly, the solutions to those issues. She has directed environmental films and spoke to thousands of youth and adults about the importance of sustainability, environmental education, and youth empowerment. She opened for Hilary Clinton at the nations first carbon neutral political fundraiser for President Obama’s election campaign and keynoted the City of LA’s International Environmental Youth Conference. Jordan is the editor of the book, “Green My Parents” that trains kids to teach their parents how to save money while living sustainably. Jordan has been featured in the book, Girls Gone Green and honored by The U.S. Green Building Council, The Weather Channel, California State Assembly, The Tavis Smiley Foundation and many more!
Yes Duffy is a community activist-architect, designer/builder, focusing on affordable, accessible, democratic design for everyday people.
He is a client-based, concept-focused designer, whose architecture is more about its everyday users, than the architect himself. "I believe architecture should be less about me, and more about the people and places that bring it to life," he says openly.
In addition to working with people, he thoroughly enjoys experimenting with new designs using everyday materials. "I love to try to master the mundane", he states. "Bricks, 2x4s, plywood and concrete are still exciting to me. Studying and experimenting with the things we often take for granted is very valuable, thought-provoking, and challenging too."
After two years of welding in his bedroom at Million Fishes Art Collective, he currently resides in Seattle, Washington, still discovering scrap yards, sculpting, drawing, painting, and shaping spaces for people.
Slater Jewell-Kemker is an award winning 20 year old director who is introducing her generation to the international youth climate movement. Born in Los Angeles to filmmaker parents, she has grown up with the belief that she could not only create her own media, but change the world around her by doing so.
For the past four years she’s been doing just that in her ongoing documentary, “An Inconvenient Youth”, a film whose main goal is to give young people on the front lines of climate change a voice, but also to shift the perspective on the climate crisis from one of fear and misunderstanding to one of the heart.
She has been recognized for her filmmaking and activism by the United Nations, Toronto International Film Festival, Sidewalk Film Festival, My Hero Film Festival, SilverDocs, Cannes and others. In addition, she’s given numerous workshops on filmmaking within the youth climate community, enabling young people of her generation to tell their own stories and be empowered to stand up for a green, sustainable, caring world.
Slater and “An Inconvenient Youth” are currently working with Architecture for Humanity to develop a prototype off-the-grid facility for small communities most affected by climate change. These shelters, designed to collect fresh water and solar power, are more than shelter during times of emergency, they are year-round safe spaces designed to address each village’s cultural and communal needs.
Cameron Sinclair is the co-founder and 'chief eternal optimist' (CEO) for Architecture for Humanity, a charitable organization which builds architecture and design solutions to humanitarian crises, and provides pro-bono design and construction services to communities in need. Over the past thirteen years the organization has worked in forty eight countries and has over seventy independent city-wide chapters. Projects range from schools, health clinics, affordable housing and long term sustainable reconstruction after natural and man-made disasters. As a strong believer in 'cultural diplomacy' Sinclair has been working on a series of projects to re-think cultural and civic institutions within the social fabric.
Sinclair and Architecture for Humanity co-founder Kate Stohr compiled the bestselling books Design Like You Give A Damn 1 and 2. As a frequent teacher and visiting professor is heavily involved in bringing socially relevant design into academia and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Westminster.
Sinclair is a recipient of the TED prize and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. In 2008 Sinclair and Stohr were named as recipients of the National Design Awards and the following year jointly awarded the Bicentenary Medal by the Royal Society of Arts for increasing people’s resourcefulness. In 2011 Sinclair was made a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council and took an advisory role at USAID with a focus on reforming international aid.
Sinclair and Stohr launched the Open Architecture Network, the worlds' first open source community dedicated to improving living conditions through innovative and sustainable design.