Anne-Marie Van Dijk
Born in The Netherlands, 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 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.
Over the years, Anne-Marie has worked with some of the world’s greatest fashion photographers including Steven Meisel, Mario Testino and Patrick Demarchelier. She has graced the covers and editorial pages of Vogue and has worked with high profile clients such as Armani, Louis Vuitton and Dior. What started with one whale and her modest contributions to its survival led Anne-Marie to the realization that her unique position as a model could enable her to do more for the environment than she had ever imagined possible.
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.
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.
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, e 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!
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.
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.
Jordan Howard is a 21 year old thought leader at the intersection of sustainability, environmental education and youth empowerment. As one of the youngest sustainability educators and green school champions, Jordan understands education is empowerment and has made it her mission to provide youth with the inspiration and tools to create the change they want to see in their schools, communities, and cities. Jordan’s journey began at the Environmental Charter High School in Los Angeles, California while taking a mandatory environmental service learning class. Jordan was an environmental skeptic until she later realized that she was skeptical because she was not educated on solutions to environmental issues.
Once enlightened with sustainable solutions, Jordan immediately began transforming her home, high school, and peers across the globe. Jordan has partnered with various organizations across the nation with a focus to educate youth on issues centered around plastic pollution, environmental literacy, health & wellness, climate change, and environmental justice. The Surfrider Foundation, 5 Gyres, Alliance for Climate Education, and The Children’s Nature Institute, are a few of the organizations she has partnered with over the years. Jordan has been awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council, National Wildlife Federation, The Tavis Smiley Foundation and many more. Jordan’s work has been featured in the NY Times, National Scholastics, ABC, NBC, FOX, GOOD, and the book Girls Gone Green. Jordan has spoken before thousands : keynoting conferences, speaking on panels, and leading workshops for youth and educators. From opening for Secretary Hillary Clinton at fundraisers for President Obama to developing youth programs to educate pre-teens in middle school in India, Jordan’s journey to spark change among millennials around the world is only beginning.