- Chuck Higgins, Director of the Office of Public Health, National Park Service
CAPT Chuck Higgins is a commissioned officer in the US Public Health Service currently assigned to the National Park Service where he is the director of the Office of Public Health. Working in public health at the local, state and national level for 37 years, Chuck has always been interested in how systems thinking can be used to improve public health practice.
In his current position, he’s teamed up with the National Park Service Wildlife Health Branch to explore how One Health might be translated from concept to application. “We know that our health, the health of other species and the health of the planet are inexorably linked, the real question is how can we work in an interdisciplinary way to translate that concept into everyday practice.”
- Jake Labarre, Designer, Miller Hull Architects
Jake LaBarre is a designer at the Miller Hull Partnership in Seattle Washington, as well as a co-instructor of the Neighborhood Design/Build Studio at the University of Washington. He has been a lecturer and reviewer at Auburn University’s Rural Studio, and a guest reviewer for design studios at Washington State University and the University of Washington. Jake also has over a decade of experience as a journeyman level carpenter. He graduated from the University of Washington with a Masters in Architecture, and St Olaf College with a BA in Physics.
- Marc Alt, Director, Marc Alt + Partners
Marc Alt is a design leader who has dedicated his career to connecting design, technology and ecology. Marc was founder and co-chair of the AIGA Center for Sustainable Design and has served on the advisory boards of the Designers Accord, Design Ignites Change and the Green Parking Council. He has been an advisor to companies and is actively involved in a number of urban mobility and smart cities initiatives. He was previously Adjunct Professor at the NYU MFA Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP).
Marc lectures internationally and presents workshops on living systems, resiliency, ecological design and simplicity. He is founder and editor of Open Source Cities, a project on the future of cities.
- Aaron E. Hirsh, Chair, Vermilion Sea Institute
Aaron Hirsh’s book Telling Our Way to the Sea was published last summer by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and it will soon be released by Picador in paperback. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, various literary magazines, and The Best American Science Writing. His scientific work has been published in Science, Nature, PNAS, and a number of other journals. Hirsh was a founder of the biotechnology company InterCell and serves on the board of Roberts and Company Publishers. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.
- Cheryl Dos Remedios, Marketing and Communications Associate, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol
Cheryl dos Remedios has an interdisciplinary background in art, project management, public works, and landscape preservation. Known for her success in connecting communities to the designed landscape and to the environment, Cheryl leads GGN’s public communications and marketing endeavors.
Prior to GGN, Cheryl worked as an artist and public art administrator, most recently focusing on the stewardship of the Herbert Bayer Earthwork. Active in the local art and design community, she currently serves on the Port of Seattle Art Oversight Committee, the Great City Board, and the Rainier Beach Moving Forward Committee. In the past, she has served on the 4Culture Public Art Advisory Committee and the Arboretum Foundation Board. Cheryl is also the founding director of aLIVe: a Low Impact Vehicle exploration, which re-imagines our transportation system using everything from poetry to prototypes.
- Kristine Matthews, Director, Studio Matthews
Kristine Matthews is the owner and principal of Studio Matthews, which specializes in the sustainable design of exhibitions, installations and print pieces. Matthews has worked with many high-profile clients in the U.S., Europe and Asia, including EMP Museum, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Foster School of Business, the London 2012 Olympics, Hong Kong Wetland Park, and the UK Architecture Foundation. Her award-winning work has been published around the world.
On the Design faculty at the University of Washington, Matthews dovetails practiced sustainability with education. Her advanced Exhibition Design course creates design in the environment with a focus on audience engagement and sustainability.
- Erin Sullivan, Entomologist, Woodland Park Zoo
Since 1996, Erin has worked in the Animal Management Department at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. For the last 10 years Erin has also served as Chair for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Terrestrial Invertebrate Taxon Advisory Group (TITAG). Erin holds a BS in Biology /Entomology from U.C. Davis and a Master of Science degree in Biodiversity Conservation and Management through Imperial College London. In her free time Erin can be found photographing insects in her backyard or anywhere insects may be flying.
- Robin Ginac, Landscape Designer, Exterior Focus
Robin Ginac facilitates the evolution of comprehensive design strategies for residential, public, and commercial projects. Ranging from intimate designs for private homes to large scale commercial and public projects, Ms. Ginac has worked on a vast array of projects. She has designed landscapes nationally for the renowned architectural firm Robert A. M. Stern Architects, New York, NY, at the state level for the non-profit group Scenic Hudson and many owner operated design/build companies. Her work with the design firm CTPC included extensive landscape renovation for private residences throughout the New York metropolitan area, as well as commercial projects including an “Urban Meadow” for a privately owned plaza and a playground in Seward Park. More recently, she was a lead designer at Faddegon’s Inc., during which time they received the “Best of Landscape” award by the Times Union in Albany, New York.