Speakers

David Miller

David Miller
 
David Miller is the North American Director, C40 Climate Leadership Group, and Global Ambassador of Inclusive Climate Action. Prior to joining the C40, Mr. Miller served as President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund-Canada, Canada’s foremost conservation organization. The WWF creates solutions to the most serious conservation challenges facing our planet, including helping people and nature to thrive together.  Mr. Miller was also Mayor of Toronto from 2003 to 2010. Under his leadership, Toronto became admired internationally for its environmental leadership, economic strength, and social integration.  He is a leading advocate for the creation of sustainable urban economies and a strong and forceful champion for the next generation of jobs through sustainability.
 
Diane Herndon
 
Diane Herndon 

After working as the Senior Director of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Agriculture for the seed development company, Monsanto, for 23 years, Ms. Herndon joined Nestle Purina as their Senior Manager for Sustainability in 2011. Her work focuses on sustainable development within the company, promoting sustainable values and cultures. She works on outreach between Nestle Purina and local NGOs and policy makers, and provides information for the company about its metrics in sustainable agriculture.

 
Nikki Silvestri
 
Nikki Silvestri
 
Principia College’s Center for Sustainability “Changemaker Speaker”, Nikki Silvestri, has built and strengthened social equity for underrepresented populations in food systems, social services, public health, climate solutions, and economic development by serving as the Co-Founder of Live Real and former Executive Director of People’s Grocery and Green for All. A nationally recognized thought leader, her many honors include being named one of The Root’s 100 Most Influential African Americans. As an accomplished communicator, Nikki is well known for her combination of vulnerability and razor-sharp analysis. She has a master’s degree in African American Studies from UCLA, and is originally from Los Angeles. She currently lives in Oakland, with her husband and son.
 

Pandora Thomas

Pandora Thomas
 
Pandora Thomas is a passionate global citizen who works as a caregiver, teacher, writer, designer and speaker.  Her work emphasizes the benefits of applying ecological principles to social design. She has designed curriculum for and taught groups all over the world including Iraqi and Indonesian youth, men serving in San Quentin, and men and women returning home from incarceration. Pandora’s most recent projects include co-founding the Black Permaculture Network, working for 6 years with Toyota in design, and serving as a coalition member of the Toyota Green Initiative, which supports African Americans in understanding the benefits of adopting sustainable lifestyles. We are grateful to share that Pandora’s talk is sponsored in part by the Resilience Studies Consortium, of which Principia College is a founding member.
 
 
Dan Hellmuth
 

Mr. Hellmuth is a principal and co-founder of  Hellmuth & Bicknese Architects, L.L.C, as well as a LEED ™ accredited professional. Mr. Hellmuth serves as Chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council-St. Louis Regional Chapter and has taught at Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to his experience in Sustainable Design, he has over nineteen years experience in K-12 and higher education, housing, historic preservation, and transit & transportation planning.

 
Ralph Bicknese
 
A principal and co-founder of Hellmuth & Bicknese Architects, L.L.C, Mr. Bicknese’s professional experience in high performance/sustainable design began over 20 years ago with residential projects, solar system design and community energy and water use planning. Mr. Bicknese has significant experience in all phases of the architectural process. He is LEED ™ accredited through the U.S. Green Building Council and utilizes the process to enhance project performance. Mr. Bicknese also serves as the Program Chair of the Executive Committee of the U.S. Green Building Council-St. Louis Regional Chapter.
 
 
Caroline Assaf
 

Caroline Assaf is a social entrepreneur and a sustainability professional with a passion for youth and cities. She is an advisory board member for the World Economic Forum initiative “Shaping the Future of Urban Development and Services” and the president of Sustainable Cities International, positions which allow her to work closely with a network of international cities and cross-industry partners on knowledge mobilization and exchange. As previous director of a government funded Youth Internship Program, she is very active in the international development field, working closely with youth in Latin America and Africa to address local and global issues through innovation and collaboration.

Todd Boyman

Todd Boyman, CEO and Founder of Hungry Planet, is passionate about working with great people and extraordinary teams to make a difference on things that matter. At Hungry Planet, Todd has set out on a mission to match traditional meat tastes and textures with healthy plant-based ingredients. Developed in the heart of the Midwest, Hungry Planet products like their Range-Free Burger™ can now be found in hundreds of great restaurants from coast-to-coast and abroad. Todd is committed to helping shape the humane economy in a way that will fuel new levels of broad-based and sustained prosperity and his company strives to make this happen by offering fresh, nutritious, sustainable, alternatives to the meat industry.