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Jourdan Imani Keith is the founder and director of Urban Wilderness Project, celebrating 10 years of providing environmentally and culturally based programs rooted in social change. Ms. Keith works in the environmental field as a writer, public speaker, educator, urban forest restoration specialist, trail construction crew and wilderness leader bringing 15 years of experience to the planning and implementation of projects that involve a broad base of constituents. Adept at working with federal, municipal, academic and community organizations she has developed mutually beneficial cooperative agreements to address social and economic barriers to equity in land use with the National Parks Service and others. Keith's work as a literary artist, environmental educator, community organizer and social justice advocate informs her ongoing development of the R U An Endangered Species?™ workshop curriculum, its' action campaigns and community conversation series.
Her commitment to equity and meaningful involvement is the focus of her work for healthy bodies and healthy waterways through the Human Estuaries campaign which is featured in her TEDx TALK and YES! Magazine. The campaign educates and empowers youth who are disproportionately impacted by environmental health risks and exposures linking the pollution in Seattle’s Puget Sound to their community’s risks and exposures. Seattle Public Library’s first naturalist-in-residence and Seattle’s Poet Populist Emeritus, she is serving her second term as a Commissioner on the Board of Seattle Parks and Recreation which advises the Mayor and City Council and on Seattle’s Levy Oversight Committee which is responsible for the equitable distribution and access to green spaces, as well as other land use and water management issues. She studied English at Temple University, Restoration Ecology at University of Washington and Marine Ecology through Washington State University.
A student of Sonia Sanchez, her work blends the textures of political, personal and natural landscapes to offer voices from the margins of American lives. Coyote Autumn, an excerpt from her memoir, is included in the travel writing anthology Something to Declare from University of Wisconsin press. Her essay, Human Estuaries which is based on her TEDx Talk appears in the fall 2012 YES! Magazine.
She is the founder and director of Urban Wilderness Project, providing storytelling, environmental education, and wilderness service-learning programs rooted in social change. Her vision as a literary artist, environmentalist and social justice advocate informs her ongoing development of the R U An Endangered Species?™ workshop curriculum and its' action campaigns. Her engagements include public speaking, teaching and leading community workshops for institutions from the University of Washington's Burke Museum, Seattle Bioneers, Seattle GreenFest to Highline Community College.
Constantly attempting to learn and to educate through art, Wendy (Onion) Carrillo is dedicated to creating sustainable change and developing a community environment with healthy relationships. The relationships she's already sustained span from national to international, creating a foundation of support for her art.
She opened up on the scene in Seattle by Hosting an event called "Ladies First" 2000, that focused on putting the voices of women first. She has preformed spoken word and done workshops at National incite conferences in New York, Chicago and Santa Barbara. She has also preformed for M.E.Ch.A. at regional conferences. Onion has also been blessed with the opportunity to perform in Cuba for the students of the University of Havana in 2003 with the Every Women's Delegation. Onion has performed locally in Seattle at Sisterfire and later shared the stage with Sirens Echo for International Women's Day.
In 2004 she was again blessed with the opportunity to tour, with her favorite Puerto Rican Hip Hop / Punk band RICANSTRUCTION. For over a year Onion also worked with the Female Hip Hop Alliance in Olympia, where she from time to time could be caught studying at The Evergreen State College. Onion is currently working on an anthology Letters to a young woman in Hip Hop, containing submissions from women in Hip Hop all over the world, to encourage younger women to keep their heads up. She desires to be genuinely supported as an artist by the community and loved, in turn she tries to constantly send love back the best ways she knows how... through art.
Su Theida was a crew member for the Young Adult Conservation Corps in 1979 and has been working as a conservation service professional ever since. A certified outdoor leader, through the Wilderness Education Association at North County Community College, Su was formerly the Regional Director for the SCA (Student Conservation Association).
She has also worked as a Program Manager, Technical Instructor for trail construction and restoration, Environmental Educator, Trail Crew Leader/Foreman and Backcountry Ranger. Currently Su is the Programs Director at EarthCorps.
She is also a mom and re-evaluation counseling teacher. Her vision for the world is a place where children can grow up in healthy, nurturing environs of all kinds - physical, emotional, social, mental, spiritual, etc.
Rick was born and raised in New York City. He pursued environmental studies at Southern Vermont College, then earned his B.A. in Environmental Studies from California State University of Hayward. Rick holds a certificate from the University of Washington in Wetland Science & Management and is a Certified Interpretive Guide. In Rick's environmental career he has taught to a diverse population of folks ranging in ages from 5 to 75.
Jourdan I. Keith, Founder & Director
P.O. Box 18874
Seattle, WA 98118
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