Diane Irene Meyer graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Butler University in 1968, on a four-year scholarship. During the spring 1968, her senior year, ironically Diane cut an evening Shakespeare class in order to attend a Robert F. Kennedy rally at an inner city park in Indianapolis. The large crowd waited for hours in the unadorned park to finally see and hear Robert F. Kennedy make the chilling announcement that Dr. Martin Luther King had been assassinated.
As President of Global Green USA, Diane brought to fruition a political career as staffer, organizer, administrator, fundraiser and strategist. Over the years spanning 1993 to the present Diane has remained the driving force in representing an agenda and a vision for Global Green USA and Green Cross International.
Today, Diane Irene Meyer Simon primarily lives in Montecito, California and maintains her second home in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her marriage ended in 2000. She shares her homes with her three children, Sarah Elisabeth, Rachel Mariam, and Asher Benjamin Meyer Simon. Her children serve as her every inspiration and primary motivation to actualize an enlightened human race with an understanding of the inter-relationship of humans with our living Earth… This understanding must be achieved before we are the next extinct species. Diane believes we must learn to lighten the human load, especially the US load, on the Earth's resources, this final achievement being her deepest hope for her children and all children.
Robert S. Bucklin
Robert (Bob) Bucklin is recently retired as Vice Chairman of North America Wholesale Banking for Rabobank International, where he was responsible for the Wholesale Clients Business and Corporate Communications functions. Mr. Bucklin joined Rabobank in 1993 as Senior Vice President and Manager of the Dallas office, advancing to Chief Corporate Banking Officer and ultimately Vice Chairman. He was a member of multiple management teams including those of Rabobank’s North America Wholesale and Global Wholesale Clients International divisions, the Management Development Committee and the Audit Committee.
Prior to joining Rabobank, he was President and Chief Operating Officer for First City-Dallas, and President and Chief Operating Officer for a Sino-US joint venture between First City Texas Bank Group and the Bank of China. He began his 39-year banking career with The First National Bank of Chicago where he held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer for the bank’s Canadian subsidiary.
Mr. Bucklin was recently elected Chairman of Global Green USA, an affiliate of Green Cross International. He is currently a member of the board of directors for OSI Group, LLC as well as the Advisory Board for Jacob Stern & Sons. Mr. Bucklin holds a degree in Finance from the University of Illinois and earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Ian Reece is the Managing Director and Senior Credit Officer at Rabobank International in New York City where he has been employed for the past 20 years. Reece has responsibility for credit teams in five U.S. loan production offices focused primarily in food & agribusiness, and specializing in, among other things, the beef, pork, poultry, grain and timber and forestry sectors.
In addition to his role as Senior Credit Officer, Ian serves as Corporate Social Responsibility Business Champion for Rabobank’s North American wholesale banking businesses in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. In this capacity, part of Reece’s responsibility is maintaining relationships with certain NGOs such as the World Wildlife Fund, Conservation International and the Rainforest Alliance.
Alice has enjoyed a deep, holistic understanding of sustainable food since childhood. Being the daughter of Carole Bamford and growing up on 2000 acres of the Daylesford Farm in the countryside of the English Cotswolds, it was unavoidable. Alice’s passion grew to an even higher level in more recent years when she founded One Gun Ranch, nestled where the mountains meet the ocean in the canyons of Malibu.
One Gun Ranch grows and supplies the finest biodynamic organic produce, created from rich, compost-improved soil. Enterprise is rife on the ranch; it holds tours for inner city children, lessons on how to grow food biodynamically and make gift planter boxes made of reclaimed wood filled with their homegrown herbs.
“We’re taking organic farming one step further... [and] we’re creating harmony with nature,” said Bamford, whose family operates an organic farm in England. “It has much to do with our closed-loop system . . . whatever doesn’t get used or the little bit that doesn’t get sold at the market comes back here.”
—Interview with Chris Bashaw, Malibu Surfside News
Carlton A. Brown
Carlton A. Brown is a founding partner and Chief Operating Officer of Full Spectrum. He graduated Princeton University - School of Architecture and Urban Planning in 1973 and studied real estate finance at New York University. He worked for architecture and planning firms until he joined AT&T as a manager in the real estate division. During his 10-year tenure at AT&T, he directed the development and construction of over $2 billion of real estate for the company.
Mr. Brown’s vision for Full Spectrum has led to the firm's recognition as a national leader in the development of affordable green, smart buildings in emerging urban markets. The firm's central theme is that all communities regardless of race, ethnicity or income are entitled to a sustainable future and Mr. Brown's role is to see that all Full Spectrum development projects meet these high performance standards.
As an award winning photographer, extreme athlete, filmmaker, author, lecturer and environmental activist, Sebastian Copeland’s work has been featured on CNN’s Larry King, ABC, ESPN, NPR, and Current TV and in print as well, in National Geographic, Vanity Fair, USA Today, Sierra Club, House & Garden,Publisher’s Weekly, W Magazine, Elle, and People Magazine.
A personal commitment to fight for the protection of the environment has led to a seat on the Board of Directors at Global Green (the US branch of President Gorbachev’s Green Cross International) and a relentless pursuit of a sustainable future.
Sebastian uses photography as a medium for activism. “Helping people fall in love with their world,” he says, ”is a catalyst to wanting to save it.” An extreme adventure expert, Sebastian has led various expeditions to both Polar Regions. Sebastian spent six weeks in 2006 and in 2007 aboard a scientific research icebreaker in the Antarctic Peninsula. In 2008, Sebastian and partner Luc Hardy led a team of nine children from international nationalities for a month in the northernmost Canadian Arctic as the Young Ambassadors of the Arctic.
In March 2009, Sebastian led a mission to the geographical North Pole. He and partner Keith Heger walked seven hundred kilometers to commemorate the centennial of Admiral Peary’s reach in 1909. Sebastian filmed the mission and assembled it into the documentary Into The Cold: A Journey Of The Soul. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and went on to win multiple awards.
President and CEO, the U.S. Green Building Council
Rick Fedrizzi co-founded the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 1993 while serving as the director of environmental marketing at United Technologies subsidiary Carrier Corporation, and he has served as USGBC’s President and CEO since 2004. During his distinguished tenure he has tripled its membership, broadened its influence, and cemented its role as a leadership voice in the global sustainability movement.
USGBC’s LEED green building program has been the cornerstone of Rick’s efforts. Since its launch in 2000, more than 55,000 commercial projects spanning 10.1 billion square feet, and more than 116,000 residential units around the world participate in LEED, with 1.7 million square feet of building space earning LEED certification every day. Nearly 190,000 LEED professional credential holders are engaged in advancing this global movement.
The scope of work at USGBC reaches beyond LEED to include a robust chapter network, the Center for Green Schools, the Center for Green Building and Human Health, and the development and deployment of a variety of technology platforms to support green building data collection and analysis, including LEEDOnline, the LEED Dynamic Plaque, and the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG.org).
Rick serves on numerous boards and advisory committees, including the Green Building Certification Institute, Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard School of Public Health, the American Architectural Foundation, Delos, Watsco, and the World Green Building Council where he served as Chair from 2011 to 2013. Rick currently chairs the Scaling Sustainable Buildings Action Network of the Clinton Global Initiative. Among his honors are the Charles H. Percy Award for Public Service from the Alliance to Save Energy, the prestigious Olmsted Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the Arents Award from Syracuse University. In 2014, he was made an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects.
Robbianne Mackin is the Director of Development and Communications at HEART (Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers), and was previously an independent consultant working directly with organizations and individuals needing assistance, counseling, and consulting in program evaluation, strategic planning, and fundraising. Robbianne has worked at the highest levels of fundraising in education and the environmental arena at The Nature Conservancy and Wildlife Conservation Society, where she directed the Global Conservation Fundraising program. She has presented at the American Evaluation Association’s national conferences on both social science evaluation and environmental evaluation projects. She holds a B.A. from Rollins College in Environmental Studies and English, and an M.F.R. from Penn State’s College of Agriculture, School of Forest Resources.
Kai Milla- Morris
Fashion designer and style influencer and environmentalist Kai Milla-Morris joined the Global Green USA board in 2015.
The Washington DC native showed early signs as a skilled painter and visual artist. Her father who encouraged her to pursue her talent in fine arts and saved money to hire her a private teacher. Kai went on to studied fine arts at the Corcoran College of Art and design in Washington DC and later was hired as an art director, moving her to New York, NY only in her second year of college. After attending a John Galliano's collection for Dior Couture in 2003. Kai premiered her ready-to-wear collection in 2005 under her name at New York Fashion Week. The powerhouse designer quickly gained the respect of the fashion community worldwide with an eye for details, draping and intricate pleating. Milla became a household name in 2009 after being asked to design for the First Lady Michelle Obama. The First Lady first appears wearing a Kai Milla emerald green plunging v-neck chiffon dress in February 2009 which honored her husband Stevie Wonder, the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize at the White House. Kai's impeccable sense of style have labeled her " The Fashion Maven ". With an impressive modern it-girl A-listers such as Rihanna, Eva Mendes, Halle Berry, Oprah Winfrey, Salma Hayek and Olivia Wilde to name a few. Recognized as a style authority, the beautiful fashion designer with her amazingly high cheekbones and model like chiseled face has been featured in and served as an contributing writer to various fashion publication as vogue, Harper's Bazaar, O Magazine, WWD, Lucky amongst others.
Kai moved to Los Angeles in 2000 after marrying music legend Stevie Wonder [ Stevland Morris ] in the Bahamas in July, 2000. They later re-married in Los Angeles September, 2001. They have two children together, sons Kailand, born September, 2001 and Mandla, born May, 2005. Other family members includes Chad Millard Morris and Kwame Morris.
Cathy Rusoff O’Neill
Cathy O’Neill is the wife of Ed O’Neill and the mother of Sophia and Claire, ages 15 and 8. In addition to being a member of the Advisory Board of LAANE, Cathy also volunteers on several other boards of nonprofit organizations. She is the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Westside Waldorf School where she is also the Vice Chair of the Grounds Committee, Chair of the Green Team, the Diversity Committee, and a parent education committee. She is also on the Board of Global Green USA and the LA Education Department Advisory Board of Antioch University. Cathy is also a licensed Practitioner with Agape International Spiritual Center, has completed her course work as a Waldorf teacher, and is a student of Non-Violent Communication and Steiner’s Biography Work.
Matt Petersen currently serves as the Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Los Angeles, appointed to the position by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. As L.A.'s first CSO, Petersen is concerned with ways Los Angeles can reduce its environmental footprint while simultaneously making neighborhoods healthy and more livable.
Prior to becoming CSO, Petersen served as Global Green USA President, CEO and board member where he developed and guided Global Green USA's new programs, including work on water and energy, green power, climate change, and nuclear weapons. He serves on the Council of Green Cross International and is Chair of the GCI Energy and Resource Efficiency program.
In the aftermath of the Gulf Coast hurricanes, Petersen put forth a vision and mobilized resources to create the Global Green "Healthy Homes and Smart Neighborhoods" initiative which resulted in the New Orleans Sustainable Design Competition with Jury Chair Brad Pitt, the NOLA Green Schools Initiative funded by the Bush Clinton Katrina Fund, and work with Habitat for Humanity throughout the Gulf Coast to create more energy efficient housing.
Petersen is an advisor to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and serves on the Environmental Media Association Advisory Board, as well as the Automotive X Prize Advisory Board. Previously, Petersen served as Executive Director of Americans for a Safe Future, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a political campaign manager for candidates at the local, state, and federal level. Petersen is also active in his community as a member of the Santa Monica Task Force on the Environment.
Pierre Andre Senizergues
Founder and CEO of Sole Technology, Pierre-André Senizergues (Sin-e-zerg) is consumed with making his company the best it can possibly be. With a tireless work ethic and dedication to seeing skateboarding flourish on a global level, Senizergues has guided Sole Technology to unprecedented levels of success.
Senizergues began his skateboarding career at age 15 in his hometown of L’Hay Les Roses, France — a suburb of Paris — and spent most of his formative years skating around the City of Lights. After attending the Universitaire de Technology of Paris XI in the early 1980s, Senizergues spent time as an engineer for IBM France. He moved to California in 1985. Shortly thereafter he turned pro.
Pierre-André achieved great success in his professional skateboarding career becoming one of the world’s premier freestyle skateboarders of the 1980’s, winning 12 French Championships, nine European Cup Titles, five European Championships, two World Cup titles and one World Championship.
Mr. Simon is a musician, music producer, and investor. He currently serves on the board of the Herbert Simon Family Foundation and UNICEF's Next Generation Council. Some of Asher's philanthropic participation and interests include environmental wellness; the health, psychological development and education for children here and abroad; women's rights and equality here and abroad. Asher also volunteers his time counseling people suffering from PTSD & CPTSD, as well as recovery from addiction. Asher is currently building a state of the art recording studio. His passions are in music, history and philosophy.
Ms. Simon is a social advocate, artist, and investor. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Pacers Foundation, the Herbert Simon Family Foundation, the USC Shoah Foundation’s Next Generation Council and as a Board Advisor to several nonprofits including the Indiana Ballet Conservatory.
Rachel is dedicated to causes promoting social justice and equality, environmental wellness, education and the arts. She works independently and collaboratively to develop and strengthen programs, and build relationships between the corporate and social sectors. She is currently launching a new public art and literacy initiative in Indianapolis called The Public Collection.
Rachel attended the University of Southern California and Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis where she received her BFA.
Sarah Meyer Simon
Charlie Sweat serves as CEO, Chairman & Founder of Frequentz. He is an alumnus of the Stanford University School of Business and a former Alumni Board of Directors. Prior to Frequentz, Mr. Sweat served as CEO of Earthbound Farm. During his 15-year tenure with Earthbound Farm, Mr. Sweat was able to grow its business from $10 million to over $540 million in revenues. Early in 2014, he led and completed its sale to WhiteWave Foods, Inc. on behalf of its shareholders, including private equity firm Kainos Capital, for approximately $600 million. Mr. Sweat has been recognized as a Regional Winner and National Finalist in the 2011 Ernest and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. On top of his current role at Frequentz, he is a board member of two privately held companies, as well as Global Green USA, a non-profit organization.
Christiana Wyly is the Director of the My Plate My Planet Initiative and the Executive Director of the Food Choice Taskforce. Most recently she was Transition Chair of Global Green USA, a chapter of Green Cross International. Since 2008 she has been an operating partner at Satori Capital, an impact investment firm. She was a founding partner of Zaadz.com, an early social network for environmental and social change as well as a founding partner of one of largest clean-energy retailers in the US, Green Mountain Energy.
Dwayne Bernal is the Co-Founder and President of Royal, an industry-leading small business based in New Orleans focused on engineering possibilities to enhance and restore the communities and environments in which it operates. In 2005, Dwayne established Royal to meet the vast engineering, recovery, and coastal restoration needs of the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. As President, he is responsible for the company’s internal strategy and operations, and oversees Business Development, Government / Regulatory Affairs, and Client Relations activities.
Dwayne also serves as the President of the Housing Authority of New Orleans, leading the appointed Board of Commissioners responsible for returning public housing in New Orleans to local control after the US Department of Housing and Urban Development placed it under receivership in 2002. Additionally, he is a founding member of the Coast Builders Coalition, a non-profit trade association comprised of private sector companies in the business of coastal protection and restoration that brings together leaders from the private and public sectors to promote an effective and efficient program to sustain the Gulf Coast.
A cancer survivor, Dwayne serves on the Mid-South Regional Board for the American Cancer Society and speaks widely on African Americans having the highest death rate and shortest survival rate of any racial or ethnic group in the US, complex reflections of social and economic disparities more than biological differences. Dwayne earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Management from West Point and holds an MBA from Tulane University’s AB Freeman School of Business. He is a member of the 2016 Class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.
Ovie Mughelli is a nine-year NFL veteran, signed by the Atlanta Falcons in March 2007 and was a fourth round draft pick for the Baltimore Ravens in 2003. One of the biggest fullbacks in the NFL, Ovie is known for being a power blocker, for being able to pick up blitzes, and for having one of the best special team minds in the game. Ovie had a breakout 2010 season, earning his first Pro Bowl, representing the starting fullback position for the NFC Division and also the first Pro Bowl in the fullback position for the Atlanta Falcons franchise. A fullback in college for Wake Forest, Ovie was selected for All ACC First-Team in that position. He started every game in his senior year as a Demon Deacon, coming in with the third highest rushing touchdown record in school history.
In high school, Mughelli attended the prestigious Porter-Gaud School in Charleston, South Carolina. He was an outstanding student and a letterman in football, basketball, tennis, and track & field.
Ovie is heavily involved with his community, especially through the Ovie Mughelli Foundation, which empowers youth to take ownership of their lives, invest in their communities, and leadership of the roles that they play in society. The foundation emphasizes assisting quality programs that educate the youth on the environment. Named a top five Eco-Athlete by Planet Green and recognized as the NFL’s greenest athlete for his commitment to the environment, Ovie continues to ally with strategic organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency.
Brenda Robinson is an entertainment attorney at Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP in Los Angeles. Brenda focuses her practice on intellectual property, including copyright and trademark, and entertainment matters on behalf of clients in the music, film, television and sports industries, bringing her industry expertise, business acumen and compassion for those she serves.
Brenda has provided legal counsel to numerous recording artists, musicians and composers, actors and actresses, production companies, authors, arts organizations, athletes and entertainers.
Brenda is a graduate of the University of Michigan and obtained a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a certificate in Business & Public Policy from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.
During her career, Brenda has received many notable honors, including being named as a Rising Star on the list of Illinois Super Lawyers for the past three years and was recently named one of 50 Attorneys of Note in the Music Biz as published in Billboard Magazine.
Kathy Freston is a bestselling author with a focus on healthy eating and conscious living. She is a New York Times bestselling author four times over; her works include The Lean, Veganist, and Quantum Wellness. A media favorite, Kathy has appeared frequently on national television, including Ellen, Dr. Oz, Charlie Rose, Good Morning America, The Talk, Martha Stewart, Extra and Oprah. Her forthcoming The Book of VeganISH debuts in Fall of 2016. Kathy’s work has been featured notably in Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, Self, W, and Fitness. She has been a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.