Samantha Sommer

Samantha Sommer brings close to 15 years of zero waste industry experience. As the Director of Business Innovation for the national non-profit UPSTREAM, Samantha is accelerating the transition to a reusable economy in the food services sector. She is deploying reuse systems targeting the take-out and delivery markets that are viable and safe during COVID-era … Read more

Leah Tischler

As the Sustainability Manager for SBM on a large software company’s corporate campus in Redmond Washington, Leah works with a variety of vendors and other stakeholders to implement and expand Zero Waste initiatives. Leah also manages a sort and sustainability team tasks, conducting waste diversion practices throughout the site. As a TRUE advisor, she also … Read more

Jacky Brown

Jacky Brown joined the Goodwill Industries of San Diego County leadership team in 2008 as the Director of Retail, Aftermarket and Bookstores. Jacky is recognized for many accomplishments including the growth of the organization’s Outlet facilities, Bookstores, and Sustainability Department. Jacky was asked to join the newly established Executive Team in 2017 as Vice President … Read more

Timonie Hood

Timonie is a Zero Waste and Green Building Coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific Southwest Office in San Francisco covering California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, the Pacific Islands and 148 tribes. She works with national teams on major new federal funding programs advancing Zero Waste and works closely with partners with Guam, the Commonwealth … Read more

Nathan Proctor

U.S. PIRG is an advocate for the public interest. We speak out for a healthier, safer world in which we’re freer to pursue our own individual well-being and the common good. Our network of state affiliates, including CALPIRG, runs public education and advocacy campaigns that advance the public interest and protect public health. As the … Read more

Dave Bennink

Dave Bennink of the Building Deconstruction Institute has trained groups in 44 States/4 Provinces, helping start new sustainable businesses and diverting over 100,000,000 pounds from landfills. He focuses on growing the circular economy, zero waste/energy movements, embodied carbon, and sustainable building. Re-Use has completed over 1200 deconstruction projects, and has worked on 3600+ projects. To … Read more