Zenobia Barlow, executive director and cofounder of the Center for Ecoliteracy, has led the Center’s grant making, educational, and publishing programs since its inception. One of the nation’s pioneers in creating models of schooling for sustainability, she has designed strategies for applying ecological and indigenous understanding in K–12 education, including the Food Systems Project, Rethinking School Lunch, and Smart by Nature. She is coauthor of Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence (Jossey-Bass, 2012) and coedited Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World (Sierra Club Books, 2005) and Ecoliteracy: Mapping the Terrain. Zenobia serves on the board of directors of the David Brower Center. In 2009, she was named a Fellow to the Post Carbon Institute and served on an international team of experts that advised the Bhutan government on integrating Gross National Happiness principles into education. Prior to joining the Center for Ecoliteracy, Barlow was editor of an international publishing company, a university program director, and executive director of the Elmwood Institute, an ecological think tank. She travels widely as a documentary photographer.
Karen Brown, creative director, is an award-winning designer who hails from a family of inventors, growers, and makers. Her work has been included in the Smithsonian Institution and Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and featured in The New York Times, Architectural Digest, and dozens of other popular and technical publications as well as on Today on NBC. She has lectured on design and environmental topics throughout the United States, Japan, and Europe. She is a contributor at Etsy.
Nate Evans, finance manager, has nearly 30 years' experience in a variety of finance-related positions with both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. He served most recently as accounting manager and controller at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, where his responsibilities included audit oversight, internal control procedures, daily accounting operations, finance functions related to grants, and staff training and education. He is a graduate of Golden Gate University.
Adam Kesselman, Rethinking School Lunch program manager, is the founder of The Lunch Trust, a consultancy dedicated to helping schools operate exemplary food programs. He is a former partner in Acre Gourmet, a provider of healthy lunch programs based on-site at schools, where he endeavored to create and support a strong food culture among area youth. Through his work as a restaurant owner and caterer, he has sought to support local producers and highlight their products to his customers.
Jim Koulias, deputy director of finance and operations, is a former bilingual/multicultural elementary school teacher with a degree in Intercultural Communication. After teaching for 10 years, he embarked on a career in the nascent computer-based filmmaking industry in 1987, developing new techniques for documentary films and television. In 1995, he became a producer and senior project manager, pioneering Web-based communications strategies and websites for businesses around the world. He has lived in Mexico, Japan, and France.
Alexa Norstad, project management coordinator, recently returned to California from Brooklyn, NY, where she worked in the corporate offices of Condé Nast Publications and for the account management team at Doremus, a global advertising firm. She took the long way back to the Bay Area, by way of a farming apprenticeship in Vermont and six months of domestic and international travel. She is passionate about cooking and feeling connected to one’s food systems.
Carolie Sly, Ph.D., education program director, is responsible for organizing and directing the Center's professional development work for educators. She founded a high school for at-risk youth and taught at San Francisco State University and public schools in Davis and Napa, California. Carolie earned a doctoral degree in science education from the University of California, Berkeley and has coauthored the award-winning California State Environmental Education Guide and the Center for Ecoliteracy's Big Ideas: Linking Food, Culture, Health, and the Environment and discussion guides for the films Food, Inc. and The Last Mountain.
Chris Smith, communications and development director, has 25 years of experience with nonprofits in the Bay Area and New York. He provided fundraising, strategic planning, and program development for the Marin School of Environmental Leadership and Strategic Energy Innovations, served as interim executive artistic director at the Napa Valley Opera House, and led several arts organizations, including the Magic Theatre (SF) and Youngblood (NYC). Chris is on the board of the Playwrights Foundation and served on selection panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and Marin Arts Council. He is a graduate of Brown University.
Michael K. Stone, senior editor, is the primary author of the Center for Ecoliteracy's book, Smart by Nature: Schooling for Sustainability (Watershed Media/University of California Press, 2009). He coedited Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World (Sierra Club Books, 2005). Prior to coming to the Center, Michael was managing editor of Whole Earth magazine and the Millennium Whole Earth Catalog; he has also written for the Toronto Star and The New York Times, among numerous other publications. He was a founding faculty member and academic vice president of World College West in northern California.
Jan Stone, program support and event planner, has held a variety of executive positions in retail, financial services, and commercial real estate development [for Macys, I. Magnin, Golden West Financial, and the David Rockefeller Company’s Embarcadero Center]. After 15 years in the corporate world she formed her own marketing consulting business with a colleague. Elected to the board of Beacon Day School in 2009, she served as interim executive director for the independent Oakland school for two years. Jan provided event-planning services for the Center for Ecoliteracy for a number of years before joining the staff in April 2015.
Kelly Wu, administrative coordinator, has been a nonprofit arts professional for more than ten years. She has worked for various art museums and galleries in California and Washington, D.C. She earned a degree in art history and studio art from the University of California, Riverside. As an artist, she specializes in analog and digital photography.