President & Executive Director
julia @ greenwisejv.org
Julia leads Greenwise Joint Venture using her 20 years of experience in economic development, planning, advocacy, facilitation and sustainability. She’s excited about helping the greater Sacramento area become the greenest region in the country by creating opportunities for everyone to be part of the green economy.
Julia co-authored the Greenwise Regional Action Plan following eight-months of convening regional leaders, hosting inspirational speakers, and collecting the best ideas to grow our green economy, improve our environment and raise the region’s green IQ.
Her commitment to the environment comes from a belief that we are all temporary stewards protecting our quality of life for future generations.
Julia received her Bachelor of Science in environmental policy analysis and planning from the University of California, Davis. In her “free time” Julia runs 5Ks and half marathons, and serves on the executive boards for St. Albans Country Day School and Jesuit High School.
Liz is the communications and community engagement manager for Greenwise Joint Venture. With a background in communications, online technology and community organizing, she’s passionate about using her self-described “nerd skills” to inspire engagement in green initiatives at the corporate, governmental and community levels.
Prior to Greenwise, Liz was a communications strategist for California’s largest public employee union where she used new media tools to engage state employees in labor campaigns. During her time with the City of Roseville Liz served as the communications lead for the public works department where she designed marketing campaigns for alternative transportation programs including Roseville Transit, bike lanes and bike trails, and the transportation systems management (TSM) program.
Liz serves on the National Brain Tumor Society medical advisory board and UC Davis Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer advisory board. In December 2012 Liz was recognized by the Sacramento Business Journal as one of the “40 Under 40″ making a difference in the Sacramento community.
Project Manager, Edible Sac High
erika @ greenwisejv.org
Contributor to @EdibleSacHigh
Erika Dimmler is the project manager for Edible Sac High (ESH) — an innovative Sacramento Charter High School pilot program, managed by Greenwise Joint Venture, providing students grades 9-12 with a transformative “edible education” experience. The initiative, supported by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, is modeled after the Edible Schoolyard Project at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Berkeley, California — a program founded by legendary chef, Alice Waters.
Erika joined Greenwise Joint Venture and Edible Sac High after covering President Obama, national politics and a broad range of high profile international issues for sixteen years at CNN. During that time, she served the nation’s leading news network as a senior producer, covering stories ranging from Hurricane Katrina, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” G20 summits, the inauguration of President Barack Obama, and a myriad of economic stories and events that spanned the globe. Her duties at the network focused not only on covering the editorial elements of these stories, but also extended to capturing these moments behind the lens of her camera.
When she isn’t advocating for the merits of kale to her students, Erika dedicates much of her time to her insatiable photography habit, skiing and training for half marathons.
As a full-time Fuse Corps fellow, Sarah Leddy is serving as an executive member of the Greenwise Joint Venture team and as liaison for the Office of Mayor Kevin Johnson to support Farm-to-Fork initiatives in the Sacramento region. She is coordinating stakeholders from all sectors to align goals related to agriculture and food; implementing key project(s) showcasing Sacramento’s integration of job creation, environmental sustainability, and cultural saliency; and building a framework for expanding the farm to fork cycle beyond the ‘Year of Food’.
Sarah joins Fuse Corps from the consultancy Tetra Tech ARD where she built and managed international teams, designed and wrote winning proposals for local governance projects, and provided technical assistance to projects aimed at institutional reform, revenue generation, and regional planning. A native Vermonter and longtime expatriate, Sarah understands the importance of community and her work brings current and future beneficiary communities to the fore of policy and strategy development.
Sarah began her career in international business at Skadden Arps in New York and Brussels, analyzing market share for merging companies. She studied literature at McGill University and the University of Paris VI, and international economics at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.
Sarah is a native English speaker, fluent in French, and enthusiastically conversant in Italian, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole. She is excited to experience living in California and its welcoming capital.
Katherine A. Mitchell, PhD
Program Analyst, Foodwise
katherine @ greenwisejv.org
Katherine comes to Greenwise Joint Venture with a desire to apply her science background to real-world challenges in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. She supports “Foodwise” projects, in particular working to divert waste from landfills into renewable natural gas at the Sacramento region anaerobic digester. Katherine also works towards sustainable, healthy school food systems with the Foodwise Farm-to-School-to-Fuel program.
Katherine has a background in climate change science and in science program management. Before moving to Sacramento with her family, she served as associate director of a multi-institutional statewide climate change research program in New Mexico funded by the National Science Foundation. She has a long-standing commitment to understanding climate change impacts on the tribal lands of Native peoples, and has served as faculty and academic program lead with Tribal Colleges and Universities.
Katherine has a Doctorate in Ecology from the University of Minnesota with an emphasis in climate change and carbon cycle modeling. She has a strong ecological background in the quantitative assessment of climate impacts, and was awarded a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship for research in Thailand on climate change and tropical forests.
Fund Development Manager
ellen @ greenwisejv.org
Ellen loves playing matchmaker between funders and great ideas, and puts this passion to use as the fund development manager for Greenwise Joint Venture.
Ellen has enjoyed a wide-ranging career in the public and non-profit sectors as a manager, advocate, communicator, strategic-planner and fund developer. She holds a Master of Business Administration in public and nonprofit management from University of California, Berkeley, and has successfully raised funds for education, environmental and health organizations.
Ellen is excited about helping Greenwise Joint Venture and our partners make this the greenest region in the country.
colin @ greenwisejv.org
Colin Mickle serves as a coordinator for the “Foodwise” team where he is focusing on the benefits of organic waste separation. He is also quantifying and increasing the amount of local food purchased by school districts throughout the Sacramento region.
Before Greenwise, Colin studied Environmental and City Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, with the InCity Summer Institute. With a Fulbright grant, he spent a year teaching at the National University of Laos. As an undergraduate at Pitzer College, Colin focused on food politics, with his senior thesis looking at local social movements supporting alternative food systems. Colin co-founded an after school food and garden literacy program at a southern California extension high school.
Colin has worked unusual jobs such as growing and selling organic sprouts, guiding outdoor trips in Alaska, and selling artisan goat cheese. In his free time, Colin is an avid slackliner and backpacker, with the goal of visiting every national park before his 30th birthday.
amarachi @ greenwisejv.org
Amarachi Okemiri is working in support of the ‘Year of Food’ initiative with the Office of Mayor Kevin Johnson.
Amarachi is a student at the University of California, Davis Graduate School of Management. As an undergraduate, Amarachi did research on microwave synthesis of biodiesel, and is very interested in green energy and technology.
When she’s not working on food access issues, Amarachi designs and sews dresses. She also loves to read and talk about leadership development and organizational behavior. Seriously.
Fellow, Better Buildings Challenge
misael @ greenwisejv.org
Misael is assisting with Greenwise’s participation in President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge with the City of Sacramento. He is studying civil engineering at California State University, Sacramento, and is on track to graduate by December 2013.
A native of Fairfield, CA, Misael likes playing indoor and outdoor soccer. If you happen to have an extra ticket the next World Cup he will gladly take if off your hands.
Amy is bringing her love and experience in local, sustainable community building to Greenwise Joint Venture by working on the many moving parts of event coordination.
Before Greenwise, Amy worked with a number of nonprofit organizations, including Girl Scouts of Colorado and Massachusetts, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Colorado, Alexander Youth Network of Charlotte, NC, Local First Utah and Edible Wasatch magazine. Her experiences provide a unique perspective on the changing needs of local communities around the country.
Working for nonprofits has allowed Amy to wear many different hats. Combined with a Bachelor of Communications from the University of Calgary, Amy is looking forward to helping the Sacramento area become a more sustainable community.
Originally from the prairies of western Canada (yes, prairies), Amy has been living in the U.S. for nearly nine years. When she isn’t busy volunteering, she enjoys getting outdoors, reading great books, and being the recipient of her husband’s delicious cooking.
Erica Van Steenis
Erica Van Steenis works on fund development for the Edible Sac High project and engages with the Sacramento High School garden club.
A current student at the University of California, Davis, Erica is working on a Masters in Community Development. She attended the University of California, Berkeley where she received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Global Poverty.
Throughout her undergraduate experience, and the three years before returning for grad school, Erica worked with youth in many different capacities. She ran various programs steeped in experiential education and positive youth development.
Erica hopes to one day run her own after-school program or nonprofit organization. She loves the outdoors, running and traveling.