About the Organizers

korfun1Koreen Brennan has been involved in people care, earth care and fair share since she was a teenager through activism, community and event organizing, and education. She has founded two edible plant nurseries, co-estabished several non-profit groups (Create Clearwater, Sustainable Urban Agriculture Coalition, Earthbridge Institute, Oglala-Lakota Cultural and Economic Revitalization Initiative), and founded Grow Permaculture, a permaculture design and education business. She has organized or co-organized public or social justice projects in Haiti, Pine Ridge reservation, Los Angeles and Florida.  She is looking forward to experiencing the power of our co-creative, observant, ethical, intelligent and amazing community as we come together before, during and after this historic event.
Affiliation: Grow Permaculture

Mario Yanez Mario w Loofah seedshas dedicated his life’s work to envisioning and inspiring a transition toward life-sustaining, resilient human communities. He has a professional background in finance, information systems and ecology. Mario has several decades of experience applying systems thinking in nonprofits, developing and funding cutting-edge programming. As an educator, Mario creates provocative and relevant active-learning curriculum supportive of a much-needed cultural evolution. As a Permaculture practitioner, he is applying design at various scales, implementing regenerative productive landscapes, enterprises, and organizational and social systems. Mario is native to the Greater Everglades bioregion and is well versed in tropical/sub-tropical food production.
Affiliation: Earth Learning

Rhonda Baird is a permaculture teacher working actively in thetree planting in indy Midwest since 2005. She practices design through Sheltering Hills Design and is an assistant editor for Permaculture Design magazine. Her nonprofit work includes serving as Board President for the Center for Sustainable Living in southern Indiana; serving as treasurer for the Great Rivers and Lakes Permaculture Institute  (a regional hub for PINA); and serving on the diploma committee for PINA  She weaves her permaculture work together with care for a small suburban system replete with a teen and a homeschooled younger son; a passion for Nature Connection practices; and fiber arts. 

Affiliation: Sheltering Hills Design, LLC

Jay Markert (“Jay Ma”) 

Jay Ma BodhgayaJay is a regenerative design consultant, educator, permaculture teacher, community organizer, event producer, and social entrepreneur. Jay works with organizations, businesses and communities designing, organizing, and facilitating projects, trainings, events, and initiatives for personal, ecological and social transformation in the West Coast, the United States, and internationally. He has co-produced or facilitated over 100 educational programs, conferences and community development projects for over 15 years with many different organizations and was co-producer and production manager of The Global Summit IV: Women, Power, Money, & Politics in 2014, is the co-founder and production manager of the Building Resilient Communities Convergence, and has held a lead role on the NorCal Permaculture Convergence Organizing Team for the past 6 years.

Team Roles :: Event Coordinator
Affiliations :: Living Mandala – Executive Director, Director of Programs; Empowerment Works – Director of Sustainability Education & Events; Fiscal Sponsorship Team Co-Chair; Building Resilient Communities Convergence – Co-Founder, Production Manager


Susan Silber has been an environmental educator and community organizer for the past 25 years with more than a dozen organizations, including the United States Peace Corps, Hostelling International and Acterra. She is the co-creater of many innovative programs working to build resilience and educate youth and adults about the environment, including the Green Star Schools program with the Green Schools Initiative, Y-Bike program with the YMCA, Transition Berkeley and more. In 2013 Susan founded the NorCal Community Resilience Network, one of the major sponsors of the 2016 Building Resilient Communities Convergence.

Team Roles :: Various
Affiliations :: NorCal Community Resilience Network Founder, Nature’s Voices Project Director.


LindseyLindsey Morriss is a regenerative culture event producer, an embodied awakening expert, Dancing Freedom™ facilitator, spiritual counselor, healer, and gardener. She is an exceptional regenerative culture, embodied dance and ritual event producer and facilitator for groups on conscious evolution and connecting with nature. Lindsey was co-producer of HiveMind through The Evolver Network, the Cultural Director for The 2014 Global Summit, and the creator of BirthDance 2012 – a movement, meditation and dance event honoring our birth as a collective humanity.

Team Roles :: Various
Affiliations :: The Global Summit 2014 – Cultural Director, Spirit Path Healing & Dance – Founder


JasmineJasmine Fuego: Co-Founder of the Permaculture Action Network and Bay Area based Performance Artist, Jasmine is an animated mover, shaker and cross pollinator dedicated to bridging entertainment, education and ecology to bring about a just and generative cultural narrative. Jasmine specializes in social permaculture, currently facilitating at the Regenerative Design institute in Bolinas, Ca and also does mindfulness training with elementary students in Richmond, Ca. Her non-profit has hosted more than 55 Permaculture Action Days, hubs and courses nation wide, bringing ecological education and action to thousands of concert and festival goers across the nation. More info on Jasmine can be found at: JasmineFuego.com

Team Roles :: Performing Artists Coordinator, Scholarship Coordinator, Program Team
Affiliations :: Permaculture Action Network, Mindful Life Project, THRIVE East Bay


Hillary copyHillary Walton: Since childhood, Hillary has been imbued with passions for social and environmental justices. She has extensive experience in the realms of renewable energies, food justice and fair trade initiatives, public education, youth coordination, journalism and working with underserved communities. “As a young woman, it is my goal to further advance my role as a strong leader who is well-versed in trades, mechanics, language and educational techniques so that I may provide a solid foundation of knowledge and support for women, youth and my community at large.”

Team Roles: Vendor and Tabling Coordinator
Affiliations: Rising Sun Energy Center


MollyHoffman_HeadshotMolly Hoffman is an event producer and community organizer with a background in Permaculture Design, Visual Arts and Placemaking. Her work is driven by the understanding that the equity and health of people are not mutually exclusive to the health of our planet. She’s most passionate about events that use the “social glues” of our world—food, art, music—as catalysts for change. She’s currently serving as the Events Steward at PLACE For Sustainable Living in Oakland, and is on the Steering Council for the Northern California Community Resilience Network.

Team Roles :: Outreach and Graphics Manager, Community Partnerships Coordinator
Affiliations :: PLACE For Sustainable Living – Events Steward; NorCal Community Resilience Network Steering Council


KatKat Parkin: A publicist and marketing manager by trade, Kat is also a community organizer, social innovation leader, environmental and art educator, and project manager. She grew up tending her grandparents’ urban organic garden in Vallejo, CA and fell in love with the mint, plums and tomatoes at an early age.  She spends her time fermenting vegetables from her garden and empowering people of all ages and working with community groups and businesses — connecting people locally, nationally and worldwide through healthy solutions, food, art, music, nature and technology and she’s thrilled to be promoting this year’s permaculture Convergence.

Team Roles :: Publicist, Sponsor Coordinator, Co-Marketing Coordinator, Co-Vendor Coordinator, Crowdfunding Team, Website support
Affiliations :: Off Playa Productions, Berkeley Spark

  4 comments for “About the Organizers

  1. February 26, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Hopefully I’ll be able to make it this year. Keep it up.


  2. June 14, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Hi there. I’d like to offer a workshop and music at this years NAPC. Please get me in touch with who I need to discuss and organize this with. Thank you. http://Www.reapsowgrow.org for more info.

    • Rhonda Baird
      August 8, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      You can use the workshop application on under the get involved page to make a submission.

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