Who We Are

Staff

Susan Silber

Susan has worked as both a community organizer and environmental educator for the past 30 years. She was introduced to community resilience after learning about the Transition Movement several years ago. Susan went on to help organize Transition Berkeley, co-produce several Permaculture Convergences and then founded the NorCal Resilience Network. Susan is also proud to have introduced thousands of youth to the joys of nature and coordinating environmental education programs, from serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica to writing the Berkeley Unified School District's Sustainability Plan. She lives in a tight-knit neighborhood in Berkeley with her daughter and husband. Contact Susan: susan@norcalresilience.org

Veronica Ramirez

Born to Chilean immigrant parents, Veronica grew up in Redwood City, CA. She is the co-founder and co-director of PLACE for Sustainable Living, her role has covered a wide range of responsibilities from organizational and educational development, special programs on Placemaking, community outreach and partnership development. Her background in marketing and design has also been a vital contribution to PLACE’s presence creating much of the visual content and design. Prior to PLACE, Veronica was a core member of another grassroots organization called, The Sustainable Living Roadshow, a traveling eco-carnival touring group. Her main roles were Art Director/Designer for the organization and as lead to her project, Earth Peace Mandala Project, a community-based sacred art project she has led since 1998 for various community events. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Planting Justice, a local organization with a strong mission toward food and criminal justice issues. In addition, she has been a member of The North Oakland Restorative Justice Council (NORJC) since 2013, which is a non-profit grassroots organizing group that addresses issues of community violence through a land-based restorative justice lens. Veronica is also an accomplished graphic designer, community organizer, and peace activist. She is strongly informed and motivated by her curious nature to bring community together via her love for the natural world and the magic that results from the co-creating. As part-time staff for NorCal Resilience Network, she is taking on the position of Communication and Program Coordinator. Contact Veronica: veronica@norcalresilience.org


Steering Committee

Angela Sevin 

Angela identifies as a white, cis female, rural educated, middle class raised educational consultant, facilitator and visual artist. Passionate about racial equity and stewarding the world we inhabit, she works holistically in collaboration with cutting edge leaders, developing solutions with and for resilient communities. After earning a graduate degree in Experiential Education, she helped start and run several small democratic schools, co-designed the groundbreaking Pathways to Resilience re-entry project and directs the Green Life environmental self-sufficiency peer education program at San Quentin and the Environmental Leadership Reentry program. She encourages people from all walks of life to come together and share their hopes and desires as well as sorrow and despair about the condition of life here on our planet home. Since the mid 90s, she has worked toward creating educational environments inclusive of social change ideals and activist principles balanced with individual empowerment. By embracing differences compassionately, facilitating others (including herself!) to discover their passion, and with a unique focus on collective wisdom, Angela envisions a future where creativity and learning are nurtured in a way that integrates sustainable and regenerative ways of being.

Ayako Nagano

Currently, Ayako Nagano serves as Secretary of the Board for two 501(c)(3) non-profits - Common Vision, which installs school gardens all across California, and Transition Berkeley, a local Transition Town initiative to bring neighbors together to build a more equitable, sustainable, resilient future for Berkeley. She also serves on the steering committee for the Green Leadership Trust, a national coalition of environmental NGO board members of color. Ayako also serves as co-chair of ITRC (International Transformational Resilience Coalition) California, working to build widespread levels of psychological and psycho-social-spiritual resilience for the adversities generated by climate change, and is on the Social Justice Working Group for Transition US. Ayako graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Legal Studies, received a J.D. from Fordham Law School, and a L.L.M. in Tax from Golden Gate University. She is licensed to practice law in CA and NY, and is Managing Attorney at Midori Law Group, P.C.

Kerry Hughes

Kerry is an engineer, a small business strategy advisor, a climate change activist and a permaculture student.  After working in the semiconductor industry as an engineer for several years she began to search for ways to use her engineering skills to help the planet.  She decided that helping develop clean alternative technologies for our most polluting industries would help and so spent more the next six years working in solar and electric vehicle companies to bring new technologies to market.  After deciding to leave tech and explore more community-based projects, searching for some solution to our current moral climate crisis, she discovered permaculture and with it found an entire set of whole systems, whole earth, design solutions that can combat and even reverse climate change.  Now on a mission to bring permaculture practices and philosophies to as many people and projects as possible she has: Designed and secured funding for (with a team) a 5100 sqft permaculture garden at a high school in SF; Works for a permaculture –centric landscape company to bring whole systems design philosophies to life for our employees and company culture; Working on funding activities for a food-forest garden created by the SF Permaculture Guild and most recently co-founded a climate activist group called The Climate Restoration Circle to help bring radical change to our current policies and culture to restore our climate.

 

Lil Milagro Henriquez

Lil has over 18 years of experience organizing around issues ranging from access to higher education for low-income people and communities of color, ranging from issues of gender violence, union democracy and labor organizing, to environmental justice. She is the Executive Director and Founder of the Mycelium Youth Network (MYN), a youth organization founded in 2017 to bridge the gap between the increasing occurrence of climate-related disasters and the ability of young people to respond with real-world practical skills and collective resilience. In its first year alone, MYN has provided hands-on skills training to over 100 frontline low-income youth of color from east Oakland in climate-resilient technologies and indigenous landscape and plant use, providing workshops in rainwater catchment and purification, solar-powered batteries, and cultivating local plants for food and medicine, amongst others. 

Susan Juniper Park
Susan is an activist working at the cross-section of ecological, economic and social justice. She is also involved in urban farming, healing work, and permaculture. She is a co-founding member of the Economic Development Without Displacement Coalition (EDWD), which is examining issues of gentrification. For the past few years, a deep curiosity about shifting the economic system has taken her on a stumbling journey with stints at a graduate sustainable business school (BGI), running a food justice economic project (Phat Beets Produce), working at a worker-owned coop, fundraising for a grassroots non-profit (Ruckus Society), experimenting with barter/gift/alternative economy, and novice attempts at self-sufficiency. She dreams of a justice-based, non-extractive and bio-regional economy that honors our great Mother and all her creatures.