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December 30, 2023
San Diego, California
United States

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University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park Way
San Diego, California, 92110
United States
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Erin Loathes

Faith Based Environmentalism | Climate change theologian and author
Dr. Erin Lothes is a theologian who researches energy ethics and the faith-based environmental movement. She is the senior manager of the Laudato Si’ Animators Program with the Laudato Si’ Movement (formerly the Global Catholic Climate Movement). Erin is author of “Inspired Sustainability: Planting Seeds for Action” (Orbis, 2016) https://www.steu.edu/academics/aas/theology https://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/people/erin-lothes

Jill Sherman Warne

Native American Hoopa Tribal Leader/California
Member, California Air Resources Board and the first Native American Tribal member of the AB32 Environmental Justice Advisory Committee. Jill Sherman-Warne is also the Executive Director of the Native American Environmental Protection Coalition (NAEPC). She currently works with 27 tribes throughout California, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico. Sherman-Warne is an enrolled member of the Hoopa Tribe in Northern California. She serves on a variety of boards and committees providing a tribal voice. As a former elected official of her tribe, Sherman-Warne intimately understands how to engage tribes and the barriers to engaging tribes.

Rich German

Marine Conservation
Founder of Project O, "Restore, Protect, & Sustain the Ocean" Rich German has been a successful business coach, philanthropist, photographer, and entrepreneur for over 20 years. An avid paddleboarder living in Laguna Beach, California, he has been on the water nearly every day since 2010. An encounter with a pod of 4 orcas in 2015 garnered international media attention and connected him with some of the leading ocean conservationist organizations. When he learned firsthand about the peril our ocean and the marine life are facing, his hobby turned into a passion to protect them. In 2017, he founded the non-profit organization Project O, dedicated to restoring, protecting, and sustaining the oceans and the sacred life within it. Two main initiatives of Project O include Blue City, a certification program, aimed at creating a global network of ocean-friendly and sustainable cities, and Our Epic Ocean podcast, a platform for experts working on solutions to our planet's challenges.

Sharon Jessop

Rhino Conservation
As an attorney, a keynote speaker, conservationist, adventurer and storyteller, Sharon has completed 4 running expeditions to date, and she’s run to and through 28 big 5 game reserves to promote rhino conservation. She’s run through some of the most remote areas in South Africa and through some of the biggest townships in South Africa and have had amazing conversations with many people from all walks of life whilst on foot. She is passionate about telling these stories and dispelling the myths that South Africa is a dangerous place. She’s delivered many talks to a wide variety of organizations that have ranged from telling her inspirational stories to talking to corporates and individuals about their passion and purpose and teaching them to tap into their amazingness by utilizing their uniqueness. Sharon knows how to stand out in a crowd and make it work.

Organizing team

Saunders Nasheed

San Diego, CA, United States