Who We Are

Steering Committee:
Allyse Heartwell, Outreach Coordinator | E-mail
Allyse holds a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University, where her studies focused on international environmental issues. She focuses on community outreach for Bay Localize and serves on the Steering Committee. A relatively recent Bay Area transplant, she now focuses her interest in sustainability on the local level and is involved in many activities relating to peak oil, urban agriculture, and localization. She lives in San Francisco where she gardens, tends her chickens, and walks a lot.
Aaron Lehmer, Network Coordinator | E-mail
Aaron is taking the lead on day-to-day coordination of Bay Localize's Localization Strategy Initiative. He also participates on the Steering Committee, serves as a liaison with regional partner organizations, and works with project participants to forward the localization agenda. Aaron holds a Masters in Globalization and the Environment from Humboldt State University and a double B.A. in Anthropology and Philosophy with a secondary degree in Environmental Studies from Iowa State University. He has worked for Circle of Life, Earth Island Institute, Grassroots Globalization Network, ReThink Paper, and with the Student Environmental Action Coalition. His commentaries have been featured on AlterNet and NPR, and in the Earth Island Journal, and the S.F. Bay Guardian. Aaron lives in Berkeley and is an avid gardener and hiker.
Kirsten Schwind, Programs Coordinator | E-mail
Kirsten is a food policy analyst living in Berkeley. She focuses on organizational development, budgeting, fundraising, and project support. She also serves on the Steering Committee and offers research and policy expertise to the team. Kirsten has focused on food security, food sovereignty, trade, land access, labor conditions, and sustainable agriculture with several Bay Area nonprofits, including serving as Food First's program director. She holds a B.A. in Economics and a Masters of Science in Natural Resources Management, and is fluent in Spanish.
Ingrid Severson, Lead Organizer, Rooftop Resources Project | E-mail
Ingrid is an organizer and project leader and serves on the Steering Committee. She gained experience in the environmental field through undergraduate studies at San Francisco State and New College of California.  She pursued a hands-on approach to Deep Ecology with extensive travels and environmental programs in Latin America. Ingrid is a certified Permaculture Designer and is competent in Spanish. She has worked with Sonoma County Conservation Action, the Sierra Club Bay Chapter, and independently in various video productions promoting environmental awareness and education. She has also held a professional therapeutic massage practice for eight years. Ingrid lives in Oakland and enjoys exploring the natural treasures within the Bay Area.
Project Leads:

Brian Holland, Lead Consultant, Localization Asset Map | E-mail
Brian offers a sustainable planning perspective to the project. He works as an urban planner for the Berkeley-based Design, Community & Environment. Before coming to the Bay Area, Brian developed a standard for sustainable site planning at Southface Energy Institute, a non-profit organization in Atlanta, Georgia. Over the past eight years, he has initiated many educational and advocacy projects addressing sustainability, equity, and public engagement. Brian is interested in the relationships between energy, economics, and urban form. He lives in San Francisco and enjoys reading, cultural activities, and discovering the charms of the Bay Area.
  Ingrid Severson, Lead Organizer, Rooftop Resources Project | E-mail
See Steering Committee entry for Ingrid above for full details.

Board of Directors:

Katherine "Kat" Steele, Chair
Kat is a permaculture activist, designer, educator, and founder of the Urban Permaculture Guild in Oakland. She facilitates workshops on natural building and permaculture as well as publicly speaks about eco-social design, city repair, and the power of placemaking. Trained in Ecovillage Design with the Findhorn Foundation of Scotland, Natural Building with Kleiwerks International, and Permaculture Design with the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, she also holds an MA in Creative Arts from San Francisco State University. She presently serves on the board of another Bay Area nonprofit organization devoted to peace, justice, and sustainablity, the NorCal Chapter of Architects, Designers, Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) in Berkeley. She recently became one of a 1,000 Climate Project trainees, empowered to present a version of Al Gore's Inconvienent Truth slide presentation. Kat lives in Oakland and is devoted to localization, believing it to be a key strategy towards sustainability and thriveability.
David Room, Founding Member
Dave initiated the Bay Localize project and now provides strategic program support. He is the founding member of Bay Localize's Board of Directors and serves as a project spokesperson. Dave holds a Masters in Engineering-Economic Systems and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He is the founder of Energy Preparedness, a member of Oakland's "Oil Independence" Task Force, and an interviewer for Global Public Media, as well as a frequent lecturer. Dave is a co-author of the forthcoming Relocalize Now! Getting Ready for Climate Change and the End of Cheap Oil. His articles have appeared on EnergyBulletin.net and OpenDemocracy.net and in the Planning Commissioners Journal and Urban Age Magazine. Dave lives in Oakland.
Kevin Bayuk, Treasurer
Kevin started as an artist and filmmaker, explored an eight year meander as a technology entrepreneur (in an attempt to fund films) and has now graduated into a life as an activated advocate for ecotopian living. Currently he leverages his skills and relationships to develop organizations and projects that regenerate healthy ecosystems and socially just environments. In addition to Bay Localize, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Urban Alliance for Sustainability and Daily Acts. Kevin also facilitates permaculture trainings and shares his skills in organic gardening and composting in playshops and community workshops.
Shan Masuda, Secretary
Shan believes that social equality and ecological balance are extensions of one another. Centered around his Architectural Design Practice, his work attempts to exemplify this sensibility. Currently, he is collaborating on a project with local residents to create Low-Cost Eco-Village Housing in an Oakland neighborhood. Current and past affiliations include: DSA Architects, DIG Coop, EcoArtsAlliance, Oakland City Repair, SPACE, Internet Atelier, and the CoHousing Company. Shan is an East Bay native, and a graduate of Berkeley High School and UC Berkeley. He recently became father to bouncing baby "boo".
  Dan Antonioli
Bio forthcoming.

Advisory Board:
  • Jessica Bell
  • Anne Blackstone
  • Krista Brown
  • Sara Bruckmeier
  • Bruce Campbell
  • Bill Christopher
  • Debbie Collins
  • Beth Copanas
  • Victor Douglas
  • Erin Fisher
  • Mary Hansel
  • Janet Kobren
  • Jan Lundberg
  • Tyler Manchuck
  • Hugo Medina
  • Ericka Montana
  • Gaylord Moore
  • Rob Shapera
  • Kat Steele
  • Bob Strayer
  • Mary Thomas
  • Babak Tondre
  • Diana Voigts
  • Davin Wentworth
  • Carlucci Winborn
  • Ellen Doudna
  • Carolyn Bush
  • Paula Black

dahveed – 16 February, 2006 – 14:12