Leah started her career in conservation planning, working in the public, academic, and non-governmental sectors to resolve environmental conflicts through collaborative working groups. In 2008, Leah joined Sustainable Conservation, an organization that unites people to solve the toughest challenges facing California’s land, air, and water.
Jared is a business owner and long time lover of earth-based Jewish spirituality, dating back to his time growing up as a Labor Zionist and working on Kibbutz in the 1970’s. Jared raised grass fed beef and pastured poultry back in the 90’s, before it was trendy. He is also glad to be able to contribute to Wilderness Torah because the B’hootz and B’naiture programs are models of what we need to do with our young people. Our culture lacks the grounding that often comes from being earth based. Jared is co-owner and executive director of The Center for Integrated Teacher Education (CITE), and is President of the Board for the Albert Einstein Academy in Wilmington, DE.
Susie currently serves as an education and nonprofit consultant to several East Bay organizations. She offers services in the areas of fundraising development, strategic planning, and organizational development as well as one-to-one coaching for clients. Prior to branching out independently, Susie had a 25-year career as a teacher and administrator in Bay Area high schools.
Terry started his career in the travel industry, launching a yoga retreat center in the Peruvian Andes and overseeing Backroads’ bike tours in Europe. He then managed several cultural exchange businesses to help students work, study, and volunteer overseas. Most recently, Terry led global initiatives for high profile education technology start-ups and is currently advising UC Berkeley on their on-line business courses.
Adrienne GembalaSan Francisco Federation Board Fellow
Adrienne works as an Operations Supervisor at Recology Golden Gate, San Francisco’s waste management company. Here she brings together her love for composting and recycling with logistics and customer service. Adrienne was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, and in 2013 relocated to San Francisco, the place she now calls home.
Jim publishes three online city guides that explore the people, places and culture of Los Angeles, New York and the Bay Area. Prior to launching those projects, he co-founded several software startups and worked in the fields of high tech marketing and business development, urban planning and academic publishing.
Sam is the California Program Director at the Conservation Lands Foundation where he works to protect public lands throughout the West. Currently, his work is focused on building constituencies and community collaboratives for large-landscape conservation initiatives like the designation of new National Monuments.
Adam works as the Director of the Diller Teen Initiatives. Prior to that Adam served as Camp Tawonga’s executive director from 2008–2011 and as Berkeley Hillel’s executive director in 1997-1998 And from 2000–2008.
Co-Founder of Wilderness Torah, Julie now works as a business coach helping other visionaries express their gifts in the world. She works with teacher-guides, consultant-experts, holistic healers, and other mission-driven entrepreneurs to create successful businesses that provide transformative and connective experiences for their clients. Previous to founding Wilderness Torah, she worked for ten years in environmental and social justice advocacy.