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Steve Ma, Board President and Director. Over the past 20 years, Steve has been devoted to public interest and advocacy work. A founding Board Member of Live Green, he previously worked for the PIRGs, Free the Planet, and AARP, and founded the Walk for Reform.
Steve's activism on environmental issues began soon after he graduated from high school. Working with the Public Interest Research Groups and Free the Planet, he spearheaded campaigns to strengthen water pollution protections and reduce the use of toxic chemicals, and co-coordinated a national petition drive that generated 1,200,000 signatures in defense of the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Clean Water Act. Steve founded the Indiana Public Interest Research Group, which continues to be an effective state voice for consumer and environmental protections. Learn more about Steve here.
Juliana Stein, Vice-President and Treasurer. A native North Carolinian, Juliana is Communications Manager at Oceana, the largest international marine conservation organization. Previously, she was a Program Manager at the Center for Food Safety, a non-profit that works on sustainable agriculture initiatives. Juliana has also been a consultant at M&R Strategic Services, where she worked on behalf of clients such as U.S. PIRG, Susan G. Koman for the Cure, National Direct StudentLoan Coalition, the U.S. Organic Trade Association, and over twenty organic food and fiber companies. Juliana has spent time in Costa Rica studying with the School for Field Studies and as an intern with an Ohio Congressman, working on environmental issues. She grew up in Durham, NC, playing in the surrounding undeveloped woodlands that fostered her connection to nature. Juliana graduated from Denison University with an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies. She is an imperfect vegetarian who tries her best and loves following the fashion trends. Interested in eco-friendly, reconstructed vintage clothes? Juliana can point the way to the best boutiques in DC.
Kristen Argenio (Ideal Design, Co.), Board Secretary. An award-winning graphic designer who focuses on socially and environmentally conscious communications, Kristen is originally from western New York. Since moving to DC in 2001, she has served at renowned area design firms, managing creative projects for non-profits large and small. Throughout her career, Kristen has been active with the environmental, human, and animal rights movements, which inspired her to found Ideal Design in 2006. As principal of the firm, she consults on environmentally responsible printing and design, and develops cost-effective solutions for socially conscious organizations. As a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Graphic Alliance, Kristen continues to advance the cause of "greener" thinking within the professional design community. Kristen graduated summa cum laude from Rochester Institute of Technology with degrees in graphic design and illustration. She is a junk food vegan who bakes as much as humanly possible in her tiny apartment. In her spare time she loves learning languages, reading, traveling, and photography (mainly taking pictures of food or animals.)
Abby Snyder, Business Relations Manager. Abby is from the Appalachian Mountains of Western Maryland, where her love for nature and environmentalism developed. She graduated from Dickinson College with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and a focus in Sustainable Agriculture. After fighting the good fight for Greenpeace on the streets of Philadelphia, she hopped across the Atlantic and landed in a small rural village in Togo, West Africa, where she served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer. Collaborating with local counterparts, she worked to improve food security issues by implementing innovative agroforestry techniques. Now, a recent addition to the DC community, she has found a perfect fit as a part of the Live Green team. Abby enjoys living a simple life of few possessions, scavenging for free stuff, biking, learning, and camping. Email Abby.
Keri Browning, Campaign Co-Director. Keri grewup in sunny Florida, where she was passionate about the outdoors and protecting our environment. During her time studying at the University of Miami, she began doing campaign work with Environment America to protect Florida’s shores from oil drilling. The campaign met its goals, and there is still a moratorium in place preventing offshore oil drilling in Florida. Upon graduating from theUniversity of Miami with her BA in Political Science and Economics, Keri moved to the DC Metro area to continue doing activist work with the Human Rights Campaign. As an avid vegetarian, she was thrilled to become part of the team at Live Green, which supports the best green food joints in DC, and has recently made it a weekend hobby to visit each and every one of them. Keri loves running, biking, baking, and gardening, and is always eager to try new things. Email Keri.
Rachel Gottke, Campaign Co-Director. Rachel grew up in McLean, Virginia, where she spent most of her childhood playing in the local parks and creeks. Rachel attended Virginia Tech and graduated with a degree in Political Science and Psychology. While in college, Rachel worked on multiple campaigns including Obama’s 2008 presidential election, the VA-09 Congressional campaign, and the state representative race in VA-11. Following college, Rachel served her community by committing to a year of service with Habitat for Humanity Charlotte through the AmeriCorps program. While volunteering with Habitat, Rachel provided weatherization services to low-income families in order to make their homes more energy efficient. Rachel is now a graduate student at George Washington University studying for her Master's in Political Management. In her spare time she enjoys doing sudoku puzzles and crosswords and watching Law and Order SVU. Email Rachel.
Danielle Fulmer, Operations Manager. Danielle is from rural north-central Pennsylvania. After studying Peace and Conflict Studies at Juniata College, Danielle moved to DC, where she was eager to engage in social justice work. Her love of the great outdoors and a community of like-minded folks inspired her to join the Live Green team. Danielle is also involved in the anti-human trafficking movement and believes that exploitation of the environment and exploitation of humans are closely related. Danielle enjoys spinning, yoga, making homemade chai, live indie music, and incessantly taking photos of her rescue cat, Misha. Email Danielle.
Rebecca Elliott, Operations. Rebecca is from Virginia and studied at George Mason University. She previously served as the assistant director of the Office of Student Media and the executive director of Lifting Voices. She enjoys producing and preserving food from her garden, reading, and laughing with her children and friends. Email Rebecca.
Andy Shallal, Strategic Advisor. Anas “Andy” Shallal is an artist and leading social entrepreneur. He is the founder of Busboys and Poets, a restaurant, bookstore, fair trade market and a community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted, a space where art, culture and politics intentionally collide, and a place to feed your body, mind and soul. Currently there are 4 Busboys and Poets in DC, MD and VA. Shallal’s businesses are Live Green Spots and B Corporations, adhering to sustainable and socially responsible business practices. He has received numerous awards including the Mayor’s Arts Award and the Mayor’s Environmental Award. Shallal is the treasurer for the Institute for Policy Studies and the Chairman of Think Local First DC, a local business association.
DJ Kim, Strategic Advisor. DJ Kim is the caretaker and owner of Java Green, an eco-friendly cafe in downtown DC and the inspiration of Live Green. As a green-business owner, DJ knows firsthand what it takes to run a profitable enterprise that is also good to its people and the planet. DJ was a keystone figure in the founding of Live Green and continues to be an integral part of our on-going success.
Allison Chin, Strategic Advisor. Allison Chin was the first person of color ever to be elected to the post of President of the Sierra Club Board in 2008; she was reelected to the Board in 2010. A cancer biologist by training with degrees from University of California, San Diego and University of Southern California, Ms. Chin was senior director in cancer drug research for 21 years while pursuing her environmental and outdoor interests.
Brittany Smith, Strategic Advisor. Brittany Smith is from West Chester, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in Energy, Business, and Finance.