Oakland, California, USA
Spokesperson for the Confederated Villages of Lisjan/Ohlone
Co-Founder, Sogorea Te Land Trust
Co-Founder, Indian People Organizing for Change
Corrina Gould is a Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone woman, born and raised in Oakland, CA- or the ancient village of Huichin. She has three children and two grandchildren. She is the Co-Founder and a lead organizer for Indian People Organizing for Change, a small Native run group that works on Indigenous peoples’ issues. In April 2011, Corrina joined Johnella LaRose, Wounded Knee De Ocampo, and a committee of allies, to bring together dedicated warriors for a spiritual encampment at Sogorea Te, a 15 acre sacred site in Vallejo CA. The occupation lasted for 109 days and resulted in a cultural easement between the City of Vallejo, the Greater Vallejo Recreation District, and two federally recognized tribes. This struggle set a precedent for this type of work going forward, inspiring others that are working on sacred sites issues.
Corrina’s current focus includes creating an Ohlone land trust within the urban setting of her ancestral territory in the Bay Area. She also works full time at the American Indian Child Resource Center, where she assists in directing an after school program that provides services for Native students in Oakland. Corrina also sits on the California Indigenous Environmental Association Board, the Board of Directors for the Oakland Street Academy Foundation and is the treasurer for the Edes Ave HOA
Oakland, California, USA
Pandora Thomas is a passionate global citizen who works as a caregiver, teacher, writer, designer and speaker. Her work emphasizes the benefits of applying ecological principles to social design.
As a presenter both domestically and internationally, she has given keynotes and lectures on topics ranging from designing mutually beneficially diversity strategies, collaborative design, social justice, youth and women's leadership, social entrepreneurship, permaculture and sustainability. She has designed curriculum for and taught groups all over the world as diverse as Iraqi and Indonesian youth to men serving in San Quentin and men and women returning home from incarceration.
Pandora's most recent passions include being a carepartner for her mother who was diagnosed with alzheimers, co-founding the Black Permaculture Network, working for 6 years with Toyota to design and serving as a coalition member of the Toyota Green Initiative, which supported African Americans in understanding the benefits of adopting sustainable lifestyles; co-designing, teaching with and directing Pathways to Resilience-a permaculture and social entrepreneur training program that worked with men and women returning home after incarceration, and working with the Urban Permaculture Institute in Marin City supporting a People’s Planning Process., which supports community members to assess and design strategies for their own resilience.
She has just been awarded a fellowship with the Movement Strategy Centers National Association of Climate Resiliency Planners. Her fellowship is focused on supporting Community Driven Resiliency Planning.
Thomas has studied four languages and lived and worked in over twelve countries and her other achievements include being featured in the films The Future of Energy and Inhabit, presenting at Tedx Denver and SF, and being awarded internships and fellowships to the Center for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University, Green For All, the Bronx Zoo and the Applied Research Center.
Her writing includes a children’s book, various curricula and a manual entitled "Shades of Green" for individuals wanting to teach green building to youth. Pandora studied at Columbia and Tufts University and with several permaculture and ecological design programs.
When she is not working you can find her spending time with her beloved mother and cats or in the redwoods.
Graton Rancheria Territory
Occidental, California, USA
Permaculture Design Program Director, Occidental Arts & Ecology Center
Kendall Dunnigan is the Director of the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center’s Permaculture Program and co-teaches the Permaculture Design Certification courses with Brock Dolman. Her work focuses on facilitating collaborative ecological design processes with priority given to supporting economically and environmentally marginalized communities in the US, Latin America, and the Caribbean with a focus on indigenous communities, women’s leadership, and youth programs. Kendall is an ecologist and organizer with a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a master’s degree focused on participatory community design. She holds a California teaching credential and a diploma of permaculture from PINA. Kendall has taught sustainable design at Dominican University and New College of California and environmental education at Walker Creek Ranch and OceanSong. She lived in Mexico and Guatemala working with indigenous Mayan communities on sustainable agriculture. She is co-author of the book Growing Communities: How to Build Communities Through Community Gardening. She is currently writing a book about Resilient Community Design. She lives at OAEC with her partner, Dave Henson, her son, Kelsey, and their pet cuys and quail.
Oakland, California, USA
SustainUS COP 25 Delegation Leader
Community Organizer & Youth Program Coordinator Greenaction for Health
Environmental Justice & Social Impact Strategist
Curriculum and Program Designer, Author, Educator & Protector
Born in a migrant farmworker and tree planter community in Southern Oregon, Niria Alicia is a Xicana community organizer, educator and storyteller committed to bringing spirit and culture into her work for migrant justice, climate justice and indigenous rights. A first-generation student, Niria graduated Cum Laude from the University of Oregon with degrees in Environmental Studies, Latin American Studies, Non-profit Administration and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.
As a social impact strategist and storyteller, Niria has worked with Earthjustice, Our Children’s Trust, Honor the Earth and Run4Salmon designing stories and campaigns that leverage collective grassroots power and inspire people to become active agents of social change. Niria has worked with the Winnemem Wintu Tribe and Winona’s Hemp and Heritage Farm directing successful fundraising campaigns using creative social media strategies to generate the engagement and support needed to bring indigenous visionary ideas to life.
As an educator and curriculum designer, Niria has worked nationally and internationally with Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, US Brazil Connect, Rustic Pathways and Women’s Earth Alliance designing and implementing holistic curriculum with an environmental justice and spiritual understanding that works to bring about social transformation by centering healing and deepening the awareness of the interconnectedness of all life. Niria is a proud volunteer with No More Deaths working to end the unnecessary death and suffering on the US-Mexico border.
As a writer, she has contributed to environmental blogs, local newspapers and magazines in both English and Spanish writing about the effects that pesticides, pipelines and climate change have on frontline communities. Niria is committed to the next generation of indigenous and latinx leaders working to support them in becoming advocates and leaders in their communities. She currently works with farmworker youth and indigenous communities in California to protect communities from pesticide drift and restore endangered Salmon runs. Niria Alicia is excited to lead a delegation of indigenous youth to the COP 25 in Chile this December to continue pressuring global leaders to protect Mother Earth for the next seven generations. Niria is collaborating with WEA as a member of the 2019 U.S. Grassroots Accelerator for Women Environmental Leaders.