Speakers Biographies

Renata Brillinger is the co-founder and Executive Director of the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) which is a statewide coalition that advances state and federal policy to realize the powerful climate solutions offered by sustainable and organic agriculture. She has more than two decades of experience in sustainable agriculture policy and food systems projects. Prior to CalCAN, she was Program Director at the Climate Protection Campaign, focused on renewable energy and on agriculture. For seven years she served as the Director of Californians for GE-Free Agriculture, a coalition of sustainable agriculture and environmental organizations that provided education on genetic engineering in agriculture. 

Dr. Cynthia Daley is a professor within the College of Agriculture at California State University, Chico, and currently serves as the Rawlin's Endowed Professor for Environmental Literacy, and the Director for the Center for Regenerative Agriculture & Resilient Systems.

Cindy is originally from Illinois, where her family has been actively engaged in the farming profession for more than four generations. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois, her doctorate at University of California Davis.

She joined the CSU Chico, COA faculty in 1997 and later founded the Organic Dairy Education & Research Program in 2006. Seeing the need to grow the ecological farming movement, Daley went on to co-create the Regenerative Agriculture Initiative in 2016 and guided  this program  to Center status in May of 2019.

The new Center for Regenerative Agriculture & Resilient Systems is a consortium of interdisciplinary faculty and farmers who recognize the ecological benefits of regenerative farming practices including water conservation, soil fertility, and carbon sequestration. The Center's guiding principle is that agriculture, when done regeneratively, can be the solution to soil degradation and climate change.

Jeffrey Creque is a Co-founder of the Marin Carbon Project (www.marincarbonproject.org) and Director of Rangeland and Agroecosystem Management at the Carbon Cycle Institute (www.carboncycle.org), where he is engaged in training Ranchers, Farmers, Resource Conservation Districts and others in strategies for increasing carbon capture and sequestration on working lands within a whole-farm planning and implementation framework known as Carbon Farm Planning. Jeff ran a highly diversified farm and watershed restoration project in Bolinas from 1984 to 2004, served as Field Conservationist for the Marin Resource Conservation District from 2004 to 2008, and served as Agroecologist for Nan Tucker McEvoy at her Petaluma Olive Ranch from 1997 to 2014. Jeff was a co-founder of the Bolinas-Stinson Beach Resource Recovery Compost Project in 1997, and West Marin Compost in 2006, and provides ongoing technical support to both projects. Jeff has over thirty-five years of experience in organic agriculture, rangeland management and watershed restoration. He holds a Ph.D. in Rangeland Ecology and is a California State Board of Forestry Certified Rangeland Manager and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service Certified Conservation Planner.

Diana Donlon is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Soil Centric a Marin County-based nonprofit designed to accelerate engagement in regenerative agriculture and ecosystem restoration.

A soil and climate advocate, she has a history of creating widespread awareness about the importance of healthy soil to climate stability. Prior to founding Soil Centric, Diana established the “Soil Solutions” program at the Center for Food Safety. In December 2015, Soil Solutions to Climate Problems, a short film she produced was screened by the French Ministry of Agriculture during the Paris Climate Conference (COP21). The 4-minute piece, which is narrated by Michael Pollan, has been translated into numerous languages and incorporated into several feature-length documentary films including the new film, Kiss the Ground.

Having worked for several family foundations including the Goldman Environmental Prize, Diana excels at identifying trends and brings a depth of social and intellectual capital to the soil and climate movement.
Diana holds a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco.
Diana and her husband are actively rebuilding the soil carbon sponge in their San Anselmo garden.

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