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Speakers Biographies


Greetings from Leah Faw:

Hello Environmental Forum of Marin! I am thrilled to be joining the EFM team and especially excited to use social media to leverage the Forum’s message of education and conservation to our members, partners, and new audiences. As an educator, I’m always looking for more ways to connect people with opportunities for learning.

I am currently a Doctoral Candidate in Education Policy at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education, where my work looks at the intersections of education; home and family; and popular culture. My dissertation–which will be finished later this summer–focuses on homeschooling. I hold a BA in Political Science from Reed College in Portland, OR, (and I actually miss the Pacific Northwest rain sometimes!). After college, I was an art educator at the Portland Children’s Museum and the Director of Education at the Oregon Jewish Museum.

A Marin local, I graduated from Davidson Middle School and San Rafael High School and I have deep family roots in the county. I learned to love the outdoors while on family trips to Sea Ranch, camping at Samuel P. Taylor Park, going to the Mountain Play on Tam (most of the members of my big family are involved in theater and the arts in some way or another!), and going to outdoor education as a camper and then counselor at Walker Creek Ranch. In college I was an environmental educator at the Crissy Field Center in the the Golden Gate National Park.

When not working on graduate schoolwork, I’m usually tending to my large garden and worm bin, working on craft and sewing projects, or starting another pickling and fermentation project.


Guest Speakers


Kate O'Donnell is a science education specialist, multimedia artist, and national award-winning audio producer. She has nearly a decade and a half of expertise translating research science and developing inquiry-based educational content for multiple high-profile museums across the country. Her work focuses on the intersection of people and place and the ways in which we impact – and are impacted by – the environments around us.



Aniya Butler is a student who works with Youth Vs. Apocalypse. This climate activism group brings together young people in the Bay Area to uplift the voices of people of color and to stand up for environmental justice. As a volunteer, Aniya helps to mobilize her peers and organize climate strikes—the most recent having drawn tens of thousands of people in support. We spoke with Aniya about intersectionality in the environmental movement, the importance of educating youth about climate change, and more.





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