MARCH 30 & 31, 2021 | VIRTUAL
Co-founder, Whetstone Magazine
Self proclaimed “Origin Forager” Stephen is a food writer, multimedia producer and founder of Whetstone Magazine. Before his career in media, he was social entrepreneur, advocating for wine as a catalyst for economic development for black and indigenous wine workers in South Africa’s Western Cape.
Stephen is a sommelier in recovery, having spent more than a decade working in fine restaurants throughout the United States. In addition to founding and editing Whetstone, he’s written for Esquire, Wall Street Journal, SF Chronicle, NY Magazine and several other notable magazines and newspapers.
VP Operations & Engagement, Project Drawdown
CRYSTAL CHISSELL, JD, MS, MBA
As Vice President of Operations & Engagement at Project Drawdown, Crystal draws on her deep experience and interdisciplinary background in local and state government, law, business and social equity to build effective systems and operating infrastructure at Project Drawdown. She also leads the cultivation of strategic partnerships and networks that foster public engagement to move the world toward climate solutions. She speaks publicly about climate solutions and serves as an expert resource for news media, interest groups and advocacy organizations.
Prior to Project Drawdown, Crystal was a practicing attorney, advising the City of Baltimore and the Maryland Environmental Service. She served as Mayor of the Town of Highland Beach, Maryland. Crystal holds a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, an M.S. in Environmental Science from Johns Hopkins University, an M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco, and a B.A. in Journalism from Howard University.
Associate, Good Company
Claudia Denton provides Good Company clients with research and analysis for triple bottom line management. Recent project work includes climate action plans, greenhouse gas inventories and solar glare studies. Claudia serves as Chair of the City of Springfield’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
Senior Associate, Good Company
Aaron Toneys provides Good Company clients with technical research, sustainability and greenhouse gas assessments and tool development. He is the principal developer of their greenhouse gas inventory calculators and environmental assessment tools. Mr. Toneys has worked on over 150 greenhouse gas inventories that include renewable energy facilities, alternative fuels technologies, construction projects, municipal government operations and entire communities.