ESLP’s Spring 2019 Speakers!


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Rachel Dreskin, April 8th 2019

Since joining CIWF in 2013, Rachel has managed the development and growth of the US Food Business program. Her partnerships with dozens of leading companies have contributed to widespread change in corporate supply chains that are set to impact the lives of hundreds of millions of farmed animals. These partnerships focus on incorporating and strengthening animal welfare within corporate sustainability programs and seeing these policies through to implementation. In addition to working extensively with Fortune 500 companies, Rachel has guest lectured at top US universities and has had her work covered in the Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg, Fortune Magazine, and more. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Global Animal Partnership and for the Regenerative Organic Alliance. Prior to joining CIWF in 2013, Rachel ran a pioneering farm-to-table restaurant in Manhattan where she converted the animal protein sourcing from conventional to higher welfare. She previously worked with News Corporation where she specialized in consulting consumer packaged goods companies on marketing, advertising and consumer-promotion solutions. Rachel has also worked in the corporate marketing departments of Quest Diagnostics and Omgeo LLC, a division of Thompson Financial. Rachel graduated with honors from Northeastern University’s School of Business with a dual focus in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. In addition to working to better the lives of farmed animals, Rachel is also an avid cook and farmers market regular who loves spending her weekends in Prospect Park in Brooklyn with her husband, Andrew, and two children, Lev and Simone.


Adam Millard-Ball is an associate professor of Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz. Trained as an economist and an urban planner, his work focuses on the potential of city policy to tackle global climate change, and his current research examines urban sprawl worldwide, local climate plans in California, and the potential impacts of autonomous vehicles. Dr. Millard-Ball teaches classes in environmental policy, environmental economics and urban planning, including a new seminar in bicycle planning. Before coming to UCSC, he taught at McGill University, Montreal, and worked as a transportation planner for Nelson Nygaard Consulting Associates in San Francisco and New York. Dr. Millard-Ball holds an MA in Geography from the University of Edinburgh, and a PhD in Environment and Resources from Stanford University.

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Adam Millard-Ball, April 15th 2019


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J.P. Rose, April 22nd 2019

Fighting the Extinction Crisis with Law, Policy and Our Forks

J.P. Rose is a staff attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity’s Urban Wildlands program. J.P. uses litigation, advocacy, and policy to fight unsustainable development that destroys wildlife habitat and contributes to the climate crisis. His work is particularly focused on protecting Southern California’s landscapes and rivers and ensuring wildlife connectivity for species like the mountain lion. J.P. is a Bay Area native and obtained his B.A. and J.D. from Santa Clara University.


John Laird was appointed California Secretary for Natural Resources by Governor Jerry Brown on Jan. 5, 2011. He has spent nearly 40 years in public service, including 23 years as an elected official. He sponsored bills to establish the landmark Sierra Nevada Conservancy, restored community college health services, expanded and clarified state civil rights protections, reformed the state mandates system, and significantly expanded water conservation. He is currently running to be a state senator.

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John Laird, May 6th 2019

Getting to Sustainability in California – fire, water, and oceans – the challenges we face


Terisa Siagatonu is an award-winning poet, teaching artist, mental health educator, and community leader born and rooted in the Bay Area. Her presence in the poetry world as a queer Samoan woman and activist has granted her opportunities to perform and speak in places ranging from the White House (during the Obama administration) to the UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris, France. With numerous viral poetry videos garnering over millions of views collectively, Terisa's writing blends the personal, cultural, and political in a way that calls for healing, courage, justice, and truth. Offstage, Terisa delivers keynote speeches across the country on issues such as youth advocacy, educational attainment, Pacific Islander/Indigenous rights, climate change, LGBTQ+ rights, gender-based violence, and others.

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Terisa Siagatonu, May 20th 2019