Academy welcomes four new Board Members

Academy welcomes four new Board Members

The Academy for Systems Change has welcomed four new members to its Board of Directors:

Armando Estrada is the co-founder and current Executive Director of Via Educación, an organization based in Mexico that seeks to generate opportunities for sustainable social development through the design, implementation and evaluation of educational initiatives. Vía’s primary focus is the development of better and new ways to engage citizens (teachers, students, parents, neighbors, businessmen/women) in the improvement of their own communities using participatory methodologies, unleashing the potential of society to transform itself. Armando is also one of our Academy Next Generation Leaders.

Beth Hunter is Program Director at the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, where she has worked since 2010, focusing primarily on the Sustainable Food Systems initiative. She has authored numerous articles, reports and guides, including feature articles in Beirut’s The Daily Star; Out of Stock: Supermarkets and the Future of Seafood; and Hungry for Justice: A Montreal Guide to Socially Responsible Food Choices. Beth is also one of our Academy Next Generation Leaders.

Laura Schmitt Olabisi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Sustainability and the Environmental Science and Policy Program at Michigan State University. She works directly with stakeholders, using participatory model-building techniques to foster adaptive learning about the dynamics of coupled human-natural systems, and to integrate stakeholder knowledge with academic knowledge. Currently, she is working in West Africa on climate change adaptation, food security, and development projects funded by NSF and USAID; and in Detroit and Flint, Michigan, on food security and urban agriculture systems.

Stacey Tank is chief communications officer for The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer. Prior to joining The Home Depot, Stacey was senior vice president and chief corporate relations officer for HEINEKEN USA. Stacey joined HEINEKEN from General Electric, where she held a variety of global communications, finance, audit and marketing communications roles. Stacey is also one of our Academy Next Generation Leaders.

The four new members join eight existing individuals to make up our Board of Directors. Get to know the whole group here.

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