Our Board

Joel Makower
President
Joel is a leading author and voice on the greening of mainstream business. He is executive editor GreenBiz.com and other websites, events and business information services produced by GreenBiz Group Inc., of which he is co-founder and chairman. He also hosts GreenBiz.com’s annual State of Green Business Forums, the annual GreenBiz Innovation Forum, and other events. Joel is author of more than a dozen books, including his latest, Strategies for the Green Economy (2008), along with GreenBiz.com’s annual “State of Green Business” report. The Associated Press has called him “The guru of green business practices.”
Lanese Martin
Secretary
Lanese is a creative and all around social-entrepreneur enthusiast. She is the Operations Manager at Oakland Rising. Prior to Oakland Rising she worked for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights as their Operations and Administrative intern while pursuing a M.B.A. in Sustainable Enterprise at Dominican University of California. Lanese’s passion for systems and processes led to her decision that her role in the “movement” was capacity building for organizations doing innovative work in the social justice field. Currently, she is in the process of developing a consulting firm that will provide strategic business planning for non-profits that seek to find sustainable revenue generating streams to support their work.
Sheri Shuster
Treasurer
Sheri Shuster is a Board Member at United Roots and is on the Advisory Board at Barefoot Lawyers International. In the past she was an Associate Director of Development at Covenant House California, West Coast Finance Director at Tom Lantos for Congress Committee and Constituent Service Staff for U.S. Congressman Tom Lantos. Her education includes Stanford University, University of Washington and University of California, Los Angeles. She has an MPA.
Sean Kennedy
Board Member
Sean is Executive Producer for Good News Oakland and is the Online Producer for All HipHop.com, which is one of the top 5000 online content websites globally. Sean has worked with musical innovators Jay-Z, P-Diddy, Beyonce and Usher, Corporations such as Starbust, Pepsi, Mt. Dew, and Record Labels such as Interscope, Roc-A-Fella Records, and Universal. He is currently a content provider for www.AllHipHop.com with 10 million plus viewers at any given time and is currently working on exclusive media footage for the highly anticipated release of Entertainment Industry Icon Dr. Dre’s Detox Album and Dre’s anticipated new artist Slim the Mobster. His entrepreneurship experience includes being the previous owner of the top music store in Oakland,CA, Moses Music, which changed the game face of marketing and promoting. He is also highly recognized in the community in his role as Co-Chair of the City of Oakland Cultural Affairs Commission and for his innovative internet based TV network, “Good News In Oakland.”
Calvin Williams
Board Member
Calvin is the current Health Equity Fellowship Director – a new partnership program between The California Endowment and Greenlining Institute. As Health Equity Fellowship Director, he coordinates special projects at The California Endowment designed for emerging public health leaders committed to creating equitable health outcomes for all Californians through research, policy, advocacy and philanthropy. His commitment for social justice has led him to field of organizing, education, and youth leadership development. After he received his BA in Political Science at LaGrange College, Georgia – where he also engaged in cultural and campus based organizing on issues of racial justice, peace promotion and civic engagement. After graduating in 2004, Calvin taught in Mississippi and Alabama in communities he called home during his high school years. In 2006, he moved to New York to become the Fellowship Coordinator of the Young People For Fellowship, a program of People for the American Way Foundation. During this time he also became an organizer trainer through Campus Camp Wellstone – traveling to campuses across the country to support students building electoral and issue based campaigns. By 2009, he transitioned as the Deputy Director of Trainings of YP4. Later that year, Calvin became the Generational Alliance Alumni Program Manager, coordinating trainings and leadership development programs among member organizations. In 2011, Calvin was accepted into the National Urban Fellowship Program, where he worked as a statewide youth engagement coordinator for The California Endowment Boys & Men of Color initiative. He received his MPA at City University of New York, Baruch College School of Public Affairs. Calvin currently resides Oakland – he engages in cultural and social media, and building new roots in the town he now calls home.