As the Sr. Engagement Manager at the American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN) and a staunch advocate for inclusivity, equity, and elevation to decision-making power across all sectors for the BIPOC-identifying community, Munira’s passion for progress has helped her deftly navigate the space between activism and authenticity. Munira’s varied interests outside of supporting strategy and engagement at ASBN and centering decolonized worldviews include but are not limited to– food anthropology, connecting with fellow music nerds, and embarking on solo journeys across continents.
Executive Director, Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association (ALFA): Linda Behnken has BA from Dartmouth College and a Master’s in Environmental Science from Yale University. She has fished commercially off Alaska since 1982, both as a deckhand and owner/operator. Linda has been at the helm of ALFA since 1991.
Leigh is a storyteller and network builder whose work has focused on many facets of our food system for over 15 years. She has led programming and outreach in the non-profit sector; written two cookbooks and countless editorial stories; spearheaded and launched a network, event series, and podcast for women food entrepreneurs; developed programming for public educational events, and taught writing and communications to hundreds of students.
Marygrace Depp is currently studying for her masters in publishing and writing at Emerson College. She has been specializing in Middle English and social media production and press. She worked for her undergraduates green initiative by advocating for a more sustainable campus.
Aleta Edwards serves as the Sr. Manager of Communications and Storytelling for the American Sustainable Business Network. Using real stories from impacted communities, she leverages meaningful storytelling and strategic communications to promote the critical, mission-driven work of the organization.
Before ASBN, Colton worked on policy for multiple organizations covering sustainability, farming, food systems, and justice. He obtained his M.A.
Ephraim Froehlich was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska. He holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College and a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. Froehlich worked for United States Senator Lisa Murkowski in Washington, D.C. as lead policy advisor on fisheries, wildlife, maritime transportation, ports and harbors, environmental change, and the Arctic.
Terrius Harris (He/Him) is an Afro-Indigenous, LatinX aspiring humanitarian who has dedicated his life to leveraging global and domestic systems and frameworks to alleviate the disparities in international indigenous communities. He obtained a Master’s of Legal Studies in Indigenous People’s Law from the University of Oklahoma and three bachelor’s degrees in International Business, French, and Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Mississippi.
Deenaalee is a queer Deg Xit’an Athabaskan and Supiaq person from the villages of Gitr’ingithchagg (Anvik) and Qinuyang (South Naknek), Alaska.
Jeffrey Hollender is CEO and co-founder of the American Sustainable Business Network, which through its national member network represents more than 250,000 businesses in a wide range of industries. He was co-founder and CEO of Seventh Generation, which he built into a leading natural product brand known for its authenticity, transparency,
Shanti began her career in the non-profit space as the assistant to the executive director of Investors’ Circle in 2017. Since then she has rotated to numerous roles throughout the organization. She is now the Manager of Operations where she assists with back office management, analyzing and improving organizational processes, and working to improve the overall member experience. Before joining ASBN, Shanti had more than 14 years of corporate experience in the finance and marketing industries.
Frank Knapp Jr. is the president and CEO of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce which he co-founded in the year 2000. Since 2012 he has served on the Board of Directors of the American Sustainable Business Network. In 2016 he launched a campaign, “Business Alliance for Protecting the Atlantic Coast”, to be the voice of East Coast businesses opposing offshore oil drilling in the Atlantic. The successful campaign grew to represent over 42,000 businesses.
David is the co-founder and president of the American Sustainable Business Network. He has worked as a social entrepreneur for over 30 years focusing on the development of whole systems solutions for a more sustainable society through building strategic partnerships and broad stakeholders initiatives.
Derek Peebles is a servant-leader with advanced education in Organizational Leadership and Public Relations and 10 years of professional experience in business and community development. Derek’s reputation is built on cross-cultural and cross-sector collaboration, bridging communities for capacity building. Derek has the skill to build strong working relationships with C-Level Executives, civic leaders, and education administrators to connect diverse communities.