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.
Before ASBN, Colton worked on policy for multiple organizations covering sustainability, farming, food systems, and justice. He obtained his M.A.
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.
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 Director of Membership Success where she onboards members and continuously works to improve the overall member experience. Before joining ASBN, Shanti had more than 14 years of corporate experience in the finance and marketing industries.
Before coming to ASBN, Bryan worked as the IT Manager for an environmental consulting firm for 15 years. While there he managed all aspects of IT in support of the company’s government contracting efforts. Before that, Bryan was IT and Membership manager for an international labor union.
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.
National Policy Coordinator. Noah is a natural resource policy specialist working to support and lift up communities and their sustainable and equitable access to resources. He’s worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska, a staffer in the US Congress, and has led a commercial fisheries trade association.
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.
Thulasi Sivalingam is the Manager of Programming and Events at ASBN, where she works on webinars, conferences, summits, and more. Social impact has been the focus of her education and all of her work experience. Thulasi created a Corporate Social Responsibility major at New York University, minoring in Social Entrepreneurship.
Executive Vice President - Head of Membership, Chief of Staff & ESG Policy Co-Lead
Ali-Reza “A.R.” Vahabzadeh is Executive Vice President at The American Sustainable Business Network where he is Head of Membership, Chief of Staff & ESG Policy Co-Lead. He is a solutions-oriented and organizational development professional with a strong track-record in relationship management and marketing.
Mia Woodard is the VP of Policy and Government Affairs at the American Sustainable Business Network. She most recently served as Director of Federal and External Affairs for The Hub Project, where she led an in-house and external lobbying team in developing and executing strategies for engaging Congress, the administration, and organizational partners in support of the Hub’s issue advocacy campaigns. She also co-led the organization’s strategic planning process.