Jessica is an environmental entrepreneur and activist. Her goal is social, political and corporate action towards sustainability, and she is serving as the director of the Jewish Climate Campaign to pursue that goal within the global Jewish community. Jessica was the CEO of Svante Scientific, Inc, a climate change intelligence company. She has an M.P.A. in environmental science and policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and the Earth Institute and a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School of Business. She is a LEED Accredited Professional with the US Green Building Council, and a member of The Climate Project, trained and charged by Al Gore to speak publicly on issues of climate change. Jessica lives in Riverdale with her husband, Chad, and two children. She is the founder of the Riverdale Jewish Center Green Team and publishes weekly green tips.
Rabbi Yedidya (Julian) Sinclair
Rabbi Yedidya (Julian) Sinclair is Cofounder and Director of Education for Jewish Climate Initative and Hazon Senior Rabbinical Scholar. He holds a BA from Oxford University in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University and rabbinic ordination. He has been an economic analyst for the UK government, and Jewish Chaplain and Instructor in the Divinity School, Cambridge University. He is Co-author of the Seven Year Plan for the Jewish People to address climate change, a joint project of ARC and the UN. Yedidya is married with four children. He likes Torah, hiking and eating felafel.
Originally from Manchester, England, Nigel founded Hazon in 2000 when he led the first-ever Cross-USA Jewish Environmental Bike Ride – a 3,000 mile ride that ended at the White House and literally put Hazon on the map. Before founding Hazon, Nigel was a professional fund manager in the English equivalent of Wall Street, where he worked for the Rothschilds and was co-head of UK Equities at John Govett & Co. He has an MA in American Jewish History from Georgetown, and learned at Pardes, Yakar, Hebrew University and Jerusalem Fellows. Hazon now produces a series of bike rides in the US and Israel. In 2004, Hazon launched the first Community-Supported Agriculture project in the American Jewish community. By spring 2010 the program will be launched in 40 sites across the US, Canada and Israel. Hazon’s food work also includes an annual food conference, a food curriculum (written by Nigel and Anna Stevenson) the award-winning blog, “The Jew & The Carrot.” In November 2008 he was listed in the Forward 50 – an annual listing of America’s 50 most influential Jews.