About Beth

IMG_2478As part of my deep commitment to systems change at the intersection of environmental, social and criminal justice, I founded the Insight Garden Program (IGP) in 2002 at San Quentin State Prison to transform prisoners’ lives through connection to nature. Over the past seven years, as Executive Director, I oversaw program expansion to ten additional California prisons, a youth facility in Indiana, and an adult male facility in Ohio as well the development of reentry bridge program. After almost two decades of seeding and cultivating the organization’s growth, in 2020, I decided to make space for new leadership at Insight Garden and relaunch my consulting practice.

Insight Garden accolades include:

  • A feature in the book Eco Amazons: 20 Women Who are Transforming the World by Dorka Keehn
  • Pepperdine University’s George Award and Waves of Service Award
  • The (California) Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA)
  • American Correctional Association’s Innovations in Corrections Award
  • Hotchkiss School’s Community Service Award
  •  ABC World News with Diane Sawyer

With more than 20 years planning and implementing strategic communications campaigns and doing organizational consulting in the public, private and non-profit sectors, I have also managed media outreach campaigns for philanthropic organizations and international technology accounts at Blanc & Otus Public Relations (a Hill & Knowlton company). Prior to moving to California, my work included  implementing social marketing programs for the U.S. Departments of Labor (Job Corps), Justice and Education and the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C.

“Show me you have a seed there, and I’m prepared to expect wonders!” — Henry David Thoreau


5 Responses to About Beth

  1. I’m looking forward to spending some time in my inner and outer gardens this weekend. How do I follow you on Facebook Beth?


  2. Beth Waitkus says:

    I will put new posts on FB…trying to sort all this new technology out! Also, you can subscribe to the blog as well! Cheers, B

  3. Hi Beth,
    I thought about you today and looked you up.
    You’re doing good things!


    Adam Finkelstein

  4. Love what your doing for humanity, Beth. Thanks for being such an inspiration. Look forward to reading your blog posts. Warm regards, Aaron

  5. Brenda says:

    Absolutely thrilled to find your blog! This is something I am passionate about- the unexplainable mystery of how plants can help people heal physically AND emotionally. I look forward to digging deeper into your site.

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