As 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, I stepped aside in August 2020 to make space for new leadership and Insight Garden Program 2.0.
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