Speakers

Mary Anne Hitt is director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, which is working to eliminate the pollution caused by coal throughout its life cycle, and repower the nation with clean energy.
Mike Hudema is a long time member of the Canadian activist scene. He was part of a motley band of activists that took to the streets of Quebec City for the FTAA protests, slept on the steps of the legislature to protest rising tuition rates when he was President of the University of Alberta Students' Union, and occupied Anne McLellan's office to defeat Canada's anti-terrorism legislation.
Deborah James is the is the Director of International Programs of Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC, an independent, nonpartisan think tank that was established to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people's lives.
Ted Lewis was already a seasoned political organizer and educator when he started the Mexico program at Global Exchange in 1995.    Earlier professional highlights include his founding of a school that sent year-long solidarity delegations to Central America and Southern Africa in the late 1980s.
Jason Mark is the coauthor (with Kevin Danaher and Shannon Biggs) of the new book Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grassroots (PoliPointPress). His new book charts the efforts of local communities to create a more ecologically sustainable and socially responsible economy.
Corina Nolet is a Seattle, Washington native who began her journey at Global Exchange in 2007. She is currently the Reality Tours Director.     Prior to coming to Global Exchange Corina attended Humboldt State University, The University of Central America in Nicaragua, and California State University Eastbay where she received her Bachelors Degree in International Relations and Environmental Science.
Jessica Nuti is passionate activist in social, economic and environmental justice movements. She has worked in the non-profit sector for 8 years, 4 of which she's worked in Development/Fundraising for causes she truly believes in.    She also holds organizer and training positions in organizations that support skill sharing for transgender and women's rights, environmental justice, and getting money out of politics.
Rebekah Olstad is the Cuba Custom Reality Tours Director at Global Exchange. Rebekah is an educator, writer, and human rights advocate.
A long-time grassroots organizer, Valerie Orth led a diverse coalition to successfully pass the nation's strongest anti-sweatshop law, and sparked campaigns in numerous other cities. Valerie continues to build the movement as an economic justice workshop leader, the chair of San Francisco's Advisory Group on Sweatfree Purchasing enforcement and a touring singer-songwriter (www.myspace.com/vlomusic ). She now offers unique and interactive presentations, combining musical performance and social justice.
Alexander Patico participated in an exchange program to Sweden at 17, studied abroad in Vienna, Austria, and served in the Peace Corps in Iran.  He earned a master's degree in cross-cultural training and has contributed to books in that field.  Patico worked for 30+ years in international education, training and development, and coordinates the North American activities of a denominational peace fellowship.  He was a co-founder of the Foreign-Born Information and Referral Network (Howard County, MD), and the National Iranian