Board of Directors
Miguel de la Madrid
Ventura County Station Manager, Bonnie Plants Inc. (Oxnard, CA)
Miguel grew up on a farm in Mexico’s wine country, el Valle de Guadalupe, in Baja California. After attending K-12 in San Diego, CA, he studied in Monterey and Mexicali, Mexico, before going to Des Moines, Iowa to finish his degree in agriculture. He then managed a family-owned farm in San Diego for a number of years. Due to his green thumb and effective management, he was selected by Bonnie Plants to become its Ventura County Station Manager.
Miguel’s commitment to support youth gardening programs extends beyond The ISH as he constantly provides plants and resources to school, community and faith-based gardens throughout Southern California. When he’s not on the farm, Miguel can be found mountain biking, camping, fishing or surfing throughout Baja and Southern California.
International Climate and Energy Representative, International Climate Program, Sierra Club (San Francisco, CA)
Justin is a vegetarian surfer who enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with his dog. He grew up in Park City, Utah, and was a professional snowboarder before getting his B.A. in Business Marketing from the University of Utah, and then a M.A. in International Development from the University of Denver with a concentration in Global Environmental Policy and a certificate in Global Health Affairs. Afterwards he joined the Sierra Club’s Climate and Energy Team in Washington D.C., and worked in Mumbai as the organization’s India Program Officer.
Justin is currently the International Climate and Energy Representative for Sierra Club’s International Climate Program, and works on international energy lending reform and international outreach for the organization. His experience abroad allows him to work directly with social entrepreneurs in distributing clean energy projects, and he frequently contributes to the conversation on Huffington Post.
Science Teacher, St. Hope Leadership Academy (New York, NY)
Karina is a talented teacher and dedicated distance runner passionate about youth, health, and fitness. Karina grew up in the Dominican Republic and New York City. She attended Skidmore College where she majored in Sociology then worked as a Teach For America corps member in Philadelphia 2007-2009. She currently teaches 7th and 8th Grade Science at St. HOPE Leadership Academy Charter School (New York , NY).
When not giving 110% at work, Karina can be found reading, spending quality time with friends and family, and running around Central Park training for her next 10k, marathon, or trail run. Karina shares her love of running with her students by sponsoring and organizing an after school youth running club.
Colorado Immunization Information System Interface Coordinator, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (Denver, CO)
A Colorado native who grew up skiing and playing soccer, Heather received her B.A. in Political Science and French from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. in International Human Rights and a Certificate in Global Health Affairs from the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies.
Heather currently serves as Immunization Information System Coordinator for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in Denver, CO. Her previous experience includes program management for the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition, grant writing and program assistance for the Center for Teaching International Relations at the University of Denver, and communication and public relations for Project C.U.R.E.
Assistant U.S. Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of California (San Diego, CA)
Daniel was born and raised in San Diego, California. He spent the majority of his youth participating in various sports including football, baseball, basketball, and sailing. He continued his athletic endeavors in college where he was a linebacker at Villanova University, majoring in philosophy, with minors in business and political science, and then receiving his MBA in international business. Daniel then worked as a financial analyst for the Nonprofit Finance Fund in Philadelphia, assisting local nonprofits improve their finances, operations, and facilities. He then went back to school at the University of San Diego School of Law, passed the California bar examination in 2009, and now works with the Attorney General’s Southern Region office.
When he is not working, Daniel can be found playing with his two children, Brynne and Lou. His dog Betty also consumes much of his free time. Daniel’s personal interests include sailing, reading, and walking up and down the hills and cliffs of Point Loma, California, where he currently resides.
Grant Van Eaton
PhD Candidate in Learning Sciences and Learning Environment Design at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education (Nashville, Tennessee)
A native of Austin, Texas, Grant attended the University of Notre Dame before living in Heidelberg, Germany on a research fellowship. He then became a Teach For America corps member in D.C. while obtaining his M.A. in Teaching at American University and teaching high school biology at Paul Public Charter School. Grant quickly rose to department chair at Paul, while also becoming a Corps Member Advisor and then Curriculum Specialist during TFA’s annual Philadelphia Institute.
Grant is currently pursuing a PhD in the Learning Sciences and Learning Environment Design at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education. As an educator and outdoor enthusiast, Grant teaches students the importance of health and while promoting healthy habits both in and out of the classroom.