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Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. Ph.D: President

Dr. George Benjamin Brooks Jr. holds an earned Ph.D., in Wildlife and Fisheries from the School of Renewable Natural Resources at the University of Arizona and is an established social, environmental, economic and political leader and business consultant. 
A powerful public speaker he is an award winning writer and editor with a number of scientific and popular publications including two of Phoenix’s first sustainability focused magazines, Southwest Green and NxT Horizon.

As a graduate student in the 1980’s, Dr. Brooks was part of the first class of Ebony Magazine’s 30 Under 30 series and has been quoted in Black Enterprise magazine for his knowledge of the new green economy. More than 300,000 people have seen his recent “Grandma was Green” video. He is the co-founder of RighTrac a company focusing on the urban aquaculture of tilapia (fish), vegetables, fruit and giant freshwater prawns and he is a frequent writer and contributor to the Arizona Republic Newspaper on issues including green jobs, water, diversity and community awareness. He was the first Executive Director of the Arizona Commission on African American Affairs for Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano the current president of the University of California system. He was an active member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Southminster Social Service Agency. A member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., he is a former member of the Governing Board of Arizona’s largest high school district, Phoenix Union. He is also a former member of the Board of Directors for the Central Arizona Project, the organization that provides water from the Colorado River to Central Arizona. He currently is Vice Chair of the South Mountain Village Planning Committee part of the Phoenix Planning Commission and is a Vice Chair of the Plan Phoenix Committee that is writing the new City of Phoenix General Plan. Through RighTrac Inc., he is currently working in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Mesa Community College and the Roosevelt School District to implement a environmental education grant that will: teach S.T.E.M., create new local economies, improve family wellness teach environmental stewardship and revitalize neighborhoods in South Phoenix and Mesa Arizona.

A visionary, thinker and doer, his mission is to harness the power of sustainability to solve real world problems.

Tammy Bosse: Co-Vice President

Boss Properties

Tammy Bosse is the Designated Broker / Owner of Boss Properties, a Scottsdale based residential real estate company.  She is also an Independent Solar Consultant for Powur Public Benefit Corporation.  As a REALTOR she and her team match people and property to propel dreams into reality, getting exceptional results for their clients.  She happily says “This Boss Gets Results for YOU!”  She specializes getting top dollar for homes with green features and is engaged in several efforts to “green-up” the real estate market.  As a solar consultant, she helps people learn more about solar and evaluating whether it is a good investment for their home.

She is highly involved with and passionate about sustainability and transforming our world into a place where the economy and the environment are compatibly interlinked.  As a community steward, Tammy dedicates much volunteer time to eco-conscious, community, business, civic, neighborhood, policy, campaigns and leadership initiatives.  She enjoys serving as Vice-President on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce where she has chaired dozens of educational events over the past several years.  She is a Commissioner on the Scottsdale Environmental Advisory Board and she also serves on the US Green Building Council Residential Green Building Committee, The AZ Forward Sustainability Roadmap committee, the Valley Leadership Impact Sustainability Committee and on the Stop Dark Money Advisory Group.  She has continuously volunteered in professional and community activities for many years.

Tammy is an EcoBroker, a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, holds an NAR GREEN designation, her Graduate Real Estate Institute designation, certified negotiation expert certification and more.  She has a Communications degree from the University of Texas, Permian Basin.  She is a graduate of Valley Leadership (has chaired & served on various committee); Scottsdale Leadership (former Board Member & Sustainability Day Co-chair); Scottsdale Association of Realtors Leadership program (and former Sustainability Committee); and Take the Lead Women 50 Woman Can Change the World Leadership program.   Prior to establishing her real estate business, she served as the Executive Director/President of the Capitol Mall Association, leading the charge to revitalize the Arizona State Capitol area. She also served from the Phoenix Mayor’s Office as Administrator of The Phoenix Futures Forum (PFF), where thousands of citizens were engaged in a process to plan the future of Phoenix and provide citizen input for the Phoenix General Plan.  She loves engaging people in inclusive and innovative visioning processes to create better organizations and communities.

For more information please contact:  Tammy Bosse @ TammyBosse@BossProperties.com

Jennifer Johnson: Co-Vice President

Witnessing Nature

Chef Jennifer Johnson owner of Witnessing Nature in Food, a Full-Service Organic Catering Company joins the Arizona Green Chamber Board of Directors. I've been an active member since 2016 and the board in August of 2018. I've had a lifelong commitment to supporting eco-conscious chemical free living since growing up in St Louis Michigan experiencing the impact of the chemical dumping - causing the water table to be polluted and the Pine River and eco system to be destroyed. I remember the impact of dairy farmers losing their stock due to contamination, going to Canada for fresh milk and powdered milk when we couldn't, the dead fish smell emanating from the tap water and following the progress of the EPA, 40 years for the Superfund to start the clean-up in 2017.

I am a proud mother, member of Local First Member, Gold Member of Phoenix Green Business Partners, and City of Scottsdale Environmental Quality Award 2018 Winner. I bring a passion for helping people experience "Health is Wealth" through Organic Good Food to Love with a Focus on Flavor, Taste and Planet. Teaching others easy and inexpensive ways to live a healthier chemical free life while showing my passion for a sustainable planet for our future generations.

My passion for Local/Seasonal Food, Solar, Hydroponics, Upcycle, Recycle, Reuse, Composting, Donation, Community Involvement and Landfill Diversion drives the Witnessing Nature In Food values of Quality, Customer Service, Successful & Sustainable, Environment/Zero Water/Farm Fresh/Local Sourcing and Social Responsibility in our Communities. I Teach/Consult Healthy Living on A Budget @ A New Leaf, donates extra food to the oldest Day Care in Phoenix, Phoenix Day/A New Leaf, and promotes the Arts being on the Advisory Board of the Scottsdale Philharmonic.

For more information please contact Chef Jennifer @ Jennifer@WitnessingNature.net

Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson is the executive director of executive and professional programs in the School of Sustainability at ASU – the first degree-granting school of sustainability in the U.S. In this role, Ryan helps private, public and nonprofit organizations meet their sustainability goals through custom education and training programs.

Prior to joining ASU, Ryan was Vice President at Arizona-based WorldatWork, an organization that delivers HR trainings to professionals worldwide. Ryan began his career on the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Small Business. After graduate school at ASU, Ryan spent seven years at ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy. He has also been a consultant with the Washington DC-based Institute for Strategy Development (ISD) and with Creative Healthcare Solutions (CHS), of Columbus, Ohio.

Ryan has authored or co-authored more than three dozen of articles and research reports, and several books during his career. He has also been an active professional and community leader, both in Arizona and nationally. Among other boards, he is the past chair of the non-profit Association Media and Publishing (AM&P), and the Arizona Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism.

Mikele Keiffer

Mikele joins the board with a passion for enhancing partnerships, student engagement, outreach, education, and community awareness. With her BA in Global Studies and Sustainability, Mikele is excited to foster relationships in the community that enhance sustainable business and personal practices. She believes that creating partnerships with the community is crucial to success. Enhancing our connections with various municipalities creates a platform to highlight sustainable issues and collaborate. These relationships will broaden community awareness of The Green Chamber and strengthen its community.

Alika Kumar

 Phoenix resident since 1980, Alika Kumar earned an MIM from Thunderbird, The Global School of Management, and an MBA from Arizona State University. Her service experience includes consulting for local and international businesses, teaching business courses, and working for the state and federal governments.

In her current role, Alika has been the Director of the Phoenix MBDA Business Center since 2006. The Center is funded by the Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce Under Alika’s leadership, with a strong team, the Center has facilitated over $2.7 billion to date in Procurement and financial transactions; and, helped create and retain over 8300 jobs.

Alika’s business experience includes consulting for multinational companies conducting research and developing competitive business intelligence; analysis of market research to develop market entry strategies; positioning, and negotiation strategy; and, demand analysis to determine domestic and international markets in various industries. Specific areas of knowledge/expertise include Intelligence in Diplomacy & Commerce; International Marketing Management; and, analysis of political risk for international ventures.

Alika served on the Executive Committee of the Metro Phoenix Export Alliance. She is also a Sister on the Planet for Oxfam America, an avid philanthropist and an artist. Alika is the proud mother of three college grads including an Oxonian, a Wild Cat and a Sun Devil, and married to Dennis Isbell who is a university librarian and avid reader.

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