Staff and Board
Nikki Silvestri | Executive Director
Nikki Silvestri is the Executive Director of Green for All in Oakland, CA. Over the last ten years, Nikki has worked as an advocate for environmental and social equity for underrepresented populations in food systems, social services, public health, and economic development.
Nikki has driven change both locally and nationally. As the former Executive Director of People’s Grocery in Oakland, Nikki developed an innovative leadership development/micro-business program for food entrepreneurs, strengthening a body of racial justice programming, and managing the creation of a multi-million dollar economic development collaborative. Nikki has also provided thought leadership on the history and future of the food movement in venues such as Bioneers, the Environmental Grantmakers Association Annual Conference, Slow Food International’s Terra Madre, the United Nations and TEDx. As a former member of the executive team at Slow Food USA, Nikki advised the organization’s president on its national social equity agenda.
Nikki began her work in social justice through the foster care system in Southern California, where she mentored, tutored, and directed Foster Youth Empowerment Workshops. She later shifted into sustainability, developing a course curriculum for the University of California system, and working closely with Van Jones and Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins at Green for All. Rejoining Green For All as Executive Director has been a wonderful “coming home” for Nikki.
In 2010, Nikki was featured in ELLE Magazine as one of five Gold Awardees. She has a Master’s Degree in African American Studies from UCLA, and is originally from Los Angeles, CA.
Michael Blake | Director of Public Policy & External Affairs
When describing the path his life has taken, Michael Blake humbly refers to the words of his mother who remarked that the family had gone, “from no house to the White House.” Blake has committed himself to public service and to the empowerment of others like him, who may not have direct access to opportunities to participate in the policy and political debates that shape this nation. Blake’s family story is a testament to his achievement. His family emigrated to the U.S. from Jamaica seeking new opportunities but facing many challenges that many families face.
Michael Alexander Blake, born in The Bronx, NY with a heart murmur on Christmas Day, is named after two historic Jamaican public servants – Michael Manley and Alexander Bustamante. This beginning probably explains his foundation of faith, politics and putting his heart and soul into all opportunities.
Blake currently is the Director of Public Policy & External Affairs for Green For All, the leading national nonprofit organization focused on building an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. He is also the Senior Advisor for Operation Hope and the Founding Principal of Atlas Strategy Group, which focuses on political and economic empowerment for communities of color. He previously served as the National Senior Consultant for Green For All. He also recently served as the Campaign Manager for Reshma Saujani’s campaign for New York City Public Advocate
Previously, Michael served as the Senior Advisor for the Office of Public Engagement for President Obama’s 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee. Prior to that appointment, he served as the National Deputy Director of Operation Vote for President Obama’s 2012 re-election, the constituency vote program for the Obama for America campaign and helped expand the diverse electorate who voted for President Obama.
Blake started his political career in Michigan, where he successfully co-organized three state house campaigns in the 2006 election cycle and was promoted to become the Director of External Affairs for the Michigan House of Representatives serving in Michigan Speaker of the House Andy Dillon’s cabinet.
His affiliation with Obama would continue through the 2008 Obama for America campaign, in which Blake worked in eight states over 20 months, starting as the Iowa Deputy Political Director and Constituency Outreach Director and ending as the Michigan Deputy Director and Political Director. Shortly before the Iowa caucuses, a 2007 Time Magazine said, “Michael Blake may have more to do with Barack Obama’s chances of becoming President than anyone besides the candidate himself.” Blake humbly disagrees.
Following the campaign, Blake joined the White House staff as Associate Director of Public Engagement & Deputy Associate Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, coordinating African American, Minority Business and county and statewide elected official outreach. He created the White House Urban Entrepreneurship Summit series, which sought to foster public, private and not-for-profit partnerships and provide strategic advice to attendees.
The Bronx, New York native is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He is a certified Lay Speaker in the United Methodist Church with his home church being Calvary United Methodist Church. Blake is also an Exhorter in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and a member of Allen Chapel AME Church in Washington, D.C.
Shamar A. Bibbins | Director of National Partnerships
Shamar builds and manages relationships with the Administration, Congress and with national environmental and progressive organizations and coalitions. She also helps shape the organization’s national policy agenda. Prior to this role, Shamar served as the organization’s Senior Political Associate and as project coordinator for Green For All’s State and Local Initiatives. Prior to joining Green For All, Shamar worked in the film and television industry for several years and ran a successful small business.
She attended Vassar College, where she began her environmental justice work while majoring in Science, Technology and Society, with a concentration in environmental studies. A distinction on her thesis, Race, Class and Environmental Justice, helped her land a Fulbright Fellowship post graduation to Japan, where she studied social movements surrounding unprecedented mercury dumping in southern Japan. Raised in both of Detroit, MI, and the Washington, D.C.-metropolitan area, Shamar’s commitment to social justice and social service was rooted in her from a young age. She has been committed to numerous organizations that service and empower at-risk youth and homeless men and women.
Ryan Dexter | Video Production Manager
Diana Frappier | Chief Operating Officer
Emily Frappier | Director of Finance and Administration
Jeremy Hays | Chief Strategist for State and Local Initiatives
Jeremy Hays, Chief Strategist for State and Local Initiatives, Green For All.
Jeremy leads Green For All’s state and local work, which focuses on the development, implementation, and replication of green economic and workforce development models. Over the past five years Jeremy has designed and led Green For All’s Communities of Practice and Business Engagement programs, as well as a number of successful initiatives to expand energy efficiency, create pathways out of poverty, promote clean water, encourage high road employment, and build green infrastructure.
Jeremy joined Green For All early in 2008 as the National Field Director. Before that, he served as the National Organizing Director at the Apollo Alliance, where he helped coalitions of environmentalists, labor unions, civil rights groups, and businesses advocate for good jobs and clean energy. Jeremy has broad experience bringing together diverse stakeholders to address poverty, environmental issues, and economic development. He has worked as program director for Urban Strategies Council, a community-building support and advocacy group in Oakland, California; as a project manager for the Governor’s Oregon Solutions program; as a policy researcher for the Assistant Secretary of Environmental Justice at Cal/EPA; and as an organizer or technical assistant in a variety of other community development and environmental justice initiatives. He has master’s degrees in City Planning and in International Development from the University of California, Berkeley.
Valerie Keefe | Special Projects Coordinator
Valerie is a recent transplant from Michigan, where she worked on Democratic and progressive causes beginning in 2006 – with a break in 2008 to work in six states for the Hillary Clinton campaign, and in New Hampshire for Senator Jeanne Shaheen. As the Director of Constituent Relations for the Michigan Senate Democrats, she coordinated activism on behalf of the caucus’s platform with diverse groups, ranging from organized labor to V-Day, and served as a regional field director during the 2010 campaign cycle. In a volunteer capacity, she was vice chair of the Ingham County Women’s Commission, a publicly-appointed body tasked with improving access to and efficacy of county programs that help women and children.Valerie holds a BS in Microbiology from Michigan State University, and she is a proud Spartan. She lives in Berkeley with her partner Brad, and on weekends she enjoys running in Tilden Park or biking along the San Francisco Bay Trail.
Colen Malone | Bookkeeper
Julian Mocine-McQueen | Director of Education & Outreach
Julian is an Oakland native raised behind the redwood curtain of Humboldt County. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University who came to Green For All through his organizing work with The League of Young Voters. Julian’s passion for saving our people and our planet finds a vehicle in his work as Green For All’s Director of Education & Outreach.
Julian works with people around the country who are putting government investment dollars to work on a local level to build the green economy. He trains local leaders to build the green economy from the ground up by serving as the facilitator of the Green For All Academy. He trains leaders with the tools they need to communicate the promise of the green economy and to engage disadvantaged communities in support of green jobs and climate protection strategies. Julian works everyday to link local partners, lift those local best practices and models to national prominence, and leverage the success stories for large-scale change. Julian has been featured in The Nation, Wiretap magazine and The San Francisco Xpress, and has been recognized by the California Labor Archives for excellence in writing.
Kim Noble | Executive Aide and Program Associate
Alvaro Sanchez Sanchez | Senior Associate
Alyssa Ritterstein | Press Secretary
Alyssa Ritterstein is Green For All’s Press Secretary based out of the Washington, DC office. Alyssa manages media relations and social media strategy, identifies opportunities to promote work nationally and locally, and coordinates with allies on joint communications efforts.Prior to joining Green For All, Alyssa provided strategic communication support to Tigercomm, a cleantech public relations firm, and their clean energy accounts through project leadership, media management and business development. While there, she also coordinated monthly guest lecture presentations for the company’s Scaling Green blog.
Alyssa worked in the Communications Department for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), where she assisted in the development and implementation of its online advocacy campaigns. She has also coordinated events that benefited low-income DC-area residents, as Special Events Coordinator at Jubilee Support Alliance and at A Wider Circle.
Alyssa earned her M.A. in Public Communications and B.A. in Psychology from American University. She is a member of Progressive Communicators of Washington, DC (PCDC) and Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR), having served on the 2012 Washington PR Woman of the Year committee.
Krista Lynn Smith | Senior Development Associate
Board of Directors
Lamman Rucker | Actor
Marc Jones | Chairman and CEO, Aeris Communications
Mr. Jones has over 25 years of experience in the technology industry as a securities lawyer, investment banker and senior business executive.
Prior to Aeris, Mr. Jones was the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Visionael, raising over $40M in capital to fund their rapid growth. Prior to Visionael, Mr. Jones was the President of Madge Networks, a company that grew during his tenure from $40M to $500M in revenue with a successful IPO.
Mr. Jones has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Stanford University and a J.D. degree from Stanford Law School.
Mr. Jones is on several boards including serving as the Chairman and CEO of Aeris Communications, the Governing Board for Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) and Board Member of Working Partnerships (WPUSA).
Donald Cohen | Chairman, In the Public Interests
Donald Cohen is the chair of In the Public Interest, a national resource center on privatization and responsible contracting. He is also the director of the Cry Wolf Project, a nonprofit research network that identifies and exposes misleading rhetoric about the economy, regulation and government.
He is the former co-founder and president of the Center on Policy Initiatives, a San Diego-based research and policy center. He is also the former Political Director of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO. He is a founding board member of the Partnership for Working Families, a national federation of metropolitan-based research, policy and action centers. He is on the board of Green For All, the Ballot Initiatives Strategy Center and the Labor Project for Working Families.