The current Aprovecho Board of Directors is:
Nadia Raza, Chairperson
Nadia K. Raza is an educator, community organizer, and dreamer. She is a doctoral candidate in the Critical Sociocultural Studies Program in the College of Education at the University or Oregon where her research examines the democracy, social welfare, and social justice education. For the past 13 years, Nadia has taught sociology and ethic studies courses at Lane Community College, The University or Oregon, and Humboldt State University. Her teaching areas encompasses, critical race studies, immigration, alternatives to incarceration, and social movements. She has served on the Board of the Civil Liberties Defense Center and is a founder of the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival. In addition to her aforementioned service Nadia is the founder of a letter writing project to people incarcerated called “Solidarity Can’t Bear Silence.” Whether in the classroom, in a meeting, or writing letters, Nadia is committed to creating imaginative spaces to build a better world.Nadia is currently a professor at Lane Community College and PHD candidate at the University of Oregon
Jude Hobbs, Secretary/Treasurer
Jude is a nationally recognized land consultant, designer, educator, and co-founder of the Cascadia Permaculture Institute and Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA). With over 30 years’ experience, she utilizes whole-system techniques in urban and rural settings to co-design environmentally sound solutions that inspire sustainable actions. Through her business Agro-Ecology Northwest, she specializes in optimizing resource conservation, biodiversity, watershed enhancement and income diversification for large and small-scale acreage. As an educator she brings her passion for permaculture to her teaching, which is adapted for audiences throughout the U.S. and Canada. Jude tends Wilson Creek Gardens, a 7-acre homestead and demonstration site located outside Cottage Grove, Oregon. www.cascadiapermaculture.com
Mike was born in Roseburg Oregon. He received a BS from Willamette University in 1992. In 1997 he attended the Sustainable Living Skills Internship at Aprovecho. There he discovered the world of Appropriate Technology and found his life work. Since then he has been building improved cook stoves and conducting trainings in many resource deprived parts of the world. At home he is the international projects coordinator for the Aprovecho Research Center and teaches classes at Aprovecho on a wide range of appropriate technology subjects, including improved cook and heating stoves, composting toilets, solar and wood heated hot water systems, small scale hydroelectricity, bio diesel production and vegetable oil conversions…. to name a few.
Steve Clarke (biography and photo coming soon)
Emily Sessoms (biography and photo coming soon)