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Summit Agenda

Day 1
Day 2

Summit Videos & Slide Decks

Summit Opening

Rural Repair & Reuse

Panel: Disaster Preparedness & Community Resilience

Breakout: Pro-Climate Policy

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Breakout: Our Collective Impact

Breakout: Repair Education K-12

Project Highlight: ReUse Commons

Panel: Connecting, Collecting & Sharing Data for Greater Impact

Panel: Getting the Support You Need

Breakout: Towards a Tool Library Alliance

Panel: Funding Opportunities

Breakout: Tool Library Q&A

Breakout: Running Repair Events Q&A

Presenter & Committee Info

Alex is currently Vice President of Vashon Makerspace Board which emcompases the Vashon Tool Library, Vashon Makerspace and Fixit cafe. Actively works in the logistics employed in the airline industry managing projects, compliance and facilities. Is a huge fan of the sharing economy, recycling and making resources available to empower the complete community. 

Ali Blum is the Grant Program Manager at King County Solid Waste Division, administering grant programs that support waste reduction and recycling efforts. She has also worked in other King County roles related to organics recycling and building awareness about hazardous waste prevention and disposal. Before joining King County, Ali worked in grant writing, fundraising, and communications roles at Seattle-area nonprofits. Ali enjoys climbing up mountains, skiing down them, and visiting local parks with her husband (Alex) and daughter (June).

Amanda is the Executive Director of South King Tool Library. She oversees all functions of the Library and develops responsive community programming. Her leadership has resulted in multiple honors for SKTL including the King County Green Globe Award for waste reduction and the Greater Federal Way Chamber of Commerce Community Impact Award.

Bruce is a man of many talents with a passion for community service. He is one of the lead forces behind the Phinney Fixer Collective, regularly taking on side repair projects for community members. He is also a staunch advocate and volunteer for for the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s “Village” – an innovative model that enables seniors to age in place more successfully. 

Byron joined Clear Risk Solutions in 2010 as a claims representative. He graduated with an AA from Big Bend Community College and brings over 16 years of construction background, property expertise, and claims management experience to the organization. He successfully handled Property and General Liability Property Damage claims for nearly six years before moving to the Risk Management Department and was then promoted to a Sales & Production Representative. His outgoing personality and ability to relate to people from various backgrounds makes him a unique teammate and asset for relationships with brokers, partners, and members; Byron has extensive experience in helping nonprofits, through risk management and claims. He brings extensive risk assessment experience to Clear Risk Solutions and has obtained his Certified Playground Safety Inspector designation and Washington State Property and Casualty (P&C) Producer License.

Dante Garcia is an artist, designer, and strategist exploring social and interpersonal transformation. Between 2014 and 2016 he was a core organizer of local climate actions in a number of Seattle campaigns, including ShellNo, Valve Turners, and others. From there he built a design cooperative to help progressive organizations tell better stories across the country. Now, he’s working on Community Gearbox, a community inventory management tool that’s exploring ways to support climate resiliency and adaptation – while building collective abundance.

Don Fick is the volunteer executive director of Repair Café North Carolina. RCNC organizes workshops across the state from the mountains of Asheville to the Research Triangle Park and points in-between. Don’s interest in repair dates from his teen years repairing clunker cars and partially funding his college career by working in the regional Sears parts department. Don’s day job is consultant to the science publishing industry where he assists clients with almost everything required to publish the world’s best scientific research. Don and his wife, Laura, live in the small town of Oxford with their dog and eight chickens. 

Faith brings a twenty-year record of success building capacity in the nonprofit sector through strategic planning, grants management, community-centered decision-making, and forging public-private partnerships. With a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, she claims a heart for justice and a head for strategy. Faith manages the Public Participation Grant at the Washington State Department of Ecology, which funds initiatives across Washington that increase public engagement in solid and toxic waste prevention, reduction, and cleanup.

Greg Scully is a dynamic, results-oriented nonprofit advisor with extensive experience identifying and resolving strategic matters. He currently counsels nonprofit leaders in his role at 501 Commons.

Previously, Greg directed sales and marketing at Kaiser Permanente. He also served as the Chief Deputy Commissioner for the Office of the Washington State Insurance Commissioner, leading the agency of 180 employees. Greg’s experience includes crafting and implementing consumer-centric healthcare laws and regulations, which reduce health insurance barriers for consumers.

Greg was born and raised in the NW. He earned an Executive Master in Nonprofit Leadership degree at Seattle University. His passions include yoga, meditation, and travel. Greg has worked in or visited over 75 beautiful countries and always loves returning to his NW roots.

Executive Director, joined Zero Waste Washington in 2016. Prior to Zero Waste Washington, Heather has been active in zero waste issues, including helping lead the Seattle bag campaign and helping get the ban on styrofoam serviceware products passed. Previously, Heather was Director of Science and Policy at Futurewise, focusing on habitat, shoreline, stormwater and other issues related to land use. Before that, she worked on similar issues and including toxic pollution and plastics. Heather earned a BS in geology from Yale University and a PhD from UCLA in geochemistry

Josh Epstein is the Program Manager and tool librarian at the NE Seattle Tool Library. Josh believes that sharing is caring and that libraries are for tools. He strives to make tool libraries a household idea and he wants to work with you if you strive for the same.

Kamal is a civic and visual designer creating systems-based solutions to renewable energy transition, circular economy, and equitable economic development. He has a decade plus of experience facilitating events, mapping stakeholder needs, co-designing priorities, interventions, and summarizing complex concepts for communities. He’s worked on circular economy, just transition, and stakeholder research projects with King County Solid Waste, Seattle’s Office of Economic Development, the Equitable Development Initiatives, and many more community-based projects or organizations.  His background is grounded in design, complex systems thinking, and sustainable practices, with a specific focus on intersections of economics and community involvement. He is the co-founder of Circular PNW and Traversal Design

As Zero Waste Washington‘s Waste Reduction Program Manager, Kami co-leads the regional Repair Economy effort, organizes Fix-it Fairs, and develops content for ZWW’s media streams. Originally from Nashville, Kami spent several years in New Orleans and Los Angeles before arriving in Seattle in early 2020. Interested in systems thinking, organizational capacity-building, and serving as connective tissue between great people and great ideas, Kami got started in community organizing while still in Nashville, working with multiple environmental organizations and grassroots social justice efforts. Kami earned a BA in Religious Studies from The University of the South (Sewanee); an MS from Tulane University – focusing on sustainable organizational development and community disaster resilience; and completed an Urban Permaculture Design Certificate in Detroit in 2012. Favorite pastimes: scavenging, repurposing, and creative engineering.

Lauren is the Founder, Education and Outreach Coordinator, and Community Organizer for Repair PDX. She also works as the Lead Guide for students at Wayfinding Academy, a non-profit college in St. Johns. Additionally, Lauren works in Portland as a mediator in various capacities, as a volunteer facilitator with the Multnomah County Juvenile Restorative Justice Dialogue Program, and hands out free coffee and pastries with Breakfast on the Bridges when possible.

Liz is a Vashon Tool Librarian, organizer of the Vashon Fix-It Café, and President of the Vashon Care Network Board of Directors.  Retired from a professional community development career, she’s coordinated nonprofit programs and owned for-profit businesses, led collaboration around local social service and transportation goals, and developed community leadership curricula.

In her spare time, Mandi is the JeffCo Repair Coordinator. During the week she serves as Outreach Coordinator at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center where she enjoys connecting the community through a variety of sustainability projects and endeavors. Her focus is on community education and response activities that reduce waste and create a change in attitude towards this waste. Her favorite part of her job is seeing the way a person’s eyes light up when they do something that has made an impact and realize they too can make a difference!  She holds a BS in Biology with an emphasis in Animal Science and a minor in Environmental Sustainability from Northern Arizona University.

Nikyta’s work is focused on the holistic intersections of healing, creativity, education and embodiment. 
Nikyta Palmisani has a Masters degree from the European Graduate School in Expressive Arts Therapy with a focus on Ecopsychology and has founded three large scale Expressive Arts Therapy programs. Her practice is based on an Ecopsychology lens where human health and well being are directly and inextricably interconnected to the health of the ecosystems on the planet. This guiding lens brought Nikyta to Climate Change activism and resulted in her joining several United Nations delegations: first as an Artistic Director at COP 15, then combining her work with youth and story telling to support Indigenous peoples in South America and in the United Nations’s Indigenous Peoples Permanent Forum. 
When she moved to the San Juan Islands eight years ago, she shifted focus from global awareness, activism and policy work to local and tangible solutions geared toward citizen-led action. With a focus on zero waste and the circular economy, Nikyta spent seven years as a Zero Waste Educator and founded the Lopez Island ReMakery: a maker space dedicated to reusing, repairing and remaking materials locally. She also serves on a state wide governance board for Next Cycle Washington who runs accelerator programs and seed grants to increase the circular economy. 
Lately her focus has been on regenerative agriculture, mycoremediation and mycoforestry, mythology and storytelling, and how to reconnect people to healthy local food systems and soil. She is currently an instructor for where she teaches mid-career professionals about climate change with the goal of helping them pivot their existing skill sets towards a climate lens. Nikyta also holds the official title of Community Alchemist at the Lopez Island Library, where she uses her skills of education, communication, community engagement and outreach to connect people to stories and one another. 

Paige St-Pierre is a Seattle based botanical artist and professionally trained teacher. She creates wearable and non wearable art pieces from discarded post-consumer papers and textiles. Her process involves altering cloth and papers by dyeing, painting or printing with botanically derived pigments and creating texture with machine and hand stitches. She shares her love of nature and creative reuse by teaching natural dyeing, printing, painting and slow stitching workshops to all ages in the greater Seattle area. She is an active member of Surface Design Association and her art has been showcased in various shows in Washington state. She also holds degrees in Apparel Design, Teaching, French Language and Literature. You can see her latest endeavors on her website and Instagram @paigestpierreapparel

Peter Mui is the founder of Fixit Clinic which conveys critical thinking and troubleshooting skills through both in-person community repair events around the U.S. and now, globally via Zoom and the Global Fixers Server. Over 600 Fixit Clinic events have been hosted through libraries, colleges and universities, and science and research institutions. “Education, entertainment, empowerment, elucidation, and, ultimately, enlightenment through all-ages do-it-together hands-on fix-n-learn community-sponsored and community-led discovery, disassembly, troubleshooting and repair.”

Born in Missouri and raised in Nebraska, Sarah Jo studied agricultural economics at the University of Nebraska and silversmithing at Oregon College of Arts and Craft. She then worked in the restaurant business for 23 years, with 12 of those spent in Portland Oregon running her own Creole restaurant, Acadia Bistro. She moved to the Methow Valley in 2010, where she built a silversmithing studio at TwispWorks and became the mom of twin girls. Before joining the Methow Recycles family in 2021, she worked at the Confluence Gallery for six years. She has a passion for building community and strategic thinking. She is often telling her staff, “Everything is solvable, it just takes the right time, the right idea, and the right people in the room.” Fun Fact: She has been to 83 Phish shows and counting.

Terra facilitates Columbia Springs‘ Repair Clark County program including event coordination and volunteer management. Raised on 70 acres of forest in southern Oregon, Terra has always had a strong earth ethic. Terra earned a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science, with an emphasis in public education and has been running environmentally focused events for more than a decade. 

Since forever I’ve worked with my hands and felt an urgency about taking care of what we’re fortunate enough to have. My biographical scaffolding begins in South Texas. Then the East Coast for liberal arts, finance, social ethics and theology, and ultimately the Bay Area. Over those years — a corporate run, community service, momhood, and all along the way: fixing stuff and making things that are meaningful to me.  I started The Culture of Repair Project when I couldn’t stand walking by one more thing left on the curb that just needed a screw or a dab of glue.  Theoretically, I balance advocating for repair with an art practice (, but balance is elusive. Finally, I know the Camino de Compostela quite well and am ever looking for flechas — following the field of stars.

As Waste Reduction Program Director, Xenia plans and facilitates Zero Waste Washington‘s waste reduction efforts, including community-based projects, research, and statewide policy projects. Before moving to Seattle and joining ZWW in early 2019, she lived in Abu Dhabi where she managed projects in a start-up environment. Originally from Moldova, she has 11+ years of experience, business, marketing, and sustainability, holding an MBA degree from Paris Business School and a PMP Certificate. She leads Zero Waste Washington’s Furniture Repair Program and PreCycle Innovation Challenge, among many other organizational efforts and supports the Fix-It Fair program and Repair Economy movement. 

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