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Summit Agenda

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2023 Summit Videos

Policy & Pressure

Panels: We Built it. But They Didn't Come + Building it Together

Breakout: Incentivizing Repair

Breakout: Storytelling for Repair & Reuse

Breakout: Repair, Share, & Reuse Under One Roof

Breakout: Furniture Rescue & Repair

Panel: Skilling Up: Repair Education, Skills Transfer, & Community Resilience

Slide Deck: Student Repair Revolution

Breakout: Funding Pathways

Breakout: Liability in Community Repair & Reuse

Breakout: Sharing Purpose - Volunteer Engagement & Management

Breakout: Libraries in Libraries

Breakout: Creative Reuse - Inventory, Data, & Demonstrating Impact

Presenter & Committee Info

Alex Reyna is the Waste Prevention Program Coordinator for the City of Eugene, OR. Originally from Guanajuato, Guanajuato México, he made Eugene his home in 1994. With a diverse career spanning the food industry, hospitality, production, forestry, and construction, Alex embarked on a marketing and communications journey in 2003 at Churchill Media Communications. During his eight-year tenure, he gained expertise in radio station operations and honed his skills in programming, production, promotions, and sales.

In 2011, Alex founded La E-Kiss Multimedia, an online radio station that bridged communication within the Spanish-speaking community. He collaborated on projects with organizations like Association of Oregon Recyclers, Lane County, and the City of Eugene, contributing to tailored marketing campaigns, news, and public service announcements.

Alex’s dedication was recognized in January 2022 when he received the City of Eugene Community Service Award from Mayor Lucy Vinis during the State of the City Address. In June 2022, Alex joined the City of Eugene’s Waste Prevention Program as a Program Coordinator. He is committed to promoting waste prevention and sustainability initiatives, finding fulfillment in his role.

Alondra Flores Aviña is the Environmental Promoter Program Manager at Trash for Peace. Born in San Quintin, Baja California, she arrived in the United States at the age of five and grew up in Southeast Portland. Alondra earned her Associate of General Studies from Portland Community College and Bachelor’s in Community Development with a specialization in Civic Leadership from Portland State University.

Her commitment to sustainability, environmental justice, and youth development deepened through her involvement with Trash for Peace, the Beekeeping and Garden task force, and Community Environmental Services at Portland State University. Alondra is passionate about active listening and engagement, recognizing the significance of supporting communities based on their strengths and needs, acknowledging that community members are the true experts in their areas.

I have been the Executive Director of the South King Tool Library in Federal Way since 2019, and proud of our growth, expansion, and adaptability. We bring a great service, and message to the region and fulfill a need within our community. We opened our second branch in Auburn in October 2023, with an innovative approach to lending in the Outlet Mall for the region. We hold repair cafes, recycling events, classes, workshops, swaps, and other partnership events to increase our reach with the goals of waste reduction at the center.

Growing up in Hampton Roads, Virginia, my family and I were always involved in volunteering – from church luncheons, to Thanksgiving servings, to Special Olympics events, and environmental cleanups. When my own family set down their roots in Federal Way, I decided to find a community project I could really support. I could not have found a better fit than the passionate group of volunteers that formed and run the South King Tool Library. I never thought that my passion could turn into a journey to a career.

I studied International Business, Chinese Archaeology, Japanese Architecture and Gardens at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia before moving to Seattle in 2008. I spent 11 years in the field of Warehousing, Distribution and Supply Chain Logistics.

A leader in Vancouver’s collaborative economy, Chris Diplock is the Founder of The Thingery, the parent organization of neighbourhood Thingery branches. The Thingery focuses on the development of community equipment lending libraries of things (a Thingery). Chris has extensive experience in the Vancouver Sharing Economy, having co-founded The Vancouver Tool Library and lead a city-wide research project called The Sharing Project.

Cristina Ganapini is the coordinator of the Right to Repair Europe coalition, which represents over 100 organisations from 21 European countries. The coalition represents environmental NGOs and repair actors such as community repair groups, social economy actors, spare parts distributors, self-repairers, repair and refurbishing businesses, and any citizen who would like to advocate for their right to repair. This is a rapidly growing movement, and its objective to make repair affordable, accessible and mainstream is aligned with the objectives of the European Green Deal and the Circular Economy Action plan. You can browse member organisations by country here.

Dagmar Timmer is the Managing Director ‐ Strategic Initiatives of  OneEarth Living, a Vancouver, Canada-based nonprofit ‘think and do tank’ advancing sustainable everyday living around the world. OneEarth Living collaborates with partners to transform how people live their lives – what they need, what they consume and produce, and what they aspire to – enabling everyone to live good quality lives within their fair share of our planet’s resources. Through deep partnerships, Dagmar advances this work in Canada, including at the neighbourhood scale (explore our action packs). She leads research into the diverse Motivations for sustainable actions by individuals and households (learn more – including what motivates people to repair goods). Dagmar has been actively involved in sustainability policy, teaching and action for nearly three decades. She and her sister Vanessa co-hosted Metro Vancouver’s award-winning television show on environmental issues in the region for ten years. Previously, she lived and worked in Switzerland and Kenya, where her international experience included coordinating a global network on rainforest conservation.

Dana Dalrymple has been a librarian at Spokane Public Library since 1996, working in a variety of roles – reference, computer training, database management, and book ordering. One of her current roles is selecting items for SPL’s Library of Things collection – a broad selection of physical items that can be checked out with a library card. The collection includes items such as musical instruments, board games, sports equipment, tools, and sewing machines. She’s also an avid DIYer who has painted every interior wall and ceiling in her house, replaced all the light fixtures, and refinished furniture.

Dante is chief executive officer of Community Gearbox, an app empowering people and organizations to gather, share, and care for material goods amongst people they know and trust. He brings over a decade of organizing and storytelling in climate and social movements. In his spare time he maintains his connection to grassroots organizing as a facilitator & trainer with the Center for Story-based Strategy.

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.

Elizabeth Chin Start (she/her) is the founder of Start Consulting Group LLC. Her career has spanned work in the circular economy for the last 21 years, with a focus on materials management, especially reuse. This work has spanned local government, private industry, nonprofit, and consulting. Elizabeth founded Start Consulting Group to ensure inclusion, equity, and justice are ingrained in the circular economy. She builds relationships through trust, communication, and empowerment to develop and create strong organizational cultures. Elizabeth is also a reuse artist and magpie who uses any shiny discarded object she can find.  

I was driven to this field by the alarming condition of our world. My prior work-life was in ocean research and conservation. I worked at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and recently the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. At those institutions I participated in many research projects focused on our rapidly changing oceans. I created two guest programs to introduce visitors to the ocean and start the path of caring about the disappearing animals and habitat within our ocean. I chaired our conservation teams at both locations to try new technologies, including biomimicry within our designs and served two terms on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences and as President of Association of Dive Program Administrators.
Upon moving to Port Angeles, I wanted to create something that interpreted the linear path of raw material to landfill. So in 2004 I started Around Again, a non-profit dedicated to diverting still usable material and products from the landfill for reuse, repurpose and upcycling. On our 1.5 acre lot we’re jammed with items of all sorts for resale. Our inventory covers doors, windows, cabinets, electrical, tools, garden, furniture, bikes, exercise equipment and on and on. We have conducted classes on reuse, deconstructed several buildings and have become a valuable member of our community. Around Again has six recycle programs: Paintcare, Fluorescent light bulb recycling, Soles4Souls shoe recycling, eyeglass recycling, wine cork recycling and cell phone recycling. We devote floor space to our “Fresh Start Art” program for artists that build art from recycled items… and of course we have a tool library
So far we have diverted over 10,000,000 pounds of stuff and sequestered over 250,000,000 lbs of Heat trapping gases from our atmosphere.

Jenna is the co-founder and Executive Director of Seattle ReCreative, , a creative reuse and art center with locations in both the Greenwood and Georgetown neighborhoods. Her creative reuse journey began over 13 years ago as a board member of The Scrap Exchange in Durham, NC. She has over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector and has been part of organizations working on a variety of issues from adult literacy to youth in the juvenile justice system. Jenna loves a good book, ditzy floral fabric and learning new embroidery stitches.


Josh Epstein was born in upstate New York, grew up in Boulder, CO, went to college outside of LA, and has called Seattle home since 2008. He first became an official member of the Repair Economy by joining the NE Seattle Tool Library 7 years ago while converting his garage into a living space. He is now the director of the nonprofit Seattle REconomy which is contributing to an economy of reuse through tool sharing, reuse material sales, and DIY classes.  He loves eating food, playing music, talking with people, and using tools. Josh also raises vegetables, chickens, a dog named Ellie, and a boy named Cedar. He loves sharing and wants to collaborate with you!

Julie Bernhard is the External Relationships Director for Nonprofits Insurance Alliance (NIA). NIA is a group of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that provide a stable source of reasonably priced liability insurance coverages to more than 25,000 other nonprofits in 32 states and the District of Columbia. 

For over 20 years, Julie has worked with nonprofits to educate and empower them in navigating the nonprofit insurance marketplace. She has also built a nationwide network of broker relationships that are equally invested in supporting the nonprofit sector. Julie is passionate about the partnership collaborations she has developed and is always looking for new outreach opportunities to share information that will benefit nonprofits. She received her Master’s in Social Work in 2009 and is a licensed Insurance Broker. Julie is also the Webinar Manager for Blue Avocado, a free online magazine offering practical & provocative food for thought for nonprofits, which is published by NIA.

Contact info:

Julie Bernhard, MSW (she/her/hers)
External Relationships Director
831-621-6037 | Direct
800-359_6422 | Office

Justin Avellar helps small businesses and nonprofits with a wide range of transactional legal issues such as contracts, employment law, and corporate formation and governance. After working for an international law firm in New York City, Justin decided he wanted the opportunity to make a positive, local impact so he opened up his own law firm, Avellar PLLC, in Seattle.

Justin is committed to giving back. He is an active volunteer and board chair at Seattle REconomy (the parent org of the NE Seattle Tool Library) and is a board member at Meaningful Movies Project. In his free time, Justin enjoys gardening, discussing sustainability, cooking, and outdoor activities with his spouse and dogs. He earned his BA from Tulane University and JD from the University of Chicago Law School. He has lived all over the US and is thrilled to call the PNW his home.

Kami is the behind-the-scenes schemer of Repair x Reuse WA and leads Repair Economy efforts: connecting, convening, and elevating the work of fixers, tool librarians, remakers, and small repair/reuse businesses. Originally from Nashville, Kami spent several years in New Orleans and Los Angeles before arriving in Washington 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…, shall we say, engineering.

email: kami at repairreuse dot org

Kyle Wiens is the co-founder of iFixit, the repair community internationally known for open source repair manuals and product teardowns. iFixit has empowered hundreds of millions of people to repair their broken stuff. Kyle led the international coalition that legalized Right to Repair, has testified before Congress and the International Trade Commission, and he is involved in developing global environmental standards.

Kyle regularly speaks on design for repair, service documentation, and the environmental impact of manufacturing. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, Wired, Popular Mechanics, and the Wall Street Journal.

Laura Kutner Tokarski is the founder and Executive Director of Trash for Peace. She is a mother, an advocate for environmental justice, a Peace Corps alumna and native of Portland, Oregon. She holds a BA in Anthropology and Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Portland State University. She is fluent in Spanish and has over ten years of experience in sustainable community development. Since its incorporation as a 501c3 in 2012, Trash for Peace has gone on to serve over 450 youth and families, provide over 75 low-barrier jobs, and divert hundreds of pounds of trash from the landfill every year, and was recognized with an Excellence in Community Driven Programming Award from Home Forward in 2018 and 2022 and an Association of Oregon Recyclers Award in 2022. Laura was also recognized by the Association of Oregon Recyclers with a Recycler of the Year (2019) and Sustainable Oregon Award (2022). Laura also teaches the GED in Spanish as an instructor at Mt. Hood Community College and received a distinguished teaching award in 2016. In her free time she loves to read, go on adventures with her family and friends, and explore the outdoors.

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.

Mandi serves as the Outreach Coordinator at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center where she coordinates their JeffCo Repair program. 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.

Megan Kaplon is a Coordinator for the City of Austin’s Circular Economy Program, where she champions sustainability by promoting reuse, repair, and other environmentally conscious behavioral changes. Megan’s key responsibilities include overseeing the annual university move-out program, MoveOutATX, spearheading the City’s Fix-It Clinics and other repair initiatives, and maintaining the Austin Reuse Directory. She is a proud alum of the Texas State University Sustainability Studies master’s program.

Michael Schwalbe is professor emeritus of sociology at North Carolina State University. He volunteers as a repair coach at Repair Café events
in the Triangle area of North Carolina. He is currently working on a photo-documentary project about grassroots repair.

Michelle is a researcher and program manager with 8 years’ experience working on projects involving repair, community climate initiatives, and community|university relationships. With the Share Reuse Repair Initiative, she works to bring together government, businesses, and community organisations to find scalable and equitable paths towards circular ways of living. Michelle’s PhD dissertation research explored the efforts, stories, and aspirations of those participating in community-based repair initiatives in Metro Vancouver as they seek to establish a “culture of repair”. She enjoys speaking about repair futures, the circular economy, information policy and ethics, bike trip dreams, and her vegetable garden. She is a founding Board member and Systems Coordinator of Language Partners BC Co-op. Michelle moved to xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ territory from the UK in 2015.

An international keynote speaker and certified TRUE Zero Waste Advisor, Moji Igun founded Blue Daisi Consulting to make it easier for small businesses to practice the world they want to see on a small scale. She combines her professional experiences in engineering, education, and business operations with the deep knowledge she’s gained from her personal sustainability journey to help her clients push past the frustration and overwhelm of getting started. Realizing that many of those frustrations are caused by systemic issues, Moji ensures her clients understand the bigger picture of sustainability. While your potential for impact might seem small at first, you are setting the stage for a significant shift in our culture. 

She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Zero Waste Washington, King County Solid Waste Division’s Re+ Community Panel, and the NextCycle Washington Governance Board.

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Nathan leads U.S. PIRG’s Right to Repair campaign, working to pass legislation that will prevent companies from blocking consumers’ ability to fix their own electronics. Nathan lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, with his wife and two children.

Pascale Hall works as a Student Engagement Coordinator at The Restart Project, a London-based social enterprise who believe that every product should be repairable, and that repair and reuse should be accessible and affordable for everyone. The project she is working on is a collaboration between the Community Repair Network and The Restart Project, it is funded by Hubbub and Virgin Media O2’s Time After Time E-Waste Fund. The Student Repair Revolution is helping to support repair initiatives at UK universities. They are aiming to take an open-minded and dynamic approach to help support repair initiatives from tech amnesties, training workshops to repair cafe’s and beyond. The project has been running since Summer 2023.

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.”

Rosemary is the Executive Director of the Share Reuse Repair Initiative in Vancouver, B.C. For over 20 years, Rosemary has advanced practical, sustainable solutions that emphasize collaboration between government, business and community. Since 2013, she has been catalyzing the transition to a circular economy with a focus on upstream innovations that design out waste and foster lasting prosperity. Rosemary is a Senior Associate with One Earth, teaches the Circular Economy at BCIT’s School of Business and provides consulting services on waste prevention and circularity. She coauthored the 2015 Local Governments and the Sharing Economy Roadmap and wrote “Beyond Waste: Sustainable Consumption for Community Resilience” for the Post-Carbon Institute. Rosemary’s Masters degree at York University explored the integration of economic development and sustainability planning.

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.

Sharayah Kinney has been the Operations Director at Tacoma Tool Library for the past 2 years. But she has been a part of the organization since its beginnings in March 2015 and was TTL’s first board chair from 2016-2020. She has a background in business marketing and a passion for reuse and recycling. 

Suzie Fromer is the coordinator for Repair Cafe Hudson Valley, a consortium of over 50 Repair Cafes that was founded by John Wackman in 2013. The daughter of antique dealers who specialized in the restoration of vintage furniture and woodworking tools, Suzie grew up shopping at flea markets and antique shows for vintage jewelry as well as assisting in her father’s workshop. A lifelong gem and mineral collector, she learned metalsmithing and jewelry making first as a camper at Buck’s Rock Creative Work Camp and later as a teaching assistant at Dartmouth College’s Clafin Jewelry Studio. She has spent the last 18 years in Westchester, NY, where she has run a food allergy support group, been an advocate for OIT food allergy treatments, chaired the board of her local farmers market and run a jewelry making and repair business. She started volunteering as a jewelry repair coach for the Hastings Repair Cafe in 2019 and fell in love with the repair cafe concept. Suzie lives in Irvington, NY with her husband and two teenage boys and can be found fixing jewelry at a Repair Cafe throughout the Hudson Valley almost every weekend.

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As the former lead of the innovative Columbia Springs‘ Repair Clark County program, Terra brings a wealth of expertise in 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 in 2017 when I couldn’t stand walking by one more thing left on the curb that just needed a screw or a dab of glue. The project’s mission is for repair to be an actionable and pervasive cultural value and is now principally focused on bringing repair into K-12 educational settings. This work currently takes the form of collating details about and links to teaching resources around the world, making grants, and information sharing. 

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.

Xenia is the Director of The Furniture Repair Bank as well as Waste Reduction Program Director for Zero Waste Washington where she facilitates 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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