Education for Sustainable Living Program Lecture Series
Featuring Derek Steele & Kabira Stokes
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The Civic Engagement Program Director of the Social Justice Learning Institute, Derek Steele is responsible for the community’s awareness of and participation in SJLI’s social justice programs. He trains youth and community members through SJLI's healthy eating, gardening and tree care workshops while providing policy and advocacy leadership articulating community priorities. Mr. Steele worked as an Engineer after graduating from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. After three years of working in his field at Northrop Grumman Corporation, Mr. Steele left the company looking for something more fulfilling and decided join SJLI's team. A major contributor and builder of the 100 Seeds of Change food system initiative, Mr. Steele has been working to advance urban agriculture, reduce diet-related diseases and improve the livelihood of his fellow community members since 2010.
Kabira Stokes is the Founder and CEO of Isidore Electronics Recycling, an e-waste recycling social enterprise that trains and hires previously incarcerated people in Los Angeles. She holds a Master’s degree in public policy from the University of Southern California with a focus in Prison Reentry Policy and Environmental Governance. She has consulted for the non-profit Green For All; worked for the City of Los Angeles as Senior Field Deputy for then-City Council President Eric Garcetti, focusing on Public Safety and Youth Development issues; and was the co-founder and vice-president of the Young Progressive Majority (YPM) of Los Angeles, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing young voter participation in local and state elections. Kabira is a graduate of Vassar College with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Spanish. In 2010, Kabira was the recipient of the “Emerging Giant of Justice” award from CLUE Los Angeles, and in 2013, named a "Social Innovation Rockstar" by Yoxi.