Faculty Focus

Lessons from Leaders

Our special guest for the September Town Hall is Teresa Bertossi

Director | Community Food Systems for Ecolibrium3

Topic: Environmental and Social Justice, Community Engagement

Teresa Bertossi is the Director of Community Food Systems for Ecolibrium3, helping to coordinate and manage the organization’s resilient food systems work. Teresa previously worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth and has over 13 years of experience in higher education teaching environment and sustainability, geography, food systems, environmental justice, and ecological economics courses. She also formerly served as Director of Community Outreach, Education, and Research at the UMD Land Lab and Sustainable Agriculture Project. She has experience outside of academia in sustainable agriculture, community food systems, endangered species management, and water quality. With family roots in generational poverty, she is especially excited about her work with Ecolibrium3’s poverty alleviation and community resilience efforts.

Google Meet Link

Tuesday, September 12

1:00pm – 2:00pm Central Time

Dawn Keene / Director

Dawn Keene is the president of Studio Change, a company offering sustainability consulting services. Prior to Studio Change, Dawn has served as president of Keene Design, Inc. an award-winning Atlanta-based firm specializing in graphic design for over a decade.

Her previous affiliations have included High-Performance Healthy Schools Committee for USGBC Atlanta (United States Green Building Council), serving as the membership chair and on the sustainability committee for AIGA Atlanta (American Institute of Graphic Arts AIGA.) Her work has been featured on Sustainable Brands and published in Graphic Design U.S.A. In addition, she has participated in panel discussions on various topics such as environmental design and community outreach.

Her life mission is to empower communities and individuals to take positive action towards building a more sustainable future through education and community outreach. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Georgia State University and graduated from MCAD’s MA in Sustainable Design program in 2013.