Speakers 2022

Adult Speakers


Anna Boser (’12), PhD Candidate at UC Santa Barbara, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management

TEDTalk: How to save the Earth from Space

anna boserAnna comes from a background in statistics and public health, and is broadly interested in using quantitative methods to understand ecosystem services that humans rely on for health and wellbeing. Her previous work has focused on air quality in California, including evaluations of the health effects of prescribed burning and estimations of ground level particulate matter using remote sensing. However, she has also worked on the socio-economic dynamics of HIV in French Guiana, and women’s empowerment in Niger.

 

Desi Mundo, Artist & Founder of the Community Rejuvenation Project (CRP)

TEDTalk: It Started with a Signature

foakes©_AAB7709Desi Mundo is the founder of the Community Rejuvenation Project (CRP). Under his leadership, CRP has produced more than 250 murals in the Bay Area, Chicago, Albuquerque, and Bologna, Italy. As an artist, he has collaborated with influential aerosol artists ZORE, P.H.A.S.E.2, VULCAN, and RAVEN. Desi also has a long history of community organizing and public art advocacy. He received the Rising Leaders Fellowship from the Youth Leadership Institute in 2005 and has been awarded the Individual Artist grant from the City of Oakland eight times. He has worked with numerous non-profit and community organizations such as United Roots and Phat Beetz and is a member of the Technical Advisory Council for Urban Tilth’s North Richmond Farm and the Advisory Council for the Youth Media Project. For his activism, volunteerism, and artistic contributions, Desi is also a recipient of the Best of the Bay award from East Bay Express.

 

Laura Spiekerman (’00), Cofounder and CRO at Alloy

TEDTalk: What Now for Women in Leadership

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Laura Spiekerman is a cofounder and CRO at Alloy. Alloy’s API enables financial services companies to better manage their digital onboarding and identity requirements, increasing conversion and reducing fraud for banks and fintechs alike. Alloy works with both fintech companies and banks, including Marqeta, Petal, Brex, Radius Bank and others. Prior to Alloy, Laura lead Business Development & Partnerships at an ACH payments startup and was on the Research & Investment team at Imprint Capital Advisors (acquired by Goldman Sachs). Laura is a proud Barnard College alumna and lives in Oakland, California.

 

Student Speakers


8th Grade
Benjamin Blair — How Car Oil Impacts Ocean’s Marine Life
Juniper Hedlund & Alexandra Jameson — The World of Representation
Joshua Kaminsky — Coping with OCD
Madeleine Kelly — The Rise of K-Pop
Constance Lebofsky — Breathing to Not Choke

7th Grade
Noah Bennett — Supporting LGBTQ+ Students
Camille Bruckert — Troubled Media
Elias Ghozael — For the Love of Books
Valentin Robert — Preparing for the Next Pandemic