Rick Theis

Rick Theis is the founder of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy, a local nonprofit whose goal is to train leaders to create public policy that is environmentally friendly and socially equitable for a healthy economy and a sustainable community. He is one of the founding leaders of Slow Food Russian River and has been a delegate to several of their national and international congresses. He is a recipient of the Models and Mentors Award (Community Foundation, Sonoma County), and the Dick Day Community Activist Award (Sonoma County Conservation Action). He was executive director of the Sonoma County Grape Growers Association for 14 years and was a founding member of United Winegrowers for Sonoma County.

He and his wife Carolyn live in Sebastopol in their home that won the Best New Construction and People's Choice Awards in the 2005 Sonoma-Marin Built it Green Home Tour. Their family foundation, the Fledgling Fund, supports conservation science as well as projects that support a sustainable and just community.
 
Kermit the Frog said, “It’s not easy being green,” but that’s my passion. The culture at SA inspires staffulty, students, and even trustees to perform way beyond our expectations. I am so grateful to be part of all the amazing things we are accomplishing.
 
 
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Santa Rosa, CA 95404 
(707) 545-1770 
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