Panel Moderator - Emilly Prado Freelance Media Journalist
Emilly Giselle Prado is an award-winning multimedia journalist currently living in Portland, Oregon. A Chicana native of the San Francisco Bay Area, she has been writing and photographing since she was a child though studied education, social work, and library sciences after high school. Using an intersectional feminist framework, her work typically focuses on stories of marginalized communities in a wide range of topics including culture, music, social justice, and more. Her writing has appeared in nearly two dozen publications such as NPR, The Oregonian, Marie Claire, Bitch Media, the Portland Mercury, Feministing, Remezcla, and Travel Oregon amongst others. Her photographs have been published in Bitch Media, The Oregonian, Eater PDX, On She Goes, the Portland Mercury, and BESE.
Mayor Ted Wheeler
A sixth-generation Oregonian, Ted was born in Portland and graduated from Lincoln High School. Ted earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from Stanford University, an MBA from Columbia University and a Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Ted is a longtime community volunteer leader and has devoted energy to diverse organizations including Neighborhood House, Portland Mountain Rescue and the Oregon Sports Authority. He is an Eagle Scout He has served as Oregon State Treasurer and has been mayor of Portland since 2017.
Palani Bearghost, founder No End of Clothing Designs
Palani Bearghost is a Member of The Three Affiliated Tribes Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara and also Northern Cheyenne, Ogalala Sioux, & Dine. Palani has an education in Business Management and marketing. Palani also has a background in Botany, Science, & Fashion. Palani is the CEO and Founder of NEO Designs, an androgynous clothing line that is inspired by her Indigenous roots and is a collective collaboration working with artists to keep our stories alive through wearable art & expression.
Jamaal Hale, founder Good Green
A graduate of the Art Institute of Portland, Jamaal Hale is a multidisciplinary artist whose work is inspired by bold colors, classic typography and Hip Hop culture. In 2013 he founded Good Green, a creative studio that crafts identities utilizing graphic design and custom print and promotional techniques tailored to each situation.
Chris Tjersland, New Seasons Director of Brand Development
As Director of Brand Development, Chris oversees the Local Finds and GreenWheels programs that support and mentor small regional food producers, and bring their products to life at New Seasons. His responsibilities also include development and branding of the companies Partner Brand, a line of locally produced, seed-to-shelf products sold at both New Seasons and New Leaf Markets. Chris has over 30 years of experience in the consumer packaged goods industry including procurement, business planning, sales, marketing and product development.