10 Billion Strong Team
Community and Launchpad Summit Lead
Abby’s passion for environmental sustainability issues began as a simple curiosity during her undergraduate studies at University of Colorado Boulder. She didn’t know much about the environment, but was educated by her friends and her different communities throughout her studies. Most of these interests lay dormant until she was working in Vietnam for a year, observing the overwhelming amount of single use plastics and recognizing similar issues in the U.S. Returning to the U.S., Abby now works as an ICU nurse and is focused on understanding how to decrease the healthcare system’s environmental impact while maintaining standards of care and cleanliness. Abby has experience in project management, community development, international education, leadership, and healthcare. When she’s not working you’ll find her spending every free moment in the mountains- enjoying and appreciating the Rocky Mountain air!
Strategy and Partnerships Lead
Sylvia is a facilitator of, advocate for, and believer in peace leadership, with practices grounded in uplifting womxn, cultivating co-owned futures, and actualizing community-led change. She is a Co-Founder and Board Member Emerita of Sarus, a youth peacebuilding nonprofit. Sylvia holds a BA in Peace Studies from Goucher College, and an MA in Coexistence and Conflict and MBA in Social Impact from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Her commitment to and passion for sustainability came to life when she lived in Iceland and studied sustainability through community, crystallizing a foundational belief in the ever-present and ever-important interconnectedness between all living beings. Sylvia holds a deep passion for building and nurturing authentic communities that collectively transform systems and conflict with curiosity, connection, and courage. She currently works as a Program Officer at The Island Foundation and as a freelance consultant in peace leadership, strategy, and organizational alignment. Sylvia often can be found reading cookbooks, dancing, learning astrology, and cuddling her dog.
Founder and CEO
Patrick has been working at the intersection of international development and education for the last decade and finds the most inspiration when he's collaborating with emerging leaders who are trying to protect our planet. He has BA and MA degrees from American University's School of International Service in Washington, DC and has worked at a number of organizations ranging from the Peace Corps and Department of State to the International Crisis Group and the Corporate Council on Africa.
Prior to founding 10 Billion Strong, Patrick was the Director of Programs at a Stanford-founded social impact nonprofit with over 50 years of experience running experiential education programs in the U.S. and Asia. In this role he led an international team and managed programs for the Department of State, USAID, the Ford Foundation, the Luce Foundation, Stanford, Duke, and the University of California.
He's spent much of his career working in Asia, but has also studied or worked in Africa, Europe, and South America. Patrick is based in Northern California where he lives with his family and tries to garden, surf, bike, and hike as much as possible.
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