Jacque Salomon is a Taino Woman from the island of Boriken (aka Puerto Rico) born and raised in New York City. She is a Human Rights advocate and Native American activist whose mission in life is to decolonize minds and re-indigenize the body and spirit through whole foods, plant-based nutrition. Through the non-profit Seeds to Inspire 501(c)(3) she co-founded, Jacque supports underrepresented, underserved, under-financed, and marginalized communities in the Phoenix metro area of AZ as well as surrounding reservations. She is devoted to restoring the health and well-being of individuals through radical self-care and self-love with an emphasis on revitalizing the health and creativity of our BIPOC Sistren. Jacque’s purpose in life is to help facilitate collective trauma healing, raise indigenous consciousness, and restore balance and homeostasis on the planet through the Divine Feminine.
Jacque has had a profound healing journey that has resulted in shedding a remarkable 164 lbs. Through a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle, meditation, yoga, and psycho-spiritual remediation, she not only arrested chronic diseases but reversed Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), and a Somatic Disorder called Psychogenetic Non-Epileptic Seizures (PNES). Jacque has witnessed remarkable healing in her family as well. Realizing the profound power we have over our own health as well as the sovereignty she regained over her own body and well-being, she is determined to bring her story and support to communities most vulnerable to Covid-19 and climate destabilization.
Jessica Smothermon is Director of Operations with Cleantech Open. She also is the Senior Advisor of Human Capital Management for the smallMatters Institute. Jessica served as the Governor's Liaison for two Arizona governors to the US Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. She directed Arizona's 2010 census campaign, staffed the Arizona Data Estimates and Projections Taskforce, and oversaw the development of the state's population estimates, forecasts, and labor statistics. With Apollo Education Group she worked as Director of Strategic Partnerships in External Affairs working with nonprofits in STEM. She previously served on Cleantech Open's Board of Director's. Jessica has a BS from New York University Stern School of Business in both Economics and International Business. Her master's degree is in industrial/organizational psychology.
Jessica released her first cookbook, Plant-Based Kitchen Adventures in 2014. Another one is in the works!