Keynote speaker Nigel Savage is the President & CEO of Hazon, the largest faith-based environmental organization in the US. “The Jewish Lab for Sustainability,” Hazon mines Jewish tradition to respond to the global climate crisis. Following Savage’s address, a panel featuring our new Jewish Seattle City Councilmembers Tammy Morales and Dan Strauss, and Indigenous rights activist Matt Remle (Lakota), will discuss local climate solutions, including the Seattle Green New Deal. Cities generate 70% of the world’s carbon, so Seattle has the potential to lead on policies that could solve the bulk of our climate problem. Join us for an evening of learning, advocacy and action!
Nigel Savage founded Hazon, the Jewish lab for sustainability, in 2000. Today, Hazon has a wide range of programs, all focused on turning Jewish life outwards to create a more sustainable world for all – and strengthening Jewish life in the process in vital and innovative ways. Hazon is one of only two groups to have been recognized in every single Slingshot guide, and as been recognized by the Sierra Club as one of 50 leading faith-based environmental organizations. In 2015 Nigel was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has twice been named a member of the Forward 50, the annual list of the 50 most influential Jewish people in the United States. He has an MA in History from Georgetown, and has learned at Pardes, Yakar, and the Hebrew University. He was a founder of Limmud NY, and serves on the board of Romemu. He is believed to be the first English Jew to have cycled across South Dakota on a recumbent bike.
Councilmember Tammy J. Morales was elected to the Seattle City Council in 2019. As an experienced community organizer and advocate, Morales worked for the Rainier Beach Action Coalition and served as a Seattle Human Rights Commissioner. Morales is trained as a community and regional planner, and has spent her career working with frontline communities on local issues including food security, displacement in low-income neighborhoods and community-centered development. Morales previously served as a Legislative Director for a state representative in Texas, as a city budget analyst in New York, and ran a successful consulting firm on food access research and programming, with clients such as the City of Seattle and King County. Raised by a single mother who always worked two jobs, Morales is a champion for families who struggle to find affordable housing and childcare. Morales has been a Seattle resident for nearly 20 years. She is a mom with three kids - two in the Seattle Public School system and one a proud Viking at Portland State. Morales and her family call the Lakewood neighborhood home.
Councilmember Dan Strauss has been helping to build up community his whole life. Beginning in his first ever job as a paperboy for the Ballard News Tribune, Strauss has focused his career in public service. Most recently, Strauss served as a senior policy advisor for former Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, and as a legislative assistant to Senator David Frockt. In Olympia as a legislative aide, Strauss spearheaded the first version of Washington’s Extreme Risk Protection Order, a law designed to temporarily restrict access to firearms from people who demonstrate a threat to themselves or others. When the legislature failed to pass responsible gun legislation, he went to work for the Alliance for Gun Responsibility on the Extreme Risk Protection Orders Initiative (I-1491), which he helped get passed in 2016 with over 70 percent of the vote. Strauss has volunteered for the Northwest Youth Corps, King County Search and Rescue, and the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, and on several service missions in and out of state. Strauss graduated from Whittier College with a degree in Political Science and earned a Master of Public Administration degree and Certificate of Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon. As the son of two social workers, Strauss was born and raised in Ballard, where he grew up with a strong sense of community.
Matt Remle (Lakota) lives in Duwamish Territory - Seattle, WA with his family. He is the editor and writer for Last Real Indians and works for the Office of Native Education for the Marysville School District. Matt is the author of Seattle’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day resolution, Seattle’s resolution calling on Congress to engage in reconciliation with Tribes over the Boarding School Era policies, Seattle's resolution to oppose the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline and Seattle's ordinance to divest from Wells Fargo. He's currently serving on the City of Seattle's stakeholders committee to establish a public bank and serves on Seattle's Green New Deal Steering Committee. He is the co-founder of the group Mazaska Talks which focuses on global divestment from banks and corporations that negatively impact social welfare and the environment. In 2014, Remle was awarded Seattle’s Individual Human Rights Leader award. In 2017, he was awarded the National Indian Education Association's Educator of the Year, The Billy Frank Jr. Natural Resource Protection Award and was named one of Seattle's Most Influential People.