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Suzy Amis Cameron
Suzy Amis Cameron is the Executive Director and a Founder of Food Choice Taskforce. A noted environmental advocate, educator and mother of five, Suzy is committed to sustainability in all aspects of our lives, with a particular focus on reducing our ecological footprint through plant-based eating. She founded Food Choice Taskforce, with her husband James Cameron, with a mission to promote awareness of the impact of animal agriculture on climate change and the environment. Nine years ago, she founded MUSE School CA to “Prepare Young People to Live Consciously with Themselves, One Another and the Planet.” In 2015, MUSE became the first school in the country with a plant-based lunch program. She is also a founder of Cameron Family Farms and Food Forest Organics, a people’s marketplace and cafe to taste, learn about and purchase plant-based food in New Zealand, and Red Carpet Green Dress, showcasing socially and environmentally responsible fashions. Suzy has produced documentaries and serves on several nonprofit boards. As an actor she was featured in more than 25 films, including The Usual Suspects and Titanic.
James Cameron is an acclaimed film-maker and explorer. As director, writer and producer he is responsible for some of the most memorable films of the past three decades: THE TERMINATOR, ALIENS, THE ABYSS, TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY, TRUE LIES, TITANIC, and AVATAR.
AVATAR currently holds both the domestic and worldwide box office records having grossed over $2.7 billion at the global box office, beating the previous record holder, Cameron’s own film TITANIC, which held that record for 12 years. They remain the only two movies to gross more than 2 billion worldwide. Cameron's films have also earned numerous nominations and awards, most notably TITANIC's 14 Academy Award nominations (a record) and 11 Oscars (the most any movie has received), including Cameron's own 3 Oscars for Best Picture, Best Direction and Best Editing. AVATAR won the Golden Globe for Best Director and Best Picture. It was nominated for 9 Academy Awards and won 3.
During the last 15 years, Cameron developed cutting edge 3D camera systems for movies and documentaries, as well as for broadcast sports and special events. He was at the vanguard of the 3D renaissance that has transformed the movie industry in recent years. He also developed unprecedented deep ocean exploration vehicles, lighting and 3D camera equipment. Most recently, Cameron led his eighth deep ocean expedition to some of the deepest trenches in the world. On March 26, 2012, he set the world’s solo deep diving record of 35,787’ in the Challenger Deep in a vehicle of his own design.
Cameron is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, and recipient of their most prestigious award, the Hubbard Medal, as well as the Explorer’s Club medal for Explorer of the Year.
Cameron is also passionately involved in sustainability issues, having founded the Avatar Alliance Foundation to take action on climate change, energy policy, deforestation, indigenous rights, ocean conservation and sustainable agriculture. He has campaigned for indigenous peoples in their struggle against encroaching industrialization in Brazil and Canada. His production company, Lightstorm Entertainment, installed a 1-megawatt solar array on the roofs of their soundstages at Manhattan Beach Studios, to offset the power used during the production of the Avatar sequels. Cameron also designed the Sunflower, a sculptural solar array that tracks the sun. In 2015, five of them were installed at MUSE – the progressive green-school founded by his wife, Suzy Amis Cameron. The Sunflowers provide 90% of the school’s power. James and Suzy Amis Cameron also founded the Food Choice Taskforce to promote awareness of the impact of animal agriculture on the environment. At Cameron’s farms in Canada and New Zealand he is developing new methods for organic, ecological farming, including planting one of the largest permaculture “food forests” in the world.
He is currently in preproduction for Avatar 2, 3, and 4.
Craig McCaw is Chairman and CEO of Eagle River Inc., a private investment firm focused on strategic investments in the communications industry. Mr. McCaw is an experienced telecommunications entrepreneur, who has started and built many successful companies over the past 30 years in the cable, cellular telephone, wireless broadband, and satellite industries. Mr. McCaw served as Chairman and CEO of McCaw Cellular Communications, which he built into the nation's leading provider of cellular services, until the company was sold to AT&T Corporation in 1996. Following the sale of McCaw Cellular, Mr. McCaw restructured Nextel Communications and co-founded Nextel Partners and other communication companies in the US and abroad. In 2003, Mr. McCaw co-founded and served as Chairman and CEO of Clearwire Corporation, a wireless broadband company.
Mr. McCaw is President of the Craig & Susan McCaw Foundation, which supports educational, environmental, and international economic development projects. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Nature Conservancy.
Throughout his career, Mr. McCaw has served on a number of corporate and philanthropic boards including Conservation International, National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, the Academy of Achievement, Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, The Nature Conservancy and Friends of The Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Karen Bouris is the Associate Director of the Food Choice Taskforce. A former publisher, editor-in-chief, documentary producer, curator and non-profit executive director, Karen’s work has always focused on the environment, social justice and the arts. Using media as a tool for movement building, she has designed national campaigns with groups such as Moveon.org, Blue Frontier and the National Council of Women’s Organizations. She has also launched hundreds of book campaigns, including a dozen New York Times bestsellers at HarperCollins and other independent publishers. She was the Founding Executive Director of The Merwin Conservancy, where she established an environmental and arts sanctuary, created a supporting endowment and produced an award-winning PBS documentary on W.S. Merwin. She has also provided content and strategy for PeopleSoft, Cisco, Women.com, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, TEDxMaui and Spirituality & Health magazine, among others. Karen is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.
Research and Communications Associate
As Research Director for the Food Choice Taskforce, Sam is responsible for building and managing Food Choice Taskforce's knowledge base and harnesses this to guide strategies and develop resources. His task is to find the most effective ways to communicate the powerful potential of large-scale dietary shifts to address critical environmental problems.
Samuel holds an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford and also holds a BSc in Environmental Geosciences with first class honors, and a CoHE in Civil Engineering with distinction, both from the University of Bristol. Previously he has worked as a researcher on environmental behavior, climate change negotiations and on climate change adaptation.
Samuel is passionate about harnessing the power of data and ideas to change the world, and is driven by the question: how should we eat if humans plan to live good lives on earth for another 10,000 years?
As a research consultant, Jedamiah focuses on investigating and disseminating pertinent science relating to how diets affect human health, food security and the environment. Jedamiah also works on creating strategic partnerships with academics, scientists, policymakers, philanthropists and the general public.
In addition to his role as a research consultant, Jedamiah acts as an advisor to Resilience Center Global, a consulting firm focused on climate adaptation and mitigation. Jedamiah holds a Master’s of Science in Climate Science and Policy from the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Environmental and Urban Studies from Bard College.
Vanessa is the Associate Director of the Avatar Alliance Foundation, which addresses climate change, energy policy, deforestation, indigenous rights, ocean conservation and sustainable agriculture. A former policy analyst for the United Nations, Vanessa focuses on strategy, policy and global partnerships to support the Foundation’s goals. In addition to this work, Vanessa has played advisory, social advocacy and production roles as part of other James Cameron initiatives, including the Emmy-winning Years of Living Dangerously, the noted series on climate battlegrounds and the National Geographic DEEPSEA CHALLENGE expedition and documentary. She holds an MA from Johns Hopkins SAIS and a BA from Harvard University.