Executive Director and Founder
Judi Shils has spent the last 12 years of her life spearheading grassroots community projects. The dearth of answers around Marin County’s high cancer rates led Shils to found the non-profit Search for the Cause, now Teens Turning Green, a global student-led movement around education and advocacy that mobilizes and inspires students to transition from conventional to conscious living. Recently, she was the force behind The Conscious Kitchen, launching a new pilot program in a public elementary school to serve fresh, local, organic, seasonal, non-GMO, scratch-cooked breakfast and lunch to students and faculty on a campus where 95% of kids are on free-and-reduced programs. Moving to the Bay Area in 1989 and becoming a mother to daughter Erin changed the course of Judi’s life. Prior to this, she was an Emmy Award-winning television producer for 25 years with ABC Sports, FOX and Oxygen, founded The Diary Project forum for youth at the onset of the internet, and ran a successful student art show, Celebrate Arts. Judi also consults for the California Coastal Commission around public education and serves on the board of the Non-GMO Project.
Coordinator, Project Green Challenge
Program Director, The Conscious Kitchen
JJ is an east coast native who grew up just outside Washington DC and relocated to the Bay Area in 2011. He is a vegetarian who loves to get outside biking, climbing, sailing, or traveling to explore new places. While earning a BA in Geology from Lafayette College, he spent six months abroad in New Zealand and became hooked on the outdoors and doing what he can to make sure that we can enjoy it forever. He is passionate about food justice and sustainable education, and is excited to bring The Conscious Kitchen project to as many students as possible.
Chief Logistical Coordinator
Marti has volunteered and worked at Teens Turning Green since the beginning, five years ago. She is married with two boys, Jason (21) and Seth (19). Marti is an instructor and has owned her own training company (Workshops that Work) for 32 years. She works with clients in all levels of the public sector, both throughout the United States and overseas. Marti helps employees be better at their jobs through communication, presenting, meetings, interviewing, and other professional skills classes. Marti was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999 and spent eight months in treatment – and celebrates 13 years cancer free!
Program Coordinator / Office Manager
Sue has worked with Teens Turning Green for 4 years and has helped bring all of our key programs to life. Prior to TTG, Sue worked as a Project Manager and Studio Manager in the graphic design industry and co-founded two video production companies after earning her degree in Broadcast Communications Arts.
Co-Founder and Spokeswoman
Erin Schrode is a young ecoRenaissance woman. As the “face of the new green generation,” the co-founder / spokeswoman of TTG promotes global sustainability, youth leadership, environmental education, and conscious lifestyle choices. After working in disaster response in Haiti, she founded and launched The Schoolbag, a youth education project to provide materials for students, as well as initiate active citizenry and environmental stewardship.