"Champion of the Underdog"
- Gale Hammons, high school English teacher
Social entrepreneur, thought leader, curious creative, matchmaker and behavior change enthusiast. Nick has lived the last 14 years producing, directing, managing and supporting philanthropic campaigns that fuel urban renewal, human engagement, entrepreneurial business innovation and sustainable development. He is a creative who lives to inspire designers, developers, architects, artists and humans to transform our cities into thriving, socially connected communities.
Nick holds designations as a LEED Accredited Professional, Living Future Accredited Professional and a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor. He is a Community Engagement Fellow for Western Washington University and a Green Infrastructure Expert Advisor for Portland State University Urban Sustainability Accelerator Program.
As a freelance commercial and editorial photographer, Brandon Sawaya is one of the most sought after photographers by Pacific Northwest creatives. He enjoys collaborating with talented and fascinating people, and photographing what brings us to that space of creativity and commerce.
Through his work, he encourages others to experience the world available to them, and in doing so, to know themselves and their environment a little better.
More on Brandon at brandonsawaya.com
Brenda Phillips films and photographs projects around the world, telling stories about people and their dreams of creating a better life for themselves, their children and communities.
Along with a profound desire to learn about people and cultures, Bren believes that powerful images can evoke emotions that motivate people to action and create real change in our world.
More on Bren at brendaphillips.photography
Ben Z Cooper is COO & Partner of Hfour, a design studio that specializes in projection mapping, brand marketing, and technology-driven art. Ben is also an award-winning cinematographer, an active and engaging artist, and a passionate community builder.
More on Ben at hfour.ca