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Larry Greene
co-Founder | strategic director

Larry Greene is founder and CEO of Navigating Our Future (NOF), a 501 ©(3) non-profit organization committed to building healthy communities through respectful dialogue, deliberation, consensus-building and effective action. He is also co-founder of San Juan Islands Community Network (SJICN), an NOF subsidiary that is a community-driven solutions journalism network dedicated to the goal of establishing a self-sufficient, healthy and resilient San Juan Islands community. Larry was previously founder, CEO and President of Network Direct, Inc., a mass media direct marketing company, until he sold it in 2005 to exclusively focus on his social mission work. A long-time islander (36 years), Larry was a co-founding member of Spring Street International School, serving on the Board of Directors, as well as a co-founder of the Institute for Village Studies. He shares his love and passion for the islands with his wife, Jill, and Goldendoodle, Shanti.

David Geist
production | visual procurement

David Geist moved to Friday Harbor 38 years ago to work for the Whale Museum and research Dall’s porpoise. He was drawn to the island not only for the remarkable wildlife and natural beauty, but also for the appeal of becoming part of a small and tight-knit community. Since then, he has worked at Westcott Bay Sea farm as a hatchery technician, owned a fine dining restaurant in Friday Harbor (Café Bissett), trucked in organic vegetables and wine to local businesses, and managed Front St. Cafe (now the Blue Water Grill). Other gigs throughout David’s nearly four decades in the islands include landscaping, making jewelry, guiding, real estate, architectural photography, and tile and stone contracting (which he’s been doing for the last 25 years). David also has a second life managing vacation rentals in Sayulita, Mexico, where he is the co-founder of Sayulita Recycling and helped establish a Civil Protection station.

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Zach Milkis
copy editor | story consultant

Zach Milkis is a writer, editor and multimedia storyteller who spent his formative years escapading through the madronas and obsessively observing orcas on the west side of San Juan Island. A graduate of Spring Street International School, Zach embraced the gifts of an experiential education built around global travel—but always loved returning home to the islands to reconnect, reflect and rejuvenate. Zach is currently based in Seattle where he works in content marketing, though he relishes every chance he gets to escape back to the breezy and brilliant west side of SJI where he still feels at home.

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