Who We Are
San Francisco Green Drinks (SFGD) is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization that actively promotes green networking, education and volunteer events in the San Francisco Bay Area. SFGD’s mission is to be the eco-conscious hub, both on and offline, for local individuals, organizations, and businesses that aim to strengthen and support the local environmental and green community.
What We Do
On the first Tuesday of every month San Francisco Green Drinks holds a large social networking event for several hundred green professionals at Southside Spirit House, a thriving lounge in SOMA. A broad range of community partners, businesses and non-profits contribute to the event, enriching our community with their knowledge, opportunities and ongoing services. SFGD also utilizes and promotes online resources, such as a community event calendar and volunteer network, that strive to bring together sustainable thinkers with those looking to participate and take action.
San Francisco Green Drinks was founded in 2003 with the simple desire to provide a networking opportunity for environmental professionals. From entry-level job seekers to upper-level professionals, a diverse mixture of intelligent locals became the core attendees of SFGD. Average attendance has grown dramatically from 20 people in the early years to well over 300; we are now one of the largest monthly gatherings of green professionals in the country. This naturally evolving social phenomenon demonstrates the thirst for connection, knowledge, and opportunity that exists across the Green Drinks network.
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Kailani Joy – Communications & Event Advisor (2010 – present)
Kailani envisions a world of sustainable businesses, all working cohesively to bring forth a healthier, global community; a world of dedicated like-minds, collaborating to solve global challenges. Through her company, Inspirit Design™, Kailani provides effective marketing solutions and business processes to socially and environmentally responsible organizations. She enjoys seeing changes in daily interactions while being a part of inspiring the global shift. She strives to live with gratitude for each day as it comes and most importantly . . . to smile.
Nancy Li – Sponsorship Manager (2013 – present)
Nancy moved to San Francisco in mid-2012 after finishing her graduate degree in International Environmental Policy at UCSD. Prior to Green Drinks, Nancy founded the CleanTech Initiative, a graduate student organization dedicated to clean technology transfer from US to China, and worked with the Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy to create an international platform for stakeholders in the clean tech industry. In San Francisco, Nancy continues her professional pursuit in clean technology and sustainability, and appreciates the opportunity to be part of the Green Drink community.
Danielle Lauber – Volunteer Coordinator (2013 – present)
Danielle is passionate about by the opportunity to empower like-minded sustainability professionals through the Green Drink community. She has gained professional experience working for both non-profit and private organizations working in forest carbon sequestration, the voluntary carbon market, residential energy auditing and the broader energy efficiency field. Danielle takes every chance she gets to appreciate the local Bay Area environment through biking and trail running.
Bryan Ting – Operations Manager (2010 – present)
Bryan joined Green Drinks as an SFGD Officer after helping out with the annual Green Generations benefit event. He has experience in marketing and community building and has worked on message-based events ranging from small dozen person seminars to multi-thousand person festivals.
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Robin Park – Founder & President (2003 – 2008, 2011)
Robin Park is the founder of San Francisco Green Drinks. Robin was a Senior Project Manager for Horizon Wind Energy and oversaw the development of Horizon’s solar projects in the U.S. Prior to joining Horizon, Robin was an Associate Director at the Trust for Public Land, a land conservation organization, in their Sierra Nevada Program. Robin holds a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in Earth and Environmental Science from Wesleyan University.
- Aaron Gavic – President (2009 – 2010, 2012)
Aaron is a world traveler, IT consultant and avid outdoorsman. He grew up in the Northwoods of Wisconsin and has an electrical engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Inspired by his travels across six continents, he has become a compassionate environmentalist and strong supporter of sustainability both here and abroad. Aaron is motivated by the amazing work done within our growing green community and hopes to support their efforts by making Green Drinks the best networking, education and volunteer resource in the Bay Area.
- – - Missi Hirt – Event Coordinator (2008 – 2010, 2012)
Missi (Melissa) Hirt is a San Francisco native who grew up in a green and politically active family. After studying and traveling abroad, Missi earned her Master’s degree in Research Psychology. She works in pediatric neuroimaging and clinical research at Stanford Medical Center. She also enjoys being a docent for the Audubon Wetlands Discovery Program and volunteering for Science is Elementary. She is passionate about environmental networking and eco-education which inspired her to found SFGD’s Green Generations in 2009.