Amira Diamond is the Co-Director of Women’s Earth Alliance, where over the past 4 years, she has designed innovative development and communication strategies, including the Weaving the Worlds Initiative, a multimedia-based education platform using storytelling, music and culture to connect grassroots initiatives with a broad audience. Her work in women and development and experience as a community organizer have carried Amira all over the world, from Kingston, Jamaica to Capital Hill and informs her leadership today. A violinist and vocalist since childhood, she is also the founder and Director of the Social Prophet Choir, a 75+ person group of artists, green business owners and NGO organizers. Prior to WEA, Amira worked as West Coast Director of Democracy Matters and currently serves on the Board of Directors. She also worked as Associate Director of Circle of Life. Amira was recently named to the the Forbes Executive Women's Board. She graduated from Colgate University with a degree in Women's Studies and is also a certified Holistic Health Counselor.
Before founding Women's Earth Alliance, Melinda Kramer worked around the world with organizations pursuing environmental justice, sustainable local economies and indigenous rights. She lived in East Africa working with CARE Kenya on sustainable agriculture and health projects and later worked throughout the North Pacific Rim, nurturing the emergence of grassroots environmental movements in China, the Russian Far East, and Alaska with international organization, Pacific Environment. Melinda led Pacific Environment’s China and Marine programs, conducting trainings in media, organizational development, and campaign strategy for grassroots NGOs. Melinda also worked on sustainable fisheries issues in Alaska and the Russian Far East, facilitating the International Bering Sea Forum, a long-term collaborative initiative that involved Russian and Alaskan scientists, policy makers, fisherman, NGOs, and indigenous leaders. At the Natural Capital Institute, Melinda managed Communications and was a key contributor to the web-based communication tool, WiserEarth.org. Melinda has degrees from Washington University and University of Nairobi. She is a trained facilitator and speaks Swahili, Spanish, and some Mandarin.