Our Los Angeles Board of Directors is made up of dedicated, hard-working individuals committed to fulfilling the Green Wish: keeping green organizations funded to improve communities at the local level.
Raphael Sbarge, Founder
Raphael Sbarge is an actor, writer, teacher and producer but most importantly a father to two small children, who inspired him to do something, however small, to make a difference to the world they will inherit.
As an actor he began at the age of four on Sesame Street, but grew up back stage in costume shops or in rehersal rooms with parents also in the business. He has extensive Broadway, off Broadway and region theater credits, but is known for work in films like “Risky Business,” “My Science Project,” “Independence Day,” “Pearl Harbor,” over 30 in all. On television he has appeared on many, many shows including 3 seasons of “The Guardian,” TV movies such as “Billionaire Boys Club,” “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,” and “A Streetcar Named Desire,” among others.
Raphael is extremely gratified to be introducing the Green Wish™ program along with so many other extraordinary people.
Ed Begley, Jr., Environmentalist and Eco-Obsessed Actor
When it comes to taking personal responsibility for the environment, few individuals can match the record of actor and activist Ed Begley, Jr. Known for turning up at Hollywood events on his bicycle, he has served as chairman of the Environmental Media Association and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. He serves on the boards of organizations including the Thoreau Institute, the Earth Communications Office, Tree People and Friends of the Earth. His work has earned awards from numerous environmental groups including the California League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Coalition for Clean Air, Heal the Bay, and the Santa Monica Baykeeper. He starred in the hit series “Living with Ed,” a look at the day-to-day realities of “living green” with his wife Rachelle Carson. His first book, Living Like Ed, hit the streets nationally in February 2008, and the second book, Ed Begley’s Guide to Sustainable Living came out in August of 2009.
Sharon Lawrence, Environmentalist and Emmy-Award Winning Actress
You may know her from her multiple EMMY nominated and SAG Award winning portrayal of ADA Sylvia Costas Sipowitz in the ground breaking NYPD Blue or as a stay-at-home prostitute in “Desperate Housewives,” or a sociopathic serial killer on “Law and Order: SVU” or speaking out for protection of endangered polar bears for the World Wildlife Fund or beating Larry David up on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
Recently Sharon received her fourth Emmy nomination for her work on “Grey’s Anatomy” and she is currently seen on “Rizzoli & Isles” on TNT and the Sundance SPIRIT Award winning film “Middle of Nowhere.” As a seasoned stage actress, Sharon was recently nominated for an Ovation Award and won the LA Drama Critics Circle Award for her acclaimed performance as Vivian Leigh in Pasadena Playhouse’s Off Broadway hit Orson’s Shadow. Her last Broadway appearance was as Velma Kelly in Chicago. Film work includes “Lies & Alibis” with Rebecca Romjin, “Little Black Book” with Holly Hunter and “Gossip” with Kate Hudson. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Heal The Bay and was former Chair of the Women In Film Foundation.
Rachelle Carson-Begley, Environmentalist and Actress
Rachelle Carson-Begley is one of the most recognized names and faces in the environmental world of Hollywood. As the wife of uber-environmentalist, Ed Begley, Jr., Carson-Begley has opened her life up to millions of people as Co-Star of the highly successful reality series, “Living With Ed” (now showing on Discovery’s Planet Green). Each episode of the show chronicles the everyday life of what it takes for this reasonably green conscious gal to live with her over the top, all or nothing, eco-obsessed husband! She constantly ponders, “Living green?.. Easy… but living with Ed?”
Darren Moore, Eco-Lifestyle Advocate
Darren Moore, Co-Host of the Alter Eco TV show on Discovery’s Planet Green. AKA “Eco-MacGyver,” Darren’s a world traveler and resident of major regions of Europe, India, Asia and Asia Pacific where he was a student and practitioner of various health sciences and traditional lifestyles. He’s an athlete, eco-lifestyle advocate, adventurer and a professional Architectural Designer / Founder of ECOVATIONS Lifestyle Inc, Consultancy and Design/Build Company.
Hillary Danner, Eco-Advocate and Eco-Entrepreneur
Hillary Danner enjoyed 15 years as a working actress in Los Angeles. After the birth of her second child, she decided to switch gears. Moving into a home – gushing with fruit trees – she started an organic line of homegrown and homemade jellies and preserves named Jenkins Jellies.
Influenced by her eco-friendly family, Hillary simultaneously launched EcoBooma, Inc,; custom bags made from 100% recycled products and organic cotton. Soon after, Hillary opened Studio Root66, a retail space that showcases one-of-a-kind homemeade items from local artistans. A percentage of the proceeds are all donated to Hillary Danner’s beloved uncle’s foundation, The Bruce Paltrow Oral Cancer Fund and to the Environmental Media Assoc.
Erica Forrette, Marketing + Social Media
Erica Forrette has worked in the online marketing industry since 1999 and has expertise in numerous digital marketing practices, including e-mail marketing, paid search, SEO, analytics, affiliates, and display advertising. She has certifications in Conversion Optimization, Web Analytics, and Paid Search from MarketMotive.com and has worked with many companies driving successful online B2C campaigns, including MP3.com, PacSun.com, Swell.com, and Hot Topic. In her current role as Senior Manager, Digital Marketing at ShopWSS.com, she is responsible for managing and optimizing the company’s customer acquisition efforts, by creating efficiencies and driving topline sales in the most efficient way possible.
Patie Maloney, Communications Director
Patie Maloney has a long and varied background working with some of the top businesses, celebrities, charities, publications, environmentalists, fashion designers, and retailers around the world. For 17 years she has served as Vice President of both the Environmental Media Association (EMA), a 501(c)3 founded by Norman Lear and Alan Horn, and the Donahue Group, a full service public relations, marketing and media company based in Beverly Hills, California.
Patie has devoted much of her time fostering cultural and environmental awareness for a varity of groups and non-profits including the Costume Council supporting the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, BP Solar Neighbors Program, CNN Headline News weeklong Earth Day segments with 1.7 billion media impressions, Los Angeles Unified School District and LADWP on “Cool Schools,” NRDC, Sundance Film Festival “Investing in Media that Matters” Conference, World Wildlife Foundation, and more.
Jenna DeAngeles, Marketing Communications
Jenna DeAngeles; graphic artist, marketing communications specialist and tree hugger, offers her skills to GreenWish after serving on many eco-projects and community service boards in Los Angeles. Her tenures include 12 years on the Brentwood Community Council, six years appointed by Mayor Riordan as V.P. of the Mulholland Design Review Board, 12 years as President of the Bel Air Knolls Homeowner’s Association and recently elected as Co-Chair of the Land Use Committee for the Brentwood Community Council.
Jess Adkins, Ph.D., MIT
Jess Adkins received his B.S in Chemistry from Haverford College in 1990. He then worked for two years as a lab technician at UC Santa Barbara where he first experienced the world of Oceanography and Climate research. Jess graduated with a PhD from the MIT-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute joint program in Oceanography in 1998. He worked as a post-doc at Columbia University and the University of Minnesota until his arrival at Caltech in 2000. In the last ten years his group has worked to understand the history of the earth’s climate through measurements of ocean sediments and their interstitial fluids, deep-sea corals, and stalagmites from the tropics. The Adkins group also explores the mechanisms of coral skeleton formation and the trace metal content of the ocean. Jess and his wife Tami Kitchen live in Altadena with their two children.
Designer, writer and community activist, Sonja Rasula is the new face of the made-in-America movement. In 2008 Sonja started UNIQUE USA, the largest and only curated made-in-the-USA design and gift show in the country. With the goals of supporting local manufacturing, educating consumers on buying local and helping the creative community grow and thrive, the shopping event is now held in Los Angeles, San Fransisco and New York City. The company has also grown into a creative agency that produces marketing, special events, online content and more. Sonja is also the founder of CAMP, a business conference for creative entrepreneurs that is held at an actual summer camp. Before starting UNIQUE USA Sonja was a creative director and an interior designer seen on HGTV and TLC’s “Trading Spaces.”