Staff & Leadership
Foresight Prep at Oberlin is a collaboration between Oberlin College and Foresight Design Initiative. Mutual commitments to experiential learning, diversity, sustainability, etc. Established leaders and innovators in social change-oriented education.
Program Designers and Collaborators
Foresight Prep is a project of the nonprofit Foresight Design Initiative, developed in collaboration with Oberlin College. Foresight and Oberlin are dedicated to helping build the capacity of future leaders to address global, complex challenges. Mutual commitments to sustainability principles, diversity, and holistic, experiential education sparked the collaboration that is Foresight Prep @ Oberlin.
The College has collaborated with Foresight on multiple fronts including: Hosting the program, providing access to the campus and community's innovative sustainability initiatives, offering support and feedback on the curriculum development process, and helping review Seminar applications. Oberlin Admissions staff have also made themselves available to Seminar participants who have questions about Oberlin, or the college application process more broadly.
Oberlin College is a four-year, highly selective liberal arts college and conservatory of music. Founded in 1833 by a Presbyterian minister and a missionary, it was the first college to grant bachelor's degrees to women in a coeducational environment and, historically, was a leader in the education of African Americans. The Oberlin community is known for its exemplary academic and musical pedagogy and its commitment to social justice, sustainability, and creative entrepreneurship.
Oberlin’s legacy of inclusion and respect for diversity sets the tone for campus life today. The presence of a top liberal arts college and a world-class conservatory of music on a single campus is rare and enriching. Students live, dine, play, and study together in a community of intense learning and discovery. Members of the Oberlin community revel in their differences as much as they value the sense that they are all in this together. The Oberlin community shares a commitment to pushing the boundaries of their determination, intellect, and creativity.
Together, the campus and community create a place of urban sensibility reflecting the music, art, and cultural richness of the world. Oberlin's size, residential character, variety, and selectivity provide an atmosphere that is conducive to intellectual and personal growth.
Foresight Design Initiative is a multidisciplinary innovation studio. We work with diverse partners to understand sustainability challenges and identify holistic, resilient solutions. We are committed to training the next generation of leaders.
The Foresight Design Initiative possesses over a decade of experience pursuing a range of sustainability-focused innovation projects and, concurrently, producing unique and compelling education experiences. Participant evaluations have consistently given the organization's programs top marks, validating its three-pronged approach that includes an emphasis on a triple bottom line (social, environmental, economic) perspective, reliance upon teacher-practitioners, and incorporation of experiential learning opportunities. Foresight program alumni have subsequently assumed influential positions in a diversity of sectors.
Learn more at the Foresight Design Initiative website.
The program is led by experienced Foresight Design Initiative staff, supported by trained undergraduate teaching assistants, and emphasizes learning from teachers who are also practitioners in "real world" fields. Collectively, Foresight Prep faculty/staff possess more than fifty years of professional experience in sustainability-related pursuits, including policy, business, design, innovation, scientific research, youth development, philanthropy, and community organizing. Residential/teaching assistants benefit from a rigorous, preparatory winter internship with Foresight, and bring their Oberlin coursework to bear on their facilitation.
Guest speakers are drawn from the Foresight Prep Steering Committee, Oberlin faculty and staff, and Foresight's extensive network of sustainability and social justice leaders in Northeast Ohio and nationally.
Lead Instructor (Arts, Communications)
Peter Nicholson leads a multifaceted career focused on innovating greater social, environmental and economic sustainability. He has consulted on and undertaken a diverse range of projects for clients, including municipal government agencies, institutional nonprofits, and small businesses, and large corporations. Dedicated to empowering the next generation of sustainability-minded leaders, Peter has also led sustainability-focused education programs for high school and college students to corporate executives since 2003. He established the nonprofit Foresight Design Initiative in 2002, for which he serves as the Executive Director. In 2012, he formed Foresight Bright, LLC, an innovation consulting practice forcused on private sector clients. Prior to this, he held a variety of positions in the private and nonprofit sectors. In each, he has consistently pursued innovative growth and effective innovation. Peter began his graduate study of Sustainability and Design at the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and holds a bachelors degree from Oberlin College
Lead Instructor (Movements)
Tim Jones-Yelvington possesses a range of facilitation, research, communications and program development and assessment skills. He worked for five years as program staff at Crossroads Fund, a public foundation supporting grassroots community organizing and social justice activists groups in the Chicago area, including a number of youth-led campaigns. His position included managing a portfolio of grantees and helping to coordinate a community-led grantmaking process. He worked closely with the staff and leaders of small, new and emerging organizations to navigate their organizational growth, and contributed to fundraising and communications efforts. He recently completed a Masters of Education in Youth Development at University of Illinois at Chicago. His culminating field experience took place in the After School and Expanded Learning Team at American Institutes for Research, the nation's largest social science research and evaluation organization, where he acquired a wealth of resources for promoting youth program quality.
Jenny Goldsmith is experienced in youth programing and mentoring, as well as consulting and research focused on complex sustainability challenges. She is specifically passionate about water & energy access, and believes in the necessity of moving from single (profit) to triple (environment, profit, social equity) bottom-line thinking to address sustainability & resiliency challenges. Jenny has been involved with developing and implementing Foresight Prep @ Oberlin College since the program's launch in 2014. She received her B.A. in Economics with a focus on Environmental Economics from Oberlin College in 2015.
Lead Instructor (Cities)
Lyndon Valicenti brings over 10 years of experience in scientific study, policy analysis, and planning around sustainable ecological and urban systems. She has conducted scientific research on vulnerable ecosystems in the Arctic and Antarctic; contributed to debates on international climate change policy; developed and implemented engagement programs to support city-scale climate action; and has informed ecological thinking in urban planning across China and the Middle East. Lyndon has a solid record of leading thoughtful, science-based planning, policy making, and research, as well as convening coalitions to advance strategic agendas to protect our most essential resources. Lyndon is Adjunct Faculty of Sustainability Leadership and Change Management at University of Chicago’s Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. She holds a Masters in Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and a Bachelors of Science in Aquatic Ecology from University of California, Santa Barbara. She also holds a certificate in Sustainable Urban and Environmental Design from Archeworks.
Lead Instructor (Food)
Andrew DeCoriolis is the Director of Special Programs at Farm Forward, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending factory farming. Farm Forward's work focuses on consumer education, and on building and supporting alternative methods of animal agriculture. Prior to joining Farm Forward, Andrew was part of the executive leadership team at Lucid Design Group, a leading software company that empowers civic, commercial, and educational customers to track and reduce their energy consumption. While at Lucid, he started what has become the nation's largest energy-reduction competition. Andrew’s work has engaged more than half a million program participants, led to millions of kilowatt-hours saved, and has been covered in leading periodicals including The Wall Street Journal and GreenTechMedia.
Resident / Teaching Assistants (RATAs)
The RATAs (pronounced rah-tahs) are current Oberlin College students who mentor Seminar participants as teaching/residential assistants.
2017's RATAs will be selected shortly. Below, view bios of some of the inspiring individuals who have filled this role in the past!
Max Herzog graduated from Oberlin College in 2016, double majoring in Politics and Environmental Studies. This is Max's third summer with Foresight Prep; prior to this, he accumulated extensive scientific research experience at Washington University in St. Louis (where he hails from), but has focused more on political, philosophical, and literary theory in his college coursework. His academic goals include personal philosophical development and preparation for a meaningful and impactful career in sustainability. His extracurricular interests can be generally described as music, music, music, and exercising (sort of). He also enjoys camping, skiing, and SCUBA. At Oberlin he participates in both Men's Ultimate Frisbee (go horsecows!!) and WOBC, the college radio station.
Skyler Davis is a rising junior at Oberlin College double majoring in Environmental Studies and Economics. Her career goals include corporate social responsibility, and helping companies and communities to become more sustainable. Her academic interests include researching the impact of global economies on different communities' environmental issues, as well as environmental policy and justice. Skyler enjoys playing on the Women's Ultimate Preying Mantis team, Slam Poetry, analyzing lyrics of music, and collecting records on records on records.
Rachel Young is well versed in the fields of education and Japanese language, art, and culture. During her time as a student at Oberlin College (’15) where she received her BA in East Asian studies, Rachel focused on cinema and politics, and studied abroad in Japan for a full year. She has an interest in a wide range of art mediums, and one of her favorites is Japanese Woodblock print art. Since graduating, she has moved from her hometown of Bowling Green, KY to Meadville, PA where she is currently working as a substitute teacher for grades K-12. Rachel loves working with young minds, and is passionate about empowering youth to create change.
The Foresight Prep Steering Committee is composed of established professionals from a variety of sectors, and students that are alumni of Foresight’s education programs. The steering committee support and help insure program excellence with insights on curriculum, professional connections, financial support and by often serving as guest speakers.
David Beach, Director
Lenore Beyer-Clow, Policy Director
Jarami Bond, Sustainability Coordinator
Ariane Burwell, Sustainability and Climate Change Consultant
Environmental Resources Management (ERM)
Brigid Connelly, Student, Class of 2018
Douglas Farr, President & CEO
Farr Associates Architecture & Urban Design
David Greaves, Student, Class of 2018
Marshall Hanig, Student, Class of 2015
Wildwood School, Los Angeles, CA
Jeff Hogue, Chief Sustainability Officer
Lindsay James, Vice President for Restorative Enterprise
Marvin Krislov, President
Sadhu Johnston, City Manager
City of Vancouver, B.C.
Former Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chicago
Kayla Kellar, Student, Class of 2015
Olney Friends School, Barnesville, OH
Bob Langert, Vice President, Global CSR & Sustainability (retired)
Glen Low, Co-Founder
The Earth Genome
Lyrica McTiernan, Sustainability Manager
David W. Orr, Senior Adviser to the President
Eliot Padzensky, Student, Class of 2018
Jeff Seabright, Chief Sustainability Officer
Clarissa Itzel Villegas Smith, Student, Class of 2015
Bioscience High School, Phoenix, AZ
Lanita Stevens, Manager, Product Stewardship and Sustainability
Chuck Templeton, Managing Partner
Chairman, Impact Engine