Rebecca Burgess is the Executive Director of Fibershed, and Chair of the Board for Carbon Cycle Institute. She has over a decade of experience writing and implementing hands-on curriculum that focuses on the intersection of restoration ecology and fiber systems. She has taught at Westminster College, Harvard University, and has created workshops for a range of NGOs and corporations. She is the author of the best-selling book Harvesting Color, a bioregional look into the natural dye traditions of North America. She has built an extensive network of farmers and artisans within our region’s Northern California Fibershed to pilot the regenerative fiber systems model at the community scale.
Jess Daniels is the Project Manager for Fibershed’s Education and Textile Economy Programs. She coordinates project development and research, manages communications strategy, and supports general operations. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies and Visual Art from Brown University, where she also completed textiles coursework at Rhode Island School of Design and studied with the International Honors Program ‘Rethinking Globalization’ program in India, Tanzania, New Zealand, and Mexico. Jess has over five years of non-profit experience working in sustainable agriculture as well as a lifelong love of textiles, and is an avid maker and explorer of all things fiber.
Marie Hoff is the Producer Program Coordinator for the Northern California Fibershed. She facilitates administration, program assistance and communications for producer members. Additionally, she works on issues affecting the local fiber economy, developing policy around California wool, and working with a number of related organizations to grow and strengthen regenerative textile communities in California. She is also a producer member of the Fibershed herself, with Capella Grazing Project. She is the grazing and conservation manager at Chanslor Ranch, in Bodega Bay, and an advocate for regenerative agriculture. Learn more about her work at www.capellagrazing.com.
Heather Podoll holds a M.S. in Agricultural Ecology from UC Davis. She has spent the past 20 years involved with various aspects of study, practice, promotion and teaching of sustainable and organic food production systems, working with a range of nonprofit, philanthropic and educational organizations. She is currently developing educational programs in organic gardening and natural dye cultivation for her community in Marin County, California. A passionate knitter and spinner, she is delighted to bring together her background in ecological research and agricultural systems with a holistic and local perspective on fiber arts and production.
Our board was created to reflect the community that we serve, and represents farming, ranching, small business ownership, and those with hands-on fiber skills training.
Rebecca Burgess, M.Ed, Chair
Indigo farmer, author, and community organizer. Her work is focused on natural dye processes and regenerative agriculture, textile education and public speaking. She is the executive director of Fibershed.
Marlie de Swart
Fiber skills educator and small business owner. Expert knitter, fiber scientist, and pattern drafter who has been working with fiber for over 40 years.
Dustin Kahn, Secretary/Treasurer
Graphic designer, and natural dye grower and instructor. Over 35 years of graphic design and marketing experience, as well as experience in organizing classes and events.
Sheep rancher, educator living in Napa County. Over 40 years of experience blending fine art and ranching. She keeps an art career afloat, as well as her yarn company, Twirl, while managing over 200 fiber animals on the 2,000 acres that she’s been caretaking for over 20 years.
Photos by Paige Green, except photo of Marie Hoff by Alycia Lang.