Staff

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 began as a volunteer and part-time administrative assistant for Fibershed in 2014, and now coordinates project development and research while supporting general operations and communications strategy. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies and Visual Art from Brown University and has several years of experience working on sustainable agriculture and food justice issues as an academic, educator, and activist. Jess has 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.

Krystle Moody is Fibershed’s Wool and Fine Fiber Materials Manager. She holds a degree from University of California at Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Textile Science. She attributes most of her deep appreciation for Northern California culture and environment to growing up on four acres in rural Solano County. After seven years in materials research and development with VF Corporation (parent company of The North Face, Vans, Timberland, and others), Krystle embarked on an adventure down under: volunteering on a sheep farm and bike touring through New Zealand for two months.  This nature-packed experience drove her zest for cultivating innovation in the textile supply chain at a local and bio-regional level, and is very excited to continue to collaborate with Fibershed to move sustainable wool solutions forward.

Board of Directors

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Pettis-Sarley
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.