Co-Founder of the Permaculture Action Network
\*\*Ryan Rising is a community organizer and permaculture educator based out of the San Francisco Bay Area and co-founder of the Permaculture Action Network. After a decade of local organizing around direct action, food justice, ecological design, and community living, Ryan organized the Permaculture Action Tour with music producer The Polish Ambassador in the Fall of 2014. Ryan has since co-organized over 93 Permaculture Action Days throughout 26 US states, bringing hundreds of people at a time to take hands-on action building greenhouses, rainwater catchment systems, perennial food gardens, and regenerative systems at more than 100 different community spaces including public food forests, urban farms, and indigenous food sovereignty projects. Ryan co-founded the Gill Tract Community Farm, which produces tons of organic food annually that is distributed for free around the Bay Area, and the Omni Commons, an urban commons and community center in Oakland, CA. Ryan also co-facilitates the Democratic Grantmaking Process of the Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory, organizes with the NonProfit Democracy Network, consults for Ecosystem Restoration Camps, works on a regenerative land trust, and teaches courses and trainings on social permaculture, community organizing, and facilitation.