Pamela Hernandez, Ph.D. is principal researcher and founder of Educo Research, a research firm that builds human capacity and social change through research. Educo Research builds, conducts, analyzes, and reports research, and creates strategic research plans with organizations to support organizational priorities and build human capacity. Dr. Hernandez is a first-generation immigrant, college-graduate, and the first in her family to achieve a Ph.D. She was raised in Houston, TX, and pursued higher education and work opportunities across the U.S. Dr. Hernandez has fifteen years of professional experience in public and private higher education institutions, and with various agencies across the U.S. in fields such as educational research, assessment and evaluation, as well as student leadership development, multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice training. When returning to Houston in 2014 she engaged nonprofits, community partners and advocates to discover an unmet need for more research and assessment to support organizations and community projects, therefore founding Educo Research. For LISC-Houston, Dr. Hernandez develops the program assessment of the Training for Trainers program, as well as co-facilitates for the Training for the Trainers program. She is also an Ambassador of the T4T program, and leads the activities and events of this group of leaders.
Odin Zackman is a facilitator and educator specializing in organizational and leadership development in the environmental, civic, and sustainable communities arenas.
As the founder and lead facilitator for DIG IN, Odin works with individuals, organizations, and communities in California, nationally and globally supporting social change and leadership for sustainability.
Odin has worked for more than two decades as an environmental advocate, educator and community organizer. Over the time he has spent working on and studying sustainability issues on a local, regional, national and global level, Odin has worked with the Sierra Club, the San Francisco Conservation Corps and the San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners in addition to consulting widely with other grassroots and national groups. Prior to working with DIG IN full-time Odin helped establish the Farm and Nature Center at the Center for Land-Based Learning in rural Winters, CA, where he developed place-based leadership education around sustainable agriculture, environmental restoration and land use and natural resources issues.
Odin also spent three years as Director of The Environmental Careers Organization’s Sustainable Communities Leadership Program which trained individuals throughout California to find new solutions to complex challenges by linking environmental issues, economic development, social equity, civic engagement and public education.
He is the recipient of a fellowship from the Salzburg Seminar in Environmental Policy and Public Dialogue and holds degrees from Oberlin College (BA, 1991) in Politics and Environmental Studies and Tufts University (MS, 2000) in Agriculture, Food and Environmental Policy.