Mary C. Forst, J.D is the owner and principal mediator at Confluence Center for Mediation and Training. She assists people in organizations and workplaces to handle conflict creatively and holistically, offering a combination of mediation, dialogue, team building, system design, and skills training. In past lives Mary practiced law and served as an inner-city police officer.


Julia DeGraw is an Oregon native passionate about our food and agriculture system and a lover of food. As the Northwest Organizer for Food & Water Watch she feels that film and other forms of media can be a powerful tool for changing hearts and minds of people to make a positive change in the world and that’s why she was drawn to the Media Project.

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Elaine Velazquez is a veteran filmmaker with several award-winning documentary features to her credit. She has decades of experience illuminating important social issues through the power of personal stories.