In 2016, Nikki Silvestri presented at HMI’s Annual Conference on the intersection between human labor and working landscapes and how that intersection has often been fraught with exploitation and harm. HMI continued our work with Nikki as part of our strategic planning in 2020.
Nikki is the Founder and CEO of Soil and Shadow, a coaching and consulting firm bringing social and environmental entrepreneurs more impact in their work and joy in their lives.
As an entrepreneur and serial non-profit Executive Director, Nikki has invited thousands of leaders and hundreds of business and organizations into more in-depth conversations around the intersection of ecology, economy, and social equity. Her wide-ranging career has taken her from presentations at the White House and negotiations with the Environmental Protection Agency to intimate workshops with local businesses and small retail organizing. A nationally recognized thought leader and international keynote speaker, her many honors include being named one of The Root’s 100 Most Influential African Americans.
As HMI has continued to reach out to the BIPOC community to diversify our community, we have developed a list of BIPOC agriculture organizations doing good work so you can reach out to them and support them. If you don’t see a name on there that you think should be there, please reach out to us.