Co-Director of Dreaming New Mexico
Peter Warshall, Co-Director of Dreaming New Mexico Peter Warshall is a world-renowned water Stewart, biodiversity and wildlife specialist, research scientist, conservationist, and environmental activist. His multi-faceted areas of expertise include natural history, natural resource management, conservation, biology, environmental impact analysis, and conflict resolution and consensus building among divergent interest groups. Peter’s rich life has included a stint as a Fulbright Scholar studying in Paris with Claude Levi-Strauss, working for the U.N., ISAID and other organizations in eleven African nations, working with the Tohono O’odham and Apache people of Arizona, and advising corporations and municipal governments. He also edited the legendary, highly influential publication Whole Earth from 1996 until it ceased publication, and is the co-project director of Bioneers Dreaming New Mexico initiative.
Co-CEO & Founder, Bioneers
Kenny Ausubel is an award-winning social entrepreneur, author, journalist and filmmaker. He is the Co-CEO & Founder of Bioneers, a nationally recognized nonprofit dedicated to disseminating practical and visionary solutions for restoring Earth’s imperiled ecosystems and healing our human communities. He launched the annual Bioneers Conference in 1990 with his producing partner and wife Nina Simons, Bioneers co-executive director. Kenny serves as executive producer of the Bioneers plenary series airing on Free Speech TV and Link TV. He acted as a central advisor to Leonardo DiCaprio's feature documentary The 11th Hour, and appears in the film. Kenny co-founded the national company Seeds of Change in 1989 and served as CEO until 1994 to restore “backyard biodiversity” into the food web through marketing organic, biodiverse heirloom seeds to gardeners. Kenny has written three books and edited two volumes of the Bioneers Book Series. For the past four years, Kenny has served as executive producer and principal writer of the award-winning radio series, Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature. Since the 1970s, Kenny has published articles on topics ranging from alternative medicine and environmental health to social justice and politics. His writings have been published most recently in online media including the Huffington Post, Orion and Alternet and in magazines such as Utne, Explore, Alternative Therapies and Tikkun.
Food & Farming Director
Arty Mangan joined Bioneers in 1998 as the Project Manager for the Restorative Development Initiative, which produced “Wisdom at the End of Hoe” ecological agricultural workshops. He collaborated with John Mohawk and the Iroquois White Corn Project and worked with The Federation of Southern Cooperatives and African American farmers in Mississippi and Alabama. He is a board member of the Ecological Farming Association, and was a member of the Santa Cruz GE Subcommittee that led to a Precautionary Moratorium on growing genetically engineered crops in Santa Cruz County.
Arty has worked with farmers and agriculture since 1978 as a partner in Live Juice, a fresh, local, organic apple juice company in Santa Cruz. In 1986, he joined Odwalla and was in charge of fruit sourcing, working with farmers in the US, Mexico and Costa Rica.
DNM Project Manager
Nikki Spangenburg joined Bioneers in 2008 to act as the coordinator for the Dreaming New Mexico Project, which has since received such acclaim and international recognition.
With a Bachelor's in Business Administration, she has been working in project and event management for more than 15 years.
She lives in Santa Fe with her husband and two children.