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We’re comprised of about a hundred bioinspired individuals with our Advisory Board–including our Founding Members, a diverse group of industry leaders who have committed to building Biomimicry LA–at the core and leading four active committees: Events; Experiences; Education; Research.

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Our Founding Members are comprised of people who helped sow the seeds and nourish growth to help develop and grow Biomimicry LA into a sustainable community, and include:

Colin Mangham | Founder

Managing Director, Daily Brand Group (Innovation Consultancy); See his bioinspired TED Talk “Find Your Woods” here. Also a Certified Biomimicry Specialist; and formerly Chief Marketing Officer of Biomimicry 3.8  and the Biomimicry Institute | LinkedIn Profile

Colin Mangham has developed and marketed products and companies for 27 years. His clients have included dozens of big brands (8 of the Fortune 50), dozens more start-ups, non-profits including the World Wildlife Fund, and NGOs including the United Nations. He has supported the success of over 100 early- and growth-stage ventures, and in roles including consultant, investor, and interim management (CMO). He has also judged numerous start-up competitions (including four Biomimicry Global Design Challenges) and mentored entrepreneurs internationally. His career-long fascination with human behavior led him to discover biomimicry. He’s now a bright-eyed advocate (and humble student) of bioinspired solutions, and he’s eager for you to join him on his learning journey. More at ColinMangham.com

Founding Members (alphabetical order):

L. DeKoven Ashley
Co-Founder, ThrdPlace; Urban Planner | LinkedIn Profile

Kóan Jeff Baysa, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Medical Avatar; Curatorial Advisor; Medical Oversight Consultant; Marine Biologist | LinkedIn Profile

Michael Colosimo 
Co-Founder & CEO, ThrdPlace; Urban Planner | LinkedIn Profile

Thomas Knittel, AIA LEED AP BD+C
Senior Principal, HOK; Certified Biomimicry Specialist | LinkedIn Profile

Andy Lipkis
Founder & President, Tree People | Biography at TreePeople.org

Ilaria Mazzoleni
Principal at im studio, Milano/LA; SCI-Arc faculty; Architect; Author (“Architecture Follows Nature”) | LinkedIn Profile

Marty Meisler
Vision Development, Owner; Senior Environmental Specialist, Metropolitan Water District (Los Angeles)
Candidate, MBA in Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School | LinkedIn Profile

Lisbeth Bosshart Merrill
Intellectual Property and International Business Attorney, Shaub & Williams LLP | LinkedIn Profile 

Mariam Mojdehi
MU Studio, Owner; Architect

Andrew Paden
Environmental Scientist, Environmental Science Associates; John Minch and Associates, Inc. | LinkedIn Profile

David R. Shaub
Managing Partner, Shaub & Williams LLP | LinkedIn Profile

Maris Somerville
President, Somerville Associates | LinkedIn Profile