Natalie Grillon is the co-founder of Ethical Creators, training and supporting the next wave of content creators to become catalysts for change in the fashion, beauty and lifestyle industries. Championing access to open data and transparent practices, Natalie has worked for a decade to launch innovative solutions to complex problems in the apparel sector. She is currently Executive Director of Open Apparel Registry, an open source, free registry and interactive map of global apparel facilities and she co-founded Project JUST, an online platform to help to bring transparency to fashion supply chains and empower consumers to shift their purchasing behavior. She is an Acumen Fellow, an RPCV and a graduate of Georgetown University (BS) and Cornell University (MBA).
Manuela is a Brazilian-American passionate about accelerating change in some of the world's most fundamental industries. Currently, she is building her start-up, Automated Water Machines, which is re-imagining the $12.5 billion American water bottle market by providing Americans access to convenient, quality water without the waste. She is also an early stage impact investor, supporting women-led companies focused on urban sustainability solutions through Love Zero Ventures.
Previously, Manuela worked at Palantir Technologies focused on international business development, and was an entrepreneur in the agriculture space in key emerging markets. She is the cofounder of InstaAgro, Brazil’s largest online marketplace for smallholder farmers; and the founder and CEO of Smart Agriculture Analytics, a Beijing-based market intelligence firm focused on the sustainable agritech opportunity in China.
Having spent eight years living in China, initially on a Princeton-in-Asia Fellowship in 2007, and reporting for Newsweek and Engineering News-Record, Manuela has seen first-hand the importance - and environmental impact - of manufacturing, changing consumer behavior, and media.
Halle Gold has been managing the Ethical Creators community since its founding in 2019, overseeing social media, press relations and business and event operations. A graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, she studied the politics and power structures of the fashion industry, where she first came to confront industry impact on both people and the planet. Prior to joining Ethical Creators, she worked in fashion and beauty communications on both the brand and media sides. She has a keen interest in the intersection between media, visual culture and social change.
Lauren Lamar will be graduating from the George Washington University in May 2021 with a B.A. in International Environmental Policy and a minor in Sustainability. Her previous internships at Peace Corps and Magpies and Peacocks have fueled her passion for sustainability, and specifically sustainable fashion, which led her to her role with Ethical Creators. Fashion has always been a large part of her life and she makes an active effort to only buy secondhand clothing. Lauren is a Houston, Texas native currently living in Washington D.C.!