Cylvia Hayes, Founder and CEO

Cylvia is an award-winning environmental and anti-poverty activist and the former First Lady of Oregon.

She combines deep knowledge of sustainability, social enterprise, and new economy issues with deep heart, spirit and wisdom and powerful communications skills.   ​Cylvia is an expert in collaborative and conscious leadership.  

She is an elected member of the Unity Worldwide Ministries Earth Care Core Team and a Senior Fellow and ​former member of the Board of Directors of the American Leadership Forum Oregon.  

In her role as First Lady of Oregon from 2011 to 2015, Cylvia led the Oregon Prosperity Initiative working to stamp out poverty and hunger.  She was an unpaid policy advisor to the Governor on the issues of clean energy and economic development. 

She has substantial experience in clean energy, climate and new economy policy and co-chaired the Oregon Renewable Energy Working Group which developed Oregon’s Renewable Energy Standard, Renewable Fuels Standard and other clean energy policies.  

 She has won numerous professional awards and holds a Masters in Environmental Studies degree from The Evergreen State College. 

Cylvia has significant international experience including conducting sustainable development and urban design discussions in Curitiba Brazil and leading a State of Oregon trade mission to Ghangzhou China.  She is a member of the Global Wellbeing lab funded by government of Germany, with work in Brazil and Bhutan.

Cylvia’s new book, When Life Blows Up: A Guide to Reinvention, Peace and Power will be out in early 2019.  Her related TEDx talk can be viewed here. 

Cylvia's full CV can be found at CV Cylvia Hayes Env Sust and CC -- 8-18.pdf.  

Also see write up by The Evergreen State College here.  

 Linked In profile can be found here.

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Cylvia is an award winning New Economy leader who is known for speaking truth to power.  She is a smart systems thinker who understands and is able to describe the deeper connections between seemingly unrelated issues.  She is a gifted writer and speaker and is the former First Lady of Oregon.  

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