Julia Riseman, MBA - Vice President

Julia Riseman is the principal owner of Riseman Consulting, providing non-profit organizations with strategic planning, fund development planning, and facilitation services.  She also works for JCamp 180, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, providing consulting services to Jewish summer camps across North America. Back in 2005, she helped Dr. Kinari Webb co-found Health In Harmony, and as a volunteer ran the organization from her home office for the first several years. Julia earned a BA in Psychology from Reed College and received her MBA at the Simmons School of Management.

I joined the Board because: I believe that we are running out of time to save the health of our planet from global climate change. While governments are stalled and unable to take sufficient action to ensure a healthy planet for all, Health In Harmony has given me a tangible means to make a difference by supporting specific communities to address both human and environmental health needs together.  As one of Health In Harmony's founding Board members, I’m honored to return to serve on the Board once again, this time to support Health In Harmony’s steps towards replication.

My favorite HIH story is: At one of the first ever organic farming trainings, one of the farmers fainted and was rushed to ASRI's clinic where they found he had a bone infection from falling from a coconut tree years ago! All this time he'd been having on and off fevers that were never treated. They gave him antibiotics and told him to rest for three days. He refused! He didn't want to miss the training! So they came up with a compromise solution. I love this story for the way human health care needs and learning to care for the local environment are embodied in one passionate, motivated, determined (and sick) young farmer.