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Chris Desser is an artist, writer, and advocate for progressive social change and hosts conversations with writers and activists on Enthusiasms on KWMR. For four years she has served on the Marin County Planning Commission, currently as chair.   She previously served on the California Coastal Commission and the San Francisco Commission for the Environment. 


She was a Fellow at On the Commons, a think tank focused on developing the concept of The Commons as an overarching analytical structure organizing across social sectors and disciplines.  She developed A Catalogue of Extinct Experience, a collaborative art installation demonstrating that our best, creative, evolving selves grow out of and depend on preserving a diverse and evolving planet. As an artist practicing in several media, she has been invited to contribute work to many curated exhibitions.


She was the Executive Director of Earth Day 1990, the event that re-established the primacy of environmental issues on a global scale.


Author of numerous articles and essays, Chris co-edited Living with the Genie—Technology and the Quest for Human Mastery (Island Press, 2003).  She has practiced environmental law and served on the boards of many companies, foundations and progressive non-profit organizations including The Women’s Donor Network, The Rockwood Leadership Institute, Patagonia, Mother Jones Magazine, the Rainforest Action Network, and the Furthur Foundation.

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