About

The 2019 Judges

Alicia Silverstone is likely best known for her generation-defining turn in Clueless. Through film, television and theater, her performances have garnered award and critical praise including Emmy and Golden Globe nominations as well as a National Board of Review award. A dynamic and well-connected fixture in the acting, political, and scientific communities, Silverstone is also a dedicated activist in the health and wellness space. Silverstone chronicled her own journey toward a more conscious way of eating in her first book, New York Times bestseller, “The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet.” Her second book, “The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning,” was released in 2014. Silverstone co-created the mykind Organics vitamin line, which is the first ever food- based, organic, non-GMO vegan vitamin.

Marci Zaroff coined the term “ECOfashion” in 1995 and is an internationally recognized ECOlifestyle expert, educator, innovator and serial ecopreneur. Founder/CEO of leading sustainable fashion manufacturer MetaWear, Founder of lifestyle brands Farm to Home and Under the Canopy, Executive Producer of “THREAD Documentary | Driving Fashion Forward,” and Co-Founder of Good Catch, BeyondBrands and The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Marci has been instrumental in driving authenticity, environmental leadership & social justice worldwide for nearly three decades. Marci 's first book, "ECOrenaissance: Co-Creating A Stylish, Sexy and Sustainable World," launched fall 2018 (Simon & Schuster).

Board Member of the Organic Trade Association, Textile Exchange, Fashion Revolution and Cradle to Cradle's "Fashion Positive", Zaroff was a key figure in the development of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and first Fair Trade Textile Certification with Fair Trade USA. Marci has received countless recognitions—including Retail Touchpoint's "Retail Innovator Award," New York Moves “Power Woman Award," Fashion Group International's "Rising Star Award" and the Natural Product Industry’s “Socially Responsible Business Award.” Marci is featured in the book “ECO AMAZONS: 20 Women Who Are Transforming the World” and is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute.

Jen Smith is the editor-in-chief of EcoParent Magazine, a print publication that focuses on healthy family living with a green slant. When she's not working, you can find Jen reading, attempting to finally finish knitting a sweater, or desperately looking for her phone. Mom to a loveable rascal, Jen is obsessed with living more simply with less, and hopes to one day get the utensil drawer in her kitchen organized.

Linn Bjørnland is a Scottish Norwegian actress that has appeared on True Blood, Grimm, Leverage, and other primetime programs. Off camera, Linn is an activist and influencer in educating moms alternative and safer ways to raise and care for their children. 

Barbara Manconi-Smith is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Natural Child World magazine. She has been an advocate of sustainability and social responsibility for the last 20 years, she is a published author, a green marketing professor and a functional nutrition practitioner with a large international following.

Barbara's passion for a more natural and healthier lifestyle and more sustainable laws and regulations brought her to found the Beautiful Faces of Hope a National Pediatric Cancer Prevention Campaign that aims to inform and educate parents about the harmful effects of environmental toxins that children are unnecessarily exposed to on a daily basis, and advocates for a lawful disclosure of ingredients on products. 

Barbara lives with her husband, daughter and 2 puppies in southern California where she found home after moving from Italy where she was born and raised.

Megan Mikkelsen has always been passionate about healthy living. She started her career in public health in 2005 after receiving her Master's of Public Health degree from Portland State University. Over the past two years she has been educating on the importance of ingredient awareness and choosing toxin free products. She recently started the eco-concierge service Detox by Design, with a mission to reduce the overwhelm that many parents have in choosing healthier products for their family.