SAMANTHA THOMAS | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Samantha began working for Dream Change in 2012. Previously an event facilitator and freelance model in the eco-fashion industry in New York City, she left to pursue a career in sustainability and social justice, which resonate on the deepest level with her core values and beliefs.
Inspired by her realization that social, environmental and economic problems stem from a lack of love, Samantha created the Love Summit to demonstrate why #BottomLineLove business practices are the greatest candidates for solving the most pressing issues of our time.
In addition to her work at Dream Change, Samantha is a member of the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum–a network of 4,500 young people selected for their exceptional potential, achievements and drive to make a contribution to their communities. She is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200), has her Permaculture Design Certification, and has received leadership training from the Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior.
Samantha holds a bachelors of science in sustainable living and a minor in business from consciousness-based education university, Maharishi University of Management. She has been featured in publications such as Real Leaders, The Huffington Post, The Oregonian, and Yes! Magazine for her work in social and environmental activism.
JOHN PERKINS | FOUNDER
As Chief Economist at a major international consulting firm, John Perkins advised the World Bank, United Nations, IMF, U.S. Treasury Department, Fortune 500 corporations, and leaders of countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (2016), a follow-up to John’s classic New York Times bestseller, brings the story of economic hit men and jackal assassins up to date and chillingly home to the U.S. It goes on to provide practical strategies to transform the failing global death economy into a regenerative life economy.
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (70 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, 32 languages), The Secret History of the American Empire (New York Times bestseller) and Hoodwinked were ground-breaking exposés of the clandestine operations that created the current global crises; they set the stage for the revelations and strategies detailed in The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.
John has lectured at Harvard, Oxford, and more than 50 other universities around the world, and is the author of books on indigenous cultures and transformation. He has been featured on ABC, NBC, CNN, CNBC, NPR, A&E, the History Channel, TIME, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Der Spiegel, and many other publications and documentaries. He was awarded the Lennon Ono Grant for Peace 2012, and Rainforest Action Network Challenging Business As Usual Award, 2006.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS & ADVISORS
John Perkins, Board Chairman
Samantha Thomas, Board Secretary & Treasurer
Jessica Wieden, Board of Directors
Bryan Wieden, Board of Advisors
Michael Mayzel, Board of Advisors
Jeanette Thomas-Kozinski, Board of Advisors
Scott James, Board of Advisors