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Life & Work with Liz Tesolin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Liz Tesolin. 

Hi Liz, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
After graduating from UC Berkeley, I spent several years working for nonprofits, educational and arts organizations in San Francisco and Los Angeles, specializing in developing corporate partnerships. After a brief time in entertainment (I helped produce a documentary about the Hopi and a small independent film) I switched gears and applied those skills in international economic development and direct foreign investment. I spent years developing and managing marketing campaigns in the United States for European regions and companies. 

The most significant influence in my life has been helping people I love manage chronic and terminal illnesses. I personally faced infertility and autoimmune issues and learned a great deal in researching potential solutions. While I never had a child, I learned a lot and was able to help others with vital information. Caring for my mother and father-in-law continued this journey and while it was emotionally challenging, I also felt privileged to be in that role. I began seeing the connections between the natural world and the trajectory of each individual human life and death, a patterned web echoing throughout the planet. 

In 2017 I began volunteering at the San Diego Botanic Garden, and knew I had found “my people.” I also received a Permaculture Design Certificate in 2018 with Larry Santoyo in Los Angeles and went on to study herbalism with an apprenticeship at the School for the Sacred Wild in LA. I spent some time exploring canna-wellness for women (Kikoko tea) and still am the San Diego Ellementa Chapter leader. 

I am currently continuing my herbal studies independently with the Sage Country Herbs (Shana Lipner) in the Pauma Valley, with a focus ethnobotanical herbalism. I also am happily advising Pando Populus in Los Angeles, which provides a central hub of programs connecting students, colleges, faith-based communities, and civic leaders to address LA’s Sustainability Plan, and serve on the Berry Good Foundation in San Diego which focuses on food security and food education initiatives in the bioregion of San Diego and Baja California. 

I am growing my consulting in regenerative economic development, and also working on a personal women’s wellness line. Follow me #thegreenpinkie for updates. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
My life has had a lot of challenges on many fronts, both personally and professionally. I like to think that my gift is a very human one, and that is to make meaning and find value in these struggles. I hope I have developed resilience, humility, and compassion. 

The most important thing we can do is to find our passion, a spark — for me, it is plants — and to keep that passion alive as it guides one in different directions. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I have spent most of my work life developing campaigns and connecting people and brands. I am now shifting that skill set to focus regenerative and holistic community growth and wellness. 

Assisting groups such as Pando Populus and Berry Good Food Foundation who are directly helping shape a regenerative future in California is what excites me. 

I am also passionate about all ways that plants can heal and provide solutions in cooperation with humans, from phytoremediation and composting to community gardens and regenerative farming and ranching, as well as in personal wellness from herbalism to plant wellness. 

Follow my next projects #thegreenpinkie 

Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
As a young child, I could mostly be found in a field of chamomile or a blackberry patch, staring at a flower. I was terribly shy so I fought that impulse in high school by doing the things I was most intimidated by — from cheerleading to running for homecoming. 

I grew up in a really diverse area, and I still very much feel like a product of that. I love soul music, R&B, hip hop as well as “college radio,” and nothing beats a batch of homemade lumpia. 

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