Category: The Betterment Project

Jim Weber

This is Jim Weber. A survivor of Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Jim introduced himself and his family to me at the inaugural Animal Run in 2018. He told me he would do his best to run Animal Run for as long as it exists. So, like what naturally happens in the running community, we became instant friends. […]

kubé nice cream

kubé is an Oakland based artisanal nice creamery with a healthy dose of food justice in each delicious scoop. The owners are Kai and Nee-Nueh Nortey. Let’s start with the basics. What’s your background? I grew up in Oakland and attended Mills College, a private women’s school.  My husband Nee-Nueh was born and raised in Winnipeg, […]

The Uncreamery

The Uncreamery is San Francisco’s first vegan creamery that makes award-winning artisinal vegan cheeses that slice, shred and melt like their dairy counterparts. The owners are Lisa Myaf and Mark Charette.   Thanks so much for doing this interview Lisa. Let’s start with the basics. Where are you from? What’s your background? I am originally […]

Walter Handloser

“Do what you want to do, not what you want to be known for.” – Walter Handloser I met Walter while we were volunteering together for a mutual friend’s charity race in late 2018, before I even heard about what he was tackling in 2019.  Once I found out about his epic adventure, I stalked […]

Riya Suising

Feeder of the hungry and the needy. I had a weird encounter this afternoon, at the Mountain View Safeway at 5:45pm on my way home, trying to make it home on… Posted by Riya Suising on Wednesday, January 30, 2019   Fri 9:03 PM Hi Riya, you there? Hi Eileen! Yes, here now. OK, cool. So […]

Chris Jones

Runner.  Soldier.  Puppy rescuer. Here is the gripping story of the Ghar Pups (Ghar means “Mountain” in Pashto) as told by runner-soldier and Animal Run supporter, Chris Jones, on Facebook. It’s a moving example of how the power of social media does good as Chris galvanized his community to save the lives of a handful […]

Jenn Diesi

Social entrepreneur and Chief Geek. Full disclosure, I’m a Geek Girl Tech investor because I support Jenn’s mission to provide affordable data security with a team that looks like today’s USA, for socially conscious small businesses. Here, in Jenn’s own words, is how she is trying to make the world better for everyone.   HOW […]

Victor Ballesteros

Victor’s story is about love. His love of audacious challenges, love for our natural world, and above all, love for his father. Victor Ballesteros is the CEO of Victory Sportdesign and is part of the Animal Run Board of Directors. He is also an incredible runner and one of the nicest individuals you should meet. […]

Eileen Francisco

My motto is, anything is possible. If there is no struggle, there is no progress. – Frederick Douglass Hi everyone! Here’s what I learned in 2018. It was captured by Garvin Thomas of NBC’s Bay Area Proud. The never-ending journey to being (or doing) better isn’t easy, but “anything is possible” once the goal becomes clear.  […]