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MEET THE TEAM

ANNA GRIFFIN, Editor In Chief

Anna Griffin, Coco Eco Magazine’s Founder, Publisher, and Editor-In-Chief, is a native of London, England, relocating to Los Angeles, CA, several years ago. Her background includes a career in modeling, journalism and broadcasting, which took her around the world from the UK to the US, S. E. Asia, and beyond, before settling in L.A., and launching Coco Eco Magazine as a digital page-turner in 2008.

Anna took the brand to print in 2014, answering to a growing demand for the magazine. In producing content from concept to final delivery, she oversees a global team of industry-leading journalists, stylists, photographers, and contributors, for print, web, short film and live events, that promotes the ultimate in eco-luxe and sustainable lifestyle.

Projects include working in South Africa highlighting the plight of the endangered rhino population with the Lawrence Anthony Foundation; co-producing an eco-couture runway show at prestigious London Fashion Week; producing film content distributed on Virgin America’s RED system and the Virgin Mobile platform, and curating installations for global brands such as Lexus Hybrid Living and the W Hotel Group. Anna’s passion is to raise awareness to the world’s current environmental and social challenges, by creating engaging and aspirational content designed to entertain, educate and inspire.

In her spare time she sits on the Board for Recyleacrossamerica.org, has contributed to the Huffington Post, and been featured on NPR, NBC, Fox and CBS nationally, establishing a reputation as a trusted eco authority and influencer. When not traversing the globe in search of new adventures, Anna can be found rescuing dogs from death row or chilling with her two pups, Bashful and Hunny.


KELLY CALAGNA, Managing Editor

Kelly Calagna is the Managing Editor for Coco Eco, curating the site’s digital content, as well as contributing to the magazine’s print publications.27ef868543abf9c4e16439c1aeb8f0bd.jpg

Born in Los Angeles, Kelly has always maintained an active lifestyle. Growing up she was an avid equestrian competitor, participating in Three Day Eventing, and later in Polo Cross. Today her athletics include running, hiking, paddleboarding, tennis, cycling, swimming, fencing, and cross-training. This year she competed in her first Spartan race as a top finisher.

Kelly is a graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles, with degrees in Communication Studies, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. After graduation, her passion for animals lead her to Zimbabwe for several months to do African Lion research to further conservation efforts for Africa’s most iconic species. She has also worked for another nonprofit in Washington, D.C., supporting the process of aiding people with mental illnesses through legislation.

Kelly still has her childhood horse, Justin, and a rescued lab-mix named Marley. On the weekends the three of them can be found trekking through the Santa Monica Mountains together.


FIONA TEDDS, Deputy Editor

Fiona has bounced between the United States and England since birth and currently calls New York her home, after relocating from California in order to pursue a Master’s Degree in Fashion and Textile History. She has worked in many different areas of the fashion industry, initially in retail in Los Angeles, where she was involved in the production and sale of gowns to luminaries such as Dolly Parton, Carol Channing and Divine. Returning to Coventry, England where she had been educated, she began working in the local theatre’s costume department and that ultimately led to her moving to London to work for many years at the Royal National Theatre and later at the Royal Court Theatre. A move into freelance styling, sparked by her appearance on the London club scene, found her working with presenters at Fox TV in the UK and also extensively behind-the-scenes at London Fashion Week.

Relocating to Southern California, Fiona worked in the hospitality industry, learning a great deal about fine food and wine. She then took her marketing skills and fashion knowledge to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, working initially with the Los Angeles campus before moving to San Francisco. But working in education fed her the desire to increase her own knowledge, so she enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, working as a contributing writer at Downtown Magazine during her degree program. She is now delighted to be part of Coco Eco magazine.


NICHOLA ZED, Travel Editori31_Nichola_Zed_profile_Image.JPG

Nichola Zed is the Executive Officer for the Jackman Furness Foundation for the Performing Arts, launched by Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness to support the performing arts in Australia. She has lived and studying in Paris, Florence, Brussels and London at some of the most respected contemporary art galleries and public relations organizations. Nichola has a background in business development, architecture, public relations and gallery management, and with this abundance of experience she is the Travel Editor for Coco Eco Magazine. She writes about everything from travel to endangered species, and is passionate about creating stories that will educate and inspire.


BETH DOANE, Features Editor

Beth is the Features Editor at Coco Eco Magazine and you can also find her writing in The Huffington Post and Darling Magazine. In 2008 Beth founded the fashion brand Raintees. Every Raintee plants a tree in an endangered forest and the Raintees Vision Collection features artwork drawn by children and sponsors them to attend school. Today, Raintees has planted over 40,000 trees and helped provide an education for youth in over 20 countries. While donating supplies to remote areas of Central and South America, Beth collected an array of inspirational stories that became her award-winning children’s book, From the Jungle. Her remarkable journey has captivated audiences at TEDx, the United Nations, Google, and the National Mall in Washington, DC. She has also been featured in National Geographic, Glamour, InStyle and other top tier publications. www.bethdoane.com


EVA BLOOMFIELD, Vegan Editor

10553739_10101153195408975_6521433269159949751_o.jpgEva hails from the blustery-but-beautiful city of Chicago and has been living in the ever-stunning Los Angeles for the last half decade. A writer and explorer with an [un]healthy appetite for all things vegan and cruelty-free, Eva runs Dirty Rotten Vegan — an eco-lifestyle blog that covers food, fashion, beauty and travel. She’s a tea addict, yoga and biking enthusiast, and has an unquenchable thirst for travel, great films, delicious novels, and social change.


AHLIA BETHEA, Social Media Director

As Social Media Director for Coco Eco Magazine, Ahlia’s main goal is to keep #CocoEcoMagazine trending! Ahlia will always be a New Jersey girl at heart, but was overjoyed when presented with the opportunity to relocate to sunny Los Angeles.  She is a proud USC Trojan with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in Communication Design. She is a workout enthusiast with a passion for exploring the world through activism. She has traveled around the world volunteering, researching, and experiencing, yet nothing brings her greater pleasure than tending to her family garden with her dog, Wynter, at her side.  Ahlia began her career in Social Media and Marketing consulting for startups in New Jersey, but later expanded to companies in Washington, Miami, and finally California.


 

COURTNEY GERRING, Contributing Editor

CouIMG_7496.jpgrtney was born and raised in the US and quickly learnt that her love for travel and adventure would take her far. She is a graduate of FIU in Miami, Florida, where she spent most of her time planning events and developing her communication skills.

Courtney landed in Doha, followed by a stay in Italy, where she obtained an MBA in Design, Fashion, and Luxury Goods. Today, Courtney is the face of Per Lei Couture boutique and spends her time between NYC and Doha. A passionate PR and communications expert, she finds herself lucky to spend her days communicating about beautiful fashion with designers from all over the world. A strong believer in healthy eating, and daily exercise, Courtney practices a sustainable lifestyle no matter where she is traveling in the world.


 

 SASS BROWN, Contributing Editor

Sass Brown is Acting Associate Dean for the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. Originally from London, England, Sass established herself as a designer with her own signature collection selling in the UK and across Canada. As a researcher, writer, blogger and educator, her area of expertise is ethical fashion, in all of its various expressions, from slow design and heritage craft skills to recycle, reuse and new business models. She has published papers, spoken, taught and advised women’s cooperatives, educational institutions, governmental agencies, NGO’s, SME’s and the creative industries in Brazil, Peru, Columbia, Chile, Sri Lanka, Korea, China, Italy, France, US, Canada and the UK, on the topic of sustainable design. Brown communicates and promotes the best in eco fashion design, through a multitude of media, most notably her books; Eco Fashion and ReFashioned, her website www.ecofashiontalk.com and her journalism.

JILLIAN BAUMGARTNER, Contributing Editor

headshotJillian grew up in Southern California and trained as a classical ballet dancer throughout her adolescence. She studied psychology in Santa Barbara, California, and additionally film studies and theatre arts became a part of her educational repertoire. She developed a career in fashion merchandising and soon began styling under BCBG Maxazria, Lucky Brand, and the Santa Barbara Polo Club. Yoga has been a crucial aspect of Jillian’s young adult life, and she and several other yogis opened up the Westlake Village Lululemon in 2013. Jillian’s food and environmental sensitivities have been a catalyst in her health and wellness activism. She educates on an intimate level, with full transparency, and she is passionate about connecting with each reader as an individual.


CAITLIN HAMILTON, Contributing Editor

Headshot2Caitlin Hamilton is a zoologist at heart and a science journalist by training.  Although she hails from the rural and ruggedly beautiful Scottish Borders, she currently calls London her home.  She works in the communication department of Cancer Research UK, and embraces all that the capital city has to offer, although she undeniably spends rather too much of her day in the infamous underground system.
An avid traveler, Caitlin has been lucky enough to travel, volunteer, and experience life in over 30 countries.  She spent an unforgettable summer in Zimbabwe, where she made lifelong friends with CocoEco’s Managing Editor, Kelly Calagna.
Interested in everything, and always keen to grab the opportunities that life throws her way, Caitlin is thrilled to contribute to this wonderful publication. Check out Caitlin’s blog at caitlinham.wordpress.com.
 

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