Gina LaMotte is a social entrepreneur who is most passionate about unlocking the power and potential of youth as bold leaders and innovators. Gina founded EcoRise in 2008, bringing the topics of sustainability, social entrepreneurship, biomimicry, design thinking, and green building into hundreds of classrooms around the world.
Leading up to EcoRise, Gina spent ten years working with innovative educational programs serving youth in Brazil, India, Nepal and Guatemala, as well as Harlem, New York, and Taos, New Mexico. In 2004, Gina moved to Austin, Texas and pioneered a robust summer and after-school program at a Title One middle school. She also built and led a youth cultural exchange program to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and served as a facilitator and counselor at the Global Youth Peace Summit. While in graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin, Gina studied sustainable development and social entrepreneurship and earned a certificate in Non-Profit Studies at the LBJ School for Public Affairs.
Gina practices systems-thinking and human-centered design, and recently completed the School for Systems Change program at the Forum for the Future. She currently serves on the SXSWedu Advisory Board and is a former co-chair of Austin ISD’s Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee. Gina has presented extensively at local, regional and national conferences around the topics of green schools, design thinking, and sustainability education.