Joanne Poyourow is the “initiator” who brought the ideas of the international Transition movement to Los Angeles. Since 2009 she has served on the core team of Transition Los Angeles, a city hub that supports local Transition initiatives across the greater L.A. area. Each of these grassroots initiatives is developing with its own unique personality and local emphasis. In 2005 Joanne co-founded the Environmental Change-Makers community group in the Westchester neighborhood near LAX airport. The Change-Makers offer classes, speakers, and gatherings focused on powerdown, resilience-oriented lifestyles. They have built two community gardens and helped raise peak oil awareness throughout the Southern California area. Joanne is the author of several books about the segue to a post-petroleum culture. Her most recent work, Economic Resilience: What You Can Do in Your Local Community, is being released online in serial form at www.ResilientEconomy.net. Joanne is passionate about food gardening, homeschools her two teens, holds a degree in Business Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and was a CPA in public practice for 13 years.