Our Team

The ydt team consists of Angelenos with a passion for eco-curious living. They all have a unique spectrum of projects going on that you should definitely check out.

Tracy Hepler

CEO, Founder

Inspiration: “Simple Problem, Simple Solution”
Eco Pleasure: Walking (and Hiking) in L.A.
Eco Sin: Driving in L.A. and gadgets … I kind of want them all.
Follow: @yourdailythread, @TracyHepler & www.tracyhepler.com

Lauren Johanson


Inspiration: “Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself” (Desiderata)
Eco Pleasure: hand-crafting all-natural goat milk soap with her mom
Eco Sin: Falling prey to non-eco, non-fair trade fashion
Follow: @ChivasSkinCare & www.chivasskincare.com

Alissa Pittenger

Creative Director, Writer

Inspiration: Colors, shapes, textures
Eco Pleasure: Outdoor activities in the sun
Eco Sin: I love my German heritage: meat and potatoes! (But, I’m still dairy-free)
Follow: alissapittenger.com

Eva Goicochea


Inspiration: One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. (Virginia Woolf)
Eco Pleasure: Walking to work, taking the metro to the Hollywood Farmer’s Market on Sundays.
Eco Sin: Leaving the lights on
Follow: Monkeyinla.com

Sara Roderick

Managing Editor

Inspiration: “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get”
Eco Pleasure: Exploring Farmers’ Markets throughout Los Angeles and scavenging the aisles of Whole Foods for organic and gluten free goodies
Eco Sin: Unnecessary, non eco-friendly beauty and fashion purchases
Follow: @LgreenA & Green in L.A.

Christi Thompson

Copy Editor

Inspiration: “The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility.” -Wendell Berry
Eco Pleasure: Local, organic produce and independent bookstores.
Eco Sin: Long showers.
Follow: Coming soon ..

Lani Trock


Inspiration: “Our truest response to the irrationality of the world is to paint or sing or write, for only in such response do we find truth.” -Madeleine L’Engle
Eco Pleasure: Working from home and buying local produce from our weekly neighborhood farmer’s market.
Eco Sin: Plastic! Working towards living with less.
Follow: acreationofinspiration.com

Colleen Donnelly


Inspiration: Spring Cleaning does my body, soul (and closet) good
Eco Pleasure: Succulents, Pureology, Sweet Rose Creamery
Eco Sin: Fresh cut flowers and my commute

Sarah McClure


Inspiration: “Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself”
Eco Pleasure: Opting for locally made cucumber and Guiness ice cream from South Pasadena Farmer’s Market
Eco Sin: Getting more enjoyment reading from print magazines to newspapers
Follow: @EcoEtique & www.wordsbysarahmcclure.com

Vanessa Crocini


Inspiration: Travels, coincidences, people, Paulo Coelho
Eco Pleasure: Fair Trade, organic fruit and vegetables, market of used clothes
Eco Sin: Driving in L.A. and flying on airplanes around the world
Follow: www.vanessacrocini.com , @Vanecool

Danielle Davis

Founding Editor

Inspiration: Less is more
Eco Pleasure: Walking and biking around her Silver Lake neighborhood.
Eco Sin: Indulging in warm baths.
Follow: @writesinLA

Cesar Gonzalez


Inspiration: Getting Things Done
Eco Pleasure: Growing tomatoes & chilies in my backyard, bicycle touring
Eco Sin: Traveling by air to and from Peru

Amanda Milewski


Inspiration: There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew. (Marshall McLuhan, 1964)
Eco Pleasure: Choosing the metro in favor of my car
Eco Sin: Scalding hot showers
Follow: Coming soon