LOVE FOR ALL LIVING CREATURES IS THE MOST NOBLE HUMAN ATTRIBUTE
love the earth, love its people, and do it with purpose.
MEET THE RAINY DAY WOMEN TEAM
ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATES TRYING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
FOUNDER, OWNER, MAKER, ECCENTRIC DREAMER
Julia, the founder, heart, and mastermind behind Rainy Day Women, is an ardent appreciator of nature and an advocate of environmental justice. She has worked in climate and environment jobs since graduating college in 2017 with a focus on policy advocacy at state and local levels. Julia’s roots are in California, where she pushes to pass policy that will secure clean air for current and future generations. For Julia, hiking, camping, river rafting, and adventuring outdoors have helped her navigate mental health challenges and embrace her passion for sharing the outdoors with others. She feels most herself when she and her canine partner in crime, Banjo, are scaling mountains or kayaking on the American River. She is also a creator and tinkerer, manifesting her creative energies in the creations available through Rainy Day Women. Her vision is to unite people with thoughtfully crafted items inspired by time spent outdoors. She also hopes to transform the project into a platform that advocates for equitable access to outdoor spaces.
THE WOMEN WHO INSPIRED THE CREATION OF RAINY DAY WOMEN. THEY CURRENTLY SERVE AS AN ADVISORY BOARD TO ENSURE BUSINESS PRACTICES MEET OUR OBJECTIVES AND THAT ALL BENEFICIARIES OF OUR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE MISSION LIVE BY OUR PURPOSE.
Nailah currently serves as the Executive Director of ClimatePlan, a nonprofit that advocates for environmental justice in California. She has felt real barriers to the outdoors throughout her life. Though, Nailah always had a huge sense of adventure and a love of exploring new places. In recent years, she fallen in love with National parks and spending time in the outdoors. When she had her son, Naeem, she wanted him to feel that same joy in the outdoors, while at the same time worrying for his safety in a white-dominated space. Nailah aims to continue making huge impacts on environmental and racial justice policies in California and beyond. When she is not busy saving the world, she likes to spend time at community events in her hometown of Sacramento #sactownforlife
Linda is a Los Angeles native, and a graduate of UC Berkeley and UCLA. She holds a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Linda has been an active transportation advocate for many years and has been involved in local efforts to create a more walkable and bikeable Los Angeles, Sacramento, and California. She currently serves as the Director of Shared Mobility at GRID Alternatives, living in Los Angeles, California. Previously, she worked as the Policy Director for the California Bicycle Coalition and as an urban planning researcher in health equity, environment, and transportation. She has over 10 years of experience in organizational development, public policy, and community engagement. She also has a strong passion for protecting and preserving the environment, and seeks opportunities to promote well-being of the planet and the population. When she is not busy advocating for better futures, she spends her time at farmer's markets, plant nurseries, or in nature appreciating its pure beauty and excellence.
After moving around the country for the past ten years—from Chicago to Savannah to Berkeley—Molly is currently stationed in her home state of Virginia. Her love for the environment was an early one, beginning with the annual deluge of eastern tent caterpillars dropping from their silk tent onto her driveway. In her travels across the country, Molly has been lucky to see Pacific rattlesnakes brumating (it’s like hibernation!), ospreys clinching a dinner catch, and ambling armadillos in Lowcountry marshes. She is a PhD student at the College of William & Mary, where she studies art, environmental history, and how people have historically accessed environments to harvest and gather resources. Molly’s recent work focuses on Gullah coiled basketry. She aims to discover whether sea-level rise affects the habitat range of basketry materials like sweetgrass. When she is not reading, writing, or doing oral histories, she likes to paint and take pictures, often using the environment as inspiration. Some of her work is on Instagram under the handle @moll.y_art.
THE MANY WOMEN WHO INSPIRED RAINY DAY WOMEN
Julia, the founder, has had the opportunity to work with, learn from, and be friends with the most badass, inspiring women since she graduated college. From CEOs to Governor's Chiefs on Policy to women who lead in white, male dominated industries. All women who speak up for what is right, and want to make the world a better place. While these women may not be involved in the day to day aspects of Rainy Day Women, they inspired its creation and continue to inspire its evolving mission for justice. Their continued work and advocacy changes the world and makes them Chief Disruptors for life.
Chief Bark Officer
The best adventure buddy anyone could ask for, Banjo takes after her mother in her goofy personality. She is an Aussie Border Collie mix, and her energy never dies; from hitting the trails to camping, she has been exploring all types of nature from the start. Banjo has hiked the Sierra mountains, kayaked in remote lakes in Western Colorado, explored rivers in Wyoming and Idaho, and experienced all the wonder and beauty of the PNW. She is the explorer of all explorers, but nothing beats exploring her home state of California with her friends. #adoptdontshop
Carefully Crafted With Purpose
To allow people to always hold nature close and provide the happiness we feel in the outdoors every time they look at our pieces.