Eco-Event Planner, Twirl Management
Johanna Walsh is an eco-event planner and consultant based in San Francisco and New York City. She is the founder and manager of Twirl Management, a firm that develops and promotes environmentally responsible opportunities for events. Twirl is a Certified Green Business by the City & County of San Francisco. Walsh sits on the Board of Directors for the Northern California Chapter of the Green Meeting Industry Council.
Johanna gained her event planning and consulting skills while working in fashion and film industries in New York City. She relocated in 2006 to the Bay Area to follow her career as an event planner. After working on several events, she realized one common theme: they were all inherently wasteful - and little infrastructure was available to help make them more environmentally friendly. With this motivation, she started Twirl – an organization that coordinates low impact and eco-friendly events and supports other planners and venues by providing a green infrastructure in which to produce their events and meetings. In the past three years the company has been recognized for its commitment to sustainability by Co-Op America and The City & County of San Francisco. The firm has focused on non-profit fundraisers and corporate events offering A-Z planning an eco-event consulting. Programs such as Raffle-4-Riders, Eco-Zones, staff training and catering on-site waste management have allowed Twirl to push other events and companies towards their goals of sustainable operations. Walsh has a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Ecology from NYU, an Associates Degree from F.I.T in Merchandising and a fancy looking certificate in French Culture and Language from the Sorbonne.