Past Summit Participants

  1. Restorative Economics practitioner, Nwamaka Agbo, brings a solutions-oriented approach to her project management consulting. With a background in organizing, electoral campaigns, policy and advocacy on racial, social and environmental justice issues, Nwamaka supports projects that build resilient, healthy and self-determined communities rooted in shared prosperity. In addition to her consulting practice, Nwamaka is an Associate with the Movement Strategy Center after having completed a Senior Fellowship with the organization. She is also 2017 Fellow for the RSF Integrated Capital Fellowship Program. Nwamaka serves as a Faculty member with EcoDistricts, where she previously served as the Director of Programs for Target Cities—a program to support 11 neighborhood-scale sustainable urban regeneration projects across North American committed to equitable economic development. She currently serves as an Advisory Board Member to Oakland Rising Action and a Board Member to Thousand Currents, Center for Third World Organizing and the Schumacher Center for New Economics. She graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and African American Studies and holds a Master's of Public Administration specializing in Financial Management from San Francisco State University. Nwamaka lives in Oakland with her husband, where she can be found geeking out on the latest sci-fi, Afrofuturism novels or cheering for the Golden State Warriors. She likes her bourbon neat and her sake chilled.

    Nwamaka Agbo

    Oakland, CA

  2. I’M SARA BLENKHORN, A SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGIST AND EXPERT COLLABORATOR. Leverage Lab was created to solve a problem that all businesses face: spinning wheels, duplicating work, and the never-ending struggle of working towards the future when the present is so darn demanding. I believe that if we put our heads together, we can do greater, better things for our businesses and our communities and NOT at the expense of profit, growth, and productivity. Click here to calculate the real cost of growing with the future in mind. (Hint, it’s not as expensive as you think). DOING COLLABORATION DIFFERENTLY We pull together industry and thought leaders and host facilitated dialogue around shared challenges to uncover opportunities to collaborate and solve problems that we collectively face. Innovation is more than just being “sustainable”, it’s about creating solutions that make the business AND the community better. It’s about supporting thoughtful change and encouraging solutions that push beyond traditional thinking. I’ve been lucky enough to work with amazing organizations like Surfrider Foundation, Save on Meats, Intuit, Salt Spring Coffee, Fairware, Novex, Intact Insurance, Meridian Insurance and Mills Basic and have now partnered with VF, VEC, Vancity, SPEC, and THNK to bring the power of collaboration to Vancouver businesses this October. MORE ABOUT SARA.. As a public engagement specialist, a systems-thinker, a facilitator, and a sustainability strategist, Sara works with organizations to help them to take collective action for a better world. Sara has an undergraduate degree in the social side of sustainability and a masters degree in the science behind our planetary boundaries, giving her a balanced understanding of what the issues are and how, as a society, we can innovate to address them STREET CRED M.Sc. Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability BA (Honors) in International Development Toastmasters Speech craft graduate IDEO + ACUMEN Human Centered Design course graduate Landmark Education graduate Facilitation Training by Rachel Marcuse Sprout e-Business Administration course graduate Embers Build a Business course graduate WHO SHE WORKS WITH Sara seeks partnerships with organizations who push boundaries through innovation and collaboration. She believes businesses have the power to create new systemic structures and that they can’t do it alone. Sara’s clients are big picture, long-term thinkers. They are passionate about ideas. They motivate, inspire and seek to create systemic change, and thrive on breaking the status quo.

    Sara Blenkhorn

    Vancouver, BC

  3. David Moy joined the Foundation in 2006. He is a graduate of the Boston Public Schools and Brandeis University. He began his career as a community youth worker. Just prior to joining the Foundation, he served for 15 years as the executive director of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center and for three years as the regional coordinator for the Jamaica Plain Community Centers. David also co-founded The Chinatown Coalition, an ongoing network of community agencies, institutions and faith-based groups and continues to serve as Clerk of the Chinatown Trust Fund committee, which has disbursed nearly $3 million in community grants. David was selected as a Eureka-Boston Fellow and participated in the 2002-2004 cohort. He is actively engaged in the Boston chapter of the Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) and a founding and ongoing member of the Saffron (Asian giving) Circle.

    David Y Moy

    Boston, MA

  4. As Program Director for Maestra – Justice Funders’ leadership development program for philanthropic executives – Jennifer’s role is to facilitate philanthropic organizations in adopting and accelerating their practice of the Just Transition. Jennifer joins the team with a diverse background in philanthropy and grant-making, donor and community organizing, strategic planning and facilitation, program and event management, and resource development. Her areas of expertise include developing strategies to shift power in the field of philanthropy; working with nonprofit partners to increase their organizational capacity; and working in the Just Transition framework to shift from the extractive, fossil-fuel-based economy to the local, living, and cooperative regenerative economy. Jennifer previously served as the Program Director for The Libra Foundation, where she managed the Foundation’s social justice grantmaking and worked to align the organization’s investment strategy with its human rights mission and the Just Transition Framework. She also recently served as the Coordinator for the Building Equity and Alignment Initiative, where she supported the grassroots-led leadership body in their work to shift the culture and practice in philanthropy and drive more resources to frontline groups in the environmental justice movement. As a philanthropic and organizational consultant, she has worked with a range of social justice nonprofits, networks and foundations, including Transform Finance, the New England Grassroots Environment Fund, and the Old Money New System network. Jennifer is currently the Coordinator of the Shake the Foundations project, which is an emergent collaborative project of philanthropic and economic justice organizations working to effectively invest in a Just Transition and build regenerative economies in ways that increase economic and political power for frontline workers and communities. Jennifer serves on the Board of the Endowment for Health in New Hampshire, a statewide, private foundation dedicated to advancing racial equity and improving the health of vulnerable and underserved residents, and she hosts workshops on racial equity and collective liberation where she lives in southeast NH. Jennifer holds a B.A. in International Development from Tulane University and a M.A. in A Human Rights-Based Approach to Development from the University of Sydney. She enjoys growing vegetables in her backyard and improving her salsa dancing. On the weekends, you will likely find her hiking in the White Mountains with her dog or taking a dip in one of the many local swimming holes.

    Jennifer Near

    New Market, NH

  5. Tom is the co-founder of MRW Connected, a mission-driven web communications company, 1% for the Planet member, and winner of BCorp’s 2014 Best for the World Worker Impact award. Tom also founded Music and Poetry Synchronized, an arts organization that brings together poetry by New York City students and music by students at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Public Charter School in Massachusetts. To boot, Tom also recently survived cancer. And that’s just during the last decade of his 30 year career. Tom’s commitment to social justice, equity, and health is a legacy that has deep roots in his family. In 1959, Tom’s grandmother Lydia Babbott Stokes began the eponymous foundation which originally focused on education, women’s issues, arts, and the environment. The foundation now prioritizes its giving in the areas of local and sustainable food systems and new economic design. The trustees of the Stokes Foundation are guided by the same Quaker ethic that guided Lydia B. Stokes—that is, they value social justice and helping people help themselves. Their decision-making follows a consensus model, and they share a belief in the mission and priorities of the foundation. Under Tom’s leadership, Stokes has also taken a position at the leading edge of foundation investment strategy.

    Tom Willits

    Northampton, MA

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