Fund development planning for financial sustainability
Review of fundraising practices and results
Design and facilitation of meetings, trainings, and retreats
In working with groups, I use tools and approaches that encourage participation, foster dialogue, and build on the strengths, skills, and experience of the group. I collaborate with leaders and groups to create strategy and move forward together.
I am committed to equity and inclusion and invite all participants to bring their full selves into collective work. I see myself as a change agent supporting organizations and leaders who are interested in transformative work.
My work with groups is grounded in the spiral model of popular education, using tools that help groups to make decisions together and valuing everyone's contributions. In the practice of this model, I have learned in collaboration with other facilitators and popular educators that for groups to do their best work, building authentic relationships and transforming unequal power dynamics are woven throughout the entire process. I structure group process with this model and these learnings in mind.
Always Learning - I am committed to my own ongoing learning and growth, and to inviting groups I work with to engage in learning together. I see learning as a lifelong process, and my own analysis, tools, and skills are constantly evolving. I support organizations in building a culture of ongoing learning and evolution, and in creating learning organizations.
Resource Mobilization - I believe that communities and organizations have abundant resources, knowledge, and capacity to create change. I see the facilitator and strategist's role as that of supporting groups in unlocking their own potential and mobilizing resources within the community to catalyze their shared vision.
Leadership by People Most Affected - I believe that the people and communities most affected by systemic and structural inequity have the expertise, skill, and wisdom needed to transform systems and lead the way to a more just, inclusive, and equitable world.
Popular Education - I believe in participatory process that values the wisdom and experience of each individual. I am commited to popular education - recognizing and honoring each person's expertise and wisdom from their own lived experience. I believe that everyone has something to teach and everyone has something to learn.
Caring and Trust - I believe that collective work is most effective and powerful when all participants are invited into a safe, caring, supportive space where they can bring their full selves and all of their gifts to the work. I believe that building caring, transparent, and trusting relationships within a group opens up powerful possibilities for collective strategy and action.
Embodiment and Open-Heartedness - I am committed to an embodied, open-hearted approach to facilitation, incorporating ritual, movement, storytelling, and other practices that engage participants as whole human beings and invite people to deepen their relationships with one another as they work together.
Equity and Inclusion - I recognize the structural nature of oppression. I apply an equity lens to my work with groups, which means centering the experiences of those most impacted by structural oppression in developing strategies that are grounded in equity and inclusion. I recognize that racism is woven through all social issues.
Transforming Dynamics of Power and Oppression - As a facilitator, I am not neutral toward power dynamics within groups. I believe that transforming oppressive power dynamics is part of the role of the facilitator in the popular education tradition. I bring an intersectional feminist perspective to my work with groups, understanding that all forms of oppression are connected, including transphobia, heterosexism, ableism, classism, sexism, and white supremacy.
Systems Thinking - I love systems and structure, and I believe that building systems and capacity through training, planning, and community-building can help organizations create greater impact with their work. I bring a birds-eye perspective, looking at whole systems and adding structural analysis..
Rooted in Place and Community - I believe that organizations thrive when they are strongly rooted in and sustained by the communities in which they work. I respect the unique characteristics of the diverse communities and places that are home to the groups with which I work.