I facilitate planning processes and skill-based workshops for a number of organizations (in the US, Colombia and Ecuador) in English and Spanish, primarily as a Training Associate of Training for Change.
My facilitation style is guided by a number of principles – please contact me if you want to know more about that. The rest of this page is more of a traditional resume.
Recently I’ve provided facilitation and strategic planning support for Healthy & Affordable Food for All, the Neighborhood Farm Initiative, School of the Americas Watch Leadership Council, and in Colombia with Espacios Pares and the Partido Verde de Colombia, among others.
In addition to strategic planning processes and meeting facilitation, topics have included:
✪ Open-ended evaluation
✪ Goal/mission alignment
✪ Examining issues of diversity, rank & privilege within the organization
✪ Strategy consultation & campaign design
✪ Strengthening organizational resilience to disruptive events
I also lead skill-based workshops and consult on curriculum design and other leadership or management processes.
I’ve helped outreach workers expand their outreach toolboxes; assisted environmental activists to examine how race, gender, and other privilege/oppression dynamics impact their work; created a space for nonprofit leaders to step out of their day-to-day workplans to gain a greater perspective on their leadership skills; and assisted organizations that work with young people to create more youth-friendly learning environments.
Here’s a sampling:
✪ Training for (Simultaneous & Consecutive) Community Interpreters
✪ Public Speaking for People Who Really Don’t Want To
✪ Tools for Working with Diversity & Mainstream/Margin Dynamics
✪ Designing More Dynamic Presentations & Trainings
✪ Learning from Bamboo: Strengthening Personal Resilience
✪ Anti-Oppression for Law Students
✪ Training for Youth Trainers
✪ Organizing Effectively & Discovering Personal Power
Those are the basics.
Here’s a little more…
As an educator, I’ve taught several classes at Georgetown University and in other formal academic settings, in addition to designing workshops for groups with a wide range of literacy levels.
I’ve been fortunate to work for over decade as an organizer and strategist with grassroots initiatives. I’ve helped plan campaigns to win new tenants rights, expand the rights of immigrants, stop the cutting of safety net programs, win on-the-job protections for janitors and security officers, and to shift US foreign policy. And I’ve organized with tenants of subsidized housing, immigrant voters, low-income workers, and white, middle class residents who wanted to positively impact their neighborhoods.
I continue to coach leaders with local and national grassroots organizations on leadership development, creating healthy workplaces and other topics.
I also work as a simultaneous ENG<–>SPAN interpreter and interpreter trainer.
Of the projects I’ve been involved with, I’m currently most proud of being a co-founder and member of the Board of Instigators of the all-volunteer Diverse City Fund, which recently distributed $135,000 in grants to 59 organizations in its first year.