Meet the newest members of our team!

By Angela Jia-Yin Ng, Communications and Fundraising Fellow
Last week at our staff retreat, we welcomed Thousand Currents’s new staff – Jinky, Jessie, Hafsa, and Dino! We asked each of them four questions to learn more about the newest members of our beloved community.

Thousand Currents Staff and Board at our Strategic Planning Retreat on February 17-18, 2017

 

Director of Finance and Administration- Jenesha (Jinky) de Rivera 

Jinky oversees Thousand Currents’ financial and human resource functions, ensuring our overall organizational effectiveness.

What is one thing that you most value about Thousand Currents?

I value our collective courage to think outside of the box. Together our creative power is limitless and we are manifesting change that is simultaneously fierce, compassionate and humble.

What does being a part of “Thousand Currents” mean to you?

Thousand Currents encapsulates for me one of my favorite spiritual concepts: this idea of an infinite interdependent web. It reminds me that there is a vastness of resources and solidarity in our network and for me that is the perfect antidote to the current climate where fear and scarcity are vying to delude us.

What or who inspires you?

James Baldwin. I must have read his book, Another Country, at least four times.

What is your favorite memory from the staff retreat?

This weekend I learned that everyone involved with Thousand Currents: staff, board, artists-in-residence and individuals who continue to work with us in other capacities, are all incredibly intelligent, articulate, music makers AND creative dancers!

Together our creative power is limitless.

Fun fact: Jinky is a writer, creating work for the stage, page, and screen, and serves on the Leadership Sangha of the East Bay Meditation Center.

Learn more about Jinky here!

 

Director of Donor Organizing- Jessie Spector

Jessie invites and engages donors and supporters of Thousand Currents to offer their whole selves in support of social justice.

What is one thing that you most value about Thousand Currents?

Thousand Currents truly listens to its grassroots partners. It is unfortunately rare to find a foundation that is both 100% committed to long-term support of its grantee partners, and is consistently taking feedback and incubating new ideas in the name of being most supportive of movements for justice.

What does being a part of “Thousand Currents” mean to you?

When I think of Thousand Currents I picture hundreds of streams, rivers and waterfalls coming from all different directions and in all different terrains, ultimately mixing together in the ocean. Being part of Thousand Currents is the honor of getting to be part of supporting a few of those flows of organizing, swelling into the ocean of justice. 

What or who inspires you?

I am inspired by ecosystems in nature. I am constantly awed as I learn the depths of the intricate ways plants and animals work together to make the world work.

What is your favorite memory from the staff retreat?

At our last retreat our team shared stories of where we each come from, and what experiences and identities have shaped our selves and views on the world. Learning about what has shaped each of us was such a vulnerable and valuable building block of trust, relationship, and understanding – I loved it.

Being part of Thousand Currents is…

supporting a few of those flows of organizing, swelling into the ocean of justice.

Fun fact: When not organizing, Jessie can be found on long bike rides through New England, baking bread, and eating ice cream.

Learn more about Jessie here!

 

Learning and Evaluation Manager- Hafsa Mustafa

Hafsa ensures that our team is continuously challenging ourselves and improving our work.

What is one thing that you most value about Thousand Currrents?

Thousand Currents has proven its commitment to critical self-reflection and is constantly listening and responding to the feedback from its partners in the Global South. It is truly driven by the wisdom of grassroots leaders in the Global South and it brings this value to every aspect of its work.

What does being a part of “Thousand Currents” mean to you?

Joining this team is a privilege and deeply humbling. I feel like I am part of a revolution – a radical force of ideas, mindset, and values that inspire, teach, and demonstrate how to most effectively address most challenging problems facing the world!

What or who inspires you?

I am deeply inspired by the wisdom and resilience of grassroots leaders and organizations in the Global South who fearlessly fight oppressive systems and institutions larger and better funded than themselves. These movements are truly focused on community well-being and driven by the people for the people. Their victories inspire me.

What is your favorite memory from the staff retreat?

Hearing perspectives from board members and staff with different backgrounds and experiences was enlightening, energizing and humbling.

I feel like I am part of a revolution –

a radical force of ideas, mindset and values.

Fun fact: Hafsa is an Adjunct Faculty at the University of San Francisco’s School of Management where she teaches a practicum MNA course on Social Impact Analysis.

Learn more about Hafsa here!

 

Executive Assistant- Dino Foxx

Dino provides logistics coordination and support to our Executive Director and Board of Directors.

What is one thing that you most value about Thousand Currents?

Thousand Currents has the courage and passion to tackle the world’s toughest matters. They have the ability to truly model the idea of resistance and continue to work towards a better future for people around the world.

What does being a part of “Thousand Currents” mean to you?

Water is powerful. It has shown us its transformative power to level entire neighborhoods in minutes. It has shown us how to use it to nurture and heal and if you surrender to its power, it can transport you quickly for long distances. In those many currents flowing through bodies of water all over the world you’ll find ability to change, you’ll find life, and you’ll find growth. As an employee of Thousand Currents, I am ready to be a vessel used to carry all of those things to our partners all over the world.

What or who inspires you?

I am inspired by womyn, queer womyn, womyn of color, and those who create non-violent social change in the world. The leadership at Thousand Currents embodies all of my inspiration.

What is your favorite memory from the staff retreat?

I was welcomed to our staff with open arms at our retreat. Seeing smiling faces, feeling strong hugs and sharing laughter helped me to truly know that this is the place I will make great things happen in the coming years.

In those many currents…

you’ll find ability to change, you’ll find life, and you’ll find growth.

Fun fact: Dino is an actor, singer, poet, arts educator, activist, author – and a fire-eater!

Learn more about Dino here!

 

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