Board
of Directors

Nwamaka Agbo
Next Economy Fellow, Movement Strategy Center

As 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, NwamakaAgbo.com, Nwamaka is also a Senior Fellow at the Movement Strategy Center and a 2017 Fellow for the RSF Integrated Capital Fellowship Program. Nwamaka previously served as the Director of Programs at EcoDistricts leading Target Cities – a program to support 11 neighborhood-scale sustainable urban regeneration projects across North American committed to equitable economic development.

As the Director of Programs at Transform Finance, Nwamaka helped to design and launch the inaugural Transform Finance Institute for Social Justice leaders. The Institute was created to educate and train social justice community leaders about how to best leverage impact investments to deepen their social impact for transformative social change.

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.

 

Fahad Ahmad
Independent Nonprofit Consultant
Thousand Currents Chair of the Board of Directors

Fahad Ahmad is a consultant, researcher, and program evaluator. He helps social justice, arts, and community-based nonprofit organizations to enhance their strategic, operational, and leadership capacities. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy at Carleton University. Fahad was the COO and later the interim CEO of Soliya, an innovative nonprofit that uses new media technologies to educate and mobilize global youth in order to foster greater cross-cultural understanding. He continues to serve as Soliya’s Senior Advisor. Fahad has also worked as the VP of Strategic Initiatives at Search for Common Ground, one of the world’s largest peacebuilding organizations. Fahad’s expertise includes policy analysis and advocacy, developing and implementing organizational strategy, driving social change using new technologies, managing and evaluating domestic and international programs, building partnerships and mobilizing community, developing earned income strategies, and applying for funding support from foundations and governments. He has facilitated nonprofit board and staff conversations to establish governance structures and create implementable strategic plans. Fahad’s diverse experiences and background make him a creative problem solver. He has worked as a computer engineer, made short films, and has lived and worked in the Middle East, India, Canada, and the U.S. Fahad holds graduate degrees from York University in Canada (MBA) and the University of Wisconsin Madison (MS), as well as a Bachelor’s degree from India.

Rajasvini Bhansali
Executive Director, Thousand Currents

Rajasvini Bhansali is the Executive Director of Thousand Currents (formerly IDEX) and a passionate advocate for participatory grassroots-led social change and movement building. In her wide-ranging career devoted to social, ecological, and economic justice, she has led a national social enterprise, managed a public telecommunications infrastructure fund addressing digital divide issues, and worked as a researcher, planner, policy analyst and strategy consultant. Vini also worked alongside community leaders as a capacity builder for youth polytechnics in rural Kenya for over two years, an experience she credits as motivating her to work to transform international development and philanthropy towards more people-centered practices. Born and raised in India, Vini earned a Master’s in Public Affairs with a focus on technology and telecommunications policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor′s in Astrophysics and Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities & Social Sciences from UC Berkeley. Vini has been involved in community organizing and volunteer board roles for the last two decades. Currently, she serves on advisory boards for the Agroecology Fund and the Women’s Building in New York City and guest lectures in the Master’s of Leadership in Sustainability Program at the University of Vermont. In 2015, she was honored with a Leaders in Action award by Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), and she was a Social Entrepreneurship (SEERS) fellow at Stanford University in 2016. Vini is also a published poet, essayist, storyteller, popular educator, and a trainer with the Rockwood Leadership Institute. When not engaged with community organizations, Vini can be found hiking, cooking, and dancing with friends.

 

M. Jahi Cappell
Senior Research Fellow at Coventry University’s Center for Agroeceology, Water and Resilience 

M. Jahi Chappell is a political ecologist and Senior Research Fellow of Agroecology and Agricultural Policy at Coventry University’s Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience in the UK. Prior to Coventry, Dr. Chappell worked across several disciplines and sectors, including a stint as a liquid soap formulation engineer, before returning to graduate school and completing a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan. He was subsequently a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University’s Department of Science and Technology Studies, followed by three years as an assistant professor of environmental science and justice at Washington State University Vancouver. From 2012-2013, he additionally served as the Associate Director of the WSU Vancouver’s Center for Social and Environmental Justice. In 2013, he left WSU to serve as co-Director of the program for Decentralized and Democratized Food Systems at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. During his time there, he spearheaded an open letter to the Secretary-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations that helped to solidify the FAO’s commitment to agroecology. He has consulted for the La Vía Campesina, the FAO, and the World Future Council. In 2018, he published his first book, Beginning to end hunger: Food and the environment in Brazil and beyond, which Raj Patel has hailed as “a provocation to new thought and better action to end hunger permanently.

Gregory Hodge
Organizational Development Consultant, Khepera Consulting
Thousand Currents Secretary of the Board of Directors 

Gregory Hodge is a social change activist and organizational development consultant with Khepera Consulting. Working as a strategist, meeting designer, facilitator and coach, Gregory works with a range of groups from small non-profits and foundations to public agencies, particularly school districts. He has served as lead consultant on the Equal Voice for America’s Families Campaign, an initiative of the Marguerite Casey Foundation, and the 2025 Campaign for Black Men and Boys. His clients include The California Endowment, the Association for Black Foundation Executives, Sierra Health Foundation, and Oakland Unified School District’s Office of African American Achievement. As a leader in his community, Gregory served two four-year terms as a member of the Oakland Unified School District Board of Education beginning in January 2000, including a year as president of the board. He served nine years on Workforce Investment Board, City of Oakland. In addition, he serves as the Chief Network Officer for the Brotherhood of Elders Network, an intergenerational network of African descent men. Greg is a Fulbright-Hayes Fellow, recipient of the Gerbode Fellowship and alumni of the Rockwood Leadership Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University and a law degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He is a proud father and active gardener, and lives in Oakland, California.

Sasha Rabsey
Founder and Director, HOW Fund

Sasha Rabsey is the founder and director of the HOW Fund, which supports international programs for girls. HOW Fund grantees range from an anti sex trafficking program in Vietnam, to a mentorship program for adolescent girls in Nairobi, to a training program committed to ending Female Genital Cutting in Burkina Faso. In addition to providing program grants, Sasha established the HOW Fellowship in 2011. The Fellowship recognizes grassroots leaders working with young women on issues of education, social justice and reproductive health. Sasha is also the co-founder of Present Purpose Network a collective action fund comprised of women who pool their resources and invest in meaningful solutions that impact young women and girls. The women learn about best practices in women’s philanthropy and how to be informed donors. Sasha speaks, writes and consults on effective and meaningful philanthropic engagement as well as on girls’ and women’s issues internationally. She is on the boards of Thousand Currents, Bantwana Initiative, Komera and the Programs and Services Committee of Exponent Philanthropy and previously served on the board of GRACE USA.

Julian Rhoads
Senior Program Officer, The Asia Foundation
Thousand Currents Board Treasurer

Julian Rhoads is a Senior Program Officer in the Leadership and Exchange Programs unit of The Asia Foundation. He is responsible for design, implementation and oversight of flagship leadership development and exchange programs. He joined The Asia Foundation in 2011 as Executive Assistant, providing professional and administrative support for the President of the Foundation. In 2015, he assumed the role of Special Assistant to the President and Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees, serving as principal aide to the President in executing overall institutional goals with advisory, research, and operational support, and providing support to the Board of Trustees. Previously, Julian was a Researcher & Administrative Assistant in the Innovation Team at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) headquarters in New York in the Division of Communication, developing solutions to last-mile development problems using new technologies. Julian has served on the Board of Thousand Currents since 2013, and previously chaired their Young Professionals Group. Julian holds a Bachelors in International Studies from the University of Chicago, and is a lifelong StartingBloc Fellow. Born and raised in Massachusetts, he lives in Oakland, CA.

Susan Rosenberg
Human and Prisoner Rights Advocate and Writer
Thousand Currents Vice Chair of the Board of Directors

Susan Rosenberg is a human rights and prisoners rights advocate, adjunct professor, communications consultant, award-winning writer, public speaker and a formerly incarcerated person. Her memoir, An American Radical, details her 16 years in federal prison as well as her conclusions about her prison experience and her past. She was released from prison in 2001 through executive clemency by then President Bill Clinton. Upon her release she worked at American Jewish World Service for 12 years beginning as a writer then becoming the Director of Communications. Post-AJWS Susan has worked extensively as a strategic consultant in organizational development with a focus on human rights, international development and criminal justice reform. She founded Sync It Communications, a communications-consulting group, and is the Director of the Erroll Garner Jazz Project. Susan is a founding member of the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls and is on the Board of Advisors for Alliance of Families for Justice. She is an adjunct professor at Hunter College and a member of the prison writing committee of PEN America. Susan lives in Brooklyn, New York with her partner.

Topher Wilkins
CEO, Opportunity Collaboration


Topher Wilkins has been hosting people in collaborative environments for the purposes of social change for nearly a decade. Starting with the Highland City Club, which he co-founded in Boulder, Colorado, to managing Dunton Hot Springs, and finally with the Opportunity Collaboration, Topher is passionate about creating high-end, high-impact gatherings. Topher is attracted to Thousand Currents because of the radically innovative and ground-breaking approach they have developed towards supporting grassroots practitioners in the fight against global poverty. Topher holds a Master’s in Education from the CU Boulder and a Bachelor’s in Anthropology from Pomona College. He and his wife, Jorian, live in Santa Cruz, California, where they are raising their family of three young boys, Booker, Dunton and Justus.

Ada Williams Prince
Program Strategy Lead, Pivotal Ventures, Executive Office of Melinda Gates

Ada Williams Prince is currently Program Strategy Lead for Pivotal Ventures, Executive Office of Melinda Gates. Before joining the Pivotal Ventures, Ada was a Program Officer with the Marguerite Casey Foundation and the Director of Policy for OneAmerica, where she helped build its immigrant integration strategy, worked on its education portfolio for K-12 racial justice, and spearheaded internal planning of a gender equity policy. Ada has also worked with the Women’s Refugee Commission in New York City as a Senior Advocacy Officer. She has also worked at the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Survivors, Save the Children UK, Refugees International, and the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance/USAID. She is a current board member of the Women’s Funding Alliance and iLEAP and has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Wandsworth Women’s Aid UK, a domestic violence shelter. She previously served on the board of directors of Neighborhood House and on the board of the Refugee Women’s Alliance (Seattle). Ada holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the School for International Training and a Master of Arts in Development Studies from Bradford University.