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Nwamaka Agbo

As a 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.

Shilpa Alimchandani

Shilpa Alimchandani is the Founder and Principal of Mookti Consulting. She has more than 20 years of experience in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), leadership development, and intercultural learning. Shilpa is a DEI consultant, leadership coach, and facilitator who partners with clients to develop holistic solutions that lead to transformational change. In her independent consulting practice, Shilpa has conducted DEI assessments, co-created DEI strategies with clients, facilitated high impact workshops, and advised clients on issues of racial equity and justice.

M Jahi Chappell

M. Jahi Chappell is a scholar, organizer, son of social workers, and grandson of Michigan farmers. He is the Director of the Center for Regional Food Systems, W.K. Kellogg Foundation Endowed Chair and Professor in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University. Previous appointments include terms as Executive Director of the Southeastern African American Farmers Organic Network (SAAFON) and Food First, and as faculty at Washington State University and Coventry University (UK). He has published numerous articles and two books: Beginning to End Hunger: Food and the Environment in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and Beyond (2019), and Agroecology Now! Transformations Towards More Just and Sustainable Food Systems (2020, co-authored with colleagues from the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience at Coventry University).

Sihle Dinani

Sihle is the Chief Financial Officer at Tides Advocacy. With over 20 years of finance and operations experience, Sihle is passionate about supporting highly functioning nonprofit infrastructure. Most recently, Sihle worked with Movement Strategy Center, a funder intermediary and fiscal sponsor incubating social justice organizations nationwide.

Flavia Jimenez

Flavia Jimenez became Managing Director of Organizational Development & Leadership in 2016. In this newly created role, she is responsible for leading organizational change initiatives and opportunities for professional growth to staff through coordinated training and leadership efforts. Prior to this role, Flavia served as Senior Attorney and Project Director of Immigrant Justice for two years.

Herschelle Milford

Herschelle Milford has 30 years of professional career and personal experience in an ethnically diverse society in South Africa, leading organizations and managing projects. A graduate from the University of the Western where she also completed a Higher Education diploma as a teaching professional, she worked for 8 years in the fields of education, both in a governmental and non-profit setting.

Ruth Sawyer

Ruth Sawyer dreams of building healthy, resilient, and community-centered economies that work for everyone. Over the course of a varied career across several disciplines and sectors, they have consistently worked on issues at the intersection of equity, environment, and community and economic development.

Zanele Sibanda

Zanele has spent her career working for social and gender justice. She worked early in her career with a University of Chicago research team on developing a theoretical framework of community driven development. Previously, Zanele was the Program and Policy Director with Chicago United, a racial justice organization, and later worked with the Rural Craft Cottage Industries to support the social, political, and economic empowerment of women in Zimbabwe.