Todd Breyfogle - @ToddBreyfogle
Todd Breyfogle is Director of Seminars for the Aspen Institute, overseeing a number of seminar offerings, including the Aspen Executive Seminar on leadership, values and the good society—since 1950 the heart of the Aspen Institute’s humanities-based executive leadership development programs.

Abigail Golden-Vázquez - @abbeyny
As Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program, Abigail runs a policy program whose goal is to improve understanding of the growing Latino community and its critical importance to the future of the US. She also developed the Institute’s geographical and topical leadership initiatives that comprise the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Joseph Kunkel - @jfkunkel
Joseph, a Northern Cheyenne Tribal Member, is the Executive Director of SNCC. A passionate community designer, planner, and educator, his work has encompassed several community housing projects, and 22 case studies and best practices highlighting exemplary Native housing processes He’s also delivered dozens of workshops and studios to build the design and technical capacity of students and practitioners in Indian Country.

Hanmin Liu - @HanminLiu
Hanmin Liu is president of Wildflowers Institute in San Francisco, a nonprofit organization dedicated to harnessing the will of the community for social good. He is the author of Sustaining Change in a Market Economy: Community, Creativity, and Transformation, Wildflowers Institute (2018); “In Search of the Informal Capital of Community,” Jossey-Bass (2011)

Irfana Noorani - @DCBridgePark
Irfana is the Deputy Director of the 11th Street Bridge Park, a project of Building Bridges Across the River in Washington D.C. Along with fundraising, she works closely with locals to plan community-driven programs like the Anacostia River Festival and other placekeeping initiatives in the adjoining neighborhoods.

Lori Severens - @AspenAscend
Lori Severens manages Ascend’s national and Colorado-focused fellowship programs for diverse leaders with big ideas to help children and families reach their full potential. Previously, she spent almost 15 years in international development in Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. She loves traveling, hiking, painting, and spending time with her family and dog.


Steven Wickes 
Steven Wickes is an experienced moderator at the Aspen Institute in Aspen Colorado. Initially, serving as the director of the largest donor group at the Institute, he now continues his work there solely as a moderator. He has moderated seminars on "The Great Books", "The Great Conversation," and "Our Society Reimagined."





Sarah Allan 
Sarah has worked at the intersection of arts and community for the last 22 years, first at Dwelling Place in Grand Rapids, MI, then New Kensington CDC in Philadelphia and now at The Center for Great Neighborhoods in Covington, KY. While she is deeply aware of how arts and culture can positively impact a neighborhood, she's also aware that layered financing is often a critical piece to making a creative placemaking project truly sustainable.

Jennifer Allen
Jennifer is a community planner who loves connecting people to the relationships and resources they need. At ioby (In Our Backyards), Jennifer works one-on-one with resident leaders across the country to support them in crowdfunding for projects to improve their communities.

John Carlin - @Redhotorg
Over the past twenty-five years John Carlin has been a leader in social, cultural and technological innovation through the work of two companies he started - Red Hot, a non-profit production company that produces albums, videos and digital projects to raise awareness and money to fight AIDS and related health issues and is currently focused on a new company DIYdoc, centered around a mobile app he created that lets people make polished films with their phones.


Christa Drew - @Christa_DAISA
Christa Drew is Senior Consultant with DAISA Enterprises, activating strategy, operations, and technology to realize equitable food systems and vibrant communities. Her work to advance health equity, opportunities, and arts and cultural expression includes clients such as The Kresge Foundation, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and others. With decades of leadership experience and degrees in conflict transformation and public policy and administration, Christa is passionate about justice and systems change.

Eileen Flanagan - @EMFlan
Eileen Flanagan, Chief Innovator at Community Development Advisors LLC, has over 30 years of success in the community and economic development arena. Eileen’s work places her in a vanguard role in understanding community change and how to measure it. She supports change makers undertake outcome evaluation. She also farms.

Sasha Graham
Sasha Graham is a community organizer and activist from Richmond, California, and member of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment. She was a Staying Power fellow in 2017, during which she carried out creative arts and participatory research to change the narrative around housing and displacement in her community. She is currently active in the campaign to repeal Costa Hawkins, a California state law that limits rent control.

Michelle D. Johnson - @mdjohnson1663
Michelle D. Johnson serves as a program officer with The Kresge Foundation’s Arts and Culture Program. Her responsibilities include reviewing grant requests from community- based nonprofit organizations, making recommendations for grant funding, and monitoring a portfolio of grants. Michelle joined Kresge in 2006, having previously worked as a financial resource development analyst for the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Wayne State University and holds a master of science in management from Walsh College.

Nancy Kopf
Since joining Success Measures in 2005, Nancy has overseen all aspects of its training and technical assistance services. She directs a team of evaluation, community development, and training professionals to support a wide range of community development organizations, foundations, intermediaries, and other nonprofits as they incorporate and use the Success Measures evaluation methods and tools.

Eli Moore
Eli Moore is Program Manager for the Haas Institute’s strategic partnerships with grassroots community-based organizations in California. Eli facilitates processes that weave together research, advocacy, power building, and narrative change. Much of his recent work has focused on local strategies and solutions related to displacement, belonging, and fair and inclusive housing.

Soneela Nankani - @Soneela
Soneela Nankani is Managing Director for Center for Performance and Civic Practice and Sojourn Theatre. In addition, she works nationally as a facilitator, advocate and thought partner. She has over 25 years experience as a co-creator, performer and facilitator in community-engaged theater. Soneela is also prolific audiobook narrator with over 100 titles to date.

Luis Ortega - @Story4Change
Luis Ortega is a TEDx Speaker, social impact consultant, facilitator, and the founder and director of Storytellers for Change. He has been featured in the HBO podcast “Where Do You Exist?” and the Ambassador Stories’ “No Blue Print” podcast. For the last thirteen years, Luis has also worked with organizations, school districts, foundations, and universities to help them harness storytelling and story-listening to build more empathetic, inclusive, and equitable communities and systems. Luis is also the producer of the mini-documentary series, First Gen Grads: Change Starts With Your Story, and currently serves as Co-Chair of the City of Seattle’s Immigrant & Refugee Commission.


Michael Rohd
Michael Rohd is founding artistic director of the 18 year old Sojourn Theatre. He is an Institute Professor at Arizona State University’s Herberger Insititute for Design & Art and author of the widely translated book Theatre for Community, Conflict, and Dialogue. He leads the Center for Performance and Civic Practice and was the 2013-2016 Doris Duke Artist-in-Residence at Lookingglass Theater Company in Chicago.

Barbara Schaffer Bacon - @Bsbacon
Barbara Schaffer Bacon co-directs Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts that inspires, informs, promotes, and connects arts and culture as potent contributors to community, civic, and social change. Barbara is president of the Arts Extension Institute @ UMASS. She served on the Belchertown, MA School Committee and is a current member of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Margy Waller - @margyartgrrl
Margy Waller is an advocate for creating community through the arts and advisor to national initiatives on creative placemaking. She is a Senior Fellow at Topos Partnership, Serendipity Director at Art on the Streets, and former Vice-President of Research and Strategic Communications at ArtsWave. Previously she was Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, with a joint appointment in the Economic Studies and Metropolitan Policy programs. Prior to Brookings, she was Senior Advisor on domestic policy in the Clinton-Gore White House. Before joining the Administration, Margy was Senior Fellow for Social Policy and Director of the Working Families Project at the Progressive Policy Institute.

Evan Weissman
Evan Weissman is the founder of Warm Cookies of the Revolution, the first Civic Health Club. He does some other things with his time as well, but you should ask him in person.




Faith Bartley - @villagephilly
Faith joined People’s Paper Co-op at The Village in 2014, a program designed by and for citizens returning from prison. Since then, she has been promoted to Lead Fellow; won a 2016 Leeway Grant; spoken across the US about re-entry; and co-designed anchor programs such as the women in re-entry internship; Ladies Night and community storefront programming.

Jamie Bennett - @sarmoti
Jamie Bennett has been the Executive Director of ArtPlace America since January 2014. Previously, Jamie served as Chief of Staff at the National Endowment for the Arts and Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.  He has also provided strategic counsel at the Agnes Gund Foundation; served as chief of staff to the President of Columbia University; and worked in fundraising at The Museum of Modern Art, the New York Philharmonic, and Columbia College.  His past nonprofit affiliations have included the Board of Directors of Art21 and the HERE Arts Center; the Foot-in-the-Door Committee of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation; and Studio in a School’s Associates Committee.  Jamie received his B.A. from Columbia College in New York City.

Landee Bryant
The Executive Director of the Paducah Art House Alliance since 2008, Landee is elevating the 27-year old organization to a new status in Paducah Ky. A member of the Paducah Main Street Board, owner of Bricolage Art Collective and recently named a Duchess of Paducah, she contributes to the mission of the Art House Convergence group by serving on panels and aiding in the year round planning.

Jane Chu - @NEAJaneChu
Jane Chu is the eleventh chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. With a background in arts administration and philanthropy, Chairman Chu is also an accomplished artist and musician. During her tenure she has awarded more than $490 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and artists; issued new research reports on arts participation and the impact of the arts and cultural industries on the nation's gross domestic product.

James Fallows - @JamesFallows
James Fallows has been a national correspondent for The Atlantic for more than thirty-five years, reporting from China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Europe, and across the United States. He is the author of eleven previous books. His work has also appeared in many other magazines and as public-radio commentaries since the 1980s. He has won a National Book Award and a National Magazine Award. For two years he was President Jimmy Carter’s chief speechwriter.

Deborah Fallows
Deborah Fallows is a linguist and writer who holds a PhD in theoretical linguistics and is the author of two previous books. She has written for The Atlantic, National Geographic, Slate, The New York Times, and The Washington Monthly, and has worked at the Pew Research Center, Oxygen Media, and Georgetown University. She and her husband have two sons and four grandchildren.

Robert Gipe - @robert_gipe
Robert Gipe directs the Appalachian Program at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College in Harlan, Kentucky. He produces the Higher Ground community performance series. Gipe won the 2015 Weatherford Award for outstanding Appalachian novel for Trampoline. Gipe formerly worked at Appalshop, an arts center in Whitesburg, Kentucky.

Anika Goss-Foster
Anika Goss-Foster is the Executive Director of the Detroit Future City (DFC) Implementation Office. In this role, Anika leads a dynamic team of experts to implement the DFC Strategic Framework, the guide to decision-making and investment in Detroit. She also directs all partnerships, project initiatives, investments and funding opportunities for the DFC Implementation Office. Anika joined the DFC Implementation Office after nearly 20 years of leadership in national and local roles in community development and non-profit management.
Jamie Hand - @Jamieowenhand
Jamie Hand brings a background in landscape architecture, project management, and grantmaking to her role as ArtPlace's Director of Research Strategies. Previously, she served as a Design Specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts, where she launched and managed Our Town, and oversaw the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design programs.
Cassia Herron@cassiaspeaks
Cassia is a native of Richmond, KY and identifies as a Louisvillian. She is a community development professional and public policy activist working on projects at the intersections of community/economic development, food and the built environment. Cassia has a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.
Bob Martin
Bob Martin is a theater/film artist, cultural organizer, facilitator, teaching artist and co-founder of Clear Creek Creative in Rockcastle County, KY. He is passionate about using story, theater and media to create spaces where audience and artists merge to transform the human condition and the world we live in. Bob has co-written and directed dozens of community performance projects throughout the region and hosts the Hurricane Gap Community Theater Institute.

Shelton McElroy - @SheltonMcElroy
Shelton is a Parent Advocate with personal experience of the foster and incarceration systems, and helps parents navigate the reunification process all while wielding the power of creative writing and storytelling to empower all throughout the process. He is a JustLeadershipUSA 2016 Fellow, a recipient of 2018 BMe Genius $10,000 award, a writer, actor, artist, photographer, poet, and playwright.

Oscar Perez
Oscar Perez is a Major with the Providence Police Department and the Commanding Officer of the Community Relations Bureau. During the past 24 years he has served in many divisions, and currently serves on the RI Commission for Prejudice in Bias, The RI State Parole Board, the RI College Inclusive Excellence Commission and the Board for the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence (ISPN).

Rip Rapson - @RipRapson
Rip Rapson has served as president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation since 2006, transforming it from a foundation that funded building projects to one that seeks to improve opportunities for people living in America’s cities, including its hometown of Detroit. He previously served as president of the McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis, where he led early childhood development efforts, created a regional public-private-philanthropic economic development organization, and enhanced environmental protections along the Mississippi River. He earlier served as the deputy mayor of Minneapolis, with responsibility for designing a $400 million neighborhood revitalization program, revamping the municipal budgeting process, and elevating the city’s commitment to children and families.

Julia Ryan - @LISC_HQ
Julia leads LISC’s national work to improve health in communities across America, with a particular focus on social and environmental determinants that account for stark differences in life expectancy across underresourced and more affluent places. Julia brings 20 years of experience in community development to this role at LISC, one of the nation’s largest non-profit community development organizations.

DeBraun Thomas - @debraunthomas
DeBraun Thomas is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to Lexington in 2008. After graduating from the University of Kentucky in 2012, he began working as an intern at Lexington's NPR station WUKY and was brought on staff in 2013. History and storytelling are big passions of his and he was able to do both in producing The Unghosting of Medgar Evers (2012) and a documentary on the March on Frankfort (2013) for WUKY. DeBraun is also the host of the Crunkadelic Funk Show which airs Saturdays at 9pm on WUKY.

F. Javier Torres
F. Javier Torres is the Director of the Thriving Cultures Program at Surdna. Prior to joining Surdna, Javier served as the Director of National Grantmaking at ArtPlace, Senior Program Officer for the arts at the Boston Foundation, and as the Director of Villa Victoria Center for the Arts.

Kate Wolford - @katewolford
Kate has spearheaded the development of the McKnight Foundation’s climate mitigation and sustainability efforts and led its impact investing program, earmarking $200 million for higher impact investments, developing a new lower carbon investment product, and promoting impact investing as a tool for learning among grantmakers.
Leslie Kimiko Ward
Leslie Kimiko Ward is a social practice artist, digital innovator, and volunteer shepherd living between Oregon and Alaska. She is the creator of “1000 Cranes for Alaska,” a multi-disciplinary social art/suicide prevention project. Leslie now works in partnership with Native, Indigenous, rural, and culturally responsible individuals/organizations to catalyze community healing through empowering indigenous practices, individuals, family systems, and organizations. Her future goal is to design culturally-responsive, movement-based 21st century tools, to bridge resource gaps in education while improving arts access, academic outcomes, and social emotional health and well being in underserved populations across the country.