about

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My best days at work involve thinking expansively with visionary leaders, philanthropists and foundations about how network strategy, human centered design and systems thinking amplify our efforts to create a more inclusive and just future. There is usually chocolate involved.

I happily wear many hats. I cofounded the With/In Collaborative, a consulting collaborative that is committed to working alongside leaders to re-imagine and re-design the communal systems that no longer serve us. I am program director to the New Leadership Network, senior advisor to Open Impact and philanthropic advisor to the Peleh Fund. Previously, I spent a year working with the Organizational Effectiveness team at the Packard Foundation; and I have served as senior advisor to both DataKind and the Fellows Program at Stanford's d.School. My client work looks to amplify, accelerate and deepen the work of leaders and funders by embedding deeply at moments of transition and uncertainty and intentionally design a better future.

In a previous life, I was the first senior program officer at the Jim Joseph Foundation and the founding US director of the Israel Venture Network. In 2011, I received the JJ Greenberg Award for Philanthropic Leadership from the Jewish Funders Network. That was a really good day in light of what JJ Greenberg was all about.

I often get to write and speak about what I'm learning which is a pretty cool part of the job. I recently co-authored the book Leading Systems Change, with Open Impact's Heather McLeod Grant. The book, now available for free download, tells the story of two communities embracing the opportunities and constraints of living in California's Central Valley; and provides funders and practitioners with a detailed case-study, lessons learned, and tools for creating more equity-centered systems change.

After 20 years away from the east coast, I'm considered native to the Bay Area. I live there with my husband and two daughters. I get to yoga twice a week. Ok, maybe once.