People will support what they create. The same is true of learning. We aim to elevate what is known by inviting in the wisdom of the group and then stretching beyond the known with scaffolded learning.
We are each unique. We invite people to come to learning spaces as their full, integrated selves. We engage the whole person in learning and meet them where they—by honoring and inviting in their unique perspectives, strengths, gifts, knowledge, and emotions.
The process is the journey and the destination. We intentionally elevate process as the cement that builds along the way.
Big change happens in small steps. Big changes come as the result of focus, iterative small experiments, and structured reflection. We approach learning with an assumption of, and planning for, implementation and reflection.
Bryn Jones, MA, JD, CPIC, CEQA
Bryn (she/her) helps individuals, leaders, and organizations build momentum for change in their lives, organizations, and communities. In doing so, she draws on her background in social justice and conservation work, an education in law and policy, professional training and certification in coaching, emotional intelligence, mindfulness, and facilitation, a long career as a leader in the nonprofit sector, and from a desire to help build compassionate, healthy and resilient communities. Through coaching, consulting, facilitating, and thought leadership, she helps people and organizations lead and live with intention, wisdom and heart. She is also a mother of two little boys who give her the incentive to live up to the person they believe her to be and be an active agent for positive change in the world.
Sarah Griffiths, MFA, CPIC, CEQP
Sarah has been working as a consultant and coach for 20 years. She is a facilitator of change who works at the systems, organization, and individual levels to design, facilitate, and support change processes. She draws on her knowledge of strengths-based approaches to change and her background in education, whole systems facilitation, professional development and non-profit organizational development. Sarah is also a professional certified coach and EQ Practitioner. She co-created the Community Leadership Accelerator with Bryn. She is the mother of two grown children and has recently relocated from Tucson, where she spent the last 17 years, to Edinburgh, Scotland.
Lillian Aponte Miranda
Lillian Aponte Miranda was born and grew up in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. She has a long-standing career in public service and human rights advocacy. She currently serves as the Children's Program Manager at the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project and has also served as Interim Deputy Director and Pro Bono Program Manager with the Florence Project. Prior to joining the Florence Project, Lillian served as an Associate Professor of Law at Florida International University (FIU) College of Law in Miami, Florida. During her eleven years as a professor at the FIU College of Law, Lillian taught advanced level courses on International Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples’ Rights under International Law, and Complex Litigation as well as foundational courses on Civil Procedure, Property, Legal Research and Writing, and Appellate Advocacy. Lillian’s research, advocacy, and publications as a law professor focused on advancing the status and rights of historically disadvantaged and marginalized communities under international human rights law. Her work has been published in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, the Oregon Review of International Law, the Lewis and Clark Law Review, and the American Indian Law Review. As a law professor, she lectured both nationally and internationally on myriad issues pertaining to the advancement of human rights for vulnerable populations. Lillian earned her J.D. with Honors from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where she served as the Articles Editor and Senior Research Editor for the University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy.
Richard Crews is the Director of Programs for the Human Services Campus, the leading agency serving single adults experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County. His career has taken him from neighborhood transformation work in the heart of South Phoenix, to facilitating systems level strategies and initiatives across the country. His efforts to create impact have been featured by the Arizona Republic, Living Cities, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review among other publications. Mr. Crews has spoken nationally, and facilitated conversations centering issues related to race, education, institutional and political engagement, community policing, public health, and many other issues. The Greater Phoenix Urban League named Mr. Crews as one of the Top 40 Diverse leaders Under 40. He is a National Equity in Education Fellow Alumni of STRIVE Together. Most recently, Richard was chosen as a Bank of America’s 2020 Neighborhood Builder Emerging Leaders Cohort as well as being accepted as a fellow to the Shriver Center on Poverty Law 2021 Racial Justice Institute which is a groundbreaking national leadership program, grounded in a commitment to race-equity as an integral and essential part of anti-poverty advocacy.
Currently, Mr. Crews serves on several advisory boards including being a member of the African American Advisory Board for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office dating back to 2016, and is on the Board of Directors for ALWAYS (Arizona Legal Women and Youth Services).
Beyond the Human Services Campus, Richard leads the Radicle Solutions Group, a consultancy that specializes in moving Communities, Institutions, and Individuals from Idea to Impact particularly through a lens of Equity and Justice. Above every credential, the title he is most-proud of is that of father to his three sons.
Tallerita Tunney Rogers (she/her) is an Indigenous Social Worker with Child Welfare specialization training and a passion for healthy communities. Tallerita earned a BA in Sociology from Macalester College and her MSW and MPA from Arizona State University, Tallerita is also a Licensed Social Worker (LMSW). Tallerita currently serves as Director of Community Development at Native Americans for Community Action, Inc. in Flagstaff, Arizona, the traditional homelands to over 11 Indigenous communities. In her role as Director, Tallerita oversees 2 Tribal youth suicide prevention programs funded by the SAMHSA (Native Connections and Reach UR Life), an Economic Development Program, a CDC funded diabetes prevention Program (L.I.F.E. - Lasting Indigenous Family Enrichment), and an expanding Supportive Services program which provides limited financial assistance and direct supports to community members. Tallerita also serves as Branch Representative for Northern Arizona for National Association for Social Workers - Arizona Chapter, and is a Behavioral Health Training Institute Trainee for 2021. Finally, Tallerita serves on the Community Land Use Planning Committee (CLUPC) for her home community's Chapter, the local tribal government's entity. Most importantly, Tallerita is a mom of 3 beautiful Diné (Navajo) children who strives to teach her children the language and culture.
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