Meet the LeaderSpring Staff

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dr. Sonia Bassheva mañjon,
Executive director,
Class of 2006 Alumni

Sonia possesses experience in higher education, nonprofit, and government administration. She served as the inaugural director of the Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise and Associate Professor of Arts Administration, Education and Policy at The Ohio State University (OSU). Before joining OSU, Sonia was Vice President for Institutional Partnerships, Chief Diversity Officer (CDO), and Visiting Associate Professor of Theatre at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She was appointed by CT Speaker of the House Donovan to the State Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission. She was a member of the Governor’s Education Policy Task Force to reform teacher preparation programs for the CT State Department of Education. In California, she was a member of the Alameda County Education Reform Policy Board for secondary and post-secondary education. Sonia is the former executive director of the Center for Art and Public Life and founding chair of the Community Arts major.

RACHEL FARAHBAKHSH,
MANAGER OF OPERATIONS AND SPECIAL PROJECTS

For more than 10 years, Rachel has strengthened nonprofit organizations by creating people-centered systems and infrastructure. A native Bostonian, Rachel spent three years in Guatemala before making the move to California. She likes ice cream and studies Afro-Latino percussion and dance.

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SAFI JIROH,
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS

Safi brings more than 25 years of experience in the public and nonprofit sectors as a leader, grantmaker, nonprofit consultant and certified integral coach. Her Oakland-based leadership positions have included: Executive Director of the Marcus Foster Ed Fund; Community Faculty Fellow with the Center for Art and Public Life at the California College of the Arts; and Grants and Nonprofit Management Analyst for the City of Oakland’s Cultural Arts Department. Safi is an alumna of the LeaderSpring Class of 2008!

Carri Katonah,
Interim Program Coordinator

Carri has managed programs in youth leadership development and environmental education for over 8 years, specifically with the Student Conservation Association, as well as other non-profits in the Bay Area and Denver, CO.  While she has called the Bay Area home for almost 10 years, she is originally from the Chicagoland area. Carri is interested in working at the root of social justice issues in order to create systemic change. She loves to spend time exploring outdoors and adventuring with her family.

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LEA WOODS,
DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATIONS ASSISTANT

Lea studied Philosophy at Portland State University and the University College London before moving to China to teach English. Prior to joining LeaderSpring, Lea became involved in politics, where she worked for two years at the Center for Women’s Leadership, and interned for a congressional office and a political campaign. Lea is interested in community development and in finding innovative, cross-sector solutions to social issues.

 

Our Leadership Council

DIANA BERMUDEZ Consultant in Philanthropy

DIANA BERMUDEZ
Consultant in Philanthropy

CHARMAINE DETWEILER(TREASURER) Women’s Leadership Council

CHARMAINE DETWEILER(TREASURER)
Women’s Leadership Council

HOLLY GOLD* (VICE CHAIR) Rockridge Little Schools

HOLLY GOLD* (VICE CHAIR)
Rockridge Little Schools

KYM JOHNSON LUQMAN* BANANAS

KYM JOHNSON
LUQMAN* 
BANANAS

MICHELLE LY CPA, Marcum LLC

MICHELLE LY
CPA, Marcum LLC

JENNIFER LYLE* (SECRETARY) Building Blocks for Kids Collaborative

JENNIFER LYLE* (SECRETARY)
Building Blocks for Kids Collaborative

MARIANA MOORE (CHAIR) Mariana Moore Consulting

MARIANA MOORE (CHAIR)
Mariana Moore Consulting