Move to End Violence engages in training, practice, and exploration in 5 core areas to help strengthen the movement to end violence against girls and women: beloved community, transformational leadership development, organizational development for transformation, liberation and equity, and movement building for social change. Our faculty team is made up of an amazing group of folks with expertise in these areas, working together to build the capacity of our Movement Makers, their organizations, and the movement at large.
Core Training Team:
This group of practitioners, each with their own area of expertise, make up our core faculty, anchoring the Movement Makers’ training, practice and exploration over the course of their experience in the program.
Maura is an interdependent social change facilitator, consultant and coach. Her approach to transformative leadership and organizational development is rooted in her 25-year commitment to racial and gender justice and queer liberation. She supports and challenges leaders to clarify purpose and vision, align values and practice, and create organizations that are liberatory, sustainable and adaptive. Learn More
Racial Justice Strategist & Facilitator
Monica Dennis leads a consulting practice that provides training, coaching, strategic planning and leadership development to organizations and communities committed to racial justice and equity. Monica is part of Move to End Violence's core faculty team. Learn More
Resonance Network and Parenting for Liberation
Trina Greene Brown is a proud Black-feminist Mama-activist of two. She founded Parenting for Liberation for parents of Black children to envision a world where our children are free to be their most liberated selves. Joining the Resonance Network, Trina will lead, catalyze and cultivate cross-movement partnerships and collaborations that are both proactive and leverage emergent opportunities. As a faculty for Move to End Violence, Trina engages leaders within the violence against women's movement to build an inclusive gender and racial justice movement by fostering deep, authentic relationships in beloved community. Learn More
Core Coaching Team:
These organizational development coaches work with Movement Makers and their organizations to help bring the Move to End Violence core elements and practices home.
Leadership and Organizational Development Coach and Consultant
Michelle Gislason, MA, is a Leadership and Organizational Development Coach and Consultant. She joined the Move to End Violence team in 2015 as an Organizational Development Coach, specializing in leadership development and peer coaching techniques. Learn More
Management Assistance Group
Elissa Sloan Perry has over 20 years of experience as a staff member, board member, consultant and coach with several individuals, organizations and initiatives in the areas of leadership, youth development and the arts. Past clients include Greenlining Institute, Partnership for Working Families, New York City Mission Society, Urban Habitat, National Alliance for Media Arts & Culture, and PICO California. Learn More
These talented practitioners contribute to the Move to End Violence learning community through concentrated efforts that deepen our program offerings.
Movement Strategy Center
Mimi is Co-Director of Movement Strategy Center. She has over two decades of organizing and consulting experience — from building local organizing institutions to statewide and national policy campaigns — with a special focus on organizing low-income communities of color. She is passionate about how the internal shifts of individuals and organizations unleash big external impact. Learn More
Racial Equity and Liberation Facilitator
Rachael Ibrahim uses her passion for the fine arts and the African Diaspora to create social change locally and globally using anti-racist and intersectional, anti-oppression frameworks. Rachael joined Move to End Violence for the second international learning exchange and has stayed involved as a convening and workshop facilitator. Learn More
On the Right Mind
Claudia is visual facilitator who believes that great things happen when we come together in authentic, creative collaboration. She founded On The Right mind with a committed to help create a better world by fostering connection: to ourselves & our ideas, to others and their ideas and to the larger whole. She uses visuals as a tool for change and connection fostering meaning making, understanding and innovation. Learn More
JASS is dedicated to strengthening the voice, visibility, and collective organizing power of women to create a just, sustainable world for all. Our feminist movement-building and popular education strategies combine innovative learning, organizing, communications and action that equip and energize activists, expand alliances and mobilize women’s movements for greater political influence and to ensure the safety of activists in an increasingly risky world. Founded in 2002 as a community of practice by activists, popular educators and scholars from 13 countries, JASS generates cutting-edge knowledge about power, movements and change to shape the theory, practice and policies for advancing women’s rights and democratic change. Working with women and diverse organizations in 27 countries, JASS’ agile regional and international structure and processes are designed to support grassroots organizing as well as local-to-global solidarity and action, placing frontline activists and agendas at the heart of our social justice work. Learn More
Since the inception of Move to End Violence, we have partnered with an extraordinary evaluator to help chart and define our successes.
Director, Philanthropy, Equity and Youth
Social Policy Research Associates
Heather Lewis-Charp is the Director of the Philanthropy, Equity, and Youth Division at Social Policy Research Associates, where she oversees much of the company’s research and evaluation work. Ms. Lewis-Charp has led numerous evaluations of community organizing, capacity building, leadership development, and systems-level change and served as a key analyst on the evaluation of Move to End Violence since its inception. She assumed leadership over the evaluation in May 2016. Learn More
Training and Coaching Emeritus:
Move to End Violence has been honored to have the following practitioners play integral roles in shaping the Move to End Violence program, core elements and practices. These experts continue to be a beloved part of our community.
Puanani Burgess, consults and does her work One-Peace-At-A-Time. She is also a poet, cultural translator and has been a lecturer with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawai`i, where she was the first “Community Scholar in Residence.” She is noted for her experience in community, family and values-based economic development, mediation and storytelling processes as part of conflict transformation, and developing community-based organizations. Learn More
Ketayoun Darvich-Kodjouri, a Principal at Springboard Partners, has a 20-year track record of crafting communication and advocacy campaigns for the public good. She has advised non-profits, foundations, and governments everywhere from Abuja to Albuquerque on how to build support for social change. Learn More
Jordan Fitzgerald has been an activist and advocate for women's and reproductive health for over 15 years. She began her career in the domestic violence movement as an organizer, trainer, and victim’s advocate in Indiana and joined Planned Parenthood Federation of America to serve as a field manager assisting states in grassroots organizing, strategic planning, coalition building, and policy implementation. Learn More
Rockwood Leadership Institute
Toby is a facilitator and trainer with a background in community development, organizational excellence, conflict resolution and participatory strategic planning. Her work focuses on developing leadership within progressive nonprofits, supporting values-based planning in grassroots organizations and cultivating visionary leadership among women. Learn More
Founder and Executive Director
Movement Strategy Center
Taj James is the founder and Executive Director of the Movement Strategy Center (MSC) national intermediary, based in Oakland California, that facilitates progressive movement building through the development of strategic alliances. Learn More
Helen Kim is an organizational development consultant, facilitator and executive coach with 18 years of experience working with social change organizations and leaders in the U.S. and internationally. She is co-author of Working Across Generations: Defining the Future of Nonprofit Leadership, a member of the Building Movement Project, and served on the board of the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training and the international planning committee for the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID). Learn More
Director of Programs
Rockwood Leadership Institute
Stacy Kono is Director of Programs at Rockwood, where she is responsible for oversight of trainings and fellowship programs. As a partner to Move to End Violence, Stacy works to seamlessly integrate Rockwood's signature offering, the Art of Leadership, into the cohort program. Learn More
Lake Research Partners
Celinda Lake is a leading political strategist, serving as tactician and senior advisor to the national party committees, dozens of Democratic incumbents, and challengers at all levels of the electoral process. Celinda and her firm are known for cutting-edge research on progressive issues. Learn More
Training and Technical Assistance Specialist & Social Scientist
Social Policy Research Associates
Chandra Larsen is a Social Scientist at Social Policy Research Associates who specializes in providing technical assistance to public and socially-focused organizations and agencies, most frequently those that serve diverse, disadvantaged populations. Learn More
Thousand Currents (Formerly IDEX)
Vini is the Executive Director of Thousand Currents (formerly IDEX), which identifies, evaluates, and grows the best ideas to alleviate poverty & injustice around the world. Vini and her team join Move to End Violence for the third cycle to develop, plan, and lead a learning exchange between Movement Makers and advocates for change in South Africa. Learn More
Senior Strategist at Race Forward, and contributing writer for Colorlines
Rinku Sen is Senior Strategist at Race Forward, and contributing writer for Colorlines, the award-winning news site. Rinku partners with Move to End Violence to train and facilitate on core concepts of racial equity, including its application to social change and movement building efforts. Learn More
Principal/Organizational Development Consultant
Lisa Silverberg is an organizational development consultant specializing in capacity building, leadership and team development, and strategic and project planning. Lisa partners with cohort organizations in Cycles 2 and 3 to design and support organizational change.
Program Officer, Building Institutions and Networks (BUILD)
Marissa M. Tirona is the Director of Blue Shield Against Violence. She is a seasoned capacity builder with substantial nonprofit experience, Marissa specializes in leadership development, nonprofit sustainability, governance and performance metrics. Learn More
Roberto Vargas, DrPH, MSW, is an educator, community organizer and organization consultant with more than 30 years experience providing leadership development, team building and strategic planning services primarily to organizations engaged in advocacy, community service, empowerment and social change. Learn More
Norma Wong supports leaders and organizations interested in the application of Zen principles and training to their work and lives. As part of Move to End Violence, Norma brings these principles to life in an experiential and secular practice, focusing on what is needed for individual, organizational, movement, and societal change. Learn More
Movement Strategy Center
Kristen Zimmerman is an Associate at the Movement Strategy Center (MSC) Kristen provides graphic recording/facilitation, research, writing and storytelling, program and curricula design, and strategic thinking support to groups. She is especially interested in work that focuses on catalyzing deep cultural shifts and the work of generating new stories to shape our future. She is committed to tapping into art, creativity, play, story and mind-body practice for social transformation.
Move to End Violence has been honored to have Hanh Cao Yu play an integral role in shaping the evaluation component of the Move to End Violence program.
Chief Learning Officer
The California Endowment
Hanh Cao Yu is Chief Learning Officer at The California Endowment where she is responsible for learning, evaluation, and impact activities, and ensures that local communities, local and state grantees, board and staff understand the results and lessons of the Foundation’s investments in its 10-year Building Healthy Communities initiative. Hanh had led the effort to evaluate Move to End Violence's unique, long-term approach to social change. Learn More