Alta Starr brings a strong passion for social justice and a deep commitment to personal transformation to her work as a trainer, an organizational consultant skilled in building high performing teams and partnerships, and a somatics coach and therapeutic body worker. A former teacher, counselor, and radio news producer, for twenty-five years Alta worked as a program officer and grant maker at the New World and Ford Foundations, funding community organizing, capacity building and leadership development. She has served on the boards of the Progressive Technology Project, the Peace Development and Needmor Funds, the Seasons Fund for Social Transformation, and the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Currently, she is an advisory council member and trainer with BOLD (Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity), a board member of WON(Women Organizing Neighborhoods), and a leadership coach with the New York Transformative Coaching Program, a project of Generative Somatics.
Clay Smith has worked in social justice organizing for nearly 25 years. He was on staff at the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition for over a decade, most recently as interim director. He also worked as an organizer at the Stamford Organizing Project, an innovate multi-union alliance. He was a founder and leader of Social Justice Leadership, which introduced organizers around the country to a model of transformative organizing that integrated personal change, impactful grassroots organizing, and political analysis. He developed and led trainings in all these areas, supported groups with organizational development, and coached organizers and directors. He currently works as a coach and consultant to social justice leaders, organizations, and alliances.
Kendall Jackman is a native New Yorker with a varied background. In 2010, life took a turn and she found herself entering a new phase in her journey, community organizing. For the past six years she has been working with non-profit organizations across the city, country and world on social justice issues ranging from housing to police accountability. In 2013, she co-founded the Bronx Organizing Collective, a space where organizers come together to share, plan, heal, learn.
Thomas Assefa is the Organizing Director at the Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition. He’s been working in the social justice movement for the past 13 years, mostly as a community organizer in mass based movement organizations, along with short stints as a labor and electoral organizer across the US. Most recently, Thomas was a full-time trainer and program coordinator at Black Organizing for Leadership & Dignity (BOLD), a project to revitalize social justice infrastructure in the Black community and re-center Black leadership in the social justice movement. Thomas has worked at the intersections of environmental, economic, racial justice and personal transformation, along with building alternative economic structures through Green Worker Cooperatives (GWC) in the Bronx. He is driven by his commitment for a world beyond Capitalism for the sake of ending poverty once and for all. Thomas is a proud resident of the Bronx and lives there with his wife.