Shannon loves chapstick, reading and the days when she doesn’t get called because of what her kids did at school. She was the founding Executive Director of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance and has been consulting with non-profits full-time for the past 5 years. She partners with clients to articulate big questions and design innovative and effective processes to address them through research, facilitation, and outcome development. Shannon also provides conflict resolution and culture-building services as a trained mediator and circle-keeper. She is an activist for criminal legal system reform and racial justice. Please check out her other passion at www.interrogatingwhiteness.org.
SooJi Min-Maranda believes in the power of personal stories. Whether providing direct services, advocating for policy change, or fundraising for nonprofit organizations, Min-Maranda begins with personal narratives that illustrate the need for programs, policies, and resources that raise the voices of those underserved and underrepresented in mainstream society. A seasoned nonprofit executive with nearly 18 years of executive management experience, she advocates for strategic partnerships and efficient, effective resource allocation. Min-Maranda currently is the executive director of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal. A national nonprofit, ALEPH brings spiritual vitality and passion into the daily lives of Jews through programs that empower leadership, build communities, and generate powerful experiences and practical resources.
Natalie is the Program Director of the Michigan Criminal Justice Program of the American Friends Service Committee and has been an avid anti-prison activist for the past 16 years. Her consulting work currently focuses on the application of expansive leadership frames within current leadership development programs inclusive of those who are formerly incarcerated, who are queer and transgender, and are of color. Natalie also has extensive experience in curriculum development, qualitative evaluation, group facilitation, writing, and conflict resolution. She is an accomplished visual artist and eco-justice activist.
After illegally being sentenced to a juvenile life without parole, Danny comes home on March 12th, 2019. Danny is a skilled and expert facilitator and looks forward to applying his craft further. We’ll take a picture after we hug him.