These are some of the experts, leaders, facilitators, and storytellers coming together to help shape the conversations and skill building sessions that is the SCI agenda.
Arianna Trujillo Wesler
Principal of Movement Technology, Wellstone Action
Arianna is Principal of Movement Technology at Wellstone Action, where she leads on data and analytics trainings, including Data and Analytics Camp and their Online Coding Cohorts. She has over a decade of experience in community, labor and electoral organizing on and offline. Before coming to Wellstone, Arianna served as Deputy National Data Director for Bernie 2016, where she crafted the tech infrastructure behind the national distributed volunteer program, including the dialer engine which powered 75 million remote phone calls. An alumna of the 2008 Obama Campaign, the 2010 South Bay Labor Council and NationBuilder, her organizing philosophy is grounded in a firm belief that communities bound by empathy and driven by hope are unstoppable.
Khari Wendell McClelland
Facilitator, Performer & Songwriter
Khari was born and raised in Detroit, he made his way to Canada over a decade ago and is currently based in Vancouver, BC. There, he quickly began his journey learning from and working with internationally renowned facilitators and artists. His passion for being of service to communities is clear, both in his musical life and in his facilitation work. Khari balances his time each year performing and working with communities as a facilitator. He has worked throughout Canada and internationally in Australia, The United States, The United Kingdom, Jamaica and Uganda.
Reverend angel Kyodo williams
Zen Priest, Founder Center for Transformative Change Berkley California
Reverend angel Kyodo williams, an ordained Zen priest and the founder of the Center for Transformative Change in Berkeley, California, seeks to bridge the racial divides that exist within communities through the power of practice and what she calls “a radical dharma.” Her faith in the transformative ability of the individual grounds her conception of a “presence-centered social justice movement,” where developing greater self-awareness can also awaken a community. In her latest book, /Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation/, Rev. williams addresses racial injustice and the barriers to a socially just world while pointing to how one individual’s commitment can spark healing within a community — just as a single drop can transform an entire body of water.
Mirabai Starr is a leader in the interspirituality movement. She’s perhaps best known for her translation of Christian mystics such as Santa Teresa de Ávila, St. John of the Cross and Julian of Norwich. She also draws deeply on the traditions of her Jewish heritage, Sufi Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. Author of the award-winning God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, she will focus on the divine feminine in her new book, due out in 2018.
Arianna Trujillo Wesler
Principal, Movement Technology at Wellstone Action
Arianna Trujillo Wesler is Principal of Movement Technology at Wellstone Action, where she leads on data and analytics trainings, including Data and Analytics Camp. She has over a decade of experience in community, labor and electoral organizing on and offline. Before coming to Wellstone, Arianna served as Deputy National Data Director for Bernie 2016, where she crafted the tech infrastructure behind the national distributed volunteer program, including the dialer engine which powered 75 million remote phone calls. An alumna of the 2008 Obama Campaign, the 2010 South Bay Labor Council and NationBuilder, her organizing philosophy is grounded in a firm belief that communities bound by empathy and driven by hope are unstoppable.
Member of the Legislative Assembly, Vancouver Mount-Pleasant
Melanie Mark is the first Indigenous woman to serve in the B.C. Legislature. Elected in a by-election in February 2016, with the New Democrat Official Opposition, she first served as the Deputy Spokesperson for Housing and is now the Official Opposition Spokesperson for Children and Family Development. Melanie is passionate about building communities that thrive on quality social services, prosperous economies, and environmental sustainability. Raised in East Vancouver, with a single mom, she has spent much of her life standing up for the Vancouver-Mount Pleasant community in a variety of leadership capacities. She is the former president of the Urban Native Youth Association and co-founder of the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre.
Director of Digital Engagement, American Civil Liberties Union
Jenn is the Director of Online Engagement at the ACLU where she heads up digital campaigning and communications strategies, mobilizing the ACLU’s 5.5M supporters to fight to get the U.S on a better track. Prior to working at the ACLU, Jenn led digital strategy and engagement at the Astraea Foundation, Center for American Progress’s Enough Project, and the Human Rights Campaign. Jenn’s improbable career has included stints as a UNIX sysadmin, cab driver, and baker. Her proudest educational achievement was completing Computer-Circus camp as a teen, where she learned to eat fire, walk a tightrope, juggle, and code video games in Pascal and C – all life experiences that come in handy as a digital strategist for social change.
Executive Director, Pivot Legal Society
A month into law school, Katrina was looking for new ways to ground her education (which includes an MA in women’s studies) and contribute to real social change in Vancouver’s downtown eastside. She connected with John Richardson, established Pivot’s sex work and human rights campaign and has been with Pivot ever since. As Pivot’s executive director, Katrina brings legal strategy to Pivot’s campaigns and connects Pivot with the broader legal community. Outside the office, Katrina spends her time hanging out with her partner and kids. She also stays active by jogging regularly and dancing as often as possible.
Director of Development, Broadbent Institute
As the founding Director of Development to the Broadbent Institute Josh offers years of business and political experience to the leadership team. He has managed fundraising programs for campaigns at every level of politics and seen his candidates elected and debt free. Josh prides himself on his outreach a wide array of stakeholders to assist in the advancement of a progressive agenda. Outside of politics Josh is well-regarded fundraising consultant in the NGO sector specializing in capacity building, systems integration, and revenue diversification.
Publisher, Mother Jones
Steven Katz is Publisher for Mother Jones and its non-profit publisher, the Foundation for National Progress. He joined MoJo in 2003 after several years as Vice President of Development for Earthjustice, the nation’s leading non-profit environmental law firm. While at Mother Jones, Steve helped found and was the first Project Director for The Media Consortium, a network of more than 70 independent, progressive media organizations around the United States.
Facilitator & Organizer
Ajay is a movement builder and social artist. He has 15 years experience in empowering communities and creating social change in the non-profit, academic, government and social innovation sectors. A featured TEDx speaker and one of Canada’s top five volunteers in CBC’s Champions of Change contest. He has spoken to over 150 audiences nationally and internationally on topics dealing with social movements, social innovation, leadership, digital engagement, and healthcare transformation. He has co-founded many movements including: LeadNow, #EastVanLove, BeeVancity, RangiChangi Roots and most recently Changemakers Vancouver. He currently sits on the Leadership Council of the David Suzuki Foundation and the Advisory Boards of Kwi Awt Stelmexw, Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Show, and Social Change Institute at the Hollyhock Leadership Institute. He teaches social movement thinking at SFU RADIUS Ventures, Groundswell Social Ventures, Pearson and Bodwell Colleges.