OUR BOARD MEMBERS
Kristian Andreas Akseth is a San Francisco native and the son of immigrant parents. He has worked extensively in California in the designing and engineering in the fields of ultrasonics, civil engineering and currently is developing interactive theaters and tools for the burgeoning virtual/augmented reality space. He is also an active founder and or member of numerous historical societies and benevolent groups organized to assist youth and veterans.
Rachel Newman is a Bay Area-based writer whose work focuses on mindfulness, joy, and justice. She is the author of Not Quite Nirvana, which was selected for Best Buddhist Writing 2012. Her work has appeared in various anthologies as well as in national magazines including the New York Times, Shambhala Sun, The Village Voice and AlterNet.
Rachel is the Associate Publisher of Shambhala Publications.
Amy Kisch is an independent art consultant, curator, cultural producer, strategic specialist, and community organizer. Her expertise includes arts programming, development, marketing / PR, publishing, and collection management. Ms. Kisch previously ran Sotheby’s global VIP program for the auction house’s top clients—curating, producing, and marketing VIP programming, including the Sotheby’s Preferred Museum Programme, Art Fair Programme, and The Economist Lecture series in cities including New York, London, Los Angeles, Paris Chicago, and Hong Kong. While at Sotheby’s, Ms. Kisch concurrently held the roles of Executive Director and Corporate + Community Liaison for the Williamsburg Gallery Association in Brooklyn—developing programming and partnerships with, and for, area galleries, non-profits, artists, corporate, and government agencies. Kisch also previously served as Director of Partnerships + Strategic Initiatives at the San Francisco Bay Area tech / science / art residency, Stochastic Labs. Having spent six years in clinical and community social work, her projects are underscored by efforts to democratize access within the art world, while upholding integrity and quality in curatorial vision and programming.
Kusum Crimmel’s work is to inspire people to live more deeply and firmly into accountability and integrity, thereby accessing higher levels of joy and embodied love. She is a facilitator of transformational change and creates space for truth, (re)conciliation, and healing to reclaim our humanity and the humanity of others. She has spent nearly two decades working with teenagers in non-profits and public schools. Eleven of those years were spent at Oakland Tech High School, where she built up a vibrant and highly acclaimed, peer-based Restorative Justice program. She is an LCSW, has 10 years of rape-crisis counseling experience with San Francisco Women Against Rape and more than eight years of training with Generative Somatics.
She has facilitated workshops & presentations in conferences such as the White Privilege Conference, Loving Decision Conference, and the National Association of Community & Restorative Justice National Conference, and organizations such as Japanese Community Youth Council, California Institute of Integral Studies, SEEDS, Seneca Center, SOAR for Youth, The People’s Conservatory, the San Quentin Prison Interfaith Restorative Justice Roundtable, Head Royce School, Earthjustice, Mission Preparatory School, SEEDS Conflict Resolution Center, and Fred Finch Youth Center. She is a co-lead with the teen program at Heart & Soul Center of Light, and has just launched two new businesses, Dissecting Whiteness and FacingIn (a restorative justice collaborative).
Kusum is a single parent to an eleven-year-old singer, dancer and budding actress, an auntie to a bright and courageous toddler and an ongoing mentor to countless young people who she has connected with over the last seventeen years. Dance is her favorite form of therapy and she loves to laugh until her belly hurts.
Ms. Nayo-Jahi currently serves as Director of Geekwise Academy Oakland in addition to running two small businesses: Nayo Partners and Body Butter by Kelley. In recent years, she has been an integral team member for several start-ups, including Landed, Uptima Business Bootcamp and Qeyno Labs.
Following a 14 year upward trajectory in the commercial insurance industry that took her to Philadelphia, Baltimore and San Francisco, Kelley owned and operated a diverse array of businesses (retail sales, personal services and residential real estate). This background developed her capacity to be an effective, empathetic and focused leader, combining a mix of corporate and entrepreneurial experience.
Kelley holds a BA in Economics from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA and an MBA in finance from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA. A 22 year Oakland resident, she lives with her husband and they continue to hold space for their young adult offspring.
OUR BOARD OF ADVISORS
Dr. Antwi Akom
Director of the Social Innovation and Urban Opportunity Lab
Founder & CEO, More Distribution
Former Dean of Students, Columbia University
Founder, Double Discovery Center
Chief Program Officer, ACLU of Northern CA
American Journalist, Producer and Radio personality, "Sway in the Morning", "Sways Universe"
Director of Finance and Operations at Cast
CEO, Pocket Casts
Former EVP, iHeartMedia
CEO, Flight Design
Director of Business Development, Google
June Kitagawa Sakamoto
Senior Assistant Dean, Hastings Law School
Senior and Founding Rabbi of IKAR