OF/BY/FOR ALL is a young nonprofit organization fiscally-sponsored by the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH).

staff:

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Nina Simon - SPACEMAKER/CEO

Nina Simon is the founder of OF/BY/FOR ALL and former Executive Director of the MAH. Nina is using her experience as an author, change leader, and activist to guide the growth and development of this new global initiative.

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Lauren Benetua - COMMUNITY CATALYST

Lauren Benetua is an experienced community organizer and cultural leader. Lauren coaches members of the OF/BY/FOR ALL Change Network program and facilitates workshops and trainings.

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SHELLEY BERNSTEIN - CTO/Head of Product

Shelley Bernstein is an innovator at the cross-section of technology and culture. She is building digital tools to help OF/BY/FOR ALL organizations all make change and connect with each other.

You can reach anyone on staff by emailing:

firstname @ofbyforall.org

founding board:

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Ellen Moir - CHAIR

Ellen founded New Teacher Center in 1998 to scale high quality teacher induction services to a national audience, reaching over 250,000 teachers. Ellen stepped down as CEO in 2018 and is an independent educational consultant.

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Jonell Logan - SECRETARY

Jonell believes creativity belongs to all people and can be an effective tool in transforming communities. As Executive Director of the League of Creative Interventionists, Jonell supports creative placemaking and new leader development.

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G. Craig Vachon - Treasurer

Craig is an entrepreneur and investor.


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Dr. Antonia Franco - Trustee

Antonia has over 20 years of executive and management experience in nonprofits, philanthropy, and government. She has worked extensively on diversity, equity and inclusion; workforce development; strategic partnerships and community engagement.

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Leila Tamari - Trustee

Leila is a first generation North American and New York City native with experience in non-profit and philanthropic sectors supporting creative placemaking, the arts, and community development and engagement efforts.

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Erik Takeshita - trustee

Erik has over 20 years of experience working at the intersection of community development and the arts. He is currently the Community Creativity Portfolio Director for the Bush Foundation in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Beck Tench - Trustee

Beck is a designer, technologist, and PhD student at the University of Washington where she researches how to facilitate contemplative environments in libraries through the design of space and technology.

partners

We are working with Slover Linett Audience Research to conduct research and evaluation of the First Wave pilot program, and with Titania Veda to tell the stories of First Wave organizations.



THANK YOU TO OUR VISIONARY FUNDERS

The James Irvine Foundation made the first major contribution to the launch and incubation of this project. We also appreciate early support from the Bush Foundation, Knight Foundation, Jim Thompson, and the MAH Board of Trustees. You made it possible for us to turn this project from a dream to reality. Thank you.



MEET OUR AMAZING ADVISORS

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this emerging movement. Our early advisors included:

  • Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History board members Peter Orr, Laura LaPorte, Carola Barton, Bella Babot, Ken Doctor, and Bobbi Burns

  • Robert Blackson, Temple Contemporary

  • Mark Crosby, National Trust (UK)

  • Deborah Cullinan, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

  • Hannah Fox, Derby Museums

  • Erica Freudenberger, Southern Adirondack Library System

  • Jeff Gaffney, Santa Cruz County Parks

  • Nate Hill, Metropolitan New York Library Council

  • Elaine Heumann Gurian, cultural consultant

  • David Koren, FIGMENT

  • Peter Linett and Sarah Lee, Slover Linett Audience Strategies

  • Luis Marcelo Mendes, cultural consultant

  • Ellen Moir, New Teacher Center

  • Monica Octavia Montgomery, Museum of Impact

  • Mike Murawski, Portland Art Museum

  • Susan Nemitz, Santa Cruz Public Libraries

  • Leslie Payne, James Irvine Foundation

  • Laurel Racine, Lowell National Historical Park

  • Scott Roseman, New Leaf Community Markets

  • Aaron Schmidt, Influx

  • Mimosa Shah, Skokie Public Library

  • Erik Takeshita, Bush Foundation

  • Leila Tamari, ArtPlace America

  • Beck Tench, University of Washington

  • Craig Vachon, Chowdahead Growth Fund

  • Jasper Visser, VISSCH+STAM

  • Laura Zabel, Springboard for the Arts