Amber Flame, Operations Coordinator, pulls from a wide range of experience in service of her passion projects, with a focus on best practice identification, process development and implementation. A re-entry transition specialist servicing incarcerated youth and adults as a part of The IF Project, Flame is also a writer, composer and performer, whose work has garnered artistic merit residencies with Hedgebrook, The Watering Hole, Vermont Studio Center, and Yefe Nof. A 2016 Pushcart Prize nominee, Jack Straw Writer and recipient of the CityArtist grant from Seattle’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Amber Flame’s first full-length poetry collection, Ordinary Cruelty, was recently published through Write Bloody Press. Flame serves at Richard Hugo House in Seattle as the 2017 poetry Writer-in-Residence.
Board of Directors
Steve Piersanti is president and publisher of Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. Prior to founding Berrett-Koehler in 1992, Steve served as president of Jossey-Bass Publishers. He began his career at Jossey-Bass in 1977 as a promotional copywriter then served as marketing director, editor, editorial director, and executive vice president before becoming president in 1989.
Dr. JuanCarlos Arauz is founding executive director of E3: Education, Excellence, & Equity which focuses on issues related to immigration, youth, and education. He is a sought after speaker, trainer and expert in the delicate topics of 21st century education, immigration, and Black/Brown male youth development. Featured in a documentary that focuses on contemporary civil rights activists, he is also an adjunct professor at Dominican University.
Shilpa Jain serves as the executive director of YES!. YES! works with social changemakers at the meeting point of internal, interpersonal and systemic change, and aims to co-create a thriving, just and balanced world for all. Shilpa spent ten years as a learning activist with Shikshantar: The Peoples’ Institute for Rethinking Education and Development based in Udaipur, India.
Paul Wright is principal of WrightWork Communications, with a focus on business, work processes and communication. A former lawyer, his interest lies at the intersection of sustainability, innovative problem-solving, and complexity. Paul is also a guest professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China, where he teaches intensive courses twice a year.
Julie Winkle Giulioni has spent the past 25 years improving performance through learning. She’s partnered with hundreds of organizations to develop and deploy innovative training products that are in use worldwide. Julie is well known and well regarded for her creative, one-of-a-kind solutions that consistently deliver bottom-line results. Since co-founding DesignArounds 14 years ago, Julie has run the west coast operations, leading multi-disciplinary teams that create award-winning electronic and instructor-led training. Previously, she was director of product development for AchieveGlobal, one of the world’s largest commercial training companies. During her career, Julie has received numerous awards including: Ten Best Training Products Award from Human Resource Executive Magazine, LGuide’s Editor’s Choice Award, and awards from CINDY, JOEY, and AFTRA. Julie is the co-author of the Amazon bestseller, Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees. Want and a respected speaker on a variety of topics.
Yi Zhang, Director of VIA’s Social Innovation Programs in Silicon Valley, is passionate about cultivating communities of creative changemakers. Since moving to the Bay Area, Yi has worked with a variety of organizations to foster effective global changemakers through experiential education and design-thinking. In the last few years, Yi has led numerous workshops in the U.S. and across Asia on design-thinking with educational institutions, corporations and social impact organizations.
Maren Showkeir, author, editor and consultant, has advised organizations of all types and sizes in ways to increase business results by creating adult cultures of accountability. Maren began her early career as a newspaper journalist, working as a reporter, editor and senior manager in newsrooms at major dailies in Arizona and Florida. She is the co-author of Authentic Conversations: Moving from Manipulation to Truth and Commitment (Berrett-Koehler, 2008), with her late husband, Jamie, as well as Yoga Wisdom at Work (Berrett-Koehler, 2014.) She earned a Masters in Human and Organizational Development at Fielding Graduate University in 2010 and currently teaches at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
Jonathan Fong is a photographer and filmmaker, with an eye and ear for beautifully capturing the stories, spaces, and faces of social impact organizations. He strives to put himself out of business by empowering all communities to compellingly tell their own story through photography and video. In addition to projects with the University of California to mentor unlikely student filmmakers, he has presented at numerous conferences for the higher education sector. As a member of the Full Circle Fund giving circle, Jonathan supports local non-profits with systems thinking and strategic planning. For these contributions, he was honored as ‘Emerging Leader of the Year’ in 2015 and with a ‘Community Spirit Award’ in 2016. Jonathan also manages the Jack London Square Farmers Market in Oakland.
Anna Barrett, Ph.D. Anna’s quest is helping people make choices that allow us to honestly face our flawed world and still find joy in our lives. She is a licensed psychologist (NY and CA) who has worked in schools, healthcare, research based consulting, Fortune 200 companies, and not-for-profit organizations. Her current work adventure is with skilled nursing facilities. Anna values her abilities to break complex situations into manageable chunks, not sugarcoat, leverage clients’ resilience, and make data conversational.
Past Staff & Board Members
Marielle Amrhein, Former BKF Executive Director, is an educator, young leader, and writer. She has spent over eight years designing and facilitating transformational peace education and leadership experiences for underserved youth in NYC, SF Bay Area and India, through the non-profit organizations Global Kids, American India Foundation and Stepping Stones Project. She has been a Facilitator for the Interchange Counseling Institute year long training program, and the YES! Arts for Social Change Jam, and holds a certification as a Mindful Diversity Facilitator through Stirfry Seminars & Consulting. She has been active in human rights, economic justice and racial justice movements as an organizer and brings a range of experience in non-profit management, storytelling, relationship building and leadership. Marielle formerly served as the Executive Director of the Berrett-Koehler Foundation and has since become a Board Member. She lives in Oakland with her partner Karim and their new baby.
Kerline Astré, Former Director of Advancement, Kerline joined the BK Foundation team in October 2015 as Director of Advancement. Before joining the BK Foundation, Kerline has enjoyed a rich career as an organizational development coach or as she terms it “Chief Stress Reducer”, to a number of Bay area organizations and nearly a hundred NPOs on the east coast. Her voice has been invited into many conversations in the world of social equality as a leader and active participant in local politics, the 2007 United States Social Forum, and numerous other agencies and events. She is a writer, a performance poet, and self-appointed gate-keeper of “good honest journalism” among many titles and hats. She has three children and resides with her partner, Kristian Astre in San Leandro, CA.
Mila Baker (August 24, 1945 – June 23, 2017) was associate professor, academic chair and director of the M.S. Human Resource & Organization Development program and interim director, M.S. Management & Systems program at New York University – School for Continuing & Professional Studies. She had over 20 years experience in leadership roles in large multinational organizations. She held an MA and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Organizational Behavior. She was a leading scholar and author in the field of organizational development and an enthusiastic philanthropist.
Y’Anad Burrell is a native San Franciscan and the Founder & CEO of Glass House Communication, a premier boutique company that specializes in public relations, event planning/design, fund development, fundraising, marketing and Board Governance training. Y’Anad has close to 10 years in the legal field as an Intellectual Property Litigation Paralegal and is certified in the field. Y’Anad is very interested in Diversity and Inclusion issues and serves on several Boards, including Board VP for the California Diversity Council, SF Chapter, Commissioner for Arts & Culture Commission of Contra Costa County and President-Elect for the Public Relations Society of America, SF Chapter.
Sharon Jordan-Evans, president of the Jordan Evans Group, is a pioneer in the field of employee engagement and retention. She is the co-author of two bestsellers, Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em and Love It, Don’t Leave It. Sharon is a certified executive coach and sought-after keynote speaker for Fortune 500 companies.
Todd Larson, Director of Technology Support Services at California College of the Arts, believes in the value of servant leadership. As a musician, artist and educator, he is passionate about the power of art to bring together diverse communities for positive change. Todd has worked with nonprofit organizations in Minneapolis and the Bay Area to develop innovative approaches to teaching and learning through collaboration, space design and technology. He has served on the board of Leonardo’s Basement, an inventive workshop for exploring the potential of curiosity and risk taking to create engineering, art and technology projects. He is the founder of Basic Food Group, an experimental music collective, and has held leadership roles at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design and California College of the Arts.
Annie-Rose London, Former Executive Director, draws together the fields of sustainable design, community arts, and youth empowerment through education, coaching and non-profit management. Annie-Rose works with non-profits, grassroots community organizations and organic farms throughout North America to develop empowering educational experiences and effective organizational structure. She has worked with non-profit organizations Eden Village Camp, O.U.R. Community Association and Ecovillage, and CityArts! For Youth, and founded the community art organization BUME (Brown University Movement Experiments). As a certified Empowerment Life Coach, Annie-Rose works with young change-makers to lead balanced, visionary and integrated lives. In addition to her work at BK Foundation, Annie-Rose serves as a lead mentor with Wilderness Torah in Berkeley, Ca.
Terrence Park served on the Board. Terrence is chief operating office of Justice & Health (J&H), a NGO founded by students and alumni at Harvard. J&H’s current mission is to provide tuberculosis treatment and food aid in rural regions of North Korea. Terrence is a 2015 M.S. biostatistics candidate at Harvard and plans to pursue medicine afterwards. He is a young, emerging leader and excited to be a part of this thriving organization.
Jamie Showkeir (August 16, 1952 – August 16, 2015) was a BK Foundation Board Member. He was a founding partner of Henning-Showkeir & Associates, Inc., whose aim is to support individuals, places of work and communities in becoming more humane, meaningful and productive. He was a skilled teacher and consultant and a popular media source having appeared in dozens of leading publications. Jamie co-authored Authentic Conversations (2008) and Yoga Wisdom at Work (2013). Jamie left a legacy of authenticity, depth and joy.
Jesse Stoner, Director of Strategic Partnerships, served as interim executive director during the startup period. Co-author of international bestseller Full Steam Ahead: Unleash the Power of Vision, translated into 21 languages, and founder of Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership, she has worked closely with leaders in hundreds of organizations worldwide using collaborative processes that engage the entire workforce in creating their desired future.
Tuquynh Tran, Former Operations Coordinator, is highly organized and has a keen eye for streamlining and implementing processes to make systems more efficient. She comes from a mechanical engineering background, where working in a manufacturing environment for the first part of her career has taught her a lot about how to make operations lean. Tuquynh has an in-depth knowledge of identifying systemic issues to help transform teams, as well as individuals within organizations, to solve their own operational issues in a collaborative manner. In addition to working at BK Foundation, Tuquynh currently serves as a facilitator for an Interpersonal Dynamics course at Stanford’s Graduate Business School and their Continuing Education program.
The Advisory Board provides advice to the board and executive director on the strategic direction of the Berrett-Koehler Foundation.