Tropical Leaves

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

 

  • Multi-dimensional artist-educator specializing in curriculum design, social emotional engagement, and professional development through creativity, communication, and cultural competency

 

  • Has successfully built a consultancy working as a content expert/trainer/facilitator with cultural and social justice nonprofits, CBOs and institutions

 

  • Activist and practiced leader with a dedication to experiential education, advancing diversity and inclusion initiatives and emotional intelligence in schools and organizations


 

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE, New York, NY                         September 2019 – Present 

Senior Facilitator   (September 2014 – Present)

Program Manager (September 2019 – June 2020)

  • Served as primary point of contact for schools participating in ADL’s No Place for Hate initiative; oversaw the full process from registration through designation and evaluation

  • Managed communication with participating schools, which included providing all necessary No Place for Hate materials, responding to all inquiries in a timely manner, and ensuring that all program-related paperwork was submitted by the designated deadline

  • Created and co-led three webinars for participating schools regarding improving engagement and target goals

  • Worked closely with the measurement and evaluation team to coordinate the implementation and completion of all study components, including collecting survey responses and coordinating focus groups

 

FOUNDATION FOR JEWISH CAMP, New York, NY                   December 2019 – April 2020

Interim Project Manager, DEI Coaching Project

  • Partnered with the organization Jews in All Hues (JIAH) to design and implement DEI Coaching at select Jewish camps.

  • Managed project budget of $25K which included 12 hours of coaching for 5 camps, site visits, three workshops, and a lunch and learn at the FJC Leaders’ Assembly

  • Oversaw camp outreach, application and registration process 

  • Supervised the hiring and thoughtful pairing of coaches with camps

  • Worked with JIAH leadership and coaches to create an "action plan" template compelling camps to make short and long term change goals in multiple areas including marketing, staff training, and communications


 

TRAINING AND FACILITATION EXPERIENCE

CHOOSE CREATIVITY, LULU AND LEO FUND, New York, NY              2018 – Present 

Creativity Coach and Curriculum Development

  • Deliver presentations and conduct workshops highlighting “ten principles” of everyday creativity for teachers, afterschool staff, executives, and corporate offices with the purposes of turn-keying the Choose Creativity curriculum to schools and other learning communities, as well improving EQ in corporate culture

 

BI-JINGO, New York, NY               2018 – 2020

Consultant

  • Conduct conflict resolution parent interaction trainings and feedback sessions for Business Operation Managers, Junior Ops, and Rising Assistant Principals for Success Academy Charter Schools

  • Assist SA leadership in cementing best practices and improving communication skills

 

NEW JERSEY STATE BAR FOUNDATION, New Brunswick, NJ                         2018 – Present 

Curriculum Writer/Contributor 

  • Draft lesson plans centered on five competencies of social emotional learning for the inaugural Social Emotional Character Development curriculum and education program developed through the department of Conflict Resolution and Anti-Bias Initiatives

 

BOROUGH OF MANHATTAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, New York, NY                       2015 – Present

Instructor, Learning Across America

  • Instruct a continuing education program designed to support English language conversation skills through improv, the arts, group discussions, lectures, and media presentations all in service of  developing students’ personal and leadership skills

 

Various Engagements, New York, NY                          2014 – Present 

Teaching Artist/Facilitator

  • Clients include NEW JERSEY STATE BAR FOUNDATION, DREW UNIVERSITY, BROOKLYN ARTS COUNCIL, COMMUNITY WORD PROJECT, GIRL BE HEARD, GLOBAL ARTS TO GO and the ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE

  • Conduct a variety of anti-racist, anti-bias, conflict transformation and talking -across- difference workshops for the purposes of strengthening community dialogue and changing culture

  • Develop and implement tailored curriculum for teaching social justice themes, creative writing and theater in partnership with co-facilitators, classroom teachers and the Department of Education

  • Lead workshops and role plays for camp directors, site leaders, field staff, and facilitators in the topics of Engagement through Emotional Intelligence, Arts Education, Supervision, Effective Communication, and Team Building 

  • Utilize a participatory, narrative and activity-based approach to lead Professional Development sessions for SACC (School -Age Child Care) certification through New York State 

  • Devise curriculum for Get Empowered program for the purposes of inquiry and implementation in vulnerable spaces including a long-term NYCHA homeless shelter

  • Invent and facilitate topical lessons for weekly workshops in theater, writing, self-scripting, active listening, empathy-building and a compendium of Feminist, Post-Colonial Feminist and intersectional philosophies

  • Develop original pieces of collaborative performance poetry and community engagement projects for public audiences as an initiative for NYC Men Teach

  • Operate as a Peer Observer, reviewing and providing feedback to Teaching Artists

  • Conduct Peer Leadership and Professional Development workshops for the A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Institute®, Words-to-Action, Echoes and Reflections, and Respect for All programs 

  • Administer workshops in anti-bias, anti-bullying and Holocaust education

  • Edit, prepare and curate end-of-term culminating published anthologies

 

KOLOT CHAYEINU, Brooklyn, NY                 2014 – 2019 

Educator and Curriculum Design

  • Develop original curriculum for weekly investigative social justice survey class to probe ethics, values, and social justice movements through social emotional learning, writing, theater, project based learning, and experiential curricula

  • Produce and direct end-of-year workshop performance for congregational audiences. 

 

SARAH LAWRENCE COLLEGE, Bronxville, NY   2005 – 2016 

Instructor

  • Utilized storytelling, improvisation, writing prompts, and theater games to conduct workshops in creating original writing and performance; programs culminated in final performances and student anthology

 

FALCONWORKS, Brooklyn, NY   2007 – 2009 

Curriculum Development/Teaching Artist

  • Created improv-based curriculum for the purposes of engagement, undoing prejudice, and community dialogue for the Police Teen Theater Project, directed and coached four final capstone performances. 

  • Built relationships with youth, the New York Police Department and the Red Hook Community Justice Center


 

MASTER CLASSES/GUEST FACILITATION 

ENERGIZE YOUR VOICE with Minna Taylor, Effective Communication for Major League Soccer   2021

MUSLIM-JEWISH SOLIDARITY COMMITTEE, Conflict Resolution and Theater of the Oppressed        2019-Present

IMPROVISATION CONSULTING, Storytelling and Improv    2019-Present

CORNERSTONE FELLOWSHIP FOR CAMP LEADERS, Educator/Trainer                               2018-Present

DREW UNIVERSITY, Conflict Transformation Institute         2018

JEWISH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY, Art of Healing Conference, Opening Plenary Keynote      2018

MADISON CONSULTING GROUP, GOLDMAN SACHS, Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day   2018

14TH STREET Y, “Bootstraps: An American Fable,” Anti-Bias workshop                   2017

LAB\SHUL, Justice Club Educator 2016-Present

EARTHDANCE RETREAT CENTER, Anti-Bias Workshop       2017

STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY, Theater of the Oppressed Master Class        2017 

POP UP FOR CHANGE, 14TH STREET YMCA, Community Educator                                   2017

ART MONASTERY VERMONT, Anti-Bias workshop                2017-Present

NYPL (various branches), Creative Writing/Art               2016-Present 

JCC INDIANAPOLIS, Summer Day Camp   2014

EDUCATION UNLIMITED, PUBLIC SPEAKING INSTITUTE, UCLA, TUFTS     2013

KAIROS COALITION, HUMANE EDUTAINMENT (Hanoi, Vietnam)   2010 


 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Storytelling, Adam Wade, MAGNET THEATER

Various Comedic Improvisation courses, MAGNET THEATER

HUMAN SUBJECTS RESEARCH – Certificate, Social-Behavioral-Educational Basic

NAHUM GOLDMAN FELLOWSHIP 2019 (Kinnert, Israel-Palestine)

“Restorative Justice Circles,” Kay Pranis and Elizabeth Clemants, PLANNING CHANGE 

“Border Crossers, Anti-Racist Training for Educators,” COMMUNITY WORD PROJECT 

“Compassionate Conversations, Conflict Resolution,” NYC MUSLIM-JEWISH SOLIDARITY COMMITTEE

“Summer Institute: Teaching Social Justice through Art,” COMMUNITY WORD PROJECT 

“Undoing Racism,” PEOPLE’S INSTITUTE FOR SURVIVAL AND BEYOND

“The Empathetic Facilitator,” CENTER FOR JUSTICE AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, CREATE FORWARD

“Healing the Hurt; The Power of Storytelling Conference,” NEW YORK LAW SCHOOL


 

EDUCATION

INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR ETHNO-RELIGIOUS MEDIATION, Certification   2020

DREW UNIVERSITY, Conflict Transformation Summer Institute   2018

THE NEW SEMINARY FOR INTERFAITH STUDIES, Ordained Minister    2009

SARAH LAWRENCE COLLEGE, Master of Fine Arts, Theatre   2006 EMERSON COLLEGE, Bachelor of Arts, Theater Studies, Directing and Writing      2003  

BOSTON UNIVERSITY, Major: English and History   1998 – 2000


 

SKILLS

TESOL Certified, Certified in Mental Health First Aid, Fireguard, Improv, Theatre of the Oppressed, PowerPoint, Blackboard, Google Docs, Microsoft Suite, Slack, Zoom conferencing, Design Thinking, PADI Certified Scuba Diver.