Our leadership.

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A team with deep experience in startups, social innovation and community-building.
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Daniel Pryfogle

Cary, NC

Sympara cofounder and CEO; founder of Signal Hill, the award-winning studio; founder of Senior Correspondent, the nation's first media venture that amplifies the voices of veteran journalists and older adults for the good of society; author of More Mission: A Nonprofit Adventure in Senior Living and coauthor of Faith in the World: Mark Gibbs and Vesper Society, Being God's Lively People

daniel@sympara.org | Twitter: @daniel_pryfogle | Bio

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Michael-Ray Mathews

San José, CA

Sympara cofounder; deputy director and chief faith officer of Faith in Action, the multifaith community organizing network; president of Alliance of Baptists, the nation's leading progressive voice for Baptists; visiting professor of public theology, Berkeley School of Theology; co-editor of Trouble the Water: A Christian Resource for the Work of Racial Justice

michael-ray@sympara.org | Twitter: @mrmathews

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Shirley Nelson

Cleveland Heights, OH

Sympara's First Friday Community facilitator; interspiritual counselor and life skills coach; founder of San's Sacred Circle, which offers retreats and workshops; former vice president of the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries of the United Church of Christ; author of The Many Faces of Prayer: A Healing Balm in the 21st Century

shirley@sympara.org

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Cort Gross

San Francisco, CA

Senior consultant, finance; former executive director, JPMorgan Chase Community Development Bank; former vice president/business development officer, Self-Help Federal Credit Union; former vice president/CFO, BRIDGE Housing Corporation 

cort@sympara.org | Twitter: @CortGross

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Brittany Hannible
Durham, NC

Consultant, public health; graduate student, master of science in public health, Campbell University, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 

brittany@sympara.org

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Rabbi Craig Marantz
Newton Centre, MA

Senior consultant, theology and culture; freelance Reform rabbi; cofounder, 5959 Chicago, a cultural destination 

craig@sympara.org

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C. Sara Minard, Ph.D.
Boonton, NJ

Senior consultant, social impact; founder and CEO, Manarine, LLC; associate director, Mockler Center for Faith and Ethics in the Public Square, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary; adjunct professor of practice, Babson College

sara@sympara.org

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Ancel Romero

San Francisco, CA

Senior consultant, affordable housing; founder, The Ancel Romero Management & Consulting Group; former president, HumanGood Affordable Housing; member, board of directors, Archdiocese of San Francisco's Real Property Support Corporation; past president, Affordable Housing Management Association of Northern California and Hawaii

ancel@sympara.org

A need for belonging

“Most of us don’t feel like we are members of a community, we just live or work next to each other. The great missing conversation is about why and how we might be together.”​

 

—  Margaret J. Wheatley and Myron Kellner-Rogers, The Community of the Future

Our board.

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Rabbi Elan Babchuck

Providence, RI

Sympara board chair; founding director, Glean Network; director of innovation, Clal - The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership

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Rev. Dr. David Gregg

Chicago, IL

Regional executive minister, American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago

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Henry Lloyd

Austin, TX

Sympara board treasurer; cofounder and humanitarian initiatives manager, WaterFIRST; acquisitions and asset manager, Blue Duck Properties, LLC

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Rebekah Galloway

Austin, TX

Resident counselor, Episcopal Student Center at the University of Texas at Austin

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Shahzad Khan

Austin, TX

Software engineer and business analyst; founder, Frame of Mind Consulting, LLC 

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Rev. Kathi McShane

Los Altos, CA

Sympara board vice chair; senior pastor, Los Altos United Methodist Church; founder, The Changemaker Church Movement in partnership with Ashoka

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Dr. Janice Odom

Raleigh, NC

Provost faculty fellow for outreach and engagement and director, The Caldwell Fellows, North Carolina State University

Our board.

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Rabbi Elan Babchuck

Providence, RI

Sympara board chair; founding director, Glean Network; director of innovation, Clal - The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership

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Mitali Dhar

Palo Alto, CA

Former executive, Google; former product manager, Yodlee; advisor, Code for Fun

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Rebekah Johns

Austin, TX

Clinical director, Episcopal Student Center Counseling Center at the University of Texas at Austin

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Shahzad Khan

Austin, TX

Software engineer and business analyst; founder, Frame of Mind Consulting, LLC 

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Rev. Dr. David Gregg

Chicago, IL

Regional executive minister, American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago

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Henry Lloyd

Austin, TX

Sympara board treasurer; cofounder and humanitarian initiatives manager, WaterFIRST; acquisitions and asset manager, Blue Duck Properties, LLC

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Rev. Kathi McShane

Los Altos, CA

Sympara board vice chair; senior pastor, Los Altos United Methodist Church; cofounder, The Changemaker Church Movement in partnership with Ashoka

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Yonat Shimron

Durham, NC

National reporter and senior editor, Religion News Service; past president, Religion Newswriters Association

Our advisors.

Sister Kathleen Atkinson, OSB

Bismarck, ND

Founder, Ministry on the Margins; author, God Is Always There: Psalms for Every Moment and Letting Go, Letting God: 21 Centuries of Faith

James R. Doty, MD

Los Altos, CA

Professor of neurosurgery; founder and director, Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), Stanford University; author, Into the Magic Shop

Christopher Gergen

Durham, NC

Founding partner, Forward Impact Solutions; cofounder, Forward Cities; founding partner, HQ Community; fellow and faculty, Duke University Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative; co-author, Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives

Madison Gove

Austin, TX

Program manager, Social Innovation Initiative, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin

Tuck Kamin

Austin, TX

Brand consultant; age strategist; founder, Age Circus; author, Design Your Age

Lee Anne McClymont (deceased)
Hillsborough, NC

Founder, Elder Innovators of the Triangle; fellow, Global Institute for Experienced Entrepreneurship; former administrator, Weill Cornell Medical College

Clark Rinehart

Raleigh, NC

Founder, Coworking NC; cofounder, Trailblaze Development

Glenn Robinson

Austin, TX

Interim director, Global Programs and Innovation, Texas Global, University of Texas at Austin; consultant to National Science Foundation; advisor to startups, incubators and nonprofits

Rev. Dr. Kenton Smith

Los Gatos, CA

Spiritual director, The Contemplative Center of Silicon Valley; cofounder, Soul Work Studio

Rev. Robert Wilkins

Oakland, CA

Managing principal, HIIP Group Ltd.; former CEO, YMCA of the East Bay; executive board officer, San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR); board chair, Beneficial State Foundation

Jill Epner Willett

Cary, NC

Director, Adams Apprenticeship, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; cofounder Ripe-NC Food Accelerator; founder, Triangle Food Makers; founder, Coaching for Cooks