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Our Leadership

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

Daniel Pryfogle

Cary, NC

Sympara cofounder and CEO; CoGenerate Innovation Fellow; 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; founder of Signal Hill, the award-winning brand and leadership consultancy; 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 | Twitter: @daniel_pryfogle | Bio

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Michael-Ray Mathews

San José, CA

Sympara cofounder; former deputy director and chief faith officer of Faith in Action, the multifaith community organizing network; past 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 | Twitter: @mrmathews


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


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 | Twitter: @CortGross

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Rabbi Craig Marantz
Newton Centre, MA

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


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


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

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


Rev. Dr. David Gregg

Chicago, IL

Regional executive minister, American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago


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


Shahzad Khan

Austin, TX

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


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

Our board.


Bryan Franklin
Washington, DC

Sympara board chair; deputy director, Local Initiatives Support Corporaton (LISC)

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Rebekah Johns

Austin, TX

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


Rev. Lauren Lisa Ng
Novato, CA

Director of leadership empowerment, American Baptist Home Mission Societies


Rev. Dr. David Gregg

Chicago, IL

Regional executive minister, American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago


Shahzad Khan

Austin, TX

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


Lee Syria
Newton, NC

President and CEO, EveryAge, past chair, LeadingAge North Carolina

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 (deceased)
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

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