Our leadership.

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

Daniel Pryfogle

Sympara cofounder and CEO; founder of Signal Hill, the award-winning leadership and brand consultancy; 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

Michael-Ray Mathews

Sympara cofounder and public theologian-in-residence; deputy director 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

Shirley Nelson

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


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.

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. David Gregg

Chicago, IL

Regional executive minister, American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago; Ph.D. candidate, University of Chicago

Henry Lloyd

Austin, TX

Cofounder and humanitarian initiatives manager, WaterFIRST; acquisitions and asset manager, Blue Duck Properties, LLC; finance major, University of Texas at Austin

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

Senior pastor, Los Altos United Methodist Church; founder, The Changemaker Initiative in partnership with Ashoka; former vice president, Pacific School of Religion

Dr. Janice Odom

Raleigh, NC

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

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

Cofounder and CEO, 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

Hillsborough, NC

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

Clark Rinehart

Raleigh, NC

Director of community, Loading Dock Raleigh (coworking/entrepreneurial community)

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

In memory of Sympara cofounder Marcie "Sister Wildfire" Giarrizzo (1948-2019) and member Desmond Hoffmeister (1960-2016).


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