Meet our trainers

Dr. Sonia BasSheva Mañjon

Dr. Sonia BasSheva Mañjon possesses more than 25 years of experience in higher education, nonprofit, and government administration. She is a LeaderSpring Alumna, class of 2006, who returned to the Bay Area from Columbus, Ohio to become the 2nd executive director of LeaderSpring Center. Prior to returning to California, Sonia was inaugural director of the Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise, Associate Professor of Arts Administration, Education and Policy, and Affiliate Faculty in Latinx Studies at The Ohio State University. Dr. Mañjon was the Simpson Endowed Professor of Community Arts, executive director of the Center for Art and Public Life, and founding chair of the Community Arts major at the California College of the Arts. Dr. Mañjon earned a PhD in Humanities, specializing in transformative learning and change in human systems and an MA in Cultural Anthropology and Social Transformation from the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco. She received a Bachelor of Arts in World Arts and Cultures with an emphasis in Dance from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Mañjon lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her sons Zyan and Ezra.

Safi Jiroh

Safi Jiroh brings more than 25 years of experience in the public and nonprofit sectors as a leader, grant maker, consultant, and certified integral coach. In her 13 year tenure with the City of Oakland's Cultural Arts Division and Commission, she was an arts funder, leadership and organizational capacity builder, public policy analyst, facilitator, cultural equity strategist, and strategic planner. Her leadership positions in the Bay Area have also included: Executive Director of the Marcus Foster Ed Fund; Community Faculty Fellow with the Center for Art and Public Life at the California College of the Arts. She has consulted, advised and coached more than 100 organizations and leaders. Safi co-creates and holds space for the care and development of the soul of those working to uphold the sacred right of every human being and especially those most marginalized in society — to pursue their fullest potential and to live with dignity. Safi is an alumna of LeaderSpring, class of 2008, holds a BA in Organizational Management and is currently pursuing a MA in Spiritual Formation, Soul Care and Leadership. She is the mother of two adult sons, is “Noni” to three granddaughters, and lives in her hometown of Oakland, California.

Carri Katonah, Program Coordinator

Carri brings over 12 years of experience in the nonprofit sector managing programs in youth and adult leadership development, environmental education, and equity and inclusion work in the SF Bay Area as well as Colorado. She currently works for racial justice with SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice), was a Program Chair for Bay Area Wilderness Training, and a mentor with the I Have a Dream Foundation. Carri is interested in working at the root of social justice issues in order to create systemic change.

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