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Through my work in community-based organizations since the late 1990s, I have had the opportunity to lead and be a part of many amazing projects. Some of my favorites include:

  • Creating The Fruition Coalition

  • Designing and launching The Fruition Academy of Social Imagination and Action (now just The Fruition Academy)

  • Creating two blogs, The Activist’s Muse and Jesstopia

  • Creating spaces to facilitate networking including Women's Creative Leadership Network (Feminist Leadership Forum) and Club Fruition

  • Creating a series of workshops to develop the capacity of community-based organizations

  • Facilitating a series of workshops to develop marketing and fundraising skills in the performing arts community

  • Developing several neighborhood and regional revitalization plans

  • Executive producing an award-winning video about hunger

  • Creating strategic plans with and for a regional progressive foundation, a therapeutic riding center, a children’s hospice, a networking organization, a regional food bank, and land trust, and a Community Action agency

  • Creating marketing plans for communities and nonprofit organizations

  • Organizing the Lehigh Valley Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage

  • Creating a community-wide transition to kindergarten plan

  • Creating operations manuals for a multi-site housing and social service organization

  • Co-managing a construction project to expand a shelter for families experiencing homelessness

  • Creating a handbook and replication guide for school-based family support services

  • Editing a regional voter education guide and a statewide political newsletter

  • Designing and securing funding to launch a technology-based workforce development project

  • Collaboratively creating a customer service handbook and professional development program for a multi-service organization with 100 employees

  • Designing a summer park-based educational program to build resilience and prevent summer learning loss

  • Founding a summer fine arts camp for children

  • Designing and teaching online, hybrid, and traditional business and leadership classes for returning adult students

  • Presenting innovative ideas at local, regional, and international conferences both individually and as part of a team

  • Writing and publishing 11 books about leadership and social change

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