We’re a team of talented and committed professionals bringing our multi-disciplinary skills and expertise to the complex challenges of systems and culture change for liberation. We routinely partner to meet the diverse needs of the change makers we serve; fostering connection and learning among leading consultants, intermediaries and funders.
Who We Are
Our team includes:
Pendarvis Harshaw puts the work of STP into story form. A journalist by trade, Harshaw is a graduate of Howard University’s School of Communications and UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. He is the director of the documentary film, TDK: The Dream Kontinues. And he’s also the author of the coming of age memoir, OG Told Me. While working with the STP team, Harshaw works as a photographer, videographer and writer who captures the moments that make the movement.
Outside of STP, Harshaw is a writer for a number of outlets, and has a weekly column for KQED Arts.
Sharmin Hossain brings logistical coordination, Virgo precision and charisma to her work as an organizer and collaborator. A queer Muslim Bangladeshi born and raised in Queens, New York, Sharmin has worked in reproductive justice, conflict mediation and political education for over a decade. Sharmin is also a digital security trainer with Equality Labs, and co-founder of the Bangladeshi Feminist Collective, a healing justice space for Bangladeshi community organizers. Sharmin’s work lies at the intersections of generating solutions for transformation and shifting culture.
Designer and Facilitator
Mark brings an increasingly open 62 year old heart, and his experience as a listener, bridger, researcher, space-holder, writer and co-creator to support the work of progressive leaders, organizations and networks. With our partners, Mark and his colleagues at Management Assistance Group are learning to create equitable systems change and a world of love, dignity and justice. He is nourished by the many beautiful differences among people, extremely long walks in remote places, silence, meditation and compassion practices, and by the love and inspiration of his family, spiritual communities, ancestors, and activists.
Lead Designer and Facilitator
Alison Lin creates conditions for more creative and effective movements for justice grounded by her core values of integrity, interdependence, and love. Coaching and designing processes for authentic collaborations and experiments are her tools. Curiosity and compassion drive her, nature and embodiment renew her. Since growing up in central Ohio, she has lived in Philly and NYC and currently calls the Bay Area home. Her organizing home is with Queer and Trans Asians, including API Equality Northern California. Dance, photography, growing vegetables, consuming less, and building community connections fill her heart and schedule.
Catherine brings curiosity, creativity, and affinity for data into our work by asking lots of questions and sketching out the answers into pictures, charts, diagrams, and cartoons. She founded a design studio in 2015 with the goal of finding projects and clients that are working to make a tangible, lasting, positive impact on people and the environment. Catherine finds her creative inspiration through nature, travel, books, art, and long, winding conversations with friends and family. Catherine teaches about her process on Skillshare and on her website.
Julia is a passionate, curious, and hopeful individual. Her background includes working for several years on grassroots community-led programs in East Africa and Asia as well as nonprofit fundraising and marketing consulting. Julia enjoys bringing her project management and administrative skills to the transformative work of STP. Julia recently went back to school to become a mental health counselor where she bridges her social justice lens with inner work and healing. On her free time, you will most likely find Julia on a tennis court, exploring San Francisco, or spending time with loved ones.
Co-Founder and Executive Director (she/her/they)
Jodie brings curiosity, collaboration and a dash of humour to her work weaving people and community together. Originally from British Columbia, Canada, Jodie has lived and worked in the US for over a decade. She co-founded STP with the belief that the US can become a place where all people have the rights, recognition and resources they need to thrive free from oppression and that the entire world will be a much better place when that it so. She’s an auntie to an incredible brood of nibblings, a surfer and ocean lover, and a cultivator of radical hope.
STP has historic and enduring partnerships with the Rockwood Leadership Institute and the Management Assistance Group.
Robert Gass and Jodie Tonita co-founded the Social Transformation Project in 2008. Robert is also the co-founder of the Rockwood Leadership Institute and was the leading architect of its yearlong Leading from the Inside Out Fellowship. As lead trainer, his relationships with leaders of progressive organizations endured beyond their fellowship. Many were eager to continue exploring collaborative leadership and transformational change practices and applying them to their organizations and networks. Robert served in the role of coach, organizational development consultant, and facilitator to hundreds of influential progressive leaders. Before retiring, Robert was encouraged to create a vehicle that would serve the growing demand for transformational approaches, tools, and practitioners.
STP was created to pick up where transformational leadership training leaves off and support thousands of leaders in their efforts to work collaboratively to increase the power and effectiveness of the progressive movement. Under Jodie Tonita’s leadership, STP was born and produced a methodology for transformational change (link to publications), a set of tools for organizational and personal change (link to tool), and trainings (link to trainings) for change practitioners (link to Consultant Directory). Jodie’s commitment to collaborative leadership, networks, and the power of women of color to lead transformational systemic change fueled STP’s efforts to develop programs for long term power-building (link to Approach).
Idelisse Malavé was an advisor and partner from STP’s inception through the successful development of their long term power-building programs. Her creativity, expertise, and guidance greatly influenced each phase of STP’s programming and growth and were instrumental in their success over time. Idelisse has a consulting practice working with social change leaders, groups and networks on a range of organizational effectiveness and facilitation projects. She’s also the co-host of, Two Old Bitches, a podcast that shares the stories of women over 50 whose perspectives and experiences disrupt what it means to be “old” and reclaim what it means to be a “bitch.”