Ebony Ross – Executive Director
Ebony (she, her, hers) is a capacity builder who partners with social justice leaders, organizers, and movement builders to provide thought partnership, leadership development, and organizational development strategies that connect heart, vision, and strategy.
Before joining the Conflict Transformation Fund to lead as the Director, Ebony was Co-Director for the Transforming Power Fund, a Detroit-based social justice fund committed to transformative systems change. She has spent two decades working collaboratively to support and build beloved communities that address gender and racial inequities and health disparities, while also creating and facilitating communities of practice, fellowships, and cohorts that provide learning resources, strategies for resilience, love, and connection.
Andrea Hernandez Rodriguez, PhD – Partnerships Consultant
Andrea (Annie) (she, her, they) has dedicated the past 20 years to working with and for organizations that strengthen communities and grow collective liberation. Dr. Hernandez cultivates strategy and partnership for CTF. She is the President of Growing Giving, LLC that creates intentional intergenerational spaces to free the abundance and joy of people involved in and impacted by philanthropy. She does this work to create systems of compassion and collective care for healing.
In addition to conflict transformation, Andrea focuses on social justice youth and international giving, liberating governance, and personal transformation and healing. She serves on the national boards for the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and Learning to Give, along with being a founding member of the Los Angeles Latino Giving Circle. Annie and her husband find meaning and inspiration in nature and live on traditional lands of the Spokane people with their young child and dog.
Alessandra Santos Pye – Consultant
Alessandra (she, her, hers) is a psychotherapist, facilitator and visual artist managing a private practice in Kalamazoo, MI, unceded territory of the Potawatomi people. Originally from São Paulo, Brasil, Alessandra’s identity is foundationally multifaceted with Indigenous, West African and European roots. Her upbringing held much of this multiplicity, especially in terms of cultural and spiritual practices. To this day, Alessandra’s personal and professional work reflect this medley of experiences.
Alessandra became formally trained in Couple, Marriage and Family Therapy at Western Michigan University. Although a significant portion of her work is to hold space for her psychotherapy clients, Alessandra also dedicates her time to many other interests.
She is the Founder of the newly established Chrysalis Institute for Emerging Artists, which aims to nourish the creative journey of emerging artists of underrepresented identities. She is also a member of the 2021 cohort of the Center for Psychedelic Studies and Research, and plans to collaborate in research and practice of creativity enhancement within the arts, and industries engaged in innovation practices related to environmental conservation.
Rena Meyers-Dahlkamp – Development Associate
Rena (she, her, hers) is an organizer, advocate and bridge builder who has deep love for what is possible when conflict is worked with intentionally. She holds a master of arts degree in Conflict Transformation from the SIT Graduate Institute, and joined the CTF team in 2016 as a program manager. Rena is full of gratitude to have been able to intimately experience CTF’s journey to prioritize decolonizing conflict and is committed to supporting other organizations, especially white leaders, in their process to dismantle white supremacist standards of how we hold and move through conflict.
Rena is active in the climate justice movement and a member of Regenerative Economies Organizing (REO) Collaborative working to drastically change the fact that only 1.3% of all philanthropic giving to address the climate crisis goes to Black, Indigenous, People of Color led organizations. Rena serves as an adult coordinator for Earth Guardians and is a board member for Youth vs Apocalypse. She lives on Ohlone land in the San Francisco Bay Area and finds tremendous joy in parenting, being in relationship with her husband, and spending as much time as possible with her hands in the soil.