Inspired by stories from New Orleans, New York City, and Christchurch, New Zealand, this cohort—soon branded the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN)—set out to create a system to support communities as they craft and implement resilience strategies. The NEN hopes this bottom-up approach would restore communities’ rightful ownership of this important mission, reversing the long-standing trend of top-down control of disaster management.
Since the mid-90s, Gerald’s work has focused on how the knowledge processes of the university can combine with the knowledge assets of communities to generate new knowledge that has direct impact on community needs. In 1998, he became the Community Service-Learning Director, expanding the program into 43 departments of the University, and from 2004 to 2006, he served as the first Service-Learning Faculty Scholar in the California State University Office of the Chancellor. In May 2008, he became director of the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE).
David is one of the world’s leading authorities on behavior change and large-scale transformation. His clients range from large organizations and cities to social entrepreneurs and small businesses. He has addressed issues from organizational talent development to environmental behavior change, from emergency preparedness to low-income neighborhood revitalization.
He is the author of many books, including the best-selling “Empowerment: The Art of Creating Your Life As You Want It”, “Low Carbon Diet: A 30 Day Program to Lose 5,000 Pounds” and “Social Change 2.0: A Blueprint for Reinventing Our World”.
David co-directs the Empowerment Institute Certification Program, a school for transformative change leadership. He has lectured at Harvard, MIT, and Duke Universities and served as an advisor to the Clinton White House and United Nations on sustainability and behavior change issues.
A formerly ordained priest of the Greek Orthodox Church, Michael has served parishes in Palos Hills, IL; Stockton, CA; and San Francisco.
During his 14-year ministry, Michael was been a prolific writer, contributing articles to numerous religious and secular periodicals. He has also devoted energy to work with the homeless and furthering ecumenical/interfaith relationships. After stepping down from active ministry in 2004, he became Executive Director of the San Francisco Interfaith Council.
Michael is father of two sons, George and Paul, and one daughter, Julia.
As Executive Director of The Volunteer Center, which serves San Francisco and San Mateo counties, John leads an organization that has for over sixty years nurtured long-standing relationships among the Bay Area’s business, government, nonprofit, and volunteer communities.
An avid volunteer, John is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin, and on the statewide Volunteer Centers of California Board.
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