Ashara Ekundayo is a cultural strategist, activist, and curator who facilitates the creation of collaboratory spaces where methodology amplifying the intersections of social permaculture, social entrepreneurship, and social justice can be manifested.  Through her company AE Creative she consults with organizations to assess and build capacity for increased community engagement through the use of mindfulness, creative arts practice, exhibition, and project management through the lens of Black and Diasporic identity culture(s).

Selected by the Ashoka Foundation as a social innovator “stimulating the green economy,” Ashara works as a sustainability mentor by designing curriculum and programing to support transformative healing in communities around the world.  She was hired by the U.S. Dept of State to help implement their first Professional Fellowship in Food Security in East Africa, and is the co-founder of the first indoor, aquaponic farm in Denver, CO, The Grow Haus. She combines her passions for food, art and tech to increase the dialogue on regenerative design and has shared her vision at venues such the World Social Forum, SOCAP, and SXSW.

Currently, Ashara serves as Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Impact Hub Oakland an innovation incubator and co-working space for social entrepreneurs engaged in building a just society through business development. She is also the Director of Omi Gallery, a social practice art space with locations in Oakland and San Francisco where she listens for place-based solutions revealed through intimate art gatherings with unlikely allies.

She holds Advisory Board positions with KQED Arts, Black Girls Code, the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music and Our City, and has served as a Fellow with Green For All, Emerging Arts Professionals, Institute For The Future, and Schools Without Borders.

Ashara’s commitment to social transformation is informed by an inter-sectional framework that aims to expand the influence and impact of culture on racial equity and environmental justice.

 

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