Ashara Ekundayo is a cultural strategist and convener who consults with start-ups and organizations to assess and build capacity for increased community engagement in their ventures through the uses of permaculture design, mindfulness, creative arts practice, exhibition, and project management. Her combined passions for media, food, art and technology also inspire her to produce events such as Pecha Kucha Night Oakland and “Grits & Greens” while hosting a monthly segment on KPOO Radio in San Francisco featuring women creatives committed to racial and environmental justice.
Considered a thought leader on social constructs such as cultural intersectionality and creative placemaking, she was tapped by the Ashoka Foundation as a social innovator “stimulating the green economy,“ and continues to work as a sustainability consultant crafting programming to support transformative healing in communities around the world. She was hired by the U.S. Department of State to help implement their first Professional Fellowship in Food Security, is a Fellow with Green For All, and is the co-founder The GrowHaus, an interactive aquaponic farm in Denver, CO. Ashara’s voice is often heard presenting as keynote or panelist at conferences such as IONS, SXSW, Dreamforce, Net Impact, the World Social Forum, and SOCAP.
Currently, Ashara serves as Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Impact Hub Oakland, an inspiring co-working space that connects and supports socially engaged changemakers and entrepreneurs in manifesting “what makes them come alive.” She is also the Director of Omi Gallery, a social practice art space located in both Oakland and San Francisco, CA, is a member of the “Urban Futures Think Tank” at Yerba Buena Center for The Arts and holds Advisory Board positions with Just Global Partners, KQED Arts and Our City.is. Additionally, Ashara is an Emerging Arts Professional Fellow, an Institute For the Future “Fellow4Good,” and is the “Curator in Residence” with Schools Without Borders where she presents “Collaboratorium” – a methodology amplifying the intersections of social permaculture/social entrepreneurship/social justice. Find her on Twitter & Instagram: @BluBlakwomyn