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“The Elemental Partners team has a particular talent for helping communities rally together behind a unifying vision and their interpersonal styles enable them to bring opposing viewpoints together in ways that are constructive.”
~ Robin Toma, Executive Director, Los Angeles County Commission on Human Rights

 

Kevin John Fong, Founder and Principal

Kevin is a nationally recognized and respected cultural translator, facilitator, trainer, and speaker in transformative justice, leadership development and organizational design. His mission is to clarify purpose, align principles, and integrate systems to cultivate health and prosperity in organizations and communities.

Prior to founding Elemental Partners in 1995, Kevin spent four years in executive management at Macy’s CA, and ten years as the Founder and Director of the Clinical HIV Program and Teen Clinic at Asian Health Services, a community health center in Oakland, CA, that provided services in fifteen languages. In addition, Kevin was awarded a three-year fellowship from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. During his assignments in East Africa, Brazil, Guatemala, Turkey, Central and Eastern Europe, and throughout the U.S., Kevin paid particular attention to the effects of globalization on families, neighborhoods and villages from the context of community and citizen leadership.

In recent years, Kevin has been called to facilitate community healing circles around the country, including: St. Louis|Ferguson, MO; Flint, MI; Dallas, TX; New Orleans, LA; Baltimore, MD; Charleston, SC; and Los Angeles, CA, and throughout rural communities in Mississippi, New Mexico, and Colorado.

Kevin is a faculty member of the UCSF Center for Health Professions, a contributor with the Jackson (MS) Free Press, and serves on the Leadership Council of Within our Lifetime, a national movement to end racism. A third-generation Asian-Pacific American, Kevin earned his degrees in Physiology and East Asian Studies at the UC Berkeley.

 

Kevin offers experience and expertise in:

  • Facilitation
  • Strategic Planning
  • Cultural Awareness, Training and Integration
  • Board, Executive and Leadership Development
  • Building Beloved communities through healing circles.

 

 Amro Radwan, Partner – Information Technology

Amro is a San Francisco Bay Area native who began working in the IT field in the 1990’s. Amro’s commitment and dedication to social change and helping others led him to seek and nurture partnerships in the social justice-nonprofit sector helping organizations focus on their missions by building sustainable IT infrastructures and offering sometimes around-the-clock service.

Amro continues to partnership with many of his original clients guiding them through years of technological advances and evolutions–all the way to the new and multi-faceted world of cloud computing. Amro loves bringing talented people together through Shaketech to learn and teach new and exciting ways to work more effectively while saving time and money. Over the years Shaketech’s managed complex IT projects by collaborating with individuals or both small and large groups to ensure mindful budget and planning, pre & post implementation support, and long-term IT systems management.

Amro’s passion extends to youth development and social entrepreneurship. He helped found ASK Academy, a volunteer based organization that works with powerful community leaders to transform educational, juvenile justice, and foster care systems. In his spare time, Amro engages with at-risk youth around the San Francisco Bay Area by helping them tell their narrative stories through digital storytelling, music and other forms of artistic expression. He still lives in the Bay Area and enjoys spending time with family.

Amro offers experience and expertise in:

  • Technology Assessments, Consultation, Support
  • Salesforce Deployment / Support
  • Managed Services (Remote IT Department)
  • Cloud Computing/Networking
  • Data Security

 

Mee Moua, Partner – Community Building and Facilitation

Mee was born in Laos and came to the United in 1978 as a refugee.  She grew up in the mid-west, attended Brown University as an undergraduate student, received her MPA from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and earned her JD from the University of Minnesota Law School.

She is the immediate past President and Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC, a leading national civil rights organization based in Washington, D.C. Prior to her work in Washington, DC, she was an attorney in private practice in Minnesota and a member of the Minnesota State Senate.  She was the first Hmong American to be elected to a state legislature in the United States, and served three terms before retiring in 2010.  Mee currently works and lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband Nha Yee Chang and their three children.

 

Michelle Otero, Partner – Community Building and Facilitation

Michelle is a writer, community-based artist, and facilitator, who utilizes creative expression and storytelling as the basis for organizational development and positive social change. Her process of engaging individuals and communities through the expression of shared story has found a wide range of applications, from helping local governments better serve immigrant and refugee communities to helping people heal from trauma. She is the author of Malinche’s Daughter, an essay collection based on her work with women survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Oaxaca, Mexico as a Fulbright Fellow.

She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she works with fellow artists and local farmers to implement the Community Table project, which combines art, local agriculture, and economic development as a platform for neighborhood revitalization. As Spanish-language Director for the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, she engages people navigating memory loss in a call and response performance of classic, well-known poems. She served as a coach/mentor for the inaugural class of W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network Fellows.

Michelle holds a B.A. in History from Harvard University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College. She is a co-founding member of the TIASO Artist Cooperative, supporting artists with purpose so they can continue to feed themselves and their communities.

 

Puanani Burgess, Partner – Community Building and Facilitation

Puanani Burgess is an internationally respected community building facilitator, trainer, poet, cultural translator, speaker throughout the U.S. and the Pacific. She was a Weinberg Fellow, the Myles and Zilphia Horton Chairholder for the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee and a community scholar in residence in 1995 at the University of Hawai’i’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning.  She is noted for her experience in community, family and values-based economic development, mediation and storytelling processes as part of conflict transformation, and in developing community-based organizations.

Puanani offers expertise and experience in:

  • Facilitation
  • Building Beloved Community
  • Leadership Development
  • Community-based Economic Development

 

 

Sandra Meucci, Ph.D.  Partner – Program Design, Research and Evaluation

Sandra Meucci, Ph.D. is a Sociologist with extensive experience in program design and evaluation. Her particular emphasis is on participatory approaches with people whose voices are rarely heard and in piloting research-based models of services and disseminating the results so that these models are replicated.The social movement to involve children and youth in public health planning is an area of her interest and expertise, as she developed and administered a state-wide Planning Project for the California Wellness Foundation’s Children’s Health Initiative. Sandra studied and published in the area of welfare policy and the role of social movements in both her M.A. and Ph.D. programs.  She was awarded her Ph.D. in 1998 from UC Santa Cruz.

Sandra offers expertise and experience in:

  • Program design:  community health interventions and policy advocacy projects
  • Research:  evidence-based practices; original and primary research
  • Writing:  technical reports (e.g., evaluation, proposals, policy briefs, prospectus for research projects, grants); scholarly journal articles and book-length publications
  • Evaluation Methods:  Survey; focus group; key informant interviews; multiple methods
  • Evaluation Analysis and Interpretation:  qualitative data analysis; normative statistical analysis; formative and summative; outcome measurements

 

Stan Yogi, Partner – Fund Development, Writing and Communication

Stan Yogi has over 20 years experience with non-profit organizations in fundraising and grantmaking.  For 14 years, he was Director of Planned Giving at the ACLU of Northern California, where he was also responsible for securing foundation grants and raising major annual gifts.  Prior to joining the ACLU staff, he was a Program Officer for the California Council for the Humanities, a statewide organization which awards grants for cultural and educational programs. Stan is the co-author (with Elaine Elinson) of the award-winning book Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California (Heyday, 2009).  He received a Bachelors degree in English and Political Science from UCLA and a Masters degree in English from UC Berkeley.

Stan offers experience and expertise in:

  • Fundraising assessment and planning
  • Foundation grant strategizing
  • Donor stewardship
  • Writing and strategic communication

 

Trish Tchume, Partner – Community Building and Facilitation

Trish is a first-generation Ghanaian-American, a social and racial justice advocate, storyteller, facilitator and trainer.  Over the course of her almost twenty years in the sector, she has worked with numerous organizations across the country of diverse size, mission, structure and staffing to facilitate deep and engaging organizational change processes.

Trish currently serves as the Leadership Program Director at the Center for Community Change in Washington, DC. Prior to that, Trish was the Executive Director of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network and the Network Coordinator for Within Our Lifetime Network. Trish also served as the Director of Civic Engagement for the Building Movement Project and the Director of Training for Idealist.org.

Trish has a Masters in Education and has been published in the Huffington Post, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the Nonprofit Quarterly, along with many other publications. She is also the co-author of Making Social Change.