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The Board

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Deseree Fontenot

Deseree  is a co-convener of the People of Color Sustainable Housing Network which serves as a hub for people of color interested in creating collectively controlled cooperatives, intentional communities, & co-housing models.  As an interdisciplinary scholar at the GTU, Deseree is engaged in research focused on geography, ecology, ethics, spirituality and land-based organizing projects. She is interested in creating and proliferating models of resilient, sustainable, and life-affirming economies.

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Mauro Sifuentes

Mauro is a Central California native who now resides in the Bay Area, working as a youth educator and attending graduate school for Human Rights Education. Mauro has worked with K-12 students for nearly twelve years and has been an advocate for LGBTQ, immigrant, and working-class students in public schools while engaged in independent, critical scholarship and writing on issues of gender and race.


Jahslyn Whitelocke-chensee

Jahslyn  is a developed multi-diciplinary artivist, trained in teaching, organizing, singing, songwriting, dancing, choreographing, acting, poeting, performing, and public speaking. Jahslyn is a first generation, debt-free senior at Mills College in Oakland, receiving her Bachelors in Business Economics and Dance Choreography. In addition to Abundant Beginnings, she has shared her joyful leadership skills with Ananda Living Wisdom School, Destiny Arts Center, Bay Area Rainbow Day Camp and the #DignityInProcess project. Raised in a feminist spiritualist environment, Jahslyn is eager to uplift mixed, multidisciplinary, intersected, fluid identities and experiences similar to her own, by the offering of black joy and excellence in her art, alchemy and academia. Jahslyn says: “The revolution is in us, and liberation here. Thus I am convinced- we need not fear.”