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Co-Director of Organizational Strategy and Practice
Marsha is a first-generation Haitian-American who was born and raised in New York City. Her introduction to social justice came from the many stories her parents shared of the Haitian Revolution. Marsha believes deeply in the power of community to create positive change and equitable environments. She first dove into social justice as an educator, working to inspire students of color to pursue science in college. Marsha graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Molecular and Cellular Biology and earned a MA in Teaching. She transitioned to nonprofit administration to broaden her impact on social justice movements. Marsha has over a decade of experience as an educator, administrator, and racial equity consultant. In 2012, Marsha founded and led The Trifecta Tribe, providing life coaching and retreats centered on the self-care needs of LGBTQ women of color. In her most recent role as the Chief Program Officer at the YWCA of Asheville she oversaw their grant-driven programs. In her capacity at Davis Squared Consulting, she works with organizations to create equitable internal cultures. Marsha lives in Asheville with her husband Marcus and demanding cat Milo.
Heather Laine Talley,
Co-Director of Organizational Strategy and Practice
Heather grew up in South Louisiana, where she was first mobilized by queer, Cajun Catholic workers who organized for redistribution of wealth while building wildly inclusive community. Since that time she has found a political home with wide-ranging community organizations and grassroots projects organizing for queer justice, a transformed criminal justice system, the eradication of white supremacy, and a world where women and girl’s lives are valued and celebrated. She established her roots in Asheville in 1998, drawn here by vibrant queer and deeply Southern community. Heather has worked as a sociology and gender studies professor, editor at The Feminist Wire, facilitator, grrrl cheerleader, writer, and group fitness instructor. Regardless of what her paid work is, she aims to use transformative hospitality, sincere words, delicious food, deep analysis, and honest storytelling to heal herself and her community. Outside of her work with Tzedek, Heather holds space for people at the end of life as a death doula. Her greatest joy is cooking for and feeding her partner Lee, their child Hollis, and her abundant and beloved chosen family.
Director of Philanthropic Partnerships
Raised in the upper coastal corner of Washington State, Jennifer’s passion led her to work initially in marine biology and on environmental issues, and later on affordable green building practices. She has volunteered her time over the years in grassroots organizing efforts and on various social justice issues including LGBTQ advocacy, voter access, civil rights abuses, and environmental health and preservation.
Jennifer applies principles of trust-based philanthropy to her management of grant processes, in her relationships with grantee partners and other funders, and in how she advocates for more transformational systems within philanthropy. She loves researching issues and collaborating with diverse voices in order to build stronger movements of justice. Having spent much of her adult life in the South, she was engaged early in efforts to leverage and expand funding for LGBTQ equality work in the Southeastern U.S. Her collaborative work includes Astraea’s LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund and Funders For LGBTQ Issues’ Out in the South Fund. Jennifer is currently a board member of the Movement Advancement Project based in Denver. She finds inspiration from her long-time partner of 32 years, and from other family members, friends, and her dogs. She loves creating and listening to music, cooking, hiking, boats and the outdoors. She lives in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.
Director of Mindful Operations and Finance
Lindsay grew up moving every three or four years in an Army family. Having lived five different places by the age of 15, including eight years in Germany, she learned the importance of community early on. Lindsay holds a Master’s Degree in Geography focused on Community and Regional Planning and a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology focused on Environmental Science. She began her professional career in environmental planning and natural resource management and soon realized social equity is too often left out of sustainability efforts. Lindsay began working for social justice in 2013 with a job-training and workforce development non-profit organization. This work increased equitable access to opportunity, education, health, and wealth to all individuals regardless of their background, which is the only way thriving communities are created. When not directing operations for the Tzedek Social Justice Fund, Lindsay practices and teaches yoga in a variety of settings from group classes, wellness retreats, and one-on-one private sessions in Asheville, NC. She loves digging in the dirt making flowers and vegetables grow as well as cooking and spending time dining with friends. Visit Lindsay’s website.
Founder and Funder
Amy was born into a Jewish family in Cleveland, Ohio in the early 1950s. She moved to the Boston area to attend Brandeis University and stayed in the area for 32 years. Her first exposure to social justice activism came through reading about the resistance to the Holocaust in the fifth grade. Throughout Amy’s college years she was involved in anti-Vietnam protests. She participated in the second wave of the U.S. women’s movement and the growing post-Stonewall LGBT movement. In her philanthropic work, Amy has become increasingly focused on efforts to build bridges and alliances between and among communities that have traditionally been at odds. This focus includes following the lead of grassroots organizers and supporting efforts that amplify voices and issues of those most harmed by unjust systems. Amy moved to North Carolina to pursue medical treatment in 2001, has never regretted it and feels firmly planted. These days Amy enjoys spending time with her friends and family, enjoying better health that is enabling her to be more present in the community, and singing with her beloved women’s chorus, Womansong of Asheville.