Faith is a graduate of the Master of Public Administration program at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. She focused her studies on organizational development, design thinking, systems thinking, and participatory leadership practices. She also holds a second Masters degree in Positive Organizational Development from Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management. There she learned from David Cooperider, Richard Boyatizis, and other leaders in the Organizational Development field, widening her knowledge, deepening her practice, and preparing her to make substantive change.

Faith has a robust understanding of the systems which define our world and the work we try to do. Inspired by the work of Peter Senge, Otto Scharmer, Peter Block, Margaret Wheatley and Randoph T. Hester, whose enlightened visions of systems change, design, and community engagement transformed her experience, Faith is looking to help heal broken communities.  Her passion for transformation and the importance of truth telling have run headlong into institutionalized processes and motivated her to begin consulting.

Faith is trained in Appreciative Inquiry, Restorative Justice, Holacracy, design thinking, systems thinking, the Art of Hosting, Intentional Change Theory, Resonant Leadership, and Organizational Diversity practices. She also holds a certificate in Emotionally Intelligent Leadership and Executive Coaching.

She was a selected presenter at the 2019 National Organizational Development Network (ODN) conference, and has presented workshops for the Toronto ODN, and the Pacific Northwest ODN on co-creative facilitation and using these methods for DEI. She is the Co-Lead for Conference Experience for the 2021 ODN National Conference, and the Project Manager for the 2021 NEXUS4change Global Summit on Collaborative Change. She will be published in the May issue of the Appreciative Inquiry Journal, and is developing course work (see BLearning) on using Appreciative Inquiry for Justice & Belonging in organizations.

In addition to her independent work, Faith does project work with The Athena Group, A Human Workplace, NEXUS4change, and Bloom Consulting Group.

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Ari Simmons, MES

Ari Simmons holds a BA in Communications from Manhattan College, a Masters of Environmental Studies (MES) from The Evergreen State College, and a Certificate in Grant writing from Seattle Central College. Ari is an avid environmental activist and solar energy specialist, with a passion for fostering a sustainable and inclusive future for all.

Ari thrives in team-based work and learning environments that nurture both members and mission. As a founding member of non-profit Olympia Community Solar (OCS), her work has laid a foundation for the team to develop community-owned solar energy systems in the South Sound region for years to come.

Her proficiency in the technical articulation of solar energy systems has helped to secure over $1 million in funding for solar energy projects that assist small businesses, farms, and low-income families in WA state. She has helped the organizations she’s worked with to develop robust systems and infrastructure, building readiness to meet grant requirements, and has coached teams in how to build and maintain the relationships that are so necessary to achieving successful community funding.

She is also a skilled events planner and graphic designer. She has been the Outreach Director for OCS, creating communications and community outreach plans to sell community solar shares, coordinate local fundraisers, build partnerships with jurisdictions, and to elevate educational institutions towards getting solar into classrooms across Washington.

Her work is inspired by the likes of Majora Carter, Naomi Klein, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Gina McCarthy, and many other strong women working to safeguard their communities.


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