Spring Associates 

Collectively, Spring Associates have many years of experience creating impact. Many are former or current leaders of organizations creating change, including Executive Directors, Finance Directors, Program Directors, Strategists and Fundraisers. Associates who currently work within NGOs or other organizations join us for up to 3 weeks a year, creating powerful cross-learning and capacity acceleration opportunities for SPRING, themselves and their own teams. Other Associates, who are independents, work with us up to 6 months a year.

   

Spring Coaches

Spring coaches are certified Integral Master Coaches™, and work and live in different parts of the world with roots in Latin America, the Caribbean, North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Today, Spring Coaching is available in 6 languages. Coaching is available for organizations and networks, and individuals one-on-one or in our unique POD programs.

 

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Spring Leads
Lucia Carrasco
Lead, Financial Innovation and Resilience (FIRE) Program

Lucía is a Mexican independent consultant and human rights practitioner with 15 years of experience with a focus on gender, philanthropy, research, project management, stakeholder coordination and resource mobilization. In recent years, she has worked with corporate foundations to inform their philanthropic strategies in East and Southeast Asia. Lucía served as the Director of Programs at the Prospera – International Network of Women’s Funds, supporting the growth of dozens of women’s funds worldwide. She has also served on the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) Advisory Committee for Advancing Human Rights: Knowledge Tools for Funders initiative. Lucia holds a Masters in International Law and Gender from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and speaks French, English, and intermediate Korean in addition to Spanish.

Home base

Anywhere between North America, Central Europe or East Asia.

Languages

Fluent: English, Spanish, French. Intermediate: a seriously dedicated Korean learner for life, Catalan in my spare time.

Proudest achievements

Being able to take care of loved ones when they need it. Mobilizing resources for women’s and girl’s rights across the world. Not giving up on mastering the potter’s wheel. Starting a new decade with more freckles.

You became a Spring Associate because…

I believe in building individual and collective resilience, including financial resilience, to interrogate and disrupt oppressive structures, narratives and systems—including my own—in favor of a different, hopefully less violent, more equal, and inclusive world for all.

Your leadership philosophy

I believe in constant change and agency while respecting boundaries and laughing — a lot!

Caren Cruz
Lead, Operations

Caren spent most of her career in the corporate sector, including working in the family’s business as well as two of Canada’s biggest food retailers. She was born and raised in Manila, Philippines and moved to Canada with her husband and three children in 2005. She holds an MBA (with Distinction) from the Asian Institute of Management. Caren is the Operations Lead at Spring and provides support for the entire team of staff and associates globally, helping them to do their best work for Spring’s clients.

Languages

English, Filipino

Proudest achievements

Raising three children who are kind, empathetic and funny.

You became a Spring Associate because…

I joined Spring because I saw an opportunity to work with a team of extremely talented and kind individuals who believe that together we can make meaningful change to solve the many social and climate justice issues of our time.

Your leadership philosophy

Leadership is a commitment to make things better, one conversation at a time.

Archana Deshpande
Lead, Program Development

Archana is a creative rights advocate, strategist, communicator, polyglot and singer with over a decade of experience supporting a wide range of human rights and social justice initiatives. Archana has overseen the creation and expansion of OpenGlobalRights — a multilingual, global forum that explores human rights policies and strategies as well as managed and conducted research on human rights organizations and public perceptions of human rights in India, Mexico and Morocco. She has co-authored various publications on the resource mobilization challenges and opportunities for human rights groups in the Global South and is passionate about finding innovative ways to sustain and expand social and climate justice initiatives. Archana is responsible for program content and development, as well as training components. Archana holds a masters degree in International Affairs and is an accredited Integral Master Coach™.

Home base

Toronto

Languages

English, Spanish, French, and Gujarati

Márcia Kodama
Lead, Spring Coaching

Integral Master Coach and Facilitator™. Japanese Brazilian Zen Monk. Avid reader and intensely curious student of human nature. Half the size of my son. I love swimming and cats.

Home base

São Paulo

Languages

Portuguese and English (and Japanese and Spanish, although I don’t work in these languages)

Proudest achievements

Courageously changing my career to arrive at a place where ‘work’ no longer depletes but regenerates, and my own growth path is to support others in theirs. Realizing that there is nothing to seek for, while realizing the aliveness that comes from seeking.

Lucas Paulson
Special Projects Coordinator

Lucas Paulson is a writer, facilitator, researcher, and lover of poetry—all of which he brings to the creative work of social change and his role at Spring as special projects coordinator. Originally from northern Wisconsin (United States), Lucas lived for several years in Colombia, where he designed and led creative experiences for human rights practitioners as a part of the team at JustLabs. (For more on this work, see his publication, Narrative Spices: An invitational guide.) He has also worked on the editorial team of OpenGlobalRights, as a fellow with the action-research center Dejusticia (Colombia), as a teacher with the Fulbright Program (Colombia), and as a volunteer at the Corrymeela peace-building community (Northern Ireland). Lucas is happiest petting dogs, sitting by trees, reading poetry, attempting to write it, canoeing, and enthusiastically but mediocrely dancing salsa. His favorite way to give is by washing other people’s dishes. 

Languages

English, Spanish

Rani Robelus
Communications Lead
Rani is a communications specialist, craft enthusiast and nature lover who is passionate about accelerating movements at the intersection of gender, social and climate justice. She has dedicated more than a decade to uplifting the voices and solutions of structurally excluded communities around the world. Before joining Spring, she led communications efforts at the Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action to amplify gender-just climate actions led by local youth, Indigenous and rural groups. In her career, she has also produced online content for a national public news outlet in Washington, D.C., supported youth communities in Indonesia with audiovisual storytelling, led communications for the World Bank's rural development projects in Myanmar, and co-managed a participatory journalism project that disseminated user-centered information to refugees across southern Europe.
Rani grew up in Washington, D.C. with Dutch and Indonesian roots, and has also lived in Australia, Argentina, Myanmar, Indonesia and The Netherlands. When she's not engaging with Spring's global community, you can find her swimming in the closest natural body of water, populating her home with plants, listening to a podcast, trying out a new spicy dish, or keeping up to date with the latest exhibits, cultural festivals and art classes in her home base of Athens.
Languages

English, basic Spanish, Dutch and Bahasa Indonesia. Attempting to learn Greek!

You became a Spring Associate because…

I believe that when leaders' capacities are strengthened, their networks are expanded, and their initiatives are financially sustainable, we are closer to collectively bringing about the systems change needed to confront the climate crisis.

Camila Soto
Lead, Facilitation Program

Camilla is part of the FIRE program delivery team.

Camila Soto Mourraille is a creative thinker, collaborator and advocate in the fields of human rights and social innovation. She started working at a human rights clinic at Universidad de los Andes in Colombia and then she worked at the Colombian NGO Dejusticia, where she conceptualized and ran a school in the human rights practice for over 1,000 activists and defenders from Latin America and the Global South. She has been trained as a facilitator and Integral Coach™, and has collaborated in this capacity with organizations like Spring or Hivos Latin America. Camila has a law degree from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia (2009) and J.S.M. degree from Stanford University (2014), where she also learned about the human-centered design methodology and since then has created ways to adapt it to the challenges, audiences and frameworks present in the social change field.

Home base

Bogotá

Languages

Spanish, English and Portuguese

Proudest achievements

Run a school in the practice of human rights at Dejusticia. Co-created a Human Rights Lab to explore innovative responses to the challenges faced by the movement. Design unique learning experiences and tailored methods for many social justice leaders!

Your leadership philosophy

Listen, trust the collective wisdom. Collaborate, break silos. Inspire. Have fun.

Ellen Sprenger
CEO & Founder

Ellen Sprenger is a strategist and advocate for social and climate justice. Since 2004, she has been the founder and CEO of Spring. She is a believer — especially in human potential and our collective ability to solve the problems of our time. She is a curious and creative optimist, an espresso enthusiast and avid meditator. Her areas of expertise include multi-actor conference facilitation, future-scenario development, financial innovation and resilience for justice organizations globally, and executive coaching. Previously she held several management positions at Oxfam-Novib and was the Executive Director of Mama Cash, a feminist foundation based in Amsterdam. Ellen holds a masters degree in Development Studies, an MBA from Erasmus University, and she is an Integral Master Coach™ and Certified Integral Facilitator™. She is a member of the Board of 350.org, a movement working to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy for all. Ellen is from the Netherlands and Canada, and has lived in Tanzania, South Africa and the United States.

I founded Spring because...

Initially it was just me wanting to keep busy in a meaningful way after I came to Canada. But a few years in, I became more intentional about supporting emerging and experienced leaders. I chose the name Spring, and encouraged by my mentors and friends, took my own ‘leap of leadership’ to build this global team. We work directly with high-leverage individuals, organizations and movements who exist to make a difference. Spring is agile, and we have roots in the very same movements we support. We are scaling out, not up, and I believe that this way of working, with clients and deeply committed associates all over the world, creates exponential impact. We are a small but mighty powerful group of people ... and we have fun working together!

Home base

Toronto

Languages

English and Dutch

Proudest achievements

To always be ‘in development’, growing and waking up, and to resist the temptation of staying in my comfort zone. (Okay, I try.) And that I have been able to surround myself with people committed to doing the same.

Your leadership philosophy

It's about bringing together, supporting and learning from people driven by a deep sense of purpose, creativity and excellence. It’s about knowing enough to add value and know when to get out of the way. I believe this is how teams thrive, feel inspired and do their best work.

Spring Associates
Nurhanita
Associate

Nurhanita is part of our FIRE program delivery team.

Nurhanita is a palliative care enthusiast with years of engagement in program management, consulting, and facilitating for the local and international stakeholders in Indonesia.

Home base

Bogor

Languages

English and Indonesian

Proudest achievements

When our facilitating and support enables people to connect, share, work it out, and achieve common goals

You became a Spring Associate because…

Spring allows me to connect and grow together with friends all over the world

Your leadership philosophy

Leadership by love

Amany Alhadka
Associate

Amany is part of our FIRE program delivery team.

Amany Alhadka has over 20 years of experience working in the areas of Operations, Finance, and Organization Management. Throughout her career she supported many organizations and field operations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She is specialized in building and strengthening the operational capacity of start-ups and organizations that are growing and scaling. Prior to joining Prospera as Senior Advisor Operations Excellence she was the Vice President for Business Transformation of the Equality Fund and the Vice President for Finance and Operations of the MATCH International Women’s Fund, both in Canada. She also worked at CARE International in Egypt, USA, and Canada, and MEK Foundation in Egypt. Amany holds a Bachelor Degree in Accounting and a Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Accounting and Auditing from Cairo University. She obtained her Public Accountant Certification from University of Illinois, Chicago and has certificates in training of trainers and meeting facilitation. In the context of the FIRE program, Amany provides strategic finance support.

Home base
Ottawa

Languages
English and Arabic

Proudest achievements
Creating a Social Enterprise called Cov(Her) which provides shared corporate services for four different Canadian not for profit organizations working globally. Also, celebrating my 25th wedding anniversary in 2019 and raising my two lovely boys who continue to grow into two young men!!

You became a Spring Associate because ...
Spring is aligned with my passion and the impact I want to have in the world. In addition, I participated in several of their programs and experienced myself that Spring makes a real difference.

Your leadership philosophy
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” (Nelson Mandela)

Remko Berkhout
Associate

Remko is part of our Facilitation program delivery team.

Strategist, Certified Integral Facilitator, collective intelligence for social transformation. Brings lightness and common sense to high-stakes settings. People power believer. Flyfishing addict, father of three lively little men. 

Home base

Lannach

Languages

Portuguese, English, Dutch, German

Proudest achievements

the here and now ;-) A recent work related achievement that I am proud of is a research documentary on conflict and equality, for which I facilitated a 1- year process of co-creation among researchers and activists across cultures, continents and backgrounds.

You became a Spring Associate because…

We need to raise the game for social and environmental justice. This community is a precious source from which to serve that mission in an environment of deep learning, collaboration, creativity and commitment.

Your leadership philosophy

I see so much potential for global justice – in people, in organizations, in society at large. Leadership is about enabling more of that potential to come out and shine.

Gertrude Bibi Annoh-Quarshie
Associate

Gertude is part of our FIRE program delivery team.

Feminist chartered accountant very passionate about social justice, dignity and respect for women’s rights. Deeply spiritual. Married with children and enjoy the company of family and friends. Loves the beach, music and traditional Ghanaian cuisine and fashion. Jumps at the opportunity to visit other parts of the world but dislikes long flights. 

Home base

Accra

Languages

English

Proudest achievements

I have stayed true to my values and principles of integrity, respect, honesty, spirituality and compassion sometimes at the expense of comfort and convenience. And, I have continued to develop myself not just academically but also invested in my emotional intelligence.

You became a Spring Associate because…

I believe in the vision of supporting leaders to create a just and sustainable society. It is a great opportunity to share and learn for my personal growth and development.

Your leadership philosophy

As a leader, I strive to be adaptable to the changes in my environment bearing in mind that every situation requires a different leadership style. At the core of my philosophy is ethical leadership and a bias for action.

Amis Boersma
Associate

Amis is part of our Facilitation and Coaching program teams.

Amis Agung Boersma is an Integral Master Coach™ and workshop facilitator with over 10 years of experience in the field of international activism and social change. She believes people tend to keep their best features hidden – sometimes even from themselves. Often passions, talents, desires and hopes for the future get buried under the overflowing to-do lists of daily life. As a coach, workshop facilitator and gatherer, Amis shines a light on the things that really matter to people, helping them connect to others as their truest and fullest selves.

Amis is Dutch with Indonesian roots and honored to call herself a true citizen of the world. She has lived in Amsterdam, Honolulu, Jakarta, Cartagena and Aruba. She holds a Master in Southeast Asian studies and loves studying languages. Besides languages she devours methods in which we humans can better and more deeply connect, such as Art of Hosting, Theory U and Thinking Environment. Amis loves to sing and dance, and spend time with her loved ones – preferably over a good cappuccino or cocktails.

Home base

Netherlands

Languages

English, Dutch and Indonesian

Proudest achievements

Following through with discipline and joy of my intention to become an Integral Master Coach™ and ridding myself of negative mental chatter.

You became a Spring Associate because…

I could not imagine a greater group of people to work together with to support social and climate justice leaders do their work in more resourceful and sustainable ways.

Your leadership philosophy

We each have such a unique combination of talents and strengths. Leadership, to me, is daring to tap into these yourself and building trust so that others feel supported to fully inhabit theirs as well.

Daniela Costa
Associate

Experienced professional and leader in advancing social  and environmental justice. Expert on organisational development. Associate Integral Coach. A global citizen; born in Brazil, lived in South Africa, UK and Kenya and worked with leadership from over 20 countries. Teach yoga and love dancing.

Daniela Pais Costa is currently the Americas Senior Development Manager at Greenpeace International. She has over 15 years of experience advancing human rights and social justice at the global, regional and national level. She was part of and led one of the most pioneering organizational changes in the development sector at the time: the internationalization of ActionAid and later on, she led the transition of multi-affiliated Oxfam to one Oxfam in the Southern Africa region. Previous to Greenpeace, she worked at Making all Voices Count, an innovative programme that tests and documents learning on whether technology can foster transparency and accountability. She has worked with organizations from over 20 countries supporting organizations and their leadership in their development with focus on strategy development, programme development, board leadership and change processes. In her free time, she reads, spend time with her beloved friends and teaches yoga.

Home base

São Paulo

Languages

Portuguese, English and basic Spanish

Proudest achievements

Playing a leadership and management role in a couple of the most pioneering organizational changes in the development sector at the time: the internationalization of ActionAid and the transition of Oxfam confederation to one Oxfam in Southern Africa.

You became a Spring Associate because…

I love its mission, its edginess and of course, its leadership.

Your leadership philosophy

Being a leader is not about being technically capable of managing teams, creating a vision and strategic plans. It is about being self-aware about yourself and others; being able to be empathic and inclusive.

Mallika Dutt
Storyteller, Strategist and Innovator, Spring

Mallika Dutt leads Inter-Connected, an initiative that uplifts the interdependent nature of self, community and planet to advance collective wellbeing. She brings together the power of ancient wisdom and spiritual practices with contemporary technologies for shared connection and transformation.  She is the founder of global human rights organization, Breakthrough, and led the group as its President & CEO for 17 years. She previously served as Program Officer at the Ford Foundation’s New Delhi Office, and was the Associate Director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University. Mallika is a leading innovator in leadership development, storytelling and culture change and has produced multimedia experiences that have reached millions of people to shift hearts and minds. For FIRe, Mallika will support the Women and Gender Non-conforming Leaders cohort using a creative and intersectional lens, exploring money and power at the levels of the self, community, institutions and systems change.

Home base

New York

Ciro Fleury
Associate

Ciro is part of our FIRE and Coaching program teams.

Ciro is an Integral Master Coach™ and facilitator. He is passionate about human development and sustainability matters, and has a long history of experience in the corporate and NGO sectors. He’s also a lover of beaches and mountains.

Home base

São Paulo

Languages

Portuguese, English and Spanish

Proudest achievements

Leaving a successful corporate career to dedicate my energy and my time to social and environmental issues. Not giving up my personal development despite all the challenges that have popped up along the path.

Sarah Forde
Associate

Sarah is an Integral Master Coach and has co-created leadership and personal development programs for civil society leaders in Africa and Asia. Through this work, Sarah supports high impact leaders and organisations — mostly in the non-profit sector — to lead with more wisdom, awareness and resilience, so that they can more effectively drive change.

Languages

English, Swahili

You became a Spring Associate because…

I’ve seen the impact of the FIRE program on many organisations and people and wanted to be a part of it. I love the program’s structure, innovation and creativity and believe my facilitation lends itself to such an approach.

Your leadership philosophy

We all need to find our own way to lead so that we can share our unique gifts with the world. For me, leadership is about creating space for others, listening with curiosity and not taking myself too seriously.

Wangechi Gikonyo-Mukoko
Associate

Wangechi is part of our FIRE program delivery team.

Certified Public Accountant, Wife, Mother, Dreams of a just world in my lifetime; people being the key drivers of this achievement.  Loves coffee, reading classic novels, listening to podcasts.

Wangechi Gikonyo- Mukoko is a financial management practitioner with +16 years of experience in the development sector. She has worked on grants funded by various donors of both restricted and unrestricted nature. She is from Kenya and currently works at the Aga Khan Foundation.  She previously worked at Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD) and Education Development Trust (formerly CfBT Educational Trust). Wangechi has an undergraduate degree in Finance and Accounting, an Executive Master’s Degree and is a Certified Public Accountant.  As an associate of the Spring Forward program, she likes that the program encourages participants to think out of the box…even in finance and accounting! This always gives birth to innovative ideas that lead to transformative approaches and results. Besides her love for coffee, you will find Wangechi reading classic novels and listening to podcasts on markets and history. Wangechi is passionate on issues that work towards having a just society; with people being the key drivers of this achievement.

Home base

Nairobi

Languages

English

Proudest achievements

Leaving a positive impact in the teams I work with.

You became a Spring Associate because…

Spring encourages one to think out of the box, even in finance and accounting! This always gives birth to innovative ideas that lead to transformative approaches and results.

Your leadership philosophy

My leadership as is my life is defined by what is just, credible, honest, respectful and fun thus it has to be satisfying to me and impacts those around me positively. ‘Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow. —Chinese Proverb’

Megan Gill
Producer

With a wildly artistic spirit and a vast technical background, Megan is a rockstar of the creative world. She considers herself a citizen of the planet, having traveled considerably during her career and lived in various parts of the world. Boasting a holistic understanding of multiple creative Arts, Megan is passionate about incorporating new, cutting edge technological applications into the Caribbean landscape in various creative, useful and meaningful ways. Her almost 15 year career in the Arts, entertainment and tourism positions Megan to be a keen driving force in the revolution of the Arts and entertainment in Trinidad and Tobago. Megan holds a Certificate in Digital Media Studies, BFA in Performing Arts and a Master in Arts and Culture Management. She is also an avid guitarist, singer/songwriter and music producer.

Home base

Trinidad and Tobago

Languages

English, basic Italian

Proudest achievements

Working a cruise ship drydock, being on the technical installation team for Disney Cruise Line's "Frozen The Musical" and receiving the Disney Cruise Line "Technician of the Year" award all within the same 5 month contract! Having had the opportunity to travel so vastly and experience so many beautiful places and people in the world. Surviving a pandemic.

You became a Spring Associate because…

Spring Strategies creates an environment that allows me to use my skills as part of a team that aligns with many of my core values and ethics, doing meaningful work.

Your leadership philosophy

A leader has great power. One must be responsible and emotionally attuned enough not to let that go to one’s head.

Arya Iranpour
Web Developer

Arya is a full-stack web developer and communications specialist with a passion for bridging the gap between technology and good causes. Throughout his career, he has worn many hats in the digital advocacy space for nonprofits and community organizations, as well as climate change advocacy groups.

Home base

Vancouver

Languages

English, Farsi, French

Proudest achievements

I have many: building online awareness for the Rainforest Action Network; organizing Projet Montréal's municipal election e-platform; constructing the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business online alumni networking potential; developing GEN-UN, a UNA-USA university advocacy program; building a greater digital presence for Trickle Up, a global poverty alleviation nonprofit; working with Islands First to visualize the devastating impact of climate change through interactive Google technology; and supporting Human Rights Watch in its drive to cultivate donors through compelling audiovisual storytelling of global human rights abuses.

You became a Spring Associate because…

It's and opportunity to play what part I can in empowering change-makers with tools and resources to drive their messages home and achieve a peaceful and just future.

Your leadership philosophy

"Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder." ~ Rumi

Purity Kagwiria
Associate

Purity is part of our Facilitation and FIRE program delivery team.

Purity is feminist activist and a storyteller based in Nairobi Kenya and serves as the Director for With and For Girls Fund and Collective, the world’s only participatory fund by, and for adolescent girls. Purity previously served as the Executive Director of Akili Dada, a leadership incubator for girls and young women.

Purity is passionate about nurturing girls' freedom and agency, gender equality as well as enabling girls and young women to access spaces to advance themselves and their communities. She sees herself as a learning leader who is committed to cultivating authentic and empathetic leadership in herself and others. 

Purity has dedicated her life to ensuring that girls and young women, especially from poor backgrounds can have opportunities to dream and work towards the futures they hope to see.

Purity serves as an advisory member of East Africa Girls’ Brain Trust, has previously served as a founding advisory committee member of the FRIDA|The Young Feminist Fund and in early 2015, she was named as one of the 18 Phenomenal African Feminists to know and watch.  In 2016, she was named a finalist of the Most Influential Women in Governance and Business in Africa.

Home base

Nairobi

Languages

English, Swahili, Meru

Proudest achievements

Teaching girls on gender deconstruction and seeing the light bulbs when they connect the dots. Being a trailblazer in my family history in pursuit of education and being a feminist mom.

You became a Spring Associate because…

I have first hand experience of how transformative these programs are. I am passionate about girls’ and women's rights and social justice, and I know that it takes intentionality and resources to keep the work going. The more organizations understand what they can do to keep resourcing the work, the higher likelihood of their success.

Your leadership philosophy

A great leader does not lead alone, they lead with others. Cultivating and making space for others to lead with me is the best and easiest way to lead; everyone is able to step into their power and bring their best versions to the spaces we occupy together.

Budhita Kismadi
Associate

Budhita is part of our Facilitation program delivery team.

Budhsi is a vibrant, skilled and passionate facilitator, trainer and sustainable development professional with more than twenty years experience in program development and management in several international development organizations both in Indonesia and abroad.

She is a strong training and facilitation specialist and co-founder of INSPIRASI TANPA BATAS (previously INSPIRIT INNOVATION CIRCLES), or INSPIRIT, an innovative social enterprise established in 2002 and based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Budhsi has extensive experience in designing and facilitating interactive learning processes for various purposes, including decision-making, conflict management, training, and program planning and evaluation. 

She is committed to social and environmental justice and a firm believer in the power of individuals and communities to create and inspire sustainable change. In support of this philosophy, ensures that vibrant communicationasset-based thinking and appreciative inquiry is internalized and applied both on a personal and professional level.

Home base

Bekasi

Márcia Kodama
Lead, Spring Coaching

Integral Master Coach and Facilitator™. Japanese Brazilian Zen Monk. Avid reader and intensely curious student of human nature. Half the size of my son. I love swimming and cats.

Home base

São Paulo

Languages

Portuguese and English (and Japanese and Spanish, although I don’t work in these languages)

Proudest achievements

Courageously changing my career to arrive at a place where ‘work’ no longer depletes but regenerates, and my own growth path is to support others in theirs. Realizing that there is nothing to seek for, while realizing the aliveness that comes from seeking.

Mukami Marete
Associate

Mukami is part of our FIRE program delivery team.

Mukami is an African queer feminist mother of two, with a long and broad activist career of 18 years, working at the intersection of organizational development, human rights and social justice. Her career has focused in particular on the resourcing organizing for and by LGBTIQ persons and sex workers. Mukami applies her personal values of feminism, social justice, service to others, integrity and excellence, as well as professional and social skills, towards making this world a just and loving place to live in.  She holds an MBA with extensive skills in financial management and sustainability, human resource management and programme execution.  

She is currently the Co-Executive Director of UHAI - the East Africa Sexual Health and Rights Initiative (UHAI EASHRI). UHAI is an activist LGBTIQ and sex workers fund. Prior to joining UHAI, she worked for the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and was actively involved in the sexual and reproductive health rights program, particularly the right to safe and legal abortion and the rights of LGBTIQ people. Mukami also serves on the Boards of the Black Feminist Fund (BFF), the Global Philanthropy Project (GPP), the East African Philanthropy Network (EAPN) and the African Philanthropy Network (APN). She previously served at the Board of Green Peace Africa as well as the Sex Worker Donors Collaborative (SWDC). She has an MBA in strategy and a bachelor's degree in building Economics and management - both from the University of Nairobi. She has a postgraduate degree in Human Resource Management and is a certified public accountant trained by Strathmore University.

Mukami is a mother of two and believes that love makes a family. She wants to be able to bring up her African children to thrive even as they exist in the patriarchal, racist, imperialist and sexist world that she finds herself in.

 

Maria Jose Mesen
Associate

María is part of our FIRE program delivery team.

María José has co-designed and co-implemented a successful program to strengthen the organizational and leadership capacities of over 50 Mexican civil society organizations, with an emphasis on collaborative learning. She is currently in charge of this program at the Mexican organization Northwest Fund, FONNOR and has worked previously at UNDP, other non-profits, and managed her own business. For over ten years she has worked in project management and development, and for more than 15 years she has been involved in coordinating national and international events. She holds a degree in International Relations, a master in Management of Non-profit Organizations, and has studied International Cooperation for Development. María José is passionate about seeding her garden, traveling, and walking in nature. She loves a good wine and conversation during dinner with her loved ones.

Home base

Queretaro, Mexico.

Languages

Spanish, English, et un petit peu de français.

Proudest achievements

Designing and implementing a successful capacity strengthening program for civil society organizations in the northwest of Mexico, which was used as reference and example for creating new ones in other places. My interest in wanting to keep learning from others. Having an enriching, collaborative and loving relationship with my husband for the last 15 years. Raising my wonderful son.

You became a Spring Associate because…

I believe that what Spring does boosts organizations’ impact, strengthens them and their actions, and I believe in these organizations’ actions; they are necessary in creating a better world. I also love learning from other people from around the world, and very much enjoy Spring events.

Your leadership philosophy

To lead with kindness, empathy and love, always walking side-by-side. I believe in collaborative leadership.

Adriana Moura
Associate

Adriana is part of our FIRE program team.

Adriana has over 20 years of experience working in the areas of operations, finance, compliance, people and culture and organization management at Ford Foundation. She has expertise in collaborative processes and team building. She likes to explore facilitating difficult conversations and help people's talent development. She has the ability to work with diverse and multicultural environments. She is interested in the financial sustainability of Brazilian civil society organizations. She has international experience as a member of global teams and networks. Adriana holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and is a certified accountant in Brazil. She also earned her MBA in Accounting and Auditing at UFF and in Project Management at USP. She is the mother of two wonderful girls and is passionate about different cultures, people and learning new things. 

Home base

Rio de Janeiro

Languages

Portuguese and English

Proudest achievements

I made many improvements in operations and finances across institutions, implementing different systems, ERPs and workflows. I participated in the “bureaucracy busting project” to significantly enhance operations and modernize Ford Foundation's structures and systems. In my personal life, she has started a self-discovery journey to get in touch with my essence and beliefs.

You became a Spring Associate because…

Spring inspires me! It's a space of co-creation, learning and sharing, committed to make a difference in organizations and individuals. For me, it is a gift to be part of such an amazing place with generous and creative people who care about climate and social justice like me.

Your leadership philosophy

My leadership philosophy is an inclusive one demonstrating an open mindset and deep curiosity about others, listen without judgment and seek empathy to understand those around.

Immaculate Mutheu
Associate

Immaculate is a member of our FIRE team.

Immaculate has over 11 years of experience working in financial management and experience in the social justice sectors especially working with Indigenous Peoples. She has experience working with donors on restricted and unrestricted grants, along with expertise in financial operations and fund management, capacity-building and strategies for resource mobilization. Born in Kenya, she currently works at Friends of Lake Turkana trust as Head of Finance and Administration. She has an undergraduate degree in Economics and Masters of Arts in project planning and management.

Home Base: Kenya

Languages

English, Swahili and Kamba

You became a Spring Associate because…

After a few encounters with one of Spring’s programs, I became a proponent of the work that Spring does. I believe in capacity building that is practicable and bears positive results with regards to work around finance sector in social justice organizations because the environment in which their work is grounded is very dynamic (economically, socially and politically) thus need to be able to constantly adjust to continue advancing their mission.

Your leadership philosophy

Leadership is NEITHER privilege NOR power BUT responsibility.

Nancy Natilson
Associate

Nancy is part of our FIRE program delivery team.

International banker transformed into compassionate activist for social and economic justice.  Current member/treasurer of two NGO boards of directors.  Mindfulness and meditation workshop facilitator.  Smitten by her two granddaughters.  Sailor, collector of indigenous crafts, and vegetarian cook.

Nancy Natilson has over 25 years of international finance experience, specializing in microenterprise development and its intersection with reproductive health. She has developed curricula on financial analysis, performance monitoring, strategic planning and budgeting.  Some of her more recent projects include financial management and sustainability assessment of rural pharmacies in Tanzania; development of business plans for district hospitals and community health worker cooperatives in Rwanda; and business management training for rural private clinic owners who belong to a social franchise network in several African countries. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Nancy was Financial Advisor to ProMujer, a microfinance organization in five South and Central American countries that integrates access to credit with empowerment and business skills training, savings and reproductive health education and services. Nancy was a fellow of the Gates Summer Institute at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She received a Masters in Business Administration in International Finance from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida and is Treasurer of Global Doctors for Choices.  She is a past Board Member and Treasurer of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) and the Florida Community of Mindfulness. She has a daily meditation practice and facilitates workshops on mindfulness, compassion and leadership.  Nancy splits her time between Florida and Nova Scotia where she enjoys rowing, kayaking and sailing. 

Home base

Tampa

Languages

English and Spanish

Proudest achievements

Continuing to practice listening deeply; sharing from my heart; and being grateful to everyone and for every moment.

You became a Spring Associate because…

I find meaning by collaborating with and being of benefit to those seeking to make this a more just world. I enjoy thinking creatively and strategically about finance. Additionally, with the Spring team is always joyful and invigorating. 7) Your leadership philosophy

Your leadership philosophy

“Your action, what you do, depends on who you are. The quality of your action depends on the quality of your being.” Thich Nhat Hanh, The Art of Power

Barbara Oliveira
Associate

Barbara is part of our Facilitation and Coaching program teams.

Founder of Ecosynergy, the Collaboration Lab and The Appreciation Project. Master Coach. Sustainable Development Facilitator and Mediator. Radical Humanist. Dancer. Singer. Poet. Tree hugger and Animal Whisperer.

Barbara Oliveira (PhD, MBA, LLM) is a facilitator, process designer, change agent and conflict transformation mediator, strategic negotiator and host of meaningful conversations. Barbara is passionate about human connection and the potential that multistakeholder participatory approaches offer to create innovative and inclusive solutions for sustainable development challenges. Throughout her career, she has added expertise in using systemic approaches such as Theory U, Appreciative Enquiry, Systemic Constellations, Deep Democracy and the Thinking Environment, in addition to Consensus Building and interest based negotiations/mediation and has developed sustainable leadership models for business leaders, entrepreneurs, and young women leaders. She co-founded the Collaboration Laboratory focused on fostering a culture of facilitation and participatory decision making in Brazil and founded Ecosynergy – Facilitation and Capacity Building for Sustainability, through which she facilitates, trains and coaches NGOs, businesses, government agencies, international organizations and academic bodies in their initiatives to become more integrated, collaborative and better engaged with their stakeholders, in Brazil and abroad.  Barbara is also a Master Certified Integral Coach™ and a public speaker in leadership, consensus building, and collaboration.

Home base

São Paulo

Languages

English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian

Proudest achievements

To have coached some of the most amazing social justice leaders around the world doing great work. To have launched the Appreciation Project (www.theappreciationproject.net).

You became a Spring Associate because…

Supporting social justice advocates be better leaders is a great way to contribute to a better planet.

Your leadership philosophy

Be present and witness beauty in yourself, in others and in the world. “Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” Khalil Gibran.

Gopal Rao
Associate

Gopal is part of our FIRE program delivery team.

Gopal Rao is a strategic business leader and global citizen, with over thirty-five years’ experience operating globally, regionally and at national levels. Gopal is passionate about organizational capacity building and particularly in the Global South.  His specialist areas are financial architecture, organisational transformation and business development. Gopal has designed and shaped organisational transformation and delivered change management initiatives in diverse contexts and international settings. Gopal is a champion of diversity, inclusion and diversity. He is respectful of different cultures and ways of working and builds on the knowledge, learning and experience of partner organizations. 

For over 10 years, Gopal has led a management consultancy in the sector and has also undertaken leadership roles, including interim CEO for Skills for South Sudan and interim CFO for Fairtrade International and Just Associates. Prior to that, Gopal assumed senior management positions at Oxfam across four continents. He was Regional Programme Manager for Southern Africa, Head of International Finance at Oxfam Great Britain, Vice President at Oxfam America and CEO of Responding to Conflict (RTC). Gopal is a Fellow Chartered Accountant from India with a Master’s in Business Administration from Oxford Brookes University, UK. He has a Diploma in International Development from the British Open University and a Bachelor is Physics Honours from the University of Delhi.

Home base

Oxford, UK

Languages

English, Hindi, Telugu

Proudest achievements

Successfully providing remote leadership as an honorary Director to Akshaya Kshetram, a mental health charity in India providing full time care to 120 residents, including 50 orphans. Led the process of making it financially resilient and owned by the civil society.

You became a Spring Associate because…

Spring has provided a great springboard for many individuals like me to co-create practical solutions for a better world using our renewed synergy combined with our passion across a diverse collective.

Your leadership philosophy

"Leaders become great not because of their power but because of their ability to empower others" – John Maxwell. "To me, leadership is not about necessarily being the loudest in the room, but instead being the bridge, or the thing that is missing in the discussion and trying to build a consensus from there" – Jacinda Arden.

Mo Salomon
Associate

Mo is part of our FIRE program delivery team.

Mo Salomon is the founder of Korumo Coaching for Transformation. As a coach, they are passionate about working with people who are going through a transition: to help navigate what feels like a wilderness experience; learning to trust their instincts, stripping down to basics, letting go of what is no longer serving them, opening up to the unfamiliar, and finding their way through towards their purpose.

They have a background in anthropology and a PhD in participatory rural development. They have worked in different development and research settings, and on assignments in Africa, Asia and Europe.

They are a yoga teacher, runner, mindfulness blogger, and Ennea 7. 

Home base

Clarendon

Languages

English and Dutch

Proudest achievements

Leading the NGO that I was Director of into participatory management; and coaching a multi-country team in gender transformative change in the agrifood system in Africa.

You became a Spring Associate because…

Spring’s integrated approach and work across the globe with leaders, organizations, and movements to accelerate social and climate justice resonates with me. I have seen the positive impact of building Financial Resilience in activist organizations close-up as well.

Your leadership philosophy

Inspiring people and organizations to explore their edges and stretch to make a difference in the world.

Elizabeth Seja Min
Associate

Elizabeth is part of our Facilitation and FIRE program team.

Consultant, coach, facilitator. Executive director 4 times. Former orchestra conductor and record label chief. Thrives on creativity, action for humanity, arts, nature and great conversation.

Elizabeth Seja Min has helped hundreds communicate with heart, raise serious capital, collaborate, lead and develop people and the systems that bring out their best. She’s been at the helm of four organizations, built signature projects from the ground up, and guided leaders and teams in NGOs, foundations, social enterprises and companies. Elizabeth cut her teeth working with teams as a music director and conductor—founding and conducting a professional symphony orchestra, running a record label (two Grammy nominations!), and bringing unlikely partners together to create magnificent work on the stage. She met Ellen Sprenger while consulting in the world of women’s funds, and thus began a multiyear conversation about how whole people working in whole systems can, without a doubt, spring missions forward. Elizabeth is an associate with Spring Forward.

Home base

Oakland

Languages

English

Proudest achievements

Taking what I know as a musician and an activist to create learning paths and tools that my clients love to use and embody in their organizations, and uncovering the many-layered and multi-ethnic story of my birth and adopted parents after learning I was adopted at age 30 – a great story of discovery and geopolitics I hope to write.

You became a Spring Associate because…

I believe that global social movements are the way forward – and to stay the course we need to connect, know and support one another.

Your leadership philosophy

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. -June Jordan A leader is best when people barely know she exists. When her work is done, they will say: We did it ourselves. -Lao Tzu If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Emi Tanaka
Associate

Emi is part of our FIRE program team.

Emi has expertise in designing collaborative processes for project development. Also worked in the NGO sector and social business sector, contributing to fundraising, community engagement projects and consultancy. Holds a Master's degree in Business Administration and is certified in Cultural Biology (Escuela Matríztica de Santiago/Chile). She loves gardening, nature, sewing and her godchildren. 

Home base

Sao Paulo

Languages

English, Portuguese, Japanese (informal)

Proudest achievements

Trust in abundance and cultivating a beautiful network of friends that can support me and vice versa. My gratitude for all networks that I participated since I graduated : Pioneers of Change, ELOS - Espiritualidade e Liderança para Organizações Saudáveis, Art of Hosting, Instituto Elos, Impact Hub-São Paulo, Conexão Borboleta, Fermata.

You became a Spring Associate because…

I found an environment of deep collaboration and generosity. I felt inspired and a new impulse in my professional journey. Joined in the context of FIRE Program responsible for community engagement, co-facilitation and communication support.

Your leadership philosophy

Let's focus in the points of lights. Let's invite fermata (pause) to bring an elegant rhythm to our life.

Andrea Tapia
Associate

Andrea is part of our FIRE program delivery team.

With over 15 years of experience, Andrea has worked as an independent consultant focusing on financial sustainability, resource mobilization, communications and financial planning.

From her early days as a fundraiser for cultural organizations until now, she has worked with a multitude of organizations tackling diverse social, cultural, environmental, development and health issues, including HIV/AIDS and SRRH.

Andrea has also devoted herself to academia, passing on her knowledge on marketing, NGO development, resource mobilization, community empowerment and social inclusion. She has co-authored several publications on organizational strengthening and resource mobilization in Mexico.

Andrea holds a master in Cultural NGO Management from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a specialty on institutional strengthening and resource mobilization.

Home base

Mexico City

Languages

Spanish, English and working knowledge of French

Proudest achievements

Starting my own consulting firm and running a 5k race after never ever exercising.

You became a Spring Associate because…

I like knowing people and organizations from around the world and working together to a common goal: to live in better and more just communities. I like helping organizations achieve their potential and increase their capabilities to achieve their goals. I love asking questions about what we can learn from situations, from each other and how we can use our experiences to create something better. Spring allows me to do this!

Your leadership philosophy

We all have something to learn from each other. We should keep our ears open to listen to others. I think our own personal stories make us who we are and we need to learn.

Spring Coaches
Amis Boersma
Integral Master Coach™

Amis is part of our Facilitation and Coaching program teams.

Amis Agung Boersma is an Integral Master Coach™ and workshop facilitator with over 10 years of experience in the field of international activism and social change. She believes people tend to keep their best features hidden – sometimes even from themselves. Often passions, talents, desires and hopes for the future get buried under the overflowing to-do lists of daily life. As a coach, workshop facilitator and gatherer, Amis shines a light on the things that really matter to people, helping them connect to others as their truest and fullest selves.

Amis is Dutch with Indonesian roots and honored to call herself a true citizen of the world. She has lived in Amsterdam, Honolulu, Jakarta, Cartagena and Aruba. She holds a Master in Southeast Asian studies and loves studying languages. Besides languages she devours methods in which we humans can better and more deeply connect, such as Art of Hosting, Theory U and Thinking Environment. Amis loves to sing and dance, and spend time with her loved ones – preferably over a good cappuccino or cocktails.

Home base

Netherlands

Languages

English, Dutch and Indonesian

Proudest achievements

Following through with discipline and joy of my intention to become an Integral Master Coach™ and ridding myself of negative mental chatter.

You became a Spring Coach because…

Together we have such immense power to put our amazing coaching method to work in support of those on the frontlines of justice.

Your coaching philosophy

Only if we are awake to our own habitual ways of seeing the world and engage in developing our own capacities, can we connect with others in a ways that spark change.

Rita Brown
Integral Master Coach™

Rita is part of our Coaching team.

Afro-Brazilian global nomad. Cross-cultural trainer. Leadership coach. Interculturally married 20+ years. Mother. Contemplative. Dancer. Somatics student. Tropical heart. Hiker and snorkeler. Stilt walker.

Home base

Honolulu

Languages

English and Portuguese

Proudest achievements

Raising a daughter. My commitment to healing and developing human capacities in service of liberation and social justice.

You became a Spring Coach because…

To partner with leaders committed to impacting communities from a more grounded, awakened, caring, and effective place. The world needs more of such leaders and I want to join them in catalyzing sustainable transformation.

Your coaching philosophy

I believe in the existing deep capacities of leaders. I’m committed to creating a process of challenge and support that will allow them to recognize and access those capacities.

Archana Deshpande
Integral Master Coach™

Archana is a creative rights advocate, strategist, communicator and coach with over a decade of experience supporting a wide range of human rights and social justice initiatives.  At Spring, she leads the development and implementation of program offerings. In recent years, Archana has also overseen the creation and expansion of OpenGlobalRights — a multilingual, global forum that explores human rights policies and strategies as well as managed and conducted research on human rights organizations and public perceptions of human rights in India, Mexico and Morocco. She has co-authored various publications on the resource mobilization challenges and opportunities for human rights groups in the Global South and is passionate about finding innovative ways to sustain and expand social and climate justice initiatives. She holds a masters degree in International Affairs and is an accredited Integral Master Coach™. 

Home base

Toronto

Languages

English, Spanish, French, and Gujarati

Ciro Fleury
Integral Master Coach™

Ciro is part of our FIRE and Coaching program teams.

Ciro is an Integral Master Coach™ and facilitator. He is passionate about human development and sustainability matters, and has a long history of experience in the corporate and NGO sectors. He’s also a lover of beaches and mountains.

Home base

São Paulo

Languages

Portuguese, English and Spanish

Proudest achievements

Leaving a successful corporate career to dedicate my energy and my time to social and environmental issues. Not giving up my personal development despite all the challenges that have popped up along the path.

You became a Spring Coach because…

Spring’s values and vision of a just society seduced my mind and my heart. I seized the opportunity to support social leaders around the globe together with an amazing group of seasoned, loving and inspiring coaches.

Your coaching philosophy

We’re in the endless path of self-discovery and development. Support, challenge and respect to the client’s gifts, values and longings are the foundation for moving along such a path.

Márcia Kodama
Integral Master Coach™

Integral Master Coach and Facilitator™. Japanese Brazilian Zen Monk. Avid reader and intensely curious student of human nature. Half the size of my son. I love swimming and cats.

Home base

São Paulo

Languages

Portuguese and English (and Japanese and Spanish, although I don’t work in these languages)

Proudest achievements

Courageously changing my career to arrive at a place where ‘work’ no longer depletes but regenerates, and my own growth path is to support others in theirs. Realizing that there is nothing to seek for, while realizing the aliveness that comes from seeking.

You became a Spring Coach because…

Coming together with an inspiring group of practitioners to support leading edge global change makers feels deeply meaningful and purposeful to me.

Your coaching philosophy

A good balance between challenge and support is key for us to grow and thrive. And also, that our specific contexts, in terms of environment and relationships – in both positive and negative ways, directly and deeply influence our ability to manifest our fullest potential.

Barbara Oliveira
Integral Master Coach™

Barbara is part of our Facilitation and Coaching program teams.

Founder of Ecosynergy, the Collaboration Lab and The Appreciation Project. Master Coach. Sustainable Development Facilitator and Mediator. Radical Humanist. Dancer. Singer. Poet. Tree hugger and Animal Whisperer.

Barbara Oliveira (PhD, MBA, LLM) is a facilitator, process designer, change agent and conflict transformation mediator, strategic negotiator and host of meaningful conversations. Barbara is passionate about human connection and the potential that multistakeholder participatory approaches offer to create innovative and inclusive solutions for sustainable development challenges. Throughout her career, she has added expertise in using systemic approaches such as Theory U, Appreciative Enquiry, Systemic Constellations, Deep Democracy and the Thinking Environment, in addition to Consensus Building and interest based negotiations/mediation and has developed sustainable leadership models for business leaders, entrepreneurs, and young women leaders. She co-founded the Collaboration Laboratory focused on fostering a culture of facilitation and participatory decision making in Brazil and founded Ecosynergy – Facilitation and Capacity Building for Sustainability, through which she facilitates, trains and coaches NGOs, businesses, government agencies, international organizations and academic bodies in their initiatives to become more integrated, collaborative and better engaged with their stakeholders, in Brazil and abroad.  Barbara is also a Master Certified Integral Coach™ and a public speaker in leadership, consensus building, and collaboration.

Home base

São Paulo

Languages

English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian

Proudest achievements

To have coached some of the most amazing social justice leaders around the world doing great work. To have launched the Appreciation Project (www.theappreciationproject.net).

Ceridwen Oliver Evans
Integral Master Coach™

Ceridwen is part of our Coaching team.

Passionate and compassionate Integral Master Coach™. Light of heart. In awe of nature. Artist. Southern Hemisphere dweller. Loves being in community and quiet reflective time. Health enthusiast.

Home base

Cape Town

Languages

English

Proudest achievements

Contributing to the book Leadership is Global: Co-creating a More Humane and Sustainable World along with other members of the Global Leaders Network; and being a member of Integral Coaching Canada’s Faculty and working globally in this capacity.

You became a Spring Coach because…

I care deeply about supporting leaders and their commitment to social and ecological justice. I appreciate the challenges and high risks involved in being at the forefront of this work as well as the innovative, creative and collaborative possibilities it enables. The Spring Coaching community is also one in which we strive to keep learning and growing in the ways in which we provide support.

Your coaching philosophy

Sustained self-awareness enables you to embrace new perspectives, skills and capabilities whilst continuing to appreciate your own uniqueness and strengths. This personal development impacts powerfully in all areas of your life and, importantly, on the contributions you are able to make in your organization, movement or network.

Denise Portes
Integral Master Coach™

Denise is part of our Coaching team.

Denise is deeply committed to develop as a human being in her spiritual path, as a student of the Ridwan school for over 11 years. Mindful practices such as meditation and self-inquiry have helped her deepen her understanding of what it is to be human and of what is sacred within us.  She is an Integral Master Coach™ and Family Constellations Facilitator with a foundation training in Body Therapy and a BA in Psychology.

Home base

London

Languages

English & Portuguese

Proudest achievements

My biggest achievement was leaving my birth country, coming to the UK and starting a new life. As well as finding myself as a woman and as a professional, all while raising my two children.

You became a Spring Coach because…

I am inspired by the principles and philosophy of Spring Coaching. I want to contribute to an organisation that develops and supports the change-makers of the world and also learn from it.

Your coaching philosophy

My understanding of the systemic lens informs me of the hidden dynamics that may be blocking and holding my clients back. My approach aims to integrate the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual well-being of my clients.

Kenny Sajous-Georges
Integral Master Coach™

Kenny is part of our Coaching team.

Kenny is an Integral Master Coach™. He is passionate about fostering deep human connection, compassionate self-development, and nature. Born in Canada and based in Montreal, he has also lived in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and British-Columbia.

Home base

Montréal

Languages

French and English

Proudest achievements

Leaving the comfort of my government job to pursue a more fulfilling coaching and facilitation career. Feeling pain in response to the challenges and injustices of the world yet remaining optimistic and able to love fully.

You became a Spring Coach because…

I deeply want to support the evolution our world is in need of and I feel that supporting leaders and activists who are already involved in social and environmental justice is a privilege, an honour, and a wonderful opportunity to widen my impact. I also love the values and community that are part of the fabric of Spring Coaching.

Your coaching philosophy

I believe that every one holds a piece of the puzzle we are collectively faced with. Everyone is a leader in some way, and allowing that leadership to express itself can only make for a better world for all.

Graciela Selaimen
Integral Master Coach™

Graciela is a journalist who has been exploring multiple ways to listen to and tell stories. She believes women can heal the planet and our stories can alleviate suffering - beliefs that led to her specialization in gender and local development and a master’s degree in communication and culture. After 25 years of working with social justice organizations and activists in journeys around the globe, she decided to dedicate more energy to the journeys inside - and to support transformational work that connects mind, body, and spirit.

Home base

Rio de Janeiro

Languages

Portuguese, English, Spanish

Proudest achievements

My proudest achievement is having raised my kids, who are now two wonderful adults. They both are compassionate, fun, independent, and have deep respect for all forms of life. I'm also very proud of having friends all around the world. Most of them are people with whom I worked in the past 25 years. I love to say that I've planted beautiful flowers along the way in my professional life.

You became a Spring Coach because…

I believe it's critical at this moment in human history to support those who are at the forefront of change, doing transformational work so that they thrive, be happy, create and expand spaces of sanity, and wisdom.

Your coaching philosophy

A deep recognition of interdependence, trust in the wisdom of the heart, and confidence in our ability to overcome the illusion of separation.

Ellen Sprenger
Integral Master Coach™

Ellen Sprenger is a strategist and advocate for social and climate justice. Since 2004, she has been the founder and CEO of Spring. She is a believer — especially in human potential and our collective ability to solve the problems of our time. She is a curious and creative optimist, an espresso enthusiast and avid meditator. Her areas of expertise include multi-actor conference facilitation, future-scenario development, financial innovation and resilience for justice organizations globally, and executive coaching. Previously she held several management positions at Oxfam-Novib and was the Executive Director of Mama Cash, a feminist foundation based in Amsterdam. Ellen holds a masters degree in Development Studies, an MBA from Erasmus University, and she is an Integral Master Coach™ and Certified Integral Facilitator™. She is a member of the Board of 350.org, a movement working to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy for all. Ellen is from the Netherlands and Canada, and has lived in Tanzania, South Africa and the United States.

I founded Spring because...

Initially it was just me wanting to keep busy in a meaningful way after I came to Canada. But a few years in, I became more intentional about supporting emerging and experienced leaders. I chose the name Spring, and encouraged by my mentors and friends, took my own ‘leap of leadership’ to build this global team. We work directly with high-leverage individuals, organizations and movements who exist to make a difference. Spring is agile, and we have roots in the very same movements we support. We are scaling out, not up, and I believe that this way of working, with clients and deeply committed associates all over the world, creates exponential impact. We are a small but mighty powerful group of people ... and we have fun working together!

Home base

Toronto

Languages

English and Dutch

Proudest achievements

To always be ‘in development’, growing and waking up, and to resist the temptation of staying in my comfort zone. (Okay, I try.) And that I have been able to surround myself with people committed to doing the same.

You became a Spring Coach because…

Working with a group of brilliant Integral Coaches™ from different parts of the world is pure joy and very powerful. By coaching thought leaders and change makers globally we help build the capacity to exceed expectations and truly turn things around.

Your coaching philosophy

Whole systems change is as much about changing our interior ‘way of being’ as it is about changing things ‘out there’.

Alexander Streubel
Integral Master Coach™

Zen monk. Integral Master Coach™. Passionate explorer of the human condition and matters of ultimate concern. German mind, Colombian heart. Loves bikes! Ridiculously proud father and husband.

Home base

Bogotá

Languages

Spanish, English and German

Proudest achievements

Realizing that in the end, love is what really matters. Leaving the safety of the family business to pursue my life’s purpose and passion.

You became a Spring Coach because…

I want to contribute towards the creation of spaces where people support each other’s journeys towards giving their gifts to the world. Spring Coaching is a community of people that share this longing.

Your coaching philosophy

I believe that the human potential is the world’s greatest untapped resource.