Co-Founder/Chief Creative Officer at Impact Hub Oakland
Management Consulting | San Francisco Bay Area, US
Ashara Ekundayo is an Oakland-based cultural worker of the urban landscape and has served as catalyst, arts curator, educator, and producer for more than 23 years. Through her company BluBlak Media Consulting, she has worked with organizations to build capacity for increased community engagement through the uses of creative practice, exhibition, and project management. She is a Certified Permaculture Designer, serial entrepreneur, and activist committed to social justice and equity, and has supported individuals and companies in the redesign of their brand strategy through permaculture principles and spiritual practice.
In 2009 Ashara was selected by the Ashoka Foundation and the City of Denver in the US launch of the “Change Your City” Campaign as a social innovator “stimulating the green economy” being manifested through her programmatic work in the co-founding of The GrowHaus, an interactive indoor organic farm & marketplace in one of Denver's food deserts. She worked with the U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs in the development and implementation of their first Professional Fellowship in Food Security linking urban agriculturalists, policymakers and organizers in Kenya, Uganda and throughout the U.S. Some of her clients include BALLE, San Francisco Green Fest, Growing Power Inc., and Green For All and she has spoken at conferences such as SOCAP, TEDx MileHIgh, SXSW, and the Biennial of The Americas.
Ashara also combines her enthusiasm for design, tech and media to produce “Grits & Greens,” a panel series named after her Tumblr blog exploring the intersections of food, art and technology, while writing STEAM curriculum for BlackGirlsCode.org. She lectures on collaborative leadership, mindfulness, and regenerative interconnectivity while serving as Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at Impact Hub Oakland - an innovation collaboratory & co-working space in Uptown Oakland, CA.
• Arts Activism Award, National Council of Negro Women, Denver Chapter
• "Mastermind Award-Literary Arts," March 2006, Westword Newspaper
• African Americans Who Make a Difference, Urban Spectrum Newspaper
• Arts Education Award, Colorado Black Women for Political Action
• Freelance Public Relations Professional, Colorado Assoc. of Black Journalists
love, Africa, cultural anthropology studies, poetry, art & social change, travel, public relations, guerrilla marketing, direct action, motivational speaking, HIV/AIDS education & testing, social media, propaganda, hip-hop activism, galleries, independent filmmaking, revolutionary music, gourmet cooking, collaboration, politics and community, media justice, time travel