Co-Founder/Chief Creative Officer at Impact Hub Oakland
Management Consulting | San Francisco Bay Area, US
Ashara Ekundayo is a cultural worker and connector of the urban landscape and has served as catalyst, curator, educator, and producer for more than 23 years. Considered a thought-leader and strategic executor, she honed her business skills in the non-profit sector and is often found moderating or presenting in forums exploring the intersections of sustainable design, money, and meaning. As a consultant she works with organizations to build capacity for increased community engagement through the uses of creative arts practice, exhibition, and project management. A Certified Permaculture Designer, serial social entrepreneur, and lifetime activist committed to social justice, Ashara has supported individuals and companies in the redesign of their brand and marketing strategies utilizing a myriad of tools and practices. Her many interests and talents have gained her the loving title of "Jedi" by her peers and clients.
Selected by the Ashoka Foundation as a social innovator “stimulating the green economy," Ashara works as a sustainability mentor by designing innovative curriculum and programing to support transformative healing in communities around the world. She was hired by the U.S. Dept of State to help implement their first Professional Fellowship in Food Security, is a Fellow with Green For All, and is the co-founder The GrowHaus, an interactive aquaponic farm in Denver, CO. She combines her passions for food, art and tech to increase the dialogue on regenerative design and has shared her vision for cultural equity at conferences such as SOCAP, SXSW, and the World Social Forum.
Most recently Ashara Ekundayo is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Impact Hub Oakland, LLC, an innovation collaboratory & co-working space for social entrepreneurs engaged in building a just society through business development. She is also the Curator for Omi Gallery, a visual and sound arts venue featuring one-person exhibitions and performances.
• Dean's Alumni Award - Letters, Arts & Sciences, Metropolitan State University, 2014
• "Community Voices" Award, Oakland Local, 2013
• Distinguished Service Award, Metropolitan State University
• Arts Activism Award, National Council of Negro Women, Denver Chapter
• Mastermind Award - Literary Arts, 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