“You exploit what you merely value but you defend what you love.” -Wendell Berry, wise poet
Our esteemed council is made up of a small team of talentful professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. To join our Council reach out to us.
Each member embodies one of the seven directions as a cultural practice. North, South, East, West, Above, Below, and Center.
Decolonial Culture Curator, West
Cultural Anthropology Professor at University Of San Francisco; Indigenous Food Sovereignty: Asian Cuisine
Mayo Buenafe-Ze is a bilingual immigrant and multi-ethnic Indigenous Filipinx (Ifugao, Itneg, Tagalog, Ilokano, Fujian Chinese) who has lived most of her life between the ‘Philippines’ and ‘California’. She is a scholar, educator, researcher, community organizer, food and cultural events experience curator. Their aim is to decolonize education by centering indigenous knowledge systems and practices, and supporting youth leadership and development through intergenerational mentorship.
She is currently based in Volvon territory of the Bay Miwok peoples along the foothills of Supemenenu (what is colonially referred to as Clayton, California near Mount Diablo). Mayo’s superpowers are their infectious hype-up energy, serving up brujx magical foods to the community, speaking truth to power in oppressive systems, and dismantling preconceived limiting notions of what she can and cannot do with her sacred gifts.
Indigenous Godess, North
Regional Food Networker with Food Justice Symposium and Four Corners Collaborative; Client Advisory Council for State of Colorado Medicaid; La Plata Youth and Disability Advocate; La Plata Youth Of Culture Programs Founder
ptisawquah is Potawatomi, Kickapoo, Assiniboine, and Bear Clan. They radiate a vast passion for their work and fill the office with activating energy.
Janeé Harris (she/ her/ hers)
Council Goddess, Inward
Community Organizer with People Of Culture housing collectives, Denver Black Queer Collective, and Boulder Food Rescue
Janeé loves plants, food and animals. She finds joys when communing with Nature. She works in nonprofit communications and spends her free moments writing, dancing, roller skating and imbibing with plant medicine. She is a future co-owner of a People Of Culture collective for sustainable housing, rooted in cooperative living. As an organizer with the Denver Black Queer Collective I curate sacred spaces.