Council

“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.

Mayo Buenafe-Ze (she/they) unapologeticly hugs a Tree while communing with Nature. Here to BuenaFunk it all up.

Mayo Buenafe-Ze (she/they)

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. 

Drawing of ptisawquah (they/them) on a plaque receiving a Community Building Award from the Disability Coalition

PTISAWQUAH (they/them)

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.

ricchi Freeness (they/them)

Techwitty Consultant, East

Emergency & Community Responder with Mutual Aid Disaster Relief, Urbe Apie & Boulder Food Rescue

ricchi is a Taino activist, poet, dancer & digital information security researcher that is driven by the potential of people liberated from all forms of oppression. They are often either head first in maths or partaking in sprees of joy & play. They believe in the power of fusing work & play to foster rewarding relationships with themself & in community.

The community members welcome new Advisory Council Members
The community members welcome new Advisory Council Members

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