Our People

New Seneca Village is supported by many leaders who share their expert thinking and excitement for this work. 

We are grateful for the people who make this work possible. We are honored by their support of NSV, for the power of their crucial work in the world and for their joy!
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Ain Bailey is a philanthropic and nonprofit strategist and thought partner, a justice grant maker, and a healing and energy centered coach whose work is grounded in infinite possibility - proven by the very existence of this abundant, life-giving (and gorgeous planet) and the limitless potential of humanity.

Compelled by the promise of a Just Future, inspired by generative conversations and connection to spirit and grounded in the power of integrating personal and professional selves - Ain is committed to advancing human evolution and Right Relationship with the planet and others in all of her work.

​Ain is most energized by her role as the Founder of New Seneca Village, an emergent retreat and visioning center designed to connect women of color social justice leaders to nature, healing, and each other such that their leadership and work is grounded in restoration, community connectedness and expansive vision.

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Ain Bailey

Restoration as Liberation

Ain Bailey is a justice focused philanthropic strategist and collaborative leader whose work is grounded in infinite possibility, proven by the miracle of this planet and our shared humanity.

Aldita Gallardo (she/they/ella) is an organizer, facilitator, and resource mobilizer based in Oakland, CA, on unceded Ohlone Land.

Currently, she serves as the Program Officer for the Fund for Trans Generations at Borealis Philanthropy. She has been organizing at the intersections of racial and gender justice, trans/queer liberation, immigrant rights, and youth leadership development for over a decade.

Prior to organizing within philanthropy, she trained trans/queer youth of color to end the school-to-prison/deportation pipeline and organized healing spaces for movement leaders.

A graduate of Northwestern University, Aldita serves on the advisory board of El/La Para Trans Latinas and enjoys going on walks in nature with her dog, Peppers.
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Aldita Gallardo

Organizing at the Intersections

Aldita (she/they/ella) is an organizer, facilitator, and resource mobilizer based in Oakland, CA, on unceded Ohlone Land. 

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Gillian Bergeron

Community Organizer

Gillian Bergeron  co-leads New Seneca Village's fundraising effort.  She brings 12+ years experience in organizing, advocacy and movement-building to this work, and lives in the Bay Area with her partner and dog.

  • Served in leadership roles on both President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaign field teams

  • Led housing justice movement capacity building efforts at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

  • Developed unprecedented field program and led international expansion at Nextdoor.com

 

EDUCATION

  • BA from University of South Carolina

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Ling (Charlene) Lo

Passionate about Leadership x Liberation

Ling (Charlene) Lo is a creator of things - communities, culture, programs, brands, impact.

Ling (Charlene) Lo is a creator of things - communities, culture, programs, brands, impact. She loves to operationalize a vision and build movements through creativity, storytelling, savvy communications and innovative partnerships. 

She is the Program Director at Hollyhock Leadership Institute on Cortes Island, in British Columbia, Canada - the traditional and ancestral territories of the Klahoose, Tla’amin and Homalco Nations. Her work plays at the intersection of personal growth and social transformation -- and this passion for leadership, collective liberation and scaling purpose-driven work led her to become the Director of Learning and Development at the New Universal School, founded by Akaya Windwood, and join the Holistic Centers Network Advisory Board.

Ling is Canadian-born Chinese, and Southwestern Ontario was home before moving to Hong Kong in 2012 to (re)connect with her roots, culture and Cantonese language. After spending all of her professional life known as ‘Charlene,’ she is exploring the reclamation of her given Chinese name ‘Ling’ (more on that story here). Learn about her leadership role in navigating COVID-19 at Hollyhock here.

Her happy places are paddle-boarding with her husband Christopher, dog-momming to hound x retriever Otis, and tinkering around their Tiny House on Cortes Island, BC.
Curators, artists, and community activists. Melonie Green and Melorra Green are the Co-Executive Directors of the African American Art & Culture Complex, located in the Fillmore/Western Addition neighborhood of San Francisco, CA.
 
Originally from Memphis, TN, they moved to San Francisco in 2000, after graduating from Tennessee State University, to attend the Academy of Art University. Affectionately known as “The Twins”, they have practiced the art of collaboration since before they were born.
 
Through collaboration, they have generated an enormous artistic legacy, producing more than 80 exhibitions and over 100 public events. They continue to elevate their promise to inspire and empower Black people to tell our stories and uphold our truths. Their pride in being Black + queer + women was nurtured in the Bay Area and they are proud to BE, represent and acknowledge what they fought so hard to not be ashamed of as the new Community Grand Marshals of SF Pride 2021.
 
This year under their leadership, the African American Art & Culture Complex was named Gucci Changemakers 2021 - one of 15 organizations in the country and proudly representing San Francisco. 
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Melonie + Melorra Green

Create spaces for Black Joy

The twins support, uplift and amplify Black creatives, while place-making IRL and virtual.

Artists in their own right, the Twins are some of Fillmore's Finest (via Memphis, TN.)

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Naomi Yu

Self & Community Care as Liberation

Naomi Yu (she/her) is a healer, facilitator, and consultant. passionate about destigmatizing mental health and wellness (especially for BIPOC) and making it more accessible for all.

As a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Registered Art Therapist, Naomi helps clients build a practice of self-care as liberation. This process includes building a stronger sense of self, practicing self-compassion, and developing skills to create a meaningful life. She integrates many pathways to healing that exist outside of the Western therapy models, such as spirituality, psychedelics, and the power of being in right relationship.

Naomi also facilitates groups and workshops to encourage this process while in community. She has worked with major corporations across different industries to cultivate a healthier workplace culture and provided spaces for employees to show up as their full selves.

Naomi is Taiwanese-American and based in the the Bay Area, California. Outside of work, you can find Naomi trail-running in the mountains, reading, and making or enjoying live music. She is devoted to the pursuit of self-growth and things that set you free.

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Taina Jones

Social Justice Advocate + Community Builder

Taina Jones is a creator and cultivator of opportunities for communities, to ultimately achieve a more equitable and just society.

Taina Jones (she/her) supports New Seneca Village with development and implementation of processes and timelines to directly elevate the mission of New Seneca Village through wide-ranging research, development of strategic materials, and administration of retreats and communication.  She is motivated by the opportunity to create and provide systems and services that can maximize change and achieve lasting equitable and inclusive societal impacts. Taina is committed to racial equity as a strategy for transformation and social change for all people of color, with a focus on low-income women.

Prior to joining New Seneca Village, Taina worked for Hirsch Philanthropy Partners where she consulted with individuals and families on how to best maximize the impact of their giving on the neighborhoods and issue areas they support, with a focus on community engagement and trust-based philanthropy.  She has also worked for the Partnership for HOPE SF and Great Communities Collaborative at the San Francisco Foundation.

 

Taina's  career began in the service industry, where she learned firsthand the importance of providing excellent customer service while being adaptable in a fast-paced environment. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Mills College and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in International Business from San Francisco State University. She is a native of the Dominican Republic and is fluent in Spanish.

During her free time, you can find Taina enjoying hikes in the Redwoods, practicing yoga, and spending time with her friends and family.

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Akaya Windwood

Brilliantly facilitates transformation.

Akaya advises, trains, and consults on how
change happens individually, organizationally and societally.

Akaya Windwood facilitates transformation. She advises, trains, and consults on how change happens individually, organizationally and societally.
 
She is on the faculty for the RSF Social Finance Integrated Capital Fellowship, and is founder of the New Universal, which centers human wisdom in the wisdom of brown women. She was the President of Rockwood Leadership Institute for many years, and directed the Mycelium Fund, which awarded small grants to non-profit organizations based on generosity and interconnectedness.
 
In 2018, Akaya was one of Conscious Company’s 30 World Changing Women, and has been a featured speaker at the Stanford Social Innovation Institute, the Aspen Institute, and the New Zealand Philanthropy Summit conferences. She received an Ella Award from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and received the 2020 Vision Award from Middlebury College.

Akaya is deeply committed to working for a fair and equitable global society while infusing a sense of purpose, delight and wonder into everything we do. Akaya lives in Oakland, CA where she reads science fiction, makes sauerkraut, and relishes growing enormous squashes in her garden.