Ify is a vision-based, strategic thinker committed to a cross-sector, collaborative approach to building thriving communities. She applies a catalytic thinking model to capacity building, while creating the conditions to bring out the best in everyone and everything. Her calm demeanor is often paired with a choice of vulnerability over fear; courage in the face of seemingly insurmountable issues. The mountain is just a challenge, never a barrier. The professional experience that Ify has gained over more than 20 years crosses sectors and spans the complete spectrum of effective organizational and team development. She has ensured organizations maintained a compliant state throughout their entire lifecycle – from formation, through maturity, and into dissolution. Her background includes fundraising, communications, community outreach, education, and program design, implementation, and evaluation. Ify holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from Mount Holyoke College and a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Eastern University.