Our Team

Megan Joseph, MA

Founder / Senior Practitioner

Megan Joseph has spent 18 years working with multi-sector collaboratives to increase their capacity to work together for equitable and sustainable results. As Executive Director of Rise Together, a multi-county initiative to cut poverty in the Bay Area, Megan has integrated transformative leadership tools and practices into a large coalition for policy and systems change, addressing issues of employment, affordable housing and early childhood education for critical populations. As Director of Community Organizing for the United Way of Santa Cruz County she founded and supported multiple sustained initiatives, including the Santa Cruz County Youth Violence Prevention Task Force and the Community Corrections Partnership Community Engagement Task Force. Megan was recognized with the 2015 National Community Indicators Consortium Emerging Leader award for her work using community indicators as a catalyst for change to reduce youth violence. Megan has practiced radical transformational leadership for a decade with Monica Sharma, and over the last 8 years launched two leadership programs, Leadership for Community Transformation Santa Cruz County and Leadership for Equity & Opportunity Bay Area which together has trained over 425 leaders to design and implement equitable and sustainable social change projects.  She has also served as faculty at JFK University.  Megan earned an MA in Consciousness Studies from JFK University and an MA in Criminology, Law and Society from UC Irvine.  She lives in the Bay Area with her partner, dog and two cats. Learn more at LinkedIn


Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson, MSW

Founder / Senior Practitioner

Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson is a native of Iran and has lived in Santa Cruz County for the past 20 years. Shebreh currently provides professional grant writing; program coordination/management; strategic planning; and facilitation services to local agencies working in the areas of public health, education and social services and has been in the field for the last two decades. Her work has brought multi-sector partnerships together to address complex social justice issues such as substance use, mental health, homelessness and more. Shebreh’s work has generated increased investment and funding in the community, innovative projects, and health focused local policies. Shebreh currently serves in leadership roles including Central California Alliance for Health Board, the Pajaro Valley Health Trust Board, and Dignity Health Community Advisory Board’s Community Giving Body. Shebreh has been practicing the Conscious Full Spectrum Response framework for the last five years. She has also supported the training of hundreds of other leaders through the Leadership for Community Transformation Santa Cruz County and Leadership for Equity and Opportunity Bay Area. She received her B.A. in Psychology and French/Francophonie Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) and a Masters in Social Work from San Jose State University. She is a mother of two boys, is married and lives in Santa Cruz California. Shebreh strives for equity and compassion in her work and in her every day.

Robyn McKeen

Senior Practitioner

Robyn McKeen has worked for over a decade managing social service programs, multi-sector coalitions, and systems change initiatives along the West Coast, including the greater San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle area. She has held leadership positions in the areas of homelessness, information and resources, and children and youth development. Most recently as the Smart Path Coordinated Entry Director, Robyn led the strategic planning and implementation process of Santa Cruz County’s homeless coordinated entry system to redesign the assessment and referral process countywide. Robyn has practiced the Radical Transformational Leadership framework since 2013, designing and implementing multiple initiatives for equitable and sustainable social change. As a practitioner coach, she has supported the training of over 300 leaders through the Leadership for Community Transformation Santa Cruz County and Leadership for Equity and Opportunity Bay Area. Robyn earned her BA in Cultural Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is committed to fostering fairness and vibrancy through all aspects of her work and life. She lives in Santa Cruz, CA with her partner, daughter, and a whole lot of aquatic creatures. Learn more on LinkedIn


Therese Adams

Senior Practitioner

For over 20 years, Therese Adams has held nonprofit leadership positions working in Santa Cruz, California as a fund development consultant, development director, community organizer, and executive director. Since 2014, she has practiced Leadership for Community Transformation with Monica Sharma assisting in the training of hundreds of leaders in Santa Cruz County and the Bay Area of California.  In her work as a fund development consultant, she incorporates the Conscious Full Spectrum Response and Radical Transformational Leadership to promote equity and generosity to transform the current nonprofit fund development and philanthropy practices to fund programs that sustainably solve social problems. Since 2012, Therese has also worked on the issues of homelessness, advocating for sustainable system shifting solutions based on fairness, dignity, and compassion. She is currently a Community Organizer for Smart Solutions To Homelessness, an initiative of the United Way of Santa Cruz County and was the Development Director for Pajaro Valley Shelter Services. Originally from Los Angeles, Therese moved to Santa Cruz to receive her BA in Theatre Arts from UC Santa Cruz. For several decades, she was the Executive Director of Moving and Storage Performance Company and was the SPECTRA arts coordinator and instructor for Cultural Council of Santa Cruz, County working to ensure every school in the county had arts programming. Therese is also passionate about transforming the current biased and violent trends in our media and culture, fostering projects that use the Conscious Full Spectrum Response to create life-affirming media, game design, and to promote arts programming for populations that have traditionally not had access. 


Dr. Monica Sharma

Advisor, Author of Radical Transformational Leadership

Monica Sharma, trained as a physician and epidemiologist, worked for the United Nations more than twenty years. Currently, she engages worldwide as an international expert and practitioner on leadership development for sustainable and equitable change. She works with United Nations, universities, management institutions, governments, businesses, media, and civil society organizations. She is the Tata Chair Professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai. She has published and presented over 250 articles in journals and international forums. Monica Sharma created and uses a unique response model based on extensive application—a conscious full-spectrum model—which is for simultaneously solving problems, shifting systems, and creating new patterns sourced from individual inner capacity and transformational leadership. This model has generated sustainable results worldwide.  Monica is the author of Radical Transformational Leadership.


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