Mari Ryono has dedicated the last sixteen years of her life to community organizing and campaigns for progressive change, working with such organizations as Cooperative Economics for Women (CEW) in Boston, la Asociación Andar in Costa Rica, AGENDA/SCOPE in Los Angeles, and Mobilize the Immigrant Vote (MIV) in California. At SCOPE, she was an Organizer and then Lead Organizer working on policy and electoral campaigns, training and education, and cross-community alliances. There, Mari developed lifelong tools for organizing and strategic engagement. At Mobilize the Immigrant (MIV), she was the first Director of this multi-racial, statewide alliance in California committed to advancing the civic engagement of low-income immigrant families of color around a social justice agenda. Since 2005, Mari has maintained a consulting practice supporting groups in the areas of organizational development (including executive coaching, evaluation, strategic planning, and facilitation), organizing, civic engagement, and fundraising, with clients including: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), Building Movement Project, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), and Liberty Hill Foundation, among others. Mari is an independent consultant with a commitment to different consultant teams including RoadMap and the Flexible Leadership Awards (FLA) Program (launched by the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund). She is an emerging student and practitioner of Forward Stance and mind-body practice, which she sees as a valuable dimension to organizing for change. She has a particular interest in supporting leaders of organizations, alliances, and movements who are advancing racial and gender justice and who are open to their own transformation. Having worn many hats (including those of organizer, director, and organizational development consultant), Mari offers an integrated perspective in her work with leaders and teams. Mari graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Sociology and Women’s Studies at Harvard. She was born and raised in Southern California, where she currently resides with her family.