Em Johnson ‘18

Em Johnson ‘18 (Antioch Santa Barbara, MBA in Social Entrepreneurship and Strategic Planning) was hired as the new Director of Climate Resilience for the Community Environmental Council. In her new role, Johnson is charged with empowering California’s Central Coast communities to better respond, recover, adapt, and thrive in the face of climate change-related disruptions.


Johnson brings a wealth of expertise in rural innovation, social enterprise, and nonprofit leadership to the position. During her five years as Executive Director of the Blue Sky Center, she brought creativity, innovation, and investment into the Cuyama Valley in Central California. She has worked with local entrepreneurs to design and implement collaborative projects aimed to create thriving and inclusive rural communities. One of Blue Sky Center’s successful initiatives is the Cuyama Beverage Co, which partners with local farms and businesses to create jobs and invest in a hyper-local food system in the Cuyama Valley.

In 2020, she made the Pacific Coast Business Times “40 Under 40” list, and in 2021 was nominated as an inaugural member of the Rural Futurists cohort sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and FutureGood. Johnson also sits on the Board of Directors for the Santa Barbara Food Action Network, a sustainable, local food system initiative that CEC helped establish. 

Read more about Johnson and her new position here.

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Jessica Leith

Jessica Leith, faculty in the MA in Couple and Family Therapy program in Seattle, will present in the third part of a four-part webinar series through the University of Washington entitled Family-Based Interventions for Child and Youth Mental Health Across the Developmental Spectrum on December 7, 2022.  This webinar is dedicated to family interventions for children and adolescents, with Part Three being specifically targeted toward those interested in learning more about adolescent mental health and family-based treatments, as well as strategies that demonstrate effectiveness in doing this type of work. The webinar will give an overview of current adolescent mental

Nicole Bossard ‘11

Dr. Nicole Bossard ‘11 (GSLC, PhD) has launched Practicing Positivity The Studio. This innovative YouTube channel builds upon her background in creating thriving cultures through coaching, strategic consulting, and positivity-infused facilitation and training to cultivate a powerful, engaging vision of the future emboldened by aspirational values powerful enough to guide day-to-day practice. With over 20 years of experience, Nicole has extensive expertise in leveraging engagement and inclusion to build and maintain positive focus helping individuals, organizations, and teams worldwide. Dr. Bossard is the President and Positivity Strategist TGC Consulting, Inc. Learn more about Dr. Bossard and read her dissertation Enough

Victoria Chang

MFA in Creative Writing Acting Program Chair and faculty Victoria Chang had her new book The Trees Witness Everything included on the New Yorker’s list of the Best Books of 2022.

Techa Smalls-Brown

PhD in Leadership and Change student Techa Smalls-Brown recently facilitated the workshop “Creating a Sustainable Whole Child Ecosystem” at the 2022 Collaborative for Spirituality in Education Spirituality Mind Body Institute Teachers College of Columbia University’s annual conference. The Collaborative for Spirituality in Education is dedicated to nurturing the innate spiritual capacity of educators through enriching activities, engaging discourse, scientific research, and contemplative practices. Smalls-Brown is an expert in mindfulness and meditation. An experienced educator with over two decades of service, she specialized in helping educators in all facets, especially in regard to the ways in which to reclaim their passions

Sara Safari ’21

Dr. Sara Safari ’21 (GSLC, PhD) is featured in the new Netflix documentary, Aftershock: Everest and the Nepal Earthquake, which features survivors’ firsthand accounts and actual footage about the deadly 2015 earthquake that shook Nepal. The event shaped the life and work of Sara, who is an internationally renowned author, speaker, and advocate for women. She is the Founder of Climb Your Everest, a nonprofit empowering woman one adventure at a time. Learn more about Safari in a recent Common Thread profile Climbing Everest and Empowering Women: Sara Safari Is on a Mission, and read her dissertation Virtual Empowerment: The

Janet Dewart Bell ’74, ’15

Dr. Janet Dewart Bell ’74, ’15 (Maryland, BA and GSLC, PhD and a member of Antioch’s Board of Governors) has launched the LEADing JUSTICE podcast. This new platform highlights the importance of courage, commitment, compassion, vision, and hope to ensure and secure a just and equitable future and features singular guests who make a difference in the fight for freedom worldwide. A scholar, author, activist, and professor, Dr. Dewart Bell is a nationally recognized leader in social justice, media advocacy, and politics. She is the founder and president of LEAD InterGenerational Solutions. Read Dr. Dewart Bell’s dissertation entitled African American Women Leaders in

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