Board of Directors

Gregory Hodge, Board Chair

Greg is an organizational development and community building consultant with Khepera Consulting. He served two four-year terms as a member of the Oakland Unified School District Board of Education. Greg has worked as a community based leader and manager for numerous organizations promoting the health, equity, diversity and education of Oakland residents, particularly the city’s youth. Outside of his professional involvements, Greg works as a teacher and mentor for African American youth, a minister at Wo’se Community and a drummer with Bantaba Dance Ensemble.


Susan Fassberg, Board Secretary

Susan's professional background is in business development and marketing with an emphasis on media and social change. Her clients have included Salon.com, Los Angeles Magazine,  Ask Jeeves, the BBC, ZDF, and U.S. networks. Susan has served as a Arts & Media Reform grants facilitator for the Threshold Foundation.  She recently launched a line of greeting cards that highlight bio-cultural diversity (see ConnectingDotz.com) and is currently Strategic Partnerships Director for The Greater Good Science Center at U.C. Berkeley.

Sally A. Carlson, Board Treasurer

Sally is co-founder and managing partner of Terra Search Partners, an executive search firm. She formerly held senior management positions at Crocker National Bank, Wells Fargo and Deloitte & Touche. She has served on the boards of the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, Eth-Noh-Tec and Paul Taylor Dance Company.


Ludovic Blain III

Ludovic directs the Progressive Era Project and the Color of Democracy Fund. His previous positions include program manager of the Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative of the Insight Center, national campaign coordinator for the Marguerite Casey Foundation's Equal Voice for America's Families Campaign and associate director of the Democracy Program at Demos. He has led campaigns inserting racial justice into the fields of voting rights, environmental, communications, campaign finance, and a variety of other fields.


Andre Carothers

Andre co-founded the Rockwood Leadership Institute to deliver the best practices and methodologies in leadership development to the nonprofit community. He is an organizational development consultant and trainer with a long background in nonprofit management.

Idelisse Malave

Idelisse most recently held a 12-year tenure as executive director of the Tides Foundation. During her more than 25-year career, Idelisse has litigated civil rights cases with the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, represented women in family law matters and co-authored a bestseller entitled "Mother Daughter Revolution" (Bantam 1994). She was also a founding board member of the New York Women's Foundation and served a six-year term on the board of the Ms. Foundation.

Lawrence Rinder

Lawrence Rinder is director of the University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. He has held positions at the Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center and the Whitney Museum of American Art where he was chief curator of the 2002 Biennial.



Akaya Windwood

Akaya Windwood is the President of Rockwood Leadership Institute, the nation’s largest provider of transformative leadership trainings for nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. Akaya leads trainings nationally and internationally, and has been a featured speaker at the Stanford Social Innovation Institute, the Independent Sector Conference, and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. She is recognized for elevating the effectiveness of leadership and collaboration in the nonprofit and social benefit sectors, and is the recipient of an Ella Award from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and a Transformative Leadership Award from the Seasons Fund for Social Transformation. She currently serves on the boards of the Interaction Institute for Social Change, the Advisory Board of Destiny Arts Center, and the Advisory Board for the National Progressive Leadership Campus.  Akaya’s vision for our global community includes infusing a sense of purpose, delight and wonder into everything we do. She has a life-long commitment to working for a fair and equitable society, and believes that Rockwood’s network of over 4,000 powerful, collaborative, and interconnected leaders will help lead the way.