Under the direction of Dr. Zachary Green, a core faculty of academics and professional coaches offers a wealth of expertise in leadership studies and community change to our Urban Leadership Fellows Program at USD. Together and individually, they work closely with the RISE Fellows as they learn and grow under the program’s adaptive leadership approach.

ZACHARY GABRIEL GREEN, PhD
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Zachary is a professor of practice in leadership studies at the University of San Diego and the lead faculty for the RISE Urban Leadership Fellows Program.
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As an organizational consultant, his clients have included multinational corporations, government agencies, university departments, religious institutions, and nonprofit organizations. He is a leadership coach for the World Bank and a co-founder of IMAGO Global Grassroots, an organization using a participatory, co-creative model to address the generational issues of poverty in international development. Zachary’s career highlights include serving on the dialogue development team for the President’s Commission on Race, conducting leadership training on five continents, and leading a multi-year process for emerging leaders of Northern Ireland in advance of the Good Friday Accord. Trained as a clinical and community psychologist, he received his doctorate from Boston University and completed advanced clinical training at Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School and organizational consultation through the Wharton Center for Applied Research.
MACEDONIO ARTEAGA
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MEENAKSHI CHAKRAVERTI, PhD
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Meenakshi has taught at UC San Diego and Princeton and has considerable experience with economic research, grassroots community work, ethnographic research, business entrepreneurship, dialogue training and facilitation, and strategic program development.
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Prior to joining the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) at the University of San Diego, she was vice president for program development at the Public Conversations Project where she worked for thirteen years as a practitioner and in program development and management. She has worked with a wide variety of leaders and communities both nationally and internationally, including U.S. stakeholders on national energy policy, emerging women leaders from transitional countries, and peacebuilders in Burundi. Meenakshi received a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University and a doctorate in social anthropology from Cornell University.
JOSÉ CRUZ
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José is the executive director of Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI), a college-prep, out-of-school-time program for disadvantaged youth.
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Located in the heart of Barrio Logan, where only about a third of residents 25 years of age or older have a high school diploma and less than 3% have a bachelor’s degree, BLCI combats these statistics by ensuring 100% of its high school graduates enroll in college so that they can use their higher education to transform communities. He graduated magna cum laude from San Diego State University with bachelor’s degrees in psychology and Spanish and obtained a Master of Education in adolescent risk and prevention from Harvard University.
AZADEH DAVARI
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Azadeh has spent over a decade in food, nutrition, and public health leadership capacity building and has designed and conducted several leadership programs in Iran, the Middle East, and Europe.
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In her training and coaching sessions, she helps individuals and organizations to co-create intentional change to maximize their growth. With her background in food technology engineering, Azadeh continued her post-graduate studies in food and nutrition security and regional leadership programs in Asia, Europe, and United States. She is currently a doctoral student in leadership studies at the University of San Diego.
LEAH GOODWIN
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Leah has a diverse background that includes small business development, fundraising, and marketing and communications in the areas of cultural, community, and public relations.
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Her exemplary career in the arts encompasses everything from public arts management, to visual and performing arts program development and consultation, to the creation and implementation of award-winning, community-based public art, art-in-education, and arts-in-hospital programs. Leah is a published writer and poet who believes that the arts are a universal tool for healing.
CARLOS R. NELSON, PhD
FACULTY
Carlos is a senior clinical psychologist with the County of San Diego’s Juvenile Forensic Services STAT Team.
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Tasked with creating and providing innovative, community-based services to youth in detention or who are otherwise involved in the juvenile justice system, he has applied his clinical, group-relations, leadership, and community activist experience to educate, advocate for, and be part of their empowerment. An adherent to the idea of “faith without works is dead,” he brings committed action to the development of peaceful, loving relationships among all of San Diego’s individuals, families, and communities, with specific interests in gang redirection work, violence intervention, and restorative justice issues among youth. Carlos is co-creator of Group Relations International and director of its Youth Empowerment Services initiative. He has been providing community consulting and clinical services in San Diego for twenty-five years. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology and BA from UC San Diego.