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 GREEN, PhD
Lead Faculty

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, JR
Faculty

Macedonio is an alumnus of UCSD with a bachelor's degree in Ethnic Studies. He is currently employed with San Diego Unified School District's Race Human Relations and Advocacy Department.

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In 1993, he and others founded Izcalli, a non-profit for Chicano/Native American youth in San Diego that promotes self-esteem and self-determination through arts and culture. Through Izcalli and Family Health Centers of San Diego, Macedonio was instrumental in creating Circulo de Hombres, a cultural arts/rites of passage mentoring program for adolescent and adult males; now in its seventeenth year, the program serves to reduce violence and promote higher education and it has been implemented in the San Diego Unified School District, South Bay Union School District, and several charter schools in the county. Macedonio has consulted and spoken internationally about his work with young men. He is a published poet and playwright who co-founded the nationally known comedy troupe Teatro Izcalli. His work has appeared in such publications as Lowrider magazine, Latina magazine, the San Diego Union-Tribune, Enlace, San Diego Magazine, and newspapers from Florida to Denver. He was instrumental in forming the San Diego County Gang Commission and was recently appointed to be a commissioner for the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. Macedonio also runs traditional Native American healing ceremonies for his community as he was given permission after many years of learning from several medicine people.

AZADEH DAVARI, PhD
Faculty
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
Faculty
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.
ROXANNE KYMAANI, PhD
Faculty

Roxanne is a proven leader in the development and implementation of change initiatives in business and educational operations, including programs and people.

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She specializes in team effectiveness, dialogue, group problem solving, and community building, emphasizing communication, creativity, and discovery and her expertise in dialogue and conflict resolution enables her to successfully lead in diverse and challenging environments while gaining and maintaining the trust of those she engages with. Her passions include dialogue, liminality, identity construction, group dynamics, and cultural construction, as well as supporting others on creating both their best self and understanding on who they are “being” as a way of developing a new relationship with themselves that offers a new dialogue for how to view and experience the world. Roxanne received her doctorate in leadership studies at the University of San Diego.
 

CARLOS 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.
FERCHIL RAMOS
Faculty

Born in the Philippines, Ferchil is a long-time San Diego resident who seeks to make an impact on the city and the communities where he serves and lives.

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His diverse professional and volunteer background and broad range of skills led him to his role as new media strategist for the San Diego ACLU, where he helps highlight civil liberties in new and exciting ways. Ferchil is an alumnus of the inaugural class of the RISE Urban Leadership Fellows Program in 2015. In his spare time, he volunteers as director for the Filipino American Arts & Culture Festival, where he adopted a sense of civic duty and culture.