M. Zulayka Santiago, MPA

Zulayka is the Founder and Creative Director of Libélula Consulting.  In that role she provides inspiration, instigation, and support for projects focused on equity, social justice, and authentic community engagement.  Zulayka is deeply invested in the emergence of non-hierarchical, liberation-oriented organizational models within the nonprofit sector (and beyond).  Her commitment is to center love and wholeness to recalibrate power.

Zulayka obtained a Master of Public Administration Degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management.  Her undergraduate degree is in Pan-African Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University. She is a Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity. She was also part of the 06-08 William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations through the Wildacres Leadership Initiative and serves on the Board of Directors for Change Elemental. 

Zulayka is a founding member of Earthseed Land Collective in Durham, NC whose mission is to remember and reimagine our relationship to ourselves, each other and the land in pursuit and practice of collective liberation.  In 2018 Zulayka received her Level I Certification through the Kripalu School of Mindful Outdoor Leadership, one small step on her learning journey as an amateur naturalist.  She spends her days nurturing her tendencies towards connection, awe and wonder. 

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