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Zulayka Santiago

Founder & Creative Director at Libélula Consulting
Durham, North Carolina

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Contact Information

Company Name
Libélula Consulting
Founder & Creative Director
Short Description
I am committed to LOVE as a force for (re)connection and transformation. I provide inspiration, instigation, and support for projects focused on equity, social justice, and authentic community engagement. I invest in the emergence of non-hierarchical, liberation-oriented organizational models within the nonprofit sector (and beyond)
Email Address
Durham, North Carolina
United States
Size of Organization Staff
1 Person

About Me and My Work

What kinds of projects, tasks, or challenges do you typically partner with nonprofits on?
--Meeting Design & Facilitation: Working with groups large and small to co-create purposeful, inviting, dynamic and enjoyable meetings.

--Research & Critical Thinking for Strategic Action: Investing in decolonizing our imagination to envision possibilities and chart clear paths for action.

--Infusing an Equity Lens: Helping move the conversation from professing values of equity and social justice towards living them.

--Dismantling Unnecessary Hierarchies of Power: Supporting organizations as they move away from traditional hierarchies towards models of liberation.

--Public Speaking: Invigorating others to remember their own inherent magic.

--Mindful Outdoor Leadership: Guiding humans as they remember, expand and deepen their connection to the living earth.

--Professional Party-Starting (that’s right): Understanding the essential power of music, dance, movement and joy!
Why would someone choose to work with you?
After almost 20 years of working for institutions large and small, I am finding my home as an independent consultant. My spirit has come into this life to surrender more deeply to freedom and joy, and the projects that I choose to work with fully support this marvelous journey.

In my life I’ve had the gift and challenge of navigating multiple identities within different contexts. Because of this, I’ve become adept at serving as a liaison across culture, class, generation, sector and political beliefs. I’ve gained first-hand experience working in the public, private, philanthropic, nonprofit and cooperative sectors. I've had many roles including: program director, operations manager, executive director, program officer and board member.

Thus far, I’ve had the great fortune of traveling to eleven countries on four continents, and have worked/lived within both rural and urban contexts. These collective experiences have expanded my worldview, deepened my sense self and heightened my appreciation of other people, places, cultures in North Carolina and beyond. It is precisely this unique combination of lived experience, exceptional education, and wide-ranging skills that have primed me for the role of independent consultant.

I have experience in: program development and facilitation for youth and adults; nonprofit management; community organizing and coalition building; events planning and management; fund development and financial management; grants management and evaluation; communications, marketing and public relations; small business development and management.
Key words and additional details
Equity, Social Justice, Cross-Cultural Liaison, Bilingual (English/Spanish), Organizational Development, Non-Hierarchical Governance, Organizational Culture
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