Gillian Gonda

Program Director for Engagement, Fetzer Institute

My work is to guide our Movement Building area—which includes Fetzer’s storytelling and public engagement efforts—with strategies that support sacred relationship and connection. I appreciate the ever-expanding opportunities online and face-to-face to connect with individuals and communities who are part of a shared vision to build a spiritual foundation for a loving world. I am enlivened daily by our partners—inspiring champions of this mission—as we work together to meet the needs of the world and imagine how our collaboration can serve a movement of transformation.

I am passionate about restorative narratives and helping media makers and storytellers of all kinds see the transformational potential of their work. These efforts in support of human flourishing come alive when we are in deep relationship, seeking change through the creative process, collaboration, integrated learning, and bold action.

I have worked my entire career in the nonprofit sector, spending much of that time in public media and philanthropy leading communications, program strategy, community outreach, and public engagement. I have a BS and MA in Communication from the University of New Mexico.

I love both indoor and outdoor living, from jewelry making, reading, and good TV to kayaking and camping. Add in a music festival and my life is complete. My three kids are everything to me, and I thrive living vicariously through their bike racing, campaign canvassing, and drum solos.

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