About Us

Civity Co-Founders

 

Malka Kopell and Palma Strand co-founded Civity after a series of conversations about citizens, civic engagement, government, and public challenges that began informally almost a decade ago.

Malka Kopell

 

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Malka is an independent consultant to philanthropy, nonprofits and governments. She brings to Civity over 30 years of experience with collaborative, cross-sector governance and civic engagement, and has worked on a variety of issues, including  neighborhood revitalization, water and air quality, transportation, youth development, and public health.

Palma Strand

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Palma comes to Civity with first-person civic engagement experiences from working as a parent to enhance equity and quality in the public schools in Arlington, Virginia. She now integrates those experiences into her role as a professor of law, where she focuses on regional resilience; addressing systemic inequities; and the connection between civic health and robust democracy.

Civity Advisory Council

 

Greg Baldwin, President, VolunteerMatch

 

John Esterle, Co-Executive Director, The Whitman Institute

Kip Harkness, Deputy City Manager, City of San Jose

 

Liz Joyner, Executive Director & Co-Founder, The Village Square

 

Beth Kanter, Author, The Networked Nonprofit & Measuring the Networked Nonprofit, Blogger, & Website Host, www.bethkanter.org

 

Richard Lang, Chairman & CEO, Democrasoft, Inc.

 

Amy Lyman, Co-Founder, Great Place to Work Institute

 

Marc Ross Manashil, Co-Founder & Principal, 11plus Philanthropy

 

Martha McCoy, Executive Director, Everyday Democracy, & President, The Paul J. Aicher Foundation

Barbara Pivnicka, Honorary Consul, Slovak Republic, Executive Officer, San Francisco Consular Corps, & President and CEO, San Francisco Global Trade Council

Graham Richard, CEO, Advanced Energy Economy, & former Mayor of Fort Wayne, IN

 

Colin Rule, Founder and COO, Modria

 

Janet Shing, Senior Program Officer, Community Foundation for Monterey County

 

Dave Steer, Director of Advocacy, Mozilla Foundation

 

Lucy Valentine Wurtz, Development and Marketing Director, Village Enterprise

Civity Logo

 

We’d like to acknowledge and thank our branding and logo experts, Jennifer Haist  of Owl Designs and Julie Robertson for their work on the Civity logo.

© 2017 Civity

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