Creative Resilience Collective

A multidisciplinary collective based on design justice and emergent strategy principles that I started in Oakland, CA and co-founded in Philadelphia, PA in 2017. 

Our work is made possible by generous donations from private supporters and organizations like:


An invitation to incubate the Creative Resilience Collective (CRC) at Slought, led me to relocate the organization from Oakland, CA to Philadelphia, PA in Fall of 2017.  In Philadelphia, I established the organization with co-founders Bennett Kuhn, Jessa Lingel and Meredith Degyanksy and advisor Aaron Levy.

Organizational Vision

We believe our collective agency can create positive change in care systems, leading to more equitable futures. We do this through educational workshops, study groups, critical writing, public art, youth programs, and the building of tools and resources to shape the evolution of dignified care.

Strategic Priorities 

CRC is organized around three strategic priorities. Through partnerships with community organization, institutions, and individuals we collaborate directly with youth, immigrant and refugees, and communities using or impacted by the use of drugs. These priorities are represented in pilot workshops, qualitative research, collective art making, and six core initiatives. 

Core Initiatives

In 2018-2019, CRC aims to focus on six core initiatives. 

1. Creative Resilient Youth: A teen-led initiative to respond to gaps in mental health dialogue and resources
2. Strategies and Spaces of Care: A community-based  participatory design and art making program centering the mental health needs of immigrant and refugee youth
3. Study Group: A collective knowledge-building series open to the public and run in partnership with Penn’s Health Ecologies Lab
4. Mental Health Navigation: A navigation tool to help care seekers find quality care and treatment
5. War on People: A cross-temporal understanding of the War on Drugs in Philadelphia and beyond
6. It’s Not Always Sunny: A community art, citizen science, education, and peer-to-peer support campaign