Who We Are

The Social Transformation Project is comprised of staff and consultants who are remotely based around the United States. We are fiscally sponsored by NEO Philanthropy.

Leadership Team

Jodie Tonita, Co-Founder and Executive Director

Jodie Tonita is the co-founder and executive director of STP. Over the past 8 years she has led STP’s work partnering with leaders from progressive organizations, intermediaries, and funders to foster breakthroughs in how our movements strategize and work together.

Before founding the Social Transformation Project, Jodie co-led the evolution of Web of Change, a prominent conference and community that connects the foremost thinkers and do-ers in progressive organizing and digital strategy. Jodie served as Program Manager for Groundwire, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the creative and strategic use of technology for scaling social change. While at Groundwire Jodie helped found Organizing for Change and Conservation Voters of BC, two collaborative efforts designed to win critical environmental policy fights. In the decade prior, Jodie ran her own management consulting firm working with corporate clients on large-scale information technology and change management initiatives.

Jodie is currently a leadership fellow at the Broadbent Institute, and previously sat on the boards of Leadnow.ca and Groundwire.


Robert Gass

Robert Gass, Ed.D, Co-Founder

Robert Gass is a Co-Founder of Social Transformation Project and is widely known and highly regarded for his work in leadership development and organizational change over the last 30 years. He has worked as an executive coach and organizational consultant to Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, and foundations, and offered seminars to more than 100,000 individuals at universities, education centers, and conferences around the world.

Robert is a co-founder of the Rockwood Leadership Institute, where he designed and delivers “Leading from the Inside Out,” a year-long leadership training for top social change leaders. Graduates of this program form the core of STP’s network. He is the former President of ARC International, a global consulting and training company specializing in transformational change with Fortune 500 companies. Robert has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Organizational Development from Harvard University.

Robert was a former Board Chair of Greenpeace USA, and current and past consulting clients include the U.S. Senate and Congress, SEIU, the Democracy Alliance, the Tides Foundation, Sierra Club, and MoveOn.org, among others.

Robert is deeply passionate about bringing a transformational approach to leadership, organizational development, and large systems change to those working for social, racial, and environmental justice. He started STP with Jodie Tonita to incite this paradigm shift in social change movements.

Robert and Judith Ansara, his wife and life partner of more than 40 years, lead retreats for committed couples throughout North America. Visit Sacred Union for more info. Robert is also a recording artist and performing musician.


who_idelisse Idelisse Malavé, Senior Advisor

Idelisse Malavé is an organizational consultant and coach committed to supporting social change leaders, groups, and networks. An experienced leader and manager, Idelisse ran Tides Foundation for 11 years and was Vice President of the Ms. Foundation for six years. Her work with hundreds of organizations has honed her expertise in organizational strategies and practices, and deepened her knowledge of progressive issues and movements.

For the past eight years, Idelisse has consulted on a range of projects, including strategic thinking processes, planning, meeting design and facilitation, team building, mediation and governance with groups such as Caring Across Generations, National People’s Action, The Center for Social Inclusion, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership and the NoVo Foundation.

Idelisse trained as a lawyer at the Columbia University School of Law and went on to litigate civil rights cases with the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund. She co-authored a bestseller, Mother Daughter Revolution and more recently, Latino Stats: American Hispanics By the Numbers.

Idelisse has served on many boards over the course of a long career in social justice work, including Rockwood Leadership Institute, Global Fund for Women, The Center for Social Inclusion and MamaCash, to name just a few. Currently she sits on the boards of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and The New Press.

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