John   Esterle

John Esterle

Co-Executive Director of The Whitman Institute

John began working at The Whitman Institute in 1988 as a Research Associate and in 1999 became its Executive Director. In 2004, following the death of TWI’s Founder, Fred Whitman, John led TWI’s transition from an operating to a grantmaking foundation. John serves on the boards of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE), LeaderSpring, Images and Voices of Hope (IVOH) and the Germanacos Foundation. He is also a member of Active Voice’s Advisory Committee. Through 2001-2002, John was the PTA president of Rooftop Alternative K-8 Elementary School in San Francisco. Prior to joining TWI, John directed Crime and the News Media, a pilot project that featured a series of dialogues between Bay Area journalists and proponents of alternatives to incarceration. He received his B.A. in Liberal Arts from the Hutchins School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Sonoma State University and his M.A. in Broadcast Communication Arts from San Francisco State University.

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Pia  Infante

Pia Infante

Co-Executive Director of The Whitman Institute

Pia’s previous work as an organizational consultant and coach helped further equity-driven efforts nationwide for fifteen years. Just prior to her current role, Pia was the Director of Organizational Partnerships at Rockwood Leadership Institute, where she served on the senior leadership team and led a capacity building initiative for nationally recognized progressive movement leaders. Pia is currently the Board Chair of the Center for Media Justice, lead faculty for the IDEX Academy, and co-creator of the seminal "Organizational Development for Social Change" framework. Pia is an ICF certified executive leadership coach, holds a M.A. in Education from the New School for Social Research, and a B.A. in Rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley. Follow her @PiaVision.

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