CLA Teaching Team

Bryn Jones, MA, JD, CPIC, CEQA
Bryn (she/her) helps individuals, leaders, and organizations build momentum for change in their lives, organizations, and communities. In doing so, she draws on her background in social justice and conservation work, an education in law and policy, professional training and certification in coaching, emotional intelligence, mindfulness, and facilitation, a long career as a leader in the nonprofit sector, and from a desire to help build compassionate, healthy and resilient communities. Through coaching, consulting, facilitating, and thought leadership, she helps people and organizations lead and live with intention, wisdom and heart. She is also a mother of two little boys who give her the incentive to live up to the person they believe her to be and be an active agent for positive change in the world.

Sarah Griffiths

Sarah Griffiths, MFA, CPIC, CEQP
Sarah has been working as a consultant and coach for 20 years. She is a facilitator of change who works at the systems, organization, and individual levels to design, facilitate, and support change processes.She draws on her knowledge of strengths-based approaches to change and her background in education, whole systems facilitation, professional development and non-profit organizational development. Sarah is also a professional certified coach and EQ Practitioner. She co-created the Community Leadership Accelerator with Bryn. She is the mother of two grown children and has recently relocated from Tucson, where she spent the last 17 years, to Edinburgh, Scotland.

2024 Teaching Team Members

Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
Grace is a member of an incredible multigenerational community at Las Milpitas Community Farm, fighting food apartheid, giving traditional ecological knowledge the value it deserves, and fostering earth stewardship. Her goal in her professional and personal life is to advocate for her communities and to continue building power with them, creating deeply rooted reciprocal relationships with our human, animal, and plant kin and with Mother Earth.

Literacy Connects
I am Manuel Padilla, and I ́m originally from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. I joined the Tucson community in July 2016, and almost immediately I became involved with Literacy Connects, the organization I currently work for as a Training Coordinator in the Adult Basic Literacy Program. What I love about my job is that what we do has a real impact in the lives of our students. I am a spiritual person, and I try to be positive most of the time and see the brightest side of things. I enjoy going to the movies and sharing drinks or dinner with friends. I would like to continue doing things that are important to the community, especially groups that are vulnerable and need to find ways to have a voice in our community.


The Florence Project
Juan is the son of two loving parents that devoted their careers to traveling  around the world advocating for the most vulnerable individuals of society. He lived his early childhood in Quito, Ecuador, to then moved to Nairobi, Kenya where he spent his most memorable childhood years as the only Latin American in a large British elementary school. Later on, he moved back to Latin America and spent a few years between Ecuador and Panama, to then move to Santiago de Chile, where his family is originally from. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, he started working at the ‘Centro de Estudios Justicia y Sociedad’, as a project coordinator and researcher for projects related to social justice and human rights issues. Juan recently came to Arizona and joined the Florence Project in April 2020 and is very proud to now be part of a team committed to supporting and safeguarding individuals that are facing deportation and being unfairly persecuted. In his free time, Juan has a lot of fun with his 11-month baby, going out on family walks and playing with his two dogs, reading, hiking, traveling, working on house projects, and cooking. 

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