Our Team

Living Room Conversations has incredible support from people who advise, champion, and partner with us. Our champions help connect Living Room Conversations with people and organizations who can use our model, our partners organize and cohost conversations, and our advisory board provides guidance.  

Core Team

Joan Blades

Joan is cofounder of MomsRising.org and MoveOn.org, as well as coauthor of The Motherhood Manifesto and The Custom-Fit Workplace: Choose When, Where and How to Work and Boost the Bottom Line. Trained as an attorney/mediator with ten years experience as a software entrepreneur, Joan is also an artist, mother and true believer in the power of citizens and the need to rebuild respectful civil discourse and embrace our core shared values.

Debilyn Molineaux

She is a transformation partner. She works with visionaries and movements in support of a new national and global social contract focused on personal dignity and sovereignty. Her work highlights the relationships between individuals, institutions and governments for conscious transformation. She is the Managing Partner for Living Room Conversations, President of Coffee Party USA and Co-Director for Bridge Alliance, representing micro to macro to system approaches.

John Gable

Founder and CEO, AllSides.com
John offers a unique combination of technology and politics. He served on the original teams for Microsoft Office, Mozilla at Netscape and ZoneAlarm at Check Point Software, and cofounded Kavi Corp (web-based collaboration and services). John was previously a Republican operative, working for three senate majority leaders (Howard Baker, Trent Lott and Mitch McConnell), the Republican National Committee and George H.W. Bush.

Katie Page

Executive Administrative Partner
Katie is a recent Sociology graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder living in Denver, CO. She is a contributing Radical Generosity Team Member within the Bridge Alliance, and assistant to Debilyn Molineaux. Katie interned for a Colorado State Representative helping mold public perception about the legalization of marijuana and being a top contributor on multiple education bills. She is dedicated to spreading meaningful and trust-building communities around the world. She loves spending her free time with her dog and friends and is passionate about helping improve society.

Mary Gaylord

Program Development Partner
Mary has worked as a community mediator, victim-offender reconciliation specialist and facilitator of bully prevention programming for school-aged children. A chronic idealist, Mary has a strong passion for supporting individuals and organizations that endeavor to make our world a better place.

Serena Witherspoon

Contributing Partner
Serena studies Sociology at UC Berkeley. Her research explores the relationship between the education and carceral systems. She is the assistant director of the Stiles Hall Experience Berkeley Transfer program. This program aims to increase the amount of Black, Latinx, and Native American students on the Berkeley campus through mentorship and community building. She works with Living Room Conversations to broaden and deepen transpartisan communications. Her interests include coffee, novels, routine and naked cats.

Beth Raps

Development Partner
Beth is a philosopher-organizer. She has worked for decades in grassroots social change movements connecting program and mission to Board, budget, and fund development. She is also an editor, published French translator and writer. Her research interests are arenas where expert and lay knowledges intersect. Her spiritual interests are wide and deep. She's the mother of a college-aged daughter whom she co-homeschooled for many years, and has lived for many years in Appalachia.

Jacob Hess

Lead Editor, RedBlueDictionary.org
"I am a die-hard fan and champion of Living Room Conversations because I am tired of relentless media sound bytes holding more power over the American mind than the actual stories, lives and experiences of our next door neighbors. While the current socio-political environment in the US certainly calls for many kinds of changes, I'm convinced there is one exceedingly simple place to start: Convening with people around us - in our own homes - and hearing them out deeply and fully. When I have done that, as I have done that, something has changed in me. And I can't go back! (And why would I want to . . . having these conversations is way too fun!!)"

Reverend Linda Taylor

Faith Partner
Linda's ministry focuses on helping people deepen relationships with themselves, each other and the Holy. “I am in love with this process. Living Room Conversations teach the kind of respectful civil discourse that is the bedrock of civic empowerment. Relationships are built one conversation at a time, and discovering common values builds relationships that enable us to work together to bring about positive change in our world."

Sabrina Moyle

Contributing Partner
Sabrina is the co-founder of Hello!Lucky, a letterpress card company, and The Write_On Campaign, an initiative to foster authentic human connections through letter-writing. She serves on the Board of The Mosaic Project, which empowers children of diverse backgrounds with the skills of empathy, assertive communication and conflict resolution. Sabrina has worked as a strategy consultant at The Bridgespan Group and in state and local government. Sabrina holds in MBA and Certificate in Non-profit Management from Stanford University and a BA in Art History from Swarthmore College. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and three sons.

Reverend Pedro Silva, M.Div.

Faith Partner
Before answering the call to ministry, Pedro served eight years in the U. S. Air Force as a satellite-communications technician and intelligence analyst. In his post-military years, he worked in both for- and non-profit organizations. Here he discovered a passion for helping people respond to life’s challenges. Compelled to cultivate this passion, he enrolled at Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts in 2009 and in 2013 earned his Master’s in Divinity. After serving four years as student minister in Massachusetts, he came to Colorado. He is ordained through the United Church of Christ.

Pearce Godwin

Contributing Partner
Pearce is the founder, president and CEO of Listen First Project and founder of The Listening Coalition. Pearce studied public policy, economics and marketing at Duke University and is getting an MBA at UNC-Chapel Hill. He spent five years working in Washington, DC in the U.S. Senate and as a political consultant. Before moving home to North Carolina, Pearce spent six months in Uganda, Africa where he wrote It’s Time to Listen. That simple message has now reached millions of readers, attracted thousands of pledge signers, and launched the global Listen First movement.

Gayle Yamauchi-Gleason

Contributing Partner
Gayle is a communicator-connector. She has taught conflict resolution, cooperative approaches to reasoning, and has been a practitioner of deep listening for 25 years. She also enjoys coaching and consulting with mission-driven, educational and nonprofit organizations, helping them to clarify their values and goals and put systems in place to make them happen. “As both a communications specialist and citizen, I am a whole-hearted champion of the Living Room Conversations process for its profound simplicity, accessibility, and endless possibilities. Never underestimate what small groups of people, listening closely to each other, can unleash in the world!”

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Want to join our team? Living Room Conversations is always looking for community leaders, faith ambassadors, student champions, and others who want to get involved and spread the connection. Interested? Send us a note.

Our Champions

Advisory Board

Lawrence Chickering

Founder and President of Educate Girls Globally, Project partner, Living Room Conversations
Lawry founded Educate Girls Globally (EGG), which developed a girls education empowerment model that has served nearly one million students in more 7,000 primary government schools in India. Lawry has written two books on a transpartisan politics: Beyond Left and Right and Voice of the People: the Transpartisan Imperative in American Life (with James S. Turner). He is currently at work on two new books: one (with James S. Dierke) on reforming government schools in India and the US, and the other on strategies for using civil society initiatives to support foreign and security policy.

Mary Jacksteit

JD, MS, project partner, Living Room Conversations
For more than twenty years Mary has been a private practitioner specializing in dialogue, deliberation and dispute resolution and has an overarching interest in how this work can contribute to building communities and depolarizing our society. She is an associate of the Public Conversations Project and resolves labor-management disputes in her capacity as member and chair of the Federal Service Impasses Panel. She works with non-profits, religious organizations, community groups and government.

Michael D. Ostrolenk

Social Entrepreneur
Michael is a leading expert on transpartisan public policy and has convened policy initiatives in the areas of transparency, privacy, defense, foreign policy and national security. He cofounded and serves as national director of the Liberty Coalition, a transpartisan coalition of groups working to protect civil liberties, privacy and transparency. A radio host and public speaker, Michael has written articles for publications ranging from USA Today to the American Conservative. He is the program director and master coach for SEALFIT‘s Unbeatable Mind Academy, a world-class leadership and personal development training program created by Navy SEALs.

John Steiner

Transpartisan Networker and Leader
John says, "Living Room Conversations is slowly and carefully reweaving the torn fabric of our American democracy one conversational strand at a time. If we can’t talk to each other with civility, respect, and dignity, then we certainly can’t work together at any level of our society to solve the profound and daunting challenges we face. Living Room Conversations becomes a template for our citizens and leaders alike."

Monica Walsh

Non­‐profit Consultant
Monica specializes in business strategy, fundraising, donor relations and sustainability for non-profit organizations such as the Democracy Fund, United Cerebral Palsy of North Bay and Center for Environmental Health. She helped Lawrence Lessig’s Change Congress increase its fundraising revenue from $500,000 in the first year to almost $4 million in year three. In the early 1990s, she worked on the Clinton/Gore campaign and served in various capacities in the first Clinton administration.

Amanda Kathryn Roman

Founding Partner, Living Room Conversations
A Founding Partner of Living Room Conversations, Amanda is passionate about creating spaces that invite individuals to show up as they are and be appreciated for their unique skills and experiences while learning, growing, and co-creating in community. She has spent more than 3 decades facilitating the discovery of uncommon common ground and fueling innovation and transformation around the world in partnership with business leaders, elected officials, academic thought leaders, philanthropists, and social changemakers. Amanda lives in the NYC metropolitan area with her husband and their three children. She loves to run, enjoy the great outdoors, read, dance and go on adventures with friends and family.
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