Our team is joined by several veteran professors with more than 100 years combined experience teaching college courses, former student services and college admissions counselors, founders of educational and civic non-profits, filmmakers, and more.
is the creator and author of “The One Week Job Project,” an inspiring journey across North America in which he worked 52 jobs in 52 weeks to find his passion. Aiken has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, and has appeared on CNN, 20/20, Good Morning America, and countless other media outlets around the world. He frequently speaks to students and companies about what he learned from his experience and has developed an international program to empower others to discover their passion by taking on a series of “one week jobs”.
Wayfinding Academy Course: Wayfinding
LL.M. in Law and Technology, Tilburg University
is active locally in Portland, Oregon policy-making, with a particular focus on environmental justice, sustainable cities, and issues pertaining to the commons. Formerly with “Our Children’s Trust,” Nick helped launch the Youth Climate Action Now (YouCAN) campaign. This campaign is a continuation of an effort that began with energetic youth in Eugene who organized to persuade the Eugene City Council to pass the country’s first binding climate recovery ordinance, committing city planning and policy to a science-based, community-wide greenhouse gas reduction goal of 350 parts per million of CO2, the level deemed “safe” by climate scientists. In Fall of 2015, he was instrumental in crafting and helping to pass Portland's first-of-a-kind fossil fuel infrastructure policy. He also was a participant in the #ShellNo protests which took place at the St. Johns bridge in Portland in August 2015.
Wayfinding Academy Course: Science, Technology, and Society.
JD, Florida A&M University College of Law
ai is dedicated to being a voice for underserved communities. While earning her Juris Doctor degree from Florida A&M University College of Law, Tai served as the Lieutenant Governor for Non-Traditional Students for the American Bar Association Law Student Division, which afforded her the opportunity to work with and be an advocate for underserved student populations, particularly, students of color, women, LGBTQ students, and part-time law students in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and Puerto Rico.
Since graduating from law school, Tai has demonstrated her commitment to social and economic justice and racial equity by being involved in and giving back to the community in various ways. Whether it be through her service to local non-profit boards, her research concerning legal issues surrounding gentrification and displacement in North and Northeast Portland, or using her voice to bring attention to social justice issues through articles published by the Skanner News, Black Commentator, African American Times, and Huffington Post; Tai has chosen to use her voice to effect change in our community.
Wayfinding Academy Course: Understanding Ourselves & Others
Ph.D. American Studies, Emory University
As a working class kid from Seattle, Richard Hill was blessed to receive permission from gifted teachers at Gonzaga University and Emory University to dream about life’s possibilities. His 40 year college teaching career is an attempt to “pay it forward,” to give others permission to dream and to act. In the last several years, his passion is to understand the historical and cultural systems that shape us to colonize each other—and to find alternatives, systemic and practical ways to participate in a world-wide “Continuing Revolution” to create a more socially just world by overcoming the fears that constrict us and making new institutions based on the ecological perception that we are “all in this together.”
Wayfinding Academy Course: Understanding Our World
Ph.D. (in progress), Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning, Portland State University
Sarah is the Associate Director of First Stop Portland, a program she helped develop in 2008 while a doctoral student in the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University. First Stop hosts visiting delegations from around the world who travel to Portland to exchange policies and best practices with Portland's "Green Brain Trust.” Her areas of expertise include social equity, urban placemaking, smart cities, climate action planning, and sustainable development. Her doctoral research examines how cities & regions exchange ideas and practical wisdom to become more sustainable, more resilient places.
In addition to brokering knowledge exchanges between Portland and leader around the globe, she consults locally on political communications and internationally on sustainable urban planning and development efforts. She is a community activist and the owner of a neighborhood restaurant, the Arleta Library Cafe, promoting fair labor practices and urban agriculture.
Her favorite mode of travel is walking, which her dog adores but her teenager loathes.
Wayfinding Academy Course: Futures and Citizenships
M.S. Conflict Resolution, Portland State University
M.A. International and Multicultural Education, University of San Francisco
is a Portland native. He earned graduate degrees in conflict resolution and human rights education at Portland State University and the University of San Francisco (respectively). Since 2008 he has taught interdisciplinary courses in the humanities and social sciences for the University of Louisville, Northwest Indian College and Concordia University, Portland. Right now Jesse is homesteading off-the-grid with his wife, Kristine. They are both interested in self-reliance and mutual aid.
Wayfinding Academy Course: Communicating Effectively
Ph.D. History, University of Minnesota
Tiffany holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. She has taught History and Writing at the university, community college, and high school levels. Dedicated to educational outreach, she has been involved in several prison education programs in Boston, New York, and Portland, OR. She has also taught at the Brooklyn Brainery, a crowd sourced educational facility; acted as a History consultant for Beutler Ink, a data visualization company; and even presented a lecture on medieval torture at a Game of Thrones party. In addition to her work at Wayfinding Academy, Tiffany tutors students in Reading, Writing, and the Humanities, and provides consulting in business communication.
Wayfinding Academy Course: Engaging with Information
Ph.D. Candidate for Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute
Sarah is currently running a private practice offering psychotherapy and intuitive Reiki energy healing. She in the process of writing a dissertation for her doctorate in depth psychology on white supremacy as an American cultural complex. Sarah is passionate about bridging the gap between social justice and clinical therapeutic work; Doing so with direct action, working clinically with trauma stemming from systemic oppression, and challenging psychotherapeutic practices to be more social and political minded.
Wayfinding Academy Course: Making Good Choices
Ph.D. Sustainability Education (in progress), Prescott College
is contagiously passionate about creating education programs that empower our youth to face the crises and opportunities of these times. She had the amazing opportunity to earn a M.A. in Peace Education at The U.N. University for Peace while researching the power and potential of youth to be engaged changemakers. Later, she found her life calling while teaching Peace Studies and Global Citizenship to teens at a farm school. Emily is now midway through a PhD in Sustainability Education. Since moving to Portland, she is immersed in building community and education projects around permaculture, climate action, social justice, nature connection, and rites of passage.
Wayfinding Academy Course: The Good Life
D.Min., The School of Theology at Claremont
Dr. Sean Harry has spent his entire career helping people discover the ONE thing that makes them special. He helps small business owners build their “brand” so they can connect with their perfect customers and make a difference in the world.
Sean is uniquely qualified to help people bring together both the existential needs and the business challenges of the 21st century. He has a unique blending of training and experience from two seemingly different worlds: Divinity and Business. As a Pastor he spent over 15 years walking with people through life’s most intense spiritual events. Currently he teaches and advises small business owners how to start and grow a successful business.
Wayfinding Academy Lab: How to Turn a Great Idea Into a Successful Business or Nonprofit (Fall 2017)
M.A. Sociology, University of Oregon
Andres holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in economics, in sociology, and in international studies with a thematic focus on development studies and a regional focus on Latin America. He received a Master of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Oregon with an emphasis in environmental sociology. A large part of his graduate studies also centered on gender, sexualities, and masculinities. He currently serves as a Student Organization Advisor for the Multicultural, Business, and Honorary student groups at Portland State University (PSU). True to millennial form, Andres side hustles in his role as Editor and Professional Development Coach at Heartful Editor to support academic and career professionals in all fields on edits to cover letters and resumes. Andres is also a self-proclaimed social justice advocate. Currently, he serves on the Diversity Action Council at PSU; his work aims to facilitate the recruitment and retention of students of color and to bring or deliver culturally responsive trainings and workshops to campus. Andres is an avid nerd and a lover of travel, culinary experiences, and reading sociological theory.
Wayfinding Academy Lab: Introduction to Social Justice (Fall 2017)
Halfway through a rigorous Interior Design program at the #1 school in the nation--and following a life-changing study abroad in Australia--Gina realized that she didn't want to be an Interior Designer. She spent the rest of her time at college twisting and bending projects to fit her desire to become a student of culture and a creative problem solver (who more often than not, is working with her first love... food).
Wayfinding Academy Lab: The Power of Food (Fall 2017
M.S. Educational Leadership and Policy, Portland State University
Virginia a queer Palauan-American who lived on Guam for 25 years before moving to Oregon. She earned a masters degree in Educational Leadership and Policy where she focused on cultural sustainability and Micronesian student needs in higher education. She advises the academic and pre-professional organizations with Student Activities and Leadership Program at Portland State University. Virginia is a Trekkie who loves to sing karaoke and make jewelry.
Wayfinding Academy Lab: Introduction to Social Justice (Fall 2017)
M.A. Teaching, Pacific University
Doug is an educator and entrepreneur. After going to school to become a high school math and science teacher, he was pulled into the world of visual note-taking and got hooked. In 2013 he founded Verbal To Visual, an educational platform whose purpose is to empower lifelong learners and makers. He's also Wayfinding's new documentarian, so you might see him roaming around Wayfinding HQ with a camera now and then!
Wayfinding Academy Lab: Sketchnotes FTW! How Visual Note-Taking Can Supercharge Your Brain (Winter 2018)
M.A. Philosophy, University of California, Los Angeles
MSW, University of California, Los Angeles
Brad aka “Brain Coach Brad,” is the best selling author of The Un-Worried Brain: Achieve More, Stress Less and Turn Worry into Action with Practical Brain Science. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20 years experience with trauma and crisis services and is the co-founder of a national behavioral healthcare company. As a therapist, business leader, and Executive Coach Brad has dedicated his life to helping others function at the highest level, studying cutting-edge research-based strategies to help people experience powerful results-faster and easier. His book, presentations, and workshops deliver the best elements of contemporary neuroscience presented with the precision of a philosopher, the wisdom of a master storyteller, and the zany humor of a stand up comedian.
Wayfinding Academy Lab: Habits: How to Make 'Em & How to Break 'Em (Spring 2018)
M.B.A Harvard Business School
has pursued a life of involvement with interesting things. His passion for education began with teaching physics and mountaineering in secondary schools; continued through eighteen years at NIKE, with a focus on management learning; and now finds expression in developing and teaching courses on HR, Business and Information. He has engaged deeply with competitive skiing, rock climbing, mountain biking and sea kayaking;and is a life-long woodworker. His wife and he operate a B&B on the edge of Portland’s Forest Park.
Wayfinding Academy Lab: The Physics of Everyday Things (Winter 2018)
Ph.D. Education, University of Tennessee
Katharine has taught courses and workshops in social justice and education for educators, community organizers, and activists since 2007, receiving an award and many accolades for her use of highly engaging and interactive teaching methods. Her teaching, research, publications, and activism have emphasized intersections of identity and equity that include examinations of gender and sexism; LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) experiences; racism, neocolonialism/imperialism, and whiteness; and social class and economic justice in the context of local-global capitalism and environmental injustice. Katharine has also been a teacher, counselor, and mentor for marginalized, traumatized, and underserved children, youth, and young adults for much of her professional life. She earned her Ph.D. in Education with specialization in Cultural Studies of Educational Foundations in 2011 and a California Teaching Credential emphasizing cultural and linguistic diversity in 2000. She also holds an M.A. in Social and Cultural Anthropology (emphasizing dominant culture critique) and a B.A. in Women’s Studies. She returned to Portland, Oregon in 2016 to co-create the Center for Transformative Arts and Education.
Wayfinding Academy Lab: Privilege Oppression and Solidarity: Working Together for Change (Winter 2018)
M.F.A. Creative Writing, Portland State University
M.S. Media Studies, University of Oregon
M.Ed. Language Arts, Portland State University
Jenny is a writer and educator who teaches composition, literature, multimedia storytelling, and digital media literacy. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, a M.S. in Media Studies, and a M.Ed. in Language Arts. She aims to spark educational experiences that inspire students into unforeseen experimentation, expansive philosophizing, and healthy, hands-on risk-taking. As a Portland, Ore. native whose best friend is her canine companion Lady, she cares deeply for the natural world (along with the human beings who sprouted from it) and, as such, can’t help but be forever fascinated by the ways in which technologies affect our relationships with nature, each other, and ourselves.
Wayfinding Academy Lab: Social Media & the Quantified Self: Producing Videos for Critical Consciousness (Winter 2018)