Celebrating our 25th Anniversary


Please join us for this special celebration at the historic Hibernian Hall in Boston, Massachusetts on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 6:30pm. For more information or questions email: 25years@interactioninstitute.org.

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Keynote Speaker: Rashad Robinson

Rashad Robinson is President of Color Of Change, a leading racial justice organization with more than 1.4 million members. Rashad designs winning strategies to build power for Black communities: moving prosecutors to reduce mass incarceration and police violence; forcing over 100 corporations to abandon the right-wing policy shop, ALEC; forcing corporations to stop supporting Trump initiatives and white nationalists; winning net neutrality as a civil rights issue; changing representations of race in Hollywood; moving Airbnb, Google and Facebook to implement anti-racist initiatives; forcing Bill O’Reilly off the air. Rashad appears regularly in major news media and as a keynote speaker nationally.

Contribute to the Innovation Fund

We’re launching an “Innovation Fund” to develop new and creative products for our next 25 years. We’re raising $125,000 to innovate at the intersection of love, equity, and networks so that we can strengthen our ability to bring people together for more effective action for justice. We’ve got ambitious plans to incubate new and improved trainings and encounters for collaboration up our sleeves, and a consulting model we’re refining that we believe liberates organizations from the vestiges of racial inequity.

Your kind and generous support will help strengthen our ability to bring people together for more effective action for justice through our consulting and training offerings. Help us build the Innovation Fund by sponsoring today!


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Equity Catalyst

  • The Barr Foundation
  • IISC Founders Circle/ Interaction Associates Friends

Love Catalyst

  • The Boston Foundation
  • The Hyams Foundation
  • Berkshire Bank

Justice Leader

  • Graustein Memorial Fund
  • Interaction Associates

Change Agent

  • Jobin-Leeds Partnership
  • Camille Kerr
  • Christopher Harris & Therese Giglia

Honors at the Event

Leadership Award Recipients

Dr. S. Atyia Martin, CEM,CEO & Founder, All Aces, Inc., former Boston Chief Resilience Officer

Dr. Atyia Martin is currently the CEO & Founder of All Aces, Inc., a social enterprise consulting firm that deals a controlling hand to clients. They accomplish this outcome by activating the power of consciousness, critical thinking, and community to catalyze the transformative action necessary to advance equity and resilience. She also serves as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Northeastern University’s Global Resilience Institute. Most recently, Dr. Martin was the City of Boston’s first Chief Resilience Officer appointed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh to focus on making advancing racial equity the foundation of Boston’s Resilience Strategy, Resilient Boston: An Equitable, Connected City. Her previous experience includes Director of Public Health Preparedness at the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Police Department, City of Boston Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management, Federal Bureau of Investigations, and the U.S. Air Force assigned to the National Security Agency. Dr. Martin and her husband are Boston natives with five children, three still at home.

Cynthia Silva Parker, Senior Associate, Interaction Institute for Social Change

Cynthia Silva Parker is an advocate for equity and justice and builds the capacity of individuals, organizations and networks to work collaboratively for social justice. She has served as a Senior Associate at the Interaction Institute for Social Change since 1998 and was affiliated with the Institute for 5 years before joining the staff. She delivers training, consulting, coaching, and facilitation services to nonprofit and public organizations focused on racial equity, environmental sustainability, community development and other aspects of social justice work. She has led or co-led the development of several IISC workshops, including Diversity in the Collaborative Organization, Collaborative Social Change, and Fundamentals of Facilitation for Racial Justice Work.

Cynthia’s prior leadership experience includes Director of Boston Freedom Summer, the Ten Point Coalition’s faith-based youth leadership and community development project, and Project Administrator for the Algebra Project, Inc., a national nonprofit education group focused on access to algebra as a civil right. Cynthia holds a BA from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges and a Master of Public Policy/MCRP from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

National Parent Leadership Institute

The National Parent Leadership Institute (NPLI) is a parent-informed democracy initiative that is developing parents as a key constituency to improve child health, safety, and education in communities, schools, and neighborhoods. NPLI embraces a cross-race and cross-class approach that effectively increases the civic leadership and impact of people of color and people with low income. NPLI is borne out of the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) initiative (founded in Connecticut), which offers parents the civic skills and knowledge to lead on behalf of children.

Food Solutions New England

Food Solutions New England (FSNE) is a regional, collaborative network organized to support the emergence and continued viability of a New England food system that is a resilient driver of healthy food for all, racial equity, sustainable farming and fishing, and thriving communities. To do this, FSNE: convenes diverse individuals, organizations, and other networks working across the food system to develop a common agenda around shared vision and values; cultivates and connects ideas, resources, and leadership that support creative collaborations; and champions the work of those dedicated to food system change in New England and the need for a values-based and aligned collaborative network to realize our long-term goals.

Honorary Committee

  • Ayanna Pressley, U.S. Congresswoman and Honorary Committee Chair
  • Akaya Windwood
  • Amaad Rivera
  • Barry Rosen
  • David Straus
  • Edgar Villanueva
  • Elissa Sloan Perry
  • Dr. Rev. Gloria E. White-Hammond
  • john a. powell
  • Kalila Barnett
  • Kim Janey, Boston City Councilor
  • Marianne Hughes
  • Dr. Mary Travis Bassett
  • Peter Gibb
  • Rev. Dr. Ray Hammond
  • Sandra Cotterell
  • Sanjiv Rao
  • Susan Misra
  • Suzanne Lee
  • Thomas Rice
  • Tito Jackson, Former Boston City Councilor