Ashara Ekundayo is a visionary educator, a curator, an award-winning community activist, and an entrepreneur working for over 22 years with local, national, and international organizations in the remembrance and reintroduction of ancestral lessons for contemporary audiences in honor of the planet and the people. Deemed a “Cultural Jedi” by her peers, she is also the owner of BluBlak Media Consulting and founding producer of celebrated cultural venues such as the Denver Pan African Film Festival and the “Cafe Nuba” spoken-word & music showcase. Ashara has worked with, and hosted creative luminaries such as Dr. Maya Angelou, Danny Glover, Gil Scott Heron, Oscar Brown, Jr. and Cicely Tyson, and has cultivated the palate of the next generation of arts activists by providing consistent accessibility to her community-at-large. While serving as a Fellow with Oakland-based sustainability organization, Green For All, she was selected by the Ashoka Foundation and the City of Denver in the U.S. launch of the “Change Your City” Campaign as a social innovator “stimulating the green economy” being manifested through her programmatic work in the launching of The GrowHaus, an interactive indoor farm in Denver’s Elyria-Swansea neighborhood committed to cultivating eco-equity, food justice, and green jobs through a culturally competent lens. Currently, Ashara works with the San Francisco-based non-profit, YouthSpeaks, in the strategic partnership development for their annual “Life Is Living” Festival, and also serves as Program Director for the BoldFood Professional Fellowship in Food Security through the U.S. Dept. of State with the social-profit, Critical Mass Leadership Education in the management of an exchange delegation of urban farmers from Colorado and their East African counterparts from Uganda and Kenya. She is mother to Ietef and Christian, and grandmother to Selasia.