Leadership

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Mary Lim-Lampe is the Executive Director of Genesis. She graduated cum laude with a B.A in Political Science from University of Missouri-Saint Louis and Juris Doctorate from Saint Louis Unversity. Mary was blessed by God and the Universe to mother a 15 year old who shows her a great example of courage everyday. The proud daughter of Chinese immigrants, she was summoned into organizing during a "perfect storm" at a Gamaliel Network organizer training when a good agitation by her mother was followed by her throwing up and deciding to come out of the shadows and build power.

Mary began her work as the community organizer for MORE2 (Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity), the Gamaliel Affiliate in Kansas City, Missouri (her home town).  She cut her organizing teeth by leading MORE2 to monitor a community benefits agreement with the Missouri Department of Transportation that required that .5% of the total project budget must be reserved for training and apprenticeship programs to prepare minority workers for jobs on the Christopher S. Bond Bridge. This agreement was part of the “Missouri Model” which set a precedent throughout the country on how transportation/infrastructure contracts could benefit communities of color and women.  Her current work includes a campaign to Disrupt the School the Prison Pipeline, and Bringing Justice to People with Different-Abilities. 

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Jazzy Sakaniwa, is serving as Chair of Genesis and is first generation graduate of St. Mary's College. She is the youngest person to serve in this role for Genesis.   

Rev. Dr. Hubert Ivery is on the At-Large Caucus of Genesis and is currently the senior pastor at Geneva Avenue United Methodist Church in San Francisco.  Born in Clayton, Alabama during Segregation, Dr. Ivery’s family moved to Miami, Florida when he was about 3 years old. Because of intermittent periods of time when he lived with his grandparents, he grew up in both Miami and Alabama.  Dr. Ivery experienced the harsh reality of injustice towards  African Americans in the post-Reconstruction South, while also experiencing firsthand the riots in Miami stemming from violence and injustice.

  

Dr. Ivery has a PhD from California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco) in East-West Psychology, where he did his dissertation on Howard Thurman. He also has Master degrees from Boston University School of Theology (Boston)  and the Interdenominational Theological Center (Atlanta, Georgia) and a Bachelor of Science from Texas Southern University (Houston).  

 

Dr. Ivery has facilitated Intercultural Communication workshops for the California Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.  He has served as the Chair of the Committee of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relations. He is the current convener of Ecumenical Officers Committee of the Bay Area. Genesis’ goal to work towards dismantling structural racism dovetails with Dr. Ivery’s passion for working for the transformation of our society towards a Beloved Community.