Our Directors

David Jaber
Marissa Ashkar
Shira Shaham



Shira has 7+ years of experience leading teams, managing custom design projects, and operating growing businesses. At Ashbury Construction she manages high end residential construction projects for enhanced workflow and profitability. She
holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, with a minor in Sustainable Environments. Shira is passionate about design and the environment and strives to bring the world closer to sustainability in her work and her communities through integrative approaches. Learn more about Shira... ​​
David is Director of Optimization with Blue Star Integrative Studio, and is also founder of inNative. Other identities: LEED AP of nearly 10 years, Project Drawdown Fellow, former United Nations Life Cycle Impact Assessment working group member, and former co-chair of Tribal P2, advancing environmental health in Indian Country. Learn more about David...
Marissa has 15 years of experience in political organizing and institution building, including work with cooperative credit union and community land trust creation. She is a mother and is presently serving as the Resident Organizer with Northern California Community Land Trust where she works with residents and  members of POCSHN to support the creation of sustainable and cooperative housing.
 A Word On Governance
...the deplorable economic and social circumstances in our communities will change for the better only when Aboriginal communities can construct their own systems of governance and plan for their people’s long-term development.
-Peter Yu, 2002 Indigenous Governance Conference, Canberra
Governance is a critical component of any organization, but especially organizations that seek to challenge the status quo. In creating governance structures, we must lend a critical eye to “established” practices and make a conscientious effort to “indigenize” that knowledge (term borrowed from Ethan Baptiste of the Okanagan Nation) in order to ensure that they align with our cultures, socio-political interests, and economic needs. Our intention is to create a governance structure that allows each member, not only the means for having genuine decision-making power, but also the ability (the necessary resources and support) to practically exercise that power and take responsibility for that power (i.e. be held accountable).