Jhana Senxian

Jhana Senxian Guild ImageJhana Senxian, a Harvard-trained social anthropologist, is the Founder and CEO of Sustainability Guild International -- a Boston-based social enterprise and cross-sector network, dedicated to inner city resilience, equity, prosperity, health and beauty. Her work is all about transforming diverse urban spaces into living labs of innovation, cultural connection, social entrepreneurship and sustainable development.

With a passion for co-creating and piloting new models for community engagement in urban sustainability, Jhana brings over 18 years of experience in quantitative, qualitative research and direct action and collaboration, in the US, Europe and Africa.

At the Boston-based Aberdeen Group, she oversaw the development and launch of the Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility global research practice. There, she analyzed the sustainability strategy and impact of over 6000 private, NGO and public sector entities. Jhana has published numerous global reports on sustainability outcomes and leading practices and is a co-author of Green IT for Dummies (Wiley 2009). Also in 2009, Jhana was featured in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry “Green Revolution" exhibit on black creativity and leadership within the burgeoning green movement.

Jhana has developed and directed strategic partnerships with the United Nations focusing on private and cross-sector involvement in sustainable consumption and production goals and was Advisor on the UN International Sustainability Outreach and Communications Strategy. She also led a series of global studies to support the knowledge and needs of a cross-sector community of sustainable development leaders and provided insight and advisory to the Office of the UN Secretary General, in support of the Rio +20 Global Conference.

Born and raised in Boston’s Grove Hall community, Jhana is a passionate advocate and practitioner of culturally-driven development and collaborative, community action. Presently, Jhana is a member of the City of Boston’s, 2014 Climate Action Plan Steering Committee; a Selection Committee Member for the Third Sector New England, Inclusion Initiative; a member of the Senator Charles E. Shannon Community Safety Initiative Steering Committee. She also serves as the Board President of the Dorchester Community Food Co-op and is the Co-Chair for the Coleman Street Neighbors Association.

Changing Our Stories:

Drawing upon both personal and professional insights and experience, Jhana will discuss the concept of: “Collaborative Alchemy” to transform the use, experience and therefore meaning of urban space and to challenge dominant narratives about inner city people, places and possibilities.