Dr. Sayra Pinto leads learning and innovation processes at Thousand Currents. An immigrant from Honduras, Sayra began working as a community organizer in the late 1980’s in the Greater Boston region. Sayra has an unshakable commitment to practice-based approaches to leadership education, values-driven organizational development, and experiential social innovations. In a 30 year career devoted to cross-sectoral social transformation, Sayra has worked with numerous human service organizations, colleges and universities, public schools, and philanthropic organizations. Of late, Sayra volunteers to build the Massachusetts Women of Color Coalition and serves formally as the Director of Learning and Innovation at Thousand Currents. Sayra is also an adjunct faculty member of the Graduate College at the University of Vermont’s Rubinstein School where she teaches in Master’s of Leadership in Sustainability program. Sayra holds an undergraduate degree from Middlebury College, an MFA from Goddard College, and an PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Union Institute and University. She has published two chapbooks and a doctoral dissertation to date: Pinol : Poems (2012), Vatolandia (2012), and the dissertation The Ontology of Love: A Framework for Re-Indigenizing Communities of Color in the U.S (2015), among other publications.
Practitioner, Writer, Theorist