Anna Czarnik-Neimeyer, MA, is a social justice educator & writer, and founder/CEO of Bridgebuilder Consulting, bridging divisions to build better organizations. Anna cultivates unlikely comrades through trainings, keynotes, courses, scholarly writing, and popular press, towards innovation at corporations, schools, churches, nonprofits, and publications. Former board member for the bell hooks Institute at Berea College, KY and OUT There Adventures, her own work has been published through Ms. Magazine, American Camp Association, USA Today, Sojourners, Teaching Tolerance (Southern Poverty Law Center), Religion News Service, and Parker Palmer’s Center for Courage & Renewal. In 2017 she hit the road on a yearlong global consulting tour, “Tour d’Justice.”
Czarnik-Neimeyer has founded innovative startup communities including Pride@Church ally trainings, and #WriteHereWriteNow author groups. She is an Editor at the justice+faith publication Religious Response. She was the April 2017 inaugural Visiting Scholar in Residence at the bell hooks Institute in at Berea College, KY as well as March 2017 International Visiting Faculty in Residence at Lincoln Community International Baccalaureate School in Accra, Ghana. Czarnik-Neimeyer’s blog “A Place on Earth” discusses worldmaking AKA “how can we use innovation/reflection/humor to make this world better and more just?” Presenting frequently at both the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) and National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA), Czarnik-Neimeyer was named NWSA’s 2016 WCC Emerging Leader.
Anna is from the Midwestern United States, but finds homes and loved ones around the world, especially in Washington state and New York City.
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With a B.A. in Communication focusing on Critical Identity Studies and an M.A. Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on management, ethics, and social justice, Anna has spoken and facilitated workshops at hundreds of events across the United States with groups as large as 700.
Daughter of a camp director, Anna grew up living and working at camps for 22 years before becoming the national events coordinator at Holden Village (2012-13), an ecumenical learning and retreat center in the Cascade Mountains. She then returned to Wisconsin as founding Assistant Director of the St. Norbert College Cassandra Voss Center (2013-16), which focuses on transformation through initiatives related to race, class, gender, and identity and is a Sister Center to the bell hooks Institute at Berea College in Kentucky.
Now as a social justice educator and founder of Bridgebuilder Consulting (2016- present) Anna writes, facilitates, and thinks about white anti-racism & allyship, liberatory Christianity, feminist/experiential pedagogy, intersectional identity, and vocation in intentional communities.
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