Who We Are

Ashley Bonn (she/her): Founder, Co-Director – ash@conscious-growth.org

Ashley is a holistic educator, community organizer, and creative entrepreneur. She grew up near St. Louis, Missouri and completed a B.S. in Business Administration, a B.A. in International Studies, and a Minor in Leadership for Public Service from the University of Missouri. In 2016, Ashley moved to Portland, Oregon, where she earned a Master’s of Science in Leadership for Sustainability Education, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit and Public Management from Portland State University. Shortly after, Ashley completed a Permaculture Design Certificate with the City Repair Project and a School Garden Teaching Certificate with Growing Gardens. In addition to her work with Conscious Growth, Ashley is developing a business called Wisdom Weaver that provides earth-based education and handmade natural creations for all ages. She plans to offer holistic courses and workshops that weave together the wisdom of ecology and spirituality.

Russell Bohr (he/him): Co-Director – russell@conscious-growth.org

Russell is an event coordinator, photographer, and community organizer. He was born in Oregon and moved to Portland in 2011. Russell holds a bachelors degree in Anthropology from Oregon State University and is passionate about social change. He works with groups facilitating resource sharing, sustainable lifestyles, community building and community managed space. From 2014-2019, Russell served on the production team for the City Repair Project‘s annual Village Building Convergence. He was also involved with “The Communiversity” organized by Community Supported Everything, which provided a community center in Portland where classes could be taught and taken for free by members of the space. Russell currently works with Hedron, an environmentally-conscious makerspace in Portland that uses upcycled waste material to build art pieces and prototypes for clients and community projects. In 2020, he launched his photography business, Russell Bohr Photography, which combines nature and landscape photography with portraiture, and explores ritual and ancestral archetypes.

Drake Carnahan (she/her): Board Member – drake@urbanvillagedesigns.com

Drake is a community builder, designer and educator supporting the development of regenerative and sustainable urban culture. She is the Owner and Director of Urban Village Designs LLC, holds a Master’s of Science in Leadership for Sustainability Education, as well as a B.A. in Social Sciences with a minor in Civic Leadership from Portland State University. She completed her Permaculture Design Certificate in 2014 and continues to bring an eye for whole systems and ecological design into all of her work. She has over a decade’s worth of experience in group facilitation, outdoor and experiential education for youth and adults, event production, nonprofit management, environmental conservation, urban farming, service-learning, personal coaching and mindfulness practices.

Danielle Dawes (she/her): Event Coordinator & Board Member – dani@conscious-growth.org

Danielle (Dani) is a trauma-informed educator, advocate, and community organizer. Originally from upstate New York, Dani first made her way west to Colorado, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology (Honors Pre-Med) from Colorado State University. She then started her career in social work, advocacy, and education working with children and families. Dani has extensive experience supporting marginalized and at-risk groups including individuals living with disabilities and victims of abuse, and with a decade’s worth of experience working with children and their families. In addition to her B.S., she holds an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education. Dani takes great pride in being a mindful, Montessori inspired, anti-bias educator. Dani has advanced her mission of advocating passionately for the rights of all people by serving on the Women’s Commission for the city of Fort Collins and holding leadership positions in Colorado 50/50, an organization dedicated to increasing the representation of women in political office. Dani has called Portland, OR home since early 2020.

Email: info@conscious-growth.org

EIN #: 84-1942667

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