Dara Silverman is a consultant, organizer and trainer who has been building movements for economic, racial, gender and social justice for over 20 years. From January 2015 to July 2016, Dara was the founding Director of Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ). As a consultant, Dara works with small and mid-sized groups to build their organizing skills, fundraising and organizational capacity. Dara was the Executive Director of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) in New York City from 2003-2009. Her work has been published or featured in the New York Times, Tikkun, Zeek, Curve, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. She wrote a chapter on immigration in Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call for Justice and co-created The Love and Justice in Times of War Haggadah. She split my time between consulting, farming, and teaching yoga.
Dara has extensive experience developing and planning campaigns, supporting new and experienced organizers, grassroots, individual special event and foundation fundraising, strategic planning, and board development.
In 2008, after practicing yoga for 10 years, Dara completed her 200 hour certification at theKripalu Center for Yoga and Health. In 2009, she completed an advanced yoga teacher training with Ana Forrest. Dara feel lucky to have studied with Patricia Walden, Bo Forbes, Jason Crandall, Carla Stangenberg, Jonathan FitzGordon, and Minnie Jardine.
Dara focuses her teaching on making yoga safe, accessible and affordable to everyone, specifically people with abundant bodies, queer and LGBT people, and people with chronic illness and pain.