Dara Silverman is a white queer Jewish consultant, somatic coach and trainer with over 20 years in with organizations and movements for social, racial, economic and gender justice. She partners with trainers of color to lead organizational change and leadership development initiatives centering racial justice, equity and liberation. Dara partners with white trainers to lead caucuses and trainings specifically for white organizers and leaders on dismantling white supremacy in ourselves, organizations and movements. Previously, she was the founding Director of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) and the Executive Director of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) in New York City. Dara has been studying Somatics with the Strozzi Institute and Generative Somatics since 2011. She became a Somatic Coach in 2013 and has been teaching with the Strozzi Institute since 2017.
Dara is based in Beacon, NY where she lives on a third of an acre where she grows eight kinds of berries. Dara founded Mutual Aid Beacon in March of 2020 to meet the needs of those most impacted by COVID-19. The group organizes more than 800 volunteers and prepares and delivers meals to 650+ families a week in Beacon, Fishkill and Wappingers in the Hudson Valley.
Dara partners with trainers of color to lead organizational change and leadership development initiatives centering racial justice, equity and liberation. She focuses on working with white participants to learn to engage with race, racism and white supremacy more deeply and make real changes in the organizations, institutions and systems in which they hold power. Dar focuses on social justice organizations but also works with public health, electoral groups and public and private foundations.
Dara has been learning and practicing Somatics with the Strozzi Institute and Generative Somatics since 2011. She became a Somatic Coach through the Strozzi Institute and an Professional Certified Coach through Leadership that Works in 2014. Dara has been supporting leaders as a coach since then bringing embodiment skills and grounded compassion to all of her partnerships. In 2017, Dara joined the Strozzi Teacher Training program and has been teaching since in-person and online. Beginning in 2020, Dara and a colleague, Amanda Ream, began offering Somatics for White Racial Justice Organizers sessions. These eight session programs support movement organizers, coaches and consultants interested in learning more about their body, their responses under pressure and their capacity to work with other white people and people of color towards racial justice.
Dara has extensive experience developing and planning campaigns, coaching and supporting new and experienced organizers, and building the capacity of individuals and groups to enact more racially just organizations and movements. She specializes in helping groups move people from online to offline action and supporting organizations and leaders to take on gender and racial equity work in deep and meaningful ways.