Staff & Board
Our team is dynamic and ever-growing! Learn about job opportunities with us.
Co-Director: Communications, Marketing, Events, Design
Cynthia Tina has traveled to over a hundred intentional community projects worldwide and is Co-Director of the Foundation for Intentional Community. She helps connect people to intentional communities as a coach for seekers and marketing consultant for growing projects. She is the founder of Ecovillage Tours, was an officeholder on the Board of Trustees for the Global Ecovillage Network (2015-2020), and was Director of the youth ecovillage network NextGENNA (2013-2018). Cynthia lives in an intentional community in Vermont where she is currently building a passive solar home and tending a permaculture garden. www.cynthiatina.com
Co-Director: Directory, Bookstore, Sales
Kim Kanney has been working for FIC since 2014, largely managing the operations of both the Communities Bookstore and Communities Directory. Kim is a member of Sandhill Farm, serves on the board for Red Earth Farms, and works at the Milkweed Mercantile Eco-Inn at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in northeast Missouri. She’s dedicated to the re-imagination of 45-year-old Sandhill Farm and also strengthening the wider community in her region. When not immersed in spreadsheets, she is often found working in her gardens, walking her two dogs, or crafting something by hand.
Co-Director: IT, Web Development, Finance
Adam McKenty is a technologist and entrepreneur with a passion for finding ways we can work together to create sustainable, harmonious human society on planet Earth. A lifelong communitarian, Adam brings a decade of experience running a web development and consulting agency to his role as FIC’s IT director. When not writing code or planning upgrades for ic.org, he writes essays, investigates cooperation through the Collective Intelligence Network, plays music in a family folk band, and travels from his home base of Cortes Island, Canada.
Co-Director: Fundraising, Membership, Ads, Sales
Neil Planchon is a founding owner of Swan’s Market Cohousing and longtime FIC ambassador. Over the last 20+ years, he has held volunteer and staff roles with the Cohousing Association of the US. His national community tours have introduced hundreds to the world of cohousing and intentional communities (ICs). He is a certified life coach who helps individuals through life’s many transitions. He enjoys working with seekers and residents of ICs, nonprofit technology consultants and leaders. Neil co-leads Oakland’s NTEN chapter and is a well respected connector. Family, music, nature, poetry, convening community, using tech for good are activities Neil gets pleasure out of. neilplanchon.com
Online Events Coordinator
Carolyn has been interested in living in an intentional community for over a decade, finally making the dream came true in 2017 by moving from her home state of Texas to the rolling hills of Northeast Missouri and joining Red Earth Farms. Now living at the neighboring community of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, life is full of community activities and enjoying the slow things. You can find her scything, nalbinding, playing with wool, and spending time with her son and the people who matter most when not working on online marketing and events for the Foundation of Intentional Community and The Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture.
Kim worked as a Certified Public Accountant in San Antonio, TX before moving to Northeast Missouri in 2005. She is a founding member of Red Earth Farms, a co-homesteading community, and lives there on a homestead of 12.6 acres named Dandelion, an egalitarian-style sub-community based on the ideals of simple-living, permaculture, feminism, and open kind communication. She works part-time doing accounting work for the FIC, GEN-US and some local non-profits. Kim likes to be the change she wishes to see and aims to have a lifestyle such that if everyone on Earth was living this way there would be plenty for all.
FIC Board Member & FIC Trainer
Yana Ludwig is a cooperative culture and intentional communities advocate, and an anti-oppression activist. She serves on the Foundation for Intentional Community board, and is a trainer and consultant for communities, worker owned cooperatives and nonprofits. Her book, Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption, was the Communal Studies Association 2017 Book of the Year. She’s a host on the Solidarity House podcast (focusing on climate, socialism and culture change) and a co-founder of Solidarity Collective (an income sharing community in Wyoming). Yana is also a Democratic candidate for US Senate in 2020. Her website is www.yanaludwig.net
FIC Board Member
Harvey is a cofounder (1974) of Dunmire Hollow Community, and helped reinvigorate the FIC in the mid-80s, serving on FIC’s board over 30 years, as well as on several committees. He is past president of the Communal Studies Association. He owns a custom woodworking business, and serves the Waynesboro community as high school soccer coach. He and his wife Dorie grow organic fruits and vegetables in their garden. He enjoys soccer, bicycling, and playing harmonica. He hosts community visitors, touring bicyclists, and SERVAS travelers, giving them a glimpse of a more community based lifestyle.
FIC Board Member
Crystal Byrd Farmer is a North Carolina native active in the cohousing and polyamorous communities. An engineer turned educator, she speaks and writes about ways communities can be more welcoming to people of all kinds of backgrounds. Crystal is the website editor for Black & Poly, an organization promoting healthy polyamorous relationships for people of color. She also serves on the Editorial Review Board of Communities Magazine published by the Global Ecovillage Network-United States. Her book The Token: Common Sense Ideas for Increasing Diversity in Your Organization will be published in late 2020.
FIC Board Member
Cassandra has pioneered the field of cooperative real estate to serve those seeking to share land and create community. She has years of grounded exposure to what it takes to establish community in rural, suburban and urban settings. Cassandra has lived in intentional community since 2006 and in 2016, co-founded Landwell, an emerging intentional community near Sebastopol, CA. In 2010, Cassandra partnered with Green Key Real Estate to bring the values of stewardship, reverence, and cooperation into the practice of real estate. A founding board member of CommonSpace Community Land Trust, Cassandra works on inspiring community and land related projects as a consultant and guide. http://www.cassandraferrera.net
FIC Board Member
Marty has lived most of his adult life (35 years) in intentional community. He is a co-founder of Network for New Culture, a bi-coastal organization which has promoted personal growth, personal empowerment and social change since 1995. He has been a leader in the business world, acting as a corporate and classroom trainer, and project manager, including being a founding partner of Abacus, Inc., an early Apple distributor that was key in Apple getting a foothold in the business world. Marty has brought his considerable experience to FIC for the past 13 years.
FIC Board Member
Kaison Tanabe resides in an intentional community in Oakland, CA. He currently works on the growth team at IDEO’s online school, IDEO U, where he focuses on acquiring, retaining, and engaging new and existing learners. Kaison takes a human-centered approach to support organizations committed to environmental + social impact and believes diverse intentional communities can teach us how to better live, work, and create with one another. He is incessantly curious, an avid cook, and enjoys wrestling, roller hockey, and spending as much time as he can outdoors.