The Selah Leadership Program is led by a team of Bend the Arc staff and trainers affiliated with the Rockwood Leadership Institute. Our core trainers and key staff include:
José Acevedo, Rockwood Leadership Institute, Consultant, Selah Trainer
José will be one of the two trainers from the Rockwood Leadership Institute facilitating retreat sessions, and will also play a lead role in shaping the Cohort 15 curriculum. He is a senior partner at New World Consulting and an expert in facilitating the development of leadership skills and the creation of high-performing organizations. José has spent the last 30 years helping a broad range of groups throughout the world build effective learning teams that function innovatively in pursuit of specific organizational results. José has been a lead trainer for a dozen previous Selah cohorts.
Michael Bell, Rockwood Leadership Institute, Consultant, Selah Trainer
Alongside José, Michael will serve as a trainer and facilitator for Selah Cohort 15. He is the co-founder, president and CEO of InPartnership Consulting Inc., an organizational development and strategic change firm specializing in global diversity and leadership development. Michael is a leader in the fields of organizational development, diversity and strategic planning. We are excited to welcome Michael as a first-time Selah trainer and facilitator.
Yavilah McCoy, Consultant, Selah Trainer
Yavilah McCoy is the lead consultant and trainer for Selah Cohort 15. She is the CEO of the international diversity consulting group, VISIONS Inc. in Boston. Yavilah is a certified coach for the Auburn Theological Seminary's Pastoral Coach Training Program and a fellow for their Sojourner Truth Leadership Circle. Yavilah was voted one of "16 Faith Leaders to Watch" by the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC. She is a certified trainer for the A World of Difference Institute, the National Coalition Building Institute, and the National Center for Community and Justice. As a career Jewish professional, Yavilah directed the launch of the "Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project" for Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the Ruderman Family Foundation in Boston. Yavilah also worked for Bronfman Philanthropies as the Boston Director of The Curriculum Initiative, (TCI), a non-profit educational consultancy that serviced 600 prep schools across the nation with resources for Jewish identity and culture. Yavilah was one of the inaugural recipients of the Joshua Venture Fellowship, and the founding director of Ayecha, one of the first nonprofit Jewish organizations to provide education and advocacy for Jews of Color in the US.
Adina Alpert, Selah Program Manager
Adina Alpert is the Program Manager for Bend the Arc's Selah Leadership Program, which transforms and connects Jewish leaders and organizations to build a powerful social justice sector. In her previous role supporting CEO Stosh Cotler, she managed several internal projects related to organizational culture and norms as well as our racial equity goals. She has recently assumed the Selah Program Manager role and will be working with program founder and CEO Stosh Cotler and former program director Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block to continue evolving Selah programming, including future cohorts and Network gatherings.
Adina comes to this work with a background in education and facilitation. She served as Director of Youth Programming at Congregation Beth Am in San Diego before coming to Bend the Arc. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Adina holds a BA in Political Science and Education from UC San Diego.