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“All things flow. All things change.”

Heraclitus (c. 535-475 BC)

The name Panta Rhea captures in Greek the understanding that “change is the nature of all things.”
This realization is at the heart of the Foundation’s work.

OUR MISSION

To catalyze a just and sustainable world
through food sovereignty,
people-powered systems change, and
grassroots resilience around the globe.

In fall 2020, Panta Rhea deepened our longstanding focus on change through three intersectional grantmaking funds: the Food Sovereignty Fund, People Power Fund and Global Roots Fund.

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR APPROACH
STAFF

Connie Malloy

Chief Executive Officer

Prior to leading Panta Rhea, Connie served as Portfolio Director at The James Irvine Foundation. There she led grantmaking and staff for voter and civic engagement, workforce and economic development, and social impact bonds. Connie brings a background as one of Panta Rhea’s former grantee partners from her time at Urban Habitat, a community based environmental justice organization. Earlier in her career, Connie served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in eastern Bolivia, and as a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Fellow in California.

 

Connie now serves on the Funders Committee for Civic Participation’s national board and on the local board of Southern California Grantmakers. She is a founding parent with Kids for Freedom & Justice, and co-founded a grassroots global network for adopted and fostered adults of African descent. She served a 10-year term as Chair of California’s inaugural Citizens Redistricting Commission from 2010-2020, and continues to promote redistricting reform nationally. Connie received her Master of City and Regional Planning degree at the University of California at Berkeley, and a BA in Communications and Spanish at La Sierra University. In 2021, in the wake of hurricanes Eta & Iota, co-founded the Raizal Diaspora Network of San Andres, Providence, and Santa Catalina – Colombia’s Caribbean islands.

Ann Dowley

Director, Resilience & Renewal

Ann is an organization development consultant and leadership coach with over 20 years of experience working with social change leaders, nonprofit organizations and philanthropy. Her approach is rooted in the belief that learning and transformation are vital to an organization’s resiliency and effectiveness. As the director of the Resilience & Renewal portfolio at Panta Rhea, Ann stewards a learning process with foundation staff and grantee partners as they engage in leading and transforming their organizations and themselves as leaders. Earlier in her career, Ann served as Executive Director of the Common Counsel Foundation. Ann earned a doctorate in organizational psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, with a focus on learning and governance, a BA in Political Economy from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and is a certified Co-Active Coach through the Coaches Training Institute.

Anna Lappé

Director, Food Sovereignty Fund

Anna is a national bestselling author and an internationally recognized expert on food systems. She is the author or co-author of three books on food, farming, and sustainability and the contributing author to fourteen more. She is the co-founder of three national organizations, including the Small Planet Institute and Small Planet Fund. In addition to her work with Panta Rhea, Anna is the Founder and Strategic Advisor of Real Food Media, a collaborative initiative working with food movement partners on communications strategy and narrative change. Anna is a frequent public speaker at universities and conferences nationwide and internationally. She has a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and graduated with honors from Brown University. Anna is an active board member of Rainforest Action Network and Mesa Refuge, a writer’s retreat in the San Francisco Bay Area. She also serves as a Steering Committee member of the Castanea Fellowship and the Food and Farm Communications Fund and is a member of the advisory council of the Food Chain Workers Alliance and Herbicide-Free Campus.

Gerlie Collado

Grants and Administration Lead

Gerlie brings a diverse skillset to Panta Rhea harnessed from nearly 20 years of working in the nonprofit sector. Prior to Panta Rhea, she helped annually award up to $20 million in grants to California-based arts organizations with The James Irvine Foundation, and communicated the needs and opportunities of philanthropy in Los Angeles County with the California Community Foundation. She also curated and designed arts programming at The Music Center, the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County and The Pasadena Playhouse. She earned a Masters in Arts Management from Claremont Graduate University and graduated with a degree in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco. With a passion for civic and community engagement, she currently serves as a City of Los Angeles North Valley Area Planning Commissioner and a board member of Visual Communications, the nation’s premier Asian American media arts organization.

BOARD

Hans Schoepflin

Founder

An entrepreneur and philanthropist, Hans studied in France and in the United States and has had both successful business and investment careers. Today, he is the founder and President of Schoepflin Investment Company. In 1998, he founded the Panta Rhea Foundation in the United States and in 2001 the Schoepflin Foundation in Germany. Both foundations support people and organizations that envision a better future for the generations to come, experiment with new ideas, and are committed to building a more just and sustainable world. Both act in accordance with the philosophy of Heraclitus, “All things flow. All things change.” Through all of the Foundations’ respective wide-ranging initiatives, there is a consistent philosophy to develop personal awareness and empower individuals and organizations to tackle major social challenges. Hans Schoepflin is presently engaged in a new initiative, Spore Initiative, a cultural platform aimed at redefining the relationships between contemporary daily life, art, and nature. Spore Initiative seeks to activate new synergies internationally between these three respective domains while remaining anchored to a specific neighborhood in Berlin.

Lisl Schoepflin

President & Co-Chair

Lisl is a mother, historian, writer, and educator. She joined the Panta Rhea Foundation board in 2008 and became Chair in 2017. Her philanthropic experience includes personal giving, managing Panta Rhea’s discretionary family giving through the Sunflower Fund (2005-2008); founding the Qinti Fund with her sister (2017-present); and participating in donor and movement organizing networks, including Solidaire Network and Thousand Current’s Collaborative Leaders’ Academy. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Solidaire Network and Casa Gallina in Mexico City. In addition, she brings to Panta Rhea experience with performance arts; academic and creative writing; education; colonial indigenous history of the Americas, particularly the Andean region; and social and environmental justice efforts. She has lived and worked in places such as Brazil, Denmark, India, Peru, Mexico, and, of course, the United States. She has been awarded the Foreign Language and Areas Studies (FLAS) fellowship to study Quechua in Cusco, Peru in 2013 and 2014; the Fulbright-Hays fellowship to conduct nine months of archival research in Peru in 2017; the Dissertation Year Fellowship from UCLA in 2020-21; and the Getty Research Institute’s Residency Scholar Fellowship in Los Angeles in 2021-22. She completed her BA in Anthropology and Theater Arts at the University of Pennsylvania, MA in Latin American History at the University of California, Los Angeles, and is currently a PhD Candidate in Latin American History at UCLA. Lisl also loves spending time in nature, camping, dancing, reading fiction, writing poetry, trying her hand at guitar and piano, and being with her son and life partner.

Holly Roberson

Board Co-Chair

Holly is co-chair of the board of the Panta Rhea Foundation. She brings 25 years of experience as a cross-sector practitioner, entrepreneur and organizer in food, philanthropy, social entrepreneurship and the arts. In her home state of Missouri, Holly established and grew three interrelated social enterprises: Terra Bella Farm, a 160-acre organic farm & apprenticeship program; Ragtag Cinema, an independent film house and home to the True/False film festival; and Uprise Bakery, an organic bakery/café and community space. In addition to these local enterprises, Holly has been mobilizing communities of young wealth holders, youth activists and artists, and broader networks supporting philanthropy, impact investing, movement building and social enterprise. In the early 2000s, Holly co-convened two major multi-year projects: Leverage Alliance (LevAl), an international community of young people with access to exceptional wealth and commitments to large-scale philanthropy, social investment & social impact, and P3 (Power and Privilege for the People) a growing network of resource-privileged young leaders in communities of color. In 2007, Holly joined Ashoka: Innovators for the Public to lead their efforts on the West Coast to develop and convene a network of businesses, business entrepreneurs, and philanthropists focused on social entrepreneurship. Holly also is a potter who works primarily out of her home studio. In recent years Holly completed an art residency at Maine’s Watershed Center in 2018, studied with traditional artists at a production studio in Kerala, India in 2020, and remains a member of the Berkeley Potters’ Studio. Holly currently lives in Berkeley California with her partner and their two energetic & creative boys.

Cedric Brown

Board Member

Cedric is an award-winning social impact leader with 20+ years of deep and varied experience in the philanthropy and NGO sectors. He has built a significant track record of working to ensure pathways to opportunities for people of color in the U.S. through tech inclusion, college readiness, cultural representation, voter education, and philanthropy. Cedric has served as the head of the Kapor Foundation/Center for over a decade; his other notable roles and collaborations include those with ABFE, Blavity/AfroTech, Color of Change, Google, the Oakland Museum of California, and the San Francisco Foundation. Cedric is currently a Senior Atlantic Fellow and directs global programs for the Obama Foundation. An author and artist, Cedric is the founder of the Jacobs/Jones African American Literary Prize, a program of the NC Writers Network, and the Randall Kenan Prize for Black LGBTQ Fiction, sponsored by Lambda Literary. Cedric treasures his family, both inherited and chosen, and tries to make friends wherever he goes.

Adelaide "Daidie" Donnelly

Board Member

Adelaide has been a psychotherapist and life coach for over thirty years. Her interest in sustainable agriculture grew out of her 40-year involvement with the Chez Panisse restaurant. She has worked in community mental health, criminal justice, and secondary education. In addition, she’s had 50 years of experience in the arts – photography, film, theater, creative writing. She is currently helping individuals with life transitions, working on a novel, and involved with several Northern California non-profits. She gets great joy from her four grandchildren and from the natural surroundings in which she lives.

Nico Dosenbach

Board Member

Nico works as a pediatric neurologist and developmental neuroscientist at Washington University in St. Louis. Born and raised in southwest Germany, he obtained a BA in Biochemistry from Columbia University in 2000 and MD and PhD from Washington University in 2008. Nico loves data and experimentation as the surest path towards understanding and improving all things.

Solomé Lemma

Board Member

A strong voice against “inequitable and ineffective partnerships,” Solomé is a fierce supporter of local leadership with more than 15 years of experience in philanthropy and social change. She now leads Thousand Currents (formerly IDEX), founded 35 years ago to resource grassroots community-led initiatives in the Global South. Together their grantee partners engage over 200 million women, small farmers, Indigenous Peoples, urban residents, sexual and ethnic minorities, and youth working towards lasting and transformative change. Solomé’s work and writing has been featured in Forbes, the Washington Post, The Guardian, Inside Philanthropy, and Africa is a Country, among others, and she has appeared on NPR, BBC, and Al Jazeera discussing aid and philanthropy in Africa. Solomé was named as one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s “100 women to follow on Twitter” at @innovateafrica. Solomé holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor’s in International Relations from Stanford University.

OUR HISTORY

Learn more about Panta Rhea’s origins and the evolution of our work.