About Us

Dragonfly Partners helps organizations to move through impasse -- strategic, organizational or interpersonal. We support change efforts both inside and outside the political system.

Dragonfly professionals come from four disciplines: public policy, advocacy campaigning, negotiation and conflict management, and organizational development. Our diverse backgrounds enable us to design well-informed and unique approaches to client challenges.

We can be reached individually at: firstname @dragonfly-partners.com

Aarati Kasturirangan

Aarati Kasturirangan, Senior Partner & Managing Director

Aarati (pronounced Arthi) is a long-time organizer, activist, educator and researcher in movements for justice. She helps changemakers learn to be the most powerful version of themselves in the face of systemic oppression within society, structural oppression within organizations, and internalized bias within people. A trained community psychologist, Aarati grounds her work in strategic systems thinking to promote community and individual-level healing.

Prior to joining the Dragonfly team, Aarati served for four years as the director of programs at Bread & Roses Community Fund, Philadelphia's leading social justice philanthropy, where she led the planning and implementation of initiatives that develop individual and group capacity to redistribute wealth and decision-making power in the nonprofit sector. Before that, Aarati worked as a Program Officer for Integration and Impact at the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), where she trained staff from around the world to plan and evaluate social change work. Aarati started her career as a crisis-counselor for survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

In 2002, Aarati co-founded the Chicago chapter of Incite! Women of Color Against Violence, and in 2013 she helped re-launch the Philadelphia chapter of 350.org. Aarati received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from St. Mary's College in Maryland in 1999, and a Ph.D. in Community Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2008. She received her degree in stay-at-home parenting from 2008 to 2012. Aarati lives in South Philadelphia with her husband, two children and two dogs.

Allison Budschalow

Allison Erdneka Budschalow, Senior Partner

Allison is a people person with decades of experience in bringing folks together to build toward common goals. She has been doing this in the form of resource generation or fundraising for the past 10 years as lead development staff for community-based nonprofit organizations. Allison loves to help groups increase their resources with particular emphasis on diversifying funding streams and grassroots fundraising. Most recently, she has co-created Securing the Roots, a six month fellowship to build people-power through a resource mobilization and reclamation framework.

In her work with Dragonfly, she has enjoyed a return to facilitating groups of all sizes through an exploration of who they are and what they’re invested in, opening up ways for them to reach their goals. With knowledge of organizational development, an eye toward strategy, and expertise in online engagement, she’s been navigating the pandemic skillfully, bringing folks together even as we are physically apart.

Prior to her resource generation and mobilization work, she served on staff at the American Friends Service Committee, supporting social movements around the U.S. and globally. She also had the privilege of being a key organizer of the first U.S. Social Forum in Atlanta in 2007. Allison has served on the boards of directors for a number of Philadelphia-based organizations.

Allison received her BA from Earlham College and her MA in Sustainable Businesses and Communities from Goddard College. Born and raised in Philly and a member of the Kalmyk Mongol diaspora, she is always excited to investigate the intersections of food, gentrification, race, class, and story-telling in her spare time.

Amadee Braxton

Amadee Braxton, Senior Partner

Amadee is a facilitator, coach, and trainer specializing in organizational development, strategy and fundraising. For twenty years, she has worked inside community-based non-profits and social change organizations supporting strategic thinking, capacity building and developing emerging leaders.

Amadee enjoys holding a powerful container for participants to produce their best creative thinking, engage in healthy conflict and develop plans that meet their capacity. She is passionate about helping organizations diversify their revenue by building a base of individual donors. As a certified professional coach, she supports leaders to build self-connection, fight overwhelm and express their vision and values with authenticity.

Before coming to Dragonfly Partners, Amadee worked for eight years as Director of Development with Iraq Veterans Against the War. She served on the National Leadership Council of the Black Radical Congress as well as the boards of directors of the Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project and BlackStar Film Festival. She is President of Leeway Foundation, which funds women and trans artists who work at the intersection of art and social change.

Amadee received a Bachelor of Arts in African Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a graduate certificate from Temple University in Diversity Leadership Training. She is a fundraising trainer certified by the Grassroots Institute of Fundraising Training.

Barbary Cook

Barbary Cook, Senior Partner

Barbary helps organizations to get clear about where they're going and how they're going to get there. With new clarity, organizations can develop more effective and creative advocacy and public policy solutions. To do this, Barbary uses strategic planning, theory of change, systems design and performance management tools. She digs beneath the surface to discover the source of any resistance to change, supporting clients with love and challenge to overcome that resistance. She's interested in how people inside an organization can shift power to live their values fully. Barbary also leads Dragonfly's evaluation practice and has completed user- and participant-focused evaluations in the U.S. and in Northern Ireland.

Before Dragonfly, back home in Northern Ireland, Barbary was a queer activist and co-founder of QueerSpace Belfast and the Coalition on Sexual Orientation, organizing around the equality and human rights provisions in the Belfast Agreement. She was Chief Executive of the Community Development and Health Network, a Northern Ireland-wide organization providing policy advocacy, training and program support for community-based health advocates. Later, she ran a policy, research and strategic planning unit for Belfast City Council.

Barbary received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Government from the University of Ulster, and a Master in Public Policy with a concentration in leadership from the Harvard Kennedy School. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is based in Philadelphia and leads our work in Northern Ireland.

Brianna J. Jones

Brianna J. Jones, Operations Manager

Brianna is an activist and organizer. Coalition-building and facilitating collaboration and solidarity between movements is her passion. She is inspired by the African proverb "If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together." As Dragonfly's Operations Manager, she acts as the engine behind the organization's day-to-day operations, performing critical tasks like managing budgets, invoicing, and interfacing with clients.

She has also worked with dozens of local and national grassroots organizations on bridging the gap between climate change and social justice activists. Previously, she organized and led a coalition of organizations joining in protest of the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The committee was formed in order to take advantage of the convention's backdrop by collectively expressing grievances, using mass non-violent direct action to vocalize demands and bring issues specific to Philadelphia to the foreground.

Brianna is a proud Philadelphia native, raised in a home where issues around justice, equality and the pursuit of Black liberation were regular topics of conversation. She is currently pursuing a degree in Business Administration and is thrilled to devote her talents to Dragonfly's mission.

Kris Smith

Kris Smith, Associate Consultant

Kris Smith (they/she) uses their training as a social worker, experience as a justice-oriented trainer, and sensibilities as a visual artist in facilitating group work. These underpin Kris's understanding of individual trauma, group dynamics, and exploration of identity and community. Kris brings fourteen years of facilitation experience along with a background in youth work and social justice in New York City and Philadelphia. Kris also co-facilitates Women of Equity, a peer professional development program for Philadelphia women of color in organizational leadership positions, with Amadee Braxton. In addition to their consulting work with Dragonfly Partners, Kris is also a Trainer and a certified Trauma-Competent Professional through Lakeside Global Institute, where they facilitate workshops about individual and collective trauma and healing throughout Pennsylvania.

Prior to obtaining a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice, Kris received a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Japanese Studies from Binghamton University (SUNY). Kris lives in Philadelphia with their partner and their curious cat, and enjoys listening to music and podcasts and questing to find the most delicious donuts in the city.

Naseem Khuri

Naseem Khuri, Senior Advisor

Naseem conducts trainings and consults on negotiation, conflict management and effective communications.

In the private sector, he has worked with Fortune 100 companies, specializing in improved procurement practices and vendor relations and in labor relations. In the public and NGO sector, he designs and delivers training for organizations in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East.

From 2008 to 2009, Naseem was Executive Director of the Dubai Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), where he served as a bridge between the HKS and the Dubai School of Government. He created, developed, and funded innovative research and outreach programs aimed at advancing scholarship in and increasing awareness of Middle Eastern issues at HKS. Prior to this appointment, Khuri was an associate with CMPartners, where he developed organizational capacity-building tools and models.

Khuri received his Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and his Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College. He is based in Washington, D.C.

Noah T. Winer

Noah T. Winer, Senior Partner

After years as an organizer, Noah became curious about the underlying structures that lead organizations and movements to succeed wildly or fail miserably.

He joined forces with his Dragonfly colleagues to bring rigorous and creative thinking to advocacy campaigns, strategic planning, coaching, and organizational development. His recent work includes supporting movement leaders to have difficult strategic conversations, equipping teams to pivot in shifting political terrain, and guiding organizations to develop a transparent and accountable work culture.

He was a founding campaign strategist at MoveOn from 2003 to 2010. During this time, he helped MoveOn grow by 4 million members, raise $130 million in small donations, and win and lose countless campaigns. In 2010, he directed the digital team for Greenpeace India in Bangalore and trained organizers from six continents.

Noah has organized with other white people for racial justice, with other men to end patriarchy, and in a cross-class, multiracial organization for health care as a human right. Noah was raised on a solar homestead in rural Maine in a family passionate about transforming the world. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College, and he lives in Philadelphia with his partner and two kids.

Rebecca Subar

Rebecca Subar, Senior Partner

Rebecca facilitates difficult conversations, mediates disputes and teaches negotiation skills in the U.S., Northern Ireland and Israel/Palestine. She guides the analytical side of problem-solving, supports white leaders to make choices with integrity in a racist world, and trains people to navigate their work and political relationships effectively. Rebecca has given advice and support to political actors and activists, non-profit leaders, labor and management negotiators on change, challenge and conflict for more than twenty years.

Rebecca also teaches in the Peace and Conflict Studies program at West Chester University. Her book, "When to Talk and When to Fight: The Strategic Choice Between Dialogue and Resistance" (forthcoming from PM Press, Fall 2020) echoes Dragonfly's approach to changemaking.


Earlier, Rebecca spent four years at Prudential HealthCare as an internal organizational development consultant and five years at Citibank in information technology and project management. She was Executive Director of Women's Anti-Violence Education and Director of Consulting at LaSalle University's Nonprofit Center. She has conducted conflict management training with CMPartners, LLC, and partnered with the nonprofit Bridgeway Group on West Bank negotiation training.

Rebecca received her Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College and her Master in Public Administration with a concentration in international conflict management from the Harvard Kennedy School. She is based in Philadelphia.

Sara Joffe

Sara Joffe, Senior Partner

Sara is an organizational development consultant, facilitator and coach with 30 years' experience facilitating individual, group and organizational transformation. South African-born and raised, Sara became an anti-apartheid activist at a young age and remains passionate about her commitment as a white person to racial justice. She has lived in the U.S. for the past 40 years, where her work has included community organizing, workforce and curriculum development, and organizational consulting.

Sara is a bridge builder, helping people to see multiple perspectives, address power and other inequities, work through difficult conversations, collaborate in creative problem-solving and design new systems or structures to sustain more open communication. Her specialty is creating the capacity to bridge differences and manage challenging conversations, along with integrating an awareness of interconnected systems of oppression and power dynamics into all aspects of organizational life.

In addition to her work at Dragonfly, until 2017 Sara was Vice President for Organizational Learning at PHI, a national non-profit working at the intersection of healthcare and economic justice. In that context, she developed the Coaching Approach to Supervision and Leadership, which is now being taught and implemented by hundreds of practitioners across the U.S.

Sara has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Cape Town, in South Africa, and a M.Ed. from Temple University. She is also trained in Gestalt approach to organizational development through the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and the Gestalt International Study Center in Cape Cod. She lives in Philadelphia with her partner and horse-crazy daughter.