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

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, Senior Partner

Barbary is one of the few people on the planet who actually loves strategic planning. She works with organizations to get clarity about where they're going and how they're going to get there. She uses strategic planning, theory of change, evaluation, systems design and performance management tools to do this. She digs beneath the surface to discover the source of any resistance to change. With new clarity, organizations can then develop more effective and creative advocacy and public policy solutions. Barbary has done this work in city and national government, urban regeneration, place-shaping and economic development, community organizing, public health and human rights.

Before joining in to get Dragonfly off the ground, Barbary ran the policy, research and strategic planning unit in the Development Department for Belfast City Council in Northern Ireland. Before this, 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.

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.

Naseem Khuri, Senior Partner

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.org 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 child.

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, leads negotiated rule-making 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 close to twenty years.

Rebecca also teaches in the Peace and Conflict Studies program at West Chester University. Her academic focus is on the relationship between unilateral and joint activities in organizational, civic and political conflict, with a particular interest in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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, Senior Partner

Sara brings 30 years of experience in facilitating individual, group, and organizational transformation to her current work as a consultant, coach, facilitator, educator and change leader.

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 consulting on diversity, equity and inclusion, organizational transformation and leadership development.

Sara is a bridge builder, helping people to see multiple perspectives, address power and other inequities, work through difficult conversations and collaborate in creative problem-solving. She works with both formal and informal leaders so that they can be less alone: more inter-personally engaged and effective, with strong, accountable and trustworthy leadership teams.

Until recently, Sara was Vice President for Organizational Learning at Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI), a national non-profit, where she provided executive coaching, leadership and organizational development, and team-building. Regarded as a master facilitator and coach, Sara provided training and ongoing professional development for a team of PHI organizational development consultants. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Cape Town and her Masters in Education from Temple University. She lives with her partner and daughter in Philadelphia.

Brianna J. Jones, Office Manager

Brianna is an activist and organizer. Coalition-building, collaboration and facilitating solidarity between individual movements are her passions. As Dragonfly's Office 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.

In addition, she works with the Movement for Black Lives, Global Women's Strike, Avenging the Ancestors Coalition, Josh Fox (director of Gasland and How to Let Go of the World and Learn to Love the Things Climate Can't Change) and dozens of local and national grassroots organizations on bridging the gap between climate change and social justice activists. Previously, she organized and led the DNC Action Committee, 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 and was raised in a home where topics of justice, equality and the pursuit of black liberation were regular topics of conversations. She is thrilled to devote her talents to Dragonfly's mission.