Poonam Raj Singh

Peace & Social Justice Educator for Adults & Youth

Professional website for Poonam Singh--Non-profit consultant and leadership coach working in the areas of leadership development, talent management, diversity, equity & inclusion.

 Community Elders

I stand on the shoulder of giants.  I could not do any of this work without the trusted guidance and support of mentors, who keep bringing me back to my soulforce.    I thank so many before me that I don’t even know the names of. I thank my ancestors who fought for me with love to have the life I have now.

Julien Phillips, Kendra Ferguson, and my father Prithvi Raj Singh are the three mentors who early on in my career and life believed in me. They have allowed me to see my own nobility and draw from my authentic wisdom & face challenges and learn from them.  This kind of unwavering belief in me has informed virtually every aspect of my teaching, coaching, and leadership, and what I hope to provide to others.   

I also deeply thank many other in the community over the years, such as Professor John Hurst, Professor Richard Elmore, the first ED I worked for Becky Crowe, and my brothers Nipun Mehta, Pancho Ramos-Stierle who have had a very big impact on my life, and there have been many others, all of whom I can't name all here.    Jiwon Chung who has taught me Theater of the Oppressed is someone I think about on a daily basis. His presence, facilitation expertise, is the north star I try to achieve in my own work.

I come from a long lineage of powerful women who had a strong hold on the sisterhood that empowers all of humanity. My own mother, Padma Singh, and my aunts who were leaders in the community, raises babies, and said no many times when they were not allowed to in that time. My mother-in-law has taught me that the quiet leadership is seeing all the dynamics happening in front of you for what it is, and learning to not get pulled into it, and still staying positive and kind no matter what. My father-in-law has taught me to be bold and take risks and be assertive and responsible.   My paternal grandfather would touch my feet to model the holiness of children and his service to children, and this has also become a guiding ethos in my life.  He honors children. My grandmother exemplifies that we have an unending amount of courage and strength in ourselves, as she lives independently in her nineties and continues to embody deep faith in the world.   She had fierce faith in prayer and devotion to elders who had passed. I honor my older brother who has a fierce work ethic and someone who constantly challenges me.

I pay deep respect to these elders and elders from previous generations who have gotten me here.   

In history, I think so much of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. who from a very early stage in my life have been guiding me. I honor all the indigenous communities who I studied as an undergraduate student studying anthropology, and who guide my work today.

These elders are the past, and the children are the future, and they weave together toward guiding who I am and the work I do.