Adene Sacks
With/In Collaborative

Adene is the co-founder of the With/In Collaborative, a consulting firm that works alongside visionary leaders and communities to re-imagine and re-design social systems. Her favorite days at work involve thinking expansively with funders, foundations and organizations about how network strategy, human-centered design and systems thinking build our collective capacity to create a more just world. There is usually chocolate involved.

She happily wears many hats, including program director of the New Leadership Network; senior advisor to Open Impact; and advisor to the Peleh Fund. Previously, Adene spent a year working with the Organizational Effectiveness team at the Packard Foundation, a year running the Hawaii Community Foundation’s Network of Network Leaders, and has served as senior advisor to both DataKind and the Fellows Program at Stanford’s d.School. In a previous life, Adene served as the first senior program officer at the Jim Joseph Foundation and the founding US Director of the Israel Venture Network. In 2011, She received the JJ Greenberg Award for Philanthropic Leadership from the Jewish Funders Network.

Adene’s writing focuses on what impacts our ability to repair our world. She and Heather McLeod Grant recently co-authored Leading Systems Change, the story of two communities embracing the opportunities and constraints of living in California’s Central Valley and intentionally designing a better future for all who live there. The book, now available for free download, provides funders and practitioners with a detailed case-study, lessons learned, and tools for creating more equity-centered systems change.