Ava Bynum is a passionate systems thinker with experience in education, food systems, program and curriculum development, community organizing, fundraising, and non profit management. Ava founded Hudson Valley Seed, a nonprofit that connects public school students to the land, themselves and each other through weekly garden education. With Ava as Executive Director Hudson Valley Seed scaled to educate over 5,000 children in New York public schools through curriculum-integrated garden education.
Ava is the founder of Omnymyst, and as a consultant her clients have included universities, start-up nonprofits, social service agencies, movement-building organizations, and social-impact businesses. Ava’s consulting practice combines her extensive experience as an educator, food justice advocate, curriculum developer and farmer with her expertise in fundraising, organizational development and systems thinking.
Over the last five years she has reached over 1,000 people through training and consulting services. She has facilitated conference workshops focusing on race, food, class, education and their intersections.
In order to most effectively work with others on justice, leadership, and team building she puts her beliefs into practice to continue learning from experience. Her time in community, in movement work, and in nature keeps her grounded. Ava is a graduate of the Rockwood Leadership Institute, a past fellow with the Good Work Institute, and is currently an organizer with Showing Up for Racial Justice in Beacon, NY where she lives.