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Staff & Collaborators


Daniela Di Piero

Movimiento’s Founder and Executive Director, Daniela has taught in public schools, women’s prisons, juvenile detention centers, charter schools, grassroots community organizations, and nonprofits. She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Brown University, a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Meridian University, and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her private therapy practice is Growing Home Counseling. Daniela is also a craftswoman and homesteader, working with clay, printmaking, and ancestral arts such as moccasin-making, felting, and beekeeping.

Daniela Di Piero
When as a kid I first started realizing consciously what we humans have been doing to the earth and her creatures, the grief was big. I remember seeing pictures of clearcuts and oil spills and knowing that my life needed to be about helping heal the relationship between humans and land and non-human beings. As I got to high school and became increasingly disillusioned with our educational systems, I began dreaming about creating an alternative school where young people could learn through farming, travel, adventure, books, art, and visiting with inspiring people. Movimiento became the expression of that original dream, and it has been a privilege to work with these young men and women, their families, tribes, and communities.


Rob Steffke

Rob is a Movi trip leader and Program Coordinator, as well as founder of Crows Calling, an initiative for teens and adults focusing on immersion experiences, rites of passage, and wilderness therapy.  Rob co-founded San Luis Obispo Sober School, a high school for teens self-identified as struggling with drug/alcohol addiction. He holds a B.S. and Secondary Teaching Credential from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Meridian University. He is a speaker and consultant in the areas of adolescent addiction and youth mentoring and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Rob Steffke
 So many of the young people I have gotten to know over the years are bringing visions for a possible future that is beyond what the current systems are ready to let in. When a young person is experiencing difficulties, many traditional systems of care or education look to see how to modify the vision of the young person and help them develop a more “realistic” relationship to what is possible. I believe the most effective way to address the concurrent needs of our culture/civilization and our youth is to create means through which our youth can explore and refine the visions they have been born with, while at the same time helping them develop the skills and capacities needed to offer their dreams in a real way. We must shift from asking our youth to dumb down or limit their dreams to asking culture to grow to be able to encompass the possibilities that are emerging through them. Our young people need to experience people and communities that model for them a way of living and being that they know to be possible. 


Lyla June Johnston

Lyla has assisted Movimiento with its comprehensive program evaluation and continues to guide and inspire Movimiento programs. Lyla is an artist, researcher, Stanford graduate, musician, spoken word poet, and advocate for indigenous communities.

Lyla Johnston
It is my honor to work with Movimiento. In my small hometown of Taos, NM we have incredibly high suicide, homicide and overdose rates among youth. I feel it is our task to regenerate as the forests do with a fire, to soak in the ashes of these catastrophes and use them to fuel our hearts, our actions and our movements in a positive direction. From tragedy, a most profound love is born. I have always been so very thankful for that and for Movimiento for always giving us hope and inspiration. 


Movimiento Sponsored Projects & Partners


Prevention at the Intersections, founded and run by Dr. Crystallee Crain

Authentic Creations, created and run by Kuwa Jasiri

Movimiento Board of Directors


Daniel Zarazua

Former Vice Principal and teacher at our partner Unity High School in East Oakland, Daniel supports Movimiento through youth organizing, trip leadership, outreach, mentorship, and community connections.


Wai Mo

Wai is an engineer, artist, jeweler, and businesswoman who brings her planning acumen to Movimiento’s strategic planning and fundraising activities.


Sahar Muhsin

Sahar is an Equity Specialist, speaker, and consultant who works globally with organizations to address issues of racial, cultural, and socio-economic equity.


Hernaci’ona Henry

Hernaci’ona was a youth participant in Movimiento for eight years and later joined the board to gain experience in organizational leadership. With Movimiento’s help, she graduated from high school and Alameda College. Hernaci’ona traveled to El Salvador with Movimiento and supports the organization through active outreach and peer mentorship.




  • Chinook Fund
  • ISA Foundation
  • Morgan Family Foundation
  • Pettus Foundation
  • Rose Foundation
  • Rudolf Steiner Foundation
  • San Francisco Foundation
  • Stewardship Council
  • Strong Foundation for Environmental Values
  • Tides Foundation
  • Youth Outside


Katherine Pettus, funder

The Pettus Foundation has funded Movimiento for almost ten years now because of Daniela’s visionary leadership, professional credibility, and personal integrity. She is an inspiring person to the youth who are attracted to Movi’s mission of expanding their horizons, service learning, and cross-cultural fellowship. I commend Daniela and Movi to donors who want to make a difference in the world, providing anything from small seed grants to support funding for this organization that will grow and blossom.

Mariel Nanasi, funder

It was great knowing that my money had a catalytic effect. Together with Movimiento, the Foundation for Self Sufficiency and La Coordinadora we tasted the sweetness of transformation: from the tragedy of years of war, extreme poverty and displacement into healing and wisdom for El Salvadorians and Taoseños alike. The change in the young people who traveled from Taos was palpable. They worked hard under strenuous conditions and loved it. Upon their return, the youth described their service expedition to an auditorium full of people (a presentation only 1 or 2 of them could have done successfully before their trip). They spoke with a great sense of pride, a new-found awareness of the plight of others and a commitment of service that was contagious.