Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Co-founder and Managing Partner for Services
Senior Program and Communications Manager
Alexis Banks works with our global partners to share learning and advocate for approaches to development that put power in the hands of local communities. She pioneered Root Change's “Thinking and Working in Systems” blended learning course and supports user testing and development for our online social network analysis and feedback platform, Pando. Alexis helps partners design and launch network maps and Constituent Voice feedback loops and facilitate inclusive analysis of local systems. She also facilitates organizational transformation initiatives. Alexis got her start at GlobalGiving, where she managed virtual and in-person training and monitoring and evaluation for thousands of community-based organizations around the world. She has since consulted with numerous U.S. and South African non-profits. Alexis studied international development, political science, and leadership at American University and completed her MBA at the University of Cape Town. Off the clock, Alexis and her husband, Brian can be found at a brewery in their lovely hometown of Hyattsville, MD or scouring the globe for their next great adventure.
Learning and Product Design Manager
Field Manager, Local Works Malawi
Chief Learning Officer
At Root Change, Beryl supports the co-development, testing, and refining of methodologies that contribute to a more just and equitable world. She also helps to design and facilitate theory-building, learning events and directs the Root Change Program in Design, Partnering, Management and Innovation (DPMI). Beryl’s driving passion is helping individuals and organizations use learning for personal and societal transformation. She is co-founder of the acclaimed Escuela Nueva (New School) movement; founder of the Peace Corps (Coverdell) Fellows program; co-founder of InterAction; and, author or co-author of many widely used capacity assessment methodologies. Her DPMI contributions garnered an innovation award from the Fund for Post-secondary Education; her re-imagining of graduate education led to a Middlebury Innovation Fund grant; and, her work on Active Learning Capacity earned her the Martin J. Forman Prize. Beryl has also co-created frameworks used by international organizations to measure the state of the world’s mothers and children. Prior to joining Root Change, Beryl held executive leadership positions in several major international NGOs and served as Distinguished Professor and Program Chair at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. When not working, Beryl has adventures with her multi-generational family, engages in political action, and attempts to become a world class photographer.
Executive Director, Community Independence Initiative
Field Manager, Local Works Malawi
Finance and Operations Officer
Alexis T. Shenfil Smart
Director of Programs
Ángela Serrano González
Latin America Programs Learning Fellow
Ángela supports Root Change’s team and diverse partners with data collection and analysis, developing learning materials, and engaging with Root Change’s online network visualization and feedback tool, Pando. She has experience working in monitoring and evaluation for development programs, and other data collection and analysis projects in Mexico. Ángela believes in the importance of actively questioning the effectiveness of current views in development assistance and combining various areas of knowledge to tackle global situations. She holds Bachelors of Arts in International Relations and Business Management from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City. Off the clock, Ángela can be found enjoying a good novel on a beach (or any cool travel destination), spending time with her family, dancing, and playing the piano.