Nikki Silvestri is the Founder and CEO of Soil and Shadow, LLC (formerly Silvestri Strategies). 

As the Co-Founder of Live Real and former Executive Director of People's Grocery and Green for All, Nikki has built and strengthened social equity for underrepresented populations in food systems, social services, public health, climate solutions, and economic development. A nationally recognized thought leader, her many honors include being named one of The Root's 100 Most Influential African Americans. You can see her full bio and website here.



Beth Raps, Ph.D. manages operations for Soil and Shadow. The founder of her own money management and fundraising firm, RAISING CLARITY, she describes herself as "gentle and fierce, practical and contemplative".


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Kayleigh Whitacre provides administrative support to Soil and Shadow. A Virtual Assistant (VA) with Zirtual, Kayleigh graduated from Ohio University August 2014, with a Bachelor Degree in Communication from The Scripps College of Communication and a Minor in Business. She is a strong leader and a team player, ensuring our team runs smoothly.