MEET THE TEAM 

Sarah Forrest
Founder

I am a research scientist, non-profit strategist, storyteller, and more.


I have dedicated my working career to better understanding the power of impactful discussions.  I try to live my life in such a way that I will not regret years of timidity and useless inertia.


I am truly moved and inspired by John Wesley’s famous quotation:  

 

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”

Naelijwa, Manongi
Strategist

I am from Tanzania but spent most of my childhood in China.

One of the perks of being a third culture kid is the exposure I got from being around people from different backgrounds and cultures. This sparked my love for traveling and exploration. 


I graduated from Andrews University with a Bachelors's degree in International Agriculture Development. I chose to pursue this degree because I believe the most important resource a community has is its people. 

I’m most excited about Around our Table because it is a place where such discussions can take place. It provides a safe environment where people can share ideas and thoughts on issues that impact their communities. 

Erik Brinkman 
Engineer

Erik is a current AI research scientist at Facebook. He's worked there since finishing his PhD at the University of Michigan in 2018.

"I believe that more discussion, engagement, awareness, and internalization are critical to improving the lives of everyone, and I'm excited to have the opportunity to use my software and AI experience at AOT to help realize it's mission.

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