Nikki Silvestri is the Founder and CEO of Soil and Shadow, a company focusing on systems change and interpersonal development, which tries to improve relationships between communities. Nikki has built and strengthened social equity for underrepresented populations in food systems, social services and climate solutions. She is being named one of The Root‘s 100 Most Influential African Americans. As an accomplished communicator, Nikki is well known for her combination of vulnerability and razor-sharp analysis. She regularly forwards the message of equitable economies through numerous media channels, like BET.com, the Huffington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle.