Meet the team
Co-Founder + Partner
Kristyn began her equity-focused career at a community redevelopment agency in Delray Beach FL. She quickly learned from resident leadership that systems and institutions responsible for oppressing communities were not going to offer sustainable solutions to problems communities face. Collective training received from the Racial Equity Institute (REI) on systemic and institutionalized racism; the power of community assets and capacity from the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute; and systems change by deepening community through collective impact by the Tamarack Institute - validated this perspective, particularly for communities of color. Kristyn leaned into the power of community and community-based solutions and organized stakeholders and gatekeepers around equitable development and policies through a refacing of the community’s neighborhood redevelopment plan, prioritizing Power Principles: Civic Stewardship, Community Capacity Building, and Community Wealth Building. It was through this work and other collective impact initiatives that she met like-minded change-agents and transformational leaders, that now inspire and drive the work of Thrive.
Sara Selznick, PhD
Co-Founder + Partner
Sara is a licensed clinical psychologist. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Florida and received her Master's and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from DePaul University in Chicago. Sara completed her fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Children's Hospital Boston and has provided services and developed, delivered, and evaluated programs and interventions in many settings including hospitals, schools/ after-schools, juvenile detention centers, and community mental health agencies. Before moving to Delray Beach she worked in Chicago’s Cabrini Greene Public Housing Community for 10+ years providing direct services and supervising a community outreach and advocacy team. Recognizing the impact of systemic racism and the importance of power (not just programs), Sara left the direct service world to work on community capacity building initiatives as co-founder of Thrive. She now focuses efforts on organizing in White and advantaged spaces to promote investment in marginalized communities, opposed to toxic charity, for mutually beneficial outcomes.