- Marcia JaffeFounder
- Ryan FeinsteinPresident
- Prita FeinsteinHR Director
- Charlie MarinelliDirector of Business Dev.
- Lauren ConstantinoGlobal Administrator
- Evita GirsangOperations Manager
Marcia Jaffe brings more than 30+ years’ experience in the business, nonprofit and entrepreneurial worlds. She ran her own mid-size event management company for 15 years, producing corporate and community conferences and events for up to 400,000 people. She has created several of her own conferences including a series called FAMILY2000, events on multiculturalism in the 21st century, women’s health gatherings, and numerous others. It was Marcia’s vision while on a short vacation in Bali in 2003 that generated the Quest for Global Healing series of conferences, launching a unique concept that weaves Balinese culture with western dialogue and programs as a core structure for a global conference. With help from numerous Balinese and Indonesians, and other senior advisory team members from around the world, she held fast to her dream for the next wave of this journey, moving the conference concept into a global learning center called Bali Institute for Global Renewal located in Ubud. Our Background Story
Her initial ideas have grown into the ongoing discovery of ways to integrate the indigenous intelligence of Bali with a variety of curriculum, transformative learning and leadership-building opportunities for people of all ages. She has helped develop a growing list of universities and high school programs from around the world who are bringing students to Bali Institute to co-create courses that weave in cultural immersion and service leadership and learning experiences.
Her next venture starting in 2014 is to build a new concept in global education — the Bali Institute GLOBAL CAMPUS — which focuses on cultural learning, service leadership and indigenous wisdom. It will also allow the Island of Bali to become a stronger voice in the global dialogue around world issues, global healing, and new ways of living our lives to the fullest. The GLOBAL CAMPUS will offer a dynamic learning/living space for thousands of learners of all ages, along with universities from around the world, bringing a fascinating array of programs and courses. In addition, the GLOBAL CAMPUS will have a large conference and dialogue area which can host local and global forums, conferences and other gatherings, provide leadership and social activism training, and offer a variety of transformational programs.
Marcia has an active yoga practice and loves writing and reading poetry. She has a degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California, and all her masters work (minus a thesis) in Leadership and Human Behavior at United States International University in San Diego, CA. Her son, Ryan Feinstein, created and directed the Bali Institute’s Global Youth in Action programs and until September 2015 served as Chief Learning Officer and Program/Operations Director overseeing all Bali Institute programs. He currently is on sabbatical and serving as global consultant for several of our programs and future directions. Her daughter, Jaci, is busy doing event development/management work, starting her own NGO on volunteerism in San Diego, running mini-marathons and having a great life.
Click here to read more about Marcia and her family: Three Generations of Women Who Know the Importance of Volunteerism
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Ryan is the President of Bali Institute and has been with the company since it began creating/operating cultural programs in 2009. He designed and lead our first education programs beginning with social entrepreneurship and leadership programs with Northeastern University and New York University. Since then he has directed more than 70 student and adult programs, working collaboratively with our Balinese cultural leaders and client travelers from America, Australia, Thailand and elsewhere.
He has extensive experience designing and facilitating workshops, seminars and conferences focused on multi-generational collaboration for social change. He has co-hosted seminars at numerous annual events including Pegasus, Institute of Noetic Sciences, Rockrose Institute, and Common Bond Institute gatherings. He also developed training programs as a fellow of the World Café and served as Thrive Hub Project Coordinator at Generation Waking Up in the U.S., where he coordinated opportunities for young people to organize and mobilize locally to make their campuses and communities a demonstration of a “thriving, just, and sustainable world”.
Over the past 10 years, Ryan received executive-level leadership and facilitation training through Interaction Associates, a top American-based leadership training company located in San Francisco and Boston. Their CEO/President Linda Dunkel served as a mentor to Ryan, and Linda is now a Global Advisor of Bali Institute. Ryan also was trained in several dialogic processes for small and large groups, under the direction of Dr. Juanita Brown, founder of The World Cafe. His unique expertise in program design along with the cultural learning opportunities that only Bali can offer has allowed him to co-create experiences that keep bringing clients back year after year.
Ryan has been a member of the Board of Directors for the World Cafe Community Foundation. He received his BA in International Studies from the University of California, San Diego.
Prita has been part of the Bali Institute team for more than 5 years. She has held several positions, most recently as operations manager for our educational and cultural programs. She carries a deep understanding of the Balinese culture as seen thru the eyes of foreigners, a unique skill that helps in designing components of our experiences that are everlasting and even transformative. She often leads cultural discussions and helps create seminars in collaboration with universities in Bali. She has also lead special programs with aboriginal university students from Australia sponsored by the Australian government designed to strengthen and enhance Indonesian-Australian cultural exchange among young people.
She graduated from Udayana University, one of the top Balinese universities, with a B.A. in English Literature. She worked at several international companies before deciding to spend a summer working on Bali Institute programs. Luckily for us she was hooked on our vision and goals. Her job with us continued to grow and expand, bringing a special knowledge-base and philosophical understanding that adds to the unique character of Bali Institute programs. Prita loves to share Balinese culture with all program participants and build meaningful relationships with people from around the world. She also strives to empower other Balinese, especially youth, to be open-minded and globally aware.
During 25 years of executive leadership and sales management, Charlie successfully led hundreds of individuals and many teams as VP of Sales, President of a startup title insurance company, and EVP of Northern California for the third largest title company in the world. His experience is steeped in a range of industries from high tech, insurance, coaching/change management, and from established firms to start-ups. His passion and sixth sense for driving impactful, lasting change led Charlie to go into coaching and consulting to assist others on their unique path. He received his coach training from CTI, one of the most respected coaching schools in the United States, and a Change Management Certification from PROSCI.
Charlie is an avid adventurer, exploring 35 countries on six continents, trekking to Everest Base Camp, sky-diving, and bungee jumping along the way. His path also includes a spiritual side of extensive South East Asia and India travel, ashrams, meditation and following the Dalai Lama. At home, he is a biker, has participated in endurance sports, and has swum long distant events including Alcatraz. Charlie excels at turning the impossible into the possible — for himself, for his companies, and for his individual clients. He starts first with his passion and drive in his own life.
Lauren first joined the Bali Institute in 2014 as a program coordinator right after graduating from Northeastern University where she completed her final course credits during a social entrepreneurship program run by Bali Institute. She has moved into the role of Global Administrator, communicating with schools, groups, and individuals leading up to their program in Bali to ensure they arrive prepared, at ease, and ready for an amazing time on the island!
Lauren is passionate about Bali Institute’s approach to educational travel because of the deep connections they’ve forged with local organizations doing truly inspiring work on a wide range of issues affecting Bali. She has a special place in her heart for organizations providing job skills training and support for local women.
Lauren comes from a background in international affairs with a focus on sustainable agriculture. She has worked in organizations focused on alleviating hunger through smart agricultural practices, protecting small family-owned farms, and re-purposing unused city rooftops for farming.
Evita graduated from Sriwijaya University in Sumatra, majoring in agrobusiness. After she graduated, she had a great experience working around eastern parts of Indonesia with underprivileged communities that changed her view of life. She spent 5 years working with World Vision Indonesia that helps children and their families to have a fulfilled life focusing on education, health and economic development.
In 2015 Evita moved to Bali and has never looked back. The Balinese culture has inspired her and her husband and she loves living around its people. She started with the Bali Institute in May, 2018 and felt very aligned with the vision of bringing cultures together through exploring their shared values. Exploring new places and new cultures is her biggest passion in her spare time.