Sara Selznick, PhD
Co-Founder + Partner
Sara Selznick, PhD, 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.
Co-Founder + Partner
Beginning in traditional systems instituted for community development, Kristyn’s career started in an organized community in Delray Beach, Florida. She learned about the historically black community’s resistance to gentrification and their advocacy for access to opportunity and resources. Nothing made sense… She was regularly questioned on her loyalty to the government agency she was employed by and the community she was responsible for serving. It was the collective training she received from the Racial Equity Institute (REI) on systematic oppression 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 - that validated her perception of the disempowerment of people by systems, particularly in communities of color. Kristyn followed the community’s lead by organizing stakeholders and gatekeepers around equitable development and policies by refacing the community’s neighborhood redevelopment plan with Power Principles including: Civic Stewardship, Community Capacity Building, and Community Wealth Building. It was thru this work and while serving as Co-Chair for Healthier Delray Beach, a collective impact initiative around behavioral health change in the community, that she met like-minded change-agents, transformational leaders, that now drive the work of Thrive.