Social Justice: The Keepers of the Commons at The Nantucket Project

Keepers of the Commons is creating a new way to stimulate neighborhoods by identifying and connecting often overlooked community leaders to well-established policy and ideas events. We are cultivating local talent to diversify the pipeline by thinking differently about the traditional leadership development paradigm.

I am honored to have been a 2017 The Keepers Of The Commons at The Nantucket Project 7, and a 2018 The Keepers Of The Commons Facilitator at The Nantucket Project 8. It was amazing sharing this once-in-a-lifetime (twice for me!) experience shared with incredible social justice leaders from Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Thank you Richard Phillips, Maia Comeau and Tom Scott for this amazing opportunity.

Keeper friends and colleagues for life: Lazlo Berdo, Kenya Boswell, Otis L. Bullock Jr., Lucas Codognolla, Dallas Davis, Dee Davis, Bill Golderer, Jeff Grant, Mona Jhaveri, Lorenzo Jones, Jamilla Kamara, Lisa Line, Leah Lizarondo, Jayme Madden, Christian Morris, Robin Morris, Fran Pastore, Sedarius Perotta, Babz Rawls Ivy, Jason Reed, David Sylvester, Courtney Williamson, Ellie Youngblood.- Jeff

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The Keepers network is fueled by access to some of the world’s best ideas conferences.  We are grateful to our friends at The Nantucket Project for their early and ongoing support. Please contact us if you’re interested in hosting the Keepers at your next event.


Maia Comeau

Maia is a public affairs leader with over 17 years of experience in international government affairs strategy, institution building, leadership development, and event planning in Washington, DC. Currently, she is the founding principal of Comeau and Company. Maia previously worked for the German Marshall Fund of the United States. She is a graduate of the 2016 class of Presidential Leadership Scholars, led by Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, among other awards and fellowships, and serves on the Board of IMMAP and is a Senior Fellow with the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. Before her Washington, DC career, Maia was a professional ballet dancer. She now lives on a historic farm in central Pennsylvania.

Richard G. Phillips, Jr.

Richard’s career has taken him from the U.S. Department of Justice, to the halls of the U.S. Senate, and back to his hometown of Philadelphia to run Pilot Freight Services. He’s widely recognized as business and community leader, including: 2007 appointment to the Pennsylvania State Planning Board; 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year for the Philadelphia Region; 2013 Maguire Award for Outstanding Service to the Philadelphia Community. Currently, he’s a fellow at the Yale Divinity School, working to place human dignity at the center of private enterprise and entrepreneurism, and serves as a trustee of the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress and on the Commission on Civility and Effective Governance.


 Maia Comeau          Executive Director