Patricia St. Onge, M.Div., is the founder and a Partner in Seven Generations Consulting and Coaching, where all of the work is culturally based. Deeply rooted in the concept of Seven Generations, we honor the generations who have come before us, are mindful of those yet to come, and recognize that the impact of the decisions we’re making now will last for seven generations.
Patricia has worked to support progressive social justice movements for all of her adult life. She’s worked as Executive and Interim Director of more than a dozen non-profits. She is a Board member at the Highlander Research and Education Center.
Ms. St. Onge holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from Southern NH University (1981) and a Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion (1995). She is lead author of Embracing Cultural Competency: A Roadmap for Nonprofit Capacity Builders,published by Fieldstone Alliance (2009). She has written chapters in Coming Back to Life,Revised Edition (2015) by Joanna Macy, The Handbook of Community Practice, Second Edition edited by Marie O. Weil, University of North Carolina at Durham (2012), andCollective Wisdom, edited by Donald Gerard (2009). Her article, Rituals That Heal was published in Yes! Magazine, (Summer 2015)
Patricia served as a core faculty member at The Chaplaincy Institute for Interfaith Studies in Berkeley, CA for three years. She also has been adjunct faculty at Mills College in Oakland CA and at Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA.
Of Haudenosaunee (Mohawk) and Quebecoise descent, Patricia is a member of Idle No More and belongs to a circle of indigenous grandmothers. Between them, she and her life partner Wilson Riles, have ten grown children and six grandchildren. She is part of a growing community called Nafsi ya Jamii (The Soul Community), an urban farm and retreat center in East Oakland, CA.