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Passionate about Meaningful Change

I’m a coach, tutor, and writer based in Oakland, CA. Facing burnout after a series of high-impact but exhausting jobs, a major breakup, and a cross-country-then-back-again move, I finally started listening to my inner guide, sorting through the voices of doubts and “shoulds,” and forging a path more aligned with my values.


The first stage of my career was focused on questions of wide-scale societal change: I asked myself how I could most efficiently use my talents to shift the world toward greater social and environmental justice. And though I saw others around me shine, to me the work often felt forced, hollow, and exhausting despite my passion.


Where I really came alive was in mentoring and supporting individuals on my team to thrive—to contribute their talents to the issues that matter, while living healthy, happy lives themselves. It is this passion that led me to coaching, where I work to help other forge a path that's authentic, meaningful and sustainable for them.

Outside of coaching, I tutor math, writing, and many other subjects to an amazing little group of middle- and high-school students. I'm also writing a reflection journal for young women, focusing on the vulnerable, most human moments in the lives of female and genderqueer heroes from across history and cultures. I'm also proud to serve on the board of the San Francisco chapter of Young Women Social Entrepreneurs.

And outside of work, I am an avid hiker, yogi, traveler, reader, and cook. I'm also learning to play the fiddle. 


I'm currently working toward CPCC certification through the Co-Active Training Institute, which is widely recognized as the premier coaching training program in the industry.

Previously, I have completed trainings in Peer Counseling and Public Service Leadership at Stanford University and in Management for Nonprofits through The Management Center

  • Led Human Resources & US Operations at an award-winning social enterprise supporting small farmers in West Africa.

  • Headed educational programming for a global nonprofit supporting MBAs and young professionals to integrate sustainability & social impact into their work.

  • Partnered with refugee leaders in Zambia to develop community-driven education and enrichment programs.

  • BA in Peace & Conflict Studies from Stanford University

© 2019 by Meredith Bell