The Authrev Team 


Authentic Revolution is clearing the way for Authentic Connection by training leaders, individuals and teams to facilitate amazing interactions and outcomes.


Meet our Core Team

Sara Ness

Chief Catalyst

Sara is the founder and CEO (or something like it) of Authentic Revolution. In 2012, at 20 years old, Sara founded still-ongoing learning communities in Austin and Houston that became two of the biggest AR groups in the world. She has gone on to work with tens of thousands of students in sectors from Google to Mindvalley to Burning Man. Sara's publications - including The Authentic Relating Games Manual, the core text of the Authentic Relating field - have helped seed 100+ communities in every continent (except Antarctica...yet!)

Sara is passionate about exposing the joy of human connection and exploring our creative potential through relationship. She’s most lit up by creating things – projects, books, movements, systems, anything that her heart and brain can chew on at the same time. She lives in community in Bastrop, Texas.

Mark Boughton

COnnection Creator


Mark has been studying communication skills and the psychology of relationships and interpersonal dynamics for over a decade. By the time he was 22,  Mark had worked, traveled or volunteered on every continent. 

Mark brings his deep passion for understanding people to his role of Administrator of COnnect - Authrev's Circling and Authentic Relating Platform. He also provides coaching and counseling for individuals and couples looking to create deeper and more intimate relationships.

Jennifer Ott

Authentic Life Course Coach

Jennifer is a facilitator, coach, and mother-of-all-things who uses Authentic Relating practices to facilitate gatherings where the possibility to learn and grow through connection, vulnerability and intimacy blooms.

Jennifer has a Masters Degree in Counseling from Prescott College. She studied Integral Style Circling at the Integral Center in Boulder, CO. She has been a long-time contributor to Authentic Revolution in many roles - including Facilitator of Authentic Leadership Trainings, Happiness Officer, a founding Manager of our COnnect Authentic Relating platform, and our first ever Authentic Life Course coach. She has guided hundreds of students’ transformation with her gentle presence and skill to handle any relational challenge or opportunity.

Jason Digges

Community Storyteller (Marketing)

Jason is the author of Conflict = Energy: The Transformative practice of Authentic Relating, and a modern renaissance man. Equal parts artist, philosopher, teacher, and media producer, from 2003-2012 he worked for Integral Institute to create thousands of hours of educational media on the topics of transpersonal psychology, spirituality, productivity, and personal growth.

Obsessed with how humans can live and relate optimally, Jason has facilitated groups and taught authentic relating and circling since 2012. In 2017, he co-founded Authentic Relating Training International and has since led courses in twenty cities around the world. He is excited to bring his writing and marketing skills to the AuthRev team!

Simmo Simpson

Herald (PR)

Simmo has spent the last few years exploring frameworks, deep analysis and research focused on thinking about how we can have the greatest positive impact on the world. He sees relationships and communication as a crucial component in solving the biggest challenges we face, both as individuals and as a species.

With a focus on well-honed strategization, relationship building and amplifying AR, Simmo is working to bring a loudspeaker to AuthRev’s work, so we might reach ambitious goals of helping far more people improve their lives and relationships. Collectively, he sees improving both communication and empathy within and between institutions, organizations and nations, and between groups, both online and in the real world, as giving us a shot at reaching a brighter future for humanity.

Izzy Gifford

COnnect Community Ambassador

As Community Care Bear, Izzy is committed to supporting our members’ journeys on the COnnect platform. Welcoming newcomers and answering questions are just a few of her delights. Izzy is passionate about cultivating satisfying and sustainable community for everyone. For 10+ years she has been creating playful healing spaces that welcome the fullness of the human experience. She is fueled by fascination with emotional intelligence, communication, and group dynamics. After experiencing the healing power of community in her own life, she is convinced that it takes a whole community to raise an inner child. 

Ebony Phillips

Community Outreach

Born to a multi-cultural, multi-generational “nomadic” family. Ebony lived in 12 countries before the age of 22. She discovered Authentic Relating at one of several life changing junctures, and loves how it has lent her new eyes in navigating the world and seeing the beautiful complexities of being human. Her favorite thing to see in others is their ability to shine and show up with their personal gifts.

Ebony likes to ask questions, find out what people need, and discover how to get them there. She’s worked in various agencies as a volunteer, a customer service agent, a spanish interpreter, and a trainer/team lead.

Ebony lives in Spain with her quirky, adventurous dog Sadie. She likes to go on long wandering walks, loves to sing, dance like nobody's watching, engage in deep long conversations, and take courses related to body and mind awareness. She is currently training to become a Feldenkrais teacher.

Ankati Day

Copywriter and Social Media Wizard

Ankati is a question-asker, word wrangler, and the writer behind AuthRev's content and marketing. A yoga teacher and writer by profession, Ankati spent two years living in an intentional meditation community in Costa Rica. There, she studied and taught yoga and immersed herself in every workshop and experience she could. Those two years profoundly transformed how she views herself and her connection to the larger human community. Always seeking to understand the human experience more deeply, Ankati discovered Authentic Relating shortly after she returned to the US in 2015 and felt like she finally found her people.

Ankati lives in Maine with her opinionated husky, Lumi, where she spends ample time wandering the woods and listening for the thoughts of the owls when she isn't working with AuthRev.

Shanti Tula

Facilitation Academy Manager

Shanti is a desi Midwestern pixie, ideological cross-pollinator, and jack of many trades. She is the humble steward of Facilitation Academy (FA), AuthRev’s hub for leadership training.

Along with many others looking for ways to combat loneliness and despair, Shanti discovered Authentic Relating during the coronavirus pandemic. Unlike other quarantine hobbies such as baking bread and gardening, AR became an integral part of Shanti’s daily life, alchemizing the ways in which she shows up for herself and others towards greater connection and wholeness. Recognizing that the authenticity, responsiveness, and transparency at the heart of FA is also the ideal bedrock for community-building, Shanti joined Foundations of Facilitation, as a student. She experienced firsthand the growth that this course can potentiate on one’s ability to adapt to any group dynamic or context with agility. Shanti stayed on as a member of the AuthRev team tasked with fostering the continuous optimization of the FA learning system in service of our goal to empower humans to become the facilitative leaders of the compassionate and sustainable world that we all want to live in.

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