Yoshi Silverstein is a Chinese-Ashkenazi-American Jew and an educator, coach, speaker, husband, and father. In his professional capacities, Yoshi is Founder & Executive Director of Mitsui Collective; Cleveland community organizer for Edot: The Midwest Jewish Diversity Collaborative; and a Cohort Six Schusterman Fellow.
Prior to founding Mitsui Collective, Yoshi was Director of the JOFEE Fellowship at Hazon from its launch through its first four cohorts, through which he catalyzed the growth and leadership of over 60 emerging professionals working across the US and Canada in the realm of Jewish relationship to land, food, culture, climate, and community. He holds over two decades of experience in both Jewish and secular outdoor, food, farming, and environmental education — including time working at the Teva Center (CT), Kayam Farm at the Pearlstone Center (MD), Camp Wise (OH), and Camp Solomon Schechter (WA). Yoshi earned his Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture at University of Maryland with a thesis focusing on landscape journey and experience in Jewish outdoor learning environments.
He has been a cast member of Kaleidoscope Project‘s “What Does Jewish Look Like to You” monologue series and an ELI Talks speaker; and is an alumnus of Selah (Cohort 14, Jewish Leaders of Color), the Dorot Fellowship, and the PresenTense NYC Accelerator for Social Entrepreneurship (now a part of UpStart).
Yoshi holds certificates in Spiritual Entrepreneurship from GLEAN Network with Columbia Business School, permaculture design, ecovillage design, and environmental education. He is a member of the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative Grant Advisory Group, the Selah Advisory Council, and the UpStart Alumni Advisory Council, and was a founding member of the Repair the World NYC Advisory Board. Yoshi is also a CrossFit coach and movement teacher, 2nd degree blackbelt, and aficionado of Chinese Roast Duck.
Yoshi’s written work has been published in ArchDaily, ASLA’s The Dirt, Haaretz, and Green Prophet, and featured in Planetizen, ArchNewsNow, and the American Planning Association.
A Pacific Northwest native, Yoshi has resided in roughly fourteen different places since his eighteenth birthday – including the Olympic Mountains, central and northern Idaho Rockies, Berkshire Mountains, the Arava Valley, and the Bushwick Plains of Northern Brooklyn. He now lives in the Cleveland area with his wife, daughter, and pup.
Fun Fact: Yoshi was a captain of the Brandeis Ski Team in college, a team which sometimes made it to regionals and tried not to land in last place.
“Yoshi is an amazing, thoughtful, passionate leader. His passion for the JOFEE field is so evident.” ~Cohort 1 JOFEE Fellow