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Nate  Ledbetter

Partnerships + Engagement

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Over the last 23 years, Nate has worn a few hats to include pastor, chaplain, and nonprofit co-executive director in several cities. He's grateful to be part of Abara, where his work is focused on Partnerships and Engagement - fundraising, speaking, writing, and bridging worlds through creative collaboration. He is former border coordinator of Tres Rios Border Foundation - a start-up foundation focused on both sides of the MX-U.S. border.

Nate has an M.A. in Theology and Intercultural Studies. He holds certifications in Christian Community Development, Mental Health First Aid, CQ via the Cultural Intelligence Center, ecumenical contemplative practices, circle facilitation and Nonviolence365® via The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. He is a former CCDA board member, and serves on the local board of Ciudad Nueva.


He is passionate about building beloved community, working toward narrative, systemic, and personal change. His work is guided by values such as dignity, mutuality, solidarity, and empowerment, and he believes listening is foundational to action. His other passions include friendship, contemplative activism, restorative justice, integral mission, and shared imagination. He and his wife, Melissa, celebrate 22 years of marriage. He enjoys basketball, beatbox, and spending time with their four kids in these beautiful borderlands.

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