Neal Sarahan has participated as a builder of healthy learning communities – for his entire life! With nine siblings, he was innately oriented to adapt, and learn to connect. Two sisters had severe neurological and physical difficulties, and the whole family learned, taught and lived belonging,inclusion and connecting. In college, Neal attained a BA in Urban Government at Georgetown University and then served as an urban lobbyist at the US Conference of Mayors. When the Federal Energy Agency was created, Neal was its first City Liaison in its Office of Intergovernmental Relations. While respecting the intricacies of public policy, Neal ultimately learned that top-down community building was not the path of his destiny.