Who We Are

In 2016, Mark Elberfeld and Arlia Hoffman began to envision a company that would provide opportunities for personal and community growth.

Their shared desire to bring skills, integrity and compassion to all has brought Spiral Leadership Group into being. 
Mark and Arlia believe that all people are leaders in some capacity and that this work is for all who feel called to it.


Mark Elberfeld

Co-founder of Spiral Leadership Group, Mark served as the executive director of the Gabriel Center for Servant-Leadership for six years, where he also facilitated teams from faith communities and nonprofits since 2007. 


Prior to moving to Atlanta, Mark taught sixth grade English and Humanities in his native suburban Washington, D.C. and in Budapest, Hungary, which he called home for three years. 


Mark holds a B.A. in English and Art History from the University of the South, an M.A. in English from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English, and an M.A. in Creative Writing from Georgia State University. 


Certified to administer the Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI), Mark encourages individuals and groups to explore and develop their skills in emotional intelligence. To that end, he recently co-authored a forthcoming chapter in The Collaborative Change Library: A Living Community of Global Knowledge.


His other writing has appeared in NANO Fiction, The Mondegreen, and South Writ Large. 


He lives in Atlanta with his partner, Russell, and their calico, Sophie.


Arlia Hoffman

Co-founder of Spiral Leadership Group, Arlia is also founder of The Women's Sanctuary, Sanctuary Soul Care, and co-founder of Roots and Wings Women.

Arlia holds a Masters in Depth Psychology with an emphasis in Jungian and Archetypal Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute.


She is an ordained minister, wisdom keeper, and is certified as  a Facilitator in Women’s Sacred Circles by Awakening Women Institute.


Arlia served as a facilitator at The Gabriel Center for Servant-Leadership.  Simultaneously, she founded The Women's Sanctuary and Sanctuary Soul Care to serve women in a counseling and spiritual capacity. She has spent the last two decades working in feminine spirituality,  psychology and organizational development.

Arlia's calling is to facilitate real change through deep personal inquiry in organizational and personal life. 


Arlia is passionate about creating engagement and building capacity. Individuals and organizations call on her wisdom to guide them in their missions with integrity and compassion.