I am an artist, consultant, facilitator, policy maker, organizer, and teaching artist with 15 years experience developing and leading programming, policy and trainings that center on social justice. I began my career developing, facilitating and managing arts-based programs including alternatives to incarceration and parole supports for youth. The relationships I built with youth and families led me to dive deeper into my own relationship to racism as a white woman from an economically privileged family. I began what has become a lifelong process to learn how I, from my social position, could make change within and across institutions, in order to support community leadership to eliminate systemic racism and other forms of oppression. I’ve since had the opportunity to support courts, police departments, school districts, cities and counties, human services non-profits, institutions of higher education, museums and other cultural institutions in joining the journey (and struggle) toward racial and economic justice. My work includes policy development and advocacy, training design and facilitation, institutional change strategy, government-community partnerships, and arts-based strategies to build public will for racial equity.
Among my current projects, I am the lead consultant for Creative Justice, an arts-based alternative to detention that engages youth in addressing racism and the roots of youth incarceration. I received my Master’s in Social Work from the University of Washington, where I trained as an Intergroup Dialogue Facilitator with a focus on race and racism. I also currently work as Deputy Manager of the City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative.
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