Marlon Brown is a black man with over 20 years of professional experience working in healthcare, automotive and government organizations as an Information Technology Project Manager. Marlon is also a trained Equity and Social Justice practitioner specializing in leadership coaching, change agent mentoring, organizational development with an emphasis on equity and customer service, facilitation, training, racial caucusing, policy development and implementation, creating and advising equity committees/team and anti-racist curriculum development. Marlon is skilled in developing lasting relationships with staff and leadership, unionized and at-will workforces.
Naho Shioya, M.F.A.
Naho Shioya, M.F.A. is an Asian woman with over 20 years of professional experience working in nonprofit, public, and private sectors as an educator, artist, and executive administrator. Ms. Shioya strives to connect our culturally and socially diverse communities through exploration, presentation and education, and has the ability to engage people from all walks of life through creativity and active learning. She has successfully engaged various organizations and partners in conversation on Race and Social Justice, and facilitated many workshops and trainings. She is well-versed in developing and facilitating workshops to fit the needs of the organizations and agencies, and has assisted many groups and department leaderships on inclusive outreach and public engagement efforts. She is experienced in developing and implementing organizational Race and Social Justice Initiatives, creating and guiding Racial Equity Teams, developing organizational Diversity, Equity and Inclusion assessments, creating organizational strategic plans, and developing Race and Social Justice work plans.
Alyssa Pagan (she/her/hers) is an Afro-Puerto Rican trans woman from New Jersey. A founding member of the Trans Justice community school program at the NYC Audre Lorde Project in 2009, she is self-trained to think strategically about how we harness the creative potential that we all bring to the work in the fight for justice in order to build a visionary future based on solidarity. Now a community leader based in Portland Oregon, she is one of the activists in the social justice movement that very deliberately forges collaboration between People Of Color and transgender organizing and action. Alyssa regularly emcees rallies, keynotes conferences, and facilitates group discussions. Alyssa focuses on clarifying terms and concepts often mentioned in social justice discourse. She intentionally helps people better understand heady terminology.
Tanisha Brandon-Felder, Ed.D
Tanisha Brandon-Felder Ed.D is a Black woman who is currently the Director of Equity and Family Engagement in the Shoreline School District. She was an educator in the Seattle Public Schools for 16 years. Dr. Brandon-Felder specializes in race and equity; primarily the achievement gap occurring with our African American students. She piloted the Creative Schools Initiative through Arts Corps and is a firm believer that the arts create pathways for student engagement and academic success. This is a key to building equitable outcomes for students. Dr. Brandon-Felder is committed to transforming institutional practices one system at a time.
Abraham Rodriguez-Hernandez self identifies as a LatinX man. He has over 10 years’ experience in developing and implementing systemic initiatives that operationalize racial equity into organizational leadership. He has lead racial equity literacy capacity building projects for private organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions. Most recently, he has directly served Seattle Public Schools, Edmonds School District, Everett School District, Everett Community College, North Seattle College, Trinity Lutheran College, Amazon and several King County government agencies.