ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

Tanya Bagley

Current Member

Tanya is passionate about social justice, most specifically race and gender. Continually working to break her own socially conditioned binary views to realize a both/and vision of the world while also helping to coach other people wanting to work on living in accordance with their values. She is building a business as a consultant for Beautycounter - a clean beauty brand out of California and is also an accountability coach. Tanya loves paper crafts and cats!

Cindi Bright

Current Member | Founding Board Member 

Cindi is the President of The Bright Group, a management consulting firm focusing on the ecosystems of corporate America impacting and impeding progress for brown and black people. She is the Producer and Host of HeartBeat radio, in its third year, a live weekly show hosted on Rainier Avenue Radio, Diverse community programming, focusing on the “heart condition” of this country impeding diversity progress.

Tara Davis

Current Member

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Michele Dotson

Current Member | Founding Board Member 

Michele is Founder/CEO of Bravura Group, LLC. Accomplished performance-based management consulting with a longstanding track record of driving outcome-based, people-driven solutions by helping organizations realize local, regional and systemwide improvements. Michele delivers more than 25 years of expertise in professional search, consulting, strategic/financial planning, and leading and growing diverse teams across industry sectors.

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Angela Griffin

Current Member | Founding Board Member 

Angela is a visionary and inspirational leader with over 27 years of experience that has primarily focused on the development and implementation of early learning, childcare and youth engagement programs. She strives to use her voice as an advocate for young people through community leadership
such as in her former role as Vice President of the Federal Way Board of Education.

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Tanisha Harris

Current Member

Tanisha is a lifelong resident of Vancouver. She is a proud graduate of Washington State University-Vancouver. Tanisha is a CASA Program Specialist for the YWCA Clark County, advocating for children in Foster Care.

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Erin Jones

Current Member | Founding Board Member 

Erin has been involved in and around schools for the past 26 years. She has taught in a variety of environments, from predominantly Black to predominantly White to some of the most diverse communities in the nation. 

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Joy Stanford

Current Member

Joy, known lovingly as “Ms. Joy” by students in her community, is a mother, housing and health care advocate, and substitute teacher in the West Sound region where she has lived for over twenty years. She is a fierce activist for Women, children, education, homelessness, equity and diversity. 

OFFICERS

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Shasti Conrad 

Director of Partnerships and Programming | Co- Founder

Shasti is the first woman of color chair for the Martin Luther King County Democrats in Washington State, the 4th largest county party organization in the country. During the first term of the Obama Administration, she served as a senior staff assistant in the White House, and a briefings manager on the 2012 campaign.  For the 2020 election cycle, Shasti was the National Director of Surrogates for the Bernie Sanders campaign. 

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Tracy Williams

Board Relations and Talent | Co-Founder

Tracy is a forward-thinking Senior Executive and Educator with more than 35 years of success spanning all levels of education and leadership. Leveraging extensive experience in collaborative leadership, Tracy is a valuable asset for companies requiring expert assistance with talent recruitment and management, troubleshooting, forecasting, or assessment.

KD Hall

Director of Communications 

KD is the founder of KD Hall Communications and the epitome of a communications guru from networking, external relations, crisis manager, problem solver genius and an impactful professional public speaker. 

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Josie Olson

Compliance and Fiscal 

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ALUMNI BOARD MEMBERS 

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Dawn Bennett

Founding Board Member 

Dawn is the Co-Founder of the Multicultural Education Rights Alliance (McERA). As a basketball player and coach, gang prevention specialist and caseworker for the City of Seattle and the Liaison for African American families for Seattle Public Schools, Dawn has worked to support those who might otherwise fall through the education gaps. 

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Senator Mona Das

Founding Board Member 

Senator Das was born to Indian parents who immigrated to America’s rust belt with only $6 in their pockets, yet full of hope about building a better life for their family. Mona came to the United States when she was eight months old and spent her childhood moving around due to her father’s job, living in eight states and three countries. She finally settled down in Kent, where she currently lives, and is extremely proud to call the 47th legislative district home.

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Hamdi Mohamed

Founding Board Member 

Hamdi is a social justice policy advocate and grassroots community organizer. For over a decade, Hamdi has served immigrants and refugees from diverse cultural, religious, and linguistic backgrounds.

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Shukri Ollo

Founding Board Member 

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Senator Rebecca Saldaña

Founding Board Member 

Sen. Saldaña is the Washington State Senate Deputy Majority Leader and represents the 37th Legislative District. She’s known as a problem solver and tireless advocate for racial, social, and economic justice, she brings 16 years of experience as an organizer with SEIU Local 6, the United Farm Workers, and Oregon’s farmworker union, PCUN.