What do you do at CEI?
I am a Senior Equity Facilitator/Consultant
What did you do prior to CEI?
I am a social worker by trade that recently served as the first Equity Manager for the City of Portland’s Police Department. Prior to that, I served as a consultant for the Annie E. Casey Foundation. I was a part of a team that provided technical assistance in statewide child welfare systems throughout the country.
Why do you do this work?
This work is very personal to me. I often say that I was born into this work. I often reflect on the sacrifices of my ancestors and immediate family. I feel I have a responsibility to continue with this legacy of community involvement, service and sacrifice. This work is hard and I feel called. Also, my son keeps me motivated. Not only do I want to be part of making this a better world for him, I want to be active in creating a sense of belongingness and connectedness around this work. I want to see more DEI leaders and allies who demonstrate courage.