Our talented team represents diverse communities, backgrounds, education and experiences. In addition, Resolutions Northwest has a talented and active board. If you are interested in learning more about how you can get involved with us and/or become a member of the board contact us!
TOGETHER WE HAVE CRAFTED A CULTURE AROUND
Consensus building and collaborative decision making
Structurally, we are a hierarchical organization. Functionally, we engage in consensus building and collaborative decision making. We revisit decisions when information and/or context changes. This process creates buy-in; it builds good decisions; and it fosters integrity.
Involvement of those impacted by decisions
All of our programs are deeply rooted in the value of empowering people to have a voice in the decisions that affect them. We strive to be flexible with scheduling and rescheduling so as to include as many voices as possible in the decision making process.
Walking the talk
We strive to integrate our philosophy of walking the talk by paying attention to equity concerns, being mindful in how we communicate, listening with our hearts and minds, being transparent and respectful, as well as addressing conflict as it occurs. This is how we treat people, including each other.
Afrita Davis is a Program Supervisor at Open School Step Up. She has worked with youth of color in the public education system for the past 7 years. Before then, she attended Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas where she attained her Bachelors of Science degree in Biology. During her years before, while in and after college she served as a soldier in the Army Reserves. Last September she was honorably discharged after 14 years of service and one tour of duty in Iraq. Afrita landed in Portland eight years ago and began her youth work shortly after that. She finds fulfillment in helping programs and organizations develop and implement new policies and procedures that are grounded in equity. Outside of work she enjoys designing and sewing clothes, knitting and cooking for friends.
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Amy Stork is an organizational development consultant who works with public agencies and nonprofit organizations. Her practice includes strategic planning, leadership development and staffing development. She recently completed a 40-hour basic mediator training with the Center for Dialogue and Resolution in Eugene.
Dr. Beth Tarasawa
Dr. Beth Tarasawa is the Manager for Education Research Partnerships NWEA, where she collaborates with universities, foundations, and school districts to produce rigorous and accessible educational policy research. Her research focuses on issues related to educational equity, more specifically those concerning race, social class, and linguistic diversity. Beth is inspired by RNW’s commitment to social justice, particularly the organization’s efforts to implement restorative practices to reduce racial disproportionality in school discipline in our public schools. She returned to Portland in 2011 after a decade in Atlanta and Green Bay, where she was also active in community organizing.
Jamila grew up in the Hollywood neighborhood of northeast Portland and attended Grant High School, after moving to Oregon from Southern California in middle school. She studied Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon where she first engaged in community organizing and equity leadership advocating for increased pell grants, an end to racial profiling, and increased university resources dedicated to recruiting and retaining underrepresented, low-income, and students of color. She started her career in education as a Teach For America corps member teaching 5th grade in the South Bronx,and has held roles in public and charter schools as a teacher and principal. She currently works at a non-profit, Teach For America, as the Senior Managing Director of the summer training institute for incoming new teachers.
Jamila loves to get her hands dirty in her garden and lives in the St. Johns neighborhood of Portland, OR with her husband, Iron and their mastiff Athena.
Kieshawn is a Portland native and graduate from Marshall High School. He moved on to receive a bachelors in business from Portland State University and a masters degree in engineering from the University of Southern California. Kieshawn offers a broad mix of experience in management, organizational development, project management, mergers & acquisitions, and real estate transactions. He currently works works at Intel Corporation as a human resources mergers and acquisitions project manager. In his spare time Kieshawn acts a licensed realtor and serves on several boards and outreach organizations. Kieshawn enjoys spending time with is family and friends along with fitness and being active. Kieshawn is passionate about RNW’s mission and encourages the community to connect, learn, and support the organization.
Kyle Diesner is a Policy Analyst for the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. He primarily works on the Bureau’s clean energy programs and long range climate action planning. Over the years he’s also worked on a variety of sustainable operations initiatives to help City Bureaus adopt and implement sustainable business practices. Kyle brings a focus of equity to all of his sustainability work. Kyle was co-chair of the Bureau’s diversity committee for 8 years and is currently serving on Portland’s Citywide Equity Committee. Kyle is a Uniting to Understand Racism (UUR) dialogue facilitator. When UUR merged with Resolutions Northwest (RNW), Kyle joined the Board of Directors to help support the integration of the two organizations. Kyle also serves on the Board of Directors for the non-profit Community Energy Project which brings together his passions for sustainability and social equity.
Trapit’s first employee, Tommy Ziemer is responsible for all aspects of product development. Prior to becoming our head of product, Tommy served for four years as Trapit’s head of operations and general manager of our Portland office where he was responsible for building our core engineering and content teams. Prior to Trapit, Tommy spent the past decade working with on-demand web technologies, contributing in various key product and professional services roles at Everdream (acquired by Dell) and Dell’s Global Services organization.
Christina serves as the Executive Director of Resolutions Northwest. She has worked at RNW for the past 10 years in a number of different roles including Director of Mediation Services, Director of Restorative Justice, and most recently Deputy Director. Prior to RNW, she was the Youth and Family Mediation Coordinator for Clackamas County Family Court Services. Christina has been working in the field of conflict resolution and restorative justice for the past 15+ years with an unwavering commitment to cultural and racial justice.
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Gabriele Ross brings with her two decades of working as counselor and advocate with marginalized populations such as youth struggling with substance abuse and mental illness, students who return from being incarcerated, students who are homeless, sexual minority youth and undocumented students in public schools in Seattle and in Vancouver, WA. Gabriele has a Masters Degree in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University. She is active in social justice organizations and worked as an advocate with victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, and as a community organizer. She came to the US initially as a volunteer for Action Reconciliation/Services for Peace, a German organization founded by survivors of the Nazi regime. She likes to be in her garden or on a dragon boat, or out running and biking. She is an avid soccer fan and volunteered for the Women’s World Cup twice as a translator.
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Jae R. Tai
I spent the first part of my professional career navigating work in digital media and tv/film production in the competitive regions of New York and Los Angeles. My work experience ranges from on-camera talent to production behind-the-scenes. My positions include; principal roles in a Spike Lee Joint, and It’s Your Nature.org; Associate Producer for Cisco and Disney Planet Challenge. These days my focus is exposing my children to an environment with a balanced racial narrative. Since returning to Portland, I have worked with Self Enhancement Inc. and taken a more active role in race relations by working with Resolutions NW as a race dialogue facilitator. Tiny Tech Academy supports my desire for creativity and social change. Learn more: tinytechacademy.com
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Maria Scanelli has been with Resolutions Northwest since 2011 when she was hired as Restorative Justice Coordinator to help identified Multnomah County Schools implement restorative justice practices in their school communities. She has facilitated groups, workshops and taught classes in conflict resolution and restorative justice to elementary, middle, high school and college students as well as youth and adults in correctional institutions. The most cherished part of her job is working with youth to help them identify their strengths and passions in life and guide them into action in service to their community and manifesting the change they want to see in the world. Shortly after Maria earned her MS in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University in 2008, she began volunteering with Insight Development Group, a Restorative Justice focused group at Oregon State Correctional Institute that she helped found. Since 2012, she has focused her volunteer time with Hope Partnership at Maclaren Youth Correctional Facility and is also a volunteer facilitator for the Department of Corrections Facilitated Dialogue Program. Riding rivers, catching waves, climbing rocks and mountains are Maria’s favorite ways to play and as an avid outdoorswoman she makes the most of her weekends escaping to the wilderness for solitude and adventure.
“The challenge remains. On the other side are formidable forces: money, political power, the major media. On our side are the people of the world and a power greater than money or weapons: the truth. Truth has a power of its own. Art has a power of its own. That age-old lesson- that everything we do matters- is the meaning of the people’s struggle here in the United States and everywhere. A poem can inspire a movement. A pamphlet can spark a revolution. Civil disobedience can arouse people and provoke us to think, when we organize with one another, when we get involved, when we stand up and speak out together, we can create a power no government can suppress. We live in a beautiful country. But people who have no respect for human life, freedom or justice have taken it over. It is now up to all of us to take it back. To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage and kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places- and there are so many- where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.” – Howard Zinn
Natalia was born and raised in Northeast Portland and has always had a heart for inner-city youth in this community. Her past work experience includes: mentoring at-risk youth, school support staff member, restorative justice specialist, and her current position is Co-director of restorative justice. Natalia received a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development in 2014, a Master’s in Management and Organizational Leadership in 2016 , and is currently pursuing a doctorate in education from Concordia University. She loves to spend time with her family. When she’s not working or doing homework, you can catch her having a picnic, or enjoying quiet time. Natalia has committed herself to equity work, and minimizing disproportionate data. She believes in order to achieve this goal, restorative practices are the key.
Noah was born and raised in Evanston, IL a suburb of Chicago. He initially worked as a counselor and mentor in a federal TRIO program at Columbia College before moving to Portland in 2015 and focusing on film full-time. Over the past two years Noah has been deeply involved with Portland’s burgeoning African American community in a visual storytelling capacity. As a filmmaker Noah has collaborated with people from all walks of life to create short film vignettes highlighting their respective gifts from music and art to policy and education. He has worked closely with the ‘Black Community of Portland’ contributing to marketing and promotional efforts at various educational and community events. He was also the lead content creator for Mudbone Grown, crafting imagery for their website, social media, and promotional materials as well as producing a documentary short to help create awareness amongst community members, farmers, stakeholders and potential investors. Lastly, Noah is one of six film fellows at Open Signal Labs, an incubator program for aspiring filmmakers of color.
Nyanga comes to us as a Community Health Worker, Community Organizer, Activist, Mediator and Doula, who is very passionate about conflict resolution and is deeply committed to the social justice movement. After spending much time gaining life experience while on the road traveling throughout various parts of the US and abroad, he decided to call Portland his home after visiting a friend from Portland and attending his wedding: he literally never went back to the state he called home after the wedding. After settling into Portland, he was able to find the momentum he needed to engage and connect with community members, hear their stories of displacement and the consistent discrimination they’ve faced over generations. He decided to work with and for the community to build and bring about collective change. His first step in this process was when he became a state certified Community Health Worker, trained by the Multnomah County Community Capacitation Center in the beginning of 2014. His second step was becoming a Community Organizer for the Urban League of Portland, where he was able to be one of a few Organizers to lead the Ban the Box campaign (HB3025), which went on to success in the State and with a stronger ordinance passed in the city of Portland. At the same time, he was organizing with a local chapter of a Pan African Organization that established a youth breakfast program in New Columbia (the “Villa”). Shortly after that he organized with the local Chapter of the Black Lives Matter before moving on to become an International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) full circle student Doula. His search for conflict resolutions techniques lead him here to Resolutions Northwest where he has plunged into the world of peacemaking and relationship building.
Nyanga started his relationship with RNW through the 2016 Mediation Training and Cohort Volunteer. In May of the same year, he became one of RNW’s Restorative Justice Specialist, coordinator at Madison High School (2016-2018). He is now RNW’s Mediation Program Coordinator.
Sandy Bacharach is a white woman from southern California who came to Portland for college and stayed long after. Sandy has studied and traveled extensively throughout Latin America and worked as the Spanish Language Mediation Specialist with Resolutions Northwest for 12 years. Through that position and now as a Facilitation & Training Specialist, Sandy has developed and led trainings in English and Spanish on communication and conflict resolution, advanced bilingual mediation, interrupting racism, and addressing the intersection of race/racism in mediation.
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Stephen Fowler is a performing artist, activist, justice advocate, and community educator from Portland Oregon. Convicted as a teenager, sentenced to 7.5 years in the Oregon Youth Authority, Stephen used his time to educate and expand his understanding of self-worth, potential, and purpose using art forms. Stephen is now committed to educating community members, teachers, law enforcement, parents, and students about the practice of restorative justice for community rehabilitation and also showing adolescents the power of their own voice and story. Stephen is a co-founder of Verbal Escape, an employee of Resolutions Northwest, Black Educational Achievement Movement, and is affiliated with Morpheus Youth Projects.
Teri led her first anti-oppression training over 25 years ago, and she has been a professional facilitator for over a dozen years. Her work as a trainer, facilitator, and consultant at Resolutions Northwest and in private practice supports individuals and organizations to develop the will and capacity to bring their outcomes in line with their values, particularly around racial equity. As a white bisexual woman who grew up here in Portland, Teri is always up against her own learning edge in working for racial and social justice. She draws inspiration from her fabulous colleagues and from her practice of Aikido, a Japanese martial art that is often called “the art of peace.”
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Theresa Logan is the facilitation coordinator at RNW, and often leads trainings on topics including facilitation skills, equity-informed conflict resolution, interrupting microaggressions and more. Theresa has a MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, is a bilingual Spanish-speaker, and spent a decade in community organizing and community development prior to her arrival at RNW. As a facilitator, Theresa seeks to help groups identify challenges and sustainable solutions, by assisting them in identifying the structural sources of common group conflicts, creating honest and engaging public input processes, and creating fun, dynamic, and productive purpose-centered retreats and strategic planning processes. Theresa also supervises and mentors more than 20 volunteer facilitators-in-training, and brings a passionate dedication to racial justice and experiential learning to all of her work as a facilitator and trainer.