OUR TEAM

Currently operating within a flattened-hierarchy structure, our predominant QTBIPOC board and staff represent a range of communities, lived experiences, stories, and much more!

We each bring our own perspective and approach to each situation…

We operate as a collective in our pursuit of racial and social justice…

We are transparent with each other in sharing our feelings and needs and…

We take accountability when we recognize the impact we’ve had on those around us.

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WE CRAFT A CULTURE AROUND

CONSENSUS BUILDING & COLLABORATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING

We engage in consensus building and collaborative decision making. We revisit decisions when info 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.

ACCOUNTABILITY

We strive to integrate our philosophy of accountability 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.

OUR BOARD

Ajai

Ajai

Lorraine

Lorraine

Venus

Venus

Afrita

Afrita

Board Chair

OUR STAFF MEMBERS

Receptionist

Brandee (They/She)

Brandee is a first generation Chicana from Denver, CO. When not on desk duty, they work weekends as a licensed massage therapist. It’s here where they are able to merge passion for their craft with their belief that BIPOC deserve equal access to healthcare and bodywork services.

They aim to provide trauma-informed, therapeutic, and accessible bodywork to BIPOC, while educating their clients on ways they can participate in their own somatic healing. When not at work, they spend their time playing the drums, practicing yoga, or relaxing outdoors.

 

Co-Director of Mediation

Erion (He/Him)

Erion joins RNW as the co-director of Mediation, and has since created a mediation program for landlords and tenants. His hope is that people can resolve their issues with an open discussion before filing with courts and leaving a final decision in the judges’ hands. Conversely, mediation usually ends with everyone involved having more satisfactory outcomes. Erion has experience in different types of conflict resolution including, victim-offender dialogue, dissolutions, and neighbor to neighbor mediations. In his free time, Erion likes to watch sports and attend comedy shows. 

Marketing & Events Director

Ryley (He/Him)

Aloha everyone, my name is Ryley! I was born and raised in Waiʻanae, Hawaiʻi, where I lived for 18 years before I moved to Portland, OR, to pursue my initial passion of architecture and then marketing. Growing up culturally as a kānaka maoli, I understood the importance of resistance against colonialism and fighting for one’s land and people, and the value of advancing racial and social justice. Hawaiʻi all too often, is perceived as the islands of paradise; however, for my people, it is stolen land. And on a daily basis, we fight for our right to exist.

Upon moving to PDX, I continued this work in my roles at the PCC QRC as an Education & Outreach Coordinator, advocating for and supporting high school students through WA county with LGBTQ+ initiatives and at the PSU School of Business, where I assisted in recruitment and retention efforts of QTBIPOC students. In my most recent role, I worked with houseless and foster youth in their transitions towards independence. For the past eight years, I have also enjoyed volunteering with small businesses, orgs, and institutions in providing marketing consultation, as my commitment to building stronger QTBIPOC communities.  

In my free time, I enjoy woodworking, Hawaiian crafting, and playing volleyball, and am currently working to launch a business with my partner within the next year!

Best,

Ryley

Administrative Director

Tiana (She/They)

Tiana (she/they) is an aging punk turned spreadsheet manager.  They did entomology research for several years before switching gears and working in caregiving for elders with Alzheimer’s disease and then at an organization which provided services to houseless youth. The internment of their family during WWII provided the framework of how they perceive what reparations and transitional justice should look like for all communities that have been harmed by their government.

 

Co-Director of Restorative Justice & Mediation

Marita (They/Them)

Marita is a Seattle-raised queer Filipinx femme who centers equity, laughter and kindness in their work and life. Marita has worked primarily in non-profit social service organizations for the past 16 years, with a three year stint as an esthetician and makeup artist. They have experienced and witnessed the restorative power of connection, forgiveness, and moving through discomfort to heal harms, and they are energized by helping others in these ways. Marita lives with their cat, Maple, and finds joy on the tennis court and in bodies of water.

Co-Director of Training & Consultation

Carrie (She/Her)

Carrie (she/her/sometimes Queen) is a Xicana Fat Femme, born in Los Angeles and raised in Portland. Carrie has been working within local fat and queer community for over 10 years and working towards racial liberation since she learned about inequity from a very early age. As a trainer, consultant and facilitator Carrie uses humor and direct communication as key components to making difficult topics more accessible to folks.

Governance Director & Co-Director of Mediation

Sunsong (They/Them)

Sunsong (They/Them) is a transplant to Portland: Born in Ohio and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. They moved to Portland in December of 1995 immediately from their experience attending Oberlin College. They started life in Portland as performer for Imago Theater; and worked in social services with developmentally disabled adults.  As a queer polyamorous mixed race intersexed person, they bring both lived experience as well as experience from a background working with Target communities to their work, especially in their recent time as an advocate and case manager for houseless youth. They have assisted and co-led trainings on racial and social justice. Before being hired on full time worked as a contractor doing mediations at Resolutions Northwest. They were a past equity informed mediation cohort member and have a dedication to building bridges across communities.

Video Production & Content Specialist

Noah (He/Him)

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.

Email:noah@resolutionsnorthwest.org

Phone:773.312.0302

Co-Director of Training & Consultation

Teri (She/Her)

Teri has been training on topics related to racial and social justice for almost 30 years, and she has been a professional facilitator for about 15 years. Her work as a consultant, trainer, and facilitator 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 justice. She draws inspiration from her fabulous colleagues and from her practice of aikido, a Japanese martial art.

CO-DIRECTOR OF RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

Maria (She/Her)

Maria’s passion for ending cycles of harm began as a young child. She saw how individuals, families, communities and systems repeat unlearned and unhealed lessons, which leads to cycles of harm. Life led her to Restorative Justice (RJ) and the philosophy has become a way of life more than a job. Maria has been a volunteer for the Dept. of Corrections and the Oregon Youth Authority since 2008 as a Restorative Justice Group Facilitator and as a Dialogue Facilitator for serious and violent harms. She completed her MS in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University in 2008 and joined Resolutions Northwest in 2011. She has taught college and high school classes in RJ and has been a trainer, dialogue and circle facilitator for youth, families, adults and organizations for over 12 years. She most appreciates the constant learning, unlearning and relationship building that is essential to dismantling the sticky webs of oppression.

“You can’t be neutral on a moving train.” Howard Zinn

Email:maria@resolutionsnorthwest.org

Phone:503.806.7596