Trainings & Speakers
Trainings & Speakers
Amy is a Korean-American immigrant, transracial adoptee, and a mother of two multi-ethnic Asian boys, a 3rd grader and a Kindergartener. Pak has two decades of experience in community organizing, social work, and anti-racist education with families and youth in South Seattle. Pak consults with local preschools and independent schools on inclusion and anti-bias. Pak received a Master of Social Work from the University of Washington in 2004. She is the founding Executive Director of Families Of Color Seattle (FOCS) connecting parents to build a loving community of families of color. Seattle Human Services Coalition awarded FOCS The 2016 Ron Chisom Anti-Racism Award. Pak’s leadership has impacted the organizations UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity, Asian Counseling & Referral Services, and The Service Board. Pak’s work has been featured in Red Tricycle’s Seattle’s 13 Power Moms, ParentMap’s, “Someone You Should Know," Seattle Times, International Examiner, South Seattle Emerald, The Seattle Globalist, and NPR’s KUOW.
Adana is a community educator, a mother, a parent advocate, and an artist. She is the Director of Operations at Seattle Children’s PlayGarden, where she works to ensure that every child in our community has a safe, accessible, and adventurous place to play. A mixed-race Black woman and parent of mixed-race children with and without disabilities, Adana lives her life at the intersection of multiple identities. She is passionate about creating a more inclusive, just, and anti-racist community and uses storytelling in all of her social justice work. She consults with Seattle Children’s, the Arc of King County, the Woodland Park Zoo, the Natural Starts Alliance, and local preschools and independent schools on inclusion and anti-bias.
Christine has two spirited, multiracial boys and found in FOCS the support and understanding she needed as a new mother. She is a mixed-race Nigerian Romanian immigrant and was born and raised in Romania. She joined the FOCS board August 2015 and has been a Parent Educator for our parent support groups for over a year. In that capacity, she has recruited members into the program, helped develop curricula and facilitated discussion groups serving immigrant parents and parent of color on topics such as anti-bias, anti-racism, Black, and mixed-race families. Christine has over 12 years of experience in corporate responsibility, sustainability, and environmental policy in the public, private and non-profit sectors.
Jesse teaches Ethnic Studies and is the co-adviser to the Black Student Union at Garfield High School. He is a member of the Social Equity Educators (SEE), an editor for the social justice education publication Rethinking Schools, the Seattle Fellow for The Progressive Magazine, and the editor of the book, More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing. Jesse won the 2013 “Secondary School Teacher of Year” award from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences.
Marquita served as a 4th grade, National Board Certified Teacher for 7 years in Seattle Public Schools, six of which were at schools with a large low-income and English Language Learner (ELL) student population. Marquita is currently the Project Leader of the Institute for Equity, a project of the Seattle Education Association that was created to address issues of equity in education. She lives in South Seattle with her husband and two multiracial Vietnamese, Black & white sons, a toddler and an infant.
Natasha is an artist and independent consultant primarily focused on digital engagement and community-building. Natasha uses social media to find, connect, and build alliances among individuals, communities, and organizations. Her work supports building sustainable communities through creative engagement, modes of connection, and methods of encounter. NONWHITEWORKS supports client-collaborators with finding your audience, sharpening messaging, and connecting with influencers who can further amplify dialogues. Marin has published, lectured, and presented around the world for a diverse audience of "doers." Her social experiment, Reparations, gained local, national, and international attention for making concepts like "leveraging privilege" more accessible to the mainstream.
Sharon is an award-winning Author-Photographer-Activist with a lens on racism, social justice & the Asian American diaspora. Her inaugural book Raising Mixed Race: Multiracial Asian Children In a Post-Racial World was released in 2016 to critical acclaim. Sharon is a columnist and contributor at the South Seattle Emerald. In 2015, Sharon was named Social Justice Commentator of the Year by The Seattle Globalist. In 2016, she was selected Favorite Local API Author/Writer by Seattle International Examiner readers. Sharon is currently working on her second book looking at Asian-American women, sexism, and gendered racism with sociologist Joe R. Feagin.
Tai is a Black and Filipina mommy who grew up in South Seattle. Her greatest joy is helping people slow down, get still, and find their inner serenity. As the founder of Experiences by Tai, she facilitates Primordial Sound Meditation, holistic movement, and aromatherapy healing. Tai is a Chopra Center-certified Primordial Sound Meditation instructor and a consultant with Soul Light, a love-based, all women of color company, committed to the healing and transformation of individuals, communities, and organizations. Tai lives in the Central District with her husband and 4-year old son. She serves her Seattle community as the Vice-President of the Franklin High School Alumni Association & Foundation and as a member of the Seattle Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.