Staff and Board of Directors

Staff

Jean Caiani, Co-Director
Jean founded Speak Out in 1990 after years of activism in the anti-war, labor, Central American solidarity and farmworker movements. She worked for the United Farmworkers (UFW), organizing Cesar Chavez's speaking tours. She holds a Masters in Poetics and has also worked as a Program Officer in the foundation world, focusing on water issues. She does anti-racism work with SURJ (Showing up for Racial Justice), Bay Area Chapter.

Felicia Gustin, Co-Director
Felicia is a long-time activist in international solidarity, peace, racial justice and labor movements. She co-edited two SpeakOut publications, Crash Course: Reflections on the Film Crash for Critical Dialogues about Race, Power and Privilege and Turning the Tide: Challenging the Right on Campus. She previously blogged regularly for War Times/Tiempos de Guerra, and one of her articles received the 2015 Project Censored Award. She does anti-racism work with BASAT (Bay Area Solidarity Action Team) and SURJ (Showing up for Racial Justice). She is a poet, memoirist, and photographer.

Amalia Mesa, Website & Social Media Coordinator
Amalia comes from a long line of artists, activists, and storytellers, using her media production and producing experience to drive important and often overlooked stories from beyond the page. A graduate of UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television, Amalia currently resides in Atlanta, GA.

 

Hugh Vasquez, Dig Deeper Project and Curriculum Consultant
Hugh Vasquez is one of the country's top diversity educators and a leading national consultant to campuses and educators working towards creating healthy multicultural environments. He is a Senior Associate at the National Equity Project and co-author of the 4-volume curriculum, Lessons from "The Color of Fear," based on the award-winning documentary in which he was a cast member. He has also author a number of titles and articles on strengthening cultural roots and eliminating privilege systems.
Victor Lewis, Curriculum Consultant
Victor Lewis is an internationally recognized leader in the field of anti-oppression diversity work and alliance building. As an educator, trainer and activist, he has conducted keynote speeches, seminars, workshops and "train the trainer" programs throughout the U.S. and abroad. He is co-author of the 4-volume curriculum, Lessons from "The Color of Fear," based on the award-winning documentary in which he played a pivitol role and has consulted on a number of other curriculum projects.
 

Board of Directors

Andrew Jolivette, President
Andrew is a professor and chair of the American Indian Studies Department at San Francisco State University. He is author of five books including Obama and the Biracial Factor; Mixed Race Native American Identity; Research Justice: Methodologies for Social Change; and his most recent, Indian Blood: HIV and Colonial Trauma in San Francisco’s Two-Spirit Community.

Shakti Butler
Shakti Butler, PhD, filmmaker and Founder and Creative Director of World Trust, is a dynamic educator in the field of racial equity.  She is the producer and director of the groundbreaking documentaries, "Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity," “The Way Home," “Light in the Shadows," and “Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible” - all catalysts for dialogue on oppression through the lens of race. Her fifth and most recent film, "Healing Justice: Cultivating a World of Belonging," explores the causes and consequences of our current system of justice and the role of healing in obtaining true justice.

Orpheus Crutchfield
Orpheus is the President and Founder of StrateGenius and has over 25 years of experience working in and with independent schools across the country. His career has been devoted to helping independent schools work towards equity and inclusion, diversifying and training their personnel and boards, as well as cultivating and mentoring diverse educators for success and leadership. He is presently on two independent school boards and has served on six others.

Jacqueline Elena Featherston
Jacqueline is a diversity activist and co-founder of Featherston & Associates, a collaborative group of anti-racist and cross-cultural consultants, educators and trainers. She is a filmmaker (Alice Walker: Visions of the Spirit) and author (Skin Deep: Women Writing on Color, Culture and Identity).

Amelia Gonzalez
Amelia is the owner and executive director of Casa de Chocolates in Berkeley CA. Previously she worked 20 years in public media, most recently as Acting Assistant General Manager at KPFA Radio. Most of her career has revolved around using media as a vehicle to tell the story of social justice and empowerment including being a graduate and later the Training Director of the First Voice Apprenticeship Program, an affirmative action comprehensive radio training program. She is also on the Board of La Peña Cultural Center.