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 racial justice, labor, international solidarity, and peace, 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 is also a writer, poet, and blogger. One of her blogs at War Times/Tiempos de Guerra received the 2015 Project Censored Award. She currently blogs via Medium. Felicia does anti-racism work with SURJ Bay Area and BASAT (Bay Area Solidarity Action Team), a direct action group

 

Amalia Mesa, Program Director
Amalia’s passion - both personally and professionally - lies in discovering and reflecting on how we can better ourselves and the world in which we live. From an early age, Amalia was drawn to the intersections of activism, media, culture, education and leadership. She has garnered an array of experience in the social impact sector as a program associate, event producer, and teaching artist for organizations like Youth Speaks, La Cocina, Destiny Arts Center, Yerba Buena Garden’s Festival, and Eve Ensler’s V-DAY Movement. Before joining SpeakOut, Amalia worked with producers to develop and produce film and TV projects for HBO, Universal, Marvel Studios, 20th Century Fox, and National Geographic, among others. In her role as Program Director, Amalia is thrilled to help accelerate SpeakOut’s growth and impact, helping the organization realize its vision, build an inspired community of creative talent, and empower the next generation. She considers herself a connector and an amplifier of the people around her, and is passionate about problem-solving and setting things into motion. In her spare time, Amalia loves to read, cook, play guitar, explore new places, and hang out with family and friends. Born in Havana, Cuba, Amalia grew up in the Bay Area, and graduated from UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film, and TV.

 


Evelyn Collazo
, Social Media Coordinator

Evelyn is an advocate for human rights, working closely with homeless populations, elderly, immigrants and LGBTQ youth for the past three years. As an Afro-Latinx person, she hopes to inspire others through media and communications to embrace their identity and intersectionalities by becoming active change agents in their communities. Currently, Evelyn is studying social work at Georgia State University in Atlanta GA.
 
Xihuanel Tutashinda, Store Manager
Xihuanel is an Oakland native. She graduated from UCLA with a Bachelors degree in World Arts and Cultures and is currently at California State University East Bay, getting her Master’s degree in Social Work. She plans to infuse her current work in the mental health field with her social justice roots to support and uplift her community.
 
 
   
 
 

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.

 

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.