Staff and Board of Directors

Staff

Jean Caiani, Co-Director/Speaker Representative
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/Speaker Representative
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, Managing Director
Amalia’s passion - both personally and professionally - lies in discovering 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 well as the film and TV industry, helping to develop and produce projects for HBO, Universal, Marvel Studios, 20th Century Fox, and National Geographic. She 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. Born in Havana, Cuba, Amalia grew up in the Bay Area, and graduated from UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film, and TV.
 

Khalid el-Hakim, Speaker Representative
Khalid el-Hakim is an educator, activist, and founder of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, a collection of over 7,000 original artifacts of Black memorabilia dating from the trans-Atlantic slave trade era to hip-hop culture. He has also worked for over twenty years as a manager/booking agent for artists such as The Last Poets, Proof of D12, Jessica Care Moore, and Professor Griff of Public Enemy. Khalid taught middle school social studies in Detroit for 15 years and is currently a doctoral student in the College of Education at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.

 

Krishna Kumar, Social Media Manager
After graduating UCLA, Krishna started his career as a digital media producer and leveraged social media to expose his work to a wide audience. Millions of views later, this positioning led him to be published by sources including USC, Buzzfeed, and Huffington Post. Krishna focuses on creating content that teaches lessons about life, self-acceptance, social awareness, and peer acceptance - everything we love here at SpeakOut.
 

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, PhD, President
Andrew is an accomplished educator, writer, speaker, and social/cultural critic. His work spans many different social and political arenas - from public health interventions and cultural representation in Native America to community of color identity issues, critical mixed-race movement building, LGBT/Queer community of color identity issues, and AIDS disparities within Indigenous and people of color communities. Andrew is Professor of Ethnic Studies and Senior Specialist Native American and Indigenous Studiesat the University of California, San Diego. He is author of five books including Obama and the Biracial Factor; Research Justice: Methodologies for Social Change; and his most recent, Indian Blood: HIV and Colonial Trauma in San Francisco’s Two-Spirit Community.


Shavonnee Clark-Lowe
Shavonnee currently serves as the Associate Director of the Mills College Upward Bound Program. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Education Studies from UCLA. She also holds a Master's in Public Administration with an emphasis on Policy Analysis and Public Management from CSU East Bay. Over the years, Shavonnee has diligently worked to create safe spaces for young adults and build systems that increase access to college and career opportunities for low-income youth of color. She is also a poet and community advocate with a passion for art and story-telling.

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 and globally. 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. He has a BA from UC Berkeley and Master’s work ABD in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.

 

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.

Sedelta Oosahwee
Sedelta Oosahwee (Three Affiliated/Cherokee) currently serves as a Senior Program/Policy Analyst/Specialist (American Indian/Alaska Native Liaison) with the National Education Association (NEA). In this role, she serves as a team lead on racial justice in education, manages national partnerships, and advises on American Indian and Alaska Native issues. Prior to NEA, Sedelta served in the Obama Administration as a Senior Advisor in the Office of the Secretary at the United States Department of Agriculture and as Associate Director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education at the United States Department of Education. Before moving to Washington DC, Sedelta worked for the Cherokee Nation, Ietan Consulting, LLC, and Northeastern State University. Sedelta has worked on behalf of tribes in various capacities at the tribal, state and national level. She is from Tahlequah, OK and earned a B.A. in Public Affairs and Administration and a M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Oklahoma.