WHO WE ARE

Carlin Quinn, LMFT

Founder + Director

Carlin Quinn, LMFT (She/Her) is the Founder and Director of Education For Racial Equity.  She is also a psychotherapist, equity coach, facilitator and anti-racist co- conspirator.  Her equity work began when she entered the field of psychotherapy and realized that whiteness was foundational to the field of mental health, its theories, and its treatments.  She began teaching and consulting within the mental health community, developing an understanding of the impact of systemic oppression and intersectionality to western psychology.

In her private practice she specializes in complex trauma and cross racial relationships.  In her facilitation and coaching work, Carlin uses a combination of critical race theory, psychodynamic theory and humanistic relational approaches to help unearth and address the complexities of whiteness, white supremacy and racial trauma in our daily human interactions.

 

She is grateful for the many people who have come before her in this work and, specifically, for the people of color who have continued to challenge her through fierce and loving accountability.  She currently makes home as a settler in Ohlone territory of the Muwekma Ohlone People, also known as Berkeley, California.

Niela Maryam Hampton 

Operations Coordinator + Accounting

 

Niela's practice is centered in the belief that “the seed to your abundance can be found in the center of your thoughts.” 

Much of her Professional experience is centered in Life/Career and Money Coaching/Coach Training through a race and equity lens. Niela also has experience in youth/family and racial/social justice focused program development. 

As an Accountant and Operations Manager, Niela takes pride in the work she does to nurture racial, social, and economic equity through ERE. 

Laura Montoya

Lead Event Producer

 

Laura (she/her) is a part-time white settler on Takelma, Paiute/Shoshone, and Tongva/ Gabrieleno territories.  She lives between various land based projects and offers herself in response to where she can best serve.

Laura is presently working to recover the land-based practices and ceremonies of her ancestors as part of her work in dismantling internalized white supremacy.  She is trained in the practice of Council and is currently studying Goat Husbandry and the ecological importance of the Honey Bee & Natural Beekeeping.  She has worked as a wilderness rites of passage guide, a Wilderness First Responder, and a producer for the Northern California Bioneers Conference.  

Jaimie Harris

Bookkeeper

Jaimie Harris is a native of Pasadena, California.  After finishing her bachelor's degree in Television Production from Loyola Marymount University, she relocated to the Bay Area because she "loved the weather." 

 

Jaimie established her company, Freedom Space, in 2000. She has been providing 

bookkeeping services since 2006.  

 

In her free time she loves volunteering in the rabbit department at Oakland Animal Services, studying swing trading, and practicing Bikram yoga daily.

Konda Mason

Primary Advisor to the Director + Advisory Circle Member

 

Konda Mason is a social entrepreneur, earth and social justice activist and spiritual teacher. She is the founder and President of Jubilee Justice, Inc, a nonprofit working to bring economic equity to BIPOC farmers and ecological sustainability while convening deeply transformational journeys exploring the intersection of Land, Race, Money & Spirit. Jubilee Justice works to support Black farmers in the South through specialty rice production while developing institutions that will help to mitigate Black land loss. 

 

Konda is Co-Founder and founding CEO of Impact Hub Oakland (newly renamed Emerge Oakland), a beautiful co-working space that supports socially engaged entrepreneurs and changemakers. She is the Strategic Director of the Runway Project Oakland, a micro-lending fund for African American entrepreneurs, and the co-founder of the annual COCAP (Community Capital) conference in Oakland, with a focus on closing the racial wealth gap.  She is one of the co-founders and co-facilitator of The Well-Being In Business Lab - Oakland, a cross-sector initiative guiding prominent business owners, non-profit leaders and government officials to a deeper level of intention within themselves and their businesses. 

Konda teaches meditation and yoga and sits on the Board of Directors of Krista Tippett’s On Being, Lion’s Roar Publications, United Roots, and Spirit Rock Meditation Center where she is in a four-year Dharma Teacher Training with Jack Kornfield as her personal mentor.  She is also a Trustee at Mills College.

Konda’s work is fueled by a passion to witness in her lifetime a world that is environmentally regenerative, spiritually fulfilling, socially just and economically equitable.

Sonya Stewart 

Production Coordinator

 

Sonya is a passionate educator of children and adults of all ages, and she has taught a variety of subjects including art, dance, biodynamic farming, ESL (English as a Second Language), community living, relationship health and communication skills.

 

She is a multi-lingual green activist, visionary, entrepreneur, and event producer.  Sonya's journey of service has led her to create land-based communities and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms in both CA and NZ. 

 

She is currently working in the mental health field, supporting individuals in the innate healing of their bodies and minds.  She is grateful for the opportunity to apply her event production skills in service to Education for Racial Equity.

 

Sonya currently makes home upon land within the territories of the Ute, Cheyenne, and Arapaho peoples.  She acknowledges that 48 contemporary tribal nations are historically tied to the lands that make up the state of Colorado.

Alnoor Ladha

Advisory Circle Member

 

Alnoor’s work focuses on the intersection of political organizing, systems thinking and narrative work. He was the co-founder and Executive Director of The Rules (TR), a global network of activists, organizers, designers, coders, researchers, writers and others focused on changing the rules that create inequality, poverty and climate change. TR started in 2012 as a time-bound project and an experiment in anarchist organizational design, exploring new ways of how to work, play and make trouble together. 

Alnoor comes from a Sufi lineage and explores/writes about the intersection between politics and spirituality in troubled times. He is also a co-founder of Tierra Valiente, a post- capitalist community in northern Costa Rica.

Orland Bishop

Advisory Circle Member

 

Orland Bishop is the founder and director of ShadeTree Multicultural Foundation in Los Angeles, where he has pioneered approaches to urban truces and mentoring at-risk youth that combine new ideas with traditional ways of knowledge. ShadeTree serves as an intentional community of mentors, elders, teachers, artists, healers, and advocates for the healthy development of children and youth.

 

Orland’s work in healing and human development is framed by an extensive study of medicine, naturopathy, psychology, and Indigenous cosmologies, primarily those of South and West Africa.

Justine Epstein

Founding Member
 

Justine (she/her) was born and raised as a white settler on the unceded ancestral territories of the Nacotchtank / Piscataway nations (Washington, D.C. area) and the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Monacan nation, and currently makes home as a settler in Southern Pomo and Coast Miwok territory in Northern California. Her ancestors come from Europe — including Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland as well as Lithuania and Russia, of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.

 

Justine received a BA in Philosophy from Colorado College and her work is in community organizing, deep nature connection, earth-based rites of passage, ways of council, and social justice political education.

 

She is a writer, activist and student of our times, currently focused on the intersections of race, class, climate justice and ancestral reckoning, primarily in partnership with Resource Generation, Weaving Earth, Walking Water, and Education for Racial Equity. She is a founding member of the ERE team. 

Tara Milliken

Founding Member

 

Tara (she/her) has been involved with ERE since 2018.  She has worked as an organizational thinking partner for ERE and as a producer for the three-day trainings. 

 

In addition to ERE, Tara works with children and adults at the intersection of nature-connection and social justice. 

 

Tara currently resides as a white settler on unceded Southern Pomo territory. She is descended from Northern and Eastern European peoples, and grew up in Eastern Abenaki land.

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