Ann Muno, executive director
In 1995, Ann (she/her) bought a low-fare airline ticket and boarded a plane for Beijing, China to attend the United Nations Women’s Conference, and has had the privilege of doing girl’s empowerment ever since . Her social work experience spans the past twenty years, including work with schools and community organizations, and is rooted in a deep commitment to the next generation of girls. As a founder of Seattle-based Powerful Voices, Ann had the opportunity to see girls take hold of their potential and flourish, staff and volunteers create educationally exciting spaces for girls, and the community invest in girls' lives. Taking these discoveries and putting pen to paper, Ann published articles that capture what works to empower girls in academic, peer-reviewed journals including Social Work in Education, Crime & Delinquency and After School Matters. Ann continues to lead the call as the Executive Director for The Justice for Girls Coalition of Washington State.
Devon de Leña, Youth Program & Training SPecialist
Devon (she/her) was born into a matriarchal society as the fourth of five daughters. As a filmmaker, community facilitator and youth worker, Devon values the importance of intersectionality and honoring complexity within our stories and movements. After graduating from Western Washington University with a degree in Cross Cultural Women’s Empowerment Devon found a home in the Seattle social justice and youth development community. For over a decade, Devon has been privileged to work alongside and build power with hundreds of phenomenal young people at Arts Corps: Youth Speaks Seattle, Powerful Voices, FEEST and Youth Outreach Mentors and many more organizations. www.devondelena.com
Tristan Eddy, program coordinator
Tristan (she/her) became passionately committed to youth rights and advocacy work during three independent trips to Africa where she studied the sociological correlation between female empower-ment and microlending. Inspired by the children she encountered during her travels, she returned to the states to pursue a career centered on helping young people overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of opportunity. More specifically, she is interested in how systems and policies effect the healthy development of girls, especially at the intersections of race, gender identity and socioeconomic status. As Program Coordinator, Tristan advances the Coalition’s mission by developing programs that give girls in Washington state a platform to voice their experiences and influence policies that impact their lives. Tristan holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Puget Sound and an M.A. in International Studies from the University of San Francisco. Outside of work, she is a cardio kickboxing instructor, avid hiker and dog enthusiast.
SIMONE CIELOS, YOUTH PROGRAM & TRAINING SPECIALIST
Simone is a teenage queer woman of color. She was born and raised in Seattle Washington and spent about 4 years in Western Massachusetts while her mother was getting her Bachelors at Smith and her Masters at UMass. Growing up she faced intense poverty, a dysfunctional home life, and was accustomed to the Washington state punitive system, but in this she hopes she can connect and understand the actual gravity and effect of the issues Justice for Girls deals with. She struggles with mental illness, but that in no way holds her back and has made her into the young woman she is today. She is a current Sexual Assault Awareness officer at Garfield High School, and an editor for a paper for students of color called the Melanin Monthly. She hopes that through Justice for Girls she can make real social change.
C. CHIMAERA Bailey, Youth Program & Training SPecialist
CHIMAERA (they/them/she/her) is a Northwest-based multimedia artist, storyteller, curator, producer, community organizer and educator from Tacoma, WA working in solidarity with communities most impacted by systemic oppression and generational trauma. Since 2001, they have organized for healing justice at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality and ability, and consulted with youth-serving organizations in Washington and California on culturally affirming trauma informed program models with an emphasis on transformative justice, social-emotional wellness, and access to creative opportunities that increase academic and career fulfillment. They continue their work through their role as Artistic Director with Groundswell Arts Collective; founded in 2015 as a pop-up network of BIPoC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) creatives, community leaders, and social and technological innovators throughout the Pacific Northwest. The goal of this network is to develop into a groundswell of creative resistance to cultural appropriation and erasure through reclaiming narratives of origin, identity, and lineage.
Julia Kagochi, Youth Program & Training SPecialist
Julia (she/her) graduated from Hofstra University with a dual degree in Psychology and Speech Communications & Rhetorical Studies. She served two years of AmeriCorps in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and never left. Julia has worked as a girls’ program specialist, community liaison, curriculum developer, and youth minister. Most recently, she worked as a Diversity Manager for Girl Scouts of Western Washington, where she honed her skills for listening, facilitation and training development. Julia left GSWW in June 2017 and has embarked on a new adventure as an anti-racist consultant and facilitator. As a Hilltop, Tacoma resident, Julia serves on the Board of Directors at Peace Community Center, where she is spearheading the Board’s anti-racist and racial equity strategic plan. She also serves on the People’s Community Center Equitable Access Sub-committee, which is dedicated to advocating for Hilltop residents, as well as for institutionalizing equity within MetroParks Tacoma.
AMARRA ANDRESEN, YOUTH PROGRAM & TRAINING SPECIALIST
Amarra (she/her) was born and raised in Seattle and is a 16 year old at Garfield High School. She has two sisters, one of which is 13 years younger. Her growing interest in fashion and art has helped her get though rough times in her life. At her school she holds leadership positions in various clubs and activities such as the student body government, Pilipinx Student Association, and CORE, a program in which she facilitates important discussions about topics like gender and sexuality, mental health, family dynamics, and more with student peers. Her passion of helping others manifested itself in the desire to dismantle systems that further oppress women of color, specifically those in poverty. Through her experiences and those she learns about, Amarra has been able to recognize how race intersects with all the issues in the lives of many and hopes to use this understanding to teach others the importance of social justice. She hopes to continue work within her community by networking, learning, listening, organizing, advocating, and acknowledging her own privileges in order to uplift other girls of color.
Chris (she/her) is a sole proprietor of residential interior design business, Calm Designs. Chris started this business 15 years ago after working for ten years as a Marketing Manager at Microsoft. Chris volunteers in schools and other various community efforts to help kids. As a business owner and a mother of twin girls, Chris is passionate about working to better the next generation of girls in our state.
Enjoleah (she/her) takes vison and makes it a reality. As a Planner in the Community, Planning and Economic Development Department at the City of Everett, she has 10 years of transportation and program management experience in both public and the private sector, including community planning, environmental analyses for a wide variety of transportation projects including redevelopment, equitable transit development and corridor planning. Previously, she served as Senior Planner with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Association (NJTPA). A graduate of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Enjoleah is passionate about improving equitable transit, inclusive urban design, and safety and mobility options. She explores factors shaping women of color mobility in low income contexts of cities and how these can impact their access to economic opportunities. She currently serves on the Seattle Transit Advisory Board and is an avid bike-to-bus commuter from her Greenwood neighborhood.
LeeAnn (she/her) is the current director of the Ridgeview Group Home, a girl-only residential center for girls committed to long term placement through the state Juvenile Justice and Rehabilitation Administration. As director, Ms. Delk has pioneered efforts to incorporate gender-responsive reforms in her facility. Through the Justice for Girls Coalition she provides training on working with girls through the Beyond Pink conference and the Criminal Justice and Training Commission and is a highly rated and impactful trainer in this area.
Samaneh (Sammie) (she/her) is a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney (DPA) with the King County Prosecutor’s Office (KCPAO). Sammie is currently the assigned Education Reengagement Team DPA for the King County Truancy & Dropout Prevention Program. She is also the Juvenile Drug Court DPA. Sammie joined the KCPAO during law school as an Extern in the Special Assault Unit (SAU) and returned as a Rule 9 Intern in the Juvenile Unit. During law school, Sammie also participated in numerous family law mediations at the Volunteers of America Western Washington Dispute Resolution Center and assisted families in completing parenting plans. She further volunteered at the Orion Center assisting youth with various legal issues.Upon graduating from law school, Sammie joined the KCPAO full time as a DPA and has worked in the District Court Unit, Juvenile Unit, and the Felony Trial Unit as a trial attorney. She also briefly worked at T-Mobile doing contract review and negotiations before returning to the KCPAO in her current role working with youth and families on education reengagement efforts. Given the complexity of barriers young people and their families face when it comes to school attendance, the KCPAO partners with Superior court and community providers in order to provide a holistic and restorative approach to education reengagement. In addition to her professional role in working with youth, Sammie also volunteered as a mentor through 4C Coalition. Sammie is passionate about supporting youth in achieving their full potential by reducing barriers to opportunities. Sammie’s desire to help improve systems to effectuate positive change is what guided her to the legal profession and is what drives her in her daily work. Sammie earned her BA in Political Science and Communications from the University of Washington and her JD from Seattle University School of Law.
Danielle (she/her) is the Talent Development Specialist in the Human Resources Department at Treehouse, a local nonprofit organization that supports youth in foster care. Danielle's experience working with girl-specific programs began as a student at Washington Middle School with Girls Leadership (now Powerful Voices). Her involvement in Girls Leadership and a strong connection to a network of women transformed her experience attending Garfield High School and earning her BA in Comparative History of Ideas (CHID) at the University of Washington. Danielle's desire to improve the lives of others has guided her work. Prior to joining Treehouse, Danielle worked at the University of Washington and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) in multiple capacities. She excels in public speaking, conflict resolution, and facilitating trainings for a variety of age groups and demographics. She surrounds herself with loving people that provide her with strength and enjoys the comfort of quality time with her friends and family.
Dr. Sarah Cusworth Walker
Sarah (she/her) is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Walker is interested in sustainable structures for the promotion of knowledge exchange between research and policy/practice, particularly for public systems working with adolescent disruptive and criminal behaviors. Her work examines methods of evidence-based policymaking, including defining, monitoring and promoting EBP at the state level; programmatic efforts to integrate behavioral health intervention principles in juvenile justice settings (with a specific focus on gender, family-based approaches, and quality assessment); and approaches to adapting tested interventions for local contexts. She directs work at two research-to-practice centers: Evidence Based Practice Institute and the Center for the Study and Advancement of Justice Effectiveness (SAJE, www.sajecenter.org; co-director).
Wendy (she/her) is an attorney who has been working to advance justice for women and girls for the last twenty years. A native New Yorker, she began her formal legal career in Washington D.C., where she worked for a boutique litigation firm, representing plaintiffs in whistleblower, First Amendment, and discrimination lawsuits in both federal and state courts. In Seattle, she was the litigation attorney at LegalVoice, where she oversaw a five state region and coordinated litigation efforts and attorneys in impact lawsuits, focusing on reproductive justice, lesbian rights, and girls’ sports equity. She has also worked at the Center for Children & Youth Justice, where she concentrated her research and collaborative work on gender responsive and culturally appropriate programs for Washington state juvenile justice involved girls. Wendy is a co-founder of the CAIR Project, the first independent abortion fund in the Pacific Northwest, a former Director of the Justice for Girls Coalition, and a board of trustees member at the Lake Washington School for Girls. Wendy received her B.A. from Hampshire College and her J.D. from Harvard University Law School, and completed judicial clerkships in Honolulu, Hawaii and Pago Pago, American Samoa.