Ise is the creator and lead artist of smallasaGIANT. He holds over a decade of experience in every form of educational institution – including Ivy League and public universities, public and private schools K-12, mental health facilities, after-school programming, and social work programming.
For his latest conceptual art project, Brighter Than Blight, Lyfe transformed a blighted condemned housing project into a life-sized exhibition and artistic narrative on housing as a human right. He is Director of Lyfe Productives, a highly retained California based product development firm- and at its helm oversees a client portfolio that includes Kaiser Permanente, The National Fair Housing Alliance, University of California Regents, Comedy Central, and Deloitte.
Dr. Niaz Kasravi
Dr. Niaz Kasravi is a national leader on criminal justice, social justice, and racial justice, with more than seventeen years of experience leading campaigns across the county. Her work has directly impacted the reversal of the death penalty in the state of Maryland, and she is currently at the forefront of two justice campaigns addressing cases of state violence and white supremacy fuled by hate crimes in Virginia and California.
The institute she founded and directs, the Avalan Institute, has led national research and reform projects for the Executives’ Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, the Rosenberg Foundation, and Open Society Foundations.
Dr. Kasravi holds a Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine.
Rudy is a doctoral researcher at the UCLA. He is the recipient of the prestigious University of California Cota Robles Fellowship, NCAA Ethnic Minority Enhancement Postgraduate Award, and Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports-Scholar Award. Most recently, Mondragón was a Fellow of the Smithsonian Latino Museum Studies Program in Washington DC where he conducted oral history interviews for the Latinos and Baseball Project. Before his academic career, Mondragón served as an intercultural and diversity administrative specialist for ethnic multicultural centers at Iowa State University, Gonzaga University, and the University of Washington-Seattle.
Tasion is Communications Manager for the office of Hon Congresswoman Barbra Lee and a true blue advocate for social justice and civic accountability. She holds a Master of Journalism degree with a concentration in Television, and applies the science of communications to the application of innovative messaging and outreach for social and political engagement.
Her communal work creates both special events and private social gatherings that blend dynamic book clubs with community building and sustainable safe spaces for deep personal growth and exchange.
Strategic Outreach and Development Support
Elena Serrano is Executive Director of Eastside Arts Alliance and a pillar in Oakland’s artistic and social justice community. Eastside Arts Alliance is a pioneering organization and institution with a 20 + year track record of tangibly and measurably providing resources for a diverse community marginalized residents in the city covering housing, arts, job opportunities, violence prevention, the arts, education, and protection over some of the most important written, spoken, painted, and recorded works of resistance history.
Director Supple is Director of the Division of Juvenile Justice at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. An innovator and true supporter of reforming the way juveniles are treated while in custody, Chuck throughout his tenure has been an advocate and conduit for alternative programming and resources that support healing young people and preventing recidivism of juvenile offenders. He’s a champion of cultivating and sustaining a professional culture within the ranks of juvenile corrections that fosters mutual respect, safety, and integrity.
Dr. Destiny Thomas
Dr. Thomas is known in the Central Valley, Bay Area, and Los Angeles as a dedicated community advocate in any post she holds within the transportation industry.
She currently oversees a sleuth of health disparity prevention projects from her post at the LA Department of Transportation’s Active Transportation Division- connecting LADOT resources with community efforts empowering constituents to be the voice, visionaries and builders of the spaces and neighborhoods they live in.
Communications And Engagement Support
Yoel Haile is a Criminal Justice Associate with the ACLU of Northern California. In this capacity, he manages a statewide network of local organizations in 11 of the largest California counties to hold elected district attorneys accountable and advocate for criminal justice reform.
Salih is an activist, teacher, school founder, and justice advocate from Oakland, CA now living in Los Angeles. Him and Yoel Haile co-lead the most important and significant Black Academic organization in the state- ABC (African Black Coalition).
Dr. Unique Shaw
Dr. Unique Shaw-Smith is a criminologist whose work examines the impact of incarceration on people inside of and marginalized by our current criminal justice system. As an advocate of community reentry, her approach challenges the perceptions and narratives of incarcerated people through projects that seek to disrupt dehumanization and indifference. She is based in the San Luis Obispo/Cal Poly community of California.
Mr. LaRue is a writer, entrepreneur, and content creator living in Los Angeles, CA. He holds decades of experience as a journalist and editor.
Berklee Donavan is a graduate student at the University of Southern California working to obtain a Master’s degree in Social Work with a focus in Social Change and Innovation. Previously, Berklee has worked for Victim’s Services at the San Francisco District Attorney’s office, prisoner rehabilitation programs offered within San Quentin State Prison, community organizations teaching cognitive behavioral therapy curricula to the justice-involved community, and is looking forward to interning at the Federal Public Defender’s office in Los Angeles. She strives to work in many areas of the justice system in order to understand its complexities with the hope that she can create long-lasting, positive changes to the broken system. Berklee is excited to be a part of the smallasaGIANT team.
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