Consultant Highlights

We at the Justice Collective have decided that it is time that we introduce all the wonderfully talented and gifted educators, organizers, entrepreneurs, artists and accomplices who make up our collective. We don’t work without them and we want to share their light with the world. So, we decided to start rolling out some TJC consultant highlights. Every week we will spotlight one of our amazing consultants and give them the stage to be applauded, because this work is challenging and we need to keep cheering each other on and support each other while we do it! Without further ado. . . We present TJC consultant highlights!


The amazingly talented, Kim Hess.

The amazingly talented, Kim Hess.

Up next in our TJC consultant highlights is a joyfully ambitious cultural anthropologist who we have the pleasure to call colleague. Kim Hess lives our value of an abundant mindset through and through. As a Black woman whose research and work is in the tech world, she has to move in predominantly white spaces where her intention is to disrupt the current narrative and open doors for Black folks -- and we are so grateful she is! The kindness, empathy and compassion she leads with in her work is a testament to how she also lives her life. 

Kim is here to shed light, share knowledge and raise cultural consciousness. Her talent and passion for filmmaking and storytelling helps her connect with people from all walks of life. This ability to connect with folks and create a space where they want to share their stories is a superpower. It’s through this menagerie of stories she’s collected along that way that she truly understands the necessity of not only inviting, but protecting diversity in the workplace and in media. Representation matters and it’s through her work as a filmmaker she aims to shift cultural consciousness in meaningful way. Her current project, I Shine, You Shine, is going to do just that. This short documentary will be her way of supporting, encouraging and celebrating the contributions of black folks in the tech world. Kim shares, “Though Black employees make up only 4% of Silicon Valley tech companies workforce, this film will explore the joy, hope, and inspiration of why diversity in tech is important and showcase leaders, talent, and students who believe in inclusion and that tech is a place for all.” The passion to tell this story and help shift the narrative is what led her to  founding Blacks in Tech. This was a way she could be sure that all the contributions that Black folks have made in media and the tech sector were celebrated and honored with the respect they deserve. Which we agree needs to absolutely be celebrated, uplifted and protected. 

Kim is passionately moving towards being that change that we all talk about. Her mission and vision in life is a powerful one that we cannot wait to see her breathe life into while creating a lasting legacy in both the tech and media spheres. It will be a legacy that seeks to remind us all that through the power of our own storytelling and creating that we are enough; and that belief alone can help change lives.


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Elana Isaacs has been with us since our genesis and we are so happy to be able to introduce her to you this week! Elana is a woman of many talents and interests who allow all of those to shine through in her approach to her work and life. She wholeheartedly believes in our mission and our desire to lead with an abundant mindset. Her creativity helps her envision a world beyond the systems that oppress and her knowledge around embodied learning is turning that into a reality. 

Elana is very community centered, she is here to continue the work of those that came before and help build a legacy for those that come after. Her own background growing up as a white, jewish queer person and witnessing the segregation in her hometown in New Jersey, helped set her on this path. Seeing the ways in which racism perpetuated both internally and systemically, she was now on a path to unlearn and help educate about white supremacy. Elana, ever mindful of her position in things, has co-founded Beyond Seperation which is a cross-sectoral consultancy that works with predominantly white people with the intention to facilitate difficult conversations around racism and help in the unlearning process. Elana has embodied her belief that we aren’t free til we’re all free and it shows in everything she does. We are so grateful to have her as a part of our collective and taking part in so much meaningful work.




Photo by Morgan Schilder Photography

Photo by Morgan Schilder Photography

Naima McQueen is a woman of many talents who is forging her own path within her field. With interests in management, strategy and ecosystem consulting, she wears many hats and all of them are working towards creating equity in the world. McQueen serves as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Alliance for Community Development where she oversees the membership program. In addition to her work with the Alliance and TJC, she serves as the coordinator for local conferences and is  . A research fellow Haven of Hope and a local CDFI, exploring the state of African American-owned businesses in the Bay Area. 

Phew! This powerhouse has so much going on and is just getting started! Naima is community centered and pours her heart into all the work she does. She is a quick study, with a playful side who is a natural born cheerleader. She sees the systems at play around her holding folks back from their dreams and she is working towards doing what she can to help remove some of those barriers for those coming up behind her. With aspirations towards getting a doctorate and focusing her research on barriers to African- Americans in business and capital procurement, understanding how to create sustainable systems to deepen community relationships, adding business and personal coaching to her approach to consulting work, and -- well, she’s still just getting started so we’re sure this list will grow, Naima McQueen is absolutely a star on the rise. We are so happy to introduce you to one of the brilliant and talented changemakers in the collective. We love her passion and we can’t wait to see what she does next!


 
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Calvin Williams

Co-founder + Consultant

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Patrick Brown

Consultant

Rachael Tanner

Consultant

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Shaniece Alexander

Consultant

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Jessie Buendia

Consultant

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Elana Isaacs

Consultant

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Holley Murchison

Consultant

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Sikander Iqbal

Consultant

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Marjorie Stamper-Kurn

Consultant

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Marrion Johnson

Consultant

Kenitra Dominguez

Consultant

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Carrie khoLi

Consultant