Staff and Board of Directors

Staff

Jean Caiani, Co-Executive 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).
 

Shavonnee Clark-Lowe, Co-Executive Director
Shavonnee is an experienced organizational leader and advocate for women and girls, racial justice, and education. She is an Oakland, CA native whose work centers the intersections of race, gender, socio-economic status and educational opportunity. Over the years, Shavonnee has diligently worked to build systems that increase access and retention of students of color in higher education. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Education Studies from UCLA. She also holds a Master's in Public Administration with a focus on Policy Analysis and Public Management from Cal State East Bay. Shavonnee also cares deeply about prioritizing mental health and self-care. You can often find her dancing, writing, cooking, or in the ocean.
 

Amalia Mesa, Managing Director
Amalia’s passion - both personally and professionally - lies in discovering how we can better ourselves and the world in which welive. 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 Television.

Felicia Gustin, Agency Senior Manager/Speaker Representative
Felicia is a long-time activist in racial justice, labor, international solidarity, and peace movements. She is also a writer, poet, and blogger. 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 currently working on several book projects including a memoir, one about living in Cuba where she worked for a decade as an award-winning journalist, an exploration of the history of the Americas through 300 years of family journeys from three islands – Cuba, Sicily, and the Channel Isle of Jersey, and a collection of poetry. Felicia does anti-racism work with SURJ Bay Area.

   
   

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
 

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.

X. Eyeé
X is an Afro-Latinx queer techie and Army veteran, currently working as Community Program Manager at Google AI, developing and leading global outreach, partnership, and community development strategy to prevent unfair and unconscious bias in artificial intelligence and to ensure AI is built to benefit (not harm) society. They previously worked at Microsoft and have a BA in Cognitive Science from UC Berkeley.

Amelia Gonzalez
Amelia is Founder, President and CEO  of Casa de Chocolates, a chocolate business creating unique, artisanal chocolates inspired by a passion for Latin American culture, culinary sensibilities and aesthetics. An ardent support of Latinx culture, Amelia sees chocolate as a way to educate people about Latin America — its rich history, its traditions and the gifts Latin America has given to the world. Amelia also has a background in public media and for over 20 years, she worked for KPFA, a listener- sponsored free speech community radio station in Berkeley that promotes cultural diversity and community understanding.

Sedelta Oosahwee
Sedelta (Three Affiliated/Cherokee) currently serves as a Senior Program/Policy Analyst/Specialist (American Indian/Alaska Native Liaison) with the National Education Association (NEA) where she manages the American Indian/Alaska Native portfolio and serves as a lead on racial justice in education. Previously, she served as Senior Advisor and Acting Deputy Director for the Office of Tribal Relations in the U.S. Department of Agriculture; before that she was the Associate Director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaskan Native Education. Before shifting her career focus to the national level, Sedelta served the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma as Special Projects Officer and as coordinator for Student Programs in the Center for Tribal Studies at Northeastern State University. 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.