Director of Professional Services,
Juan Lopez, Board chair
Juan T. Lopez is president of Amistad Associates, a management consulting firm that provides strategic planning, organizational and leadership development, managing diversity, team building, customer service training, group facilitation, interviewing, and research. In 1982, Juan began providing one of the first Latino Leadership programs to Fortune 50 companies. He has since worked with several renowned companies including PepsiCo as a member of their Global Diversity & Inclusion Governance Council. Juan is a co-founder of LLEAD, a premier, intensive, leadership program for Latinos in senior-level positions, and he co-created Diversity 2000, a national think tank that meets annually to work on compelling diversity issues. In addition, Mr. Lopez was the co-chair for three years of the National Diversity Conference. He has been a member of the Collegium since 1993, a think tank of diversity pioneers. Juan is a co-author of: The Diversity Calling: Building Community One Story at a Time, published in 2012. He also is a co-author of a chapter: Leading for Diversity, in the ASTD Leadership Handbook (2010). Juan has his M.S.W. from the University of California at Berkeley, School of Social Welfare, where he emphasized organizational planning/administration and community health services. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and in Latin-American Studies from Sonoma State University.
MariaRaquel Gramajo - Secretary
Maria Raquel Gramajo is our Program Coordinator. She completed her degree in Psychology at San Francisco State University and also a graduate of the San Rafael School District. Maria Raquel is a first generation college graduate who is an inspiration to hundreds of youth across her community. Sher serves as one of the spoke person for Beyond Hunger and the E3 organization.
Elli Nagai-Rothe - Treasurer
Elli Nagai-Rothe has over 10 years of experience in meeting facilitation, leading participatory group processes, intergroup dialogue facilitation and in designing group processes to achieve agreed-upon outcomes. She specializes in working with non-profits and social enterprises.
Deeply committed to issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, Elli served for four years as the Diversity and Equity Point Person on the Board of Directors for the Association of Dispute Resolution of Northern California (ADRNC). She helped to establish and ultimately chair ADRNC’s Diversity and Equity Committee. Since 2006, Elli has served on the Steering Committee of Diversity 2000, helping to design, plan, and implement an annual diversity conference gathering diversity and social change practitioners from across the U.S. to engage in dialogue and thought-leadership on issues of D&I.
From 2004-2006, Elli served as the principal of a rural start-up school in southern India, focused on providing a quality, holistic education to students of socially and financially marginalized communities. Elli’s leadership of Victoria Matriculation School included the establishment of inclusive school policies, creating a learning environment that emphasized equity in a caste-conscious community, and leading workshops in effective teaching techniques.
Elli completed her MA degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University. Her interests lie in the intersection of global race relations, social justice, and exploring the role of inter-group dialogue as a tool for conflict transformation. Elli has facilitated numerous inter-group dialogues on issues of race, power, gender and cross-cultural understanding. She has managed a campus dialogue program involving 200+ campus community participants, led dialogue facilitation training workshops for graduate students and staff, and consulted with the Inova Fairfax Hospital's Cultural Competency Program to facilitate inter-group dialogues for 3rd-year medical students that address unconscious bias.
Elli was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to New Zealand in 2010 where she conducted research in affiliation with the New Zealand Human Rights Commission on institutional racism and promising strategies to address racial inequity. While there, she also organized and facilitated the Human Rights Commission’s annual Youth Forum on cultural diversity in partnership with UNESCO. She continues to consult with local, national, and international non-profit organizations, providing support in the areas of organizational development, Diversity and Inclusion, project evaluation, dialogue facilitation and strategic planning.
Henriette (Potts) ako-asare
Henriettte is an entrepreneur, educator and marketer with the desire to surround myself with those who are committed to eliminating inequities and cultural deficit narratives about people of color in all spaces. I recently completed my Master’s degree in International Multicultural Education with a concentration in Human Rights Education at the University of San Francisco. My master's thesis focused on how Hack the Hood incorporates community cultural wealth into their curriculum as a community-based organization.