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Enrique Gonzalez is the Community Advocate at the Public Defender Association. He worked for El Centro de la Raza for over 10 years where he focused on civil rights, immigrant advocacy and other policy issues. In 2010 Enrique led El Centro de la Raza’s juvenile justice policy program in collaboration with the MacArthur Foundation on piloting work with King County stakeholders with a speci c focus on bridging the gap between the education and justice systems. In 2014 Enrique was appointed by Mayor Ed Murray to serve on the Community Police Commission and is now serves as one of three co-chairs.
Justice Steven González was appointed to the Washington State Supreme Court in 2012 and subsequently won a contested race for a six-year term. Before joining the Supreme Court, Justice González served for ten years as a trial judge on the King County Superior Court. Prior to his election to the King County Superior Court, Justice González practiced both criminal and civil law. Justice González was appointed by the Supreme Court to the Washington State Access to Justice Board and served on the Board for seven years, including the last two years as its Chair. He currently chairs the Interpreter Commission and the Court’s Security and Technology Committees. Justice González also mentors students, regularly participates in the Northwest Minority Job Fair, and serves as a Board member for the Washington Leadership Institute, a program that aims to develop Bar and community leaders who re ect the diversity of Washington State. Justice González earned his B.A. with Honors in East Asian Studies from Pitzer College and his J.D. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). Justice González continues to be a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars and has received numerous awards throughout his career.
Vanessa Gutierrez is the Directing Attorney in the Northwest Immigrant Rights (NWIRP) Wenatchee of ce. Advocating for access to legal services in rural areas is particularly important to Vanessa, and she has worked in many capacities in under-served areas of Washington. She has been a part of NWIRP since 2010, and has previously worked in the Moses Lake and Seattle of ces of NWIRP. Her practice spans a broad range of immigration relief, with a focus on Family, U Visa, VAWA and removal defense.
Elizabeth Hendren is a Staff Attorney at the Northwest Justice Project working on the Reentry Initiated through Services and Education (RISE) Project, which she developed to assist poor and low-income formerly incarcerated mothers with the wide range of civil legal issues that need to be resolved in order for them to reunite with their children post-incarceration. As a law student at Seattle University School of Law, she co-founded the Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project (IMAP), which provides legal information to mothers in and recently released from prison. Upon her graduation from law school, she received the 2012 Seattle University Leadership for Justice Fellowship to implement the RISE Project at the Northwest Justice Project. Elizabeth recently served as a Fellow of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law’s Racial Justice Training Institute.
Cecily Hernandez is a Deputy Public Defender in the felony unit at the Skagit County Public Defender’s Of ce. She has worked with community groups in Skagit and Whatcom Counties on issues around immigration, jail detainer policies and community education on individual rights within the criminal and immigration systems. Prior to and during her  rst years of work with the Skagit County Public Defenders, she was adjunct faculty at Fairhaven College at Western Washington University, teaching courses in Cultural Studies. Cecily’s practice and community work are deeply informed by her family’s culture and history in the intersections of race and immigration.
Vanessa Hernandez is the Youth Policy Director with the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, where she works to keep young people in school and out of the criminal justice system. She is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, where she was a Gates Public Service Law Scholar; she joined the ACLU as an Equal Justice Works fellow in 2010, and spent the  rst four years of her career as a staff attorney representing people with criminal history. Vanessa is a former seventh grade history teacher with a Master’s in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Brian Holloway is Director of Advocacy and Family Support at The Arc of Spokane, a nonpro t agency that works to improve the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Eastern Washington. Brian is also the father of Adam, a 17-year-old young man with a developmental disability. Through his work, Brian has gained a broad understanding of the unique challenges that parents who are raising a son or daughter with I/DD face daily. This understanding helps inform The Arc of Spokane’s advocacy efforts. Brian holds an M.A. from the University of Idaho and has been with The Arc of Spokane for 10 years.
Lori Isley is the Directing Attorney of the Working Families Project at Columbia legal Services. Lori has worked for legal services in Yakima since 1991, representing low-income clients in housing, civil rights and employment matters. For the past 12 years she has focused on representing farm workers in employment class actions.
Keonna Jackson is Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Experience HR as well as a Co-Founder of the HR & Equity Consulting Firm. She is a multi-passionate Human Resources consultant for small to medium sized companies, with the unique skill of advocating for both the employer and employee. With over 15 years of human resources expertise, she works with leadership to streamline HR administration and provide solutions to ensure the mission, vision, and goals of the organization are met by applying fair and equitable practices. Keonna’s experience extends to industries in software, telecommunications, high tech, retail, construction management, start-ups and non-pro ts as well as working with union & non-union organizations. She holds multiple certi cations in Organizational Management and Leadership Development.
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