WHO WE ARE

OUR STORY

Founded in 2015 as a foundation-driven initiative to develop a long-term model of equity building that could support non-profits, CEI quickly grew to serve many other clients outside the non-profit space both in Portland and across the Country.  Our success is in our ability to look beyond the “check the box” approach to diversity and inclusion workshops: we bring a comprehensive approach to transforming organizations. Our model is different and proven.  We are all about shaking up the status quo to drive improved team dynamics, systems and process flows and of course, more mindful leadership teams.  

Our team of highly qualified individuals share a deep commitment to building equitable and inclusive communities. We use the word “communities” purposely.  We see the workplace as a community, a classroom as a community, our civic life as communities, our boardrooms as communities. We see community existing wherever we come together under a common purpose or mission.

Every staff member at CEI is united by a belief that we have the capacity to build communities in which every member is included, connected and contributing to their potential.  Our team brings diverse personal and professional experiences, unique skill sets, and an ability to both personalize and strategically operationalize the work with our client partners. Learn more about us below.

Hanif Fazal

Hanif Fazal

Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Frewine Kiros

Frewine Kiros

Founder, Vice President
Xochilth Franklin

Xochilth Franklin

Operations Manager
Shafina Fazal-Gardner

Shafina Fazal-Gardner

Director, Business Development
Kate Woicke

Kate Woicke

Director, Educational Equity
Robin Johnson

Robin Johnson

Director of Equity Advancement
Karen Belsey

Karen Belsey

Director of Operations
Kayla Greer

Kayla Greer

Program Specialist
Velynn Brown

Velynn Brown

Equity Consultant/Facilitator
Tobias Sherwood

Tobias Sherwood

Equity Consultant/Facilitator
Emily Squires

Emily Squires

Equity Consultant/Facilitator
tash shatz

tash shatz

Equity Consultant
Sidney Morgan

Sidney Morgan

Equity Consultant/Facilitator
Melinda Gross

Melinda Gross

Equity Consultant/Facilitator
Katharine Quince

Katharine Quince

Equity Consultant
Jenny de la Hoz

Jenny de la Hoz

Equity Consultant
Robin Eisenbach

Robin Eisenbach

Equity Consultant/Facilitator
Amanda Singh Bans

Amanda Singh Bans

Equity Consultant

Let’s Work Together

The Center for Equity and Inclusion does comprehensive equity work with various types of organizations. Become an equity leader in your field – inquire how we can be a support to you!