Office of Equity and Social Justice
The Office of Equity and Social Justice supports and works with King County leadership, employees and local and national partners to advance practices, strategies and policies that promote fairness, justice and opportunity for all.
Contact Matias for information on:
- Strategic direction and history of Equity and Social Justice
- Major King County policies and initiatives
- Regional and national equity partnerships
- Speaking and presentation requests
Equity Strategies Manager
Contact Arun for information on:
- ESJ Strategic Plan and Implementation
- Department/Agency ESJ Work Plans and use of the Cascade tool
- Investing in You enterprise-level work, and spcifically for Workplace
Culture related efforts (Employee Engagement, Conflict
Resolution, Accountability, etc.)
- Equity Impact Review
- Lift Every Youth
Workforce Equity Manager (Human Resources Division)
Contact Paula for information on:
- Workforce Equity - ESJ Strategic Plan Workforce & Workforce Goal Area
- "Investing in You" strategies and actions to create a racially diverse
and culturally responsive workforce at all levels
- ESJ Fundamentals for Leaders Training (Racism & Equity; Race, Privilege
& Power; and Applying and Equity & Social Justice Lens
Immigrant and Refugee Policy & Strategy Analyst
Contact Bookda for information on:
- Immigrant and Refugee community organizations collaboration with
- King County strategy and support of immigration issues
- King County Immigrant and refugee Commission
- General Office and Social Justice Inquiries
-The ESJ Opportunity Fund
- Programming, Events, and ESJ Basics Training
- ESJ Support, Technical Assistance and Resource Connection
Christina (Tina) McLeod
Civil Rights Program Manager
(206) 477-6887 or main line: (206) 263-2446
Contact Tina for information on:
- Fair Housing laws
- General Civil Rights inquiries in the areas of housing, employment
and public accommodation
- Education and engagement with community regarding housing
rights and working to ensure housing equity
Contact Roxanne for information on: The Inter Branch Team (IBT) helps facilitate accountability of and coordination by all branches of county government regarding implementation of the "fair and just" principle of the countywide strategic plan. This work includes tool development, public and community engagement, training and work plan creation.
Disability Compliance Specialist
(206) 253-2451 or main line: (206) 263-2446 ot TTY Relay: 711
- Disability access laws (Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504, etc.)
- Disability awareness training and public disability grievances
- Fair Housing laws and education and engagement with community
regarding housing rights
- General Civil Rights inquiries in the areas of housing, employment, and
Civil Rights Program Manager
Contact Matthew for information on:
- Civil rights Employment issues and questions
- Civil Rights Public Accommodations issues and questions
- General employment and civil rights questions or concerns, particularly
King County employees
The Inter Branch Team (IBT)
Contact Roxanne for information on:
The Inter Branch Team (IBT) helps facilitate accountability of and coordination by all branches of county government regarding implementation of the "fair and just" principle of the countywide strategic plan. This work includes tool development, public and community engagement, training and work plan creation.
A learning team from all agencies in King County government that passionately engages employees and community residents and leverages activities that create equitable opportunities for all.
The ESJ Inter-Branch team is a catalyst for change in county government and the community by increasing focus on the determinants of equity and intentionally embedding an equity lens in the county's policies and decision-making, organizational practices, and community engagement and communications.
- Accountability and coordination:
Facilitate accountability of and coordination by all branches of county government regarding implementation of the fair and just principle of the countywide strategic plan.
- Analytical tools:
Develop and support use of analytical tools to identify and review equity impacts of programs, policies and decisions at all levels of government, in ways to amplify positive impacts and mitigate negative impacts.
- Public/community engagement:
Develop and support use of guidelines to be implemented across all branches of government for outreach, communication and community engagement to increase community access to information and opportunities to inform and shape county policies and services.
- Organizational practices:
Identify and support mechanisms to improve fairness and increase opportunities in government organizational practices in the areas of employment, contracting and procurement.
- Support Equity and Social Justice awareness and training:
Focus on increasing awareness among all employees, encouraging employee-generated ideas and solutions, and providing training support within King County agencies.
- Forum for ideas:
Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, information, and collaborative efforts between all branches of government to embrace equity and social justice policies and practices.
- Annual work plans:
Support and identify annual work plans by departments and agencies to apply and incorporate equity and social justice practices into their core lines of business.
- Annual reports:
Develop, design and publish an annual report on the status and trends in equity in the county and measures of accountability for work plans and results related to implementation of this ordinance for King County elected leadership, employees and the public.
Competencies for members:
- Knowledge and commitment to ESJ:
Possesses an understanding of equity, determinants of equity, as well as race and social justice issues.
- Initiative and creativity:
Develops novel solutions to problems, both within and across agency and department.
- Systemic and holistic approach:
Applies thinking and problem solving that are comprehensive and address the root problems
Works to build a sense of empowerment and shared responsibility for advancing the County's work on ESJ. Understands what impedes change and improvements, and works collectively to address those barriers.
Takes responsibility for continued personal learning and agency/department learning around issues of equity, race and social justice.
Is a persistent and vocal champion and advocate of Equity and Social Justice at all levels of the organization and in the community.
From its leadership position, the Inter-Branch Team will champion Equity and Social Justice within county government and in the community.
The Inter-Branch Team shall be composed of the directors or their designees of all branches, departments, agencies and offices of county government.
- Representatives and alternates:
Designees shall be at a level with access to senior leadership and able to create focus and sustained attention on equity and social justice issues. In addition, an alternate representative will be selected to assure representation at Inter-Branch Team meetings.
- Time commitment:
The Equity and Social Justice Inter-Branch Team will meet on the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00 2:30 p.m. with additional time scheduled as needed for planning, training and workgroups.
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Equity and Social Justice Inter–Branch Team Roster
Revised February 2015
|Adult and Juvenile Detention||Pam Jones||205-9620|
|Community and Human Services||Denise Rothleutner||263-8988|
|District Court||Patrick Wells||477-1767|
|Equity and Social Justice||Matias Valenzuela||477-2170|
|Executive's Office||Carrie Cihak||263-9634|
|Executive Services||Cecelia Hayes||477-3130|
|Information Technology||Darryl Hunt||263-7890|
|Judicial Administration||Beth Taylor||477-0783|
|Natural Resources and Parks||Chris Townsend||477-5641|
|Performance, Strategy and Budget||Cristina Gonzalez||263-9688|
|Jo Anne Fox||263-9696|
|Permitting and Environmental Review||John Miller||477-0316|
|Prosecuting Attorney||Carla Lee||263-1409|
|Public Defense||La Mer Kyle-Griffiths||477-8843|
|Public Health||Cyndi Schaeffer||477-3264|
|Superior Court||Jason Clark||477-1228|