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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. 


Matias Valenzuela
Director
(206)263-8697
matias.valenzuela@kingcounty.gov

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 


Arun Sambataro

Equity Strategies Manager

(206) 263-1104

arun.sambataro@kingcounty.gov

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 


Paula Harris-White 

Workforce Equity Manager (Human Resources Division)
(206) 263-2444
paula.harris-white@kingcounty.gov

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


Ericka Cox 

Inclusion Manager
(206) 477-2170
ericka.cox@kingcounty.gov

Contact Ericka for information on:
- Community partnerships
- Pro-equity contacting opportunities
- Speaking and collaboration requests


Bookda Gheisar
Immigrant and Refugee Policy & Strategy Analyst
(206) 263-5736
bgheisar@kingcounty.gov

Contact Bookda for information on:
- Immigrant and Refugee community organizations collaboration with
King County
- King County strategy and support of immigration issues
- King County Immigrant and refugee Commission


Tynishia Walker
Program Manager
(206) 263-0534
twalker@kingcounty.gov

Contact Tynishia for information on:
- 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
tina.mcleod@kingcounty.gov
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


Roxanne Vierra
Disability Compliance Specialist
(206) 253-2451 or main line: (206) 263-2446 ot TTY Relay: 711
roxanne.vierra@kingcounty.gov

Contact Roxanne for information on:
- 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
public accommodation


Matthew Butler
Civil Rights Program Manager
(206) 263-2451
matthew.butler@kingcounty.gov

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) 

 

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.

The Inter Branch Team (click image to enlarge)
The Inter Branch Team (click image to enlarge)

Vision:

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.

Mission:

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.

Purpose:

  • 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
  • Teamwork:
    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.
  • Training:
    Takes responsibility for continued personal learning and agency/department learning around issues of equity, race and social justice.
  • Leadership:
    Is a persistent and vocal champion and advocate of Equity and Social Justice at all levels of the organization and in the community.

Structure:

  • Role:
    From its leadership position, the Inter-Branch Team will champion Equity and Social Justice within county government and in the community.
  • Membership:
    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.

Equity and Social Justice Inter–Branch Team Roster

Revised February 2015

Department Delegate/Alternate/Email Telephone
Adult and Juvenile Detention Pam Jones 205-9620
Runette Mitchell 477-2320
Assessor Bailey Stober 263-2271
Rose Dotson 263-2301
Community and Human Services Denise Rothleutner 263-8988
Pervis Willis 477-7050
Council Larry Evans 477-0923
Mike Reed 477-0888
Carmela Ennis 477-1017
District Court Patrick Wells 477-1767
Lillian Hawkins 477-1716
Elections Richard Moore 477-4118
Equity and Social Justice Matias Valenzuela 477-2170
Arun Sambataro 263-1104
Ericka Cox 477-2170
Executive's Office Carrie Cihak 263-9634
Natasha Jones 263-9623
Executive Services Cecelia Hayes 477-3130
Information Technology Darryl Hunt 263-7890
Nicole Franklin 263-1347
John Klein 263-7903
Judicial Administration Beth Taylor 477-0783
Ronda Bliey 477-0791
Natural Resources and Parks Chris Townsend 477-5641
Richard Gelb 477-4536
Performance, Strategy and Budget Cristina Gonzalez 263-9688
Jo Anne Fox 263-9696
Michael Jacobson 263-9622
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
Ngozi Oleru 263-8476
Jesse Chipps 263-2028
Sheriff John Urquhart 263.2555
Chris Barringer 263.2559
Superior Court Jason Clark 477-1228
David Reynolds 477.1559
Transportation Lori Mimms 477-5864
Cheryl Binetti 477-3801
Laurie Brown 477.3805