Jondou Chase Chen, PhD, is a storyteller but he disguises himself as an academic researcher. Dr. Jondou studied developmental psychology, and now works on equity in education. He came up with the term ‘weaponizing data’ and is currently working on a chart explaining this concept. On a perfect day, he can be found out back splitting firewood and building an outdoor oven for cooking.
By day CiKeithia Pugh works in the early learning field connecting literacy resources to underserved communities. She’s a Race and Social Justice Initiative facilitator and works hard to infuse equity into her projects. CiKeithia believes Fakequity Fighters should call fakequity in style, and often wins the best-dressed award when we gather.
Heidi Schillinger runs a consulting firm Equity Matters which provides equity training, consultation, and analysis to government agencies, nonprofits, and philanthropy. Heidi’s brain is uniquely wired to spot fakequity and work to remedy it. Heidi does some of her best fakequity spotting while riding her bike, including riding from Seattle to Portland (202 miles) and Seoul (S Korea) to Busan (633 km or 393 mi). Heidi’s claims to fame include coining the word fakequity.
Erin Okuno came up with the fakequity chart after getting mad at a meeting and channeled her annoyance into making fun of fake-equity. When not making up charts, Erin can be found working on education support and racial equity. Erin is an island girl at heart and likes to eat, but prefers places her non-profit salary can support with meals costing less than $12 per meal.
We granted honorary membership to Vu Le because he speaks, writes, and fights fakequity as part of his nonprofitaf.com blog. Vu is pretty great and he makes a fun vegan beer partner. He thinks he’s a unicorn, which we all know don’t really exist, besides fakequity pandas chomp the horns off of unicorns most days.
Roxana Norouzi’s passport is filled with passport stamps; in some places, they are three deep which gives her a unique perspective of the world. Roxana spends her days working for immigrant and refugee rights and voice. On the side, Roxana dances better than the stars on Dancing With the Stars.
Cherry Cayabyab knows the community and they know her. Cherry fights Fakequity by doing hard-core community engagement and outreach. Cherry’s ideal vacation to Hanalei, Kauai sitting beachside with a drink and pupus and a nice trade-wide to keep things cool.
Erin Okuno — Chief Fakequity Writer
P.O. Box 75191
Seattle, WA 98175