Pacific Northwest Training Team

Yarrow Durbin, Associate Trainer 

After nearly 50 years as a social justice activist and 20 years as a high school teacher and  professional developer in schools , Yarrow has been teaching and leading learning experiences for adults and youth for over 30 years in a wide variety of settings. She work with individuals, small and large groups who are committed to making a positive difference for children, families and our community, whether it be in education, human services, not-for-profits, government or socially oriented businesses. She has a  Masters Degree from the University of Washington in Curriculum and Instruction, as well as certification as a Courage & Renewal® facilitator, Integral®Coach, Certified Polarity Management® trainer, Immunity to Change® consultant and coach, and is certified to administer  several powerful feedback instruments ( EQ in Action® – emotional intelligence in the workplace)®  and the Leadership Circle Profile.She is also a student and teacher-in-training in the Diamond Approach, a spiritual school founded in principles of modern psychology. She is the founder of her business – Courage Work. Location: Seattle, WA


Anita Garcia Morales, Senior TrainerAnita

Anita Garcia Morales grew up in a migrant farmworker family. She received her BA and Teaching Degree from the University of Washington. She taught in Seattle Public Schools for over 20 years and is currently an Instructional Services Coach for Social Studies and Race & Equity. Anita is also a Courage & Renewal Facilitator and a Positive Discipline Associate reaching out to mostly immigrant Latino families. The common thread that runs through all that Anita does is her focus on social justice and equity. She has co-facilitated many class and classism workshops for varied organizations in the Seattle area. Location: Seattle, WA


Melody Martinez, Associate Trainerfullsizerender-3

Melody is an Oregon based community organizer, facilitator, and equity professional. She is the first-generation daughter of immigrants from the Dominican Republic and grew up in a working-class family in a predominantly white, upper-middle class town outside of Boston. A career change led her to Portland, where she has primarily worked with statewide non-profits to oversee programmatic work and organizational development focused on creating meaningful, just outcomes for historically underserved communities. In her current role as Oregon Program Manager at Social Justice Fund NW, she organizes and trains community members to understand power and privilege and fundraise for social change. She is also an On-call Facilitator at Resolutions Northwest where she leads interactive popular education workshops that inspire participants to take action to end classism and racism. Location: Portland, OR


 

Alan Preston, Senior Traineralanpreston

Alan Preston, grew up with the advantages of class, race, and gender and is committed to using his privilege to work for social justice. Alan has extensive experience in nonprofit leadership and currently works as the Director of Programs and Equity for Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project. Before joining Real Change in the Fall of 2009, Alan served as the Northwest Organizer for an initiative called Wealth for the Common Good, mobilizing high-income earners in support of progressive tax policies. Alan has also designed and facilitated programs around class, wealth and leadership for progressive foundations, giving circles, churches and nonprofit organizations. Alan holds an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a B.A. in political science from Haverford College. Location: Seattle, WA


Sarah Tran, Associate Trainer

Sarah Tran was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, by Vietnamese parents who came to the United States as refugees. During her earliest years, the family was solidly working-class as her parents worked hard to support their children while sponsoring relatives from Vietnam to come to the US. By the time she was four, there were ten people living in their little house. When her parents advanced in their careers, they were able to move out into a larger home, becoming the only family of color in a predominantly white neighborhood. Sarah grew up experiencing racism and sexism throughout grade school and struggled with becoming a class “straddler” as her family’s socioeconomic status changed. These experiences ground and guide Sarah‘s work today as the Executive Director of the Nonprofit Assistance Center – an organization dedicated to building capacity, resources, and leadership in communities of color and other marginalized communities. Location: Seattle, WA