KARINE JOY WILLIAMS (KJ)
KJ Williams (no pronouns) is CEO and Founder of RISEWITHKJ, LLC (Radical, Insightful, Solutions to Create Equity). Under the RISE umbrella KJ facilitates the work of diversity, equity and inclusion by working with organizations, groups, and individuals across industries from the inside out to develop the infrastructure necessary for change, sustainability, and growth. KJ holds a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Washington and an MPA from Seattle University. KJ has served as a member of the City of Seattle LGBT Commission, University of Washington School of Law Diversity Committee, the Board of Directors for the Initiative for Diversity, and the University of Washington School of Law Gates Scholarship Committee. KJ recently completed Basic Mediation Training with the Center for Dialog and Resolution (formerly Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolutions) and is currently participating in the Certified Mediator Practicum.
ANTASIA J. WILLIAMS (AJ)
AJ Williams (she/her) is the Managing Director of RISEWITHKJ, LLC is a human being who cares for the heart, mind, well-being, and self-determination of all. AJ provides facilitation and technical support for RISEWITHKJ. Professionally, AJ has 14 years of experience working with Youth and Young Adults (YYA focused organizations, as an executive level director and direct service provider. Most recently, AJ held the role of Deputy Director for REACH Tacoma, a youth and young adult focused non-profit providing comprehensive services for youth and families navigating poverty, barriers to education, mental health and homelessness. AJ specifically uses a race and poverty centered approach in facilitation, organizing and content development. AJ holds a Bachelors in Political Science and minor in English from Western Washington University.
Social Media and Program Support Specialist
Neeana (Nee-ah-na) Eckwood (she/her) is a Social Media and Program Support Specialist for RISEWITHKJ, LLC. Neeana brings a passionate desire for equity and inclusion to be experienced by all humans. As a mixed race identified person Neeana uses a multicultural lens to understand opportunities and barriers to forming cross cultural relationships. Neanna uses her experience as a medical assistant serving low income populations to identify social media and program content relevant to those furthest away from the Circle of Human Concern.
Dana Barnett (she/her) is an associate consultant with RISEWITHKJ, LLC. Dana has spent the last two decades as a community organizer, a social and racial justice facilitator, and mediator working with a large variety of non-profit, government, schools, businesses, and community organizations. She was formerly employed as an Equity and Justice Lead for the Washington State Bar Association, and was a 2018 JustLead Leadership Academy Fellow. She has a bachelor's in Philosophy and a master's in Social Justice Education Studies from SUNY New Paltz. Dana is currently working as the Seattle Organizer for Hand in Hand, the Domestic Employer’s Network, helping to create a fair and dignified care economy. She is a member of the City of Seattle’s Domestic Worker Standards Board and the Washington L&I Domestic Workers Workgroup.
RISEWITHKJ, LLC was founded in 2018 with a single mission: to provide radical, insightful, solutions in the pursuit of equity. We approach each of our clients with fresh eyes to develop customized, unique strategies. We are here to help you and your organization fulfill its goals in the pursuit of justice, equity and inclusion. Are you ready to set your business on the path to becoming a pro-equity, pro-inclusive organization.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We hold a fundamental belief that transformational, sustainable change is possible when we begin with examining ourselves.
We believe that change is rooted in the congruency gained, when our stated values are clearly reflected in our language and actions.
We believe that our ability to positively impact and facilitate transformation at the institutional and systemic levels, is directly connected to our individual work.
We believe that our willingness and ability to engage in equitable decision making practices is the result of understanding how our personal beliefs, biases, strengths and challenges intersect and manifest within our lives.
An honest and forthright approach while understanding that living an authentic life is a journey.
A stated and lived dedication to equity, justice, inclusion and diversity.
A space and method which supports the honest expression of individual and institutional truth without judgment while preserving dignity for all.
Admiration and support for ourselves and our clients engaged in this work; it is often challenging and uncomfortable.