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Our People

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” – Lilla Watson

Our Team

Nico Climaco

Nico Climaco

PROGRAM AND OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE

Before joining Kindred, Nico (they/them, he/him) worked with organizations to advance equity, inclusion, and diversity…

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Meredith Morelle

Meredith Morelle

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Meredith (she/her) became a teacher in 2002 to work toward racial justice through education. She…

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Sangeeta Prasad

Sangeeta Prasad

SENIOR ADVISOR AND FACILITATOR

Sangeeta Prasad (she/her) is a trauma focused psychologist who is part of a mixed income…

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Laura Wilson Phelan

Laura Wilson Phelan

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & FOUNDER

For over 20 years, Laura (she/her) has led social change efforts at grassroots and management…

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Robel Yared

Robel Yared

PARENT ORGANIZER AND FACILITATOR

Robel’s (he/him) passion for educational equity began as child, growing up in a low-income community…

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Samantha Barbee

Samantha Barbee

GOVERNING BOARD

Samantha (she/her) is chief financial and operations officer at Cesar Chavez Schools. Prior to this…

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Alejandro Gac-Artigas

Alejandro Gac-Artigas

GOVERNING BOARD

When Alejandro Gac-Artigas (he/him) was 7, his family immigrated to the US escaping political persecution…

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Traci L. Higgins

Traci L. Higgins

GOVERNING BOARD

Traci Higgins (she/her) has been the director of human resources of the Legal Services Corporation…

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Fatema Merchant

Fatema Merchant

GOVERNING BOARD

Fatema Merchant (she/her) is a senior associate in Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton’s Washington D.C.…

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Victor Reinoso

Victor Reinoso

GOVERNING BOARD

Victor Reinoso (he/him) is the chief operating officer of Independent Sector and an entrepreneur with…

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Rasheid Scarlett

Rasheid Scarlett

GOVERNING BOARD

Fueled by a burning desire to give back to the community from which he came,…

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