Kazu Haga, Founder & Coordinator
Born in Japan, Kazu has been engaged in social change work since participating in the Interfaith Pilgrimage of the Middle Passage at 17 years old. He has over 15 years of experience in nonviolence, training and organizing work and has been trained by elders such as Dr. Bernard Lafayette and Rev. James Lawson. He has been a Kingian Nonviolence trainers since 2009, is the co-founder/Board Chair of Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice sits on the board of PeaceWorkers and the OneLife Institute, as well as the Strategic Advisory Council of the Metta Center for Nonviolence.
Theresa Guy Moran, Coordinating Committee Chair
After spending much of her adult life enhancing her left brain capabilities, Theresa Pualei Guy rather illogically leaned right into listening to her intuitive heart. Educated as an attorney she is grateful for the opportunity to continue to teach Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation with the East Point Peace Academy as a founding member. Together with her East Point cohorts, Theresa leads the Sitting in the River meditation group inside San Bruno County jail, which focuses on Dr. King’s work for guidance. Often perceived by others as a “culturally ambiguous” person, Theresa has a lifelong interest in our multicultural reality and the resulting social justice imperative.
Aaron is a critical educator who has served as a trainer, mentor, and youth development specialist in a variety of community and education spaces for the past 13 years. He is currently the Program Director of Health Equity and Community Engagement at the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational and Environmental Design (I-SEEED). His work includes designing health and environmental equity curriculum, implementing community-based action research projects, and co-teaching early college/model high school classes in urban ecology, ethnic studies and environmental justice. He is an expert facilitator who trains youth and youth-serving adults to develop a range of projects for low-income youth of color, their families, and their communities.
Lauren Veasey is an education consultant based in Oakland, CA. She currently serves as board chair of Justice Matters, is a member of the Coordinating Committee of the East Bay Meditation Center‘s People of Color Sangha and leads local community development & data management work with Berkeley Youth Alternatives. She has previously worked with the Young People’s Project to re-launch the Quality Education as a Constitutional Right initiative, where she worked closely with civil rights icon Bob Moses.
Tye Kirk, Treasurer
An accountant and bookkeeper by trade, Tye is the owner of the Green Bookkeeper. A committed nonviolence activist with years of experience as a union organizer in the hotel industry in Los Angeles, he is currently an active member and organizer with 99Rise and a board member of the Cooperative Center Federal Credit Union.
Aaron Nakai, Assistant Trainer
Bill Bank, Level I
Chris Van Breen, Level II
Lil De’Consuelo Izquierdo-Lopez, Assistant Trainer
Cynthia Gutierrez, Assistant Trainer
Rev. Deborah Russell, Assistant Trainer
Irene O’Connell, Assistant Trainer
Jamilah Bradshaw, Assistant Trainer
Jay Bhukhan, Assistant Trainer
Jenny Huston, Assistant Trainer
Jeremiah Daffin, Level I
Jose Antonio Ramos Pritchett, Level I
Leah Pearlman, Assistant Trainer
Kate Dunn, Assistant Trainer
Kazu Haga, Level III
Kimiko Schell, Assistant Trainer
Melissa Crosby, Trainer in Training
Mica Stumpf, Level I
Mike Tinoco, Level II
Nathan Kleban, Level I
Oak Hallet, Assistant Trainer
Peijman Kouretchian, Level I
Rish Sanghvi, Assistant Trainer
Roger Cunningham, Assistant Trainer
Sima Savdharia, Assistant Trainer
Stephanie Chin, Level I
Theresa Guy Moran, Level II
Toni Battle, Assistant Trainer
We have a growing team of trainers inside the country’s criminal justice system who work to educate their peers as well as community members. For a profile of one of our trainers, click here.