Hugo Nicolas was born in Mexico Veracruz, he grew up in Salem Oregon and attended the University of Oregon for 3 years where he was a Wayne Morse Scholar, He is very involved in advocating for DREAMers and Immigration reform at the state and national level as he is a DACA recipient. He recently got married and decided to move closer to his wife’s hometown Seattle. He currently is a Manager for The Keybank Downtown Tacoma Branch. He is looking forward to being more involved in the community and explore Washington.
Mahalo! Keoki Kauanoe is a native Hawaiian single-father, the Director of Father Engagement at Family Education and Support Services, where he is a Master Trainer for the nationally recognized Nurturing Fathers Program and holds certifications in multiple parenting curricula. He has a Bachelor of Arts(BA) in history. He also serves on the Governor’s Child Support Schedule Workgroup and sits on the Washington State Interagency Fatherhood Council.
Vazaskia Crockrell is the Director of Equity and Social Justice for the King County Council, a new role that will act as a liaison between the council and marginalized or underrepresented communities in King County. She’ll spend time interacting with community groups and individuals, reporting back to council about issues of racial disparity, access, injustice and more. Similarly, she’ll help inform those same communities about work the council is doing to make government more inclusive, accessible and equitable.
Crockrell comes to the county after three years as Director of the Office of Juvenile Justice for Washington state, where she gave voice to youth in the justice system and led changes to reduce racial disparities and give the most impacted youth and their communities a voice in the justice system. She helped give incarcerated youth a seat at the table and led them through improvements that included eliminating the use of detention for status case offenses and raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction to 25 for certain offenses. Simultaneously with that role, she also served as Chief of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for the state Department of Social and Health Services.
Born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, Crockrell has believed since a young age in the vital importance of promoting equity for historically marginalized groups and has dedicated her career to that work. She believes the most important goal is to elevate the voices of the most impacted communities and give them a seat at the table in their own governance. She has instilled that ethic into her three successful daughters, who incorporate it into their professions in communications, education, and law.
Crockrell holds a bachelor’s degree in Ethnic, Gender and Labor Studies from the University of Washington. She recently was awarded the Social Justice Warrior and Courageous Champion for Youth award from the Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice. When she’s not hard at work, she enjoys skydiving, parasailing, rock climbing, zip-lining, and plans to, one day, swim with great white sharks.
Harium is a retired IT manager from The Boeing Company. He spent 8 years on the Seattle School Board (2007-2015). He has a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Elementary Education from SUNY Cortland, a Masters of Business Administration from Babson College, and K-6 Teaching Certificate in the State of Washington. During his tenure on the Seattle School Board, he served on the Council of Great City Schools and the Council of Urban Boards of Education under the National School Board Association as vice-chair.
Deborah Sioux Cano-Lee has worked for the Nisqually Tribe for 10 years, and is currently the Program Director for their Head Start program.
As a strong advocate of children and youth rights, Deborah has recently been appointed to serve a 2 year term as one of two National Representative to the World Forum Foundation for the United States.
Her activism also contributed to a gubernatorial appointment where she served 4 terms as Commissioner from 2004-2013 for the Washington State Human Rights Commission, the state agency that enforces the Washington State Laws Against Discrimination.
Before her state appointment, Deborah served as Chair of the Seattle Civil Rights Commission. She is co-founder and currently Board President of the Washington Indian Civil Rights Commission, and she is a commissioned Notary Public.
Deborah currently resides in Olympia with her husband of 30 years, and their two-college student kids
Dr. Baca is a founding Board Member of the Equity in Education Coalition.
Dr. Bernal Baca has been employed as the AFT Washington Lobbyist since 2009. When he isn’t working in Olympia at the State Legislature, he is assisting with our political and legislative program.
Prior to AFT Washington, he was an executive board member and the local union president of AFT Yakima faculty. Bernal has been an AFT member for over 30 years.
Dr. Baca earned his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Organizational Leadership as well as his Masters in Counseling, Mental Health Counseling/Counselor from Seattle University. Dr. Baca also has a Master of Arts (M.A.), Public Administration from Washington State University and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science and Government from University of Colorado at Boulder.
Dr. Baca has been a season ticket holder for the Denver Broncos since 1971.