About our Change Team

 

Our approach is centered on our client needs, strengths and desired areas of growth.

Your story matters to us. We're here to help you observe your story, understand it and use your strengths and our skills to transform the next chapter.

 
 

Denechia "Neesha" Powell (they & she pronouns) is a Black Southern queer writer, community organizer, and resource mobilizer who conspires in the name of liberated Black futures, Queer & Trans Black/Indigenous/People of Color, solidarity economics, and transformative justice/community accountability. They have nearly a decade of experience working with social justice organizations in the Pacific Northwest and the Deep South.

Denechia's writings have been featured in various publications, including Autostraddle, B*tch Media, Black Girl Dangerous Blog, Everyday Feminism, For Harriet, the Grassroots Fundraising Journal, and The Establishment. They graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication. As a co-owner of Carolyn Peruth, Denechia's excited to build with organizations around their communications, development, grassroots organizing, and operations through an anti-oppressive lens.


Aimée-Josiane Twagirumukiza  "The AfroQueer Coach"  (she & they pronouns) is a change coach whose calling is to support the transformations of queer & trans people and people of color. Aimée-Josiane is also a community organizer, cultural worker, an anti-violence activist, artist, survivor and an intuitive, woo-woo queer Rwandese Black femme.  She has a decade of community and labor organizing experience in the U.S. South and Pacific Northwest, where she has organized community healing spaces in response to racist and sexual violence.  They have presented at  Let's Talk About Sex Conference, the  International House of Queer Conference, the University of Washington School of Social Work, Seattle University, the Walter Rodney Symposium at Morehouse College, the Kennesaw State University Peace Conference and more.

Laurie Rocello Torres (they/them pronouns) Laurie Rocello Torres’ work with social justice began when they moved to Seattle in 2013 for a yearlong service fellowship with Puget Sound Sage, after graduating with a Bachelors in Organizational Communications from Bradley University. They are passionate about community resilience, supporting people in having healthy and politicized relationships, and creating the conditions for people to be truly liberated. They have done work around environmental, economic, gender, racial, and transformative justice in the community. In their free time, Laurie loves to sing, dance, and teach a community self-defense and wellness class for queer and trans people of color called Building Autonomy and Safety for Everybody (BASE).  They also currently serve as the Deputy Secretary General of GABRIELA Seattle, a collective of Pin@ys who do cultural and political education work around labor issues impacting Filipino migrant workers. They are also a member of Got Green’s Young Workers in the Green Movement.

 

KP Pestaño (bio coming soon)