Meet the Staff

LaMont Green

RSJI Manager

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LaMont is driven by empathy, compassion, and his commitment to social justice. He is always eager to join with others in critical praxis that uplifts humanity. Before serving the City of Seattle he served as a Senior Policy Analyst in the City of Tacoma's Office of Equity and Human Rights and as a  Social Services Program Specialist in Pierce County's Housing, Homelessness, and Community Development Department. LaMont is a multi-lingual veteran, a Licensed Social Worker Associate (MSW),  a Grief Support Facilitator, and is currently working on his Doctorate.

Caedmon Magboo Cahill

Caedmon Magboo Cahill

Criminal Justice Strategic Advisor

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Caedmon comes to this work with over a decade of local experience as a civil legal aid attorney, public defender and public defense investigator. Having spent a good part of the last 20 years working on criminal justice issues and the most recent decade equipped with a law degree, Caedmon realizes that the most pressing problems impacting our communities will not be solved by litigation alone. Caedmon channels her work on the RSJI team to help strengthen the City's role in centering the leadership of the communities who have lost the most. As the mixed-race product of an interracial marriage and a family history marked by the trauma of anti-miscegenation laws, she has an acute awareness that even with benevolent intent, government policies regarding race can cause considerable harm. She strives to support government leaders in cultivating anti-racist tools for policy development while also working to repair and limit the injuries of historical trauma.

Casey Connelly

Casey Connelly

RSJI Trainer

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Casey Connelly is a white gender-queer person with a decade of experience in Race and Social Justice within the City of Seattle. Casey has worked with the Race and Social Justice Initiative for over 8 years providing RSJI trainings, serving as a RSJI Change Team Co-Lead in the Seattle Police Department and as a member of RSJI Core Team 4. Casey is also a trained mediator through the King County Inter-Local Conflict Resolution Group. Casey is committed to leading with race to dismantle intuitional oppression and supporting liberation strategies for communities of color.

Diana Falchuk

Diana Falchuk

RSJI Strategic Advisor

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Diana is an artist, parent, organizer, educator and policymaker with 15 years' experience developing programming, training and policies that advance social justice. A former Seattle Arts Commissioner, Diana leads OCR's partnership with the Office of Arts & Culture, through which she designs and facilitates arts-based strategies to increase awareness and action for racial equity across the region. Since 2003, Diana has also designed arts-based alternatives to incarceration for youth, including King County's new Creative Justice. Outside of her time at the City, Diana organizes with European Dissent Seattle, the Cascade Art Congress and Radical Shabbat.

Patricia Lally

Patricia Lally

Director

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Patricia Carrasco Lally is the Director of the City of Seattle’s Office for Civil Rights. SOCR enforces Seattle’s anti-discrimination laws, conducts fair housing testing and delivers progressive policy recommendations to City leaders, including the recent Gender Neutral Restroom Seattle Ordinance and Source of Income discrimination in housing legislation. SOCR also leads the City’s Race and Social Justice Initiative, the first of its kind in the nation and one that continues to lead both regionally and nationally. The Initiative is a citywide effort and commitment to end institutional and structural racism in City government and to achieve racial equity across the community. Patricia leads a passionate, dedicated and determined RSJI team that works inside and outside City government to provide training, workshops, presentations, consulting, and policy advice, all intended to advance racial equity.

Prior to joining the City of Seattle, Patricia worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in Seattle for eleven years and as an associate at the national law firm of Perkins Coie, where she participated in a number of complex civil litigation cases. Patricia is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law.

Teddy McGlynn-Wright

Teddy McGlynn-Wright

RSJI Strategic Advisor

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Born and raised in the Hudson Valley of upstate New York, Teddy McGlynn-Wright has called Seattle home for the last 10 years. As a facilitator, he has worked in and alongside schools, communities, non-profits, families and businesses to help folks practice sharing power across difference. Getting to work on the City's RSJI team is a dream job for him, and one that aligns his passion for and practice of transformative justice with the City's reach and resources to create the conditions for racial equity.

Kyana Wheeler

Kyana Wheeler

RSJI Strategic Development Specialist

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Kyana Wheeler is a Black woman with extensive experience in anti-racist curriculum development, training, facilitation and racial caucusing. She is an accomplished race relations trainer and has actively engaged in moving the City of Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative forward over the last 10 years. With an M.Ed in Educational Leadership and an MPA in Policy Development, Kyana is skilled in implementing systemic change within a large complex government structure and embedding institutional practices that create space for conversations about race and racism. Kyana is a proven consensus builder and is adept in developing partnership between leadership and staff. She has coached, trained and motivated staff to build skills and create capacity to challenge racial inequity. 

Tamar Zere

Tamar Zere

RSJI Deputy Director

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An Eritrean born in Ethiopia, Tamar emigrated to Seattle in the early 1980's. Tamar has been interested in the African Diaspora since her early years at the University of Washington, where she studied African American Studies. From her time as a journalist in Zimbabwe to anti-gentrification work in Holly Park, to counseling dislocated workers at Renton WorkSource, to directing the Workforce Education department at Green River College, Tamar has been singular in her pursuit of economic and racial justice for workers of color.

Tamar holds a BA from the University of Washington in African American Studies and a JD from Seattle University School of Law.