Our Team

Shakti Butler Shakti Butler, Founder & President
Shakti is the producer and director of World Trust’s documentary films. She travels the country as a speaker and educator. Learn more about Shakti here. To reach Shakti, please contact Rhummanee Hang at 510-632-5156 or info@world-trust.org.



Lisa AbbottLisa Abbott, Marketing and Business Development
Lisa brings over 20 years of marketing and non-profit management experience to World Trust. She is responsible for capacity building through development,strategic partnerships, communications and operations. Contact Lisa via email at lisa@world-trust.org.


Bronwyn HeapsBronwyn Heaps, Development Manager
Bronwyn is a nonprofit fundraising and database consultant with 12 years of nonprofit experience. She delights in the creative and tactical aspects of fund development and working with spirited, progressive organizations. She is also the founder of QueerSay.com, a website that captures LGBTQI experiences with businesses and services. Bronwyn received a BA in Political, Legal, Economic Analysis and a MA in Public Policy, both from Mills College in Oakland, CA.  Reach Bronwyn at bronwyn@world-trust.org.

Dia PenningDia Penning, Project Manager – Racial Equity Learning Modules
Through focus on equity, creativity and integrated learning, Dia designs and implement transformational curriculum and  programs, and professional development. Her clients have included Columbia College Chicago, La Pocha Nostra, African American Shakespeare Company, World Trust Educational Services, Schools of the Sacred Heart and more. Reach Dia at dia@world-trust.org

Rhummanee Hang

Rhummanee Hang, Office Manager
Rhummanee is a second generation Southeast Asian American youth advocate, community organizer, and spoken word artist. In addition to keeping the office running smoothly, she supports World Trust operations in a number of ways, including a focus on sharing our films with educational institutions. Rhummanee can be reached at 510-632-5156 or rhummanee@world-trust.org.

Blake Paradis

Blake Paradis, Communications & Outreach
From her work as a Syracuse University Literacy Corps tutor, to mentorship of underprivileged youth in Egypt, to fighting misguided stereotypes about the Middle East at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC,  Blake has experience advocating for racial equity.  Blake publicizes our film Cracking the Codes through newsletters and social media, and brings a passion for learning to all of her projects. Connect with Blake at blake@world-trust.org