Staff

Shakti Butler, PhD

Founder & President

Bring Dr. Shakti Butler to your organization or conference

Shakti Butler, PhD, is Founder and President of World Trust Educational Services. Shakti is an inspirational facilitator, trainer and lecturer who is sought after by schools, universities, public and private organizations, and faith-based institutions. Dr. Butler has produced four documentaries: The Way Home; Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible; Light in the Shadows and Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity. These films form the core of World Trust’s teaching tools, and have experienced increased exposure — 23 million views of one clip alone — generating national dialogue and critical thinking that is impacting institutions and communities across the country. Most recently, Dr. Butler served as diversity consultant and advisor on the Disney animated film, Zootopia, which focuses on challenging bias and systemic inequity. Shakti’s work incorporates whole body learning through stories, art, movement and dialogue. Her current film/dialogue project, Healing Justice: Cultivating a World of Belonging, is intended to popularize a national conversation about justice, responsibility and healing.

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Seminars, Keynotes & Presentations

Dr. Butler is an inspirational facilitator, trainer, lecturer and Jefferson Award recipient. Her work emerges from years of self-exploration and her commitment to social justice. Dr. Butler’s services are sought after by schools, universities, public and private organizations, and faith-based institutions. More on workshops and presentations.
Dr. Butler invites her audience to grapple with both the intellectual and emotional complexities of race. She conveys the interconnection between internal and external/structural components of racial inequity, and reveals how self-perpetuating systems reinforce disparities in institutions. This framing, along with the use of Butler’s films, set the context for constructive conversation. Dr. Butler inspires a collective will and develops deeper, cohesive understanding that can be directly applied to analysis and action.

A warm and compassionate person, Butler uses her ability to listen deeply while asking critical questions that support self-directed learning in others. Her speaking and teaching styles enrich people’s abilities to expand their capacities for building community, an important first step in effecting change. Group dialogue, self-inquiry, reflection and whole body learning by participants are some of the strategies she employs in diversity and inclusion events.

Dr. Butler received her doctorate from the California Institute of Integral Studies in the School of Transformative Learning and Change. She holds an MA in Guidance and Counseling from Bank Street College of New York and graduated magna cum laude from City College of New York.

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Aimee Reeder

Director of Operations & Marketing

Aimee has worked with small businesses for more than a decade to streamline their administrative functioning. As an activist for social justice she brings a firm belief that authentic connection leads to lasting change. She is excited that her marketing skills can support the racial equity work of World Trust and its facilitators. She is incredibly grateful to work with such an inspiring group of artists, truth-speakers, educators, visionaries and pioneers at World Trust who are making the world a more equitable place for future generations, one connection at a time.

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Ginny Berson

Director of Outreach

Ginny Z Berson runs Justice and Community, an independent consultng company working to further social justice and build community. She spent 30 years working in public/community radio including Vice President & Director of Federation Services for the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. She is a founder of Olivia Records, the first national women’s recording company. And she is committed to making the world a better place by confronting and challenging prevailing power relationships.

Abi Chandler

Outreach Coordinator

Abi grew up steeped in social justice and racial equity activism and is thrilled her work life can support her deepest convictions. Abi majored in Business Marketing at San Jose State University. After graduating she spent 10 years abroad with her lovely children and husband as he played professional basketball overseas. She has now returned to her marketing roots at World Trust and works closely with the whole team and most recently has relaunched our website and presence on Facebook and Twitter.

Michelle Cooper

Administrative Coordinator

Michelle brings several years of administrative, organizational, and public service skills to her role at World Trust. She has provided support for non-profit funding, anti-poverty programs, and initiatives to bring resources to marginalized communities & individuals.

Marilyn Molina

Development Associate

Marilyn is currently majoring in Marketing at San Francisco State University. She has a strong passion for racial equality and peace in our world. She moved to the United States from El Salvador when she was 10 years old. Today, Marilyn is grateful to have the opportunity to work with a group of wonderful people that have the same vision as her to bring peace into our world. Marilyn supports us in the development department by bringing ideas to aware donors and funders of the positive impact they can have in our society.

Rhummanee Hang

Social Media Coordinator

Rhummanee is a performance artist and educator who was born and raised in Oakland, CA. Since the age of 13, she has honed her dance, theater, and spoken word skills as part of performance and dance companies in both Oakland and Sacramento. Rhummanee recently completed a Masters in International & Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco. She now serves as the Community Health Specialist at Banteay Srei, a program that works with young Southeast Asian American women who have been or are at risk of being sexual exploited.

Rhana Hashemi

Research Intern

Rhana is a recent graduate from UC Berkeley where she earned her B.A. with honors in Social Welfare. As a World-Trust intern, she is supporting our goal of creating a platform that collects and shares stories and resources about global Social Justice efforts that are working. She is particularly interested in young people and multi-generational coalitions.

Barb Adler, LMFT

Research Analyst

Barb has been a practicing psychotherapist, trainer and consultant in SF and Oakland for over 20 years. Barb also worked in non-profit public health for over 25 years with UCSF –Alliance Health Project in SF serving LGBTQ and folks impacted with HIV/AIDS and Mental Health issues. Barb was born and raised in the Bay Area and is grateful to be able to further support the work of World Trust’s commitment to provide platforms to facilitate knowledge, empathy and connection so that we can truly unite.