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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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.

Gaby Rueda

Administrative Coordinator

Gaby recently graduated from UC Berkeley with her B.A. in Legal Studies. Originally from Los Angeles, she moved to the Bay Area to explore communities outside of her own. While at Cal, she found her passion for helping youth and families in underprivileged communities. As a result, she has taken on rewarding mentoring opportunities that have helped her reach out to children throughout Oakland. In the future, she hopes to establish her own non-profit catered to youth in need, for now she continues her efforts through community involvement. Gaby joined World Trust as Administrative Coordinator, where you can find her administering day-to-day operations and supporting our World Trust team.

Sian Miranda Singh ÓFaoláin

Development Consultant

Sian (pronounced shan) is a highly organized planner, connector of people and ideas, and versatile writer. Sian has been trained in transformative organizing through the Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD) and the Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO), and brings an intersectional, multicultural, feminist perspective to her work. For the last ten years she has worked as an organizer, researcher, and project manager within social justice organizations focused on economic justice, migration, human rights, and racial justice. In her fundraising and development work, Sian moves resources to inspiring movement work that is making our society more just, fair, and free from oppression. With Afro-Caribbean and Irish family roots, she lives with her partner and daughters in New Orleans.

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 & Event Consultant

Rhummanee Hang is a performance artist and community based educator. A daughter to Cambodian refugee parents, she was born and raised in Oakland, CA. Since the age of 13, Rhummanee has honed her dance, theater, and spoken word skills as part of performance and dance companies in both Oakland and Sacramento. She has a deep passion for working with youth and for culturally specific and arts-based education. Rhummanee holds a Masters in International & Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco.

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.