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.

Rhummanee Hang

Social Media & Event Consultant

Rhummanee Hang is second generation Khmai American, 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 earned a Bachelors in Sociology at UC Davis and a Masters in International & Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco. In addition to working at World Trust, she works with the young children and transitional aged young women at CERI. Rhummanee is an event planner, crafter, and most importantly, Mommy to the amazing baby, Noreak.

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.

Courtney Jones

Director of Operations

Courtney Jones currently serves as the Director of Operations for World Trust Educational Services. In this capacity she works with staff to oversee the daily operations of the organization including efforts to expand World Trust initiatives. In her role Courtney serves as a liaison to the board of directors and is responsible for assisting with marketing projects and developing a solid donor base. She is excited to utilize her skills at World Trust, working with the facilitators and educators to support racial justice and equality. Prior to this role, Courtney served in a consultant capacity as World Trust’s Transition Specialist responsible for ensuring program continuity as staff transitioned from the organization.  Courtney is an Oakland native who is passionate about giving back to her community and helping underserved people. She is known for her mantra “I would love to save the world.” Prior to joining World Trust, Courtney enjoyed a long and successful career in the healthcare industry. During 11 years at Alameda Alliance for Health, Courtney advanced from Claims Mailroom Clerk to Director of Network Management overseeing the provider services, provider data, and contracting department. In addition to being promoted over 8 times she was celebrated for creating efficiencies that saved the organization over $1 million by implementing changes to contracting and restructuring the way the organization processed services. An advocate for social justice and racial equity beginning at a young age, Courtney most recently participated as a co-chair on the Chabot Elementary Equity and Inclusion Committee. She is currently serving in her second year as PTA president and enjoys leading a Girl Scout troop of over 60 girls ages 5 through 12. Courtney is passionate about connecting her Girl Scout troop to the community including participating in homeless service projects and environmental clean- up activities. An advocate for change and avid volunteer, Courtney believes that putting in the work will always produce results.

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.

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.

Meriam Salem

Program Associate

Meriam Salem recently graduated from American University (AU), having studied International Relations with an emphasis on Development and Human Rights with a minor in Communications. She has experience working with international non-profits and recently came back from a fellowship researching the Syrian refugee crisis in Turkey. You may recognize Meriam from the summer of 2016 when she was an intern with World Trust during the filming of Healing Justice.