Governor's Race and Equity Summit

On April 15, Gov. Inslee will host his Race and Equity summit, bringing together groups and activists to discuss collaborative efforts on ensuring every Washingtonian has an equal and fair opportunity for success in our state.

KCTS host Enrique Cerna will keynote the summit at Cascadia College in Bothell, and attendees will have the opportunity to attend multiple tracks of sessions, including policing, youth engagement, and leadership.

For more information, please review the event’s schedule or registration page.

RaShelle Davis
Policy Advisor
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8 – 8:30AM

Welcome and Introduction (Mobius Hall)
Dr. Eric Murray, President, Cascadia College
Rep. Luis Moscoso
​Chanin Kelly-Rae, Statewide Diversity Manager, Washington State

9:00AM – 9:15AM
Remarks from Governor Jay Inslee (Mobius Hall)

9:20AM – 10AM
Keynote: Enrique Cerna (Mobius Hall)

10:30am – Noon
Panel Forum Sessions
Track 1: Policing
Panelists: Jorge Baron, Chief Batiste, Lyle Quasim, Dr. Villa, Dr. Karen Johnson
Facilitator: Gloria Ochoa

Track 2: Youth Engagement
Panelists: Ray Corona, Gordon McHenry, Dr. Calvin Watts, Tony Vo
Facilitator: Rep. from CAPAA Board of Commissioners

Track 3: Leadership
Panelists: Paola Maranan, Diane Sugimura, Andy Rheaume, Verlene Jones
Facilitator: Rep. from CAA Board of Commissioners

Noon – 1:30
Lunch and Local Speaker (Mobius Hall)

2:00PM – 3:45PM
Group Panel with Graphic Artist (Mobius Hall)
Maketa Wilborn
3:45PM – 4:00PM
Closing Remarks (Mobius Hall)
The Commissioners from the Ethnic Commissions
Ed Prince, Michael Itti, Craig Bill, and Uriel Iñiguez


Enrique CernaEnrique Cerna

Enrique Cerna is the Director of Community Partnerships at KCTS 9, Seattle’s public television station. He joined KCTS 9 in January, 1995. Since then, he has anchored current affairs programs, moderated statewide political debates, produced and reported stories for national PBS programs as well as local documentaries on social and juvenile justice, civil rights issues, the environment, and Latinos in Washington state.

Chief John Batiste

Chief Batiste began his career with the Washington State Patrol in March 1976.  He has promoted through the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and Deputy Chief.  Chief Batiste obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement Administration from City University and is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command, as well as a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Executive Institute.

Dr. Calvin J. Watts, Superintendent Kent Public Schools

Dr. Calvin Watts began serving as superintendent on June 15, 2015. After an extensive national search, Dr. Watts was selected for his proven leadership record, strategic vision, passion for educating students, communication skills, human resource experience, strong work ethic, team- and consensus-building expertise, and his many years of working with diverse populations.

Gordon McHenry

Gordon McHenry is a contemporary community leader in Seattle’s non-profit social services institutions. McHenry’s father, Gordon McHenry, was the first in his family to graduate from college and the first African American engineer promoted into management at the Boeing Company.  His mother, Mildred McHenry, grew up and was educated in a segregated community in Texas.  McHenry credits his parents for inspiring his deep respect for education and strong belief in community solidarity and action. McHenry graduated with a B.S. in Political Science from Seattle University and earned his Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law School. After graduating with his law degree, McHenry began his career as an attorney at Perkins Coie, a prestigious law firm in Seattle, Washington.  In 1988, McHenry joined Boeing, where he served for 21 years as a lawyer and then in a variety of executive leadership roles, eventually becoming director of Global Corporate Citizenship for Boeing’s Northwest region.  While at Boeing, he completed the Executive Education Program for Management Development at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business. In 2009 McHenry chose to shift to non-profit work full time, by becoming the executive director of Rainier Scholars, a Seattle-based 11-year academic program for students of color. Students there are given the academic skills, confidence, and support they need to be successful, increasing college graduation rates for low-income students of color by providing comprehensive support. In 2012, Gordon McHenry was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Solid Ground, a Seattle-based nonprofit social-services organization.  Solid Ground is an organization committed to ending homelessness, hunger, inequality, and other barriers to social justice. Their 30 services include a food bank, clothing bank, and an employment program that helps nearly 55,000 households annually to overcome poverty and to build better futures throughout King County and beyond. A lifelong member of the Seattle community, McHenry has served on many local boards, including the Central Area Motivation Program (now called Centerstone), United Way, and The Seattle Public Library. He currently serves on the boards of Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and Seattle University. In 2013, Seattle University honored McHenry by granting him the Alumnus of the Year Award.  He currently lives in Seattle with his wife, Dorina Calderon-McHenry, and their three children.

Diane Sugimura

With more than 35 years with the City of Seattle – including 13 in the variously-named planning offices and projects, and 11 in a primarily regulatory agency, Diane has come full circle.  Since 2002, she has led the agency that combines both – Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development.  The department is responsible for the full-range of development activities from long-range and comprehensive planning, to policy and code development, plan review, permit issuance, inspections and enforcement.

Diane was named an Honorary member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Seattle in 2005; was a member of the Green Building Advisory Group for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America; was named a finalist for the 2007 BetterBricks “Advocate” Award; 2007 Public Employee of the Year awarded jointly by the local chapters of Master Builders Association and the American Planning Association; named a Living Building Hero and a Cascadia Green Building Council Fellow, both in 2013.  Diane has degrees from the University of Washington and Oregon State University.  She is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Seattle, and is on the Board of Trustees for the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.  Previous employment includes City of Bellevue and the University of Washington.

Tony Vo

Tony Vo grew up in High Point and White Center, Washington.  He graduated from the University of Washington with a double degree in American Ethnic Studies and Public Health.  At the UW he advocated for students as the Asian Student Commission Director, founded the Asian Coalition for Equality organization, and was a Student Ambassador for the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity where he successfully advocated for a Southeast Asian Recruitment and Outreach Counselor. 

Previously, Tony worked at South Seattle College as the Club Center Coordinator doing leadership development and helping students develop their own clubs and programs.  During the same time, he served as the Legislative Coordinator for the Southeast Asian Education Coalition where he managed a group of student interns, empowering them to advocate for education causes.  Currently, Tony is working in his hometown as the White Center Promise Director for the White Center Community Development Association.  

Lyle Quasim

Lyle served as the Director of the Washington State Psychiatric Hospitals and the Washington State Director of Mental Health from 1979 to 1983 and 1983 to 1987 respectively.He also served as the Director of the Safe Streets Campaign for Tacoma and Pierce County from 1989 to 1993. Lyle was a Cabinet member for two Governors as the Secretary of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services from 1995 to 2000. DSHS is the largest department in state government. In Pierce County Washington he served as the Chief of Staff for the Pierce County Executive from 2001 t0 2009 supervising 16 county departments. He then became President of Bates Technical College, one of the 34 Community and Technical Colleges in the State of Washington from 2009 to 2012. His last position prior to retirement was the Senior Advisor to the Chancellor of the University of Washington Tacoma.

Jorge L. Barón

Jorge L. Barón became the Executive Director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) in April 2008, after serving as a staff attorney with the organization since 2006. Jorge is originally from Bogotá, Colombia, and immigrated to the United States in 1986. He graduated from Duke University in 1995, and spent five years working in the film and television industry in Los Angeles, California, before pursuing a legal career. Jorge received his law degree from Yale Law School in 2003. After graduation, he served as a law clerk for Judge Betty B. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Seattle. Jorge then served as an Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellow at New Haven Legal Assistance Association in New Haven, Connecticut, before moving back to the Pacific Northwest and starting his position at NWIRP. Jorge lives in Seattle with his wife Tyler and their two children Isabella and Joaquín.

Gloria Ochoa-Bruck

Gloria Ochoa-Bruck is a graduate of Pasco High School and Columbia Basin College. Gloria earned her B.A. degree in Business Administration from Washington State University Tri-Cities and her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Idaho College of Law. Gloria commenced her legal career as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Benton County and then transitioned into private practice in 2002. Gloria is currently in private practice and admitted to both State and Federal Courts. Gloria is an Adjunct Professor at Gonzaga University School of Law and teaches Law Practice Management. She holds a judicial services contract with the Spokane Tribe of Indians and serves as Chief Judge for Spokane Tribal Court.

Gloria is a graduate of both Leadership Tri-Cities Class XII and Leadership Spokane 2012. She is a member of the Hispanic Business Professionals Association and a member of the Inland Northwest Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the Latina/o Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee, the Spokane County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee and Indian Law Section, and the Washington State Bar Association Lawyer’s Fund for Client Protection Board. Gloria is on the Board of Directors for the Little Spokane River Estates Homeowner’s Association. Gloria has been named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Spokane by Couer d’ Alene Living Magazine for 2011 and 2012. Gloria was selected as one of Catalyst Magazine’s Twenty Under 40 in recognition of her leadership role and commitment in the community. Gloria is a Washington State Bar Association Leadership Institute Fellow in the inaugural class of 2005 and a 2012 Judicial Institute Fellow.

Paola Maranan

Paola Maranan is the Executive Director of Children's Alliance, an organization she has been involved with -- in one role or another -- since 1993. A hallmark of her work has been to bring greater attention to the racial disparities that diminish opportunity for Washington’s kids. She is proud to be part of a Children’s Alliance team whose practice focuses on racial equity.

Paola’s commitment to improving the lives of children and families also led her to work with United Way of King County’s Children’s Initiative, the Washington State Family Policy Council, and the Washington State Commission on African American Affairs. Prior to returning to her home state of Washington, she worked in Alabama in the areas of voting rights and prison reform and attended Harvard University where she earned a BA in Government.

Andy Rheaume

Andy Rheaume is currently the Mayor of Bothell and has served as a council member and planning commissioner over the past six years. Andy's professional background includes over 15 years experience working as a planner and scientist for the cities of Redmond and Seattle in the field of stormwater and urban watershed management. Andy earned a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Washington Bothell. He is a third generation Washingtonian and has lived in the Bothell area the majority of his life. Andy has three boys and spends his free time playing sports (with his boys), snowboarding and cycling.

Bryan Vila

Bryan Vila is a professor of criminal justice and criminology at Washington State University and director of WSU’s Simulated Hazardous Operational Tasks laboratory. Prior to joining WSU in 2005, he directed the Crime Control and Prevention Division at the National Institute of Justice, the U.S. Department of Justice’s research arm. He received his Ph.D. in 1990 from UC Davis. Vila served as a peace officer from 1969-86—including nine years with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department as street cop and supervisor in minority communities with high crime rates, six years as a police chief helping the emerging nations of Micronesia develop culturally-appropriate policing, and two years as a federal executive.

Vila pioneered the study of police fatigue, finding that officers are routinely fatigued by long work hours, shift work, and chronic health problems. His research team’s groundbreaking experimental studies assess the impact of work-related fatigue on officers’ performance of critical job tasks. Those tasks include deadly force judgment and decision making, managing encounters with people, and driving. The study also assesses vigilance, critical cognitive abilities, and implicit racial bias. These abilities directly affect officer safety and the costs of policing. But they also affect the people whom officers serve.

Thus far, these experiments have established that work-related fatigue tends to significantly degrade officer performance. Tired cops tend to be less adept at handling interactions with people, and less likely to successfully deescalate an encounter when it begins to go bad. This increases the likelihood of outcomes that undermine public trust in the police and perceptions of their legitimacy. These experiments also suggest that most officers subconsciously view Blacks as more threatening than Whites. However, officers demonstrate “counter bias” in realistic simulations of deadly encounters, and are more hesitant to shoot Blacks than Whites—perhaps due to increased awareness of administrative, public, or media backlash. Dr. Vila has published more than 70 articles and book chapters on these topics as well as four books, including Tired Cops: The Importance of Managing Police Fatigue and The Role of Police in American Society (with Cynthia Morris), and Micronesian Blues (with Cynthia Morris).

Dr. Karen Johnson

Executive coach, community servant leader, and government strategist, Dr. Karen A. Johnson is an accomplished change agent whose gifts and talents are sought out in government, nonprofit, business and
faith-based markets. Recognized for her engaging approach to strategic planning, leading change, and measuring success, Dr. Johnson is best known for her time-honored ability to inspire individuals and groups of people in communities, businesses and organizations to achieve results. 

Dr. Johnson began her public service journey as an Occupational Therapist and spent over 14 years serving this nation’s veterans in increasingly responsible positions with the Department of Veterans Affairs
(VA). Karen currently serves as the Strategic Initiatives Executive for the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services and has an extensive portfolio of community service, including leadership roles with the Olympia-Capital-Centennial Rotary Club, Thurston Thrives!, the Black Alliance of Thurston County and YWCA. Karen holds a BS degree in Occupational Therapy, a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a PhD in Urban Services. Karen has lived in Washington State since 1997 and in Olympia since 2005. Karen’s passion is to advance liberty and justice for all.