Here are the panelists for Let's Talk: Race & Immigration

With less than two weeks to go until Let's Talk: Race & Immigration, we are excited to announce our lineup of panelists. 

Keith BlockerManaging Partner, Archway Consulting Group (moderator)
Olgy DiazSenior Political Manager, One America
Jefferson MokChair,  Immigrant & Refugee Affairs Commission  
Tim Warden-HertzDirecting Attorney, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Liesl SantkuylLatinx Community Advocate & Program Manager at the College Success Foundation

Olgy Diaz  is the daughter of Guatemalan immigrants and a first-generation college graduate with dual bachelor’s degrees in Latin American Studies and Women’s Studies from the University of Washington. Born and raised in Pierce County, Olgy grew up in a military and union household that valued hard work, humor, and family above all else.  Her passion for building power in immigrant communities stems from her devastatingly common experience as the only person of color in rooms where decisions impacting our communities are decided. Olgy has over 10 years of political experience including prior work with Planned Parenthood, the Washington State Democratic Party, the Washington State Legislature, and candidate campaigns in Tacoma, including a personal run for Tacoma City Council in 2013.  In her space time, Olgy serves as a public member of the Washington State Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission, board member of the Institute for a Democratic Future (IDF – Class of 2014), and Vice President and Diversity Co-Chair of the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington (NWPC-WA).

Olgy Diaz is the daughter of Guatemalan immigrants and a first-generation college graduate with dual bachelor’s degrees in Latin American Studies and Women’s Studies from the University of Washington. Born and raised in Pierce County, Olgy grew up in a military and union household that valued hard work, humor, and family above all else.

Her passion for building power in immigrant communities stems from her devastatingly common experience as the only person of color in rooms where decisions impacting our communities are decided. Olgy has over 10 years of political experience including prior work with Planned Parenthood, the Washington State Democratic Party, the Washington State Legislature, and candidate campaigns in Tacoma, including a personal run for Tacoma City Council in 2013.

In her space time, Olgy serves as a public member of the Washington State Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission, board member of the Institute for a Democratic Future (IDF – Class of 2014), and Vice President and Diversity Co-Chair of the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington (NWPC-WA).

Jefferson   Mok  brings over ten years of non-profit and non-governmental organization experience as an international aid worker, immigration rights advocate, journalist, radio host, and photographer. He emigrated from Hong Kong to the U.S. when he was seven. Jefferson strives to apply his diverse skills and experiences to elevate voices and projects that can advance social change. He is especially passionate about facilitation methods that can enhance cooperation across borders, lines, and differences.  Jefferson holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and in French from Grinnell College in Iowa and Master’s degrees in International Affairs and in Journalism from Columbia University in New York. He currently serves as Chair of the City of Tacoma's Commission on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, to which he offers his perspectives from living and working in parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia

Jefferson Mok brings over ten years of non-profit and non-governmental organization experience as an international aid worker, immigration rights advocate, journalist, radio host, and photographer. He emigrated from Hong Kong to the U.S. when he was seven. Jefferson strives to apply his diverse skills and experiences to elevate voices and projects that can advance social change. He is especially passionate about facilitation methods that can enhance cooperation across borders, lines, and differences.

Jefferson holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and in French from Grinnell College in Iowa and Master’s degrees in International Affairs and in Journalism from Columbia University in New York. He currently serves as Chair of the City of Tacoma's Commission on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, to which he offers his perspectives from living and working in parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia

Tim Warden-Hertz  is the Directing Attorney for the Tacoma office of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Prior to joining NWIRP in 2013, Tim was the Legal Director of the Immigration Law Programs at Catholic Social Services in Fall River, Massachusetts, a Staff Attorney with the Farmworker Division at Georgia Legal Services, and a Fellow/Attorney in the Immigration Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Tim Warden-Hertz is the Directing Attorney for the Tacoma office of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Prior to joining NWIRP in 2013, Tim was the Legal Director of the Immigration Law Programs at Catholic Social Services in Fall River, Massachusetts, a Staff Attorney with the Farmworker Division at Georgia Legal Services, and a Fellow/Attorney in the Immigration Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Liesl Santkuyl  has been living and working in Tacoma, Washington for the last twenty years as a Latina community advocate, public health educator and social justice activist. In her day job, she is a Program Manager at the College Success Foundation that supports middle and high school students realize their college-going aspirations. Liesl enjoys working to support grassroots efforts to increase education, social, economic, and health equity. She believes that every voice counts and that helping others speak out about their lives and what they need can help shape policy, systems and the environment -that in turn shape the quality of peoples’ lives in the community.   Liesl earned a Masters in Public Health from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and has worked as a health educator and manager in migrant health centers, public health, hospitals, and nonprofits in Wisconsin and Washington. She also taught in Guatemala in the Peace Corps and in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in an immersion Spanish language public school. In Tacoma she was a Community Liaison Specialist at the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department for 9 years, Community Outreach Liaison for MultiCare Center for Healthy Living for five years, Director of Stand for Children for three years, did health equity consulting work with Northwest Leadership Foundation, and is currently Program Manager with the College Success Foundation.   Born in Venezuela, she lived in Mexico and Guatemala during her childhood and early twenties and thoroughly enjoys working to help Latino youth, parents and families to have a stronger voice and become more engaged in the Tacoma community. She is married and is raising two sons, ages 15 and 19. She helped to organize two Latino Town Halls in Tacoma in 2016 with other area Latino volunteers, and helped to form Latinx Unidos of the South Sound (LUSS), which is a group of Latinx community members that work collectively to help the community understand the important contributions of our community and some of our unique challenges as well.

Liesl Santkuyl has been living and working in Tacoma, Washington for the last twenty years as a Latina community advocate, public health educator and social justice activist. In her day job, she is a Program Manager at the College Success Foundation that supports middle and high school students realize their college-going aspirations. Liesl enjoys working to support grassroots efforts to increase education, social, economic, and health equity. She believes that every voice counts and that helping others speak out about their lives and what they need can help shape policy, systems and the environment -that in turn shape the quality of peoples’ lives in the community.

Liesl earned a Masters in Public Health from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and has worked as a health educator and manager in migrant health centers, public health, hospitals, and nonprofits in Wisconsin and Washington. She also taught in Guatemala in the Peace Corps and in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in an immersion Spanish language public school. In Tacoma she was a Community Liaison Specialist at the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department for 9 years, Community Outreach Liaison for MultiCare Center for Healthy Living for five years, Director of Stand for Children for three years, did health equity consulting work with Northwest Leadership Foundation, and is currently Program Manager with the College Success Foundation.

Born in Venezuela, she lived in Mexico and Guatemala during her childhood and early twenties and thoroughly enjoys working to help Latino youth, parents and families to have a stronger voice and become more engaged in the Tacoma community. She is married and is raising two sons, ages 15 and 19. She helped to organize two Latino Town Halls in Tacoma in 2016 with other area Latino volunteers, and helped to form Latinx Unidos of the South Sound (LUSS), which is a group of Latinx community members that work collectively to help the community understand the important contributions of our community and some of our unique challenges as well.

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