Team

Jonathan Lykes

Founder/CEO

Jonathan Lykes is a Black queer artist, activist and academic. His interdisciplinary approach to art, activism and anti-oppression work, merges policy change, artistic expression and activism. Combining these forms of social transformation—and harnessing their synergy—Jonathan works to create awareness, promote personal healing, surmount institutional barriers and generate systemic change. Jonathan’s current position as Founder/Executive Director of Liberation House situates him to merge his multidisciplinary artistic background with public policy reform, community engagement and systems change work to teach liberation praxis by pushing the revolutionary edge of radical transformative movement work. Lykes is also a founding member of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), a movement of young adults using a Black Queer Feminist lens to advocate for community and institutional change. Jonathan is also the curator of BYP100’s freedom song and chant album, The Black Joy Experience, helping to teach holistic energy through the Black radical tradition. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago, where he also received his master’s degree from the School for Social Service Administration.

Tashira Halyard

Consultant

Tashira led the Alliance for Racial Equity in Child Welfare, a coalition of child welfare stakeholders dedicated to eliminating racial disparities and improving outcomes for children and families of color in the child welfare system; facilitate workgroups, webinars and convenings with stakeholders focused on equity and improved outcomes; produce data analysis, written reports and campaigns highlighting the pressing issues facing families and children of color involved with public systems; co-led the Race Equity Team charged with leading the organizations efforts to becoming anti-racist. Tashira also worked as the deputy director for Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, where she led a team of program managers who supervised trauma-informed play programs at temporary housing programs in Washington, DC; she also served as a thought partner with the Executive Director in executing organizational operations, fundraising, advocacy, community relations and hiring and spoke publicly about family homelessness at DC Council hearings, partner meetings, advocacy events and HCPP trainings. Tashira received her J.D. from Georgetown University.

Twiggy Pucci Garçon

Consultant

Twiggy has collaborated with artists, filmmakers, academics and policymakers to increase visibility queer and trans people of color in both creative and sociopolitical spaces. In their current role as Senior Program Director at the True Colors United, Twiggy leads the Youth Action and Technical Assistance program areas, aimed at not only elevating youth voices but also creating space for partnerships with young adults to lead the movement to end youth homelessness. Twiggy co-wrote the Sundance-selected documentary KIKI, sits on the Board of Directors for Doc Society, and serves as a consultant and runway choreographer on FX series, POSE, by Ryan Murphy and Steven Canals. Her mission is to elevate the authentic representation of the House|Ballroom Community worldwide.

Juanita Gallion

Consultant

Juanita Gallion helps lead the organization’s Community Change efforts, focusing on capacity building, training, and technical assistance. She brings her expertise on racial equity and results-based approaches to work in partnership with systems and communities through a range of efforts.  She previously coordinated technical assistance and peer learning for Promise Neighborhoods, an initiative of the Department of Education, and managed the technical assistance for sites participating in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Making Connections Initiative, connecting local leaders to a range of workforce, asset-building, and early learning opportunities to assure families and communities had the tools, support and opportunities to achieve economic success. She has a master’s degree in social service administration from the University of Chicago, and received her bachelor’s degree in law and society from American University.

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