Facing Race: A National Conference in St. Louis, MO — November 20-22, 2024

Yordanos Teferi

Executive Director | Multicultural Community Coalition, King County Equitable Development

Yordanos Teferi is a graduate of Georgetown University, the London School of Economics and Benjamin N. Cardozo, School of Law. She is an eDiscovery Attorney with over 17 years of experience in combined law firm and Fortune 100 companies. Upon returning to Seattle, Yordanos began serving as the Board Chair of the Eritrean Community Center which introduced her to the great work of the Multicultural Community Coalition for which she currently serves as the Executive Director. Yordanos also serves on the Communities of Opportunity (COO) Governance Board, City of Seattle’s Equitable Development Initiative (EDI) Board, City of Seattle's Department of Transportation (SDOT) Equity Workgroup (Co-chair); SDOT’s Policy and Operations Advisory Group; the Race and Social Equity Taskforce; King County Public Health’s  Pandemic and Racism Community Advisory Group (Steering Committee member); and the Community Health Board Coalition'(Co-chair).


Presentations from Facing Race 2022

Visionary Practices for Community of Color Power & Ownership

What are the possibilities when communities of color work collectively across-race to deepen shared power, organize and develop future-forward democratizing practices and structures that offer a vision for true democracy and transformation with racial justice as the horizon?

In this session community leaders from local coalitions and networks will present a snapshot of the vision, values, culture and practices that are informing this push for community ownership of the institutions that determine their lives. Multi-sectoral efforts for racial justice necessitate the development of new democratic practices that place r transformation at the front and center, along with prioritizing of transparency, accountability, and deeper relationships – centering bold solutions for the long haul.

Speakers TBD but will include representatives from local coalitions and networks in the Puget Sound and Northern California who are building multiracial power for racial justice and transformation in their communities. The session will be supported by Fernando Mejia Ledesma, Co-executive Director of Puget Sound SAGE and Jesse Villalobos from Race Forward’s Place-Based Initiatives, who works to support local racial justice networks in deepening their collective power to bring bold vision into fruition.

Moderator(s): Jesse Villalobos Speakers: Fernando Mejia Ledesma, Kim Williams, DeAngelo Mack, Andrea Manzo, Alma Cervantes, Yordanos Teferi