Leadership

  • Brie Charles Program Volunteer

    Brie Charles is a current freshman at George Washington University. Originally from North Carolina (go Duke!), she is loving living the city life. She spends her free time reading and helping others, along with looking for new adventures! She is beyond excited to be working with One Common Unity!

  • Ayano Onay Strickland Program Facilitator

    Ayano is from Cambridge, MA and has been a health focused, creation based, community champion, ally and advocate of youth diversity for many years. Using holistic wellness, spoken word and playful and yogic movement as a means to offer self healing, free expression and peer unity to his classes. He has run successful programs within elementary and high school classrooms as well as juvenile detention units and constituency focused support groups. Eat to Live to Move to love Life and tell it!

  • Wendy Jason Program Facilitator

    Wendy Jason is an educator and activist with a deep commitment to making sure that all youth know that they matter. She has nearly 20 years of experience in direct support social services with people of all ages and backgrounds, and has developed and implemented workshops on conflict transformation, creative writing, and restorative justice with incarcerated adults and youth. Wendy grew up in Connecticut, but before moving to the DC area 4 years ago, she lived and worked in New Mexico, Massachusetts, Alaska, Florida, and New York. She currently works as an Employment Specialist at a shelter for men experiencing homelessness, administers the Prison Arts Coalition’s website, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Blue Mountain Project. In her down time Wendy plays racquetball, floor hockey, and broomball, hikes and stand-up paddles, and spends as much time as possible with her 6 nephews and 1 niece.

  • Hawah Executive Director

    Hawah is an artist, author, educator, yoga instructor and community organizer. He has dedicated his life to teaching about solutions to violence and ways to peace, and has traveled to over 28 countries in the past 10 years to facilitate interactive workshops, dialogues, perform poetry, teach yoga, and speak with those interested in creating a caring, sustainable, and equitable world. In 2000, Hawah finished at American University with a degree in Peace and Educational Philosophy and co-founded One Common Unity, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C.
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  • Malauna Steele Financial Manager

    Malauna Steele provides financial management expertise, strategic planning, implementation training to various nonprofit organizations in the District of Columbia as well as globally. In her capacity as a local advocate for organizations that benefit children and at-risk youth, she draws on 10 years of experience in nonprofit groups that provide services to various target audiences that are in need of assistance.
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  • Ellie Walton Board Member

    Ellie Walton grew up in Washington, D.C. and has committed her life’s work to sharing stories that inspire connection across social and cultural dividing lines. She takes time to build relationships and trust with communities with whom she is actively engaging in the storytelling process. Ellie’s feature length documentaries, Chocolate City (2007), Igual Que Tú (2009), and Walk With Me (2012), have been screened at film festivals across the world and continue to be used as educational tools at universities, schools and conferences.
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  • Mikuak Rai Board Member

    In 2000, Mikuak helped co-found OCU, an inter-generational community of healing artists, spiritual warriors, and peace workers; and, it is through this organization that Mikuak has been able to serve the greater community, particularly young people, by providing alternatives and solutions to violence via creative self-expression and self-development. Some of the OCU creative initiatives Mikuak has contributed to include the Awareness of Oneness festival, the Circle of Life workshop, and Revel Youth Shine.
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  • Steve Ma Board Chair

    Steve Ma is Live Green’s Board President and GEO (Green Executive Officer). Live Green is an innovative membership organization that expands the green economy by making it easier and more affordable for people to live eco-friendly lives. In 2001, Steve walked 1,523 miles through the Garden State in support of campaign finance reform. AsianWeek named Steve their Asian-American of the Year in recognition of his walk and his efforts led to the passage of a landmark Clean Elections law.
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  • DJ Kim Advisory Council

    Dreamer, Founder and Caretaker of Java Green Coffee & Tea Inc., DJ Kim is interested in nature, life, and peace and harmony for all beings. DJ started Java Green in 2003 with his family and quickly watched it grow from the first truly eco-friendly coffee shop in D.C., to the capital’s most popular vegetarian restaurant and an oasis for raw and gluten-free diners, thanks to his knack for unique recipes. One of the key leaders of the green movement in DC, DJ is still active in many organizations he helped found, including One Common Unity and Live Green.
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  • Baba Ras D Teaching Artist

    Baba Ras D, which means “Father of Kings and Queens” is one of One Common Unity’s most veteran facilitators. From 2003 – 2007 he directed our Revel Youth Shine youth program, designed to keep young men and women between the ages of 7 – 25 years of age engaged in positive self, family, and community oriented activities through music.
     
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