Maren Miller, Facilitator (she/her/hers)
Maren is a former art teacher, turned artist, reiki practitioner, consultant, coach and facilitator. She is passionate, driven and committed to the work of racial and educational equity, as well as critical self development and healing. She wants to empower humans, to be conscious, reflective, change makers. She desires to work with humans whom have the will to look inward and view the world through a critical and restorative racial lens. For the betterment of self, but also for the greater good of all.
She brings with her, 10 years of teaching experience (BA in Studio Art and MA in Education) and (as a white womxn) desires to be a message of awareness, growth and transparency in order to help uncover and name the oppressive systems at work in students' lives. She looks forward to continue to build her capacity and interest in continuing to influence at different levels of systems, knowing how interpersonal and internal the work truly is.
Jenny Medrano, Program Manager, Building Bridges
With over a decade of varying education experiences, Jenny is skilled at teaching and facilitating groups ranging from children to adults. Her education experiences involve teacher-aiding, directing after-school programming, and teaching and facilitating on the topics of cultural intelligence, racial identity, diversity, inclusion and equity (DEI). She loves developing people to be more inclusive leaders both in group spaces and in a one-on-one coaching setting.
As Program Manager of Building Bridges, Jenny has worked with multiple organizations, businesses and schools in the form of both a consultant and coach. She is skilled in strategic planning and curriculum design of DEI development within organizations, and also in the interpersonal development of staff teams, and their leadership. She has experience in coaching individual staff members through their racial identity process and moving them deeper into allyship or advocacy.
As a Latina, she specializes in empowering and developing Latinx leaders in better understanding their Latinidad and how this can propel them into a unique and powerful leadership style. Jenny has coached and consulted various Executive Directors and DEI Specialists around DEI Development within their organization and the necessary inclusion and equity changes that may be needed. In the actual facilitation of staff teams and groups, Jenny acts as Lead Facilitator of dialogues aimed at conflict transformation and shifting power dynamics within organizations. Jenny received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Wheaton College in Illinois.