Check out some of our Guest Speakers
Michael Jackson, MSW is a former college football scholarship athlete and has more than 20 years of experience working youth and adults. He has worked extensively with youth and young adults and has work in sectors of nonprofit, youth ministry, education, and with the City of Santa Monica's Human Services Division for more than ten years at Virginia Avenue Park in Santa Monica.
Michael’s involvement with the Peace Pros LA dates back to its founding. He was instrumental in developing the Project's primary curriculum, and has led more than 50 trainings and workshops for Peace Pros LA. Michael works passionately to challenge mythical notions of masculinity, and tries to redefine masculinity daily with youth, young adults, and his peers. He also has a passion to have challenging conversations around race, gender, and power in the pursuit of dismantling systematic inequalities in institutions and society.
Anthony (Tony) Abulencia Santa Ana is a doctoral candidate at the University of San Francisco in the International/Multicultural Education Department with a focus on Human Rights. With over two decades as a community organizer and activist, he believes in the power of the collective and radically imagining a new world.
Tony brings his consulting experience in non-profit evaluation/assessment, youth leadership development, and juvenile justice reform throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. As a published author and poet, he has presented and performed nationally & internationally spreading his message of the power of community through arts and activism. Tony continues his research interests in youth leadership development, social justice pedagogy, peace education, indigeneity, arts & activism, and ethnic studies. He has taught at major universities in Tokyo, San Jose State University, University of San Francisco, and De Anza College in Ethnic Studies and Teaching Credential programs.
As the program coordinator for De Anza’s Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education and Student Equity Initiative, he has continued Dr. Neal’s vision to “transform and equitize the institution” by adding to the college’s equity rubric and guiding questions for various constituency groups, supporting and developing equity programs, bridging equity cross-collaborations on campus, providing equity trainings for student government, piloting a student equity certification to empower students to sit on shared governance committees and conduct on the ground research (participatory action research), and created an equity certification specifically for classified professionals.
Justin Scott Campbell is an organizational consultant and trainer based in Los Angeles, CA. His work seeks to bring healing practices to organizations so that the people who work there can daily experience Love, Safety, Kindness, and Belonging, unfettered by bias and prejudice.
His workshops and training in both the private and public sectors have helped numerous organizations recognize how rich and dynamic their multiracial, inclusive spaces already are. Justin has led these workshops in cities across the country on topics such as the roots of systemic oppression, cultural humility, calling in vs. calling out, and how to have courageous conversations in the workplace. He is also a certified trauma professional who integrates a trauma-informed perspective into each workshop and training.
Forrest L. Story is President and Principal Consultant for Public Sector Excellence (PSE), an organizational development, training and coaching firm founded in 1995. PSE specializes in helping public sector employees, supervisors, managers, and leaders build excellence in their organizations and in the services they provide. PSE helps clients address the unique opportunities and challenges that public sector organizations face. Prior to founding PSE, Forrest spent over 23 years working in the public sector, 20 of which were in management and supervisory positions. He has had leadership assignments in organizational development, human resources, children’s & social services, employee development & training, budget, management services, and public works. He was the first recipient of the Instructional Systems Association national award for his work in productivity improvement in local government.
He has designed and presented hundreds of workshops for local, county & state government, school districts, special districts and joint powers authorities. He has designed comprehensive training & development programs on the subjects of leadership, management, & supervision; strategic planning; working with difficult employees; change management; presentation and facilitation skills; public sector customer service; communication; performance appraisals; conflict resolution; being a great employee and team member; dealing with unacceptable employee behavior; improving employee performance; delegation; time management; problem solving and decision making; cost-benefit analysis; effective business writing; stress management; preventing harassment; achieving worklife/personal balance; interview skills; job analysis; and team building.
He is often called on to give keynote presentations to civic groups, professional organizations, and management teams. He receives high marks for his entertaining yet down-to-earth and practical teaching style.
Forrest has a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a BS in Criminology from California State University, Long Beach.