Ashnie came to the United States, from Trinidad, in the early 80’s to attend culinary school. After working in the food service industry for a number of years, she decided she wanted to serve her community in a different way.
After completing her BA in American Multicultural Studies, Ashnie went on to work as a lead union organizer around the country, and working at a nonprofit focusing on system and policy change in Portland.
With twelve years experience working within Theater of the Oppressed, Ashnie’s passion is facilitating racial equity work and using the tools of Theater of the Oppressed, Non-Violent Communication and Courageous Conversations to engage groups seeking to deepen their understanding in racial equity.
Ashnie brings her lived experience as a woman of color and a single mom to inform her approach to racial equity work.
Past and Current Professional Work:
Community building and racial equity workshops for a variety of organizations
- Mudbone, LLC
- Basic Rights Oregon
- Women’s Foundation
- Food Corp
- Young Nonprofit Professionals Network
- Parents Talk Racial Equity at Sunnyside Environmental School
Training and Experience:
- Center for Equity & Inclusion facilitation
- Courageous Conversation
- Dr. Leticia Nieto : Beyond Diversity and Inclusion
- Theater of the Oppressed
- Non-Violent Communication
Oregon MBE (Minority Business Enterprise)
Oregon WBE (Women Business Enterprise)
Oregon ESB (Emerging Small Business)