Meet Dara & Nicole


Dara Burwell, Founder & Co-President (she, her, hers)

Dara HeadshotFor as long as I can remember, I have been deeply committed to the fair and equitable treatment of people. Being a queer, mixed race woman has provided me with a lifetime of observations on how power, privilege, and oppression work as well as their tremendous, multilayered impact. I want to provide people with the tools they need to re-envision their organizations, interpersonal relationships, and society at large. I want to help people build powerful and transformative alliances.

I have formally worked as an anti-oppression and equity consultant for fifteen (15) years, and have guided trainings, discussion groups, and other anti-oppression focused activities for over twenty (20) years. I have designed and conducted hundreds of workshops for thousands of participants, provided individual and group coaching, facilitated caucuses/discussion groups, taught oppression-related classes, and devised curricula. My work has encompassed both continuing and short-term projects, and is customized to suit each client. I am continuously engaged in my own development and expansion. There will always be a tremendous amount for me to learn, and I want my impact on the world to be as intentional and conscientious as possible. I invite you to join me on this journey, and I look forward to supporting you in your anti-oppression and equity work.

Nicole Hurt, Co-President (he, him, his & she, her, hers)

Nicole HeadshotNicole is the Co-President of Transformative Alliances LLC.  He brings over 30 years of social justice and community organizing experience to her work as an anti-oppression trainer, consultant, and coach.  He works with communities, individuals, and organizations, and has conducted trainings, workshops, classes, assessments, evaluations, planning processes, organizational development work, curricular development, individual and group coaching sessions, identity-based caucus work, and other customized consulting services.  Nicole is also a trained Theatre of the Oppressed practitioner.  Nicole’s activism has been most rooted in solidarity/coalition work, with an emphasis on immigrant rights, economic justice, and anti-racist organizing (in both LGBTQ and broader communities). She has worked in collaboration with professional colleagues, a range of activist groups across the country, and community members to lead campaigns for health care reform, police accountability, and equal language access in voting, to name a few.