Meet Dara

For 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 over eight years, and have guided trainings, discussion groups, and other anti-oppression focused activities for fourteen years. I have designed and conducted well over 100 workshops for more than 80 organizations, provided individual and group coaching, facilitated caucuses/discussion groups, taught oppression-related classes, devised curricula, and am certified as a mediator. My work has encompassed both continuing and short-term projects, and is customized to suit each client. I look forward to supporting you in your anti-oppression and equity work.

Education and Work History

I attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where I majored in English and took every Ethnic and Women’s Studies course I could manage. While there, I was very active in campus organizing efforts to retain and provide resources to underrepresented students, and worked at the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) and the Student Outreach and Retention Center for Equity (SORCE).

After graduating, I worked as a staff person for the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, and then became a community organizer for 9to5, the National Association of Working Women. After leaving 9to5, I became a co-owner and partner of Sixth Sun Consulting for three years before launching Transformative Alliances LLC. During the beginning stages of this launch, I also worked as the Co-Director of Prax(us), an organization dedicated to ending domestic human trafficking.

I am deeply committed to social justice and education work, and 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.