Since it’s inception in 2007, we have worked together to design, develop and present the work offered at the Nonviolent Leadership for Social Justice Intensive. Our passion for this work is founded in our own life experiences with the issues we address and is fueled by extensive study in Nonviolent Communication and the theories and practical application of frameworks for social transformation.
Alicia Garcia
Alicia GarciaTrainer
After graduating from Pomona College in 1990, Alicia Garcia began her professional career as a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Alicia served as a bilingual educator in East Los Angeles for over a decade, teaching multiple subjects in grades K-5 and preparing Latina/o children to excel across the curriculum, think critically, and encouraging them to pursue their dreams. In her classroom she fostered their creativity and intellectual curiosity and engaged them in a multicultural curriculum. Alicia also promoted the importance of mutual understanding, interdependence and collaboration.

Currently, Alicia works for Alameda County Office of Education as a English Language Learner teacher on special assignment. In her role she oversees the English Learner program, works across Student Program and Service” court and community schools providing individual and small group instruction to English learners at the secondary level. In her capacity she also provides professional development workshops, coaches teachers, and supports principals in best practices to better serve the needs of English Language Learners. She has counseled and taught teenage mothers and systemically disadvantaged youth for the past six years, and in the spring of 2010 was awarded of Educator of the Year for English Language Learners for Alameda County.

Since earning her Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California in 2004, Alicia has also worked with various regional organizations and groups including Bay Area Nonviolent Communication, Maestras, and Mission Dignity, to create pedagogical models based on principles of human development as a method of increasing our capacity for human connection, community empowerment, and social change. Alicia hopes that these strategies can be used to heal and transform communities that have been historically oppressed. As a first-generation college student and daughter of Mexican immigrant parents, Alicia is extremely passionate about creating alternative healing strategies that empower and nurture leaders from diverse backgrounds.

Currently, Alicia has assisted in the local Bay Area Nonviolent Communication year-long integration Program, BIP, since 2012. She was also part of a team sharing diversity work and critical awareness frameworks, and nonviolent communication principles and practice in Guatemala for the project, “Conectando Con la Vida.”

Edmundo Norte
Edmundo NorteTrainer
Edmundo Norte serves as the Dean of Intercultural and International Studies at De Anza College and is a national consultant on issues of diversity, equity, and transformative leadership, conducting experiential workshops on “A Human Development Approach to Transforming Power, Perceptions, and Society”, an empathy-focused way of engaging in anti-racist, social justice work. He leads seminars and teaches courses at San Jose State University’s Department of Educational Leadership, for California State University East Bay’s Master of Education in Urban Teacher Leadership program, and at De Anza College’s Institute for Community and Civic Engagement. In 2003 he began using Nonviolent Communication in his work on equity and multiculturalism, and he completed the Bay Area Center for Nonviolent Communication’s North American Leadership Program in 2005. His work now integrates a balance of critical consciousness with compassionate interpersonal connection. This serves as the foundation for personal healing and social action that can transform the domination paradigm of our society as it manifests within ourselves, in our relationships, and the institutions in which we operate. He holds a master’s degree from Harvard University and has nearly completed his doctoral work there in the department of Human Development and Psychology. While his formal education is rooted in developmental psychology, professionally he has taught at every level of public education, from kindergarten to post-graduate programs. He acknowledges that his true life’s work is the joyful and heart-wrenching challenge of applying his knowledge, experience, and efforts to the developmentally responsible parenting of his two children—an ongoing labor of love.
Jihan McDonald
Jihan McDonaldTransitional Trainer
Jihan McDonald is a Facilitator, Healer, Spiritual Director, Counselor, (collector of adjectives) and Writer from the Chochenyo land colonized as Oakland, CA. Jihan has been involved in the NLSJ Retreat as a participant first in 2014, and then as an Assistant to the Leadership Team in 2016 and 2018.

They recently completed the Master’s in Social Transformation at Pacific School of Religion and have trained in a diversity of cultural transformation tools including, but not limited to, Nonviolent Communication, Leveraging Your Influence Using Nonviolent Communication, Work That Reconnects, Capacitar Stress & Trauma Release, Theater of the Oppressed, Life Coaching, and Spirituality & Culture Creation studies at Holy Names University.

Jihan has received the Koinonia Community Building, Changemaker Fellowship, and Alpha Delta Leadership awards for their work developing Allies for Life, an embodied, healing-centered workshop curriculum and methodology that builds knowledge, skill, and resilience qualities of discernment, empathy, compassion, courage, and healing in people from 8-80 (so far) to act for social justice and co-create the Beloved Community.

Jihan is currently the Ristad Healing Justice Intern for the American Friends Service Committee (West), serves on the Girls and Women of Color Collaborative Advisory Committee, the Canticle Farm Board of Directors, and is a regular Guest Teacher for the ALTER (Allied Leadership Training for Embodied Resilience) program at Holistic Underground.

“Change starts where we are and takes us to where we need to be.
My living between classes, races, gender expectations, belief systems, and bodies of knowledge have shaped me to see/be like a kaleidoscope; everything is changing, all of it is beautiful if we can embrace the inherent chaos in change, to live like a flower: to break down, reform, and re-emerge in a constant state of becoming.”

Jihan’s happiest place(s) exist(s) between savory snacks, brainstorming creative solutions to complex problems, conversations with loved ones and/or squirrels and/or trees, afternoon dance parties, and open roads at midnight.

Kristin Masters
Kristin MastersTrainer
Kristin Masters is a certified CNVC Trainer from Santa Cruz, CA who is committed to using the principles of compassionate communication in addressing issues of oppression and power imbalance. Kristin has a long history of leading diversity work, mostly from models based on the work of Ricky Sherover-Marcuse, working as an associate alongside Lillian Roybal Rose for a number of years, following five years active with NCBI (National Coalition Building Institute). Kristin is committed to supporting all of us to step forward as allies and accomplices, most especially other white people to take action in the face of racism. As a leader of Joanna Macy’s Work that Reconnects, she offers an invigorating and empowering approach to social change work.
Roxy Manning
Roxy ManningTrainer, Organizer
Roxy Manning, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and CNVC Certified Trainer. She has served as the Executive Director of BayNVC, lead trainer for BayNVC’s NVC Leadership Program and is co-founder and trainer for the NVC and Diversity Retreat. Roxy has been using NVC in her psychotherapy practice since 2003, and has been formally teaching NVC since 2005. Roxy currently works part time as a psychologist with the City and County of San Francisco’s Disability Evaluation and Consultation Unit.
In addition to supporting clinicians and others seeking to improve their ability to serve individuals from diverse backgrounds, Roxy has worked directly with programs and people working towards individual and social change nationally and internationally.
Within the United States, Roxy’s work includes
• Coaching mental health staff at a large government agency through severe conflict that had previously resulted in legal action
• Training direct service staff at Nashville’s Public Health Department in ways to increase engagement with the families they serve
• Leading workshops on race and facilitating cross-racial dialogues at the Gandhi Institute that resulted in an ongoing initiative to address racial tension within the Institute’s home city of Rochester, NY

Internationally, Roxy’s social change efforts includes
• Supporting former rebel soldiers working for grass-roots peace organizations in Sri Lanka in finding new ways to nurture peace in their communities
• Coaching artists seeking to contribute to greater acceptance of homosexuality in Japan
• Holding dialogues with those interested in examining growing racial tension within The Netherlands
• Supporting the acquisition and deepening of Nonviolent Communication with both direct service providers (including principals, teachers and therapists) and members of the public in Poland.

Roxy has combined her life experience as an Afro-Caribbean immigrant with her extensive academic and professional training into a passion for supporting both larger social change and individual healing and growth.

Ale Delgado
Ale DelgadoOrganizer
Ale Delgado is delighted to offer organizing support for the 2020 Nonviolent Leadership for Social Justice Intensive.

Trainers on Sabbatical

Marina Smerling
Marina SmerlingTrainer
Marina Smerling is a long-time lover of the intersection of Nonviolent Communication and social change efforts, which she brings to her work as a life coach and NVC group facilitator for women. She’s passionate about uncovering the ways in which injustice and oppression fail to meet the needs of all of us, marginalized and privileged alike. When not coaching or teaching, Marina can be found helping to organize fossil-fuel and private prison divestment campaigns, nerding out over kombucha, and boogieing to the sound of pretty much anything with a beat.
Mika Maniwa
Mika ManiwaTrainer, Constellations Facilitator
Mika Maniwa has been teaching and leading NVC practice groups for over twelve years in Vancouver, Canada. She shares the relational language of NVC with information about our nervous systems to help cultivate more self-compassion, resilience and warm community. She became a CNVC Certified Trainer in Nonviolent Communication in 2017 and has been exploring what needs to be acknowledged in NVC circles regarding issues of social location, privilege and access in order for NVC to be more effective in supporting folks to create more equitable systems in their organizations.
Mike Tinoco
Mike TinocoTransitional Trainer
Mike Tinoco is a high school educator, nonviolence trainer, and teacher organizer from San Jose whose work centers nonviolence education and leadership. His work primarily draws on Kingian Nonviolence, Nonviolent Communication, and Aikido with the aim of supporting collective liberation, strengthening inter-being, and effecting social transformation. He is committed to working alongside his students, educators, and the people in transforming oppressive conditions and creating a culture of positive peace that demands justice, centers love, and holds room for everyone to be part of Beloved Community.

He co-organizes Critical Friends, a critical teacher inquiry group in the South Bay and supports nonviolence work and training with the East Point Peace Academy, Maestr@s: A Movement for Raza Liberation through Educación, the Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice (ITOC), and Rock the School Bells.