We are inspired to reach beyond our current visions to build a more just world for all.
In 2013 a group of us traveled to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma and were deeply inspired by the courageous footsoldiers of the Civil Rights Movement. In going to this sacred American site we met and spent time with all walks of people, we sought diverse historical perspectives, we identified our place in structures of our history, and we returned to our communities with renewed courage to make change. We believe to our core that by working together — across generations, racial and ethnic histories, gender and sexual identities, economic, educational, and national standings — we are inspired to reach beyond our current visions to build a more just world for all.
Connect with us if you want to collaborate, have an idea or have a vision to work together. We build interracial understanding, build community across difference and share ideas to create change. Contact us to learn more about the work we do. Connect with us: Team@projectpilgrimage.org
Felicia Ishino has worked as Director of Academic Services for the University of Washington Department of Communication. Felicia is a founder of Project Pilgrimage and is our Executive Director and Co-Designer and Facilitator of our Civil Rights Pilgrimage.
Mary Ingraham has worked consistently in storytelling, working in publishing, marketing, sales, and editorial. She is a community organizer and community builder. Mary is a founder of Project Pilgrimage and is our Director of Programming and Co-Designer and Facilitator of our Civil Rights Pilgrimage.
Devon Geary is a graduate student at the University of Washington, studying whiteness. She has worked with Project Pilgrimage since the beginning. She has also worked at the Emmett Till Interpretive Center in Sumner MS, and the Highlander Folk School in Newmarket TN, facilitating community programming and research. Devon is our crackerjack Communication Manager.
Pa Ousman Jobe is a highly efficient, value and goal driven, and analytical professional with a diverse background in finance, community building, and advocacy. He graduated from Seattle University’s Albers School of Business and Economics. Pa Ousman serves as our Community & Donor Relations Manager and Executive Assistant to the Director.
Jasmine Rose is a graduate of the University of Washington’s Department of Communication. She has a diverse professional background in politics, healthcare and public art that has allowed her to connect with a myriad of people and communities. Jasmine supports the many facets of Project Pilgrimage as our Program Manager.
Our Board chair, Carolyn Maull McKinstry, is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. Carolyn is a graduate of Fisk University, and holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree from New York Theological Seminary. She is a Civil Rights leader, author, and community builder who works daily to educate and share about the history and truth of the past in order to build towards reconciliation and healing.
May Che, our Board Vice-President and Secretary, is a Senior Trial Attorney for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Seattle. Many of the cases that May has litigated during her approximate nine years at the EEOC involve sexual harassment and sexual assault of immigrant workers, and discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Her work has always centered on her passion for community and advocacy for the disenfranchised.