Building Community. Bridging Differences.
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 is a founder of Project Pilgrimage and is our Executive Director and Facilitator of our Civil Rights Pilgrimage. Previously, she has worked as the Director of Academic Services for the University of Washington Department of Communication and has an extensive background in education policy, student development, and anti-racism facilitation.
Jasmine Rose supports the many facets of Project Pilgrimage as our Program Manager. She is a graduate of the University of Washington’s Department of Communication. Her diverse professional background in politics, healthcare and public art has allowed her to connect with a myriad of people and communities.
Nathan Bean works with Project Pilgrimage as our Community Relations Manager. Before joining Project Pilgrimage in 2020, Nathan was the Assistant Director of Advancement at the UW School of Social Work building relationships and raising funds for one of the top social work programs in the country.
Carolyn McKinstry, our Board Chair, 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.
Jen Belle is our Treasurer and has an extensive career in marketing, business development, and project management leadership in healthcare, eCommerce, and publishing industries.
Christina Chang is our board member, who brings her expertise in development and strategic planning to the organization. She is committed to anti-racism work and building diverse teams through the transformation of institutional culture and policy with an equity lens.