Project Pilgrimage - About

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. 

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.

Jorge Rivas joins Project Pilgrimage in a Community Outreach role. Jorge is currently a Communications major with an emphasis in Social Justice. He has worked most notably in the Arts Engagement Department at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego trying to make theatre matter to more people but has now shifted his focus on helping others in their path to being anti-racist and bringing community together.


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.

Tim Jones joins the Project Pilgrimage Board of Directors after co-leading many of the early trips. He is a Professor of Political Science at Bellevue College. Tim is married with two kids who keep him busy when he’s not working. He was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, and the first member of his family to graduate from college.