From the corridors of academia to the frontlines of advocacy, Dr. Tyfahra Milele has championed the transformative power of knowledge and equitable education. Her graduate work at UC Berkeley explored the profound intersections of jazz, trauma, and African American Literature, revealing the ways in which music can bear witness to individual and collective narratives. She was also a popular lecturer there and focused on helping students do deep research in order to grasp the systemic forces such as racism and sexism that shape the world and to see new possibilities for our lives and communities.
Beyond the realm of academia, Tyfahra’s dedication to educational equity led her to influential roles in public education as a principal of a high school for resilient adults, where she championed increased rigor in the curriculum, and an advocate for school district change. Her commitment extends to the civic sphere as well; since 2020, she's been an active member and two years as chair of the Oakland Police Commission, where she made unprecedented progress in instituting reforms to policing practices. In that effort she worked with anyone who was committed to equitable change including two chiefs of police.
Stepping into the realm of organizational DEI auditing and executive coaching with her founding of the firm Humanize Us All, Dr. Milele introduces a cutting-edge approach grounded in the emergent dynamics theory of human development. This framework builds off the perspectives of Spiral Dynamics but diverges from its hierarchical and linear approaches and views development as an emergent process. This evolutionary approach offers a holistic roadmap for transformative growth in individuals and organizations that affirms the shared humanity of us all.
In essence, Dr. Tyfahra Milele is not just a coach or educator, but a visionary committed to helping clients grow their own visionary capacities. Through her multifaceted roles, she embarks on a mission to empower, educate, and inspire, while championing social justice and holistic human development.
Alyssa Munson-Hernandez listens deeply and cultivates beautiful, collaborative and responsive media. Alyssa’s approach to learning and leading is iterative, nuanced and prioritizes the dignity of all participants and community members. Her strengths include flexible thinking, operationalizing hope, and considering complex organizational needs while centering the voices and experiences of individuals with intersectional identities.
Alyssa’s professional background has primarily been leading in secondary schools in Oakland where she supports students and educators to realize communities where everyone gets to be their full human self, in pursuit of building their own unique strengths. Additionally, Alyssa’s experience working in non-profit and local philanthropic efforts has sharpened her understanding of what is possible when teams engage in critical reflection on their practices and impact. She builds media and professional development experiences that reflect humanizing values, and illuminates a compelling, collective path forward.
“Stretch the circle wider” is the philosophy in which Amanda strives to orient her life. By including people and creating a sense of community, more people benefit from its support. Amanda strongly believes in equity and strengths-based coaching because she everyone should feel a sense of belonging. She feels everyone has individual strengths to the table and deserves a voice, thus, no one should be ignored or excluded.
Amanda received her Bachelor's degree from Illinois State University in Education and continued to pursue her Master's degree in Differentiated Instruction from the American College of Education. As a passionate ongoing-learner she strives to seek out ways of improving and growing in all aspects of life. With her high positivity and strong sense of organization she finds deep satisfaction in working hard with others to achieve a goal.