Our Staff

THE TEAM THAT MAKES IT WORK

Meet the team

ERRA is comprised of a dedicated team of professionals who are committed to creating a more just and equitable society. Their staff brings a diverse range of experience and expertise in areas such as community organizing, policy advocacy, research, and program implementation. They are driven by a shared passion for social justice and equity and work tirelessly to advance the Alliance’s mission and policy priorities.

Our Staff

Ruel Olanday

Director of Partnerships

RUEL OLANDAY​

DIRECTOR OF PARTNERSHIPS​

Ruel grew up in South Seattle, in the 98118, and learned most of how the world operated riding the 36, 7, and 48 bus lines. As a first gen immigrant and the eldest within his generation, he was thrusted in roles that meant the survival of his community. Building from cultural history and lived experience, his career, as you can imagine, adopted aspects of bridge building, crisis management, storytelling, innovative designs, and community organizing. Through and through he’s held a steadfast commitment to the empowerment of BIPOC youth and communities impacted by racial inequity. Having played roles in direct services to executive positions, working both in grass roots to institutional organizations, he’s become a sought-after expert on BIPOC youth, community development, and systems change. You’ll always find him eating at the local spots in South King County, kicking it with friends/family, or caught up in the next book/manga he’s reading.

Sarah Tran

Lead Consultant

SARAH TRAN​

LEAD CONSULTANT​

Sarah provides leadership coaching, facilitation, training, and consultation to community organizations, philanthropic foundations, businesses, and government entities committed to advancing racial equity and social justice.

Drawing on her roots as a daughter of Vietnamese refugees, a survivor, a former Executive Director, and many years of organizing for a world free of white supremacy and gender based violence – she is committed to supporting leaders of color as they mobilize their communities and transform systems to support collective liberation.

Her loves: Community care, laughing and eating with her Vietnamese and Filipino family, singing, the ocean, and doing all these things while snuggled up with her pups.

Alice Park

Research & Policy Analyst

ALICE PARK​

RESEARCH & POLICY ANALYST​

Alice Park is Research Policy Analyst for ERRA (Equitable Recovery & Reconciliation Alliance).  Previously, Alice worked as Community Impact Manager at United Way of King County, National Study Coordinator for Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) and Program Manager for the King County Food & Fitness Initiative. Alice received her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Washington.  She worked as Lead Project Coordinator for 7 years in the Urban Indian Health Institute division of the Seattle Indian Health Board, a national urban Indian Epidemiology Center, and as Epidemiologist with Public Health-Seattle & King County. Her public health research experience encompasses breast cancer, diabetes, children with chronic conditions, maternal and child health, tobacco, youth, elders, research ethics and sexual violence.  In her spare time, she serves on the Board of Directors for Got Green, an organization working on racial, economic, gender and climate justice.

Rich Stolz

Policy Director

RICH STOLZ​

POLICY DIRECTOR​

Rich Stolz is an experienced community organizer, policy analyst and strategist.  He served as the Executive Director of OneAmerica from 2012 to 2021. During his tenure, OneAmerica cemented its status as one of the most effective organizing, advocacy, and civic engagement organizations in the nation. Stolz was born in Seoul, South Korea. Stolz’s family moved to the United States when he was three, and he was raised by his mother in Redwood City, California. Stolz first cut his teeth in organizing while a student at Stanford University to create ethnic studies programs. In 1994, he organized to defeat proposition 187, an anti-immigrant ballot measure in California. Prior to OneAmerica, Stolz worked at the Center for Community Change, a national organization based in Washington, D.C. During that time, he focused on the intersection of policy, politics, and organizing across a broad spectrum of issues impacting low-income communities and communities of color, including jobs and income support policy, immigration policy, infrastructure investment ,and environmental justice. He has lived and organized in communities as diverse as Portland, Maine; Montgomery, Alabama; Tucson, Arizona; Washington, D.C.; and Seattle, Washington. In 2013, Stolz was honored by President Barack Obama as a Cesar Chavez Champion of Change alongside other leaders in the immigrant rights movement.

Wendy Watanabe

Strategic Advisor

WENDY WATANABE​

STRATEGIC ADVISOR​

Wendy Watanabe began her organizational development consulting practice 3 ½ decades ago focused on helping nonprofits deliver on their urgent social missions to promote racial equity, social justice and equitable opportunity. In recent years, her clients have also included public institutions and foundations, locally and nationally. Wendy’s commitment to collaborative, values-driven, and system-focused approaches underlies all her work around strategic change, innovation and collaboration. Throughout her career, she has been fortunate to be inspired by, help facilitate and witness the power of collective leadership, teamwork and meaningful dialogue

Caroline Burney

Project Manager

WENDY WATANABE​

STRATEGIC ADVISOR​

Caroline Burney is an experienced project manager, facilitator, and organizer supporting projects to advance equitable community-driven development, economic recovery, and climate resilience. She supports clients, which include public agencies and community-based organizations, develop strategic and actionable plans to advance racial and economic equity.