Lead Coaching & Consultant Team
Each member of the team is an International Coaching Federation (ICF) certified coach that is grounded in values of racial equity, social justice, collective solidarity and liberation.
Chrysta Wilson, MPA, A.C.C.
Over the last 22 years, Chrysta has designed and facilitated several equity-centered community engagement processes that have led to policy and funding recommendations for city and county agencies, notably for the City of Long Beach’s Racial Reconciliation process in 2020 and their Economic Equity campaign in 2019.
In collaboration with her sister company Soluna Group, she co-led a stakeholder engagement recommendations process for the L.A. County Department of Arts and Culture that led to the development of the Regional Plan for Arts Education and the County Cultural Policy.
She has expertise in impact storytelling, data analysis, and data visualization. Her knowledge of racial equity is personal and academic: she is a nationally recognized anti-racism trainer and coach.
As a master facilitator, she pulls from multiple facilitation modalities including virtual facilitation, visual facilitation, Facilitation for Racial Justice, Team Decisionmaking, and Communities at Work so that she can design spaces where everyone is invited to share their talents and ideas.
Chrysta has worked across various geographic, ethnic, racial, and linguistic communities within Los Angeles County and is proficient in English and Spanish. Chrysta a nationally recognized expert on diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism and was most recently interviewed for an article in Prism Reports for strategy recommendations.
Chrysta can present content and facilitate in English and Spanish languages.
Elizabeth Sunwoo, CPC
Liz grew up migrating throughout Southern California as her widowed, first generation immigrant mother found work to support the family. Once Liz was exposed to the worker and immigrant rights organizing at the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Advocates (KIWA), she knew that her home was in the movement for social justice and liberation of all oppressed people.
Her practice centers mind-body-spirit connection that is rooted in racial liberation, global solidarity against imperialism and centering feminism. She has over 20 years of experience in organizing, popular education-based facilitation, leadership development, civic engagement and organizational development.
She is a certified professional coach and practices her values in the way she works in teams, in her family and chosen family as well as in her systems transformation work with various government agencies, including the CA Labor & Workforce Development Agency and strategic collaborative such as Building Healthy Communities South LA.
Liz is English-Korean bilingual with experience in facilitation in both languages.
Mariko Ryono, CPC
A century ago, Mari’s Japanese American relatives arrived as immigrants to the Port Area of Los Angeles where they were fisher people living on Terminal Island and farmed the hills of San Pedro.
They had first-hand experience of the violence of racially unjust policies with incarceration and Executive Order 9066 during World War II and the possibility of reparative policies and reconciliation with the winning of Redress in 1988.
Mari is part of a tradition of Japanese Americans working to ensure that we know our history, that our communities work in cross-racial solidarity, and that we win reconciliatory and restorative policies, particularly for our Black and Indigenous siblings.
Mari is the former Lead Organizer with SCOPE and former Director of the statewide Mobilize the Immigrant Vote coalition (now Power California).
Mari brings her experience in community organizing, civic engagement, alliance-building, culturally-affirmative engagement, mind-body practice, and racial and gender justice practice to her work as a consultant and coach with leaders, organizations, and collaboratives.
Mari’s husband is a Mexican Zapotec and Mixtec immigrant from Oaxaca, and they are raising their two sons in a multi-generational household. Mari is Spanish-English bilingual with experience in facilitation in both languages.
Monique Castro, LMFT, CPC
Monique is a citizen of the Diné (Navajo) Nation and Xicana, born and raised on the ancestral homelands of the Tongva People (aka Los Angeles).
She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, certified professional coach, social justice consultant, facilitator and community advocate in the areas of health, wellness, community organizing, and education.
Her approach centers an Indigenous worldview and core values, she is a collaborative and relational-leader with an exceptional track record of building and maintaining sustainable relationships with Native-led organizations, Tribes, higher education institutions, and community members throughout California and nationally.
Her leadership includes establishing the California Native Vote Project (co-founder), So'oh-Shinálí Sister Project (co-founder), and Indigenous Circle of Wellness (founder and CEO), a thriving psychotherapy private practice located in South East Los Angeles.