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OCCJ Staff

Morgan Allen-White: Director of Fund Development

Sara Jane DelMonte: Director of Engagement

Moises Echeverria: President and CEO

Cara Golden: Programs Director

Shadi Nadri: Office Administrator

Aria Sanders: Program Fellow

Headshots courtesy of OCCJ Board Member Ace Cuervo. Visit his website here.

Morgan Allen White

Director of Fund Development

Morgan Allen-White (she, her, hers) is the Director of Development at the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice where she oversees fundraising efforts and community engagement alongside a great team working to create a state that is inclusive, just, and hospitable for all. She is a firm believer in the power of beloved community, connection, collaboration, and, above all, the power of young people to change the world.  

 

Morgan comes to OCCJ from Oklahomans for Equality, where she served as Center Director and oversaw youth programs, training facilitation, and played a major role in the planning of Tulsa Pride and the Equality Gala. Prior to serving at OKEQ, she worked at Tulsa Public Schools and City Year through Americorps. 

 

For her work in the nonprofit field, she was named one of Oklahoma’s “NextGen Under 30” in 2021. She also received the inaugural Dennis R. Neill Collegiate Leadership Award from Oklahomans for Equality in 2017. Morgan was a member of the inaugural LEAD Together class in 2019 with Leadership Tulsa. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from William Jewell College in Music, Religion and Culture, and Applied Critical Thought and Inquiry. 

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Sara Jane DelMonte

Director of Engagement

Photo courtesy of Corey Thompson

Sara Jane DelMonte (she, her, hers) is the Director of Engagement at the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, where she is responsible for the development, management, coordination, and implementation of all OCCJ regional initiatives for the central part of Oklahoma. Sara Jane believes communities are strengthened by supporting others to remove barriers and through building respectful relationships. She brings with her 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector - merging creativity, integrity, and community-building in her personal leadership style.

Sara Jane most recently served as Director of Membership for the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. There she developed an organization-wide service delivery strategy to support recruitment, retention, and engagement efforts for Oklahoma nonprofits. She has been an integral employee at Sunbeam Family Services and NorthCare, supplying valuable community resources and care for their clients in the Oklahoma City area. Sara Jane also worked as the Community Development Specialist for Microsoft and bridged the relationship between many nonprofit organizations and the corporation, equipping them with educational opportunities and valuable volunteers to support local nonprofit events.

Sara Jane earned her Master’s Degree in Family and Child Studies from the University of Central Oklahoma. She has a passion for supporting Oklahoma City’s grass roots movement and is proud to call Oklahoma City her home. As reflected in her passion to serve, Sara Jane diligently gives her time to Buddha Mind Monastery. She and her spouse, David, unabashedly enjoy binge watching Star Wars movies and dining at local eateries.

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Moises Echeverria

President and CEO
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Moises Echeverria (he, him, his) serves as President and CEO of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, an organization dedicated to achieving respect and understanding for all people. He first became acquainted with OCCJ in 2002 as a program participant. He then served as a board member, volunteer and subsequently as staff.  

His passion for social justice, education, and giving back to the community is reflected in the service he has given to numerous organizations. He currently serves on the Tulsa City-County Library Commission as a Mayoral appointment. He also serves in the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights - Oklahoma Advisory Committee, Leadership Oklahoma Board, and Tulsa Public Schools Community Advisory Committee. Additionally, Echeverria is a trustee of the Commemoration Fund and a trustee of Phillips Theological Seminary.  

He has received multiple awards for his work in the community including the Russell Bennett Award by Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry, the Circle of Friends in Service Award by The Links Incorporated, Impacto Hispanic Young Professional of the Year Award by the Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and The Oklahoma Human Rights Award by the Oklahoma Human Rights Alliance. In 2018 Moises was recognized by Oklahoma Magazine as one of four Oklahomans of the Year.  

Echeverria completed a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University and a master’s in Human Relations from The University of Oklahoma. He is a graduate of Leadership Tulsa, Class 54 and Leadership Oklahoma Class 32.

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Cara Golden

Programs Director

Cara Golden (she, her, hers) joined OCCJ as Program Coordinator in April 2021. She is passionate about engaging with community partners, youth, volunteers, and participants and driven by the urgent need to eradicate oppression and bigotry from society. Her eagerness to engage with local communities and broaden cultural awareness is reflected in the relationships she has built with the Native American community on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming.  

Cara comes to OCCJ with a background in anthropology, English as a Second Language education and nonprofit organizations. Prior to her current role, she served in communications at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama.  

She is a student at the Center for Indigenous Studies. She received her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Auburn University and is currently pursuing a master’s in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary.  

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Shadi Nadri

Office Administrator

Shadi Nadri (she, her, hers) serves as Administrative Assistant at OCCJ. She is grateful that her home is in the middle of our country—the perspective it provides! It is a place teeming with voices ready to be heard. She learned to respect flyover country while working for Tulsa-based This Land Press, which aptly dubbed the region “the middle of somewhere.” At OCCJ, she continues to be informed by this vantage point.  Her role at OCCJ allows her to support the team as we work to make Oklahoma a place free of bias, bigotry and racism, and hopefully a leader in the nation in this work.  

Shadi has experience in media and advertising, in both television and print. She also works as a freelance editor and fact-checker. Her passions include playing the piano, taking adult ballet classes, and spending quality time with friends. Shadi has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and French Language, with a minor in Linguistics.  

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Aria Sanders

Program Fellow

Aria Sanders (she, her, hers) serves as a Program Coordinator at OCCJ. She is passionate about education, health, and community.  She believes having discussions and providing resources aid in cultivating an inclusive community. These beliefs grew from her service as a volunteer coach, Servant Leader Intern with Freedom Schools, and a student panelist at Langston University. She is bilingual and grew up in the Twin Cities where she developed an interest in learning about other’s cultures and backgrounds. She is also interested in volunteering and service and will be involved. She looks forward to growing with the city and community that acknowledges and appreciates each other’s differences and thrives because of them. As a Minnesotan she is excited to foster relationships and root herself in the Tulsa community while focusing on eliminating bias, bigotry, and racism in Oklahoma.

Aria graduated from Langston University with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Education. She is currently a Tulsa Service Year fellow and excited to spend her year with OCCJ!

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