Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis, was appointed to the Washington State Supreme Court by Governor Jay Inslee in December 2019 and took the oath of office on January 6, 2020. Justice Montoya-Lewis is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Isleta and a descendant of the Pueblo of Laguna, two federally recognized tribes in New Mexico. She is the first enrolled member of any tribe to sit on a state supreme court in the U.S. and the second Native American to sit on a state supreme court. She is also of Jewish descent. Prior to becoming an Associate Justice, she served as a Superior Court judge for Whatcom County for five years, where she heard criminal and civil trials and presided over the Whatcom County Therapeutic Drug Court. In the 15 years prior to her work on the Superior Court, she served as a tribal court judge for multiple tribes in the Pacific Northwest and the Southwest. She served as Chief Judge for the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe, the Nooksack Indian Tribe, and the Lummi Nation. In addition to her work as a tribal court judge, she was a tenured Associate Professor at Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College where she taught law-related courses and courses on cultural identity development. She has continued to use her teaching skills as a jurist, teaching a wide variety of audiences including judges, social workers, lawyers, and advocates on implicit bias, the Indian Child Welfare Act, and best practices in child welfare and domestic violence cases. Justice Montoya-Lewis graduated with her BA degree from the University of New Mexico in 1992 and completed her law degree and Master of Social Work degree at the University of Washington in 1995 and 1996 respectively.
Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Race and Resistance Studies at San Francisco State University. He is also a founder of the Roses in Concrete Community School, a community responsive lab school in East Oakland (www.rosesinconcrete.org) and the Community Responsive Education Group (www.communityresponsive.org). As a classroom teacher and school leader in East Oakland for the past 30 years, his pedagogy has been widely studied and acclaimed for producing uncommon levels of social and academic success for students. Duncan-Andrade lectures around the world and has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters on effective practices in schools. He has written two books and he is currently completing his third book with Harvard Press. In 2015, Duncan-Andrade was tapped to be a Commissioner on the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF) and in 2016 was part of the great educators invited to the White House on National Teacher Appreciation Day by President Obama. He is also the 2019 Laureate for the prestigious Brock International Prize in Education. Duncan-Andrade has also been ranked as one of the nation’s most influential scholars by EdWeek’s Public Influence Rankings.
Duncan-Andrade’s transformational work on the elements of effective teaching in schools is recognized throughout the U.S. and as far abroad as New Zealand. His research interests and publications span the areas of curriculum change, teacher development and retention, critical pedagogy, and cultural and Ethnic Studies. He works closely with teachers, school site leaders, union leaders, and school district officials to help them develop classroom practices and school cultures that foster self-confidence, esteem, and academic success among all students. Duncan-Andrade holds a Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Studies in Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature, both from the University of California – Berkeley.
Cindy Domingo has been an activist for almost 50 years using her skills as an organizer, writer, political strategist, mentor, public servant, and speaker to create social change in the world. Domingo began her activism in the 1970s as a student at the University of Washington and during the struggle to restore democracy in the Philippines, then under the rule of dictators Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos. As a member of the radical organization Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP), Cindy served as an organizer in the Filipino American community. In 1981, Domingo’s brother, Silme, was murdered along with KDP activist and fellow trade union officer, Gene Viernes, because of their anti-Marcos and pro-democracy activism. As Chair of the Committee for Justice for Domingo and Viernes, Domingo spent the following ten years leading a successful movement to bring to justice those responsible for the murders, including the Marcoses. In a landmark federal civil suit, the Marcoses were found liable for the murders and ordered to pay $23.5 million to the Domingo and Viernes families. Forty years later, Domingo is now trying to hold the US government accountable for their role in the murders and the cover-up. As an independent scholar and writer, Domingo has presented papers at national and international conferences on her brother’s case, Filipino American history, and Asian American labor history. In 2017 the University of Washington published “A Time to Rise, Collective Memoirs of the Union of Democratic Filipinos,” which Domingo served as co-editor. She also published a story in the book Women Against Marcos – Stories of Filipino and Filipino American Women Fought a Dictator. Domingo continues to work for democracy in the Philippines as a member of Akbayan North America. Domingo has served on local, national, and international boards and organizations including the National Asian Pacific Women’s Forum, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, American Friends Service Committee’s Third World Coalition, International Examiner Newspaper, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance – Seattle, Chapter, Campaign to End the Occupation of Western Sahara and National Network on Cuba. She serves as the Chair of LELO (A Legacy of Leadership, Equality, and Organizing) and has dedicated the last 20 years of her life on building solidarity with Cuba, especially with Cuban women, and working to lift the 61-year-old US blockade. Cindy Domingo attended the University of Washington in Seattle and received a Master’s Degree in Philippine History from Goddard College, Vermont. She resides in Seattle with the many activists in her family.