The Institute for Black Justice was founded in September, 2020 by Carol C. Mitchell, a local attorney and social justice advocate. Mitchell holds a Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law, a Master of Arts in Organizational Systems Renewal from Seattle University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Washington Seattle.
Mitchell has more than 20 years of public sector leadership experience, having served most recently in Pierce County, Washington. Mitchell's primary responsibility was to improve outcomes for individuals with behavioral health and substance use conditions who were caught in the grip of the criminal justice system. Mitchell has significant organizational and human resources experience, having served as the Chief HR Officer for the Port of Tacoma, Chief Organizational Development and HR Officer for Metro Parks, Public Relations Officer for Pierce Transit, and as Executive Consultant for her own preventive law firm.
Mitchell spent 17 years as the host of TV Tacoma's "CityLine," a public affairs talk show. Her volunteer activities include an appointment to the Board of Trustees of Clover Park Technical College, Past President of the Fair Housing Center of Washington Board, member of the Palmer Scholars Board of Directors, and Past President of the Tacoma City Association of Colored Women's Clubs, Inc.
Anzhane Slaughter is a natural born advocate for the African American community. At 24 years old, Anzhane is one of the youngest Program Directors in Washington State. She first put her community at the epicenter of her work in 2012 with her fight for education reform within Seattle Public Schools. Her devotion and leadership towards social justice and equity carried throughout her educational career as she obtained a Bachelor's degree in law from the University of Washington.
Throughout her research, Anzhane found that in order for the African American community to achieve true liberation one must be free financially. She quickly applied this learning to her life and in 2018 passed the Real Estate Exam in Washington state to help bring financial freedom, stability and generational wealth to her community. Since then, Anzhane has held prominent positions within the social justice community securing government contracts for Minority Owned Businesses, managing political campaigns for State Legislators and uplifting other young leaders through financial and civic literacy.
Tiawania (Tia) Harris Dalton is a Pierce County native with a background in administration, environmental sciences, and geospatial mapping. While pursuing her chosen line of work, she realized that there were issues with diversity, equity, and inclusion in many of her positions. This awareness led her to develop her skills independently.
Tia dove headfirst into entrepreneurship to be a part of the change needed for others with a mixed skill-set and similar struggles to get established permanently in the workforce. Her goal is to create generational wealth for her family and create a pathway to do the same for other underrepresented peoples in her community.
Tia has a passion for food sovereignty, ethical marketing, video productions, and diversity equity, & inclusion in green and technological spaces. She spends her free time volunteering in the Pierce County Community with the WSU Extension Pierce County Master Gardeners and engages in her neighborhood community garden.