Our Staff & Board
Executive Director / Co-Founder
Alicia has always been the type of person to color outside the lines - a trait that comes in handy as the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Center for Inclusivity (CFI). Her passions for justice, spiritually engaged activism, and community engagement led her to pursue a M.A. in Social Justice and Certificate in Non-Profit Management & Philanthropy at Loyola University Chicago. She also has a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Hollins University.
Through experiences within religious, social service, and community empowerment contexts and her navigation of the world as a queer, black woman, Alicia saw a need to address the spiritual, systemic, and interpersonal harm people experience through the promotion of inclusion and equity for all people through her work. She is proud that CFI is a place where people can bring the fullness of who they are forward and find community that gives them life.
Chair of the Board / Co-Founder
Jason serves as Center for Inclusivity's Board Chairperson, having co-founded the organization in early 2015 to celebrate and advance the spirit of LGBTQ+ inclusion from an open and affirming, faith-engaged perspective. He spent 3 years as the Director of Education and Community Relations at The Marin Foundation, coaching LGBTQ+ individuals and their friends and family members on both sides of the "coming out" conversation, and consulting with Christian leaders throughout the world on how to best navigate these tensions in their own contexts.
Jason holds an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Seminary and is ordained as a licensed minister with the Progressive Christian Alliance. He lives in Chicago's beautiful Roger's Park neighborhood with his industrious wife, Courtney, and their two children, Norah and August.
Natalia Vera is a Senior Paralegal at The American Bar Association's Center for Professional Responsibility.