Hooks Global develops the capacity of leaders to create strategy, conduct research, craft policy, share analysis, engage communities, talk effectively about inequities, and build initiatives, coalitions, and networks that center equity.
Karena L. Hooks, MSW
Owner, Karena L. Hooks, is a recognized Scholar, Leader, Organizer, Educator, Facilitator, Coach, Change Agent and Truth Seeker brings over 20 years of experience in the fields of Child and Youth Development and Education, Organizational Development and Leadership, Community Organizing and Equity Systems Change work from the non-profit, city and governmental jurisdictions, as well as public and private sectors globally.
Karena is driven by a vision and commitment for a healthy, thriving and just society. She is known for her engaging and impactful facilitation techniques, her high-level skills and abilities to influence organizational and leadership change, a dynamic speaker and a transformational life coach.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from New York University, and a master’s degree in Social Work from University of Washington. She received her anti-racist training through the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and her Executive Coaching Certification. She is also currently serving as an Adjunct Faculty member at Columbia University’s School of Social Work online program. With each community Karena works with she brings passion and commitment. She truly loves her work and exemplifies a person devoted to a transformed world.
Anita Garcia Morales
Anita Garcia Morales brings a variety of experiences and expertise to her dynamic partnership at Hooks Global.
For the first 21 years of her life, Anita’s experience as a migrant farm worker took her across the United States. Living in depressing conditions in labor camps, doing all manner of field work, being the perpetual immigrant student in class and sensing the “otherness” to which her family and ethnic group were subjected to were what shaped Anita’s racial, class and cultural lens.
Anita received her B.A. and Teaching degree from the University of Washington. She lived out her dream and taught in Seattle Public Schools for 22 years. She was persuaded to move to the District level, first as a social studies coach, and then as a racial equity strategist with the Department of Equity & Race Relations.
Anita is also a Courage & Renewal Facilitator, a Lead Instructor for the Seattle Teacher Residency program, a Lead Trainer for Class Action and a Certified Positive Discipline Associate for Educators and Parent/Guardians. The common thread that runs through all that Anita does is her focus on Social Justice and Racial Equity.
Christian Paige is an educator, keynote speaker, and a spoken word poet who uses his artistic expression to create change . He is a first generation college graduate who has committed himself to empowering others to reach for goals that are larger than themselves and transforming institutions to leverage diversity and create equitable climates.
Christian is a native of Tacoma, Washington. He is familiar with diversity, adversity, and thriving in environments that have less than ideal conditions. Christian’s passions have led him to a career in education and founding a non-profit called the HOPE initiative. Christian uses both of these platforms to create access to higher education for low-income and first generation students. Christian specializes in mentoring and cultivating equitable young leaders that become agents of change in their communities.
Christian encourages leaders to utilize their influence to build systems and cultures that will benefit not only themselves but those whom they will impact. Christian is a firm believer that real change happens when leaders reach for goals that are larger than themselves. He is determined to spread a message of empowerment to leaders of every age and sector to use their gifts, talents, and abilities to make change that will impact the world around them.
Tami L. Farber, MSW
Tami L. Farber has an extensive portfolio that has allowed her to work with major organizations, agencies and institutions across the country. She brings over 25 years of experience in the fields of Child and Youth Development and Education, Organizational Development and Leadership, Community Organizing and Systems Change work for the non-profit/non-governmental, public and private sectors globally.
Tami Recently joined the team of Leadership Snohomish County, an organization committed to connect, ignite and develop sustainable leaders to strengthen communities, as the Senior Director of Equity Training and Development. Prior to this role Tami served in the role of Vice President of Equity, Advancement and Global Engagement for the YMCA of Snohomish County in addition to her consulting and coaching work.
Tami spent over a decade centering her work on international development working for the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and other international non-governmental organizations. She has spent extensive time living and working in numerous countries throughout East & Southern Africa, South Asia, Europe and Central and South America.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Long Island University-Global College and a master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University. She received her anti-racist training through the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and her Coaching Certification through Seattle Life Coach Training.
Abraham Rodriguez-Hernandez is a senior management professional who has worked in multiple sectors, excelling in city and government, advancing racial equity. He is an intelligent, passionate, and creative leader who runs at the pace of innovation, focused on results-oriented collaboration with a diverse skillset and over 12 years’ in equitable systems design, development and implementation.
Abraham recently started Paloma & Partners, an organization committed to connect, ignite and develop sustainable equity-focused leaders to strengthen communities. His work is known for excelling through engaging and impactful facilitation techniques, his equity analysis and implementation skills and abilities to influence organizational and leadership change.
Prior to this role, Abraham directly served in leadership roles for Sound Transit, Seattle Public Schools, Trinity Lutheran University and Everett Community College. Over the past 6 years, Abraham has directly worked for Washington Census Alliance, Gates Foundation, City of Issaquah, King County LWHMP, City of Shoreline, Edmonds School District, Amazon, REI, Katerra and Nordstrom as a DEI Strategist & Consultant.