Who we are
transformational leader | racial equity educator
Oni Marchbanks is a Transformational Leader, Racial Equity & Community Advocate, certified Unpack Biases Now facilitator, Co-Founder of Equity By Design, LLC & Equity Splash (nonprofit).
Oni’s undergraduate studies focused her learning on human services; with emphasis on understanding human behavior and systems psychology. She is a life-long learner with a passion for understanding the human spirit and psyche and what it takes to interrupt oppression and be free together. She is a Racial Equity Leader, Pastor of Diversity & Inclusion, A certified Unpack Biases Now facilitator and sits on various Boards in the Salem area.
Oni brings a torch of love & fire to diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, calling people in instead of calling them out, revealing what’s previously been hidden and ignored. She embodies and teaches the power of transparent truth telling in courageous spaces and catalyzes profound connection that sustains transformation. Oni brings a deep understanding of systemic and institutional racism and oppression as well as her lived experience to every conversation. Her leadership presence moves groups and communities towards a realized equity that serves as an essential foundation for individual and organizational flourishing.
Oni works as a Business Employment Specialist II for the State of Oregon and sits on the Equity & Inclusion Board for this agency. She has worked as a certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor II. She is an Anti-Racism & Community Advocate for equitable outcomes. Oni works with marginalized people and communities in transition and has helped to secure housing, employment, addiction and recovery services for over a decade. Oni has served as an Executive board member of the NAACP, Human Rights Commissioner, member of and appointed to a Police Performance Steering Committee in Salem, board member of the Community Police Review Board.
Equity By Design & Equity Splash is focused on addressing historical & systemic disparities through learning & unlearning. She is also working on the continued work of addressing inequities in housing, employment, education and access to resources for marginalized communities at large.
Anakha Coman is a Leadership and Culture Development Specialist, Founder of Awake at Work Institute and the Co-founder of Equity By Design and Equity Asks.
Anakha holds a Masters in Organizational Psychology
and Leadership Development, a B.S. in Intercultural Communications and a professional certificate in Spirituality, Health and Medicine. She is a certified mindfulness practitioner and a certified Unpack Biases Now facilitator.
Anakha brings her wisdom, depth and understanding of cultural and systemic behavioral change to conversations about race, gender and class. She is known for issuing a clarion call to organizations and communities – requesting brave and swift collective responses that move us from operating from a fear-based consciousness that upholds systems of oppression to an equity-based consciousness that give rise to systems of care where we flourish together. Her unflinching personal and professional look at inequities and biases as well as her understanding of the seemingly small actions that catalyze profound and sustainable change inspire and motivate people. She’s worked with organizations including The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Intel, Nike, Microsoft, Eli Lilly, Issaquah School District, Amazon and Zappos. Anakha has over 25 years of in-depth experience in corporate culture, organization/culture change and the application of mindfulness within individuals, teams, leaders and organizations. Anakha
is a sought-after speaker and facilitator at events and conferences including the Mindful Leadership Global Forum in Sydney, Australia and the 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Conference for the State of Oregon.