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Michele Mashburn


Michele is the current Director of San José Peace and Justice Center. She has experienced both invisible and visible disabilities and now actively speaks out against ableism in our society. When disabled, advocacy becomes a second language to survive. At the grassroots level, she believes most barriers can be reduced through collective access. While she has degrees and advanced studies in the traditional educational structures, the degree from the School of Hard Knocks is the most valuable one to her today. She continues to “call people in” to discussions around the intersectional oppressions that exist today. Through COVID-19, the ableism in our society is a death sentence to many people in the “othered” communities.

Other members of the Center refer to Michele lovingly as the “Black Hole of resources.”

Board – Collins Foundation


The Collins Foundation acts as the keeper of the Collins House. The members of the board include: Dan Mayfield, Jeff Lake, Louise Auerhahn, Charlotte Casey, Sharat Lin, Serena and James Murray, and Nick Dela Torre.

Coordinating Council – SJPJC


The San Jose Peace and Justice Center is collaboratively by the Coordinating Council members.


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