Mariann Hyland
Co-Founder

Mariann is the mother and parent of one child.  She has been an attorney since 1991, the year that several police officers severely beat Rodney King during a traffic stop in California.  Since that time Mariann has dedicated her career and community service to advancing civil rights, human rights, public safety, and diversity and inclusion. Mariann’s experience with public safety and law enforcement includes working as the director of public safety and risk management at a community college; volunteering as a rater for several assessment centers for police officers seeking promotion to the rank of lieutenant and captain; serving as a member of the City of Portland’s Police Review Board, where she participated in the review of a case involving the deadly use of force against a young Black man during a routine traffic stop; serving as an advisory committee member for Oregon’s woman’s prison; and serving on the Oregon State Hospital’s Institutional Review Board. In addition to a law degree, Mariann has a master’s degree in social work and experience and training in biomedical ethics, healthcare, mental health, critical incident stress debriefing, crisis counseling, and conflict resolution mediation and facilitation.

Melvin Oden-Orr
Co-Founder

Born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Los Angeles, California, he is an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated attorney with over 18 years of law practice experience, including several years as corporate counsel. Mr. Oden-Orr has served on several nonprofit boards, state and local boards and commissions, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for a local community bank. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1993 from UCLA and is a 1996 a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, where he was a recipient of the esteemed Rickert Award.   Mr. Oden-Orr has also served as an adjunct professor at the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College. He and his wife Donna, who is also an attorney, reside in Portland, Oregon with their two handsome teenage boys, Christopher and Elijah.

James Pritchett
Creative & Technology Director

Father of three, James Pritchett is a seasoned tech and marketing professional with over 20 years of creative experience. James is a passionate leader who has developed multiple cause worthy websites/apps which includes DWB The App and Not One More Project (an effort to remember victims of school shootings).  On the heels on this project, James is currently developing and deploying two new efforts to unite people and encourage young people to love and understand technology – Civil Rights 2015 and The Technology Experience.  James and his wife live in Vancouver, Washington.

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