Marjorie Joseph

Executive Director

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MARJORIE A. JOSEPH is an organizer with over a decade of executive management, leadership, operations, program growth and development, marketing, accounting, and creative curriculum development experience. A team and solutions-oriented leader she is adept at aligning mission and vision with opportunity and strategy, as well as demonstrated effectiveness at fostering understanding, empowerment, and belonging amongst diverse staffs, and collaboration between organizations, institutions, and community leaders. A native New Yorker, via Los Angeles to Houston, Marjorie is proud to currently serve as the Executive Director of Houston Coalition Against Hate.

Prior to her role with the Coalition, Marjorie served as Associate Director of Street Poets Inc., an LA non-profit poetry-based peace-making organization dedicated to the creative process as a force for individual and community transformation. There she spent nine years doing the work of gang intervention and violence prevention through the use of music, poetry, and the mentoring of LA’s youth/young adults.

Marjorie is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a BA in Political Science and minors in Dance and African/African American Studies. She was also part of the Leadership In Action inaugural cohort at Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership. An accomplished writer and performer, her poems have been published in several anthologies, and she has appeared on stage (off-Broadway/internationally) and in film. A creative at heart, she is currently writing/producing a documentary called Private Collection about one of the few remaining collections of Haitian Art since the 2010 earthquake owned by art collectors/curators Leon and Evelyne Chalom.

A leader, visionary, and advocate, she has always been a proponent of art in the space of acknowledgement and activism; and, is the originator of the #justiceoverequity framework in order to facilitate societal and cultural shifts and transformation. Marjorie is excited to be in Houston heralding the work of the Coalition, and feels privileged to be living in the most diverse city in the county.

Swati Narayan

Director of Operations

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Swati Narayan was born in Houston, Texas to immigrant South Asian parents. Her childhood experiences informed her views on justice and the right for all to have access to quality education and life opportunities. She attended public schools, and then the University of Texas and University of Houston. She has worked in the nonprofit sector both in India and in her home city of Houston focusing her efforts on underserved women, children, and marginalized communities.

Swati serves on the Board of Directors for Leadership Houston (Class XXXV), the
Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston’s IMpower, University of Houston’s Friends of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, Momentum Education’s Advisory Board, and is an active volunteer in the Houston Independent School District. Self-motivated and always challenging herself and others to continually delve deeper, Swati is an optimist at heart. Her activism is inspired by the resiliency of the human spirit. She looks forward to a day where people and organizations thrive by embracing and valuing differences in order to foster belonging.

Swati is the mother of three sons and resides with her husband in Houston and their two rescue dogs. She is excited to join the HCAH team and hopes to facilitate a movement where the inherent value, worth, and dignity of all people are respected and supported in all spaces.


Justine Fanarof, Esq.

Owner of Fanarof Law

Karen Walrond, Esq.

Owner and CEO of Chookooloonks Media LLC

Michelle Tovar

(HCAH Member Representative), Associate Director of Education – Latino Initiatives
Holocaust Museum Houston


KaNeesha Allen

Chair Prevention Committee
AmeriCorps Programs Director The Alliance Texas

Sean Fitzpatrick

Co-Chair Prevention Committee
Executive Director
The Jung Center

Tiffany Echevarria

Chair Organizational Committee
Senior Program Manager
United Way Houston

Zahra Jamal

Chair Research & Response Committee
Associate Director
Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance

Paola Guzman

Co-Chair Research & Response Committee
Services Manager
Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative

Cheryl Newcomb

Co-Chair Law Enforcement Committee
Director of Development
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston