ABOUT US

NARRATIVE CHANGE

We work to shift the narrative that Black men are “bad dudes” and that Black people more broadly are inherently bad. Our vision stems from this ambition. Read more about our narrative change work in our report Our Generational Vision for Justice & Liberation

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OUR MISSION

The mission of the Terence Crutcher Foundation is to create just and liberated communities free from racial violence and harm. We do this through building power, policy advocacy, community development, and education. We engage community, law enforcement, and policymakers to identify, prevent, and confront racial inequities in Tulsa, Oklahoma and across the country.

OUR TEAM

Rev. Joey Crutcher and Mother Leanna Crutcher

Co-Founders

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Dr. Tiffany Crutcher

Executive Director

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Dr. Tiffany T. Crutcher is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who was thrust into the national spotlight following the death of her twin brother Terence Crutcher, who was shot by a police officer in Tulsa while holding his hands in the air. The murder of her brother compelled Tiffany to speak out against police brutality, particularly the killing of unarmed black men. She has chosen to turn her personal tragedy into an opportunity to bridge fear and mistrust and help transform a justice system that has perpetuated injustice dating back to the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, when white rioters burned down her great-grandmother’s prosperous community of Black Wall Street. Dr. Crutcher has remained committed to organizing coalitions throughout the country that promote the interests of minority communities. Dr. Crutcher is the founder of the Terence Crutcher Foundation (TCF), whose primary focus is criminal justice and policing reform, providing scholarships to African-American students, community and youth development, and policy advocacy.

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Sheyda Brown

Deputy Director

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Sheyda Brown is a trained Community Organizer and Social Worker originally from Tulsa, OK, with over 8 years of nonprofit experience across Oklahoma and Texas. She began her organizing career following Hurricane Harvey, specializing in disaster organizing within communities of color in Houston, TX. Sheyda understands that strengthening collective community power is critical to achieving equity and justice. In her previous philanthropy and current organizing and activism work, she finds ways to elevate marginalized voices to reclaim their power and influence. She is a 2021 New Leaders Council fellow and holds a Master of Social Work.

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aurelius francisco

Policy Fellow

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aurelius miles francisco is a community organizer, anti-oppressive educator, forever-student, and researcher with a passion for transformative social change and coalition building. aurelius co-founded and currently serves as the Co-Executive Director for the Foundation for Liberating Minds (FLM), a community nonprofit organization working to dismantle systems of oppression through the empowerment of young people and justice-oriented education. He leads FLM’s Deconstructing Masculinity Program and hosts its DreamRadically Podcast. aurelius currently works as an organizer with Black Lives Matter OKC Chapter and facilitates a group co-hosted by BLM OKC, FLM, and Dream Action Oklahoma: Study and Struggle OKC, an abolitionist study group organizing against incarceration and criminalization. He also serves as a trainer, facilitator, and consultant with the Restorative Justice Institute of Oklahoma. aurelius is a visionary leader who graduated from the University of Oklahoma in the Spring of 2020 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in African and African American Studies and Political Science as well as minors in International Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies.

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Paige Clark

Director of Communications and Development

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Paige's family has been in Green Country since the Trail of Tears and she is deeply committed to the well-being of our communities. Paige holds a Master's of Social Justice from Phillips Theological Seminary and a Bachelor's of Environmental Science and Feminist & Gender Studies from Colorado College. She is a citizen of the Muscogee Nation and a graduate of Carver Middle School and Booker T. Washington High School. She has many years of development experience in multiple contexts, and knows how to get resources into the hands of people doing the work and causing 'good trouble'. In addition to her fundraising experience, Paige started a program in Colorado to provide meals and storytelling workshops for folks who experience hunger, poverty, and houselessness. This work culminated in a quarterly publication that transformed public narratives that surround these populations as it made its way into hundreds of thousands of hands across the Southwest and was catalogued as primary sourceship in college libraries. In Boston, Paige ran the city's only food co-operative, where she worked to transform our food system and the economic powers that govern it. Paige is a trained doula and gives regular justice-oriented sermons in Tulsa.

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Brandon Warren

Policy Fellow

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Brandon is a community organizer, global citizen, and believer in the liberation of oppressed peoples through systematic change. In college, he was a co-founder of Young Democratic Leaders, the only progressive organization on a conservative campus. Additionally, he worked on local political campaigns, the U.S. Census Bureau, interned with the Department of Veteran Affairs, and was an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Post-graduation, he became a fellow with Dr. Jared Williams' Campaign for City Council District 6 in Fort Worth, TX, as well as worked with United Fort Worth, pushing for a progressive vision for the city, collaborating with various organizations like the AFLCIO, Working Families Party, Black Voters Matter, and the Atatiana Jefferson Foundation. In the fall of 2020, Brandon earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Minor in Urban Studies from Texas Christian University and a certificate in Global Human Rights from The University of Pennsylvania's Carey Law School.

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Fernande Galindo

Executive Assistant

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Fernande "Fern" Galindo is a nonbinary transmasculine Chicano and Indigenous abolitionist. With 15 years of community organizing, nonprofit advising, and resource managing experience in Missouri, Florida, and Oklahoma, Galindo’s passion for radical equity and justice fuels their career and community initiatives. Their work has included anti-racism education, queer liberation advocacy, sex work decriminalization, drug decriminalization, mutual aid networks, and harm reduction. In addition to working as an executive assistant for the Terence Crutcher Foundation, Galindo co-founded the Tulsa Intersectional Care Network (TICN), a mutual aid and community care project serving the Tulsa 2SLGBTQIA+ BIPOC communities. In 2020, they conducted a research project and co-authored a report for the ACLU-MO entitled, "The State of the Hustle: Sex Workers Speak Out in the Show-Me State". This report reflected the disparities experienced by Missouri trans people doing sex work, as well as key findings and recommended policy changes. When not working, consulting, organizing, or volunteering, Fern enjoys spending time with their three children, their dog Annie, and the world's best cat, Sgt Pepper.

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Rev. Tamara Lebak

Chaplain in Residence

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Rev. Tamara Lebak is an ordained Unitarian Universalist community minister, diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant, chaplain, coach, mother, wife, author, singer-songwriter, and worship leader. Tamara has a B.A. in French and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Oklahoma, a Masters in Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, IL, and is currently working on her Doctorate at Phillips Theological Seminary. She has served as an intern chaplain at Stateville Maximum Security Men's Prison, Dick Conner Correctional Facility, and the University of Chicago Hospital. She was the first successful Defense Initiated Victim Outreach Specialist in Oklahoma supporting a victim's family throughout the criminal process following the murder of a loved one. Tamara is the founder of the Restorative Justice Institute of Oklahoma where she strives to help people know they are not the worst thing they have ever done nor the worst thing that has ever happened to them. The Restorative Justice Institute seeks to transform the retributive and inequitable culture of Oklahoma through a trauma-informed, developmental, and systemic approach to chaplaincy and community circles. RJIOK and the Terence Crutcher Foundation have launched a Transformative Justice Initiative that will create alternatives to policing in Tulsa. Tamara is the Resident Chaplain of the Terence Crutcher Foundation through March of 2022.

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Board of directors

Mr. Bruce Suttle

Member, Tulsa, OK

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Attorney Daryl D. Parks

BOARD CHAIR, TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA

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Mr. Drew Diamond

MEMBER, TULSA, OK

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Pastor Scott Gordon

MEMBER, SAPULPA, OK

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Ms. Virginia Walker

MEMBER, BIXBY, OK

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Ms. Adina Ellis

MEMBER, WASHINGTON, DC

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Dr. Ray Owens

MEMBER, TULSA, OK

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Ms. Tabitha Temple

MEMBER, SPRINGFIELD, VA

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Ms. Holle Hooks-Waddell

MEMBER, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK

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Mr. Nate Morris

Member, Tulsa, OK

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