LaToya Holmes-Ware

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Racial Equity and Social Justice Administrator

LaToya is one of the lead staff for the DCYF’s Office of Racial Equity and Social Justice and Racial Equity Change Team whose vision is to transform DCYF’s culture and practice to advance racial equity and social justice, so each and every child, youth, and family can thrive.

LaToya joined Washington State government in October 1996. She has experience and knowledge working to increase awareness, support culture change, and collaborate with programs across DCYF. She has served on the DSHS Cultural Competence Policy Committee, Affirmative Action Team and with the RA Diversity and Inclusion Resource Group. She obtained a Certified Diversity Executive designation from the Society for Diversity, which enhances her knowledge and skills in the work of equity, diversity, and inclusion. LaToya also received certification as a facilitator through Development Dimensions International that allows her to assist in the enhancement of organizational and leadership development for managers and supervisors. She is a Certified Lean Six-Sigma Practitioner with many years of work across state government. LaToya has received her certification as a Circle Keepers facilitator through La Cultura Cura Network that uses culturally-based healing, learning, social justice, and leadership development for the continued movement of healthy individuals, families, and communities through LCC healing informed practices.

LaToya brings an array of lived experiences as a black woman growing up in the Mississippi Delta seeing, hearing, and learning firsthand how the systems are created to oppress people of color. She has made it her life goal to impact racial equity and social justice by being authentic, intentional, and gracious so that she can make things fairer and more level for her children and two young grandsons, Kaiden, 6, and Kyrie, 2.