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About ALexia and Owen

Alexia Rice-Henry and Owen Daniel-McCarter have over 20 years of combined experience in nonprofit management, values-based leadership, non-punitive responses to conflict within organizations and collectives, legal advocacy, training, and facilitation. We are deeply committed to systemic change and believe that transformation is both necessary and possible. We are here to help independently owned businesses, radical organizers, dreamers, and schemers build the world they want to see. 


 
  Alexia Rice-Henry, MNA

Alexia Rice-Henry, MNA

Alexia Rice-Henry, MNA

Alexia has supported social justice non-profit administration for nearly a decade. With a Masters in Non-Profit Administration from North Park University, she has served as the Development Director at Affinity Community Services in Chicago and as the Associate Director of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, two LGBTQ+ focused organizations. During her tenure, she has managed organizational budgets, human resources, grant reports, and the fiscal health of both organizations. Alexia's experience in grants management ranges from large private donor grants ($200,000+) to state and federal grants (AmeriCorps and Illinois Department of Human Services). Alexia has also led organizational annual auditing processes and fiscal forecasting. In addition to her professional employment, Alexia sits on the Board of Directors for the Crossroads Fund, a Chicago public foundation that supports community organizations rooted in economic and racial justice. Alexia offers professional consulting services in grassroots organization financial management, development, operations and human resources, and event planning. 

Alexia gained a deep understanding of and passion for non-profit and community work by serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Illinois Campus Compact and DePaul University’s University Ministries department. From there, Alexia went on to serve in the first cohort of Affinity Community Service’s Leadership Development program where she was mentored in non-profit/foundation management and community organizing and completed a yearlong research project while serving as a Development Intern to the Crossroads Fund.

Alexia has an extensive knowledge of planning and executing special events ranging from 250 person sit-down brunches for organizations to a 2,000-person volunteer service day for DePaul University across the Chicago metro area. In 2014, Alexia jumped into a defunct organization, The Chicago Riots/Chicago Massacre Jr. Roller Derby team and revived the program as Board Chair and Bout Coordinator. Their membership tripled within a year's time and is still a thriving entity and program for young girls across the city.  

Alexia enjoys reading and crafting. Email her at alexia@valuestochange.com.


Owen Daniel-McCarter, Esq. 

Owen is a licensed attorney whose practice has specialized in PreK-12 LGBTQ+ affirming policies and legislation, criminal defense and prisoner legal advocacy, identity docs for trans* folks, and civil rights law. Owen graduated from the City University of New York School of Law, a public law school in the city colleges system.  While there, he worked with the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Families for Freedom, the AIDS Center of Queens County, and the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund. Owen has a bachelors degree in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies from the University of Vermont. where he co-founded a student-run conference on transgender identities while also pushing the University to step into leadership with a comprehensive preferred name and gender system for University services and facilities.  This system was implemented in the early 2000's, and has been used as a model by Universities across the U.S. since. 

Owen has been licensed to practice law in Illinois since 2007.  There, he co-founded the Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois (TJLP), which provides free legal services and other supports to transgender people across the state. TJLP operates under three core values of self-determination, prison abolition, and transformative justice. In addition to his work with TJLP, Owen served as the Legal Director of the TransLife Center, where he started a values-based criminal records program for formerly incarcerated trans* folks and supported sweeping changes to Illinois' insurance regulations and medicaid programs. This made it possible for folks of all gender identities to receive gender-affirming healthcare regardless of income. 

In 2014, Owen became the Policy Director of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance and then the organization's Executive Director. At the Alliance, Owen drafted transgender student inclusion policies at school districts of all sizes including the Chicago Public Schools guidelines. These were cited by the Department of Education and Department of Justice in 2016 as leading best practices for school compliance with federal antidiscrimination laws.  Owen also led organizing around the Township High School District 211 case involving a transgender girl's access to gender-affirming education and successfully won her right to use the girl's locker room. As Executive Director, Owen led a rigorous development plan that tripled major donor giving, grassroots fundraising, and government and foundation support. Owen also led an  organizational transition to values-based programs, operations, and development rooted in anti-oppression and trauma-informed frameworks, body positivity, and a commitment to non-punitive conflict resolution. 

Owen has been invited to lecture at Oberlin College, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University School of Law, Loyola University, Depaul University, Northeastern University School of Law, the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC), the U.S. Department of Education, Roosevelt University, Columbia College, and Middlebury College.  He has taught as a lecturer at John Marshall Law School, Northeastern Illinois University, DePaul College of Liberal Arts and Science, and DePaul University School of Law in the Civil Rights Clinic. 

Owen enjoys quilting and his boston terrier / chihuahua mix, Smidge. Email him at owen@valuestochange.com.

  Owen Daniel-McCarter, Esq. 

Owen Daniel-McCarter, Esq. 


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What's up with the Whale Tail? 

In addition to having pisces in both of their charts, Alexia and Owen have always been drawn to water, the calming sound of waves, and to creatures of the sea.  We have a particular love of whales - an animal that represents nourishment to others, balance between people and nature, depth and understanding of the meaningfulness of issues, and freedom / resistance to captivity.  Whales symbolize the way we want to lead and how we appreciate being lead by others.  Also, narwhals are amazing and unicorns of the ocean. 

 
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