James DeWolf Perry, Executive Director
Juanita Capri Brown, Education Program Officer
Katrina Browne, Speaker/Presenter, Consultant
Kristin Gallas, Director of Interpretation Projects
Marga Varea, Events and Development Director
James DeWolf Perry, Executive Director, was nominated for an Emmy award for his role as the principal historical consultant for Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, our 2008 PBS documentary about the legacy of the northern U.S. role in slavery and the slave trade. James also appears throughout the film, as a descendant of U.S. Senator James DeWolf of Bristol, R.I. (1764-1837), the leading slave trader in U.S. history. Since the film’s premiere, James has spoken across the nation and abroad about his family’s, and the nation’s, historic role in slavery, and has facilitated discussions about the nation’s legacy of slavery and race at high schools and universities and with corporate, educational, religious and community groups. James is the co-editor of Interpreting Slavery (Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming 2014), and has written other publications aimed at improving the interpretation of slavery and race in our nation’s history. James attended law school at Columbia University and his graduate work at Harvard University has included research on the transatlantic slave trade and its abolition. James has worked on the Traces of the Trade project since 1999, and he co-founded the Tracing Center, serving as its founding board chair and president before becoming executive director. His prior experience in the private sector includes consulting on information management and organizational development.
Juanita Capri Brown, Education Program Officer, was a co-producer of Traces of the Trade, specializing in designing and facilitating the film’s dialogues on race, and has extensive experience speaking at, and facilitating, programs on the nation’s legacy of slavery and race. Over the past eighteen years, Juanita has facilitated schools, school districts, nonprofits, government agencies and communities through conversations and processes aimed at cultivating restorative systems, relationships, and personal narratives. She has developed policy and organizational analyses for the Oakland Unified School District, Oakland Small Schools Foundation, and Bay Area International Development Organizations, and has raised funds for schools in under-served communities as assistant director for development at the Coalition of Essential Schools. Juanita holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the Goldman School at the University of California at Berkeley. She has a B.A. from Stanford and studied at the University of Ghana at Legon. A Chicago native, Juanita lives in Oakland, Calif.
Katrina Browne, speaker/presenter and consultant, was the producer/director of Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, our documentary film about her slave-trading ancestors from Rhode Island, the hidden history of New England’s complicity in slavery, and questions of repair and reconciliation today. With Katrina’s leadership over the course of nine years, over 500 people and institutions were involved in the making of the film and the dialogue process surrounding it, and the film reached over 1.5 million Americans on PBS. The film’s awards include a 2009 Emmy nomination for original historical research, the Henry Hampton Award of the Council on Foundations, and honors from the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society and the Women Film Critics Association. In 1991, Katrina co-founded Public Allies, an AmeriCorps program, which operates in twenty-one cities to recruit more young people and people of color into the public interest sector. She has an M.A. in theology from the Pacific School of Religion, where she wrote a thesis comparing the role of ancient Greek tragedies to the untapped potential of film to catalyze civic dialogue. Katrina was the founding executive director of the Tracing Center, and today, her work focuses on public speaking, facilitating programs, and program development.
Kristin L. Gallas, Director of Interpretation Projects. With a bachelor’s in secondary history education (University of Vermont) and a master of arts in teaching in museum education (George Washington University), Kristin brings knowledge of both formal and informal learning environments to the Tracing Center staff. Her professional experience includes six years as the education officer at the Montana Historical Society in Helena, Mont. and three years at the USS Constitution Museum in Boston. Kristin has also worked for Boston Ballet, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Shelburne Museum. While in Montana Kristin conceived and developed the documentary film series Montana Mosaic, a teaching resource on 20th century Montana history (funded by an NEH grant). She also worked with Montana PBS on the production of the documentary History Camp, which aired on KUFM- TV. A contributing author to Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Montana History Volume 2, she also writes theatrical scripts based on historical documents. Outside of work, Kristin is a choreographer for musical theatre productions and teaches figure skating.
Marga Varea, Events and Development Director, was born in southern Spain and holds a master’s in Journalism and Media Studies from Complutense University (Madrid). Marga worked in the film and television industry in Spain for seven years as a screenwriter, script supervisor, and producer and was the founding partner of a thriving production company in Madrid (Great Ways), and the co-founder of a film festival (Cortogenia). She was the line producer of a student category Emmy Award winner “Dos Mas” (2001) and the writer of the feature film “Proyecto Dos” (2008). After relocating to the U.S. in 2003, Marga joined Junta for Progressive Action, a social justice organization working with the Latino community in New Haven, Conn., gaining experience as a fundraiser and events organizer. From 2004 to 2007, she worked with the Boston Latino International Film Festival as a production and special events coordinator. In 2006, she became development director at Centro Presente, a Boston-based immigrant rights organization where she dedicated three years to raise the visibility of the organization and generate financial sustainability for its mission.