Marquez Equalibria, Assistant Deputy Director
Prior to joining the Community Conflict Resolution Unit (CCRU) at the California Civil Rights Department Marquez spent the last 13 years in community conflict resolution at the Community Relations Service of the U.S. Department of Justice. The Community Relations Service is dedicated to working with community groups to resolve community conflicts and prevent and respond to alleged hate crimes arising from differences of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability. In this capacity Marquez advised mayors, police chiefs, advocacy leaders, non-profits, faith leaders, schools, universities, as well as other institutional, governmental, and community leaders to respond to community conflict and to help de-escalate tensions. Marquez also worked extensively over the years with various Black, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, American Indian, LGBTQ, Muslim, Sikh, Jewish, and many other groups in California and its surrounding states to address community conflict and/or provide needed education. Marquez has delivered conflict resolution training to tens of thousands of law enforcement officers, government officials, community leaders, faith leaders, non-profit organizations, and others. He has also designed and facilitated numerous dialogues, strategic planning meetings, town halls, listening sessions, community forums, advisory groups, and working groups. For the last seven years Marquez has been a Co-Chair of the Los Angeles County Network Against Hate Crimes. He also serves on the board of the California Association of Human Relations Organizations. Marquez has an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University.