Jonathan Butler is currently serving as an Equity Manager for the City of San Antonio. Tasked with supporting the success of the Office of Equity and the successful implementation of equity initiatives citywide, Jonathan works to promote and measure the impact of social justice policies, practices and procedures throughout City departments.
Prior to joining the City of San Antonio, Jonathan’s lifelong interest in public service led him to Chattanooga, TN to join the Department of Economic and Community Development as an Affordable Housing Specialist where he worked to establish policies and initiatives to preserve and produce affordable housing. He also helped create Chattanooga’s Land Bank Authority, and was later promoted to Manager of the Neighborhood Services and Development Division, a position that maximized his 20 years of experience cultivating relationships with diverse constituencies and his ability to bring people together to solve problems.
As a seasoned attorney, his experience includes serving as Managing Attorney of two multi-million dollar practice groups, working with for profit and non-profit entities on increasing organizational capacity, issues-based advocacy, messaging and communications, diversity and anti-harassment training, and employee dispute resolution. He has created workforce incentive programs, implemented 360 degree performance evaluations for team leaders, supervisors, and attorneys, and assisted with the strategic planning, recruitment, and the successful procurement of multi-state contracts.
Jonathan has received awards from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga, and is an inaugural member of the Urban League’s Inclusion by Design executive leadership training program and the Leadership Tennessee Next Program. He serves on a number of non-profit boards and is a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, GA where he completed his Bachelor of Arts in English and served as the Emory Alumni Board President. He also received his Juris Doctorate from American University’s Washington College of Law, and is a licensed attorney in Virginia and Georgia.
Jonathan is a gifted public speaker, avid golfer, lover of live music, and a poet known to occasionally grace the microphone at local spoken word events.
Amy Casso brings 25 years of professional experience in advancing racial, gender, immigrant, and health justice with grassroots and national organizations to her role with the Office of Equity. Amy’s work is a reflection of her commitment to advance strategies that align people, issues, and inclusive processes that builds leadership, transforms power relationships, and shift culture for social change.
Born and raised in Oregon, Amy spent much of the 2000s in Texas as a Senior Policy Analyst for a Latino health and social policy organization where she worked at the intersections policy research, organizing and capacity building to improve the social determinants of the Latinx community in Texas.
Most recently, Amy served as the Gender Justice Program Director at Western States Center. She was the staff lead for We are “BRAVE” (Building Reproductive Autonomy and Voices for Equity) - a nationally recognized reproductive justice initiative that worked with organizations and leaders of color to strengthen reproductive justice advocacy. In her role, she successfully built collaborative strategies and winning solutions that resulted in the passage of groundbreaking reproductive health legislation that was featured in the Washington Post, ThinkProgress, Bustle, Refinery29, and Mother Jones.
Amy brings years of expertise in providing technical support and trainings to organizations, campaigns, foundations, and governmental agencies on racial, gender, and reproductive justice inclusionary policies and best practices.
Amy holds an M.P.A. from The University of Washington Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, and a B.A. from The University of Oregon. In 2017, Amy was selected as a National Rockwood Leadership Fellow- Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice.
Amy believes that social change is a journey that is rooted in a shared vision for a better world and a deep understanding of our role in creating it.
Jonathan Malagon has been involved in social justice and racial equity work for over 20 years. He is currently serving as an Equity Manager in the City of San Antonio’s (CoSA) Office of Equity. In this capacity, he supports various initiatives to ensure that CoSA policy-making, service delivery, community engagement, and distribution of resources promote equitable outcomes. This includes providing technical assistance and trainings for CoSA Departments and staff, organizing staff around advancing equity within their departments, development and application of racial equity tools, and facilitating Departmental Equity Assessments.
Previously, he supported the City of Richmond, California, in the development of a Health in All Policies (HiAP) Strategy and Ordinance. Through this effort, Richmond became one of the first cities in the nation to adopt a HiAP Strategy and institutionalize equity through City policies, plans, and programs. As a City Planner in Richmond, he supported the development of the City’s Climate Action Plan and the revision of its Zoning Ordinance.
He previously served as a Senior Associate with PolicyLink, where he coordinated the statewide policy campaigns of the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, a coalition of community, system, and youth leaders working to remove barriers and improve outcomes for this population. As a result of this effort, California legislature adopted policies that promote safer and healthier schools, decriminalize youth, remove unfair barriers to employment for the formerly incarcerated, and expand health coverage for undocumented Californians.
He is a former high school teacher in Watts and Northeast Los Angeles, where he engaged students in Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) projects on access to healthy foods and resulted in the development of school-based community gardens. He has also served as the director of the California Senior Leaders Alliance, a diverse grassroots civic engagement and advocacy organization for elder Californians, and the Retention of American Indians Now!, a retention program for native students at UCLA.
He holds a Masters of City Planning and a Masters of Public Health from UC Berkeley, and a Masters of Education from UCLA.