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Jordan Chaney is a Black Indigenous Person of Color digital-nomad lecturer, poet, speaker, writer, philanthropist and artist residing in Pasco, Washington. Chaney is one of two Tri-Citians appointed by Governor Inslee to the State Task Force on Independent Investigations of Police Use of Force.
In 2018, Jordan co-founded Hope Builders “a court to community pipeline”, and with a team of dedicated community-leaders they created the Community Hope Wall, a hope-based community mural project that raises awareness of the importance of having hope, making art, and listening to the incarcerated youth-voice.
Jordan’s many accomplishments include:
In 2017, Jordan was presented with the Commitment to Diversity award by the African American Community Cultural & Educational Society for his work in the community on race, politics, and social justice.
In 2014, Jordan created Urban Poets Society, a youth-leadership program that promotes public speaking, performance arts, peer-to-peer community engagement and outreach for the disadvantaged and marginalized youths in his community.
He has published three works of poetry and is the author of Art of the Spoken Word – a workbook/curriculum for enhancing communication skills, creativity, and confidence. He is also a guest columnist for the Tri-City Herald.
From 2009 to 2020, Jordan Chaney mentored youth in arts and community-leadership at the Benton-Franklin Juvenile Justice Center in Kennewick, WA. The Art Dojo program that he piloted out of BFJJC is now being implemented in other communities around the state.