Jordan Chaney is a multifaceted individual based in the Southwest, actively engaged in various roles as a lecturer, storyteller, poet, speaker, writer, and artist. While calling the Pacific Northwest home, Jordan is deeply involved in his community, serving on multiple boards and contributing significantly to social justice initiatives.
Notably, Jordan was appointed by Governor Inslee to the State Task Force on Independent Investigations of Police Use of Force. As a Racial Justice Community Advisor for WATJ (Washington Access to Justice), he plays a crucial role in advancing equitable practices within the justice system.
In recognition of his unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion, Jordan received the prestigious "Tri-Cities Champion of Diversity" award from the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2020. This accolade reflects his sustained efforts to foster diversity both in the community and the workplace.
In 2018, Jordan co-founded Hope Builders, a groundbreaking "court to community pipeline" initiative. Alongside a dedicated team of community leaders, he spearheaded the creation of the Community Hope Wall, a mural project amplifying the importance of hope, art, and listening to the voices of incarcerated youth.
Acknowledging his impactful work, the African American Community Cultural & Educational Society honored Jordan with the Commitment to Diversity award in 2017 for his contributions to discussions on race, politics, and social justice.
Jordan's dedication extends to empowering youth through initiatives like the Urban Poets Society, a youth leadership program promoting public speaking, performance arts, peer-to-peer mentoring, and community engagement for disadvantaged and marginalized youth.
As an author, Jordan has published three volumes of poetry and a workbook/curriculum designed to enhance communication skills, creativity, and confidence. His insightful perspectives also grace guest columns in publications such as the South Seattle Emerald, Eastern Oregonian, and the Tri-City Herald.
From 2009 to 2020, Jordan mentored youth in arts and community leadership at the Benton-Franklin Juvenile Justice Center in Kennewick, WA. The Art Dojo program, which he pioneered, is now making a positive impact in other communities across the state.
Currently, Jordan is immersed in editing his first memoir, "The Lemon Tree," while also contributing to mental health advocacy as a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor by The National Council for Behavioral Health. With a rich tapestry of experiences, Jordan Chaney continues to be a driving force for positive change in his community and beyond.