Eva Marie Shivers, J.D., Ph.D. – Executive Director And Founder
Dr. Eva Marie Shivers is a proud, third generation South Phoenix resident. Dr. Shivers is a nationally recognized researcher on issues related to culture, community, and family and child development. Prior to relocating to Arizona and founding the Indigo Cultural Center, Dr. Shivers was a faculty member in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her Ph.D. from UCLA’s Department of Education, Psychological Studies in Education. Dr. Shivers also holds a law degree from Howard University School of Law, and a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University.
She has presented her research throughout the country and has numerous peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Shivers also provides research consultation to federal, state and local policy makers – especially around the issues of how to create culturally responsive and equitable early childhood systems.
Dr. Shivers has a dual identity as scholar and artist. She has danced professionally in Phoenix, New York, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. She has taught dance and musical theater in community settings for more than three decades.
Jena Nagamine – Executive Administrative Assistant
Jena Nagamine began her career working with women with eating disorders while studying Applied Social Psychology in Utah. She transitioned to working in Social Work and Early Childhood Education after graduating and moving to Arizona. While working with predominately immigrant families, Jena became more and more invested in racial equality, and supporting marginalized groups. Jena has been working with Indigo Cultural Center since 2017 as the Executive Administrative Assistant.
Jena spends the rest of her time either traveling or planning travel with her three kids, and running the soap company that she started with her husband in 2015.
Jonathan Gonzalez, M.P.A. – Board Chair
Jonathan has been serving on Indigo’s board since 2013. Working with Indigo has helped Jonathan to reflect on his own work and career and his commitment to social justice and equity work. Jonathan is proud of the training on racial and social equity that Indigo has developed and values the commitment to social justice issues, as well as the importance of arts and early education. Jonathan has dedicated his time and expertise to Indigo because of his belief that in today’s climate of polarized racial politics and increasing tensions, social and racial equity programs and training are needed more than ever. “We need to continue to strive towards a society where racially just communities promote strong nurturing families and healthy child outcomes.”