Lyssa Ichikawa is an educator, activist, and curriculum creator based on Tongva and Chumash land which is known as Los Angeles, California. Her journey into the work of social justice stemmed from growing up as a multi-racial and multicultural person in predominately white spaces.
With over 13 years of experience in the classroom with young children, Lyssa loves co-conspiring to empower and inspire learners from all ages and backgrounds to lift their voice and use it for the good of all. She believes that the journey to learning and unlearning begins with the self. Her work in school leadership has focused on creating curriculum and content for workshops with faculty and staff, board members, and parents and caregivers. She was the co-director of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee for 2019-2020 at Westside Neighborhood School and served as member of the board advisory committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the 2019-2021 school years. Lyssa’s passions are gender justice, inclusive language practices, Indigenous rights, and transracial solidarity, specifically within the AAPI and Black communities. She also loves to garden, collect house plants, and go for walks in nature.