I’m a certified coach and multifaceted advocate who has spent the last 15 years driving change on behalf of social justice activists and organizations, with a focus on helping women and young people to reach their highest levels of leadership and impact.
I focus my work on supporting individuals and organizations to better align their behavior with their values to achieve the change they want to see. I’ve done this by: mobilizing millions of women through intersectional campaigns and events like Make It Work, the We Won’t Wait coalition, and the United State of Women Summit; building the capacity of grassroots organizations through grantmaking at the Atlantic Philanthropies; and helping to train the current and next generation of social change leaders through Young People For, the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program, and as a coach working with hundreds of emerging leaders.
I have also used my eye for details and systems change and team management as an organizational development consultant intermittently since 2011.
As a part of the team who launched The League, a new cultural engagement collective, I was most recently working with some of the progressive movement’s leading activists to integrate creative communications, cultural organizing, and narrative shift strategies into their work.
As a funder at the Atlantic Philanthropies, I was part of a small grantmaking team funding civic engagement, research and policy, and leadership development efforts in the U.S., moving over $50million into the hands of organizers in just two years of operation. Through these efforts, I was able to directly impact the building of several crucial issue-based fights such as health care reform, immigration reform, and reproductive rights, and the capacity of some of the country’s leading multi-issue grassroots organizing groups, both in states and nationally.
As a former Board member of the Third Wave Fund, I was also able to help demonstrate how funding grassroots efforts led by and for women and transgender youth of color can build local and lasting power.
I currently sit on the Boards of UltraViolet, an organization using sophisticated digital organizing strategies and more to dismantle patriarchy and create a cost for sexism, and Make It Work Nevada, the only group in the state focused on the building the power of Black women.
To further center the needs and leadership of women, with a focus on women of color, I co-founded and served as the Managing Director of the Make It Work campaign from 2014-2017, overseeing the ins and outs of a national advocacy campaign to drive change on the economic security issues that matter most to women, and making issues like affordable child care and paid family leave prominent in the run-up to the 2016 election. This role also included creating a first-of-its-kind pilot program to train thousands of organizers across the country to use a race and gender lens in their civic engagement work.
Additionally, through large-scale coalition management and event production such as We Won’t Wait in 2016, a coalition that reached over 3.1 million people in 36 states, and United State of Women, a summit of over 7,500 people in 2018, I’ve helped demonstrate that intersectionality is an undeniable approach—and a winning one—within mainstream feminist organizing.
As a queer, mixed Asian/Hispanic woman who grew up outside of Boston in spaces where I often felt unsure of where I belonged, I have centered much of my career around helping to push for systems, policies, and places where all are welcome and treated with dignity.
I hold a B.A. from Hampshire College focused on the history of social change movements in the U.S. and abolition of the prison industrial complex, and am a certified professional coach.
I currently live in Brooklyn, NY with my quiet dog who has a loud personality.