I’m a licensed social worker, Reproductive Justice activist, program/workshop designer, and program evaluator. I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with great organizations like Advocates for Youth, Helping Our Teen Girls In Real Life Situations, Inc. (HOTGIRLS), Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Planned Parenthood of New York City, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, the Sexuality Education Alliance of New York City (SEANYC), SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, Social Workers for Reproductive Justice, The Pro Choice Public Education Project, the Young Women of Color Health Advocacy Coalition, and more.
I’ve had amazing opportunities to speak with local and national lawmakers to gain support for policies that improve the sexual and reproductive health of women of youth of color, facilitated workshops and discussions on issues that affect women and girls of color, and have studied and written extensively on how a woman’s access to reproductive health services are interconnected to other areas of her life.
My work focuses primarily on lived experiences of Black, Latina, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Indigenous women and girls (and organizations that serve them), and my interests are expansing, especially related to the Reproductive Justice framework, youth-adult partnerships, activism, culturally responsive evaluation, design thinking, community organizing, and radical self care. I also have a huge interest in sharing the benefits of entrepreneurship for social workers.
Photography by Jen Painter
As a program designer & evaluator, I work with clients to create and revise their programs, services, and campaigns based on cultural responsiveness and relevant evaluation theory models, using the guiding principles of the American Evaluation Association using quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis that captures a program’s strengths and areas of opportunities.
As a social worker, I use the academic theories I’ve learned during my graduate studies at the Columbia University School of Social Work, combined with the social justice framework highlighted by the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics to share my expertise on the current climate of social work, along with encouraging more social workers to become entrepreneurs.
As an activist, I center all of my work on centering the lived experiences of women and girls of color in a variety of ways, including collaborating with organizations that want to build their capacity to be culturally responsive, developing youth-adult partnerships, and importance of radical self care for individuals, families, communities, and organizations.