Who are you as an individual?
I’m a Latina, feminist, immigrant, and first generation college student. I think after 11 years in the local nonprofit sector, tolerating the taste of Skyline, and marrying a local, I can officially call myself a Cincinnatian. In my day hours, I’m Director of Programs for School Board School, a nonprofit equipping education advocates and aspiring school board members with the knowledge and network to drive systemic change. I’m a proud AmeriCorps Public Allies alumna. And, as of a year ago, I’m a mom!
What excites you about being an Impact 100 member?
I heard about Impact 100 years before I actually joined. I always thought it sounded like a great initiative, but it wasn’t until 2018 when I went to a diversity mixer, that I really felt that the organization was working intentionally on representing all women. I have spent the last 10 years working on amplifying Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and I made a personal commitment to align my efforts where those conversations were not always happening in meaningful ways. I’m really excited to be on the other end of the table and support Impact’s increased focus on equity in their grant-making process and in their membership.
Could you provide a brief description of your favorite Impact 100 moment, if you have one?
I’ve been really thankful to have facilitated two rounds of the Equity Cohorts that create space for learning and dialogue around systemic racism. I love that participating members were really open to exploring their beliefs and identities, challenging some existing mindsets, and supporting one another’s journey. One member in particular shared how these conversations weren’t just staying in this circle, but were carrying on into her home and in considering where she invested her time and resources. It was a joy to hear how holding space for this work could begin transforming other parts of her life.
What are you most looking forward to in 2021?
From a personal standpoint, while the last year has been challenging, I’ve appreciated the time that it has offered to reflect on priorities, to come back to self and recognize the things that fill me up; so I look forward to being more intentional in doing the things that bring me joy–hopefully that includes hugs! From a national standpoint I’m looking forward to the potential, under new leadership, to effectively respond to the pandemic and begin to reconcile some injustices.