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PROFILE

  • Expertise in advocacy and communications with policy and legal experience in education, criminal justice, and immigration/migration
  • Specializing in an intersectional framework of racial equity as well as gender analysis
  • Skills in writing and research, building and coordinating community, and facilitating dialogue

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EDUCATION AND LICENSURE

MFA, Univ. of New Orleans, Non-fiction Writing,  Present
Licensed to practice law in Ohio, November 2008
J.D., Ohio State, Moritz College of Law, June 2008
B.A., Ohio State, Sociology and Criminology, June ‘03, Magna Cum Laude and with distinction
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EXPERIENCE – POLICY AND ADVOCACY
Policy Lead and Interim Project Lead, January 2014-Present
Equity in All Places – New Orleans, LA
  • Developed and implemented the organization’s projects and funding, provided strategic direction, established organization as 501c3, and supervised volunteers/interns.
  • Researched and produced small and large-scale reports that encouraged evidence-based and place-based approaches in education equity, as well as issue briefs, news releases, and other communications materials.
  • Collaborated with partner organizations and stakeholders to strategize and create a collective approach to impact policies that address the school-to-prison pipeline, including a social media campaign.
  • Attended relevant education and government meetings and distilled key information.
  • Wrote content and curricula for anti-oppression and racial healing trainings


Policy Director,
May 2008 – June 2010
Public Policy Center, Ohio Commission on Hispanic Latino Affairs – Columbus, Ohio

  • Established the Public Policy Center program of the Commission and oversaw its operations, including its role and function, strategic plans, supervision of staff and interns, and budget.
  • Monitored, researched and, evaluated state, national, and international laws and policies regarding Latinos, migrants, and immigrants and directed staff and stakeholders regarding communications strategy, engagement, and national alignment.
  • Wrote press releases, web content, issue briefs, reports and held forums, presentations, press conferences and lobby days in order to communicate persuasive positions.
  • Built networks and alliances, cultivated relationships, and collaborated with legislators, government agencies, civil society organizations, community leaders, and news agencies.
  • Represented Commission at legislative hearings, meetings, and as a member of coalitions.

Liaison Officer, Feb 2004 – Aug 2006
Ohio Commission on Hispanic Latino Affairs – Columbus, Ohio

  • Gathered and disseminated information regarding organizations, programs, and events.
  • Managed communication between the Commission, public, and legislature.
  • Reviewed, analyzed, and compiled state and national data concerning Latinos, migrants, and immigrants.
  • Executed qualitative and quantitative assessments of the needs and priorities of Ohio Latinos.
  • Researched and drafted internal and external informational materials regarding policy.

Constituent Aide, June 2001 – June 2003
The Ohio Senate, Senator Leigh Herington’s Office – Columbus, Ohio

Legislative Intern, Sept – Dec 2006
Ohio House Democratic Caucus – Columbus, Ohio

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LEGAL EXPERIENCE
Traffic Court Prosecutor, May 2007- May 2008
City of Columbus Prosecutor’s Office – Columbus, Ohio

  • Arraigned defendants, negotiated plea agreements, and made recommendations to the presiding magistrate regarding sentencing in traffic misdemeanor cases.
  • Represented the city of Columbus during court trials and researched, crafted and filed motions regarding the admission and suppression of evidence.
  • Researched, reviewed, and summarized appellate decisions of cases involving misdemeanors.

Juvenile Defense Intern, Sept ‘07 – May ‘08
Justice for Children Legal Clinic – Columbus, Ohio

  • Served as the legal representative of several juvenile clients under the supervision of a licensed attorney in immigration and criminal matters. Obtained favorable immigration certifications, plea agreements, and rulings for clients.

Immigration Law Intern, Jan’08 – March ‘08
Office of Dennis Muchnicki, Esq – Columbus, Ohio

  • Completed immigration applications, researched legal issues and legislative history and prepared memorandums on a variety of immigration matters, such as removal proceedings, refugee and asylum status, and marriage visas.

Corporate Theft Investigator, July 2003-February 2004
Nordstrom – Columbus, Ohio

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INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Organizational Development Officer, September 2010 – November 2012
Peace Corps – Mokolo, Cameroon, Africa

  • Designed and implemented a media project, “Communicating Change,” to facilitate the establishment of a women’s rights organization.
  • Collaborated with local health institutions, government bodies, NGOs and local prison to provide and execute income-generating projects, trainings, workshops, and services.
  • Drafted advocacy organization’s communication, action and strategy plans, statutes and by-laws; and facilitated development of mission, roles, and functions.
  • Conducted interviews and wrote case narratives of local female prisoners.

CONSULTANCIES

Reform Immigration for America, Organizing Consultant – Aided and advised RIFA organizers on strategies and organizing tactics and strategies in Ohio
Lindy Boggs Literacy Center, Loyola University Research and Writer – Researched federal, state and local policy issues and created a series of issue briefs on five areas of focus
Tulane University Center for Public Service, Facilitator – Created modules on racial equity and advocacy and facilitated two sessions
Tulane University Public Service Fellows Program, Evaluator – Conducted an equity assessment of the program’s field manual, course syllabus, and trainings
Tulane Public Service Fellows Program, Facilitator -Training Community Engagement Advocates on peer facilitation on issues of race and equity

SELECTED TRAININGS FACILITATED

  • “Healing Oppression and Practicing Equity (HOPE)” (New Orleans, LA; Ongoing)
  • “Leveraging partnerships for action and measurable change outside, within and after the Pre-school to Prison Pipeline,” A Gathering of Leaders (New Orleans, LA; September 2015)
  • “Place Matters for Health in New Orleans: Ensuring Opportunities for Good Health for All,” American Public Health Association (New Orleans, LA; November 2014)
  • “Equity in Action” (Tulane University, New Orleans, LA; May 2017)
  • “Racial Reconciliation through Dialogue” (Mayor’s events, New Orleans, LA; Sept-Oct 2016)
  • “Working with Diverse Americans” (Peace Corps national staff meeting, Cameroon, 2011)
  • “Diversity U and You” (Peace Corps volunteer training, Cameroon, 2012)

SELECTED TRAININGS AND RETREATS ATTENDED

  • Undoing Racism; People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, October 2015
  • Winter Institute and Welcome Table Collaboration, October 2015 – May 2016
  • Race and Equity Institute; Tulane University, February-May 2017
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (October 2017 – present)
  • Deer Park Monastery POC Retreat (August 2016)
  • “Deepening Awareness & Strengthening Community–An Insight Meditation Retreat”with Ruth King on awakening through race (September 2017)

OTHER

  • Culture of Health Fellow with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2017-2020)
  • League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) inductee to Advocacy Hall of Fame (2010)
  • 90-Hr Yoga Teacher Certification and Trained in Restorative Yoga Techniques

VOLUNTEER

  • Coordinator of New Orleans Engaged Buddhism Collective
  • Donation-based yoga at community centers
  • Mindfulness and creative writing in Orleans Parish Jail

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