Policy and Advocacy

31681166_10111934489394505_6685432705816985600_oThere can be no justice without healing. And there can be no healing without justice. With over fifteen years of policy experience, I am committed to advancing justice through systemic policy change and individual advocacy. As the daughter of an El Salvadoran immigrant, I grew up in a rural town with pervasive intolerance. As a result, I developed a passion for racial and gender justice issues. I am currently working to advance dignity and opportunities for all by centering my work in Black and Indigenous oppression.

I currently serve as a policy and advocacy consultant to a number of clients including NGOs, universities, and government agencies. This work is not limited to but includes grassroots and grasstops organizing, facilitating stakeholder feedback in policy changes, policy tracking and analysis, report writing, and creation of various communications materials and policy tools. I believe that in all of this work, we must keep a systems view of change while also acknowledging and handling individual healing.

Additionally, although I do not give legal advice, I help educate individuals and groups about how systems work and how to advocate for their rights in matters involving government bodies, such as schools, government agencies, and courts. I apply methods of coaching in the education, preparation, and resolution of individuals’ cases with attention to their health and well-being.