Born to an immigrant family in the San Francisco Bay Area, I grew up enjoying the food, traditions, creativity, and stories of families from all over the world. I was also exposed to the Bay Area's dramatic inequities at an early age, and have long committed to addressing the challenges that poverty and injustice pose to our social fabric.
There is no “DESI” without “DEI”. Growing up across 10 different states, I found consistency in volunteerism such as food drives, shelters, teaching sports skills to children with special needs, anonymous suicide hotlines, and more. As a queer woman of color, I repurpose my vastly diverse life expertise by specializing in intersectional advocacy.
After graduating from the University of Virginia in 2014, I’ve spent my “main” career running inclusive recreational programs at UVA, Valdosta State University, and adult sports on a national level at ZogSports. At each institution, I introduced adaptive sports as well as created grassroots DEI initiatives leading to long-standing internal changes. I’ve been featured in publications concerning national sales strategy and LGBTQIA+ representation within the sports world. I’ve also volunteered for the past five years as a Venue Director for the Special Olympics of Georgia.
In 2019, I became a research assistant for the Head of Psychology at the University of DC, Dr. Afiya Mbilishaka. After conducting extensive research and producing several manuscripts, I shifted my role to become the Business Development Manager for her organization, PsychoHairapy. We utilize hair care as an entry point for self care and equitable mental health access for POCs. I also work as a Brand Ambassador for Edible Alchemy, a sustainable food organization that creates organic products while providing white-label product support to local farms and small businesses. Last but definitely not least, I am the IDEAS Development Partner for INW and am responsible for facilitation, content creation, research implementation, and social engagement.
I purposefully utilize all three branches to have a comprehensive impact on the world around me through the Mind (PsychoHairapy), Body (Edible Alchemy), and Soul (Inclusion NextWork). When I’m not working, you’ll find me either traveling with my partner or playing with my adorable pets.
Service and helping others has always been the cornerstone of my family’s beliefs. Growing up in a military family and being African American I feel gave me a unique perspective about current race relations in this country.
However, one thing that I have come to understand is that just because you believe in a perspective does not mean it is the right one. I hope to further educate myself while going through this journey in INW and following my family’s path of service and helping others.
Starting with several charter schools in D.C. I strove to help and support the teachers at would educate the future leaders in our world. Technology quickly has become a part of our daily lives. Something that simply put, has connected the world in an unprecedented way. Working with the three talented founders and board members of INW I hope to use my love of technology and service to help bring the idea of diversity and inclusion to as many communities as possible.
Raised in a multi-cultural home with strong ties to both Cuba and Israel, I grew up passionate about social justice, community building, and global affairs. I openly identify as a member of the LBGTQ+ community and am committed to using the many privileges and opportunities in my life to foster equity and belonging.
Diversity & inclusion has been a consistent theme throughout my life. As someone who was adopted from Sri Lanka, grew up in The Netherlands and now resides in the United States, my own experiences inspired my passion and deep appreciation for diversity & inclusion from an early age.