“Altagracia strikes a rare balance of tackling a crucially important and often difficult-to-discuss issue and making the experience inclusive and even enjoyable.”
I am a freedom-dreamer, facilitator, and strategist committed to dismantling oppressive systems that disempower communities targeted by physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and economic violence. I bring over ten years of professional experience designing strategies to actively challenge oppression and a life-time of experience unapologetically resisting white supremacy. I radically humanize clients, facilitate experiences that channel the best in people, and incorporate joy into this challenging work.
I believe every moment of every day is an opportunity to create the world that should exist – a world more just, more equitable, and more inclusive. My work is dedicated to bringing this belief to life.
Driven by a vision of transforming organizations into equitable, empowering communities, I design and implement antiracism and anti-white-supremacy strategies for schools and organizations. I’m an expert at administering needs assessments, designing improvement strategies, and facilitating transformational experiences that promote belonging and care. My work is informed by my research, observations as an educator and non-profit leader, and my own experiences challenging oppressive systems and living unapologetically as a queer, woman of color, raised in a single-parent home in the South Bronx.
I’ve worked in the nonprofit and education industries since the start of my career. My experience includes designing and leading continuous improvement strategies, community school strategies, curriculum, professional development cycles, growth strategies, communication strategies, community outreach strategies, and fundraising initiatives.
Throughout my career I’ve been repeatedly shocked by how pertinent and pervasive racism is in the nonprofit and education industries. Even organizations with the best intentions for youth and families stifle their impact because they lack an antiracist lens and an ability to recognize the harmful impact of white supremacy culture. Embracing antiracism benefits everyone, especially communities being served.
“My hood taught me self-love, ingenuity, resilience, dignity, respect, loyalty, honor – more valuable than any class, educator, or job I’ve ever had. I carry my story with pride and gratitude. In a white-supremacist country like America, I recognize my existence, having beat the odds is a disruption.”
I have an intimate understanding of the communities being served by youth-supporting nonprofits and schools in Black, Brown, and low-income communities. I was born into the communities directly impacted and that will forever be a part of my practice. In order to create radical change, movements should be led by those directly impacted. I have intimate knowledge of life on the receiving end of services coming from nonprofit organizations and I have an in-depth understanding of what the difference between deep authentic, internal antiracist care looks like versus performative care. My community and upbringing has also taught me valuable lessons regarding organizing, activism, and community care rooted in indegenous and afro-centric practices – grassroots approaches that not only fall outside of the white supremacist paradigm but are a threat to it as well.
Prior to launching my own organizations, I was the Chief Equity Officer of a national education non-profit organization. As the organization’s youngest executive and first woman of color to hold a C-suite position in its 40+ year history, I founded the organization’s first ever Dismantling Racism Initiative. Following the success of these programs I wanted to increase my own impact as an antiracist leader – I made it my life’s mission to make antiracism a norm in nonprofit and education spaces.
I founded A.M. Consulting to support mission-driven organizations to better align their actions with their intentions using facilitation, data analysis, and human connection.
In service of strengthening connections across the country, I founded Freedom Readers, a virtual book club for readers committed to social justice and freedom dreaming.
Recognizing white supremacist norms find their way in nearly all communities including those that are dedicated to dismantling systems of oppression, I am currently designing organizational development and racial justice frameworks informed by the most basic laws of nature found in cosmology, quantum physics, and astrophysics.