I am multilingual, and bi-cultural, I have successfully navigated multi-sectors in the US for over 30 years. I worked in international finance for a commodities trading corporation doing business in Brazil. I convened a community-wide planning process to address the early childhood mental health needs of Head Start children and families, with groups including parents, service providers and funders, generating change in clinical practices that are still in place. I led efforts in organizational change by engaging senior managers in additional professional development to support outcomes accountability and develop/reinforce cultural competency among line staff. I am an effective, intentional change agent who cares deeply about facilitating the voice of those otherwise silenced, to bring about transformation of systems.
Frank and open communication, patient and persistent practice that eventually changes the nature of the encounter across obvious and not so obvious differences.
When I took early retirement from the state of Minnesota, I started my independent consultancy with the goal of centering the voices of those among us who are underserved and underinsured. Their voices, presence, hopes, and dreams are usually absent from the decision-making table that determines their destiny and livelihood.
I am gratified with the growth of Equity Strategies, LLC as I continue to be contracted by local governments, private nonprofit organizations, and corporations who became sensitized by the murder of Mr. George Floyd (and as the public narrative goes, the double pandemics of racism and COVID-19) and want to move to action. It is deliberate, persistent, and emotional work that demands much of all involved. And it moves at a slow pace. I have learned to be patient and guide the work with the keen awareness that what our communities needed yesterday, is still being negotiated at a snail’s pace before resolution and caring consideration are discussed and delivered.