The Capacity Collective
We are a team of compassionate nerds. We have worked in nonprofits, government agencies, multinational corporations and universities. These varied experiences have given us a diverse and powerful tool set we use to increase the capacity of small, grassroots nonprofits to tell your stories in your voices, be financially stable, and make systemic social changes that increase the capacities of the communities you serve.
Owner/Director, Capacity Building
I have a firm belief in the campsite rule, to leave people and places better than they were when we met. My training includes a PhD in Sociology, with advanced training in research & analysis. I worked 10 years as a professor of Sociology and Criminology. For more than 20 years I have worked in social issues like harm reduction, LGBTQ rights and disability rights. I love learning from others and helping people take their dreams to the next level.
I am bilingual in Spanish and English, and my family is primarily from Mexico and Bulgaria. I am currently halfway through the Masters in Social Work program at UW concentrating in Administration and Policy. I’m interested in the ways different cultures approach data whether it be linguistically, through story-telling, or other types of visualization.
Program Manager II, Capacity Building
I find great value in taking the skills I learned in higher education (including an MA in Public Sociology) back to the communities that shaped me. Over the years, this has varied from LGBTQ policy work and working with youth in the criminal justice system to advocating for people who use drugs and the implementation of harm reduction practices. I am thrilled at the opportunity to work with such a breadth of communities in the Seattle area.
I started out in software as a technical writer and project manager. While I loved the creative teams, I wanted to help make a real difference for people. So I left tech and became an at-home mom and community volunteer for 11 years. Then I entered nonprofit work where I’ve found meaningful purpose at University Presbyterian Church, Sidebyside.org, DADS, and now The Capacity Collective!
Program Manager, Capacity Building
I am motivated by the belief that our well-being is interconnected with the well-being of all others in our society. Each person matters. That belief led me to begin working with nonprofits that serve children and youth, both in the US and Latin America. In my Master’s of Social Work program, I studied ways to support organizations in improving and demonstrating their impact. I am honored to continue working with nonprofits in my home state.
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We believe the people who sacrifice to make their communities better deserve high quality support. Let us know how we can help you achieve your mission.