SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
- Eighteen years of experience in cross-cultural, intergenerational community organizing around a range of social justice issues in urban, suburban, and rural settings.
- Experience designing and directing all aspects of funding initiatives.
- A relationship builder with a strong commitment to social justice, intersectional, and grassroots organizing methods with a proven ability to bring diverse groups of people together for a common purpose.
- A deep commitment to leading by stepping back while supporting and nurturing the development of grassroots community leaders.
- Extensive experience with Popular Education, Asset-Based Community Development, and workshop design and facilitation in a variety of settings.
- A strong advocate for critical self and group reflection.
- Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task.
- Proven results as a media liaison, spokesperson, and public speaker.
HIGHLIGHTS OF EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE
May 2016 – Present
Consultant and Writer, Self-Employed North America
- Regular speaker and trainer on the topics of community organizing, Asset Based Community Development, intersectionality, and disability.
- Consultation services with individuals and organizations to provide support and coaching around topics related to community engagement, organizing, and disability.
- Lobbyist and policy consultant for Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty/Proof to a Preponderance of the Evidence (PAPE) Coalition.
- Writing project on the stories and lessons learned from the Real Communities Initiative.
September 2009 – May 2016
Organizing Director, Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities, Real Communities Initiative, Statewide
- Created and implemented statewide, intersectional community organizing and funding initiative, developing philosophical and values-based framework, as well as the practical structures for needed for implementation.
- Facilitated exploration and identification of grantees and community organizers.
- Designed and facilitated intensive, hands-on, and culturally responsive individualized support to grantees and organizers. This included one on one support as well as design and facilitation of workshops, retreats, and other learning opportunities.
- Supported grantees to regularly come together in cross-community retreats to learn, share, reflect, challenge, celebrate, grieve, grow, and strategize together.
- Designed and administered funding structures to support projects statewide, including management of contracts for an average of 25 organizations, individuals, and consultants per fiscal year.
- Created and managed annual programmatic and grant making budget ranging from $150,000-$500,000 in federal dollars.
- Designed and implemented 4-part evaluation process including logic models, appreciative inquiry, data collection, and storytelling, as well as an ongoing purposeful and reflective learning process.
- Represented the agency in networks and coalitions.
- Direct supervision of staff and interns.
- Provided training and support to other organizations on inclusive community building practices.
- Lead staff on bill to change the burden of proof for intellectual disability in death penalty cases during the 2016 legislative session, securing bi-partisan support.
- Created written materials, curriculums, and resources.
- Served as the Chair of the 2015 Disability and Social Justice Summit.
- The Real Communities Initiative was awarded the 2016 Full Community Inclusion award by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for work done under my leadership.
November 2006-September 2007
Organizing Institute Fellow, Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities and Charis Circle, Atlanta, GA
- Completed Grassroots Organizing Institute with Project South.
- Created and implemented seven-month long fellowship project planning disability-specific programming which continued to thrive for a year after the end of fellowship.
- Integrated disability rights into other conversations around social justice at Charis.
- Ensured a range of access needs were met in programming and that access was integrated into larger organizational culture.
- Created and implemented highly successful outreach and publicity plan.
August 2002 – November 2005
Research Associate, The Center for Democratic Renewal, Atlanta, GA
- Conducted extensive research and investigations of neo-Nazi groups and the far-right.
- Organized conferences and meetings.
- Researched, wrote, and published reports on the far-right that have been utilized by students, reporters, and community members.
- Networked in coalition with diverse community-based organizations.
- Built and maintained database documenting hate crimes within the United States.
OTHER EXPERIENCE OF INTEREST
- Charis Circle/Charis Books and More, Atlanta, GA – Volunteer for non-profit feminist organization and bookstore from 1999-2008. Community Liaison on Board of Directors from 2004-2008.
- 1999 Primate Freedom Tour Member (Nationwide tour and protest of Primate Research Centers) 1999
- The Animal Defense League, Atlanta, GA; Director and Primary Organizer (Animal rights organization) 1999-2004
- VIVA! USA, USA; Volunteer and occasional contractor 2000-2005
- Atlanta Lesbian Avengers; Founding member of one of the many Atlanta incarnations 2001
- Frequent lecturer from 2001-Present at conferences, universities and for community organizations throughout the United States on the topic of intersex including: Emory University, Spelman College, Agnes Scott College, Georgia State University, Southern Comfort Conference, Our True Colors Conference, Unity Conference, Southern Girls Convention, Echoes of Violence, The National Conference on Organized Resistance, The Sweaty South Queer and Trans Convergence, The United States Social Forum, Charis Books and More, Georgia Association of Physicians for Human Rights, and Charis Circle.
- Anti-Racist Action, Atlanta, GA – Member of leadership team for grassroots anti-racist organization from 2002-2004.
- Bodies Like Ours, USA; Board member and speaker (Intersex peer support and education organization) 2002-2006
- Fix It Up!, Brunswick, GA; Organizing Team Member and Media Spokesperson (a partnership between anti-racist, anti-capitalist activists and local community members created in response to the G8 Summit in coastal Georgia) 2004
- Charis Circle’s Sistergirls Program, Atlanta, GA; Mentor (Mentorship program for young women ages 9-14) 2004
- Dekalb Rape Crisis Center, Decatur, GA – Crisis Line Volunteer and Survivor Advocate from 2005-2007.
- Plaintiff in high-profile federal lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security, Childs v. Dekalb County.
- Member American Civil Liberties Union delegation to the United Nations in New York City in March 2006.
- Member of small organizing team for the December 17th, 2007 International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers event at Charis Books and More.
- Selected by Southern Voice as one of 20 of the “Next Generation of Gay Atlanta” in April 2007.
- Panel member and speaker at “Whose Vagina Monologues?: Feminist Critiques of V-Day” in February 2008 at Emory University
- Completed People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond ‘Undoing Racism’ training.
- Completed the Presencing Institute’s ‘Introduction to Theory U’ course.
- Subject of the song ‘Caitlin Childs’ by the band the Dead Milkmen, featured on their 2011 album ‘The King in Yellow’
- Featured in award winning intersex documentaries, “One in 2000” and “Intersexion”.
- Essay, “Reclaiming Femme,” published in Visible: A Femmethology, Volume 2 (Homofactus Press, March, 2009).