2013-19: Director, DC Office of Human Rights

Appointed under two Mayors to serve as Director of the District’s civil rights enforcement agency overseeing thousands of investigation into complaints of discrimination. Led groundbreaking educational campaigns and trainings on Transgender rights, Islamophobia, Immigrants, Street Harassment and Women.

2011- 13: Language Access Director

Transformed program and removed barriers for limited and non-English speakers to access government programs and services across 30 District agencies.

2000-11: Owner, Palacio & Associates

Provided technical support to social justice groups through training and organizational leadership projects such as race, equity, and inclusion, team building, leadership training, and strategic planning. Board member and master training with the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) and let Black-Brown Unity building workshops and projects.

2001-05: National Crime Prevention Council

National Training Director and worked in the DMV and nationally delivering training to address youth violence and gang violence prevention programs in historically under-resourced communities. Built coalitions and led training projects to address the break-down of trust between law enforcement and communities of color.

97-2000: CAHSEE

Co-Founded pioneering STEM program serving low-income middle school, high school and college students in the DMV based out of George Washington University and in the partnership with NASA and the U.S. Department of Energy.

1994-96 Meta Cultural Consulting

Co-Founded a small business providing training, program development, grant-writing and governance training to launch and sustain non-profits in DC and nationally such Kaboom, CAHSEE, Latin American Youth Center, and YouthBuild. Founding Board Member of DC Barrios Unidos a gang violence prevention project for young people in DC.

1993-1994: Public Allies-DC

DC program coordinator placing young adults of color ages 18-30 in leadership roles with local community organizations.  Provided training on community organizing, policy analysis, and project management.

1990-93 Education

Georgetown Law Center, JD 1993 Fordham University, BA 1990.

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