alicia sanchez gill (she/her/hers) is a long-time organizer, advocate and non-profit professional, who knows first-hand the power of centering those of us who live at the glorious intersections of multiple marginalized identities in our work of liberation. She has fifteen years of experience in cross movement organizing grounded in Black, queer feminist theory and lived experience. alicia's work weaves together racial justice, reproductive justice, economic justice, immigrant justice, LGBTQ+ rights and ending gender-based violence through a transformative justice framework in a holistic and interconnected thread. To learn more about where she's done her work, click here. No matter which orbit she's organizing in, from philanthropy to healing justice, alicia's work is to bring a survivor-centered and intersectional praxis to building collective power and transforming systems. alicia holds a masters of social work and has conducted research and policy writing on reproductive justice, the intersections of HIV and intimate partner violence, trauma-informed care, street-based economies, and harm-reduction models.

 

alicia is currently the Director of Emergent Fund. In her role, she manages a rapid-response fund partnership with Women Donors Network, Solidaire, Threshold Foundation, and the Democracy Alliance. The Emergent Fund was established to help move quick resources to communities that are under attack by federal policies and priorities – immigrants, women, Muslim and Arab-American communities, Black people, Indigenous communities, LGBTQ communities, and all people of color. 

Prior to this role, alicia was the Interim Executive Director of Collective Action for Safe Spaces, a grassroots organization that uses comprehensive, community-based solutions through an intersectional lens to eliminate public gendered harassment and assault in the DC metropolitan area. In her ten months as Interim ED, alicia increased the organizational budget by 350%, organized across multiple issues including sex work decriminalization and decriminalization of fare evasion,  she conducted 132 hours of training and expanded training to new partners; taking the bystander intervention training, Safe Bars Collective work and ReThink Masculinity programs to more people across DC and further. In addition she managed a Safe Bar Collective National spin-off, and deepened CASS's commitment to a practice of transformative justice for survivors of gendered violence with survivor safety and anti-carceral praxis at the center of the work by incubating DC’s first queer and trans people of color-led Transformative Justice working group for survivors of gendered violence. alicia also sits on the Peace Corps Sexual Assault Advisory Council, the DC Department of Health Advisory Council, and the Sex Workers Advocates Coalition.

alicia has spoken to large and small groups, from the steps of Capitol Hill to colleges, universities, and conferences including New York University, Johns Hopkins University, Manhattanville College, Columbia University, George Washington University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. She has done consulting and facilitation for Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, The Washington Peace Center, South Asians Leading Together (SAALT), The DC Rape Crisis Center, Mijente, The National Network to End Domestic Violence, The Robert Carr Fund, Save the Children, The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, and The Women of Color Network, Inc. Her work has been featured in The Feminist Wire, Latina Magazine, The Journal of Family Violence, ReWire and Voices Journal on Psychotherapy and she's been quoted in The Washington Post, Mel Magazine and Colorlines. Her writing will be featured in an anthology by Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Love WITH Accountability: Digging Up the Roots of Child Sexual Abuse through AK Press in Fall 2019. 

alicia is a Miami-born, Howard University raised, queer, Afro-Latinx survivor, deeply committed to dismantling oppression, uplifting solidarity across identities and borders, and helping to collectively shape a more just world without relying on the criminal legal system. alicia has lived and worked in South Korea and Germany, but currently lives with her wife in Washington, DC. You will find alicia on twitter likely discussing intersectional feminist public policy and snacks. alicia believes in the beauty of building connections, dismantling anti-blackness and bringing the margins into the center.

Skills

  • Grant Writing

  • Program Design

  • Evaluation

  • Data Analysis

  • Research

  • Curriculum Development

  • Grassroots Fundraising

  • Culturally Responsive Services

  • Program Management

  • Grassroots Philanthropy

  • Strategic Partnerships

ISSUE AREAS​

  • Domestic Violence

  • Sexual Violence

  • Child Sexual Abuse

  • Transformative Justice

  • HIV/AIDS

  • Reproductive Justice

  • LGBTQ Health

  • Grantmaking for Equity

  • Sex Work & Street-Based Economies

  • Trauma-Informed Care

  • Housing & Homelessness

  • Body Positivity

  • Queering Relationships

  • Afrolatinx Identity

  • Intersectionality

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