I believe we need new cultural narratives that recognize all people and the Earth as sovereign, whole beings. I believe in strengthening and emboldening women in a culture that wants us weak and subservient. I believe we are all interconnected and that how we treat others is a reflection of how we feel about ourselves. I believe awakened women are being called to usher in a new era of humanity.

I am a feminist writer and communications expert. I help people unearth and share compelling stories (their own or others) in order to enact social change.

For 15 years, I’ve worked with nonprofits, companies, and individuals to shape communication strategies and distribute messages that lead to action. I also write literary fiction and am currently at work on a novel.

I write about women’s roles in society because I want us to harness the full, collective power of our brilliance in order to build a better tomorrow.

I’m the oldest of five girls, which means I’ve had a front-row seat to the impact of sexism, misogyny, and violence on women’s lives—and it has driven much of the work I’ve done throughout my career as well as my vision for the future.

My readers and clients are interested in coming into greater wholeness personally while also making collective change in their communities and cultures.

Lineage:

The following people have been influential to my thinking and development.

  • For inspiring me by writing books featuring complex, fully developed women protagonists: Lidia Yuknavitch, Pam Houston, Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison, Aimee Bender, Ursula K. Le Guin, Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen, Roxane Gay, Elena Ferrante.

  • For radicalizing me and shaping me into the intersectional feminist I am today: bell hooks, Rebecca Solnit, Angela Davis, Simone de Beauvoir, Dr. Kimberle Crenshaw, Assata Shakur, Jessica Valenti, Audre Lorde, Jennifer Baumgardner, Alice Walker, Sylvia Plath, Susan Faludi, Ida B. Wells, Judith Butler.

  • For shaping my understanding of how to communicate with other humans without unintentionally replicating the dominant culture: Kelly Diels, Marshall Rosenberg, Jennifer Armbrust, Rachel Cargle, Dr. Jenn McCabe

  • For instilling a sense in my girl-child-mind that women can go anywhere in the world: Nellie Bly, Carmen San Diego, Dorothy Thompson, Lee Miller, Marie Colvin.

  • For demonstrating that a woman can fully, unapologetically prioritize making art: Georgia O’Keeffe, Donna Tartt, Jill Soloway, Judi Chicago, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, Florence Welch.

Credentials & Training

Though my greatest teacher has been my own life experiences, I’ve also a lifelong learner.

  • Bachelors in Chinese Language and Literature, George Washington University

  • Masters in Public Policy and Women’s Studies, George Washington University

  • Crisis Counseling, D.C. Rape Crisis Center

  • Leadership Training, WeLead at the Women and Politics Institute

  • Media Training, National Women’s Editorial Forum

  • Life Coaching, The International Coach Federation

  • Business Training, Tara Gentile Quiet Power Strategy

  • Psychology Study, UC Berkeley Post-Baccalaureate Program for Counseling and Psychology Professions

  • Fiction Writing, UCLA Writer’s Extension and private workshops

  • Kundalini Yoga Women’s Teachings, RA MA Institute

  • Radical Relating, Lead.Gather.Relate. with Dr. Jennifer McCabe

  • Life-Cycle Celebrant (in training), Celebrant Foundation & Institute

If you’d like to hire me or reach out with an opportunity, you may contact me here.

To your possibilities,

Ana