Amy Maria Silva
Multicultural Fellow, Strategic Learning & Evaluation
Why do you do what you do?
As the daughter of an Afro-Latino immigrant, I felt aware of systemic inequities for as long as I can remember. While searching for my role in the equity movement, I witnessed a lot of paper pushing, talking, and ineffective leadership in the field. I developed a passion for searching for ways to identify what works, what is worth repeating, and what needs to be adjusted. As movement leaders, I feel we should be accountable to the claims we make, and most importantly, to the communities we serve.
What drew you to the foundation?
The foundation’s bold stance on racial equity attracted me. Much of my experience had been working for white-centered organizations that would not, and could not, understand the experience of being a person of color in the society and systems that have been constructed to intentionally exclude them. I do not believe sustainable systemic change can be made without this perspective.
How would you describe your role?
I support the staff’s continuous learning cycles and see that we are learning shared skills that help us better reach our goals. Additionally, I track our progress towards goals – both within our organization and our impact in communities we aim to serve.
Are you involved in any volunteer activities?
Through California Coalition of Women Prisoners (CCWP), I am able to collaborate with people inside to abolish the prison industrial complex. We are currently working on our DROP LWOP campaign, a movement to abolish Life Without Parole sentencing. Through my work with CCWP, I am reminded of the power we hold when we move as a community.