From leading communications for an international human rights organization to managing and raising funds for a multimillion-dollar immigrant civic engagement grantmaking portfolio, Naomi’s career has focused on developing smart and creative vehicles that work to bridge the gap between the world we live in and the one we want to live in.
As a communications consultant, Naomi works with groups to advance a messaging and communications framework that drives results on racial justice, immigrant rights, LGBTIQ rights and economic justice, amongst other issues. In addition to her work as a communications strategist, Naomi recently launched AMP: grassroots², an online storytelling and fundraising platform designed to amplify the remarkable efforts of organizers around the country.
Why are you a strategist for good?
“I believe storytelling is a human craft that belongs to everyone. Stories inform who we are and how we view the world around us. I do this work because I believe all human beings have the power and tools to tell their story on their terms and in a way that shapes the world they want to live in.”
What’s your superpower?
“I am a champion. Arguably, this is the ultimate superpower — for a communications/story strategist, that is. I enjoy building people up; It’s genuine and in no way altruistic (side note: I think altruism is a misnomer); I get a real sense of fulfillment from championing other people’s visions and dreams.”
Who is your intellectual crush?
“My intellectual crush is Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak because of her inimitable work on epistemic violence. Understanding epistemic violence as the violence of knowledge production and the ways in which it has worked to silence, dominate, and destroy communities around the world has influenced me in countless ways. It is the main reason I am committed to supporting historically marginalized communities in owning and sharing their stories.”