Amaya Noguera is the Lead of Afro-Latinx Programming at the Latinx Racial Equity Project.
“It would be a great honor to be included in the next cohort of Surge Fellows. I would be so proud to share with my community this opportunity for my personal growth, and for the implications, it will have for all of those currently building with me. Various mentors of mine have encouraged me to apply over the years. This is the first time that I have been able to apply and would be able to accommodate the level of engagement needed to have a truly impactful experience. As I move on my career path, opportunities to enrich my skills, enhance my learning and professional development can be increasingly more and more difficult to navigate. Especially as a full-time working mom. I know that being a Surge Fellow will significantly help me by providing the kind of professional development and learning environment that can help my ideas thrive. Where I can plan, and strategize and learn and analyze and reflect with people who share similar values, and who are doing their own very important work. That kind of community is powerful. That kind of community is transformative.”
Amaya has served as a classroom coach helping educators in Oakland public schools align their craft with principles of inclusion and cultural relevance, as well as served as Lead Community and Engagement Specialist for Year Up Bay Area, working closely with community based organizations to develop strategies and working relationships founded on the ideals of self-actualization and community support. From 2016-2019 Amaya worked as an Account Manager for the American Reading Company for the entire California region developing district-wide literacy campaigns and school-based initiatives to support the development of bilingual programming.
Amaya has maintained a strong consulting portfolio supporting school mergers, developing culturally liberating anti-racist schools, abolishionist curriculum writing and planning, and coaching. Amaya is currently a Program Officer for the Center at The Sierra Health Foundation. She oversees the African American Trauma-Informed Wellness Program in Sacramento. Amaya also supports the Latino Equity Project as the lead facilitator for the Black Latinx work. She is a strong Black Latinx consultant who brings her intersectionality into her analysis and approaches to everything she engages with.
A dedicated parent, Amaya has had opportunities to expand on this work in countries all over the Caribbean and Central and South America with individuals and organizations dedicated to dismantling injustice. Amaya Noguera-Mujica received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Educational Theory from New School University in 2007, she has received national acclaim for her efforts as a writer, organizer, and commitment to social change.