Passionate About Inspiring Others
I have worked in education for twenty years and taught at Rutgers University, Collegiate School for Boys, and the Branson School before embarking on the kind of teaching I felt students really needed: the kind that can foster healthy relationships and sexual ethics.
When I'm not teaching, I'm deeply involved in communities and organizations striving to foster a world free of violence and injustice. I co-chair the Board of Center for Domestic Peace, an organization dedicated to ending domestic violence in Marin and beyond. I serve on the Board of FreedomFwd, which seeks to improve systems in San Francisco so that commercial sexual exploitation of youth is less likely and less harmful. I'm also an advisor to the Gaines-Jones Education Foundation, which creates educational opportunities for African American youth. In 2014, I co founded Asha Rising, a nonprofit that provides permanent housing for elderly women who have aged out of the sex industry in India. I also co founded Diasporadics, New York City's first arts and activism festival for marginalized voices in the South Asian diaspora. Prior to that, I was a community organizer and Board member of Desh Pradesh, which was started by queer South Asians committed to providing a community platform for voices on the margins. I speak widely on sexual literacy, consent, and ending gender-based violence.
I’ve long been immersed in a world of teaching others how to navigate stories about gender, race, power, sexuality, colonization, communication, consent, and relationships. A lifelong learner, I’m constantly thinking about these issues, reading about them, and, as I work with various school communities, parents, and students, tailoring my approach such that I can meet people where they are.