Passionate About Inspiring Others
I’ve worked in education for the past twenty years and taught at Rutgers University, Collegiate School for Boys, and the Branson School before leaving academic institutions altogether to offer the kind of teaching I most wanted to offer: the kind that can promote healthy relationships and prevent sexual assault and sexual harassment.
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 prevent commercial sexual exploitation of youth in the Bay Area by reducing vulnerability. 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 (and formerly trafficked) 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. 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 sex, gender, power, sexuality, race, communication, consent, and relationships. I’m always thinking about these issues. I’m always reading about them, and, as I work with various school communities, parents, and students, I’m always tailoring my approach so that I can meet people exactly where they are.