Anna Ortega-Williams, LMSW is the Director of Training and Evaluation at the Red Hook Initiative (RHI). She is currently pursuing her PhD in Social Work from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service. Her research is exploring the meaning of organizing among Black youth and the impact it has upon historical trauma. Ms. Ortega-Williams is a licensed social worker and has provided individual, group and family counseling since 2002. Ms. OrtegaWilliams leads evaluation and research efforts in her organization, as well as enhances staff capacity through professional development and training. She has presented at local, citywide, national, and international conferences to strengthen the visibility and influence of social justicebased, community-informed social work. She has served on several professional boards, associations, and organizations that focused on group work, human rights, and community empowerment. Ms, Ortega-Williams, born and raised in public housing in the Bronx, is a long time organizer and activist. She connects her daily work and existence to her passion to create a world where there is racial and economic justice, dignity for all people, and joy.