Mary’s passion to empower under-resourced communities came from her experience as an Afro-Latina attending schools in South Los Angeles. She has over 15 years of experience in organizing, teaching, grassroots leadership development, elections, and lobbying. Outside of her career, Mary has also participated in a number of international research and organizing efforts in the Navajo Nation, Jamaica, Tanzania, and Cuba. When she’s not working, you will find her traveling the world and enjoying the outdoors.
Meet Our Team
Henry Jones Jr. was born and raised in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He has 15 years experience in community organizing with organizations such as SEIU International and Stand For Children. Grateful for the opportunities education gave him, Henry’s passion for empowering people drove him to start Nuestra Voz with Mary. He has a passion for transforming communities through collective action. For him, movement building is a way of life. In Henry’s free time he enjoys creating new small business opportunities and helping others do the same.
Taylor was raised in the DC metro area. After graduating the University of Delaware, he worked with a number of start-ups and nonprofits in order to grow their reach and potential. Through his work with nonprofits, he discovered a passion for creating positive change for people and communities. Thankful for the education he received, he now fights so that everyone has the opportunity to a great education. Also an avid musician, when he isn’t working you will find him DJing at local clubs and writing/producing original music.
Laura was born and raised in Tegucigalpa, Honduras where she graduated university and explored her love for video production. She believes education is the first step in creating a strong community. Joining Our Voice Nuestra Voz early on , Laura helped build the base that now provides that backbone of our power and actions. Her hobbies include enjoying Japanese animation, learning about New Orleans history and spoiling her cat.
Rochelle was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. She first came to New Orleans as a student at Xavier University of LA. After graduating from Xavier, she left the city but returned nearly a decade later as a high school teacher. As a teacher, she developed a passion for teaching traditionally underserved and marginalized populations, and she brings that same energy and passion to OVNV. When not working, Rochelle likes traveling to new and diverse regions of the world.
Shay was raised in Riverside County, California where she obtained her first degree in Mathematics. Her passion for education led to multiple opportunities including tutoring and mentoring. As the former President of the Umoja Club at her junior college she advocated for educational equity and resources for students of color. Through overcoming adversity and strong determination she has continued to progress through her educational journey. Upon completion of her education she aspires to be a college professor where she can inspire others in her community to ignite change. She loves engaging in creative arts whenever she has free time. Her hobbies include creative writing, drawing, painting and other crafts. Shay is also pescatarian and loves to eat and try new food dishes.