Adela is a professor, activist scholar and project manager based in New York City. Throughout her time in philanthropy (most recently at The Ford Foundation) she has worked with hundreds of grantees, co-founded the Latinx/Blatinx, Disability, and Healing for Justice staff groups and led institutional/philanthropy-wide efforts to advance disability inclusion, diversity, and equity. At Open Society Foundations in addition to organizing international convenings, she managed the Global Legal Research Internship Program and served as the chair of OSF’s Disability Inclusion Working Group. In 2009, Adela co-founded Immigrant Advancement Matters, a non-profit organization in Queens, New York. Adela has led community/youth empowerment projects all over the world including Kenya, China, and Italy, helped develop a BA in Sustainable Development at St. John's University, and has taught undergraduate Sociology at Monroe College in the Bronx. She is passionate about creating opportunities for historically excluded groups like women, people with disabilities, queer, trans, black, indigenous, people of color (QTBIPOC), and immigrant families.
Adela was recently awarded a Líderes Fellowship from Hispanics in Philanthropy and a Clarke Fellowship at Binghamton University where she is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Sociology. She earned her BA/MA in Sociology and Romance Languages from St. John’s University and is also pursuing graduate Disability Studies coursework at the University of Maine and CUNY SPS.