About AnaYelsi

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Interested in booking AnaYelsi for consulting or for a speaking or art event? Visit here to learn more and send all inquiries to anayelsi@browneyedamazon.com.

22426450_10155290394957862_7557135500952447821_oAnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez is an IndoLatinx mujerista working to create and agitate her way through the Latin diaspora.

She has worked as a faith-based community organizer for a decade and her experience both in interfaith and multi-issue organizing has provided her a unique understanding of the complex work involved in bridge-building and unifying diverse people around a shared purpose. The former Organizing and Programs Director for a leading national LGBTQ Christian organization, AnaYelsi is now a consultant, educator, writer, and visual artist. Her column, Brown Eyed Amazon, can be found at Patheos’ Progressive Christian channel and she is the co-host for the Mystic Soul podcast with Teresa P. Mateus.

AnaYelsi is working towards a vision of pursuing movement and justice work in an intersectional and holistic way that honors Creator and creation.

Her work (in all its forms) seeks to do the following:

  • Kick up the dust around conversations of faith and spirituality- broadening these conversations beyond what has traditionally been provided by White/straight/male/academic gatekeepers
  • Activate and cultivate a desire in others to examine their spiritual practice and its relationship to colonization, white supremacy, cisheteropatriarchy, and nationalism
  • Create art, space, resources, and relational opportunities for moving towards shared liberation and healing

Committed to this vision, she is working independently – moving outside of traditional models of justice work that hinge one’s ability to pursue justice on their relationship with systems and organizational hierarchies. She is trusting in the community of justice-seekers to partner with her in this endeavor – freeing her to go when called and to act and speak with the integrity necessary to fulfill this vision- including her commitment to make her work economically just and financially accessible. Because of people like you, she is able to regularly offer pro bono/low-cost services to those that can not afford my rates. For example, free weekly consulting to the executive directors of Brave Commons (an LGBTQ justice non-profit organization).17358555_10154675047937862_3730680352790471377_o

AnaYelsi is also a member of the Racial Justice Institute team (an initiative of Evangelicals For Social Action) and the Union of Affirming Christians.

She loves disappearing for hours in an art museum, feeding people a homemade flan of which she is unabashedly proud, reading everything she can get her hands on, and watching an absurd number of problematic made-for-tv holiday romcoms.

AnaYelsi lives in Washington, D.C. You can follow her on twitter at @brwneyedamzn and on Facebook.

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Interested in booking AnaYelsi for consulting or for a speaking or art event? Visit here to learn more and send all inquiries to anayelsi@browneyedamazon.com.

“AnaYelsi’s approach to discussing race, gender, LGBTQ liberation, theology, and how it all intersects is masterful. I didn’t feel foolish or like I didn’t have a place to ask questions. I felt like I was getting a comprehensive education on the interlocking nature of justice work, with practical applications to take back to my community and apply to my daily life.

She is patient, strong, and an incredibly gifted communicator with a hunger to see the Church be a more welcoming and safe place for all people.”  –

“AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez is a funny, personable, and intelligent communicator who brings a unique voice to conversations around justice and inclusion that is at once well-informed and approachable. Her presence is both commanding and disarming, and she has influenced my own thinking (and action!) in more ways than I can count.I recommend her as a speaker, advisor, panelist, or contributor for you next event.” – Rachel Held Evans, author & speaker.