About AnaYelsi

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

She has been working 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 The Reformation Project (TRP), AnaYelsi is now a faith organizer, consultant, public speaker, writer, and visual artist.

AnaYelsi is working towards a vision of a liberating Church that faithfully pursues the biblical call to do justice in a way that honors Creator and creation. Committed to this vision, she is acting on faith and moving outside of traditional models of missional/prophetic work that hinges one’s ability to pursue justice on their relationship with systems and organizational hierarchies. She is trusting in a community of believers 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.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.