AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez is the founder of En Conjunto—a collective providing support, community, resources, and collaborative opportunities to people of color working independently at the intersection of justice and spirituality. She works as a consultant, educator, writer, and visual artist in both sacred and secular spaces. She is the co-host for the Mystic Soul podcast with Teresa P. Mateus, a co-coordinator with Liberation School South, and Her column, Brown Eyed Amazon, can be found at Patheos’ Progressive Christian channel. AnaYelsi serves on the board of the Festival Center in Washington, DC and is affiliated with the Mystic Soul Project and the Union of Affirming Christians.

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

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“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.

“As the first director for a brand new grant program to create a cohort for clergywomen across the South, I reached out to AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez for support in crafting the application selection process, and she delivered more than I could have hoped. AnaYelsi worked with me to design a system for reviewing applications, pulling together an effective application review panel, and selecting participants for the inaugural cohort. She also facilitated our selection meeting, skillfully asking good questions, keeping us on track, and offering a non-anxious presence in the midst of difficult discussion so that I could simply participate in the meeting and focus on the applicants. She also led us in evaluating the application and selection processes at the close of our meeting and left us with great notes for how to improve moving forward. I cannot recommend her highly enough and look forward to working with her again in the future!”

Rev. Elizabeth Henry, Thriving In Ministry Program Director at Millsaps College Center for Ministry

“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.”

Kevin Garcia

“AnaYelsi is an experienced facilitator who took us on a supportive journey of self-awareness. She kept us engaged through a variety of activities like a historical timeline that helped us see our own experiences in the context of the larger community. I would highly recommend her as a trainer and speaker for an educational institution.”