Lourdes Ashley Hunter is the co-founder and National Director of Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC), a grass-roots global initiative led by trans and gender non-conforming people of color that works to uplift the lived narratives, experiences and leadership of trans and gender non-conforming people of color, their families and comrades while building towards collective liberation for all oppressed people through healing and restorative justice.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Lourdes is a catalyst of change and has led grass roots initiatives that impact the socio-economic growth and development of communities disproportionately impacted by state-sanctioned violence for over 20 years.
Lourdes is a transformative thought leader and change agent of grass-roots initiatives that affirms, uplifts and celebrate the lived experiences, narratives and leadership development of trans and gender non-conforming, disabled, LGBT and poor communities of color. Her research, curriculum development, organizing and activism centers healing and restorative justice.
Lourdes has led the successful development and implementation of culturally competent best practices at government agencies such as the New York City Department of Homeless Services, New York City Human Resources Administration and New York Police Department. Her leadership has led collaborative efforts with the United Nations, The White House Anti-Violence Task Force, Office of National AIDS Policy, and the Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons that have set the tone for courageous conversations that center the needs of the communities Lourdes’ serves.
Lourdes earned a Bachelor degree in Social Theory, Structure and Change with concentrations in Race, Class and Gender Studies from SUNY: Empire State College in 2012. Ms. Hunter earned an Executive Master of Public Administration from Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration in 2014.
Lourdes transformative discussions, lectures, seminars, direct actions and keynotes at countless Colleges and Universities across the U.S. expands the narrative of state sanctioned violence and the ways oppression manifest in our lives. Lourdes is a respected leader and expert whose riveting energy inspires the change agent in us all.