Bianka (she/her) identifies as a Nicaraguan American woman and is a first-generation graduate from the University of Florida (UF). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Economics with a minor in Latin American Studies. During her time at UF, she studied abroad in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil to learn about the intersections of race and power. She also spent time as an oral historian at the Samuel Proctor History Program, a social justice initiative dedicated to documenting the lived experiences of local community members and has contributed to a variety of projects, including the Latino Diaspora in the Americas Project and the African American History Project. The combination of learning about the lived experiences of the community members of Gainesville, Florida and understanding her own experiences ignited her lifelong passion for racial and class justice.
Prior to joining Kindred, she served as a middle school math teacher in the diverse community of Homestead, Florida. She saw firsthand the disparities between the way she was treated as a student and how her own students were treated just miles away in the same county, further igniting her passion for educational equity and racial and class justice. She has also worked as the People Operations Manager for a local school board campaign and helped to successfully elect the first formerly undocumented School Board Member in Miami-Dade County, Luisa Santos. She is more than excited to learn with and work alongside the DC community of parents, teachers, and students to achieve racial and class justice in DC schools.