Before joining Kindred as a race and equity facilitator and organizer, Yesenia Regalado (she/her) spent six years in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), with AmeriCorps serving as an entry point into her career. As a parent community coordinator, Yesenia worked with parents to bridge opportunity gaps and create stronger partnerships with MCPS staff. She later worked as an equity training specialist, where she created and led professional learning opportunities for staff members to examine how their individual beliefs, practices, and school culture create inequitable learning environments and outcomes for Black and Latino students. Yesenia currently facilitates the Network Weaver Learner Program at IMPACT Silver Spring, guiding diverse cohorts of community members to critically examine racial and economic inequities and explore actions that inspire personal transformation and leadership to influence change in their communities and organizations. She has a deep passion for creating the environment for brave dialogues about oppression, privilege, culture and anti-racism. Yesenia’s educational background includes a postgraduate certificate in education and equity from McDaniel College and a Bachelor of Science in sociology, with a minor in nonprofit management and administration, from Virginia Commonwealth University.
An important aspect of Yesenia’s personal and professional life is being a member of the Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc., which keeps her grounded in her roots. Her calling and motivation for parent engagement stems from personal experiences as a second generation Latina and the impact of educational inequities on her family. The experiences of her grandparents and parents, who moved to New York from El Salvador, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, instilled in her a spirit of resiliency and compassion that drives her unyielding pursuit for racial justice. Yesenia lives in the DC area with her husband and their dog JJ.