Oakland Program Director

Oakland | Pronouns: She/Her

Ariel is an intuitive empath born one year after the murder of Latasha Harris, and one month before the 1992 LA riots. She embodies the resilience of a city on fire, the rage of a community disenfranchised by the “war on drugs”; and the audacity of black folx demanding dignity, for themselves and their children. As the daughter of a formerly incarcerated parent she’s had to navigate the collateral damage of criminalization, surveillance, and state subjugation. 

Her approach to this work is rooted in lived experience, critical consciousness, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology & Sociology. Her praxis for liberation is predicated on the words of Malcom X during his 1964 speech at the founding rally of the Afro-American Unity organization, “We want freedom by any means necessary. We want justice by any means necessary. We want equality by any means necessary.” Ariel has been with YWFC since August 2019.