Angelica Maria Otero: Consultant, Coach and LMSW

“My justice work began with a powerful group of women in the South Bronx, who were fed up with the poor education their children were receiving and decided to organize and fight for justice in education. These women taught me about the power of organizing and collective action, to raise my voice and of the importance of community healing in our movement and social justice work.”

Angélica has 25 years of experience in the field of social justice, as a founding and executive director, organizing trainer, professor, coach and a longtime community organizer of several justice organizations in the United States and Ecuador. Angelica brings a deep understanding of intersectionality, and an unwavering commitment to racial, gender and economic justice. Her work includes supporting grassroots organizations to build strong memberships, develop leadership and create campaigns that support groups to win concrete changes in their communities. She has experience in organizational change, strategic planning, management and supervision systems. This includes:

  • Creating processes with member based organizations to fully engage their constituents in visioning and planning the work of the organization. Supporting groups to identify key areas of work and developing implementation plans.
  • Board development amongst mixed boards, navigating power dynamics and decision making structures, board training and recruitment.
  • Leadership transitions, including coaching for new directors, managing conflict and organizational culture changes in transitions, and setting strategic direction.
  • Supporting staff development and team planning, and creating space for direct communication and feedback amongst teams.

Angelica has experience in leading racial justice processes, including designing racial justice and equity assessments, creating space for courageous conversations amongst teams, leading workshops on racial justice and equity, and developing organizational plans for a racial justice journey. Angelica’s methodology of coaching and consulting works to create space for people to build intimacy and trust, that encourages candid conversation and shared lived experiences that ultimately yield knowledge and solutions for transforming oppression; And creating solutions for how to structure organizations in service of their vision and mission.

Angelica is a Black, Indigenous, Queer, Immigrant, Latine, Woman living in NYC with her sassy and fun loving daughter.

Sample Consulting clients include: NYU Metro Center, Annenberg Institute for School Reform, North Star Fund, Center for Community Leadership at ANHD, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at Berkeley University, Columbia County Sanctuary Movement, For the Many, Mano a Mano, NDWA, La Colmena, Justice Committee, PASE, Jobs with Justice, California Youth Connection, and Just Futures Law.